Lessons from the Class of 2018 on How to Live

It was a meaningful graduation ceremony for our 8th-grade class on June 6, as we celebrated the bold, confident, and compassionate leaders that these students have become throughout their years at Ascension. Reverend Chamie Delkeskamp beautifully wove together life lessons extracted from the students’ end of year essays that she shared with all those in attendance as she spoke personally of each graduate. Some of their sage advice is also shared here:

Be Yourself

“If you knew me in kindergarten, you would know that I was the girl that grabbed onto her mom’s leg because I was too scared to go to class… Mrs. Phillips gently guided me off of my mom’s leg, and told me everything was going to be okay.  If she had never done that, I would never have had the courage to go to school and be the person I am today.”

“At Ascension, I can be myself, and, far greater, I can improve myself.”

Study and Learn

“Ascension taught me to always study for subjects frequently and do things in advance.  Kind of ironic considering how late at night this is being written.”

Be Kind

“I have learned to not judge a book by their cover.  You never know what that person is going through at home or at school.  So always love everyone.  Being kind is very important because that’s the only way you can make it through life.”

“My class took care of each other and helped each other get up on their feet by giving over and over again.  My teachers gave time each and every day to teach and get to know their students.  My pastors guided me and others in life obstacles.”

Serve Others

“Ascension has taught me to respect and do service for others.  Our class has always continued to support our community by being kind, generous young leaders in times of celebration and need.”

“My service to God has been the most important part of my time at Ascension.  Because of this, I am very dedicated to being a good person.  My service to God has made me want to be the best leader I can be.”

Love God

“Ascension has taught me so much about God.  Before Ascension, I wasn’t as close with God as I am now.”

“I have learned so much about God’s love at Ascension Lutheran.  I plan to continue to keep that trust in God even if it gets hard and I start questioning my beliefs.  I plan to be kind, compassionate, reverent, humble, friendly, and never let my opinion get above something much more important in high school.”

Go with Confidence into the Future

“Ascension has taught me how to live in my future years when I move on from here.  I have learned so much about how to have a good character in high school.  Ascension has taught me how to always do what is right and love everyone.”

“I will definitely carry God with me throughout my high school years and beyond; Ascension has been a huge part of teaching me that.  As God leads us into the huge world that is waiting for us, I know that I will remember every one of my classmates.”


We will miss this awesome class of students, but we know they will all go from here with confidence into high school and beyond! We look forward to them coming back as alumni to bless future classes of Ascension graduates.

We invite you to schedule a tour to learn more about the Middle School Program at Ascension.