Meet Dianna Pledger, a fifteen-year-old sophomore living in Tampa, Florida! She has been homeschooled her entire life and is entering her fourth year with TPS. Ever since seventh grade, she has taken all her classes with TPS; this year is no different. Dianna is taking the following seven courses this year: World History and Cultures, Algebra 2 (Honors), Propositional Logic, Spanish 2: Language and Culture, English 3 Lit Analysis and Comp, AP Biology, and Economics. Out of all these classes, she looks forward to AP Biology and Spanish 2: Language and Culture the most.
Outside of academics, Dianna volunteers to shelve books at her local library and help out at her church’s preschool ministry. She also likes to draw, sing, paint, craft, letter, hang out with her friends, and play classical music on the piano in her free time.
Additionally, Dianna has an older sister, an older brother, and a pet rabbit. Both of her siblings used to be a part of TPS and the clay staff, but they have already gone off to college and currently attend Florida State University. As for her pet rabbit, Dianna named her Jasmine after her favorite Disney princess. In addition, Dianna’s mom is from Ukraine and can speak Ukrainian and Russian. Even though the only language Dianna can speak fluently is English, she is learning Spanish and hopes to learn Ukrainian or Russian someday to be able to better communicate with her mom’s side of the family.
Dianna’s Myers-Briggs personality is ENTP, which represents the Debater. She thinks that her test result accurately describes her personality, because she loves seeing and arguing various perspectives. In past years, she consistently tested as an INFP, but recently switched to an ENTP as she continues to change and grow.
Dianna’s favorite Bible verse, Psalm 40:1-3, says “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” It reminds her of how God continually rescues her from her sin, regardless of how many times she returns to it. It reminds her of the goodness of God.
This is Dianna’s first year at clay, and she is the Spotlight editor. Although she does not especially enjoy writing, she loves to edit. When she writes, she tends to overthink, but overthinking helps her when she is editing. She joined the clay staff to grow her passion for editing and to expand her extracurriculars. Welcome to the staff, Dianna!