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.”