VCA Senior Stories

In honor of our 1st graduating class from Victory Christian Academy, we would like to recognize each and every one of them. 

Ashton Bogue

I'm honored to be graduating with the first senior class of VCA in 2021! I'm thankful God blessed me with VCA. The best part of a private, Christian school is being surrounded by friends and teachers who point you to Christ in all circumstances. My senior year has been a lot of fun, even though it is very different than I always imagined due to COVID. I must say, doing school in my pjs is pretty awesome 😉. Additionally, I now work at Chick Fil-A in Santa Rosa, so come visit me! This summer after I graduate, I am moving to Texas and plan to go to school at Southplains College. There, I will study to become a Radiologic Technologist. My hope is to work at a children's hospital, or at least in a pediatric department if possible since I love kids. I'm excited to see where God takes me in the next stage of life, so please be in prayer that I will do well in college and that I won't miss my CA friends and family too much. Thank you VCA family!

Kelsey Thomas

I am so blessed to be able to attend Victory Christian Academy and be a part of this amazing community. Finishing high school here, surrounded by loving, supportive, and uplifting teachers and friends, is something that I will never regret. In addition, I could not have asked for a better group of friends to spend my senior year with and I am so excited to graduate with them this spring! Currently, I enjoy playing sports such as volleyball and tennis and I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to play these sports at VCA. Other than sports, I also enjoy reading, playing the ukulele, exercising, being with friends, and studying God's Word. After I graduate, I am interested in studying psychology and possibly going into forensics. I am not sure where I want to study yet but I am excited to see where the Lord leads me. I might not have everything figured out, but I know God has a perfect plan for my life and I am excited to discover what he has in store for me. Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Kyle Benestad

Although my senior year has been pretty unusual, I’m excited to be graduating with the first senior class of VCA. After previously attending Rincon Valley Christian school, I decided to enroll at VCA where I was able to reconnect with fellow classmates and retain a Christ-centered education. Having an environment like VCA has provided me with a school where I can challenge myself academically but also grow spiritually in all my classes. While at VCA, some of the things I’ve been able to participate in have been student leadership and sports. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the student council over the last two years and working with my classmates to put on fun events. I’ve also loved playing tennis and basketball at VCA. Most of all, I’m so thankful to have been in a place where I have such a great group of friends to finish high school and graduate with. Outside of school, I have been involved in Boy Scouts and currently am in the final steps of achieving my Eagle Scout Rank. After I graduate this year, I plan to go to college and study environmental science. While I look forward to this next stage of my life, I know that it's going to be incredibly hard to move away from the great relationships and memories I’ve created at VCA. Joshua 1:9 “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.”

Tobi Cunningham

Greetings! My name is Tobi Cunningham, and I am a senior at Victory Christian Academy. I enrolled at VCA my junior year, and I am so excited to be part of the first, graduating class of this excellent school. Victory Christian Academy has pushed me academically, socially, and spiritually to grow as an individual amongst a campus body unified under one purpose: glorifying Christ. VCA has also given me the opportunity to pursue all of my interests, including sports, music, and student leadership. Once I graduate high school, I hope to continue playing sports and performing music in college, while also working towards achieving a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. As a senior, I am sad to be departing from such a loving and inspiring community, but I am excited for the new experiences that lie ahead of me. I think that Victory Christian Academy has prepared me to enter into the world and blaze my own, new trail with God guiding me along the way.

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31

Alex Waller

Hi my name is Alex Waller, and I am a Senior at VCA. I really enjoy music and sports, which takes up a lot of my free time as well as work and playing video games with my friends. I played basketball at VCA last year but haven't done any sports this year. What brought me to VCA is that I really care about Christian education and having a personal connection with my teachers. The fact that I can go to them if I’m having a rough time even outside of schooling is so encouraging and is something I appreciate a lot. My plan for after high school is to work and go to the SRJC to get my gen ed out of the way and figure out what career path interests me. VCA has not only helped me grow as a person but also as a Christian. Being surrounded by my peers in a Christian and God centered environment is something I’ll miss when I graduate.

Thomas Mitten

My name is Thomas and I attended RVC for all my life until it was closed down, and I made the decision to stay at VCA. I valued the education I would get here, as a private school generally provides better education than a public one. I played basketball at VCA and although I wasn’t very good, everyone was welcoming and encouraging. After school I enjoy working at my job at Sweet T’s as well as playing video games, and skateboarding.

I plan on attending the SRJC in the hopes to get In their nursing program. I watched my mom go through the JC’s program and it made me extremely proud of my mom, and I now want to follow in her footsteps.

VCA not only provides an above average education, but the campus environment is much friendlier than you’d find elsewhere. My teachers and fellow classmates have pushed me not only to pass my classes, but to excel.

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Sean Edlin

I am a senior in the first graduating class of VCA. I decided to attend here for the strong Christian education and healthy environment that allows me to grow as a person and as a follower of Christ. Some of my favorite things to do are spending time with friends, playing sports such as basketball and tennis, and creative writing.

After high school I plan on attending Wayland Baptist University in Texas and majoring in English. After that I would like to explore some form of journalism or grant writing.

Similar to why I attended VCA, I would encourage people to go here because of the strong Christ-centered community and environment. Not only are students pushed academically, but as people, and that really helps in preparation for going out into the world past high school.

My favorite verse is Romans 8:28 which says," And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." I like this verse because it is comforting and reminds me no matter what, God is in control of the situation and I can trust His plan for me and my life.

Sadie Wade

I enjoy art like drawing and painting. I love to play tennis and have been playing throughout all of high school. I decided to attend VCA because I knew it was a great school after previously going to RVC a year ago and missed all of my friends there.

I am planning on going to Biola and am going to study Nutrition in hopes to become a Nutritionist.

VCA is an amazing school and has helped me grow in my relationship with God and has also helped me to grow in good friendships as well as my academics. The teachers here are very patient and have great teaching skills in a way that I am able to understand and learn.

My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Stephen Arthur

Hello, and thank you for taking time to read my story. My name is Stephen Arthur, and I am part of the first graduating class at VCA this coming June. While attending VCA, I have been given the opportunity to play an instrument, play sports, sing in the school choir, and attend JC classes. Outside of VCA, I like to play sports like football and basketball, as well as getting involved with my incredible youth group (Calvary Chapel the Rock). When I first attended VCA, I didn't want to go to school. I didn't like that it was new and it didn't offer football. But not long after attending, I quickly realized how much I love the school due to its sensational students and staff. Now, after attending the former RVC and graduating from the young VCA, I can honestly say, VCA is a superior school in almost every way.

After high school, I plan on attending Santa Rosa JC to earn a degree in marketing; as well as additionally playing football in the fall. However, that could all change depending on the LORD's plan for my life in these coming months.

As Christians (all of God’s creation) our purpose is to give glory to God in all we do. Part of giving glory to the LORD involves giving God our best. When students attend VCA, both them and their parents are getting the best Christian education in Sonoma county. The school not only assists students in being better prepared for college, but provides a solid foundation in Christianity for all students who attend. In the past two years I have attended VCA, I have been surrounded by an awesome cast of classmates who encourage me to love both the Lord and my neighbor every single day. There really is no other school like it!

My favorite verse comes from Romans 12: 1-2 “And so dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don't copy the behavior and customer of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

To all students and parents looking at VCA, I highly recommend the school for its loving environment, college prep, competitive sports, and ecstatic student body which all play a part in making it the best Sonoma county has to offer. I hope my story has given you much to consider. Fly eagles fly! From your brother in Christ, Stephen Arthur.

Jack Stewart

I like electronics of all kinds, whether that is for creating music, or taking and editing videos/photos, or running my own code. I find any field of electronics not just fascinating, but instantly engaging.

I plan to attend Santa Rosa Junior College, then transfer to another college. Maybe a music school, or a major in computer science or (drone) videography/photography

VCA quite simply has refined my character and stability far beyond what normally would have been a stressful senior year. While my time at public school was a strife to bear through, VCA has been nothing but a blessing.

Proverbs 25:27 "It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory."

CONNER SKILES

My name is Conner Skiles and I have only attended VCA for one year. I attended RVC before it closed down and I played football while I was there. In my free time I enjoy fishing, spending time with friends, and anything to do with cars.

I am going to work full time out of high school at America’s tire and put away savings early for my future. I’m not sure what I want to do long term at the moment but wherever the Lord leads I plan to follow.

You should attend VCA because of the amazing people that you will meet there who love God and strengthen the community. VCA has helped me grow through the exploration of other world-views which has strengthened my foundation in the Christian worldview.

Isaiah 40:31

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;

    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

    they shall walk and not faint.

Class of 2021 - our 1st Graduating CLass

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