What is the most influential book you have read besides the Bible? Why?
The most influential book I’ve read besides the Bible is Atlas Shrugged, a novel written by Ayn Rand. It tells an emotional narrative of the fight between individualism and the collective; the battle of the industrious entrepreneur and a looting society. There are men holding up this world, and if the world does not appreciate them, they will shrug and let the world fall.
What is your favorite or funniest moment at Geneva?
My most memorable moment at Geneva was when I came to Induction Day as a new student into 9th grade. I wanted to be so badly in Sayers that when I heard Sayers called as my house, I was super pumped and excited. However, I turned to find a whole horde of screaming Sayers football guys with no shirts and covered in blue paint running full speed towards me. I had a heart attack out of fear. Don’t worry, I survived.
What will you miss most when you leave Geneva?
I will really miss the relationships I have had with the teachers. Being a piano teacher myself, I have realized how tough teaching can be. I really appreciate how they get up early in the morning five days a week to teach crazy kids like me and still love and care for us.
Who has influenced you most while at Geneva, How?
The most influential teachers at Geneva for me are Mr. and Mrs. Vis. They use their passions, talents, and abilities to glorify God with every single note they sing and play, and with every word they say.
What does being a Geneva student mean to you?
To me, being a Geneva student does not mean being a high-academic, overachieving high school student like so many people might think. There are people like that in every school. But to a true Geneva student, the good and bad grades, the A’s and the C’s, are all laid down at Jesus’ feet. They seek in every way possible to use their knowledge they learn here at Geneva to enhance God’s Kingdom and not their own little kingdoms.
How would you encourage a Geneva kindergartner to persevere in school?
To encourage a Geneva kindergartner, I would say: “Kid, you got this. It only takes one step after another to walk a thousand miles.”
What about Geneva do you hope never changes?
I sincerely hope the freedom we high schoolers have here never changes. Though we might need discipline occasionally, there is a bonding trust between the students and the faculty. I hope that is never lost.