Excerpt from an impassioned graduation speech by Connor Jellum
We have been taught by our teachers how to go into the world and go above the status quo, move beyond what is expected of us and to seek God with all our hearts, minds and being. We have been taught by our friends what kind of friendships we should pursue, ones that are real, valuable and true.
We have been taught by our parents the value of a Christian education, of responsibility and of hard work. We need to stand out as children of the Lord! We need to go out and OWN our faith and show others that we are proud of who God made us to be. This is where all the Scripture memory meets the road, so to speak. We need to actually live the words that have been imprinted in our hearts and minds; and that is what I challenge you with: actively, passionately and steadfastly live God’s word!
There is something else I consider absolutely vital, and we have been taught this by our teachers, our friends and our parents for many years: Effort. And I mean effort in every sense of the word. We need to put effort into college, effort into our jobs, effort into our relationships, friendships and families, and most especially effort into our relationship with the Lord. When we enter the world we are going to have to put ten times more effort into these things than we do now, because it is ten times harder to be successful in the world we live in today. We are going to have to put in the effort to ensure that we retain our identities in Christ and our unique and special characteristics that make us who we are.
We are going to have to LIVE the Word of God...wake up each morning and as Ephesians 6 says, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” My hope for each of us is that of all the voices in our head, contending for our attention, that the Lord’s voice will always be the loudest. Let’s make the effort everyday to listen for God’s voice.
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CLASS OF 2019: Live the word CONNOR JELLUM, CLASS OF 2019, SGA PRESIDENT
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"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
August 3 & 10
Back to School Clean-up days: 3rd - Lower School 10th - Upper School
High School Retreat
Senior Breakfast: Reading the Love Letters written to the seniors from their families.
Class of 2019 Valedictorian, Ian Rishell and Salutatorian, Brook Jellum
Senior Walk at the Lower School
Class of 2019: A Legacy
BRCS's Class of 2019 is the first class to graduate from the Upper Campus, formerly known as the Dayton School, since 1956. In honor of this historic event, the Class of 2019 recreated a photo from the Class of 1956. Can you spot the similarities?
For 27 years Mehegan children have walked the halls of BRCS. We are indebted to this family for their investment, sacrifice, prayers and love over the years. They are steadfast in their commitment and examples of Christ in our midst.
Thank you Mehegan Family!
Thank you to parents, faculty, and donors for your role in making the BRCS High School an exceptional program in the Shenandoah Valley, fostering students' academic and spiritual formation.
To the Class of 2019: "May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face to shine upon you.." Numbers 6:24-26
May you walk in His blessing all of your days! We are excited for you and look forward to how God will use your many unique gifts. But always know, you have a home at BRCS!
MOMENTUM CAROLYN PARADZINSKI, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
UPPER SCHOOL RENOVATIONS
"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."
2 Corinthians 9:8
There has never been a more exciting time than now at BRCS! With the growth in enrollment comes the opportunity to expand our programs and facilities. We see God's hand at work through His provision.
Enrollment: Students continue to transfer to BRCS from other private schools or public schools and join us after homeschooling. We have wait lists and several grades are splitting into two sections. With summer enrollment taking place, we have added 44 students to the entire program to date!
Donor Generosity: Donors have blessed BRCS beyond what we could have imagined! Second Cor. 9:8 sums up our sentiment as we see God at work through your abundant blessings. After the donor-funded purchase of the Dayton Campus, donors have continued to amaze us with their generosity. Facility enhancement projects that have been completed or are fully funded include:
Commons area and Courtyard through the Tami Wyse Memorial Gift at the Upper School.
New Roofing at the Upper School
New Chapel Chairs at the Lower School
Renovated girls locker room at the Lower School
Main level bathroom renovations at the Upper School
Improved plumbing at the Lower School
Music and Arts Facility renovations at the Upper School
Library renovations at the Upper School
Library/Media/Technology Center enhancements at the Lower School
New playground equipment and updates at the Lower School
More Exciting News! A donor committed to a $50,000 matching gift! When matched, the total of $100,000 will complete the following projects:
Science Lab renovations and equipment at the Upper School
Boys updated locker room complete at the Lower School
Exterior improvements to both campuses
Moving Forward: Our goal is to match this gift by Aug. 31. We are grateful for the pledges and annual gifts we have received from so many of you. This matching gift is a unique opportunity beyond what we could have expected. If you are led to contribute to this matching gift, you may use the enclosed envelope, donate through our website at www.brcschool.org, or you can call me to discuss it further: Carolyn Paradzinski, 540-828-2233.
"For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!" 2 Corinthians 9:14-15
Middle School Girls Soccer
Both seasons were full of incredible hard work and service from all 31 girls from middle school to varsity. The Lord proved to all of us that He is our Shepherd, leading and guiding us through each win and loss, victory and failure, injury and celebration. Like Paul writes in Philippians 3:8, each of the girls walked through the season encouraging one another in counting everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ our Lord.
~Coach Rachel Feldpausch
After a springlike day that ends sitting around an aged oak tree chatting about literature, I sit down to reflect on the past few months since I have started my journey at Blue Ridge. Life has a strange way of changing before we seem to notice, and I begin to realize how different my life is from less than one year ago. The only way to explain that change is to consider my students and what they have taught me in the time I have spent (hopefully) teaching them.
Lightness. Having a personality that values detail and planning, I oftentimes struggle to avoid worry and simply trust God’s perfect plan. My students have helped to shift that within my mind and heart. Because they are filled with such a faith in God’s provision, I find that I am trusting in it more myself. For the first time in my life, I know without a doubt God is in absolute control. I realize that He has always been, so the change within me must be sparked by something I have recently encountered. The change, in part, is that I am surrounded by people who serve our God with an unceasing childlike faith and the knowledge that He will always provide.
Creativity. My students take risks in the best ways possible. I give them a challenging task, such as developing persuasive commercials or sharing a love for literature while serving the local community, and they stretch far beyond the limits I imagine. When you visit our Lower Campus, look around, and you will find a charming little library built by a group of my honors students. Travel back in time as you view the Globe Theater replicas constructed out of styrofoam, popsicle sticks, and clay. Ask our famous “Grandma Brent,” about the time she donned overalls and used a chainsaw to help a group earn an A in 10th grade English. Read the impactful stories from my Creative Writing students, who regularly mold and shape tales with a maturity far beyond their years. Each time, you will be reminded of the powerful force that exists when creativity and work ethic converge. In the least cliche way possible, I know our students will change the world.
Joy. My heart is filled with joy when the bell rings and the next group of students stroll through my classroom door. Standing in front of students who CHOOSE to respect you is an instant reminder to say a prayer of gratitude. There is an ongoing contest between whether I smile or laugh more; either way, I win.
Lightness, creativity, and joy: my students’ gifts to me. I hope there will be many more trips to sunflower fields, coffee shop writing inspirations, fast food Romeo and Juliet adaptations, snowball fights, and book talks around the sprawling oak tree at BRCS. For this lover of books, these seemingly simple moments are treasured memories and an inspiration to teach passionately in the manner these students deserve.
Varsity and Middle School Track and Field
This year’s track and field team was a tremendous blessing. Each athlete worked hard to improve in every area and give his or her best effort. The atmosphere was encouraging, supportive, and fun while still remaining focused on hard work. God blessed us this year.
~Coach Rebecca Sopher
Varsity Girls Soccer
Fast Food Romeo and Juliet adaptation by the Class of 2022.
This year was a successful year, not because of our wins, losses, or stats. The boys and I won because we practiced and played every day for the Lord and were able to spread agape love to other teams that we played. This season was a memorable one and I am excited to see what next year holds.
~Coach Jonathan Trice
My Students' Gifts to Me Heather Baroch, high school English Teacher
The High School Mock Trial Elective held their competition at the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Courthouse on May 14, with Clerk Chaz Haywood as host.
Congratulations to Brook Jellum, Class of 2019, for receiving the Reese Williams Ruritans Scholarship.
Congratulations to Connor Jellum, Class of 2019, for receiving the Stoneburner Scholarship, which is awarded to a student exhibiting outstanding character.
20 Years of Service! This year's Race and Serve for Education marked twenty years of service days for BRCS!
Congratulations to Class of 2019 students Nicole Gordon and Matthew Nichols for receiving the Rotary Code of Ethics Award.
This year was the inaugural year for Student Government Association's StandUp. High school students served around the community, and then committed to stand for 5 hours in the afternoon. This was their way to StandUp for Christian Education while enjoying games and fellowship.
Spring Play: Anne of Green Gables
Fourth grade performed their annual Narnia adaptation.
Congratulations to Nicole Gordon, Class of 2019, and Caitlyn Codding, Class of 2023, for being published in the ACSI 2019 Southeast Young Author Anthology. Out of the 803 pieces submitted to the ASCI Creative Writing Festival, only 140 earned a superior rating. Out of the 140 superior pieces, only 104 pieces were published.
Congratulations to Emma Goehner, Class of 2021, for winning the essay portion of the Stock Market Game with the Virginia Council of Economic Education.
Congratulations to the newest members of the National Honor Society: Jordan Fisher, Emma Goehner, Paige Cramer, Owen Bailey, Nathan Anderson, Ethan Golin, Luke Stables.
ACSI and Kings Dominion Music Festival Superior Ratings across all grade levels!
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