Teledyne’s Graduating Class of 2011
Teledyne’s Engineered Systems Segment employees and their children have put on their graduation hats and robes, walked the walk, and received their hard-earned diplomas. The Class of 2011 included: 1 kindergarten graduate; 26 high school graduates, 1 who received an associate’s degree, 11 who earned bachelor’s degrees, and 4 who received master’s degrees. Congratulations to all the graduates!
Casey Whisenant, daughter of Joanna Whisenant, graduated from Mount Carmel Kindergarten, where she played on the Wildcats t-ball team. She also performs ballet, tap, and jazz with the Steps of Faith Performing Arts Center and is an Upward Cheerleader and member of the Sharon Johnston Tornadoes swim team and AWANA Club at her church. Casey enjoys running in local 5K races and triathlons and holds the Alabama State Record in the 3-year-old division of the 5K distance. She attends first grade at Mount Carmel Elementary School.
High School Graduates
Elizabeth Adlich, twin daughter of Sherry Adlich, is an honor graduate of Huntsville High School (HHS), where she finished with a 4.2 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. Elizabeth served on the Student Council for 4 years, two of which she was an officer, and she was active in Junior Civitan all 4 years, serving as vice president her senior year. She was a cheerleader 2 years, a cast member of the HHS theater production for 2 years, and acted as treasurer of the Silver Circle Service Club for 4 years. Elizabeth has taken dance lessons in jazz, tap, and ballet since she was 5 years old and most recently served as captain of the Ann Brown Company Dance Team. She is very active in her church and has gone on several mission trips. Elizabeth babysits and worked as an assistant to a wedding planner in her spare time. She attends Auburn University (AU), where she is undecided as to her major.
Emily Adlich, twin daughter of Sherry Adlich, graduated with honors from HHS with a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. Emily served as a Student Council representative for 3 years and was a member of the Junior Civitan, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Silver Circle Service Club, Spanish Club, and Chemistry Club. She also served on Huntsville Hospital’s Leadership Foundation for 2 years, where she helped raise funds to purchase equipment for the pediatric unit. Emily excelled in softball at HHS, playing 5 years for the HS team and serving as captain for 2 years. Her achievements in softball included: Wendy’s Heisman Award, selected as All-City Fast Pitch Softball Pitcher of the Year for 2 years, and named to the First Team All Region for 3 years. Outside school, she worked as a babysitter and was active in her church and went on several mission trips. Emily attends AU, where she is enrolled in the pre-nursing program.
Sarah Allen, daughter of Tim Allen, received an advanced diploma from Guntersville High School and was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. She was also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Junior Civitans, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Spanish Club, the Show and Concert Choirs, Ladies Chorale, Earth Club, Anchor Club, and Students Against Drunk Drivers. A member of the Honor Choir in high school, Sarah was selected to the All State Choir for 5 years and sang with the National Youth Choir that performed inNew York City at Carnegie Hall in 2008. She was active in musical theater for 6 years, performing in such productions as Annie Get Your Gun, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, Godspell, and Little Women. Her hobbies include camping, singing, boating, and playing guitar. Sarah is studying pre-med at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Caroline Armbrester, daughter of Paul Armbrester, graduated with honors from HHS, where she excelled in choral. She was selected as the Outstanding Choral Student and Outstanding Soprano of HHS, Outstanding Choral Student-First Alternate for Region 5, All-City Choir, and All-State Choir. She was also selected to sing with the American Honors Performance (Carnegie Hall debut) and for Junior and Senior Crew at Southwood Presbyterian Church. Caroline was a member of the Chemistry Club; Delta Tri Sigma; National Honor Society; Anchor Club; Crimson Beat; and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) as well as served as a senior class officer. In the community, she was a member of the Huntsville Hospital Leadership Foundation Leadership Council and the Gothic Guild Victorian Cotillion. She served as the featured speaker for the Corporate Sponsorship Kickoff for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation and was Student Director of Children’s Ministry at her church. Caroline attends the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (UA), where she is majoring in music business administration.
Shannon Baswell, daughter of Kelvin Baswell, is a graduate of Sparkman High School. She is very active in her church and went to a depressed area of Kentucky on a mission trip this past summer. Shannon also served as a volunteer after the recent area tornados serving food to First Responders. She enjoys reading and photography in her spare time. Shannon is interested in going into the medical field and plans to attend Calhoun Community College (CCC) for 2 years and then transfer to the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) to finish her 4-year degree.
Anna Bouska, daughter of Tom Bouska, is an honor graduate (3.7 GPA) of Grissom High School (GHS), where she received awards in her honors and AP classes. She was a member of the National English Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, Latin Club, Junior Civitan Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Politicos Club, Kappa Rho, and Invisible Children Club. She served as an officer of several of these clubs as well as a class officer. Anna was leader/head leader of Young Life, was a member of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Leadership Counsel, and helped organize Red Cross blood drives, relief for the 2010 Haiti disaster, and a powder-puff charity fundraiser. She was selected to theHomecoming Court for 2 years and was a Les Belles Pageant third runner-up. In the community, Anna volunteered at a retirement home, with underprivileged children on missions and at retreats, as an art teacher atLincolnVillage, and with the Rescue Mission and Special Olympics. She was the recipient of the UAB Collegiate Honors Scholarship, UAB Leadership Housing Scholarship, Sid Ingram PTSA Scholarship, Meg Ingram Leadership Scholarship, and the Pepsi/Buffalo Rock Leadership Scholarship. Anna attends UAB, where she is majoring in healthcare management.
Robert Brown, son of Paul Brown, graduated with honors from Arab High School with a 4.03 GPA – one of seven out of a class of 187 to achieve this distinction. He was a member of the National Beta Club, Spanish Honor Society, and Health Occupations Students of America. Robert played saxophone in the jazz, symphonic, and marching bands, in which he was the section leader his senior year. He played high school soccer 5 years and was named as a scholar athlete of the Marshal County Athletic Association for demonstrating excellence in both academics and athletics. Robert attends UAB, where he was awarded a 4-year Golden Excellence Scholarship. He is majoring in biomedical engineering and hopes to one day advance the design and development of internal and external prosthetics.
Mandy Clayton, daughter of Dawn White, is a graduate of HHS, where she was a member of the concert and marching bands all 4 years, the latter of which she was drum major her senior year. She played flute and was first chair for 3 years. Mandy made the All-District Band for 2 years and participated (through invitation) with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Honors Band for 3 years. She was a member of the Math Club for 2 years and was a National Honor Society invitee. Mandy attends Jacksonville State University, where she received a full Honors Scholarship and Band Scholarship and is a member of the Marching Southerners. She is majoring in music and will seek a minor in biology.
Robin Davis, daughter of Umeka High, graduated from Lincoln County High School, where she played basketball all 4 years. She received the basketball Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player awards and was a member of Who’s Who in High School Basketball. A basketball player since fifth grade, Robin was a part of the State Championship Team in 2010 while playing Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) ball in Moore County, Lynchburg, Tennessee. The team went on to compete in the AAU 16 and Under age group at Nationals held at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL, where they placed 9th out of 56 teams. Robin is active in her church as an usher, choir member, and youth class teacher. She enjoys music, spending time with her family and friends, and doing hair braids and weaves. Robin would even like to attend Cosmetology School after college. She received the Tennessee Hope Scholarship, the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Scholarship, and a basketball scholarship from Dyersburg State Community College in Dyersburg, TN, where she is majoring in Management Information Systems.
Brian (Woody) Evans, son of Brian Evans, is a graduate of Whitesburg Christian Academy, where he was a member of the basketball team, yearbook and newspaper staff, and the Student Leadership Institute. He is very active in his church and is a member of the Royal Ambassadors and Challenger youth mission groups. Brian served as a recent disaster relief volunteer, helping with major cleanup of storm debris in hard stricken areas. In his spare time, he likes to go 4-wheeling; work on diesel and gas engines; and do yard work, landscaping, and farming. He is known at his school as the guy with the tools and a smile who is willing to always help others with stalled vehicles, building maintenance, or muscle work. Brian received a scholarship from TriGreen John Deere in Huntsville and is attending Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he is majoring in agriculture technology.
Austin Fogg, son of Tony Fogg, earned an Advanced Diploma from Ardmore High School, where he earned a 4.3 GPA. He played varsity baseball and basketball for 4 years, earning the Senior Award in baseball when the team advanced to the second round of playoffs. Austin was a member of the Math Club, Science Club, Senior Beta Club, BoysState, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Active in his church, Austin has been the lead guitar player in the church’s Youth Praise Band for 3 years. He enjoys playing guitar, fishing, and kayaking in his spare time. Austin received a President’s Scholarship to UAH, a UAH Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship, and the UAH NEC Electronics, Inc. Engineering Scholarship. He attends UAH, where he is majoring in electrical engineering.
Amelia Greising, daughter of Mark Greising, graduated from Westminster Christian Academy, where she was the Science and Engineering Fair winner in the Senior Division for 4 years. She went on to compete at the Alabama Regional and Alabama State Science and Engineering Fairs, earning top awards and various kinds of recognition for her entries. Amelia was a winner of the Reflections contest in the story-writing competition, was a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and was cheerleading captain for the JV football cheer squad. In addition to playing soccer, softball, and volleyball, Amelia played basketball for 11 years and was selected to the All-County team and the MPRA All-Star team. Outside school, she was an avid ice skater for 8 years, earning silver and gold at four team events, and she was a member of the Girl Scouts of American and her church’s youth group. Amelia is studying early childhood elementary education at UAB.
Hanna Hicks, daughter of Shawn Hicks, is an honor graduate of Hazel Green High School, where she was an Alabama Girl’s State Representative (was elected to Girl’s State Alabama Board of Education) and a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, soccer team (received accomplishment award), and the Writers Bowl Team. She received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and a Presidential Scholar Award as well as academic honors and achievement awards in various AP and other upper-level courses. Hanna was named the Madison County Career Technical Center Outstanding Student; was nominated to attend the National Young Leaders Conference and be a member of the official state ofAlabama delegation to Spain France, andItaly; and was selected as her school’s Trojan Ambassador and the Virginia Renfro Award of Excellence runner-up. A dance student in point ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing since age 6, Hanna is an accomplished dancer and has performed with the Steps of Faith Dance Company. She has gone on several missions with her church and has volunteered with the tornado relief efforts, the Downtown Rescue Mission, Burritt Museum, and Special Olympics. Hanna was accepted into and received a scholarship to the University of North Alabama (UNA) Honors Program and was the recipient of a UNA Academic Scholarship, a NASA Marshall Association Scholarship, and an Eagle’s Nest Ministries Youth Scholarship. She is pursuing a degree in elementary education.
Katie Holland, daughter of Marty Hall, graduated from Fairview High School in Cullman, where she was a member of the Student Council and served as treasurer for 2 years. She was also a Key Club member for 3 years, ran track for 2 years, and was a 4-year member of Youth for Christ. Involved in cheerleading for the past 12 years, Katie was a varsity cheerleader all 4 years of high school, serving as captain 1 year. She attends The Salon Professional Academy Beauty School in Huntsville, from which she received a scholarship.
Natalie (Nat) Knox, daughter of Lisa Knox, is an honor graduate of GHS, where she was ranked third in her graduating class. She is a National Merit Commended Student, received the President’s Gold Award for Educational Excellence (4.0 GPA or higher) and the U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, and was selected as the GHS Math Student of the Year. Nat was a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Reach Club, and Volleyball Team (1 year). She is an active member of her church youth group and a participant in MFUGE missions work inNashville. Nat volunteered as an elementary school tutor and peer tutor at GHS. An avid reader, she also enjoys watching movies with friends, going to the beach, and watching/participating in sports events. The recipient of a UA Presidential Scholarship, Nat is enrolled in the UA School of Arts and Sciences but is unsure as to her major yet.
Jarrett Love, son of Darrell Love, graduated from East Limestone High School with an Advanced Diploma. He was a member of the Honor Science Club and Spanish Club and was a member of the band for 2 years, one of which he played drums in the marching band for 1 year. Jarrett excelled in football, playing varsity all 4 years of high school. The team advanced to the second round of regional playoffs his junior year. He served as captain his senior year and will be honored when the school places his photo, along with three other teammates, on the wall of the new gymnasium in recognition of their accomplishments as athletes. Jarrett received the Most Improved Player award and was named to the All-Area Team his junior year. He enjoys 4-wheeling, basketball, golf, and hanging out with his friends. Jarrett is attending UA, where he is majoring in computer science.
Kelly McDerby, daughter of Lori McDerby, received an Advanced Diploma from Bob Jones High School (BJHS) and was on the A/B honor roll. She was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Latin Honor Society, swim and dive team, Choral Patriot Singers, and Beta Club. The choir performed atCarnegieMusic Hall inNew York City, and they captured gold at national competitions every year she was a member. Kelly performed community service as a member of Tri-M, and her swim/dive team captured first place every year at state competitions. She is a member of the performance team with the Fitness Arts Irish Dancers and a member of the Irish Society of North Alabama. The Irish dancers performed at the Von Braun Center, various St. Patrick’s Day parades, the Madison Street Festival, and numerous other community events. Kelly was the recipient of the Freshman Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship, a Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship, and a Mississippi State University (MSU) Bagley College of Engineering Scholarship. She is attending MSU and majoring in chemical engineering.
Alex Olson, son of Eric Olson, graduated with honors from Grafton High School inYorktown,VA. Alex excelled in baseball, playing first baseman on the varsity team during high school. He was selected to the first team, All-Bay Rivers district, and second team on the All-Region 1 teams. Alex received many honors in baseball and was recognized by his coach with the Leadership Award. He was also selected by all sport coaches as the recipient of the Paul Kirby Sportsmanship Award, which is given to the student athlete who exemplifies the highest degree of sportsmanship in his sport as well as supports all other sports as an enthusiastic fan. Alex was also a member of the Future Business Leaders of American and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received the Charles Carroll Scholarship, Hilger Tradition Award, and the Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Educational Grant to Carroll University in Waukesha, WI, where he was accepted into their 6-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. He will also play baseball for the Carroll University Pioneers.
Jessica Palmier, daughter of Mike Poole, is a graduate of GHS. She worked part-time during her senior year and enjoys photography in her spare time. Jessica also serves as a volunteer working with children at her church’s Sunday school. She is majoring in nursing and plans to attend CCC for one year before transferring to UAB to complete her degree.
Logan Rogers, son of Diane Rogers, received an Advanced Diploma from Ardmore High School. He played soccer for 3 years, serving as captain and receiving the spirit award. Logan was a member of the Future Farmers of America and was a community service volunteer on the First National Bank Student Advisory Board. He is active in the youth group of his church, volunteering with such disaster relief efforts as Hurricane Katrina and area tornados that swept the southeast in April. Other activities with his church include singing in the youth choir, serving as a children’s activities assistant, and volunteering as a sound system technician. Logan attends UAH and is undecided as to his major at this time.
Jake Russell, son of Ed Russell, graduated with honors and received an Advanced Diploma from BJHS, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society. He played on the Varsity tennis team for 4 years and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and First Priority. The tennis team won sectional during Jake’s junior year and advanced to the state tournament both his junior and senior years. He won the team’s Most Improved Player award for 2 years. Jake also participated in U.S. Tennis Association junior tournaments outside school. An active member of his church, Jake sings in the choir and has participated in tornado relief efforts and worked with urban ministries with his church youth group. He received a Presidential Scholarship and Engineering Leadership Scholarship from UA, where he is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Patrick Saik, son of Rich Saik, is a graduate of GHS, where he was a member of the Spanish and Junior Civitan Clubs. He was very involved in his church during high school and served as a volunteer there with two programs that minister to mentally handicapped adults. Also, Patrick and other church youth prepared and served dinners at monthly “Good Neighbors” events, and he served as a counselor to the North Alabama Conference’s “Special Camps” at Camp Sumatanga near Oneonta, AL. He also worked part-time atBrookdale Place while attending high school. Patrick has played recreation soccer since age 4, and his hobbies include building computer systems and playing guitar. He earned an Auburn Achievement Scholarship and attends college there pursing a degree in electrical engineering.
Abby Shelton, daughter of Mark Shelton, graduated in the Top 10% of her class with a 4.0 GPA from Sparkman High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was section leader and first chair flute in the school band and was named to the All-State Red Band and All-State Orchestra. Abby placed fifth at the Solo Festival with the All-State Band and was a member of the UAH Invitational Wind Ensemble. She also was the Principal Chair flute with the Huntsville Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Concerto competition winner of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. Active in her church youth group, Abby has gone on several mission trips and participated in her school’s monthly prayer breakfasts. She received the prestigious UA James V. Mitchell Crimson Scholarship and the Million Dollar Band and Wind Ensemble Participation Scholarship. Abby is majoring in biology and minoring in flute performance at UA. She plans to go on to graduate school at UAB, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in genetics and genomic sciences.
Brandon Teal, son of Ron Teal, graduated in the Top 10% of his class at BJHS, earning an Advanced Diploma and 4.0 GPA. Brandon was a member of the Beta Club and National English Honor Society, and he was dual enrolled at CCC during his senior year at Bob Jones. He was also an active member of his church youth group. Brandon was accepted into AU’s Honors College and received the AU Founders Scholarship. He is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Stephen Westbrook, son of DeeDee Westbrook, graduated from HHS, where he played baseball all 4 years and helped his team capture the 2011 6A Alabama State Baseball Championship. He assisted with all Big Red baseball camps and helped coach the school’s powder puff football team. Stephen was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Interact Club, and the basketball team (freshman year). He was a HHS peer helper at Monte Sano Elementary School and was nominated for the Good Citizenship Award and iKind Award. An active member of his church, Stephen worked with youth ministry, participated in varying mission opportunities, and served as a youth mentor. He was offered academic scholarships to theUniversity of Mississippi and Mississippi State University but opted to attend AU and pursue a degree in nursing. Stephen plans to continue his post-graduate education and become a nurse anesthetist.
Zack Winsett, grandson of Sue Winsett, graduated from Home Life Academy. He enjoys athletics, speaking, and music. He previously played baseball on his high school team, and, last year, he learned to play the violin, joined the Tennessee Fiddle Orchestra, and participated in their concerts. Zack also enjoys playing guitar and singing with his friends around a bonfire. For the past 4 years, he volunteered as a walking team leader at the Juvenile Diabetes Walk in Huntsville. Through his church, he participated in Lads to Leaders; volunteered helping the elderly; attended numerous Christian development camps, and spoke in front of several congregations. He was also awarded $1,500 as the winner of the Lion’s Club Drug Essay District Contest. Zack, who was awarded the 7-UP College Scholarship Annuity, attends Freed-Hardeman University and is studying psychology. His goal is to someday help young people deal with everyday life issues.
Lauren Wood, daughter of Terri Wood, graduated in the top 15% of her class with an Advanced Diploma from BJHS. She was a member of the Math, French, and English Honor Societies; the National Honor Society; Beta Club; French Club; Book Club; and Art Club. Other activities included studying Triad Martial Arts, where she received a purple strip belt. Lauren also plays violin and was a member of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra for 5 years. She received a UA Presidential Scholarship and a scholarship from the UA School of Engineering. Lauren was accepted into UA’s Honors College and their Blount Undergraduate Initiative, where she is pursuing a double major in computer science and math.