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Highlands Introduces & Congratulates the Class of 2020!

Highlands Introduces & Congratulates the Class of 2020!

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Highlands Christian Academy is pleased to introduce and congratulate the Class of 2020!

 

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Valedictorian, Ana Nikolic!
Ana, an international student from Belgrade, Serbia, came to Highlands in tenth grade. During her three years at Highlands, she has been involved in Thespians, National Honor Society, volleyball, quiz team, yearbook, Junior-Senior committee, and tutoring. When asked what she loves most about Highlands, Ana shares, “I have loved being in the theatre program. Some of my favorite memories are from attending the Thespian competitions.” Ana was awarded Critic’s Choice for her performance this year, and she was honored to perform contrasting monologues for a full arena during the awards ceremony.

Ana says she values her teachers at Highlands: “They are very kind people who are always ready to listen and give any advice you could need.” When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, Ana shared that she misses being able to enjoy the full experience of her senior year. “I have learned to appreciate going to school much more. I miss being able to see all my friends and favorite teachers.

Ana’s favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Ana, congratulations on your exceptional accomplishments! Our prayers are with you as you graduate from Highlands and plan to attend Florida Atlantic University in the fall.

“I have appreciated Ana’s consistency. If she asked a question in class about something she didn’t agree with and the answer was not what she might have wanted, she accepted it with grace. I really enjoyed having her in class.” – Mrs. Amy Allen, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Salutatorian, Ciara Huntley!
Ciara, Highlands LIFER, is the sister of Janel Huntley (2015). Ciara began attending Highlands in K3. During her 15 years at Highlands, she has been involved in volleyball, basketball, track and field, band, theatre, class officer in student government, National Junior Honor Society, and National Honor Society. When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, she said, “It’s bittersweet. I miss being on campus, but I also like doing online learning because I can go at my own pace…I miss being with my friends and teachers the most.”

Ciara shares that one of the things she loves most about Highlands is that students are able “to build relationships with their teachers.” She says, “I appreciate that they keep me disciplined with all the work that I am assigned.”

Ciara’s favorite Bible verses are John 3:16-17: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Ciara, congratulations on your fine accomplishments! Our prayers are with you as you graduate from Highlands and plan to attend either University of Central Florida or Florida A & M University in the fall.

“Ciara, it’s been a privilege to see all you create in the art room. I hope you use this gift in your life so others can be blessed like I was.” – Miss Lauren Moxey, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Christian Barthelemy!
Christian began attending Highlands in tenth grade, and his nicknames include “The Black Seal” and “Big Fella.” He has been involved in both soccer and swimming. As a Highlands swimmer, Christian had the opportunity to be an inspiration to future Knights swimmers. He shares that although school during the Coronavirus pandemic has been a struggle for him, he knows that for this time it is God’s will. Christian’s favorite quote is from his dad who reminds him to “do it all to the glory of God.”

Christian plans to attend Broward College in the fall. His favorite Bible verse is Daniel 3:25: “He said, Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

“Christian, I am going to miss your cheerful greetings every day. You are very talented, and I know you will be a bright light for Christ wherever you go.” – Mrs. Monica Colón, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Sydney Blackburn!
Sydney, Highlands LIFER, came to Highlands as a 1st grader. She has been involved in many activities during those 12 years including volleyball, basketball, track, and yearbook. When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, she shared that although online learning is going great, “I really miss being in the classroom with my classmates. All the teachers who spend time helping me with my studies are greatly appreciated.” One of the things she has most enjoyed about being a student at Highlands is the positive environment, getting to meet new people, and “having the opportunity to see progress in my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Sydney’s favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 2:5: “Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.”

“Sydney, it’s so awesome to see how God has blessed your talents in track and field. I can’t wait to see where He will lead you next.” – Miss Lauren Moxey, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Ashlee Blackwell!
Ashlee began attending Highlands in sixth grade. During the seven years that “Ash” has been at Highlands, she has been involved in softball, chorus, fall plays, spring musicals, Thespians, and yearbook. Ashlee loves to act and says, “I enjoy Thespians the most because we would go on trips together as a troupe for our competitions.” One of the things Ashlee values most about her education at Highlands is, “how the teachers at Highlands work to make sure that the students understand the curriculum and will take the time to help.” Regarding school during the Coronavirus pandemic, Ashlee shares, “It has felt quite different not being on campus for school. I have missed my friends and seeing the teachers and staff.”

Ashlee’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

“Ashlee, your talent and potential amaze me, and I am so thankful I was able to be a small part of your journey.” – Miss Julie Method, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Daniel Carreras!
Daniel came to Highlands in eleventh grade and is known to some as “Danny, Freddie, or Mr. 305.” He has been involved in homecoming activities, was chosen to be a representative in the 2020 Homecoming Court, and helped at Grace Church’s Vacation Bible School last summer. When asked what he most enjoyed about being a student at Highlands, Daniel said he enjoyed his teachers and friends, “essentially the relationships I have made during my time at Highlands.” He went on to share, “What I really appreciate about my education at Highlands is that the teachers are understanding and compassionate. They are willing to take time out of their day to help a student understand a problem fully.”

Daniel plans to attend college in the fall. His favorite Bible verse is Daniel 2:44: “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people.  It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”

“Daniel, I appreciate your quiet, likeable personality. Your hard work and passion will take you far in life, and I look forward to seeing what God will do through you.” – Mrs. Sandy Robertson, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Megan Deshommes!
Megan, Highlands LIFER, followed in the footsteps of her older siblings who are both alumni, Chris Deshommes (2011), and Harielle Deshommes (2013). Megan came to Highlands as a 1st grader and during her 12 years at Highlands has been involved in volleyball, track, basketball, National Honor Society, MOPS, theatre, student government as a class officer, and yearbook. When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, she shares: “Although online school isn’t terrible and hasn’t affected me dramatically, it’s just not the same as learning face-to-face! I miss seeing my friends and teachers at school.” Some things that Megan has enjoyed most at Highlands are the students as well as class trips, athletic trips, and tournaments. She says, “I appreciate the challenging classes that have prepared us for college.”

Megan’s favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

“I enjoyed Megan’s questions in anatomy. ‘Ms. V, you know like…’ with just the right amount of sass.” – Mrs. Lynne Veynovich, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Anna Foulke!
Anna, Highlands LIFER, came to Highlands as a K3 student. Both her older sister Megan (2018) and her brother Eric also attended Highlands. During Anna’s 15 years at Highlands, she participated in student government as a class officer, National Honor Society, cheerleading, and is senior president of Highlands’ Thespian troupe. When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, she said: “The online learning system has been beneficial because it provides more study time and a flexible schedule…I have missed spending time with my friends and my extracurricular activities the most.” Anna shares that one of the things she loves most about Highlands is the close-knit community of faculty and students. One of her favorite memories is with her elementary art teacher, Mrs. Janet Roads, “I loved learning how to create new things in her class…she always had a smile!”

Anna plans to attend Florida Atlantic University in the fall. Her favorite Bible verse is John 3:20: “He must become greater; I must become less.”

“What I admire most about Anna is how she is empowering young women with disabilities by being an Arc Broward Ambassador.” – Mrs. Lynne Veynovich, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Elijah Headley!
Elijah came to Highlands in ninth grade. During his four years at Highlands, Elijah has been involved in theatre (specializing in lights and sound), track, and yearbook. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Elijah shared: “I actually miss campus, it’s more immersive at school physically. I love the teachers because they really do love the students. I like the challenge of the education…it makes me feel prepared for college.”

Elijah plans to attend Florida Atlantic University. His favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

“Since the day you came into my class, Elijah, you have been my ‘go to’ guy. I am so thankful for your servant’s heart. You will always be part of the family.” – Miss Julie Method, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Phillip Lacroix!
Phillip came to Highlands in ninth grade. During his four years at Highlands, Phillip has been involved in theatre, band, and has competed on the quiz team, which is what he says he has enjoyed most while at Highlands. Phillip shares that during the Coronavirus pandemic, “It has felt pretty isolating to not be on campus with my friends…I miss being able to work in the school environment.” He says that what he appreciates the most about his education at Highlands is “the fact that the teachers are always there to help me.”

Phillip plans to attend Broward College. His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 10:4: “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

“I am proud of your courageous decision to join band in your senior year. I know it was challenging, yet you never gave up.” – Mr. Alberto Altamiranda, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Angel Loriston!
Angel came to Highlands in seventh grade. She has two siblings, DJ and Gabriella, who have attended Highlands as well. Angel has been involved in many activities during her six years at Highlands including volleyball, soccer, basketball, Thespians, student government as a class officer, Junior-Senior committee, and softball, which she says she misses the most. Angel says that what she values most about being at Highlands is small group time with the senior girls. Angel shares about the Coronavirus pandemic: “It’s weird! I actually want to go to school now. Online learning is easy for the most part. I miss seeing everyone…and chapel.”

Angel plans to attend college in the fall. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:8: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

“It has been a pleasure having you in band all these years, I applaud you for your commitment. Allow God to use you to serve others. Abide in Him and you will accomplish great works for His Kingdom.” – Mr. Alberto Altamiranda, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Breanna Mesadieu!
Breanna came to Highlands in tenth grade. She has two siblings, Tatiana and Jeremiah, who attend Highlands as well. During her three years at Highlands, Bre has been involved in varsity cheerleading, softball, Junior-Senior committee, and the praise team for chapel. When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, she shared, “I don’t get to see my friends in person anymore; I miss them a lot. I miss class lessons…online learning gives me a couple more hours to get my work done so I am appreciative of that. I value the amount of help and care I receive from my teachers before and during this quarantine period.” Breanna says she enjoys the environment at Highlands: “The fact that we pray before every class is very refreshing. God’s presence is all around the school and teachers.”

Breanna plans to attend Nova Southeastern University. Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Samuel 16:7: “…The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

“Bre is kindhearted, soft-spoken, and hardworking. I always enjoyed hearing “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon” as she walked into class.” – Mrs. Lynne Veynovich, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Daniel Palhano!
Daniel came to Highlands in eleventh grade. He has been involved in soccer and National Honor Society during his two years at Highlands. While Daniel enjoyed the activities in NHS, he shares: “I love the sports and the hard work the coaches put into you to help you succeed…Not only do they help you on the field, but also off the field.” When asked about how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected him, he shares: “I miss seeing my friends every day. You don’t think about it until you don’t see them anymore.” Daniel says that he prefers learning in the classroom setting: “I like the classroom because you can get help easily from teachers when you need it.

Daniel’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 1:18: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”

“Daniel, I always looked forward to seeing you in class because I enjoy your sense of humor. You always contributed something positive to the class, and I appreciated that.” – Mrs. Lisa Lawrence, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Jonathan Pereira!
Jonathan, Highlands LIFER and skilled athlete, is the brother of Jessica Pereira (2017). Jonathan began attending Highlands in K3. During his 15 years at Highlands, he has been involved in soccer, track, and volleyball. When asked about how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected him, he said: “At first it felt like a long spring break, but after a couple of weeks, I was done with staying at home! Online learning has not been the same as going to classrooms and made me appreciate the value of going to school. I miss hanging out with my friends the most.” He shares that one of the things he appreciates most about his education at Highlands is “the low student-to-teacher ratio, so that teachers can speak to us on a personal level.” Jonathan shares that the soccer program is what he enjoyed most at Highlands. One of his favorite memories is being in Mrs. Valdes’ 2nd grade class. He says, “It was a fun class to be in and some of my best memories are from that year.”

Jonathan plans to attend Florida Atlantic University. His favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

“I’ve enjoyed watching you on the soccer field this year ‘scrapping’ for the ball. You put your whole heart into the game while still having fun.” – Mrs. Sandy Robertson, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Bryan Perrone!
Bryan began attending Highlands in ninth grade. During his four years at Highlands, he has been involved in theatre, yearbook, band, and track and field. Bryan shares that he loves the friendships made at Highlands and “…teachers who are actually interested in their students and interact with them…and want them to pass with flying colors.” When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected him, Bryan says, “I feel as though it has given me much more flexibility on my assignments. I do miss the interactions with my friends during weight training, lunch, and after school.”

Bryan plans to attend Palm Beach State College. His favorite Bible verses are Ephesians 6:6-8: “Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.”

“I appreciate Bryan’s kind nature, friendly disposition, and willingness to do what is asked of him. – Mr. Bill Canning, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Jack Potter!
Jack began attending Highlands in twelfth grade. During his year at Highlands, Jack has enjoyed meeting new friends and playing varsity baseball. He shares, “The teachers care about you at Highlands.” When asked how the Coronavirus has affected him, Jack said, “It’s nice not being on campus because I get to spend more time with my family, but it’s been tough because my senior baseball season was cancelled…I miss seeing all of my friends every day.”

Jack plans to attend the University of San Diego. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

“Jack, I will remember you as a respectful student who was one of the first to come into my classroom each day with a cheerful greeting. I’m glad God brought you to HCA.” – Mrs. Sandy Robertson, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Carolene Ribeiro!
Caroline began attending Highlands in ninth grade and is the sister of Allisa Ribeiro (2019). Carolene has been involved in MOPS, National Honor Society, theatre, soccer, and yearbook. When asked about the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on her, Carolene shared, “I feel somewhat more productive with digital learning…I miss seeing my classmates, who I love, and enjoying the last few months of my senior year with them.” Carolene says, “I appreciate and value the effort the teachers are willing to give in order to give us a good education.”

Carolene plans to attend Florida Atlantic University. Her favorite Bible verses are Romans 8: 37-39: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“Carolene, you have such wisdom and insight. Your quiet and thoughtful spirit encourages and is a blessing to me.” – Mrs. Debbie Kemper, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Ariana Rozzell!
Ariana Rozzell began attending Highlands in ninth grade. Her sister Janiyah attends Highlands also. Ariana loves to bake cupcakes, hence she enjoys the “sweet” nicknames given to her by classmates. She has been involved in track and field, yearbook, theatre, and cheerleading during her four years at Highlands. When asked what she appreciates most about her education at Highlands, Ariana says, “It is a ton of work, but it prepares us for college.” Regarding how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, she shared, “It felt great not going to school at first…but it is still a lot of work!” Ariana shares that most of all she loves and values the friendship built while at Highlands.

Ariana plans to attend college in the fall. Her favorite Bible verses are Isaiah 43:18-19: “But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

“Ari, it was such a joy having you in chorus this year! You are sweet, diligent, and unwavering in your faith. ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you’ (Numbers 6:24-25)” – Mrs. Monica Colón, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Yasmin Silva!
Yasmin came to Highlands in eleventh grade. Her younger sister Natalie also attends Highlands. During her two years at Highlands, Yasmin has been involved in yearbook, praise team for chapel, and soccer. One of Yasmin’s favorite things about Highlands is, “…everyone is like a big family.” When asked how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, she shares, “I never thought I would say this, but I actually miss going to school…I wish we could go back.” Yasmin says that she values her teachers and that they are willing “to take the time to explain things multiple times.”

Yasmin’s favorite Bible verse is Luke 1:45: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

“I have greatly enjoyed having Yasmin in my class this year. I appreciate her sweet spirit and work ethic. She is always encouraging, kind, and respectful to others; she will be missed at HCA next year.” – Mr. Bill Canning, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Gyasi-Ashton Troeman!
Gyasi came to Highlands in ninth grade and is one of our international students from Willemstad, Curacao. During his four years at Highlands, Gyasi has played varsity baseball, soccer, and flag football. Gyasi, who likes to play video games and eat his veggies, says, “It is good to be prepared at all times, so when the doors open you are ready.”

Gyasi’s favorite Bible verse is James 3:13: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

“I have enjoyed having Gyasi in class for multiple years. The thing I like best about him is that he was never grumpy! It was so refreshing to know that I would usually get a smile and always a respectful attitude. I’m going to miss him!” – Mrs. Amy Allen, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Nick Vaccaro!
Nick Vaccaro, Highlands LIFER, began his education at Highlands in K4. During Nick’s 14 years at Highlands, he has been involved in several sports including baseball, football, basketball, and flag football. His advice to underclassmen is a good reminder, “Don’t skip school!” His sister Brooke attends Highlands as well.

Nick’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13:
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

“I’m glad I had you in class again this year, and I appreciated your transparency in small groups.”
Mr. Brock Ratzlaff, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Juliette Van Reenen!
Juliette, sister of Josefine Van Reenen (2018), began attending Highlands in ninth grade. Juliette has played several sports including volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball during her four years at Highlands. Juliette, who likes coffee and sports, has some advice to underclassmen who carry many books at school, “Put your books in your locker; you have one for a reason!”

Juliette’s favorite Bible verses are 1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

I’ll never forget you giving a monster 25 minutes @ St. John Paul your junior year, when you could barely breathe.” – Mr. Brock Ratzlaff, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Hannah Viana!
Hannah began her education at Highlands in ninth grade and is the sister of Gabriel Viana (2015). Hannah has participated in choir, praise team for chapel, yearbook, and student government as a class officer. Hannah’s favorite memories are from homecoming week every year, “because we take a break from all the school work, have fun, and celebrate our school spirit.” Hannah says that she values “…the relationships I’ve made, especially with my teachers; they are always there for us.” Regarding the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on her, Hannah shares: “Online learning was hard the first two weeks, but now I enjoy it…I can work at my own pace…teachers are being understanding because this is an emotional time for us. I do miss my friends and my teachers. I am sad I have to miss the rest of my senior year.”

Hannah plans to attend Southeastern University. Her favorite Bible verse is John 13:7: “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“Hannah, I appreciate your sweet spirit and lovely smile. The faith that you show in your walk with the Lord is a blessing to me.” – Mrs. Debbie Kemper, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

Highlands Celebrates Class of 2020 Senior, Kolton Wik!
Kolton, Highlands LIFER, began attending Highlands in K3. He is the brother of Kealey Wik (2015). During Kolton’s 15 years at Highlands, he has played baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and flag football. When asked about how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected him, he said, “I haven’t missed school, but I have missed sports!” Kolton’s gave some advice for underclassmen: “Don’t take life for granted.” Kolton shares that his best memories of elementary school were in Mrs. Jackie Valdes’ 2nd grade class because she used unique methods of teaching.

Kolton plans to attend Florida Atlantic University. His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 18:32: “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”

“Kolton, I have seen you use your academic and athletic abilities to find a way to achieve your goals and aspirations. I am looking forward to seeing how God will use you and your abilities in the future.” – Mrs. Lisa Lawrence, Highlands Senior Class Teacher

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