Thanks to a group of hard working volunteers, Trinitas is prepared to install field lighting on three new poles on the back field. This will greatly enhance our ability to hold special events in the evenings and will be just in time for our bonfire scheduled in January. Special thanks to Mr. Wesley Todd for coordinating the work day this last week; Mr. Tony Zepp, Mr. Kurt Detzler, Mr. Gary Crutcher, and Mr. Henry Conner for working tirelessly digging, trenching, and cutting.
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Trinitas received the following commendation from a kind gentlemen who noticed the difference in culture of the Trinitas family. We are truly blessed.
“Dear Mr. Trotter,
Congratulations on your basketball win Saturday night versus Central Christian of Fairhope. You may think I am misinformed after a quick check of the final results of the JV and Varsity contests. No it was a WIN!!
I was one on the Emerald Coast referees for those contests. As a referee I have officiated basketball at all levels from colleges to large and small high schools in 5 states around the country. In ALL of my games for the last 20 years I have yet to encounter a more enthusiastic, supporting and positive group of players, coaches and fans. In the face of an overwhelming point differential the fans, players and coaches remained positive, supportive and enthusiastic without malice toward the other team and coaches. The players remained fiercely competitive despite overwhelming odds of a victory.
These losses were really the biggest ‘WINS’ a school can [achieve]. It is rare to find good sportsmanship today in the game and you should be proud of this achievement. The school administrators, teachers, fans, players, parents and coaches are responsible for forming young men and women that compete in life despite many obstacles.
It was a pleasure for us as officials to work with your team in teaching the young men and women the [r]eal [v]alue in the game of basketball and life. Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas to you all.
Emerald Coast Basketball Official”
Out of 329 runners at Pace, Florida's annual Red Nose 5K Run on Saturday, December 1st, Trinitas student Isaac Hennessey, age 8, placed first; Parker Gilley, age 13, placed second; and Laura Looper, age 10, placed second in their respective age groups. Four of our young men, Ben Noland, Parker Gilley, Brian Krulak, and Grant Henry, placed in the top 25 of the entire running field. This was a wonderful beginning for the Trinitas running club, even before the season officially begins! Go Knights!
Twenty-three students participated in the School Art and Photography categories at the Pensacola Interstate Fair this last month. Administrator, Mr. Ken Trotter, awarded blue ribbons during Morning Meeting, Friday, November 9th to the following students for the photographs each entered: Joshua Gardner, Hannah Gregg, Emily Hadding, Sarah Hadding, Steven Hazewinkle, Alexandra Johnson, Hannah Looper, Abigail Lyons, Amanda Schwartz, Khristian Trotter, and Kiera Woods. We are proud of the work submitted by all our students.
Trinitas’s art teacher, Mr. Stephen Kivisalu, also won an Award of Distinction in the fine arts category for an oil painting, “Sailboats on the Hudson”. Congratulations, Mr. Kivisalu!
In a hard fought game against the Central Saints, the Trinitas Knights varsity soccer team won the Panhandle Christian Conference Championship Saturday, October 20th. The Knights battled valiantly before Khristian Trotter scored off a corner kick from Derek Schroeder with just minutes left in the second half. The final score was 1-0. Senior captain Timothy Holland was named the most valuable player of the tournament. Congratulations, Knights!
Trinitas hosted both the soccer and volleyball final four tournaments on Friday and Saturday, October 19th and 20th at Olive Baptist Church. The Trinitas family greeted over 500 visitors to Pensacola from the region to the tournament. Central Christian Academy in Robertsdale, Alabama won both the varsity and junior varsity volleyball championship games.
Trinitas Activities and Special Events Director Lisa Schroeder announced Dr. George Grant as the speaker for the 2013 Evening of Truth, Goodness, & Beauty. Dr. Grant is the author or co-author of over 60 books and is the founder of Franklin Classical School as well as King's Meadow Study Center, both in Franklin, Tennessee. He is the pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church, also in Franklin. Members of the Trinitas family are eager to share the wisdom of George Grant with the Pensacola community and surrounding areas.
Sponsors of the Evening of Truth, Goodness, & Beauty will dine with Dr. Grant on Thursday, February 21st. VIP ticket holders will join the sponsors for a VIP reception and book signing on Friday, February 22nd. Tickets for the Evening of Truth, Goodness, & Beauty are available to the public for $25 each and will be available beginning January 14th. Interested groups or individuals should contact the Trinitas Christian School office at (850)484-3515 for more information.
At the 2012-2013 parent orientation, lead grammar teacher Mr. Ron Gilley presented "What Should you Look for in a Christian School?" to over 150 Trinitas parents. Using the title of the 2012 Trinitas marketing campaign as his inspiration, Mr. Gilley shared the pedagogy of classical education with the parents. He also summarized the theme and nature of curriculum materials which he described as "classical content rooted in western tradition". Mr. Gilley closed his comments by encouraging parents with his depiction of the Christ-centered culture of Trinitas.
Mr. Joshua Gibbs, teacher of students in grades 9-12, presented a convocation address to Trinitas rhetoric students and guests on Friday, September 7th. On behalf of the faculty and administration, Mr. Gibbs charged the students to “submit their life’s work to the Lord Jesus Christ; …that Christ will not simply become a lens with which [they] can do a million pleasant, secular things; rather, that Christ be the lens and the object of the eyes seeing through that lens; … [that students would] find that a life of prayer, repentance and joy in the life of God is more satisfying, more real than the petty amusements of the world; …that the sacred life of God will be the only truly satisfying thing for [them].” The thirty-seven students pledged to be faithful to the Lord and those teachers He has placed in authority over them.
Trinitas families attending the annual state of the school address were treated to an encore performance where Mr. Gibbs presented the convocation address to a crowd of over one hundred parents.
The Trinitas family celebrated our 2012 graduation on Friday, May 25 with a class of five students who each completed over 160 hours of community service, 27 credits of coursework, written senior thesis, oral presentation, and an oral defense. Graduates were Alice Stout, Andrew McCrabb, Blake Schroeder, Kanaan Trotter, and WinstonKimmel. Pastors Rob Looper of McIlwain Presbyterian Church and Uriesou Brito of Providence Church presented the ceremonial homilies after which the attendees celebrated together at the alumni “ebenezer”. Pastor Alan Stout gave the benediction, asking God’s blessing on the graduates.
During the Trinitas Honors and Awards ceremony held the day before, the graduating class challenged the Trinitas family to embody the four cardinal virtues from the medieval period which intrigued them during their 11th grade studies. Specifically, they encouraged the students to strive for temperance, courage, justice, and prudence.
This graduating class was offered in excess of $365,000 in scholarships and accepted over $145,000 to continue their educations. May God bless each on his continuing journey.
Matthew Gross, a 2009 graduate of Trinitas Christian School, was selected as a 2012 Mississippi State University roadrunner. The Mississippi State roadrunners are students who serve the Office of Admissions and Scholarships welcoming prospective and new students to the University, giving campus tours, and writing official correspondence on behalf of the university. Master Gross was one of 32 students out of 239 selected for the honor.