TPS Seniors 2020

Alessandra Gugliotti – TPS Senior 2020

Alessandra has lived just outside of Washington D.C. for the past eight years. She adores reading, writing, sharing what she learns with the world through her blog, playing the violin, listening to podcasts, and spending time with family and friends around town. This year, she had the privilege of writing for clay Magazine as the book columnist. Among her favorite classes are Mr. Mailand’s History classes and Mrs. Yagel’s AP Literature and Composition. However, she has appreciated each and every one of her teachers for their passion for teaching and persistent encouragement in both school and life. During her senior year, she was involved in debate, orchestra, and competitive running. Being involved in debate, she discovered her love for journalism and political science, and for that reason plans to pursue a degree in Political Science Journalism at Patrick Henry College. She hopes to be a vessel of truth and hope in the media and to point the country to Christ.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a doctor for the longest time after receiving a doctor’s kit for Christmas when I was three-years-old, but then I got my blood drawn a few years ago and fainted and then realized being a doctor probably wasn’t such a good idea.

Favorite Bible Verse:

Psalms 56:3-4, “When I am afraid I will trust in you, In God whose word I praise. In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

In a time of uncertainty and fear circulating around the world, it is such a comfort knowing that in Christ, there is nothing to be afraid of. He is greater than any fear, any unknown, any terror, and any virus. His love transcends all earthly harms and I can rest in that truth with peace and hope.

Advice to younger TPSers:

Read your Bible every single day. Even when it’s hard to block out the background noise of homework, distractions, and situations, make an effort to come to God. The Bible consists of God’s words and abounds with hope and truth. When you learn more about his character, you learn more about his intent for humanity and the world. With that knowledge, you are equipped to live each day bringing glory and honor to Him. He is your Father and creator and is worthy of your praise and attention. He cares for you and because of His sacrifice, you can enter His presence with confidence. A lot of us have this expectation that time in the Word must be accompanied by cozy blankets, a cute cup of coffee, and an armchair in a quiet corner, but that’s not the reality for everyone and that fact should not hinder us from spending time with God. Eliminate the expectations and enter your time in the Bible with confidence knowing that you are going to learn something about Christ and His purpose for you.


  1. Alessandra, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you these past two-ish years! Thank you for always being so positive and encouraging! I can’t wait to see what God does in your life during in your time at PHC, and I know you will do great things in the future. =)

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Theresa! I’ve loved getting to know you, too! lol I remember the first time I met you I was DEAD from my 5k. I’ve enjoyed sharing grapes with you and trying to find you at the March for Life in January XD. Thanks for always being so incredibly kind and outgoing. Keep in touch! <3

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  3. Emil and Ann 😘

    So very proud of this young lady. Alessandra, your grandparents are smiling down on you with love and pride. It’s been a pleasure watching you grow into such an awesome young woman. We know you will far exceed your own expectations and ours. God Bless You sweetie. 👩‍🎓🎓❤🙏🥳

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Aw thank you, guys!! Your words mean so much to me. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to reunite once this whole COVID thing is over. Much love!

  4. Leanne Zuiderveen

    Praying that you’ll be a brilliant light for Christ in the public square! I’m glad you were able to join our clay team and I’ve loved reading your column this year.

  5. Aunt Mary Ellen & Uncle Guy

    We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments! You are a shining star!
    May your future prove to be as bright!
    Love you!

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Thanks you so very much, Uncle Guy and Aunt Mary Ellen. I miss you both!

  6. Alessandra!! It’s been such a joy being in classes with you this year. Thanks for making APWH awesome, whether during our rant sessions about AP exams or during early-morning Zoom chats. You have such a sweet, genuine heart, and I seriously can’t wait to see what God has in store for you! <3

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Aw thank you Mari!!! I’ve loved getting to know you this year. Visit PHC for the APWorld Section 2 Reunion XD

  7. Good luck at PHC, I’ll be on the look out to see news of you inheriting “Relatable” or “Gugliotti 2048” campaign ads xD

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Thanks, William! I’ll appoint you as the secretary of health and human services or something once I’m president. XD

  8. yay alessandra!!! gonna miss u in ap us next year:(

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      I’m going to miss you too (and your rants XD) make sure to visit PHC!

  9. Wow, I didn’t know clay was still running–that’s awesome. I used to be an editor (shoutout to my homies in arts & culture section) and I’m currently a PHC junior. You’ll love Dr. Sillars.

  10. Alessandra, congratulations! I loved getting to know you, both back in Northern Virginia and as a TPS Editor! We hope that you can come visit us when the cabin is finished this fall. Say hello to Mrs. Gugliotti for me!

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Dona!!! I miss you guys so so much. I will definitely come to visit y’all the moment the cabin is finished. My mom says hi back, and she misses you too. 🙂

  11. Thank you for your incredible work with clay, Alessandra! Wishing you all the best at PHC.

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Thank you, Cassie! I appreciate all your hard work as senior editor. It’s been so awesome being a part of the team 🙂

  12. It’s been great getting to know you this year Alessandra. Many congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your future!


    – The Doughboy

  13. Congratulations, Alessandra! You were a wonderful classmate in one of the best classes ever 🙂
    You’ll be amazing at PHC. God has led you so far, and He won’t ever let you down.
    God bless!

  14. Congrats Alessandra!

  15. Congratulations, Alessandra!

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Thank you so much Mrs. C! I never thought I’d say this, but I’m going to miss Precalc because your class was so so awesome. 🙂

  16. Hi Alessandra! Congratulations!!

    I saw your name and thought it looked familiar. Do you know the Pratts in Northern Virginia? I think I’ve seen you on several Pratt Spotify accounts xD

    • Alessandra Gugliotti

      Hey, Josie! Yes, I know the Pratts! They’re awesome :D. How do you know them? We went to the same co-op and church for a while.

      • That’s so funny—it’s a small world! We go to the same co-op actually—I’m guessing you went to their old one several years back? Andrew is a close friend of mine and I’m in Mr. Pratt’s government class (which he normally teaches on TPS) at our co-op.

        Also, just wanted to say, you are sooooo pretty 🙂

  17. Congratulations on your graduation and I’ll look forward to seeing you in person this summer. You bring the plantains; leave the rest to me! Thanks for sharing.