Parker Hodgson is a new student in 8th grade this year at Iron Academy. He comes to Iron from another local Christian school and one year in public school. Parker’s first introduction to the Iron way of life was at Crucible Camp. He came home saying that was probably one of the best experiences of his life. He was challenged physically, mentally and spiritually. It was a great opportunity for him to step up, help lead and encourage his new brothers as they completed the daily challenges. His favorite was carrying the stone up the mountain and listening to the speakers along the way. Mr. Kiker’s talk had a strong impact on Parker.
Parker’s favorite subject is math as he loves the problem-solving aspects and logic. He also enjoys Bible class with Mr. Mack. Being in public school last year, he missed the Bible classes and was excited to have those back in his daily school schedule. The teachers at Iron are constantly pushing him to be the best he can be inside the classroom and out. Parker’s mom loves the fact that teachers are helping him learn to think more critically and pull larger ideas together through a Biblical lens.
The year has been a fun one for Parker athletically so far. He is enjoying playing varsity and middle school soccer and for the first time ran cross country. He was happy to be able to represent Iron well in the Cross-Country Middle School Conference medaling in 4th place. Parker’s favorite sport is basketball. He works with a local trainer 2-3 times a week and plays on a travel AAU team. This fall he has been invited to play in the Fab 50 Freshmen/Sophomore event and the South East Invitational Freshmen. As an 8th grader he is honored to be included in these invitational events. He is looking forward to a great season with his new IA teammates on the court this year.
Parker attends Journey church. He enjoys being able to help out and serve within his community. One of his favorite times was going with his Iron brothers this year to help with Hurricane Florence relief. He also enjoyed serving in Student Council roles at his other schools as President in elementary and middle school. Parker asked his Bible teacher, Mr. Bruce Mack, if he would be willing to step in as a mentor while he is transitioning youth groups. He looks forward to spending some time in the Word with Mr. Mack and growing stronger in his walk with Christ. Being at Iron Academy has been a blessing to him. Parker told his mom “I look forward to going to school every day to see my brothers. We are all a family that holds each other accountable. I feel like they will help me to become the man God desires me to be.”