GALLIPOLIS — Ohio Valley Christian School seniors gathered for the last time as students before taking their next steps into the world as graduates during their graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon at First Baptist Church and Ohio Valley Christian School.
According to information provided by Ohio Valley Christian Administrator Patrick O’Donnell, Katlyn Bradley, OVCS senior, is the daughter of Robert Bradley, Norma and Chris Ellcessor. She has been active in sports, including volleyball for eight years, track for four years, basketball for two years, cheerleading for one and cross country for one. She was team captain for the season as well as in the state final four tournament games. She was awarded the leadership award in volleyball both years at OVCS. She is the 2016 River Recreation Festival Queen. She volunteers her time at various nursing homes where she paints nails and shares fellowships with residents. She is Student Council President and President for the Christian Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Rio Grande to pursue nursing.
Noah James Jenkins is the son of Heath and Lora Jenkins. Noah attends Vinton Baptist Church and is active in youth group, small group, church softball and volunteers for church camp, vacation Bible school and food pantry activities. He has been active in sports which includes football for two years, wrestling for five years, track for five years and soccer for three years. He will make his way to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island next month to enter the Marine Corps after high school.
Jared James Parissi is the son of Julia Parissi. He has attended World Outreach Ministries for 13 years, is this year’s salutatorian for OVCS with a GPA of 3.68. He has been a student of OVCS since the first grade, was a member of the OVCS band for four years, and is a part of the Christian Honor Society. During his sophomore year, he was on the GAHS varsity golf team. He has earned the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. He is this year’s recipient of the Holzer Sciene Award, the Ohio valley Electric Company Science Award, the Mid-Ohio Valley Center Scholarship and the Ruth H. Williams Math Award. He is enrolled with Marshall University where he plans to study computer science.
Deborah Sue Reed is the daughter of Jeff and Janet Reed. She attends First Baptist Church. Reed has attended OVCS since the eighth grade. She is this year’s valedictorian with a GPA of 3.96. She has served as the sophomore, junior and senior class president. She is a member of the Christian Honor Society. She has been active in band, choir and yearbook. She has been a member of the varsity cheer leading squad for five years. During her senior year, she participated in Rio Grande Concert Band. She has participated in the Gallia County Junior Fair for nine years. She has earned the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. She has received the Founders Grant, Legacy and Ministry Scholarships at Bob Jones University as well the Carteens and Wiseman, Roach and Waugh Family Scholarships.
Rachel Christina Joy Sargent is the daughter of Richard and Judy Sargent. She has attended Ohio Valley Christian School since the seventh grade. She has been active in the school’s basketball, soccer, volleyball and track teams. She was part of the 2016 OSHAA volleyball state championship runner-up team. She became a member of the 1000 points club in basketball. Sargent is this year’s recipient of the Mason County Community Foundation Jackson Scholarship. She has received a track and field scholarship from Ohio Christian University where she plans to major in psychology.
“We’ve made many memories and friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Reed. “However, we couldn’t have reached this milestone in our lives without some very important people. Our teachers have invested many hours helping each day to arrive here. Our family and friends have supported us through their encouraging words. Finally, I would like to thank my parents for making it possible for me to come here to OVCS and finish well, especially when I just wanted to be finished…Today, we will begin a new chapter in our lives. We will face new challenges, meet new people. We’ll take the lessons learned here into our next lives.”
“Amid several praise-worthy traits, the Class of 2017 exemplifies courage above all others,” said O’Donnell. “Their courage is not lived out in a self-aggrandizing fashion, but in the quietness of everyday living. The courage to quietly face adversity, not of their own making, with grace and poise.”
“Good job guys, the fab five,” said guest speaker Scott Bruns. “Fight the good fight of faith and take hold of the eternal life for which you were called.”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.