Senior Convocation

By Valerie Curtis

 

By Valerie Curtis

 

There’s no such thing as an ordinary chapel. But once a year in the month of September there is a special service dedicated to the soon-to-be-graduated class of seniors. Tuesday morning of September night had a typical beginning, but after students had filed in and found their seats, the seniors made a special entrance.

In neat order, they marched down the aisles to the front rows, a foreshadowing of their grander procession to be made at the conclusion of this year. Freed for a day from the burden of uniforms, the seniors had dressed up nicely for the occasion, joined by their parents. There was many a camera flash as Mr. Overstreeet started the service with a welcome and a prayer.

And it wouldn’t be a proper senior convocation without some excellent display of musical talent. Special music was provided by Grace Yoon, on the piano, and Grace Joo on the violin. It was amazing to see our own seniors showing just a fraction of their capabilities. This senior class is clearly gifted in music, and it blessed everyone in the chapel.

Anna Benko read the scripture, Isaiah 41:10:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

It’s a very familiar text to most of us, and that can make us overlook what a powerful message it is. We truly have nothing to fear-God has us in His hand, and He will protect us and shelter us.

This year the class motto is Bene in Christo, which means Success through Christ. Whitley Elzy had the honor of revealing the class of 2014’s banner. The motto was written out on the silver and navy blue banner, the class’s colors, along with their aim: He who is afraid of failure is afraid of success.

Our senior class is a very ambitious, promising group of young people. There is no reason to doubt that they will lead very successful lives. It has been seen by staff and students alike that this class can do anything they set their mind to. Their motto and aim express this very well.

Duane Covrig, a father of one of the senior students, was the speaker for the convocation. He talked about the class’s aim and motto. He gave encouragement and advice to the people about to take the next big step in their lives, reminding them that only through God can we truly be successful.

Carrie Chao and Steven Atkins, which much obvious pride, presented to the school and parents the soon-to-be graduating class of 2014. After the applause, Overstreet delivered his charge to the class. Joel Paea, the senior class president, gave his response to the class and the parents.

Daniel Ghisolf-Astacio, senior class pastor, closed the service with prayer.

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