Seniors Haley Englar and Conner Clark Win Beta Club Scholarships!
The Beta Club Scholarship is a nationally vetted scholarship open to any acting Beta member in their Senior year of High School. National Beta Club receives hundreds of applications and awards a select group of Beta members with scholarships. The candidates are evaluated based on a rigorous application process, numerous letters of recommendation, essays, grades, demonstration of character, and service events. Haley and Conner were both awarded scholarships toward the cost of their college education.
Miss Nona Kelly, Beta Club Sponsor, said of having two Beta members win scholarships, "It has been an honor and privilege to work with such wonderful young people. As the GCA Beta Club Faculty Sponsor, I have seen our students demonstrate generosity, mindfulness, and responsibility. Conner and Haley are no exception. They have both served above and beyond within and outside of Beta Club. I am very proud of these two Seniors and know success awaits them at their chosen colleges. Well done and well deserved, Conner and Haley!"
Senior Photo Credit Hobbs Studio
The Honorable Eileen A. Olds spoke with GCA Government students and shared some lessons she has learned during her time serving in the judiciary. Judge Olds opened the floor to questions as she encouraged students to be ever mindful of how their actions today can shape their future opportunities.
Seventh grade Civics classes had the honor of visiting Judge Olds in her courtroom to see first-hand our Judicial system at work. Students got to sit in during actual proceedings and saw attorneys, probation officers, and other civil servants in action. A trip to the courthouse holding cells capped off the visit and left everyone thankful for the comfort of their own homes!
Thank you to The Honorable Eileen A. Olds for allowing us to observe her courtroom and for inspiring us with her words of wisdom!
Senior Conner Clark is WVEC Channel 13's Athlete of the Week! Conner was featured recently during an on-air segment highlighting his achievements.
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Thank you to all of the students, families, and volunteers who showered our faculty and staff with love during Teacher Appreciation Week 2017!
On Monday, our teachers and staff arrived to find every classroom and office door decorated with encouraging messages and displays of creativity from their students and parents! Thank you to all of the room moms and helpers who made this wonderful surprise possible. The teachers were also treated to a warm breakfast from Huddle House to start the week off.
Teachers walked into a "Snack and Supply" room on Tuesday, overflowing with classroom supplies such as dry erase markers, sharpies, stickers, and post-its, as well as yummy snacks and treats to stay fueled! Teachers were invited to come in throughout the day and take whatever they wanted for their classrooms. There was so much to choose from, nobody left empty-handed!
Wednesday started off with a surprise "Appreciation Station." Teachers were given a golden ticket where they chose, in order of preference, up to 118 gifts! The gifts would be raffled off to the teachers on Friday as a final Thank You for all they do. For lunch, teachers were treated to boxed lunches from the Hilltop Chick-Fil-A, complete with thank you notes to bless and encourage them.
Thursday was a sweet day! GCA parents baked dozens upon dozens of cookies in all flavors, shapes, and sizes for a cookie and coffee bar! The mid-day pick-me-up was very special, as everything was hand-crafted by our amazing families to bless our GCA faculty and staff! …and as a special treat, Mrs. White made her famous and highly sought-after Coffee Punch!
Teacher Appreciation Week concluded on Friday with a fantastic grand finale which included a beautiful luncheon and the golden ticket raffle. Each of our faculty and staff members walked away with an item from the Appreciation Station and as an added bonus, there was so much extra food from the delicious luncheon, we were able to provide the Union Mission with food to feed the homeless that evening!
Thank you to the many parents and families who participated in blessing our faculty and staff! Through the giving of your time, resources, creativity, and prayers, the entire GCA team has been encouraged and blessed by the tremendous outpouring! Thank you!
...And a very special thank you to our own Mrs. Marne Buchanan, who organized the week’s events and worked tirelessly to make each day extraordinary for her GCA team-mates! Marne, you are amazing!
To see photos from each day, visit our Facebook page!
Varsity Football and Girls Basketball Coach Tommy Austin has been selected to participate in the 2017 Marine Corps Coaches Workshop. Given in conjunction with the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders program, the workshop is designed to provide coaches with tools to help develop a culture of leadership within their teams. Coach Austin will head to Quantico, Virginia to participate in the four day long workshop.
Here Coach Austin is pictured with the 2017 Girls Varsity Basketball team receiving the TCIS Sportsmanship Award.
Congratulations to Class of 2018’s Luke Bussel on being selected as a Semper Fidelis All-American!
Presented by the United States Marine Corps, the Semper Fidelis All-American Program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with the conviction and determination to succeed. Students are selected for the program based on moral character and academic performance in addition to athletic abilities. Most critically, nominees must demonstrate a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens.
Students selected as Semper Fidelis All-Americans receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend the Battles Won Academy where they will participate in an immersive Marine Corps experience, teambuilding outings, sporting events, and behind-the-scenes tours of our Nation’s Capital. The selected Semper Fidelis All-Americans will also have the opportunity to network with an elite circle of speakers from all walks of life and various industries who will share their inspiring stories of fighting and winning battles in their own lives. In recognition of the importance of building a support system to enable the success of the next generation, each All-American will be given the opportunity to invite a mentor to attend the event as well. Finally, becoming a Semper Fidelis-All American will make students eligible for select scholarship opportunities only available to program participants.