TUPELO – Twenty students on Friday became the first seniors to graduate from Tupelo Christian Preparatory School.
“I’m very proud to be part of the first graduating class,” said Carra Cockrell, 18. “I’ve been at TCPS for 12 years, and it feels like I’m leaving a family because I’ve been here for so long.”
The private Christian school, located on Endville Road in Belden, was established at the former First Evangelical Church, now Hope Church. It added high school grades in fall 2006, with that year’s sophomores this year’s initial class of graduates.
Graduation was held in the church sanctuary, with the ceremony including student interviews displayed on large screens.
Being part of the Class of 2009 is amazing, said senior Chris Vasquez, who attended the school for eight years.
“You have this expectation on you because you’re the first, everybody’s watching to see what’s going to happen,” the 18-year-old said. “I’m excited and a little nervous, but I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me” after graduation.
Johnathan Kohliem, 17, has attended TCPS since ninth grade and said being a part of the school’s history is a unique experience.
“Besides that, it’s crazy, because you feel excited but at the same time you’re nervous, because you don’t know what’s going to come next,” he said.
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