2020 Outstanding Alabama Homeschool Students
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2020 Outstanding Alabama Homeschool Students

Emily Butler

Lauderdale County
12th
4.0

Emily has accomplished many things in her short life, but one thing she is most proud of is that all of this has been accomplished as a “homeschooler.” The night she won the title of “Distinguished Young Woman,” one of the first things she said was that she couldn’t wait to compete as a homeschooler at the Alabama program and be a representative of how great homeschooling can be. Emily’s after graduation plans include a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Communication. College choice depends on scholarship opportunities.

Sarah Demeski

Morgan County
12th

Sarah was diagnosed with ASD at age five and has overcome so many obstacles. Sarah will graduate in May 2020 from Liberty Christian Academy with academic honors. She is an amazing artist, and attends dance class every week at Art in Motion in Huntsville Alabama. She plans on studying Art and Psychology She is also in the process of writing and illustrating her own book. Sarah plans on studying Art and Psychology. She is also in the process of writing and illustrating her own book.

Kaitlyn Hale

Baldwin County
12th
4.0

Kaitlyn’s exemplary character has been demonstrated over and over. She is a well-rounded student with interests in a wide range of subjects. Kaitlyn represents the homeschool community well and highlights the many school, community, and church activities available for a homeschool student. Kaitlyn plans to attend Coastal Community College for her Freshman & Sophomore years. She plans to move one of the larger Alabama universities for her Junior & Senior years. She plans to get a bachelor’s degree but has not determined which degree she will pursue.

Jasemyn Jelks

Cherokee County
11th
4.0

Throughout her high school career, Jazzie has successfully balanced volunteerism, schoolwork, and family time. She is involved in several extracurricular activities excelling in dancing and creative writing. Jazzie has also started her own business, “Jazzie Handbags”. I am touched that Jazzie cares deeply about leaving a healthy planet for future generations and plans to donate a portion of her profits to organizations that support that mission. Jasemyn plans to attend college after high school. She wants to study either creative writing or film and television.

Ellen Lanford

Mobile County
12th
3.5

Ellen’s newest addition to her community service is joining the Children of the American Revolution Society of Mobile Bay and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is looking forward to a lifetime of volunteer service with them promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. Ellen is projected to graduate in May 2020 with both her high school diploma and a certificate in Graphic Design from Coastal Alabama Community College. Ellen plans to attend Troy University in the Fall of 2020.

John David Merithew

Montgomery County
11th
4.0

What truly stands out about John David as his love for his Lord, Jesus Christ. It shines and everything that he does and in the character of who he is. He is humble, gentle, teachable and a strong leader in every Area of his life. He is a servant hearted, a gentleman, and loving, helpful & kind to the young children that our family serves in foster care. Plans to attend a UM and study engineering then advance on to Auburn University.

Sophia Robinson

Mobile County
11th
3.75

Sophia is a talented reader and thinker. She was able to hold her own, even surpass, many of the college students in this class. She was always prepared. A contemplative person by nature, she really absorbed some fairly deep concepts and was a contributing member to the class. She speaks knowledgeably and writes persuasively. She has opinions but is open to others and possesses a true spirit of humility. Sophia wants to pursue a college education that will enhance her dream and calling to work with children, youth, and families by using animal and art therapy.

Isabella Trent

Shelby County
12th
4.0
Bella is one of a kind. She is one of if not the most conscientious student that I have ever had the privilege of getting to know. Not only are her academic achievements stellar but the manner in which she influences her peers so positively both academically and socially is outstanding. She challenges those around her to be better. After graduation Isabella plans to attend university and pursue a major in International Relations. Bella would like to serve as a US Diplomat.

Alyssa Crooks

Limestone County
11th
4.0

Alyssa is a blessing to many–through her volunteer work with Downtown Rescue Mission, to Youth leader, to cosplay club organizer, to VBS recreation helper, and simply being a loving, encouraging daughter. She serves her church and fellow homeschoolers whenever she is able. Her joyful spirit is felt by all who come in contact with her. Alyssa’s post graduation plans include college and joining the police academy.

Paul Glenn

Jefferson County
12th
4.0

Paul has shown his understanding of events and concepts that were well beyond his years.  In scouts, Paul was great with explaining concepts to the younger scouts and if there was an area where we needed a scout to fill in, he was willing to do it even if he wasn’t excited about it. He would step in to fill the need while having a good attitude. Paul has been accepted to the University of Alabama at Huntsville for fall 2020. He received a full-tuition scholarship and was accepted to the honors college. He will be studying aerospace engineering and hopes to one day work for NASA.

Dagny Holt

Madison County
11th
4.3

Dagny Holt is a lovely young lady with grace, poise, and most importantly spunk. Dagny has taken the adventure of homeschool and used it to fill her days with exciting opportunities that most students her age don’t even know exist. Dagny plans to attend college and major in a STEM field. She is interested in the ROTC programs offered at many colleges which may lead to service in the military after she finishes her college education.

Jacob Jordan

St. Clair County
12th
3.7

Jacob is intelligent, but he is also creative and persistent. He is a masterful chef and baker, a carpenter, pen maker, musician, and a Life Scout on his way to Eagle. He understands how to be a part of any group and I feel that sets him apart as a remarkable lifelong student. Along with his many student successes, I have also witnessed Jacob as a kind, dedicated, and motivational piano teacher. Jacob plans to pursue a four-year accounting degree and then have a career in IT auditing.

Arden Markin

Tuscaloosa County
11th
5.0
Not only is Arden one of the brightest teens I have ever met, but he is also one of the most respectful and humble individuals I have ever worked alongside. He questions everything, not as a challenge, but to understand and grow as much as he can, all while helping the team around him succeed. His intended major is the field of aerospace engineering. MIT, Georgia Tech, Air Force Academy, Virginia Tech, or the University of Alabama are all potential schools that he is considering. After college and possibly grad school, He plans to work for NASA, SpaceX, or even the newly created Space Force.

Alyssa Picard

Marshall County
12th
4.3

Alyssa has grown into a passionate young woman who fights for what she believes in, works hard to make a difference, and dreams of changing the world in big ways. She has never lost her childlike faith or her drive. She plans to double major in both human rights and law, with dreams of being a human rights attorney.



Catherine Simpson

Catherine Simpson

Mobile County
11th
3.9

Jalynn Whitfield

Madison County
11th
4.0

Jalynn’s successes and accomplishments are not just in the fields of work/volunteer and academia. She is one of the sweetest, most respectful, insightful, mature, and precious students I have ever had the joy of teaching! Jalynn is planning on going to college to become a veterinarian, with a feline-based specialty. Upon graduation, Jalynn’s innovative idea is to promote what she refers to as “Stewardship Vet Clinics” staffed with specialists from multiple animal categories, devoted to applying Christian principles to dedicated, excellent animal care.