IS 2019 Graduates
Megan McGregor - My two years in the Independent Study Program at Cedar Park Christian School have been a huge blessing. Due to the extensive time I spend working and showing Morgan horses, I needed a program that allowed me to attend school but, have a more flexible schedule allowing for horse shows, clinics, and work. IS not only met these needs, but went above and beyond what I expected, using my work with horses as part of my education, as well as allowing my schedule to have time for it. My advisor in the program was amazing and supportive, helping with subjects and being understanding when circumstances made things harder to accomplish. Upon graduation, I intend to attend the PIMA Medical Institute to become a veterinary assistant in equine surgery. I have always been around animals and have even helped a few horses in colic, so the idea of having the knowledge and ability to help horses in this position every day really appealed to me. IS has helped me with this preparation, as my advisor supported me and helped ready me for my entrance exam and the questions I should ask when taking tours of the medical facilities.
David Guichard - I have really enjoyed the past seven years as an Independent Study student. My mom and Mrs. Nau (my IS advisor) helped me get a great education due to the high quality of work needed to graduate from the IS program. Each year I realized that I was able to do a greater amount of work, due to the discipline it takes to keep up with the work load. The variety of courses and electives that are included in the program helped me get a well-rounded education that will benefit me in the future. I plan on working part-time and attending Edmonds Community College, working towards my associate degree. Then I will be able to transfer to a four-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree. At this time, I do not have a specific program or area of study that I am pursuing, so I will start off by taking the required general studies courses to graduate. I know that whatever lies ahead of me, I will deal with it using the Christian values I have learned and practiced while in the Cedar Park Christian IS Program.
Noah Hoffman - The past two years I have spent in Independent Study have been an extreme blessing. I have been able to learn so much from core subjects as well as from electives such as finance, Chinese and guitar. I have had a number of different Bible courses both in doctrine and character studies. I was able to learn in the way my brain works. Being in Independent Study has helped me find some of my strengths and weaknesses and the program has helped me to draw closer to God. My plans after graduation are to take a break year and work to build up my finances. After that, I plan to go to college. Some of my future goals are to own and run a business, travel to Europe and visit places that were significant in World War II. I love political science and would like to run for office in the federal government some day. My main passion is to follow whatever God has for me, because I know His plans are the best.
Olivia Magill - The Independent Study program has been a great experience for me! Dr. Mac has been my very favorite teacher. While being in IS for the past three and a half years, I was able to learn things that were important, but also things I was genuinely interested in and that would help me in my life ahead. Having a say in what books I would study was encouraging and I was able to count skateboarding as my physical education credit, which was great. It has been wonderful to have a flexible balance of my schoolwork and working at my part-time job. I have felt very comfortable asking any questions or concerns I had about anything. I would strongly recommend the Independent Study Program if you're looking for an appropriately challenging, but flexible approach to your high school education. After high school, I would like to work in the extreme sports world as a career manager for athletes. I am very passionate about the unique worlds of skateboarding, snowboarding, and drift car racing. I am planning to take a gap year between high school and college to work at the action sports company, before I start online courses in business management. I have become well accustomed to the discipline of Independent Study Program and feel very comfortable with doing an on-line program, thanks to my experience in IS.
Epic Csigi - I joined the Independent Study Program through Cedar Park Christian in my junior year. I have been blessed to work with Mrs. Kragerud for English and CWI. IS has given me a great opportunity to improve my reading and writing skills, and to prepare for entrance into college. I liked being able to work independently and focus on those subjects that were more difficult. I was able to play Cedar Park football and baseball, and I really hope to participate in a walk on position for football somewhere in Oregon or Washington, after graduation. I am still considering different options. My career dream is to earn a degree and have a career in the culinary arts someday, because I love to cook.
Brendan Boyle - I have enjoyed Independent Study because it has given me the ability to work on a schedule that suits me, as well as having a set lesson plan for the week. I find this to be more clear compared to the many classes I have taken in the past in a traditional setting. IS has benefitted me because with the flexible schedule, I’m allowed to work in my sweatpants, putting less stress on my mornings. Mrs. Dressler was extremely welcoming to me, when joining the program just this year. She understood my situation and put in a lot of work to be able to give me a plan to graduate. My parents also went all out for me, sacrificing countless hours in prayer, school work and giving me the plan to graduate. I used to take school, teachers, friends and family for granted. Now I am nothing but grateful, and thankful for how much time and effort was put into me just to be able to graduate from high school. Post high school my plan is to go wherever God wants me. I am traveling to the Philippines for a mission’s trip this summer, as well as doing some camping with friends, start working in the church, and starting a youth outreach called “Make the Voice”. I may decide to go to a Bible school in Germany, or Oregon, or go for a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University.
Ben Manning - Having the opportunity to be in Cedar Park Christian School’s Independent Study program has been an outstanding blessing in my life. Independent Study has enabled me to study in a more flexible and effective manner, that is better fitting to my learning style. Rather than being confined to a classroom or a sequence of classes, I was able to make progress in my studies at a pace that best suits me. When I was exceling in a particular subject, I was able to continue on with the material at a faster pace. When I was struggling with a certain subject or concept, I could focus more of my work-time and studies on learning to master what I may consider to be more arduous. Independent Study has helped me to further develop as an independent worker and thinker. Though I have had struggles over the past couple of years, I know that I can have hope in God’s future for me. The academic success that I have had in Independent Study shows that God had and always has a plan for my life. I view my future with hope, and I am praying for guidance as to where God wants me to go next. I have grown in my faith and have gained mental strength over the past few years. I will be attending Biola University in the Fall. I am hoping to pursue a business major. Beyond college, I hope to be working in a career that allows me to help people. Whether it be through church, cross-country, or Revelation Choir, I have seen Christ working in me. I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to work with my advisor, Laurie Nau who has been an excellent leader and support for me, and I am thankful for the role that she has played in my life.
Brant Nicholson - I disliked with a passion going to school, but valued the learning gained from it. So, when my Dad told me about the Independent Study Program, I responded faster than a heartbeat and said “Yes”. I then transitioned out of the public school environment and into what I believed to be a more productive one. These past three years have further enhanced my learning experience. I quickly learned the value of IS, in having the ability to ask questions of my advisor/teacher whenever needed. She made the curriculum more engaging, as well as keeping my Christian beliefs reinforced. I enjoyed being able to focus completely on one subject at times and then moving on to the next one. When I graduate, I plan to go to college, following my passion for achieving and my interest in computers. I plan to continue to focus on my goals every day, until I become the best version of me.
The CP IS staff love serving our IS students and parents and are pictured from top to bottom, left to right with years of service. Advisors: Kathryn Dallas (22), Kisa Kragrud (1), Laurie Nau (19), Carrie Kroeker (10), Sheron Mohan (7), Cathy Dressler (3), Melanie Jackson (1), Megan Fieser-Administrative Assistant (1), and Kay McIntosh-Administrator (24).