The Cedar Park Christian Experience

In her own words, senior Olivia Decker reflects on her CPCS education

What are your plans after graduation this year?

I plan to attend college, most likely Biola University in Southern California, and study business. I'm looking forward to going to a faith-based school, creating a new community with similar values and playing intramural basketball. I am excited to start a new chapter of my life and meet new people even though I will miss my friends. 

How did your experience at Cedar Park Christian provide a foundation for your future plans?

The community here is really close-knit because it is a small school. The benefit is that it allows for a family-like atmosphere with students and teachers. You do life together: from mission trips to sports to daily classroom activities. I have known people here most of my life. The staff is relational and they care about your grades while also caring about each student personally. Throughout high school, I have learned to step out of my comfort zone, and be more social and try new things. I have been surrounded by people who encourage me to pursue what I love and stay consistent in my faith. This is a solid foundation and perspective I want to maintain for the rest of my life. 

What was the highlight of your Cedar Park Christian education?

While I'm going to miss the relationships with my teachers, coaches and friends, the memories that I have made with them will last a lifetime. A highlight I have had here at CPCS was Missions Week, where we took time off of normal “school learning” and focused on serving the underprivileged with teachers and community. I was able to travel with a group to Ireland and the experience was very impactful. Through this experience, I grew in my faith and deepened friendships with my leaders and classmates. It was educational in that we practically applied what we had learned. This highlight in my time at CPCS was transformational. 

What advice would you give a new student just starting out at Cedar Park Christian?

Take time to talk and get to know the teachers. Find a trustworthy group of friends that share your same values and build you up. People are welcoming and helpful, and most everyone fits in right away. There are always people waiting to meet you and your experience as a student will be more enjoyable once you find people to do life with.

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