Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have two graduating seniors during the 2017 – 2018 school year. Both members of the Class of 2018 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have become good friends during their time here. We will be highlighting one of the seniors in an article published in our Knightline newsletter today and again in June. We begin this week with senior Joshua Arthur.
Joshua’s father, Reginald, was born in Karachi, Pakistan. His parents were educators there, but came to the United States with the desire for a better life. They moved from Pakistan to Troy when Reginald was 12. Joshua’s grandmother’s sister had married an American and sponsored the family’s move. Joshua’s father graduated from Troy High and went on to American Intercontinental University. After working for several financial institutions, Reginald eventually settled in working for New York State, where he continues to be employed.
Joshua’s mother, Shana, was also born in Karachi, Pakistan where her mother was a nurse. Shana and Reginald had known each other for many years through family connections. They got married in Pakistan and then they moved back to Troy. In 2000, Joshua was born, and in 2003, David joined the family. After staying at home to raise Joshua and David, Shana went to work as a dialysis technician at Albany Medical Center. Today, Shana is training to become a Registered Nurse.
The family moved to Albany in 2003, and Joshua started at LCA in Mrs. Urban’s K4 class the following year. Josh is the last remaining LCA student taught by Mrs. Greaves in elementary school! Josh also fondly remembers being notified of Mrs. Greaves’s daughter’s birth over the intercom while Mrs. Cole was serving as a substitute teacher for the first-grade class.
Joshua has remained at LCA ever since. He remembers what appeared to him to be the fast pace of the secondary program when he entered seventh grade, a pace he says now feels very slow! Through these years, he built friendships with two other guys—“The Big Three”!
Josh became friends with Matthew Heller (LCA Class of 2017) in third grade. As Giants and Yankees fans, they bonded over sports. Their friendship continued and grew through the years, especially when they began playing basketball together when Josh was in seventh grade.
Josh’s friendship with classmate Matthew Mansfield began a year or two later, even though they first met in kindergarten with Mrs. Mein. Josh says they have always been together and that alone has cultivated a tight friendship, adding, “Thankfully we haven’t gotten sick of each other!” Matthew’s older brother, Sam, is like an older brother as well.
Josh also remembered that, as an elementary student, he always wanted to be close to Mrs. Kettlewood, but it never happened until his junior year. Josh said, “Suddenly while I was a junior, she liked me!” Now they enjoy trading nearly daily barbs over Yankees vs. Red Sox!
Josh and his family attended a church in the area until it closed when Josh was in fifth grade. The family then joined Latham Bible Baptist Church where they continue to attend today. Pastor Walter has been their only pastor at this church. Josh accepted Christ as Savior at a young age and has been involved in Vacation Bible School at LBBC. Josh remembers that everyone he knows in his extended family is a Christian. Josh’s middle name, Hugh, is shared with his dad and comes from a great-grandfather who served as a pastor in Pakistan.
This fall, Josh plans to study biology at the University at Albany to prepare for a career in the dental field, perhaps as an oral surgeon. After the 2016 primary and general elections, Josh became interested in politics, and Josh reports that he may run for political office someday, noting, “America needs a bunch of young conservatives, and I would like to be one of them.”
Joshua’s life verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”