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.
This week in GCA’s chapel service, Chaplain Shipp summed up the events that took place in the past semester. From Spiritual Emphasis week, to senior-led chapel, to Fall Festival testimonies, he brought back to the attention of the student body all that God has done in their school. He reminded them of the spiritual awakening that had taken place and motivated them to continue growing in their walk with the Lord. After examining the results of a chapel survey sent out to students before the Christmas break, the chapel team learned the desires of the student body pertaining to their spiritual growth. Using this feedback, Chaplain Shipp presented a message on how to move forward in one’s walk with the Lord. Moving into the message, he presented the idea that moving forward in one’s walk with Christ involves setting one’s thoughts on things above. Setting one’s mind on things of the world results in “death”, spiritually and physically. However, when one sets their mind on the Spirit, they will receive “life and peace.” Moving forward in the message, he stated that humans, on their own, have no ability to overcome their broken, sinful state of being. However, in walking in the Spirit they are freed from the burdens of the world through the deliverance that the Lord Jesus Christ offers. One must “keep in step with the Spirit” by submitting themselves every day to the will of God through the discipline of "unceasing prayer." One is only able to win the battle of their faith through acknowledging their Savior as Lord of their life and then walking in line with the Holy Spirit, which gives them the ability to submit to His desires, recognizing that He is good.
Key Passages: Romans 7:15-20; 8:5-6; Galatians 5:16-18, 25; 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Our Gators have been showing their school spirit as we look toward our Homecoming weekend with a week’s worth of fun themed days! Our Homecoming week theme this year took on a Disney flair, with days matching up to favorite Disney movies.
The week kicked off with “Monster’s University” Monday, with our GCA Gators wearing their favorite college gear. We saw friends, teachers, and even whole classes twinning it on Twin Tuesday (inspired by The Parent Trap) and Wednesday may have gone down as the most comfortable day at school ever as students finally got a pajama themed “Sleeping Beauty” day! The halls filled with Hawaiian shirts and flower leis for “Lilo and Stich” Hawaiian day and the week wrapped up with “Tick Tock Croc” Friday as we represent our Gator pride in Orange and Blue Gator wear!
After an exciting week, we hope to see you at our annual Homecoming Game Saturday, February 4th. Below is the schedule for the night’s activities. Go Gators!
Homecoming Schedule: Saturday, February 4, 2017
2:00pm - 1st Annual Alumni Coed Volleyball Game
3:30pm - Annual Alumni Coed Basketball Game
5:30pm - Alumni Room Opens (GCA Cafeteria)
6:45pm - 2017 Homecoming Court Announced
7:30pm - GCA v. Unite Sports Academy Tip Off
Half Time - Presentation of Homecoming Court and Announcement of 2017 Homecoming Queen
Congratulations to class of 2016 graduate Jonée Lillard on achieving a perfect score on the National ACS Exam. Jonée is the first student to earn a perfect score in the past two years, with the second highest score being a 53 out of 70.
The national chemistry exam, produced by the American Chemical Society, is given to first year college students enrolled in general chemistry. The results are a tool for professors to measure their students' knowledge against other students throughout the country. Over the past two years, the exam has been given to approximately 3,800 students from 34 colleges.
Way to go, Jonée! We are so proud of you and excited to see where God leads you.
Eighth grader Faith Spangler has been crowned Spelling Bee Champ in GCA's annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. After over ten rounds, the field narrowed to the final three, with Hannah Wilson and Silas Fox finishing in second and third place, respectively. Hannah and Faith went on to compete for several rounds as the final two spellers, correctly spelling words such as gesticulation, interminableness, prestidigitation, and moiety. Faith finished on top when she correctly spelled Lilliput.
Faith will represent GCA at The Virginian-Pilot Spelling Bee on February 18th in Norfolk. The champion will move on to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
Congratulations and good luck, Faith!