On Sunday, May 5, ten talented, kind, and thoughtful young people will publicly affirm their baptisms during the 9:15 service. Please take a moment now to get to know a little bit about each of them and continue to remember them in your prayers as they complete their confirmation journeys.

Logan Corrado was born in Tucson and is a student at St, Michael’s School. His favorite classes are History and PE. He played King Triton in the school musical, The Little Mermaid. Outside of class, Logan plays baseball and also enjoys building with Legos and watching Netflix. His community service project combined a pre-Christmas babysitting night with a diaper drive in support of the Tucson Diaper Bank. His confirmation mentor was Margaret Casolari, and his favorite part of EDGE was game nights. Logan would like everyone to know that his favorite movie is any from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs.

Karli Gardlund, a Tucson native, attends Emily Gray Junior High, where she especially enjoys her Choir and Science classes. Her extracurricular activities include Animation class, Bible club, and National Junior Honor Society. When she has some spare time, Karli likes to read and play with puppies. Her confirmation mentor was Allison Keeports, and her service project was to organize and direct activities for children concurrent with last fall’s TVLC Commitment Sunday dinner. Karli especially enjoys the videos that are shown during EDGE classes. It’s a fun fact that Karli became a member of TVLC before her mom
and dad did – she was baptized here before they had completed their new member class!

Jayde Hanson, another Tucson native, is a student at Esperero Canyon Middle School, where her favorite class is Art. In addition to school, Jayde stays busy with Cheerleading and Girl Scouts, and she enjoys various activities with her friends. For her community service project, Jayde made pet beds and collected donations for the Humane Society. Her confirmation mentor was Barbara Warrilow. Jayde’s favorite part of EDGE classes was game nights.

Janice Hodges was born in Tucson and attends Alice Vail Middle School. Her favorite school class is Science, and she also enjoys Art and Choir. She enjoys drawing in her spare time. Janice’s confirmation mentor was Tracy Jordan, and her service project was to host a group of volunteers who wrote letters to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. These letters were then sent to a clearinghouse maintained by the non-profit organization Girls Love Mail, and were then distributed to women all over the U.S. When asked about her favorite part of EDGE, Janice said “Just being around everyone and playing games while
learning about God.”

Ashley Kirkpatrick, also born in Tucson, attends BASIS Tucson North. She especially enjoys her Math, Art, and Biology classes. Outside of class she participates in volleyball, National Junior Honor Society, and National Classical League. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys drawing and hanging out with her friends. Cheri Mitstifer was Ashley’s confirmation mentor, and her project was to plan and run an Easter Egg Hunt for children at TVLC. Her favorite part of EDGE class was “highs and lows.” (If you are unfamiliar with this activity, please ask a confirmation student!) Ashley wants you to know that she loves
helping children and volunteering with her family

Tyler Maggard, a Tucson native, attends Academy of Tucson Middle School, where his favorite classes are Science and Math. He enjoys video games, hanging out with his friends, and going to Air Time. His community service project involved assisting with refugees at various shelter locations in Tucson, and his confirmation mentor was Greg Mannel. Tyler’s favorite activity at EDGE was game night. He adds, “I am 14, my birthday is March 22, and I used to skateboard.”

Claire McClellan, another Tucson native, attends Academy of Tucson Middle School. Her favorite are Girls Chorus and Math, and she also enjoys being a member of National Junior Honor Society and playing softball. When she has some free time, Claire likes to listen to music and talk to her friends. Her community service project involved gathering a group of volunteers to work on Beads of Courage, and her mentors were Doug and Sherry Cain. When asked about her favorite part of EDGE, Claire mentioned both highs and lows, and game nights.

Erik Melde, born in Tucson, attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. His favorite class is Social Studies, and he also participates in band. In his spare time he plays both video games and board games. Erik says he most enjoyed being with the people at EDGE. His community service project involved working at the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank, and his mentor was Jim Marian.

Halle Pinc-Sutterfield, also born in Tucson (at St. Joe’s), attends Esperero Canyon Middle School, where her favorite classes are Spanish, Social Studies, and Math. She enjoys playing tennis, singing and volunteering. In her spare time, she bikes, sings, and hangs out with her friends. Halle’s confirmation mentor was Karen Yodice, and her project was to create fidget quilts for Alzheimer’s patients. Halle says that her favorite part of EDGE classes was learning about God with friends, and she stated “I love God and appreciate being in the TVLC community.”

Devyn Williams, another Tucsonan by birth, attends Old Vail Middle School, where her favorite classes are Social Studies and Language Arts. When she has some spare time, she has fun drawing and being with her friends. Devyn’s confirmation mentor was Nancy Jindrick. For her community service project, Devyn chose to repaint Wheeler Elementary School’s outdoor ball court – she even fulfilled the dreams of the Wheeler staff by adding the school’s paw print symbol to the center of the court. Devyn says that she enjoyed game nights at EDGE most of all.

We are indeed fortunate to have these delightful young people among us! We thank God for them, their families, their mentors and teachers, and all others who have assisted them in their faith journeys thus far. Our prayer for them is that they will each be richly blessed through the affirmation of baptismal vows, and also that they will be encouraged to grow in faith in the future.