Agape Tesfamichael, RCS c/o 2023
Joy and Fine Arts
One of the RCS goals to #CelebrateRCS for our 50th anniversary is to connect with current RCS students and see what God has been doing in their lives and what they believe God is calling them toward in their future. Dr. Hearne recently interviewed the 2019-20 Freshman Class President, Agape Tesfamichael.
This month’s theme verse is Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Dr. Hearne asked Agape to share what these verses mean to her.
Agape shared, “To me, Hebrews 12:1-2 is talking about letting go of the things that hold us back — the things that we think are the most important in our lives that make us happy — and it is telling us to follow God. Hebrews 12:1-2 is also telling us that sometimes in life we are going to go through hardships for being followers of Christ.”
Dr. Hearne: What grade are you in and how long have you been at RCS?
Agape: I’m in the 9th grade and I’ve been at RCS four years this year.
Dr. Hearne: Why did you run for Class President?
Agape: I ran for class president because I wanted to help my class out in the best way possible. By being there for my classmates and also by making sure that their opinions are heard.
Dr. Hearne: List the gifts God has given you and explain how you have used them.
Agape: One of the main gifts that God has given me is the gift of singing, and I have used that gift in the school choir and in the church as well.
Dr. Hearne: Describe your favorite part about school outside of the classroom.
Agape: My favorite memory of school outside of the classroom is the people and the community that I have been welcomed into. It is most definitely something I always look forward to outside of the class.
Dr. Hearne: Share your favorite RCS memory?
Agape: Out of all of my favorite memories at RCS, the most memorable moment would be our choir trip to Disneyland. Just being able to have fun while also singing and honoring God was amazing. It definitely made me form more friendships because of the amount of time that we spent with each other.
Dr. Hearne: What impact has the RCS faculty had on you?
Agape: The RCS faculty have taught me that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. They have also taught me to put God first in everything I do and to honor Him in everything I say. They have impacted my spiritual growth and my walk with God
Dr. Hearne: How would you describe RCS to someone who doesn’t know anything about the school?
Agape: I would describe RCS as a family. It is a loving and welcoming community of people who care for each other. The teachers not only focus on helping you, but they also form bonds with you. It is a loving atmosphere filled with joy.
Dr. Hearne: What do you plan to do after high school?
Agape: I don’t have any plans after high school yet, but I do know more importantly above any of my future plans that I will follow what God has in store for me.