Tesa is a criminal justice/forensics major and Spanish minor at UT Martin. She is from Knoxville, where she graduated from Gibbs High School in 2019. After serving as a summer camp counselor last year, she worked at Zoo Knoxville earlier this year and will be attending the National Forensic Academy in July. A graduate of the 2018 Tennessee Governor’s School for International Studies, Tesa is currently a senior Innovator in UT Martin’s prestigious Ned Ray McWherter Institute leadership program. In her free time, she enjoys travel, reading, drawing, watching TV, and spending time with family and friends. She plans to pursue graduate study in forensics after graduating from UTM, and she hopes to make this summer as memorable and fun for GSH Scholars as her own time in Governor’s School!
Ashlyn, a sophomore marketing major and graphic design minor at UT Martin, graduated from McKenzie High School in 2021. Her UT Martin activities include the Ned Ray McWherter Institute, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She loves the color pink, dancing, cleaning and spending time with her roommates. When not working with Governor’s School in the summer, Ashlyn enjoys traveling to U.S. national parks, picking her family garden and going to Kentucky Lake. She cannot wait to meet her GSH students and looks forward to making memories with all of them!
Hanna is a junior secondary English education major with a minor in communications at UT Chattanooga. She is from Martin, where she attended GSH in 2019 and graduated from Westview High School in 2020. In her free time, she loves learning new instruments, watching her favorite movies (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Pride and Prejudice are her current movies on rotation) and spending time with friends. After graduating from UTC, Hanna plans to earn her master’s in education and hopefully become a teacher like Miss Honey from Matilda (one can only dream). This year marks her first year as a counselor, and she is so excited to meet everyone and be a part of GSH again!
Chase, who graduated from Bradford High School in 2018, is a May graduate of UT Martin who earned a B.S. in political science with a minor in computer science. He was a member of the UTM University Scholars Organization, and, after taking a year to work, he plans on applying to a series of graduate schools in pursuit of a Ph.D. in public policy. Chase enjoys tabletop roleplaying games, reading and spending time with friends. He served as a counselor for the 2021 GSH program, and he’s ready and willing to help this year’s Scholars however needed.
Jameila Pitts, a 2021 graduate of Halls High School, is a UT Martin sophomore majoring in health and human performance with a concentration in human performance and minor in nutrition. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a master of science in athletic training. Active in her home community of Halls, Jameila is a mentor to young girls in the Sister-to-Sister program; she is also a youth leader at Matthew Zion Baptist Church. On campus, she is active in the Black Student Association, UTM Office of Multicultural Affairs, SHAPE Club, Ned Ray McWherter Institute, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Student Government Association. She also currently holds the positions of corresponding and recording secretary in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and will serve as parliamentarian in the National Pan-Hellenic Council for the 2022-2023 academic year. Jameila enjoys listening to all genres of music, staying up to date with her favorite sports teams and players, and spending time with her family and friends.