We were excited to see two of our 2020 graduates, Carolina Ledon (pictured on left) and Keilah Serralta (pictured on right), stop by FCS recently. Read below as they share with us their COVID experience as seniors, the impact Florida Christian School has made, their lives as college students, and more!
The FCS bubble is warm and comforting, but once you leave and enter the world that is “college”, you really have to take all that you have learned in FCS, be it chapel or Bible, and enact it in real life. I have only attended college for 2 months and I have taken out my Bible notebook and re-read my notes to challenge my professors. Thank you, Mr. Swindoll, Ardois, Aguirre, and Hernandez, for equipping me with the tools to combat the “idea viruses” (as Mr. Hernandez would say) that I have been confronted with.Keilah Serralta – FCS Class of 2020
What activities were you a part of while at FCS?
Carolina: Honors Ladies Ensemble, Varsity Girls Basketball Team, National Honors Society, Key club, and Tri-M
Keilah: Co-President of the Honors Ladies Ensemble, Addams Family Production, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Production, Thespians Festivals, Key Club Senior Representative, National Art Honors Society, and National Honors Society
Special accolades/awards/recognitions received while at FCS?
Carolina: Honor Roll, Principals Achievement Award, and Honors Calculus Award
Keilah: Hall of Fame, National School Choral Award, and Allstate chorus
What College/University are you attending?
Carolina: The Honors College at Miami Dade
Keilah: The Honors College at Miami Dade
Why did you choose to attend there and what are you studying? What are your plans once you graduate?
Carolina: I chose to attend Miami Dade Honors because it is an excellent school that prepares you to become a better student to eventually transfer to many great universities. I wanted to be challenged as a student and I knew that Dade Honors would push me to become successful academically.
Keilah: I chose to attend MDHC because of its transfer opportunities and esteemed alumni. I am a Biology Major with a Pre-Med pathway in hopes to become a Neurosurgeon. Once I graduate, I plan to transfer to Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown, or some other universities on my list to continue my career in the Neurological Science field.
What was your Senior experience like with COVID?
Carolina: Although COVID hit towards the end of my Senior year, I would say that it was a great year. The teachers were genuinely concerned for us and they never stopped coming up with ideas to make our year better. The drive-by parade was so special to me because I was able to see how much FCS truly cared for us. FCS was what really made my year so special.
Keilah: Having Senior year amidst a global pandemic is something you will never forget! I empathize with the Class of ’21 and commend them for their perseverance because…let me tell you…it was not easy. Despite having to Quarantine apart from my classmates, I feel like we have an even tighter bond than before. We were always told “there’s something different about the Class of 2020” and I can see it now, we are a family. Due to the power of social media, I have been able to keep in touch with a lot of my classmates and video chatting is the new normal! It definitely was not the way I wanted to end the school year (but can one really anticipate a pandemic…not so much). Although our year was cut short, our dreams were not… and I have FCS to thank for that.
In what ways did FCS impact your life?
Carolina:I am so grateful for FCS for being a light for Jesus in the midst of a dark world. FCS always put Jesus in the center of everything they did. I am also super thankful for the relationships that I made with my teachers. They hold a very special place in my heart, and they have no idea how much they mean to me.
Keilah: FCS is my home. It nurtured not only my love for the Lord, but also my love for music. You can take the girl out of choir, but you cannot take the choir out of the girl. I miss my choir girls and Mrs. Stemmer tremendously. However, because of the community in FCS, I have learned to express myself through music. I used to help Mr. Carp lead worship in chapel, and it made my heart so happy that I could use the talents the Lord has given me to glorify Him. Since starting choir in 3rd grade, I can safely say that music is a big part of my life then and now.
What is the most impactful thing FCS did for you to prepare you for College?
Carolina:The teachers definitely prepared me for college. They were always there to help me and actually cared about how I was doing in their class. The AP classes also prepared me for college.
Keilah: BIBLE CLASSSS!!! The FCS bubble is warm and comforting, but once you leave and enter the world that is “college”, you really have to take all that you have learned in FCS, be it chapel or Bible, and enact it in real life. I have only attended college for 2 months and I have taken out my Bible notebook and re-read my notes to challenge my professors. Thank you, Mr. Swindoll, Ardois, Aguirre, and Hernandez, for equipping me with the tools to combat the “idea viruses” (as Mr. Hernandez would say) that I have been confronted with.