Faith Academy Hosts Veterans Day Program
On Nov. 11, 2019, the Faith Academy administration, faculty, staff and student body invited local veterans and the community to join them in recognizing and celebrating Veterans Day. Faith Academy’s Chaplain, Amy Catlett, hosted the ceremony.
The program opened with a welcome by Junior Maggie Harkey and prayer by Sophomore Mauricio Cano followed by the presentation of the colors by Bellville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6522. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the pre-kindergarten class and Sophomore Madelyn Krueger sang The Star Spangled Banner.
The program included The Armed Forces Medley by Faith Academy’s six and seventh graders, directed by Mrs. Karen Hackett. Senior, Nathan Taake presented “The Soldier’s Creed”, Eighth Grader, Noah Figueroa presented “The Sailor’s Creed.” Sixth Grader Darcy Luedke presented “The Creed of the United States Coast Guardsman.” Senior Roy Shepherd presented “The Airman’s Creed.” And seventh Grader Travis Woodley presented “I Am A United States Marine”.
Mr. Bill Farrell of the American Legion Post 115 presented a special thanks to Faith Academy for their outstanding service and assistance that contributes to the advancement of the American Legion programs and activities dedicated to God and Country. Faith Academy’s Dean of Students, Michael Weaver and Campus Registrar, Shari Taake were there to receive the award.
Faith Academy students participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Essay Scholarship contests. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Placing second in the Voice of Democracy Essay contest and earning a scholarship of $700.00 was Tanner David. Tanner presented his 2019 award winning American Legion Oratorical and will be advancing to the District competition. Senior, Ethan Matuska also presented his speech, “The Greatest.”
The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for students in grades 6-8 and it encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society. The students express their views based on a patriotic theme. Eighth grader, Reagan Shepherd presented her speech, “What Makes America Great,”
Dorothy Dunsworth of Woodmen Life was recognized for her continued and faithful support of Faith Academy in providing the school with American, Texas and Christian flags that proudly fly high outside as well as inside and around the campus.
The program was concluded with a benediction given by senior Regan Woodley.
A slide show that was played before and after the program included pictures, names and service information of veterans and present service members who are friends and family of Faith Academy and the local community.
Faith Academy sincerely thanks all of those who have served our nation and the families who have supported them. It was an honor to have you at the school.