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  • Faith leads student back from the brink

  • Cascade Christian High School senior Alaina Thomson is passionate about her message for students: Do not be ashamed of your struggles.
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  • Cascade Christian High School senior Alaina Thomson is passionate about her message for students: Do not be ashamed of your struggles.
    A desire to remind students that they are not alone in their hardships led the usually introverted Thomson to share her testimony with the entire school.
    "I struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts and a desire to hurt myself," she said. "I felt really ashamed, but it's actually something a lot of people struggle with."
    After fighting off suicidal thoughts for a year, Thomson, daughter of Gina and Matthew Thomson, found the bravery to tell her mother. Her mom booked her an appointment with a Christian counselor, who, Thomson said, introduced her to "who Jesus really is."
    "Learning about Jesus transformed me completely," Thomson said.
    Thomson's faith inspired her to create more community at school. She helped host a "girls' night" for incoming freshmen girls, helped launch a student-led chapel and led a Bible study group for athletes.
    "(The Bible study) was a group that even if you weren't an athlete you could come," she said. "It brought kids together that normally wouldn't have all been in the same room."
    The group was also a source of community for Thomson, who transferred to Cascade Christian her junior year from Crater High School.
    Thomson found her home at Cascade Christian High School on the basketball court. She played varsity and helped the team make it to a playoff game her junior year.
    In addition to her involvement and leadership at school, Thomson maintained a 3.9 GPA.
    Thomson hopes one day to be back in a counselor's office, only in a very different role. She plans to attend Northwest Christian University to major in psychology and pursue a career as a bible counselor.
    "What I dealt with and what I was able to overcome, it motivates me," she said.
    Reach Mail Tribune news intern Kelsey Thomas at 541-776-4368.
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