On a clear Saturday morning, the ANC class of 2016 was launched into the next phase of their lives. Surrounded by friends and family, and overlooked by more than a hundred banners of preceding classes, to which they have now added their own, the seniors of the Girls School and Boys School received their diplomas with all the pomp of tradition and hope for the future.
The ceremony was preceded by a service officiated by Bishop Brian Keith, who introduced the speaker, the Reverend Clark Echols. Clark's talk addressed the interplay between thoughts and emotions, an appropriate topic as these young people contemplate saying goodbye to friends and school, and embracing the realities of making their own lives. Honorary degrees were granted to Traci Gray and Barbara Jean Duggan on behalf of the Girls School, and Chris Barber and Saul Fisher on behalf of the Boys School.Following the granting of diplomas, Theta Alpha Gold Medals were awarded to senior girls Eden Halterman and Tykah Echols, and a Boys School Gold Medal was awarded to senior boy Zach Brock. The Girls School and Boys School valedictories were delivered by Brittany Gunther and Weston Wadsworth, respectively.