(L to R) Ashley Garrett, Katie Parker, Miki Grisham
not pictured: Lauren Davis
Briarcrest Alums Find Themselves Working Together At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital -- Helping Children Everyday
The mission of Briarcrest Christian School is to challenge and inspire college-bound students to: know and honor Jesus Christ, seek God's truth and wisdom in all disciplines, and pursue excellence and integrity in their academic, creative and athletic endeavors so that they may "grow in stature with God and men." Luke 2:52
Currently, four Briarcrest alumnae: Katie Parker ('05), Miki Grisham ('06), Lauren Davis ('09), and Ashley Garrett ('10), are continuing the mission of BCS as they pursue another goal: “Finding Cures. Saving Children”. These young women are all registered nurses at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Though they all attended different colleges, and arrived at St. Jude by different life paths, their story is a consistent one: each of them felt called to become a nurse, specifically working with pediatric hematology and oncology patients. And they believe that their time at Briarcrest prepared them well for their life’s work. Miki says “The academic foundation laid at BCS allowed me to do well in nursing school.” While Lauren adds “My faith in Jesus Christ, which Briarcrest helped grow and develop in me, is my great source of comfort, strength and hope when I come to my job each day.” Ashley, a cancer survivor and former St. Jude patient, states: “BCS not only encourages academic excellence, but also challenges students to pursue being Christ-like in all areas of our lives.”
These four young women are an example of how Briarcrest achieves its mission while students are within its walls and how these same ideals are carried in their hearts the rest of their lives. Katie says: “I feel the values Briarcrest instilled in me, values of academic excellence, compassion towards others, following your calling, and developing a deep faith, prepared me to take the best care of my patients every day.”
We are so very thankful for these former Briarcrest students who truly have servants hearts. Each day they go to work and take care of our most precious gifts from God….our sweet children. Thank you for you love and caring spirit. May God bless and keep you working with the children of St. Jude.