Teen Spotlight: Daphne Swavely
Stats: 17, Senior at Eastwood Christian School
- Member of the National Beta Club
- Honorable Mention in the 2017 Robin Goodfellow Poetry Prize
- Maxima Cum Laude in the 2017 National Latin Examination
- Member of Mu Alpha Theta
Quotable: “I don’t really have a motto. I believe life is so much more complex and beautiful than one simple phrase.”
Her Story: Daphne loves attending Eastwood Christian School because the school’s dedication to God leads her to be an even stronger believer and always reminds her that education is not merely for earthly accomplishments but to glorify Him in every way. She is involved in various organizations, and in 2019, Daphne received a full-ride scholarship to attend Middlebury Interactive Summer Program in Vermont to learn Arabic in an immersive environment. Daphne shared, “I would advise someone entering high school to take a deep breath and remember that while your grades and achievements are important, savor this time. Stay focused on what truly matters to God.” She wants to be remembered as a servant—a kind, loving, determined girl who looks after people’s needs before her own.
What’s Next: Daphne wants to be a linguist and do mission work. “I would love to travel to unreached places, learn their language and translate the Bible into that language. I hope to bring connections and education to people who have none. I wish to be educated in turn by these foreign people.” Daphne’s interest in missions was sparked after her sister went on a mission trip to Jordan in 2017. Daphne’s youth pastor and his wife have truly inspired her to live a life honoring God.
Parental Guidance (PG) Rating: Daphne stated, “I love my family’s ability to adapt. Due to being a military family, we have moved quite a few times. However, this has only made us closer. We see the changes that are to come, digest the information, then proceed with the best plan from there. We work like a well-oiled machine, and it makes life seem so simple.”
Parents’ Perspective: Renée and Allyn shared, “Daphne is our deep-thinker, decision-maker. When she hears a new idea/concept, she will ponder it, analyze it, then out of the blue, she will share an observation or conclusion that she has on the idea. She really rolls an idea around in her brain to think of all angles or arguments. We admire Daphne’s personality trait as a mediator and encourager. She values relationships and friendships and will work to help others reconcile relationships as well.”
Parent to Parent: The Swavely family shared, “We would offer this advice to others—keep your kiddos grounded! Hard work and dedication to a job well done will go a long way in this world.”