“Thank you Mr. Z for giving me an opportunity to represent the alumni. My name is Amy and graduated in 2005. I am the daughter of Dave Keanini who was a long time member of the CCA board. I am married with 2 kids and one on the way and am now a stay-at home mom. After high school I attended the University of Denver and graduated with a degree in finance and went on to work as a land analyst at a couple different oil and gas companies in town. I had a wonderful experience attending CCA and to be honest I look back at my years here as some of the most fun years of my life. It wasn’t all just fun though, I also learned a lot and worked hard. Now that I’m an adult I realize that I can attribute where I am today to many of my experiences here at Cornerstone.
The first and probably most important is that CCA helped lay the foundation for my relationship with Jesus. The school and faculty offered me many opportunities to encounter God at a young age, and those experiences stayed with me as an adult. Don’t get me wrong I had times where I wasn’t walking with God as I should have been, but the Holy Spirit always had a grip on my heart. I know I can thank CCA for helping me cultivate my relationship with God starting in elementary school.
The second thing I can attribute, is that CCA helped me to establish my values and the lens through which I view the world. When I started seriously dating in college, I knew I had to marry a Christian who loved God, because I couldn’t imagine trying to raise kids with someone who had a different worldview than me or who I couldn’t agree with on setting boundaries in parenting.
The last thing I think CCA helped prepare me for was college and ultimately my career afterwards. Getting a degree in finance requires a good amount of math and I know that portion of my education was a complete breeze because of CCA and my teachers here, specifically Mrs. Fedrick. I also know that CCA helped me establish a good work ethic. Before I became a stay-at-home mom I always received favorable reviews at my job about how hard I worked, and I know that was due in part to my time here at Cornerstone. I’m so beyond grateful that I had the opportunity to attend CCA. Maybe at the time I didn’t appreciate as much as I do now. But I can say it was an invaluable experience and it played a huge role in who I am today.”
Amy Keanini Maloney, Class of 2005
as shared at
CCA’s Celebration Chapel on April 20, 2016