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David Terzano – Braving the Wild

His back is pressed tight against the wall as his enemies close in on him. They’ve blocked off the only way out, and are tightening the circle around him. Their cold, silvery swords seem to mock him and grin at him as they slide out of their sheathes and point their sharp tips at him. He sees his own blade lying on the ground behind the approaching horde. Slowly he reaches behind his back, only to realize he’s run out of arrows.

“Okay, I guess I won’t be fighting my way out of this one,” he thinks to himself as the most evil-looking of his assailants steps forward.

“You can’t run this time, boy. There is no way out, and you have no weapons. Give yourself up now, and the Dark Lord might spare your life and put you to use.”

The dark figure’s red eyes gleam out at him. Taunting him. Daring him to try and resist.

“You know my name, serpent. Why don’t you use it? Are you afraid?

The black ring of blades stops contracting for just a moment.

“Yeah, that’s right. You’d better stop right there. Because I am David, the slayer of giants, and my help comes from the LORD.” His eyes flash defiantly at the villains.

“Don’t be foolish, boy. We will shred you if you resist us.” The raspy voice is a little shakier this time.

The young man grins.

“I’d like to see you try.”

 


 

Our hero today is David Terzano, a native of the wild land of Brooklyn, New York, where has lived his whole life.  This senior in high school enjoys listening to hard rock and metal (although he says that if a song has deep and thoughtful lyrics, he’ll probably like it); Skillet, Nine Lashes, and NF are some of his favorite artists. An appreciator of a wide variety of books and movies, he says that choosing a favorite of either is nigh impossible. When pressed to choose a favorite Middle-Earth inhabitant, he chose Bilbo Baggins, for his humility, big heart, love of adventure, and the contrast he provides against the other characters, who all boast great strength of different sorts.

One of the interesting things David pursues in his free time is parkour, the art of moving quickly through an area and getting around obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. It’s terrific exercise—plus it’s really cool to watch. David has been practicing this mesmerizing art for one and a half years now.

Another of David’s interests, playing video games, has been a big part of his childhood. Two of his favorite series are Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. But David is interested in more than just sitting in front of a screen, playing until his eyes hurt—he wants to study computer science and video game programming so that he can create his own games. Themes of heroism and sacrifice have always fascinated him, and he hopes to one day implement those themes into a game of his own.

It is hard to go far in today’s society without encountering the (not unfounded) stereotype of the teenager spending hours on end playing video games as a hobby or an escape. David intends to put God first in his career, and sees this as an opportunity to reach out to otherwise drawn-off teens, and even to share the Gospel with them.

When asked about his favorite Bible verse, David confesses that he has several favorites, but settles on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: “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 preserves. Love never fails” (NIV). He loves this verse, because “It’s an awesome and inspiring reminder of what true love looks like, and it describes the kind of love God shows through Jesus and His promise to be with us to the very end of the age.”

David wishes to leave the reader with this encouragement and advice: “Even when you feel completely lost, you are never alone. God is with you and loves you unconditionally. He’s equipped you with the power and knowledge to be a hero in His great story! Also, I hope everyone will consider coming to summer camp. I grew so much in my faith while at camp, and also met a lot of awesome people there, like the very one writing this fine article.” Wow, what an encouraging guy. David’s example of facing life’s danger with hope, and bravely holding out for what God has for him is one we could all learn from.

 

Heroic Attributes:

  • Favorite Color: Aquamarine
  • TPS Classes this Year: E4/5: British Literature
  • Sibling(s): One older brother

2 Comments

  1. Thanks man! Haha well it’s only natural—David’s a pretty heroic guy =D

  2. Great article Daniel!
    And David, woah parkour as a hobby? I never knew anyone who actually did it as a hobby, and I thought it was something that happens in the movie xD. Well, you sound like a really cool guy ;D.