AA Senior Caleb G. Delivers Chapel Talk
2018, March 20 – Friends have an influential role in each other’s lives. That is why we find friends that are mutually supportive said Caleb G. in his Chapel Talk, delivered on March 16. He quoted 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character.” He said that we should “find company that supports us, company that entertains us, and company that helps us grow.”
Caleb said that he has been fortunate to have friends who have offered good advice and help when he needed their support. In return, he has tried to do the same for them. “They’re always quick to try and help me out,” Caleb said.
From a young age, Allison said that she decided she would not follow the crowd to avoid being left out. “I wanted to do what I knew was right for myself . . . if my conscience didn’t agree with what other people were doing, I would do my own thing,” she said.
In helping him grow spiritually, Caleb emphasized the important role his friends have played in his life. The help of friends has helped him develop spiritually as he has learned to “put away selfish ways . . . and, most importantly, put God first in my life.” Caleb attributed this shift in his priorities to his parents and Jason M., the Academy’s Bible teacher, as well as Jonathan B., Amelia’s Young Life leader. He also expressed appreciation to Mrs. Trudy A., his junior homeroom teacher, for reading a devotion and praying every day before school started.
As important as these role models have been in his life, Caleb said that he has spent the most time with his friends. “We hang out with our friends for hours on end; we spend the night at our friends’ houses,” he said. The long talks about topics of importance should fill those hours, Caleb added. “If you only take one thing from my speech,” he said to his fellow students, “You need to find friends who help you grow spiritually.”
During his time at Amelia Academy, Caleb has been counted as a friend by many among his peers and leads the community in prayer for assemblies. He has been active in providing sound and lighting for Academy programs such as the Veterans Day and 9/11 Never Forget programs, and the Coffee Cabaret event. Caleb is a member of the National Honor Society. He has played basketball and baseball at the junior varsity and varsity levels.
Attending his Chapel Talk were his parents, Anita and Steve G., along with his siblings Emily, Brianna, Nathan, and Reagan, along with Drazana V., a foreign student who resides with the family. His grandparents, Linda and David Benson, and his aunt, Janet B., were also present. Other special guests included his pastor, Bill E., Jonathan B., and his friend Rachel A.
Guests and members of the senior class attended a reception following the chapel talk program.