Meet Joshua Velez!
A New Jersey resident all his life, Joshua has studied at TPS throughout all four years of high school. One of his favorite classes and his first full-year TPS course, English 1 with Mrs. Wilke, not only prepared him to succeed in two college English classes in the time since, but also allowed him to meet some wonderful classmates and an outstanding teacher, beginning friendships which flourish to this day. In the fall, Joshua will attend Wheaton College in Illinois to pursue a music major as a pianist, with future plans to attend medical school. His favorite TPS memory comes from the summer Study Skills class with Mrs. Harmon, where one of his classmates would begin each class by posting a different style announcement in the chat box right after the recording began, such as imitating a bailiff calling court into session or an announcer at a baseball game (ideas for future creative types!). A few years ago, Joshua had the chance to participate in a piano master class conducted by the chair of the piano department at The Juilliard School, which was a great honor and learning experience. He has also spent time during his senior year interning with a math professor who used to work as a rocket scientist at NASA and currently teaches both at a college near Joshua’s hometown and runsat in-person classes for homeschoolers in New Jersey. Some other interests of Joshua’s include volunteering on mission trips to the Guatemala City dump during the summer, performing in musical theater productions, skiing, gardening (one summer, he grew a couple hundred stalks of popcorn in the garden behind his family’s house), and all things tea – especially vanilla chai! Overall, Joshua is grateful for all the opportunities provided him through homeschooling and TPS, for all the truly amazing people he has come to know and who have supported him and his family through trying times, and most of all, for God’s unending faithfulness and love. „Tschüss, TPS!“
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