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Liberty Christian School Community Spotlight: Bethany Lucas

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Kim Schlauch

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This month’s Liberty Christian School Community Spotlight features class of 2012 alumni Bethany Lucas. Bethany, a recent high school graduate, has a passion for learning foreign languages and plans for pursuing this passion in college and beyond.  Here is what she had to share with us.

Q. In what grades did you attend LCS?

A. I attended Liberty Christian School from 6th through 8th grade.

Q. What have been your education and/or work experiences since you graduated from LCS?

A. Since LCS, I have attended high school at Chapelgate Christian Academy for four years and graduated from there this past May.

Q. What LCS teacher had the most influence on you and why?

A. All of the teachers at Liberty Christian School have had a huge impact on my life, but I would say Mr. Tibbels had the greatest impact. Under his teaching, I was able to develop and improve my writing skills.  He also encouraged me to challenge the status quo and try to positively change any situation.

Q. What is a favorite LCS memory of yours?

A. My favorite LCS memory would be the 8th grade Costa Rica missions trip I went on in 2012. I loved every minute of that trip. The ziplining and snorkeling were awesome, but the best part of the trip was making connections with the children of La Carpio and teaching them English and sharing the Gospel with them.

Q. What is an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your life so far?

A. There is no particular accomplishment in my life that I am most proud of to be honest. If I had to pick an event in my life, I would say earning my second degree black belt in Shotokan karate on May 25, 2013.  After I passed my exam in Philadelphia, I became the highest ranking minor at my dojo.

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Q. What types of ministries and leadership activities have been involved with since graduating from LCS?

A. At Chapelgate I was class vice president my junior and senior years as well as vice president of the National Honor Society at my school.  This summer, I will be involved in World Relief as a volunteer.

Q. What are your plans for the next few years now that you’ve graduated from high school?

A. I will be attending the University of Maryland College Park and I will major in Arabic Studies and minor in Spanish.  I am considering adding either Government & Politics or Community Health as another major.  During my time at UMD, I plan on studying abroad in Spain and Morocco.  I also hope to get an internship either at a government agency or a language institute within the next few years.

Q. What inspired you to pursue studies in Arabic?

A. There are multiple reasons I became interested in studying Arabic.  One, learning foreign languages is a passion of mine and I wanted to learn a language outside of the Indo-European language family.  Also, I find Arab culture and its people so fascinating and I want to explore it in every way possible, and the language and its structure is so important to begin understanding the culture. Additionally there is a gross misunderstanding and misconception about Arabs and their culture. I hope that learning about the Arab world will help me educate others into seeing the beauty of their culture and not the bad that so many people associate with Arabs.

Q. What do you envision yourself doing 5 years from now?

A. Five years from now, I will have graduated from UMD and have my bachelor’s degree. I’m not sure where or what I will be doing exactly. I plan to either live in Washington DC working for the government or a language institute, attending graduate school, or living somewhere in Spain (preferably Barcelona or Seville). I would like to travel to South America and the Middle East within in this time period. I also believe that my faith will be stronger in this time, and I hope to have shared the word of God with others that I meet. 

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Liberty Christian School Community Spotlight: Andrew Truong

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Kim Schlauch

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This month’s Liberty Christian School Community Spotlight features class of 2007 alumni and Naval Academy graduate Andrew Truong.  Andrew is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a Naval Aviator, a dream that was sparked by an event that took place one day during his 5th grade science class at LCS.  Here is what Andrew had to share with us.

Q. What have been your education and/or work experiences since you graduated from LCS?

A. After graduating from LCS, I attended high school at Chapelgate Christian Academy where I participated in both JV and varsity soccer, varsity lacrosse, and the National Honor Society. I graduated in June of 2011 from CCA near the top of my class and with honors.  Having been accepted into the United States Naval Academy, I left for Annapolis to begin my military career as a Midshipman at the end of that month.

While a midshipman, I participated on the Navy Paintball Team, the rock climbing club, the Company intramural soccer team, and held the billets of Company Adjutant and Company Platoon Commander my senior year. In May of 2015, I graduated from the Naval Academy with the USNA Class of 2015, receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a Commission as an Ensign into the United States Navy, as well as a spot in Flight School.

That summer, while waiting to report to flight school, I worked as a sailing instructor at the Academy, teaching the incoming plebes basic sailing and seamanship while also having the collateral duty of being Maintenance Officer of the fleet of the Navy 26ft sailboats.

I reported to Pensacola, FL to begin flight school in October, where I completed Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) at Naval Aviation Schools Command. I am currently stationed in Corpus Christi, TX as a Student Naval Aviator, beginning Primary with Training Squadron Two Eight (VT-28) Rangers.

Q. What  LCS teacher had the most influence on you and why?

A. I was blessed to have had extremely caring and helpful teachers at LCS. They all cared about my development and I would not be where I am today without their help. While they all influenced my life for the better, the one teacher who had the most influence on my life was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson. It was Mrs. Thompson who invited a pilot to talk to our class, which was the biggest influence on why I chose the military and Naval Aviation as a career. If it had not been for her lesson planning and her desire to make the lessons more interesting, I would not be where I am today.

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Q. What is your favorite LCS memory?

A. Playing soccer for LCS was probably my favorite memory. I liked the competition as well as hanging out with my friends on the field.

Q. What is an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your life so far?

A. The accomplishment I am most proud of has to be following the dreams I’ve had since I was a little kid and never giving up on them. Looking back, the Naval Academy wasn’t particularly easy, and I’m glad I didn’t give up and pushed through the tough times. 

Q. What inspired you to want attend the Naval Academy and become a pilot?

A. One of the science units during 5th grade was a unit on flight, where the students would learn the basic concepts of flight and how an airplane works. Well, one of my classmate’s dad, Mr. Anglin, was a pilot for Southwest and a Marine Corp Fighter Pilot prior to that. Mrs. Thompson, in an effort to make the lesson more interesting, asked him to come in and talk to us about flight and about being a pilot. To try and spark our interest about aviation and flight, he brought in some videos of planes getting shot down by missiles (no pilots in them of course), and a video of him taking off as an F-18 pilot. Of course, as 5th graders, we were all “oohing” and “ahhing” watching these videos of planes taking off and getting shot down.

After showing us the videos, he brought out the flight gear he wore as a Marine Pilot, which included a flight suit, G-suit, and his flight helmet. When he asked for volunteers, every hand in the room shot up wanting to try the gear on. Luckily for me, the book fair was right before that and I had purchased a book on military planes of the world. The book just happened to be on my desk, and when he saw it, he asked if I wanted to come up to the front and try the gear on.

I still remember this moment very vividly. I walked up to the front of the classroom and put on the flight suit and G-suit. He then explained how each piece of gear worked, and as he was explaining what a G-suit does, he blew the G-suit up, simulating what it does during high G flights. I remember thinking to my 5th grade self, “This is cool! I want to do this when I grow up. I don’t want to sit behind a desk all day, I want to fly planes for a living!” So, since that fateful day, I’ve been working towards achieving my goal of becoming a Naval Aviator.

Q. What are some of the interesting things you have done/places you have been since being in the military?

A. Being in the military has afforded me a lot of really cool experiences that most people will never get to do in their lifetime. I’ve been underway on a US Warship for a month (not as cool as it sounds) and underway on a nuclear submarine (way cooler than it sounds), where I’ve gotten to steer the submarine, conn it, climb into the torpedo tubes, and, of all things, sleep next to a nuclear missile.

I’ve done a sailing cruise where we sailed a 44 foot sailboat from Annapolis to Charleston and back with a crew of 10, tens of miles from shore, through multiple storms, and with no immediate help around. I’ve been able to receive fast rope training, where I’ve gotten to make three jumps out the back of a CH-47 from altitudes varying from 50 ft to over 100 ft (If you’ve seen the beginning of Black Hawk Down, then you’ll know what fast roping is).

I was able to participate in Powered Flight, a program that the Naval Academy had where they would give you 10.5 hours of flight time, and if you were able to complete the syllabus, you would be able to fly an aircraft by yourself for the first time. I’ve also been given the opportunity to participate in NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School, where we hiked and mountaineered through 115 miles of Alaskan Bushlands and Glaciers for a month, living solely off of what we brought and what we were occasionally resupplied with. I’ve had other exciting and funny experiences as a midshipman; however, these experiences are the ones that I hold most dear to my heart.

Q. What advice do you have for current LCS students that might like to join the military in the future?

A. This may sound cliché, but my number one advice is to talk to your parents about it. You may deny this as a kid and young adult, but parents are wiser than they seem. They know you better than you think and they can give you advice on whether the military is the right choice for you. They’ll be your number one supporters in life and I’m sure they’ll also appreciate the heads-up that you’re interested in joining the military. Other than that, if you are still interested in joining the military, go for it and give 100% in what you do. Everything else will work itself out.

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Q. What do you envision yourself doing 5 years from now?

A. Ideally, 5 years from now, I will have achieved my goal and will be flying F-18 Super Hornets off of aircraft carriers for a living. I also hope to be able to visit foreign ports and experience the different cultures of the world, as well as finding a woman that I’d like to settle down with one day.

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Liberty Christian School 2015-16 Year in Review Part 2

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Kim Schlauch

Liberty Christian School 35th_Anniversary_1.jpgHere is a continuation of the list of some of the key events and activities that took place at Liberty Christian School during the 2015-16 school year.

5. ACSI Art Festival

In April, selected middle school students traveled to Lancaster County Christian school in Pennsylvania to represent our school for the first time in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Art Festival.  While there they had the opportunity to participate in art workshops and view art entries from over 20 other schools.

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4. Race for Education Color Run

This year’s Race for Education included a colorful twist for our middle school students.  While completing their laps to raise funds for the school, students became living artwork thanks to the help of fun-loving teachers and parent volunteers who were strategically stationed throughout the race course and armed with condiment containers filled with colored corn starch.  This activity, which proved to be a big hit with race participants, certainly brightened an otherwise overcast day.

3. Blessings in a Backpack

As part of this year’s Race for Education festivities, our students had the wonderful opportunity to serve others by participating in a community service project for Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.  This project consisted of a food drive that offered both lower and middle school students the chance to purchase and donate food items as well as a packing event during which middle school students packed lunches for 85 students at two local elementary schools in Baltimore and Carroll Counties.  The school was also able to provide a monetary gift to Blessings in a Backpack from money raised during the Race for Education.

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The sport of archery was introduced this year to Liberty Christian School thanks to a grant received from the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).  Archery teaches skills such as patience, maintaining calm under pressure, focus and self-discipline, balance and coordination, confidence and self-awareness.  After purchasing the necessary equipment, Mr. Frock and Mr. Dumas were able to begin an archery unit in PE and form an archery team.  In March, 26 members of the archery team participated in their first event, the Maryland National Archery in the Schools Tournament, held at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.  At the tournament, two of our lower school students achieved a top 10 ranking in the state for their age range.  Mr. Frock is looking to build on the success of this year’s efforts with the goals of continuing to develop our archers’ skills as well as competing in multiple tournaments next year.

1. Liberty Christian School Celebrates 35 Years

In 1980, Liberty Christian School started as a preschool in the basement of Liberty Church.  In the years that followed, the school grew both in terms of its offerings as well as its footprint as grades were added and the building was expanded.  Since the school’s opening, hundreds of LCS alumni have benefitted from a Christian education and have gone on to impact their families, jobs and communities.  This year, the school marked the school’s 35th anniversary and the LCS community enjoyed reflecting upon God’s goodness and provision over the years.  In addition to other events and activities to mark the occasion, the community celebrated this milestone in style at the Celebration Auction Gala in March.

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Liberty Christian School 2015-16 Year in Review Part 1

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM by Kim Schlauch

LCS_students.jpgIn the blink of an eye, another school year has come to an end.  Join us as we fondly recall some of the key events and activities that took place at Liberty Christian School during the 2015-16 year.

10. Lobby Renovations

The fundraising efforts of the Development Office and Parent Teacher Leadership (PTL) paid off when the school’s new and improved lobby area was unveiled at the start of the school year.  Cosmetic renovations included the addition of new laminate hardwood flooring as well as drywall and fresh paint.  Once the paint was dry, Art teacher Krista Quenzer designed a photo gallery on the wall opposite the front office that highlights LCS students.  And, thanks to a donation coordinated by a Liberty Christian School parent, the wall opposite the main entrance now features a large lobby display housing student work, sports and chess trophies, as well as Costa Rica mission trip memorabilia.  A TV monitor graces the same wall and displays a running scroll of photos as well as school news and announcements.  These changes have transformed a functional area into a warm and welcoming entryway to our school.

9. Spirit Wear

With last year’s introduction of a new school logo came the need to update our Spirit Wear collection.  This fall, that need was met with the introduction of a new and expanded line of vibrant clothing that students, teachers and staff, parents and alumni have been wearing to school as well as throughout the community to show their school spirit.

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8. 9- Square In The Air

9-Square In The Air is a new and exciting game that has become a big hit at churches, camps, schools and other similar venues.  Invented by a middle school pastor, this game is a 3D adaptation of the traditional ground-based 4- or 9-square game.  Thanks to Mr. Tibbels who discovered the game along with a generous donation from a Liberty Christian School community member, the school was able to purchase a game set this past school year.  The game, which is being used in PE class, middle school clubs and athletic department fundraisers, has become a big hit within our own student body.

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Middle School Science teacher Mrs. Mueller’s vision to provide her 8th grade students with a creative and experiential learning activity became a reality when the class hosted a science fair at the end of the school year.  For the project, students were given the freedom to select an experiment of interest to them and were then held responsible for gathering the necessary project materials, conducting the selected experiment, writing an 8-10 page project report, preparing a display, and presenting their findings at the in-house science fair.  The project was a great learning experience for those involved as it helped them further develop their skills in the areas of planning on a mass scale, time management, critical thinking and problem solving, verbalizing their thoughts and getting them down on paper, as well as presentation and public speaking.  The culimating science fair itself offered those in attendance, including our 6th and 7th grade students, teachers, staff, and parents the opportunity to learn from their findings.   Mrs. Mueller was pleased with the project outcome, impressed by the effort put forth, and hopeful the experience has prepared our 8th graders for the rigors of high school.

6. Helping Up Mission Visit

In January, LCS hosted the choir from Helping Up Mission (HUM), a community of hope which offers a comprehensive recovery program for men in Baltimore, Maryland.  Our 8th graders had the honor of serving lunch to the men and the entire school body participated in a Spirit-filled choir performance consistng of music and testimony of the unbelievable power of God to save and transform lives.

To be continued...

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