This is a True story, It was a widely-publicized controversy surrounding the 2001 graduation ceremonies of Washington Community High School in Peoria, Illinois. According to an Associated Press report from May 17, 2001
They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two Students filing into the already crowded Auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.
This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.
The Principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.
The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech received a standing ovation.
Ryan Brown, one of the speakers paused during his speech to bow his head and pray silently. The Peoria Journal Star newspaper said that after the silent prayer, Ryan “feigned a sneeze” so the audience could respond with a “God bless you.”
And he walked off the stage…
The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God’s blessing on their future with or without the court’s approval.
Isn’t this a wonderful story to encourage and uplift.
To Confirm Story – http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/g/graduationsneeze.htm
We Love you Americans – God bless you in your walk with the Lord – Anne and Ron