Council For American Private Education Awards KCA
May 4, 2016
CAPE supports and advocates quality nonpublic education for its affiliated schools. The awards presented recognize the efforts of both teachers and administrators.
A committee of judges painstakingly discerned numerous nominations in this state-wide competition. The PA CAPE Awards were presented to the recipients on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Throughout the awards, two common themes rang true. Awards given represented team efforts and it was acknowledged that many others earn the same credit every day as they are dedicated to educating children.
One would consider starting a school with nothing more than a concept, an insurmountable task. But, with God all things are possible. There were no big investors and no place to call home. There were five people with over 150 years of experience who were willing to take on the task, do it well, and receive no pay. With the challenges in public education, parents need options. That was the heart of the birth of Keystone Christian Academy. Mrs. Pat Eger, Head of School and her husband, George—both expecting retirement—took on this challenge with three other uniquely qualified administrators. After one and a half years of planning, Keystone Christian Academy opened its doors on August 27, 2014, with 21 students in attendance. Currently the school educates 36 students. Keystone Christian Academy serves age four (adding PK3 this coming year) through grade eight and welcomes students of various races, religions, learning abilities and socioeconomic status. In its unique approach to education, children’s hearts are valued as much as their minds. Learning expands far beyond the textbooks. Mrs. Eger has guided, encouraged and mentored her administrators through a journey interwoven with miracles at every turn. Professional connections occurred when necessary. Materials were offered at timely moments. Finances were awarded to move the school forward. As the tagline states—Students Thrive. Families Matter. Educators Inspire. Communities Benefit. Here it’s been proven that with God all things are possible.
Representing the PA CAPE committee, Dr. Marti MacCullough presents the Story Award to George and Pat Eger for their work in opening Keystone Christian Academy.
Bible Quizzing - Second Place!
March 10 & 11, 2016
KCA's 2016 Bible Quiz team (above) wears their medals and Mr. Eger holds their second place trophy. George Eger – coach Sam – (grade 6) first year quizzer Manny – (grade 5) first year quizzer Julia – (grade 5) first year quizzer Imani – (grade 7) second year quizzer Jess Potter – chaperone/assistant
About Bible Quizzing - Team members had to memorize and/or learn material from the book of John, chapters 13 – 21. Our quizzers attended three one-day events called quiz-a-thons throughout the year. We ended the season with a two-day retreat at Black Rock Retreat in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. There were five junior high divisions and five senior high divisions competing throughout the grounds at Black Rock. Our junior high division consisted of nine teams. We completed the first day, playing in four matches ending up in 5th place by the end of the day. The second day of the retreat competition was intense. Three teams played in a match. In order to compete in the medal rounds, a team had to take either 1st or 2nd place to continue. A 3rd place winner was eliminated. In the first round playoffs, KCA took a second place, moving us into the quarterfinals. In the quarter finals KCA took a 2nd place again moving us into the semi-finals. In the semi-finals we took a 1st place which moved us into the final medal round. In the finals, we took a 2nd place, which gave us the silver medal trophy.
All four quizzers received points for their team. Julia Potter (left) was our top quizzer gaining 630 points throughout the retreat event. Julia was also chosen to be on the “all star” team chosen by the coaches and officials of that division.
Congratulations to Julia Potter, Grade 8, awarded at Yorkfest for placing first for Short Story and third for Poetry in York's 2018 Youth Literary Competition.