Broadfording Christian Academy held its graduation ceremony May 23, highlighted by a candlelight recession for each of the 20 graduates following the ceremony.
The school had three co-valedictorians: Ashley Marie Burkett, Anne Elizabeth Hunt and Bethany Michelle Yeager.
Burkett is the daughter of Richard and Denise Burkett of Greencastle, Pa.
She is interested in a wide variety of activities, including sports (mainly soccer), reading and writing, singing and drama, photography and the outdoors. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the school’s choir, The BCA Ambassadors and the student council.
Ashley has been accepted into the College Honors Program at Messiah College, where she plans to major in pre-med biopsycology and minor in English.
She hopes to attend medical school and become a doctor.
Her speech was titled “Who Am I?”
Ashley was the recipient of the Senior High Academic Achievement Award and received the Robin Angle Award, BCA’s highest award, which is for a combination of Christian character, citizenship and school spirit.
In addition, Ashley earned her high school credits at BCA as a full- time student. She was also able to earn an additional 19 college credits as an Essence student at Hagerstown Community College.
She earned the Messiah College President’s Scholarship and the Mountain View Waste Management Scholarship.
Hunt is the daughter of Philip and Debra Hunt of Hagerstown.
Anne is interested in Young Life, volleyball, cheerleading, singing, the Worship Team, drama productions, working at WJEJ radio station and vacation Bible school. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the school’s choir, the BCA Ambassadors.
She will attend HCC for two years and plans to transfer to Hood College, where she will major in communications and broadcasting.
She hopes to pursue a career as a TV talk show host, a newscaster or a sideline reporter.
Her speech was titled “Seek God’s Direction.”
Anne was the recipient of the Christian Character Award.
She was an Essence student at HCC, where she was nominated for and participated in the Kepler Scholar Leadership Program.
She is one of four recipients of the Maugansville Ruritan Scholarship.
Yeager is the daughter of Glenn and Margie Yeager of Hagerstown.
Bethany said her biggest passion is God.
She enjoys working with horses as much as possible.
School is a priority and she is also interested in martial arts. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
She plans to attend Ignite Academy, a Bible college, this fall, and from there, wherever God sends her.
The title of her speech was “Choose for Yourself.”
Maria Pifer of Mercersburg, Pa., received the Citizenship Award, which includes a savings bond from the Longmeadow Merchants Association. She has also received a scholarship for winning Miss Frostburg and will be going to the Miss Maryland Pageant this week. She plans to attend Christ for the Nations Institute in Texas.
Katie Connoly of Boonsboro received the Senior High Academic Achievement Award and the School Spirit Award. She plans to attend HCC to play basketball for the Hawks. She plans to transfer to a four-year college.
The Class of 2012 included Carly Anna Bird, Timothy James Campagna, Curtis McGill Croson, Valerie Elizabeth Downs, Joseph Franklin Garrish, Anne Elizabeth Hunt, Jessica Lynn Kelbaugh, Rachelle Ann Myer, Andrew John Torres, Zachary Chance Wolfe, Ashley Marie Burkett, Katrina Marie Connolly, Seth Earl Dieter, Zachary Tyler Fields, Isaac Paul Horvat, Robert Lima Irving, Tia Marie Kindle, Maria Gabrielle Pifer, Michael Clair Torres and Bethany Michelle Yeager.