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STCA Presents to Department of Education Head of School Lisa McNair looks on as students discuss learning with the Dept of Education.

On Oct. 20, 2020, St. Timothy Christian Academy (STCA) met virtually with Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Frank Brogan, U.S. Congressman Van Taylor of Plano, and representatives from Senators Ted Cruz’s and John Cornyn’s offices to share about the school’s successful reopening plan after COVID-19.

St. Timothy parents, students, staff, Board President Lee Phegley, Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Executive Director/Interim Head of School John Klingstedt and STCA Head of School Lisa McNair discussed the school’s successful reopening plan including methods used to safely allow students back in the classroom this fall. The virtual roundtable was part of a series of virtual visits that Assistant Secretary Brogan is holding with school and community leaders around the country to understand the most successful strategies being used to reopen schools.

“What an honor for St. Timothy Christian Academy to have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to be featured in a virtual showcase,” said STCA Head of School, Lisa McNair. “Each of our students is diagnosed with a learning difference. Online learning is challenging for many students, but because of their learning differences, students with special needs struggle. A mom told me, ‘Being isolated at home with no therapies or social interaction has been detrimental to my child. We have seen so much regression.’ At St. Timothy, we knew we had to step out in faith and provide what our students need. We are blessed to partner with Prestonwood Christian Academy and Prestonwood Baptist Church who have fully supported our efforts to provide this service for our students.” 

St. Timothy Christian Academy is a non-traditional school which supports families and educates students with learning differences in grades K through 12. STCA is one of five schools in the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System which has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. St. Timothy is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Interested families are invited to contact Admissions at 972-820-5460.

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Sex Trafficking Parent Training Join us for this important FREE training event to learn how to protect your children from the dangers of sex trafficking industry.

The headlines of recent weeks have focused on U.S. Marshals rescuing dozens of missing children who are victims of sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is the presence of force, fraud, or coercion resulting in a sex act with an adult or any sexual act with a minor. Unfortunately, this happens every day somewhere in our country, and in our own communities as well. In fact, estimates suggest that more than 50,000 people are trafficked in the U.S each year, and the average age a teen enters the sex trade is 12 to 14 years old.

There are ways to prevent trafficking and recognize the warning signs of a predator in order to best protect your children. Join us for a free Parent Training session featuring renowned expert, Jaco Booyens.

 

SEX TRAFFICKING TRAINING TOPICS:

  • Dangers of Sex Trafficking
  • Who are the "buyers" of children
  • Online Profiling
  • Tactics of a Predator
  • Red Flags and Warning Signs a child may be in danger
  • What to do if you believe a child is being trafficked

DETAILS:

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Prestonwood Christian Academy Student Leadership Center
6801 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75093

**Live-stream option will also be available.

This event is FREE but registration is required for both in-person and live streaming so we can account for social distancing. Click here to register (also where the live stream link will be located): www.prestonwoodchristian.org/jaco

 

Last year during PCA's Biblical Worldview Institute (BWi), hundreds of students and faculty had the incredible privilege of hearing from Mr. Booyens. You can view his presentation from BWi at 

https://vimeo.com/377121591.

 

COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Masks are required and must be worn (10-years and older).

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On Friday, July 17, 2020, Prestonwood Christian Academy unveiled its Back-to-School plan for the 2020-21 school year. PCA Plano and PCA North in Prosper look forward to resuming daily on-campus instruction for all students this fall. As preparations are made for a safe return to school with limited disruptions and enhanced health protocols, PCA has created a dedicated COVID-19 Team, with four specific Task Forces. The COVID-19 team has gathered research, made recommendations, and feels confident PCA is able to return to campus with the robust student life offerings for which Prestonwood Christian Academy is known. 

As a private school, PCA is not mandated to follow the decisions of neighboring school districts. Unless a government agency requires closing of the school, PCA plans to conduct classes here on our campus. However, because there is still so much uncertainty about best practices during this pandemic, the campuses are proceeding thoughtfully and carefully. School officials have developed a re-opening plan with a remote learning option that allows for flexibility and transparency while prioritizing the health and safety of the school community. 

The PCA Back-to-School Plan is summarized in the Returning to a Connected Community document which can be viewed on the PCA website. More information and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at prestonwoodchristian.org/reopening.

While PCA will proceed with school on-campus as planned, it may look different during adaptation to new protocols to provide safety for students and extended PCA family. PCA's promise to provide a high-quality educational experience, a nurturing environment, and a biblically based discipleship plan, both inside and outside of the classroom, remains unchanged.

PCA Plano and PCA North are accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Please visit prestonwoodchristian.org/admissions for more information or to schedule a campus tour either in person or via zoom.

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Mrs. Rebecca Harsila New Director of Development at The King's Academy in South Dallas.

TKA hires established Strategic Development, Marketing and Philanthropy Leader, Mrs. Rebecca Harsila 

Dallas, Texas (July 16, 2020) The King’s Academy (TKA) is pleased to announce that Rebecca Harsila has been named the new Director of Development for The King’s Academy, located in Bonton/South Dallas. Mrs. Harsila will be taking the primary leadership role in the creation, implementation and management of the annual giving strategy. This will include the development and execution of capital campaigns, events, community relations and donor cultivation with the goal of establishing a sustainable foundation to launch TKA into the future. Mrs. Harsila brings with her 16 years of experience in nonprofit development, which includes collaboration with individuals, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit partners. The Director of Development position is new to TKA and is essential to the future and function of the school as TKA aims to offer an exemplary Kingdom education by investing in the whole child: spiritually, academically, and emotionally. 

Mrs. Harsila most recently served as Executive Director of Carry The Load, a fast growing, grassroots, movement aimed at creating awareness and a public recommitment to honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. She launched Carry The Load in 2011 alongside two local Navy SEALS. The charity thrives today and at this time has raised over $25 Million toward its mission and worthy nonprofits directly serving military, firefighters, police and first responders. Mrs. Harsila received recognition by Communities Foundation of Texas and Blackbaud company for the most organic growth by a nonprofit during her time leading Carry The Load. 

A native Texan, she is a graduate of Texas Tech University and began her career shortly after at the Baylor Tom Landry Center and had an opportunity to hone her skills in event logistics during a stint living in Heidelberg, Germany. She worked for the USO/MWR Heidelberg Rod and Gun Club and Outdoor Recreation department on the Army installation in Heidelberg coordinating international trips for soldiers and their families and running gun club and outdoor recreation operations. Mrs. Harsila trained in nonprofit development working for the American Heart Association - Dallas Division raising critical funds and handling all aspects for one of the top two Heart Walks in the nation and later went out on her own to support several nonprofits. While freelancing, she spent several years developing the fundraising efforts and event production for the Dallas Global Proclamation Academy of Global Pastors for RREACH, located on the Campus of Dallas Theological Seminary. 

The Director of Development is a strategic position responsible for leading and expanding TKA’s development efforts, finding beneficial ways to successfully promote TKA’s educational mission and shine a light on the need in Bonton/South Dallas. God has called Mrs. Harsila to support Christian visionaries with the skills He has so uniquely gifted her with. She will provide meaningful support in the areas of strategy, networking, sponsorship, and donor cultivation. 

When asked about her passion for education, Mrs. Harsila stated, “All children deserve a quality education and a chance to achieve their dreams. The King’s Academy promotes academic excellence and 21st century learning skills. More important than this…the children of South Dallas will come to know the Most High One, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Dr. Shailendra Thomas, Head of School, exclaimed, "I am elated that Rebecca is joining the TKA family! Her expertise is exactly what is needed to bring our goal of preparing learners to fulfill God's purpose in their lives to fruition." 

Her passionate outside interests include serving as a volunteer for One for Israel, City of Plano and the Dallas Stars Foundation. She enjoys family time with her boys, Brooks and Bodee and husband Roy, travel overseas and teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Plano. Mrs. Harsila can be reached at rharsila@tkadallas.org or 972-930-4054. 

The King’s Academy (TKA) is now in its second year of providing Kingdom education to children in the South Dallas area. TKA partners with families to provide children an exemplary Kingdom education by investing in the whole child: academically, spiritually, and emotionally and offers small class sizes with excellent teachers. TKA provides a biblically integrated curriculum that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Currently, TKA is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for grades PK3 – 2nd grade. For more information visit www.tkadallas.org or call 469-372-2502. 

 

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PCA 2018-19 Yearbook PCA's 2018-19 Yearbook, Lion's Lair, focused on the theme of "On the Horizon."

The Prestonwood Christian Academy yearbook staff has been recognized by Balfour Yearbooks with the Featured recognition for its outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism. The Prestonwood Christian Academy yearbook is featured in Balfour’s 2020 Yearbook Yearbook. The yearbook adviser is Aubrey Pasant. 

“Congratulations on creating a book that documents the history of your school while telling the unique stories of your students,” Mark Goshgarian, General Manager of Publishing and Digital Assets said. “Your inclusion in this 34th edition of The Yearbook Yearbook allows your outstanding work to serve as inspiration for staffs across the nation.” 

Yearbooks published by Balfour for the 2018-19 school year were evaluated in one or more of the following areas: theme development, layout design, photo content, secondary packages and cover design. The 2020 Yearbook Yearbook showcases 2019 yearbooks. Prestonwood Christian Academy’s inclusion in the 2020 Yearbook Yearbook reflects their commitment to journalism excellence and creativity. Balfour honors fewer than 5 percent of yearbook staffs with this distinction. 

Since 1913, Balfour has been recognized as the source for fine scholastic and recognition products. Balfour serves high schools, universities, sports organizations, and corporations worldwide. Balfour provides unrivaled quality and personalized service and is known as a market leader in design innovations. Balfour connects students to the most meaningful moments of their lives with exceptional products like class rings, yearbooks, letter jackets, photography and graduation products. For more information on Balfour, visit the company's web site at http://www.balfour.com

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at five campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 240 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy and part-time students, and has been serving students for more than 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. The King’s Academy in South Dallas opened its doors to PreK-4 through 1st Grade students on Aug. 19, 2019.

Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its spiritual development plan, and intentional biblical worldview training, is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Prestonwood Christian Academy’s class of 2019 was offered $16.5 million in scholarship for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. Since the first graduating class of 2002, PCA graduates have been offered more than $126.7 million in scholarships and have matriculated to universities near and far. PCA is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Interested families are invited to contact pcaadmissions@prestonwoodchristian.org.

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Sarah Sign Family

Today Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) held a virtual signing day ceremony to honor student athletes who intend to play their sport at the collegiate level.

“I am proud of these student athletes that we are honoring today,” said PCA’s Athletic Director, Chris Cunningham. “They are not only athletically talented, but they are great students who have hearts for the Lord, and we are excited to see them represent Prestonwood Christian Academy at these fine universities next year.”

Senior Jake Burton signed to play college baseball at Hendrix College. He has been a three-year starter on the Lions Varsity Baseball team and an integral part of PCA’s success. Last season, Burton was voted to Second Team All-District and Kingdom Athlete by his peers. Additionally, he was an Academic All-State selection. 

“Jake is a true leader in every sense of the word. There are leaders who lead out front and those who lead from the back - Jake is the latter, always pushing and challenging his teammates to work harder by the example he sets by his work ethic,” said Head Baseball Coach Mike Maack. “Jake’s walk with Christ is also very evident. There are those who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. Jake does both and isn’t ashamed or afraid to share his faith!  Hendrix is not only getting a really good baseball player, but they’re getting an even better person and leader in Jake Burton!  It has been an honor and privilege to coach Jake during his time at PCA.” 

Senior Nathan Galloway will play men’s basketball at Hendrix College next year. Galloway was a team captain his Senior season, as well as being named Second Team All-District, TAPPS Academic All-State, and was a starter for the 2019 Regional Final team. Galloway received Honorable Mention All-District his Junior year when the Lions were State Runner-Up, and he also played a role on the 2017 State Championship Team. Galloway led the PCA team in charges this season which, according to Head Varsity Basketball Coach Jeff Clarkson, “…is the most unselfish play in basketball!”

Galloway excels in the classroom as well having been named to the 2019 and 2020 Principal’s Honor Roll Award with a 4.0 GPA his Junior Year and Senior Year. He was on the Academic Honor Roll in 2017 and 2018 and was named the 2019 Pre-Calculus Student of the Year Award and the 2017 Geometry Student of the Year Award for having the highest average. Galloway has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years and was recognized in 2017 as a Top Ten Student. In addition to basketball and his studies, Galloway has completed 1000 hours of service during Upper School at schools in Dallas metroplex, adult memory care for Alzheimer’s care, annual Special Friends basketball game, and international missions in the Dominican Republic and the Amazon.

Senior PCAplus student Sarah Sign signed today to become a student athletic trainer at the University of Mississippi. Sign came to PCAplus as a Sophomore, and according to PCA’s head athletic trainer, Mr. Danny Nafey, “Sarah has a wonderful servant’s heart and has become one the best student athletic trainers I’ve had – and I’ve been doing this for more than 37 years.” Each Saturday, the training team prepared an injury report for coaches, and that report became Sarah’s prayer list for the week. “She would remind us often, that it’s not just what we do in the training room that helps our players perform,” said Nafey, “but how often we pray for them as well.”

Sign worked as one of only two high school student trainers at the Manning Passing camps where she received the Rookie of the Year award. Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, Sign could be found on the sidelines of the XFL Dallas Renegades helping as a student athletic training assistant. Sign is a national merit qualifier, has the highest GPA in the PCAplus program and has been awarded academic scholarships including Ole Miss Chancellor’s Leadership Class. Sign is an award-winning artist often portraying football prominently in her art.  One of her football pieces depicting football as an icon of American Culture was to go to State competition next month.  Finally, Sign also enjoys volunteering at a local retirement center in Plano.

Senior Jordan Webster* will play women’s basketball at University of California-Riverside. Webster is one of the most decorated athletes in PCA basketball history, and this year she surpassed all scorers and accomplished leading scorer in PCA basketball history as she surpassed Julius Randle for the leading spot and finished with a total of 2,340 points. Webster broke her own single game scoring record of 36 points this season when she scored 39 points in a preseason game.

Webster led the Lady Lions to State all four years while in Upper School. She was a State Runner-Up her Senior and Freshmen seasons, and State Semi-Finalist her Sophomore and Junior seasons. Webster was named a McDonald's All-American Nominee this season, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Team her Senior and Junior years, 6A TAPPS First Team All-State her Senior, Junior, and Sophomore seasons, and was named TAPPS 6A Newcomer of the Year and Honorable Mention All-State her Freshmen year. She was also named to the 6A TAPPS State All-Tournament Team her Senior, Junior, and Sophomore seasons. Webster was named District 2-6A Most Valuable Player this season while averaging 20 PPG, 8 RPG, 3 SPG, 3 APG, and 4 DPG, and was ranked #1 in District. She was also named District 2-6A Offensive Player of the year as a Junior. She has won First Team All-District all four years while in Upper School. Webster was named Team Most Valuable player her Senior, Junior, and Sophomore seasons, and Offensive Player of the Year her Junior and Freshman seasons. She was also named to the Dallas Morning News All-Area First Team, VYPE DFW Girls Private School Basketball Player of the Year finalist, and DFW Inside High School Sports MVP finalist this season. Jordan was named to multiple All-Tournament teams throughout Upper School, including the MVP of the KSA Tournament in Florida, as well as MVP of the Craig Bowers Tournament as a Junior. Webster was a captain for the Lady Lions both her Senior and Junior seasons. Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Holly Mulligan said, “We are beyond proud of Jordan’s accomplishments, perseverance, and the legacy she left at Prestonwood Christian Academy!”

“These students have made such an impact on our school,” said Upper School Principal Wendy Morris. “Not just by winning in their respective sports, but in our hallways and among their peers. These students care about their grades and are involved with activities at PCA. We are going to miss them next year, but we are looking forward to seeing all that they achieve at the collegiate level!”

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at five campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 240 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy and part-time students, and has been serving students for more than 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. The King’s Academy in South Dallas opened its doors to PreK-4 through 1st Grade students on Aug. 19, 2019. 

The PCA School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its spiritual development plan, and intentional biblical worldview training, is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Prestonwood Christian Academy’s class of 2019 was offered $16.5 million in scholarship for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. Since the first graduating class of 2002, PCA graduates have been offered more than $126.7 million in scholarships and have matriculated to universities near and far. PCA is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Interested families are invited to contact pcaadmissions@prestonwoodchristian.org.

 

 *Not present for the signing.

 

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Feb. 28, 2020-- PLANO, TX Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) today celebrated the opening of a new 60,000 square foot Middle School at the school’s Plano campus. The $20 million building will soon be the home for the campus’ fifth through eighth graders.

PCA and Prestonwood Baptist Church leaders ceremoniously cut a ribbon celebrating the new building. “The learning that will take place here over the years for our Middle School students will have a far-reaching impact,” said PCA’s Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor. “From STEM to outdoor learning, to the arts and collaborative spaces, our students will be challenged to use their minds in a rigorous way in an effort to bring glory to the Lord.”

The building will provide full programming for over 400 Middle School students and create visible unity and community for students as well as greater faculty collaboration. (PCA's four grades of Middle School students have previously been split between two buildings, sharing space with PCA’s Lower and Upper School students.) PCA’s Middle School students begin classes in the new building on March 16, when they return from Spring Break.

 “Our vision, our heart, has been one Middle School division under one roof providing unity, community, security and identity for our Middle School students,” said Leesa Trout, Sixth Grade English Teacher.

The new building not only creates more physical unity for Middle School students and faculty but provides opportunity for broader curriculum needs as well through collaboration space, innovation labs, a new media center/library, two technology labs and outdoor learning space.

In 2018, through the school’s EQUIP Campaign, Prestonwood Christian Academy secured funding to move forward with construction of its new Middle School building and the renovation of the Fine Arts facility. The renovated Fine Arts center, which opened in August 2019, meets the growing demands of PCA’s robust, award-winning program. The approximately 20,000 square feet of space includes a black box theatre, Fine Arts gallery hall showcasing student artists, new band hall, choir space with practice rooms and a mock trial courtroom.

“We want to thank our donors for helping us raise the millions of dollars needed to provide this state-of-the-art building,” said Dr. Taylor. “The PCA family responded generously to make our plan a reality in order to avoid incurring any long-term debt.”

Lead EQUIP Campaign donors who were recognized at the ceremony are Tim and Peggy Horner, Jim and Pamela Hillhouse, Emery and Amy Petrof and Bill and Trisha Ruzynski, in addition to several anonymous donors.

“This is now one of the most premier places on the Prestonwood Campus with the beautiful view of the lake and the Divine Servant statue,” said Pastor Graham. “But the real beauty is the Kingdom education that will take place here—a partnership between a family, the church and our school.”

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at five campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 240 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy, and part-time students, and has been serving students for more than 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. The King’s Academy in South Dallas opened its doors to PreK-4 through 1st Grade students on Aug. 19, 2019. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its spiritual development plan, and intentional biblical worldview training, is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Prestonwood Christian Academy’s class of 2019 was offered $16.5 million in scholarship for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. Since the first graduating class of 2002, PCA graduates have been offered more than $126.7 million in scholarships and have matriculated to universities near and far. PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour or attend an upcoming School Preview to learn more! Details and registration are available at prestonwoodchristian.org/preview.

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

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

Linebacker Graham Hill will play football at Georgetown University this fall. Graham was named a captain 2019 Lions Football Program and was 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-State and Academic All-State in TAPPS Division 1. Graham’s statistics for the 2019 season included 128 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, two touchdowns and two forced fumbles. He was also the Defensive Player of the Week for the Dallas Morning News and Hero of the Week as well.

Dayton Toney signed to play football at the University of Hawaii. Dayton is a three-year varsity letterman and a two-year, two-way starter who was selected to the TAPPS District 2, 2nd Team All-District Team as a receiver this season. He was also selected to be a captain for the 2019 Lions Football Program. This past season, Dayton had 29 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns, 311 yards in kick returns with another touchdown and 23 tackles at safety.

Riley Wilson will play football at the University of Hawaii this fall. Riley has been a three-year varsity starter and was a captain for the Lions Football Program in 2019. He has been a force on both sides of the ball playing linebacker on the 2017 State Championship Team, and then making 1st Team All-District and TAPPS 2nd Team All-State at receiver in 2018. In 2019, before the season started, Riley won the MVP Award for receivers at the Nike Opening in Dallas. An injury in the Lions’ sixth game of the season forced Wilson to miss all of the district games, but through the first six games he had 26 receptions for 433 yards and five touchdowns along with 27 tackles, six tackles for losses and two interceptions with a return for a touchdown. He returned to lead his team into the playoffs amassing more than 200 additional yards receiving and three more touchdowns!

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at five campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 240 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy, and part-time students, and has been serving students for more than 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017. The King’s Academy in South Dallas opened its doors to PreK-4 through 1st Grade students on Aug. 19, 2019. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its spiritual development plan, and intentional biblical worldview training, is PCA’s rigorous Liberal Arts academic program. Prestonwood Christian Academy’s class of 2019 was offered $16.5 million in scholarship for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the arts. Since the first graduating class of 2002, PCA graduates have been offered more than $126.7 million in scholarships and have matriculated to universities near and far. PCA is currently accepting applications. Interested families are invited to take a campus tour or attend an upcoming School Preview to learn more! Details and registration are available at prestonwoodchristian.org/preview.

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PCA Signing Day L to R: Ryan Patterson, baseball Baylor University; River Ridings, baseball Texas Christian University; Caroline Stogner, volleyball The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Luke Savage, baseball Texas Christian University; and Jack Walton, baseball Colorado School of Mines

 Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) honored five athletes and PCAplus, PCA’s online school, celebrated three athletes, all who will play their sport at the university level.

Head of School, Dr. Larry Taylor, commended the students for their achievements. “At Prestonwood Christian Academy our goal is that students would enter the classroom or athletic field being challenged to go above and beyond. I am very pleased to be a part of the ceremony today and want to commend the students, parents, faculty and coaches as we celebrate the next step of the journey for these students.”

Earlier in the day, PCA held a signing ceremony for five student athletes:

Senior Caroline Stogner of Lewisville signed to join the University of Alabama at Birmingham volleyball program next year. Stogner has excelled on PCA’s Volleyball Team, playing in the State Championship title game in 2017 (State Championship Runner-Up), 2018 (State Championship) and 2019 (State Championship Runner-Up.) She was named First Team All-District in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was the District MVP in 2018 and 2019. Stogner was named to the All-State Tournament Team in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Ryan Patterson from Carrollton has committed to play baseball at Baylor University. In the 2019 season, the team named him Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and in District he was named Offensive Player of the Year, second ranked player in the district and was 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-State. In 2018, Patterson was named 1st Team All-District and was named the Lions’ MVP and Offensive MVP. In 2017, he was the Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the Lions. 

River Ridings of Carrollton committed to play baseball at Texas Christian University as a sophomore, and today he officially signed the paperwork. He was named PCA’s 2019 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and in District play, he was the Pitcher of the Year, fourth ranked player in the district, 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-State. In 2018, Ridings was the team’s Co-Defensive MVP and was named to the 1st Team All-District. In 2017, Ridings received Honorable Mention All-District.

Luke Savage of Dallas also committed to play baseball at Texas Christian University during his sophomore year. Last season he was the Lions’ Team Co-Offensive Player of the Year and MVP. Savage was named the District MVP, first ranked player in the District, was on the 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-State, as well as being named Academic All-State. In both 2017 and 2018, Savage was the team’s Co-Defensive MVP and named to 2nd Team All-District.

Jack Walton of Carrollton, PCA's Varsity second baseman, will join the Colorado School of Mines baseball team next year.

Later, PCAplus held a signing day ceremony for three students who participate in high-level gymnastics outside of school. The flexibility of online classes via PCAplus has helped these athletes maintain their rigorous training schedules.

Madison Benson, from Coppell, a four-time Junior Olympics (JO) National Qualifier (2016-2019) will attend North Carolina State University. In 2019, she achieved second on the floor and tenth in All Around (AA) at the Junior Olympics. Benson was a 2019 State Champion Level 10 State AA as well as a Regional Qualifier, Vault Champion, fourth on floor and third in AA.

Chae Campbell of Carrollton will attend the University of California at Los Angeles. Campbell has been nominated for the 2019 Junior Olympics National Gymnast of the Year Award, is a 2019 JO National Team Member and attended the 2019 Women's Junior Olympic National Championships in Indianapolis where she placed second in Floor Exercise and third in All Around. She also competed at the 2019 Level 10 Texas State Championships placing first in Vault, third in Bars, second on Beam, second on Floor and second All Around. She competed at the 2018 Level 10 Texas State Championships placing first in Vault, and first on Bars. In 2017, Campbell competed internationally in France and helped the team place third and she placed first on Vault individually.

Isabel Mabanta of Frisco will attend the University of Denver next year. She is the 2019 Regional Level 10 All Around Champion and the Regional Beam Champion. In 2018, Mabanta was the JO National Beam Champion, and at 2017 International Competition in Belgium, she was in the Top 15 All Around out of more than 20 countries.

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FPSPI Grand Champion Scenario Winner Davis Works and coach Susan Ellis

Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) sent more than 10 students to the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) Conference at Massachusetts Amherst from June 6-9, 2019, where the school took top honors.

At the International competition, PCA students had the strongest showing across all the competitions that Texas has ever had in its nearly 40-year history with the program. More than 23,000 students from 13 different countries (such as Turkey, New Zealand, China, Korea, Israel, Norway) compete at state or regional levels throughout the school year. More than 2,500 problem solving champions from the most successful teams and individuals convened at the International Conference to recognize their accomplishments and compete at the highest level.

In the Global Issues competition, Prestonwood Christian Academy teams made Texas history by having two teams place in the top five of the Senior team Global Issues competition. PCA teams placed second (Courtney Brooks, Ishwania Christopher, Bryson Franks, Sean Lee) and fifth (Katy Jacobs, Hunter McCall, Anna Murray, Davis Works) only placing behind the first-place team from Singapore. That team also placed fourth in the Presentation of Action Plan competition. Senior Davis Works placed first in the Scenario Performance competition. And, in the Community Problem Solvers competition, eighth grader Jade Hernandez (PCA-Middle Division) placed second.

PCA also competed in the MAGIC competition, in which students are placed on a team of four with students from other states or countries to complete the problem-solving process as well. Senior Paloma Diaz-Minshew placed first in this competition with her teammates. Gaby Goonetilleke, also a Senior, placed second with her team members.

"I am incredibly proud of this talented group of students. Unlike the team qualifiers, each of these winners was given the task to compete on a team comprised of students they did not know—adding to the challenge," said Shannon Lichty, PCA's Upper School FPS coach and Pre-AP English I teacher. "The Creative Problem Solving Process taught by FPSPI is invaluable in that it teaches critical thinking and writing skills in a timed setting which helps students excel in high school and college classes and the professional world."

The Future Problem Solving Program was founded in 1974 by Dr. E. Paul Torrance to stimulate critical and creative thinking skills, encourage students to develop a vision for the future and prepare students for leadership roles. FPSPI involves thousands of students annually from all over the world.

Each year, PCA continues to excel in this higher-level education program by competing against gifted and talented students from across the state for a chance to compete at the International level.

Prestonwood Christian Academy serves more than 1,600 students enrolled at five campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is celebrating its sixth school year with more than 220 students and is now enrolling through 10th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment in its virtual academy, and part-time students, and has been serving students for more than 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA's School System in 2017. The King's Academy in South Dallas opened its doors to PreK-4 through 1st Grade students on Aug. 19, 2019. Prestonwood Christian Academy School System has been recognized as having one of the strongest Christian education programs in the country. Each school places great value on the growth of students' spiritual health, scholastic endeavors, and co-curricular activities. Tantamount to its spiritual development plan, and intentional biblical worldview training, is PCA's rigorous Liberal Arts academic program.