Articles for the Month of April 2015

Beyond Classmates: Field Day!

After a hard-fought, friendly competition, one group of students came out ahead at the annual Field Day activities at Greyfriars Classical Academy. Their reward: wearing jeans on the last school day of the year!  The Field Day was not for the faint of heart–much endurance and a good sense of humor were necessities.  Events included such challenges as water balloon volleyball, a mystery eating contest (including baby food–yuck!), egg toss, and, of course, the traditional three-legged race.


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Beyond Schoolwork: Speech and Debate

Greyfriars Classical Academy (GCA) has a unique model of education with a university schedule that allows students to plan their responsibilities so that they have time for various outside interests.  GCA students participate in a wide variety of activities in the arts, sports and in the community. This year Greyfriars freshman, Strider Frank, has been participating in a speech and debate club, and competing in tournaments hosted by a league known as Christian Communicators of the Southeast. In all three tournaments he and his partner (Elizabeth McDowell) won the debate/public forum category, and, in debating against 17 teams, never lost a round.  The proposition the league was focused on this year was whether or not fast food restaurants are a benefit to America.  After debating about that so many times, Strider may or may not ever want to go to McDonald’s again!

Speech and Debate

Greyfriars student, Strider Frank, and his speech & debate partner, Elizabeth McDowell

The training Strider has been receiving in his classes at Greyfriars, teaching him how to think critically, communicate effectively, and persuade logically, has put him in good stead for competitions such as these. He also has been practicing his argument skills regularly at home with his parents, so they are happy to see that it all pays off in the debate arena!

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Beyond Schoolwork: Musical Theater

Greyfriars Classical Academy (GCA) has a unique model of education with a university schedule that allows students to plan their responsibilities so that they have time for various outside interests.  GCA students participate in a wide variety of activities in the arts, sports and in the community.  Two GCA freshmen will be on stage at the Levine Senior Center this weekend (April 17 & 18, 2015).

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Leah Adams (2nd fr right, bottom row) and Nathaniel McGowan (3rd fr left, 2nd row up) performing with Eagles’ Wings Studio.

Leah Adams and Nathaniel McGowan are students at Gwen Berger’s Eagles’ Wings Studio where, since last fall, they have studied acting, choir performance, dancing, solo singing, and musical theater.  The upcoming show, “Inside and Outside the Box,” is their year-end performance.  It will include music from a wide variety of genres:  sprightly Broadway sets from “Newsies” and “Pajama Game,” memorable tunes from “Oliver!” and “Hello, Dolly!” and soothing, harmonious, worshipful choir pieces such as “O Nata Lux” and “Worthy is the Lamb.”

Mrs. Berger explains that “performing arts prepare [students] to be successful, to move well, to speak well, to be expressive.”  She believes that the performing arts color how each person projects himself or herself to the world and help students communicate more clearly.  “It’s a communication class!” she adds.

Leah and Nathaniel will perform as part of the cast of Eagles’ Wing Studio Friday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. and  7:00 p.m., at the Levine Senior Center (behind Old Navy/Costco),1050 Devore Lane, Matthews, NC 28105.

Junior Celina McGowan will also make an appearance at the show.  She is part of the dance troupe on two large-group pieces, “Pajama Game” and “Waiters’ Gallop”.

Tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com (search “Inside & Outside the Box”) or call 704-965-7838 for group and family pricing.