Meet Mari Stanton, clay’s wonderful 2020-2021 Theology and Worldview Editor! Mari lives in Denver, Colorado with one younger sister and two dogs. Entering her fourth year with TPS, Mari, a sixteen-year-old junior, will be taking AP Biology, AP English Language, AP Calculus AB, College US History, College Music Theory, Spanish 3, and Worldviews. As the Open Mic editor last year, Mari has experience working with clay and is excited to begin her second year at clay by being the Theology and Worldview editor. Mari desires to use her position this year to strengthen her faith and learn more about the Bible while encouraging other students to do the same as they read the Theology and Worldview column. Since English is her favorite subject, Mari is a perfect fit for clay as she uses her editing and writing skills to contribute to articles.
Mari’s primary passion outside of school is playing the violin, which she has been doing for the last thirteen years. In fact, she enjoys the violin so much that she’s interested in pursuing a major in violin performance in addition to possibly pursuing a minor or double major in humanities or English once she graduates from high school. Though her dream job as a child was either being an archaeologist or a fighter pilot, she desires to pursue her passion in music and English. Though she plays classical music on her violin, she has a varied musical taste and enjoys listening to indie pop, alternative rock, Broadway show tunes, and country music as well. Mari also enjoys skiing in the winter, mountain biking, hiking, and training Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Since she likes outdoor activities, she also eventually wants to go backpacking through Europe and go skydiving.
Mari also loves historical fiction, especially books set in the World War II era like All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Her favorite movie is The Return of the King from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Mari’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31, which says, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Mari trusts that the Lord will be her strength as she lives her daily life by hoping in the Lord. We’re very excited to have Mari as our Theology and Worldview editor, and we can’t wait to see how she contributes to the Theology and Worldview column.