On Thursday, May 14, Springs Adventist Academy held graduation. However, due to social distancing guidelines, SAA had to get creative in recognizing the five students graduating.

To honor the two eighth grade graduates, SAA decided to invite each student and their immediate families to the school at different times.  The students wore their cap and gown, and they recorded a short video to be posted to Facebook and SAA’s website.

“Elena and Morgan have been my star students this year. They set up a wonderful example in the classroom of diligence, hard work, and creativity,” said Michelle Velbis, eighth grade teacher and principal at Springs Adventist Academy. “They both graduated with honors this year and I am confident they will be successful in their high school years and beyond. They both demonstrated the CHERISH qualities that we value in the Rocky Mountain Conference and were awarded certificates during the school year for their examples. I have been honored to be their teacher this year.”

Elena, who has attended SAA for five years, will be attending Odyssey Early College in Colorado Springs, and Morgan, who has attended SAA for four years, will be attending Spring Valley Academy in Centerville, Ohio.

The other graduating class at SAA included three kindergarteners. Jessica Eubanks, kindergarten teacher, delivered gifts to the students and gave them a chance to record a video in their cap and gown.

Eubanks commented, “It has been my pleasure this year to teach Maximus, Noah and Bryelle. All three of these kindergarteners excelled in class academically and socially. They are all very happy, funny and inquisitive students and are a great joy to have in class. They are well prepared for first grade and have bright futures ahead of them. I am thrilled I will be able to teach all three of them in first grade next year.”