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Rhetoric School (9th-12th Grade)

Our students' worldview education continues in high school with instruction in Christian doctrine, comparative religions, and apologetics. Biblical worldview thinking must not begin and end within the confines of Bible class. Morning Star Academy's classical Christian approach equips students with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to apply the truths of God's word to all aspects of their lives.

Within the classical Christian approach, students in high school (9th through 12th) are entering the third phase of the Trivium, which is the rhetoric stage. We have learned that high school students are interested in expressing ideas. Once students at Morning Star Academy have learned the basic facts and know how to think and reason well, they are then ready to sharpen their communication skills in the rhetoric stage. Through formal training in the art of rhetoric our students learn to speak and write persuasively.

The pinnacle of their career at Morning Star Academy is a senior thesis, a year-long project that culminates in a 15 to 20 page paper and a 15 minute presentation and defense before a faculty panel and audience.

This year's senior theses are:

Abby Stivers The Human Dollar Bill: An Evaluation of the Devaluation of Human Life

Titus Beeler The Deep Societal Effects of an Idea Like Equity

Garrett DeVries Censorship and the Voice of Athletes Around Professional Sports

Reid Hansen Extreme Poverty: Separating the Human Race

Jen Boggs The Extremities of the Trials and Tribulations in Pediatric Cancer

Elizabeth Gibson Micro- Vs. Macroevolution: The Fallacies and Misbeliefs of Macroevolution

Gage Wingerd The Finger That Kills: An Argument Against the Banning of Firearms

Matthew McClure Transgenders in High School Athletics

Rachel Rossi Don’t Be a Cell-Out: Why the Use of Embryos in Stem Cell Research Is Wrong and Gives a Bad Image to a Promising Field

Maddy Wilson A Modern-Day Manifestation of Slavery: Exploring Why Sex Trafficking Adversely Affects Asian Women

Sarah Schroeder Unfulfilled Americans: The Effect of the American Dream on Relationships

Maddie Trotter The Economy, Culture, and Religion: An Insight into the Reality of Muslim Women’s Access to Healthcare

Josh McGowan The Economic and Social Issues of the Welfare System