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Class of 2022


Class of 2022

Class Size: 47

Valedictorians: Ben Altman, Rubric Barredo, Aaron Davis, and Gunner Schierling

Charter Members: 20 members of the Class of 2022, including all 4 of our Valedictorians, are Charter Students, having attended DCA since at least kindergarten.

Post-Secondary Plans

51.1% (24) 4-Year Public University

38.3% (18) 4-Year Private University

8.5% (4) 2-Year College/Technical

0.0% (0) United States Military

2.1% (1) Other

63.8% (30) In State

36.2% (17) Out of State/International

ACT Scores

 Top 25% Composite Average = 31.55

 Composite Middle 50% = 21-28

 All students are required to take the ACT at least once. Each student’s highest score is included in the following class averages: English: 25.13, Math: 23.81, Reading: 25.77, and Science: 24.49, with an overall average of 24.8.


College Level Courses

 75% (35) of the Class of 2022 participated in college level courses through Dual Enrollment and/or Advanced Placement programs during grades 11 and 12.

 649 total credit hours were earned. (AP course credit hours are based on a score of 3 or higher on the corresponding AP exam. AP students are required to take the exam.)

 Average credit hours earned per student in the Class of 2022: 13.81

 Average credit hours earned per student participating in college level courses: 18.54

 16 members of the Class of 2022 took 59 AP exams in 13 subjects. 83% (49) of those exams resulted in 3s or higher. Students earned a perfect score of 5 on 22 total exams, a score of 4 on 20 total exams, and a score of 3 on 7 total exams.


Other Noteworthy Academic Achievements

 The Class of 2022 has 4 AP Scholars with Distinction (Ben Altman, Rubric Barredo, Aaron Davis, and Gunner Schierling), 1 AP Scholar with Honor (John Crow), and 2 AP Scholars (Claire Glasgow and Shelby Rutzky).

 The Class of 2022 has 2 National Merit Finalists and Scholarship Recipients (Ben Altman and Gunner Schierling), and one National Merit Commended Student (Rubric Barredo).



 98% (46) of the Class of 2022 received scholarship offers from various colleges, universities, and organizations.

 94% (44) academically qualified for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship (21 ACT or 3.0 UGPA).

 9 Students (19%) also academically qualified for the General Assembly Merit Scholarship (29 ACT and 3.75 UGPA): Ben Altman, Rubric Barredo, Aaron Davis, Bradford Gaines, Claire Glasgow, Jake Owen, Shelby Rutzky, Gunner Schierling, and Alex Smiley.



 83% (39) of the Class of 2022 received additional academic, athletic, art, service, or citizenship scholarships from colleges, universities, or organizations, above and beyond the HOPE, GAMS, Aspire, or Tennessee Promise.



The Class of 2022 logged over 3,000 service hours during 2021-22 through DCA sponsored activities, not including Mission Trips.

Noteworthy Accomplishments and Events in the Arts

Band – 2021 Wildcat Marching Band Competitions:

Lebanon Blue Devil Marching Invitational - Overall Superior Band, 4th Place

Renaissance Regiment Marching Invitational - Superior Band, 3rd Place

TN Division I State Marching Band Championship - 9th in the State

Class of 2022 Individual Band Achievements:

TN All Mid State Bands - Alex Smiley, Clarinet - 11/12 Gold Band

Alex Smiley, our lone Class of 2022 band member is attending Tennessee Tech University, double majoring in Finance and Analytics. Alex plans to continue playing his clarinet in Concert Band in the Spring.

Choir – Rubric Barredo, Aaron Davis, Samantha Jackson, and Ethan Mintmire were selected for Mid-State Choir for Middle TN. Aaron Davis was selected for All-State Choir for the state of TN.

Legacy Show Choir accolades, led by seniors Rubric Barredo, Aaron Davis, Samantha Jackson, Ethan Mintmire, and Jules Twining:

Montgomery, AL Show Choir Competition: Highest Score from a Small School, Best Soloist in a Show - Samantha Jackson, Best Visuals, Best Show Design, 2nd Place in the Medium Mixed Choir Division

Albertville, AL Show Choir Competition: Best Vocals, Best Choroegraphy, Best Show Design, 1st Place - Small Mixed Category

Opelika, AL Show Choir Competition: 2nd Place Small Mixed Category

Theatre During the 2021-2022 school year, the DCA Theatre Department performed the play, The Election, as our annual Homecoming weekend production in the fall. Our annual spring musical production was Seussical. Notable lead performances by senior performers included Rubric Barredo, Aaron Davis, and Jules Twining in The Election and Rubric Barredo, Aaron Davis, Samantha Jackson, Ethan Mintmire, and Jules Twining in Seussical. Jules Twining will continue her theatrical studies at Trevecca Nazarene University, studying Theatre Education.

Noteworthy Accomplishments and Events in Athletics

Varsity Girls Basketball: Finished 3rd in the district, and advanced to the region tournament.

Varsity Football: Won the state championship for the 4th time in school history with a 12-1 record. Coach Paul Wade was named Coach of the Year. Bradford Gaines was a semi-finalist for Mr. Football.


Gunner Schierling was the 2022 recipient of the Admiral William P. Lawrence Award, presented to the top high school football scholar-athlete in the Middle Tennessee area based on scholarship, sportsmanship and value to his team. Gunner was also named a member of the 2022 National Football Foundation Team of Distinction, and will be included in a permanent digital display at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Varsity Boys Soccer: Won the District Championship.

Varsity Softball: Finished runner-up in the region tournament. Earned a first round bye in the state tournament, advancing to the Final Four of the state tournament. Finished as State Runner-Up. Best finish in school history.

Varsity Girls Tennis: Finished runner-up in the district. Ava Francis & Reese Aldridge won the Individual Doubles Championship over our second doubles team of Brynn Smith & Shelby Rutzky. Francis & Aldridge finished runner-up in region and advance to State Championship.

Varsity Track: Jaylee Lopez finished 3rd in region in long jump and advanced to the state track meet. Finished 5th in the State.

Varsity Volleyball: Finished 2nd in the district. Finished 3rd in the region. Competed in the state tournament the first time since 2007. Finished in the top 8.

Coach Danielle Moll named District Coach of the Year.

College Commitments:

Eleven student athletes (23%) from the Class of 2022 will continue their sport at the collegiate level. Andrew Behnke (baseball at UT Knoxville), Claire Cordell (volleyball at Point University), Nolan Forsha (football at Tyler Junior College), Aidan Francis (football at U. Rochester), Bradford Gaines (football at Lindsey Wilson College), Ashton Harris (lacrosse at Keiser U.), Jaylee Lopez (softball at Columbia State Community College), Sydney Russell (hockey at Stonehill College), Reagan Smiley (soccer at Tennessee Tech University), Dayton Sneed (football at Myrtle Beach Collegiate), and Julianne Twining (cheerleading at Trevecca Nazarene University).