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Summer 2012 Lamplighter | 1 In This Issue... 57th Annual Commencement Senior Presentations Streams of living water in Haiti Summer 2012 Christopher Dock Mennonite High School Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8

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The Summer 2012 issue includes stories on Commencement, Senior Presentations, Touring Choir's European tour, Jeanine Groff Musselman well dedication in Haiti

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In This Issue... 57th Annual Commencement

Senior Presentations

Streams of living water in Haiti

Summer 2012

Christopher Dock Mennonite High School

“Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8

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A publication of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School

Summer 2012

[email protected]

Dr. Conrad J. SwartzentruberPrincipal

Martin D. WiensAssistant Principal

Jeffrey A. AmbroseDirector of Business Affairs

Susan D. GingerichDirector of Advancement

Bronwyn L. HistandDirector of Curriculum

Darwin R. ZehrDirector of Technology

Board of DirectorsWarren L. Tyson, President Sharon L. Fransen, Vice President Henry W. Longacre, Treasurer (’60)Ruth H. Yoder, Secretary Henry B. BergeyP. Scott HecklerBeny KrisbiantoDavid G. Landis (’59)Rina Rampogu

Lamplighter is published by Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, 1000 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, PA 19446. It is entered as third-class matter at the Lansdale Post Office.

Jay Gordon, EditorLeinbach Design, Graphic Design

Igniting Passion for Learning, Faith, and Life.Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, in partnership with the family and the church, seeks to develop the God-given abilities of students in preparation for responsible stewardship of life as members of God’s people in a global society. Dock serves youth and families of Franconia Mennonite Conference, Eastern District Conference and those who share Anabaptist values.

IN THIS ISSUE3 57th Annual Baccalaureate & Commencement Commencement speaker Michael Shank said service is the way Dock grads will break

down barriers and share the love of Christ. With apologies to Steven Covey, here are Shank’s “five habits of highly successful graduates.”

9 Senior Presentations In subtle ways, in significant ways, their years at Dock had a profound impact on

students. Listen as the Class of 2012 shares how Dock has changed their lives.

16 Abiding in God’s presence The Touring Choir sang their way across Europe for two weeks in June—and in the

process, every member was given an opportunity to experience this year’s choir theme.

18 The Dock Difference The author of My Mennonite Memoir shares some of the ways her Dock experience

changed her life, from memories of fishing on Groff Pond to playing the lead role for the school drama.

20 Campus Happenings All-SchoolSocial•Facultyrecognized•Dock’snewDirectorofAdmissions•Academic


25 Alumni Notes

26 Streams of living water in Haiti Rhonda Souder Ruth (’83) captures the moving story of how a well is changing the

lives of people in Haiti—and honoring the memory of her friend, Jeanine Groff Musselman (’81).

28 Principal’s Message: What’s in a name? The name “Dock graduate” carries with it a high expectation.

Cover: Dock grads step boldly into the future knowing they are prepared academically, socially and spiritually for the next step on life’s journey. (Photo by Lowell Swartley)Above photo:HollySeiz’sSeniorPresentation.(PhotobyCyneéGodshall)


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CHRISTOPHER DOCKBaccalaureate & Commencement 2012

In Good HandsSocial Studies faculty member Zach Bower (’02) began

his high school teaching career on the same day that the Class of 2012 entered Christopher Dock as freshmen. And while he remembers being “just as nervous as you” on that first day of school four years ago, he says he had one advantage. “I knew that you would be in good hands,” Mr. Bower told graduating seniors during Dock’s Baccalaureate service on June 8, “because my colleagues take their profession seriously. They are highly motivated, and deeply care for each of their students.” A decade of life experiences beyond his own high school graduation also gave Bower fresh insight into the idea of “community” that is often used to characterize the Dock experience. “Look around you,” he told students. “Look at your parents, your teachers, your fellow students. You have a safety net; you can call anyone in this room when you are in trouble. We are blessed beyond comprehension [as a result of this community], and we would be fools not to recognize that. We were, and still are, in good hands.”

The Four Phases of ParenthoodIn his Baccalaureate message, Stretch Dean, youth pastor at Immanuel

Church of the Nazarene in Lansdale, reminded parents that they are about to move into a new phase of parenthood. Parenthood has four phases: Commander, Coach, Counselor, and Consultant, Dean said. By the end of high school, most parents have moved through the Commander and Coach stages and onto the Counselor stage. “This is the phase when [children] will come to us when they need us, or they have big life events or decisions to make,” he said. “We get to counsel them on those decisions and events.” Now that he is grown with a family of his own, Dean says his own parents have entered the Consultant phase, when he consults them on major issues, events or decisions in his life. Trying to remain in the Commander phase, he added, will only frustrate both parent and child. But it’s also a bad idea to remain in the Commander role in our spiritual relationship. “You will try to relegate God into phases that are convenient for you,” Dean told graduates. “We may even tell him what role we’d like him to play—spectator, or cheerleader. But God is not interested in being part of a season or phase of your life. The role God wants to play in your life is to be Lord of your life. Let him be Lord of your life so that you don’t miss the adventure of a lifetime.”

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Regaining Trust “Let me hear of your mercy in the morning, for I trust in you. Make known to me the path I should walk, for I lift up my soul to you.” — Psalm 143:8

Commencement speaker Michael Shank told of the time he visited Afghanistan and was to travel with high levels of armed

security. Instead, he declined the guards and dressed as one of the locals, learned to speak a little of their language, and lived among the people. As a result, the Afghan community protected him—and he didn’t have to rely on armed guards. Regaining trust is perhaps the greatest challenge Dock seniors will face as they enter the next phase of their lives, Shank said. While Christopher Dock may be a community-oriented place, the world graduates are about to enter is extremely individualistic. “We live in perhaps the most individualistic society in history,” Shank said. “The U.S. has the highest income inequality in the world—the gap between the very rich and the poor. And what comes with that? Some of the greatest rates of obesity, mental illness, drug addiction, homicide, and violent crime, and the absolute lowest levels of trust. It’s hard to trust in our society.” The best and fastest way to break down barriers and regain trust is to serve others, Shank said. All of us are called to serve, he added, and here’s what we will need:

Skills—especially communication and critical thinking skills.” Your senior speeches here at Dock help you develop both of those skills. You will need them,” Shank said.Empathy—“If you can find a way to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, understand their pain, their suffering, their world view, their perspective,” Shank said, “it will help you in your marriage, it will help you in your job, it will help you gain people’s trust.”Restore—With the highest poverty and income inequality rates the U.S. has had since the Great Depression, “we have a lot of restoring to do,” Shank said. Vulnerability—Shank remembers a tense scene at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, with military personnel posturing on both sides. Shank and other peacemakers voluntarily placed themselves in the middle of that tension, and began to sing. “An incredible change came over the border,” he said, and tensions were defused. Engagement—Our natural tendency in the midst of rampant mistrust is to disengage with people and the world, but this is a mistake, Shank said. “People are stuck in their doubt,” he said. “There will be moments when you doubt, too, but your response needs to be to engage.”

Commencement speaker Michael Shank directs policy and communications for the U.S. office of the Institute for Economics and Peace, a research organization

dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress. Mr. Shank is a doctoral candidate at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is a frequent on-air analyst for a variety of media outlets. Many Dock students know Mr. Shank from conversations with him during Social Issues trips to Washington D.C., when he challenges them to do everything within their power to care for the “least of these.”

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Julia Alderfer West Chester University Early EducationKerri Bates Liberty University UndeclaredH. Devin Bergey Grove City College Electrical EngineeringKaitlyn Bergey Montgomery Co. Community College Early Childhood EducationNathan Bergey Grove City College Computer EngineeringJacob Berghuis Eastern University UndeclaredMelissa Berry Montgomery Co. Community College ArtMegan Bolton Eastern University Elementary EducationOlivia Bradford Gwynedd Mercy Nursing Darren Bryant Kutztown University UndeclaredAbigail Bush Goshen College Music Education/Vocal PerformanceCody Caroff Mansfield University Business AdministrationDaniel Carr Liberty University Business/EducationTroy Cassel Dordt College Agriculture Peter Chimera Lipscomb University Mechanical EngineeringJeffrey Clark Cairn University Youth MinistryAbigail Clemens Eastern Mennonite University Business/HistoryAshley Clemens Messiah College Occupational Therapy

Madeline Clemens Eastern Mennonite University Business/PsychologyJacob Cook St. John’s University SociologyAlicia Curry Montgomery Co. Community College /Gwynedd Mercy Nursing/Occupational TherapyRobin Dean Eastern Nazarene College Secondary Ed/Youth MinistryAlexa Derstine Eastern University NursingDarian Derstine Eastern Mennonite University DentistryJared Detweiler Messiah College EngineeringJordan Diehl Universal Technical Institute Automotive TrainingZachary Diehl Montgomery Co. Community College Criminal Justice Rebeca Diodonet Cairn University Social Work/Biblical StudiesAlexis Feliciano Widener University Biology/Pre-DentalBrighid Fitzpatrick Ursinus College Psychology/International RelationsConnor Fitzsimmons Penn College of Technology Honda Pact ProgramMichael Foley St. Joseph’s University UndeclaredCharles Frank Slippery Rock University Communications: Emerging TechnologyTimothy Frank University of Pittsburgh Pre-medJanalyn Frederick DeSales University UndeclaredFelicia Garis Eastern University Business Administration

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Tia Garis-Davenport Montgomery Co. Community College UndeclaredCarrie Gehman North Montco Technical Career Center Marty’s Salon-CosmetologyMichaelah Gehman Service in Argentina Collin Godshall Montgomery Co. Community College UndeclaredDerek Godshall Eckerd College Marine SciencesJacob Guttenplan University of Pittsburgh Computer EngineeringMichael Hagarman Kutztown University Music Education Jessica Halteman Liberty University JournalismTroy Halteman Penn State University BiologyLauren Halvorsen Drexel University BiologyKenneth Hansell College of Charleston JournalismRebecca Hanson Africa Nazarene University EducationTyler Hoover Dordt College Agriculture/MissionsYeji Jeon Art Center of Design IllustrationAndrew Johnson True North - Three Springs Ministries UndeclaredJerald Johnston West Virginia University FinanceKyu Sik (Scott) Jung Syracuse University Information TechnologyBrianna Kauffman Eastern Mennonite University AccountingBrendan Kenny Rochester Institute of Technology New Media Development

Alexander Knipe Drexel University Computer EngineeringArlen Kong Montgomery Co. Community College BiologyJaclyn Kratz Eastern Mennonite University Mathematics EducationKatelyn Kratz Messiah College Education/Special EdRachelle Kratz Eastern Mennonite University BiologyKeli Krause Elizabethtown College CommunicationsAdam Landes Elizabethtown College BusinessNathan Landis Service in HondurasSean Lawrence Temple University BiologyLynelle Leinbach Goshen College HistoryBrigham Lewis Lebanon Valley College BiologyFangyuan Li School of Art Institute of Chicago Fashion DesignChristina Martin Eastern Mennonite University Elementary EducationKyle Martin University of Delaware Business/FinancePeter Matus Montgomery Co. Community College UndeclaredMichael Melendez Eastern Mennonite University Biology (Pre-med)Braden Mouthaan Universal Technical Institute Automotive TrainingBrooke Moyer Shippensburg University Business Management/SpanishDarren Moyer Grove City College Computer Science

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Jonas Murphy St. Joseph’s University Finance/Economics Courtney Myers Montgomery Co. Community College Early Childhood EducationColleen Mynaugh Pepperdine University UndeclaredBenjamin Nixon Delaware Valley College Environmental ScienceCaila Paquin Wheaton College Psychology John Perkins Penn State University Veterinary and Biomedical SciencesChristopher Potter Messiah College BusinessNeha Rampogu Penn State University Pre-medSeth Reynolds Moravian College Mechanical EngineeringRayn Ricchetti Montgomery Co. Community College UndeclaredEthan Rice Bucks Co. Community College Business AdministrationStephen Richards Arcadia University CommunicationsKatelyn Richter Service in Uganda/Cairn University Social Work/BibleChristina Rittenhouse Montgomery Co. Community College Speech PathologySarah Roessler Gettysburg College Political Science/Public PolicyBrianna Rotelle True North - Three Springs Ministries Lebanon Bible CollegeMonica Roth Brown University HistoryJacob Saitta Service in Honduras

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Taylor Sanders-Palmer Eastern Mennonite University UndeclaredIan Schweizerhof Bucks Co. Community College UndeclaredLauren Scott University of Virginia ArchitectureHolly Seiz Liberty University Youth MinistryJaclyn Sharayko Eastern University BusinessAlexandria Shilling University of New Haven Criminal Justice John Shomberg Goshen College Environmental ScienceSukmin (Alex) Song Temple University Pre-PharmacyRebeca Spurgeon Service in HondurasSharif Stewart Shippensburg University CommunicationsWesley Strickland DeSales University Medical Studies / Physicians Assistant ProgramRyan Swartzentruber Eastern Mennonite University Math EducationLaura Swintosky University of Kentucky UndeclaredSandrine Tshobo Indiana University of PA Nursing/Respiratory CareDaniel Weaver Philadelphia Community College UndeclaredYunong (William) Wei University of CA at San Diego Economics/Political ScienceSamuel Wilkins Georgetown University Political Science/TheologyJoshua Willits Montgomery Co. Community College Exercise ScienceMatthew Wimmer Goshen College Physics or Engineering/MusicSharae Young Cairn University Early Childhood Education/Bible


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Christina Martin My time here at Dock has really changed

me as a person. I was able to find a part of me that I didn’t know existed. Throughout middle school I was really shy and quiet…but Dock has helped me break out of my shell a little bit. Now I feel more confident talking in front of people and [being] with my friends. Even though I didn’t want to come here, I’m now really happy that I did. Dock is kind of the ultimate learning experience, and I know I couldn’t get this type of education back at my old school. I have learned a lot about myself and my faith throughout my experience here at Dock, and now I plan to take all of that with me as I move on to the next chapter of my life.

Yeji Jeon The reason I survived well through my high

school life is because there were many people who prayed for me. I was surprised that most teachers at Dock come to school early and pray for their students. My grandmother went to church at dawn to pray for me since I came to America. My mom also started to go to church at dawn when I became a senior, and prays for me to go to a good college. When I first came to America, my goal was to go to college and be successful. God has led me to a different goal of balancing my life. I made a good choice in coming here.

Reba Spurgeon Spiritually, I was on fire. I began to be able

to talk about my faith with others without being worried about what they thought of me. Faith Walk class helped me in this. I am extremely grateful that I took this class, as it helped me to focus my priorities on God and to continue to work on my faith. All of my experiences over the past four years, good and bad, have helped shape the person I am

today. Academics have challenged my mind, athletics have pushed me when I felt it was impossible, friends have given support, and teachers have provided guidance. For me, this was the perfect combination for my high school experience, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Tia Garis-Davenport It still hasn’t really hit me that I’m graduating

in two days. It feels like it was just yesterday that I walked into Dock for the first time as a freshman. Now this is one of the last times I’m going to be here, and it’s really sad and overwhelming. The time has gone unbelievably fast, and it’s hard because I’m just realizing how much Christopher Dock has meant to me. The teachers here actually cared about me and wanted me to succeed, and I’m going to miss that. I’m so thankful that I got to go to this school, and I’m so thankful for everyone who helped me along the way.

Stephen Richards It’s time for me to leave this reality show we

call high school, but what I learned here, I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. I could have never seen myself giving so many oral presentations, or giving a whole week of my life to service, or making as many friends as I did. Without this school having me think so much about God, I would have never been able to form my own views and opinions about God.

Nate Landis In January of 2011, I went to Haiti with my

siblings, my mom, and other friends from my church for a week-long service trip. This was the first time I had left the United States, and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. It really changed the way I view the world. Albert Einstein summed up my feelings well when he said, “Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living.”

Katelyn RichterOver these past four years, Dock has become my home, and one of my favorite places. I am blessed beyond words to have been able to experience life and growth here, to allow it to shape me into who I am today, and to prepare me for what I am going to be. I am so excited for the future, but will never forget the relationships, love and care I have received here at Dock.

Chris Potter While at Dock, I treated each and every

day like it was something special—and it was. This place is wonderful. The people that work and attend school here are some of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met. The teachers care about us, the environment is perfect, and the students are exceptional. I have formed relationships here that will last a lifetime. I have learned lessons here that are not necessarily taught in a classroom—lessons about life and relationships. I will use every bit of knowledge I learned here to better myself and those around me.





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“I have learned that education is more than ‘getting by’ in school.”


Abby Bush That second month of practice

I felt as confident as I ever have. I, Abby Bush, was actually skilled at something I was obsessed with. I loved singing and I loved theater, and it loved me. I had given my life to the show, and, in turn, it blessed me back. I have never felt as elated, bursting or secure of my place in this life as I did singing on performance night. In those moments of recognition, I made my decision. I would pursue music and theater in college, at least to see how far I could go. God was saying ‘Yes!’ to me.

Alexis Feliciano

Ben Nixon

Collin Godshall

Brigham Lew


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Brie Rotelle

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Alexis Feliciano Mrs. Grega, over the course of my Dock

education, you have helped me in so many ways. You encouraged me to strive for academic success and you made me become a better writer. As I look back on previous writings of mine compared to today, I cannot believe the huge change. I never had a teacher care for me so much like you have. You define the true meaning of an educator. You are the best teacher a student could ask for, and I cannot thank you enough.

Ben Nixon God gave me the gift of gab and love of

people to help offset some of the problems that stem from my dyslexia. At Dock, I have come to see how God intervened through my dyslexia to help me overcome and succeed. Mrs. Grega was one of those tools that He used. She taught me how to advocate for myself; she related stories to swimming because I understood those analogies.

Junior year required more work on my part. I started to feel overwhelmed with chemistry class; however, the hands-on learning really started to build my confidence. This was another life lesson confirmed at Dock. We don’t all learn the same way. I accepted that hands-on learning was a gift from God, and I began to understand how I could apply it to strengthen other areas of my learning.

Caila Paquin The story of my time here at Dock draws to

a close. I have loved this place, and it has loved me back with so many blessings of involvement and academic learning over the years. My teachers: you have all made learning so enjoyable and I respect you all greatly.

Daniel Weaver …I walked off the bus returning to school

the following Monday …. and Brigham Lewis approached me with a smile asking, “Yo, Daniel, you all right?” [At the time] it didn’t mean much to me, but reminiscing on it now, that little question showed me somebody cared. That day after school I returned home with hopeful feelings about my days to come…My mother gave me a box that had been shipped to our house while I was away. I quickly pulled back the flap and looked inside. Countless cards with my name on them caught my eye, and I began to break down. I have kept every card given to me under my bed. One card that fills my soul with love is the card from Luke and my amazing classmates. On the inside is a collage of names and words of encouragement. No matter where I go, I have proof that people truly care about me.

Collin Godshall I remember my Communications teacher,

Mrs. Rauch, telling our class that every morning before school starts, she would pray for us. I learned that it wasn’t just her, but many teachers at Dock pray for their students. That’s something you would never hear about at most any public school, and really shows how much of a privilege it is to attend this school.

Brie Rotelle Now to the stuff I have learned about life. I’ve

learned that love is the meaning of life. I have learned that every single person on the earth has a story and a purpose in life, including me. We need to listen to people and make sure that everyone knows that they are loved. I have learned that it is important to find something that you love to do and to do it. I have learned that loving God is sometimes hard, but always worth it. Remember that you are loved, and that everything that happens gives you another experience to learn from, and you take the lessons you learn with you for the rest of your life.

Brigham Lewis Then Samuel’s mom got sick. I could not

understand why Samuel’s family, of all families, had to go through this. I was a mess for awhile after I found this out, yet I never saw Sam cry about it. Not once. Sam always said he felt God does not inflict pain and suffering on people for the sake of doing so, but that he uses situations to bring about good and bring people closer to him. Seeing him react in this way was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.

As a school, we always talk about being a community and though we are a close-knit group from grade to grade and student to teacher, I have only felt like we were all connected a few times. Faith Walk class was one of those times. I was able to see a side of someone that I never even knew existed, and it opened my eyes to the fact that everyone has a story and has come from somewhere. The class put me into a more outgoing mindset. I see people in the hallways, people that I have probably passed hundreds of times without acknowledging, and I want to get to know them.

Kyle Martin If there was one thing I learned about life

throughout high school, it would have to be to always ask questions. Even if there isn’t a definite answer, it’s always fun to debate things. All of my top classes were ones where the class was set up as more discussion-based. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from others besides the teacher.

Alex Knipe My classes were tough this year, but one

class was easy and enjoyable for me: Electronic Projects. This class is not a well-known class at Dock and very few people actually take it. It is a class where we make electric circuits, which can either light up a light or make a noise. This class may not seem like a lot of fun, but I really enjoyed building the circuits and the projects we did. I finished up the class building a robot and for my grade I received over 100%. This class was the deciding factor for my college major, computer engineering.

Sandrine Tshobo Modern and Contemporary Thought would

have to be the best English class I took in my four years of high school, not because it was taught by Dr. Bishop, but because that class made me go to the store, pick out a book, and actually buy it—something I never thought I would do. Walking into class the first day, I thought this was going to be a typical English class with essays and reading. However, it wasn’t like that. We talked about life. We learned, wrote, and talked about our life experiences, and I found a new meaning in the power of books.

Laura Swintosky We got to Messiah, and I was instantly alone.

And being the person that has to guard Brianna Derstine when we had scrimmages doesn’t boost your self-esteem either. Somehow, I was accepted into the group, and by the end of the week I felt like I had a place to belong. This is what Dock has done for me. It has given me a place where I feel like I belong; a place to be able to call my home away from home. It truly has encompassed the community feeling it strives for.

Adam Landes Now up to this point in my life I was never

a big risk taker. But at the end of junior year I started to shift my way of thinking. I looked back and realized that I had let a lot of opportunities pass me by because I was unwilling to take a risk. Collin and I both decided to come to Dock our senior year. For me it was risky; all my friends and my girlfriend were at Souderton. Not everything went the way I imagined when I switched schools, but being able to adapt made it a lot easier. I heard a quote by a guy named Eric Thomas, and he said that you have to be willing at any moment to give up what you are for what you will become. I have had some amazing times and met people that have impacted me in ways I will never forget. The teachers, faculty and students made Dock a place where I could have the perfect senior year.

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Sarah Roessler Now Arts Day has always been a highlight, but Greenville High

will stick out as my favorite. For some reason, I saw this skit as a reflection of myself. And I wanted success for this skit, but not for the usual reasons. Not for recognition, not because it would advance me in any way. For the first time in a long time, it occurred to me that I was doing something simply for the joy of doing it, and committing myself to it wholeheartedly just because it felt good.

“I will tell my children one day: ‘Years ago, Daddy was about to come to the United States, and he had a choice of four high schools. Daddy made the best decision of his life, to go to Christopher Dock.’” — William Wei

Robin Dean

Rachelle Kratz

Devin Bergey

Jaclyn Kratz

Troy Cassel

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Robin Dean While looking at other schools, I didn’t feel

right in any of them. I knew I wanted to go to Dock, and I wouldn’t be happy anywhere else. So I started praying. Beginning in the fall of eighth grade, I prayed day and night for God to provide a way to Dock or change my heart. And guess what! In March of that year, my prayers were answered when my family received a card with a check for the exact amount we needed for my freshman year. This was the first time I’d put my full trust in God, completely solidifying for me that this crazy faith that I was born into was right, preparing me for what was to come in my high school years.

Christina Rittenhouse I honestly enjoyed everything I did during

Senior Experience and I do believe this is the job for me. Working with the children and seeing their faces light up when they saw that I was the one helping them made me smile. Working with Kate at Pfaff Elementary was my favorite. She worked with special needs children as well as groups of regular kids. That is what I would eventually like to do; the special needs children just need so much love and help to show them a way to talk with the rest of the world. Working with a group of “normal” kids you get to be their mentor and show them different ways to think about things. I really enjoy that.

Peter Matus This year in Robotics was the year I was the

most focused. I met a young and brilliant engineer, and Issac Moyer and myself teamed up to make a robot. A week before a big competition we stayed after school talking and building. When it was time to compete we had no idea if it was going to work well. To our surprise, this robot landed us a trip to the Vex World Championships in Orlando, FL. You should have seen the reaction on Mrs. Anderson’s face. And so, a few days before spring break, we were on our way down to Florida to compete with teams from around the world.

Nate Bergey I enjoyed traveling with Touring Choir to

different churches, and singing in a mass choir with 500 other kids from Mennonite schools was a great experience. I sincerely appreciate Mr. Derstine and his passion for music. Through the years, I went from not being able to read music and dreading singing, to actually having fun with it, all because of Mr. Derstine. He pushed me and our choir to do better, and he showed us why we are singing—not to impress people, but to move them. I will miss singing with my class.

Brendan Kenny Looking back, one thing I wish I could

change is the amount of chances I took. Living life as safely and risk-free as possible is no way to spend your life. Pain and change are two things that are guaranteed in life, and trying to avoid them will get you nowhere. So seize chances, take risks, try something new, and stop taking a back seat in life. Be willing to try; it’ll pay off. One of the biggest payoffs for me was when I decided to join the musical here at Dock. I had hopes that it would be fun, but I had no idea of how great this whole experience would turn out to be. I met amazing new people that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. I don’t know how to describe the whole thing, and I feel like giving details wouldn’t do it justice. But after it was over, it left me wishing I had tried it sooner.

Rachelle Kratz Shortly before [AP] test day arrived, I was

nervous about my ability to succeed. That was when I got called to the Principal’s office. Dr. Swartzentruber sat me down with three other students and gave us official-looking letters telling us that we had scored in the top 50,000 of 1.5 million juniors who had taken the PSATs. That was exactly what I needed to calm my nerves before my test. I managed to get a five on my AP test.

I also realized that I love the subject of biology. Somewhere around the study of enzymes and proteins, I was up late reading the textbook and I just stopped and realized that I was happy. When I study biology, I see the face of God. Everything He has made is simply amazing; why wouldn’t I want to study it?

Fiona Li There is a love that exists between us

regardless of our nationality. My host dad drove me to the bus stop every morning. I got encouragement from teachers. My classmates explained English words to me. Those all are [expressions of] love. Each day I spent at Christopher Dock, I learned that the basic need for a human being is love. I see that every student is valued no matter if they are smart or not, and everyone is treated equally. Now, I see people who live on the street not as the poor, but as a human being like me. They need love and care just like I desire from others. I realized that it is important to help others. My comfortable life in China made me ignore those things, but I was glad that Christopher Dock helped me to realize them…I appreciate that I got an opportunity to study in such a peaceful and joyful place, and be surrounded by many wonderful and friendly people. I love Christopher Dock.

Devin Bergey One part of Kingdom Living class is Senior

Experience. When job shadowing didn’t work out I was able to join other seniors on a Mennonite Disaster Service trip to Joplin, MO. The trip helped me see just how fortunate I am. Some of the people we met had lost everything in the tornado, including loved ones. It was hard to listen to some of the stories that our leader told us that week about the days following the tornado. That week I learned numerous skills related to construction, and we were able to finish framing a house. From this trip I learned that I love service. Physical service, where I can see the end result, is incredibly rewarding and I want to continue to serve others throughout my life.

Jaclyn Kratz My love for math is what made me decide

to take AP Calculus. I jumped right in with confidence that this would be a great year. I soon discovered as we covered more and more new material that Calculus wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. I had to work harder than ever before to do well in the class. I actually had to study for tests and spend extra time outside of class to get one-on-one help from Mr. Yoder. I had days where I questioned my abilities, but I stuck it out and managed to get an A. I thank you, Mr. Yoder, for the countless hours you’ve spent teaching me. It is because of you that I want to be a math teacher.

Troy Cassel Faith Walk was a major highlight of senior

year. It stretched me to grow in my faith. I struggled with thinking that my story wasn’t very significant, but I discovered I wasn’t the only one who thought this way. However, I realized at the end of class that my story is my story, and it is significant. On one of the last days of class, Mr. Wiens had us name one or two things people had said in the class that touched us. I was extremely surprised when one or two people said something in my testimony encouraged them or touched them. It made me feel like my story is worth telling.

Jerry Johnston When I shadowed Becca Hanson, I knew

this was the place that I wanted to graduate from high school. I remember being surprised by the campus. I also liked the size of the school. It was much smaller, and I noticed the sense of community in just one day. Upperclassman interacted with underclassman—something that didn’t happen at public school. I admired the sense of community that I experienced at Dock. I finished freshman year strong and prepared to go to Dock my sophomore year.

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Aly Shilling After the game, I went home to my mom,

and I mentioned [Christopher Dock] to her, and how they had a pretty solid softball team, which is what I desperately wanted to be a part of. About a week or two later, we got a Dock brochure in the mail, and I knew for sure it was a sign. So I kept pushing this idea to my mom, because I felt like I needed a new start, and she thought it over with my dad, and they decided it would not be a bad idea, and would actually help me get into college. As freshman year came to an end, I decided it would be best for me to enroll at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School.

There was one person who was the greatest role model for me, who lived her life fully for God. Holly Seiz showed me what it was like to follow God’s way. Holly is one of the main reasons I am who I am today. I am now trying to be a light to other people, like Holly was to me. For instance, when I am with friends outside of Dock, I try and integrate God into the conversation. She has been there for me every step of the way, and has meant more to me than she knows.

“Touring Choir became church to me; the songs were the sermons, the people were my church community, and Mr. Derstine talking gave me a glimpse into heaven.” — Sam Wilkins

Aly Shilling

Matt W



Fiona Li

Jack Shomberg

Stephen Richards

Megan Bolton

Megan Bolton Once the year got going and I became

more comfortable with the school, I began to realize how much I loved being at Dock. Whether it was the campus and being able to walk outside between classes, the delicious lunches made by Chef Bob or all the fun, energetic teachers I had throughout the day, I loved everything about Dock!

Holly Seiz The beauty of acting is that it gives you

freedom to be the complete opposite of yourself. Sometime between sitting on Sam’s lap and dancing the tango to “Be Our Guest” I realized something: Acting is my passion. And don’t get me wrong, I love softball, but acting....well that’s a whole new ball game. I love absolutely everything about it. It’s one of those things that just came naturally to me, and when I was on that stage, I felt like I was home. I am so thankful to God for opening this door for me and allowing me to discover this new passion of mine.

Abby Clemens One class this year that has been a

complete blessing to me was Touring Choir. My journey to get to Touring Choir was a difficult one. I tried out junior year, but my name [was not] on the list. At that moment I had an epiphany. I could not rely on my natural ability to get me something that I really wanted; I was going to have to work at it. I worked as hard as I could in Concert Choir to make Touring Choir for senior year, and I thank God every day that I did. Choir has shaped my faith, and I find myself deeply connecting to the songs Mr. Derstine chose.

Matt Wimmer This year was the year where I had the

opportunity to take Faith Walk class. In this class, everyone leads a Bible study and shares their faith story with the rest of the class. Most of the people in my class I never talked to before, but after that class, I will never look at them the same way again. In the first few days of class, Jermaine Clark, the only junior, opens up to us. He set the standard for all of the seniors. I never had a conversation with Jermaine before that class and now that I had Faith Walk with him, I have complete respect for him. I believe he made the class the best it could be. Up until that point, I didn’t really open up to people, but that class showed me that I’m going to be a much happier person if I do.

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Jacob Guttenplan

Maddie Clem


Ryan Swartzentruber

Seth Reynolds



Sean Lawrence

Keli Krause

William Wei In China, we only have three years in high

school, and to apply to a high school there is like applying to a college in the U.S. At the end of 9th grade, each student has to spend three days taking six tests. Their rank among the other 10 million freshmen around the country will determine the quality of education they receive in high school. There were half a million students taking the test in our province that year, and I made it into the top 2,000. I got into one of the highest-ranking high schools in a province of 40 million people—and that’s when I began to dream about the United States of America.

Studying in America was a dream that came from my father, one of the few self-taught English speakers in China in the late 1980s. His American dream had failed, but it remained unchanged for 30 years, inherited by his son. I knew I would attend college or graduate school in the U.S., but I did not expect it to happen for high school.

All of these moments will eventually be lost in time like tears and rain, but the memories will never sink into oblivion. I will tell my children one day: ‘Years ago, Daddy was about to come to the United States, and he had a choice of four high schools. Daddy made the best decision of his life, to go to Christopher Dock.’

Jacob GuttenplanI decided to add Faith Walk to my schedule—one of the best decisions I could have made. This class was where I realized that not everyone around me is a perfect Christian. Without truly knowing my peers, I had always thought that so many of them were perfect Mennonites who attended church every Sunday and had never had anything go wrong with their life. I was in for a rude awakening when I finally realized that I was not alone in my struggle to find my faith.

Ryan Swartzentruber Mrs. McTavish challenged me about the

impact I want to have with this speech. Will it be like a somersault after a javelin throw, or my personal best of the past four years? Do I want to leave as another guy who just had fun in high school? As just another Mennonite? As that junior dressed up as Señor Franks? A lazy thrower? An apathetic student? A principal’s kid? No. I am leaving this place as graduate who has a lifelong education in front of him; as a thoughtful Christian

who has struggled; a mature student with many fond memories; a product of Dock.

Sean Lawrence Beginning my final year at Dock, I decided

that I was going to take as many performance opportunities for my music as I could. The choir piece, Memento Mori, had its beginnings when Mr. Derstine approached me at lunch one day early in the year and asked me if I could write a song for the choir. I did not hesitate to accept and began writing it immediately. My favorite choir pieces are slow and solemn, so that’s exactly what I shot for. I’m grateful to be offered the opportunity.

Each performance made me feel connected to and supported by the performing students, the music department and my class. The confidence I gained from the experiences led to the determination that I will write music till the end of my time, and no matter what else I do as a career, there will always be room in my life to write and share music. The Spring Concert, when the orchestra played Fields of Heather, was a climactic ending to senior year.

Yeji Jeon

“I thank everyone who made my years at Dock enjoyable and I pray that everyone has an experience as good as mine.” —Jordan Diehl

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The Touring Choir trip to Europe offered members an opportunity to live the choir’s 2012 theme.By Gretchen McTavish (’75), Dock English Faculty

Abiding in God’s Presence, the theme of the 2012 Dock Touring Choir, was lived out by the 45 choir members

and five teachers in myriad ways during the group’s two-week European tour. The choir traveled through five countries—Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, and Poland—making a large circle which began and ended at Frankfurt International Airport. The trip from June 14 to June 30 provided students opportunities to experience small town and village life with host families, to explore the large city environments of Munich and Prague, and to worship with Mennonites in Switzerland, in the region where many Pennsylvania Mennonites would have originated. “Snapshots” from this memorable tour would include: • Singing in a rural church with Polish Baptists, who

called themselves our brothers and sisters in Christ and certainly welcomed everyone as dear family members.

• Hearing the reverberations of their soaring voices in Catholic cathedrals and a Benedictine monastery.

• Singing for a small and gracious congregation in Herrnhut, Germany, where Rod Derstine’s niece, Renee Derstine, has lived and worked for six years at the Christian retreat center, Jesus Haus.

• Singing impromptu in a small cathedral on the first day in Germany, introducing members to the beautiful results of voices raised together within ancient stone walls.

• Performing on a large stage with a powerful sound system during a Jazz Festival to a most appreciative audience—especially one toddler who could not contain her delight.

• Surprising Mr. Derstine with “Happy Birthday” in a Polish salt mine on his 60th birthday.

• Escaping a downpour under a bridge in Munich, where the choir discovered amazing acoustics and a sense of peace and comfort in an improvised space—and that their bicycle tour guide was also a singer and music lover.



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Many times during the trip students could be heard blending harmonies together in small clusters; before group meals a blessing was sung for the food and for the generous people who had prepared it. Eleven formal concerts were presented. During the final days of the trip, time was given for reflection, specifically asking students to think about when they were most aware of God’s presence on the trip, and what they had learned about themselves through this experience. Excerpts from their writings follow:

“I was most aware of God’s presence on this trip when we sang When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Something just hit me when I listened to the lyrics, and thought about how powerful they are. It really sank in when I looked around the crowd, and saw people closing their eyes, and some crying. When we got to the fourth verse, chills went down my spine, and I got the goose bumps: ‘Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’ These lyrics are so powerful, that I feel ashamed that I had not taken them to heart earlier. This song has greatly impacted my appreciation for music, and made me realize how influential the songs we sang this year were. This was a profound moment on this trip, and in my life, and I will not forget it.” — Troy Cassel “I was most aware of God’s presence on this tour when we arrived at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Switzerland. After dinner I went outside for some fresh air. There was not one single cloud in the sky. It was pure blue, and everywhere there was a warm glow of golden sunlight. Wildflowers in different colors grew in the field. Cows mooed to us from the meadow. The hills swooped around us and cradled us. I distinctly felt God in this peaceful

place. It felt like heaven to me. Not only did I feel connected to the landscape, but to the history of the church also. Possibly, my direct ancestors lived in this very place. That moment of lying on the ground and drinking everything in around me was perfection.” — Maddie Delp “I have always liked the idea of staying with host families, but being an American in a house of people who do not speak English was something I would have to get used to. Before I went to bed each night, I would think about the people who gave up a room, bed, food, shower, and anything I would need to feel at home. I could honestly understand that it was like God giving me a home. I saw God in everyone we met and the people who hosted us.” — Jonny Bishop “Often times it is the reverberation that provides the beauty, and a connection to God. For example, the unexpected echoes during our performance at the Idstein Jazz Festival. Since it was open air, the space was dead, until we sang the decibel forte part of Northern Lights, where the echo provoked the audience into a mid-song applause. The sheer, constant echo in the church in St. Goarshausen on our first night made that small, square, marble sanctuary even more beautiful. But the most powerful singing moment was in what seemed like the attic of a former barn at the Jesus Haus in Herrnhut. The floor was redone wooden flooring, but the ceiling was open to the old, weathered rafters above. I felt connected to God during one of our quietest songs, Go Ye now in Peace, which seems all so poignant since it was our second to last Touring Choir concert, and officially marked the beginning of the end of high school. I will have to go out into the world, I hope in peace, but without the tangible comfort of this community behind me.” — Derek Godshall

“I have learned that although we are countries apart, Christians are still brothers and sisters in Christ. In Owingen, Germany, my host dad, Richard Detweiler was fun and loving. He couldn’t speak much English, but before I got onto the bus to leave, he took me by the shoulders and said, ‘May God bless you.’ Richard and I bonded even though we couldn’t communicate very well. He is a great role model for a loving man, a man of God, with a sense of humor.” — Jared Detweiler “I was filled with God’s presence in the Alps in Austria. After climbing to dizzying heights, all I could hear was God shouting ‘Look at me. I created these mountains, but yet I care so much for little you.’ That same night, after our concert, I found a few close friends sitting in the empty cathedral, singing How Deep the Father’s Love in Us in perfect harmony. I just stood there and looked up at the cross of Jesus and soaked in the moment. I felt God flooding into my heart.” — Katelyn Kratz

For more reflections, and additional photos from the trip, go to and click on thearts/music/touringchoir.

Photos by Nathan Bergey (’12)

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When I was born, Souderton Mennonite Church met at Christopher Dock Mennonite

High School for our Sunday morning services because our church building was being renovated. As a young girl, I went fishing on the pond at Dock along with my dad and my brother. I was too young, and perhaps the wrong gender, to have a fishing rod, but I found a stick and attached some fishing line to drop over the pond’s edge, and caught a 7-inch bass. My dad was shocked, especially since he and Steve hadn’t had any success. From then on my dad let me use a fishing rod. I learned to love the arts at Dock. Some of my earliest memories are of coming and going

to Dock music and drama programs. When my sister Linda was in the junior play “To Kill a Mockingbird” as Mrs. Merriweather, I was eight years old and the television set was not yet prominent in our home. I sat enthralled at the Dock performances; so much so, that my “movie stars” became the junior play’s main characters, such as, Jane Wenger as Scout and Yvonne Meyers as Christy. Being entertained at the Dock programs was a highlight for me as a young girl and I lived for the next event. It also didn’t feel like Christmas if our family didn’t make the short drive to Christopher Dock to hear their seasonal choir and instrumental programs. We left early to attend these programs to “get a good seat,” but often ended up in the balcony because it was a Mennonite hot spot. At a young age, I learned to appreciate four-part harmony from masterfully trained choirs. At Christmas time it was always a special treat to hear Eleanor Ruth and the faculty quartet sing “The Star.”

When I began attending Dock in 1975, I was drawn to the drama and music that was offered. I remember Ms. Beth Ranck selecting me to portray Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” and instructing me to spend a day at school blindfolded so I could experience what it felt like to be blind. Being a part of dramas was like a childhood dream come true, and I thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie involved with a large group of people working and performing together. Through Mr. Gerald Benner, Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath came alive and with the assistance of Mrs. Lois Driver, I entered my first writing contest and began to see the power and catharsis of the written word. It was through these teachers’ encouragement that I majored in English after graduating from Dock in 1979. In 2003, our oldest child began attending at Dock and when our daughter graduates in 2014, it will be 11 years of watching our children grow spiritually, watching them challenged by social and service opportunities, and watching them develop emotional maturity at Dock. They reflect the traditions and values of their Mennonite heritage and the Mennonite community that raised them. I realize that for me and perhaps for many Mennonites in the Franconia Conference, we rallied around our high school that was founded in the 1950s and named after a local schoolmaster, but more importantly, our lives were forever changed and continue to be intertwined with Christopher Dock Mennonite High School.

Igniting Passion in Students and Alumni

The Dock DifferenceIgniting Passion for…

the Arts

Bev Benner as a sophomore in

the Dock Class of 1979

Bev today with her family, which includes husband Ken and children (l to r) Jordan (’10), Vanessa (’14) and Patrick (’07).

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— Bev Benner Miller (‘79) originally wrote

this reflection in Spring 2012 as part of her blog entitled, My Mennonite

Memoir. Read more at www.mymennonitememoir.

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The Dock Difference Olivia Ambrose (’10) has developed a passion for learning through the written word. As a

freshman at Dock, she was most frequently seen with her nose in a book, even during play practice or at lunch; this was an encouraging sign to her teachers that the art of reading was still alive. She was also a key person working in our Book Walk, which involved moving our entire library into the new Rosenberger building. As a sophomore, she volunteered in the library as an assistant and read everything we could put into her eager hands. In her junior year, as an Honors student, she deliberately chose the “toughest” books to read for British Lit. She also decided to become a librarian. As a senior, she visited colleges carefully, measuring which had the better Library Science program. She also took every elective the English department had to offer, at the same time joining the first AP Literature and Language Composition class. Olivia aced her first years at Clarion College in her chosen major, as well as continuing her bent toward creative writing. Two years later, I have just finished writing a recommendation which I hope will gain Olivia a place at her chosen university in England. This girl will just NOT stop learning, and Dock should be proud to be part of that! — Charlene Rauch, English faculty

I am blessed when students appreciate the books we have chosen for them to read. I love the thoughtful

comments and the beyond-the-obvious questions! While we often need to persuade students to start reading some books, it is wonderful to hear when students express their appreciation of the class selections. I enjoy seeing the books through their eyes, experiencing them as I once did, with wonder, delight, anger, sadness, and other emotions as varied and complicated as the books themselves. I particularly appreciate the opportunity to teach Night by Elie Wiesel every year. Emotionally, it is a difficult read. Wiesel discusses his experiences at Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II with brutal frankness, but I have yet to hear a student say that the book was not worth reading. Generally speaking, students come away with a sad understanding of the potential for depravity in humankind, but they understand the depths of devotion and perseverance that are also possible, and some of them really do want to change the world! — Kathy Moyer, English faculty

Igniting Passion for…Learning

A number of U.S. History students became quite passionate about their family history through a

class project on their family tree, immigration story or other family story. Several made some rather amazing discoveries about their heritage.

— Jeff Hackman, Social Studies faculty

Christopher Dock has had a lot to do with where I am today, and everything I have accomplished

in my career. I have been taught many life lessons by Dock’s amazing Christian faculty, whether it was learning sportsmanship while playing soccer or running track, canning meat to feed the hungry, or singing hymns by the Jersey shore on our Faith Walk class trip. One lesson that has stuck with me all these years: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 — Jason D. Carlson (’92) is an executive consultant for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Igniting Passion for…Faith and Life

A life-long love of reading and learning will lead to a career in library science for Olivia Ambrose (’10).

Dock adds new AP and technology courses The Dock Board of Trustees and Curriculum Committee have approved a number

of new and revised courses for 2012-13. New course options include Robotics for credit, Conflict Resolution, AP US Government, AP Macroeconomics, Botany, Forensics Trace Evidence, Nanotechnology and Biotechnology. Courses that have been updated for next year include Housing and Design, World Cultures II, U.S. History I and II, and Forensic Anthropology. We are also offering several new online courses through Aventa Learning by K12. 

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All-School SocialDock’s All-School Social in late May

gave the school community an opportunity to enjoy the campus. After a morning of classes, the event began with a BBQ lunch served by Principal Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber (above), followed by a badminton tournament (won by seniors Troy Cassel and Seth Reynolds, photo right), ping pong and a variety of other activities. The day ended with the traditional boat race on Groff Pond, when teams of Physics students built boats

using nothing more than cardboard and duct tape, then raced them across Groff Pond. Photo right: juniors Brianna Derstine (left) and Amy Bergey skipper their Aladdin-themed boat with the help of faculty member Kirby King.

Dock Faculty RecognizedEight members of Dock’s faculty and staff were

recognized for their service during the annual Faculty & Staff recognition Luncheon on June 7. Recognized for 35 years of service was Social Studies teacher Ron Hertzler, who came to Dock in 1977 and also served as assistant principal for a time. Recognized for 10 years of service, and achieving their first sabbatical, were Social Studies teacher Jeff Hackman and Director of Technology Darwin Zehr. Matt Moyer (physical education) was also recognized for 10 years of teaching, while Rose Lambright (family & consumer sciences) and staff members Susan Gingerich (advancement), Kevin Kleinert (athletics) and Tadesse Abay (maintenance) were each recognized for five years of service. In addition, science teachers Valerie Ford and Dennis Robertson were recognized for their service filling in for faculty who were on sabbatical, including Kathy Adams and Karen Johnston.



Congratulations to Tim Eger (track & field) and

Tim Mackey (volleyball), who were named Coach of the Year for their sport by their respective leagues.

Coaches of the Year

All-School Social photos by Cyneé Godshall

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Dock Announces New Director of AdmissionsChristopher Dock is pleased to announce

that Mr. Doug Hackman is the school’s new Director of Admissions. Doug graduated from Dock in 2003. He received a BA in Communication Studies and is completing a Masters of Education in Multicultural Education in August, both from Eastern University. Doug has served in Admissions as Recruiter at Eastern University for the past two years. He is a member of Deep Run East Mennonite Church but has been attending Hope Community Church near Berwyn where he currently resides with his wife, Molly. Doug will begin on August 1.

What are your best memories of your student days at Dock? My best memories would consist of times on the soccer field; I was on the first team that won a state championship—it really is something special. Touring Choir was also a great experience for me, and I was baptized in Groff Pond at Dock. Dock was a special place for me in my faith journey.

How have your life experiences prepared you for this position? I was not in favor of going to Dock when I was preparing for high school, but my parents told me I would have to attend here. I ended up being very thankful they did, because my experience here was so positive. That’s something I hope to convey to prospective families. My professional experience as a recruiter for the graduate education programs at Eastern University, and as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team, will also be valuable in my work at Dock.

What are your thoughts about the challenges and opportunities in your new position? I view this as an opportunity to take my experiences in recruiting and my experiences as a student here and marry the two, helping Dock boost enrollment and get to the place it wants to be. There definitely will be some challenges because of the economic climate right now, but when families are able to get to know Dock and see the value in a Dock education, I’m confident they will want to be part of what’s happening here.

Favorite book you’re reading now: The Hunger Games. “It’s a good way to start conversations with 12- and 13-year-olds. I also enjoyed Moneyball by Michael Lewis.”

Most interesting place you’ve been outside the U.S.: “I traveled with my wife to Mexico to volunteer at an orphanage there. I had been to Mexico for vacation before,butitwasfascinatingtoseethiswell-run,self-sustainingorganizationinthemiddle of a very poor area.”

If you could go on a vacation anywhere, where would it be: “Somewhere I can hike—the Rockies, or California.”

Favorite pro sports team: Phillies

Favorite memories from your days as a Dock student: The state soccer championship and the Touring Choir trip to Europe.

Favorite class as a Dock student: Social Issues with Kirby King.

Favorite spot on the Dock campus: “The quad in front of Dielman where we used to play stickball. That was always the bustling hub of student life.”

One food you’d want if you were marooned on a desert island: Any kind of authentic Mexican. Dock’s creamed turkey would be a close second.

Favorite restaurant in our area: Luberto’s in Dublin.

Movie you could watch 1,000 times and never get tired of: Forrest Gump.

When I was a kid, I always dreamed of being: a teacher.

Favorite ice cream flavor: Black Raspberry

Favorite hymn: My Life Flows On (How Can I Keep from Singing?)

Album you wore out as a teenager: Dave Matthews Band, Live at Luther College

Getting to Know: Doug Hackman


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Christopher Dock AwardSam Wilkins and Caila Paquin

Subject Area Award Winners (l to r) Christina Rittenhouse,

Jacob Guttenplan, Fiona Li, Charlie Frank, Sarah Roessler,

Jack Perkins, Lauren Scott, Sam Wilkins, Megan Bolton,

Matt Wimmer, Carrie Gehman,Derek Godshall, Monica Roth,

and Robin Dean.

Outstanding Athletic Achievement - (l to r) Kyle Martin (golf, basketball), Aly Shilling (basketball, softball), Nate Landis (volleyball,golf),HollySeiz(softball),KennyHansell(tennis),KeliKrause (softball), Derek Godshall (cross country, track & field), Olivia Bradford (basketball, softball), Charlie Frank (cross country, track & field), Jana Frederick (bowling). Notpictured:LauraSwintosky(soccer,basketball).

Senior Athlete Award-(ltor):MaddieClemens(tennis,softball),AlyShilling (basketball, softball), Nate Landis (golf, volleyball), Olivia Bradford (basketball, softball), Derek Godshall (cross country, track & field), Megan Bolton (field hockey, softball), Charlie Frank (cross country, track & field), Carrie Gehman, (cross country, track & field), Mike Hagarman (baseball, cross country), Lynelle Leinbach (soccer, field hockey), Abby Clemens (tennis, softball).Notpictured:DevinBergey(crosscountry,track&field),JacobCook (cross country, track & field), Andrew Johnson (cross country, track & field), Darren Moyer (soccer, volleyball), Jake Saitta (tennis, golf), Jack Shomberg (cross country, track & field), Laura Swintosky (basketball, soccer).

The Christopher Dock Citizenship Award

(ltor)ElizaWilkins(’15),Jessica Bergey (’14),

Tyler Denlinger (’13), and Derek Godshall (’12). TheCitizenshipAwardis

sponsored by Roland and Dottie Yoder and Lee and Ruth Delp.

Athlete of the Year Award - (l to r) Kyle Martin, Olivia Bradford, Megan Bolton (David J. Clemmer Memorial Award), and Charlie Frank.

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AWARDSChristopher Dock AwardThe Christopher Dock Award is presented to one senior boy and girl in recognition of all-aroundcampuscitizenship,leadershipand scholarship during high school. The 2012 winners of the Christopher Dock Award are Caila Paquin and Sam Wilkins.

Sam and Helen Lapp Peacemaking AwardThis year’s recipient of the Sam and Helen Lapp Peacemaking Award from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School is Sharae Young. Sharae was selected as this year’s recipient because of the way she bridges connections between the school and the greater community.

L. Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship Ethan Rice was awarded this scholarship, named for the ’91 Dock grad and awarded for excellence in academics, athletics and business. The award is sponsored by business advisors Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP.

Daniel Reinford Scholarship JaclynKratzandAbbyBushreceivedthisscholarship, named for the former Christopher Dock teacher.

Clayton Kratz Scholarship BriannaKauffmanreceivedtheClaytonKratzAward sponsored by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA).

Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce ScholarshipWes Strickland and Sarah Roessler received the Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce scholarships.

Additional Scholarship WinnersHatfield Women’s Civic Club - Ashley ClemensHarleysvilleRotaryClubScholarship-JaclynKratzThe Medical Staff at Abington Health/Lansdale Hospital Scholarship - Tim FranksJohnFisherCitizenScholarAward-ChrisPotter

Athlete of the Year AwardThe Athlete of the Year Award is given to a junior or senior male and female and is selected on the basis of outstanding seasons in more than one sport. For 2012, Kyle Martin (basketball, golf) and Charlie Frank (cross country, track & field) were co-winners for the boys, while Olivia Bradford (basketball, softball) was the girls winner.

Outstanding Athletic AchievementNomineesforthisawardarerecognizedin the broader athletic community as outstanding athletes during their season(s), and for bringing highly valued team-oriented contributions leading to league, district or state championships.See photo on page 22.

David J. Clemmer Memorial AwardMegan Bolton (field hockey, softball) was the 2012 recipient. This award is based on outstanding performance during two or more seasons of at least one sport, as well as good sportsmanship and positive leadership.

Senior Athlete AwardThis award is given to seniors who have lettered in two or more sports as both a junior and a senior. See photo on page 22.

See the Dock web site’s athletic pages for athletic awards for individual sports.

Sam & Helen Lapp Peacemaking AwardSharae Young

Daniel Reinford ScholarshipJaclynKratzandAbbyBush

L. Travis Bechtel Memorial Scholarship Ethan Rice

Clayton Kratz Scholarship AwardBrianna Kauffman

Penn Suburban Chamber ScholarshipSarah Roessler and Wes Strickland


Subject Area Award WinnersCarrie Gehman Career Work Study - sponsored by Harleysville Savings BankFiona Li Charles Clemmer Art - sponsored by Class of 1961Robin Dean Paul R. Clemens Bible - sponsored by Moyer’s Chicks / Moyer RealtySam Wilkins Paul R. Clemens Bible - sponsored by Moyer’s Chicks / Moyer RealtyJacob Guttenplan Technology - sponsored by Jen-Tech SystemsSam Wilkins Drama - sponsored by Univest CorporationLauren Scott Mathematics - sponsored by Univest CorporationDerek Godshall Spanish - sponsored by Living BranchesSarah Roessler Social Studies - sponsored by S. Duane KauffmanDerek Godshall English - sponsored by Gerald and Rhoda BennerMonica Roth Writers - sponsored by Gerald and Rhoda BennerChristina Rittenhouse Family & Consumer Sciences - sponsored by Rockford Realty Megan Bolton Physical Education - sponsored by Rockford RealtyCharlie Frank Physical Education - sponsored by Rockford RealtyMatt Wimmer Music - sponsored by Harold and Ferne AlderferJack Perkins Science - sponsored on behalf of Ben & Sue Kaneda

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S Sabbatical Enhances Teaching for Dock FacultyThree years ago, Dock

English teacher Charlene Rauch was accepted into a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar that allowed her to study the works of Geoffrey Chaucer in London and Canterbury. “I just could

not get enough,” she writes. When she was gifted with a sabbatical in the spring of last year, she returned to England to be further

immersed in the wisdom and literature —and atmosphere—of the Middle Ages. “Living in the walled town that Chaucer wrote about was a dream come true for me,” she says, “but it was also an opportunity to bring some of the experience back to Dock. I found my semester of teaching British Literature enriched. It’s one thing to discuss Arthur; it’s another to be able to tell students I stood at his grave; it’s good to read Austen; it’s another to have walked where she walked. It’s good to know the stories of the Middle Ages; it’s another to spend three weeks learning

about every nook and cranny of Canterbury Cathedral, and to sit in Narnia lectures given by the Archbishop, who is a published expert on C.S. Lewis.” Among the many lessons learned during her sabbatical was this: “Being there makes me better at being here for my students,” she says, “and it just might possibly make them want to be there someday, too.”

Visit to read Mrs. Rauch’s full sabbatical report.

Dock Teacher Attends Summer InstituteDock social studies teacher

Preston Bush attended a five-day Teaching American History Summer Institute June 25-29, sponsored by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and designed to raise student achievement by improving teacher’s knowledge and understanding of traditional U.S. history. This year’s topic was Modern American Capstone, which included the modern era of U.S. history,

from the 1970s through the first two years of the Obama Administration. This period was examined through five lenses: the Supreme Court, economics, electoral politics,

international relations and national security. The institute “was designed to penetrate beyond a superficial understanding of the era,” according to the MCIU. One highlight of the class was a visit by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who fielded questions on a range of issues, including the economy, energy independence, and the upcoming presidential election.

Dock Theater Performs You Can’t Take It With YouDock Theater’s spring drama this year was the classic comedy by Moss Hart and George S.

Kaufman, You Can’t Take it With You. Directed by Dock alum Alicia Landis (’06), this zany story featured the quirky Sycamore family—ancestors of today’s modern family, with plenty of obsessions and compulsions, but also with the most important ingredient a family can have: love for each other. It’s this love that holds the family together, but also makes them both irritating and attractive to those who come in contact with them. In this day and age, says Landis, it’s possible the Sycamores have something to teach us: Why wait to “spend” your life and energy until later? Why not live now? After all, You Can’t Take it With You!

For the past 18 months, Christopher Dock has been cultivating a relationship with

the students and staff of Hefei School #168. This school of about 6,000 students is located in the capital city of Anhui Province in eastern China. The goal of this relationship is to offer students from both countries a cross-cultural learning experience, but also to offer Dock as an option for students and families that desire a U.S. education. Dock hosted two groups of students from China this year. The first group, consisting of high school freshmen and sophomores from Hefei #168, visited Dock from April 13 to May 2. The second group, consisting of middle school students, visited July 17-31. During the visits, Chinese students had an opportunity to see what life as a Christopher Dock student would be like. They shadowed Dock students in classes, and attended chapels and many co-curricular activities. On the weekends, students got a taste of American culture and history with visits to Lancaster, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC. A significant goal for the Chinese students was to improve their English language skills. On their last day, each made an oral presentation, in English, to their peers, host families, Dock students, and staff. The exchange was a rich experience for both the Chinese students and the Dock community, and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the school community in Hefei, China.

Dock Builds a Bridge to China

Dock House has its First Host FamilyDock House, located on the campus of Souderton Mennonite

Homes, will provide housing and care for up to 16 international students for the 2012-13 school year. Robin and David Long will serve as house parents for Dock House. They attend Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, where Robin works as business manager. David is a truck driver for Gotwals Brothers Inc. They have two children at Penn View: Jason, 8, will be in grade 3 this year, while Kathryn, 10, will enter grade 5. “We are pleased the Longs are available to enhance the mission of Christopher Dock through sharing their lives with the students at the Dock House,” said Dock Principal Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber.

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ALUMNI NOTESALUMNI NOTES1994Vincent Anastasi signed with record company Tate Music Group, Oklahoma, in July 2011. His new album, “At the In Between,” was released worldwide on May 1.

1995Michele (Landis) Waldspurger is Dock’s new varsity field hockey coach. She was a three-year Dock field hockey player and went on to play for Temple University for two seasons. She was selected as an alternate field hockey player for the Olympic Festival during that time period.  Her coaching career consists of one season as Souderton High School’s varsity assistant coach, two years as assistant coach at Gwynedd Mercy College, and two years as Lansdale Catholic High School’s varsity coach.

1997Wes and Laura (Bergey) Schmidt, Perkasie, welcomed Audrey Lourene on April 24.

1999Todd and Anna Lacher, Fayetteville, NY, welcomed Caroline Anna on May 27.

2000Ryan and Becca (Souder ‘99) Kulp, Telford, welcomed Caleb John on May 30.

Jaclyn (Nyce) Nus and Jason Nus were married on August 20 in Philadelphia. They live in Colmar. Jaclyn is currently a dental hygienist and Jason is a software engineer.

2001Nicholas and Trinda (Derstine) Bernardo, Schwenksville, welcomed Nicholas Anthony Jr. on April 30.

Bryan and Laura Beth (Wierwille) Landes welcomed Emme Jane on January 30. They live in Souderton.

Jesse and Laura (Benner) Sigmans welcomed Luke William on January 25. Jesse, Laura, and Luke live in Souderton.

2003 Amanda Daschbach and Kevin Mowry were married on December 30 at the William Penn Inn in Ambler. Mandy and Kevin live in Telford.

Katie (Moyer) and Wendell Gehman welcomed Luella Sharon on February 20. Katie, Wendell, and Luella live in Quakertown.

2004Tim MoyerandRachelWindholzweremarriedMay 13 in Lancaster, PA.

2007Rachel Kolb and Daniel Mast were married on October 22, 2011, at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown, PA.

Mike Duerksen live-tweeted his marriage proposal to his girlfriend Janelle Freed after more than 12 hours of minute-by-minute tweets updating followers throughout an elaborate date that culminated in the proposal. The marriage proposal was followed live on Twitter by thousands of people all over the world. ABC reported the story on April 16.

Alyssa Tyson and Brandon Kiser (2008) were married June 2. They live in Harrisburg, PA.

Nathan Weaver married Kelsy Myers on June 30 at Slate Hill Mennonite Church in Camp Hill, PA. They will be residing in Telford. Nate is a CPA at Detweiler, Hershey & Associates, P.C.

2008Kirsten Shriver graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, with a double major in Chemistry and Spanish. She accepted a position with Teach for America in Dallas, TX, teaching bilingual fifth grade science at Ascher Silberstein Elementary School.

Katie Clough graduated from The College of William & Mary and is now a legal assistant at BraunHagey and Borden LLP in San Fancisco.

14th Annual Christopher Dock Golf OutingChristopher Dock held its 14th Annual Golf Outing at Mainland Golf Course on Monday, May 21. Title sponsor Harleysville Savings Bank, along with our other generous sponsors and 155 golfers, help us raise nearly $44,000 for tuition assistance that will help many students experience the benefit of a Dock education. We are grateful for all of your participation.

Our 15th Annual Christopher Dock Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 20, 2013, at Mainland, and we hope you’ll join us again!

First Prize winners in the Mixed Foursome category were (l to r) Cory, Carol, and Henry


First Prize winners in the Men’s Foursome were (l to r) Leonard Ruth, Larry Landes,

Paul Clemens and Barry Hayes.

The Dock Board of Trustees threw a “thank you” party for board members Steve Landis (left)

and Phil Bergstresser, whose terms were ending with the June meeting. Christopher Dock is

appreciative of their faithful service to the school.

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ALUMNIcross country


13th annual

August 18, 8:00 a.m.This 5K race around Christopher Dock’s beautiful campus is open to any former student or parent of a current student. Come out and race against this year’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams.

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In the early 1990s, Jeanine Groff Musselman (‘81), was part of a group from Souderton Mennonite Church that spent a week of service in Haiti

with the Water for Life organization. The purpose of the trip was to help drill wells to provide the Haitian people with clean water. As many of you know, Jeanine lost a battle with cancer and passed away in 2007. She was a much loved daughter, sister, wife to Kendall (‘ 78), and mother to Miles (‘05) and Forrest (‘09). She was a friend to many, and a Dock Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at the time of her passing. In her memory, Kendall decided to donate the cost of a well to Water for Life in Jeanine’s honor. Surely this tribute would have pleased Jeanine, since her love for the people and country of Haiti was quite evident since her time spent there. Undoubtedly, a return trip was in her future plans. So there we were in February 2012…five years since Jeanine’s home-going, and another service trip was being planned at Souderton Mennonite, and the timing seemed right for Kendall to be a part of this trip to Haiti. However, this trip had a different purpose for him. Kendall and Jeanine’s father, Larry Groff, along with nine others, were going to Haiti to see Jeanine’s well and have a service of dedication. My family was fortunate to be a part of this trip, not only as a dream coming to fruition for us to do this kind of service trip as a family, but to be able to celebrate and honor our special friend. It was a true blessing and a privilege. It was a beautiful day…an adventurous trip…breathtaking scenery…on our way to see Jeanine’s well. Approaching the well, we saw Haitians pumping water, filling buckets, jugs, cans, bottles, their hands…laughing and playing…a very moving and unforgettable scene. As we approached the well, they stood back, watching intently as the preparations were made to attach a plaque to the well. We watched, we pumped, we washed our hands, we drank. As the water flowed, so did our emotions…seeing this life-giving water flow so freely from this pump. We gathered around the well, Americans and Haitians, all ages…praying and singing, in English and Creole…remembering, and praising God for the life well-lived, yet far too brief. It was hard to leave the well…hard to stop pumping and drinking, wanting to keep feeling a part of Jeanine’s love flowing and sensing her presence with us, and being reminded of how very much we miss her in our lives. We bottled some of that water to bring home…a remembrance of what we had just experienced to take with us. Today, at this moment, that well is surrounded by Haitians, pumping clean water, giving them life! That’s what Jeanine’s life represents…her love flowed freely, it was there if you needed it, and it gave life to many. What a legacy she has left behind for us—one that will continue to bless Haitians, and us, for a long time to come.

John 7:37 — a simple verse with a BRAND NEW meaning. Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let them come to Me and drink.” — Rhonda Souder Ruth (‘83)

InJohn7:37,Jesussaid…”Ifanyoneisthirsty,letthemcometoMeanddrink.”For the family of Jeanine Musselman (’81), that simple verse has taken on a powerful new meaning.


The SMC group gathered with local Haitians to pray and sing as they dedicated the well.

The group from Souderton Mennonite Church that went to Haiti for the well dedication included (l to r) Doug Bergey, Pam Wireman

Bergey (‘82), Kendall Musselman (‘78), Mary Beth Musselman, John Freed, Larry Groff, Melea Ruth, Rhonda Souder Ruth (‘83),

Ron Ruth (‘77), Mattea Ruth (‘15), and Jim Frankenfield.

Larry Groff (left) and Kendall Musselman attach the dedication plaque.


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Homecoming Weekend

October 19-20, 2012

Friday, October 197:00 p.m. Fall Concert, Clemens AuditoriumIt’s always a pleasure to listen to Dock’s choral and instrumental students perform, and the 2012 Alumni of the Year Awards will be presented. Everyone is invited to the Alumni of the Year Reception following the concert. Consider making a donation during the fundraiser offering this evening to help future generations of students benefit from a Dock education.

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Homecoming Welcome Center, Rosenberger Academic Center (RAC)Come hang out with classmates and friends, relive memories, view Dock memorabilia, and purchase Dock gifts.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Drive For Dock, Clemens Parking Lot, Groff Pond SideFord will donate $50 to Dock for everyone who takes a Ford test drive.

10:00 a.m. Memorial Service, Clemens Theatre in Longacre CenterA memorial service will be held to honor deceased Dock students and alumni, led by Campus Pastor JohnStoltzfusandJanieBishopHalteman(‘64).Dedication of the new Memorial Garden will be at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the Art Building at11:30a.m.Thiswillbeanopportunityforfamily,friends, and classmates to share memories.

12:30-3:00 p.m. Admissions Open House, Longacre Center CommonsProspective students and families are invited to come tour the campus and meet Admissions Director Doug Hackman as well as faculty and students. A complimentary lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, October 20

1:00 p.m. Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Delco Christian, Dock Stadium

2:00-4:00 p.m. Campus Tours, RACWalk Dock’s beautiful campus to see what has changed since you were at Dock.

3:00-5:00 p.m. Li’l Dockers Mini-Camp (K-grade 6), RACChildren can participate in art, food, computer, music, PE, science theatre, and robotic workshops. Parents are welcome to tour campus during the Li’l Dockers camp.

5:30-7:00 p.m. All-Alumni Dinner, Clemens Dining HallALL alumni are invited, whether your class has a

reunion this year or not. There will be designated tables for grad years, and a time for sharing Dock stories. $10 donation.

7:15 p.m. Boys Varsity Soccer vs Plumstead Christian, Dock Stadium

Class ReunionsReunions will be held duringHomecoming for the classes of 1957, 1962,1967,1972,1977,1982,1987,1997, 2002, and 2007 at various times and locations. Check the Dock website (, contact the Alumni Office at [email protected], or check at the RAC Welcome Center for details about these and other class reunions. ALL alumni are welcome to participate in the Homecoming Weekend activities and attend the alumni dinner.

You are invited to honor this year’s awardees during the Fall Concert , Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m. in Clemens Auditorium, with a “meet and greet” reception to follow.

Linwood Rush (’64) Juanita Yoder (’81)

Liza Heavener (’03) Erik Kratz (‘98)

Gina (Ruth) Canaviri (’78)

Joe Landis (‘65)

Alumni NotesHomecoming

WeekendOctober 19-20, 2012

Don’t miss the excitement of Homecoming Weekend 2012,

with a concert, open house, Li’l Dockers camp for kids,

a dedication for Dock’s new Memorial Garden,

campus tours, reunions,

the All-Alumni Dinner, athletic events

and much, much more!

Go to to see a complete Homecoming 2012 schedule. Call 215.362.2675 for more information on class reunions.

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What’s in a Name?On June 9, 112 students representing

the third-largest class in Dock’s history walked across the stage during commencement as their names were called for the overflow audience to hear. Family and friends applauded and beamed as their graduate’s name was announced. There is something that tugs at our deepest emotions when we hear our name. Before the ceremony, I carefully reviewed the names and during practice asked each graduate to verify my pronunciation. With my difficult surname, I have an appreciation for the correct pronunciation of names! I recently participated in an Anabaptist Learning Institute class held on Dock’s campus entitled Building Caring Communities. We discussed the importance of one’s place or home as a beginning point for the discussion of educating students for global citizenship. Our place provides the foundation on which to build a global understanding of God’s kingdom. Names often give an indication of place and comprise a key component of our sense of belonging. Our place reminds us of the values instilled in us by family and church. From the senior speeches I attended, it was clear Dock is a place where these values have been affirmed and strengthened. I heard students articulate the importance of values such as caring for one another on our spiritual journey, hard work, growth through struggles, academic achievement, developing the vulnerability to share our faith journey and serving, even in the absence of recognition.

As I read the names during commencement, I was reminded of the delightful diversity of our school. Of these 112 students, I read no more than 3 surnames that were the same. I was pleased with names difficult to pronounce, reminding me that Dock in some small way is becoming more representative of the diverse kingdom of God. “Swartzentruber” is easy for me to pronounce but difficult for others. I am reminded that all names are easy to pronounce for the people from that place. Names tie us to our place and ultimately provide both accountability and support. As a Swartzentruber or Dock alumnus, we acknowledge we belong to a community that cares for us and holds us to high standards. As a community we look out for the success of one another. Even as our graduates move on to college, work or service, the community behind the name prays for and cares about each one’s success. We hear from some employers that they prefer hiring Dock graduates. They

describe ways in which Dock alumni are different from others. The name Dock graduate carries a high expectation with it. Even the name of our school carries significance. Christopher Dock Mennonite High School links us to the teacher, Christopher Dock, who exemplified the values in education we strive to uphold. It ties us to the Mennonite theological lens (including the value of welcoming those from different denominational backgrounds) that we find helpful in understanding our world and God’s plan for us. This name reminds us of those who sacrificed in starting the school. We send our graduates out as Christopher Dock Mennonite High School alumni, to further describe who they are. We hope this name will provide accountability and will encourage and sustain them through the coming years. We trust our graduates will always remember the community behind their name. — Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber, Principal


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