By: Susan Gum // May 31th, 2019 // Stories
Friday, May 24, marked a milestone for Delmarva Christian High School. Not only did the school celebrate its 15th Commencement, it added another 58 graduates; the largest graduating class to date. The six o’clock ceremony opened with DCHS National Honor Society members Abby Agapito, Jorja Eppehimer, Caitlin Milliken, and Ashlyn Stonebraker presenting the Symbols of Faith and Reagan Theis singing the National Anthem. Prayer, remarks from the DCS Head of School, and the processional followed.
“The Lord has blessed us in so many ways over the past 17 years,” said DCS Head of School Matt Kwiatkowski. “Over 500 students will have graduated from DCHS by the end of this ceremony. Each class has continued to raise the bar and has established a new baseline of excellence for future students to follow.”
The evening continued with senior addresses, an inspirational guest speaker message, special music provided by DCHS Praise & Worship team members, and award recognitions to include the announcement of this year’s salutatorian and valedictorian
Recognitions began with the introduction of the 2019 DCHS Salutatorian Max Kichline by DCHS Bible teacher Dan Walton.
“Max is a student who is driven, talented, smart, and selfless. He always puts all his energy into whatever he does, and he never quits, “ said Mr. Walton. “I believe that the Lord is going to bless and use Max as he pursues his passions, and I look forward to hearing about the adventures that the Lord takes Max on.”
Following, DCHS English teacher Kelley Ridley took to the podium and introduced the 2019 DCHS Valedictorian—Holly Baker.
Reflecting on Holly’s accomplishment Mrs. Ridley said, “I am truly grateful and honored for the opportunity to introduce such a brilliant young lady with incredible dignity. Holly has certainly had a profound impact on me, and I am inspired by her dedication and integrity. Her acuity in literature and writing has always been impressive, along with her insights and desire to keep learning.”
Mrs. Ridley continued by acknowledging a little known fact about the honoree.
“Having the recognition of Valedictorian is an honor in itself, but what further makes this incredibly special for Holly is that her two older sisters, both DCHS alumni, also earned the same title!” said Mrs. Ridley.
Additionally, Sarah Layton was honored with the 2019 Royal Service Award and Jordyn DiFava was named as the 2019 Royal of the Year.
“Annually, the staff chooses to recognize the student who has demonstrated, most consistently, a positive Christian witness and has exceeded all ‘service to community’ requirements,” said Kwiatkowski as he defined the Royal Service Award. Mr. Kwiatkowski continued by explaining that the Royal of the Year Award is conferred upon the graduating senior who best exemplifies the mission of Delmarva Christian Schools which is ‘to proclaim the Gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically, and physically to know and do God’s will in their lives.’