Grand Rapids Christian High School
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We celebrated our girls volleyball seniors! Read what their teammates had to say about them!
By Grace Goodyke
Parents:Greg and Heidi Bol.
Although this is our first year being teammates, Savannah has quickly become a big role model in my life. Being one of three freshmen on the team, going into this season was definitely terrifying. However, Savannah did not waste any time making each of us feel welcome and included.
Savannah, you always have a smile on your face and you consistently make everyone's day better. You constantly make me laugh and the energy you bring to practice each day is unmatched. No matter how your day goes you always have a positive attitude for practice. I can still remember watching you play last year and it is surreal to think that now we are teammates. I will miss being your pepper partner and dominating the kamikazee drill in practice with you. I can’t believe we are so far into our season already and I am going to miss you so much. Thank you for all the memories we have created together and I know we will make many more. I love you so much and I can’t wait to see all the things you accomplish in the future.
By Alayna McGowan
Parents: Bill and Sheryl Boorsma
I hope all of you by now have gotten to know the wonderful number 4, Ella Boorsma.
Ella is undecided where she wants to go for college but plans on studying physical therapy.
Ella is truly one of the most selfless people I have ever met. She always does what’s best for the team, not only on the court but off of it too. She celebrates everyone for their success, never complaining about anything, showing her selflessness by noticing the little things. You can be having a bad day and Ella will notice and take the time to talk to you. She also has the incredible ability to show love. Ella shines Christ's love to everyone one around her. One verse that reminded me of her is first Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” Ella absolutely embodies each one of these characteristics and we are truly blessed to have her in our lives. She notices, cheers and encourages. Ella acknowledges the little things. One moment she really impacted me was when she came up to me after some random game I don’t remember but I remember what she said. She told me that she was in my same place last year and she was so proud of me for being a great teammate and to keep giving it my all. These words moved me. Knowing that she noticed and that she could relate to me really moved me. And not only did I value those words in the moment, but I value them and can see them in play now.
Ella, this team and I are so proud of you. You are the best person, teammate, and friend we could ever ask for and we give thanks to God for blessing us by knowing and playing with you. I'm going to miss being able to joke around and sneak holding your hand during timeouts. I love you so much, Ella.
By Madison Peal
Parents: Amanda and Shaun Bredeweg
I get the honor to talk about Hanna and there is so much I could say. So let’s start at the beginning. My freshman year I got pulled up and I was nervous and timid. But Hanna made me feel so welcomed and loved. Ever since that day Hanna and I have grown closer and closer, and I truly don’t think she knows how much of an impact she made on me. Hanna has been my biggest role model through high school. Her leadership on and off the court, work ethic in everything she does, and the smile she never fails to put on her face affects so many people around her. Hanna puts so much effort into everything she does no matter if that’s volleyball or school. There have been many times that I have come into practice after having a bad day and Hanna always finds a way to make me laugh. With that said Hanna was voted one of our captains this year, she stepped up into that role and shows every day why she deserved and earned that position. She takes a big part in why this team is so close like family. Hanna has made me, her teammates, coaches, family and friends so extremely proud. And as much as it makes me sad to picture next year without her, I am very excited to see her move into her next chapter and achieve things she can’t wrap her head around at the moment. I am never going to forget all our memories, late night talks, food runs, laughs and even cries.
Hanna, I know you do not necessarily have your future figured out, but just know that no matter where it leads you I am always one call away. I love you, Hanna.
By Lucy VanDrunen
Parents:Chris and Jill Larson
Rachel is undecided where she is going to college as of now but I know wherever she chooses will be lucky to have her.
Rachel, ever since I have known you, you have been such a good friend. You have always been supportive and always been there for me. If any of you guys know Rachel then you would know how much of an outgoing and energetic person she is. We have gotten so much closer over the years and I have loved being on a team with you.
Rachel has been such a great teammate to all of us on the volleyball court but something you may not know is that she is also my doubles partner on the tennis team which was so much fun this past season. When I think about Rachel, so many fun times come to mind. One of my favorite recent memories with her was at our last football game. We convinced the cheerleaders to let us join them during the fourth quarter to cheer with them during the pouring rain and stay till the end. You are definitely a natural. It was so fun and it will remain a core memory.
I will always cherish the team dinners and all the time I got to spend with you. I am going to miss all the random outbursts of energy and all the funny things you say that make me laugh. Thank you for always lending me an Alani when I need one. You are truly one of my best friends. Love you Rach!
By Mallory Bremer
Parents: Dan and Kim Spoelma
I get to talk about #6 Grace Spoelma,. This past weekend Grace received her 1000th assist against South. She walked into the first set against South Christian with 6 assists needed. At game point, she got her final assist and we won the set. The whole court went crazy and we are all so unbelievably proud of you. I've been on a team with Grace since districts last year. From last year to now, I have formed an incredible bond with her. I love talking with her on and off the court, whether it be about volleyball, or not, it’s always such a fun conversation. She is a very big supporter of mine and I will always appreciate how after every game she texts me and tells me I played well. She is a huge encourager in my life and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I cherish the relationship we have and I think it's adorable. I love high-fiving Grace after her perfect set and cheering her on in everything. I am so proud of where she is today in her volleyball career and I Just want to say I have always looked up to her and admired how hardworking she is during every game. She works so hard in any position she is put in and that is outstanding. Grace went from a libero sophomore year to a setter/hitter this year and last. She never stops trying in whatever position she is put in and that's why our quote makes me think of her. This year our quote is “Practice with purpose play with passion” When I hear this, I think about how she goes into practice trying her best and getting the basics down. She is so good at reading the court in practice and in the games we have.
Grace, you love volleyball and I know you are very excited to be going to Calvin to play volleyball after you graduate, and I can’t wait to watch and support you throughout your season. Grace, next season definitely will not be the same without you always in the gym with me. I’ll miss you coming into my skills class with Starbucks and seeing you every day at school. I'm going to miss jamming out to songs on game day and braiding your hair before every single game. I truly am going to miss you and all you have done for me. I can't believe you are going off to college next year. I am going to miss you so much Grace, I love you.
by Keira Porte
Parents: Andy and Kara Warren
Kayden plans to attend Taylor University to study graphic design and business. My favorite things about Kayden is that she is always smiling even if we are losing or struggling during practice, her positive attitude which always brings you up even if you are having a bad day, and the comments she makes on the bench. Kayden is new to the volleyball program at our school this year so I haven't known her long but now she is one of my closest friends. She is always there to brighten your day and can always make you smile. One word to describe Kayden is joyful. She is always full of joy and brightens up our team. If you ever need a smile just look at her. My favorite memory with Kayden is when we got slushies after practice one day.
Kayden you are such a role model in my life on and off the court. I will miss our walks to our cars after practice talking about our days, our car rides to team dinners and games and many other places, seeing you at school and talking and complimenting eachothers outfits, and being your partner for everything in practice and sitting next to you on the bench. Thank you for being so bright and joyful and for being my friend. I wish you the best of luck in your future. You will be missed Kayden!
On behalf of the coaching staff, your teammates, and all the Eagle fans, thank you, Seniors for all the contributions you have made to the Eagle Volleyball Program and Grand Rapids Christian High School. We are so proud of you and so excited for your future. Congratulations and GO EAGLES!