Ephrata Mennonite School

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Brianna Stoltzfus

Senior

Brianna Stoltzfus enjoys hanging out with her friends. One of her favorite things about school is playing sports, and her favorite sport is volleyball.

After graduation, she plans to take a break year and possibly go on a year-long mission trip. If she does not go into missions, she plans to continue to work at the candy shop that she currently works at. After the break year, she would like to go to college and work in some part of the medical field.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and drinking coffee! She attends New Covenant Mennonite Fellowship where she is on the worship team. She also teaches Sunday school, and she often participates in the church plays.

If she were to change something in the world today, she would end world hunger both on a physical and spiritual level. She feels that her greatest accomplishment is her choice of going to Israel.

Her favorite class is AP American Literature. She says, “It is just so interesting and we have a lot of interesting conversations surrounding earlier American writing.”

She admires Janice Stoner for her love of travel, love for people, and the energy she brings to everything.

Written by: Nandri Weaver


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Ashley Martin

9th Grade

Often accompanied by infectious laughter and a group of friends, Ashley Martin’s bright smile and cheerful personality can be seen throughout Ephrata Mennonite School. An outgoing ninth-grader, Ashley enjoys making friends and hanging out with them.

At school, she attends after-school volleyball practices and explains that her favorite class is science class because her teacher, Mr. Schrock, seems to enjoy teaching it and that makes the class more interesting.

Outside of school, Ashley has expressed newfound interest in reading and attends Cambridge Mennonite Church. One of Ashley’s greatest accomplishments is going to a new school and youth group and reaching out and making new friends there. Recently, she traveled to California with part of her high school and has also had the opportunity to visit Florida, England, and Italy!

Taking a wise perspective, Ashley admires a lot of people, but especially those who have a strong walk with God and those who take initiative to learn from those around them.

If she could change something around the world, she would advocate for people to stop fighting and try to understand each other instead. No matter what Ashley does with her life, her winning personality, faith in God, love for life, and care for those around her is sure to take her far.

Written by: Taryn Mellinger


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Geoff Smucker

Senior

This week’s Student Spotlight article is about the one and only Geoff Smucker! Geoff is currently a senior at Ephrata Mennonite School and is excited about what his future has in store for him.

Geoff enjoys Ephrata Mennonite School for its social environment and teaching methods. He especially appreciates the various classes about the Bible and loves his classmates. His favorite class this semester is Student Newspaper where he is in charge of setting up the Digital Displays. He currently doesn’t take part in other extracurricular activities offered by the school (such as basketball) but he has played ultimate frisbee on teams.

After he graduates, Geoff is planning to continue working for his father in the heating and air conditioning industry, but apart from that, he doesn’t have much planned for his future.

In his spare time he enjoys playing piano and guitar, hanging out with his friends from youth group, and photography.

Geoff goes to New Covenant Mennonite Fellowship, and the role model in his life is his father. Geoff looks up to him because of how he shows an example on how to live and who Geoff wants to be like in the future.

If Geoff could change one thing about the world, it would be the fear in society, particularly around COVID-19. Fear leads to anxiety and depression, and Geoff believes fear is a hindrance.

Written by: Micah Harnish


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Cole Martin

Senior

As a senior at Ephrata Mennonite School, Cole Martin brings his comical and witty character to every aspect of school. His dry-humored comments add life and laughter to his senior class.

Cole has been attending Ephrata since Kindergarten and hopes to graduate in the spring. When asked what he most enjoys about school, he replied, “I like the creativity that Backyard Ag brings to the school, Bible, and the teachers.” Bible and Literature have tied as his two favorite classes. His reasoning is, “The teachers make them fun and interesting.” After he has graduated he hopes to pursue a career as an electrician or other job with hands-on work.

“I also want to know God’s will for my life and live that out,” he states. On Sundays, Cole attends White Oak Church.

Some of his hobbies include weight lifting and swimming during the summer. When Cole is not in school, or pursuing his hobbies, and has some time to pass, he plays video games and watches YouTube for fun.

Three people he admires are Jordan Peterson, Dwyane Johnson, and Jocko Willink. “I respect them because of their great work ethic, success, and leadership.”

His final question was if you were to change something in the world today, what would it be? He responded with, “I would change how evil the world is. I know that is a cliché answer, but what makes me choose this is constantly being reminded by the news and daily conversation how corrupt the world truly is.”

Cole is a determined and creative person and will achieve big accomplishments in life. Cole, keep up the good work and keep striving towards your goals!

Written by: Kassidy Zimmerman


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Averi Weaver

Senior

If feisty were a person, it would be Averi. Averi Weaver is one of the craziest, most studious, and determined people out there. A fun fact about Averi is that she is a twin. Her twin sister is Nandri Weaver. However, Averi is the oldest and of course will not let Nandri forget it.

Averi is a senior at Ephrata Mennonite School and is looking forward to graduating in the spring. She does quite well in school considering she has all A’s! Bible and Literature are her favorite classes due to the fact that it involves discussion. “We learn a lot of life lessons,” she claims.

The best part of school for her is the social aspect, which she fulfills quite well. Outside of school, she has taken on the great sports of volleyball and basketball.

Once graduated from Ephrata, Averi has the goal of being a missionary in India. However, due to current circumstances, the possibility is still up in the air.

On Sundays, Averi can be found attending her home congregation, Meckville Mennonite Church.

When posed the question, “If you were to change something in the world today, what would it be?” She answered, “I would decrease the number of orphans in the world.”

Two people she admires most in her life are her parents. She gives her reasoning with this statement: “They taught me many life lessons, and they help me in hard times.”

Averi Weaver is tremendously appreciated around EMS. Her excellent attitude for hard work has set her up to become a lifelong learner. Keep up the good work Averi!

Written by: Kassidy Zimmerman


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Taryn Mellinger

Senior

Taryn Mellinger is a high school senior at Ephrata Mennonite School who graces the place with her sweet smile and hardworking spirit. Taryn enjoys the academic learning aspect of school as well as getting to spend time with and learn more about the different people she is able to interact with. After graduating, Taryn is considering attending college, but is yet undecided about what she would like to do. In her spare time, Taryn enjoys reading, spending time with her youth group, and trying new things even though they may scare her and push her out of her comfort zone. Her favorite class is her British Literature dual enrollment class that she is taking through Harrisburg Area Community College. Taryn also takes part in some leadership positions in her school, including being editor of the Student Newspaper and leading out in the soprano section of the high school choir. In addition to her school involvement, Taryn also belongs to a few organizations outside of school. Taryn has been a part of Born to Be Different productions for a number of years. She also attends Cornerstone Bible Church. Taryn is a very smart, caring, and godly woman who is an inspiration to be around. Her presence adds light to Ephrata Mennonite School.

Written by: Laura Patches


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Ellie Weiler

Senior

I would like to introduce you to Ellie Weiler. She has some big plans for her life! Some of her favorite things to do are playing volleyball, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. After she graduates, Ellie wants to work on a ranch out in Kansas and then become an EMT to help other people.

She currently goes to Lititz Dunkard Brethren church, and in her spare time likes playing volleyball, hanging out with people from her youth group and occasionally playing guitar. She is currently looking forward to graduating high school. Her favorite subject for this semester is AP English Literature and Composition. What Ellie enjoys about it is the discussion part, and the different interpretations of the specific pieces of literature. She likes the wide variety and diversity of the stories and books her class gets to read and interpret. If Ellie could change one thing about the world, it would be to make people more aware of mental illnesses.

The person Ellie admires the most is her mentor, Tena Priest. Ellie specifically thinks highly of Tena’s compassion, her heart for other people, and how she shows Christ’s love in all that she does.

Written by: Micah Harnish


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Jayce Martin

Freshman

Although he may appear to be a reserved person at first, Jayce Martin, a freshman at Ephrata Mennonite School, has a boisterous personality and a go-getter attitude that are rapidly revealed. An Ephrata Mennonite student since kindergarten, Jayce enjoys the challenge of school and also the social interactions he has with his friends.

One of Jayce’s favorites classes is gym class because he can “play sports, be competitive, and have fun.” With a few more years to go before graduation, Jayce doesn’t know exactly what his post-high school plans include, but he has thought about going to college. At this point in life, school constitutes much of Jayce’s time, but when he has a chance, he enjoys playing sports, specifically basketball and football, and reading, particularly thriller books.

When asked what he would change about the world, Jayce noted several things, but one of the main changes he would implement would be making education readily available to all. With the ability to read and write, people are able to live a life that many people take for granted. Two people that Jayce admires are his older twin brothers who display perseverance in life in different ways, one in college and the other as a truck driver.

Written by: Lauren Martin