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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

s-gradIn celebration of the 2021 Senior Class, graduation followed our out-of-the-ordinary COVID academic year. As Mr. Todd Daniel, administrator, made much of the graduates and their accomplishments, he also made much of the Lord who had blessed, directed and provided for the students to start and complete the school year without major upsets to the entire student body. Quarantines were expected, but because of the Lord’s mercies, the teachers, parents and students persevered. We again thank the Lord for not only blessing the graduates with NCCSA Honor Society academic and athletic achievements but for continuing to show his goodness in our lives through the hardships of 2020.

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Each year, students receive academic, athletic and various scholarships at universities and colleges. Of the 15 graduates, the following scholarships were awarded as of May 2021:

Trevor Brunson - $50,000 in scholarships to Bob Jones University, playing basketball for the BJU Bruins

Katie Gaines - $93,250 in scholarships to High Point University, receiving the Presidential Scholarship

Andrew Harris - $20,000 for the Merit Scholarship at NC A&T

Zack Hughes - $4,000 for the Christian Service Scholarship at Pensacola Christian College

Austin Leonard - $104,700 for the Trustee and Honor Scholarship at Warren Wilson College

Abbey Stout - $6,000 for the Blue and Gold Scholarship at UNC at Greensboro

The Time of Their Lives

s-baccaThe Seniors’ Baccalaureate service began the week leading to the awaited moments of graduation. Seniors were challenged by Alan Hoffler who asked the students who and what would chart their courses for life. He spoke of the trusted instruments to conclude that they had been given the tools for success, but it is up to them to choose and make much of Christ with their lives.

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Giving Praise

s-awardsTeachers and coaches love to see their students and athletes achieve and succeed. In order to give such honor, the Faith family met for an athletic/academic program and fundraiser. Students and athletes were awarded for highest achievements and all were recognized for their participation in NCCSA Athletics.

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One Starry Night

s-jr-srOne of the most exciting times of the year, each spring holds a special night for the Junior and Senior Classes—the Junior-Senior Banquet or what some might call, the prom. It is the grand opportunity for formal dress, a top-notched meal and tailor-made entertainment. From crazy prophecy videos created by the Junior Class to the Seniors’ Last Will and Testament gifts to the Juniors, a special speaker and a beautiful barn venue, the classes make wonderful, cherished memories. The evening concluded with sparklers and fireworks. The Junior Class thanks parents and friends who helped make the night happen, and they are especially thankful for the amazing opportunity of using The Barn at Woodlake Meadows in Bear Creek.

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Giving His Message

s-preaching contestDesiring to preach God's Word, three high school students entered the NCCSA Fine Arts competition in the preaching category. This was the first time FCS has ever entered this competition through the many years of entries. Each student spent several weeks praying over and working on the sermon he would present by video to the competition judges. From False Identity to Genuine Faith and What Troubles Do We Need Jesus to Fix, the boys gave what the Lord had taught them.

In the weeks to come, they will also be giving their messages in area churches.  We thank the Lord for what He is doing in the lives of our students. We also thank Him for answering our prayers as He calls men and women to labor for Him. 

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Can We Understand His Greatness?

s-scienceHigh school students endeavor to learn of God's magnificent world and its complexities in the realm of science. Mr. Gary Jones teaches physical science and chemistry to the students and takes every opportunity to reflect upon our God's greatness in the world which He created. Entering the science lab each day, students can read Romans 11:33: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"

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The Bigger Picture

In the world of instability and change, God continues to grow His people to find their security in His unchanging character. How does He do this in a time such as this? How could spiritual growth come out of chaotic circumstances? FCS students have grown to understand that their God is bigger than anything, including a pandemic.

To tell of what God was doing in their lives, students in upper elementary through high school wrote essays to explain what God has taught them this past year. The idea originated with Mrs. JoAnn Braxton, an FCS grandparent and FBC member, who presented the idea to others who joined in judging the essay contest.

The group was so impressed with the students' testimonies that they compiled a book to show what God was doing in 2020. Even though so many will forever look back on 2020 as a disturbing and hard year, God was and continues to be bigger. He delights in doing greater things through what we often view as only difficult circumstances. 

We congratulate the following winners:

Elementary - First Place - Emma Howard; Second Place - Seth Greenwood; Third Place - Payton Staley

Middle School - First Place - Addie Langley; Second Place - Taylor Singleterry; Third Place - Gabriel Jones; Fourth Place - Isabelle Nance

High School - First Place - Jacob Avelino; Second Place - Vandie Greene; Third Place - Dakota Hicks; Fourth Place - Samuel Daniel

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Kentucky Bound

s-ag nationals 2019Time to hit the road! After winning first place in the North Carolina State Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition, the "Moorons" FCS senior-level, Ag Science Team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete on a national level. The team, consisting of Andrew Harris, Austin Leonard, Shyanne Polito and Jacob Avelino, along with Leanna Tally, went on a six-day adventure and made memories that will last their lifetimes.

As well as the competition, the group attended events and visited interesting places such as The Ark, Louisville Slugger, the Kentucky Derby, and they even went go-karting. Avelino recalled his experience and said, "The go-kart race was fun, and I would've won too, if Ms. Grubb hadn't cut me off and let Austin and Shyanne pass me and win."

When the team woke early that first Saturday morning, they prepared for what they all had practiced for ever since they started their journey in Ag Class. After a long day of rigorous competition, the North Carolina team placed sixth in the nation, one of the highest rankings our state has placed.

Polito said, "Overall, the competition went really well from my perspective. A great moment for me was our win against Alabama; it really helped boost our confidence and gave us the momentum to do well in the following rounds."

That evening the team attended a banquet with all the other state competitors. The top placing teams were recognized in front of all the teams and coaches. The Moorons were rewarded with a milk glass that had "NAILE," which stands for "North American International Livestock Expo," written across it.

When asked what his favorite part of the trip was, Andrew Harris exclaimed, "The whole thing! Getting to hang out and have fun with my team was great!"

In the end the Moorons had the trip of a lifetime, and they are now coaching their own teams to compete in the State competition and one day go on their own trip to Kentucky. "All I have to say is this, I couldn't have picked a better bunch of Moorons to go with," said Austin Leonard.

When asked about her thoughts on the trip, agricultural science teacher and coach Marjie Grubb said, "We ended sixth, and North Carolina has had a tendency of not placing in the top 10. We placed third in 2015, the highest ever. It was the trip of a lifetime. It was such an honor to be there. We represented Faith and North Carolina in the dairy industry. North Carolina State is recognizing the amount of work it takes to be a competitive team. It takes academics and dedication. The kids were dedicated and met in the summer to put in the contact hours."

Journalism Staff Writers 2020