|5/8/2012 12:32:00 PM|
Catholic school helped her grow
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The class of 2012 from Christ the King School
MILWAUKIE — Rachel Wozniak, an eighth grader at Christ the King School here, will speak to fellow graduates about how the school changed her life. This is a theme that was echoed by Elizabeth Condie, another eighth grader, earlier this year at the Endowment Luncheon. They are friends who came from different paths but both say the Milwaukie school prepared them to excel and grow in compassion.
Rachel noted the many opportunities she had at Christ the King to gain confidence, especially in the programs she participated in, such as Lego League Robotics, Speech Team and computer animation, in addition to being an altar server.
“I am more outgoing and willing to try new things," Rachel says. "CTK has also helped me grow spiritually. When I was younger, I didn’t like going to Mass on Fridays. I could not stand sitting still in a pew for an hour. However, through the years, I have learned to listen to the Word of God, and I thank my school for giving me the opportunity to attend weekly Mass.”
Elizabeth’s perspective is unique for a student at a Catholic School. She belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but enjoys studying the history of Catholicism and says she appreciates her classmates being non-judgmental.
“I always feel accepted and safe when I share my opinion and beliefs openly in class," Elizabeth explains. "I want people to feel safe and welcome to share their point of view around me. Christ the King has taught me how to conduct a positive conversation about faiths and embrace differences.”
Both girls will be graduating in June and feel prepared to take their knowledge, skills and faith to the next level of education. Their teachers feel the same way.
“Both girls demonstrate and model the mission we have at Christ the King Catholic School — to be honest, humble and respect the dignity of each individual," says Carre Heineck, their 8th grade teacher. "Rachel and Elizabeth challenge themselves daily in reaching their fullest potential and the sky is the limit for their goals in high school, college years and beyond.”
Here are the graduates: Elizabeth Condie, Christina George, Jonathan Green, Rachel Wozniak, McKena Christy, Sam Anderson, Justin Quijada-Huck, Dominic Jauregui, Teresa Olarte, Leah Berger, Sonja Preston, Alex Berger, Anna Nguyen, Ally Jansen, Kelly Nisbet, Olivia Ogard, Jose Abraham Bautista-Bautista, Evan Anderson, William Brooks-Larson, Leah Berger, Max Krahn, Kevin Whitson