TPS Seniors 2020

Emmeline Arehart – TPS Senior 2020

17-year-old New Hampshire raised Emmeline is a three-year TPS veteran (or newbie, depending on who’s looking at it), and is known around clay as the 2019-2020 Serial Story Columnist. An avid storyteller and people-person, she is that kid in class who will greet you by name, ask how you’re doing (and mean it), email you umpteen times during the week, and request that you wish your great-uncle’s sister’s cousin’s college roommate’s sister happy birthday for her (because she absolutely remembers the date from back when she randomly asked you in January of French 1). She is also the inventor of the conversation-starting “Question du Jour,” and is one of those kids who cannot ignore the chat box.

She also loves asking people the “what is your favorite…” questions. And, for that reason, the following are listed – her favorite hobbies are writing, sewing, and playing the piano, each of which she has done since she was about seven. She also enjoys reading, movie watching, singing, baking, and spending time with friends. Her favorite books include The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. Her top three movies are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Cinderella (2015), and the BBC’s adaption of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, North and South. She is a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, and, for that reason, Star Wars, Marvel and The Lord of the Rings are binged frequently. She also loves chocolate, but is not a fan of peanut-butter and cannot stand coffee.

Her relatively short, but thoroughly enjoyed, TPS career has encompassed three French classes – one with Mme Orsini, and two with Mme S, both of whom are decidedly awesome – a videography class, and a psychology class. If she had to single out one of the five as a favorite, she would have to choose French 2, for the amazing community that the class became… though few things can top some of the coffee/shrimp/Serbian customs conversations that randomly came up from time to time in Mrs. Steven’s psychology classroom. This year, as already mentioned, she has also had the privilege of writing for the illustrious clay magazine, releasing the apparently-beloved-by-a-select-group-of-people short novel, Wanderer.

This August, Lord willing, she plans to attend Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and, to her delight, she has already discovered several fellow TPSers in the community. She plans to major in film, to pursue her love of storytelling. While there, she also hopes to continue exploring creative writing, music, and language, and looks forward to getting to know her classmates and professors!

She has been so blessed by all of her fellow TPSers these past years, though, sadly, there’s no room to list them all. Special shoutouts go absolutely to the Hargraves, for the introduction, as well as for everything else. Many thanks also to Claire Garretson, for being such a special friend inside and outside of the classroom, as well as to Emma Warrington, Martha Grace Curtis, Clara Wodny, Claire Brent, and Talia Jones, for being the awesome and fun study partners and friends they are. Emmeline would also like to extend her deepest gratitude and biggest hugs to Mme Orsini and Mme S, for their patience, care and creativity in making learning French so much fun! Another hug goes to Rachel Shey, for being such a wonderful editor, friend, and fellow Star Wars enthusiast all year.

Though she finds it hard to believe that her time with The Potter’s School is drawing to a close, Emmeline is so thankful for the learning opportunity and fun community that the Lord has provided for her through it, and wishes it all the best in the coming years!

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

When I was a lot younger, my dream was to be a veterinarian. This now strikes me as a little ironic, since I do not like science, and am not even much of an animal person. I love cats and horses, but that’s about it!

Favorite Bible Verse:

Oh, how to choose? There are so many good ones! Some that have always brought me comfort and encouragement include Revelation 22:17, 20, and John 16:33.

Favorite Catchphrase:

I collect quotes. In a notebook. This means that I have a lot of favorites, applicable to most situations. One that stands out to me now is from Jennifer Trafton’s novel, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, which states, “Life is a mess and a miracle. So pick up a broom and dance.”



  1. Cinderella (2015) is amazing! And it was such fun reading your serial story this year Emeline: you should really publish it! Good luck in college!

    • Thank you! I have been so blessed by your enthusiasm for Wanderer this year!
      And yes, Cinderella is… stunning. I love that movie so much. xD

  2. Emmeline, I loved your serial – and I also love Jane Eyre! Good luck in the coming years!

  3. Leanne Zuiderveen

    All the best at Union, Emmeline! It was fun to have you as a columnist and classmate this year!

    • Thanks, Leanne! It was indeed such a blast. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to write under you this year!

  4. I’m going to miss you Emmeline! Blessings!

    • Aww, I’m gonna miss you, Bronwyn! It was great getting to know you a bit this year! Keep up the fashion work! 🙂

  5. Oh, Emmeline! What would my TPS career even look like without you? It is such an honor to know you, friend, and to watch you grow and thrive. Your inventions of the question du jour and your persistent “what’s your favorite?” questions are going to long be your legacy and they do you so much credit – as a kind, loving, caring person who wants to know and remember every little detail. I don’t know what exactly the Lord has planned for you, but I know that every day, you make His world a brighter place. I’ve been so blessed to adventure through three years of TPS and life and writing and French with you, and I know that just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean any of it will stop 🙂 I’m so excited to see the places you go and the journey you have ahead of you! Thank you for being such a beautiful and amazing, one-in-a-million kind of friend <3

    • Claire! Merci beaucoup, ma chère amie. You’re the best. I send you so many hugs! 🙂 (Come to Union 😉 )

  6. Gabrielle Sallard

    Emmeline!! I have no clue if you’ll see this and I feel way too old to be on here but congratulatiooons!! I’m so proud of you and so happy that you found your niche at TPS and at Clay! I’m so excited you’re going to Union and can’t wait to see what God has in store for you. Email me anytime; I’d love to chat again!

    • Gabrielle!! Hi, friend!! Thank you so much! I will take you up on the email… just as soon as I find the time, lol! xD

  7. Congrats, Emmeline! Keep writing for Jesus! 😀

  8. Ayyyy I know her! I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you in French 3! Bonne chance avec la prochaine année!

    • Salut Sydney! It’s been great finally getting to know you, as well! I’m gonna miss you! Keep drawing dragons. 😉

  9. Congrats! You’ve been a wonderful columnist. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

    • Thanks, Cassie! It’s been such fun to write under you this year (and, somehow, I remained essentially untouched by the alleged dictatorship. Can’t decide if that’s because I was singled out for favoritism or because I live in a bubble. One or the other. x) )

  10. Emma Warrington

    Emmeline, I am so thankful for the years you have blessed me with your friendship! I love and miss our French 1 (and 2) conversation and study sessions! It always puts a smile on my face when I receive a letter from you (by the way I still have to respond to the most recent one, but finals have been killing me), and I am amazed how you remember some of the smallest details about a person. I wish you the best as you go throughout your college career and beyond ( as long as you don’t forget about your little french 2 buddy)!

    • Emmeline Arehart

      Hi Emma! Thank you so much! I’ve had so much fun with you in French classes and in swapping letters and stuff these past few years. I won’t forget about you – et je dis bonjour à Aspen et Roo, comme toujours. 😉

  11. Katherine Thomas

    North and South!!!! ME TOO!!! I’ll miss you in French next year!!

    • Emmeline Arehart

      How in the world did we spend a whole year together and never realized that we both love that movie?! But, seriously, it’s so good. xD
      I’ll miss you too!! Have a great next year!

  12. Emmeline, thanks so much for being an awesome columnist this year! I’ve really enjoyed editing for you. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and am looking forward to seeing your name on the bestseller list!

    • Will also be looking for you during the Oscars ;D

      • Emmeline Arehart

        Thank you for being such an amazing editor, Rachel! You are such a blessing. Thanks for being such a great friend this year, and for all that you’ve done for me and my story!