Thoughts on Awards

“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 will 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 child’s 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.

School Banking

Our final day of Capcom School Banking will be next Tuesday, June 4.  We appreciate Mrs. Roarke and Mrs. Hurley for their volunteering to make the program a success over the past school year!

Parking Lot Patience

After a hard winter, our parking lot has been patched up.  We had to wait for a few consecutive dry days to be able to tackle that project.  A big thank you to Mr. Coonrod and his efforts to keep us moving smoothly and safely in the parking lot.  We appreciate the patience and support of each of our parents as we all dodged the potholes!

End-of-Year Schedule

Parents of children in K3, K4, and K5 should note that Thursday, June 6, is the final day of school for those students.

Students in Grades 1-12 will have school through Friday, June 14.  Please note, however, that students in Grades 7-12 will be dismissed at 11:45 AM on June 11-13, during final exams.  All students will be dismissed at 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 14, and no extended session is available that day.

Of course, if you have any questions about our schedule, please contact your child’s teacher or our school office.

K3 Program

Mrs. Mansfield’s K3 class is working on their end-of-year program each day.  We ask all of our K3 parents to join us next Tuesday morning, June 4, at 10:00 AM for a memorable program celebrating how much our youngest students have learned here at LCA over the past year.

K4/K5 Program

Our four and five-year-old students have already been working diligently on their closing program.  All K4 and K5 parents should plan to join us at 7:00 PM next Thursday evening, June 6, for this program and for a special gradution program for Mrs. Kupeyan’s kindergartners.

Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions as you make plans to be here on Thursday, June 6.

Awards Chapels

Elementary students (Grades 1-6) will receive their awards starting around 9:00 AM on Friday, June 14.  Secondary students (Grades 7-11) will receive their awards starting around 10:30 AM on Friday, June 14.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these special days at the close of the school year.

Senior Spotlight – Abigail Beaudoin

Latham Christian Academy is privileged to have nine graduating seniors during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Several members of the Class of 2019 have attended LCA for a long time, and they have all become good friends during their time here.  We will be highlighting one of the seniors each month in an article published in our Knightline newsletter.  We complete the series this week with senior Abigail Beaudoin.

      Abby has attended LCA since her sophomore year.  Before being here, she had attended Oakwood Christian School since kindergarten and had expected to graduate from OCS before they had to close down.  Abby’s tenth-grade sister Emily joined her at LCA this year.  When Abby graduates from LCA next month, she and classmate Joel Collins will become the first two graduates to have a parent who also graduated from LCA.

Abby’s father grew up in Troy and attended high school at LCA from seventh through twelfth grades, graduating with the very first graduating class in LCA’s history.  After graduation, Abby’s father joined the Marines where he served for four years, including in the Persian Gulf War.  As a veteran, he then attended Hudson Valley Community College where he studied automotive mechanics.  After completing his studies, he entered that line of work.  Eventually Mr. Beaudoin went into the financial business.  He has also worked for Oakwood Christian and is now a mail carrier in Eagle Bridge where he has worked for the past twelve years.

Abby’s mother also grew up in the Troy and Waterford area and attended Troy High School.  After graduation, she attended Schenectady Community College where she studied travel and tourism.  Abby’s mother was able to stay home with her daughters.  Once she went back to work, she served in the lunch program and early care at Oakwood Christian.  She works in a similar capacity at La Salle Institute in Troy today.

The two of them met through mutual friends and decided to attend a movie as a group.  Abby’s mother almost didn’t go with her friends but now she is glad she went!  They were married about two years before Abby came along.

Abby’s family lived in Lansingburgh along with her great grandmother for the first year of her life.  The family then moved to Speigletown where they have lived in the same house ever since.

Although Abby reported, “My life is pretty boring for the most part,” she actually is involved in many areas.  While attending Oakwood, she was involved in Mr. Lindsay’s media club where she would take photos, create videos, and practice Photoshop in his office.  Abby also enjoys reading (mystery books are her favorite) and hiking in the Adirondacks during her free time.

When Abby came to LCA, it was the first time she had ever changed schools.  While it was certainly a time of adjustment for her, she has become a lot closer to the other seniors—especially the other senior girls—over the past year.  Junior Maria Izzi both came to LCA at the same time and the two of them have become close since then.  The two of them are very excited that they will be travelling to Israel next month as a part of a group put together by Pastor Walter.

Abby will fondly remember several LCA teachers she has had.  She is very appreciative for the help that Mrs. Walter and Mrs. Hamilton have given as her math teachers.  She remembers US History class with Mr. Fry, “That was fun!  I like history a lot!”  Abby also appreciated Mrs. O’Rourke’s ministry in her life during the year they were at LCA together.

Abby attended Oakwood Bible Church as a young girl before her family began attending Brunswick Baptist Church when she was about 12.  Abby accepted Christ as her Savior when she was 7 years old and was later baptized at Brunswick Baptist along with her mother and sister.  Abby is involved in her church’s annual Family Fun Day and helps Mrs. Roarke in the junior church ministry there.

Abby plans to attend Hudson Valley Community College and major in criminal justice.  Once she earns her Associate’s degree, she plans to transfer to a private college to complete her four-year degree.  Abby desires to live according to her life verse from 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Upcoming Events

June 4 – 10:00 AM – K3 End-of-Year Program

June 6 – Senior Lunch – Hot Dogs

June 6 – 7:00 PM – K4 Program/K5 Graduation

June 11-13 – Final Exams – Grades 7-12

June 13 – No Senior Lunch

June 14 – Awards Chapels

June 14 – Last Day of School

June 14 – 7:00 PM – Senior Commencement