AA Senior Rachel A. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, January 30 – Her Christian faith has been a mainstay of her life ever since she was a young child, said Rachel A., in the opening of her senior chapel talk, delivered on January 25. “Being raised in a Christian home has definitely made me the person I am today,” said Rachel.
Rachel also was homeschooled until the ninth grade when she entered the Academy. She admitted that those first days were a challenge as she encountered a school environment for the first time. “I put pressure on myself to fit in academically, socially, and athletically,” she said. “Thankfully, I learned that heart is more important than ability. As long as you love what you’re doing and giving it your best, that’s all that matters,” she said.
Her twin sister Rebecca has been supportive from the first day they entered the Academy together. “Although life with her isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, she has definitely been my rock over the years and someone I look up to in many ways.”
Rachel also expressed her gratitude for the many friends she has made at the Academy. Her friend Caleb G. has helped “me step out of my comfort zone and spend time with the Lord daily.” Another friend Allison J. has “been an awesome influence.”
With friends at the Academy she decided to join Young Life and her family established the first Young Life Club in Amelia. “Witnessing people who had never really experienced what Christ is like has been awesome. I’m extremely grateful for our Young Life group.”
Her friends and family also encouraged her to start playing sports. “Through playing sports, I’ve not only learned how to work on a team,” she said, “but how you should give one hundred percent even if you don’t feel like it.” She also said that playing sports has positively impacted other areas of her life.
Rachel encouraged her fellow students never to “let anything or anyone deter you from living your life to the fullest.” She quoted a favorite Bible verse from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Based on her experience of striving to live by this verse, she said that “we need to make sure we do our part so that Christ can work through us.”
In her four years as a student at the Academy, Rachel has been an active and enthusiastic participant in a variety of programs. She is known throughout the school for her artistic talent. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. She has served as a class officer and is the secretary for the senior class this year. She has played volleyball and softball and is currently on the varsity Lady Patriot basketball team.
Rachel has also participated in performing arts at the Academy through the Forensics team and Cabaret and other productions.
Attending her chapel talk were her parents, Angie and Sam A., both Academy alumni. Also present were her siblings, Rebecca, Faith, Anna, and Hope, all Academy students. Her brother Wil graduated from the Academy in 2015.
Following the program, guests and the senior class attended a reception in Rachel’s honor.