Words of Wisdom from Two Baptist Prep Graduates

On Sunday, the Baptist Prep community along with family and friends gathered

to support and honor the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2022. Nearly 100% of this year’s graduating seniors will matriculate to post-secondary education with most of them attending 4-year colleges. We spent time with two members from this class as they shared a few favorite moments from their time at Baptist Prep, looked ahead to the future, and shared advice for lower classmen.

“Looking back over my time at Baptist Prep, I especially loved Missions Week when we went to different communities to serve,” shared Mackenzie Childers, Class Salutatorian. “It was so amazing to be on the Spanish team as people get excited when we spoke their language and served them. Also, this year the Senior class started a Bible study for girls in the Upper School. It was great to worship God, connect with other students, and learn more about Him together.”

Mackenzie began at Baptist Prep in 6th grade and, during her time at the school, has grown in the Lord, in her studies, and as the pitcher for the softball team. Mackenzie just recently signed to play softball for the University of North Texas. “It has been a dream of mine to play for a D1 school after high school and it’s surreal that this dream is actually coming true,” continued Mackenzie. “I plan to major in Bio-Chemistry and get a minor in business. When I was little, I really wanted to be a veterinarian, so science has always been interesting to me. In high school, my Chemistry teacher Ms. Cameron helped me fall in love with Chemistry. I hope to go into biomedical research.”

Baptist Prep Valedictorian, Megan Lavendar has been at Baptist Prep since she was in preschool, and she fondly recalls memories over the years of teachers and staff pointing her to the Lord.

“Throughout high school especially, my faith grew consistently,” shared Megan. “The teachers at Baptist Prep taught me what a relationship with God looks like – spending time in the Word and time in prayer each day. Even our English teacher had us find rhetorical devices in scripture not only in literary works. I saw a connection between education and my relationship with God and learned how to intertwine God into my daily life.”

One of Megan’s favorite memories was a challenging one where she learned a lot about God’s goodness, even when things did not go as planned.

“My sophomore year, I was on the Peru missions team and we spent almost an entire year planning for the trip including prayer meetings, devotional time together and preparing skits,” continued Megan. “We were set to leave during Mission Week right around when Covid-19 started becoming a big deal in our area. On the day of our flight, we got a text at 10 AM that our flight for that afternoon had been canceled. It was one of the saddest moments of my life up to that point. We had struggled with the idea of what to do when there was this unknown virus and we realized that if God wanted us to go, He was going to send us. I knew that He had a purpose for me, whether at home or in Peru. As a team, we had to put our trust fully in God. It was a journey to even get to that day and even though we didn’t end up going, I learned about God’s character – that He truly cares and that He has our story figured out and we can trust Him even if it’s not what we have planned or preferred.”

Megan looks forward to attending John Brown University in the fall where she will study computer science and graphic design. Although she’s enjoyed the sense of family at Baptist Prep, Megan is ready to meet new people and make new connections. “Getting into classes in my field of study really excites me.”

Both graduating Seniors had words of wisdom to share with younger students. Mackenzie suggested, “You should put yourself out there. Go and talk to a bunch of different people. I was very content at first staying in my small friend group, but I didn’t realize how wrong I was. When you know more people, you get to learn from them, love and serve them. I’ve since enjoyed getting to know a wide variety of people. I love hearing other people’s stories and how God is working in their life. You can learn something from everyone you meet.”

Megan encouraged, “Keep good relationships with your teachers – they are such a great resource and can be so helpful. They don’t want to just teach you about their subject, they care about your life and want to teach you about God.”