Please join us in congratulating the 40 graduates of Timothy’s Class of 2020.
It’s hard to believe the school year has come to an end and what an unconventional year it was! This year’s Valedictorian, Joseph Ayoub remarks on how starkly different life was once his class returned from their annual mission’s trip to the Dominican Republic in March.
“Coming back from the DR, I expected everything to proceed as normal, but the whole world turned upside down in the week I was gone,” said Ayoub. “It was really hard getting used to online learning, but I did enjoy the independence that came with it, and I was still able to keep in touch with friends even though we weren’t physically seeing each other.”
The COVID-19 quarantine did cause many members of this senior class to reflect on what’s important.
“I loved being able to step back from the rush of life and enjoy the little things,” added this year’s Salutatorian Julianna Gong. “The school has done a good job with keeping us busy and on-track with schoolwork, but I’ve still had time to learn things outside of academics such as guitar and French.”
Despite learning from home, the class of 2020 finished the year off strong. The average GPA for this class was 3.54. Many will be exempt from several of their college courses because of the AP classes or dual-enrollment they took at TCS.
These graduates will now be attending some well-known colleges including NJIT, Boston University, Liberty University, UMass Amherst, Rutgers, Kean, Purdue, Seton Hall University and Kean University, to name a few. They are well prepared academically and spiritually for what they will encounter in college and they leave behind a very prominent mark on TCS.
All will be armed with the spiritual foundation that they have developed at Timothy through Bible and world-view classes, chapel, mission trips, debate and athletic teams, class retreats, and their own walk with the Lord.
Reflecting on her 13 years at TCS, Gong provided some insight into just what the last decade plus has been like for her.
“I can tell that all of the teachers cared about us as people, not just as students. Even those working behind the scenes, such as those in the lunchroom, main office, or part of the maintenance staff. They all made an effort to talk with students and never failed to pass on a smile. Then, of course, I will miss the friends I’ve made and have grown close to over the past thirteen years. While I hope to find friends just as accepting and uplifting in the future, I will miss the sense of community here and all of the people who help make Timothy truly unique.”
This year’s class is full of talent and we look forward to seeing all they will accomplish in life after TCS.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!