Illiana Christian High School

Illiana Christian students serve their community

2013-11-29T00:00:00Z Illiana Christian students serve their communityLiz Metcalfe Times Columnist nwitimes.com
November 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The students and faculty at Illiana Christian High School never cease to amaze me. Welcome to the life of Illiana students during Nov. 11 to 15.

It all started on Nov. 11 with activities planned collaboratively by Christian Service Club, Student Council, and Chapel Committee. These events were focused on honoring our local veterans. The morning began with the entire student body meeting on the front lawn for devotions. After a color guard raised the flag, members of the student body delivered devotional readings. Then more than 20 veterans and their families were served a special breakfast by CSC members and Student Council. The veterans attended both chapels, which featured guest speaker Milt Van Drunen, who is a veteran. The Chamber singers and a brass quartet entertained the veterans during the 20 minutes between chapels, along with a few members of our Debate Team. This morning was truly a blessing not only for the veterans but also for the Illiana students and faculty.

Monday afternoon was also a time of celebration because Illiana’s boys cross country team took second place in the state 2A championship on Nov. 9. This was the first time in Illiana’s history that a boys team in any sport brought home a state trophy. We had an all-school lunch together in the gym, cake and cupcakes provided by the school, and then an opportunity to show our enthusiasm and appreciation for the team and coaches. A great time was had by all at this wonderful celebration.

On Nov. 14, we held our annual Dodge Ball Tournament, a fundraising event sponsored by our Christian Service Club. This six-year tradition benefits a different organization each year. This year, $1,500 went to A Heart for Korah, an organization that promotes sponsorship of families living in the poverty-stricken settlement of Korah, Ethiopia. In addition to being a fundraiser, the dodge ball tournament is a highly entertaining event featuring 27 teams, all competing in front of a packed house of more than 1,000 students and fans. Even the teachers participated, taking second place. Teams dressed to express a specific theme, and special awards were given to the best-dressed team. A well-deserved Loveable Loser Award was also given.

Finally, on Nov. 15, over 60 of our students attended the 34th annual Right to Life Banquet held at Avalon Manor. Jeff White, Social Studies Department chair, began the ceremony with an opening prayer and devotional. Dinner was served, and the Illiana Chamber Singers sang a song. The students listened to a fantastic speaker, Dr. Jean Garton, who is a founding member of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. In the winter, many of these same students will participate in the March for Life Rally on Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C.

So what were your teenagers doing the week of Nov. 11 to 15? Ours were exceptionally busy doing significant things for God and this community. We hope they got to sleep in on Saturday morning.

If you want to see these impressive students and teachers in action, please come out for our PREVIEW Illiana Christian event from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.  No registration is necessary. All prospective students and parents are welcome.

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