When I was in eighth grade, my parents decided that, for high school, I wasn’t going to go to Kapaa High. I was going to be starting over… again, and that didn’t sound too appealing to me. But, then I started high school at KCA. I met amazing friends, and amazing teachers, and amazing parents. Over the last four years, I realized that putting me into this tiny little Christian school was the best thing my parents could have done for me. High school is where you get a chance to figure out who you are. Where you can learn how to become more and more independent, and figure out what it is you’re going to do after it’s over. But it’s also where you meet some of the people who will be friends for life, and I’ve definitely found my share here at KCA. Throughout my years here at KCA, I learned the value of a Christian education, and how it is important to be surrounded by people who will help you grow in your faith.
Most importantly, at our very special school, high school is where you learn to trust in God above all else. I’ve learned to seek God through everything, and I can gladly say that, through my church family and our family here at school, I have grown immensely in the Lord. So I want to challenge all of you students to seek God in everything. And not just in the bad situations. We’ve been trained to thank God for everything, because every good gift is from God and we would have nothing without Him, so never forget that, and always look for ways to get to know Him more and more.
In eighth grade I was lost, going through the motions of Christianity. But at the same time, I was blind to it: I didn’t see the mess that I was becoming comfortable with. If God had not put it in my parents’ hearts to pull me out of the public school system, I’d probably still be simply going through the motions. God is so amazing and I am so thankful that He has forgiven me time and time again, and delivered me from my blindness to the truth. Where would I be without God? Completely lost and hopeless. My life could’ve taken two different roads, all because of the high school I attended, and I am thankful that it took the path that it did. As Robert Frost said in his poem “The Road Not Taken,” “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I… I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
--Sade Reuarin Seamster, selections from 2015 graduation speech