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Posted: June 2, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Woodlee’s Christian Academy graduates

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Woodlee’s Christian Academy hosted its first ever graduating class Saturday at Christ Cornerstone Church in Covington. Damir Dado Dandic was honored as the class valedictorian and Ryan Anthony Martin was honored as the class salutatorian.

Dandic was heavily involved in Beta Club and Student Council in addition to his stellar academic performance. As the pioneer Woodlee’s student to enroll in Dual Enrollment at Georgia Perimeter College, Dandic has maintained a solid 4.0 grade point average. With plans to continue his studies as a pre-medicine student at Georgia Perimeter College, Dandic hopes to enroll at a competitive school in order to continue his pursuit of a career in the medical science field.

Martin has a heart and passion for fine arts and has been heavily involved in band and chorus at school as well as playing in a band outside of school. He served as the Student Council president during the 2009-2010 school year. Martin also has plans to attend Georgia Perimeter College next year and desires to complete his degree in music at a state university. He plans on pursuing a career in music.

With two talented young men to be honored, Dr. Ed Lawson, life-long educator and teacher at WCA, led the graduates in a stirring look at the legacy of George Washington. Bobby Fleck, principal of WCA, and Executive Director Terri Knight presided over the commencement activities and awarded the graduates with their College Preparatory Diplomas. The Rev. Bob Aston also offered the benediction in honor of the graduates. Martin and Dandic presented heart-warming speeches that commemorated their high school years, teachers, parents and affirmed their commitment to a faithful relationship with God for the rest of their lives.

This graduating class also represents the culmination of a dream that was 40 years in the making. In 1970, John and Daisy Woodlee began Woodlee’s Christian Childcare Center in Conyers. This year marks the 40-year anniversary of the original center and also marks the year of the first graduating class of Woodlee’s Christian Academy.

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