On Monday evening twelve graduates from the six St. Johns County high schools were honored for their consistent walk of faith through high school. Now that's a high honor! Can you imagine how difficult it is to stand up to the crowd, to swim upstream or walk the walk in today's high schools? These twelve humble students were given the opportunity to give a small testimony and a look into their future plans. Many of them gave us scripture to ponder, life verses that inspire, stories of overcoming and humble thanks. Some had served as missionaries in Haiti and their lives were changed forever. One of the young men read from a C.S. Lewis Bible commentary that opened his eyes to seeing people as fearfully and wonderfully made. He now looks at every person he meets as a child of God. People matter.
One of the young ladies has brought many of her softball teammates to the Lord and looks forward to the opportunity to continue that privilege on her college softball team. Two young men played football throughout high school and shared prayer time and common faith with their teammates. Although Dillon did elaborate on being side-lined from football because of brain surgery, he has been forever inspired to help students with disabilities.
The testimonies of these young people touched the families and friends that filled the Joshua Caleb Ministries Center at Switzerland Community Church. The program is sponsored by Christian Educators (CEAI) of St. Johns County and all nominations are student-led from their FCA, Young Life or other Christian organizations on campus. This is the 18th annual ceremony and was dedicated to Lou Greco, one of the founders, who is retiring this year.
The students received a certificate, a medallion to wear at graduation, a $100 scholarship and a CD of contemporary Christian music from 2013. For more information on how you can honor your graduates in your community, please contact Karen C. Seddon.
Bartam Trail High School
Creekside High School
Pedro Menendez High School
Nease High School
Ponte Vedra High School
St. Augustine High School