Thursday, June 5, 2003

Graduation

Class shares in growth

Maranatha Hay
Upper Columbia Academy

After eight hours of driving, the family Blazer screeched to a stop in front an ominous fortress, i.e., The Upper Columbia Academy girls' dorm. On a gut feeling, I had made the headstrong decision to leave my family and attend a school on the opposite side of the state where every face I saw blended into unfamiliar surroundings. I glanced out the window and sighed. Stepping out of the car door, I saw the campus swarming with teachers in a hurry, parents with glassy eyes, and students clutching registration packets with sweaty hands. Taking a deep breath that caught in my throat, I stepped toward the Ad Building, and Chapter One of a book of memories began.

For the class of 2003, registration day was the first link in a long chain of experiences shared by close friends. Together, we have grown in several ways. Physically -- just one look at our freshman yearbook and blackmail material is uncovered. Mentally -- we did take those classes from Ms. Mcguire and Thorman for something! And last but not least spiritually -- we learned how to know God on a personal level, trusting Him to take care of our future.

Growing in these areas together bonded our class in a way most friends and classes never experience. From eating breakfast in the cafeteria at 6:30 a.m. to talking and goofing around in the dorm at 11:59 p.m., we've been a part of each other's lives.

Some classes display individuality. Ours practically screams it. From jugglers and fire-breathers to missionary kids and crazy Alaskans, we are taught to remember all the while that “it matters not what we are thought to be, but who we are.” We may not recall how to graph an inverse function, but I think we caught the important stuff.

We've learned that:

“Listening is the most important thing you can do in communication.” -- Ms. McGuire “You can't put something into nothing.” -- Mr. Thorman

“You can't take anything out of your student bank if you have no money.” -- Mrs. Starr

“When people are going through hard times, the best thing you can do is pray for them.” -- Mr. Winslow

“God's job is to forgive our sins. Our job is to bring others to see Jesus.” -- Pastor Fred

Our class is a class unafraid of trying the untested. We have personality, a family of friends and wisdom given to us these years at UCA. We have no reason to fear the future because the future is waiting for us to make it a better place. Go get `em, 2003!

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