The high school baseball and golf teams celebrated their 2018 seasons with an awards ceremony recently. In addition to honoring those who received all-state honors, each team named its MVP, Christ-Like and Lion Award winners. A complete list follows. Baseball MVP: Josh Peterson Christ-Like Award: Reid Risenhoover Lion Award: Chandler Wilberding JV Pitcher of the Year – Conner Kinney JV Offensive Player of the Year – Brian Petross TAPPS Academic All-State Reid Risenhoover, Chandler Wilberding TAPPS Division III District 2 Superlatives Freshman of the Year: Landon Jones Utility Player of the Year: Josh Peterson TAPPS Division III District 2 Awards 1st Team: Josh Peterson, Garrett Vardeman 2nd Team: Reid Risenhoover, Chandler Wilberding Honorable Mention: John Bearrie, Clayton Phillips, Jordan Akin, Landon Jones * * * * * * * Golf MVP (team): Crue Baldwin Christ-Like Award: John Bearrie Lion Award (Boys Team): Grant Chelette Lion Award (Girls Team): Sierra Scala MVP (individual) – Hannah Reeves Most Improved – Hudson Graber, Dylan Beeson TAPPS 4A Regional Qualifiers Boys – Team of Crue Baldwin, John Bearrie, Grant Chelette, Hudson Graber Girls – Hannah Reeves (individual)
Tuesday evening marked the continuation of a Grace Prep tradition – the “Passing the Legacy” ceremony. This year’s junior class was charged with both the privileges and responsibilities that now are theirs as they march boldly into their senior year. Each junior received a personalized Legacy Baton that was presented to them with words of encouragement from a person who has influence his or her life. In addition, a large number of the rising seniors were also presented with either a senior ring or heirloom ring. The class of 2019 is soaring into their future!
On Wednesday evening, the Student Council hosted its annual Teacher/Staff Appreciation Dinner. This year’s theme was “All That Jazz” from the roaring ‘20s. Students gave musical performances and the teachers and staff engaged in some highly competitive rounds of Bingo. During the special evening, students also shared personal words of appreciation for teachers who have influenced their lives.
Senior Allison Ray received a $1,000 Key Club Scholarship from the Arlington Kiwanis Club at a special luncheon held Wednesday in honor of the area scholarship recipients. Allison has been a Key Club member for four years and was Key Club president her senior year. Congratulations, Allison, for your achievement and for representing your family and Grace Prep well.
Senior basketball player Jordan Phillips has been tabbed a nominee for the Star-Telegram’s Tomlinson Honors Player of the Year award. The University of Arkansas signee will be part of the inaugural celebration honoring high school athletes who have excelled on the field, displayed strong character, and were outstanding in the classroom. The ceremony is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. June 11 at the Hurst Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased through May 28 at www.star-telegram.com/honors.
Trey Garcia has been named the Tillie Burgin Servant Leader Award for the month of May 2018. The Grace Prep senior is active in theatre and performed in the recent school production of “Beauty and the Beast”. Trey is part of the GPA Creative Writing Club, and is a member of National Honor Society. He also attends Grace Community Church, where he is serves on the Welcome Crew. Next fall, Trey will attend the University of Dallas. The Tillie Burgin Servant Leader Award is given to Grace Prep students showing the character, heart, and actions of servant leaders.
The high school tennis and track teams celebrated their 2018 seasons with an awards ceremony recently. In addition to honoring those who received all-state honors, each team named its MVP, Christ-Like and Lion Award winners. A complete list follows. Boys Tennis MVP: Drew Moore Christ-Like Award: Sam Hall Lion Award: Nathan Holm TAPPS 4A State Qualifiers Doubles team of Nathan Holm & Drew Moore TAPPS Academic All-State Nathan Holm * * * * * * * Girls Tennis MVP: Claire Bullington Christ-Like Award: Kay Lee Sedwick Lion Award: Sara Gunn TAPPS 4A All-State Honorable Mention: Claire Bullington, Kay Lee Sedwick TAPPS 4A State Qualifiers Doubles team of Claire Bullington & Kay Lee Sedwick TAPPS Academic All-State Claire Bullington, Kay Lee Sedwick * * * * * * * Boys Track MVP: Tyler Osborne Christ-Like Award: Carson Pinon Lion Award: Abraham Morden TAPPS 4A All-State 1st Team (Gold Medal): Angel Garza-Nava (Shot Put) Honorable Mention (Bronze Medal): Abraham Morden, Matthew Tucker, Tyler Osborne, Brandon Lawrence (4x400m Relay) TAPPS Academic All-State Kameron Stokes TAPPS 4A District 2 Champions Abraham Morden (800 meters) Langston Pugh (110m Hurdles) Angel Garza-Nava (Shot Put) Matthew Chester (Discus) * * * * * * * Girls Track MVP: Lauren Kelley Christ-Like Award: Jayci Campbell Lion Award: Jaylah Suggs TAPPS 4A All-State 1st Team (Gold Medal): Kennedy Phillips (Shot Put) TAPPS Academic All-State Lauren Kelley, Mikayla Thornton TAPPS 4A District 2 Champions Kennedy Phillips (Shot Put) TAPPS 4A North Region Champions Jaylah Suggs (High Jump) Kennedy Phillips (Shot Put)
Excitement filled the junior high and high school students’ hearts and the energy of the Holy Spirit was apparent in the auditorium as students worshipped together at the final Revolution of Grace of the school year. Senior Seth MacKenzie shared from the Word, and his heart, that “we are not the main character in our story, but God is the main character”. The worship team led the dynamic praise music while the choir enthusiastically performed songs by Grammy award-winner Kirk Franklin, who made a surprise visit to Grace Prep and worshipped with us.