ALLISON CLARK—Allison is a graduate of Halls High School. She believes that education is an investment in the self, and in the generations to come. Allison has not only been committed to academics but being involved in many different activities at Halls. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and takes time to perform community service and tutored students who were struggling with their classes. Allison also worked 30-40 hours a week beyond her time at school. She was a member of the High School Soccer Team and play club soccer. Allison plans to major in Biology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a goal of attending medical school. With the rising cost of attending post-secondary school, it becomes harder and harder to make dreams a reality. Allison state that she greatly appreciates the opportunity the Jimm A. Snoddy Scholarship provides with funding to begin her college journey.
SPENCER MCDONALD—Spencer graduated as Valedictorian from Central High School. He has two major areas of career interest, Music and Aerospace Engineering. Spencer participated in both the marching and symphonic bands during his four years at Central High, playing alto and tenor saxophone. He participated in the All National Honor Ensembles 2016 and 2017; was member of the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra for three years; earned placement as first chair in the All State Clinic for 3 consecutive years; traveled to NYC in November 2016 to participate as a member of the Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Spencer also has a passion for flying and earned his Private Pilot’s License at the age of 17. Spencer will be attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville this fall full time majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science. He is honored to have been selected to have been selected to receive the Jimm A. Snoddy Scholarship funding, which will certainly help to offset high tuition costs.
RAKSHA DODDABELE—Raksha graduated from Farragut High School. Academic excellence has been important as well as her pursuit of higher educational opportunities to enhance her career goals in cancer research. Raksha is the only high school student to participate in a research internship in a genetics lab at the University of Tennessee earning over 100 hours of research experience since summer 2017. Raksha also participated in many clubs and organizations at Farragut, and often in leadership roles, and served as a representative in the Student Government Association her junior and senior years. She has volunteered as a piano teacher for underprivileged children at the Joy of Music School; and volunteered with the Tennessee Humane Society as a kennel assistant. Raksha plans to gain more experience as she researches the mechanisms of cancer at Duke University, as a Biology major. She stated that the Jimm A. Snoddy Scholarship will help to alleviate the high costs of tuition, allowing her to dedicate more time to the rigorous molecular biology courses. Raksha’s desire is to seek successful treatments for cancer.
HALEY LANGLEY—Haley is a graduate of Central High School. She was able to achieve academically while balancing numerous extracurricular activities and taking on the responsibility of caring for her younger sister after school. She [participated in the Beta Club Honor Society a secretary; Health Occupations Students of America; the Jesus Club; Volunteer at Boo at the Zoo; nominated for Youth Leadership Knoxville. Haley plans to attend Samford University and major in Pre-Sports Medicine. She stated that the Jimm A. Snoddy Scholarship will be put to good use in helping to achieve her goal of preparing to enter the medical field and reach her goal of becoming an orthopedic physician. Haley would like to thank Crossroads Christian Church for offering the scholarship, and she looks forward to having these additional funds to finance her college education.