Exams are an important part of a student’s life. They teach you to learn how to recall information that was taught earlier in the year. Students at Laurens academy take two sets exams: one set halfway through the year right before winter break and the other at the end of the year before summer break. Many people stress over exams, but if you are prepared they are not too bad. One way to make sure you will be ready is to be organized throughout the year, and to keep track of your information. When exams get close, you can pull out your study guides, homework, and old tests to study easily. Another way is to randomly take out old notes and glance over them during the year, even when exams are not very close. Using these tips, students may be able to be more prepared for the exams coming up soon.
The 9th grade Christian History class had a bake sale to raise money for third world families in need of food through a program called Samaritan’s Purse. This sale will help the families by gathering money to buy them a goat, a cow, chickens, or other animals that would be useful by providing them with food they can eat and sell. This bake sale took place from the 29th of October through the 1st of November. It was so successful that we decided to have another bake sale during the week of November 12th and go through the 16th. We raised over 70 dollars in our first sale by selling a variety of cookies, brownies, and snacks. The class hopes to collect even more money for the program in the upcoming week. Everyone has some ideas to raise more money and we look forward to using those in the next few weeks.
On Friday the 17th, the middle school and high school cheerleaders had a dinner at the school. This was to bring all the girls closer together as cheer squads, and to become better friends all around. At the dinner we had a type of gift exchange called a white elephant. The exchange was a game where everyone brings gifts, then at the beginning, everyone was given numbers. Number one goes and picks a gift, then number two comes and decides if they want what number one has or if they’d like something new. It continued through all the numbers, and the only rule is how many times a certain person could have a gift taken from them, which was two times at the max. This whole dinner with the exchange was be a lot of fun for all the girls and everyone was looking forward to it.
Sadly this year, middle school does not have a football team. However, there were many girls interested in cheering. Since there was no football team, the ladies who wanted to do cheer were stuck. Luckily, someone had an idea where they could still do something. The girls would participate with the varsity cheerleaders in pep rallies, and cheer at the high school football team’s home games. This works out very well, at the games especially, because we have more cheering going on. With two cheer squads, we can entertain and support the football team from all across the sidelines. The middle schoolers have practice to themselves sometimes, and on other occasions the girls have one with the varsity cheerleaders to practice for pep rallies. These ladies, along with the varsity cheer squad, are coached by Ms. Gibbs and Mrs. Davenport, who dubs herself the ‘pencil and paper’ while Ms. Gibbs is the ‘pom pom shaker.’ We’re glad they figured something out so they could still cheer for the Crusaders!
On Friday, August 31, the varsity and middle school cheerleaders put on the Jr. Cadet Camp for elementary girls. It was held at the end of school. We split the girls into groups and set up different stations around the gym. The varsity cheerleaders were in charge of the stations, and the middle school cheerleaders would lead the groups. One of the stations was for art. Here, jr cadets contributed to a painted a banner that was hung up at the football game that night. At the dance station, they learned a dance to perform at halftime. The song choice “Cheerleader” was perfect for our little cadets. The last two stations were a game station and everyone’s favorite, a snack station. Once all the groups had gone through each station around the gym, we rehearsed what we would do with them at halftime at the game that night. Once everything looked good, all the girls were picked up. They did well in their performance that Friday night, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do at the next pep rally!