HCA News

HCA Leading Ladies Earn Superior Rating at State

Monday, April 29, 2013
Congratulations to Mrs. Kasey Johnson and the HCA Leading Ladies who returned from the KSHSAA State Musical Festival in Wichita on April 27th with a "Superior" rating, scoring 78 out of a possible 80 points!  They performed earlier in the regionals at Benedictine College in Atchison.  You can watch a video of that performance below.

HCA Adds North Central Accreditation

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

We are very pleased to announce that HCA has now received Accreditation with the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).  Established in 1895, the North Central Association expanded its reach in 2006 when it became a division of a parent organization called AdvancED, which oversees quality assurance for 23,000 schools in 65 countries. The NCA is one of a half-dozen regional accrediting bodies approved by the U.S. Department  of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, accrediting all public schools and colleges in the Midwestern United States.  Our dual accreditation with ACSI and NCA CASI is our final step in assuring every one, including all public and Christian institutions, that we meet the rigorous academic and spiritual standards that we have aspired to achieve.

This continues a special season at our school as we have become fully Accredited, joined KSHSAA, been named a Best Christian Workplace, published our first Student Outcomes, established our new Preschool, celebrated our first All State athletes and Performing Artists and significantly advanced our technological capabilities.

Heritage Auction 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

On February 9, more than 260 Heritage Christian Academy families and friends attended the Heritage Auction to support the ministry of Christian education at HCA.

The Heritage Auction goal of $75,000 was far exceeded as $108,000 was raised, which $26,000 will go to fund the establishment of the HCA Preschool and the remainder will go to fund the Technology Program.  

“We serve a God of abundance,” said HCA Director of Development, Warren Rogers III. “The Heritage Auction was another testimony of the Lord’s provisions in the life of the academy.” 

The live bidding portion of the auction was emceed by Kevin Borger, 2009 International Auctioneer Champion.  The evening also showcased a HCA video produced by junior student, Max Hammons.  That video is included below.

Many thanks to the corporate sponsors & charitable partners Northwestern Mutual, Laser Specialists Inc., Edward & Pamela Gomes, Radiator Depot, AXA Advisors, LLC, Doug & Keri Evans, Gary & Judy Nagel, Merit Bank and SFP of Lenexa, KS.

Appreciation goes out to the Heritage Auction co-chairs LeAnn Rogers and Heidi Sarnecki along with the faithful group of auction committee members, class project coordinators, decorators and HCA art students.

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