Lindsey Reaid – Senior Spotlight Lindsey Reaid began her education at Praise Academy in 9th grade, so she’s been part of the student body for all of her high school years. She is the daughter of Michael and Rachel Reaid, and she is the younger sister of Tori Reaid. Lindsey has loved her years at PA and has enjoyed being active in different student activities. Lindsey serves as the Treasurer of the Senior Council, and she is the Secretary for Praise Academy’s chapter of the National Honor Society. She was active in Beta Club, and she has loved being a Teacher’s aide with the K-4 class. Lindsey also enjoyed playing on the Varsity Volleyball team during her Senior Year. After graduation, Lindsey plans to begin her college education at Georgia Highlands then continue on to pursue a degree in Graphic Design at Kennesaw State University. Lindsey has a passion for creativity, design, and photography, and she also enjoys writing, going to the beach, and all things Disney! Lindsey attends church at Second Baptist Church in Dallas, and she also enjoys volunteering to assist with children’s programs. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Parents and Staff, I would like to introduce Matt Hall as our new head football coach for the upcoming varsity football season. Matt has spent time as an assistant football coach here at Praise Academy prior to this season. He was here when the football program started back in 2007 and served on staff until 2017 when he step away to spend more time with his wife and children. He worked under Eric Bryant, Jeff Wolfe, and Trevor Read. While on staff, he served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, defensive line coach, and offensive line coach. He helped coach Praise Academy to 2 state championships while on Coach Read's staff. Matt is married to his wife Sarah Elizabeth Hall and has a son, Julius Hall, and a daughter, Audrey Hall. Matt attends Word of Life Church in Powder Springs and helps run the business that he and his dad own. We are excited that Coach Hall is coming back to Praise Academy, and we look forward to him leading our program. We will be communicating a day and time for the football players and parents to meet Coach Hall to talk about the upcoming season. Daniel J. Youngblood, M.Ed. Head of School, Praise Academy Growing Disciples to make Disciples through Christian Education Luke 2:52
Dear Parents and Staff, We are so excited to be able to celebrate our Seniors this coming Friday with a parade! We just wanted to send out a few details, so you will know where to meet, what time and what to expect. The Seniors will meet and line up at Welcome Hill Church on Story Road right down from the school (where we meet for the Homecoming Parade). We will leave it up to each family as to whether they allow their senior child to drive in the parade or if the parent drives the vehicle during the parade . This is a celebration for them, and we really want them to be able to enjoy every minute of it. The parade will leave to come to the school at 11:00, so if you will please get to the church around 10:45 to line up your cars. We ask that no one get out of their cars and you practice social distancing. We know it is so hard after not seeing each other for so long, but we ask that you please abide by this, because we want to comply with the rules. Air hugs from your cars are acceptable. Lol! Once you leave the church at 11:00 you will proceed to the school, come down the school driveway, circle the parking lot. You may circle the parking lot several times if you wish. FYI, the road will not be blocked off for us during this parade, so if someone gets in the parade it will be okay because they will only be in it until they get to the school, then they will go on. Please be sure to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Story Road and Hiram Lithia Springs Rd. We do not want any accidents. Parents, we encourage you to decorate the car you are driving with window paint, balloons and/or posters to make it a fun and festive parade for your senior. Staff and parents, we will gather at the school at 10:30 (you may get there earlier if you choose) to place all of our cars on the outer circle of our driveway and parking lot before the Seniors begin to come through. Someone will be at the driveway to direct you on where to park. We encourage you too, to decorate your car and make posters. Bring your air horns, megaphones, or any other noise makers you would like to bring. If you have a truck or SUV you may want to park so you can sit in the back of it. If not, bring a chair to sit next to your car. Again, we need to social distance from one another. Air hugs are acceptable. Please contact Donna Johnson by Thursday afternoon with any questions. Her contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org We want this to be a time of celebration so the more decorations and noise makers the better! We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday!
Dear Praise Academy Families, This is not how we would normally announce this, but given our circumstances... Congratulations! Riana Square: 2020 Valedictorian for Praise Academy Kalyn Friar: 2020 Salutatorian for Praise Academy Both of these young ladies have worked hard and are deserving of this recognition. Marcus Butler, M.Ed. Principal, Praise Academy Middle and High School Growing Disciples to make Disciples through Christian Education Luke 2:52
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT AIDAN WHIPPLE CLASS OF 2020 Aidan Whipple has attended Praise Academy for eight years. He is the son of Steve and Kim Whipple and the brother to Aly, Aubrey, Aaron, Anna Beth, Abby, Aisley and Andie Whipple. Aidan has been on the Twisted Axles Praise Academy Robotics Team for five years. During that time, the team has gone to the FIRST Robotics World Championship three times. They have won the Georgia State Championship four times and the South Super-regional twice. Aidan is president of the National Honor Society and has been a member of Beta Club at Praise Academy. After graduation, Aidan plans to start his education at Chattahoochee Technical College in the area of machining then transfer to Kennesaw State University to finish his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Aidan attends The Church @ The Ridge in Hiram, GA. He volunteers on the sound and media team, where he has served for the last 6 years. Aidan also works during the summers as a volunteer for Life Action Ministries Family Camp serving on their Summer Crew as a videographer. He enjoys playing music and rock climbing. Aidan’s favorite verse is Psalm 119:5-6, “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.”
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT COURTNEY ANN FORD CLASS OF 2020 Senior Spotlight From Courtney's Parents: Courtney is the daughter of David and Shelly Ford. She has attended Praise Academy for fifteen years. She is the Vice President of the Praise Academy chapter of the National Honor Society. She has maintained a 3.75 or higher GPA throughout her high school career and also participated in the dual enrollment program earning college credits. She will attend college in the fall to pursue her almost lifelong dream of becoming a teacher and has decided she wants to specialize in the education of elementary children with special needs. Courtney has also been very active in the athletic program at Praise. She played varsity basketball for six years, varsity softball for three years, and played middle school, JV and varsity volleyball. She lettered in all three sports. She loves the Lord and has such a heart for children. She was the student aide in the K3 and 5th grade classes this year and helped coach elementary basketball. She enjoys being part of the Praise Tabernacle youth group. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family or just relaxing at home. We are so excited to see what the future holds for her!
FOR THE WEARY HEART Day 12 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT HUNTER STOKES CLASS OF 2020 From Hunter's Parents: Hunter Stokes has attended Praise Academy for the past three years. He is the son of Nick and Stephanie Stokes. He has one younger brother, Gavin Stokes, that is in the 9th grade at Praise Academy. During his high school years at Praise Academy, Hunter has been very active in school and extracurricular activities. Hunter is a very outgoing young man. He serves as Public Relations on the Senior Council. He won 1st place in the Spring Literary Competition for extemporaneous speaking. Hunter has lettered in football, basketball, and baseball, all three years while attending Praise Academy. Hunter has won all region and all state in football. He was chosen to play in the all star football game his senior year. He won defensive and offensive lineman of the year. Hunter has won the coach’s award for baseball and basketball. He enjoys spending time with his family, his girlfriend, and playing golf. Hunter loves to make people smile. He is very personable and can strike up a conversation with anyone.His favorite high school memory happened this year when the football team won the state championship. After graduation, Hunter plans to attend the University of West Georgia to pursue a degree in physical therapy
FOR THE WEARY HEART Day 9 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NLT
Elementary Teachers & Aides R Ready for Summer...R U? #pasummer
Showing their Lion Pride... #pavirtualspirit #paspiritday
Showing their Lion Pride... #pavirtualspirit #paspiritday
Virtual Spirit Week Day 5 (last day🙁) Praise Spirit Wear!! Let’s go Lions!! #pavirtualspirit #praiseacademy
We had a great time this a.m. showing love to our K5 grads with the Kindergarten Parade of Grads. Thank you staff, PEP, and school board for all the love and support. #palionsstrong #paspirit #k5love
It's the last day of Virtual Spirit Week and we've saved the best for last....PRAISE LIONS DAY!!! Be sure to sport your Praise Academy Spirit Wear. Show your Lion Pride and share your picts! #pavirtualspirit
FOR THE WEARY HEART Day 8 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Dear Parents and Staff, We are so excited to be able to celebrate our Kindergartners tomorrow with a parade! We just wanted to send out a few details, so you will know where to meet, what time and what to expect. The Kindergarten parents will meet and line up at Welcome Hill Church on Story Road right down from the school. The church parking lot gate will open at 10:30; however, the parade will leave to come to the school at 11:00, so you will not need to get to the church until 10:45 or so. We ask that no one get out of their cars and you practice social distancing. We know it is so hard after not seeing each other for so long, but we ask that you please abide by this, because want to comply with the rules. Air hugs through your windows are acceptable. Lol! Parents, we hope you will decorate your car with window paint, balloons and/or posters to make it a fun and festive parade for your child. Parents, once you leave the church at 11:00 you will proceed to the school, come down the school driveway, circle the parking lot and then you may exit the driveway and come back around a second time if you wish. Staff, we will gather at the school at 10:30 (you may get there earlier if you choose) to place all of our cars on the outer circle of our driveway and parking lot before the Kindergartners begin to come through. You too, may decorate your car and make posters. Bring your air horns, megaphones, or any other noise makers you would like to bring. If you have a truck or SUV you may want to park so you can sit in the back of it. If not, bring a chair to sit next to your car. Again, we need to social distance from one another. Air hugs are acceptable. We want this to be a time of celebration so the more decorations and noise makers the better! We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT TY GRAY CLASS OF 2020
PJs in action...lol
"Lego" of regular clothes and wear PJs all day... #pavirtualspirit