HUNTINGTON - The Covenant School Class of 2019, the largest class that has graduated from the school in its history, received their diplomas Saturday afternoon at Christ Temple Church on Johnstown Road in Huntington.
The 10 students, who will all attend college, received a combined amount of $457,818 in scholarship funding. Eight of the students will attend Marshall University, one will go to the University of Kentucky and one will attend Berea College.
The 10 graduates are Victoria Lauren Blankenship, Eden Hope Bumgardner, Karleigh Elisabeth Collins, Ryan Clayton Davis, Grace Elizabeth Hagley, Clara Nicole Jones, Stephen Montgomery Manns, Mackenzie Grace Moir, Savannah McKenzie Scarberry and Jonathan Edward Turley.
Jones received advanced studies with distinction. Blankenship and Manns, who was salutatorian, received advanced studies with honors. Moir, valedictorian, received advanced studies with high honors.
Moir said because of the small class sizes, her fellow graduates have built a sibling-like relationship with each other. About half of the class, including Moir, has been at Covenant School since kindergarten.
"Covenant is very small, but it has that familial aspect, which is something most schools don't have today," Moir said. "Really and truthfully, all of my teachers (know) my family and they know me for me. It's just something unique, and you can't really find that anywhere else you go."
Moir plans to attend Marshall University to study communication disorders and hopes to become a speech pathologist. She said she and her classmates plan to keep in touch.
Head of the Covenant School Craig Hefner said teaching former Christian school students at a college level is what made him want to teach in Christian schools, because they are a professor's dream students. He said he is excited to see what the graduates make of themselves.
"I'm excited for the kind of people they're going to become," Hefner said. "I wish I had more time with them. I wanted to hold them here for longer but their parents said they wouldn't let me, so off they go. We're really proud of them. They're one of the best classes we've ever had."
Hefner said he knows the Class of 2019 has become a tight-knit group of friends who will stay connected throughout their lifetimes.
The Covenant School teaches a classical Christian education curriculum, which consists of Christian teachings integrated into a heavy liberal arts education. The graduating class at Covenant School is usually seven to eight students.
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