Congratulations to the Greenbrier Christian Academy class of 2016! GCA’s 33rd graduation commencement ceremony was held Saturday, June 4, as fifty-one graduates received their diplomas. Dr. White welcomed family and friends before praising God for allowing GCA thirty-three years of partnering with parents to provide a biblically based education and preparing students to live a life of purpose according to God’s will for them. Class Valedictorian, Rebekah “Bex” Velloney, and Salutatorian, Jonée Lillard, addressed their fellow graduates with two exceptional speeches and several awards were given to members of this outstanding class, including three special presentations:
Garrett Jones was acknowledged for his appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Garrett's appointment carries full tuition, room, board, and stipend as an active duty midshipman for all four years of college. Upon graduation, Garrett will be commissioned as a Navy ensign or Marine Corp second lieutenant and will continue to serve as an officer for a minimum of five years after completion of his studies.
Andrew Douglas, who has attended GCA since Kindergarten, was awarded a $180,000 scholarship from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, as well as a $8,500 Emerging Leader scholarship from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
Tyler Puckett, who has also attended GCA since Kindergarten, was presented with a $20,000 scholarship from H&R Block in recognition of his top twenty finish in the nationwide H&R Block finance challenge.
Congratulations to the class of 2016! We are so proud of you!
For the second year in a row, Mrs. Weissinger's personal finance students participated in the Budget Challenge sponsored by H&R Block. During the ten week simulation, students managed a real-world budget online, competing against approximately 900 other classes nationwide to determine who displayed the most savvy finance skills. Two of Mrs. Weissinger's classes finished within the top twenty, with her 7th bell class finishing within the top ten! GCA was awarded a $2,500 grant as acknowledgement of the top ten class finish, which was the only grant awarded in the state of Virginia!
Additionally, recent Class of 2016 graduate Tyler Puckett, who has attended GCA since Kindergarten, finished #19 out of over 18,000 students in the competition. Tyler earned a $20,000 scholarship for his top placement and was one of only two students in Virginia to receive this award!
Congratulations to Mrs. Weissinger, Tyler Puckett, and our Collegiate Academy Economics and Personal Finance students!
Congratulations to Coach Dan Moore, Assistant Coaches Kelly Gregory and Sommer DiFulgo, and our amazing Softball team on their 8th consecutive state championship! Our Gators defeated St. Margaret's School of Tappahannock in the VISAA Division II state title game, wrapping up their 26-2 overall season record with a 7-3 victory. This is the 11th overall state championship title for our softball team.
Congratulations also to Coach Gary Lavelle, Assistant Coaches Andrew Riddick and Patrick Nichols, and our Gator Baseball team on bringing home their state title this weekend! This marks our Varsity Baseball team's 23rd consecutive win and 13th state championship. Pressure was on as it was the final game under the head leadership of Coach Lavelle, who is retiring as head coach this year.
Congratulations to both teams! We are proud of you!
Greenbrier Christian Academy has been recognized for excellence and innovation by Virginia Living magazine! In a special State of Education supplement to Virginia Living’s October 2015 issue, GCA is recognized as one of the state’s Top High Schools and Colleges of 2015 in the category of Science, Math and Technology. Our Collegiate Academy received praise for our Anatomy & Physiology course work in partnership with EVMS.
Virginia Living boasts the highest quality, most widely-read lifestyle magazine in the state. We are proud of this recognition and grateful to EVMS for providing our students unique, hands-on learning opportunities. Go Gators!