Nine graduates walk at Birchwood ceremony

School’s close community will be missed


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Isaac Foreman has attended Birchwood Christian School since it opened six years ago.

On Friday, May 11, his time at the school came to close during a high school graduation ceremony held at BCS for the nine graduates (Foreman, Logan Carlos, Tracy Foster, Eric Fragnoli, Sarah Jemar, Dylan Keiffer, Jerilyn Nicholson, Seana O’Connor and Rachel Smith) of the Class of 2012.

Throughout his tenure as a Warrior, Foreman said he’s seen BCS expand its curriculum, athletic programs and the school’s square footage.

Foreman said he likes the sense of community offered at a small school like BCS, which has 120 total students in grades K-12.

“You actually know people’s names,” he said.

Valedictorian Dylan Keiffer agreed.

“You get to know each other a lot better,” he said.

Teachers, too, can be more hands on, Foreman said, because of smaller class sizes.

“Teachers know you better because there’s only 15 to a class,” he said.

Keiffer said he’ll always remember his senior year of basketball. The Warriors made school history by winning the Central Interior Conference title and earning their first trip to the Class 2A state tournament. BCS went 2-1 at state and claimed third place.

Like Keiffer, fellow BCS cager Sarah Jemar said she’ll never forget the bond shared between her basketball teammates — or riding in a cramped van for several hours to away games.

“You get so many memories falling asleep on five girls next to you,” she said.

Jemar said she couldn’t believe her time as a high-schooler has come to an end.

“It feels like my senior year has gone by super fast,” she said. “It was slow during the school year, but now that it’s over, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye.”

Jemar said she’ll miss her best friends Rachel Smith and Seana O’Connor — who both graduated Friday — when she heads to college Outside.

Foreman said he’ll miss the religious aspect of Birchwood Christian School.

“It’s just a good, positive place to be around,” he said. “It sets you up for college really well.”

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