Class of 2017
The class of 2017 began the next chapter in their lives after their commencement ceremony on May 26, 2017. They are thankful for the time and energy invested in them by CCS faculty and staff. "We move along the road to our new destination, hearing in our minds the echo of the words from Joshua 1:9 – 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 your wherever you go.
Graduates (100%) were accepted to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with many earning academic, athletic and leadership scholarships. Click here to view the graduation program listing graduates and where they plan to attend college. Click here to view video of the commencement ceremony.
Footprint Recipients: Students who attended CCS from kindergarten through their senior year were recognized for the footprints they have left on the hearts of those at CCS throughout their K-12 educational career. Those students are: Emily Boyd, Olivia Crozier, Korey Cyr, Madeline Echols, Matthew Hawkins, Hannah Hurst, Matthew Kooiman, Cole Miller, Austin Muehlenbrock, Ashley Ponicsan and Morgan Spencer-Roth.
Presidential Volunteer Service Awards: The 2017 graduating class had 52% of its members earn the President's Volunteer Service Award for 200 hours of service. These minimum 200 hours alone total over 10,000 hours which is more than a year of service at 433 days. In many cases, our graduates served significantly more than those hours in their time at CCS.
Valedictorian: Brandon Clarke earned the distinguished honor of being named Valedictorian for achieving the highest grade point average in his class, and was awarded the Faculty Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Brandon will attend The University of Texas, Austin. His life verse is Hebrews 6:18-19 – So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.
Salutatorian: Quinn Davis earned the title of Salutatorian for achieving the second highest grade point average among his peers. Quinn will attend Berry College. His life verse is Hebrews 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Spirit of Paul Scholarship: In honor of CCS supporters Sherwood Beckley, Jerry Van Beek and Edith Van Beek, Chris McKnight was awarded this scholarship for exhibiting the driving spirit and perseverance of the Apostle Paul who accomplished much for the early church. Chris will attend Sam Houston State University. His life verse is Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Fine Arts Scholarship: The Fine Arts Scholarship, which reflects an overall excellence in the arts, was awarded to Hannah Hurst. Hannah will attend The University of Texas, Austin. Her life verse is Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Will Rhodes Athletic Scholarship: In memory of former CCS student William David Rhodes, Korey Cyr and Quinn Davis were chosen to receive this athletic scholarship. These graduates have made public profession of their faith in Jesus Christ, demonstrated Christ-like behavior to fellow students and athletes, and were living witnesses to others as they led their teams and followed their coaches. Korey will attend The University of Texas, Tyler. Her life verse is James 1:2-3 – Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Quinn will attend Berry College. His life verse is Hebrews 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Travis Chaffin Memorial Scholarship: In memory of former CCS student Travis Chaffin, Kaylee Martinez was awarded a scholarship for being an encourager, leader, great athlete and friend as well as for her potential to make an impact on the world with her Christian walk. Kaylee will attend Sam Houston State University. Her life verse is Joshua 1:5 – No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Andrew Gladney ('05) Memorial Heart of Gold Scholarship: In memory of alumnus Andrew Gladney ('05), Davis Carver was awarded this scholarship which recognizes a senior who loves and accepts all, both inside and outside the CCS community; endears others without favoritism; participates wholeheartedly in activities to reflect Christian character and sportsmanship; and diligently pursues and excels academically according to his/her ability. Davis will attend Azusa Pacific University. His life verse is Philippians 2:3 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.