The inaugural graduating class from Covenant Academy held commencement ceremonies Saturday, culminating more than a decade of growing the school.
Holding the distinction of being the first seniors ever to graduate from Covenant Academy are Emily Katherine Colvin, Maddison Reid Cook, David Hayden Jennings, Patricia Kelly Winkler and class valedictorian Kerri Ann Berenguer.
Covenant Academy was formed in 2004 as a ministry of Covenant Fellowship Church.
The school has grown quickly from a preschool, serving children age 6 weeks through pre-K to a full-fledged high school serving 10th-graders for the first time in the 2013-14 school year. They school added one grade a year until it reached its goal this year of offering a complete K-12 experience.
“As we, the first graduating class of Covenant Academy leave school today, we not only leave behind our memories but our legacy,” Berenguer said in her commencement speech held in the school gym Saturday afternoon.
The valedictorian thanked all of those who worked hard so the dream of the K-12 Christian school on Manchester Highway could become reality.
“I’d like to thank the teachers and staff for helping us grow, not only mentally but spiritually,” Berenguer said. “This is the day of our life where one chapter ends but another begins.”
Dean Northcutt, minister of Covenant Church, urged graduates to use what they learned in school to their advantage.
“New doors will open to you,” Northcutt said. “You have been given the knowledge and wisdom to meet the challenges.”
Video highlights of Covenant’s commencement ceremony can be found at southernstandard.com.