XENIA — Members of Xenia Christian High School’s last graduating class will receive their diplomas May 28. The school will move to its new administration and branding under the Legacy Christian Academy title prior to the 2016-17 school year as part of its separation from the Dayton Christian School system.
At the ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Patterson Park Church, 3655 E. Patterson Road, Beavercreek, 30 students will graduate before heading off on a variety of life paths, including post-secondary education and the military.
According to high school principal Dan Bragg, the graduating class is a diverse group.
“You’ve got a couple that are just tremendous athletes, you’ve got a couple that are tremendous musicians, you’ve got a couple that are just academically amazing,” he said. “We’ve got a few of them that kind of combine it all, so that’s pretty cool. You have the creative ones, the ones that are serious and all business, you have the ones that just keep things fun and happy and joyful.
“It’s neat to see kids growing up, maturing, and you know that you’re sending them out to something that they’re going to be able to handle,” he added. “They’re going to make it, they’re going to do well, they’re going to make a difference.”
The class will have three valedictorians – Casey Estepp Shi, Michael Bricker and Hannah Helm – and one salutatorian – Rachel Terrell.
Estepp Shi, a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Student, plans to attend Wright State University to study nursing with the eventual goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.
Bricker, also a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Student, plans to attend Wright State for pre-med studies.
Helm plans to attend Wright State to study marketing and business.
Terrell plans to attend Cedarville University for an undecided major and a theater minor.
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