It’s that time of year! School is ending, summer is beginning, and it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. School awards day is Friday, May 27, 2016 and it begins with the elementary classes. Then following the younger kids, the high school will follow, receiving their awards. The awards given will include items such as, perfect attendance, all A-honor roll, highest averages in English, and so many more. The awards will recognize the efforts of the students who worked hard on their studies throughout the year and excelled in the classroom. Come and join us on this on this awesome occasion!
On Saturday, April 30, some Laurens Academy students and staff participated in the annual Color Vibe run. The race is 3.1 miles long and it consists of several color stations that shower you with different colors and leave you looking like a rainbow. After the race, all the participants gather at the stage and join in on a huge dance party. The Laurens Academy students included several high school, middle school, and lower school students. The Laurens Academy staff included Miss Lockman, Mrs. Suttles, Mrs. McGee, and Mrs. Sherman. We all had a great time at the color run!
On Friday April 8th, the people going on the Atlanta trip went to Stone Mountain in northern Georgia. We went in the main museum and learned about the history and motive behind the huge carving. We then went up on a sky ride that took us over and onto the mountain and it included an incredible view. There was also a lot of other attractions there which included mini-golf, a 3-D movie, and many restaurants. My most favorite part of the Stone Mountain trip was the duck boat tour we took out onto a lake that included a great view of the mountain, and it was very informational. Stone Mountain is very impressive.
The season of bipolar weather has begun in South Carolina. One day it will be very cold and the lows will be in the lower 40s, and then there are the warm days that the highs are in the mid to upper 70s. This point in the late spring and early winter makes it hard to decide what to wear to school. One day you will have to wear shorts and a t-shirt and then the next day you’ll wear jeans and a sweatshirt. But you better make sure you check the weather every morning because you don’t want to show up to school wearing the wrong apparel. But thankfully this part of the year won’t last much longer.
On Saturday, March 5, the FCA went on a ski trip. Our group had six people going and it and we had a lot of fun. We left the night before after the varsity boy’s baseball game versus Oakbrook. We drove three hours to Boone, North Carolina. We got up the next morning to go skiing. We rented our skis at the resort and most of us had already skied before so we got right to it. We had so much fun on the FCA ski trip and I cannot wait to go next year.
Last week the varsity boys’ team fell in the first round of the state playoffs and the varsity lost in the second round, but that doesn’t reflect how well each team did. The varsity girls finished second in the region and second in the region tournament. The Lady Crusaders ended with an 18-9 record. Two players, Ruthie Moore and Taylor Campbell were selected to participate in the SCISA North-South All-Star Game and Coach Jason Marlett was named Co-Region Coach of the Year.
The varsity boys ended their season with a 13-11 record. They finished second in the region and second in the region tournament. Two players, Nate Martin and Ryan Holmes were as All-Stars and Coach Travis Plowden was named the Region Coach of the Year. These two teams had very successful seasons and the Crusader family is very proud of their efforts.
New Year’s Eve is a special holiday in which many people celebrate the passing year and look forward the the coming year. Many upper school Laurens Academy students, including most of the ninth grade, celebrated the new year at the Kerber’s house. Mr. and Mrs. Kerber invited all of us to spend the night at their lovely home. They put a projector up and we watched the College Football Playoff Semifinal between Alabama and Michigan State, and we watched the countdown in New York City. We had great time at the Kerber’s house and I am looking forward to a great 2016!
Friday, December 4, was the South Carolina Independent School Association North-South Football Game. The teams from the two regions in our state gathered the best players from the teams into one All Star team. There were two players selected from our school, Ryan Holmes, the quarterback, and Josh Urwick, a wide receiver. Both of these players put up impressive numbers and the two connected countless times throughout the season. Josh was number one in SCISA with well over one thousand yards. These two players went to the South team who dominated the
North team while holding them to just eight points. Both Ryan and Josh had very successful careers at Laurens Academy.
For the first time in several years, Laurens Academy is trying to assemble a cross country team. Miss Lockman, who has had previous experience with cross country at Presbyterian College, is trying to get people to sign up and see if they will be interested in running for our school. The team would compete in several meets over the course of the cross country season next fall. The only problem with the time of the season is that most of the people that have signed up are already playing at least one fall sport. The boys would be playing football, and the girls would be playing volleyball or cheering. I think cross country would be a lot of fun and I’m definitely interested in joining next fall!
The varsity boys basketball team returned to the court after a State Championship season last year. The team lost some very important players including LA Hall of Famer Chase Brewington and two seniors, Robert Williams and Austin Foster. The team is returning four very experienced players, Josh Urwick, Nate Martin, Noah Stribling, and Ryan Holmes. These seniors and Coach Travis Plowden hope to have another successful basketball season. The team is also supported with juniors, Jonathan Burns and Jack Kerber, sophomores, Joshua Moore and Ryan Anderson, and freshmen, Noah Moore, Christian Foster, and Dawson Foster. The team has also added some international help with three foreign exchange students. Yorick Chien and Ben Who from Taiwan and Jack Kobe from China. The Crusaders started practice on Tuesday, November 3.
The rains from the oncoming hurricane, Joaquin, flooded several areas throughout South Carolina. The floods have damaged several local roads and caused school to be cancelled. Laurens Academy and several neighboring counties cancelled school on Monday, October 5. The damage to the roads in Laurens were not astronomical, but many students and staff live in areas where the damage was much more severe. The areas where the flooding is the worst are in the low coastal plain areas such as Columbia, Charleston, and several islands along the coast. Many athletic activities were cancelled because of the flooding. This disaster has brought Laurens County schools and churches to become involved in helping with the relief effort.
This football season we have had a great turnaround of the number of football players. The season started out with only ten players. Since then we have gained several helpful football players including four foreign-exchange students and a senior who has past experiences on the football field. The four exchange students include two Taiwanese students, Ben and Yorick, a Chinese student named Jack Kobe, and a German student named Sebastian. These four players have learned a lot in the last few weeks and they are doing very well for a foreigner coming and playing a completely new sport. The final new player is a senior named Cody, and he played football in the tenth grade. He has and will continue to be a great help to our team.
The Laurens Academy Varsity football team played two games so far this season. Led by Coach Kirk, Coach Tollison, and Coach Verdin, the team headed down to Mount Pleasant, SC to play against Coastal Christian. The Crusaders fell behind early and were never able to regain the lead. The Cougars of Coastal Christian had a very powerful running offense and a very active, smart defense. The Crusaders had a tough time getting anything going on offense, but they did have a decent defensive showing led by Jack Kerber who had 17 tackles. In the end he Cougars pulled away with a 50-20 win. The next game was against Faith Christian who had a very fast paced offense. The Crusaders had an impressive showing posting over 500 yards. In the end the Knights of Faith Christian pulled away with a 26 point margin of victory.