Liberty Christian School in Argyle celebrated its 30th anniversary and homecoming last Friday night.
The college preparatory school began in 1983 in Denton. In its first year, the student body grew from 20 to 194.
In 2005, Liberty moved to its new 76-acre campus in Argyle. Today, student enrollment has reached more than 1,250, and the school continues to reach out to Christian families of all denominations, teaching biblical truths to all facets of life.
Awards were given to Liberty staff and faculty who also celebrated 30 years at the school: Co-founders, President Rodney Haire and his wife, Judy; Lower School Principal Karen Watts; and Lower School Counselor Dee Quick.
Liberty began an annual tradition that night of presenting a distinguished alumni award, given to a male and female graduate who have continued their support and involvement at Liberty, as well being outstanding citizens in their community.
Ryan and Amy Duininck, husband and wife, were presented the award. The Duinincks met at Liberty, Ryan graduating in 1991 and Amy in 1992. They have five children who are students of Liberty Christian.
The evening included a banquet for alumni and staff where the band, choir, and theater provided the entertainment.
Homecoming king and queen were also announced at Warrior Stadium to a capacity crowd before kickoff. Luke Kornet was crowned king, and Maggie Quam was named queen.
Kornet is the son of Frank and Tracy Kornet of Lantana, and he serves as president of the National Honor Society and secretary of the senior class. He is also co-captain of the boys varsity basketball team where he is the leading scorer. Kornet is also a National Merit Commended Student. His life verse is Romans 12:2. Kornet is applying to Duke, University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and the University of Oklahoma and wants to major in engineering.
Quam is the daughter of Alan and Ruthie Quam of Argyle, and she serves as the captain of the varsity cheerleaders and the girls varsity basketball team. She is the vice president of student council, and her life verse is 1 Peter 5:6. Quam plans to attend either the University of Alabama or the University of Arkansas to study nursing in the hopes of becoming a missionary nurse.
Other nominees for king were Foster Ford, Matthew Jeffery, and Dereck Woodcock. Other nominees for queen were Emmy Edwards, Blair Lynch, and Paige Woodall.
Brad Lundblade was announced as junior prince and Erin Hoffman as junior princess. Other nominees for prince were Benn Hawkins and Michael King. Other nominees for princess were Olivia Asprey and Whitney Sanders.
Cole Irwin was named sophomore duke, and Chloe Moon was crowned sophomore duchess. Other nominees for duke were Jordan Brown and Tobyn Steffey. Other nominees for duchess were Paige Jeary and Hannah Liszewski.
Aron Hawkins was announced as freshman lord and McKenzie Manning as freshman lady. Other nominees for lord were Ayodeji Amosun and Dakota Sanchez. Other nominees for lady were Hannah Hand and Kayli Richardson.
Alumni gathered on the field at halftime to be recognized, and the evening concluded with a Warrior win over Grace Prep, 35-12.