By Jacob Lentz
Happy Mother’s Day everyone, especially the mothers! On behalf of the Grad class I’d like to welcome all alumni, parents, classmates, future students, family, friends, and any other categories you may fit into to the LCBI campus. There are a lot of people my Grad class and I would like to thank for helping us reach this day. Firstly we’d like to thank our parents for supporting us throughout our entire lives and through everything we’ve done. Thank you, alumni, for attending our sport events and always showing your much appreciated enthusiasm. Thank you to our classmates in grades 10 and 11 for helping with Grad prep and helping prepare us for today. Also thank you to the staff-your kindness, patience and strong dedication has lead and developed us into the people we are today.
We’ve all developed and grown so much since the early years in Kindergarten, changing from eating glue to completing weekly calculus assignments. Even in my Grade twelve year I’ve been transformed into a different person. LCBI means a lot to me. For some it may be a school, for others it may be a nice community, but for me it’s a home. Although I’ve only been here for a single year, it has changed me so much, and helped me become a better person, student, leader, athlete, and servant. Even on the first day of school or the Spend-a-Day I attended, I could see the acceptance and kindness that the people here are filled with. To quote Annika Chell’s Instagram post, “welcome to the crib – where bad dancing is widely accepted, and God’s love is not hard to come by… #family”. This is a special place, and the effects can, and will, last a lifetime.
My decision to attend LCBI came about two weeks before classes actually started. I was skeptical to come but eventually I felt called to become a student here. It’s hard to put into words what this school truly is, because it can be different for anyone who comes here. This school can affect your life, and it certainly did for me. The memories I’ve made, the friends I’ve met, the stories I’ve heard, and the way I’ve grown will be with me the remainder of my life. LCBI will forever hold a place in my heart. I know that I will miss my classmates, the staff, Charlie the cat, and this place in general. I look forward to the next step in my life, but the step I took here will always be my favourite.
It’s hard to believe that we’re finally graduating. After a twelve year journey we are finally being released into the world to see who we will become. It is the beginning of a new period in our lives, and I know we are ready for what lies ahead. There may be fear, anxiety, or stress for the unknown future, but we should be encouraged, because God has a plan for each one of us, and will not leave us behind. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8). I have seen the love and power of Christ in all of my classmates here, and I know that He will lead all of them to do great things in their lives.