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Honoring the Graduates of Eastern Christian High School (North Haledon, NJ)


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high school, middle school, and grammar school students, families, teachers, and administrators faced unprecedented challenges in the spring. In recognition of the faith, hard work, and perseverance at local Christian schools, TriStateVoice.com is honoring graduates in July. Today, we honor Eastern Christian High School in North Haledon, NJ.

In June, Eastern Christian High School held a virtual commencement for the graduating class of 2020. The ceremony included a zoom mass choir of grads singing Phil Wickham’s “Living Hope” and a message from valedictorian Isabelle Lazor.

The commencement speaker was English Teacher Elizabeth Van Ryn, who gave the address as a spoken word poem (video of speech below) that encouraged the graduates to look at the future with hope and perspective. The inspiring poem included exceprts from the writing of EC students, Bible verses, and quotes from the likes of Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Whitman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Taylor Swift, and C.S. Lewis.

“Look back and remember God’s faithfulness,” Ms. Van Ryn said. “Look in and reflect on the ways you are blessed. Look around and respond to the voices and stories. And look forward, rejoicing with confidence of eternal glory.” (continues after ad)

The Eastern Christian Class of 2020

Kimberly Christina Abbas
Michelle Ann Aguirre
Daniel Obed Bautista
Bridgett Carole Michigan Boonstra
Leah Joy Boonstra
Molly Lynae Boonstra
Joshua David Borduin
Francesca Danielle Boru
Tara Ann Brain
Jenna Rose Brooks
Emily Hope Candela
Luciano Daniel Catizone
DingKang Chen
Anthony Frank Condegn
Matthew William Cook
Elijah Peter Crefeld
Chase Allan De Jong
Cassandra Rose DeJulia
David Matthew DeVries
Destiny Marie Diaz
Liam Christopher Duffy
Sydney Elizabeth Duga
Kiandra Geneva Dussard
Naomi Lynn Engelhard
Amanda Rae Faber
Samuel Jack Faber
Victoria Ruth Farrow
Analyse Dalia Figueroa
Daylyn Daniella Fortuna
Rebecca Jule Hagedoorn
Hope Mackenzie Hartman
Pinze Huang
Grace Hannon Kellogg
Michael James Kuehlke
Emma Kate Lapinsky
Isabelle Ambrosia Lazor
Allison Elisabeth Leber
Abraham Changshin Lee
Joshua Lee
Armando Jason Lopez
Haodong Lyu
Luke Christian Martin
Olivia Marie McLellan
Eliza Rachel Misselbeck
Sehyeon Moon
Allan John Mugambi Mwirigi
Grace Na
Joshua Samuel Ninan
Tricia Akeyo Owuor
Yejin Park
Benjamin David Parker
Charles Joel Phillips
Christopher Enrique Pico
Clarisse Louise Pierre
Dorisse Myrphee Pierre
Elise Beverly Reitsma
Madison Emma Ritsema
Noah Michael Schnakenberg
Alexis Michele Schoener
Amanda Lynne Segreto
Cara Dorla Shotmeyer
Emily Grace Steen
Victoria Joy Sweetman
Destiny Sky Tejada
Elizabeth Marie Thomas
Hope Ashley Urdang
Kaitlyn Marie Van Olden
Nicola Eva Venturini
David Jonathan Visser
Huizhe Wang
Caitlin Grace Westra
Mark Anthony Whittingham
Ke Xu
Yuchu Yan
Pulan Yang
HongKai Yu
Chen Zhang
Zhilin Zhou
John William Zuidema

Commencement Speech – High School Commencement 2020

Ms. Van Ryn gives an incredible commencement speech, citing sources from scripture, herself, her students, Shakespeare, hymns, Taylor Swift, and many more. You've got to see this (or see it again)!#SoarEC #ECClassOf2020 #ECGraduationMemories

Posted by Eastern Christian School on Tuesday, June 16, 2020