HCA Celebrates the Successes of 2016 Graduates and Faculty
Graduation 2016 is now but a memory in hearts, photo albums, and conversations, however Highlands Christian Academy will remember fondly the 43 graduates, their Christian testimonies, academic successes, and excitement for God’s leading in the future. The Baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 22 featured reflection speeches by Kennethson Armstrong, Shaina Califano, Leticia Felicio, Icaro Marques, Marina Scherer, and Hunter Walton. The message was then presented by Grace Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Dr. Brian Wingenroth, who challenged the class with a message, This is Your Life, taken from Psalm 90. The senior trip class to Europe, which Pastor and Mrs. Wingenroth chaperoned, provided a backdrop for the comments shared.
At the end of the service, four teachers were recognized for being awarded “Teacher of the Year” by various community groups in the final month of the school year: Mr. Jarod Ebenhack by the Deerfield Beach Rotary Club, Mrs. Robin Peters by the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Mrs. Brittany Brown and Mrs. Shannon Ratzlaff by both the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce and Highlands Christian Academy. Dr. James Virtue–teacher, principal, superintendent, and most recently staff development administrator at HCA–was honored for his 46 years of faithful service to Christian education. Teachers recognized for various increments of service at HCA were Mrs. Bethany Attard and Mrs. Debbie Trent for 5 years, Mrs. Debbie Wingenroth and Mrs. Akleema Jhagru for 10 years, Mrs. Ginger Alvarez for 25 years, and Mrs. Rose Brisco for 35 years.
Commencement the following Friday night, May 27, was celebrated by a full auditorium of family, friends, and faculty as the graduates were honored for the achievement of this milestone. The speaker for the service, Mr. Brad Jones, Senior Pastor of City Church of Pompano Beach, shared a message based on Isaiah’s vision of God and the goals and aspirations of the graduates.
As each senior was presented with a diploma, a special slide tribute was shown to highlight individual activities and academic successes. Many students were recognized with Bright Future and other academic and athletic scholarships represented by an array of colleges and universities. Fifteen seniors graduated with “Honors” and eleven graduated with “High Honors.” The HCA administration and faculty congratulate Valedictorian Vishal Jhagru, Salutatorian Rachel Thurn, and the entire class of 2016. Headmaster Ken Lopez shares, “Highlands Christian Academy desires and prays for God’s blessings on these graduates with the expectation of many future accomplishments.”