Aaron Dove

Aaron Dove

In this Senior Spotlight, meet Aaron from America and Romania, who attended ICSB for thirteen years.

What have you been involved in at ICSB? 

I did band and choir in middle school, then beginner piano in 10th grade (after 7 years of private lessons), also 2 musicals in middle school, some chapel team in middle school, took journalism in 9th grade, then yearbook in 10th grade, and finally, I'm taking art this year.

Share about a teacher(s) and how they have impacted you positively.

Mrs. Culbertson is one of the teachers who has invested the most in me, in and out of school. 11th grade English was one of the most interesting classroom experiences, for both her and the rest of us, and I think she managed incredibly well, but she really came into her own once she took over for 12th grade English. She chose the books, and she knew what she was talking about, and it was great. It is one of the few times I actually read the books from beginning to end. She created an excellent environment for us to all be curious, in our different amounts. Some people, of course, would realize that the class was an easy A and decide to coast throughout the whole time, but others really chose to know and love the books we were reading, and I think a lot of people really changed from the experience. Additionally, she invested in my piano teaching side-business, and frequently had me over for dinner, investing further in my personal growth and development. There are very few teachers like her, and she should be treasured.

What’s your favorite thing or memory about ICSB?

The favorite thing about ICSB is, by far, the people, especially the teachers. Although, not to speak poorly of anyone, I do not prefer all of the different teaching styles presented by the staff, I think all of them are a joy to speak with in different ways. Whether it be asking Mr. Eding about his adventures in Siberia, talking to Mr. Jefferies about different business plans, asking Mr. Culbertson about weird Bible questions, Mrs. Culbertson about social/moral dilemmas, Miss Stowell about Jeopardy, Miss Spence about podcasts, address weird complaints to Mrs. Smith, or any other number of totally interesting, engaging conversations with the staff. They are all incredible and will surely be missed.

What has been the highlight of your senior year?

There hasn't been a particular moment, per se, but an era that I liked. Sometime in the fall, maybe around the retreat time, where all of the seniors were really engaging with each other and trying to get to know each other like it would be the last time we'd get a chance to.

What are some of the ways you’ve grown since you first came to ICSB?

Well, I've been here since kindergarten, so I cannot exactly track what changed because I came to ICSB, but I can say with certainty that this place has been my maturing ground, where I have learned to be a good person. I think my spirituality has certainly become deeper, from shallowly repeating what the teachers told me to, to almost completely renouncing the existence of God entirely, to coming back to Him in a more curious, interested way, such that I no longer feel alienated from the beliefs, but genuinely willing to learn and grow in this area of my life.

Will you be attending college next year?


Which college(s) have you been accepted to?

Athens Technical College, University of Georgia

Which school will you attend?

I will first attend Athens Technical College for a year and then likely transfer to the University of Georgia and attend there for another four years.

What will be your major or area of focus?

Something Business - could be Marketing, sales, or just about anything.