HCA News

Vision fuels National Honor Society at HCA

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lara Lindeman was doing a stint of high school math teaching in South Korea when she noticed her international students tutoring youth and serving their community. Fast forward to the day when Rick Jarvis, Dean of Faculty and Curriculum was looking for a high school math teacher, and Lara found herself at Heritage Christian Academy. Lara is now an HCA math teacher and NHS Chapter advisor. Lara said, "The memory of our students reaching out with Christ-like love, gave me a vision for what NHS could be at HCA. I immediately asked Mr. Jarvis if we could start a chapter here."

 Jarvis informed her that he too had been looking for someone to start a chapter of NHS. Immediately they began the process of establishing our chapter, with our inaugural induction ceremony in the spring of 2013. For the second consecutive year, HCA has inducted a portion of its sophomore through seniors students into the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.  According to Lindeman, last year the school inducted 2 seniors, 7 juniors and 4 sophomores, and this year they inducted 8 juniors and 4 sophomores in a student-led candlelight ceremony. HCA students not only adhere to the NHS National Constitution eligibility requirements, but have higher standards for member consideration in the area of academics (a minimum 92% cumulative weighted GPA), and Character - based upon the HCA student Outcomes goals for Christian Character. In addition, members are required to attend monthly chapter meetings and perform service projects that benefit the school and community.  Service projects this year included: helping to construct a HCA float for the Old Settler’s parade; Christmas gift wrapping to support Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center; calling donors to express gratitude; recognizing teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week and serving meals at the Grace Community Appreciation Dinner. This year’s inductees were: Michael Alemayehu, Chandler Asnes, Adam Asselta, Kaylee Barr, Emily Currey, Josh Gembala, Rico Hotz, Seth Jarvis, Kayla Jones, Emily Preston, Brooke Reymond and Alex Wendte. The inaugural NHS members were: James Bahm, Jared Finley, Grace Guinn, Audrey Hamm, Max Hammons, Ellen Hershberger, Emily Hocker, Sasha Host, Dylan Lindeman, Anna Lipscomb, Michael Mitchell, Josiah Murphy, and Abigail Schutte, with Stephen Tassey transferring his membership from Ecuador.

Chargers launch Boys Golf program

Monday, May 12, 2014
According to head coach David Allen, "Our initial goals and expectations for the first HCA golf season were to get practices and tournaments scheduled. We were not focusing so much on wins and losses.  For the first real season we wanted to build excitement and have the guys get their feet wet,” said Allen.  “This team is young.  We have two juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen.”    
Pictured left to right: Jonathan Edmondson, Parker Allen, Dylan Sparks, Coach David Allen, Chandler Asnes, Grayson Smith

However, early success has not eluded the Chargers who in their very first tournament tied for 2nd as a team, and Parker Allen took home individual first place recognition.

The Chargers compete in the Crossroads conference, a 2A classification of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. 

Note:  When this article was written the Chargers were in the second half of the season with Regional competition scheduled for mid-May.  

Heritage Christian Academy named as a Best Christian Workplace for 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

For the third consecutive year, Heritage Christian Academy has been named a Certified Best Christian Workplace.  HCA is one of only six Christian Schools in the nation to make the 2014 list.  The BCW commended HCA for its pursuit of excellence and for its ongoing Christian witness to the world. 

Rick Lukianuk, president of HCA says, “this means that we have a joyful staff that don’t have a job they come to, but a calling that they respond to.”  
The BCW program began in 2002 and is in the US, Canada and Australia- surveying 120,000 employees in 500+ organizations to date.  More information about the BCWI may be found at www.bcwinstitute.com 

HCA Participates in First Ever Scholars Bowl Competition

Monday, March 24, 2014
In HCA’s first year competing in KSHSAA  Scholars Bowl our teams played against 26 teams from other high schools in several invitational tournaments.    

Scholars Bowl competition is similar in format to the familiar quiz bowl, with questions taken from:

World Language - The same expression is given in French, German and Spanish, and the teams are asked for the English meaning.
Social Studies - Geography; Economics; World Government; US Government; World History; US History; Psychology
Language Arts - American Literature; British Literature; World Literature-Russian, French, Latin American; Grammar & Usage; Spelling & Vocabulary; Religion-Bible, etc.; Mythology-Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian,etc.
Mathematics - Algebra; Geometry; Trigonometry; Calculus; Probability & Statistics; Misc.
Science/Health - Chemistry; Physics; Biology; Earth/Space Science.
Fine Arts - Composers/Artists; Definitions; Works/Compositions; Philosophy; Dance/Theater; Misc.-Woodworking, Textiles, Architecture.
Year in Review - Government (US & World); Science, Technology & Health; Business & Finance; Entertainment & Sports; General News (US & World); Obituaries.
In addition to the KSHSAA invitational tournaments, HCA teams participated in the annual Quest quiz bowl tournament held at Washburn University, and also in the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Knowledge Bowl regionals held at Rockhurst University.    The Science Bowl uses the familiar quiz bowl format with questions taken from the sciences and mathematics.

HCA also reached the Kansas state semifinals in the National Science Knowledge Bowl.


HCA welcomes: Her Excellency Dr. Tebeleo Mazile Seretse

Thursday, February 27, 2014

HCA welcomes: Her Excellency Dr. Tebeleo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States

Tebeleo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States recently visited Heritage Christian Academy to speak to an attentive group of 6th through 12th graders and their parents.  During this special assembly Ambassador Seretse discussed education, business, and the growth of the Christian church in Botswana, as well as her own childhood story.

"I was humbled by the visit to the school and by the prayers of the mother group, Moms in Prayer International, who made me feel very welcome,” said Ambassador Seretse.  “I was impressed by the etiquette of the students and their curious minds to learn about Botswana."  

When Botswana gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, it was one of the poorest countries in Africa. Botswana is now one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with the fourth largest gross national income in Africa, and a fast-growing standard of living.

"This was a rare opportunity to allow our students to take an important step of understanding our global market place," said Rick Lukianuk, HCA Chief Administrator.  "This assembly represents our active participation on an international stage and our ardent desire to foster our student's conceptual grasp of economics, politics, culture and faith."

According to Lukianuk, HCA is also planning to establish a cultural and academic exchange with a sister school in Botswana which allows the academy's interaction with Botswana to be an ongoing process rather than a one time occasion.

“This relationship will outlive all of us and create a better understanding of two nations.  It is such understanding that brings global peace, global diplomacy and global tolerance," Ambassador Seretse said.


Friday, December 20, 2013
A group that helps churches care for orphans in their communities received a big Christmas present from Heritage Christian Academy elementary students on Thursday—more than $8,400 raised by the students over the past three years. HCA Student Council Co-presidents Mary Shelby Hartweger and Ethan Voss presented the $8,458.06 check to Global Orphan Project’s Community Director Adrien Lewis. Students had raised the money through Thanksgiving chapel offerings and Spring Penny Wars collections. “It is humbling to know that these kids are being trained on how to be generous and helping kids go to school that they have never met,” said Lewis, whose own four children attend HCA. “I am blessed to be a part of a ministry that is able to give 100 percent of what we’re given to children. The money that was raised today will help 46 kids go to school in Haiti for an entire year.”   Orphan Care is Global Orphan Project’s core ministry. The organization works with churches, both here and in other countries, to provide family-based care for orphaned and abandoned children in their own communities. One hundred percent of donations to Orphan Care programs go to caring for these children. The Global Orphan Project exists and operates as an expression of Jesus Christ’s radical love in a fallen world.   The organization starts and supports vocational training centers and business and farming ventures, with all profits going to fund basic orphan care costs. It also works with local churches to strengthen at-risk families and provide school access for children from these families.   HCA plans to continue its partnership with the organization.

Preschool's 1st Christmas program

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A mass choir of HCA preschoolers sang “Happy Birthday Jesus” to their parents, grandparents and friends, who heavily armed with the latest state-of-the-art technology, sought to capture the moment.   With cameras rolling and phones flashing, the preschoolers united in singing to the top of their lungs in worship to God.  According to Meaghen Briley, HCA preschool director, the little kiddos started preparing for the Christmas program back in October and clearly, did they not disappoint.     One of the highlights of the HCA Preschool Christmas program was when they recited the story of Jesus’ birth, found in the second chapter of Luke.     “As I listened to the children singing, I was thinking how profitable it is that these young minds are being  filled with God’s word”, said Steve Adams, Dean of Spiritual Life and Technology.  “You just don’t know how God is going to bring that back to their minds at some point in a powerful way.”

HCA students Jump Rope for Heart

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HCA elementary students raised more than $1,500 in their recent Jump Rope for Heart event sponsored by the American Heart Association. 

Brian Olson (Mr. O), HCA physical education teacher, said this year's event focused on six major goals:

  1. To educate young people on the basic task of the heart muscle.
  2. Passing on the risk factors for hidden heart disease and stroke. 
  3. Sharing why a healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help keep heart disease away.
  4. Building awareness of how being active with family and friends is the best way to stay heart healthy.
  5. Creating a positive experience for young people in sports and physical activity.
  6. Helping the American Heart Association raise money for a great cause.

The annual event, which included students from kindergarten through sixth grade, also provided student leadership opportunities. Sixth grade student council members Julia Edmondson, Mary Shelby Hartweger, Ally Whitmer, Ben Vasey, Andrew Nonnast, Ethan Voss helped Mr. O lead five different activity centers.
"Hopefully this time will be an asset to them and their future choices,” Mr. O said.  “Also, I hope they consider their good health a blessing from God.”








Grandparents Go Back to School

Monday, November 18, 2013

More than 350 HCA grandparents gathered at the elementary campus for the annual Grandparents Day celebration. Food, fellowship and love permeated the campus gym as grandparents from all over the country visited in support of their grandchildren.  

"We really enjoyed it. The teachers, the grandparents and the students were all perfect,” said Dick Bott, founder of the Bott Radio Network and an HCA great grandfather. “I enjoyed last year, but somehow this year was really super. I am more enthused than ever."
Another grandparent commented on the presence of the Lord that was felt in the building and how encouraging it was to read the Bible verses that are visible on the hallway walls.

HCA Grandparents Day is a yearly celebration that gives grandparents an opportunity to visit the academy and witness first-hand how their grandchildren are learning and being discipled. The event, organized by a committed group of volunteer HCA parents, has been well attended each year.  

Overland Park mayor visits during National Literacy Month

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach believes in his community and in literacy. And he confirmed that on a recent visit to Heritage Christian Academy for a campus tour and book reading in honor of National Literacy Month.

"You're really tall," said one kindergartener as the nearly 7-foot Gerlach entered the combined kindergarten class where he read to the students "Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin," by Gene Barretta.

As the mayor wrapped up, he encouraged the children to listen to their teachers and parents and to eat their green beans.
National Literacy Month is marked by events and celebrations nationwide during the month of September.