Sixty-one members of the Class of 2019 received their diplomas from Dayton Christian School on Sunday, May 26. It was a touching commencement ceremony that included student testimonies, a farewell gift to a beloved teacher, and honors for academic and spiritual development.
The Beginning of the End
The evening began with Eagle Scout Seth Withers and military enlistees Hunter Preston and Elijah White leading the pledge to the American flag. Emma Rohrer gave the invocation. Seth Withers, Kayla Hooten, and Amanda Hitchcock gave testimonies to how Dayton Christian and the DC family have affected their lives forever.
Then the audience collectively reached for their Kleenex. Emily Imperial Vaccar (class of 2000) presented retiring English teacher Greg Kurtz with a check for $10,000 to thank him for his many years of service and impact. The money was raised for the purpose of sending Kurtz and his wife Linda on the trip of a lifetime to the location of their choice.
Highlights of the Evening
On behalf of Dayton Christian High School, Greg Kurtz presented nine students with students with the Warrior Award for achieving balance spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. These students included Chloe Bell, Abigail Brown, Rebecca Brown, Magnolia Garrett, Isabel Gaston, Andrew Gottron, Amanda Hitchcock, Nicole Keenan, and Seth Withers
Valedictorians of the Class of 2019 are Chloe Bell, Andrew Gottron, and Amanda Hitchcock. Salutatorians are Samuel Boys, Chloe Chung, Asia Foreman, and Nicole Keenan.
A number of students were honored with special awards unique to Dayton Christian School. Bailey Mershad and Magnolia Garrett received the Esther Award for showing courageous faith in a challenging culture. Samuel Rei was given the Joshua Award for displaying positive participation and leadership at Dayton Christian High School.
Samuel Boys and Amanda Hitchcock received the Solomon/Lydia Award for showing consistent wisdom and a discerning heart in their endeavors at DCHS. The Mary Award, voted upon by the senior class, went to Magnolia Garrett for her consistent and faithful walk with Christ.
Charge to the Graduates: Press On!
Finally, Reverend Robert Lyons gave the charge to the graduates and encouraged them to press on, referring to Philippians 3:13-14.
“The meaning here is to go after something with the intention of catching it,” said Lyons. “It is more than desire, more than passion, more than hard work. God has given each of you graduates a target just for you. Chase your target. Don’t jog after it. Run. Chase it like your life depends upon it.”
Congratulations, Class of 2019! May God bless your future plans!