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I was put into classes that challenged me, which was good. Having so many clubs is nice as well. I also appreciate having so many opportunities to have honors classes...

  • Isabella
  • Grade 9

Isabella

Grade 9

What are you currently involved in?
ASL club, Project Lead, Project Focus, Middle Eastern SOAR, Pre-Med Club

Why did you ultimately decide to come to EC?
While on a tour, I went to chapel here. I was there for maybe two minutes, and I was like, this is it. I found it. It feels like home. I had spent days trying to figure it out, and I walked out of chapel and in that moment, I thought that’s the school.

The community was so welcoming. And the school was strong in its faith and I could tell that from when I walked in. And the fact that every class was taught from a biblical worldview just drew me in because I wanted to understand how that works. That’s what made me want to come here.

What do you most appreciate about EC?
I appreciate that everyone works well together and no one is left out in any situation. In those situations, it shows how they are strong in their faith, and they are strong in being loving toward one another and caring about each other.

I was put into classes that challenged me, which was good. Having so many clubs is nice as well. I also appreciate having so many opportunities to have honors classes, as I am in two this semester. It has been a great change in my life that has opened more doors of opportunity.

What would you say to students currently looking to join EC as a freshman?
The instant that you walk in, there is someone to greet you. And every time you walk in, there’s a new face and a welcoming face, and they want to get to know you. They want to welcome you in and they want to see someone come and join their community.

It’s been amazing. There are so many spirit-led staff members here. I really love everything about this school.

  • Kayley
  • Grade 9

Kayley

Grade 9

What are you currently involved in?
Worship team, Choir, Students for Life

Why did you ultimately decide to come to EC?
We were touring the school and my parents and I just got this affirmation that this is where I was supposed to be. EC has a great curriculum and has a lot to offer. It’s a great school.

How has your experience at EC been so far?
It’s been amazing. There are so many spirit-led staff members here. I really love everything about this school. I also love the fact that there is a worship team; (in general opportunities for students to mature spiritually.). I like block scheduling too because it covers the curriculum more in depth. 

What do you most appreciate about EC?
I appreciate the fact that it really does engage the mind, nurture the spirit and teach people to transform the world.

What would you say to students currently looking to join EC as a freshman?
Many people invest in this school and the school invests in their students. Each individual teacher cares about each individual student. It’s like a family here. I am just blown away by EC in general and I’m thriving here.

I feel like I’m cared for and it is just a fun atmosphere in general.

  • Sammuel
  • Grade 9

Sammuel

Grade 9

What are you currently involved in?
Basketball

How has your experience at EC been so far?
It has been a good one. I have found a lot of friends. I feel like I’m cared for and it is just a fun atmosphere in general. I was formerly at a small, private school in New York. Coming here was just a big upgrade with more people and more of a social life. I love playing basketball and I am able to play for the school.

What do you most appreciate about EC?
The people and the Christian education.

What would you say to students currently looking to come to EC as a freshman?
You will find great friends that you can really rely on for your whole life.

 

I wanted a tight-knit community. I wanted to have a place where everyone had faith in common. I feel like Eastern Christian does a really good job of putting their faith into everything. Everywhere you look in this school, there is some aspect of faith and Christianity.

  • Kayla
  • Grade 9

Kayla

Grade 9

What are you currently involved in?
Outdoor Activities Club, Dancers with a Purpose, ABIDE, American Sign Language, Lacrosse Club; I love community service and I am already almost done with Faith in Action requirements.

Why did you start looking at EC?
I wanted a tight-knit community. I wanted to have a place where everyone had faith in common. I feel like Eastern Christian does a really good job of putting their faith into everything. Everywhere you look in this school, there is some aspect of faith and Christianity.

Why did you ultimately decide to come to EC?
The more I looked into it, the more EC kept on proving itself. It aligned with everything I wanted. It felt like the perfect community; it just felt right. And even in the process of getting into the school, the staff proved how caring they were. They were attentive and they care about each student individually.

What do you most appreciate about EC?
Everybody gives everybody a chance. We all have faith in common. It’s like a big family. They don’t see students as numbers. They see them individually.

I also feel they have good opportunities for career development. This is the most ‘career and college-preparation school’ that I’ve seen. They are doing everything to prepare students for every possible career you can imagine. I like how everyone in this school is a future thinker, trying to prepare you. The WINGS program, that’s so good. I am so excited to get into that.

What would you say to students currently looking to join EC as a freshman?
If you are trying to find a school that will make you feel welcome, EC is the best place that you can find. Everyone has their place here. There are so many different SOARS and clubs here. Everyone has their niche. 

I love that Eastern Christian promotes a Christian community and intertwines faith and education. Teachers find ways to promote faith in their lessons which leaves a lasting impact.

  • Katherine
  • Class of 2021

Katherine

Class of 2021

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?

I love that Eastern Christian promotes a Christian community and intertwines faith and education. Teachers find ways to promote faith in their lessons which leaves a lasting impact.

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite.

My favorite teacher relates to her students and establishes a meaningful relationship with them. Rather than feeling like a nameless student, I feel recognized and appreciated as an individual. Additionally, she applies her faith and personal experiences, ultimately encouraging a Christian environment.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?

I can surely say that my faith has grown at EC because of the strong spiritual mentors I have met and the opportunities available to experience God. I am thankful to have experienced meaningful chapels, vulnerable Bible classes, and fellowship through Bible studies and other clubs. I have been able to connect with teachers and students alike to relate our struggles and pray over each other, which has allowed me to make my faith my own.

At Eastern Christian we talk about an education that is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How did you experience this kind of education at EC?

From my teachers’ unique takes on subjects and their fun personalities, it is easy to be engaged in school. EC promotes a nurturing environment by establishing personal connections with students and making students feel welcome and loved. Overall, my experience here has been transformative as it has led me to make my faith my own and set me on track to achieve my future goals.

How do you feel that EC prepared you for graduation, college/career and life?

Because of the numerous class options available at EC, I have been able to pursue different fields of interests and found out what I enjoy most and want to pursue as a future career. The mentors I have met through my time at EC have helped me navigate my interests and find a plan that is best suited to fulfilling my career plans.

What opportunities did you experience at EC that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?

I am so thankful for the Christian community Eastern Christian is a part of. I feel unified with my community which has allowed me to have a personal experience where I feel like I am a part of something.

What would you say to a prospective student considering joining Eastern Christian School?

There are so many opportunities to find your place within the community! Teachers genuinely care about you and want to see you succeed.

I feel that EC has prepared me very well for my future. All of the teachers I had made sure I was doing my best and earning the grades I deserved. There was a lot of work that had to be put in but with the support that the EC teachers offered, it seemed almost impossible to not work to my full potential.

  • Maya
  • Class of 2021

Maya

Class of 2021

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?

I love the sense of community that EC has to offer. All of the faculty and staff are super caring and supportive.

Describe one of your favorite teachers and tell why he/she is a favorite.

My favorite teacher is Ms. Bazanowski, she is caring and really tries to make sure everyone in her class is engaged and having fun! She opened my eyes to all of the opportunities for careers in the science field.

In what ways have you grown in your faith as a result of your experience at Eastern Christian School?

Before EC, I was never really in touch with my faith, however, being surrounded by people who are very passionate about their faith helped me realize that I wanted to be more involved.

How do you feel that EC prepared you for graduation, college/career and life?

I feel that EC has prepared me very well for my future. All of the teachers I had made sure I was doing my best and earning the grades I deserved. There was a lot of work that had to be put in but with the support that the EC teachers offered, it seemed almost impossible to not work to my full potential.

What opportunities did you experience at EC that you don’t think you would have gotten to experience anywhere else?

I enjoyed the smaller class sizes because there was more one on one time with the teachers which helped me focus on classwork and doing the best I could. EC also gave me a wonderful opportunity to serve and give back to a community in a third world country through going on a Mission Trip to Guatemala.

What would you say to a prospective student considering joining Eastern Christian School?

EC can help you succeed no matter where you are going in the future.

As I reflect on my life here at EC, I am so thankful for an environment in which I could grow. Being in a place where I am cared for and appreciated helped me to take a chance and step out of my shell.

  • Jenna
  • Class of 2020

Jenna

Class of 2020

My journey here at Eastern Christian began about 13 years ago. It was the first day of kindergarten. With my only friend being a teddy bear in my hand, I took a deep breath and began the journey of a lifetime. The first day jitters came and went, and I made some pretty great friends. We laughed our way throughout Mrs. James’ Kindergarten class. We were inseparable, I mean literally one day Mrs. Turner had to pry our hands apart for book buddies. The rest of elementary school came and went with some unforgettable times like our first “big kid” field trip to the zoo in first grade, the musical performance of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, and our fourth grade day spent at Spring Lake. The next thing up for our grade was pretty new; middle school.

Middle school was a time where we were given the opportunity to expand our horizons. We made some new friends in our class and more memories that provided us with a laugh. Our class also managed to have a record number of principals during our time in middle school, 3 to be exact. Somehow in 5th grade, Mr. Kuiken’s room became home to Heinz and Guppy, the class fish. I think it’s safe to say we may be the reason for no more class pets. 6th grade was a year full of laughs and games like Squish the Lemon. If you don’t know what that is, our playground had a tube slide. Every recess we would fit as many of us as possible in that slide.

Our transition to 7th grade finally made us feel like we were one step closer to being the big kids on campus again as we got to move hallways to the other side of the school, and we also had planned an overnight trip to Spruce lake in the fall, that is, until a murderer was loose in the woods in Pennsylvania and we had to postpone. Finally, our time to shine as 8th graders had arrived. We finally got to live out our “8th grade privileges” such as being able to stay in the nice heated school doing winter recess and also getting two lockers. We had our big 8th grade trip to Philly and Gettysburg which, like many class trips, was quite unforgettable. We all made some memories before we went our separate paths for high school.

I think that the first day of high school may have been a bit bittersweet for some of us. Some friends had gone to different schools, while others had joined our class at EC. Here we were, a group of teenagers not really knowing who we are. The next 4 years provided us all with the growth we needed to find ourselves. High school was a time like no other. I still remember my first day of high school, like most people I was terrified to speak up. But as time went on, I found my place in the classroom and I made some great friends, and we were once again, inseparable. Things like a student skateboarding through CTE class, a very false bomb drill, and a global pandemic have made our high school time a time to remember.

As I reflect on my life here at EC, I am so thankful for an environment in which I could grow. Being in a place where I am cared for and appreciated helped me to take a chance and step out of my shell. If I failed, I was encouraged to try again and again. EC also provided me a place to try new things. Never once did I think I would manage to take Chemistry Honors my junior year, or voluntarily sign up for Advanced Composition Senior year. Along with growing socially and academically, I have grown tremendously in my faith. At EC, there are people on the same faith journey as you. I am thankful for the teachers and staff who openly shared about their faith journeys and helped me grow in my faith. In the end, I wouldn’t have my education any other way.

 

Eastern Christian High School is more than a school. It is more than a place to get involved with sports. It is a home. Since the opening of Eastern Christian, it has been a home to thousands of students and will continue to be for years to come. 

  • Amanda
  • Class of 2020

Amanda

Class of 2020

Eastern Christian High School is more than a school. It is more than a place to get involved with sports. It is a home. Since the opening of Eastern Christian, it has been a home to thousands of students and will continue to be for years to come. 

If you were to say this to me four years ago, I would have responded with, “Are you crazy?” Now, as a senior, looking back on my time at Eastern Christian, I can confidently say that this school has become my second home. I often make myself laugh when I think about how I was when I started high school and how I am now, finally graduating. 

Four years ago, when I was told that I was attending Eastern Christian, I was nothing less than angry and disappointed. I was feeling these emotions because my friends from my eighth grade class were attending other schools. Attending Eastern Christian meant a new start, new building, new people, new teachers, and an entirely different experience. My whole life, up until that point, was comfortable; I had attended my town public schools which meant the same friends, classmates, and experiences for years. I was not ready to give that up and attend a school where I knew only a few people, including my older brother and his friends. Little did I know that God had a plan for my time at Eastern Christian. A plan that I would have never imagined or thought for myself. 

The first few weeks of my freshman year were rough. I felt uncomfortable in the halls and in the classrooms. I remember being in Mr. Dykstra’s writing class and thinking to myself, “Don’t worry, in a few weeks everything will be different. Just hang on to that”. At the time, I couldn’t latch onto that idea, but as time went on my words slowly became true. As the year continued, I made more friends, joined many different clubs and sports teams, created amazing relationships with teachers, and built the foundation for my relationship with Christ. By the end of the year, I was disappointed that summer had come so soon! Throughout that summer, I waited patiently and eagerly for the start of another year at Eastern Christian. 

Sophomore year was nothing less than amazing and filled with many opportunities, including my first mission trip to Kansas City, Missouri. It was on that mission trip, that I absolutely fell in love with missionary work. Now, I realize that if I attended the same schools as my friends, I would have never been able to go on mission trips and my relationship with Christ would have remained weak. 

Junior year was something special. I was challenged in the classroom, supported in the beginning of the college process, and encouraged to travel abroad. In September of junior year, we were introduced to the new locations of the mission trips. Immediately, I was drawn to Tanzania. My family supported my decision and all of my teachers encouraged me throughout the fundraising process. Without Eastern Christian, I would have never been able to travel to Africa. A place that I now hold so dear to my heart. A place that I plan to go back to after I get my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. 

Lastly, senior year. A year that was long anticipated for, but turned out completely different. In the beginning of this year, my class and I could not wait for the end of the year. Why? Because Eastern Christian always celebrates seniors in the most special ways; those include senior breakfasts, senior celebration night, graduation, senior prom, and so on. Although, the year of 2020 had other plans for us. Being quarantined and confined to online school has shown me that Eastern Christian means more to me than I ever realized. This time has always shown me how much can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Although this experience is not how I imagined my senior year to end, I am still so incredibly thankful for the efforts of this school to celebrate my class and I. I will forever love this school more than I could ever express. Thank you Eastern Christian, for the best four years of my life. I will miss you. 

As I look back on the past 5 years of my education at EC, I truly realize how blessed I am. It is rare to find such a loving school community like EC, but I am so thankful I did. My mom’s words to me in 7th grade as I considered starting all over at a new school were an echo to me through my 5 years at EC… EC is my home. 

  • Tara
  • Grade 12

Tara

Grade 12

I came to EC when I was in 7th grade. The decision to leave the familiarity of my old school was very difficult for me. At my old school, a public school in town, I felt a piece missing in my education. I was a dedicated student who worked hard in school and had friends, but something was missing, something I didn’t understand until I came to EC. When I originally shadowed at ECMS, I absolutely loved the community that surrounded me. I barely knew anyone, but they were all so welcoming. I struggled to make the decision whether or not to leave the familiarity of a school I had gone to my whole life, but I knew I was not happy where I was. I realized how much I loved the community at EC, something I didn’t have in public school. As I talked to my parents after shadowing, my mom, an EC Alumni, asked me if, when I was in EC’s school building, I felt like I was home. At that time, it was hard for me to think of any school as home, but something felt different about EC and the community that surrounded me…  so halfway through the school year, I took a leap of faith, trusting in God’s plan, and arrived for my first day of school halfway through the school year. Overwhelmed is the most fitting word for how I felt that first week of school. As overwhelmed I was with the unfamiliarity of my surroundings, I was also overwhelmed by the way the EC community opened their arms to welcome me in. At the end of my first two weeks, I hopped into my mom’s Jeep, absolutely beaming. I told her that she was right, EC is my home. 5 years later, EC is still my home. 

Two months into my freshman year at ECHS, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer and my junior year, she passed away. During this time, as I struggled with grief and questions, the EC community surrounded me and my family. As I grieved, I was supported by friends, teachers, and the administration in a way that I will always be thankful for.

On a bigger level, over the 5 years I have gone to EC, I have been blessed with life-long relationships and supportive teachers. One of the “holes” in my public school education was this supportive EC community that surrounds students and families. The teachers at EC truly want their students to succeed not just in their academics, but also in their relationship with Jesus. The faculty takes the time to get to know each and every student on a personal level in order to help them succeed. The friendships I have made have helped strengthen my faith in God and have, in part, made me the person I am today. 

As I look back on the past 5 years of my education at EC, I truly realize how blessed I am. It is rare to find such a loving school community like EC, but I am so thankful I did. My mom’s words to me in 7th grade as I considered starting all over at a new school were an echo to me through my 5 years at EC… EC is my home. 

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