Tonight we want to affirm two young ladies of the Geneva Academy Class of 2020! Kaitlyn Riley & Heidi Duclos are going to finish their senior year with heart! That includes defending their Senior Thesis this spring, even if it requires presenting virtually.
Even as many of their peers at other schools are now finished with their as of the Governor’s announcement on April 8, Mr. Turner said, “These seniors know how valuable this hard work is and it will pay off in the years ahead.” And these seniors might caption this photo from School Picture Day in September, “Our faces when Mr. Turner says we still have to do the Capstone Project.”
Kaitlyn & Heidi, thank you for recognizing that the faculty and board of Geneva Academy are COMMITTED TO YOU and your long-awaited, highly anticipated finish. As a school, we recognize you have invested YEARS of heart, rigor, work ethic, adversity, and growth ~ and we cannot wait to celebrate a PRICELESS culmination of years of your hard work & effort as you present your Capstone Project, the Senior Defense.
Furthermore, we appreciate the example you’re setting for not only our K-11 students but also your peers in other schools.
Kaitlyn & Heidi, thank you for honoring your parents’ investment of time and resources into not just schooling, but the shaping of your soul.
Your spring term will look different than the alumni who preceded you, but you both knew you were special! And if it turns out that your Senior Defense is done virtually and streamed far and wide, the Father in His providence will use it for His glory!
Thank you for being light in the darkness!
Post Tenabrus Lux Christi.
With that said, Geneva Academy family, let’s CELEBRATE these young women as a community as they finish strong in these strange circumstances all of us find ourselves navigating.
Think about this: HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR OWN CHILDREN TO APPROACH AND RESPOND TO THIS KIND OF ADVERSITY? Circumstances outside of their control?
Witnessing Kaitlyn & Heidi finishing strong is a FRUIT of all that has been sown into Geneva Academy students by first, their PARENTS, and secondly, our teachers.
Kaitlyn & Heidi… you are LOVED and you are VALUED. Thank you to the Riley & Duclos families for allowing us to partner with you in shaping your daughters’ character, faith and the very shape of their soul. It is an honor and a privilege.
*** NOTE! These were portraits taken during “School Picture Day” in September! So please know that this first portrait, which was taken in good humor, can now be captioned in good fun, “Our faces when Mr. Turner says we still have to do our Capstone!” And the second, “We’re the favorites!”
Hats off to you, Kaitlyn & Heidi!
Our Geneva Academy Class of 2020!
The year that went VIRAL!
The Board, Faculty & Staff of Geneva Academy
Thoughts from a Geneva mom to Geneva families:
How would you want your 17/18 year old child to approach our current circumstances?
We are able to witness two young ladies persevere in circumstances beyond their control. WHY? Because THEIR PARENT CHOSE to partner with Geneva Academy, growing pains and all, and because the FACULTY is committed to providing EVERY SINGLE MISSION-DRIVEN PROMISE our school board expects them to deliver!
These are strange times, with the Governor dictating closures and such. With everything happening, I know that so many of us are already reflecting ~ What do I want for my family? Am I living out what I really want, does it line up with my values? Where am I lacking in my parenting? How can I foster growth and maturity?
None of us signed up for crisis schooling.
But all of us signed up to partner with Geneva~ so let our senior class INSPIRE YOU!
I’ll speak to Kaitlyn’s particular experience. Kaitlyn has been a student since 3rd grade, coming in from public school, diving right into Latin and DIAGRAMMING SENTENCES! And now her worldview and her applied rhetoric and hard work earned her top marks in our Speech Meet!
Kaitlyn Riley who started with us at Prayer Rock Academy in 2010, eight years old, will finish as the 3rd Geneva graduate in her family! They chose to partner with Geneva Academy even though Kaitlyn is part of Roseburg High’s athletics as a Varsity soccer player and as a bright, capable, high marks student, could have made an easy transition to any high school in the county if that’s what they wanted. Her parents chose to CONTINUE at Geneva through family hardships, a smaller and smaller class size, and some growing pains, but she will be one of two stellar alumni in the graduating class of 2020!
If you think about what you want your child to be like when they head out, and live independently of you, what does that look like?
For me: I want for my kids: They’ll have a relationship with our Pastor. They’ll be students of the Word. They are hungry for truth, beauty, goodness. They’ll seek out peers who challenge them to pursue hard after Christ. They’ll know how to work hard, and recognize it’s not about them, it’s about the Lord.
Why are you here? Why will you return in the fall?
I, for one, want to see the vision for our graduates come to fruition in my own children.
Re-read the vision statement.
Rally behind the children just a few grades older than yours.
Press in and get involved.
Pray for our faculty. Pray for our board of directors.
Pray for our families!