TPS Seniors 2019

Corrie Anna Campbell: TPS Senior 2019

As Corrie Anna completes her third and final year as a student at The Potter’s School, she knows she will always look back on her years with TPS as a time of tremendous spiritual and academic development. She is especially thankful for all her TPS teachers, who have developed and valued her intellectual curiosity equally with her spiritual and personal growth.

Although Corrie Anna has consistently found the course material in TPS classes to be challenging and rigorous, she has also learned unique lessons from each TPS course that apply to her life outside the classroom. As an especially talkative sophomore in Mr. Mailand’s history classes, Corrie Anna discovered a passion for listening to both sides of the story, inside and outside of a historical context.  Both of Ms. Wood’s classes helped her develop deep empathy for people from other times, cultures, and places. (Well, except for Henchard from The Mayor of Casterbridge. I mean what kind of guy sells his wife and child at the county fair?! But such is the human condition.) Corrie Anna learned so much from Mr. Gilbert’s theology and worldview classes. Both Mrs. Crosby and Sra. Kelly helped Corrie Anna develop confidence by challenging her to grow to love topics she initially found intimidating. And finally, Corrie Anna went to chemistry office hours nearly every week, and treasured her time getting to know Mrs. Selby. She also discovered a love of chemistry that will follow her to college.

Being Senior Editor at clay was truly a highlight of Corrie Anna’s time at TPS. She has had a blast getting to know each of the amazing editors and columnists who write for clay, and it has been a huge privilege to watch so many talented writers develop and showcase their skills. (Shoutout to Jacey for being such an amazing co-Senior Editor and friend!)

Getting to know many of her fellow students has blessed Corrie Anna. Thank you all for making classes so much more interesting and fun. She hopes to stay in touch with as many of you as possible, and she knows that God has special plans for each of your lives.

If you couldn’t tell already, Corrie Anna could talk forever about how thankful she is to have been supported along the way by her teachers, her fellow students, and her parents. She really would not be who she is today if not for the grace of God in allowing her life to be touched by such supportive, God honoring people.

When she’s not doing school or taking care of her other responsibilities, you might find Corrie Anna running, enjoying music, or reading a book. She has become a bit of an avid runner over the past couple of years (though she still has plenty of room for improvement), and she has grown to appreciate the beautiful surroundings in her native Colorado. As a violinist of 14 years, she has always had a deep appreciation for music.

This fall, Corrie Anna will be attending Pepperdine University. She will be majoring in chemistry on the pre-medicine track, and she will be playing violin in the university orchestra and chamber ensembles. After that, she may pursue advanced degrees in chemistry research, law, or medicine. She is excited to see where God leads her in the future.

Favorite Verse:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Our God is with us when we go through hard things. In fact, if we seek Him out especially when life is hard, we will start to see each difficult season as a chance to learn, grow, and trust Him even more. In the end, we have nothing to be afraid of, because our God is with us, He has already overcome the world, and He will help us take heart as we rely on Him to redeem our lives and circumstances.

Favorite Quote:

But the list goes on forever,

of all the ways I could be better, in my mind.

As if I could earn God’s favor given time,

or at least “congratulations”…

Now, I have learned my lesson;

the price of this so-called perfection is everything.

I’ve spent my whole life searching desperately

to find out that grace requires nothing of me.— “One”, Sleeping at Last


Advice to the Younglings of TPS:

Don’t assume you can just finish all of your homework for any particular class by pulling an all nighter the night before your class. (I’m speaking from experience here.) Have a hobby or passion outside school that keeps you motivated (and gets you away from the computer now and then). Make time for family; they are so important. Finally, get involved in TPS. Reach out to your teachers and to other TPSers. Join clay, TPS Chapel, or Forums (or all three!). This may take some extra effort in an online setting, but it is absolutely worth it.



  1. Corrie Annaaaa, I’m so glad we got to work together this year going through applications, roasting each other during the Round Robin, and having a million and one video calls joking about dagger spinning and other random things when we were supposed to be working. It’s been so amazing, and I can’t wait to see you at camp and hear about your experience at Pepperdine later on. You’ll be so great at whatever you do in the future =).

    • Oh Jacey, I had the time of my life working with you. I was so amazed at how our relationship grew over the past year (yes I’m talking about growth again haha but it’s true). 😉 Thanks for working alongside me all year. I can’t wait to see you at camp either! Thank you! <3

  2. Ahhhh Corrie Anna I love your beautiful soul so much. I can’t wait to see where God takes you on this next stage of your journey. 我很愛你. <3

  3. Jonathan Reichenberger

    Congrats on Pepperdine! That’s big time! I’m excited to see where God will lead you in the future, and I know you’ll do big things. May the legacy of the music competition judging committee live long. That is all.

  4. Corrie Anna, I’m so glad that we got to meet over TPS China trip for a short period time, you’re such a sweet, smart, and encouraging person. I’m really grateful to have you as my senior editor this year, as well as taking Calc classes with you x). You’ll definitely thrive at Pepperdine.
    Can’t wait to see where God leads you on in your next adventure of life!

    • I’m so glad we got to meet too, Rose! Aww thank you. =) You have been an amazing classmate, columnist, and friend, and I’m so glad I got to get to know you this year. =)

  5. Thanks for being an incredible SE! Wishing you the best at Pepperdine and beyond!

    • Thank you, Cassie! It has been a privilege to work with you. Thank you for being such a great columnist. I think next year is going to be a great year for you. =)

  6. Thanks Mari! I’ll miss you as well. 🙂 Thank you :))

  7. Leanne Zuiderveen

    All the best at Pepperdine and wherever God leads you. It’s been so awesome having you a SE!

    • Thank you, Leanne! It has been a privilege to work with you too. Thank you for being such a great columnist. I’m so excited for you too! =))

  8. Welp Im glad your still alive 🙂

  9. I feel so lucky to have met you in Pre-AP Chem and to have you as a TA in AP Chem, Corrie Anna! Congratulations on surviving high school and good luck on your adventures post-graduation!

  10. So you didn’t get killed by Annalee as she said?!

  11. Wow. I forgot you’ve only been 3 years. I feel like you’ve been longer than that. xD

  12. Corrie Anna!! I can’t believe you’re graduating *cries*
    You were such an awesome Senior Ed and friend and it was really fun to be working under you this year with our crazy round robin and everything including plotting your demise mwhahaha. But you’re a really great friend and I wish the best for you in Pepperdine. Will pray for you as you enter the next stage of your life 😀

  13. Best wishes for college, Corrie Anna! You have been a great Senior Editor this year, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with you this past year with clay.
    Team Corrie Anna Forever!

  14. Yay!! Good luck in college!

  15. CORRIE ANNA! You were my very first TPS friend, and throughout our friendship you’ve brought me up so much and helped me in so many countless ways. Here’s to many more dance parties at night and crazy talks about makeup. After all, we’re too school for cool XD Can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’re going to accomplish at Pepperdine <3

  16. Carina Phillips

    Hey Corrie Anna! It was so fun meeting you at summer camp two years ago, and then seeing you again last year. You are such a friendly and fun person. : ) It sounds like you have some grand adventures ahead of you, and I am excited to see where they will lead you.

  17. Aw, Corrie Anna thanks for being a great SE!!! Have fun at Pepperdine!!!!

  18. Abigail Kassing

    God loves you, Corrie Anna.

    I am the spring crocus blooming on the Sharon Plain, the lily of the valley.
    Song of Songs 2:1

  19. Thank you for being an amazing SE! Blessings on your new adventure!

  20. Corrie Annaaa I’m so glad I got a chance to “meet” you! I’ve been blessed by your friendship. =) Congratulations on finishing well (I guess you still have a couple weeks left, but still), and I wish you the best at Pepperdine!

  21. Thank you for all you’ve done this year!

    *purple cows and colgate*

  22. Kalijah Rahming

    You’re such an amazing editor, motivational speaker, and friend! Best wishes in your academic career and I can’t wait to see what God does with you <3

  23. Congratulations, Corrie Anna! I have loved having you in my classes and it was especially sweet to meet you at TPS camp. Hope your graduation is an awesome time and that you absolutely love your time at Pepperdine!