Alumni Graduates, “where are they now?”
Reece Johnson – VCS Class of 2018
Reece Johnson graduated from Venice Christian School last Spring and is now attending Trinity Baptist College. He’s studying Pastoral Theology and plans to be a full time pastor after college. Reece said that his college English Comp class was easy for him because of the exceptional education he received at VCS from Mrs. Foust. He also learned all the theological terms that he needed to know for his college Bible classes from Mr. Krause.
Reece said, “I was deciding my path and whether I wanted to be a pastor in my junior year at VCS. Mr. Koach had a class devotional one day that confirmed for me that I should go into the ministry. It was here (at VCS) that I found my calling.”
Riley Prachar – VCS Class of 2018
Riley earned a football scholarship to Northwest Missouri State where he is currently a Freshman studying Business Management & Marketing. He said that VCS teachers prepared him to do well in his college classes, and also gave him a foundation of knowing the Bible, what he believes about God, and a logical/practical way of applying it to his life. Riley says acting as President of the VCS high school also prepared him to be a better leader.
Jordan Lilly – VCS Class of 2017
Jordan is currently a Sophomore at Ringling College of Art and Design where she is a Motion Design major. With her education she plans to pursue a career animating at an advertising agency. Jordan said that her years at VCS prepared her to spiritually handle social situations and other challenges at a secular art school. Now she is able to defend what she believes. She also described her High School class at VCS as “family” because of the lasting friendships that were formed.
Ashlyn Weed Cross – VCS Class of 2016
“Venice Christian was the best thing that ever happened to me!”
Ashlyn attended VCS preschool through 8th grade, then she attended Venice High School for 9th Grade, and chose to return to VCS for the rest of her High School education.
Leaving VCS for a short time helped Ashlyn to realize how much she appreciated being able to dig deeper into the Bible and learn to apply it to her life at VCS and, “They taught me to be a decent human being, how to act as a student, and how to be a mature Christian leader.”
Ashlyn appreciates how her education at VCS was personalized to her and focused on each students’ strengths – and made them even stronger. “My teachers pushed me to give the best I could give. They always believed in me even when I didn’t.”
After graduation Ashlyn attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, and then transferred to State College of Florida because she wanted a more challenging education. Her college professors were impressed and called her work “honor level” because of the excellent education/preparation her teachers at VCS gave her.
Ashlyn graduated with an Associates Degree in May 2018 and married her husband Jonathan “Jack” Cross who is a Navy man stationed in Japan. She is excited to move to Japan with him soon and will be continuing her education online this Spring 2019 through Florida International University majoring in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications. She loves social media and connecting with people.
Ashlyn said she made her best of friends in High School at VCS, and still keeps in touch with them.
“Venice Christian was the best thing that ever happened to me!” she says.
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