Sunnyside Christian graduates 20 in all


Kelly Newhouse (far left) leads her graduating class in a song at last Friday's Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2010 commencement exercises.

GRANDVIEW - Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2010 valedictorian Tim DeVries summarized his graduating class as unique this past Friday at the school's commencement ceremonies in Grandview.

The graduating class consisted of 16 girls and four boys, which DeVries said helped the boys in the class learn the importance of democracy throughout the years.

"We were well up-to-date on current events," he shared with those attending the ceremony, adding the class thrived on discussion, was "fierce about fashion" and knows who Justin Bieber is.

The class chose Proverbs 16:9 for its verse. DeVries said the verse is fitting because the class has chosen its course, deciding where to attend college and what they would like to do after high school.

"We planned our course, but we haven't always been confident," shared the valedictorian.

DeVries is, however, confident the Lord will determine the steps that will be taken as the class of 2010 sets upon the course it has chosen.

Russ Smies is a former educator at Sunnyside Christian High School and he was selected as the class speaker.

He continued on the theme of the graduates' chosen verse, stating, "Most plans you have in your heart may never come true."

Smies didn't want that truth to be discouraging, but encouraging because he told the class the Lord is still in control no matter the circumstances.

"Too often in our own hearts we plan our own course, but don't forget to keep first things first...God is always first," shared the speaker.

He said God has a plan and knows what He is doing, even when we don't. Keeping that in mind, Smies advised the class of 2010 to remember God is in control.

"It's time to mark a new beginning...did anyone know what it would be like getting here?"

Smies said life can present numerous scenarios, many circumstances can keep a person from realizing their own plans.

"Please let Him bring you to His plan," he advised the graduates, adding they should take the opportunity to visit with others who know how God can redirect the plans one makes in life.

"No one here has a clue what you are in for...I am glad you all have a good sense of humor because God is laughing at your plans now," Smies shared, stating the adversity one faces in life will teach the graduates God's plan is the best plan.

His final message was that he has hopes the graduates will all walk "solid in the Lord's keeping."

Following Smies' speech the numerous scholarships awarded the graduates were announced. Principal Dean Wagenaar presented the class of 2010, giving those there to celebrate the graduates' achievements with information on each graduate's plans for the future.

The evening was capped off with a reception of well-wishers, seeking to let each graduate know there are friends, family and community members supporting them every step of the way as they seek to set the course of their future.


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