On Wednesday, March 15th, students in Collegiate Academy’s Honors Physics class shared their innovative weather balloon project with first, third, and sixth graders. Senior Rachel Olsen explained how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills allow students to do amazing things and encouraged our younger Gators to use STEM skills to explore the world around them!
Fellow Honors Physics students Sam Slagle, Andrew Bush, and Moses Waithaka each shared different aspects of the project team’s plan to launch the weather balloon into the stratosphere while our younger students looked on with excitement. Students heard about some of the technology behind the project and one lucky Gator got hands-on interaction with the drone that will be remotely piloted back to Earth by the project team.
The team plans to launch the weather balloon in early April, depending on weather conditions, from a site in Emporia, Virginia. The 1200 gram weather balloon will be inflated with helium and make its ascent while carrying a custom made drone which has been adorned with Gator artwork by GCA student Savannah Williams and outfitted with two data-collecting cameras. The weather balloon will collect data as it carries the drone approximately 100,000 feet before succumbing to pressure and falling back to Earth, at which point the team will begin remotely piloting the drone. Throughout the presentation, our Physics students took questions from their younger schoolmates, including one from a third grader who asked, “Won’t the balloon burn up in outer space?”
Students learned how the project team had to take into account many variables such as weight limitations, potential atmospheric conditions, sourcing of power, and budgetary constraints to make this launch possible. Younger students were very interested in how the drone will be piloted remotely during its descent back to Earth and our Honors Physics students patiently answered many questions, explaining how the project is expected to play out.
GCA’s unique model of having four Academies, serving students from Preschool through Twelfth grade, allows our younger students opportunities to be inspired by and mentored by their older schoolmates, while providing our older students opportunities to grow as future leaders.
Thank you to Mr. Smallman and the Honors Physics class for sharing this exciting project with the school!
The 2017 Dominican Republic missions team has returned safely after a week serving in the D.R. The team of 32, comprised of GCA students, teachers, and other chaperones, spent time supporting local long-term missionaries, serving at two local churches, ministering to children in nearby communities, teaching at The Palms Christian school, and visiting with relationships from past missions trips, sharing God's love throughout.
Thank you to the GCA community for the faithful support of our missions trip. The many gifts of financial support, items donated, prayer, and time were used to bless our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic and shine God's love on those less fortunate. Thank you and praise God for his faithfulness over the missions trip.
To see daily travel logs of our 2017 Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic, please view our Facebook page; or for the full DR 2017 photo album, click here.
Students from GCA’s Collegiate Academy attended Regent University’s Executive Leadership Series luncheon in February with featured speaker, Carly Fiorina. GCA students, along with over 600 other attendees, were challenged by Fiorina’s talk on “Lessons in Leadership” to see the possibilities all around us and have courage to change the status quo. Fiorina encouraged young people to get a job and work hard, viewing even the most basic position as a learning experience and stepping stone.
When Fiorina opened the floor to an audience Q and A session, Class of 2018 student Jessica Ferebee posed the first question, asking Fiorina how she handled moments in her career when she had self-doubt. Fiorina shared a piece of advice she once heard of not reading your own “bad press.” She went on to say a leader needs the ability to take risks and the courage to make mistakes; when those mistakes happen, learn from them and move on.
Thank you to Regent University for allowing us to be a part of this inspirational luncheon. Photo credit: A. Perry/Regent University.
Congratulations to the GCA Girls Basketball team on winning the TCIS Sportsmanship Award this season! "Our girls played with class and great effort all season. I am really proud of them," said Coach Austin of his team being honored with this award.
Congratulations also goes to Faith Spangler on being recognized as a First Team All Conference member. Great job!
GCA Collegiate students participated in the City of Chesapeake's annual Mayor's Youth Day. Caroline Buchholz served as the reporter, Conner Clark as the City Clerk, Catie Prevost represented a citizen participant, and Sam Slagle spoke at the mock City Council meeting.
Mayor's Youth Day gives students the opportunity to work with City leaders to see the many "behind the scenes" aspects of running a city and provides students with exposure to different career choices they may be interested in.
Our Gators are pictured here with Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff.
GCA's 2017 Homecoming activities kicked off with the first ever alumni volleyball game. The game was fun for players and spectators alike and set the tone for an exciting night of activities. Seventeen alumni from the Classes of 1990 through 2015 then dusted off their basketball shoes to play in the annual alumni basketball game. The game was a nail biter and went into overtime with a final score of 87-84.
Prior to the start of the boys Varsity Basketball game, the 2017 Homecoming court was announced. GCA Collegiate students had previously nominated representatives from each class to the court. Court members shared testimony and speeches during Collegiate Chapel, after which the student body voted for one of the young ladies to represent the Collegiate Academy as 2017 Homecoming Queen. At half-time, Dr. White announced the 2017 Homecoming Queen as Senior Catie Prevost and the 2017 Maid of Honor as Senior Bailey Riddick. The winner of Homecoming Spirit Week Battle of the Classes was also announced as the Senior Class.
The Varsity Boys Basketball team defeated United Sports Academy, 89-46, to a packed house full of GCA students, alumni, and community members.