Softball season isn’t starting until spring but we got an early start on cleaning up the field. Coaches Shannon Reynolds and Megan Huck, several softball players and some of their families met Saturday at the field to clean up. We raked, pulled up weeds and worked the diamond so we could see it. It took a few hours of tough work in the sweltering heat but it was all worth it in the end. We had a nice size turnout to come and help. Coach Reynolds and Coach Huck both encouraged us to help, we even got to take a little break and throw the ball too. The season will be a great one with a beautiful field and I can’t wait for it to start.
This year, the Laurens Academy middle schools annual Look Up Lodge field trip will be on the 12th of October. Look Up Lodge has always been a fun trip for the middle school. However, for some students (the eighth grade) this will be their last trip to Look Up with the school. Going to Look Up Lodge as an eighth grader is lots of fun but it can also be very sad. It is fun because you get to be their with your friends, be the oldest class there, and have tons of fun. It can be sad because it is your last time going to Look Up Lodge. The eighth grade class will miss all of the fun activities at Look Up Lodge such as the giant swing, the water slide, the zip line, canoeing on the lake, and worship.
This past Friday, October 5th was Laurens Academy’s annual Family Fun Day before the football game against Richard Winn. It was open from 5:00 – 7:00. We had face painting, football throwing, pumpkin bowling, a big blow up bouncy house, and more. When you first came in there was a voting table, where you could guess how many candy corns were in the jar, and bags for the kids to fill with prizes from the games. All the games were really fun and you could win prizes! Most games you could pick out a piece of candy or toy from the bucket. What I liked most is that there were prizes for everyone, so if some of the kids couldn’t have candy they had other prizes. Overall I thought it went great and all the little kids had lots of fun.
On October 9th, the eighth and ninth graders went on a manufacturing field trip to the Piedmont Technical College Center in Laurens. The trip was similar to a job fair, and many different companies were there, along with other schools. We picked four booths that we thought were interesting and asked each of the four booths three questions. Booths such as Samsung, Milliken, Shaw Carpets, and many other booths were represented. It was interesting to see all the different things you can do with manufacturing and I’m really glad we went. There were also other booths there such as welding, the Laurens hospital, the Laurens water company and the fire station. It was also cool to learn that you can take robotics classes when you are in 11th and 12th grade at the center. I’m thankful they gave us the opportunity to go and I think it gave us an perspective on all the jobs that are available.
The ninth grade class is starting a project for Christian History. They are writing a paper on minor prophets such as Jonah, Daniel, Hosea etc. Along with the paper, the students are required to have a visual aid. This can be a power point, poster, or they can dress up as their prophet and give a speech. The entire class is already coming up with their ideas of what they are going to do for their project. The paper is due Monday, October 15, so the students are working hard to get their papers done. I, personally, am doing the book of Jonah. I am doing a speech for my visual aid along with the paper I am writing. It is going to be very fun doing the speech and I am looking forward to it.
On Thursday, October 4, the Crusaders proudly hosted what we assume is our first ever home race. It was held at the Laurens County Park, who generously cut and marked the path themselves. Coach Onika Kerber felt it was important to make a good first impression and made sure the race was a quality one. The team spent several days cleaning the course and preparing it (and themselves) for the race.
The race was a grand one for the Crusader girls, who beat the Raiders in an epic showdown. The course was challenging, and many runners came in much slower than they had expected. Blair Quarles came in with a twenty-five. Ruthie Moore followed close behind with a twenty-six. Audrey Noffs came in with a twenty-seven and Julia Kerber ran a twenty-nine. Penelope Kerber had a thirty, and Ivy Codington carried a thirty-one. Lindsey Burroughs followed with a forty. The boys fared amazingly for their ages. Andrew Codington came in with a twenty-six. Blake Quarles and Caleb Howard boasted amazing runs. Blake claimed a twenty-seven and Caleb stole a twenty-nine. Garrett Murphy took a thirty-one and Devin Sampson ran a thirty-three. Noah Manning came in with a thirty-nine. Both teams raced exceptionally well for such a hard course.
This year the cross country team started their season off with the Eye Opener race. It’s always a good way to start off the season. It gives us an idea on how were starting, and what we need to do to work for a better time throughout the season. This year it was great! We all met at the school and drove together to the race. When we got there we all helped to set up the tent, and set up the chairs. We first did our warm up, which is running a mile. Once the race began, the girls ran first, then the boys.
After the race was over we all did a cool down lap, and then we helped take down the tent and pack our stuff up and take it back to the cars. Overall I think the race went well. We all had fun and ran the best we could.
Jesse Tarver’s videos are the best hype videos out there. If you don’t know Jesse, he is the “Voice of The Crusaders.” He knows how to edit and make them look very good very good on social media. But spoiler alert the best hype video is coming soon with the receivers and the backs. The reason it’s so late in the season is because its homecoming. On homecoming the crusaders are facing off head to head vs the eagles from Richard Winn. Last week was the linesman video and it was pretty good and had a theme of hurricane Florence. The receivers are Dawson Foster, Charlton McCall, Kenny Langston, Cal Robertson, Diamonte Grant, Will Jones, and Clarence Bertoli. For homecoming we have spirit week and we need every fan in Laurens county there Friday night for homecoming and look forward to the receiver video friday afternoon.
Homecoming is approaching. That means that Spirit week is almost here too. Every year, on the week of Homecoming, we have Spirit week. Spirit week is when everyone dresses up according to a theme. Every year there is a different theme and this year there are a lot of cool ones. Pajama day is every year, and this year it is on Monday. You can dress up in your slippers, onesies , or your favorite pajamas. On Tuesday we are doing Biker vs. Surfer day. Everyone will either dress up as a biker or a surfer. On Wednesday it’s Decade Day. For this day there is a lot of stuff you can do. You can dress up how you want from any decade. Thursday it is Safari Day. This day will be especially fun for the younger kids, since they can dress up as one of their favorite animals. The last day on Friday will be Wacky Tacky Spirit Day. This is a mixture of Wacky Tacky Day and Spirit day. Wacky Tacky day is when you dress up crazy. You can wear do whatever, such as: crazy hair, mismatched socks, different shoes. It’s fun to see how weird everyone dresses. Spirit day is when you dress up in school colors and show your school spirit. This year it’s combined so you can dress crazy and show your school spirit. It’s going to be a very exciting Spirit Week and I can’t wait to see how everyone dresses up.
The first Laurens Academy buddy class was excellent. Everyone had a great time making the paper hands. They traced their hand and cut it out. One each finger you would write something about your grandparents that you enjoyed doing with them, or you would write qualities that they have that you like. On the palm, you would write your name so that your grandparent could identify your hand. It was a very enjoyable time and a great way to start off this year’s buddy classes. All of the upper school enjoys going to buddy class and spending time with the younger students. All of the students are already looking forward to the next time buddy class meets. I am sure the next one will be as good or even better than this one.
High school Vista at Laurens Academy is a class that informs students about highschool units and college credits. It also helps students do better in classes they are having trouble with. Currently Mrs. Finley is the teacher of highschool vista. We meet once a week on Fridays. She helps us realize what we need to do when we get to college so we aren’t going in blind. We will do a wide range of project from posters and more. This is a very helpful class. I’m sure all that Mrs. Finley is teaching us is something that we will need to succeed in college. I know that all students will love this class.
Laurens Academy 2018 Homecoming Court has been picked for each grade and we’re all so excited! The 9th grade Homecoming court nominees are Payton Breen, Sarah Grace Natiello, and Emily Abercrombie. The 10th grade Homecoming court nominees are Audrey Noffz, Julia K. Marlett,and Brantley Armstrong. The 11th grade Homecoming court nominees are Katelyn Suttles, Reagan Williamson, and Blair Quarles. The 12th grade Homecoming nominees are Kerington Armstrong, Florence Mitchell, Morgan Marlett, and Julia Kerber. Each high-school class votes for three people and the whole high-school votes on princesses for each grade out of those three. When the whole school votes we have one princess for each grade and one queen for the seniors. Everyone can’t wait to see all of these beautiful ladies on Friday!
Baseball season can’t come fast enough for some of us. If you aren’t involved in any fall sports right now, join us in our preseason practices. We can hit the cages or throw a bullpen. This is a great opportunity for those interested in a new position. This will hopefully give you time to sharpen your skills and prove you deserve to play there. There will be plenty of open spots and no one out there has a locked position. The only place that is locked for anyone is the place you give the effort to play. If you’ve never played before, come on out and try it. You never know you might be the new all-star!
Next week Laurens Academy’s 9th grade will be making soap in science class with Mrs. Sampson. She’s been teaching at LA for two years now and is one of my favorite teachers. She makes good jokes and keeps it related to the assignment. We will be making soap on Tuesday. Another project we have in her class is on making a Halogen poster. She’s letting us work on the projects in her class and also taking us to the computer lab to print pictures and finish our posters.
In our Christian history class on Tuesday, September 18th, we had a presentation. Mrs. Codington split us up into pairs. We had to make a presentation on a story from the Bible that demonstrated one of the three themes of mercy, justice, and the need for a savior. I did my story about Joseph being sold as a slave by his jealous brothers so my theme was mercy. We had to do our presentations on Google slides, so that way in class we could pull it up on Mrs. Codington’s computer to present. On Tuesday we did our presentations. I think it all went really well and everyone did a great job on their presentations.