By Conrad Dudderar
As they prepare to begin the next chapter of their lives, Yukon High School seniors will tune in Sunday afternoon to view a farewell sermon.
The Rev. Adam Frederick will deliver that message to members of the YHS Class of 2021 during the annual YHS Baccalaureate.
The program will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at www.gn.church.
This year’s featured YHS Baccalaureate speaker is the children’s pastor at Victory Church in Warr Acres. His son Kole Frederick was Yukon’s 2020 senior class president.
This religious service is planned annually by YHS senior class officers under the guidance of Pastor Tom Arnould and Yukon’s Wanda Gamble.
The stated purpose of a baccalaureate is “to encourage and strengthen students in their faith and hope for their future after graduation.”
The 2021 YHS senior class officers will participate in Sunday’s program, which will be recorded inside the sanctuary of Yukon’s Good News Church.
Those senior class officers are: President Cade Pope, Vice President Adrian Charquero, Treasurer Wendy Pina, and Secretary Camdyn Terry.
Testimonies will be given this Sunday by Makayla Gilbert and Drew Stomprud.
Several other YHS students will perform during the service – Jaedyn Kanatzar will sing a solo and Amanda Letter and Camden Carlisle will perform a duet.
PRAYER, WORSHIP … AND ENCOURAGEMENT
Arnould, the longtime pastor of Yukon’s Good News Church, said baccalaureate has been a blessing to thousands of YHS students for more than a quarter century.
“It is a time in which students of faith can join with other classmates for a time of prayer, worship and encouragement prior to their graduation,” he explained.
Sponsored by the Yukon Ministerial Alliance, the YHS Baccalaureate is a Yukon graduation tradition on the Sunday before commencement.
This marks the second straight year the service will be livestreamed for on-line viewing. Starting in May 1995 and continuing through 2019, the program was presented live at the Yukon Fine Arts Center.
Pastor Arnould has been involved with planning Yukon’s Baccalaureate since 2004 as the Yukon Ministerial Alliance representative.
Gamble helped revived the YHS Baccalaureate in ’95 after Yukon hadn’t had the service for 20 years. That year, her daughter Marci was senior class president.