Federation Festival, a non-competitive evaluation under the National Federation of Music Clubs, took place February 11th at Northwest Florida State College. Twenty of our music students were enrolled for the evaluations in piano solo, vocal solo, piano concerto, and music theory.
The 2017 Chrysostom oratory competition preliminary winners were announced yesterday. Our first place winner, representing the Junior class, was Cate Price, followed by McKinley Traylor in second place. Faith Heifner was awarded third place and Hannah Pfeiffenthaler, representing the Seniors well, placed fourth. These select winners will be presenting their speeches this Friday, March 10th at 8 am. Please plan to come listen, enjoy, and support these exceptional Trinitas ladies as they compete to advance to the national competition.
Trinitas loves books and is thankful for the donor who recently made possible the purchase of forty new titles for our library. Our librarian Mrs. McGee worked with several teachers to purchase books that support both classroom instruction and outside reading as well as to replace several popular books that have fallen apart. As the author Jules Verne once quipped, “We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”
Plans are under way for the 2017 Trinitas Classic Golf Tournament. It will take place on March 3rd and 4th. This year’s format is new and different with 2 opportunities to play in separate tournaments at the beautiful Stonebrook Golf Course. This is NOT a 2-day golf tournament, but a Pro-Am on Friday followed by a scramble format on Saturday. Please take a moment to register your team at trinitaschristian.org/school-life/golf-tournament/. Early registration for Saturday’s scramble ends February 17th. Come play with a pro, eat delicious food, and enjoy our new location.
Congratulations to our Cross Country team on their performance at the 2016 Pensacola Airport Run. Held on December 3rd, Tucker Gregg placed first in the boys division. Evan Hennessey was close behind in second place with younger brother Issac bringing home the bronze in third. Great job boys! The girls also had excellent times with McKinley Traylor placing second and Emily Hadding finishing fourth for the girls. Well done team and keep up the good work! With Coach AJ Traylor at the helm and the countless miles run each week, the Trinitas Cross Country team is looking strong!
Congratulations to the new 2016-2017 National Honor Society inductees! On December 2, 2016, Cole Chandler, Adam Strickler, Abby Tenniswood, Faith Heifner, Alex Johnson, and Caleb Price were selected to join this prestigious group. We celebrate with them on this outstanding accomplishment and congratulate them on a job well done.
Come one, come all, to the Trinitas Evening of Theater, Song and Recitation. This special evening is open to the community and a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season. Our students have been working hard to prepare a memorable presentation of a “Classical Christmas” and we hope you will plan join us at East Brent Baptist Church at 6 PM December 15th. From the Grinch to Christmas hymns of old, the night is sure to be a blessing to all. Merry Christmas!
Senior Parker Gilley challenged the students of Trinitas to a house competition in October. Each house was asked to bring donations to benefit the Safe Harbor Pregnancy Resource Center. Everything from diapers to wipes, books, and clothing was brought in by our generous families. We received multiple notes of gratitude from the staff of the center in which they expressed the blessing these items would be to their clients. The invaluable resources offered by Safe Harbor to these women in need provide them and their new babies with tangible and intangible support both before and after birth. Congratulations House George on winning the competition! To our friends and supporters – please continue to keep this wonderful organization in your prayers as they seek to help and bless these women in our community.
Last week, senior Hayden Hill was chosen as one of three youth members to present an assessment of God’s teaching to him personally, during both First Baptist Church services. Amidst his preparation for his Trinitas thesis on the contrast between Godly love and worldly love, God blessed him greatly so he shared from his readings. His insights on the scriptural meaning of love are powerful. He shared the following.
For most people today, love is a feeling that comes and goes, that rises and falls. But as a Christian, one who imitates Christ daily, we are called to “put on love”. The love that we must present is an action, a promise to love others selflessly. It is impossible to promise a certain feeling, but an action is something that can be promised. So as Christians, we are committing to selflessly love others. Christian love “bears all things” and has a forgetful quality in the sense that it overlooks the class and rank of others and simply loves others because they are made in the image of God. So I have a little phrase for you to remember when thinking about Christian love and that is, to show love above. To show love above rank, to show love above status, to show love above personal desires, and to love others because God loves us.
With our second annual Benefit Gala and Auction behind us, we are pleased to announce that it was a great success! With over 120 silent auction items on which to bid and 13 live auction items, just about every palate was satisfied. Our greatest bidding war ensued when it came to who would win a night with our beloved teachers. Mr. Hadley’s evening of theater fetched $2000 and not to be outdone, Mr. Poorman and Mr. Johnson’s murder mystery luau was sold at a similar bid of $2000. The menu is yet to be determined…..no pressure gentlemen!
The decor was elegant and many attendees enjoyed dancing after the meal prepared by Gus Silivos and his staff. Over 200 tickets were sold and 9 sponsors and benefactors donated to generate over $37,000! This will bless our many endeavors both with scholarships offered and amenities added to our science and technology departments. Thank you very much for your efforts to bring this to pass and for ensuring that the Gala would be a success! We could not have done it without you! We would like to offer special thanks to Mrs. Mary Riesberg and Mrs. Emily Shafer, our Gala and Auction chairmen, who were instrumental in the success of this wonderful evening. Thank you ladies; we love and appreciate you.