Sophie White (SS)

Senior Spotlight: Sophie White

By: Jonathan Acklin (Senior)

Sophie Grace Nicole White was born on September 6th, 2000. She is the daughter of Peter and Tami White. She has three siblings, Emma, Bryson, and Ryker, who also attend Temple.

Sophie has attended Temple since K4. She has helped with hair and makeup in drama productions and has also played volleyball for nine years, as well as basketball for six years. Sophie’s favorite part of high school is playing volleyball, getting involved in events, building stronger relationships, and being able to spend her last year of high school with her sister.

Sophie White currently attends church at Shawnee Alliance. Her favorite verse is Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”

After high school Sophie hopes to become a great volleyball coach. She wants to meet her soulmate, raise a great family, and own a pot belly pig. If given the option to spend the day with any celebrity she wanted to, Sophie said she would choose Chris Brown because she loves his music and thinks he would be very fun to hang out with.

Sophie’s advice to the underclassmen is, “Don’t be afraid to build relationships with upperclassmen. We really aren’t that scary! Play sports and don’t quit! Some of my greatest friendships came from playing sports.” When asked what part of Temple has affected her life the most, Sophie said, “The friendships. Some of my longest friendships of 14 years have come from this school. Having a small class and being close with everyone has really been a blessing.”

Congratulations on a great career at Temple, Sophie! We are excited to see what God has in store for your future.


Senior Spotlight: Jennessa Sweeney

By: Grace Smith

Jennessa Nicole Sweeney was born on February 27, 2001, to Eric and Nicole Sweeney. She has three siblings: Jaden, Jacqueline, and Jean Daniel. Jennessa has attended Temple since 4th grade. She has been involved in cheer, as well as the play, Little Women, and the musical, Hello Dolly!  Her favorite part of high school has been being able to form many memories with her fellow classmates.

Jennessa currently attends Calvary Church of Praise. Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 26:3-4, which states, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” After high school, Jennessa plans to attend Wright State University to become a social worker. If she could spend a day with any famous person, Jennessa would choose Walt Disney, because, “it would be cool to see what he was like and to watch him be creative, and make Disney what it is.”

Jennessa’s dream is to graduate college and become successful in whatever field she goes into. Her advice to the underclassmen is to always study for tests and to try your best to keep your grades up. Temple has helped Jennessa by providing her with an atmosphere that encourages her to grow in her relationship with Christ.

Congratulations, Jennessa! God bless you on your future endeavours!

Jaela Shoup

Senior Spotlight: Jaela Shoup

By: Allison Durst

Jaela Ann Shoup was born on September 27, 2000. She is the daughter of Manetta and Justin Shoup, and has a younger brother, Jaden, who also attends Temple. Jaela has attended Temple since her junior year of high school. Her favorite part of high school is the friendships she has made.

Jaela currently attends Grace Baptist Church. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, which says “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.”

Jaela’s plans after high school include graduating from college and getting a good job. She says if she could spend a day with any celebrity or famous person, it would be Jennifer Lawrence because she “is a fun and outgoing person and likes adventure.”

Jaela’s advice to underclassmen is “Don’t procrastinate.” She says the part about Temple that has affected her life the most is that it has strengthened her relationship with God.

Congratulations, Jaela! We can’t wait to see what God has planned for your life!

Derek Pitts

Senior Spotlight: Derek Pitts

By: Lydia Bassett

Derek Matthew Pitts was born on September 22, 2000. He is the son of Kevin and Kathy Pitts. Derek has two sisters, Brittany and Jennifer Pitts.

Derek has attended Temple Christian School for three years. He has participated in choir during his time at Temple. Derek says his favorite part of high school has been the class parties.

Derek currently attends church at Lima Baptist Temple in Lima, Ohio. His favorite Bible verse is Psalms 100:1, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.”

Derek plans to work for Honda after graduating high school. When asked about his aspirations, Derek says he would like to go skydiving. If he could spend a day with any famous person, Derek says he would choose George Washington, because he thinks it would be interesting to talk about modern military technology compared to the old-fashioned technology of the time. Derek advises the underclassmen to “Do your best at everything you do.” He says that the life long friendships he has made at Temple have affected his life the most.

Congrats, and best of luck wherever God takes you, Derek!