We are pleased to announce that two Landmark seniors, Olivia Hardeman and Sammie McGurl, were selected as 2021 National Merit Finalists! This is a tremendous honor as more than 1.5 million juniors in 21,000 high schools across the country entered into the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Out of those taking the test, only 15,000 across the nation were selected to earn the title of Finalist! Olivia and Sammie now advance for consideration of a $2500 National Merit Scholarship to be announced in the coming months.
Tommy Lewis, having 21 years experience as a head football coach, and a proven winner on and off the field will lead the Landmark Christian School War Eagles football program. Over two decades, Lewis amassed an impressive 168-81 winning record, 5 State Championships, 3 Runner-Up titles, and reached the state semifinals 14 times. Most recently he took a struggling program at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to two consecutive State Playoff appearances and the school’s first playoff win in 29 seasons. Other successful programs under Lewis included Victory Christian (FL), Hilton Head Christian Academy (SC), and Greenbrier Christian (VA). In 2013 Lewis was named FHSAA-2A State Coach of the Year. Lewis is known for building programs and developing young men through a philosophy of teaching life through football. His development of players, especially in the quarterback role has made an impact; 44 of his players continued at the collegiate level.
Last weekend the Varsity Wrestling team hosted Sectionals in hopes of heading back to State Duals for the third year in a row. Coming into Sectionals, the War Eagles were crowned 5-A Dual Champions for the second year in a row after going 4-0 on the weekend.
It is with great joy that we announce the new high school project has been given the approval to move forward! We expect to restart construction in February and complete Phase 1 of this new building in time to welcome our students this Fall 2021.
All Landmark Christian School students grades K4-5th are exposed to two world languages in elementary school. French and Spanish are complementary romance languages with Latin roots. Students this year will be learning vocabulary and conversational skills and discovering French and Spanish cultures.
Recently, the varsity boys basketball team supported the troops for the Christmas holiday through a series of card signings. The cards signed were given to all 157 troops of the 2/82 Field Artillery Maintenance Company. With the team’s support, they were able to sign over 40 cards, which included a Chick-fil-A gift card, with all of the team member’s signatures.
Christmas looked different this year and many of our holiday traditions were postponed, canceled, or unalike those in the past. One loved tradition impacted at Landmark was Campbell Christmas. Campbell Christmas is founded on a long-standing partnership between Landmark and our neighboring Campbell Elementary School. In a typical year, a Landmark high school student is paired with a Campbell student and given a $100 gift card donated by our Landmark community. Landmark and Campbell students load buses together for a shopping spree at Walmart. It is a joy-filled day and smiles can be seen for miles on the faces of both Landmark and Campbell students.
Though we face new challenges and our methods may be different, we must continue to serve others during this global pandemic. Below are five ways a school can continue to provide missions and service to others during COVID-19.
Thanksgiving is behind us and now the Christmas vacation is upon us. ‘Tis the season also for semester finals. Whether high school or middle school, finals can cause a lot of stress and anxiety but there are steps that can be taken to help alleviate stress.
Landmark Cross Country is a team that works together, respects, trusts and cares for each other.
Earlier this fall, the middle school girls XC team closed their season at the Georgia State Cross Country Championship meet. Landmark had one of the youngest, smallest and hardest-working teams in the state and finished 7th overall! The six girl team was coached by Ms. Brittany Truitt and assisted by parent-volunteer coach Bec Bell.
A Landmark mom shared, “Coach Brittany & Coach Bec have created a running family - these girls work so hard.” Their times reflect their dedication. Landmark MS runners averaged six to seven-minutes miles, over a 3K all-terrain distance.
Mrs. Vickie Parfitt is the Landmark Christian High School Digital Photography teacher. As part of her curriculum, every year, she takes her students into the woods to see a fuller glimpse of who they are and what they are learning.
Last school year, a small group of Landmark middle school students noticed the amount of waste accumulated during school lunches. Though much of it was recyclable, this was not an option. This discovery prompted lively discussions on whether they, as Christians, had a responsibility to be better stewards of the earth. Eighth-grader, Meghan Cooley shares, “of all people, Christians should be the most concerned for the environment,” explaining that God created the world and entrusted humanity to protect it. The group affirmed their commitment to stewardship, and their focus quickly became, how can we help?
Thanksgiving may have looked different this year to many, but Landmark Christian School remained true to a tradition held for multiple decades for the Fairburn community. The Thanksgiving Meals project is led by the Spiritual Life team through the coordination efforts of Fred Gilkeson and Shannon Sheffield as well as the participation of the student Prefects. The team partnered again with our Landmark Christian families to make an impact in our Fairburn neighborhood.
Davina Odeh is a passionate senior at Landmark Christian School. Her father, a native of Nigeria and a cardiac surgeon, instilled in her a commitment to faith and family and the desire to help people through science and education. Davina wishes to help others domestically and abroad in ways she can.
Recently, Retired Air Force Colonel, Angie Faulise, spoke to Dr. Jim Lee’s Aviation II class. Colonel Faulise was one of America’s first female fighter jet pilots, advancing to the supersonic T-38. Dr. Lee expressed his gratitude to Colonel Faulise for sharing the wisdom and national treasure that resides in the experience of the female veteran.