Nashua Christian Academy’s 2013 Baccalaureate Service on May 24th was a lovely and intimate ceremony for our seniors and their families. Mrs. Karen Luttik, an internationally renowned clarinetist, welcomed those present with a beautiful Bach piece and video presentation. Seniors Tim Scott and Kasey Rosala opened in prayer and shared scripture for their classmates. Following Dr. Paul Berube’s charge to the graduating seniors, the focus of the evening was the Candle Lighting Ceremony.
Parents accompanied their graduate to the front of the sanctuary, where faculty members read scripture selected for the student and prayed, consecrating each to the Lord. The graduate thanked his or her parents and proceeded to light a candle, symbolizing the carrying of the light each has received from God into the world.
Grand Marshalls Nathan Gray and Zachary Brown carried the light and led the graduates as they processed. This was a very special time shared by extended families and friends of the 2013 graduates.[slider playpause=”true” slide_page=”2013baccalaureate” slider_type=”slides” limit=”8″]
Nashua Christian Academy’s Commencement on May 25th drew a delighted crowd to 43 Main Street to celebrate our 2013 graduates. Headmaster Christine Urban welcomed the families and friends to recognize the graduates’ accomplishments and to encourage them in the next steps God has for them. A class of distinct individuals, these graduates were remarkable in academic accomplishment, their heart for missions and a willingness to step enthusiastically into new things!
Special music by graduates Tim Scott and Breanne Wallace included David Crowder’s Everything Glorious and Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear?. Those gathered joined in worship, led by these gifted young musicians.
Later in the ceremony, speaker and alumna Rebecca Mason challenged the graduates to have a personal vision in Christ and to hold onto that as they step into the future. Valedictorian Kimberly Luttik of Nashua and Salutatorian Sonja Nielsen of Stow, Massachusetts, remembered their classes’ adventures together, from secretly decorating the high school at night at Christmas, to mission trips abroad, to solving integrals in calculus class. Both young women encouraged their peers to carry their joy and determination forward into college and career.