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Mackenzie Cameron Arant

Winchester, Tennessee
Homelife Academy

If it is meant to be, it will work out.
― Anonymous

Mack is the daughter of Mackenzie and Noel Arant and has three siblings. She is the director of her church drama group named ARMY and recently won the Distinguished Young Woman program. Her favorite CC memory is of a long evening walk along the sandy shores of North Carolina with her class. She plans to attend Southern Adventist University and major in graphic design and architecture. She has earned the Leadership, Academic Dean’s and Lightbearers’ scholarships.

Isaac Silverio Avellino

Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

Ike is the son of Stephanie Avellino and Keith Avellino and has eight siblings. Ike has been wrestling competitively since he was 7 and currently wrestles for Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. His favorite CC memory is Spring Protocol of his junior year when his class went to see the Philadelphia Orchestra and ate at a good Italian restaurant afterward. He plans to study business at Montgomery Community College in the fall and work in construction. He is looking forward to a career in carpentry.

Kirsten Taylor Baker

Jackson, Georgia

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
—1 Peter 4:8

Kirsten is the daughter of Jon and Melissa Baker and has two siblings. She enjoys playing and teaching piano, studying the Bible, learning calligraphy, shooting with her dad, volunteering at church, and singing on the praise team. She and her family have served the Navajo people in Ganado, Arizona, for nine years on an annual mission trip. Hamlet mock trial is Kirsten’s favorite memory of CC. She plans to take a year off and intern at her church.

Austin Joseph Balassaitis

Middleburg, Florida
Balassaitis Classical Academy

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
—James 1:5

Austin is the son of Brad and Renee Balassaitis and has six siblings. He swam for the Oakleaf High School Knights for four years, the last two as captain, and has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He works at Chick-fil-A and is in the Police Explorers Program. Mock trial in Challenge B is his favorite CC memory. It was stressful, fun and helped him understand the court system. He plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Jared Richard Balassaitis

Middleburg, Florida
Balassaitis Classical Academy

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
—Proverbs 3:5-6

Jeed is the son of Brad and Renee Balassaitis and has six siblings. He has been involved in competitive speedcubing (solving Rubik’s Cube-type puzzles) for three years and competed in the CubingUSA Nationals 2018. He enjoys volunteering with Trail Life, CC Practicum and a taekwondo class at Seamark Ranch group home for foster kids. Mock trial was his favorite CC memory. He plans to study game development or cyber security in college.

Saylor Madison Bane

Salem, Virginia

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
— Saint Augustine

Saylor is the daughter of Tara Bane and Ember Bane and has two siblings. She is a competitive swimmer, plays soccer and enjoys scuba diving, surfing and art. She won National Latin II Exam Cum Laude Award, the 8th District Annual Art Contest, the Young at Heart Art Contest. She was also a winner of Ronald Mc Donald Charity House Holiday Card Honorable Mention Exhibition and the Founders Scholarship at North Cross School. She plans to major in physics and Spanish but has not yet selected a college.

Joel Mark Berke

Zamora, California
JADE Academy

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
― Psalm 89:1

Joel is the son of Terry and Sarah Berke and has four siblings. He has been involved in 4-H for 12 years and currently serves as its president. He serves as an AWANA leader, plays piano and enjoys hiking, reading, gaming, and Airsoft. His favorite CC memories are of mock sword fights during lunch in the Challenge years. He plans on attending a local community college in the fall and eventually transferring to a four-year institution.

Micayla Lauren Black

Scott Depot, West Virginia

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
—Romans 8:14-15

Micayla is the daughter of Michael and Carrie Black and has two siblings. Her favorite subjects are foreign language, chemistry, theology, philosophy and writing. She loves singing and playing piano at church and enjoys time spent with friends at a local coffee shop. Her favorite CC memory is of biology dissections. She plans to study worship arts at Cedarville University.

Virginia Claire Bolick

Marian, North Carolina
Philoteknos Academy

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.
— Isaiah 40:8

Virginia is the daughter of Brent and Tracey Bolick and has three siblings. Her interests include singing with siblings at special events and on her church praise team, working with kids at a local fitness center as well as at VBS, and yearly mission trips to a sister church in Nicaragua. Her favorite CC memory is of painting underneath tables lying on her back like Michelangelo during Foundations art. She plans to pursue a degree in songwriting at Truett McConnell University on a music scholarship.

Anna Michelle Brayman

Hollister, Missouri

Be on guard, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. And let all that you do be done in love.
—1 Corinthians 16:13

Anna is the daughter of Cris and Michelle Brayman and has three siblings. She attends Classical Conversations of Nixa. Her passion is musical theatre, and she can usually be found singing or rehearsing. She also enjoys spending time reading, playing music, or drinking coffee with friends. Some of Anna’s favorite memories from CC are of class parties and trips. She will be majoring in theatre at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Andrew Wesley Broussard

Denham Springs, Louisiana
Broussard Classical Academy

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
—Matthew 28:19-20

Andrew is the son of John Broussard and Theresa Broussard and has one sibling. He has helped at his local library and food bank and serves in the youth worship band and choir at his church. He plans to take a gap year to work and prepare for his next educational experience.

Annaliese Victoria Bush

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Annaliese is the daughter of Gabriel and Angela Bush and has two siblings. She enjoys playing violin, piano, ukulele, and guitar. She plays violin in the West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Orchestra, sings in her church choir and is a member of the color guard for the Northern Lights Homeschool Marching Band. Her most vivid memory of CC is being confused the whole year. She enjoys painting and drawing and will be taking art classes at the local community college in the fall.

Jacob Keston Ray Caplinger

Nashville, Tennessee

Jacob is the son of KC Caplinger and Bridget Caplinger and has one sibling. His favorite subjects are philosophy and psychology. His hobbies include archery, film, editing/producing, and drama. He is part of his church’s youth group, Advance Leadership Training and Leadership Exploration and Development programs. He received HSLDA’s Servant Leadership Award in 2016. Jacob plans to attend Bryan College and major in philosophy or psychology and minor in theatre. He has been awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, Home School Scholarship, Hilltop Players’ Theatre Scholarship and the Distinguished Service Scholarship.

Alisa Marie Caraballo

Toano, Virginia

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
—Philippians 4:13

Alisa Marie is the daughter of Orlando Caraballo and Janet Martinez and has two siblings. She regularly volunteers at local nursing homes and the homeschool library, enjoys painting and calligraphy and plays competitive golf. She won first place at the First Tee Par 3 Championship and was selected Roanoke Valley Junior Golf Hall of Fame Girls Player of the Year. She competed in the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. Her favorite CC memory is of attending spring protocols with dinner and theater. She plans to study communicative disorders and play golf at Hampton University.

Christopher Patrick Chenault

Suffolk, Virginia
Riverview Homeschool

An unexamined life is not worth living.
—Socrates

Chris is the son of Ernie Chenault and Michele Chenault and has three siblings. He volunteers at his community’s Serve the City program and his church’s VBS. He plays piano and enjoys gaming, arguing controversial topics online and reading. His favorite CC memory is of playing the evil villain and then dying dramatically in a play his Challenge class created. He plans to work while attending his local community college, then transfer to an engineering college.

Luke Matthew Child

Winchester, Virginia
Child Family Homeschool

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
—Romans 8:31

Luke is the son of Jeffrey and Cecilia Child and has four siblings. He is active in his church youth group, serves on the Student Leadership Team, and helps run the middle school/high school discipleship program. He is a student leader for his church’s annual JAM trips (inner-city outreach), helps with a VBS in Vinalhaven, Maine, and is a Sunday School Buddy to a special-needs first grader. He also volunteers at the local library and hospital. He enjoys hiking, hammocking and spending time with friends. He plans to attend Liberty University.

Kathryn Reeves Cole

Ocoee, Florida
Coles’ Academy

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
—Romans 12:2

Kate is the daughter of Robert and Tracey Cole. She enjoys volunteering for Mosaic Kids Ministry, Matthew’s Hope, CC Practicums, and co-leading her high school girls Bible study. She was selected for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, likes to be in musicals and loves to sing. Her favorite CC memories are Protocol Dinners and English Country Dances. She plans to study children, youth and family ministries at Southeastern University on a Regent’s Scholarship.

Jacob Weston Cotten

Christiana, Tennessee
HomeLife Academy

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

—Isaiah 41:10

Jacob is the son of Jacob Cotten and has three siblings. He enjoys volunteering in his community and at his church. He was a competitive swimmer for five years, qualifying for Regionals three years in a row and State twice. His favorite CC memory is from Protocol when he rode a mechanical bull in his suit. He plans to attend Cumberland University for two years then transfer to Tennessee Tech University to study mechanical engineering.

Samuel David Cuevas

Anaheim, California
Caves Academy

The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.
—1 Stanley Kubrick

Sam is the son of David and Melissa Cuevas and has four siblings. He volunteers in the children’s ministry at his church and as a coach at local running club, PRC. He enjoys video games, skateboarding and watching movies. His favorite CC moment was in Challenge II when he gave an impromptu speech on the topic, “Are memes considered art?” and ended with a standing ovation. He plans to pursue a career in film.

Abigail Grace Daniel

Bolivar, Missouri
Daniel Academy

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
—Benjamin Franklin

Gracie is the daughter of Scott and Marcey Daniel and has three siblings. She enjoys drawing in graphite, white charcoal and watercolor pencil and also enjoys reading and writing. Her other hobbies include playing the ukulele and practicing cosmetology. One of her all-time favorite CC memories was, during one of their debates, the boys began arguing over whether spoons or guns killed more people each year. Gracie is currently planning on getting her business degree online via Lumerit Education.

David James Dossey

Ocala, Florida

Reporter: The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
—William Shakespeare

David is the son of Jim and Summer Dossey and has two siblings. His hobbies include amateur radio and being part of the SKYWARN weather spotter network. His favorite CC memories include discussing How Should We Then Live, dissecting a dogfish shark and having discussions about Leviticus in regard to slavery. He plans to become an entrepreneur and start his own political radio network.

Ian Hunter Doyal

Apopka, Florida
Home Life Academy

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
—Psalm 62:1-2

Ian is the son of William and Laura Gordon and has three siblings. He enjoys playing the piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar. He volunteered at the local Messianic Jewish Synagogue on the sound team. He played four years on the local varsity tennis team. His favorite CC memory was of a trip to Disney World with his classmates. He intends to pursue a B.S. degree in engineering at the University of Central Florida.

Christopher Davis Dunlap

Bell Buckle, Tennessee

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
—Philippians 1:27

Davis is the son of Christopher and April Dunlap and has three siblings. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys rock climbing, hiking and working on cars. His favorite CC memories are of mock trial and theological discussions with his classmates. He plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University on a Presidential Scholarship and is seeking God’s will and direction for his career.

Kristen Marie Durst

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
—Psalm 118:4

Kristen is the daughter of Charles and Susan Durst and has two siblings. She loves to sing at churches and nursing homes in her area and has sung at “Gospel in the Park” in Gallipolis, Ohio, since 2013. She volunteers regularly at area Practicums and loves working with children. She enjoys playing basketball, soccer and volleyball. Her favorite CC memories are of the many conversations about the Bible and life in general. Kristen plans on attending Huntington School of Beauty and hopes to own her own beauty shop.

Noah Alexander Edens

Charleston, West Virginia

Accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change the things you can and have the wisdom to know difference.
—Reinhold Niebuhr

Noah is the son of Craig and Toni Edens and has one sibling. His hobbies include Marvel and DC comics, iaido, judo, aikido, watching movies, listening to music, and working out. He attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree and heard President Donald Trump speak in 2017. He also won a gold medal at the Judo National. His favorite CC memories are of giving speeches and dramatic interpretations. He plans to join the military or go to college.

Anna Rachel Fischer

Aberdeen, North Carolina
Aspen Classical Academy

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
—James 1:2-3

Anna is the daughter of Stacey and Larry Fischer and has four siblings. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, calligraphy and interior design. She is a movie enthusiast and a digital marketer for Classical Conversations. She sings on the worship team for her church and placed third in the VFW Voice of Democracy speech contest. Her favorite CC memory is of wearing hats and costumes while reading The Taming of the Shrew! She plans to attend college.

Ellen Rose Frater

Richland, WA
Frater Academy

Perfection is achievable by only a few but all will benefit by striving for it.
—Margaret Campbell

Ellie is the daughter of Greg and Jennifer Frater and has four siblings. She is a youth group leader, hippo-therapy volunteer (physical therapy using horses), pianist, avid reader and competitive debater. Ellie is a national-level NCFCA speaker, Lincoln-Douglas value debater and moot court advocate. She plans to attend Ecola Bible College.

Ethan Bradley Fry

Scott Depot, West Virginia
Fry Homeschool Academy

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.
—Psalms 37:4

Ethan is the son of Aaron and Sheri Fry and has five siblings. He enjoys playing the piano and guitar. He is a member of the worship team at church, the homeschool basketball team and the church volleyball team. He says he is a “coffee snob.” His favorite CC memories are from his community’s annual Christmas Ball. Ethan plans to study nursing at Marshall University in the fall. He has been awarded the John Laidley Scholarship and been accepted into the honors program.

Grace Emily Fry

Scott Depot, West Virginia

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him; and he will make your paths straight.
—Proverbs 3:5-6

Grace is the daughter of Michael and Kristen Fry and has two siblings. Grace loves to spend her free time drawing, reading, hiking, playing with her farm animals, studying nature and enjoying the great outdoors. Her favorite memory of CC is sitting on the windowsill during Biology Jeopardy. Grace will be taking a gap year before heading to college to study wildlife biology.

Isaac Nathanael Fry

Scott Depot, West Virginia
Fry Homeschool Academy

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
—Matthew 28:19-20

Isaac is the son of Aaron and Sheri Fry and has five siblings. He enjoys playing the piano and singing with his church’s worship team and a local band. He also enjoys playing basketball, football, volleyball and hiking. His favorite CC memory is of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Isaac plans to major in business management at Marshall University.

Connor D. Ganey

Blue Ridge, Virginia

Those that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
— Benjamin Franklin

Connor is the son of Anthony and Johnnie Ganey and has one sibling. He has participated in Youth Council, Choir Tour, and Civil Air Patrol and received the AWANA’s Excellence, Challenge and Timothy awards. He is a multi-state and regional champion in gymnastics and placed eighth at Nationals. His favorite CC memory is of chemistry class in Challenge III. Connor plans to attend Regent University in the fall and will be participating in Marine Corps ROTC.

Mary Elaine Ganey

Blue Ridge, Virginia

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
—Toni Morrison

Mymy is the daughter of Anthony and Johnnie Ganey and has one sibling. She enjoys writing fiction and songs, working as an occupational therapy assistant and serving as an AWANA leader. She competed in USA gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling, placing second in the state and top 10 regionally. She earned the Sparkie, Excellence, Challenge and Timothy awards in AWANA. Her favorite memory of CC is of visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with her Challenge II Class. Mymy plans to attend college to study occupational therapy.

Natalie Lynn Gaspard

Denham Springs, Louisiana

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. Howev- er, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present gratefully.
—Maya Angelou

Natalie is the daughter of Scott and Jessica Gaspard and has 11 siblings. She enjoys painting, piano, photography and Bible study and teaches the 4-year-old class in Sunday school. She has a heart for Haiti, having instructed 60 girls there in ballet, and teaching leadership seminars in the Dominican Republic. Natalie is planning on serving in Haiti in 2019-2020 while pursuing a degree in business.

Shyanne Meghan Glerum

Fayetteville, Georgia
Glerum Academy of Higher Learning

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.
—C.S. Lewis

Shyanne is the daughter of Paul and Heather Glerum and has four siblings. She enjoys playing guitar and singing in her youth group’s praise band and singing in the church choir. She also enjoys painting and drawing. Her favorite CC memory is of the Hamlet Mock Trial, which involved wigs, costumes and awesome mustaches. Shyanne has been accepted into the Impact 360 Fellows program in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The program offers a combination of worldview studies, experiential learning, international travel and leadership training.

Anna Olga Griggs

Columbus, Ohio

Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
—Bruce Lee

Anna is the daughter of Martin and Beth Griggs and has one sibling. She enjoys reading, volunteering at the library, playing video games, drawing, studying psychology and research. Her favorite CC memories are of doing science experiments and having book discussions. Anna is taking a gap year after graduation, then pursuing studies in psychology.

Elizabeth E. Haller

Delaware, Ohio
Life Vision Academy

[I] certainly could not make use of any stringed instrument, could only, were a small and obscure city put into [my] hands, make it great and glorious.
—Themistocles, Plutarch’s Lives

Elizabeth is the daughter of Bryce and Deborah Haller and has four siblings. She has played piano since she was 4. She was team captain in both volleyball and basketball and is a two-time National Latin Exam gold medalist. She also enjoys drawing and painting. Her favorite CC memories are of mock trial and the Shakespeare dramatic interpretations in Challenge III. She plans to attend college, pursuing a classics or Great Books program.

Briana Olivia Hawkins

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

—Proverbs 3:5-6

Briana is the daughter of Janet Hawkins and has two siblings. She loves theater, reading, listening to music and spending time with friends. She performed in seven musical productions at the Christian Youth Theater. She also received awards of merit in Dramatized Quoting and Drama Solo. Her favorite CC memories are of having community day at CC’s coffee house away from the normal classroom. Briana plans to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the fall.

Ashley Faye Hendrix

Griffin, Georgia
Hendrix House of Learning

I wondered if that was why God hated sin, because of the destruction it caused. For a moment I felt awe for a God who loved me enough to hate the things that hurt me with- out hating me for causing them.
—Susan E. Isaacs

Ash is the daughter of Jon and Michele Hendrix and has two siblings. She has played soccer since she was 5, works at Chick-fil-A and as a babysitter and loves any ministry involving children. Her favorite CC memory is of the Hamlet Mock Trial in Challenge III. Ash plans to attend Gordon State University, play soccer on a scholarship and major in early childhood education.

Molly S. Hilts

Broad Run, Virginia

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

Molly is the daughter of Julie and Robert Hilts and has three siblings. She currently works at Baskin Robbins and attends a weekly Bible study. She is taking college classes through the CC Plus program and was recognized for an essay she wrote for her Shakespeare and Poetry class. Her favorite memory of CC is of spending time with her friends both in and out of class. Molly plans to study psychology at James Madison University.

Jasmyn Tailor Jackson

Denham Springs, Louisiana
New Direction Academy

I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from the mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He won’t let you stum- ble; your Guardian God won’t let you sleep.
— Psalm 121:1-3 (MSG)

Jasmyn is the daughter of Cleveland and Alkinee Jackson and has four siblings. She attends the South Baton Rouge Community of CC, volunteers in Children’s Church and participates in Christian Youth Theater. She also enjoys reading, writing, singing, musical theater, 4-H Club and cosmetology. Her favorite memory of CC was in Challenge III during chemistry that her class had to taste cabbage water. Jasmyn plans to go with the flow of God’s plan for her life—where He leads, she will follow.

Caleb Armand Jackson

Denham Springs, Louisiana
New Direction Academy

You can always create a solution to a problem if you keep your head pointed towards that solution.
― Adam Savage

Caleb is the son of Cleveland and Alkinee Jackson and has four siblings. He enjoys building props for stage productions, writing, reading, cooking and looking at Shaggy memes. His favorite CC memory is of the “infamous” debate on virtue. He plans to study journalism at Southeastern University in the fall.

Garrett T. Joffrion

Plaquemine, Louisiana
Joffrion Academy of Excellence

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.
—Michael Scott

Garrett is the son of Gary and Staci Joffrion and has one sibling. He enlisted in the U.S. Army last year, completed Basic Training and will be going to Advanced Training this summer. He plans to attend college, then the Air Assault and Airborne schools. He also volunteers with the Plaquemine Police Department. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.

Meghan Priscilla Kelly

Kirksville, Missouri

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
— Charles Dickens

Meghan is the daughter of David and Deann Kelly and has three siblings. She operates her own photography business and works at a chiropractic office as a receptionist. She enjoys playing the piano and guitar, singing, music in general, art, archery and hunting. She has fond memories of CC including making lots of friends, dissecting things, writing lots of poems, discovering a love for philosophy and debate, writing deep thoughtful essays and speeches and eating a whole bag of chips with salsa during Latin. After graduation she plans to grow her photography business.

Elaina Lynn Kilker

Enola, Pennsylvania

Sometimes we judge people because they sin differently than us.
—Michael Tait

Elaina is the daughter of Joseph and Jill Kilker and has one sibling. She enjoys traveling, politics, history, contemporary Christian music, babysitting, working for a caterer and as a video technician at church. She also helps with VBS and her church youth group, mission trips, filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and participating in Teenpact and Generation Joshua. Her favorite CC memories include being a Memory Master for the first time, Protocol events and the after parties. She plans to study international politics and policy at Patrick Henry College and then work on Capitol Hill.

Andrew Patrick Lauck

Winchester, Virginia

Maybe I understand nothing.
—Michael Scott from “The Office”

Andy is the son of Rose Marie Lauck and Roger Patrick Lauck and has two siblings. He attends the Winchester North Community of Classical Conversations and works at Panera Bread. He enjoys listening to music, drinking coffee and being part of his youth group leadership team. His favorite memory from CC was dissecting a frog in Challenge II. Andy has not yet decided what he is doing after graduating.

Alexis M. Lawrence

Griffin, Georgia
Lawrence Christian Academy

But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.
—Isaiah 53:5

Alexis is the daughter of Douglas and Angela Lawrence and has four siblings. Her interests include serving the people in Lesotho, Africa, playing soccer, spending time with family and babysitting. Her favorite memory of CC is of the Shakespeare Mock Trial in Challenge III. Alexis is praying about which college to attend.

Chamberlin Luke Little

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
HomeLife Academy

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7

Chamberlin is the son of Dr. Lavy and the late Conrad Little and has two siblings. He is heavily involved in various ministries at his church and works for Advantage Talent Agency. He has performed with StudioTenn, Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Nashville Children’s Theatre. His hobbies include playing the piano and clarinet, puppeteering, tap and jazz dancing. He participated in Camp Broadway Kids at Carnegie Hall and was the 2nd-place regional winner in Musical Theatre for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His favorite CC memory is of putting Hamlet on trial in Challenge III. Chamberlin plans to study musical theatre and psychology at Belmont University.

Silas J. Mackey

Hanover, Pennsylvania
Mackey Family Homeschool

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
—Johannes Kepler

Silas is the son of Michael and Allison Mackey and has six siblings. He enjoys tennis, speech and debate, and setting and reaching personal financial goals. His favorite CC memory is of drawing the entire world in Challenge A. Silas has enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard and plans to attend Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, this summer then Advanced Individual Training for Intelligence Analyst at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. He then intends to study history and business management in college.

Westley Phillip Marek

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mareks’ Private Schoolhouse

Fake it till you make it
—Anonymous

Wes is the son of Timothy and Renee Marek and has five siblings. He reached Senior Master Sergeant and learned to fly in the Civil Air Patrol. He is also a competitive swimmer, competed at Nationals this year and teaches swimming. He enjoys football, soccer, frisbee, playing trumpet and guitar, working on cars and motorcycles, snowboarding, fishing and hunting. His favorite CC memory is when his class did dissections and one of the students threw up. Wes may enter the U.S. Air Force or go to culinary school and become a chef.

Nadia I. Martin

Roanoke, Virginia

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
—sometimes attributed to Friedrich Nietzsche

Nadia is the daughter of Seth and Tessie Martin and has seven siblings. She enjoys playing volleyball, sailing, singing, dancing, reading and writing poetry. She won the Spirit Award from Conquerors Volleyball. She plans to study biology in college.

Isaac Paul Massie

Charleston, West Virginia
Massie Academy

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

Isaac is the son of Paul and Terri Massie and has two siblings. He attends Classical Conversations of St. Albans. He enjoys basketball, refereeing, mission trips, church youth group and reading fiction. He is a member of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Honor Society and the Mu Eta Sigma National Homeschool Math Honor Society. Isaac plans to major in exercise science and pursue a career in physical therapy.

Micah Benjamin May

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Homelife Academy

Comfort is the enemy of all progress.
—P.T. Barnum

Micah is the son of Ben and Dawn May and has two siblings. He enjoys acting, writing, playing video games, Dungeons & Dragons, and working at Newk’s Eatery. He is active in his church, helping out with youth groups and service trips. His favorite CC memories are of getting together with his friends and classmates. Micah plans to study business and law at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, then attend law school.

Kirsten Lily Merrick

Merrick
Caves Academy

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
—James 4:8

Kirsten is the daughter of Ken Merrick and Gwen Merrick and has one sibling. She enjoys singing and dancing when she is home alone. She competed in NCFCA and made it to regionals all three years she competed. Her favorite CC memory is of performing an unpracticed Hamlet skit for all the Challenge classes, including a few humorous twists. She plans on spending eight months in Bible School, then starting a 14-month mission apprenticeship abroad or in the states.

Alexis Taylor Messner

Benton City, Washington

How am I supposed to make big decisions when I still have to sing the alphabet in my head to get the right letter.
—Unknown

Lex is the daughter of Robert and Heather Messner and has seven siblings. She enjoys reading Shakespeare, writing (and has even published a novel), anything Marvel, and laughter is everything! She has spent many summers volunteering at the Kennewick American Youth Baseball Fields. Some of her favorite CC memories are of all the inside jokes between her and her classmates. “Yeet!” Her most embarrassing moment was calling her Challenge A tutor, “Mom.” Lex is interested in a career in forensic science or massage therapy.

Jude Calvin Michael

Nashville, Tennessee
Gateway Christian School

Reporter: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
—James 1:19-20

Jude is the son of Thomas and Constance Michael and has five siblings. He enjoys music, reading, creative writing, playing piano and drums, and cooking. He has led several academic camps at Practicums and works at Baja Burrito. His favorite CC memory is from Challenge I when he and his classmates performed The Taming of the Shrew as a musical each week. Jude plans to study psychology and music at Covenant College.

Marian Grace Moore

Kenova, West Virginia

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
—Acts 20:24

Grace is the daughter of Wesley and Kendra Moore and has two siblings. She has served in her church as a part of her youth group’s student leadership team for four years. She has been on the West Virginia Baptist Convention’s Youth Ministry Planning Team for two years. Grace plans to study communications in college.

Alec Michael Muise

Tustin, California
Grace Christian Academy

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
—Ecclesiastes 9:10

Alec is the son of Steven and Elizabeth Muise and has five siblings. He enjoys playing rugby. His favorite CC memory is having light-saber battles during the lunch break on the final week of Challenge III. Alec plans to study physics in college this fall.

Hannah Marie Mullane

Union, Kentucky
Mullane Homeschool Academy

Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.
—1 Peter 5:7

Hannah is the daughter of Ian and Sherrie Mullane and has six siblings. She enjoys volunteering with her church’s worship ministry and middle school ministry, and works at Chick-fil-A. She plays the ukulele, baritone ukulele and guitar. Her favorite band is 21 Pilots, and her favorite TV show is The Office. Her favorite CC memories are of Music through the Ages, Spring Protocol Night and Board Slam. She plans to study psychology in college.

Olivia June Neal

Bidwell, Ohio

And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
—John 1:51

Olivia is the daughter of Richard and Laura Neal and has three siblings. She is a National Honor Society Member and enjoys theater, volunteering at church, playing the piano, being in the WayFollowers band and teaching Sunday School. Her favorite CC memory is of attacking the Challenge B class with snowballs in the parking lot. She plans to attend Cedarville University on a Faculty Excellence Scholarship.

Krista Marie Oezer

Racine, Wisconsin

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
—2 Corinthians 12:9

Krista is the daughter of James and Beth Oezer and has two siblings. She enjoys writing, running, cooking, baking and blogging. She also loves music, played violin for three years and has played piano for 12 years. Her favorite CC memory is of biology dissections in Challenge II. Krista plans on living at home and doing college online. She is interested in dietetics, business and biblical counseling.

Jocelyn Lark O’Leslie

Davenport, Florida

For we are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.
—Ephesians 2:10

Jocelyn is the daughter of Matthew and Trent O’Leslie and has three siblings. She enjoys reading and creating artwork and has won several local art contests. She is learning to play the violin as time allows. Her favorite CC memories are of class trips to Disney World to celebrate a great school year. Jocelyn hopes to pursue a career that is art-related as she follows her dream of working with ministry opportunities in Japan.

Joshua Caleb Phagan

Stockbridge, Georgia

The ceiling is the roof.
—Michael Jordan

Josh is the son of Lance and Penny Phagan. He works at Chick-fil-A and enjoys playing baseball, basketball and football. His baseball team won the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association state championship in 2017 and were runners-up in 2018. He volunteers at his church in the audio/visual department, the missions department (Operation Christmas Child, a homeless ministry, mission trips to a Cherokee Indian Reservation and a local food pantry), and with Vacation Bible School and Harvest Festivals. His favorite CC memory is of the Hamlet Mock Trial in Challenge III. Joshua plans to study business management in college.

Megan Olivia Pierce

Ashley, Ohio

The truth is that a life well lived is always lived on a rising scale of difficulty.
—N. D. Wilson

Megan is the daughter of John and Kathy Pierce and has two siblings. She enjoys volleyball, Homeschool National Honor Society, Choir/Praise Team, Speech and Debate Team, 4H, TeenPact Leadership Schools and lifeguarding. She has been awarded various competitive speaker awards and maxima cum laude on the National Latin Exam. Her favorite CC memory is of playing one of Macbeth’s three witches, along with Elizabeth Haller and Olivia Spain: “double, double, toil and trouble...” Megan plans to study allied health and Spanish in college.

Isabella Noche Robillard Quezada

Ozark, Missouri
Fry Homeschool Academy

Mi Casa
¡Sácate de aquí!

—Unknown

Bella is the daughter of Peter and Deyanira Robillard and has two siblings. She has played soccer for 13 years and cheered for two. She works as a lifeguard and teaches swim lessons to fund her traveling addiction. She and her mom have been dancing with the Grupo Latinoamericano dance group for two years. Her favorite CC memories are eating lye and making a bottle explode in science class, and meeting her best friend, Sophie Keepper. Bella plans on studying dental hygiene and dental assisting at Ozarks Technical Community College.

Robert Mitchell Rennie Jr.

Suffolk, Virginia
Swallowtail Manor 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.
— James 1:2-3

RJ is the son of Jennifer A. Rennie and Robert M. Rennie Sr. and has two siblings. He attends the Classical Conversations Community at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church. He enjoys playing football, basketball, and baseball through Suffolk Christian Academy and is actively involved with ministry at his church. RJ has earned an academic scholarship and will be attending Baylor University, pursuing majors in biology and chemistry with minors in forensics and Spanish.

James Stephen Rivers

El Dorado Hills, California
The Rivers’ School of Education and Learning

And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
—Ezekiel 36: 27

James is the son of Doyle and Heather Rivers and has five siblings. He is in youth leadership at his church, volunteers at Practicum and works at Regal Cinemas. He played basketball with El Dorado Hills Youth Basketball and earned Silver Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. His favorite CC memory was reading, watching and performing the six Shakespeare plays in Challenge III. James plans to study English Literature at William Jessup University on an academic merit scholarship.

Sydni Renee Roell

Athens, Ohio
Strive Academics

And the beautiful thing about God is this: even though we cannot fully comprehend His love, His love fully comprehends us.
—Morgan Harper Nichols

Sydni is the daughter of Thomas and Beth Roell and has one sibling. She enjoys singing, acting, playing guitar and ukulele, and spending time with children. She has performed in more than 10 theatrical productions. She sings with her church’s worship team and volunteers in the children’s ministry. Her favorite CC memory is of the discipleship she received from her all-time favorite CC tutor and friend, Mrs. Duncan. Sydni plans to study nursing at Hocking College.

Hannah Mae Rohrer

Gardners, Pennsylvania

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

Hannah is the daughter of Heather and Michael Rohrer and has two siblings. She volunteers at Covenant Evangelical Free Church teaching the 4- and 5-year-olds in Sunday School. One of her favorite memories from CC is when her class was learning how to write poetry. Hannah plans to attend college online.

Evelyn Ashton Ryan

Chesapeake Virginia

The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.
—Billy Graham

Evie is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Ryan and has three siblings. She enjoys playing guitar and singing in an a cappella ensemble. She volunteers in the children’s program and leads youth group worship at her church. She achieved summa cum laude twice in the National Latin Exam and received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award for volunteer service hours. Her favorite CC memory is the trip to New York City with her Challenge II class. Evie plans to study nursing at Liberty University in the fall on an academic scholarship.

Shelby Lauren Sakalo

Ocala, Florida

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
—Romans 8:18-19

Shelby is the daughter of Scott and Shannon Sakalo and has one sibling. She is on the youth worship team at One Life Fellowship and has performed in numerous shows at the Ocala Civic Theater. Her favorite CC memories are of debate and mock trial because she enjoys the quick thinking they both require. Shelby plans to study musical theater in college.

Johnathan Alexander Sanford

Cumming, Georgia
HomeLife Academy

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
—Abraham Lincoln

Alexander is the son of Drew and Christy Sanford and has three siblings. Alexander enjoys sports and is active in his church. He is a manager at Chick-fil-A and loves participating in community theater on and off stage. He is also heavily involved in Greenhouse Ministries, begun by his grandparents helping with mobile food pantries, the warehouse, counseling and tutoring. One of Alexander’s favorite CC memories is the dissection of the fetal pig! Alexander plans to study aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama–Huntsville.

Robert Lee Schwessinger

McDonough, Georgia

Family don’t end with blood
—Dean Winchester on Supernatural

Robert is the son of Deborah Snyder. He grew up playing baseball, football and soccer, taking karate classes (second red belt), and art was always his favorite class. He volunteered with the AWANA program, went on a mission trip to Jamaica and helped teach art classes during high school. He enjoys playing video games with his friends. His favorite CC memory is of the laughter (thanks, Ms. Michelle), but most especially the look on Josh’s face the day he got his nickname, “Rocrates, the Virtuous Philostitute.” Robert plans to take a year off from school and work.

Jeremiah Anthony Schwind

Upland, California
Shiloh Academy

Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be strong men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your task. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.
—Bishop Phillips brooks

Jeremiah is the son of Philip and Shari Schwind and has eight siblings. He enjoys theatre, operas, scouting, philosophy, reading books, history, catering, volunteering and baking. He is an Eagle Scout and earned the Directors Award from Biola Youth Theatre. He says his favorite CC memory will be going on the Capstone Cruise! Jeremiah plans on taking a gap year to work.

Phillip V. Shcherbakov

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

To conquer yourself is the first and best victory of all.
—Plato

Phillip is the son of Vladimir and Olga Shcherbakova and has six siblings. He enjoys fixing phones, computers and cars. He likes coding, crazy scientific and movie theories, humor and self-improvement. He built his own gas-powered scooter and an electric, self-balancing unicycle. He was a team leader at an engineering summer camp. His favorite CC memory is of making his own name cards for each of the students with funny alternate names for everyone based on their character. Phillip plans to continue studying calculus and computer programming and may go to college for data science.

Anna Elizabeth Slack

Denham Springs, Louisiana

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
—Orson Welles

Anna is the daughter of Matt Slack and Leigh Slack and has three siblings. She attends Classical Conversations of Denham Springs. She enjoys playing flute, reading, sewing and designing clothes and drinking tea. She works at AV Solutions and volunteers at Baton Rouge Teen Court. Her favorite CC memory is of playing soccer during lunch. She has been awarded academic scholarships to both The King’s College in New York City and Louisiana State University.

Erica Marie Slemmer

Lacey, Washington
Paratis Homeschool Academy

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
—James 3:5

Erica is the daughter of Jennifer and Leroy Slemmer and has three siblings. She loves animals and has worked in a horse barn for over a year. She also volunteered at the animal shelter. She plays piano for the CC worship team and volunteers in her church’s children’s program. Erica’s closest friends are in her CC class, and she loves all of the in-depth conversations she has had with them. She plans to study occupational therapy in college.

Elijah Curtis Smith

Milton, West Virginia
Cornerstone Academy

Only one life, ’twil soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.
—C.T. Studd

Eli is the son of Kenneth and Michelle Smith and has two siblings. He plays the cajon drum on his church worship team and also plays guitar. He was awarded his black belt in Shotokan karate last year. He works at Taco Bell and enjoys playing flag football with friends and brothers. His favorite CC memories include formal debates, playing football with friends in the parking lot, and field trips, especially to Hawk’s Nest State Park. Eli plans to study medicine at Marshall University on an academic scholarship.

Paul Franklin Snyder

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
—1 Timothy 4:12

Franklin is the son of Paul and Deb Snyder and has one sibling. He enjoys playing piano with the youth worship team at church and playing percussion in the homeschool orchestra. He enjoys volleyball, skiing and golfing, and works at an antique store. He played piano every day for over 2,000 days. His favorite CC memories are of debates, mock trial, memorized literature presented in dramatic fashion, and long mental math problems. Franklin plans to study digital media/video at either Liberty University or Taylor University.

Olivia Grace Spain

Delaware, Ohio
Spagnuolo Academy

Resolved, never, henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s.
—Jonathan Edwards

Olivia is the daughter of Steve and Sarah Spain and has one sibling. She enjoys acting in plays, dancing and teaching Celtic dances, playing piano and flute, running, basketball, reading, writing, hiking and ice skating. She works at Willowbrook Christian Village and volunteers at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. She is a member of the National Homeschool Honor Society and earned summa cum laude honors in the 2017 National Latin Exam. Her favorite CC memories are of dramatic interpretations and Socratic discussions. Olivia plans to study medicine in college.

Emily Reneé Splitter

Winter Garden, Florida
HomeLife Academy

And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! (It’s 98 and 3/4 guaranteed.)
—Dr. Seuss

Emily is the daughter of Steve and Kelley Splitter of Winter Garden, Florida. She has seven siblings and loves to serve at church and local charities. She is teaching herself piano and loves listening to pop music. Emily loves spending time with her CC friends, going on adventures, to theme parks, or just hanging out. She is a chef and has catered several events for Classical Conversations and would like to pursue a career in culinary arts.

Greta Grace Spofford

Broad Run, Virginia

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
—Romans 12:12

Greta is the daughter of David and Heidi Spofford and has three siblings. She enjoys horseback riding, working at a local stable, volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, singing, playing the piano and teaching piano. She hopes to go on a mission trip to Haiti next summer and study abroad for a semester during college. Greta won Volunteer of the Year for 2018 at Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center. At Battlefield High School Greta achieved the honor roll and participated in the French Honors Society. Greta will be attending college.

Abigail Louise Stockton

Front Royal, Virginia
Stockton Classical Academy

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
—Colossians 3:17

Abigail is the daughter of Greg and Shelly Stockton and has four siblings. She enjoys Irish dancing, swing dancing, singing with the worship team at church, hiking, kayaking in the Shenandoah River, and working as an assistant dance teacher at a dance studio and youth group student leader. Abigail plans on studying business at Regent University and majoring in business and will continue to teach dance classes at the Jig ’n’ Jive Dance Studio in Front Royal.

Emily C. Stockton

Front Royal, Virginia
Stockton Classical Academy

Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
—2 Corinthians 4:9

Emily is the daughter of Greg and Shelly Stockton and has four siblings. She enjoys Irish dance and swing dance and will start teaching Irish dance at Jig ’n’ Jive Dance Studio.

Emma J. Tapley

Red House, West Virginia
Tapley Classical Homeschool

“What if…” equals fear; “even if…” equals faith
—Anonymous

Emma is the daughter of Nathan III and Elaine C. Tapley and has three siblings. She attends Classical Conversations of St. Albans. Emma plays the piano at her church and served on a ministry team to Uganda last July. She loves classic music and poetry. Her favorite CC memory is from Challenge A when her Director baked a homemade cookie cake with frosting whenever it was someone’s birthday! Emma plans to attend Cedarville University in Ohio to earn a degree in marketing and pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales.

Grace Kay Thomas

Auburn, Indiana

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
—Philippians 4:13

Grace is the daughter of Douglas Thomas and Joy Thomas and has five siblings. She traveled to Brazil to review a teen discipleship program and is helping implement it in the U.S. She loves to ride horses and work at a summer church camp, has danced at Restored to Glory Dance Ministry for 12 years and competed in Bible quizzing. She is also self-publishing her own children’s book. While reading Elements of Style in Challenge II, the students took turns reading in funny accents. Grace plans on pursuing a career as an author.

Lauren Elise Tidwell

Clermont, Florida
Resolve Academy

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
—Philippians 4:13

Lauren is the daughter of Eric and Traci Tidwell and has one sibling. She serves as a student leader in AWANA and earned the Timothy, Meritorious and Citation awards. She has traveled several times to Honduras on mission. She played varsity tennis at South Lake High School for four years and recently completed the Disney World Marathon. Her hobbies include playing the electric violin, running and watching movies. Some of her favorite CC memories are the Disney elevator ride, the garage sale cow frame and the mouse in the closet. Lauren plans to study film production in college this fall.

Sophie Jade Torres

Yakima, Washington
Towers Leadership Academy

Spread love wherever you go let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
—Mother Teresa

Soph is the daughter of Eric and Autumn Torres and has four siblings. She has worked as a barista at a local café for two years and in her free time enjoys working out and teaching herself guitar and piano. She loves being involved in local and state political campaigns and is currently helping the next generation of leaders through TeenPact Leadership Schools. She has also been selected as part of the travel staff for TeenPact. Soph plans to attend New Saint Andrews Classical College in the fall.

Michael Alexander Tupper

Jacksonville, Florida
Tupper Academy

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
—Proverbs 25:2

Alex is the son of Michael and Valencia Tupper. He volunteers with the children’s ministry at church and with YouthQuake Live drama ministry. His hobbies include playing piano, ukulele, and guitar, singing and woodworking. At Florida TeenPact Legislative Camp 2017, he was named the top student in the Senate and the State Class. He also received the Congress Award and Leadership School Award. He holds a brown belt in Okinawan Karate Jutsu and a green belt in Modern Arnis. Alex plans to study theatre arts and pre-law in college this fall.

Emma Noelle VanRijk

Ocala, Florida

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
—Isaiah 41:10

Emma is the daughter of Richard and Dawn VanRijk and has five siblings. She enjoys working with kids and volunteers in the kids’ ministry at her church. She likes to bake in her spare time. Her favorite CC memories are of the fun times in class. Emma plans to go to nursing school and become a pediatric nurse.

Caleb T. Veinotte

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”
—Romans 9:20

Caleb is the son of Stuart and Lynn Veinotte and has one sibling. He works at Chick-fil-A and enjoys binge-reading sci-fi/fantasy, listening to music and podcasts, playing escape-the-room/puzzle video games, and hanging out with friends. His favorite CC memory is of host numerous games of werewolves during lunch and delighted in watching my classmates squirm, protesting they were not “it”. Caleb plans to attend Word of Life Bible Institute in New York.

Rachel Erin Vosberg

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Faith makes all things possible…love makes all things easy.
—D.L. Moody

Rachel is the daughter of Joseph and Shauna Vosberg and has three siblings. She serves on the worship team and in the nursery at her church. She enjoys musical theater and was involved with Christian Youth Theatre in Baton Rouge for five years. She is an assistant manager at Laser Tag of Baton Rouge. She loves reading and creative writing. Her favorite part of CC was collaborating with classmates on projects and getting to know theme better. Rachel plans to study Teaching English as a Second Language in college, then work in Southeast Asia.

Justin Christopher Walkup

Belmont, Michigan

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
—J.R.R. Tolkien

Justin is the son of Christopher and Michele Walkup and has two siblings. He enjoys studying Krav Maga martial arts, leading Teens Encountering Christ (TEC) retreats, board game nights, and acting in church and homeschool productions. He has been a volunteer in elementary Sunday School at church. His favorite CC memory is how his classmates from Challenge II convinced his parents to let him attend a TEC retreat several of them were attending. Justin plans to take a gap year before going to college.

Benjamin David Welsh

Chesapeake, Virginia
Welsh Christian Academy

Give thanks to the God of Heaven for His steadfast love endures forever.
—Psalm 136:26

Ben is the son of Craig and Michelle Welsh and has four siblings. He enjoys politics, economics, playing the piano and singing. He volunteers for sports camps and sports organizations. He is an all-conference soccer player, competed in Team Policy Debate and Biographical Narrative with NCFCA. His favorite CC memories are performing the Song of Hiawatha with drums and piano for a pictorial interpretation in Challenge I and acting out the stabbing in Hamlet in Challenge III. Ben plans to go to college and major in business or economics.

Alfred Thomas Wharton IV

Belleview, Florida

True seekers of truth will always find the truth.
—Chad Par-Due

Alfred is the son of Neesa Wharton and has one sibling. He is a musician who plays multiple instruments and has served on his church’s worship team for the last four years. Over the summer, Alfred will be traveling to Fiji to participate in Evangelism Explosion Changemakers, a six-week training internship with Evangelism Explosion.

Reece Randall Wilson

Roseville, California
Valley View Academy

For the scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
—Romans 10:11

Reece is the son of Randy and Ronette Wilson and has two siblings. He enjoys writing, reading, drawing, rebuilding cars, hot-rodding, hiking, gaming and Airsoft. He volunteers with missions to Mexicali, Mexico, and is interested in world building and philosophy and theology. His favorite CC memories are of competing in a bowling league with fellow CC friends, beating those same friends with plastic swords, and CC road trips. Reece plans to study creative writing at Sierra Community College and work as a carpenter and minister as a writer.

Hannah Marie Wright

Thomasville, Georgia
Living Books Academy

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
—Romans 15:4

“Cheeks” is the daughter of Sharon Wright and has four siblings. She participates in LOGOS Speech and Debate Club, has been a camp counselor and leader at Camp Crosspoint. She plays the guitar and has served as a Classical Conversations’ nursery worker and a CC Parent Practicum camp leader. Her favorite CC memory is of competing in Mock Trial and playing both the defendant, Barbara Barrett, AND, the housekeeper, Lee Porter. Hannah plans to study marketing in college.

Jenna Beck Yordy

Nashville, Tennessee

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the Heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
—Daniel 12:3

Jenna is the daughter of Roland and Laura Beck Oosterhouse and has one sibling. She participates in choir through Belmont University and plays piano, guitar and ukulele. She is on the kids’ ministry team at church. She loves reading, watching musicals, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. She received a perfect score on the National Latin Exam. Some of her favorite CC memories include dominating in mock trial, mimicking Francis Schaeffer’s dramatic poses, and making lifelong friends. Jenna plans to study education in college this fall.