Meet Jack Waters!
Jack has been at TPS since the eighth grade (2013-14), and boy was it a wake-up call. He initially struggled with the workload, though in time he came to appreciate the subject matter and the homework, and he would gladly recommend TPS to anyone looking for a rigorous, Christian education. He’s enjoyed most all of his classes, though his Classical Track experience was truly wonderful and he’s become good (in-person) friends with many of those students. Classical Track was a four-day-a-week course including history, literature, English, worldview/bible, and philosophy all synthesized into a single course taught by Mrs. Huisman, Mr. Crosby, Mrs. Howat, and Mrs. Howard. He also highly recommends Dr. Juneman’s Bible Survey class and Mr. Jones’ AP European History.
Jack plans to attend Union University in appropriately named Jackson, TN this fall and major in History and communications with an eye towards ministry in the future.
Jack has loved the discussions and friendships he’s had with so many TPSers and teachers, which have made his high school experience truly memorable, not least of which was the entire clay magazine team. He wishes to personally thank Tripp and Kaitlyn for the old TPS Conservatives group and the fun debates they had, Matthew and Brady for making him look moderate on any theological topic, Jonathan and Drew for always informing him of CLM duties on extremely short notice, Gai, Allie, and cbrown3 (?Clara?) for providing thought-provoking content to the forums on a myriad of political topics, Ian for thoughtful conversation, Julia for being so very Julia-ish “abobut” everything, Haley for being a fantastic Senior Editor, Justin, Jessica, and Kevin for your assistance in the infamous Quail Pants Should Be Illegal trial, Josiah and William for being such good friends, and Raelen for being the best girlfriend, as well as the countless others that have made TPS so grand.
I think the quote speaks for itself:
“If I ever reach heaven, I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and third, the greatest wonder of all, to find myself there.” –John Newton.
Advice to the younglings of TPS:
Meet actual TPSers and keep in touch with them. It doesn’t have to be in that order, but get to know some TPSers that are gonna stick with the program and get to know them like you would an actual friend. I’ve had several TPSers stay at my house, and I highly encourage that so you get to know people in person that you will stay in touch with (outside of forums) even if you don’t have classes together. Several of my best friends and I are graduating at camp this summer, and I’d love for all y’all to have that same experience.