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James Vilade

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System (PCA) announced Wednesday that Miami Marlins scout James Vilade was named Varsity Head Baseball Coach at the Plano campus.

“James has had a profound impact on many young lives as a coach, scout and mentor, and we know that God will use him in a powerful way here at PCA as he leads our baseball program forward in excellence,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, PCA Superintendant.

Vilade comes to PCA Plano from the MLB’s Miami Marlins franchise where he is currently in his second stint as a scout. "I want to thank Derek Jeter, Kim Ng and Gary Denbo for the opportunity to serve the Marlins for the last two years,” said Vilade. “This was an amazing experience to work alongside the best in Major League Baseball.  The personal advancement and work experience I received under the leadership of DJ Svihlik and Ryan Wardinsky was life changing.  They are examples of loyalty, hard work, knowledge and love for the game.  They treated everyone in our scouting department with an amazing care and push for excellence.  This culture and environment made us all compete, enjoy our work and absolutely love the Marlins."

Vilade also served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Oklahoma State University for four seasons after six years working for the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders. With Oklahoma State, Vilade helped guide a College World Series appearance in 2016 and a pair of Big 12 Conference Tournament championships (2017 and 2019). During his tenure, the RoughRiders qualified for the Texas League Playoffs four times and appeared in the Texas League Finals twice. The RoughRiders were named Minor League Baseball Team of the Year at the conclusion of the 2008 season, which is the highest team honor in Minor League Baseball. Vilade has worked with many major leaguers, including several current Rangers. Vilade also served as DFW area scout for the Rangers.

"Thank you, Pastor Jack Graham and Prestonwood Christian Academy leadership team for the opportunity to represent Prestonwood, PCA and the baseball team,” said Vilade. “This is an opportunity to be a part of all that represents the principles and values embraced in Christian education. I am excited to join the Athletic Department along with the players who represent our PCA Baseball Family. Our entire family is excited about extending our existing relationship with Prestonwood to the baseball field and beyond."  

Vilade has a passion for baseball and the game of life. Over the past 20 years, he has delivered a powerful motivational message to thousands. He has served as a speaker for The Boys and Girls Club, University of Texas System, Texas GED program, Special Olympics, The Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, high schools, universities and many other great organizations.

Chris Cunningham, Prestonwood Christian Academy Athletic Director is looking forward to Vilade joining the team at PCA.  "I can’t tell you how excited I am about Coach Vilade leading the PCA baseball program. His resume speaks for itself, but it can’t come close to telling the whole story of who this man is and what he does with the cultures of the teams he leads and works with. That story is told through changed lives, and I look forward to all that God is going to do in the lives of our baseball families through Coach Vilade.”

Prior to professional baseball, Vilade spent 12 years as a college coach, serving as head coach for 11 of those seasons. Vilade had the opportunity to start two NCAA baseball programs from the ground up: he was the head coach at the University of Dallas for the first four seasons of its reinstated baseball program before guiding the University of Texas at Tyler through the first seven years of its program. In between running these programs, Vilade was an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University, where he helped ORU capture the Mid-Continent Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

In his 11 seasons as a head coach, Vilade compiled a career record of 348-117.  His .748 career winning percentage makes him one of the winningest coaches in the history of NCAA baseball and the second-winningest coach in the history of NCAA baseball in Texas, where he trails only Cliff Gustafson, the former University of Texas coach. From 2000-2010, Vilade was the winningest NCAA baseball coach in the state of Texas. In 2007, Vilade coached the University of Texas at Tyler to a 37-1 record, which is the best single season record in the history of NCAA baseball in the Lone Star State and second-best nationwide. Vilade’s historic 2007 team is featured in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. A total of 112 of the college players Vilade coached were selected to All-Conference teams, and another 65 players were named to All-Academic teams. Vilade coached 16 All-Americans in his 12 year-career, and more than 60 players that Vilade coached have gone on to play professional baseball.

Vilade played college baseball at Baylor University where he helped the Bears win the 1993 Southwest Conference Championship, defeating the University of Texas Longhorns while advancing to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. A team captain and academic scholar-athlete, Vilade received his Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications from Baylor in 1995.  Vilade also earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in 2003.

Outside the game of baseball, Vilade remains active in community affairs and humanitarian work. Vilade founded Keeper of The Game Foundation in 2014, an organization that supports children with special needs and disabilities in and around baseball. The organization also promotes servant leadership among players and coaches. Vilade is involved with organizations such as Special Olympics, The Miracle League, The Frisco RoughRider Foundation, The Children’s Advocacy Center and Mike Coolbaugh’s Diamond Dreams. Vilade has spent more than 20 years focusing on community service, during which time he has directed more than 200 community service events and humanitarian efforts reaching both local communities and foreign countries. Vilade and his wife, Jennifer, are active members at the north campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church have three children: Ryan, who plays in the Colorado Rockies organization, Trent and McKenzie.

Vilade takes over for Coach Mike Maack, who announced his retirement yesterday. "There have only been two previous head coaches at PCA, Mike Maack and Todd Cash,” said Vilade. “I want to thank them both for the time they have poured into our school and program.  This is something that is extremely meaningful for us as a program and our future."      

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade), PCA Hybrid (starting in fall 2021) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $153 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are now enrolling for its 25th school year in 2021-22.

 

 

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Katie Chretien Dr. Katie Chretien to become PCA Plano's new Lower School Principal

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System announced that after an extensive search, Dr. Katie Chretien has been appointed as Lower School Principal at the Plano campus effective with the opening of 2021-22 school year.

“Prestonwood Christian Academy is committed to preparing students for college and beyond,” said Dr. Mike Goddard, PCA Head of Schools. “PCA strives to establish students for life through a very intentional Kingdom education that equips them academically and spiritually in partnership with the family and church. I am excited to add Dr. Katie Chretien to the excellent leadership team at PCA. She is passionate about investing in the lives of students and fully embraces our vision of developing courageous Christian influencers who will impact the culture for Christ for generations to come.” 

Dr. Chretien brings a wealth of experience having been in the field of education since 1998 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, Social Studies from Louisiana State University. She completed her master's in Education at LSU in 1998 and received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2007. Over the past 22 years, Dr. Chretien has served at the elementary, middle and high school levels in various capacities in both private and public school settings. In addition to various classroom instructor roles, Dr. Chretien served as Assistant Principal at Vivian Elementary Middle Magnet School in Vivian, LA; Academic Dean, Classroom Teacher, Department Head and High School Team Lead at Leadership Prep School in Frisco, TX; and most recently has been the Assistant Principal at Boyer Elementary in Prosper Independent School District.

As a Christian educator, Dr. Chretien is looking forward to joining the PCA leadership team. “It is with great joy that I will be joining the PCA family in the fall as the Lower School Principal,” said Dr. Chretien. “I look forward to continuing to grow our students for their Kingdom purpose while holding true to the core values of academic excellence in all we do. As a product of Christian Education, it is my honor to join the amazing team of educators at Prestonwood Christian in continuing to prepare and equip our students for what God has called them to be!”

Dr. Chretien has been married to Larry Chretien for 23 years, and the couple have two children, Laryn Kate and Zennie. The Chretiens are active members at Prestonwood Baptist Church North in Prosper.

            Dr. Chretien will assume the position currently held by long-time PCA Plano Lower School Principal, Mrs. Paige DeLeon, who is moving to a new role this summer as Director of Employee Recruitment/Retention and Development for the PCA School System.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at four campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade), PCA Hybrid (starting in fall 2021) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2021, graduates have been offered more than $153 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA schools are now enrolling for its 25th school year in 2021-22.

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Tim Tebow Receives Zig Ziglar Award

Prestonwood Christian Academy raised a record $1.45 million and awarded Tim Tebow with its Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award at the 13th annual Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award Banquet, Sunday, April 11.

 

The banquet was held Sunday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. By the end of the evening, the generous giving of parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Prestonwood Christian Academy community surpassed expectations, giving over $1.4 million and setting an attendance record of 1,200.

 

All proceeds from the Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award Banquet directly benefit Sponsor-A-Child (SAC), Prestonwood Christian Academy's tuition assistance program. Each year, 450-500 PCA students receive need-based financial assistance, averaging $7,400 annually, determined by an independent, third-party organization.

 

“A true blessing of the Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award Banquet is to hear incredible testimonies of how lives have been transformed because of the opportunities provided for Kingdom education here at Prestonwood Christian Academy,” said PCA Head of Schools, Dr. Mike Goddard. “It is a privilege to recognize one of our nation’s most prominent Christian influencers as our award recipient, a gifted athlete who has taken his platform and used it for the greater good of the Kingdom. At PCA we strive to develop courageous faith-filled students, who like our award recipient, Tim Tebow, are not just believers of Christ, but followers of Christ, servant-leaders and Christian life-changers in every sector of society.”

 

The Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award was established in 2009 through the shared vision of Prestonwood Christian Academy and the Prestonwood Foundation, with the purpose of encapsulating the legacy of Zig Ziglar by annually naming a recipient who embodies the very essence of Christ-like servant leadership.

 

"As evidenced by the work of his foundation, Mr. Tebow continues to be passionate about sharing the love of Christ with children around the country and the world," said Pastor Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church. "His missionary background and training from his parents instilled in him the importance of God’s word, the salvation we have in Jesus and the responsibility we have to give back to others. This same training is highlighted in PCA’s mission of partnering with parents and our church to equip students to model Christ-like leadership to influence their homes, churches and communities for Christ. I can't think of a more fitting recipient for this award."

 

Learn more about the Zig Ziglar Servant Leadership Award Banquet and previous award winners, such as Chick-fil-A CEO and president Dan Cathy, Hobby Lobby founder David Green, Hollywood producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and Dr. Ben Carson here.

 

Click here to see examples of Tim Tebow's commitment to servant leadership worldwide, including "Night to Shine," an annual prom for those with special needs.

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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PCA Senior Blake Jefferson Dallas resident Blake Jefferson awarded National Honor Society Scholarship.

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) is excited to announce that Senior Blake Jefferson has been selected as a National Honor Society Scholarship semifinalist. Jefferson was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education.

Jefferson, who lives in Dallas, is in the top ten percent of his class and in addition to being a member of NHS, he is also a part of the school’s award-winning Future Problem Solving team. He is a National Merit Commended student and in 2020 was accepted for Mensa membership placing him in the top two percent of IQs in the world. Jefferson plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.

PCA Head of Schools Dr. Mike Goddard commended Jefferson for his selection as a semifinalist for the NHS Scholarship. “At Prestonwood Christian Academy, our goal is that students would strive to go above and beyond in all things for the glory of God. I commend Blake for how he leads at PCA with character and honor in the classroom and amongst his family and peers,” said Goddard.

Since 1946, more than $19 million in scholarships have been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members to support college access and student success. The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, theNational Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

In the 100 years since NHS was founded in 1921, members have been making a difference in their schools and communities, and the NHS Scholarship is NASSP’s way of recognizing the most exceptional of these student leaders. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

“We are so very proud of Blake,” said Upper School Principal Wendy Morris. “He is a hard worker, dedicated to the Lord, and willing to serve others.  He is diligent in his studies to use the gifts and talents God has given him.  Congratulations to Blake!”

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers theNational Honor Society,National Junior Honor Society,National Elementary Honor Society, andNational Student Council.

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Dr. Michael Goddard PCA School System is thrilled to welcome Dr. Goddard as the new Head of Schools!

Dr. Michael Goddard Accepts Executive Leadership Position at Prestonwood Christian Academy

 

After an extensive nationwide search and interview process, Dr. Michael Goddard has been named Head of Schools, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) School System, a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church. Dr. Goddard currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Lovejoy Independent School District. Effective March 15, Goddard will assume leadership and strategic oversight of the PCA School System – PCA Plano, PCA North (Prosper), PCAplus Virtual Academy, PCA Hybrid (a three-days-a-week classroom model), St. Timothy Christian Academy serving students with learning differences, and The King’s Academy in South Dallas.

 

“From the very beginning of Prestonwood Christian Academy, God’s gracious provision has been on this school in a miraculous way, and that provision has led us to Dr. Goddard,” said Eddie Caldwell, head of the school’s search committee. “I am thrilled that God has directed our path to Dr. Goddard to lead the PCA School System forward into the future. He is not only a top educational administrator, but he loves Jesus and is passionate about training the next generation to follow Christ and to serve Him with excellence in every area of life.” 

 

Goddard’s professional experience of more than three decades is characterized by positivity, energetic encouragement, a pursuit of excellence, and a passion for inspiring excellence in those around him. Prior to his work as the Lovejoy Superintendent of Schools, Goddard served as Superintendent of the Red Oak Independent School District and as Assistant Superintendent of Prosper Independent School District, where he oversaw the growth of that district from 3,000 to 12,000 students. He also served as an administrator with the McKinney Independent School District. Dr. Goddard was a nominee for National Superintendent of the Year, and districts under his leadership have consistently performed at the highest levels of academic and co-curricular pursuits. He was also recently named the Top Large Company CEO in 2020 by The Dallas Morning News for his exemplary leadership of the Lovejoy school system. 

 

Prior to his educational career, Goddard served as Camp Director at T Bar M Christian Camps and as an area representative with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at Allen High School, and was four-year captain and starting quarterback for the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks.

 

Goddard is a Nationally Certified Trainer for Vital Smarts - Crucial Conversations and Crucial Accountability, a Certified Jon Gordon Power of Positive Leadership Coach, and an Internationally Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach. He is a highly sought-after speaker throughout the country. Goddard is a longtime member of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

 

“I have known Dr. Goddard for about 30 years and have always admired his personal and professional integrity, high-energy leadership style and superb communication skills,” said Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood. “I truly believe he is God’s man for this role as we begin a new chapter in the PCA School System. I am grateful for Dr. Goddard’s passion for Christ, for Kingdom Education, and for instilling the love of both into our students.”

 

Goddard earned his Ed.D. in post-secondary administration from University of North Texas (2004), Ed.M. with an emphasis in counseling and student services from University of North Texas (2000) and B.A. in communications from Stephen F. Austin State University (1994).

 

“I’m in awe and wonder of how God has directed my journey to now be called to serve the students, staff, teachers and families of Prestonwood Christian Academy,” Dr. Goddard said. “Prestonwood Church has been a huge part of our family and it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to now join the PCA Family. I cannot wait to see what God has planned for the PCA community ahead. It is going to be amazing.”

 

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: PCA Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade adding a grade level every year through the first graduating class of 2023) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. A new school called PCA Hybrid (a three-days-a-week classroom model) will open in August 2021 at the Plano campus. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA schools are now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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Prestonwood Christian Academy announced a new addition to its school system which is currently comprised of three existing schools and two affiliate schools. Prestonwood Christian Academy Hybrid provides a unique design for families who desire additional flexibility in their schedules by offering a hybrid of Blended Learning and Project-Based Learning. These instructional platforms are incorporated within a three day a week school classroom schedule and include a two day a week “satellite classroom” learning design.

Beginning on Aug. 18, 2021, Prestonwood Christian Academy Hybrid will operate at the Plano Campus and provide a specialized delivery platform and learning design for its students. The school model furthers PCA’s ability to expand Kingdom education and provide an additional high-quality Christ-centered educational model for the North Dallas community.

“PCA Hybrid provides a unique design for families who desire additional flexibility in their schedules, and who recognize the importance of a real-world application of knowledge,” said Bill Wendl, principal of the new school. “We encourage parents to evaluate all of their options and prayerfully consider the best opportunity for their child to grow academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.”

PCA Hybrid is currently enrolling for grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 5 and 6. Additional grades will be added as students advance. Interested parents are encouraged to register for one of two PCA Hybrid Preview meetings, offered in-person or zoom, on Feb. 5 and 12, 2021. Register at www.prestonwoodchristian.org/hybrid.

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. All PCA campuses are now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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Dylan Jackson and Hannah Stoutmire Jackson signed to play football at Harding University and Stoutmire signed to run track at Howard University!

Today Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored two student athletes who signed Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level.

“We are so grateful for these young students and all they poured into PCA and our athletics program,” said PCA’s Athletic Director Chris Cunningham. “I look forward to all that God is going to continue to do in and through their lives at the next level.”

Defensive lineman Dylan Jackson will play football at Harding University this fall. Jackson was named a captain of the 2020 Lions Football Program and has been a varsity starter on the defensive line for three years. In 2020, Jackson was a two-way starter on both the defensive and offensive lines. In 2019, Jackson was named 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-State and Academic All-State. In 2020, he was named 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-State and Academic All-State. He was also named Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Scholar Athlete of the Week.

“Dylan Jackson is not only one of the best defensive linemen, but one of the best players to ever compete here at PCA,” said Cunningham, who also serves as Varsity Football Head Coach. “He was a dominant force for opponents to face on the field and as a leader on our team, he was an inspiration and example of what a Lion football player looks like! He does not compartmentalize excellence. It exists in every part of his life! We are grateful for the legacy he has left with our program.”

Hannah Stoutmire signed to run track at Howard University. Stoutmire has been on Varsity Track all four of her Upper School years. Her Freshman year, she was named All-State in the 4x400 relay. In 2019, Stoutmire was a District and Regional Champion in the 400 meters and 4x100 relay. She was an All-State Finalist in the 400 meters, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. “Congratulations to Hannah,” said Varsity Track Head Coach Sheila Stoutmire. “We’re truly happy to see her hard work pay off, and we are praying for a blessed journey ahead.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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PCA Student in a Computer Science Course

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) is proud to have earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses.

At PCA, AP Computer Science A students learn to design and implement computer programs that solve problems relevant to today’s society. The number of national female AP CSA exam-takers has grown steadily, up nearly 25% since 2017. Overall AP computer science course participation has increased 79% since 2017, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students.

“At Prestonwood Christian Academy, we are proud to have a strong presence of female students studying AP Computer Science,” said Interim Head of School, Mr. John Klingstedt. “We can’t wait to see their passion for next generation technology lead to lifelong success for God’s greater glory.”

Out of the 20,000 schools that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either: 1) 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or, 2) a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female students during the 2019-20 school year. In 2020, PCA was one of 232 schools recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A.

“Encouraging students to pursue their God-given gifts and talents is at the core of our mission at Prestonwood Christian Academy,” said Upper School Principal, Mrs. Wendy Morris. “We are proud to offer a rigorous STEM program at PCA attended by many bright young female students. These students not only challenge themselves with the courses they study, they excel.”

According to College Board research about AP Computer Science Programing, female students who take AP CSP in high school are more than 5 times as likely to major in computer science in college. Providing female students with access to computer science courses will help ensure gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and will drive innovation, creativity, and representation.

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

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Randell Holmes

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) is excited to announce that Senior Randell Holmes has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 35th Annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award.

Holmes, who hails from Plano, has a 3.85 grade point average and is a winner of the Principal’s Honor Roll Award. He is a member of PCA’s National Honor Society and serves as executive president of the student body. Holmes has competed on the school’s football, track and lacrosse teams and was captain of the varsity football team. As a senior football player, the running back earned 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-State and Academic All-State Honors.

Interim Head of School, Mr. John Klingstedt, commended Holmes for his selection as a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Scholarship. “At Prestonwood Christian Academy, our goal is that students would strive to go above and beyond in all things for the glory of God. I commend Randell for how he leads at PCA with character and honor on the field, in the classroom and amongst his family and peers,” said Klingstedt.

The recipient of the Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award of $30,000 will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Foundation will award $2,500 scholarships to each of the four remaining finalists. Recipients of the High School Scholarship Award are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievements, community service, character, leadership and varsity sports participation.

“Randell is a hard worker, a friend to everyone, a leader, and a servant,” said Upper School Principal, Mrs. Wendy Morris. “While football is his passion, he also serves through our Student Government Association as the Executive President. Randell was voted for this position by his peers because he is a friend to all and willing to work for the school. Academics are important to him, and he values his teachers.  He loves the Lord and tries to walk in a way to bring honor to the Lord. We are so proud of all that Randell has done both on and off the field.”

The Foundation has distributed over $1.2 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field to leadership in life. The winner will be honored virtually on Monday, Feb. 15. More information is available at https://daveyobrienaward.org/2021/01/five-davey-obrien-high-school-scholarship-finalists-named/.

Prestonwood Christian Academy is made up of five schools serving students across the Dallas Metroplex and virtually throughout the world. More than 1,650 students are enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th Grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th Grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. St. Timothy Christian Academy in Plano serves students with learning differences and The King’s Academy provides a Christian education to students in South Dallas. The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. From the first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $140 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning. PCA is now enrolling for the 2021-22 school year. Go to prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information.

 

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National Merit Commended Congratulations to PCA's six seniors for being named National Merit Commended!

Congratulations to the six Prestonwood Christian Academy seniors who placed in the 2021 National Merit competition. Ishawnia Christopher, Brianna Devadoss, Jack Dunnigan, Blake Jefferson, Markus Mortenson and Samuel Russell were named National Merit Commended based on their results of the fall 2019 PSAT. In addition, Micah Oliver and Jack Dunnigan have been named National Hispanic Scholars. 

About 34,000 Commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

College Board and Scholarship America select just 5,000 Hispanic/Latino students from 400,000 to be named National Hispanic Scholars.

"We are proud of these bright students who excel academically and are involved as leaders on our campus. Each of them is able to articulate their biblical worldview in a marketplace full of opposing ideas and ideology," said Mr. John Klingstedt, Executive Director and Interim Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy. "These seven students represent Prestonwood Christian Academy well, and they showcase how a student can shine at a liberal arts school where faith is not separated from learning, but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive environment and community."

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at three campuses: Plano (Pre-K3 through 12th grade), PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 10th grade) and PCAplus Virtual Academy. PCA North is in its sixth school year with more than 250 students and is now enrolling through 11th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023!  PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 12 years. PCA has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country providing intentional biblical worldview training and integration. The school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health in addition to their scholastic endeavors and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its Spiritual Development plan is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Since its first graduating class in 2002 through the class of 2020, graduates have been offered more than $139.9 million in scholarship for academics, arts and athletics from universities and other institutions of higher learning.