Dedication of the Class of 2018

Commencement will be preceded by a Senior Class Dedication service Friday night, June 1, in the same location. The three student speakers are: Katherine Elizabeth Gish, daughter of Dr. Joel and Ellanna Gish, Palmyra; Sang Bin Lee, son of Young Woo Lee and Na Yun Kwag, Busan, Korea ; and Eric Matthew Lynch, son of Eric Lynch and Providencia Landor-Lynch, Lancaster. Live streaming video of the 2018 Class Dedication will begin at 7 p.m. Friday June 1.

Nelson Okanya, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions, will deliver the commencement address to the Lancaster Mennonite High School Class of 2018 on Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. in the Weaver Auditorium of the Calvin & Janet High Fine Arts Center, Lancaster Campus, 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster.  The class of 2018 is the school’s 76th graduating class.

Originally from Kenya, Okanya came to the United States through an EMM program and then led international teams to various locations in Kenya with EMM and Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions. After earning a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Okanya taught and served as dean at the Mennonite Theological College of Eastern Africa in Tanzania, and also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Mennonite University. For almost six years, he served as a pastor at the multicultural, multinational Mennonite church known as Capital Christian Fellowship in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Okanye has also served as an assistant director and then as director at the inner-city Baltimore (Maryland) Discipleship Center. He enjoys teaching, preaching, and engaging in cross-cultural and theological discussions focused on faithfulness to Christian discipleship and missions.

The class motto is “Will to do, soul to dare,” and the class verse is “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all you soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)

The Class of 2018 will be led by Ashely Alyce King, president; Hannah Julia Murray, vice president; Yining Li, recording secretary; Rachel Iris Hochstedler Mast, attendance secretary, and Makayla Lee Myers, treasurer.

OTHER GRADUATES

Abenezer B. Abebe, Davion Tevon Abrante, Hannah Lin Adams, Roman Blaine Ali, Sidney Juliann Alston, Kevin H. Arroyo Acosta, Janine M. Aungst, Stephen E. Baak, Joan  Bencosme, Natan Berehe, Barnabas Sheferaw Berhanu, Marissa Rae Braun, Rachel Nicole Breslin, Bethany Marguerite Bronkema, Maxwell H. Brubaker, Edem Bruce, Sennan Cen, Sheng Chang, Chuyi Chen, Catherine Lizbeth Clarke, Jasper E. Coble, Camryn Elise Colucci, Peter Christian Cook II, Carli Marie Costello,

Jacob T. Dean, Allison Kate Deibler, John Austin Deslippe, Brett S. Diller, Wei Du, Jackson Clair Eby, Ryan Michael Esbenshade, Sydney Jane Esch, Saizana Evans, Kayla Sylvia Farrar, Korry Edward Farrar, Chenchen Feng, Cole D. Forte, Harley D. Foster, Shaolin Nyree Gardner, Johnathon Tamar Gillespie, Benjamin Paul Greenleaf, Taylor E. Groff, Lydia Jane Haas, Nelson Anthony Habacivch, Jonathan W. Hargraves, Samantha Marie Harker, Mary Kaufman Harnish, Oguilvia Hernandez ACA, Charles B. Hoober, Marisa Rae Hoober, Yangfan Huang, Carter Ryan Hurst, Emma Joy Hurst,

Miriam Gesina Jean-Louis, Chengyu Jin, Younji Jin, Mengtao Jing, Noel Johnson, Laura Christine Jones, Josiah R. Kanagy, Nicholas S. Kanagy, Josiah Gakuo Kanyiha, Olivia So Yeon Kim, Kate Ellen Kindelberger,  Molly Rose King, David E. Lambert, Raymond D. Lanas, Jr., Jerilyn Grace Lapp, Joseph A. Lapp, Long P. Le, Caleb B. Leaman, Sang Hun Lee, Serim Lee, Shawn Patrick Eugene Leiby, Meng Li, Yingwen Li, Yuchen Lin, Tao Liu, Ryan Jose Lopez, Ellen Katherine Mann, Konrad Georson H. Martin, Austin Martinez, Maria E. Martinez, Dominic Santo Mattilio, Nittaya J. McFadden, Noel H. Mengistu, Audrey Lynn Myers, Melissa S. Nafziger,

Andrew James Nell, Sofee Neupane, Nicole Elizabeth Newswanger, Micaela Esther Nieves, Jaleah Lynae Nisly, Jadesola A. Oluleye, Shawn K. Oshikawa, Bethany Peliah Perez, Allyssa C. Peters, Joanna E. Ranck, Joel Ranck; Hannah E. Ray, Anna Irene Reyburn, Hannah Marie Rineer, Aaron Isaiah Rivera, Tatyanna Lymara Rosario, Joy Elise Rutt, Elizabeth Pearl Schnabel, Ethan T. Sommers, Ashley Paige Spangler, Zachary Scott Steffen, Janya MiLuv Stewart, Shae L. Stoltzfus, Xuechun Selina Sun, Leif Erik Cameron Sundberg, Shashi Tamang, Devonte Jimeir Thomas, Yuzuki Totani, Maxwell Darren Kirk Trompeter,

Matthew Ryan Walker, Savannah Grace Roth Walter, Cassidy Rose Weaver, Benjamin Rein Wenger, Matthew B. Whitney, Fantasha Williams, Maleah Williams, G. Uri Witmer, Min Seob Woo, Evelyn Mekonen Worku, Aiqi Xu, Laura Yeboah-Appiah, Laurine Yeboah-Appiah, Yiran Zhang, Zhihao Zhang, Jingyan Zhou, Zheyu Zhou, Xiele Zhu.