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Hall of Fame

 
In all facets of life, Battle Ground Academy alumni are making a difference in the world. Every year, BGA recognizes alumni who represent the best facets of the BGA experience - excellence in one's endeavors, great relationships with others, and a high level of character and selfless leadership.  Congratulations to the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees!

2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

Battle Ground Academy is honored to host the 2020 Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremony, Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m. in The Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore, Jr. '52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship.  Please click here to register.

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Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Susannah Ives Dennis, Class of 2009
Dennis was a standout throughout her BGA girls soccer career, leading the team in goals scored each season. She was named All-District, All-Region, and All-State all four years. Dennis was the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons and was also team captain for those years. In her junior season, she helped lead BGA to a state championship. While at BGA, she was a member of the National Honor Society, and participated in basketball and track. Her mother, Kathleen Swanton, was a teacher at BGA from 2006-2016.
 
Dennis played collegiate soccer at the University of Georgia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in human development and family sciences and her master’s in kinesiology – sports management and policy. The summer before her senior year at UGA, Dennis played for the 2011 National Champion Atlanta Silverbacks semi-professional women’s soccer team.
 
She is currently Territory Manager for Becton, Dickinson & Company. She is married to Megan Dennis, and they reside in Portland, Ore.
 
Society Membership:  Plato
Maurice Lamont Turner, Class of 1996
Turner had an impact on some of the greatest BGA football and basketball teams in the modern era. In football, he was the 1995 Team co-captain and the defensive MVP of BGA’s 1995 state championship game. The 1995 team posted BGA’s best record ever with a perfect 15-0 season while also beating Goodpasture, the 1995 2A State Champions in the regular season. In his high school career, his football teams had a combined record of 50-4 as his 1992 team made a championship appearance as well. He played in the 1996 Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star game as RB and was named All-State, All-Midstate Defensive MVP, Region MVP, All-County LB, Nashville Civitan Club Sportsmanship Award Recipient, Wildcat Award (Team’s Best Defensive Player) Winner, and the Knoxville News Sentinel’s No. 16 Top College Football Prospect for Tennessee. In 2018, he was named to the Nashville Interscholastic League’s Football All Decade Team (1990s) for greater Nashville. He played on BGA’s 1993 (33-0) and 1994 (33-4) state championship basketball teams. He also played baseball and wrestled at BGA in his early years, and he received the Paul Guffee Award at graduation.
 
Turner went on to attend Vanderbilt University, where he played football and served as team captain in 1999. He was named to Vanderbilt’s Dean’s List and to the SEC All-Academic team in 1998 and 1999 while graduating in 3 years. He was selected to play in the 1999 Blue Gray All-Star Game. Turner graduated with a bachelor’s in human organizational development with a focus in leadership and signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 2000.
 
He worked as a medical device sales representative for almost 20 years with Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Lifecell, and Tela Bio. Turner currently serves as a transcultural consultant and an executive coach. He is the author of WINNING Beyond The Scoreboard, As The U.N.D.E.R.D.O.g. – The Final Score Is What Counts! His second book, regarding how The South can heal its Civil War wound of white supremacy without canceling culture, will be released in 2022.
 
He is the son of the late Mr. Jessie Turner, Jr. and Mrs. Ida Turner. His brother, Jessie Turner III, graduated from BGA in 1992. Turner and his wife Yuberky have two daughters, Mia and Leia, and live in Franklin.
 
Society Membership: Greer

Distinguished Young Alumnus

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