Mom, son graduate
on same day
It was a memorable – and hectic – day for Lisa Haile and her son, Sterling McClain, on May 11. That’s the day they both graduated from college.
McClain graduated from MTSU with a bio-chemistry degree. He plans to attend Lincoln Memorial University College of Medicine.
Haile graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors with a pre-law degree from Motlow College. She plans to finish the final two years of her pre-law degree at Tennessee State University.
“Sterling’s graduation was at 9 a.m. at MTSU,” said Haile. “I was supposed to be at mine at 1 p.m. to get in line. I didn’t make it in time, but they let me slide in on the back row so I could walk. I didn’t get to go across with the other H’s, but they were very understanding.”
Haile said two ceremonies in one day was certainly stressful.
“It was a mad drive to say the least,” she said of the trip from MTSU to the Motlow campus in Moore County. “I was focused on Sterling’s graduation first and foremost, but the fact I could make it to mine was great. I never dreamed I would graduate with my son. It was a big day for our family.”
The United States Achievement Academy has named Shelby Lane Newman, an upcoming senior at Warren County High School, as a student of excellence in social studies.
The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students. Students are considered upon recommendation of teachers, coaches, counselors, and other qualified sponsors and upon the standards for selection set forth by the academy.
Nominated for the honor by Laura Lippe, an AP history teacher at WCHS, Newman will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook which is published nationally.
Newman is daughter of George and Heather Newman of McMinnville. Grandparents are Ed and Mamie Newman and Danny and Dottie Hillis, all of McMinnville.
During its spring 2013 commencement exercises, Bethel University awarded degrees to deserving students.
Graduating from the College of Liberal Arts with a bachelor of science was Rebekah Margaret Mahoney.
Headquartered in McKenzie, Bethel University is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate’s degrees through a variety of learning platforms. To learn more about Bethel University, visit www.bethelu.edu.