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Back-To-Back: Varsity Boys Lacrosse Clinches Their Second Consecutive Area Championship

After battling against both the elements and Decatur High School last night, the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team (10-4, 4-0 in Region Play) won the Area Championship for the second consecutive season. The Spartans were up 4-3 at halftime, but were held inside due to inclement weather. After play resumed, GAC went on a 10-1 run to claim the 14-4 victory.
 

Balancing High-Tech Lessons with High-Touch Campus Life

In a transformative era where screens and devices dominate many areas of our lives, from the workplace to healthcare, the educational landscape is no exception. However, challenges come with the increased use of technology and the evolving world. How do we balance high-tech lessons with a high-touch campus life to create real-life connections? What does it take to keep campus life alive and vibrant? How does GAC maintain traditions from years past? Join us as we embark on the journey to explore the balance found at GAC, where high-tech lessons coexist harmoniously with high-touch campus life, forging well-rounded individuals prepared for the challenges of tomorrow

Christian Education in an AI World

At Greater Atlanta Christian School, we’ve been engaged in thought-provoking discussions about the impact of AI on our lives, families, and careers. Traditionally, educational institutions tend to lag in adopting new technologies due to factors like institutional inertia, risk aversion, limited research, or the inclination to teach in familiar ways. However, at GAC, generations of leaders have chosen a different path, one marked by forward-thinking innovation. We purposefully wield technology as a tool rather than becoming its passive users.

Ben Sheppard: GAC Alum and Indiana Pacers' Rookie Enjoys His First Season in the NBA

Ben Sheppard (GAC Class of 2019) was drafted into the NBA this past summer by the Indiana Pacers. During his Rookie season, Sheppard has earned playing time against several NBA stars. Fellow classmate Jack Batten (GAC Class of 2019) interviewed Sheppard for the Gwinnett Daily Post after the Pacers played the Atlanta Hawks. 

GAC High Performance Tennis: Jason Eigdebion and Londyn McCord Triumph at International Tennis Competitions

Greater Atlanta Christian School is proud to announce that current eighth-grade student Jason Eigdebion has been selected to participate in the esteemed Les Petits AS, the most prestigious U14 tennis tournament in the world. Jason had an outstanding performance at the Le Petits 🇺🇸 USA Playoff, where he secured the 3rd position. This performance earned Jason an offer to compete in the Les Petits AS.

Smaller class sizes, consistency in leadership part of the draw to Greater Atlanta Christian School

Article originally published on Gwinnett Daily Post by Chris Starrs.

Families choose private schools for a variety of reasons, one of which is the parents themselves attended an independent school and wanted their children to have a similar experience.

There are a number of students at Greater Atlanta Christian whose parents also went to private school, but more than half of the students at GAC come from what is termed “first-time private-school families.”

GAC Junior Luke Winter Selected as Delegate for Washington Youth Tour

GAC Junior Luke Winter has been selected for the Washington Youth Tour. This annual program brings high school students across the United States to the nation's capital for an immersive educational experience. Luke applied to serve as a Washington Youth Tour delegate representing Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and was recently interviewed and selected.

GAC High School BETA Club hosts Special Olympics

For over 20 years, the GAC High School BETA Club has hosted Special Olympics on campus. This January, over 100 Beta Club students were involved in working with approximately 90 children with disabilities and bringing food to honor the exceptional teachers who work with these kids every day. Ten different DeKalb County schools visited GAC to participate in the 2023 Winter Special Olympics Event.

GAC Students Selected as Honoree and Runner-Up in Intown Magazine's "20 Under 20"

Atlanta Intown and Reporter Newspapers recently recognized GAC Senior Kate Hidell in their annual "20 Under 20" feature as an honoree and GAC Junior Ivy Holland as a runner-up. Each year, the newspapers choose young people who give back to the community through service and leadership while juggling academic responsibilities. 

GAC's own Jackie Bradford Has Been Inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

On Tuesday it was announced that GAC's legendary coach, Jackie Bradford, will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this upcoming February. Jackie Bradford arrived at GAC in 1968 as the head basketball coach. During his time as a coach at GAC, Jackie Bradford had a 253-82 record, along with three state championships (1971, 1972, 1977). 

GAC Theatre Finishes 2021-22 Season Strong

GAC Theatre finished the 2021-22 season strong by winning the Shuler Spotlight Award. Because of the win, the cast of Anastasia was invited to perform "Stay, I Pray You" at the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, the 2022 Shuler Awards, organized by ArtsBridge Foundation, on April 21. The awards were broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). GAC Alum Georgia Thomas (Class of 2022), won best leading actress for her performance in the title role of “Anastasia”.

Live from Truist Park: Two Spartans Have the Opportunity of a Lifetime

In February, two GAC seniors, Daisy Strine and Andrew Hathaway, had the chance to interview Atlanta Braves historian Carolyn Serra at Truist Park. Strine and Hathaway created the news package as a piece for Black History Month. The feature, which aired during GAC’s student broadcast, Live @ 1575, highlighted Hank Aaron’s legacy both on the field and off. 

GAC Alumna Elise Karinshak '19 named 2022 Goldwater Scholar, earning highest award of its type for the fields of mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences

Today we celebrate alumna and Gwinnett native Elise Karinshak '19, who was recently named a 2022 Goldwater Scholar, earning the highest and most prestigious award of its type for the fields of mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences. She was among only 417 undergraduates selected from 5,000 applicants across the nation.

“NFL Sunday” Features GAC Alumni for Veterans Day

GAC wishes all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces a happy Veterans Day. We thank you and your families for your service to our country. If you are a football fan, you may have seen the Fox Sports “NFL Sunday” show broadcast from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) this past sunday. The show honored several midshipmen including GAC’s own Jessica Carothers, Class of 2019.

GAC Trailblazers:  The Manley Family

As GAC opened its doors for the first time in 1968, Nilas and Ellen Manley took a step of faith and enrolled their two eldest daughters Debra and Cathy. In the years that followed, all eight Manley children joined the GAC family, with seven eventually graduating from GAC. Both Ellen and Nilas went to work as involved, dedicated parents, supportive of young GAC with their time, wisdom, resources, and energy. 

Q & A: The Strong Comeback of Autumn Clark

Autumn Clark, a student at Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC), is a gifted athlete who has worked tenaciously to develop her talents. More than a year ago, she suffered an injury which, sidelined her for a while — but not for long. She powered through her rehab and had returned stronger and more determined than ever. Peachtree Corners Magazine (PCM) connected with Autumn to discuss her athletic commitments, her recovery process and what she’s looking forward to in her bright future. 

GAC Alumni Ashley Van Ryn reaches success with the USA Women's National Handball Team

God. USA. Sports. These three things say a lot about fierce competitor and devoted follower of Christ, Ashley Van Ryn. While a GAC student, Ashley competed in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. After graduating in 2004, Ashley attended the University of Central Florida on a softball scholarship. Remarkably, today Ashley is an accomplished member of the USA Women’s National Team for the sport of handball

Black History Month Chapel

Every year our community looks forward to celebrating Black History Month with a special, student led Black History Month Chapel. The theme this year was "Take You To Church" and the event included worship led by the chapel band, dance performed by the GAC dance team, an interview between Director of Inclusion Charles Edwards and his godmother and a powerful message by Pastor, Gospel Artist, and former GAC Parent, Charles Jenkins.⁠

GAC Alumni Chris Jackson '99 Opened a Home Care Agency during a Pandemic and Thrived

While most business owners faced great uncertainty and disruption when the pandemic hit in 2020, it’s all BrightStar Care franchisee Chris Jackson has known.

Chris opened his home health care agency in Greeley, Colorado shortly before COVID-19 hit the U.S., yet he has found a way to become one of the leading agencies in the network of BrightStar Care franchisees. He credits the team around him for being able to launch his agency and consistently build momentum throughout 2020.

 Middle School Math Competition

Congratulations to our outstanding Middle School students who participated in the American Mathematics Competition. The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. The competition had over 300,000 students participating annually from over 6,000 schools. ⁠⁠Led by Dr. Laura Markert, our Spartans had a strong showing.

And the Awards Go To…The Velveteen Rabbit!

Kudos to our GAC Middle School theatre ensemble, which recently performed “The Velveteen Rabbit” and was awarded Best Play in the Virtual Georgia Theatre Conference. This play, based on an award-winning book written by Margery Williams in 1922, tells the sweet story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become real through the love of its owner. Several of our middle school students received awards for their performances. 

A Special Tradition Continues for Christmas in 2020

The Nutcracker is a seasonal favorite and a GAC Christmas tradition. We were delighted to continue this tradition and enjoy our middle school and high school dance elective classes as they performed this joyful holiday classic ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky’s familiar and exciting score, The Nutcracker featured colorful and lively characters, beautiful dancing, and eye-catching costumes. New characters and costumes are introduced each year, and this year did not disappoint!

Outdoor Musical Performances Delight GAC Audiences

The GAC community has recently been delighted with outdoor concerts given by students within our Fine Arts community. Students and families alike have enjoyed and appreciated this creative solution while COVID-19 safety precautions are in place. These performances took place over the past week in the new GAC Park under twinkly lights and a gorgeous setting sun.

GAC Celebrates Homecoming 2020

Greater Atlanta Christian School celebrated Homecoming on October 16th with an inaugural Homecoming Parade, football game, and half-time festivities. “Homecoming is an important part of school life and most traditions need re-tooling in 2020. The parade brought our full K2-12th student body enthusiastically together while being safely separated outside,” said GAC President Dr. Scott Harsh.

GAC Educator of the Year

In celebration of World Teachers' Day we'd like to celebrate and honor all of the teachers who are inspiring and shaping young minds at GAC and beyond. The success of GAC students has always relied on our outstanding faculty, who are second to none around metro Atlanta. They are true heroes this year, and we are grateful for their hard work, determination, wisdom, and passion for their subjects and students.