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Students Recognized for Academic Achievements

After participating in academic testing online through the North Carolina Christian School Association (NCCSA), the following students ranked or won: Will Dinsmore (11th), first place in Advanced Math and Chemistry; Kari Cox (12th), third place in Chemistry; Shelby Allen (9th), third place in Home Economics. Will Dinsmore will compete in the National Competition with the American Association of Christian Schools in April.


Seniors Represent the AACS

In April the Senior Class visited Washington D.C. where they had the privilege of visiting museums and monuments, the Capitol Building and other government facilities. Each Senior had the responsibility of representing the American Association of Christian Schools and lobbying with delegates for the House of Representatives. The groups presented three issues in writing to the delegates and briefly spoke of their position from the Christian school vantage point.

While on their trip, the seniors had their favorite experiences, but the majority commented on feeling as if they were a part of the government process as they spoke with delegates. Senior John Wensil said, "My favorite times were, first of all, the Holocaust Museum, seeing all those people went through and their stories, and second, seeing our senators in the committee meeting."

Over the years the Senior Class has been greatly impacted by their trip to Washington, D.C. as it makes them more keenly aware of their God-given responsibilities as Christian citizens and causes them to realize they can make a difference in their country.

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Making It Lively

Not only do our elementary classes experience science "outside of their books" through projects and experiments, but also the high school sciences - biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and their advanced courses - strive for application and study to understand our God's great design. Mr. Gary Jones and Mr. Bill Hohneisen lead their students' science courses with a Biblical scope of understanding.

As the students often say, "The labs make science more exciting and understandable." So if at all possible, the teachers keep the sciences within hands reach, giving the students a real visual of understanding. 

In addition, the agricultural science classes are known for their out-of-the-ordinary concoctions to keep their class times lively, since they often, under Ms. Marjie Grubb's coaching leadership, rigorously study for state and national competitions.

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Students Visit Colonial Williamsburg

The Ninth and Tenth Grades embarked on an equally educating and entertaining trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, a few weeks before the school year came to a finish. Both the students and their teachers were fascinated by the history in their Williamsburg experiences. While on guided tours, the classes learned of life in colonial times. Meg Safrit said, "We learned about how the government worked in the early colonial times."

Sophomore advisor Gary Jones assisted on the trip and learned along with the students. He said, "I was fascinated to see how strict and thorough the punishment was back then for being accused of witchcraft. They proved it by having the accused woman say the Lord's Prayer to try and prove her own innocence. But, a particular woman fainted and proved her guilt."

Other students spoke of their memories, including Shelby Allen who said, "I didn't know that Jefferson cut out parts of the Bible that he didn't like."

Also enjoying the entertaining activities, the classes had a great time on a splash pad as well as simply enjoyed each other's company for their three-day journey.

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Go, With God

Another year gained means another group of Eagles spreading their wings. The Class of 2017 marched and took their flight the last week of May. Their teachers and sponsors could describe these servant-leaders as a "closely knit" family of 17. So close that when the valedictorian and two salutatorian roles were announced, the two ladies chose to write and then deliver their addresses as one. Their duo delivery was a definite first, but was a great hit with the audience. Salutatorians Nicole Sheron and Taryn Brunson alluded to how they had done so many things together for the past six years which led into their speech's theme of togetherness and teamwork. Brunson said, "Our teammates for the last several years are sitting right behind us. We have had each other's backs through the difficult times and rejoiced together in the good times. God divinely places people in our lives as our teammates, and I have no doubt that God gave us each other to work together through all these years of school. Even though we each are heading down different paths, we all are pressing for the same goal. That goal is eternity and living our lives in a way so that we will hear God say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servants.'"

The class appreciated the opportunity to give testimony of the Lord’s work in their lives, but also to sing together just as they did on their March mission trip. So again at graduation, they sang “Lord, I Need You” one last time; however, this time it was sung in both English and partially in Spanish.. In addition, graduate Jace Burroughs gave testimony and sang “To Live or Die” based on Paul’s testimony in Philippians 1:21.

After the students received a plethora of academic and athletic awards and scholarships, just another proof of the class’ diligence in all aspects of their education, Nicole Sheron was awarded one of the five 2017 Presidential Scholarships from Randolph Community College, presented by the school's president, Dr. Robert Shackelford. Valedictorian Kari Cox gave her address centered around the game of Dominoes. According to Cox, the 2017 class had set up their "dominoes" all around the school – their various milestones, good and difficult times. She said, “Whether the dominoes were easy or hard to place, we took it step by step, piece by piece and created our pattern. You see, every day as we walked these halls we placed dominoes, some days had more than others, but still a domino, none the less.”

As she came to her conclusion, Cox affirmed that the class’ senior year had been their most rewarding. She continued, “Now with the handing of a small piece of paper, the time has come for all our domino patterns to diverge and then…we push the first one…Our whole lives we have been setting our pattern, placing our dominoes, but like every game of Dominoes, the time must come to stop creating the pattern and make the dominoes fall.”

As the ceremony continued and came to its close, the seniors presented their parents with gifts and all watched a senior photo retrospective of their high school years. Class sponsor Cris Brunson and science teacher Gary Jones sang “But Continue Thou” based on 2 Timothy 3:14 before the class received their diplomas. Dr. Gary Moger, president of FCS, gave the benediction.

Just as the salutatorians concluded their speech on teamwork, the truth that the class would no longer be together – as 10 had been since kindergarten - the Lord will continue to be their companions. As the salutatory speech concluded, “And though much can be accomplished when working together, many more things can be accomplished with Him because nothing is impossible with God.”

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A Challenge to Grow Together

As the Senior Class gathered for their last church service together at FCS, they prayed with their speaker, Dr. Tony Miller of Greenville, South Carolina. Pastor Miller encouraged the group to remain connected with their classmates and prayed for the Lord to mightily use them in our changing world.

After the service began, Pastor Boyd Jackson, graduate Emry Jackson's father, led in prayer, and the senior girls sang "In Christ Alone" before Dr. Miller gave his baccalaureate address. The message emphasized "keeping themselves in the love of God;" that is to be diligently seeking Him and growing in His loving ways. Dr. Miller ended with the challenge of encouraging and holding each other accountable, remaining grounded and growing in God's love. Senior Jace Burroughs said, "I appreciated how the speaker applied the message well to us. One of his main points was that we have a continual challenge for each other, to love each other and love God."

In addition, Senior Jordan Cassell said, "His passion for wanting us to do the right things and caring enough to talk to us about staying in God's will impacted me."

Before Rev. Bruce McLanahan, father of graduate, Rebekah McLanahan and FCS Bible teacher, gave the benediction, the faculty and staff sang "The Eyes of Your Heart" based upon Ephesian 1:18. The song gives the hopes and desires of the teachers' hearts for their graduating students. Senior Jace Burroughs said, "I enjoyed the teachers singing, and I believe the song was their earnest prayer for us to keep our eyes on the Lord."

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Two-in-One: A Big Night for All

Back to the old way that FCS once did it, Homecoming and Senior Night reunited due to the weather and game cancellations. With both events in the same night, our house was full! Alumni, both old and new, came out to support the Eagles, along with students and parents for a great night of basketball against Gospel Light Christian. The Eagles took two wins and gave up two. The games were followed by the Seniors' night to shine. They were honored for their most outstanding character qualities as voted on by the high school students. Looking through a window, the theme of the evening, the seniors reflected on their lives and gave credit to those who had walked with them through their journeys and praised the Lord for His work in their lives. The time ended with a prayer of blessing for the seniors to continue in the things they have learned and continue to impact the students at FCS as well as the world around them.

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