Last Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the 2018/2019 Lady Crusader varsity basketball team visited the South Carolina State House and were recognized by the House of Representatives. The girls were brought in front of the representatives on the front floor and recognized for their 2019 SCISA 1A Varsity Girls Basketball State Championship back on February 23, 2019 at the Sumter Civic Center. Representative Mark Willis and Senator Danny Verdin introduced the team and recognized them on their championship along with other accomplishments they have achieved these last four years. Senior Ruthie Moore was recognized for scoring over 2000 points, being named to both the all-state team and all-region team, playing in the north/south all-star game, being named SCISA state player of the year, and the 2019 SCISA Miss Basketball. Juniors Blair Quarles, Reagan Williamson, and Jennifer Wu were also recognized for being named to the all-state team. Representative Willis congratulated the team on all their accomplishments and presented them with their resolution stating their accomplishments for the season. Along with being recognized on the floor, the team was given a tour around the State House and enjoyed lunch at California Dreaming after.
Last Thursday, April 25, Laurens Academy’s varsity baseball team hosted their 2019 senior night against W.W. King. Seniors #6 Dawson Foster and #3 Noah Moore were recognized for the countless work, effort, and leadership they have put in during their time as a Crusader baseball player. Dawson Foster, the outfielder and catcher when needed, has been playing baseball for five years at Laurens Academy. Along with baseball, Dawson has also participated in football, cross country, and basketball during his time at Laurens Academy. Dawson will further his education at either Presbyterian College in the fall. Noah Moore, the third baseman and outfielder, has played baseball two years for the Crusaders. Moore has also participated in football and basketball. Noah with begin college at Covenant in the fall alongside his twin sister, Ruthie Moore.
Laurens Academy’s annual spring auction was a huge hit this year. People from all over Laurens County attended the school’s event and fellowshipped with each other . Each student participated in selling raffle tickets for the Keurig, Apple Ipad, Yeti Cooler, $500 cash prize, and Apple airpods. In past years, auction baskets created by items brought in by students have been the most popular and highest bidded on objects but, this year brought a change. This year’s highest bidded on and most popular auction items were the parking passes. Three passes were bought by parents for their student to park by the gym. The other passes were for volleyball and basketball parking during the season in front of the gym on game days. Some other popular items were a “Honey Hush” light up sign, Tammy Tollison’s famous homemade bread, gift certificates, Sandy Moore’s delicious chocolate chip cookies, and workout equipment. All together, tis annual spring auction was a huge success.
This past Friday, March 22, Mrs. Harmon’s third grade class had Colonial Day. The third graders have been learning about the beginning of the thirteen colonies and the Pilgrims in their history class. Along with learning facts about the colonies and their founders, the third grade class learned to identify and label the original thirteen colonies on a map. To celebrate the end of their unit on the thirteen colonies, the third graders brought in food, made hats, and played games like the pilgrims. The third graders feasted on succotash, chicken pot pie, apple pie, slices of bread, and other delicious dishes brought in my their parents. After their meal, the children made hats like the pilgrims wore. The boys made capotains and the girls made bonnets. To end their day, the class participated in games and competitions like find the pilgrim and name that colony. Mrs. Harmon’s third grade class had a blast celebrating Colonial Day.
Laurens Academy is having their annual spring action on March 30th. The auction will be held in the Laurens Academy gym from 4:30 to 9:00. There will be a live auction along with a silent auction for cash prizes, class baskets, and other donated items. Some themes for this year’s class baskets are dorm life, Clemson, Carolina, Family night, BBQ, and many other fun themes! Along with the other items, Laurens Academy students will be selling raffle tickets for five dollars a piece for five items that will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be sold for each individual item. This years raffle items are a Keurig, a pair of Apple Airpods, an Apple Ipad mini, a Yeti cooler, and a five hundred dollar cash prize. For more information about the spring auction, contact Laurens Academy at (864) 682-2324.
As the end of the school year approaches us, more and more of our seniors are getting accepted into colleges all over. So far, members of the Laurens Academy class of 2019 have been accepted into Covenant College, College of Charleston, USC, Clemson, Presbyterian College, Erskine, North Greenville, Anderson, Columbia College, and more to come. Senior Kinsley Atkins has been given the opportunity to further her volleyball career at Columbia College on a scholarship. Kinsley has attended Laurens Academy for two years, playing varsity volleyball for Coach Shannon McGee and Coach Heather Sherman. In these two years, Kinsley has been a part of both regular season and tournament championships, was named to the all-region team in 2018, played in the 2018 north-south all star game, and was named to the 2018 all-state volleyball team. Before coming to Laurens Academy, Kinsley played volleyball for her former school and travel volleyball. We wish Kinsley the best as she continues her volleyball career as a Columbia College Koala!
The Laurens Academy Lady Crusaders varsity girls basketball team competed over the Christmas break in multiple games. The Lady Crusaders competed in the Lowes Classic 2018 High School Basketball Tournament held at Chesnee High School. The girls were the only private school team invited and played against two five A schools on one three A school. The team competed in a game a day throughout December 27 through December 29 and battles hard each game. The Laurens Academy Lady Crusaders finished 1-2 at the end of the tournament in fifth place. First, the Lady Crusaders took a win over AAA Chesnee High School at their own gym. The next two games, the Crusaders lost to AAAAA Fort Mill and Gaffney. The Gaffney game was within ten points. All together, the Lady Crusaders represented the school very well and played their hearts out.
Coming up on December 13, Laurens Academy will host their annual elementary school Christmas concert. The concert will be performed by grades 4K through fifth grade. It will begin with various children from the older elementary grades showcasing their piano skills. Next, the 4K and 5K classes will sing Christmas tunes like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The older grades will sing more traditional Christmas songs like Mary Did You Know and Silent Night. The concert will also feature some Christmas music history that will be told as the night goes on. Some kids have earned spots to sing in small groups, solos, trios, and duets while others will read to the crowd. The older grades will get to showcase their acquired skills that they have learned throughout the first semester on the xylophone. After the show comes to a conclusion, the Laurens Academy staff will be serving cookies and milk for the children and their families. Mrs. Owens, the music teacher, and the elementary children have put in loads of hard work and hope to see a big crowd attend their show!
On Wednesday, October 31st, Mrs. Codington took the Laurens Academy eighth grade class on a field trip to the Clemson Planetarium for their Earth science class. The field trip was focused around our solar system and space. While at Clemson, the eighth graders learned about stars, constellations, asteroid belts, other planets, galaxies, and phases of the moon. They also learned about different theories about space including the possibility of aliens existing. The eighth graders got to go sit inside a dark, big, blow-up dome where they viewed different phases of the moon and look at different constellations. They ended their field trip with lunch at Wendys in Clemson. The students loved the chance to learn more in depth about our solar system and space with Mrs. Codington in Clemson.
On October 16, Laurens Academy played their final home volleyball match of the 2018 season against Oakbrook Preparatory School and hosted Senior Night. Six seniors were recognized before the game for all their accomplishments. The six seniors (pictured below left to right)were Hannah Stribling, Mattie Grace Noffz, Kinsley Atkins, Ruthie Moore, Florence Mitchell, and Kerington Armstrong. The seniors lined up with their parents and walked out as they were called and a short message was said about each one. The seniors were recognized in the message for their accomplishments in any sport they have participated in, the years they have attended at Laurens Academy, and their plans for college. Each senior received a small gift from the coaches and team and a card that each player signed. These six seniors ended their final game at home with a win over the knights of Oakbrook. We wish each senior the best as they continue their time left at Laurens Academy and their future!
This previous weekend, Laurens Academy hosted the SCISA Region 2 1A volleyball tournament. Middle school began the tournament at 9:00 Saturday morning. Laurens Academy went in as the number one seed with WW King behind them as number two. The Crusaders met the Knights in the championship game. Both teams fought very hard but in the end, the Knights won. The Crusaders still claimed the regular season championship and Madison Sherman and Olivia Huck were named to the all-tournament team. The Knights from King claimed the tournament championship. After middle school completed, the varsity portion of the tournament began. Laurens Academy varsity was the number one seed with and perfect region record with Cambridge behind them. The Cougars and the Crusaders met for a final time in the championship game. The Crusaders came out on top, keeping their three-year region winning streak alive. The Crusaders claimed their third straight region championship and tournament championship. This weekend, the Crusaders will advance to state in Myrtle Beach where they hope to bring home another trophy.
This year Grandparents Day was a huge success all around. It was one of the largest turnouts for this favored event that the school has ever seen. The theme for Grandparents Day this year was “Little Seeds Grow Mighty Trees”. The day started out with the grandparents gathering in the gym where they could socialize, drink coffee, and buy LA apparel. The real show began with Mrs. Kirk speaking and introducing the individual grades and was followed by a pep rally hosted by the middle school and varsity cheerleaders. During the pep rally, grandparents and their grandchildren were called down to participate in freeze dance. In the end, it came down to Ruthie and Noah Moore and their grandma and Hannah Stribling with her grandma. Both teams excelled at freeze dancing so, the crowd voted and the Moores won. The rest of the day consisted of eating bag lunches together, meeting teachers, visiting classrooms, taking pictures, visiting the used book sale, and spending time together. All together, Grandparents Day 2018 was a huge hit for everyone.
The Lady Crusader varsity volleyball team is starting out strong and keeping their eyes on the prize. This year, the team consist of six seniors, two juniors, three sophomores, and four freshman giving the team a total of fifteen. In the preseason tournament at Newberry College, the varsity team began their sweep with a win over one of their biggest competitors, Wardlaw Academy Patriots. The Patriots have beat the Crusaders for the past three years and have helped put the team out of state. Also at the tournament, the Crusaders beat Shannon Forest and Jefferson Davis but, fell to Patrick Henry. So far, varsity remains undefeated in the region, beating Cambridge. Richard Winn, and Anderson Christian. All together, the Crusaders have a 6-1 record. The one loss was to Shannon Forest but, this past Tuesday night (September 10), the varsity girls came through and defeated Shannon Forest in five sets. The goal this year is to claim the region 1A title and for the varsity to return back to Myrtle Beach in October and work for a state title. As the season continues, the Lady Crusaders will keep working hard everyday, having fun, growing together, and pushing towards their goal to win it all.