Amazing Grace
Rev. Peter Semeyn

2023 Timothy graduate Grace Roland is the epitome of a student-athlete. Standing at 6’2” she is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. As a 4-year varsity starter, Grace improved her performance every year. During her freshman and sophomore years, Grace played a key role amidst many talented upperclassmen. In her junior and senior years, Grace was a leader in points and rebounding, eventually hitting the coveted 1,000-point mark during her senior year. Grace is only the sixth girl in Timothy history to join the elite Trojan 1000 Point Club. She will go down in the annals of Timothy basketball history as one of the top female players to grace the hardwood in the WAC. 

Grace has a long list of recognitions and awards. Her teammates elected her a co-captain her senior year. She was also named to the Lisle Holiday All-Tournament team as a senior. She was placed on the 3rd team ICBA All-State Team, was honored as the Most Valuable Player for the Metro Suburban Conference, where she was All-Conference 4 years, and to the Daily Herald All-Area team. 

But her list of achievements doesn’t end there. She’s also a top-tier student! Her dream job: Work for NASA and, in her words, design some cool space things. And Grace is well on her way. 

She’s loaded her schedule with rigorous classes, including AP, honors, and dual enrollment classes. With a nearly perfect GPA, SAT scores, and her imposing dominance on the basketball court, she caught the eye of several scouts from top engineering schools, including Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the University of Southern Indiana

Just to put it in perspective — Grace got to choose which top-ranked school she was going to attend and play basketball. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is ranked Number 1 in the nation for engineering by US News and World Report. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is also ranked Number 1 in the nation by US News and World Report for its Aerospace Engineering program. University of Southern Indiana is a D1 basketball school and has an impressive engineering program. Grace ultimately decided to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 

While Grace has been a high achiever in the classroom and on the court, she has also grown significantly as a person. “One of the great things about Timothy is that it assisted me in my spiritual growth and in my growth as a person,” Grace said. 

Her most memorable high school experience was not a victory on the court, winning a championship, or scoring 1,000 points, but the Renew Trip the team took to Arizona her freshman year. “I was super nervous since I was only 14,” she remembered, “but all of the girls on the team were so welcoming and I ended up having a great week. I made great friends who I still talk to today.” 

Timothy has provided Grace with the environment to be a true student-athlete. Her teachers have ignited her academic growth and have inspired her to continue learning. Her coaches have loved her, supported her, and pushed her to not just be at the top of her game, but to be the person God created her to be. 

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