Ephrata Mennonite School


Dawn Cassel


If you were to ask Dawn what her favorite part about school is, she would probably say, “I just want to graduate!” She is very excited to graduate, but besides that she enjoys the service learning program at EMS where she can help elementary teachers by grading papers and tutoring students. She likes being able to interact with the younger kids and help the teachers out while doing that.

Dawn Cassel is 18 years old and comes from a family of seven. She has three brothers and one sister and is the middle child. Outside of school Dawn enjoys reading. Her favorite books to read are inspirational fiction, and her favorite authors are Janette Oke and Robin Jones Gunn. She also enjoys hand stitching and spending time with family. Her family takes trips to the cabin that she really enjoys.

Dawn is currently working at Martin’s Quality Eggs and plans to continue working there after she graduates. If Dawn could travel anywhere in the world, she would travel to Europe. She doesn’t have a specific place or country she wants to visit. She would love to travel around all of Europe because of its breathtaking scenery. As Dawn graduates this year, she will be remembered by her sarcastic yet caring personality that has helped make class and life at school interesting.

Written by: Alexa Burkholder


Tirza Martin

8th Grade

Tirza Brie Martin is a 13 year old 8th grader from Ephrata Mennonite School. This is her first year attending EMS, and she is thrilled to be here in a different environment than what she is used to. Out of the classes in her first semester schedule, she enjoys math the most, as it is a fun class and it comes fairly easily for her. Though that is part of Tirza’s school life, at home she enjoys chilling and watching a movie, but she also loves playing with her pets: two kittens named Marbles and Granite. She loves animals and someday hopes to own a horse and live on a ranch out west. Tirza has two brothers and two sisters, three of which are married. She is the youngest in her family and the youngest cousin on her mom’s side of the family. When she was younger, she thoroughly enjoyed the random games, which were created by the cousins, involving all of the cousins and Ripsticks. Tirza attends and is a member at Lititz Dunkard Brethren Church. Since I am related to Tirza, I have the honor of knowing her funny, energetic, and enjoyable personality. We are all very excited to have Tirza attending EMS with us and love all of the joy she brings to our school.

Written by: Kya Snyder


Mariah Brubaker


Have you ever met someone and you wonder how on earth you haven’t known them longer? You’re likely to feel that way after meeting Mariah Brubaker. She is a friendly, insightful freshman at Ephrata Mennonite School who has been attending for a few years now. Previously, she attended Bethel Dunkard Brethren School. She has one sister and attends On Fire Youth Ministry with her family. Her favorite part about school is gym class since she is a very active person. Mariah spends some of her spare time working at Pure Test Laboratory as a lab technician, where she analyzes drinking water to make sure it is safe to drink. Some of her hobbies include being outside and flying with her dad in an experimental aircraft. Her family travels a lot, and they have been in six countries other than the United States.  As a family they love to travel and learn about other cultures. One place she hasn’t been yet and would love to visit is Ireland. If Mariah could have the world listening to her give a message for about ten minutes, she would spend that time telling them about how much Jesus loves them and how He gave His life for them. She is passionate about seeing others come to Christ and thinks it would be so cool if everybody knew about Jesus and the life He gives. All in all, Mariah is a great person to get to know, and EMS definitely benefits from the positive personality she brings.

Written by: Hadassah Martin


Jenna Stauffer


If Jenna Stauffer was a cat, she would be described as white and fluffy, very cuddleable with an unprecedented personality. As the first sentence implies, she is in love with cats and has an infatuation with all small furry creatures. In order to fully fathom Jenna’s personality, one has to recognize her obsession with the TV show, The Office. In light of her fascination with The Office, her most admired celebrity is Chris Pratt. Jenna’s dream job includes “producing a newspaper/magazine among my helpful, brilliant colleagues surrounded by cats and dogs.” Unsurprisingly, Jenna excels at spelling and grammar, considering her dream job. She also has an ear for music and a voice comparable to an angel. She may appear laid back at first glance, but upon further scrutiny one will discover she is far from it. One of her most recognizable traits is her eccentric humor which can be described as sarcastically pessimistic. Jenna has many unique quirks and being in her company remains unpredictable and amusing. Most importantly, she has a genuine zeal for the Lord that is recognizable in her actions and interactions with people. She is intensely loyal to her friends. Befriending Jenna will be well worth it and will earn you a lifelong friend. She is not ashamed of who she is and embraces the strong and fierce woman she has become.

Written by: Jordanna Musser