In partnership with the National Energy Education Development Project, middle school science students explored the topic of energy. After initial activities and research, students worked in groups to create exhibits on energy sources, saving energy, and transportation fuels. Presentations were made during the 1st Annual Energy Expo which was open to the public. Groups were judged by NEED representatives and awarded ribbons based on their overall scores.
Selected students in grades 3-8 competed in the ACSI Math Olympics by taking exams in the areas of reasoning or computation. This year, DCA placed 1st in eight of the twelve categories. Seventeen DCA students earned ribbons for their placement, and three students earned medals for their outstanding performance.
Creative Writing Festival
Selected DCA students, grades 4-12, submitted writings from the school year to the ACSI Creative Writing Festival in the categories of short story, essay, free-verse poetry, and rhymed poetry. This year, eleven of our students were given excellent ratings and ribbons. Two students received a superior rating, and their writings will be evaluated by college professors for critical writing advice.
ACSI Speech Meet
1st – 6th grade DCA students are given the opportunity to participate in the Association of Christian Schools International Speech Meet. Competition categories include Poetry, Bible Memorization, Fable and Folklore, Patriotic Oration, Dramatic Bible Prose, and Original Speech. Students first compete in their classrooms, with the top finishers proceeding to the state level, where they compete for Superior, Excellent, and Good rankings. The competition helps develop students’ communication skills, and poise & confidence in speaking before an audience. The 2014 state competition was held in Frankfort, KY. Twenty-one DCA students participated along with approximately 200 other Christian school students. Eight DCA students received superior rankings, and ten students received excellent rankings. Congratulations, participants!
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Dca participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The purpose of the E.W. Scripps Company is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. In September 2013, 1st – 8th grade homerooms conducted spelling bees. The homeroom winners competed in a school bee on October 3rd. Abraham Nidhiry, 6th grade, won 1st place and will represent DCA at the regional competition in February. Congratulations, Abraham! Eighth grader, Loren Ladd, was runner-up.
4-H Talk Meet
Having won their age division at the District 4-H Talk Meet and/or 4-H Demonstration Contest, 7 DCA students advanced to the 2014 4-H Ft. Harrod Area Talk Meet and Demonstration Contest: Corbin Coyle, Alee Inmon, Kayallen Young, Campbell Coyle, Sam Brunner, Abraham Nidhiry, and Gabe Floro.
Winning first place at the Area competition, two students will represent DCA at the state level: Campbell Coyle in Demonstration and Alee Inmon in Speech. Congratulations, speakers!
Middle School Science Fair
6th – 8th grade science students are required to conduct their own experiments, following the scientific method. Students present their procedures and results through displays, reports, and models. Area judges select first, second, and third places for each grade level. An overall winner is also announced. Participants consistently exhibit excellent critical thinking and inquiry skills, along with a sound understanding of research methods. Superb job, science students!
Community Art Show
Kindergarten through 6th grade students are immersed in a variety of art techniques and mediums during their art classes, instructed by Jone Anderson. Projects range from shading, antiquing, pastels, landscapes, Van Gogh inspired pieces, three-dimensional designs, etc. Three students are chosen from each grade to represent DCA at the Community Art Show held at Danville’s Community Art Center each spring.