Brighton Roggeman: GCA Class of 2020

How long have you been enrolled at GCA?  

I started attending GCA as a freshman after transferring from public school.


What will you miss most about GCA?

I will miss the teachers and the staff the most. They really go out of their way to encourage and help students who are struggling. They make learning fun and enjoyable while also instilling a hard work ethic and independence within the students. They are also quick to respond to emails and help with any problems. Going along with teachers I will also miss the sense of community GCA has. GCA feels like a family and I’m honored to always be a part of that family whether that be as an enrolled student or as alumni.


Was there a GCA teacher or staff member that had a significant impact on your life?  How?

Mrs. Lay has had an amazing impact on my life while at GCA. She has been my counselor since freshman year allowing her to watch me grow and succeed in high school.  If I ever had a problem or just need someone to talk to I always seemed to find myself on her couch in her office. She seemed to know all the answers to the many questions I have asked over the years. Being a senior comes with a fear of the future and she eased my fear with uplifting encouragement, and told me there is no wrong decision when deciding which college to attend. She has provided me with wonderful opportunities such as; JA Miss Business, Business and Entrepreneurship Club, and Knoxville’s 20 under 20. I will be forever grateful for Mrs. Lay and all of the amazing lesson she has taught me over these four years. I am truly thankful for all that she has done.


How has GCA helped you grow in your faith and prepared you for the next season in life?

GCA has taught me faith is not such a taboo topic in this seemingly secular society. GCA has allowed me to be more open with my faith and forthcoming to others. It has not only helped me grown in my faith but also become more knowledgeable about Christianity as a whole. Once becoming more knowledgeable it has allowed me to spark up conversation with friends, family, and coworkers. I love being able to go to a school where I can openly discuss my faith without fear. It helped solidify a more personal relationship with God.


Do you have a favorite memory from your time at GCA?

I have so many great memories of GCA. If I had to choose it would be my first day of Freshman year. I came into school as a new student not knowing anyone. I was terrified and felt like I was walking into the unknown. Looking back at that scared little freshman I laugh a little. I cannot believe I have come this far. I have made GCA my home and made lifelong friends.  I will forever miss my time at GCA. Thank you for the most wonderful years of high school.

What are your plans after graduation from GCA?  

I am attending The University of Tennessee in fall and will be majoring Marketing with a concentration in International Business as well as minoring in German. This choice was largely influenced by my time at GCA and the experiences I was afforded there. This is also where my love of German was born (Thank you, Frau).