With a powerful charge from Mr. Hughes and a scripture reading from Mr. Gilley, the students at Trinitas began the new school year pledging to follow and hold one another accountable to the Trinitas Honor Code at our Convocation Ceremony today. The 2019 Senior class also received their class rings with joyful smiles on their faces. Mr. Cowart elaborated on the new and exciting changes for the house system and new students were welcomed into House George and House Polycarp. The students are looking forward to growing together as individual houses and dining in their “chambers” each Wednesday where they will discuss plans for volunteering and other house activities. Welcome back Knights! May our second decade of the Trinitas house system be better than ever before.
The sophomore and junior students serving in the Chick-fil-A leader Academy hosted a carnival at Bayview Park in Pensacola. Their goal was to raise community awareness for children with Down syndrome and to support Genes of Joy, a local non-profit (headed by Trinitas Mom, Christy McDonald) that serves families learning to live with Down Syndrome. Various games, prizes, food, and fellowship was enjoyed by children of all ages.
The annual Trinitas Art Contest was a huge success with over 125 entries submitted from students in kindergarten through 12th grades. The walls were adorned with incredible art from different mediums including sculptures, sketches, photographs, and paintings. The winners in each category were announced at morning meeting. They were as follows:
Drawing: Ruth Oaks-1st, Jonathan Rook-2nd, Jeremiah Butcher-3rd
Painting: Laora Kasianov-1st, Eden Hunter-2nd, Chris Dunham-3rd
Photography: Claire Hadding-1st, Spenser Hadley-2nd, Chase Petersen-3rd
K5-12th Grade 3D: Grace McNeill-1st, Joshua Ibrahim-2nd, Timothy Hughes-3rd
Drawing: Alex Johnson-1st, Abby Tenniswood-2nd, Jessica Croley-3rd
Painting: McKenzie Petersen-1st, James Hunter-2nd, Bryce Barnes-3rd
Photography: McKenzie Petersen-1st, Emily Hadding-2nd, James Hunter-3rd
Best in Show 2018: Eryn Riesberg
The Trinitas drama club received rave reviews from the community after last weekend’s three performances of Pride and Prejudice. After months of hard work and tireless efforts on behalf of the students and directors, the cast of 38 performers presented an incredible live rendition of Jane Austen’s famous novel. This novel, first published in 1813, exposes the dilemmas of a family with five daughters as their parents seek husbands for each of them. Trials and tribulations ensue as the women encounter various eligible bachelors, fall in love, and experience multiple misunderstandings. The events are humorous, entertaining and telling at the same time. The bright and beautifully crafted costumes accompanied with the simple set, lent itself toward a focus on the amazing accomplishments of the actors. With ten minute soliloquies by many of the lead roles, their months of hard work paid off handsomely. It was an incredible show and if you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next year as these annual performances never disappoint!
The sun peeked from behind the clouds just long enough for the sixth and twelfth grade students to witness many of God’s amazing creatures at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach. The two classes observed the massive alligators with their sharp teeth and playful otters in the well designed habitats. They cheered on the dolphins and sea lions as they performed and frolicked in the water on wave and command from their trainers. The students learned about the ecosystem of tidal pools and the medicinal benefits of the horseshoe crab whose blood contains copper which is used in medical research.
Our second grade students took a journey through time back to the prairie days with Mrs. Phillips. Having just read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, they enjoyed activities like tilling soil, chopping wood, cooking over the open fire, quilting, whittling, and making homemade pies with lard crusts. Girls in their bonnets and boys in their suspenders took part in a hard day’s work, yet discovered the joys of that hard work just like the children did on the prairie.
With over 41 miles and 85,000 steps logged on one students’ pedometer, it was both an aesthetics trip and an AEROBIC trip to D.C.! Thirty-three parents and students traveled together last week to our nations capital as part of our annual pilgrimage to either Washington, D.C. or New York City.
In five short days, these travelers experienced almost every corner of that great city. The war memorials, presidential memorials, and the amazing art and history museums all helped to make this trip unforgettable. The tour included a lecture inside the supreme court, and a guided tour of both the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress. Students and parents were awed by the performances of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Ballet Company, both of which took place at the Kennedy Center. A day was spent at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s beautiful home on the Potomac river, and students were able to pay their respects at Arlington National Cemetery as they witnessed the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. With a great deal of sunshine and a trickle of rain from time to time, the trip received rave reviews from all in attendance.
Excitement is building as the 9th and 1st grade classes look forward to their upcoming field trip to the zoo; yet, there is some preparation that is needed before the adventure. This week the 9th grade class presented different animals that the 1st grade class will look for on their field trip. The older students were tasked with researching an animal, it’s classification, life cycle, habitat, geographical location, food (predictor/ prey) and some fun facts. They created a tri-board to aid in their presentations to the younger students. The first grade class learned about giraffes, american alligators, scarlet macaws, peacocks, ostriches, small owls, hippos, zebras, and coatimundi. The ninth grade answered questions from the sweet, curious minds and taught them the classification song to help them understand all that they are learning.
The strawberries were bountiful at the strawberry farm in Milton on April 3rd! One of the most beloved field trips at Trinitas, the annual pilgrimage blends the oldest and youngest of our students to enjoy harvesting buckets full of beautiful red berries. After gathering their summer time treats, the seniors and kindergartners relaxed together in the sunshine. It was a perfect day for a picnic on the grounds, piggy back rides, and fun at the park. This trip brought everything full circle for seniors Bryce Barnes, Cate Price, and Reagan Chandler as it was just twelve short years ago that they too were in kindergarten here at Trinitas and on the same field trip. My how time flies! Godspeed to our seniors and may God bless you all.
It was a bee hive of activity at Trinitas on Friday. Family and friends came out to support a great cause and have a little fun too! The One Blood truck accepted 44 units of blood from our generous donors which included several students. After “giving life” via giving blood, rainbows of shaved ice invaded the school from every side. The students relished this unusual treat from the Kona Ice truck as they prepared for the great house tournament. The trivia tournament was a resounding success as House George took home the first place prize. They are steadily gaining on House Augustine who currently holds a slim lead of only 30 points.