L ak e la n d C h r i s t i a n S c h o o l
By Dr. Mike Sligh, Headmaster
D uring our recent accreditation visit, one of our Every agency
students asked, “What’s the big deal about this publishes standards
visit, anyway?” The school staff member replied, “Well, do for accreditation that
you know all the work you’re doing in high school? Would govern all areas of
you like that to count?” So what is accreditation, anyway? school practice. Faculty
Accreditation is a seal of approval rendered by qualifications, facilities,
agencies approved by the state for that purpose. LCS finance, academic
maintains accreditation from the following four agencies: program, co-curricular
The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) activities, library,
accredits Christian schools around the world. Only a technology, governance,
small percentage of ACSI-member schools qualify for transportation, food
accreditation. The Florida Council service, and health
of Independent Schools (FCIS) and safety are all
“...the school’s mission and their partner agency, The addressed. The school
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), staff completes a review
of ‘Education in the accredits schools throughout the of all curriculum
Light of God’s Word’ state. FCIS and FKC require all documentation and
members to maintain accreditation. practice as well as a self-study report addressing each area of the
is fully evident in The Southern Association of Colleges school’s operation. Every five years the agencies send a visiting
every aspect of school and Schools (SACS) is now part of team to the school to validate the self-study documentation
AdvancEd, which has been formed and check school records and practices to ensure compliance
operation and program.” as a conglomerate of multiple with the standards. They also assess progress in addressing the
regional accrediting agencies. recommendations made on the previous visit. The teams provide
LCS maintains accreditation reports to the accreditation commissions of their respective
from both Christian and secular agencies. We want to be agencies. The reports include a series of commendations and
held accountable to provide a truly Christian education in recommendations as well as a recommendation as to the
every aspect of our students’ education. We also want to be school’s continued accreditation. The commissions render the
publicly accountable to meet the criteria for the quality of decision on renewal of accreditation and communicate their
the agencies recognized in the secular world as the “industry decision to the school.
standard” for education. The rigorous standards of all of During the visit the teams meet with the administration,
these agencies provide a well-rounded peer review process parents, students, board members and the faculty to gain a
that affirms the quality of an LCS education and provides sense of the school culture. They seek to determine the extent to
focus that enables us to make it even better. which each area of the school supports the stated mission, vision
Graduating from an accredited school is a common and core values of the institution.
college entry requirement. In addition to college admission Recommendations from these reports shape the school’s
considerations, accreditation serves a vital consumer plans for continual improvement as well as the school’s strategic
protection role. The first consideration for parents searching plan. The accreditation process provides the “controlled tension”
for a school should be to look for a school that holds that is vital to school improvement.
accreditation from an agency such as the four that At the close of our recent visit, the team chairs reported
accredit LCS. to the faculty and staff in a brief exit interview. Although the
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MISSION STATEMENT — The mission of Lakeland Christian School is to educate students in the
light of God’s word to equip them for a lifetime of learning, leadership, service and worship.
Jonny Diaz, LCS Students Delight
Large Musical Harvest Audience
E ven the best of events become hard to sustain year after
year. However, the LCS Musical Harvest always seems to deliver
has been to write songs that
entertain, encourage and
an outstanding program featuring professional musicians challenge fellow believers. In
performing alongside Lakeland Christian students. addition to writing and singing
This year’s event may have been the best ever, as the fifth a number-one hit, Jonny was the
annual Musical Harvest welcomed Lakeland’s own Jonny Diaz as 2010 GMA Dove Award nominee
the featured entertainer. The contemporary Christian pop artist for New Artist of the Year.
thrilled the crowd of 300+ with a fourteen-song concert, including Net proceeds
his number-one hit single, More Beautiful You. from this year’s
Jonny was joined on stage by more than 115 LCS student Musical Harvest 5th AnnuAl
musicians and vocalists for renditions of You Are Good, A Mighty totaled $34,000. This
Fortress and More Beautiful You. Jonny and LCS senior Johnny money will be used
Boatwright teamed up to sing Waiting Room, while the LCS to help purchase
vocalists opened the show with O God, Our Help in Ages Past. a new baby grand
Jonny is an artist whose mission in life is to serve the Body piano for the Music
of Christ. From the beginning of his music career, his desire Department, with the
balance being used
for financial aid.
Harrell’s Fertilizer Group “This event is a multiple blessing in that LCS music students
April & Bart Richert
CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Christina & Greg Sale are well on their way to getting a new Boston piano while, at the
OMS Gina & Dean Saunders same time, we will now have more money to distribute to families
Peterson & Myers, P.A. Annette & Steve Sligh who are struggling financially to have their children at LCS,” said
Philip Sebring Tammy & Tom Standifer Steve Wilson, Director of Advancement. “It was a great evening
HOSTS Sherry & Conrad Varnum for a great cause,” he added.
Payton & Keith Albritton Amanda & Ed Verner Following the event, Gold Patrons, event sponsors and hosts
Connie & Dave Aplin Lee Wall
enjoyed an after-concert reception at the home of school parents
Bena Bayless Marcy & Dave Wickenkamp
Dean and Gina Saunders. These patrons had the opportunity
Deanna & Howard Bayless Kim & Jim Wilbanks
Susie & Steve Wilson to visit personally with Jonny while enjoying an elaborate
Pat & Ralph Blalock
Wanda & David Yrastorza hors d’oeuvre buffet.
Kim & Bob Cleghorn
Susan & Joe DiCesare
Candy & Clint Gordon
Regina & Rob Harper
Tina & Jack Harrell
Danease & Jay Horne
Lois & Kevin Knowlton
Amy & B.J. Mason
Cheri & Todd Maxwell
Virginia & Vane McClurg
Shannon & Jeff Miles
Alyson & David Miller
Jaimi & Corey Miller
Melissa & Brad Murray
Jean & Oz Mutz
Pam & Bill Mutz
Beth & Lee Patteson
Melanie & Wayne Peace
Mandy & Cory Petcoff
Publix Super Markets Charities
Dama & Buddy Register 1
Julie Rice Why Accreditation?
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teams are not permitted to share their
of Enrollment recommendation regarding the school’s
continued accreditation, they do share
LCS is pleased to announce a summary of their commendations
the appointment of Mrs. Julie and recommendations.
Among the most gratifying
Rice as the school’s first Director
commendations was the teams’
of Enrollment. This position will
observation that the school’s mission of
provide overall direction to the
“Education in the Light of God’s Word”
enrollment building efforts of
is fully evident in every aspect of school
LCS and will facilitate a seamless
operation and program. All participants
admissions process for new families.
– faculty, staff, parents, students, board
Her new responsibilities will
and administration – fully embrace
include all activities associated
and pursue this mission. Among the
with enrollment and re-enrollment,
commendations listed were the school’s
working with the advancement
implantation of technology, social media,
office in marketing the school, and the coordination and oversight of the
advancement efforts and the school’s
admissions office. Maintaining and growing the enrollment of LCS will
family oriented culture. Recommendations
enable the school to broaden its influence by providing “Education in the
included encouragement to pursue more
Light of God’s Word” to more and more families.
differentiated instruction in the high
Mrs. Rice is a graduate of Florida State University. She joined the LCS
school in order to continue to address the
faculty in 2003 and has served as Director of Community Relations since
unique needs of all learners throughout
2008. She and her husband, Tim, are the parents of one LCS alum and three
the instructional program; the priority of
current LCS students.
completing the current capital campaign
in order to move on to additional facilities
projects in science and fine arts; and
encouragement to continue to pursue
stated goals and initiatives in the school’s
Moore Receives Cotillion Award strategic plan.
We are grateful for the diligent work
Lakeland Christian School involves thousands of of the entire school staff in preparation
secondary computer students nationwide. Mrs. for the visit and for the participation
teacher Barb Moore was Moore was nominated of parents, students, board members
the recipient of a “Best by LCS student Alex and school staff in the process. We look
Mannered Teacher” award Babcock-Latta, who wrote forward to receiving the final reports
by The National League of an essay outlining her in late spring and early summer.
Junior Cotillions (NLJC), positive characteristics, Accreditation is one means of enabling
Golden Triangle Chapter. how she shows courtesy us to continue to improve in our ability
The NLJC is an etiquette and respect for students to equip our students for a lifetime of
and social dance training program that and why she is a good role model. learning, leadership, service and worship.
1 Musical harvest 8 Odyssey of the Mind 15-17 Fine Arts
in this issue 4-7 technology 9-10 elementary happenings 17 Alumni news
engages students 11-14 secondary news 18-22 sports
Fourth grade students used bubbles to learn about light and how it behaves. Mr. Fred Wiechmann, LCS
science resource teacher, had the students observe light patterns as they blew a bubble. Using a straw and
dish soap, Jack Kirk blows a large bubble as the students watch the light.
LCS parent Craig Roth,
owner of Sunshine
Growers, spoke to third
grade students as part
of their science unit on
plants and flowers. Mrs. Evelyn Towler, the first principal of Lakeland Christian School, Students in the LCS K4 program had some special visitors on “Pet Day.”
recently visited the school. She was the principal when the school started in Harlee Cress, pictured here with her dad Josh (’03 LCS alum), brought in a
1954. Mrs. Towler is pictured here with current headmaster, Dr. Mike Sligh. pet chicken to show off to her class.
Mr. Ron Yeater, who runs the Creation Care Ministry at Camp Gilead, recently visited K4 and K5 students at
LCS for a special Welcome Wednesday Open House. Mr. Yeater brought along several “critters” including
Middle school science students in Mrs. Cheryl Brannen’s class recently built catapults.
The students then launched tennis balls in Viking Stadium to see which design was the most effective.
Learning by Doing .........
New Ways to Access Data
As access to data is made easier, Lakeland
Christian School is implementing ways to use it to the
“Students learn best when they are involved in
the learning process,” said Mr. Keith Overholt, Assistant
Middle School Principal. “Learning by doing” is what
the process is called, and it is made easier by providing
R emember the days of sitting in class and listening to a
teacher lecture day after day? What about taking notes with a
direct and immediate access to information, learning in
context, and having the ability to discuss, collaborate
and work as a team.
pencil, flipping through an encyclopedia or filling out a stack of Through the generosity of school grandparents
worksheets? Did you used to go to one person’s house when you and parents, as well as the profits from the Boosterthon
had a group project due the next day? As technology changes fundraiser, Lakeland Christian School has expanded the
the face of education, LCS students likely won’t remember a technology around campus. Here are some of the recent
day when they just sat back and passively took in information. additions over the past few years:
Instead, they will ■ A campus-wide Wi-Fi network
be students who are ■ SMARTBoards in the classrooms
engaged and active in ■ More than 200 iPads
their own learning. ■ 50 iPod Touches
The age of ■ A mobile Mac lab
mobility has allowed ■ At least one iMac in all elementary
students to have classrooms and several in middle school
immediate access to and high school classrooms
information right ■ The Weather Bug system in the Wonder Room
at their fingertips, ■ A high school research lab (all PCs)
whenever and ■ A music composition lab with iMac computers
wherever. Consider ■ Four large flat screen TVs around campus
these statistics: On for announcements
Christmas Day 2011, there were 6.8 million new activations of
smart phones. When the iPad 3 was released a few weeks ago,
three million sold in the first three days. There are 4.2 billion
mobile phones in the world, and there are more wired devices
in the United States than there are people. For the first time,
laptops are outselling PCs.
....... Technology Allows Students to be More Engaged
Preparing for the Future
When the 2012-2013 school year kicks off this coming August, even iPads into their classrooms in unique ways to
more changes will take place with the implementation of the new LCS enhance their subject area.
1:1 iPad initiative. All students in grades 6-8 will have their own personal According to Mr. Overholt’s research, many of
iPad for use in the classroom. Students will have access to digital the top 10 jobs right now are related to technology
content, be able to collaborate online, create and edit video projects, and computers. “Forty percent of jobs today are
access applications to enhance learning, create projects digitally, submit creative, and the typical school setting doesn’t
assignments online, research and much more. Teachers will integrate prepare for that. We are preparing our students to
compete for jobs that don’t exist yet.”
The mission of Lakeland Christian School is to
educate students in the light of God’s word to equip
them for a lifetime of learning, leadership, service
and worship. Learning by doing – taking an active
role in their education – is
one way that students will
be equipped for the future.
If you would like
more information on the
at Lakeland Christian
School, please contact Mr.
Keith Overholt, Assistant
Middle School Principal, at
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T o keep pace with the ever-changing nature of
technology, LCS teachers, staff and administrators are
■ Instead of purchasing $100+ graphic calculators, students in
Mrs. Kristi Stacy’s classes use the iPads and iPods for graphing
finding new and creative ways to encourage students to lessons in Algebra 1.
be hands on with their learning. Gone are the days of ■ Seventh grade Bible students use iPod Touches to record video.
researching in printed encyclopedias and having to be The students act out the stories in the book of Acts. They upload
in the same location to work together as a group. You the videos to the Mac computers, and using iMovie, they
don’t have to be a professional to film and edit a video, add music and transitions. The
and you can study the anatomy of a frog without ever students then present their videos
needing to open the amphibian’s chest. to the class.
Across the board, most classes are using computers ■ Students in several different grades
and the iPads for research, and the majority of teachers use Weebly to create their own
are using SMARTBoards in the classroom. But here are a websites to share information that
few specific ways that LCS teachers are using technology they learn on different units.
in the classroom – at all levels and in most subjects: ■ Mrs. Cheryl Brannen utilizes the
■ First grade students recorded messages for iPads for a DNA and forensics
Grandparent’s Day so that their grandparents lab. She also uses a camera
could listen and watch the student and then record and video for a simulated crime
their own message back to their grandchildren. scene analysis. For a virtual DNA
■ Fifth grade media students utilized Skype, a Mac fingerprinting lab, Mrs. Brannen
and a SMARTBoard to interview LCS alum uses her SMARTBoard.
Lanna (Daniel) Britt who works for Fox News ■ In ninth grade English, students
and Brett Baier’s Special Report. in Mrs. Katy Andersen’s class
■ Fourth grade students used the iPads to research acted out and made videos of
objects that use light. scenes from “Romeo and Juliet.”
■ Students in high school physics use iPad apps such The video projects were complete
as Sound Measure and OScope to measure the with memorized line and
intensity of sound in decibels and the frequency costumes, along with creative editing and video effects.
components of sound. ■ High school drafting students use computers for Computer Aided
■ First graders use iPad apps to practice handwriting Design (AutoCAD). They create plans for additions to homes,
and spelling, review sight words, review math facts, churches and other building projects.
study grammar skills and research information
about different units of study.
■ High school art students use cameras, printers, Mac
computers and iPads to build their
AP art portfolios.
■ Middle school science teacher Jennifer Canady
uses class wikis in a variety of ways, including
showcasing student work, posting test
reviews, responding to questions,
providing opportunities for differentiation and
maintaining a blog.
■ The K4 teachers use their SMARTBoards for games and songs ■ In her Bible class, Mrs. Ruth Boulet utilizes her
that teach the youngest LCS students basic lessons on letters, iPad and Keynote to display notes to her class.
numbers and shapes. ■ Mrs. Melissa Henson uses the SMARTBoard in her
■ Rather than bring a book back and forth from home to school high school English classroom, allowing students
each day, seventh grade science students can access their to participate interactively, using the pens to
textbooks online or through a downloaded PDF on the iPads. make changes to mistakes and to review using a
■ Sixth grade history students used iPads and iPods to research Jeopardy game.
ancient China and then created a project using Keynote, ■ Head boys’ basketball coach Todd Radford
Pages or SonicPics. keeps all of the team stats on his iPad for easy
■ First graders use the classroom and organization and instant access.
lab computers for AR quizzes,
research, typing reports, creating
websites and playing various
educational games. New Software Expands
■ Calculus students use an iPad app
called Wolfram Calculus for solving
LCS AR Program
complicate integrals and derivatives, Lakeland Christian School is now a
and they utilize Khan Academy as member of Renaissance Place, a web-based
an online tutor. version of Accelerated Reader and STAR
■ Fifth graders in Miss Kala Walls’ class use Keynote and SonicPics called AR Enterprise. This includes every
for presentations in both social studies and math, and they AR quiz available – more than 135,000
create blogs to present their book reports. quizzes – and will enable LCS students to
have a greater variety of books to choose
from for their AR reading. The students
are only able to test at school but have
the ability to access their accounts at home
through Renaissance Home Connect.
Home Connect improves the
school-to-home connection by allowing
parents and students to log in to the website
and view the student’s reading progress.
Access to online results promotes discussion
between parents and students, motivating
the students and making reading even
more effective. In addition, parents can
specify up to six email addresses to receive
automatic updates in English or Spanish on
their student’s reading progress.
Five Teams Compete in
Odyssey of the Mind
The middle school team will compete in the State
Odyssey of the Mind tournament in late April.
Five teams represented Lakeland Christian at the regional
Primary Team – “Hide and Peek” (non competitive):
Odyssey of the Mind competition held at Strawberry Crest
High School in late February. Competing against 120 teams Morgan Teagan, Sean Cardosi, Eil Curls, Emily Bayless,
from Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Hardee Connor McLoughlin, Carys Wiechmann. Coaches:
counties, the LCS teams earned several top-five finishes. Pam Szydlowski, Kara Szydlowski.
The middle school team won first place in their division Fourth Grade – “You Make the Call” (3rd place):
and will travel to the state competition in late April. Alexandra Clements, Christian Herman, Aden Mines,
The middle school team was made up of Wilson Mary Bayless, Emily Branham, Sarah Lowe, Avery Bryant.
Grooms, Logan Mason, Evan McLoughlin, Daniel Vila, Coach: Sherry Herman.
Brandon Starling and Adam Mines. The team was coached Fourth Grade – “To Be or Not To Be” (4th place):
by Darise McLoughlin and Rochelle Grooms. They chose Christian Messenger, Ryan Srivastava, Carter Ferguson,
the “Ooh-Motional Vehicle” problem which required them Rachael Branham, Elena Peek, Britain Musick, Sydney Curls.
to design, build and drive a vehicle that would travel a Coach: Christine Ferguson.
course and encounter three different situations. The vehicle Fifth Grade – “Odyssey Angels” (5th place): Mary Fran
displayed a different human emotion for each encounter, Caswell, Vivian Streets, Emily Valentine, Anna Canady, Annie
and one caused it to travel in reverse. The team had to create Bolter, Grace Sharpe. Coaches: Laurie Streets, Krissa Valentine.
a theme for the presentation that incorporated the vehicle Odyssey of the Mind is an education program that
and different emotions. encourages students to develop creative problem-solving skills.
Problems can range from building mechanical devices to
presenting their own interpretation of a literary classic. The
program encourages students to work collaboratively. LCS
parent-coaches noticed growth in the students’ ability to work
together during their months of preparation.
Middle school coach Darise McLoughlin said, “The thing I
love most about coaching an Odyssey of the Mind team is that
you truly get to watch the kids learn to put the needs of the
team above their own wants and needs … It promotes creative,
out-of-the-box problem-solving and team building that will
give us the leaders and problem solvers of the future.”
Christine Ferguson, who coached for the first time this
year, said, “The young people I had the amazing opportunity
to work with are some of the most creative young people I
have ever known. They worked diligently every week and
had such an amazing respect for each other’s ideas.”
Coach Sherry Herman added, “OM was a great
experience for the children to work together to create
a team solution, while they shined as individuals with
their own personalities.”
For more information on Odyssey of the Mind
and an explanation of the problems, visit
The fourth grade team prepares to present their problem,
“To Be or Not To Be.”
Grant Funds Fifth Grade Field Trip
Lakeland Christian School fifth experience and learned what it truly of ground and surface water as they
graders can thank the Southwest means to “go green.” Immersed in identified the causes and impacts of
Florida Water Management District a series of activities, the students acid rain, industrial agriculture and oil
(SWFWMD) for a fun day at the discovered how humans have altered spills on the environment. Students were
Sweetwater Organic Farm. The the earth and impacted its natural encouraged to identify solutions to these
$2,730 SWFWMD grant funded the systems. Students conducted an problems and discover ways to become
field trip to Hillsborough County, in-depth investigation of the water greener and promote sustainability –
where the students got hands on cycle and the natural filtration both locally and globally.
A staff member at the Sweetwater Organic Farm speaks to fifth grade girls Fifth grade boys got hands on with the compost pile at
about greenhouse seedlings. Sweetwater Organic Farm.
Barrett Keene Speaks to Anderson Wins Art Award
Missions Class Twelve-year-old Ethan Anderson, a student in the LCS
Discovery Program, recently received an award for his
The fifth grade Missions class invited Barrett Keene to speak
artwork at the 2012 Children’s Festival sponsored by the
about his project to raise money for a special missions
University of South Florida College of Education. The
project. Keene, following the admonition in James 1:27 to
theme was “Learning is WonderBULL,” and Ethan’s picture
care for widows and orphans, decided to walk from Miami
depicted the USF mascot and was featured on the cover of
to San Francisco to create awareness for The Global Orphan
the festival’s schedule of events. Congratulations, Ethan!
Project. Keene embarked on this 3,475-mile journey because
he holds a special place in his heart for children and realized
that there are approximately 145 million orphaned and
abandoned children around the world.
For more details on his walk, visit
www.gowalkamerica.org. You can
also sponsor or virtually take part in
his walk by visiting www.legacychamp.com/gwa.
Information on The Global Orphan Project is available at
Students in first and second grades
celebrate America in their
High school student Carter Overholt
is joined by several second graders
before the elementary musical.
First and Second Grades
Present Patriotic Musical
Lakeland Christian School first and grade students had
second graders presented the patriotic speaking parts, and
musical “AMERIKIDS” in late January high school student Carter Overholt served were represented. As a special tribute,
for their annual program. Directed by as the adult role of The R.S. (Recording members of the audience who had served
elementary music teacher Miss Nancy Secretary and George Washington). All in the different branches of the military
Snyder, the musical centered on the of the students marched in and out like a were honored and asked to stand when
theme, “In God We Trust.” Second political convention, and all of the states their anthem was sung.
Students Recognized by American Legion
E ach year, the American Legion recognizes students Fifth Grade — Distinguished Achievement Award: Max Mudger,
Abby Branham. Honorable Mention: Bryson Yamnitz, Grace Sharpe.
in fifth, eighth and twelfth grades who demonstrate
the character qualities of courage, honor, patriotism, Eighth Grade — Distinguished Achievement Award: Kara Stacy,
leadership, service and scholarship. Congratulations to Greg Holden. Honorable Mention: Nehemiah McIntosh, Rebekah Cline.
the following students who were selected as American Twelfth Grade — Distinguished Achievement Award: Mark Mutz,
Legion Award recipients: Emily Behrens. Honorable Mention: Zach Varnum, Jenna Smithson.
A-Team Finishes Sixth in County Tournament
Which one of the following did not The correct answer is (C). This team combined for a total of 215 points
sign the Declaration of Independence? question was one of many that was to advance to the final round. Junior
(A) Thomas Jefferson answered correctly by the LCS Academic Christina Sierra scored the most points for
(B) John Hancock Team during the 29th Polk County High LCS in the semi-final round.
(C) George Washington School Academic Tournament held at This year’s LCS Academic Team
(D) Benjamin Franklin Lake Region High School on February consists of senior Claire Jarvis; juniors
16. During the tournament, questions Christina Sierra, Stephanie Powers, and
were asked from a variety of subjects Emily Oak; sophomore Derek Andersen;
including music, art, math, humanities, and freshman Amanda Fulton. During
science, social studies, English and the regular season, Claire Jarvis scored
foreign language. The LCS Academic the second most points ever in school
Team had another successful tournament history and was selected to the Polk
finishing sixth place overall out of a total County All-Academic Team. This team
of nineteen schools that competed in will compete at Disney World in April
the event. LCS has placed in the medal against other teams from around the
round eight out of the past eleven years state of Florida. Mr. Steve Livesay, the
Lee Wall Blake Bellar and continues to be one of the county’s A-Team coach, is confident that LCS will
top competitors. In the first round, the field another strong team next year.
in County Tournament
Congratulations to LCS middle
The LCS A-Team
school students Blake Bellar finished sixth
(7th grade) and Lee Wall (6th in the County
grade) for representing Lakeland Tournament
Christian School at the Polk in February.
County Spelling Bee held in early
March. Blake and Lee competed
against 36 other middle school
students from around the
county. Blake finished 11th
overall in the tournament.
Stonick Wins Polk Essay Contest
Congratulations to seventh grader Cheyenne Stonick for winning first place in the Polk
County Family Essay contest in November. This contest was held as part of Polk County
Family Week, and students wrote on the topic “Why I Love My Family.” Cheyenne won
first place in the 6th-8th grade category and was honored at the kickoff event in Winter
Haven in mid-November. In addition to a cash prize, Cheyenne was shown on several
cable channels and websites reading her essay. LCS was the only private school that
participated in the contest, along with 28 public schools. Cheyenne is a student in
Mrs. Gaye Lene Hasha’s English class.
Seventh grader Cheyenne Stonick reads her winning
11 essay at the kickoff event for Polk County Family Week.
Go On ‘Adventure
LCS eighth graders piled onto buses early on March 6 for a three-day adventure to Tallahassee. During the trip, the students
toured the historic Capitol Building, the new Capitol Building, the Florida Supreme Court, the Museum of Florida History
and the Tallahassee Museum (including dinner and a “Night Prowl”). The group also visited the Mary Brogan Museum
of Art and Science, the Governor’s Mansion, the Mission San Luis and the Florida State University Campus.
Representative Kelli Stargel and Representative Seth McKeel joined the students
for a group photo.
Chief Justice Charles Canady addresses the Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
8th graders in the Florida Supreme Court. speaks to the students about public service
on the west plaza of the State Capitol.
First Lady of Florida,
Mrs. Ann Scott,
welcomed the group
to the Governor’s
Mansion during their
trip to Tallahassee.
Nine Attend University
of Florida Symposium
Nine middle school students represented
Lakeland Christian at the 49th Annual Science,
Engineering and Humanities Symposium at
the University of Florida. The students had the
opportunity to spend time in research labs with
renowned scholars, hear presentations from eminent
researchers and experience high school researchers
presenting their findings. LCS participants who Several middle school students attended the annual science symposium at the University of Florida.
attended the symposium had competed in the LCS
science fair for at least two years. students in career explorations by revealing opportunities in the sciences,
According to its website, the Junior Science, provide recognition and prestige for students who demonstrate aptitude for
Engineering and Humanities Symposium is designed scientific studies, offer teachers the opportunity to motivate students and
to “search out talented youth and help them dis- update knowledge about current research, and demonstrate the vital role of
cover their interests and abilities in science, assist the humanities in the development of scientists and engineers.”
Secondary Students Recognized by Rotary, DAR
Congratulations to the following Senior Emily Behrens participated in the Rotary District on to represent the Rotary
students for their participation in speech contest held at the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club Club of Lakeland South at
community events: in mid-February. Emily won first place in the contest and went the next level.
At the Daughters of the
American Revolution (DAR)
Tea on February 1, eighth
graders Olivia Overholt
and Cole Yrastorza were
recognized for participating
in the middle school essay
contest. Senior Zach Varnum
was selected by the LCS
secondary faculty and his
peers to represent LCS for the
Senior Emily Behrens won the Rotary District Senior Zach Varnum was Eighth graders Cole Yrastorza and DAR Good Citizen Award.
speech contest in February. chosen to represent LCS for the Olivia Overholt represented LCS in
DAR Good Citizen Award. the DAR essay contest.
Senior Homecoming Candidates
In the December 2011 edition of The Viking, senior Homecoming candidates
Tyler Slomowitz and Rebecca “Spookie” Eaves were left out of the Homecoming
article. We apologize to Tyler, Spookie and their families for this mistake.
Congratulations on being nominated by your peers, and thank you for
representing the Senior Class of 2012.
Two Advance to State Science Fair
N ineteen middle school students represented Lakeland Christian School at the Polk Regional Science and
Engineering Fair this winter, and two students – Julia Canady and Brandon Kaye – were selected to
compete at the State Science Fair in April.
Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding accomplishments:
Julia Canady and
Brandon Kaye (joined here
Honorable Mention Shelby Bedwell by middle school science
teacher Jennifer Canady)
Brady Allen and Adam Mines Category: Math
will represent LCS at the
Category: Medicine and Health Project: “The Book Prediction” State Science Fair.
Project: “Mist You: Investigating Triston LaPorte
Schoolwide Immunization Category: Medicine and Health Second Place Awards:
Programs” Project: “‘C’ The Difference” Brandon Kaye
Will Richert Reese Overholt Category: Environmental Science
Category: Physics Category: Computer Science Project: “Aquatic Toxicity of Potassium Phosphate”
Project: “The Golf Ball Plunge” Project: “iWonder: The Impact of Running Paul Mowrer
Apps on the Battery Life of an iPad” Category: Engineering
Third Place Awards:
Kaid Walding Project: “The Thermodynamics of Roof Color”
Christian Bedwell Category: Engineering Evan McLoughlin
Category: Behavior Science Project: “The Effect of Blade Shape on Category: Zoology
Project: “Leadership and Conformity” Amount of Energy Produced” Project: “The Effects of Various Cover Crops
on the Population of Detrimental
Nematodes in Soil”
In addition to their success at the science fair, four students have been
invited to present their research at a poster session at the upcoming Cole Yrastorza
PolySTEM conference. The students will share the spotlight with faculty Category: Medicine and Health
during the poster session and will interact with business and community Project: “Effectiveness of Comeceuticals for
leaders as they share their research. These students have partnered with Sun Protection”
businesses and universities in the development of their research:
Brandon Kaye – Phoslab Environmental First Place Award
Evan McLoughlin – University of Florida Julia Canady
Lee Wall – USF Polytech Category: Botany
Julia Canady – Florida Southern College Project: “Weed Warfare: Investigating
Allelopathy Year 2”
Weather Bug Allows Students to Study Weather
Thanks to the generous donation of a school grandparent, Lakeland
Christian School middle school students are using the Weather Bug program
to study weather in exciting and innovative ways. Using real-time data,
students are able to monitor approaching weather fronts and weather
patterns. Additionally, Weather Bug allows students to be challenged by
high-school-level work and investigate areas of interest more deeply.
The Weather Bug station, located in the Anne MacGregor Jenkins Wonder Room,
allows students to get real-time data about approaching weather fronts.
Band Students Compete in Solo and Ensemble
Congratulations to the following LCS band students (grades David Jones, Brandon Kaye, Quinn McKown,
6-12) for performing well and scoring high marks at the District Chase Palmer, Kristen Schaedel, Caleb Wickenkamp
and State Solo & Ensemble competitions: and Cole Yrastorza (MS brass choir); Maria Baker, Alaine
Branham and Kaylee Mills (flute trio); Audra Drake, Danae
STATE COMPETITION Drake and Kendra Lehner (clarinet trio); Claire Jarvis, Sarah
Mora, Zach Varnum and Danae Drake (clarinet quartet);
Individual Superiors: Makalyee Graves (flute solo), Claire Jarvis Skye Allen, Derek Andersen, Hayley Maloy, Jazmine Pabon,
(clarinet solo), Cameron Underwood (tuba solo). Christina Sierra, Will Smaha, Alissa Sullivan and Jacob
Individual Good: Christina Sierra (alto saxophone solo). Fuller (saxophone choir); Whitney Andersen, Aaron Brooks,
Amanda Fulton, Chris Greene, Kyle Jenko, Chris Kitchens,
Group Superiors: Claire Jarvis, Zach Varnum, Sara Mora and
Josh Martinez, Zach Martinez, Ashley Middleton, Jonathan
Danae Drake (clarinet quartet); Jonathan Murray, Kyle Jenko,
Murray, Marky Rupert, Jenna Smithson, Caleb Thomas and
Chris Kitchens, Aaron Brooks, Jenna Smithson, Whitney
Cameron Underwood (HS brass choir).
Andersen, Chris Greene, Josh Martinez, Marky Rupert, Zach
Martinez, Caleb Thomas, Ashley Middleton, Amanda Fulton Group Excellents: Emily Palmer and Abby Riley
and Cameron Underwood (brass choir). (trumpet duet).
Individual Superiors: Mollie Tew, Noah Russ, Nixie
Vorndran, Daniel Vila, Evan McLoughlin, Hope
McGrath, Brantley Sabat, Austin Branham,
Trey Brickhouse, Peyton Wells, Carlos Rash,
Brock Guynn, Isaac Green, Kacee Strickland,
Maddie Pistoria, Gloria Tabb, Laina Strickland,
Jacob Fuller, Craig Heacox, Kristen Schaedel,
Rachel Chapman, Caleb Wickenkamp, David
Jones, Chase Palmer, Jonathan Murray, Maria
Baker, Makaylee Graves, Claire Jarvis, Danae Drake,
Amanda Folk, Christina Sierra, Ashley Middleton,
Amanda Fulton, Cameron Underwood.
Individual Excellents: Brandon Starling, Madison Graves,
Emma Kirk, Will Smaha, Triston LaPorte, Hannah Scruggs,
Danae Drake, Kendra Lehner, Hayley Maloy, Derek
Andersen, Christopher Greene.
Group Superiors: Kassidy Lehner and Mollie Tew (flute duet);
Liz Campano and Tacy Snyder (clarinet duet); Micah Stewart
and Daniel Vila (saxophone duet); Hope McGrath and Austin
Branham (trumpet duet); Taylor Anderson and Brock Guynn
(low brass duet); Marybeth Boulerice and Kacee Strickland
(flute duet); Maddie Pistoria and Gloria Tabb (flute duet); Jacob
Fuller, Alissa Sullivan and Will Smaha (saxophone trio); Emma
Kirk and Kaitlin Smith (clarinet duet); Josue Blanco, Cole
Radford and Kristen Schaedel (trumpet trio); Reece Batterton,
Andrew Douglas, Brandon Kaye and Ryan Trasport (baritone
quartet); Marybeth Boulerice, Emma Kirk, Maddie Pistoria,
Kaitlin Smith, Kara Stacy, Kacee Strickland, Laina Strickland
and Glorida Tabb (MS woodwind choir); Josue Blanco, Rachel
Chapman, Cole Radford, Andrew Douglas, Craig Heacox,
Secondary Vocalists Strong at Seven Musicians
District Competition Chosen for
LCS choir students participated in the annual FVA District 12 Solo and Ensemble All-State Choir
Festival held on Saturday, February 4, at Rochelle School of the Arts in Lakeland.
Thirty-six students participated in 20 separate solo, duet and ensemble entries with Seven LCS students were chosen
the following results:
to participate in three All-State
High School Superior Ratings (moving on to perform at State Festival in April) Choirs and one All-State Band from
January 12-14, 2012, in Tampa.
Solo: Johnny Boatwright, Amanda Carl.
These students were chosen by
Duet: Katie Greene and Emily Carl, Caitlin Robb and Cailey Bates,
musicianship, sight-reading and
Johnny Boatwright and Amanda Carl, Casey Jones and Makaylee Graves.
vocal audition, and they participated
Chamber Ensemble: Brendan Adriano, Whitney Andersen, Cailey Bates, with hundreds of their peers from
Johnny Boatwright, Amanda Carl, Emily Carl, Makaylee Graves, Katie Greene, around the state. Guest conductors
Casey Jones, Sarah Kettelkamp, Alexis Latimer, Tyler Leach, Caitlin Robb and from all over the U.S. spent many
Ana Rodriguez. hours in rehearsal with these
High School Excellent Ratings students and presented excellent
Solo: Makaylee Graves. concerts as the culmination of the
Duet: Amanda Fulton and Sarah Kettelkamp, Christina Sierra and Ana Rodriguez. weekend. Congratulations to the
Trio: Robert Verner, Carter Overholt and Spencer Abramson. following students for receiving this
honor: Kara Stacy, Vaviel Verner
Junior High Superior Ratings
and Alex Vorndran (Middle School
Solo: Brittany Lewis, Cole Singler, Christian Bedwell, Cheyenne Stonick,
Treble Chorus); Johnny Boatwright
and Casey Jones (High School Men’s
Duet: Vaviel Verner and Paige Watson, Ashlynn Joyner and Abigail Garrard.
Chorus); Whitney Andersen (High
Quartet: Laurel Hesseltine, Kara Stacy, Vaviel Verner, Paige Watson.
School Women’s Chorus); and
Ensemble: Shelby Bedwell, Blake Bellar, Scout Hunt, Caroline Kitchens,
Claire Jarvis (Symphonic Band).
Taylor Mills, Cheyenne Stonick.
LCS Choirs Reach Out During Christmas Season
During the month of December, the LCS choirs had many opportunities to
present the truth of Christmas to members of the Lakeland community. The
Junior High Choir visited Oakbridge Assisted Living Unit where they sang
Christmas carols and spent time talking with the residents. The Sixth Grade Choir
visited the Emeritus Lakeland Assisted Living Unit, singing familiar carols. It was
exciting to see the residents singing along as we were able to connect them to
Christmas music of their past. On Friday, December 16, the High School Concert
Choir and Chamber Ensemble presented a program to the South Lakeland Rotary
Club, held at the Yacht Club on Lake Hollingsworth. High School Choir and
Ensemble students were also selected to sing in the Epcot Candlelight Processional
Program, presenting the biblical Christmas narrative through Scripture and
music. We are so thankful for the opportunities that Christmas gave for sharing Congratulations to the seven LCS musicians who were
the truth of the gospel to the Lakeland community through music. chosen to participate in the All-State music groups.
Clockwise from front and center: Alex Vorndran,
Vaviel Verner, Whitney Andersen, Casey Jones,
Johnny Boatwright, Claire Jarvis and Kara Stacy.
Ashley Thomas (’05) recently earned her MBA through the University of Michigan. Ashley is an online media
representative at Universal Orlando Resort.
Priscilla Allen Long (’04), husband Kevin, and big sisters Hannah and Emily, welcomed Tiffany Love Long
to the family on February 16, 2012. She weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. Priscilla is a stay-at-home mom, and Kevin is a
geometry teacher at Haines City High School. The family currently resides in Lakeland.
Tiffany Love Long
Note to Alumni Parents:
Melissa (Busing) Helm (’99) and her husband, Joel, welcomed son Jackson David in
If your former student no
September. He weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. Melissa has been a trainer with the LCS football
longer lives in your home
but still receives mail program, and Joel coaches the boys’ varsity tennis team.
from Lakeland Christian Ben Forlaw (’98) and his wife, Danielle, are the proud parents of William David Forlaw
at your address, please
who was born on January 26, 2012. William was welcomed home by his big sister, Riley
e-mail Claudia Powell at
(two years old). The Forlaw family resides in Suwanee, Georgia, where Ben is an account
to update their alumni manager for DisplayIt. Danielle is a stay-at-home mom. Jackson David Helm
information. Glenn (’97) and Julie (Barnes) Warner (’97) moved to Savannah in the fall of
2011. Glenn is the pastor for family ministry at Bull Street Baptist Church. The
Warners have three children: Eisen (eight years old), Landon (six years old) and
Charis (three years old). Savannah is a beautiful city, and their church family is wonderfully
welcoming and gracious. They praise God for his abundant provision.
We love to hear from you. News about you is important to us and to your former classmates.
Please e-mail Claudia Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning your class reunion? Claudia can also arrange for use of facilities and will offer other helpful tips.
Ben, Will and Riley Forlaw
High School Vocalists Perform for the Detroit Tigers
The LCS High School Chamber Ensemble and Concert Choir the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins. The group of 34
were honored with the privilege of performing the National students was well-supported by the fans in attendance and
Anthem on Wednesday, March 21, at Joker Marchant Stadium in was blessed to have the opportunity to represent LCS in the
Lakeland. The Choir opened the spring training game between Lakeland community.
Vikings Athletes Compete Well, Finish Strong
Across Polk County, Central Florida and throughout the state, the Viking athletic program is consistently recognized for being strong
competition year after year. The 2011-12 winter sports season was no different. Here is a brief recap of the winter sports season:
• The boys’ soccer team had a strong start to their season, winning seven out of their
first nine games. This included big wins over McKeel Academy (8-0), Orangewood
Christian (5-1) and All Saints’ Academy (8-1).
• The Vikings also topped local rival Santa Fe Catholic twice during the season – on
December 2 by the score of 2-0 and again in January by the score of 4-0.
• The Vikings, coached by Grandy Streets, finished their regular season with a record of 13-9.
• In the first round of the District tournament, the varsity boys’ team easily handled All
Saints’ by the score of 6-1. The Vikings came up just short after a hard-fought battle
The boys’ soccer team was led by four seniors: Hunter Lehman,
against Fort Meade for the District Championship. In the Regional Quarterfinal round,
Jordan Green, Josh Nilius and Jarrod Cochran. the Vikings dropped a 3-1 game to Windermere Prep to end their season.
• The JV boys’ team finished their season with a record of 3-10-1, while the middle
school boys’ team ended up at 1-7.
• The varsity girls’ soccer team, coached by and one set of five penalty kicks. It was • In the State Semifinal game, the
Jason Streets, finished their great season with a sophomore Charlie Eaves who stepped Lady Vikings were overpowered by
trip to the State Semifinal and a record of 21-5-2. up and scored the game winning PK for St. John’s Country Day School and
the Lady Vikes. In the Regional Final ended their outstanding season
• The Lady Vikes started off strong, taking big
game, Josie Koretchko scored early in
wins over Tenoroc (8-0), Fort Meade (8-0), Santa with a 7-2 loss.
the first half and held on to the 1-0 lead
Fe Catholic (7-0) and Bartow (4-0). The first loss
over Tampa Prep to advance the girls to
• The JV girls’ team finished their
of the season didn’t come until early December season with a record of 6-7.
the State Semifinal.
when they dropped a close 2-1 decision to the
Master’s Academy. They came back to win three
big games in a row: Kathleen (6-1), All Saints’
(6-0) and Santa Fe Catholic (8-0).
• The District tournament proved easy for the
Lady Vikes. In the Semifinal round, the girls’
finished off Fort Meade’s season with an 8-0 win
over the Miners. Facing rival Santa Fe in the
Class 1A, District 6 Final, the Vikings claimed
the championship trophy after a 6-0 win over
• In the Regionals, the Vikings faced a tougher
challenge but still came out on top over Geneva
(4-2) in the Quarterfinals. In the Semifinal
round, the Vikings were still tied with First
Academy after regulation play, two overtimes
The varsity girls’ soccer team advanced all the way to the State Semifinal
game before being eliminated.
• The girls’ varsity basketball team started the year off with new head coach
Mike Carl in charge, and after just one season, Coach Carl earned the FACA
Coach of the Year Award for Class 3A, District 13. The Lady Vikings finished
their season with a record of 13-11.
• The Lady Vikings came up with a number of big wins over area public
schools, including two wins over Lakeland High School (78-59, 59-51), New
Dimensions High School (58-12, 59-28) and Auburndale High School (52-37).
The Lady Vikes also defeated local rival Santa Fe Catholic twice in the regular
season by the scores of 47-23 and 64-52.
• As the host of the annual Holiday Hoops Tournament, the Lady Vikings Seniors Amanda Carl, Alexis Latimer, Whitney Houk and
won the tournament after defeating Bishop McLaughlin (46-21) and Victory Irene Mansour led this year’s Lady Viking basketball team.
• In the first round of the District tournament, the Vikings once again • After dropping the first two games of their
defeated the Santa Fe Catholic Hawks by the score of 70-59. In the District season, the JV girls’ basketball team went on
Final round, the girls’ team was defeated by McKeel Academy, 50-25. to finish their season with seven straight wins.
• The Lady Vikings ended their season in the Regional Quarterfinal round The middle school girls’ team finished their
of the 3A tournament, falling to Seffner Christian by the score of 65-29. season with just one win and 11 losses.
• The boys’ varsity basketball team, coached by Todd Radford, finished their • After losing to New Dimensions High
season with a record of 13-13. School by just four points earlier in the
• The Vikings had a number of big wins this season, defeating St. Stephen’s season, the Vikings came out on top in
Episcopal (78-40), Fort Meade (49-27) and Keswick Christian (69-44). There were the District Semifinal game, winning
also some hard-fought victories over area rival schools such as Frostproof (39-36), 51-43. In the District Final game against
Fort Meade (39-36), Santa Fe (51-47) and All Saints’ Academy (40-37). McKeel Academy, the Vikings dropped a
• In the Regional Quarterfinal game,
the Vikings faced a very tough Tampa
Prep and finished their season with a
70-22 loss to the Terrapins. Tampa
Prep went on to win the Class 3A
• The JV boys’ team finished their
season with a record of 10-9. The
JH-Varsity team had a record of 10-3,
and the JH-JV team ended their
season at 9-3.
The Viking varsity basketball team finished their season with a
record of 13-13.
With the highest cumulative GPA in the state, the girls’ basketball team was named the
Academic Team Champion for Class 3A.
FHSAA Awards Winter Academic Team Champions
The Florida High School Athletic winter sports season, and the LCS place in Class 3A with a team
Association (FHSAA) has named the girls’ basketball team topped the list GPA of 3.407.
Academic Team Champions for the for having the highest grade point The boys’ varsity soccer team
average in the state. finished third in Class 3A with a
With a cumulative team GPA cumulative team GPA of 3.579,
of 3.729, the girls’ basketball team while the girls’ team landed in
finished at the top of Class 3A. The the number 12 spot with a
boys’ basketball team earned fifth GPA of 3.514.
Three Seniors to Continue Athletic Careers
Three Lakeland Christian School seniors have signed letters of intent to continue
their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
After leading the county in touchdown receptions (15) and being second in
Tyler Leach receiving yards (970), receiver Michael Wheary settled on Youngstown State for
football. Michael was an All-County Second Team selection and broke eight school
records this past season. Michael is the first Division One football recruit from LCS.
Pitcher Tyler Leach signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Brevard College
(North Carolina) next season. Last season, Tyler was an All-County Second Team
selection. Recently, he pitched a no-hitter against Shorecrest Prep, striking out 10
during the game.
Jarrod Cochran Jarrod Cochran, a member of the Viking varsity soccer team, will continue his
career as a Warrior at Middle Georgia College in Eastman, Georgia. Jarrod was named
to the All-County First Team this spring.
Wheary Honored for
S enior Michael Wheary earned a number of impressive football
recognitions after the Viking’s regular season wrapped up. In
mid-December, he was named the offensive MVP of the North squad
at the North/South Central Classic. Michael also earned an Honorable
Senior Michael Wheary was named offensive MVP of the North squad.
He is joined here by several Viking coaches and players. Mention on the Class 3A All-State Team.
The Ledger Names Fall and Winter All-County Athletes
Congratulations to the following students Girls’ Basketball: Boys’ Soccer:
for being selected as All-County athletes by Second Team – Whitney Houk First Team – Jake Molony, Jarrod Cochran
The Ledger for the fall and winter sports seasons: Honorable Mention – Tess Horne, Second Team – Jordan Green, Alex Sessums
Alexis Latimer Honorable Mention – Josh Sessums
Second Team – Michael Wheary Boys’ Basketball: Girls’ Soccer:
Third Team – Christian Alexander Honorable Mention – Will Portlock, First Team – Sydney Rayborn, Charlie Eaves,
Honorable Mention – T. J. Simmons, Brad Peace, Phil Wilsman Lydia Cagle
C. T. Thomas Second Team – Josie Koretchko, Bailee Mathers
Honorable Mention – Meagan Palm
Honorable Mention – Mitch Devore
First Team – Sarah Mora,
Honorable Mention – Tori Green
Honorable Mention – Savannah Collier
Honorable Mention – Blake Crosby, Trent Harris
Boys’ Cross Country:
Runner of the Year, 1st Team – Mark Mutz
Girls’ Cross Country:
Coach of the Year – Mike Musick
Runner of the Year – Mallory White
First Team – Mallory White,
Rebecca “Spookie” Eaves
Honorable Mention – Hannah Warren,
Jessica Fuller, Mary Lanzino
Houk Hits Three-Point Milestone FACA Names
Last season, senior Whitney Houk reached a milestone that few high
school basketball players ever see: her 1,000th career point. This
season, Whitney reached another impressive milestone against Fort
Meade on December 12 when she sank her 200th career three-pointer. The Florida Athletic
She finished her high school basketball career with 266 three-pointers, Coaches Association named its
93 of them in this season alone. When she hit her 200th in December, 2011-2012 winter player and
she was 10th in the nation in three-pointers made. Whitney received a coach awards, and two from
number of accolades this season, being named the FACA Player of the LCS were honored for Class 3A,
Year for 3A, District 12 and to the All-State team. District 13. Congratulations to
senior Whitney Houk for being
named the Player of the Year
and to first-year head coach
Mike Carl for being named the
Girls’ Basketball Coach
of the Year.
Whitney was also named
to the Florida Association of
Basketball Coaches’ All-State
Team. She averaged 22.8 points
per game this past season,
including 93 three-pointers.
What is How much money What class do
In my free time, Best thing Favorite Easter
your typical does/did the Tooth you wish LCS
I enjoy: about spring: candy? Fairy leave you? would offer?
Tess Horne Playing sports Easter
10:00 p.m. $3.00 Agriculture
9th Grader eggs
My parents didn’t
Jenny Boulet Running Spring dresses
let me believe in Creative writing
6th Grade Teacher eggs 10:30 p.m. the Tooth Fairy.
Andy Averitt and swimming with Fishing
10:30 p.m. $1.00 Shop class
7th Grader bunnies
Cameron Rowe Flying ... I’m working
Spring break Peeps Midnight $5.00 Flying
11th Grader on my pilot’s license
Faith Albritton Playing outside Spring break Chocolate bunnies 9:30 p.m. $2.00
The Viking archery team won the NASP State
Tournament and will go to Nationals in May.
Archers Win State Championship
W ith the help of eighth grader Jessie Andrew’s Ryan Harper was the top male archer
15 bull’s-eyes, the Lakeland Christian School for LCS, earning fifth place in the middle
archery team won first place at the National school male division with a score of 275
Archery in Schools Program (NASP) State (11 bull’s-eyes). Garrison Hodge was the top
Archery Championship in late February and male archer in the high school male division
will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, in May for after earning 269 points with six bull’s-eyes.
the National Competition. In the coaches division, Mr. James Moore
Held at the Easton Sports Complex in won first place.
Newberry, Florida, the Viking team earned 3,165 Scoring for the state competition is
points. Jessie led the Vikings with 282 points out of based on the top 12 archers on the team.
300, earning her the top female spot in the middle The complete scores are as follows:
school female vision but also the overall female Jessie Andrew – 282; Ryan Harper – 275;
winner in the state competition for all divisions. For Garrison Hodge – 269; Makaylee Graves – 268;
Eighth grader Jessie Andrew was the overall winning overall female, Jessie received a medal, a Cyler McVay – 268; Alex Babcock-Latta – 266;
female winner at the NASP State Tournament. trophy and a Matthews Genesis chrome-plated bow. Sydney White – 263; Matthew Henderson – 260;
James Moore won first place in the coach divi- Senior Makaylee Graves was the leading Kaitlynn Connell – 258; Austin Berges – 257;
sion at the State NASP Tournament.
female in the high school female division, scoring Karlin Ellenberger – 253; Kaitlin Smith – 246.
268 out of 300 points, with 12 bull’s-eyes. Sydney In preparation for the state NASP
White placed second in the high school female tournament, the team competed against
division with 263 points and six bull’s-eyes, and Bartow Union Academy. Jessie Andrew won
Kaitlynn Connell earned fourth place with 258 first place with 280 points, and Makaylee
points (six bull’s-eyes). In the elementary female Graves earned third place with 273 points. For
division, sixth grader Camren Meier placed third the boys, Ryan Harper won first place with 266
in the state with 231 points out of a possible 300, points. Cole Radford finished in second place
including six bull’s-eyes. (262 points), and Garrison Hodge finished
third with 261 points.
Gifts T O L A K E L A N D C H R I S T I A N S C H O O L
On behalf of the students we serve, a heartfelt thanks to the following generous persons and companies who have partnered
with LCS by providing a gift to the ministry. We were blessed by:
Ms. Pam Abbott Mr. and Mrs. Clint Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Eric Mowrer Mr. and Mrs. Geoff Stabler
Mr. Tom Abramson Ms. Ann Grassfield Mr. and Mrs. Jay Mueller Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stacy
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Albritton Mr. and Mrs. Mike Green Mr. and Mrs. Birk Mullinax Mr. and Mrs. Tom Standifer
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Aldridge Dr. and Mrs. Graham Greene Mr. and Mrs. Vern Murray Mr. and Mrs. Chris Stonick
Mr. and Mrs. David Andersen Mr. and Mrs. Richard Greene Mr. and Mrs. Mike Musick, Sr. Mrs. Sybil Swofford
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Atkinson Mrs. Brenda Grimmette Mr. Matthew Nipper Mr. and Mrs. John Szydlowski
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bagwell Ms. Patsy Ham Mr. and Mrs. Steven Norton Ms. Sherri Tanner
Dr. and Mrs. Duane Baker Mr. and Mrs. Louie Hampton Mr. and Mrs. Chris O’Byrne Mr. and Mrs. Ken Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Banks, Jr. Mrs. Norma Harrell Miss Ellen Oncu Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Tidey
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bates, II Mr. Terry Harris Mrs. Judy Oncu Mrs. Evelyn Towler
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bayless Mr. and Mrs. Keith Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Ken Overholt Dr. and Mrs. John Tucker
Mrs. Thomas Bayless Mr. and Mrs. Rex Henry Mr. and Mrs. Ray Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Jim Turlington
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bean Mrs. Robert Hightower Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Pike Mr. and Mrs. Charles Underwood
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bedwell Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hodge Mrs. Marlene Pitts Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Varnum
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Berry Mrs. Debbie Houghton Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Portlock Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wiechmann
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Beuoy Mr. and Mrs. Rich Howe Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Blalock Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Huckery Mr. and Mrs. Todd Radford Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wineinger
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Boatwright Mrs. Jayne Hughes Ms. Angela Register Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wright
Mrs. Beverly Book Mr. and Mrs. David Hurd Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Register Barbara Hart Fund within the
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Booth Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurlburt Mr. and Mrs. Bart Richert Community Foundation of
Mr. and Mrs. Don Bradley Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Brad Rideout Greater Lakeland
Pastor and Mrs. Brady Brinson Mr. and Mrs. Ken Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Bill Riley CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Steve Johnston Mr. and Mrs. James Roberson E & A Cleaning, Inc.
Dr. and Mrs. T. Brzozowski Dr. and Mrs. Derek Keenan Mr. and Mrs. Scott Roth Hall Communications, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Burkett Mr. and Mrs. James Khork Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Rowe Harrell’s Fertilizer Group, Inc.
Mr. Dennis Burnsed Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kirby Dr. and Dr. Medardo and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
Mr. and Mrs. Don Busing Mr. and Mrs. Curt Kitchens Ressurreccion Santos Outsource Management Solutions
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cabrera Ms. Diane Klages Mr. and Mrs. Steve Scruggs Pro Med Healthcare Services, LLC
The Honorable and Mrs. Charles Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Knowlton Mr. and Mrs. Chris Shaw Thorpe Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Canady Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kriegbaum Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Shimko Tiger Construction
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Chamberlin Rev. and Mrs. Mike Latham Mr. and Mrs. David Sligh United Way of Tri-County, Inc.
Mrs. Shirley Chesser Mr. and Mrs. Robert Latimer Dr. and Mrs. Mike Sligh Verner Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Pam Cole Mr. and Dr. Douglas Latta Dr. and Mrs. James Smith Watson Clinic
Dr. and Mrs. David Cook Mr. and Mrs. Rigoberto Leach Miss Nancy Snyder Wells Fargo Foundation Educational
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cotterill Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Jody St. John Matching Gift Program
Dr. and Mrs. Brian Crosby Mrs. Denise Loock
Mrs. Jackie Davis Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Macey
Mr. and Mrs. Michael V. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Robert Macey
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Davis Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Mason
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Denney
Ms. Beth Dickman
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Masters
Mr. and Mrs. Tom McLaughlin
Online Giving Available on LCS Website
Mr. and Mrs. John Douglass Mr. and Mrs. Terry McNutt Do you know that you can give to Lakeland Christian School
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mears online? Just visit www.lcsonline.org/support-lcs/donate-now/
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dusing Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mehler
to make a one-time gift, make a payment on an existing pledge,
Miss Susan Ellis Mr. and Mrs. Bill Middleton
or set up a recurring donation. You can choose what program
Rev. and Mrs. Roger Evans Mr. and Mrs. Bob Miller
Mrs. Nancy Fisher Mr. and Mrs. Corey Miller you would like to give to (i.e., Families in Crisis Fund, Student
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Forlaw Mr. and Mrs. David Miller Financial Aid) or you can simply give to the area of greatest
Mr. Adam Fowler Mr. and Mrs. Doug Miller need. You can also make the gift in honor/memory of someone.
Mr. and Mrs. Avon Frier Mrs. Nancy Miller Does your employer match gifts? You can take care of that on
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Frost Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mills the website too! Contact the LCS Advancement Office at
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Fuller Mr. and Mrs. James A. Mills 863-688-2771 if you have questions.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fulton Mrs. Norma Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Gibson Mrs. Bonnie Mosley
Living Memorials LCS Appreciates
It is a joy to receive gifts that are sent to acknowledge a loved one. Lakeland Christian School is the beneficiary of
We are grateful for the gifts received from the following: many donated goods and services provided by
school families and other friends. These gifts
In memory of: Mr. R.P. Robbins In memory of: Bradley Langston enable higher levels of excellence campus-wide.
Given by: Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bean Given by: Ms. Diane Klages
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Brooks In memory of: Mr. Joe Firmin Donna Rodocker – For the donation of
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Coots Given by: Ms. Diane Klages craft supplies.
Mr. and Mrs. John Douglass Leslie Kohnenkamp – For the donation of
Miss Susan Ellis In memory of: Garrett Wynn
Given by: Ms. Diane Klages books for the library, used uniform shirts, band
First State Bank of Canadian uniforms and PE uniforms.
Harrell’s Fertilizer Group, Inc. In memory of: Mr. Doug Green Cathy Hamilton and Marsha Hannum –
Ms. Laura Hawley Given by: Mr. Steve Dawson For volunteering their time each week in
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hobdy In memory of: Mr. Calvin Ellis Mrs. Debbie Stump’s classroom.
Dr. and Mrs. Derek Keenan Given by: Mr. Eddie Ellis Mr. Sonny Averett – For the donation of
Dr. and Mrs. Gary Kimball Mrs. Sarah Ellis several novels to be used in Mrs. Gaye Lene Hasha’s
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Myhrer
In memory of: Mrs. Dot Cleghorn English class.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Roads Given by: Mr. and Mrs. Rob Mrs. Carol Jones – For serving as “Art Grandma” in
Mrs. Kate Robbins Harper Mrs. Mosley’s four-year-old classes. Her extra pair
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ryal In memory of: Mrs. Arlene Knowlton of hands and caring heart is very much appreciated.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Snyder Given by: Mr. Erwin Knowlton Pam Szydlowski, Darise McLoughlin, Laurie
Miss Nancy Snyder Streets, Christine Ferguson and Sherry Herman –
In memory of: Mrs. Cathy Asbridge
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Timmons For volunteering their time to coach Odyssey of
Given by: Mrs. Beverly Mansfield
the Mind teams.
In memory of: Mrs. Fran O’Hop In memory of: Cooper Naughton
Given by: Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Curls, Jr. Dennis Proctor (Lakeland Picture Framing) –
Given by: Mr. and Mrs. Larry For donating to the Secondary Art Department.
In memory of: Mrs. Vicky Dawson Naughton Jay Horne (Horne Construction) – For his diligence
Given by: Mr. Steve Dawson In memory of: Mrs. Mary Rumore in getting the A/C fixed in the Elementary/Middle
Ms. Diane Klages Given by: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn School building and for getting hot water into
In memory of: Mr. Joe DeRosa Wright the clinic.
Given by: Ms. Diane Klages In honor of: Blake Crosby and Dana Sabat, Payton Albritton, Becky Russell,
In memory of: Mrs. Faith Waibel Brice Crosby Randy Blalock, Lizette Batterton, Kellie Atkinson,
Given by: Ms. Diane Klages Given by: Dr. and Mrs. Brian Dana Fox, Debbie Houghton, Candy Gordon,
Crosby Marlene Blanco, Tammy Scruggs, Lisa Jones
In memory of: Miss Ashley Turlington
Mr. and Mrs. James and Darise McLoughlin – For serving as
Given by: Ms. Diane Klages
Booth Welcome Wednesday tour guides.
In memory of: Brad Hicks Mrs. Bobbie J. Crosby Denise Fie – For donating a microwave and dish
Given by: Ms. Diane Klages drainer to Mrs. Sue Gibson’s Food Prep class.
Several LCS faculty members – For taking time
before and after school to tutor students.
Regina Harper and Hulbert Homes – For their
support and donations to the NASP Florida State
Library Donations Championship LCS Archery Team.
Ron Yeater of Camp Gilead – For his faithful
service to Lakeland Christian School over the
The Lakeland Christian Library staff appreciates the generosity of those who have years and for speaking in the classrooms and
provided recent book donations. The library counts on the regular contributions chapel on a regular basis.
of school families to expand their collection for students. Suzanne Watson – For her dedicated service in
the LCS library over the past three years.
Mary Nannette Boyce Landon Naughton Mrs. Watson and her family are moving to the
Avery Bryant Miss Nancy Snyder Birmingham area and will be greatly missed.
Michelle Campbell Evelyn Towler Ken Hutton – For creating a puppet show as an
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Forlaw Mr. and Mrs. Donny Watson AR award and for letting Mrs. Debbie Stump’s
Leslie Kohnenkamp Mrs. Georgianna Whyte/Adam Whyte third grade class use his puppet stage. The students
Mr. Tom LaJeunesse Amman Baptist School Band Students, Jordan are able to use their talents by writing scripts and
Mr. and Mrs. John McClellan performing puppet shows.
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Rummage Sale to Benefit Important Dates for the
Student Leaders 2012-2013 School year
The members of Student Leadership University at Parents, please keep these important dates in mind for the
Lakeland Christian School will hold their annual rummage 2012-2013 school year:
sale on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in
AuGuST 16-17 DECEMBER 24-JANuARy 7
the school gymnasium. Proceeds from this sale will benefit
Orientation Christmas break
students attending various Student Leadership University trips.
AuGuST 20 MARCH 25-29
The group is taking donations, and all items are First day of school for Spring break
accepted. You can drop off items in the maintenance building Grades 1-12
from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. AuGuST 21 Senior trip
Contact Mr. Keith Overholt at email@example.com or Orientation for K4 and K5
863-688-2771 if you have questions. AuGuST 22 Last day of school for K4 and K5
First day of school for
K4 and K5
Last day of school for Grades 1-11
M A R K YO U R C A L E N D A R
MAy 1-2 MAy 14 MAy 25
Art Review Band Awards Concert, 6:30 K4 End of Year Program, 8:30 a.m.
MAy 3 p.m. MAy 25-30
National Day of Prayer MAy 15 Senior Trip
MAy 7-17 Progress Reports MAy 28
AP Exams MAy 21-24 Memorial Day – No School
MAy 10 Senior Exams JuNE 3
Choir Awards Concert, MAy 22 Baccalaureate, 3:00 p.m., at
7:00 p.m. Elementary Honor Roll Awards Heritage Baptist Church
MAy 12 MAy 24 JuNE 4
Junior/Senior Banquet High School Awards Chapel Commencement, 7:30 p.m., at
FSC Brancomb Auditorium