Warrior Newsletter                                February 2017  
  GCS Sports Hall of Fame

GCS Hall of Fame inductees in attendance: (front) Jody (Bailey) Ledezma, Jessie (Mims) Deleon, Katie (Quillen) Santana, Kathryn Rawley, (back) Carly Kinder, Chad Gery, Bill Sterrett, Krista (Summers) Singleton, Katie (Summers) Crews. 

Many GCS alumni will agree that some of their most lasting memories at Grace have come while playing sports.  In any given year, it is common for a majority of the student body to be involved in the GCS sports program. It is undeniable that sports at Grace have been and continue to be an indelible part of our school’s community. Because of the legacy established by our past players and coaches, it seemed long overdue to honor some of our most exceptional former athletes, and in so doing, also honor their families, teammates, and coaches, as well.

On January 20, during Grace’s Homecoming night, 14 GCS graduates were inducted into the newly created Grace Christian School Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees included, Grace (Morrison) Guedet (1993), Bill Sterrett (1995), Krista (Summers) Singleton (1997), Jody (Bailey) Ledezma (1997), Katie (Summers) Crews (1999), Michael Gilbert (1999), EJ Wall (2001), Katie (Quillen) Santana (2003), Ashley (Branch) Fish (2003), Jessie (Mims) Deleon (2004), Kathryn Rawley (2004), Sara Quillen (2006), Carly Kinder (2007), and Chad Gery (2007). Headmaster John Morrison delivered the address, honoring these individuals, while recounting some of their most impressive accomplishments. Following the ceremony, the GCS Sports Hall of Fame Wall was unveiled at the Activities Center. The wall includes plaques of each of the GCS Hall of Fame inductees, as well as other plaques and pictures which honor past coaches, players, teams, and the history of Grace’s gym floor (which once belonged to the Cleveland Cavaliers). In the future, we look forward to adding more GCS Hall of Fame players to this wall.

The next time you enter the gym, take a moment to look at the Hall of Fame Wall. It represents God’s blessing on Grace Christian School, and by extension, every family that has been a part of the school. He has provided in countless ways, over many years, and continues to do so today.   Written by George McNair, GCS High School Assistant Principal.
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Homecoming 2017
This year's homecoming court included: Josiah Mallory, Jacquelyn Showalter, Nathan Brent, Evie Smith, Burt Eller, Mary Grace Grow, Daniel Eiker and Hope Campbell.

High school students enjoyed various activities all week in preparation for the homecoming basketball games that were held on Friday, January 20th.  The student-designed spirit week activities included dress up days, hall decorating, cheer creations, banner designs, and class competitions.  The elementary school even got into the spirit of homecoming by participating in dress-up days. 
Bravo for a Job Well Done!
Seven our our 34 participating staff members who took part in a worldview training course, show off their certificates to the applause and cheering of their students.

A great big shout-out to the GCS staff who successfully completed the on-line Worldview Matters training course, Increase Meaning: A Wholistic Approach to Christian Education. Over a two-year span, thirty-four GCS staff invested many hours reading books, writing papers, watching video lectures, and implementing worldview integration “tools” to engage students in meaningful learning and biblical thinking. Upon completion, each course participant was awarded ten well earned Continuing Education Units.   
  Blogs with a Purpose!
   High School Heartwork

In October of 2013, our school founder and headmaster, John Morrison, began writing the “Headmaster’s Blog” for the GCS community. This platform has allowed him to share important issues facing our children, families, school, and culture at large, as well as keep the school community updated and encouraged by sharing what’s going on at Grace Christian School.   Click here to continue reading this article.

High school students, Byron Forsyth, Daniel Eiker, Jacqueline Showalter and David Hagenseker wearing their "My One Shirt."

This year, our high school is again partnering with Heartwork, which is a 30-day discipleship program designed to teach students the joy of "spending themselves" for others.  Our goal is to transform the way we look at the world through changing the way we live.

Winter Sports Wrap-Up, Spring Sports On Tap

Our winter sports season has been a great success as we continue to build a very strong program for both basketball and wrestling.  We are wrapping up our winter sports and are transitioning into the spring sports season.  We encourage all of our GCS Warrior fans to come out and support our Boys' Varsity Baseball, Girls' Varsity Soccer and our Varsity and Middle School Golf teams as they compete this spring.  
Click here to view our complete spring sports schedule.

Basketball:  GCS  fielded a record eight basketball teams this year.  Our Junior Warriors Program, designed for 3rd-5th grade students had both a girls' and boys' team, which focused on teaching the fundamentals of basketball and competed against other local elementary schools.  We had two Middle School Boys' teams and one Middle School Girls' team, which allowed students in 6th-8th grade the opportunity to play competitively against local middle schools.  The 7th & 8th Grade Boys' Team placed 1st in our conference and went on to win the VACA North Region Championship.  Our girls' team finished 11-4 for a 2nd place finish in the VACA North Region.

We also fielded a JV Boys' team, which led the VACA North Region going into the playoffs. At the Varsity level, our Boys' team is 23-4 ov erall and will play in the VACA State Semifinals this Friday, February 24th at 4:45 pm.  Our Varsity Girls team played a  grueling schedule and is 14-6 and will also play in the VACA State Semifinals this Friday, February 24th at 6:30 pm.  Both games will be played at Ridgeview Christian School in Stuarts Draft. 

Wrestling:  In just our 6th year, our team competed strongly against many public and private schools alike.  This year's squad had 4 team wins against Miller School, Trinity Episcopal, Charlottesville, East Rockingham  and a tie with 
Page County.   The team capped off their season at the VISAA State Wrestling Championships in Richmond. Senior, Cody Wright, medaled with an 8th place finish in his weight class. 
Written by Frank Kahrs, GCS Athletic Director
Wrestling Team
Saddle Up for our 18th Annual Boots & Bandana Benefit Auction

This year's schedule:

Online Auction:   Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 9th

Silent & Live Auction:   Saturday, April 22nd
at Augusta Expo (Main Hall)

3:30 pm Doors open; Registration of bidders

4:00 pm Silent Auction opens; Dinner service begins

5:00 pm Silent Auction closes

5:30 pm Live Auction opens; Dinner service ends

8:00 pm Live Auction ends

GCS Alumni Spotlight

GCS Campus Locations:

Elementary & Middle School:
511 Thornrose Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 886-0937

High School:
19 S. Market St.  Staunton, VA  24401
(540) 886-9109