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Veritas graduation celebrates faith, family

May 25, 2013

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Families and faculty at Veritas Christian School in Lawrence celebrated the graduation of seven students Saturday.

"This class has been a real joy," said Ron Krestan, dean of students. "They're an exceptional group academically, but also in terms of their work ethic and their love for the Lord and the way they've had a servant's heart. They've been a real joy to work with."

Graduating Veritas seniors, from left, Abigail Bond, Alison Dover and Kristen Finger share a laugh during the Veritas graduation ceremony Saturday at the First United Methodist Church West Campus, 867 Highway 40.

Graduating Veritas seniors, from left, Abigail Bond, Alison Dover and Kristen Finger share a laugh during the Veritas graduation ceremony Saturday at the First United Methodist Church West Campus, 867 Highway 40.

2013 Veritas graduates

The following seniors graduated from Veritas Christian School in Lawrence:

Abigail Bartlow

Madison Bennett

Abigail Bond

Alison Dover

Kristen Finger

Andrew Jewell

Matthew Myers

Veritas, a private parochial school founded in 1978, has only about 130 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students and parents say that's part of what makes the school special.

The school began as a school mainly for elementary grades. High school classes were added later, and this year's class is the 10th graduating class from Veritas.

"We feel more like a family," said Alison Dover, one of the graduating seniors. "We've got a great connection with each other."

Her mother, Barbara Dover, agreed.

"The good thing about being in a school like Veritas is being able to be a part of their academic life and their growing-up years," Barbara Dover said.

Abigail Bartlow, one of the co-valedictorians of the class, spoke directly to each of her six classmates during her speech, acknowledging things she had learned from each of them. She also acknowledged the dozen or so students who had come and gone from the class at different stages.

"God has perfectly orchestrated the formation of this class," Bartlow said.

Kristen Finger, the other co-valedictorian and one of the finalists in the Journal-World's Academic All-Star competition this year, called on her classmates to do more than just believe in God, but also to be willing to risk everything when God calls them to service.

"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever," Finger said, quoting the Bible verse from the Book of Daniel that had been Veritas' theme this year.

Jonnie Finger, Kristen's mother, said the combination of a strong academic tradition and religious instruction sets Veritas apart from other schools.

"We're especially proud of how she's grown up to be a young woman of faith, who understands you don't have to check your brains at the door to be a strong Christian," she said.

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Comments

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 6 months ago

"We're especially proud of how she's grown up to be a young woman of faith, who understands you don't have to check your brains at the door to be a strong Christian," she said.

This is true of Catholic and Protestant Christians equally and I wish that more people understood this and knew this. You don't have to choose between faith and knowledge. It is possible to believe in God and His creation of the multi-verses and in evolution as the vehicle of change.

Kate Rogge 1 year, 6 months ago

Are they preparing for the Crusades at Veritas?

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

"We're especially proud of how she's grown up to be a young woman of faith, who understands you don't have to check your brains at the door to be a strong Christian," she said.

Yes, you do. In believing things that amount to fairy tales in the absence of evidence and in the presence of evidence to the contrary (i.e faith), one is automatically checking one's brains at the door.

To paraphrase Mark Twain in Pudd'nhead Wilson, faith is believing something that you know isn't true. A brain-check extraordinaire.

Having "faith" in fairy tales is by definition checking one's brain at the door. Sorry, but it is the truth. Be as "faithful" as you want, but don't try to rationalize it as an intellectual activity.

OldKStater 1 year, 6 months ago

Dear nightmare--what fairy tale--Evolution? I ask this because it seems to be one of the primary points of contention. I wrote a paper as a grad student nearly 40 years ago in a KU science class pointing out the problems of the "pool of life" theory (how the first cells were formed). It was based on thermodynamics and had plenty of math and Chemistry facts in it. To date, I have seen no reasoned answer from the evolution side. The KU answer to this and other similar papers was to ban the topic of creation/evolution papers the next year. Incidentally, I can point out the data mentioned in the Miller-Urey paper that shows that they cannot create amino acids in two weeks, much less longer periods (they only got them if they stopped the experiment in two days--data consistent with my thermodynamic claims and calculations). Now who is living by faith and who is based on science. Most people like you have never studied half what you talk about. To try to cut off discussion by name calling like you do shows the fallacy of your position. Try supporting your position by real science rather than refusing to discuss it at all.

Incidentally, the daughter mentioned is my own.

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 6 months ago

Check this out:

Louis Pasteur the Germ Theory of Disease

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier The Revolution in Chemistry

Nicolaus Copernicus The Heliocentric Universe

Erwin Schrodinger Wave Mechanics

Enrico Fermi Atomic Physics

Gregor Mendel The Laws of Inheritance (Augustinian monk)

Alexander Fleming Penicillin

All men whose great faith did not keep them from being scientists but rather spurred them to learn more about this Universe that God created. I don't think that the quality of their intelligence or the depth of their faith can be disputed.

FloridaSunshine 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you, Frankie8, for this incredible list!!

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

I confess I do not know the religious "faith" of these men. However, there is absolutely no evidence that their "faith" had anything to do with their science. If these were "men of faith", then likely they succeeded despite their faith and not because of it. Indeed, many renaissance and modern scientists were in deep conflict about their "faith" and ultimately ended up rejecting religion.

Many renaissance scientists were persecuted by the "faithful" because of their science, and made discoveries despite religion, not because of it.

Also, before public education, religious men were the only educated men, so this is a bit of a circular argument.

I daresay that if these men were alive today, they would have very little understanding of modern "faith", and would certainly relegate theirs to the dustbin when confronted with modern scientific reality.

optimist 1 year, 6 months ago

Well stated Frankie8. Faith and Science are not exclusive of each other but rather complement each other very well. There is often faith demonstrated in science when one posits a theory and spends a lifetime working to prove, or in some cases disprove it. A scientist’s willingness to dedicate their life to such work is driven by the faith (remember: yourworstnightmare defines faith as belief in the absence of evidence) they have in their own belief.

FloridaSunshine 1 year, 6 months ago

Veritas Grads....CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Don't ever let anyone who is of no faith deter you from the grand future God has in store for you. There are those right here in Lawrence who would try...(as per some of the comments on this thread)...but you are walking in the LIGHT...you will make a DIFFERENCE in this world!! I can't imagine that you have ANY idea how very many people are so proud of you! Go, with your heads held high, to reach the goals you have set for yourselves.

May God's blessings be with each of you all the days of your lives. Amen.

yourworstnightmare 1 year, 6 months ago

One question for the Veritas grads: why did you choose xtianity over other religions?

Yes, hold on to your faith. Cling to it despite all evidence to the contrary.

When you finally realize the immorality of religion and that true morals and ethics arise when you treat everyone as fellow human beings, you will have truly made something of yourself.

Gotalife 1 year, 6 months ago

Yourworstnightmare sounds like a pretty miserable human being. To go online and deliberately seek out and belittle the happiness and success of very young and highly intelligent students such as these is nothing more than pathetic.

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