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 showed their school spirit as we led up to 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 represented our Gator pride in Orange and Blue Gator wear!
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!
GCA has been awarded a National Beta School of Distinction title in recognition of our Beta Club membership and the academic performance and overall character development of our student members. The National Beta Club is one of the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organizations in America and exists to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership.
Our Beta Club student membership has doubled under the leadership of our Faculty Chair, Miss Nona Kelly, and its student members are often seen serving above and beyond expectations in our school and throughout the community. Congratulations to our Beta Club student members and faculty chair, Miss Kelly!
GCA science students welcomed Dr. Thomas Altman, nationally awarded innovator in STEM and Physics, as a guest lecturer. Dr. Altman spent time with our Collegiate Academy’s Earth Science, Astronomy, and Physics classes, sharing his innovative techniques and exciting demonstrations. Students were treated to several hands-on lessons, including a demonstration of the Photoelectric Effect, for which Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize.
Dr. Altman is the inventor of a technique used around the world for making holograms and is the creator of a laser optics kit used by thousands of students. He has won awards at the local, state, and national level for his innovative teaching techniques and his instructional videos have been viewed by over two million viewers on YouTube.