TPS Seniors 2020

Sterling Gleeson – TPS Senior 2020

Sterling will be 18 soon and has lived in Ohio her whole life. She is the fourth out of 5 children in her family, but she is the oldest girl.

Her favorite TPS class has always been French, but she also enjoyed English 1 and 2 with Mrs. Fred. Sterling has had the opportunity to meet her two favorite teachers, Mrs. Fred and Madame Starosciak, in person. She is very thankful to Madame Starosciak for putting up with her for the past 4 years, for sending her a pet snail in the mail, and for teaching her how to say lol in French.

Last summer, Sterling went on the TPS France trip and had an amazing time meeting other TPS students and sharing the gospel with the little French kids. She would definitely recommend that younger TPSers apply to one of the mission trips if they have the chance.

Sterling’s favorite things to do include acting, baking, shopping, and anything exciting and adventurous. She is very extroverted, loves making friends, and is known for always having a lot of energy even though she rarely drinks coffee. She prefers earl grey and matcha tea.

Next year, she will attend a gap year program called Vanguard which was created by Wheaton College. For the program, she will be living at a camp in Northern Wisconsin doing outdoorsy things like hiking, rock climbing, and skiing, as well as growing in her relationship with God. She doesn’t know what she will do after that, but she hopes it will involve meeting new people and traveling.

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

I actually never really knew what I wanted to be, which is part of the reason I’m taking a gap year before heading off to college!

Favorite Bible Verse:

Psalm 62:5-6, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”

Favorite Catchphrase:

Saying “that was intense“ after something slightly unexpected but not at all monumental happened.

Final words of wisdom for all the young’uns: if you’re unsure about taking an opportunity, applying for something, or trying something new, just do it. You’re not too young, and you’re more likely to be glad you did it than you are to regret it.


  1. Félicitations, Sterling! I hope you have an amazing experience through Vanguard :).

  2. Leanne Zuiderveen

    Sterling! I miss enjoying pain au chocolat and nutella-covered baguettes with you. Sounds like you’ll love Vanguard! Keep me in the loop on how it goes!

  3. Sterlinggg! I miss you so much! Congratulations, I am so proud of you and I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures in Northern Wisconsin! Je t’aime

  4. Are you Hadleigh’s sis? younger or older?

  5. Melissa Huisman

    Congratulations Sterling!

  6. Félicitations Sterling! Que Dieu te bénisse dans cette nouvelle aventure.