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.