What year did you graduate?
How long did you attend Grace Christian School?
Currently attending Westmont College
What did you love most about Grace Christian School?
Grace is so unique. In one moment my teacher could help me in Physics or English, but in the next moment they also could lead me and challenge me as a spiritual mentor. At Grace the teachers have an opportunity to connect with their students on a very deep level; this opportunity isn’t found many other places, but it’s by far most important and most needed in a school. This connection between the older and the younger, the strong and the growing, the learned and the curious, is vital to the students’ lifelong understanding of any subject that can be taught.
What do you think the benefits were in attending a K-12 school?
I’m the youngest in my family by a decade. My brothers were both in college by the time I was in third grade, so some of my most cherished memories are when I could see my brothers in the hall and hug them. It might not seem like a big deal, but it meant the world to me. More than that, being able to grow up with your classmates is such a one-of-a-kind experience. You get to experience most of your lives together, and get to form very meaningful friendships. And, last but not least, there’s not only mentorship opportunities between teacher and student, but also between fellow students. That is by far one of the most amazing experiences of going to Grace.
How was your personal faith in Christ impacted by your experience at Grace Christian School?
I was really able to learn so much about the Bible and about God because of Grace and its teachers. But the teachers not only educated us about who Christ is, but so many times they displayed who Christ is through their love of each of us. They strengthened my faith by their examples that challenged me to excel, to care, to love, and to hope.
How do you feel that GCS prepared you for graduation, college and life?
Grace provided me the tools I needed to find what I was interested in and explore it. The AP classes gave me a strong sense of the workload I’ll have in college. The upper level classes at Grace really do take up a lot of time and require a lot of effort to do good, but I loved having the opportunity to step up to that challenge with teachers coming alongside me to help me succeed. And most importantly, Grace was able to inspire me to ask the hard questions and to not be complacent in anything that I did.
What opportunities did you experience at Grace that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?
Grace gave me the ability to travel to Guatemala to share the Gospel. That trip impacted me so many times in so many ways that I would have never expected. Those experiences grew me in ways that a standard classroom never could. I will always treasure working construction beside my classmates for the Guatemalan people and building lasting relationships with Guatemalans that I would have never met otherwise.