Here are some speeches and comments of some of our 8th grade graduates. Have a look and hear what our students have to say!


Valedictorians - Class of 2013  

Valedictorian – Class of 2013

Name Withheld

We welcome you today friends, family, staff, teachers, and most importantly, the graduates of the Class of 2013. Welcome to graduation.

Parents, we would like to thank you for bringing us here today to this special moment in our lives. We thank you because you have helped us get to this point in time. You have supported us going to this school, helping us with our homework, and encouraging us to do better.

Teachers, we thank you for helping us understanding our school subjects better and helping us be better prepared for high school. You have worked tirelessly to make the best of us, and helped strengthen our faith as Christians.

It's amazing to think that this Class of 2013 started with one kid in 3 year-old preschool 11 long years ago and has now grown to 12 kids many years later. We've all worked hard to get to this point, we've had a few kids come and go from us, but we enjoyed our time together.

This is a very special occasion in our lives because this only happens 3 times: once now, then in high school, as well as in college. This is a rare moment, so we must make the most of it in this time we have today. Because after today, we will all be high school freshman, no longer little kids in grade school at St. John's Lutheran School.

Since I am a man of few words, I'm going to wrap up this speech. Thank you everyone who is here today for contributing something to our lives that has helped us get to this point.


Class of 2013

Valedictorian  Lynsey (Last Name Withheld)


 I would like to start out by saying thank you to the families and teachers for joining my classmates and I on this memorable occasion.  St. John’s has really helped me grow as a student, Christian, and person in general.  Without the help of my teachers, friends, and family I wouldn’t be standing here today.  All of you have helped me to persevere and always try my best.


 St. John’s was only the first chapter of our lives.  Though our years here are coming to an end, I would hope that none of us forget the very off topic science classes, hilarious inside jokes, and all the memories we’ve created as a class.  Also, I hope we never forget the many things we have learned.  Joshua 1:9 says: “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Moving on to high school is a big step that we are afraid to take alone.  Most of us will not be attending a Christian school.  As our class song says, “I know who goes before me and I know who stands behind.  The God of angel armies is always by my side.”  We do not need to be afraid because God will always be with us, we are not taking the step alone.

Being at this school for the past nine years has really helped me develop into the young Christian woman I am today.  Growing up in a school with small classes and strong student-teacher relationships gave me an opportunity to really be my own person and allowed me to get help whenever I needed it.  Because St. John’s helped me to become who I am today it will always hold a special place in my heart and I’ll never forget where my education started.

St. John’s has become like a second home to many of us.  It’s a place where we can be ourselves, speak our mind, and most of all feel safe, loved, and cared about.  After we walk out those doors today we will no longer be Miss Bahr’s eighth grade class, we will be high school freshmen.  We can always look back at this place and remember the memories.  This is only the end of the beginning, not the final chapter.  Let’s hope we never forget our lives at St. John’s.  Remember no matter where you are do not, under any circumstances, let anyone dull your sparkles.




Salutatorian - Class of 2013 - Alyssa

Salutatorian, Alyssa (name withheld)

Class of 2013

There is the one who is obsessed with Halo, the one that is covered with sparkles, the next Albert Einstein, the one that never shuts her mouth, the fierce friend, the future prom queen, the two that play hockey, the Miss “Straight A” student, the one with the many “What Ifs…”, the one with the contagious laughter and, of course, a little bit of this is what makes the St. John’s Class of 2013 complete. Twelve very different people, but throughout our time together, we have grown to create one amazing class.

Our class verse is from Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” God has made each and every one of our paths cross so that we would be here today together. However, our paths are not at an end and I pray that each of you trust God as He continues to lead you along your path.

I would like to thank everyone that gathered here today with my classmates and me to celebrate our time at St. John’s and, more importantly, our future. Always remember that with every end there is a new beginning.


1953 Graduate Remembers

Long Overdue Thank You To All The Staff Present and Past

I graduated from St. John's in 1953, the foundation in Christ that was laid by my teachers and parents have held me up through many things. I served in the military for 11 years including two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea, and then moved on for a 29 year career in law enforcement with the Los Altos Police Dept. in California.  I have been blessed with two fantastic children (both now in their 40's) and survived a divorce with the woman I thought the world rotated around. I know I could not have survived any of these things were it not for the foundation in Christ my Lord that was given to me by my parents and the teachers at St. John's.

At the time the 8th grade teacher and Principal was Mr. Becker, 7th grade Mr. Meyer, and 6th Grade Mr. Michael, all of which helped shape the boy I was and the man I have become. I know that there is a large gap between 1953 and 2012, and I have no idea why these memories came flooding over me today, nor what drove me to look up St. John's on the internet. But now that I have found you I guess I just want to say keep up the good work.  You may not see much of a reward in whoever is sitting in front of you right now, heaven knows I was a handful, but the foundation you are laying will last a lifetime....I know it has for me.

I can no longer thank all those that influenced me back in the 50's, but I thought if I thanked all of you now for them, it just might help you remember that what you're doing is so important and will last a lifetime.

Theodore W. Hoppenrath Jr.


The Class of 2012 - What they are thankful for!

Below are excerpts from papers the students were asked to write, regarding things they are thankful for in their lives.

"Last but not least, I would like to express how thankful I am for my Christian education.  I am so lucky to be able to spend my grammar school years in such an amazing environment.  Being able to be raised in a Christian environment is truly priceless.  It is here that I learn about all God's miraculous things in my life."  Thomas C. - 2012

"I am thankful for my teachers.  They help me so much when I have troubles in life and they give me advice to help me get through anything."  Chris D. - 2012

"Also, I'm thankful for an awesome school, along with great teachers.  I'm thankful that I'm being taught in a Christian school that cares about their students.  If not for my teachers, I wouldn't be where I am today, and I wouldn't have learned to push my self and to be all that I can be.  I love how all my teachers get to know and come to care about each student, so that each student can value their education and learn how to make the most of our talent and skills, so that we may get a good career one day.  One day I'll have a great job that I'll love and it will be all because of them."  Amanda J. - 2012 

"One other thing I am very thankful for is my school, teachers, and the people I have met at St. John's.  I love St. John's.  This school is amazing.  My teachers are so helpful and caring.  The people I have met at St. John's are so amazing and I have learned from so many of them.  My friends have brought me closer to Jesus Christ."  Jenna W. - 2012 

"I am so thankful for my parents caring about my education.  I go to a school that you can talk about God as much as you want and pray.  Some schools you can't talk about God and that is sad.  I am thankful for all my teachers.  All of my teachers teach me about God everyday.  Most of the time, when we're not paying attention, the lesson that we are doing has God in it.  I'm thankful that our class can do a devotion every morning and start our day off with God."   Mike W. - 2012 

"Lastly, I am thankful for our awesome school.  St. John's is a great school.  I am blessed to have gone here my whole life and received a Christian education.  We have the best teachers in the world.  It's nice having teachers who care so much about us."  Steve Z. - 2012 


Thank you from Kalyn S., 2012

"The other day a few of my friends were saying how they felt so unprepared for freshman year and that their grade schools never taught them anything.  I can't count the things I learned at St. John's, not only academically, but spiritually and just about life in general.  I just want to thank you guys because I felt very prepared for this year.  I was blessed in so many ways from my 2 years at St. John's and a lot of those blessings came from you guys.  I could not have asked for better teachers and role models.  So thank you...I love you all very much."