Grace Academy graduates 20 students

July 13, 2009

On May 30, Grace Academy celebrated the commencement of the class of 2009. The commencement ceremony included 20 students.

The class was challenged by high school English teacher Duane Rotz to live a life of commitment.

He challenged the students to be committed to their relationship to God, other people and one day, to their spouses.

Rotz spoke to the students of the fact that we live in a society that is no longer committed to anything.

However, if the students show commitment to a purpose, they can make a difference in the world, he said.

Linda Gilbert of Kaplan University, Hagerstown campus, presented awards to two graduating seniors.

Diana Robison was awarded a $2,500 scholarship toward her plans to study computer forensics.

Shane Burkett was awarded an $8,000 scholarship and will pursue studies in the criminal justice program.

Shane was also awarded the Citizenship Award, which is given to the student who shows leadership in the classroom, in student life and represents what it means to be a biblically educated citizen.


The class of 2009 totaled $252,000 in scholarship money toward higher education.

Diplomas were presented by Eric Barger, Grace Academy board chairman, and Jack Appleby, headmaster.

Class salutatorian was Steven Wolfe, son of Robert and Susan Wolfe of Smithsburg. Steven will attend Bridgewater College in the fall.

Class valedictorian was Isaiah Kimpel, son of Frances and Donna Kimpel of Charles Town, W.Va.

Isaiah will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.

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