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Our Final Marks

s-grad 2019Not the ordinary graduation ceremony, the class of 2019 could not leave FCS without one last impacting performance. As musically inclined as they have been through the years, some students played handbells, two  sang a duet, and the class signed and sang together one of their mission trip songs, with part of the song in English as well. In addition four gave testimony of the Lord's working in their lives through their years at FCS

As a class who also excelled athletically and academically, awards were presented, including Jared Reeder's Leadership Scholarship awarded by Chick-fil-a and Melanie Garner's Presidential Scholarship presented by Dr. Bob Shackelford, the president of Randolph Community College. Also recognized by RCC, Ty Elliot was announced the recipient of an associates degree in Welding and acknowledged for his abilities as the top of his class at RCC. Both Reeder and valedictorian Laura LeGlue received congratulations for their appointments into the North Carolina House Page Program, and LeGlue was also acknowledged for receiving livestock scholarships though Randolph County and the North Carolina State Fair. 

As the class salutatorian, graduate Melanie Garner spoke on making choices, alluding to the class' many debates throughout their years together. Coming to a close in her speech, she acknowledged, "We have had 13 years to learn of God's Word, but this is the time for us to decide to continue to follow God's principles."

Giving her valedictory speech, Laura LeGlue stressed growth and change as a gradual process of which her class had learned and had become stronger together. She said, "We are iron sharpening iron, and every day is a trial by fire. Will we fold under the pressure or will we become stronger? That is the question we must ask ourselves as we step out into our changing world. Our class is the product of a society, ever changing, ever growing, ever innovating."

Giving recognition to their parents and homeroom teachers, the class presented gifts and then shared a time of prayer as FBC pastor and FCS president Gary Moger prayed for the seniors. High school teachers, Cris Brunson and Gary Jones sang "But Continue Thou," and the seniors marched to the recessional "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," a tradition which began at last year's fiftieth celebration.  

An addition to the graduation was the acknowledgment and celebration of several faculty members' faithful service. Beverly Boniface and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Moger all celebrated 40 years of tenure at FCS, while Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hohneisen celebrated 50 years. A video presentation and gifts of cards and letters along with a monetary gift from former students and FCS friends commemorated the devotion of these servants of Christ. Administrator Todd Daniel said, "God has given us some of His choicest servants, whom we have all grown to love and also respect for giving their lives at FCS."

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Ambassadors for Christ

s-'19 judge newbyOn Sunday, only five days before the seniors were to graduate, they assembled along with their parents, friends and teachers at Faith Baptist Church for a baccalaureate service. Judge Paul Newby, Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker and gave a final challenge to the seniors on their dependence on God as a people and a nation. He encouraged the seniors that they are God's ambassadors and have been given the challenge to take up the battle of influencing our nation with their biblical worldview.

Continuing to give wisdom to the students, he reminded of the foundation provided for them in Christian education and said, "You have meaning to your lives and can make your choices according to Proverbs 3:5-6. You have the God of the universe directing your paths." 

As Judge Newby continued, he spoke of the three basic life questions: "How did I get here, what am I supposed to do now that I am here, and what happens when I die?" He then answered from God's Word, just as the class had been taught throughout their educational process at FCS. 

In addition to Judge Newby's message, the class impacted their audience as they sang "There Is Peace in Christ," and the faculty sang "The Eyes of Your Heart" as the service came to its close. A reception with family and friends followed on the church front lawn. 

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Enlightening Experience

s-dc trip '19A last endeavor to train our seniors in servant leadership, the class set out for our nation's capital where they represented the American Association of Christian Schools. Not just an ordinary opportunity, Pastor Gary Moger prepared his Government Class to knowledgeably speak on behalf of Christians concerning legislation which could affect Christian schools. The class lobbied with representatives of the public offices of House and Senate and were well-received as they presented their cases and left information as their "voice." The students were encouraged when encountering openminded and agreeable delegates. 

The students were also able to experience the sights of historic and present-day government. They visited the Library of Congress, The Capitol Building, The Pentagon, The Holocaust Museum and the newest interest, the Bible Museum. Evening tours of the memorials and the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were also favorite attractions for the students. Even the city life and navigating the Metro system was an adventure and enlightening experience for the students who are accustomed to small-town, Randolph County life. Senior Kyle Richardson said, "One of my dreams has been to tour the Pentagon, and it came true. I simply enjoyed learning what life was like in our nation's capital."

Other breathtaking experiences included the magnificence of the Library of Congress. Richardson said, "It was absolutely gorgeous inside. The amount of knowledge stored inside that building is astounding. The walls are inscribed with such wisdom. It's just amazing!"

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Serving Abroad

s-matt herbster chapelNot the usual yearly encounter, the middle and high students sat under the preaching of Matt Herbster for a morning chapel service. After receiving the call to missions in Hong Kong, the Herbster family recently left The Wilds Camp and continues on deputation in hopes of leaving for Hong Kong in 2020.

Because of Herbster's over 20-year impact on FCS students, the administration and the middle and high school student body rallied to quickly raise funds through a pizza roll lunch and snack to give the Herbster family a gift to aid in traveling or setting up their home in Hong Kong.

The student body gratefully received Mr. Herbster and was blessed by his message on Psalm 119 concerning hating sin and valuing God's Word. He left the student body with two truths to never forget: Be faithful in God's Word as He will continue to grow a greater desire for it, and be convinced that God will give you grace to become more like Him. 

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Making It Last

The second half of the Senior year comes with flying colors and brings light to the growth and successes of each soon-to-graduate student. This high point serves as a time for the school to make the last impressions and pour on the encouragement before sending off another group of emerging servant-leaders. From the Seniors’ preparing for the life-impacting mission trip to earning scholastic and athletic awards to achieving the role status of campus leaders, the seniors endeavor to make a lasting mark on Faith Christian School by influencing the younger students. They do this through weekly devotional times and taking the time to be a friend to the younger students.

As a special time to honor each senior and acknowledge a character quality, the high school students cast votes, and the seniors were awarded a certificate of recognition on what is known as Senior Recognition Night after the evening basketball games. As the opening theme of "Making a Mark" gave way to a stage of finely dressed seniors, their testimonies were read and their outstanding character qualities announced. Each testimony centered around the call to be arrows in a world that needs a Savior and the reminder that each one is a different arrow to be shot into a variety of places.

One senior, Laura LeGlue gave testimony of how she wants to be used by God to leave a lasting mark. She said, “I want to use the skills that God has given me where they will be the most effective. I just hope to positively impact someone’s life whether or not the world knows my name.”

Attributes such as integrity, loyalty, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, determination, diligence and more were awarded to the Seniors. Another senior, Jordan Lester, who was awarded for his commitment, spoke of how he wants to make his mark as an example of character. He said, “I hope that I will be remembered as someone who tried to do right.”

Others spoke of their desires to be a godly example, a good friend, an encourager, a good teammate and a missionary among so many godly ambitions.

The Seniors expressed thanksgiving to family as their recorded testimonies were played during a video presentation. The enjoyable pictures of family times, school activities and fun with friends represented the Lord’s goodness on their blessed and impacted lives.

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Science Explorations

Throughout the school year, the high school science classes have completed lab assignments to enhance their understanding of anatomy, biology and chemistry. Bill Hohneisen's Anatomy Class recently dissected the cow's eye and heart when they studied the peripheral nervous system and senses, as well as the blood and blood vessels. To give better understanding, Dr. Mark Roberts visited the class and taught on the eye.

Concerning the cow's eye dissection, Mr. Hohneisen said, "The students are always fascinated. The fovea is interesting to them, and they get a better understanding of it and how it works." 

In Biology Class the students recently studied invertebrates. They dissected earthworms and a cray fish in which they examined both the external and internal structures. Mr. Hohneisen said, "The class was fascinated over the teeth in the cray fish's stomach which functions to grind its food."  

In Mr. Gary Jones' Chemistry Class, recent studies have included density as the class learned how to measure the density of various solids and liquids in their lab experiments. Mr. Jones said, "The benefit of labs is from paper to hands on. A lot of time the students can do it on paper, but they do not understand how that translates into the physical world until they actually do it." 

Having taught maths and sciences for 50 years, Mr. Hohneisen agreed, "Hands on gives them a truer picture of what we study."

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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, one choir of juniors and one of 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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