Garden Spot High School
Brielle Eby is an 11th grade student at Garden Spot High School. Her favorite part of school is the social interaction–and the community that it brings. She loves meeting new friends and connecting with a wide variety of people. Brielle enjoys taking dual enrollment and AP classes in order to prepare for her future and has particularly enjoyed science and math classes throughout her high school experience. She is also involved with National Honor Society, Student Council, Chorus, the Class of 2020 club, and the Healthcare Careers Academy through the school, as well as serving as a leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Outside of school, Brielle is a competitive soccer player who also waitresses at SquireSide Café in New Holland. She attends church and youth group at the Worship Center and is hoping to become more involved with the infants and toddler ministry. Brielle is a people person, so in her free time she enjoys being outside and hanging out with friends, playing instruments, hiking, swimming, rollerblading, and playing with her dog, Toby. If she could change one thing in the world, she would eliminate poverty. After high school, Brielle plans on pursuing a college program for nursing or physician’s assistant, ultimately going into pediatrics or working for a children’s hospital. Brielle also admires Annie Hoover, her past youth group leader, a confident, strong person who loves helping others, and who has been like an older sister and role model to Brielle.
Written by: Anna Armbruster
Kylie Martin is a beautiful, young lady in her sophomore year at Garden Spot High School. Although school is difficult, Kylie enjoys attending because of the hard work that must be applied and the feeling of accomplishment as her hard work is rewarded. This reward includes succeeding in all her classes, which she claims is her greatest accomplishment. As she makes her way through the school day she looks forward to her favorite class, English. She loves reading and sinking into the authors’ words and thoughts. English, the perfect class for this, allows them to analyze and study many authors’ works. Looking to the future, even though graduation remains far off, she plans on training in culinary arts in Florida. Meanwhile, Kylie can be found in the high school Agriculture Department taking classes in Ag and Food Sciences to prepare for what lies ahead. When Kylie is not working hard at school, she enjoys her dog, a Mini Golden Doodle named Charley, reading suspense novels, and baking. She also participates in volleyball, gymnastics, and tennis throughout the school year. Kylie’s days may be busy, but her older sister, Taylor, inspires her to keep going, to give her best, and to work hard. High school and the world can be hard on a teenager, or for that matter anyone, so if Kylie could change something in the world she would ask people to accept everyone for who they are.
Written by: Hadassah Hoover
Mikaya Waite is a junior at Garden Spot High School, where she enjoys socializing and the challenges of learning. One of her favorite parts of school is attending her Spanish class. Lately, the class has started to communicate with an English-learning class in Ecuador. Mikaya immerses herself in music throughout her education by participating in marching band, chorus, and Tri-M Music Society. She has been developing leadership skills through being a section leader for mallet percussion in band. Her hard work, intellect, and dedication to school also landed her in National Honors Society at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, shopping, playing piano, and hanging out with friends. She regularly goes to church services and her youth group at Petra. There, her youth group has been raising money to buy supplies for ACTION Christmas, whereby these items are given to children in need. The good people Mikaya looks up to include her pastors, older siblings, and parents. Succeeding high school, she hopes to continue her education even further through college, hoping to someday become a teacher or a physical therapist. If she would be able to change one piece of the world, she would rid the world of hatred. Mikaya adds a measure of goodwill to Garden Spot High School through her caring nature.
Written by: Erynn Mullins
Rebecca Faythe Rissler, or Becca to her friends, is a senior at Garden Spot High School. After graduating, Becca plans on taking a gap year to relax before diving into her future. Afterwards, she will look to go to college for Physical Therapy. Becca’s favorite class in high school was AP Psych; she enjoyed learning how the brain worked and “why we do what we do.”
Becca runs for both the cross country and track and field teams, here at the Spot. Her greatest accomplishment at the varsity level occurred when she medaled at the Iron Bridge Cross Country Invitational. In addition, Becca enjoys being active during her free time doing activities like biking, lifting, hiking, and basically any other outdoor activity. She is also involved in National Honor Society and in volunteering her time in the community.
Becca’s favorite part of school is the opportunity to grow, not only educationally, but also emotionally as a person as well. It has taught her many skills which she will use on her journey through life. Becca has a heart for people who might be struggling, with anything. Her wish for them is that they would feel supported by others wherever they are at, and not feel like they are struggling alone.
Becca looks to her older sisters as her role models; they have set a good example for her by going to college and doing their best. All in all, Becca’s journey through Garden Spot High school has given her the tools she needs for success, the opportunity to invest in sports, a chance to repay her community, and most importantly, the ability to make life-long friends who will always be there for her.
Written by: Madison Casey