Senior Spotlights

For seniors, the last few months of school can be a whirlwind of activity - celebrations, spring programs, special events, and more. It’s also a culmination of 12 years of hard work and dedication that brings them to the end of a high school career.

While we can’t celebrate together in the usual ways and take part in those normal activities, we still want to take a moment to highlight our Shalom Seniors, by showcasing their future plans and sharing a reflection of their time at Shalom. Each Wednesday we’ll share four students on our website so you can learn more about this special class - four more will be added every week. Click the photo to read the student bio. 

Be sure to visit the Senior Messages page to share a verse, note of encouragement, poem or photo with the class! 
Please note: some students have chosen not to participate in the Senior Spotlight. 

senior shoutout

Congratulations!

This is the beginning of the rest of your life! SCA is very proud of you all! Keep loving Jesus and making a difference for Him!

- Jackie Drooger, SCA Board Member


 

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May you always Philippians 4:8 all that you do. What a blessing your class has been to many of us parents. I am proud of your choices and how you are serving God. Can't wait to see the next chapters of your life. Live for Him. Press on toward His goal for you. Love you all!

Christina Newcomer 💜

Don't Stop at 6!

I just watched a throwback sermon from Pastor Steven Furtick last night with this title, and I thought I would share this with you. He talked about how the Israelites walked around the city of Jericho six times completely peaceful and silent. It didn't make sense to them at the time, but they were obedient. As a result, they were successful in conquering Jericho on lap 7. Think of it this way, as we approach May: You are headed for lap 7. Keep going with everything you've got. Even if you have next to zero motivation, keep going. Keep striving for the promises God has for you once you reach the finish line! I miss you guys! Have a Jolly Rancher or a Starburst for me.

~Mrs. Baker

When I think about the Class of 2020, and really, most of the youth of this world, I see a group of world changers ready to embark. A group of individuals created and purposes for such a time as this, tested and refined by the trials of this world from the time they were born. A group of people with young minds still willing to adapt and grow. A group of individuals with positive attitudes ready to forge ahead and embrace all the new opportunities that will present themselves, even during this time of strife and uncertainty. Yes, I see a group of world changers ready to rise up and say, “Yes we can, and yes we will!” With God’s grace, guidance, and strength, may it be so. 🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️ Hold on tight Class of 2020, you’re just getting started and your future is so bright. 

Dear Shalom Class of 2020,

Who would have imagined when we started this year that many of the rituals and markers of you were anticipating would not happen.  I’m sure you’re disappointed.  It’s ok to grieve for those.  After all, you’ve looked forward to them for many years.!  As you are wishing that things were different, also determine to make this unusual year memorable in positive ways.  There are new opportunities in this time.  Take advantage and grow!  Remember that God is your source of joy and strength - this year and beyond.  End this senior year with your heads up!

Mrs. Petersheim

To the class of 2020,

I will miss having the senior boys in gym class and watching our seniors play baseball and soccer. I’m so proud of the way you represented Shalom on the ball fields and courts. May God use you to be a light to this world during these troubling times! Congratulations and God bless the Shalom class of 2020!

Mr. Roseman

James 1:12  “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” Congratulations to Owen Mussmon and the entire Class of 2020! It’s not the present you counted on but go joyfully where the Lord leads you into the future.

To the class of 2020,

I am so proud of you all! It honestly seems like yesterday that you sat in my classroom and learned about the Civil War. So many great middle school memories. And then you became high schoolers and we talked about government and economics. And then you became tenth graders and moved on to other teachers and other hallways. My prayer is that you will move on from SCA and do good. Be lights for Jesus in a world that needs His light! You are a special class and I know that you have received a solid foundation here at Shalom that will serve you well as you go out and do good. Our prayers and love go with you!

Mrs. Hoover

To my senior friends! <3

I love you all and am really sorry about the things you missed. I loved having a great group of people and friends to look up to for years and especially this year as I made so many new friends from the class of 2020. I will really miss all of my seniors next year. And I hope to be that senior next year that you all were to me. Love you and miss you! <3 :) 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020~ I will miss seeing you at school, but know you are ready for the next big adventure in your lives. To my soccer girls... you are amazing, talented, and determined. Keep that same determination as you enter the next phase of your lives!

Mrs. Emge/Coach Jen

Dear Seniors,
For the last baseball or soccer season you're missing right now, for the senior banquet you didn't get to have, for the senior walk through the halls, normal graduation ceremony, and the chance to never properly say goodbye to your friends and teachers, I want you to know that my heart hurts for you, and I am truly sorry.  In everything that is going on in the world, these may seem like small things, but they are big things to you, and it's OK to feel sad that you're missing them.  I have enjoyed getting to know you over the last 3 years, and I think you're all pretty special.  As you move forward, remember that you're history makers. (actually, literally!)  My prayer is that you always let God be in the driver's seat, while you ride shotgun, and that you always be true to yourselves.  In the words of Dr. Seuss, "So.... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places!  Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So.... get on your way!"  Go move those mountains!

Love, 
Mrs Dukehart

Seniors, you are shining stars! Remember the skits that you wrote and performed in 3rd grade? I wish you all a bright future on the stage of life.

Mrs. Holderman

Bless the class of 2020

May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.  God is doing a good work in your life.  You may see it now or it may take years to realize it but God doesn't waste a crisis!  Look for what He is doing and what He wants to do in you.  Seek Him with all your hearts.  As it says in James: Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  Praying for you class of 2020 

Mr. Shank

My wish

My wish for you is this...
Galatians 6:9
"So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up."

Push on! Do GOOD! May God richly bless you!

Mrs. Breneman-Smith

Go Forth Class 2020 & Change The World!

We are so very proud of each one of you!!!  It has been a great pleasure getting to know each of you over the years.  There’s nothing we, or anyone, can say to makeup for the time you are losing in what is supposed to be one of the best years of your life.  But we can offer some encouragement.  Right now, you have the power to make the most of this unfortunate situation.  I challenge you to not allow the current circumstances to define your ending to your senior year.  Yes, things look different and events will be delayed but I see this class resilient and innovative.  You can navigate digital space with ease, in ways adults seem to struggle.  You push boundaries, challenge norms, and put yourselves out there for the world to see on social media.  We look forward to applauding for each of you as your names are called out to receive that diploma.  Might yell a little louder as Derek Bryan walks across that stage.  Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go!!!

Mark, Crissy & Sophie Mentzer

Congratulations to the SCA class of 2020...

Behind you all your memories, before you all your dreams, around you all who love you, within you all you need.  Blessings to each of you as you embark on a new journey!

Mrs. Staley

Congrats to the seniors!! It is hard to believe those little friends I taught so many years ago are ready to graduate. You are ready!

Mrs. Keller

Remember your ABC'S????

Dear Senior Class
 
 I've had the wonderful pleasure of getting to meet many of you and share a few laughs. You are an amazing group of young men and women. I know that you will do great in your future endeavors. In my message of encouragement, I wanted to recant the ABC's...Just 1 last time:
 
 A- Always know that you are loved.
 B- Be true to yourself and believe in yourself.
 C- Can't is not a word in your vocabulary. Delete it.
 D- Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4
 E- Everything you do at this moment will impact your future. Be careful with the choices you make.
 F- Find a scripture that you can recite to yourselves that will keep you inspired, continues to encourage you, and something that reminds you that HE will never put more on you than you can bear. Proverbs 3:5 is one of my favorites since I graduated high school. 
 G- Grab as much food while you can at home. So if mom or dad say "Do you want seconds, take it!" McDonald's on those late study nights can get pretty boring... Just saying, it's pretty bad when I recite the entire menu!
 H- Have faith.
 I- Introduce yourself to an alarm clock! It's your responsibility to wake up on time!
 J- Just keep praying. Just do it! 
 K- Keep pushing forward. 
 L- Learn from the mistakes you make.
 M- Mentor to others around you. You will meet people that have different upbringings than yourselves. 
 N- Notice how I used the alphabet? So cool right? You're halfway through the alphabet. Keep reading...
 O- Opportunity awaits for you!
 P- Pray before you react, respond or make a decision in life. 
 Q- Quitting is not an option. Don't give up. There will be some challenges that will be hard, but you keep praying , fighting, and believing in yourselves. You will overcome them. 
 R- Remember that you are loved. Reach out to your friends and loved ones, so we know that you're okay!!!
 S- Stay on the path to your goals. If you end up taking a detour from the path, don't fret. It just means that you have to take a different "Set of directions" to get to your goals. Like a GPS that auto routes your path to your destination. 
 T- There will be challenges. 
 U- Use the tools that you have received throughout the years from all of your teachers, parents, church family and friends.
 V- Visit us as often as you can. 
 W- We all cheer for you as you transition into adulthood, especially me :-) 
 X- X marks the spot in our hearts for each one of you. 
 Y- You are now equipped with the ABC's and I have 1 last statement...
 Z- Zzz's are much needed. Enjoy sleep while you can. Those great minds need the rest. Remember you still have a curfew. So lights out at 11. :-) 
 
 Congratulations!!!! God Bless!!!!

Graduation Blessings

May God bless your next steps as you leave the hallways of our school to change the world. Represent the Name of Jesus well, and know that our prayers go before you and behind you. Philippians 4:14 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  Follow God, chase your dreams, and make a difference. I will miss Julia Wright, who was my teacher’s aid and was a blessing to my fifth grade class this year!  Wishing Julia and all of the seniors God’s best!

God bless,
Mrs. Priego

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly go into the world and do good.” Congratulations Seniors, you made it. Go out into the world and make a difference for Jesus. My prayer is that you remember your roots and your foundation. You are world changers- Go change the world.

Mrs.Oliphant
 

I miss you guys terribly..Every morning in devotions..taking attendance, telling you to put your phones away, missing your illegal uniform choices...ahhh, those were the days. Those little things have become the BIG things that I miss and I'm sure you do too. SO, to the Class of 2020, go out and make a difference. Make your life, a life of consequence for others, yourself, and God's Kingdom ....Remember the good times and even the bad times will become meaningful too. It has been a fun, and sometimes challenging 4 years, but I wouldn't change it for anything....miss and love you.....

Ms Shaffer

What a special class. I loved being on the missions trip with you. It was honestly the best missions trip I've been on. I often think of our party night.

Dr. Flood

I will surely miss your smiling faces in the hallways.  Take those smiles and bless all those you encounter moving forward.  Allow today's challenges to make you stronger and more compassionate, loving as Jesus loved.  Sending you with hugs and many 2nd grade memories as you leave this nest.  Blessings!  Congratulations! 

Mrs. Lehman

To the Class of 2020,

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.  This is one of my favorite verses and a verse that has become so important to me as I have watched “my senior” grow and branch out this year. 
I have known most of you since you were in kindergarten. It has been so fun to watch you grow into the young men and women that you are today.
I am so heartbroken that your senior year has ended this way. There are no words to make it better. 
As you leave Shalom and look ahead to your future, may you always remember who you are and whose you are. God loves you more than you will ever know and his love has no end❤️ Wishing you all the very best. 

~Jen Mussmon 

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