Congratulations to the GCA Varsity Softball team on bringing home the VISAA Division II State Championship title for the ninth year in a row! The team defeated St. Margaret's 7-1 to secure the win.
The Gators scored on a double by Karly Packert in the first inning and a walk in the second, followed by three runs in the sixth inning thanks to a single by Lynelle Berube, a single by Jaycee Ruberti, and a single by Packert.
Lexi Ackerman, Packert, Ruberti, and Berube each collected multiple hits, while Tyra Workman commanded the mound with 9 strikeouts and allowing only 4 hits.
The Gators are coached by Dan Moore, with Assistant Coaches Kelly Gregory, Sommer DiFulgo, and Liz Nichols.
This win marks the ninth straight Softball State Championship and twelfth in school history. Way to go, girls!!!
Rachel Olson has been named a recipient of a Lincoln-Lane Foundation Scholarship!
The Lincoln-Lane Foundation was established in 1928 by Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Rodgers to enable deserving young men and women in our community the financial ability to obtain a quality education. Scholarships are awarded based, in part, on scholastic achievements and potential for success in community service.
Rachel will begin attending the University of Virginia this Fall. Congratulations, Rachel!
Photo Credit Hobbs Studio
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!