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KCS Celebrates First High School Graduation

May 27, 2016
By KCS Staff

You have been blessed... to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Commencement speaker Pastor Kainoa Valente commissioned the six members of the Class of 2016 with that simple truth.  In an evening that could have centered around individual achievement or accolades for a school celebrating its first graduating class, ‘ohana, a sense of belonging and duty as reiterated by Pastor Valente, became the resounding theme with each speech, prayer, word of thanks, and outward expression of love and joy.

Salutatorian McKenzie Gallagher, who will be attending Wheaton College, acknowledged that despite the distinct personalities of each class member, they “pushed aside their differences and came together as a group of sisters.”

Charis Ahn, Valedictorian, will be studying at UCLA in the Fall.  She thanked her classmates, reflecting on what she had learned from each individual.  With confidence and grace, Charis also expressed, “I hope to live life using my gifts to glorify Him and glean something positive from every circumstance and person I meet.”

Three graduates were recognized as the “Na Pua o KCS,” or “children of KCS.”  McKenzie Gallagher, Tyler Hope, and Nichole Yamauchi attended KCS from kindergarten through 12th grade.  A plaque in the new Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center will recognize them and future members of “Na Pua o KCS.”

The indelible relationships formed by this all-female class were highlighted by the word of gratitude each graduate spoke after receiving her diploma.  A video presentation also captured each girl’s personality and the collective memories shared as a class.

After the ceremony, family, friends, and KCC/KCS staff greeted the graduates with lei and hugs.  It felt like a true homecoming as many of the graduates’ former KCS classmates came to celebrate with them.  With its first graduating class, KCS has indeed found new “family traditions,” flowing from the value of ‘ohana.