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Announcement from ACA's Board of Trustees

With President Sewell’s decision to accelerate his retirement date to November 30, 2014, the Board has adjusted its short and long-term focus for the search of a new President. We also wanted to take this opportunity to update our stakeholders.
 
First, the Board has been diligently praying about and planning for how the school will be led during the remainder of this school year. We have developed and prioritized viable options and are actively pursuing them. Depending on the results of that work, we hope to announce a decision very soon. At this time, we do not expect to identify and hire a long-term President who is available to join the ACA family mid-year.
 
Second, as has been previously announced, the Board has formed a transition committee to lead the search for a new President. This committee is made up of Al Crosby, Mitch Henry, Tom McGilberry, Brian Mitchell and Bobby Rives. The committee hopes soon to share the Board’s vision for the leadership qualities ACA will seek in its new President, and then begin the application process.
 
This is an exciting time at ACA.  Achievement and progress are everywhere. In Fine Arts, this spring our band received straight superior ratings with distinction at the district MPA and our chorus received superior comments (the highest honors in our district) during their performances. Athletically, recent graduates have moved on to compete at the next level, two of which are at Division 1 schools. Academically, our students continue to shine. A 2014 ACA graduate recently received the honor of being named a National Merit Scholar, one of the most prestigious national academic recognitions possible. Actual enrollment numbers for 2014-2015 have exceeded projections. Financially, we have tightened our belts like most schools, families and businesses over the last few years, but have still satisfied all of our long-term debt. And we give all praise to God for those and the many other ways He has blessed ACA. 
 
Changes in leadership can understandably bring new challenges and a degree of anticipation. Even though President Sewell is retiring, we remain blessed with the strong leaders and devoted faculty who have previously surrounded him and worked tirelessly for ACA. But thankfully, our ultimate Leader is not changing and does not change. We are in a position to receive tremendous blessings as everyone joins together to contribute our best and we are excited about the future. We thank you for the countless prayers that have been offered up on this matter, and the Board asks that you all continue to join us in praying to God for wisdom, discernment and joy as we work through the next few months.

August 20, 2014

ACA Announces Retirement of President Sewell

Alabama Christian Academy has announced that after many years of faithful service, Ronnie Sewell will retire as the school’s President at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Sewell first joined Alabama Christian in 1981 as an English teacher and head basketball coach, but his role soon grew to include such responsibilities as Dean of Students and High School Principal before taking a leave to serve as the President of Jackson Christian School from 1990 to 1998 and the Superintendent of Central Arkansas Christian from 1998 to 2002. He returned to Alabama Christian to begin his tenure as its President in 2002. The Board has asked Mr. Sewell to work with ACA in leading certain fund raising efforts following his retirement as President.

Mr. Sewell says “It has truly been a blessing for me to have served Alabama Christian Academy for twenty-one years. This year is my twenty-second year. Even though the years came in two different “tours of duty,” in some ways it was as though I never left. God has granted me the opportunity to work in three different Christian schools over the past thirty-four years. While all are good schools, I can say without reservation, the time God granted me at ACA has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. There will always be a very special place in my heart for Alabama Christian Academy. My prayer is that God will continue to bless ACA for many years to come.”

Under Ronnie’s leadership, Alabama Christian has experienced numerous blessings. The Advanced Placement program was initiated and has continued to grow and flourish. ACA was one of the first schools in the state to adopt a one-to-one iPad initiative. Enrollment reached an all-time high making Alabama Christian one of the largest private schools in central Alabama. The school’s long term debt was retired. The face of campus improved with the construction of the school’s Fine Arts building, enhancements to the football stadium at Wade Black Norton field and Denise Ainsworth Field which hosts the 9-time state champion ACA Lady Eagles softball team.

The Board of Directors for Alabama Christian Academy expresses its heart-felt thanks and appreciation for Ronnie’s dedication to the entire ACA family. Bobby Rives, Chairman of the Board says “The Lord has blessed Alabama Christian through the committed service of Ronnie Sewell and many like him. His love for ACA is evident in all that he does. Ronnie has impacted the lives of thousands of children who have passed through the Alabama Christian hallways. We thank him for all he has done to lead ACA in preparing them not only to thrive in college, but also to thrive in life, and to love the Lord with all their hearts and their neighbors as themselves.”

The Board of Alabama Christian Academy has formed a succession committee and is prayerfully searching for the next President to build on the foundation laid by Ronnie and many before him.

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August 1, 2014

Student Named National Merit Winner

Mitch Moody, a 2014 graduate of Alabama Christian Academy (ACA), was named as a Winner in the 2014 National Merit® Scholarship competition.

Moody was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Spanish National Honor Society for 2012-2014, a member of Mu Alpha Theta and was the Vice President for the Student Government Association. He also received first-place awards in ACA’s AP European History, Honors English 10, AP American History, and Physics. Moody served as an officer of the 2013-14 Seven to Serve club, the Model United Nations(MUN) for the past 4 years, took part in the MUN leadership team in 2011-12, serving as the secretary general during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. In addition, he received first place for the Nation Building Committee at the Lamp Invitational Model United Nations Conference in 2012-2013. He was a member of SALT (Student Action Leadership Team).

In 2013, Moody was a senator at Alabama Boy's State and participated in the Dixie Electric Montgomery Youth Tour and Bridge Builders Alabama. He has been in the ACA Marching Band since 2010 and was the section leader for trombones and baritones this year. He is an active member of Thorington Road Baptist Church and has spent time volunteering at House Representative Martha Roby's Montgomery office and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

After being named one of 15,000 student Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition this past spring, Moody as a winner, was awarded one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million. He will be attending Auburn University this fall.

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July 12, 2014

ACA Announces Secondary Principal

Alabama Christian Academy is pleased to announce that Doug Prater has assumed the role of ACA Secondary Principal effective July 1, 2014.

Mr. Prater graduated from the University of Alabama, where he also played football under Coach “Bear” Bryant there. He began his career in education at then Alabama Christian College in the early 1980’s as a teacher and head football coach. He taught in public education for several years and returned to Alabama Christian Academy in the mid-1990’s to serve as the Assistant Principal. Mr. Prater also served as the principal at Brewton Middle School in Brewton, Alabama for 13 years before retiring from public education. Most recently, he was at Prattville Christian Academy where he taught Bible classes and coached football. Mr. Prater is a member of the Landmark church of Christ.

Alabama Christian Academy president, Ronnie Sewell, commented regarding Mr. Prater’s return to ACA: “Having known Mr. Prater for 30 years, I can say unequivocally that we are truly blessed to have a man of his character and experience to lead our middle and high school.”

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July 1, 2014

ACA Pitcher Signs with Auburn University

Garrett Deloney, a class of 2014 graduate of Alabama Christian Academy, signed a scholarship award from and formally committed to Auburn University Monday. As a pitcher for ACA, left-handed Deloney was a key component to a 27-8 Eagles team that went to the Class 4A State Playoffs and was a recipient of numerous honors this season including being named to the Class 4A AWSA All-State Team and the Montgomery All-Region squad. Deloney looks forward to continuing his baseball career at Auburn in the Fall of 2014 under Coach Sunny Golloway.

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June 23, 2014

Two ACA Seniors Receive Wade Black Norton Award

Two Alabama Christian Academy seniors, Lindsey Pouncey and Steven Evans have been named the 2014 Wade Black Norton award recipients. The annual award is given to a male and female ACA senior based on nominations by the ACA staff and voted on by the family of Wade Black Norton in his memory. The Norton family chooses the recipients based on the nominations according to these guidelines: personal integrity and Christian values, as well as athletic leadership and academic achievement. Both Lindsey and Steven are multi-sport athletes and leaders in their classes, churches and community.

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June 7, 2014

iPad Turn In Information

iPads will be turned-in during exam days. Please note that students will need to backup any information, as this summer we will be changing the way iPads are supervised, and ALL iPads will be wiped clean. The “Find My iPad” setting will need to be TURNED OFF. Students, please make sure to have this done BEFORE you come to turn-in your iPad. All damage will need to be paid, which costs $49 for the first two incidents of accidental damage, as long as the iPad is not beyond economic repair.

Students, who are NOT returning this fall, return the ORIGINAL charger and SyncCord. The fee for a lost charger is $20, and it is also $20 for the SyncCord. If charger and SyncCord are both missing, the amount owed is $40.

In addition, students should backup any pictures or files that they would like to keep. (Dropbox is recommended for this purpose, or some other cloud-based file storage). Please do not call over the summer to ask the office about iPad pick-up. The plan is to return iPads during the month of July. A SchoolCast will be sent and information will be posted to social media of times for when students may pick-up iPads.

Thank you for preparing for iPad turn-in. We hope that all of our ACA families have a safe and enjoyable summer!

May 21, 2014

ACA Sophomores Selected as HOBY Ambassadors

Alabama Christian Academy sophomores, Caroline Rives and Devin Gilliam, have been chosen as HOBY ambassadors based on their demonstration of leadership and service at ACA and within the community.
Both Caroline and Devin were chosen from nearly 100 ACA juniors to attend and participate in the three-day HOBY Leadership forum at Troy University this May. Each high school across the state of Alabama will send students to the conference develop continued leadership and service skills and to learn from other young leaders.

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May 21, 2014

ACA Names 2014 Mr. & Miss ACA

Alabama Christian Academy has named Steven Evans and Ivey Best as this year’s Mr. and Miss ACA. Mr. and Miss ACA awards are given to the two students who best represent Alabama Christian Academy. These individuals exemplify overall excellence in academics, leadership and spirituality. They possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage.

Mr. ACA 2014, Steven Evans, is a young man whose presence has been felt since his days in the elementary school. He leads by example, quietly demonstrating the love of Christ to everyone he meets. During his time at ACA, he has been a scholar and an athlete, earning membership in several groups, including National Honor Society, SALT, and Athletic Ambassadors. Steven has been a successful athlete, playing football and participating on the track team. He is also active in his church, serving on several mission trips. With heart for serving others and serving God, Steven is a fine example of ACA’s best.

This year’s Miss ACA, Ivey Best, is a young woman who has excelled in many areas during her time at ACA. She has been an active participant and leader in many school groups including SGA, MUN, SALT, Band and Seven to Serve. Over the course of her high school career, Ivey has also been an integral member of the National Honor Society, Colorguard and Yearbook staff. She was ACA’s representative for both the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference and Alabama Girls’ State. Ivey has spent her time at ACA pushing herself and her peers to be their very best in all aspects of their lives. It is evident that she loves her school, she loves her friends and she loves God.

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May 6, 2014

ACA Golfer Wins Greater Montgomery Open

Junior ACA golfer Hannah Sager is shown here with teammate Jodie Dawkins. Hannah won the Greater Montgomery Open with an overall score of 79. Teammate Jodie Dawkins made the All-Tournament Team.

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April 4, 2014

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