-Maura Plante, Everest Collegiate High School and Academy Admissions Director Emerita (1993-2016)
Fulfilling the Everest Purpose
As the past Admissions Director for Everest Collegiate High School and Academy for 23 years, I had the privilege of getting to know every Everest family: those who were enrolled at Everest; those whose children had graduated from Everest; and those who were in consideration of becoming part of Everest. I was often asked what makes Everest unique, and during my tenure, I was never at a loss for words when providing an answer.
Everest is not just a school that gives students a strong academic foundation. It is about the development of the whole person: intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic. At the end of the day, there is a lot of personal attention by everyone at Everest to put Christ at the center of every decision made. There are many people who care about the souls of Everest children. Naturally, the religious priests and consecrated women play an important role, as does everyone else from the teachers in the classroom to the staff members and administrators. All of them are there for one purpose: fulfilling the unique plan God has for every one which includes the purpose He has for the children enrolled at the school.
The hallways at Everest are filled with joyous and confident children: children who have the self-confidence of knowing they are loved. They appreciate the gifts they have been given. They especially appreciate the gift of having Christ in their school, and they know they have a responsibility to bring Him to others. Everest sets the bar very high for its kids, but they are very comfortable with it because they are well prepared. When it comes right down to it, the Admissions process at Everest was never about making sure each grade is filled to capacity with students. On the contrary, its focus has always been on making sure the school’s strengths are what prospective students need to fully utilize their gifts, so they can fulfill the unique plan that God has for each of them. As a school, the faculty and staff know they have accomplished the mission they have been given when they achieve that as an end result.
In the end, Everest Collegiate High School and Academy was not a perfect school. Everest students were not perfect, its faculty and staff members were not perfect, and its parents were not perfect. As human beings, we were not created to be perfect. What was and always will be perfect about Everest is its intentions. With the help of God’s Grace and Mercy, everyone is committed to helping students become who God intends them to be. With that as their goal, their path to Heaven cannot help but be paved. As the bible states in Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Inaugural Admissions Director
School Years 1993- 2016