Leading by Example: 8th Graders Strive for Unity

On Friday, September 9th, the 8th grade class capped Spiritual Emphasis Week with a full-day of team building. At the Future Farmers of America Training Center in Trafalgar, Indiana, the entire 8th grade class participated in a series of team building exercises and obstacles. "The Lily Pad Challenge was super hard, but we eventually got it," said Jonathan Amador. Holly Overton described the sense of team unity, saying, "We did really well on the low ropes course together."

But the day of team building turned into an evening of celebration at the 1st ever "8th Grade Red Carpet Event" kicked off back in the GCA auditorium. A dedicated group of parents planned since February to create the special event, including formal attire, a hired photographer, a catered meal, line dancing led by a dance instructor, and a school wide scavenger hunt. 6th grade teacher Sean Branch, who volunteered at the "Red Carpet" event, shared his reason for volunteering at the event: "In my ten years of teaching, I have had some really great groups of students.  No other class of mine has ever had the unity, faith, and sense of humor as the class of 2021.  I look forward to observing their progress as they grow closer to God and each other."

Asked what their favorite part of the day was, the students each picked something different: "The ropes course! The dancing! The scavenger hunt!" But one thing is sure: despite their differences of opinions, the 8th grade class is unified like never before.