Ephrata Mennonite School


Tiersha Martin

8th Grade

This week, prepare yourself as Miss Tiersha Martin steps into the student spotlight. In her spare time, Tiersha enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including listening to music, playing with her dogs, singing, being outside, hanging with friends, riding four-wheeler, and swimming. However, because she is an 8th grader at Ephrata Mennonite School, Tiersha spends most of her time studying at school. What she likes most about school is being with her friends and being in math class. Math is also her favorite subject because “Mr. Oberholtzer makes it interesting and fun.” After she graduates from EMS, Tiersha hopes to possibly go to E.B.I. for a semester. E.B.I. stands for Elnora Bible Institute and is located in Elnora, Indiana. The institute’s purpose states, “We strive to teach our students how to grow and thrive in the sea of ideas present in this modern age.”

At one point, Tiersha participated in “Born to be Different” plays, but she doesn’t currently. She is involved in a local church called Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship. If Tiersha could change something in the world today, it would be to make it that there is no abortion. “I believe that babies’ lives are important, and it goes against what the Bible teaches.” When asked who she admires, Tiersha answers with Lauren Daigle because she appreciates her Christian music and how she lives to please God in everything she does.

Written by: Alia Summy


Hans Burkholder


Ladies and gentlemen, the spotlight in this article shines on an archer in his tree stand, ready to eliminate the buck in his bow sights. Aside from being a skilled hunter, Hans Burkholder enjoys other outdoor activities, including fishing, trapping, and hiking. Hans is a member at Martindale Mennonite Church, a member of the Heidelberg Sportsman’s Association, and a sophomore at Ephrata Mennonite School. His favorite subject in school is physics because it studies daily activities and explains them mathematically. He says, “It is the intermediate link between school and the majority of the rest of my life that I’ve never known before.” When asked what he likes most about school, Hans says, “The thing that I like most about school is the interaction that it gives me with my fellow classmates as well as teachers.” After he graduates from high school, Hans plans to find “a field of work where interaction with those around him is crucial for success in that field, like a sales representative, short-term missionary, etc.”

We all like to think about something we would change in the world if we had the opportunity, right? Hans says that he would like to make the Bible accessible in every language in the world because only 10% have copies in their language. Hans feels that his greatest accomplishments to date are participating in street evangelism in NYC and playing several musical instruments. If Hans had to choose one person that he admires most in his life, it would be his dad. “He has constantly shown me grace as I learn to become a man. From watching patiently and walking me through the steps of gutting my first deer to explaining to me why we believe what we believe on countless world issues, he has always been there for me. That is why I admire him the most.”

Written by: Alia Summy


Kierra Martin

6th Grade

Meet Kierra Martin. This sweet sixth grader might be your match, well that is, if you’re athletic, artistic, and can hunt. Kierra’s strengths tie directly into what she likes to do in her free time which happens to be drawing people and animals and spending time outside, maybe in a tree stand with her daddy. Kierra loves to spend time with her dad, and it makes her feel special that her dad spends time with her too! She looks up to her parents and enjoys spending time with her family, including her two younger sisters Hallie and Brielle. Apart from being with her dad, mom, and sisters, Kierra loves to spend time with her cousins whether that be swimming in Florida (her favorite place to go) or creating a human pyramid and watching it fall in slow motion.

Kierra has such a fun flair! I mean, who else wants a lime green Jeep and a Bernese Mountain dog, likes the color turquoise, loves eating cream dried beef, and thinks hippos are funny and cute?! Kierra is not a procrastinator because she would rather finish her homework two weeks ahead of time. This definitely could come in handy because her dream job is to work in the office at Martin Water Conditioning or be an artist. I think that if work ever gets slow in the office because Kierra has finished everything ahead of time, she could just start creating art; then Kierra could be both an artist and work in the office. I really enjoyed interviewing Kierra, and being her big cousin makes this article extra special. Be on the lookout for a lime green Jeep with two girls aboard when Kierra turns 16.

Written by: Shanda Nissley


Damian Hurst

7th Grade

Damian Hurst, a 7th grader at Ephrata Mennonite School, is a young man full of amazing interests and ambitions. When asked what he plans to do after graduation, he responded that he plans to obtain a college degree in “computers and technology.” One of his favorite pastimes is repairing technology, and although he loves to play street hockey, his ideal form of enjoyment is assisting people in solving their technology problems. Beyond the digital world, Damian also enjoys art, which happens to be his favorite subject, because, Damian quotes, “I get to use my imagination to create things that I didn’t think I could”. While he certainly is able to find ways to enjoy himself, he knows how to get a job done as well! When asked who he admires the most, Damian replied; “My brother Bradley because he is hardworking and diligent and I want to be just like him.” When coupled with his knowledge of technology, interest in helping others, and attraction to creating new things and ideas, this young man’s willingness to work hard and diligently is evidence of world-changing material. This begs the question, what will all of this energy be poured into? When asked what he would change in the world today, Damian responded; “Abortion, because so many innocent babies could live and make an impact on other people’s lives and the world.” Your quest is noble, Damian, and it will be exciting to see how you impact the world!

Written by: Timothy Burkholder


Derek Martin


Derek Martin, the son of Wendy and Kent Martin, is a senior at Ephrata Mennonite School. When I think of Derek, I think of a classmate who possesses leadership, humility, and kindness. Last year I had the privilege of going to Texas with Derek to help rebuild homes which were lost due to a hurricane; during this trip I was able to see his kindness and humility poured out onto the people we served.

Derek is involved in many extracurricular activities which has given him the opportunity to grow in the areas of responsibility and leadership. He is the vice president of our Student Council, whose aim is to represent and serve the student body, in which he assists the president and fills in for her in the case of an absence. He is also part of the audio/visual team which means he helps to set up audio and video equipment for events in and out of school. He participates in sports such as basketball and volleyball for the EMS Legends team. Outside of school Derek enjoys playing guitar, not only as a pastime, but also for a youth service held every Wednesday at Word of Truth Church where he attends regularly. He also values making time to be with his friends and enjoying their presence. After high school he plans to work for Riehl Builders constructing houses. When asked what he would change in the world, Derek responded by saying that his desire is to be a light, like Jesus, to others as there is so much evil and darkness in the world. By bringing people to Christ, his vision is that a lot of the world’s problems, caused by sin, can be solved. Throughout the years I have known Derek, his heart for Jesus has always shone brightly and has made him the man he is today.

Written by: Bradley Hurst