This week is one of the most exciting times of the year at CDA and we’re happy to hear from our 2018 CDA graduate Alex Koele.
He’s currently a freshman at Texas A&M University in College Station where he is studying Mechanical Engineering.
Thank you for your time Alex!
During your time as a student what did you enjoy about spirit week leading up to homecoming?
I think that the think that I most loved about spirit week was going all out on the themes and seeing how what everyone else was going to do with them and really using the themes to their fullest potential. Plus, the outfits were normally more comfortable than the uniforms, so that was great too.
What are three items you cherish about becoming a part of a community now that you’re a college freshman?
There are many things that I love about the community that I’ve built myself into in CDA but I would have to say that the top three are the network of people I’m a part of, the strong friendships that I’ve made, and mentorship I have experienced all throughout school. The first one is that I know that if I run into a CDA person later on in life I’ll know that they are a like-minded individual and that they will have my back even if they’ve never met me. The friendships are probably the most important to me because the deep friendships I’ve made with my classmates have been what has shaped me into the man I am today. I know that I can go to them with anything. Lastly, I know that I have a good foundation for my faith thanks to the mentoring I’ve received from CDA teachers and staff all throughout high school.
How exciting was the CDA homecoming football game to you and your family?
I love the homecoming football game. It was usually the most anticipated game of the season and had us going against one of our rival schools in front of the biggest crowd of the year. There really was nothing like it. You could feel the energy in the air and on that Friday, and I would count down the minutes until kickoff. The same goes for my family. They’ve always loved football, and they loved watching me play, and so the homecoming game was their favorite game of the season just like it was mine.
What was the best memory of homecoming that you can share?
My personal favorite homecoming memory came my sophomore year. It was my first year playing tight end, and I was very nervous going into the game that I would drop a pass in front of the whole school and let everybody down. But when the time came for the one pass I was thrown that night, instinct took over and I caught it and ran and scored my first ever touchdown. The stands were going crazy, and Fisher came up and jumped on me screaming, “YOU SCORED YOU SCORED!” and I can’t really remember a better feeling than that. That’s why it is my favorite homecoming memory.