Dreams for the future can seem unattainable, but it is important to keep working toward
making them come true. Troy Hill, AA senior, spoke about “living your best life” in his
Chapel Talk, delivered on March 6. The “best life” encompasses “chasing your dreams
no matter where the journey takes you.”

Troy’s educational journey took an unexpected turn in 2019 when his mom and
Angela Anderson, AA Athletic Director, had a conversation about Troy and her son Kyle
playing baseball. “Before I knew it, I was taking a tour of the Academy,” Troy said. “My
mom fell in love right when we walked through the door,” he said. Troy enjoyed meeting
Head of School Rodney Taylor who gave him a tour. He expressed gratitude for his
teachers and the opportunity to attend Amelia Academy for high school.

Troy admitted that his academic performance has not always been what it could
have been. Nevertheless, he appreciates the teachers who “brought the best out of me
in a lot of ways.” Two of those teachers, Trudy Arbitelle and Cindy Ison, have been
especially inspiring. “There is never a dull moment [with Mrs. Arbitelle],” he said. “I
appreciate everything she has done for me in the classroom.” Troy said that Mrs. Ison
“makes learning fun and, even though I don’t do the best on tests, she tells me it will be

Troy and his friends have created many memories, especially over the past four
years. Long before that, he, Kyle Anderson, and Jacob Barbour were playing baseball
together. “We’ve had a lot of fun together . . . and we’ve won many games and
championships.” he said. Another friend, Nick Flippin, is a “one-of-a-kind guy,” Troy

Troy paid a special tribute to his parents and thanked them “for getting me to
where I am today.” His mom–his best friend–has been supportive and a “shoulder to
lean on,” he said. “[She] has taught me a lot, and I know she will lead me in the right

His dad has taught Troy life lessons and about “being the best version of myself.”
He has also been a role model for Troy in his dream of becoming a mechanic. “I can’t
wait to see what the future holds for me as I try to follow in his footsteps and chase my
dreams,” he said.

Troy offered the same advice to his fellow students, telling them to chase their
own dreams. He shared a quote from the Book of Proverbs that his mom has told him to
remember. “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your
efforts with success.”

Attending Troy’s Chapel Talk were his parents, Rondell and Waverly Hill. His
grandparents, Florence and James Hill, along with his aunt, Shontell Hill, were also