Congratulations to the Logos Online School Class of 2019! This year's Year End Celebration was full of fun, laughter, and fellowship as we celebrated our graduates with LOS friends both old and new. We’re already looking forward to next year.
LOS Class of 2019
Meredith is 17 years old, and she was raised in Enterprise, Oregon. She joined Logos Online School her Sophomore year. She loves to play music, and will be releasing an album later this month. Meredith plans to attend New Saint Andrews this fall where she will be studying Liberal Arts. She has earned the Alumni scholarship, as well as the Northwest scholarship. She plans to continue pursuing music and also has an interest in language. She is grateful for the education she was given in high school, and she looks forward to using it in these coming years.
Gabriel Hotchkiss was born in Los Angeles, California. He was homeschooled from preschool and did Tae Kwon Do for three years, earning his black belt a month before he turned six. After moving to Meridian, Idaho he truly began to cultivate his love for Christ by attending an Awana program for five years at Ustick Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, eventually earning his Meritorious Award. When he was eight years old, he began doing gymnastics and started competing within several months. Later on, he became state and regional champion on several occasion as well as attending four national championships and became the Junior Olympic National Champion on Pommel Horse. Finally quitting gymnastics after eight years in Houston, Texas, he eventually found American Ninja Warrior, which he has been extremely dedicated to ever since he started and has hopes of eventually applying for the TV show. Gabriel’s plans for college will be to attend Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, where he will be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering with the dream of one day working at NASA. Logos Online School has prepared him for college both mentally and spiritually in that he will be prepared to work even harder than he did in high school and remember to do all things to the glory of God.
I may have jumped schools quite a bit in my life, but Logos Online School was really the perfect fit for me, so I would like to thank all the staff that keep this school running. I may not be certain of where I want to go in life at this point, but the education and support I received from the school and my family has blessed me with many options. I do know that I will be attending New Saint Andrew's this year, and I hope to complete all four years and graduate with a Liberal Arts degree and the wisdom needed for happy, Godly life. Career-wise, I am currently considering becoming a teacher (of art hopefully) and/or a counselor. I would love to someday raise a family, but I'm in no rush, really. Anyway, thanks for listening to the ramblings of a privileged high school graduate.
"Yes, evil comes in many forms, whether it be a man-eating cow or Joseph Stalin, but you can't let the package hide the pudding! Evil is just plain bad! You don't cotton to it. You gotta smack it in the nose with the rolled-up newspaper of goodness! Bad dog! Bad dog!" — The Tick
Grace Victoria Warner has attended Logos Online School for all four years of high school. Within this time she has made friends from all around the world and gained experiences that lack words for an apt description. She grew up with a classical background, hearing her mother teach her brothers about people like Homer, Dante, and Marcus Aurelius, subconsciously taking all of it in. At nine years old, she created her own "Lyceum" with the neighbor kids, swearing that in order to be truly virtuous, they needed to be both physically and mentally sharp. She would inspire them by doing various exercises while answering trivia questions or reciting poems. Grace has a legacy of being a bookworm and plans on continuing this at New Saint Andrews in the fall. She has many passions, some of which being: viniculture and viticulture, history, adventure, philosophy, foreign languages, and most greatly - literature. This year she read Paradise Lost and it ruined her beautifully. She is extremely grateful for the way LOS and the teachers have shaped her and her faith, yet is regretful to leave behind so many great friendships as she enters college."
Marshall was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has always been active and on the go since entering the world June of 2001. Marshall has enjoyed many activities over his last 18 years such as camping, playing sports, playing “dare or dare,” and spending time with family and friends. Marshall has also been working at the local golf course as grounds crew maintenance as well as mowing lawns for people around town. He has enjoyed his time learning at Logos and appreciates the way all of his teachers incorporate God into the studies. He believes Logos has prepared him for his journey into college and wants to thank each of his teachers for having such a positive impact on his learning and his continuing education. Marshall is already attending flight school and received a $2,000 Vice President Scholarship with future plans of becoming a bush pilot in Alaska.
WHAT IS EDUCATION FOR?
by Pastor Douglas Wilson
To ask the question “what is education for?” is actually to ask a very different question. The purpose of education is nested within a larger set of questions, and ultimately it all works out to the great question “what are people for?”
And upon reflection, this makes sense. Education is part of the process of preparing children to be grown up people, and if we don’t know what people are for then we can’t very well prepare anybody for it. If we don’t know what people are for then we cannot know what education is for—any more than if we don’t know what a harvest is for then we cannot know what the plowing and planting are for.
So what are people for?
It is hard to ask this question without immediately thinking of the famous first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
The first question in the Larger Catechism is only slightly expanded, and makes the same basic point.
Q. What is the chief and highest end of man?
A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.
Now one of the dangers of catechism questions is that because you are dealing with children, there are times when you get some wild card answers. One child was asked what the chief end of man was, and replied, “Well, the head of course.” And one time many years ago my daughter was babysitting a young boy in our church, and he dumped out a basket full of crayons. When he had emptied the basket of its contents, he put the basket on his head, drew himself up to full height, and said, “I am the chief end of man.” My daughter said that “yeah, well, but you had better pick up the crayons.” He replied, naturally enough, “The chief end of man does not pick up crayons.” Another time a young man in our congregation said that “the chief end of man is to glorify God and to play the bass.”
But once we have gotten that out of our system, we are still confronted with a need to wrestle with a profound truth. If the answer of the Shorter Catechism is a biblical answer, as I am convinced it is—see 1 Cor. 10:31 and Psalm 37:4—then what are people for? The purpose that God has assigned to people is summed up in two verbs—to glorify and to enjoy. What is our mission? Our mission is to bring glory to God, and to have a good time doing it.
You may have heard of hunter/gatherer societies. But in a very particular sense, Christians ought to preeminent in developing this kind of culture. We were created to hunt glory, and we were intended to gather pleasure.
The apostle Paul even defines sin as a falling short of glory. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). This means that not sinning means attaining to that glory, the glory of God.
Now if education is preparation for life, then this means that purpose of education is to prepare the student to glorify God, and to prepare him to enjoy God. Education is training in what it means to glorify, and what it means to enjoy.
Students have to be taught how to do this properly. This is because we live in a fallen and broken world, which means that these realities, while still realities that dominate our lives, can easily get out of kilter. There are two mistakes that students can easily make with regard to this glory, and if they make these mistakes it is quite possible that the consequences of such a mistake will dog them for life.
One mistake is the pursuit of vainglory, as if anything shiny is true glory. This is the mistake of the young person lured away from his pilgrimage by the baubles of Vanity Fair. The fact that God wants us prospecting gold does not mean that we should return with our mules laden down with fool’s gold. The other mistake is the way of a barren stoicism—this is the person who tries to pretend that glory is of no interest to him, and that pleasure is equally irrelevant. But God does not want us offering up any glories to any idols, and God does not want us enjoying ourselves at any table other than His.
So this brings me to my charge to you graduates. You have been equipped and trained. You have been educated. You have been given the tools to glorify God, and you have been given an understanding of how to enjoy Him. Those tools are in your tool chest now. Those arrows are in your quiver, and one of them is on the string. You are eager to go out into the world, and rightly so.
Your parents and teachers can exhort you to live like a Christian in your walk. They can teach you how it is done. They can explain answers to objections. They can walk you through challenges you are likely to face. They can make sure you know your way around your Bible. They can explain what Christian worldview thinking is. They can make sure you have all the needed tools, and that all the tools are in working order. They can make sure you have all the weapons, and that your arrows are straight, and the heads are sharp.
What they cannot do is fight the battle for you. You are the one who must be strong and courageous. You are the one who must live your Christian life. Your parents cannot live your Christian life for you. Your teachers cannot live your Christian life for you. Your pastor cannot live your Christian life for you. The only one who could live the perfect life that has been required of all of us is the Lord Jesus Himself, and He has already done it. And He has done it so that in Him and through Him, and by His name, you might live your Christian life.
You are to remember your education, and you are to deploy it. But you are not to think that having been trained for war means that you have fought in the war. Making it through boot camp is not the same thing as going to war.
I do not know where you are going. Some of you are going to Christian college. Some may be going to a state university. Some may be going out into the work force, or joining the military. But I do know this one thing about wherever it is you are going. Wherever it is—and this will happen within the next twelve months, guaranteed—you will have a clear opportunity to fly the flag of your allegiance to Christ.
It may be with a hypocritical roommate at a Christian school. It may be an unbelieving and belligerent professor at a state university. It may be with a blaspheming dishwasher in the back of the restaurant where you work. But whoever it is, wherever it is, however it happens, you are going to be called upon to take a stand. My charge is this: Take that stand. The rest of your life will follow.
When this happens, you will notice your need for something that you never needed during your classroom exercises—and that something is courage. C.S. Lewis once said that courage is not so much a separate virtue as it is the testing point of all the virtues. That is where everything is measured, that is where everything comes down to the point.
When you take that stand, what is happening is this. You are taking your education out of the scabbard. And I know that wherever you go, there will come a point, and fairly soon, where you will have to do this.
And lest this sound like some kind of works-righteousness thing, I hasten to add that when God delivers this charge—to be strong and courageous—He consistently annexes it to the promise. I will never leave you or forsake you. So here it is. You have been taught to live a Christian life, and that is what lies before you. Go—it is yours.