Vail Christian High School’s Class of 2016 challenged to carry God’s love with them
EDWARDS — It takes a village, and if Vail Christian High School’s Class of 2016 ran for president, and they should, our village would be in the best hands ever.
Valedictorian Remington Beveridge, she of the 4.59 GPA and three-time Academic All State athletic honors, proposed that Vail Christian’s Class of 2016 should run for the presidency. Their combined ages are far more than the required 35 years of age, she reasoned brilliantly.
Like most of us, she’s already tired of the presidential election cycle, and the “I approved this message” season hasn’t even begun.
You improve the country by working together, not just talking about it, she said.
Then she rolled through all 39 Vail Christian graduates, their gifts — spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical — and the entertaining roles they would play in moving our country forward and upward.
“I’m Remy Beveridge, and I approved this message.”
Vail Christian High School’s Saints Class of 2016 marched confidently into their rest of their lives during Saturday’s commencement.
Salutatorian Xinyuan “Bill” Wen is a national math champion in the academic decathlon, the track team captain, yearbook editor and so much more as he earned a 4.5 GPA.
“The weeks of fear and anxiety I have endured at the thought of giving this salutatorian speech has drawn my attention from the discomfort of my broken foot,” he joked.
The Washington Post, he said, points out that 20 minutes after the speech, most people won’t remember what was said or who gave it.
So he gave part of his speech in his native Chinese. It was eloquent and touching.
In his native language he thanked the school and his host family, Sandra and Chris Burner, for embracing him in so many ways.
Volunteering in an Alzheimer’s ward, he saw people whose formerly keen intellects were deteriorating.
“I realized how fortunate I was to study at Vail Christian in the United States, the world’s only remaining super power,” Wen said.
‘What are you going to do with this one life?’
Headmaster Jeremy Lowe and Assistant Headmaster Patrick Beaudine are on their way to lead other Christian schools, Lowe to Texas and Beaudine to South Carolina.
“I kind of graduate with this class,” Lowe said.
Lowe left the graduates with a message he has been repeating in almost every chapel service the Class of 2016 ever attended.
“One day, all things will pass away: math, science, social sciences. One thing will remain. When we look face to face with our creator, our faith in Jesus Christ will remain,” Lowe said.
“What are you going to do with this one life God gave you?” he asked.
Lowe helped found Vail Christian, wandered off to California, and is back.
He and his family are moving to Texas this summer, which he said most friends remind him is the wrong direction for this time of year.
Conversations go much like this:
“Where are you going?”
“Texas!” he says.
“Oooh. Texas? On purpose? It’s hot. They have mosquitoes, Zika virus and tornadoes.”
God’s Love Doesn’t Change
Beaudine reminded graduates that technology changes, but God’s love does not.
In 1998, when the Class of 2016 was born, the average car cost $17,000; a house cost $120,000; the federal government was enjoying a budget surplus; the Euro was brand new; Google was founded; an era of awkward television commercials was launched along with Viagra; the Furbee was America’s favorite Christmas present and the Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl.
“Thankfully, God never changes and his love endures forever,” Beaudine said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and email@example.com.