TCS Junior Earns National Merit Honor

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Catherine Patton

Two years ago Trinity was pleased to learn that one of our students was Opelika’s only National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. We are pleased once again to learn that another TCS student has been recognized for the distinction of National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. Catherine Patton is a junior and has been at Trinity since kindergarten. Besides having a strong academic aptitude, Catherine has excelled in many other ways as well. She has received numerous honors throughout her years at Trinity and has held key positions in the drama department, girl’s varsity soccer team, advanced band, jazz band, choir, and honor society. Catherine also consistently demonstrates many positive and godly personal characteristics and epitomizes a Trinity student. Being selected as even a semi-finalist is an outstanding accomplishment that is shared among a small group of students around the the country. According to their own website:

“The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC’s scholarship programs are:

  • to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
  • to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
  • to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent”

Congratulations to Catherine and her parents, and best wishes as she continues through the National Merit Scholarship process.

2013 Senior Rhetoric Speeches

Videos of the Class of 2013 Rhetoric Speeches will be coming soon. In the meantime, here is the program for the day to whet your appetite…

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Trinity Christian School Class of 2013

We are so proud of the TCS class of 2013. Years of hard work, diligence, attention to detail, and families who support the work of the school have paid off for these young ladies and young man. Please be in prayer for them as they finish up their final moments at Trinity and move into the next part of their lives.

ImageMadeleine Elizabeth Busch, daughter of Susan Crowe and Bryan Busch, has attended Trinity for ten years. She has been involved in the band, ensemble, and drama programs, as well as a member of the yearbook staff and honor society. Maddy plans to attend either Covenant or Berry College to pursue a degree in art and philosophy. She has received academic and merit based scholarships at both colleges in addition to the “Emerging Artist” scholarship from Covenant. In her free time, Maddy enjoys singing, gardening, hiking, and creating artwork with any medium.

 

 

 

ImageChloe Lane Colquitt, daughter of Lee and Erin Colquitt, is this years Salutatorian graduating with a 4.90 GPA. Chloe has attended Trinity since the third grade. She has been a part of the girl’s soccer team, concert band, drama club, jazz band, and honor society, of which she is currently the president. Chloe has been granted the “Spirit of Auburn Founder’s Scholarship” from Auburn University where she plans to pursue a degree in nursing. In her free time, Chloe enjoys playing the piano and going to Disneyworld.

 

 

 

ImageMadeline Jesse Harrington, daughter of  Jeff  and Sterling Harrington, has attended Trinity since the first grade. She has been involved in the drama program, Trinity Singers, and the honor society of which she is currently the secretary. Madeline plans to attend Auburn University where she has received the Achievement scholarship as well as two other scholarships specifically from the school of agriculture. She will be majoring in agricultural business and economics. In her free time, Madeline enjoys reading, spending time with her friends, hunting, and attending youth group.

 

 

 

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Anna Rae Kenney, daughter of  Gary and Pam Kenney, has attended Trinity since Kindergarten. She has been a part of the band, ensemble, drama productions, and honor society. Anna plans to attend Chattahoochee Valley Community College where she has received a music scholarship. She is a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution award and has received an academic scholarship from Union University. When Anna is not volunteering as an aid at the East Alabama Medical Center, she enjoys spending her time travelling and listening to music.

 

 

 

ImageAnna Elizabeth Latham, daughter of  Jimmy and Debra Latham, has attended Trinity since Kindergarten. She has been involved in four drama productions, the band and jazz band, Trinity Singers, and honor society. Anna plans to attend Southern Union for two years and then transfer to either Auburn University or the University of Mobile where she has received the Dean’s scholarship. She will pursue a degree in secondary education with a minor in mathematics. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with her friends, golfing, and listening to music.

 

 

 

ImageMason Lewis Miller, son of Mark and Billie Jean  Miller, has attended Trinity since Kindergarten. He plans to attend school at Southern Union for two years and then transfer to Auburn University where he will study to become a history teacher. In his free time, Mason enjoys reading, playing video games, watching old comedies, and studying military history.

 

 

 

 

ImageBrittany Belle Nowell, daughter of Shaun and Charlene Nowell, has attended Trinity for four years. She has been a member of the honor society, drama productions, Trinity Singers, and yearbook of which she is currently the co-editor. She plans to attend school at the University of South Alabama where she has been awarded a presidential scholarship. Brittany will major in pre-medicine and desires to acheive a doctorate in pediatrics. In her free time, Brittany enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and playing with her dogs.

 

 

 

ImageElizabeth Scott Patton, daughter of Michael and Amy Patton, is this year’s Valedictorian graduating with a 4.96 GPA. Elizabeth has attended Trinity since first grade. She is a member of the honor society, school host and hostesses, concert band, girl’s varsity soccer team, and has been a member of the drama productions as well as a morning greeter. She plans to pursue a degree in English at the University of Alabama. In addition, Elizabeth has received a presidential scholarship from the University of Alabama, the College of Charleston, and Elon University in addition to the Bell Tower Scholarship from Furman University and the Second Century Scholarship from Southern Methodist University. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, swimming, and biking.

 

 

ImageAnne Fairchild Spooner, daughter of Gary and Jill  Spooner, has attended Trinity since the eighth grade. She has been involved in the Trinity Singers, yearbook, newspaper, honor society, and the drama program. She plans to attend Wheaton College where she will major in philosophy. Anne has been awarded the spirit of Auburn scholarship in addition to the title of the Distinguished Young Woman’s runner up. In her free time, Anne enjoys reading, dancing, and playing the piano.

 

 

 

 

ImageMcKenzie Lane Warmouth, daughter of Carl and Janine Warmouth, has attended Trinity since Kindergarten. She has been a member of the honor society, ensemble, yearbook staff, school hosts and hostesses, morning greeters, newspaper, and drama program. She plans to attend New Saint Andrews College to pursue a degree in Liberal Arts. In addition, she has received two scholarships through the Association of Classical Christian Schools. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys reading, running, English horseback riding, and playing piano.

 

 

 

ImageMicah Leanne Weissinger, daughter of Ginelle and Lee Weissinger, has attended Trinity for a total of nine years. She has been a member of the girl’s soccer team, the tennis team, and drama programs in addition to volunteering as an aid at the East Alabama Medical Center. Micah has been awarded the university scholarship from the University of Mobile but is currently undecided upon where she will attend school; however, she desires to pursue a degree in nursing. In her free time, Micah enjoys playing tennis, soccer, and eating ice cream

Trinity Raqueters Net Hope Christian

 

The Trinity Christian School tennis team topped Hope Christian of Pelham on Monday in Opelika.  The Eagle boys won by the score of 11-2 win while the girls triumphed 5-4.  Winning singles matches for the Eagle boys were Jackson Gunter, David Alderman, William Alderman, Oliver Nell, Aaron Nell, Daniel Rotta, Ben Gunter, Andy Huling and David Paul Hemberg.  J. Gunter and Rotta ended the season undefeated in singles play.  Doubles teams of J. Gunter with D. Alderman, and W. Alderman with O. Nell also won for Trinity.  Eagles girls Cayton Walker, Cameron Walker and Haleigh Johnson all secured singles wins.  With doubles wins for Trinity were Micah Weissinger and Mary Grier Illges as well as the Walker sisters.  The Eagles enjoyed their most successful season ever with a total 9 boys and 9 girls playing in their 9 matches.

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TCS Tennis Nets Second Victory

Trinity Christian School’s tennis team topped Hope Christian 16-8 at the Pelham Racquet Club Friday afternoon. Winning in both singles and doubles matches for the Eagle boys were Jackson Gunter and David Alderman, William Alderman and Oliver Nell,  Daniel Rotta and David Paul Hemberg, as well as Ben Gunter and and Andy Huling.  Aaron Nell posted a pair of singles wins.  Mary Grier Illges triumphed in singles for Trinity’s girls, while Cameron Walker and Hannah McClendon netted a doubles win.  The Eagles are now 2-0 on the season.

You Can’t Take it With You

TCS pulled off another excellent drama presentation last weekend. Congratulations to all for a job well done. Here are a few highlights of the performance…

Poetry in Christendom

ImageFollowing is a thoughtful and articulate perspective on poetry from TCS Senior Anne Spooner:

When most young adults in the twenty-first century hear the word “poetry” they think “mushy” Valentine’s day cards, Hallmark movies, and Nicholas Sparks overtures. Rarely do the words “professionalism” “talent” and “artistry” come to mind. However, it is important to recognize as a young adult that poetry is one of the highest forms of artistic language. It should not be disregarded—either in the home or in the academic world.

One of my earliest memories is my mom reading me A.A. Milne’s (the beloved author of the Winnie the Pooh stories) poems before bed, after breakfast, and anytime in between. When I was elementary age she began to read me Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems—poetry that excited my imagination and gave me a desire to construct these “word worlds” for myself. The gift of poetry was not in my personal ambition to write it but in my love for the beauty it was able to draw from the ordinary. Poetry has given me a love for words; not only the complexities of the language but the joys of words well placed. I learned to delight in the written word when I was unable to form my own sentences. Poems were perhaps the most influential in developing the love affair I have with books.  An appreciation for all good literature begins in the home. Parents and children alike will benefit from incorporating poetry into everyday reading. Diligent exposure will grow a child’s mind by teaching him the importance of word-placement and tonal aesthetics in literature. Not only will he learn to understand the techniques of poetic language, he will learn to love the layered thoughts and the illumination of the ordinary that poetry offers.

Poetry is not a focus in most schools–both public and private. There might be a short mention of a poet appropriate to the course material in a highschool classroom. However, most study (in all the humanities) shies from poetry. The language is often considered too dense for the average student to understand or appreciate. Some teachers consider poetry unnecessary except for the student who has a particular fondness for it. Both of these views inhibit the student from receiving a well-balanced education. Poetry is, like any well-written literature, thought-provoking. Teachers are invested with the mandate to challenge students. What better way than to open up their minds to language that many children and adults cannot imagine organizing into coherent thought? Poetry in many ways is what we so long to say but can “never find the words” to express. It not only teaches students to appreciate the beauty of the language but also the diversity of the way they may organize thought. One can as easily express himself writing poems as singing or painting or playing an instrument. Each one requires discipline in order to display beauty and truth.

It is important to remember that the Creator Himself used a great deal of poetry to give His Word to His people. Psalms, Song of Solomon, and others (including excerpts from other books) speak in metaphors and with creative license. This is because some things can only be understood through illusion to ideas words create and not by the words themselves. Take the example of the two lovers in Song of Solomon. Would the passages be as powerful if they were written plainly like a textbook? Of course not. The depth of the message is in the analogies, metaphors, and meter of the verse. God understands the need of words that reach into our hearts and not just our minds. Poetry is the incarnation of that loving gesture. Be encouraged to read poetry, good poetry, today. You will find yourself loving words and loving God’s Word more because of your desire to see truth and beauty in the ordinary and supernatural expressed. As T.S. Eliot has said,

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”

–Anne Spooner

Movie Night!

imgresPop some corn, put some Coke on ice, and grab a box of Junior Mints – it’s movie night!

The plot? Put four of the most brilliant minds of theology around a table to discuss Revelation Chapter 20. (Jim Hamilton, Doug Wilson, Sam Storms, and John Piper) So maybe An Evening of Eschatology is not as exciting to most people as LOTR, Star Wars, or Pirates of the Caribbean, but my goodness, it’s pretty darn exciting! I could watch this as many times as I have watched those epics. (And I may need to to get it all)

As Storms says towards the end of the video, “I think God is honored when we take this book seriously enough to do this; that we care about truth, that we believe there is objective, real truth here about what God is doing in history. And he says, ‘Wow, those guys care enough about my word, they believe it is inerrant, and infallible enough that they are willing to go toe to toe with each other in the love of Christ to try to arrive at some understanding’”.

Pre-Mil, Post-Mil. Au-Mil: Get your “last things” perspectives right here. A must see on Revelation.

The Silent Holocaust

Here is a short persuasive speech presented by Senior Anna Kenney on Feb.1 in Mrs. Mayfiled’s apologetics class.

The Silent Holocaust

            Day by day, minute by minute, precious lives are being cut short and are not even given the opportunity to breathe their first breath. Abortion has plagued the United State since 1973, with all thanks due to Roe v. Wade. This silent holocaust shall no longer remain silent.

For forty years now it has been legal to kill innocent unborn children, and one cannot begin to imagine the number of lives that have been taken in those forty years. What may seem like an easy way out of being responsible for another life, abortion produces serious moral and social concerns. With abortion come startling statistics. One out of three women have an abortion by the age of forty-five. Twenty-five percent of women who have an abortion say it is because they feel they are not ready for the responsibility. Out of the fifty states in America, twenty of them legalize abortion all the way until there is a possibility of the child sustaining life outside the womb. Although these statistics might seem shocking, they are only scratching the surface of this disgusting crime.

One of the most shocking cases personally, however, is the uncertainty of the value of children in this country under our current administration. As we all know, twenty children were murdered in a mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Our president was quick to blame this terrible act not so much on who killed the children but what he killed the children with. The current administration wants to ban guns because they have killed innocent lives and we must protect our children from these dangerous weapons. This same administration that wants to ban guns because they have killed children is the same administration that funds the killing of innocent children. I recently read that the amount of abortions in America each year is equivalent to one hundred and sixty-six Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings every single day. It is hard to trust a government that fights for something as they are killing what they are fighting for.

In the Affordable Healthcare Act it states that companies must supply their employees with contraceptives, and if they refuse to do so the companies will be indebted to the Federal Government for 1.3 million dollars. The famous arts and crafts store, Hobby Lobby, is one of these companies that have been denies to opt out of the Affordable Healthcare Act because they are not a religion affiliated company. However, the owners of Hobby Lobby are proclaimed and devout Christians and establish Christian principles throughout their company. Hobby Lobby is taking a stand against supplying their employees with abortion pills, and Christians should support and join their stand.

Why should Christians honor the sanctity of life? If one is wavering on whether life begins at conception, I strongly encourage reading David’s words in Psalm 139. In Psalm 127:3 we are reminded that children are a reward. When looking at a newborn baby I have a hard time understanding how one cannot see the beauty and purpose that is before their eyes. Our duty as Christians is to make the silent holocaust no longer silent.

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