Maranatha High School celebrated their Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Lake Avenue Church on Saturday, June 4. Over 2,000 proud parents, family members, and friends cheered as 175 students became a part of the school’s proud alumni tradition. Current and former staff, board members, and school alumni were all asked to stand in recognition of their contribution to the school and to the Class of 2016. Dr. Steve Sherman, Maranatha’s new Head of School who will begin mid-June, was also recognized and welcomed again to the community he has already begun heavily investing in.
In addition to the awarding of diplomas, special awards were given to students honoring their academic excellence, athletic achievements, and Christian character. Attendees heard from the Class of 2016 Valedictorian Erin Songwang and Salutatorian Rohini Vyas. These speakers touched on how they have received a firm foundation at Maranatha and are now ready to meet the challenges of this world. The keynote speaker for the celebration was Maranatha’s new principal John Rouse, who received a standing ovation when he was introduced. This well-loved Maranatha staff of 33 years recently took over as principal and the community could not be more thrilled with his appointment. Mr. Rouse addressed the graduates challenging them to stand firm in their faith and to be strong and courageous as they venture out into the world.
Maranatha’s Class of 2016 students have been accepted to many of the nation’s most prestigious private institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Columbia University, Purdue, Texas A&M, Spelman, Boston, Northwestern, and Virginia Tech, as well as California’s top universities such as UC Berkeley, USC, and UCLA. A large population of their Senior Class will also continue to pursue an outstanding Christian education at schools like Wheaton, Azusa Pacific University, Texas Christian University, Seattle Pacific University, Biola University, and Westmont College. Finally, one Maranatha graduate will begin his college career and service to his country shortly at the US Military Academy, Westpoint.
As Maranatha celebrates, through graduation, the close of the 2015-2016 school year, their staff look forward to an exciting 2016-2017 school year. With a well-loved “new” principal and a new Head of School, change is in the air at Maranatha. The school looks forward to renewal and a strengthening of their mission as a Christ-centered, evangelical, college preparatory school that celebrates the whole student by equipping hearts and minds to reflect God’s glory through academics, as well as the arts, athletics, and service.
For more information on Maranatha High School, visit www.maranathahighschool.org or call (626) 817-4074.