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Haydon Gaines (Class of 2016)

Haydon Gaines attended LCA from 1st - 12th grades, graduated in 2016 and is currently finishing up her last year at the University of Kentucky. She discovered her love of art and design while painting and designing sets for LCA's musical productions, and that set her on the path to major in Interior Design with a minor in Theatre Emphasis on Scenic and Production Design. Haydon recently talked to Brian Ray about her time at LCA and how it prepared her for her future career goals. View the interview here or scroll down to watch. 

What did you love most about your time at LCA? What I loved most about LCA was the education I received. Not only did I feel entirely prepared academically when I went to college, but I also had such a strong ability to talk about my faith with other people. When I was a student at LCA, I did not nearly appreciate the education I was receiving. I am so thankful to my parents for sending my brother and me to a school that truly prepares its students to tackle the world from a spiritual standpoint and an education standpoint.

What is one word that best describes the school? Mentorship. One of my favorite things about LCA was the relationships I had with my teachers. They value each student and do what they can to help them succeed academically.

   Haydon and her brother, Nick (LCA Class
​​​​​​ ​  of 2020.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories at LCA. One of my favorite memories at LCA is Mrs. Cranfill (aka Mrs. C) allowing me to help her paint/design the musical sets of Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof my junior and senior year. I would spend my lunch, and my independent art classes painting away in her room and loved every minute of it. Spending time in the art room with Mrs. C is something I will forever cherish as one of my favorite memories at LCA.

From your own experiences, why do you believe it was important for you to attend LCA? From my own experiences, I believe it was important that I attended LCA because of how it strengthened my relationship with Christ. It is incredible the life lessons I was taught during Bible class or chapel that I later recalled when I was in college that made a lasting impact on my life.

What would you tell a friend to encourage them to send their child(ren) to LCA? I would most definitely encourage a friend to send their child to LCA. It provides a safe learning environment, incredible mentors, and will make a lasting impact, spiritually and academically, after graduation.


Published June 23, 2020.