Ephrata Mennonite School


Samantha Weaver

11th Grade

This month’s Student Spotlight features a junior – Samantha Weaver. Something that is immediately noticeable about Samantha is her happy personality. She easily lights up a room as she enters, and her love for people is very evident in how she interacts with the people. In fact, in her spare time she loves to hang out with people, especially her friends. Other hobbies of hers include reading and four wheeling. 

Samantha also is a student at Ephrata Mennonite School. Her favorite part about school is the social aspect and the people she comes in contact with. 

As an example of her great leadership skills, Samantha also serves as the Ephrata Mennonite School Stucco President for the student body. This title includes leading out and planning various school activities. 

Her favorite class she has taken is Practical Christian Living. She said the class had a great teacher and great activities to encourage growth. Along the same lines, Samantha loves church and attends Meadow Valley Mennonite Church. 

Her family is also big on traveling, so when asked what her favorite vacation spot was, she easily said Turks and Cacos. Samantha is a very energetic individual, and someone worth getting to know!

Written by: Corina Rutt


Ethan Martin

11th Grade

Ethan Martin is a junior at Ephrata Mennonite School. He is one of the friendliest people that you will meet. If you don’t know Ethan, you’ll know who he is after playing basketball against him. He is on the Ephrata Varsity Basketball Team and plays guard and has a lockdown three. One thing that really sticks out is how athletic and easy he makes basketball and sports in general look despite having a smaller build compared to most of his competitors. 

He sings on the school Ministry Arts Team and carries the tenor section. On the academic side of things, he has World History, English, Speech, and Service Learning and overall excels in school. 

His favorite things to do are hunt, play basketball, and disc golf. He loves to hang out with friends on the weekends. On Sunday afternoons you can find him playing disc golf at a park, no matter the conditions. While he is a good worker, he also knows how to have a good time. Being a good friend of Ethan, he values growth and it clearly shows in his character.

Written by: Thomas Martin


Brodrick Smucker

9th Grade

This month the student spotlight is on Brodrick Smucker. He is 14 years old and is attending Ephrata Mennonite School for his first year. He is in his ninth grade year and enjoys his social life at school. The best thing about school for him is being involved in sports and hanging out with his friends. Brodrick loves basketball, and plays on the Ephrata Legends JV team. He is also involved in Upward Basketball. Upward Basketball is a Christian basketball league that gives him a chance to get to know more people by playing basketball in a Christian environment. Brod also loves animals, and just bought a new puppy. He enjoys raising dogs and the experience that comes with pets. 

One thing that Brodrick looks forward to is joining the youth group in a couple of months when he turns 15. He then can attend his church’s youth group activities. He also has the opportunity to go to Alaska for a mission trip this summer.

Anyone that gets to know Brodrick will soon learn that he has a funny character and  confidence that follows him wherever he goes. He is a great guy and will always be up for a challenge.

Written by: Olivia Smucker


Micah Harnish


Upon getting to know Micah Harnish, it is quickly apparent that he is an especially creative individual with many talents. The expressions of his creativity are seen in the countless stories he’s written, including a 90,000-word story, his piano playing, and just naturally in his fun, eccentric personality. As a senior at Ephrata Mennonite, Micah specifically noted that he enjoys Bible class and the Student Newspaper class, where he enjoys “seeing the whole process and how the newspaper comes together.” 

Apart from school, Micah enjoys reading, watching movies, going to the library, and listening to music. He is also involved at his church, Ephrata Community Church where he helps out in children’s ministry and is a student leader in youth group. After graduation, he doesn’t have specific plans for the future, although he mentioned wanting to travel, “not necessarily far but outside of Pennsylvania”, and expand his horizons. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Micah over the several years he’s attended EMS and am always inspired by his talents and how he challenges and encourages others.

Written by: Lauren Martin


Candace Fox


Candace Fox is a Sophomore at Ephrata Mennonite School. She is a very nice and fantastic girl, as well as very energetic. If you can’t find her, she’s probably on the volleyball court, because volleyball is one of her favorite hobbies. She’s been on Varsity since Freshman year. Her mom, Cindy Fox, is actually the coach of the EMS Legends Girls Volleyball Team. Not only that, but Candace also loves to sit down with some coffee and a good book beside the fireplace and just chill. She enjoys her quiet time, since she had an adventurous childhood. When she was only three years old, she, her parents, and her younger sister moved to Bangladesh and lived there for three years. She described it as a culture shock even though she was so little. She also mentioned that coming back was almost even more of a shock. One of her biggest memories from her time there was when they would visit the slums and she describes it as “sad and heartbreaking.” Now Candace lives with her parents and her 4 other siblings. Candace is an encouragement to those around her and truly has a heart of gold.

Written by: Danisha Wenger


Dustin Martin


Dustin Shane Martin is a senior at Ephrata Mennonite School. In the short time that I have known Dustin, it has become clear to me that he is a man of good character. 

Anyone who knows Dustin would tell you that he is talented in many different ways. One of them being basketball. Dustin has earned a spot on the school varsity basketball team as a starter and has proven to be a very good player. On the court, Dustin is constantly giving it his all. 

Dustin also enjoys music and sings bass for the school Ministry Arts Team. He is a good piano player, and can also keep a steady rhythm on the box drum.

Dustin has proven to be a studious young man who excels in school. This year, Dustin is studying English, Physics, and more. 

Dustin also takes pleasure in hunting and spending time in the great outdoors. Dustin spends some of his nights working for his uncle’s flooring company. 

Although Dustin does not know exactly what he wants to do for his career, it is clear that he has a bright future ahead of him.

Written by: Benjamin Schwartz


Corina Zimmerman


This month’s Student Spotlight section features a senior, Corina Zimmerman. One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Corina is her motivation. Whether this be displayed on the volleyball court or in the classroom. Her drive for academic achievement as well as her competitive nature have led her to maintain a high GPA and a position on the varsity volleyball team since freshman year. 

Corina has participated in a number of athletics in her lifetime. Some of which include volleyball, basketball, soccer, and in her younger years, gymnastics. As previously mentioned she participates in volleyball currently. She started out playing as a hitter as a lower classmen, and has now rightfully earned her spot as a libero for Ephrata Mennonite School girls volleyball team. 

Corina is also involved in a ministry called Tuesday Church. In short, she helps to prepare Bible study lessons or snacks every Tuesday for a group of girls from Lancaster City. She and five other teachers help to mentor and be an example to their group of girls. This is just one of the several groups that meet who are Tuesday Church. Before Covid, everyone met together in a church, but due to the conditions, things have changed. The ministry is currently following the example of the early churches and meeting in homes, more commonly known as house churches.

Written by: Katelyn Newswanger


Jesse Ginder


Jesse Ginder, a senior at Ephrata Mennonite School, my classmate and friend, is a young man of many hobbies and talents. On an early fall morning you can find Jesse out in the woods, waiting for an unsuspecting deer to stride by. An avid and successful hunter, Jesse has become pretty good with a bow and arrow. During the day you’ll find Jesse at Ephrata Mennonite School studying Backyard Ag, English, and other subjects. This year the EMS senior class may have the opportunity to travel to Columbia for a work and senior trip, something Jesse is really looking forward to. Jesse loves to travel and wants to do more traveling as he gets older. One location Jesse would love to visit is the beautiful city Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. In the evenings and weekends you’ll find Jesse hanging out with friends and playing volleyball, a sport he enjoys and is skilled at. He’s even interested in playing league volleyball after he graduates. While Jesse doesn’t know entirely what he’s going to do after school he’s ready and looking forward to whatever job comes his way. While one article can’t sum up all of Jesse, I hope this article showed Jesse Ginder is a talented young man who is also a good classmate and friend.

Written by: Jackson Good