While Ian owns two passports and one residence permit, none of them own him. Ian was born in the Netherlands, and has inherited Dutch nationality from his mother, and likewise American nationality from his father, but he lives in Turkey, as his parents serve the Church. He too has come to own his parents’ mission over the years. His has been a life of change: moving and learning. Yet for all the things that set his apart from most others’, life is life nonetheless; he too toils and tires at the plow and grindstone of English and algebra, as does the next student.
Ian, now a senior, started TPS in his freshman year of high-school. He took Dr. Juneman’s Bible Survey class that first year, and has had no regrets: it was an experience, not merely a class, and Dr. Juneman was a mentor, not merely a teacher. Ian also loved Mrs. Koempell’s very logical geometry class. With much opportunity for discussion, Mr. Mailand’s AP World History class stood out the next year, and transformed the way he thinks about books. Those two years he also took Mr. Spotts’ Koine Greek classes, which awakened in him an interest in classical languages. Ian’s junior year English course, English 4/5: Western Literature, Journeys and Quests, taught by Mrs. Troxell, illuminated an interesting interplay between literature and history. Finally, in his senior year he took AP Environmental Science with Mr. Joachim, a class that blew new life into his interest in the sciences, a passion that had lain dormant for several years.
All of these acquired interests culminate in his college decision. This fall Ian will attend Berea College, in Kentucky, where he intends to major in history with a minor in classical languages, combining his interest in history and literature. However, should he not enjoy studying history, the option to switch to biology and pursue ecology will remain open. His decision for Berea was not merely academic, though, but also financial. Berea has a no-tuition promise, which means that Ian will be able to graduate debt free. In addition to this, Berea is set in rural Kentucky, a setting which reminds him of his hometown in the Arkansas Ozarks.
When he doesn’t have his nose pressed to the grindstone, Ian spends his time playing guitar, both electric and acoustic, or playing video games. He also enjoys reading, but does not spend much time reading for fun, as he already reads so much for school that he would rather spend his free time doing other things. Being a musician, even when he works, he constantly has music from a great variety of genres playing.
Ian’s four high-school years have been accompanied by tears and laughter, arrivals and departures, struggle and release, and all things said and done, he is thankful for the opportunity TPS has afforded him.
This verse both a reminds me of my sinfulness, urges me to confess, and promises forgiveness and cleansing. It is in one verse––a condemnation, a plea for action, and a promise.
~ Squire Bill Widener of Widener’s Valley, Virginia. This quote expresses the essence of what is also called Rule 303. If I have the capacity to act and am in a place to act, I have a certain responsibility to act.