If there is one word that best describes the Class of 2013 at Valor Christian High School, Fonda Kempton, the school’s director of college guidance, would have to choose the word “unity.”
“Even though it’s our biggest class yet, they are very unified,” Kempton said. “They are great about doing things together. It’s impressive to see.”
The class, which boasts 176 graduates, may have defined itself best through athletic dominance, and according to Kempton, has 26 student-athletes that have signed to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level.
No athletic program left a bigger mark than football, in which Valor seniors earned state championships in Class 3A in 2009, Class 4A in 2010 and 2011 and Class 5A in 2012. And while many will remember this flock of Eagles for their athletic prowess, Kempton will remember a variety of things about this group.
At the top of the list likely would be the growth the students displayed through the variety of mission trips taken throughout their time at the school.
“I think that the experience helps them to understand the world a lot better,” Kempton said. “Working with people in need starts a lifelong desire in many of them to serve and you see it so often when these kids are applying to colleges that they are asking what kind of study-abroad and mission programs are available.”
The fourth class in school history will be represented in the fall at NYU Abu Dhabi, Boston College, Pepperdine, Penn State and Vanderbilt, just to name a few.
VCHS Class of 2013 fast facts:
Commencement: 4 p.m., May 31 at Cherry Hills Community Church
Total Enrollment: 822
Graduating Class Size: 176
Mascot: Swoop the Eagle
Class Officers: Executive Council President: Ben Lorden; Senior Class President: Delaney Bryant; Senior Class Representatives: Courtney Camden and Tim Werder