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JUPITER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – The 2024 Student Staff of “The Beak” welcomes new JCS Principal Joshua Wade in round table interview.

This year at JCS there are so many new things – new teachers, new students, new classes, a new Athletics Department, facilities updates, and so much more! One very salient addition to our school is High School Principal Joshua Wade. Recently the staff of “The Beak” (also completely new) had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Wade for an in-depth interview, which we hope will help our student body get to know their new and clearly dedicated principal a bit better.

Mr. Wade grew up in a small town in Maryland north of Washington D.C. called Damascus. In his years growing up, he loved the freedom of being a kid – running around in woods with his friends, causing trouble and having a good time. He was one of four children growing up in his family. He was the oldest boy, but he also has an older sister, a younger brother, and a baby sister.

Of his faith, Principal Wade says, “I grew up in a Christian household, but it wasn’t a very traditional one. I always knew God was real; I always knew Jesus was great, but I did not have a real encounter with Christ until I was 19 or 20 years old.” He went on to describe himself as a “bad kid” and a “troublemaker” during his years in high school – receiving bad grades and skipping school often. This lifestyle led to him barely graduating from high school, and consequently he was not accepted into college right away. The Lord used this experience to humble him. As Wade put it, “If you don’t accept humility, humility will find you.” Through this experience, Mr. Wade learned who Jesus really was and accepted Him as his true Lord and Savior. Now, being in education himself, he uses the experiences of his past to speak authentically to students about their own struggles and help them avoid the pitfalls he faced.

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His advice to students new to the faith is simple. First, read the Bible. Second, find a community of people your own age who are also walking in faith to do life with. Finally, find a spiritual mentor who is walking authentically with Jesus. Mr. Wade attends Calvary Church in Jupiter Farms where several other JCS families also attend. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 5:2, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve…” (NIV).

Athletics have also been a huge part of Mr. Wade’s life. In high school he played soccer and several other sports – though he would say soccer was his best sport. He served as a goalkeeper and a captain for his team. Says Wade, “It was the one place where I accepted my role and did what I was supposed to do…as opposed to school where I did not.” This was the first opportunity he had to practice leadership which is now his career.

Sports continued to play a big part of his life throughout high school, but in college things took a different direction. He met Christ there, and shortly after college he met his future wife. Together they began travelling the world and serving Christ. He has taught classes in the slums of India, ministered in mud huts in Tanzania, and much more. Now that he is settled in Florida, he and his wife have a son named River, and he continues to make his faith an important part of his career and life. He has also added flyfishing to that mix. Says Wade, “I love flyfishing in salt water – that is my go-to hobby.”

Mr. Wade received his college education from Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, though he had to take a “gap” year after high school due to his poor grades. As Wade explained, “It was the only school that would take me, but it ended up being a great experience because it launched me into a teaching career.” Later he received his master’s degree from Regent University. Says Wade, “I always wanted to be a teacher. It was kind of the sports thing. I loved my teachers who engaged me, so I wanted to be like them, and it was also an opportunity to coach – which was really my biggest passion.” Mr. Wade majored in Social Studies and Secondary Education. His master’s is in Educational Leadership. When asked what working in education has taught him, his answer was, “We have the best job in the world, first and foremost! I can honestly say I have never had a bad day as a teacher.” At this point, Mr. Wade has been in education for fifteen years and has served in five schools over his career. When asked if there were any other career fields that spark his interest, he said, “I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

It was incredible having the opportunity to meet with and interview Mr. Wade. It is evident already that our school is in good and dedicated hands. So far, on our campus, Mr. Wade has been impressed with the deep faith evident in so many in the JCS family. Says Wade, “That has been a great and beautiful surprise.” We are so excited to welcome Mr. Joshua Wade, and we look forward to an amazing year under his leadership.

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Class of 2027 Student Journalist
Beach Boggess is a student journalist for “The Beak.” She graduates in 2027, and this is her first year at Jupiter Christian School. She enjoys writing things like stories and poems, especially free writing. She has lived in Palm Beach County her whole life; she would not trade it for the world. Beach thinks that living here in Florida is the best place to live in America. Outside of school, she enjoys dancing, biking, going to the beach, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and family. Traveling is one of her favorite things to do! Her favorite place she has visited is Costa Rica. It was the experience of a lifetime! She does not enjoy watching sports, but she loves watching movies, especially Elf. She believes strongly that God has a plan for her life. She is working towards following his path and encouraging others along the way.
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Ben Weda has been a student at Jupiter Christian School for 10 years and is a journalist for Jupiter Christian’s newspaper ‘The Beak." Over the years, Ben’s friends have given him many nicknames, ‘Big Ben’ being the one that really stuck over the years. Ben plans on graduating in 2026 and would like to attend a Christian college. He will most likely pursue a career in law enforcement or engineering. Ben was born and raised in Florida and has never moved out of the state. Over the past 3 years, Ben has become involved in Track and Field, Cross Country, Football, and Wrestling, and enjoys doing sports year-round. Outside of school, he enjoys working out, reading and eating good food. So far, Ben’s favorite travel destination has been his grandparents' home deep in the mountains of North Carolina, which he has been visiting since the age of 3. Ben has several chickens, as well as a white and grey cat named Oliver Twist. Ben volunteers at his school during chapel helping to run the audio-visual equipment as well as setting up and tearing down chapel. His favorite Bible verse is Psalms 121:1-4, "I lift my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep."
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Joseph Janssen was born and raised in Lake Worth, FL. He will be graduating from Jupiter Christian in the year 2025. At Jupiter Christian Joseph has participated in football, soccer, and wrestling. He has been a Saints fan for years despite the fact that they disappoint every season. After graduating, Joseph intends to go to college and get a business degree. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with friends as well as bumming out at his home. Joseph’s favorite Bible passage is Psalm 23. For the past seven years, Joseph has been a Christian, and he intends to stay that way for the rest of his life.
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Gabriella Mahlman is one of the student reporters here at Jupiter Christian’s "The Beak." Gabriella, also known as Ella, is a junior and will graduate in 2025. Gabriella moved here from Minnesota after living there her whole life. Gabriella’s favorite and only sport is volleyball. She has played since she was in kindergarten and loves it. She plays for JCS and Side Out Volleyball Club. Gabriella loves sports and watches lots of volleyball and football. Her favorite is to watch college sports. Gabriella’s favorite subject to report on for "The Beak" is sports along with student life. Gabriella’s favorite vacation spot is Punta Cana, as she loved the beaches there and went snorkeling. Gabriella's favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:5, “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”
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Julian Trzesniowski is a journalist, a part of the student publications here at JCS. He moved here to the US from Poland 6 years ago and from then has been at work persuing a better education than he could have ever gotten back home. Living in Poland, he experienced the good and the bad of the community, and seeing how people can end up if they choose to go down the wrong path, he became aware of his friends and the ways they could lead him. Moving from Warsaw, Poland was very difficult for Julian, as he knew little to no English and was used to the culture that he was surrounded with in Europe. Seeking to fit into this community, he has been drawn closer to God through the many great teachers and staff at here at JCS. But as years passed, he began to miss what life was like back home, not knowing the reason why this change was for the better of his future. Over time, he saw all the great opportunities he had ahead of him and became grateful for what his parents had done for him. He then became known to this culture and soon grew into the great journalist he is today.
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