Siskiyou Christian School graduates have hope for the future

Karen DeRoss
Siskiyou Christian School graduates left to right, Jonathan Hofer, Sean Hughes and Natalee Stock show off their diplomas after the graduation ceremony on Thursday night at First Baptist Church in Mount Shasta. The three students have learned together at SCS since Kindergarten.

Jonathan Hofer, Natalee Stock and Sean Hughes were the eighth grade graduates making up the Class of 2010 at Siskiyou Christian School on Thursday night.

All three students have been at SCS since kindergarten, where they grew to be responsible leaders, said teacher Regina Wagner. “We appreciate them in the classroom as examples for the other students,” she said.

Wagner also expressed appreciation for the families of the graduates in their “remarkable” dedication to the school.

Athletic director Larry Stock presented the scholar athlete awards for the Mountain Valley League, which is SCS and Golden Eagle charter school combined. Sean Hughes was named Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and Tamara Howell was named Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Each graduate gave a speech where they thanked teachers and families, shared memories and their plans for the future. They all noted their reliance on their class motto, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Hofer emphasized his appreciation of the ability to take Bible classes at SCS, calling it a privilege. He spoke about the fun he had during his nine years at SCS. “Sometimes what we thought was fun in class would get us in trouble for laughing too much,” said Hofer.

Hofer plans on attending Weed High School in the fall. Although he does not have definite plans for his future beyond high school, he said he is interested in computer animation. He also wants to expand his interests to learn all he can.

Stock said each teacher has inspired her in different ways and recognizes the importance of a Christian education in providing her with “standards that will help me in (the) future,” she said. “I can follow God’s plan for my life without being afraid.”

Stock plans on attending Mount Shasta High School in the fall and wants to be involved in golf, basketball and softball. After MSHS she wants to pursue a teaching credential and teach kindergarten, first or second grade, “because I love kids,” she said.

Hughes called his teachers “outstanding mentors,” and called special attention to his Bible teachers. “They helped me learn so much about God,” he said. “I’ve been able to learn about God personally. That goes beyond something you just do on Sunday morning,” he said.

He also thanked athletic director Stock. “I think most of the kids at this school would be out of shape lazy bums if it wasn’t for you,” he said.

Hughes plans on attending Mount Shasta High School in the fall. He said SCS has given him “a confidence that will make the transition from middle school to high school easier.” He said he ultimately wants to follow God’s plan for his life because, “God’s plans are probably more important than mine,” he said.

Guest speaker Robert Hughes gave the graduates three pieces of advice – respect your parents, make the most of every opportunity and don’t do drugs.

“As you go out into high school, remember that you are our children. You will always belong to this community of faith,” Hughes said. He encouraged them not to do things to solely to gain popularity or acceptance. “You are stars in our eyes, you can’t be more popular,” he said.