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Recognizing our need for God’s grace, Petra Academy strives to awaken love and wonder in our students by teaching them to observe with humility, think with reason, and articulate with charity for the flourishing of humanity and the renown of Jesus the Christ. See our mission in action by scrolling below or joining us for our Tours on Thursday.
Each day this week, we will feature one of our remaining five seniors’ thesis presentations. Each presentation is approximately 25 minutes in length, followed by 20 minutes of thesis defense. To view previous presentations, visit our Petra Vimeo Channel.
April 24, Monday, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Bradley Westberg | Defending the Defensive Vote: The Christian Voter’s Role in a Secular Political Sphere
My paper critiques the desire to either vote third party or not at all when faced with two undesirable candidates. I argue that Christians who aim for the best interests of society should always vote in a meaningful way, even if that results in a vote deemed the “lesser of two evils.”
April 25, Tuesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Collette Broling | The Tale of Two Narratives: Why the American Narrative is Detracting from the Beauty of the Traditional Christian Narrative
My paper looks at how influential stories are in shaping the values and identity of a culture, and then analyzes what stories have played a meaningful role in shaping American values and identity. I argue that the American church has adopted these American narratives as core identity shapers, rather than remaining true to the essential Christian narrative. This Christian narrative is grace-saturated and so oftentimes runs at cross-purposes to the American narratives of independence, consumerism, and nationalism. It is to the Church’s detriment that Christians allow themselves to be shaped by these narratives, rather than the story of the gospel.
April 26, Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Elizabeth Murray | Vaults vs. Volts: Have Modern Churches Lost the Meaning and Majesty of Gothic Cathedrals?
My paper examines the architectural differences between Gothic cathedrals and modern church buildings, arguing that in adopting a more conventional building style, modern churches are unable to communicate certain important truths about God and humanity in a way cathedrals were designed to do.
April 27, Thursday, 12:50-1:40 p.m.
Devon Hotalen | Too Cool for School: What is the Real Meaning of College?
My paper looks at why college is a beneficial option, despite the fact that high school graduates could immediately enter the job market without getting a degree. I examine what college historically has aimed for when it comes to helping students grow into more prepared, developed adults, then show how college still plays an important role in shaping us for the future.
April 28, Friday, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Bruce Clark | Righteous Reactions: Is Job a True Model in Suffering?
My paper argues that although the biblical character of Job does utter some surprising words about God, he still offers us a good model for how we ought to respond to suffering in our lives.
This Friday, April 28, is a Spirit Day! Students and staff are invited to wear their new and old Griffin Gear with jeans, and parents are invited to gather at 3:20 p.m. in the gymnasium for our Contio Spiritus to meet our Ultimate Frisbee teams. All Petra families are invited to come out Saturday to Petra’s sports field for the opening Ultimate Frisbee tournament of the season. Play begins at 9 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m.:
- 9:00 Varsity Petra vs. Stillwater
- 10:10 Varsity Petra vs MVC
- 11:20 Varsity Stillwater vs MVC
- 12:30 JV Petra vs Stillwater
- 1:40 JV Stillwater vs MVC
- 2:50 JV MVC vs Petra
Admission is free, so come cheer on the Griffins!
Whether seniors or seventh graders (both pictured), our Secondary students enjoyed this year’s Protocol. A big thanks to Just a Taste Catering and Un-Knotted for their culinary expertise in making Protocol a huge success for our 7th-12th grade students. In case you missed the reception beforehand, enjoy these portraits taken by our own Curtis Johnson, who has a gift of capturing the personality of Petra’s students in a beautiful way (not to mention a generosity in sharing his photos with our community).
With last week’s Resurrection Feast on Wednesday, we completed our second season of three annual celebratory Feasts at Petra! A special thanks to our anonymous donor who underwrote our Feast efforts, as well as to Sabo Ranch and the Amsterdam Meat Shop for donating all the meat. As a Christian school, we have much to celebrate! Read Mr. Dunham’s homily (and see pictures from the Feast) in our Scholar’s Forum.
In addition to our monthly Grammar Recitation beginning at 8:35 a.m. on Friday, May 5, Petra is glad to invite and welcome grandparents to join us for the morning. Enjoy time with your grandchild in our classrooms and hallways as they walk you through a little of all that goes on at Petra Academy. Interested in signing up to help with refreshments or have other questions about Grandparents’ Day? Email Office Manager Karen DeGroot.
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WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD CONSIDER
WHAT IS SCHOOL CHOICE?
SENIOR THESIS: GABI MCDERMOTT
SENIOR THESIS: LOGAN MOODY
SENIOR THESIS: ALYSSA DRAKE
SENIOR THESIS: MADDIE DUNHAM
LYCEUM: AVOIDING ACEDIA
LYCEUM: THE GOOD LIFE (PART 2)
LYCEUM: THE GOOD LIFE (PART 1)
LYCEUM: SECONDARY RECITATION
LYCEUM: THE ANCIENT FUTURE
LYCEUM: ROME & ROMAN CULTURE
LYCEUM: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
(The following is Mr. Dunham’s Resurrection Feast message; the pictures are from the Feast itself.) It’s been a while since I’ve told you a Little Mr. Dunham story. Let me tell you one of my favorites. Back when Little Mr. Dunham was a boy of about 5 – quite a bit shorter, quite a bit […]
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein As is true of many schools in our state and nation, we at Petra Academy administer annual standardized tests. This week, our 1st-5th grade students will take their CTP tests and our 6th-9th graders will do the same […]
As you may or may not be aware, ten days ago, Petra Academy welcomed three headmasters representing the Association of Classical and Christian Schools as part of our 5-year accreditation inspection. The primary purpose of this two-and-a-half day on-site visit was to verify our self-study (which was a year in the making and culminated in […]
When our girls were younger and we were invited to another family’s house for dinner, Megan and I made it a point not to give them the “be on your best behavior” talk before getting out of the minivan. The reason? We didn’t want to suggest that there should be a difference between how they […]