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Elijah Crefeld: Learning Empathy from History

As a freshman, Elijah could go through an entire school day hardly being noticed by anyone. However, Elijah is proud of how he has come out of his shell now as a senior compared to when he was a freshman four years ago. Throughout his high school career, he has greatly improved his social skills, learned how to better react to social situations, and discovered new ways to make long-lasting friends. Today, he’s always busy interacting with people walking down the hallway.



Elijah’s most memorable memory at EC took place during mission trips. In 10th grade, Elijah went to Kansas City serving the Burmese refugee community. He was fascinated by trips like this to learn more about poverty and follow Jesus’s example of serving others. Therefore, he went on another mission trip to Guatemala where he spent a week serving an impoverished community living by the local garbage dumb.


I would like people to know that even though I'm not the easiest person to get along with, I am a loyal friend to those who respect me

When asked about his post-graduation plan, Elijah expressed his interest to study History in college. “I find it very interesting and something that our society today should emphasize so that we can learn from our mistakes,” Elijah explains. Elijah is someone who will secretly spend his time during class memorizing every single country in the world. It’s hard to find anymore more passionate than Elijah when it gets to history and geography.


I find it very interesting and something that our society today should emphasize so that we can learn from our mistakes

Elijah is glad that he has learned to like who he was in high school, a time where everyone is in a process of evolving into young men and women. “It worked out better than to be known for something I am not,” says Elijah. It is not an easy lesson to learn, but Elijah is grateful that he learned it.


“I would like people to know that even though I'm not the easiest person to get along with, I am a loyal friend to those who respect me,” says Elijah.

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