Yukon’s ‘Patriot Pride’: 22 for 22

Southwest Covenant graduation Thursday night in Yukon

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Members of Southwest Covenant Schools’ 22-member Class of 2022 will graduate this Thursday night, May 26 at Covenant Community Church, 2250 S Yukon Parkway. A reception will follow in the school gym. (Photo by Mitzi Aylor)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon’s private Christian school celebrates its 22-member Class of 2022 this week.

Southwest Covenant Schools’ senior class is preparing for graduation this Thursday, May 26 at Covenant Community Church, 2250 S Yukon Parkway. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. inside the church sanctuary.

Missing from Southwest Covenant’s Class of 2022 graduation ceremony will be Peter Webb, who died during his sophomore year after suffering a severe head injury during a September 2019 football game.

“They are a well-bonded class because of Peter,” said Patti Betts, SWCS’ director of development. “They’ve gone through a lot of trials and loss and overcome that.

“They’re grown closer because of it – and had to do that early in life.”

SWCS Headmaster Steve Lessman

Southwest Covenant Headmaster Steve Lessman will address the 2022 Patriot graduates at Thursday night’s ceremony as they prepare to head off to college and career.

“Although Peter is not here with us, you have quietly carried him in your hearts, while trusting in the promise of the Gospel,” Lessman wrote in a letter to his graduating seniors.

“Your unwavering faith led the way for our school.”

A highlight of SWCS’s graduation program will be the reading of the Class of 2022’s Bible verse by Class President Jesse Judkins:

James 1:12 – “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”

Judkins will hand off the Bible to the 2023 senior class president, Luke Spaeny.

Southwest Covenant’s 2022 class valedictorian is Jillian Nason.

Salutatorians are Jesse Judkins, Grant Mosshart, Mercy Stevens, Sierra Andruss, Noah Holley, Julia Warner, Anthony Cox, Jordan Griswold, Brandon Bowers, and Tucker Croy.

Other graduating seniors are Anna Bell, Lilly Brown, Wayne Cook, Hannah Dunnington, Joel England, Bryson Ford, Laney Gatlin, James Hobia, Grayson Jones, Aden Rinkle, and Abby Schroeder.

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BLESSING TO PARENTS

All 22 SWCS seniors will take turns speaking during Thursday’s graduation ceremony.

“They each will get up and read a blessing back to their parents,” Betts said.

At the end, the new Patriot graduates will receive hearty congratulations from their teachers as they walk down the center aisle to exit the sanctuary.

A reception will follow in the school gym.

“Every parent will have a decorated table for their senior,” Betts said.

The SWCS Class of 2022 was due to return Tuesday from their senior trip to Boston, Mass. A traditional senior luncheon is Wednesday followed by graduation practice.

Founded in 1982, Southwest Covenant emphasizes discipleship training for children and families desiring a Christ-centered academic program and offers an accelerated curriculum based on a Biblical worldview.

This accelerated curriculum is designed for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

“We’re getting ready to start our 40th year,” Betts added. “We’ll have a 40th year celebration this year.”

Southwest Covenant started as an elementary school and the high school was added in 1996. The first graduating class had three members.

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