Victory grads ‘extremely glad’

May. 23, 2014 @ 09:28 PM

Though Victory Christian School’s Class of 2014 was small, the pride and joy students and families felt at their accomplishments knew no bounds.

Before the ceremony Friday, Christian Bowes, Daniel Carey, Josh Eaves and Waverly Saunders sequestered themselves in a room, donning navy blues caps and gowns.

Teacher Debbie Easter straightened ties and mortarboards and urged the would-be graduates to fasten the top button of their white Oxford shirts.

They snuck peeks through a one-way mirror into the sanctuary of Victory Baptist Church at pews filling rapidly with friends and family.

Members of the school’s 2014 graduating class said they plan on going to college or straight to work.

Debbie Easter gave out several awards, including one for perfect attendance — which was given to Bowes, Carey and Saunders. Eaves only missed school because of illness. Bowes said his grandmother instilled in him the importance of attending school every single day.

Saunders, his parents said, hadn’t missed a day of school since pre-kindergarten. He said he never got sick during the school week, just on weekends.

Carey, the salutatorian, said he was grateful to his teachers, family, friends and his classmates for helping him to make it to this milestone.

“To my fellow graduates, we began high school as children, but we leave here as adults,” he said. “Victory Christian has given us a strong education.”

Valedictorian Saunders said he would never have made it as far as he did without the support of his parents, family, friends and God.

“The love each person has showed to me … has been my driving force,” he said.

The Rev. Ricky Easter, pastor and administrator of the school, said he was so proud of the graduates.

Even after 27 years, he said, he still gets choked up during the ceremony, especially when the seniors hand out roses to their mothers and grandmothers.

For his part, Eaves said he was just “extremely happy” to have finally graduated.

“Go home and think about it,” he said of his immediate plans.

At the end of the ceremony, Saunders leaped from the stage, clicking the heels of his brown cowboy boots together in a jubilant expression of the joy of graduating high school.

 

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