Commencement is a new beginning
Class of 2012 shines
A full-house celebrated the graduation of five LPA seniors May 24. The seniors all had speaking roles in the ceremony, creating an enjoyable mix of seriousness and playfulness, combined with gratitude and praise to God.
For their guest speaker, the seniors invited former history teacher Ben Smith, who traveled from Minneapolis to address the students. Mr. Smith challenged the seniors to seek wisdom more than simply knowledge, and in their faith to always remember whose they are and from where they have come. In a call for the graduates to be self-motivated and persistent, he urged them to follow the advice of Proverbs 6:6, his favorite verse:
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
Yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers food at harvest.
The secondary band performed various songs for the prelude, and then the recessional, "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" as the seniors marched out.
Senior Jonathan Mace, son of LPA founder Lori Mace, became the longest continually attending student to graduate thus far. He has been at Lake Pointe since it opened in 2005.
Where will they go? Here's where the seniors have declared or are considering:
Martha Adams* Anderson University
Alex Hall (H) Winthrop University
Katie Kidd* Applying to colleges in Florida
Jonathan Mace (H) Clemson University
Travis Townson Anderson University (likely)
(H) denotes Honors Diploma; (*) denotes home-schooled student