Class of 2020
HEAV Graduation Ceremony
Greater Richmond Convention Center
July 25, 2020
Congratulations, Graduating Class of 2020!
Ava Lillian Abbott
Church View, Virginia
I have been homeschooled all my life. During this time, I have enjoyed being with my family and competing in multiple horse shows, including the State 4H Horse and Pony Championship with my lovely horse, Jackie. I also participated in animal science and personal health and fitness 4H clubs. Swimming, shooting, horseback riding, and playing the harp and piano are the skills and talents I am most proud of learning and mastering. My next step is to obtain my degree and start the next chapter in my life. “I will instruct and teach you in this way that you are to go; I will give you counsel; my eyes will be watching you” (Psalm 32:8 CJB).
Thomas Edward Addison IIIHenrico, Virginia
I have been homeschooled since the first grade, and I have been a part of a homeschool co-op since the tenth grade. I am also currently enrolled in the local community college, and I plan to continue with it after graduation. After this, I plan to transfer to a four-year college and major in computer science. When it comes to hobbies, I have a few: foil fencing, which I have done for three years; saber fencing, which I have done for two years; and making figures out of twisty ties, which I have done for seven years. My other hobbies include playing video games, programming, and game design.
Naomi Esperanza Ortiz Aguilar
Church Road, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from sixth grade through twelfth grade. During that time I have volunteered in the community, traveled, and enjoyed playing softball. I am looking forward to attending Brigham Young University in Idaho this fall. My favorite quote is, “I am here for a good time, not a long time.”
Sydney Elizabeth BaileyMidlothian, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. The last two years I was in a dual-enrollment program where I earned 41 college credits. I have begun my studies in American Sign Language (ASL) and interpretation at Reynolds Community College. I plan to complete my bachelor’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in interdisciplinary studies, with a focus in ASL interpretation and a minor in Spanish. I enjoy playing soccer and am a black belt in the martial art of Senshido. In the coming year, I look forward to returning to Spain for missions work and beginning work in deaf ministries.
Richard Lee Turberville Beale VI
Bowling Green, Virginia
I have been homeschooled for 13 years, the equivalent to my entire life as a student so far. I am a Star Wars enthusiast, LEGO® enthusiast, and most importantly, a follower of Christ. I plan to complete an associate degree in mechanical engineering by the spring of 2021 at Germanna Community College and then transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV).
Justin Alan Bellusci
I have been homeschooled from elementary through twelfth grade. During high school I was dual enrolled at Bluefield College, where I earned college credit. For the last four years I have participated with Hope for Appalachia, a mission group that serves and ministers to children in the public schools. I also serve lunch monthly with an outreach group in my community. I’m an avid drummer, and I have served on three different worship teams and played in a jazz band, which recorded a CD for a fundraiser. I’m also a student leader in my youth group, which I thoroughly enjoy. For two years I was a member of the national Beta Club, where I served on the board. In my spare time I study jiu-jitsu, and I’ve achieved the rank of blue belt, continuing to compete.
Alexis Cheyenne Bise
Nathan Paul Bradford
Belle Haven, Virginia
Emma Olivia Brady
I have been homeschooled since preschool and have attended the Treasure Home Educators Association co-op since ninth grade. During the past three summers, I worked as a crew member in the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps program. I participated in activities such as trail construction, landscaping, painting, as well as building park signs, fences, steps, and wooden benches to beautify and restore Virginia’s state parks. I also have a special interest in animals. I began volunteering at Southampton Veterinary Clinic in January, 2018, and I am currently a full-time employee, with aspirations of majoring in veterinary technology.
Mackenzie Lynn Brayer
I am 18 and have been homeschooled from sophomore through senior years. Being homeschooled has allowed me to chase my passion and spend more time with my family. I participated in competitive dance for four years. I also volunteer at my church, helping with the special needs kids. I currently work part time at a dog boarding and daycare facility. I love working with animals and plan to become a veterinarian. My hobbies include playing piano, dancing, baking, and playing soccer. I want to thank my family for providing me a great education and giving me the building blocks for my future.
Gabriella Eva Brice
I have been homeschooled in Alaska, Arizona, Texas, and Virginia. From that, maybe you can tell that I am from a military family! I have enjoyed the many great experiences that have come from that. I have participated in several different choirs, which included Encore Choir (TX), Williamsburg Youth Choral Guild (VA), Gloucester All-State Choir, and our very own HEAV All-State Choir. I have been blessed to go on several mission trips, including to the District of Columbia, Africa, and Serbia. I would love to go to a Christian college and see what God has in store for me. My favorite verse is Jeremiah 17:9.
Grace Christina Brooks
Christian Nicholas Brown
I have been homeschooled since the seventh grade. Soccer is my favorite pastime and I have played since I was four years old. As a military brat, I’ve lived throughout the United States and enjoyed seeing and doing new things. During my junior year, I volunteered at a summer camp where I served as a teen counselor for the youth. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28.
James Howard Douglas Bryant. Jr.
I have been homeschooled for four years. In my junior year, I received my firefighter 1 certificate. My senior year I took a building trades class at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). With that, I was offered to do the apprenticeship program with Design Electronic, Inc. I will study with them for four years, with college classes, to receive my journeyman license in electrical. A favorite 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” (KJV).
Macy Ann Nichole BryantSchuyler, Virginia
I have been homeschooled for four years. I participated in an EMT course at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC); in this course I had the opportunity to become a nationally certified EMT. My future plans are to go to Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) in the fall for a paramedic course and potentially get a job at a fire station. I enjoy using my free time volunteering at Wintergreen Fire & Rescue and going to church. A favorite verse is 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (KJV).
Katherine Lois Bunn
Virginia Beach, Virginia
I’ve been homeschooled my whole life, with the exception of my fifth grade year. Through homeschooling, I’ve been able to pursue my interests. My grammy and I sew every Monday for two hours. I’ve made four quilts and completed many little projects by doing this with her. Currently, I plan to major in business at Regent University. I would like to be an entrepreneur; I keep changing what kind of business I want to have, though! – I guess we’ll see what happens. One of my favorite verses comes from Philippians 3:13, “…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (NASB).
Ryan Daniel Burdock
Ruther Glen, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from the sixth to the twelfth grade. I am a member of HEAV and Reach Homeschool Co-Op. I have enjoyed many educational field trips and co-op classes over the course of my homeschool years. I have been involved in drama for six years with Reach, Christian Youth Theater (CYT), and Caroline Community Theater. Some of my favorite roles to play were Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and getting to act on stilts as Carl the Giant in Big Fish. I’m thankful to God, my family, and my friends for their support and encouragement throughout my homeschool years.
Sadie Grace Cavett
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and my special interests include ASL (American Sign Language) and music. I have made it into District Chorus five times in a row, earned three Gold Cups in piano competition, and made fifth place in District Band for the tenor saxophone my senior year. I have also played the violin for eight years. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to interact with the deaf community and to learn ASL. I enjoy interpreting for the deaf members in our church and look forward to pursuing an interpreting license later down the road. Through the years I have settled on my favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 53:5. This verse is a constant reminder of what the Lord went through on the cross for me and that I should do all I can for Him.
Bailey Marie ClappMechanicsville, Virginia
I am 17 years old and proud to say I’m a homeschool graduate. I’ve been homeschooled ever since kindergarten. During my school years, I’ve focused on singing and voice lessons, with some theater work as well. During my senior year I was a part of the musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe with the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC). I’ve also taken a ballroom dancing course that included swing, cha-cha, tango, waltz, and fox-trot. I competed in last year’s voice competition with HEAV and received honorable mention. I do plan to concentrate on my voice and possibly theater work in my future.
Adriana Hope Clark
I have been homeschooled from fourth grade through twelfth grade. During my junior and senior years of high school, I have been a youth leader in my church. I am a member of IMPACT (Influencing My Peers as Christian Teens) and have done community and mission work. I plan to attend college to become a nurse. My favorite Bible verse is from Matthew 28:20, “… I am with you always…” (NIV).
Arianna Mae Converse
King William, Virginia
I was homeschooled for grades ten through twelve. I have volunteered with many different organizations, including animal hospitals and hospice agencies. I have a passion for helping others. During my junior year I worked with animals at a local kennel, where I discovered my desire to open my own non-profit rescue one day. I will continue my education in business to achieve that dream. My other special interests include classical dance, music, and makeup design and artistry.
Cameron Joseph Cousins
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. During that time, I learned a lot by helping out on my family’s mini-farm. In addition to raising chickens, I enjoy playing soccer, and my favorite hobby is metal detecting.
Olivia Jaylen Cowdrey
Olivia’s journey is as unique as God created her to be. She attended Appomattox public schools until middle school. God has continued to open doors for her. He made a way for her to attend a classical Christian school and eventually led her here. She has been homeschooled through her senior year and is in the dual-enrollment program at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC). She enjoys animals, photography and music. After graduation, she plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree and a career in photography. Congratulations to our “Sparkle Girl”—may you continue to be empowered by the truth of God’s love for you (Zachariah 9:16).
Lauren Lee Cox
Core, West Virginia
I was homeschooled for the second through twelfth grades. For the past nine years, I competed at the state and national level on a junior rifle team in precision air rifle and smallbore. This has afforded me the opportunity to travel, visiting many parts of our country and meeting countless people. Through homeschooling, God has blessed me with extra time with my family, my horse, and hunting. During my junior and senior years, I’ve taken dual enrollment classes and earned 19 college credits. I look forward to attending West Virginia University this fall.
Austin Palin Cunningham
I have been homeschooled for three years. My mom started homeschooling me because the public school system couldn’t or wouldn’t accommodate my dyslexia. Once out of public school, I did much better and focused on what I really liked: computer coding. I have received two certificates from Code Wizard, in Python and HTML. I will take two more classes through Code Wizard and, upon completion, I will create a website for a non-profit organization. Once that is complete, I will enter a nine-month rigorous program through Lambda School. I also enjoy video games, deejaying, playing the piano, and serving in the children’s ministry and as a greeter at church. My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (NLT).
Josephine Fay DavisDunkirk, Maryland
Josie has been homeschooled for six years. During this time, she took numerous art classes at a local co-op, played violin, was active in her church youth group, and earned the Dolley Madison award in American Heritage Girls. She loves art, especially drawing and photography, and hopes to use her artistic talent in her future endeavors. She especially enjoys listening to pop and rock music while creating characters for her graphic novel. Josie would like to thank her family for their love and support, and her grandfather, Pete Peterson, for the time he spent teaching her math and science.
Aleia Ann Dawson
Glen Allen, Virginia
The Lord blessed me with a homeschool education through eighth grade, and I took classes at a co-op and John Tyler Community College (JTCC) through graduation with honors. He also has directed my path to attend Liberty University, pursuing a B.S. in therapeutic science and either a doctorate in occupational therapy or placement with neurotraumatic sports specialists, but with a solid understanding of God’s mercy and love for all mankind through his Son. During my middle and high school years I enjoyed playing on basketball teams, taking mission trips, leading worship at several local churches, sharing the Gospel, spending time with close friends, and learning how beautiful my Savior is. My life verse is Colossians 3:3-4, and a favorite quotation of mine is, “Who I am in Christ matters more than what I think or what other people tell me about myself.”
Cameron Matthew Dean
I have been homeschooled since 2015. During my junior and senior years of high school, I was dual enrolled at a community college. I have performed in several musical theater productions and community choir, and have received the outstanding lead actor and director’s choice awards. In my spare time, I participated in ten seasons of hockey, and I enjoy hiking the Appalachian Mountains. As a type-1 diabetic, I’ve learned to overcome many obstacles and try to encourage others who may have challenges in their lives. I’m looking forward to seeing where God leads me on my next adventure in life. Job 34-42 are my favorite chapters in the Bible.
Robert William Deeds
I have been homeschooled from second grade through twelfth grade. During my junior and senior years of high school, I was dual enrolled at Richard Bland College of William and Mary, where I have currently earned 47 college credits, and by December I plan to have my associate degree. The next step may be a bachelor’s degree, or possibly the Air Force. My current interests include building with LEGO®, traveling, and playing video games. I would just like to thank my mother here at the end for all her hard work, and all the effort she has put in to get me where I am now. Thanks, Mom.
Bryce Caleb Dutter
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten to the twelfth grade. Since age three, I have attended Awana, and I anticipate earning the Citation Award. At church I play bass guitar with the worship team and operate the A/V system. My interests include guitar, piano, drums, cooking/baking, photography, and working with and repairing computers and anything electronic. I hope to work in the computer field but, most importantly, obey God’s calling for me. My current favorite verses are Psalm 16:7-11 and Jeremiah 29:11.
Elijah Lee Emory
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade while living in three countries and seven states. During my junior and senior years of high school, I dual enrolled at Tidewater Community College (TCC), earned the rank of Eagle Scout, sailed around the Bahamas, went to Summer Seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy, drummed with my band Conspiracy, tried my hand at blacksmithing, volunteered with my church, and held a part-time job. While living overseas, I also participated in two life-changing mission trips to the Philippines. I love anything to do with science, engineering with LEGO®, driving my Ectomobile, God, and my family. This fall, I plan to study astronautical engineering at Capitol Technology University.
Alyssa Michelle Farthing
After studying at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), I plan to transfer to George Mason University (GMU) to study kinesiology. Because of my love for fitness and nutrition, you will most likely find me at the gym or looking up the latest health trends. My other interests include psychology, piano, food (yes, food is an interest), and spending time with my friends and family. In Isaiah 46:4, God makes a promise that He will sustain us till the end. As I enter this new season, I am fully confident and rejoice in the fact that God will sustain me as I walk the path that He has set before me.
Jasckon Hunter Ferguson
I have been homeschooled for 13 years. During my high school years, I have enjoyed deer hunting and working outside. I have also participated in summer camps and off-season maintenance at The Edge Christian Camp in Spring Grove, Virginia. I hope to work at the camp full time starting this summer, leading the maintenance department. I plan to take online college classes starting in the fall. My favorite Bible verses are Psalm 73:26 and 28.
Hailey Elizabeth Flory
Cape Charles, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Since my tenth grade year I have been working and riding at horse facilities as an equestrian working student, one who gains knowledge about the care and management of horses, helps with barn management, and is paid in riding lessons. I have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Awana Citation Award. I have participated in a number of mission outreach trips to Kentucky, West Virginia, and Poland. I will be attending Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre in the fall to work toward getting my Riding Master III training, and hope to operate my own equine facility.
Samantha Jo Foster
Madison Heights, Virginia
I have been homeschooled my whole life. I am a dancer, and I have studied dance since I was six years old. My favorite subject in school is history; I’ve always loved reading about the different stories that have happened. I do not have just one favorite Bible verse, but the ones I like the most are: Colossians 3:23, 3 John 11, and Romans 12:21. As far as my future plans go, I would like to attend college and get a B.F.A or B.A. in dance. I am the youngest of four. I have two older brothers and one older sister. As hobbies, I enjoy watching movies and reading, and I have a slight interest in knitting.
Jonathan Christopher Freels
Homeschooling provided me with various opportunities. Since second grade, I have been able to delve into many classic works of literature like The Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Historical field trips, up and down the East Coast, were mere morsels of the benefits of homeschooling. I’ve also been provided great opportunities to serve my community through two organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Greene County and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Overall, I have invested approximately 150+ hours of volunteering. With these various opportunities, I have developed experience in leadership and work ethic.
Jadon Kiyvonnti Laquest Frieson
North Chesterfield, Virginia
I’ve been homeschooled from tenth through twelfth grades. During my senior year, I’ve had the opportunity to work with college students at ECPI University who are majoring in the field of computer network security. My special interests include spending time with my family, volunteering at my brother’s school, working in the church, reading, and rebuilding computers. After graduating from high school, I will be attending East Coast Polytechnic Institute (ECPI University) and majoring in cybersecurity. My favorite Bible verse is John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (KJV).
Nicholas Coleman Fronkier
Newport News, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grades. My parents have always been an encouragement. I played soccer for twelve years and volleyball my senior year. I love music, logic, sports, and exploring. I plan on traveling to France this summer to further my exploration of God’s beautiful kingdom. I will attend community college in the fall, then transfer to a university, where I will pursue a degree in business. One of my all-time favorite verses is Psalm 1:1-3.
Kayla Renay Garlick
I live in King William County and I am the youngest of eleven children. My graduation today ends my parents’ 29-year homeschooling career. My special interests include drawing, knitting, and K-pop music. Though I do not have any specific plans for the future, I do know that God will guide me there. My entire family shouts out a big “Thank you, Mom and Dad!” for your commitment to get all eleven of us out into the world on a solid footing. A big party to end this era of our life is planned, of course! But, above all, all glory given to God. A favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (NKJV).
Jacob Michael Gary
I have been homeschooled from seventh grade through twelfth grade. I regularly attend South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church, where I am an active participant in our youth group and enjoy helping with the children’s ministry. My special interests include drawing, gaming, Japanese culture, volleyball, and swimming. I will start college this fall at Regent University. I plan to pursue a career in animation with a minor in architecture.
Brooklyn Mackenzie Gilliam
I have been homeschooled since third grade, and I am so very thankful that my parents decided to do so. Being homeschooled has been such a blessing! There are many things I know I shall miss as I step into the phase of my life and studies—but chemistry is not one of them! Thank you, Mom and Dad, for caring enough to educate me at home. Proverbs 22:6 is a favorite Bible verse.
Aiden Charles Gorham
My name is Aiden Gorham. I am currently dual enrolled in Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, studying for an associate degree in cloud computing. I hope to pursue a career building computers after school, but I’m really fine with any job in the IT industry, as one of my biggest passions is computer science. My interests include working with a variety of machines, playing video games with friends, and graphic design through Photoshop for a handful of musical artists. My long-term goals include visiting Japan and Ireland.
Charlotte Michelle Granahan
Charlotte Michelle Granahan has been homeschooled in Virginia since birth. She is an honors graduate and has participated in the Classical Conversations homeschooling program. She holds a private pilot license and aspires to become a military pilot. Her many interests include flying, drawing, swimming, physics, and dancing. She has trained for 11+ years as a competitive Irish step dancer and competed at the National and World Championship levels as a soloist and ceili (team) dancer. Charlotte is not able to attend this postponed graduation ceremony because she has already arrived at the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado to begin her future career flying and studying aeronautical engineering!
Sophia Angeline Graziano
I began homeschooling in seventh grade and have enjoyed attending classes and activities with multiple co-ops. I’ve participated in varsity cheerleading for three years with Northern Virginia Homeschool Athletics Association, where I was selected senior captain and will return as assistant cheer coach this fall. This year I also cheered for an all-star competitive team with Phoenix Elite and won first place at the Mid-Atlantic Open. After graduation, I intend to pursue my veterinary technician license at Northern Virginia Community College. I’d like to thank my family and friends who have loved and supported me, and most importantly, my Savior, Who has protected and guided me all the way.
Savannah Ariana Hackney
I’ve been homeschooled from second through twelfth grades. It seemed today would never come, but just like that, here we are—and I couldn’t be more excited! I haven’t decided what my next steps are in life, but it’s going to be a great ride. I love to draw… all day, everyday, on everything, including my school books. I love my family, and without them, I wouldn’t have made it this far. With the Lord by my side, I am unstoppable. Matthew 4:4 tells us that we do not need the things of the world but that God will supply our needs.
Erin Nicole Hajzer
I have been homeschooled from sixth grade through twelfth grade. I have participated in numerous sports, but my true passion is dance. I have learned most styles of dance, but my favorites are tap, ballet, and ballroom. I have volunteered at many food banks and at many Make-A-Wish® Foundation events. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music—mainly The Beach Boys and The Beatles—and learning to play their songs on my keyboard. After taking a gap year to travel and relocate to California, I will be continuing my education on the West Coast.
Jacob Russell Halenda
I have five siblings. I was born in Henrico, Virginia, and I have lived there ever since. I grew up playing baseball and have played for 12 years now. I have a passion for umpiring the sport as well. I would like to advance my knowledge in physics and astronomy in the future. Whatever God calls me to do or wherever He guides me, I will glorify Him in everything I do.
Jonathan Roger Hansen
Being homeschooled has definitely helped me be more creative and hardworking, and to build life skills to succeed in the future of my education. I have had the great opportunity to work in many different ministries, such as working on the maintenance and program staff at summer camp, leading games in our church Awana program, and mowing lawns for our church. I’m truly thankful for all the leadership skills I’ve obtained along the way and look forward to using them for the next chapter of my life.
Stacie Makayla Henry
Chase City, Virginia
Although I attended public schools for many years, for the past five years I have been a homeschooled student. In addition to my academic studies, I am also enrolled in an emergency medical technician class. I hope to become a certified EMT after my training. I am a member of the Chase City Volunteer Rescue Squad. I have volunteered at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the radiology department, as well as at the public library and Centenary Preschool. I am a member of the Mecklenburg Junior Women’s Association, where the focus is community involvement. My hobbies include shopping, playing softball, and spending time with friends and family. After graduation, I plan to attend Southside Virginia Community College for one year, then to transfer to VCU to obtain my degree in nursing.
Malachi Gabriel Higgs
I have been homeschooled for four years. It has been a fantastic journey and experience. Since science is my favorite subject, I have enjoyed participating in the Virginia Institute of Marine Science homeschool discovery labs. My interests include fishing, soccer, and law enforcement. I have been a member of the Hanover County Sheriff Law Enforcement Cadet Program since 2016, where I have performed over 300 hours of community service. I have been awarded several badges and honors, including 2017 Explorer of the Year. I thank my family, friends, and law enforcement advisors for their support. Most importantly, I thank God.
Baron Jasper Hill
During my homeschool years, I participated in John Hopkins University’s summer program in neuroscience and explored the many different careers in medicine. Another summer I received leadership experience during the “From the Fire” leadership program held at Princeton University. These experiences helped to shape my career interest. I enjoy growing plants and have a specific interest in their medicinal benefits. Plants are medicine, and many diseases can be cured with the right plant-based food choices. In the future, I plan to make an impact in the areas of health and nutrition by furthering my education in the medical field and alternative medicine.
Rachel Hope Hintz
I have been homeschooled my entire education. During my junior and senior years of high school, I have worked as a nanny to special needs children. I plan to continue working as a nanny upon graduation. Throughout high school, I have also volunteered at Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center and sung with a choir at Richmond-area nursing homes. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, write, and admire God’s creations outdoors. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27:1, and a favorite quote is, “I may not know what the future holds, but I look forward to following Jesus wherever He leads.”
Aaron Michael Hodge
I have been home-educated from kindergarten through twelfth grade and dual enrolled at John Tyler Community College. Soccer and martial arts have been my sports of choice, as I have played on the Powhatan Fury and Richmond Kickers travel teams for the past six years and have earned a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do. Currently, I am studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 498 at St. Benedict Catholic Church. My service project was the construction of two garden arbor benches at the Memorial to the Unborn Child at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Richmond. I am thankful for the opportunity to have been homeschooled alongside my three sisters, and I look forward to studying mechanical or computer engineering in college and joining the U.S. Air Force after college.
Joshua Douglas Hodge
I have been homeschooled my whole life. Last year I felt called to go into the U.S. Marines so I’m graduating a year early so I can join.
Emily Rose Ingraldi
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I enjoy drawing, painting, playing violin, reading, and writing books. After graduation, I hope to help around our house and property, spend time with my family, and work on the talents that God has given me. It has been a dream of mine from the time I was a young girl to someday be a wife and mother. If ever I do have children, I fully intend to homeschool them! Since I really enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephew, that will help to prepare me for my future! Another dream of mine has been to publish one of my own books. Until that time, I will try to use my time wisely. To God be the glory!
Isabella Claire Jacob
Isabella Claire Jacob Henrico, Virginia
I have been homeschooled since fifth grade. Some of my interests include film, photography, spending time with animals, listening to music, baking, and caring for my bunny, Alfie. I have been learning American Sign Language (ASL) for the last four years. I plan on taking a gap year, then pursuing college.
Benjamin David Kaylor
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I was taught by my mom through eighth grade and by Mrs. Tina West through my high school years. As an entrepreneur, I have started my own business in car detailing and lawn care. My interests include rebuilding small engines and working on my Jeep. I have been working for Chick-fil-A for almost a year. With the skills I have learned, I would like to go to school to become a diesel mechanic. As C.S. Lewis said, “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” A favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 9:9, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning” (BSB).
Allyson Laurel Keesling
I have been homeschooled for several years. I was dual enrolled at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College during this past year, and I earned enough credits to graduate a year early. I am pursuing a degree in international studies, with which I hope to obtain a position in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Department of Homeland Security. I have practiced Spanish since kindergarten and was blessed to be able to travel to Puerto Rico for a mission trip. I have played volleyball throughout my middle and high school years. My hobbies include photography and spending time outdoors. My favorite chapter of the Bible is Psalm 1.
Nicholas Vladimir Kelpien
I have been homeschooled from first through twelfth grades. Through the years I have participated in drama productions and Royal Rangers, and played baseball in middle school and high school for the Coastal Hurricanes. My hobbies include bowling, gaming, and an interest in exotic cars. In my junior and senior years of high school, I was dual enrolled at Point University, where I earned 15 college credits. I will be attending Georgia Southern University this fall, where I plan to major in information technology with a concentration in cybersecurity.
Thomas Robert Killen
As the great philosopher Winnie the Pooh once said, “I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.” I have been able to participate in many wonderful opportunities through homeschooling all my life. In 2019, I graduated through dual enrollment from Virginia Western Community College with a career studies certificate in advanced technology in mechatronics. I plan to graduate with an associate degree in mechatronics in spring of 2021. I have been blessed to have such a loving family, supportive friends, and, most importantly, an ever-growing relationship with God.
Michael Scott LaFaverCharles Town, West Virginia
As long as I can remember, I have been homeschooled. In high school, I joined other homeschoolers at the Classical Cottage School in Winchester. I have studied, among other subjects, U.S. government, physics, and chemistry through dual-enrollment. I studied rigorously for the PSAT and, this year, became a National Merit Scholar. I love the audio drama Adventures in Odyssey and have two podcasts dedicated to it. I also enjoy writing stories, singing in choir, playing violin, and composing music. I plan to attend Liberty University’s honors program, with a major in mechanical engineering.
Shannon Elizabeth LeePowhatan, Virginia
Shannon attended Powhatan High School through ninth grade. She participated in homeschool classes through tenth grade with her sister, Kady Austin. She has attended Rita Rutherford’s educational consultants program for her junior and senior years. She has worked jobs at Domino’s Pizza, County Seat Restaurant, Palmero’s Restaurant, and Powhatan Real Estate Settlements, all while also attending school. She has done volunteer work at Lonesome Dove Equestrian, along with babysitting and taking dance classes.
Rayne Eugenia Libby
I have been homeschooled for the majority of my educational career, save my eighth and ninth years, when I attended public school. Of course, I came to my senses and was once again homeschooled. I completed my education as a dual enrolled senior at Montgomery College. I sing, play the piano and guitar, and enjoy songwriting. I have been a part of Vector Speech and Debate Club for two years, and I participated in the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) in 2019. I plan to pursue a degree in marriage and family counseling at Urshan College in St. Louis, Missouri.
Benjamin Ralph Francis Lindquist
Benjamin Lindquist is 18 years old, and he has been homeschooled his entire life. He was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and moved to the United States when he was eleven years old. He is the fourth oldest of six kids in his family. Benjamin enjoys drawing, playing guitar, and hanging out with his family and friends. He plans to attend Liberty University in the fall.
John Isaac Machen
I’m a country boy at heart and I’ve been homeschooled for my entire life. As the third of six kids, I’ve come to know the important things in life are my faith, family, freedom, and a lot of good humor. I couldn’t be more thankful to have grown up working on our farm and wholesale nursery. I’m fascinated with aviation and am currently working on obtaining my pilot’s certificate. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, hunting, fishing, running, skiing, hanging out with friends, and making people laugh.
Cameron Michael Manning
My parents started homeschooling me when I was in kindergarten, through my senior year of high school. My favorite hobbies include going to the gym and building computers. I built my first computer when I was a sophomore in high school and have been a PC enthusiast ever since. I started working out in the gym when I was a junior in high school and instantly fell in love with the sport. My favorite classes include U.S. History and English. When I get out of high school I hope to one day get a master’s degree in computer science.
Hannah Joy Markuson
I have been homeschooled my whole life. Some of the things I enjoy doing are cooking, clogging, baking sweets, breaking into song at the most random times, and gaming. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my life, but the path I’m looking at taking right now is joining the military, and after a few years maybe opening a bakery.
Mikayla Rae MathersBurke, Virginia
I began homeschooling in the tenth grade so that I could finish high school early to pursue my degree in law and criminology. My special interests included dance for eight years and cheer for the past four years. I will be attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan this fall to pursue a career in trial law.
Aaron Michael Patrick Matthews
I have been homeschooled since sixth grade. I have participated in FIRST Robotics all through high school. I have been active in music lessons, playing guitar and piano. I work a part-time job as a lighting designer and an assistant audio visual (AV) tech for an audio visual company. I plan to attend Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to work towards a degree in electronics engineering.
Clara May MaxsonVinton, Virginia
I am blessed to have been homeschooled my entire life. The adventures of traveling in the states and homesteading on our mountainside have been priceless to me. I volunteer at historical sites, where I teach about fiber arts and participate in reenactments. Bible Study Fellowship, TeenPact, worldview training, leadership opportunities, homeschool choir, and sports rounded out my education. Singing, art, and sewing are some of my favorite activities. I hope to study Christian ministry or education because my passion is reaching out to help people find God—He doesn’t want anyone to perish. My favorite verses are Matthew 5:14-16.
Shiloh Kristine McAllisterFredericksburg, Virginia
I was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In high school I found my love for photography and the college degree I hope to get. My plan is to get a minor in fine arts, specializing in photography, and a major in marketing. My favorite Bible verse is Exodus 15:2, “The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him” (ESV). I pray that I will remember this as I continue down life’s path.
Isaiah Carson McClaryMax Meadows, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. During my high school years I have enjoyed running cross country and playing basketball for the Surry Running Patriots, playing football for the Virginia Spartans, and swimming for the Wytheville Waves swim team. I was president and secretary for the Carroll County 4H Livestock Club and also a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. I enjoy rock climbing, hunting, reading, and spending time with family and friends. I am not sure where life will take me next; however, I hope to pursue Alaska fishing and take a power lineman course at Wytheville Community College.
Caedryn Caelynn McKenna
I discovered in high school classes that I really enjoy theology and natural sciences. I love being outdoors in God’s creation and am amazed by its beauty. I have served three years in Virginia’s Youth Conservation Corp and have taken part in Scouts of America. I love being an active member in my church. I am currently completing a summer internship at Camp Dickenson, a church summer camp that I went to for many years as a youth. I plan to continue my college studies that I began through dual enrollment at Wytheville Community College.
Rebecca Beatrice McMichael
I was born and raised in Virginia, where I was homeschooled for 11 years with my older brother. Beginning in 2018, I was dual enrolled at the nearby community college. I have hopes to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. Although unsure where to work in the field, I have faith that God will show me where I am needed. Aside from schooling, I enjoy taking care of animals, sailing, and a multitude of smaller hobbies.
Joshua Isaac McPherson
I have been homeschooled since seventh grade. I am looking forward to college and then joining the Navy once I have my degree. My special interests include horseback riding, participating in dog sports, and hunting. My favorite Bible passage is Psalm 23.
Amiri De’quan-Carrington Miller
I was homeschooled for ten years; enrolled in public school for fifth, sixth, and seventh grades; plus dual enrolled for two high school years, acquiring certifications in culinary arts and baking and pastry. Additionally, I attended Commonwealth Challenge Youth Academy for a semester, was SCA vice president, and received multiple academic and leadership awards prior to graduating from their program. I was selected twice for the Maggie L. Walker Youth Leadership Institute; am a National Society of High School Scholars inductee; am a certified 1st-degree blackbelt. I played baseball, tennis, basketball, and soccer. My hobbies include skateboarding, baking, digital arts, and computer animation. I aspire to obtain a B.S. degree in modeling and simulation engineering. To God be glory as I delightfully continue embracing and sharing God’s joy (GDZ-JOI)!
Joshua David Miller
I was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’ve always loved being outdoors. Fishing, hunting, woodworking, and hiking have always been a big part of my life. God has shown me a lot in the last year. Thinking about starting my life caused me to consider many things. What’s God’s plan for my life? God showed me that all of us are called to glorify Him with our lives. I hope to do that by earning my degree in pastoral ministries at Pensacola Christian College and serving the Lord in full-time ministry. 1 Peter 2:9 and Proverbs 3:5-6 are favorite Bible verses.
Ra’chel Anna Milton
I am 18 years old. I have been homeschooled my whole life, and it has been a great experience. I am proud to be a Christian. Singing and helping people are two of the things I enjoy doing. My favorite Bible verse is John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (KJV).
Daisy Mae Moore
Colonial Heights, Virginia
I have been homeschooled for the last eight years, which has enabled me to explore my passion for animals. I have used this opportunity to give back to my community by volunteering at Maymont, the science museum, and the Richmond Animal League, and by working at the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. I plan to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.
Tiffany Elizabeth Moore
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. During my senior year, I was dual enrolled at Thomas Nelson Community College. I enjoy ballet, ballroom, and other types of dance. I also enjoy working out, traveling, and hanging out with friends. I have been employed at Busch Gardens for three years now, and I love my job there as a ride operator. My volunteer work included assistant teaching in ballet and working in my church nursery. I have also done volunteer work in the Sentara Nursing Program. I plan to continue college classes in the health science field to explore my career options.
Josiah James Neff
I have been homeschooled from age two through twelfth grade. My special interests include wood-working projects and auto body repair. I plan to further my education and pursue a degree in automotive analysis and repair.
Samuel Harrison Newman
I have been homeschooled since kindergarten. I have interests in history, politics, cooking, and playing guitar. I spend much of my time listening to music like Sabaton and Metallica. I am a member of a Trail Life troop, where I hold a leadership position. I believe God has given me the gift of leadership. My favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 29:4 and Romans 1:16.
Alexander Todd Oliff
My homeschool experience began with my eighth grade year. I have one younger sister, also homeschooling. Throughout high school, I have enjoyed hunting as my primary recreational activity. Within my church, Rappahannock Church of Christ, I volunteered in a variety of capacities. Additionally, I have been to both Ensenada, Mexico and Standing Rock, South Dakota with my mom for missions, and I look forward to returning to Mexico this summer. Vocationally, I have been able to work in HVAC with my dad. During my senior year, I began enrollment at Rappahannock Community College, working towards my pre-engineering degree. My motto: If it were easy, then everyone would do it!
Brittany Nicole Ownby
Brittany Nicole Ownby is an honor graduate from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has been homeschooled for eight years and has achieved honor roll for her four years of high school. Brittany’s homeschool activities included visits to the White House, national museums and monuments in Washington, D.C., as well as local museums, farms and businesses in her community of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Brittany is a member of Grace Lutheran Church and has participated in fund-raising events and youth gatherings in that capacity. Brittany enjoys animals, caring for plants, video game strategy and Japanese culture, to include food, music, and anime.
John Daniel Parker
Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves” (CSB). I have been homeschooled in my high school years. My hobbies include sports, hunting, fishing, hiking, competitive shotgun shooting, and playing the trumpet. I am currently employed as a prestidigitator; follow my Instagram @johnparkermagic. I am an Eagle Scout, with my project being awarded the National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year for my council. I am active in Beta Club and my local law enforcement explorer post, with the vision of making my career in law enforcement.
Jonathan Michael Parker
Camp Springs, Virginia
My life as a homeschooler began in the first grade and continued through the twelfth grade. A major part of my journey included 4-H, where I was given the opportunity of being the reporter, treasurer, and currently president. Throughout my senior year, I worked as a host in a local restaurant, was selected to be a 4-H Maryland state council member, and was accepted into Prince George’s County’s Emerging Leaders Program. Other than video games and stringed instruments, I enjoy creative writing and journalism. I plan to major in mass communications, with the goal of becoming a broadcast journalist.
Ellen Christine Patchin
Virginia Beach, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from third through twelfth grades. I have attended Tidewater Community College as a dual-enrollment student since my freshman year, and I have especially enjoyed taking math and science classes. I have been an active participant in my local Girl Scouts and Quizbowl organizations. I have enjoyed leading a playgroup for three- to five-year-olds in my homeschool co-op. Outside of school, I have enjoyed baking, reading, and spending time with my family. I hope to pursue a career in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) after graduation.
Mackenzie Elizabeth Patterson
I have been homeschooled since the middle of the tenth grade. I chose to homeschool on my own to improve my education. I plan to attend college in the fall, pursuing a degree in education to become a teacher. I also have a horse named Versailles that I have trained myself. We spend a lot of time together and compete in a variety of shows throughout the year.
Arleigh Jael Peterson
Point of Rocks, Maryland
I have been homeschooled throughout high school. During that time, I participated in Bible quizzing, memorizing a total of 1,400 verses. My quiz team placed second in the national competition, where I achieved second highest-scoring quizzer. I serve in the media ministry at my church and have done graphic design mockup work for app developers. I participated in National History Day, where my partner and I placed first in the county and were state finalists. I began dual enrollment at age 14 at Frederick Community College and plan to earn an associate degree in accounting with a computerized accounting certificate.
Megan Brooke Peterson
I have been homeschooled since the third grade. I enjoy many volunteer opportunities, including serving at my church and a local food bank. I enjoy photography, and I plan to pursue that as my career. As someone who has dealt with scoliosis for most of my life I have a passion to help others as they deal with its emotional and physical effects, and to bring awareness to this condition.
Sarah Elizabeth Pinkstaff
Falls Church, Virginia
I have been homeschooled since kindergarten. The fact that I have made it this far shocks me—I often thought that I would be trapped in high school forever! My love for theater has defined my high school experience. I had the opportunity to participate in many shows. including Grease, Sleeping Beauty, and Frozen, in which I played Elsa. I did not do many other extracurriculars because, as any actor knows, performing takes up most of your time! I will be heading to college next year to study computer science.
Taylor Mae Pylant
Taylor lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her parents and two siblings. She has been homeschooled for four years. She enjoys reading, baking, and volunteering at her church. Taylor also enjoys traveling! With her family, she has been blessed to travel across the country. She has been as far north as Maine; as far south as Key West, Florida; as far west as Wyoming; and many places in-between. After graduation, Taylor will be attending nursing school. She plans to get her R.N. degree from Germanna and her B.S.N. degree from the University of Mary Washington. She aspires to become a traveling nurse.
Zoe L. Raba
Ruther Glen, Virginia
I have been homeschooled from second grade through twelfth grade. Throughout my high school years, I have served Christ, my Savior, through multiple mission trips with my church family. I spend my time out of school writing, reading, and caring for my many plants. I love being able to witness God’s masterful design in both nature and people, and I hope to serve him through a career in psychology. I have learned to play piano, and I am expanding my knowledge of Spanish and American Sign Language. I will be furthering my education at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. I believe no one is ever done learning, but I believe knowledge is worthless without the loving application of it in your life. James 3:13 is a favorite Bible verse.
Nicholas William Ramdeo
North Chesterfield, Virginia
I have been homeschooled for my junior and senior years in high school through The Ogburn School. I have enjoyed doing my work and classes at my own pace. I have worked the last few summers at Kings Dominion in the entertainment department as a stilt walker. I enjoy walking on stilts all over the place! I also have a passion for cars. I am excited to be attending Universal Technical Institute in the fall.
Chase Jaedon Reed
I have been homeschooled from K-12 with Classical Conversations (CC). During my senior year, I earned concurrent credits through CC+. My highlights of high school include playing varsity soccer with Summit Christian Academy, displaying at BrickFair Virginia with my best friend, and touring with my church missions choir, Chi Alpha. I am excited to attend Liberty University in the fall, where I plan to study graphic design and photography. My favorite verse is, “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him” (2 Timothy 2:4 ESV).
Gretchen Mariannah Reger
King George, Virginia
I have been homeschooled for four years. During the first semester of this school year, I taught a third and fourth grade student art class, incorporating art history and the importance of observing God’s handiwork. It was a rewarding experience. I am especially interested in becoming a professional painter. I plan to attain a bachelor of fine arts degree at James Madison University. With this instruction, I want to showcase God’s beautiful creation using the impressionistic style, expressing the light and vivid color, thus producing naturally poetic pieces. I also want to teach art to the underprivileged.
Samuel Gary Rhodes
I have been homeschooled since kindergarten, and I am currently dual enrolled for my senior year at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. I played high school baseball through my junior year, but have since transitioned my efforts toward working and saving money for my academic pursuits. After community college, I will enroll at the University of Maryland to pursue my undergraduate degree in neuroscience. From there, I plan to go to medical school. My favorite scripture verse is 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (ESV).
Sakari Angel Rivers
I have been homeschooled throughout my high school years. I have held many offices in my 4H clubs, including president of Feathers and Feet Poultry Club, vice president of Lending a Paw Dog Club, secretary of Teen Club, and treasurer of Classic Equestrians. While in 4H, I have earned many certificates and ribbons by competing in local and state competitions and public speaking events. My special interests include horseback riding, working with babies and toddlers at church, and anything involving animals. I plan to earn a veterinary technician degree after graduation so I can pursue my dream of working with animals in a zoo.
Kenneth Charles Schneckenburger
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. My outside activities include my bowling league, playing my guitars (one of which I made), helping with the children’s program at my church, and being active in two different woodworking guilds. I’m planning to study auto mechanics at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) next year. I’m grateful for God’s many blessings in my life and cling to Proverbs 3:5-6.
Gabriel Preston Ervin Sindelar
Gabriel Preston Ervin Sindelar is an honor graduate from Chesapeake, Virginia. Gabriel is the son of Timothy and Audrey Sindelar. He has been homeschooled for the past seven years and has achieved honor roll for his four years of high school. Gabriel is a member of Great Bridge United Methodist Church. He enjoys music and spending time with his family. Gabriel has three brothers and one sister, and has an extended family of 38 exchange-student brothers and sisters from all over the world. Gabriel plans to attend Regent University in the fall to pursue a degree in cybersecurity and has a GPA of 3.9.
Alexandra Savannah Nicole Slade
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
“Do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great…” from Luke 6:35 (ESV) has been a theme of my life. From my early years through high school, I have been homeschooled. At the tender age of 7.5 months, I received a liver transplant and, as a result, I plan to study nursing to pay forward the care and attention that has been given to me by others. My favorite pastimes are hanging out with my family and friends. I have a large extended family, and our times together always bring joy to my heart.
Benjamin Nathan Smith
When describing myself, I say that I take interest in the concept of creation, be it composing some poetic essay or assembling an impressive model. This interest carries over to my career choice, the development of video games, which I am extremely eager to pursue. Additionally, I have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, which greatly challenged my leadership skills when I was required to organize a community service project—in this case, the construction of a shed. As a lifelong homeschooler, I have generally enjoyed my education and look forward to building a successful career.
Patrick Dylan Sprouse
Stuart’s Draft, Virginia
I have been homeschooled most of my elementary and high school years. During my senior year, I enrolled in Valley Vo Tech to finish my extra credits needed to graduate. My special interests include serving in my church at Faith Baptist, playing basketball and soccer, and photography. In 2016, I had the opportunity to go on a two-week mission trip to Colorado. There, we served with another church and helped with their vacation Bible school (VBS). What a life-changing experience that was for me! I currently work at UPS and plan to make my career there, but I also plan to finish my classes in carpentry in the fall. My life verse would be John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (KJV).
Timothy Gerald Squires
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, and it has been great. Some of the things I like to do include mechanics and working on my uncle’s farm. I plan to pursue a career in law enforcement. A verse that I have often thought of throughout the years is Ecclesiastes 12:12, “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (KJV). My life’s verse is Proverbs 3:5-7.
Wyatt Lee Stoneman
I have been homeschooled since first grade. During my junior and senior years of high school, I was dual enrolled at Regent University and Reynolds Community College. Most of the time you can find me working at my family’s pet-care facility, but during my free time I enjoy playing my guitar, archery, and snow skiing. I was the captain of my LifeSmart competition quiz team and have enjoyed attending TeenPact Leadership School’s alumni camps, including Congress and Survival. I completed over 12 years in Awana to earn the Citation Award. I will be attending Regent University to pursue a degree in business.
Rachel Song-Ying Tan
Glen Allen, Virginia
Rachel was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She has taken AP and dual-enrollment classes. At age 5, she started studying to play the violin. Since she was 7, she has danced at The School of Richmond Ballet, and she has danced in The Nutcracker. At church, she participates in youth choir, worship band, and orchestra. In high school, she has participated in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, Senior Regional Orchestra, and summer strings programs. Recently, she formed a chamber group. In addition, she composes and arranges music. She plans to study music performance with a violin concentration. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:13.
Christina Renee Thompson
I am the third of three sisters. I have been homeschooled from the beginning of my education. I devote my time volunteering at my church, where I serve as a nursery leader. Baton twirling has become a vital part of my life since the age of two. I have held both Virginia state and national titles including Miss Majorette of Virginia. Twirling has taught me about teamwork, how to support my teammates, and how to be a gracious winner. I have had the opportunity to travel and meet people from all over the world through baton twirling. I will attend John Tyler Community College in the fall, where I will further my education. I am excited to move on to new beginnings in my walk with God, and I trust Him to lead my steps.
Avery Abigail Torrenti
I have been a full-time homeschool student since the sixth grade, as well as a seasoned plumber. I work full time and have almost mastered my trade. I took courses through Williamsburg Classical Academy and loved forensic science. My passion is horseback riding. I have a horse named Zeke, and we show English jumpers with Areion Equestrian. I attend Liberty Baptist Church and feel very at home in student ministry. I’m going to take a year to travel and then focus on my career goals. I plan to go into the forensic science field after taking college courses.
Grace Ann Trevillian
I was homeschooled for 10 years and attended Young Musicians of Virginia, culminating in three years of student council representation as president. I sang in a concert choir and an acapella group. I am in Phi Theta Kappa at Tidewater Community College, with 33 credits. I play the piano and guitar, and I have a certified nursing assistant (CNA) license. I love to hang with friends, watching movies, college football, and concerts. I have a passion for the unborn. I will be attending Liberty University as a nursing major.
Robert Harper Trevillian
Homeschooled for ten years, I also attended Young Musicians of Virginia and Tidewater Community College. I am an Eagle Scout. We reside presently in Chesapeake, but as an Air Force child, I lived in five different states and Germany, affording me travel to 19 countries and 30 states. I am in Phi Theta Kappa with 23 college credits. I play the piano and the saxophone, and I perform in a band. I love to watch football, tell jokes, and talk about politics and religion. I plan to spend six months overseas in missional education and training with YWAM before deciding on a university and major.
Joseph Takashi Uchida
I started homeschool in the sixth grade and continued through the twelfth grade. My special interests include Boy Scouts, in which I earned the rank of Eagle Scout. I enjoy playing all-year soccer, as well as snow skiing and white water rafting. I play drums for the high school praise and worship team at our church, and I also enjoy playing the guitar. I am pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. My favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (NIV).
Heather Mae Unruh
I have been homeschooled my entire life, and I am excited to see where God takes me this upcoming school year. My interests include music, soccer, fitness, jujitsu, kickboxing, photography, animals, and debate. I plan to enroll in Mount Hood Community College’s physical therapy assistant (PTA) program. God willing, I will become a PTA in a few years and have the ability to serve God and others through healing, encouragement, and strength. My favorite verses throughout this year have been Colossians 3:23 and Ephesians 3:14-19.
Annaka Kate Vallieu
I have been blessed to have been homeschooled all 14 of my school years. During my high school years, I studied American Sign Language and have been involved in my local deaf community. I am so excited to see how the Lord can use the gift He has given me in communicating with the deaf. He has also burdened my heart for children with severe disabilities. It is my prayer that He will be able to use me in this area as well. Jeremiah 33:3 is a favorite verse.
Olivia Kathleen Watters
In high school, I juggled quite a few different activities in addition to my studies, including Girl Scouts in my first years of middle and high school, choir from elementary school until the end of my senior year, and, recently, trying to maintain a job while also making sure I completed my weekly assignments. I don’t regret any of those activities because I believe it was necessary for me to have goals outside of education that helped me build my social stamina and a source of financial support. I’d say that, without a little mix of both fun and hard work, life can seem more suffocating than it is. I plan to attend James Madison University in the fall and pursue a career in creative writing and editing, with a photography business as a side job.
Savion Guaraldi Webb
I have been homeschooled all of my life, starting as early as I can remember. I am a Boy Scout and I have attained the rank of Star Scout. During my time as a scout I have participated in several ceremonies and assisted in many projects to improve my community and local organizations. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming on many platforms with my siblings and enjoy building small robots. l am very interested in computer programming and coding and intend to pursue a career in a related field.
Logan Allen Whiting
Gloucester Point, Virginia
I have been homeschooled since the third grade, and as a military child, I have lived in seven different locations during my educational years. My interests include video games, reading, playing with my dogs, and all things history. I will be attending American Public University in Northern Virginia and majoring in terror intelligence.
Paige Harrison Wood
Chase City, Virginia
I have been homeschooled since the second grade, enjoying classes at home and at the community college. For the past twelve years I have taken gymnastics, coaching for four years. I am currently working for a local insurance brokerage and have been with the company for the past two years as an administrative assistant. Throughout my time in high school I have been a member of the Mecklenburg Junior Women’s Association, serving as president my senior year. I have also enjoyed being involved with the Southside Young Life group and attending camp. I love to travel and spend time at the lake. In the fall of 2020 I am looking forward to attending Randolph-Macon College, where I plan to major in business.
Julia Alison Woodard
I have been homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. During my senior year, I was dual enrolled at John Tyler Community College. Next year, I plan to complete my associate degree in general studies at John Tyler before transferring to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree in architecture. My hobbies include songwriting and playing guitar. In 2019, I performed three original songs on a local televised talent competition called StarVA and won first place! I also have a very strong interest in the language and culture of Japan and believe God’s future path for me involves the Japanese people.
Nathaniel Jacob Wortendyke
As the third of nine children, I have been homeschooled my entire life. During this process I have overcome many difficulties and even found a way to thrive. In high school I was able to participate in the National Building Museum’s Design Apprenticeship Program and then earn an engineering internship at a local engineering firm. I enjoy snowboarding, longboarding, leading a group at church, building computers, and gaming. I am eager to begin my formal education in engineering at college in the fall. The verses I try to live by are James 1:2-4.
Joel Daniel Zuniga
Prince George, Virginia
I have been homeschooled my whole life. I’ve been a part of various mission works, and last year I went to Ecuador on a mission trip. I plan to attend Indiana Bible College this upcoming year.