Maranatha Celebrates Their Grandparents and Special Friends

Maranatha High School Interim Head of School, Dr. Richard RiesenRohini VyasDiane Bowden and Tatum French Diane BowdenWilliam CruverMaranatha High School Principal, John RouseOdera NwobiMaranatha High School Board of Trustees Member, Michelle VanRiperFront Row- Judy Baker, Sandy Engler. Back Row- Al Kelly, Wesley Dorton, Fred EnglerPhil Pirio, Nathan Stewart, Mary PirioMichael Tufenkian, Andrew LaisEmi Rivas, Angie DominguezBetty Lujon, Steven WalkerGreg Asaturian, Angel Babayan, Alex Asaturian, Miran BabayanSandra Bojorquez, Gabriel Espana, Nevy BojorquezTeryl McDougall, Gabby Tavera, Lupe TaceraMax Blessinger, Colleen DusheckMary and Abraham Chaparian, Emily ChaparianSandy Catherwood, Holly Campbell, Virginia Campbell, Joan Campbell, Rod CampbellTuck and Helena Yen, Elaine Lew, Emily LewAnn Marie Smith, Giovanni Smith, Anna Maria SmithGeorge Wilson, Anita Velazquez, Merrillyn Wilson, David WilsonMaggie McFaul, Alison Scoon, Carole Scoon, Alice Pendleton, Larry PendletonSarah Rutzen, Bernice Jagielski, Matthew RutzenTeresa Rachal, Theresa Gibson-BooneFlorine Bennett, Mahali GraysonPaul Robles, Sean Robles, Nora RoblesJenny Nieto, Shannon Warren, Sebastian Topete, Linda RuizRick and Odette Ricasa, Riley RudioFrances Runje, Allie RaffeLarry Bennett, Olivia Bennett, Mary Ann Bennett

Article and Photos courtesy of MARANATHA HIGH SCHOOL

11:44 am | April 15, 2016

On a picturesque April morning, Maranatha High School hosted over 220 very special guests on campus for their annual Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day. The Student Center was dressed up and ready to greet the distinguished crowd with vibrant floral arrangements, smiling student ambassadors and volunteers, and a delicious breakfast buffet.

The program, emceed by grandparent Mrs. Diane Bowden—a longtime Maranatha native—featured performances by the school’s Orchestra and Mixed Ensemble. Special speakers included international student, Odera Nwobi ‘16, Principal John Rouse, and Board of Trustees member, Michele VanRiper. As always, the highlight of the morning was the time after the program that grandparents and friends got to spend with their students. The students took them on a tour of campus to share what life at Maranatha looks like.

Event Coordinator Michelle Karim ’07 remarked, “The Maranatha community is continually thankful for the blessing of grandparents and special friends in the lives of our students.”

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