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Carissa

carissa

2013 Gradute
MEI Secondary School

“MEI is not just a school that one goes to from 8:30am to 2:45pm then goes home to do homework, it is a school where so much more is offered.”

My journey at MEI is most certainly not a short one. I have been attending this school since the very first day I walked into Kindergarten. The past 12 and a half years spent at MEI have truly been great. MEI has provided me with many opportunities and skills to last a lifetime, and there really isn’t any other place I would want to spend my schooling years.

Many think it is odd to be read a Bible story in a classroom and not a Sunday School room, but in the Elementary school that’s the complete norm. Ms. Penninga, my grade 4 teacher, taught us about the stories of Esther, Elijah, and many more of God’s chosen people in the Old Testament. I still continuously read those stories and discover even more from the foundation my teachers have given me at an early age.

Once the time for Middle School came along I enrolled into the Band 6 class where I would learn to play the clarinet. I had heard rumors about that band teacher, not good ones, but I was determined to take on the challenge. Now, over 6 years later, I’m still in the band program with our teacher, Mr. Joiner, who turns out was not anything like I was told. Mr. Joiner has shown the band that with hard work and determination we can accomplish many things. He’s showed us that we can even use our musical gifts to glorify God; not by just playing in worship services in local churches, but that even if we’re playing an important gig in Vancouver, we’re still here to glorify God because we’re His people.

Being a part of the band program here has been an incomparable experience. Not only have I learned valuable lessons throughout the performances and trips, but I’ve made numerous friends which I get the privilege to share incredible experiences with. Sometimes when I think about the things God has let the band do I can’t even believe it; playing in Symphony Hall in Chicago, or performing multiple halftime shows in BC Place, and even playing in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympics. All I can say is that God is good, and He is.

This year I’ve had the privilege of serving as the Student Council President. When I think about it, I find it quite difficult to sum up my Student Council experiences, but they sure have been enjoyable. Even, though staying late or having to manage a plateful can be challenging most of the time, I wouldn’t change it. I really couldn’t ask for anything better, because I’m in a position where I can utilize the gifts God has graciously blessed me with to humbly serve the student body and to further His Kingdom.

Over my years here, I have come to realize that MEI isn’t just a school that one goes to from 8:30am to 2:45pm then goes home to do homework, it’s a school where so much more is offered. Throughout the weeks basketball and volleyball games are played in our very own gymnasiums where we can cheer on friends with the Blue Crew and our Eagle mascot, then during the springtime a wonderful musical or play is always presented to go to and enjoy with family, and over Spring Break multiple missions trips are sent all across the globe every year to learn about the task of being a missionary and to see how God works in other parts of the world.

Sometimes, I still can’t believe how blessed I am to attend such a spectacular school; A school where we have chapel every single week from Kindergarten to Graduation; A school where we are encouraged to live out God’s Word on a regular basis; And a school where you can always pray for each other. It’s not something that is very common these days, and I’m so thankful that I can be a part of this. I couldn’t think of a better place to have spent these years of my life.