OTTUMWA - Saturday was a special day for the four seniors graduating from Ottumwa Christian School.
This small graduating class is double the size of last year's class and illustrates the small-group learning style of the school. Family and friends of the students filled the gym and waited for the graduates to line up on the stage.
The graduates were joined on stage by Alan Menninga, board chairman, Pastor Richard Schlotter and Principal Arnie Van Wardhuizen. Menninga welcomed the family and friends and introduced the four seniors to the audience, and then Pastor Schlotter gave the keynote address.
“If there was ever a day to rejoice, it would be today,” Schlotter said. “We just saw our kids grow up, achieve and mature.”
Hannah Cavanaugh, one of the graduating students, gave the senior address. Cavanaugh attended the school for two years and said she grew to love everyone there.
“Many memories were made over the last two years,” Cavanaugh said with a laugh. “I will remember something about every one of you, but I will especially remember that the boys loved to play pranks on me.”
Cavanaugh went on to tell stories about the students she was graduating with, tales of the achievements they have accomplished so far and what will be in their futures.
These achievements could also be heard from the voices of family members of the graduating students. One by one, each student had a member of their family come to the stage and told the audience about their graduate. From stories of epic Star Wars battles in the backyard as kids to blessings for the future, each speaker gave some insight into the lives of the students who are about to start a new chapter.