Teen Spotlights

Teen Spotlight: Mary Vander Sewell

Stats: Senior at Alabama Christian Academy

notable: Varsity Track Team Member, Varsity Volleyball Team Member, National Honor Society Member

quotable: “I try to live out Colossians 3:23, which says: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as if you were working for the Lord.

her story: At Alabama Christian Academy, Mary Vander is actively involved in the Key Club, Athletic Ambassadors, Pep Club, National Honor Society, varsity track, and varsity volleyball. She shares, “My biggest achievements are winning State for javelin in 2017 and 2018, while still being active at church and in school.” When asked to share her favorite thing about attending ACA, she explained, “ACA provides me with awesome opportunities to pursue my individual interests. The teachers and coaches encourage me spiritually, educationally, athletically.” Outside of school, Mary Vander is involved with the youth group at her church and attends youth camp. She also helps with a toddler class on Sundays, and with VBS each summer. Overall, Mary Vander wants to be remembered as a strong Christian leader, and advises other teens to “make the most of your opportunities, and do your best to follow God through the happy times and the struggles.”

what’s next: “I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I love being involved with sports and going new places.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: “The people who have inspired me the most are my family and friends because of their constant love and support for whatever I am trying to achieve. One thing about my family that makes me proud is that we go through everything together.”

parents’ perspective: Jane and Steve explain, “What we admire most about Mary Vander is her determination. She sets her own goals in various disciplines—spiritual, academic, or athletic. But it’s her sheer will to relentlessly pursue them that drives her outcomes. It is a joy to watch a young person with a strong moral compass strive to achieve and live a purpose-driven life.

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