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Lady Rams Softball Standout Hailey Brooks Sets New Standards 

Grace Christian Academy has had a long line of standout players on the softball team, but a junior on this year's squad has set a new standard for the Lady Rams.

With the postseason just under wraps, Hailey Brooks has closed out her high school career on a high note.

“I’ve always loved softball. I started playing when I was 6,” she said. “It’s always just been my thing, you know, and my parents have given me every opportunity I could have, and I am so grateful for that.”

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Dominic James and Angela Phillips united as co-head basketball coaches

Grace Christian Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of Dominic James Wright and Angela Phillips Wright as their next high school girls' co-head basketball coaches. 

Dominic James was a star point guard at Marquette, an All-American, and a former Big East Rookie of the Year. Angela, originally from Oak Ridge, TN, played high school basketball under legendary coach Jill Prudden, leading her team to two state championship appearances. She began her college career as a 4-year D1 starting point guard for the University of Kentucky and Indiana State University.

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Brianna Baker takes 3-Peat State Title

The state track and field championships for Division II Class A wrapped up this past week in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Over the course of the past week, hundreds of track and field athletes from across the state descended upon Middle Tennessee State University with the hopes of walking away with the title of state champion.

Repeating championships in any sport, team or individual, is difficult, both mentally and physically. Embracing the challenge is half the battle, and that half is one that Grace Christian Academy senior Brianna Baker clearly has a leg up on.

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Senior Spotlight - A Pleasant Presence

The thread that has woven through Ria Eda’s life, who is a part of the Grace Christian Academy class of 2023, is the unwavering presence of God’s sovereignty in her story.

Eda’s parents moved to the United States before she was born from Japan, a country where Christianity isn’t as prominent.

“My parents were not believers before they moved to Tennessee.  As adults, they came to know the Lord, and I often think about what my life may look like if we all still lived in Japan,” Eda said.

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On May 11th, Grace Christian Academy was the recipient of a $1,000 TVA STEM classroom grant, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (BVI, a TVA retiree organization), and Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB). The competitive STEM classroom grant program received 336 grant applications from across TVA’s seven state service territory. Only 233 applications were selected for funding. The TVA STEM grant program funds STEM learning projects that involve K-12 students engaging in the Engineering Design Process and using 21st Century skills to solve real-world problems. This program continues to grow and benefit more schools and students across the Valley region. Grace Christian Academy is thrilled to be a grant recipient of a growing program that endeavors to further STEM education. A full list of the grant recipients can be found at 2022-2023 Grant Recipients – tvastem. ( ). We would like to extend a special thank you to Ms. Missy Harold and Dr. Peni Hurt for exposing us to this opportunity and for enduring the process of writing the grant proposals on behalf of the school. 

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Grace Christian Academy Appoints High School State Championship Coach to Boys’ Head Coaching Position

Grace Christian Academy is excited to announce the appointment of GCA Athletic Director Marcus Dilligard as the next upper school head boys' basketball coach.

Coach Dilligard brings a wealth of basketball experience from his playing career as a four-year starting forward at Furman University, to professional basketball in Uruguay, to coaching high school basketball in North Caroline, and most recently coaching NAIA Division I basketball at the University of the Cumberlands.

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Congrats GCA Spelling Bee Participants

Grace Christian Academy was pleased to host this year’s ASCI District Spelling Bee held on January 13, 2023. After grade-level bees during the morning, the top four students from each grade competed in the spell-off. GCA's 6th grader, Jayson Brock, brought home 5th place in the overall competition. 

Over 30 of the top spellers at GCA in grades 1-8 competed during the morning to reach the final competition, which began at 1:00 p.m.  Faculty members served as arbitrator, round keeper, recording judge, spell master, and head judge to conduct this great event in keeping with ACSI standards.  

Congratulations to our grade-level winners: Elliott McCann, Luke Smithey, Jacob Morrell, Gideon Walsh, Troy Thornton, Jayson Brock, Piper Young, Leah Rowe, Daniel Starkweather, Trinity Yanchyk, Addie Anders, and Caroline Lay! Way to represent GCA with excellence in this year's competition.

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Your Impact Through One Grace

Congratulations Ramily! You helped us raise $198,891 in just 25 days for GCA, the most in school history! THANK YOU to everyone who donated to support student impact through the arts, academics, and divisional needs. So far this year because of your support we have purchased a new shade for the playground, new headsets for our Theatre department to ensure better sound quality, and have plans to purchase needed equipment for our K-8 STEM lab and an Outdoor Classroom.  Be on the lookout for more impact throughout the year.

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Lauryn Baker, GCA Senior, Graduates from Student Leadership University

Lauryn Baker, GCA Senior, graduated from the National Student Leadership University this summer after taking her third and final course in London, Oxford, and Normandy.

In 2018 Lauryn began the Student Leadership University program, which provides young believers the opportunity to develop their leadership through events, speakers, career opportunities, and teaching.

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Grace Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Grace Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.