After going to several different schools, Kelsey Moye quickly learned to love the one where she will graduate as valedictorian, Bible Baptist Christian Academy.
"It's small and it's more like a family, sort of, compared to some other schools I've been to that are humongous and you know hardly anybody," she said. "Here you just kind of know everybody and you feel comfortable."
Moye arrived at Bible Baptist in 11th grade. She had attended schools in Dublin and Valdosta, public school briefly in Bulloch County and, at two different intervals during her school years, Pinewood Christian Academy in Bellville.
Her father, Michael Moye, lives in the Vidalia area. Her mother, Angela Livingston, and stepfather, Blair Livingston, are currently Statesboro residents, but his job in sales with a propane company has them moving again soon, to Florida. There Moye plans to attend Pensacola State College, possibly to pursue a career in physical therapy. She also has an older sister, Sydney, who is now a Georgia Southern student, and three brothers, Austen, now completing eighth grade at Bible Baptist, and Slade and Rylan, who are too young yet for school.
A sports injury, from 10th grade when Moye played for Pinewood, gave her an idea for a career.
"Playing basketball two years ago, I tore my ACL and had to get physical therapy, and I just thought it was very interesting," she said.
In recreation department programs and at various schools, Moye also played softball, soccer and tennis and ran cross-country and track.
Little, church-based Bible Baptist currently has no varsity basketball teams. But Moye and a friend, Sam Cepec, coached a team for boys in grades 4-6 who challenged Statesboro Boys & Girls Club squads. Moye also propelled an informal upper-grades girls team that played a couple of games by arrangement with the Boys & Girls Club, including one just last week.
Moye's other area of interest is literature. She reads voraciously and writes Christian-themed poetry. Her grandmother, BBCA Administrator Jean Livingston, is trying to get Moye to read one of her poems for graduation.
Bible Baptist's graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3 in the church sanctuary.