Cavalier Feature: Graduate Spotlight

2019 Graduate Spotlight

One of the most amazing moments of the Central Valley Christian school year is the end. Not because the teachers are ready to be done. Not because the students eagerly anticipate family vacations. Rather, we get to see an entire class of young men and women walk across a stage, accept their diploma, and move on to the next step, prepared and excited–whether it’s for a career, college, ministry or mission. Our staff and faculty work hard alongside our families to help these students pursue their passions and hone the gifts God has given them. Read on to see where a few of our students are headed after graduation!

Brian Stark
Brian StarkPost-graduation plans:  Attending Oklahoma State University on a full ride golf scholarship.

Career Goals: To make it on the PGA Tour.

Favorite Bible verse: John 13:7, “Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’”

Favorite CVC memory: Shooting 60(-12) at Ridge Creek GC in a CSL match, breaking the course record.




Dylan Koetsier
Dylan KoetsierPost-graduation plans:  I am planning to go to the Joshua Wilderness Institute at Hume Lake.  This a one year program up at Hume Lake where I will be taking bible classes and working at Hume.  I will also have the chance to go on four different mission trips and a trip to Israel.

Career Goals: I am not sure yet but I will take time at Joshua to decide what I will do next.  

Favorite Bible Passage:  1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Favorite CVC memory:  My favorite memory of CVC was probably playing the valley championship for soccer.  It was so fun because it was a great game and we had an amazing crowd. It seemed like all of the CVC community was their to support us and it was a blast.

Garrin Schaap
Garrin SchaapPost-graduation plans: After graduation, my plan is to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo this fall to study Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering. I chose this major because I think that it is where my passion for agriculture and my skills in science and math meet up with the need for agricultural innovation. My favorite thing about the Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering program at Cal Poly is that it is very hands-on and falls right in line with Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy.
Career goals: I’d like to eventually be an entrepreneur in the agricultural engineering industry. I want to be an engineer because engineers solve problems. I want to help address the challenges that are associated with efficiency, staying competitive in the world market, producing better quality products, implementing automation and optimizing labor, and achieving increased sustainability.
Favorite Bible passage: Romans 5:19-21 which says, “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” I really like this passage because it reminds me of the sacrifice that Jesus made in order that I may have life through him.
Favorite CVC memory: The Portland to Coast Relay Race that the CVC cross country team competed in this past August. This experience was so fun because it was unlike anything that I have ever done before. This was a  very long relay race where each team has 12 runners and each runner has to run two legs of the race that starts in Portland and ends in Seaside, 130 miles later. It was absolutely amazing to run through the beautiful countryside of Oregon and to just experience God’s wonderful creation. This race was an absolutely awesome bonding experience and I had a lot of fun cheering on my teammates, sleeping awfully close to them in a van, experimenting with different snack combinations, watching too many episodes of The Office, and just enjoying each other’s fellowship. I am very thankful to Coach Kornelis for taking on the challenge of racing Portland to Coast in only her second year of coaching cross country, it is a memory that I will never forget.

Evie Daniels, Co-Valedictorian
Evie Daniels, Co-ValedictorianPost-graduation plans: I will be attending George Fox University. I plan to major in biomedical engineering.

Career goals: I hope to get a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and possibly a minor in Spanish. I aim to make medical equipment, specifically prosthetics.

Favorite Bible passage: 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

Favorite CVC memory: My favorite CVC memory is traveling to Portland with the cross country team and racing at 3am.


Reagan De Jong, Co-Valedictorian
Reagan De Jong, Co-ValedictorianPost-graduation plans: I plan to attend Cal Poly SLO majoring in agricultural business.

Career goals: After I graduate from college, I plan to move back home and help my dad manage his dairies.

Favorite bible passage: “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30

Favorite CVC memory: Almost every weekend this past semester, I got together with a group of friends and worked on AP calculus homework. Although the work itself was very hard and sometimes frustrating, we made it fun and manageable.


Lauren Reed, Salutatorian
Lauren Reed, SalutatorianPost graduation plans: I will be going to Biola University as a Biochemistry major and will be participating in the Stewart Science Honors Program. I am also excited about my educational tour of Italy and Spain this summer with Mr. Byrd and some of my friends.

Career goals:  I want to go to medical school and become a doctor. I have always been incredibly interested in how complex God made the human body. Becoming a doctor will not just be my career, it will be my ministry. I will be able to show God’s love to believers and non-believers who do not know Him.

Favorite Bible Passage:  Proverbs 16:3: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Favorite CVC memory:  Throughout my time at CVC, I have played different sports and I have loved the friendships made through them. One of my favorite memories was going to a valley championship game my sophomore year for softball.


Becoming a doctor will not just be my career, it will be my ministry. I will be able to show God’s love to believers and non-believers who do not know Him. – Lauren Reed, Salutatorian

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