Kittanning Senior High School’s graduation on Friday night was fairly typical of every other high school in the Armstrong School District until Principal James Rummel turned the podium over to one graduate to accept the diplomas on behalf of the Class of 2012.
During his acceptance speech, Class President Dalton Bowser turned the tone of the ceremonies to something reminiscent of an evangelical religious alter call.
Bowser, whose plans include attending Grove City College and eventually becoming a minister, used his time to admonish his classmates to follow Biblical principles.
“Is there something more than just going through the motions of life and not really feeling that you have a purpose in it?” Bowser asked during his speech. “I am here today to tell you that there is more than just going through the motions and you can actually have a purpose in this life. You see, why life is so short is because of sin. We are a fallen race ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. With their sin, brought death and pain and suffering. Every human being is now born with a sin nature and we all have broken God’s laws. We all stand guilty before a holy God and He has to punish sin. The Bible says, ‘for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.’ This is the problem with the human race – we are sinners, destined for eternal wrath. However there is good news, because God did not see fit in condemning mankind to eternal hell. That is why He sent His perfect Son , the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to earth to live a perfect life, and to die upon the cross and take upon Himself our sin, and bear the punishment that you and I deserve.”
Bowser’s total speech lasted nearly eight minutes.
He is the son of Jeff and Rona Bowser. In addition to being Senior Class President, he is a member of the National Honor Society and an office worker. He was selected as Lions Club Student of the Month, and was on the Distinguished Honor Roll.