Reflections of an ECA Graduate: Katelyn Harbaugh (Wolfe) 2007

10-03-17 Joel 0 comment

Athletics, Academics, and the Arts

Looking back on my high school experience, I am reminded of how much the Lord worked in my life and directed my steps. He used my time at ECA to grow my perseverance and work ethic, value the importance of a personal relationship with God, and to direct my calling. On top of academics I was privileged to be involved in athletics, the arts, and student government. From the administration to the teachers, each area of ECA was influenced by their desire to impact students with a Christian worldview. This helped students form very important viewpoints that would go with them beyond high school and I know it is still a priority to this day.

When you realize God is sovereign and is working in and through all things, this life has so much hope and purpose. It provides you with the perspective that everything you do is for glorifying God.

Through athletics I learned to work hard at whatever I did for God’s glory and not for mans’. My coaches themselves lived this out for me. Coach Beers specifically made sure that each Saturday when we didn’t have a game, we would meet for Bible study and lunch so that we could learn more about who we served, why we did, and also to fellowship with one another. That was one of the most influencing factors that showed me a personal walk with God matters.

In academics, Mrs. Hilger pushed me in several subjects that were not my forte and taught me that it is good to struggle and rework to better one’s self. Our Christian faith echoes this mindset too in that we always grow from trials.

In the arts I found a calling for life with my current side job. Mr. Holtcamp, my art teacher, gave me so many skills that eventually led to my decision to be art major and now, a working artist.

ECA held so much love, care, encouragement, challenge and growth for me. All of the coaches, teachers and administrators truly desired for me to be God’s first and a good student second. They all gave above and beyond what their jobs required. God used that time in my life to grow me more into His image and, thankfully, He is still changing me to this day.

I now live in Madison, Mississippi with my husband David and our daughter Sadie. We are very involved at Highlands Presbyterian Church and love learning and growing in Christ. David works in the IT department at Belhaven University and I have started a small art business, which I do in addition to my most important position – being a stay-at-home mom. We love watching Sadie grow, practicing hospitality, and delighting in the simple pleasures of life that God provides daily. Reflecting back on my years at ECA has provided yet another opportunity to thank the Lord.

“When you realize God is sovereign and is working in and through all things, this life has so much hope and purpose. It provides you with the perspective that everything you do is for glorifying God.”

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