TPS Seniors 2020

Nicholas Rutherford – TPS Senior 2020

Nicholas Rutherford is a 17-year-old Senior from Coventry, Rhode Island. He thinks of life as a box of chocolates, and wonders how, with his appetite, he still has any left. Nicholas has participated in many extracurriculars including Scouts, wrestling, running, judo, chess club, and Sea Cadets throughout high school, and believes that these involvements played an important role in his development. He’s learned a great deal through his wide range of academic courses and has grown not just mentally, but morally and spiritually as well. Nicholas’ favorite TPS class, in his first year of TPS, would be AP Environmental Science. He considers applying concepts from a wide range of disciplines to this field, with the goal being to learn how we can help, nurture, and protect the environment, to be a fascinating and highly relevant opportunity. He is so grateful to all his other amazing teachers as well for the outstanding classes they teach. The next chapter of his life, Nicholas believes, will be spent at the University of Pennsylvania in the College of Arts & Sciences, where he’s hoping to spend his years preparing for law school, focusing on political science and psychology.

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

In elementary school, all Nicholas ever talked about was that he would be a farmer when he grew. He planned to own the biggest and most profitable farm ever; he’d grow every type of crop and raise every type of animal. Nicholas even decided he’d be close friends with each animal, but now that he looks back this business model seems a little flawed. He does see, however, that these thoughts of the future show his ability to be happy with the simplistic things in life. If he ended up laboring all day, working hard, and living solely off of the grit on his hands, I don’t think Nicholas would be unhappy. That realization is something he’ll hold on to in the years to come.

Favorite Bible Verse

Nicholas’ favorite Bible verse is Psalm 25:4, which says “Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.” He loves this verse because it reminds him that there is more to travel on my walk with the Lord. There is always more for him to learn, understand, and grow through. It also helps Nicholas come back to the Lord when he wanders astray.

Favorite Catchphrase

Please remember that we’ve all got a chicken-duck-woman-thing waiting for us.


  1. Great bio, Nicholas. 🙂 It was fun having someone I knew from real life in class. =D

  2. Congratulations, Nicholas!