First Graduating Class Of The King’s Academy Clewiston
June 10, 2014 – Five gifted and talented seniors made history on Friday, June 6th as the first graduating class of The King’s Academy Clewiston. Since opening its doors in August, 2010 The King’s Academy Clewiston, which offers a fully-accredited Christian academic program, has continued to experience growth both academically and spiritually, culminating in this year’s inaugural graduation of five seniors.
In a beautiful ceremony, Dr. Clyde Meckstroth ’77, TKA’s Chairman of the Board gave the Invocation followed by inspirational addresses by Salutatorian Dakodah Davis and Valedictorian Mary Gibson. Mr. Jeff Gentry, TKA West Palm Beach High School English Teacher, delivered the commencement address encouraging seniors to know that they are “a work of art and an artist at work.” Seniors were presented their diplomas by TKA President Jeffrey Loveland ’75.
Mary Elisabeth Gibson (Valedictorian) was the first student to enroll at TKA Clewiston in 2010. She graduated as Valedictorian with an academic scholarship to Florida State University. She has been a member and officer of the NHS since TKA Clewiston was formed. Mary loves to travel and has, at the young age of 16, already been on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa and toured Europe with “People to People.” She is a past member of the Hendry County Youth Leadership Team and serves her community with many hours to her credit. Mary has played every sport offered to her and especially excelled in gymnastics. She has also been a major part of the drama team where she prefers directing and producing to acting. She is an avid reader, exceptional writer, and the recipient of many scholarships.
Dakodah Samuel Davis (Salutatorian) graduated with honors and will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in their ROTC program. Dakodah is on a path to have his private pilot’s license by the end of the summer. He is the recipient of the “Ground School” scholarship from Jacob’s Flight Service. He wants to enter the Air Force as an officer upon graduation from college. He is the President of the National Honor Society, runs cross-country, and played football and basketball during his time at TKAC.
Cassidy Noel Lee graduated with honors and will attend Florida Gulf Coast University. She plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become an elementary teacher. Cassidy was crowned Hendry County Cattleman’s Sweetheart for 2014. She is the Treasurer of the National Honor Society.
Lindsey Nicole Martin will attend Edison State College in Ft. Meyers in the fall. She was chosen Little Miss Harvest Queen, Prom Queen, and Homecoming Queen. Lindsey has high goals and wants to “make lots of money” to share with those who don’t have it.
Tyler Lee Sweet will begin work at United States Sugar Corporation in diesel mechanics but plans to become a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer (must be 19 years old). Tyler has starred in many drama productions at TKA Clewiston; he is an accomplished bull rider and roper and was the 2013 “All-Around Cowboy” for the LCRA. He is currently working on his second title.