Congratulations Class of 2020!

The first half of 2020 is nothing like what anyone ever expected, especially for the Class of 2020. This extremely successful class of distinguished students has achieved so much in the face of adversity and has continued to persevere in their studies, even while doing so from home.

1.5% of all students enrolled in bachelor degree programs receive enough scholarships and grants to cover the full cost of college tuition. In contrast, 50% of this year’s graduating class at Logos Academy received full-tuition scholarships. Our 12 seniors have earned, on average, approximately $120,000 in scholarships per student over the course of their 4 year college career.

We will celebrate the Class of 2020 during a modified graduation ceremony in line with current guidelines at a later date in June. Congratulations Logos Academy Seniors! We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see where God takes you. Read more about each member of this year’s senior class below.

Emily Anderson

Emily has attended Logos Academy since Kindergarten and is this year’s Valedictorian. Boasting a 4.0 GPA and impeccable SAT scores, Emily has excelled in school since the very beginning. Her hard work has awarded her multiple scholarships including a $4,000 Distinguished Honors Scholarship and a $56,000 Provost’s Scholarship. After multiple interviews, Emily was also awarded Messiah College’s $20,000 Logos Academy Scholarship, a $7,948 Messiah College Grant, and a $5,000 Trustees Grant.

Emily was accepted into Messiah College, Liberty University, Eastern University, and Carin University. She plans to attend Messiah College this fall where she plans to major in business. We are so excited to see all that you accomplish in this next chapter of life, Emily!

 

Devin Baldwin-Huyett

Devin has always had a passion for helping others and plans on becoming a career firefighter in Maryland in hopes of eventually becoming a Captain. Devin has been an active member of the Dover Township Volunteer Fire Department and recently received his National Emergency Medical Technician Certification.

Devin has been accepted into Liberty University and Harrisburg Area Community College’s Fire Science Programs. This past March he passed the Montgomery County Fire Exam and plans to continue the application process upon graduation. Congratulations Devin, we cannot wait to see where God takes you!

 

 

Aalyhsia Bartley

Aalyhsia (Lacy) has a remarkable voice and never ceases to command a stage and leave the crowd breathless. Lacy’s passion for music and entertainment are obvious and she hopes to continue to pursue her passion in her post-secondary studies. Through her talent and hard work, Lacy was awarded multiple scholarships including a $52,000 AMDA Scholarship, a $4,000 VIP Scholarship, and a $7,000 Trustees Grant.

Lacy was accepted into The Sight and Sound Conservatory, Point Park University, and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. She plans to attend The Sign and Sound Conservatory in Lancaster where she hopes to pursue a career in musical theater. She is excited to have the chance to combine her passion for music with her greatest passion, her love of Christ. Congratulations Lacy, we cannot wait to watch your talents take you far!

 

Aadasha Hill

Aadasha was awarded enough scholarships and grants to cover her full tuition cost at at least two different colleges. Her long list of scholarships and grants averaged $41,632 per school per year.

Aadasha was accepted into Temple University, York College of Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley College, Messiah College, Penn State York, Eastern University, and Franklin & Marshall College. Aadasha plans to attend Penn State York’s 2+2 Program where students have an opportunity to start their major at one campus and transition to another campus to finish. She plans to study family law and hopes to become an advocate for children. Congratulations Aadasha, you will do great things!

 

 

Gabriella King

Gabriella (Gabby) has continuously been a servant leader for Logos Academy and hopes to continue her servant leadership after high school. Gabby’s hard work and leadership helped earn her over $50,000 in scholarships and grants per year including an $8,000 Grimes Scholarship, an $8,000 Opportunity Scholarship, and a Raise.Me Scholarship.

Gabby will be attending Penn State York where she plans to study marketing or business administration. She hopes her studies will help equip her to one day work in a third-world country, helping to stabilize economies and empower young entrepreneurs. Gabby explained “I hope to come alongside people and teach them how to budget, invest, and live within their means. I am fascinated by micro-financing and would love to learn more about how it can be used to stimulate economies.” Congratulations Gabby! We are so proud of you.

 

Leilani Melendez

Leilani was accepted into Thomas Jefferson University, Messiah College, Eastern University, Cedar Crest College, Immaculata University, and York College of Pennsylvania. Leilani was awarded a long list of scholarships and grants to each of these institutions.

Leilani plans to attend Eastern University this fall where she was awarded $34,133 per year and she plans to study biology to eventually become a doctor. Leilani explained “I hope to be a part of something bigger than myself, to pour out my life in serving other people.” Congratulations, Leilani. We cannot wait to see all that you do in life!

 

Emely Meza Moya

Emily is an extremely gifted artist and won first place in the Congressional High School Art Competition.he also designed the artwork for the 2018-2019 Logos Academy yearbook and showcased her artwork in Downtown York for Hispanic Heritage Month. Emely was awarded multiple scholarships this year including an $8,000 Outstanding Scholar Scholarship.

Emely was accepted into the art programs at Millersville University, Temple University, York College of Pennsylvania, Kutztown University, and Arcadia University. Emely plans to study art at York College of Pennsylvania and said “throughout history art has shaped cultures and given voice to entire movements. I have this ambition to create something new, envision different ideas, and to use my gift to be an advocate for change in my community.” Congratulations, Emely!

Angel Ortiz

Angel has been a student at Logos Academy since Kindergarten. When he started at Logos Academy he could barely speak English. Today, Angel has set a new record for Logos Academy graduates, receiving three full-tuition scholarships to three different colleges or universities. He was the recipient of the York Hispanic Coalition Scholarship.

Angel was accepted into Messiah College, Eastern University, Arcadia University, Penn State York, York College of Pennsylvania, and Millersville University. He plans to attend Messiah College, as a first-generation college student, this fall where he plans to study business. Congratulations, Angel! We are so proud of you!

 

 

Autumn Plyler

Autumn is a very talented artist. She was accepted into York College of Pennsylvania, Westminster College in Missouri, The University of Central Missouri, and Columbia College. Autumn will take a gap semester this coming fall and then plans to pursue a career in graphic design.

Autumn explains “art has taught me empathy, has honed my ability to observe, allowed me to innovate, and has been an outlet for my emotions. I love creating something new and the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies the completion of a project. True learning is not forced. When student’s imaginations are sparked, learning is a natural byproduct.” Congratulations, Autumn! We will miss you!

 

 

Barbara Salinas

Barbara has been accepted into 13 colleges – a record for Logos Academy seniors. Because of her community service and essays written, Barbara received the highly contested $20,000 Eisenhart Scholarship and the $20,000 Susquehanna Service Leadership Scholarship. She boasts an extensive list of scholarships and received an average of $25,565 per institution per year. She is also the recipient of the York Hispanic Coalition Scholarship and the York Traditions Bank Her Traditions Scholarship.

Barbara was accepted into La Salle University, Seton Hill University, Albright College, Robert Morris University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, York College of Pennsylvania, Millersville University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, La Roche University, Susquehanna University, and Eastern University. She plans to attend Susquehanna University this Fall where she plans to study political science. Congratulations, Barbara. We are so proud of you!

Brandon Torres

On Brandon’s first day of kindergarten at Logos Academy, he said to his mom “I will learn everything about everything.” To this day, Brandon still works on that promise. Brandon received a long list of scholarships due to his impressive GPA and SAT scores, boasting $40,620 in earned scholarships including the notable York County Christopher Columbus Scholarship.

Brandon was accepted into Drexel University, The University of Pittsburgh, Elizabethtown College, Susquehanna University, York College of Pennsylvania, Messiah College, Lycoming College, Moravian College, and King’s College. Brandon received full-tuition scholarships to The University of Pittsburgh and Messiah College. He plans to attend The University of Pittsburgh in the fall to study STEM. Congratulations, Brandon! Continue to learn everything about everything!

Sarah Vielle

Sarah has been an example leader at Logos Academy since she arrived. She served as the Logos Academy representative at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Summit, a Logos Academy Student Ambassador, and Student Government Representative. Her scholarship list is impressive and she has received full-tuition scholarships to two schools.

Sarah was accepted into Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Messiah College, Arcadia University, Cornell College, King’s College, Temple University, Howard University, and Eastern University, where she was accepted into the Honors College. Sarah plans to study sociology this fall at  Messiah College, where she received a full-tuition scholarship. Congratulations Sarah! We cannot wait to see all that you accomplish!

 

 

Logos Academy is an urban, Kingdom school grounded in the love of Christ. We educate for excellence, offer opportunity, and cultivate hope in our community.

Photos courtesy of The Journey is Life Photography

Celebrating Black History Month

Traditionally, schools across the country decorate classroom doors in celebration of Black History Month. For the last several years, our Logos Academy students and staff have done the same. The decorated doors recognize important African American historical figures and encourage conversations within our school community. 

This year, we were honored to have the following individuals as judges for our door contest. Our judges share a common thread with the historical and present-day figures recognized on our doors. They have all made significant contributions to our York community and beyond, and are committed to making York a better place.

Elaine Bonneau, graduate of Johns Hopkins University became the first Black person to serve in a leadership position as the director of Downtown Inc. here in York. Jeff Kirkland has been the unofficial repository of York’s African American history for over five decades and has shared his extensive collection of research, literature, recordings, art/photography, and personal writings with seniors, students, non-profits, faith-based institutions, and history buffs throughout York City. Edquina Washington is a councilwoman on the York City Council and community development and housing director for Crispus Attucks Association. Mabusha Cooper co-founded the Educated Voices of Hip Hop Inc. which emphasizes leadership and community building through a Hip Hop lens.

 

CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS!


See their doors below and check out some more of our doors on Facebook!

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL: MRS. MCKETHAN’S 3RD GRADE

Mrs. McKethan’s 3rd-grade class featured Edna Lewis, a renowned African American chef, teacher, and author who helped refine the American view of southern cooking. The students each are featured on the door along with their favorite recipe from her book!

 

UPPER SCHOOL: MR. BROWN AND MR. BRUBAKER’S 8TH GRADE HOMEROOM

Mr. Brown and Mr. Brubaker’s 8th-grade class featured Muhammad Ali, an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed “The Greatest,” he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

 

STAFF WINNERS: DOOR 141 IN THE OFFICE

Our staff chose to feature the evolution of HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), specifically highlighting Cheyney University of Pennsylvania–the first HBCU. There are 107 HBCU’s in the United States, and this door showcases several that are along the Eastern Seaboard.

Reflections From an Episcopalian pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail

Our assistant head of school, Lisa Work, recently participated in an Episcopalian pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail inspired by Spain’s Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. Read her reflections below.

During the last week of June, I participated in the Appalachian Camino, a week-long hike created to reflect the Camino de Santiago in Spain by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. The only person I knew as we began the hike through sections of the Appalachian Trail in southern Pennsylvania was our Bishop Audrey Scanlan. The rest of the hikers were strangers to me. Loading our things into the trailer, waiting to be transported to the trailhead, I met three other ladies- Kay, Meridith, and Amanda. Little did I know that the four of us would become a “hiking sisterhood” before the week was over. 

Equipped with my trusty multi-day backpack filled with all my essentials, we started the day with a worship service at Calvary Chapel in Waynesboro, PA. We prayed for our pilgrimage and had our feet blessed. After reaching the halfway point of our day’s hike and stopping for lunch, we embarked on what felt like a never-ending stretch up to a hill leading to Chimney Rock. Having just recovered from a respiratory infection the previous week, and not having taken my inhaler that morning, I found it difficult to catch my breath. But one of my new hiking sisters, Kay, stayed with me and was an affirming and patient companion as we slowly progressed up the hill. 

After a day and a half of hiking, I realized I didn’t need to have a large backpack.  My husband was able to send my smaller day pack with our rector who would be joining us to hike for the day on Tuesday. Even though my pack was smaller, I still had everything I needed.  

During our pilgrimage, my “hiking sisters” and I had moments of questioning our choice to take this week-long journey. It was so very hot, the hills were sometimes so very difficult, and our feet were sore. However, we supported each other up the hill by being present in the moment.

I knew that although I wasn’t going to be the fastest hiker on our Appalachian Camino, I would be persistent. Some days, though, I struggled, thinking, “I am slowing our group down. I wish I was faster.” One evening during our worship time, as we were sharing our experiences, I discovered my hiking companions thought my pace was a good one. They were grateful when I would state, “Time to take a break and drink some water.” They, too, desired these breaks. I discovered that even though I was not always the fastest, nor the strongest, I was seen as my group’s leader. I also came to appreciate that each woman in our group brought her own unique leadership qualities that our group needed: Kay was affirming and compassionate, Amanda was our encourager and always shared a positive outlook, and Meridith provided wise insight and authenticity as we journeyed through the week.  

Although I was extremely tired as the week progressed, I learned that if I was willing to try and begin hiking up the hill, God would provide me with everything I needed to finish the hike. I also learned that as I trusted God during my weakness and doubts, the mercy and grace I received would flow out to the people hiking with me.  My Appalachian Camino experience has provided me with a clear reminder that God has created us to live in community, which is one of Logos Academy’s core values. 

Isaiah 58:11: “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

 

Click here to learn more about this pilgrimage

5th Grade Mystery Painting Reveal

Every year, our 5th-grade class participates in a mystery painting coordinated by Mrs. Shank, our art teacher. In conjunction with the 5th-grade study of American History, Mrs. Shank chooses an American artist and painting and works through extensive preparations. Students are then invited to paint 4″ x 4″ wooden squares without knowing which painting they are collectively reproducing. As the students assemble the pieces in front of the entire school community, the painting is revealed. This is a beautiful illustration for our students to see how they are part of God’s great design through their own unique contributions.

Just last week, our entire school gathered for the placement of the tiles and reveal of this year’s painting entitled “Golden Rule” by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell originally painted this in 1961 with oil on canvas, as a cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post. It was presented to the United Nations in 1985 by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and it now hangs in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. A group of people of different religions, races, and ethnicity served as the backdrop for the inscription “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” Rockwell was a compassionate and liberal man, and this simple phrase reflected his philosophy.

The painting below is comprised of 156 squares with 50 different paint colors used!

 

Pen Pals with Country Meadows

This past September, at the turn of the school year, our 5th-grade class started a Pen Pal Letter exchange with Country Meadows Retirement Community. Since then, they have been writing and receiving letters from residents and staff on a monthly basis!

Through this program, our students have been exposed to different styles of handwriting, helping them to practice and improve on what they have learned over the past few years of reading and writing in cursive. This partnership has stretched our students to consider and identify topics about which to write and to ask and answer questions.

The letters written back and forth between the students and senior citizens have provided a window into the lives of our community members from other generations. Our students have learned about the residents’ childhoods, celebrated birthdays and holidays with them, and mourned losses with them as well. This week, they will have the opportunity to visit the residents at Country Meadows for the second time! Several students are excited to continue their communications with their pen pals after 5th grade is done.

Logos Academy Seniors Take on Chicago

A few weeks ago, our seniors spent a wonderful week in Chicago for their senior trip. They saw the play “Sweat”, the musical “Hamilton”, and the Blue Man Group performance; visited Shedd Aquarium; walked the Magnificent Mile; saw a Cubs game at Wrigley field; and, most importantly, they shared time and made memories with their friends! The following is a reflection on the trip, written by one of our teachers, Brandon Grunden.

Landing in Chicago after a smooth flight on an early Spring morning, I was excited about a lot of things that our 11 person group was about to experience. In the weeks leading up to the senior trip, Ms. Musser and I met a few times with our lead teacher, Mr. Hornbaker, to discuss the itinerary, which thanks to Mr. Hornbaker was filled with a lot of fun and educational things for our students to experience. One item we discussed in those meetings (that was for me a bit of a footnote) was the journey within Chicago.

Public transportation is not something that I am used to, as it is something I only use when in big cities such as Philadelphia, D.C., or NYC. When I reflect on my public transit experience in those cities, they are nothing more than utilitarian ways to get around the city. But there was something particularly special about the transit system experience in Chicago. Not only did it take us to all of our amazing destinations, it also allowed us time to grow with each other as we navigated the appropriately named Windy City. Being on the transit and learning to navigate the city was something that humbled us and ultimately brought us closer together.

There were many shared moments of laughter, such as Marquise awkwardly fumbling trying to get his transit ticket out while balancing a case of water, me clumsily trying to hold onto a railing while keeping track of my own case of water, and all of us almost getting wiped out as the very first train we got on departed from its stop. Even the eye contact that each of us needed to make before each stop to make sure whether or not that was our stop brought with it a feeling of unity and togetherness, or, “we all we got”.

There was a sense of comfort that settled inside of me as I watched the brown line train arrive at its stop from my suite room window every 5 or so minutes to head into the loop and back out again, carrying along its way passengers like us who were still green to the city of Chicago, along with the ripened Chicagoans who live that life every day. I was further comforted as the week wore on realizing that the journeys to the planned experiences were an experience in themselves and were not to be glossed over while on this trip.

Of course, there were speed bumps, hiccups, potholes, and other imperfect situations, such as our wet and stormy journey home from the friendly confines of Wrigley field nestled into a city block of north Chicago, but that’s okay. Isn’t that life? Aren’t we all on a journey filled with ups and downs leading to an Ultimate Destination along with other mini-destinations for us to learn from?

The senior trip is meant to give students an opportunity, at the end of their schooling here at Logos Academy, to experience, in a very real way, the gifts that can be provided to us by a great city such as Chicago, which it most definitely did. In life, there are many planned destinations that we look forward to, will experience, and will hopefully enjoy, but the lesson I learned on this trip (and a lesson that I think most of our scholarly seniors learned) is that life is about the journey, and not the destination, because in that journey is the potential to build and strengthen relationships with others. In that way, this trip was a huge success.

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Enriching Experiences to Prepare for Kindergarten

It’s easy to enrich your preschooler’s life and help them prepare to excel in Kindergarten at the same time. Many parents feel stress at the thought that their child might ‘not be ready’ to enter a great school at five years old. Relax and enjoy your children through these young years! The following article offers some practical ideas for enriching your soon-to-be Kindergartner’s life, reducing screen time and making some great memories together. You truly can introduce your preschooler to STEM concepts and keep their wonder of learning alive through your everyday interactions with them. Logos Academy values a child’s love of learning and we nurture this through our Christ-centered classical approach beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through twelfth grade. 

“Don’t get so hung up on feeling like you have to teach them. Just have an experience with them that’s tapping into the wonder of how math and science and engineering are all around us.”

READ MORE: Eight Ways to Introduce Kids to STEM at an Early Age

 

Schools Charter the Path to Leadership

Leaders Ignite Positive Change

Raising the next generation of children with an orientation to positive change can feel like a big challenge, especially for parents. We all want the best for our children, and we want them to make thoughtful choices in their lives. Ultimately, we hope that our sons and daughters will be the ones to bring positive change to the world. At Logos Academy, we believe that each person was created in the image of God and thus, each child has the ability to design and create. The arts (music, visual, and performing) are core courses in our classical curriculum. Our strong liberal arts experience nourishes minds well for the challenges of innovative design and making good choices.

Logos Academy is committed to equipping our students to be effective leaders and we begin these skills and attitudes as early as Kindergarten. It’s important to know how to serve others well and to use the abilities God has given to each of us for positive change in our communities.

This book identifies a new perspective of design-inspired leadership, described as “one of the most powerful ways to ignite positive change and address education challenges using the same design and innovation principles that have been so successful in private industry”. That concept is in sync with the Logos Academy mindset of equipping our young people with a focus on community and serving others well. When parents are considering great schools for their children, it’s important to identify the traits that actually result in lifelong learning and human formation.

Design Thinking for School Leaders explores the changing landscape of leadership and offers practical ways to reframe the role of school leader using Design Thinking, one step at a time.”

 

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