CLASS LEADERS: Lima Valedictorian, Salutatorian To Both Study At RIT

Luke Lepkowski, the son of Gwen and Paul Lepkowski, is valedictorian in the Class of 2021 at Lima Christian School.

Luke will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study computer science. At Lima, he was on the Tech Team, which sets up microphones and projection for Friday chapels and school events.

Among his favorite high school memories is “the times that my class played volleyball in gym class together,” he said.

Luke’s advice for underclassmen is to “look for the positive, even if you have to squint your eyes a little.”

The Class of 2021 salutatorian at Lima Christian School is Isaac Settle, who will also be attending Rochester Institute of Technology. Isaac, the son of Aaron and Trina Settle, will study computing and information technology.

Isaac was involved in varsity soccer, Masterminds, National Honor Society and was a Tech Team leader.

He says the community at Lima Christian provides his favorite high school memory.

“Everyone is extremely loving and all the staff is caring and understanding,” Isaac says. “The memory of the LCS community is something that I will never forget.”

For underclassmen, Isaac says the best advice that he can give is “to just learn how to be positive.”

“By maintaining a positive attitude throughout all of your actions, it enables you to live a fuller life and keeps you joyful. Proverbs 17:22,” he says.

Source: “CLASS LEADERS: Lima valedictorian, salutatorian to both study at RIT”,

Lepkowski And Settle Are Lima Christian School’s Valedictorian And Salutatorian

By Donna MacKenzie

Classmates at Lima Christian School, Luke Lepkowski and Isaac Settle will be classmates at college next year. The two young men also share one other thing in common: they are both academic standouts with Lepkowski being named the Class of 2021’s valedictorian and Settle the salutatorian at LCS.

Lepkowski, the son of Gwen and Paul Lepkowski of Avon, carried an A+ average. He will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology next fall to study computer science. He also looked at Roberts Wesleyan College.

“I’ve been around computers my whole life because my father works in computer security,” Lepkowski said. “I also like programming and I have been programming for about 11 years, making games and such.”

Challenging himself academically, Lepkowski took Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, along with PreCalculus and Statistics, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Physics 1 and Physics 2 through Genesee Community College’s dual credit program and English 101 through Roberts Wesleyan College.

Lepkowski has been a member of National Honor Society for two years. All throughout high school, he has been a member of the school’s Tech team which helps with setting up microphones for Friday chapel and other school events.

Outside of school, Lepkowski has helped the church he and his family attend, Celebrate Family Church in Leicester, with video-streaming its services and any other church events. He also enjoys making computer games and likes to hike.

Lepkowski has earned many awards and honors. He has received an English Department Award, an Outstanding Scholarship Award, a Science Department Award, an award for his Economics class and an award from the National Recognition Program for Rural and Small Town Scholars from the College Board.

A student at Lima Christian since kindergarten, Lepkowski said he has fond memories of his years at the school.

“I have enjoyed being here; it is like being a member of a community at Lima Christian School,” Lepkowski said. “Everyone is very kind to each other. I have also learned a lot from all of my teachers here. They are all really great teachers; they have been there for us as students.”

Since things have been very different the last 15 months due to COVID-19, Lepkowski said he has learned a lot in that time.

“Things change but life still goes on,” he said. “Even though things have changed, some things are constant and you have to look to those positive things to stay positive even when times are dark.”

Settle, the son of Trina and Aaron Settle of Honeoye Falls, earned the honor of being the Lima Christian School Class of 2021 salutatorian with a 98.36 academic average. He will also being attending RIT in the fall to major in computing and information technology. While RIT was by far his top choice, he also applied to Syracuse University, Allegheny College and the University of Rochester.

“I would like to go into administration or networking,” Settle said. “I worked closely with our IT guy at Lima Christian School, Jerry Thompson, through the summer and during the school year as well and that increased my interest in computers.”

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is just one of many high-level courses that Settle has taken at Lima Christian. The others are PreCalculus and Statistics, Calculus 1 and Calculus 2, Physics 1 and Physics 2 through dual credit arrangement with GCC and English 101 through dual credit with Roberts Wesleyan College.

Settle has been a member of National Honor Society for three years. He was Vice President of the Class of 2021 in eighth-grade and has been class treasurer since his freshman year. He was a member of band for one year, the Mentors for Minis program (which pairs older students with elementary-age students at the school) from eighth-grade through his junior year, Masterminds and the school’s Tech team. Settle played junior varsity basketball and one year of varsity soccer.

Outside of school, Settle has been a camp counselor at Summer’s Best Two Weeks program at Lima Christian for two years. He has worked at Honeoye Falls Market Place for two years. A member of the youth group at The Father’s House in Chili, he has helped videostream the Sunday service at the church.

Settle has been on the school’s High Honor Roll every semester since his freshman year. He has received an English Department Award and the American Chemical Society Award.
Among his favorite memories of Lima Christian School, which he has attended since he was in eighth-grade, are serving the school and its students through the Technology Team and the sense of community at the school.

“The teachers I have had here are wonderful,” Settle said. “They have all made an impact on me, but particularly English teacher, Mrs. Kelly Wendlandt, math and science teacher, Dr. Eileen Minter, and Mr. Thompson.”

The last 15 months have taught Settle many things.

“One is to not take things for granted,” he said. “The other is be patient with yourself and with others.”

Source: “Lepkowski and Settle are Lima Christian School’s valedictorian and salutatorian“,

2021 Seniors Graduate in Style

After an uncertain year with many ups and downs, our 2021 seniors received their diplomas yesterday! The ceremony included a time of worship, a slideshow with photos from each student, speeches from our salutatorian Isaac Settle and valedictorian Luke Lepkowski, a song by Bible teacher Mrs. Morelli and Jonathan Stills, a commencement address from our art teacher Mrs. Garlock, awards, and the distribution of diplomas. Congratulations to all of the seniors! We are so proud of everything you have achieved, particularly all that you have overcome this year.

We would like to say thank you to their parents for investing in your children by allowing them to be educated at Lima Christian School. Choosing a private education for your children requires choices and sacrifice, but so often—especially after one of our graduation ceremonies—parents will remark that it was indeed worth it all.

Please enjoy this small collection of photos from yesterday’s graduation ceremony.

Senior Art Students Leave Their Mark

One of the fun traditions at LCS is the seniors’ final high school art project. Each year, each senior art student paints a ceiling tile in the art room.

“I love this tradition started by former LCS art teacher Cindy Dalton,” says Mrs. Garlock. “I often look up throughout the school year and reminisce about my wonderful students that I have been privileged to work with. These kids are amazing!”

Annual Fund Drive continues as fiscal year concludes

While tuition dollars are our primary source of revenue, it is impossible to operate a school like LCS using only tuition income. Your tax-deductible gift of any amount to the LCS Annual Fund supports the greatest needs of the school such as scholarships, endowment, athletics, technology, and the life-changing teaching that we value at LCS. Our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2021. As of this moment we are at 89% of our this year’s goal, which means we still need $14,465.07 before the end of this month. Would you consider supporting the school with a tax-deductible donation? We are grateful for your generous support!

We’d like to share a letter we recently sent to the LCS community.

Dear LCS Community,

As a creek becomes a stream, and a stream becomes a river, there are places along the way that are out of the ordinary. At some points there are rapids, at others calm waters, and at still others there may be sharp curves in the path of the waterways. In the same way, there are times in the history of any organization that are particularly meaningful and noteworthy. Lima Christian School is experiencing one of those special times in its history.

The pandemic caused us to reflect upon not only how we do things, but why we do them. At LCS, we did not settle for mere adaptability to the present pandemic moment, but we began to innovate for the future. We have seen new faculty and staff hires, and our school board has welcomed multiple new members. With deep appreciation for all who have gone before us, we find ourselves at a time where fresh eyes and fresh thinking are being brought to bear on our ministry. Just as old wineskins are inappropriate for new wine, there are some aspects of our past that are being left behind. This season is fueling a level of passion and willingness to release faith to “conquer giants.” It is an exciting time to be a part of LCS!

There are a couple of ways that you can participate with us in this exciting time. We are profoundly thankful for your past financial support, and we invite you to prayerfully consider contributing to our 2020-2021 Annual Fund. While tuition dollars are our primary source of revenue, it is impossible to operate a school like LCS using only tuition income. Any financial support that you are able to provide now will enable us to continue to press into the exciting future that is ahead for LCS.

Your gift of any amount to the LCS Annual Fund supports the greatest needs of the school such as scholarships, endowment, athletics, technology, and the life changing teaching that we value at LCS. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

A second way that you can make a meaningful impact is to pray about families that you know who have children who would benefit from the education that LCS provides. We have the capacity at every grade level to increase our enrollment. To educate 20 students in a classroom costs no more than to educate 15. The difference, however, of 5 more students’ tuition dollars makes a major impact on our budget. Quite simply, we need those additional students. If you know anyone who is not currently part of the LCS community, please consider sharing with us their contact information via reply to this e-mail. We will reach out to them and invite them to explore what LCS has to offer.

Thank you for your support and generosity!

Sincerely Yours,
James Schwartz
School Board Member

LCS Strong Day

Ecclesiastes 4:12 reminds us, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

”We’ve been through tough times, and we’ve proved we’re stronger together! The last year has caused a lot of disconnect and even distancing. Now, we want to take this opportunity to gather together, focus on mental health awareness, and recognize the needs of those around us.

There will be speakers, music, a variety of recreational activities (basketball, kickball, soccer, volleyball, etc.), a food truck, and a good time hanging out. T-shirts will also be available soon.

We would love to see our LCS community there. Friends and families are welcome as well. We’re better together, and together we are #LCSStrong!