Addie, Grade 11
What do you love about Eastern Christian School?
I love EC because it is a place where pursuing the Lord is encouraged daily. I have been loved well here by teachers and students. My teachers and my peers know me well. They know in which areas I thrive and in which areas I struggle. They have been able to help and encourage me in both.
Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite:
One of my favorite teachers is Mrs. Okma. I have gotten to know her well both in class and in theater. She shows care and interest in the lives of her students. If I am late to school one day she doesn’t respond with anger or judgment, but with genuine concern. She wants to know each student as a person.
In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of their experience at Eastern Christian School?
The broad way in which we are surrounded by the Gospel has constantly pointed me toward Truth. We advertise that faith is integrated into every aspect of learning, but it actually happens here. It’s not just a slogan. There are always opportunities for growth for anyone interested. I have a teacher who once a week eats lunch with me and several of my friends. Together, we read a devotion, share prayer requests, and pray for each other. I know for a fact that doesn’t happen at other schools.
The Eastern Christian tagline is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How do you experience an education that is engaging, nurturing and transforming at EC?
I am very much engaged with the community as a whole. I am constantly engaged in reading, discussing, and persuading. I have been nurtured by my teachers and friends. But most importantly I have been exposed to the truth of the Gospel and find it utterly transforming.
How do you feel that EC is preparing you for graduation, college and life? What are your plans after you graduate?
My brother, who attends Johns Hopkins University, often says the work he is doing in college is no more intellectually rigorous than the work he did in Humanities at Eastern Christian. Because of this, I am confident that EC is preparing me well for whatever lies ahead. I am considering pursuing a musical theater program in college, but I know that, whatever I chose to do, EC has given me a well rounded education.
What sets EC apart from other schools?
Sometimes in the halls I kids say things like, “When do we get home from the field trip?” By home they mean back to school. That’s the amazing thing about EC. It actually feels like a home.