Seniors representing all six Village Christian Concentrations competed
for a $2,000 scholarship on Monday, capping a record-breaking year for
While the results won’t be known until the inaugural Illuminate ceremony
next week, something else was revealed during the second annual Senior
VCS students are diving deeper into their Concentration studies than ever
before, and their efforts are garnering school-record-setting college
“The quality of projects this year was astounding,” said Concentrations
Provost and Associate Head of School for Academic Life Ray Endacott. “There
were projects that were similar to research done by Master’s degree
candidates and well beyond entry level in their scope. The work done by
these students enriched not only our local school community, but touched
the lives of people all around the globe.”
The six projects presented included:
Senior Project Art Show – Mallory Collins (Visual Fine Arts and Media
Coordinating, marketing, and conducting an art show.
Equestrian Therapy and the Special Olympics – Dana Camphouse (Health
Working with athletes during the Special Olympics World Games and discovering
the physical and emotional benefits of horseback riding.
Choral Conducting – Ryan Valdiviez (Performing Fine Arts and Media
Learning to conduct a choir.
Enhancing Classroom Learning – Avery O’Neal (Ministry and Social Justice)
Developing curriculum for elementary students.
Robotics Team – John Lee (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Managing the VCS Robotics Team through a variety of competitions.
Taking a Local Business Global – Garrett Benning (Entrepreneurialism
and Global Leadership)
Facilitating the development of an online global sales branch of a local business.
In total, 41 projects across the six Concentrations were completed during
the 2015-2016 academic year – a 33-percent increase from Village
Christian’s previous best.
Each Concentration held its own competition at the end of April. These
individual winners presented Monday, demonstrating a wide variety of competency
However, the most impactful aspect of each presentation may have been the
personal growth, discovery, and confidence-building each student experienced
during the execution of their senior project, including empowerment, relational
growth, and nurturing passions.
And that was the goal when these began the Concentrations program at Ignite
four years ago – taking a potential career-interest spark and fanning
it into flame.
Another goal was to prepare VCS students for the next level of academic
pursuit – another success for the Class of 2016.
This year’s seniors have been accepted to 164 schools nationwide,
including Alabama, Boston College, Bucknell, Cal Berkeley, California
Institute of Technology, Emory University, Fordham, Gonzaga, Iowa, Michigan
State, Navy, New York University, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas
Christian University, UCLA, USC, and West Point.
One hundred percent of seniors who applied to a colleges were accepted
to at least one choice, earning $5.4 million in total scholarships. Twelve
student-athletes will also continue their careers at the collegiate level.
All school records.
The Class of 2016 will be celebrated at Illuminate, which will be held
on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Pavilion.
“I am proud of our seniors’ incredibly successful pursuit of
admission to college,” said Head of School Tom Konjoyan. “They
are living out our motto of ‘College-bound from kindergarten, Christ-centered