|5/3/2011 2:35:00 PM|
She's basking in light of those who responded to call of Christ
Naomi ShrevesMy name is Naomi Shreves and I have been honored to attend Holy Redeemer School in North Portland.
Five years ago, I was a 10-year-old orphan in Ethiopia. One day, an American couple came to the orphanage to adopt two little children named Eli and Sophia. While they were there they met me and we got to spend a lot of time together. I was hoping for a new family and although they came to adopt two children, they felt Christ encouraging them to adopt me as well. They responded to His call and a year later I got to come home to America to join the new family.
Holy Redeemer was my first school in the United States. My parents had met with the principal, Mrs. Raineri and several of the teachers to discuss my situation and to see if Holy Redeemer would be willing to work with me and they eagerly accepted the challenge. When I first walked into the school I felt I belonged there. My teachers greeted me with love and joy, as did my new classmates. The teachers often gave up their free time to give me extra help. My classmates would help me at recess. I had to work hard and still do, but I have loved it because of this incredible community.
Love of learning, faith, leadership, responsibility, and friendship are the virtues that Holy Redeemer cultivates. The love of learning has taught me to value the hard work of studies. The faith at Holy Redeemer has inspired me to bring more hope to the world. Leadership skills have given me the confidence as a young woman to serve others and stand up for the truth. The lessons about responsibility help me to keep my commitment as a leader, Christian, and student. We are encouraged to be good friends to one another at Holy Redeemer which has given me an opportunity to love people who are different than me just as Jesus did. As a student I am really proud to be part of the Holy Redeemer community and all that Holy Redeemer stands for.
At Holy Redeemer we have the best teachers. They are patient and understanding, but expect our best, and lead us to our highest potential. They don’t except excuses, but they know how to make learning enjoyable which keeps our interest.
I experienced hope when my parents responded to the call of Christ to adopt me. In the same way, Holy Redeemer is responding to the call of Christ to provide a great education which brings hope to the world through the young men and women it educates.
The writer is an eighth grader at Holy Redeemer.
The eighth graders from Holy Redeemer graduate at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in Holy Redeemer Church.
Here are the graduates: Ghermanie Allen, Javier Alvarez Garza, Gabriel Anastasiadis, Eduardo Botello, Jourdan Brown-Johnson, Peter del Mar, Davis Gonsalves, Xavier Hallinan, Pierre Haou, Brianna Hayes, Jamison Jouno, Theresa Krajewski, Ian Mannenbach, Kai McPheeters, David Monarrez, Nardos Nugusse, Lucy O’Sullivan, Lizbeth Perez Miguel, Rowan Reynolds, Cameron Scarlett, Naomi Shreves, Shelby Spohn, Zachariah Srtickland, Chancellor Swar, Justis Szczepanski-Beavers, Elizabeth Wiley