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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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GCA Hosts STEM Camp

In June, 73 students, from 16 schools, in grades K-6, participated in STEM camp.  This weeklong summer adventure provides opportunities for fun, open-ended, hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering and more. 

“I am eager for the fall as GCA will invest in more STEM education resources.  We are adding a new K-8 STEM teacher and lab for students and look forward to seeing how God uses this role to expand our students thinking and problem solving abilities.” Amy Henderson K-8 principal said.


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Brent Walsh Named US Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletics Director

Grace Christian Academy is pleased to announce the 2007 and 2008 South Carolina High School Coach of the Year, Brent Walsh, as the Upper School Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics.  Coach Walsh, with almost 20 years in coaching, has extensive college experience at College of Charleston and UNC Asheville.

Help us welcome Coach Walsh, his wife Jenny, and their three children, Gideon (10), Eden (7), Simeon (4).  

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Bri Baker and Ali Morris nominated for Knox News Athlete of the Year!

Congratulations to our own Bri Baker, rising Senior, and Ali Morris, recent 2022 graduate and Western Carolina volleyball commit. Both were nominated for Knox News Athlete of the Year! They recently attended the Knox News Sports Awards at the Tennessee Theatre.

Marcus Dilligard New Director of Athletics

GCA announces Marcus Gilligard as Director of Athletics. Marcus served as Director of Athletics for Victory Christian Center School in Charlotte, NC, and has 14 years of coaching, administrative, and teaching experience in Christian education. He holds state and national championship athletic titles and has worked with many student-athletes transitioning to college athletics in a variety of sports. Most recently while he obtained his master's of coaching, Marcus served as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for University of the Cumberlands, with the team earning their 9thconsecutive national tournament appearance.

Help us welcome Marcus, his wife Kristin, and two boys Aziah and Jeremyah.

2022 GCA Grad Noah Bruin Receives Scholarship

Congratulations to Noah Bruin, 2022 GCA graduate, for receiving a Rotary Club of Knoxville Scholarship.  Noah was one of three students to be awarded a $20,000 scholarship. He is pictured with Rotary Club Scholarship Chair, Jennifer Sepaniak.  Noah plans to attend UT Knoxville in the fall and major in Kinesiology and minor in Communications. 


New GCA Head of School Shares First Day Message

The Grace Christian Academy family is excited to welcome Matt Mercer as the new Head of School! Mr. Mercer officially began his work as Head of School on June 1, 2022, and shared some important communication about his priorities and upcoming initiatives.

Enjoy hearing from our new leader in the most recent post on the GCA Blog!

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GCA Rising Senior, Bri Baker, Wins State Title

Congratulations to rising senior, Bri Baker, on her state championship win for the second year in the row in the 300M hurdles. Bri also set a new personal record in that event going from a 45.53 to a 44.75 while meeting one of her personal goals. Additionally, Bri placed sixth at the state meet in her new event, discus.

What an amazing finish to an outstanding season. We're so proud of you, Bri! 

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