The Junior BBQ Ambassador Program is intended to create a win-win opportunity for Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass and juniors at high schools in Sevier County. This program pairs high school juniors with major Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass event sponsors and event organizers. During the event, Junior BBQ Ambassadors make sure sponsors receive the best possible treatment and experience at the event and assist event organizers in running the event smoothly. In exchange, the Junior BBQ Ambassador meets members of the business community who can help him or her with future internships, careers and, more immediately, summer jobs. Approximately 20 high school juniors from the public high schools in Sevier County are chosen for this honor each year.

Aislinn McElhaney

Aislinn is a junior at Sevier County High School. An active member of student government, she is also part of Beta Club, Teen Board, and many other clubs and honors organizations. Aislinn is also actively involved in athletics.

Her family includes her mother, Ida, father, Mike, and brother, Camden. She attends First Baptist Church Sevierville and is active in youth fellowship. She hopes to participate collegiately in Track and Field and study Sports Medicine in college.

Alexandria Elrod

Alexanderia is a Sevier County native and athlete at Northview Academy. A junior honors student, she is currently in the dual enrollment program offered by Walters State Community College. In her senior year she will be enrolled in four classes for which she will receive college credits.

Alexanderia plays both varsity softball and soccer and has been voted All District this year. Her future goals include fulfilling a lifelong passion of becoming a veterinarian. She has hopes of playing softball while in college before continuing her veterinary education. Her other interests include hiking, photography, and enjoying life.

Brady Cusick

Brady is honored for this opportunity to serve his community. He stays busy with academics and has earned a 32 on the ACT and maintains a 3.90 GPA at Sevier County High School.

He is also involved in athletics and both swims and plays water polo. He is appreciative of this opportunity to represent his community and his school. Go Bears!

Carrie Kuykendall

Carrie Kuykendall is currently a junior at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. She devotes most of her time doing schoolwork, community service, attending church, and going to bluegrass events. She was born in Asheville, North Carolina and later moved to Sevierville, Tennessee where she now enjoys the GSMNP on a regular basis.

Carrie has always been a family oriented person and no matter where she goes in life will always be close to her parents. She always focuses on the positive in life and looks to the Lord in whatever she faces.

Jensen Overbay

Jensen Overbay is a junior at Sevier County High School. She is in the top 10% of her class with a 4.0 grade point average. She is active in several organizations that perform community service and contribute to school activities and events. Some of these include Sevierville Teen Board, Student Government, SCHS Foundation, and Interact Club. Jensen is a member of the Cross Country, Swim, and Track teams, earning All-Conference and All-State Honors.

She is an active member of First Baptist Church Sevierville where she participates in missions and youth activities.

Kristiana Oren

Kristiana is a 17 year old junior at Sevier County High School and has cheered for the last five years. She is on her second season of varsity track and also stays busy with her participation in Senior Beta Club, Student Government, Interact Club, 4-H, and her service as a Junior Teen Board member.

Kristiana hopes to attend The University of Tennessee and major in Business. After college she would like to work in the government. Her main goal is to have a job that influences members in the community and helps others.

Lauren Hounshell

Lauren is the Junior Vice President of the Student Government Association, the Vice President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is a member of the Sevierville Teen Board.

She has also been selected to attend the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities and is a Volunteer Girl’s State delegate. Lauren also enjoys running on the SCHS track team.

Samuel Knight

Samuel Knight is a junior at Sevier County High School. He swims competitively and plays water polo. Additionally, he is a member of the Beta Club and Spanish Honors Society.

Samuel is also a member of the Keep Sevier Beautiful Teen Advisory Board and a recent graduate of Smoky Mountain Youth Leadership. Math and science are his favorite subjects and he is interested in a career in engineering or medicine.

Sarah Clabo

Sarah is a junior at Northview Senior Academy, where she plays percussion for the band. She is a member of the varsity track and volleyball teams and a member of the Senior Beta Club, Senior Interact Club and a founding member and vice-president of the Key Club.

She is a three-year Class Representative of the Student Government. Sarah is an active member of Mount Harmony Baptist Church. She will attend Girls State this summer and works as an assistant at Parkway Animal Hospital. Sarah plans on attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Wallace Layman

Wallace has his hopes set on being the Northview Academy valedictorian. He has been a member of the golf team for four years, soccer team for two years, and cross-country team for three years.

He is also active in Beta Club, Interact, and Key Club. Wallace has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He has been employed at the Sevierville Golf Club for two years and in his free time enjoys watching “Game of Thrones” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also enjoys weightlifting in training to Fight The Mountain.

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