More than a game

For more than four decades, Athletic Director Tim Ehst has demonstrated that a drive for excellence and a commitment to authentic faith can, and should, go hand in hand.

Shana Peachey Boshart '81

"I'm from here..."

 

Shana Peachey Boshart ('81) is often asked where she's from. 

At Dock's 2018 Alumni of the Year Awards ceremony, she offered a poignant response.

 

Most places I go, I get asked where I’m from. I live in Iowa and we raised our sons there.

Now my granddaughters are Iowans too. My parents lived in Kansas and my sisters still do.

My extended family gathers in Mifflin County, PA. But the answer to the question of where I am from?

I’m from Grebel Hall, Clemens Center, and Dielman Hall.

I’m from breathless field hockey practices, all-girl gym classes, and a van of cheerleaders singing to Queen.

I’m from 1348 Orvilla Road, and 1000 Forty Food Road, and 50 West Orvilla Road.

I’m from Emma’s cooking, Fastnacht Day, and shoo-fly pie.

I’m from green or white cheerleading sweaters, striped green gymsuits, pants in the winter only, and high-heeled wooden sandals in the springtime.

I’m from Doug Derstine’s handspring throw-ins, Leonard Dow’s layups and R-O-W-D-I-E, that’s the way we spell row-DY, row-DY!!!

I’m from morning announcements, open-mike chapels, Spiritual Life Emphasis week taking over classes, and the class that won Spring Arts Day.

I’m from Southeast Asia, China and the Early Church with Mr. Lichty, Spanish every day for four years with Eldon Miller, British Lit with Beth Yoder, Local History with Duane Kauffman, and College Writing with Eric Bishop.

I’m from riding to school with my Dad, helping Miss Stauffer in the library before school, and lunchtime chats by the pond with Amy Rosenberger.

Everyone is from somewhere.

Most places I go, I get asked where I’m from.

I’m from...here.

And for that, I am grateful.

Each of us starts life in a particular community, just as Jesus was born and raised and lived and died in a particular community. But God also calls each of us to see beyond our home communities and to open our hearts and minds to relationships with people in other communities.

My Dock experience prepared me to have eyes to see and a heart that is open to the experiences and interests of people beyond my own community.

I am grateful for role models in my teachers, and of course—my parents—who, with kindness and respect, lifted my gaze beyond myself and my life here, showed me different people and new perspectives. They prepared me for leadership beyond this place, in the church and in the world.

I’m an Iowan now. I have family in Kansas, Ohio and Washington state. I serve Mennonite churches across the United States.

But I am from here, and I am grateful.

Shana Peachey Boshart

  • Dock Class of 1981
  • Denominational Minister for Faith Formation, Mennonite Church USA
  • Curator of the website www.AnabaptistFaithFormation.org
  • Co-founder of Step Up, which gives young people the opportunity to participate in the Mennonite Church USA delegate assembly.

 

My Dock experience prepared me to have eyes to see and a heart that is open to the experiences and interests of people beyond my own community.

I am grateful for role models in my teachers, and of course—my parents—who, with kindness and respect, lifted my gaze beyond myself and my life here, showed me different people and new perspectives. They prepared me for leadership beyond this place, in the church and in the world.

Shana Peachey Boshart '81