The Patriot Press

Volume 4...October 25, 2019

CCA motto: To share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, preparing hearts and minds to impact the world for Him.

CCA Guiding Principles: We teach 1) Christian Principles and Character, through 2) Christ Centered Academic Excellence, while promoting 3) American Patriotism.

Student Created, CCA Approved.

This Bi-Weekly newspaper has been created by students in the Publications/Yearbook class and will be e-mailed out to you every other Friday during the 2019-20 school year. The Digital Publications class consists of 7th to 11th graders who are not participating in band. The students include: Casia Irick, Christopher Schell, Kylie Bateman, Angelina Chavez-Walter, Lydia Lanning, and Molly Briggs. The class advisers are Mr. Patterson and Mrs. Townsend. This is the first year for the publication class, and we produce this newsletter and will complete the yearbook for the 2019-20 school year as well.

School Events for Oct. 28 to Nov. 8

  • Oct. 28 Girls Basketball Parent meeting in CCA gym from 5-5:30 pm

  • Oct. 28 Boy Basketball Parent meeting in the CCA gym from 6:30-7 pm

  • Oct. 30 Flu Shot Clinic for the ones who consented from 9 to 10 am

  • Nov. 1 End of First Quarter

  • Nov. 1 Fall Sports Celebration for Volleyball & Soccer Players & Parents 6:15-8:15 pm

  • Nov. 2 Daylight Savings Time, set clocks back an hour

  • Nov. 4 Cheerleading Parent meeting 4:15-4:45 pm

  • Nov. 5 First Auction Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm for all CCA Parents

  • Nov. 7 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 to 6 pm

  • Nov. 8 No School; Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:30 am to 12 pm

Students Visit Clinton Rehab to Sing

The Kindergarten and K4 class went on a field trip on Wednesday, October 23rd. The students traveled by bus to the Clinton Rehabilitation Center and Nursing Home and hung out with the lovely people there. The kids made art work, sang to them, watched birds, and gave the people great, big hugs. Olson from K4, loves giving people big hugs. Lynnox, a K5 student, likes giving people handmade crafts, and singing “God Made Me.” Samantha also enjoyed singing that song. Seth and Kaydence loved singing “Jesus Loves Me” while Audrey liked singing “Get in the Ark.” Isaac’s favorite part of the trip was watching the birds. All in all, Audrey was just excited to be there with the people. K4 & K5 enjoyed riding the bus to the Nursing home. Students will visit the nursing home again around Christmas time.

Author: Angelina Chavez-Walter

What Is Your Favorite Fall Activity?

Students in K4 to 6th grades were recently asked what their favorite fall activity is. Of the students interviewed, most favored jumping in leaves, corn mazes, and carving pumpkins. Locston and Kylee, 4th graders, celebrate their birthdays during the fall season. Kent, a 3rd grader, not only likes to jump in the leaves, but he likes to sleep in them as well. Arianna, a 2nd grader, enjoys visiting her grandmother in Mexico. From the 5th and 6th grades, Carissa and Logan both enjoy hayrides, and Colten, loves celebrating Thanksgiving, which is November 28th.

Authors: Casia Irick and Angelina Chavez-Walter

October's Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

John 15:11 says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” When asked what brought her joy, Becca Beebe replied, “God”. Dakota, K4 student, said, “going swimming”, and Macy from K5 , after thinking a while, said, “being home with my family.” The 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Olson, said in order to help her students stay joyful she leads them in prayer and allows the students to thank God for all that He has done. As a Christian, we should always be grateful for what God has blessed us with. Psalm 32:11 says, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, oh righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

Author: Molly Briggs

Parent Teacher Conferences Reminder

This year, parent teacher conferences will be November 7 from 3:30-6:00 pm and November 8th from 8:30 am-12:00 pm. Parents of students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 will not need to make an appointment for conferences this year, but instead are encouraged to attend conferences in the CCA gym during the above times. K4-6th Grade parents should schedule a time with your child's classroom teacher if you have not already done so. Some teachers had sign-up sheets for this on Meet the Teacher night.

P.E. Class Highlights

If you ask kids at CCA what their favorite class is, most would say P.E. K4 - 9th grade participate in P.E. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Jackie McClure has been the P.E. instructor at CCA for 8 years. Mrs. McClure begins every class with a devotion and one can tell that she loves the Lord and wants students to as well. Kids at CCA enjoy P.E. because of the many games we play, such as: soccer, shark attack, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. Recently, Mrs. McClure has let us have ten minutes of recess at the end of class to use our imagination, and unwind.

Author: Christopher Schell

Upper School Hayride and Bonfire

CCA students in grades 7th-12th took part in a hayride and bonfire at the Manning’s house on Saturday, October 19. To start off the night, students cooked hotdogs and ate. Afterwards they went on a hayride around the Manning’s property. Once it was dark a game of Romans and Christians began. This game is where the students hide while the “Romans” try to catch them and put them in jail. Overall the students and teachers in attendance had a wonderful time of fellowship.

Author: Molly Briggs

Fall Sports Celebration November 1st

  • The Fall Sports Celebration will be in the CCA gym this year.

  • Soccer players will be recognized from 6:15-7.

  • There will be a dessert social from 7-7:30 for all soccer & volleyball players and parents.

  • From 7:30-8:15 Volleyball players will be recognized.

  • If you had a student who played volleyball or soccer this season please bring a dessert and drink to share during the social time.

  • Please plan to eat dinner before the event. Dessert will be the only food item offered.

  • Parents are encouraged to attend.

  • The Publications class will be putting together the slide shows for both events so if you have any pictures you would like to share, please email those to

Soccer Highlights

Patriots Defeat Leesville Blue Jays

On Monday, October 14th, the Patriots hosted the Leesville Bluejays and won 8-0. Jared Wisniewski and Colton Manning each made 2 goals. Mia Bagely, Marlee Cronhardt, Kade Manning, and Isabella Griffrey each made one goal. The players took the game through great teamwork, passes, and overall good offense. The bench players made the game even more exciting by cheering on the 8th graders on the field, rooting for them to all try and score. It was a great night for the Patriots!

CCA Varsity Takes Victory Over Show-Me Christian

The CCA Patriots had an away game on October 18th against the Show-Me Christian Angels. The Patriots had their best game this season yet! They had great footwork, passes, and amazing shots on goal! Jared Wisniewski made 5 goals and Eli Griffey made 2 goals. The final score of the game was 7-3 and this game will go down as the first win in CCA history for the High School soccer team. It was a good day to be a Patriot!

Senior Scott Ferguson Honored at Last Varsity Game

CCA hosted Blue Ridge Christian on Monday, October 21st. This was a very special night for CCA as they had their first Senior Night. CCA honored Scott Ferguson and his parents at the soccer game and told of his great achievements at CCA. Lastly, the soccer team gave Scott a soccer ball with all of his teammates’ names on it. The game was a very competitive one among the soccer players. Jared Wisniewski scored the one goal and Scott Ferguson had amazing defense. The final score of the game was 3-1. Although the Patriots didn’t have a winning record this season, they improved each game and worked together as a team.

Patriots Finish Season by Honoring Players at 8th Grade Night

The Patriots battled the Trinity Alma Tigers on Tuesday, October 22nd. Trinity has been a tough opponent throughout the season, but the Patriots took home a win with a score of 3-1. After the game, Mia Bagley, Taylor Bateman, Kade Manning, Levi Robinette, Jared Wisniewski, Priscilla Lanning, and Marlee Cronhardt took the field to be honored for 8th grade night. A talented group, the team has a record of 37-13-6 over their four years in the JH program. Many were vital in the undefeated season of 2017 where the team went 15-0-2. Jared Wisniewski will even make it into the top three CCA JH goal scorers of all time behind Keaton Townsend and Matt Jones with the most goals scored this season. Each player has been majorly important to the team throughout their careers and will be in their varsity careers to come.

Authors: Kylie Bateman and Lydia Lanning

Volleyball Highlights

JH Volleyball vs. Leesville Blue Jays

The JH B team played on Monday, October 14, at the CCA gym. The CCA Patriots hosted the Leesville Blue Jays. The CCA Patriots lost two sets but they won a set as well. In the set they won, Carissa saved the ball from hitting the ground and scored a point for the Patriots. Dakoda had a great serve over the net, giving the Patriots a point. The final score was 15-13. This is the 2nd year for Patriots volleyball. They have improved their skills and will be a stronger team next year.

Last JV Game Against Show-Me

Junior Varsity played their last volleyball game on Thursday, October 17 at Show-Me Christian School. The team lost both matches by just a few points. The improvement the team has made over the season is evident to their fans and coaches.

Authors: Casia Irick and Lydia Lanning

CCA Teacher Spotlight

Mrs. Lanning has been teaching at CCA for 11 years. Her favorite thing about teaching younger students is that she loves seeing the growth from the beginning of the year to the end. Mrs. Lanning wants her students to learn how to be confident readers who love to read by the end of the year. Her favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and her favorite Halloween movie is 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown', and her favorite holiday is Christmas. Mrs. Lanning’s favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:8-9. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Mrs. Lanning first trusted the Lord as her Savior while she was at church camp in the summer of her 4th grade year. If she could tell everyone in the world one thing she would say, “Jesus died for you to have eternal life, and for you to live your life to please him.” Mrs. Lanning’s life motto is love Jesus, play nice, work hard, and stay kind.

Author: Angelina Chaves-Walter

Club Information


Abram Dody, Locston Hong, and Parker Lowe are part of the First Lego League team.

When in robotics, the team members will usually split into two groups, engineering and working on programming. In engineering, the group will go to their engineering notebook and then build for the situation given, using Legos. Joining robotics can be for school spirit, for fun, or for a sport. The team has also used this experience for learning. The First Lego League team meets on Mondays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m.

Author: Christopher Schell

5th and 6th Grades Visit Fantastic Caverns

CCA 5th and 6th graders set off to Fantastic Caverns on Monday, October 14th. While on the trip, the kids learned the difference between stalactites and stalagmites, and how the cave was found and explored. The students also discovered how dark a cave really is when the tour guide turned off all of the lights. In doing this the students understood how hard it was to explore a cave by only candle light as the founders did. Altogether, the 5th and 6th grade had an amazing, educational trip.

Author: Molly Briggs

Fun Time Farms

K4, K5,1st, 2nd and 3rd grades visited Fun Time Farms in Lowry City on Friday, October 18. Most students when asked about the trip said their favorite thing was the corn maze. Other students enjoyed the big slide. Overall, students said they liked Fun Time Farms a lot and that it was a really fun field trip.

Author: Casia Irick

Meet Your Editor

Lydia Lanning is a junior and is in class of 2021. Her favorite music artists are Shawn Mendes, and Justin Timberlake. When Lydia is not in school, she may be playing volleyball, basketball, or reading. Most of the time, however, she is watching YouTube or Netflix and scrolling through Instagram. Lydia’s favorite snacks are puffy Cheetos and her favorite drink is chocolate milk. When she is stressed, she needs sleep.

Author: Angelina Chavez-Walter