Anna Grace Voorhies is Pleasant View Christian School’s valedictorian for the Class of 2021.
She plans to attend Welch College in Gallatin and to major in psychology.
“After I finish up at Welch, I’ll be going probably to Trevecca to obtain my master’s degree in psychology with a focus in Christian counseling,” she said.
“My high school nickname is ‘Ag,’ ” she said. “My friends and my little sister started it. I have always gone by both of my names Anna Grace, and it’s just shorter to say Ag.”
Voorhies plays varsity volleyball, and she works in the daycare at PVCS as well as the K-4 after school program. She is president of both the student body and the Honor Society.
She is also fluent in sign language.
“My little sister is deaf, and so I spend a lot of time at church doing sign language,” she said. “I’ve learned it since I was little because it’s part of my church, and they have a deaf ministry. So, when we adopted my sister, I was immersed in it over the years.”
Voorhies has two younger sisters, Mae and Julia Faith, who was adopted from China and is deaf.
Her uncle is the pastor and her father is the children’s director at Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Joelton.
She admitted that one of her more challenging subjects has been physics.
“I find it’s the most difficult class for me, but it’s also my favorite because I love (teacher) Miss Ingram because she’s very good at slowing things down and explaining it to me because science is not my best subject,” she said.
Voorhies said she has special memories from the school’s drama program. Her parents, Gary and Kelly Voorhies, lead the school’s drama department.
“Last year, my junior year, I was in drama,” she said. “All of my best friends were there — Maddie, Emily, Sophia and then our guy friends Nathan, Cam, John — my whole group of friends were in there. It was fun because in drama we get to be really silly, doing things like games and improv.”
She arrived at PVCS as an eighth grader.
“I was very, very shy, and didn’t have a ton of friends going here,” she said. “I didn’t know a lot of people; and so I think that will be very similar again as a college freshman. I know a few people at Welch, but no one that I’m super close with that I know. So I will be meeting new people. As for what’s similar, it will still be a Christian environment.”
She’ll be able to talk to teachers about spiritual matters, and she appreciates the small-school feel that Trevecca offers.
PVCS Principal Rusty Campbell said he is impressed by Anna Grace.
“I think what stands out to me most about Anna Grace is her character and her testimony,” said Campbell. “I have always appreciated how she has approached her school work, her relationships, and her faith. I feel that she lives out her faith daily, and is not ashamed of it.
“Anna Grace is a very talented young lady, and I am excited to see how she uses her talents after leaving PVCS. I would say the memories that I have of Anna Grace will be how she used her talents in our fine arts program both through singing and acting.”