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Andrew Macpherson

What year did you graduate from HCS?



What are you doing right now…work, school family, etc.?

I am a senior at Pacifica Christian High School and in the midst of making decisions for college. So far I have been accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (as an Astronomy & Astrophysics major), George Fox University and Seattle Pacific University (all three have offered me generous scholarships and I am participating in a competition for the latter to win full tuition). I am still waiting to hear back from Stanford and Pepperdine Universities. I have a couple things in mind as far as prospective majors go; right now the list is astrophysics, computer science, and political science. I also work part-time at Duck Donuts at Five Points Plaza in Huntington Beach.


What do you love most about HCS?

I enjoyed its small size and commitment to providing a healthy environment for students both socially and academically.


What is one word that best describes the school? Tell us why you chose that word.

Improving, for two reasons: first, HCS was a big improvement for me personally as I transferred schools and second, HCS is always looking to improve – every time I come back it seems as if something has always changed.


From your own experiences, why do you believe it was important for you to attend HCS?.

After moving to California at the beginning of 4th grade, I struggled in the public education system that was vastly different and significantly larger than that of New Jersey. HCS was an environment where I fared better both socially and academically.


In what ways did HCS prepare you for high school and college?

As much as I hated grammar and essays, HCS’ focus on both prepared me for language classes (both English and foreign) in high school and helped me integrate with them easier, particularly considering that language has always been a more difficult subject for me.


How did HCS help to shape your faith?

My faith did not grow exponentially at HCS but in that faith is either growing or dying always, it remained steadfast and therefore steadily grew over my time at HCS.


What would you tell a friend to encourage them to send their daughter/son to attend HCS?

It is able to possess a special attention and Christian development program thanks to its small size and nature of being a private school.

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