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Academy Family,

One of the characteristics often attributed to great leaders is the ability to look into the future and see things other people cannot see. It is made to sound like an almost magical trait, as if the leader possesses some mystical power. Tonight we will have our first parent meeting in over a year, and the event has been named the Looking Ahead event. We will celebrate the great accomplishment of having had school all day, every day, with every student in face-to-face instruction for this school year. Indeed, that is something to be celebrated. It was not accomplished with some mystical power. It was driven by simple common sense decisions based on good data. It was accomplished by real people doing hard things all day, every day, for a year. That takes a strength that can only come from God, and hearts made courageous in that strength. Tonight, we celebrate, not the leaders that made the decisions, but we celebrate teachers and staff who were strong and brave every day, all day for an entire year.

Tonight we will briefly pause in the moment, not only to celebrate the past but also to look to the future. In any moment there is always a past to be reflected on, and a future to be anticipated. There are decisions to be made, and hard things to be done. As we look forward, you will see and hear many exciting things. There will be some old things left in the past. There will be some old things kept as they are and some old things kept and made better. There will also be some completely new things. Yes, there will be a big announcement, something brand new that you have long anticipated.

Perhaps the most important thing we will hear tonight is that there are some things that will never change. As followers of God, we know that God never changes in His essence. His word is eternal, whereas heaven and earth will pass away. Perhaps the most important trait for a leader is the ability to see what needs to change, and what must stay the same. Tonight, you will hear of those things. A favorite quote, attributed to various people including Winston Churchill, says “The only people who can predict the future are those who shape the future”. As we look ahead we realize God alone is in charge of the future. The only way to have the power to shape our future is to be within the purposes and will of God.

Warrior strong, Warrior brave, we do hard things,


Jerry Reeder

 

Servant of the Week
This week’s Servant of the Week is Bob Parks. Bob Parks has been photographing basketball and baseball games for five years and has faithfully attended every baseball game and every basketball game. He makes action pictures available to parents free of charge. He is a true Warrior servant. God is using Bob Parks to bless the Academy.
Tonight is the BIG EVENT 2.0! Check out these amazing auction items before you come. The silent auction will be open from 6-6:30 pm and again from 8:30-9 pm. All money raised will go toward new facilities and technology. We look forward to celebrating God’s faithfulness, and hearing exciting announcements about the future of Whitesburg Christian Academy.
Mark Your Calendar
  • April 30 – Grammar Field Day 
  • May 10 – Upper School Field Day
  • May 12 – Senior Exams 
  • May 13 – Warrior Walk
  • May 16 – Graduation 
  • May 17 – Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 19 – 6th Grade Graduation 
  • May 18-20 – Upper School Exams 
  • May 20 – Upper School Awards Day
Order by 12pm on Friday!
Lunch will be provided through May 14.
Upper School Field Day Lunch Order
Reserve your lunch from Dallas Mill Deli that will be served at Field Day, May 10. Fill out this form and turn it in the Mrs. Cox no later May 4.
Upper School Late Start Wednesday This Week
  • Chess Club (Mr. Douglas – Library)
  • French Club (Mrs. Moore – Room 104)
  • Marketing & Media Club (Ms. Hill/Mrs. Taylor – Room 108)
  • Study Hall (Coach Harper – Mod. C)
Save the Date!!
Employment Opportunity
  • August 2021: Before and after school child care providers (7-8 am, 2:30-5:30 pm)
Contact Michele Tate for more information.
   
It's School Library Month!
SGA Movie Night
New Date – May 6
2020-2021 & 2021-22 SCHOOL CALENDAR
PARENT/STUDENT BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Today’s Fine Arts Month Feature is Our Band Program Under Mr. Willis!

The band program has a long history of being a huge part of the school environment. Currently, nearly 100 students are enrolled in band, starting in 5th grade through 12th grade. Students learn the basic fundamentals in 5th/6th grade, and then use that for more performance-driven ensembles, with the middle school band and high school symphonic band. In addition to regular classroom band, students have the choice to participate in the upper school Pep Band and Jazz Band, as well as other small ensemble opportunities throughout the year.

This has been a fantastic year for the band! As with everything, this has been an atypical year, but the music and accomplishments haven't been stopped! We had 18 students participate in Solo and Ensemble, every event received the highest score! This is a big deal and very rare to have 100% superior ratings. We also had 2 selected for District Honor Band and 2 for Middle school all-state (a 2nd in school history). We also have a 12th grader who is in the audition process, and is expected to receive significant scholarships at Mississippi College!

Order your child's art this week!

Brynn Elise Holbrook is the daughter of Tim and Tyanna Holbrook. She has attended The Academy for her entire educational career. In her time at The Academy, she has participated in track and field, served as a member of both National Honor Society and Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy, graduated and served as an ambassador for the Student Leadership Academy, and competed in Science Olympiad. Brynn was recognized as a National Merit Semi-Finalist, an honor given to the top 1% of students nationwide. She was also honored with the Presidential Scholarship for Mississippi College. After graduation, she plans to attend Mississippi College to major in Pre-Physical Therapy and continue running track.
Emma Eastin Cape is the daughter of Chris and Vicki Cape. She has attended The Academy for seven years. During her time at The Academy, she has been a member of National Honor Society and participated in the track program for four years. She has also been an active member of the fostering program with a New Leash on Life. Emma has been awarded the Athletic and Gamecock Success Scholarship with Jacksonville State University, which she plans to attend after graduation majoring as Pre-Veterinarian.
Lillian Grace Harmon is the daughter of Tommy and Christie Harmon. She has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy for twelve years. During her time at The Academy, she has been a member of the National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Headmaster’s Council, Student Government Association, and the Middle School Retreat Leader Team, along with receiving the Whitesburg Academy Leadership Award. She is also a graduate of Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, Capstone Leader Academy, and was chosen as the 2020-2021 Homecoming Queen. Lillie graduated from Student Leadership University and was chosen as a winner of the SLU 201 essay contest to lay a wreath at Arlington Cemetery. Also, Lillie has been the Bellator Magazine Editor in Chief and Yearbook Co-Editor. In addition, Lillie has participated in several sports including varsity girls soccer, varsity girls softball, varsity girls volleyball, varsity girls track, and varsity cheerleading, where she served as captain her junior and senior year. Lillie was awarded the varsity softball Best Offensive Player award and was a founding member of the softball team. Lillie is a recipient of the Freshman Academic Excellence, Colvard Future Leader and Non-Resident Tuition scholarships from Mississippi State, All Auburn scholarship from Auburn University, UAH Academic Recognition scholarship from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Marion Scholarship, Davis Scholarship, and Sherman Oaks Scholarship from Samford University. In the fall, Lillie will attend Samford University and study Communication Sciences and Disorders with plans to pursue Speech Pathology.
Matthew Lynn Joseph is the son of Brian and Denise Joseph. He has been a student at Whitesburg Christian Academy since kindergarten. After graduation, Matt plans to continue his studies at Calhoun Community College where he will major in Technology.

This Week

  • 4/27 – VG Soccer playoffs- 5:30 @ St. Bernard
  • 4/30-5/1 – Track State Meet
Sports Tryouts!
  • Varsity Girls Volleyball, 9-12 grade – At the ROC, April 26-30 from 3:30- 5:30 (T/F) and 3:30-5:00 (M/W/Th)
  • MS/Varsity Cheer – May 3-6, 3:30-5:30
  • JV/V Boys Basketball – May 3-4, 3:45-5:00
  • MS Boys Basketball – May 3-4, 5:00-6:30
  • MS Girls Volleyball – May 12-14, 3:30-5:00
  • MS Girls Basketball tryouts will be held in August

Baseball Team Interest 
Parents of rising 7th - 12th graders who are interested in playing baseball next school year, please e-mail Coach Wessinger at david.f.wessinger@knology.net.

For more detailed sports information and a listing of all summer camps, see this month's Warrior GameDay.
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