I am Ryan Anderson, and my story begins through my family. My family has played such an important role in helping shape my life into who I am today. My family not only consists of my dad, mom, and sister, but my Calvary family as well. Teachers, coaches, peers, and the administration have all been a part of my “family” over the past 12 years, helping me to grow mentally, physically, and most importantly, spiritually. These people have taught me about two of the most important traits a person can have: respect and humility.
Even after knowing him for only two and a half years, Coach Logan Daves has taught me a whole lot about respect. I have always been a pretty shy and quiet kid, so I was never really the type of person to speak out against something that I didn’t like. However, Coach Daves taught me and so many others that respect is more than just not complaining about something you don’t like. He taught me that attitude is a choice. Having taken his weightlifting class for two and a half years, attitude played a big role in his classes and his morning workout sessions with the baseball team. One of my favorite phrases that goes along with respect and attitude is, “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is to be forgotten.” Being on time has been a big key to my lifestyle because of this phrase stated by Coach Daves in his weightlifting class freshman year. Coach Daves has played a huge role in shaping my life to being who I am today, and I am beyond grateful for his presence in my life.
Humility, being one of the most important traits a person can have, has been taught to me by Calvary in a way that no other place can teach it. Humility is realizing that it’s wrong to take too much pride in yourself because there are people out there that can do everything you can do, but better. Humility requires a lot of patience and self-control, which has been preached by many teachers and coaches at Calvary. The person that has taught me the most about humility is head baseball coach Phillip Lee. Coach Lee has always preached to his players, including me, to control what you can control. This means to control your attitude and how much effort you give when competing. He always states that there are baseball teams out there with players more talented than us, but that we should always give our maximum effort. I’ve known Coach Lee for over five years now, and every year that I’ve known him, he’s been helping me grow as a student, a baseball player, and a young man. He’s been teaching us for not just the next couple of years, but for our entire life--the big picture. Over the past few years, Coach Lee has played a major role in helping me to grow to being who I am today, and I am extremely grateful for him in my life.
Through my long journey at Calvary, I have learned an abundance of information that will help me grow as my life continues after high school. The two traits of respect and humility have helped me to grow into the young man I am today. I can think of no other place that would have better prepared me for my next journey and helped me to write my story than Calvary Day School.