(Class of 2006)
(7/19/2012) Gary Cofty came to Tabernacle Christian School in 2004 as a junior. His tenure at our school revealed him to be an intelligent, polite young man with a strong sense of right and wrong. As a godly leader not only of his class, but also of the entire middle and high schools, Gary was well respected and took part in numerous activities such as student body elections, Bible Quiz Bowl, and team sports. His scholastic endeavors were rewarded with the honor of being named class valedictorian, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. During his senior year he also excelled on his year-end standardized test (SAT) scoring in the 97th percentile. In addition, he was the unanimous choice for the prestigious Christian Leadership award, an award given annually to the young person who best exemplifies Christian leadership in action.
After graduating high school, Gary continued his academic career at Pensacola Christian College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in history. During his four years of college, Gary was on the Dean’s List for six out of eight semesters and graduated with a 3.44 grade point average. He served in his collegian as treasurer, vice-president, and president.
He graduated from Pensacola in May 2010, and following his strong sense of justice, Gary entered the honorable profession of law enforcement as a deputy sheriff with South Carolina’s York County Sheriff’s office. He will graduate from their police academy on August 10, 2012, with, we are sure, a promising career ahead of him. Fittingly, in his high school valedictorian speech, Gary quoted Sir Edmund Burke’s famous line: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Gary certainly has taken this thought to heart and is doing his best to keep evil from triumphing by taking part in one of our country’s noblest and often most unappreciated professions. God certainly has amazing plans for Gary’s life, and Tabernacle Christian School is certainly proud to claim him as one of its own.
Gary's awards at his HS Graduation