Meet our Future of Hope Scholars



Mary Austin Slate

Mary Austin is a Junior at West High School. Mary Austin runs track and plays volleyball in her free time. She also enjoys baking and her favorite type of cookies is chocolate chip sea salt cookies. One of Mary Austin’s goals is to become fluent in Spanish, and when she is older she aims to be a high school Spanish teacher.


Tyrell Ragland

Tyrell is a rising junior and football player at West High School. While football is his main sport, he enjoys playing basketball as well. Tyrell roots proudly for the Tennessee Volunteers in the college football world and for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. Tyrell aspires to become an NFL player and then serve as a teacher and a coach. His favorite quote is Philippians 4:13.


Alexis Hammond

Alexis is a senior at Oak Ridge High School. Alexis enjoys activities such as gymnastics, tumbling, and tennis. She also plays the cello, enjoys learning French, and reading. Alexis’s favorite quote comes from 1 Timothy 4:12, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” One of Alexis’s goals is to be a mechanical engineer and to complete her degree is a minor in environmental engineering.


Eli Case

Eli is a junior at West High School who enjoys flying airplanes and learning new languages. He has studied 8 different languages and loves watching UT football and Duke basketball games. Eli’s favorite quote is “Christ is the master of my fate. Christ is the captain of my soul” from Invictus’ Redeemed. Case aspires to be an engineer, accountant, translator or pilot.


Janie Holeck

Janie is a junior at West High School. Janie enjoys activities such as running, swimming, and hiking. Janie really enjoys anything that involves adventure. One of her favorite things is anything that has to do with water, such as lakes, pools, and the ocean. When Janie grows up one her career goal is to become either a dentist or a physician's assistant.


Fanco Irakoze

A Junior at South-Doyle High School, who enjoys playing sports and traveling. He has met many celebrities and pizza is his favorite food. Franco has also been in the audience of the BET Awards show. A fan of watching documentaries and sports, while also enjoying christian and rap music.


Jacqueline Ndabahekeye

Jackie is a rising senior at Fulton High School, and she enjoys being apart of Student Government Association there. Jackie also enjoys eating and working out, and socializing as well. A fun fact about Jackie: She is from Tanzania and is fluent in speaking Kirubi. She loves traveling and going places, seeing all of what God has to offer in this beautiful world. Her favorite quote is straight from scripture, Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am Your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you my righteous right hand. Jackie aspires to be a pharmacist or a missionary in the future.



Tyrone Shaw

Tyrone is a junior at South Doyle High School. Tyrone enjoys participating in football, track, and playing video games. Tyrone enjoys studying history, and his favorite football team is the Detroit Lions. In his free time, Tyrone enjoys spending time outside and playing sports. As well as listening to music such as Christian, rap, and hip-hop. When Tyrone grows up he aspires to be an FBI agent.


Lydia Messer

Lydia is a junior at West High school. In her free time, Lydia enjoys running, painting, and writing. Lydia enjoys being outside and photography and spending time with her friends. A fun fact about Lydia is that her favorite animal is actually an otter. Lydia has future plans to become a physical therapist.


Bryce Alexander Logan

Bryce is a rising junior at L&N STEM Academy who likes to sketch, play basketball, sleep in, and read his Bible for fun! He also enjoys taking care of his little nephews and his niece, and is a fan of the Golden State Warriors. Bryce’s favorite quote comes from scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. Bryce aspires to pursue a career in architecture one day.

Monica Johnson

Monica really enjoys writing and cheerleading, and a fun fact about her is that she can knit with her fingers.  One of her very favorite actresses is Viola Davis. She wants to be either an optometrist or a pediatric Dentist when she gets older.  Her favorite quote is “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King


Richard Brown

Richard is 16 years old going into his senior year of highschool.  He is a member and musician at Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church,  He enjoys singing and making music with his band or on his own.


Jose Osvaldo Contreras

Jose is a sophomore at Oak Ridge High school. Jose enjoys hiking, being outside, and running. As well as hanging out with his friends. When Jose isn’t outside he can be found listening various genres of music such as classic rock, rap, pop, and R&B, and playing board games, or watching shows such as documentaries, action and adventure, and sports.


Saria Drake

Saria loves to sleep, sing, and hike. Saria also enjoys Taco Bell and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Saria wants to be a Dental Hygienist someday! Saria loves to stay up late and sleep in late! Saria is clean, but unorganized. Saria loves Christian music, and well as pop! Saria is also a fan of romantic comedies and cartoons.


Asia Chesney

Asia is a member of the speech and debate team at her school. She not only enjoys acting but she won a state championship in group acting with her team. Asia works when she's not practicing and competing with her team. Her favorite quote is “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.


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Jackson McDonald

Jackson’s favorite hobbies are football and music specifically playing his Ukulele. He is sometimes shyer than others but he enjoys talking once he knows you. His younger brother is his favorite person. Jackson wants to be a teacher someday. He loves music, singing, and reading.


Emmah Sidoti

Emmah is a senior at Central High School. In her free time she enjoys eating Ice cream Preferably strawberry flavored and Leading worship. In the future, she hopes to be a missionary and her favorite quote is “time has woven courage on my skin and I will shed myself whole before it is taken away.”


Ashley White

Ashley is on the track team and likes to workout and be outside. She likes many types of music from country, R&B, Hip Hop and Gospel. Ashely's favorite animal is a dolphin and she wants to be a veterinarian someday to help animals. Ashley loves movies and taking time to relax.


Ayanna Albright

Ayanna is a rising Junior at L & N Stem Academy. She describes herself as being introverted, and needing personal time to re-energize. Some of the activities that she enjoys doing with her free time is listening to music, reading, relaxing, singing,and working out. Ayanna also enjoys watching TV shows that are filled with comedy and drama. The genres of music that she enjoys listening to is Hip-hop and Pop.


Michael Messer

Michael enjoys soccer, basketball, and photography. While he has been involved in sports all his life he has never broken a bone. His favorite ice cream is strawberry, and his favorite animal is a monkey. His favorite sports teams are the Browns, Cavs, Nets Bengals and Man City. In the future, he wants to be a traveler. Michael is a very outgoing person. His favorite quotes are “I should've burned this place down when I had a chance”- Michael Scott and “Beets, Bears, Battlestar Galactica” Jim Halpert


Grette Nicimpaye

Grette is a senior at Fulton High School. She has interesting hobbies that include playing soccer and tennis, watching netflix and being active. She loves to eat limes and her favorite milkshake flavor is cookies and creme. Her favorite quote is “ Loved you in your darkness” - Romans 5:8


Jalen Crippen

Jalen plays the trumpet and love basketball and learning about space. He has taken pictures with two of his dream cars which are rare in the US. His favorite car is a Porsche 918 Spyder and he loves the Golden State Warriors. Jalen wants to become an automotive designer and a professional trumpet player when he grows up. He has a wide range of music taste from rap to jazz. He also enjoys horror movies.


Brantley Hallford

Brantley enjoys doing many activities such as: dancing, reading, watching various movies, TV shows, and Netflix.She enjoys watching TV shows and movies that are full of comedy, action and adventurous, cooking, and drama. A fun fact that is really interesting is that she lived in Australia for 2 years. Brantley describes herself as being introverted, however, she describes herself as not being too shy or too outgoing.


Cooper Dewalt

Is a senior at West High School. He enjoys outdoor activities with friends specifically going to the Park. His Favorite Candy is sour Patch kids and has broken over seven bones in his left hand at once. His favorite quote is “I am just green with jealous rage right now” - Hot Rod. when he grows up he wants to be in the field of communications or business.


JeTori Howard

Jetori is a rising senior at Fulton High and a kind individual who describes herself as being a flower that is constantly blooming. She has an impressive sleep endurance even through the loudest situation, however, she also impressively awake and attentive to the people she cares deeply about. God, her family and friends are the many people that she holds very close to her heart. Jetori gets her energy from being around people that she cares about, however, she also re-energizes during her alone time depending on the situation. She is a young woman that is filled with love, hope, and faith. These are some of things, among many, that make up this blossoming flower.


Lewis Walton

Lewis loves photography, traveling, concerts, and hanging out with friends. She loves live music and seeing people perform live. Lewis loves cereal. She wants to be a social worker when she grows up. Her favorite kinds of music are Christian, rap, country, and pop. She likes to do a lot of things in her free time, including listening to music, watching TV, and playing board games. Lewis also enjoys romantic comedies.