It started with a vision, 15 families, and several part-time teachers in 1995, and now Covenant Christian High School has ballooned to 340 students — several of whom received diplomas this past Saturday.
“This (class) is a very eclectic group of kids who have figured out a way to coexist here and have a lot of fun,” said Nanci Slagle of CCHS. “We have had just a great mix of music, art, drama, science, and math, but they have enjoyed each other a lot.”
And it has been an eventful senior year for the class of 2013. CCHS was able to make a first-ever trip to the soccer state finals.
“We took hundreds of people down to watch the game,” Slagle said. “That was probably the first big highlight.”
Then, they rallied around the Indianapolis Colts’ ‘ChuckStrong’ campaign, earning the school national attention when Sports Illustrated included it in an issue after players and principal Andy Goodwin shaved their heads in support of leukemia research as the Colts coach fought the illness.
“We had a student at the school who was going through cancer treatments, and Coach Pagano was going through them, so a bunch of our boys went to Great Clips in Speedway and got their heads shaved,” Slagle said. “The Colts sent people out to the school to interview them, Jim Irsay tweeted about them, and it was pretty fun.”
It’s that unity with one another, she said, that has made this class so special.
“It guess it would seem like all classes are like that everywhere, but they’re not,” she said. “I think because we’re smaller, our kids are afforded more opportunity to try out lots of different things and do lots of different classes.
“A kid named Connor Reagan comes to mind, a senior who has been a part of the underwater robotics team, has run the sound and lights for a play, and he was also a character in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ does math competitions, and is on the rocket team.”