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Classical Christian grad drawn to deep questions in sciences

Rachel Dykes from Classical Christian Academy. (COURTESY)
Rachel Dykes from Classical Christian Academy. (COURTESY)

The field of astrophysics seeks to understand how the universe began and has evolved, and whether other planets have the potential to sustain life. All important questions to consider, and ones that raise further questions about faith and the existence of a creator.

Classical Christian Academy senior Rachel Dykes may just be the one to answer those questions. With a full-ride scholarship to Idaho State University, as well as other honors scholarships, Dykes has tentative plans to study physics and perhaps, some day, the mysteries of space.

She said she isn’t 100 percent certain on declaring a physics major yet but has a deep-rooted love of the sciences. She has been inspired by documentaries such as the TV series “Through the Wormhole,” which covers topics such as “Is There a God Particle?” and “Is There an Edge to the Universe?”

Whatever major she declares, though, a field of study in the sciences is a must, Dykes said.

Her favorite teacher and mentor at Classical Christian, a private school in Post Falls, was her science teacher, Richard Brandon. And her coursework during her four years there prepared Dykes to pursue a challenging field of study that many of her classmates might shy away from.

Classical Christian Academy’s mission is to “provide a Christ-centered, classical and college preparatory education firmly rooted in Biblical truth.” The school also emphasizes critical thinking, Socratic questioning and fostering a love of learning.

Dykes said she was challenged to overcome her fear of public speaking with a poetry contest in ninth grade. She and other students recited poems in front of others. She was also encouraged to present several other assignments in front of a group.

Dykes’ interests aren’t limited to the sciences. An avid reader, particularly of philosophical and religious texts, she volunteers her time at the Rathdrum Library and serves as student government treasurer. She also studies the Bible with her family and is a member of the worship team.

Dykes has a deep love of her school and credits the rigorous coursework and supportive environment for preparing her for college. She also has an extensive support network, including her family and friends.

“I have a bunch of great people in my life,” she said. “All my teachers at Classical Christian are all super great. They’re caring. It’s almost as if they’re a part of my family, too.”


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