HCA News

Sights and Sounds from Winterim 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winterim 2013 came to a successful conclusion with our closing assembly Monday afternoon where students had the opportunity to share some of what they learned during Winterim Week.  We had reports from a variety of classes ... videography, songwriting, worship, Broadway workshop, sewing, culinary arts, art and crafts, improvisational theater, readers' theater, bridge building, and a computer 3D modeling course (see graphic above).  In all 94 students we enrolled in some 35 different topics taught by teachers, parents, and friends of HCA.  We began each day with worship and a devotional, all geared to encouraged students to understand God's call in theirs lives, to "find the work they can't not do", living a life of meaning and fulfillment.

Enjoy the photos (and video) below that give a taste of Winterim 2013.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Monday, December 17, 2012
After the East Coast was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, Chris Earnshaw, one of the Senior Class Presidents, became burdened to do something. After researching a variety of organizations, and a fortuitous call from Heart to Heart International, Chris and the Dean of Student Life, Steve Adams, pulled together to get the action plan in motion. Over the next five days the HCA family collected items to help fill care kits for Heart to Heart. The following Saturday, James Dohring, one of the Senior Class Sponsors, and nine HCA seniors went to the Heart to Heart warehouse in KC to deliver collected supplies and help assemble care
packets. "This participation is important because on the list of things we can be, that exemplify Christ-likeness, servant hood is glaring at the top of the list," Earnshaw said.

Passion Awards 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

On November 12th, HCA students were honored to be able to present Mission Southside, a local non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with other churches and helps organizations in the area, with the National Christian Foundation Heartland Passion Award.  Since the spring of 2011, HCA students have been working closely with Mission Southside while leading a weekly Bible club in a mobile home neighborhood in Gardner. “By forming deeper relationships and providing for both the spiritual and physical needs of those in our community, Mission Southside lives out the servant hood of Christ, setting an example to all who witness their mission.” says Co-HCA Senior Class Presidents, Abbie Schutte.
This year, $130,000 was awarded to a dozen different local ministries during the 2012 Passion Awards ceremony.  Schutte and several other HCA students were proud to be able to present this encouraging and empowering award. “It was a privilege to present the Passion Award to Mission Southside this year.” Schutte said, “What an honor to be given the opportunity to articulate the impact this organization has had on my life and on Heritage as a whole.”  


HCA Students in Honors Orchestra

Monday, December 03, 2012

Junior Anna Lipscomb and Senior Janelle Finley were recently selected to participate in the special honors orchestra at the annual Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association festival at Olathe South on Saturday, December 1st.  To earn this honor, Anna and Janelle had to go through a highly competitive audition process to be one of the select group of musicians in this group.  They spent the day Saturday rehearsing under the direction of guest clinician Troy Peters, director of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio before presenting the concert Saturday afternoon.  Congratulations to Anna and Janelle (pictured above with HCA music teacher Kasey Johnson) on this great honor.  You represented HCA well!

A brief excerpt from this concert (Serenade in G Major from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart) is included below.


Congratulations to HCA’s soccer team; first ever All-State selections

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In their first year of Kansas State High School Athletic Association Competition the HCA soccer team gave it all they had finishing with a record of 14-3-1 and taking the Crossroads Conference title.  What will be remembered as an inaugural and storied season for KSHSAA play, was also filled with other memories on multiple levels.
            Players Chris and Cameron Earnshaw made All State First Team selections; the first Heritage Christian Academy athletes ever to receive this accolade.  Mikey Mitchell and Nathan Bailey were selected for the All Regional First Team and Clark Campbell made the All Conference Team.

Left to right: Michael Mitchell, Cameron Earnshaw, Chris Earnshaw, Nathan Bailey

 “There were three seniors (Chris, Cameron and Nathan) who have played for me since 6th grade,” said Head coach Tony Felich.   “In a sense, we've been waiting 7 seasons to be a KSHSAA eligible team.”   
            If ‘patience is a virtue,’ then so is hard work.  The HCA soccer teams industrious behavior in the classroom was matched by the true grit they displayed on the field, bonding together as brothers to represent their academy.
            “Every team is different from the others. This year's team had incredible internal leadership from our captains and upper class-men.  They were an extremely hard working squad who put the team before themselves,” said Felich. 
            “I hope this ‘give it all you have’ attitude exhibits what we believe and talk about regularly as a team- we do all we do, for the glory of God.  Why give anything less than 100% if it's ultimately for God. This motto or philosophy extends beyond soccer and sports to all life.  Soccer just gives us a good laboratory to work it out.”                   

President Emilye Sarnecki

Saturday, November 10, 2012
     On November 9, 2013 Emily Sarnecki served as president for the day at Heritage Christian Academy. Her duties included: staff meetings, sending communication to faculty and staff and making decisions charting the course of HCA’s future:)

President Emilye giving announcements to the student body

President Emilye learning the ropes from President Lukianuk

Preschool Opens Fall 2013

Friday, November 09, 2012

Preschool Program opens Fall 2013


      Over the last several months the HCA board has been prayerfully considering the addition of a fullservice preschool at HCA. I am pleased to announce that, beginning in the Fall 2013, we will beginserving  families who have children from 3 to 5 years of age. This extended program will allow HCA to meet the needs of young families across the Johnson County area. As an outgrowth of HCA’scurrent PreKindergarten class, the expanded early education program will remain committed to educating the whole child by providing experiences for each child’s spiritual, emotional,intellectualand physical growth. 

      Plans are completed and construction has been scheduled for the remodeling of two East Campus classrooms, an outside courtyard area and a new dedicated outdoor play area. Fundraising is nearly complete for these tremendous assets to our school. Meaghen Briley will be overseeing the preschool program. She has a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Special Education and is a certified Kansas Preschool Program Director.

     Meaghen shares her heart for the program:

"The preschool years are special! HCA’s full preschool program will encompass many opportunities for children to learn about God’s world and God’s word, while staying committed to providing an educational program marked with academic excellence.  I am looking forward to serving as HCA’s Preschool Director. I am excited to reach out and bring HCA into the homes of families with young ones."

     Meaghen has served in many capacities here at HCA., most recently as a member of the school board. Meaghen is married to Bart and their three children--Noah, Gracely and Luke--attend HCA.

For more information please contact Meaghen Briley at hcapreschool@hcakc.org

HCA Named Best Christian Workplace for 2012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Heritage Christian Academy was one of 38 organizations chosen as a Best Christian Workplace for 2012 in the United States and Canada.


Rick Lukianuk, president of HCA, says it is an honor to be identified as a BCW.  We believe a healthy working environment provides for a healthy school, and we lift up both in prayer on a regular basis.  Lukianuk says that the BCW is a well respected institute among faith-based organizations.

“They are leaders in the industry when it comes to surveying workplaces that engage their employees in a fun and meaningful way, while also challenging them to make a difference within the internal and external communities that they serve,” Lukianuk said. 

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 hires new Director of Development

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Heritage Christian Academy hires new Director of Development

OLATHE, KAN, -- Heritage Christian Academy, the Christ-centered Pre-K through Grade 12 college; preparatory school with campuses in Olathe and Overland Park, Kansas has hired a new Director of Development, Warren W. Rogers III.  Rogers resumed his responsibilities on July 9.

The vitality of HCA is important to the positive economic and community impact it makes in South Johnson County.  HCA’s fully accredited 21st Century curriculum serves a study body of almost 500.

According to Rick Lukianuk, president of HCA, “Rogers is well-suited for the development job.  He is adroit at building and nurturing relationships and brings 13 years of educational administrative experience to the position, most recently from MidAmerica Nazarene University where he served as Director of Admissions.

He strengthens our team,” Lukianuk said.  “His expertise will assist us in clearly articulating to potential donors our mission to provide excellence in education and display Christ-likeness in character to our students and their families.”

Sea of Burgundy

Saturday, September 08, 2012


The Johnson County Old Settlers Day fair boasted a "sea of burgundy" as Heritage Christian Academy participated in this three day event.   A positive, Christ honoring reflection of HCA was reflected to our local community.  Participation entailed an information booth that was visited by many who were introduced to HCA  for the first time.


The parade entries showed a great representation of school spirit and relayed a positive reflection of HCA.  The cheerleaders along with the revealing of the Chargers mascot began with an infectious relay of school spirit followed by the second place award winning float with the them of "Avengers."  The "burgundy" bus ended the pack filled with students energetically chanting with pride the spirit of HCA.