Chapman Webb val, Hovis salutatorian

Webb School of Knoxville recently announced its valedictorian, Josh Chapman, and salutatorian, Crawford Hovis, for 2021.

“It means a lot,” said Chapman, son of Elizabeth Bishop and James Chapman. “Obviously, it’s a great honor, somewhat a payoff of a lot of hard work but also a great honor … to speak at graduation (was Sunday, May 16).

Chapman graduated Cum Laude and is a National Merit Scholar. He also is a member of the National Honor Society, and won the National Citizenship Award, voted on by fellow students, his freshman and sophomore years.

He also took part in Scholar’s Bowl, a trivia competition aired on PBS; and was a member of Webb’s Student Government Association, for which he was elected his freshman, sophomore and senior years.

Chapman plans to attend Northwestern University in the fall and major in political science with aspirations of a public policy-related career.

“I like the idea of helping to affect change and bring about improvements in our society, and public sector is a way to do that,” Chapman added.


Hovis, the son of David and Gina Hovis, was a member of the Cum Laude Society, he received the Gina Mathews Mashburn Award for writing about literature in 2020; the Presidential Service Award in 2019 and 2020 that recognizes students who complete at least 100 hours of service in a year; Anne Zirkle Award in 2020; Clint White Award in 2019; William R. Webb III Citizenship Award in 2018, 2019 and 2020; John W. Green Award for Scholarship 2020; and Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award in 2020; is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction.

He was a National Honor Society member in 2019-21; a member of Student Government Association, for which he was president his senior year; a primary investigator on High-Frequency Trading Research, which he worked with University of Tennessee professors in his investigation of high-frequency trading and stock market volatility; founder and president of The Philanthropic Investment Group; and he is an Eagle Scout, the rank he received in 2019.

Hovis has been accepted into Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. With a plan to major in economics., “My aspiration is to, in whatever I do, ensure that I’m helping others and trying to make the world a better place,” he said.

“It is important to me that what I do is making an impact.