Bella Cable, valedictorian, Harpeth
Bella Cable is the valedictorian of the Harpeth High School Class of 2023.
During her time at HHS, she was a member of the volleyball and track teams and the National Honor Society, serving as treasurer her senior year.
Her favorite memory was eating Cap’n Crunch in English class with her friends.
Cable plans to attend Tennessee Tech University and major in chemistry.
Ethan Merritt, salutatorian, Harpeth
Ethan Merritt is the salutatorian of the Harpeth High School Class of 2023.
He played golf, basketball and baseball for all four years of high school. He was also a member of the National Honor Society for two years.
His favorite memories are playing golf with Mr. Steve Wilson and the fellas and chill days in Mr. Ernest Bain’s class.
He plans to attend Tennessee Tech University and major in business.
Avery Wenning, valedictorian, Sycamore
Avery Wenning is the valedictorian of the Sycamore High School Class of 2023.
During his time at SHS, he played football his sophomore year and soccer his junior and senior years.
He served as Pep Club president his senior year and FCA president his junior and senior years. Additionally, he was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Sycamore Unified, National Honor Society and Student Council.
He was also named Mr. Sycamore High School and Homecoming’s best dancer – “don’t play with these hips,” he joked.
His favorite memory was leading the Pep Club at the Sycamore-Cheatham County football game during his senior year.
“We were down in the fourth, and it was like out of a movie when Rhett Hunt scored that final touchdown, the Pep Club had been loud all game and then we just went feral. I’ve never seen that kind of energy at Sycamore and there was no one on that Sycamore side who was not smiling. It was wild,” he said.
Wenning plans to attend Tennessee Tech University and earn a degree in chemical engineering.
Adam Hesselbacher, salutatorian, Sycamore
Adam Hesselbacher is the salutatorian of the Sycamore High School Class of 2023.
During his time at SHS, he has been a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, FCA, Chess Club, and served as vice president of Mu Alpha Theta. He also played in the band and was on the soccer team.
He was also involved in the youth group at Main Street Church of Christ that included many leadership and volunteer opportunities.
His favorite high school memory was seeing his friends every day.
Hesselbacher plans to attend Freed-Hardeman University and earn a Master of Accounting degree to become a CPA. He received the Trustee Scholarship and Honors Competition Scholarship from FHU.
Carter Pardue, valedictorian, Cheatham County Central
Carter Pardue is the valedictorian of the Cheatham County Central High School Class of 2023.
During his time at CCCHS, Pardue was involved in Cheatham County Unified as a Cub Buddy, a Civics Bee participant, served as the Hospitality Club treasurer, a member of Cubs for Christ, and played both basketball and baseball.
He earned District 9-AA All-Defensive and All-Tournament team honors in basketball and District 9-AA All-District, All-Tournament, and All-County honors for baseball.
His favorite basketball memory is when the team manager, his friend, Aaron, got to start his Senior Night and scored his first varsity basket. As for baseball, he enjoyed the team camaraderie and loved hitting a grand slam against Sycamore his junior season.
He will graduate with 26 college credit hours from Dual Enrollment and Austin Peay State University. He maintained a 4.0 throughout high school, earning several academic scholarships.
He plans to continue his education at Tennessee Tech University as a Presidential Scholar or potentially elsewhere to also play baseball for one of the schools offered.
His goal is to get a degree in business, followed by his Masters in Business Administration and potentially law school.
Syler White, salutatorian, Cheatham County Central
Syler White is the salutatorian of the Cheatham County Central High School Class of 2023.
While attending CCCHS, White participated in Cheatham County Unified as a Cub Buddy, served as the Hospitality Club president, was a member of Cubs for Christ, and played basketball for the Cubs. He earned District 9-AA All-District honors in basketball.
He will graduate with 16 college credit hours from dual enrollment with Austin Peay State University. He maintained a 4.0 throughout high school, earning several academic scholarships.
In the fall, he plans to continue his education at Belmont University. His goal is to become a mechanical engineer.