Classical Conversations 2024 Graduates

Classical Conversations
Graduates 2024

Graduates by last name

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Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MALACHI A

MALACHI A.

Benjamin and Sara A.
IN

Creativity has always been my companion. As far back as I can remember, I was banging on pans like they were drums and trying to sing before I even knew what all the words meant. Outside of music, I always enjoyed playing basketball and being active. My four siblings always helped me become better with a little friendly competition here and there. My parents have always been my biggest fans and the voice of reason. I plan on taking a gap year and interning at my church in order to sharpen my skills as a worship leader. I’d like to thank the Lord for his many blessings and my parents for always pushing and encouraging me to succeed.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, so much for all you’ve done. You have been there through the tears of not understanding what I was doing. You have been there to remind me to persevere. But most importantly, you have been there to celebrate with me.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ELIZABETH A

ELIZABETH A.

Micheal and Alexander A.
NC

I have been homeschooled my whole life and am very grateful for the experiences it has given me. It has nurtured a love for reading and writing, playing basketball, and drinking coffee. I also enjoy theater and have been in five Shakespeare plays and put on over twenty shows in the last four years. After my trip to Italy, I caught the travel bug. I hope that I will be able to see much more of the world. In the fall, I plan to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington to pursue a degree in business administration with a focus in marketing. I am very excited for the coming years and whatever adventures God has in store for me.

Mom and Dad, thank you so much for putting all of your love, support, and patience into me. I am so grateful for the amazing childhood that you gave me and the lessons you taught in order to equip me to handle this difficult life. I love you both so much.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CAMPBELL A

CAMPBELL A.

Laura and Adam A.
IA

As the oldest of four children in our home, I am able to look back and see how my passion for gymnastics has contributed to my perseverance and work ethic. I am grateful for my Dad’s military service, which provided stability and support for our family so that we could experience the freedom to homeschool and pursue our passions. We have lived in many places. These moves developed a resilience within me and an actively growing relationship with the Lord. Service and missions within my church have taught me the great value of sharing Christ’s love with those around me. It is the amazing communities and friendships formed during those Foundations and Essentials years where my classmates have now grown to become some of my closest friends, no matter how far away we live! After graduation, I will take part in a three-month ministry outreach program before pursuing a career in the electrical field.

Thank you to my mom for always pushing me to be the best version of myself and never letting me give up when things got tough. You’ve always inspired me to enjoy the little things and learn to laugh because “life’s too short, and you never get out alive.” Thank you to my dad for always cheering me on and giving me opportunities to learn so many amazing life lessons. Those late-night history discussions on the way home from the gym every day will always hold a special place in my heart.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SAVANNAH A

SAVANNAH A.

Joshua and Angela A.
PA

I am the daughter of Josh and Angie A. of Pennsylvania. I enjoy hunting, fishing, gardening, stargazing, and being in God’s creation. My future plans include traveling back to Romania for more mission work, attending PennWest Clarion to study business, and eventually having a sustainable farm and starting a family. Thank you to my mom for being the best role model I could have asked for, for being there when I needed a shoulder to cry on or a good laugh, and for never giving up on me even though there were many times I wanted to give up on myself. Thank you, Dad, for being such a hard worker yet also such a loving father and for teaching me so many life lessons and skills. You both deserve an award for putting up the six of us and our shenanigans. I love you both so much; even though I don’t say it enough, you are the definition of what it is to be Christlike role models, and I will always be your little girl. Last, thank you to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for all the years you have blessed my family and me, for coming into my heart, and for saving my soul.

Mom and Dad, one thing I admire most about you two is that no matter how much I want to give up or how hard I may fall, you never stop believing in me and encouraging me every step of the way. You have both always shown me the importance of a good education and that I should never take that for granted. You have also shown me that in every moment, good or bad, I should give everything to God and let him take control and praise Him throughout it all.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CORBIN B

CORBIN B.

Amy and Phillip B.
AZ

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor..
—Alexis Carrel

I made it my mission to challenge myself this year. I’ve had my shortcomings and victories. As the son of a retired military aviator, I’ve experienced more than I could ask for. More than half my life has been spent outside the US, and I’ve visited more than twenty-five countries. As a pastime, I enjoy any kind of adventure and being outdoors.

I love to shred and enjoy skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding. Some of my fondest memories were built together with my siblings and parents using Lego. I plan to enlist in the Air Force and become a SERE specialist. I’ve been truly blessed. I owe it all to God.

Mom and Dad, words cannot express how grateful I am for you. Truly. Your endless support, occasional nagging (which I secretly appreciate), and expert-level eye rolls have shaped me into the somewhat functioning human I am today. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate LAUREN B

LAUREN B.

Maria A. B. and Daniel B.
NC

I would love to express my gratitude to the Lord our God and my parents for the opportunity to be homeschooled. I have been a competitive swimmer for nine years as a year-round club member. My favorite pastimes include swimming, going to the gym, and spending time with my friends on the lake. On the weekends, I work as a hostess at a local Mexican restaurant. My role models are my grandparents. The obstacles they overcame as cotton field workers have given me the confidence to achieve my academic goals. My parents have been extremely instrumental in my educational and spiritual journey. Having my parents walking alongside me set the fundamental faith to shape who I am today. My sister has also helped throughout my homeschool journey by making the long hours of schoolwork enjoyable. After graduation, I plan to continue my academic and athletic career by attending Gardner Webb University, where I will major in nursing and double-minor in psychology and Spanish. My favorite homeschool memory is having the flexibility and freedom to choose when to complete my schoolwork.

Observing my parents fully relying on Christ in their life journey together has given me the confidence that I, too, can do all things through Christ.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate BRENT B

BRENT B.

Paul and Kimberly B.
FL

Veni, vidi, studui. (I came, I saw, I studied.)

Thanks for keeping me alive for this past (almost) couple of decades. I know it was quite a daunting task at times, especially in my younger years, but I love and appreciate you both and everything you have done for me, from providing me with life to pouring so much into my education, and I hope I can live up to everything you’ve prepared me for.

—Thanks, Brent B.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JOHNATHAN B

JOHNATHAN B.

Keiffer and Martha B.
MD

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God..
—Micah 6:8 (ESV)

I have a love for music, I play the piano, and I am in mixed martial arts. My hobbies include reading, researching, and occasionally drawing. I am involved in my family’s evangelism and missions ministry. I oversee all technical support needed and help to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to attending Bible college in the fall of 2024. In the Will of the Lord, I plan to major in computer science and theology. I desire to use the gifts that God has given me, to glorify Him, and to bring up a family in the Lord.

I thank God for my parents because they have poured the Word of God into almost every aspect of my life. They helped me to see God in my studies, even the smaller non-school-related things like eating, walking the dog, and cooking. The biblical worldview and lifestyle that my parents embedded in my life have led me to the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I am grateful that my parents have homeschooled me with Classical Conversations. I have a solid biblical, classical education that has given me a better appreciation for God and the world around me. I also have a greater appreciation for my studies, even the strands that are not my favorite. I sincerely thank God for my parents and for all they have done in my life. Soli Deo Gloria.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate RICHARD B. III

RICHARD B. III

Richard B. II and Yvonne W-B.
NC

I, Richard B. III, was born May, 2006, in Regensburg, Germany. I went to school in Germany until we moved to North Carolina, in 2013. Then, I began homeschooling with my parents and Classical Conversations. I am a Christian. My favorite topics in school are aviation, violin, and football. I hope to study and train to be a professional pilot after graduation.

My parents, Richard and Yvonne, are my teachers, mentors and caregivers. I am very grateful to them for raising me to be a Christian man and for educating me the classical way. They have prepared me to go out into the world and make it a better place.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate KASSANDRA B

KASSANDRA B.

Elizabeth and Angel B.
NY

Reading, writing, and art are all my passions. My hobbies include pastel painting, playing guitar, and reading captivating literature. I thank the Lord and my family, especially my mother, for homeschooling me and enabling me to still do what I love through my education. I aspire to be a corporate lawyer. Also, I am grateful to my parents, who taught and raised me to prioritize schooling, my future career, and Jesus.

My parents, Elizabeth and Angel B., have ingrained in me the value of education that will lead to a successful career, teaching me that if Christ is put above all else, this can be made possible. I am deeply appreciative to them for bringing me to this milestone because, without them and the lessons they gave, I don’t believe I could have reached this point in my life.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate PAOLA B

PAOLA B.

Elizabeth and Angel B.
NY

I’ve devoted my life to creating. Music, art, beauty—whatever that may be—has dimensionally molded my life into one that glorifies God. Truth and beauty are values that I uphold in my life, and books are one of my favorite things this world invented. I plan to study engineering in the future, as creating is what shapes most of my identity.

I thank my parents for pushing me forward, even though, at times, we struggled. I thank them for shaping the person I am today. I thank them for pursuing a life for me that centers around the Lord in my education and everyday life.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate BRYANT B

BRYANT B.

Bryant and Sandra B.
FL

The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve but a reality to experience..
—Frank Herbert, Dune

I love sports, especially baseball and basketball. Fun fact: I first started dunking when I was in eighth grade. Sci-fi is my favorite genre because it explores, in-depth, the world and culture that the author has created. My hobbies range from reading, drawing, speaking, and traveling. I start my classes at Southeastern University in the fall. I am majoring in finance, just like my dad. My personal goals are to establish my own business and to raise a family that enjoys the things of God. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).

My dad has worked many long, demanding days to provide for the family. Since I started first grade, my mom has homeschooled me and my siblings at the cost of her career. It’s amazing to see their dedication to seeing me succeed in my walk with Jesus Christ and His plan for my life. I’m grateful to God for blessing me with my parents.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate TYCE B

TYCE B.

Merrill and Janna B.
VA

Tennessee-born, Kentucky-raised, North Carolina-stationed, California-grown, and Virginia-residing. That’s the short history of me. I’m thankful for many adventures across all fifty states with my four siblings and amazing parents. While I’m at home base, I stay active playing basketball, guitar, and piano, as well as writing, running, reading, lifting, eating, and drawing. I am not sure what the future holds for me. I am still debating which college I’m going to, and I’m unsure what I’m going to study. But I know my job. To keep moving forward. To press toward the mark.

I’m thankful for my parents, who reinforced the necessity of discipline, value in education, and love for truth. I’m thankful for my siblings who share the importance of family, pressure me to be a good example, and make life all the better to live. I’m thankful for those who have taught and those who have learned alongside me. I’m thankful for all those around me who are willing to be humble, to do hard things, and to pursue what is meaningful.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate BRYANT B

BRYANT B.

Ross and Shannon B.
NC

As I stand on the threshold of a new chapter, I am grateful for the unwavering support of my parents, whose love and sacrifices have paved the way for my success. Their endless encouragement and guidance have shaped me into the person I am today. I am also profoundly grateful for the invaluable mentorship of Mrs. W., whose dedication and expertise have been a highlight of my academic journey. With their encouragement, I have not only achieved academic excellence but also cultivated a deeper understanding of the Lord and the world around me. As I embark on this next adventure, I carry with me the lessons and values instilled by my parents and Mrs. W., knowing that their influence will continue to inspire me to strive for greatness and make a positive impact on the world.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CLAY B

CLAY B.

Andrew and Laura B.
NC

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us . . ..
—Deuteronomy 29:29 (ESV)

Through my parents and education, God has revealed some of His secret things to me. Being in CC since I was five has taught me how to see God in all of creation. I have always enjoyed a good story, whether it be a movie, book, video game, or my own creation. While my dream is to create stories for others, I also enjoy the creative aspects of engineering and look forward to how God will merge these two seemingly separate fields. I am genuinely grateful to God and my parents for equipping me with the tools of a classical, Christian education so I can pursue my life goals.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for supporting and encouraging me to do hard things and to love God above all else. Mom, you opened my eyes to truth, goodness, and beauty. Dad, you set the example when it comes to working hard.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CHENAI B

CHENAI B.

Brad and Jennifer B.
OR

I am an artist, creative writer, and oldest daughter of Brad and Jennifer B. My favorite pastimes are spending time with my family, drawing or writing, listening to music, and reading God’s word. My favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. I admire the critical yet poetic way it was written. For the last six years of my education, I have had the privilege of being a part of the most equipping and mind-training curriculum thus far. Thanks to all that I’ve learned in CC, I know I am armed with the critical thinking skills required to thrive as a Christian adult in our world. I am incredibly grateful to my parents for valuing and prioritizing my education and, more importantly, to the Lord, who has guided me in wisdom since I surrendered my life to him.

I would like to thank my parents again for the sacrifices I know they made in order to provide the best possible education for me. I have not only benefited from the blessing of quality schooling but have been taught the value and priority of being raised by parents who deeply lived out the goal of “training a child in the way they should go.” Being home-educated has allowed us to experience life together and has given them room to invest in me as a whole person.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate GRADON B

GRADON B.

Pam and Keith B.
NC

Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord..
—C. S. Lewis

I am the third of three siblings, with two older brothers and a younger sister. I love music and art in all its forms. I love to read and hang out with friends. My favorite CC memories are meeting one of my best friends and all of the discussions we had in class and outside of class. I plan to attend Liberty University in the fall to pursue a career in graphic design.

My parents are the reason I am here. They are the reason that I am the person I am today. Is that a good thing? Who’s to say? I love them so very much and cherish the lessons they’ve taught me. Love you, Mom and Dad.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate DAVID C

DAVID C.

David and Kamilah C.
NC

I have loved to learn for as long as I can remember. As I have aged, that love has grown. I love thinking about and making sense of this beautiful, terrifying “thing” that is life. Most of all, I’ve learned to love the people around me. I have been blessed in ways that I’ll never fully understand, and I am thankful beyond measure for everyone who has sacrificed something to get me this far. My parents and my younger siblings all gave of themselves in different ways, and I appreciate them. As I take my next steps, first into the military and college, then on to law school and family life, I am confident that I will find new things to learn and new people to love.

To my mother and my father: Thank you so much for all the sacrifices you’ve made on my behalf. I know raising someone like me isn’t an easy task, but I promise that you’ve been the best parents anyone could ask for. I hope I can make you proud with all the blessings you’ve given me, and I hope you’ll be able to rest easily now!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ISABELLA C

ISABELLA C.

Mary and Joel G.
NC

My passion has always been to create and admire what others have made, such as music, dance, literature, photography, film, science, and more. My passion has mainly been around what we call art. I love to explore all the ways we create and how beautiful it all is. When I am asked what I will do after this, I want to simply respond with, “I don’t know, but what I know is that I will create and try to make this world more beautiful and do what the Lord has in store for me.”

Mom, I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me, all the sacrifices you’ve made, and all the gifts you’ve given me. You have been the only person that’s been there all my life and has given up so much for me and I am eternally grateful for that. You have shaped me into the person that I have become and I’m excited to see where our journey is going. Thank you, and I love you mom.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CLIFTON C

CLIFTON C.

Randy and Kimberly C.
FL

I am a native Floridian from rural Central Florida. I enjoy fishing, hunting, trucks (my Hilux), and life on our small farm. Most of my time outside of school revolves around music and public service, either with our church or my Civil Air Patrol unit. My interest in a military career led me to the Civil Air Patrol (Air Force Auxiliary) and eventually to my current role as the Cadet Commander of the Squadron. My goals for the future are to attend the US Military Academy at West Point and, ultimately, have a career as an Army officer. Being involved with Classical Conversations from the third grade has provided the foundation needed for my pursuit and has been a key component in directing me toward God’s calling for my life.

Life is a journey filled with unpredictable twists and turns, where every experience shapes who we become. Education is a gift from God that allows us not only to navigate the complexities of the world but also to appreciate it as He does. I’ve been greatly blessed with parents who guide me in my faith and have taken the time and sacrifice to raise me in a godly manner. No matter where I find myself in life, no matter the questions I’m faced with, I know I can count on them to be there for me. Thanks, Dad and Mom, for all you’ve done, all you do, and all you continue to do.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MADDISON C

MADDISON C.

Joshua and Heather C.
CA

One of the most important things I learned during my high school years is the value of respect and teamwork in the classroom. Throughout the years, I have enjoyed learning with all my classmates, and I appreciate how they contributed to my personal growth. I feel one way I have changed, from who I was in my freshman year to who I am now as a senior, is in my work ethic and attitude toward everything I do. I am grateful to my parents for being there to guide me, and I am incredibly thankful to God for being my rock throughout my high school years. He has taught me many lessons both in and outside of school. Take in every moment because it really does go by fast.

Mom and Dad, thank you so much for always being by my side. You never gave up on me, no matter how hard it got. Dad, thank you for always setting an example of strength for me, and Mom, thank you for showing me an example of the mother I hope to be one day. Love you guys!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate AVA C

AVA C.

Jonah and Monicca C.
CA

I’m Ava C. I’ve been a part of CC for ten years and have been homeschooled my whole life. In my free time, I enjoy riding dirt bikes, reading, and going shopping with friends! During my time in CC, I gained the most knowledge and experience from the Debate strand, specifically the economics and cost of living project in Challenge I. I know these will prove beneficial in this next season of my life! I’ve grown to love the focus CC puts on the Bible at each level. In Challenge IV, I loved participating in theology. It really helped grow my understanding of the Bible and what it teaches. I’m so excited for this next season and the things God has in store! I have had such an amazing high school experience, and I’m so grateful for CC, the Directors I’ve had, the students in my class, and especially my parents!

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the numerous sacrifices you have made to get me where I am today. I am eternally grateful for you guys, and I’m going to miss all the time we have spent together as a family. You guys have set an incredible example for the boys and me, and I hope to be just like you guys one day!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate DOMINIC C

DOMINIC C.

Scott C., Sr., and Sharon C.
OH

Scientia potentia est.

Residing with my parents and three brothers, I can frequently be found perched on a chair playing my cello or on a bench tickling the ivories. I am an avid chess player. In my free time, I enjoy listening to my favorite podcast, The Huberman Lab, starring the neuroscientist Andrew Huberman. My fondest memories of Challenge consist of having dinner at the Shakespeare Castle for Spring Protocol, participating in Challenge III science experiments with Mr. O., and all the laughs with my Challenge IV class. Additionally, I altar serve weekly and am very active in my church. Logic has endured as my favorite subject throughout my Challenge years, and I make use of this skill on a daily basis. Finally, I am looking forward to attending Grove City College in the coming fall, where I plan to dual major in psychology and economics.

Mama and Dada, although there may have been many late Monday nights, your persistence kindled my perseverance, and your wisdom always kept me on the right path. You deserve my greatest appreciation. I love you both.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate BENJAMIN D

BENJAMIN D.

Robyn D. and Tim D.
NC

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith..
—2 Timothy 4:7–9 (NIV)

I graduated today as part of the Classical Conversations class of 2024 after completing kindergarten through twelfth grade in the program. I am beyond thankful to God and my mom for making that possible. I’m the youngest of five siblings born to Robyn D. and the late Tim D. In my free time, I enjoy working out in the gym and collecting Legos and vinyl records. After graduation, I plan to attend a gap year program in order to grow in my walk with Christ and clarify my goals for the future.

I am beyond grateful to my mother, Robyn D., for raising me these past eighteen years. When my father passed away early on in my life, my mom was forced to take on added responsibility as a parent and teacher. She is the perfect example of a godly parent and the best mother I could ask for.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MADELINE D

MADELINE D.

Jesse and Jennifer D.
IN

I am the oldest of nine children. I love reading, baking, participating in 4-H, and hanging out with friends and family. I have been a part of Classical Conversations since the first grade. I am very thankful to my parents for providing me with the opportunity to receive a Christ-centered homeschool education. In the fall, I plan to attend Huntington University to study communications.

I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents who care deeply about my education. You have influenced my life in countless ways through your steady dedication to cultivating my mind and soul. Thank you for your sacrificial love, unwavering support, and selfless commitment. Your guidance has provided me with the foundation to achieve greatness.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate

LUCAS D.

Andreza and Ruben D.
SC

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly
Marcus Aurelius.

Are you living your life to the fullest? I like to think I am. I love waking up daily with a full schedule of things to do. I like to keep myself busy with everything from work, school, and training. It’s not always easy, but it never gets boring. I love Jesus, weightlifting, running, and making memories with my friends. After graduation, I will be serving on a mission trip and then attending the University of South Carolina for my degree in criminal justice.

I thank God for giving me parents who have made hard sacrifices and worked hard to help me get to where I am today. They have helped me become who I am and guided me even when I didn’t want to learn. But here we are! We made it!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JIBREEL D

JIBREEL D.

Rowena and Djibril D.
NC

I am the sole son of Rowena and Djibril D. My four sisters are Ejlyn, Faith, Grace, and Heart. I love practicing jujitsu and mixed martial arts, listening to music and podcasts while doing my chores and my personal time, playing video games, and watching movies with my family. I am interested in becoming a physical therapist and learning computer science. I am grateful to the Lord and blessed for creating memories with my family and friends.

My parents sacrificed and provided a better life for me. They helped and provided encouragement when I was feeling low. They are everything to me.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MICHAEL D

MICHAEL D.

Christopher and Beatrice D.
NJ

Can there be a bio and no bio? Some say it can be both. How can it be both? It can’t, but it is. It’s paradoxical, and yet it works..
—Michael Doppenheimer

This biography both exists and doesn’t exist. It exists in the sense that it is a written text describing a concept, yet it doesn’t exist as a traditional biography with factual information about a specific individual. Instead, it reflects the paradoxical nature of self-referential statements and the limitations of language to accurately describe abstract concepts like existence and nonexistence.

To my parents and siblings, I love you all sincerely. Thank you for everything.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MOLLY E

MOLLY E.

Anna and Sean E.
NY

I am a writer and a dreamer. Reading inspires me, and singing moves me. I am the leader of my CC worship team and host homeschool dances in my downtime. My life is filled with amazing opportunities and gifts that God has given me. Above all, I am a child of God who has grown throughout my many CC years as a scholar of His Word.

My parents have been my guides through my CC years. My amazing mama has been my teacher since I began homeschooling in kindergarten. She is the reason why I stand here today, ready to begin college and my adult years. My papa has also sacrificed his time to be my teacher in both Challenge 3 and 4. I will be eternally grateful for the hundreds of stimulating (and some more comedic) conversations that we have held throughout my years as a student in the class. Thank you! I love you both so much.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate KAYLA E

KAYLA E.

Diane and Mark E.
MD

My name is Kayla E., and I am Mark and Diane only daughter. I love coffee, big sweaters, drawing, cartoons, and autumn. I am going to study animation and business.

Mom and Dad, you have taught me so many valuable skills and encouraged me when I felt low. I am forever grateful for the time and dedication that you poured into me, teaching me about life, the Bible, and humanity as a whole. You mean the absolute world to me, and I love you to the moon and back.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ALEXANDER F

ALEXANDER F.

Christopher and Antoinette F.
MS

Material possessions and relationships motivate some, but for me, it’s pure passion. Soccer has been my passion my entire life. Whether I’m giving weeks on end to practice or devoting time to watch my positions being played, I believe that the more you want something, the harder you will work. You open as many doors as you can and let Him walk you through the dark so that He may guide you to the light. Some people may call it an obsession. I call it a lifestyle.

My mother has understood my learning capabilities, has always learned from them, and has changed curricula, plans, and even whole school years just for me. I feel like if I didn’t have her, I would not be where I am now.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate WESLEY G

WESLEY G.

Thomas and Lauren G.
IA

Clint Eastwood once said, “What you put into life is what you get out of it.” My name is Wesley G. Growing up in a suburban life, I never was in much danger or turmoil. My family wasn’t rich, but all my needs were met. Never knowing hunger or fear is common for many men my age. All of this, and I still wasn’t satisfied, and I felt guilty for being ungrateful. I had no answers for my lack of contentment until I discovered difficult tasks. Pushing myself to do hard things was what I had been missing. I discovered this need to push limits, take risks, and learn from mistakes and that with all things, including my education, “what you put into life is what you get out of it.”

My parents have meant so much to me; they have taught me to see the adventure of life. From road trips to mountain climbing, these experiences have been powerful and formative.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ADEN G

ADEN G.

Thomas G. and Angela W.
NC

I always had one goal each year, and that was to be the teacher’s pet. I am confident that I succeeded even though the tutors never admitted it when I asked. CC has been one crazy and amazing journey for me, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. God blessed me with a loving, caring, and encouraging community, and although it is sad to say goodbye, I am ready to see what plans God has in store for me in the future. Thank you to all my friends and family who were there to help me and push me when I needed it—especially my mom, who was always my inspiration to keep on going.

My parents have always been there to help me when I needed it. Whether it was with school or with understanding God’s word, I can see God’s love through both of them, and they have helped me develop a stronger relationship with the Lord.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate KALLEN G

KALLEN G.

Thomas G. and Angela W.
NC

A high school diploma doesn’t mean anything; going to college won’t prove anything; you can get a better education at home rather than in a government-run facility. That is why I enjoyed learning at CC. It gave me the freedom to pursue other interests, such as music and writing.

My parents taught me the importance of life and following my dreams, and they taught me how to pursue my own freedom. Whatever job I succeed at will be because of their support.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JADEN G

JADEN G.

Stephanie and Salvador G.
MN

I am passionate about many things, such as family and animals, learning about different world cultures, and sharing what God can do in people’s lives. After I graduate, I plan on acquiring my Bachelor of Science in Religion from Liberty University with the end goal of speaking around the United States and anywhere else God may call me. This would not be possible without the unconditional love, support, and guidance of my friends and mentors, but most importantly, my family. My family has been foundational in my journey. Their love, encouragement, and sacrifices have fueled and shaped me to be the person I am today. Their belief in me is the driving force behind my pursuit of knowledge and my commitment to sharing the power of faith with others.

Mom and Dad, you have always been by my side no matter the circumstances, and your support has helped me accomplish my goals and dreams. You have always told me that if I put my mind to something and work hard, that anything is possible. I love you both so much.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ABIGAIL G

ABIGAIL G.

Nicholle and Thomas G.
FL

People associate the saying “feeling blue” with being sad. To me, “feeling blue” means feeling peaceful, free, and alive. I never truly felt “blue” until I left the nonstop life of public school. Once I became a part of CC, my eyes were opened to all of the possibilities around me. I would like to thank all of the people who helped me on my journey to see the true meaning of the phrase and helped me grow in my faith. I cannot thank everyone enough for how much you helped guide me during my toughest times and for reminding me who to thank for giving me my best times. I am endlessly grateful. I will be studying environmental engineering at FAU this coming fall.

Mom and Dad, I cannot thank you enough for all that you’ve done for me since day one. You’ve taught me so many incredible lessons and have always helped me look on the bright side. I love you forever and ever.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate GRACELYN H

GRACELYN H.

Ty and Geneveive H.
NJ

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

Hi! My name’s Gracelyn H., and I’m from South Jersey. I’ve been doing CC since my freshman year, and I can’t think of a better way to have done high school. After high school, I plan to go to Word of Life Bible Institute to study the bible, and after that—who knows what God has in store for me?

I want to thank my mom and dad for being a huge encouragement to me through high school. They are always willing to talk to me about the different topics that come up in life, show me grace, and encourage me when I make different decisions. I don’t know where I’d be without them as influences in my life. Thank you guys so much for being there for me. I’m so glad that God has blessed me with you!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate EMILY H

EMILY H.

Robert and Amanda H.
OH

The number of blessings that God has given me through CC is unfathomable. From the wisdom and knowledge that come out of our conversations to having colleagues that I don’t consider as just my classmates but as my absolute best friends, God’s extravagant grace continuously leaves me in awe! I will be attending Cedarville University this fall and plan to go into nursing to pursue a career in emergency nursing. I would like to thank my previous tutors, Mrs. B., Mrs. E., Mrs. C., and Mrs. F., for encouraging and inspiring me. I would love to thank my current tutor, Mrs. C., for being so uplifting, wise, and absolutely hilarious. Finally, I want to thank my outstanding parents for always being there for me and loving me through anything and everything.

Mom and Dad, I consider you two to be my greatest blessings. You have always been by my side through my highs and lows. Throughout my life, you have helped me grow in my faith and education, for which I am so, so grateful. I genuinely would not be who I am today without you both. I love you more than words could ever express.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate WILLIAM H

WILLIAM H.

Eileen and Paul H.
AL

With over a decade of CC experience, I have been blessed by my parents to grow within this incredible community. I have found my passion in history, debate, and philosophy. My mom has been there alongside me the entire journey and let me go when I needed her to let go. There have been times when I would not have matured as a man or a Christian if it had not been for Classical Conversations. The friends I made along the way may not be present now, but they were exactly what I needed to trudge through the massive course loads and deep concepts covered throughout these years. I was blessed to be a part of this curriculum and have the family I do.

It is hard to write down how much your parents mean to you; it’s like writing marriage vows to the person you want to spend your life with. But that’s the goal: I want to be part of my parents’ lives, and I hope they want to be part of mine as I build my own. My life is built on the foundation they gave me, and that will never go away—I will never let it go away. Mom, you are the reason I am a Christian. Dad, you are the reason I am a man. Thank you.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate KASSIDY H

KASSIDY H.

Alexis and Kristopher H.
CA

“Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.”.
—Walt Disney

I have been known as a wild child all my life. A day would only be well-lived if I came home with holes in a new pair of jeans (although my mom might disagree, ha ha). Between horseback riding, going to the beach, park days, and, recently, sky-diving, my life has been filled with going, going, go. My stillness and peace are found only in my time with the Lord. Now comes a time for me to go once more to a place I have never been, a place uncharted and a stone unturned, but I am excited for this next adventure in life: California Baptist University for college and political science as my major. But whatever I do and whoever I meet, may God always be within me, behind me, before me, and beside me.

My dad has provided for me and blessed me with numerous opportunities that have changed my education forever. My mom has been my best friend. She has grown up with me and shown me God’s love.

AIDAN H.

Charles and Carolyn H.
WV

“Lead me, Oh Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your ways straight before me..
—Psalm 5:8 (ESV)

My name is Aidan H. I’m thankful the Lord blessed me with wonderful parents who answered the call to homeschool my siblings and me my entire life. I have enjoyed numerous sports over the years, the most recent being volleyball. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in life as I move on to college and study electrical engineering. I pray that the Lord will bless me with amazing professors who, in addition to helping me academically, will also strengthen my relationship with the Lord. I’m looking forward to a life serving Him.

My mom has dedicated so much of her time and energy to homeschooling me and helping shape me into the young man I am today. My father has worked hard to provide for us so my mom could stay home and homeschool us. I would not be the person I am today without my parents’ love and sacrifices.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JACOB H

JACOB H.

Jason and Susan H.
NC

I am the son of Jason and Susan H. I love playing video games, writing music lyrics, drawing, painting, and spending time with my friends. I have been blessed to meet my girlfriend and best friend at CC. I plan to attend Appalachian State University to study business.

Mom and Dad, thanks for all the opportunities you have provided me. I love you both very much!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ELLE H

ELLE H.

Mark and Lori H.
PA

I have traveled the CC road from kindergarten through twelfth grade. As in every great adventure, I’ve accumulated souvenirs along the way, including mock trial, short story, senior thesis, and vocab slam! I’ve shared both tears and cheers with my family and friends who have served as companions on this journey. Most importantly, my path has led me closer to the cross, where today I stand amazed at God’s grace and mercy in my life. The next leg in my journey will include furthering my interest and experience in performing and writing. The hours that I’ve spent in green rooms and on stages, as well as the appreciation I’ve gained for the power of the pen, will translate well into studying theater and journalism at a Christian university.

Numbers 6:24–26: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Mom and Dad, I am forever grateful for your constant love and support and for guiding me in both my academic pursuits as well as in my relationship with the Lord. Thank you for preparing and equipping me to enter this new stage of life!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate AVA H

AVA H.

Aaron and Ginger H.
NC

In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master..
—Colossian 3:23 (ERV)

I love challenges and am passionate about doing my best in all things! The God-centered educational tools I learned through Classical Conversations are priceless and skillfully prepared me for lifelong learning. Playing club and varsity soccer are the activities that primarily fill my free time. I am thankful to the Lord for His goodness and for my family, mentors, and friends who continually support me. I am attending Clemson University in the fall and plan to major in business. The best is yet to come!

Mom and Dad, you are truly gifts from God. Thank you for faithfully raising me in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Thank you for continuously encouraging me to put my whole heart into every life endeavor, whether that be a school assignment, soccer game, or presentation. Thank you for surrounding me with unconditional love. A lot of parents are good, some are great, but very few are truly excellent. Excellent parents are who you are. I love you!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ISABELA H

ISABELA H.

Martin and Zoe H.
FL

I am the firstborn daughter of Martin and Zoé H. I thank God that I’ve been privileged to be raised by such amazing parents who have paved the way for me throughout life, granting me opportunities like attending CC. I am eternally thankful for them and my brother. They’ve made the ups brighter and the downs less dark. Thank you to my family for simply being there, a fortune I don’t take for granted. I love art, singing, and cooking. I strive to encourage and treat others how I wish to be treated. I’m far from perfect, no doubt about that, but I try to be the best me I can be, not just for others but for myself. I plan to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at SEU.

Dear Mom and Dad, I thank God for you and feel privileged to have been raised by such amazing parents who have paved the way for me throughout the maze we call life. I am eternally thankful for you both and Sam. You have made the ups brighter and the downs less dark. Thank you for simply being there for me, a fortune I don’t take for granted. I love you.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JEREMY I

JEREMY I.

Aaron and Charity I.
NJ

I want to thank God for always being there for me and always having my back. I also want to thank my parents for keeping me in a Christian school environment my whole life. My hobbies include soccer and singing in choir, and I’m really committed to my youth group. I’ve gotten to take part in different activities, like volunteering at a food bank. I’ve really enjoyed my senior year. I have gotten to do so much this year, and I’m excited to make even more memories at Liberty University, pursuing a degree in pre-law and later going to law school.

My parents mean the world to me. They have shown that they love me because they have sacrificed their time and money to make sure I got a faith-based education. They have helped me understand that to succeed, you need to trust in God and be a hard worker. I am thankful for my parents because, without them, I don’t know where I’d be.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ZOE J

ZOE J.

Rachael and Michael J.
AZ

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, in whom I trust!”.
—Psalm 91:1–2 (ESV)

A ballerina’s grace I sought, yet within me stirred a warrior’s heart, thrumming to the rhythm of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, champion crowned, in martial victory, I found peace.

Driven by insatiable curiosity, I find solace under the hood of my cherished BMW, its mechanics a symphony to my soul. The echo of gunfire and the thrill of the hunt weaved into my being, just as the pages of countless books sculpted my mind.

With a warrior’s spirit and a scholar’s thirst, I founded Skadi Gard, LLC, a bastion in the realm of cybersecurity assessments and physical penetration testing. Each day finds me preparing to delve into the digital abyss, armed with certifications and a fervor to explore boundless frontiers.

BARNABAS J.

Sidissie B. and Jillcha W.
NC

Expectations are often just limitations to what we can really achieve..
—Yours Truly

I am a second-generation Ethiopian immigrant and have had the blessing of seeing life from multiple perspectives. I have two brothers, and we all enjoy playing basketball and spending time with each other. I could never thank my parents enough for choosing to pour so much into me. When I have free time, I like listening to music and taking pictures. I am still discovering my passions and gifts, and I have not decided what career path to take just yet, but I plan to attend community college after high school. My first priority, for now, is to know God and to make Him known! I strongly believe my potential is greater than my current understanding.

Mama and Ababa, I thank you so much! I know I have the best parents in the world, and I really know that you guys love me, not only because you say it every time we hang up the phone but because you show it to me every day by sacrificing money, time, and comfort. You guys have parented me perfectly, and I love you guys infinity finfinity!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CHLOE LYNN K

CHLOE LYNN K.

Lisa and John K.
NC

I have been blessed with an amazing mom and dad, two wonderful older sisters, Kailey and Carly, plus the best pets. With my family and friends supporting me, I’ve lived an abundant life, and I’m not even an adult yet! My walk with Christ has strengthened me and encouraged me to live life in a way pleasing to Him. I plan on studying architecture, as it has always been an interest of mine. My dad always took me to look at houses when I was growing up, and I always had strong opinions on design and layout. Who on Earth knows where I’ll end up, though? I know God has great plans for me, so wherever it may be, it will be to bring glory to Him.

Dear Mommy and Daddy, I love you more than words can express. You both have been an everlasting support in my life, and I know I’ll always be able to depend on you to be there when I need you. My home will always be where you are. My happy place, my place of comfort, and my place of peace is with you. I love you so much, and I’ll never be able to express that to you enough. Heart!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JASON K

JASON K.

John and Leah K.
TX

I have always been fascinated by creatives. Transforming one’s passions, ideas, and imagination into a universal format for many to see and appreciate is a gift. At first, my drawings were basic (and perhaps downright bad)! I almost gave up on becoming an artist—until homeschooling. While visiting the library, I noticed the DVD Walt Disney Treasures: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which sparked my fascination with filmmaking and animation. I created characters and built unique worlds, hoping that one day I would create my own “Oswald” and perhaps leave an impact similar to da Vinci, Disney, and Lucas. I know the only way I can leave such an impact is to do something millions of artists have done: Never give up! Keep growing! Never stop until you make it!

Dad and Mom, no one has been more influential and encouraging than you. When I am frustrated, you are there to comfort me. When I am discouraged, you are there to encourage me. When I make mistakes, you tell me it’s ok and to try again. No matter how badly I mess up or how many mistakes I make, you are always there for me and will always be. Thank you.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MCKENNA K

MCKENNA K.

Ryan and Kellie K.
OH

My Classical Conversations community has been a home for me and my family since I was four years old, my sister five, and my brother two. Throughout this journey, I’ve learned the importance of truth and hard work. I have been so blessed to have had so many amazing tutors and directors who have led me to see truth, goodness, and beauty in all things. My passions are my family, helping people, and music. I plan to study philosophy and psychology at Grove City College and become a licensed counselor.

Mom and Dad, words can not describe how much you mean to me. You’ve taught me how to work hard, how to search for truth, and how to love. But most importantly, you’ve taught me about Christ. I love you both more than words can say.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SOPHIA K

SOPHIA K.

Morris and Terry K.
NC

My name is Sophia K. I like video games, music is my life, and art is my favorite activity. “Give Life Back to Music” is my song for the year so far. My plan for the future is to become a mortician. I am very thankful for my parents, who pushed me to do the best I could in school. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here.

My parents encouraged me every step of the way. They made sure I got my work done and turned in. I’m extremely thankful to have them in my life. Thank you for helping me get through everything this past year and now.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate WYATT K

WYATT K.

Amanda and Terrel K.
NC

I am the son of Terrel and Amanda K. and the oldest of five siblings. I developed an appreciation of music at a young age. I’ve pursued that appreciation by playing guitar in the praise band at church and playing music with my family. I also enjoy anything outdoors, whether work or hobbies such as hunting and fishing. My love for the outdoors has called me to seek a career outside of four walls. My career interests are oriented toward earthwork and heavy construction.

Mom and Dad, thank y’all so much for the love and support you offered through the school years and for helping me get through the hard tasks I have had in my life. I love you both so much and am so blessed to be your son.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MICHAEL K

MICHAEL K.

Brian and Anastasia K.
FL

I am a son, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin, and a big brother. I have three younger brothers and a soon-to-be sister! I love God, and I love people! I am passionate about using my gifts to bring God glory, including serving my community as a police cadet, playing football with a local Christian school, participating in a speech and debate club, and being the hands and feet of Jesus, including preaching on mission trips with my church. I am a workout enthusiast; I’m an optimistic, easygoing, fun-loving, others-focused, Jesus-serving kind of guy! My future plans include attending college, where I plan to study kinesiology with a possibly minor in missions. My favorite saying is, “Together We Will!”

I am thankful that my parents took the time to home educate me. I am grateful for the opportunities and life lessons I have gained.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate AIDEN K

AIDEN K.

Elizabeth and Jaison K.
GA

Murphy’s law doesn’t mean that something bad will happen. What it means is whatever can happen will happen..
—Interstellar

This bio navigates the paradoxical landscape of possibility and inevitability. If the bio can happen, it is destined to come into existence. However, we’re confronted by the paradoxical nature of attempting to encapsulate the very essence of possibility within the confines of a predetermined construct. The act of judgment itself becomes entangled in the paradox, as the evaluator is both bound by the principle of possibility and yet empowered by the capacity to discern its manifestations. Thus, the verdict on whether this bio has happened transcends conventional notions of causality and determinism and rests upon the assessment of its potentiality within the framework of existence.

Big shout to my parents, who are legends.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SARAH L

SARAH L.

Jason and Angie L.
GA

You and you alone are the only person who can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell..
—Kerry Washington

As I conclude my eighth year in Classical Conversations, I appreciate the opportunities I have had to increase my knowledge, wisdom, and ability to express my ideas. I have developed a strong passion for sports, basketball, and particularly volleyball, serving as Captain for the last three years. Currently, I work at Chick-fil-A, but I aspire to become a dental hygienist in the future. One of my favorite aspects of my time with CC was the opportunity it gave me to see my own strengths. I embrace every challenge with confidence and a smile, even on the toughest of days.

Dear Mom and Dad, thank you for all the support and guidance you have given me. Even in the midst of difficulty, y’all stayed by me and gave me strength to make it through. Thank you for helping me grow into a young lady I am proud of. I love y’all.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JOANNA L

JOANNA L.

Mary Jo and Thomas L.
FL

Joanna L is a lover of books, horses, and music. She spends her spare time reading and enjoys playing her cello. She also has a horse named Dr. Pepper. After being in Classical Conversations for eight years, where she found a passion for classical education, Joanna hopes to become a CC director someday. Her two sisters, Felicity and Brigitta, are her best friends. She loves going places and spending time with them. In her family, everything is an adventure!

Dear Mom and Dad, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your love and support in whatever I do. You’re always right beside me when I struggle, and you never hesitate to provide me with whatever opportunities I want to pursue while also teaching me responsibility. I love the example you set and your love for the Lord. Thank you for everything you do!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JOEL L

JOEL L.

Mercedes and Kleverson L.
DE

I thank the Lord and my parents for bringing me to the CC homeschool program. I’ve learned things I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. I have more time to be part of programs I would have never been a part of if I were in public school and to follow my passion for drawing. Because of my love for drawing, I plan to become an animator as I want to have fun while I work and entertain others. Finally, thank you to every Challenge Director who encouraged and supported me through my Challenge years.

I love my parents and am thankful they were here to guide me toward the best path possible. Without them, I would not be where I am today. And there’s no other place I’d rather be.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JOSHUA L

JOSHUA L.

Michael and Robin L.
NC

The son of Michael and Robin L., I was born at a very young age in a little town remembered only by its inhabitants. I have always had a passion for the art of storytelling, whether that be at the end of a lens or a pencil. Through Classical Conversations, I feel as though I graduate with more than just the knowledge gained but also the tools to continue to learn and develop in all aspects of my life. I now graduate shoulder-to-shoulder with a class of six talented people to whom I owe many incredible memories. With $4 in my pocket and a dream in my head, I intend to take a gap year and engage in pursuits such as filmmaking and mission trips abroad.

Mom and Dad, you have been my biggest inspiration and supporters in my education and otherwise. Even from the beginning, you have established exemplary roots for me to build from. Thank you for always being exactly who I needed.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate VERONICA L

VERONICA L.

FL

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you..
—Yeshua, Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

I am a zealous disciple of my master, Yeshua. I’m in love with the Holy Land of Israel and God’s people of Zion. I’m radically on fire for His kingdom and for the entire Word of God. Every week, I look forward to assembling with my family in Christ as we stand together for praise and worship. On Shabbats, I delight in hosting and cooking for friends while fellowshipping with my loving family. I am engaged to be married to my beloved fiancé and fellow classmate, Kaden N., this summer. I plan to work as a licensed timeshare sales agent beginning in the spring. Am Yisrael Chai!

I wholeheartedly appreciate all your hard work and dedication in raising me to be a God-fearing, kingdom-minded young woman. My foundation couldn’t be stronger! The legacy you’ve begun will continue for generations to come! Toda Raba!

JOSHUA L.

Charles and Barbara L.
NY

“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 (NIV)

This is the verse my dad would say to me every night. And now I understand what these words mean to me. No matter what path I choose, He will be there, and He will be waiting for me. I am thankful to God for the two parents He gave me and the intelligence I have been given. I am graduating after Challenge III and plan on going to Switzerland for German-language study and work. In the future, I will pursue an apprenticeship in engineering and specializing in architecture.

Mom and Dad, I am so lucky to have you both as my parents, and you know how thankful I am to be your son. You always knew what was best for me and what I loved to do. I am thankful for the ways you raised me, and you will always be my 1# family.

MATTHEW L.

Barbara and Charles L.
NY

My name is Matthew L. I am eighteen years old, and I live on Long Island, New York. I am going to Liberty University to get a degree in commercial aviation. In my local church, I play the piano and also help with live streaming and the slides for the songs and sermons.

My parents have been nothing but the most supportive and helpful in my journey to becoming a good student—as well as being good role models for myself and many others to follow!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate AVA M

AVA M.

Kristi and Mark M.
NC

Helping people is an essential cornerstone of building a compassionate and supportive society. Whether it’s lending a listening ear to a friend in need, volunteering at a local shelter, or simply offering a helping hand to a stranger, every act of kindness has the power to make a significant difference. I am working to become a psychologist, earning a degree at Appalachian State University. I want to make a difference in my community, to really help and support potential clients. My dream is to travel as much as I can and find a place that feels like home.

My parents are my biggest challengers; they always ask me questions that make me think. They are my biggest support system; I know they will always have my back, even when I’m in the wrong.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MICAH M

MICAH M.

Coy and Michelle M.
FL

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

For the entirety of my education, I have been enrolled in Classical Conversations. Because I possess a strong love of both history and geography and thoroughly enjoy everything about traveling, I plan to attend the aviation program at Southeastern University and become either a commercial or cargo pilot. During the week, when I’m not at home reading, drawing, or listening to instrumental music and movie soundtracks, I’m working at Chick-fil-A. On the weekends, I volunteer with a local acting ministry, YouthQuake Live, and play my favorite Star Wars video games.

Mom and Dad, thank you for sharing your wisdom with me and for guiding me on the path that I should go, the path that God wants for me. I’m grateful for all that you have allowed me to do and all that you have shielded me from. It’s made me who I am today. Thank you for taking the time out of your lives to give me a Christ-centered homeschool education. There were easier alternatives, but you all chose to sacrifice for my future. I love you all so much!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SAMANTHA M

SAMANTHA M.

Caitlin R. and Thomas M.
VA

I have been in CC since I was in first grade. It has been quite a journey, but I have loved every bit of it. I love to learn, and my experience from Foundations to Challenge has lit a fire in me, making me want to know more about God and his creation. I am an active person, and I love the outdoors. I’ve grown up on a farm. Horses are my passion, and I hope to make it a profession one day. I am blessed to have four loving siblings and two supportive parents. I plan to continue with college and further my knowledge of finance.

You guys have encouraged me so much in my faith and have always been there to answer any questions I have. You have helped me to really appreciate all of God’s creation and to know how to see Him in everything. Thank you for all that you do for me.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate AIDEN CALEB M

AIDEN CALEB M.

Julia and Collin M.
FL

I love making things in the kitchen and feeding friends and family. I am currently looking for a culinary-based college to start my career and future endeavors. I volunteer regularly at church and have always been told, “You feel like an older brother I never had.” My parents have always been there for me through thick and thin, and if it weren’t for my mom teaching me when I was younger, I would never have gotten to where I am today.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ZANE M

ZANE M.

Lauren and Heath M.
GA

I’ve been privileged to attend Classical Conversations for twelve years. In my free time, I enjoy hunting, fishing, playing pickleball, and playing guitar. I’m active in my church youth group, and I play guitar in the youth worship band. I’m also a member of the 4-H SAFE Shotgun Team, and I participate in a youth bowling league. I’ve served as a farm camp counselor and as a teen leader for VBS. I’ve been a student at North Georgia School of Gospel Music for seven years. I’m incredibly grateful to have such amazing parents, an awesome little sister, and wonderful grandparents who support me in every aspect of my life. After graduation, I plan to pursue getting a plumbing license and real estate license in Georgia and Florida and work in the family plumbing business between both states.

Thank you both for always encouraging me to put my best foot forward in everything I do. You have given me a great education and tons of great experiences. I love you both. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CANDACE M

CANDACE M.

Peter and Gail M.
PA

As a student of life, I plan to attend university for a double major in music and theater, with a possible minor in art history. In addition to taking music lessons, dance classes, and performing in shows, I have enjoyed debate, economics, literature, space science, and philosophy. Throughout my years in CC, I have been inspired by the underlying passion for veritas and hope to continue refining the rhetorical skills I gained, even as a graduate. I am grateful to God for placing me with the perfect parents who have always believed in my dreams and supported me in all my endeavors.

Dearest Mom and Dad, thank you for being a source of love, wisdom, and joy. Your desire to educate and raise me in a Christian and classical environment has been the cornerstone of my upbringing. I am thankful not only for the guidance you have provided me with but also for the friendship we share. You have inspired me to live my life as a servant of Christ and have given me an inextinguishable appreciation for human creativity.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate

LYDIA M.

Amanda and Brett M.
KY

I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend Classical Conversations these past twelve years. It has inspired my passion for reading, writing, and pursuing new goals. I have explored so many great classics and authors in Challenge, and so I have been inspired to read more good books. CC has given me an appreciation and passion for learning. A passion that I cannot lose to a career or whatever the future may hold.

Mama and Dad, you are the pride of my heart. You are my role models. Thank you for always having a significant presence in my life. I love you lots.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ALEXANDER M

ALEXANDER M.

Jasmine and David M.
WA

Born in Florida, raised in an active-duty Air Force family, oldest of eight, and the funniest of them all. Alex is planning to attend Eastern Washington University in the fall and get a degree in cyber security. He dreams of becoming a police officer and serving his community. Mathew 5:9:“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (ESV).

Thanks go to my parents. Dad, I appreciated all those push-ups. Mom, thank you for your love and compassion. You have raised me in the knowledge and grace of the Lord, and I am eternally grateful.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JAMES M. JR.

JAMES M. JR.

James and Lisa M.
NC

My name is James M. Jr., but everyone calls me Dell. I love hanging out with my family and my friends. I love sports. I enjoy watching all sports, and I love playing football. My years in Challenge have been challenging. I am extremely thankful and blessed that my parents chose to homeschool me. As a result, my life has been filled with wisdom, knowledge, faith, family, and friends. I plan to attend college in the fall and major in digital media or sports management.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MADELEINE M

MADELEINE M.

Ruth and James M.
OH

My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places . .
Isaiah 32:18 (KJV)

I am the daughter of James and Ruth M. and have one younger brother. My interests span a variety of activities, from drawing and hiking to nurturing my garden and spending quality time with my dog. However, reading is my preferred hobby, and Jane Austen’s Emma has been my favorite book for many years. I’ve been a CC community member for fourteen years, and this fall, I plan to attend Grove City College, where I’ll major in business analysis and minor in studio art. I look forward to the opportunities for growth and exploration that lie ahead!

Dear Mom and Dad, thank you for your unwavering love, guidance, and support. It has been the foundation of my life and education. Your sacrifices and dedication have paved the way for my growth and success, and l am endlessly grateful for the privilege of being your child! Love, Madeleine.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate KADEN N

KADEN N.

Brian and Elizabeth N.
FL

Kaden N. is an 18-year-old high school senior from Florida. Kaden lives his life in service to his Savior, Jesus, and the kingdom of God. Following God’s leading in his life, Kaden will attend the University of Central Florida to pursue a degree in computer science. There, he hopes to build the expertise required to provide for his soon-to-be wife, Veronica L., and, one day, their family.

My parents mean a lot to me. They have always kept my best interest in mind and have equipped me very well for a godly, successful life. Without their support and guidance, I certainly would not be where I am today.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SAYER N

SAYER N.

Nathan and Stephani N.
NC

I am the daughter of Nate and Stephani N. and the second oldest out of five siblings! I never thought I would see the day I graduate! I am thankful to my family and friends that have led me to the point where I am in life! Music has been an amazing part of my life. Growing up, I learned piano and violin, and when I became older, I started playing music around town, with my friends, or at church. Much of my time has also been spent creating floor plans or house designs, which I really enjoy doing! The CC community has given me a great foundation of thinking, responsiveness, and creativity. I’m excited to see what God has planned for my life and what path is in store for me!

To Mom and Dad: You guys have been such amazing, generous, kind, honest, loving, and gracious parents. I’ve always enjoyed our conversations and fun family moments. Thank you for everything you have done!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate NATHAN P

NATHAN P.

Amanda and David P.
SC

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it’s going on when you don’t have the strength
Theodore Roosevelt

I am the son of Amanda and David P., and I have two brothers and one sister. Each of them went through Challenge as well, so I am the last of the bunch. In my free time, I like to shoot competitively, read, and play video games. In the fall, I will begin classes at Piedmont Technical College and then transfer to Clemson University to get a degree in accounting.

Thank you for providing for me throughout my life, keeping me safe, and encouraging me to grow through my struggles. Momma, thank you for being my teacher at home and also my tutor in Challenge A and Challenge IV.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate HANNAH P

HANNAH P.

Jay and Caroline P.
MS

I am the daughter of Jay and Caroline P. In my free time, I enjoy baking, walking, playing the piano, and babysitting. As the daughter of a Navy chaplain, I have attended four different CC campuses in four different states during my eleven years of homeschooling. CC allowed me to meet some of my best friends. My favorite CC memory is dissecting animals in Challenge II, especially a pig, frog, and fish for biology. Because I relished translating sentences and reading stories from the past, my favorite CC Challenge strand was Latin. I plan to major in missions.

I would like to thank my parents and God for teaching me through a godly-centered homeschool education with CC. I am grateful for the way you point me to Christ in every decision in my life.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate RYAN P

RYAN P.

Christine and Aimey P.
OR

My name is Ryan P. I was born at a young age and could not walk or even talk for over a year. Even with a setback like that, I was able to learn many skills like cooking and baking, martial arts, and shooting. I enjoy developing the skills just mentioned, playing video games, building models of tanks and military jets, and playing airsoft.

Mom and Dad, thank you for taking care of me, raising me into who I am today, and giving me the opportunities to develop as a person and hone my skills. Now, this isn’t your first time watching your kid grow up and leave. You were fine last time, and you will be fine this time.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate LUKE P

LUKE P.

Ryan and Mandi P.
GA

I have been homeschooled my entire life. Theology was by far my favorite strand throughout all of the Challenge levels. I hope to attend the University of North Georgia. After college, I hope to earn a Master of Divinity and serve in ministry wherever God may call me. I also have an interest in potentially pursuing academic research in either Old Testament, New Testament, or historical theology. Other than the Lord and my parents, a few of my role models include John Calvin, John Knox, and R. C. Sproul. I am a huge Georgia football fan. I will always be grateful for the education and opportunities offered by Classical Conversations. I am especially grateful to my parents for choosing this path for me ever since I was little.

Thank you to my parents and the sacrifices you have made for me to receive this education. I will always look to you for examples of how to live a godly life. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for me. I love y’all so much.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate HUNTER P

HUNTER P.

Sherry and Ty P.
NC

Nothing comes into the life of a believer unless it has gone through the hands of a loving God
Randy Wood

I am the son of Ty and Sherry P. and have completed the Classical Conversations program in its entirety. I love playing guitar and listening to records. I’m becoming skilled at whip-cracking. I enjoy learning history, especially my family’s. I’m blessed to be part of a wonderful church that focuses on serving God. Comedy is a favorite pastime. I’m thankful for the friendships developed through the Classical Conversations program.

I appreciate you guiding me each step of the way and helping me become the person I am today. Thank you for giving all you have for me.

BENJAMIN P.

Brett and Lane P.
OH

I have many hobbies, quirks, and other little-known facts that make me a mystery, ready to be unraveled. I enjoy playing sports, particularly basketball, and I also play the piano. I listen to all kinds of music, from classical to hard rock, and even classical hard rock! I am just as varied in my main hobby, reading. You may find me enthralled in a deep theological piece one moment, then turn around to find me looking through a comic book the next. I have one brother, as well as a nine-year-old dog. I intend to attend college to study molecular biology, although I am not sure where I will end up, and I thank God for all the opportunities He has given me.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for all of the support, love, and drive to help me in my journey through life. I love you, and I cannot express how much you mean to me.

BRODY R.

Melissa R.
NC

From Legos to railroad tracks, I have always been interested in seeing how things are constructed and deconstructed. This has led me to a career path in the construction management field by first getting my electrical license. I thank God for giving me direction. I thank my mom for always supporting and loving me. I would also like to thank my grandmother for mentoring me and her playful spirit. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and local church. When I am not swimming, at the beach, or in the mountains, I am playing with my two dogs, Lulu and Lola. I hope to run my own electrical division someday and purchase a few investment properties in the next few years.

I am truly thankful for my mother and all she does for me. I am grateful for all the sacrifices and time she has made to have a Christian homeschool experience. Without my mom, none of this would be possible.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JACK R

JACK R.

Luke and Kaarin R.
IA

My name is Jack R. I am from a family of six, and we live in Iowa. I love Jesus, participating in our church, being physically active with basketball as well as many other activities, and spending time with the great people in my life. I am extremely thankful for my family, specifically my parents, as well as the friends whom God has given me. After graduation, I will take a gap year. I will be using this time to work in the family business doing finished carpentry while also, Lord willing, traveling to participate in a mission trip for a couple of months.

I love my parents a lot and am extremely grateful for all they have done for me. I am thankful for the way they raised me and showed me how to live, from my dad’s determination and ability to get things done to the love and kindness in my mother’s heart. Thanks, Mom and Dad.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate WYATT R

WYATT R.

Erick and Andrea R.
VA

History, science, and math stand as my favorite subjects and drive me to analyze life in a logical yet creative manner. I enjoy applying these concepts to other fields of study, which has unlocked my curiosity and fascination for knowledge and discussion both inside and outside of class. Outside of CC, I enjoy challenging myself physically and mentally. I have competed in a marathon, hiked in the Himalayan Mountains, and am completing the Eagle Scout rank to round out my Boy Scout career. CC has enabled me to think in a broad and open manner, push myself to do hard things, and strengthen my faith as a Christian, which I believe will be a major contribution to my future, regardless of where it takes me.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for choosing to homeschool me and for taking me on this journey through CC. My upbringing has led me to value hard work, laughter, family, and seeing life through a biblical lens. I will always cherish the deep conversations we have had, game nights (a.k.a. family fight nights), and not having to get up at 6 a.m. to catch the bus to go to school.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate MARY CLAIRE R

MARY CLAIRE R.

Sharla and Robert R.
NC

Language is my passion, ballroom dance is my escape, and the pursuit of human flourishing is my lifeblood. My mission is to bring the joy of remembrance to the world using the sacred practices of word, form, and song. I am utterly fascinated by what it means to be fully human and plan on using this curiosity to inform and inspire future storytelling as I pursue an English degree with a writing concentration at Covenant College. I am indescribably grateful for the sacrifices and dedication my parents have poured into me all my life, and I continue to be amazed by their love. Mom and Dad, as I embark on my next great adventure, know that I will strive to make you proud in everything I think, say, and do.

Respect, Obey, Serve, and Enjoy. These values aren’t just our family mantra but a rubric of how you trained me to live an honorable life worthy of my calling as a Christian woman. Mom and Dad, I may never truly know the depths of your love for me, but rest assured that I shall strive to embody such a wonderous gift as I seek to bless the world in my thoughts, actions, and deeds.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SOPHIA S

SOPHIA S.

Ruben and Leah S.
DE

I aspire to work for a nonprofit organization or think tank where I can research and advocate for communities. My ultimate goal is to follow God’s plan. I am so grateful for my loving family and dear friends who provide unwavering support and bring immense happiness to my life. My favorite CC memory is my class attending a Zoom Call with Emily Wilson (a renowned translator of the Iliad and Odyssey). My interests include reading, collecting books, dancing, playing the piano, walking my dog, and spending time with loved ones.

Dear Dad and Mom, thank you for all your encouragement, car rides, food, and love! I am so grateful to you both. Thank you so much for supporting me and looking out for me. I am going to miss you both a ton!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CALEB S

CALEB S.

Christopher and Mary S.
FL

Can’t believe we’ve come this far and / it feels just like getting started / [ . . . ] / Yeah, we’re on our way
MercyMe

I am the oldest of three children, and I have had the privilege of being homeschooled my whole life. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. I have been accepted to Southeastern University as an Odyssey student, where I will finish my AA. I have been a part of Classical Conversations for twelve years and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I am grateful for all the friends I have made along the way. I would like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me, through the late nights, the early mornings, the rough times, and the unclear times. Thank you.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for everything you’ve done for me, whether letting me drive to theater practice, going to hang out with friends, or helping me with schoolwork. I know I don’t say it enough, but thank you, and I love y’all.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ELIYANA S

ELIYANA S.

Joshua and Aimee S.
OH

They say a reader lives a thousand lives. Yet, if I had to choose between them, I would always choose mine. I am so grateful to have been homeschooled through Classical Conversations for the past ten years of my life. The friendships, love of learning, and spiritual growth that have come through CC have been a tremendous blessing in my life. In addition, I’ve been able to pursue my interests in filmmaking, horseback riding, and travel and have had the opportunity to be incredibly involved in serving my local church. I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my life, where I will be attending Boyce College and pursuing a degree in digital communications.

Mom and Dad, I’m so thankful for the biblical example that you have set for me and everything that you have invested into my life. You have poured wisdom, love, and a hardworking spirit into our family, and I couldn’t have had a better childhood. I love you so much, always and forever.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate LILLIAN S

LILLIAN S.

Darrin and Heather S.
VA

My favorite verse is Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (ESV). I am so blessed to have been educated at home, where I was surrounded by my greatest support group. Without my family and CC community, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Homeschooling has influenced me more than any other educational environment I could have been part of elsewhere. I am grateful for the choice my parents made for me the weekend before I was supposed to get on the bus for kindergarten. We couldn’t have known then what a blessing a classical Christian education was going to be in my life. Next step: pursuing a career in nursing.

Mom and Dad, I cannot say how much I appreciate the time and effort you have put into my education and raising me in a Christian home. I am here because of the sacrifices you have made for me. I thank God every day for you.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ZION S

ZION S.

Arthur and Nemie S.
NJ

What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes
James 4:14 (NIV)

After ten years in CC, I can’t believe I am graduating. I am filled with gratitude for my parents, Arthur and Nemie, my family, friends, and God for shaping me into who I am today. I find joy in dancing, singing, volunteering, cooking, watching movies, and public speaking. During my career in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, I have had the honor of becoming a National Champion and finalist in a handful of speech categories. This fall, I plan to major in biomedical sciences. Above all, my ultimate goal is to glorify God in all that I do. If I do that, I will consider my life fulfilled.

My parents are my twin pillars. Without them, I could not stand. They’ve been there to wipe every tear, cheer for me at every event, and sacrifice so much for me. Many people’s favorite superheroes are Captain America and Spiderman, but my favorite superheroes have always been Nemie and Arthur.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ELIJAH S

ELIJAH S.

Stanley and Stephanie S.
GA

My name is Elijah Will S., but on the basketball court, they call me Skinny. Currently, I am working at Chick-fil-A while contemplating my future career path. I have already accomplished a significant milestone by earning my high school diploma and an associate degree in interdisciplinary studies. My passion lies in art, and I’m also passionate about snowboarding. I enjoy activities like hiking, kayaking, and biking. I also indulge in my love of Star Wars, embracing my inner nerd with pride. Life is about cherishing memorable moments. I believe in staying true to myself and embracing my individuality. As graduation approaches, I am ready to carve my path, armed with determination and a spirit of authenticity.

It is with thanks to you, my beloved parents, that my years of childhood have come to flourish into the beautiful bouquet that is adulthood. You will forever abide within the depths of my heart.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ELLA S

ELLA S.

Anna and Walter S.
NJ

Born in Minnesota and raised in New Jersey, I have many passions. I crochet, draw, and create music regularly. I am a tutor at RCSJ and a worship volunteer at my church. Classical Conversations has taught me so many things that have helped me in my seven semesters’ worth of college studies. I have created lasting friendships that I cherish through CC. Thank you, Sewell community, and thank you to my parents for enrolling me! I love you all!

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the guidance and encouragement you have brought me in my years of CC. Thank you for the exposure to excellent leadership and teaching. I have learned so much because of your willingness to enroll me in such a good program. I love you!!! 🙂

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SOPHIE S

SOPHIE S.

Jennifer and Colin S.
CA

Ciao. Ahoj. Привет! Maria says the beginning is a very good place to start, so: my first glimpse of the world was in Bryn Mawr, PA, and I can’t say what my last glimpse will be yet, but I’m hoping somewhere in between to feast my eyes on Prague’s hundred spires, the wild apple trees of Nizhny Novgorod, and the crumbling walls of the Roman Colosseum. I aspire to write prose like Amor Towles, poetry like Longfellow, and songs like Brandi Carlile. I am the proud owner of a ponytail palm named Felicia and am also a self-studying linguist desperately trying to rectify her current monolingual state. More thanks than words can express to my parents and friends. In the fall, I intend to study English at Grove City College.

Mom and Dad, I’m graduating! It worked! Thank you for loving me enough to make me do hard things and encouraging me to seek the truth, especially when it cost me. I love you much.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate KAILYN S

KAILYN S.

Jared and Nichole S.
SC

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.
—Mary Poppins

I am a hardworking and dedicated musician and student who enjoys time spent writing, traveling, horseback riding, weightlifting, being outdoors, and farm work. With the love and support of family and friends and the preparation received through twelve vigorous years of CC, I have been fully equipped in my journey toward success. I have committed twelve years to studying viola while in symphony, church band, quartet, and competitions, including South Carolina’s All-State Orchestra. I plan to further my pursuit as I attend Charleston Southern for Music Education in the fall of 2024.

My parents have directed me through every obstacle with gentle, loving, and wise guidance. Most importantly, they have led me with a biblical moral standard and have provided me with the tools for establishing a firm foundation in the Lord on my own. They trust me enough to let me experience defeat and to let me succeed independently while never failing to be there for me. I love you guys more than words. Never forget that.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate REBECCA T

REBECCA T.

Elizabeth and David T.
NJ

I have been homeschooled for twelve years. During this time, I have enjoyed hobbies, built relationships, and grown as a person. I studied the flute, pursued horseback riding, engaged in theater, and built my skills as a singer. Homeschooling has also provided me with deep, God-centered friendships that I hope to take with me for many years. Most importantly, I have grown as a person through deepening my personal relationship with God. One of my favorite parts of homeschooling has been participating in my New Jersey-based co-op, Faith Center for the Arts, where I have acquired most of my music and theater experience, as well as many of my closest friendships. I am immensely grateful to my parents and God for providing me with a great childhood.

Thank you, Mom, for quitting work twenty years ago to homeschool; thank you for this million-dollar education. This sacrifice does not go unnoticed, and I believe I have benefited more from homeschooling than I would have from a million dollars. Thank you, Dad, for always being a spiritual beacon and support. Our Bible studies at night have been just as nourishing to my soul as homeschooling has been to my education and character.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate AUDEA T

AUDEA T.

Karina and Caleb T., Rachel T.
KY

I always keep myself busy. Whether it’s a part-time job, national league volleyball, college courses, internship assignments, or regular schoolwork, I have always strived to put in maximum effort. “Be better than your best,” my dad has often said, and although I certainly fail, I endeavor to this end. After a gap year that I hope is full of growth—both financial and personal—I will send myself off to college, where I hope to become an economics major. I am so grateful for so many of my family, friends, and other special people in my life for helping me along. I truly believe God put each one of them in my life for a reason. I can’t wait to move into this new chapter of my life.

Throughout my life, my parents have supported me. Each one of them has made many sacrifices in order to better help me toward a successful and happy future. I really appreciate the incredible amount of time, energy, and finances that went into making me the person I am today.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate LYDIA V

LYDIA V.

Grant and Rachel V.
TX

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
—Psalms 27:1 (NIV)

I have spent my high school years teaching children in church, serving on the yearbook staff, participating in 4-H, riding horses, competing in archery, playing piano, and working as a ranch hand. I have been a Classical Conversations student since the age of four, and I am thankful for the opportunities it has given me. I plan to attend Victoria College in Victoria, Texas, with the intention of eventually pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. My relationship with Christ has guided my life, and I am eager to see the plans He has for me.

I am grateful for how dedicated my parents have been to giving my sister and me a Christ-centered education. The opportunity to be homeschooled has helped shape me into who I am today. I have been blessed with parents who have devoted the past eighteen years to giving me a well-rounded education, as well as guiding me through every step of my life.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ZAKEAUS V

ZAKEAUS V.

Sarah and Shane V.
OR

I am passionate about finances and mechanical design. I love to always improve upon what I know and the skills I have. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me, God willing.

I want to thank you both for the love and support. For the times I didn’t always listen to your words of wisdom but you still let me find out for myself and held me when I needed you, I will always appreciate you!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ALANA W

ALANA W.

Melissa and Keith W.
NC

Any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
—Homer, The Iliad

I am the daughter of Keith and Melissa W., and I have two younger siblings. I enjoy playing softball, fishing, reading, and listening to music. Over the last few years, I have discovered a love for learning about human anatomy. In order to continue to learn more about this topic at a higher level, I will be attending North Carolina Wesleyan University in the fall to pursue a degree in biomedical science while also playing on the university’s softball team. With this degree, I hope to further my journey toward becoming a medical examiner.

My parents have guided me through life and school by teaching me to be disciplined, responsible, kind to others, and follow my own path. They have taught me that I don’t need to do something just because everyone else is doing it, and for that, I am incredibly thankful. My parents, through their own actions and words, have taught me what it means to be loving and respectful. Without these lessons, I do not think I would be the person I am today.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate VIRGINIA W

VIRGINIA W.

Jacob and Sara W.
VA

Life is tricky. This broken world will lie to you and tell you that you make your own purpose in life. But because of CC, I have been equipped with the tools for thinking and pursuing truth. My goal in life is to use these tools and the gifts that I have been given to glorify God. According to the New City Catechism, our only hope in life and death is that we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ. In simpler terms, our only hope is that we are God’s handiwork, and because of this, we have the obligation to glorify Him. This is my only hope. This is my only purpose.

I want to thank my mom for enrolling me in this program and for doing everything to make it possible for me to have this level of education. And I want to thank my dad for always being there to talk theology. But I want to thank both of them for listening and encouraging my curiosity.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CODY W

CODY W.

Joseph and Brandi W.
NC

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning
C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I am the son of Joseph and Brandi W. and the older brother of Tyler. I am competitive and love all things sports, especially cheering on the Tarheels and Cowboys. I also have a passion for politics and debate. I played high school basketball and served as a page for the North Carolina Senate. I plan to continue working at Chick-fil-A and taking online classes. Eventually, I would like to attend Liberty University, where I will continue my academic journey.

Through Classical Conversations, I have met many lifelong friends and learned under fabulous tutors, especially Mrs. Kelli W. I cannot thank my parents enough for all they have done for me and my friends for always being there. Last, I want to thank my Lord and Savior for always keeping my faith strong.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate CHRISTOPHER “ASHER” W

CHRISTOPHER “ASHER” W.

Chris and AnneMarie W.
KY

Science. Invention. Backpacking. Mountain biking. Exploring nature. Acting. Singing. Dancing. And laughing late at night with my family . . . man, do these things make me smile! Some of my aspirations include someday playing with a symphony, composing new music, inventing and building fantastical machines, and doing ministry around the world. It is my prayer that my life would reflect Christ so much that others would decide to know and serve Him, too. I am grateful that God led my parents to homeschool me because it provided the opportunity to seek God’s face and find Him daily. Having deep conversations with my parents and sister has tremendously impacted my spiritual life. This is a gift that I wouldn’t trade for anything!

To my beloved Mama and Daddy: You are truly the salt of the earth. Your heart, devotion, and obedience to Jesus are invaluable. It’s contagious! I cannot imagine who I would be today without the love, accountability, wisdom, and example that you both have shared with me, and thus, I am beyond thankful.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate LILIANA W

LILIANA W.

Scott and Jennifer W.
NC

Here’s to the fools who dream, foolish as they may seem.
—La La Land

If I were to summarize the greatest lesson I have learned from being in Classical Conversations for thirteen years of my finite existence, it is that questions make more dreams possibilities than answers do. So, I plan to study philosophy. All the while, I’ll see what calling the Lord provides as I perform in theater and voice, write imaginary stories, and hone my debate skills by arguing that cereal is a salad. No matter what happens, I will always love pho soup. This message would not be possible without my sponsors: the grace of God and the unrelenting support of my family.

Darling Mom and Dad, you did a good job raising me. After all, I know the Five Common Topics and enough Shakespeare quotes to cruise through every situation. I do love you more than words can wield the matter. (That’s from King Lear.)

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ALINE W

ALINE W.

Brian and Laurel W.
AZ

I have been accepted to Covenant College, where I will be studying engineering and art history. I enjoy taking things apart to learn what makes things tick. This is evident in my life when I build new designs for VRC robotics competitions, analyze a new move in jujitsu, and paint my observation of the shapes and colors that make up God’s wonderful creation. Classical Conversations has played a crucial role in developing my love for art, history, science, culture, and most importantly, God.

My parents poured their heart and soul into my education, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate SHANE W

SHANE W.

Stacey Ann G.-H. and Sean H.
NY

My name is Shane W. I’m a Christian homeschooler. I am also a loving son and the oldest of my siblings. My favorite extracurricular activities are youth night at church, martial arts, and basketball. I am grateful that homeschooling taught me to focus on strengths and build on weaknesses. Throughout my homeschooling journey, I have learned patience and to wait on God’s timing. I would like to thank my parents, family, and tutors for guiding me through high school. Mental health matters to me. My future endeavors entail becoming a social worker. As a social worker, I can help families live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

My mother has taught me to build a deep relationship with God. My siblings have taught me what unconditional love is. My dad has taught me to stay on the right path.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ADEN W

ADEN W.

Eric and Amanda.
IA

I am the son of Eric and Amanda W., and I have two brothers and two sisters. I am part of the first CC graduating class in our area, and I started CC when I was 4. I have developed some of my closest friendships in Classical Conversations. Although I’ve experienced many trials in my life, God has grown me and taught me to lean on Him for everything. In the Epistle of James, I cling to the verses that remind me of trials producing endurance so that I may be completely mature in Christ, lacking nothing. I feel closest to God when I’m climbing mountains in Colorado, and I am inspired to attend Iowa State University to study architecture.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for being the best parents I could have ever asked for. Thank you for supporting me and for walking through life’s trials with me. I truly consider your wisdom an inspiration. I love you!

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate ALEXANDRA W

ALEXANDRA W.

Susan and Dion W.
NC

You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read
John F. MacArthur

Allie W. is the daughter of Dion and Susan W. and has two sisters, the oldest, Reagan, and the youngest, Sydney. She loves the beach, music, traveling, and her dog Boomer. Allie has attended Classical Conversations since second grade and most recently spent time abroad in Spain playing semi-pro soccer and continuing her education. Starting in the fall, she will attend Presbyterian College to play Division 1 soccer and plans on studying computer science and business. She plans to continue in soccer, go on to law school, and pursue business and entrepreneurship.

My parents have always supported and encouraged me through every obstacle and opportunity I have been faced with. Their influence has made me who I am today, not only as a student or as an athlete but, most importantly, as a follower of Christ. As I go into this next chapter of my life, I will continue to be proud of who I am and what I believe, and I know that as long as I’m doing exactly that, I will always have your support. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the smiles, car rides, soccer practices, and countless memories.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate JOHNATHAN W

JOHNATHAN W.

Ken and Kelli W.
NC

The middle child of three, I am the son of Ken and Kelli W. of North Carolina. Growing up as a “CC lifer,” I graduate with a storehouse of memories: My Body project posters, a million presentations (like Teddy Roosevelt for Faces of History), science fair projects that produced a fridge full of pickles, and Julius Caesar cupcakes (with edible blood) to celebrate the study of Shakespeare. I am blessed to graduate alongside six of my best friends in my Challenge IV class. An avid golfer and photographer, I plan to take a gap year after graduation while working as an auto mechanic. Be assured, however, that I will continue to read C. S. Lewis on my breaks.

I am grateful to my mom and dad for their unwavering love, support, and sacrifice throughout my homeschool journey.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate

ANDREW W.

Laura and Heath W.
NC

I believe that joy is a choice, life is a gift, and God is the goal. I am the child of a military family where inconsistency and change are the norm, but it’s given me opportunities I barely could’ve dreamed of otherwise. My friends and family mean the world to me, and I wouldn’t give them up for anything. I currently dream of pursuing success as an instrumentalist, but God alone knows His plans for me, and I’m all too happy to follow along. Finally, I’d like to share a little wisdom: If there is a question, ask. If there is a door, open it. If there is a path, walk it. And with everything you do, do it knowing that you will look back in satisfaction rather than regret.

You’ve always believed in and supported me through everything I do, always encouraging me to do more than I was. You’ve shared wisdom and knowledge with me that has shaped my understanding of the world. But most importantly, you’ve loved me every moment of every day since before I was born.

Classical Conversations 2024 Graduate

LEIAH Z.

Nicholas and Yazbet Z.
SC

I am thankful that Mom and Dad decided to homeschool me. I have had the opportunity to be homeschooled since the age of three and have always participated in the Classical Conversations program. Classical Conversations has helped me improve my writing, reasoning, mathematical skills, public speaking, and much more. I enjoy playing video games and spending time with my cats. I pray that God continues to guide my path as I pursue my academic and life interests. I plan to study biology and possibly get into botany. One of my favorite Bible verses is John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Dear Mom and Dad, thank you for loving me through my highs and my lows, for teaching me about the Lord, and for allowing me to learn about Him and to further grow my relationship with you and Him. Thank you for all you have provided and all you have done and continue to do. I wish I could express it better and find the right words, but there are just not enough words to show you my love and appreciation. Thank you for everything. I love you.

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