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Rejoice and Sing!

Another night of excellent praise and Christmas celebration came from our middle and high school students. The night began with high schoolers Sarah McLanahan and Jacob Cassell's singing "Let It Be Christmas." The Echoes of Faith Handbell Ensemble, two choirs of juniors and seniors, played throughout the program ringing out the season carols such as "Carol of the Bells" and "Jingle Bells."

Select students showcased their talents. Senior Laura LeGlue played her violin as the Echoes of Faith choir sang "Gesu Bambino," and senior Kyle Richardson played "Joy to the World." Middle Schooler Jaden Scott sang a solo with the middle school chorus who sang "The Birthday of a King" and "Please Don't Send Me Fruitcake." 

Adding another thought-provoking element to the concert, the Advanced Speech Class performed, "The Lord in the Manger." The class gives a recitation each year to remind of our Lord's glory and His place of worship at Christmas.

Again portraying his talents, Kyle Richardson played for the Echoes of Faith Choir as they sang "Canon in D/The First Noel," and the choir completed the program with "All Is Well' and "White Christmas."

The excellent display of talent gave praise to the Savior for whom we celebrate the season. 

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Seizing the Opportunity

Senior Government Class students enjoyed three days visiting the Pentagon, the Holocaust and Bible Museums, Arlington National Cemetery and various monument, memorials and government buildings. Although the trip serves to support the things they have learned in their class, it also provides a unique opportunity for the students to represent the American Association of Christian Schools and lobby with congressional leaders' aides for issues which affect Christians. 

Senior Will Dinsmore talked of the benefits of his class and trip: "I have learned a lot of things in our class this year, and we have talked a lot about the legislative branch and the roles it plays in our government. I'm glad I've been able to have a year of governement to really understand how our government works. I enjoy politics in general, so I really liked talking to the aids but also about the upcoming elections." 

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Eagles Take Flight

 What an honor to graduate in the school's 50th year! "God Is Faithful" continued to encompass and wrap up the school year at the 46th commencement. From the first speech given by Salutatorian Ashley Avelino until the recessional of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," our God received the praise. Avelino gave her address and emphasized the eagle and its learning to fly. She also incorporated her salvation testimony and her family's Eagle heritage as Faith graduates and Faith Baptist charter members who helped to build the school fifty years before. She said, "One could say I was destined to be an Eagle before I was even born."

She moved toward her conclusion, reminding her classmates, "Most of all, the people of this school have taught us to have good values, morals and to keep God first in all that we do to prepare us to go out on our own, leaving our safe nest, preparing us to take, we start our journey to soar as Eagles with courage, honor, power, freedom, determination, strength, bravery, beauty and grace."

As the commencement ceremony continued, seniors gave testimonies, Todd Daniel, administrator, and Lydia Daniel, class sponsor, sang "Christ Is Sufficient," before Will Dinsmore gave his valedictory address humorously comparing his 14-year "ride" at FCS to a roller coaster. He concluded that FCS had greatly changed his life for the better and said, "Faith has been a place where I am challenged to grow in my walk with God, and I will be forever grateful for the teachers who encouraged me to continue to pursue God."

After the presentation of academic awards and affirmation of scholarships, the class presented their gift of a boulder placed at the school's entrance as a memorial of God's grace and faithfulness in the school's 50th year. 

In addition, parents were recognized and honored, and Brian Smith, another class sponsor, and Mrs. Daniel recited the senior parents' humorous sayings given by the seniors. Pastor Sam Hicks prayed for the Lord to use and bless the class, a photo retrospective was shown, and teachers, Gary Jones and Cris Brunson, sang "But Continue Thou" based upon II Timothy 3:14. 

As the seniors received their diplomas, many of the males stopped to hug their administrator, Mr. Daniel, who had invested his time in getting to know and love them. The recessional, unlike any other year, was sung by the audience for all to acknowledge God's great faithfulness to this little school where God continues to grow servant-leaders for His Kingdom. 

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Finding the Answers

One last time the Senior Class received godly instruction as they were challenged with what their speaker attributed life's greatest question and the answer to true success. Alan Hoffler, director and trainer at MillsWyck Communications, asked, "Who is Jesus to you?" acknowledging that based upon their answers, they would go on to live their lives for or against their purpose of God's glory. 

Some highlights of the special Sunday afternoon service included Gary Jones, science teacher, and Brian Smith, history teacher and senior sponsor, singing "I Will Follow" and the faculty and staff's singing "Eyes of Your Heart" from the words of Ephesians 1:18. 

The class enjoyed a time of fellowship and celebration with their families and friends.

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End-of-Year Fun

Since the freshmen class had missed their middle school opportunity for a historic, end-of-year field trip, administrator Todd Daniel promised to make it up to them. In May the class headed to Kure Beach with their middle school NC History teacher, Cris Brunson, and Mr. Daniel, their trip coordinator. The group enjoyed Oak Island lighthouse, Southport, the USS North Carolina battleship, Fort Macon, Tryon Palace, and Fort Fisher Aquarium, and they had a great time of memories with friends and teachers. 

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Students Place in Academic Testing

Senior Will Dinsmore and junior Laura LeGlue were named in the top academic winners for the NCCSA (North Carolina Christian School Association) Academic Testing. Dinsmore received First Place in Physics and Third Place in Chemistry while LeGlue received Second Place in Physics. We congratulate these two and students from other schools who also placed in the testing results. 

What a Beautiful Day!

"Enchanted Country," the theme of the 2018 Junior-Senior Banquet, beautifully portrayed an elegant country setting. The junior class, their sponsors and parents gave the Windmill Lakes building by Overman's Pond a real facelift. The group spent days cleaning up and dressing up to give such a beautiful array of decorations, of burlap, wood, lace, fresh flowers, columns and green plants. As a focal point upon entering the building sat a large red tractor, refurbished and owned by junior Ty Elliot, where the junior and senior classes took their group pictures. Photo ops throughout the building, senior memorabilia tables and even corn hole kept the students, guests and teachers entertained until the delectable meal, catered by Sammy's Catering of Staley. The meal was followed by Casey Bradford who spoke to the group, giving sound advice for life and godliness. Mr. Bradford reminded the students to be teachable and accountable and used his life story of addiction but then salvation and ministry to which the Lord has called him. His message proved God's power to use the weak so that our Lord is made strong. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed evey part of the evening and ended the night with Seniors' Last Will and Testaments and the hilarious Senior prophecies, created by Mr. Gary Jones, junior class sponsor. The Senior Class expressed their sincere thanks for a memorable evening very suited to their tastes, and the Juniors were very grateful to their parents and sponsors for working so hard and helping them pull together a wonderful night. 

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