Joe feels blessed to have spent four years at Concordia Academy. “I have made friendships that continue to grow stronger each day, and even my relationships with the teachers are amazing,” he explains. Joe believes that those relationships are strong because “we can share our faith openly with one another. My relationships could not be as strong as they are and may not have even happened without Christ being the foundation.”
Joe packed a lot into his time at CA; soccer, basketball, baseball, theatre, His People, STEM, student ambassadors, and college classes are just some of the ways that he kept busy at school. He was just as busy outside of school, whether serving as a projectionist at his church, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children and Meals on Wheels, serving as an umpire for little league baseball games, watching TV comedies and action shows, swimming, or playing video games.
Whew! With all of that going on, what remains Joe’s priority? “Jesus is who I think about before I do anything at all, and He is the one in whom I put all of my faith and trust. I would be nowhere without my faith in Christ.”
Also high on his priority list? Pizza. As he explains, “I could never go a week without eating at least one slice.”
What makes Sarah unique? She doesn’t dot her “i”s. (“I know it’s weird,” she admits.) She read the whole dictionary on a dare in middle school. She set off an alarm in the oldest church in England. She’s partially ambidextrous. She can fall asleep anywhere. She’s great at accidentally breaking things.
Yep, Sarah’s definitely one of a kind! And at CA, her talents really shine. She’s a theatre geek, involved both on stage and behind the scenes. On the chapel praise team, she plays bass. She went to state with the CA robotics team. She’s a long distance runner and a student ambassador. Sarah is enthusiastic, dedicated, and busy.
Perhaps most importantly, she says she’s “a lover of Jesus. That may sound cliche, so my life must prove that.”
What does Sarah love about CA? “The best thing is the support friends and teachers give me. No one is too busy to sit down with me and talk if I need to unload or I’m having a bad day.”
Avery has no shortage of school spirit and Beacon pride. Almost everything Avery does serves the Concordia Academy community and helps makes CA a fun place for students. Avery admits, “I am usually laughing and like to have fun!” She is a Student Ambassador and serves on the Student Activity Board, where she helps plan events such as homecoming, school dances, and other fun things.
One place where you can often find Avery laughing is at home athletic events, where she’s usually cheering on her classmates as a Beacon Superfan! The job of a Superfan is to support our student athletes and help get the crowd involved in cheering loudly, and CA athletic events just would not be the same without our amazing fans!
When Avery isn’t cheering on the Beacons to victory, you can find spending time with the most important things in her life: her family, her friends, and God. “I love that at CA I can openly ask questions about my faith and deepen my relationship with the Lord. Plus I am getting a quality education.” She also spends her time in the kitchen. “I’m a really good baker”, says Avery, “I make a delicious tiered yellow cake with strawberry frosting.”
While he’s here at Concordia Academy, Adam wants to do it all! Aside from being a three sport athlete (playing football, basketball, and baseball), he also is on the chapel Tech Team and is part of the on-campus Student Ambassador leadership group. Adam is the third child in his family to attend Concordia Academy and has definitely made the most of his 4 years of high school!
But it is not all athletics and school involvement for Adam. He also gets together weekly with a group of guys who discuss world current events, a tradition that started with his older brother. “I think it is really important to know what is going on in the world around you,” says Adam. Also, growing up in a Christian home and attending Christian schools, he has learned to look at situations with a biblical perspective, something that will serve him well as he leaves high school and moves on to college in 2017.
It’s safe to say that Grace LOVES people. Every time you saw her in the hallways of Concordia Academy, she was smiling with friends. “I love being involved at school and outside of school; it allows me to get to know so many people!” Grace explains.
Before graduating, Grace was the varsity soccer captain, was in choir, and was also a Student Ambassador in the on-campus student leadership group. Outside of school, she spent a lot of time at church working in the nursery and hanging with the 4th grade students as their leader during small group time.
She appreciates the teachers at CA because they are “strong in their Christian faith and beliefs but still willing to hear what you have to say. They make you feel comfortable and you know they care about you.” That comfortable environment helped make CA a place where Grace was able to shine in so many ways!
During an average week over the past few years, you can find Nolan playing on CA’s basketball team, singing in the choir, and serving as a volunteer leader for his church’s junior youth group. But one of his favorite thing during his sophomore year was spending time in his 7th hour Robotics class, an amazing mashup of science, mechanics, technology, math, and even some good old-fashioned competition (Robot Wars, anyone?)!
At home, Nolan gets to spend time with his two younger sisters, one of whom is also a student at CA. Is he a good “big brother?” “I’d like to think so,” he says with a smile. Concordia Academy runs in his family’s blood; his dad is a 1989 CA graduate.
He says he’s got lots of reasons to love his school, but one of the biggest reasons is that “My friends are fun, and they really help me with my faith.” Those faith-building relationships are a big part of what makes CA something special, helping students to shine both in school and in the community.