For the second year in a row, Laurens Academy’s yearbook staff won the National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award for their yearbook. Awards are given to yearbooks who meet the following requirements: they make a meaningful book for all students and meet their yearbook deadline. This year’s yearbook staff was made up of Hannah Hughes, Haley Hughes, Sydney Fisher, Hannah Lawson, Sarabeth McCall, and Ryan Anderson. Some 11th graders, Sara Spoone, Anna Mitchum, Braden Brewington, and Terry Brown, and 9th grader Audrey Thompson volunteered to help make this yearbook possible. Congratulations on your award! We cannot wait to see what next year has in store!
Last Thursday, April 28th, 2016, the baseball team celebrated their seniors by having senior night. The baseball team has 5 seniors: Ryan Sneed, Ryan Holmes, Nate Martin, Noah Stribling, and Josh Urwick. During the game, fans held up baby pictures of the boys to show their support. The baseball team has been doing very well this season. They are number one in their region, and have just started playing in the playoff games. On Monday, they won a doubleheader against Jefferson Davis Academy at 4:00p.m. Hopefully, the boys will continue to play well and bring us home a state title.
On Saturday April 9th, 2016, one of Laurens Academy’s alumni (Class of 2010) and current staff member, Miss Kathryn Burrows got married to Mr. Eric Bagwell. The wedding was held at 6:00p.m. at First Baptist Church Clinton, and the reception was at Stoney Point Golf Course. Mrs. Lisa Kirk, another one of our staff members, helped plan the events. Mrs. Emily Plowden, one of our upper school math teachers, was in the wedding along with Mrs. Marie Burrows who is the mother of the bride. Your Laurens Academy friends and family wish you a long and happy marriage! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bagwell!
As many of you know, Easter was celebrated this past Sunday. While there were many fun ways to celebrate such as, Easter egg hunts, dying eggs, candy, bunnies, chickens, and peeps. I hope you did not forget the real reason we celebrate this joyous holiday. Jesus was tortured and laid down his life so that we may live. On the third day, to everyone’s surprise, the stone was rolled away from the grave and Jesus was alive. However, we do not have to have a special holiday just to celebrate Jesus. We can remember and praise Jesus all day, every day.
In case you missed it, the annual Laurens Academy auction was Saturday, March 12. One of the activities, the Bean Boozled game, was new this year. Bean Boozled is a jelly bean game that involves risk and chance. Once the wheel has been spun, you choose a corresponding jellybean. There is a good and bad jellybean for each color, for example, white is coconut or baby wipes. People casted votes for the teachers they want to play in a schoolwide faculty game. Mrs. Finley and Coach Plowden were the two lucky teachers that were voted on to play for five rounds. They will choose a student to challenge and play against. Each of the other teachers will have to play two rounds.
The SCISA State spelling bee was held on February 10, 2016 at Williamsburg Academy in Kingstree, South Carolina. Laurens Academy was very proud to have two representatives, 8th grader Katelyn Suttles and 7th grader Ellen Manning, advance to the state round. This was the first time both of these students have made it to this level in the spelling bee. Katelyn spelled her first few words correctly, but sadly, she misspelled masquerade. She ended up placing 6th place out of 16 students. Ellen ended up placing 8th out of 16 students. The host school treated the students to nice refreshments during the bees. This was a great accomplishment for two of Laurens Academy’s students.
Last Tuesday, between the varsity games against Anderson Christian, we had senior night. There were five seniors, Cassidy Crowder, Nate Martin, Josh Urwick, Ryan Holmes, and Noah Stribling. Each senior was escorted by their parents while a short summary of their school life was read. The cheer squad bade farewell to Cassidy with a signed picture frame and pictures. The boys’ basketball team said goodbye to four essential players with gifts of signed picture frames as well. As an added bonus, both teams won the last home game. We will surely miss this senior class of 2016 when they leave.
On January 15, Laurens Academy hosted a chili cook off during the basketball games. This has become an annual tradition for basketball season. Student council judged many pots of chili, but finally decided which chili deserved the winning title. Laura Martin won 3rd place, and Jan Knight won 2nd place. In 1st place, the winner of the silver ladle, was Sandra Jones. Each of the three women won a pack of hot tamales as prize. If your famous chili did not place as well as you would have hoped this year, do not worry! There is always next year!
Yesterday, Laurens Academy sent ten people to represent them in the SCISA Math Meet. There were two teams of five people. Team one was made of Josh Urwick, Carmen McGee, Braden Brewington, Wil Tindal, and Hannah Stribling. Team two was composed of Ryan Holmes, Jack Kerber, Sara Spoone, Sydney Fisher, and Audrey Thompson. In the competition, the students have one hour to take a 50 question test. Then, each player goes to the speed round where they have five minutes to answer five questions (one question per minute.) Carmen McGee and Jack Kerber won highest scorer on their teams, and Laurens Academy team two won 9th place overall at the meet.
On December 7, 2015, at 6:30p.m. Laurens Academy hosted a Christmas concert. Both the lower school and the upper school performed a range of Christmas songs. During the prelude, several elementary kids surprised the audience by showing off their piano skills. Some of them also played the xylophone and the maracas. If a child wasn’t playing an instrument, then most likely they were singing a solo or speaking. The singers wore black pants and a colorful Christmas top, and some girls wore dresses and skirts. After the concert, parents and grandparents enjoyed eating cookies with their students in a time of fellowship.
In the spirit of Halloween, the students of Laurens Academy dressed up on October 30th. The upper school had the option to dress up according to the theme of their lower school buddy. The themes were as follows: K4 and 6th and K5 and 12th – Nursery Rhyme Characters, 1st and 8th – favorite book, 2nd and 10th – favorite book characters, 3rd and 7th – famous South Carolinians, 4th and 11th – famous American Revolution individuals, and 5th and 9th – famous Americans. During third period on that Friday, the older kids met with their buddies to eat cookies and watch character presentations. The ninth and fifth graders played a guessing game to see which state each famous American was from.
On September 30, 2015, Laurens Academy received twelve new computers! It felt like Christmas in September when we saw the delivery man bring them into the computer lab. Naturally, we helped unload the Dell computers. This is a great gift from parents and surrounding businesses that graciously supported this drive. The new computers will allow Mrs. Davenport to teach more techniques that are needed in today’s fast-paced technological world. Students are enjoying how fast these new advanced computers can now operate. In 9th grade web application, students can finally post on their blogs much more efficiently.
The varsity lady crusaders basketball team went to see the WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, together on August 29th. The girls had the opportunity to stand at half court and high five the Dream starters. The whole audience watched as the team gave mini WNBA basketballs to the Lady Crusaders. The game itself was an amazing experience to be part of. At the end of the third quarter, Flo and I went down and played a game of ‘tic-tac-go”. I ended up winning, but we both received goodie bags of WNBA merchandise. The Atlanta Dream ended up losing to the Chicago Sky by two points, but the girls were just excited to be there. After the game the whole team got autographs from two Dream players.
Recently, Laurens Academy hired a new teacher, Ms. Corbitt Thompson, to teach upper school music and 10th and 11th grade Spanish. She graduated from North Greenville University a few years ago and is currently in a musical called “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” where she plays Tom’s teacher. In addition to her classes, she helps out the school by covering a couple of 9th grade study halls. Ms. Thompson is very bubbly and outgoing in-and-out of the classroom. I am sure she will use her passion for music and teaching to make a great addition to the Laurens Academy family.