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Matt Medearis, a Senior at University School of Jackson
5/12/97 (Newspaper Release)
admitted to the Yale Class of 2001!
Matt Medearis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter "Chip" Medearis of Lexington was
accepted to Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, for the fall semester.
Medearis is valedictorian of his senior class based on class rank for 8 semesters
at the University School of Jackson, where he is president of Mu Alpha Theta, a member
of the Science Bowl team, Quiz Bowl team, SGA General Assembly, Senate, Finance
Committee, Headmaster's List, Three Quarters Honor Roll Recipients and the National
Honor Society. Medearis is the 1996 Geometry Region Winner of the Tennessee Math
Teachers' Association State Math Competition and 1997 Advanced Topics II District
Winner (Calculus). At the JSCC College Preparedness Competition, Medearis was on the
first place team in Chemistry and Math in 1996 and Physics in 1997. Medearis took the
American High School Math Exam and scored a 100 which qualified him to enter the
American Invitational Math Exam where he led his team to a 6th place finish in the state.
Medearis attended the Governors School of International Studies where he
studied Japanese, National Business Week at Belmont College, National Young Leaders
Conference in Washington, D.C. and served as Junior Rotarian of the Month with the
Lexington Rotary Club.
Yale's highly selective Recruitment Committee admitted only 16.8 % of the
eligible candidates that applied to the 1997 freshman class. Yale is ranked #1 in the
nation by U.S. News and World Report among colleges and universities. Matt is the
brother of Brent Medearis. He is the grandson of Leroy Holmes and the late Evelyn
Holmes of Lexington, and Dora Medearis of Birmingham, Alabama and the late Walter
Medearis of Centerville, Tennessee.
(Press release May 23rd, 1996- Lexington Progress)
University School of Jackson held its 1996 Celebration
of Academic Excellence May 19, 1996 at the Poplar Heights
Baptist Church. Yale graduate Elizabeth Ford Hohenberg, a graduate
of Yale University presented the award on behalf of the Yale Club
Each year the Yale Club presents The Yale Shakespeare,
The Complete Works, edited and annotated under the direction
of Yale's Department of English to a select number of deserving
high school juniors.
The purpose of this award is to give recognition to the students
outstanding personal character and intellectual promise, attributes
Yale seeks in its own students.
The recipient of this award must first possess a sharp and
inquiring mind coupled with a capacity and desire to use it. The
student selected to receive this years Yale Book Award has outstanding
college board scores. His academic achievement is reflected by
his membership in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta,
and his participation and achievement as a member of the Math
Team and the Science Bowl Team. His courses have all been AP and
Honors Courses. His GPA is an incredible 4.11 on a scale of
4.0 and he ranks at the top of his class of 62 members.
The second criteria is a motivation to stretch one's capacity,
to go the extra mile and commit oneself to excellence in one's
chosen pursuits. Our recipient this year has mastered the discipline
of martial arts. He is a tennis player and a talented musician.
As if scholastics, athletics, and extra curricular activities
were not enough, he has amassed an impressive array of experiences
in the real world, having worked his way, at this tender age,
into assistant manager and supervisory positions.
Finally the candidate for this award must exhibit moral concern
and consideration for others, including public motivation and
the capacity to sacrifice the self for something larger. Our recipient
is active in his church and in church related community activities
and has even served as a missionary.
It is with great pleasure that I present this year's Yale
Book Award to Mr. Matt Medearis.
MATH: Math Awards: TN High School Mathematics
TMTA District Contest Geometry 1st place.
TMAT State Math: Geometry 5th place.
JSCC College Preparedness Math Competition: 2nd place.
Regional Division of All West Tennessee: Geometry 1st place
SCIENCE : JSCC College Preparedness Competition
in Chemistry: 2nd place individual competition. First place in
University School Of Jackson: May 19, Celebration of
(2 medals & 8 certificates)
First place AP Medalist American History
First place Medalist Honors Chemistry I
Academic Excellence Certificate Computer Applications I
Academic Excellence Certificate Government and Geography
Academic Excellence Certificate Honors II Algebra
Outstanding Academic Certificate Honor Roll
Governors School in International Studies
Matt will be attending the Governors School for International
Studies at the University of Memphis this summer.
Matt is the son of Chip and Anne Medearis. His brother Brent
attends the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and is majoring
in electrical engineering, computers, and mentoring in business
administration. Matt is the grandson of Leroy Holmes and the late
He is the grandson of Dora Medearis of Birmingham, Alabama
and the late Walter Medearis.