Laurens Academy is having spring portraits on Tuesday, March 28. Holmes Photography has been taking school pictures at Laurens Academy for several years. They have done really well with working with the students and are always flexible when it comes to make up pictures. Holmes Photography encourages parents to know that a simple, classic style will look great in the portrait. They also encourage the students NOT to wear t-shirts with characters on them because it will draw focus away from their face. A couple weeks after the pictures are taken, proofs will be printed and handed out to students. The pictures come on a price sheet so the parents can buy their child’s photo if they choose. The price sheet comes with many different options for the parents to choose from. They can buy a full size, a mid-size, or even just a little picture for their wallets. Be prepared to dress your child for these priceless memories!
Recently, Senior Peter Tillman earned an extreme honor in Boy Scouts. Peter received the rank of an Eagle Scout. He has worked hard to gain this rank, and with hard work and dedication, he had the honor of becoming one. There are not many people who achieve that goal, but the ones who do, deserve the respect of everyone. The ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church in Laurens and was attended by his proud parents and several LA classmates. Peter was calm the entire time, but showed excitement after the ceremony ended. It is not easy to get into the ranks of an Eagle Scout, however, Peter did it. I have been to three of these ceremonies, but each and every one has a special feeling to it, and they were all special moments.
At the end of the Basketball State and Region games, all the coaches get together and decide who will be invited to play in the All-Star game. On March 4th the All-Star game was held at Wilson Hall gym.The athletes in the game were picked by the coaches in their devision.The players were divided up between the north and south region. The north team consisted of the junior Taylor Campbell, sophomore Ruthie Moore and the freshmen Blair Quarles from Laurens Academy the coaches were the Curtis Baptist Coach Robert Leslie and Laurens Academy Coach Jason Marlett.
Throughout the game the coaches would sub evenly allowing each athlete playing time. Sadly, in the begging of the game a player from Curtis Baptist was on a fast break and fell and hurt her knee and at that time we weren’t doing so well. We were a couple of points behind but came back after halftime. At the end of the game we won.
Junior Joshua Moore participated in the All- Star boys team and they also won. Laurens Academy was representative well and hope to be there again next year.
Flu season has just arrived! Everyone is starting to become extra cautious about what they or their children do. Well, I’m here to make your life easier, and give you a few tips on just how to stay away from the flu this year.
First of all, wash your hands! It seems like the most obvious thing to do, but yet it’s the main reason why people not only get the flu, but just get sick in general. Another thing you need to do is not eat or drink after other people. Even if you say or think, ”They aren’t sick right now, so I won’t get sick,” don’t do it! Did you know that someone who is sick is contagious 24 hours before symptoms. That means that you could be sick right now and not even know it. So during this flu season especially, be very careful with who you’re around, and wash your hands constantly.
Every year our school has an auction where the classes put together baskets, and people make things that can be auctioned off. Most of the items are sold at a silent auction, where people walk around and write down their bids on pieces of paper. Near the end, a live auction starts where an auctioneer shouts out dollar amounts and people who want to bet raise their hand for that amount.
Last year it was held at the Laurens Exchange Building, but this year it will be back at the school. The baskets vary by class. There is a BBQ basket, Clemson basket, Carolina basket, and many others. Usually the adults walk around and place their bids while the kids just eat, run around and play. A few years ago, the theme was Duck Dynasty, a popular TV show about a family that lives in Alabama. There was a scavenger hunt, and when you completed it, you got a free strawberry smoothie, which was pretty good. If you are not doing anything on Saturday, April 29th, stop by our school at 6:00 to join in on the auction action.
There is so much history and heritage celebrated on the holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. The parades and the wearing of green is to remember Saint Patrick and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland.
It was first made a holiday in the seventeenth century and is now celebrated all over Europe and North America. Chicago celebrates big with a parade and forty-five pounds of green vegetable dye that they will dye the Chicago River to commemorate Saint Patrick on his death date.
Many people wonder why we do in fact pinch people who do not wear green; the answer is found in Irish folklore. People once thought wearing green would make you invisible to pinching leprechauns and fairy creatures, so people started pinching non-green wearers to remind them of the sneaky leprechauns! The day of green and Irish heritage is celebrated on the seventeenth of March and is fast approaching. I hope everyone has a great Saint Patrick’s Day!
The Laurens YMCA held a dodge ball tournament for a friend of mine named Ryan Elledge. He is fighting a battle against cancer, although I have not gone through it, I know it is hard. I’ve had someone with cancer in my family before and it’s difficult to watch someone suffer. The tournament had a great turnout and it was a lot of fun a lot of kids from Laurens Middle were there to support Ryan. The Dodge Ball Tournament entrance fee was 10$ and all the money went to Ryan’s family to help pay for his hospital bills. I know cancer is a hard battle but I know Ryan and I know he can fight through this.
Last Thursday, the middle school and the high school went to compete at a music competition in the University of South Carolina. Our music teacher is Mrs. Pat. She is very kind and gets very fired up when music is involved with something. When we got there we had to wait a very long time for all of the other high school students to sing their songs. Finally we got into the room to sing.
The judge was very kind and told us that we did very good. She liked the sign language part of our song, Light of the Stable. Our other songs were, Hush Somebody’s Calling My Name, and Down to the River. We got second place over all of the high schools, and the middle school won first place over all of the middle schools! We were all very proud of the middle school and the high school music classes.
This year the flu has been extremely bad! The flu is a contagious respiratory illness, which will affect the nose, throat, and lungs. It will also will cause severe body aches causing you to feel terrible. If it is not medicated for long enough and the symptoms are bad enough it has been known to cause death. To not be contagious you have to not have a fever within 24 hours.
There are ways to prevent the flu. You can get the flu shot, wash your hands, and stay away from those that are sick. I recently had the flu. It was terrible. When I got back to school I had a lot of make up work and tests I had to slowly catch up on. Try your hardest to prevent yourself from any causes of this illness.
This past Friday the ninth grade class went to Frankie’s Fun Park. This event was organized by our Physical Science teacher, Mrs. Codington. She wanted to get us together so we could build better friendships and be better friends to each other.
We were going to play two rounds of laser tag but ended up playing only one round because many people decided to ride go karts instead. We rode go karts for about one hour. Frankie’s added a new ride to their park. This ride was called The Discovery. It spun in circles and went around and around. Many people did not go on it because it was too much for them to handle. overall, it was really fun trip and I enjoyed very much.
This past weekend was the annual Color Run. It was Saturday, March 4, 2017. It was a pretty big turnout, and I would say there were probably a couple thousand people there participating. Everyone was having a great time, and lots of music was playing. It was a 5k, so that equals about three miles.
Afterwards there’s a giant dance party where everyone dances and throws color at each other. It was really cold in the morning, almost about 30 degrees. I ran it in about 35 minutes with my group.
There were checkpoints throughout the trail you ran on that people stood at and threw piles of a certain color at your face and it would get in your eyes but everyone had the best time.
Over the years the Laurens Academy High School classes have gone on many different field trips and seldom go to the same place twice. Over the past years, we have gone to New York, Atlanta, Disney World, and on college tours. This year we will be going to Kentucky to see the Ark replica and see the Creation Museum. There will also be a night time scavenger hunt that the students will go on. One of the more exciting parts of the trip will be how we will be allowed to spend the night on the ark.
So far, only a small group have signed up but it will still be fun. There are some teachers going including Mrs. Plowden. It will be a fun trip and I hope the students going on this trip will enjoy it.
Every year, we have a Middle School Dance. Counting this year, my mom, Lisa Suttles, has planned the dance for the last four years and every year it is a different theme.
She has chosen this year’s theme to be “All That Glitters Is Gold”. There will be gold streamers and decorations everywhere. The dance will be held in the Laurens Academy gym on March 25, 2017.
The middle schoolers are always excited to get dressed up for the dance every year, and it’s almost like a big party. There’s food, drinks, music, and even a photo booth. In the past, some themes have been: “Spring Fling”, “Winter Wonderland”, and a “Sweetheart Dance”. We are excited to see the turnout this year!
The Laurens academy varsity girls had a great season. On Saturday, February 25 the girls played Dorchester for the championship game. The girls fought hard the entire game. The outcome of the game came out to be 52-45 over the Crusaders. The girls have so much heart and so many people believe in them. Next year is their year and they will bring it home. The coaches thank everyone for supporting the girls no matter what the outcome was. This season for the girls was a great accomplishment. The Varsity Girls have not made it to the final championship since 2008. The girl’s record came out to be 26-4. They have made so many people proud and they will be ready for next year!