The nondenominational K-12 graduated 42 high school seniors on June 4 and scored 100 in the eyes of educators and parents.
Every one of the graduates is going on to college with the exception of two who will be serving in the global community. It was the school's 28th commencement ceremony.
Graduate Tim Cobaugh, after much research, has joined the U.S. Marine Corps because in his estimation, “It’s the best of the U.S. Armed Forces. It holds true to its values of courage, honor and commitment.”
Graduate Sam Taubl, has signed on with Instruments of Change and will be doing humanitarian work in Haiti.
More than a third of the class graduated with High Honors and are members of the National Honor Society including several students who succeeded in spite of the fact that English was not their first language. Five additional students graduated with Honors.
Valedictorian Elizabeth Ganssle, was presented with the coveted Faculty Key Award for her scholarship, attitude and overall success as a student and leader. She will be attending Boston University majoring in International Relations.
High Honors student Carina Schneider who will be going on to Quinnipiac University in the fall was named Salutatorian.
During the Commencement exercises faculty member Lynn Francis, Mathematics, and mother of graduating senior Catherine Francis, charged the class to make a quiet place for God in their hearts as they journey through the noise of living.
The Interim Head of Christian Heritage School, June Vangor, and James Tucker, Chairman of the Board of Directors, along with Bruce Stempien, Upper School Principal, conferred the diplomas while personal and individual letters from faculty were read aloud to each graduate. The abundant theme of joy, hope and expectation felt for each graduating senior by their teachers drew many a tear and heartfelt applause.
The mission of Christian Heritage School is to provide students with an education of spiritual and academic excellence with which to serve God. Founded in 1977, it offers a college-preparatory program coupled with a serious challenge for students to develop spiritual growth with the goal of service to God in a global community.