CENTENNIAL Christian School held its grad ceremony and dinner June 7. Back row left to right - Matthew Buxton

Centennial Christian School celebrates

Its 2012 grad class is the third largest ever in school's history

CENTENNIAL CHRISTIAN School graduated its third largest class ever in a ceremony held June 7.

Principal Edgar Veldman described the 16-member class as tight knit and made up of high academic achievers.

“Very, very strong academically. That’s what I would say. They really challenged each other and they really excelled,” he said of the class.

A good number of the class is headed either to college or university in Canada and one student is going to attend post secondary school in Europe, Veldman added.

He said he wouldn’t be surprised if a large number of the graduates also qualify for $1,000 scholarships that come from writing provincial exams.

One highlight of the grad class for this year was a trip by ferry to the Alaska Panhandle and then on to the Yukon before returning south via bus to Terrace. “They really bonded; they really came together on that trip,” said Veldman.

The school’s largest grad class was 22 in 2010 and second highest was 19 in 2005.

During the June 7 ceremony, scholarships were presented. The 24 scholarships come from local businesses and groups, from the school board, from local people and from the school’s teachers and groups within the school.

Centennial Christian School 2012 Grad Awards and Scholarships

C.C.S. School Board Scholarship – $500.00 – TYLER STRUYK

The C.C.S. School Board Scholarship will be awarded to the graduating student who best combines the school goals with respect to Christian direction, social responsibilities and academic scholarship.

C.C.S Staff Discipleship Scholarship – $500.00 – SARA NUTMA

The C.C.S. Staff Discipleship Scholarship will be given annually by the staff of Centennial Christian to a student who strives to uphold the Lordship of Christ in all things and demonstrates the desire to serve God, encourage others, and exercise discernment in all aspects of life.

The Trevor John Bandstra Memorial Scholarship – $500.00 – KRIZIA MCDONOUGH

The Trevor John Bandstra Memorial Scholarship will be given in memory of Trevor John Bandstra, a student of CCS from K-8.  Trevor was a passionate individual full of life and love for our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Trevor John Bandstra Memorial Scholarship will be given to a student who is pursuing post-secondary studies, is active in school and community events, and who has demonstrated empathy and a heart for those in need.

The Rona: Trade/Vocational Scholarship – $250.00 – JACOB MANTEL

Trade/Vocational Scholarship will be awarded to a student who was active in school and community events and intends to enter a program at a trade/vocational/technology school

The Rona: Trade/Vocational Scholarship – $250.00 – MAGGIE HALEY

Trade/Vocational Scholarship will be awarded to a student who was active in school and community events and intends to enter a program at a trade/vocational/technology school

Bandstra Transportation Scholarship – $250.00 – BRIXTON SANDHALS

The Bandstra Transportation Scholarship will be given annually to students who have worked hard and persevered while in high school and plan on attending a Christian university or college . Preference will be given to students with financial needs and who are involved with school and community events.

Bandstra Transportation Scholarship – $250.00 – MIRANDA TUININGA

The Bandstra Transportation Scholarship will be given annually to students who have worked hard and persevered while in high school and plan on attending a Christian university or college. Preference will be given to students with financial needs and who are involved with school and community events.

Bandstra Transportation Scholarship – $250.00 – KARYN ROSEBOOM

The Bandstra Transportation Scholarship will be given annually to students who have worked hard and persevered while in high school and plan on attending a Christian university or college. Preference will be given to students with financial needs and who are involved with school and community events.

Bandstra Transportation Scholarship – $250.00 – KRIZIA MCDONOUGH

The Bandstra Transportation Scholarship will be given annually to students who have worked hard and persevered while in high school and plan on attending a Christian university or college. Preference will be given to students with financial needs and who are involved with school and community events.

Trade/Vocational Scholarship – $250.00 – LEAREZA ROBINSON

Trade/Vocational Scholarship will be awarded to a student who was active in school and community events and intends to enter a program at a trade/vocational/technology school.

Trade/Vocational Scholarship – $250.00 – DORIAN GEORGE

Trade/Vocational Scholarship will be awarded to a student who was active in school and community events and intends to enter a program at a trade/vocational/technology school.

The TYSA George Bujtas Memorial Scholarship – $250 (2 Scholarships, one for a female and one male) TYLER STRUYK; MIRANDA TUININGA

The Terrace Youth Soccer Association scholarship will be awarded to the male and female athlete who have participated in and contributed to Terrace Youth soccer. Consideration will be given to the athlete’s contribution to sport of all kinds through volunteering to coach, officiate or help in other ways.

Booster Club Scholarship – $500.00 – DOROTHY JEDRZEJCZYK

The Booster Club Scholarship will be awarded annually to the graduating student who has chosen to become involved in Booster Club events and/or has gone above and beyond in volunteering his/her time in events and/or clubs that benefit the entire school community.

CCS Service and Sacrifice Scholarship – $300.00 AIMEE PELLETIER

The Service and Sacrifice Scholarship will be given to a student who has served their community and has sacrificed themselves for the sake of others. Preference will be given to students who plan on continuing their education in an area that will serve others. The recipient will have been active within the school community by participating in sports, drama and other school activities.

Mrs. V.A. Lindsay Memorial Scholarship – $300.00 – BRIXTON SANDHALS

In memory of Dr. Davis Lindsay’s grandmother who generously supported his university education, this scholarship will be awarded to a student who has been an active member of the fine arts program(s)at CCS and preference will be given to students pursuing a post-secondary education in the visual arts, music, drama, or related field.

Lindsay Family Scholarship – $300.00 MONIKA BEHNKE

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who took on leadership opportunities while attending CCS and who demonstrated kindness, gentleness, humility, and self-sacrifice while leading.

Thornhill Fire Department Scholarship – $ 500.00 – JACOB MANTEL

The Thornhill Fire Department Scholarship is to be awarded to any and all dependents of an emergency service whether volunteers or paid employees. (Ambulance, Firefighters, RCMP, Search and Rescue)

The MESH Scholarship – $500.00 MIRANDA TUININGA

The MESH Scholarship is named after the grandchildren of Mrs.Vicki McQuade, retired teacher of Centennial Christian School. The MESH Scholarship will be awarded to the graduating student who is hard working, committed, and intends to enroll in any post-secondary program. The recipient of the MESH Scholarship will have clearly identified the impact Centennial Christian has made on his/her daily walk with our Lord and Saviour.

The Kollias Soccer Scholarship – $250.00 (1 male, 1 female) TYLER STRUYK; DOROTHY JEDRZEJCZYK

The Kollias Soccer Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student who was actively involved in soccer in Terrace for many years in the capacity of player. Preference will be given to those who also helped with coaching, refereeing and clinics in the community.

The Mantel Foundation Scholarshio – $1,000.00 SARA NUTMA; KARYN ROSEBOOM

The Mantel Foundation Scholarship is given in honour of Jacob and Grace Mantel, two of the original founders of the “Terrace Calvin Christian School Society.” Jacob and Grace Mantel owned and operated a market garden and flower sales business on the land on which Centennial Christian School is situated. The scholarship is also given in memory of Rosalie Vis, one of the first students to graduate from Centennial and Jane Mantel, an active committee member dedicated to the vision of Centennial Christian School. The Mantel Foundation Scholarship will be given to the graduating student who will immediately continue to pursue his/her education at an accredited Christian college or university. (If more than one student qualifies the one who has attended Centennial Christian School the longest will receive the scholarship.)

Student Choice Scholarship – $500.00BRIXTON SANDHALS

The Student Choice Scholarship recipient is chosen by the Grade 12 Graduating Class. The graduates have chosen the recipient of this scholarship using the following criteria: The Student Choice Scholarship will be awarded to the graduate who has approached his/her school work with diligence and hard work, has chosen to become actively involved in school events, and has approached their work with a positive and Christ like attitude.

CCS Athletic Scholarship – $250.00 – TYLER STRUYK

The CCS Athletic Scholarship will be awarded to the graduating student who demonstrated sportsmanship, leadership, integrity and commitment while representing CCS in his or her sport. This scholarship will be awarded to the student athlete who was able to model a Christ like approach to competition while also volunteering his or her time to the athletic program.

Science and Mathematics Scholarship – $500.00SARA NUTMA

The Science and Mathematics Scholarship will be awarded to the student who has shown an aptitude in both Science and Math and who will be pursuing a post-secondary education in one or both of these fields

Academic Excellence and Commitment Scholarship – $333.00 – TYLER STRUYK

The Academic Excellence and Commitment Scholarship will be awarded to the graduating student who has dedicated himself or herself to academic excellence in school and through determination and hard work has taken on difficult challenges and has succeeded.