By Joan Frances | Photos by A Picture in Time –
A senior at Faith West Academy in Katy, Caleb Mendoza has earned a reputation of respect and fortitude from his peers, teachers and administrators. His wide range of talents has impacted everyone he meets. With so much to offer the world, Caleb is destined for unprecedented success in his future.
Caleb was nominated by Faith West Academy staff and voted by his peers as Most Representative Male for the Class of 2017. His forte is music. In any genre, Caleb plays effortlessly on his Eastman acoustic guitar and Fender electric guitar. His music resonates with his endearing persona. At 18 years old, Caleb’s music is both inspiring and entertaining. He said, “Kindled by the likes of Australian guitarist and song-writer Tommy Emmanuel, I attribute the love and support of my mother and father for my musical success. They have encouraged me to share my devotion to music with my school and community.”
Caleb’s talent for music is Christ focused, and How Great Thou Art has been his longtime favorite composition. He is also a member of the Faith West Academy Marching Band and the Faith West Academy Chapel Band. In State Competition, he has maintained Superior ratings – the highest honor – for solos during his high school years. Besides the guitar, Caleb plays percussion and saxophone.
One value Caleb lives by is generosity. “Be a servant. Servants worry only about the needs of others. God will take care of the servant’s needs. Luke 6:38 says, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.’”
In addition to his undeniable musical talent, Caleb spends time acting with his school’s theater department. He is a member of the Faith West chapter of the National Thespians Society and has participated in theatre productions of It’s a Wonderful Life, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Under the Bridge.
His favorite teacher is Linda George. Caleb recalled, “Mrs. George taught me academics and learning skills, but the one thing that has impacted me the most is that she holds unfalteringly to the basic necessity of Biblical morality in a straying world. Her faith is venerable and is contagious to those around her.”
Caleb is also engaged in sports. Last year, he played shortstop for the Final Four Eagles baseball club. He demonstrates his endurance and speed by running for Faith West Academy in track and cross-country and has been honored as Academic All-State for his teams.
One of the many things that Caleb will treasure about his high school experience is, “The relationships created with teachers of absolutely heaven-sent giftings and talents. At Faith West, I have learned that a basic academic foundation is critical to my future career, and with faith in God, anything is possible.”
When he has the opportunity, Caleb volunteers for the “mission field” – any place people live where a Biblical influence is needed. Most recently, he volunteered at Child Care of Rosenberg orphanage. Caleb is a member of Focus Church in Katy, where he plays in the worship band. After graduation, Caleb aspires to either attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to major in music composition or to join the armed forces to play for the military band. Congratulations, Caleb, on sharing your genius of music with your school and community. We look forward to watching you make an impact on this world in your future.