FIRST Robotics stands apart from other competitions in STEM and sports due to the  FIRST Ethos of Gracious Professionalism, the concept of Coopertition, and the  commitment to the FIRST Core Values. The guiding force behind these principals was  Dr. Woodie Flowers. Dr. William Murphy, Jr., who was instrumental in creating the concept of FIRST with Dean Kamen, recognized the unique perspective, wisdom, and  communication style that Woodie brought to the FIRST Robotics Competition. 

In honor of Woodie, Dr. Murphy founded the Woodie Flowers Award in 1996. He recognized that the FIRST ethos would be carried forward by our FIRST mentors and  sought to celebrate those mentors who demonstrate the leadership, ethical behavior,  and communication skills exemplified by Woodie. Students are uniquely positioned to  share evidence of how their mentors have led their team through their knowledge,  dedication, and unwavering gracious support. In their own concisely written words,  students nominate a team mentor by their inspiring Woodie Flowers essays. With this award, we celebrate excellence in communication in the art and science of engineering  and design. 

Woodie believed “societies get the best of what they celebrate”. Being recognized by students, through nomination essays, makes this honor very meaningful to mentors. It is truly an honor for a mentor to be nominated this award. 

At Regional and District Championship events, mentors will receive the Woodie Flowers FINALIST Award. Then at the Championships in Houston, ONE mentor will be selected from re-nominated past Finalists to receive the 2023 Championship Woodie Flowers Award. 

You shared high praise for the accomplishments and dedication of your mentors and  your teams. Based on your input, we now recognize the outstanding contributions of ONE mentor to the FIRST experience. 

This mentor provides great inspiration, participation, and enthusiasm. He is helping his  team and the teams around to constantly improve through discomfort and success. His team says he leads by example through dedication, patience, and professionalism, and  provides an example that he encourages all students to pursue.  

Please join us in congratulating the 2023 Lake Superior Regional Woodie Flowers  FINALIST Award winner, Todd Kruse, from Team 8516!

In the midst of many Homecoming traditions…

Like the Pancake Breakfast, the Alumni Volleyball Tournament, dress-up days, an all-school pep rally, and a full schedule of basketball games, Homecoming 2023 also “welcomed home” a new organization partner.

For Homecoming 2023, Legacy partnered with Settled, a Christian non-profit that approaches local homelessness with a unique solution.

During Homecoming week, the entire school participated in a Sock Drive and the Pancake Breakfast included a free-will offering for the ministry. During the week, students also had the opportunity to hear from Rose Larson, a Missional Life Pastor through Church of the Open Door who lives in a Sacred Settlement in Maplewood.

By the time Friday’s Pep Rally came around, Legacy was bursting with socks! Those socks became a focal point of the Pep Rally games as kids attempted to throw socks into targets and buckets and scoop up as many as they could in a wild game of Hungry-Hungry Hippo!

By Saturday, the socks totaled 1,814 pairs, and our community raised $669.90 at the Pancake Breakfast.

But our story with Settled doesn’t end there.

A week later, a High School Leadership Affinity Group (groups that meet weekly to help direct students to lead Legacy in a particular area through serving, awareness, education and school-wide experiences), delivered those socks to the Sacred Settlement in Maplewood. Sharon Buffie, the High School Counselor, and Todd Kardell, the High School Student Life Coordinator, accompanied our students on this unique service-oriented field trip. 

Rose Larson gave our Legacy students a tour of three of the tiny homes on the Sacred Settlement, tiny homes that are now home to five people that were once chronically homeless. They had the opportunity to meet two of the residents that live in the Sacred Settlement. And as our students listened, the two residents, Laura and Alan, shared their stories, shared their art, and shared their music.

In addition to hearing stories, our students gathered in the Settled community space to hear more about the purposeful work the residents partake in to earn part of their income. This same space is where Rose and another missional neighbor couple – an empty-nester married couple in another tiny home – share meals, watch movies together, and complete puzzles for fun with the residents who were once homeless but are now home.

Students next met Todd, the director of Walking with a Purpose, the organization that partners closely with Settled. Todd and his team spend most of their time in encampments around the Twin Cities to build relationships with those who are chronically homeless. Most of the socks donated from Legacy will be distributed through the work that Todd and his team complete alongside Settled. 

The Leadership Affinity Group ended their day at the Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul, preparing and serving meals to the men who needed a meal that day. They smiled in their service, and as the line thinned, our Legacy students stepped out from behind the counter and sat down in pairs and groups to meet some of the men enjoying the last few bites of a meal. 

At the very end of the day, Rose, Todd, and Sharon helped the students process what they had observed and learned throughout the day. Students were grateful for the opportunity to hear the stories of those that struggle with chronic homelessness. They loved touring the tiny homes that those once homeless now call home. And it was an incredible day of learning and seeing those who are often not seen.

And whether delivering socks, listening to a story, or serving a meal, our Legacy students were blessed with the opportunity to be the direct hands and feet of Jesus Christ. 


This year’s prom theme, “TOP SECRET,” was a tribute to the spy genre and the 60th anniversary of the famous movie character, James Bond. Legacy students participated in the traditional Grand March and then headed to the Sports Center, which had been transformed into the French Riviera and Hotel Splendide, for the dinner and dance.

More photos coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Slime sale! It was a huge success! We sold 500 packets of slime in 45 minutes, thanks to your participation!

You are helping our 5th grade students learn many valuable lessons. Many of you thanked the students as they served you and a few even gave a little extra change knowing it would go to charity. Thank you so much for your generosity! Hopefully, you had a good customer service experience today. The students were so excited and did their best to serve you.

Here are the stats:

$464.37 spent on packing and ingredients

$1015.00 in sales & donations

$550.63 Total Net Profit being donated locally

Congratulations to the Class of 2025 (9th grade) for winning this year’s boys’ volleyball tournament!  The freshman boys started Legacy’s annual Takedown Tournament with a 25–18 upset win over the Class of 2023 (Juniors), before an equally impressive 15–11, 15–11 win over the Class of 2024 (Sophomores) to take home the 2021 Takedown Tournament trophy.

While the freshmen boys dominated the upper grades in the official boys’ tournament, they couldn’t quite muster the same decisive victory in the impromptu matchup versus Legacy’s faculty/staff team. In that case, we offer our congratulations to the faculty/staff team who proceeded to overcome the Class of 2025 with a score of 25–12 in this year’s bonus action.



The 2021 Prom committee outdid themselves in an effort to make the first Legacy Prom post-pandemic one to remember!

The Back to the Future theme brought Marty McFly and Doc on campus traveling through time in their Delorean! They then transported the prom-goers to the 1950’s Enchantment Under the Sea prom of Marty McFly’s parents! The community was invited to take a step back in time with classic cars on display as part of the pre-grand march festivities!

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who sacrificially gave of their time, talents, and resources to create such a memorable event for students.

We are excited to announce that Mrs. Albinson’s Fifth Grade Slime sold out for the third year running!  Just like so many small businesses, this year’s 2021 Legacy Slime entrepreneurs had to adjust to the many challenges caused by COVID-19. With the help of Legacy parent Dan Albinson, an e-Commerce website was created to allow for contactless ordering. The website showcased 8 slime varieties, sold at $2 each, and tracked the stock in real-time to make sure the business did not over-sell their inventory.

Part of the business entrepreneurship process is to engage in discussion about the experience. They broke down one-time expenses vs long-term production expenses to evaluate sustainability. They recognized the value of the donated items like paper, ink, space, website, etc. that would need to be budgeted for if the business continued outside of the classroom environment. When it was all said and done, the class was able to celebrate selling 493 cups of slime in just under 26 hours, grossing $986. The class is currently praying over their net profit of $367 for God to direct their giving. We invite you to join us in praying with the fifth grade class as they patiently listen for God to move their heart towards a cause that can most benefit from their donation. Thank you to Albi Systems for donating the e-commerce site and the Legacy Community for supporting these budding entrepreneurs!

So how did it really go? Here are a few reflections from the fifth graders themselves.

This was my first year at LCA. I thought that I would not make any friends or maybe nobody would like me, but I was wrong. When we did Legacy slime sale I found myself working in a group with two other classmates working with them laughing together. And we did really good too! I was surprised that I would actually have FUN here and make relationships with other classmates. Legacy is amazing, Thank You LCA! – Andrew

Making slime is fun and rewarding.  – Ava

What I learned about the slime business is that it’s stressful sometimes, so you just have to try. – Caleb

I learned how to take on a business and all of the steps to start a business. – Charlee

I think that doing this helps so many people learn.  We made a lot of people happy and cheerful. -Cody

I think what I learned most about making slime for Legacy is that you should not rush yourself, if you get stressed out-breathe and pray to God because God is by your side the whole time cheering you on and He knows that you can do it. – Gigi

I learned that you should always be prepared because you never know what will happen. For example, when we were putting together the slime orders we were out of one color, but we saved three extras of each color so we had enough. Overall I think our slime business was successful. – Sarah

Class of 2021 Decisions

It’s that time of year where we get to share the plans Legacy seniors are making for their lives after graduation. As we celebrate these decisions with each student, would you please join us in praying that they have open hearts and minds to the call of God on their lives?

DelfinDelfin is sensing God calling him into ministry so he’s decided to double major in Business Finance and Ministry with a minor in Philosophy or Political Science. After considering a few colleges in the Midwest area, he’s decided that Bethel University is the place for him because he would like to stay close to home and he loves Minnesota. Some of the things he likes about Bethel are the fact that he has a few friends going there, the food was good, the people were nice and it just felt like home. He also likes hockey and might try to play in college. He thinks it’s important to have a good liberal arts education and become a well-rounded person. He appreciates his family and how they have helped him along the way. Through Legacy’s on-site PSEO classes and the online classes Delfin took, he will have earned 41 college credits.

When Mya was young she had hoped to attend college in Florida. As she got older, she didn’t want to limitMya herself to one state, but knew she wanted to go somewhere warmer and attend a Christian college. She toured colleges in Colorado, Nebraska, and Minnesota, but ultimately Liberty University is where she’s decided to attend. When she first toured with friends, it felt too big, but she decided to go again with her mom and she realized that she wanted something a little bigger. Mya joined a Facebook group and was able to meet her potential roommate before actually committing to Liberty. This ultimately solidified her decision and she’s also thankful to have the support of her family. Mya is into sports so she’s excited that Liberty offers a lot of intramurals and D1 sports. Her intended major is a general Business degree and she likes the idea of becoming an event planner but wants to keep her options open. COVID made the college planning journey more challenging and she wishes she would have started the process sooner. However, she’s happy to have finally made her choice and is excited for the next chapter in life while knowing she will miss Legacy and the people here.


Parker’s dad has always shown him the opportunities that can come with owning a business and for that reason, he’s now interested in pursuing

a career in the business field. Overall, he toured 7 colleges. He feels like the University of St. Thomas is the right fit for a variety of reasons. He wanted something a little bigger, but not too huge, he didn’t want to be too far away from home, and it feels like a good place to expand into the real world in terms of his Christian faith while still being at a college with a strong religious base. He also feels like St. Thomas has the business program that will give him the most opportunities. They have many connections to companies throughout the United States and he’s hoping to take advantage of that. He’s intrigued by their Real Estate Investment major and might pursue that along with a Finance minor. He’s looking forward to being a part of some of their recreational programs in golf and orchestra while not having that be his main focus in college. He’s more excited about focusing on the business program and what he hopes to do with his life even though he will miss the close-knit and Christ-like community that Legacy offers. Parker has really learned the importance of writing good essays. This has served him well throughout high school and the college admissions process.  Currently, he has been given an academic scholarship that will cover half the cost of St. Thomas and is awaiting more possible scholarship money. He’s earned 28 college credits.

When Annika was younger, she was considering doing PSEO full-time as a junior and senior. But she realized that she was starting to get ahead of herself in terms of making plans for life after high school because she had no idea what she wanted to do. Mr. Keefe was a source to talk this through with and he gave her some perspective that she found very valuable. As she started touring colleges, she still didn’t know what she wanted to do so she didn’t really pay attention or take the visits seriously. The pandemic caused her to rethink things and prompted her to start taking seriously not only thinking about college but also the college tours. She ended up touring Bethel 3 times; once with Legacy, once with her mom, and then again with her family to specifically tour the Media Production program. She really likes the environment, feels happy there, and feels like she fits in. The Media Production program suits what she wants to do and she’s intrigued by the things she will learn such as podcasts, editing software, high production filming, and more. Their program also comes with a lot of hands-on opportunities and internships. Her goal right now is to work with humanitarian organizations that highlight mission work, anti-sex trafficking, and helping people. Annika encourages students to work hard and do your best, but don’t beat yourself up or stress too much. We’re so glad she stayed at Legacy and she still leaves our doors with 22 college credits.

For most of Claire’s younger years, she thought she would go to the college that her parents had attended. However, participating in Legacy’s college tour days helped her to see that there are other options that she wanted to look into. It was during her mom’s English classes here at Legacy that she realized that she loved writing. Her mom saw that it made her happy so she encouraged Claire to listen to that. Writing just feels right so she started thinking about what writing could look like in college. She would love to follow news stories or be a news anchor so she started Google searching colleges with Journalism programs. This search led her to Minnesota State University Mankato. At first, she wasn’t really excited about it, but went ahead and added it to her college list. She was able to tour in the fall of 2020 and loved the buildings, the area, and the environment. Mankato feels like a place in which she can make a home for the next 4 years. She still wants to keep her options open as far as majors, but she hopes that writing and traveling will be a part of her future. She’s excited about starting her own life, making her own choices, and figuring out who God has created her to be.

Morgan spent much of high school unsure about what to do after graduation. In February 2020 she had a friend text her about a life conference that the friend was attending. Her Speech Meet got canceled so, last minute, Morgan decided to go to the conference. While there, she noticed college booths that were advertising their schools. One of them was displaying some photos of trees and she thought to herself, “I like trees.” So she visited the booth for Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. That night as she was laying in her sleeping bag, she filled out the paper application and gave it to the college the next day. She felt pretty sure she was supposed to go there. With the pandemic, things stayed up in the air for a while, but she was able to go and visit MWSB in September of 2020. The campus was beautiful and she got to sit in on a class about creation. Between that and the friendly staff, she’s made the decision to attend. Her goal is to spend two years with God and then hopefully do an internship in camp ministry. She is so thankful to have been a part of Legacy’s theatre program, student council, and speech. One thing she’s very excited about is being at a place that only allows internet access for 4 hours per day. She really feels that this will help her connect with both God and people. One thing that was helpful for her as she thought about life after high school was to sit down during freshman year and create a 4-year course plan. This helped her to keep focused while she was considering post-secondary options.

Not too long ago Addy became interested in the medical field and wanting to help people. So she started watching ER shows and asked her parents which colleges she should look at. They thought about some of our local colleges, but then her dad suggested the College of St. Scholastica. At first, she was hesitant because it was outside of her comfort zone (even though she was looking for something different). She toured in November and thought the buildings and architecture were so beautiful. The campus has character and made her want to learn more about their story and their programs. It felt friendly, different than what she was used to; it felt like she was meant to be there. She applied and waited for their financial aid offer. She was so excited to find out that they are offering her a $25,000 renewable scholarship with the opportunity to apply for more. This sealed the deal and Addy is so excited to be a part of their 4-year Registered Nursing program. She hopes to work in a trauma or ER setting. She’s excited to be challenged, learn more about the medical field, and test her skills in helping people. Along with the excitement, she feels weird about being away from her family and will miss the friends and relationships with teachers at Legacy. She will tell you to not worry or stress too much about planning for life after high school. “God’s got it. Give it to him and he will take it.”

Mason first heard about Grand Canyon University from his brother who just graduated from GCU. He also knows other Legacy students who have attended and liked it. By visiting his brother, he was able to see the campus and really liked it. It was also helpful for him to hear how much his brother has liked it for the last 4 years. Because of this, he didn’t feel the need to check out any other colleges. He’s considering majoring in Finance or Economics and hopes to go into a field in which he can work with money. If this doesn’t work out, he would also be interested in a field in which he could build something like Engineering. Even though he’s excited to live on campus and enjoy the warm weather, he knows he will miss his friends and the occasional cold day. It worked for Mason to figure out what he likes to do and then find a major and a college that provides that.

Jake knew about Legacy most of his life. Over time he came to know Mr. Dwight Nelson, Mr. Mulvihill, and Mr. Bellefeuille. He decided he wanted to come to Legacy to be a part of the community and wanted the mentorship from these adults he was getting to know. His experiences at Legacy shaped his college search. He had never heard of Lawrence University until he was approached by their basketball coach. He really likes the coach and feels like going to Lawrence will provide a positive experience similar to what he’s having at Legacy. He toured 2 other colleges and talked with 8 other ones, but none of them felt like Lawrence. He wants to do something in the Computer Science or Information Technology field and is looking forward to a business innovation class that Lawrence offers. He’s excited to be moving on to the next stage and college athletics, but knows he will have more responsibilities and will miss his friends and high school athletics. It was helpful for him to consider a lot of colleges, but ultimately chose the college that felt like the right fit.

Sam has been interested in aviation since he was 3 years old and has always thought it would be cool to fly airplanes, especially commercial jets. Ninth grade was when he seriously started thinking about it as a career. He’s now decided that there isn’t anything else he would rather do. He first learned about the University of North Dakota through the Naviance program that Mrs. Lunderby uses to help students explore careers and colleges. He then had the opportunity to talk with two different people who were both pilots that had attended UND. At first, he was hesitant to consider UND, because as he puts it, “it’s going to be cold.” However, he toured in October of 2019 and it changed his mind. He loved seeing the hangar and was impressed with the classrooms and the facilities. Students he talked with all had positive things to say about the UND Aviation program, solidifying his decision. In addition, Sam was accepted into their Honors program. Well done, Sam! He’s ready and excited to be on his own and start his career while knowing that he will miss the Legacy community where everyone knows each other.

Through Grace’s own medical experiences, she was introduced to the field of Sonography. It piqued her interest and she started asking questions. Over time, she realized it would be the right fit for her. She then did a lot of research with the help of her mom and grandma. She made an in-depth exploration of 3 different Sonography programs. After touring, it was obvious to Grace that Chippewa Valley Technical College has what she is looking for. Their facilities are very impressive and she likes how their program is laid out. She also noticed how their teachers really care about the students and what they are doing. In her words, “the whole place just seemed uplifting”. It’s also helpful for Grace that her grandparents live about 30 minutes away and she will be able to live there while completing the 2-year program. Grace says, “Don’t stress out about planning for life after high school. Things often come together as God puts it on your heart and mind.” (We love that, Grace!) She’ll miss the teachers at Legacy, but she’s really excited about her future career.

Kyra’s decision to attend the University of Northwestern is based both on legacy and personal experience. Her parents as well as both of her siblings attended UNW. She’s been able to see the community and understand what they have to offer. She explored other colleges, but UNW stuck out to her because of their community and the small, Christian campus. She just feels like it fits her best. She’s currently contemplating a science-related major with the possibility of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. She loves helping people and has always thought about going into the medical field. She wants a career in which she can be active and have variety. She’s going to miss the Legacy community and being so close to everyone. “It will be weird not going here,” says Kyra. But she’s excited to live in the dorms, meet new people, and expand friend groups and experiences. Her journey included praying about her future and doing what felt right after giving it to God. She encourages younger students not to waste time stressing too much, but instead to talk to God about it. She also takes with her the 35 college credits she will have earned by the time she graduates high school!


Learn more about how Legacy guides students through their high school experience in preparation for a life called by God. Post-Secondary Advising at Legacy 

Legacy’s Profile of a Graduate

In early November, Mrs. Enns and Mrs. Zelin took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to conduct experiments with their young learners. They made “storm clouds” using shaving cream, glue, and paint! They also made anemometers to measure the wind speed outside!

Physically distant doesn’t have to mean socially isolated. Legacy’s Community Friday’s kicked off on April 3 with the intention of giving our community opportunities to play together, worship together, connect with each other, and grow together. With these initiatives we are reinventing extracurriculars for this temporary season of social distancing. 

  • Who woke up early on Friday to sweat it out with Coach Dew, Coach Manske, or Coach Nelson? 
  • Who took in a chapel service on YouTube? Between the two videos we posted, there were 679 views!
  • Who got in the kitchen and tried their hand at cloud eggs thanks to Mr. Nydam and Dr. Lohse’s “How-to Video?” Along with 154 others, Mrs. Vance whipped up some of her own cloud eggs! 
  • Who got serious about Chore Challenges? We heard from the Price family as well as the Olson family!
  • Who checked off some boxes on the Fitness Bingo sheets? That advanced Bingo card is NOT for the faint of heart! Senior Athletes … show us what you got!

Our goal here is NOT to overwhelm, but to provide creative outlets to engage with others in our community. There is NO expectation to participate, but we hope you find something that makes you want to jump into the ring with us.


To make sure we don’t miss your involvement, use the hashtags #TogetherWeCan and #LCARoars or tag Legacy Christian Academy @Legacy_MN in your posts! You can also email to [email protected]. We’d love to feature you on our pages or in our next mini video!

Community Fridays activities are posted in eNews weekly on Wednesdays and to the dedicated webpage here: 

Community Fridays