Bridgeway Academy Graduates 150 Seniors in Class of 2019.

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Top homeschool academy graduates their senior class in ceremony at Cedar Crest College

“We are honored to recognize the students in this year’s graduating class for all that they have accomplished,” says Bridgeway Academy President Jessica Parnell.

Homeschool students from across the world gathered at Cedar Crest College this past weekend to participate in Bridgeway Academy’s graduation ceremony. Twenty-eight (out of a class of 150) students and their families traveled to the Lehigh Valley for the event. In addition to the graduation ceremony, activities on June 1 included a student meet-and-greet and a post-graduation luncheon.

Bridgeway Academy’s valedictorian, Cecilia Nicole Araya spoke about growing up in a time of heightened awareness and information with technology allowing her peers and herself to reach for the future they have been imagining. “As we move forward and step into adulthood, the lessons we have learned will stay with us and guide our future endeavors.” What they have been striving for is now within grasp. The question is no longer ‘Can we do it?’ but rather ‘Will we do it?’”

Salutatorian Morgan Folks spoke to the advantages of homeschooling, including more independence and ability to explore hobbies and interests. “I know what it is that sets my heart on fire because I was able to develop these little seeds of interest into full blown passions that I can and will pursue into adulthood.” Folks encouraged her fellow graduates to “be fearless in the pursuit of what you love. As long as we pursue what we love with passion, happiness and great rewards will follow.”

Students honored at graduation included Morgan Bottesch, who was recognized by US Figure Skating Association for her accomplishments on the ice and in school and received the Outstanding Athlete award from Bridgeway. Meghan Kelley—who has been practicing ballet since age 3, winning multiple competitions including internationally, and training in the Orlando Ballet School’s professional training program—received Bridgeway’s Performing Arts award. Luis Jose Jacobo Jaquez was honored with the Outstanding Service award for his work providing translator assistance to US medical missionaries who come to his native Dominican Republic, thus facilitating proper communication and care between doctors and patients.

Joining the students and their families was commencement speaker Justin Brown, Realtor and owner of Forty South. In addressing the students, Brown spoke about the importance of going all in on something and giving it everything you have. “When you go all in on something, you find out what you’re passionate about. You’ll be hugely successful” because you’re following your call, and “you’ll have a huge impact on people, which is most important.” Justin shared tips with the students on how to go all in, including writing down goals every day, inserting themselves into an environment that helps build goals, and being generous.

“We are honored to recognize the students in this year’s graduating class for all that they have accomplished,” says Bridgeway Academy President Jessica Parnell. “We are excited that students were able to come together to celebrate this milestone in their education, and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for them.”

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