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  • What Hebron Means to Me - by Chloe, Class of 2019

    For me, Hebron Christian Academy has been “a home away from home” for the past six years. This school means the world to me. It has been a place where I have made incredible friendships, discovered my passions, and realized how important my faith is to me. When I first came to Hebron, I was in sixth grade, and extremely nervous about the transition from elementary to middle school. It was definitely a challenge, entering into a brand-new environment with people I didn’t know, but I have never been so thankful for such a change. In those first few weeks of school, I had absolutely no idea how much of a community Hebron really is, but I was welcomed into one. The friendships I have made since sixth grade are ones that I will truly cherish, even beyond graduation.

                  The community feel of HCA goes way farther than solely between the students and families. The teachers and faculty have created that feel as well. Along with developing relationships with students, the relationships I have made with teachers are ones that will also last. As I have transitioned from grade to grade, almost every teacher has showed genuine care and concern for me in their class. Everyday as I would enter their classroom, I knew each teacher cared for me and wanted to know my learning styles and interests. Throughout every school year, I have had teachers inspire and help me to be the best version of myself I can be. Mrs. Olimpi, the 10th grade World Literature teacher, is one of the best examples. I have known Mrs. Olimpi since my very first days at Hebron, as she and her husband have directed me in several drama productions. My sixth through ninth grade school years I anticipated being in her class, and could not wait to continue my path in the drama department. Inside and outside of the classroom, Mrs. Olimpi’s passion for literature trickled down into the students she teaches. Reading and writing is not my favorite activity to do, but when she lead discussions and grammar lessons, I found myself truly enjoying it. Over the past years, Mrs. Olimpi also directed me individually and in group settings, and she is equally as passionate about theatre as she is literature. Apart from being an incredibly talented educator and director, Mrs. Olimpi is one of the most kind and Christ-like women I have ever met. In her classroom, we have read novels such as The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, which allowed for her to connect and guide her students in their faith. From a theatre standpoint, Mrs. Olimpi and her husband have always made it their biggest point to keep us humble and knowing that our talents are from God alone. They have also instilled in us that winning a competition or getting a certain role, should never take importance over our character. Mrs. Olimpi is one of the biggest inspirations in my life, and I am forever thankful that God has allowed me to be challenged and taught by her.

                  As I enter into my last days at HCA, I am flooded with memories, lessons, and experiences it has given me over the past six years. HCA has taught me that it is possible for me to have a home outside of my family. It has allowed me to develop a faith in a God who will always love and care for me. I am so excited for my faith that I have developed within the walls of this school, to transpire into whatever ministry I am called to in college. My time here has let me build relationships that I will never forget, and hopefully will carry over with me through the rest of my life. Lastly, HCA has helped me to grow and develop my character more than I would have been able to anywhere else. I am forever thankful that I have spent my time at HCA. Leaving is going to be extremely difficult, but I know that it has prepared me for the next phase of my life.
  • YOU ARE MORE - by Cameron, Class of 2018

    As a kid, music played a big part in developing the way I looked at the world. Often, the messages in the music I listened to would impact the way I viewed relationships, culture, and God. To this day, one worship song has left a marking impact on my understanding of God and His redemptive qualities. The chorus echoes, “You are more than the choices that you make. You are more than the sum of your past mistakes. You are more than the problems you create. You’ve been remade.” As a person who is particularly hard on himself, this reminder that God values me about my errors was instrumental in me developing a healthy posture towards my redeemer.

    What I love most about those lyrics are the words YOU ARE MORE. These three simple words are a constant reminder that your mistakes do not define you, even if the world tries to tell you different. God designed us to be more than a label. Although the world will put a label on you, God doesn’t. The only label God puts on you is that you are His child. As Colt mentioned, Christ is our redeemer. Through His power, our mistakes have been washed away. That’s why you are MORE. You are not your mistakes.

    The reality of our human condition is that we WILL make mistakes. We live in a fallen condition where sin is inevitable. However, we cannot let our mistakes and past choices haunt us, for it is in the will of our enemy for us to feel shame. If we look back at Adam and Eve, we see that their original reaction to sin was to run from God in an attempt to hide, out of shame. Often we, too, feel the need to mask our past mistakes out of the shame the enemy makes us feel. Jesus, however, calls us to submit our sins unto Him instead of trying to hide them ourselves. In Him, the dirt of our past is forgotten and cleansed.

    God can use our mistakes as a vessel. He uses our mistakes to show other people how far they can come with God, and that we cannot accomplish anything without Him. Our mistakes allow God to show His sovereignty. Brokenness turns into beauty when we move past our mistakes. Another popular Christian songs states, “You make beautiful things out of the dust; you make beautiful things out of us.”

    That being said, we must never forget the redemptive power of Jesus. When we live in shame of the mistakes of the past, we are trying to carry a cross that Jesus already carried for us years ago. It’s time that you and I humbled ourselves at the cross and stopped trying to break chains that have already been broken. The past has no grip on a man/woman with their eyes fixated on the cross.

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