As we anticipate the class of 2020 concluding their high school adventure, we are celebrating Baymonte alumni and their accomplishments. Join us in prayer as they transition to the next chapter of their lives! Today’s senior spotlight is Isabella Finney. Here’s what she had to say about her time at Baymonte:
“I enjoyed so many things about being a student at Baymonte! I love how Baymonte has become forever family to me. I enjoyed the tight-knit community and relationships between the staff and students. Most importantly, I loved how the staff incorporated Jesus and showed His love in everything they did.
I have so many fun memories and highlights from my time at Baymonte! I loved all the field trips, hot lunch, spirit week, end of year Raging Waters trips, middle school sports, the friends I made, my teachers and all the memories!
Baymonte prepared me in all areas and aspects of life. Baymonte prepared me academically for high school, but most importantly, spiritually. Baymonte is where my relationship with God became my own and flourished. To this day, I still look to Bible stories and teachings that my teachers at Baymonte taught me. I feel very blessed to have had my foundation laid at Baymonte and felt very prepared for high school and now feel prepared for college and life beyond.
During high school, I co-founded a Christian organization at my school called Sisters in Christ. God has done amazing work though Sisters and we are hoping to have Sisters chapters at other schools in the future! At my high school, I received a Leadership and Christian Service Award. I also received Christian Athlete awards for both softball and basketball and a “Heart of a Mustang” award. I was Homecoming Queen for my high school as well and have held multiple leadership roles at my school. All of these things were amazing to receive and I thank Jesus for all of it. He is the one who has given me the heart that I have and the passion to lead and love others well.
Next year I will be attending Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. I am extremely excited to pursue my degree in education with a minor in Spanish! My dream is to teach 2nd grade, and my inspiration comes from my 2nd grade teacher at Baymonte, Miss Wick (who is now Mrs. Burke). When school became hard, she believed in me and encouraged me. I believe that every child deserves a chance and should be encouraged. I want to be that teacher to other children and have a positive impact on them like Miss Wick was for me. I love how Baymonte teachers and staff see the good and potential in every student. That is so rare and something so special and I will carry that into my future classrooms one day.
I also am excited to pursue my heart for missions in the future. I have to give all that credit to Baymonte and Mr. Patterson. In 7th grade I went on my first mission trip to Rancho de Sus Ninos in Tecate and I fell in love. Since then, I have been back to Mexico more times than I can count and I call it my second home. My connection to Mexico and the people who live there is one of the reasons why I am going to pursue a degree in Spanish.
I want to thank Baymonte for being a crucial part of shaping me into the woman I am today. You all will forever have a very special place in my heart. I love you all!”