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I started a clothing company this summer! I have been passionate about sewing since middle school, and completed my first big project as a voluntary extra credit project for AP European History at BTA - an English Tudor gown in the style of Elizabeth I when she was a girl. Now I am putting that self-starting spirit and those sewing skills to use designing and producing handmade custom children's clothes.
Rachel Strasner Gawlak
Brian and I are excited to announce that we have a baby daughter arriving March of 2018! We feel very blessed and are thrilled to have a precious new addition to our life together.
Ashley Costa Hayward
As of October 19, I left my position as Director of the Communications and TV department for the City of Everett, and began a new journey as a Media Producer at a technology consultant firm called GraVoc in Peabody, MA. My responsibilities include producing and editing video, and web development for clients within the company. It has been such an amazing transition, and I am very blessed to have this opportunity! Aside from the job, I have also been involved in our local church, Netcast in Beverly, working as a Team Leader in Kids Ministry each week. Many great things have been happening, and I am just excited for the ride.
After being discharged from military duty last year, I am graduating from Northwestern University this December. I am moving to Singapore and will work at an investment bank as an exotics trader in January 2018.
I recently moved to Roxbury and am excited to be throwing in on what God is doing here in this community. Meanwhile, I am working in the special education department at a public elementary school in Brookline and getting my Masters of Science in Elementary and Special Education at Wheelock. I'm super excited to finally get to teach my own class once I graduate from this program in 2019 and hopefully will get to invest in the youth of Boston by working for Boston Public Schools.
I got engaged on July 21 and am planning to marry October 2019! My fiancé's name is Rey Daniel Mota. I am now a second year veterinary student at University of Missouri and was accepted into the DVM/MPH dual program. I will be obtaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters of Public Health degree by May 2020. Next summer I will be doing my first externship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and am less than one year away from entering my clinical rotations! I can't wait to be done with didatics! The picture I have attached is from a pet photo day that took place this month. Meet my dog Tucker! I adopted him a little over a year ago.
Lord-willing, in January 2018 I will be moving to Turkey to serve with a group that works with Syrians refugees. I plan to be there long-term and I can't wait for it!
Immediately following graduation from Wheaton College (IL) last May, I began working at Wheaton Academy in the Development Office. Wheaton Academy is a private Christian high school in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago and actually networks closely with Boston Trinity! My position has allowed me to interact with a wide range of alumni, donors, and families as well as gain experience working with a variety of foundations, organizations, and charitable trusts.
I am living in Wheaton and attending College Church, where I am involved in 20's Ministry and leading junior high ministry.
Amanda will be graduating in May 2018 with an Environmental Studies and History Coordinate major and Sociology minor. Her post-grad plans are TBD, but over the last summer and continuing through this school year, she has been working for the Center for the Study of Global Christianity as a Research Assistant. She is helping them collect updated data on global denominations and revising encyclopedia articles for their upcoming third edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia. She also runs their Twitter account, so if you're interested check out @CSGC!
This past summer, I participated as a vendor in the Marion Arts Festival with both my crocheted items and novels. Additionally, I published my second novel "The Sorting Room", book one of a trilogy, with book two slated to be released in 2018. Besides writing and crocheting, I also helped mentor younger music students in a band program at a local music store where I've been taking guitar lessons for almost a decade.
My novels can be found on Amazon by searching my name, and my author page on Facebook is @AngelinaSingerAuthor
I went to BTA for my senior year which was an amazing and hard transition. I was new and knew no one. Soon I became best friends with Rachael Manasseh. We did everything together and I ended up doing a video on the Holocaust which is now nominated for an award at my school. BTA shaped me into the person I am today. I am now the leader of the homeless ministry at Gordon College and am studying Communication Arts, Christian Ministry with a concentration in Global Christianity. I plan to study abroad in Jerusalem and have been there already. Also, I hope to work overseas in Pakistan helping the persecuted church if possible. BTA gave me the skills to do college and life. I am so proud to represent them and have my films nominated for several awards as well as actively participating in everything on campus. I had the time of my life there and would do it again if I could.
I would never have imagined that a wish I had made about 5 years ago would come true so fast. Before coming to Boston Trinity Academy, I attended a small private elementary school in Arlington, now called New Covenant School, which is also the school where my youngest brother is now in first grade. My wish when I left to move onto BTA was to someday return and be a teacher. And now currently, thanks to my former Art teacher, I am working as assistant/substitute art teacher at this school, as well as, helping out with the with K4/5 classes on some mornings. Some of the lovely kiddos I get to spend time with are shown in the picture. It has been an eye-opening experience to help plan lessons, lead some classes, and interact with adorable children.
I also have the pleasure of tutoring an autistic boy from an Indian family bi-weekly. It has been a challenging process in planning and preparing material to teach but much of it reminds me of my time in Nepal at the ABBS school and the joy I had in getting close and personal with the children there. I have been enjoying getting to know this boy and his energetic persona and as someone who hopes to pursue Special Education in college, I'm sure my experience in working and spending time with him will help me jump-start my path to this career.
Also inspired by my time in the Trinity Institute at BTA, I have been trying to be more active in an organization called PEER teens which is similar to the Trinity Institute in dealing with social justice issues and having young adult leadership. PEER teens is a network of teens from all over the world in places such as Zambia, Uganda, and Guatemala to name a few, whose main objective is to extend God's Kingdom in their respective communities. Some of the projects have been hospital outreach, delivering food to rural areas, or leading worship at local schools. For me, being part of Boston PEER teens, we have helped a refugee family move in and collect household items, as well as, help out with a Sudanese Sunday school. I am excited for the year ahead and the new projects and issues PEER teens Boston may tackle.
Overall I have been thoroughly enjoying my gap year and am thankful for God's guidance now in my work and in making the decision. I also am once again grateful to BTA for helping spark these passions of mine that I am continuing to foster. Missing all my fellow classmates and friends from BTA!