Graduates

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Kelsey Gioja, Alexys Young, Deanna Auxier, Carter Borgers, Ethan Huse and Paul Harms graduated from St. Paul’s Lutheran School May 22.

The Class of 2019 of St. Paul’s Lutheran School of Woodworth graduated during a 7 p.m. ceremony May 22.

The verse chosen by the class is Isaiah 40;31, “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” They chose turquoise, magenta, and white as their class colors and the dahlia as their flower, according to a news release.

Members of the Class of 2019 are Deanna Auxier, daughter of Sarah Johnson of Urbana, Carter Borgers, son of Jon and Holly Borgers of Woodworth, Kelsey Gioja, daughter of Phil and Laura Gioja of Watseka, Paul Harms, son of Josh Harms of Milford and Rebecca Harms, Ethan Huse, son of Dan and Kristy Huse of rural Onarga, and Alexys Young, daughter of Stephanie Young of Milford.

The students processed in to “Lift High the Cross” by the pianist for the evening, Ruth Newman. Sandy Lebeck, principal, and Pastor Michael Stoerger led the service. Pamela Borgers, Jenkins, St. Paul’s alumnus, delivered the graduation address.

Paul Harms was the valedictorian of the class and Kelsey Gioja was class salutatorian. Carter Borgers, Kelsey Gioja, Paul Harms, and Ethan Huse were recipients of the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Ethan Huse received the Citizenship Award and Deanna Auxier was the recipient of the Marlin Redeker Memorial Scholarship. Betty Reetz, Calvin Wagner, and Kena Clark, members of the Board of Christian Education, presented the diplomas. The students will be attending high school at Christ Lutheran, Milford, and Watseka. A cake and punch reception, hosted by the parents of the graduates, was held in the school gym immediately following the ceremony.