Jessica’s smile is courageous. She knows deep joy that is found in the Lord, while she also knows deep grief found in loss.

A few days before the start of eighth grade, her mother passed away from cancer.

“However hopeless my dad and I felt at the time, we allowed God to take our broken hearts and instill hope in our souls. Since then, School of the Ozarks has provided a supportive community of believers who have encouraged me throughout my journey of grief.”

Jessica’s perseverance through her pain and loss has led to her great success and growth at School of the Ozarks.

“Through the faculty’s strong faith, accountability from my peers, and Christ-centered academics, my faith in God has grown exponentially.”

The School of the Ozarks, like the College of the Ozarks, offers students the opportunity to work, rather than pay, for their education. Jessica’s work has been hard, yet meaningful.

“Working on the cleaning crew for two years has taught me to take care of the material possessions God has  blessed us with. Students at S of O need an organized school to effectively complete the rigorous tasks we are given, and we feel a moral obligation to steward the blessing of top-notch facilities. This quality of stewardship can be applied to all stages of the Christian walk and increases gratitude for undeserved blessings which God provides.”

Jessica understands how being faithful in the small things adds up to big things – like valuable life lessons.

“The work education program at School of the Ozarks has increased my work ethic and responsibility. I am grateful for the opportunity to have work experience during my high school years, for it builds vital character qualities one must have when transitioning into adulthood.”

The maturity and strength Jessica shows is admirable.

“School of the Ozarks has become more of a blessing to my life than I ever imagined. The relationships I’ve built and the education I’m receiving have completely altered how I view my faith and the world.”

She’s quick to describe how her life has been changed through her time at S of O.  “I feel forever indebted to this school for transforming my life.” 


Senior, School of the Ozarks

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