Graduates of the Red Bird Christian School 2015 Class tossed their mortars into the air on May 23rd in celebration of the completion of 13 years of education, but all are focused on the next step of preparation to take on the world. All have plans to continue their education this fall, but one will be serving our country in the Army before pursuing further formal education.

Commencement began with Salutatorian Nate Smallwood’s prayer and a story reminding his colleagues to keep moving into the future because “the best is yet to come.” Valedictorian Kaitlin Berry reminisced with classmates about growing up at Red Bird Christian School and reinforcing how the graduates have become “family” as they grew up together. Eyes welled up with tears and laughter was heard during the traditional senior slide show that chronicled the passing years with a range of pictures from first years to senior year.


The ceremony took a more serious note with the Commencement Address given by Joshua Collins, son of the late Dr. Taylor Collins. Joshua captured the spirit of Dr. Collin’s vision for the school and graduates giving closure to the students with Dr. Collins sudden passing mid school year.

Dr. Collins’ vision of “forming Christian leaders in these Cumberland Mountains” lives on at Red Bird Christian School through the students as they become the leaders God intended.

Congratulations graduates; your hard work has paid off.