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WARRIOR Eden Athletics Accepted to the WPIAL/PIAA

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ECA Class of 2010

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Pastors’ Appreciation pg. 3

Technology at ECA pg. 5

Starting this fall, the Eden Christian Academy Warriors will be taking on opponents in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) in the Class A division. The soccer, girls’ volleyball, and boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will begin their probationary year, being fully instated in the 2011-12 school year. Check out page 7 for more information on this exciting move forward for our athletic department!

MOCK TRIAL TEAM MAKES IT TO STATE COMPETITION! The Eden Mock Trial team. Front row: Megan Obley, Katy Duckstien, and Miranda Wilburn Back row: Adam Flemming, Althea O’Brien,TrentonVan Oss, Ollie Franz and Aaron Baker. Photo by Rodger Obley

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Eden’s Upper School Mock Trial team won the Pittsburgh district title this year and was one of 12 teams in Pennsylvania to make it to the competition in Harrisburg. More than 340 teams from 284 schools statewide compete in the PA Mock Trial program each year. ECA’s team, coached by Mrs. Nanette Curtis and Mr. Tom Smith, was made up of Aaron Baker (11th grade), Katy Duckstein (10th grade), Adam Flemming (11th grade), Oliver Franz (11th grade), Megan Obley (10th grade), Althea O’Brien (11th grade), Trenton Van Oss (12th grade) and Miranda Wilburn (12th grade). Congratulations to the team and their coaches on this outstanding accomplishment!

The Official Newsletter of Eden Christian Academy

Spring/ Summer 2010

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The Eden Christian Academy Class of 2010: A Class of Leaders They led the girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball teams to the final round of play-offs. They led the Mock Trial team to a Pittsburgh district title, led the cast of Annie to three nights of standing ovations, and led worship at all three Eden campuses with passion and a desire for all Eden students to grow in their relationship with the Lord. Over 85 percent of the class graduated with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and two students were named National Merit Scholarship finalists. If one thing can be said about the Eden Christian Academy class of 2010, it’s that they made their mark. As Eden’s largest graduating class to-date, the class of 2010 has set the bar high for excellence in and out of the classroom. These 27 students set a standard of service, hard work and commitment to their school work, their activities, and their Lord. That was the theme of the farewell addresses from the senior class at their Awards Chapel. Many encouraged underclassman to step up, make the most of their high school careers-and make a difference at Eden. The class of 2010 graduated from Eden Christian Academy on June 4. Mr. Glen Meakem, Christian venture capitalist, served as the keynote speaker and encouraged the class to move into Christian adulthood confidently, ready to take on the responsibility that comes with independence. Bethany Kubias was named as the salutatorian with a 4.16 GPA, and Trenton Van Oss, who has a 4.2 GPA, was named valedictorian.

Members of the Class of 2010 Are Headed To Cedarville University Central Bible College Community College of Allegheny County Duquesne University Eastern University Liberty University Malone University MCM Ministry School Oakbridge Academy of the Arts

Pennsylvania State University- Main Slippery Rock University The University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown The University of Pittsburgh, Main Washington University in St. Louis Waynesburg University Westminster College Wheaton College

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Pastors’ Appreciation Days Eden’s third annual Pastors’ Appreciation Day was a resounding success. This year, more than 50 pastors from nearly 40 local churches attended appreciation events at all three ECA campuses. Pastors have come to anticipate this annual tradition, which gives Eden the opportunity to recognize and serve our local pastors while they enjoy lunch together, learn more about Eden, participate in student chapel, and visit with students from their church. Students from each ECA campus led special chapel presentations, thanking and honoring pastors for their hard work and dedication to serving in ministry.

Wexford 1st Graders Put Their Faith into Action This Year Mrs. Kelly Gross took Eden’s spiritual theme to heart this year and helped her first grade class at the Wexford campus become “World Champions for Christ.” They chose a service project/fundraiser for a different country each quarter. The first quarter they collected clothing and toiletries for an orphanage in Ethiopia. The second quarter was when the class made and sold beaded Eden bracelets and all the proceeds went to a Russian Orphanage (raising $550 for the orphanage)! In the third quarter the class collected funds for former Eden teacher Chris Russell’s children’s ministry in Guatemala by selling Shout-Out cards during Spiritual Enrichment Week. The students loved making 1st grade reads their the cards and reading Shout Outs them during morning announcements and to all the students in their classes. It was a great way for the 1st grade to show off their reading skills and bless the other students. The project raised $700 for Mr. Russell’s ministry.

For the fourth quarter, the students really wanted to do something to help closer to home. The class had recently heard of two women who were fighting breast cancer, one in Pittsburgh and one in California, so they decided to have a Benefit Pajama Party for both women, and it was a huge success. They raised $1,600. Some of the 1st graders even had their own lemonade stands at home to raise money for the women. These students put action into their faith and blessed many along the way. They showed that no matter what your age, you can make a huge impact on the world by sticking with the theme verse of the year and “working at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

Stations at the Pink Pajama Party Fundraiser

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Above: Lauren Collella as Annie with Candace Haraseviat as Grace Farrel. Below: Annie with Peter Regan as Daddy Warbucks

Students from all three ECA campuses joined together this spring to wow audiences with their performance of Annie! With an outstanding set and great costumes, this very talented cast played to a standing ovation every night. Lauren Collella (7th grade), as Annie, and Peter Regan (11th grade), as Daddy Warbucks, led the cast under the direction of Mrs. Tina Marcacci, Miss Meghan Speer, Mrs. Heather Borchert, and Mrs. Barb Fair, who directed the orchestra. Mt. Nebo 10th grader Maggie Wiest served as the choreographer for the show. It was clear from this performance that, while the drama club will miss its graduating seniors, there is an amazing amount of talent coming up through the ranks at Eden. Below: The servants of the Warbucks mansion drew the audience in with thier highenergy dance performances.

Malice in the Palace Berkeley Hills and Wexford students took to the stage this spring for the elementary musical, Malice in the Palace, The Story of Esther. The tale inspired performers and audience members alike that standing up for what you believe, no matter the cost, is always the right thing to do. Under the direction of elementary music teacher Mrs. Denise Grier and many other helpers, students in 5th and 6th grade filled the lead roles and the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade choruses did a great job with all of the songs.

Above: The orphan choir, featuring elementary and upper school students. Below: Ashley Harold, Chad Helbling and Jenna Hidinger as the musical’s “bad guys.�

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Education Technology Committee Looks Towards the Future

Spring 2010 By Jenna Hidinger ECA 11th grade

Eden Christian Academy’s Education Technology Committee is looking to update current technological learning tools for the upcoming school year and years to come. The committee has been challenged to research a variety software, hardware and programs that are being used in classrooms across the country. This team will help ensure that computers and technology are not something limited to just a computer lab, but that they are integrated in to every classroom. “Our goal is to evaluate the current technology situation, research potential improvements and advancements, and then make recommendations to the Eden Leadership Team,” says chairwoman Laura Cerbus. Faculty members Laura Cerbus, Lindsey Crapis, April Gibbons, Leah Schram, ECA parent Greg Wilson, and Chief Operations Officer Chuck Smullin are discussing many options for technological improvements, including mobile labs, a one-to-one student-to-laptop ratio, wireless Internet across all Eden campuses, classroom websites, remote response devices, Google applications for education, and more Smart Boards. All of these ideas will help Eden students intergrate technology into everyday, as opposed to a single class period. Having these types of initiatives available will ensure that Eden students are well prepared for a college learning environment where these tools are being used daily. Summer plans for the Educational Technology Committee include replacing the computers in the Wexford Campus’ Computer Lab and providing those computers in classrooms for student use.

Faculty vs. Varsity The faculty versus varsity basketball game packed the Mt. Nebo Field House in March as teachers and staff from all three Eden campuses took on the seniors from the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams. Students from the elementary campuses made signs to cheer on their teachers, and the faculty cheerleading squad got everyone in the spirit. Both teams played a great game, but in the end the faculty team was victorious, 60-53, over the students. This game is sure to become a tradition for the ECA athletic department!

The winning faculty team: (standing L-R) Michael Hall, Gary Laird, Todd Aiken, Greg Foltz, Dave Mohr, Steve Good, David Scherer and Scott Fichter. (kneeling L-R) Karen Lukitsch, Greer Stasko, Lindesay Crapis, Beth Pallotta, and Suzie Schroefell.

The faculty cheerleaders: (L-R) Ashley Powers, Kelly Laird, Kathy Cummins,Wendy Koster and Carrie Powers.

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Volunteer Appreciation Eden parents completed a total of 9,345 volunteer hours for the 2009-10 school year. Of those hours, 44 percent, (4,086 hours) were logged by 25 volunteers. Those 25 parents were honored at Eden’s annual volunteer appreciation event at the home of board chairman Bob and Bunny Van Kirk. The support that volunteers lend to ECA is invaluable, and the volunteers and their spouses were treated to a fabulous dinner, thanked by the administration, and all enjoyed a great evening of fellowship.

Mrs. Melinda Harold and Mrs. Cathy Williams were two of the top four volunteers for the year. Mrs. Michele Maslo and Mrs. Marleen Kasbee rounded out the top four.

Parent Association Finishes First Year In its first year, the Eden Parent Association has been faithful to its goals of building community at the school, boosting school spirit and assisting with fundraising efforts. The P.A. held pep rallies at the elementary campuses to support our Warrior athletic teams, helped with the ECA apparel sale, provided refreshments and greeters for many school functions, and helped start extra-curricular clubs and activities across all three campuses. The P.A. was led this year by President Mrs. Melissa Campbell and eight Steering Committee members representing all three campuses. One of those members, Mrs. Heidi King, will serve as the P.A. president for the 2011-12 school year, as Mrs. Campbell steps in once again to chair the Eden gala celebration, which will be held Friday, November 19. The P.A. also organized the new version of Eden’s Kennywood Day. Eden families showed their Warrior pride by wearing ECA gear to the park and had a great time as they gathered in the pavilion to enjoy dinner together. Students enjoyed the opportunity to ride with their favorite teacher! The day was a great finish to a strong first year for the Parent Association.

Above: Incoming president of the Eden Parents Association, Mrs. Heidi King, was the keynote speaker and encouraged the volunteers to continue their spirit of service. Left:Volunteers enjoying the dinner at the Van Kirk’s home.

SAVE THE DATE! Eden’s gala celebration will be held

Friday, November 19 Plan to join us for dinner and auction. Watch for more information this fall.

ECA’s Newest Board Member Dr. David Schutt has joined the Board of Directors of Eden Christian Academy. Dr. Schutt and his wife, Heather, have two children who attend Eden’s Mt. Nebo Upper School campus. He comes to Eden with years of experience working with boards, including at Washington Christian Academy in Maryland. Dr. Schutt serves at the chief executive officer for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE,) headquartered in Cranberry Township. Dr. Schutt and his family reside in Gibsonia.

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Eden Athletics Accepted to the WPIAL/PIAA Eden Christian Academy has been approved for membership by both the PIAA and the WPIAL and will be tentatively accepted into the WPIAL for the 2011-2012 season. The Warriors will continue in the South-Western Christian Athletic Conference league for 20102011. During this probationary year, Eden must show evidence to the WPIAL that games are being scheduled against some WPIAL teams, and that all teams are abiding by the rules governing the WPIAL schools. “By entering into the WPIAL, Eden Christian Academy is taking another step forward to give our student-athletes an opportunity to display their skills and their Christian walk to the teams of the world,” said Mr. Russ Gratton, Athletic Director for Eden Christian Academy. “The teams will be given a schedule assigned by the WPIAL and a conference in which to compete. In addition, Eden teams will be eligible for WPIAL and state championships.” This newest development is a reflection of the steady growth at Eden’s Mt. Nebo Upper School campus. As that campus grows and develops, its extracurricular and academic programs are growing with it. Advanced Placement courses have been added to the curriculum, additional elective offerings are now available, and the newest change gives Eden’s athletes a chance to further develop their skills as well.

9th Annual ECA Golf Classic With weather reminiscent of this year’s Walk-athon, parents, students, alumni, staff and friends took to the links for the 9th Annual ECA Golf Classic. More than 80 golfers braved the rains at Cranberry Highlands golf course to support ECA’s athletic department and raise money to finish re-construction of the Mt. Nebo soccer field, used by Warrior soccer players from preKindergarten to 12th grade. So far, the field has been leveled and re-seeded, and an irrigation system has been added. It will be ready for play later this summerMoney raised during this year’s golf outing, combined with money raised from last year’s event, is funding the much-needed renovations. Eden extends its appreciation for the generous support of these golfers and corporate sponsors.

Administrative Offices 206 Siebert Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Berkeley Hills Campus PreK-6th Grade 206 Siebert Road Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Phone: 412.364.8055 FAX: 412.364.8330 Mt. Nebo Campus 7th-12th Grades 318 Nicholson Road Sewickley, PA 15143 Phone: 412.741.2825 FAX: 412.324.1101 Wexford Campus PreK-6th Grade 12121 Perry Highway Wexford, PA 15090 Phone: 724.935.9301 FAX: 724.935.9354

Upcoming Events at Eden Christian Academy This summer, ECA will once again set up its tent at local community festivals. Stop by and say hi when we’re in your neighborhood, or volunteer to help distribute balloons, give-a-ways, and Eden information. All hours worked during the summer count towards service hours for next school year. Contact Meghan Speer to volunteer ( or 412-364-8055).

Summer 2010 Festival Dates: • Friday, June 18

North Way Car Cruise

• Saturday, June 26

Blueberry Hill Park

• Saturday, July 10

Cranberry Twp. Park

• Friday, July 16

North Way Car Cruise

• Saturday, August 14

Ohio Township Park

• Saturday, Sept. 11

McCandless Twp. Park

Board of Directors Robert Van Kirk, Chairman Theresa Smith,Vice Chair Philip Bishop, Secretary Richard Curtis, Dr. Karen Schogel Dr. David Schutt, Jeffrey Gronbeck Kirk Botula, Greg Wilson Administration Samuel Siple, President Todd Aiken, Headmaster/Mt. Nebo Principal Charles Smullin, Chief Operations Officer Maureen Maier, Berkeley Hills Principal Carrie Powers, Wexford Principal

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