College Station High School
What town were you born in? Bryan, Texas
How long have you gone to A&M Church of Christ? My entire life
School/Community Activities: Basketball, Soccer, NHS, Student Council, Cougar Mentoring, Volunteer at Brazos Food Bank and local nursing homes, Junior Leadership Brazos (a local leadership program teaching about the community)
Church Activities: Middle School Retreat, Soul Link, Waco Mission Trip, High School Retreat, Winterfest, Uplift, Sunnybrook Mission Trip, Valentine's Luncheon, Trek, Mission trip to Cuidad De Angeles for 8 years
What are your plans for the future? Attend Texas A&M University- Kingsville on a basketball scholarship and study finance
What memory of growing up in this church sticks out in your mind the most? My favorite memory from our church is when I was 5. It was the very first year Monty did Powder Puff football. My older siblings were in the game. Ben Brandon, who was also 5, and I were playing with his football glove on the old playground. I was sitting on top of the tube slide and he was standing on the ground. We were basically playing tug of war with that glove and he pulled me off the slide where I broke both bones in my left arm. Dr. Brandon saw the whole thing and set my arm right there under the tube slide and took me to the hospital to get all fixed up. If you have to break your arm, doing it in front of an ER doctor is the way to go.
What is your favorite youth group memory? My favorite youth group memory is Wilderness Trek. We hiked for days and finally made it to the summit...almost 14,000 feet high and then we’re just sitting there enjoying the view with everyone...realizing God’s glory all around and grateful we made it.
What is your favorite scripture? Why is it your favorite? My favorite scripture is Ephesians 4:2- “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”. This is my favorite scripture because it’s a reminder of how to live day by day.
Who is your favorite Bible character? Why are they your favorite? Job is my favorite bible character. He is my favorite because he was very successful and had everything going for him and the devil came and took everything but his life away from him. Even through all the bad things that happened to him, he never turned away from God and never blamed God for what was happening. He is a very good example of how we will struggle in this world but we should never turn away from God.
Who has had the most influence on your in your spiritual growth? My parents have had the most influence on my spiritual growth. They show me commitment to Christ and each other and how to love others and show grace to others. They both show me how important it is to read and study the Bible and prioritize spiritual activities.
What have you learned during the Covid-19 quarantine and by school finishing earlier than expected? I have learned to never take anything for granted and to enjoy the little things because they won’t last forever.
How would you like others to see you (what do you hope they would say about you)? I hope others would see my love for people and my willingness to help them no matter how inconvenient it might be. I hope people would say that I noticed them when they felt down or left out and that I showed them the love of Christ.
What will you always remember about going to church at A&M Church of Christ? I will always remember how our church family is loving and welcoming and how church was always a safe and fun place to be.
One of the most important events in my life so far is... My sophomore year I tore the labrum in my right shoulder right before district basketball games started. I had to learn to be a leader from the bench and I learned a lot about myself and my commitment to God and my favorite sport. I learned to have a good attitude even when things don’t go as planned and how to be a cheerleader and lead from behind instead of in front.
The world would be a better place if: The world would be a better place if everyone would love one another, show a little grace, and treat others as their equals instead of being condescending.
What would you like to say to the younger teens in the youth group? My advice would be to prioritize youth activities as much as possible even though you’re heavily involved in other activities. It may be hard to do that sometimes. But being with Christian friends and doing Christ centered activities can impact your life more than anything else.
What would you like to say/how would you express appreciation to your parents? I would like to say to my parents, thank you for always supporting me and always loving me. Y’all are the greatest parents a kid could ever have! I love y’all!
What would you like to say to our church family? Thank you for always loving me and being there for me no matter what.