Today we met at school at 8:00 and left for Cumberland Mall. We got there before the mall opened, so Coach Sanders did the devotional for the day which was very good. We were going to get a makeover at Clinique at Macy’s. They couldn’t take us all at one time, so we split into two groups. Half of us went to get our makeover, while the other group went to shop and eat and then we switched. The Clinique lady doing the makeovers was really nice and it was a fun experience!
Chloe Johnston, 9th grade
After we went to the mall we went to get our nails done at the Woodstock Outlets. We were given a choice between a manicure and pedicure of gel nails and most people got the manicure and pedicure. It felt wonderful! After that we left and headed back to school. Although it took longer to get back than usual, we didn’t mind because it gave us a chance to talk longer!
Catie Sander, 9th grade
Self Defense Class
Self defense was a great way to start the morning. Everyone felt so alive afterwards and we feel prepared for whatever comes our way in the real world. The coaches couldn’t have been nicer to us more inexperienced ones and they guided us through every step with care. We learned how to block punches and even flip someone over our backs. It was a great workout too, which is great because I am really lazy! I could not have had any more fun today and I think all of the girls would say the same.
I think the cooking class was the most we’ve bonded throughout our spring term so far. We prepared a large meal that consisted of a caesar salad with grilled chicken and homemade croutons, grilled vegetables, fettuccine alfredo made from scratch, and bread pudding topped with raspberry sauce. It took us about an hour and a half to make the entire meal, and we had a lot of fun working together as a team. Everyone got along so well and, though most of us had little experience in the kitchen, we created a delicious meal that was more than enough for the entire group. I don’t cook very much at home, so I feel like I learned a lot about how to make food (and make it good!).
We started off our day with dunkin’ donuts for breakfast! We ate our donuts on the way to Banning Mills. It took us about an hour and 20 minutes, but it wasn’t too bad of a ride. When we got there, we headed to a covered area where we put on our gear and learned how to use it. We learned about all of the different do’s and don’ts and the rules of the zip line. After that, we headed up to course one. The toughest part of course one was the dangling bridge to get up to the tower. It was very high and wobbly, but once that part was over, we had a lot of fun. There were nine different zip lines in course one and they were so much fun! I really enjoyed today because it really taught us to be fearless and put our entire trust in Him!
Mary Andrew Riddle (9th)
After course one we all took a little break to get some snacks. Then on to course two. This started off with a race, then we had a smaller zip line. After that we had eight bridges in a row. Once we completed those we went on a zip line that was one thousand feet long. Once we all completed course two we headed to the last course for the day. Course three started with “Big Daddy”, a zip line that was fifteen hundred feet long! It had a great view over Snake Creek. After “Big Daddy”, we had a little zip line to get to the ground. Then we walked down a little trail to the last zip line. It was a beautiful spot to take a picture for it went right over Snake Creek the whole time. After returning our gear, we headed to the bus for the ride back to school. This a great day to learn that we need to trust in God’s plan for our life and He will give us the strength to go through with what He has set on the path before us.
Jacqueline Sutz (10th)
We started off our day at 8:30 by leaving the school and going to Lake Acworth to have breakfast and a morning devotion. For breakfast we had bagels with cream cheese and chocolate muffins. After breakfast we went and played on the playground for about 10 minutes before our morning devotion. For our morning devotion Coach Sanders talked about Proverbs 31:10-30, which tells us that a woman’s outward appearance is not what you should focus on, it should be about how she provides for her family and does good throughout her life, and how she speaks good. We all loved Coach Sanders devotion, and we are looking forward to hearing more about Proverbs 31:10-30 and how we should be women of the Lord!
After devotion, we headed off to Silver Comet Bike Shop, where we rented some bikes and helmets. After getting situated, we were quickly on our way down the trail. On the trail, we encountered a lot of wildlife. We even saw a turtle and a snake! The first 13 miles were tough, and we stopped for a break soon after, at the halfway point. We turned around and began our journey back, which was, surprisingly easier for most. We ended up completing our goal, which was 26 miles. Being very tired and sore, we decided to eat lunch on the bus. We drove to a nearby Bruster’s Ice Cream and enjoyed a well-deserved treat. To end our day, we had a jam-session on the bus ride back. Day one was a HUGE success, and we all can’t wait for Day two!
Piper Fendley & Synclair Savage, 9th grade