NEWPORT — United Christian Academy graduated two seniors in a closed ceremony at St. Mary Star of the Sea on June 20 with 25 individuals in attendance. The Invocation was given by Fr. Rijo Johnson and the Benediction by Rev. Glenn Saaman. Dr. David Lisner provided the Commencement Address.

Graduation was originally scheduled for May 30, but was postponed due to the pandemic. Valedictorian Morgan Gregory Sample is a University of Vermont Green & Gold Scholarship recipient and a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal winner and will be majoring in Biology at UVM in the fall.

Salutatorian Madeline Strepka will be majoring in Instrumental Music Education at Cairn University in Langhorne, Pa. Maddy was one of the recipients of Newport Rotary’s Richard Croudis Music Scholarship and received the school’s senior Barnabas Award for her service to UCA.

Both graduates are National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society members, and both graduated with high honors, received multiple merit-based scholarships. They were also awarded UCA’s highest distinction, the Crusader Award.

United Christian Academy continues to be committed to academic excellence during these uncertain times. The Academy invites interested individuals to explore its blended learning strategies and student safety plans when considering educational options for the fall. Working at the school are a team of administrators and educators that are passionate about providing an environment where students are supported in their academic, emotional, and spiritual journey. For more information, call (802) 334-3112 for a visit.

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