Gateway Christian School is thrilled & proud to announce co-valedictorians William Engel and Kyle McGuire for the Class of 2020
Congratulations, Kyle & William!
William joined Gateway in Gr. 4 and Kyle in Gr. 1. We are so proud of them and their accomplishments!
Our prayer is they continue to remain close to God as He continues to guide them through every chapter in their lives! We know God has great things planned for them!
Celebrating our GRADS – Special Grad Spotlights!
As a school, we want to celebrate and honor our grads and their achievements! We will be featuring 3 grads per day until all 39 graduates are featured! Introducing the CLASS OF 2020!
Brittnay Bennett - Justice Seeker
Brittnay, we see you as a justice seeker. You are sensitive to the suffering of others and desire to see people being treated fairly and with respect. When you notice this is not the case, you will speak up and seek to rectify the injustice in a given situation. You seek to transform your own struggles and pain into places of hope and encouragement for others, giving those around you a glimpse of God’s kingdom.
Ty Boyce - Servant Worker
Ty, we see you as a servant worker. You look for opportunities to help others, not for your own sake, but for the people who need it. You care about friends, you want to see wrongs righted, and you are willing to chip in to make things better. You willingly put in time and effort to improve the lives of those around you. Through your actions we can see your heart, one that is modelled after Godly pursuits.
Ashley Braaksma - Servant Worker
Ashley, you are a servant worker. You humbly and joyfully serve those around you as you seek to bring joy and shalom in all you do. You make a difference in the world by seeking to bring harmony with others, serving, helping, working hard to affect change, improve situations for people, build community, and meet needs of those around you. You have an innate ability to see when something needs to be done, and then you just quietly do it with humility, not expecting recognition, simply to serve.
Caleb Brownell - Justice Seeker
In you we see a justice seeker, Caleb. A justice seeker strives to solve problems, to look out for others, to identify and respond to wrongs in this world. You do that when you disagree and never hesitate to speak out when you perceive an injustice. You exemplify justice in your steadfast advocating for those you care about and others you see who struggle to find their voice. In you, we see glimpses of God’s kingdom where justice will reign and the wrongs of this world will be held to account.
Jacob Brownell - Justice Seeker
Jacob, you are a Justice Seeker. You are someone who is passionate about justice and compassionate towards those who have been treated unjustly. You look out for the least, the last and the lost among your neighbours, and seek to make the world a better place. You are not at peace with a world in pieces, and your desire to challenge and change the world in which you live is a calling that you continue to answer. In you, we see a glimpse of what the world can be; a world better than today and not yet where it needs to be tomorrow.
Jaelyn Bushey - Justice Seeker
Jaelyn, you are a justice seeker, a right-fighter. You boldly and passionately speak out against unfairness and deceit. You strive to correct the wrong you see around you. Your desire to understand the truth and shed light in the darkness is demonstrated in the way you work to act as an agent of change by identifying and responding to injustices. Your actions help those around you see the righteousness of God’s kingdom and be inspired by His hope for the future.
Aisha Corcoran - Beauty Creator
You are a beauty creator, Aisha. You have been blessed with creative talents and abilities, and you use these gifts to bring visual joy and beauty to the world around you. You reflect Christ’s image with your heart for righteousness, your compassion for the oppressed, and your grace in the face of injustice, creating beauty in relationships that enriches the world around you.
McKayla Coulter - Community Builder
McKayla, you are a community builder. You are a positive addition to the communities that you are part of. You are quick to offer a smile, a word of encouragement and support. You enjoy the diversity of people around you, celebrating their uniqueness. You also desire that people feel connected and accepted in the community around you, wanting to help create a sense of belonging for those God brings into contact with you.
Tessalee Daugherty - Image Reflector
You are an image reflector, Tessalee. You have a dedicated work ethic, and are focused on your responsibilities, seeing your everyday tasks as a way to bring glory to God. You are humble, never proud or boastful. You show compassion and grace to those around you. In a quiet and gentle way, you strive to treat others with genuine kindness and acceptance, reflecting the image of God’s love into the world.
Alexis deBoon - Order Discoverer
Alexis, we see you as an order discoverer. You like for things to be clear, ordered, and make sense. You want to understand the purpose of things, you wonder how everything fits together, you question when the puzzle pieces don’t fit. You are boldly convicted about how things should be and speak out when the world around you is rocked by sin and seek to restore harmony and order in the chaos around you.
Hannah Duke - Servant Worker
You are a servant worker, Hannah. You have such a caring and empathetic soul. Your care for others and desire for those around you to be happy and at peace; your humble and compassionate heart have blessed many. Your courage to face obstacles, to strive when it’s hard, to not give up, and exhibit strong determination in achieving your goals -- are all inspiring. You so want to serve those you care about by working to heal brokenness with a sensitivity to hurts and discord around you. You make a difference in this world.
Michael Elliott - Community Builder
Michael, we see you as a community builder. You are a positive addition to the communities that you are part of. You are quick to offer a smile, a word of encouragement, share a story, or tease with love. You enjoy the diversity of people around you, celebrating their uniqueness. You also desire that people feel connected and accepted in the community around you, wanting to help create a sense of belonging for those God brings into contact with you.
William Engel - Order Discoverer
Will, in you we see an order discoverer. We see your passion for understanding and experiencing the world and your desire to complete tasks to the highest possible level. Your hard work, persistence, curiosity, and willingness to learn new things will help you along your journey. Continue to discover order in language, people, history, science, and music as they are all means through which God’s Word, and His call in your life, are revealed.
Damon Fox - Image Reflector
Damon, you are an image reflector. You are a young man that reflects who God calls us to be in this world: a person of integrity, resiliency, and honesty balanced with a sense of humour and joy in everyday gifts: you appreciate the value of relationships, you respect the wisdom of others, you exhibit a sense of peace and calm acceptance, willing to take life as it comes, knowing the value of working hard and trusting God’s plan for your life.
Isaac Francis - Community Builder Isaac, you are a Community Builder. You have an amazing sense of humour and you are able to make light of troubling moments. This is a great gift and an opportunity for you to bless others! You create laughter, calm anxieties, and have a positive approach to building relationships and creating meaningful friendships.
Kaisha Friesen - Justice Seeker
We see you as a justice seeker, Kaisha. Your compassion for equity is evident in the way you treat others. You strive to correct the wrong you see around you. Your desire to understand the truth and shed light in the darkness is demonstrated in the way you work to act as an agent of change by identifying and responding to injustices. Your actions help those around you find solace.
Kionna Friesen - Image Reflector
You reflect the complexity of our Creator. Kionna, you are an image reflector. You have such a tenacious spirit, but are also kind and compassionate. Through your struggles and passion to do well, you exhibit creativity and discerning, strength and imagination. You are unafraid to be honest with who you are and face challenges with perseverance and resilience. You reflect gentleness, kindness, and grace to all those around you, showing the world who Christ is through your actions.
Aliyah Gerlywich - Justice Seeker
You are a justice seeker, Aliyah. You reflect the righteousness we are called to demonstrate when you seek not only to restore brokenness around you, but within too. You have taken responsibility for injustice, dug deep to respond with powerful candor. You work honestly and authentically, recognizing the brokenness of our humanity, compassionately seeing your own faults as a means to restore wrongs with integrity and mercy: striving to respond in a way that demonstrates the work of the Holy Spirit within you to be an agent of justice in our hurting.
Zachary Heywood - Order Discoverer
Zachary, you are an Order Discoverer. You ask discerning questions, share insights and a willingness to strive for satisfying answers. You are bold and animated, revealing a passion and grit to find answers that make sense to you, persevering until things make sense. You don’t accept easy, instead you strive to put the pieces together and require connections that put the world, your learning, your relationships in order and place.
Joshua Hope - Beauty Creator
Josh, through your diligence, hard work, and participation in student leadership, band, choir, and the school musical, you have shown yourself to be a Beauty Creator. You love to increase in your abilities and gifts; using them to bless your community and in serving God.
Janai Hubert - Image Reflector
Janai, you are an image reflector. The way you carry yourself in the hallways, classroom, and on the court models Christ for others. Whether you know it or not, your demeanor inspires the people around you to treat others with respect, to ask thoughtful questions, to be passionate, and to be better.
Marcel Huizing - Image Reflector
Marcel, you are an image reflector. You have a deeply compassionate spirit. You are thoughtful and have a unique way with words that empowers you to speak profoundly and with great wisdom and insight. You are deeply convicted about who God is in your life and the world around you. You see God’s hand in the smallest to the biggest things; from the great trials to the everyday blessings. In that you reflect God’s providence, love, and faithfulness.
Eli Jones - Justice Seeker
Eli, we see you as a justice seeker. A justice seeker strives to solve problems, to look out for others, to identify and respond to wrongs in this world. You understand the world is not as God intended it to be and you stand true to your convictions about right and wrong, you speak out when something doesn’t make sense, and you have the strength to fight for justice in a broken world, seeking to restore God’s kingdom by bringing shalom.
Debrah Kalonji - Servant Worker
We see you as a Servant Worker, Debrah. You are thoughtful and seek to improve situations for people, build community, and foster peace. The fruit of the Spirit are so evident in you: gentleness, goodness, patience, love, peace. You seek fairness for all. You work in this world with an attitude to make it better. You don’t demand the attention, but approach everyone you meet with kindness, grace, and compassion. You serve others by working to heal brokenness with a “hey - are you okay?” and a warm smile or hug to bring joy. You make a difference in this world.
Spencer Kooman - Image Reflector
Spencer, you are an image reflector. Whether you know it or not, you show others what it means to be like Christ. You carry yourself with humility, tolerance, and ultimately, love. The way you treat people is infectious, and you quietly inspire your communities to be better.
Chenée Lehman - Creation Enjoyer
We see you as a Creation Enjoyer, Chenee. You light up when you share your love for God’s creation of sports. Your passion and curiosity about God’s world of athletics is infectious. You look at the world of sport with the joy of exploration and a passion to discover. You have the gift of eyes to see order and pattern in a game, ears to hear rhythm and lyric in the coordination of a play, and hands to touch and create dynamic movement on the court, working in synergy with your team. Through you, we see ordinary things become extraordinary because you notice and draw attention to what there is to be seen in God’s world, inviting us to celebrate God’s incredible creation and its amazing Creator.
Kyle McGuire - Idolatry Discerner
Kyle, we see you as an idolatry discerner. You have a discerning heart that strives to examine values of cultures, times, and belief systems, asking questions about what is being portrayed and what is truth, challenging us to identify and discern what we place in priority in our lives. You are an insightful and deep thinker who exhibits strengths at synthesizing complex ideas with creativity, wit, and wisdom, not only thinking about issues and learnings, but also by making meaningful connections that demonstrate transformational thinking in a way that can impact our world with meaningful change.
Kya Mohamed - Image Reflector
Kya, you are an image reflector. Being an image bearer means you have the ability to improve the world that God has placed us in. With your smile, your sense of humour, your precocious nature, you welcome and appreciate others in a way that reflects the image of Christ’s relationship with us. With grace and hospitality, you invite others into your space and make people feel accepted, at ease, and belong. Your caring heart ensures that people feel valued and matter.
Tirzah Pacik - Creation Enjoyer
You are a creation enjoyer, Tirzah. You have a bold strength and desire to speak up, to challenge. You are confident and possess a passion to learn and make sense of the complexities of this world. Your curiosity about God’s world is inspiring; you strive to celebrate God’s incredible creation -- not just talking about trees and mountains, but opportunities, relationships, and seeking to understand how the world fits together. You grab hold of the world with passion and a big smile, looking around you with the joy of critical awareness, you have thirst to experience life fully, unabashedly. You celebrate the gift of having eyes to see, ears to hear, and hands to touch and create.
Trace Parchem - Community Builder
Trace, you are a community builder. Relationships are important to you, and you work hard to build and maintain friendships. Through your sharp wit and sense of humour, you are able to lighten the mood and make people feel welcome. Your lighthearted and easy-going demeanor makes you an easy person to be around, and you are able to bring people closer together when they need it.
Deangelo Patino - Image Reflector
Deangelo, you reflect the kindness and gentleness of Christ. You have a caring heart and are humble, polite, and considerate. Despite challenges, you seek to learn and grow, and faithfully demonstrate a desire to do your best. You are an Image Reflector - people around us often form impressions of who God is by looking at God’s followers, and in looking at you they see a God who is kind, gentle, accepting and dedicated. In a world filled with uncertainty and unreliability, you reflect the strength and reliability of God.
Joscelyn, you are a community builder. In you we see someone who is always ready to share a smile and a story, you are motivated by the desire to bring joy into the world with your sensitive and compassionate heart. You are keenly aware when other people are hurting, feeling left out, or sad. You strive to include others because you desire that people feel connected and accepted in the community around you, wanting to help create a sense of belonging for those God brings into contact with you.
Kyle Rafuse - Order Discoverer
Kyle, we see you as an order discoverer. You see the harmony, order and sequence in God’s creation and in daily life. You love the consistency and predictability in how things come together, how things have a purpose and pattern, and how you can help reveal and celebrate God’s created beauty in the ordered design of our world. You use this to serve your community.
Hudson Ruttan - Image Reflector
We see you as an image reflector, Hudson. You demonstrate Christ-like actions in your humility and your gentle spirit. You seek to understand, long before you ask to be understood. You treat everyone with consideration and respect. You are a person of peace, one whose spirit stills a room. You request without demand. You accept without blame. You reflect Christ’s image by living with righteousness and kindness yet without judgment or reproach.
Shantal Stone - Order Discoverer
You are very hard-working and demonstrate a willingness to grow and a desire to embrace learning, not backing down from difficult tasks nor taking the easy way out. You face each challenge with determination to do your best, resolved to discover meaning, order, and sense in our turned-upside-down world. You are an Order Discoverer , Shantal. You want to understand the purpose of things, you wonder how everything fits together. You exhibit the strength to withstand disorder and recover quickly because you understand and reflect the orderliness of God’s world.
Sydney van Arragon - Image Reflector
Sydney, you are an Image Reflector. You are cheerful, kind, and willing to reach out to others. You show grace and compassion to the people around you and inspire your community to treat each other with love and respect. You work hard, take risks, and approach life with courage and graciousness.