Five students graduated from Cape Christian Academy Tuesday night in a ceremony at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in North Cape May.

Valedictorian Rachel Adams, of North Cape May, said in her speech, a copy of which was provided to The Press of Atlantic City, that while she once feared graduation, what she will miss the most is seeing her four fellow seniors every day.

"The last four years were not nearly as bad as most of us thought they would be," Adams said. "This was in part due to a loving faculty and staff who have a better sense of humor than I thought possible. From Mr. Burket's Justin Time to Mr. Hand dressing up as Obi-Wan Kenobi, our teachers definitely succeeded in making the last four years interesting."

She thanked her parents for enrolling her in the school, which she has attended since preschool.

"For the last 14 years, Cape Christian Academy has been like a second home to me," she said.

Salutatorian Jonathan Spriggs, of Cape May Court House, talked about his two mission trips to Haiti in 2012 and how the poor literacy rate there made an impression on him. He said many schools there are run by Christian organizations, and the families are excited about the opportunity to get an education, though many to not make it past sixth grade.

"I have learned that hopes and dreams do not always become reality," he said in his speech. "Education is a gift that we here in America take for granted."

He thanked many teachers by name, calling them the backbone of the school who helped make him the Christian man he is today.

Church Pastor Richard Sterling gave the commencement address. School Director John Spriggs presented awards and diplomas.

The other three graduates are Nick Manyak, Adriana Shelton and Richard Sterling.

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North Cape May

Waynesburg University


Jonathan Spriggs

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Cape May Court House

Atlantic Cape Community College

Agricultural Science

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