Grace Academy presents diplomas to 15 students

June 23, 2013
  • The Class of 2013 includes, front row from left, Yuanhua (Emily) Zhang, Subin Hong, Caitlin Cox, Marley Weagly, Keshia Harney and Hanna Eby. Middle row, Wenxin (Gary) Gao, Yunsik (Joe) Kim, Camryn Steward and Donghoon (Tony) Hahn. Back row, Rebecca House, Nafisa Adil, Anthony Jacques, Courtney Twigg and Jessica Gladhill.
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Grace Academy presented diplomas to 15 students on May 25.

Camryn Steward, son of Jeff and Alison Steward of Chambersburg, Pa., was the class valedictorian.

Retired Lt. Col. Gene Mizdail, representing the U.S. Army Cadet Command, awarded Camryn with an ROTC Scholarship.

Camryn also received the Joseph E. Michael award for Christian character. This is the most prestigious award given by Grace Academy to the student who best exemplifies Christian character in all aspects both in and out of school. 

He was also recently honored with the True Grit award.  

Camryn plans to attend Dickinson College. 

Rebecca House was class salutatorian.

The daughter of Jay and Laura House of Greencastle, Pa., Rebecca is spending the summer in Ekalaka, Mont., at Trail’s End Ranch.

There she will be assisting at a Christian camp and caring for horses. Rebecca would like to become certified in therapeutic riding.

The Mary C. Michael award for most improved student went to Keshia Harney. The award recognizes a student who has improved socially, academically and spiritually.  Keshia also received the Brad Browning Memorial Scholarship. Keshia plans to attend Messiah College in the fall.

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, was awarded to Caitlin Cox. Caitlin plans to attend Frederick (Md.) Community College.

A new award was given this year in memory of Nancy Perrow, who served at Grace Academy for more than 20 years as an elementary teacher. Perrow persevered with optimism and great spirit through difficult circumstances, and thus the award was named The Nancy Perrow Determination Award. The award was given to Courtney Twigg.  Courtney plans to attend Hagerstown Community College.

Another new award this year was the Good Knight award, which was given to Cox and Steward for attending Grace Academy from kindergarten through 12th grade. 

Cox also received the All Sports Award for playing every sport all four years.

Six of the graduating students were foreign exchange students with one exchange student, Donghoon (Tony) Hahn, attending Grace for all four years of high school.  Subin Hong and Yunsik (Joe) Kim both attended Grace for three of their high school years.

The Grace Girls Ensemble sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Friends are Friends Forever,” and the 11th-grade class lined the aisle, lighting candles for the seniors to walk through as they left their high school days behind.

Diplomas were presented by Pastor Michael Cole, principal, and Ken Garber, board president. 

Recipients were the Class of 2013: Nafisa Adil, Caitlin R. Cox, Hanna M. Eby, Wenxin (Gary) Gao, Jessica M. Gladhill, Donghoon (Tony) Hahn, Keshia L. Harney, Subin Hong, Rebecca L. House, Anthony S. Jacques, Yunsik (Joe) Kim, Camryn M. Steward, Courtney C. Twigg, Marley J. Weagly and Yuanhua (Emily) Zhang.

Pastor Mark Sandell of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church spoke at the baccalaureate service, which was held the previous night.

Duane Rotz, recently honored for his 30 years of service at Grace Academy, was the commencement speaker.

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