By AGAPE Staff
Now that the school year has come to a close, we want to extend our congratulations to three adoptive students who graduated from high school this spring.
James Blevins, Isaiah Spurlock and Hunter Ashton were all adopted through AGAPE during childhood, and we’ve had the pleasure of watching them grow up over the years. We recently spoke with each of them to talk about their high school experience and discuss their future plans.
We first met James Blevins as a newborn in 2000 when his mother made a crisis foster care placement. She later made the hard decision to surrender her parental rights and allow an adoptive family to raise him. James’ foster mother, Nancy, adopted and raised him along with two younger adoptive brothers. James graduated from McGavock High School. During his time there, he was involved in Air Force Junior ROTC all four years, as well as drill team and Boy Scouts. He was actively involved in the youth group at Schrader Lane Church of Christ, spent a summer in Europe during his sophomore year and participated in the inaugural ENGAGE: Youth Theology Initiative at Lipscomb University as a senior. He also received the Tuskegee Airman Award. James plans to attend college for two years at Nashville State Community College and then four years at either the University of Tennessee, University of Alabama Huntsville or Tuskegee University majoring in aeronautical engineering. James plays the drums and guitar, and he enjoys traveling and playing sports.
Hunter came to us as an infant and was in foster care for over two years before being adopted. Hunter graduated from Siegel High School and was actively involved in Model United Nations, Chamber Choir, Key Club, Beta Club and National Honors Society. He says the most challenging aspect of high school was staying focused and working towards his future, but that his family supported him during stressful times and helped him remain dedicated. Hunter likes working on software development for computers and hanging out with his friends. He’s thankful for the love and care his adoptive parents have shown him and says that being adopted was a blessing – without which he would not be where he is today. Hunter plans to attend Vanderbilt University with a full scholarship.
Isaiah came to AGAPE as a two-year-old, along with his sister and two brothers. They were voluntarily placed by their mother who was struggling to take care of them with no support. She made the tough decision to surrender her parental rights and allow the foster parents who were caring for them to adopt them. Isaiah recently graduated from Aaron Academy and participated in Boy Scouts for a few years. Now that he’s finished school, Isaiah plans to continue working on the farm full-time and someday join the police or military. He says the most challenging part of high school was having the strength to push through, maintain good grades and eventually graduate. Isaiah loves spending time outdoors and playing airsoft with his brothers and friends, as well as fishing and occasionally hunting. Isaiah says he can’t imagine what his life would have been like with any other family or without AGAPE.
We are incredibly proud of these young men and their accomplishments, and we’re forever grateful to have been a part of their stories. Congratulations to the class of 2018!