- Student Stories
During the month of May, we shine the light on our seniors. This week, Senior Malachi Aldridge shares his unique Cornerstone experience.
Finishing up senior year has inspired a lot of thought on my part. I find myself thinking about the choices I have made, the friends I have met, and the many lessons learned during my time at Cornerstone. For those who do not know me, my name is Malachi, and I began attending Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in the eighth grade.
I left after tenth grade to pursue full-time training in theatre and dance that was not possible while attending a school with academics as rigorous as Cornerstone's. In the fall of my senior year, I decided to seek a possible return to the school that I have come to love so much. Now, I am blessed and honored to be a part of the graduating class of 2018.
The decisions I have made during my high school career were not easy, and they were anything but conventional. From the incredible, unique university school model to my decision to homeschool for a year and a half, it has been an intense, often unpredictable journey. I do not regret my decision to leave. It was, however, the most difficult decision I have ever made. I chose to leave the comfort, guidance, and support of my friends and teachers for something I could not totally anticipate.
However, though I left school, these wonderful people did not leave me. My teachers still cared immensely, and my friends never stopped talking with me. Our incredible counselor, Mrs. Cosgrove, was always supporting and caring whenever I saw her. There is no other place where I have found the kind of relationships that I have formed with not only my peers but my teachers as well.
"I can only offer my sincerest appreciation and love for each teacher at Cornerstone. Without them, I would not be where I am today. That is to say; they have all strengthened and encouraged me in such a way that I feel prepared for anything that life throws at me."
Therefore, it was an easy decision to make when I learned I could return to Cornerstone. There was no question that being in that atmosphere again was something I needed. At this school, there is high value placed on personal accountability. This applies to students, but teachers also strive to hold students accountable. This consistent care and devotion from teachers has made a major difference in my life as a high school student.
I can only offer my sincerest appreciation and love for each teacher at Cornerstone. Without them, I would not be where I am today. That is to say; they have all strengthened and encouraged me in such a way that I feel prepared for anything that life throws at me. This is because I know I will always have their support and guidance; the lessons they have taught me will stick with me for life. I am left with overflowing gratitude for my time spent at Cornerstone. Thank you to all who have invested in me during high school. Go, Cougars!
- Malachi Aldridge