Classical Conversations 2022 Graduates

Classical Conversations
Graduates 2022

Graduates by last name

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Nathanael A.

Jeremy and Angela A.
NC
Amick Adventure Academy

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
― Isaiah 41:10

I am the son of Jeremy and Angela A., and I have six siblings. I serve in children’s ministry at my church and play the keyboard for our student band. I love drawing, debate, and reading. My favorite CC memory is graduating with some of the friends I met in my very first Foundations class twelve years ago. I plan to study engineering next year to become an architectural engineer and be an intern for a ministry working with families affected by a special need or disability.

Alexandra B.

James and Sherill B.
NJ
Sovereign Grace Academy

I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them
— Andy Bernard

I want to thank my parents for enrolling me in Challenge I four years ago. Even though I constantly complained about the workload and did not want to memorize the Latin fourth declension, I really appreciate everything Classical Conversations has taught me through the years. Once I learned how to time manage all my assignments, I could make time for doing the things I love, like playing guitar, singing, watching The Office, and skateboarding. I am so grateful for the life lessons I’ve learned, the classmates that quickly became friends, and the opportunities to grow academically and spiritually. Peace out, CC, hello RCGC (Rowan College Gloucester County)!

Lena B.

Richard and Yvonne B.
NC
Germania Schule

With the future unknown, I have only the past to guide me, whether it is my own life behind me or that of the long-ago legends living in history. Riding a horse, I’ll charge to victory, pierce my foes with my pen, play my clarinet in victory, and hug my dog in the end. Failures are commonplace, so are tears and cries, but God will carry me through, unto the future where great things unfold, stories yet to be told, adventuring like the brave and bold. Through my homelands, I will travel. American history, full of the victories of liberty, will inspire me. Yet the ancient stories of Germany lure me back to Europe. I will love God and make Him known no matter where I go.

Ryan B.

Caspar and Colleen B.
FL

My life had been consistent and simple, having friends when I needed them around the corner. Then, at the end of my 6th grade school year, my father received a job offer in Saint Petersburg, Florida. God decided to prepare a different life for me., This change made me restart —finding friends and finding my place in this thing called life. Following a couple of rough years, I eventually found my place and settled to where now I have the most important friends around me who are there whenever I need them. And for the last six and a half years, I was gifted a brilliant, fantastic, God-loving Director, Mrs. Kristina Y. After high school, I plan to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida.

Samuel B.

Tad and Sherry B.
MI
Lake Point Academy

I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and enjoy all the activities of lake living. Two of my favorite subjects are history and geography. My travels have taken me to forty-seven states, over one hundred national parks and historic sites, seventeen presidential libraries and museums, Stonehenge, Shakespeare’s Theatre, and Buckingham Palace. From these travels, and my Classical Conversations experience, my worldview and ability to engage in conversation and debate have been significantly impacted. I enjoy working with my hands and, currently, plan to pursue a career in construction while also taking a few college credits each semester. My future goal includes growing my part-time business, Seldom Rest Home Services, offering lawn care and snow removal.

Kinley B.

Merrill and Janna B.
CA
Woodmere Classical Academy

Call me Kinley. Like the mountain, but without the ‘Mt.’ and the ‘Mc.’ I am the oldest, not the tallest, of five children. This means I am often required to put on a mature and responsible front for the public. I play piano, fumble with my blue guitar, take and teach art, indulge in writing, burn rubber in Suzi-Q, love to travel, and enjoy keeping a dangerously tall, twenty story tower of books above my bed. I attempt to make every day memorable (ironically documenting all the memorable things so that I don’t forget them). In the future, I intend to continue collecting memories and want to view each day as an above-average gift, a smorgasbord of opportunities, and a humbling place of new mercies.

Hannah B.

Jonathan and Rebecca B.
NC
Independent Home School

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.
— Robert Collier

Swim little fishy is what my mama always says. Growing up by the beach in Australia, I was bullied and teased for my learning disabilities. When we moved to America and decided to home school, I began to shine and become who I am today. I have struggled but never given up, to learn and to overcome. I became a competitive swimmer, and swimming against the tide is my thing. I am thankful for my family for supporting me in my journey as an athlete and the difficulties faced in learning. I am thankful to God for His faithfulness in my life. I have accepted an academic and athletic scholarship to swim for Bethel University in Tennessee.

Aspen (AJ) B.

Nathan and Leah B.
OH
Fidelis Classical Academy

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aspen (AJ) is blessed to have been homeschooled with Classical Conversations for the entire duration of his education. Outside of academics, he enjoys theology, ultimate frisbee, reading, the outdoors, being a part of Trail Life USA, and trying stupid ideas. However, he values the relationships that he is privileged to hold most of all. He plans on attending a trade school to further his talents working with his hands in the future. AJ is incredibly grateful for all the support, love, and encouragement of friends and family and for all the gifts that God has given him. To God be all glory forever and ever.

Paige C.

Matt and Sarah C.
OH
Clippinger Girls Academy

Secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
— 1 Corinthians 7:35

As a young girl, I always dreamed of becoming a nurse because I love to help others. I am proud to announce that I will be attending Cedarville University to study Nursing this fall. Classical Conversations has equipped me for this transition since Abecedarians, and I am thankful my parents had the courage to guide me. I look forward to building upon the foundation of leadership CC has instilled, knowing God, and making Him known. “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” -Revelation 22:21

Chloe C.

Dustin and Gretchen C.
OH
The Coss Academy

Art and swimming are just a few of my passions. If you do not find me drawing, painting, or creating something, then you will likely find me at a pool, chatting with my friends, or playing with my two dogs. After graduation, I plan to invest in a gap year filled with opportunities to narrow my interests towards a career path. Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Emma C.

Darrel and Susannah C.
VA
Cox Homeschool

A middle child in a large and loving family, I consider myself first a follower of God and second a writer of stories; and each role informs the other as I grow. Homeschooled all my life, I closely hold the values I’ve learned (and am learning still), including love, honesty, integrity, and the lifelong search for truth. I made some of my best friends in CC and intend to stay connected with them through college and onwards. Patrick Henry (VA) is the college of my dreams, and being accepted, I plan to go in hopes of gaining more knowledge, more character – perhaps even more lifelong friends.

Scott C.

Scott and Sharon C.
OH
Cross Classical Homeschool

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”
—William Shakespeare

I have been homeschooled my entire life and part of CC for the past ten years. My favorite experiences have been debate, mock trial, and presentations. I remember with special emphasis this year’s Odyssey recitation with my peers. Utilizing a stool constructed the night before from cardboard and duct tape, which turned the recitation to comedy after a butchering, leaving everyone laughing. My time has been spent on piano and weekly woodcarving with the Roundtable Woodcarvers since I was 9. I have altar served for the past nine years and currently hold the title and responsibilities of Master of Ceremonies at my church. I enjoy watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy annually, listening to conservative political podcasts, and reading Jordan Peterson. I will attend college with a dual major in political science and music in the fall.

Nathan D.

Ruben and Andreza D.
SC
Grace Christian Academy

Trains are my passion, and details are my livelihood. I am the child of Rev. Ruben and Andreza D. I have a younger brother and sister. I regularly volunteer at church and love piano, computers, and cars. I will be attending Georgia Southern University and plan to study mechanical engineering with a minor in music and hope to obtain a master’s degree.

Jake E.

Charles and Rachael E.
NJ
Engle School of Excellence

Jake E. is the son of Charles and Rachael E. Jake is an Eagle Scout. He learned Spanish recently while living in Panamá for two years with his family. Jake won a scholarship & trip to D.C. after winning the Voices of Democracy writing contest. He enjoys investing in the stock market, playing piano, surfing, snowboarding & unicycling. Jake’s favorite CC memories are the people from the different communities he’s been a part of. This fall, Jake will begin a 2-year mission trip, following his brother’s footsteps.

Ivanhoe E.

Ivanhoe E.
Martha M.
NJ

*record scratch* *freeze frame* Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. Well, it’s a long story so let me start in the beginning. My parents raised me as the oldest son of our family. I have four younger sisters, each with a unique personality. I started school in public school up to the sixth grade, where I then was, by God’s grace, homeschooled in seventh grade. I started CC in eighth grade, and it was all uphill from there. I made lots of friends and discovered my hobbies of videography, photography, and cardistry. I have learned so much these last few years, and I can’t believe I’m already graduating from the Challenge program. I give God all the glory for everything.

Davian G.

David and Adriane G.
FL

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
—Proverbs 13:3

CC and baseball have been the training grounds for my life so far. I thank my parents for their sacrifice to provide the tools that bring success. I have learned that there is no substitute for hard work and working harder than everyone else is the only way to rise above the competition. CC has fostered learning and spiritual development. My favorite CC memories are challenging debates. Those debates sparked motivation to discover truth and to find a higher purpose. I anticipate a super senior year for speech and debate, developing workplace skills, and pursuing baseball through college. I will continue to seek truth, grow in faith, and not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.

Claire G.

Chris and Heather G.
OH
Next Level Classical Academy

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

I am the daughter of Chris and Heather G. and have one sister, five cats, a dog, and an aquarium full of fish. Along with academic learning, I enjoy all types of dancing, playing piano, swimming, golfing, and spending time with friends and family. I will be eternally grateful for the friendships I have built through CC, the time and energy my parents have poured into my schooling, and the friends and family who have walked alongside me to encourage me to become the person I am today. My passion is helping people, and I am determined to fulfill that passion by pursuing a career in medicine at one of the six schools’ honors programs into which I have been accepted.

Nora G.

Kevin and Alaina G.
MD
Gray Classical Homeschool

You might find me taking care of my two horses Lil’ Guy and Savvy or competing Savvy at horse trials in my free time. I may be reading novels, spending time with my family, being active outside, lifeguarding at Maxwell Air Force Base, spending time with Christian and his family, or volunteering at a therapeutic riding center. My dream is to work with animals. In the fall of 2022, I will attend Berry College in Rome, GA, to study Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary concentration. My favorite Classical Conversations event was Mock Trial. I am thankful for the opportunity to homeschool, the deep relationships I formed with my Classical Conversations directors and classmates, and the Christian example of my parents.

Finley G.

Brandon and Tracy G.
TX
Myers Academy

“The lesson I’ve learned the most often in life is that you’re always going to know more in the future than you know now.”
—Taylor Swift

I am thankful for the friends that I made during my time in Classical Conversations, the memories that we share, and I am excited to start the next chapter.

Grace G.

Bill and Rennise G.
CA
Grace Classical Academy

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
—Leonardo Da Vinci

When my mom excitedly presented this quote to me as we began our homeschooling journey nine years ago, I was already exhausted! I strongly disagreed and was apprehensive about the path ahead. As the years passed, I started to develop an understanding of what this quote meant. The subjects I began to study through CC opened new doors of learning and gave me the strength and joy to pursue my education which I never thought I would experience. Looking forward, I plan to take these classical learning tools and apply them to Foothill Junior College in the fall. I hope to be accepted into the Vet Tech program in the following years. I am forever thankful to God for guiding my mom to CC and showing me How to know God and make Him known. To God be the Glory!

Carter H.

Brian and Jillian H.
VA
Living Grace Academy

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
—C.S. Lewis

I strive to be a renaissance man and enjoy learning about many different things in my spare time. I love snowboarding, the mountains, Chick-fil-A sauce, and country music, but I would define myself as a hot mess sold out for Christ. I am going to Liberty University as a finance major, but I may have chosen philosophy if I was quite honest.

Savannah H.

Brian and Lucinda H.
NJ
Hamilton Academy

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
—James 1:2-4

I want to thank God, my parents, and my friends and family for molding me into the person I am today. While concluding this chapter is bittersweet, I am thrilled to see what the Lord has in store.

Christian H.

Michael and Jennifer H.
AL
SeaSide Academy

As a military brat, I have been alive fewer years than the number of times I’ve moved. However, this hasn’t been all bad. I’ve learned the importance of friends that turn into family and that no matter what situation you’re in, there is a lesson to be learned from it. Since I’ve grown up in many homes and states, I have been given opportunities that would normally pass by the average person. I have made relationships that can only be described as a blessing. My parents have all my thanks for supporting me in whatever situation I may be going through. Thank you for homeschooling me and allowing me to grow up in the house that I did. Because of them, I am going the pre-med route at Berry College.

Ayliana (Ayli) H.

Stevan and Paola H.
CA
Gallant Fox Academy

I am the oldest of four siblings. I love all things nature, especially the ocean. Surfing often with friends and family at the beaches where I live brings me joy. Some of my other hobbies include reading and baking. Swimming is also a big part of my life, and I plan to swim on my college team. I play the violin and piano as a musician, and I plan to continue playing music until I die. I’m grateful to have met many friends through CC. I look forward to what God has in store for our futures.

Garret H.

Bryon and Angela H.
PA
Rippling Brook Christian Academy

“Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision and engrave it plainly on tablets so that the one who reads it will run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait for it, because it will certainly come; it will not delay.”
—Habakkuk 2:2-3

I am the son of Bryon and Angela H. and brother to Connor. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized at an early age. God has given me a heart for serving others and a passion for the arts. I enjoy playing the drums and teaching Kung-fu and have earned my 2nd-degree black belt. I thank God and my family for loving and believing in me.

Karl K.

Gigi K.
FL

To everyone who has guided me this far, I’m grateful. I’m thankful for my mom and sister’s dedication and investment from members of my CC community too. I have a passion for art, especially film. I’m glad to have attended CC for the in-depth conversations in class. Additionally, I’m thankful for the freedom that accompanied the structure and allowed me the chance to make a short film with my friends across the state. One day I hope to be able to become a director. I’m not quite sure where that path will take me, but I’m eager to walk down it.

Christian K.

Jaison and Elizabeth K.
NY
Kurian Academy

I would like to recognize the exceptional friends that I encountered while at CC over the years, which motivated me to persevere through the Challenge program. I am grateful for the tutors, including Mrs. August, who abounds in wisdom, virtue, coolness and spends time skiing with her remarkable students. I am thankful for my parents, who placed me in CC and sacrificially drove countless miles to and from community. Most importantly, I would like to acknowledge God’s unmistakable role in my life and for blessing me with the opportunity to follow a curriculum that is heavenly-minded. In all things, remember that God is “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you”— Rick Astley

Janae L.

Robert and Kristen L.
FL
Lassiter Learning Academy

“Be still and know that I am God”
—Psalm 46:10

I don’t know where God will take me through this life, but I know it will be a life of which I will cherish every minute. Psychology is the field of study I’m interested in pursuing. I am currently working toward a career as a counselor or therapist. I also love theology and am passionate about pursuing God and understanding His word. Maybe one day, God will place me in a position to use this passion to teach others. For now, I seek to walk in wisdom and humility, be pure of heart and have a life worthy of the Lord. All the years spent in CC and the people who have cultivated the person I am today are a blessing to me.

Isaac L.

Roger and Rose L.
VA
Lauck Homeschool

Isaac is the youngest of three siblings, all of whom graduated from their family homeschool as members of Classical Conversations. Isaac works part-time at Fellowship Bible Church in Winchester, VA. He loves learning about history and collecting flags from around the world. He enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and bike riding.

Jackson L.

Shane and Deirdre L.
VA

Follow your passion…, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that.
—Ellen DeGeneres

I have gone through all levels of CC and Challenge programs. I do light volunteer work and am an active member of my local Bible study. I enjoy movies and TV shows, and I’ve been told I have good taste in music. I cook and enjoy good food, like antiques and old machinery, and think Star Wars is overhyped. I enjoy playing rugby, hiking, playing games, and hanging out with my dogs.

Virginia (Ginny) L.

Shane and Deirdre L.
VA
Long Institute

“Don’t sit and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”.
—Madam CJ Walker

I am genuinely excited about my years ahead in college. I have signed to play Division 2 soccer in South Carolina. I plan on majoring in communications or becoming a doctor.

Jacob M.

Ben and Christina M.
MO

I have always been determined. I never give up. I am the oldest of five kids. I have spent some of my time in public school and as a homeschool student. I plan to further my education in computer programing. I love gaming and see a future as a professional gamer.

Ian M.

Coy and Michelle M.
FL
Malone Whole Education

I am growing towards the Son, a sprout in the dirt. By the warmth of His light, I am cultivated. There have been seasons aplenty, many falls, and many winters. But the Son has always stood overhead in the blue vaults of the sky. Brambles will often creep towards me, but what good is there in fear? The Son will burn the brambles every time they come. Soon I will become a full-grown tree, body twisted with the wears of life. And then my leaves will be ever closer to the mighty Light in the sky. So, heed my growth well and teach it to your own. Let my growth be an example to generations to come.

Alicia M.

Maria M.
OH
River of Light Academy

My life has been a miraculous journey beginning in an orphanage in Donetsk, Ukraine, and being adopted at sixteen months old. Thanks be to God that my birth mother chose life. My parents and eight brothers and sisters have loved me, and I have overcome many disabilities due to my birth mother’s alcoholism. Home education has afforded me the gift of the world being my classroom. I know I would not be the confident and joyful young woman I am today had my mother not answered the call to home educate me. Classical Conversations allowed me to be part of a true learning community and make my closest friends who also happen to be adopted. Truth, beauty, and goodness and making God known to all— how blessed I have been. God’s plan is beautiful.

W. Hall M.

W. Clay and Timalynn M.
CO
Matthews Classical

Through the Challenge Program, my high school education has given me the freedom to explore my passions and the confidence to master them. Fishing, photography, and soccer fill my cup. Fishing in tournament competitions with my Dad, earning my Eagle Scout Rank, profiting from my photography passions, and leading as the soccer team captain are the highlights of my high school career. If I could share just one simple message with the world, it would be: attitude is everything. In all circumstances, a happy heart can make or break any situation. In every part of life, choose Christ, choose happiness. While pursuing a Business Management Degree in the Honors College at Montana State University, I look forward to exploring a new fishery, expanding my photography business, and meeting new friends.

Hazel (Rosie) M.

Rachel M.
FL
McCarty Academy

I was born in the countryside of Ocala, Florida. I like to travel and learn foreign languages.

Naomi M.

Matthew and Rosie M.
KY
Victory Academy of Classical Arts

My favorite subjects in CC are anatomy, government, economics, writing, and most of all, debate. My favorite reading picks are C.S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, and anything philosophy. I enjoy participating in church activities like the Worship Team and outreach planning. I am working through an aviation course that will prepare me to take the Federal Aviation Administration Exam outside of my studies. I have been accepted and plan to attend Bob Jones University to study Aviation in preparation for my career as a mission pilot. I sincerely thank my parents, Matthew and Rosalva, my family, friends, and mentors for their integral part in educating me.

Hannah M.

David and Nina M.
CA
Arrows Academy

As a student and a young woman who strives after God’s heart, one of my goals is to be a student in the world but not of the world. From my passion for singing to my hobby of staff spinning, my goal is to remain a student of God, constantly learning. CC has been the road I’ve walked for the past eleven years, and for the next four, I’m going to pursue a liberal arts education at Providence Christian College.

Lillian M.

Teamon and Leslie M.
NC
Sola Gratia Christian School

Throughout my teen years, I have enjoyed various forms of the arts. In particular, playing worship music and participating in Christian musical theater has significantly impacted my life. I have been accepted and plan to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, in the fall.

Elliott M.

Aaron and Sarah M.
Ga
Hope Academy

I have thoroughly enjoyed dedicating my time to playing football and wrestling at Cherokee Christian School throughout my Challenge experience. One of my most challenging yet rewarding accomplishments was earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Following a gap year, I plan to study Criminal Justice, attend law school, and pursue a political career.

Ashley N.

Donald and Susan N.
NC
Norman Adventure Academy

“…A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance….”
—Ecclesiastes 3:4

Brooke N.

Donald and Susan N.
NC
Norman Adventure Academy

I am quite the busybody now that my Challenge experience is wrapping up, juggling a job as a closing manager at Jimmy Johns, a full course load of college classes, a social life, and my hobbies of film photography and crocheting. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been homeschooled for nine years and grow as a person in the society my parents introduced me to. I’m looking forward to my future career opportunities and hope to become an art teacher.

Corin O.

Joseph and Carrie O.
NC
Canterbury Royal Academy

“I was honored today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs, and pieces of dead cat thrown at me.”
—George Whitefield

I’m the second eldest in a family with 15 kids (for now), so I’ve probably had a different set of priorities and opportunities than most, and I’m thankful to God and my parents for providing those. I believe that we’re at our best when we do what we can to improve things, even if we don’t perceive an obvious benefit from doing so. I want to pursue a career in creating, building, and improving people, organizations, or physical structures. And, of course, I’m always up for a debate.

Annalise P.

Charles and Rosemary P.
IL
Heart for God Academy

“My goal is to not wake up at 40 with the bitter realization that I’ve wasted my life in a job I hate, because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens.”
—Daria Morgendorffer

I want to express gratitude to my parents for guiding me through my homeschooling journey and providing more than I could ever list. I love music, and my goal is to pursue any opportunity available in it, hopefully as a musician.

Lilianna (Lily) P.

Obed and Megan P.
AL
Perez Academy

I am the eldest of three sisters. My goals are to A: never quit what I want to achieve, and B: don’t let the fears and insecurities stop me from doing what I love.

Cassidy P.

Amy P.

I was born in Florida and wouldn’t wish to be anywhere else. I love the beach, sun, and sand! I have found my passion in helping others and hope to teach one day wherever and whatever that may be. I hope to spend my summer serving on staff at a camp and possibly spend the following year interning there. Wherever I do end up, I know that God has a purpose for me in that place. And I am so thankful for the CC experience that taught me to hold the ultimate truth tightly, to voice my beliefs confidently and independently in a world where true, beautiful, and good morals are uncommon.

Jonathan R.

Sheridan and Julie Ann R.
NC
Red Forest Academy

Music, art, and film are things that drive me and inspire me. I hope to use all of them as a possible career. My current plan is to move to the Raleigh area soon and start my apprenticeship as a tattoo artist. Regardless of what I end up doing, I wish to travel. That might be due to all the Merle Haggard I listen to but nonetheless, I wish to roam the country doing what I love. I feel like CC has given me what I need to do just that. .

Colin R.

Shane and Karen R.
CA
Grammar to Rhetoric Classical Academy

I love the beauty in mathematics, which I believe is the most logical and eloquent language. I also enjoy reading about philosophy and especially communist literature. I am known to be the guy who loves Kim Jung-un, and I even have a poster of him in my room with the caption “Live, Laugh, Love.” In all seriousness, historic and modern politics are a significant passion for me. Late last year, some of my friends from our community and I read and discussed Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. It was quite insightful and produced productive conversations and thoughts. For the record, I am an American capitalist, but I genuinely believe that to understand your side better, you must understand the opposing views.

Marilois R.

Pete and Crystal S.
Tim and Tina R.
AL

In sixth grade, I joined Foundations & Essentials, making this year in Challenge IV my seventh year in CC. I am a classically trained ballerina studying ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, tap, and hip hop for 16 years. I have enjoyed numerous theatre performances and have been a member of Southern Dance & Performing Arts Company “Spirit & Company” for three years. I am a SweetLife Spokesmodel and a signed contract model. I enjoy pet sitting for family and friends in my spare time. I plan to continue with CC’s Odyssey program next school year and teach dance at SDPAC, then pursue a path of dance and theatre at Samford University.

Elinor R.

Shaún and Kayla R.
OH
Russell Academy

I am the daughter of Shaún and Kayla R. Along with my parents, I live with three dogs and two cats. I have been competitively swimming for nine years, and I love anything to do with crafting, baking, teaching, and learning. I have been accepted and plan to attend Cedarville University, studying middle childhood education.

AnaCecilia S.

Stephen and Charlene S.
IL
Wittenberg Academy

My story begins in Guatemala, where I was born and then adopted into a loving and caring family. I am grateful for my parents, Charlene and Stephen S., who provided me with the best education. A big part of my life is classical ballet. Since I was three years old, I have been dancing and am excited to continue dancing during college. I have been accepted into multiple Big Ten schools and will be majoring in astronomy and astrophysics. I am excited to see the plan God has for me.

Santiago (Santi) S.

Stephen and Charlene S.
IL
Wittenberg Academy

Along my journey to becoming independent, I have learned a lot of lessons. I have picked up many interests, such as learning how to figure skate, making stop motion videos, and staying physically active. I’ve also worked as a golf caddy. Going to college is a big step into the wide world, and I have chosen the path of becoming an Aerospace Engineer. I’ve been accepted into several universities but haven’t selected one as of this writing.

Isaac S.

Phillip and Kathleen S.
FL
Vinewood Classical Christian Academy

I am the eldest son of Phillip and Kathleen S. and lead a band of four adventurous brothers. As a Classical Conversations student, I have a deep appreciation for the power of words delivered with rhetorical eloquence. A competitive soccer player and country boy, I find great joy outdoors, at large, or in an oak playing bluegrass mandolin. I’ll be attending Pensacola Christian College this fall. I am incredibly grateful to my parents for a multitude of gifts bestowed on me, not the least of which is a classical education and raising me in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Most importantly, I want to be an effective tool for His kingdom and fulfill His purpose, whatever that may be.

Noah S.

Adrea S.
KS
Berean Classical Academy

“The Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He.”
—Deuteronomy 32:4

Noah is the son of Adrea S. and has three siblings. He enjoys wrestling, football, golf, and playing chess, cards, and board games. Noah’s favorite strand is Reasoning/Theology, and he particularly enjoyed the discussions surrounding it. He is grateful for the education he was afforded and the good food he consumed while growing up.

Josiah S.

Brian and Jessica S.
AL

Wisdom and knowledge are perhaps the most important earthly things to me, and I attain some of both through my continuing study of Yoshukai Karate and especially the Bible. In my pursuit of spiritual and personal growth, I constantly harness memories of my journey through life by binding them to paper with ink. My additional interests include foreign music, logic, informal debate, and the extreme logical deconstruction of any concept. I believe that the “why” should be understood and that nothing should be accepted “just because” and without examination. There is a reason behind everything, pain is inevitable and useful, and pride is devious and ruinous. Truth and logic make the best foundation, and wisdom and knowledge are often found in others’ experiences.

Abigail Grace (Abby Grace) S.

Larry and Michele S.
NC
StClair Academy

Ain’t no better place to serve than the home of the “Lord’s chicken.” I’ve worked at Chick-Fil-A for going on three years. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel with my job across the country. I actively participate in music ministry at my church. I love being present on and making an impact through my social media platform.

Samuel S.

David and Sherry S.
OH

As the youngest child of Sherry and David S., I am blessed with one older sister and two older brothers, who are all CC graduates. I enjoy camping, cooking, woodworking, ballroom dancing, and hiking in my free time. Throughout my 14-year tenure in Classical Conversations, I have met many incredible friends and mentors. During my years in Challenge, I learned to love the community days and the thought-provoking in-class discussions, which helped me become steadfast in my faith. My favorite year of CC is Challenge IV because it is a culmination of everything I learned from Foundations to Challenge III. I appreciated the opportunity to grow in my leadership skills through leading strands and discussions and the capstone thesis presentation. I look forward to using the skills I learned to earn a degree in civil engineering.

Raphael T.

Jairho and Anna T.
NJ
Crossdawn Mission Academy

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
—Proverbs 16:3

I am the grateful son of my beloved parents, Jairho and Anna, and big brother to Matthew. My passions are playing music on the piano and photography. I enjoy helping in my church’s music and children’s ministry. As a senior, I served as president of my speech and debate club. I desire to be an advocate for others, showing the love of Jesus and making Him known. Thank you to Mrs. August and my classmates for their support. I will miss our competitive, intense word games and insightful discussions on philosophy and faith. I am immensely grateful to God for my high school years. I intend to take a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Soli Deo Gloria.

Emily T.

Matthew and Staci T.
CA
The King’s Academy

Being homeschooled has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. No words could adequately express my gratitude towards Classical Conversations, from the fantastic people to the incredible program. It has allowed me to explore and understand my true potential and passions. I will be attending San Diego State University in the fall and hope to pursue a law degree. One final thank you to my incredible parents, who supported me throughout my entire homeschool journey and made me who I am today.

Elisabeth T.

Dean and Mary Ellen T.
FL
Classical Academy of the Arts

I’m one of five children. I love cats, coffee, and cameras, and I enjoy sunsets and sightseeing in the mountains. My favorite thing about CC is its soul-nourishing approach to education and how it has given me a true understanding of what it means to know God and make Him known. I plan to pursue my dream of owning a wedding and portrait photography business.

Emma T.

Martha T.
Loyd T.
FL

orange-violet-blue
fingers dipped
strawberry moon
milk of morning
her
prism painted eyes
to drown
drown in depths
ocean of artistry
O tongues taste
wonder in her hue

– This is how Emma T. uses her words to describe how she spends her days creating with words, paints, voice, and movement. Emma plans to continue her time in online college the following year, as well as working with an interior design company.

Bradley V.

Thomas and Denise V.
MI
VanDerKolk Classical Academy

In sixth grade, my homeschool journey began when I left the local public school and joined a Classical Conversations community. Many of the close friendships I have today directly result from my seven years with the same students and families in this community. In addition to my CC experience, I have been a Suzuki piano student for 13 years, played trombone in band, participated in Cadets (a non-denominational youth ministry), and at age 12, started a lawn mowing business. After graduation, I will concentrate on growing my business and increasing my services to include snow plowing and commercial towing. I want to thank my parents for the opportunity to be homeschooled; mostly, I want to thank them for sharing Jesus with me. Psalm 139.

Hannah V.

Shane and Sarah V.
OR
Vitis Verum

“The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer; My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my Shield and the Horn of my Salvation, my Stronghold”
— Psalm 18:2

The Lord has been my strong foundation in all things. He has blessed me with my family and is helping me grow into a woman of God! Growing up in suburban Oregon, I have been blessed to be homeschooled all the way through high school. The best part of CC for me was the gift of learning how to hear both sides and the space to grow in my own beliefs. My favorite things to do are to play the guitar, sing, paint, draw, and make jewelry. I hope to continue to learn as the Lord leads and am looking forward to supporting families with young children as a nanny after graduation. I’m eternally grateful to the Lord for being all that I need.

Jonathan V.

John and Theresa V.
FL

“Life is like a gamble. You can’t win every game. But if the chip is in your hands, you will always have hope.” The human mind fascinates me, which is why I am a huge psychology nerd. My goal after graduation is to become a counselor or coach so that I can help others. In my spare time, I love to have fun and hang out with friends. When I need a break, I find my escape in music. If there’s one thing I have learned in high school, it’s not to be in such a hurry to grow up! It’s not about the destination; it’s about enjoying the journey.

Olivia V.

Mark and Oleah V.
OH
Russell Academy

I am a recovering academic overachiever. When I was younger, I was goal-oriented and violently competitive. Throughout my eight years of life, I have changed in a myriad of ways, for better or worse. I have learned to focus on significant matters and care less about the futile traps of the world that so bewitchingly enrapture human minds. I am extremely grateful to my parents for working to educate me. I value Classical Conversations for striving to teach students how to think rather than relentlessly shoving information down our throats. My main hobby is dance, and I have had the privilege of membership in The Affirmation Ballet Company for ten years. I am planning to continue my studies with Southeastern University for another year and obtain my AA degree.

Ruthie W.

Leslie and Shannon W.
VA
Whealton Academy

Being a student in CC has given me many opportunities in life that I never would have had otherwise. I am especially grateful for help organizing my ever-wandering thoughts for writing. After fourteen years of devotion to writing, dancing, acting, and singing, I am excited to fully pursue these passions. My long-established aversion to decision-making (and lack of clear direction from God) has led me to take a gap year to work, pray, and follow my passions. But whatever happens, I pray that one day God will lead me down a winding path to a beautiful ranch in the middle of nowhere, with the most breathtaking view imaginable, surrounded by horses and cows, standing next to the love of my life.

Eleanor W.

Scott and Jennifer W.
NC
Longleaf Classical Academy

Seven years ago, Eleanor W. was a rising Challenge A student, oblivious to the way seminar conversations on virtue, GMOs, Shakespearean insults, and the philosophy of Marvel would shape her worldview. Today, Eleanor W. graduates as a Christian, scientist, lawyer, journalist, and excellent graduation biography writer. She would not have survived this adolescent obstacle course without her parents’ steady encouragement or her trusty piano, which has served as an excellent form of procrastination during intense essay writing. She is thrilled to major in the exciting field of physics at college in the fall, and afterward, she hopes to become an astronaut or discover how to time travel.

Gretchen W.

Dwain and Chelle W.
VA
Warner Classical Academy

Writing is my passion. As I’ve learned the hard way, every word is priceless. Classical Conversations has taught me to think and speak for the glory of God. I’ve learned why words, whether written or spoken, should impact and give hope, not make us suffer. As I embark on life’s next adventure, I look forward to the next mystery of His Love, empowering those I meet with the words He gave me and using the gifts He’s given to serve others.

Alivia Y.

Mark and Kristina Y.
FL
Yorke Academy

Decision-making has never been my strong suit, which is probably why I get the same Starbucks order every single time. “Venti Chai Tea Latte with light ice, please!” But when it comes to deciding my major, the choice was almost instinctive. I’ve always considered myself a history buff because—well, I love history, and I’m incredibly buff. I hope to continue to grow this passion in college. The beautiful thing about history is the tales it tells of times past and the road it paves to the future. It also reminds us that our lives are often not about us but are a continuation of His Story. Wherever I decide to go in life, whether I’m a plebeian, professor, or president, I aim to glorify Him.

Matthew Z.

Nicholas and Yazbet Z.
SC
The Zannis Covenant

“”There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”
—Ecclesiastes 3:1

Since the age of five, I’ve had the blessing of being homeschooled. My favorite subjects are history and science. I plan to pursue future studies in biology or chemistry. I am forever thankful to God that we live in a free country where we can pursue our dreams.

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