Our school: King’s Way Christian Knights

Spiritual transformations combine with a quality education

Student leaders Gigi Conway and Brady Metz describe what makes King’s Way Christian High School so special

Gigi Conway is a lifer at King’s Way Christian

Brady Metz showed up three years ago.

Different perspectives, but the same love for their school.

Conway, a senior, started on the campus as a 2-year-old with the preschool. Then she went K-12 with the Knights.

“This is where I walked for 16 years,” she said. “I spent 16 years, and for some reason, when school was shut down, I was thinking it was not enough time.

“It’s a special place, a place you feel comfortable, you feel loved, and you feel known. It was a daily walk to be a better person, a better leader. Getting that community for my entire life has made me into the person that I am.”

Metz was a sophomore when he came to King’s Way Christian High School.

Brady Metz said his life changed forever once he moved to King’s Way Christian High School his sophomore year. Photo courtesy Brady Metz
Brady Metz said his life changed forever once he moved to King’s Way Christian High School his sophomore year. Photo courtesy Brady Metz

“Prior to that, I had never experienced private school, never was really connected to God,” Metz said. “The spiritual transformation that I have had has been so important to me. I was just thankful to get to go to that school. It was a calling from God.”

Conway is the ASB president, the president of the National Honor Society chapter, and she was an athlete and/or team manager throughout her time with the Knights. She has known many of her classmates since before kindergarten, too.

The students love having that connection with one another, but they also love their relationships with their instructors.

“We were blessed with teachers who want to create a relationship with us. They want us to build our faith, help build us an education that will help us in the future,” Conway said. “They are there to guide us through the difficulties of life and the difficulties of being a high school teenager. It’s unique to have a teacher sit down and pray with you.”

Metz might have had a late start to joining the King’s Way family, but make no mistake, he is family. He said it is special to know just about everyone there. There are less than 40 seniors, he said.

“You can have a conversation with just about anyone, and they’ll always be there for you,” Metz said.

Metz played football and basketball for the Knights, and he helped out with many community service projects.

For now, the extra curricular activities have been put on hold. And there is no in-building learning for the rest of the academic year.

“I miss seeing everyone’s faces,” Metz said. “It’s really tough just being at home and not having face-to-face interactions. The online school part of it is a lot different. I really like working together in school. I’m not a fan of the online school.”

Gigi Conway, a senior, has been at King’s Way Christian since preschool days, and she said that still was not enough time because it is such a great place to learn, to live. Photo courtesy Gigi Conway
Gigi Conway, a senior, has been at King’s Way Christian since preschool days, and she said that still was not enough time because it is such a great place to learn, to live. Photo courtesy Gigi Conway

“Oh my gosh, literally everything,” Conway said, referring to what she misses.

She also is missing the things that were going to happen, all the events in spring, such as prom and teacher week.

Conway and Metz are looking forward to a return to normalcy, going around town, and maybe seeing someone wearing the King’s Way Christian gear.

“I get excited. I love being able to just have something like that, that connects people,” Conway said. “‘Go Knights!’ Our community is smaller than other high schools in the area. We are connected really easily.”

Before the stay-at-home order, Metz was at a nearby gym, wearing King’s Way Christian attire. An older man came up to him to start a conversation, noting that he had two granddaughters at the school. Instantly, they shared that bond that is special with the King’s Way family.

Conway is the lifer at King’s Way. Metz has three years there.

They, and the rest of the Knights, will always be connected.

Advice to other students during the school closure:

“Think of all the things you have to look forward to once this is over,” Conway said. “The seniors can’t go back to school, but for the rest of the grades, don’t take for granted what you have. Appreciate the resources and the people at King’s Way. It goes by really fast, and it can be taken away from you before you know it.

“While you’re waiting, stay positive,” she continued. “Trust that God has a plan in this and trust that He will bring us out of this. He will and He is in control. And pray for the health and peace in our country.”

Metz suggested using social media for good.

“Spread kind words around, words of encouragement,” he said. “Send positivity around. That’s the best thing we can do.”

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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