Taking the Light into Darkness
Colonel Janet Munn, principal of the College for Officer Training, offered a striking statistic about the Messengers of Light session: 27 of the 46 cadets came to Christ through The Salvation Army.
“Hallelujah! That sounds like we are still a salvation army!” Munn said to huge applause.
During a Friday commencement service in the Hershey Lodge, territorial leaders recognized academic achievements and presented awards.
For the first time this year, the CSM Edward Gooding, O.F., Award of Excellence was presented to cadets Willow Houseton and Alberta Rakestraw. This award recognizes two cadets who have positively influenced the student body in the spirit and teachings of CSM Edward Gooding, O.F.
Cadet Alexander Senak won the Bible Knowledge Progress Award, while cadet Railene Griffin earned the Doctrine Knowledge Progress Award.
Cadet Megan Moretz won both the Bible Knowledge Achievement Award (137 correct answers out of 150) and Doctrine Knowledge Achievement Award (98 correct answers out of 100).
Cadet Bree Barker was salutatorian with a 3.96 grade–point average (GPA) and Cadet Trisha Smouse was valedictorian with a 3.99 GPA.
Smouse, in her valedictory address, said that for the past two years, she and other cadets leaned on the Lord.
Smouse, who worked with human trafficking victims in Columbus, Ohio prior to going to training, urged the Messengers of Light to carry that light “into dark places.”
“Seek Him in all that you do,” she says. “Remember that the Light doesn’t originate from us. We are to reflect Him … His goodness, His righteousness, and His truth. These are essential characteristics of a person who is in the light.
“We cannot stay in our buildings or in our comfort zones. We must be willing to go wherever the Lord tells us, proclaiming His Gospel, loving and serving Him supremely.”