Legacy Academy Celebrates End of Year Program and Ten Year Anniversary
Legacy Academy celebrated the end of its school year with a program and awards ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This year’s program was entitled “Celebrating the Journey”. Songs, chants, memory verses, speeches, and violin performances gave parents and guests a glimpse into what students learned throughout the school year.
School founders Chad and Jessica Gallagher presented awards for character development to logic (mid) level and rhetoric (upper) level students. These are students grades fifth and higher. With each award, Mr. Gallagher explained how the recipient demonstrated the character trait consistently throughout the year. Andrew Tucker, the son of Scott and Jamy Tucker received the overall Legacy Character award. To receive this award, a student must consistently demonstrate excellence in fifteen character traits, including honesty, respect, honor, and diligence among others. Members of the Legacy Warriors inaugural junior varsity basketball team were also recognized for their winning season. In addition to the awards presented, kindergarten students were also promoted into the grammar school.
The evening concluded with a special presentation commemorating Legacy Academy over the past ten years, as the school celebrated the completion of its first decade. The presentation included a look back of photos and short videos collected since its beginning and included parent interviews. Parents spoke about the impact that the school has had on their students’ education, character, and faith. Mr. Gallagher said, “Christian education plays an important role in helping shape the minds, character and faith of the next generation. We are so very thankful for God’s grace and kindness that has allowed us to establish the school and excel. Looking back over the ten years and recounting His goodness toward us is humbling and encouraging. It’s been a beautiful journey so far and we look forward to a bright future!”
Legacy Academy will be expanding this year with the addition of 11th and 12th grades. Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. Please call the office at (870)642-8937 or visit the school at 314 West Gilson Avenue to request an information packet. Scholarships are available to ensure every student interested in attending may do so.
Legacy Academy Technology Expansion
Legacy Academy expanded its technology use and courses to include a 3D printing course for upper level students. The course is segmented into two parts, a 30-minute lecture and a one-hour lab. Legacy Academy parent and engineer, Scott Tucker, leads the weekly course.
The lectures cover a variety of topics including the history of manufacturing, types of 3D printers, how the latest developments impact the construction industry, among other interesting ways that 3D printing is revolutionizing various fields. In the course, students are introduced to the steps of design and development. Initially, students are required to first sketch a model and construct it using materials such as toothpicks and clay before moving on to recreate the design in a digital 3D model. The model is then converted into a file type that is processed by the 3D printer. Students are able to create models based upon their interests in addition to projects related to lessons being learned in other core courses. The goal of the course is to help students learn design and how 3D printing works, teach team building, idea generation and problem resolution.
Legacy Academy Professional Day
Legacy Academy upper level students enjoyed lunch with Jeff Holcombe. He spoke to the students about his career in education counseling. Each month, upper level students at Legacy Academy dress for “Professional Day”, eat lunch out and meet with a member of the community to learn about various professions and careers.
Fourth Annual Spring Follies
Legacy Academy held its Fourth Annual Spring Follies on Thursday, April 5 at the Legacy Academy auditorium in downtown De Queen. The Spring Follies is a comedy variety show written and performed by students. The evening was filled with smiling faces and lots of laughter from the audience. Students and teachers put on a wide variety of skits at this year’s event. Student skits included acts about Johnny Appleseed, pirate life, and much more. The “news desk” was back again this year to deliver a twist on school and national news. A new addition to this year’s show was “Legacy has Talent.” This skit included participants who performed funny talents in front of a panel of judges.
The PE staff and school founder, Chad Gallagher, relived scenes from the car rides home after basketball games and the PE staff finished the skit with a synchronized swimming routine that had the entire audience crying with laughter. Legacy Academy teachers concluded the show with a medley of teacher parodies and their version of the popular skit “The House is on Fire” renamed “The School is Flooded.” In all more than a dozen skits were performed by students.
Gospel Light pulling away and securing a victory in the second half. The game concluded Legacy Academy’s first year with an athletic program. The school has future plans to expand the program to include a girl’s basketball team, track, tennis, and golf.
Legacy Academy Warriors Play First Game
The Legacy Academy Warriors played their first ever basketball game on Tuesday, December 8, in Hope. The junior varsity boys team took the lead at half-time and continued to stay ahead of the Garrett Memorial Saints for the remainder of the game, after a tight fourth quarter. The Warriors were cheered on by a large and enthusiastic group of fans who traveled to Hope for the game. Ethan Gallagher was the team’s high scorer for the game with 16 points. The Warriors secured the school’s first ever basketball victory with a final score of 30-23.
Basketball is the first sport to be added to Legacy Academy’s athletic program. As the school continues to grow, more sports will be added to the program. The school is a member of both the Heartland Christian Athletic Association and Arkansas Association of Christian Schools.