Christian Heritage School in Trumbull marked an historical occasion by graduating their one thousandth student on Saturday, June 11.

Founded in 1977, CHS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, is accredited by NEASC, and currently enrolls 450 students, K-12.

The 1000th graduate is Anais Anderson, great-granddaughter of the founders of the school, Paul and June Anderson. Mrs. Anderson presented Anais with her diploma; Pastor Paul Anderson passed away in 1997. Also present was the first graduate of CHS, Nick Adam of Trumbull, who had served as a board member from 2009 to 2011.

Anais is graduating with honors and will be attending Wheaton College in Illinois, having been awarded the Arthur Holmes Scholarship. She plans to double major in English and art and minor in French and theatre. Because of the number of Advanced Placement and UConn ECE courses Anais took at CHS, she is able to carry 36 college credits to Wheaton. Anais is a member of the National Honor Society and played the lead role in the CHS Spring musical, “Mary Poppins.”

The class valedictorians are Catherine Reid of Oxford and Jiabei Jin of Trumbull, each of whom gave a short address to the class. History Department Chair, Roger Mack, was selected by the class to give the faculty charge; he spoke about the responsibility of Christians to be used by God in very difficult times, based on the Bible reference of Daniel 1:8.

There are 40 graduating seniors in the class of 2016, all of whom will be attending colleges in the fall. The median SAT scores for CHS this year are 600 (Writing), 570 (Math), and 590 (Critical Reading). Eighteen students scored above 1800 and 23 students scored in the nation’s top 10% on at least one SAT sub-test.

Over the past 39 years, 98 percent of CHS graduates have matriculated to 4-year colleges and universities, including Princeton, MIT, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, and Cornell. Many students also chose to attend excellent state universities and Christian Colleges including UConn, UVa, NYU, Wheaton, and Gordon. The CHS class of 2016 has been awarded $4,570,324 in merit-based college scholarships.