The 64 graduates of Augusta Christian Schools received their high school diplomas May 26 before a standing room only crowd during commencement ceremonies at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans.
With male graduates clad in red robes and females in white - the schools' colors - the students bid farewell to their former teachers and administrators and thanked God for passage to the next phase of life.
Salutatorian Will Wright Jr. read Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken and cited the biblical examples of King Solomon and Job. He said the world says one's choice in life does not matter.
"I tell you today, the choice does matter," said Wright, who will attend Furman University in the fall.
Valedictorian Andy House, a STAR student who is bound for Vanderbilt University in the fall, said his peers learned much more than a high school curriculum. He said they learned to show Christian love which puts their education into context.
"Love provides the meaning and that's what we've learned at Augusta Christian," House said.
In reflecting on his education, graduate Johnny Whitaker said the Christian school and his faith in God transformed him.
"So class of 2007, as we go forth in the world, I challenge you to let God lead you in everything you do," Whitaker said. "I promise you he will not let you down."
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