Senior Spotlight – Andrew Coonrod

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have six graduating seniors during the 2014 – 2015 school year. Many of these members of the Class of 2015 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all contributed a great deal to the ministry here. Each remaining month during the school year, we will be highlighting one of the seniors in an article published in our Knightline newsletter. We complete the series this week with senior Andrew Coonrod.

Andrew Coonrod has attended Latham Christian Academy since ninth grade. Before joining LCA, he attended Bible Baptist Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina for two years and was home schooled for six years before that.

Andrew’s father Jonathan was born in Schenectady and grew up in Cohoes before his family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Andrew’s mother, Laura, currently teaches first grade here at LCA. She was born in New Jersey and grew up in Florida. After attending Pensacola Christian College preparing to be a teacher (and spending time with the future Mrs. Mein), she accepted a position teaching in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The two of them met at the church in Charlotte in the same Sunday school class. The family stayed in North Carolina for some time before moving back to the Capital District for about two years. After a brief return to North Carolina, the Coonrods returned to this area in 2011 and now live in Clifton Park.

Andrew is eager to share the gifts God has given him. He is an active participant in his youth group at Latham Bible Baptist Church where he has also helped in youth conferences. Andrew gained a new passion when he was invited to attend Camp Northfield by LCA alumnae Samantha Cole in 2012.

Even during his first time at Camp Northfield, Andrew sensed, “Everybody was amazing,” and he reported that, “I really liked it.” Andrew loved the camp so much that he served on boys’ staff and as a lifeguard the following two years. This summer, Andrew has secured a job as a summer counsellor and program director at the camp.

Andrew holds many great memories of his basketball “family” and of “The Big Three and The Lone Wolf” with teammates Matthew Heller, Josh Arthur, and Matthew Mansfield. He also especially remembers having a concussion in front of the entire school during his senior year! Andrew will also hold on to the memory of playing floor hockey in the gym between exams.

Andrew’s favorite teacher is one from his days in North Carolina where he remembers Mrs. Sparks as “a very eccentric English teacher”! He also will remember Mr. Fry standing on top of a desk in speech class, imploring his class to be passionate about their speech topics.

As Andrew prepares to graduate, he encourages the underclassmen to “Be nonchalant, but be studious!” He plans to attend Pensacola Christian College this fall to study biology. His eventual goal is to earn a Master’s Degree in Exotic Animal Veterinary. Because of his Christian camp experience, Andrew is also considering a minor in youth ministries.

Andrew appreciates a line attributed to Mario Andretti, “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” His life verse comes from Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Senior Spotlight – Elsa Bohl

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have six graduating seniors during the 2014 – 2015 school year. Many of these members of the Class of 2015 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all contributed a great deal to the ministry here. Each remaining month during the school year, we will be highlighting one of the seniors in an article published in our Knightline newsletter. We continue this week with senior Elsa Bohl.

Elsa Bohl is our school’s newest senior, enrolling at the start of her junior year last year. Before coming here, she had attended Mohonasen High School. Elsa is excited about graduating with her new friends from LCA in two weeks.

Elsa’s father, Charlie, grew up in the Albany area, graduating from Albany High School. Mr. Bohl is now the part owner of Bohl Construction, along with several other family members. Elsa describes her dad as “the hardest worker I know.”

Elsa’s mother, Carol, grew up on Second Street in Albany and also graduated from Albany High. She is a real estate agent with Signature Home Buyers. Mr. and Mrs. Bohl met through their friends and are still obviously in love today, providing an excellent example to their children.

Elsa is a part of a large family. Her oldest brother, Chris, is 31 and currently works at a school for troubled teens. Elsa’s sister Emily is 24, and works as a nanny in Rotterdam. Elsa has another older sister Evelyn, affectionately known as Jo. Evelyn is 21 and is living in Annapolis, MD, and is working for a congressional campaign in the state. Elsa’s nearest sibling is Charlie, 20, who is a chef at Prime 677 in Albany. Charlie is very involved in outreach at their church where he leads a college group. Charlie is planning on entering the ministry in the future. Elsa’s only younger sibling, Ben, is 14 and in the ninth grade here at LCA.

Elsa and her family attend Abounding Grace Christian Church in Rotterdam. Elsa is active in her youth group and also teaches a Sunday school class of three- to five-year-old children. The Bohls have attended this church for about eight years.

When Elsa joined LCA in eleventh grade, she recalls that this school was welcoming to her and that she fit in quickly, remarking, “It was a blessing to be able to come in and be myself.” During her senior year, Elsa has had many great memories during volleyball and basketball seasons. The road games provided many opportunities for inside jokes with the other girls and an all-around good time.

Elsa has two special friends at LCA, classmate Kaitlyn and junior Jasmine. They provide Elsa with constant laughter as well as an assurance that “no matter what, I know they will be there—not just in school, even after graduation.”

Elsa will remember Mrs. Walter as a special teacher who encourages faith in every lesson and conversation. She remarked, “The kindness of her heart shows that she is genuine.” Mrs. Kupeyan also has a special place in Elsa’s heart as one who can sense someone who is in a bad mood and who will offer comfort quickly. Elsa also remarked about Mrs. O’Rourke’s ability to offer a shoulder so that her students can laugh or cry with her, “She is always there.”

While Elsa is not sure of her exact plans for the future, she is planning to attend Hudson Valley Community College and pursue general studies there. She is interested in such widely varying fields such as acting, special education, and the sciences, but is waiting to sense God’s leading before making a final decision.

Elsa’s life verse comes from Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”