Raider Ambassadors

The Houston Academy Raider Ambassadors are a prestigious team of HA’s top student leaders who participate in special events in an official capacity. These students act as liaisons between the school and prospective students, families, guests, alumni, business partners, and friends of the school. The Raider Ambassador program provides student leaders the opportunity to assist in admission efforts, college connection efforts, campus wide events, as well as promote a positive image of Houston Academy to Dothan and the surrounding community. If you have any questions about Houston Academy or our Raider Ambassadors, please contact Director of Admissions, Nicole Lisenby (lisenbyn@houstonacademy.com).

Mary Suzan Aman

My name is Mary Suzan Aman, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy. I became a Raider in seventh grade when I transferred schools. Transferring schools in middle school can be intimidating, but I was quickly accepted and became involved. Houston Academy embraced my love for learning and began challenging me and helping me build a strong academic foundation. My parents chose HA for the smaller class sizes and its academic reputation. The Houston Academy family has supported me every step! I think what sets Houston Academy apart is the caring faculty and students. I can honestly say that HA is my home away from home. Houston Academy has been a perfect fit for me because it offers so many opportunities for superior academics as well as a wide variety of extracurricular activities. While at Houston Academy, my extracurricular activities have included varsity volleyball and varsity softball. I am part of the National Junior Honor Society, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Yearbook Staff, New Student Mentoring Program, and Raider Ambassadors. I’m also an active member of Bethel Baptist Church where I am a member of the Bethel Student Ministry and a preschool volunteer. Outside of school and church, I enjoy exercising, playing travel softball and traveling with my family. I am certain that my years at Houston Academy will prepare me for college and beyond. Go Raiders!

Colton Ash

My name is Colton Ash, and I am currently a Junior at Houston Academy. I have attended HA since 7th grade, and my younger sister is in 7th grade this year. I transferred to HA from a local school and instantly felt accepted. I quickly made friends with other new students in my grade. I played junior varsity football and varsity football for two years each, and I am in my fifth year on the varsity track team and my fourth year on the varsity bowling team. I have enjoyed participating in Scholar’s Bowl for two years, and I am a member of the National Honor Society. I was recently awarded my Eagle Scout award, and I am still actively involved in Boy Scouts. My goal is to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and join the Army to become an Army Ranger. After a military career, I envision myself as a history teacher.

Harrison Autrey

My name is Harrison Autrey, and I am currently a Freshman at Houston Academy. I have been a part of the HA family for ten years. I’ve always enjoyed the rigorous classes that HA has to offer that push you to your limits, so I started high school feeling ready to step into a new challenge. I enjoy numerous extracurricular activities such as the Student Government Association, the Blue Zone, the HA Cavalier Staff, and I am an executive member of the National Junior Honor Society. Throughout my years at Houston Academy, I have met many great people and have always worked to do my best in everything I attempt. I am so proud to call myself a Houston Academy Raider!

Katie Brown

My name is Katie Brown, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy. My younger brother, Graham, and I have both attended HA since 3P and have loved every second. I immediately fell in love with the positive atmosphere and the great teachers who always encourage us to do our best, both academically and personally. While meeting the demands of challenging, rewarding classwork, I also participate in many organizations on campus. I have enjoyed playing on the softball and basketball teams, and I am a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the yearbook staff, the Blue Zone, and Raider Ambassadors. I am also an active member of the youth group at First United Methodist Church of Dothan. Being involved in many clubs and extracurricular activities has taught me valuable lessons about responsibility and time management. Outside of church, school, and sports, I enjoy cooking and trying new dishes while perfecting family favorites. No matter what I decide to pursue, I know I can achieve my goals because I have the support of my family and the teachers and staff at HA. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my love for HA with the families I have met and look forward to introducing new students to the Houston Academy family.

Maya Brown

My name is Maya Brown, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I first joined the Raider family in fifth grade before it was considered a Middle School, so I got to have the Lower School experience at HA. Transitioning to a new school was made easy thanks to the welcoming atmosphere created by the teachers and students. Every day since, I have felt the full love and support of the HA family. I have four older siblings, two brothers and two sisters, all of whom have graduated from Houston Academy. My oldest brother graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, my second brother and oldest sister graduated from Auburn University, and my last sister is currently a senior at HA. At Houston Academy, I have been involved in the National Junior Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and I was also voted by my class and the staff to be the tenth grade representative for the 2020-21 Discipline Committee. I danced with the Dothan School of Dance for thirteen years, many of which were spent on the competitive dance team. I have been on the Houston Academy Raiderette dance team, the junior varsity cheer team, and I am currently on the varsity cheer team. After completing college, graduate school and possible medical school, I would like to work with children with special needs, specifically Autism or Down’s Syndrome. I am certain I can achieve this goal with the excellent foundation that HA has provided. Without Houston Academy, I would not have the knowledge, self-discipline, or life skills that I now have. I am forever grateful and so proud to be a Raider!

Lewis Carter

My name is Lewis Carter, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I first joined the Houston Academy family in eighth grade. I also have a younger brother, Harrison, who also attends HA. My family and I made the decision to transfer because the quality of education is the best in the area. We were also impressed by the wide variety of sports and clubs offered. I have been a member of the golf team since my first year at HA and have also participated in the Student Government Association. Houston Academy’s faculty is second to none and is always available to students when extra assistance is needed. I have enjoyed my time at Houston Academy, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a member of the HA Family.

Marley Conner

My name is Marley Conner, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy. I transferred to Houston Academy in fifth grade. I have two older sisters who have graduated from Houston Academy and a younger brother in the sixth grade this year. I have served as a Raider Ambassador for the past three years. Being a part of this leadership team has improved my time management and communication skills, as well as my school involvement. I am part of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, HART Club, varsity volleyball team, varsity basketball team, varsity bowling team, and soccer team. I have received academic awards in math, science, and art, and I am a member of the National Honor Society. After graduating from Houston Academy, I would like to attend the University of South Alabama and pursue a career in medicine. Houston Academy has made my dream career possible. From my years at HA, I have learned that through opportunity and hard work, success can be achieved.

Mac Edge

My name is Mac Edge, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy. HA has been my second home since 3P. Over these many years, I have had many opportunities at HA, and I am thankful for each and every one. I have always been heavily involved with clubs and sports, including Student Government Association, National Honor Society, and the golf team. I also challenge myself academically by taking higher level classes like Advanced Placement Chemistry and U.S. History. Classes like these are very helpful as I prepare for the next step in my academic career. I am taking this year to research and visit colleges with strong engineering programs. The support that I have received from the HA community has been amazing, and I am looking forward to serving as a Raider Ambassador to work to tie the HA family even closer. Go Raiders!

Sarah Ann Eldridge

My name is Sarah Anne Eldridge, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. When I arrived in the seventh grade, I was immediately welcomed into the HA Family. Everyone was so kind and positive! I instantly felt at home, and it didn’t take long for me to get into the routine here at HA. I have a brother and two sisters, one of whom attends HA. I am a member of the National Honor Society, the Ark Club, and play on the cross country, soccer and basketball teams. I am also involved in many Advanced Placement and Honors classes this year. I aspire to be the best I can be, and I know that the Houston Academy community will help me achieve all of my goals.

Frances Fabbrini

My name is Frances Fabbrini, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy. I have been at HA for two years, and it is the perfect place for me. I have three older sisters who attend Auburn University…War Eagle! Though only in my second year, I can say that Houston Academy is an amazing school that encourages my growth both inside and outside of the classroom. I was elected Student Government Association Secretary, and I have loved getting to work with the Upper School in all types of service opportunities and events. Houston Academy chose me to represent our school at Girls State, an opportunity for which I am very thankful. I also play on the basketball and soccer teams, which has helped me learn teamwork and leadership. Houston Academy has made me the best student I can be by pushing me to work hard in the classroom and be active in organizations like the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduation I plan to attend Auburn University and pursue a career in Biosystems Engineering. I am so happy to be a Houston Academy Raider and pleased with the way HA has educated and enlightened me. Go Raiders!

Claire Faulk

My name is Claire Faulk, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I have attended HA for thirteen years, and have been a Raider Ambassador for two years. My older brother has been a student at HA for fifteen years and is also a Raider Ambassador. Houston Academy is a great school because of the many opportunities every student is offered. I participated in junior varsity cheer in Middle School and am now a varsity cheerleader. I am active in the Student Government Association, involved with the National Junior Honor Society, and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. During my years at HA, I have learned that you must work very hard for what you want to achieve in school and in life. I am thankful for my parents’ choice to send me to Houston Academy and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with new students and families.

Lawson Faulk

My name is Lawson Faulk, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy. I’ve been part of the HA family since 3P and have had a wonderful experience alongside my sister who is now in the tenth grade. Attending Houston Academy for so long has allowed me to make valuable connections with fellow students, as well as welcome new students into our community. HA’s spirit makes it a place unlike any other school. Houston Academy has provided me with a wide range of academic and service opportunities from which to choose. I am a proud member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Raider Ambassadors, and am running my first cross country season this year. In the future, I plan to attend Auburn University or the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue a career in Psychiatry.

Meg Gray

My name is Meg Gray, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy. I came to HA in seventh grade along with my two brothers, one older and one younger. From the moment I stepped onto campus, everyone was kind and welcoming. I quickly began to make friends and have felt more at home here than at any of my previous schools. I am a member of the archery team, yearbook staff, and the Model United Nations. I am also an officer for the National Junior Honor Society and have participated in the visual and performing arts programs. All of these experiences have helped shape my interests and personality and have allowed me to meet people who have dramatically influenced my life for the better. My three years at HA have been some of the best I’ve had, and I cannot wait to see what my future here holds.

Palmer Howell

My name is Palmer Howell, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy. I have attended HA since 3P, and I have enjoyed every moment. My parents chose Houston Academy for the outstanding education and endless opportunities. Not only is HA an amazing school, it is a real family. Everyone encourages each other which creates a positive environment for all. I am involved in many activities such as the Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Junior Honor Society, varsity cheerleading, and I’m looking forward to playing tennis in the spring. I enjoy going to the lake with my family, wake surfing, slalom skiing, wakeboarding, church activities, painting and spending time with my friends. Houston Academy makes me a better version of myself, and I’m grateful to be a Houston Academy Raider!

Natalie Janney

My name is Natalie Janney, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy. I have attended Houston Academy since seventh grade. Coming to this school gave me a different perspective on life. Not only does the school teach math, English, and science, but it teaches me how to be a kinder person every day. At Houston Academy, I have had the opportunity to try many different hobbies and activities. For example, I ran cross country for four years, played soccer for two years, participated in every school play, helped with making the yearbook, danced with the Raiderettes, and so much more. The opportunities here are endless. I have had many leadership positions to help me learn more about how to present myself and be a valuable member of discussions. I was able to develop leadership skills, which will aid much in life to come. Along with these experiences, I have participated in National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Government Association, and Raider Ambassadors. After graduating from Houston Academy, I would like to attend Pace University to pursue directing in film and theater, and I believe that Houston Academy has provided me with experience and education necessary to achieve my aspirations.

Chloe Kim

My name is Chloe Kim. I am a Junior at Houston Academy and have attended HA since seventh grade. My older brother graduated in 2020 and now attends Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. When I first enrolled at HA, I expected the stereotypical environment of a private school. However, everyone was very welcoming and the resources are amazing. There is a wide variety of classes and extracurriculars, and the school does everything possible to accommodate what the student body needs and wants. I take multiple Advanced Placement classes and am involved in various clubs and organizations such as the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Enable Club, Ark Club, and the Boys and Girls Club. I love playing soccer with my classmates, and some of my best memories have come from school field trips and Friday night football games. I hope to be a positive influence on my peers as I do my best to create an impact on my school.

Judson Lisenby

My name is Judson Lisenby. I am a Senior at Houston Academy and have had the privilege of attending HA since 3P. My older sister is a 2018 HA graduate and attends Auburn University. My mother has worked at Houston Academy since 2009, so our school is truly my home away from home. Staying involved at school is something I take great pride in doing because I believe it pushes me to become a more well-rounded, better prepared student. I am a member of our National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Blue Zone, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and was selected to be a Boys State delegate for our school. In addition, I have played on the junior varsity and varsity football teams and the junior varsity and varsity soccer teams since eighth grade. I believe that HA has helped me grow and mature in ways that will lead me to success in my college career and beyond. After graduation, I plan to attend Auburn University to pursue a degree in Health Services Administration.

Eric Mendez

My name is Eric Mendez, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy. I became a Raider in seventh grade, and I was extremely nervous about a new school. However, I was embraced by the community and after meeting many new people, the school became like family to me. When you arrive on campus, you feel the family atmosphere and the love the staff and students show to visiting families. My parents and I chose HA for their reputation for academic success, the activities, and the athletic opportunities. The rigorous preparation for university is second to none and sets students up for great success. I am currently part of the varsity football team, National Honor Society, and Raider Ambassadors. These groups have made me more accountable for my actions and have taught me maturity. My future plans are to attend college and major in medicine with the goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. My experiences at HA have instilled a work ethic in me that will allow me to achieve my dreams and succeed. I thank my peers and teachers for the memories and lessons that will last a lifetime. Go Raiders!

Sims Mendheim

My name is Sims Mendheim and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I have attended HA since the seventh grade and have two younger sisters here in the fourth and eighth grades. I am involved in many academic and extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Enable Club, Raider Ambassadors, National Junior Honor Society Executive Committee, Hart Club, and the soccer team. I also enjoy being an active member of my youth group at First United Methodist Church of Dothan and volunteering with the Respite Care Ministry. Houston Academy has impacted my life tremendously, and I am extremely proud to be a Raider!

Emma Morales

My name is Emma Morales, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy. I came to HA with my twin brother in sixth grade after spending my elementary years in the public school system. I was nervous on the first day. I barely knew where my classroom was located but was immediately welcomed with open arms. HA became my second family, and I quickly got involved in the Honors and Advanced Placement classes, clubs, and extracurriculars that Houston Academy offers. I’ve been able to run cross country, play soccer, become involved in the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Hart Club, Girls Inc., and so many others because of the opportunities HA has provided. These experiences have prepared me for any college or career path I could possibly choose. I plan to study Pre-Medicine after graduation, working toward the goal of becoming a pediatrician.

J.T. Pitchford

My name is J.T. Pitchford and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I have been a member of the football team for two years, and I also play on the basketball and baseball teams. I am a member of the Enable Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Peer Mentoring Program. Outside of school, I attend the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, play travel baseball, work with disabled children and youth, hunt, fish, golf, and enjoy working on our family farm. Go Raiders!

Madison Patel

My name is Madison Patel, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy. I have attended HA for twelve years, and in many ways, our school feels like another home. HA has helped me branch out and gain confidence in so many ways. From this growth of confidence and leadership, I have helped found the HA swim team and served as captain for five years. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, and have also worked as Head Executive for the Wiregrass Children’s Volunteer Club. I plan to take the self-assurance HA has given me out into the world as I plan on attending an out-of-state college. HA has gifted me with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Eli Saliba

My name is Eli Saliba, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I have attended HA since 3P, and I have an older brother and sister who are HA graduates. They both attended the University of Alabama, and now their children attend Houston Academy. I really enjoy our school because I am surrounded with a welcoming atmosphere with loving, caring teachers. At HA, I am a member of the Student Government Association, various other clubs, and have played on the basketball team. Outside school, I enjoy working out to help me prepare for this year’s basketball season with the Raiders. I aspire to work at my father’s company in hopes of owning it one day. I am grateful that I am able to attend Houston Academy and appreciate the opportunities it provides.

Amie Sanera

My name is Amie Sanera, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I became a student in sixth grade and have loved being part of this community. My mother teaches Upper School classes and my older brother is a Senior. My whole family feels proud to be part of the Raider Family. I am involved in the Student Government Association, Raider Ambassadors, Blue Zone, and the girls golf team. I enjoy being involved in the many activities that Houston Academy offers. I love being a Raider and am very grateful for the opportunities that HA has given to me.

Greg Sexton

My name is Greg Sexton, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy. This school is truly my alma mater, as I have attended HA my whole life. I have been heavily involved in academics as well as extracurriculars. Whether my time is spent on the soccer field, in the band, or serving as a member of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, or the Honor Council, I enjoy every second of it. My older brother graduated from HA in 2019 as Salutatorian and now attends Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Similarly, I hope to pursue a higher education upon graduation and possibly major in Economics or English.

Sarah Tanton

My name is Sarah Tanton, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy. This will be my third year at HA, and there is no other school I’d rather attend. I first came to HA in the seventh grade, and it was a very big change for me. I struggled at first in learning how to manage my time and how to study effectively. With the help of my teachers, I slowly figured things out. They were very patient with me and always there to help when needed. I have been a part of the Raiderette dance team for three years, sung with the HA chorus, and was on the track team last year. For the past thirteen years, I have been a dancer and now dance as a member of Patti Rutland Jazz. Houston Academy has provided me with so many opportunities, and I am grateful that I have been given the chance to attend this school. I wouldn’t change my decision to attend HA for anything. Go Raiders!

Lily Woods

My name is Lily Woods, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I have attended HA since 3P and have loved every minute. Being a Raider has taught me so many life lessons that will prepare me for college. In addition to excellent academics, Houston Academy provides many choices for extracurricular activities. I was part of the junior varsity cheer team and am now on the varsity cheer team. Over the past few years, I have played on the girls golf team and stay active in the Student Government Association, Blue Zone, Enable Club, and Raider Ambassadors. Outside of school, I am a part of the First United Methodist Church Youth Group.

George Zeron

My name is George Zeron, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy. I first came to HA in seventh grade and was nervous and a bit hesitant. I quickly found that it was easy to make friends because of the small, friendly community, and the transition was surprisingly easy. My parents chose HA for the small class sizes and high educational standards. During my years at HA, I have tried many different extracurricular activities such as cross country, wrestling, soccer, and football. This year, I am on the junior varsity basketball team and in the spring, I hope to be part of the golf team. I am a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, and the Enable Club. I believe that Houston Academy has allowed me to test the waters in a variety of areas, which has made me a more well-rounded individual. I look forward to my college experience with excitement because I know HA has prepared me well for the next steps in life.