The elementary grades of schooling should be a time of intense learning in all facets of life. A child’s intellect is focused on absorbing knowledge and skills in a myriad of disciplines.
Lyndsey Patten is currently a 5th grade student at Mount Royal Academy who embodies this truth. Her teacher, Mrs. Diebold, notes that Lyndsey works hard in class, never fails to complete her assignments and is especially good in math. Her academic diligence has won her a consistent spot on the quarterly honor roll lists.
Outside of school, Lyndsey pursues excellence in many ways. She has studied ballroom dancing since the age of 5 at the Newport Ballroom. She performs locally and has competed nationally in the Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso, Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, and Quick Step. She plays soccer and softball competitively and even finds time to participate in theatre productions at the Newport Opera House.
When asked about her experience at Mount Royal, Lyndsey said, “I really enjoy learning in a place that allows you to talk about God and make friends with others who are willing to share their faith.” Her mother, Jody, also commented, “We recognized that Lyndsey would benefit from the structure and high expectations of excellence that Mount Royal has to offer. We expected that she would be academically challenged. Mount Royal not only has lived up to those expectations, but has surpassed them. What was an unexpected benefit was how the school goes beyond teaching a great curriculum. Mount Royal also teaches values and virtues that have helped develop any even stronger, more well-rounded child. And we could not be more grateful.”
One who excels in knowledge and skill may indeed shine bright but unless these are accompanied by goodness and joy, the light remains dim. Thankfully, this is not the case with Lyndsey. Her great sense of humor, ubiquitous smile and kindness towards others are well known. Benjamin Franklin’s aphorism, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn” is proven true with Lyndsey Patten.