by Hannah Bennett (Class of 2021)
Welcome to Rock Solid’s blog and our new home at City Point Church!
My name is Hannah, and I am a sophomore at RSCA. I recently transferred to this community, and after coming from other Christian schools, I can guarantee you this one is different. So, to kick off this blog, I hope to give you an insight into how God is working at our school.
A typical start to any testimonial regarding one's faith in Jesus usually begins with, “I was raised in a Christian home.” After hearing this, a fair assumption would be that this family is stereotypically “perfect”, meaning they go to church every Sunday; they pray before they eat; and they only listen to Christian music. For a time this was my life: K-Love was my favorite station; my parents were members of a church; and my little sister and I did devotions every night before going to sleep. However; as my teenage years came, I began to question God and wonder if everything I believed was true. When people ask me what my relationship with Jesus looks like, I can admit to feeling some pressure to claim that it is perfect. However; as I spend more time trying to define my friendship with Jesus, I have come to realize that it is flawed and imperfect, just like me. I have gone through ups and downs, highs and lows, and peaks and depths with Jesus. Our relationship is just as any other connection I have here on earth; growing, changing, and maturing.
As I continue to travel on my journey with Jesus, Rock Solid has been a great help. High school is hard, i’m sure everyone agrees with that. From the irrelevant drama to the stress provoked by education, high school is usually the place where teenagers embark on a journey of growth. Because we live in a fallen world, Rock Solid isn't a perfect school. We are students, teachers and staff who live in a broken world. Us students still face the temptations of the world: relationships, social media, vulgarity, defiance and even drugs. In light of this however, the community at Rock Solid actively works to mentor students through Jesus, giving them the tools and knowledge they need to conquer such things with him. This school, RSCA, isn't just a place dedicated to learning and discipline. It’s a place where members are adopted into a family, and are supported on their own journeys. Coming into the school, I was shocked to experience the unconditional love the teachers have for the students. Honestly, I’ve always been somewhat afraid of teachers; an irrational fear that if I made them mad they would fail me in their class! Due to this I never really connected with any teachers. However; despite the fact that I haven't been attending Rock Solid for a long time, I already have a special relationship with each teacher.
Rock Solid works to make school feel safe. RSCA encourages students to be whoever they want to be in Christ, to ask questions, to fall and learn. At RSCA I feel safe to say that God and I aren't on great terms at the moment, or that I have no idea how to solve a certain problem. I am grateful for my hours at this school. At RSCA I actually feel like I will get through these crazy teenage years.
Welcome to Rock Solid, a family. Come join us!
Rock Solid is excited to announce we have a new home! We’re moving to Citypoint Church at 200 S. University Boulevard in Denver. We’ll have plenty of room for grades 6-12 and our new K-5 program! The big move will be taking place over the next few weeks.
The rest of the story…
Several months ago we surveyed RSCA students asking them to compile a list of things they would love to see in a “school of their dreams.” Students listed several items including a gym, lockers, large classrooms, windows, and a field with space to run. While these dreams seemed an impossibility to some, God was already moving us toward making them a reality.
Back in March we found out it would be necessary to find a new home for our school. This quickly proved to be a difficult task. Our Board members contacted over 75 churches in the Denver Metro area as we searched for a new location. The search was discouraging at times, but we continued to pray, believing God would eventually answer our prayers and supply us with more than we could imagine.
Then we heard about a certain church in Denver. This church had housed various public and charter schools over the past few years. But now they were searching for a like-minded Christian school to lease their space. They wanted to find a school interested in urban ministry and community outreach, with a desire to partner in furthering God’s Kingdom. It soon became clear that this location would be the home Christ had chosen for us: Citypoint Church.
While the move involves a big change for our staff and students, we see this as a tremendous opportunity for RSCA’s future growth and plans for ministry. Changes, even good ones, can be difficult. We understand some of our families will be driving a bit farther than usual. It will take some time to adjust to the new location, and the physical move will definitely involve a lot of work for all. (We’ve been at our present location for over 21 years!).
We are excited and hopeful about Citypoint Church. We are grateful for God’s generosity and faithfulness. As we move forward, we ask you to pray for a smooth transition, increased enrollment, and God’s grace as we continue on the journey He has planned for Rock Solid Christian Academy.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Ephesians 3:20-21
This month we are featuring 11th grade student, Jon Christiansen. Jon has been involved in robotics and started competing in 2012 on a First Lego League (FLL) team. They used Lego Mindstorm to program a vehicle to navigate through obstacles on a board course. His team, the “Elderly Engineers,” won second place for their speed times in the regional competition held at the Air Force Academy.
In 2014 Jon joined the First League Team Komodo 4293. His team competes in a regional tournament the last weekend in March at Denver University with over 50 other teams from across the nation. For six weeks in January and February his student-led team builds a robot to perform specific tasks on a large field course. At the scrimmages and tournaments the teams work collaboratively with other teams to improve their robot’s design and performance, as well as compete for awards. Team Komodo 4293 is a year round team supported by mentors and a local machine shop. They are involved in outreach to the community, fundraising, teaching CAD and mechanical skills, social events, and promoting robotics at FFL events. Jon has been a spokesperson for his team for the last two years and enjoys demonstrating and talking about past-built robots to young spectators.
In the past Jon has been the Pit Boss for his team during tournaments, maintaining and organizing the pit area for the robot’s repairs. This year he is Assembly Lead, overseeing the assembly of the robot. He enjoys both designing robot parts through CAD, machining the parts, and assembling the robots. The skills and experiences Jon has had from First League Robotics have encouraged him to start his own business helping neighbors with odd jobs and building his own computers. Because of these experiences Jon has discovered he would like to pursue a career in engineering graphics technology and/or computer support technology.
We are so proud of Jon’s accomplishments and wish him the best in all future robotic competitions!
You can learn more about Jon’s Team Komodo 4293 at: