Neil deGrasse Tyson

Black History Month, Feature, Heritage Months

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysics icon. Flip through any science magazine or physics article and you’re bound to find a page on the works of Tyson or at least a reference to his research. He’s known for his work on star formation, supernovas, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of the Milkyway.

Early Academic Career

Neil deGrasse Tyson was raised in New York City, he graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1976, and attended Harvard for his Bachelors in physics, and attended Columbia for his Ph.D. in 1991. Since then, he has become a professor and is a director at the Hayden Planetarium.

The Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry

In 2001, Neil was invited by President George Bush to serve on a twelve member comity to study the future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry. The report was published in 2002 and included many recommendations for Congress and several government agencies about space transportation, exploration, and national security.

Moon, Mars, and Beyond…

In 2004, Neil was appointed again by Bush to join a 9 member comity on the newly introduced United States Space Exploration Policy, titled “Moon, Mars, and Beyond”. The comity established a path for a new vision of space exploration that would be a successful part of the American Agenda.

Stories for the Nerds

Tyson has published many professional publications, as well as many famed works for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Neil was an essayist for the Natural History magazine under the alias “Universe”. Included in Neil’s 13 books is the memoir “The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist” and “Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution”

Two more recent books written by Tyson are the playful “Death by Black Hole and other Cosmic Quandaries” and “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet” which revolves around his involvement in the controversy of Pluto’s planetary status.

That’s a lot of Doctorates

Tyson received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, as well as 20 honorary doctorates. The International Astronomical Union recognized Tyson’s work by officially naming an asteroid “131123 Tyson”.

If you want to learn more about Tyson you can check out this article by Hayden Planetarium.

Daniel & Raisha Say Goodbye: December 17, 2018

Weekly Scripture

Ecclesiastes 7:8

“Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”


…At last, the end is nigh. This will be my last addition to the weekly scripture. I Have greatly enjoyed writing to you, and I hope you have enjoyed reading them. Sometimes, the end can feel bitter more than “better.” But we must remember that more often than not, endings will bring new beginnings. While I, and I’m sure most of you, aren’t sad at all that the end of the first semester is only a few days away. I am a little discouraged that I won’t be writing these anymore. Someone else will take my place, someone else will take up the mantle and continue the legacy that I have started. And that makes it so much easier for me to let go. When you are faced with the end of something you have worked hard and worked well on, remember that there will be others that you have inspired one of them may follow in your footsteps.

I would like to end my final addition with a message for my successor:

Never underestimate the power that you have been given. You hold great influence over many, as many students and parents read these entries. They are not only reading the verses, they are reading your words. So write about the issues you see around you, and about what you feel needs to be addressed.

Good Luck

-Daniel and Raisha, Weekly Scripture

Integrity > Wealth: December 3, 2018

Weekly Scripture

Proverbs 19:

“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.”

Our possessions often cloud our judgement. Or maybe it’s the possessions that we don’t possess. There’s nothing wrong with wanting something, it is when we become jealous and obsessed that those objects begin to control us. When the things we want become the only thing we want, then we become worthless, empty, hallow…

…But there’s a way out. Our integrity can be demolished by greed, but we can always rebuild ourselves. Something that I, and many people who attend this school struggle with is self control. Thinking before you speak. It’s a very hard discipline to overcome for some people. But anyone can overcome it. Sometimes it’s better to just say nothing, rather than say something you feel like you need to say, but can’t tell if it’s appropriate. Some people just can’t read a room the same way other’s can, the same way that some people struggle with math, and some people think math is easy and English class makes absolutely no sense. It’s just the hand you been dealt. But you can make it! PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! Practice self control in every opportunity you can. You’ll find yourself going from the class clown to the teachers pet, and you’ll have a whole different kind of problem on your hands!


Student Conference | 2018 – 2019

High School, News, Spiritual Life

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It’s that time of year again, this November we’ll be hosting our annual Student Conference for Spiritual Emphasis Week!

This year’s Student conference is scheduled for November 12-13 and is to be held in the ACH gym. If you were here last year, this Students Conference will be similar to the Wednesday after the second day at HOF.  You can expect Worship,  Small Groups, some activities, and a great message from Pastor Conner.

Below is the schedule for the Student Conference:


Grades 9th-12th,

attendance at 8:00am,

Conference schedule: 8:05am-11:15am


Grades 7th-8th

Attendance at 8:00am

Conference Schedule: 8:05am-11:15am

Deep Waters | Weekly Scripture 10/5/18


Psalms 69: 1-2

“Save me, O God,
For the waters have threatened my life.
I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me.”

There are a few popular Hillsong hits that reference water. You may have heard of them; “Oceans, Sinking Deep etc.” We all know the songs, but why does the analogy of water and struggle throughout life always hit us so hard? Maybe because of Peter’s story, or Moses’s Story, or Noah’s story, or whatever story that demonstrates the power of water. We all know the destruction that flood waters can do, but what about the necessity for life? Without water we couldn’t live, our own bodies are made of water. God uses water to demonstrate his power more than once throughout the bible. Different waters have threatened all of our lives, rather it be family issues, personal life, a bad diagnoses, the loss of a loved one, or whatever else. Whatever Deep Mire we’ve sunk in, we can always make it out. And we can choose to ether sink or swim. The true answer is something that we all overlook, in fact, the first words of the verse “Save me, O God” are the most powerful words of any verse. Surrender is the only true way to survive.


So the next time you find yourself in ‘deep waters,’ remember that there is power in surrender, much more power than in anything we can do. And that the words “Save me, O God” will do wonders in our struggle. 

Weekly Scripture | October 22, 2018

Weekly Scripture

Jeremiah 31: 35-36

“Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; … If this fixed order departs
From before Me,
Then the offspring of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”

Now that was a mouth full. But bear with me. This verse packs a big punch when you break it down.


The initial question is a display of God’s position. You’ll notice that when God asks us a question it isn’t because He wants to know anything, as He already knows everything. God wants us to find the answer. God reminds us of His power. And then He tells us that no one is above His law. There is no divine right for salvation, no one is truly Holy until God makes us so. God has given us simple rules to follow, and man’s law is not God’s law. Even God’s chosen people are not beyond His rule. God is a good father, and being a good parent sometimes means doing hard things for good reasons. God loves his children!

So remember that God is the God of the universe, but He is also the God of you. God gives us free will, and we make the wrong choice all of the time, but He loves us anyway. So make the decision to follow the right path when you see it.

Weekly Scripture | October 8th, 2018

Weekly Scripture

Ephesians 6:18 – 

…Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Prayer will change your life…

…The power of prayer is limitless! Prayer can accomplish more than any other effort on the part of a Christian. God hears all of our prayers all of the time, the only problem is we don’t all pray constantly. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own problems and we forget what the simple solution is. Or a more common occurrence: we only pray when we feel like we need God. The truth is that we always need God. How would you feel if your closest friend only talked to you when they want something?


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There’s nothing wrong with praying when we really need help, but what we really need is God–all of the time. Not just in the hard times; or bad or good; not just when someone else needs prayer. Now that’s a pretty tall order, so take baby steps. Start praying in the morning while you get ready for school. Or after school on the ride home. Just find a time to pray and watch your life change.

When you finish reading this, say a quick prayer. Around 130 people will read this in the next week, so, that’s 130 voices calling out God. 

Anything could happen…

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Poverty is Temporary: September 23, 2018

Weekly Scripture

James 2: 5-6

“Listen my brothers; did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to them?”

At times, we all feel like we fall farther than we could ever recover from. Maybe you lost everything in the Flood of 2016, or a bad diagnoses caused your faith to crumble. Sometimes we feel blinded by our problems, we can’t see any viable outcome to a bad situation. A blind man living in total darkness might not be blind at all, sometimes we fall into dark places and lose sight of what really matters, all because we’re too afraid to turn on the lights. God has given us a light switch, a universal light switch for all of our problems. He gave us grace, grace so perfect that we cannot possibly escape it.

And further more, He has promised us the Kingdom of Heaven. Even in our darkest places, God gives us a promise, a single spark to remind us that we are not alone. His promises offer us the future, a future with no dark places to fall into. This is our promise, our perfect promise is that we have the future, in exchange for our present poverty, we have the kingdom of Heaven: for all eternity!

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The next time you find yourself in state of poverty, rather literal or figurative, remember the promise of the kingdom that we will inherit. 


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2018-19 Chapel Schedule

News, Spiritual Life

Chapel is one of the key events that makes ACH so special. Chapel is a place where anyone can step up and lead in the way that best suits them. Teachers and students work together to make Branded Chapel possible, and now, we have more possibilities than ever before. Below is the schedule for students who will board the buses to the HOF Mt. Zion Campus, as well as our yearly Student Conference.


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ANNOUNCEMENT: Unfortunately, due to the busses inactivity, Chapel will be held at the ACH campus until further notice. These plans may change and we may be back at full strength very soon, check regularly for updates!!

Here is the current November Chapel plan:

DATE ACH Campus MT. Zion Campus
11/2/18 All Students @ ACH
11/9/18 All Students @ ACH
11/16/18 All Students @ ACH
11/23/18 All Students @ ACH
11/30/18 All Students @ ACH

October 2018:

DATE ACH Campus Mt. Zion Campus
10/5/2018 7th, 8th, 9th Grade 10th, 11th, 12th Grade
10/19/2018 All Students at ACH
10/22/2018 Postpone Postpone
10/23/2018 Postpone Postpone
10/26/2018 All Students @ ACH

September 2018:

DATE ACH Campus Mt. Zion Campus
9/7/18 All Students @ ACH
9/14/18 7th, 8th, 9th Grade 10th, 11th, 12th Grade
9/28/2018 10th, 11th, 12th Grade 7th, 8th, 9th Grade


Is it Really Worth it? September 10, 2018

Weekly Scripture

Proverbs 10: 2-3

“Ill-gotten gains do not profit,

but righteousness delivers from death.”

This one speaks for itself. “Ill-gotten gains” could be anything from cheating on a test, to slacking off on homework, to stealing. I think that all of us possess, or have possessed our own Ill-gotten gains overtime. No one is perfect.

Enter “Jesus”

The free gift of God is salvation. He forgives us for all our transgressions. All of our Ill-gotten gains are washed away in His mercy. But we have a part to play as well, God has given us everything we need to live free of sin, sin is our choice, and we can chose to do good. We can work hard in all that we do, we can chose to go the extra mile and live above the shadow of sin. Ill-gotten gains are never free, they weaken our faith and scar our conscience. Righteousness will reward every time you chose to do good. So live in righteousness and be delivered from death!

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High School, News

During the first week of school, Ascension Christian High’s alumni returned to share some wisdom and practical advice with the senior class about choosing a college. We had a variety of alumni with a mix of career plans and academic fields reflected. Each offered great advice to our seniors. Discussion mostly centered around future career options.

Daniel Weimer of Lion Nation News sat down with a few of the seniors for a reflection interview.

What did you take away from the alumni college panel?

Savannah Marcello: “Some of the alumni went to RPCC, then transfered to LSU for their major. Also Reyna and Connor had great advice about transferring schools.”

Brooke LeBlanc: “I mainly just listened to the tips from the alumni about classes I need to take in my major”

Alumni Panel consisted of:

Evan Pellagrin, Reyna Pellagrin, Megan Bledsoe , Connor Bledsoe, Rhegan Puryear, Evan Thompson, Hannah Blanchard, Angelo Blanchard, Min Yoo, Kennnedi Falgoust, Landon Walker, and Thomas Gamble

…DRUM LINE Season Begins!

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Football DRUM LINE Season

by Daniel Weimer

Beyond the bleachers,

Marching to the new beat…

In my experience, drum line has always been a roller coaster of ups andimage
downs, but this year we’ve grown more and faster than ever before. I am happy to announce that we have twelve members on our team! We have three returning (myself included)
and nine new members who attended our practices, and shown great potential. We are all very
excited for the new football season! Last year,
we had six people on our team, and we had a lot of fun moments together.

This year, we’ll be bringing
nearly our entire stock of drums to the bleachers.
Sadly, we’ll be seeing off our Captain: Tyler Blanchard.

We look forward to seeing you at the games!

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We had a very successful first pep rally last week, and our first game will be at Springfield August 31st.  Only our top four members will play at Springfield. But the next week (September 7) the full drum line will be in the bleachers, bringing hype to the ACH student section.

So, ACH students! Be sure that you’re at the home games, because the student section will be lit this year! Also, our cheerleaders and football team have been working extra hard. But none of this works without you.

And for those out there looking to get in on the action: if anyone would like to play the xylophone with us this year, that position is still available.