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Volume LXIV No. 2 www.frenchcamp.org SUMMER 2019 In this Issue: Graduation 2019

Interactive Bible Drawings

Athletic Signings

Alumnus Award

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French Camp’s Connection to India The cover of FCA Today features Ravi Zacharias, a native of India now living in Atlanta, GA, who served as commencement speaker for French Camp Academy on Saturday, May 25th alongside Class of 2019 Valedictorian Bradley McGlothin. Zacharias is a renowned Christian speaker and author known around the world for his work defending the Gospel and arguing for the Christian faith. To have him speak at French Camp Academy was a privilege and an opportunity. We will cherish his inspirational words for a long time.

Knowing that Sharron Naik would have been among the graduates walking across the stage, Zacharias accepted an invitation to speak by FCA President, Mr. Stewart Edwards. Pastor Srinivas and Sujatha Naik, the children’s parents from India, attended Saturday’s commencement and spent the week prior on the FCA campus receiving and extending lots of hugs and stories about their children’s time as boarding students from house parents, students, teachers, and many others who were blessed to have known Sharron, Aaron, and Joy.

Zacharias spoke with eloquence and grace and provided just the right words anchored in Scripture celebrating the incredible milestone of our graduating seniors, while at the same time honoring the lives of 3 precious young ones. Zacharias’ connection to French Camp The Christian worldview is the only framework Academy began earlier this year after the trag- that can address both the peaks and the valleys ic deaths of Sharron (12th grade), Aaron (9th of life while providing hope and expectation for grade), and Joy (8th grade) Naik, three godly the future. FCA students who died on December 23rd in a house fire while on Christmas break in TennesFrench Camp has a forever connection to see. Their funeral, which occurred in India, was India. The Naik story is part of the French experienced by thousands of mourning people, Camp story. To honor the legacy of these three many of whom heard a message by Zacharias Christ-centered children, FCA has created an who learned about the Naiks through mutual endowed scholarship fund called the Internafriends. Zacharias spoke at the children’s fu- tional Students for Christ Fund designated in neral via satellite offering encouragement and memory of Sharon, Aaron, and Joy Naik who comfort through God’s Word. fervently lived out their faith while attending

French Camp Academy. These dear young ones left their home in India in pursuit of Christian education almost two years ago. We had the joy and privilege of living life with them every day while they lived and went to school on our campus. We truly loved each one as if they were our own. To honor their legacy of Christian witness and courage for pursuing their God-given calling in life, French Camp Academy will use the International Students for Christ Fund to help other international Christian students attend French Camp Academy. To learn how you can participate in the International Students for Christ Fund, please contact Lance Ragsdale at 662-547-6482 or email him at lragsdale@frenchcamp.org. v

A Christian World and Life View: A Tool for Transforming Minds Over the years, many people have asked how French Camp Academy has enjoyed seeing the lives of young people change for their good and the glory of God. Not only do we provide a loving home environment (key to most life-changes) and a strong work ethic coupled with adults teaching numerous skill sets, but we also deeply believe that a Christian education is essential in transforming the minds of young people.

Recognizing our need to become more like Jesus, how He sees the world, becoming like Him in how we treat others, view ourselves, and live out a Christ-centered purpose describes French Camp’s aim to develop young hearts and minds. It’s our desire for them to follow Christ as they mature and grow through the various seasons of life. Launching young people in our communities who think like Christ doesn’t limit their creativity but transforms it to make a more nd Perhaps Peter summed it up in his 2 letter? impactful difference no matter where God plac“Now for this very reason also, applying all dili- es them. gence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; and in your One graduating student said, “My goal one day knowledge, self-control; and in your self-control, is to become a nurse. Currently, I am taking Huperseverance; and in your perseverance, godliness; man Anatomy and Physiology under Mr. Hunter and in your godliness, brotherly kindness; and in McKnight. I absolutely love this class. I am learnyour brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities ing so much about the human body and how God are yours and are increasing, they render you nei- carefully created it so we can live for Him.” ther useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:58). Learning at French Camp Academy has a purpose. We want the young people who come

here for refuge and safety to know God and make Him known. Teachers work hard in the classroom sifting through material, helping students understand that God designs it all. As we study Scripture, we also see God’s handiwork in science, history, algebra, and other disciplines. Students develop a view that all things are created and belong to Him. As you think about French Camp Academy, please pray for our teachers, house parents, and support staff as they deliberately teach a Christhonoring world view to our young people. Prayer is a practical application to our faith in Christ, and your faithful prayers keep us going. v


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The President’s Perspective: Genuineness of Faith Recently French Camp was honored to receive the state’s only monument honoring the brave soldiers of the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson made French Camp one of his stops as he returned from victory at the battle of New Orleans. Some of his men were wounded during the battle and French Camp became a place of rest and healing for many of his squad. Some were buried close by and it was rumored that Jackson buried gold around these parts. Each time our crews are out digging on campus for various reasons, I jokingly ask them if they have found the gold yet. In my last writing, I shared about the intense struggles and battles of our own at French Camp. Death, illness, and relational struggles had placed us in a time of battle. In the Bible, there is also talk of gold and fire. Peter, in speaking to believers driven out of their homeland, tells them that God is using the trials they are experiencing to refine their faith as gold is refined (tested) by fire. As I look back on our last six months of battle, I declared to the 1812 assembly, “we have found the gold!” God, our heavenly Father, is the only one who can take the truly hard, crushing times in our lives and refine our faith like gold in the process. While these past months have been hurtful and we have cried many tears, God’s love and mercy has grown in our hearts through faith. Peter says that our tested genuineness of faith—more precious than gold that perishes, though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:7). Yes, we have found the gold at French Camp! It is uncovered each time a young person’s eyes are open to God’s unfailing love and mercy—each time the Scriptures draw hearts and minds to see God’s work. When God’s truth gives new perspective to troubled hearts, the gold is found! When the hope of the Gospel pushes out fear and the hopelessness of the world, gold is found! How about you? Where do you find yourself today? Are you in the fire? If so, be encouraged that no pain, hardship, or struggle is ever wasted in the life of one who has placed their trust in Jesus. He uses “all things” for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. While I would not mind if one of our crews were to strike gold one day, my prayer is that God would continue to tune our hearts to the most precious treasure in this life—the treasure of a growing relationship to Him.

French Camp TODAY French Camp TODAY (USPS 210-100) is published quarterly in March, June, September and December each year by French Camp Academy, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Periodical postage paid at Hattiesburg, MS and all additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to French Camp TODAY, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9703. There is no subscription charge for French Camp TODAY; it is financed by voluntary contributions from friends of the Academy and is printed by Roberson Advertising Services LLC Bogalusa, LA. Graphics/photographs/text by FCA staff and students. The mailing list of French Camp TODAY is confidential and is not shared with other organizations. To receive French Camp TODAY, send names and complete addresses. To change or correct your address or to be removed from the mailing list, tear off the mailing label (needed because of code numbers) and return it with the correct address. You may use the enclosed envelope OR call 1-800-565-7132. If you are receiving more than one copy of French Camp TODAY, please return all mailing labels and indicate which one is the correct address. Reporting in French Camp TODAY is intended to inform readers of the life and work of French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school serving young people and their families for the glory of God. French Camp Academy is accredited by the State Department of Education, Jackson, MS. We desire to hear from you. Please direct correspondence to Lance Ragsdale, Director of Development.

French Camp Academy One Fine Place French Camp, MS 39745-9703 662-547-6482 or 662-547-9464 www.frenchcamp.org BOARD OF TRUSTEES H. Donald Brock......................... Greenwood Sharkey Burke..................................Brandon Dave Fair............................................ Oxford Glenn Galey, Secretary............... Hattiesburg Toxey Hall III..................................... Canton G. Carey Hauenstein........................... Laurel Carson Hughes, Vice Chairman........ Jackson Scott Kiewit........................................ Laurel Lee Lampton..................................... Jackson John Lynch................................. Brookhaven Chuck McBride................................Madison Brooks Mosley.................................. Jackson Tommy Peaster, Vice Chairman............ Flora Hugh Potts, Jr., Chairman.............Kosciusko

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Houseparents Needed One of the most challenging and rewarding positions at French Camp Academy is serving as house parents. In this unique role you give your life away to young people by providing a safe, structured, nurturing home for them to mature. It’s an opportunity to change the trajectory of a life, a place where you live out Gospel-faith.

FCA is thankful for its faithful supporters! Pictured here is Ray Fulton (middle) with two FCA students, Laney and Hayden Scott. Mr. Fulton set-up the Margery Brown Fulton Scholarship Fund in memory of his beloved wife benefitting current FCA students. v

Do you have a special place in your heart for children and teenagers? Do you have a desire for life-on-life ministry? If so, consider serving as house parents at French Camp Academy. When God calls you to a task, He will certainly provide by equipping you with the resources needed to do it well. Give us a call, and let’s talk more. Bruce Hosket—662-547-6484. v

Board Member: Sharkey Burke

Sharkey Burke is the newest member to join the Madison County Bar Association, and the Defense ReFrench Camp Academy Board of Trustees. He is a co- search Institute. founder and member of the law firm Anderson Crawley & Burke, PLLC in Ridgeland. He completed his preparatory education at Millsaps College where he received his BS in History in 1993 His professional and community affiliations include and then obtained his Juris Doctorate at Mississippi Member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson MS College School of Law with distinction in 1996. where he has served as a member of the Diaconate since 2008 and served as Chairman of the Diaconate Sharkey and his wife, Paige and their four children, in 2018. Mr. Burke has also served on the Board of make their home in Ridgeland, MS and worship at several other nonprofit Christian ministries and cur- First Presbyterian Church of Jackson. rently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Pregnancy Choices in Jackson, MS. Mr. Burke is All of us at French Camp are thankful for Sharkey’s also an ally with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Mr. support, leadership, and encouragement. Thank you, Burke is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Sharkey! v

A Few Thoughts on Giving to FCA this Summer Is God leading you to support French Camp value of the stock as a charitable contribution, Academy with your resources? Many people ask while bypassing applicable capital gains taxes if us throughout the year a simple question, “How the stock has appreciated. can I give?” Real Estate Gifts of appreciated real estate There are several ways in which a gift may be are like gifts of appreciated stock. Assuming you made—one designed to meet virtually any situ- have owned the property for more than one year, ation. Here are a few ideas that may help as you you may deduct the fair market value as a chariconsider partnering with FCA financially. table contribution while bypassing all capital gains taxes. Of course, gifts of cash are still the most popular way to make charitable gifts. And your Life insurance is a unique way to give to gift of cash to French Camp Academy is simple FCA. To qualify, French Camp Academy needs to do. Write a check and mail to French Camp to become both owner and beneficiary; no inciAcademy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS dents of ownership can be retained. If the policy 39745 or give online at www.frenchcamp.org. is paid up, your charitable contribution is generally the replacement value or cost basis of the Gifts of securities or stock can be one of the policy, whichever is less. Ongoing premiums most advantageous ways of giving. If your gift paid on a gifted life insurance policy also qualify of stock is one you have owned for more than for charitable deductions. one year, you may deduct the full fair market

With a charitable gift annuity, you and/or someone you designate receive fixed payments for life at an attractive rate, based on your age(s). You may also defer the payments until a future date; this usually provides greater annual income. You get a tax deduction the year the gift is made, plus tax-free return of principal. Applicable capital gains tax is deferred if the annuity is funded with appreciated assets. Part of your gift helps FCA right now. For specific recommendations, each person should consult his or her own qualified professional advisor. If you would like further information about how your charitable gift can help serve the young people at French Camp Academy, please call Lance Ragsdale, Vice President of Development at 662-547-6482 or e-mail lragsdale@frenchcamp.org. v


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Elizabeth Ann Albro

Catherine Elisabeth Bell

Kadie Helen Bowman

Hannah Lou Childers

Judith Grace Cravens

Darren Milton Crowder

Adriane Rose Dean

Jocelyn Norris Drew

Holman Stewart Edwards

James Lafayette Fowler

Nybia Samara Fumbah

Zachary Harrison Gilmer

Cassidy Danielle Hidalgo

Anna Mary Jackson

Henry Harrison Jordan

Parker Lee Kemmerer

*Elizabeth Ann Albro, Lake Cormant, MS Parents: John and Reba Albro Activities: Track and Cross Country Plans: Attend Northwest in Senatobia and then Mississippi College *Catherine Elisabeth Bell, Kosciusko, MS Parents: Shane Bell Activities: Beta Club, Treasurer of the Beta Club, Quiz Bowl, Fort Worth Mission Trip, Homecoming Court Plans: Attend Mississippi College and major in Criminal Justice *Kadie Helen Bowman, French Camp, MS Parents: Rusty and Laurie Bowman Activities: Softball, Basketball, Beta Club Plans: Attend Holmes Community College in Goodman to study Nursing Hannah Lou Childers, Sugarland, TX Parents: Paula Carter and Christopher Childers Activities: Ft. Worth Mission Trip, Tennis, 4-H Plans: Attend College

Madison Coffey Klein

Clayton David Leathers

Activities: Cheer, Softball, and Choir Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and major in Nursing Darren Milton Crowder, French Camp, MS Parents: Felicia Goss and Jeff Crowder Activities: Vo-Tech and Beta Club Plans: Enter the Workforce Adriane Rose Dean, Stewart, MS Parents: Bruce and Rita Dean Plans: Study elementary education Jocelyn Norris Drew, McCool, MS Parents: Roxanne Norris Activities: Honor Roll Plans: Attend MSU, major in horticulture in order to pursue mission work in the agricultural field Holman Stewart Edwards, French Camp, MS Parents: Stewart and Rebecca Edwards Activities: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Beta Club, Choir Plans: Attend East Central Community College and play football

James Lafayette Fowler, Duck Hill, MS Judith Grace Cravens, Parents: Tim Fowler French Camp, MS Activities: Football, Track Parents: Emily and Eric Johnson and Paul Plans: Join the Navy and Beverly Cravens

William Jacob Lewis

Nybia Samara Fumbah, Snellville, GA Parents: Alex and Alma Fumbah Activities: Fort Worth Mission Trip Plans: Attend University of Southern Mississippi Zachary Harrison Gilmer, Brandon, MS Parents: Monica and Chuck Gilmer Activities: Football, Baseball Plans: Attend Lineman School Cassidy Danielle Hidalgo, Opelousas, LA Parents: Carylon Cormier and Quinton Hidalgo Activities: Softball and 4H Plans: Work at FCA *Anna Mary Jackson, Sturgis, MS Parents: Corbett and Tammy Jackson Activities: Beta Club, Quiz Bowl Plans: Attend East Central Community College Henry Harrison Jordan, Kosciusko, MS Parents: Hunter and Rosalind Jordan Plans: Attend College Parker Lee Kemmerer, Madison, MS Parents: Priscilla Kemmerer Young and Marvin Young Activities: Softball, Choir

Destiney Leeann Little

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given unto him. —James 1:5

Plans: Attend Holmes Community College to become an EMT/Paramedic *Madison Coffey Klein, Madison, MS Parents: Lance and Karen Klein Activities: Basketball Plans: Attend Belhaven University and play basketball and major in nursing Clayton David Leathers, French Camp, MS Parents: Robert and Meredith Leathers Activities: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Beta Club, and Honor Roll Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and major in business William Jacob Lewis, Canton, MS Parents: Jeff and Melissa Lewis Activities: Basketball Plans: Attend College Destiny Leeann Little, Pope, MS Parents: Kim Little Plans: Attend Northwest Community College and major in counseling

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John Phillip Lucas

Mallory Carol MacKenzie

Jarad Rex May

Jason Robert May

Abigail Joy McDaniel

James Bradley McGlothin

William Judah Keith Parish

Emory Carol Peacock

Aaryauna Hope Reece

Laney Marie Scott

Rachel McKenzi Seawright

Aminatta Sherif

Cameron Scott Smith

Hunter Dale Vance

*John Phillip Lucas, Eupora, MS Parents: Veronica Taylor and David Lucas Activities: Baseball, Football Plans: Basic Training in Fort Leowood, MO and then attend Mississippi State University

Staff, Fort Worth Mission Trip, New York Mission Trip, Mexico Mission Trip, Wales Mission Trip Plans: Attend Mississippi College and major in Secondary Education and play football, and then attend Seminary to become a pastor

*Mallory Carol MacKenzie, French Camp, MS Parents: Stuart and Kim MacKenzie Activities: Tennis, Cheerleading, Beta Club, New York GO Mission Team, Mexico Mission Team Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and major in social work

*William Judah Keith Parish, Kosciusko, MS Parents: Keith and Sarah Ellen Parish Activities: Baseball, Forth Worth Mission Trip Plans: Attend college and start a family

Jarad Rex May, French Camp, MS Parents: Steve and Monica May Activities: Beta Club, Football, Vo-Tech Plans: CAT Diesel Mechanic *Jason Robert May, French Camp, MS Parents: Steve and Monica May Activities: Football, Basketball, Tennis, Track, Beta Club, Mexico and Fort Worth Mission Trips, and Camp of the Rising Son Plans: Run my own business and work in ministry *Abigail Joy McDaniel, French Camp, MS Parents: Matthew and Kim McDaniel Activities: Cheer, Softball and Beta Club Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and join their PTA program *James Bradley McGlothin, French Camp, MS Parents: Brian and Marcy McGlothin Activities: Football, Basketball, Tennis, Cross Country, Beta Club, Student Government Association, Yearbook

*Emory Carol Peacock, French Camp, MS Parents: Robert and Tracie Peacock Activities: Softball, Cheer, Yearbook, Mexico Missions, Fort Worth Missions, Beta Club, and Honor Roll Plans: Attend Holmes Community College in Goodman, MS to major in Pre-Nursing. After Holmes, attend a university to major in Nursing. I would like to either be a travel nurse or work at a children’s hospital. Aaryauna Hope Reece, McCool, MS Parents: John Reece and Deborah Reece Activities: Principal’s List Plans: Attend Holmes Community College and major in Nursing Laney Marie Scott, Brandon, MS Parents: Steve and Melissa Harper Activities: Basketball and Softball Plans: Attend Belhaven University *Rachel McKenzi Seawright, Ocean Springs, MS Parents: Shane and Ashley Fields Activities: Tennis, 4H, Yearbook, Missions, Quiz Bowl

Plans: Attend Mississippi College and major in Christian Counseling *Aminatta Sherif, Memphis, TN Parents: Oumu Sillah, Lamin Touray Activities: Cross Country, Track, Cheerleading, Basketball, Beta Club Plans: Attend Blue Mountain College and major in Nursing *Cameron Scott Smith, French Camp, MS

Parents: Danny and Regina Smith Activities: Basketball, Tennis, Fort Worth Missions, SGA, Beta Club Plans: Attend Ittawamba Community College and major in programming and networking Hunter Dale Vance, French Camp, MS Parents: Jackie and Ashley Vance Activities: Football, Basketball, and Track Plans: Attend College *Honor Graduate


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Congratulations! 2019 Hall of Fame

Pictured above, from left to right, front row: Jason May, Catherine Bell, Cameron Smith; back row: Kenzi Seawright, Mallory MacKenzie, Bradley McGlothin, Emory Peacock, Ami Sherif. Pictured to the right: Catherine Bell, Salutatorian and Bradley McGlothin, Valedictorian. Congratulations!

2019 Honor Graduates

Mr. and Miss FCA Congratulations to Bradley McGlothin and Ami Sherif for being selected 2019 Mr. and Miss FCA! To be considered for this honor, a senior must have attended FCA for both their junior and senior year and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA. Mr. and Miss FCA are elected by vote of the staff and student body. Ami is the daughter of Oumu Silah and Lamin Touray and has attended French Camp Academy for four years. Her many interests and activities range from cross country, track, cheerleading, basketball, and Beta Club. Ami had the honor of being crowned Homecoming Queen. She plans to attend Blue Mountain College and pursue a degree in Nursing while competing on the track team. Bradley is the son of Brian and Marcy McGlothin of French Camp, MS and has attended French Camp schools his entire school career. While at FCA he has enjoyed playing football, basketball, tennis, and cross county. He is in the Beta Club, and a Student Government Association representative, and a member of the Yearbook staff. Bradley has been a part of school mission trips to Fort Worth, TX, New York, Mexico, and Wales. He plans to attend Mississippi College and major in Secondary Education while playing football. After attending Seminary, Bradley plans to become a pastor. v


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Sponsored by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Foundation, the STAR Student program seeks to recognize students for academic and ACT test achievement. Students are awarded a certificate and medallion. To be eligible for the STAR Student honor, a student may be a regularly enrolled senior or an approved dually enrolled student in an accredited public or private high school and an accredited post-secondary institution. The student must be completing his or her last year of work and must be eligible to receive a diploma in the current school year. The student must have an overall ACT composite score of at least 25 and an overall average of 93 or above throughout high school. The STAR Student will be asked to designate his or her STAR Teacher. The STAR Teacher should be one of his or her elementary or secondary classroom teachers. The teacher selected is, in the STAR Student’s opinion, the person who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. The 2019 FCA STAR Student is Bradley McGlothin who selected Mr. Dennis Cox, Bible and Christian World View teacher as STAR Teacher. v

Congratulations to Aminatta Sherif for signing with Blue Mountain College to run Cross Country and Madison Klein for signing with Belhaven University to play Basketball. Pictured with these hard working and persereving young women are their FCA Coaches. v

Interactive Bible Drawing By Joy Martin

Bible III is a grouping of several key units in FCA’s overarching Bible curriculum for eleventh grade students. Through interactive drawing, students internalize the content of the Gospel, Bible reliability, Bible overview, hermeneutics, Bible study skills, and the Old Testament prophets. In the Bible overview section, students create a project that captures the main fenceposts of the Biblical story of redemption—all on one piece of paper! The ornately drawn page is laminated and can be used to teach others God’s wonderful story. In the prophets’ unit, students create prophet social networking pages to visualize powerful life application points from these understudied areas of the Bible. Through these studies, the students also come away with the uniqueness and magnitude placed on the coming Messiah—and they are confronted with Jesus of Nazareth who fleshes out the prophecies so beautifully. Kudos for Joy Martin for creatively teaching the Bible in ways our students will remember for years to come. v


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2019 Yearbook Staff

2019 Spring Chorus Concert


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Building Lives through Athletics!

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Victorious Track and Field Team This year at the State Championship Track Meet our Runners and Throwers stepped up and rose to the challenge of the competition. Almost EVERY one of our athletes reached a new personal best. And if there is ever a time that you want to do your best, it’s at the state championships! Our ladies 4x400 relay team (Emma Wright, Averie Jane Gundy, Maddie Davis, and Ami Sherif ) finished fifth. Our boys 4x400 relay team (Adlai Urbina, Phillip Caradine, Jake Seawright, and Colby Walters) finished with a new best of the season earning 5th place. James Fowler finished fifth in the discus, not bad for a rookie who has never thrown a discus before three months ago. Speaking of rookies, Jasmine Bonty made it to the state finals in BOTH shotput and discus. In shotput, she earned fourth place and in discus she threw a new personal best earning her seventh place. Maddie Davis set new personal best in BOTH of her hurdle events and finished 5th and 6th in those events. Our youngest competitor, Averie Jane Gundy set new personal bests in BOTH the 800m (half mile) and the 1600m (mile) earning her 6th in both races. Adlai Urbina finished less than half of a second behind the state champion in the 400m, earning him 3rd place in a photo finish. Colby Walters ran not just one race of his life, but two! Colby patiently ran near last place for the first fourth of both of his races, but then (be-

cause nobody finishes like Colby) he earned 2nd place in both races, setting two personal bests and breaking a school record. And now to our most veteran member of our team, senior Ami Sherif. She set two new personal bests and broke TWO school records. Ami finished third in the 1600m and fourth in the 800m. All in all, it was an incredibly EXCITING day during which our athletes performed with excellence and class, both on and off the track. v

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don’t you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades.


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A Message to Churches! Three words: Pray, Refer, and Invite. Many churches support the ministry of French Camp Academy in tangible ways. As we enjoy a partnership in the gospel ministry to young people, there are three ways that we encourage you to help French Camp. • Pray for its ministry. As the old cliché says, “Prayer is the engine that drives our mission forward.” We believe the Scripture is clear about how God has instructed His people to pray. Your efforts making prayer a true priority in your weekly prayer schedule will make a difference and mean the world to us. Once a week, maybe on Fridays, make French Camp a topic of prayer in your conversation with our Heavenly Father. Indeed! We covet your prayers! • Refer young people to French Camp’s ministry. As you engage with family in your community and run across young people and families who seem to be crumbling for a myriad of reasons, please encourage them to begin a conversation with French Camp. We are a resource to your church and if we can help a child or teenager, we want to provide life changing opportunities to change the trajectory of their lives. Refer students and families to us so that a conversation may begin about how French Camp may be able to help. • Invite French Camp to send representatives to your church or church group to share the French Camp story. Bring your group to tour our campus. We would love for your group to hear testimonies of God’s redemptive work in the lives of young people first hand! Please contact Tom Dickson at 662-547-6482 if you would like to schedule a time for someone to speak about French Camp Academy. v

Called to ministry? Perhaps the Lord has placed on your heart a call for full-time Christian ministry. French Camp Academy may be a place for you to serve using the gifts and experiences God has given you. Want to learn more? Log-on to Frenchcamp.org to review positions currently available on French Camp’s campus. Let us know you’re searching, and we’ll pray with you for God’s direction and leadership. v

Honor Gifts

Honor gifts show appreciation to a living person­–such as teachers, pastors, parents, etc., while helping students at FCA. To make an Honor Gift, you may use the form/envelope provided, designating the type of gift you are making. The honoree will be notified of your thoughtfulness. Amounts of gifts are never divulged.

January ADAMS, BRENT, Brooklyn, NY Rev. and Mrs. Gary W. Adams BACK, JERRY AND DARLENE, Tulsa, OK Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning CHAIN, BUDDY AND BARBARA, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Chain COLLIER, CLAY AND MARYKELLI, Pontotoc, MS Mrs. Lisa Johnson CONDER, SHELBY, Centralia, IL Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning COX, COTY AND KATI, Amory, MS Mrs. Lisa Johnson ELLISON, H. C. AND LYNDOL, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen FOLEY, JULIE, Alexandria, VA Mr. and Mrs. James M. White GARRETT, LOUISE, Cleveland, MS Mr. Charles Warren GRIFFITH, ELAINE D., Boone, NC Mrs. Athena B. Davies

HAND, JUDY THOMPSON, Terry, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ben C. Daws HAWK, TOM AND LINDA, Flora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie R. Nutt LAMPTON, LEE Mr. and Mrs. Don B. Cannada LARY, BRYANT, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Rose Mary Lary MCAULEY, DR. AND MRS. MALCOM, Tupelo, MS Ms. Caryl Sorrells MCGINNIS, TONYA E., Annapolis, MD Mr. and Mrs. James M. White RICH, ELLA ROSE THORNTON, French Camp, MS Dr. Mary C. Landin SHIVERS, MR. AND MRS. MIKE, Naples, FL Ms. Caryl Sorrells SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous THE GATHRIGHT FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gathright WRIGHT, PAT AND PAUL, Carthage, MS Ms. Kent McFarland

February BAKER, DELLA, Hattiesburg, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell BURNS, JOAN, Canton, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell HAWK, LINDA, Flora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie R. Nutt MCMINN, JOANN, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John A. Danovsky MINCHER, LARRY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rich SIMMONS, CHARLIE AND FRANCES, Coffeeville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Billy D. Fielder SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous

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BENNETT, STEVEN AND TAFFI, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning

BONANNO, MR. AND MRS. ANTHONY, North Cambria, PA Mr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Williamson CAIN, GERRY ANNETTE, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen COCKRELL, MR. AND MRS. JOHN R., French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rich COCKRELL, PEGGY, French Camp, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rich EDWARDS, F. STEWART, JR., French Camp, MS Mrs. Lanier H. McCullough Mrs. Goree’ D. Robins FLYNT, JONATHAN, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt GRAVES, FRANK AND BONNIE, Kilmichael, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning HENNING, TRAVIS, BRITTANY AND EMMA GRACE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning JOSEY, JIMMY AND CYNDY, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning

KIRKPATRICK, JO ANN, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rich RAGSDALE, LANCE, French Camp, MS Mrs. Lanier H. McCullough RICH, ELLA ROSE THORNTON, French Camp, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen RITCHIE, MR. AND MRS. JIM, Canton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley ROGERS, DERICK, Marietta, GA Mrs. Athena B. Davies SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous SUBER, WAYNE AND SISSIE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning THOMAS, LYNELLE, Fordsville, KY Ms. Sue S. Nowell WADE, TIM AND MISSY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rich


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January

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February

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Mr. and Mrs. Crane D. Kipp BARR, BILL, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Almy Mr. and Mrs. Ralph I. Barr BATES, FERMON E., Hot Springs, AR Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCord BOBO, E’LANE KIRKPATRICK The Graeber Family BOND, MARGO, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marion R. Boyd BOYER, MARGARET ANNE DILLARD Buddy and Barbara Chain BROWN, JR., J. ARMY, Arlington, VA Mr. and Mrs. James G. Powell CARTLEDGE, M. CLYDE AND GOLDIE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts CHENEY, W. GARNER, Mountain Brook, AL Mrs. Jerry Tickner COLEMAN, JR., EARLE, Carpenter, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coleman COOK, ANNIE WADE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts COOK, WAYNE AND BEATRICE Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts COURTNEY, TOM, Brandon, MS Mr. Richard L. Harrison CRAWFORD, JOHN A., Jackson, MS First Baptist Church, Starkville, MS CROSBY, BONNIE FRENCH, Indianola, MS Mr. and Mrs. Edgar A. Delas, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Tabor A. McDowell, III Mrs. Maggie L. Parker DACEY, JANE G. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Carden DAVIS, GWEN, Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. James G. Powell DENDY, AUBREY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Kilgore EDWARDS, JR., CLYDE, Canton, MS Mrs. Nell Parker Lyon FULTON, SHIRLEY, Madison, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes GLISSON, DON, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCord GRAVES, ROBERT GRADY Mr. William L. Clayton Ms. Louise Matthews Mr. and Mrs. Andy Graves Robert Todd Graves, CPA Mr. Robert Symon Mr. Brock Degeyter Mr. and Mrs. Jim Avioli Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hakemack HAGAMAN, JR., FRANK H., Jackson, MS Mr. Sydney T. Touschstone HALES, BILL Mr. and Mrs. D. Kevin Sorensen HARCHARIK, SR., DAVID A., Brandon, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton HARDY, MIRIAM Ms. Janet P. Tichnell HARRINGTON, BETTY, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Pauline M. Strain HARVEY, U. H., Madison, MS Mrs. Martha W. Hogue HATHCOCK, WILLIAM HENRY, Flowood, MS Mr. Lamar Taylor HEAD, ROBERT B., Starkville, MS Mrs. Marilyn Head HEARON, JR., T. ROSCOE, Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Anita R. Hearon HEIDELBERG, WILLIAM Mr. and Mrs. Robert Caplan HENDERSON, JACK PEROIVAL, Greenville, MS Mrs. Barbara P. Nick HERBERT, LINDA STATEN, Carrollton, MS Mrs. Jerry Ann Krayer JACKSON, BILLIE RUTH GARY Mr. Robert Purdon Mr. Peter Purdon JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JONES, JESSIE DEEN, Tchula, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy JONES, RALPH AND LOIS, Decatur, MS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Howard Underwood JONES, WILLIAM EVERARDE, Mileston, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy KIRK, RONNIE, Flora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alexander

LASTER, MR. AND MRS. HAYDEN Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Hall LATCH, SAM, Rienzi, MS Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCord LOTT, TRENT, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marion R. Boyd LOWE, JARVIS E., Foxworth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graham MANGUM, R. L., Raymond, MS Mrs. Chomella Prine Beissel MANN, BILL Ms. Jane Manfredi MASLINE, BETH, Millbrook, AL Mrs. Jill B. Fair MCALPIN, SANDRA, Raymond, MS Mrs. Chomella Prine Beissel MCCORMICK, PATSY, Grenada, MS Mrs. Martha Merriman MCDONALD, BOB, Ridgeland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert R. McSpadden, Jr. MCMINN, JOAN, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby E. Stubbs Ms. Shelia Morgan MILLER, SR., MARY AND HARLEY ROBERT Mrs. Lynn Broomfield MITCHELL, JR., CHARLES G., Lexington, KY Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell MITCHELL, TIM AND ADAM, French Camp, MS Mrs. Thelma Mitchell MORAN, CARL, Diamondhead, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. Talmadge McNair MULLINS, GLEN First Baptist Church, Starkville, MS NEILL, GENE, Carrollton, MS Mrs. Jerry Ann Krayer OLSEN, ROSE Dr. and Mrs. Homer A. Ooten PATTON, JIM Mrs. Judy Patton PONDER, JEWEL BOWMAN, Mendenhall, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney, Jr. POWELL, DANIEL WESLEY, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Martha W. Hogue RACKLEY, MARY, Starkville, MS Fleet Morris Petroleum, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan McReynolds Orthodontics P.A. Mr. and Mrs. G. Stanley Roberts RAYBURN, SARA G., Winston Salem, NC Mrs. Mary M. Wamble RICHARDSON, CAROLYN B., Greenwood, MS Ms. Carolyn Ross Sunbelt Turf & Tree Mrs. Pauline M. Strain RONE, ALLENE WHITE, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen SANDERS, SALLY Mr. and Mrs. Joel F. Blakely Ms. Amanda Blakely SIDES, BOONE, Winston Salem, NC Kingsley, Inc. SIMPSON, JANELL, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts SISTRUNK, WILLIAM TERRELL, Brookhaven, MS Mrs. Martha Bowling SMITH, TURNER, Philadelphia, MS Dr. H. Duane Stokes SONES, EDNA Mr. and Mrs. John E. Lynch STEED, LYN HOOVER, Sumner, MS Mr. Jimmy E. Daves Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Hoover STEELE, NANCY, Jackson, MS Dr. and Mrs. Kirby P. Walker, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Marchetti STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STOTTS, DEWEY AND GOLDIE Mr. and Mrs. David Stotts THOMPSON, MARJORIE Mrs. Athena B. Davies TURMAN, MR. AND MRS. RAY, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert R. McSpadden, Jr. TURNER, MATTHEW G., Louisville, MS Mr. Wallace Gentry Mr. and Mrs. Davis Love Fair, III Mr. and Mrs. Mike Dunaway Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fulton The Lloyd Group, INC. TYSON, JUNE, Jackson, MS Mrs. Jill B. Fair


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March

ADAMS, ARTHUR, Atlanta, GA Mr. and Mrs. Austin Simmons ADAMS, WAYNE Mr. and Mrs. Austin Simmons ALDY, JR., ROBERT ELLIS, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins ALLEN, CHARLES, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber ALLEN, MARIAN WINKIE SAMPLE, Belzoni, MS Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Switzer Mr. and Mrs. Brian R. Wiegartner ARTMAN, PAUL, Indianola, MS Mr. and Mrs. Orville E. Varner ASHCRAFT, BILLY C., Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp BARLOW, GENE STATON, Jackson, MS Ms. Barbara K. Hammond Mrs. Jane N. Jones Ms. Martha L. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Varner Sr. Dr. Joseph J. Joseph Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray BARR, BILL, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Phyllis Nankervis, Jean, Peggy, June, Danny, Shelia and Tommy BLANCHARD, FLORENCE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Owen Oliver BOWEN, JR., THOMAS HENRY, Madison, MS Ms. Debbie Aiken BRIDGES, CHARLES, Prentiss, MS Fair Propane Gas Systems, Inc. BRIDGES, DONALD Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Ruth BRISCOE, DAISY A. HOGAN, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Loewenberg Jr. Judge and Mrs. John C. Love Jr. Ms. Catherine Newman Mr. and Mrs. James H. Briscoe Mrs. Mavis R. Draper Mrs. Josephine F. Cook Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins Ms. Cheryl Pigott Mr. and Mrs. James A. Carter Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Atwood Mr. Benjamin W. Allen III Mr. and Mrs. William L. Baker Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Gene Irving Jr. Mrs. Margaret Irving Mrs. Diann Alford Ms. Julie Irving BUCKLEY, MARGARET, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Herrington BYRD, ANNE Mrs. Edith M. Aldridge Ms. Doris T. Ellison and Sarah CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CAMPBELL, COLIN, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber CHILDS, MILLER Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp CHINCHEN, JACK Mrs. Lynn Broomfield CLARKE, EDWIN, Byhalia, MS Mr. Manis J. Smith Ph.D. COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record CRAIG, HELEN KEYES BREWER, Columbus, MS Mrs. Jana Jones Shultz

French Camp TODAY • SUMMER 2019 • 13 CREEDLE, DOT, Germantown, TN Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig CUMMINS, BETTY PAULINE GELSTON Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Ritter Jr. CUMMINS, PAULINE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Owen Oliver DAVIS, OTTIS LEE, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carson M. Hughes DAVIS, ROBERT, Jackson, MS Dr. and Mrs. George Bates Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Hontzas Mr. and Mrs. James L. Roberson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William G. Cook Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Slade F. Exley Mr. and Mrs. James S. Armstrong Mr. and Mrs. Haden Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Mike McNames Rev. and Mrs. Richard Swayze Mrs. Virginia C. Steadman Mr. and Mrs. L. W. McMurry and Susan Head Hendrix Mr. John A Crawford DEES, MARION Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Andrew Bain DENDY, AUBREY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning DODDRIDGE, TOMMY DYE, Olive Branch, MS Buddy and Barbara Chain Mrs. Carolyn Chain Shumake DOUGHTY, MAGGIE Mrs. Mary Margaret Tatum DRANE, ANN HARDING, Tallahassee, FL Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley DUNLAP, DON Mrs. Goree’ D. Robins EDWARDS, DON AND DELORES, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning EDWARDS, GAY W., Louisville, MS Ms. Charlene Rone Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw ELLIS, EUGENE Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins FELKER, SUSAN Mrs. Lynn Broomfield FISCHER, ROSANNE, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Leach FRISBIT, BILL, Bay St. Louis, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Tubb GAINES, MARY MARGARET Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp GARDNER, FRANK AND BETTY Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tannehill GRAEBER, DEE, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber GRANTHAM, LOIS Mrs. Betty Springer and Sonny Ellis GRAVES, ROBERT GRADY Mr. and Mrs. Pat Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. Craig Walker Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Wright Ms. Jennifer Huckabay Stalker Energy, LP HAMMOND, JIMMY Mr. Joshua E. Newman HANNA, DANNY, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster HARDIN, DEBORAH HUDSON, Walnut, MS Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCord HARRELL, BROOKS HOOKER, Greenwood, MS Ms. Doris T. Ellison and Sarah HARRELL, JIM AND BROOKS HOOKER, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Peggy Leflore HERRING, PETE AND LORRINE Dr. and Mrs. John H. Herring HILL, CLARA Mrs. Joyce Armstrong HIX, EARNESTINE, Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin HOLLAND, LAURIE STIUS, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster HOOKER, ANNE L. YERGER, Jackson, MS Rev. and Mrs. Timothy R. Smith HORTON, MAYNELL, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig HUBBARD, ZULA, Fayetteville, NC Ms. Charlyne Cooper Jones HUGHES, MARILY DAVIS, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts HUGHES, MELVIN Mr. and Mrs. John W. Garrard JACKSON, RUTH Mrs. Linda S. Jackson JASPER, LUTHER, Downsville, LA Rev. and Mrs. Billy W. Stanford JENKINS, JOAN, Birmingham, AL Mr. Harrell Lee Jenkins JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins

JOHNSON, GINGER, Biloxi, MS Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggs JOHNSON, MARY JANE, Brandon, MS Mr. Richard L. Harrison JONES, FRANK ABBOTT Mr. Jon Cotton Miller Mr. and Mrs. Eddie L. Smith KIMBALL, MARGARET ADAMS Mr. and Mrs. Austin Simmons LARSON, JOE Buddy and Barbara Chain Mr. Jay Chain Tom Chain LLEWELYN, EVAN J. Mrs. Thomas L. Llewelyn and Family LOFTIS, JR., JOHN, Conyers, GA Mr. John L. Loftis Sr. LUCIUS, AMYREE Mr. and Mrs. Lanny M. Wilson MALONE, ALVIN, McCarley, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins MASSEY, CRIMM, Foley, AL Ms. Sybil P. Clark MAY, JR., CURTIS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Manis MCGREGOR, JR., MATT Mr. and Mrs. Orville E. Varner MCKAY, JOHN EDMOND, Flora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Julian B. Williamson Mr. and Mrs. Billy O. Hall Mrs. Nancy Howard MCMINN, M. D. AND JOAN, Louisville, MS Mrs. Betty Charlton MCPHAIL, ROSIE JACQUELINE, Canton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster MEDLIN, VIVIAN Mrs. Jo Ann Moffitt MITCHELL, DOUGLAS MARK Mr. and Mrs. James Sanders MOORE, INA MAE, Picayune, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Manis MORGAN, GARNER, Sturgis, MS Mrs. Irene Morgan MORGAN, GLENDA FISHER Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp MORGAN, REX, Indianola, MS Mr. and Mrs. John Terry Gibbs MORTON, CYNTHIA L. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp MOTHERSHED, STEPHANIE, Batesville, MS Mr. and Mrs. George M. Shute NAIK, AARON, JOY, AND SHARRON Mr. and Mrs. David E. Crocker Ackerman Methodist Church Mr. and Mrs. Hank Farris Mr. and Mrs. Jim B. Flanagan Mr. and Mrs. Wes Lancaster NEAL, HELEN Ms. Linda S. Jue NEWSOM, BILLY Mr. and Mrs. Lester L. Campbell PAGE, GLEN, Cordova, TN Mr. Manis J. Smith Ph.D.

PATRICK, HAROLD Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp PATTON, JIM Mrs. Judy Patton PEARCY, FAYE Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle PERRY, SR., GEORGE C. AND JULIA G. Ms. Edith L. Perry PICKETT, NATHAN, Slidell, LA Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Manis RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record REED, OPHELIA MCCORMICK, Starkville, MS Ms. Melanie Clement REID, ARVILLA Mrs. Susanne S. Wadsworth RICHARDSON, CAROLYN B., Greenwood, MS Mrs. Nancy Nordan RODGERS, SALLY, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine Mrs. Mary J. Kyle ROMINE, BERT Mr. and Mrs. Orville E. Varner RONE, AILENE Mr. and Mrs. James W. Rone SAMUELS, BOBBIE K. Ms. Donna Rhyne SANDERS, DAVID Mr. Bert James Nail SAVELL, THELSA Mrs. Connie Hogue SCIPLE, CHARLES L., Starkville, MS Ms. Wynelle H. Sciple SCOTT, LIZ, Statesville, NC Kingsley, Inc. SIMPSON, AUDREY, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton SMITH, BARBARA, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley STEVENS, III, ANDY J., West, MS Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey L. Hathcock Jr. STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STEWART, DORENE, Grenada, MS Ms. Andrea P. Marshall STOLZENTHALER, STAN, Baton Rouge, LA Mr. and Mrs. David Herrington SULLIVAN, MARTHA LEE, Flowood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Porter THOMAS, NATHALIE, Mandeville, LA Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggs THREET, JASON MATTHEW, Stewart, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning TILLMAN, NETTIE M., Houston, MS Col. and Mrs. William B. Hill Mr. and Mrs. Donny Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Dyer Atkinson Mrs. Sue McGrew Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Criss Ms. Lucille C. Rowland Mr. Brad Rhodes Mr. and Mrs. Lanny M. Wilson TURNER, MATTHEW G., Louisville, MS

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Fryery Mr. and Mrs. Kenny McMullan Mr. and Mrs. Jim C. Davis VAUSE, BETTY WILCOX VAUSE Buddy and Barbara Chain WALKER, ADELLE, Franklin, TN Ms. M. DeSha White WALL, RONNIE, Boyle, MS Mr. and Mrs. James H. King WARD, SR., ERWIN CONNELL, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle WELLS, GERALDINE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp WELLS, WILLIAM J. Ms. Sandra N. Gullo WEST, RACHEL W., Kosciusko, MS Rev. V. Daniel West WHITMIRE, HILTON DEWITT, McCool, MS Mrs. Betty A. Whitmire Mrs. Josephine Patterson Mr. and Mrs. William G. Cook Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Sanford Sr. Mrs. Betty Ford WILSON, LAURA JONES, Metairie, LA Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Jones Mrs. Jana Jones Shultz WITHERS, PAULINE ADAMS Mr. and Mrs. Austin Simmons WOODARD, JR., JAMES WALKER, Terry, MS Mrs. Beatrice P. Woodard WOODSON, BRADLEY KEITH, Maben, MS Mr. and Mrs. Warren Henning WRIGHT, WILLIAM Mr. and Mrs. William Mims Graeber YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates ZION, GEORGE, Centreville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graham

NEEDS LIST Please call Lance at (662) 547-6482 to let us know if you can help out with any of these: • Truck for Horse Department – ¾ or 1 Ton Class • Suburban, Mini-Van, Sedan for Home and Development Department Use • Side by Side or UTV Vehicle with Seating for 4 - Athletics and Camp of the Rising Son • Planer – Woodshop • Grounds Equipment – Pole Hedge Trimmer, Blowers, Swing Blades, Wheel Barrows, Steel Rakes, Leaf Rakes, Limb Loppers, Pitch Forks, Ditch Blades (Kieser Blade) • Commercial Weedeaters, Push Mowers, Riding Mowers • 20’ – 24’ Slant Load Gooseneck Horse Trailer with 4 or 5 Horse Capacity • 4 Wheel Drive Tractor for horse arena maintenance


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Big New Plans for Council Cornerstone Community House Café Monthly Giving Society The Council House Café is a popular spot on the Natchez Trace Parkway for many travelers and local residents. Its reputation for delicious sandwiches and soups is known and enjoyed by people from all over the world. “I’m sure George Richey of Carrollton, MS who donated the logs back in 1967 never imagined the impact his gift was going to make,” says Lance Ragsdale, Vice President of Development at French Camp Academy. For the past year a plan has steadily been shaping this historic space to become bigger and better. The original building that we know as the Council House Café will remain the same and become available for group events. The new space will be connected to the Huffman Log Cabin Gift Shop providing an expanded dining room space accented by a large indoor fireplace. A large deck with an outdoor fireplace will also be a new space for guests to enjoy a meal under the shady oak tree. Along with the dining areas, an expanded menu is also in the works. The new commercial grade kitchen will provide our café staff opportunity to create tasty new items on the menu to complement most of the old favorites. Expect the new Council House Café to be ready by Labor Day 2019. And if you want to learn more about the French Camp Historic Village, please log on to www.frenchcamphistoricvillage.com. v

Connect with a community of people who are providing foundational support through their faithful investments to French Camp Academy. The consistency of your monthly gift is a cornerstone for our mission by providing guaranteed income that covers the daily needs of young people within French Camp’s care.

Benefits of the Cornerstone Community • You provide a dependable source of revenue that we use to take on everyday challenges knowing that you are there backing us every step along the way. • By being a member of the Cornerstone Community, you help French Camp provide consistent monthly support for young people needing opportunities that change the trajectory of their lives. • Generous people who give monthly provide French Camp the ability to plan and respond quickly to campus ministry needs. • Recurring gifts show a confidence in our mission and ability to create real change in young people’s lives.

How it works • Each month your gift to French Camp Academy is applied to your credit card or bank account. You can adjust your giving amount at any time by simply editing your online profile or by calling 662-5476482. Of course, you can mail your gift each month as well. • You will receive a tax receipt for your cumulative annual contribution at the end of each fiscal year. • Sign up online to join the Cornerstone Community as a monthly donor. • You can also call 662-547-6482 for more information. v

“Coming to French Camp, meeting all the staff members who influenced me, was at first the worst thing that had ever happened in my whole life. It ended up being the most amazing blessing I have ever received”.—EA Class of 2019

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12


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French Camp Academy Alumni News

Alumnus of the Year Award

Carol Branning Prewitt (1968) and Billy Prewitt (1968) were co-recipients of the Alumnus of the Year award at the 2019 Alumni Day. Carol and Billy have been faithful followers of French Camp Academy, supportive of the French Camp Academy Alumni Association and committed church and community leaders in their area. They reside in French Camp and Carol has worked for FCA for over 25 years.  Their daughter Sherry Prewitt Kirby, a 1988 graduate of FCA, was given the honor of presenting the award. v

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support French Camp Academy every time you shop, at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com on your computer or mobile device. From the list of charitable organizations select French Camp Academy to receive donations from eligible purchases. From then on every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to FCA. v

Harvest Festival – Looking Ahead‌ French Camp Academy’s Support Ministries and how you can help Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 12th because you don’t want to miss Harvest Festival this Fall! Make it a day in the country with family and friends! Not only come and enjoy the day but help French Camp Academy by donating hand-made items (quilts, furniture, bird houses, etc.) that we can auction on the Harvest Festival stage. The proceeds go to support our ministry to young people. Call Lance Ragsdale at 662-547-6482 if you have items in mind and would like to discuss. v

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