GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONOR & CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER.
They are thoughtful, compassionate, and considerate towards the needs, values, traditions, and feelings of others; intentionally acting to make a positive difference in one’s own life, the lives of others and their surroundings. They understand and appreciate their own and other’s cultures, personal stories, and accomplishments.
As the year draws to a close we honor and celebrate students who achieved various honors at our Senior Awards Night and Honor Roll Celebrations.
Juana Chanchavac Lopez
Vanesa Blas Yujra
Ana Li Warners
The Senior Awards Night is unique because we don’t just celebrate our top GPAs or students who took the most difficult classes or the MVPs of our athletic teams. Our mission is to prepare students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. Our awards recipients tonight are being celebrated with what I might call our “mission accomplished awards!” Our Portrait of a Graduate is what “the product of our mission” could look like. Students who are culturally competent, lifelong explorers, creative solution finders, thoughtful neighbors, communicators and collaborators, justice seekers, and most importantly, disciples of Christ.
Senior Award recipients are chosen by faculty and staff for the way they have discovered their gifts and started to live them out. So we are excited to celebrate and we are thankful to God for his faithfulness over the last four years.
Presented by the coaching staff to a graduating senior, the Eagle Award honors one male and one female athlete who has excelled in their chosen athletic activity and who have contributed positively to the total program at Grand Rapids Christian High School. This we had a tie in our voting for male Eagle Athlete of the Year. We voted again with those two candidates and had a tie again. So it is with great pleasure that we award two male Eagle Athlete of the Year recipients.
Students who receive this award exemplify the qualities of Micah 6:8 — to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Brother Lawrence, a 17th century French Monk wrote: "Lord of all pots and pans and things, make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates.” As a Christian school community, we desire to encourage our students in their faith and are incredibly proud of them as they live their faith out in our school and in the wider community. The following students demonstrated Christ-like living that emulates these qualities.
We wish to honor students Steven Gong and Sam Fynweaver as the outstanding mathematics seniors for this school year. Both these students use their giftedness in mathematics to be the very best that they can be. Both students use their skills in service to encourage, teach and lead other students through mathematics.
The Most Outstanding Student in Social Studies is awarded The Howard J. Wiarda Scholarship, initiated by Dr. Wiarda, a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School.
Beloved professor, accomplished author, and, over the course of his career, expert advisor to various think tanks, the State Department, and several US Presidents, Dr. Wiarda’s accomplishments are too many to list. Though Dr. Wiarda passed away in September of 2015, his endowed scholarship maintains his legacy of encouraging and supporting aspiring scholars.
The intent of the Wiarda Scholarship is to recognize a graduating senior who meets three criteria: The student must excel in courses related to the Social Sciences… They must illustrate leadership and community involvement… And they must express a sincere interest in pursuing a career in the field.
The Anna Stegink Memorial Scholarship was created several years ago in remembrance of the young daughter of Phil and Jill Stegink who passed away. Their friends and colleagues decided an appropriate memorial to Anna would be a scholarship in her name which honors students who learn differently and utilize support services.
One of our goals here at GRCHS is for students to experience language as a way to communicate with more of God’s people, learn from them and enter into their stories. Each year our Spanish Department selects a student who has studied the language and has the desire to take it out of the classroom for fruitful interaction in God’s world. This year, we have chosen two outstanding students.
There's only one way to become a competitor in the National Merit Scholarship Program and that is by scoring high enough on the PSAT. In October 2017, when these students were juniors, more than 1.5 million high school juniors worldwide took the PSAT. This group of students represents various levels of accomplishment in that competition. Two students at Grand Rapids Christian achieved the Commended status; their score was in the top 5% of the 1.5 million juniors who took the PSAT.
Please help me in congratulating Ben Swedberg and James VanAntwerp.
From the group of students who scored in the top few percent of test takers, approximately 16,000 students are chosen from the Semifinalist designation. To continue in the competition, these students took the SAT, submitted a lengthy application, an essay, and a counselor recommendation. Then both colleges and corporations choose scholarship winners from the Semifinalist pool in order to reduce the group. These students are then given the prestigious rank of National Merit Finalist.
Please help me to honor the two Finalists this year: Sarah Carpenter and Sam Fynewever.