Senior Spotlight

Lea Cioffi

Lea holds an honorable and well-deserved title as a Lyman Hall class of 2020 graduate, the valedictorian, graduating with a 4.39 GPA. She has worked diligently throughout her high school career to excel, and has involved herself in many endeavors along the journey. To list some of the accolades and activities, she has 6 Advanced Placement courses under her belt, is an AP Scholar with Honors, Student Government President, received High Honor Roll for 6 consecutive semesters, President of National Honor Society, Key Club President, Peer Advocate, and a member of Best Buddies. Lea also is a member of several clubs and volunteers her time in school activities, as well as VBS, the Dominican Republic Mission Team, and as a Sunday School Teacher. I wish I was gifted with words good enough to tell you how wonderfully blessed we are to have Lea as our daughter. We are so proud of her accomplishments but, more of the confident, compassionate and loving young woman she has become. Part of that comes from the guidance, love, and support of her FBC family! You all have seen her grow and mature in her faith. Her grandmother was a Sunday School teacher, Deacon and faithful church member for many, many years. We named Lea in her honor; Lucy Etheleen Adams. Though she died before Lea was born, we know she is smiling and looking down over her with happiness and love!

As her parents we will miss the little girl of yesterday but we are so excited for the wondrous years ahead! I will end with a Bible scripture that I hope will inspire not only Lea but all who read it: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

We love you Lea! Your family, Mom, Dad, J.J., James and Erin Kinsley Wallace

 Kinsley is a smart, bright, beautiful, and fun young lady. She is incredibly excited to be graduating and is looking forward to figuring out what the future holds. Kinsley was an honor and high honors student during her entire 4 years at Sheehan. She worked so hard to maintain excellent grades. She put 110% into everything she did in order to be successful in school. Kinsley has an eye for fashion and a fun and unique sense of style. She is happiest when she is creative a look from head to toe. She participated in the Outdoors Club for the last several years, was an AP art student for the last two years and though she did not get to show her work this year was able to enjoy the experience of an AP art show last year. Kinsley played lacrosse all 4 years at Sheehan and Was selected to be Captain for this season, the season that sadly did not happen. Kinsley is still trying to figure out what her future holds and is hoping to be a model and when things settle down with the pandemic, she will work on pursuing that dream. We know that wherever her dreams take her future is very bright.

Stephanie and Brian

Laurel Geist

Laurel has been attending FBC with us for her entire life.  She was baptized and became a member in 2017.  She has fond memories of many youth group escapades, in particular the lock-ins!  She has enjoyed helping in the nursery, and working at Vacation Bible School.  Laurel will be graduating 9th in her class from Lyman Hall High School.  A flute player, she has been a proud member of the marching band all 4 years.  In her senior year, she was a section leader, as well as a Band Captain.  Laurel has been fortunate to have excellent and inspiring teachers, and she has enjoyed various activities.  The spring musicals found her painting sets and being a part of stage crew.  Another well known Lyman Hall tradition is Community Day service.   On or close to Veterans Day, students rake leaves for some of Wallingford’s senior residents.   It is a great time to have fun together too. She especially enjoys the sciences and has worked diligently.  She was inducted into the National Honor Society this past fall, and we were recently notified that she is a Varsity Scholar.  Laurel’s plans are to attend Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston, and study to become a physical therapist.   We have visited the campus twice.  Her eyes lit up.  She is very eager for this next stage, preparing for her future career in a diverse and interesting city! We are indeed blessed, and are grateful for the support and love within our First Baptist family.   All parents say it, but 18 years have passed very quickly. 

Chris & Sue

Jamie Heinrich

Jamie started her journey at FBC as a very shy and timid little girl. She had a hard time communicating with adults. You would never know that now!  She has grown into a very fun loving, kind hearted, free spirited young woman. Jamie has been a member of the Lyman Hall band and color guard for the last four years and volunteered her time with the Connecticut Tigers working with special needs young adults teaching them color guard routines and performing with them . Jamie has been part of VBS since kindergarten and has enjoyed working her way up to being a leader. She enjoys working with the kids. Jamie has also played girls softball for the past 12 years and this being her senior year she would have been Captain.She has also received high honors all four years of high school. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and especially our dog Oliver. Jamie will be attending Albertus Magnus College in the fall majoring in Education. We are so very proud of her!!

Scott and Diane

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