A Word from Alumnus Kristina Gutauskas
(speech delivered February 19th, 2010 at the Opening of the New Sr. High)
In June 2006, I finished my 14-year run here at BCS.
In January 2009, construction began on the new wing, and here we are Ã¢ÂÂ 2010 - in the finished product of a great ambition.
Jealous a little? Ya, maybe. Two things happened I never imagined possible as I walked through the brand-new halls for the first time a few days ago. First, I actually got lost (thankfully Mrs. Merenick had a class going at the time and I just followed the music), and second, I almost felt compelled to enrol back in high-schoolÃ¢ÂÂ¦but not quite.
However, while I was filled with nostalgia, excitement and whiffs of fresh paint as I explored, I never once asked myself if I had missed out, because truth was I hadnÃ¢ÂÂt. This new spacious building will definitely change the way students learn, but it wonÃ¢ÂÂt change the intangible qualities this school has at its metaphorical foundation. ItÃ¢ÂÂs still my BCS, but with a face-lift.
The schoolÃ¢ÂÂs caring teachers who cultivate both spiritual and academic success will remain the same. The opportunities to become involved in the community, extra-curricular activities and travel will remain the same. The intimate class sizes and family-like atmosphere will remain the same.
Although I believe the quality of education enriched by a strong Christian base is at the schoolÃ¢ÂÂs unchanging core, what has changed is the road taken to get there. These long overdue developments will make what staff and students achieved in the past much easier to accomplish, and open up a new world of possibilities.
The next Wizard of Oz or Antzhillvania production wonÃ¢ÂÂt have to be held in a random theatre or on the KRT stage Ã¢ÂÂ students can have it right here in their own school.
BCS will host home games in this amazing gym with an updated design, complete with fold-out bleachers, turning spectators into fans.
Music students rehearsing a band number can discover the root of a problem faster in an acoustic-friendly environment.
The science room boasts a more efficient layout, separating desk work from lab work.
Grade 12 students are no longer asked to eat lunch in a separate room because there isnÃ¢ÂÂt enough space in the common room with everyone else.
The guidance office has been upgraded from its cubby hole. And so on and so forth - the list goes onÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Not only are there finally adequate spaces to accommodate high-school studentsÃ¢ÂÂ needs, but junior high students are better off as well. They finally have the old high-school building Ã¢ÂÂ a real building - to themselves, instead of portables connected together through one long hallway.
As a side note, IÃ¢ÂÂd go so far as to say the new wing makes up for replacing our awesome yet dangerous wooden jungle gym years ago with that pathetic little plastic one. Painful memoriesÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Anyhow, watching BCS progress forward with these needed developments is so exciting to observe from the outside. This is and always has been a great school, and this momentous occasion only demonstrates the schoolÃ¢ÂÂs continuing desire to grow and create new learning opportunities for its students, which would include my youngest sister here in junior high, and brother in high-school.
I know the new facilities and courses will continue to embody what BCS has meant to me for 14 years, while also shaping the schoolÃ¢ÂÂs progressive look into the future. With a slight tinge of jealousy, I wish you all the very best. Thank-you.
Kristina Gutauskas ...