Gilead Christian School (GCS) graduation ceremony honored ten seniors for their accomplishments. Each of the ten graduates is looking forward to attending an institution of higher learning or beginning their employment.
In her speech, Salutatorian, Lauren Millinger painted a picture of the fun, the personalities and friendships at GCS. She spoke of the special family aspect of the school and the great relationships with teachers and students. Valedictorian, McKennah Gilkerson highlighted each individual in the class as well as the teachers and parents.
“Embrace who you are,” Gilkerson said, “You have so much to offer.”
GCS Guidance Counselor, Gina Kinnard listed the awards and scholarships received by seniors. Lauren Millinger received the $11,000 Trustee Scholarship from Malone U. Bradley Mohre received the Chancellor’s Scholar Award from Cedarville U. of $11,000 and the GCS Athletic Booster’s Scholarship for $500.
Michaela Snavely received scholarships totaling $19,978 from Mount Vernon Nazarene U. Lucas Standley received the Boys State award from American Legion Post 710 of $500. Hannah Swanson received scholarships from Ohio State U. and GCS Athletic Boosters for $500 each. Eric Gray received the Morrow County Pork Producer Scholarship of $500. Lauren Millinger received the Cleo Dixon Scholarship of $500.
The program listed the future plans for each graduate. Breanna Fleak plans to attend Columbus State Nursing program. Salutatorian, Mekennah Gilkerson will attend the Iris Ministries Harvest School in Mozambique and hopes to become an Au Pair. Nadia Grubb will participate in the Arizona State University online program. Salutatorian, Lauren Millinger will major in zoology at Malone University.
Bradley Mohre will attend Cedarville University and plans to major in business administration. Michaela Snavely will join the nursing program at Mount Vernon Nazarene College. Lucas Standley looks forward to a career in public safety service and he will be at Tri-Rivers Center for Adult Education. Samuel Stiffler will be employed at the Mason Dairy Farm and McChesney Farms. Hannah Swanson will attend the Ohio State University in early childhood education.
Guest Speaker and former GCS Administrator, Jim McMillan challenged graduates to follow their heart, to learn what God’s purpose is for their life, and to reach out to the world with their gifts to honor God.
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