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2015 Auction Photo Gallery

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just some of the moments from the 80's themed 2015 HCA "Back to the Auction"


HCA Chess Club - Places 3rd in Kansas!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Our HCA Chess Club, under the sponsorship of John Massengale, picked up the 3rd place team trophy at a recent Kansas Scholastic Chess Association Tournament. Students who won medals in the K-8 divison include Rik Massengale (7th), Jackson Ochs (17th) and Adon Huddleston (20th). Check out the new trophy in the HCA trophy case in the East Campus lobby.

Way to go, Chess Chargers!



HCA 2015 Auction a Success!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A message from HCA President, Rick Lukianuk

Many of you were at our auction on Saturday night to participate in a truly historic evening for our school as we celebrated God’s abundant blessing on HCA. I spoke with many HCA families, as well as new friends, who were excited to become a part of what is happening here. Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and Congressman Kevin Yoder both came away from the evening encouraged by our work in Christian education and committed to working with us to grow this ministry.

We not only reached our financial goal, but we also raised awareness about the importance of passing down to this next generation an understanding of their faith and an ability to apply it to their lives in making wise decisions. All involved are investing in the next generation – from parents to generous donors.

I feel so privileged to be a part of this community, and I thank you for the great trust you have shown to HCA by allowing us to partner with you in the development of your children. We can do no greater work than pass on God's commandments and wisdom to them.

I also wanted to be certain to highlight the tremendous job done by the Auction Steering Committee and the Volunteer Committee. The auction requires great team work and dedication, and these good people simply radiated God's love and passion throughout the process. They epitomize what good and faithful servants can accomplish when they work together generously and humbly.

True Leadership in Action

Thursday, December 04, 2014
When HCA was established four years ago, one of the academy’s first priorities was to develop
opportunities for students to be actively involved in service outside the school itself. Toward that end, Steve Adams, the Dean of Spiritual Life and Technology, met regularly with several parents who were passionate about this topic. It quickly became evident that they wanted to find a way for the students to develop long-term discipleship relationships through service rather than involvement in a series of one-and-done projects.

Simultaneously, in God's providence, a new ministry was starting in Johnson County focused on reaching out to unreached people in our community ... a ministry with a "neighbor's heart" - taking Jesus to people in need by extending help and hope. As HCA representatives talked with the leadership of this new ministry, Mission Southside, it became obvious that a partnership would be mutually beneficial.  In the spring of 2011, HCA began a student-led discipleship ministry to a group of elementary students in a local community.

"My passion is to see the kids respond to the message of Jesus for the first time. It's powerful to think that we can be a part of that,” said junior Adam Asselta.

Every Wednesday afternoon for the past four years, HCA students travel through this community on one of the HCA buses and pick up kids as they arrive home from school. After arriving at a local church, which has generously provided their facility, HCA students lead a Bible study and activity time for these elementary students.

This is truly a student-led ministry. HCA students prepare the weekly Bible studies, plan the activities, promote special events, and basically show love and compassion to the neighborhood kids each week. In addition, they recruit succeeding leadership from the student body for the sustainability of the ministry.

"More than anything else, I love seeing the smiling faces on the students as they see our bus arrive; they are so excited to see us,” said senior Emily Hocker. “It is so gratifying when we can see them grasping the Bible story, asking questions, being involved ... it makes it worth going every week.”

HCA Student Athletes Honored by National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

HCA senior Jared Finley and junior Edee Earnshaw were among 50 KC area student athletes honored at the recent NAIA Champions of Character Award luncheon at the Kansas City Convention Center Grand Ballroom.  Hall of Fame golfer and Kansas City native Tom Watson was the keynote speaker at this event which recognizes athletes, nominated by their coaches, who demonstrate the core values of the NAIA:  Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, and Servant Leadership. 

“Having watched them compete and watching them daily during the routine of attending classes, I feel they were both very deserving of this award,” said Athletic Director Tammie Wolt.

Congratulation, Jared and Edee!

HCA Students Recognized By Kansas Honors Program

Friday, October 24, 2014

On Wednesday evening, October 22nd, Emily Currey, Jared Finley, and Alex Wendte  were commended for their exceptional academic achievement by the Kansas Honors Program sponsored by the Kansas University Alumni Association. The three HCA seniors joined student representatives of other area high schools who also ranked in the top ten percent of their classes.

The Kansas Honors Program, a KU tradition since 1971, rewards high school seniors for their hard work and dedication to academic excellence. Each student was given individual recognition and was awarded a special edition, personalized Webster’s Dictionary as well as a certificate of merit.

"I am very proud of Emily, Jared and Alex," said Rick Jarvis, Dean of Faculty and Curriculum.  "To be in the top percent takes self-discipline, hard work and sacrifice.  More importantly, because of their relationship with Christ they are the exact Christian thinkers that we desire to develop at HCA."

Academic Achievement and Student Outcomes: Class of 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • 2014 graduates posted an average ACT score of 24.3, compared to the Kansas average of 21.8 and the national average of 20.9
  • 88% percent of 2014 HCA graduates planned to pursue post-secondary education.
  • 1 student from the class of 2014 received Kansas Governor's Scholarship which represents the top 1% of graduates in the state of Kansas. 
  • Nearly 50% of the class graduated with honors by graduating with a cumulative GPA of 92% or higher.
  • 82% percent of the 2014 HCA graduates participated in a senior mission trip to Jamaica. They led various ministries working with a preschool, elementary school, and assisting a local pastor in various construction projects.

Governor Sam Brownback Builds Relationship With HCA

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Heritage's 2014 Back to School picnic featured Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback as the guest of honor. The governor comfortably greeted guests, parents, teachers and administrators on a warm Saturday evening. This event serves to initialize the new school term, and this year it provided our guests an opportunity to hear the governor address the issues of education that are important to him.

As Governor Brownback walked around the Youth Front campus near Edgerton, he shook hands, took pictures and listened to the concerns of the HCA community.  In his address to HCA parents, teachers and administrators the governor spoke about the importance of developing kids who know right from wrong and are willing to stand up for what they believe.   

Those in attendance found Governor Brownback's deep concern for moral development in the educational setting, inspiring. “He inspired us that some of our elected officials are working hard to keep God central in the public squares of America”, said HCA dad, Scott Platter.

Excellence in Education ... Christlike in Character

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On Saturday, May 16, 2014, Heritage Christian Academy presented diplomas to the first cohort to complete all four years as HCA students and the largest graduating class in history: a total of 28 graduates.

Following an HCA tradition, the class of 2014 Co-Presidents, Anna Lipscomb and Michael Mitchell, each presented an address at Commencement. In their respective responses to the graduating class, they challenged their fellow classmates. 

“Of course, go do big things! Let’s all seek to understand God’s purpose for our lives in the big things,” Lipscomb said.  “But today I say to you and me—let’s go do little things.  And here’s some good news: it doesn’t require planning and preparation to do little things.” Anna's words reminded her classmates that little things done well result in cumulative excellence, a worthy characteristic to emulate.

Mitchell started his speech in a whimsical way, reminding his classmates of the leadership role he took in organizing a squirt gun game called, “Assassins.”  He then juxtaposed the fear of failure in losing a meaningless game with the meaningful sense of peace and happiness in living life with purpose.

“Now I challenge my fellow graduates, never let the world define who you are,” said Mitchell.  “Tap into the incredible purpose that God has for your life by becoming a selfless follower of Christ through the example of His sacrifice, and He will direct your paths, pouring out His peace and His love along the way.”

Additional highlights of the graduation ceremony included:
  • The Governor’s Scholar Award for outstanding academic students who represent the top 1% of graduates in the state of Kansas was awarded to Anna Lipscomb.
  • The Timothy Leadership Award was given to the two students who best exhibit the characteristics found in 1 Timothy 4:12. This award is voted upon by members of the graduating class and went to Sasha Host and Michael Mitchell.
  • Nearly 50% of the class graduated "With Honors" by graduating with a cumulative GPA of 92% or higher.  
  • Student Marshals were Co-Presidents for the Class of 2015: Shannon Yeomans and Jared Finley.

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.