Proudly wearing their Bulldawg-blue graduation gowns, about 100 seniors and their families shared the holy spirit at the 2014 Copperas Cove High School Baccalaureate Service on Sunday at First Baptist Church.

It was the largest group of graduating seniors to attend the annual celebration.

“It was a nice way for the community to let the seniors go out with a strong religious base as we start the next journey in our lives,” Ryan Oster said. He joined fellow seniors Jerrett Gosnell and Elizabeth Wright in reading scriptures during the service.

Hosted by the Ministerial Alliance, “Graduating with the Gospel” was the theme of the worship service.

Mark Kemp, president of the Ministerial Alliance, reinforced God’s place in the seniors’ lives.

“It’s important for you to know that God will be with you wherever you go,” Kemp said.

Joe Burns, superintendent of the Copperas Cove Independent School District, reminded the seniors the Copperas Cove community will always support and pray for them.

Then Jeffery Browning, guest speaker and adjunct instructor of biochemistry and organic chemistry at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, showed a digital presentation about the universe being God-made.

“Science is the search for truth and I love sharing scientific evidence of God’s existence,” Browning said. “We share a common creator, not an ancestor.”

Dawn Gosnell appreciated Browning’s thought-provoking message. “I hope it promotes their thinking that there is a God out there and he has a plan for their lives and through his plan they can really succeed and go far,” Gosnell said.

Burns closed the service by leading the crowd in a rousing rendition of the school song.

After the service, excitement and reality started to settle in for the seniors.

Destiny Cox is eager to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.

“The service was inspirational and I’m ready to go forward,” Cox said.

“It’s a step toward graduation and it’s hitting home now because another chapter in our lives is over,” Joanna Oviedo said. “It’s exciting and scary at the same time.”

Each senior received a special “Bulldawg” Bible as a gift from the Ministerial Alliance for attending the service.

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