Thursday, March 31, 2011

Photos from Spring Finer Things

Ribbon & Strings Display Art

The South Georgia Ballet hosted their Spring performance of "Ribbon & Strings - An Evening of Music, Dance, and Art" on Friday, March 24th at the Kirbo Center.

A number of GCA students had the opportunity to display their art at the event. Congratulations!!

Not pictured - Taylor McDonald & Sara Hodges

Lady Cougar Softball off to a Good Start

The Grace Lady Cougar softball team has had an impressive start to the 2011 season. After losing their first game to conference rival Emmanuel Lady Warriors in Dothan 16-17, the Lady Cougars have won 4 games in impressive fashion.

The Lady Cougars opened at home with a win against the Tallavana Lady Lions, 24-2. They followed up with another home victory against the Life Christian Lady Warriors of Albany, 21-11.

The Lady Cougars then traveled to Albany to take on the Byne Lady Saints. They defeated the Lady Saints 26-9. The Lady Cougars returned home to take on the Lady Eagles of Highland Christian Academy of Valdosta. They won by a score of 18-5.

Way to Go Lady Cougars!!!!

GCA Cougar Baseball

The Grace Baseball team is off to a great start. Their record is 5-2 after the first seven games, and they have shown signs of becoming a very good baseball team. The lineup has put a lot of runs across the plate led by seniors TJ Carlisle and Taylor McDonald, freshman Grant McDonald and 8th grader Bo Bailey. Catcher Bo Bailey leads the team in home runs while the McDonald brothers and TJ Carlisle are leading the team in batting average.

The Cougars pitching staff has performed very well led by senior Taylor McDonald, followed by freshman Jordan Davis and Grant McDonald, and 8th grader lefthander Anderson Bailey. This group of pitchers has found the secret to their success in throwing strikes and letting the defense do its' job. The Cougar team is quite young, and they have seen major contributions from underclassmen as well as the juniors and seniors on the roster. Kyle Harris and Brent Warr have done a stellar job in playing left and right field, while TJ Carlisle and Anderson Bailey alternate between centerfield and first base. Jim Whitehead has played a very steady second base, to help anchor an infield with Grant and Taylor McDonald at third base and shortstop. Article written by Ken Bailey.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Basketball/Booster Meeting - Thurs. March 31st

Basketball Meeting:

Thursday, March 31st @ 6:45 p.m. in the Gym

Coach Murr would like to have a parent meeting with the 7th-11th grade boys

wanting to play basketball next year. If you are able to attend the parent

meeting please consider staying over for our GCA Booster Club meeting

and learn about all our athletic programs.

GCA Booster Club Meeting:

Thursday, March 31st @ 7:00 p.m. in the Library

There will be a GCA Booster Meeting in the Library this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Big News From Coach Murr -
On Wednesday, March 23rd, GCA was accepted as the newest member of the Georgia Independent School Association.
This change will allow GCA to compete with more established schools. Starting 2011-2012, GCA will be able to offer Jr. Pro teams for 4th - 6th graders in boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball, soccer, and cheerleading based on the interest from parents of these students.
GCA will continue to offer all of the high school sports that we have this year with the opportunity to move cross-country and some track and field events into conference competition. Because of the way the seasons run we will compete in the GISA for volleyball in the fall and continue to compete in the PCC for softball in the spring while maintaining our mostly non-conference schedule. Please visit the GISA website to review their organization and structure.

Homecoming & Winter Formal Pictures

If you were interested in photos from Homecoming and Winter Formal and have not ordered any its not too late... just go to Jessica's website @ and put in these passwords to reveiw photos and order.
Homecoming password - homecoming
Winter Formal - cougars

Thursday, March 24, 2011

MS Host Literature Latte

The first Literature Latte was held at GCA on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Over 40 students from the seventh and eighth grade Literature classes presented their works: including shadow boxes, illustrations, original poems, essays and original haiku's. Mrs. Kathy Bennett and Mrs. Delrose Betts collaborated on this impressive event. Parents, grandparents and friends were treated to a "coffeehouse" atmosphere complete with coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate and loads of goodies. The students took the stage one at a time to make their presentations.

Mrs. Kathy Bennett's eighth graders just finished studying "Where the Red Fern Grows," and students had the option to create a shadow box or illustration of a scene or to write an essay, a series of haiku's, or a poem. Mrs. Bett's seventh grade class has just completed a unit on poetry. Each of her students created an original poem which they then presented to the group.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cheerleader Meeting & Tryouts

Cheerleader Meeting
for Parents & Students
Wednesday, March 30th
3:30 p.m.
(4th - 11th Grades)
Tuesday, April 12th @ 5:30
Wednesday, April 13th @ 3:15
Friday, April 15th

NJHS Induction March 29th

GCA's National Junior's Honor Society (NJHS) will hold their Spring Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 8:15 a.m. in the Old Sanctuary. A reception will follow in the I-Aud.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Yearbook - FINAL SALE

The yearbook staff is in their final sales drive for the 2010-11 GCA Yearbook. If you did not order one in the fall then this is your final chance to order. The cost is only $40 and all orders need to be in by Friday, March 25th.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011-12 Registration Taking Place NOW!

Registration for the 2011-12 school year is in process now! If for some reason you have not turned in your registration information please take a moment and do so a.s.a.p. For your convenience, the deadline date has been extended and you now have until March 31st to pay your fees without penalty!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Boosterthon Fun Run Arrives in April

Boosterthon Fun Run
Will Return
April 12th -21st

8th Grade Explore Chemistry

The 8th grade students enjoyed the chemical reactions demonstrated by Mr. Van Trump, Mr. Faircloth, and Mr. Lonsdale from Danimer Scientific and Meridian. Students were able to see the chemical properties of elements as they reacted with other substances. The Law of Conservation of Mass was also discussed as reactions were done. Furthermore, the importance of catalysts and inhibitors in a chemical reaction were shown as well. The experiments followed a study on the periodic table and chemical reactions. Some experiments included making Hydrogen balloons and lighting them and dropping chunks of sodium in water. It made for quite an explosive morning!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Join Us For Our First
Literature Latte'

Grace Christian Academy

Tuesday, March 22nd
8:15 a.m.

Our 7th & 8th Grade Authors will
be sharing their writings!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

National Championship Schedule for Lady Cougars

Congratulations to our Lady Cougars....National Championship Bound!
They will compete in the 2011 NACA Division III Girls National Championship in Tennessee this week - March 7th - 11th.

Good Luck Girls!!

Click on schedule to make larger.........

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Baseball Opens with 13-1 Win

The Cougars opened their Baseball Season with a 13-1 win against
Life Christian Academy from Albany, GA
Way to Go Cougars!

Parent Volunteer Hours & Form

Just a reminder....according to the GCA Family Contract, each family is asked to donate 7 hours of volunteer service back to the school sometime during our 10 month school year (Aug. 2010 - May 2011).
Attached is a copy of the volunteer time sheet for this year and if you have not already filled out your time sheet and turned into Mrs. Carol, we really need you to do so a.s.a.p. If you have not given your 7 hours yet, you still have plenty of time and opportunities available.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: Classroom help/support for teacher computer training; test proctors for April testing; Boosterthon Super Fans; Teacher Appreciation week, classroom parties, field trips, office help, etc.

Spring Pictures - March 15th & 16th

GCA Spring Pictures
March 15th
Middle School & High School
March 16th
PreK & Elementary

Power Team Visits GCA

Jamie Morrison with The Power Team entertained our students on March 3rd with his amazing strength and wonderful Christian message. "With God all things are possible" is the message the team conveys...literally and physically. THE POWER TEAM is a group of world class athletes who have performed in the world's greatest exhibitions of power, strength, speed, inspiration, and motivation in every state and in over 40 countries for over 30 years. Jamie is the
Vice President of the company and he has been with the team for 13 years.
Many thanks to the Ministerial Association and a number of local businesses for making this event possible for our community!

Literacy Week At GCA

In celebration of Literacy Week and Dr. Suess' Birthday, GCA elementary students enjoyed a special reading of Green Eggs and Ham from District Attorney, Joe Mulholland followed by a wonderful Green Eggs and Ham breakfast provided by their parents.
Our Pre-K students enjoyed story time with two wonderful Bainbridge Rotary Club volunteers (Thea Burke and Donna Hall). Many, many thanks to the Bainbridge Rotary Club for their donation of 15 books to our Pre-K Library.

GCA Cheerleaders Named All Conference

Congratulations to Merrianna Parker, Sloane Wiggins, and Sydney Harrell for being named All-Conference at the All-Star Cheerleading Competition at Emmanuel Christian on February 26th! Way to Go Girls!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Elementary Cheerleaders Shine At Competition

GCA Elementary Cheerleaders, coached by Mrs. Amanda Henderson participated in the PCC All-Star Cheerleading Competition
on Saturday, February 26th.

Our precious junior cheerleaders are:
Front (L-R) Mary Glenn Warr, Lainey McRae, Halle Cannon, Mikey Harrell, Maci Johnson, Gracie Williams, Cassidy Nix, Christie Whitaker, Brycelyn Law, and Laci Johnson. Back Row (L-R) Gabby Hardee, Madison Logue, Morgan Cannon, Emma Benedict, and Abigail Mills.

Lady Cougars shine at All-Star Game

Grace's Rachel Harrell was the most valuable player of the Panhandle Christian Conference girls' All-Star game, held Feb. 26th at Emmanuel Christian School in Dothan, AL. The Eastern Panhandle All-Star Team defeated the Western Panhandle team 56-31. Harrell had 20 points, leading all scorers. Bailey won the All-Star three-point competition, followed by Grace's Jacelyn Jacobs in second place.

Bailey Scores 1500th Point in Final 4

Coach Mike Harrell's Lady Cougars basketball team dropped a 60-56 decision to the Central Christian School Saints of Robertsdale, AL in the championship game of the Panhandle Christian Conference Final 4 Tournament. The game, played Saturday, February 19th at Alethieia Christian School in Pensacola, FL featured Brock Bailey scoring her 1500th career point in the first quarter. Baiely, a senior; has 1517 career points, the second highest in school history. She can still add to that total.
Grace Christian's girls, who are now 20-8 on the season, will compete in the National Association of Christian Athletes' Division III girls basketball tournament, to be held March 8-12 in Dayton, TN.
To get to the championship game, Grace's girls defeated S.L. Jones Christian Academy of Pensacola, FL. In the semifinal game, Brock had 19 points, Rachel Harrell had 19 points and Emma Heard had 10. In the championship game, the Lady Cougars took the lead early, jumping out front 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. Each team scored 17 second quarter points and the half ended with the Lady Cougars out front 30-26. The Saints outscored the Lady Cougars 11-9 in the third quarter and went to the fourth quarter behind 39-37. The Saints outscored the Lady Cougars 23-17 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.
Leading scorers for the Lady Cougars were Brock with 20 points, including four three-pointers, Heard with 11, Harrell with eight and Christy Colvin with seven.
*This article was written by Joe Crine and ran in the Post Searchlight on Saturday, March 5th.

2011 Tennis Schedule