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Jonathan Pan
Classification: Kindergarten
Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy

Jonathan Pan is about to finish Kindergarten at Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy. In addition to regular school attendance, Jonathan has also found time to learn to swim, play the piano, and take martial arts lessons.  He can swim the freestyle and back stroke, play classical music pieces, and has already earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Having lived in Taiwan for the past three years, Jonathan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and quickly started to learn English after moving back to Katy in December 2010.  He opted to be a contestant in the Spelling Bee to demonstrate his affection for the English words.  His favorite subject with Mrs. Miesner is Math because she challenges him with advanced concepts.

In Wednesday chapel, Jonathan loves the song “Waves of Mercy” because it makes him feel bright and happy.  He believe Jesus when he says “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.” (Genesis 28:15)

Joseph Ponder
Classification: 7th Grade
John Paul II Catholic School

Joseph was born in Katy and has attended John Paul II Catholic School since Kindergarten, where he has been on the soccer team and baseball team and participated in the Science Club and Robotics Team.

Joseph excels in music and is a wonderful percussionist.  He is a member of the ATTSB All-Region Middle School Band and has won several awards for his art and Witty Writing.  Joseph is an Honor Roll student, enjoys baseball and classic Rock,  and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 490 out of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.   One of the highlights during Middle School was winning the National Geographic Geography Bee at John Paul II.   Joseph was also invited to perform with the Pope John Pride Marching Band Drum Line during football season this year.  Joseph is working towards his Eagle Scout Award and plans to attend Pope John XXIII High School.  Joseph would like to study Marine Biology or Meteorology and attend Texas A&M or University of Missouri in Columbia.

Joseph’s favorite Bible verse is Luke 23:42-43, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”  Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Madeleine Jones
Classification: 8th Grade
Grace Classical Academy

Madeleine Jones is currently in her eighth year at Grace Classical Academy. Her artistic endeavors include creative writing, drawing, decorative woodworking and designing beaded jewelry pieces.

Maddie’s extracurricular activities include studying piano and playing soccer, which she hopes to pursue in high school.  She plans to run track, as well.  Her Clydesdale and Siberian Husky have a special place in her heart and schedule. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends on the lake and likes traveling, especially to places where she is able to surf, snorkel, horse back ride, or snow board.

She understands the need for positive role models and strives to be an encourager to other girls. Looking toward the future, Madeleine is interested in marine biology and veterinary medicine. She is seeking the Lord’s guidance for her path, wherever He may lead.

Her favorite scripture verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Staff Writer

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