Redemption Christian Academy graduates impart life advice

  • RCA graduates listen as Israel Wooten finishes his speech on Thursday. Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Redemption Christian Academy graduate Ziv Basden gives a speech during graduation on Thursday, June 8, 2017. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

Recorder Staff
Thursday, June 08, 2017

NORTHFIELD — As “Pomp and Circumstance” played to mark the end of Redemption Christian Academy’s graduation Thursday, the eight graduates lined up to accept hug after hug from their classmates, teachers and families.

The students, whether they’d been at the Christian prep school for a year or most of their lives, spoke about feeling accepted into what they called the Redemption family, while offering life lessons for attendees.

“Today, I want to try to motivate you to overcome all the obstacles in your life,” said Christopher Naidu, asking listeners to avoid self-pity and “keep fighting.”

“Many people are afraid to fail, so they’re afraid to try,” added Israel Wooten, recounting the saying that one never truly fails until he or she stops trying.

Naidu asked graduates to be grateful for what they have, take steps to make change if they’re unhappy and embrace individuality.

“Be your own person and be proud of who you are,” Naidu said. “Just be the best you possible, and you won’t regret anything.”


Ziv Hamal Basden, Savano Durell Coakley, Anderson Gomes Correia, Yeikson Montero, Christopher C. Naidu, Corey Daniel Sands, Israel Mekhi Wooten.