On Saturday, May 25, surrounded by their family, friends, and teachers, 52 seniors walked across the stage at Rehoboth’s Sports and Fitness Center to accept a Bible and congratulatory words from staff before they embark on a new journey in their lives. At the beginning of the ceremony many people were recognized or remembered for special achievements:
Three students, Gina Kamps, Mekaile Belone, and Aaron Johnson, were honored for attending Rehoboth every year since Kindergarten.
Mike and Gail DeYoung were recognized for 35 years of teaching and service at Rehoboth.
Rehoboth sponsors Fred Witteveen and John and Judi Versluys were recognized for being in attendance as sponsors of two graduating seniors.
Former classmate, Renzo Fowler, who was killed in a horse accident during his 7th grade year was remembered.
Lastly, parents of the graduates were recognized and thanked with a lily, the class flower, for their years of sacrifice.
A very special member of the greater Rehoboth community delivered the customary address to the graduates. Rev. Keith Bulthuis faithfully served the congregation of Bethany CRC in Gallup, NM for 28 years before retiring in January. He and his wife have since moved to Logan, Utah, but Superintendent, Carol Bremer-Bennett could not resist asking him to speak to the Rehoboth community one more time. Rev. Bulthuis spoke to the graduates about their identity as God’s children, stressing that they should live in the knowledge that we are His.
The class Valedictorian, Jeremy Ang, and Salutatorian, Alex Govorov delivered a message to their classmates using the acronym, YOLO, meaning You Only Live Once. Ang and Govorov encouraged their classmates to seize their opportunities rather than let them slip by. Mr. Bob Ippel followed up their speech emphasizing that they have a choice of what direction to take in life, the way to self and the way to the Lord’s service.
The overall message of the day spoke to the unlimited potential held within the class of 2012 waiting to be opened up to the world. As these students leave Rehoboth, we place our faith in God that He has prepared them for what lies ahead. Only through His grace will these students be able to live out their dreams and reach the heights of what He has planned for their lives.