AA Senior Brianna G. Delivers Chapel Talk
2018, February 12 – It was a Bible verse that gave Brianna G. her Chapel Talk topic, she said in the opening of her Talk, delivered on Feb. 7. The verse was John 10:10—“I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full.”
Brianna said that she knew then that her Talk would be about “living life to the full and how [she] accomplished this in her life.”
The opportunity to skip the eighth grade offered just such an opportunity. “At first,” she said when given this opportunity, “I didn’t even consider it.” After more thought, however, she decided to go forward, despite leaving friends and joining her brother’s class. In the end, she was glad she made the decision and “actually got along with [her] brother.”
High school, for Brianna, has been fun even as she has maintained an outstanding academic record. Part of this attitude is centered around her decision to be joyful. “No matter where you are in life, you can always be joyful,” she said. She has observed other students who go to great lengths to be liked. Brianna said that she, too, “experienced what it’s like to try and get everyone to like me.” However, she also learned that being “cool” is not always a good decision.
Her faith has given Brianna the ability to stop worrying about what others think. “If you are happy and living for the Lord, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.”
During her sophomore year, Brianna took advantage of another opportunity when she joined Young Life. She expressed her gratitude for the Young Life leaders, Jonathon and Katy B., who “have changed my life. I decided to follow Jesus because of them.” Brianna also made new friends and grew closer to her friends she already had in Young Life.
As this point, Brianna offered an unusual piece of advice for her fellow students. “If you are invited to do something with friends such as a Young Life event,” she said, “you should go, even if you have homework.” She was quick to clarify that homework should be done, even if it means staying up late or getting up early. The memories created with friends will be lasting.
In all the facets of life, Brianna said that her relationship with God remains her number one priority. “If it is, everything else will fall into place.” That doesn’t mean that bad things will not happen, she said, or that friendships will not be lost. For her, there will always be a way to make the best of a bad situation and remain joyful. “God has blessed me with an incredible family, incredible friends, an incredible school, and much more,” she said. “It would be a disgrace not to be thankful.”
Throughout her years as a student at the Academy, Brianna has been known for her excellent work ethic. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and the Scholastic Bowl team. She has served as reporter and is the current treasurer for the Student Government Organization (SGO). She is also president of the senior class. Brianna has played volleyball and basketball on both the junior varsity and varsity teams.
Attending her Chapel Talk were her parents, Anita and Steve G., along with her siblings—Emily (class of 2016), Caleb, Nathan, and Reagan. Also present were her grandparents, Linda and Dave B., and her aunts, Susie G. and Janet B. Other special guests included her friend, Laura S., and Academy friends, Madison B. and Lexi E.
Following the program, guests and members of the senior class attended a reception.