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Trinity's Production of "Hairspray" Takes Hold and Leaves Audience with Wonderful Perm-anent Memories!

Over 85 students participated in this year's annual spring musical,"Hairspray," which marked Trinity's 27th production—all under the direction of Mrs. Mala Kelley. Students rehearsed for the last two months to prepare for three wildly entertaining performances, while other students worked with Mrs. Becky Miller and Mr. Richard Chandler in Set Design and Construction class over the last seven months creating the sets for the grand musical.

Trinity’s annual musical is a unique opportunity for students. Any 10th-12th grader can be in the play and it is completely student-run—from the set design, lights, sound, props, makeup, and choreography. The majority of all the cast and crew are also members of various varsity athletic teams, band, cheer team, dance team, science olympiad team, youth judicial member, and youth legislature participants. They all found time to balance many practices, games, and matches, while rehearsing lines, learning dances, and preparing set changes for the play.

At the conclusion of the final night's performance, the Linda Shands Award for "Excellence in Drama" was awarded to Mollie Flotemersch. This award is named in memory of sixth grade teacher, Linda Shands, and is voted on by cast and crew for a three-year senior participant who reflects the same spirit, encouragement and enthusiasm for performance Mrs. Shands shared with all who knew her.
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TRINITY SCHOOL SENIOR MOLLIE FLOTEMERSCH NAMED A NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST

Trinity School Senior Mollie Flotemersch was named a NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Mollie's National Merit Finalist distinction places her among an elite group that represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. She is an intelligent and gifted student with a cumulative grade point average of 4.32 that includes some of the most advanced courses offered at Trinity. In addition to being named a National Merit Finalist, she was recently selected as an AP Scholar. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Interact Club, Key Club, and French Club. She is also a Presbyterian College 2018 Junior Fellow Scholar and received the Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing. Even though Mollie maintains a heavy workload, she continues to be an invaluable member of the Trinity's Symphonic Band, the "Wildcat Pride" Marching Band, and Show Choir. 

Mollie has distinguished herself by the quality of her work and intensity of her effort. She has excelled in Trinity School’s rigorous college-preparatory environment by selecting courses that include honors and advanced placement courses, while maintaining her place on the Head of School's List for four consecutive years. She is very active at Vaughn Forest Church, where she serves as a volunteer and also sings in the youth services. In addition, she served as an intern in Trinity's Choral and Theatre Department, where she assisted Director Jordan Sullivan, who stated, "Mollie is a thoughtful, hard-working, and proactive intern and her work ethic and passion to be a lifelong learner are unsurpassed. She continually challenges herself to grow as a musician, while maintaining a high GPA." Band Director Russell Greene echoed those statements commenting, "Mollie Flotemersch is a student with an unbreakable spirit and relentless enthusiasm." 
 

Building Bridges in the Montgomery Community and Beyond

On Wednesday, February 20th, Trinity seventh grade students enjoyed an in-depth view of Civil Rights history in the South with Christian School counterparts Briarwood Christian School, Restoration Academy, and Valiant Cross Academy. Valiant's Head of School Anthony Brock and his team coordinated the day's activities, which included VCA’s “Village” prayer service, a meet-and-greet, tours of Dr. King’s Dexter Avenue Church, the Kress building, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Peace and Justice Memorial and the Legacy Museum. Seventh grade Civics Instructor Kasi Parsons led the Trinity efforts in preparing for the event in concert with the seventh grade teaching team of Terri Sullivan, Carol Jackson and Scarlett Rowe.

Middle and Upper School Principal Mike Zavada stated about the event, “It has long been the desire of Mr. Anthony Brock and myself to gather our students together in learning partnerships. We have done this in Cyber Security and college preparation programs. This event today is part of the natural progression. Our students have so much to offer the students of Valiant Cross and in the same regard, they offer so much to our students. Montgomery becomes stronger when we build these great networks of learning. Today was a great opportunity to expand that network to Birmingham with new partners Briarwood Christian School and Restoration Academy. Today was a great day!”
 
 
 
 
  
 
  

Tickets on Sale Now for "Hairspray"

Tickets to "Hairspray" are on sale now in the Upper School Office and the Business Office!  Performances are February 28, March 1 and March 2 at 7:00 pm in Willett Hall.  Doors open at 6:15 p.m.  No Reserved Seating.  Tickets are $10 each.

The 2019 Class of the Trinity Presbyterian School Hall of Fame Inducted at Banquet

The 2019 Class of the Trinity Presbyterian School Hall of Fame was inducted during a banquet held in Trinity Hall at Trinity Church on February 5. In attendance were numerous Trinity alumni and staff, along with family and friends of the inductees. They all enjoyed a delicious meal and heard personal testimonies from the inductees about their memorable experiences at Trinity. Congratulations to the following members of the 2019 Trinity Hall of Fame:

Ahna Baggett - Former Teacher
Emily Baker - Former Teacher
Allison Goocher - Former Staff Member
Billy and Camilla Irvin - Friends of Trinity
Mary McDavid - Former Teacher
Judy Moody (posthumously) - Former Teacher (her daughter, Mrs. Mary James Moody Newsome accepted on her behalf)
Betty Ward - Former Teacher
 
 
 
 
 

Charlie Lott Brings Home the Gold!

Trinity's Indoor Track and Field Teams competed in the 4A-5A State Championship this past weekend at the Crossplex in Birmingham, where Senior Charlie Lott brought home the gold in the 800m, setting a school record. Junior Chandler Ford was the State Runner-Up in the 60m Hurdles.

The Boys Indoor Track Team was the highest ranked 4A team in the State, finishing 4th in the 4A-5A Division. Nexton Marshall broke the school records in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump. The 4x200m relay team of Nolan Sasser, Nexton Marshall, Jack Singletary, and Jay Tymes and the 4x800m relay team of Gray Rutland, Mat Mathison, Charlie Lott, and Tim Hornsby each finished 4th in the State. Mary Katherine Adcock set a personal record in the 400m dash, while the 4x200m relay team of Chandler Ford, Emilyn Etheredge, Ansley Claire Addison, and Mary Katherine Adcock set a new school record.
 
 
 

Faculty Members Attend Future of Education Technology Conference

In an effort to keep up with current trends and available resources for teaching content, several faculty members, including Becky Faulkner, Keeli Osmer, Pete McCoy, Frank Parquette, and Bert Rice attended the FETC (Future of Education Technology) Conference in Orlando, Florida last week. The FETC Conference brings together the most dynamic and creative education professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices, and pressing issues.
 
Trinity has dedicated professionals who strive to be life-long learners and continues to be a school that stays on the “cutting edge” of technology. Faculty members who attended the conference are looking forward to integrating this “cutting edge” information into their classroom instruction.
 
 
 

Eighth Graders Take on Washington, D.C.

Trinity 8th grade students embarked on the annual trip to Washington, D.C. for a week of sight-seeing in our nation's capital. They will tour some of America's most historical sites and monuments and even have time to take in a Wizards vs. Pacers basketball game. Students will also meet with Trinity Alumna Rep. Martha Roby on the steps of the capitol asking her questions about the future of Alabama and national politics. 

Parents and friends are encouraged to keep up with their adventures by following them on Instagram at "tpsindc." Videos from each day will be posted below. Enjoy!
  
 
 
 

Welcome Interim Head of School Mr. Merle Henkel

The Trinity Presbyterian School Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Merle Henkel as Interim Head of School on January 15.
 
Mr. Henkel assumed his new role as Interim Head of School after Dr. Kerry Palmer accepted the position of Associate Dean of the College of Education at his alma mater, Troy University. Mr. Henkel presently serves as the Director of Finance and Operations, a position he has held since July 2018.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University, and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia. Prior to his appointment at Trinity, Mr. Henkel served as Director of Business and Operations at The Gregory School in Tucson, Arizona, and served as Director of Business and Interim Head of School at Massanutten Academy in Virginia. Before working in the private school world, he had a 28-year career in commercial banking, serving as the CEO of two community banks in Virginia. Additionally, Mr. Henkel served as Chairman of the Board for both the National Kidney Foundation of Virginia, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Virginia and on the Board of the Alumni Association at Wake Forest. He chaired the annual fund campaign for St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, and chaired the Regional Capital Campaign for Wake Forest University. Mr. Henkel has two sons who attended private school in Richmond, Virginia.
 
Mr. Henkel is looking forward to serving as Interim Head of School at Trinity and will be following through with the initiatives planned under the 2019-20 budget and Strategic Plan adopted in 2017.
 

Trinity School and Valiant Cross Academy CyberPatriot Teams Gearing Up for Competition Season

On Friday, October 19th, Trinity School and Valiant Cross Academy (VCA) combined teams for a practice round before the official competition season begins in early November. Two Upper School CyberPatriot teams and two Trinity and Valiant combined Middle School teams worked together to explore Windows 10, Server 2016, Ubuntu 16, and Debian 8. Because the day was considered a practice round, teams were able to troubleshoot and coach one another on techniques and best practices to strengthen the security settings for programs. We look forward to watching these teams as they grow in their knowledge of Cyber Security and compete across the state and possibly the nation.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
 
 
 
 

Trinity 5th Grade Students Know How to Solve a Mystery!

Fifth grade students became CSI agents in a “room transformation” activity. As the students entered Mrs. Tucker's Social Studies class, they discovered a crime scene! The student investigators were tasked with the assignment to find out the truth behind the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Given very little information, they were challenged to explore different theories of the missing 100 colonists, who were never heard from again. Inference and research skills were most useful in this engaging activity.
 
 
 
 

Trinity Third Graders Create Communities Using 3D Printers

Using MacBooks and 3D printers, Trinity third grade students designed their own communities in the Lower School Media Center. The finished products are on display outside our STEAM Studio, along with other creative projects the students have been working on this school year.

Trinity’s Lower School faculty goes to great measures to present real-world challenges to our students. This type of instruction engages students and allows them a hands-on approach to problem solving. Our classroom teachers work closely with our librarian/media specialist, Mrs. Osmer, to provide productive educational experiences for our students. At Trinity, we are preparing our children to enter a job market with employers who value critical thinking skills and sustained engagement. Our students acquire these skills through project-based learning activities and productive struggle. We are thrilled over the opportunities that are provided to our Lower School students through our media center and the 3D printers.
 
#extraordinaryineveryway #extraordinaryenvironment #extraordinaryexpectations
 
 
 
 
 

Homecoming 2018 (Daily Videos Included)

HOMECOMING WEEK 2018
Enjoy videos from each day.
 
Day 4 -Spirit Day! (Parade, Pep Rally, Football Game, Alumni Reunions, and Court)
 
 
 
Day 3 - Favorite Movie Character
 
 
 
Day 2 - Cowboy Up and Go West, Wildcats!
 
 
Day 1 - Out of This World "Space or Superhero" 
 
 

Wildcat Pride Marching Band Receives Full Superior Ratings

Congratulations to the Trinity Wildcat Pride Marching Band for earning full superior ratings for their performance on October 6 in the Lake Martin Invitational, hosted by Benjamin Russell High School. They also earned multiple Best in Class awards, including Percussion, Majorette, Colorguard, and Band.
 
Performing in Class A (up to 20 winds), the band gave one of their best performances of the year with their 2018 program "This is My Shot." The show features the music of hit musicals and Broadway shows including "La La Land," "Moulin Rouge," "Hamilton," and "The Greatest Showman."

The Wildcat Pride will end their competition season at the Jacksonville State University Contest of Champions on October 20.
 
   
 
 
 

K5-12th Grade Students Working Together as Engineering Skills Abound in Library Projects

Over the past few weeks, the Upper School Library Cyber Cafe has been transformed into an exciting display of Lego projects. Ms. Hastey has created an environment where students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are allowed the opportunity to work co-operatively to test their engineering skills! They've assembled a carousel, ferris wheel and a rollercoaster, all which have battery-powered moving parts! The newest project is a robot and we can't wait to see how it works! #onefamily #onecampus #extraordinaryineveryway
 
 
 

Swimcats Dive Into New Season

The Varsity Girls and Boys Swim Teams had an excellent showing at the Westminster Knightfall Invitational in Birmingham on Tuesday, October 2. They competed against 16 other teams. Congratulations to the girls team, who came in third overall! Prather Anne Hargrove, Carson King, Lilly Yancey, and Lauren Vermillion scored points for the team by coming in 3rd in the Medley Relay and 4th in the 200 Free Relay! Prather Anne swept all of her individual events by coming 1st in the 50 Free, 200 Free, and 100 Fly! Lilly Yancey came in 4th in the 200 Free and Lauren Vermillion came in 5th in the 200 Free! In addition to these great performances, several swimmers got personal best times. Lilly Yancey dropped time in all three of her individual events! Lauren Vermillion and Beck Tuley both dropped time in the 50 free! Congratulations on a great meet, Cats!
 
 

TRINITY SCHOOL SENIOR MOLLIE FLOTEMERSCH NAMED A NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST

Trinity School Senior Mollie Flotemersch was named a NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Mollie's National Merit Semifinalist distinction places her among an elite group that represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. She is an intelligent and gifted student with a cumulative grade point average of 4.32 that includes some of the most advanced courses offered at Trinity. In addition to being named a National Merit Semifinalist, she was recently selected as an AP Scholar. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Interact Club, Key Club, and French Club. She is also a Presbyterian College 2018 Junior Fellow Scholar and received the Sewanee Award for Excellence in Writing. Even though Mollie maintains a heavy workload, she continues to be an invaluable member of the Trinity's Symphonic Band, the "Wildcat Pride" Marching Band, and Show Choir. 

Mollie has distinguished herself by the quality of her work and intensity of her effort. She has excelled in Trinity School’s rigorous college-preparatory environment by selecting courses that include honors and advanced placement courses, while maintaining her place on the Head of School's List for four consecutive years. She is very active at Vaughn Forest Church, where she serves as a volunteer and also sings in the youth services. In addition, she served as an intern in Trinity's Choral and Theatre Department, where she assisted Director Jordan Sullivan, who stated, "Mollie is a thoughtful, hard-working, and proactive intern and her work ethic and passion to be a lifelong learner are unsurpassed. She continually challenges herself to grow as a musician, while maintaining a high GPA." Band Director Russell Greene echoed those statements commenting, "Mollie Flotemersch is a student with an unbreakable spirit and relentless enthusiasm." 

Approximately 16,000 students were named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements ro advance to the Finalist level of competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
 

Trinity's STEAM Studio Sparks Creativity and Inspires Critical Thinking

The STEAM studio at Trinity is inspiring critical thinking of Lower School students at Trinity, where they are engaged by stimulating curriculum that increases achievement and creates positive attitudes towards the study of STEAM-related fields. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and creative thinking. Trinity Lower School students are enjoying the opportunity to become inventors and innovators through the STEAM program that inspires curiosity, active engagement, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the ever-changing landscape of the global community.

Recently, K5 students spent time in the STEAM studio, where they carefully measured ingredients to make slime, using food coloring, glue, and liquid starch. Students even got to wear goggles "like real scientists!" Second grade students used their imaginations, and a little teamwork, to create “spaghetti and marshmallow towers” in the STEAM Studio. And Mr. Stewart’s fourth grade classes performed an experiment on the changing effects kinetic energy has on mass. The students added mass (water) to their objects (bottles) and measured how far their objects would push an additional object (plastic cup) down an inclined surface and across a table. Lower School classes at Trinity are moving "full STEAM ahead" in finding creative ways to use our STEAM Studio!
 
 
  
  
  
 

Sixth Graders Welcomed to Middle School

Trinity recently welcomed 70 members of the class of 2025 into the Middle School. In addition to getting their schedules, lockers and laptops, SGA Vice President Catherine Parma spoke to the students about The TUG as they opened their envelopes to reveal if they are a WILLETT or BOYKIN. Senior Class President Mary Ann Pittman also talked about the Middle School Bible Study. It’s going to be a great year for these students! #onecampus #onefamily
 
 
 

Wildcat Pride Marching Band Takes Trip to Atlanta

On July 28, the Trinity Wildcat Pride Band took a trip to Atlanta to see the Drum Corps International Southeastern Championship, which took place in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. DCI features professional marching bands from across the country, competing for the World Championship. This trip was a great opportunity to see the marching arts performed at the highest level, helping to inspire the young Wildcat Pride as they begin their marching season.

Be sure to cheer on the Wildcat Pride this fall as they perform their 2018 show, ‘This is My Shot’, featuring the music of “La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Hamilton.”
 
 

Cheer Teams Receive Multiple First Place Awards at UCA Camp!

Congratulations to Trinity's Cheer Teams, who received multiple first place awards at UCA Camp, which was held at Auburn University! Thank you to the many members of the Trinity family, including football players and many students, who came the last day of camp to support the cheerleaders during their final evaluations!

Varsity received gold ribbons (highest rank) on all evaluations throughout camp, including 1st place in Rally Routine (formerly known as Xtreme Routine), 1st Place in Game Day Sideline, and 2nd Place in Game Day Cheer. The Junior Varsity and Middle School Teams combined for camp this year and competed at the JV level. They received 2nd Place in Rally Routine, 2nd Place in Game Day Sideline, and 2nd Place in Game Day Cheer. The entire Trinity Cheer Program received the Leadership Award, which is voted on by the other cheer squads at camp. They also received the “Banana School” Spirit Award, and an invitation to perform in the pre-game performance of the Citrus Bowl in Florida.

Those receiving All-American Awards were Caroline Easterling, Mary Claiborne Johnson, Catherine Parma, Elizabeth Portis, Amanda Roberson, and Anna Tucker (Varsity), Ansley Claire Addison, and Ansley Tucker (Junior Varsity). Ellie Slawson was the Varsity Division Jump-off winner, while Anna Tucker as a Varsity Division Jump-off finalist. Anna McMillan was the MS/JV Division Jump-off winner, while Olivia Kearley was a MS/JV Division Jump-off finalist.

Cheerleaders "Pinned," which exemplify why American needs cheerleaders were Caroline Easterling, Kate Hall, Mary Claiborne Johnson, Lauren LeGrand, Anna McMillan, Elizabeth Portis, and Anna Tucker. Caroline Easterling, Catherine Parma, Elizabeth Portis & Anna Tucker were invited to tryout for UCA staff as camp instructors after high school.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trinity and Valiant Cross Team-Up to Provide Intensive Cyber Defense Training

During the week of June 18th to the 22nd, Trinity and Valiant Cross Academy (VCA) teamed-up to provide an intensive week of cyber defense training. Eight young men—four from VCA and four from Trinity—completed the five-day CyberCamp curriculum provided by the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program and paid for with the generous support from the SAIS Robinson Collaboration Grant. Team members were assisted by cybersecurity major Drew DeLong and CyberCat Riley Wuokko. The five-day camp was hosted by Trinity and led by coaches Adam Pettway (VCA) and Kerri Watson (TPS).

Students began the week learning basic cyber defense encryptions, password specifications, plus all the strategies hackers use to violate a network system. They ventured in to the administrative details of Windows, learning how to protect both personal and corporate information. Wednesday and Thursday continued with a look at LINUX systems, focusing primarily on basic Ubuntu lines of command. The week’s training culminated to a four-hour competition through the CyberPatriot network on Friday where student pairs opened cyber images on virtual machines to find and subsequently close the “holes” in those systems and heighten security settings.

With such extensive training, Trinity and VCA anticipate the formation of one or two middle school teams for this upcoming school year. Stay tuned for more exciting growth in this new area of competition and partnership!
 

Parma Elected to Supreme Court at Alabama Girls State

Congratulations to rising senior Catherine Parma, who was elected to the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice at this year's Alabama Girls State. She also served on the Girls State newspaper staff, and won the “Good Citizen” award. Alabama Girls State is a week-long, fun-filled, hands-on learning opportunity for some of the best and brightest young women in the State of Alabama. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), Alabama Girls State is a premier youth leadership program which offers a one-of-a-kind experience to its delegates.
 
 

Dance Teams Rock the Awards at UDA Camp in Starkville

Trinity's Dance Teams rocked Dance Camp in Starkville, Mississippi, which was hosted by Universal Dance Association. The Varsity Team received a Superior Ribbon for Home Pom, giving them 1st Place in the Varsity Division, while receiving a Superior Trophy, along with a bid to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. They also received the Camp Super Spirit Stick the 2nd day of camp for the leadership and energy they brought to camp. Senior Mary Ann Pittman received a "Pin It Forward" award for standing out as a camp leader and helping others. Several won All-American honors, including Sarah Howe, Mckenzie Parker, Anna Hixon, and Hannah McDaniel.

The Junior Varsity Dance Team received a Superior Ribbon for Home Pom, giving them 1st Place in the Junior Varsity division, while receiving a Superior Trophy, and the "Leadership Award." Katie Pope received a "Pin It Forward" award for standing out as a leader at camp and helping others. The following won All American in the Junior Varsity division: Parker Dansby, Graci Foshee, Camilla Loard, Hadley Locke, Abby Molina and Katie Pope.
 
  

GIRLS SOCCER WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

The Varsity Girls Soccer Team defeated rival St. Paul's 1-0 off of a penalty kick by Healey Mathison to advance to the State Championship game on Friday. On Friday, they came back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game 1-1 off a penalty kick by Healey Mathison. Two overtimes and a shootout later they defeated Guntersville to win the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!! PKs were scored by Cate Stewart, Katherine Warren, Hazen Finlay and Mary Davis Bricken. Trinity senior keeper Joy Bishop was named MVP. A special thank you to our fans who made the long drive to Huntsville to cheer this team to victory.
 

 
From highschoolsports.al.com - By Daniel Boyette on May 11, 2018
Trinity's dynamic freshman duo delivered in the clutch and the result was the first championship in program history.

Healey Mathison scored on a penalty kick to force overtime and Mary Davis Bricklen converted the clinching shot in a shootout as the Wildcats defeated Guntersville 2-1 for the Class 4A-5A title tonight at John Hunt Park in Huntsville.

The score was tied 1-1 after regulation and two overtimes. Top-ranked Guntersville (17-2-2) took a quick 2-0 lead in the shootout, but then missed a pair of shots to open the door for Trinity rally. Bricklen ended the match with a shot over the outstretched arm of Guntersville keeper Emily Jones.
 
Fifth-ranked Trinity finished 23-2-2.

Play of the match: Guntersville led 1-0 and appeared on its way to a second title in three years. But a handball in the box with 8:08 left in the match set up Mathison's tying shot.

What was going through Mathison's mind before she took the shot?

'Trust my training," she said. "I just had to get it to a corner or just get it in the goal. (Jones) knew I was left-footed. I said, 'Put it where she's not expecting it,' so I put it right down the middle."

Game ball: Trinity senior keeper Joy Bishop was named MVP. She recorded six saves.

Stat sheet: Eighth-grader Katherine Warren, freshman Cate Stewart and junior Hazen Finlay scored Trinity's other PKs.. Aubri Hanner scored Guntersville's goal at the 24:26 mark of the first half. Carly Sims had the assist. Jones made 10 saves. Hanner, Sims and Yesenia Hernandez scored Guntersville's PKs.

By the numbers: 11 - Shots on goal for Trinity to Guntersville's seven; 4 - Cornerkicks for Guntersville. Trinity had none; 12 - Trinity fouls to Guntersville's 11.

Coachspeak: "The perseverance of this group, the determination .. they've had a lot of adversity along the way. They've said all along that this is our goal. We've preached, 'How do you win?' It's one goal. It just takes one goal. We've kind of survived every round. We were up one in every game. At halftime we talked said, 'We just need one to stay in this game.' I couldn't be more proud of this group; the hardest working group I've ever had. They played their hearts out." -- Trinity coach Analyn Coker

"We had a lot of young players. We had a couple of freshmen and an eighth-grader who took a PK. I couldn't be more proud of the ice water in the veins under pressure to get it done." -- Coker

They said it ... : "It feels amazing. I can't even believe it right now. I'm still soaking everything in. It's just an amazing opportunity given by God and I'm so thankful." -- Mathison

"I'm overwhelmed; I could not have done this without my team. It's just a perfect ending for my career. I could not be happier."-- Bishop

Seventh Grade Students Receive State Recognition through Duke TIP

Six seventh grade students qualified to receive state recognition through the 38th annual Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program). Cal Bennett, Tate Bixenman, Chappell Hill, John Russ Marshall, Emory Roth, and Tabitha Tegman qualified based on their performance on either the SAT or ACT. Of the six that qualified to receive state recognition, one student, Tabitha Tegman, also qualified to receive grand recognition. Students have been invited to attend the State Recognition Ceremony at the University of Alabama on May 7. The Grand Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for May 21 at Duke University.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program serves 16 states of the southeast and is committed to identifying and serving academically talented young people, providing students with information about their abilities, academic options and resources, as well as sponsoring challenging educational programs.

Seventh graders are invited to participate in the SAT or ACT if they score at the 95th percentile or above in one of the following areas on the ERB or verbal ability, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, mathematics, writing mechanics or writing concepts and skills. Students can also qualify with other approved standardized test scores. Students took either the SAT or the ACT during the months of December 2017-March 2018.

Congratulations to all the participants and especially our six honorees! 

Coach Bowden Honored at Retirement Reception

Yesterday, hundreds of people from across the generations streamed into our media center to pay tribute to a real "Trinity Treasure." Coach Elisa Bowden will be retiring from Trinity at the conclusion of this school year after 42 years of faithful service. Coach Bowden was a pioneer of our girls' athletic programs, and led several teams to tremendous success - including a state tennis championship. She has also taught math and in our middle school for several years, masterfully helping students of all ability levels master the fundamentals of arithmetic and come a genuine love for God's word. However, it has been the genuine love for her students and for her Lord that sets Coach Bowden apart. She was on a mission these last four decades, and generations of students and parents benefited. Thank you, Coach Bowden, for all you have done for Trinity School, and for always reminding us...it is GREAT to be a TRINITY WILDCAT!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Track and Field Competes at State!

Sixteen members of the Track team competed at the 94th State Track Meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The highlights from the meet are: Senior Amanda Meadows claimed the bronze medal in the long jump and placed 5th in the 300 meter hurdles and setting a personal record in the 100 meter hurdles. Sophomore Chandler Ford placed 4th in the 300 meter hurdles while setting a new school and personal record of 47.93 and also placed 5th in the 100 meter hurdles. Senior Mackenzie Legrand finished 11th in the 1600 and 9th in the 3200. She holds the school records in the 800 and 3200 meter races. The 4X400 relay team of Sarah Clay Norris, Ansley Claire Addison, Ann Caden Oliver and Lauren French came in 19th place. The girls team came in 12th place out of 32 teams that scored.

Freshman Jay Tymes set a personal record in 200 meter dash. Seventh grader Timothy Hornsby ran the 1600 meter run and came in 22nd place. Sophomore Gray Rutland came in 9th place in the 800 meter run while setting a personal record and Senior Dawson Oliver came in 8th place in the 800 meter run. The 4x400 relay team of Tim Hornsby, Mat Mathison, Zane Springer and Henry Britton came in 22nd place with a time of 3:58. The 4x800 relay team of Dawson Oliver, Gray Rutland, Wells Rutland and Charlie Lott ran an all out heart pounding race to claim a silver medal and to break their own school record. The boys team came in 19th place out of 38 teams that scored.
 
 
 
 

Track and Field Qualifies for State!
 
The Track and Field Team had 23 athletes compete in the 4A Section 1 meet this past weekend in Brewton, Alabama. Sixteen team members qualified for the State meet. The 16 team members are Amanda Meadows, Chandler Ford, Mackenzie Legrand, Sarah Clay Norris, Lauren French, Ann Caden Oliver, Ansley Claire Addison, Dawson Oliver, Wells Rutland, Henry Britton, Charlie Lott, Zane Springer, Gray Rutland, Mat Mathison, Jay Tymes and Timothy Hornsby. The State meet is Thursday, May 3 - Saturday, May 5 in Gulf Shores. 

Sectionals podium finishes: Gray Rutland — 3rdplace in 800 meter run, Chandler Ford — 2ndplace in 100 meter hurdles, Charlie Lott – 1st place in 1600 and 3200; Boys 4X800 team of Lott, Gray Rutland, Dawson Oliver and Wells Rutland – 1stplace.

The boys 4X800 team set a new school record. Mackenzie Legrand set a new school record in the 3200 and Chandler Ford set a new school record in 100 meter hurdles.

Those setting personal records were Wells Rutland (3200), Mackenzie Legrand (3200 & 1600), Sarah Clay Norris (1600 & 3200), Carter Grice (Shot), Eli Naugher (Javelin), Chandler Ford (100 meter hurdles), Zane Springer (400 meter), Josh Smith (400 meter), Gray Rutland (800 meter), Timothy Hornsby (1600 & 3200), and Amanda Meadows (100 meter hurdles & Long Jump).
 
 
 
 
 

Field Day Fun!

Field day is a very important day in the life of a child in Lower School. From “reveal day” to the announcement of the winning team, our students “get fired up” in anticipation of the day’s events. Field Day is a great chance for students to let loose, get active, and have a good time. In many ways, Field Day is a culminating event that highlights the value held in being physically fit. It gives us an opportunity to see what physically-literate children look and sound like. And at the end of the day, it is all about creating a memorable experience. To see an album of pictures from the fun-filled day, please click here. 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

"Passing the Gift"

Recently, the 5th grade class spearheaded a Trinity's "Change 4 Change" Friday and raised $1,751.50 for Heifer Project International (HPI) from generous donations from Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. Fifth graders learned about Dan West and how he established HPI, while studying Biblical Choices Bible Curriculum. The founder of HPI, Dan West, was a leader who used his vision to work for the kingdom of God. Instead of just handing out cups of milk to hungry children doing relief work during the Spanish Civil War, he thought how wonderful it would be to give a cow to a family. Each family receiving a cow would then pass the first calf to another needy family. This idea was put into place and became known as "Passing the Gift." Heifer Project International was established in 1944 and provides assistance to families in countries of great poverty all over the world. HPI purchases animals such as goats, heifers, llamas, alpacas, camels, pigs, ducks, rabbits, and honey bees. These animals make a big difference for families in need. Thank you to everyone for donating and allowing others to "Pass the Gift" of a better life to those in need!
 

Zoe Portis Named Regional Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete

“Eleven years ago, I was an orphan in Ethiopia. I was without a family, a home, and God. My parents—Cole and Joy—adopted me and gave me parents, family, a home, and a relationship with Jesus Christ. I literally would not be here today without them.” A dry eye could not be found in the crowd, during a standing ovation after Zoe Portis spoke these words as she accepted the United Methodist Children's Home Scholarship at the Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award ceremony held in Birmingham on April 9, where she was named the Class 4A Regional Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Out of over 150,000 student athletes in the state of Alabama, Zoe Portis was among the elite 96 athletes recognized at this program.

Zoe has served as President of her freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. She now serves as the SGA President. She has an outstanding cumulative grade point average of 3.76 and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has lettered for the past four years in Trinity’s varsity basketball and soccer teams. Her Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach stated, “I have worked with adolescents for twenty years. During this time, I have come to know some very remarkable young men and woman. With no disrespect to any of those gifted students, Zoe Portis is the most inspirational student I have ever had the privilege of working with. She is compassionate, smart, and humorous. Some people come into your life and you are better off because of it. Their presence calls you to be something greater than you are. Zoe possesses that quality.” Zoe also serves on the Leadership Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is an active member of Morningview Baptist Church. She volunteers at Vaughn Road Elementary School, Montgomery Area Foodbank and the Montgomery Cancer Center. Zoe Portis will attend Samford University in the fall.


Physics Class Students Construct Mobiles as they Mentor K4 Students

Upon completion of their projectile unit with two dimensional motion, Upper School Physics students moved on to repeated motion by studying pendulums and then rotational motion with torque forces. Formulas for both were mastered with students finding the axes of rotation on multiple balancing scenarios. To finish the torque unit, students were challenged to construct mobiles using six objects of different masses.

Two seniors elected to visit Trinity’s K4 program for a fun surprise. The K4 teachers, Mrs. Bethea and Mrs. Waddell, helped Lauren Hemmings and Katie Scott pick six of the students’ favorite small toys. When Katie and Lauren finished their mobile, they delivered it back to the preschoolers to enjoy.

The students were curious to learn how their toys were balancing on those “sticks,” so Lauren and Katie explained the term “fulcrum” and how they are able to locate different points of rotation in order to balance the entire system.  Physics students are not sure how long the toy mobile will last, since some of the K4 students may miss their favorite small objects of play. Regardless, it was a fun opportunity for Upper Schoolers to visit and teach ideas to the younger ones, which is always a unique blessing for all students on Trinity's campus.
 
 
 
 

Trinity’s First CyberPatriot Team Secures Second Place in the Silver Division for the State of Alabama

Congratulations to Trinity's first CyberPatriot Team—Jack Yohn (Captain), Garrett Flowers, Peyton Lankford, Riley Wuokko, Den Pendleton, and Jake Combs—for placing second in Alabama among silver-tiered teams!

CyberPatriots is a cyber defense competition where middle and high school students act as IT professionals protecting corporate and small company networks. Each team is five students (with one alternate) competing on Cyber’s network during a six hour round where they pour over image software to locate “holes” where hackers could get through to their systems. Once located, CyberPatriots work to rewrite that software and close those hacker gates, thus protecting valuable corporate and personal information.

Based on student interest, upper school girl and boy Cyber Patriot teams were formed. The enrollment fee for the boys’ team was graciously covered by a scholarship from the Civil Air Patrol. Since CyberPatriots wants to encourage female participation, the enrollment fee for the girls’ team was waived. The CyberGals were Caidra Owens (Captain), Lauren Vermillion, Georgia Mracek, Kathryn Toole, and Abigail Trehern. 

So it is with great Wildcat pride that Trinity’s “CyberGuys” placed second in the silver tier for the State of Alabama—and it’s only their first year. Since they placed among the top teams, they progressed to the semi-final competition where they are currently awaiting the finalized scores and awards report.
 

First Grade Visits "Let's Pretend Hospital"

The first grade class recently visited the "Let's Pretend Hospital." Many thanks to Baptist Health - Central Alabama for creating a positive experience of a hospital visit. The students were shown a "pretend" surgery room, patient check-in and check-out procedures, an x-ray room, therapy dogs, patient rooms, stethoscope listening, a nursery room, an emergency room, an ambulance, and much more!
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
  

Students Participate in Alabama Bandmasters Association Honor Band

On February 16-17, ten students from the Trinity Wildcat Pride Band participated in the Alabama Bandmasters Association District 6 Honor Band. To earn acceptance into this prestigious ensemble, students auditioned against other top representatives from schools in the Auburn-Montgomery area. The auditions included the performance of 12 major scales, 2 minor scales, and a chromatic scale from memory, as well as sight-reading and two prepared etudes. In the All-District Middle School Band, Fredrick Brown, euphonium, and Christopher Kong, percussion, were each selected as the top performers in their respective sections. Trinity Presbyterian School had one of the highest honor band participation rates from their total band program across all of District 6.


(Back row from the left) James Ezra Brown (6th), Fredrick Brown (8th), Jack Yohn (12th), Garrett Flowers (11th), William Kong (11th)
(Front row from the left) Christopher Kong (8th), Mason Branam (9th), John Scott Jackson (6th), LeeAnn Palmer (11th), Den Pendleton (10th)

Show Choir and Dance Ensemble Perform at Disneyland!

Trinity’s Show Choir and Dance Ensemble, which includes over 30 Upper School Trinity students, recently spent an exciting and educational weeklong trip to Los Angeles, California, where they took dance classes and performed at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

They took classes at the prestigious International Dance Academy in Hollywood, where they are famous for their teachers who choreograph and perform with such artists as Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Madonna—just to name a few. They also took an Advanced Hip Hop class from Viet Dang, who can be seen in Pepsi Commercials and a Step/Groove class by Joe Brown! Throughout the week these students also spent many of their days in Disneyland taking classes.

Trinity’s Show Choir had the opportunity to work with Vangi Gunn and make a Disney recording of selections from the “Princess and the Frog,” as well as learn choreography and train with Vangi, who is a freelance choreographer and singer. The Dance Ensemble trained with Linda Love Simmons, who is also a freelance choreographer and performer. They enjoyed original choreography of Mrs. Simmons from Disney’s "Beach Movie." Both groups took Hip Hop class from the amazing Katisha Adams “Blaze,” an instructor with Disneyland and the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, California.

The highlight of the trip was performing on stage in Fantasyland at Disneyland! Before the trip, the Dance Ensemble and Show Choir submitted a joint performance video to Disneyland and through that video process the students were invited to perform. The performance was filled with selections from “La La Land,” such as “Another Day of Sun,” and “City of Stars,” as well as Nat King Cole’s version of “L.O.V.E,” and Micheal Buble’s version of “Save the Last Dance.” Other selections performed included “September,” “Blame it on the Boogie,” “Tin Man,” and Billy Joel’s “Still Rock n Roll.” The performance was streamed on FaceBook Live and was enjoyed by those near and far!

During their last few days in Los Angeles, the students took a day trip to Seal Beach, a small beach town in Los Angeles and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the many shops and eatery’s the quaint town has to offer. The students then enjoyed an all-day tour of the many sights in Los Angeles including, the famous Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, The Farmers Market, La Brea, driving up and down the Pacific Coast Highway and through Hollywood Hills viewing homes of famous movie stars! The trip culminated with our Wildcats cheering on UCLA at a basketball game, were the Bruins defeated the Oregon Ducks in overtime!

This informative trip gave dance and shows choir students an opportunity to meet new emerging artists, as well as work with experienced professionals and broadens their views of the dance and singing community. Students attending this trip were Dance Ensemble and Show Choir Members: Katherine Albrecht, Anne Price Bishop, Madison Bowen, Wallace Bryan, Ensley Craven, Mary Curles, Rivers Dorey, Mollie Flotemersch, Taylor Griggs, Carsyn Hawkins, Anna Hixon, Sarah Howe, Maggie Jacques, Caleb Kreitz, Lauren LeGrand, Anne Catharine Logan, Reese Lynch, Hannah McDaniel, Will Merrill, Coleman Morris, McKenzie Parker, Caroline Parkman, Emmalyne Phillips, Mary Ann Pittman, Olivia Reid, Amanda Roberson, Daniel Sellers, Mary Emily Taylor, McKay Taylor, Charlie Ward, Sydney Kate Welch, Benton Willis and Welden Willis.
Under the Direction of: Jenny Letner Dance Ensemble and Jordan Sullivan Show Choir
Chaperones: Jordy Cheney, Amy Nunn, and Meredith Peden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mooneyham Signs With ASU!

Congratulations to Trinity Senior Mary Martin Mooneyham for signing a national letter of intent to play soccer at Alabama State University! Mary Martin is a fifth-year player for Trinity's Varsity Soccer Team and has been the leading scorer for two consecutive seasons, averaging 21 goals each season. She was selected to the AHSAA All-Star team in 2017 and was selected for the The Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro team in 2016 and Honorable Mention in 2015.
 
 
 
  

Students Participate in Auburn University Honor Band

Several Trinity students were recently selected for participation in the Auburn University Honor Band earlier this month. Jackson Adcock, Maggie Cooner, William Kong, LeeAnn Palmer, and Den Pendleton joined other top musicians in the state as they prepared for a challenging concert program over the course of two days. The honor band also serves as a great way to meet fellow musicians and tour the Auburn University campus as students are looking for collegiate opportunities.
 

WILL MERRILL NAMED NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST

Trinity School Senior Will Merrill was named a National Merit FINALIST in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Will's National Merit Finalist distinction places him among an elite group that represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. He is an intelligent and gifted student with a cumulative grade point average of 4.05 that includes some of the most advanced courses offered at Trinity. In addition to being named a National Merit Finalist, he was recently selected as an AP Scholar with Honor. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Speech and Debate Honor Society, the National Forensics League, and a Silver Medal recipient for the National Latin Exam. Even though Will maintains a heavy workload, he continues to be an invaluable member of the Trinity varsity football and baseball teams.

Will has distinguished himself by the quality of his work and intensity of his effort. He has excelled in Trinity School’s rigorous college-preparatory environment by selecting courses that include honors and advanced placement courses, including being selected as a junior to Trinity’s Head of School Leadership Class. He is very active at Frazer United Methodist Church serving on the Youth Leadership Team. In addition, he was one of the founding members of Trinity’s school-wide mission program, Change 4 Change, where he has contributed many hours of service with this outstanding program.

Eighth Grade Students Take On Washington, D.C.!

Trinity 8th grade students embarked on the annual trip to Washington, D.C. on Monday, February 5 for a week of sight-seeing in our nation's capital. They will tour some of America's most historical sites and monuments and even have time to take in a Wizards basketball game. Students will also meet with Trinity Alumna Rep. Martha Roby on the steps of the capitol asking her questions about the future of Alabama and national politics. 
 
Parents and friends are encouraged to keep up with their adventures by following them on Instagram at "tpsindc." Videos from each day will be posted below. Enjoy!
 
LINK TO PICTURES: https://photo.walgreens.com/store/share?via=link&token=78g3VqSNYp95oqHH-qB_tw/SFO/1001604654060/WALGREENS
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

Trinity Track Team Brings Home the Gold!

Trinity's Indoor Track Team competed in the 4A-5A State Championship this past weekend at the Crossplex in Birmingham and came away with several medals, including Gold for the 4x800m! Relay team members Dawson Oliver, Gray Rutland, Wells Rutland, and Charlie Lott set a school record as they brought home the 4A-5A State Championship in the 4x800 Relay. Dawson Oliver won the Bronze medal in the State for the 800m Run, sprinting 2 minutes-flat, while setting a school record. Chandler Ford won Bronze in the State, breaking 10 seconds with a 9.90 school record. 
 
Other results from the weekend include:

Boys:
4x200m Relay: Jay Tymes, Nexton Marshall, Coleman Morris, Ben Martin: School Record
60m Dash: Jay Tymes: 6th in State & a School Record, #6 in the Nation among Freshmen
400m Dash: Gray Rutland: Person Record
800m Run (half mile): Tim Hornsby: lowered the Nation's best 7th Grade mark to 2:12 (2 minutes & 12 seconds)
1600m Run (one mile): Tim Hornsby: 3rd best 7th grade time in the Nation: 4:58; Dawson Oliver, #5 in the State
3200m Run (two miles): Wells Rutland, Personal Record
Long Jump: Coleman Morris: School Record, 10th in the State

Girls:
4x200 Relay: Courtney Stevenson, Amanda Meadows, Annabelle Brown, & Chandler Ford: School Record
4x400 Relay: Courtney Stevenson, Amanda Meadows, Mary Liz Hill, & Chandler Ford :School Indoor Record
4x800 Relay: Mary Renner, Annabelle Brown, Mary Liz Hill, & Mackenzie LeGrand: School Record, 4th in the State
800m Run: Mackenzie LeGrand: School Record
1600m Run: Mary Renner: Indoor School Record
 
 
 




Seventh Grade Students Make Impression at Youth Legislature Conference

The seventh grade class recently participated in the Alabama YMCA Junior Youth Legislature Conference, which was held at the Alabama Capitol Auditorium. The Youth Leg program allows students to explore the American democratic process, while providing guidance, training and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy.

Trinity students participated in several workshops, where they learned how to write and debate a bill, along with parliamentary procedure. Students learned how to develop a good bill topic and how to make amendments. They also learned how a bill becomes a law by experiencing several “mock sessions” with their peers.
 
Several Trinity students were awarded for their outstanding achievements during the conference.

Officers Elected
House A - Ben Easterling - Clerk, Eli Naugher - Assistant Floor Leader, Jake Yohn - Assistant President Pro tempore, Chappell Hill - Chaplain
House B - Simmons Byrd - Floor Leader, Sarah Stephen Foshee - Assistant Clerk, Jackson Taylor - Chaplain
Awards House A
Outstanding Statesmen: Hannah Hert, Eli Naugher, Marley Smith, Madesyn Thornton
Most Outstanding Statesmen: Jake Yohn
Awards House B
Outstanding Statesmen: Simmons Byrd, Parker Duncan
 
 


Coach Schweers Recognized with Proclamation

Congratulations to Coach Jack Schweers was recently presented with a Proclamation by the Board of Trustees, recognizing his 400th win and his 24 years of being the Head Coach of Trinity Boys Basketball.

Jack Schweers, a native of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina was a 4-sport star who went on to play college basketball at the College of Charleston. He is now in his 42nd season as a basketball coach…but more importantly, a molder of young men. Schweers, a former college Assistant at Georgia Southern and Auburn University at Montgomery, helped guide the AUM Senators to a 32-3 NAIA National Runner-Up finish. He was a part of nearly 300 wins as a college assistant under Larry Chapman.

Coach Schweers felt lead to pursue a career in High School Basketball and after making stops at Monroe County and Prattville, Schweers finally landed at Trinity. He is in his 24th and final season at Trinity. Under the direction of “Captain Jack,” his teams have made 8 Regional appearances, 7 Elite Eight appearances, 2 Final Four births, and 1 State Championship—the dream team of 1999, who went 31-1. Schweers was named the ASWA Super All-State Coach of the Year for the 1998-99 season. He was selected to coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game that same year. He has won 400 career games in his time at Trinity and has coached in over 1,170 games during his 42-year career.

In addition to his distinguished career in basketball, Coach Schweers served as the Head Coach of the Trinity Boys Tennis team for 20 years. During that time, Trinity Boys Tennis amassed 4 Boys Tennis State Championships in 2000, 2005, 2007, and 2008 under his astute leadership. He led Trinity to the Boys Tennis State Tournament for 20 consecutive seasons, 6 runner-up finishes, 2 third-place finishes, and won 31 consecutive matches between 2000-2002.

The successes he has experienced are no doubt great, but he champions the relationships with the many players that he has coached over the years. He loves opposing players, opposing coaches, and even referees. Coach Schweers is one of the most influential coaches in the state of Alabama. He is selfless, humble, and always looking to develop positive relationships through the games of basketball and tennis. Trinity sincerely appreciates his 24 years of dedicated service and leadership—on and off the court.
 
 


Middle School Students Selected for Alabama All-State Choir

Trinity Middle School students Hudson Cornett and Sara Grace Merrill have been selected for the Alabama All-Sate Choir. Numerous students from across the State audition, including seven students from Trinity, to be a part of the prestigious choral group. The Alabama All-State Choir will participate in the All-State Choral Festival, which is a three-day event that culminates in a professionally recorded concert. The Festival is an opportunity for students with outstanding ability and initiative to receive public recognition, to sing under the direction of nationally recognized choral clinicians, and to perform choral literature of the highest quality.
 
Hudson Cornett and Sara Grace Merrill

Cross Country Team Receives Championship Rings!

Trinity's Boys Cross Country Team was recently recognized as the 4A 2017 State Champions during a ceremony, where team members received their State Championship rings.
 
The Wildcats competed in eight meets this season, placing 2nd in two, 5th in one, and winning four—the Central Alabama Invite, the 21st Tiger Classic, Sectionals (first time in school history), culminating in the State Championship—the second one in three years!  

At the historic Jesse Owens Memorial Park, ten Trinity runners outpaced and outran all other 4A teams to win Trinity’s second Cross Country State Championship. The average time of the top-five Wildcat runners was 17:02, which is the fastest average finishing time in the history of 4A! They finished the season ranked 18th in all classes.

Coaches are Head Coach Monica Lott, Coach Josh Jenkins, and Coach Jeff McIntyre. Team members and their respective places and state finishing 5K times:

Henry Britton - 71st place, 18:36
Carter Clark - 16th place; 16:58; 2nd ranked freshman in 4A; 10th overall
Dean Herndon - alternate
Timothy Hornsby - 31st place; 17:33 - 7th grade school record. 2nd fastest 7th grader in AL, 11th in USA
Charlie Lott - 3rd at state; 16:34. school record holder with a 16:02, ALL-STATE team, won the Opelika invite, Central AL invite, and sectionals for 3rd straight time. Top junior in 4A; 9th overall in State
Mat Mathison - 38th; 17:42
Dawson Oliver - 8th; 16:49; ALL-STATE, 5th senior in 4A
Gray Rutland 56th 18:13
Wells Rutland 22nd 17:18
Daniel Sellers 64th 18:27
Josh Smith 63rd 18:26
 
 
 
 

Kindergarteners "STEAM" Their Way through the Cold Temperatures!

Kindergarten teachers and students used the recent cold weather as an extraordinary learning opportunity! While studying the “winter” season and freezing temperatures, students conducted several experiments, including turning water into ice! They participated in several freezing and melting "STEAM" activities last week, culminating with a "snowball fight" on the playground during recess!
 
  
 
 
 

Trinity's Timothy Hornsby is the Fastest 7th Grader in the Nation!

Trinity student Timothy Hornsby is the fastest 7th grader in the Nation! Trinity’s Middle School Track Team recently competed in Birmingham at the Middle School Invitational and Hornsby set a meet record in the 800m by running the fastest time in the nation this year by a 7th grader! He qualified for the Gold Standard Meet in the 800m and the 1600m. Personal records were set by Track Team members: Kip Brown, Eli Naugher, Hudson Cornett, Sarah Clay Norris, JP Tankersley, and AP Stewart.
 
 

Track Team Members Qualify for State!

Trinity's Track Team recently competed at the Ice Breaker Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex in the 6A-7A division against the best teams from Alabama and Mississippi. Several members of the track team qualified for the AHSAA State Championships, including Amanda Meadows, Courtney Stephenson, Annabelle Brown, Chandler Ford, Mackenzie Legrand, Mary Renner, Mary Liz Hill, AP Stewart, Jay Times, Nexton Marshall, Coleman Morris, BenJamin Martin, Dawson Oliver, Gray Rutland, Wells Rutland, Charlie Lott, Josh Smith, Henry Britton, Mat Mathison, and Tim Hornsby. The State Meets will be held on February 2-3 at the Birmingham Crossplex. Congratulations Wildcats on a job well done! #catstakestate
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Art Department Hosts Winter Art Exhibit Downtown

Before Christmas break, the Trinity Art Department hosted the annual Winter Art Exhibit featuring Trinity student artists, including a "Senior Show" for AP Art students. A large crowd gathered the night of the exhibit at the The Alley Station with an "Artist Talk" highlighting the evening. Seniors recognized were featuring Caroline Chapman, Ellie Crawford, Kelsey Franklin, Mackenzie LeGrand, Amanda Meadows, Mary Martin Mooneyham, Beth Montgomery, Wells Rutland, Maria Stevenson, and Jessica Wilson. To see more pictures from the event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/TrinityPresbyterianSchool/posts/1731053503592976. 
 
 
    
 
 

Christmas Performances Abound!

The Fine Arts Department entertained and wowed students and parents in the closing weeks of school with several memorable performances, including dance and music productions. 
 
Trinity students continued to entertain and spread the cheer this Christmas season with their annual "Twas the Night" performance! The Show Choir wowed audiences with several songs, including "All I Want for Christmas," "The World for Christmas," and a rocking cappella version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The dance department continued its tradition of bringing a series of collaborative performances by Trinity dance students across all levels to the stage. The new concert choir “Voices of Trinity” sang several Christmas choral numbers, while the Middle School Choir performed several songs, including an inspiring rendition of "Carol of the Bells.” 

The sounds of the season filled the halls of Trinity with a lively Christmas concert from the Music Department! The 5th grade Beginning Band entertained with several holiday selections, while the Middle School Concert Band performed other Christmas melodies. The Symphonic Band concluded the concert with familiar tunes, including this rendition of "Jingle Bells!"
 
To see a complete album from the "Twas the Night" performance, follow this link to Facebook to peruse all of the photographs from Dance, Show Choir, Middle School Concert Choir, and the Voices of Trinity. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It's Christmas in Your Heart!

Last week, Trinity's Christmas season was kicked-off with an inspiring and uplifting performance of the annual Kindergarten Christmas Play for the middle and upper school students. Seniors and other upper school students sang along with the kindergarteners for the final song, "Christmas Isn't Christmas Until It's Christmas in Your Heart," while remembering the parts they played so many years ago. This has become a time-honored Trinity tradition as many alumni look back on this day with fond memories. Afterwards, kindergarteners spent time with their "Senior Buddies!" 
 
Enjoy the slideshow below with pictures of Kindergarteners and their Senior Buddies.
 
To see a complete album from the Kindergarten performance, follow this link to Facebook, where an album has been created for the "Joy of Christmas" performance. 
 
 
 
 

Prather Anne Hargrove Wins State and Swimcats Finish Fifth!

Congratulations to the Lady Wildcat Swim Team for a job well done at State! The team finished 5th overall. The 200 Free Relay finished 5th and the 400 Free Relay finished 4th.

A very special congratulations to Prather Anne Hargrove who is the State Champion in the 100 Fly and also took 3rd in the 200 Free.
 
 

Congratulations to Trinity’s Varsity Girls Swim Team! They finished Runner-Up at Central Sectionals Championship Meet in Birmingham on November 17-18. Points were earned with first place finishes in the 200 Freestyle Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay. The girls will swim these relays at the State Meet December 1-2.

The following earned points for their placement in individual events:

200 Yard Freestyle — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place and qualified for State; Lilly Yancey, 7th place
200 Yard Individual Medley — Lauren Vermillion, 5th place and qualified for State
50 Yard Freestyle — Sarah Stephen Foshee, 2nd place and qualified for State
100 Yard Butterfly — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place and qualified for State
100 Yard Freestyle — Sarah Stephen Foshee, 2nd place and qualified for State
500 Yard Freestyle — Lauren Vermillion, 5th place and qualified for State, Lilly Yancey, 8th place
100 Yard Breaststroke — Maria Stevenson, 5th place
 
 
Congratulations to Trinity’s Varsity Girls Swim Team! They took first place in the Girls Division at the Mountain Brook High Last Chance Meet on November 8. They complete the regular season as the top finisher for the Girls Division at all of their regular season meets. In addition, each swimmer has qualified to compete in the 2017 AHSAA Central Sectionals Championship November 17-18.

Top Ten Finishers:
200 Medley Relay — 2nd place
200 Free Relay — 1st place
200 Yard Free — Lauren Vermillion, 1st place
100 Yard Fly — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place
50 Yard Free — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place; Sarah Stephen Foshee, 5th place; Maria Stevenson, 7th place
100 Yard Back — Sarah Stephen Foshee, 6th place; Lilly Yancey, 10th place
100 Yard Breast — Maria Stevenson, 2nd place; Lauren Vermillion, 8th place
100 Yard Free — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place; Sarah Stephen Foshee, 4th place
200 Yard IM — Maria Stevenson, 6th place; Lilly Yancey, 7th place
500 Yard Free — Lauren Vermillion, 2nd place
 
 

Congratulations to Trinity’s Varsity Girls Swim Team! They took first place in the Girls Division at the Spartan Halloween Invitational Wednesday, October 25th. Points were earned with first place finishes in the Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay.

The following earned points for their placement in individual events: 
200 Yard Free — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place
100 Yard Fly — Lauren Vermillion, 2nd place
50 Yard Free — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place; Sarah Stephen Foshee, 3rd place
100 Yard Back — Sarah Stephen Foshee, 3rd place
100 Yard Breast — Maria Stevenson, 2nd place
100 Yard Free — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place; Sarah Stephen Foshee, 4th place
200 Yard IM — Lauren Vermillion, 2nd place
500 Yard Free — Lauren Vermillion, 3rd place; Lilly Yancey 5th place
 
 
 

K4 Leads Lower School in Thanksgiving Chapel

K4 students led the Lower School in an inspiring Thanksgiving chapel last week. Please enjoy the pictures below from the Lower School chapel.
 
 
 
 
 

First Graders Give Thanks at Annual Thanksgiving Feast

A time-honored tradition at Trinity, first graders give thanks at the annual Thanksgiving Feast. Please enjoy a few pictures from this special day!
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 

Trinity Students Impress at Youth Judicial Conference

Congratulations to our Youth in Government students and their sponsor Debbie Taylor on a successful year at Youth Judicial!

Tucker Bryan served as Judge while Emma Beth Teel, Lindsay Pinkham, and Caroline Easterling served as Deputies. During this year’s conference Will Merrill won Best Attorney in the Major League that included over 600 participants. Trinity's Prosecution Team 504 won 2nd Place Prosecution in the Major League that included 51 teams from across the state. Attorneys: Collier Wilson (Captain), Will Merrill, Miller Johnson. Witnesses: Mary Emily Taylor, Amanda Meadows, Carter Grice. The Defense team 556 finished in the Top 12 and included Attorneys: Liz Portis (Captain), Pickett Reese, and Nolan Sasser. Witnesses: Drue Walker, Charlie Lott, Brody Ratliff. Alternate: William Roberson. Trinity also had a third team, Defense Team 555, in the major league: Attorneys: Madison Johnson (Captain), Tomas Treadwell, Sydney Kate Welch. Witnesses: Ben Pope, Madison McElvy, Anna Ruth Steelman. Alternate: Kylar Williamson.

Youth Judicial is a mock trial competition for High School Students hosted by the YMCA each year at the Federal Courthouse. This year’s conference had a record high number of participants bringing in 615 students and sponsors from across the state.
 
 
 
 


BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

For the second time in three years, the Trinity's Boys Cross Country Team has won the State Championship, cementing their place as the premier 4A Cross Country Team in the State. Led by veteran runner Charlie Lott, who placed third overall, the team of Dawson Oliver, who placed 8th overall, Carter Clark, Wells Rutland, Tim Hornsby, Mat Mathison, Gray Rutland, Josh Smith, Daniel Sellers, and Henry Britton claimed the AHSAA State title at the historic Jesse Owens State Park. Eight of the top ten had to run "season-bests" or even "all-time best" to complete this impressive feat!
 
The Girls Cross Country Team finished with an astoudning fourth place finish—the highest finish in school history! Leading the way for the girls team was Mary Elizabeth Hill, Ann Presley Stewart, Mary Renner, Healey Mathison, Katherine Warren, Ann Caden Oliver, Annabelle Brown, Ensley Craven, Sara Clay Norris, and Rebecca Herndon. The girls team was projected to finish in seventh place, and averaged over a minute for each personal record to bring home fourth place! 
 
Under the leadership of Head Coach Monica Lott and assistant coaches Josh Jenkins and Jeff McIntyre, the Trinity Cross Country Teams are running away from all the others with hardware in tow!
 
 
 
 

Trinity’s Cross Country Teams dominated at sectionals, where both teams qualified for State! The Boys Team won the 4A Sectional Championship, with 4 placing in the top 10! Charlie Lott won his second consecutive sectional title with a 16:53 time, while Dawson Oliver placed 3rd, Carter Clark 4th, and Timothy Hornsby 9th. The Girls Team qualified for the State meet for the second time in three years with a 3rd place finish. Ann Presley Stewart led the way, finishing 10th overall. Congratulations Wildcats!
 
 

Middle School Students Artwork Selected for Exhibit at MMFA and Win First Place in "Howl-iday" Art Contest

Middle School Students Artwork Selected for Exhibit at MMFA and Win First Place in Howl-iday Art Contest.

Middle School Visual Art III students, Katie Loughridge and Sydney Speagle, had artwork selected as part of the Artworks Corridor exhibition, Inspired by Stella competition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Their artwork will be on display in the museum through November.

Anna Kate Kyser is the 2017 Montgomery Humane Society's "Howl-iday" Card Art Contest Grand Prize Winner! Ansley Tucker placed third in the 5th-8tb grade division for the art competition. Both students were recognized at the annual "Walk 'N Wag" festival on the grounds of the Blount Cultural Park at the Shakespeare Theatre. The Montgomery Humane Society's "Howl-iday" Card Art Contest raises awareness about pet responsibility and caring for the animals they have at the shelter.
 
 
 Anna Kate Kyser and Ansley Tucker
 
 
 by Anna Kate Kyser
 
  by Ansley Tucker
 
 
 Sydney Speagle
 
 
  by Katie Loughridge
 

Trinity Students Serve in Community

Trinity Juniors and Seniors recently served over 1,100 hours of community service with local organizations, including The Salvation Army Montgomery Corps, Montgomery Habitat ReStore, Frazer UMC Clothes Closet, Montgomery Area Council On Aging, Family Sunshine Center, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Alabama, Children's Center, MANE, Valiant Cross Academy, Common Ground, Vaughn Road Elementary School, and the Montgomery Humane Society Adoptable Pets.
 
 
 
 
  

Homecoming 2017 #TBTPS (Daily Videos Included)

HOMECOMING WEEK 2017
Enjoy videos from each day.
 
 
Day 4 - Spirit Day!
 
Day 3 - It Used to be Cool!
 
 
Day 2 - 70s and 80s Decades Day!
 
 
 
Day 1 - 50s and 60s Decades Day!

Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) Selects Trinity 7th Grade Students

Twenty-six Trinity School 7th graders were selected to participate in the 38th Annual Scholastic Talent Search sponsored by Duke TIP, based on their scores in the 95th percentile or higher on one or more of the subtests on either of their two most recent standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability tests. The 7th Grade Talent Search helps educators and families find out how advanced their students' abilities truly are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. Eligible 7th graders are invited to take either the ACT or SAT college entrance exams, which allows them greater insight into their abilities and also provided them with valuable benefits and resources. Congratulations students!
 
Students who qualified (in alphabetical order): Cal Bennett, Tate Bixenman, Zac Childs, Dalen Cope, Hudson Cornett, Grayden Flowers, Emma Reid Gamble, Luke Harrison, Wyatt Hartzog, Hannah Elizabeth Hert, Chappell Hill, Virginia Anne Holmes, Harrison Johnson, Anna Kate Kyser, Kirby Lumpkin, John Russ Marshall, Sara Grace Merrill, Reese Patterson, Norris Pemberton, Clyde Pittman, Lallie Rogers, Emory Roth, Emma Kate Smith, Marley Smith, Tabitha Tegman, John Thomas, Madysen Thornton
 
 

Wildcat Pride Marching Band Enjoying a Successful Year!

"The Wildcat Pride Band has enjoyed great success this year, continuing their standard of excellence that makes the group such a pleasure to watch and hear every week. Their 2017 halftime show, "PURE: The Struggle of Good and Evil," has received critical praise and has pushed the band to new heights. 

On Sept. 30th, the band drove down to Milton HS in Milton, FL, for the 2nd annual Blackwater Classic. Of the 12 bands performing, the Wildcat Pride was one of only 4 bands to receive straight 'Superior' ratings. Milton HS is the alma mater of Band Director, Russell Greene, so it was a meaningful homecoming performance. 

On Oct. 7, the band performed at the 48th annual Southeastern United States Marching Festival at Troy University. They received straight superior ratings from all 7 judges and the show was a big hit among the Troy crowd. 

Oct. 21 marks the final competitive performance for the Wildcat Pride this season, as they will make the 2.5 hour drive to Jacksonville State University for the Contest of Champions, where they will not only seek the best score for themselves, but will also be competing against the scores of other bands for Best in Class and Best in Division awards. With roughly 200 hours of practice this season under their belt, the band is looking to end on a good note."
 
 
 
 
 

Girls Swim Team Wins Westminster Invitational!

Congratulations to Trinity’s Varsity Girls Swim Team! They took first place in the Westminster Sprint Invitational for the second consecutive year! They competed with eleven other schools, including second place Mountain Brook and third place Hewitt-Trussville. Points were earned with the second place finish in the Medley Relay and a first place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay.

The following earned points for their placement in individual events:

100 Meter Freestyle — Prather Anne Hargrove, 2nd place; Sarah Stephen Foshee, 4th place

100 Meter Individual Medley — Sarah Stephen Foshee, 3rd place; Maria Stevenson 4th place

50 Meter Freestyle — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place; Sarah Stephen Foshee, 3rd place

50 Meter Butterfly — Prather Anne Hargrove, 1st place; Lauren Vermillion, 6th place

200 Meter Freestyle — Lauren Vermillion, 2nd place; Lilly Yancey 5th place

50 Meter Backstroke — Sarah Stephen Foshee 8th place

50 Meter Breaststroke — Maria Stevenson 3rd place, Lauren Vermillion 8th place
 
 
 
 
 

Students Attend AU Engineering Program at International Paper

On Thursday, September 21, several AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and Physics students visited International Paper in Prattville for a presentation hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Engineering. Representing International Paper was Trinity Alumnus ('84) Neal McDevitt, a Process Control Engineer for the Prattville Mill. Mr. McDevitt was instrumental in arranging the dinner, presentation, and tour for students, teachers, and parents from around the River Region.

Attendees gathered for an informal pizza dinner while Dr. William Josephson of Auburn University presented on the many degree programs and opportunities offered in engineering. Dr. Josephson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. He provided handouts and information specifically to the paper making process and described how multiple engineers work together to better produce the product. During his presentation, he asked Miller Johnson, Mackenzie LeGrand, and Ensley Craven to help him demonstrate how chemicals are used to separate the fibers in tree pulp during the paper making process.

In addition to Mr. McDevitt and Dr. Josephson, several co-op students from various universities shared their experiences, intended majors, and aspects of choosing to participate in co-op programs as students. Uniquely, those working at the paper mill could gain experience in the fields of mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering. All of the co-op students emphasized the value of working as teams to problem solve, develop new ideas, or design more efficient processes at the mill.

After dinner, International Paper Engineer Trinity Alumna ('08) Madison Davis Richardson led our group through a detailed tour of the paper making process within the mill. We watched as two huge machines with an assembly of conveyor belts moved the wet pulp through compression and drying processes to eventually create giant rolls of paper. The paper is then tested and processed for shipping. Trinity students interested in engineering as a career received much guidance and direction by attending the dinner and presentation. Special thanks to Mrs. Richardson, Mr. McDevitt, and Dr. Josephson for personally hosting the event.
 
 

Luke Hufham Named Private School Player of the Week by the Montgomery Quarterback Club

Luke Hufham was named the Private School Player of the Week by the Montgomery Quarterback Club for his outstanding game against Montgomery Catholic on September 15. Luke received the award at the Quarterback Club's banquet on Tuesday, September 26, where Mark Schlabach, a senior writer for ESPN, was the featured speaker.

Luke Hufham, a senior receiver/defensive back, had 4 catches for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns in Trinity's 33-22 win over Catholic. On defense, Hufham had 4 tackles and 1 interception and 2 pass break ups.
 

Trinity's College Day a Huge Success

Trinity hosted "College Day," where over 40 universities and colleges attended. This was an outstanding college fair, where both students and parents were able to attend presentations from college admission counselors and discuss college admissions with the experts. While receiving encouragement from college representatives, the students also learned how to prepare themselves for the college application process. The Furman representative commented, “We look for students who challenge themselves academically, as you do here at Trinity.”
 
 
 
 
 
 

WILL MERRILL NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST

Trinity School Senior Will Merrill was named a National Merit SEMIFINALIST in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Will's National Merit Semifinalist distinction places him among an elite group that represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. He is an intelligent and gifted student with a cumulative grade point average of 4.05 that includes some of the most advanced courses offered at Trinity. In addition to being named a National Merit Semifinalist, he was recently selected as an AP Scholar with Honor. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Speech and Debate Honor Society, the National Forensics League, and a Silver Medal recipient for the National Latin Exam. Even though Will maintains a heavy workload, he continues to be an invaluable member of the Trinity varsity football and baseball teams.

Will has distinguished himself by the quality of his work and intensity of his effort. He has excelled in Trinity School’s rigorous college-preparatory environment by selecting courses that include honors and advanced placement courses, including being selected as a junior to Trinity’s Head of School Leadership Class. He is very active at Frazer United Methodist Church serving on the Youth Leadership Team. In addition, he was one of the founding members of Trinity’s school-wide mission program, Change 4 Change, where he has contributed many hours of service with this outstanding program.

Approximately 16,000 students were named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements ro advance to the Finalist level of competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Trinity's Art Department Presents the 121 Pop-Up Art Gallery & Collaborative Studio

This month’s visiting professional artist is internationally renowned artist, Shannon Bewley. Please visit www.shannonbewley.com to read her complete vita and view a sampling of her work. 
The Pop-Up Gallery and Collaborative at 121 Coosa Street, an initiative launched by the Trinity School Art Department, provides opportunities for exhibition and collaboration between emerging student artists and professional artists.The gallery and collaborative studio is a place where professional contemporary artists exhibit work, collaborate with students and the local community by introducing a variety of contemporary art and social practices. The goal is to present artists and art in a way that engages and enriches emerging student artists and the community, through the creative process by means of engagement initiatives, exhibitions and educational programs.
Schedule of Events: 
September 28 • Artist Reception • 6:00 - 9:00 PM
September 4-October 12 • Pop-Up Gallery Exhibit • The collaborative studio work by Trinity students will also be on display at the exhibit.

SPONSORED BY KYSER MANAGEMENT COMPANY AND TRINITY SCHOOL

K4 & K5 Students Plant Fall Garden

Recently, the K4 and K5 classes planted their fall gardens. The children planted cabbages, butter lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower plants and they observed their growing pumpkins, tomatoes and strawberries. They also planted hundreds of carrot seeds after reading the book, The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Returning to class, they wrote about their experiences in their "Garden Journals." It was a morning filled with sights, smells and hands-on fun and learning in the "Trinity Kindergarden!"
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

Set Construction Class Starts with Safety

Trinity's Set Construction class introduces students to the history of theatrical design and production along with learning how use power tools. Students build and deconstruct scenes and props for the annual school play and other events based on the design set forth by the Set Design class.

At the beginning of each school year, the Set Construction class and the Set Design class go through a required tool safety class, which is called "101 Power Tool." It provides each class member an opportunity to learn the proper way to use different power tools, including a miter saw, circular saw, jig saw, and power drill. Teachers Becky Miller and Richard Chandler address safety awareness and the importance of proper use of each tool. Each student has a chance during "101" to use each of the tools. For some of the students, it is the first time they have ever used saws or drills.

Members of the Set Construction class also visit the ASF theatre, where they see the set construction process firsthand via a backstage tour, as well as participating in a seminar conducted by members of ASF's construction crew.
 
 
  
 

 

Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

K4 students had a great start to school last week as they read "The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School.” It was a great way to introduce the students to the layout of the school as they followed the clues around campus, which were left by the “Gingerbread Man." The last clue sent them back to their classroom where they enjoyed eating a giant Gingerbread Man cookie!
 
 
  

Girls Golf Team Receives State Championship Rings

Congratulations to the 2017 Girls Golf Team who received their State Championship rings Friday night at the Back to School Blast. The Girls Golf Team made history earlier this year by becoming the first girls golf team in Montgomery to win a State Championship! Sophie Burks, who is attending Middle Tennessee State University on a golf scholarship, won low medalist shooting under par for the State Tournament, while Trinity tenth grader Emma Pittman placed 5th overall.

The Lady Wildcats finished with a 17-stroke win over UMS Wright, 28 strokes over two-time defending State Champion White Plains, and 43 strokes over 4th placed Arab. Sophie Burks shot 71 both days, while Emma Pittman finished with a 78. Mary Grace Etheredge and Tatum Willis had clutch shots during the playoffs and helped seal the State Championship for the team. Elizabeth Ann Stewart, playing in her first year of competition, cheered her teammates on for the win.
 
 
 

Samford University President Dr. Westmoreland Kicks Off Leadership Series for 2017-18 School Year

Please join us on Wednesday, August 16 for the first installment of the 2017-18 Leadership Program Series. Dr. Andrew WestmorelandPresident of Samford University, will be the featured speaker and address Middle and Upper School students. Program begins promptly at 8:45 AM in Willett Hall.
 
 
As Samford’s 18th president, Dr. Andrew Westmoreland has led the university to embrace a vision to enrich and expand its service to students and further inspire their desire to meet the needs of the world. To advance this vision the university is committed to a challenging strategic plan with three priorities: to provide an enriched and more vibrant university experience; to engage the global community in learning, faith and service; and to inspire imagination. In the boldest effort in its history, Samford raised $200 million by 2014 advancing the mission of Christ-centered higher education among the nation’s most respected universities.
 
Prior to his selection as president by the Samford Board of Trustees, he served eight years as president of Ouachita Baptist University, and, prior to that, on the administrative staff for more than 19 years in various capacities, including Vice President for Development and Executive Vice President. 

Dr. Westmoreland is a graduate of Ouachita, having received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1979. He earned a master's degree in political science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A native of the Batesville, Arkansas area, he graduated from Batesville High School in 1975. He is married to Dr. Jeanna Westmoreland, who served as professor of education and dean of Ouachita's School of Education. The Westmorelands have one daughter, Riley, a recent graduate of Samford.
 
 
 

Trinity Tennis Players Volunteer at Dream Court Camp

So proud of these Trinity tennis players who recently volunteered at the Dream Court Camp! They served as coaches in the adaptive tennis camp at O'Connor Tennis Center. Also, participating were Girls Tennis Head Coach Elisa Bowden and Mrs. Chera Davis, Trinity's new K4 teacher and Girls JV Tennis Coach.
 
 Katie Scott, Carolyn Albritton, Joppa Pendley, Luke Harrison, Katharine Moore, JV Coach Chera Davis,
Head Tennis Coach Elisa Bowden, Corynne Vermillion, Lauren Vermillion, Anne Catharine Logan, and Bentley Moore.
 

Cheer Teams Receive Multiple First Place Awards at UCA Camp!

Congratulations to the Trinity Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School Cheer Teams for receiving multiple first place awards at UCA Cheer Camp, which was held at Auburn University. Varsity received gold ribbons (highest rank) on all evaluations throughout camp, including 1st Place Sideline, 2nd Place Cheer, 1st Place Overall Game Day Championship, and the coveted Leadership Award, which is voted on by all the cheer squads at camp. Trinity's mascot, "Wild Thing," received the "Most Improved Mascot" award! Junior Varsity received 1st Place Cheer, 1st Place Sideline, 1st Place Xtreme Routine, and 1st Place Overall Game Day Championship! Middle School received 1st Place Cheer, 1st Place Sideline, 1st Place Xtreme Routine, and1st Place Overall Game Day Championship! The entire Trinity Cheer Program received the "Banana Award" for School Spirit and an Invitation to Cheer for the Pre-Game Performance of the Citrus Bowl in Florida.

Those receiving All-American Awards were Wallace Bryan, Ensley Craven, Amanda Meadows, Emmalyne Phillips, Lizzie Sanders, Sydney Kate Welch, Caroline Wood (Varsity); Caidra Owens (Mascot); Anna Worth Craven, Kate Hall, Lauren LeGrand, Ellie Slawson, Rylee Tucker, Miller Williams (Junior Varsity); Ansley Claire Addison, Allison Grant, Madysen Thornton, Ansley Tucker (Middle School). 

Ansley Claire Addison was the Jump-Off Winner for the Middle School Division and overall Jump-Off finalists were Ansley Claire Addison, McKenzie Parker, Emmalyne Phillips, and Miller Williams.

Winning the Dancing Divas recognition were Varsity cheerleaders Lizzie Sanders and Caroline Wood. Cheerleaders "Pinned," which exemplify why American needs cheerleaders were Liz Portis and Caroline Wood (Varsity), Kate Hall and Rylee Tucker (Junior Varsity), and Madysen Thornton and Anna McMillan (Middle School). 

All seven of the Trinity Senior Cheerleaders were invited to tryout for UCA staff: Wallace Bryan, Ensley Craven, Amanda Meadows, Emmalyne Phillips, Lizzie Sanders, Sydney Kate Welch, Caroline Wood.
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
 
 
 

Wildcat "Paws" Dance Teams Rock UDA Camp!

Congratulations to the Trinity Wildcat "Paws" Dance Teams who received several superior ratings while at UDA Dance Camp held at Auburn University. 
 
Varsity won 2nd place overall on their Home Pom, all superior ratings on camp material with a superior trophy, along with a bid to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. They also received the Top Drill Down Team Award. The Drill Down runner-up was Lily Windham and Drill Down 1st place was Hannah McDaniel. The Varsity team had six All-American dancers, including Katherine Albrecht, Madison Bowen, Sarah Howe, Mary Ann Pittman, Hannah McDaniel, and Charlie Ward.
 
The Junior Varsity Team received 1st place in the Home Pom JV division, all superior ratings on camp material, with a bid to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Katie Pope was the "Pin It Forward" recipient. The JV team had six All-American dancers, including Parker Dansby, Sarah Grace Daniel, Graci Foshee Linda Hill, Sarah Ruth Peavy, and Katie Pope.
 
 
  
 
 
 

McIntyre Selected to Grade Nationwide AP Exams

This year, Trinity's Jeff McIntyre was selected to travel to Tampa, Florida to participate in the AP United States History Exam Reading. Mr. McIntyre and 1,700 of his colleagues from high schools and colleges around the nation spent June 3-10 grading the Free Response Questions to 510,000 AP Exams taken by students from around the world.

Mr. McIntyre described the process as a mixture of "an absolute honor" and "grueling," and called it "the best possible professional development available for teaching AP." "There is no substitute for hands-on experience. I am so thankful that I got to collaborate with teachers and professors from all over the country to really see what makes the Advanced Placement program tick. I am really looking forward to implementing what I learned from this opportunity." When asked if he would do it again, Mr. McIntyre responded, "I have already begun the process of applying for 2018!"

For more information about the AP Program available at Trinity School, see https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap.
 
 

Parsons and Hill Attend "We the People" Program at Cumberland Law School

 
Alice Hill and Kasi Parsons 
Middle school faculty members Kasi Parsons and Alice Hill spent last week at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University attending the "We the People" program, which is part of the U.S. Dept of Education's James Madison Legacy Project. Civics and Government teachers Parsons and Hill enjoyed listening to speakers, which included law professors from Vanderbilt University, the Dean of Students from the University of Illinois School of Law, and the Director of the Center of The American Constitution in Wisconsin.

The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education for middle and high school teachers. This program aims to provide an innovative course of instruction in U.S. constitutional democracy. Students use their knowledge gained through the program instruction, research of past Supreme Court cases, and digging through the U.S. Constitution in simulated congressional hearings where students "testify" before a panel of judges as members of Congress. Yes, we had to prepare briefs and be questioned by judges.

Change 4 Change Donations Bring Well and Clean Water to Zambia!

At the start of the school year, our Change 4 Change program set a lofty goal to adopt a village in Zambia and build a well there. The well would provide the village clean water for the first time. Imagine having to walk for miles with large buckets to gather dirty, infested water back to your village for bathing, cleaning, drinking and farming.

We are so pleased to announce that Trinity students donated enough money during our "Well Weeks" to build a well and supply them not only with the well and access to clean water, but also to education and instruction on maintaining the well for generations to come.

Through the local organization, Choose Water (choosewater.org), our well has been built!! Please see a very special thank you video below from the people of our adopted village and share it with your family! To God be the glory!!

Thank you again for supporting Change 4 Change week after week. Our students are seeing first hand that even the smallest gesture can make a big impact on the world around us.
 

Girls Golf Team Makes History and WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Trinity Girls Golf Team made history by becoming the first girls golf team in Montgomery to win a State Championship! Sophie Burks, who will be attending Middle Tennessee State University on a golf scholarship in the fall, won low medalist shooting under par for the State Tournament, while Trinity ninth grader Emma Pittman placed 5th overall.
 
The Lady Wildcats had a 1-shot lead after the first day of play at the RTJ National in Opelika. They finished with a 17-stroke win over UMS Wright, 28 strokes over two-time defending State Champion White Plains, and 43 strokes over 4th placed Arab. Sophie Burks shot 71 both days, while Emma Pittman finished with a 78. Mary Grace Etheredge and Tatum Willis had clutch shots during the playoffs and helped seal the State Championship for the team. Elizabeth Ann Stewart, playing in her first year of competition, cheered her teammates on for the win.
 
 
 

Trinity’s Track and Field Teams Make Big Strides at State Meet

Trinity’s Track Teams had 18 athletes compete in the State Meet held in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 4-6, where championships were won and many personal records set! Charlie Lott won two Class 4A State Championships—the 1600 meter and the 3200 meter! The Boys 4x800 relay team of Dawson Oliver, TA Sluis, Wells Rutland, Charlie Lott placed second, winning Silver at the State meet. Several team members made All-State, including Charlie Lott, Dawson Oliver, TA Sluis, and Mackenzie LeGrand.

Twelve personal records were set, including TA Sluis 3200 meter run 10.26.74, Jack Singletary 200 meter dash 23.86, Dawson Oliver 800 meter run 2.02.87, and Charlie Lott 1600 meter run 4.28, 3200 meter run 9.48.02 and 800 meter run 1.59.64. Mackenzie LeGrand 1600 meter run 5.45.45, Lauren French Javelin 89-9, Annabelle Brown 300 meter hurdles 50.72, 4X100 team of Mary Alice Sasser, Courtney Stephenson, Lauren Shonk and Madison McKelvey with a time of 54.38, 4X400 team of Courtney Stephenson, Annabelle Brown, Amanda Meadows and Mackenzie LeGrand with a time of 4.25.93, and the 4X8 team of Ann Caden Oliver, Annabelle Brown, Sarah Clay Norris, and Mackenzie LeGrand with a time of 3.40.50. Five new school records were set, including Charlie Lott in the 3200 meter, Lauren French in Javelin, Mackenzie Legrand in 1600 meter run and the girls 4X4 & 4X8 teams.
 
 
  
 
 

Science Olympiad Team Medals at State Competition

The Trinity Science Olympiad Team Division B qualified and competed at the statewide competition held at Auburn University in April. Club members attending this competition were: 6th Graders Pruitt Bain, Kip Brown, Hudson Cornett, Harrison Johnson, and John Russ Marshal; 7th Graders Parker Duncan, Parker Ensminger, and Beck Tuley; and 8th Graders Elizabeth Albrecht, Mason Branam, Rachel Catman, and Francie Weissend.

Those that medaled at the State Science Olympiad competition were: Pruitt Bain - 1st Place in Hovercraft; Hudson Cornett - 2nd Place in Anatomy; Parker Ensminger - 1st Place in Hovercraft and 2nd Place in Anatomy; and Francie Weissend - 4th Place Food Science.
 
 
 Pruitt Bain, Parker Ensminger, Francie Weissend, Hudson Cornett

Trinity Students Named National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-Americans

Aubrey Grant and Miller Johnson were named National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-Americans. 
 
In order to receive the distinction of All-American, both Aubrey and Miller earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points), earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), received an ACT score of 27 or higher, or SAT combined score of either 1330 on 1600 scale or 2000 on 2400 scale, and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership.
 
The top students in the country each year are named All Americans. The All American award is based on a combination of competitive and service points, of which no more than 25% of the point total can include service. In order to qualify, a student must have competed once at Nationals. Following the National Speech & Debate Tournament, the 25 students with the highest total points in our Honor Society receive this recognition. 

Mary Conley Teel Named YMCA Jimmy Hitchcock Winner!

 
Assistant Athletic Director Jessica Lassiter, Mary Conley Teel, Middle and Upper School Principal Mike Zavada
Congratulations to Trinity Senior Mary Conley Teel, who was named the Female YMCA of Greater Montgomery Jimmy Hitchcock winner at the fifty-eighth Jimmy Hitchcock annual banquet held at Frazer United Methodist Church on May 4.

The Jimmy Hitchcock Award is given to a senior athlete who exhibits outstanding Christian leadership. Mary Conley was one of 56 Montgomery County students nominated. The prestigious award has been given out for over a century and Trinity School has accumulated more recipients than any school in the River Region.

At the time of the recognition, Mary Conley had a cumulative grade point average of 4.32 and has continued a rigorous academic course load at Trinity. She received Trinity's Henry Meador Scholarship for having the highest grade point average at the end of her junior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and serves as a Trinity Ambassador. She is an AP Scholar and has received several academic accolades, including Outstanding Achievement Awards is French I, II, III, World and US History, Algebra II with Trig and Honors English 10.

Having lettered for four years on Trinity's varsity volleyball and tennis teams, Mary Conley has been a dynamic leader for both teams. She was the recipient of the Varsity Volleyball Barnabas Encouragement Award and the Varsity Tennis Sportsmanship Award. Her peers selected Mary Conley as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes President and she serves on the FCA Leadership Team. As a senior she was named Honorable Mention to the All—CCC Volleyball Team.

Mary Conley has been an elite scholar-athlete at Trinity. Recently her varsity volleyball coach said, "Mary Conley has an old soul. She is wise beyond her years. In my 13 years of coaching, I have never seen a teenager with the level of maturity that I see in Mary Conley. Her heart is full of joy and compassion that spills out when she walks into a room.” Mary Conley’s effort is evident in everything she does, both academically and athletically. 

Mary Conley has chosen to attend Clemson University and will major in agricultural mechanization and business. For the past three years she has participated in mission trips to Haiti, which has influenced her decision for her college major. In a recent essay Mary Conley wrote, "Agriculture is a gateway into the hearts of Haiti people." Her ultimate goal is to start a multifaceted ministry in Haiti, which would meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the people.

 

Dr. Shelley Retires from Trinity

In the fall of 1991, Tami Shelley joined the faculty of Trinity Presbyterian School as a Kindergarten teacher. Over the next 26 years, she taught 5th and 3rd grades, ultimately becoming Trinity’s Lower School Principal in 2008. During her tenure, Tami’s leadership proved critical at a pivotal time in the history of Trinity, as she solidified an unparalleled academic experience in Trinity’s Lower School. It is with great respect and a touch of sadness that we announce that Dr. Shelley will officially retire from Trinity at the conclusion of this school year. Dr. Shelley has chosen to continue her endeavors of growing and developing future educators, as she will be serving as an Assistant Professor and edTPA Coordinator at Huntingdon College beginning this Fall. 

Serving as Trinity’s Lower School Assistant Principal since 2013, Ms. Becky Faulkner will become the new Lower School Principal. Becky has been with Trinity since 1994 and served with distinction in a multitude of capacities. In addition to her years of experience, Becky’s talents and expertise as Lower School Assistant Principal made her the logical and extremely qualified choice for this important position at Trinity. 

In addition, Mrs. Lindy Cadrette will be joining the Trinity family as the Lower School Assistant Principal. Some of you may remember Lindy, as she served as guidance counselor at Trinity from 1998-2000. She and Becky will work in tandem to provide perspective on ways to use creative teaching methods, classroom management, and parental involvement to increase student achievement—both academically and socially. 

It will be difficult to fill the void of Dr. Shelley’s distinguished time at Trinity; however, under the tutelage of Ms. Faulkner and Mrs. Cadrette, the future is bright! The Trinity Family extends a hearty thank you to Dr. Shelley for her remarkable contribution to Trinity School. Her imprint of excellence is securely stamped on Trinity and will be remembered and valued for years to come.
 
Trinity School recently held a reception for Dr. Shelley in the Lower School Atrium, where faculty members and friends of Trinity stopped by to pay tribute to her. Trinity's new Lower School Principal, Ms. Becky Faulkner, and the new Assistant Lower School Principal, Mrs. Lindy Cadrette, were also on hand to greet families of Trinity.
 
 
 


Trinity Announces New Head Football Coach

Trinity Presbyterian School announced Barry Loyal as Head Football Coach during a press conference on April 28. Coach Loyal is returning to Trinity where he served for six years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, including Trinity’s 2003 4A State Championship Team. While at Trinity, Coach Loyal also served as Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Head Coach and Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach, working with the 1996 3A and 2000 4A State Championship Teams. Coach Loyal is also a 1985 Trinity graduate.

Coach Loyal is coming to Trinity from Signal Mountain High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While at this perennial football powerhouse, Coach Loyal has worked as defensive coordinator for the last three seasons. Prior to his time at Signal Mountain, Coach Loyal established the football program at Chattanooga Christian School, growing the program to a roster of 55 varsity players.

Head of School Kerry Palmer remarked, “Barry Loyal is a Trinity man. He has a keen understanding of what it takes to be successful in this environment, and he has a passion for building not only champions on the field of play, but also champions for Christ. We feel that Barry is the perfect fit for this position, and we are happy to welcome him back home!”

Barry and his wife, Teena, have two children—Amanda and Carson.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Girls Tennis Team is State Runner-Up

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team for their Runner-Up finish in the 4A-5A State tournament. The Teel sisters—Senior Mary Conley and Sophomore Emma Beth—sealed the deal by winning the #1 Doubles Championship adding 3 points to the team total, which put the Lady Wildcats ahead of Briarwood by one point, resulting in a State Runner-Up finish! Advancing to the State Finals were: Emma Beth Teel #1, Mary Conley Teel #3, and Doubles Team Teel/Teel at #1 Doubles. Advancing to the Semi-finals were: Lily Slater #4 and Caroline Easterling #5. Double teams advancing to the semi-finals were: Carolyn Albritton / Lily Slater at #2, and Caroline Easterling and Corynne Vermillion at #3.
 
 
 

Band Program Presents Extraordinary Concert!

The Trinity Band Program presented an extraordinary concert last night, featuring four guest artists, including the Middle School Choir! Trinity’s Choral Director Jordan Sullivan sang the beautiful “I Dreamed A Dream” from “Les Miserables” followed by the musical piece, “Peace on Earth and Lots of Little Crickets” with the Middle School Choir. Trinity was proud to welcome two graduate horn students from the University of Alabama, who joined the Trinity Symphonic Band playing the second world premiere of Jair Klarfield's “Tico-Tico,” an adaption of the traditional Brazillian choro song. In addition, the 6th Grade Band premiered their original composition “6th Grade Blues: Greene’s Blues,” which was co-composed by everyone in the 6th grade band! Highlighting the evening was Trinity’s Director of Art Dr. Becky Miller joining the symphonic band on stage as she performed a live painting inspired by the band's performance of “Blue and Green Music,” which is based of the Georgia O'Keefe painting of the same name. Please enjoy this video of Dr. Miller’s “live painting!”
 

Show Choir Brings Down the House with Rocking Performance!

Trinity's Show Choir stunned audience members last week with a sensational performance! Who knew Elvis was alive and well and walking the halls of Trinity? Not to mention the "Jersey Boys" stealing every girl's heart with their over-the-top medley of favorites from the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys." Other show tune favorites included a hand-clapping Motown medley that had everyone in the audience signing along! There are rumors of an encore show. So, stay tuned for more information! 
 
 

Mary Conley Teel Named Regional Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete

Mary Conley Teel was named the Regional Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete by the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association named Mary Conley Teel the regional Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete. The Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Banquet and Awards Ceremony was held in Birmingham on April 10. Out of over 150,000 student athletes in the state of Alabama, Mary Conley was among the elite 96 athletes recognized at this program.

At the time of the recognition, Mary Conley had a cumulative grade point average of 4.32 and has continued a rigorous academic course load at Trinity. She received Trinity's Henry Meador Scholarship for having the highest grade point average at the end of her junior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and serves as a Trinity Ambassador. She is an AP Scholar and has received several academic accolades, including Outstanding Achievement Awards is French I, II, III, World and US History, Algebra II with Trig and Honors English 10.

Having lettered for four years on Trinity's varsity volleyball and tennis teams, Mary Conley has been a dynamic leader for both teams. She was the recipient of the Varsity Volleyball Barnabas Encouragement Award and the Varsity Tennis Sportsmanship Award. Her peers selected Mary Conley as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes President and she serves on the FCA Leadership Team. As a senior she was named Honorable Mention to the All—CCC Volleyball Team.

Mary Conley has been an elite scholar-athlete at Trinity. Recently her varsity volleyball coach said, "Mary Conley has an old soul. She is wise beyond her years. In my 13 years of coaching, I have never seen a teenager with the level of maturity that I see in Mary Conley. Her heart is full of joy and compassion that spills out when she walks into a room.” Mary Conley’s effort is evident in everything she does, both academically and athletically.

Mary Conley has chosen to attend Clemson University and will major in agricultural mechanization and business. For the past three years she has participated in mission trips to Haiti, which has influenced her decision for her college major. In a recent essay Mary Conley wrote, "Agriculture is a gateway into the hearts of Haiti people." Her ultimate goal is to start a multifaceted ministry in Haiti, which would meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the people.

Grandparents Enjoy Fine Arts Reception

Trinity's Spring Celebration of Fine Arts has been filled with dance, choral and band performances, as well as art exhibits for K4-12th grade students. Many grandparents attended a reception held in the Lower School atrium, where they enjoyed juice and chocolate chip scones, while viewing Lower School artwork. Many grandparents stayed and had lunch with their grandchildren!
 
 

T.A. Sluis Receives Scholarship from Alabama Bandmasters Association

Congratulations to T.A. Sluis for being one of only two recipients of a scholarship from the Alabama Bandmasters Association! In addition, several Trinity students participated in the Alabama Bandmasters Association All State 2017 Band Festival over the weekend, including Maggie Cooner, John Sluis, Mason Branam, Theo Hornsby, and T.A. Sluis. Jack Yohn (not pictured). 
 
  
 
 
 
 

True Blue Gala & Auction Benefits Trinity Annual Fund

Trinity’s annual True Blue Gala and Auction held Saturday evening, February 25 at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, was an enjoyable and lively event for all guests!

Once again, the online auction proved to be a popular event with Trinity families! Selecting from over 300 donated items, bidders chose from an array of oil paintings, beautiful antiques, fine furnishings, Trinity "exclusive" items, such as VIP parking spots and front row seats to Trinity events. There were "favorite things" baskets, Yeti tumblers monogrammed with the Trinity crest, fine jewelry from Marguerites, and the list goes on and on. Many online auction goers enjoyed the wide array of pricing of items with opening bids starting as low as $10 on several items. Bidders also took advantage of bidding on the higher ticket items, which included an extra large Big Green Egg®, a trip to Argentina, and beautiful coats and vests from Henig Furs.

While listening to lively jazz music performed by The Coleman Woodson Group, guests dined on delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Wynlakes’ Chef Joe. Tender grilled vegetables, juicy top sirloin, flavorful seasonal fruit, scrumptious quesadillas, and savory sausage and cheese stuffed mushroom caps were served amidst cascading flowers. A fully equipped mashed potato station was a crowd favorite as well as the dessert display, which included assorted cookies, tangy brownie tarts, and Trinity themed cupcakes.

The festive environment was contagious and guests continued to mingle even after the auction’s closing bell rang at 9:00 PM. Many guests stayed around to see who won the tuition raffle, where the winner receives half-off one child's tuition. The draw-down was filled with many anxious and humorous moments as Middle and Upper School Principal Mike Zavada called out each number, but in the end, Michelle Farmer had the winning ticket!

This event would not be possible without the hard work of True Blue Chairpersons—Stacey Hill and Emily Foy, Online Auction Chairperson Dabney Albritton, as well as Director of Advancement Mary Elizabeth Collett. Countless hours were spent in preparation of the event, dating back to meetings starting last September.

Thank you to all guests and online auction participants. We are deeply grateful for your continued support of Trinity School. All proceeds from the event benefit Trinity’s Annual Fund.
 
 

Garrett Flowers Offered Contract with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps!

Congratulations to Trinity Sophomore Garrett Flowers for being offered a contract with the Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps! This is a tremendous honor as Garrett is one of the youngest in the Corps and will be the youngest on the drum line, playing alongside college students. Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps has been providing quality music education for youth for over 35 years and will embark on a 9-state, 12-show summer tour covering nearly 4,000 miles.
 

Trinity's Production of High School Musical "Bops to the Top!"

Trinity's production of High School Musical "bopped to the top" this past weekend with sell-out performances on all three nights! Over 125 students participated in this year's annual spring musical, which marked Trinity's 25th production—all under the direction of Mrs. Mala Kelley. The cast of High School Musical was one of the largest ever! Over 75% of the senior class, over 60% of the junior class, and 35% of the sophomore class composed the cast and crew. Thirty-one students worked with Mrs. Becky Miller and Mr. Robert Chandler in Set Design and Construction class over the last 7 months creating the sets for the grand musical. 
 
Trinity’s annual musical is a unique opportunity for students. Any 10th-12th grader can be in the play and it is completely student-run—from the set design, lights, sound, props, makeup, and choreography. The majority of all the cast and crew are also members of various varsity athletic teams, band, cheer team, dance team, science olympiad team, youth judicial member, and youth legislature participants. They all found time to balance many practices, games, and matches, while rehearsing lines, learning dances, and preparing set changes for the play. 
 
At the conclusion of the final night's performance, the Linda Shands Award for "Excellence in Drama" was awarded to Sam Nunn. This award is named in memory of sixth grade teacher, Linda Shands, and is voted on by cast and crew for a three-year senior participant who reflects the same spirit, encouragement and enthusiasm for performance Mrs. Shands shared with all who knew her.
 
 

Middle School Art Students Recognized in Visual Arts Achievement Program

Trinity Middle School art students make impressive showing in the Visual Arts Achievement Program. Bentley Moore won 2nd place in the Middle School Painting division and Francie Weissand placed 3rd in the Middle School Mixed Media division. 

The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. The program is designed to offer encouragement to young artists, showcase their work and offer opportunities for advanced training beyond high school. As an arts in education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions.
 
Francie Weissand and Bentley Moore

Kindergartens Collaborate in Writing Workshop

This time of year always provides signs of major growth for all students but none is more observable than the growth in reading and writing in our Kindergarten area. It is not unusual to see the students working in pairs as they share their own written words with each other. Fridays are now known as “Fabulous Friday Writing Workshop” days! They thoroughly enjoy using their iPads to video tape each other reading the stories they have written. You can see the ownership of learning and the pride in their work as they share and communicate with each other. One student was overheard saying, “Wow, I’ve never been an author before!”  

Please enjoy the videos and pictures from this special time of learning this past week.  

Have a blessed week,
Dr. Shelley 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Middle School Science Olympiad Team Competes at Regionals

 
Front row: John Toole(6), Francie Weissend (8), Elizabeth Albrecht (8), Myah Ducksworth (6), and Parker Ensminger (7) Back row: Hudson Cornett (6), John Russ Marshall (6), Luke Harrison (6), Parker Duncan (7), Thomas Treadwell (8), Ruston Bassett (7), and Tate Bixenman (6)
Trinity's Middle School Science Olympiad Team recently competed at the Regional Competition at the University of Alabama. Students had an impressive showing, medaling in 7 of the 22 events.

Events and Medalists
 
First Place Finishes
Hovercraft - Parker Ensminger and Thomas Treadwell
Scrambler - Tate Bixenman and Myah Ducksworth

Second Place Finishes
Food Science - Francie Weissend
Write It Do It - Elizabeth Albrecht and Francie Weissend
Wright Stuff - Hudson Cornett and Parker Duncan
 
Third Place Finishes
Anatomy and Physiology - Parker Ensminger and Luke Harrison
Scrambler - John Russ Marshall
Towers - Ruston Bassett and John Toole

The 2017 Class of the Trinity Presbyterian School Hall of Fame Inducted

The 2017 Class of the Trinity Presbyterian School Hall of Fame was inducted during a banquet held in Trinity Hall at Trinity Church. Over 250 people attended the memorable banquet, including numerous Trinity alumni, along with family and friends of the inductees. They all enjoyed a delicious meal and heard several stories about the history of Trinity School. Several members of Trinity’s 1987-88 Girls Varsity Basketball Team and the 1994 State Champion Volleyball Team attended the event and were also recognized at the banquet.

"Many wonderful people have been associated with Trinity School since its founding in 1970," stated Head of School Kerry Palmer. "The Hall of Fame gives us an opportunity to pay homage to some of our best board members school heads, teachers, coaches and alumni. Through this endeavor we honor our past and inspire a new generation."

Trinity’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize and appropriately honor achievements of individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the programs of Trinity school. Alumni, faculty, and friends of Trinity nominated several candidates for the newly formed hall of Fame. After prayerful consideration, the Hall of Fame nominating committee elected the 2017 class.

The 2017 Class of the Trinity Presbyterian School Hall of Fame:

Richard and June Cyrus — Friends of Trinity
Dana Ward Schrimsher — Former Faculty
Lena Skipworth — Former Faculty
Carol Sorrells — Former Faculty
Brian Willett — Former Head of School
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Students Participate in Alabama Bandmaster's Honor Band

 
Pictured from the left: Theo Hornsby, Jake Combs, Enoch Kim, Maggie Cooner, Chris Kong, Mason Branam, Jack Yohn, John Sluis, Garrett Flowers, Peyton Lankford, Mr. Greene.
The Trinity Band Program was honored by the hard work of 10 students who represented themselves and their peers at the Alabama Bandmaster's District 6 Honor Band. With only 9 hours of rehearsal packed into a day and a half, both the Middle School and High School honor bands put on a spectacular performance.

On April 6, Theo Hornsby, Mason Branam, Maggie Cooner, Jack Yohn, John Sluis, and T.A. Sluis will attend the Alabama All-State Festival hosted in Montgomery. They will audition against other top ranked musicians in the state to vie for coveted chair placements in the Red, White, and Blue honor bands.

Trinity Varsity Soccer Player Aliya Seebrat Signs with West Alabama

Trinity senior Aliya Seebrat signed a letter of commitment to play soccer with West Alabama during a ceremony in the gym lobby on Wednesday, February 1. Congratulations Aliya on a job well done! 
 
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Eighth Grade Students Take On Washington, D.C.!

Trinity 8th grade students embarked on the annual trip to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, February 5 for a week of sight-seeing in our nation's capital. They will tour some of America's most historical sites and monuments and even have time to take in a Wizards/Cavaliers basketball game. Students will also meet with Trinity Alumna Rep. Martha Roby on the steps of the capitol asking her questions about the future of Alabama and national politics. 
 
Parents and friends are encouraged to keep up with their adventures by following them on Instagram at "tpsindc." Videos from each day will be posted below. Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Seventh Grade Students Make Impression at Youth Legislature Conference

The seventh grade class participated in the Alabama YMCA Junior Youth Legislature Conference on Friday, January 27, which was held at the Alabama Capitol Auditorium. The Youth Leg program allows students to explore the American democratic process, while providing guidance, training and experience in the theory and practice of determining public policy.

Trinity students participated in several workshops, where they learned how to write and debate a bill, along with parliamentary procedure. Students learned how to develop a good bill topic and how to make amendments. They also learned how a bill becomes a law by experiencing several “mock sessions” with their peers.

Several Trinity students were awarded for their outstanding achievements during the conference, including Parker Ensminger, who was elected as Assistant Clerk in House A. Outstanding Delegate Awards for House A were given to Thomas Treadwell, Eli Naugher, Ruston Bassett, William Gaston, and Browder Gulledge. Sarah Stephen Foshee was elected Clerk and Beck Tuley was elected Chaplain for House B. Outstanding Delegate Awards for House B were given to Parker Duncan, JonRobert Chandler, and Sarah Stephen Foshee. Jake Yohn received the distinguished award for Most Outstanding Delegate.
 
 
 
  
 

Kindergartners Celebrate 100th Day of School

Kindergartners celebrated the 100th Day of School in "grand" fashion! Children came outfitted with eyeglasses, wigs, walkers, and canes! Students enjoyed several fun math activities involving 100, including working with groups of tens. This has become a wonderful tradition that the teachers and K5 students look forward to every year!
 
   
  
 
 

Girls Middle School Basketball Team is CCC Champs!

Congratulations to the Girls Middle School Basketball Team, who won the Capitol City Conference Tournament over the weekend! The Lady Wildcats defeated Catholic in the championship 21-19!
 

Sixth Graders "Take Off" to Space Camp!

This past week, the 6th graders at Trinity had the distinct pleasure of attending Space Camp in Huntsville. There, they witnessed the process of innovation the American Space Program used to reach the moon and beyond. Trips like this are paramount to a Trinity education, as they offer unique opportunities to experience learning outside of the classroom, as they provide practical experiences and hands-on education that augment material studied in class.
 
 
     
 
  
 
 

 

Fourth Grade Jumps into Pioneer Week!

Each year at Trinity, fourth graders experience what it was like to live as a pioneer. They visit Old Alabama Town near downtown Montgomery and experience what it was like to live as a pioneer. In addition, the students dress as pioneers, while fourth grade teachers produce a hands-on learning environment where the students compare and contrast life in the early 1800's to their own lives, i.e. education in a one room schoolhouse, entertainment, living conditions, food, transportation, and clothing. The students participated in several "pioneer" activities. They read from the McGuffey's Fourth Reader, used slates instead of paper, had a spelling bee, used the Bible as a textbook for several different subjects, learned about music, played games, learned to square dance, jumped rope before school waiting for the teacher to ring the bell, had special pioneer treats, and cleaned cotton.
 
 
  
 
  

Kindergarten Students Primed for Learning with NeuroNet Enrichment Program

Trinity is pleased to announce the addition of NeuroNet—an incredible enrichment program for our Kindergarteners! Each morning, K5 students experience NeuroNet by watching and talking along with exercises which are projected on the smart board. The students practice counting, rhyming, fast retrieval of math facts and naming of letters, pictures, and numbers. NeuroNet develops the brain organization which gives children the speed and accuracy skills they need to become successful at reading, math, and handwriting. This is an extraordinary classroom enrichment program that helps children become neurologically ready to learn and we are very pleased to be able to offer it to our K5 students at Trinity!
 
 
 
 

Senior Betsy Powell Signs Softball Scholarship with LBW

Congratulations to Trinity senior Betsy Powell for signing a softball scholarship with LBW to play at the next level! Way to go Betsy!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Undefeated Boys Basketball Team Wins Capital City Classic Tournament

Congratulations to the undefeated 12-0 Trinity Boys Basketball Team! They are the 2016 Capital City Classic Tournament Champions! Wildcats won the final game in stunning fashion with Charlie Lott hitting a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime! Congrats to James Wilder for being named tourney MVP! #itsgreat2bawildcat
 
 
 

C4C and SGA Donate Over $2,000 to WSFA 12's Day of Giving!

After weeks of collecting donations and a spirited "Tacky Sweater Day," Trinity's Change 4 Change and SGA donated over $2,000 to WSFA-TV "12's Day of Giving!" Students brought in spare change on C4C Fridays and the SGA sponsored a "Tacky Sweater Day" for students to raise money. Donations will go to the Montgomery Area Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and Christmas Clearinghouse to help others during this Christmas season. Thank you so much to all the students and families for your overwhelming generosity!
 
 
 
 
  
 

It's Christmas in Your Heart!

Earlier this month, Trinity's Christmas season was kicked-off with an inspiring and uplifting performance of the annual Kindergarten Christmas Play for the middle and upper school students. Seniors and other upper school students sang along with the kindergarteners for the final song, "Christmas Isn't Christmas Until It's Christmas in Your Heart," while remembering the parts they played so many years ago. This has become a time-honored Trinity tradition as many alumni look back on this day with fond memories. Afterwards, kindergarteners spent time with their "Senior Buddies" and received candy canes as a very special treat!
 
 

Christmas Performances Abound!

The Fine Arts Department entertained and wowed students and parents in the closing weeks of school with several memorable performances, including dance and music productions. 
 
The dance department continued its tradition of bringing a series of collaborative performances by Trinity dance students across all levels to the stage in the annual "Twas the Night, while the Show Choir performed several songs, including "Mary Did You Know," and an inspiring rendition of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus."

The sounds of the season filled the halls of Trinity with a lively Christmas concert from the Music Department! The 5th grade Beginning Band entertained with several holiday selections, while the Middle School Concert Band performed other Christmas melodies. The Symphonic Band concluded the concert with familiar tunes, including this rendition of "Jingle Bells!"
 
  
 

Amos Returns to Trinity for Book Signing!

Lower School students enjoyed a special reading of "Amos Bounces Back" by author, Mrs. Margaret Lowder. She was at Trinity for a book signing and brought her trusty side-kick and superhero, AMOS! He loved his new red "Super "T" Trinity cape! Children were delighted to meet Amos and hear about his wonderful adventures! "Amos Bounces Back: A Tale of Too Much TV" explores the benefits of being in the great outdoors!
 
 
 
 
 

Middle School Students Recognized in Montgomery Humane Society's "Howl-iday" Card Art Contest

Trinity had two students recognized in the 2016 Montgomery Humane Society's "Howl-iday" Card Art Contest. Mary Kathryn Adcock placed first in the Grade 5-8 category and Graci Foshee received Honorable Mention in the Grade 5-8 category. Both students were recognized at the annual "Walk 'N Wag" festival on the ground of the Blount Cultural Park at the Shakespeare Theatre. 
 
The Montgomery Humane Society's "Howl-iday" Card Art Contest raises awareness about pet responsibility and caring for the animals they have at the shelter.

Swimcats Make Big Splash at State!

The Trinity Swim Team competed in the State Championship Meet in Auburn on December 9-10. Prather Anne Hargrove placed 2nd in the State for the 100 Butterfly and 4th in the State for the 50 Free. The Lady "Swimcats" placed 7th in the State for the 200 Free Relay. Congratulations to Maria Stevenson, Prather Anne Hargrove, Lauren Vermillion, and Sarah Stephen Foshee on a spectacular season! 
 
 

Hall of Fame 2017 Class Announced

Trinity Presbyterian School is pleased to announce the 2017 Class of the Trinity Presbyterian School Hall of Fame. "Many wonderful people have been associated with Trinity School since its founding in 1970," stated Head of School Kerry Palmer. "The Hall of Fame gives us an opportunity to pay homage to some of our best board members, school heads, teachers, coaches and alumni. Through this endeavor we honor our past and inspire a new generation."

The 2017 Class of the Trinity Presbyterian School Hall of Fame:

Richard and June Cyrus - Friends of Trinity

Dana Ward Schrimsher - Former Faculty

Lena Skipworth - Former Faculty

Carol Sorrells - Former Faculty

Brian Willett - Former Head of School

This year’s inductees will be recognized on February 7, 2017 during an assembly at Trinity School as well as the Hall of Fame banquet at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Trinity Hall. The 1987-88 Girls Varsity Basketball Team and the 1994 State Champion Volleyball Team will also be recognized.

More information regarding tickets to the banquet will be available in January.


Both Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams Win SMCS Thanksgiving Tournaments

Both Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams placed first in the SMCS Thanksgiving Tournaments.
 
Behind tournament MVP James Wilder and all tournament player Charlie Lott, the Trinity Wildcats defeated Birmingham's Altamont School 46-41 in OT to win the SMCS Thanksgiving Tournament. The Cats were lead in scoring by Jack Yohn with 11 points. Next was Chase Lee, Grant Sanderson, and Samuel Ames who rounded out the Wildcats balanced scoring attack. It was the Wildcats second win over the Knights in four days, having defeated them in the season opener at home on Friday. 

The Lady Wildcats also won their SMCS Thanksgiving Tournament. They defeated Shades Mountain by the score of 59-38 in the first round of the tournament. Mackenzie Avant and Madison McKelvey led the Wildcats with 21 and 20 points respectively. The Wildcats faced Altamont in the final game and won by the score of 42-40. Madison McKelvey was awarded the tournament MVP and Mackenzie Avant made the all tournament team. Madison Johnston led the team in rebounding for the tournament.
 
 
 

Trinity Students Place in Statewide Art Contest

Trinity students Jon Russ Marshall (6th grade) and Hart Johnston (3rd grade) received honorable mentions in the Alabama PALS Annual Poster and Recycled Art Contest. Recent Trinity graduate Kelly Trumbull ('16) won first place! The students were recently recognized at the Annual Governor’s Awards Luncheon, where each received plaques and Trumbull received a $250 grand prize!
 
The Alabama People Against A Littered State (ALPALS) is a statewide organization dedicated to making our state more beautiful by sponsoring programs focused on cleaning up litter in Alabama's streets, streams, campuses, and coastlines. 
 
 
 

Trinity Swim Team Headed to State!

Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Swim Team that competed in the Central Sectional Championship Meet on November 18-19 in Birmingham. The entire team qualified to compete in the State Championship Meet on December 9-10 in Auburn. Maria Stevenson, Prather Anne Hargrove, Lauren Vermillion, and Sarah Stephen Foshee competed and qualified in two relays. They placed first in the 200 Free and third in the 200 Medley! 

Also, congratulations to the the following who placed in individual events: Prather Anne Hargrove placed first in the 100 Butterfly and second in the 50 Free, Lauren Vermillion came in fifth in the 500 Free and eighth in the 200 Free, and Sarah Stephen Foshee placed fifth in the 200 Free and sixth in the 100 Free. They each qualified to swim these events at State.
 
 
 
 

 

First Graders Give Thanks at Annual Thanksgiving Feast

A time-honored tradition at Trinity, first graders give thanks at the annual Thanksgiving Feast. Please enjoy a few pictures from this special day!
 
 
  
 
  
  
 
 
 

K4 Leads Lower School in Thanksgiving Chapel

K4 students led the Lower School in an inspiring Thanksgiving chapel last week. Please enjoy the video below of the entire Lower School chapel. More pictures also included.
  
 
  
  
  
 
 
 

Middle School Students Artwork Selected for Exhibit at MMFA

 
 Back row: Avery Newell, Sarah Grace Daniel, Hannah Grace Taylor, Francie Weissend; Front row: Alex Newell, Olivia Reid
Six Middle School Visual Art III students had artwork selected as part of the Artworks Corridor exhibition, Whimsical Creatures and Imaginary Landscapes at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).

The MMFA jurying committee selected 47 works of art from 129 entries, submitted by 16 public and private schools in the area, and Trinity had six pieces selected: 

"Jellyfish" by Sarah Grace Daniel
"Not the Same: Jellyfish" by Avery Newell
"Three Little Pigs + One" by Alex Newell
"Bonnie the Cursed Bunny" by Olivia Reid
"Think Outside the Box" by Hannah Grace Taylor
"The Fallen Sailor" by Francie Weissend

The students and their families attended the opening reception for the corridor show on October 20.

Senior Sophie Burks Signs with Middle Tennessee State University to Play Golf

Congratulations to Trinity Senior Sophie Burks for signing her letter of intent to play golf at Middle Tennessee State University.
 
Earlier this year, Burks finished runner-up in her first state tournament appearance, one of the many times she finished near the top of the leaderboard last season. She was also named All-Metro Golfer of the Year by The Montgomery Advertiser. 
 
 
 
 
  

Aubrey Grant Named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Aubrey Grant was named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation were recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they did not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

"The Young men and women named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for National Merit Scholarship Corporation." These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Trinity Juniors Johnson and Bryan Place First in Speech and Debate

Congratulations to Junior Miller Johnson, who placed first in Humorous Interpretation and Junior Tucker Bryan, who placed first in Congressional Debate at the Warner Robins Halloween Speech and Debate Tournament on October 29. 

"Emerging Geographies" at the 121 Coosa Street Pop-Up Gallery

Friday evening at the 121 Coosa Street Pop-Up Gallery was an incredible and energetic night for the closing reception for visiting artist Jennifer Moss. Onlookers enjoyed viewing works from Mrs. Moss' exhibit "Emerging Geographies," along with work from Trinity Upper and Middle School Advanced Art students. Earlier this month, students participated in the Jennifer Moss project and learned how to felt wool inspired by seed pods. Their beautiful handiwork was on display alongside Mrs. Moss' exhibit as a part of the collaborative component of the gallery.
 
The Pop-Up Gallery and Collaborative at 121 Coosa Street, an initiative that was launched last year by Trinity's Upper School Art Department, provides opportunities for exhibition and collaboration between emerging student artists and professional artists.The gallery and collaborative studio is a place where professional contemporary artists exhibit work, collaborate with students and the local community by introducing a variety of contemporary art and social practices. The goal is to present artists and art in a way that engages and enriches emerging student artists and the community, through the creative process by means of engagement initiatives, exhibitions and educational programs.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 

Wildcat Pride Band Receive Superior Ratings at JSU Contest of Champions

After a long night of football this past Friday, the Wildcat Pride reported to the band room at 6:00 a.m. the next morning for a 2.5 hour drive to Jacksonville State University. The band competed in the Bronze Class Red Division of the JSU Contest of Champions against five other bands as well as two bands in the Bronze Class White Division. Despite sleepy eyes and cold winds, the band put on a great show and achieved wide-spread recognition from judges and audience members alike.

The band received the following awards:

Straight "Superior" ratings in all categories (Band, Percussion, Guard, Majorette, and Drum Major)
"3rd in Division" Drum Major
"2nd in Division" Colorguard and Majorette
"Best in Division" Percussion
"Best in Division" Band
"Best in Class" Band


Director of Bands Russell Greene commented, "It is with great pride and admiration for my students that I bring you this news. I will be the first to claim fault for the band's failures, but I will never claim responsibility for their successes. The band is led by exceptional student leaders, raised in a community of caring teachers and actively involved parents, and acts for the glory of God every day and night. It is both an honor and privilege to work for them and with you all."
 
Congratulations Wildcats on a job well done!
 
   
 

Grand Story Hour was Wildcat Fun!

Trinity recently hosted a "Wildcat" Grand Story Hour. This is a wonderful time for grands, parents, and preschoolers to spend time on Trinity's campus, while enjoying a storytelling, crafts, and treats with Trinity Wildcat cheerleaders and football players! In addition, preschoolers had a blast trying out the Wonder Workshop "Dash and Dot" robots controlled by iPads!
 
 
  
  
  

Thank you Trinity Family!

Great turnout for Family Appreciation Night last Friday night! Thanks to all the Trinity families who came out and enjoyed a complimentary Hot Dog Supper! We appreciate you!! #itsgreat2bawildcat
 
 
 
 
 
 

Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) Selects Trinity 7th Grade Students

Thirty Trinity School 7th graders were selected to participate in the Duke TIP Talent Search based on their scores in the 95th percentile or higher on one or more of the subtests on either of their two most recent standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability tests. The 7th Grade Talent Search helps educators and families find out how advanced their students' abilities truly are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. Eligible 7th graders are invited to take either the ACT or SAT college entrance exams, which allows them greater insight into their abilities and also provided them with valuable benefits and resources. 
 
7th graders selected: Carter Adcock, Simmons Byrd, Parker Ensminger, Graci Foshee, Sarah Stephen Foshee, Joe Handey, Ginny Herndon, Walker Lee Hinton, Josh Hixon, Andrew Howard, Christopher Kong, Chase Letner, Sam Loftis, Mac McClinton, Tori Meldrum, Eli Naugher, Benton Palmer, Jack Patty, McLain Phillips, Katie Pope, Daniel Scott, Coleman Stanley, Elizabeth Ann Stewart, Jon Paul Tankersley, Jake Tucker, Beck Tuley, Haley Waddell, Katherine Warren, Louden Wilson, Jake Yohn
 
 

Sydney Bassett Named 2017 Montgomery County Distinguished Young Woman

Congratulations to Trinity Senior Sydney Bassett for being named the 2017 Montgomery County Distinguished Young Woman. Also, congratulations to Trinity Senior Carolyn Albritton for being named into the Top 10! 
 
Sydney received the overall awards for Physical Fitness, Self Expression and Talent. In addition, she received the Millennium Academic Scholarship Award.
 
Congratulations to both ladies on a job well done!
 

"Breakfast and Books" Celebrates Top AR Readers from Lower School

Congratulations to the top AR readers in the Trinity Lower School for the first nine weeks! They celebrated their reading accomplishments Thursday morning, October 13 with "Breakfast and Books" in the Mac lab with Lower School Principal Dr. Tami Shelley. The top four students in each grade were rewarded for having the most AR points for the first nine weeks. The winners for each grade:

First: Baylor Cox (68.6), Cooper Owens (50.2), Sawyer Speagle (45.4) and Patton Mitchell (44.8)

Second: Elijah Brooks Joye (72.3), Sam Wall (63.5), Rissie Price (44.5) and Molly Kate Garrett (35.5)

Third: Lillian Claire Wells (209.2), Hart Johnston (141.8), Davis Denney (68.0) and Sarah Beth Carter (40.0)

Fourth: Philip Wilson (192.2), Ridge Newell (181.2), An Wilkes Cavanaugh (104.7) and Webb McGregor (90.3)

Fifth: Luke Miller (80.6), Mary Massey McCulloch (54.3), Buddy Watson (44.5) and Kaylee Henderson (44.3)



Wildcat Pride Band and Twirlers Receive Superior Ratings

The Trinity Wildcat Pride Band attended the Southeastern United States Marching Festival in Troy, Alabama on Saturday, October 8th. This was the first contest for the band this year and they performed exceptionally well, receiving straight "superior" ratings across the board in the areas of Music, Percussion, Drum Major, Colorguard, and Majorettes.
 
   
 
 

Boys Cross Country Team Wins Jesse Owens Classic

The Trinity Boys and Girls Cross Country teams recently competed in the 18th annual Jesse Owens Classic. This event is the premier meet of the Southeast hosting over 5,000 runners. Twenty-one personal records and nine best times were set by the Wildcats on Saturday. The Boys XC team placed 1st out of 50 teams in the Bronze Race, with Charlie Lott placing 2nd with a season best time of 16.33 in the 5k race. The Girls XC Team placed 14th out of 45 teams in the Bronze Race.
 
 

JV Volleyball Team Wins JV Smash Prattville Tournament

The Trinity JV Volleyball Team won the JV Smash Prattville tournament for the second year in a row! The Lady Wildcats defeated ACA (23-25, 27-25, 15-8), Lee (25-8, 25-16), and Auburn (25-27, 25-19, 18-16) in pool play, then beat host Prattville (25-22, 24-26, 15-9) in the semi-final game to advance to the championship game where they rematched with Auburn. They defeated Auburn 25-18, 25-18. Mary Elizabeth Hill led the team with 31 kills, followed by Pressley O'Ferrell with 29 kills. Rebecca Love had 6 blocks, while Mary Curles had 97 assists and 13 aces. Mary Davis Bricken had 50 digs and 13 aces. Congratulations Lady Wildcats! 

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey Kicks Off Leadership Series for 2016-17 School Year

Please join us on Thursday, October 6 for the first installment of the 2016-17 Leadership Program Series. Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey will be the featured speaker and address Middle and Upper School students. Program begins promptly at 8:45 AM in Willett Hall.

The Leadership Program Series is a series of “Leadership Speakers” that are offered throughout the year to Trinity students (Grades 6-12) and Trinity parents. This series features distinguished, Christ-like leaders from around the southeast region. When asked about his vision for Trinity, Head of School, Kerry Palmer said, “My vision is simply this: To have a Biblical world view be woven throughout the fabric of this school, inside and out.” His vision is becoming a reality with the kickoff of Trinity’s "Leadership Program Series." Mr. Palmer wants to bring a more up-close and personal view of leadership to Trinity, allowing his students to interact and be inspired by various leaders, stating that “I know for a fact, that the leaders of tomorrow are walking the very halls of this school today.” A brief reception, allowing students and parents to interact with the speaker, follows each program in the Middle/Upper School Library.
 
 
Kay was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010, becoming the first Republican woman to hold the office in Alabama’s history. She again made history on November 4, 2014, by becoming the first Republican Lieutenant Governor re-elected to the office. The Lieutenant Governor’s primary Constitutional duty is to preside over legislative proceedings of the upper house as President of the Senate. 

One of Kay’s first actions in office was to lead the Commission on Improving State Government. The Commission was tasked with exploring ways to reduce government spending and find efficiencies in State government. Many of the Commission’s recommendations were implemented, laying the groundwork for Alabama to successfully complete The Road to Saving $1 Billion in December 2013.

In addition, Kay has taken on several initiatives to grow jobs, address child hunger, and increase STEM education. As Chair of the Military Stability Commission, she is leading the first statewide coordinated effort to secure and strengthen Alabama’s military assets ahead of any potential base or force realignments. She also serves as National Chair of the Aerospace States Association.

Kay has been honored to receive numerous awards for her service to the State of Alabama, including the 2015 ALFA Service to Agriculture Award, Newmax’s 50 Most Influential Female Republican in the Country and, most recently, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2016 Public Service Award.

She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery, the Montgomery Rotary Club, and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery YMCA. Kay is also the first Girls State alumnus to be elected to an Alabama Constitutional Office.
 

Trinity Swimming Starts Season with a Splash!

 
 Prather Anne Hargrove, Sarah Stephen Foshee, Lauren Vermillion, Maria Stevenson
The Trinity Girls Varsity Swimming started their season with a splash, winning first place at the Westminster Sprint Invitational in Birmingham Thursday, September 15. They competed against Westminster School at Oak Mountain, Thompson High School, and Prattville Christian Academy. Each girl represented Trinity well. Prather Anne Hargrove took first in the 100 Free, 50 Fly, and 200 Free. Maria Stevenson took first in the 100 IM, third in the 50 Free, and second in the 50 Breast. Lauren Vermillion came in third in the 100 IM, 200 Free, and the 50 Back. Sarah Stephen Foshee took first place in the 50 Free and third in the 100 Free. The relays proved to be very exciting with Trinity taking first place in both the 200 Medley and the 200 Free. What a great way to start the season! Congratulations Lady Wildcats!

Annie Downs Delivers Powerful Message at Chapel

Renowned author and speaker Annie F. Downs delivered a special message about the "POWER OF WORDS" at chapel today to Middle and Upper School students. Her message about the power of words is both relevant and timely for young and old alike. Middle and Upper School Principal Mike Zavada commented, "It was as if she saw into the hearts of every student in the room cataloging their deepest fears but giving them God-led strategies for handling the inevitable conflicts they face." Head of School Kerry Palmer stated, "Annie Downs possesses the unique ability to get to the heart of the matter in a way that touches the hearts of our teenagers. We are thankful that our students had the opportunity to hear her today." A reception and book signing was held immediately after the assembly, where students were able to spend time with Annie and have their books autographed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"THE POWER OF WORDS" •  SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
EASTWOOD CHURCH  •  8:45 AM
 
Trinity parents are invited to the upcoming chapel for Middle and Upper School students on Thursday, September 22 at Eastwood Church, where renowned author and speaker Annie Downs will share her life story. Annie is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. Annie is the author of Let’s All Be Brave, a book for men and women about the power we each have to make a difference on this planet. She also has two books for teens: Perfectly Unique, a spiritual growth book for high school and college girls, and Speak Love, a challenge to women on how to use their words to make a difference in the world. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites those reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply. While she loves writing—books, blogs, articles, thank-you notes—Annie also enjoys traveling around the world speaking to young women, college students, and adults.
 
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Let the Games Begin! (Daily Videos Included)

HOMECOMING WEEK 2016
Enjoy videos from each day.
Day 5-Spirit Day!
 
 
Day 4-Team USA 
 
 
Day 3-Favorite Olympian/Olympic Event
 
 
Day 2-Olympic Rings
 
 
Day 1- Opening Ceremonies
 

Trinity Recognizes Thin Blue Line

Before the football game on Friday evening September 2, Trinity recognized Law Enforcement Officials from the Montgomery Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. In order to show our appreciation to the brave men and women who step into harm's way daily for our protection, Trinity's varsity football players are wearing "Thin Blue Line" stickers on their helmets for the 2016 football season. Head of School Kerry Palmer commented, "Our desire is to express this appreciation in a tangible way while also making our students aware of the importance of respecting our law enforcement authorities and understanding the sacrifice that they make on our behalf." #thinblueline
 
  
  

New Holocaust Studies Class Offered at Trinity

 
 Lucy Thrasher and Lisa Lawrence
A new Holocaust Studies Class is now being offered at Trinity School. World History teacher Lucy Thrasher, who has taught at Trinity for over 20 years, and English teacher Lisa Lawrence are teaching the class in a cross-curriculum format. Thrasher will cover the historical aspects, while Lawrence will teach complementary literature. 

Last year, Thrasher and Lawrence attended the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s (BHEC) “Teaching the Complexities of the Holocaust” fall workshop, where they discovered a common interest for the Holocaust. The excitement from the workshop, along with their fervent desire for student engagement in cross-curriculum pursuits, led to the idea of creating a Holocaust course. Because Trinity graduates are required to have a one-semester credit of humanities, they designed the course to fulfill this requirement. They approached the administration with the idea and were given the green light to create a course description to present to the Academic Committee. 

Course Description: The World Must Know - Holocaust Studies
This hybrid course provides the student with an in-depth study of the Holocaust focusing on decisions that led individuals, groups, and nations to act or not to act, which also presents insight into history and human nature. The student will investigate the collaboration and complicity emphasizing tolerance, respecting the values, religion, heritage, and ethnicity of others, the danger of conformism, and the loss of self due to succumbing to mob mentality by allowing the student to consider the many factors and events that contributed to the Holocaust. The student will examine diverse literary interpretations including memoirs, fiction, drama, advertising/propaganda, and political writing. Students should expect an extensive and complex reading load. 

The Holocaust Studies course was unanimously approved and placed on the 2016-2017 course selection sheets for juniors and seniors. Twenty-one students have signed up for the course to date. 

While working through the class objectives, description, and curriculum, both teachers applied for and were each awarded a Friedman Scholarship for professional development. Thrasher attended the Summer Institute for Teachers in New York City, and Lawrence attended Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior in Memphis, Tennessee.

By being awarded the prestigious Alfred Lerner Fellowship by the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Thrasher attended the Summer Institute at Columbia University. Only twenty-eight participants were selected to attend, five from abroad and twenty-five from all across the United States. The conference included presentations from Lawrence Douglas, Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and author of The Right Wrong Man, who discussed the nuances of the Nuremberg Trials. Thrasher also attended sessions with Alexandra Zapruder, author/editor of Salvaged Pages, who discussed the diaries of Holocaust survivors, as well as a session with Holocaust survivor Roman Kent. Thrasher returned inspired from her newfound knowledge learned at the conference. “They were passionate educators who’s creativity was boundless. They freely shared ideas and strategies as well as their frustrations and roadblocks.” 

Lawrence attended the “The Facing History” workshop in Memphis, which provided more than thirty unique teaching strategies focusing on the Holocaust. Facing History’s scope and sequence helps teach students empathy while also teaching content. The sequence begins with the individual and society to focus on one’s identity and how that influences behavior and decision- making. Next, the focus shifts to “we and they” and how human connections are made, but also what contributes to misunderstanding, stereotyping, and conflict. Then, the content of a case study teaches the specifics of the Holocaust to allow the student to confront the atrocities – “the choiceless choices.” Finally, the sequence looks at ways students can take what they learn and connect with issues today; students can explore what it means exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democracy to make a more humane and compassionate world. By approaching the Holocaust with this scope and sequence, students are led to understand civic responsibility and what could have happened had more people during the Holocaust exercised this responsibility.

Both Thrasher and Lawrence are eager to implement the skills and incorporate the information learned this summer into the classroom as they present the Holocaust to students effectively. 

Twenty-Four Students Earn AP Scholar Awards

 
T.A. Sluis, Mary Conley Teel, Ashley Kendrick,
Sydney Bassett, and Eddie Parma
Twenty-four Trinity students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student' performance on AP Exams:

Nine students were named AP Scholars with Distinction by earning an average score of a least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scored 3 or higher on five or more AP exams. These students are Sam Bishop ('16), Erica Boleyn ('16), Savannah Elrod ('16), Addison Love ('16), Meredith Moore ('16), Parker Renolds ('16), Jackson Scott ('16), Aline Sluis ('16), and Steven Smelley ('16).

Two students recognized as AP Scholars with Honors recognition by earning an average score of a least 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams taken. These students are Bray Jones ('16) and Tyler Vermillion ('16).
 
Thirteen students were named AP Scholars by earning a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams taken. These students are Sydney Bassett ('17), Betsy Byrne ('16), Ashley Kendrick ('17), Eddie Parma ('17), Olivia Pendley ('16), Leslie Schuneman ('16), Anna Slawson ('16), Thomas Sluis ('17), Daniel Smitherman ('16), Sydney Snowden ('16), Mary Conley Teel ('17), Kelly Trumbull ('16), and Katie Windham ('16).

First Pep Rally Produces Olympic-Size Wildcat Spirit!

Ushering in the 2016 football season, Trinity students and faculty definitely brought their “A-game” to the first pep rally of the school year! All of the Trinity Fall Athletic Teams were celebrated in an Olympic-style theme, as they entered the gym under their team banner. From lip sync battles, to hungry hippo games, to dancing and cheering, the students and faculty showed their Wildcat Spirit! A large student section welcomed in the first home game on Friday evening at Boykin Field, while new families enjoyed a “New Family Tailgate” under the tent. 
 

Dr. Kevin Elko Conducts Professional Development Workshop for Trinity Faculty

Trinity faculty and staff heard from legendary sports psychologist, Dr. Kevin Elko during a Professional Development workshop on August 8. Dr. Elko has consulted with many Fortune 500 companies, several successful NFL and college football teams, including the Alabama Crimson Tide. He is the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, “The Sender,” which the Trinity faculty and staff read over the summer. The book proved to be an inspirational read and prompted several discussions during a two-day workshop, culminating in Dr. Elko’s visit. "We decided to bring in Dr. Elko to align the attitudes of our faculty and staff as we begin a new year," commented Head of School Kerry Palmer. "Our parents are investing in a top quality education here at Trinity, and it is up to us to have our collective heads in this important game. Dr. Elko did a fantastic job of adjusting our attitudes so that we can have the best year possible. We are fired up!”
 
 
 

Annual "Back to School Blast" Brings Large Crowd

Many families and friends of Trinity turned out for the "Back to School Blast" Friday evening, August 12. The annual festive tradition did not disappoint. Starting with a volleyball scrimmage, where many students had the opportunity to "hit" with the team after the game. Several activities were moved inside due to weather conditions, including the Trinity Wildcat Pride Marching Band performance and the introductions of the fall sports teams. The cheer and dance teams also performed. Culminating the eventful evening was the varsity football scrimmage, where fans got their first glimpse of the 2016 varsity football team.
 
   
 
 
 

New Faculty and Staff Joining Trinity Family for 2016-17

Trinity welcomes new faculty and staff for the 2016-17 school year. Below is a brief bio on each new member of the Trinity family.

Back Row: Ken Berry, Russell Greene, Carol Jackson, Debbie Taylor, Michele Moore, Jeremy O’Clair, Elizabeth Vaughn. Front Row: Jordan Sullivan, Catherine Winn
Ken Berry
Ken comes to Trinity after serving since 2009 at North Forsyth High School in Georgia as a Chemistry, Physical Science, and Agriculture instructor, while also teaching Chemistry as an adjunct professor at North Georgia College in Gainesville. Ken has extensive experience in independent schools as well, having served previously at both Riverside Military Academy and Holy Innocents in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Additionally, he is a distinguished coach. Ken was named a five-time “Assistant Coach of the Year” for his region in Georgia as a wrestling coach. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemistry at prestigious Furman University in South Carolina, where he attended on a full-ride athletic scholarship, lettering for four years in both football and wrestling. After pursuing Phd work at the University of Georgia in the sciences, Ken started his current 19 year secondary school career. Ken will be teaching Trinity’s Honors Chemistry courses, shadowing Mrs. Tyus in her AP Chemistry courses, and will also be assisting with the football team. Ken and his wife, Penny, have two children—Rebekah, who will be attending Trinity’s K4 program this year, and Jeremiah, who is 11 months old. With family members in Deatsville and Cullman, the Berry family is thrilled to be coming home to “Sweet Home Alabama.”
 
Russell Greene
The addition of Russell Greene to the Trinity faculty assures that the band program (ably grown in recent years by Gene Butler) will not skip a beat (pun intended!). Mr. Greene came highly recommended by both Mr. Butler and the incredibly successful Troy University Music Department. Mr. Greene has been at Oak Grove High School for the last two years as the Assistant Band Director and an instructor for multiple middle school band courses. Prior to Oak Grove, Russell was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band while earning his master’s degree. He also was a member of the famous Sound of the South marching band at Troy University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Mr. Greene recently married Meredith Reaves Greene, a fellow a band director at Thompson Middle School. They reside in Clanton, Alabama with their two cats, Jack and Sally. 
 
Lewis Holmes
Another new face around Trinity is Lewis Holmes who will be working with our Maintenance Department. Lewis is originally from the Selma area but has lived in Montgomery for the past 21 years. He and his wife, Nancy, have two grown children (Tiffany & Brandon) as well as Lewis Jr. (16) and a granddaughter, Melody (6).
 
Carol Jackson
Author Thomas Wolfe famously wrote “You can’t go home again.” Mrs. Jackson will prove him wrong this year as she returns to Trinity. If the kind-hearted woman with deep intellect and an adventurous spirit looks familiar, it is because Mrs. Jackson ably served on the Trinity faculty for nine years up through 2013 before answering God’s call to return to the mission field in Africa to serve with her husband Bill. After a brief stint of serving, they returned to the Montgomery, and Carol began teaching 6th grade Math at Eastwood when no opportunities directly opened at Trinity. This year she will share sections of Trinity’s 6th grade Math with her friend and former colleague, Elisa Bowden, and also teach our popular Design Thinking elective in concert with Alice Hill. Carol brings with her an astute knowledge of the Trinity culture, a deep heart for the integration of a biblical worldview with strong academics, and a wonderful ability to relate to students. Carol is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (Biology) and previously taught Bio, Life Science (7), Chemistry, and led the Middle School Science Olympiad teams. Carol and Bill raised three sons. Their oldest son graduated from Rift Valley Academy in Kenya, and their two others sons graduated from Trinity. The Jacksons are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
 
Michele Moore
Michele joins the Trinity faculty on a part-time basis as an Associate College Counselor. She will be assisting Elizabeth Mosley with the various details of our extensive College Guidance. Mrs. Moore comes to us with over a decade of college admissions experience at the University of Alabama and AUM. She also knows our culture well as the mother to Meredith (class of 2016) and Katherine (2019). Michele and her husband Steve attend St. James UMC with their daughters. 
 
Jeremy O’Clair
Jeremy joins us to teach Latin and Humanities. A distinguished man of letters, Jeremy has undergraduate degrees in the Classics (FSU) and Art (Freed-Hardeman), as well as Masters degrees in New Testament Study (Freed-Hardeman) and Divinity (Harding University). During his academic teaching career, Jeremy has taught Latin through level IV, History, Photography, and Bible courses and has taught at notable Christian schools in Florida, Tennessee and Texas. Most recently, Mr. O’Clair was the chief instructor of Latin at San Antonio Christian School, a 1,175 student Pre-K-12th grade Christian School, in San Antonio, Texas. He served there until last year when he returned to his home state of Alabama to be nearer family and to start a photography business. We are excited about the rich ways Mr. O’Clair will blend his artistic, classical and technological training with foundational biblical worldview.
 
Angie Stallings
Angie Stallings joined Trinity's staff this past November as our Accounts Payable Administrator. Angie and her husband, Johnny have two sons, Thomas ('13) and Wesley (6th grade). They attend Eastwood Presbyterian Church. Angie leads Moms in Prayer at Trinity and looks forward to joining Trinity moms in praying for our school.
 
Jordan Sullivan
The Arts department has another distinguished addition in Jordan Ratliff Sullivan who will be joining Trinity as the Choral Director and teaching in the Arts Department. Jordan is another part of the distinguished Troy University Music pipeline to Trinity, joining our own Wendy Cho and Russell Greene as graduates from that program. For the past year Mrs. Sullivan has been leading the theatre and choral program at Hooper Academy in Hope Hull. She also serves as the Worship Director at Ramer United Methodist Church. Jordan is widely regarded for her dedication to excellence in her students and the firm command she has of the music classroom. She looks forward to the opportunity to grow and develop the Choir program with the goal of making it the very best in the city. Jordan and her husband, Todd Sullivan, are newlyweds and they live in the Ramer area.

Debbie Taylor
Debbie Taylor falls under the category of a new faculty hire, but is a familiar face. She ably served as the sophomore English teacher for the better part of the spring semester this past school year. During that time, Mrs. Taylor earned high praise from her students for her ability to take the complexities of writing and make them easy to understand. Her teaching style and ability to relate to her students earned her a full time opportunity here at Trinity. Debbie is currently earning her master’s degree in education at AUM concentrating on the Social Sciences, Humanities and English fields of study. She also holds undergraduate degrees in Music (Ball State University) and Business Administration (Indiana Wesleyan). In addition to her deep interest in the arts, humanities and education, Mrs. Taylor is an extremely accomplished businesswoman. For nearly ten years she managed a commercial real estate portfolio of over $450 million in assets. Debbie will teach freshman English and Government courses. She is married to Scott and has three sons and one daughter. Victoria is 21 and will be a senior at Alabama majoring in Marketing, Zach (20) is a junior at Ball State University majoring in Musical Theatre, Jackson (17) has special needs and works full-time at Sommer's Place in Montgomery, and McKay (16), who will be an 11th grader at Trinity this year. They attend First Baptist of Montgomery.

Elizabeth Vaughn
Elizabeth joins Trinity on a part-time basis as the Alumni Affairs Coordinator. She is a 1999 graduate of Trinity as well as a current parent. Elizabeth and her husband, Max, have three children, Adeline (5th grade), Max (3rd grade), and Crawford (5). Max works for Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, and they attend First Baptist Church.
 
Dr. Catherine Winn
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Catherine Winn who will be teaching 10th grade Honors English on a part-time basis while adjuncting also at AUM. A Prattville native, Miss Winn recently earned her PhD from the University of Alabama and has been a graduate teaching instructor at the Capstone since 2008. She has taught both levels of freshman writing as well as several British Literature courses. Catherine is also an example of the Holy Spirit working at Trinity in ways unseen by those of us focused on the school. She came to know the Lord, was baptized and became a member of the Catalyst Church that meets each Sunday on our campus in Willett Hall. Catherine has a son, Dresden, who is five. 

Tammy Butts
And last but not least, we would like to announce that Tammy Butts is now our Director of Southern Foodservice. Tammy is a very familiar face in the lunchroom as she has worked in our dining services for the past seven years. She and her husband, Ronnie, have two daughters—Nicole and Sarah. They also have started a ministry called “House of Hope” and their mission is to go out & feed the homeless in the River Region. Tammy looks forward to serving the Trinity family this year and is excited about her team that will serve alongside her.




Join us for Back to School Blast on Friday, August 12!

The Blast is BACK, and it’s FRIDAY NIGHT, August 12! Join us for a fun night of Wildcat spirit!

5:00-5:45 PM - Volleyball scrimmage in the new gym
Scrimmage for 30 minutes, 15 minutes of meet and greet the team and / hit with the team

6:00 PM - “Supper in the Stands”
Bring a tailgate supper or better yet, support the concession stand

6:00 PM - Wildcat Pride Marching Band performs halftime show on field

6:15 PM - Welcome / Introduction of all Fall sports teams and performances by Cheer / Dance Teams

7:00 PM - Varsity Wildcat Football Team scrimmage on the field

***PTO and Paw Place will have a table for your back-to-school needs***

***Pick up your Booster Club passes at the table by the press box***

There’s something for everyone. We’ll see YOU at the Blast!!

Jackson Byrd Signs with Berry College to Play Baseball

Jackson Byrd recently signed a baseball scholarship with Berry College on Tuesday, July 12. 
 
Jackson was part of the 2013 and 2015 State Baseball Championship Teams. He finished his senior year with a 1.44 ERA, 15 wins, 102 total strike-outs, and .875 fielding percentage. In addition, he was named to both the All Metro 1A-4A baseball team and football team. Jackson graduated with a 4.0 and was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and the Spanish Club.
 
 
 
 
  

Trinity Robotics Camp and Coding Academy Prove to be Summer Hits!

A Robotics Camp and the Coding Academy were recently conducted as part of Trinity's summer camp program. 
 
A Robotics Camp designed especially for lower school students was held June 1-3. Students learned that they can build and create according to specific instructions (like Thomas Edison) or build and create with their own ideas in mind (like Albert Einstein). After building their Knex robots the students enjoyed “Battle Bots” competitions. The camp culminated in students creating Lego NXT Robots and then learning how to code the robot to autonomously navigate an obstacle course. Robotics Camp participants were Ryan Basile, Jack Mracek, Gaines Daniel Ridge Newell, Emma Rose Meldrum, Carson Snyder, Luke Miller, and Lucas Snyder

A Coding Academy was also recently held on Jun 6-9. This camp was designed for students wishing to learn computer programming. Campers worked autonomously learning to code through the Tynker platform. By the end of the camp, students had built their own games utilizing a Trinity theme. Campers were rising 6th grader John Thomas; rising 7th grader Parker Ensminger; rising 8th graders Samuel Portis and Francie Weissend; and rising 9th graders Caidra Flournoy, Noelle Kim, Kyle Kyser, Graham Meldrum, and Georgia Mracek.
 
Mrs. Sandi Faulkner, Trinity’s Technology Integrationist was the director for both camps, and assisted by Forrest Faulkner, an iD Tech alumni, a nationally recognized technology camp.

 
 

Wildcat Twirlers Receive High Marks at USA Camp

The Trinity Wildcat Twirlers recently attended the Half Time USA Camp at Auburn University on June 23-25. They learned many new things including routines, two baton instructions, and twirling tricks that can be used on the field. The team members’ determination and hard work paid off in that all five members received awards for their performances at camp as well as invitations to perform at the Citrus Bowl half-time show on New Year’s Eve in Orlando, Florida. This year’s Wildcat Twirlers are Bailey Blake, Rachel Catman, Lauren Pace, Abby Tinney (team captain) and Kathryn Toole. Congratulations girls on an exceptional job!

Varsity and JV Dance Teams Receive High Honors at Camp

The Trinity Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance Teams are officially ready to start their 2016-17 seasons! After tryouts in March, both teams began to vigorously prepare for camp and the upcoming season with early morning workouts, dance technique and training. 
 
Trinity's Junior Varsity Dancers attended camp with Universal Dance Association at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) June 4-7. Led by Coach Jordy Cheney, the girls placed first in their Home Pom routine with a Superior trophy, which gave the team a bid to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. They also received the Super Spirit Stick the first day of camp as well as six All-American Dancers, including freshman Caroline Parkman, co-captain and freshman Emma Pittman, along with eighth graders  Olivia Reid, Penelope Diaz, Caroline Love, and Lily Windham
 
Trinity's Varsity Wildcat "Paws" Dancers led by Jenny Letner attended camp with Universal Dance Association at Auburn University June 27-30. At the end of an exciting week the girls received first place in their division for their Home Pom routine, a Superior trophy with a bid to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. They also received the Team Full Out Award, Super Spirit Stick, and the prestigious Camp Leadership award, which is voted on by other campers. Three All-Americans were chosen from the Varsity team, including Madison Bowen, Kacey Tinney and Charlie Ward
 
Both teams did a fantastic job at camp and are ready to bring their Wildcat spirit for a great season!
 
 
 

 

Trinity Cheerleading Squads Receive Awards at UCA Cheer Camp in Auburn

All three Trinity cheerleading squads attended the UCA Cheer Camp in Auburn on June 1-4. Trinity School was well represented at the 2016 UCA Cheer Camp, winning in the "Jump-Off" division and all three squads boasting "All-Americans."

The Trinity Cheer Program had ten girls make All-American, including all six juniors that tried out on the Varsity squad--Wallace Bryan, Ensley Craven, Emmalyne Phillips, Lizzie Sanders, Sydney Kate Welch, and Caroline Wood. Ellie Slawson and Miller Williams were chosen from the the Junior Varsity (JV) team, while Anna Worth Craven and Caroline Hemmings were selected from the Middle School team.

Anna Worth Craven won the Jump-Off Competition for the Middle School division. 

While at camp, girls are pinned who exemplify leadership, spirit, commitment, kindness and motivation as examples of why America needs cheerleaders. Three were chosen from Trinity's varsity squad--McKenzie Parker, Liz Portis, and Lizzie Sanders.

The Trinity Cheer program received the prestigious "Leadership Award" for the second consecutive year. This award is one of the most coveted awards at UCA Cheer Camp and is voted on by all the cheerleaders attending camp. Girls vote on the cheer program they would like to be a part of if they couldn't be on their own squads, as well as the cheer program that exemplifies a positive attitude.

Several other accolades were awarded, including JV receiving first place all-around and first place for cheer. Both Varsity and JV squads received second place for Xtreme, while both also received gold for Home Pom. Varsity received gold for fight song and Xtreme, while Middle School received third for sideline and fourth for cheer. During evaluations, Varisty received superior for sideline and cheer. All three squads were also awarded a spirit stick each day, and the Trinity Cheer Program won the "banana" the second night of camp.
 
This was the first year Trinity had a mascot attend UCA camp. "Wild Thing" participated in all mascot events and received an overall Superior award! 

Congratulations to "Wild Thing" and these outstanding Trinity cheerleading teams!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trinity Welcomes New Director of Bands, Mr. Russell Greene

Trinity Presbyterian School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Russell Greene as Director of Bands. Mr. Greene replaces Gene Butler, who is leaving Trinity after six years of distinguished service to become the Director of Bands at his alma mater, Smiths Station High School.

Russell Greene comes to Trinity from Oak Grove High School in Bessemer, Alabama, where he has served as assistant band director for the last two years. His teaching duties at Oak Grove have included 6th grade beginning band, 7th and 8th grade intermediate band, and high school marching band. His innovative Indoor Marching Winds ensemble at Oak Grove won the Alabama State Championship at the 2016 Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Championships in Belmont, Tennessee. 

Mr. Greene holds a B. M. E. degree from Troy University and an M. A. from the University of Alabama. While at Troy, he served as French horn section leader in the Symphony Band, the Trojan Brass Ensemble, and the Sound of the South marching band. He also sang bass for the Sinfonian Fource barbershop quartet. While performing with the Troy Symphony Band, he played at the Whistler Music Festival in Whistler, British Columbia, and participated in numerous recording projects with the many renowned composers of band literature that visit the Troy campus each year. At Alabama, he served as a graduate teaching assistant, working with the Million Dollar Band and conducting the University of Alabama Concert Band. Additionally, he served as the coordinator of athletic pep bands at Alabama, and played French horn in the Alabama Wind Ensemble.  

Mr. Greene has made consistent contributions to the advancement of Music Education, with multiple research presentations and panel discussions at the annual Alabama Music Educators Association conference in Montgomery. Additionally, an article he authored entitled, Mellophone Players: "What Mouthpiece Do I Use?" appeared in the August 2014 edition of The Instrumentalist, a highly regarded national band publication.

An aspiring composer and arranger, Mr. Greene has written halftime and stand music for the Sound of the South marching band at Troy University, as well as the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band. Many high school bands throughout Alabama and Florida also perform his band arrangements on a regular basis.

Trinity Presbyterian School is pleased to welcome Mr. Russell Greene to campus as he assumes his teaching duties this summer.


Trinity Graduates Named National Speech and Debate Association Academic All Americans

Jake Hemmings and Sydney Snowden were named National Speech and Debate Association Academic All Americans. 
 
In order to receive the distinction of All-American, both Jake and Sydney earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points), earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), received an ACT score of 27 or higher, or SAT combined score of either 1330 on 1600 scale or 2000 on 2400 scale, and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership.
 
The top students in the country each year are named All Americans. The All American award is based on a combination of competitive and service points, of which no more than 25% of the point total can include service. In order to qualify, a student must have competed once at Nationals. Following the National Speech & Debate Tournament, the 25 students with the highest total points in our Honor Society receive this recognition. 

Kindergarteners Explore "Farm to Table" in Outdoor Classroom

The seeds of beautiful flowers are planted in kindergarten. When children are given the unique opportunity to experience the miracle of life through a tiny seed, they gain a rich insight into what “farm to table” really means. The smells of vegetable and flower seeds, damp earth and fresh water cascading from a hose become etched in memories. There is no reward like literally tasting the success of your work. Work, responsibility and sharing are organically experienced in a way that develops an appreciation for the outdoors and community. This adventure is as close as the backdoor to many children but to others in urban areas it can be just out of reach. That is where the outdoor classroom comes into place. Through favorite children’s literature works like The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, teachers can introduce the concepts of planting, growing and harvesting in a simple and easy to understand way. The outdoor classroom garden provides a sense of ownership and pride to the students who lovingly watch, work and care for the fruits of their labor. From weeding to watering to watching and waiting, many life lessons are learned in the garden.

Under the expert guidance of Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Susan Brown, Trinity's kindergarteners have enjoyed using their outdoor classroom this past spring. They have been busy growing colorful pansies, kale, carrots, several varieties of cabbage and lettuce, swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, broccoli and herbs including lemon balm, mint, parsley, rosemary, oregano and French lavender. The students kept careful observation journals on the growth of the plants. Excitement filled the air as the harvest day grew near. Eagerly, the students filled a large bowl with the fruits of their labor and enjoyed a delicious salad complete with their beautiful, edible pansies as their mid afternoon snack! As an added treat, they enjoyed fresh lemonade with mint, lemon balm and French lavender. It was a day to remember in Trinity kindergarten!
 
  
 
 
 

Kindergarteners Partner with Design Thinking Class to Create Characters and Stories with 3D Printer

Trinity’s Design Thinking class recently partnered with Mrs. Allen’s Kindergarten class on a creative writing project utilizing the school’s 3D printer. Using their imagination, kindergarten students created and sketched a main character, which would later be the center of the story they would write. Working closely with the kindergarten students, Mrs. Hill’s Design Thinking class constructed the pictures of the main characters utilizing the 3D printer software. Afterwards, the middle school students printed the “story characters” on the 3D printer and delivered them to the younger students. After receiving the actual objects, the kindergarten students used endless imagination as they wrote creative stories involving their characters. The project culminated with the kindergarten students sharing their imaginative stories with students from the Design Thinking class.

This project, which enabled older students to encourage and mentor younger students, is an example of the many advantages to a Trinity one-campus education.
 
  
 
  
  
  
  
 
 
 
 

Trinity FCA Partners with Vaughn Road Elementary to Host Field Day

For the second consecutive year, Trinity students assisted in Vaughn Road Elementary School’s annual Field Day, which was sponsored by Trinity’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Students provided leadership through planning, assisting with set-up and take-down, providing snacks, and most importantly staffing the events. 

The joint partnership with FCA to provide support for Field Day was initiated last year by local FCA Director John Gibbons and FCA Board Member and Trinity parent Troy Teel. “We appreciate Vaughn Road Elementary allowing the Trinity FCA to partner with them for their Field Day,” said Mr. Teel. “Principal Lindsey and Coach White were very supportive and the Vaughn Road students were awesome. It was great to see our FCA team interact with the children and share the love of Christ in a fun way. The Trinity students did a great job of working hard and running the stations at Field Day. We look forward to working with the Vaughn Road students in the future.”

Students gathered at Trinity and walked to Vaughn Road to prepare for the day ahead. Balloons were blown and events staged. It was obvious to all involved that the kids at Vaughn Road were having a great time. Equally, the Trinity volunteers were richly blessed by the students and teachers and are excited about upcoming projects with the school. Junior Carolyn Albritton enjoyed participating with the children most of all. “The kids were precious…they came up and hugged us wanting love from everyone who volunteered.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Robert Adams Named YMCA Jimmy Hitchcock Winner!

 
Head Football Coach Randy Ragsdale, Head of School Kerry Palmer, Robert Adams, Athletic Director Harold Hilliard, and Head Baseball Coach Ken Whittle.
Congratulations to Trinity Senior Robert Adams, who was named the Male YMCA of Greater Montgomery Jimmy Hitchcock winner at the fifty-seventh Jimmy Hitchcock annual banquet held at Frazer United Methodist Church on May10.

The Jimmy Hitchcock Award is given to a senior athlete who exhibits outstanding Christian leadership. Robert was one of 56 Montgomery County students nominated. The prestigious award has been given out for over a century and Trinity School has accumulated more recipients than any other independent school in the River Region. In fact, Robert's father and Trinity alumnus, Jason Adams, won the award in 1990.

Robert has been a varsity starter on Trinity’s football team for the past three years as a wide receiver and the kicker for the Trinity Wildcats. His career statistics for football are 50 receiving touchdowns (3rd all-time record in Alabama), 3,390 receiving yards (7th all-time record in Alabama), and 225 receptions. Robert was only one touchdown away from breaking the record of the most touchdowns scored in the history of Trinity football.

Robert was part of the 2013 and 2015 State Baseball Championship Teams. He was also recognized as the MVP for both championship series. In the 2015 championship series, he batted 7-for-7, including 3-for-3 in the clinching win. He led the Wildcats on the mound with a nine-strikeout performance. His career baseball statistics are .387 batting average, .444 on-base percentage, 171 hits, 111 RBI’s, 122 runs scored, 1.89 ERA, and 12 home runs.

Robert was also named the 4A Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete for the State of Alabama by the Alabama High School Athletic Association in April 2016. The Montgomery Quarterback Club recognized Robert as Private School Player of the Week during his junior and senior years. He was also the recipient of the Private School Player of the Year award by The Montgomery Quarterback Club. The Montgomery Advertiser named Robert the 1A-4A All Metro Player of the Year in both football and baseball, as well as the 4A Baseball Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

Even with an arduous sports schedule, Robert continued to be actively involved in service organizations such as Key Club, and FCA. In addition, he volunteers at Vaughn Road Elementary School as a study buddy to young children. He is an active member in the youth group at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, where he serves as an acolyte and a children's church leader. He has been involved in local mission projects, VBS, the youth choir and the Youth Leadership Team.

Robert's effort is evident in everything he does, athletically and while serving others. He recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Samford University.

Fifth Grade Girls Win Flimp Chalk Art Contest at MMFA

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts held their annual Flimp Festival over the weekend, including the popular art chalk contest. Four fifth-grade girls from Trinity spent over seven hours working on their creative masterpiece, which won first place in the elementary division. Kayla Bester, Anna Kate Blissitte, Dale Cope, and Abby Taunton spent all day Friday working on the beautiful chalk design. Congratulations girls!



Both Sophie Burks and Boys Golf Team are State Runner-Up Recipients

Congratulations to Sophie Burks and the Trinity Boys Golf Team, who are both State Runner-up recipients.
 
Trinity Girls Golf Team member Sophie Burks ended her Junior year with a 4A-5A State Runner-up finish. Her two-day total of 150 placed her in the top 7 high school girls golfers in the State of Alabama 1A-7A. Sophie also had two college coaches following her on her final round.

The Boys Golf Team had a great finish by making up a 5-stroke deficit in a thrilling fashion and catching Oneota to finish the season as the 2016 4A State Runner-up. Wilson Shanahan saved his best round in the clutch by shooting 74. His teammates Carter Green, Phelps Williams, Will Holmes and Ben Bricken all had a huge part in the two day event.
 
Congratulations Wildcats! 
 
  
 
 

Sophie Burks and Boys Golf Team Playing in State Tournament (5/9/16)
 
The Boys Golf Team is playing in the 4A State Championship Final Four on May 9-10 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove in Huntsville, Alabama. To qualify for the State Tournament, they finished as runner-up in the South Sub State, shooting a 317 and finishing as runner-up. Phelps Williams shot a 77 to claim All-Tournament honors. 
 
The Girls Golf Team finished its inaugural year with an impressive season, but came up two strokes short in the South Sub State Golf Tournament, from moving on to the team championship. Sophie Burks shot a season-low of 70, qualifying as an individual play for the State Tournament. She will play in the State Championships May 9-10.
 
The Montgomery Advertiser recently ran this article featuring Sophie Burks and the Boys Golf Team.
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/high-school/prepsports/2016/05/07/trinitys-burks-playing-best-golf-heading-state/84096642/
 
 
  
 

Jackson Adcock Selected to Perform with the Bands of America Honor Band in the 2017 Rose Parade

Trinity Freshman Jackson Adcock has been selected by Music for All to be a member of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade. Jackson was selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious national honor band. 

The BOA Honor Band is a 300 piece national ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team. Bob Buckner, who recently retired as director of the Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band, will direct the 2017 BOA Honor Band. Bands of America is a program of Music for All (MFA), one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music making.

Jackson Adcock, an alto saxophoneplayer, will spend a week in southern California, where he will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, special activities and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade. The 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda themed “Echoes of Success” will take place on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (PST). The 5.5-mile parade (which is often referred to as the “Rose Bowl Parade”) will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The Parade is also seen in more than 200 international territories and countries. To learn more, visit the Broadcast Partners page available on the Tournament of Roses website. Magnificent floral floats, spirited marching bands and talented equestrian units anchor the traditional, two-hour spectacle along Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard.

“To be selected for this opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students and a testimony to their excellence and achievements,” says Eric Martin, Music for All President and CEO. “Jackson will be one of only 300 members chosen to be part of the Bands of America Honor Band, and his participation deserves the admiration and support of everyone in their community. The Rose Parade is one of our country’s national pageantry treasures, and the 2017 Honor Band members will be ambassadors of America’s bands, and of their states and communities.”

Learning Comes to Life in Kindergarten!

Learning came to life this week in kindergarten! From word walls to the garden wall, students experienced the miracle of life and the joy of caring for God's creation in amazing and memorable ways. Kindergarten students cared for and nurtured butterflies from when they were caterpillars. This week, they enjoyed playing the role of "entomologist" as they released their butterflies to the beautiful garden they have loved and cared for this year. They missed them so much that they recreated their butterflies and placed them in their room as a reminder of how they looked flying away. The children also read and learned about butterflies through the works of Caldecott award-winning children's author and illustrator Eric Carle. 
 
  
 
   
 
    
 
  

Track Team Headed to State!

The track team had 25 athletes compete in the 4A section meet on Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30 in Smiths Station. Sixteen Track members qualified for the State meet on Thursday, May 5 through Friday May 7. The 16 teams members are: Annabelle Brown, Ensley Craven, Amanda Meadows, Mackenzie LeGrand, Madison McKelvey, Madison Tylicki, Mary Pruitt Mantel, Hannah Grace Taylor, Caroline Chapman, Courtney Stephenson, Trent Mann, Charlie Lott, Wells Rutland, TA Sluis, Gray Rutland, and Nathan Meadows.

The following had personal records at Sectionals: Nathan Meadows in 400 M dash; Henry Britton in 1600 M; Ethan Fekete in the Javelin; Madison Tylicki in the 100 M dash; Mackenzie Legrand in 800 M & 3200 M; Amanda Meadows in 300m Hurdles and Long Jump; Annabelle Brown in 800 M, Caroline Chapman in Javelin; Madison Tylicki in Long Jump; Madison McKelvey in Long Jump.

The following received medals at Sectionals: Caroline Chapman 2nd place and Jenna Moore in 3rd place in Javelin, Mackenzie Legrand 3rd place in 1600m and 3200m; 4X800 Girls team of Mackenzie Legrand, Amanda Meadows, Ensley Craven & Annabelle Brown came in 2nd place and the boys 4*800 team of Charlie Lott, Wells Rutland, TA Sluis and Nathan Meadows came in 1st place, Charlie Lott came in 1st in 1600 and 3200, Amanda Meadows 1st place in 300m hurdles and Trent Mann came in 2nd place in Discus.

Cyber Seniors Graduate!

Trinity students have been learning about serving senior adults in the community through our Service 101 class. Known as "Cyber Seniors," this program allows senior adults to become students of our students here at Trinity as they learn more about how to operate their computers, iPhones, iPads, and other technological devices. More than that, however, Cyber Seniors offers our students opportunities to interact with those from a previous generation, building connections that will be truly life changing. Recently, members of the Cyber Seniors class graduated at a memorable graduation ceremony.
 
 
    
 
 
 
 

Trinity Science Olympiad Team Places Ahead of LAMP, Alabama School of Math and Science, and Montgomery Academy in State Competition

By winning the recent regional competition, Trinity's Upper School Science Olympiad Team competed in the State Science Olympiad Competition and had several students who placed in the top five. Overall, Trinity placed ahead of LAMP, Alabama School of Math and Science, and Montgomery Academy in the final standings, which are listed below.

1st place - Steven Smelley and Ben Patty - Geologic Mapping

2nd place - Abby Tinney and Nick Styron - Wright Stuff

2nd place - Forrest Faulkner and John Luke Phillips - Game On

2nd place - Jackson Scott and T.A. Sluis - Invasive Species

3rd place - Eunice Lim and Bailey Hope - Anatomy

3rd place - Steven Smelley and Sam Bishop - Chemistry Lab

4th place - Daniel Smitherman, Bray Jones, Sam Bishop - Protein Modeling

4th place - Kacey Tinney and Abby Tinney - Wind Power

4th place - Katie Jackson and Forrest Faulkner - Write it - Do it

5th place - Steven Smelley and Same Bishop - Astronomy

5th place - T. A. Sluis and Daniel Smitherman - Fossils


Congratulations to all of the team members. The final ranking for the top teams in the state:

1st place - Auburn High School

2nd place - Alabama School of Fine Arts

3rd place - Randolph

4th place - Grissom

5th place - Trinity

6th place - Jefferson Co. IB School

7th place - LAMP

8th place - Sparkman High School

9th place - Vestavia Hills High School

10th place - Alabama School of Math and Science

11th place - Montgomery Academy

12th place - James Clemons High School

13th place - Fultondale High School
 

Boys Varsity Tennis Team Qualifies for 20th Consecutive State Tournament

The Trinity Wildcats amassed 54 points in the recent Sectional Tennis Tournament to easily outscore runner-up LAMP, who finished with 41 points. Trinity will advance to the 4A-5A State Tennis Tournament on April 25-26.

The Wildcats won five of six matches in the singles finals and all three in the doubles finals. Tyler Vermillion won at #1, Charlie Trotman at # 2 and Max Williams at #3. Doubles champions were Vermillion and Trotman at #1 and Max Williams and Joppa Pendley at #3.

This is Trinity's 20th consecutive trip to the State Tennis Tournament for the Boys Varsity Tennis Team, all under Head Coach Jack Schweers. They have won it all four times, finished runner-up four times and finished third two times. Defending Champion UMS-Wright will be waiting for the Wildcats, but Coach Schweers knows they are up for the challenge. "This is one of my more close-knit teams. They care about each other and pull for one another. We've played UMS-Wright twice this season and know it won't be easy, but we also know that with a break or two, we can do it."

EnviroBowl Team Wins State Competition for the Second Year in a Row!

Trinity's EnviroBowl Team placed first in the State EnviroBowl competition for the second year in a row! This is Trinity's tenth EnviroBowl championship since 2001. The top 15 schools from 5 different regions, representing schools from 1A-6A in the state, competed in the state finals.  An estimated 50 teams competed at the regional level.

Team members are Jackson Scott (captain), Jonathon Green, Dawson Oliver, Abby Tinney, and T.A. Sluis. These dedicated team members met almost every day during lunch since the third week of school preparing for the regional and state competitions. And their hard work paid off! Each student won $250 provided by Legacy, Inc., the sponsor and coordinator of EnviroBowl.

EnviroBowl is a double-elimination, question and answer competition played between two high school teams consisting of four students each. The questions are designed to test the students’ knowledge of the environment and related fields, such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, as well as environmental science.

Band Students Rank Among Top Musicians and Participate in All-State Honor Band

Trinity was proud to have 19 students selected to be a part of the 2016 District Honor Band in February. This past weekend, 6 of those 19 students were ranked among the top musicians in the District and participated in the All-State Honor Band: T.A. Sluis, John Sluis, Eddie Parma, Den Pendleton, Riley Wuokko, and Theo Hornsby.

T.A. Sluis, Theo Hornsby, and John Sluis also had the opportunity to participate in the All-State Solo Festival that was held on Wednesday. T.A. Sluis (11th grade - Clarinet) received a Superior, Theo Hornsby (8th grade - Trumpet) received an Excellent, and John Sluis (11th grade - Bass Clarinet) received a Good Rating.

Congratulations to all of these students!

Robert Adams Named 4A Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete for the State of Alabama

Trinity Senior Robert Adams was named the 4A Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete for the STATE OF ALABAMA by the Alabama High School Athletic Association at the banquet and awards ceremony held in Birmingham on April 11. 
 
Robert has been a varsity starter on Trinity’s football team for the past three years as a wide receiver and the kicker for the Trinity Wildcats. His career statistics for football are 50 receiving touchdowns (3rd all-time record in Alabama), 3,390 receiving yards (7th all-time record in Alabama), and 225 receptions. Robert was only one touchdown away from breaking the record of the most touchdowns scored in the history of Trinity football.

Robert was part of the 2013 and 2015 State Baseball Championship Teams. He was also recognized as the MVP for both championship series. In the 2015 championship series, he batted 7-for-7, including 3-for-3 in the clinching win. He led the Wildcats on the mound with a nine-strikeout performance. His batting average as a junior was .425 and his career baseball statistics are 132 hits, 87 RBI’s, 86 runs scored and 8 home runs.

The Montgomery Quarterback Club recognized Robert as Private School Player of the Week during his junior and senior years. He was also the recipient of the Private School Player of the Year award by The Montgomery Quarterback Club. The Montgomery Advertiser named Robert the 1A-4A All Metro Player of the Year in both football and baseball, as well as the 4A Baseball Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

Even with an arduous sports schedule, Robert continued to be actively involved in service organizations such as Key Club, and FCA. Robert has a 4.08 cumulative grade point average while taking the most rigorous courses offered at Trinity. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. In addition, he volunteers at Vaughn Road Elementary School as a study buddy to young children.

Robert's effort is evident in everything he does, both academically and athletically. He recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Samford University.
 

Trinity Prepares Students to be Leaders in the Economy

Trinity continues to prepare its graduates for the demands of the most rigorous undergraduate academic environments, but did you also know that Trinity is on the cutting edge in preparing its students to be leaders in the economy. In Middle School/Upper School Principal Michael Zavada's Economics II course last semester, junior and senior students had the opportunity to create their own businesses in the "New Economy" in a lesson led by Clay McInnis.
 
Clay Mcinnis became the first commercial producer of biodiesel in Alabama, a year before graduating from Auburn University. In 2008, McInnis founded Montgomery-based SouthernEco, which has brought him national recognition. His biodiesel company was featured in July 2010 on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." The following year, McInnis was named one of Business Week's "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25."
 
After classroom sessions where students learned about the "New Economy" from Mr. McInnis, they had the opportunity to design their business using the Business Model Canvas or the concept of the "Lean Start-up" as featured by such prominent entities as the Harvard Business Review. To help get the competitive juices going in the class and heighten creativity, Mr. McInnis offered to judge the best business plans. The best was awarded funds to donate to the charity of his or her choosing.  Senior Meredith Moore was the winner for her entrepreneurial startup named "Monocle." Monocle offers local artisans and those in the third world the opportunity to digitally market their wares and control the proceeds of their creation without middle men. Meredith's concept was especially designed to help students in underserved areas develop and market their creative endeavors. As winner of this competition, Meredith was able to earmark funds to Root Ministries, an international ministry founded by local Trinity graduate Morgan Hayden that is supported by many local churches.

Other creative business models produced by the students in Clay McInnis' lesson included a company that would supply technology for ambulances to override traffic lights, a fast food drive-thru touch screen designer, and several apps created to help consumers develop cutting edge wardrobes. Trinity's vision as part of its 2020 Strategic Plan is to "assist students in valuing knowledge and its acquisition while seeking creative and innovative instruction, developing a culture of service from the heart, and approaching any school endeavor from a biblical perspective." Endeavors like this one in Economics II is helping Trinity students do just that.

Sophomore Miller Johnson Impresses at State Speech and Debate Competition

Sophomore Miller Johnson placed 3rd in the State in Prose Interpretation and 4th in the State in Program Oral Interpretation.

Students competed in several events at the State Speech and Debate Competition held at Mountain Brook High School on April 2, including Program Oral Interpretation (POI) and Prose Interpretation.

Students competing in the POI category must construct a program up to ten minutes in length using at least two out of three genres. With a spotlight on argumentation and performative range, POI focuses on a student’s ability to combine multiple genres of literature centered around a single theme. Miller's theme was "empathy" as she read excerpts from The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Empathy by Alanis Morsette, and No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

Using short story, parts of a novel, or other published work of prose, students must provide an interpretation of one or more selections with a time limit of 5 minutes for the Prose Interpretation category. Typically a single piece of literature, Prose can be drawn from works of fiction or non-fiction. Miller read from Cutting from Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

Coach Ken Whittle Gets His 700th Win!

Six-time state baseball champion Coach Ken Whittle wins his 700th game with a 9-5 victory over Lamp.
 
“Players make coaches look really good," Coach Whittle said. "And the parents have been very good to me and taken care of me in the long run. So, I wish I could say that it was me, but I don’t think so.”

Winning state championships in 1985, 1996, 2000, 2012, 2013 and 2015, he has compiled an impressive record of 700-245 with Trinity.

After the game, Coach Whittle took time to reflect on his most recent milestone. “Each group is special. Each group of players is special, each team is special, because it becomes a relationship,” Whittle said. “I hope, and I’ve been lucky enough, a lot of my players come back…That’s big to me, that’s very important. It’s fun to see them come back and talk about what they’re doing.

Coach Whittle has been coaching at Trinity since 1978, and started with the baseball program three years later. 
 
“Coaching has always been my dream. I had some coaches in high school that I loved. They were great examples, and that was something I really wanted to do since I was high-school student. That was my dream, to teach and coach.”

Trinity School and Coach Whittle's players are glad he had that dream.
 




True Blue Gala and Online Auction Event Benefits Trinity Annual Fund

Trinity’s annual True Blue Gala and Auction held Saturday evening, March 12 at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, was an enjoyable and lively event for all guests!

The online auction has become very popular with Trinity families as bidding has increased by 35% over the last two years. Selecting from over 300 donated items, bidders chose from an array of oil paintings, beautiful antiques, fine furnishings, Trinity "exclusive" items, such as VIP parking spots and front row seats to Trinity events. There were "favorite things" baskets, Yeti tumblers monogrammed with the Trinity crest, fine jewelry from Marguerites, and the list goes on and on. Many online auction goers enjoyed the wide array of pricing of items with opening bids starting as low as $10 on several items. Bidders also took advantage of bidding on the higher ticket items, which included an extra large Big Green Egg®, a trip to Argentina, and selected coats and vests from Henig Furs.

While listening to lively jazz music performed by The Coleman Woodson Group, guests dined on delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Wynlakes’ Chef Joe. Tender grilled vegetables, juicy top sirloin, flavorful seasonal fruit, scrumptious quesadillas, and savory sausage and cheese stuffed mushroom caps were served amidst cascading flowers. A fully equipped mashed potato station was a crowd favorite as well as the dessert display, which included assorted cookies, tangy brownie tarts, and Trinity themed cupcakes.
 
The festive environment was contagious and guests continued to mingle even after the auction’s closing bell rang at 9:00 PM. Many guests stayed around to see who won the tuition raffle, where the winner receives half-off one child's tuition. The draw-down was filled with many anxious and humorous moments as Middle/Upper School Principal Mike Zavada called out each number, but in the end, Jimmy Rutland and Ben Foy split the winning ticket.
 
This event would not be possible without the hard work of True Blue Chairpersons--Stacey Hill and Emily Foy, Online Auction Chairperson Dabney Albritton, as well as Director of Advancement Mary Elizabeth Collett. Countless hours were spent in preparation of the event, dating back to meetings starting last September. 
 
Thank you to all guests and online auction participants. We are deeply grateful for your continued support of Trinity School. All proceeds from the event benefit Trinity’s Annual Fund.
 
 

Science Olympiad Team Wins Regionals by Defeating Alabama School of Math and Science and Two Local Independent Schools

Trinity's Upper School Science Olympiad team placed first in the regional finals at Spring Hill College in Mobile. Over 20 students participated in the competition as Trinity sent a varsity and junior varsity teams to this year's event. 
 
Over half of the students were involved in the school musical Friday night and again on Saturday night. This means students arrived in Mobile around midnight Friday night or left home Saturday morning around 4:30 AM to arrive in Mobile for the competition, and then left around 2:00 PM to get back to Montgomery in time for the play. In the midst of a hectic schedule, Trinity students once again demonstrated their commitment to academics!

The first three teams will compete in the state finals at Huntingdon College on April 9, 2016.

TRINITY - 1st
Alabama School of Math and Science - 2nd
Montgomery Academy - 3rd
St. James - 4th


Overall team results:
 
2016 Regional Science Olympiad Winners:
1st place FossilS T.A. Sluis and Daniel Smitherman
1st place Invasive Species Jackson Scott and T.A. Sluis
1st place Geologic Mapping Steven Smelley and Ben Patty
1st place Hydrogeology Jackson Scott and Kacey Tinney
1st place Astronomy Steven Smelley and Sam Bishop
1st place Bridge Building Sophie Burks and Mary Conley Teel
1st place Wind Power Kacey Tinney and Abby Tinney
1st place Wright Stuff Abby Tinney and Nick Styron
2nd place Anatomy Carolyn Albritton and Parker Reynolds
2nd place Forensics Bray Jones and Daniel Smitherman
2nd place Cell Biology Jackson Scott and Kacey Tinney
2nd place Wright Stuff Caroline Chapman and Miller Johnson
3rd place Anatomy Eunice Lim and Bailey Hope
3rd place Forensics Mary Conley Teel and Leslie Schuneman
3rd place Experimental Design Eunice Lim, Shalom Kim, John Luke Phillips
3rd place Robotic Arm John Luke Phillips, Daniel Smitherman, Steven Smelley
3rd place It’s About Time T.A. Sluis and Shalom Kim
3rd place Green Generation Jackson Scott and Eunice Lim
3rd place Bridge Building Katie Jackson and Bailey Hope


Combined Efforts of C4C and the Interact Club Raise $1,000 to Eradicate Polio

Change 4 Change and Trinity’s Interact Club, a subsidiary of Montgomery’s Rotary Club, recently combined efforts to raise money for the eradication of polio. Rotary’s program, PolioPlus, started over 30 years ago, and since that time, the global incidence of polio cases has decreased by 99 percent. Trinity’s Interact Club adopted PolioPlus as their international project for the year and has worked with Lower School Principal and Rotary member Dr. Tami Shelley.

Lower school held a chapel focused on the importance of service to others, where two upper school students—Interact Club PolioPlus Project Director Sydney Bassett, and Interact Club President Ashley Kendrick educated lower school students about polio, global eradication, and serving those in need. Lower School students were reminded of Trinity’s mission and vision to “serve God in mind, body, and spirit” and “to engage our culture and change it.”

Change 4 Change and The Interact Club donated $1,000 to the Rotary’s PolioPlus program to help with their goal of global polio eradication. Thank you to everyone for your support!
 
   

Sophie Burks Wins Auburn High School Invitational as Trinity's First Girls Golf Team Competes in Their First Tournament

Playing in the Auburn High School Invitational, they finished 9th out of 16 teams, representing 3A-7A schools from across the State. Placing first out of 65 players, Junior Sophie Burks won the tournament finishing with a two over par score of 72. 

Trinity's first Varsity Golf Team members are Sophie Burks, Tatum Willis, Mary Grace Etheredge, and Emma Pittman, who was in Washington, D.C. for the 8th grade trip.

Congratulations Wildcats!
 
 

Trinity Dance Ensemble Goes to Hollywood!

Their trip began with classes at Millennium Dance Center, who is famous for their teachers who choreograph and perform with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Rhianna, Disney Productions for High School Musical and many more. The girls toured Los Angeles from the beaches of Santa Monica to the streets and Red Carpet of Hollywood. Early in the trip planning process the Dance Ensemble submitted a performance video to Disneyland and through that video process the girls were invited to perform at Disneyland. The performance was filled with music by Nat King Cole with songs of "L.O.V.E," "Smile," and "Save the Last Dance for Me" to a fun jazzy number, as well as a piece choreographed by one of our own dancers. Virginia Reid created a dance to the music by Nit Grit in the style of a contemporary ballet, while Director Jenny Plunkett Letner choreographed a modern dance entitled "Summer’s Peek" to music by Vivaldi. Being a beautiful Valentine’s Day weekend, the dances were all well received by entertained audiences.

The Trinity Dance Ensemble participated in classes at the International Dance Academy (IDA) Hollywood, where they took classes in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Jazz/Funk. They also visited the dance facilities at Cal State Long Beach and became more familiar with their dance program. That evening, they attended a UCLA’s gymnastic meet against Oregon, which quickly became a highlight of the trip when they met choreographer Travis Wall from "So You Think You Can Dance."
 
This informative trip gave dance students an opportunity to meet new emerging artists as well as broaden theirs views of the dance community. Students attending this trip were Katherine Albrecht, Madison Bowen, Liz Clements, Savannah Elrod, Sarah Kate Etheredge, Emma Heaton, Abby Johnston Jordyn Meeks , Virginia Reid, Anna Slawson, Mary Emily Taylor, Kacey Tinney, Charlie Ward, Sydney Kate Welch, Katie Windham with Director Jenny Plunkett Letner and chaperone Heather Snyder.
 
 
  
 
 

Jackson Scott and Steven Smelley Named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Jackson Scott and Steven Smelley have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

"The Young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for National Merit Scholarship Corporation. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Steven Smelly is a member of the Trinity Band Program. He plays trombone in the Symphonic Band and baritone in the "Wildcat Pride" Marching Band. Steven currently serves as the Low Winds Section Leader. Steven Smelley will attend Auburn University next year, where he plans to major in science and become a Biology Professor.

Jackson serves as the President of the Student Government Association and the captain of Trinity’s EnviroBowl Team, which won the 2015 State EnviroBowl competition. He is a member of the Science Olympiad Team, which placed 1st in regionals and 6th in state. Jackson was Trinity's representative at Boys State, where he won the statewide Supreme Court Justice and the most outstanding judicial delegate. Having an interest in government, Jackson is a Model United Nations Charter Member, attending programs at both Vanderbilt and Harvard. He is a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society, and the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society.

Trinity Band Students Participate in District Honor Band Concert in Auburn

District Honor Band Results 
 
Middle School:

Madden Bain - Percussion

Mason Branam - Percussion

Jake Combs - Alto Saxophone

Linda Hill - Oboe

Theo Hornsby - Trumpet

Patrick Martin - Trumpet

Den Pendelton - Tenor Saxophone

Lacey Weber - Oboe

Halle Wiswall - Tuba

Riley Wuokko - Bb Clarinet



Upper School:

Kaleigh Brown - Tuba

Garrett Flowers - Percussion

Eunice Kim - Bb Clarinet

William Kong - Bb Clarinet

Peyton Lankford - Baritone

Eddie Parma - Trumpet

John Sluis - Bass Clarinet

T.A. Sluis - Bb Clarinet

Jack Yohn - Contra Bass Clarinet
 
 
  

Trinity Students Named Second Place Defense Team in the State!

Trinity had 50 students participate in the Alabama Youth in Government Youth Judicial Conference on November 6-8.
 
Over 500 students from the State of Alabama attended the conference. The Youth Judicial Conference is a student-led and student-driven program, teaching students and allowing them the opportunity to experience real life situations by participating in a mock trial competition.

Students represented Trinity exceedingly well at the Alabama State YMCA Youth Judicial Tournament this past weekend. Trinity students won the 2nd Place Defense Team, which included Noah McNelley, Parker Reynolds, Jackson Scott, Jake Hemmings, Aubrey Grant, Bailey Hope, and Addison Love.

Jake Hemmings was named "Outstanding Witness" of the proceedings.

Noah McNelley, Youth Governor of Alabama, participated in the opening and closing of the conference, while Betsy Byrne and Sam Nunn served as Judges, being extensively trained in the rule of law prior to the weekend.

The Alabama Youth in Government Youth Judicial Conference is always an amazing opportunity for students to network with other future leaders in the state and nation, as well as participate in an activity that will impact their life in years to come. Participating in Alabama Youth in Government programs has become a long-standing tradition at Trinity.

Congratulations to the “Wildcat Pride” Marching Band for Another Successful Year!

Each year the students work from June-November to put on numerous performances in the Fall.

The Marching Band cheered on the Varsity Football Game at all home and away games, as well as took part in every pep rally and the homecoming parade. The Marching Band along with the Middle School Band students also cheered on our Middle School Football Team at their game against St. James.

The Marching Band competed in 2 contests in Alabama and 1 contest in Georgia. This year was the first time the Marching Band has competed outside the state of Alabama and the first time the Marching Band has competed in 2 contests in one day. In total, the marching band received Superior Ratings in every category (the highest rating given) and 4 Best in Class Awards.

On Veterans Day the Marching Band took part in the annual Montgomery Veterans Day Parade. The Trinity “Wildcat Pride” Marching Band is one of only two bands that has participated in the parade every year since it began in 2010. The other band is the Troy University “Sound of the South” Marching Band.

Congratulations to the Trinity Presbyterian School “Wildcat Pride” Marching Band for another successful year! Go Cats!