“We prayed for you every day,” Rev. Derrick Carney, Luther First Baptist Church, told the graduating seniors of the Luther High School Class of 2019. He said members of the Luther Ministerial Alliance would continue to pray for them. “We have loved seeing you complete your education thus far. We are always here for you.” The traditional baccalaureate service at the Lavern Veasy Auditorium Monday evening also included prayers and an inspirational message from Luther First Christian Church Pastor Johnny Melton.
The minister’s group also awarded scholarships. Jay Cross received a $500 scholarship called the “Unsung Hero Award” that goes to a student who perseveres through adversity and was steadfast in the pursuit of his education.
Nothing could have prepared me for winning this award. It was totally unexpected and shocking to me. I never thought I would be the type of person to win awards like this. I’m sooo thankful for such loving and caring teachers, friends, and staff. So much stuff has happened in my life that many do not know about, but I always try to keep pushing forward. This award has giving me faith to never stop trying. Thank you to everyone that has provided me with this opportunity,” said Cross who was a member of both of the Luther Cross Country and Track teams that competed at the state tournament this year.
Three students won $300 scholarships during a drawing at the close of the service, and each student received a Bible and a coupon for HeBrews Coffee in Arcadia. Lauren Coates, Sydney Jones and DaNeysha Hines each received a cash award of $300 each.
Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be held at 7pm Tuesday, May 15, 2019. It’s also the last day of school for the academic year.