Lee Christian emphasizes role of God, family to 16 graduates

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Become difference makers in the world — with Christ by your side.

That was the message conveyed to 16 Lee Christian School seniors who received their diplomas Thursday night at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center as family members and friends cheered in the audience. Those who shaped their education urged the graduates to rely on God as they moved into the next chapter of their lives. 

The world has been drastically altered in recent years, but Lee County Commissioner and commencement speaker Jim Womack said Lee Christian has prepared the seniors to tackle their future.

The graduates "managed ... to attend a truly blessed institution at Lee Christian School" through God's grace and their families, Womack said. "And to achieve a first-class education, one that has prepared you for any number of paths."

Womack encouraged the cohort to finish school, make smart personal decisions, practice charity, pay attention to their health and become fiscally responsible. They live in the most blessed nation in the world, he said,  and they must rise to the occasion.

"I have no doubt the young graduates are ready," Womack said. "Your family, your church and your school has prepared you. Now it is up to you."

Christina Hanby, the salutatorian of the class, thanked the graduating class, their families and friends for all of the support, love and dedication shown to them throughout their time at Lee Christian.

"Lee Christian School has made each and every one of us stronger — both spiritually and academically," she said.

All of the teachers and administrators have dedicated themselves to helping the graduating class become men and women of God, Hanby said.

"It is thanks to everyone involved that each of the graduates here today is equipped with the resources to overcome any obstacle that may come our way," she said.

During the presentation of the scholarships, Valedictorian Thomas Joyner was presented with his certificate of acceptance to The United States Military Academy at West Point by Lt. Col. Kathryn Vollert.

During his address, Joyner said the class was rooted in compassion, loyalty, willingness to serve others and desire to succeed.

"Now, as we prepare our next step, we stand ready and fully confident in our strength of Christ," he said, "prepared for any adversity we may face, and to give us the power to lead."