Graduates prepared for future

CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Kelsey Massey and Ryan Schaap are among 17 students graduating today from Clovis Christian School.

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer

Six girls and 11 boys will sail from the Eagles’ nest of Clovis Christian School today as they graduate from the private, Bible-based school.

For seniors Kelsey Massey and Ryan Schaap, the ceremony will mark the completion of their private schooling and the beginning of a post-secondary education experience in the secular world.

Massey is headed for Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, where she plans to study nursing. Schaap will attend West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and study agribusiness or veterinary medicine.

Schaap, who has attended Clovis Christian since the fifth grade, believes the school has prepared him well.

“It has taught me so much about Jesus and prepared me for college, so I don’t get caught up in the evils of the world,” said Schaap, who plans to be active in the Buffs for Christ at WT.

Massey enrolled at Clovis Christian her junior year. She came from a public high school in North Carolina that was similar in size to Clovis High School. During her younger years, she attended school in Dora.

“I expected it to be really strict when I came here, but it’s not,” Massey said. “Here, they teach us to live our lives in a Godly way and teach us that it’s good to be good. People don’t look down upon you for being a Christian.”

Massey, who will graduate as class salutatorian, said since her senior class is so small students have become like family. They recently staged a prom and took a senior trip to San Antonio, Corpus Christi and South Padre Island in Texas. She admitted, however, that a drawback to the small school is a lack of diversity in the student body, something she will experience when she enters college.

“There is not as much diversity here as there would be in a public school. In general, we all believe in the same thing here,” she said. “In college, it will be different, and that is one thing that they have prepared us for here. People will look at us differently. I know what I believe in and can back it up, but I will still be open to what they believe, too.”

Clovis Christian School is a K-12 institution with an enrollment of about 275 students.