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Stay up to date with the latest stories about academics! From student projects to student successes, see what's going on with our academic department. 
Classroom transformation provides university feel for Business students

Thanks to generous donors, the main business classroom at Valor looks more like a university business classroom these days. As students walked in this fall, they were met with new carpet and paint. The desks and chairs were upgraded to be more mobile allowing for the configuration of the room to be a traditional classroom or conference room style.  A ticker tape, a real-time data feed of the New York Stock Exchange, runs along the back wall. A scripture adorns most of the west wall, opposite artwork of all the continents.

Mr. Dave Haar, Business department chair stated, “We wanted to have a university feel, while still affirming our perspective that business can be used to help the poor and needy around the world. It is our desire to make the Valor vision: to prepare tomorrow's leaders to transform the world for Christ, a reality through students' future careers in business. Business is more than just making money -- it is making the world a better place.”

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“If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it well enough yourself.” 

Mrs. Herscovici's Entrepreneurship class finished their unit on "Exploring Opportunities" by researching famous entrepreneurs. In small groups, students researched an entrepreneur of their choice and were made aware of how many times these entrepreneurs had to fail before their ideas became successful. In the midst of this research, we have been discussing the importance of being able to explain our learning. Essentially, “If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it well enough yourself.” ― Albert Einstein.

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Calculus Speed Trap

If you travel 40 miles per 60 minutes, what’s your average speed per hour, or what’s your average rate of change (the change in distance over the change in time)? Are they different? Students in AP Calculus played cops and speeders last week in class. Students had the opportunity to use real radar guns and math to try and see if they could catch their classmates speeding along Fairview.

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Humanities Alumni Update

The Humanities program honored its first class of graduating students this past May 2023 during Valor’s commencement ceremony. We want to regularly include comments from graduates to help give a sense of how the Humanities program prepared them for the next phase of their lives. For our first alumni check-in, we asked Ben Leikam to reflect on how his time in the Humanities program prepared him for college. Here are his thoughts...

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STEM Night 2023

STEM Night was a great success, as students showcased their work through capstone projects, clubs, and competitions. Over 30 projects and interactive demos were highlighted during the evening. In addition, select students received awards for their innovation, creativity, and service through STEM. 

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