"I have four siblings...one graduated from Covenant. The three that did not...have all said that they envied the education that my brother, Daniel, and I have received."
My name is Chessa and I am a junior who has attended Covenant Academy since Kindergarten. It truly has taken a major role in shaping my life and who I am today. I have four siblings. Two were homeschooled throughout high school, one went to Covenant until 8th grade and then on to public high school, and one graduated from Covenant. The three that did not graduate from Covenant have all said that they envied the education that my brother, Daniel, and I have received. I am truly grateful to be a part of this school.
One aspect of Covenant that has benefited me greatly is the academics. A classical and rigorous education has served me well in many circumstances. It has become natural for me to notice the worldviews conveyed in movies and songs. I have found that it is easier for me to understand great books and learn from them.
"My sister, who is an honors student at HBU, asked for my help in writing her paper..."
To give some perspective, I love T.S. Eliot. I have read his Four Quartets and really enjoyed them. My sister, who is an honors student at HBU, asked for my help in writing her paper on the Four Quartets. We were able to have a very lively discussion about Eliot that helped her with her paper. I admit that I do not understand Eliot perfectly (who does?), but if it had not been for my education at Covenant, I probably would have understood very little of Eliot and I certainly would not have been able to hold a good discussion with a student in the honor college at HBU.
"People are not solely shaped by academics; they are shaped by culture and community."
Chessa with two of her siblings.
I recognize, though, that school is more than just academics. People are not solely shaped by academics; they are shaped by culture and community. One thing I love about Covenant is its closely knit community. Whenever I see someone sitting alone, it is not long before someone goes to sit next to them. I have never had a closer group of friends than my classmates, and even some in other grades. It has been a blessing and a challenge (which sometimes go hand in hand).
I have never had a closer group of friends than my classmates, and even some in other grades.
The small classes make learning to deal with conflict a necessity. You learn that you cannot just ignore people and go on your way because they’ll probably end up sitting next to you in class. So the culture, in this way, has helped grow me as a person. Being BLESSED that I get to see the same people every day of the week in my classes, has made me realize that I would not be who I am without the blessings and trials that have come with this culture. Being able to discuss my heart openly with others and with teachers who have built relationships with us is something I will always cherish.
In conclusion, I am glad to be the person I am today, and Covenant Academy and the people here have played a major part in shaping who I am.
Chessa is one of our eleventh grade students (pictured) who presented to current and potential parents during our Fall Open House on Thursday, November 3, 2016.