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Class of 2020

Gabrielle Alvesteffer

Gabrielle Alvesteffer, beloved daughter of Scott and Ellen Alvesteffer has been taught at home since she was a freshman in high school. Gabrielle, also known as Smiley, enjoys hanging out with her friends, loves going on pontoon boat rides when she goes up to her cottage during the summer, loves movie nights with her family and hanging out at her JROTC class with her fellow cadets and her two amazing teachers, Major and 1st Sargent!!! She will be taking a gap year next year, but looks forward to the following year where she plans to continue her education at Lansing Community College.

Her favorite verse is Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. That you may prove what God's will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Josie Bouman

Josie Bouman, daughter of Jay and Lydia Bouman, has been homeschooled with her five siblings for the past fourteen years. She enjoys playing guitar, reading, spending time with friends, and sleeping. She looks forward to graduating and plans to continue her education at KVCC in the nursing program.

Her favorite scripture is Psalm 116:8, “For thou has delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.”

Gideon Chesebro

Gideon Chesebro, son of John and Naomi Chesebro, has been homeschooled with his six siblings all his life and counting. He enjoys reading, programming, making music, and playing games with his family. He plans to take college courses online through Lumerit Unbound, and eventually receive a bachelor's degree in computer science from Liberty University. He intends to make a career out of computer programming, because there's nothing better to have as a job than something you enjoy as a hobby. Gideon goes to Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church, and hopes to make confession of faith there soon.

One of his favorite Bible passages is Psalm 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

Emma Christine De Nooy

Emma Christine De Nooy, daughter of Randal and Rebekah De Nooy, has been homeschooled with her six siblings for thirteen years. Some of her favorite things include reading, writing letters, and eating almost anything covered in Cholula hot sauce. She looks forward to many more years of learning and plans to continue her education at Hillsdale College, studying English, Politics, or Rhetoric and Public Address.

Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:7, “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.”

Kurtis Gene Doezema

Kurtis Gene Doezema, son of Karl and Judy Doezema, has been home educated for the past twelve years, along with his sister Joy. The Lord has blessed him in his education with many talents such as fixing equipment and vehicles, operating equipment and heavy machinery, milking cows, preparing the fields for planting, then planting and harvesting. He also uses his torching and welding skills he has learned at his Heartlands diesel class to help fix equipment on the farm. This year he was able to be a student intern in his diesel class. This is the first time the school has done this for a student and did it as a “pilot” program with Kurtis being a homeschooled student. Being a student intern has allowed Kurtis to be a leader to the other students and to be involved with independent projects such as pulling an engine out of a semi-truck, and building a stand for it. He has a kind heart and enjoys doing things behind the scenes for others. He looks forward to working on his family's dairy farm, trucking, and most importantly, following after God's direction for his life.

His favorite scripture verse is Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”

Kurtis is thankful for his loving parents, his caring sister, his encouraging grandparents, Dave and Lois Van Strien, his Uncle Kenny and Aunt Kathy Doezema, who he works with each day, his extended family and his diesel instructor, Tom Greenfield.

Andrew Duimstra

Andrew Duimstra, son of Jack and Cindy Duimstra, has been homeschooled with his siblings for eight years. He enjoys dirt biking, hanging out with friends, and duning at Silver Lake. He looks forward to working and plans to continue his education.

His favorite scripture is Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Celeste Frank

Celeste Frank, daughter of Jason and Rachel Frank, has been homeschooled with her three sisters for her entire education. Celeste enjoys calligraphy, working out, rock climbing, and spending time with friends and family. She is a deep thinker, and one of her best qualities is her strong loyalty, along with her love for God and her desire to do what is right in His eyes. She looks forward to pursuing her education in health fitness or videography, but ultimately wants to be a wife and mother.

Her favorite scripture is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you will go.”

Courtney Rose Griffis

Courtney Rose Griffis, daughter of Curt and Tonya Griffis.

As a lifetime homeschooler, Courtney has consistently been at the top of her class. Her bubbly personality and infectious smile always brightening the day of everyone around her. She is a talented musician with a love for the gospel, and old country music. You can often find her playing at the Big Rock Music Barn with her band. She plays any stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and steel guitar. Her favorite is the guitar.

Courtney loves the Lord and has a heart for ministry. She uses her talents to serve as a summer Missionary for ICBM (Independent Children's Bible Mission). This summer will be her 5th year serving with ICBM. Courtney also remains active in her church, serving in the children's ministry, performing special music, and working as a sound technician.

Besides being involved in music and ministry, she has many other interests she enjoys. They include pet sitting, improv, watching and reenacting Studio C videos, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series, Marvel movies, and doing Bible study with her friends. She also enjoys cooking and baking, especially her custom royal icing cookies.

Currently, she is finishing her freshmen year of college through Maranatha Baptist University. Though she hasn't chosen a major as of yet, she looks forward to seeing what God has in store for her future, trusting He has the greatest plan.

Courtney's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6–7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Matthew Hansen

Matthew Hansen, son of Steve and Shari Hansen, is the second oldest of nine children and has been homeschooled ten years. He enjoys volunteering for Paws With A Cause for the last five years, foster raising future service dogs. He also enjoys hanging out with friends and working at Caledonia Ace Hardware. This fall he plans to continue his education in pursuing a career as a veterinarian.

His favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for the good of them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

Leah Jeffries

Leah Jefferies, the daughter of Ryan and Kim Jefferies, is thankful to have been homeschooled with her three siblings for her entire childhood. Leah enjoys practicing violin, dancing, reading novels undisturbed, and spending time with friends. She looks forward to being with Jesus in heaven, but while on earth she wants to start a private violin studio or work in interior design. She is undecided at present.

One of her favorite scriptures is Ephesians 4:21–24, which says, “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”

Parker Johnston

Parker Johnston, son of Audrey and Bob Johnston, attended South Christian High School where he played on the basketball and lacrosse teams. He switched to homeschooling his junior and senior year where he played with the West Michigan Hornets basketball team. He looks forward to attending college where he will study accounting.

His favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5–6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”

Anna Losch

Anna Losch, daughter of Tim and Erica Losch, has been homeschooled with her three siblings for thirteen years. She enjoys people, basketball, medical studies and mission trips. She looks forward to getting her EMT license. Beyond that she is excited to see all that God has for her future.

Her favorite verse is James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Bryce Lubbers

Bryce Lubbers, son of Chad and Jane Lubbers, has been homeschooled for nine years. He enjoys showing horses, working, and playing basketball. He looks forward to whatever God has planned for him whether that be an education in equine management or just working.

His favorite scripture is Psalm 40:1–3, “I waited patiently for the Lord, he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.”

Anneliese Yang-Zhen (Neff)

Anneliese Yang-Zhen, beloved daughter of Peter and Lisa Neff, is the youngest of four children, all of whom were homeschooled since beginning in 1990. She is a self-motivated learner who has far exceeded our/her academic goals. She is also an accomplished ballet dancer. Beginning her training at age three, she excelled in ballet, eventually dancing for the Grand Rapid's Jr. Company. She enjoys many fine arts including painting, sketching, graphic design, and writing. She is looking forward to attending Michigan State University in the fall to work towards a Master's Degree in Physiology, and later a career in Physical Therapy.

Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

Aimee Leona Nijsse

Aimee Leona Nijsse, daughter of Jacob and Tanya Nijsse, has been homeschooled for thirteen years. She is the third oldest child of eight. She enjoys photography, babysitting, and crafts. She plans to continue her education by getting an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education with hopes of someday owning her own daycare center.

Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 17:20, “And Jesus said unto them, 'Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, 'Remove hence to yonder place;' and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Israel Nobel

Israel Nobel, son of Jephthah and Arlene Nobel, has been homeschooled with his nine siblings for 15 years. He enjoys reading, running, and history. He looks forward to getting old and plans to continue his education at Grand Valley State University.

His favorite scripture is I Corinthians 13:1–3, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

Tyler Christopher Pelon

Tyler Christopher Pelon, son of Chris and Kamra Pelon, has been homeschooled with his five siblings for his entire education. He enjoys stock market investing, basketball, tennis, and spending time with family and friends. He looks forward to growing his e-commerce and web design businesses and plans to continue investing in the stock market for a living.

His favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Alexandria Schmidt

Alexandria Schmidt has been homeschooled by her mother Carrie Schmidt with her siblings for ten years. She enjoys playing piano, caring for animals, hiking, and swimming. She looks forward to pursuing her Financial Degree and plans to continue her education at Cornerstone College.

Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”

Gabe Stevens

Gabe Stevens, son of Michael and Linda Stevens, has been homeschooled his whole life. He enjoys basketball, baseball, playing guitar, drumming, and discovering new music. He is entering Cornerstone University this year to study Audio Production. 

His favorite scripture is 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love."

Alexis Stouten

Alexis Stouten has attended GRACE since 2015. In fall of 2018 she won second place in the Kuyper College Triple Bottom Line Business Idea Contest. Throughout high school she spent countless hours volunteering for John Ball Zoo along with many other vet clinics and organizations. Her future plans include a gap year in England, then attending vet school in 2021.

Psalm 143:8, “Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.”

Addyson Vandenberg

Addyson Vandenberg, daughter of Jay and Elizabeth Vandenberg, has been homeschooled Kindergarten to her senior year along with her five siblings. She enjoys caring for her many animals, art, music, and learning more about Jesus. She will be continuing her learning by apprenticing in a trade this fall.

Proverbs 16:2 is Addyson's favorite verse, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

Lydia Joy Vincent

Lydia Joy Vincent, daughter of Matt and Diane Vincent, is the last of five siblings to pass through their family's home school program. She has taken advantage of homeschooling to dual enroll at three different colleges these past two years. She made the Dean's List at GRCC her first semester. As well as taking college courses, she was working part-time at Macy's Department Store and Olive Garden Restaurant. When COVID-19 struck, Lydia was laid off from her restaurant job so she quickly sought employment with Family Fare Grocery Store. More recently she moved to employment with Amazon where she works 36 hours a week on the night shift. Lydia has completed her high school studies strong and is looking forward to moving to Arizona in July. She has been accepted into Mesa Community College where she plans to complete an Associate’s degree as a Veterinary Technician. She wants to give special recognition to her loyal doggie companion, Niall, without whose cuddles and support she would not have accomplished all that she has.

Lydia's favorite Bible passage is Revelation 19:11–12, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse! And He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, And in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire And on His head are many diadems; He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.”

Sean Wierda

Sean Wierda, son of Cal and Michelle Wierda, has been homeschooled with his older brother for eight years. He enjoys watching videos, playing with pets, watching sports, and camping vacations with family. He looks forward to graduating and plans to possibly continue his education.

His favorite scripture is Philippians 2:14–16, “Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may be blameless and innocent, God's children without any fault among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the universe as you hold firmly to the Word of life.”

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