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Senior Feature: Esther Cross

Esther Cross of Deerfield has been a student at Jesse Remington for all four years of her high school career, but in truth, she has been involved with the school most of her life. Throughout the span of four years, the class that has left the biggest impression on her is undoubtedly College Prep Humanities. This specific class has had a deep influence on her personal growth and development. Before her junior year, she had never faced any substantial challenges in her humanities classes. However, when she became a part of Headmaster Philbrick's CP Humanities Class, she was introduced to a whole new level of difficulty. It was at that moment that Esther came to the realization that she wasn't truly comprehending what she was reading. As a result, she had to begin anew!

Esther recalls the patience and grace that Mr. Philbrick extended to her as she faced the challenges with completing her assignments and staying motivated. Thankfully, Mr. P played a pivotal role in her success in this class. He provided her with invaluable guidance and support. Through his mentorship, she not only learned how to persevere through challenging times, but also discovered that her worth extends far beyond her academic performance. She realized that true learning encompasses more than simply striving for good grades. Mr. P's class instilled in her a genuine appreciation for classical literature and undoubtedly prepared her well for her future college studies, and for that she is grateful. 

Another significant aspect of her educational journey has been the various mission trips she has participated in with Jesse Remington.  According to her, these mission trips have had a profound impact. Esther states, “They are some of the most formative experiences in my life. My relationships develop and grow so much, and the connections I make with the people I am serving, and those who I serve with are so precious to me. Having the opportunity to serve and die to self in such a real way has helped me learn so much about God and myself. These mission trips have given me a desire to stay on the mission field in some way in the future.” 

Esther appreciates her class with all their unique personalities and characterizes them as having a sense of humor, being relaxed and a spiritual family who are spontaneous with close-knit bonds. 

In terms of her future plans, Esther has set her sights on attending Covenant College in Georgia. Her intended major is Spanish, and she plans to obtain an ESL certification. Additionally, she is contemplating pursuing a minor in Christian Missions. Her ultimate goal is to utilize these qualifications to teach English to Spanish speakers, either within the United States or in a foreign country. By doing so, she hopes to make a meaningful impact and contribute to the lives of others through language education.

Esther’s life verse is John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

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