New TBC Volleyball Coach Kirsten Christmas is working hard to build a formidable roster that will compete for a South Region title in 2018. Coach Christmas has officially signed her first player as Trinity’s head coach: a high-school team captain from Charleston.
Raven Jade Buytas — Charleston, South Carolina
Raven graduated from Fort Dorchester High School, located on the northern side of Charleston. She has played volleyball for six years, including her first two high-school years on the Patriots’ JV team and her final two years on varsity. She played under head coach Tarshie M. Burrell and assistant/JV coach Sam Schommer. Raven is the daughter of Mrs. Naomi E. Buytas and Mr. Michael Buytas, Jr.
Raven became team co-captain as a senior along with two of her closest friends on the team, Audrey Lynn Medgyesy and Sha’terra Ferrell. She also received the team’s Patriot Award as a senior for outstanding sportsmanship and leadership.
Raven previously played volleyball at River Oaks Middle School, near Fort Dorchester High School. She has played softball and soccer and also swims competitively. She chose volleyball in high school due to conflicting schedules of volleyball and swimming. “I decided to put swim and soccer to the side and try out for softball and volleyball.” she said. “I loved it with all my heart. [As a sophomore], though, I decided to… fully commit to my love for volleyball and be ‘all in’.”
Raven also excelled in the classroom and among her peers. FDHS officials presented her with the 2018 Patriot Award for her entire graduating class. She also won 2017 Homecoming Queen honors and was nominated for 2018 Prom Queen.
When asked why she chose Trinity Baptist College, Raven described the calling she felt from the Lord. “God has always told me to step out of my comfort zone,” she said. “Living anywhere out of state is just a small fragment of my stepping out of that zone. There were so many arrows that were pointing me to Trinity. I clearly saw God’s calling; how could I possibly not go?”
Raven continued: “What I’m most excited for is being able to go to a Christian school, a school with classmates and teachers that all have the same belief as I have. We’re all striving for one thing, and I believe that with unity and Christ, we are unstoppable.”
Raven plans to major in education and work with children in her hometown. “I would love to transfer back home to Charleston and purse my teaching career in Secondary Special Education.” Raven’s life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Raven continues to show her gratitude to so many who helped her reach her goals: “I’m grateful for my friends, family and Church back home in Charleston for always supporting me every step of the way and for being that shoulder when I needed it,” she said. “And thank you to Fort Dorchester for giving me the absolute best high school experience a student could ask for. I’ll forever be proud and honored to be a Patriot.”
The Eagles are proud and honored to welcome Raven Buytas to the TBC community.
–See more about Raven and her signing with TBC on Roger Lee’s The Summerville Journal Scene.