Crossroads Charter Academy graduates 38

 

 

BIG RAPIDS — The sounds of victory pealed across the football field at Crossroads Charter Academy High School Sunday afternoon as each member of the Class of 2015 took a turn ringing the victory bell.

As soon as the 38 graduates exited the gymnasium, they were led outside to the football field and asked to line up.

“Some of you may have rung this bell during your time as a student, but today you all get to ring the bell one last time because today is your victory day,” high school teacher Timothy Locker told the class.

Ringing the bell on their high school careers was the final touch in a graduation ceremony that highlighted the students’ achievements over the past 13 years.

Valedictorian Amber Guernsey told everyone how hard it was to write her speech because she couldn’t bear to think of saying goodbye to her classmates and the school, which was home for all of them.

“It may not be where we rest our heads at night, but it’s where we grew up,” she said. “Every minute you’ve spent in these halls has changed your life.”

Salutatorian Joseph Balanda focused his speech on several quotes, most notably one from Yoda: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

“This is an amazing mindset to have — it will take you far in life,” he said. “We sure didn’t try — we did. We graduated.”

Keynote speaker Kendall Schroeder, formerly a teacher and principal with CCA, reminded graduates of their first day of kindergarten and their first day in the middle/high school and compared it to graduation day. One important difference stuck out for graduation, however.

“There isn’t a format, or a blueprint, or a combination you can take with you and follow to a ‘T’ now,” Schroeder said. “This is your time to take the journey you want to take.”

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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