As I watched my son, Mark, work his way through Morrison Academy’s elementary and middle school, I wondered if Morrison had any disciplines that would catch my son’s interest. I was not worried about his spiritual growth. Morrison’s daily Bible classes, Godly teachers, spiritual life weeks and opportunities to be mentored were providing all that could be asked for in that area.
I was concerned, though, about his passion and dreams. My son, though capable, was not tempted to be caught up in pursuing top grades in Morrison’s highly rigorous courses. He was not competitive enough to spend the energy and time needed to succeed in the many excellent sports programs the school offered. His sister found her spot in the many music and drama opportunities offered, but Mark was never one to want to be on stage, in the spotlight.
Something changed in Mark’s sophomore year, when two opportunities presented themselves, journalism and a short film competition. Mark joined journalism and found a world of graphic design, layouts and font types. His interest was caught and he stuck with journalism his entire high school career, becoming the editor of the school paper his senior year. The short film competition sent him out on the streets with his video camera. After hours of filming, editing, and voice overs, he produced a five minute film which he was proud of at the time but wouldn’t show anyone today. He was hooked and every year would spend hours and hours putting together little films.
My son didn’t fit the academic, sports minded mold of Morrison Academy, but he found his way there. Today he works as an assistant art director for an advertising company in Virginia.
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