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Kayla Gordon, Graduated 2013

Interview submitted 2018

How many years did you attend Cedars?
I attended from Kindergarten through to grade 12.

Where do you attend school now?
Trinity Western University. I am the Captain of the Spartan’s Women’s Basketball Team. Trinity plays in the highest level of varsity sport in Canada.

Describe your sport/education path since leaving Cedars.
In the fall of my grade 12 year, I signed a scholarship committing to play basketball at Trinity Western University as well as pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration Honours (BBAH) with an Accounting specialization.

I had a great first season and year at school making some of my closest friends and having a successful basketball season. I made the Canada West All Rookie Team after my first year. Also, after my first year, my team went on a missions trip to Paraguay – a truly life-changing experience. In my third year, our team made program history for making it to playoffs for the first time – it was very exciting!

After my third year, I went on a travel study to Ottawa focusing on Business Law, Public Policy, and Cultural Change from worldview. That trip was one of the highlights from my whole time at Trinity. In my fourth year, my team continued to make program history by hosting our first playoff series and making to second round playoffs. After that season, I finished with the highest field goal shooting percentage in the Canada West (53.2%).

Also in my fourth year, I received an internship at the Langley office of Deloitte & Touche LLP. I learned so much from gaining hands on experience – it is much different than learning about accounting in the class room! I also coached a U14 girls basketball team in the community and I really enjoyed sharing my love of basketball with those girls.

Currently, I am in my fifth and final year of university and basketball. Our team just got back from an amazing trip to Japan and China where we played four games, represented the University, and did a lot of sight-seeing! I feel so blessed to have had such an opportunity. I am also acting as the President of the Trinity Accounting Association, where we plan events for members and students and provide resources for those wanting to pursue a career in accounting.

I am really excited to graduate in April but am trying to live in the moment and enjoy my last year and season with my teammates! I believe that this season will be our most successful one yet!

What are your aspirations over the next year/several years? I am hoping to travel this summer before I start working in September 2018. After my internship, I was offered full-time employment at Deloitte in Langley starting September 2018! I hope to gain my CPA desig-nation by 2020. I am applying for a program where you get your Master’s degree and CPA designation over the course of two summers (MpAcc) at the University of Saskatchewan. I am really hoping to get accepted. I also hope to continue coaching and mentoring younger female basketball players.

Cedars gave me a great foundation going into University. I felt the teachers really prepared me for university and I felt the attention and instruction I received at a smaller high school put me ahead of some of my peers. Even after playing basketball at the university level for four years, some of my fondest memories of basket-ball come from the crazy, long road-trips we used to take. I always say, once an Eagle – always an Eagle! I also think that it is so cool that I am now playing on the same team as one of the girls I helped coach when I was at Cedars still! (When I was in grade 11/12 I coached Jenna Van Delft who is now a first-year student-athlete on my team).

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