Andrew Berry is a (fairly) nerdy, (at least from what he can tell) friendly, (from his experience and that of others) energetic, (kind of) goofy and (very) happy 17-year-old guy from Michigan. He has two awesome younger brothers, Joseph and Michael.
Andrew has taken three classes with TPS: Chemistry with Mr. Riesen as a sophomore, Physics with Mr. Middleton as a junior, and Advanced Composition with Mrs. Yagel as a senior. He has greatly enjoyed learning and having fun with these amazing teachers and his hilarious, encouraging classmates. He has especially enjoyed Advanced Comp and spending time writing silly stories with his classmates.
Andrew plans on attending Lawrence Technological University in the fall and majoring in Transportation Design, a four-year degree that will qualify him to sketch, sculpt, and digitally render new concepts for automotive companies. He lives in the Detroit area, an ideal location for this job. It is, after all, the Motor City.
Andrew enjoys a myriad of activities. He loves playing basketball, dodgeball, and ultimate frisbee. Also, he likes writing stories, especially in the fantasy and comedy genres; a strange duo, but he likes it nonetheless. In addition, he enjoys art. He likes drawing, especially cars, weapons, and armor, as well as digital art and painting watercolor landscapes. Last but definitely not least, he loves going to church and youth group and spending time with his friends and with God.
Also, Andrew is quite a Tolkien nerd. He has read The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings (including the appendices!), as well as watching all six movies. They are far and away his favorite movies, and he is eager and willing to debate anyone who says that The Hobbit trilogy is stupid.
Andrew has a varied taste in music. His favorite artists are for KING & COUNTRY and Bizzle, who is a Christian rapper. Also, he loves the soundtracks from LOTR and The Hobbit. The top five songs that he recommends all TPSers listen to are the following:
- “Amon Hen” by Howard Shore from The Fellowship of the Ring
- “Shoulders” by for KING & COUNTRY
- “The Forest River” by Howard Shore from The Desolation of Smaug
- “Do This” by Bizzle
- “Edoras” by Howard Shore from The Two Towers
Andrew has only had one pet, which was a corn snake named Cornelius. Years ago, to Andrew’s grief, Cornelius escaped and was never found again. If he were to get a pet nowadays, though, he would like a tortoise and would probably name him Ironfoot. If the TPSers have any other name suggestions, they are welcome to give them.
One of Andrew’s more humorous, somewhat embarrassing childhood memories is from when he was about ten years old. While wearing his favorite t-shirt, gray with galloping horses on the front, he went down into the basement and saw a bottle of shoe polish sitting on the washing machine. Being the extremely curious boy that Andrew was, he decided to try to open it. He couldn’t figure out how it was supposed to open, so he yanked hard on the lid. It broke off and shoe polish sprayed everywhere, ruining his shirt and permanently staining the wall. Let’s just say his dad was not happy.
While hoping to avoid any more shoe polish disasters, Andrew is thrilled to graduate this year and looks forward to seeing the plans that God has for his life.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I was obsessed with dinosaurs and spending my life digging them out of the ground sounded like an absolute blast.
Favorite Bible Verse
One of my favorite Bible verses (currently) is Proverbs 18:10, which says that “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” (ESV) This verse is especially important to remember with all that’s happening with COVID-19. If we put our trust and hope in doctors, social distancing, the President, or even our own state of health, we are liable to be disappointed. But if we trust God, we can have assurance that God will always do what he knows is best for us.
I don’t exactly have a catchphrase or motto, but one quote that I love is from Jim Elliot: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”