Garrett Page Named Tillie Burgin Servant Leader

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Senior Garrett Page was recently awarded the Tillie Burgin Servant Leader Award. Garrett’s daily modeling of striving to live for Christ to the fullest, as well as his exemplary character, willingness to serve as a spiritual leader, and servant heart for Grace Prep earned him the honor. He has the respect of his peers, and is described as one who is genuine, sincere, and humble. Garrett serves as treasurer for National Honor Society, and is a member of Key Club, Creative Writing Club, as well as the cross country and track teams. He attends Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, where he is active in the youth group. Garrett recently served in the Cedar Hill community where he raked leaves for an elderly widow in the church.

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Lavish Spring Gala 2018

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In 3 days tickets will be gone… With less than 100 tickets available, the Grace Prep Gala will soon be sold out! Ticket sales end on Saturday February 10. We have an amazing night of Worship and Word prepared for all of our guest! WHEN IT’S JUST TOO MUCH… Imagine knowing the benefits of a Grace Prep education, wanting your child to experience the Grace Prep community, and realizing your child will experience neither because of your family’s financial constraints. It’s not something you like to think about, but it’s the reality for many families… unless somebody bridges the gap. …GOD’S LOVE OVERFLOWS Grace Prep provides $400,000 in financial aid to eligible families every year, making the university model a possibility for many who would otherwise miss out. This blessing is extended to many who make our school what it is, the amazing place we know and love as Grace Prep. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” -1 John 3:1 JOIN US! When: February 22, 2018 – Doors open at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm Where: Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S Carrier Pkwy Grand Prairie, TX 75052 Who: Priscilla Shirer with Music By Joy Hill and Special Guest Lance Brown Why: Because you love Jesus and Others… https://www.graceprep.org/lavish/

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Elementary Revolution of Grace

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Grace Prep Kindergarten through 6th graders gathered together to worship and celebrate the Lord. Students also sang the Grace Prep school song with passion! The teaching came from Colossians 1:16-17, “For by Him all things were created…and in Him all things hold together.” Mr. Smith used a visual illustration with a bucket and some water to communicate the key Bible truth – “God holds His creation together by His power.”  For HIM…We Are…Grace Prep!           

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Football Awards Ceremony

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The Grace Prep Football Team concluded its season with an awards ceremony in mid-January. In addition to honoring those athletes who earned all-district accolades, the squad named its MVP, and winners of the Christ-Like and Lion Awards. A complete listing follows. MVP: Jeremiah Tucker MVP: Matthew Tucker Christ-Like Award: Nolan Parker Lion Award: Robert Combs Division III District 2 Awards 1st Team Matthew Tucker, Wide Receiver Matthew Tucker, Defensive Back 2nd Team Jeremiah Tucker, Quarterback Robert Combs, Offensive Lineman Tyler Osborne, Wide Receiver Tyler Osborne, Defensive Back Tahj Chambers, Wide Receiver Angel Garza-Nava, Linebacker Kendon Johnson, Defensive Lineman Honorable Mention Kamron Stokes, Running Back Kamron Stokes, Defensive Back Kamron Stokes, Athlete                

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“And They’re Off… Race to State” Pep Rally

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The fourth pep rally of the year, with its “And They’re Off… Race to State” theme, kicked off in fine style Monday morning with some students sporting their bow ties and fancy Kentucky Derby-style hats. Led by the varsity cheerleaders, who performed a portion of their TAPPS cheer competition routine, the junior high and Little Lion Cheerleaders (kindergarten through 6th grade girls) also took part in the festivities. The varsity boys and girls basketball teams were announced in the “Winner’s Circle” and each team thanked students and staff for their support. A stick-horse race featuring “jockeys” wearing jerseys of the district teams entertained the student body, and was won by the Grace Prep “pony”. The highlight of the morning, however, was the student-staff basketball game. Coached by head of school Dr. Evans, the staff team took on the hard-charging student team under the direction of seniors Jazmyne Jones and Jordan Phillips. The staff made several strong defensive plays, but couldn’t pry the lid off of the bucket and get many shots to fall. Youth prevailed – making shots count from both inside and out, and taking home the 18-8 victory. The pep rally was the lead up to Tuesday’s district home contests against Pantego Christian. The JV will tip things off at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity girls at 6:00 p.m. The varsity boys close out the tripleheader in a 7:30 p.m. finale.                     

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Spring Open House set for February 20

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Are you interested in knowing more about Grace Prep? Do you want to experience what it feels like to be surrounded by a community of like-minded people who love Jesus and value their time with family? Then come to our next Open House event on Tuesday, February 20 beginning at 7:00 p.m. You will have an opportunity to take a school tour, visit with our administration and faculty, and best of all, hear from our students about what makes Grace Prep an outstanding educational choice for your family. Visit our website at graceprep.org and register today for our Open House!

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North Texas Giving Day Dollars at Work

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It has been almost five months since we raised over $200,000 at North Texas Giving Day. Once again Grace Prep showed up and showed out, winning multiple awards including the Mayor’s Peoples Choice Award. We want you to know that since that day in September, we have been putting your gifts to good use – in the areas of technology, transportation, and touch-ups, Grace Prep is progressing forward. Here are a few things we’ve done: Technology: – Installation of Screen Cloud Messaging and Tech on multiple TV’s throughout campus – DropBox and “Turn it In” data subscriptions – 3 Computers on Wheels (“COW” Carts) – 24 New Laptops  – Doc-U-Cameras in Every Classroom – New Surveillance and Security Equipment and Cameras throughout the campus  Touch-Ups:  – Cubbie/Lockers for Elementary and Primary Students – Wall Carpeting – New Shades in all the Classrooms – New Foyer and Hallway Floor in the EDU Building – Pallet Wall in the Foyer – New Foyer Sign (Coming Soon) – 24’ x 16’ Professional Portable Stage – Refinished the Stairs and Landings – Wall Art in the EDU Hallway Transportation: – Over the last few months we were able to unload our old fleet and transition to a rental company. Currently, we are measuring the benefits of owning our own buses vs. renting from a fully-insured and licensed bus company. We will conclude our analysis in the spring. Thanks to everyone who participated in NTGD this year. We were able to do all of these things and more because of the kindness you demonstrated towards our school. We look forward to a spectacular NTGD 2018 and can’t wait to see how God will grow Grace next fall.                                          

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The Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance is Back!

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The annual Grace Prep Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance will be held Tuesday, February 13 from 6:30-8:30pm. Many of you have made this special event for our primary and elementary families a tradition, and we hope you will again this year! What do you need to know? * Date: Tuesday, February 13 * Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm * Place: Grace Prep * Cost: $30 per couple; $10 for each additional daughter that attends Grace Prep! Each primary and elementary girl will receive an invitation in her classroom within the next week, so be looking for it. We anticipate that tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 29 in the front office. Seating will be limited, so don’t delay!

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Character Counts… on the field, in the classroom, and in life

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The College Football Playoff Championship game just over a week ago was phenomenal. What made it phenomenal? In perhaps one of the boldest moves in sports history, trailing by two scores at halftime, Alabama head coach Nick Saban did the unthinkable. Saban benched his five-star veteran quarterback and played a true freshman who had as many interceptions as he did snaps. The result? Alabama won it’s 5th title in nine years. Tua Tagovailoa, the freshman QB, threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith in overtime to win the game. When asked why the change at halftime? Saban responded, “I thought we needed to throw the ball and he could do it better.” That’s it? “I thought we needed to throw the ball and he could do it better.” The only thing more irritatingly simplistic than Saban’s comments were Jalen Hurts’ comments. Who is Jalen Hurts? Hurts is Alabama’s starting QB, with a 25-2 record, who has led Alabama to two National Championship games. Within seconds of Alabama’s historic win, a reported pushed a mic in front of 19-year-old Hurts and asked, “How do you feel about being benched in the second half?” Hurts’ response? “(Tau) was gonna step in and do his thing. We have a lot of guys in the QB room that play really well, and (Tau) stepped in and did his thing. Did his thing for the team.” When asked about his message to Tagovailoa during the second half, Hurts said he told him to just play his game. “’Play your game. Ball,’” Hurts said. “Tau’s destined for stuff like this. He’s built for stuff like this. He has the ‘it’ factor. I’m so happy for him and for this team.” I couldn’t help but notice how many times ESPN zoomed in on Hurts as he stood on the sidelines during the second half. It’s as if they were waiting for him to crack… wanting him to crack even, hoping for just one reaction. Well, he did react. He reacted by pounding on Tagovailoa’s shouder pads after one touchdown pass, and hugging him after another. After the game-winning magnificent 41-yard touchdown pass, Hurts ran around deliriously with his teammates, his smile as big as the Mercedes-Benz Dome, his joy evident for the world to see. There was no camouflaging it: The sophomore who got benched was just as ecstatic as the freshman who’d replaced him. And afterward, it only got better. “It was important for me to stay true to myself and be the person I am, and be the leader I am, regardless of the circumstance,” Hurts said, inside a triumphant Alabama dressing room, as euphoria exploded all around him. “It’s my duty to do things like that, and do all those things genuinely.” True to yourself? Duty? Genuinely? Hurts may be the last true dutiful genuine athlete in America. And I absolutely loved it. After that game, this is what I know: the Crimson Tide will go down in NCAA history as the 2018 National Champion. Tua Tagovailoa will forever eat free at every donut shop and diner in Alabama as he…

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Grace Prep Welcomes Home Reese as Head Football Coach

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Grace Preparatory Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of David Reese as its new head football coach. This marks a return to Grace Prep for Reese and his family, as he served the Lions from 1999-2008 in a variety of capacities within the athletics department. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to come back to Grace Prep,” says Reese. “My two sons graduated from here. I was here when Grace was transitioning to 11-man football. I’m excited to come back to the best place I’ve been blessed to coach.” Reese was on the coaching staff of four state championship teams at Grace Prep (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005), and served as interim head coach in 2001 before becoming head football coach in 2006. He was named Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2006. Additionally, Reese was at the helm of the Grace Prep baseball team when it captured its 2001 state title. Coach Reese departed Grace Prep in 2008 to serve as head football coach and athletics director at Monte Vista Christian School. While at the Watsonville, California private school, Reese’s teams won their first league title in school history (2011), reached the playoffs six of the last seven years, and he earned Coach of the Year honors in 2011, 2014 and 2015. “We were impressed that Coach Reese has had success not only here at Grace Prep, but at other schools of similar nature,” according to Grace Prep Head of School, Dr. Marc Evans. “It was important to us that we find a coach who not only has a proven track record of coaching from an eternal perspective, but also lives from an eternal perspective.” “Coach Reese has a decade of experience leading private school football programs and has had tremendous success, building Monte Vista into a state power,” says Athletics Director Richie Alfred. “He is exactly the type of man and role model we want to lead our football program. With him in charge, the future of Grace Prep football is very bright.” Reese’s love of the game and passion for football puts Grace Prep in a positive position. “Coach Reese is a student of the game. We know that he will provide Grace Prep a strong work ethic, discipline, and solid game plan each and every week,” according to Dr. Evans. And what is Reese’s goal for the team? “We want to be known as a great football team, but more importantly, to be men of great character!” Reese is married to Leslye, and they are the parents of two sons and have six grandchildren.

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