TPS Seniors 2019

Lydia Gilanshah: TPS Senior 2019

As the oldest child of four, Lydia has often found herself in the position of “guinea-pig” for trying new things, and school was no exception. In 2013, Lydia’s parents explained that she would be taking a class with an unfamiliar online school, and Lydia remembers protesting the change. Six years, eleven teachers, and twenty classes later, Lydia finds it incredible what an enormous impact TPS has had in her life. These years have been filled with ridiculously late nights, days fueled by gummy bears and coffee, tears, laughter, unexpected friendships, patient teachers, and academic and spiritual growth. Today, it’s not uncommon to hear phrases like, “Mom, guess what Mr. Crosby told us in class this morning…” floating around the Gilanshah house. Some of Lydia’s favorite TPS memories include studying and Skyping with classmates, laughing during class while getting weird looks from her family, and meeting some of the friends who have meant so much to her.

Lydia is incredibly grateful for each of her teachers, who have instilled in her a love and appreciation for learning, and taught from a Christ-centered worldview. She would like to thank Mrs. Crosby for her patience and advice throughout four years of math, Mr. Crosby for making her laugh despite how rough the week had been, Mrs. Troxell for her amazing stories and Biblical insights, and Señora Kelly for helping her blunder through countless verb conjugations and putting up with their crazy Honduras team. When Lydia is not diligently working through her school assignments without procrastinating ONE BIT ( 😉 ) you could find her playing soccer, reading, baking cookies, practicing piano, or stomping around the woods with her camera. Lydia will be attending a Northern Virginia Community College for one year before transferring to a four-year school in her sophomore year to study Exercise Science. She’s looking forward to finishing her senior year by catching up on sleep, attending TPS Summer Camp, and serving with the TPS Honduras team this summer. Although excited for what the future holds, TPS will always have a special place in Lydia’s life.

Number of Years Taking TPS Classes: 6

Favorite Bible Verse:

Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Advice to the Younglings of TPS:

Work hard, rest with intentionality, and make time for the people around you. Take the time to cultivate real, deep friendships. Try to make the most of each learning opportunity, you’ll never regret doing your best. Always have a stash of gummy bears for emergencies, and never ever do class in bed because if you’re like me, there’s a 95% chance you will fall asleep.


  1. DJ!!!! We did it!! Love you

  2. Wowww. This is amazing, and you’re an amazing person. Sometimes I think to myself, how cool it would be if we lived closer to each other and if I had a friend like you “irl”. But then I think, no, cuz that would be embarrassing cuz I wouldn’t be able to pay you back for what you mean to me. I don’t deserve you, but God decided to bless me w you anyway and give me two weeks with you where I couldn’t have even taken any more of your epicness. Quite honestly, you’re my hero in so many different ways. <3

    • Aww love u AG <3 I'm so thankful for all the times we've been able to hang out. See you in a month 😉

  3. Congrats Lydia! It’s been great to get to know you over these last six years, especially in Transition Math, because we both definitely knew each other back then, right? ?

    That’s awesome that you’re going on the Honduras mission trip! Say hi to Señora for me and ask her if Putin el Delfín is doing well ??

  4. It’s been such a joy getting to know you! Wish you the best of luck in this new stage of your life.

    BTW, if you have any spare Gummy Bears when you leave, I’ll be glad to send them to Mr. Crosby for you :-).

    • Aw thanks, Joshua! McDonalds imperialism for the win ;P Good luck on your last year/s of highschool!

      Haha honestly, “spare” gummy bears are few and far between, but I’ll definitely let you know 😉

  5. Hey hey someone coming to my college. If you’re at the Loudoun campus, we need to hang out for lunch or something. =D Congrats on graduating, girl!!

  6. Congratulations, Lydia! You are such a joy to have in class and I loved getting to know you at TPS camp over the years. I will miss seeing you this year at camp but maybe you can come back as an alumni with Caleb : ) I hope the best for you at NVCC and I really hope you will stay in touch! I will think of you every time I wear my awesome PreCalculus class t-shirt.