Senior Send-Off 2017
The faculty and staff of Silverdale Baptist Academy wanted to leave the graduating Class of 2017 with some walks down memory lane, and words of wisdom as they venture into the next chapter of their lives. Enjoy this year's Senior Send-Off!
Class of 2017:
What a special group of students! I have loved getting to know each of you through tardies, check-outs and sickness. You give some creative excuses... Want to see what you include for reason for being late? Of course, there is the ambiguous excuses of "traffic', "alarm didn't go off" or "rain", all which are valid excuses. Then, we have the ever important "3 extra minutes of sleep", or "Cubs Won". And... the ultimate excuse of "forgot my backpack"- and it's wasn't just one of you that suddenly remembered you needed that to attend classes.
Thank you for being so welcoming & friendly. It has been a great year at the front desk!
Class of 2017,
There are many stories that flood my mind with I think of you as individuals, and when I think of you collectively, I just smile. You have walked through middle school and left your mark. You have blazed a trail for others to follow. It has been such a joy to watch you grow and mature into who you are now. As you leave SBA, keep serving others and leaning into Jesus. Remember the verse we discussed and tried to live which is Micah 6:8 - "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." In doing these things, you will thrive as you leave us to make a new path. Go with God's grace.
Much love and many blessings,
Senior class of 2017: Your joy is palpable! Thanks for welcoming me in on your class trip to Greece. It made it even more fun and wonderful to experience such a cool place with all of you cool people. Many of you are going different places, but my encouragement to you would be stay in touch -- with each other, with your teachers. The friend group you have here can help you stay consistent and genuine in your transition to college and/or the work force. As always, pray to God and read His Word -- two things that do not change. Hebrews 12:28-13:1
Becky Hansard, Head of School
Dear Class of 2017,
“It has been a wondrous experience to watch you grow into the young men and women you are today. I have always enjoyed spending time with you when you were guests in our home. You, like last year’s group, are that first generation who has had most of your successes and failures broadcasted on social media as opposed to the school “grapevine.” And you have navigated that social media minefield and come out on the other side with yourselves and your dignity intact. Congratulations. Remember what you have learned. Be kind. Leave a place better than you found it. And always remember that God will never use your mistakes to define you - so don't you do that either. Never let those mistakes hold you ransom. With God's guidance, you will be all that you believe you can be. I pray that you will always seek God’s direction and that it will be your default in every area of your lives. You are grand. Each of you – simply divine. I love you."
From first grade to now, it has been a blessing to watch each one of you as you have grown into the person God created you to be! Be open to see what the Lord has in store for you, even if it’s not in your plans! Let God use your life to do amazing things for His Kingdom! Congratulations on your accomplishments! I will be there, with tears in my eyes and joy in my heart, cheering for you on May 19.
Seven years ago, you were my sweet little 6th grade basketball champions! It's been a privilege watching each of you grow up into such beautiful young ladies! I've loved watching you excel in the classroom and on the court/field, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you. I pray you'll always surround yourself with people who build you up, not tear you down. I pray you'll keep God in the center of all you do throughout your life. I will miss you so much! Congrats!
You are all individually incredible. You are a blast to have in class and out. You support each other and know how to laugh. You have the best taste in TV shows (i.e. The Office), and you take care of your own. You work really hard at school (even if it slacked a bit here at the end - ha!), and you work even harder at sports and the arts and being a good friend. You seek Truth, and you question the norm. You're a total inspiration, and I'm going to miss you like crazy next year.
Remember what you have experienced at SBA, and make us all proud next year!
"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6-7
Love you all!
Class of 2017: Wow! I have had many of you throughout your school days. I have watched you grow into young adults. As kindergartens in my last music class, then some of you in my last 6th grade art as well as many of you in art in high school, I stand back in awe of what you have flourished into.
What memories we share: singing together, sharing skittles/MM’s as you answered questions about composers, artists, etc. to working on many art pieces, along with traveling on many trips such as Jr. Beta, NYC, Disney, Austria and Germany.
Creating art together permitted me to see how amazing you are.
I always wanted to instill in you to be a work of art: allowing joy in your work, displaying the peace that you have inside to show on the outside, and embracing what the Lord has created you to be!
Always stimulate your imaginative and inventive minds, using it for the Lord and remember as you are turning into a beautiful art piece it is a journey that leads to Jesus’ finish line.
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
To the graduating class of 2017,
A picture speaks a thousand words, so I am sharing a few pictures capturing the great memories we built together. I love each of you and I am so very proud of you!