Meet Maya Boone!
Throughout her five years at TPS, Maya has taken quite a number of classes, including Spanish 1 through 4 as well as the AP Spanish supplement, Economics (where she made a profit of roughly $600,000 after fictitiously “purchasing” penny stock in a tiny company and monitoring its value for a semester—a definite highlight of her career), and English classes ranging from English 2 and 3 to Advanced Comp, AP Language, and AP Lit. She also successfully lived through the slightly rocky transition from GP5 to GP6, which involved about a dozen updates a month from our wonderful and devoted tech people, and also no class recordings until November. If you didn’t know how to take notes, this was when you learned, ‘cause if you missed it, it was gone for good. While it is definitely difficult to choose, Maya has to say that her favorite classes with TPS have been two that she took this year, AP Lit with Ms. Wood, and AP Spanish with Sr. Poortenga. AP Lit has nurtured her love of reading with increased depth, while simultaneously serving as an endless opportunity for laughs. Especially poignant are memories of the infamous “goat transformation” and the horrific analogy of “water = baptism” which remained equally relevant (or perhaps irrelevant) all year. AP Spanish has provided a great way to practice the language with other students while having relevant discussions and goofy role-plays.
Maya has numerous other interests, such as playing the piano extensively. She is currently preparing for her senior recital, which includes such works as the entire Sonata Pathetique by Beethoven, Liebestraum No. 3 by Liszt, and Prelude in G Minor (Op. 23 No.5 for other music nerds) by Rachmaninoff, among others. She also enjoys drawing and any activity remotely related to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. A resident of West Michigan—yes, the state with the legendary bad roads but awesome beaches; the photo was taken while standing on the incredible ice formations on Lake Michigan last winter—Maya has been homeschooled her whole life. Next year, she will attend Cornerstone University with a pre-veterinarian major. If the plan remains unchanged, she will go on to Michigan State University’s graduate program for veterinary school after four years of undergraduate study. She has deeply appreciated the role TPS has had in her life and the tremendously formative experiences she has had here.
Favorite Bible verse:
One of Maya’s favorite verses is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which says “Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ.” This has always been a favorite because even though it is short and sweet, it has a profound meaning and is a real challenge for living out our faith day by day.
Advice to the younglings of TPS:
Side note: Maya loves how the sample for this section says “Stay cool, kids.” Actually, that’s pretty great advice. Stay cool, and don’t let culture tell you who you have to be, what you have to do, or how you have to look to be cool. Be the person God made you and follow His will for you, and you will always be cool no matter what other people say. Stick with your schoolwork for the long haul, and trust your teachers’ advice about it. After all, they probably know more about the subject than you! :)u