Ripon Christian High School graduated 60 seniors Friday night in their packed gymnasium – with countless dreams backed by their deep religious faith in God.
The Ripon High School Graduation band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as the students filed before the audience in the bleachers and on the floor of the gym.
Taylor Vos had been selected as valedictorian and Katie Donoho was named salutatorian with close to $2 million in scholarships awarded to members of the Class of 2013. Vos was the class speaker and Donoho served as the salutatorian. Twenty percent of the class had straight A’s and higher. Another 35 grads finished their high school years with 3.5 grade point average or higher.
The top 10 academic scholars and their choice of colleges included Kaylie Colyn, Dort College; Rachel De Vries, Calvin College; Katie Donoho, University of San Diego; Nathan Hekman, Dort College; Emily Hoeksema, Covenant College; Dominic Nelson, Cal Baptist University; Natalie Prins, Cal Baptist University; Stephanie Van de Pol, Cal Poly SLO; John Vander Molen, Calvin College and Taylor Vos, Point Loma University.
Superintendent of Ripon Christian Schools welcomed the audience as did board President Brian Vos who led the invocation and devotions. School Principal Eric Segaar introduced the class.
School board members Sue Eastham, Kevin Prins, Viv Schuller and Brian Vos awarded the diplomas to the students and presented them with Bibles with graduates singing the class song together, “Proof of Your Love.”
Salutatorian Katie Donoho gave a farewell speech and offered the closing prayer followed by Principal Eric Segaar making his formal presentation of the Class of 2013 with the students marching out in a recessional to the music of the RC High School Graduation Band.