Over the weekend many of us went about our normal business. Everyone on my block used the wonderful weather to cut our lawns. For some, the weekend was a celebration of spring and a bright new year. A group of students from Community Christian School had reason to do the same after being honored for their achievements in an elaborate ceremony. Earlier in the week, Goodday was invited to observe as CCS congratulated some of their graduates.
School Administrator Doug Jefferson stood proud in front of an archway decorating the inside of the school. The Warrior colors on full display with his audience of primary and secondary students waving little flags of purple. With all in attendance, Jefferson wasted no time. A quick welcome to friends, family, and neighbors before going on to talk about how happy he was for this incredible group of young people. He talked about how he could see the good work the Lord was doing in the lives of their students and led us all in a prayer, asking that God continue to watch over them every step in their path. Jefferson making sure to offer a prayer after introduction and accolades for each of the seniors.
Many kudos were in order this day as a roster of eight seniors were making big moves in step with their futures. Jefferson started with a quick-fire round of mentions for the students who were still looking at options for colleges. To spare just a little time folks and the need to repeat it, most of these graduates are members of CCS’s incredible sports programs. These kid’s work and dedication along with an impressive support system is proof in the concept that CCS was built on. That a quality Christian Curriculum with focus on the children can result in teaching that brings opportunities to students while teaching them how to make the most of it.
Doug started with Joshua Guzman who was still looking at options going into the ceremony. A sentiment echoed by the next senior Kylie Maness. Jefferson spoke about both as athletic all-stars and how proud he was of their diligence. Sharing in their respective prayers that he has no doubt they will do well and be guided to where they can do the most. A confidence that Jefferson clearly shared equally with all in his care. Speaking on it loudly with mention to the next student Halee Petrie. Excitement abounded for Mrs. Halee as she was soon to be wed. Doug seemingly over the moon that his students would find true love and how he looked forward to the wedding. Describing Mrs. Halee as someone who carries the values of CCS in her heart.
The celebration continued with mention of Donovan Diviney. Another impeccable athlete who was coming off an impressive 4 state championships. Taking top in High Bar, Pommel Horse, Vault, and All-Around Competition, Mr. Donovan has evident talent. Everyone cheering with flags waving as they revealed he would be going to O.U. Oh, you better not forget about Elaina Buchanan. Jefferson talked about convincing Elainia to play volleyball as well as basketball and how impressed he had been with her efforts. How he saw her heart in everything she set her mind to and would be proud to see her go on to Howard Payne University. Miss Buchanan joined the others assembled under the archway to cheers and good luck wishes for her walk on tryout with the school.
The CCS staff wanted to give a special shoutout to a student who couldn’t be at the ceremony. From everyone, we salute you Riggin Parker. The young man missed the event due to attending his service negotiations. It has been confirmed he will be going into the Navy and will be leaving in Sept.
Mr. Jefferson called on Hena Spahic next. A young woman from Bosnia who has put together an incredible string of accolades in her two years with Community Christian. MVP ranking, state championships, insane point totals, Doug remarked that this young lady was stellar on the court and in academics. Currently on track to tie for valedictorian, Miss Spahic is already looking at offers from U.T.A, Texas State University, Tarleton State, and Texas Tech. Hena threw her hands up at the options as if it say ‘who do I pick’. Fair and difficult choices for her moving forward, but a moment of levity for her family watching from Bosnia via live feed. Miss Hena received an additional award from MaxPreps for Player of the Week, taking home a certificate and expecting a patch for her letter jacket.
Doug rounded out the event with introduction of Elizabeth Blevins. He made mention to the kids in the audience, that he hoped they would aspire to be where these students were. Especially this last, who’s beyond stellar academics will have her graduating CCS as valedictorian and an Associate degree from Weatherford College. Miss Blevins has been attending CCS since Pre-K and put in the extra work to take advantage of Community Christian’s dual credit programs as early as eighth grade. This literal awesome example of diligence will see her going to the University of Texas with a college GPA of 3.58. Jefferson remarked how this young lady couldn’t make a ‘B’ and called her accomplishments nothing short of amazing.
Our time came to a cheerful close with pictures of family, friends, and coaches. The younger students begrudgingly turning in their flags but happily returning to their classes. We at Goodday couldn’t really tell the difference between faculty and family as we looked back from the doors to the school. Everyone dressed up and excited at all the prospects, we have no doubt these young ladies and gentlemen will do well and more. They have all the right hands to guide them, with prayers and best wishes from us all.
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