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Hannah, Class of 2016
I am a firm believer in the idea that one’s environment makes a huge impact on their character and growth. There is no doubt in my mind that God placed me at Eastern Christian High School my junior year for a reason. I had been challenged academically before, but transferring to EC came with new challenges that engaged my mind, nurtured my spirit, and prepared me to transform the world, just like their motto upholds. Classes not only challenged me academically, they have changed my worldview. Learning about history was not about getting a good grade, but rather made me think about how my life today has been impacted by great men and women who have gone before me. I am encouraged to not be satisfied living an ordinary life, but rather one that will inspire students like me in years to come to take stands for their values, to stay updated on current events, and to live for something bigger than themselves.

Eastern Christian offered me opportunities to share my own unique voice through SOAR, Connection Groups, Choir, and Cross Country and track teams. Through seasonal concerts and talent shows I have been challenged to jump out of my comfort zone and become confident in myself and my abilities. At EC I felt like my individual voice was something of extreme value and was never overshadowed. Through discussion-based classes, I was able to speak my opinion without fear of judgement and I was able to learn to listen with an open mind and a discerning heart. By the example of those in authority at Eastern Christian, I have been encouraged in my faith and have been given the opportunity to go to Guatemala and Lynn, MA on mission trips. Wednesday mornings became one of my favorite parts of every week because Chapel was not only a refreshing break from a challenging week, it also served as a time where I was convicted and also encouraged in my faith.

Academics and extracurricular activities at Eastern Christian have engaged the mind and have nurtured the spirit in me these past two years. As I head off to college, I feel confident, comfortable, and excited to do my part in transforming the world.