To know God and to make Him known.

Capstone Graduates 2018

Jonah Thomas Anthony

Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Pureway Education

“A philosopher knows that in reality he knows very little. That is why he constantly strives to achieve true insight. Socrates was one of these rare people. He knew that he knew nothing about life and about the world. And now comes the important part: it troubled him that he knew so little.”
― Jostein Gaarder in Sophie’s World

Jonah is the son of Fredrich and Christy Anthony of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He has two brothers and attends Classical Conversations of Hammond, Louisiana. He enjoys camping, hiking, mountain climbing, and spelunking. He also enjoys canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting new rivers that he hears of, and enjoys photographing these trips as well. Jonah loves to eat and play the ukulele and loves training and fighting in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts. His favorite CC memory is of learning about and doing mock trial in Challenge B. The best part for him was when one of his fellow students was giving his opening argument in defense of an insane woman and took off and loudly snapped his belt while saying “she snapped!” Although he has already been offered a Priority Scholarship from Southeastern Louisiana University, Jonah plans to take a gap year and intern at his church. He plans to apply to more colleges, pray and then make next-step decisions.

Delaney Corinne Bright

Covington, Louisiana

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
—Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

Delaney is the daughter of Paul and Jennifer Bright of Covington, Louisiana. She attends the Classical Conversations Community of Hammond, Louisiana. Some of her favorite memories from CC were writing her short story in Challenge B and her Challenge 1 year. Delaney enjoys serving in AWANA and on her church’s worship team, along with writing, drawing and playing the piano and violin. She is a recipient of the Awana Citation Award. She has twice won the Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs Composition Contest (2016, 2017) and has played in the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra for 6 years. She has volunteered at Frank Levy’s Children’s Theater Camp in the summer and is currently teaching piano lessons. Delaney has a passion for drawing and animation and will be continuing her education at Southeastern Louisiana University in their Honors Program, majoring in New Media and Animation.

DanEl J. Brown

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
By God’s Word Christian Academy

“Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
—Philippians 4:6

DanEl is the son of Donald Brown and Terry Wms-Brown of Philadelphia. He has one brother and attends Classical Conversations of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. DJ participated in the Franklin Institute’s STEM Scholars program, 2009-14, and the Villanova Engineering, Science & Technology Enrichment and Development (VESTED) program, 2015-17. He volunteered at Glenside Bible Church’s Pioneer Club, 2012-18, and Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences, 2016-18. DJ has earned his Eagle Scout rank and enjoys art and playing video games, football, basketball, soccer, rugby and track. His favorite CC memory is of Movie Night in Challenge II. DJ plans to attend the Steamfitters Local Union 420 Apprenticeship Program in February.

Katelyn Meredith Bunch

Springfield, Virginia
Bunch Academy of Excellence

“Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a ‘fool’ so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”
—1 Corinthians 3:18-19a (NIV)

Katie is the daughter of Mathew and Edie Bunch of Springfield, Virginia. She has one sister and attends the Classical Conversations community at Grace Baptist Church of Woodbridge, Virginia. Katelyn is active in Stoa Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate Club and the AWANA Leader-in-Training program, and enjoys playing the guitar, spending time with family, and knitting. She is a Stoa national tournament qualifier and an AWANA Verse-a-thon winner (216 verses). Katelyn is also an AWANA Citation Award recipient, earned National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude honors and is an Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Honor Society member. Katelyn’s favorite memory of CC is of participating in Challenge III’s mock trial of Hamlet. She played the part of Polonius, complete with a fake beard! As a CC graduate, this summer she will work on a regional PAST (Practicum Alumni Support Team), traveling in the Northeast. Awarded both the Provost's and President's Scholarships, Katie will be attending Messiah College in PA this fall as an honors student and plans to pursue mechanical engineering.

Matthew Dean Carpenter

Dayton, Tennessee
Aaron Academy

“God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.”
—Augustine of Hippo

Matthew is the son of John and Karin Carpenter of Dayton, Tennessee. He has three older siblings and is a member of the Chattanooga–Hickory Valley Community of Classical Conversations. Matthew works in grounds maintenance for Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he also serves as a VBS volunteer and participated in youth group community service projects. He was a member of Troop 150 homeschool Boy Scout troop for seven years and earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2017. Matt enjoys reading, playing video games and aggravating his sister. Matt has taken voice lessons for five years and won First Place in the Tennessee Music Teachers Association’s 2017 State Vocal Competition. He is a member of the Chattanooga Patriots homeschool soccer team, 2015-18, that won the 2016 state championship. Matt plans to attend Lee University in the fall on a Presidential Scholarship.

Rachel Anne Davis

San Diego, California
Heritage Christian School

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
— John 16:33 (ESV)

Rachel is the daughter of Ralph and Barbara Davis of San Diego, California. She has one sister and attends the Classical Conversations community at New Life Presbyterian Church in La Mesa, California. Rachel has been involved with the AWANA ministry at her church for 10 years and volunteers as a student leader with the Sparks group. Rachel and her CC classmates have been together for the past three years and have grown in their friendship and love for each other to the point that they consider themselves brothers and sisters. Rachel plans to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, this fall. She intends to major in biology and has received a Dean’s Scholarship.

Abigail E. Dismuke

Kingston, Tennessee
Home Life Academy

“When jumping is the sole option, you jump, and try to make it work.”
― Brandon Mull in Grip of the Shadow Plague

Abigail is the daughter of Steve and Debra Dismuke of Kingston. She has one brother and attends the Bearden Community of Classical Conversations in Knoxville. Abigail has enjoyed hunting with her father since she was 9, knitting and sewing with her mother, and she grew up playing video games with her brother and still does. She has gone on several mission trips with her church youth group and volunteers in the nursery and care center. She also enjoys reading, writing, and volunteers at her local library. Her favorite CC memory is of playing Four Square during the lunch breaks on Community Day. Abigail plans to attend Pellissippi State Community College in the fall and pursue a degree and career in education.

Michelle Faith Ducote

New Orleans, Louisiana
Eagle Academy

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.”
—Psalms 27:1, 13-14

Michelle is the daughter of Nelson and Jeanine Ducote of New Orleans, Louisiana. She attends the Classical Conversations community of Hammond Central (Louisiana). When Michelle’s friends think of her, they envision her playing the piano. She is a pianist at her church and loves learning to play the piano and teaching others to play. She has earned the National Federation of Music Clubs’ 9-Year Gold Cup and won First Place in the Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs Piano Duets competition. Her future plans include teaching piano for two years in preparation for attending Cedarville University. She also enjoys working in her church’s nursery and writing. Her favorite CC memory is of joining Challenge I mid-year. “Everyone was so welcoming and kind, I never felt left out or lost,” she said.

Malcolm Christopher Fary

DuPont, Washington

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
— Psalm 103:11-12

Malcolm is the son of Chaplain Timothy (major, U.S. Army) and Sarah Fary and has a younger sister and brother. He has been a part of the Classical Conversations Community of West Olympia, Washington, for two years. Malcolm enjoys playing both soccer and golf. As a military brat, he has enjoyed being involved with military youth groups and in chapels around the world. He currently works for The Home Course and Chambers Bay golf courses in Washington state. Malcolm’s favorite memory of CC was doing a mock trial of Hamlet with his Challenge III class. He is thoughtfully considering his options for future education and career.

Duncan E. Fischbach

Knoxville, Tennessee

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Your actions will delineate and define you.”
—Thomas Jefferson

Duncan is the son of Phil and Donna Fischbach of Knoxville. He has three siblings and attends the West Knoxville Parkway Baptist Church Friday Community of Classical Conversations. Duncan tutors at Pellissippi State Community College and is interested in community ministry, volunteering for camps and kids’ programs, and plays board games and video games. Duncan’s Ultimate Frisbee team won the Ultimate Frisbee Division II State Championship, and he also enjoys playing football and baseball. His favorite memory of CC was the trip his Challenge class took to Washington, D.C., and the time they spent in the Library of Congress was particularly memorable. Duncan plans to attend Anderson University in the fall on a full Fellows Scholarship.

Isaac Foote

Metairie, Louisiana

“Believe you can, and you are halfway there.”
—Theodore Roosevelt

Isaac is the son of Daniel and Daphne Foote of Metairie, Louisiana. He has four siblings and attends the Hammond Community of Classical Conversations. His hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, traveling, going on mission trips, and skateboarding. He also volunteers at Classical Conversations practicums. His favorite CC memory is of all the Challenge classes and their families going on a camping trip together every year. Isaac plans to take a year off from school and work. Then he will decide whether he wants to go to college or to pursue a career in business.

Nathanael David Guzman

La Mesa, California
Heritage Christian School

“Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’”
— Isaiah 6: 8


Nathanael Guzman is the son of David and Isabel Guzman of La Mesa, California. “Nano”, as his friends call him, would like to do some missionary work in Japan and has written several essays that he is very proud of. One of his very favorite memories connected with Classical Conversations is making his classmates cry with an eight-minute sermon that he literally made up in two minutes. Nano’s career options are open, and he plans on letting God lead him where He wants him to go.

Madeline Renee Harris

Knoxville, Tennessee

“God knows our situation; he will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. It is wonderful what you can do when you have to.”
—C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

Madeline is the daughter of Jeremiah and Renee Harris of Knoxville, Tennessee. She has a brother and attends the West Knoxville, Parkway Baptist-Fridays community of Classical Conversations. Maddy is passionate about English country dancing and has danced with a troupe all through high school. She enjoys reading, writing poetry, cooking, goofing off with friends, and working at Chick-fil-A. Madeline plans to attend the CreatEd Institute in Black Mountain, N.C., in the fall

Gwendolyn Faith Hartman

Knoxville, Tennessee
Berean Christian High School

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
—Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Gwendolyn is the daughter of John and April Hartman of Knoxville, Tennessee. She attends the West Knoxville Parkway Baptist Church Friday Community of Classical Conversations and has three brothers. She has been involved in children’s and youth worship at her church for many years. She’s been a member of varsity swimming and rowing teams and worked as a lifeguard. Gwen enjoys reading, art, and spending time outside with her dogs. Traveling to Washington, D.C., with her Challenge II class was a highlight of Gwen’s time in CC. She loved the presentations she and her classmates gave at the National Gallery and enjoyed her experience at the Library of Congress. Gwen plans to take a gap year before pursuing a college degree.

Havilah Lesley Houston

La Mesa, California

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
—Pablo Picasso

Havilah is the daughter of Steve and Leslie Houston of La Mesa, California. She has one brother and attends the Classical Conversations community at New Life Presbyterian Church in San Diego. Havilah enjoys AWANA, soccer, volleyball, speech and debate, Generation Joshua, drama, calligraphy, rollerblading, ice skating and baking. She is an AWANA Citation Award recipient, placed at the Stoa national tournament for speech and debate, and was a finalist several times regionally, as well as taking first in Duo Interpretation. Havilah has been selected to perform at the acclaimed Old Globe Theater in the Summer Shakespeare Studio. She will attend Grand Canyon University in the fall to study communications. She hopes to pursue radio and broadcasting or possibly architecture.

Hannah I. Jones

Bonita, California
Heritage Christian School

“Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it.”
—C.S. Lewis

Hannah is the daughter of Gary and Sandra Jones of Bonita, California. She has two older siblings and attends the Wednesday Classical Conversations community at New Life Presbyterian Church in La Mesa, California. Hannah serves in the children's Sunday school and nursery at her church and has volunteered at several Practicums. She has been jumping, training, and caring for horses at Mount Miguel Equestrian Center and also volunteers at the Sunnyside Saddle Club. She plays on the varsity volleyball team at Heritage Christian School, which took first place in the silver division at the Southern California Homeschool Volleyball tournament. Her favorite CC memory is of her Challenge class’s annual Christmas party on Week 15 every year. Hannah received the Provost Scholarship and plans to study business with an emphasis in hospitality management at Grand Canyon University this fall.

Michael Joseph Stryker Keller

Orlando, Florida
Keller Homeschool

“There’s something that doesn’t make sense. Let’s go poke it with a stick.”
—Steven Moffat
“Stand firm, and you will win life.”
—Luke 21:19 (NIV)

Michael is the son of Charles and Sylvie Keller of Orlando. He has an older sister who graduated last year on the 2017 Capstone Cruise, and he is part of the Classical Conversations community at University Presbyterian Church in Orlando. Michael has many and varied interests including: art, music (ukulele, guitar, violin, piano, percussion, bagpipes), and karate, where he has earned a black belt. He is a certified SCUBA diver and has volunteered in underwater coral restoration in the Florida Keys and as a SCUBA buddy volunteer for the Special Adventures for Special People camp in Clermont, Florida. Michael is also active in Boy Scouts and Venture Crew. He is raising a guide dog puppy for the Southeastern Guide Dog school in Palmetto, Florida, for his Eagle Scout Project and has logged more than 1,200 volunteer hours toward Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship. Michael is currently dual-enrolled at the University of Central Florida and will begin working on a degree in nursing and military sciences through the ROTC program.

Marcus Ian Kidder

Knoxville, Tennessee
Berean Christian School

“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.”
—G. K. Chesterton

Marcus is the son of James and Melanie Kidder of Knoxville, Tennessee. He has three siblings and attends the Knoxville West—Parkway Church, Friday community of Classical Conversations. Marcus loves to read and play the piano, video games and strategy board games. He is an Eagle Scout and an English country dancer. He volunteers with Operation Christmas Child, earned summa cum laude honors on the National Latin Exam and is sometimes an Athenian gadfly. His favorite CC memory is of a weeklong trip his Challenge II class took to Washington, D.C. They visited the Capital, the Air and Space Museum, the various monuments, the Library of Congress, and the Holocaust Museum. They each gave a brief lecture about a work of art in the National Gallery while standing next to the actual piece they were describing. He plans to attend Patrick Henry College this fall and pursue a practical major and a philosophy minor.

Sarah Mackenzie Langford

Knoxville, Tennessee

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
—1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

Sarah is the daughter of Michael and Michelle Langford of Knoxville, Tennessee. She has two brothers and attends the Knoxville West—Parkway Church, Friday community of Classical Conversations. Sarah has a passion for serving others by: loving on children at the Western Heights Boys and Girls Club, prayer-walking in her community, and building Christ-centered relationships with people she meets. Her favorite CC memory is the relationships she built with her classmates through new experiences, debates, encouragement, and conversations in and out of the classroom. She plans to pursue an occupational therapy degree in college and then see how the Lord guides her.

Carrington Lorenz Little

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Homelife Academy

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
—James 1:2-5 (NIV)

Carrington is the son of Dr. Lavy and the late Conrad Little of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He has two brothers and attends the Murfreesboro II Classical Conversations community. Carrington is a member of the North Boulevard Church of Christ where he is heavily active in various ministries. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 390 in February and received his third-degree black belt in Wado-Ryu karate in 2016. Carrington became the first ever homeschool student to play football for Blackman High School and lettered all four years. His favorite CC memory is from Challenge II when he and his classmates took a field trip with their tutor to the Huntsville Museum of Art to gather information and absorb inspiration for their art grant proposals. Carrington plans to attend Tennessee Tech University this fall, majoring in mechanical engineering and playing football for the Golden Eagles.

Michael Gregory Luke

Elida, Ohio

Reporter: “General Mattis, what keeps you awake at night?”
General Mattis: “Nothing. I keep other people awake at night.”

Michael is the son of Don and Laura Luke of Elida, Ohio. He has four siblings and attends the Classical Conversations community of Lima, Ohio. Michael enjoys 4-H, shooting sports, hunting, running, swimming, and participating in an inner-city ministry. His favorite memory of Classical Conversations was when a group of CC students were playing Four Square in the parking lot after Community Day. One of the older students, who was just learning to drive, backed over the Four-Square ball and it exploded! Michael will be working this summer to save money and then hopes to attend the International ALERT Academy in Big Sandy, Texas, this fall, which would give him a strong, Christian foundation for a career in law enforcement.

Sam R. McCreery

Arvada, Colorado

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
—Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

Sam is the son of Steve and Anne McCreery of Arvada, Colorado. He has five siblings and attends Classical Conversations of Arvada. Sammy plays the drums in his youth group’s band, as well as playing the piano, guitar, and ukulele. He also enjoys singing and playing basketball. Sammy plans on attending Red Rocks Community College in the fall while working at a 24-hour fitness center. His dream is to become a sports medicine physician one day.

Brenden William Owen

San Diego, California
Trivium Academy

“Carpe diem” (Seize the day)
—Roman poet Horace

Brenden is the son of Bradley and Kelly Owen of San Diego. He has three siblings and attends the La Mesa Community of Classical Conversations. Brenden has a passion for mathematics, computer programming, and education. In Boy Scouts, he learned skills in leadership and also reached the rank of Eagle, Scouting’s highest honor. Brenden’s interest in technology has led him to teach others programming in his free time. He placed second in the Computer Science, Senior Division, at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair and has competed at the USA Gymnastics California State Championships. Brenden plans to study computer science at Point Loma Nazarene University in the fall and hopes to one day work as a software engineer.

Natalie Grace Perez

Chuluota, Florida

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, leads me beside quiet waters.”
—Psalm 23:1-2 (NIV)

Natalie is the daughter of Dennis and Claudia Perez of Chuluota, Florida, and attends the Orlando East Classical Conversations community at University Presbyterian Church. Natalie works as a preschool youth intern at her church. She loves to play the piano and enjoys comic books and ’50s music. She plans to attend Seminole State College in the fall and later transfer to the University of Central Florida before going to law school to prepare for a career in law.

Lucita Joy Piotrowicz

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
—Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Lucita is the daughter of Edward and Debbie Piotrowicz of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She has seven siblings and attends the Challenge IV program on Fridays at Knoxville West–Parkway Church Community. Lucita is passionate about ballet and enjoys reading, hiking, teaching Sunday School, and singing in her church’s choir. Her team won their Mock Trial in Challenge B. She was also honored with a Stage One National Dance Competition Double Platinum Award, 3rd place Outstanding Performance Award. She plans to study theatre and dance at Anderson University in the fall.

Casey Mae Riley

Knoxville, Tennessee
Christian Academy of Knoxville

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
—Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

Casey Mae is the daughter of Kevin and Kelly Riley of Knoxville. She has three sisters and attends the Knoxville West—Parkway Church, Friday community of Classical Conversations. Casey Mae dances with the Concord Performing Arts Academy and enjoys ballet, Pointe, and jazz. She has danced with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Academy in The Nutcracker and was Rapunzel for Into the Woods. She has been on several mission trips in the U.S., Canada and Germany, and volunteers weekly in the Concord Kids Theatre leading worship. Casey has participated in TeenPact in Nashville for three years, is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and works at Chick-Fil-A. Her favorite memories of CC are reading aloud The Taming of the Shrew in Challenge I and helping put on a Pride and Prejudice Tea Party during Socratic dialogue in Challenge II. Her goal is to pursue a degree in youth ministry at a Christian college.

Kyle Michael Schuman

Palm Coast, Florida

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
—Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Kyle is the son of Keith and Patty Schuman of Palm Coast, Florida. He has three siblings and attends the Jacksonville West community of Classical Conversations. He is passionate about ministering through contemporary Christian music and plays drums, piano, acoustic, electric and bass guitars. Kyle has been a part of his church’s adult worship team this year and the student worship team for the past three years. He speaks Spanish and has served on two mission trips to El Salvador. Kyle also played soccer for three years for Flagler Palm Coast High School. He is currently dual-enrolled at Southeastern University through the CC+ program and plans to attend Southeastern full-time in the fall to pursue degrees in criminal justice and music.

Caroline Macy Shultz

Macon, Georgia

Caroline is the daughter of Tanner and Kelly Shultz of Macon, Georgia. She has one brother and attends the Classical Conversations community in North Macon. Caroline enjoys sailing, volleyball, traveling, and her dogs. She won the 2015 Highlander National Championship in sailing and was captain of her varsity volleyball team. Caroline was awarded a Presidential Scholarship by Colorado State University and plans to attend there in the fall.

Michelle Elizabeth Simpson

Knoxville, Tennessee
Christian Academy of Knoxville

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. It will be enough.”
—Arthur Ashe
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
—Romans 5: 3-5 (NIV)

Michelle is the daughter of Mike and Kim Simpson of Knoxville, and she attends the Bearden Community of Classical Conversations. Michelle participated in Science Bowl for three years, reaching the finals one year, and she also participated in Science Olympiad for three years with a first-place finish at regionals and a third-place finish at state. She volunteers with a therapeutic horseback riding program, the Sertoma Club and the Salvation Army. Her hobbies include reading and watching Sci-Fi and fantasy books and movies, playing computer games and swimming competitively for six years. Her favorite CC memories are of discussing the various Greek gods, poetry, and the worldviews behind them and debating the guilt or innocence of Hamlet. Michelle will be a fifth-year senior this coming year and take dual-enrollment classes.

Miles Sinagra

Amite, Louisiana

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
—Winston Churchill

Miles is the son of Darrell and Cassie Sinagra of Hammond. He has one sister and attends the Hammond Community of Classical Conversations. Miles was a member of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program and USA Shooting for over seven years and received a proclamation from the Tangipahoa Parish Council for placing first at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships. He has worked as a page for the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Miles is currently employed by Cornerstone Church of Amite as one of its two Children's Ministry directors. Miles’ fondest and funniest memory from CC was when a classmate pulled his chair out from under him, and directly after class Miles had to go to the ER because of appendicitis. It became a joke that the classmate caused Miles’ appendicitis. Miles plans to attend The King’s College in New York City in the fall.

Quiara Monet Smith

Elkton, Maryland
Smith Classical Academy

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.”
— 1 Timothy 4:12-14 (NIV)

Quiara is the daughter of Quentin and LaChon Smith of Elkton, Maryland. She has two siblings and attends the Temple Hills Community of Classical Conversations. Quiara enjoys art, writing, singing, music and plays the piano, guitar, ukulele. She received her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. She also serves on the worship team, nursery and teen ministries in her local church. Through the skills she learned in Classical Conversations she is currently teaching herself Korean and Spanish. Her favorite CC memory was performing a debate in a real courtroom. Quiara fully believes that music can heal both mentally and physically. She plans to pursue a double major in music and psychology in college in order to earn a bachelor’s degree in music therapy.

Joshua C. Strode

El Cajon, California
Heritage Christian School

“The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.”
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

Joshua is the son of Morris and Ruth Strode of El Cajon, California. He has five siblings and attends Classical Conversations of La Mesa. Josh enjoys playing tennis, speech and debate, and writing. “Not necessarily my favorite memory of CC, but one I love to look back to: My first impressions with each of my classmates. It wasn’t quite elegant or happy to say the least. Some of them didn’t like my humor and I didn’t get along with most of them. However, when I see how far we have come, how each of us has blossomed and matured, how united we have become as a class, and how tight-knit we have become as friends, I wonder, ‘who would have thought that we would turn out to love our classroom? Who would have thought we would become so dear to each other?’” Joshua plans to attend Patrick Henry College in the fall.

Chloe Olivia Thames

Amite, Louisiana

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”
—The lovely Boylen Sisters, from the musical Annie

Chloe is the daughter of Timothy and Marcie Thames of Amite, Louisiana. Chloe enjoys dance, music and theater and has performed in many musicals and plays. She has had opportunities to play lead roles such as Alice in Alice in Wonderland, The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, and Annie in the Magic Treehouse. This summer she has been asked to choreograph dance numbers for Mary Poppins through the Covington High School CLAPS program. She has participated in their summer musical productions for the past three years, learning and working in all aspects of theater. She works in her mom’s dance studio teaching dance and enjoys helping with the music ministry of her church. Chloe plans to further her education in dance and performing arts.

Sidney Ann Wilkening

Cedar Falls, Iowa

“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
—Isaiah 40:31

Sidney is the daughter of Maria Wilkening of Cedar Falls and Kevin Wilkening of Solon, Iowa. She has three younger siblings and attends Classical Conversations of Waterloo. Sidney enjoys serving in the church nursery, babysitting, writing creative stories, reading and crocheting. She also enjoys baking and is interested in opening a sweet shop after college. She intends to pursue a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Sid’s favorite memory of CC is of dissecting a frog in Challenge II. While she and four other girls were dissecting the frog during biology, they cut into the stomach and two small beetles popped out…to many screams from the girls! The beetles were dead, but you can never be too sure!

Mariah E. Wilson

Lynchburg, Virginia

“When we are willing to let God shape our identity, He will take whatever we have to offer and multiply it.”
—Tim Tebow
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
—Proverbs 3:5-6

Mariah is the daughter of Aaron and Ginger Wilson of Lynchburg, Virginia. She has three brothers and attends the Forest, Virginia, community of Classical Conversations. Mariah played volleyball and soccer with the Lynchburg Homeschool Athletic Association for five years. She has also enjoyed playing on travel volleyball teams for four years. Graduating on a cruise ship will forever be one of Mariah’s favorite CC memories! She plans on attending Liberty University in the fall.