The TCS senior class of 2022 has a bright future! Academically the class did well as several head off to college with college credits already earned through our dual-enrollment program and many are exempt from college courses because of the AP classes that they took at TCS. Senior Rachel Lam was accepted into Seton Hall’s joint bachelor’s/MD program which will allow her to earn her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and seamlessly move into the M.D. program at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall.
Many of our graduates were awarded substantial scholarships. One of these was a special scholarship made possible by a generous alumna. Senior Kevin Thai was awarded the Wendy Gall Scholarship Award for Computer Science. The $5,000 award was given and presented by Sara Chipps, TCS alumna, class of ’99, in honor of retired and much-loved faculty member, Wendy Gall.
Several of our seniors are talented in theatre arts and had lead roles in this year’s drama production. Those who are gifted musicians helped the band earn the Superior Award of Distinction at the ACSI competition in March. Eight of our seniors were awarded All Division by the GMC. Gian Wagner earned a spot on the banner in the gym by scoring 1000 points in his basketball career. Shannon McLaughlin received the William Bills Endurance Award for participating in three sports for all four years of high school.
The Outstanding Senior Award is given annually to the senior who has high academic achievement, an outstanding Christian testimony, and demonstrates enthusiastic participation in the life of the school. This year’s Outstanding Senior Award was given to two seniors: Michaela Fajardo and Jordan Johnson.
This class has a heart for missions. After experiencing their senior missions trip to the Dominican Republic, 17 of our seniors made plans to return to the Dominican Republic on a missions trip this July with Handfuls of Hope! Don Coords, founder of Handfuls of Hope, has chaperoned and co-led the Timothy trip for 26 years now. “God has a special plan for the class of ’22. He protected them, provided for them, and had a purpose for them. Only God can change lives like He did. We are so excited to have the gang back together again this summer!”
The Salutatorian was awarded to Daniel Schafhauser and the Valedictorian was Evan Wang.
Inspired by the many children and families in the Dominican Republic who were impoverished yet hopeful and grateful, Salutatorian, Dan Schafhauser shared: “Having witnessed this firsthand, I knew we had to do better. I knew that I had to do better. God has blessed us with so much, and we take everything for granted. It is time that we start thanking God more for our abundant blessings that we don’t deserve any more than a child in the Dominican Republic.” In September, Dan will be attending NYU. He plans to major in finance with a career goal of becoming an investment banker.
Valedictorian Evan Wang will be attending the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in business and finance. Evan concluded his valedictory speech with this challenge: “Now, Class of 2022, it is our turn to be that person who shows someone the right path; like a candle in the darkness, we can lead others to Jesus by the way we live and speak and by the choices we make. Following Jesus, not conforming to this world, will not always be the easy choice, but it will always be the right one.”
The TCS faculty and staff congratulate our graduates and pray that they will continue to make the right choice and be a light as they take this next step on the path God has for them.