Teen Spotlights

Teen Spotlight: Andrew Markwell

stats: 18, Senior at Alabama Christian Academy

notable: Bible Award Recipient, Principal’s Award Recipient, Track and Field Team Member

quotable: “If we strive for perfection, we will achieve excellence.”- Vince Lombardi

his story: Andrew is a member of several clubs and organizations at ACA, including Cross Country, Track and Field, Key Club, and Pep Club. Andrew shares, “The thing I find most inspirational is success coming from hard work, whether it be something as mundane as a student putting time and effort into a paper or test, something as attention-grabbing as a professional athlete putting hours of work into their sport, or something as impressive as an entrepreneur starting their own business. I see these things, and it drives me to work hard because I crave that drive and ambition that these kinds of people have.” When asked to share something most people don’t know about him, Andrew confided, “I watched every episode of Downton Abbey with my sisters, and actually enjoyed it.”

what’s next: “I either want to become a marketing consultant for an outdoor store, or sell insurance. What sparked my interest in marketing and insurance is that they both are very social jobs, and require a lot of interaction with people. I am a very big people person. Both professions involve persuasion, for which I think I have the aptitude.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: “My family is very personable, and we truly engage with one another when we are together. We also enjoy fellowship as a family with others.” He believes the best advice he’s ever received came from his dad: “A smart man learns from his mistakes. A genius learns from someone else’s.”

parents’ perspective: Angie shares, “My son is a respectful, grateful young man. He works hard in school, considers our yard his responsibility, does his own laundry, and takes out the trash without being asked. I am so blessed by his diligence and love.”

parent-to-parent: Angie and Roger share, “Enjoy the moment and be available. The years we are given to be parents with our children in our homes go very fast. If parents are not intentional about training, before they realize it, the time has passed them by.

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