BRYAN, Texas — It’s not every commencement that allows each graduate to speak.
Then again, Cornerstone Christian Academy is not just any school. And the academy’s recent awarding of diplomas was not just any graduation ceremony.
More than a dozen years of hard work, prayer and dedication paid off May 21 when the first-ever graduating class of Cornerstone Christian crossed the stage at the Cavitt Street Church of Christ.
The graduates - all four of them - included twin Korean brothers brought to the United States by a Korean congregation.
Cornerstone Christian Academy was founded in 2002 by Linda Ligon, a former principal of Tropical Christian School in Miami. Ligon and her husband, Joe, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, had moved to Texas in 1998 to start a farm and be close to future grandchildren.
Ligon had worked for five schools associated with the Churches of Christ during her husband’s military career. She decided to establish a Christian school in the Bryan-College Station area and began looking for a church that would house her dream.
It seemed obvious to me, it was a strong Christian town in need of another Christian school. I just felt lost without one in the town,” said Ligon who still serves on the board and conducts the school’s band.
Central Church of Christ in Bryan stepped up to the challenge, and the school opened with seven kindergarten students. Ruthy Rickaway, the kindergarten teacher that first year, has been with Cornerstone Christian ever since.
The school moved to the A&M Church of Christ in 2005 and then to the Cavitt Street church in 2012.
Cornerstone Christian added a grade each year to get to the senior class of 2015. It has been accredited by the Southern Association since the first year. At the time, it was the smallest school ever accredited by that body in Texas.
Today, the school serves 95 students under the leadership of Principal Rebecca Curry, who came to Cornerstone Christian in 2010.
When asked if the school has any plans for a future campus independent of the churches that have housed it, Curry replied, “Absolutely!” The most likely area will be in south College Station, where the community is growing, she added.
All four of the initial graduates started Cornerstone Christian in sixth grade. Brothers Hae Chang Jeon and Hae Keoug Jeon will enter Texas A&M University as sophomores thanks to dual credit classes at Cornerstone Christian and high test scores. Rachel Doucet and Kenzie Harkrider, the class valedictorian, plan to attend Blinn Community College in Bryan.
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~Taken from The Christian Chronicle. Used by permission.