Faith Christian Academy, located in Hurt, held its 17th Annual Commencement for the graduating class of 2019 on Friday, May 24, at 7:00 PM in the W.C. English Memorial Gymnasium. During the program, the FCA choir performed “Star Spangled Banner” and “You Raise Me Up.”
Recognition to Faith Christian Academy’s founder was given by Lisa Moore, who gave special thanks to Mrs. Louis T. English who gave her time and resources to make FCA a reality. As well as presenting the founder recognition, Moore also lead the program in remembrance to Danny Kidwell (Class of 2003) and Christian Huffman (Class of 2019). Roses were given in loving memories of these two students.
Moore described Christian Huffman as an ambitious student who enrolled at FCA in the 6th grade. Christian passed away in 2016 at the age of 16 due to an illness, but strived for goals such as graduating and going into the medical field. An empty chair was among the graduating classmates in his honor.
This yearss Valedictorian of FCA Class of 2019 is Kaytlin McKay who remained a cumulative GPA of 3.93 out of 4.00. McKay enrolled with FCA her Sophomore year after being homeschooled. She served as the president of the Beta Club and attends Piney Grove Baptist Church. McKay plans to attend Liberty University where she wanted to study in the Bio Medical Field.
McKay said “Through good times, bad times, and everything in between, we have laughed together, cried together, but also gained together” and encourages her fellow classmates with “so much can happen now with our new found independence, we are now left to our own devices and if we desire a full and joyful life God must be a part of every decision we make from now on.”
Each senior was presented with a gift of a compact Bible from the board and when each student was called to receive their gift, they had picked their own Bible verses that were read aloud as they were presented their gifts. During the program, scholarships and awards were also presented.
The Scholarship for Liberty University (LUFCA Scholarship) goes to a student who qualifies from the following: attend FCA all four years of high school, keeps a minimum GPA average of 2.75 or higher, and has a SAT scores 1030 or higher. This year’s LUFCA Scholarship award went to Faith Jones and it covered 75% of the student tuition.
For more on FCA Graduation, see this week's Altavista Journal.