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TCS Junior Earns National Merit Honor


Catherine Patton

Two years ago Trinity was pleased to learn that one of our students was Opelika’s only National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. We are pleased once again to learn that another TCS student has been recognized for the distinction of National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. Catherine Patton is a junior and has been at Trinity since kindergarten. Besides having a strong academic aptitude, Catherine has excelled in many other ways as well. She has received numerous honors throughout her years at Trinity and has held key positions in the drama department, girl’s varsity soccer team, advanced band, jazz band, choir, and honor society. Catherine also consistently demonstrates many positive and godly personal characteristics and epitomizes a Trinity student. Being selected as even a semi-finalist is an outstanding accomplishment that is shared among a small group of students around the the country. According to their own website:

“The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC’s scholarship programs are:

  • to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
  • to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
  • to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent”

Congratulations to Catherine and her parents, and best wishes as she continues through the National Merit Scholarship process.


2013 Senior Rhetoric Speeches

Videos of the Class of 2013 Rhetoric Speeches will be coming soon. In the meantime, here is the program for the day to whet your appetite…


TCS Tennis Nets Second Victory

Trinity Christian School’s tennis team topped Hope Christian 16-8 at the Pelham Racquet Club Friday afternoon. Winning in both singles and doubles matches for the Eagle boys were Jackson Gunter and David Alderman, William Alderman and Oliver Nell,  Daniel Rotta and David Paul Hemberg, as well as Ben Gunter and and Andy Huling.  Aaron Nell posted a pair of singles wins.  Mary Grier Illges triumphed in singles for Trinity’s girls, while Cameron Walker and Hannah McClendon netted a doubles win.  The Eagles are now 2-0 on the season.

The Technot

My mom has always claimed to be a technot. Recently she sent me this email. I loved it on many levels…


Well I have really joined the 21st century. I have an Apple computer (not a lap top), a cell phone (not an iphone), I listen to Pandora on a remote speaker, I can get 100 plus channels on my new flat screen TV, and I can stream movies instantly through NetFlix.

And now I am going to go and read my book.”

New Saint Andrews College

Well, we all have to get up at 3:30 AM to catch our plane back to Atlanta, but I thought I’d post one more quick entry for everyone who has been saying “we can’t wait to hear all about it”.

NSA was great. I do not even know where to begin. Perhaps I could start by saying it exceeded our expectations, or at least by saying it was exactly what we expected it to be, with no disappointments.

We had, of course spent the past few years learning about this small, academically rigorous, spiritually disciplined, classical Christian college. Janine and I were 95% sure it would be a good match for our daughter. McKenzie was probably 75% sure she would like it. After sitting in classes, speaking with several students, meeting with professors and other staff members, attending a disputatio, watching the hilarious and impressive annual NSA talent show (dubbed the Andies), and hanging out at Bucer’s (the local coffeehouse inhabited by NSA students) we are at least 99% sure that this is where McK will be spending her college years, although we will continue to pray about that. NSA is the perfect place for a classical Christian education student (like TCS students) to further develop what they already have. I cannot possibly find the words to write about it, but would love to share our experience with anyone interested. It is a pretty special place.

As an added bonus we attended Christ Church Sunday morning, but Janine and McKenzie got very little from Doug Wilson’s sermon because we ended up sitting right behind Nate and his wife, Beckah and her husband, Rachel and her husband and all 15 of Doug and Nancy’s grandchildren. My girls were a little preoccupied with all of them. After church we were invited to have lunch with Jim Nance and his family and we spent the afternoon with them at their house. That was a real treat and was especially fun as his four kids are either NSA students or Logos school students.

All in all, a fantastic trip to the birthplace of classical Christian education.

Yesterday’s Fun

As much fun as it was going to Universal Studios last weekend, yesterday blew it away. Janine and I had the run of Logos school and were given the liberty to observe any class we wanted to and to come and go at will. 

It was great!

Janine spent the entire morning observing the kindergarten class, and even had the opportunity to participate in assisting the teacher in reading groups. After lunch she observed the first and second grade classes and music.

I spent the morning in several classes, including the third grade class where I had a few minutes to tell the kids about Alabama (they were oohing and ahhing about weather in the 70s right now and blooming azaleas and dogwoods while I was oohing and ahhinh about their snow covered mountain peaks). And what a privilege to sit in Nancy Wilson’s American Lit class, Becca Merkle’s Classical Lit class, Jim Nance’s Logic class and others. Before lunch I got to sit down with Matt Whitling to discuss the various behind the scenes aspects running a school.

After 12 years of developing a love and passion for classical Christian education, reading, studying, attending conferences, practicing, training, observing, discussing, and putting it into practice at Trinity, it was so nice to visit the place that started it all.

Today we head to New Saint Andrews to begin our prospective student visit there.


Humble Beginnings

When Janine and the kids and I rolled into Moscow, Idaho yesterday afternoon the first thing that hit us was just how small this town is. I had unconsciously formed an image in my mind of what the town that Doug and Nancy Wilson, New Saint Andrews College, Logos School, the University of Idaho, and several other recent claims to fame called home would look like. It was not this.

David and Goliath. The twelve apostles. The fishes and loaves. A tiny baby born in a lowly manger. These were the immediate corollaries that popped into my mind. Amazing things that have and are impacting the world are coming out of this little town. The birth and success of Classical Christian education, which has come to include more that 500 schools in the U.S. alone, New Saint Andrews College, New York Times Best Sellers like the 100 Cupboards series, and The Ashtown Burials series and films like Collision and Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl that set the bar higher for Christian cinema all have stemma in Moscow. There are blogs originating from Moscow that intellectually and spiritually challenge men and encourage and teach women across the globe. Dozens of books on education, parenting, marriage, and Christian living have found their way out of Moscow and into the hands of readers from around the world. Even the actor who had the leading role in Steven Speilberg’s blockbuster movie Super 8 is a student at Logos School.

Most, if not all of these things can be traced back to one man: Doug Wilson.

It’s exciting to be here and even more exciting to consider the potential world-wide impact that one person can have.

Trinity Students Excel at Band Competition

Trinity band students represented the school well at the recent All-State auditions.

Trinity Christian School band students recently had great success in both junior high and high school auditions at the annual band competition for All-State Honor Band and District Honor Band.

In junior high, Molly Colquitt, Josh Hartsell, and Margaret Patton made All-State. Cayton Walker, Nathan Sellers, Brady Watts, D.J. Johnson, and William Patton made District; William Patton was also an alternate for All-State.

In high school, Anna Kenney and A.J. Torbert made All-State, Grant Nall made District and was an alternate for All-State, and Jackson Gunter made alternate for District. These students did extremely well, and Trinity is pleased to be once more so well represented at these selective and prestigious honor bands.

TCS Students Chosen for Poetry Anthology

Five of the Six TCS students whose poetry was recently published.

Six Trinity students, Brittany Nowell, Micah Weissinger, Michaela Meyers, Jackson Gunter, Catherine Patton, and Cassidy Nall, were published in the Fall 2011 edition of the Creative Communications poetry anthology. The 10th and 11th grade students submitted poems they had written for Miss Ballard’s British or American literature classes to the Creative Communications poetry contest. Their efforts were rewarded when the poems were accepted and published in the anthology. Miss Ballard received a copy of the book for free since more than five of her students were accepted. Trinity has had continual success with this program throughout the years, and she hopes that her students will enter the Spring competition as well.

Submitted by Elizabeth Patton, Student Writer

Zach and Starlyn Wedding

A few weeks ago my daughter and I had the opportunity to do the videography for the wedding of Zach Teel and Starlyn Myers. Starlyn is a graduate of Trinity. The wedding had a Scottish theme and was so much  fun to video. It was so nice to hear the friends and family of Zach and Starlyn talk about what godly people both of them are. Congratulations to both of you and God bless. Here is a highlights montage of the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, pre-wedding, ceremony, and reception. Enjoy.