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5 More ULCS Graduates

Our five latest graduates celebrated their accomplishments on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Pictured above are: Hannah Gertling, Mrs. DeWitt, Ethan Karaman, Mrs. Greer, Isabella Lictro, Justin Puhalski, Mr. Justice, Alex Scheduling, Mr. Barton and Ms. Smith.

Highlights from our 2022 Graduation Speaker, Mr. Danny Ecker:

Proverbs Chapter 9 describes a decision point. In every decision we can choose God's way or the world's way - and both look attractive.

Mr. Ecker challenged the graduates (and all of us) to not wait until we arrive at that fork in the road. The world has a way of making their way look very inviting: "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!" (Proverbs 9: 17)

As our PE teacher and coach, his illustration came from baseball, of course! A baseball player trains and practices, and then in the game he hits the ball. He doesn't have to stop and think about which way to run. It's so ingrained, he drops the bat and runs to first base. Our choice for God's way should be so ingrained in us we don't even have to stop and think.

This is what we do at Upton Lake. From Bible verse memorization, class discussions, Bible classes every year, and individual discussions with teachers to help build a strong foundation. Our prayers go with you, graduates, as you head out on the next phase of your journey!

News from Our Blog


Why do leaves change color in the fall?

September 27, 2022
By Jackie Stock

In the past, there were little storybook tales that elves were the ones to go through and paint every individual leaf as it gets colder. Another, more believable answer is that the cold is what makes the leaves turn from green to a yellowish brown. When you put a head of lettuce in the refrigerator overnight does it automatically turn brown? Does it turn the beautiful reddish color you see on the leaves in the fall? No it doesn’t.
The actual answer is that a layer of cork tissue forms between the leaf and the stem when the days get shorter in early autumn. The cork layer blocks water from entering the leaf so that the leaf can no longer make the green pigment chlorophyll. 

All the chlorophyll left in the leaf from the summer wears out and breaks down. The green color of the leaf fades. Then various other colors-yellow and oranges-which have been in the leaf since it was formed can be seen. Some of the red colors are made as sunlight and cool temperatures react with the sugar left in the leaves after the layer of cork is formed. When the layer of cork is complete, the weight of the leaf or the wind usually causes the leaf to fall. 

And that’s it! 

~ Blog post by our high school science teacher, Mrs. Stock

"One perk of being a small school is that we are not only a school community but a family. This family has never failed to encourage each other in bad times, laugh with each other in the good times, and push each other to become better... Yes, this school has brought me great memories, amazing friends, academic knowledge, life lessons, and much much more, but the most important thing is how it aided me in making my faith my own."
~ Jennifer Puhalski, Salutatorian, ULCS '20