There were 22 students who graduated from Tri City Christian Academy Saturday at the Independence church.

Jacob Zembles feels that being the valedictorian of the Tri City Christian Academy class of 2009 is not only a reflection of the last four years, but also of how hard he has always worked in school.


“It feels good,” he said about being named the class valedictorian. “I hope this hard work can carry on with me to college.”


Zembles was one of 22 students who graduated from Tri City Christian Academy Saturday at the Independence church. Eight students were members of the American Christian Honor Society, which means they have at least a 3.6 grade point average.


In addition to a speech by Zembles, Salutatorian Kendall Johansen spoke to the class as well as Student Council President Craig Lawson, who presented the senior gift. The gift, decided on by the senior class, was a scholarship to be awarded to a student whose family can no longer afford tuition at Tri City Christian Academy.


“Because of the tough economic times, we felt it was important to give money to assist those who cannot afford the tuition,” he said. “We wanted to help some of our friends out.”


Johansen said he is excited to be graduating from high school. He left one bit of advice, though, for those still attending Tri City.


“We should always try to keep our focus on God,” he said. “I am going to miss this class. We were so small, that we were very close.”


Zembles, who is attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City this fall, urged his class to work hard and prepare for the future.


“Do not forget your God and don’t forget to be true to yourselves,” he said. “Go out into the world and be a shining light.”