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ACA Names Mr & Miss ACA and Mr & Miss Citizenship

The two highest awards given to ACA seniors are Mr. & Miss ACA and Mr. & Miss Citizenship. The students recognized with these awards represent the best qualities of our students and our school. Two seniors, who exemplify a cooperative spirit, are school-minded and demonstrate an orientation of service toward others. These students do not necessarily have to excel academically or be strong leaders, but they do treat fellow students with respect and go out of the way to make a difference in the lives of those who need help or encouragement. These students have a passion to make ACA, and their surrounding community, better places.

This year’s Mr. Citizenship is very involved in the work of his church & he has also led in chapel here at school. He maintains a positive spirit toward others and is always ready to help and give of his talents. He is friendly & out-going, encouraging of others and sets a great example of the kind of citizen that ACA desires to foster in its students. His charm & warm smile got him selected by the yearbook staff to be a Montala escort earlier this year. This year’s recipient of the Mr. Citizenship award is Hunter Joiner.

The winner of this year’s Miss Citizenship is cooperative in spirit and in deed. She respects her fellow students and is willing to reach out to them in times of need. She demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership & spirituality. This student does not seek the limelight, but goes about quietly serving and being a wonderful role model for younger girls. She is both kind and considerate of others. Whether, in the classroom or on the basketball court, this young lady is motivated, determined and gives her all. This year’s recipient is Alyssa Harrell.

Mr. & Miss ACA are the two students who best represent our school. These individuals exemplify overall excellence in academics, leadership and spirituality. They possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage. This young man and woman have led their lives in such a manner that we are proud to have them represent Alabama Christian Academy in every capacity.

Mr. ACA for 2015 is a young man who is the epitome of excellence in academics, leadership & spirituality. He is respectful, polite and courteous. He is goal-driven and takes the initiative to find a solution to every problem or obstacle encountered. He is an individual of integrity whose positive attitude makes him a superb role model for younger students. As ACA’s band drum major over the past 2 years, he has gone above & beyond the call of duty as an inspirational leader. This year’s Mr. ACA is Trent Tanner.

Miss ACA for 2015 is a young woman who is always smiling. She is ready and willing to go the extra mile to help or encourage others. She is a marvelous example to her fellow students of citizenship, kindness and integrity. She displays her love for ACA through her athletic talent on the golf course as she maneuvers down the fairways and across the greens as well as in her everyday life as she walks the hallways of our school. This year’s Miss ACA is Hannah Sager.

May 20, 2015

ACA Announces New Head of School

Alabama Christian Academy (ACA), a SACS accredited K-12 Christian school, has named Dr. Misty Overman as its new Head of School. Dr. Overman, who had been Vice President of Learning Initiatives at Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, GA), will join the ACA family on June 1, 2015.

“Dr. Overman has an extraordinary background in education developed over more than 25 years working in a variety of academic, administrative, consulting and assessment positions” explains Bobby Rives, Chairman for the Alabama Christian Academy Board of Directors. “She brings a wealth of working knowledge of education’s best practices, learning initiatives and technology integration, but more importantly, she brings a vision and passion for glorifying God in everything done at ACA and developing tomorrow’s leaders to do the same. We are blessed and honored that she is joining the ACA family.”

Before joining ACA, Dr. Overman, taught high school mathematics, led 6-8 grades as Junior High principal, and oversaw teacher professional development K-12 at Greater Atlanta Christian School. In her senior leadership role at GACS as Vice President of Learning Initiatives, she worked on academic and facility strategic planning, advancement and fundraising, and learning initiatives such as K-12 Academic Support. Dr. Overman serves as the Accreditation Director of the National Christian School Association in full partnership with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS – AdvancEd). Her work in technology integration has also allowed her to present leadership and integration strategy sessions for Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, CA and other parts of the United States.

Rives continues “Our search process was very organic.  It was designed to listen and respond to the collective wisdom of the ACA family, including students, faculty, parents, alumni and other stakeholders numerous through surveys, town hall type meetings and narrow focus group discussions. The profile for ACA’s next Head of School grew out of the insight shared through those surveys and meetings, and this profile was used to identify and assess potential candidates from around the country. Dr. Overman was the clear choice and has all the qualities desired for our next Head of School, with her approachable disposition, ability to cast a vision, love for learning, expectation of excellence and faith-based approach to education and administration.

Dr. Overman has an Ed. D and M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia as well as a B.S. in Mathematics Education. She and her husband Jerry have three grown children.

March 20, 2015

Eleven ACA Students Participate in ALMUN

Eleven Alabama Christian Academy students recently participated in the Alabama Model United Nations Conference on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. As a part of the conference, students were in committees that debated and discussed current events and politics, as well as networked with other high school students from across the Southeast. Committees that students participated in included the Justice League Crisis, the Kennedy Crisis, Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, Special Political, and Disarmament and International Security. During these times of debate and discussion students tackled problems such as gender equality in education, establishing a nuclear free zone in the Middle East, Korean unification, events that Kennedy’s cabinet faced and Justice League problems. Of the eleven students that attended the conference, Robby Bruce, Keely Nguyen, Aly Nguyen, Autumn Anderson, and Kat Rogers all received Verbal Commendations for their work. Delegates David Swayne and Will Shoemaker each received the Best Delegate award in their committee rooms.
Alabama Christian Academy participates in the Model United Nations programs and various conferences across the Southeast annually to educate students about political processes and current events and to encourage students to be active participants in their communities.

March 6, 2015

ACA Raises Top Amounts for American Heart Association

Students at Alabama Christian Academy have worked tirelessly during the month of February to raise money for the American Heart Association and their efforts have proven successful with a total raised of $28,690. Mrs. Patti Turner, ACA’s elementary Physical Education teacher, spearheads this annual joint elementary and middle school effort to help the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart program and challenges students to help others through it. Mrs. Turner has been hosting this annual event for over 20 years at ACA and each year helps the students to have fun while educating them about the heart.
Students that participated in the event spent time jumping rope and listening to music. They also were able to throw or hit the Elementary Principal, Mr. Doug Black, with dart guns, water balloons and pies in conjunction with the theme this year - “ACA is on Target!” As a part of the overall total, the highest money raiser was fifth-grader, McLeod Missildine with $1045 raised and the second highest was second-grader Karson Oakley with $850 raised.
The American Heart Association notes that every $50 raised is a life saved and with nearly $29,000 from ACA, over 570 lives will be affected through this year’s efforts by ACA’s elementary and middle school. This annual event continues Alabama Christian Academy’s mission to not only educate students, but also to provide opportunities to serve and positively contribute to their communities.

February 28, 2015

ACA Offers Afterschool Enrichment Opportunities

Alabama Christian Academy provides multiple enrichment opportunities for Elementary students to participate in weekly. Students can choose from a variety of programs like technology, legos, drama, Spanish, French and art. A book club has also been established for reading enthusiasts. Each of these programs provide students an opportunity to build skills in areas they are interested in, show natural ability in and help to give students an educational foundation to build on. Afterschool care is also available for elementary students including tutoring assistance provided by certified teachers. All of the educational opportunities are organized and hosted by Alabama Christian Academy faculty.
Photo caption: Students in lego club recently learned how to create stop motion animation with iPads.

February 21, 2015

ACA Band Members Selected for District and All-State Bands

Twelve Alabama Christian Academy middle and high school band members were recently chosen to participate in District and All-State Honor Bands with some of the state’s most talented student musicians. After playing multiple challenging music pieces for the auditions, Blake Mitchell, Micah Williams, David Swayne and Brandon Hightower have the honor of being chosen for the Alabama All-State Band. Chandler Clark, Turner Johnston, Micah Williams, Jameela Broadie, Miranda Porterfield, Blake Mitchell, Heather Barsukoff and Landon Holladay will represent ACA’s bands in the District Honor Bands to be held February 20-21, 2015. The Alabama Christian Academy bands consistently sweep Marching Band competitions throughout the state scoring all superiors and produce student musicians that march or perform with collegiate bands such as the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band, the Sound of the South band from Troy University and the Auburn University Marching Band.

February 13, 2015

ACA Elementary Hosts Grandparents Day

Alabama Christian Academy elementary students celebrated Grandparents Day this week with a day designed to show appreciation for the love and wisdom shared. After being treated to a special breakfast and a slideshow of school events, grandparents visited their grandchild’s classroom to participate in activities and a photo booth, along with interviews by their grandchildren. Following the time in the classroom, the grandparents were guests of honor in a music program featuring the k4-5th grade students. During the program, students and grandparents were admonished by ACA baseball coach Don Gilliam to protect the bond between grandparent and grandchild and to “finish strong” the life set before each person by being an example to others.
At times throughout the day, students had the opportunity to visit the Crane Book Fair with their grandparents to help fund new items for the library and elementary programs. ACA Elementary is honored to host grandparents yearly and to be able to show appreciation for their impact in the students’ lives, as well as display some of what makes ACA special during this special time together.

February 13, 2015

ACA Hosts Annual Blood Drive

The Alabama Christian Academy National Honor Society has sponsored an annual Red Cross Blood Drive for over 20 years. This year, ACA students, faculty and staff, family and friends donated approximately 118 units of blood and platelets in an effort to help save lives, making this one of the largest blood drives in the River Region.

The blood drive not only provided ACA high school students an opportunity to help save lives by giving blood, it also allowed the NHS students an ability to serve the faculty, fellow students and ACA friends and family through registering donors, serving in the canteen and supervising waiting donors in the hallways.

Service to the community and others is an integral part of ACA’s mission for a providing a challenging, Christ-centered education and to help prepare students for their future. ACA offers opportunities throughout the year for students to get involved with service projects, such as the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Picture - Father and daughter, Brian and Taylor Lord, give blood to help save lives during the annual Alabama Christian Academy NHS Blood Drive.

February 7, 2015

ACA Students Sign with University of Alabama and Faulkner

Alabama Christian Academy athlete, Chandler Taylor, signed with the University of Alabama to play baseball on Monday, February 6th at 9:45 am at a signing event held on ACA’s campus.

As a pitcher and outfielder for ACA, Taylor is ranked #2 in the State coming into his senior season. He is currently the 173rd ranked High School baseball player in the Nation.
Chandlers accomplishments include: 2012 All-State honorable mention, 2013 1st team All-State, 2014 AHSAA All Star Team (game played in Montgomery), 2014 Perfect Game 3rd team All-American and East Coast Pro Day in Syracuse - where he was selected by Major League scouts for a 4 day training session. During Taylor’s time at ACA, he also played the starting quarterback for the Eagles. Taylor looks forward to continuing his baseball career at Alabama in the fall of 2015 as an outfielder for the Crimson Tide. Coach Don Gilliam remarked, “
Chandler has a great work ethic and is a great leader.  He has worked himself into a D-1 player.  When you get to know Chandler up close you will see that he has a big tender heart that cares for other people.  Expectations are high for him in his walk with God and in his athletic ability. He will do great things at the University Of Alabama.”

In addition to Taylor signing with the University of Alabama, ACA’s softball pitcher Caitlin Perry and golfer Hannah Sager signed with the Faulkner Eagles.

Caitlin Perry was named a MaxPreps/NFCA National H.S. Player of the Week in March 2014 after throwing a perfect game and was named Montgomery Advertiser's Metro Player of the Year during 2013 and 2014. Perry has thrown 35 shutouts and 6 no-hitters in addition to her perfect game and holds the ACA record for most career wins in softball with 93 and still has her senior season left. She started on the varsity team as an 8th grader and has pitched in two State Championships and had an ERA of 0.64 as a junior (last year).

Hannah Sager is coming into her senior season at ACA after finishing as the #4 player in the 2014 State Tournament. Sager has won the Greater Montgomery Open two consecutive years (2013 & 2014) and in 2013 shot a new record for the event with a 73. In the AHSAA 1A-5A Sub-State Tournament, Sager tied for first place with a 75. She competed in the 2014 Alabama Junior Golf Open Championship in July and tied for second place.

Both Perry and Sager are excited about their futures competing for Faulkner University.

February 6, 2015

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