The 2018 Laurelbrook alumni weekend (April 6-8, 2018) had as its theme "Find Us Faithful" from 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Friday evening starting at 7:30 p.m., Laurelbrook Academy's music department under the direction of Pedro Arce put on a musical program. The academy choir, the bells choir, the orchestra, the brass quartet, and various soloists comprised the program.
Sabbath School on Sabbath morning featured seniors leading the song service, a welcome by Vangie Lowe Archer, prayer, remarks by John Youngberg, special music by the Class of 1968, a mission report by seniors Sarah and Citlali, and a lesson study by Becky Hansen Mundall.
After an intermission, the 2018honor classes were individually called to the platform and given ribbons and/or plaques.
A church service with Ismael (My) Castillo as the featured speaker followed. His topic was "Even When Unfair". The alumni choir ended the service with the familiar "Joy in the Morning".
Following lunch in the academy cafeteria, many of the alumni headed to designated places (the homes of Bob Zollinger, Louise Faatz, John and Barbara Ellis, and Rick and Wendy Carr) for class visitation.
Tom McDonald (Class of 1983) had a presentation for Sabbath evening vespers.
A social evening followed with games, bake sales, fund-raiser, and socialization. Dena Marlow's sweet rolls were available for purchase with this social gathering.
Sunday morning there was a traditional alumni breakfast followed by an alumni association business meeting.
A number of physical changes have taken place over the past year, especially the last few months. The old wooden wall behind the platform in the academy auditorium was replaced by a concrete block wall, platform was filled in so it stretched fully from one wall to another, and the platform was re-carpeted with new carpeting and the rest of the auditorium floor with carpet squares. Three buildings - the academy classroom building and auditorium, the present girls' dorm (the old boys' dorm), and the cafeteria-administration building - had at least their front and side walls repainted. Pipes were run from the roof drains to the classroom building parking lot to facilitate better drainage. These repairs were made under the direction of Rodney Herra, Jr. (Bubba).
Robert D. Zollinger did this backdrop for the weekend.
Workmen lay the new carpet. Note the platform wall has been filled in.