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A student publication of GLASGOW FAMILY OF SCHOOLS

Pitching Ace

Tall Oaks senior Aaron Weber pitches for the Red Lion baseball team. pg. 20

also inside

Seeing Double

The Red Lion senior class boasts two sets of twins. pg. 28

Senior Profiles Glasgow Christian Academy highlights seven seniors. pg. 16

and much more... WWW.GLASGOWFAMILY.com

issue 7 SUMMER 2017


GLASGOW FA M I LY OF SCHOOLS Summer 2017 ADVISER Aaron Hamrick EDITOR IN CHieF Emma Mercer RED LION STAFF Bria Dickerson Brooke Dooley Kathryn Forestieri Jonathan Huey Morgan Kline-Hill Kevin Mills Benjamin Nequist Jalin Robinson

TALL OAKS STAFF Josita Marshall Naomi Mengel Benjamin Schneider

GLASGOW CHRISTIAN STAFF Faith Foresta Quentin Fleetwood Justin Giffing Isaiah Grob Jennifer Hawkins Madie Hawkins RJ Mercer Tyler Morgan Lilly Pollack Evan Swircznski

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302-834-2526 on the cover Tall Oaks senior Aaron Weber hurls the ball at the batter in an away game at St. Andrews. Aaron lead his team to a 9-1 win by striking out five batters in five innings. He also contributed to the offense by smashing a home run. This was Aaron’s second year on the Red Lion baseball team. photo by Aaron Hamrick

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With the DJ’s lights swirling around the room, the students flood the dance floor and dance to their favorite songs during the junior/senior prom. The prom was held in Chesapeake, MD at the Chesapeake Inn on April 7. photo by Aaron Hamrick

INSIDE

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pages 4-5 Red Lion Year in Review

pages 18-19 Taylor Beres Profile

pages 6-7 Lion’s Social Media

pages 20-21 Aaron Weber Profile

pages 8-9 Dr. Steve Turley Profile

pages 22-23 GCA’s Madagascar Play

pages 10-11 GCA’s Annie Musical

pages 24-25 Morgan’s European Vacation

pages 12-13 A Night With Oscar

pages 26-27 Tall Oaks House Wilberforce

pages 14-15 Kana Turley Profile

pages 28-29 Twin’s Intuition

pages 16-17 GCA Senior Highlights

pages 30-31 Mr. Densworth Porter Profile

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Red Lion Year in Sept. 1

Sandy Hill Retreat

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Color Wars

March 16-18

April 7

Wizard of oz

RED lion prom


Events Page Review Edition Dec. 3

Talent Show

April 13

Tall Oaks High protocol

FEb. 10-18

Costa Rica Mission Trip

May 1

Senior decision day

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The Social Pride RL

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Stay Connected In today’s age, everything is on the internet and social media is becoming bigger than ever. Everything that we do whether we go on vacation, have sports game, or even the food we eat ends up online. The thoughts we are thinking are formed in a tweet and the silly pictures we take with our friend is on snapchat. The wonderful thing about having social media is that you can stay connected with your friends and family. With the summer coming around there will be a lot of pictures on the beach and pictures of our summer break posted online. Having social media will help you to stay connected to see what your classmates are doing when they are not is school.

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I Like Social Media because...

It is a time for me connect with friends and know what is trending. Zoe Wilcox I can post pictures of my day and I can meet new people. Gabriella Lano It is a good platform to get information out and stay informed about the everyday life and what is going around in the world. Daniel McNeil I like posting about my day and also like using the filters on Snapchat. Chase Brothers I get to see what my friends are doing and I like to talk to them and connect with them without being with then in person. Maddie Beres

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MEET DR. STEVE TURLEY

Copy by Benjamin Turley Photo by Naomi Mengel Design by Kathryn Forestieri

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r. Steve Turley is Tall Oaks’ high school theology and rhetoric teacher. Dr. Turley has been teaching at the school since 2002, making him one of the school’s longest-tenured staff members. Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Turley also has a background in music, studying classical guitar at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Turley remembers growing up in Connecticut as an interesting experience but one that was not rooted in the Christian faith. Dr. Turley said, “It’s a beautiful area that was filled with Christianity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but has since become one of the most secularized places in the country. Growing up there, my exposure to real, vibrant Christianity was extremely minimal.” While Dr. Turley was at Peabody, he became “overwhelmed with how shallow secularism was.” Through influence from some of his friends who were devout Christians, he was brought into the faith and was baptized shortly thereafter. After college, Dr. Turley married his wife, Akiko, whom he met at Peabody. He then began a career as a classical guitarist, touring around the country. He put his guitar career on hold when he became a father as he needed to be able to spend more time with his family. “A job opened up at Tall Oaks,” he recalled. “I loved it so much that I decided this was something I could devote the next chapter of my life to. For me, there was a natural fit between what I was doing as a classical guitarist and classical education. I flourished being a part of classical education. [After] coming in, I recognized that this was the place for me.” In 2013, Dr. Turley received his Ph.D. in theology from Durham University. He also launched a media platform, TurleyTalks, at the request of former colleagues. Through the Internet and social media, Dr. Turley has been able to share the Gospel all around the world. He said, “I’d always been a straightforward academic, so it took a little getting used to. It has allowed me to think of my classroom as much wider than it previously was. Now, my microphone is my lectern, and the world is my classroom. We’re about to hit 1,000 subscribers on YouTube. There is a live audience for me. It’s become a way of being able to draw people into recognizing that a new Christian age is rising all over the world.”

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THEOLOGY AND RHETORIC.

CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AT ITS CORE www.glasgowfamily.com

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“Annie has been such a fun play to work on. I met so many new people, and became closer to those I already knew. I think it came together really well, and I am going to miss it a ton next year.” Violet Kuhl (Kate) “Being in Annie at GCA was a fantastic experience. I could not have asked for a better cast for my first year in drama. There was a lot of hard work, encouragement, and prayer that went into Annie, and so many people thought it was a great success. I will miss the seniors, the hum hums, and the dussenburgers, but I am looking forward to participating in drama again next year.” Adelina DiGiacomo (Ronnie Boylan)

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“Playing Rooster was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on stage. I got to blend weirdness and unpleasantness, with a dash of cheesy overconfidence to create a delicious smoothie of eccentric evil. Muahahaha!” Clayton Rash (Rooster Hannigan)

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“Drama became available to me after many years of watching close friends star in The Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins, I finally took the plunge. I joined my junior year and I was able to perform in Fiddler on the Roof as Hodel and Annie this year as Lily St. Regis, fueling/ fulfilling my Broadway itch.” Madison Pritt (Lily St. Regis)

“After five years of acting in GCA plays, I’ve come to the end of my last one. I want to thank all of my fellow actors for making my memories of this stage ones that I will cherish forever. I’ve loved every minute spent on these plays and I’ll never forget how they’ve transformed me into who I am today.” Quentin Fleetwood (Drake, Mr.Bundles, Wacky)

“Being in Annie was a growing experience in many ways: dancing, acting and singing (my first solo), as well as learning to balance the responsibilities of school, sports, and playing a large role. The cast and crew have become like family to me, and this year’s experience in Annie was one of the best yet.” Julia Bradshaw (Annie)

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A NIGHT WITH Design by Jonathan Huey Copy by Brooke Dooley Photos by Aaron Hamrick

Oscar

Tall Oaks student Megan McGraw, and Red Lion students Abby Tokarski and Jonathan Huey enjoy the dancing at the junior/senior prom. The prom was held at the Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, MD on April 7.

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DATES

Zach Barbin & Bella Rupert - This was their last high school dance and, according to Bella, “Probably the best time I’ve had at any school dance.” The couple did not expect to be crowned Prom King and Queen, especially after being Homecoming King and Queen. They said they were extremely grateful that their class voted for them. Zach said, “You only have one shot at being Prom King in your life and I got to be it, so that’s really awesome.” Bella was also very excited when it was announced that they won and thought it was a great way to end senior year. Aaron Fieger & Taylor Wright - Aaron said it was a privilege to go to prom as a sophomore, especially since he is “pretty good friends with most of the juniors and seniors.” Taylor loved seeing her friends all dressed up and thought everyone looked really nice. They were also fans of the ice cream bar. Taylor said, “I’m in love with ice cream so I was excited they had it.” The couple enjoyed prom and said they are looking forward to next year’s.

DECOR

The members of the Junior Student Government, Bria Dickerson, Brennan Fisher, Claudia Glover, and Anastasia Markakis, spent a year planning the prom. They began in April 2016. After seeing how much work was put in by previous classes, they decided that they wanted to move the prom to a different venue that wouldn’t require as many decorating. Bria Dickerson, class chaplain, mentioned the Chesapeake Inn. The other class officers agreed that it was a good option so they took the idea to Miss Robinette. She drove them to visit the venue and the five of them fell in love with the place. The junior class had done enough fundraising and were able to afford the pricier venue. They agreed that the Chesapeake Inn’s ballroom was beautiful on its own and they decided they needed a classy theme to complement it. The idea of the Oscars really stuck with them and so “A Night With Oscar” was born. Junior class president, Brennan Fisher, said, “It turned out to be a major success.”

DRESSES Autumn Stubbs “I chose my dress because it was unique and stood out from the others I tried on at Macy’s. I liked that it was short and easy to dance in, but still long and flowy in the back.” Nancy Wang “I tried this one on for fun and fell in love with it. I really liked how simple it was, it let me have more fun with my hair and accessories.” Kayla Seeney “I had my dress custom made based on a picture I saw on Instagram. I wanted my hair and makeup to be popping like Beyoncé. I told my makeup artist and she did exactly what I wanted.” Ruby Mercer “I spent a day shopping with no luck. When I was ready to go home, but my mom saw this Sherri Hill dress hanging up as we were getting ready to leave. I tried it on and knew that it was the one.” Colleen McCallister “I went to a small boutique called Sorella. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for, but we knew the store owner and she helped me find the perfect dress that fit within the guidelines.” Colleen McCallister Autumn Stubbs

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Kana Turley has attended Tall Oaks since kindergarten. Now, as a multi-sport athlete and high school senior, she keeps busy all year round with practices and schoolwork. Kana plays tennis, volleyball, and soccer, and she recently traveled to Mexico for the junior/senior trip.

Volleyball “I’ve been playing volleyball all throughout high school; I’ve played setter, outside hitter, and middle hitter. I enjoy the team aspect of volleyball. This isn’t something that I ever got in tennis, so I really love the camaraderie between the girls and how we’re all like sisters on the court. I definitely plan to play volleyball in college, either competitively or club. My greatest achievement in volleyball was getting MVP this season. When I joined the Red Lion team, I was kind of unsure about my skills and abilities, but my coach was awesome and pushed me to get better every day. The girls were super sweet and encouraging, and we all did so well during the season. Getting MVP was like the icing on the cake.”

Tennis “I've been playing tennis since I was six. It was the first sport I ever played. I played competitively from ages eleven to fifteen. Now, I play as much as I can on top of my busy school schedule. The most difficult aspect of tennis is the mental game. It's not like team sports, when you have other teammates to turn to. It's just you and your opponent, which is really hard on your mind and emotions. The thing I enjoy most about tennis is the wide range of skills that are necessary to play the game. You have to have coordination, speed, strength, and the ability to anticipate your opponent's next move. When all those elements come together, it feels really good. I hope to play tennis for the rest of my life. It's a sport you can play when you're young, old, or in between.”

Mexico Service Trip In April, the Tall Oaks junior and senior classes traveled to Mexico for ten days of serving at a local church and being immersed in the culture and language of the country. The students roomed with families from the church for part of their time there and made many new friends, bonding with them during activities like playing volleyball, eating delicious meals together at the church, and even working together to clear trees and brush from the church property. “Mexico is such a colorful and vibrant country in everything from art, to architecture, to food, to music, but the people are the most vibrant of all. I was worried about problems like the language barrier and the unfamiliar environment, but everyone we met was so warm and welcoming that I barely noticed those problems. My host family was amazing; they had three kids who were absolutely adorable. It broke my heart to leave them, but we still keep in touch over social media. Also, the food was incredible. It’s like nothing I’ve ever had in the states. Panuchos are, like, my all-time favorite food now. I’d love to go back in the future, to stay with my host family and eat the food again. Hopefully my Spanish will be a lot better by that time.”

School & Future Plans “I love that Tall Oaks is such a tight-knit community. It’s been great to grow up in a place where you know almost everyone and can turn to anyone from your friends to your teachers for help and support. The professional world has high demand for writing and speaking skills. Tall Oaks has taught me how to do both and do them well. This shows that Tall Oaks is not only invested in your personal, spiritual life; it is also greatly invested in your future. I’m going to Regent University in Virginia Beach. I still have no idea what I want to do, but as of right now, I’m double-majoring in English and Business—that’ll definitely change.”

Kana and two of her Mexican host family’s children pose for a picture after the church service on Easter Sunday.

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SENIOR YEAR Some of the GCA seniors give insight of their high school career Copy and Design by Bria Dickerson

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ulia Bradshaw moved from Southern California to Maryland in 2008 and was presented with the opportunity to attend to GCA. Her parents found that it would be a good opportunity for her to make friends with like minds and enjoy activities such as martial arts. While at GCA she participated in the school productions and wanted to try it out. “I saw the excellent productions that GCA produced each year and finally decided last year that I wanted to try acting.” All of her GCA teachers have been so supportive and helpful. “I’d especially like to thank Mrs. Harr and Mrs. Merkel for making chemistry and pre-calculus interesting and even fun!” GCA has enriched her family’s life in many ways. “The biggest impact has been the incredible friendships that I’ve made. I treasure the time I’ve spent here, and I truly believe that the special memories and friendships will last a lifetime.”

adison Pritt came to GCA in 2009. Her and her family had just moved from Georgia. Her first encounter was with Julia Bradshaw. ”After an incident that involved red cool aid and a Greek text book, we became friends and have been ever since.” GCA has been a great opportunity for her to meet new people and enjoy activities. She played soccer and enjoyed art classes. She was also involved in drama her junior year and has been the play ever since. “These past years at GCA have been fantastic and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. And for the years ahead, I hope I have teachers as good as Mrs. Harr.”

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olly Ferguson is what you call a “lifer”. She has been at GCA since preschool and have lived the days to be there until her senior year. Molly knew homeschool was a perfect fit for her because she is a relatively quiet person and being in a large, noisy classroom would scare her. “GCA was the perfect solution. Meeting once a week on Thursdays and then doing all the work at home provided just the right amount of social time and time at home.” “I wouldn’t trade my years at GCA for anything. I’m so blessed to have been surrounded by such wonderful Christian teachers and friends for these many years. The close friendships I’ve formed with my fellow classmates have greatly influenced who I am as a person. Deciding to be a student at Glasgow Christian Academy has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”


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rancesca Digiacomo has been at GCA for only two years. She plays violin and is involved with orchestras and musical ensemble. Going to GCA has made it possible for her to do the things that is important to her. “I have had great teachers who have helped me to understand the material and have presented it in a comprehensive and even entertaining way.” At school she has made friends by participating in school activities and has made friends in the classroom. “I have enjoyed getting to know my friends through taking classes together, hanging out around the school store, and most recently through helping with stage crew for GCA’s drama production.

uentin Fleetwood has attended Glasgow Christian Academy for five years. By attending GCA he was able to start fresh with new friends, habits, and lifestyle. “My first few weeks at GCA were rough. I had trouble finishing my work on time and desperately needed help in many subjects.” Luckily for Quentin his classmates taught him how to plan out his days and schedule. Despite the setback, Quentin was able to make friends and his teachers accepted him with open arms. “I gained even more friends and learned even more about life. GCA is more than just a school. It’s a home. I’m proud to have called GCA my school for the best 5 years of my life and while I will miss it terribly, I look forward to what the next chapter will hold.”

Breana Kupis

reana Kupis started at GCA in 2011. She started in seventh grade with an English class and has added classes on every year. It took a little time for her to adjust to the environment but it all turned out for the better. “What I love about GCA is if you open yourself up to new friendships no one will turn you down.” GCA has formed her into the person she is today. “It’s challenged me, more than I sometimes wanted to be. Both academically and religiously.” She also participated in Red Lion Field Hockey, “I honestly can’t imagine my life without that experience.” “Freshman year I wondered if it would ever end and now that it finally is I’m so not ready. Don’t rush it and try new things, make new friendships because when it’s over all you’ll have left is those friendships and memories.”

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osario Sucaratte has attended GCA for all of his four years of high school. “Throughout all four years attending GCA, I have met many cool people and learned a lot about life.” The teachers he has encountered have all only wanted what was best for him. They all exemplified Christ in the ways they carried themselves and taught their curriculum. The lessons he has learned, at GCA, helped him to see Christ in all facets of academics. “Through math I can use reason to discover God’s truth, through English I can better understand God’s word, through history I can better understand God’s plan, and through science I can better understand God’s creation.” Being at GCA, Zar was able to make new friends and create relationships that will last forever. “God has put people into my life who have helped shape me into the person He desires me to be. Likewise, I like to believe He has used me to help shape others too. I will always cherish the memories and friends made at GCA.”

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Stepping Up

e t a l P e h t To Playing softball may not have always been the plan, but when the opportunity came up, Taylor was happy to act on it.

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ost people thing that Taylor Beres, a senior at Red Lion Christian Academy, came to the school only to play softball, but this is the opposite of the truth. Taylor attended Middletown High School for her freshman and sophomore years of high school where she played softball both years. Before that, she played the positions of first base and second base for MOT Little League, where her dad coached. “I wasn’t good at all,” Taylor said,” but I enjoyed it.” Then she played in high school where her enjoyment for the sport had some rough patches. “I went to Middletown my first two years [of high school] and I pitched there. I didn’t really like it, and my sophomore year I wanted to quit. My parents told me to just keep playing because I was good.” Taylor agreed to keep playing through high school and ended up on the travel team, Orange Crush, where she still plays now. At this point she had no intentions on playing in college, but that all changed the summer after her sophomore year. She was playing for her travel team one day in the summer and a coach from GoldeyBeacom was at the game. “I played the best game I’ve ever played. I pitched a no hitter and hit a home run. Right after the game, they ran up to me and asked ‘Where are your parents? We want to do this right now. We want you really bad to play for our team, and we need a pitcher. I thought, ‘ok, why not?’” Now, Taylor is the pitcher at Red Lion Christian Academy, and she also occasionally plays first base and second base. The coach has her batting third or fourth in the lineup, which means that she is the batter the team counts on to get big hits and bring in runners. Taylor said, “There are a lot of younger kids on the team, and there’s a mother figure in me that comes out, so I look after them in and out of school. I’m like the mother hen, that’s says, ‘stop participating in that’ and ‘that’s not who we are’ and stuff like that.” She still plays on her travel team, “Orange Crush,” with whom she plays mostly in tournaments around the state. Goldey-Beacom has offered to pay for almost all of Taylor’s college tuition and room and board. Taylor is now committed and has signed to be playing for Lady Lightning softball team in the spring of 2018.

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Runs in the family Not only does Taylor get to play with on Red Lion’s softball team with younger girls who she looks after, but she also gets to play with her little sister Maddie Beres. “Maddie and I have a pretty close-knit bond for the most part. I think we are very alike, but she is a little crazy sometimes, so I kind of have to tame her down.” While Taylor is pitching, Maddie is catching. “When we strike someone out we kind of laugh at it, and we wink at each other.” Taylor says that they have a bond that is super tight and that playing the same sport has really played a role in that. Sometimes, like with every sibling pair that are with each other that much, some things get a little rough. “Sometimes if the team does bad or something, I’ll take it out on Maddie in the car ride home.” But she also says that they always work it out and it is still, for the most part, very enjoyable, Getting to play with her in the past years has been very enjoyable and something that she will miss very much as she moves on to college.

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“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”

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In his words

have been at Tall Oaks my entire life, and for that I am forever thankful. In fact, I remember being at Tall Oaks before I ever entered the school, often accompanying my Mom and older sisters to our location at the Chinese Church in Hockessin. So many of my precious memories have been formed at Tall Oaks, from very competitive games at recess to the wonders of Christ's world which my teachers showed me. Tall Oaks has seen much change throughout the years, but all of it has been a great testament of God's grace and truth. Having come out on the other side, I am so glad to look back and see the same joy and excellence of life and education at Tall Oaks, from the chants, projects, and games of the grammar students to the beauty of the minds of our rhetoric students. Through my time at Tall Oaks, I have most appreciated this timeless community, founded in Christ's love and truth, that is always seeking life in Him.

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enior year has been the hardest year yet. The workload has been heavy, the challenges immense, and the struggles very deep, but once again, the Lord is good. I am thankful for the opportunity to work through the changes and trials of this year, as it has increased my dependence upon Christ and prepared me to face hardship in the future. This year I have been amazed by the great grace of God to overcome change in our school and work, and I hope that our staff and students will be refined and strengthened as we faithfully seek Christ in our new home.

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began organized baseball at age six in the YMCA tee-ball league. At age seven, I began playing for Newark National Little League. My foundations for baseball, my memories, the coaches who gave so much care in teaching me, and many of my close baseball friends were formed in my time at Newark National. This experience culminated for me in 2011, when my 11-12 year old Newark National District team won the Delaware State Championship, went 4-0 in Regional pool play, and lost in the semifinal game (it wouldn’t be baseball if there weren’t a loss in there). After my twelve-year-old season, I continued full time with travel baseball (I had begun this at age ten), which has taken me from New York to Florida, playing with and against some of the best competition in baseball. In ninth grade I played one year of varsity baseball at Tri-State Christian Academy. In tenth grade I did not play high school baseball but trained after school with my Dad every day of the spring. I had a good summer, but midway through I broke my wrist applying a tag at second base. This may have affected my college recruiting timeline some, but God’s ways are higher than ours, and His grace was so great through this experience. The following winter we found out that through Tall Oaks’ partnership with Red Lion, I would be able to play varsity baseball. The rest is history, and I am so thankful for the Lord’s provision to play high school baseball when I thought I never would. In the fall, I will begin playing baseball at Messiah College, where I hope to continue my career in the excellence of the collegiate level.”

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s for my legacy at Tall Oaks, I am not concerned about how I am remembered, but I care that the truth, goodness, and beauty I have been trained to absolutely love would be planted in the hearts of all the students who come after me. If I have any legacy at Tall Oaks, I hope that it would be in inspiration and encouragement for students to seek the Lord in all they do, to pursue excellence in His strength, and discover all life in Him. If there is anything that I have learned at Tall Oaks, and anything I want to be remembered, it is that Christ is Lord. Additionally, classical education is something students can always take with them, so I hope that our students and I can continually learn and re-learn the wonders we have been shown through the education at Tall Oaks.

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Aaron

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Through thirteen years at Tall Oaks, Aaron has become an established leader both in the school’s community and on the baseball field.

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The Penguins

The Lionesses

The Lemurs

The Zoosters

Sarah Kuhl, C.J. Betters, Palmer Burch, Austin Sareyka

Grace Lally, William Mull, Hannah Cavender, Emma Byers, Alex Holleran, Alex Willhite, Tristen Grenardo, Owen Littleton

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Lillie Hawkins, Hannah Cavender, Marianna Schmitt, Danielle Swirczynski

Bryn Dennis, Abby Byers, Braden Waters, Thomas Hawkins


Greetings from

GCA’s elementary students put on a production of Madagascar, the beloved story of a group of animals from the Central Park Zoo that find themselves stranded on the island of Madagascar.

Madagascar! "Making new friends was the best part of Madagascar! I learned a lot about myself and gained so much more confidence. I can't wait for drama next year." Tristan Grenardo (Maurice the Lemur)

"I loved being in Madagascar because I learned to sing and dance I front of people and now I don't feel as shy." Grace Lally (Lemur Lynn)

“I loved being in Madagascar. It was fun and exciting.” Bryn Dennis (Gloria the Hippo) "It was really fun. I made a lot of new friends and drama is a great way to connect with each other. It is a great learning experience and I really enjoyed it. I love acting." Abby Byers (Melman the Giraffe)

"I really like how Mrs. Hawkins put it all together for us. She did a really good job and I really like the play. I laughed alot during ‘I Like to Move It.' I love acting too." Emma Byers (Mort the Lemur)

“It was a super funny experience. My favorite thing is the auditions because you never know what you're going to get.” Sarah Kuhl (Private the Penguin) “I had such a great experience being part of the Madagascar drama this year and I look forward to being involved with more productions in the years to come." Braden Waters (Alex the Lion) “I love drama because I really love to sing and dance an d love being on stage with my friends. We have so much fun together.” Lillie Hawkins (Old Lady) Bryn Dennis, Abby Byers, Thomas Hawkins, Braden Waters www.glasgowfamily.com

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On the way to Madrid from Barcelona, Morgan’s group stopped in Zaragoza, Spain to see the Cathedral-Basilica.

During her free time to walk around and explore Paris, France, Morgan and her friends stopped in front of the River Seine to take a photo. Pictured are Katie Mulford, Te’Nayza, Morgan Kline-Hill, and Faith Boothe.

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


Spring Break is always a great excuse to get away and travel to a different country. Morgan Kline-Hill decided to advantage of a great opportunity to not just travel to one country but two. Morgan’s friend, Faith, attends Wilmington Christian and is involved in the art program there. Faith told Morgan about how her art teacher was taking her and a bunch of other students to France and Spain. Morgan was immediately intrigued. Faith mentioned Morgan to her art teacher, and the teacher had no problem with Morgan coming along as well. “I think she thought I was in art at Red Lion, but I am actually not, but it still worked out,” Morgan explained. The first plane they took landed in Germany and from there, the second flight landed in Paris, France. They stayed in France for the first four days of the trip. The first day in Paris they met up with other schools and spent time in a little square. They all went shopping and sight seeing together. The next couple days they took tour buses all around the city. They also paid tour guides to take them to the Eiffel Tower, The Arc, and many other famous exhibits.

After their stay in Paris ended, they took a bullet train to Barcelona, Spain. They did many other tours and went sightseeing, but they also go to enjoy the beach while they were there. “We didn’t get in the water because it was way too cold,” said Morgan. While they were in Barcelona, they also got the chance to see the Olympic Stadium and went to interesting look-out points to take pictures. After spending three days in Barcelona, they took a bus to Madrid which took a six hours. They enjoyed Madrid, Spain, for another eight days. Morgan thought, “Madrid was so much nicer compared to Paris, and they take care of the city so much better.” Because the trip was for art students, they got to visit many art museums and see rare pieces of art from different cultures. Morgan had a great experience in Spain and France with the Wilmington Christian students. “I got to be close with two other girls because we stayed in a room together. The art teacher was just really nice and offered me the opportunity to go.” Morgan got to experience the Spring Break trip of a lifetime.

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Travels Morgan Kline-Hill traveled to France and Spain with the Wilmington Christian art class during Spring Break. Copy by Emma Mercer Photos by Morgan Kline-Hill

Barcelona Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Faith Boothe and Morgan Kline-Hill pose in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Royal Palace of Madrid in Madrid, Spain

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Wilberforce Design by Kathryn Forestieri Copy by Josita Marshall Photos by Naomi Mengel

The House of Wilberforce serves those in the military and the community.

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n December 2016, the House of Wilberforce completed their annual service project for the House System. With the support of faculty member and house parent Robin Gray and led by house chair Alex Hinckley, students assembled hundreds of cards sent to bring joy and the hope of Christ to American soldiers during Christmas. The styles of card writing varied, but the message was consistent: we are grateful and proud of our soldiers. The House of Wilberforce’s service project this year will be remembered by many. For some, it was an opportunity to serve our country and our Lord; for others, it was a blessing of hope during Christmas.

Roster 6th grade: Quinton Hauser, Kammie Roberts, Micah Rubin 7th grade: Janna Baltar, Jake Booth, Elliot Dunham, Delainey Gray 8th grade: Madison Harvell, Katherine Winstead 9th grade: Matteo D’Andrea, Weston Marshall, Abigail Metzger, Autumn Sun, Sarah Zhu

Seventh grade student Delainey Gray speaks with eleventh grade student Nick Carey about upcoming events for House of Wilberforce.

10th grade: Chizaram Anyaegbu, Adrian Baltar, Kaitie Booth, Aidan Briggs, Alexee Gray 11th grade: Trevor Baines, Nick Carey, Lezlie Gray, Josita Marshall 12th grade: Alexander Hinckley, Jordan Hunt

LEADERSHIP House Parents: Dr. Nicholas DiDonato Mrs. Robin Gray House Chair: Alex Hinckley, 12 House Captain: Lezlie Gray, 11 Senior Representative: Matteo D’Andrea, 9 Janna Baltar, a seventh grader, discusses some of the House activities with eleventh grader Josita Marshall.

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Junior Representative: Delainey Gray, 7


House History “WILBERFORCE! WILBERFORCE!” I can still hear the cheering. We were just a bunch of upper school kids, called off, one by one, to stand in separate groups at the creation of the house system. I looked around at all the faces; most I recognized but yet had never spoken to. But right then, it didn’t matter. We were together. We were Wilberforce. Since the day it was founded, the house of Wilberforce has stood as a legacy to William Wilberforce’s principles of courage and freedom. William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a prominent abolitionist of early 19th century Britain. He spoke out against slavery as a violation of the basic, God-given right of liberty. His action inspires students today as we also act to serve God foremost and then man. His courage and his faith make me proud to be a member of the house of Wilberforce.

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SEENEY KENYA & KAYLA Having best friend is a blessing- a person that you can always count on. It is a different story when your best friend lives with you and is your family. Kenya and Kayla are two of the few people in this school who have this experience. They are twins are best friends as well as sisters. “My favorite part about having a twin is that you always have someone to talk to,” Kenya said. Kayla agreed and said, “There is always someone to talk to when you do not trust other people around you.” Seeing your twin everyday, all day may sound like it is annoying, but for Kenya and Kayla it is different. “It is fun,” Kayla said. Kenya explained, “You always have a friend. You always have someone to help you with your homework because we have the same classes.” Just recently Kenya and Kayla finished their fifth season of basketball at Red Lion. Anyone

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who has ever watched them play knows that they are always in sync on the court. “My favorite part about playing with Kayla is throwing dimes to her,” Kenya laughed. “When we played Appoquinimink, there was a lady that came up to us after the game and called us double trouble.” Being seniors this year, the twins are moving on to their next chapter, which is attending Neuman University. Although they are studying in two different majors, they will never separate, and everything will be the same. “Yeah, nothing is going to change. We are going to be roomies,” Kenya said. “The only thing that is going to change is that we have different majors,” Kayla said. Having a best friend is one thing, but when your best friend is your blood, there is a bond that cannot be broken no matter what. Kenya and Kayla have shown that to everyone who has seen them or has been with them.


KIdnER Jack & Jeff Jack and Jeff Kidner are identical twins who are sometimes mistaken for each other. Being twins come easy for the both of them. They both have a band together, play on the same sports teams, and sometimes have the same classes. “Being twins is unique because you have a sibling that is the same age. It enables us to have a band. It wouldn’t be possible if we were all different ages and learned playing instruments at the same time,” Jeff Kidner explains. The twins formed a band called Road 599. It is a bluegrass band in which the twins and their younger brother Grant play. Jack plays the guitar, and Jeff plays the banjo. If you knew the Kidner brothers for a while, you would know how to tell them apart. But if you have just met them, it would be difficult to tell them apart. “People say that Jeff is more serious and louder, and I am more relaxed and

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laid-back,” Jack said. “Sometimes they might tell us apart by the shoes we wear or our backpacks. I get used to people who cannot tell us apart. I don’t let it bother me.” When they were younger, their mom used to dress them the same. Sometimes they would wear the same style shirt but different color or print. “I think we looked more identical back then than we do now,” Jack said. The twins also participate in sports. They both are involved in varsity lacrosse at Red Lion. Jack and Jeff both play mid-field. “I think we both play the same. We have different skill sets. Jeff does really well with face-offs, and I have a more accurate shot,” Jack said. “We think the same when we play.” Every day the Kidner twins prove to be alike in some way. They are unique brothers who have shared the opportunity ( not by choice) of being a twin.

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Mr. Porter

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hat if the plan you had for your life was not God’s plan? Mr. Densworth Porter, a high school math teacher at Red Lion Christian Academy, tells his students every day how much he loves this opportunity to not only teach but also to spread the gospel’s message. But would you believe that he never planned on being a math teacher? Mr. Porter lived in Jamaica until he was fifteen years old. In Jamaica, he grew up in the country in a Parish called Saint Ann. He attended public school, called primary school, which, unlike American schools, went from first to sixth grade. After finishing the sixth grade, the student takes a test to see if they are ready or able to go to high school. If the student does not pass, they will go to secondary school. This school is like a “CP” school, versus going to the high school and it being “Honors.” Mr. Porter did not pass the primary school test. “And everybody was shocked because I was at the top of my class,” said Mr. Porter. Even though he ended up going to secondary school, he graduated and went to college in America. He decided to pursue his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. When he was in tenth grade, Mr. Porter and his two sisters came to America to live with their mother. He had to leave his friends, his school, and his sports he was invested in. Mr. Porter attended high school in Brooklyn for two years and, after that, went on to college. He attended Dowling College near Long Island, New York. He planned to major in aviation, as his goal was to eventually become and airline pilot. However, in his sophomore year, he found out after an eye test that, unfortunately, he did not have 20/20 vision. An airplane pilot must have perfect eyesight. He realized that continuing to study this was in vain and looked for another career path. Mr. Porter said, “That’s when I decided I was going to teach. I liked math and liked to help.” He began to take courses for education in college and after college to gain his full degree and requirements to teach. Mr. Porter met his wife shortly after college. He needed a few requirements after college to be fully able to teach, so his friend told him about her. She would be able to help him get experience and the final requirements to be certified as she was already a teacher and

had connections. Mr. Porter said, “he was not setting it up. It was just professional.” However, God works in His own ways, and eventually Mr. Porter popped the question. Mr. and Mrs. Porter have been married for sixteen years and have two daughters. Katrina, their first daughter was born in New York, and Jasmine was born in Delaware. Mr. Porter lived in Brooklyn, New York, for eighteen years. He worked as a high school math teacher, teaching subjects like geometry and algebra. He and his family moved to Delaware, and he has found that living here is much better than Brooklyn. He said that because Delaware is mostly country, it reminded him of his home country, Jamaica. Brooklyn was too busy for him. “People are crazy there,” said Mr. Porter. He said that parts of Brooklyn were not safe, and Delaware provided a better environment for his young family. He also says that

“What God calls you to do, you need to do it.” he has found teaching in Delaware much more enjoyable than in New York. Mr. Porter believes that “what God calls you to do, you need to do it.” After coming to Delaware, he was in a business and had a couple teaching jobs, but he eventually landed here at Red Lion Christian Academy. He says he was actually very reluctant to come and teach at the school. After his last teaching job, he told himself he was done with teaching and ready to move on to something else. That would have been the end of it, but God had other plans. Mr. Porter does not regret coming to teach at Red Lion even though, at the beginning, he “dragged [his] feet to the interview.” He loves teaching at the school and loves that he can share Jesus with the students, something you cannot do in a public school. Red Lion has been a blessing to Mr. Porter: “I love the time of worship, I love the fact that I can share the Bible, and I love that I can show the people what it means to be a Christian.” He is glad that God is using him to speak to the students here. He says it is not all about making sure you never mess up but just living for Him. He encourages all Christians to be proud and bold in their faith. In spite of poor vision, God led him to walk by faith not by sight.

In Jamaica, instead of states or districts, they have what arecalled Parishes. They are just like America states in that they show or divide the line between certain land. This method of land division is similar to what is in some other countries. An example would be Ecuador.

In Jamaica, instead of states or districts, they have what arecalled Parishes. They are just like America states in that they show or divide the line between certain land. This method of land division is similar to what is in some other countries. An example would be Ecuador.

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EAGLE scouts

Since a young age Justin has had ambitions of becoming an Eagle Scout. Justin had the opportunity to work with Elk Neck State Forest and built a bridge for a national East Coast hiking trail.

For his service project Justin created an outdoor classroom for Red Lion. The classroom will give students an opportunity to get some fresh air and learn.

Jonathan planted a garden at Red Lion for his Eagle Scout service project. The garden is for the elementary students to learn about growing plants and vegetables. Photo by Aaron Hamrick

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