Daniel Chu, RCS c/o 2020
From Kindergarten to Swimming and Future Coding?
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 Senior Class President, Daniel Chu.
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 Daniel to share what these verses mean to him.
Daniel shared, “These verses remind us that in the midst of chaos or jubilation, we need to remember to set these burdens aside and focus on Jesus. We need to trust Him through our ups and downs because He endured the worst sacrifice on the cross.”
Dr. Hearne: What grade are you in and how long have you been at RCS?
Daniel: I am in 12th grade and have been studying at Redwood Christian for 13 years.
Dr. Hearne: Why did you run for Class President?
Daniel: I ran for class president with the intent to foster camaraderie between my peers through organizing class social events, help coordinate in Spirit Week, and most importantly, plan our class’s up-and-coming Senior Trip.
Dr. Hearne: List the gifts God has given you and explain how you have used them.
Daniel: I believe that God has gifted me a love for computer coding, a love for sports, and the ability to articulate well with people. My RCS swim team coach, Mrs. Matangelo, helped me find my gift in swimming and it gave me the opportunity to help others on the swim team and foster friendships with classmates that do not usually interact with each other. Aside from sports, I have been able to use my gifts to teach the basics of Scala, a coding program, to young children through a nonprofit organization, and also teach new immigrants the foundations of English through my church.
Dr. Hearne: Describe your favorite part about school outside of the classroom.
Daniel: Outside the classroom, I enjoy the class field trips such as the college tour. We had the opportunity to travel to Southern California to visit a range of colleges, both public and private. It gave us an impression to understand which colleges were good for the students. Obviously, it was also a great opportunity to hang out with friends because we also stopped by Disneyland.
Dr. Hearne: Share your favorite RCS memory?
Daniel: When I was in Middle School, we had a monthly event called BAAM. The whole middle school would be invited in the evening to have dinner and participate in games such as Capture the Flag, Sardines, and other fun games. It was one of my favorite memories because I did not have this experience in elementary school, and it gave me the opportunity to interact with people I do not often talk to.
Dr. Hearne: What impact has the RCS faculty had on you?
Daniel: The RCS faculty trained me that communication is very important. Most importantly, they taught me that it is crucial to be responsible and own up to my mistakes.
Dr. Hearne: How would you describe RCS to someone who doesn’t know anything about the school?
Daniel: Redwood Christian is a smaller school which gives us the opportunity to have a closer relationship with the faculty and classmates that others may not have the opportunity if they went to another school. This means students have more opportunities to ask questions and teachers have the time to individually help you. Something special is that it is possible to know everybody in this school and not be afraid to talk to anybody. With a plethora of AP classes and sports teams, students will not be bored and they will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Most importantly, the faculty teaches their students Christ glorifying moral concepts that help them become more responsible and respectful citizens.
Dr. Hearne: What do you plan to do after high school?
Daniel: I plan to major in Computer Science in the realm of coding. I’ve been learning the coding software C++ and hope to use it to create apps or websites in the future.