JUNE 5, 2021
Pledge to the American Flag I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Pledge to the Christian Flag
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty for all who believe.
Class of 2021 Blessing
Blessing bestowed on the graduates by parents and relatives
As you embark on your next journey in life, I pray that you will never doubt that I love you, and that my heart is forever yours. I bless you as you enter college and I pray protection over your spirit, soul, and body. I pray for divine guidance as you choose your new friends. I pray that God will grant you Grace to accept the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. ‘The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ (Numbers 6:24-26) Yes, I speak blessings over you, today and forever.
“Do it heartily as to the Lord.” Colossians 3:23 Ceremony begins at 10:00am View vcs.net/hsgraduation for Livestream Special Music Melody Choi Conservatory Student Violin Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, III. Largo Composer: J. S. Bach Processional Welcome Invocation
Mr. Mark Lodewyk VCHS Principal
Pamela Rodriguez ASB President
Evelyn Blias-Savoie ASB Officer Max Dickson Jr. ASB Vice President
Rohan Viswanathan High Honors Graduate
Introduction of Speaker Speaker Message
Mark Sizelove ASB Vice President
Pastor Miles McPherson Author, Pastor, Ex-NFL player 3
Mr. Jerry Merza VCS Superintendent
Founder’s Award Mrs. Barbara LeBaron Daughter of Mr. David Wallace, VCS Founder Quest for Excellence Award
Dr. Clifford Daugherty VCS President
Class of 2021 Blessings
Presentation of Diplomas
Rev. Ed Silvoso VCS Board Chaplain Dr. Clifford Daugherty VCS President Mr. Mark Lodewyk VCHS Principal Michael Sprauve VCS Board Chair
Presentation of the Class of 2021 Benediction Recessional
Mr. Mark Lodewyk VCHS Principal
Blake Belaire ASB President
COVID Protocol for Graduation Events
6-foot physical distancing must be maintained from those outside their pod.
Each pod will be seated in the stadium stands with a minimum of 6-feet physical distancing from other pods. Those in the same pod do not need to be 6-feet apart.
Please remain seated until the graduates have exited and your section is dismissed.
Guests will not be allowed on the field after the ceremony.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, refreshments will not be provided. No food is allowed in the stadium and water fountains have been turned off following county guidelines. If necessary, please bring your own water bottle. 4
Award Descriptions Founder’s Award: Chosen by the senior class and presented to a student who best meets the following criteria: • A committed Christian who loves God’s Word • A diligent student • A loving, compassionate person who exemplifies the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in relationship to family, church, teachers, friends, and community The President’s Quest for Excellence Award: Recognizes a senior who: • Demonstrates an extraordinary personal Quest for Excellence through his/her God-given talent and hard work • Acknowledges that the ultimate measure of excellence is the nature, character, and works of God • Understands that excellence brings influence and that all endeavors should be done heartily as to the Lord to transform the world through virtue, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit (Colossians 3:23, Romans 14:17)
GRADUATING Co-Valedictorians Annika Baktha Cathy Chang
Co-Salutatorians Kashyap Chaturvedula William Tang Angela Tsang Adimulam, Kartik Chandra Agarwal, Avani Akerman, Annika Cardenas Allegakoen, Jayden Timothy Allen, Griffin Christopher Altmaier, Andrew Dobb Anderson, Hannah Angela Anderson, James Marshall Anneboina, Pratik Kumar Apen, Riley Tate Arabia, Rebecca Claire Armbruster, Ethan James Atienza, Melia-Ann Mingoa Badillo, Isabella Eileen Baeriswyl, Claire Kathrine Baktha, Annika Reena Baldovino, Isabella Santos Baldry, Lyndon John Bang, Joshua Jinhoon Barcelos, Zachary Sean Barck, Colin Thomas Baugher, Pierce Alexander Becker, Matthew Christopher Beckett, Joshua Stephen Belaire, Alexander Blake
Bell, Jack McDonald Bi, Skylar Billups, Briana Alexis Bissell, Kira Lauren Blackwell, Briyanna Renee Blais-Savoie, Evelyne Rose Blando, Chloe Boothe, Joe Michael Botelho, Madison Emily Brandau, Grace Elizabeth Marie Brinton, Jonathan David Brockway, Tyler Allen Brown, Olivia Cecilia Buckman, Zachary Daniel Bui, Natasha Phuong Thu Burger, Matthew Donovan Burton, Hailey Eunhae Carbonara, Peyton Blue Carbonel, Gabrielle Savella Carney, Emma Louise Carson, Robert Zhang Chan, Myron Jun Hao Chang, Cathy Yilin Chaturvedula, Kashyap NMN Chaw, Nathan Michael 6
CLASS OF 2021 Chen, Connie Min Chen, Elizabeth Chen, Jiashu (Joshua) Chen, Takuto Robert Cheng, Kaiyuan Chin, Devon Miles Choi, Melody Gawon Chou, Ashley S. Chun, Heewoon Ciprian, Daniella Catherine Clark, Emma Lynn Clausen, Sara Naomi Clecak, Jasmine Gabriella Cobb, Phoebe Jean Cocanour, Jillian Bradley Cocozza, Tristan David Coria, Victoria Curtis, William Donald Cymrot, Jonathan Charles Das, Shoham Dequine, Daisy Jane Desai, Sonali Devang Dhesi, Damian Singh Dickey, JaJuan Lattae Dickson, Jr., Max Charles Diep, Mckenzie Kwanyu Do, Darryllyn Duffy, Hannah Joy Dunkley, Gelila Bethany Dunn, Cameron James Dunn, Kyle Martin Duong, Meghan Myhan Eatherton, Bridget Irene Ehrlich, Frank Sawyer Elliott, Luke Robert Ernenwein, Raymond Garrett Espinosa, Emma Claiborne Etok, Andikanabasi Nsima Ettelbrick, Nicholas Andrew
Farrell, Faith Anderson Flanagan, Courtney Amber Elizabeth Flores, Paloma Kyra Flores, Sophia Isabel Foster, Timothy Patrick Fotenos, Emma Elaine Fox, Hudson Thomas Froess, Jacob Matthew Fujikawa, Colin Haruo Fulton, Lauren Tiffany Ganoung, Garrett Robert Garcia, Anthony Moreno Garcia, Elijah Ayden Gardner, Madison Marie Gauthier, Tiana Jolie Gay, Zander Lee Gu, Yangyang Guerra, Kyra Angela Guo, Stephanie Meishan Guo, Tiffany Jiameng Habibi, Kiana Habtom, Pawllos Weldeab Hale, Cody James Hanna, Karissa Joy Tamiko Hanna, Ryan Richard Hao, Lillian Yue Harris, Mckenna Gabrielle Hart, Isabella Capri Haskins, Trevor Deane He, Angela Heard, Jeffery Stanley Hemker, Mary Pamela Nutto Henderson, Bryan Ravut Hernandez, Meredith Grace Hitchcock, Andrew Gabriel Hoang, Thien-An Mong Hodkinson, Spencer Mark Holley, Steven Lee Homrich, Makenzie Joy 7
Hostetter, Kimberly Meixing Howlett, Eric John Hsieh, Ryan Hu, Jonathan Huang, Christopher Wen-Tai Huang, Kevin Huber, Sophia Rene Iyer, Pranaav Rajen Jha, Dhruv Aditya Ji, Jenny Jiang, Wenjie Jimenez-Picos, Elias Johanan Jisser, Carina Anna Joseph, Benjamin Roshan Kaestner, Benjamin Henry Kakarlamudi, Prathik Kalivas, Isabella Rose Kammersgard, Morgan Elizabeth-Rose Kamp, Owen David Kathi, Bharat Kennedy, Grace Chaplin Kennedy, Rachel Diane Khare, Kavya Kim, Christy Yelim Kim, Myung Joo King, Caley Jessica Kinne, Charles Henderson Kleinberg, Kelly Elena Noelle Klenske, Grant Jameson Kojouri, Kian Reza Kumar, Nikhil Laidlaw, Nicholas Justin Lall, Anshuman Lanham, Leslie Catherine LaPore, Amanda Michelle Lau, Ian Laubach, Chase James Le, James Monzon Le, Pauline Mai Le, William Cuong Lee, Alanna Lucy Lee, Elise Ching-Min Lee, Samantha Kayla
Lelong, Jakob Ryley Lepow, Ryan Maguire Leung, Dorothy Felicia Lewis, Ariana Annette Li, Edmond Dawo Liang, Thomas Tao Lim, Abigail Ji Woo Lim, Chanel Jingxuan Liu, Atti Liu, Hanna Zi Liu, Yuecheng Lockhart, Jordan Sarah Lodewyk, Marcus Robert Loera, Andrea Nicole Longworth, Justin Timothy Loos, Haley Marie Lopes, Alexander Jeffrey Lucken, Adam Adrian Luders, William Ryan Luther, Joon Beatrice Mahadik, Nikita Amit Mallett, Brennan Walter Mallett, Cade Michael Manole, Aria Giovana Martin, Isabella Nicole Martinho, Sarah Korm Mata, Itzel Matarangas, Ryan Gabriel Mayes, Colton Michael Mayo, Kainoa Ray McCarthy, Tiana Jade Magday Mcculloch, Chase Scott McGee, Zachary Julian Mcginnis, Jesse Anders James McLaughlin, Jack Alan McLemore, Elijah Wonn Mehendale, Rucha Nitin Mello-Ferrone, Chase Elizabeth Liliy Mendoza, Chance Marie Meng, Zhiheng Merza, Cameron Kay Basa Miles, Nakai Maximo Millard, Milan Isabelle 8
Minnis, Jordan Leigh Mitchell, Rian Marcos Moll, Adrien Raphael Munro, Kareena Ahalya Murphy, Charles William Nair, Malini Nakamoto, David Kosie Nakatani, Allison Paige Narasani, Anushka NMN Narcisse, George Dylan Nelson, Kiana Elen Nelson, Valisidy Charisse Neven, Sierra Lauren Nguyen, Andrew DuyThang Nguyen, Bao Duc Nguyen, Eden Cac Phuong Nguyen, Minhthi Tuong Nguyen, Tiffany Thanh Nguyen, Tuong Cat Ngoc Nibhanupudi, Harika Venkata Njinda, Pearl Anwi Nute, Samuel Alton Nuzum, John Dwayne O’Harra, Andrew Steven O’Harra, Jonathan Gabriel Odjegbu, Jake Oghenetega Oehler, Ian Mackay Oh, Kristina Minah Oliver, Dominic Joseph Orozco, Ian Miles Pacheco, Cole Justus Park, Esther Eunsoo Parker, Natasha Ruth Parkin, Abigail Anne Patel, Riya Khushi Pefley, Ruth Elizabeth Pei, Eva Peko, Orianakekai Kamalani Perez, Ella Elise Phan, Eliyha Tuyet-Trinh Phillips, Elizabeth Jean Pond, Cole Emmanuel Pond, Simone Grace
Porta, Analise Elizabeth Price, Juliana Catherine Pride, Aaron Matthew Prouty, Silas Robert Reed Qian, Lucy NMN Qiu, Kevin Quan, Jacky Phung Quan, James Phung Qureshi, Arisha Rajan, Gautam Manoj Ramachandran, Anvika Ramakrishnan, Veda Ramos, Grace Elizabeth Rampelberg, Andrew Wayne Rataul, Alessandra Renati, Marcella Elizabeth Reyes, Amanda Marie Rheams, Emma Gan Rios, Sofia Mei Rivera, Frain Servando Bilbes Roberts, Tyler James Rock, Sydney Rachelle Rodriguez, Pamela Michelle Roeschlein, Lauren Joann Rogers, Pauline Elizabeth Rojas, Derek Charles Rosa, Emily Lynn Rosas, Ramon Sergio Rowatt, Matthew Edward Rubalcava, Cristian Lorenzo Ryan, Kennedy Reese Saifi, Jason Arshya Saifi, Justin Arya Salas, Anthony Abraham Salazar, Ambar Eunice Salehpour, Alyssa Jennifer Sanders, Eden Meg Santos, Daina Marie Saunders, Darrius Diondre Schlesselman, Jacob Martin Van Scott, Riley Mau Shaffer, Joseph Charles Shim, ByungKwan 9
Shinn, Noah Ryan Singhal, Mohan Sink, Gareth Paul Sizelove, Mark Everett Smaha, Mia Joy Smith, Dylan Jeffrey Smith, Gavin Christopher Smith, Skyler Alexandra Song, Avery Ai Soukoulis, Jayden Grace Sparks, Sean Kingsley Spitts, Flynn Nicole Stahl, Katie Michelle Stites, Niela Ciara Suhail, Safa Sun, Xiaohan Swenson, Garrett Peter Swing, Rachel Anne Ta, Hannah Phuong Tagalo, Elijah Joshua Movido Tang, William NMN Tankersley, Katherine Berg Tarantino, Mia Isabella Tariku, Agape Fikir Taylor, Joshua David Tencati, Madison Joy Than, Min Thura Tharp, Dylan Ray Thomas, Aubrie Lynn Tigga, Ashvin Matthew Toreson, Connor Anthony Torode, Madison Nicole Torres, Jacob Gabriel Tran, Anthony TrungAnh Tran, Esther Minh-Ngoc Tran, Long Lam Thien Treat, Kathryn Ann Trinhle, Matthew Thien Tripathi, Neel Archit Trujillo, Maya Kathryn Tsai, Alicia Chen Tsang, Angela Gigi Tu, Hayden Vi
Turturici, Austin Vachani, Arianna Shanta Van Dyke, Dean Edwin Van Klaveren, Derek Thomas Van Tassel, Jonathan Charles Vega, Isabella Marie Vejendla, Shriya Venneman, Brynne Alexandra Hernandez Vikram, Shreya Viswanathan, Rohan NMN Vo, Quan Hoang Vu, Meagan Anne Vukcevich, Robert Jason Walker, Madison Deanne Wall, Jaxson Bono Wallace, Benicio Enrique Waltz, Aaron Mitchell Wan, Alex Wang, Angela Yingxi Wang, Shuo Watts, Jackson Fitzgerald Wei, Nathan Jonathan Whitmer, Genevieve St. Clare Wijayaratne, Chehan Lakdhinu Wingo, Brooke Anne Wire, Nolan Robert Wodage, Bemnet Demewezu Wong, Grace Yuanyuan Wright, William Wesley Wu, Alicia Ziyue Xue, Chongjing Tina Yadlapati, Anirudh Sai Narasimha Yoon, Sean Andrew Yu, Caroline Minji Yu, Eric Haoyuan Zahrt, William Dietrich Zambrano, William Reynaldo Zarate, Carson Edward Zeng, Yixiao Zhan, Xingzi Zhang, Andrew Zhang, Esther Zhang, Yubo (Allen) 10
Zhao, Chengliang Zheng, Holly Zheng, Linus Jeremy Zhong, Yi Zhu, Xingying Zhuang, Zack Weike
High Honors Graduate, Top 5% Valedictorian Salutatorian Valley Christian Lifer
Honor Cords: Stole - Top 5% GPA 4.58 or higher Gold - Highest Honors (2 cords) GPA 4.25-4.57 Gold - Honors (1 cord) GPA 4.0-4.24 Royal Blue/Silver - Applied Math, Science, and Engineering Institute Major Silver - Applied Math, Science, and Engineering Institute Minor Red - International Student Brown/Antique Gold - Conservatory of the Arts Major Antique Gold - Conservatory of the Arts Minor Lt. Blue/Gold - Math Honor Society Red/Gold - Spanish Honor Society Purple/Silver - Latin Honor Society Burgundy/Silver - Dance Honor Society Red/White - American Sign Language Society Black/White - National Computer Science Honor Society Red/White/Blue – French Honor Society Navy/White – Leadership Navy/Gold – Community Service Seniors wearing a blue stole are members of ASB. Seniors wearing a white stole are Valley Christian Lifers. Seniors wearing a gold stole are top 5%.
MISSION STATEMENT Valley Christian Schools’ mission is to provide a nurturing environment offering quality education supported by a strong foundation of Christian values in partnership with parents, equipping students to become leaders to serve God, to serve their families, and to positively impact their communities and the world.
VISION STATEMENT A world where every student pursues their personal Quest for Excellence™. FOUNDING STATEMENT Valley Christian Schools supports the homes and churches of students in providing an education that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible, as reflected in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Valley Christian Schools is committed to a Quest for Excellence™ in all of its educational programs, and provides a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum with a rigorous college preparatory program. Firmly founded on Christian values, Valley Christian Schools challenges youth to aspire toward lives of character, service and influence while pursuing their individual Quests for Excellence. Valley Christian Schools
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