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Mountainside graduates Class of 2013

Retiring principal bids farewell; new principal says hello

Elora Sabatini receives her degree during the Mountainside Christian Academy graduation ceremony. Sabatini sang a solo, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” during the graduation.

Elora Sabatini receives her degree during the Mountainside Christian Academy graduation ceremony. Sabatini sang a solo, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” during the graduation. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Sabatini sang a solo, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,”  while Bensen accompanied at the piano.  This was followed by MCA students and staff along with alumni standing together on the platform to follow the tradition of singing the school’s alma mater.

Phillips, who is retiring this year as school principal after 28 years of employment at Mountainside Christian Academy, began the graduation address with an acrostic for saying GOODBYE as she as well as the graduates would be leaving and moving on.  The words and ideas represented by each letter served as an encouragement to help make the transition easier.  Phillips concluded her portion of the address by stating that “we say our good-byes to this phase of our life but we move out as the eagle, soaring on God’s plan for us.” 

Jennifer Bensen, who would be taking over as MCA’s new principal, continued the graduation address with another acrostic to say HELLO as she and the graduating class would be starting the next phase of their lives through hard work, excellence, laughter,  love for others and only trusting in God. 

Phillips along with Peterson and Mountainside Bible Chapel’s chairman of the Deacon Board, Terry Wisser, presented the diplomas to the Class of 2013.  The ceremony concluded with the assembly singing “To God be the Glory” and Peterson delivering the benediction. 

Following the recessional, those in attendance conveyed their congratulations to each graduate and enjoyed a reception that was held in the school’s gymnasium where each senior had a table of memorabilia from their childhood and their years at MCA.  The evening concluded with a question and answer time for the seniors and a slide show highlighting their special memories while together at Mountainside Christian Academy. 

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