Meet Mark Lyford!
Mark has been with TPS for 6 years and has taken a total of 34 TPS courses during his time with the school. Known to most TPSers as only Mark, he also goes by Rincavornon, King Arthur, the Eagle, Mr. Airman Basic (but come on, Drew, he’s a C/LtCol now), and the Mafia Bro, among other things. His most notable accomplishment to date is the founding of Slash n’ Shrimp, Inc., this year. A superhero company, Slash n’ Shrimp seeks to fix all things wrong with the world using only the powers of cucumbers and neon gummy worms. While his favorite Bible passage changes often, it is currently 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. When not behind a computer screen doing schoolwork (or watching YouTube, only heaven knows), Mark can be found at his piano, composing music with a guitar, playing violin as an orchestra concertmaster, or doing something with Civil Air Patrol, church, or a tennis team. An avid musician, he plays at least 7 instruments; he has played violin for 15 years. His go-to quote for high school is “The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one,” from The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. It does a pretty fabulous job of summing up life with friends, for a couple of wonderful people by one’s side make life so much more manageable. A high school National Merit Scholar, Mark is now an appointee to the US Air Force Academy Class of 2022 and will be beginning basic training this summer. Following BCT, he will be active duty Air Force, studying law or engineering (tentatively) at the Academy. As his parting words, Mark would like Mr. Gilbert to know that the next GP6 update should include a mute button to at least disable the terrible music while waiting for class to begin.