Grace Christian students celebrate graduation
HUNTINGTON — Thunder boomed throughout the sanctuary at Grace Gospel Church in Huntington on Friday evening as the guest speaker asked the 21 students in Grace Christian School’s graduating Class of 2019 to think about what they were going to do with their lives.
“Class of 2019, have you numbered your days?” Jeremy Watts asked the students sitting in the front pews, waiting to receive their diplomas, just before a thunder clap.
Watts is a professor at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and former instructor at Grace Christian. He also attended Grace Christian as a student.
Watts also taught some of the Class of 2019 when they were in the sixth grade in English class. According to Watts, that was approximately 2,826 days ago.
Of the 21 graduates, nine earned an academic honor. Margeaux Montana Denning Duke and Jacob Tanner Perdue earned honors. Hannah Book Benge, Collin Robert Dodgion, Blake Michael Lacy, Rachel Leigh Tanner and Lucas Josiah Wills, who was salutatorian, earned high honors. Michael Connor Morrison and Isaac Hale Perry earned highest honors and were also co-valedictorians.
Grace Christian’s first international student also graduated Friday. David-Bryne Adedeji spent one year at the school.
The other graduating students were Cooper Austin Branson, Maximillian Alexander Eagon, Dana Allen Francis, Adam Pierce Goodrich, Kirsten Renee Irvin, Morgan Chevelle Maynard, Anne Wesley Prather Morgan, Jacob David Skaggs, Moses Adam Stepp, Joel Garrison Willis and Gilbert Brandon Witter.
Dan Brokke, principal at Grace Christian, read the awards, achievements and post-graduation plans of each student before handing them their diplomas.
The class selected Deuteronomy 31:8 as its class verse, which reads: “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee, he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
Both co-valedictorians addressed the class and audience, thanking their parents, teachers and friends for their journey through schooling.
“When we leave here, I know we can walk out knowing these people truly care about us,” Perry said.
The school also awarded six non-graduating students scholarships toward next year’s tuition.
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