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Grace Prep grad sings hymn during graduation ceremony

Grace Prep grad Alexandra Madeira sings the hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" during graduation Friday night.
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Grace Prep grad Alexandra Madeira sings the hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" during graduation Friday night.

School: Grace Prep

Class: 2017

Number of graduates: 19

Graduation location: State College Assembly of God church

Colors: All students wore red caps and gowns and red and blue tassels.

Founders: Bob and Dannah Gresh

Head of School: Jarrod Sechler

Principal: Jane Auhl

Valedictorian: Jin Ho Park

Student of the Year: Sonja Loper

Best high school memories: It might not have been positive, but it was unforgettable. Park said he broke his foot, got stitches and ended up in the hospital for five days after suffering injuries from a fall while playing Frisbee with classmates about two weeks ago during free time. “I was running across the field to get the Frisbee and thought I had more room, but (tripped) on a walking path,” he said. “Turns out Frisbee is a little more dangerous than you think, but it’s something I won’t forget.” Park is taking a gap year to go back to his home country of Korea, but was accepted to Penn State.

Tips for underclassmen: Loper said the best advice she has for underclassmen is for them to make the best of their time at Grace Prep and in life. “It is what you make of it,” she said. “That’s what’s in your control.” She also gave a commencement speech that focused on Proverbs 4:23, which that says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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