Senior Spotlight – Abigail Beaudoin

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We complete the series this week with senior Abigail Beaudoin.

      Abby has attended LCA since her sophomore year.  Before being here, she had attended Oakwood Christian School since kindergarten and had expected to graduate from OCS before they had to close down.  Abby’s tenth-grade sister Emily joined her at LCA this year.  When Abby graduates from LCA next month, she and classmate Joel Collins will become the first two graduates to have a parent who also graduated from LCA.

Abby’s father grew up in Troy and attended high school at LCA from seventh through twelfth grades, graduating with the very first graduating class in LCA’s history.  After graduation, Abby’s father joined the Marines where he served for four years, including in the Persian Gulf War.  As a veteran, he then attended Hudson Valley Community College where he studied automotive mechanics.  After completing his studies, he entered that line of work.  Eventually Mr. Beaudoin went into the financial business.  He has also worked for Oakwood Christian and is now a mail carrier in Eagle Bridge where he has worked for the past twelve years.

Abby’s mother also grew up in the Troy and Waterford area and attended Troy High School.  After graduation, she attended Schenectady Community College where she studied travel and tourism.  Abby’s mother was able to stay home with her daughters.  Once she went back to work, she served in the lunch program and early care at Oakwood Christian.  She works in a similar capacity at La Salle Institute in Troy today.

The two of them met through mutual friends and decided to attend a movie as a group.  Abby’s mother almost didn’t go with her friends but now she is glad she went!  They were married about two years before Abby came along.

Abby’s family lived in Lansingburgh along with her great grandmother for the first year of her life.  The family then moved to Speigletown where they have lived in the same house ever since.

Although Abby reported, “My life is pretty boring for the most part,” she actually is involved in many areas.  While attending Oakwood, she was involved in Mr. Lindsay’s media club where she would take photos, create videos, and practice Photoshop in his office.  Abby also enjoys reading (mystery books are her favorite) and hiking in the Adirondacks during her free time.

When Abby came to LCA, it was the first time she had ever changed schools.  While it was certainly a time of adjustment for her, she has become a lot closer to the other seniors—especially the other senior girls—over the past year.  Junior Maria Izzi both came to LCA at the same time and the two of them have become close since then.  The two of them are very excited that they will be travelling to Israel next month as a part of a group put together by Pastor Walter.

Abby will fondly remember several LCA teachers she has had.  She is very appreciative for the help that Mrs. Walter and Mrs. Hamilton have given as her math teachers.  She remembers US History class with Mr. Fry, “That was fun!  I like history a lot!”  Abby also appreciated Mrs. O’Rourke’s ministry in her life during the year they were at LCA together.

Abby attended Oakwood Bible Church as a young girl before her family began attending Brunswick Baptist Church when she was about 12.  Abby accepted Christ as her Savior when she was 7 years old and was later baptized at Brunswick Baptist along with her mother and sister.  Abby is involved in her church’s annual Family Fun Day and helps Mrs. Roarke in the junior church ministry there.

Abby plans to attend Hudson Valley Community College and major in criminal justice.  Once she earns her Associate’s degree, she plans to transfer to a private college to complete her four-year degree.  Abby desires to live according to her life verse from 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Senior Spotlight – Zarash Tahir

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior Zarash Tahir.

      Zarash has attended LCA since eighth grade after transferring here from Rensselaer Junior/Senior High School.  Zarash has two sisters: Zarka, 19, who is a student at Siena College and Zaara who is in seventh grade here at LCA.

Like several other members of the Class of 2019, Zarash’s family came from overseas.  Her father was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States in 1999 after marrying Zarash’s mother.  He attended Hudson Valley Community College and is a banker today.

Zarash’s mother was also born in Pakistan.  Her parents moved to the US for the greater opportunities here when Zarash’s mother was only 2 years old. Zarash’s mother returned to Pakistan to get married.  Once coming back to this country, Zarash’s mother worked as a finance manager for 23 years for the Catholic Diocese finance office before starting her present job as a supervising accountant last year, working for the New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency.

Zarash’s family lived in Rensselaer for many years before moving to Loudonville in 2016.  The family attends the Community Gospel Church in Rensselaer where they are involved in many ways.  Zarash works regularly with the kids’ church and has attended mission trips with her older sister and has also ministered on homeless outreaches with her family.

Zarash accepted Christ as her personal Savior when she was 11 years old and was baptized about a year later.

Zarash will remember many of her classmates after graduation, especially fellow senior James Earnest.  Zarash reports that James makes her laugh and that there are “a lot of things to remember about him”!

She will also remember fellow senior Jessie Chen who regularly shares a full three-course meal of mostly junk food in geography class.

LCA alumnae Victoria Hauprich (‘17) and Zarash would sometimes get into disagreements at lunch with Victoria’s classmate Seless Terry (‘17).  Eventually Seless would leave the table upset but would always come back to the table the next day—“I guess that was our friendship,” according to Zarash.

Zarash’s classmate Samuel Earnest will also have a memorable moment for Zarash (as well as her other classmates) from a time they were taking senior pictures together.  Mrs. Mansfield had asked the seniors to get into the back of James Roarke’s truck and for the guys to stand behind the girls who would be seated on the tailgate.  All of a sudden they all heard a tearing sound and Samuel simply said, “I think my pants ripped!”

Zarash and Mrs. Kettlewood also enjoy a special relationship where they always “catch up” with each other at the office window!

Zarash enjoys listening to music and watching movies in her spare time, but she also enjoys eating—especially anything chicken!  She enjoys the Pakistani food her mother makes and her particular favorite is her mother’s chicken biryani.

Zarash has visited Pakistan several times, most recently about four years ago when she had a great experience seeing extended family and experiencing the culture her family moved from many years ago.  Zarash would enjoy traveling to Pakistan again.

Zarash plans to attend Sage College to study biology with the eventual goal of a pre-med major and going on to become a doctor.  Zarash’s life verse comes from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Senior Spotlight – Samuel Earnest

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior Samuel Earnest.

Samuel attended LCA in K3 and then again for most of his high school years.  Samuel has two older cousins (Jace and Jasmine) who graduated from LCA and has another cousin (James) in the LCA Class of 2019 with him.  Samuel’s sister Anna is enrolled in the ninth grade at LCA.

Samuel’s father was born in Pakistan and came to the United States as a teenager.  He finished school in the Bronx before attending Bob Jones University in South Carolina to earn his degree in Business.  He worked there in South Carolina for a couple of years before returning to Clifton Park in 2012.  Samuel’s father works at Maximus today.

Samuel’s mother was also born in Pakistan and did not know Samuel’s father until shortly before their wedding in Pakistan.  She then joined her new husband in the United States.  Samuel’s mother works at a hotel in Clifton Park today.

Samuel was born in Troy and raised in Clifton Park where his younger sister Anna joined the family.  They went as a family to South Carolina and then returned to Clifton Park.  Samuel and Anna came back to LCA at that time.

Samuel has only been to Pakistan one time, back when he was three years old.  He only has vague memories of the trip, including riding a scooter wearing his Spiderman sneakers!  Samuel would enjoy being able to go back to Pakistan to spend time with his mother’s family.

Samuel has fond memories of his time at LCA.  His favorite teachers include Mrs. O’Rourke (“just amazing”), Mrs. Bhan (“She reminds me of my mom”), Mr. Fry (“I actually learned so much in Worldview class”), and Mrs. Kettlewood (“She yells at me a lot!”).

Samuel also had an unusual memory from when he was in eighth grade.  He, along with his friend Matthew Mansfield (LCA Class of 2018), volunteered to help Mrs. Mein carry a package out of her fire exit on a winter day.  For some reason, they ended up waiting for a while, but no one ever came to the door.  After a long wait, they just walked around to the front of the school and came back to class.  They still don’t know what happened to the package!

Both of Samuel’s parents grew up in Christian families in Pakistan, and Samuel accepted Christ as his Savior at a young age.  He was baptized at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.  Today, Samuel attends Clifton Park Community Church with his family.

In his free time, Samuel enjoys working out at his local gym.  Samuel also works at the YMCA in Clifton Park and at a landscaping job.  He is hoping to work for Global Foundries after graduation, but is interested in going wherever God leads him to go.

Samuel’s goal for the future is to take care of his family.  He is not yet sure how God will lead, but he is interested in sports and hopes to attend a college where he can play football.

Samuel has at least two special Scripture verses.  He wears a wristband with the words of Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Samuel also appreciates the reminder of James 1:19 – “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

Senior Spotlight – Andrew Galinato

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior Andrew Galinato.

Andrew Galinato has attended LCA since ninth grade after transferring here from Zoller Elementary School in Schenectady.  Andrew’s eighth grade sister, Amen, joined Andrew here in 2015.

Andrew’s father was born in the Philippines where he also attended college, earning an MBA in Financial Management.  Andrew’s father worked for several multinational companies before leaving the Philippines.  He married a lady he knew from his church in 1998, and Andrew was born the next year.  Andrew’s sister was born in 2005, and the family moved to the United States in 2006.  Andrew’s father worked for Johnson and Johnson and then for Ellis Hospital.  Today he serves as a prison minister, sharing his faith with those who are incarcerated.

Andrew’s mother was also born in the Philippines.  She studied nursing in college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and worked at Ellis Hospital and at Albany Medical Center after coming to the States.

Since he was a child in the Philippines, Andrew still has many vivid memories of that nation.  He attended a private school there and remembers his father having to plan out the trip to school carefully.  To help them navigate the very heavy traffic, the two of them took a motorcycle and cart (with no door!) to school each day.  Andrew also remembers distinctly that the Philippines do not have winter, fall, or spring; it was always hot and humid!

Andrew’s family attend Grace Fellowship in Latham where he works in the audio-visual department of their KC (kids’) ministry.  He has also served as a greeter at the front door and will help wherever he is needed, including helping to clean and organize the auditorium at the end of the services there.  Andrew accepted Christ as his Savior when he was five years old and still living in the Philippines.  He was baptized at grace Fellowship by Pastor Will Babarczy.

Andrew will remember many funny moments from his years at LCA, but he has a special appreciation for the “down times” in Geography class with Mrs. Hamilton.  He recalls that it always ends up funny when they get sidetracked in class.  Classmate James Earnest is “funny all the time” and Mrs. Hamilton “can be funny, but really any of us in that class can be funny!”

All of Andrew’s classmates are special to him, but senior Abby Beaudoin has become somewhat of a mentor for Andrew.  Andrew says, “She has all the details I need.  She is very helpful when I don’t understand something—and she does it without a bragging attitude.  She’s a good person.”  Andrew added that he has to ask Abby for help “a lot”!

Mrs. Walter has a special place in Andrew’s memories from LCA.  Andrew wanted us to know that Mrs. Walter “is firm in what she believes and wouldn’t let anything go against her.  She is a great teacher who knows exactly what she is teaching.”  Andrew especially appreciates that Mrs. Walter really knows her way around chemistry and physics.

During his free time, Andrew enjoys playing the drums and plays them whenever he has the chance.  He also reads comics, especially DC Comics which he prefers to Marvel.  Andrew did add, however, “In movies, I’m more of a Marvel guy than a DC Comics guy!”  Andrew also shares that he is “really, really good” at origami.  He frequently turns to origami when he is bored or angry as a way to relax.

Andrew remains undecided about his plans for the future, but he is interested in pursuing chemistry as a result of taking that class with Mrs. Walter last year.  He is also considering going into computer science, perhaps as a system administrator.  Titus 3:3-7 is a special Scripture passage for Andrew; in part, this passage reads, “Being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

Senior Spotlight – James Roarke

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior James Roarke.

James Roarke has attended LCA since seventh grade in 2013.  Before coming here, he had attended Oakwood Christian School in Troy since first grade.  Both of James’s older sisters have also graduated from LCA, Sarah in 2013, and Hannah in 2014.

James has been blessed to grow up in a Christian home in a native Upstate family.  James’s mother grew up in East Nassau and his father grew up in Troy, right across the street from the house where his family now lives.

James’s father met his mother while he was attending church at Grafton Baptist.  A neighbor and friend of James’s mother once took James’s father’s Bible after church and said that she would only return it after his father asked out a friend of hers—the future Mrs. Roarke!  The two later met at the Big-E fair in Massachusetts and James’s father got his Bible back.  The two have been together ever since!

Today, James’s father is a cryogenic engineer for a company called Air Products and is responsible for a territory including parts of New York State, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.  Although this means that he has to travel a lot for work, LCA has benefitted from Mr. Roarke’s unique experience with demonstrations of liquid nitrogen and other cryogenic fluids for science classes.

James’s mother works as an extended session aide and physical education teacher here at LCA.  She has often worked as James’s schools through the years, serving in the kitchen and as an art teacher at Oakwood Christian and in the lunch room at Turnpike Elementary where James attended kindergarten.

James recalls that his family has attended Brunswick Baptist Church for nine years. James accepted Christ in Sunday school at Grafton Baptist when he was five years old and was baptized later by Pastor Collins at Brunswick Baptist.  James is involved in his youth group and serves his church at their annual Family Fun Day as well as keeping the church lawn mowed faithfully.

At school, James serves as a prayer group leader.  James has also attended the AACS Leadership Conferences and has entered the NYACS Fine Arts competition in photography and in handbells.  James has also worked on the yearbook staff, as a manager for the basketball team, and as a leader on Field Day.

When James looks back on his high school years, he is confident he will remember Mrs. Kettlewood in our school office since they talk “all the time”!  James recalls, “She’s nice” and “She makes me laugh!”

Former LCA teacher Mrs. O’Rourke also has a special place in James’s memories as one whose classes were funny.  James remembers, “I learned a lot and I laughed a lot!”

James has also enjoyed a friendship with classmate Jessie Chen.  They have enjoyed talking and laughing together through the years since James first came to LCA and Jessie was the only one who would talk to him back in seventh grade.

LCA alumnus Josh Arthur (Class of 2018) was also a special friend to James, especially when they would travel on the bus to basketball games and other school activities like NYACS or field trips.  James will remember how much fun it was to be on the bus with Josh!

James does like his truck!  Last summer, he purchased his Suzuki Equator.  James and his truck enjoy their time together!

James shared his advice to the school’s underclassmen: “Do stuff—on time.  And try hard!”  James is still considering the Lord’s will for him for the coming year.  He is considering attending Hudson Valley Community College in general studies.  He is confidently resting in the words of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Senior Spotlight – Jessie Chen

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior Jessie Chen.

Jessie Chen has attended Latham Christian Academy since Mrs. Urban’s K4 class in 2005.  As mentioned in an earlier Senior Spotlight, Jessie and classmate James Earnest have the longest tenure of any current LCA student.

Jessie’s mother was born in China where she also went to college.  To try for greater opportunities, she moved to New York City where she met Jessie’s father and earned her living making jewelry.  (Shortly before the 9-11 attacks, Jessie’s mom was working at the Marriott below the Twin Towers.)  In 2001, the couple decided to move to Colonie where Jessie’s father opened a sushi restaurant.

Jessie’s sister Chelsea, a current 8th grade student at LCA, was born in 2005.  Today, Jessie’s father lives in New York City where he is recovering from a stroke, and Jessie’s mother is a custodian at the University at Albany and lives in Watervliet.

Upon moving to the area, Jessie’s family first attended Loudonville Community Church before starting to worship with a Chinese church in Albany.  Eventually Jessie and her family settled at Latham Bible Baptist Church where they continue to worship and serve.  Jessie accepted Christ as her Savior in Mrs. Urban’s class at LCA in May 2006.  Before the start of fifth grade, Jessie followed Christ in believer’s baptism at LBBC under the leadership of Pastor Walter.  Jessie has been actively involved in her youth group, has helped in the church nursery, and has volunteered in the annual vacation Bible school.

Jessie will remember several special friends from her time at LCA.  Taylor Hanson, who attended LCA through 6th grade, and Jessie have been best friends since kindergarten.  Taylor and Jessie still continue to remain close, although Jessie remembers keeping each other busy writing their own tests and quizzes when they were in class together.

Jessie also will fondly remember classmate James Roarke—“Mayo”—you’ll have to ask them!  Jessie reports that James is always asking her to do his yearbook pages!

LCA alumnae Mickayla Mein (Class of 2016) is another special friend to Jessie.  She remembers that they used to take naps at school and stay with Kallie and eat her mother’s snacks!

Junior TJ Ryan first became friends with Jessie while throwing rocks at Pastor’s camp and almost hitting Mrs. Walter (whoops!).  Jessie will remember that they laugh a lot together, eat a lot together, and talk about future work out plans together that never seem to happen!

Jessie will also remember her longtime volleyball coach, Mrs. Kupeyan.  They would talk a lot about volleyball and a lot of “random things”!

Jessie has one funny memory when she was in a classroom with Mickalya, Chelsea, and Kallie.  Mr. Fry came in and asked, “Who is supervising you?”  Without missing a beat and in typical Christian school student fashion, Kallie replied (in the most innocent voice), “Jesus!”

Jessie does hope to return to China some day.  She would love to bring someone along and show them the food she remembers.  She would also appreciate the opportunity to see the family she has not seen since she was very young.

This fall, Jessie plans to attend Sage College and study nursing.  She hopes to go into neo-natal nursing or pediatric nursing and would like to remain in this area in the future.

Deuteronomy 31:6 is an encouraging Scripture verse to Jessie, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

Senior Spotlight – Joel Collins

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior Joel Collins.

Joel Collins is the newest senior at LCA, joining his class just last fall.  Before coming to LCA, Joel had attended Oakwood Christian School since kindergarten in 2006.

Joel’s father was born in Rahway, New Jersey, the son of a pastor.  After moving to Maine, the family eventually settled in Brunswick, New York, when Joel’s grandfather accepted the pastorate at Brunswick Baptist Church, where he continues to serve.  Joel’s father attended Latham Christian Academy, graduating in 1995.  He then went on to Tennessee Temple University where he studied missions.  Joel’s father has worked in IT for the NYS Department of Health and now for New York State.

Joel’s mother was born in San Angelo, Texas.  The Lord led her to attend Tennessee Temple University, where she met her future husband.  After they married in 2000, they remained in Tennessee.  Eventually the family moved to Lansingburgh in 2006.  They have lived in the area ever since.

Joel was born in late 2000 in Tennessee while his father was still attending college there.  Joel’s younger brother Michael joined the family in 2004, also being born in Tennessee.  Once the family moved to the area, Joel began attending Oakwood Christian.

Joel’s family has attended his grandfather’s church, Brunswick Baptist, since moving to the area.  Joel accepted Christ as his Savior in 2007 while attending this church and was baptized there later that year.  Joel is involved wherever he can serve, helping in custodial work and serving in the audio-visual system.  Joel has gone on several missions trips with his church, including two to Saranac Lake and one to Lee, MA, where they helped build new buildings for small churches in those areas.

When Joel thinks back to special teachers, two names come quickly to mind, both of them from Oakwood.  First, Pastor Jim DuJack led daily chapels at Oakwood and was always friendly and understanding to all of his students.  He always takes time to listen and think through the best way to explain answers to his students so that they understand the content.  Second, Mr. Tom Lindsay was involved in nearly every area at Oakwood, including teaching classes such as photography and New York History.  Joel remembers Mr. Lindsay as being fun to be around and always friendly to his students.

Joel also remembers a special friend from his years at Oakwood, Josh Cho.  Josh joined Joel’s class in 6th grade after coming to the United States from Korea.  Joel remembers Josh as always being someone who listened and someone who was not a show off even though he was very smart.  Joel says that Josh was always at his side and one of those “thick and thin special people.”

In Mr. Lindsay’s media club, Josh and Joel would enjoy messing with the settings of the devices.  He also remembers one time that Josh dressed up in a Friar Tuck outfit, complete with the correct hair, large cross, and large Bible.  They posed for pictures together and made some special memories.

Japan is a special place to Joel.  Joel’s uncle Ben along with his wife Kumiko have served as missionaries in Japan faithfully for twelve years.  Joel appreciates the friendly spirit shown by the Japanese people, perhaps best demonstrated by Wa in the Japanese culture representing harmony.  Joel has learned that the Japanese people look for things that are useful.  They often will be eager to learn things about Jesus, even when they are reluctant to accept Him as their Savior.  Joel’s family have seen Japanese people accept Christ by coming to the States and attending church services here.  Joel remains open to going to Japan himself, if that is where God might lead him.

Joel is considering pursuing a business degree to help him support himself and also to help him get into some countries that may be closed to Christians with Bible degrees.  He enjoyed helping his uncle teach English in Japan, but is really looking for “the opening God gives me.”

The Bible story of Jesus washing the feet of His followers is an important one to Joel.  John 13:14-15 says, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

Senior Spotlight – James Earnest

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We continue this week with senior James Earnest.

James Earnest has attended LCA since K4 class with Mrs. Urban, way back in 2004.  James and his classmate Jessie Chen have the longest tenure of any current LCA student.

James was born in 2001, eight years after his parents married.  His older brother Jace, who graduated from LCA in 2014, lives in Clifton Park and works at Global Foundries.  James’s older sister Jasmine, a member of LCA’s Class of 2016, is continuing her studies at SUNY Albany and working as a clerk at an area law firm.

James’s mother grew up in Queens after moving to this country from India.  She valued the freedom and educational opportunities offered in the States and was able to graduate high school early and go on to SUNY Albany at that time.  Since graduation, she has worked in the banking industry, rising to a Vice President at Key Bank.

James’s father moved a lot as a child, but claims Brooklyn as home.  His family had come to America from Pakistan to get a better life.  James’s father is described as a “Jack of All Trades,” having worked in a variety of fields and even having owned his own commercial cleaning business.  He now works for Culligan’s in Troy.

James’s parents met through family connections in Queens.  They had a true “love at first sight” relationship, and had their first child just a year after they married.

James has enjoyed a special friendship with his classmate Mikael Flory, remembering him as someone who “has been there for me a lot.”  Mikael has helped James make the right decisions and helped him see what he calls “a different version of life.”  James also appreciates that Mikael sees “some peace in the world.”

James will also always remember Mrs. O’Rourke who taught at LCA for many years before moving to the Midwest a couple of years ago.  James will never forget that “Mrs. O” was known for being available, “Anytime I had a problem, I would talk to her, and she would help me with any problem I had.  She taught me how to study.”

James also remembers former classmate Stavros, who was “a big part of my life and brought happiness and made me laugh.”  James remembers Stavros as “that person who knew what I was thinking.”

James has fond memories of a few other teachers at LCA.  He says that Mr. Fry taught him a different way of learning.  After all, James admitted, “I learn in weird ways!”  He appreciates Mr. Fry’s different view of the world and will remember his history class, even saying that he wants Mr. Fry to teach at his college with his enthusiastic and funny expressions.  Mr. Fry also taught right from wrong—the right God wants from us.

James will never forget Mrs. Kettlewood and her ministry at LCA.  “Mrs. Kettlewood has been there since Day One.  She led me to do the right thing and helped me learn to control my temper,” James remembers.  Mrs. Kettlewood has had an important part of getting James through some of the tough days of high school.

Mrs. Hogan, an educator from the North Colonie School District, has also played a big part in James’s life.  James recalls, “Mrs. Hogan taught me how to study—for real study!”  She guided James in writing his first solo report and has always brought joy and happiness to James during their time together.  James said, “I always look forward to seeing her.  I always want to learn what she is teaching me.”

James also enjoys telling what he remembers as the funniest story from his time at LCA, back in junior high.  He was coming back to Mrs. O’Rourke’s history class after a visit to the restroom.  As he returned to his seat, his cousin and classmate Samuel said from the seat behind him, “James, fly!”  Of course, James jumps up and waves his hands at his wrists like he is attempting to lift off the ground.  Samuel responded, “No, your zipper!”  The class became very quiet until someone said, “James, are you stupid?!” when the whole class erupted in laughter.  For what felt like half an hour the class was laughing so hard they were in tears.  James remembers that they did not get to their lesson that day.  The next time you see James, just say, “James, fly!” to him and see what happens!

James attends Clifton Park Community Church with his family.  James accepted Christ as his personal Savior at Grace Bible Church under the ministry of his Sunday school teacher Mr. Pelcher.  (James also remembers that Mr. Pelcher was a “really awesome” teacher who always brought food to class!)  James was baptized by Pastor Beckwith at Grace Bible.  His favorite verse from the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:11 – “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

James plans to work as a model while he attends SUNY Albany, his mother’s alma mater.  James plans to major in exercise science and put to work his skills and interest in science, especially biology, as he follows God’s leading in his life.

Senior Spotlight – Trinity Williams

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We begin this week with senior Trinity Williams.

Trinity Williams is one of the newest members of LCA’s Class of 2019, enrolling just last year in 11th grade.  Trinity had attended schools in Watervliet since kindergarten before coming to LCA.

Trinity’s family was certainly familiar with our school, however, as her mother attended this school for high school and a friend at her church had also graduated from LCA.

Trinity’s mother was born in Stillwater and raised in Latham.  She attended Hudson Valley Community College before Trinity was born.  She studied psychology and now cares for a special-needs boy in their church.

Trinity’s father grew up “all over the United States,” according to Trinity.  He has family today in Kansas where he would love to go live again.  Trinity’s dad works in management at Adirondack Beverage in Scotia.

Trinity was born in 2001 at St. Peter’s in Albany.  When she was first born, her family (along with her Mima and Papa) lived in Lansingburgh.  They moved to Latham while Trinity was still a baby, moving in with Trinity’s grandmother and her uncle’s family, including a pit bull dog!  When Trinity was in kindergarten, the family moved to Watervliet.

Trinity’s parents met in a Stewart’s while her mother was working there.  Trinity’s mother caught her father’s eye and he sent one of his daughters up to the counter to ask if she had a boyfriend!  All of these years later, the two are still together after starting out in a Stewart’s.

Trinity has a full family.  Her oldest sister Cassie is 23 and lives in Watervliet where she will be starting work in a nursing home.  Next comes Cara who is 22 and also lives in Watervliet as she studied social work at Siena.  Trinity’s sister Jozlyn is 21 and lives in Waterford where she works as a waitress.  Trinity has one younger sister, Evamae, who is 11 and a student at Watervliet Elementary School.

Trinity’s dog Tinker is a key part of the family as well.  Trinity describes her dog as “so ugly, she’s cute!”  A deer head Chihuahua, Tinker is described as having a bald spot near her collar and down her back and a double chin.

Trinity and her family attend Harvest Church in Halfmoon.  Trinity, who has been at this church since she was a baby, has been recognized for her faithfulness in Sunday school.  She is now involved as a helper in her Sunday school program.  She and several of her friends also sing for children’s services and Christmas services.

Trinity enjoys working with children, investing time over the summers with the JC Club, a program of the Albany Victory Church which attempts to meet the basic needs of under-privileged children in the city of Albany by serving meals and providing an after-school program for them.

Trinity hopes to continue this work as she plans to major in Early Childhood Education.  She is still praying about which college or university to attend.

Trinity claims two Scripture verses as especially important to her.  1 John 4:19 says, “We love Him because He first loved us,” and James 1:2-3 tell us, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”