Cale Adam is from a military family, living in several different states before he entered high school. Transitioning from a homeschool routine was exciting, Cale said. He looked forward to a structured environment and found his peers at Covenant to be friendly.
As he reflects, Cale is grateful for the friends he’s made and what they have done together: creating together in art class, playing football outside of school, or having Bible studies at friends’ houses. He has enjoyed the memories made at popular, annual student life events such as the overnight field trip, Harvest Party, and International Dinner. He has benefited from engaging, interactive classes led by teachers who became mentors.
Looking back at his freshman year, Cale says he had some pride and “thought he knew what was going on,” he laughed.
“I’m still not perfect,” he says now. He remembers freshman English class, reading classic literature with themes in pride, and not seeing the connection to his character and faith at the time. Today, he sees the connection between this growth and the community at Covenant.
“Just all the people there and the supportive friends and teachers played a big role in that,” Cale said. Kind Bible faculty and encouraging classes have helped shaped his faith in the past four years; morning devotionals and prayer before each class period, specifically.
“Throughout the day, you’re not thinking about God as much as you should at certain times, so I thought that was really nice and helpful,” said Cale.
At Covenant, Cale has served as an Ambassador, hosting prospective students for shadow days and intentionally fostering an inclusive, tight-knit environment for current students. He strives to embody Proverbs 18:24 (New King James Version) which says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly…” To him, this means reaching out to others, being kind, looking for the betterment of his classmates, and how he can help them.
As a senior, Cale serves as the Honor Society President, meaning he not only maintains a certain grade point average, but keeps community outreach a priority, and leads his peers to do the same. Until COVID-19 altered their plans, he intended on joining Lake City Community Church’s mission trip to Mexico, just as he had done the year before.
Outside of Covenant, Cale has also participated in cross country for a club and played football and wrestled for Steilacoom. He enjoys video games, staying in shape, and drawing.
Next year, Cale is attending Pierce College to receive his associate degree.
“I’ve always had a desire to make, or create, things,” said Cale. For that reason, he would like to pursue computer science.June 26, 2020
She figured, “He liked [Covenant], I’ll like it!” she said, laughing at the fact that she never even shadowed as most prospective students do. Not only did she have his positive experience to affirm her choice, but she also knew she would appreciate Covenant’s classical roots and English emphasis.
“I love the reading list, I love the availability of Latin,” she said. “I love the discussions, I love being able to do creative writing in classes…” Though she considered going to other schools briefly, she said she loved the focus on English and literature at Covenant because that’s something she’s really passionate about.
As a freshman, Martina said she was shy and introverted. Covenant pushed her out of her comfort zone yet she felt enveloped by the community.
“I had a hard time my freshman year embracing all of the opportunities that came to me,” she said. However, she learned to take advantage of those opportunities as her time at Covenant continued, driven by a love of learning.
“I’m a pretty creative, intellectual person,” said Martina. “I love learning.” The idea of being a “Renaissance Woman” had always appealed to her, she said, and she had a desire to be well versed in a variety of things.
“There’s a little bit of everything,” Martina said about Covenant. “I went in knowing that I didn’t sing, but found a great art community….There’s something for everyone here. You’ll find friends and a community that will come alongside you and help you learn.”
In the past four years, Martina has been an Ambassador, Student Council Secretary, served on House Council, and started her own club.
Outside of Covenant, she continues to fulfill her mission of being a Renaissance Woman. Martina has participated in the Tacoma Youth Symphony and been a member of the South Sound String Harp Ensemble since she was 10 years old. She has hands-on experience with writing working for Showcase Magazine for the past four years.
Next year, Martina looks forward to attending Northwest University on their full-ride Presidential Scholarship. Automatically ushered into their Honors Program, she plans to study English and potentially pursue a double major in User Experience Design, with the dream of entering the publishing world as an editor, enjoying writing on the side.
Martina said her primary goal is “to glorify Him and just to be willing to complete whatever He asks me to do.”
You can read more about Martina’s full-ride scholarship and the personal essay she wrote for Northwest University here.June 26, 2020
Being the youngest of four alums, Owen Chiou had always planned on attending Covenant High School. Coming from a small eighth grade class, Covenant provided a larger environment than Owen was accustomed to, and, as an extrovert, he enjoyed the opportunity to get to know more people.
“English has always been really fun,” said Owen. He recalls freshman year when they read Lord of the Flies together and a friend was asked to play a lead character. “[Mrs. Tamminga] does really well implementing life into her teaching so it’s not just English,” Owen said. “The lessons for how to live life and everything is really cool and there’s a lot to learn from her.”
As someone who finds problem-solving satisfying, Owen has always enjoyed math, but AP Calculus has been a lesson in hard work.
“That’s definitely been the class that has taught me how to work hard, more than any other class in school,” said Owen.
As he reflects on his past four years, Owen sees someone who has grown socially, academically, and spiritually.
“I’ve definitely grown with interacting with people,” said Owen. “Now that I am the older class, it’s really fun to interact with anybody that comes by me.” He has also learned to manage his time wisely, prioritize projects, and learn from others and their advice.
When reflecting on how Covenant has shaped his faith, “every part of [Covenant] helps with it,” Owen said. “…Every teacher, every second of every class, is geared towards God and helping us grow in it.” He also commented on the companionship you can find with other students who are growing in their faith as well. “Pretty much all the community [at Covenant] is just geared towards growing in your faith.”
Owen has fond memories with Covenant’s tight-knit Christian community including the choir trip through Oregon, Harvest Parties, Spring Swing, and other Student Council events. He remembers the annual overnight field trips, including the freshman vs. sophomore boys football game – an unofficial tradition.
“I’ll always remember that,” Owen said. “That freshman year we were all expecting to win but then we ended up not so that was a big disappointment,” he laughed.
“Our whole senior class has gotten really close this year,” he said. “We were all just really into making the school a better place and it was fun doing that together.” For example, on Valentine’s day, the senior boys made breakfast for all the girls in their class. “It was an absolute party in the kitchen,” he said. “This is probably one of my best memories.”
During his years at Covenant, Owen has been on Student Council, Honor Society, and served as House Council. Outside of school, he was on the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team for eight years. He went to Nationals five times and, as a team, won several times.
He looks back on his past four years and how he has overall learned to become more and more adaptable. A big part of that transformation was through YXL, which stands for Youth eXcelling in Leadership. Owen spent a week with other youth, growing, hearing different topics, and learning how to see God as a constant in his life.
“It just taught me about trying to live for God and everything,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing in my life pretty much.”
After graduation, Owen plans to attend Clover Park’s Professional Pilot Program in Puyallup.June 22, 2020
Mrs. Shelden will teach College & Career and serve as our new College Advisor. She has a Masters in Teaching in secondary social studies and English and worked in higher education for seven years. Recently, she was director of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching at the University of Puget Sound. She taught classes and helped students develop the life skills needed for college success. She also assisted students with scholarship, fellowship, and post-graduate program applications. Mrs. Shelden is passionate about helping young adults develop the reflective skills needed to find their voice and tell their stories persuasively.
Coach Konzelman brings a wealth of experience and Christian faith to Covenant’s new cross country team. Mr. Konzelman ran varsity cross country for Puyallup High School and for Northwest University in Kirkland. He works as a firefighter in Tacoma and you may have seen him and his brothers play at the Puyallup Fair over the years as the Konzelman Brothers band.
Mr. Friedman will be Covenant’s new full-time math and physics teacher. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors in Mathematics and minor in Journalism. He has taught middle school math at a Veritas homeschool group for the last five summers in his hometown of Arizona. He has served as a private tutor for precalculus and calculus students during his four years at college, and he spent a full semester in Budapest, Hungary conducting math education research. Mr. Friedman is passionate about his faith in Jesus Christ and is also an avid podcaster.
Mr. Dokupil will return as Covenant’s speech and debate coach and teach Study Skills. He will also serve as the interim drama director while Mrs. St. John will be taking a year off to care for her father. We are grateful she will still be available to consult on casting and script selection. Mr. Dokupil graduated with a B.A. in English literature from Whitworth University. He competed in Stoa Speech and Debate throughout high school and won the national championship in 2012. Since graduation, he has taught for Classical Conversations and coached Lincoln Douglas debate at Covenant. In 2019, he directed a summer speech camp and worked full time as an ESL English teacher in China.June 19, 2020
In the beautiful hymn, “How Can I Keep From Singing?”, I am reminded of these words:
“What though my joys and comforts die,
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather ‘round?
Songs in the night He giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?”
Friday, May 15, 2020 would have been the night of our Spring Concert and Art Show, and in God’s providence, we find ourselves in the midst of not just cancelled events but complete uncertainty about the future.
In the midst of “tumult and strife”, we want to remind you of our Savior, who gives us “songs in the night”, who is Lord of heaven and earth, and who is able to give us peace in the midst of storms so that we may say “It is well with my soul”.
Thank you to all the CHS Chamber Choir students who participated in this video and to Jonathan Gross, a CHS alumni, who put all of the audio and visual together. Together, they sing “Gather at the River” arranged by Susan Labarr.
May it be a balm to your soul and remind you of the hope we have in the One who loves us and works all things together for our good.
Standing on His promises,
May 14, 2020