Class of 2016: Valedictorian Testimony by Megan Griege

The valedictorian of Annapolis Christian Academy’s class of 2016, Megan Greige, delivered the following testimony to parents and students at Annapolis’ annual Open House event on January, 28 2016.  We are so proud of Megan’s accomplishments but most of all for the kindness she has displayed to everyone during her time at Annapolis and for her servant leadership.  We will miss her greatly but it is with joy that we send her on to fulfill the calling that God has placed on her life and we are honored to have played a small part in preparing her for that calling!

This is my fifteenth year at Annapolis Christian Academy! I’ve experienced every dress code change and helped move the school to four separate campuses! I was a participant in the first Warrior Week, the inaugural year of the Annapolis House system, the first School of Logic retreat, the first trip to Camp Eagle, and the first ever 4th grade Texas Wax Museum.  I’ve attended the grand openings of Annapolis’ permanent campus and the subsequent grand opening of the Annapolis gymnasium and Fine Arts center.  Over my many years at ACA, I’ve followed the school to different campuses and watched faculty, staff, and students change, but the quality of education has remained constant.

For fourteen years, I’ve also looked up (literally and figuratively) to the seniors as they’ve led the high school, inducted freshmen, given advice, made all the best jokes, and presented their Senior Theses. The senior classes have always seemed to be on a whole different level from the rest of us, a special group of their own who know the school and its workings like the backs of their hands. Finally, I understand what it means to be a senior at ACA and how this timeless classical education culminates in us.

When I began attending Annapolis, the school was a much smaller group as it moved from rented church facility to rented church facility. I’m still amazed at how God provided the perfect permanent home for ACA back in 2010 when we purchased the former Parkdale Baptist Church campus, and how God has allowed the school to expand with the addition of our own gymnasium and fine arts center.  It is fascinating to think how different my life would be had my parent’s enrolled me at CCISD’s Dawson Elementary as originally planned!

I am exceedingly grateful to my mother for her wisdom in seeking a more personal, focused, and biblically-guided education for me.”

She had the same mindset as the group of parents who had built ACA years before with  the mission of giving their children an education founded in God’s Word that would do more than prepare them for a test; it would also prepare them for the challenges and conflicts of this world while still serving and seeing God in it. This, I believe, is the greatest gift that Annapolis delivers to its students.

Those in my class who have been here with me long enough can still remember Psalm 23 from memorizing it in second grade, and every Thanksgiving, I still recite the Lord’s Prayer in Latin for my family, having learned it in fourth grade. Over the years, Annapolis teachers helped me develop a foundational biblical worldview that helps me discern and distinguish God’s Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the world.  I am grateful that my classmates and I have been taught to avoid the temptations of secularism and to address global issues from a Biblical worldview, as we do in our Senior Theses. Our education is fully based on the precept that “all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) and that this training and teaching will translate to all areas of our lives.

My time at Annapolis has taught me to become a passionate and active participant in the world around me.  I have participated in mission trips; volunteer regularly with local organizations like the Texas State Aquarium, Harbor Playhouse, and homeless shelters; play sports; perform ballet; and create art and culture. I have had the privilege to serve as a leader for the school, keeping underclassmen on track, leading in sports and other extracurricular activities, and mentoring other students in House Bible study.

I know that my experience at Annapolis doesn’t end with graduation. My teachers have become life-long mentors and friends that I can collaborate with even after leaving for college or a career.  I plan to stay in touch by returning to visit the school, meeting with teachers for lunches, and keeping up a correspondence.  I have also thoroughly enjoyed mentoring other students and helping guide them through their education and spiritual growth.  I have very deeply appreciated the guidance of one of 2014’s graduates, Clarissa Lara, as I’ve faced different challenges this year and prepared for college. Even as some alumni volunteer at the school in their free time, like Andrew Keller (2013), others, like Stacy Sissamis (2012), Jake Lopez (2013),  and Colton Garrett (2015) coach Physical Education and/or ACA athletic teams. Alumna Mrs. Brittany Devos (1998) even returned to serve as a teacher, principal, and guidance counselor in the School of Rhetoric!

As I come to the end of my years as a Warrior at Annapolis, I almost feel like Bilbo Baggins after his great journey:  “I came from the end of bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ring-winner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.” As a senior, I know where I could have ended up, but instead I have been led into God’s calling, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).