On May 23rd, the Family Life Center was full of proud parents, grandparents, family, friends, teachers, and administrators excited to witness and celebrate this momentous event with the Senior Class of HCA.
As the music of Pomp and Circumstance commenced, everyone rose to their feet straining to catch a glimpse of their favorite graduate as they marched in looking confident and happy. After the graduates had each filed in and found their place on the stage, the evening was opened with prayer and stirring performances of The National Anthem by Miss Jaqueline Smith, and The Guam Hymn by Miss Kana Day, a 2015 graduate. The eighty-eight graduates earn a distinguished place in Harvest history as the largest graduating class to date. There are a large majority of the class that have been at HCA since Kindergarten, and even some that have been students since Pre-K.
The class of 2015 will be remembered for the many contributions made by their outstanding athletes, accomplished musicians, entertaining acting troupe, and esteemed scholars. The top ten students were recognized during the ceremony, with three students receiving special distinction for being chosen as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship; Luke Gomez, Min Sung Kim, and Daniel Han.
The Salutatorian, Loriel Arcangel, gave a humble and humorous speech focusing on the good times shared as a class, his appreciation to the staff for their guidance, and to his family for their unconditional love and continually pointing Him to God. Valedictorian, Daniel Han followed up with his speech, by asking the audience to consider “their purpose in life”. He went on to share that even with all the accolades of success it would be meaningless and empty without Salvation and life in Christ. Daniel was extremely grateful to his parents, grandparents, and the Harvest staff who have had a part in helping him become the accomplished young man that he is.
Mr. Kevin Inafuku, one of the Senior class sponsors, followed with an inspirational song and the speaker for the evening, Dr. Steve Pettit, President of Bob Jones University was introduced. Dr. Pettit reminded the graduates of the Mission statement of HCA: “To help students develop a heart for God by providing a quality education in a Christian environment”. Challenging them from this simple and familiar statement, Dr Pettit highlighted what makes their quality education distinctively Christian. That the goal at Harvest, is to see each student accept Christ as Savior and to go forward growing and walking in Him.
As the challenge concluded, each of the eighty-eight graduates took their place, one by one, and stood in their regalia while pictures of their childhood and school years were shown, creating a vivid reminder of how quickly the days have gone. Each graduate then made the walk across the stage to receive their diploma from Pastor Marty Herron, joining their parents off stage to receive a flower lei and quick picture. After all the diplomas were given the Class of 2015 was presented and tassels were moved. The processional began as each graduate strode back down the aisle with all the hope and exuberance of youth ready to meet their bright future and their loved ones waiting with hugs and loads of congratulatory leis.