“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8

Here at the end of the school year, as we prepare to give awards, we are sometimes questioned about the wisdom and practicality of these recognitions.

Some will insist that young people should not be working for reward but for the internal desire to do their best, regardless of what they may receive. It is interesting that the all-knowing God who created us also promises rewards, the crowns spoken of in the passage above. While it certainly is true that every parent and teacher desires to instill a love of learning and a love of hard work, it seems that we were created with a built-in drive for recognition as well.

Some others insist that every student should receive an award, regardless of achievement level. From Scripture, we see that not everyone will receive this crown, only those who “love His appearing.” While we are certainly concerned about students’ feeling of self-worth, we also recognize that rewarding those who have not earned that recognition provides a negative motivation and will end up eventually damaging the sense of self-worth. The biblical principle of recognizing achievement is certainly a wise precedent we seek to emulate here at LCA.

Our annual awards chapels and commencement exercises do seek to honor those who have earned that honor, but beyond that we want all we do to bring honor to our Savior, Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:31 teaches us, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” We trust our awards will always remain subservient to the goal of seeking God’s glory first and most of all.

Awards Chapels

Each year on the last day of school, we recognize students with special awards. Parents are encouraged to attend these special end-of-year chapels and help recognize their children’s achievement.

Grades 1-6: June 12 – 9:00 AM

Grades 7-12: June 12 – 10:45 AM

Summer Office Hours

During the summer months, our school office will be open from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM most Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please just give us a call before coming by so that we can be sure someone will be here to meet you. Of course, you can always email Mr. Fry (, Mrs. Mein (, and Mrs. Kettlewood ( over the summer as well. We will do our best to get back with you quickly.

Report Cards

All LCA students will have a final report card issued to them and will be available at school next week. All families will receive an email when these are ready. They can be picked up during our regular office hours given above.

Families of K3, K4, and K5 students should also pick up their complementary DVDs with a video of their end-of-year program and another full of digital pictures taken throughout the school year.

Those families who participate in CapCom’s School Banking program should stop by any of their branches with your child’s report card. Student accounts may receive a $30 credit simply for stopping in with the report card.

Senior Spotlight – Andrew Coonrod

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have six graduating seniors during the 2014 – 2015 school year. Many of these members of the Class of 2015 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all contributed a great deal to the ministry here. Each remaining month during the school year, we will be highlighting one of the seniors in an article published in our Knightline newsletter. We complete the series this week with senior Andrew Coonrod.

Andrew Coonrod has attended Latham Christian Academy since ninth grade. Before joining LCA, he attended Bible Baptist Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina for two years and was home schooled for six years before that.

Andrew’s father Jonathan was born in Schenectady and grew up in Cohoes before his family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Andrew’s mother, Laura, currently teaches first grade here at LCA. She was born in New Jersey and grew up in Florida. After attending Pensacola Christian College preparing to be a teacher (and spending time with the future Mrs. Mein), she accepted a position teaching in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The two of them met at the church in Charlotte in the same Sunday school class. The family stayed in North Carolina for some time before moving back to the Capital District for about two years. After a brief return to North Carolina, the Coonrods returned to this area in 2011 and now live in Clifton Park.

Andrew is eager to share the gifts God has given him. He is an active participant in his youth group at Latham Bible Baptist Church where he has also helped in youth conferences. Andrew gained a new passion when he was invited to attend Camp Northfield by LCA alumnae Samantha Cole in 2012.

Even during his first time at Camp Northfield, Andrew sensed, “Everybody was amazing,” and he reported that, “I really liked it.” Andrew loved the camp so much that he served on boys’ staff and as a lifeguard the following two years. This summer, Andrew has secured a job as a summer counsellor and program director at the camp.

Andrew holds many great memories of his basketball “family” and of “The Big Three and The Lone Wolf” with teammates Matthew Heller, Josh Arthur, and Matthew Mansfield. He also especially remembers having a concussion in front of the entire school during his senior year! Andrew will also hold on to the memory of playing floor hockey in the gym between exams.

Andrew’s favorite teacher is one from his days in North Carolina where he remembers Mrs. Sparks as “a very eccentric English teacher”! He also will remember Mr. Fry standing on top of a desk in speech class, imploring his class to be passionate about their speech topics.

As Andrew prepares to graduate, he encourages the underclassmen to “Be nonchalant, but be studious!” He plans to attend Pensacola Christian College this fall to study biology. His eventual goal is to earn a Master’s Degree in Exotic Animal Veterinary. Because of his Christian camp experience, Andrew is also considering a minor in youth ministries.

Andrew appreciates a line attributed to Mario Andretti, “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” His life verse comes from Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”