Almost alums: Logan, Angelina, Madalena, and David

Our eighth grade students will be graduating soon. We’re running a blog series so that you can get to know them a little bit before they go and see where they’ll be attending high school. (You can’t miss it–they’re holding signs!) 

Here’s the fourth of four blogs highlighting eighth grade students. (Read the first here, the second here. and the third here.) Thanks for being a part of the Mustard Seed community, for supporting these students and cheering them on! 

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Logan (St. Peter’s Prep; Sheehan Scholar) 

Logan’s not exactly sure what he wants to do but he knows he wants to change the world. It might be through studying law, diplomacy or by supporting environmental causes.  He know he wants to go on more service trips in Central America and wants to travel extensively and explore his ethnic heritage in China and Scotland. He would love to attend college in the UK.

In high school, he is looking forward to continuing his study of Mandarin, to being challenged by advanced math and science, and to rowing crew. He would love to start an ultimate frisbee team at Prep.  Some of his favorite Mustard Seed experiences include taking trips with PROS, staying with a Mennonite family in Pennsylvania, and stargazing at Spruce Lake.

Logan wants to thank his MSS teachers, including Mrs. Mauldin and Dr. Smith who instilled in him a true love of music, and Ms. Buckley whose amusing outlook on life changed his own.

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Angelina (Bishop High School, FL) 

Angelina’s making a big move to Florida this summer. She’ll attend Bishop High School where she’ll be on the next leg of her journey toward becoming a property tax lawyer or a psychologist. Oxford, Yale, and Princeton are on her short list of colleges.

Always a leader in group projects, Angelina’s hardworking, driven, and not afraid to speak her mind. She’s extremely independent and has a strong sense of what she needs to do in order to achieve her goals. At Mustard Seed, she’s learned how to collaborate. Listen to the ideas of others. And to try strategies that she may not agree with at first. She’s learned that it’s okay to ask for help.

When she thinks about how she’s grown over the past eight years, Angelina thinks about how much her writing has changed. Not only has she found her voice, but she’s also discovered how to write from different perspectives. And her vocabulary has expanded, making her work more specific.

Angelina would like to thank her teachers for showing her to see that there are two sides to every story, and that it’s often possible to find a middle way.

She’s going to miss all of the celebrations and the familiarity of MSS. One thing she’s not going to miss? The cold weather!

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Madalena (Dominican Academy)

When the middle school chorus sings with complete unity, full voice, in harmony; those are some of Madalena’s favorite moments at MSS. She loves all aspects of the arts, especially music, the visual arts, and dance. Eager to jump into school life at Dominican Academy in the fall, Madalena has several clubs that she wants to join:  dance, glee, track and field, yearbook, and ambassadors.

Working on her sixth grade memoir at MSS, Madalena discovered that she’s comfortable with being vulnerable and learns about herself through writing. Her history exhibition in seventh grade was one of the most challenging projects, in part because her subject matter was slightly obscure and took a lot of detective work.

Madalena would like to thank her teachers for believing in her, and always going a step further in their answers when she asked a question. She says that she’s always felt comfortable sharing her struggles with her teachers, which is a huge gift.

To younger MSS students, Madalena has this advice: try to have goals and work toward them. It’s okay if you don’t always make them. Pursue as many things as you can.

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David (High Tech High School) 

David’s a storyteller. You’ll often find him in the middle of a MSS drama club production. During mini term this year, he and his friend, Toti, taught a moviemaking  class to fourth and fifth graders students. Together their class produced a short mystery film. At High Tech High School next year, David will major in theater arts. Studying drama teaches him life lessons like how to be disciplined or manage different emotions. He’s ready to focus on his craft.

He enjoys math, especially the process of understanding new aspects of algebra like transformation steps. He’s not sure what he wants to do in the future, but David expects that high school will be a time of discovery.  And there’s plenty of time to figure it out.

A memorable MSS moment happened in sixth grade.  His teacher, Ms. Kuder, was thinking about the future and said, “When you’re an actor…” It made an impression because David felt known and encouraged. There are many things that he’s going to miss at MSS: field trips like Spruce Lake, friends, and the satisfying closure of middle school worship at the end of the day. Although he admits that learned a lot from the rigorous exhibition program, David’s certain of one thing: he’s not going to miss all of the work involved in completing an exhibition requirement.


Can’t wait to know where they’re all heading to high school? That’s okay! Here’s a one-minute video reveal.


Abby Liu

ABBY LIU, Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Liu loves to tell the Mustard Seed story. She’s the parent of a current MSS student and a recent alum.