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Greater Impact: Why Participation Matters

Posted by Alicia Oates on Oct 2, 2019 9:07:00 AM

Commitment to student participation is one of the qualities that sets LuHi apart from other schools. With close to seven hundred students, LuHi is large enough to have the resources to challenge students, but small enough for students to excel in academics and multiple activities.

“We pride ourselves on student involvement, whether you’re a fan, or part of the theater department, or the equestrian club, or you play ping pong,” says teacher and volleyball coach Alicia Kidston. “We want no one to get lost in the mix because everyone is important.”

Recognizing that everyone is important and uniquely made, LuHi wants to give everyone the chance to participate in something they love and are gifted in, or to pursue interests they may never have had before. Not only does this benefit them in life after college, but it develops our students into well-rounded people with strong character. They are afforded more opportunities to meet people, make friends, interact with conflict, and build resilience.

That’s why LuHi offers every opportunity we possibly can to meet students’ needs--whether it’s academic levels, arts classes and groups, clubs, or sports teams, there is something here for everyone.

Academics

LuHi offers a range of academic levels so every student can participate and grow academically. We offer AP, college-level and Honors courses, and we also provide an Access Program for students who need extra support in their education. We also lead six Academies for students to pursue their own passions, including Art, Business, Lights, Music, Mission and Ministries, and STEM. Students receive an endorsement on their high school transcript and lifelong educational value.

The Arts

The Fine Arts program at LuHi teaches creative expression through the visual arts of sculpture and ceramics, computer graphics, drawing, painting, and photography. We offer varying competitive levels of vocal and instrumental musical groups, including Jubilate Choir, Bel Canto, Men’s Choir, Wind Ensemble, BluHi Jazz and Praise Band.

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The LuHi Theater Department has been providing professional quality entertainment for students and the community for six decades. We are thankful to have access to the Pace Center theater complex in downtown Parker for our productions. Each year the students have the opportunity to perform in multiple stage productions, including a spring musical (this year it will be Mary Poppins). CrossPlay is an additional drama group which enhances our chapel worship.

Clubs

Many of LuHi’s clubs were initiated by students and service projects. Our faculty and staff prioritize listening to the students, which develops them as leaders and creates a culture of student ownership, which ultimately increases participation.

  • Robotics
  • Student Council
  • Lions for Life
  • Ping Pong
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Cyber Security
  • National Honor Society
  • Equestrian
  • Interact
  • Yearbook
  • Student Ambassadors

Sports

LuHi has fourteen varsity level sports with a 90% participation rate. That statistic itself is commendable, but our athletic program is also dedicated to providing teams for all skill-ranges.

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“We see a lot of schools our size that don’t have all the levels of sports that we have,” says teacher and volleyball coach Savanna Rogness. “We have C Teams, JV Teams, Varsity Teams, and sometimes more than one freshman team. It’s so important to distinguish between levels because athletes are then competing at a level that is challenging to them and not harmful to them.”

LuHi offers Football, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Boys Golf, Cross Country, Spirit, Boys and Girls Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Girls Soccer, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis and Lacrosse.

Student Naomi is a good example of the importance of having options to choose from in a high school. After being cut from the volleyball team as a freshman, she decided to become a manager for the team instead. When the team when on to earn second in State, Naomi thanked Coach Kidston for changing her life. “I didn’t change her life,” says Kidston. “But the ability for her to be involved in something bigger than she is changed her life.”

LuHi is thankful we can offer so many opportunities in which students can participate. When their lives are being changed, we know our school is making an important difference in the world. “Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

 

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