Class of 2020
We invite you to get to know this incredible group of young people. The landscape of their senior year changed almost overnight, but our love and pride we feel for them has not. Here's to the Class of 2020! Go Gryphons! #GryphonStrong
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Brooke W. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and has never looked back! Said Brooke, “Ever since first grade, I’ve never wanted to go to any other school besides Trinity. I really appreciate everything the faculty and staff has done for the students, I can tell they really care.”
She loved being a member of the Girls Varsity Swim team, though Brooke says it is more of a family than a team. Watching the swim team grow throughout its five years was very special for her!
Brooke is thankful for the influence of Mr. Harstine in her life, as he helped her more deeply understand the Bible and she often finds herself quoting his wisdom!
In the fall, Brooke plans to attend the California Institute of Technology, where she will not only be participating in swim team, but also studying bioengineering and computer science!
Nathan S. became a Gryphon in Grade 11.
While at Trinity, he joined a variety of clubs and teams, but names the Boys Varsity Swim team as his favorite activity! “The team spirit and close-knit “family” feel made the pain worth it by far,” said Nathan.
Nathan’s favorite classes include Christian Doctrine and Ethics with Mr. Harstine, as well as French 1 and 2 with Mrs. Harstine!
He wants to thank Mr. P for being a role model to him since the first moment they met, and credits the stories Mr. P told as his inspiration for pursuing a military career.
In the fall, Nathan plans to study engineering, and is considering joining the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech!
Hannah W. came to Trinity in the third grade!
She is thankful for all of her TCS memories, but really enjoyed the spirit weeks because they were a fun way to get back into the groove of school after Christmas break!
Mrs. Case is a teacher who impacted Hannah’s life the most. “Not only what she my middle school teacher, but she stayed in touch with me throughout all of high school and was a great support to me,” said Hannah. Her advice to younger Trinity students is to take advantage of the fact that all of your teachers really care about you, and want to help you succeed!
This summer, Hannah will work at Glacier National Park in Montana! Following her gap year, she is hoping to go to college to study journalism and writing. Her dream is to go to a college out west, with good hiking and beautiful views.
Josh C. came to Trinity in Grade 6!
Throughout his time at Trinity, Josh was an active member both in the Theater Department and the Color Guard. He greatly valued the lessons learned in both of these activities, and credits Mr. P and Mr. Winters with impacting his life the most!
He loved the Spring production of “Our Town,” and encouraged younger Trinity students to take the Theater Arts classes. According to Josh, they will help with your senior thesis in the end!
In the fall, Josh is heading to California Polytechnic State University, with plans to major in computer engineering.
Alex R. came to Trinity her freshman year!
She was a member of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse and Girls Varsity Field Hockey teams, and is an amazing athlete. In fact, at one of Alex’s field hockey games, an opposing parent took note of her skill on the field! In a message to Trinity’s Athletic Department, this parent said the following about Alex: “Anyone watching would be inspired by the energy of all the ladies on both teams, but one in particular caught my eye… the Trinity Christian School goalie. She made several, several miraculous saves. Her service and energy inspire me.”
Alex named Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Pushak as her two most influential teachers during her time at Trinity. When asked what advice she wanted to leave younger students with, Alex said, “Cherish every moment you have in school, because it does not last forever!”
Next year, she will attend Liberty University and plans to study nursing.
Micah M. came to Trinity in Grade 8!
He was a talented member of the Boys Varsity Soccer team, and named his experience on the team as his favorite Trinity memory! “A lot of my friends were on the team as well, so it was overall a fun experience!” Micah said.
When asked which Trinity teacher he would like to thank, Micah named Upper School Math Teacher, Mrs. Flores! He is grateful for how she always took the time to help him understand the coursework.
Micah gave the following advice to younger Trinity students: “Don’t procrastinate! Also, know the Bible for yourself. That is something I had to learn!”
In the fall, Micah plans to attend West Liberty University. Trinity celebrated this decision with a Signing Day, where he committed to playing soccer at the Division 2 level for the WLU team!
Lucy S. came to Trinity in the first grade, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
Her favorite activity during her time at Trinity was theater! Lucy is thankful for the creative outlet it provided, and how theater allowed her to create deep and meaningful friendships with others seeking the same goal. On that note, she also credits Mr. Winters as someone who greatly influenced her life!
Lucy’s advice to younger students is to first seek to know the Lord for themselves. She hopes they take to heart all that they learn at Trinity, because what they learn here will provide them with a solid foundation to walk into life with.
In the fall, Lucy will attend Covenant College, and hopes to major in biology or pre-nursing.
Claire A. came to Trinity in the first grade, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
Her favorite activity during her time at Trinity was the Varsity Track Team! Claire was also a member of the Varsity Cross Country team and one of her favorite memories is winning the State Championship with the Girls Varsity Cross Country team. Claire was also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society and helped with the Spring theater production, Our Town.
In the fall, Claire plans to study architecture at the University of Virginia. Claire cites Mrs. Vargo as having made a large impact on her life through her kindness and ability to present physics in an interesting way. Claire says Mrs. Vargo encouraged her love for math and science, which eventually led to her choice to study architecture!
Kyle R. came to Trinity in fourth grade!
Kyle’s advice to younger Trinity students is to enjoy their time in school to the fullest! He encourages them to get involved in teams, clubs, or other activities to make great friends and memories. “My favorite memories heavily involve athletics, so I would encourage anyone and everyone to be involved in our athletics program! Whether as an athlete, a supporter, or both,” Kyle said. He played soccer at Trinity since sixth grade, and is grateful for the ability to build so many friendships over the years with his fellow teammates.
Kyle credits all three of his Spanish teachers with giving him a deep appreciation for the Spanish language. “Señora Barber, Señora Sanders, and Señora Sarmiento all had a profound influence on my life. I plan on minoring in Spanish in college, and hope to keep the language with me for the rest of my life,” said Kyle.
In the fall, Kyle will attend Virginia Tech! Go Hokies!!
Etienne O. has been a Gryphon since Grade 7!
One of his absolute favorite teachers was Mrs. Harstine. Her teaching allowed Etienne to enjoy French again, but more than that she was someone he could always talk to and joke around with. Etienne said, “No matter how much my friends and I annoyed her, she was always helpful and kind. After all, she did let us crash her wedding!”
A memory he will never forget is winning the DAC championship twice with his best friends on the Boys Varsity Soccer team. Etienne has been a member of the Boys Varsity soccer team since his freshman year!
His advice to younger Trinity students is to have perspective, and not be defined by your grades. “Doing your best and focusing on your grades is very important, but it is also important to take a step back and wonder if the stress or all-nighter is really worth it,” said Etienne. “In the end, your grades don’t define you, and don’t mean nearly as much as you may first think.”
In the fall, he will attend North Carolina State University and will major in political science and data science!
Carina T. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
“I have made great memories throughout the 12 years I have been here at Trinity,” Carina said. “Trinity has allowed me to defend my faith, and to appreciate what it means to be a Christian. Since I have been here since first grade, the friends I have made along the way have always stuck by me and been very supportive!”
Her favorite activity while at Trinity was creating the International Club. During her junior year, Carina partnered with Mrs. Pushak to bring a sense of cultural awareness to the school! “Mrs. Pushak was very supportive about how passionate I am towards my Armenian culture, and she was always so interested to learn more about it. I felt inspired by her, and compelled by her love for other cultures, and that led to me starting the International Club,” said Carina.
It comes as no surprise that the teacher who impacted Carina’s life most was Mrs. Pushak! “She gives great advice, is always willing to go out of her way to help her students, and is the perfect sponsor for the international club,” said Carina.
In the fall, Carina will attend George Mason University with plans to major in business marketing!
Jonathan B. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
His favorite Trinity tradition is our annual Spirit Week! In addition to the games during seminar, and the different themes of each day, Jonathan enjoyed how the school came together throughout the week.
His favorite teacher was Mr. Harstine, and if he could leave the younger Trinity students with one piece of advice, he wants them to know not to be afraid of asking for help from the older students!
In the fall, Jonathan will study marketing at Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!
Mike M. came to Trinity in the fifth grade!
Some of his favorite memories involve his time on the Boys Varsity Baseball team with his friends. He named Mrs. Pushak as a teacher who impacted his life, and said she was one of his favorite teachers ever! “She was always kind, and always fun to talk to,” said Mike.
His advice to younger Trinity students is to always get your work turned in on time- it really helps!
In the fall, Mike will attend High Point University with plans to major in business/finance.
Joan G. came to Trinity in the fifth grade!
Next year, Joan will attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship! She will study aerospace engineering. She is grateful to Mr. Petzrick for her motivation and encouragement in pursuing a military career. “He has been a role model to me since my freshman year,” said Joan.
As a member of the Color Guard, Joan was given valuable leadership experience and opportunities, and was able to form friendships with students from various grades!
Her advice to her younger Trinity friends is to pick a goal and stick to it. “The goal can be small, but make sure you work towards it each and every day until it is accomplished!”
Mason F. came to Trinity in Grade 9.
One of his favorite activities during his years as a Gryphon was being a part of the Boys Varsity Tennis team. He had a blast playing a sport he loved and making friends at the same time!
A teacher who impacted his life was Mr. Normann, his Intro to Microeconomics teacher! “His class solidified my interest of the private sector,” said Mason.
His advice to younger Gryphons is to enjoy high school years, while finding a balance between hard work and free time!
In the fall, Mason will attend James Madison University, with hopes to study business or economics.
Mia N. came to Trinity in Grade 9.
She loved being a member of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team from Grades 9-12, and helped them win the 2019 State Championship! Mia also founded the Medical Youth Society, and loved making new friendships with students in all grades through this club, while helping them grow their passion toward the medical field! She will greatly miss spending time with Trinity’s Athletic Trainer Ms. Graybill, whom Mia credits for being her rock these past four years.
One of Mia’s favorite teachers is Mrs. Hulbert, who fostered a love for the medical field within Mia in a tremendous way! “I knew I wanted to go into the medical field before taking her class, but she definitely solidified those plans,” said Mia.
In the fall, Mia will attend the University of Virginia with plans to study kinesiology on a pre-med track.
Georgia L. became a Gryphon in Grade 8!
When asked to pick a favorite Trinity memory, Georgia said there were too many to count! Her senior year she felt immensely blessed by both the Girls Varsity Swim team and the Theater Department, as well as her AP Art class and the Outdoor Adventure Club. “I’ve had such a good time tackling challenges with friends and trying things outside my comfort zone,” Georgia said.
She wants to thank Mrs. Pushak for being a steady encouragement in her life, as well as Mr. Harstine for helping her grow in her personal relationship with Christ. She is grateful for great conversation with Mr. Winters, and for the deep appreciation for the arts and belief in her own abilities that Mrs. Dayhoff has instilled in her.
“I am just truly so thankful to have spent the last 5 years at this incredible school. I will miss it more than I am probably able to recognize right now,” said Georgia.
Her ultimate dream is to work in wildlife conservation, and she hopes to begin the pursuit of this dream next year (ideally at a school with good hiking and beautiful wildlife!).
Megan P. came to Trinity in Grade 7!
One of Megan’s favorite Trinity memories was being a part of “Senior Adoption.” Every year, all of the Lower School classes “adopt” a handful of seniors, and cover them in prayer and encouragement throughout the school year! She loved visiting her third grade students and seeing how excited they were to have her in the classroom.
She is thankful for her time in Mrs. Henricks’ class last year, and loved the fun and inviting way in which she taught history!
When asked what advice she had for younger Trinity students, Megan said, “The hard work will pay off! There will be many moments where you will doubt what the future holds, but God will remain faithful and I promise he has good plans for everyone. You can only experience your years at high school once- never take them for granted!”
Next year, Megan will attend Penn State, where she plans to major in criminology.
Peter C. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
Peter’s favorite memory of Trinity is Homecoming. A whole week of school spirit and themed casual days culminate in an evening of basketball and fun!
He would like to thank Mrs. Wise for teaching him the value of finishing things ahead of time, and for helping him organize homework completion. In fact, when asked what advice he would give to younger students, Peter said, “Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today!”
In the fall, Peter plans to study meteorology at Virginia Tech. Go Hokies!
Jadon M. came to Trinity his freshman year!
One of his favorite classes was Calculus with Mrs. Kuiper. Says Jadon, “She made the coursework very enjoyable, and I really learned a lot from her!” He also learned a lot in Mrs. Olmstead’s AP Language class. He saw his writing greatly improve, and loved taking part in every class discussion!
When asked which teacher impacted his life the most, Jadon said Mr. Petzrick. “During the four years I have been at Trinity, I have always interacted with Mr. P either as a teacher, or during my time in Color Guard. His example as a leader throughout his military career and as a faculty member at school has encouraged me more to follow God and live for his glory,” Jadon said.
His advice to younger students is to not take any hardships for granted that they may face! He hopes they do everything to the best of their ability in order to grow more in confidence, skill, and faith in Christ.
In the fall, Jadon plans to attend James Madison University where he received a 4-year Second Century STEM Scholarship, as well as the Army's National ROTC 3-year Scholarship. He will attend as an Army ROTC cadet, and plans to major in Computer Science.
Ian L. came to Trinity in Grade 7.
Two classes he is thankful for are Weight Training with Mr. Hayes, as well as Spanish class with Señora Barber. Ian names Señora Barber as the teacher who impacted his life the most, and is grateful for the good relationship they developed in class over the years.
One of his favorite parts of being a Gryphon was the ability to play for the Boys Varsity Soccer team. He loved having the opportunity to spend time with his friends every day, and exercise at the same time!
He wants younger students to try and live in the moment, because your high school years go by very quickly and it is important to enjoy them!
In the fall, Ian will attend Christopher Newport University with plans to study finance.
John B. became a Gryphon in Grade 8!
“One of the many teachers who made a significant impact on me during my time at Trinity is Mr. P. He provided an example of how to lead and unify people from different backgrounds toward a single cause,” said John.
John was a member of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, and enjoyed spending time with his fellow teammates and succeeding at the conference level!
John hopes that younger Trinity students will not be scared of their senior year. “While the pressure of the senior thesis, college apps, and more can easily be seen as overwhelming, there is so much more to look forward to,” John said. “Enjoy it, and make the most out of it while it lasts!”
Next year, John will intern at a tech company while taking a few college prerequisite courses. He plans to major in math or computer science!
Grace J. came to Trinity in Grade 8!
She was an active member of the Blue Crew, and had so much fun cheering on Trinity’s teams with all of her friends. “We were able to make the stands come alive during every game!” said Grace.
Grace is thankful for the incredible support of Mrs. Miller throughout her time at Trinity. “She was basically like my mom at school. I could go to her with anything I was dealing with, and she would always listen,” said Grace. “Her support meant the world to me.” Grace took Mrs. Miller’s AP Environmental Science class, and loved it! She names APES as her favorite class at Trinity, and really enjoyed their field trip to a water treatment plant and a trash burning facility. “Although that may not sound incredibly riveting, it was so much fun! I laughed so many times that day,” said Grace.
Next year, Grace will attend Virginia Tech with plans to major in national security and foreign affairs and Russian. Go Hokies!
Emily A. came to Trinity her freshman year!
One of Emily’s favorite things from her time at Trinity was her time on the Girls Varsity Soccer team! She especially enjoyed their overnight trips when the team got to bond.
Emily named Mrs. Pushak as a teacher who influenced her life most. “Mrs. Pushak continuously encouraged and uplifted me throughout my time at Trinity. I called her my ‘school mom,’ because she has always been someone I knew I could go to if I needed anything, wanted advice, or just wanted to talk,” said Emily.
Her favorite class was anatomy, not only because Mrs. Hulbert is an awesome teacher, but also because the class had some of her best friends and she loved spending time with them while learning about the body.
In the fall, Emily will attend Wake Forest University with plans to study elementary education and psychology.
Joey S. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
His favorite activity while at Trinity was playing on the Boys Varsity Soccer team, because of the fellowship and the dedication it required. Joey credits the team for strengthening him physically and helping to build character!
He is thankful to Mrs. Koth for always looking out for him. “Since I started singing, she has mentored me and prepared me for any musical challenge,” Joey said.
Joey wants younger Trinity students to understand the importance of not procrastinate. When deadlines roll around, they will be grateful that they did not wait until the last minute!
Ellie B. was a member of the Girls Varsity Tennis team, and named it as one of her favorite experiences during her time at Trinity! “I had the best team and the best coach! It was so much fun with some of my favorite people,” Ellie said.
When asked which teacher has made the biggest impact on her life, this was Ellie’s response: “They all have honestly! Every teacher at Trinity genuinely cares about their students and wants to see them succeed. They are always there to lend a helping hand. Even my tennis coach, Mrs. Miller, continued to be there for anything I needed long after the season was over!”
In the fall, Ellie will attend Ida Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University!
Michael C. came to Trinity his freshman year!
He named Mrs. Waller as the teacher who impacted his life most. “She showed how much she cared for her students through her sheer kindness and thoughtfulness,” said Michael.
One of Michael’s favorite activities while at Trinity was being a member of the Varsity Swim team. “I liked taking on the physical and mental challenge of waking up early and pushing myself in the pool,” said Michael. “It was made memorable through the team’s closeness that only solidified throughout the season.”
Next year, Michael plans to study mechanical engineering at George Mason University.
Ramsey S. came to Trinity in Grade 7!
She was very involved with the Blue Crew, and loved attending games, cheering on our teams, and dressing up for themed sports events. Part of her job as a Blue Crew member was to increase school spirit and bring the crowd to life at athletic events and pep rallies!
In the fall, Ramsey will attend Auburn University on a pre-med track. This decision was heavily influenced by her time in Mrs. Hulbert’s Anatomy and Physiology class. “Taking Mrs. Hulbert’s class greatly increased my interest in human anatomy and helped me decide that I want to pursue scientific studies in college,” said Ramsey. “Mrs. Hulbert’s passion for her students is always very evident, and she is truly one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.”
Jefferson Y. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
One of his favorite teachers while at Trinity was Mrs. Pushak. “She is a great teacher, and she is always there to talk to. I loved her class so much my sophomore year, that I got the opportunity to be a Teacher Assistant for her my senior year,” said Jefferson. So naturally, his advice to younger Trinity students is to become a Teacher Assistant for Mrs. Pushak!
Jefferson was a talented athlete who played on the lacrosse, basketball, and soccer teams. He enjoyed being able to make friends not only in his grade, but in other grades as well.
In the fall, Jefferson will attend Calvin University where he committed to play lacrosse!
Newlenio M. came to Trinity in Grade 11! Though his time at Trinity was short, he wasted no time in getting involved. Newlenio named Wind Ensemble as his favorite activity here at TCS. He is a talented tenor saxophone player, and greatly enjoyed the ability to learn and grow as a musician! He also would like to thank Mrs. Olmstead for the positive impact she left on his life.
In the fall, Newlenio hopes to pursue studies in economics.
Hollis B. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
A dedicated member of SGA, Hollis loved planning events such as Homecoming and the Fall Dance. According to Hollis, watching all of the students have a great high school experience made all the hard work worth it!
Mrs. Henricks, her AP U.S. History teacher, changed her perspective on learning and taught her to love history. Hollis’ passion for politics and history developed in that class, and is part of the reason she will pursue a major in political science this fall.
Hollis will attend The College of William and Mary on the Monroe Scholars Program, making her one of the most academically distinguished undergraduates at William & Mary (W&M). Less than 10% of W&M undergraduates receive this prestigious designation. She will take a pre-law track at W&M. She will really miss spending time in the Senior hallway before class with her friends!
Rebecca P. became a Gryphon her freshman year!
Rebecca was involved in various Trinity clubs and organizations, but her absolute favorite activity was theater. She has participated in every single play since her arrival at Trinity! Says Rebecca, “I have really enjoyed the tight knit community and creative outlet theater allows and have especially enjoyed learning how to direct and lead from Mr. Winters.”
In the fall, Rebecca will attend the University of Virginia, and currently plans to double major in French and Environmental Thought and Practice. Mrs. Miller was a big influence in this decision, as her class made Rebecca realize her own passion for environmental science!
Lastly, Rebecca would like to thank everyone who made her time at Trinity such a positive experience.
Lauren H. came to Trinity in the fourth grade!
One of her favorite parts of being a Gryphon was the opportunity to play organized sports. Lauren played basketball since Grade 6, and volleyball since Grade 8, and has loved being a part of our athletic program! “Through sports, I have grown as an athlete, a teammate, and as a daughter of Christ. I am extremely grateful for the love and encouragement from my teammates and coaches,” said Lauren.
Last year, Lauren went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic led by Señora Barber. She is thankful to Señora Barber for helping her realize her love for Spanish, her love for missions, and for giving her the opportunity to serve God’s people in their heart language!
Next year, Lauren will attend Liberty University with plans to double-major in business and Spanish. She will miss her community at Trinity (“it’s so neat to have friends older and younger than me here!”), but is very excited to see what the Lord has in store for her life!
Farida H. came to Trinity her freshman year.
One of her absolute favorite parts of being a Gryphon was joining Blue Crew! The Blue Crew is a group of students who cultivate school spirit at Trinity events. Farida said that as a naturally loud person, she loved cheering on Trinity’s sports teams!
Mrs. Pushak greatly influenced Farida during her time at Trinity. Farida was a student in Mrs. Pushak’s class her sophomore year, looked to her as a friend and mentor her junior year, and acted as her Teacher Assistant senior year!
In the fall, Farida plans to attend Virginia Tech and hopes to major in criminology or industrial design. Go Hokies!
When asked what advice she wants to give to younger students, Farida said, “Say yes to every opportunity given to you. God put it there for a reason!”
Ann Y. came to Trinity in Grade 7!
For the last five years, Ann has been a member of our Girls Varsity Track and Field team. Some of her favorite memories include track meets and relay races, cheering on her friends when they run, and the game the team played during Friday practices!
Mrs. Vargo, Ann’s Physics teacher, is one of the most understanding and caring teachers she has ever had. “She truly wants to see her students succeed, encourages us to try our hardest in all that we do, and is always eager to help us in any way she can,” said Ann.
One of her favorite memories from her time at Trinity is the senior Day-Away trip. “Watching the sunset over the water with my friends was a super special memory that I am really thankful for,” Ann said. “It was such a great way to start senior year!
In the fall, Ann will attend Liberty University with plans to major in nursing.
Sydney K. became a Gryphon in Grade 11! “Trinity is like a second home to me. I transferred from a public school the middle of my junior year, and it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. I will treasure all of the memories and friendships!!” said Sydney.
Sydney hopes that younger Trinity students challenge themselves academically, but learn the importance of knowing when to ask for help. She wants them to know that asking questions when confused on material is always the best option!
A teacher who greatly impacted Sydney’s life is Señora Barber. “Even though I only had her for one semester, she was the kindest, smartest, and sweetest teacher I have ever had.” Sydney said. “She cares about her students and the world so much. You can see her relationship with Jesus is so strong, and I am going to miss her next year!”
In the fall, Sydney plans to attend Auburn University and hopes to major in clinical lab science.
Leah L. came to Trinity in the sixth grade.
This past year, Leah joined Trinity’s first ever Varsity Field Hockey team! This was her favorite activity at Trinity, as she enjoyed learning how to play a new sport alongside the best group of girls.
When asked what teacher has impacted her life, Leah answered Mrs. Pushak. “I am so grateful for how Mrs. Pushak is always willing to talk about anything. She gives the best advice!”
But Leah had some advice of her own to give to younger Trinity students! “It’s important to find a balance between your social life and academics. Live in the present, because you never know what could be taken from you!”
In the fall, Leah plans to attend Virginia Tech! Go Hokies!
Danny M. came to Trinity his sophomore year!
He was a member of the Boys Varsity Soccer team and Varsity Track team, involved in the National Honor Society, and enjoyed his experience in Math Lab. “I made new friends, and enjoyed Mrs. Olmstead’s morning tea,” Danny said.
Danny hopes that younger Trinity students take time to find purpose in everything they do.
In the fall, he will attend Virginia Tech and will major in computer science. Go Hokies!
Melina B. came to Trinity her junior year!
Melina’s favorite part of Trinity was the Performing Arts program! Melina was a part of the Honors Chamber Ensemble and the Advanced Philharmonic Orchestra for strings. Melina also really enjoyed Trinity’s Homecoming Spirit Week and the Senior Retreat to Sandy Cove!
During her time at Trinity, Melina developed friendships with Mr. Winters, Mrs. Rector, Mr. Harstine, Mr. Daniell, and Mr. Marshall, who all made her feel welcomed. “They all are incredibly loving as well as very humorous, and they have always treated me with kindness and respect,” said Melina.
Her advice to younger Trinity students is to enjoy high school while it lasts. “Make memories you won’t forget! It all goes by so fast, so do not take any of it for granted (including your education!),” said Melina.
After high school, Melina plans on enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and hopes to be a linguist!
Emily M. came to Trinity in the sixth grade!
As a talented varsity cheerleader, Emily was mostly found courtside cheering on the Gryphons! “The Homecoming game was always so much fun, because I loved cheering and performing our Homecoming routine every year,” said Emily. She also enjoyed Spirit Week, and the chance to dress up for each day’s theme!
When asked to name a teacher who influenced her life, Emily could have named several! “This is really hard, because I have loved all of my teachers over the years and they have all impacted me in special ways,” Emily said. “One teacher who really impacted me is Mrs. Henricks (my junior year AP U.S. History teacher). APUSH was one of the first AP classes that I took at Trinity, and she really helped me navigate that class as well as grow as a student and a person.”
In the fall, Emily plans to attend Furman University, where she will continue her cheerleading career!
Rob C. came to Trinity his freshman year!
He would like younger students to know the importance of not prioritizing grades above everything. “You will burn yourself out before life even begins!” Rob said.
In the fall, Rob plans to attend the University of Virginia, with hopes to major in commerce with a specialization in accounting.
Aiden G. came to Trinity in Grade 3!
He was a member of the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team, and loved the fun environment and camaraderie among the team. A teacher who greatly impacted his life was Mrs. Case!
Aiden wants every younger Trinity student to take the time to enjoy high school, because it flies by.
In the fall, Aiden will study business at High Point University.
Wesley S. came to Trinity in the seventh grade!
When asked to name a teacher who impacted his life, Wesley could not state just one. “I have had so many great teachers at Trinity! My top three are Mrs. Olmstead, Mr. McGarry, and Mr. P. All three of these teachers I have found engaging, and have taught interesting subject matter,” said Wesley.
He heavily encourages younger Trinity students to get involved with theater! Some of his favorite memories took place with Mr. Winters and his theater family. He also wants younger students to treat high school as more than just a means to college, and to enjoy their time!
In the fall, Wesley plans to attend College of the Holy Cross with a double major in philosophy and computer science.
Joshua M. came to Trinity in the fifth grade.
His favorite activity during his time as a Gryphon was being a member of the Boys Varsity Soccer team! “I have played soccer at Trinity from the beginning of middle school to my senior year. It has been amazing seeing how much the program has grown! I especially appreciate how I was able to become captain my senior year, and play with the team as DAC champions and state semi-finalists,” said Joshua.
In the fall, Joshua plans to attend community college for a transfer program to USC. He hopes to major in biomedical engineering!
Julia W became a Gryphon in Grade 9!
Her favorite memory from her time at Trinity is partaking in the interesting and intense government class discussions. When asked about a favorite teacher, Julia named Ms. M! “Ms. M is a gifted encourager, and gifted at making other people smile,” said Julia.
In the fall, Julia will attend the University of Virginia!
Lisa R. came to Trinity in Grade 6.
She is very grateful for all the time spent with Ms. Lubenec. “She taught me so many things as a tutor, particularly how to write effective papers and how to study well,” Lisa said. “I still use a lot of her methods, and will probably continue to use them for the rest of my life!”
Lisa thoroughly enjoyed her time in the Theater Department, and for her time helping to put the plays together her senior year. She is grateful for her friendships with fellow theater students as well. “The theater students at Trinity are so funny and charming, and were a great team to work with to put on a show we were all passionate about,” said Lisa.
In the fall, Lisa plans to attend college in Florida. She has an interest in humanities, from government to psychology to literature, but is currently undecided in her major. She is, however, very much looking forward to voting in the 2020 Presidential election!
Luke P. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
Luke was SGA Student Body President as well as Vice President of the National Honor Society. He loved being involved in the SGA because it gave him the opportunity to be a leader, and to have a role in the school at large!
According to Luke, “The teachers at Trinity care more about the students than I think you will find at other places. Many of them have played important roles in my faith, and not just my education.” One of those teachers was Mr. Harstine, whom Luke says impacted his life the most because he took the time to befriend and mentor him, and not just be the teacher.
Next year, Luke will attend University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar! He plans to major in Arts Administration with an emphasis in music and business, and minor in entrepreneurship.
Dawson C. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is another Trinity “Lifer!”
Dawson’s favorite TCS activities included being a member of the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team and leading the FCA club! He also enjoyed Mr. P’s engineering class, and credits Mr. P for encouraging his passion for construction. Dawson also appreciated that Mr. P allowed him to add some comedic relief to class every now and then
In the fall, Dawson will attend Virginia Tech and will major in construction management.
Sarai M. came to Trinity in Grade 8!
One of her favorite activities at Trinity was participating in the debate team and going to various competitions. “I really appreciated Mr. Marshall putting in so much time to pull the team together!” Sarai said.
She is also incredibly thankful for the influence that Mr. P had on her life. Sarai plans to pursue bioengineering in the future thanks to his wisdom and encouragement!
In the fall, Sarai plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh, and has dreams of going to medical school one day with a focus on oncology.
Kelly T. became a Gryphon in Grade 11.
Her favorite activity while at Trinity was playing for the Girls Varsity Soccer team! “Every single girl was a blessing to know and play with,” Kelly said.
When asked which Trinity teacher influenced her most, Kelly named Mrs. Hulbert. She wants to thank Mrs. Hulbert for impacting her life so greatly in Anatomy class, and for being such an inspiration!
One of her favorite Trinity memories was the last day of school her junior year. It was the first day she was able to wear the black Trinity polo! Traditionally, only seniors are able to wear black polos, and on the last day of school (when the seniors are gone!) the junior class wears them proudly.
Next year, Kelly will attend Tulane University, where she will double major in neuroscience and biochemistry
Jackson F. came to Trinity in Grade 10!
During his time as a Gryphon, Jackson served as a member of the Color Guard, and loved being a part of something important and larger than himself. “I was able to honor veterans, show respect for the flag, learn and practice leadership, as well as pass it on,” Jackson said. “Mr. P taught me a lot about what it means to be a leader by word and by deed, and I’m very grateful for all the lessons, help, and fun times we’ve had together.”
One of his favorite teachers was Mme. Harstine! She was such a great teacher, that she made Jackson want to take French past the required amount. “She has always had an open door, and has been a bright spot during the stress of high school,” Jackson said.
A piece of advice he wants younger Trinity students to know is that it’s important to get the hard things done first- that way you have truly free time for the fun things!
In the fall, Jackson will attend Hampden-Sydney as a Wilson Leadership Fellow, a Presidential Scholar, and a Research Fellow, with plans to major in history.
Callie D. became a Gryphon in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
One of her favorite teachers during her senior year at Trinity is Mrs. Rector. “Having her class in the morning starts my day off so well,” Callie said. “She is so encouraging, and has such a loving spirit!”
Callie played on the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team since eighth grade, and loved every second of being on the team.
Her advice to younger students is to enjoy the time they have with their friends while at Trinity! “Trinity is such a great place, and I can’t believe this experience is over so soon,” Callie said.
In the fall, Callie plans to major in graphic design at James Madison University!
Luc A, came to Trinity his freshman year!
He loved taking part in Spirit Week! Luc describes it as fun and festive, but mostly enjoyed the fact that seminar was canceled in favor of dodgeball games and lip-sync battles!
Luc is thankful for the impact that Mr. Daniell had on his life. He wants younger students to know the importance of hard work and the value of not procrastinating, and will miss his time at Trinity.
Next year, Luc will attend Northern Virginia Community College with plans to transfer to George Mason University! He will study information technology.
Kristy S. came to Trinity in the first grade, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
She played soccer for the Girls Varsity Soccer team, and loved every minute of it! “Playing on this team helped me become friends with people in so many different grades, and helped me build another family,” said Kristy.
Three teachers greatly impacted her life during her time at Trinity: Mrs. Pushak, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Hulbert. Said Kristy, “They were very understanding and always welcoming, and I could talk to them about anything. They were so kind and accommodating to all of their students, and I really enjoyed my time in their classes!”
Her advice to younger Trinity students is to be involved, go to sports games, study, hang out with your friends, and don’t miss a single opportunity! When high school is over, you will truly miss it.
Next year, Kristy will attend the University of Virginia with hopes to major in biology on a pre-med track!
Zoe P. became a Gryphon her freshman year!
During her time at Trinity, Zoe enjoyed theater the most because it gave her a strong sense of community. “The stage is a place where I am free to be myself, and I know that I will be welcomed as I am,” said Zoe. She also credits Mr. Winter’s as a tremendous influence on her life. “Though sometimes his theories drive me crazy, his continuous support and strength in the face of adversity helped me through the most,” Zoe said.
Zoe gave the following incredible advice to rising Trinity seniors: “Take advantage of every opportunity you can. Take that one class you really love instead of the one you need for the GPA boost. Join that club you wouldn’t necessarily try. Go to as many sport events, concerts, and plays as you can. Don’t waste the opportunities senior year has to offer! Treat your teachers well, and if you don’t know it by midnight, then you aren’t gonna understand it any more clearly at 1 a.m. Try not to blink, because it goes by so quickly. We know you’ll do just fine.”
Zoe plans to spend her summer with her family, friends, and clownfish! In the fall, she will attend William and Mary to study biology with a minor in marine science.
Sienna’s advice to younger Trinity students is to become involved in things you are interested in, and to spend plenty of quality time with your friends! She took her own advice to heart during her time at Trinity, joining the Girls Varsity Basketball team and being an active member of Blue Crew.
“I loved playing basketball because I really was able to bond with my teammates and coaches! Blue Crew was also super awesome, because I cheered, dressed up, and helped spread school spirit with my friends,” said Sienna.
Her favorite class by far was Leadership with Mr. P., and she named Mrs. Hulbert as a teacher who greatly impacted her life. “She demonstrated what a compassionate heart looks like,” said Sienna.
In the fall, Sienna plans to attend Westmont College with plans to study international affairs.
Thomas B. came to Trinity in Grade 1, and is a Trinity “Lifer!”
As a member of the Boys Varsity Baseball team for five years, Thomas grew as a player, a leader, and a person. He credits this growth to Mr. Vargo, his baseball coach, and is thankful for the impact Mr. Vargo made on his life! Thomas is also grateful for the influence of Mr. Daniell and Mr. Harstine, as they helped him deeply understand and take ownership of his faith in Jesus.
One of his favorite memories includes the DAC Championship win, and the States playoff run that our Boys Varsity Soccer team enjoyed this year!
His biggest piece of advice to younger Trinity students is to enjoy their time by getting involved! “Participate in sports, band, homecoming week or clubs, or anything! Take advantage of the benefits of a small school by getting to know more people in your grade and your teachers,” said Thomas.
In the fall, Thomas will attend Virginia Tech. He plans to study engineering, and credits Mrs. Vargo and her class for this decision!
Carsyn S. came to Trinity her freshman year.
Her favorite activity during her time as a Gryphon was the senior retreat at the beginning of the year! “The place we went to was really pretty, and we got to see an amazing sunset! I was able to bond with my fellow classmates, especially the senior girls,” said Carsyn.
A teacher who impacted her life was former Trinity teacher, Mrs. Henricks. “She made me actually enjoy history...which is usually my least favorite class! I learned a lot from her,” said Carsyn.
She wants younger Trinity students to take in all of their Trinity experiences and cherish the time while they still have it, even when life may be stressful. Carsyn advised that they cherish their friends and experiences, because these are the days they will look back on and wish they had back!
In the fall, she will attend Baylor University with plans to major in computer science.
Dylan T. came to Trinity in Grade 8!
Dylan was a talented and active member of Trinity’s Performing Arts Department. He loved acting in various school plays! “The most fun school play was The Imaginary Invalid, where I played a naive and germaphobic old man,” said Dylan.
Mr. Winters encouraged Dylan to try out for theater, and this tremendously impacted his life. Theater created a lifelong hobby that he would not have had without the influence of Mr. Winters!
If he could leave younger Trinity students with one piece of advice, he would encourage them to always be your true self. “People look up to you when you are being real. The real you is always the best you!”
In the fall, Dylan will attend NOVA with plans to major in business with a focus on entrepreneurship.
Keira Z. came to Trinity her freshman year!
She was a member of the Varsity Volleyball team, and greatly valued her time with the team! “Each year I have learned something new about myself and something to improve on, not just athletically but also personally. I’ve grown closer to the Lord as well, especially this past season with Coach Park’s leadership,” said Keira. One of her favorite memories with the team was winning the State Championship together!
Keira named Mr. P and Mrs. Pushak as the two teachers who have influenced her most! “Mr. P challenged me ethically and held me accountable to my mistakes and procrastination,” said Keira. “Mrs. Pushak encouraged me in my walk with the Lord, and in my passion for mission work!
Keira wants younger Trinity students to always give their best in everything they do, but not to get caught up in trying to be perfect. She also wants them to know that it is okay not to join every club, or take every AP class! “Prioritize the things that matter, such as having time to spend with your family and time to spend furthering your relationship with the Lord,” said Keira.
In the fall, Keira will attend Clemson University to study nursing with a minor in Spanish.
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