By Tyon James, Staff Writer, Class of 2020
Throughout my senior year at Verbum Dei High School, Mr. Ken Favell has become someone that has had a lasting effect on me as an academic. He has truly pushed me to think outside the box, to be open-minded, and to view things through a different lens. His English course has taught me to analyze and dissect pieces of writing in ways that I otherwise would not have considered. Furthermore, he has ignited within me a drive to become a better writer, one who is more effective and creative in ways that will be deemed captivating to readers.
Experiences in this course like class discussions, essays, and one-on-one feedback have all been memorable as they go beyond the expectations of a typical English courses. I feel as though Mr. Favell’s class is actually making me a well-rounded writer and reader. Class discussions are one of my favorite aspects of the class because I have the opportunity to be exposed to other opinions, to step outside of my normal way of thinking, and to collaborate with other students concerning varying opinions on writing techniques.
I would like to thank Mr. Favell for helping me to grow in several ways as a young student, who is about to embark on college endeavors. Throughout my time in his course, I have truly learned, and I have applied all of these skills to other classes and areas of my life. Had it not been for Mr. Favell and his hard work, I would not be the student that I am today. His words of wisdom, encouragement, and his constant push to better his students has inspired me in my academic, professional, and personal life. Kudos to Mr. Favell for being a trailblazer in the lives of his students and pushing us to be our best selves academically.