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The Columns: Alumni Reviews


Three continue True Blue legacy through Alumni Association scholarship

Zachary Brown
Zachary Brown

Three students with “True Blue” spirit will have assistance from the U of M Alumni Association when they enroll as freshmen this fall. And while they’re all fans of Tiger athletics, they’ve also discovered the University’s strong academics.

Zachary Brown of Lakeland is a graduate of Arlington High School, where he was a member of the National Beta Club, Art Club and soccer team. He received the President’s Award for Educational Achievement, including a letter from President George Bush. Zach has been active in the youth program at Bartlett United Methodist Church, singing in the youth choir and participating in athletics and service projects. In the “30 Hour Famine,” young people go 30 hours without food to make them more aware of hunger in developing countries and in the local community. As part of the Appalachian Service Project, Zach helped repair houses on a mission trip to Harlan County, Ky. “Zach was a member of my work crew, and he quickly demonstrated outstanding leadership among the team of adults and teenage workers,” says Ron Arrison, youth counselor and coordinator. “I was very impressed with his attitude and ability to teach youth with less experience. I quickly let him handle several complicated tasks with his own work crew knowing that he had the ability to complete the work and help the family we were assisting.”

Zach, who plans to study graphic design, is the son of Gina and Robert L. Brown Jr. and the grandson of Helyn Roberts Keith (BA ’82, JD ’86).

Ansleigh Morris
Ansleigh Morris
Ansleigh Morris is a graduate of Evangelical Christian School. She was president of the Bible Club, vice president of the Pep Club, and a member of Future Educators of America and the French Club. Ansleigh also served as a teacher’s assistant and a volunteer office worker at ECS, and won the National Citizenship Award. She was active in her church, teaching younger children and leading Bible groups. To add to those activities, she held a part-time job at a gift shop. “Ansleigh has exceptional organizational skills,” says teacher Catherine Hambright-Huntley. “I have noticed how precise she is. She has the capability to do multiple tasks with favorable results.”

Whenever she heard an infectious laugh in her classroom, Hambright-Huntley knew it was coming from Ansleigh. “She makes others feel good, feel encouraged and thankful to have her as a friend.”

She is the daughter of Paul and Dena Morris of Memphis and the granddaughter of Al Hollingsworth Jr. (BBA ’64) and the late Barbara Brewer Hollingsworth (BS ’63).

Joey Summers
Joey Summers

Joseph “Joey” Summers II graduated from Houston High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Key Club, as well as the Latin and German clubs. Joey, who is the third generation of his family to attend the U of M, plans to major in chemistry or pre-med. He participated in regional and state competitions for HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), and won first place in a career health display competition. Joey also was active in Germantown Baptist Church, serving as a worship leader and an assistant Sunday School teacher, and singing in the adult choir. “His outgoing personality, coupled with his academic achievement and his solid foundation in making quality decisions, places him at the top among his peers, teachers and administration,” says teacher Roger Harris. “One can readily see that his strong family values, church and work ethic plays out in his everyday life.”

Joey is the son of Dr. Samuel Summers and Kathryn Miller Summers of Germantown and the grandson of Johann Taylor Miller (BSEd ’80). His sister, Laurie Summers, received the Alumni Scholarship last year.

For more information on the program, call 901/678-2586 or 800/678-8729.

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