This time of year always brings mixed emotions for seniors. As one chapter closes and another is on the horizon, it is a season of deep reflection and intense preparation. Many students describe it as bittersweet — clinging tightly to the memories and friendships that high school provided while looking toward the next step with great anticipation.
Recent graduate Hannah Anderson is no stranger to these mixed feelings. We caught up with Hannah to recount her time at Indian Rocks Christian School (IRCS) and look ahead to all of the exciting opportunities that await.
“The friends that I have made throughout all four years have been the most rewarding part of my high school experience,” she explained. “I have had friends in all different grades, and the impact they have made on me is unforgettable. It will be very difficult to leave.”
Hannah moved to Indian Rocks from North Dakota in ninth grade.
“I didn’t know anyone at the school, and initially, it was difficult to adjust.”
She recalls learning a valuable lesson through the move — that she didn’t need familiar faces and surroundings to feel comfortable and confident.
“I learned that I had to get my confidence from who I am in the Lord,” Hannah stated. “That has made all the difference in my life.”
That confidence took Hannah far in high school. In addition to her academic load, she explored a wide variety of personal interests, from scientific research to overseas missions.
“The science fair and research have been my passion, but I am also involved in choir, environmental club, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and Mu Alpha Theta,” she said.
Some of Hannah’s most memorable experiences include working in the backstage crew for the school musical and traveling on missions trips to Germany, Guatemala, and North Carolina.
“My teachers all helped me to discover what I was passionate about through their love for the subject they taught,” she explained. “Mr. Englebert and Mrs. Springman both specifically encouraged me to dream big in math, science, and life in general.”
That passion for mathematics and physics, coupled with encouragement and support from her teachers, led Hannah to explore the possibility of attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
“I felt a definite knowing from God in my spirit for about a year that I was supposed to attend Vanderbilt,” she said.” “After I visited the campus, I knew it was the place for me.”
Hannah was accepted to Vanderbilt and plans to double major in mathematics and physics. She hopes to use this knowledge to help others and make an impact on the world.