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Capstone Leadership Academy Brings Talented High School Students to UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A select group of high school sophomores invited from across the state attended the sixth annual Capstone Leadership Academy at The University of Alabama on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15.

The students were first nominated by administrators from participating high schools in the fall. Each nominee was asked to submit a resume, transcript and an essay for evaluation by the Capstone Council, who then selected the student attendees based on their demonstrated interest in leadership through service.

Capstone Council is a volunteer organization that consists of former campus leaders from the 1970s. Former Capstone Men and Women, SGA officers, the Office of the President and the Honors College host the event, begun under the leadership of the late Jean O’Connor-Snyder, sponsor of Capstone Men and Women throughout the 1970s.

The following students were invited to participate in this year’s Leadership Academy:   

Name   High School Home County
Chelsea Aaron Oak Grove High School Jefferson
Se’ Daijah Agee-Carter Minor High School Jefferson
Alyssa Anderson Florence High School Lauderdale
Mary Andrews Mountain Brook High School Jefferson
Laura Ayers KDS DAR High School Marshall
Jacob Baker Vinemont High School Cullman
Destiny Barthel Pleasant Valley High School Calhoun
Sydney Bayer Kingwood Christian School Shelby
Shelby Birdsong Wicksburg High School Houston
Chazden Blackmon Opelika High School Lee
Daylon Brackett Jacksonville Christian Academy Calhoun
Virginia Bradley Jackson Academy Clarke
Cassidy Branch Samson High School Geneva
Samuel Brinkley The Altamont School Jefferson
Everett Brooks, III Madison Academy Madison
Seth Brown Gardendale High School Jefferson
Dalton Brunson Jackson High School Clarke
Mary Burks Trinity Presbyterian School Montgomery
Olivia Byrd Hamilton High School Marion
John Carvalho, III Mountain Brook High School Jefferson
Sihanth Chandra Hillcrest High School Tuscaloosa
Jeremy Chu Demopolis High School Marengo
Jackson Colburn Holy Spirit Catholic High School Tuscaloosa
Smith Collins Springwood School Chambers
Jonathan Couch Westbrook Christian School Etowah
Jaylon Cowan Madison County High School Madison
Jacob Cross Red Level High School Covington
Anne-Claire Cummings South Choctaw Academy Choctaw
Amanda Daher Geneva High School Geneva
Darious Davis Andalusia High School Covington
Hannah Dearman Oak Mountain High School Shelby
Trevor Debardeleben Prattville High School Autauga
Molly Deming Springville High School St. Clair
John Dockery Montgomery Academy Montgomery
Victoria Donaldson Piedmont High School Calhoun
Thomas Dunn Grissom High School Madison
River Egger Sulligent High School Lamar
Brandon Etheredge Northview High School Houston
Taylor Evans St. Paul’s Episcopal School Mobile
Mary Farmer Pickens Academy Pickens
Ja’Nasia Fort Colbert County High School Colbert
Hannah Foust Mars Hill Bible School Lauderdale
Connar Franklin Hamilton High School Marion
Mitchell Gaddy Bayside Academy Baldwin
Abigail Garrett Mountain Brook High School Jefferson
Tyler Gibson Fort Dale Academy Butler
Hampton Glenn Andalusia High School Covington
Brooke Golden Muscle Shoals High School Colbert
Miles Grigorian Grissom High School Madison
Kristin Gunderson Spain Park High School Shelby
Lauren Guy Fayetteville High School Talladega
Cody Henderson Winston County High School Winston
Graham Herston Rogers High School Lauderdale
Owen Hicks Gadsden City High School Etowah
Joseph Hoang Pope John Paul II Catholic High School Madison
Marla Hogue Tuscaloosa County High School Tuscaloosa
Matthew Holland St. Luke’s Episcopal School Mobile
Emily Holman North Sand Mountain High School Jackson
Abygail Holtzclaw Bob Jones High School Madison
Matthew Houts Providence Classical School Madison
Robert Howard Benjamin Russell High School Tallapoosa
Savannah Jones Lawrence County High School Lawrence
Jesse Jordan Central High School of Clay County Clay
Emily Kaiser Vestavia Hills High School Jefferson
Abby Keener Central High School Lauderdale
Alexander King Jacksonville High School Calhoun
Kira Kingston Jacksonville High School Calhoun
Anna Kirkham Spanish Fort High School Baldwin
Elizabeth Knott Prattville High School Autauga
Lauren Kois Brilliant High School Marion
Margaret Kreher Saint James School Montgomery
Michaella Kroeger Muscle Shoals High School Colbert
Elizabeth Lacefield Curry High School Walker
Coleman Lay Cullman High School Cullman
Rueben Lewis, II Patrician Academy Choctaw
Katherine Lightfoot Tuscaloosa County High School Tuscaloosa
Natalie Lorimer Chelsea High School Shelby
Hayes Lucas Vestavia Hills High School Jefferson
Simran Mahbubani Covenant Christian School Colbert
Bree Manning South Choctaw Academy Choctaw
Nicole Martin Demopolis High School Marengo
Tucker McCaleb Benjamin Russell High School Tallapoosa
Joel McKenzie, III Monroe Academy Monroe
Margaret Moody Patrician Academy Choctaw
Annie Nguyen Mortimer Jordan High School Jefferson
Morgan Odom Red Level High School Covington
Pearce Phinney Prattville Christian Academy Autauga
Sarah Polhill The Altamont School Jefferson
Anna Louise Regan St. Luke’s Episcopal School Mobile
Liza Jane Richey Florence High School Lauderdale
Asher Roddy Sheffield High School Colbert
Kayla Sherbert Fayetteville High School Talladega
Emily Slaton Decatur Heritage Christian Academy Morgan
Emily Strickland Brooks High School Lauderdale
Mikala Thornton Jemison High School Chilton
Zeb Walker Boaz High School Marshall
Kristen Wallace Providence Christian School Houston
Justin White Smiths Station High School Lee
Ethan White Indian Springs School Shelby
Carlie Williams Gadsden City High School Etowah
Alexander Williams Lauderdale County High School Lauderdale
Madison Williams Winston County High School Winston
Alyssa Willis Russellville High School Franklin
Jackson Wood Homewood High School Jefferson




The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.