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RC seniors keep the faith for 13 years
It was a packed house for the graduation. - photo by HIME ROMERO
RIPON – Some have been classmates for the past 13 years,

On Friday, Ripon Christian High’s Class of 2010 bid adieu as part of the commencement exercises.

All told, 66 seniors received their diplomas before their parents, family, friends, teachers, administrators, staff and school board members.

They were led by valedictorian Courtney Jespersen and salutatorian Rebeka Simpa.

“In the next few months, some of us will be traveling the country to attend college,” said Jespersen, who was a recent recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from California State University, Stanislaus.

Simpa, for one, is scheduled to go to Covenant College, a religious liberal arts school located in Lookout Mountain, GA. She provided the farewell from the graduates along with the closing prayer.

Students marched into the gymnasium in sync to the traditional tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” as performed by the RC Graduation Band.

Superintendent Dave Lyon welcomed those in attendance while board President Chris Van Groningen led in the invocation and devotions.

Those present were encouraged to join the graduating class in the singing of “Amazing Grace / My Chains are Gone.”

Senior representative Tyler Goslinga had the honors of presenting the class gift to the school along with introducing Principal Mary Ann Sybesma.

“The Class of 2010 is an exceptional group of students,” she said.

Sybesma took pride that many of these graduates have chosen to continue their education after high school, noting the number of awards and scholarships they earned.

For some, she said, plans of the future could change but she encouraged them to maintain the faith.

As an example, Sybesma used her own career path.

“I thought maybe about becoming a teacher,” she said. “I never saw myself as a principal.”

Sybesma, in addition, presented the class for the distribution of diplomas and Bibles.

For the finale, the Ripon Christian graduates departed to the recessional tune, “Coronation March.”