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Grand Rapids Christian Schools is blessed to enroll thousands of students, each with a variety of wonderful gifts and talents. Students created in God’s image who, through the loving prayers of parents, grandparents, and staff, are nurtured in their faith and prepared to be effective servants of Christ. 

On May 28, 2019, Grand Rapids Christian High School will graduate 210 seniors who will join more than 25,000+ alumni living throughout the world. Their graduation represents a culmination of educational and life experiences they will not forget. 

Each graduating class is comprised of students whose academic accomplishments are truly remarkable. The Class of 2019 is no exception. Join us as we recognize the Class of 2019’s top graduates for their outstanding academic achievements!

Students are listed in alphabetical order.

Vanesa Blas

GPA: 4.261

Parents: Mom, Nelida Yujra (in Bolivia)
Host Parents: Roberta and Tom Nelson

What activities did you participate in during high school? 
Forensics 
Global Ambassadors Club
Gospel Choir
National Honor Society
KISD Health Immersion Program

Awards and Honors:
Bible & Theology Brother Lawrence Award

College: Calvin College
Major/Course of Study: Nursing

Trevor Dalrymple

GPA: 4.268

Parents: Susan and David Dalrymple

What activities did you participate in during high school? 
Football (freshman & sophomore years)
Baseball (4 years, 2 years varsity, All-State Honorable mention)
Started a Photography Club
Played guitar in chapel
Participated in a Colossian Forum discussing evolution and creation for 10 weeks.
Spanish, all four years up to Spanish 5. 
Winterim Trip to Iceland

College: Michigan State University — Lyman Briggs College for Science, Math, and Engineering
Major/Course of Study: Undecided in major but fairly confident it will be in the biological sciences

Samuel Fynewever 

GPA: 4.259

Parents: Shelli DeWindt Fynewever and Herb Fynewever 

What activities did you participate in during high school? 
Chess Club
International Student Program Tutoring
Musical Pit Orchestra
Forensics

Awards and Honors:
National Merit Finalist
Outstanding Student in Mathematics
National School Orchestra Award

College: Calvin College 
Major/Course of Study: Secondary Education, concentrations in Math and Spanish

Steven Gong

GPA: 4.311

Parents: Lily Yan And Sean Gong
Host Parents: Joelle and Roman Williams

What activities did you participate in during high school?
Forensics
Science Olympiad
Adventure Club
Tennis
Swimming

Awards and Honors:
Outstanding Student in Mathematics
Outstanding Student in Science

College: University of Michigan — College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Courtney Kuipers

GPA: 4.271

Parents: Corwyn and Mari Kuipers 

What activities did you participate in during high school? 
Theatre: Stage manager and stage crew member
Forensics (captain)
National Honor Society (president)
Peer Listeners
Student Congress

College: University of Denver 
Major/Course of Study: Environmental Science

Elizabeth Meyer

GPA: 4.305

Parents: Chris and Alison Meyer

What activities did you participate in during high school?
Swimming (varsity)
Theater
Forensics
National Honor Society

College: University of Michigan
Major/Course of Study: Anthropology, pre-med track

Isabella Parolini

GPA: 4.224

Parents: Greg and Betsy Parolini

What activities did you participate in during high school?
Sideline Cheer (2 years, captain)
Competitive Cheer (captain)
Lacrosse (captain)
National Honor Society
Homecoming court

College: Hope College
Major/Course of Study: Prepare for a career in the medical field

Micaela Plantinga

GPA: 4.212

Parents: Briar and Nate Plantinga 

What activities did you participate in during high school? 
Forensics
National Honor Society
Senior Student Council 
Eagle Eye School Newspaper (editor) 
Competitive Equestrian team (outside of school)

College: Marquette University
Major/Course of Study: Pre-med track, also hoping to major in English

Benjamin Swedberg

GPA: 4.288

Parents: Karl Swedberg and Sara DeBoer 

What activities did you participate in during high school? 
Theatre
Forensics (state champion)
Improv 
Worked at Camp Roger during the summers

Awards & Honors:
National Merit Commended Scholar
Eagle Way Award

College: Northwestern University
Major/Course of Study: Double major in Communication Studies and Political Science

James VanAntwerp

GPA: 4.235

Parents: Jennifer and Jeremy VanAntwerp

What activities did you participate in during high school?
Theater
Forensics (state champion)
Tutoring

Awards & Honors:
National Merit Commended Scholar

College: Michigan State University
Major/Course of Study: Chemical Engineering