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Celebrating our Grade 12 Graduates

Ben

Daniel

Kendra

Abigail

Family: Father: Ryan, Mother: Tawny, Brothers: Josh, Caleb

Hobby or pastime: I enjoy drawing because it is fun and I like to redraw characters I love.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Communication. I have become better at talking with people and sharing ideas for projects or assignments as well as listening to what others have to say.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: I have grown in being a beauty creator by creating more things for God and trying to improve my art skills in my own time.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: I think MRCS has helped me grow more connections with people and it has helped me grow closer with God and given me a better understanding of him.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: One of my favourite memories from MRCS was going on a walk around Vancouver with Mrs. Wilson and a few other people.

Future plans: I am thinking of going to school to figure out what I want to do.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: I found that you can have deeper connections with people and create great friendships here.

Anthony

Family: Father: Peter, Mother: Keri-Ann, Brothers: Nic, Tyson, Sam, Sister: Claire

Hobby or pastime: I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Creative and Critical Thinking through many English and composition classes.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: The missions trips to Esperanza were life-changing.

Future plans: I plan on becoming a writer after graduation.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: The community here is extremely energetic and goes across many grades.

Averee

Family: Lori, Chad

Hobby or pastime: One hobby that I have that I really enjoy is playing the piano. I love hearing the songs that I’ve been working on come together. I love seeing that all the work I put into my songs pays off when I hear the beauty of the whole song together.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One core competency that I have developed at MRCS has been communication. I have learned to communicate with my teachers so they can help me along my learning journey. I have also learned to communicate to problem solve in and out of the classroom.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: I have developed my creation caretakers Biblical throughline during my time at MRCS. I learned about the environment and how to do my share in taking care of it, I learned about tiny living and minimalism and how they can help the planet, and I learned about the power of reducing waste. I have taken the things that I have learned about this throughline and used them in my day to day life.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: Being surrounded by other Christians has greatly impacted who I am today. I think that you become like the people you hang around with and this is also true for what you believe in. My friends here at MRCS and teachers have helped me to shape and strengthen my faith through the many discussions we’ve had about faith.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A highlight of my time at MRCS has been getting to know so many amazing people. MRCS’s community is what makes it such a great school. Having so many people around that really care about you and support you is such an amazing thing to get from a school. I have so many good memories with my friends at our all school camps, occasional field trips, and our many crazy lunch times.

Future plans: My after school plans include going on a road trip in the summer, and then attending university for nursing. I haven’t accepted an offer to a specific university yet, but am hoping to stay somewhere close to home.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: I have met so many great friends here at MRCS. The community aspect of this school has made it easy for me to connect to my peers, students from other grades, and my teachers. That is something that I really appreciate about this school!

Bea

Family: Dad: Willem, Mom : Karin, Brother: Alexander

Hobby or pastime: My hobbies include running, building puzzles, and cooking.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: The Core Competency I have developed is Critical Thinking. I use my knowledge and skills I’ve perfected over the years to make rational decisions and gratifying habits. I love problem solving and seeing the effect of making a sound choice. The important lesson is to remember your mistakes, but not dwell on the past.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: The Biblical Throughline I have developed is Truth Seekers. The first step in finding the truth is reflection. Many individuals don’t bother to seek truth because they don’t want to know it. After that, it’s simply finding the reality.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: Immersing yourself with a Christian community is fundemental for maintaining your faith. Being in an environment where you feel comfortable asking questions about God or the Bible is very important. It’s one of the first steps in making your religion personal.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A lot of my memories go back to Grade 5 in Mr. Reid’s classroom. He always had such a sense of adventure when reading stories and he showed his dedication by taking us on amazing field trips. He really inspired me to read books and write poetry throughout high school. I’ll always remember the passion he brought into educating us.

Future plans: I’m planning to attend Trinity Western University in the fall of 2022 and study medicine.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: At MRCS we have teachers that care deeply about your education. Although we do have a Guidance Counselor, it’s very possible to approach any teacher and ask them for advice.

Ben

Family: Father: Clay, Mother: Tammy, Sister: Belle, Brother: Silas

Hobby or pastime: I really enjoy playing hockey, I’ve played since I was 5 and it has been a huge part of my life

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One competency I’ve developed is communication. I grew in this way by making connections with the people around me and through public speaking projects that made me step out of my comfort zone

<Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: One biblical throughline I’ve developed in is being a temple keeper. I grew in this area through all the sports I’ve played in and outside of school. I always try my hardest so I’m using my body to honour God.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: During my time at MRCS I have grown closer with God. A lot of this came with maturity and getting older so I understood more. I hope to stay close with God and continue my relationship with him through my life.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A memory I’ll always have from MRCS is hanging out at lunch with my friends. Whether that be playing soccer back in elementary school or just talking in the library, there have been so many fun moments and memories that I now have forever.

<Future plans: I plan on taking courses at BCIT in damp-proofing and metal work. This is the first step I’m taking to get my red seal ticket for metal and flat roofing. While attending school I plan to work with Whonnock Roofing to get more hours in my trade.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS is a smaller school but this means everyone is closely connected and it feels like a big friend group. It has made going to school fun for me everyday.

Brylin

Family: Dad: Ken, Mom: Laurie, Brother: Ethan

Hobby or pastime: One of my favourite things to do is play volleyball. It’s always a lot of fun, whether it’s with an organized team or just playing beach volleyball with my friends in the summer. I also really enjoy reading. I hardly ever make it to the end of one book before I start another.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Out of the three Core Competencies, I most connect with the Personal and Social competency. When I first began high school, I was very chatty and energetic and I had a hard time using my “inside voice”. Through different experiences and honestly just growing older, I have learned how to listen to people better. A class that I’ve really developed this core competency in is Mr. Ketchum’s English classes. Recently, we have talked about different listening styles and it really made me think about how I can better listen to people. This will be useful to me in many ways such as gathering new information and making my friends feel cared for. I will definitely take this core competency into my post secondary life.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: The biblical throughline I best connect to is Community Server. I’ve learned a lot about being a community server from being at MRCS. One way that I was able to do that this year was by coaching the middle schoolers in triple ball. I got to coach the girls with Delia and Keira and I learned a lot about leadership and organization. Matthew 10:8 says “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, and throw out demons. You received without having to pay. Therefore, give without demanding payment.” Throughout high school I’ve started to learn that service should be from the heart and not something you do to get praise or some kind of return.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: From Friday morning chapels, to Esperanza missions trips, to praying before each sports game, God is evidently the core of this community. I feel so blessed to have been raised in a place where I was able to build a solid foundation for my faith. MRCS also encourages strong friendships and I’ve definitely experienced this myself. I know that the connections I have made at this school are unique, and I’m excited to see how each of them will grow into themselves as the years go on.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: I have so many amazing memories from my time at MRCS, but this year’s basketball provincials in Kelowna definitely stands out to me the most. From multiple bubble tea runs a day, to late night hotel room chats, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish up my last basketball season.

Future plans: In the fall, I’ll be attending classes at Trinity Western, majoring in psychology and possibly minoring in political science. Right now, I want to become a counseling psychologist, possibly specializing in marital and family counseling, but this is definitely not set in stone. I also plan on exploring a lot when I graduate. I’m very much looking forward to road trips with the girls and getting to know my planet better.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: From Friday morning chapels, to Esperanza missions trips, to praying before each sports game, God is evidently the core of this community.

Dane

Family: Father: Garry, Mother: Cobi, Brother: Kade

Hobby or pastime: Volleyball

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Communication. I grew it through growing connections with the people in my class and becoming more comfortable with everyone at MRCS.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: Temple Keeper. I did this by playing all the sports I could during my time at MRCS and treating my body well while playing by not injuring myself.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: My time at MRCS has grown my faith through the engaging chapels we have had over the years. My relationship with others has grown over time because I’m stuck with everyone everyday so eventually they become pretty cool people.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: During grade 8 camp there was this tree house. The door was on the floor and I got tricked to going inside. The girls placed a massive stick under the door which made it impossible for me to get out. I was stuck there for over an hour before Keegan finally found me and let me out.

Future plans: I am going to Columbia Bible College to play volleyball and take the general studies program there.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: Coming to MRCS is going to create tons of bonds between you and your classmates. You are in every class with them and you learn to love everything about everyone.

Dylan

Family: Father: Jan, Mother: Angela, Sisters: Cassidy, Jasmine

Hobby or pastime: Working out because it makes me feel more self confident and proud

Core Competency developed at MRCS: The core competency that I have developed the most is Social Responsibility and Social Awareness. I have developed this through working with classmates on group projects and working through conflict at work.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: A biblical throughline that I really grew in is Creation Caretaker. I grew in this throughline on a field trip in grade 4 to the salmon run. It made me realize how remarkable God’s creation is and made me want to make a bigger effort to protect it.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS has helped develop my relationship with God and others through Chapel and the Covenant House sleep out. On Fridays I really enjoyed going to chapel and hearing the message at the end of it. It was a great reminder of how God is working in my life and makes me feel at peace with each message I hear. At the Covenant House sleep out, I talked to a lot of people I normally didn’t talk to, which helped deepen my relationship with others at MRCS.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: One of the biggest highlights at MRCS is grade 8 camp. I enjoyed all of the activities at the camp and made so many long lasting memories during the time I spent there.

Future plans: I am planning on going to BCIT to take Foundations of HVAC so I can apply for an apprenticeship somewhere. While at BCIT I plan to keep working at Save-On-Foods until I get an apprenticeship. I want to do this because I have worked with my dad on the job before and I could really see myself working in it in the future.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: One thing I’d like others to know is how much support the teachers give here. They are very kind, and all open to help each and everyone of us if we need it.

Eero

Family: Mother: Meeka, Father: Ridd, Sisters: Elke, Brinn

Hobby or pastime: Over the years, I’ve had many hobbies, but all of them include one thing, and that’s socializing with my friends. I’ve found that I’m pretty much down for any activity, as long as I have a couple friends to do it with. I’ve done all the sports that school has had to offer, I go home and every night I talk with my friends. However, one activity that may be my favourite to do is basketball. Practicing in the gym on weekdays, playing at the park on weekends. I’ve made memories with all my friends and will hold onto those for as long as I can. It’s grown my love for sports and strengthened my bonds with my friends.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One part of class that stands out to me is when I’m given the opportunity to make a project with my group. Throughout my time at MRCS, I’ve really developed my social skills and ability to share my ideas with my groupmates. Also, offering constructive criticism to some ideas that my group may have. This has allowed me to really enjoy the idea of a group project. I feel as though they have helped me greatly in becoming the person I am today. I’m grateful for the skills I’ve learned and the experiences that I’ll take into university.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: I’ve become more and more of an order-discover. Sometimes I wasn’t able to see my own path, other times I thought I knew exactly where I was going, but now I’m comfortable with where I see my road going. I’m excited to take this next step in my journey and find order within the “chaos” that is university. I’m attracted to the idea of being in a situation where I just have myself and God to figure things out, making friends along the way.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS has really helped me in my journey with God by giving me an environment where I don’t feel embarrassed to speak his name. During Ezperanza of 2020, I was able to take a big step in my faith and be proud about it when others would ask. I can come to school and share my experiences with God to others, and have a conversation with my friends about it. It’s helpful that I’m able to be in that environment everyday and really develop myself and my faith.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A favourite memory of mine I made at MRCS is the beginning of quarantine in March/April 2020. Those beginning two weeks on Zoom were some of the most fun I’ve had with my friends at “school”. I would go on my computer, talk with my friends while I see them in the zoom, and be smiling the whole time. It was such a weird time, I think I liked it so much because it was so different from the usual routine of school. Now, I look back on that time with fond memories, but I’m glad that I’m able to go to school normally now and continue on my learning.

Future plans: After I graduate, my plans are to take a gap year and stay home to build up some money. I plan to head to the University of Calgary to study Kinesiology. My mother and father both went to Calgary, and since grade 7, I’ve known that I want to live on my own for a bit and develop myself in that environment.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: If anyone were to ask me, “what’s one thing about MRCS I should know?”, I would say the relationship you build with the people here isn’t like anything else. I’ve known my friends for 13 years, I’ve grown with them since kindergarten, and they’ve become a big part of my life. I feel I’ve really learned the importance of a friendship and all of its effects it can have on a life. It’s my favourite part about MRCS, and the reason why I chose to stay here for my entire life so far.

Emma

Family: Grandfather: Thomas, Grandmother: Jacqueline, Father: Robert, Mother: Jennifer, Brother: Nolan, Sister: Evelyn

Hobby or pastime: I really like playing the piano, I find it relaxing and stress relieving.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One of the Core Competencies I further developed is self determination. I worked hard making sure that I set goals for myself in school and that I met them!

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: The Biblical Throughline that I grew was creation-caretakers. This year, we learnt how to reduce/reuse the amount of waste we produce and how to use energy more efficiently. This taught me many more ways to help care for our planet and be more sustainable.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: One of my best memories from MRCS is meeting all of my best friends and beginning that friendship with them!

Future plans: I plan to go to nursing school in fall 2022, I’m not sure what school yet though. I would also love to travel before I go to post secondary.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS has very supportive teachers and your class feels like an extended family.

Emma

Family: Mom: Ingrid, Sisters: Kiera, Kajsa, Brother: Josh

Hobby or pastime: A hobby I enjoy is thrifting! I also love being outdoors, and reading.

Core Competency developed at MRCS:  The core competency I strengthened the most while at MRCS is ‘Communication’. Especially when it comes to working with others, communication is really important. An example of this would be the biblical debates of last year. We worked as a team to research, analyze, provide feedback, and present these debates. It took a lot of communication to make sure we were all on the same page and that our individual segments connected as a whole.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: Truth-seeker. I believe that the biblical throughline of being a “Truth-Seeker” is represented in many different aspects throughout the school. From informal debates to class discussions, we are constantly looking out for and seeking truth. Being a truth seeker has been applicable to my life in the form of questions. Asking: Why? Where? How? Who? Etc. I will continue to be a truth-seeker by going back to the Word and asking questions, no matter how big or small. Although it’s not a physical item, the project that comes to mind for me are the debates from last year’s Bible class. We had to dive in and ask those hard questions to find a sense of truth, while keeping an open mind and hearing others perspectives.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: Being a community-based Christian school has always made it easy and comfortable to chat openly about faith, and create strong relationships with others and the Lord through faith conversations and lifestyles.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: My favourite memory from my time at MRCS is all of the drama productions! I love being a part of the shows and the excitement that goes on during productions.

Future plans: In the fall I will be attending Douglas College where I will be gaining the required prerequisites for the social work program. My goal is to complete my Bachelor of Social Work and get a major in counselling. I hope one day to open my own private practice.

Jaidyn

Family: Father: Michael, Mother: Carmen, Sister: Ciarra

Hobby or pastime: I really enjoy playing basketball in our school team because it created a great community and I was able to develop amazing friendships through it.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: The core competency I feel I developed the most throughout high school is Communication. I communicate in many aspects of my life. In the school environment I have worked hard to build effective working relationships with my teachers in order to reach my best potential.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: Through my time at MRCS I have made so many amazing connection with my teachers and my peers. I was able to deepen my friendships through MRCS because of our class size and the 13 years a lot of us spent together.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: It is hard to pick only one highlight from my time at MRCS because I have so many. I think some of the best times I had at MRCS was the annual trip to Esperanza and the sunny days where we would go read outside for English 12.

Future plans: My plans after to graduation are to continue my education. I was accepted at Simon Fraser University for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences program.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS has helped make me the person I am proud to be today. I have made so many amazing connections that I will cherish for a long time.

Joel

Family: Parents: Chad, Lori, Siblings: Aden, Caitlyn, Averee, Zachary, Owen, and Elijah

Hobby or pastime: I really liked playing basketball with my friends, and going to the gym to get the gains.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: The competency that I have developed most during my time at MRCS is the Communication competency. This competency is focused on how I communicate with people around me, as well as the effectiveness of my interactions, including written, oral, visual, non-verbal, and listening skills. In my classes I have shown that I can communicate effectively in many ways. When we have projects I have learned to communicate with my peers to figure out information for papers or presentations. I am able to collaborate, use listening skills to hear what others are saying, and talk through our learning together. I have developed these skills throughout my years at MRCS. Communication will naturally be a part of my future. For example, if I begin my education as an apprentice or attend classes at BCIT, I will need to be able to communicate clearly with the people around me. Communication is not only oral, but also visual and written. I will be writing papers and preparing presentations. When I enter the workforce, communication is essential in many ways. I will need to listen to my superiors, understand what they expect, and demonstrate my ability to carry out their instructions. I will also need to communicate to those who work alongside me and those I am in charge of. Clear communication is essential in every aspect of work in order to be effective.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: In all our classes we have had the privilege to write many essays, speeches, stories, and information packed documents. This has helped me understand how I can follow God as a beauty-creator. Just as He created beautiful things, I can create works of beauty to put into the world. Being a beauty-creator can be applied to many parts of my everyday life. One area I am applying it to is when I work out at the gym. God created me in His image and I take care of my body by watching the things I put into it and keeping myself healthy and strong. Obviously, this overlaps with being a temple-keeper, as the Bible states that our bodies are God’s temple. I see this as an extension of being a beauty-creator since God’s creation, including our bodies, is created to be beautiful. Another area in which I am a beauty-creator is when I am at work and serving my customers. The way I treat them, the energy I extend in serving, and the kindness I show creates a beautiful atmosphere that customers are happy with. When I graduate from MRCS, I will continue being a beauty creator in the ways I interact with others. I want to continue to be a person who spreads God’s love to people in any way I can. I view this way of living as being a beauty-creator. In my future work, I want to choose to stay positive and show love to my coworkers and peers. Even when life brings more responsibilities and becomes stressful, I can choose to remember that God is there to walk with me, as well as family and friends. I can then help others through their own hard times and create beauty and peace in this manner.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: When I have been here at MRCS I have had a great relationship with God and everyone else around me. I have been taught about God throughout many experiences that I have had here. I would want to continue in my faith in God and keep believing that he is there for me through the hard times. The people around me area all very nice people and treat each other with respect with the occasional mischief.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: I love the ups and downs when we play sport games and we all support each other. That will really be missed.

Future plans: When I graduate I plan to go into plumbing and then become a police officer. I have wanted to be a police officer for a long time and find it cool. I would also want to keep a lot of my friendships with the people from this school and go on vacations with some of them. I think that it is going to be an interesting adventure going out into the “real world” even though it comes with challenges.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: I would say that MRCS is a place where you will connect to everyone and make friends that are kind. MRCS is like a big family.

Jordannah

Hobby or pastime: Some things ii love to do is hangout with my friends and go on spontaneous adventures. I also love to read and play sports.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: In my time at MRCS I have developed the most in being a community server. My teachers all encourage us to help out our community and each other.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS developed my relationship with God by surrounding me with like minded people and teachers to guide and teach us about God.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A highlight of MRCS was basketball and the tournaments we got to go on. I also loved going to Esperanza and being with my friends without any service for a week.

Future plans: Next year I am going to Trinity Western University and I plan to get a business degree. I also hope to travel during this time and have a semester abroad.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: I would want people to know how amazing the community is and how it creates many opportunities to talk to people you normally wouldn’t.

Joshua

Family: Father: Ryan, Mother: Christine, Brother: Caleb

Hobby or pastime: One past time I really enjoy is hiking and camping with my friends. It is so much fun to be out in nature and see the beautiful scenery, while having fun with friends.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: The Core Competency that I think I have grown the most in is thinking. Throughout my high school career I have grown in thinking deeper and more analytically. This year in our Anatomy and Physiology 12 class for our final assessment we had to write two essays on two of three topics. I chose homeostasis and how three different systems work together for our bodies to work. I had to think analytically and reflect on the information that we were given in our packets to write my essays. I had to consider the different systems and decide on which ones I understood best and think of the best way to talk about it so it was clear and concise.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: I think the biblical through-line that I have grown in the most throughout my life at MRCS is order-discoverer. I have really come to like the math and sciences as I have gone through school and it has led me to pursue a career in the STEM field. It has really deepened my understanding of the world and deepened my faith by learning about the world through a Christian worldview. In Anatomy and Physiology we have learned how God has ordered our bodies in specific ways so that they work the best. In Chemistry I learned the ordering of all of the different elements and chemicals and their different uses in the world. In HLE we did a unit on our personalities, I learned a lot about myself and how my brain kind of works, I discovered that I am a perfectionist, and I like things ordered. I can apply this biblical through-line by creating schedules and keeping my room clean and organized. I can continue to be an order discoverer in my classes at school and in the future when I graduate.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: I think the time I have spent at our school has been foundational to my faith journey. It has been amazing to be able to discuss my faith openly in class and grow up in a Christian environment. It really helped me develop a faith of my own and grow into a person who loves God and wants to pursue a relationship with Him. The teachers at MRCS help and encourage us in our faith and help show us ways to continue our faith journey when we leave. I will go into the world with a strong faith and God is an important part of my life. Throughout my time at MRCS I have also created life long friendships. I can look back and think of all of the funny memories that I made with my friends in all of the experiences I had at Esperanza, grade 8 camp and even just in class.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: Going to Esperanza is one of the highlights from my entire time at MRCS. It was so much fun spending time with my friends in the middle of nowhere with no electronics. It was inspiring to work and help the people there get ready for the summer. I could see how God was working through us at the camp. This year was so much fun when we went. I made so many memories from hiking in the rain and the late night cabin talks.

Future plans: My goal is to complete my bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering at the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria and I have also been accepted to the University of Northern British Columbia. Once I graduate I plan to get my Professional Engineering license. I also chose my high school courses with the goal of becoming a civil engineer. I completed Chemistry 11 and Pre-Calculus 11 and I am taking the same grade 12 courses this year. I look forward to the opportunity of studying at UBC or UVic. I chose to pursue becoming an engineer because I really enjoy math and science. I think I will really enjoy this field as I have talked with a civil engineer and it seems like a fun career. I hope to travel while I am in school, both UBC and UVic offer studying abroad in the engineering programs. I would like to travel to Europe and spend a semester there. While I am not at university I will try and do a co-op program. A co-op program will allow me to continue to practice engineering concepts and potentially find a job I enjoy.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS was such a great place to grow up. I have been at this school since kindergarten and I am so glad my parents chose this school. The teachers genuinely care about you and do their best to prepare you for your future. I have made so many great friends here. I loved how our school was small enough that you could participate on any sports team that you wanted. I played on the volleyball, badminton, ultimate frisbee, and softball teams in middle school and high school. It was great being on a competitive team without the pressure of tryouts.

Josie

Family: Father: Travis, Mother: Leslie, Siblings: Gabe, Taylor, Titus, Zeke, Hosea, Tobin, Seth, Seamus, Judah, Stepmom: Ruth

Hobby or pastime: Watching Netflix. I like it because its very relaxing and fun to find new shows and movies to watch.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: I think I have grown in communication. I have learned how to better talk to those around me and how to better present my ideas and thoughts in a clear and organized way.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: A biblical throughline I think I have grown in is being a beauty-creator. I have grown in this because I have become more appreciative of the beauty around me and the beauty God has made.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: Being at MRCS has helped me grow closer to God because of the community. Being surrounded by people who have similar questions about everything has made me feel more welcome and has encouraged me to continue searching for answers, and become more devoted to God.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A highlight from my time at MRCS is when we went to Vancouver with Mr. Parks and Mrs. Wilson and we walked around Vancouver and learned a bunch of little fun facts about things around there. We also went to a gallery and a 3D gallery and that was really fun.

Future plans: After graduation I plan on continuing working at Starbucks and just saving my money for school, if I ever decide what I want to do and where to go.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: One thing about MRCS I want others to know is that there is always going to be someone around for you to talk to. You are never alone.

Kade

Family: Father: Peter, Mother: Heidi, Twin Brother: Keegan

Hobby or pastime: One hobby I really enjoy is working out, especially lifting weights. I have really come to enjoy this because it has helped me gain a lot of confidence in myself as I have become a lot stronger, and it has also been a big stress reliever for me. Whenever I finish a workout I find that I am a lot more calm and at peace of mind. It is also a great way to see myself improve everyday and practice self-discipline!

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Although I have developed many Core Competencies here at MRCS, the one I have developed the most is definitely the Communication Core Competency. We are constantly using this core competency during our everyday lives at school, whether that be through socializing with friends, participating in sports, planning events, working on projects as a group, or helping each other with homework. Through doing all of these things on a daily basis, I have grown at communicating very much, and I know I will be able to use all that I have learned about communication at MRCS to assist me as I move into the future!

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: The Biblical Throughlines I have developed the most throughout my time at MRCS has been being a community-server and temple-keeper. MRCS has given me the opportunity to coach middle school sports, which has helped me be a community server through assisting the middle school students in improving their skill! MRCS has also taught me to be kind and encouraging to everyone, which has helped me serve my classmates to make a fun and safe environment. I have developed being a temple-keeper throughout my time at MRCS through playing on all of the sports teams, as well as working out daily to improve my physical and mental health!

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS has helped me develop my relationship with God in many ways! All of the teachers here have displayed the work of God in their life through how they treat us, and the joy they share with us! Seeing this has allowed me to grow closer to God because it allowed me to see real examples of God working in others lives! Also, through chapel and daily devotions I have learned many new things about the Bible, and have greatly expanded my Bible knowledge because of this!

A memory or highlight from MRCS: Playing on the basketball team is definitely a key highlight from my time at MRCS. I had so much fun playing with all of my classmates and improving individually and as a team over the years! It was great to see how much we all improved each year, and we played an awesome final season! Esperanza is also a key memory from my time at MRCS. Here, I got to grow closer to God, as well as spend a whole week with all of my friends doing different kinds of work in order to prepare the camp for summer! It is truly such an amazing experience!

Future plans: After graduation, I will be attending Trinity Western University in the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education program. I will also be staying in dorms with my twin brother which will be a really cool experience! I also plan to work during the summer and possibly work somewhere on the TWU campus in the fall. I also hope to do more acting for film and television, and improve my overall acting skill!

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: One thing that I would like others to know about MRCS is how much of an amazing community we have. Being a small school, you really get to know everyone in many different grades, and everyone is so kind! MRCS is such a welcoming place where the teachers and staff care so much for you, and they truly have made a big impact on me! I have loved every day at this school, and it has been such a blessing to attend here! It is truly like a second home!

Keegan

Family: Dad: Peter, Mom: Heidi, Brother: Kade

Hobby or pastime: One of my hobbies is working out. I really enjoy staying fit and healthy. Working out also releases any stress I have which is really nice.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One core competency I have developed in my time at MRCS would be communication. I have grown in this competency through all the group projects and presentations I have done at MRCS.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: One biblical throughline that I have developed at MRCS is being a temple keeper. Being a temple keeper means that I take care of the body that God gave me. Working out is a way that I keep my body healthy.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: Being at MRCS for 13 years has made me grow closer with God in a lot of different ways. All the teachers have have made me grow closer with God through all their amazing devotions. Also through all my amazing friends who have helped me be the person I am today. We also have amazing chapels every second Friday where we learn a lot about God.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: One MRCS highlight I have had here would be the basketball team that I have been on for 5 years. Being on this team has been such an amazing experience. Shout out to Brad Shearing and Manu Atte for coaching us all those years.

Future plans: For my future plans I will be going to Trinity Western University. I will be in the nursing program. I have always wanted to be nurse and I can’t wait for the years ahead.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: One thing about MRCS that stands out to me would be the small community. Since our school is so small we get to know each other very well.

Koen

Family: Father: Gord, Mother: Michelle, Sister: Kalle

Hobby or pastime: Drama because I love performing and building the sets.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Personal and Social

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: Beauty Creator

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: It has greatly improved them.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: When I saved Elliot in the Beauty and the Beast play when he failed to show up on time.

Future plans: I’m going to Douglas College next year.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS is a great school for those wanting to grow.

Lea

Family: Mom: Petronel, Dad: Aubrey, Sister: Colette

Hobby or pastime: I love listening to music more than anything, especially any country music or Justin Bieber.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: I grew in my communication core competency. I developed this skill by doing tons of group projects and communicating with friends during school. I improved this skill the most in English, Economics, and Biology. In those classes we had a lot of chances to talk with our table members which helped me hear opinions and get a chance to respond.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: The biblical throughline that I developed the most at MRCS was to be a God-Worshiper. The teachers did an amazing job of showing me how to worship God through all aspects of my life, including school work. I appreciate God’s work more and thank him everyday for all that he has done for me.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS has helped my relationship with God for sure. Bible class has helped me ask questions and think about ideas that I never thought about on my own. I think I’ve discovered new ideas and new perspectives in Bible which helped me form my own opinions. MRCS has also helped me grow in my relationship with my friends. I have made life long friendships here and I am beyond grateful.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A highlight from my time at MRCS has to be my 2 trips to Esperanza. Esperanza was even a big highlight of my life so far. I grew closer to God, my friends, and people I never used to talk to before. Esperanza was so impactful to me and I’m so glad that I had the privilege to go 3 times throughout high school.

Future plans: My future plans, and plans for university change a lot. Honestly I’m not sure where my life is going but currently I want to go to Trinity for my first year and if I like it, I will stay, but if I don’t like it, I will possibly transfer to UFV.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: I would say that MRCS is a great place to go. You not only learn what is required from the government, but you learn about God and how he contributes to our daily lives, and that is the most valuable thing you could learn.

Lucas

Family: Dad: Todd, Mom: Kim, Brother: Austin

Hobby or pastime: I really love playing golf. Ever since I was able to walk I’ve had a golf club in my hand. Golf has taught me so many amazing life lessons that I will remember forever.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: The Core Competency I have developed most at MRCS is communication, the teachers and my friends have made me feel comfortable expressing my opinion and allowing me to learn how to communicate how I am feeling.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: The biggest Biblical throughline I have developed at MRCS is temple-keepers. The biggest way I have done this is by playing sports and being active all day. I love how active based this school is, I never thought I could have so much fun with my friends than playing sports with them every day!

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS has made it super comfortable to explore my faith in all subjects, the teachers are always there to talk to you and answer your questions that you might have about your faith. All of my friends too I know are always there to answer any questions I might have or guide me in the right direction

A memory or highlight from MRCS: One of my favourite memories from MRCS is just having lunch with my friends, I’m a very social person and I love that 45 minutes at lunch to just bond over some good eats.

Future plans: I have accepted an athletics scholarship at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California for this fall. It has always been my dream to play a very high level of collegiate golf, and although I was originally planning on taking a gap year before university, I was offered a scholarship I couldn’t refuse. I plan on majoring in Communications and after university I plan on practising every day to live my dream of travelling around the world playing golf!

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: If you are looking for a family environment this is about as good as it will get. The teachers put their everything into making sure you understand the work and they create such a warm environment for you too learn in. Everyone here is so nice and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Marie

Family: Father: Andrew, Mother: Vira, Brothers: Timothy, Evan, Micheal

Hobby or pastime: Customizing keyboards because it gives me a creative outlet that I can work on for hours.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Communicating

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: Community-server

Future plans: Business or interior design. I would want to travel around on the road for awhile.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: Having Mr Coates as your teacher is a flex.

Mattia

Family: Father: Tim, Mother: Amber, Brother: Kayleb, Sister: Annika

Hobby or pastime: I enjoy baking because I like following recipes and having something yummy to eat after.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: A core competency that I think I have grown in at my time at MRCS is critical thinking. Critical thinking is the knowledge, skills and processes that go along with intellectual development. I have developed in this area through projects and researching. Some evidence of this was through a project I did in biology. I researched questions about a genetic mutation called Cystic Fibrosis. Through this I was able to practice critical thinking by picking and analyzing what information and sources I would use to answer questions.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: A biblical throughline that I feel most connected to is creation-caretaker. I have applied this to my life in how I care for plants and nature. I have been working at a plant nursery for almost a year and I am really enjoying it. I get to help planting, watering, maintaining, and selling plants. I will continue to apply this to my life in how I am going to continue to work at the nursery, growing my own vegetables in the summertime and by helping others with their plants.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: My faith journey has grown in my time here at MRCS. I asked God into my life when I was four years old and throughout my school years I have grown as a Christian. I have been recently baptised to take the next step in my faith. I hope to continue having a strong faith. MRCS has helped me by encouraging me to continually read Bible verses, to encourage others and to go to God with my concerns and thoughts.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A highlight I have from my time at MRCS would be gardening exploratories in grade six. I learned the basics of gardening and I got my first very own plant.

Future plans: After I graduate I am going to be attending University of the Fraser Valley to take a ten month program of culinary arts. I became interested in this area after looking at the different courses at different schools. I have always enjoyed baking and trying new recipes. I also like making healthy meals for my family. I am not sure yet what career I would like to do after I complete the program. I am interested in catering, chef, nutritionist, and food stylist. In my future I would like to one day travel to New Zealand and Greece. I would like to visit these locations because they are beautiful and I would like to experience their food and culture.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: That MRCS is a great school.

Max

Family: Father: Henk, Mother: Diana, Sister: Annika

Hobby or pastime: One of my favorite hobbies is playing any sports I can or working out. Being able to do these things makes me feel good about myself, because I get to have fun and see the results of my practicing and hard work.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One Core Competency I have developed the most has to be communication. Throughout my entire time here at MRCS we needed to communicate and work with other students on various activities. I have learned how to expand my ideas and connect with others to hear their input.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: Temple Keepers is something that I feel grew the most at MRCS. I have done almost any sports I could, that the school offered. I learned so much from each one and found a way to keep my body healthy to be able to play all those sports. God wants us to honour our bodies he has given us, so we must keep it healthy and treat it with respect.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: At MRCS I feel my relationship with God and others has grown quite a bit. Being in such a small school allows us to be closer with others and create strong relationships that will go far into the future. Being in an environment that lets us learn about God and his teachings on a daily basis has definitely built up my relationship with him. I am super blessed to have been a part of the MRCS community.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: At MRCS I have made all sorts of fun and great memories that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One that sticks out to me has to be my basketball seasons through the years. During each season I have made countless memories and built friendships with others. I learned so much about how if you put in the work in, you will see results and how to work together with your teammates.

Future plans: After graduation, I plan to attend University of the Fraser Valley and be a part of the Bachelor of Kinesiology program. In the future I hope to become some sort of physiotherapist. I have always been intrigued with muscles and how they function. Being able to help others improve their quality of life and teach other how to prevent injury and how to treat any injuries someone may have.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS may be a small school, but that does not take away the experience you make. Being a part of the MRCS community, you get to create new friendships and make all sorts of great memories that will last a lifetime.

Nait

Family: Father: Larry, Mother: Marie, Sisters: Rachel, Melissa, and Christina, Brother-in-Laws: Karlo, Pepe, and Chad

Hobby or pastime: A hobby I personally enjoy is music production. Making music enables me to express myself in my most authentic way because I have complete control of how I want a song to sound. I can make music that sounds like how I’m feeling at the time, or I can develop stories and preserve memories with a single track or a whole album. Even outside of music production, just writing lyrics to a song or fiddling around with my piano breathes life in me that I couldn’t get from anywhere else.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: I think my time at MRCS has helped me grow the most in the personal and social awareness category. Attending school day in and day out with virtually the same extending group of people for thirteen years has given me a safe and comfortable place to practice my social skills and hone in on my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to interacting with others. I have made many friends here that I want to continue relationships with post-secondary. I have also grown in my own self-confidence as a person and have become comfortable in my own skin with myself. I have developed relationships with teachers and staff, strengthening my interaction skills over the years with people older than myself. If there’s one thing I’ll never forget from my decade and three years at this school, it is that I made lasting relationships with people that I hope to nurture for the rest of my life.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: I believe that I’ve developed as a beauty creator over my time at MRCS, whether that be creating, writing, making and playing music, or working on class projects. I’ve grown in both my work ethic and passion towards making various things, particularly with music making and writing.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: I’ve grown up as a pastor’s kid, so my family and I have always been involved in the church in some way. My dad is the congregational care pastor of my church, and I help with worship services as well as working in the tech booth. My mother has also helped teach in Sunday school with the younger children. The combination of growing up in a Christian family, going to youth groups every week, playing worship in church, and learning more about God and the Bible at school each day has built a solid foundation for my faith. Some days I am conflicted and feel like I really don’t have much of a relationship with God, but then I remember all that I’ve learned and how much I get to see God’s work in my life and it all comes full circle.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: One memory I would like to share is Grade 8 Camp. Before the whole high school started doing High School Camp each year, grade 8s had their own camp at the beginning of the year. Four years later, it is still one of my top highlights from my time at MRCS. We slept in cabins and had lots of free time to explore around the camp and take part in fun activities like Hyper Ball or Human Foosball. I especially enjoyed the forest and night games.

Future plans: After high school, I plan to take a gap year to work and make money. I could use this time to save up for post secondary education. I would also like to do a bit of traveling after high school. That could anything from taking a trip up to the interior to flying to another country or continent.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: Something I think others should know about MRCS is just how memorable it is. From Team Spirit Day in elementary school to the plethora of antics the teachers and students get up to in our high school, you will rarely be bored here. The teachers and staff all have cool stories to share about themselves and people they’ve met. Suffice to say, MRCS is quite the memorable place.

Nathan

Family: Father: Vern, Mother: Cindy

Hobby or pastime: Volleyball is my favorite sport. I love the team connections and the joy of the game.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Social Awareness and Responsibility is one Core Competency I’ve developed during my time at MRCS. I’ve developed time management skills as well as empathy and compassion which I believe will help me to be a reflector of Christ in my community as I show the love and compassion of Jesus to those around me.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: A Biblical Throughline that has grown in my life during my time at MRCS is as an order-discoverer. During my years as a student I have grown in my understanding in both science and math and have found that the intricate order and power of God are found over and over through both disciplines.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: My relationship with God and others continues to grow as I face the challenges of life head-on with the support of my family, school and classmates.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: Middle school was a highlight of my time at MRCS. Mr. Unger, in particular, inspired me with his ancient culture unit as well as in the joy of math. He helped me develop a strong work ethic and expand my love for sport. He challenged me to be my best, and I’m thankful for his influence in my life.

Future plans: I am taking a gap year to further explore my options for the future.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS is a great, supportive community where kids can feel like they belong and are supported every step of the way

Olivia

Family: Father: Sandro, Mother: Tammy

Hobby or pastime: I love to do anything musical, whether that be playing guitar, ukulele, piano, singing, dancing or doing theatre. I enjoy doing those things because I’ve always loved music and find it can be a good escape from reality.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One core competency I have developed here at MRCS has been communication. I grew in my communication skills by becoming more confident when presenting in front of larger groups and growing my skills by talking to new people over the years of my high school life.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: A Biblical Throughline I’ve developed here at MRCS has been Beauty-Creator. I’ve developed in this area in various ways, such as taking pictures of the beauty around us God created in photography class.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: My time here at MRCS has really helped develop my relationship with God and others. The fact that our school is so small can be such a blessing since we’re able to connect with everyone around us. I absolutely love our high school chapels and being able to praise God in a room of people you care about is a surreal feeling.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A highlight of my experience here at MRCS has to be hanging out with some of the best people I’ve ever met. Whether it be talking at lunch, goofing around in class, breaking out into song or having serious conversations, the people here have made such a huge impact on my life and I’m so blessed to have met them.

Future plans: After I graduate I will be attending university to get my Bachelor in Psychology. I find the mind very interesting and am looking forward to studying it. After I graduate from University, I want to become a Child Psychologist since I adore children and no matter what, want to work with them in the future.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS is truly such a wonderful school. The staff care so deeply about each and every student. You can truly go to anyone about anything and they will welcome you with open arms. The community is amazing and I couldn’t express how awesome my experience here has been.

Tanner

Family: Mom: Suzanne, Dad: Bill, Brothers: Caleb, Liam, Sister: Ainsley

Hobby or pastime: I enjoy making music, its a great creative outlet and a way for me to express myself through an art form.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: A Core Competency I developed in high school is communication. Presenting in front of the class and working on group projects have made me focus more on the way I interact with others.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: The one throughline I worked on the most would be creation-caretaking. Whether that would be doing volunteer work or creating art, I find that this is the througline that most resembles me.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS has helped me connect to God through Bible class, the Friday chapels and worship. By far, singing for worship has been the most connecting experience for me, since it allowed me to simply be in his presence.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: My highlight from MRCS would be Esperanza, it was an amazing place where I could grow friendships and take a break from the regular flow of life

Future plans: After grad, I plan to go into architecture, and various courses surrounding that field. I’ll probably take a few trips across seas but I’m planing to stay in Vancouver.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: MRCS has been a great way for me to connect and create life long friendships with others.

Tiffany

Family: Mother: Younjung, Father: Jee Hoon, Brothers: Ian, Sky

Hobby or pastime: One hobby I enjoy is hanging out with my friends whenever I get free time (which I rarely do).

Core Competency developed at MRCS: One core competency I have improved in is the collaborative thinking category. Through many different projects and assignments, I have developed my ability to collaboratively think with my peers.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: One biblical throughline I have developed in my time at MRCS is the beauty-creator throughline because I learned to create things and present projects as a beauty-creator.

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: MRCS has helped me to develop my relationship with God and others by constantly encouraging one another with kindness and love.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: A highlight I have from MRCS is when we went on a field trip for the first time in a few years with our Bible class to the Vancouver museums.

Future plans: I will be attending UBC to attain a degree in the Science of Nursing.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: I would want others to know that MRCS is a very tightly-knitted school with a small community that allows everyone to get to knew each other on a personal level.

Timur

Family: Mother: Eugenia, Father: Anton, Brother: Mackar

Hobby or pastime: I like to lift weights, because it’s fun and healthy at the same time.

Core Competency developed at MRCS: Critical Thought, through mathematics and being able to make rational decisions.

Biblical Throughline developed at MRCS: Truth-seeker

How my time at MRCS developed my relationship with God and others: I found my own faith outside of MRCS but my faith was challenged and strenghted thanks to Bible class.

A memory or highlight from MRCS: Some memories I will always treasure is the times I spent strengthening the bonds with my friends.

Future plans: As of now, I am planning to attend SFU Beedie School of Business and find a career involving it.

One thing I want others to know about MRCS: Thank you for the 5 years that I spent here.