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Quad-Cities Christian School

Quad-Cities Christian School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series

QUAD-CITIES CHRISTIAN School, Moline, has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 12 students:


EMILY ZECK, daughter of Curt and Sheri Zeck of Milan, plans to major in the medical field at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Top achievements:

• Eagle Award (all A’s), 4 years

• NICC honorable mention, volleyball

• MVP, volleyball

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I can think back to several occasions where I have retained information and learned so much. It’s not only about the curriculum, but the way it was taught. For me, it requires a personal and in-depth study. It must somehow relate to me and I must enjoy learning about it. Last year, when I was a junior, we learned about the muscles in our body. This can be an overwhelmingly hard concept to learn; the human body has so many intricate muscles! To help us think about what we were learning, my class made a video. In this video, we did everyday activities and explained what muscles we were using and how it affected our bodies. Not only was I able to have fun with it and be creative, but it’s a way I learned about a hard subject that I wouldn’t fully grasp in a simple classroom setting.

The Arts

ALAYNA KAUFMAN, daughter of Todd and Jennifer Kaufman of Port Byron, plans to major in nursing at Black Hawk College, Moline.

Top achievements:

• Competed at state level in piano, IMTA

• Rotary Club-Interact president

• Eagle Award/Honor Roll

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: There are so many learning experiences that took place during my education. Picking just one to share is extremely difficult, but there is one that rises above the others. In my Anatomy and Physiology class my junior year, we were able to explore several different areas of the human body and how they function. I was amazed at just how much can be learned about what appear to be the simplest functions, such as hearing. One required assignment when learning about the brain was to make a scale model of the brain. I spent a lot of time making mine out of Play-Doh and labeling the lobes and cortexes. I love that class. I knew I wanted to go into the medical field. Participating in that class proved to me that I would be able to thrive in my future nursing career.


GABE SINK, son of Steve and Vicki Sink of Silvis, plans to major in education at College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri.

Top achievements:

• High Honor Roll, 4 years

• Best offense, volleyball, 11th grade

• Most friendly, 4 years

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One of the most memorable learning experiences for me had to do with last year in Consumer Math. It was nearing the end of the year and we were just finishing up our last big project: The Game of Life. Because the school year was almost over- summer was just around the corner, stealing the majority of my attention- I did not finish strong with the project. The day came to give the final presentation and I had nothing. Because of this sudden downfall in my focus and discipline to work hard and finish strong, I got a low “B” as a final grade in Consumer, knocking me down from the Eagle Award. So what did I learn? I learned that no matter what, I need to finish strong. No matter what, I need to give my best to the work I have been assigned, just as it says in Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Math/The Sciences

DONGJUN LEE, whose host parents are Glenn and Tonya Campbell of Silvis, plans to study engineering at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Top achievements:

• Mastering American English

• Gaining academic confidence

• Soccer

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Every class in QCCS was really hard for me. British Literature, however, was the hardest class for me. The reason that I suffered in this class was because British Literature was the English class that taught me American English and Old English. Every assignment was challenging, especially essay assignments. My friend Gabe just took one hour to finish an essay assignment, but for me it took almost three hours to finish it. I tried to stick with British Literature and I feel my English skills are getting improved. An old saying said, “No pain, no gain.” For me, British Literature was my most stressful subject, but also it helped me the most.


MEGAN BILL, daughter of Brian and Beth Bill of Moline, plans to study ministering to women in sexual exploitation at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.

Top achievements:

• High Honor Roll

• Student Council, vice president

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: During out twelve or more years in school, we have many different learning experiences. Some experiences that we remember are enjoyable, boring, or thought provoking. There is one learning experience that clearly stands out to me when I think about my learning career. At the end of my junior year, my philosophy class watched the “I am n” video series by Voice of the Martyrs. By watching these videos we had the opportunity to see how Christians in other countries are joyfully suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Watching these videos changed my perspective of how I should be living my everyday life. I get to live in a country that has freedom, so I should be even more joyful than the Christians in other countries. This classroom learning experience taught me to live life more abundantly and strive for a fraction of the courage these Christians have.

Young Journalist

TIANLIN ZHOU, whose host parents are Ed and Diane Hedding of Princeton , Iowa, plans to major in international business at Washington State University, Pullman.

Top achievements:

• Highest grade in geography

• Taking one-third of yearbook photos

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I have always received the best learning experience in my Philosophy class with the teacher, Bill Olmstead. In his class, we talk about different cultures and religions, how they differ and how people should react to this difference. Even though sometimes my opinion is different than his, he makes me challenge myself. That strengthens my thinking. In his class, we often need to write long papers that make us think about how religions are different and influence culture. Many of the ideas that I wrote about, I had never thought about. Mr. Olmstead’s class made me think more, and grow more.


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