Legacy Christian Academy graduates on to next chapter in life

Legacy Christian Academy President Dean Erickson congratulated the class of 2012 on being one of the two most outstanding classes in Legacy Christian Academy’s history.

Of course, this was only the second class that graduated from Legacy Christian Academy, which was once called Meadow Creek Christian School. Although Erickson’s quip was meant to be the ice breaker of the evening, he and others were quick to note the accomplishments of this graduating class of 49.

Many of these students have been under one school roof for years. Parents can enroll their children at Legacy Christian Academy from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

With so many years together, there were bound to be some great memories and students shared some of them.

Rachel Gray does not remember where they were going on a fifth-grade field trip, but she does remember her class getting kicked out of a Burger King because some mischievous students had sprayed water out of whoopee cushions in the kids’ play area. A trip to Israel, the senior trip and tea time around the campfire sharing stories are some of the other many memories that stood out to Gray in more recent years.

Kristy Winkes, an English teacher and drama department director, told students that, “We live in a world that is rocked every day, every minute, every second by change.” One in eight marriages happen after couples met online. If Facebook was a country, it would be the third largest in the world behind China and India.

Talis Rudzitis said someone once said, “Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter.”

Each moment, God has granted the ability to breathe and to live, according to Rudzitis.

Each breath could be for furthering or destroying the kingdom and each breath could make a difference in a life saved or a life lost, Rudzitis said.

“All too often we allow the repetition of our breathing to dictate the repetition of our lives,” he said. “Only some of us have experienced tragedy close by, even in our own homes. But does it really take tragedy for us to open our eyes and make real the realities of death? The question we must ask ourselves is, ‘What should I be doing with the breaths that I have been given?’”

Rudzitis said the answer to this question can be found in Ephesians 5:15-17, which states, “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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