Memphis City Schools


Most Recent Notable Accomplishments
  • Recognized as a National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America
  • Straight A's on Tennessee state report card
  • Level 5 TVAAS school (highest score) in all content areas for student growth
  • Top 5 ranking for the last five years in National Math and Science League competitions
  • Top 10 national ranking in the American Mathematics Competition
  • 1st place in Tennessee and Southeast Region in eCYBERMISSION STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition
  • Top ranking in Algebra I and Geometry in Tennessee Mathematics Teachers' Association contest
  • Numerous other local, state, and national awards in academics and performing arts


2016-2017 Recognitions


Michael Howse Jr. Awards Program:

On Tuesday, May 16th, White Station Middle School presented the annual Michael D. Howse Jr. Student Athlete awards program. The award is named after a former White Station Middle student who passed away in 2009. Michael Howse Jr. was the epitome of a White Station Middle School Spartan. He lived with a passion for academics, athletics and people that should be modeled by us all. His memory will be forever carried on by students, faculty and staff that try to demonstrate the same characteristics that made him so special to all of us. 

This award, the highest individual honor we present at our school, is presented to both a male and female student who excels academically, athletically, and socially. Students must meet academic and athletic eligibility requirements and have three recommendations from teachers and/or coaches. The students must also write an essay that covers a topic regarding leadership and what it means to be a White Station Spartan. 

This year's finalists were all very deserving and should be extremely proud of being one of six students to be considered for this award. The female finalists were Gabby Harrison, Kyla Mason, and Samantha Thornton. The male finalists were Carson Brimhall, Daniel Gwin, and Charlie Huebner. 


The winners of this year’s Michael D. Howse Jr. Student Athlete award were Samantha Thornton and Daniel Gwin. Each student received a plaque and each read his or her winning essay to the student body at the ceremony. These two young people exemplify what this award is all about and represent the very best that White Station Middle has to offer. Congratulations to Samantha Thornton, Daniel Gwin, and the rest of the finalists for this very prestigious honor. 

2016-2017 Michael D. Howse Jr. Student Athletes

ProjectCSGirls Competition:

  • Congratulations to Breeze Smith, Elle Spikner, and Amarie Raymond for being semifinalist in the 2016-2017 ProjectCSGirls Competition. The ladies theorized about a "Sugar Patch" for kids with Diabetes to help control sugar levels. They were one of 78 teams to make it to the semifinals.

MakerMinded Competition:

  • Congratulations to our Science Department! Our school was among the highest scoring schools during this year’s MakerMinded competition. They will be recognized at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit in Murfreesboro on May 24th. As recognition for their hard work and commitment to STEM, our science department will receive a virtual reality cart, complete with a desktop, a headset, and a projection monitor so that all students can participate.

Sports Update for 05/15/17:

Baseball: The WSMS baseball team capped off a very successful season by winning their 5th consecutive SCIAA Championship with a 20-5 win over Germantown and the first ever TMSAA West TN Sectional Championship with a 10-5 win over Haywood County. The team was led all season by their experienced leaders, 8th Graders, Colbin Tyson, Sam Brumbaugh and Tyler Jordan. Other 8th graders that contributed to our successes were Carson Brimhall, Gordon Brode, Frenaldo Edmonds, and Tate Somers.

The future is very bright for the baseball Spartans as they return a wealth of players for the next two years. 7th graders Collin Brindley, Drake Cook, Hank Hisky, Dewey MacGregor, Nathan O'Neal Ben Roan, and Coleman Stephens will come back with high expectations to continue the program's success.

The most exciting part of the future lies with our 6th grade class that has huge potential to do great things. We are extremely excited to see what Caleb Cook, Justin Dezinski, Walker Foy, Adam Leith, Joey Lyons, Frank Allen Pitt, Cole Pratt, Ben Turner, and Law Wright will do as they continue to develop into the next group of Spartan baseball champions.

Coach Thornton would like to thank his dedicated coaches, parents and supporters for all of their selfless commitments to make our season as successful as it was.

Softball: The softball team won their 5th consecutive SCIAA Championship Tuesday night defeating Kate Bond 14-7. They then played in the first ever West TN Sectional Championship Thursday. While the Spartans played one of the best games of the season they came up short in the sectional game against Munford. Members of the team are:

  • 6th Grade: Christina Askew, Ava Bradley, Samantha Canale, Christalyn Higgins
  • 7th Grade: Isabella Canale, Reagan Fiore, Ella Jones, Sydney Thornton, Makaylia Walton
  • 8th Grade: Journey Custer, Amanda Matheney, Kaylee Nidiffer, Evy Ozment, Kendra Sandlin, Sara Williamson

3 year 8th Graders who won three straight SCIAA Championships: Cailey Nix, Samantha Thornton

Boys’ Soccer: The members of the 2017 SCIAA and West TN Sectional Championships are:

  • 6th Grade: Tray Holmes, Yuriq Martin
  • 7th Grade: Andrew Araya, Guillermo Lopez, Fares Sakaan
  • 8th Grade: Jonas Boughter, Abner Fernandez, Gino Giorgianni, Nate Gorfe, Justin Harris, Garret Hartline, Michael Hill, Jesus Ibarra, Gabriel Lenge, Carlos Mercado, Kyle Mesler, Platiny Nshimirimana, Richard Orellana

Boys’ Track: The boys' track team won the West TN Sectional championship on May 6th.

  • 1st place finishers were: Dorian George 110 meter hurdles; 800-meter relay consisting of Jaylen Caver, Dwight Holmes, Kendall Mathis and Reggie Brown
  • 2nd place finishers were: Jaylen Caver long jump
  • 3rd place finishers were: Jeremy Boyland shot put; 1600-meter relay consisting of Dwight Holmes, Chandler Campbell, Dylan White and Greg Rubin
  • 4th place finishers were: Daniel Gwin discus and Greg Rubin 400-meter dash

The boys who finished in the top 4 qualify to compete at the state championship being held at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN on Saturday May 20th.

Do The Write Thing Challenge:

  • Two sixth grade students, Ashley Alveraz and Noah Canny, were recognized at the “Do The Write Thing” banquet on April 27.  “Do The Write Thing Challenge” is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of community, business and governmental leaders who have come together to reduce youth violence across the United States.  Both students’ essays were chosen among hundreds of entries as exemplars as to what should be done to change our culture of violence.  Thanks to Ms Patrick and Mr Westervelt for encouraging and preparing their students to become great writers! 

Sports Update for 05/08/17:

  • Congratulations to both the Girls’ and Boys’ Tennis Teams for their outstanding winning records this year.  The Boys Team had an 8-1 record, and the Girls’ team had a 5-4 record.  The boy’s team consisted of Abhinay Lingareddy, Taylor Tacker, Raj Gosain, Jason Tang, Drew Davis, Seth Khokhar, Hugh Ferguson, Kaustubh Koya, Larry Rivers, and Amarius Wilson. The girl’s team consisted of Indira Mummareddy, Raelon Dahmer, Dinah Patt, Laura Lang, Astrid Balink, Tatum Lindy, Sofia Gosain, Maanasa Yepuru, Olivia Hankins, and Priyanka Agarwal.  Great job for representing WSMS!! 
  • Congratulations to Abhi Lingareddy and Taylor Tacker who won the Shelby County Middle School Tennis Doubles Championship. 

SCIAA Student Athletes for 2016-2017:

  • The SCIAA Student-Athletes for the 2016-2017 school year are Gino Giorgianni and Samantha Thornton. SCIAA (Shelby County Interscholastic Athletic Association) recognizes one male and one female student-athlete for their high GPA, exemplary conduct, and great sportsmanship.  Gino is a member of the boys’ soccer team and also is in geometry, physical science, and Spanish I. Gino is a key part of the success the soccer team has had this season. His smart play on the field is a great addition to the team, which has contributed to their undefeated season. Samantha is a student-trainer for the football team and a member of the softball team. She also is in Algebra I, physical science, and Latin I. Samantha, a three-year starter and two-time SCIAA Champion for softball, is a tough competitor that will play any position for her team. Gino and Samantha will be recognized for their achievements during a banquet in May.  

Sports Update for 05/01/17:

Baseball: The Baseball team will defend their SCIAA Champion title the week of May 1-5. 

Softball:   The ladies will defend their SCIAA Champion title the week of May 1-5.   

Boys’ Soccer: The boys’ soccer team defeated Hickory Ridge on Thursday to win the city/county championship. The game could not be decided in regulation or in two overtime periods. The contest went to PK's and our boys emerged victorious, 3-2. The team is now 11-0-1 as it heads into the sectional tournament this weekend.  The team plays Saturday in the semi-finals at Cordova High School; game time is 10:00. The sectional championship game will take place 30 minutes after the completion of the semi's.

Boys’ Track:  The boys track team will compete for the city championship Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 am at Whitehaven Stadium. The boys who place in the top four will continue on to the TMSAA West Tennessee sectional held on May 6 at Whitehaven Stadium.

Girls’ Track: Congratulations to the White Station Middle school girls’ track team for their division wins. 

In Field Events: 

  • Discus – Kori Campbell and Nia Silas 
  • Shot – Kori Campbell and Nia Silas 
  • Long Jump – Nylah Horton 
  • High Jump – Nylah Horton, Malone Jimmerson and Sihirah Reese 

Running Events: 

  • Hurdles – Brianna Rochelle and Sihirah Reese 
  • Mile Run – Emmett Campbell, Elina Salian, and Kaitlyn Thomas  
  • 800 Run – Mary Hatley and Amalie Vacanti 
  • 400 Relay – Lillian Campbell, Raelon Dahmer, Nylah Horton, and Mary Pittman 
  • 800 Relay – Raelon Dahmer, Mary Pittman, Sihirah Reese, and Cayenne Stephens 
  • Mile Relay – Ayrika Anderson, Jacinta Nwokeji, Delanie Roberts, and Elle’ Spikner



Math Competition:

  • Congrats to Amanda Zhou and Sydney Chase!  Saturday, April 22nd, they competed in the 3rd Annual Math Invitational for Girls.  Amanda Zhou earned first place in 7th grade individual round and Sydney Chase received third place.  Great job! 

ELITE Spartans for the 3rd Nine Weeks:

Congratulations to the following students from each team who were recognized by their teachers as being ELITE Spartans for the 3rd nine week period. ELITE Spartans exhibit Excellence, Learning, Integrity, Teamwork, and Empathy.

6th Grade:

  • Gladiators: Kaitlyn Yates and Garrett Simpson
  • Nike: Amara Sok and Antonio (TJ) Heng
  • Supernovas: Mackenzie Stanton and Owen Dunivan

7th Grade:

  • Alpha Centauri: Kierra Dancer and Robert Finch
  • Falcons: Jacqueline Krupinski and Jonathan Nwokeji
  • WonderKids: Jordyn Forbes and Owen Keeton

8th Grade:

  • Eagles: Allie Mascolo and Emmanuel Strickland
  • Pacesetters: Kyla Mason and Peter Mckissack
  • Superstars: Diran Tan and William Smith

Writing Competition:

Congratulations to 7th-grader Amrutha Kosanam who received her first place award in the Memphis in May Creative Writing Competition for grades 6-8.  She received $200.00 for her winning short story entitled "The Mistake."  Way to go, Amrutha!

Sports Update for 04/21/17:

Baseball: The Baseball team has continued to excel on the field winning a couple more games this week. Their record is currently 11-2.

Softball: The Spartan Softball team finished league play with a 6-0 record. They finished the regular season with victories over Germantown, Cordova, and Barrett’s Chapel. They are 7-1 overall. The ladies will defend their SCIAA Champion title the week of May 1-5.

Boys’ Soccer: The boys’ soccer team goes into the SCIAA championships undefeated! The team will begin their quest for a championship next week.

Boys’ Track: The Spartan boys track team had several qualifiers for the SCIAA Championship to be held April 28th and 29th.  This was a competition of over 15 teams where the top eight places and times qualified to move on to the championship.  Our Spartan Qualifiers are:

  • Shot put: Jeremy Boyland and Kris Peat
  • Discus: Jeremy Boyland, Daniel Gwin and Kris Peat
  • Long Jump: Jaylen Caver and Kendall Mathis
  • High Jump: Chandler Campbell and Dorian George
  • Hurdles: Dorian George
  • 100 m dash: Jaylen Caver and Reggie Brown
  • 800 m relay: (Deon Silas, Dwight Holmes, Mathis and Brown)
  • 1600 m run: Luke Nalos
  • 400 m relay: (Silas, George, Holmes and Caver)
  • 400 m dash: Greg Rubin and Dylan White
  • 800 m run: Luke Nalos
  • 200 m dash: Reggie Brown
  • 4x4: (Holmes, Campbell, White and Rubin)

Letters About Literature Contest:

Congratulations to Diran Tan and Sari Richmond for placing in the Letters About Literature contest! Diran has officially been selected in the 7th-8th grade level 2 category for a tie for 2nd place in the contest, and Sari placed 1st in the 4th-6th grade level 1 category.  Their work will be posted to the following website: 

Sports Update for 04/13/17:

Baseball: The WSMS Spartan baseball team had a good week picking up wins over Kate Bond and Houston. They are currently undefeated in SCIAA league play and are 10-2 overall.

Softball: The Spartan Softball team is undefeated in league play with a 4-0 record that currently has them in first place in their division. They defeated Kate Bond Tuesday 16-8 and will take on Germantown Thursday afternoon.

Boys’ Soccer: The boys’ soccer team defeated Kate Bond Monday 3-2 and remains undefeated for the season. The boys have three challenging games remaining in the regular season; Schilling Farms, Collierville, and Wooddale.

Boys’ Track: Another victory Monday night for the boys’ track team. The boys’ track team went undefeated for their regular season and look forward to next week’s qualifying meets for the SCIAA championships.  

Girls’ Track: Congratulations to the girls’ track team for their 1st place win over Germantown and Cordova. The team completed the season undefeated. Athletes that contributed to the win were: 

  • 4x100 Meter Relay: Raelon Dahmer, Nyla Horton, Mary Pittman, Sihirah Reese 
  • 4x200 Meter Relay: Ayrika Anderson, Mary Pittman, Cayenne Stephens, Sihirah Reese 
  • 4x400 Meter Relay: Ayrika Anderson, Azaria Ellis, Jacinta Nwokeji, Elle Spikner, Amalie Vacanti 
  • 4x800 Meter Relay: Alma Gahlaut, Reghan Kearney, Riya Pramod, Kaitlyn Thomas, Amalie Vacanti, Ellie Yelverton 
  • 100 Meter Dash: Nyla Horton, Raelon Dahmer 
  • 100 Meter Hurdles: Abigail Israel, Brianna Roachell 
  • 200 Meter Dash: Kiersten Freeman, Cayenne Stephens 
  • 400 Meter Dash: Delanie Roberts, Autumn Hickerson 
  • 800 Meter Run: Mary Hatley, Elina Salian 
  • 1600 Meter Run: Kaitlyn Thomas, Alma Gahlaut 
  • 3200 Meter Run: Emmett Campbell, Landry Thompson 
  • Discus: Kori Campbell, Jana Hamade 
  • High Jump: Nyla Horton, Sihirah Reese 
  • Long Jump: Cayenne Stephens, Malone Jimerson 
  • Shot Put: Kori Campbell, Kendall Henderson  

Sports Update for 04/07/17:

Baseball: The Spartan baseball team is currently 8-1 and is currently in first place in their league. The Spartans had a perfect game with 9 strikeouts thrown by 8th grader Frenaldo Edmonds in Thursday's 15-0 win vs Snowden.

Softball: The Spartan Softball team is undefeated in league play with a 3-0 record that currently has them in first place in their division. They had a hard fought battle against Bartlett Thursday coming up just short losing 6-8.

Boys’ Soccer: The Boys’ Soccer team remained undefeated this week with a big win over Kingsbury last Saturday and a hard fought tie with Hickory Ridge. Next week’s games will be against non-league opponents and the Spartan Soccer Team will finish up their regular season the next week. The city playoffs will begin the last week of April.  

Boys’ Track: Another victory Wednesday night for the boys track team as they battled the weather and 5 opposing schools. The boys and Coach Willard  would like to thank all the parents, student and faculty that came to the meet.


Science Olympiad:

Congratulations to the White Station Middle School Science Olympiad Team for finishing in 5th place March 25th at the state competition in Knoxville, TN. The team medaled 2nd place in Anatomy and Physiology; 5th place in Crime Busters; 6th place in Disease Detectives; 1st place in Dynamic Planet; 5th place in Fast Facts; 4th place in Hovercraft; 6th place in Microbe Mission; 5th place in Reach for the Stars; 5th place in Road Scholar; 6th place in Rocks and Minerals; and 2nd place in Wind Power. Way to go!! Head Coach is Mrs. R. Reed. Student members are Bereket Birbo, Jennifer Chiu, Sarah Ding, Kevin Luo, Jason H'ng, Anming Gu, Yash Khiraya, Krishna Dasari, Rithvik Giledi, Abhishek Menothu, Aryan Rajesh, Minnathi Reddivari, Laura Shi, Sarah Shen, Shaniya Thomas, Medha Vijayanand, Ray Wu, and Annie Zhao. Special thanks to Mr. Dillender, Ms. Holton, Mr. Nabors, and Ms. Zills for helping this year!  

Sports Update:

Baseball: The baseball team is off to a great start to their season. They have won 6 games in a row.

Softball: The softball team got off to a great start with a 17-2 victory over Snowden March 23rd. They followed that victory with another 17-2 win over Colonial March 28.

Boys’ Soccer: The boys soccer team is currently 3-0 on the season with wins over Snowden, A.Maceo Walker and Cordova.

Boys’ Track: The boys track team debuted with an impressive performance at Crump Stadium on Friday March 24th. The boys dominated on the track and in the field and broke three school records (110 meter hurdles, 400 - meter relay and the 200 - meter dash).

Girls’ Track: Congratulations to the Girls’ Track team for receiving 1st place in their meet Friday against Snowden, Bellevue, Craigmont and Raleigh Egypt.   

Majorettes: Congratulations to the majorettes in the field show 7-12 category at the A. B. Hill Fired-Up Jamboree.   

Science Competition:

Congratulations to Mrs. R. Reed and Andy Chai, Jake Du, and Michael Golden on their selection as a 2016-2017 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Honorable Mention Winner. The Honorable Mention award places this team's project among the top 10% of all ExploraVision projects submitted to the competition this year. Andy, Jake, and Michael are commended for a job well done in demonstrating innovative thinking in their exploration of science and its impact on technology and the future. Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision will be sending a Certificate of Achievement for each member of the Honorable Mention team and the teacher. Each of them will also receive a special gift along with the certificates.


Science Olympiad:

Congratulations to the WSMS Science Olympiad Team. On Saturday, February 18th, they earned 17 1st places and 6 2nd places to finish in 1st place out of 9 registered teams at the CBU regional. They will represent WSMS and West TN at the State Competition on March 25 at the University of TN-Knoxville. Team members are Bereket Birbo, Jennifer Chiu, Krishna Dasari, Sarah Ding, Rithvik Giledi, Jason H'ng, Anming Gu, Yash Khiraya, Dhrithi Kota, Kevin Luo, Abhishek Menothu, Aryan Rajesh, Minnathi Reddivari, Laura Shi, Sarah Shen, Shaniya Thomas, Medha Vijayanand, Ray Wu, and Annie Zhao. Teacher sponsors: Mrs. R. Reed, Ms. Holton, Mr. Dillender, Mr. Nabors, and Ms. Zills. Thank you to our event coaches: Dr. Sandy Arnold, David Bray, Cat Willis, Valerie Cortez. Great Job WSMS.


The WSMS MathCounts team participated in the regional Chapter Competition on February 4th, competing against 15 other public, private, and parochial schools. The team placed third overall. Aryan Rajesh and Raj Gosain earned first and third places in the Countdown Round respectively. Raj Gosain earned fifth place in the overall competition and will join the Memphis Chapter team, participating in the State MathCounts Competition in March.

Basketball Update:

The Boys’ Basketball team won the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Sectional Championship.


ELITE Spartans for 2nd Nine Weeks:

Congratulations to the following students from each team who were recognized by their teachers as being ELITE Spartans for the 2nd nine week period. ELITE Spartans exhibit Excellence, Learning, Integrity,

Teamwork, and Empathy. They will have a poster in the grade level hallway with their picture and a pizza party.

8th Grade:

  • Eagles:  Ariana Tan and Colbin Tyson
  • Pacesetters:  Emlyn Polatty and Weston Hataway
  • Superstars:  Amalie Vacanti and Saumil Bansal

7th Grade:

  • Alpha Centauri:  Andrea Ruiz and Dylan Terrell
  • Falcons:  Sarah Ortega and Colin King
  • Wonderkids:  Nia Silas and Ryan Mesler

6th Grade:

  • Gladiators:  Hannah Lam and Nolan Joyner
  • Nike:  Saron Teklehaimanot and Kadien Coe
  • Supernovas:  Martha Humber and Ray Wu

Congratulations to these students for earning this distinction by continually exhibiting our core values of Excellence, Learning, Integrity, Teamwork, and Empathy.  Well done, Spartans!

Geography Bee: 

Geography Bee:  The top 5 contestants were Ian McMillin, Kyle Messler, Medha Vijayanand, Bereket Birbo, and Saranya Thota, and the overall contestant was Kyle Messler.  Congratulations!

Basketball Update:

The Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams advanced to the finals of the City Championship!

Boys’ Basketball Team members included: 00 – Greg Rubin, 1 – Jelani Willis, 2 – Brandon Harris, 3 – Willie Foreman, 4 – Chandler Campbell, 5 – Dorian George, 10 – Reginald Brown, 11 – Alden Applewhite, 13 – Davon Barnes, 15 – Kameron Gueary, 21 – Rashard Watkins, 25 – Deon Silas, 30 – Braden Nash, and 35 – Manny Strickland

Girls’ Basketball Team members included: 0 – Sihirah Reese, 1 – Katie Pfeiffer, 2 – Journey Custer, 3 – Vance Gieselmann, 4 – Demi Gentry, 5 – Nyla Horton, 10 – Katherine McCluskey, 11 – Kayla Mason, 12 – Cailey Nix, 13 – JoAnna Nelvis, 14 – Heidi Bradshaw, 25 – Amiyah Wright, 30 – Ariana Cotton, 34 – MaKayla Harley, and 35 – Nia Silas

All West Band:

The following students auditioned with hundreds of other students and were selected to play with the best musicians from all across West Tennessee:  Sophia Aiello, Ellen Barnes, Grant Baxter, Bereket Birbo, Preston Brent, Sophie Chertow, Sophie Floyd, Ben Fowler, Abbye Friedman, Isabella Holcomb, Selah Keegin, Yash Khiraya, Matthew Kim, Abhishek Menothu, Dinah Patt, William Prather, James Xi, Joy Yin, Molly Yuan.  These students were selected as All West Alternates: Meredith Cline, Dhrithi Kota, Autumn McCray, Mhyla McCurrie, Uddish Sood.  We are very proud of our WSMS Band members!

Poetry Contest:

127 of our 6th grade students were selected from the Creative Communication’s poetry contest.  Their works will be published in the book “A Celebration of Poets”.  Congratulations to these 6th grade students: Waylon Smith, Lindsey Ziegler, Delilah Hill, Arya Rajesh, Robyn Dixon, Joseph Stewart, TejKaushik Maradana, John Potter, Ashley Alvarez, Jaden Clark, Alivia Blissett, David Anderson, Harini Gopi, Ava Blair, Sydney Berry, Kylan Johnson, Kaitlyn Yates, Andy Blumberg, Emily Rivera-Sanchez, Nedda Aflaki, Nevaeh Edwards, Cole Pratt, Viviana Castillo, Renata Bayazitova, Jordan Robinson, Yuriq Martin, Andrew Lopez, Kimani Washington, Alex Pounce, Nima Aflaki, Tess Davis, Camryn Thomas, Ewan Nowlin, Lillian Lee, Mabel Fortwendel, Natalya Shamley, Tristan Laquindanum, Aneas Bacon, Katie Houch, Molly Hamburger, Mira Gahlaut, Edwin Gallegos, Sarah Forrester, Madison Frierson, Ray Wu, Luke Parker, Wyatt Pynkala, Akaia Bobo, Walker Foy, Ariana Cotton, Cabell Mercer, Skylar Robinson, Dorothy Hartline, Dillon Shaw, Elizabeth Love, Keyshawn Kirkwood, Samuel Shiberou, Ashton McAnulty, Morgan Johnson, Owen Dunivan, Ramyla Dahmer, Gael Manuel, Elaina Chen, Samantha Gilbert, Temiya James, Hunter Wright, Srijith Jawabnavis, Ronan Tollefsen, Diego Mercado, Aimee Zhou, Lena McMillin, Claudia Damants, GraceAnna Goodson, Alma Gahlaut, Alexa Lemus, Hugh Ferguson, Delaney Smith, CJ Santo, Alexis Chan, Nevaeh Matthews, Yareli Esparza, Thomas Riley, Isabella Sarwar, Ajani Nathaniel, Darryl Eason, Sofia Gosain, Erick Gonzalez, Natalie Sharp, Shivam Aarya, Shaniya Thomas, Elijah Jones, Kennedy Pillow, Ahnia Aflaki, Nya Goble, Luigi Mayores, Leslie Avila, Presley Spiller, Chase Pittman, Sari Richmond, Zora Cunningham, Sean Turner, Sophia Brownd, Noah Dorsey, Cecelia Cole, Noah Keeton, Malone Jimerson, Martha Humber, Austin Small, Eduardo Torres, Joey Lyons, Rishab Prakash, Chase Echols, Hannah Meadows, Ruben Oropeza, Katie Robinson, Trinity Robertson, Rebecca Hernandez, Frances Butler, Shreya Ganesh, Emily Shute, Ethan Hatton, Lisa Cleaves, Anna Calvo, Benjamin Turner, Katie Wong, Tamia Elliott, Emlyn Polatty

Essay Contest:

Congratulations to Amrutha Kosanam, Madeleine Mejia, Danielle Short and Benjamin Veazy for participating in the “Greater Schools, Greater Community Essay Contest.”


Basketball Update:

Congratulations to the boys’ basketball team who placed 1st in the MAM tournament held on December 19th.  They have a record of 21-0 to end the season. The girls’ basketball team’s record for the season was 11-2.  Congratulations to both teams for being recognized as Area 1 Champions! Both teams are preparing for the district tournament that is scheduled to begin on January 14th at Craigmont. 

Spelling Bee:

Congratulations to our spelling bee winner, Tylan Williams. He is a 7th grade student in Mrs. Talley’s English class. Abhi Lingareddy was our runner-up and is a 7th grader in Mr. Watt’s English class.

Model UN:

We want to congratulate our Spartans who represented our school at the Model UN conference during the first week of December.  Only 14 of 63 countries’ resolutions were passed to the General Assembly with 2 of those being written by Ian McMillan, Suyesh Shrestha, and Yash Khiraya representing Pakistan, and Aisha Gupta, Elaine Lee, and Priyanka Phaniraj representing Venezuela. Venezuela also won “Outstanding Recognition” for their work.



Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the All West Middle School Orchestra after auditions: Eric Sun, Diran Tan, Jason H'ng, Annie Zhao, Ellie Min, Jennifer Chiu, Elaine Lee, Emily Hu, Jake Du, Sophia Best, Kiersten Freeman, Abigail Cassius, Ainsley Grant, Sydney Chase, Emily Best, Daniel Boyer, Robert Randall, Emlyn Polatty, Michael Golden, Autumn Bobo, Anjali Gahlaut, Daniel Palmer, Marisa Boyd, Ethan Shepherd, with 1st Alternates Tanya Prahalathan and Saumil Bansal!


Congratulations to the boys’ basketball team who placed 1st at the 46th annual MLK tournament on November 26th.

Science Contest:

Congratulations to our Spartans who competed at the Herff College of Engineering 2016 E-Day Competition! Our students swept the Transportation Challenge! Winning students were: 1st place- Jake Du, Michael Golden, Eric Sun, and Daniel Zhu; 2nd place- Julia Antipova, Shashank Bandaru, Saumil Bansal, Kush Bhatia, Bereket Birbo, and Medha Vijayanand; and 3rd place- Andy Chai, Arjun Menon, Vedant Prakash, and Aryan Rajesh. Our students also took 1st place in the K’Nex Building Challenge. Winning students were: Sophia Campbell, Whitney Chen, Minnathi Reddivari, and Jennifer Chiu. A big thank you to all the teacher sponsors: Janice Brown, Haley Dunavant, Peg Holton, and Rebecca Reed.


Math Contest:

Congratulations to White Station Middle's math-letes who competed in the Perennial Math Competition at Christian Brothers University on November 5th! 

The 7th grade team made up of Bhavesh Kotta, Raj Gosain, Jonathan Nwokeji, Ethan Yang, and Shawn Meng placed 1st in the team competition.  In the individual competition, Jonathan Nwokeji placed third, Bhavesh Kotta placed second, and Ethan Yang and Raj Gosain tied for 1st placed with perfect scores.

There were two 8th grade teams entered.  The team made up of Aisha Gupta, Bereket Birbo, Elaine Lee, Daniel Zhu, and Medha Vijayanand placed 2nd, and the team made up of Michael Golden, Eric Sun, Saumil Bansal, Diran Tan, and Daniel Boyer placed 1st in the team competition.  In the individual competition, Diran Tan placed 3rd, Michael Golden and Saumil Bansal tied for 2nd, and Eric Sun placed 1st.



Chess Contest:

Congratulations to White Station Middle School Chess Teams!  In district competition Friday night, November 4th, against Craigmont, Ridgeway, and Douglass middle schools, White Station teams came in first and second place.  The B team composed of Yuriq Martin, Jaden Clark, Dennis Madapatu, Jackson Griffith, and Macaya Wright came in second place. The A team composed of Shawn Meng, Raj Gosain, Aayush Jain, Tigo Le, and Elijah Jones came in first place. Additionally, the White Station players won all of the individual awards: Shawn Meng - first place, Aayush Jain - second place, Tigo Le - third place, and Elijah Jones - fourth place!

Faculty Spotlight:

Congratulations to Mr. Jones, our art teacher, who received Best of Show at the 2016 River Arts Festival. You can view his work at

Congratulations to Ms. Carr and Ms. Rumage, librarians, for receiving a grant from First Book of the Mid-South for $1,400.00 for new books. 


ELITE Spartans for 1st Nine Weeks:

Congratulations to the following students from each team who were recognized by their teachers as being ELITE Spartans for the 1st nine week period. ELITE Spartans exhibit Excellence, Learning, Integrity, Teamwork, and Empathy. They will have a poster in the grade level hallway with their picture and a pizza party.

8th Grade:

  • Eagles:  McKenzie Richardson, Emmanuel Falcasantos
  • Pacesetters: Audrey McDonnell, Luke Swearingen
  • Superstars: Molly Yuan, Michael Golden

7th Grade:

  • Alpha Centauri: Kennedy Jones, Kenyon Carney
  • Falcons: Jasmine Meekins, Darsh Shah
  • WonderKids: Madison Huntley, Will Parks

6th Grade:

  • Gladiators: Anna Calvo, Kingston Barber
  • Nike: Natela Bonaparte, Nidheesh Singh
  • Supernovas: Cayenne Stephens, Yuriq Martin

Writing Contest:

Each year, Relevant Reads selects the Story of the Year in five different categories. Students throughout the nation submit original works of fiction, and the best stories in each category are published online and the winning writers earn cash prizes. Last year, Joy Yin, currently an 8th grader at WSMS, won the overall best story in the "For Teens By Teens" category with her story, "The World Inside a School." Her story is published at and she also won a $200 cash prize. Congratulations Joy Yin!

Supporting Our Troops:

Mr. Westervelt and Mrs. Patrick's Creative Writing classes have created and sent 200 individual foldables of holiday messages to the Red Cross to send to our troops as part of their "Supporting Our Troops - Holiday Mail for Heroes" campaign to thank them for their service.

Student Audition:

Congratulations to Isabella Holcomb, 8th grader, who was chosen to audition for an upcoming Disney feature film!

Fall Sports Update:


The Lady Spartan Volleyball team had a great season this year as they were able to advance to the TMSAA Sectionals. This year's team included: 8th graders Caitlyn Catron, Kyah McKinney, and Amarie Raymond; 7th graders Isabella Garza, Selah Keegin, Delanie Roberts, Anna Claire Rooker, Emma Squires, Sydney Thornton, and Alice Willard; and 6th graders Rayleigh Salmon and Kenley Taylor. In the regular season, they were 9-3 (9-1 in league making them the #1 seed). They placed 2nd in the Shelby County District Tournament to qualify for sectionals. At sectionals, Isabella Garza earned recognition to the All-Tournament Team. Go Spartans!


The girls soccer team capped a successful season last week with wins in the county championship and the first ever West Tennessee Sectional. The girls defeated Cordova 5-0 for the county championship and Brighton 4-1 for the sectional. Bailey Kennedy was named game MVP in the first game, and Evy Ozment was the sectional final MVP. The team finished with a 10-4-1 record. The 2016 Lady Spartan Soccer Team members were: 6th graders- Morgan Johnson, Hannah Meadows, Yuritza Trejo; 7th graders- Dalis Hawkins, Mia Mosby, Ahava Salomon; and 8th graders- Olivia Casey, Lillian Gomez, Maddie Hitching, Bailey Kennedy, Emma Meadows, Joanna Nelvis, Kaylee Nidiffer, Evy Ozment, Sofia Santo, Madison Sarwar, Chloe Thompson, Emily Totty.


Tuesday, October 18th, the football team won the SCIAA Championship by defeating Wooddale 28-12!

Saturday, October 22nd, the 2016 WSMS Football team recently concluded the most successful season in school history this past Saturday. The TMSAA West Tennessee Sectional Championships were held at Kirby Stadium pitting our Spartans and the Haywood County Warriors.  White Station was led by a stingy defense and an explosive and physically dominant offense en route to a 36-6 victory.  The Sectional Championship was the first in Football for the school and capped an undefeated season for the Spartans (11-0).

Offensively, the Spartans were led by Deon Silas and the offensive line who shared the Championship game MVP honors. Jelani Willis and Dwight Holmes each managed the offense and helped carry the load which included converting on three 2 point conversions and facilitating two TDs to Greg Rubin. 

The defense was led by a spectacular effort by LBs Reggie Brown and Ethan Dabbs and D-Linemen Jeremy Boyland, Kris Peat, Kendall Mathis, Dorian George and Devennion Gunn who controlled an explosive Haywood offense that had lit up scoreboards all over West TN prior to Saturday’s contest.

Coach Coley Thornton and his staff would like to thank all of the loyal Spartan fans, cheerleaders and true Green and White supporters that helped these young men reach goals they set back in preseason camp. Go Spartans!

Team members included: 1 – Dorian George, 2 – Dwight Holmes, 4 – Jelani Willis, 5 – Deon Silas, 6 – Andrew Johnson, 7 – Jaylen Caver, 8 – Greg Rubin, 9 – Ethan Dabbs, 10 – CJ Carter, 12 – Law Wright, 17 – CJ Parson, 21 – Kyle Nagel, 22 – Brandon Harris, 23 – Kendall Mathis, 24 – Dylan White, 25 – Tylan Williams, 26 – Tyler Harris, 27 – Joey Lyons, 28 – Garrett Hartline, 32 – Jordan Baggett, 34 – Devennion Gunn, 35 – Reggie Brown, 44 – Errin Neal, 48 – Antonyio Walker, 50 – Daniel Gwin, 53 – Deondre Boyd, 54 – Kyron Brown, 56 – Carlo Caccamisi, 57 – Jeremy Boyland, 58 – Kendrick Thomas, 60 – Eli Webster, 62 – joseph Johnson, 63 – Mason Golden, 64 – Kris Peat, 65 – Drew Collins, 66 – Fulton Brown, 68 – Kenyon Carney, 70 – Kavius Anderson, 77 – Manny Falcasantos, 78 – Carson Brimhall, 79 – Conrad Fraser, 86 – Joshua Hayes, 88 – Dallas Brown, and 89 – Devin Kendrick.


Members of the White Station Middle School Debate Team competed in their first tournament Friday, September 23, and did an excellent job. The tournament was held at Kirby High School and included approximately 130 middle school students from Shelby County Schools.

Four White Station Middle School students won individual speaker’s medals: Samantha Gilbert placed 14th, Whitney Chen placed 12th, Jennifer Chiu placed 8th, and Amrutha Kasanam placed 5th. Whitney Chen and Jennifer Chiu also won the third place team trophy. Congratulations to these students and to all of the students on the debate team for their hard work! 

Congratulations to our winning students who participated in the CyberGen Bootcamp for middle school students that was held at University of Memphis from July 25 to July 29. Recognized students for the competitions from our site were: Arjun Menon, 8th grader- 1st place; Julian Hunter, 7th grader- 2nd place; Andy Chai, 8th grader- 1st place; James Xi, 8th grader- 1st place; and Shivam Aarya, 6th grader- 2nd place.
Updated: April 21, 2017
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