Eclectic, but close-knit.
That is how Principal Irishe Spurgeon described the Columbus Christian School Class of 2014.
Six students — Aika Chen, Ian Gray, Clayton Harvey, Willis King, Andrea Lacy and McKenzie Peters — are set to graduate in a ceremony 7 p.m. today at the school.
“We’ve had a lot of laughs and a lot of memories,” Peters said.
Lacy said she and her classmates are more like brothers and sisters, having grown close to each other as they grew with God.
“The school really helped my religion,” Harvey said. “Everything I know about being a Christian, I learned here.”
Gray plans to join the Marine Corps and said his experience at Columbus Christian will help him in his future.
“The school helped me grow more as a man in Christ,” he said.
Some of the seniors found a place in Columbus Christian that they had trouble finding in public schools.
Chen moved to Columbus from Japan a few years ago, and she started off at Columbus North High School.
“North felt too big,” she said. “Here, I could put myself in a group who only speaks English and I learned faster.”
Peters found comfort in a smaller school compared with Greensburg, where she had attended and which is much larger.
“It was a good decision,” she said. “It’s a little scary now that it’s over, but I need to get the rest of my life started.”
Same goes for King, who transferred to Columbus Christian two years ago to find his focus. He will try to enter the Coast Guard and said the leadership and spiritual dedication he learned at the school will help him along that journey.
Spurgeon said the students have received much mentoring and discipleship at the school, which she hopes will prepare them academically for their future.
If the graduates took nothing else from their time at Columbus Christian School, Spurgeon had one piece of advice she hopes they will remember: “Put God first, and the rest will follow.”