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Class of 2018: Senior Retreat

September 05, 2017
By Emma Holtel '18

Each year our Middle and High School classes begin the school year with a retreat that serves as a foundation for the academic year. The students and teachers spend time worshipping, fellowshipping, and setting goals together. This piece shares senior Emma Holtel's thoughts on the Class of 2018 Senior retreat.

Our Seniors enjoying time at Camp Canaan! 

On August 17, as the senior class we ventured out into the woods of Camp Canaan to kick off our retreat. We spent the afternoon relaxing and enjoying each other’s company around the pool. Later that evening, we shared casual conversations over our dinner at Moe’s. After dinner, the students gathered in the fellowship building for an “open mic night” where we would share with each other the thoughts that had been on our hearts and minds.

For me personally, this time of sharing showed a side of my classmates that I had not seen. For hours, we spent time talking about our faith and past experiences, while sharing the future hopes for ourselves. During this time, we were able to share stories from our summer, ask questions about our faith, and challenge others on their walk with God. This time to share was special because our grade was able to join together in a setting outside the classroom.

A time of worship for the class!

"During this time, we were able to share stories from our summer, ask questions about our faith, and challenge others on their walk with God."

 

The retreat helped us have a positive start to our year and allowed us to grow together and build stronger relationships with our teachers. The trip as a whole created a sturdy foundation for our senior year. I think I speak on behalf of the entire Class of 2018 when I say that the senior retreat is a memory that we will never forget.