The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 6, 2010

Grand Splendor, trip to Washington is the finale for seniors at SRCA

Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — As the 2009-2010 school year comes to an end, South Ridge Christian Academy is as busy as ever. The next event on the calendar is Grand Splendor. Grand Splendor, a formal dinner, is held every year to honor the senior class. This year, Grand Splendor will be Friday at Quail Hollow Resort. Quail Hollow is nestled among 700 acres of wooded countryside in Painesville. All in attendance will enjoy a delicious buffet. There will be a visit from “Billy Bob” (played by Robert Fralic), games and a special DVD featuring the seniors. It promises to be an enjoyable evening.

The grand finale for the 2010 seniors is their much anticipated senior class trip to Washington, D.C. The trip is led by Jim and Linda Fralic who have taken senior classes to D.C. for the past 12 years. The agenda includes visiting the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard. They will have a congressional guided tour of the Capitol and visit the Smithsonian. They will also attend the Lazy Susan Dinner Theater for a production of “Shenandoah” and experience the Holocaust Museum, along with various other museums and memorials.

The class will leave SRCA at 6:30 a.m. Monday and will return Thursday night, just in time for their graduation ceremony May 14.

In just over a week, the SRCA class of 2010 will be walking the aisle, receiving their diplomas and beginning a new chapter of their lives. Seniors look forward to this event with mixed emotions.

“I’ve attended SRCA since kindergarten and I can’t believe I’m graduating already,” said senior Jonathan Pulaski Jr. “I’d like to thank my parents and my teachers for helping me get this far and preparing me for college. I’ve made many memories here, some funny and others that will help me make life decisions. I will miss SRCA but I will always remember my alma mater.”

“I have been at South Ridge since kindergarten along with three of the other seniors graduating this year, Crystal Watson, Alaina Hutchinson and Jonathan Pulaski,” said senior Ryan Fralic. “I’ve learned many lessons at South Ridge. I’ve had the privilege of having my mom as a teacher this year. I’d like to thank my teachers and my parents for pushing me to do my best. Being at South Ridge has prepared me for college and life.”

“I am very blessed to have met all the wonderful people at SRCA and to have had the opportunity to have an education here,” said senior Tyler Voyles. “I have made many friends and I know they will be lifelong friends. I am thankful that my parents enrolled me and that I was given the chance to be a part of this school.”

The graduating class of 2022 had their kindergarten graduation May 4. After a program demonstrating some of the many things they had learned this year, they received their diplomas and officially became first graders.

“It (2022) seems so far off, but it will be here before they know it,” said kindergarten teacher Carolyn DiLemme. “It’s been a good year. They were about as excited to graduate as I was to see them graduate. You always want to hang on to them, they become like your kids as you grow close to them.”

DiLemme’s students learned not only academics but also the value of friendship.

“They want to help each other achieve,” said DiLemme. “When one is hurt, they all worry. I have taught them that no one is any better than anyone else. They are taught not to ‘pick on’ each other and this has become their motto.”

As the class of 2010 finishes their journey at SRCA, it has just begun for the class of 2022. And so ends yet another successful year at SRCA, in anticipation of the next.