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Operation Christmas Child

November 19, 2019
By Erin Brown [Journalism Instructor]

Calista Douglas [12] writes a note for just one of the many boxes packed last week for Operation Christmas Child. Notes and goodies will be sent to children all around the world through OCC and LCA has been blessed to be a part of such a wonderful program!
Photo by Paul Graft [12]

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10 Things I’m Thankful For!

November 19, 2019
By Paul Graft [12]


1. Cats because they are cute, loving, and passive-aggressive.

2. COFFEE. It's the only thing getting me through school.

3. Dogs because they love you when cats won’t.

4. LCA’s homework load because it “prepares us for college”.

5. Taking Photos because then I never have to be in the them.

6. Books, so I don’t have to pay attention to what is actually happening.

7. Parks and Rec because they are the best friends you’ve never actually had.

8. Subway because they let you make whatever sandwich you want.

9. Free Things because you don’t have to pay for them.

10. Money so you can buy things that aren't free.


Tags: seasonal
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The Perfect Thanksgiving Day

November 19, 2019
By Seth Rigby [12]

I love Thanksgiving because it is a happy time of year to gather together as a family and enjoy some great food. My usual Thanksgiving includes going to my cousin’s house with my grandparents and extended family. Some of my favorite foods to eat at Thanksgiving are the stuffing, mac and cheese, rolls, ham, green beans, pie, and most importantly, Turkey! While these are examples of what my usual Thanksgiving is like, my “Perfect Thanksgiving” would be totally different from this. At my “Perfect Thanksgiving,” my cousins and extended family would not be there haha because they can be awkward and also consume at least 3/4ths of all the good food, leaving little for me. Therefore, I would enjoy eating Thanksgiving all by myself. Yes, this sounds very depressing and lonely but on the bright side, it would be a never-ending buffet to enjoy all by me, myself and I. The last, and maybe most miserable (to all of you) part of my Thanksgiving, would be not having a turkey. Yes I know this sounds ridiculous, because the turkey is the most important dish, and even though it tastes so good, I am on a quest to save the turkeys. I encourage whoever is reading this to leave out the turkey this year, to save many of these sacred birds. This is what my “Perfect Thanksgiving” dinner would be like and please remember to Save the Turkeys!

Tags: seasonal
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Eat Up! Thanksgiving Food!

November 19, 2019
By Ladan Spratt [9]

Thanksgiving is the best holiday, right? Right. But let me tell you why. One word, Food. Ah now you’re interested, aren’t you? Traditional Thanksgiving food includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and of course, pumpkin pie. But if you add some nontraditional foods, the skies the limit. There can be any kind of chip and dip, and then of course there’s that one aunt that brings her “famous” casserole. Then there’s that other aunt that doesn’t want herself or her kids to eat anything because it’s not healthy. And don’t forget about the 40 cousins and the one grandma who sit there and micromanage every detail of preparing the food.

Oh and the pies! Cherry, apple, chocolate, pecan, blueberry, key lime, coconut, strawberry, cheesecake, rhubarb, sweet potato, blackberry, lemon meringue, cream, peach cobbler, four-layer delight, and so many others. You can thank your other crazy relative who likes to bring all the pies.

The weather completes a wonderful holiday. The usual crisp and cool weather makes Thanksgiving ten times better. Not only is it a time to be with family but it’s also a great time to be with friends.

“Every year after Thanksgiving all of our friends take the leftover food and we get together and have a Friendsgiving!” -Savannah Stark

See, how fun is that? Not to mention that you get to eat some of your friend’s weird relative’s food. So hold off on the Christmas music and decorations for now and celebrate Thanksgiving - a time of delicious food and weird relatives, which clearly makes it the BEST holiday!

Tags: seasonal

What is something you are thankful for this year that is different from last year?

November 13, 2019
By Emma Harper [12]

In a word, Journalism.

Through the class, I’ve gotten to get out of my comfort zone by taking pictures on the football field and during volleyball games. I am learning how to write articles and what a dominant feature means in the Journalism world. But the real reason I am thankful for this class is because of the people in it.

Ms. Brown is the cure for any early, morning blues.
Ladan Spratt’s sassiness is something we could all use a little more of.
Rosalyn always comes through with all of our last minute articles or remembering to bring food on Friday.
Matthew turns every class into a game and encourages us, like the one time we had to write something encouraging about everyone and he wrote “girl” for mine. (Still the best encouragement I’ve ever gotten.)
Hayden is easy going yet really good at all that he does.
Shelby is the sweetest and jumps into every assignment even when she doesn’t know all the LCA things just yet.
Conner does everything, literally.
Savannah is the best writer and is never stressed out about the hundreds of articles we give her.
Gracie always wakes us up with either her loud laughing or her loud argument with Seth and Andrew, haha!
Emma Miksa is the glue that holds us all together and her design eye is probably why everything looks amazing!
Katelynn laughs at everyone’s jokes and is our sunshine even in the dark hour of 8:00 am.
Paul is the best photographer ever. No argument.
Erynn makes everything 10X cooler.
Noah is really patient when I want to change our volleyball pages completely.
Seth decorates everything and everyone with stickers… thanks?
Andrew makes sure we never have leftovers. And that we are always laughing.

Everybody in journalism contributes to the class in a different way. And if an 8:00 am class isn’t a way to bond people, then I don’t know what is. My only regret is just signing up for it my senior year! Thank You Journalism!!

P.S. (from Ms. Brown) Emma Harper brings an air of sweetness to all that she does, and I’m so grateful that she signed up for Journalism this year, otherwise I would have missed out on having her for a class!!

Tags: reflection
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Perspectives: A Turkey Revolution

November 13, 2019
By Conner Womack [12]

“You never really understand until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” -Atticus Finch

Perspective is a growth area that I really need right now. It’s so easy to see things from your set of eyes and then just leave it there; always looking at situations from my own perspective has led to times of selfishness and pride. So once I realized this, I decided to start writing articles from the perspective of others. Some will be funny and others serious. So here it goes, I hope y’all enjoy this new segment of mine…


October 14th 2018,
My name is Turkey 7641 but my friends call me Gravy. I was born around 5 months ago right at the height of Spring. All my turkey buds and I live out here in Arkansas. On a normal day we just walk around the farm and eat lots of food. Our farmer, whom we all refer to as Papa, because we love him so much, always says, “I’m going to make all of y’all into big strong turkeys for the day of the big feast, Thanksgiving.”

November 25th 2018,
Thanksgiving is not what you think! It’s all a lie! Papa took all of the turkeys to the big feast, except me. He said that he was saving me for Christmas. I didn’t want to miss the feast though so I snuck out, and what I saw was revolting. All of my family was being eaten by Papa!!! I then ran into the forest where I’ve been hiding out for the last 3 days.

November 12th 2019,
This is my one warning. A turkey revolution is coming. I’ve spent the last year hiding from Papa and preparing for my revenge! I’ve made turkeys across America aware of what Thanksgiving truly is... a holiday to drive turkeys into extinction. Beware mankind...Beware Papa.

Love to all of my fellow Turkeys,

Tags: perspectives
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Photography Happenings: Composition

November 13, 2019
By LCA Photography Class

In Digital Photo 1 we've been learning about the different elements of Composition. Here are a few of my favorite images from what my photo students have been turning in!! I really love watching them grow in their vision and love seeing the work they produce!!

Photo Collage 1

Photo Collage 2

Photo Collage 3

Photo Collage 4

Tags: photography

Rounding Out the Football Season

November 05, 2019
By Through The Eyes and Words of Some of our Senior Players and Cheerleaders

Seth Rigby
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]

I have played football at LCA for five years after first playing in 8th grade. These have been some of the best years of my life. While these last two years have been more of transitioning years, I still really enjoyed getting to start and be a role model for the underclassmen. I love playing football because of the relationships I have built and the teamwork and comradery that comes from it. These last two years of playing football have been my favorite. There is something about going out onto the field and representing your school through what you love; which is really special. As a senior, I have really enjoyed being a mentor and a leader to my younger teammates. It is always fun going to celebrate with them when they do something good because in a couple of years they will be the leaders of this team. Through it all, I am very thankful for all the memories and good times that have come out of this great sport and I can't wait to come back next year to be a fan!


Emma Miksa
Photo Credit: Grace Cropper [10]

I have been cheering at LCA for three years and have enjoyed every moment. Throughout the seasons, there have been ups and downs but no matter what, the team is always there to help each other make it through. I have enjoyed getting to know each team from each year and knowing that I can rely on them after a hard day of school. From taking pictures to throwing each other in the air, every moment is filled with laughter and sometimes mental breakdowns from being so tired. All the memories and moments we have shared will never be forgotten and I am so thankful to have been part of such a strong community.


Andrew Mares
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]​​​​​​​

I’ve been playing football at LCA since sixth grade, and have seen many highs and lows in the program. Right now, we are in a transition year and it’s exciting and cool to know that I get to train up a younger generation of players. When I was a freshman, I saw Conner McClellan and Cristian Barineau lead our team but I never thought I would be in their shoes someday. I want to leave my mark on the younger players about how to be a strong leader, just the way I learned from Conner and Cristian. Through all the turmoil and craziness I’ve seen in the program in recent years, I feel confident in saying the program has a very bright future ahead of it.


Katelynn Stoltzfus
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]

I have been a cheerleader at LCA since freshman year, and before then, it was something I never planned on trying. Being a shy, uncoordinated kid, cheerleading was not something I ever saw in my future. To be honest, I did not want to join the team, and before I did, I was truly terrified. After joining, I found a love for the sport and the team that I never expected. When I joined my freshman year, the team was only one year old, so there were a lot of challenges to navigate. We made it work with our limited practice space, from the cafe to the stage in the gym. Although it took awhile for the crowd to get used to having cheerleaders at the football games, they now cheer along with us and help us encourage the players. Overall, I have loved being able to be a part of the cheerleading program for the last four years. Even through the challenges, I have been truly blessed by my time on the team.


Conner Womack
Photo Credit: Erin Brown [Photography Instructor]​​​​​​​

Going into my senior season, life was just a checklist…
Student Council-Check
Good Grades-Check
I found myself so caught up in the motions that I lost sight of what truly mattered to me: relationships. I just wanted to get through this crazy season of life, and I didn’t care whether or not I enjoyed it. Then the Lord taught me something. My mindset wouldn’t change until I truly surrendered it to Him. He showed me that He had me in every place for a reason, a purpose. It was then that football became something it had never been before: a way to clear my head from the chaos of life and be surrounded by a team of people that I love. This team is unlike any I have ever been on before. We truly care for each other and champion each other's successes. Life is no longer about a checklist to me, it’s about being present in every moment and seeing how Jesus is going to grow me each time; and where His Spirit is going to lead me next. My team is one that I will never forget. Plus I got my first TD this season and that was pretty rockin’.


Rosalyn Larson
Photo Credit: Grace Cropper [10]

I am currently in my third and last year in LCA Cheer. These past three years have been an amazing experience. I joined the week before school, my sophomore year and instantly fell in love with it. Throughout all the years cheer has been a safe place for me and many of my friends. The coaches have always been amazing and supportive of each of us in life as well as cheer. From stunting to dancing, cheer pushes us to do things we never thought possible. While there has been difficulty, cheer has taught me that I am truly perfowerfull.

Tags: sports
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The Great Pumpkins

October 30, 2019
By LCA Photography Class

What do you get when you give small, white pumpkins to a bunch of talented photo students? Pumpkins that become works of art, Festive Fall Pumpkins, sweet, emotional pumpkins, pumpkins with names, and pumpkins that become unique to every eye that saw and photographed them!

Pumkin COllage 1

Photo Credit - Ladan Spratt [9], Grace Carnefix [11], Daisy Truax [10], and Noah Larson [11]

Pumkin Collage 2

Photo Credit - Casidey Graft [10], Elly George [9], Britt Harmon [12], Gianna Antovoni [9]

Pumpkin Collage 3

Photo Credit - Liana Kusterer [10], Jessica Davis [9], Alec Kurtenbach [11], Sierra Simmons [10]

Pumpkin Collage 4

Photo Credit - Hudson Schill [12], Conner Hendrick [9], Nicole Garrison [9]

Tags: seasonal
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A Sense of Purpose

October 30, 2019
By Khari Smothermon [12]

I run with those who people never see/never forgetting the invisible

I am lost in half of me/ as everyone is unbothered with who I “used to be”/ except those who hold my future with their fears

I cannot and will not sit still while my family burns/ 
for they held me when my household could not

They live loving, but see not the greatest love in existence/ because the ones charged with sharing it refuse to give grace/ as they were called to do

I will live in love in love in love/ for the invisibles like me/ because everyone should know they are truly seen.

Tags: poetry

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