Northwest Christian Schools will graduate 72 students in a unique ceremony on Saturday, June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Activity Center at the Upper Campus in Colbert.

The members of the class of 2017 will follow Northwest Christian tradition in participating in the graduation ribbon cutting ceremony. They’ll stand together in their caps and gowns, united by a portion of a long, wide yellow ribbon. When each student’s name is called, a video presentation of their life appears on a screen. Then the ribbon that unites them is cut, a poignant symbol that the graduate is now ready to leave school and go out into the world.

There are five valedictorians for the NWC class of 2017. They are Ryan Bax, Garrett Muncey and Scarlet Smith who will all attend Whitworth University; Mary Maystrovich (United States Air Force Academy),  and Brittani Trapp who will enter a pre-med program at a university in Washington State.  Each valedictorian will give a short speech or have a special part in the ceremony.

Twenty-four graduating seniors will be recognized as 13-year students-a special honor reserved for those who have attended Northwest Christian since kindergarten. Six graduates will be recognized as 12-year students, who have attended the school since first grade.




Forty-four 8th grade students are set to graduate from Northwest Christian Middle School on Thursday, June 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Activity Center at the Upper Campus in Colbert. The middle school graduates will be dressed in formal dresses and elegant suits, but this event is much more than a mere formality.

“The traditional 8th grade graduation at NWCS is a rite of passage for our middle school students,” said NWC Middle School Principal Dave Jennings. “The formal setting helps to emphasize the milestone that the students have achieved in completing kindergarten through 8th grade. The diploma students receive signifies that they are prepared for the rigors of high school.”

Most of this year’s graduates have attended all three middle school years at NWCS. The middle school shares the Lower Campus with the elementary program. “This class has demonstrated servant-leadership to the younger students on campus by serving as examples and even helping in the elementary classrooms,” said Jennings. “We are very proud of these students.”

Eighth grade valedictorians are Chiara Carey, Emma Culbertson, Grace Gilbert, Michelle Maystrovich, Ellie Mikiska, and Ellie Sander. The valedictorians will each address the graduating class and receive an engraved medal. Each valedictorian has a three-year middle school G.P.A. of 4.0. Salutatorians Taylor Swanson, Riley Helring, Isabella Tibbetts, Sammy Manina, and Nick Ramey (each with 3.97 – 3.99 career G.P.A.s) will also be honored.

Principal Dave Jennings and 8th grade teachers Tim Hansen and Christina Hilderbrand will address the class. The choir and band will be joined by select 8th grade soloists during the ceremony.  Special character awards will also be given to students who have best exemplified the character of Christ during their middle school years.


Lena Ruth Eacker will be graduating from Northwest Christian Schools’ Homeschool Extension on Saturday, May 13th at 1:00 p.m. in the Upper Campus Activity Center.

The NWCS Homeschool began 14 years ago, and Eacker is the program’s first student to complete kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Eacker will be pursuing a career in education at Eastern Washington University after completing her associates of arts degree with an emphasis in art at Spokane Falls Community College.

For more information on the NWCS Homeschool Program please contact Ruth Wagley:  rwagley@nwcs.org 509.238.4005 x136.



Eleven 8th grade homeschool students are set to graduate from Northwest Christian Schools’ Homeschool Extension on Monday, May 15th at 3:00 p.m. The celebratory evening includes a Manito Park adventure, a limousine ride to Spaghetti Factory for dinner, and culminates in a dessert event with a parent blessing as they close one chapter of their lives and begin their high school journey.

Nine of the homeschool 8th grade graduates are on honor roll with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 and above.

The graduating 8th grade class of 2017 includes the following students: Dacey Else, Malachi Kaiser, Alison Shaler, Wyatt Moeckel, Grace Bishop, Isabel Edens, Avery Hopp, Kaylee Scheel, Liam Lyerla, Jessica Coriell and Miriam Breithaupt.

For more information on the NWCS Homeschool Program please contact Ruth Wagley rwagley@nwcs.org 509.238.4005 x136.