It’s May which means graduation time. We would like to honor all our graduating seniors this month, whether they are graduating form high school or college.
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23
The Lord gave Emily Michelle to Billy and Pam Anderson, to love and to cherish in, the early hours of August 12, 1994. She has blessed our home with love, laughter, her beautiful smile, and caring heart. Emily has a love for all animals, big and small. She enjoys trail riding on her horse Apache’, that is also full of cats and kittens. She has played high school soccer for the past two years. She is an amateur photographer. She enjoys all types of music and can still play a tune or two on the piano after many years of lessons. As a child, Emily was rarely seen without her “Pooh” doll and several stuffed kittens. She loved blowing bubbles and playing with her twin dolls that she named “Hannah” and “Grace”. As she grew, she tried out many sports, such as basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and dance. Dance became her new love. She took lessons in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and modern dance for a little over three years. She can be found dancing in her room on a daily basis, even now. Emily has a deep and caring heart. She shows this daily by the care and concern she has for all those around her. Emily has been peer tutoring at Griffith Elementary this year in one of the pre-kindergarten classes and has discovered a love for children and enjoys helping them. Emily plans to attend Chattanooga State this fall to pursue a career in teaching.
Austin will be attending UTC in the fall, pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering. He also plans to get his teaching certification. Right now, he thinks he wants to be a computer teacher and wants to return to Sequatchie County to teach in our school system. Austin attends our Wednesday night youth group.
HORACE GAITHER BARKER
Plans to attend Vanderbilt University and major in financial economics/business. He hopes to obtain his MBA upon graduating from Vanderbilt. He would then like to go to law school. He will be playing football at Vanderbilt as well. He is a recruited walk-on as a long snapper. Gaither is the Valedictorian and made 31 on his ACT. He was captain of the football team this year.
Katherine Ann Barker is the daughter of Allen C. Barker and Anita Myers Barker. She is graduating from Tennessee Technological University with an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Medical Sciences. She lettered in Tennessee Tech Women’s Basketball team all four years, where she received Defensive Player of the year, Miss Golden Eagle, and the Ohio Valley Conference Metal of Honor. She is president of the Phi Epsilon Kappa fraternity at Tennessee Tech and is involved in various other clubs such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Exercise Science Club.
Afterwards, her plans are to attend Marshall University to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Everyone is more than welcome to attend the graduation ceremony held on May 11th, 2012 at 2 p.m. cst.
In her free time, she enjoys shopping, spending time with friends and family, and doing anything active outdoors.
Favorite Bible verse: Matthew 17:20: He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Favorite Quotes: “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” -John Wooden
Meghan graduated from Bryan College in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theater and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently working at a small insurance agency and planning her wedding to William Tholken.
William will graduate from Bryan College this May with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Management. He is looking to work in a management position, but is open for other positions. He is looking forward to his wedding to Meghan Jones this fall.