Carmel Valley student receives top honors at Nativity School

Christopher Heffner

At the recent Nativity School graduation on June 10, Christopher Heffner, a Carmel Valley resident, won a $10,000 scholarship to St. Augustine High School. This scholarship is awarded based upon Christopher’s perfect score on the Explore entrance exam at St. Augustine. There are scholarships awarded to the top 10 performers on the test.

In addition, Christopher was awarded the Augustine Medal. It is awarded to select incoming freshman that represent the values of the St. Augustine School, which are truth, charity, and unity.

Christopher’s other achievements include the California Junior Scholastic Federation Gold Award for excelling in academics for all four semesters of his 7th and 8th grade years at The Nativity School. This award requires that students receive only one “B” per semester. Finally, Christopher received the History Award, and the Algebra Award, along with former classmate Allison Hesse.

When Christopher transferred to The Nativity School, his mother, Kristine Heffner said, “It changed his life! The Nativity community is such a wonderful community! It both challenged him to be the best he could be, and nurtured him so he felt comfortable trying new things. They really helped him grow into the young man that he has become. He absolutely loved being at that school, and will miss it!”

Christopher also agrees. He said, “Nativity prepared me well for high school.” He added that the teachers took class time to help the students prepare for the Explore entrance test. They also had the opportunity to work in small groups in math so everyone could work at his own level.

Kristine Heffner and Christopher also mentioned the Spanish program at Nativity. They said that it is strong enough so that he is able to start with Spanish 2 at Saints. The class was so small that it was like a family to him. It was a good experience because they had to learn to accept each other for who they are, and work out their differences.

Following these accomplishments at The Nativity School, Christopher plans to stay active with football and music at St. Augustine. While Christopher looks back on his successful years at Nativity, including the Academic Decathlon team, sports teams, and his favorite teacher, Mrs. Dixon, he looks forward to, and hopes that, Saints will provide a similar environment for him.

Nativity is a K-8 school that teaches “Christ-like values in a nurturing environment that is academically strong and rich in the spirit of life and love.” The Nativity School is located at 6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, near Fairbanks Ranch. School tours occur monthly at 8 a.m. Please call the school office for an appointment.

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