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Junior Mitchell Davis Wins Explorers Club Grant

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One of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.

LCS Junior Mitchell Davis has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Explorers Club Youth Activity Grant in New York to map the Sajama Lines in Bolivia.Explorers Club grants are highly competitive and only a small percentage of proposals are funded.  Mitchell will plan and execute the expedition in coming months.

What are the Sajama Lines?

“In a remote part of the Oruro department, in the shadow of Bolivia’s highest peak, lies what may be the world’s largest work of art.”

The little known Sajama Lines are a network of thousands of near perfectly straight lines carved into the Earth as early as 3000 years ago by the indigenous population. The lines cover an area of 22,525 square kilometers, fifteen times larger than the Nazca Lines, and total an astonishing 16,000 kilometers in length.

The web of lines are thought to have been used as footpaths in pilgrimages and between the shrines, burial towers and villages constructed at their intersections. The motivation for their construction is not understood, however.

Likewise, it is unclear how the lines were created with such precision in the varied, uneven terrain. Each line is etched into the ground by removing the top soil and surface rock, exposing the lighter rock underneath. The individual lines measure 1-3 meters wide, and are up to 20 kilometers long.

The lines are located near the Nevado Sajama volcano, Bolivia’s highest point, and are best appreciated from the air or a high vantage point.”

Mitchell Davis