"GCA and the community within is part of the reason why I am a believer today. And for that I’m thankful."
How long have you been enrolled at GCA?
I am what you would call a “Lifer”. I started at Grace in a 3-year-old MDO class and never left. It’s hard to believe that some of my closest friendships started when I was between the ages of 3-5 years old.
What will you miss most about GCA?
Being with my friends on a daily basis. We have a lot of “Lifers” in our class and it’s going to be weird not seeing them at school.
Was there a GCA teacher or staff member that had a significant impact on your life?
This is a hard question for me to answer because my life wasn’t impacted by just one GCA teacher or staff member (past or present). They all played an integral part in my life. As I look back, I can see how God placed each of them in my life at the time I needed them most. Several have taken the time to come to football games, wrestling matches, musicals, plays, ensemble performances, etc. not to support only me but all of their students. Those acts of kindness mean a lot. I’m thankful for each and every one of them.
If I had to pick one, I would have to say Mr. Ron Comfort. He has not only been my teacher, mentor and wrestling coach he’s been like a second father to me. I can honestly say that his encouragement over the years and his personal walk with the Lord have helped me become who I am today. He’s always been that person I could go to if I was struggling with anything.
I also need to point out the impact Dr. Hirt has had on my life. It was through her kindness and teaching that I discovered my true love for science. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to pursue becoming a Physician’s Assistant.
How has GCA helped you grow in your faith and prepared you for the next season in life?
GCA and the community within is part of the reason why I am a believer today. And for that I’m thankful. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by some great teachers, coaches, pastors and small group who have helped keep me accountable. Being able to talk freely about God and share experiences has not only helped my walk but prepared me for my future. I also feel I’m better prepared for college because of the difficulty of the Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment classes I took.
Do you have a favorite memory from your time at GCA?
My favorite memories would have to include lunch with all of my friends, Tech weeks, Choir tours, winning the region in football my sophomore year, qualifying for state in wrestling and dressing up as Mr. and Mrs. Firebaugh with Madi DeVault for spirit week.
What are your plans after graduation from GCA?
I plan on going to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in communications. Upon getting my bachelor’s I plan on continuing my education to become a Physician’s Assistant.