TCS Senior Spotlight – Lydia Bassett

Lydia Grace Bassett was born on March 21, 2002 in Lima, Ohio. She is the daughter of Scott and Ruth Bassett. She has attended Temple for four years. During her high school career she has achieved success in many areas.

While attending Temple, she has been involved in track, National Honor Society (NHS), student government, band, art, choir and drama. Last spring, Lydia participated in the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Lydia’s favorite class at Temple was art with Mrs. Phillips. Lydia said her favorite school memory is “hanging out with friends after basketball games.” 

Some of Lydia’s achievements include receiving a superior rating in Class A pieces for three years, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, being on the honor roll for all four years of high school, becoming a part of the Quill and Scroll Society, and joining the NHS. 

Outside of school, Lydia plays the violin in the Ohio Northern University and Findlay University Orchestras, as well as the International Youth Orchestra. Lydia also enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, making art, skiing, hanging out with friends, and longboarding with her friend, Grace. 

Her favorite food is brie cheese, and her favorite book is “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. If she could travel anywhere, Lydia said she would like to go to Iceland. If she could have one superpower, it would be the ability to talk to animals.  

Along with her family, Lydia attends church at Lima First Assembly of God. Her favorite Bible verse is “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him” (Psalm 28:7, English Standard Version).

Lydia said someone who has inspired her has been her dad. “He has done many things in his life, from paramedic work to architecture to farming. I appreciate his willingness to pursue his dreams and having the courage to make them a reality,” she said.

Lydia added that she will always cherish “the great memories I’ve created here at Temple  because of the nurturing environment provided by the teachers, and the family that my class has become to me.”

She said that she wants underclassmen to “learn from the past, but don’t cling to it. Life is a journey. Don’t be afraid to be present and let God show you His will in your day-to-day life.”

Next year Lydia plans to attend Miami University and major in architecture. 

Congratulations, Lydia! God bless you in your future!

Bethany Whitman

Senior Spotlight: Bethany Whitman

By: Lydia Bassett

Bethany Whitman was born on February 6, 2001. She is the youngest child of Mike and Paula Whitman. She has two older brothers, Israel and Judah Whitman.

Bethany has attended Temple Christian School for thirteen years. She participated in volleyball, cheerleading and several theatrical productions at Temple. Bethany performed in Fiorello!, Little Women, and Hello, Dolly! during her time at Temple. Bethany says her favorite part of high school has been hanging out with her classmates.

Bethany attends church at Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbus Grove, Ohio. Her favorite Bible verse is John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Bethany plans to major in elementary education at Oral Roberts University. When asked about her goals, Bethany says she aspires to get her dream job and meet the guy God has for her. If she could spend a day with any celebrity, Bethany says she would choose YouTuber Jess Conte, because she admires “her personality and how open she is about her relationship with God.” Bethany advises the underclassmen to “not worry about anything, but trust God through everything.” She says that her classmates at Temple have affected her life the most.

We wish you the best of luck wherever God takes you, Bethany!

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!