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Heritage Academy graduates 10 students

June 23, 2013
  • The Heritage Academy Class of 2013: Stephen Fultz, Zachary Muller, Adam Long, Emily Hanlin, Collin Poyle, Bryce Nigh, Kara Stamper, Tristan Prejean, Benjamin Cosner and Jonathon Kriner.
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Heritage Academy presented diplomas to 10 students on May 24.

Tristan Prejean, son of Austin and Lisa Prejean of Clear Spring, was the class valedictorian with a 4.47 grade-point average. 

Tristan has been accepted into the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.  He is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in the honors college.

During his senior year, Tristan served as student government president, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and was a member of the Key club.

Tristan challenged his classmates to follow the Christian examples of their parents and teachers.

He reminded his classmates that true wisdom comes from God.

He challenged them saying, “Stay in church, delve into your Bibles and make sure you know what’s in there and what you believe.”

Zachary Muller, son of John and Marci Muller of Hagerstown, was the salutatorian with a 4.03 GPA.

Zachary will major in history at Cedarville University. 

He was the parliamentary leader in the National Honor Society and a member of the Key Club.

Zachary used the school mascot, the eagle, as an analogy to remind his classmates that it was time to leave the nest and learn to fly. 

During the ceremony, students were recognized for academic achievements, exemplary conduct and community service.

Several special awards were given that evening.

Benjamin Cosner, son of Troy and Carrie Cosner of Clear Spring, received the prestigious Vimont award and scholarship given in honor of the first headmaster of the school.

The award is presented in recognition of Christ-like character and a servant’s heart.

Ben also received the Asaph Award named after a writer of many of the Psalms in the Bible. The award is given to a student who has actively participated in the school’s music program all four years of high school.

Retired Lt. Col. Gene Mizdail, representing the U.S. Army Cadet Command, presented Bryce Nigh with a four-year ROTC scholarship to Ohio University.

Collin Poyle was recognized for his contribution to the school yearbook, the Conqueror, as the assistant editor.

Kara Stamper was commended for her work as the yearbook editor. She received the Journalism Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to the journalism department during all four years of high school.

Suanne Woodring, from the Washington County Cracker Barrel Magazine, presented Kara with the Frank Woodring Excellence in Journalism Award in memory of Frank Woodring, who started the school’s journalism program in 1971.

 The senior class recited their class verse, Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

They sang their class song, “Strong Tower,” before presenting roses to their mothers and grandmothers.

Other special music included sophomore Benjamin Fultz playing the prelude and the high school choir singing “Trumpet in the Morning” and “Irish Blessing.”

Senior Adam Long and junior Becky Brewer sang a challenge to the parents titled “Cherish the Moment.”

Four graduates have attended Heritage since they were in kindergarten: Zach Muller, Bryce Nigh, Tristan Prejean and Kara Stamper. Kara is also a “second generation” graduate; her mother Karen graduated from Heritage in 1983.

The speaker for the event was Pastor Aaron Hartman. Hartman, the youth pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Boonsboro, spoke on I Thessalonians 5:24: “Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it.” He pointed out to the graduates that God has promised to be faithful in helping each of them fulfill what He has called them to — salvation, separation and service.

Thanks to the efforts of Heritage’s IT director, Allen Robinson, this year’s graduation ceremony was watched live via Skype in Afghanistan where Bill Long, father of senior Adam Long, is serving.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, senior class president Benjamin Cosner presented Nicole Gaylor, the junior class president, with a lighted candle symbolizing the transferring of the student leadership to the class of 2014.

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