Shekinah Class of 2020: Facts and photos

(Posted May 27, 2020)

Shekinah Christian School held a Senior Day on May 21 during which each senior was recognized in a brief walk-through ceremony at the school with just their family members present. The seniors then had the opportunity to hear their names called, walk the stage, and receive their diplomas at Shiloh Mennonite Church where the commencement ceremony was originally scheduled to take place prior to restrictions related to COVID-19.

A professional photographer and videographer compiled the Senior Day activities into a virtual commencement ceremony that was shared with the school community on May 23.
Of the 11 students in the class, seven graduated with honors and five graduated with honors diplomas.

The valedictorians are: Graham Coblentz, who plans to study business at Rosedale Bible College; Kent Gingerich, who plans to study aerospace engineering at Liberty University; and Joshua Showalter, who plans to study theology at Rosedale Bible College. The salutatorian is Makayla

Byars, who plans to major in history and minor in archival studies at Columbus State. Joshua Showalter was named Student of the Year.

The class officers include: Makayla Byars, president; Tanner Headings, vice president; Kelsey Beachy, secretary; and Rachel Hunter, treasurer.

The class flower is the white rose. The class colors are silver and cyan. The class verse is: “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while” (1 Peter 1:6). The class quote is from Captain America: “Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing: That you will stay who you are–not a perfect soldier, but a good man.”

Photos courtesy of Jessica Yoder
Shekinah Christian School graduate Sierra Knepp celebrates, holding her diploma aloft during a walk-through commencement ceremony held at Shiloh Mennonite Church on May 21.
With a 4.0 grade point average, Josh Showalter (center) is one of three valedictorians in Shekinah Christian School’s Class of 2020 and was named Student of the Year. Shown here with his family, Josh is the son of Matt and Colleen Showalter. Matt graduated from Shekinah in 1993.
Shekinah Christian School graduate Chad Slabaugh raises his hands in victory after receiving his diploma during a walk-through ceremony held on May 21 at Shiloh Mennonite Church.
Brice Kauffman, school administrator, presents Kelsey Beachy, secretary of Shekinah Christian School’s Class of 2020, with her diploma.
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