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Jillian

Jillian

Family members: Scott – Dad, Noreen – Mom, Riley- Brother, Connor – Brother

Hobbies or past times: Playing basketball has been one of the shining highlights of my high school career. I have created life-long friendships and have had some of the best times of my life. Basketball gives me an opportunity to stay active and to play beside my best friends. It has been my outlet for so many years and the memories I have created will stay with me for the rest of my life. I will treasure binging TLC in hotel rooms, praying as a team before every game, and laughing as Emma does the splits in the middle of a nail biter. I thank God for the opportunity to have my dad as the best coach I could ask for and thanks, Dad, for putting up with 14 teenage girls for 5 months. I love you guys.

Core Competency I developed in my time at MRCS: Social Responsibility: I believe that through my time here at MRCS I have developed the Core Competency of Social Responsibility. This competency involves building relationships, valuing diversity, peace-making, contributing to the community, and caring for the environment. I have developed these skills by first of all being raised in this close-knit community. Within these walls are some of the most loving people I have ever known. I have been taught how to choose friends wisely and who to let influence you in your life. I have also developed the skill of peace-making and problem solving by coaching the girls younger than me. I have also always been passionate about the environment and we have been shown this through this year’s biblical through-line, creation-caretakers.

Biblical Through-line I developed in my time at MRCS: Community-Server: One biblical through-line that I connect with would be community-server. I have always been a people person with a servant’s heart, looking out for those in need. Growing up in this school has taught me the importance of a strong community, and what it can do to an individual. This school family has such a large part of my heart, and they have taught me how to give back to the community that raised me up. For example, for the past 4 years I have been coaching middle school sports and I have loved every minute of it. I have also volunteered (sometimes voluntold ;)) for almost every event, and have gone on the yearly missions trip for 4 years now. Serving is a gift God has blessed me with and MRCS has really helped me open it up within myself.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and with others: I have been here at MRCS for the past 13 years and I do not regret a single year. Every year I continue to learn more about our Lord and dive deeper into Him. This school and the people within it have shown me what it looks like to live with a passion for God. I have grown up seeing what true community looks like and I know that as I go on from here I will continue to lean on God and lean on the beautiful people that God has surrounded me with. MRCS really is a special school and it has honestly blessed me with an overflowing amount of love.

A highlight from my time at MRCS: I have been on the spring break missions trip to Esperanza for the last 4 years and it has been outstanding every time. This yearly trip gives me a chance to bond with friends, grow closer to God, and honestly just laugh till my cheeks hurt. I will always remember Ms Charlong and Mr Coates swinging off the rope swing into the frigid ocean water with all their clothes on, or catching chickens at 5 a.m. to put in the boys cabins, or even just sitting around the fire sharing stories and testimonies. I will forever and always hold the memories of Esperanza deep in my heart.

Future plans for after graduation: After high school I hope to spend the summer of 2020 relaxing and maybe travelling a bit. In the fall of 2020, I plan on attending post-secondary school. I have been accepted to the University of Fraser Valley for a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English and minoring in Social Justice. I have also been accepted to Simon Fraser University for the same degree. I have decided to accept my offer at UFV and maybe play basketball there as I learn. If I decide against playing, I love the idea of coming back to MRCS with my dad and coaching the senior girls team. With the degree I aim to attain, I plan on transferring into a PDP program and eventually becoming a high school English teacher and athletic director, and hopefully a coach on the side. Who knows, maybe I’ll even end up back here eventually.

One thing about MRCS that I want others to know: MRCS is a small school, yet it contains the best people I’ve ever met. In this building you will meet the most loving people who will do anything for you at the drop of a hat. I thank God for them every day.