Ford Lincoln of Franklin's Students of the Week for April 24
Ford Lincoln of Franklin's Student of the Week highlights accomplishments by the city’s outstanding high school students.
Each week, one student from each high school is chosen by their principal to be featured for achievements including citizenship, volunteerism, leadership, academics, and much more.
Anna Wyer -- Franklin High School
Anna Wyer’s career goal may surprise some. She plans to major in criminal justice and hopes to have a career in law enforcement. She’s already on her way, as a member of the Explorers Post attached to the Franklin Police Department.
Asked what appeals to her about law enforcement, she quickly answers, “I like to serve the community.”
But that’s not why the FHS junior was nominated as this week’s Student of the Week for her school.
“Anna assisted us with starting a Chinese Mandarin program for next school year by recruiting other students interested in the course,” assisted principal Niki Patton says. “She also successfully campaigned for the course to be offered at the honors level.
“Many days after school you will see Anna working hard with friends,” Patton adds.
Anna participates in Franklin’s Linguistic Olympiad and STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) in addition to the Explorers.
At the moment, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is her No. 1 college choice.
Anna is the daughter of Steven and Barbara Wyer.
Rebecca Dumke -- Centennnial
Rebecca Dumke IS Centennial High School. The student body loves to share her love of the Cougar Nation.
“Rebecca epitomizes school spirit here at Centennial. Her tremendous work ethic through student council is surpassed only by her winning personality,” principal Dr. Parker Altman says.
Looking forward, Rebecca is heading to Mississippi State University next fall, where she plans to study marketing. She picked MSU because it offers everything she is looking for , including being a big SEC school. “The scholarships were great too,” she adds.
Prior to taking the reins of leading the entire student body, Rebecca was junior class president -- a huge job that included being in charge of prom. This year, her role involves “organizing more bigger picture things.”
In addition to student government, Rebecca’s active in CHS’ Habitat High Club and DECA. A DECA project she worked on was recently selected to be presented at the national DECA conference in Anaheim, Calif. But she won’t be going. It’s the same weekend as prom, and the student who just won the Senior Superlative title of Miss CHS isn’t about to miss that.
“Rebecca is truly an amazing person,” said student government advisor and CHS teacher Jennifer Beasley. “She is a hard worker, super-organized and has so many strengths and talents. More importantly, she has a spirit of giving and kindness and really wants to make her school, her community and her world a better place.”
Rebecca is the daughter of Catherine and Brad Dumke.
Kaylie Kawamura -- BGA
Being on the Honor Council is “the biggest honor at BGA,” says Kaylie Kawamura. Being president of the Honor Council makes that honor even more significant.
Kaylie explained BGA has an Honor Code that all students pledge to follow. When infractions, like lying, cheating, stealing occur, those cases are brought before the council, which is comprised of six students. There are three faculty reps, but only the student members can take part in the vote about what action should occur.
Kaylie also is a peer leader, a member of the volleyball team, National Honor Society, Cum Laude, an officer of SAP, a community service organization, and head of camp at BGA’s Kids Academy.
"Kaylie is a lovely young lady who is always prepared, pleasant, and ready to learn,” her French V teacher, Dr. Ashlee Headrick, shares. “She consistently works hard and participates. It is a true pleasure to have her in class."
A senior, Kaylie plans to attend Miami University in Ohio and major in family studies. “I hope to be a child life specialist or be involved in non-profit work,” she says.
The daughter of Ed and Trish Kawamura, Kaylie was born in Arizona and lived in Texas before moving to Franklin when she was 4. One of her favorite pastimes is wakeboarding at Center Hill Lake.