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Amy Ford

 
Class of 2012
Following is from Amy's Salutatorian address in June 2012:
Thank you everyone for coming to the graduation of Lutheran West’s class of 2012. Tonight is the last night we as a class will all be together in this room. We have shared countless chapels, four homecomings, intramural championships of the world, and pep socials in this very room. And now we come together one last time, but this time to say goodbye.  

We all have certain memories we’ll hang on to about this school and this class, but I think what’s even more important is how other people around us really remember our class.  When I think of the senior class of 2012, there are so many ways that our class could be remembered. But the one that stands out the most for me is how much leadership our class has to offer not only this school, but our community. Not only is our class full of academically outstanding students, but we have so many good leaders among us as well.  

I’m not just talking about student council, service club, or National Honor Society when I talk about leadership.  I’m talking about our class being full of people that other students in this school look up to  I’m talking about our class exhibiting spiritual leadership that I’ve heard more than just a couple teachers comment on. I like to think that this year’s senior class is leaving an example for future Lutheran West classes to fulfill; showing them that even high school students can make a big difference in people’s lives and affect the school in significant ways.

While thinking of our class, I immediately was reminded of a Bible passage in 1 Timothy, chapter 4, which I think exemplifies our class perfectly.  It says,
 
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.  Do not neglect your gift… Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  
- 1 Timothy 4:12-16

I think of our class while reading this passage because I really think that our senior class lived this out through our four years at Lutheran West. Many people love it when students give the chapel messages because they get to hear what God is doing in their lives and how they’re following Jesus in their lives. When I started thinking about how many people in our class have shared their testimony, not just at chapel, but at Bible study, I could count over a dozen seniors that have given messages and many of them were some of the best I’ve ever heard. God has done so much in the lives of our seniors, and our willingness to share that with other people has helped more people than we probably realize.  Our senior class is not afraid to show its faith. We have set examples for other students just as 1 Timothy said, and we have used our gifts to their fullest potential. We were encouraged by our many faithful teachers who have taught us not only in the classroom, but by example. They, along with our loving parents, have always been there to encourage us, push us to achieve our best, and guide us in the right direction. And for that, I thank you.

So, with that being said, I hope that we, Lutheran West seniors of 2012, continue to live our lives as we leave our little world of Lutheran West, not holding back just because we’re young, but that we continue to live by setting the example by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, and by integrity.  Using the same passage from 1 Timothy 4, the translation from the Message offers some final advice that I would like to give our class. “Cultivate these thing [your love, faith and integrity]. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes!  Keep a firm grasp on both your character and teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.”  - 1 Timothy 4:15-16

With those parting words that I hope we all live out, I’d like to thank you seniors, for a wonderful four years at Lutheran West. They’ve been full of fun memories, learning important life lessons, and very meaningful experiences, and I’m sure the rest of our lives will be full of even more.

Thank you, and God bless you.


Rachel Fenske Haughwout

Class of 2004

While it took a lot of hard work, an undisputed factor in my college success was the foundation that Lutheran West gave me.

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