CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017 SENIOR CLASS HIGHLIGHTS
Charlotte Serage 26.19 Average ACT Score SALUTATORIAN: Christian DeMaio 10 All-State Athletes 13 Athletes signed letters of BOY AND GIRL OF THE YEAR: Gray Strickland and Bailey French intent to colleges 20,946 hours of Community MR. PATRIOT AND MISS MCA: Marty Knapp and Jane Lee Service (school record) 30 seniors recorded over MR. METRO: John Ferrell 300 Community Service hours PROM KING AND QUEEN: Caleb Mutersbaugh 3 MCA Legacies and Cara Thoene VALEDICTORIAN:
Scholarships Awarded this year
28 MCA Lifers 3 National Merit Commended Scholars 2 National Merit Finalists 32 Oklahoma Academic Scholars 4 State Qualifiers in Speech and Debate 1 Regional Speech and Debate Champion
2 State Debate Champions 1 State Debate Runner-Up 1 National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament Qualifier 4 State Superintendent Award of Arts Excellence for Visual Arts, Theatre, and Vocal Music 3 Young Talents of Oklahoma
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Total Scholarships Awarded: $8,639,246
FROM THE BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS
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Dear Metro Families:
In this summer season, I find myself drawn in two directions. One part of me is drawn to the amazing accomplishments of our students this past year in academics, arts, and athletics. Provided on this page are infographics that highlight some of these amazing feats. Yet, even more accomplishments are not presented. These include things such as the impact that our community has had on our neighborhood and schools around us, and the little victories that were won every day by students in the classroom who exceeded even their own expectation on an assignment, project, or test. Yet, despite this draw to look to the past, I am also excited about the future and the amazing things that the Lord has ahead for Metro. While we have accomplished much, as Paul states in Philippians 3:13, â€œI do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet.â€? The year ahead is expectant with possibility for every student and for our whole community. While we are in the midst of an enrollment downturn due to the economy, there is an excitement for the academic year ahead. There are minds to open, friends to make, challenges to overcome, creativity to express, spirits to ignite, passions to discover, and growth to gain. Please join me in celebrating the accomplishments of the past and embracing the possibilities of the future! With blessing,
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Colleges being Attended by Metro Seniors
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Athletics Metro Christian Academy MCA Athlete of the year Baseball
FEMALE: RILEY ROTH MALE: COLEMAN DAVIS
District | Regional Champions
OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award*
OSSAA Team Distinguished Academic Achievement Award*
1 All-State Recipient
1 All-State Recipient
Area Consolation Champions State Tournament Appearance OSSAA Distinguished Academic Achievement Award*
Boys Cross Country State Champion Runner-Up
Girls Cross Country Regional Champions State Champion Runner-Up
OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award
Team Qualified for State Tournament
1 Qualifier for the State Championships
OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award
District Champions Area Consolation Champions
OSSAA Academic Achievement Award* 1 All-State Recipient
Boys Soccer 1 All-State Recipient
State Tournament Appearance OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award*
Roger Gerstenberger Headmaster
One All State Recipient
Team Qualified for State Tournament
Team Qualified for State Tournament
OSSAA Team Distinguished Academic Achievement Award
OSSAA Team Distinguished Academic Achievement Award
School Record 17 Straight Play-Off Appearances *GPA Average of the following: Baseball: 3.0 or above G Basketball, B&G Cross Country, G Soccer, G Tennis, & Volleyball: 3.25 or above B Basketball, B&G Track: 3.5 or above
State Champion Runner-Up OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award 1 All-State Recipient
Regional Champions State Semi-Final Appearance OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award* 3 All-State Recipients
Swimming 1 Qualifier for the State Championships 1 All-State Recipient
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FROM THE BOARD
Dear Metro Families:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank you for your continued support and involvement with Metro Christian Academy. The past year has seen the work of the Lord in many areas of Metro and we have much to be thankful for. I would like to provide a brief update regarding a couple of areas that the Board of Trustees was highly involved in this past year. First, I want to let you know that we are continuing to work on the new Master Plan for Metro. While our hope was to present something to our parents and families this past spring, we felt it best to wait to get further clarity on a few more items. That said, we are working on a video to present to you this fall that will introduce you to some of the amazing concepts and ideas that the architects at GH2 have come up with. I think you will be both amazed and excited. Secondly, I want to say, “thank you” to the 370 parents who took the time to complete this year’s parent survey. The Board has been compiling and reviewing all the data associated with this survey and during this summer’s Board Retreat, we will extrapolate both strengths and areas of improvement that will help Metro better fulfill the mission that God has given us. As a community, we value the input of our parents as we continually strive to pursue excellence through Christ. Lastly, I wish you and your family the blessings of God upon your life as you experience the remaining days of summer and prepare for another great year ahead at Metro. Sincerely, Jarrod Frie Board President
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FROM THE HEADMASTER ................. 2 FROM THE BOARD ........................... 3 CLASS OF 2017 .............................4-6 COLLEGES ATTENDING MCA LIFERS MERIT SCHOLARS MCA LEGACIES OKLAHOMA ACADEMIC SCHOLARS ALL-STATE ATHLETES AWARDS FOR ARTS EXCELLENCE OKLAHOMA ARTS INSTITUTE COLLEGE SIGNINGS EAGLE SCOUTS
HIGH SCHOOL ............................7-11 ROAD TRIP TO STATE THE ART OF SCIENCE LIGHTS ON MISSION TRIP WHITE ROSE ESSAY CONTEST JOSH LANTZ SCHOLARSHIP AWARD HEISMAN SCHOLARSHIP BOWLING TEAM ART OF SCIENCE BOYS AND GIRLS OF THE MONTH MAD ABOUT SCIENCE ELITE MATH COMPETITORS
MIDDLE SCHOOL.......................12-15 MATHCOUNTS CARDBOARD REGATTA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUCO GEOGRAPHY | SPELLING BEE WINNERS OSSM COMPETITION DUKE TIP PROGRAM OBA WINNER WASHINGTON, D.C. TEAMWORK AND TRUST FATHER | SON RETREAT MOTHER | DAUGHTER RETREAT ELITE MATH COMPETITORS
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ...............16-19 LET FREEDOM RING LOVE IN A SHOEBOX BIZTOWN WELCOME TO EARTH JUNIOR BOTBALL INVENTION CONVENTION SPELLING BEE WINNERS ACADEMIC BOWL WAX MUSEUM EDIBLE STEM CHALLENGE
PACK AND PASS ....................... 20-21 ATHLETICS.................................22-25 WINTER ATHLETICS SPRING ATHLETICS
FINE ARTS................................. 26-31 SPEECH & DEBATE WINTER PRODUCTION NATUREWORKS GOLD AND SILVER KEYS NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC WINNERS SPRING PRODUCTION JAZZ BAND YOUNG TALENT OF OKLAHOMA
ADVANCEMENT ........................32-34 OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND ALUMNI HOMECOMING ESTATE PLANNING DRIVE FOR EDUCATION GOLF CLASSIC AUCTION THANK YOU ALUMNI REUNIONS
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE ..... 35 UPCOMING EVENTS ...................... 36 2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR NEW FAMILY SOCIAL ONE ACT PLAY 2017 SCHEDULE PICKUP SOLAR ECLIPSE DAY
PATRIOT PRESS CLASS OF 2017 COLLEGES ATTENDING Eleanor Anderson Roman Bandy Samuel Barber Dylan Bierman Annie Birney Aiden Black Jake Brown Matthew Burchard Katarina Caldwell Sophia Clark Coleman Davis Christian DeMaio Rachel Dick Olivia Duke Lindsey Dunlap James Eagleton Jonathan Fennell John Ferrell Zackary Fields David Fisher Brenna Folkers Matthew Fossett Meredith Francis Nicole Frankamp Bailey French Isabella Garagusi Broderick Gibson Olivia Gordon Hannah Gray Chloe Griffin Ashlyn Groves Scott Gudgel Breelyn Hale Nichole Harrell Samuel Hatley
Texas Christian University The University of Tulsa Tulsa Community College Johnson County Community College University of Arkansas The University of Oklahoma Evangel University Oklahoma State University John Brown University University of Arkansas University of Arkansas The University of Oklahoma The University of Oklahoma Tulsa Community College Oral Roberts University The University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State University Oral Roberts University Undecided The University of Tulsa Tulsa Community College The University of Oklahoma The University of Tulsa The University of Oklahoma Oral Roberts University Oklahoma State University Oral Roberts University Liberty University Baylor University The University of Oklahoma The University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State University Missouri State University The University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State University
Elizabeth Heinecke Baylor University Leighton Hopkins The University of Oklahoma Madison Horton University of Arkansas Emilee Hudson Undecided Cooper Huntington-Bugg The University of Oklahoma William Huston Oklahoma State University Malory Jackson Oral Roberts University Ashlee Jenkins The University of Tulsa Elizabeth Johnson Oral Roberts University Robert Johnson The University of Oklahoma Colin Joski Tulsa Community College Ryan Killingsworth Oklahoma City University Elisabeth King The University of Oklahoma John Landers The University of Oklahoma Griffin Lane The University of Oklahoma Jane Lee Texas Christian University Alexander MacLean The University of Tulsa David Mattax The University of Oklahoma Chrissy Mazzei The University of Tulsa Katherine McKee The University of Oklahoma Nicholas McKee The University of Tulsa Grace Merrill Belmont University Lauren Meyer Oral Roberts University Katherine Miler Oral Roberts University Mary Mills Oklahoma State University Cameron Mitchell Oklahoma State University Timothy Mitchell Oklahoma State University Moriah Moody Oklahoma State University Sierra Munoz University of Central Oklahoma John Mutersbaugh University of Tennessee Ashley Nelson John Brown University Stuart Nelson Oral Roberts University Donovan Nicholson Undecided Kevin Oler Tulsa Community College Bradyn Papke University of Arkansas
MCA LIFERS (KINDERGARTEN - 12TH GRADE) Ellie Anderson Coleman Davis JP Eagleton Meri Grace Francis Hannah Gray Madison Horton Leighton Hopkins Josh Huston Malory Jackson Elizabeth Johnson
Robbie Johnson Olivia Gordon Griffin Lane David Mattax Nick McKee Cameron Mitchell Nathan Mitchell Caleb Mutersbaugh Jack Roe
Tucker Row Dalton Smallwood Addi Smith Gray Strickland Landon Tedford Cara Thoene Emily Thomas Chaney Wagner Sam Wales
Herriot Robards The University of Tulsa Megan Roberts The University of Oklahoma Jack Roe The University of Oklahoma Logan Rogers OSU Institute of Technology Timothy Rogers Oklahoma State University Diego Rojas Undecided Lindsey Ronk Oral Roberts University Zoe Rose Randall University Riley Roth Oklahoma Wesleyan University Tucker Row The University of Oklahoma Foster Roy The University of Richmond Kyla Saurino Southern Methodist University Emily Savage Oklahoma State University Charlotte Serage University of London Adrian Severino The University of Tulsa Blake Shannon Johnson County Community College William Shaw The University of Oklahoma Dalton Smallwood The University of Oklahoma Addison Smith Baylor University Jenna Smith The University of Oklahoma Kara Speer University of the Incarnate Word Rachel Stacy Oral Roberts University Ote Staton University of Alabama at Birmingham Carly Stewart Liberty University Parker Strickland Oklahoma State University Landon Tedford Oklahoma Wesleyan University Cara Thoene Texas Christian University Emily Thomas The University of Tulsa Elaina Thurman Oral Roberts University Madison Underhill High Point University Chaney Wagner Oral Roberts University Samuel Wales Oklahoma State University Parker Wilson Oklahoma State University Blaire Wyrrick Oral Roberts University
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS
Matthew Burchard, National Merit Commended Scholar, Aiden Black, National Merit Finalist, Addi Smith, National Merit Finalist, Jonathan Fennell, National Merit Commended Scholar, Christian DeMaio, National Merit Commended Scholar, and Roman Bandy, National Hispanic Scholar.
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OKLAHOMA ALL-STATE ATHLETES Each year, members of the Oklahoma Coaches Association review nominations for senior athletes and select the top athletes for the East and West Regionsâ€™ AllState Teams. Once selected, athletes are invited to attend a regional camp where they compete against teams from the opposing region.
The following Metro Christian Academy Patriots have been selected as members of the All-State Oklahoma East teams in their respective sports:
2017 MCA LEGACIES Griffin Lane - mother, Wendy Bliss Lane (1985) Addison Smith - mother, Jennifer Hill Smith (1987) Samuel Wales - father, Richard Wales (1986)
OKLAHOMA ACADEMIC SCHOLARS
Metro Christian Academy congratulates the following graduating Seniors named as an Oklahoma Academic Scholar. As an Oklahoma Scholar, students must have a minimum 3.7 GPA or be in the top ten percent of their class, complete all curricular requirements for a standard diploma, and achieve a 27 composite score on the ACT or 1220 combined reading and mathematics score on the SAT. Roman Bandy Samuel Hatley Caleb Mutersbaugh Dylan Bierman Grace Heinecke Bradyn Papke Annie Birney Cabe Killingsworth Riley Roth Matthew Burchard Jane Lee Senna Saurino Kat Caldwell AJ MacLean Charlotte Serage Christian DeMaio David Mattax William Shaw JP Eagleton Chrissy Mazzei Addison Smith Jonathan Fennell Katherine McKee Ote Staton David Fisher Grace Merrill Gray Strickland Brenna Folkers Lauren Meyer Cara Thoene Hannah Gray Nathan Mitchell
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STATE SUPERINTENDENT AWARDS FOR ARTS EXCELLENCE
The Oklahoma State Department of Education, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education and the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, marked the 26th Annual State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. The Awards for Arts Excellence recognizes high school juniors and seniors who have achieved both artistic and academic excellence, exhibited leadership characteristics, and have contributed service to their communities. Congratulations to the following students for receiving the State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence!
CHLOE GRIFFIN VISUAL ARTS
SPRING COLLEGE SIGNINGS Metro Christian Academy is proud to announce seven outstanding Patriot athletes signed their intent to continue playing their sport as college athletes. Congratulations!
MADISON HORTON VISUAL ARTS
GRACE MERRILL DRAMA & VOCAL
LOGAN ROGERS VISUAL ARTS
OKLAHOMA ARTS INSTITUTE
Metro Christian Academy congratulates Emilee Hudson and Chloe Griffin for being selected to attend the 2017 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Held at the beautiful Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center, The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI) is an intensive 2-week residential school providing professional training to artistically talented Oklahoma high school students. Chosen participants are selected through an extremely competitive audition process during the months of January and February for the chance to become part of the unique synergy created when artists from nine cross-disciplines collaborate and work together.
Emilee and Chloe will join over 250 students from across the state as they study in their chosen QUARTZ MOUNTAIN field of photography, attend and exhibit in gallery openings, participate in summer camp activities like nature hikes and karaoke night, make lifelong friends, and study with amazing teachers for a summer experience they will never forget.
Emily Thomas – The University of Tulsa – Cheer MeriGrace Francis – The University of Tulsa – POM Cabe Killingsworth – Oklahoma City University – Cross Country Riley Roth – Oklahoma Wesleyan University - Volleyball Dylan Bierman – Johnson County Junior College – Baseball John Ferrell – Oral Roberts University – Pole Vault Zoe Rose - Randall University - Soccer (not pictured)
AN HONOR TO SERVE
Matt Burchard, of Troop 412 from Fellowship Bible earned his Eagle Scout when he was only fifteen! Matt’s scouting highlights include hiking, campouts, Camp Hale, and Philmont. He cherishes his time with his Scout Master and the many times spent around the campfire telling jokes and stories!
For his Eagle Scout Project, Matt erected a thirtyfoot flagpole – surrounding it with landscape and lighting. Matt raised over $2,000 to fund the project and managed a team of twenty volunteers, all while learning about flag etiquette, electricity and lighting, landscaping, and hard manual labor. The flag and flagpole were a wonderful addition to Regent Preparatory school.
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HIGH SCHOOL ROAD TRIP TO STATE Gray Strickland is a member of Troop One from First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tulsa. Gray’s greatest challenge during scouting was juggling scouting events with all of his sports and extracurricular activities. His Eagle Scout project was a labor of love for him as Gray worked on the landscaping at the First Baptist Church Caring Center where he has volunteered over the years. The Eagle Rank is required to be completed prior to the scout’s 18th Birthday. As Gray finished only two days prior, it made the accomplishment all the sweeter. He joins his father and other members of his extended family in this accomplishment. Ryan Gary, of Troop 26 from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church under Scout Master Bill Shaffer, earned his Eagle Scout rank this past fall. For his Eagle Project, Ryan chose to build a new 17’ x 9’ food pantry for The American Legion Post 1 in downtown Tulsa. The American Legion Post 1 helps provide food for over 800 veterans and their families. The previous pantry was not wheelchair accessible and took up space in the kitchen causing storage problems and limiting service capacity. The benefits of the project allow the American Legion to once again fully use their kitchen, and store all food donated for local veterans in one place. The new pantry now helps Post 1 better serve even more veterans, especially those who are wheelchair bound. Ryan was able to fund 100% of the $1,700+ project through private donations and the Go Fund Me fundraising tool. He is especially grateful to Mr. Allen Craig and Mr. Jeff Weaver, who taught and helped him with the framing, drywall, and electrical work.
Miss Hendrix, Mrs. Avey and the High School Leadership Class headed to Guymon High School in late fall to join more than 1,000 other student leaders and advisors from across Oklahoma at the 76th Annual State Convention. The State Conference is a life changing event – bringing a number of activities, forums for idea sharing, general sessions, and networking opportunities for Metro’s student leaders. Each year, students are provided with memorable experiences and the opportunity to better their leadership abilities, and learn skills that will serve them well past high school. After the weekend, students have an abundance of new skills and abilities they bring back and implement within the school and their communities – creating a legacy bigger than themselves. Metro Christian Academy’s 2017 Leadership class includes: Kaitlyn Argo, Amy Blankenship, Matt Burchard, Sophie Clark, Connor Dilley, Darcey Drullinger, Macey Drullinger, MeriGrace Francis, Bella Garagusi, Malory Jackson, Graham Jameison, Libby King, Jane Lee, Katherine McKee, Cameron Mitchell, Moriah Moody, Charlotte Serage, Sophie Serage, Jenna Smith, and Gray Strickland.
THE ART OF SCIENCE A new book club of high school girls from across the Tulsa area saw their book come to life on the silver screen with some real-life role models for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. “Empower Her,” a three-month initiative of Oklahoma Women in STEM and sponsored by Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, brought together almost 400 high-school girls from eight area high schools, including forty-eight girls from Metro Christian Academy, to watch the previously untold story of three AfricanAmerican women who played critical behind-the-scenes roles in NASA’s historic 1962 launch of John Glenn into orbit. Earlier in the semester, all 400 girls were treated to a showing of the new movie version of the book “Hidden Figures,” and then they heard from a retired NASA astronaut, a mechanical engineer from NASA’s Johnson Space Center and local women in STEM career fields. Retired NASA astronaut Col. Paul Lockhart was an exciting addition to the event, sharing with the girls his insights from two flights on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. The girls were eager to know about the daily routines of preflight training, the physical demands of space flight, and even what astronauts eat in space. Also in attendance were an all-female panel of STEM role models including NASA mechanical engineer Elizabeth Smith, WPX geologist Danielle Martin, General Mills quality engineer Rikki Jones, ONEOK Partners energy manager Susan Crenshaw, and Williams Benefits Analyst Harlan Ross to discuss with the girls, pathways to college and potential career avenues for girls interested in STEM. **Adapted from Tulsa World Article, January 25th, 2017
A CHRISTMAS CAROL COMES TO LIGHTS ON!
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HIGH SCHOOL ESSAYS WITH A PURPOSE: WHITE ROSE ESSAY CONTEST
GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP Fifteen seniors, four juniors, and two Metro Christian Academy faculty members teamed up with Real Impact Missions in Guatemala over the 2017 Spring Break week. This year’s annual Missions and Evangelism class trip marks the 5th anniversary that both students and faculty have traveled to a foreign land, learning that God’s kingdom extends far beyond the Tulsa community, and that mission work and serving others is so much more than just a week. During the Missions and Evangelism class, led by Nathan Roberts, students defined the guiding scripture for this mission trip as Acts 13:47 “For this is what the Lord had commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Throughout the year and leading up to the mission trip, students participated in team-building exercises, shared their own testimonies with one another, studied missiology from the context of the Bible, and delved into group discussions pertaining to discipleship within current events and the turmoil of foreign countries. The highlight of each week was the trip to Marshall Elementary School on Wednesdays. During their time at Marshall, the students partnered with teachers to help out during the Specials classes – reminding many that living a missional life is not simply limited to traveling to a foreign country, but looking for opportunities nearby to share the love of Christ!
Metro Christian Academy is happy to announce that senior, MeriGrace Francis and sophomore, Anna Morris continued the school’s tradition of excellence in this year’s ninth annual White Rose Essay Contest, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Tulsa. Competing against schools across Northeast Oklahoma, Anna Morris finished in the top ten, and MeriGrace finished second overall. This contest honors the legacy of two German college students, Hans and Sophie Scholl, who gave their lives resisting the Nazis during World War II by writing and publishing essays. Their essays challenged citizens to unite and resist the Nazi tyranny and policies and encouraged non-violent political dissent striving to eradicate the “face of evil” before it destroyed more innocent lives. According to an exhibit on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., “Of all the groups in Germany that opposed Hitler’s dictatorship, only one, code-named ‘White Rose’, openly protested the Nazi genocide against the Jews.”
JOSH LANTZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Congratulations to Josh Gastineau, winner of the 2017 Josh Lantz Memorial Scholarship. Based upon Josh’s essay, which was of the highest quality and quite worthy of recognition, his overall GPA, references from his local church, and Josh’s heart for missions, the review committee selected Josh to receive this honor. Each year, the Josh Lantz Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a deserving student in memory of Josh Lantz, a 2005 graduate and honor student at Metro Christian Academy, who drowned in a boating accident in 2006. Josh is fondly remembered as a young man with a heart for others who was devoted to God and engaged in mission work. This memorial scholarship, given by the Lantz family, was established in remembrance of Josh’s life and passion for missions. To qualify for the Josh Lantz Memorial Scholarship, applicants must be in the high school, involved in their local church – as well as mission activities, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA at Metro Christian Academy. Congratulations to Josh Gastineau and thank you to the Lantz family for your continued support of the school and Metro students!
PATRIOT PRESS REACH HIGHER The Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994 to encourage the youth of tomorrow to finish high school and attend college. Twenty-two years later, Wendy’s has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field. Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®. Congratulations to Katherine McKee and Dylan Bierman - Metro Christian Academy’s 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship recipients!
THE ART OF SCIENCE This spring, Mrs. Blake, High School Science Chair, commissioned senior AP Art student, Logan Rogers to paint a wall mural reflecting the various sciences in the newly renovated science wing located in the basement. Implementing all aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), Logan created a sophisticated, original, and hip graffiti masterpiece using the traditional graffiti medium - spray paint.
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BOYS & GIRLS
Logan even included his trademark - The Pink Panther, in his piece. A perfect finishing touch as he has been a focused and studious detective in Mrs. Blake’s Forensics course this semester. Next time you are at Metro, be sure to stop by the science wing in the basement to view Logan’s artistic demonstration.
The Metro Christian Academy Bowling Team continues its annual tradition of a winning season - placing 3rd in their League and again making it to the Regional Bowling competition. The 2017 Bowling Team is comprised of Katherine Long, Bethany McVay, Treagan O’Donnell, Emma Smith, and Cara Thoene, coached by MCA parent, Jeff Thoene.
2017 BOWLING TEAM
In his mural, the font of the word “SCIENCE” is done purposefully, representing a cell going through apoptosis or cell suicide when the cell is no longer able to do its function. Apoptosis is a naturally occurring, constant phenomenon in many living things and allows for new cells to grow and take over. Additionally, infected cells exhibit this method of dying to save the rest of the cells. Each general area of science is represented in the mural – Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Forensics.
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ELITE MATH COMPETITORS For the past two summers, Ote Staton, senior, has worked as an intern in the OKStars Program in conjunction with OSU research mentors and team. Ote’s cutting edge research and project focused on discovering the location where a non-clinically used anti-inflammatory drug had its inhibitory effects in the cell-signaling pathway of the brain. Earlier this year, Ote was invited to attend and present the culmination and findings of his 2-year research project at two seminars at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. He also presented his research during a poster session at the annual Tulsa City Wide Research Day hosted by The University of Oklahoma - Tulsa and participated in an undergraduate oral presentation competition at the Oklahoma Academy of Science. Through his diligent work and dedication to science and research, Ote was immersed in a research atmosphere typically reserved for graduate students and honored for his contributions to the studies through the invitations to present in a highly esteemed arena.
Metro won the OVERALL Team winner in Division II school size and the OVERALL competition Advanced Math 1st Place Team winner! Elite Mathletes include: Sam Hatley, Chandler Heritage, Kevin Huang, Cristian Meyer, Raymond Gao, Jonathan Wilson, Danny Sibley, Joshua Dick, Libby King, Katherine McKee, Avery Ethridge, Maddie Cupp, Kiki Cupp, Abby Fossett, Julia Thigpen, Megan Smith, Taylor Behrman, Kaitlyn Argo, Malory Jackson, Anna Morris, Margaux Thigpen, Gina Rokiski, Christian Wright, Carolyn Argo, Macy Abshere, Trevor Lieder, Ella Lau, Lauren Gastineau, Abby Morris, Caleb Freese, Derek Serage, John Kuang
ALGEBRA I CATEGORY: Derek Serage GEOMETRY CATEGORY: Taylor Behrman ALGEBRA 2 CATEGORY: Anna Morris ADVANCED MATH CATEGORY: Kevin Huang CALCULUS CATEGORY: Sam Hatley
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A total of thirty-two middle and high school mathletes traveled to NEO A&M Math Day Competition at NEO College in Miami, Oklahoma, where Metro Christian Academy had a great competition - placing in all five categories!
MATHCOUNTS TEAM ADVANCES TO STATE! Congratulations to Middle MathCounts! On Saturday, February 4, ten students represented MCA at the East Central Oklahoma MathCounts Regional at University of Tulsa. Students participating in the individual competition were Macy Abshere, Caleb Cain, Brady Gerstenberger, Owen Heinecke, Ella Lau, and Tannen Reed. Students representing MCA on the school team were Josh Ray, Derek Serage, Danny Sibley, and Jonathan Wilson. Competing against 128 students from 20 schools across Northeastern Oklahoma, all ten students ranked in the top half of the competition, with four students in the top 20. The school team took first place among the middle sized schools and third place overall. With the third place finish, the team advanced to the State MathCounts Competition in Norman on March 4.
BE BRAVE: MS STUCO
The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) is an intermediary organization focused on building broad, deep, and innovative pathways for students to access high-impact careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Once again this year, the TRSA hosted the Cardboard Duct Tape and Boat Regatta during the spring semester for elementary through high school students. Students participating in the Regatta were challenged to design, engineer, and construct a boat built only of cardboard and duct tape that was capable of holding one person who would pilot the boat across the length of the pool. Congratulations to the Middle School Academic Bowl Team who won the 2017 Best Engineering Award in the Middle School Category!
In late fall, Mr. Kohlbacher and officers from Middle School Student Council joined over 600 students and their sponsors from across the state at Central Junior High School for the annual Oklahoma Association of Middle and Junior High Student Councils Convention. The overall theme for this year’s conference was “Be Brave”. The “Be Brave” theme challenged these middle school officers to stand up and be leaders in the midst of tough challenges at their schools and in their communities. During the convention, student participants and their sponsors attended a variety of workshops covering topics related to healthcare, team building, and bullying. This year’s officers were responsible for planning Back to School events and providing Christmas decorations and events for middle school. Additionally, they organized and produced an entirely student led Chapel during Teacher Appreciation Week – complete with awards and honors for the middle school faculty. At the end of the school year, middle school officers collaborated with the High School STUCO members and planned the Middle School Neon Soiree dance held in May.
GEOGRAPHY BEE WINNERS
CALEB KOLMAN 1ST PLACE
DEREK SERAGE 1ST RUNNER-UP
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OSSM: AN AWESOME CONTEST
Congratulations to the Math Counts Team at the Fifteenth Annual Oklahoma School of Science and Math Middle School: An Awesome Contest 2017. Congratulations to Danny Sibley who placed 2nd! Team members included: Aden Nowell (6th grade), Jonathan Wilson (8th grade), Ella Lau (8th grade), and Danny Sibley (8th grade).
SPELLING BEE WINNERS
DUKE TIP PROGRAM
Congratulations to Luke Griesemer, Alex Marcoux, Lulu McCune, Caden Monger, Will Moore, and Tannen Reed for qualifying for the Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) Seventh Grade Talent Search! The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980. The Duke TIP programs helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges, and celebrate their accomplishments. The programs are designed to challenge gifted students, inspire them to take pride in their abilities, and foster their educational, social, and emotional development.
LUCAS MYERS 1ST PLACE
JACKSON HESTER 2ND RUNNER-UP
BRADY GERSTENBERGER 1ST RUNNER-UP
OBA WRITING CONTEST WINNER Congratulations to our very own Jonathan Wilson! Jonathan won FIRST PLACE in the 8th Grade division of the 2017 Tulsa County Bar Foundation Law Day Student Writing Contest. This year’s writing contest theme was, “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.” Jonathan was challenged to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. We are impressed and so proud of Mr. Wilson!
WASHINGTON, D.C. In April, the eighth grade class, along with faculty, staff, and parent volunteers boarded the red-eye flights from Tulsa to Washington, D.C. for the annual spring trip. During the week long trip to D.C., students ventured out into the capital, experiencing firsthand the landmarks and buildings that provide the backdrop of our Nationâ€™s history. At the heart of the journey, students traveled to the National Mall, visited seven national memorials, the Tomb of the Unknowns, the White House, the age-old plantations at Monticello and Mount Vernon, and for the first time ever - a tour of the Pentagon! The tour provides a Christian historical view of our heritage, including themes of opportunity, sacrifice, wisdom, leadership, and the continued protection of our freedom.
TEAMWORK AND TRUST The annual 6th grade class retreat at the ropes course is designed to provide an experiential learning adventure offering students the opportunity to challenge themselves in leadership roles, work as a team, and develop trust among peers. As students stepped out of their comfort zones and tackled physical challenges, they learned more about themselves and each other. Friendships were fostered and the group was more unified by the end of the day. Teachers and students agree this was a memorable and fun event filled with challenge, growth, and trust-building.
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2017 MOTHER DAUGHTER RETREAT
2017 FATHER | SON RETREAT
A WEEKEND OF FELLOWSHIP, FUN, AND PRAYER!
This spring, seventh grade mothers and daughters attended the annual Mother|Daughter Retreat at Post Oak Lodge. This yearly retreat provides a wonderful opportunity and sweet time for mothers and daughters to see each other in a different light and gain a better understanding about each other on a whole new level. This year’s theme was “Renew – Renew your eyes, mind, and heart”. Each message and activity drew inspiration from Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The mother-daughter duos enjoyed fellowship time playing volleyball, nuke ‘em, and life size foosball; inspirational teachings and worship with Spiritual Life Director, Claire Yinger and Bible Instructor, Matt Clyburn; sharing meals with one another; and various breakout activities. The weekend retreat was one never to be forgotten as mothers and daughters discovered, renewed, and grew in a deeper understanding of their identity in Christ.
LET FREEDOM RING! Directed by Dr. Sheila Cathey, the 2017 Veteran’s Day Program was a wonderful and powerful musical! The third grade music classes sang patriotic favorites like This Land Is Your Land, The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and Onward Christian Soldiers as they raised a rousing tribute to our nation - celebrating America’s freedom, honoring Veterans and their service to ensure our freedom, and to the FREEDOM we have in Christ.
LOVE IN A SHOEBOX: OPERATION CHRISTMAS
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ELEMENTARYSCHOOL WELCOME TO EARTH
JA’S BIZTOWN Although elementary school students are not old enough to drive, work, vote, or be the boss, that doesn’t stop them from working for Arby’s, Bank of Oklahoma, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, ONEOK, Reasor’s, or Tulsa Tech at Junior Achievement’s BizTown! At the Junior Achievement’s interactive BizTown facility, classroom concepts are combined with relevant applications, helping students connect the dots between what they are learning in school and the world outside of the classroom.
During the spring semester, 2nd grade teachers introduced a Welcome to Earth STEAM project in conjunction with their classes’ study of the Solar System. Each student chose a planet to research - then created a 3-D image of the type of alien they imagined would live on the planet based upon their research, wrote a three-paragraph paper explaining what they had learned and describing their alien, and presented their findings and alien to friends and family at the “Welcome to Earth Celebration”. This project truly encompassed all academic subjects and the students had a blast learning about outer space and creating their very own alien!
After weeks of preparation, job interviews, and elections, Metro 5th graders “went to work” at JA’s unique BizTown - experiencing free enterprise in a fun, interactive, hands-on environment.
JUNIOR BOTBALL CHALLENGE The Junior Botball Challenge is a sustainable program designed to teach elementary students through an inquiry-based curriculum how to write code and apply the engineering design process using robots. Through hands-on classroom activities focused on improving computational thinking and problem-solving skills, students gain invaluable practice with critical thinking, decision-making, collaboration, analytical skills, adaptive flexibility, creativity, innovation, and communication. Congratulations to the FOUR Metro Christian Academy Botball Robotics Teams and the FOUR Championship Trophies they brought home!
SPELLING BEE WINNERS
YOUNG INVENTORS Third graders are given the opportunity to explore their natural curiosity about how things work, are charged with “thinking outside the box”, and challenged to invent creative solutions to everyday problems at the annual Invention Convention. Beginning several weeks prior to the convention, every student discovers and identifies a problem or need in their everyday life. Students then utilize their creative problem-solving skills to design, develop, construct, and market their very own invention solving their problem or need. During the Invention Convention, the young inventors proudly showcase their creations, providing an explanation to fellow students, teachers, and parents. The Invention Convention provides students with a tangible scenario combining the academic disciplines of math, science, and STEAM while reinforcing problem-solving skills, building self-esteem, and rewarding unique innovation and the quest to succeed.
Congratulations to the 2017 Elementary Spelling Bee Winners! This year, Justin Burns, (4th grade) is Spelling Bee Champion, Emily Hopper, (4th grade) is the 1st Runner Up, and Eric Holmes (5th grade) is the 2nd Runner Up.
ACADEMIC BOWL SUCCESS The Oklahoma Association of Academic Competition (OAAC) promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership amongst both elementary and secondary school students. The Academic Bowl is a great opportunity for students to compete one-on-one against other students in their region. They receive recognition for all their hard work and the investment they have made in honing their study skills while in the process they learn! The Academic Teams have two Academic Bowl Tournaments – the Alpha and the Beta. The questions for the academic bowls are based upon current curriculum and are derived from question writers using 80% current adopted textbooks & PASS/Common Core standards with the remaining 20% coming from general academic bowl and cultural literacy type questions. Congratulations to the Metro Christian Academy Academic Bowl Winners!
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ELEMENTARYSCHOOL 2017 WAX MUSEUM
EDIBLE STEM CHALLENGE The Edible Car Project is a fun learning experience connecting the fifth grade curriculum in an engaging, hands-on way. Students are challenged to build a car made of edible materials such as cookies, pretzels, oranges, Rice Krispy treats, gummy bears, and marshmallows. The car must fit within budget, have at least two axles, and wheels that revolve enough to propel it down the track. It might sound like nothing more than kids playing with food - on the contrary! Walking by, one hears students discussing the struggle between how the car looks and how it functions or how much weight to add before the axles are overloaded. Frantic budget recalculations are done, confirming there is enough budget left over to redesign the wheels, now that they know what they know. There are future designers and architects making scaled drawings come to life and defending their concepts to supply managers, ensuring their designs fit within budget. There are future engineers explaining the need for less friction on the wheels, and future accountants managing the inventory and planning for needs. There are peacemakers and encouragers holding the teams together when things do not go as planned. These rich discussions come to life in the last week of school, but the lessons that support them start on the first day of fifth grade.
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PACK & PASS AFTER PACK: PATRIOT AFTER CARE KIDS This year the after school program for elementary students was redesigned and renamed the Patriot After Care Kids (PACK). Mrs. Leann Cherry is the PACK director who had a delightful time planning exciting, hands-on activities for the PACK group. The PACK program continues for the 2017 - 2018 school year and includes a snack, homework time if needed, physical activity, enrichment, and free time activities. Free-time varies from puppets, blocks, and train tables to board games, Legos, and coloring. A few of the enrichment activities include art, cooking, painting, nature walks, and more. Everything is dynamic, experiential, and engaging. PACK hours are from 3:00p.m. – 5:30p.m. Students will spend the first hour having a snack and either completing homework or enjoying activities. Then an hour of physical activity begins on the playground or in the gym. Students return to the PACK room by about 5:00p.m. for more fun and parent pick up. Again, this year, students can attend on a “per day” basis or as a regular PACK attendee. Sign up information is available on the Parent Portal. We hope you’ll “PACK” some after-school fun into your student’s day soon!
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SCHOOL PROGRAMS PASS: PATRIOT AFTER SCHOOL STUDIO This year a new program for middle school students called Patriot After School Studios (PASS) began. PASS offered after school enrichment options, including classes called Studios. Mrs. Leann Cherry is the PASS director who is passionate about finding new and engaging Studio opportunities for our PASS group. The PASS Studios included classes in Theatre/One Act, Photography, Martial Arts, Vocal Performance, Debate, Guitar, Purple Glaze, and more. Every Studio is exciting, educational, and hands-on. Students can attend on a “per studio” basis or as a daily PASS attendee. Studio time is from 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. If students wish to stay after school until the Studios begin, an additional weekly fee of only $7 provides a snack, activities, homework and/or free time. Again this year, the PASS program will be available for students in 6th - 8th grades. Sign up information is available on the Parent Portal and each quarter in the Weekly Happenings. We hope you’ll try a “PASS” to after-school fun soon!
PATRIOT PRESS BASKETBALL
BOYS BASKETBALL Area Consolation Champions State Tournament Appearance OSSAA Distinguished Academic Achievement Award (3.5 GPA or above) GIRLS BASKETBALL District Champions Area Consolation Champions State Tournament Appearance OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award (3.25 GPA or above) 1 All-State Recipient
School Record 17 Straight Play-Off Appearances
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WINTER ATHLETICS SWIMMING
1 Qualifier for the State Championships 1 All-State Recipient
1 Qualifier for the State Championships
PATRIOT PRESS BASEBALL
District Champions Regional Champions State Champions OSSAA Team Distinguished Academic Achievement Award 1 All-State Recipient
BOYS TENNIS GIRLS TENNIS Team Qualified for State Tournament Team Qualified for State Tournament OSSAA Team Distinguished Academic OSSAA Team Distinguished Academic Achievement Award Achievement Award
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SPRING ATHLETICS SOCCER
BOYS SOCCER 1 All-State Recipient GIRLS SOCCER Regional Champions State Semi-Final Appearance OSSAA Team Academic Achievement Award 3 All-State Recipients
SIERRA MUNOZ | 3rd Place Shot Put JULIA THIGPEN | 6th Place 3200 M | 5th Place 1600 M GIRLS 4 X 800 M RELAY | 5th Place Julia Thigpen, Moriah Moody, Caroline McKee, Catherine Keeley JOHN FERRELL | 3rd Place Pole Vault JONATHAN HORTON | 3rd Place 400 M | 1st Place 800 M CABE KILLINGSWORTH | 3rd Place 800 M GEOFFREY WINDSOR | 5th Place 800 M RYAN GARY | 6th Place 1600 M BOYS 4 X 800 M RELAY | 3rd Place Cabe Killingsworth, Colton Stacy, Geoffrey Windsor, Jonathan Horton BOYS 4 X 400 M RELAY | 3rd Place Cabe Killingsworth, Colton Stacy, Geoffrey Windsor, Jonathan Horton BOYS FINISHED 4TH PLACE OVERALL
PATRIOT PRESS OCU 2D COMPETITION
Congratulations to Raymond Heine, Madison Horton, Rachel Dick, Logan Rogers, and Emilee Hudson - five art students who were honored at the Oklahoma High School 2-Dimensional Art Competition. Hosted annually since 1985, by the Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts and the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery, the exhibit and competition features over 800 works of student art from across the state. Logan Rogers placed 2nd in the Drawing category winning a $12,000 scholarship and Emilee Hudson placed 3rd in the Drawing category winning a $12,000 scholarship.
BIXBY TOURNAMENT - 1ST PLACE 5A SWEEPSTAKES
SPEECH & DEBATE SUCCESS
CHAMPS LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE 5A FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS 3rd Place - Lauren Meyer SPEAKING 1st Place - Elise Martin 5A LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE 2nd Place - Marguax Thigpen 1st Place - Elise Martin 3rd Place - Dorian Baldwin 2nd Place - Marguax Thigpen 3rd Place - Will Shaw PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE 3rd Place - Carson Campbell/Aiden Black 5A DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING NOVICE LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE 1st Place - Sam Barber 1st Place - Caedmon Fair 2nd Place - Anna Morris 2nd Place - Alexandria Hendryx 5A STANDARD ORATORY 1st Place - Alexandria Hendryx
UNION TOURNAMENT - 2ND PLACE 5A SWEEPSTAKES
ARRIVEDERCI! GRANT FOR SUMMER EXPLORATION Ruth Vesanen, High School Art Teacher is doing some globetrotting this summer in search of inspiration and innovation to bring back to her students this fall. Mrs. Vesanen has been named a 2017 Fellow by Funds for Teachers, one of the nation’s largest investors in teacher learning and leadership. As one of 546 PreK-12 grade teachers from across the country who earned a self-designed fellowship, Mrs. Vesanen was awarded a $3,400 grant to study the Renaissance in Rome, Florence and Milan, Italy this summer. “I look forward to investigating what elements propelled the genius of Michelangelo, da Vinci and Raphael to contribute to a period of history that is still considered to be the height of excellence, discovery and invention,” said Vesanen. “My hope is to bring this investigation to bear on the elements of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math.” Vesanen has touched the lives of many young artists as the high school art teacher at Metro Christian Academy for the last 15 years Her current course offerings include Art 1, Honors Art, AP Studio Art Drawing and 2D Design.
CHAMPS LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE CHAMPS FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING 3rd Place - Lauren Meyer 1st Place - Will Shaw 5A LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE 5A FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS 1st Place - Evyn Fitzgerald SPEAKING 2nd Place - Anna Morris 1st Place - Chase Austin 3rd Place - Caedmon Fair 2nd Place - Colin Fergerson CHAMPS DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS 3rd Place - Valerie Aguirre-Gutierrez SPEAKING 5A ORIGINAL ORATORY 3rd Place - Will Shaw 1st Place - Murphy Mills 5A DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE SPEAKING 3rd Place - Amber Wilkins 1st Place - Anna Morris 2nd Place - Cade McNeese PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE 3rd Place - Murphy Mills 2nd Place - Colin Fergerson/Jerry Oquin
SAPULPA TOURNAMENT 5A FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS CHAMPS LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE SPEAKING 1st Place - Evyn Fitzgerald 1st Place - Evyn Fitzgerald 2nd Place - Josh Gastineau 2nd Place - Caedmon Fair 3rd Place - Caedmon Fair 5A ORIGINAL ORATORY 5A LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE 2nd Place - Cade Waits 2nd Place - Cade McNeese 3rd Place - Valerie Aguirre-Gutierrez 5A DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING 2nd Place - Cade McNeese 3rd Place - Cade Waits
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CHRISTMAS AT UNCLE PHIL’S DINER The second annual dessert theater performance, “Christmas at Uncle Phil’s Diner”, was an interactive evening of Christmas fun! Each table completed a Christmas centerpiece and laughed as Flodene, the head waitress, played by Macey Drullinger, gave Violet, her trainee played by Grace Merrill, hilarious instructions. The audience was also entertained by PJ, played by Foster Roy, who emceed the evening and tried to keep the “overbooked diner” entertained for Uncle Phil, played by Kevin Oler. The evening ended with a surprise nostalgic gift for Uncle Phil and a live Nativity, played by precious MCA elementary students. The 50’s themed diner served root beer floats, mini cheesecakes, and strawberries making the evening a sweet success.
NATUREWORKS’ STUDENT ART COMPETITION
Since 1991, The Natureworks’ Art show has brought world-class wildlife, western, and landscape artists to Tulsa. During the annual Wildlife Art Show and Sale, guests and patrons have the opportunity to visit with these artists about their work – bringing the art to life and giving a glimpse on how the artist created each specific piece. All of the net proceeds from the Art Show are contributed to wildlife conservation causes to further wildlife conservation mostly in Northeastern Oklahoma. In conjunction with the art show each year, the NatureWorks’ organization and The Sutton Center sponsors a student art competition, challenging young artists to create an original piece portraying an intriguing story about a current conservation topic in which they are passionate. Congratulations to three Metro Christian Academy seniors, Grace Heinecke, Rachel Stacy, and Chloe Griffin, whom were winners in the 2017 NatureWorks’ Art Competition, receiving cash scholarships for their compelling submissions. Each student created and submitted a unique piece of artwork alongside an essay conveying the plight of endangered animals and potential ways to help save the endangered species.
SPEECH & DEBATE 5A STATE The Metro Christian Academy Speech & Debate Team, taught by Mr. Davis, excelled at the 2017 OSSAA 5A State Tournament placing Fourth Place Overall!
5A STATE TOURNAMENT DOMESTIC EXTEMPORANEOUS LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE 1st Place - Grace Heinecke SPEAKING 3rd Place - Cristian Meyer 2nd Place - Lauren Meyer 5th Place - Anna Morris 4th Place - Cristian Meyer 6th Place - Elise Martin 6th Place - Aiden Black 7th Place - Evyn Fitzgerald 7th Place - Grace Heinecke 8th Place - Cade McNeese FOREIGN EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING 1st Place: Will Shaw 2nd Place: Josh Gastineau
SPEECH & DEBATE NATIONAL QUALIFIER Congratulations to Cristian Meyer for qualifying for the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament competing in the Lincoln Douglas Debate. Cristian will represent Metro Christian Academy at the national tournament this June in Birmingham, Alabama. This is Cristian’s second time to qualify for this tournament and he looks to improve on his performance at last year’s tournament where he finished 18th in the nation.
AP PORTFOLIO DAY
Choosing a college or university is one of the most important decisions made by a student during their senior year of high school. The Oklahoma Art Education Association and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art partnered together for the 2017 Portfolio Day, a gathering of colleges and universities across the United States wishing to showcase their visual arts programs and meet with high school art students. The AP Studio Art Class attended the 2017 Portfolio Day, where they met with over twenty-five collegiate art department representatives. The representatives reviewed their student artwork on a one-on-one basis and answered questions about applying to various programs across the nation and the opportunities to earn scholarship funding.
THANK YOU! A huge THANK YOU goes to the Metro Christian Academy PTF and Metro families for the donation of a print press to the Art Department this year. Students now have the opportunity to experience the field of art print making, utilizing a variety of different plates to create original and unique prints!
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METRO STUDENTS WIN GOLD AND SILVER KEY AWARDS GOLD KEY PORTFOLIO RECIPIENTS Madison Horton, Emilee Hudson, Logan Rogers, Rachel Stacy
HONORABLE MENTION PORTFOLIO RECIPIENTS Chloe Griffin, Emilee Hudson, Madison Underhill, Blaire Wyrrick GOLD KEY AWARDS: Garrett Baggett,Taylor Behrman, Halle Brucks (4), Kylie Dancer, Rachel Dick, Grace Dishman, Hannah Fournerat, Hunter Fulton, Lauren Gastineau, Chloe Griffin (2), Grace Heinecke, Kathryn Heinecke, Madison Horton (3), Emilee Hudson (6), Cabe Killingsworth, Emily Kirkpatrick, Jina Lee, Alexander MacLean, Methany McVay, Treagan Odonnell, Logan Rogers(6), Colton Stacy, Rachel Stacy (3), Chloe Tregoning, Madison Underhill, Braden Wagner, Lizzie Allert, Abigail Fossett, Caroline Mattax, Riley Nix, Megan Roberts SILVER KEY AWARDS: Carolyn Argo, Kirstee Beard, Taylor Behrman, Harrison Blake, Jake Brown, Halle Brucks, Kylie Dancer, Kyra Denmark (2),Chloe Griffin (2), Raymonod Heine, Madison Horton (2), Emilee Hudson (7), Wyatt Johnson, Corland Jonas, Cabe Killingsworth, Jina Lee, Bethany McVay (2), Isabelle Packard, Eliza Razdan, Logan Rogers (3), Blake Shannon, Rachel Stacy (3) Lathan Tedford, Elaina Thurman, Madison Underhill, Blaire Wyrrick (3), Savannah Brown (2), Chandler Heritage, Joshua Sullivan HONORABLE MENTION: Elle Anderson, Carolyn Argo (2), Elizabeth Burks, Rachel Dick, Sydni Eagleton, Sophia Frankfurt (2), Lauren Gastineau, Chloe Griffin(5), Emma Hatley, Raymond Heine (2), Kathryn Heinecke, Madison Horton (3), Emilee Hudson (5), Stephen Johnson, Cabe Killingsworth (3), Jina Lee (3), Katherine Long, Treagan Odonnell (2), Isabelle Packard, Wyatt Richardson (4), Virginia Rokisky, Kyla Saurino, Rachel Stacy (2), Alise Starkey (2), Peyton Starkey (2), Lanning Tedford (2), Lathan Tedford, Elaina Thurman, Madison Underhill (3), Blaire Wyrrick (5)
NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC WINNERS Since 1923, the Scholastic Art Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of the nation’s youth and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. This year, a record-breaking 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication from across the nation and Canada in the Awards’ twenty-nine categories, including: poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, video game design, and more. Four of Metro Christian Academy’s art students joined some of the country’s most creative teens! Congratulations to Metro’s 2017 Scholastic Art Winners: Seth Hardy, 8th grade (Gold Medal), Rachel Stacy, Senior (Silver Medal), Chloe Griffin, Senior (Silver Medal), and Cabe Killingsworth, Senior (Gold Medal).
2017 SPRING MUSICAL: THE MUSIC MAN
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BAND SWEEPS OSU JAZZ FESTIVAL
Congratulations to the Jazz Band for bringing home the Sweepstakes Award from the annual OSU Jazz Festival. Metro’s Jazz Band scored the highest rating overall among seven other jazz bands in the E Class through the 4A Class what an accomplishment!
METRO JAZZ BAND REECE CHEATHAM
Three of the Metro Jazz Band members rocked the OMEA All-State Jazz Band Auditions in Midwest City in November. Congratulations to Reece Cheatham (Lead Trumpet), Adrian Severino (Alto Saxophone 2), and Lauren Elias (Piano), who all made the All-State Jazz Band!
Congratulations to Emilee Hudson, Rachel Stacy, and Madison Horton, three AP Art Seniors, who placed in the Top Ten Portfolios of Oklahoma. Junior Hannah Fournerat and Seniors Chloe Griffin and Emilee Hudson won Honorable Mention Show Awards. Congratulations to the Metro Christian Academy Art Department for having the greatest number of winners accepted into this elite exhibit showcase from around the state.
“INDEPENDENT” “HIDDEN WORDS”
Early this spring, the Oklahoma Christian University hosted the 57th Annual Young Talent of Oklahoma showcase. The Young Talent of Oklahoma Competition, supported by the Oklahoma Art Education Association, is an annual statewide high school art exhibition and senior portfolio competition. The exhibition attracted over 1000 individual pieces of original artwork from over twenty-five high schools across Oklahoma, showcased over 175 pieces of artwork, and provided scholarship monies to top student portfolio winners.
COLLIN SHOEMAKER MATTHEW WILLIAMS
“NO ONE TO SEAT”
YOUNG TALENT OF OKLAHOMA
The OMEA All State auditions are highly competitive, and it is open for ALL 10th12th students from any and every school in the state of Oklahoma. The All State Jazz Band had the honor of being directed by the great trombonist/composer/ arranger John Fedchock. Fedchock has been in the jazz scene for three decades, and is a two-time Grammy Award nominee for “Best Instrumental Arrangement”.
PATRIOT PRESS OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF) is a program allowing donors to redirect tax dollars to their favorite private school. It is a win-win program because the donor receives a 75% tax-credit, while the designated private school receives funding for tuition assistance. As a qualified school in this program, Metro Christian Academy was blessed to be the benefactor of several donations made through the OSF. These funds will be distributed as part of our tuition assistance program for the 2017 – 2018 school year. For more information about this amazing program visit www.osfkids.org.
Your Taxes. Your School. Your Choice.
Take the opportunity to help students and families help themselves. Donate to our Fund, direct your dollars to the school of your choice, and provide tuition scholarships for kids. Many times your net cost to you will be – zero!
Your Benefit Any individual, family or business entity paying taxes in Oklahoma is eligible to contribute to the Fund and receive generous state tax credits plus a federal deduction. In 2016, donors making two-year commitments will receive even more generous tax benefits. Your school officials can explain your options.
DON’T MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE YOUR MARK
About Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Metro Christian Academy
The Opportunity Scholarship Fund is a Scholarship Granting Organization that provides scholarships to Oklahoma K-12 students to attend accredited private schools in our state.
Bonnie Polak Phone: 918.745.9868 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Homecoming Tailgate save the date OCTOBER 6TH, 2017
Help pave the way for our future and leave your permanent mark at Metro Christian Academy. By purchasing a brick for the walkway, you will not only mark your place in history, but also help provide endowment funds supporting the future of our school. Your gift is tax deductible. To sponsor a brick and leave a lasting legacy for your family, please contact Bonnie Polak at 918.745.9868, ext. 154 or email@example.com.
metro christian academy begins at 5:30 PM food, music, kids activities, prizes, and football
Bonnie polak at 918.745.9868, ext. 154 or firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: $10 rsvp or $15 at the Door
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ADVANCEMENT THANK YOU FOR BEING “ALL IN”
The 2016 ALL IN Campaign focus continued to be increased participation and support from our families, grandparents, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Gifts of any amount were encouraged – and once again this year, the outpouring of support was outstanding. Overall, the ALL IN Annual Appeal raised $237,094.45 to financially support a variety of projects throughout the school. Overall family participation was a record-breaking seventy percent – a first in Metro Christian Academy’s history, with MCA’s faculty participation at 99%, and 100% Board participation! All annual appeal projects are either complete or in progress and scheduled to be complete before the first day of school! The new flooring, painting, and lighting in the Band and Choir Rooms are complete. The new ceiling tiles, fresh paint, new salad bar, the addition of televisions, and graphics in the Cafeteria are underway. Likewise, in the Library, new shelving and fresh paint are in progress and the installation of new external signage and the addition of televisions to each floor have begun. Two brand-new ten-passenger vans have been purchased, branded, and have already been in use since early spring! THANK YOU for supporting our students, staff and faculty, and school through your sincere and generous donations!
ARE YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW?
METRO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY DRIVE FOR EDUCATION
MCA Golf Classic Estate Planning is a gift that you can give to your family. Estate planning protects your loved ones in case something happens to you and offers peace of mind for your family and loved ones. Are your ducks in a row? Would it be easy for someone to settle your affairs and take care of your family? People often think of estate planning as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and last wishes; but there is more to the estate planning process. No matter how big or small your estate, now is the time to take control of your future and give your family peace of mind. The Metro Christian Academy Foundation has partnered with The Advancement Group to provide to provide this great BENEFIT and FREE estate planning service for all Metro families. To make an appointment with The Advancement Group call 918-491-0079 or if you would like more information on these complimentary financial planning services please contact Bonnie Polak, MCA Director of Advancement and Community Relations at email@example.com or 918-745-9868 ext.154. www.MetroCA.com
THE OAKS COUNTRY CLUB MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 For sponsorship information or to register a team, contact Bonnie Polak at firstname.lastname@example.org, 918.745.9868 ext. 154, or visit metroca.com.
G olf Scramble
PATRIOT PRESS DINNER & AUCTION
Thank You! Power of the Plaid Sponsors Plaid Sponsor:
Power of the Plaid
The Coulter Family
ARVEST BANK MR. AND MRS. TOMMY CAMPBELL COMMERCIAL TITLE & ESCROW SERVICES TANDA AND M.T. FRANCIS
Bronze Sponsors: KEY PERSONNEL MABREY BANK
THE GERSTENBERGER FAMILY GREAT DAY MOVING THE CHAD SMITH FAMILY
GH2 ARCHITECTS, LLC THE HOPKINS FAMILY THE RIVERSIDE GROUP SEAHAWK MANUFACTURING TULSA PEDIATRIC GROUP
THE ROSS GROUP
SWEEPER METAL FABRICATORS TULSA PEDIATRIC URGENT CARE CHRIS ZINN GROUP AT MCGRAW REALTORS
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! JANELLE ALLISON Elementary Teacher 21 Years of Service
Assistant High School Football Coach High School Math Teacher
2 Years of Service
JENNIFER ALLWEIN BEVERLY ARMSTRONG CHUCK BOND 2nd Grade Teacher 1 Year of Service
High School Counselor 8 Years of Service
Secondary Bible Teacher 2 Years of Service
Health Aide | Instructor 2 Years of Service
Secondary English | Literature Teacher 3rd Grade Science | Social Studies Teacher 1 Year of Service
13 Years of Service
Secondary Science Teacher 1 Year of Service
Assistant HS JV Basketball Coach | High School History Teacher
1 Year of Service
JOHN LENSCHOW Secondary Bible Teacher 4 Years of Service
Elementary Spanish Teacher 14 Years of Service
Director of Marketing
4 Years of Service
Secondary Spanish Teacher 13 Years of Service
EVERETT MAHANEY MISSY MANKIN High School Golf Coach | Elementary PE Teacher
15 Years of Service
HANNAH SCHARABOK KELLI STAFFORD
Assistant Director of Spiritual Life 5th Grade Writing | Language Arts Teacher 1 Year of Service 3 Years of Service
Pre-K Aide 13 Years of Service
Pre-K Teacher 1 Year of Service
Secondary Math Teacher 2 Years of Service
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P L E A S E J O I N U S AT T H E
2017 - 2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR August 11-15 August 16 August 17 September 1 September 4 October 16-17
No School First Day of Secondary School First Day of Elementary School No School No School/Labor Day Parent Teacher Conferences Evening October 18 Half Day PSAT Testing and Elementary P/T Conferences October 19-20 Fall Break November 6 No School November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break December 20 Half Day of School December 21 Christmas Break Begins January 3 No School/Teacher Prep Day January 4 Second Semester Begins January 15 No School/MLK Day February 16 No School February 19 No School/Presidents’ Day March 19-23 Spring Break March 30 No School/Good Friday April 13 No School/Elementary Only April 16 No School May 24 Graduation - Last Day of School May 25 Teacher Work/Checkout Day
SCHEDULE PICKUP MONDAY, AUGUST 14 7th and 8th Grade New Student Orientation 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Metro Christian Academy Front Lawn August 14, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 pm Potluck Dinner Provided by Metro RSVP: Newfamily@metroca.com
6th - 8th Grade Schedule Pickup 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 9th - 12th Grade Schedule Pickup 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM New Family Social 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9th - 12th Grade Student Orientation 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Elementary New Family “Meet the Teacher” 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Elementary Returning Family “Meet the Teacher” 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM