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MCA Alumni: What Comes Next?

From Maranatha’s first graduating class in 2003 to the present day, our graduates leave with a strong academic foundation that is rooted in Biblical teaching. They go on to study at universities and colleges throughout Ontario and Canada as well as in the United States and overseas, including at Oxford University, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and the University of Bergen in Norway. They often have many opportunities to choose from. Each year, universities within Ontario schedule visits and actively recruit our Grade 12 students. The University of Windsor has been known to send multiple department heads to visit our school.

The Class of 2020 finished one of the most challenging academic years in recent history – with online learning – and yet 75 per cent of the graduates still achieved the status of Ontario Scholar. This is consistent with past years and helps to underscore the quality of the teaching and the dedication of our faculty.

It has been remarkable to see how the Lord has sprinkled the grads from our school throughout the workforce, our community and around the world. Our graduates can be found at such companies as Tesla (California), Google (California) and Microsoft. They can be found in ministry and lay church leadership. They can also be found right here at Maranatha as staff members. Just recently, one graduate, Alexa Winik (’08), won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers worth $10,000 and presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Regardless of whether God has created the student to work as a doctor, a factory worker, a missionary, a stay-at-home parent or anything else, we support them in their unique giftings and help them to develop the leadership skills He has given them. As our Principal Jerilee Preston says, “our graduates leave ready to pursue their goals, prepared for life’s challenges and equipped to make a difference for Christ.”

We encourage you to hear from several of our graduates and to explore our Virtual Open House.

Alumni Perspectives

In the videos below, we caught up with some of our alumni to hear about their experiences at Maranatha and the places that God has led them since their graduation.

Samuel (’18) was a top student (and athlete, along with Student Council president) at Maranatha, who earned a full scholarship to Western, where he is taking a dual degree in Computer Science and Business. Hear about his journey and the new campus ministry he started at Western.

Meghan has been at Maranatha since the beginning. She graduated from MCA in Grade 8, as there was no high school at the time. Hear why, years later, she felt it was important to send her children to MCA too. Her daughter Mya (’19) talks about how the small classes gave her many opportunities and friendships.

Dayna (’04) is an Olympian and she talks about the role that MCA played in her life. We cheered her on as she fought to finish her race in Sapporo, Japan during the 2020 Summer Olympics. She was among the 73 women who finished in the scorching heat. “Dayna’s dedication to her training and sport and her perseverance throughout the trials of the pandemic will be an inspiration to Panther athletes for years to come. We may be a small school, but you’ve taught us to dream BIG, Dayna!” says High School Athletics Director Phil Robson.

Megan (’15) was an electrical engineering student at Carleton when this video was produced by her church. They thought she was inspirational, and we think so too. Hear about how the Lord has helped her through some big challenges, but also listen for the Maranatha connections, including the advice from a high school teacher that sticks with her to this day.

Next Steps

Are you interested in other parts of Maranatha Christian Academy? Visit our other open house pages for a complete view of our school!

For more information and next steps in the admission process, please contact the MCA Admissions Office at info@maranathachristian.ca. To stay in touch with our school, follow us on social media where we post highlights of our school life.