Alumni Highlight: Dawn (Gebbie) Conwill
Dawn (Gebbie) Conwill’s history with Medina Christian Academy is a lengthy one.
She began attending in Pre-K (when it was known as First Baptist Christian School) … and then became an MCA (FBCS) graduate in 1997.
She even met her future husband, Kris, when she was in seventh grade! He was two years ahead of her in school and graduated from MCA in 1995.
Looking back, Dawn says, there was always one constant:
“God’s Word. Through the craziness of middle school and high school, all of the drama that comes with being a pre-teen and teenager … through the craziness of academics, athletics, and life in general … I was able to recenter myself in Christ. Having staff members and teachers invest in me not only academically but spiritually was a gift I didn’t appreciate until much later in life. As with most things, when you are in the moment you don’t see the big picture. You sort of miss the ‘behind the scenes.’ As an adult, I am able to see just how God was working in my life, how He was preparing me for what was to come.
“Over the years, I have had the opportunity to share my Christian education experience with many people. Looking back on my life now, I am keenly aware of God’s plan in placing me in a school where my foundation would be built on His Word.
Some of Dawn’s favorite memories of MCA come from her athletic years — playing volleyball and basketball in middle school and high school …
“Both teams were successful, winning conference championships and a few trips to compete for the state championship. I had great coaches who invested in me both on and off the court, making sure I was where I needed to be with my walk with God. Those are experiences that I hold dear to my heart to this day.”
Dawn worked for the Medina Mayor’s Office for 17 years, and then in the fall of 2018 harnessed her passion for sports by coming on staff to serve as MCA’s Athletic Director and coaching varsity volleyball and basketball as well.
“Looking back on my life — and looking at where I am at today — I am so humbled. God’s grace and mercy are the only reasons I am where I am today. His relentless and unconditional love for me overwhelms me. I am so thankful He fought for me … [and brought] me back to Him.
“For anyone considering MCA for their family, I encourage you to check it out! I have two daughters, Ashley and Hailey, who are students here, and I am grateful they are able to experience the love of Jesus every day in staff members, teachers, and coaches.”
From preschool to graduation — and beyond! — we are here for students and families so that children will succeed spiritually, academically, artistically, and athletically … for God’s glory!