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Religious services for grads Sunday

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbonBaccalaureate services for both Lincoln County High School and Riverside Christian Academy’s Classes of 2013 will be held Sunday afternoon, May 12.

Lincoln County High School

Community churches will come together Sunday afternoon to assist in holding baccalaureate ceremonies for Lincoln County High School’s 355 graduates. Ceremonies are set to get underway at 2:30 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium.

Jason Ramsey, youth and children’s minister at Prospect Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, the LCHS Chorus will perform, and Janice Carmen will play the processional.

“Also, various members of the graduating class will be sharing personal insights about how faith has impacted them throughout their school experiences and in their plans for the future,” said Chad Hancock, youth minister of the Fayetteville First Baptist Church, who is helping coordinate the religious ceremony and works with the school’s campus ministry on an ongoing basis.

“This is an interdenominational service, during which we wish to give God the glory for the kids’ achievements,” he continued. “It’s a time to celebrate and worship together one last time as a class.”

Graduation exercises at LCHS will be held on Friday evening, May 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Meadows-Thompson Stadium on the school’s campus.

Corey Smith’s “I’m Not Going to Cry” will be performed by the Elk River Boys, comprised of Zach Carter, Calvin Kidd and Casey Massey, members of the graduating class. Then Alan Billingsley’s “Lean on Me” will be performed by the LCHS and Ninth Grade Academy chorus.

The moment of silence and Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Mackenzie Watson, secretary of the senior class. Laura Beth Todd will lead the student body address, and Katie Mooney will deliver class president’s address. Morgan Helums will present the salutatorian address, followed by Riley Malone who will deliver the valedictorian address.

Jacob Sorrells, principal, will issue the diplomas, and Morgan Helums, sergeant-at-arms of the senior class, will give closing remarks. Liz Faulkner, vice president of the senior class, will lead the turning of the tassel.

The class flower for the LCHS Class of 2013 is the stargazer lily, and the class motto is “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong,” by J.C. Pearce.

The top 10 graduating seniors are, in academic order, Riley Malone, Morgan Helums, Meghan Sullenger, Kristen Hancock, Rebecca Hone, Ben Massey, Tabatha Beverly, Erin Moyers, Rena Andrews, and Zach Carter.

Flowers will be placed in the seats in memory of deceased classmates.

Riverside Christian Academy

Riverside Christian Academy will hold baccalaureate Sunday at 2 p.m. at Washington Street Church of Christ, with commencement ceremonies set for the following Thursday evening, May 16, at 7 p.m. at RCA’s gymnasium.

Travis Creasy, campus minister, Bible teacher and head football coach at RCA, will deliver the baccalaureate address on Sunday.

Buddy Bell, preacher and senior minister at Landmark Church of Christ in Montgomery, Ala., will deliver the commencement address.

Jessica Osier is valedictorian of this year’s class. Corey Albert is salutatorian. Reagan Eldridge will be presented the Golden Seal Award which recognizes attendance at RCA from the inaugural year in 2001

Graduates will receive awards during Senior Recognition Day set for Monday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at the school.