by Kaylee Bandstra/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The class of 2019 graduated on Saturday, May 18. Head senior sponsor Dan Vermeer opened the ceremony in prayer. Parker Schnell was the senior class speaker. In his speech, he compared the seniors’ lives to a Rubik’s cube and gave 9.5 steps to success. “Unlike this Rubik’s cube, you can’t watch a ten-minute video on how to solve it. But that’s ok cause life wasn’t meant to be solved. It was meant to be experienced and to reflect God’s glory,” said Schnell.
Pastor Doug Van Der Pol, from Oskaloosa Bethel CRC, father of graduate Olivia Van Der Pol, addressed the class by telling them to follow God, not their heart. His sermon was based on the class verse, Proverbs 19:21-Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. He said that many graduates will be told to follow their heart, but the Bible states that the heart is deceitful.
After the class was presented with their diplomas, the Concert Choir sang “Child of God” and “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord.”
Biology teacher Audra Faber, administrative assistant Penne Fox, and food service staff Rayma Rozendaal were recognized for 20 years of service.
Reverend Daniel Smith, father of graduate Natasha Smith, closed the ceremony with prayer. Both graduates and audience ended with singing the Pella Christian Alma Mater, and the class of 2019 officially finished their high school career.