Letter from the Principal
As we recently celebrated Holy Week and Easter, I was reminded of a person in the story that does not often stand out or seem especially significant. Have you ever thought about Barabbas? We may hear him briefly mentioned in Easter programs or skim his name as we read the scriptures. Based on what the Bible says about him, we know that he was a criminal – not just an ordinary criminal, but one whose crime deserved the sentence of death. It is easy to quickly categorize him in my mind as an overall “bad” guy.
When I think about Barabbas during Holy Week, he probably sat in a jail cell knowing that his days were numbered. He may have heard the crowd cheer, “Crucify him!” and thought those cheers were for him. Knowing that he was soon going to hang on a cross for his crimes, he did not have much hope. His future was bleak to say the last.
But, on Friday, something amazing happened – Barabbas was released at the crowd’s request and received something he did not deserve. Another person took his place on the cross that was made for him. That rescuer was Jesus!
Does Barabbas sound like anyone you know? I had not thought a lot about it before, but Barabbas and I have a lot in common. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrated His own love for us (me) in this; while we were still sinners (sentenced to a deserving death because of sins committed), Christ died for us.” I hope I never get over the sacrifice that Jesus made to save me from my own jail cell of sin. Thanks be to God for indescribable gift!
Press On! - Phil 3:14
Best of the Preps:
Congratulations to the following students who were selected for All-Metro Best of the Preps in a winter sport:
Boys Basketball: Chris Hodges, Austin Nichols, Donnovan Spralls
Girls Basketball: Jasmine Cincore, Elise Holden, Sidney Smith
Swim: Grant Kelton
June ACT Review
Fri.-Sat. 8:00am-12:00 pm
1:00-3:00 for informal help/more practice
This camp is an intense review for the upcoming ACT. Students will review concepts, procedures, and test taking skills.
Location: HS Room 119,121
Participants: Any student taking the June 8th ACT
Instructor: Cathy Bronars and Nikki Huffstetler
Cost:$200Add-on: Small group option: 90 minute sessions, groups of up to 3 students, based on ability.
By appointment –contact Nikki Huffstetler
Congratulations to the 2013-14 Student Council
Commissioner of Student Activities – Jonathan Knight
President – Andrew Foster
Secretary – Michelle Turner
Commissioner of Community Relations—Christian Crenshaw
Commissioner of Religious Life – Garrett Gambill
College Counseling News and Announcements
Please remind your son or daughter to give me all information about college decisions and scholarships. If your child has made a decision about where they are attending college next year, please be sure they let me know!
Sophomore and Junior Families-- Save the Date and Register now!!
Memphis Area Case Studies Program
Saturday, April 20th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Learn more about the selective college admissions process directly from college admission officers as they lead students and parents in a mock admissions committee. This case study discussion provides the opportunity to evaluate transcripts, test scores, essays and more as the "big decision" is placed in your hands! You won’t want to miss the great program! Registration information can be found at www.macsmemphis.org
Dates to Remember:
*The Memphis area NACAC fair is Tuesday, April 23 at the Agricenter from 6:00-8:30. This free event will showcase hundreds of colleges from all over the country. To register for the fair visit www.gotomyncf.com
*The June 8 ACT registration deadline is May 3. To register, visit www.act.org
*The June 1 SAT registration deadline is May 2. To register, visit www.collegeboard.org
April 3-7 Band Trip to San Antonio
April 12 Fashion Show/Act Pd/Gym
April 13 Prom
April 16 Employee Recognition Dinner – 7 pm
April 25 Joseph A. Clayton Award Ceremony
May 1 Senior Breakfast
May 1 Academic Award’s Program
May 2-4 POPS Concert
May 3 Senior Chapel and Senior Field Day
May 6-15 AP Exams
May 6 Senior Scholars Banquet
May 7 All Sports Banquet
May 9 Senior Banquet
May 13-16 Senior Exams
May 18 Graduation (GBC- 10am)
May 18 Project Graduation
May 20-23 Exams