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For most of us, some of the greatest lessons in life were not always taught in the classroom. Sure, it was important that we learned to read and write, but where we really grew as a human being was often on the field, stage, or court. At Westminster, I refer to extra-curricular activities as the laboratory of life. These activities are the place where students are able to take the lessons from the classroom, home, and church and put them into practice. We desire that these opportunities be transformative in nature. In other words, we desire for campus activities to be something that affects students and families in ways that allow them to grow in character, in discipline, and in Christ. While the list above does not include every goal we have as a school, it does represent some extremely important aspects and are areas where we can continue to grow.
 
Broadly, we desire to provide a range of activities. There are plenty of schools of similar size that do not provide nearly the same amount of clubs, sports, programs and other activities. In fact, we desire to continually seek the best opportunities for our students. The areas where we can likely grow the most seem to be in the arts and in academic clubs and teams. We will continue to explore options for added opportunities that will enhance the education provided at Westminster and encourage students on toward Christlikeness.
 
You can also see that a good portion of these goals involves impacting our students from the earliest ages possible. This includes exposure (as well as hands-on access) to clubs and sports. It is important to start early with the development of knowledge and skills that will lead to success in an activity. This is true not purely for the number of wins that proper development can bring, but it is vital that students understand that accomplishment is rarely quick or easy. Development toward a worthy goal takes years of diligent effort. There is no secret formula or magic drug. I like to remind athletes and coaches that there is no secret to success. There is no substitute for hard work. When young students understand this in sports, in theater, in the classroom and in life, they will be miles ahead.
 
God made man to work. Work was present in the garden before the fall. Work is a good gift from God. When we properly embrace diligent effort and right motivation, great things can happen. Working with even our youngest students to develop this understanding early is a worthy goal.
 
I hope you read the follow articles as I believe you will be encouraged by what you see happening in the lives of students and staff who work hard and are involved in transformative opportunities at WCA.

A "JACKIE" OF ALL TRADES
WCA Junior, Jackie LaBerteaux, is ALL IN! She serves through Student Council, is a member of National Honor Society, and participates in Rangers, Drama Club, Cross Country (multiple-time district champ), Track (just broke the school record in the 800m at Regionals) and is a 4.0 student. She recently shared what drives her to be so involved, and what these opportunities mean to her.

"It has meant a lot to me to be able to participate in a lot of activities because I get to meet so many different people and make some pretty great friendships with people. It also makes me feel like I'm actually making a difference in the school and that when I leave the school will be better. Sometimes it is stressful..., but I love being involved and honestly it's hard for me to stand still as well. 

If I had to choose a favorite, I would have to choose track because I've been doing it for so long and this year it's been really great being a mentor to the younger girls on the team. Also I've noticed when I couldn't run after getting hurt and breaking my arm I missed it so much.

I have grown in Christ through [these opportunities] because I have been able to share His Word to other girls and just be a Christlike mentor to them. It's also helped me grow as a leader which will help me later on in life, especially in the workplace. "
WILDERNESS GROWTH EXPERIENCE
Aaron Artigue is a 2006 Westminster Christian Academy Alumnus who was transformed by the opportunity Rangers offered. He has returned to WCA with his wife as employees and Ranger Program Sponsors to pass on what he learned to another generation of Westminster Rangers.
 
"As a freshman in the fall of 2002, I was a scrawny country boy looking for a niche to fit into. Of all the activities that I devoted myself to in high school, the Rangers program was the one that definitely fit the bill. Little did I know that the first day hike that I went on was only the beginning of a long string of adventures that I would have in my life...

There are many challenges a Ranger must overcome in order to be successful, and for many students a ten day expedition is the most demanding task they will have ever undertake...The challenges are physical, mental, and social. The consequences are direct and firm. The rewards are equally joyful. The environment is foreign to those accustomed to the conveniences of the modern world. All of these are what causes Rangers and their peers to ask the question, "Why do these things?" I have not seen a Ranger yet that has successfully completed the program that cannot answer the question in their own way...

My main inspiration for doing Rangers is to help young people gain a deeper understanding of who they are in Christ."   Read More



Mr. Scott Davis
Head of School
Westminster Christian Academy
sdavis@wcala.org

" A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that  pours from the press and the microphone of his own age."  - C.S. Lewis The Weight of Glory