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Grace Academy Class of 2012 meets the future

The Grace Academy graduating class of 2012. Back row from left, Stephen Stauffer, James Eldred III, David Young, Nathaniel Tuttle, Chung Jun Lee and Brandon Thompson. Front row from left, Oksana Yerina, Joycelyn Blue, Sydney Holt, Stephanie Zimmer, Brett Soden and Malynda Clark. - Photo courtesy of Grace Academy.
The Grace Academy graduating class of 2012. Back row from left, Stephen Stauffer, James Eldred III, David Young, Nathaniel Tuttle, Chung Jun Lee and Brandon Thompson. Front row from left, Oksana Yerina, Joycelyn Blue, Sydney Holt, Stephanie Zimmer, Brett Soden and Malynda Clark.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Grace Academy.

MARYSVILLE — Grace Academy's graduating class of 2012 was described as "unified in Christ, yet fierce individuals" by Joan Dabrowski, art and yearbook teacher for the school.

"The class of 2012 is one that will be remembered as an enigma," Dabrowski said. "Their future plans are as diverse as their personalities."

Patti Frisk, the class advisor for 2012's graduates, described them as "creative, fun-loving and sensitive to God's word," and her desire for their futures would be that their hearts and minds would focus on the heavenly qualities within their lives.

Grace Academy class of 2012 graduate James Eldred III explained how he's been affected "by the godly example of leadership my teachers have set before me," and how he hopes to follow their example "and succeed in leading God's people where they need to go."

"Grace Academy has been a place for me to call home," added Eldred, who plans to be a pastor of music, and will be studying at Baptist Bible College in Florida. "When everything is falling apart outside, here at Grace they have conveyed to me Jeremiah 29:11, 'God has a plan for me.'"

Of his fellow graduates, Everett Community College is the destination for David Young, Nathaniel Tuttle, Stephan Stauffer, Joycelyn Blue and Sydney Holt, the latter of whom will be majoring in graphic design. Blue plans to transfer to Humboldt State University, while Stauffer expects to pursue his nursing degree after EvCC. Chung Jun Lee and Brandon Thompson are both heading off to the University of Washington, the latter on a full-ride ROTC scholarship. Malynda Clark is going into the U.S. Army, while Brett Soden prepares to enter Seattle Pacific University. Oksana Yerina will be attending the Moody Bible Institute, and Stephanie Zimmer is set to attend the Blanche MacDonald Centre.

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