Learning like Emery

Most of you know the friendly face and fashionable outfits of Emery Johnson. You may also know Johnson arrived here in seventh grade, but do you know what schools she attended before Meridian?

This kind soul originally attended Argenta-Oreana which lasted from preschool to kindergarten where she then transferred to LSA. LSA is a k-12, Lutheran-Christian school.

“LSA was different. My mother is very spiritual and not really religious so it was kind of different for me to see how other people practice their religions,” Johnson said.

When it came to learning, she explained it as normal. The people were kinder in private school, in Johnson’s experience.

“Everyone there was always super nice,” Johnson said.

Johnson learned a lot of normal and a little bit of odd information with her classmates.

“We learned a lot about Martin Luther because of his involvement in the creation of Lutheranism. Now, it’s really interesting learning about him in history class here at Meridian” Johnson said.

When asked about the differences between the curriculum, there weren’t many. One main difference was students attending LSA had to take religion classes. You may know this is a common thing in religious schools, but most definitely not in public schools.

“We had religion class first thing in the morning where you would memorize a bible verse. If you got it wrong, you were required to write it over and over again at recess. Every Wednesday there was a chapel where we would go into the gym where it would be kind of like a church service,” Johnson said.

Johnson and the other students were assigned a chapel buddy.

“You just kind of sit together, that’s all,” Johnson said.

Another key difference was the belief of the Big Bang Theory was discouraged by teachers. Kids attending LSA would be taught about the creation of Earth along with evolution, but only because it is required.

“I remember learning about the Big Bang Theory but our science teacher saying she didn’t believe in it,” Johnson said.

Regardless of these situations, Johnson explained that growing up in a religious school did not affect how she learns today in a public school but it did affect her social interactions.

“One thing I realized when transitioning into a public school was that the kids were a lot meaner.”

Nevertheless, she said she prefers learning at Meridian because the staff is a lot more helpful. Johnson has acquired many good friends in the course of her learning journey at Meridian as well.