Gehmans Mennonite School


Macy Welker

8th Grade

Macy is an amazing person! You can trust her with anything, especially important things. She sure can brighten your day too.

Her favorite thing about school is the people and the sport. She is an amazing athlete and participates in her school’s games. Because of her love for sports, her favorite class in school is Physical Education. She goes to Gehmans Mennonite School and plans on going to Cocalico High School once she graduates from 8th grade. Macy is very attentive and hands-on and loves to stay active. She finds herself constantly playing sports, doing photography, and hanging out with friends. She also dances at Limelight Dance Studio. Macy loves to dance. She once told me, “My greatest accomplishment is getting to be a high-level tap dancer.” She is also a great friend and a devout believer. She attends Cocalico Community Church with her parents Jim and Linda Welker and helps in the kindergarten and first grade Sunday school class. She is very passionate and wants to ban abortion. She would love to be a teacher and a part-time photographer when she grows up. She also just loves Olive Garden’s shrimp alfredo and all Chinese food.

I am so glad that Macy is my friend. She is always so kind and caring in every situation. She is the definition of a true friend, and I wish that our world would have more people like Macy.

Written by: Amanda Riehl


Kyran Nolt

8th Grade

Kyran Nolt is a great student. He is the son of John and Sheilah Nolt. Kyran goes to Gehmans Mennonite School. He likes to hang out with his classmates and enjoys being with them. At Gehmans Mennonite School he is a part of the Echoes team. His favorite teacher is Mr. Weaver. After he graduates, he plans to attend Terre Hill Mennonite High School. Some of his favorite things to do when he has spare time are going coin collecting, fishing, hunting, and making model rockets.

Kyran goes to Living Waters Mennonite Church with his family. He feels like his favorite accomplishment is that he was on the “A Honor Roll” all of last year. Kyran’s favorite class is P.E. because he likes to play sports. Kyran admires his dad for what he does. Overall, Kyran is a loving man, and he is growing in his faith in God every day.

Written by: Jericho Becker


Angie Barker

8th Grade

Angie Barker is the energetic, dramatic, and friendly thirteen-year-old daughter of Jared and Jennifer Barker. She is very good at persuading people and is not afraid to make her point known. Because of her friendly character, Angie’s favorite part of school is being with friends.

Angie’s favorite class in school is Home Economics because she gets to cook. She also enjoys Phys Ed, and her favorite sports are soccer and volleyball. After she graduates from Gehmans, Angie plans to attend Schaefferstown Mennonite High School. She would also like to either work at a café or be a secretary for her dad’s business.

Angie is a part of LCM (Lancaster City Ministries) and helps there every Tuesday night. The church she attends is Charity Christian Fellowship. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 119:105: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

When asked who she admired, she replied, “My Grandpa Barker because he is very wise.” If Angie could change one thing in the world, she would make abortions illegal. Some things she enjoys doing in her spare time are stretches, gymnastics, babysitting for her aunt, and cooking. According to Angie, her greatest accomplishment was winning our soccer game. Angie is a wonderful person and I think that each one of you should get the chance to meet her.

Written by: Kaylin Horst


Justin Landis

8th Grade

If you were to walk into the eighth-grade room, you might see Justin in a group of friends talking or laughing. Justin is 14 years old and attends Gehmans Mennonite School. He is the son of Bob and Beth Landis; he has two brothers and four sisters.

When asked what his favorite part about school is he said, “Gym class because I like playing sports and being outdoors.” Justin is also a part of one of the Gehmans Bible Quizzing teams. 

After he graduates Gehmans he plans to attend Terre Hill Mennonite High School. Justin is also a member of Heritage Mennonite Church in Stevens, PA. 

When asked about some of his hobbies, Justin said, “I like to go hunting, fishing, and do beekeeping. Justin’s favorite class is shop because he enjoys making things out of wood. Justin feels as though his greatest accomplishment to date is finding an Indian arrowhead in the woods behind his house. 

Justin said that if he could change one thing in the world, it would be poverty in other countries. When asked who he admires, Justin responded, “My parents.”

In the end, Justin is a very energetic boy who loves the outdoors and spending time in God’s creation.

Written by: Blake Wenger


Jayna Horst

8th Grade

Jayna Horst is an eighth grader at Gehmans Mennonite School. She is the daughter of Javan and Joyce Horst. Jayna attends Heritage Mennonite Church.

Some of her hobbies are reading, baking, following the Phillies, and playing sports with her siblings. She also enjoys playing music with her family. Jayna says that her greatest accomplishment is probably playing music with Rhonda Vincent. 

Her favorite subject in school is math. Jayna’s favorite part about school is that she gets to learn, and she likes participating in school sports. 

Jayna says if she could change one thing about the world today, she would eliminate abortion. Someone who Jayna admires is her parents. 

After she graduates, she plans to go to Terre Hill Mennonite High School. Jayna is a great classmate and friend; she is very kind and nice to everyone. She is also very smart and fun to be around She is very athletic and tough and puts lots of energy and effort into all the sports we play at school, whether it’s recess, P.E., or a game against another school. 

I’m so glad she is a part of our eighth-grade class at Gehmans Mennonite School, our class would not be the same without her.

Written by: Macy Welker


Jericho Becker

8th Grade

Today’s student spotlight is about Jericho Becker, the son of Darrell and Tammy Becker.

The thing Jericho enjoys most about school is shop class where he can relax and have fun making things with wood. An extra-curricular event he participates in is Trail Life. 

He plans to go to Garden Spot High School after he graduates. 

He enjoys riding four-wheelers, being outside, and hanging out with friends in his spare time. He attends Bowmansville Mennonite Church on Sundays. His hobbies are biking and fishing with friends. 

If there were anything in the world that he could change, it would be deforestation. His greatest accomplishment is sleeping in seventeen degrees Fahrenheit while camping at Pinegrove Church. 

His favorite class at school is Phys. Ed. where he can play sports and be with his friends at the same time. 

The person he admires most in his life is his dad. Jericho has three sisters and one brother. 

His favorite food is baked Mac and Cheese, but his least favorite food is shrimp. His favorite teacher is his current eighth-grade homeroom teacher Mr. Weaver. 

Overall, Jericho is a hardworking, faithful, and trustworthy friend.

Written by: Kyran Nolt


Amanda Riehl

8th Grade

Amanda Riehl is a bubbly, energetic, thirteen-year-old girl who loves tacos and Chinese food. Her parents are Ivan and Mary Riehl, and she is the only girl in her family. She has one older brother and four younger brothers, including a set of twins. At school, her favorite subject is P.E. because she enjoys playing sports. Her favorite sports include basketball, volleyball, softball, and soccer. Amanda also likes the social aspect of school. She enjoys seeing her friends every day and serving on the yearbook committee. After graduating from GMS, she plans to participate in Penn Foster Home School.

Amanda and her family attend Word of Truth Church. She looks up to her pastor’s family because they are a good influence, and they set a godly example. Her greatest accomplishment is becoming a Christian. If Amanda could change something in the world, she would change abortion because the Bible says that it is wrong to kill.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys taking walks, riding horses, baking, playing sports, and photography. If you are ever in the junior high hallway at GMS during a class change, you will most likely hear Amada’s bubbly and contagious laugh as she talks to her friends. You might also see her walking around the school as she takes pictures for the yearbook.

Written by: Jayna Horst


Savannah Zimmerman

8th Grade

Savannah Zimmerman is a fun, energetic, and optimistic person. She is always laughing and making unforgettable memories. Her favorite thing about school is being with friends. Her favorite subject is P.E. because we get to play sports and be outside. Savannah also loves volleyball. In her spare time, Savannah enjoys drawing, photography, reading, and going biking.

Savannah attends Churchtown Mennonite Church with her parents David and Loretta, her two sisters, and her brother. Savannah is currently working at Brecknock Orchard and is planning to do online homeschool for high school. When asked if she were to change something in the world today, what would it be, she answered, “I would stop abortion.” Savannah says that her greatest accomplishment is getting on the yearbook committee. Savannah admires her parents because they do so much for her and love her no matter what.

Savannah is a great person and friend. Even though she might seem quiet at first, her bubbly personality will quickly shine through. I hope you will get to meet her someday because she can really make your day better. I am so proud to have such a great person like Savannah as my friend.

Written by: Kaley Shirk