Congratulations to the Regents seniors for successfully defending their 2018 Senior Theses!
The Senior Thesis offers students a culminating opportunity to expand critical thinking, research, and rhetorical abilities by preparing, presenting, and defending a substantive argument on a scholarly, debatable question. Students are expected to prepare a paper as formal evidence of learning and skill acquired at Regents Academy. As such, the paper is the most lengthy and most carefully documented essay written so far; students research, discuss, and write their theses throughout their senior year.
There are five stages in the completion of the senior thesis: first, students select and do preliminary research on a topic to be proposed to the thesis teacher; second, students work with the thesis teacher to develop an outline and perform further research on the approved topic; third, students write the thesis in a series of drafts that are reviewed by the teacher in preparation for an essay that adequately defends a position on the issues relevant to a chosen topic; fourth, students carefully prepare a final draft of the essay; and fifth, students present and defend the completed essay before faculty and invited guests at the Senior Thesis Presentation and Defense.
Regents Academy is proud of 5th grader Benjamin Satir, son of Dr. Cengiz and Dr. Vicki Satir, who won the fifth grade division of this year’s American History essay contest sponsored by the Nacogdoches Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The theme of this year’s essay contest was “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” Pictured with Ben are headmaster David Bryant and his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lori Cunyus.
Congratulations to Regents Academy for sweeping this year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen essay contest once again.
Congratulations to our Regents Academy students, who won four of the six places in this year’s Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association (TOWA) youth essay contest!
Regents Academy enjoyed success at the annual five-county district Spelling Bee sponsored by the Lufkin Kiwanis Club. Seventh grader Noah Satir, son of Dr. Cengiz and Dr. Vicki Satir, placed second in the individual official Scripps spelling bee. The fourth grade team led by Meena Shanmugam, along with teammates Jericho Maness and Nicholas Shatwell, won first place in their 1st-5th grade team division.
We are very proud of these stellar spellers!
The 5th and 6th grade classes sponsored Regents Academy’s Veterans Day celebration with patriotic observances, original poetry, expressions of gratitude, and breakfast on November 10. About a dozen veterans were present to join the celebration. We appreciate all our brave men and women who have served our great nation!
Three Regents Academy students were recently selected for the Texas Music Educators Association Region 4/21 orchestras.
Regents Academy 4th-8th graders celebrated two of God’s most magnificent gifts — poetry and autumn — with a haiku writing contest. The students each wrote autumn-themed haiku and submitted them in two categories: 4th-6th grades and 7th-8th grades. The poems are simply delightful to read, but the seniors were tasked with judging them, which was a difficult job indeed. The winning haiku were announced in Morning Assembly:
- 4th-6th grade: 1st place, Mary Kate Hill; 2nd place, Sydney Rotramel; 3rd place, Ella Furniss.
- 7th-8th grade: 1st place, Sydney Cunyus; 2nd place, Holden Kelly; 3rd place, Christian Castleberry.
And here are the winning haiku (Mary Kate’s above, and Sydney’s below):
Thank you, 1st and 2nd graders, for coloring the lovely fall leaves, and thank you, Sherry Wiggins, Lori Cunyus, and Tanya Kelly, for teaching haiku writing!