SLA and Famous Relatives: You’re Related to Whom??

It has recently been noticed that there are a few students and teachers that have some famous relatives and/or famous ancestors. The Pioneer decided to do some digging to see which students and faculty members at SLA are indeed related to prominent figures, whether they be past or present.

Junior Jennifer Sierra is related to NFL tight end Tony Gonzales, who currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons. Gonzales has been in the league for many years and is

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definitely going to be a future Hall of Fame inductee. Though not related, Jennifer’s uncle and father also worked with Ellen White‘s grandson for awhile.

Freshman Alena Bruso has a relation to another Adventist figure, who was the first person to bring the Adventist religion into South Korea.

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Mrs. Daum, SLA’s treasurer, is related to Betsy Ross. Betsy Ross was the woman that sewed the very first American flag  in history.

There are a few students that have relations to U.S. Presidents through their families. Adam and Arlan Gagnon are related to the Clintons through Hilary, who ran for President in 2008. In fact, Adam said the link between their families occurred back about seven generations in their family tree.

Sophomore Dan King is related to President Abraham Lincoln from his mother’s grandfather.

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Also related to a U.S. President is SLA’s math teacher, Kevin Bisson. he has a relation to our 27th President, William Howard Taft.

Even I have some famous relatives. On my dad’s side of the family, I am related to many historic figures; the most recent of them being the Roosevelts. This is because my great grandmother’s cousin was a Delano. I am also related to some medieval figures. These include; King John II, who is often shown as Robin Hood’s enemy in folklore.  I am very proud to say that I am related to these figures, as they were all significant in history.

So if you ever have the time, go on a website like or You might be surprised at the historic figures or celebrities that you could be related to!


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