What is the most influential book you have read besides the Bible? Why?
The Giver. I was never fond of reading before middle school, but I found a strange connection to The Giver. It was strangely sad, dark and isolating to read, but it was the first time I had ever felt truly invested in what I was reading–and, more importantly, taught me that reading isn’t all that miserable.
What is your favorite or funniest moment at Geneva?
Anytime in Mr. Johnson’s class with Garrett Fritcher and Corbin Fikes. The amount of arguing and sidetracking in that class was beyond entertaining
What will you miss most when you leave Geneva?
I will miss the connection that students and staff share. All the adults here are very open and talkative to students and are a part of our lives in a way. They actively help us to grow. I’m afraid that most colleges afterwards don’t offer that same connection.
Who has influenced you most while at Geneva, How?
Many people could fit this bill, but I’d have to say Garrett Fritcher. I’ve been here with him for roughly 10 years now. He’s always there for me and, if he has taught me anything, it’s that no workload or subject is impossible to excel in.
What does being a Geneva student mean to you?
Being a Geneva Student means to me someone who has matured greatly in faith and knowledge, actively seeking growth in character, and striving to benefit the world around them.
How would you encourage a Geneva kindergartner to persevere in school?
You learn almost everything for a reason. A lot of things at that age can feel stupid, unnecessary and repetitive. But it pays off in the end–it’s all worth it. Just go with it and you will thank yourself later in life.
What about Geneva do you hope never changes?
I genuinely hope that the staff attitude never changes. They are so caring and deeply invested in their students. They are not just teaching us how to grow, but are directly a part of our growth. They are some of the most sincere, funny, kind people I have ever met. To me, that is incredibly important to what makes Geneva such a good institution, and I would hate to see it change.