With a 98% graduation rate, S. L. Jones Christian Academy held its commencement ceremony for their graduating seniors of 2017.
Fourteen seniors were honored Saturday afternoon as they marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance.” “This is our 15th year graduation,” said Mrs. Millicent Demps. “This year, our Valedictorian, Antirca Hall, received a scholarship.”
As the students began seating, parents and friends stood proudly watching. Pledges of Allegiance were given by the S. L. Jones students to the Bible, the Christian flag and the American flag. An invocation, a welcome and recognition of special guests were acknowledged.
Ms. Mynalynn West, the 12th grade Homeroom teacher, gave Senior Class Reflections. Pastor Willie Demps, Sr. Pastor, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church and Chief Executive Officer introduced the Comment Speaker, Honorable Gary Loster of Flint, Michigan.
“Also, we are communicating with Engels Ship Building to partner with them to expand our curriculum to include Industrial Arts type classes, which would benefit the students in preparation to begin work at Engels.” This is in the initial stage and we hope to have this up and running by the next school year.” said Demps. Also, we have a partnership with Selma University. They were present at the graduation and they are prepared to offer all of our students that had a 3.0 GPA or above a scholarship. That’s really exciting because we have at least eight or nine students that had a 3.0 GPA or above. “ said Demps.
Several of the students have already been accepted into various colleges.
S.L. Jones Praise Dancers performed a dance of celebration to “This Place” by Tamela Mann followed by the Introduction of Salutatorian by Coach Tre Bonner. Salutatorian Address was given by John L. Taylor. Introduction of the Valedictorian was given by Ka’Shzunia Bussey, S.G.A. Vice President. The Valedictorian Address was delivered by Anticia M. Hall. “Hall had a life changing experience,” stated Demps. When she was in the 10th grade, she was in a camp given by the local Rotary Club. Mr. Dave Mixon was the representative. She was given the opportunity to come to a leadership meeting sponsored by the Cantonment Rotary Club. The camp helped her to believe she could do anything. It really gave her confidence.”
After the ceremony, graduates and parents were invited to a reception in the library.