Timothy Christian High School is one of only 50 non-public schools in the nation to be awarded the prestigious 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award.
The Blue Ribbon team met in the school parking lot at 4:50 on a chilly November morning. By 10 am we were wheels down in Washington DC, and thirty minutes later we were standing in the shadow of the Washington Memorial.
The trip was a year in the making. We started our application for the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2018. Earning this award is not easy. In fact, Timothy Christian High School is one of only 50 non-public schools in the nation to receive this recognition. And it is a reflection of our dedicated teachers, staff, and students who Go Beyond and never settle for less.
But it’s not an easy task. It requires teachers to Go Beyond every single day for students — to not only teach math, science, and English — but to see each student as an individual. To pray with them, to mentor them, to help develop courageous leaders one student at a time. It means offering extracurricular activities that give every student an opportunity to be engaged and participate in our community. From band and orchestra, to drama and Mock Trial, to soccer and basketball — our teachers and staff work tirelessly to hone each students’ God-given gifts and talents.
There was no better place to accept the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award than our nation’s capital. I was honored to be part of the Blue Ribbon team, along with veteran history teacher Scott Roelofs, principal Brad Mitchell, and Superintendent Matt Davidson.
We visited many of Washington DC’s landmarks: the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. We stood where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. We saw congressmen and women and ambassadors shuffling through the halls of The Capitol. And our little envoy from Timothy Christian High School walked where great presidents like Lincoln once stood.
Education that is Biblically-based and Christ-centered is more important now than ever.
History is made in DC every day. Standing in front of the imposing Lincoln memorial, I couldn’t help but ponder the impact our students could have on the world, and why Biblically-based education is more important now than ever. God willing, our mission to education courageous leaders, will have a ripple effect on history.
We have alumni all around the world who are courageously living out their purpose for Christ. As you read the stories in this issue you’ll meet teachers who Go Beyond and inspire courageous leadership, students who compete and perform with integrity, and alumni who are dedicated to Christian education.
Winning a Blue Ribbon has put Timothy Christian High School on the national stage. So it’s more important now than ever to stay focused on our mission of inspiring courageous leaders all for the glory of God.