“If we are all going through hell, keep going.”—Winston Churchill
“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”—Matt Smith, ‘Doctor Who’
By Norma Richman
My Brief Bio—
I am currently living in San Diego, California, and attending Point Loma Nazarene University as a senior. I also work as an audio, video, and lighting technician. I started out working for PLNU’s Worship Arts team. This association allowed me to go on a tour with a summer ministry team as their audio engineer. Since then I have worked directly for PLNU, running audio for small concerts and festivals on campus. I currently also work with San Diego Event Professionals, which is an event productions company. Through them I have participated in a multitude of corporate events and concerts, and I plan to continue working for them after I graduate.
My High Point Experience—
High Point Academy is special to me because the faculty and staff there provided a solid foundation on which to build my future education. In particular, it was through Mr. Divers’s instrumental music class, that I started to gain an appreciation for music. I thought HPA was academically rigorous, yet still nurturing. When I went to high school, I became aware of how much HPA had prepared me for that experience.
My Personal Observations and Reflections—
I really enjoyed my time working on National History Day with Mr. Valiulis. Through those kinds of projects, I learned how to work well within a team to achieve a successful outcome. I also appreciated my time on the yearbook committee; it was a great way to learn about meeting deadlines. As I look back on all of the teachers I interacted with at HPA, I can see that each of them really had a unique impression on me.
From High Point, I went to Saint Francis High School, and the transition was very smooth. I was extremely well prepared for high school. In fact, I never ever felt unprepared during my four years of high school. I am truly thankful for the experience and foundational knowledge HPA provided to help me walk through life in an informed and educated way.