Sydney Alberda has been chosen as the Student of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2016-2017 by the faculty of Shoreline Christian School. Sydney is characterized by the faculty as someone “who is such a joy to have in class, respectful and gentle in her participation and interactions around school. Sydney has an attitude of quiet appreciation and gratitude for those who impact her life. She worked extremely hard after her concussion to understand concepts and assimilate material. She is willing to delve outside of her comfort zone and challenges herself to make a difference.”
Her advice to underclassmen is “be true to yourself. Feel free to say no to some things. You don’t have to change in order to impress someone. Take breaks by knowing your limits. And be kind. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.”
Sydney has been involved in Shiloh, NHS, yearbook, SWAT, and basketball for three years and volleyball for four. She has been in jazz band for two years and has worked as a lifeguard and taught swimming this past year at the Shoreline Pool.
Sydney’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 121:8: “the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more.” Our world is uncertain, but it is a comforting realization that God knows everything.
Her heroes are her parents. “My parents are everything. They discipline me, but remind me to have fun with everything. They are both extremely selfless and strong. Without them I would have nothing and would be a totally different person. They’ve held our family together during the worst of times and I am very thankful for them.”
Sydney will be attending Arizona State University to major in journalism and mass communication and hopes to pursue a career in writing; some field of journalism that allows her to be creative and to travel occasionally.
Her favorite high school memories involve being involved in many extra-curricular activities and especially the Shiloh tour this year.
Sydney is the daughter of Dale and Heidi Alberda of Kenmore.