GRCHS Class of 2021:
February 28, 2021
Name: Haily McBride
Favorite memory from GRCHS: Winning districts for basketball or hitting my first walk-off home run.
What advice would you give to younger students? Reach out to different people because you will meet so many cool people, but in order to do that, you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Also, to work hard in everything you do.
What GRCS Portrait of a Graduate characteristic do you most identify with and why? Thoughtful Neighbor, because I really enjoy being in relationship with others. But not in a surface-level relationship. I really like to invest in people in a deeper level and truly get to know them for who they are. I also really love investing in underclassmen and making the transition into high school easier. In my sports program, I also try to be a leader and just check in on everyone and be kind to everyone. If someone is having a bad, I reach out and make sure everything is okay. I also enjoy making gifts for people and just surprising them, and making someone else day a little better.
Post-high school plans: Attending Olivet Nazarene University majoring in nursing
Name: Jacqueline Lanning
Favorite memory from GRCHS: My sophomore year Winterim trip to Greece.
What advice would you give to younger students? Try as many clubs as you can when you first enter high school and make sure to try hard in classes your freshman and sophomore year (your senior self will thank you for a high GPA).
What GRCS Portrait of a Graduate characteristic do you most identify with and why? I feel I resonate the most with Lifelong Explorers. I am a major geography nerd and love learning all about different parts of the world, and one day hope to travel all around and learn about God’s vast and beautiful creation.
Post-high school plans: Attending University of Denver and double majoring in finance and geography
Name: Lille Dekker
Favorite memory from GRCHS: I loved the day trip my Spanish class took to Chicago. We visited the Mexican Museum of Art and other amazing places to experience the culture of Latin America in Chicago.
What advice would you give to younger students? Take care of yourself. School is important, but it can be stressful, so prioritize your mental health too. You will not be able to succeed if you are not focusing on your wellbeing.
What GRCS Portrait of a Graduate characteristic do you most identify with and why? Justice Seeker — I am continuously looking for ways to better myself and actively work to create atmospheres of equity and empathy.
Post-high school plans: Undecided on college plans but planning on majoring in psychology.