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).

Feb Aba

My name is Feb Aba, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy.  I transferred to HA for ninth grade and as many know, the transition from Middle School to High School can be a difficult one.  Changing schools at that time caused me worry, but Houston Academy was the perfect place for such a big change.  Before I set foot in a classroom, teachers and students made the effort to introduce themselves and help me feel comfortable.  Houston Academy has allowed me to use my talents and broaden my interests through participation in athletics and drama, and I have been active on campus through the Enable Club, the Discipline Committee, and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Program (HOBY).  Outside school, I have been a teen volunteer at Southeast Health, a teen leader for the Archdiocese of Mobile for the Catholic Church, and have worked at and managed a Goldfinger’s restaurant for over a year.  The HA family has been an inspiration to me and a great influence on my life.  Because of the opportunities I’ve had at HA, I will be able to pursue my dreams within the medical field and theatre.  Go Raiders!

Mary Suzan Aman

My name is Mary Suzan Aman, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I became a Raider in seventh grade when I transferred schools.  My sister, Anna Mark, has joined the HA family this year as a seventh grader.  Transferring schools in Middle School can be intimidating, but I was quickly accepted and became involved.  Houston Academy gave me a place to embrace my love of learning and challenged me so that I could begin building 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 of the way!  I think what sets HA apart is the caring faculty and students.  I can honestly say that HA is my home away from home.  It is the 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, I have played varsity volleyball and varsity softball.  I am in the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Yearbook Staff, and Raider Ambassadors.  I’m also an active member of Bethel Baptist Church where I am a part 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 well for college and beyond.  Go Raiders!

Harrison Autrey

My name is Harrison Autrey, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I have been a part of the HA family for eleven years, and I’ve enjoyed each and every experience it has brought me.  I love attending HA because of the many different options that are given to a student, along with the friendly and family-like atmosphere where everyone is valued.  I participate in numerous extracurricular activities outside of the academic courses Houston Academy offers.  These include Student Government Association, The Blue Zone, and the HA Cavalier Staff.  At Houston Academy, I have been embraced by those around me and have had people to help me when I’ve struggled.  After graduating Houston Academy, I plan to attend a renowned engineering college and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on structures.   

HA has taught me to work hard and always give my best in anything that I attempt, and for those reasons, I am proud to call myself a part of the Houston Academy family!

Nadia Batts

My name is Nadia Batts, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I transferred to HA along with my younger sister in 2020.  My experience here has been incredible!  I most enjoy the educational opportunities.  I have never experienced such great classes and the level of instruction that HA provides.  This environment offers an academic challenge in a welcoming atmosphere that makes new students feel comfortable.  I have played volleyball for two years and have participated in the track and tennis teams.  I am currently a member of the Student Government Association.  My primary community involvement is through my church where we meet twice monthly away from service in order to better our relationships in the community.  After graduating from Houston Academy, I plan to pursue a medical degree and a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon.  I feel that I am on the best track for success in reaching that goal because I am a student at Houston Academy.

Katie Brown

My name is Katie Brown, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I have attended HA since 3P, and my brother Graham (6th grade) has also been a student since 3P.  One of the things I love about Houston Academy is its welcoming, positive environment.  Our teachers do an amazing job each year by challenging each of us to do our best, both academically and personally.  I enjoy the opportunities to play softball, basketball, and run cross country, as well as participating in clubs such as the National Junior Honor Society, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Blue Zone, and yearbook staff.  I am an active youth member at First United Methodist Church of Dothan.  I enjoy assisting each year with Vacation Bible School and other outreach programs through my church.  All of these activities keep me quite busy, so I have had to learn some great time management skills, plan ahead, be organized, while remembering to carve out time to spend with family and friends.  I plan to graduate from Houston Academy and start on a pre-med track to become a medical doctor.  I know without a doubt, I can achieve my goals because I have the support of my family, as well as the support and encouragement of my teachers and staff at Houston Academy.  I thoroughly enjoy being a Raider Ambassador because it gives me the opportunity to share my favorite things about HA with new students and families.

Maya Brown

My name is Maya Brown, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy.  I first joined the Raider family in fifth grade before it was considered Middle School, so I enjoyed 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 attended Houston Academy.  At Houston Academy, I have been involved in the National Junior Honor Society, Student Government Association, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and I have been inducted into the National Honor Society.  Along with these, I was also voted by my class and 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 team.  I have been on the Houston Academy Raiderette Dance Team, the JV Cheer Team, and I am now on the Varsity Cheer Team.  My church, Westgate Church of Christ, and its youth group also occupy a large portion of my time.  After graduating from HA, graduate school and potentially medical school, I would like to work with children with special needs, specifically Autism or Downs Syndrome.  I am certain I can achieve this goal with the great foundation HA has given me.  Without Houston Academy, I would not have the knowledge, self-discipline, or the life skills that I have.  For these, I am forever grateful and proud to be an HA Raider.

Lewis Carter

My name is Lewis Carter, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy.  My family and I decided that transferring in eighth grade was in my best interest because the level of education is unparalleled by any school in our area.  Houston Academy offers a wide variety of sports and clubs that allow everyone to feel included.  I have been a member of the golf team since enrolling at HA, and I have been in the Student Government Association since ninth grade.  Houston Academy has some of the most outstanding faculty who are always there to help if you need assistance.  I have enjoyed being a Houston Academy Raider, and I am thankful to be part of the HA Family.

Marley Conner

My name is Marley Conner, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy.  I transferred to Houston Academy in fifth grade.  I have two older sisters, both of whom are HA Alumni, and a younger brother who is in seventh grade.  I have served as a Raider Ambassador for four years.  Being 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, and the Varsity Bowling Team.  I have received academic awards in math science, and art.  After graduation, I would like to attend the University of South Alabama and pursue a career in medicine.  From my years at HA, I have learned that through opportunity and hard work, success can be achieved.  Houston Academy has helped make my dream career a possibility.

Amelia Eldridge

My name is Amelia Eldridge.  I am a Freshman and have attended Houston Academy for three years.  I love going to Houston Academy because of the great people.  I have an older sister who has attended HA for five years, and my two younger siblings started school at HA this year.  I have been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since eighth grade, and I play on the HA Soccer Team.  I am an active member of my youth group at church and regularly help with children’s ministry activities.  I also assisted with Enable for the Fun Fair and hope to continue service with that group.  In the future, my dream is to play soccer for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the Olympics, and I hope to have a career in mathematics.  I want to attend college at Auburn University or the University of Alabama.

Sarah Anne 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, all of whom attend HA. I am a member of the National Honor Society, the Ark Club, and play on the Varsity Soccer Team. I am very active in my church’s Children’s Ministry. I am also involved in many Advanced Placement 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.

Amy Ezell

My name is Amy Ezell, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I have been a part of the HA family since 3P and have loved by twelve years here.  HA is the perfect environment for me, both academically and socially.  I’ve always felt welcomed here and will cherish the friendships I’ve made for years to come.  Through the many opportunities at our school, I have played Volleyball for two years and played soccer for the first time this spring.  I have worked with our school yearbook, the Cavalier, for three years and will serve as an editor this year.  I am also heavily involved with community service, a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, and The Ark.  Although I have not made firm plans for my future, I know that Houston Academy will prepare me well for whatever I decide to pursue.  Go Raiders!

Claire Faulk

My name is Claire Faulk, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy.  I have attended HA since 3P and have enjoyed our school for fourteen years.  My older brother, who is now a student at Auburn University, attended Houston Academy since 3P and graduated as Salutatorian. My favorite thing is the endless amount of support from each faculty member.  The close knit community radiates positivity and happiness, which encourages success among our student body.  I have served as a Raider Ambassador for the past two years, and I am excited to continue my service this year.  I am also active in the Student Government Association as well as the National Honor Society.  Since the seventh grade, I have been an HA Cheerleader and love showing my Raider pride and school spirit.  I’m actively involved in the First United Methodist Church youth group, where we work to give back to the Dothan community through The Harbor.  I am thankful for the opportunity to attend Houston Academy and plan to continue my education at Auburn University.  I look forward to meeting new families this year and hope to encourage prospective students and families to consider the school which I have always called my home.  Go Raiders!

Macauley Flanagan

My name is Macauley Flanagan, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy.  I started my Raider journey in 3P.  My brother, Michael T. (Class of 2020) and sister, Mary Mac (Class of 2021) were a part of the Raider family for fifteen years.  I love attending Houston Academy because as a student, I feel like I’m part of an extended family.  Faculty and students are dedicated and care for one another.  Whether making a good grade on a test or cheering on classmates in extracurricular activities, the HA family is always supportive.  A competitive gymnast, I started transitioning to school sports two years ago.  I am a member of the Varsity Cheer team, Varsity Cross Country team, Varsity Indoor Track team, and Varsity Outdoor Track team.  I’m also a member of the National Junior Honor Society.  I am a member of Saint Columba Catholic Church where I serve as an altar server.  I volunteer for Turkeys from Heaven during the Christmas season to help provide meals for those in need.  I look forward to my high school years at Houston Academy.  Go Raiders!

Maggie Hawker

My name is Maggie Hawker, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy.  I have been a student here since seventh grade.  I am grateful for the countless opportunities that Houston Academy has provided me, from my academic work to volunteering in our community.  I have an older brother who is a Junior and a sister in fifth grade here at HA.  I am involved in several extracurricular activities, including Raider Ambassadors, National Junior Honor Society Executive Committee, and the Raiders Soccer team.  Outside of school, I love to help in my community and church by serving the Dothan Rescue Mission and several other organizations.  I am excited about my future at Houston Academy and thankful to be part of the community!

Palmer Howell

My name is Palmer Howell, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I have attended HA since 3P, and have enjoyed every year.  My parents chose Houston Academy for the endless opportunities and outstanding education.  Houston Academy is not just a school, we are a family.  Everyone encourages each other, and it is a positive environment for everyone.  The teachers and faculty play a huge role in making HA a great place to learn for all our students.  I am involved in many extracurricular activities such as Raider Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Junior Honor Society, Varsity cheer team, Tennis team, and a member of the Honor Council.  I also enjoy going to the lake with my family, wake surfing, slalom skiing, wakeboarding, foiling, participating in church activities, painting, and spending time with my friends.  Houston Academy helps me to be the best possible version of myself, and I’m grateful to be an HA Raider!

Natalie Janney

My name is Natalie Janney, and this year I am a Senior.  I have attended HA since seventh grade and have loved every minute.  I was a little nervous to start a new school as we moved from North Carolina, but all the students and staff made me feel safe and welcomed.  I truly believe that I have been blesses with teachers and administrators that have made a lasting impact on me.  Our school has a special charm to it.  Walking around campus, one may see kids singing in the choir, playing basketball, or eating lunch while smiling and chatting with friends.  I believe that it is due to the familial love that everyone in our school bestows upon each other.  We are one big family!  I’ve been very lucky to have been part of so many different aspects of our school.  These activities include soccer, cross country, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Raiderette Dance Team, Yearbook staff, school plays, and Raider Ambassadors.  Houston Academy has made me a very well-rounded person.  Outside of school, I am involved in Spark Theatre Company, camp counseling, The Harbor, and working at The Bean Bro.  I try to turn every aspect of my life into helping others, even by just trying to put a smile on someone’s face.  I hope to one day pursue a career in teaching theatre, and I believe that Houston Academy has prepared me to achieve this dream.

Chloe Kim

My name is Chloe Kim.  I am a Senior at Houston Academy and have attended HA since seventh grade.  My older brother graduated from HA in 2020 and now attends Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  When I enrolled at HA, I expected the same atmosphere one would expect from any school.  However, everyone was so welcoming, and the resources the school provided were amazing.  Being a Raider has taught me so much and has helped create some of the best memories of my life.  There are 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, and The Ark Club.  I work at the Boys and Girls Club and our family business every day.  I hope to be a positive influence on my peers as I do my best to create a lasting impact on my school.

Mary Helen Mendheim

My name is Mary Helen Mendheim.  I am a Freshman at Houston Academy, and I have attended HA since the sixth grade.  Attending HA is such a privilege to me because of the opportunities it provides along with the challenging academics.  Coming in sixth grade was one of the easiest transitions for me because Houston Academy has always been so welcoming to everyone. I have an older sister, Sims, who is a Junior at HA and a younger sister, Campbell, who is in fifth grade.  I am involved in many extracurricular and academic activities, including National Junior Honor Society, Raider Ambassadors, National Junior Honor Society Executive Committee, and the soccer and basketball teams.  Outside of school, I have enjoyed being involved in my church and community.  I have helped with Turkeys from Heaven, the Love Dothan Project, the Blaine Hardy Foundation, and many others.  HA has developed my growth in many ways which will help me succeed in the future.  I am so thankful to be a Raider, and I am looking forward to a great year!

Sims Mendheim

My name is Sims Mendheim, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy.  This is my third year as a Raider Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have attended HA since the seventh grade and have two younger sisters here in fifth and ninth grades.  I am involved in many academic and extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Raider Ambassadors, Student Government Association, and the soccer team.  I also enjoy being an active member of my youth group at First United Methodist Church.  I love attending HA because of the environment and amazing opportunities it offers.  I am thankful my parents chose HA for me, and I am extremely proud to be a Raider!

Kathryn Mims

My name is Kathryn Mims, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy.  I started school here in 3P and have been a member of the HA family for fourteen years.  My two older siblings, Mary Hinson and Davis, have graduated from Houston Academy and are now pursuing their majors of choice successfully.  It has been a blessing to grow up alongside students who are not only my peers, but like brothers and sisters to me.  Houston Academy has always felt like one big family but at the same time, every student is diverse and unique in his or her own way.  In my free time, I love dancing, singing, and acting.  I am a member of the Houston Academy Choir, Raiderette Dance Team, and Raider Ambassadors.  I have been involved with Youth Leadership Dothan and give back to our community through Extendicare, Southeast Alabama Community Theatre, and The Ark.  I have big dreams for the future as I hope to pursue a career in Meteorology and incorporate my performing arts skills along the way.

Eli Saliba

My name is Eli Saliba, and I am a Junior here at Houston Academy. I have attended HA since 3P, and my father, Mark Saliba, also attended HA at its beginning in 1970. I have a brother and sister that also graduated from HA, too. I really enjoy our school because I am surrounded with a welcoming atmosphere with loving, caring teachers. I represent HA as a Raider Ambassador and will play on the Varsity basketball team. I aspire to work at my father’s company in hopes of being a part owner one day. I am grateful that I am able to attend HA and appreciate the opportunities it provides.

Greg Sexton

My name is Greg Sexton, and I am a Senior 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 purse a higher education upon graduation and possibly concentrate in pre-law studies with the hopes of attending law school after college.

Wade Shelley

My name is Wade Shelley, and I am a Freshman at Houston Academy.  I joined the Raider family in the third grade with my brother, Wyatt, who is now in eighth grade.  One of my favorite things about Houston Academy is how close knit we are.  At HA, we are one big family.  I consider myself lucky to be able to attend HA and participate in its many activities.  Some of these include the National Junior Honor Society, Raider Ambassadors and the Baseball team.  Involvement at HA has given me the skills I need to succeed and achieve my goals and dreams.  I am an active member of Watermark Church in Ashford, where I serve at every opportunity.  I am a goal-driven person with aspirations to play collegiate baseball and pursue a career in engineering.  I am extremely blessed to attend such a great school.  Go Raiders!

Ansleigh Smith

My name is Ansleigh Smith, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I began my education at HA in seventh grade.  The thing that makes me most proud to be a Raider is how quickly the new students are welcomed by their fellow classmates.  As a new student, I quickly realized there was no need to be nervous.  Everyone made themselves available to help with anything from finding classes to learning how to use my MacBook.  Teachers help us excel academically, and coaches do all they can to help us achieve our athletic goals.  Softball is a big part of my life, and I’ve played on the Lady Raiders softball team since seventh grade, now as the Varsity starting catcher.  Houston Academy encourages community service, and I am thankful for that.  Our service projects have shown me how rewarding it can be to serve others.  I enjoy working at The Ark, The Mission, and the Humane Society.  I am a member of the Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Raider Ambassadors.  In addition to school softball, I also play with the Alabama Thunderbolts, a National travel ball team.  I am also an active member of Grandview Baptist Student Ministry where I help with events like Vacation Bible School and Wired Ministries.  Houston Academy is preparing me for my future by teaching me time management, study methods, and how to focus, retain and apply the knowledge I have gained in the classroom.  I am thankful to be part of the HA Family and look forward to completing my education to be prepared for college.  It’s great to be a Raider!

Maya Swope

My name is Maya Swope, and I am a freshman at Houston Academy. I have been a student at HA for 8 years. My favorite part about attending HA is that I have academic opportunities that students from other schools do not have. Here, we have the best teachers and administrators to help prepare us for college. As soon as I stepped foot on the HA campus, I knew I was where I needed to be. I am a member of the National Juniors Honor Society, the Varsity Cross Country team, and the Varsity Track team. I have played soccer and basketball in past years and am considering playing them this year. I am a member of the youth group at my church, Dothan First Assembly of God, and I volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club this past summer. I also run my own pet sitting business and I babysit. My main goal for the future is to attend Columbia University in New York. I would like to attend law school or maybe even have a career related to interior design. I know that being a part of the HA family will help me achieve my goals more effectively than any other school.  Go Raiders!

Meghan Tamburin

My name is Meghan Tamburin, and I am a Senior at Houston Academy. I have attended Houston Academy since 3P and have two brothers who graduated from Houston Academy and now attend Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Because I have been a student here almost my entire life, Houston Academy truly feels like a second home and has provided me with lifelong friendships and countless opportunities. HA provides a variety of classes and extracurriculars so I can challenge myself academically by taking multiple honors and advanced placement classes while also being involved in various clubs. Throughout high school, I have been an involved member of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, and Blue Zone. Outside of school, I am a Southeast Alabama Dance Company member and have danced for fourteen years. In the future, I plan to attend a University with a strong Nutrition Science major and then pursue a career in medicine. I am so excited to serve as a Raider Ambassador this year and share my love for the school with prospective students and families. Go Raiders!

Brody Williams

My name is Brody Williams, and I am a Sophomore at Houston Academy.  I have been a student at HA for twelve years, and I would not want to go to school anywhere else.  Rigorous courses and excellent teachers set HA apart from other schools.  It is a challenge to be a student at Houston Academy, and my teachers have taught me to push myself to be a better student and a better person.  My younger sister, Mary Parker, is in seventh grade, and my younger brother, Harris, is in third grade.  I play Junior Varsity Basketball and Varsity Tennis for HA along with being a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Student Government Association, and a member of the Honor Council.  I am a member of the First United Methodist Church, and I serve monthly at the Dothan Rescue Mission.  Because I have broken nine bones, and Southern Bone and Joint feels like a second home to me, I plan to become an orthopedic surgeon.  Go Raiders!

Lily Woods

My name is Lily Woods, and I am a Junior at Houston Academy. I have attended Houston Academy since 3P and have loved every minute of it. Being a Raider has taught me so many life lessons that will prepare me for college. In addition to academics, Houston Academy provides many extracurriculars. I cheered in seventh and eighth grades on the Junior Varsity team, and I am currently on the Varsity cheer team. I started playing on the girls’ golf team in ninth grade. I am also involved in the following organizations at Houston Academy: Student Government Association, Blue Zone, Enable, and Raider Ambassador. I am honored to represent our school as a Raider Ambassador for a third year.