On May 27, Atlanta Youth Academy (AYA) graduated its 13th class at Bible Way International Ministries. The Class of 2016 has 13 students and we could not be prouder of them!
Jaquez Dew: Whitefield Academy
Jesse Fejoku: Greater Atlanta Christian
Jessica Fejoku: Greater Atlanta Christian
Dwayne McGruder: Whitefield Academy
Kayla Price: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Loi Morris-Smith: Undecided
William Smith: The Piney Woods School
Chevell Strozier: The Piney Woods School
Alecia Taylor: Undecided
Nandi Thompson: Elite Scholars Academy
Kennedey Thrasher: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Tyler White: Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
Tyson Williams: Arabia Mountain HS
Key administrators from the Class of 2016’s secondary schools were present on stage to welcome the students into their new school families. After the welcome and blessing by Peter Rooney, the commencement ceremony included a presentation by Mr. David Plyler, who leads an 8th grade philanthropy program: under his mentoring, the Class of 2016 awarded $3,000 to the Chastain Horse Park! Reflections were read aloud by faculty members Katie Koerten (6th), Kathryn Stanley (7th grade), Kris Jones (8th grade), and Shirley White (8th grade).
The night before, the Class of 2016 was honored at a gathering held at the Cochise Riverview Club in Vinings (GA), bringing together their families, all AYA trustees, and special invited guests. Alumni also returned, celebrating at Grant Central Pizza in Grant Park following the commencement. It’s an annual AYA tradition!