Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School

Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School

Infobox High School
name=Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School
established= 1979
type= Private School
location= Summerlin, Clark County, Nevada
enrollment= 1,200
campus= Summerlin
colors= maroon and gold
nicknames= Faith,Crusaders|

Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School is a private school founded in 1979 that is located in Summerlin, Clark County, Nevada. It is a religious school affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Its executive director is Kevin Dunning.

General

The school has established a reputation as a high school where diverse students from varied religious and socioeconomic backgrounds are offered a solid academic foundation based on Christian morals.Fact|date=June 2008 Almost 100% of Faith graduates continue their education at the college level, with many attending some of the most presigious colleges in the nation, including Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.Fact|date=June 2008 Although the school is affiliated with the Lutheran Church, many non-Christian families send their children to the school for the academics, the environment, the exceptional sports and fine arts extracurriculars and the standards that they require of every student.

Extracurricular activities

Sports

Faith offers three seasons of sports for both middle and high school.

*Fall sports: Football, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Girls Golf, Cheerleading, Soccer
*Winter sports: Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, spring sports: Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Track, Swimming

Faith Lutheran's Varsity Boys Basketball team has been 3A State Champion for 4 years in a row.

Faith Lutheran's mascot is the Crusader.

Fine Arts Department

Faith's fine arts program includes both music, drama, and visual arts. Any student, from grade 6-12, has to opportunity to join choir, band,drama, or art classes.

Music

*Choir - at Middle School and High School levels
*Women's Ensemble
*Wind Ensemble- High school band.
*Concert Band- Middle school band.
*Cadet Band- Beginning players.
*Handbells
*Drumline including Percussion Ensemble
*String Ensemble
*Chapel "Praise Band"- Auditioned group of singers and performers that lead worship songs during chapel.
*Jazz Band- By audition.

Choir and Wind Ensemble both go on tours every year, sometimes to foreign countries. The choir, in a previous year, has gone to China. Wind Ensemble has recently visited Canada.

Visual Arts

*Art
*Photography
*Drawing and Painting
*Art History
*AP Art

Drama

Drama Classes include:
*Middle School Drama
*Middle School Clowning & Puppetry
*High School Drama
*Advanced Drama
*H.S. Stagecraft.

Theater

The theater program at Faith has grown in recent years and operates under the name: The Faith Lutheran Theatre Company. As there is no performing arts center on campus and plays have been performed in the school's gym, cafeteria, and amphitheater. The school has broken ground in late March 2007 for the multi-million dollar Chapel / Performing Arts Center project. The Center will include a state-of-the-art, 758 seat theatre with scene shop, costume storage, orchestra pit and fly space.

The program offers five theatrical productions a year: one summer theatre workshop production, two spotlight productions (one middle school, one high school), and two mainstage musicals (one middle school, one high school). High schoolers may participate in middle school shows by applying for a position on the technical crew.

Past shows that have been performed by the theater company include:
*Grease
*Into the Woods
*Father of the Bride
*Alice in Wonderland (middle school)
* Thoroughly Modern Millie
*The Diary of Anne Frank
*Annie Jr. (middle school)
*Aladdin, Jr. (middle school, dir. Lisa McAllister)
*Cats
*The Wizard of Oz
*Honk, Jr.
*Thoroughly Modern Millie

The Head of Theatrical Arts at Faith Lutheran is Erik Ball. He and his wife, Emily Ball direct and produce the shows at Faith and have even translated and modernized plays by William Shakespeare. Past examples include "A Midsemester Night's Dream" (from A Midsummer Night's Dream, set in a high school) and "The Comedy of Errors" (which was set in a circus-like environment).

Mellow Dramatists

The company also offers a theatrical "summer camp" called the "Mellow Dramatists"." The camp begins in July and lasts six-weeks on specified Saturdays. The camp is open to all enrolled students. Students pay an enrollment fee ($300 as of 2007). This fee goes towards:

*A trip to the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
*Guest speakers "(Past speakers include members of The Second City Improv Troupe, Susan Hawk of TV's Survivor, actor Marcus Weiss from Blue Man Group, and cast members from the Las Vegas showings of Phantom of the Opera and Hairspray.)"

The camp also features competitive theatre games. Past games have included spoofs on Survivor, Fear Factor, the Olympics, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Journalism

Offered as both a class and an afterschool club, the journalism program has received high esteem. Advised by teacher Jody Rael, the class and club contribute articles and produce a reduced format newspaper called "The Crusader Chronicle". It is magazine-sized, and usually 24 pages long, although the staff sometimes produces larger issues.

"The Crusader Chronicle" has won numerous awards from both the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Class Magazine. The newspaper has received "Best Newspaper" Award from the Review Journal four years in a row (2003-2004). It has also won "Best Issue Layout" from Class Magazine three years in a row (2004-2007). Individual staff members have also been awarded for individual achievements.

Clubs

Clubs offered by Faith include (but are not limited to):

*Mock Trial
*Dance
*Junior State of America
*Future City Competition
*Peer Ministry
*Yearbook
*Journalism
*Chess
*National Honor Society
*National Art Honor Society
*TRI-M National Music Honor Society
*International Thespian Society

References

External links

* [http://www.faithlutheranlv.org/Index.htm Faith Lutheran's Homepage]
* [http://www.privateschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/16577#Editor Faith Lutheran Overview] at Privateschoolreview.com


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