Cousins Samuel Gregg and James Bensch have been lifelong buddies ever since they were toddlers. Both grew up in families that home-schooled their children.
A couple of years ago, they both decided to venture out and enroll in the Running Start program at Big Bend Community College which allows high school students to complete their associate degree or take care of their core class requirements before they move on to a four-year university.
Gregg completed the program with a 4.0 grade-point average and received the award for outstanding student in the English department.
“It was not as hard as I thought,” said Gregg. “I like learning and writing. It was fun.”
Bensch achieved a 3.97 grade-point average and received the award for the outstanding student in the math department.
“I focused on math at Big Bend,” said Bensch. “I started liking it more. All of the math instructors are great. Big Bend has an excellent math program.”
Gregg plans on transferring to Multnomah University in Portland in the fall. It is a Bible college, and Gregg wants to major in theology and English. As a piano player, he also plans to take a few music classes.
James is bound for Living Faith Bible College in Alberta, Canada. He would like to earn a degree in mathematics.
“Wherever I go, I will be involved in the church,” said Bensch. “Being a pastor has crossed my mind.”
Gregg is following in his father’s footsteps, attending the same Bible college he did.
“I want to express my faith through writing,” said Gregg. “Dad went to the same school.”
After visiting their respective college campuses, the cousins are excited about going to college in the fall.
Gregg will be starting off on the right foot, as Multnomah has already offered him a scholarship. “My parents think it’s great,” said Gregg.
Living Faith Bible College is a pre-seminary school, but Bensch is going there to get a solid foundation for his future studies.
“My mother, Maureen, and my father, Roy, are quite excited,” said Bensch.