Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, Calif., marked its 25th graduating class with commencement ceremonies on May 27. (See story here.) Among the graduates were these outstanding young people, as noted by the Simi Valley Acorn. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. (Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley, Jordan Bakker, pastor.)
Senior Standouts: Grace Brethren
Editor’s note: Senior standouts are selected by their respective schools, and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Photos courtesy of O’Connor Bros. Photography
Connor “CJ” Johnson, 18, spent his high school years making his mark in martial arts, academics and fine arts.
The son of Tim and Janette Johnson, CJ received several acting awards, including outstanding achievement in leadership and fine arts in 2015-16.
Autumn Pifer was all about leadership and athletics in high school.
The 18-year-old maintained a 4.0 GPA all four years. She served as Associated Student Body secretary, president of the fashion club and a member of the California Scholarship Federation.
The daughter of Jill and Eric Pifer, she played volleyball and was named MVP as a varsity player.
Noah Bean, 18, has always had a heart for giving back, whether through feeding the homeless or cleaning up a shelter.
“A lot of people take what they’re blessed with for granted, but not everyone has food to eat or clothes to wear,” he said. “It makes me feel good to give back because you never know what someone is going through or how you could change their life.”
Noah plans to study business management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the fall. Ten years from now, he hopes to be running his own business.
The son of Eddie and Tanya Bean, Noah played football for the Lancers and was named MVP and All-Star game MVP in 2016.
Hannah Nandor, 18, devoted a great deal of time to riding horses for Grace’s equestrian team and the Santa Rosa Valley 4-H Club.
She received high academic honors all four years and was a member of the National Honor Society and Interact Club.
The daughter of Scott and Karen Nandor, Hannah was awarded the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s National Sportsmanship Award and the Society of Women Engineers’ Award for excellence in math and science.
Star football player Tucker Robertson was named First Team All-League four years straight.
The 18-year-old was also named First Team All CIF as a junior and First Team All-State as a senior, among many other athletic honors.
Tucker also excelled in academics, receiving the laureate award three times for having a GPA higher than 4.0.
In the fall, he plans to major in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, where he received scholarships for football and academics.
Aside from his parents, Trey and Tina Robertson, the biggest influence in the graduate’s life has been Coach Josh Henderson.
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