Hannah Alkema – VCS Class of 2016
When Hannah graduated from Venice Christian School, she was already ahead of most college Freshmen – she had the great opportunity to participate in Dual Enrollment with SCF during her senior year of high school at VCS. Consequently, Hannah is graduating early from Anderson University in South Carolina this December with a degree in Secondary English Education.
After spending some time in the classroom in SC, Hannah realized how far behind the middle school kids were and needed help. “At Venice Christian Mrs. Foust showed a real support system and example for students in 6th-10th grade when they really need it. I want to show that same positive example for the kids I teach.”
Hannah also values the lifelong friendships she formed at VCS and things like debate class, and Bible class with Scripture memorization, as well as learning the importance of knowing what she believes and why. Her favorite scripture verse is Phillipians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. “This verse helps me remember that my God is bigger than anything I face … I can stop worrying, and trust God to take care of it.”
Ashlyn Weed Cross – VCS Class of 2016
“Venice Christian was the best thing that ever happened to me!”
Ashlyn attended VCS preschool through 8th grade, then she attended Venice High School for 9th Grade, and chose to return to VCS for the rest of her High School education.
Leaving VCS for a short time helped Ashlyn to realize how much she appreciated being able to dig deeper into the Bible and learn to apply it to her life at VCS and, “They taught me to be a decent human being, how to act as a student, and how to be a mature Christian leader.”
Ashlyn appreciates how her education at VCS was personalized to her and focused on each students’ strengths – and made them even stronger. “My teachers pushed me to give the best I could give. They always believed in me even when I didn’t.”
After graduation Ashlyn attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, and then transferred to State College of Florida because she wanted a more challenging education. Her college professors were impressed and called her work “honor level” because of the excellent education/preparation her teachers at VCS gave her.
Ashlyn graduated with an Associates Degree in May 2018 and will be continuing her education online through Florida International University majoring in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications. She loves social media and connecting with people.
Ashlyn said she made her best of friends in High School at VCS, and still keeps in touch with them.
“Venice Christian was the best thing that ever happened to me!” she says.