Five students from Grace Christian School attended the Christian School Finals Competition held annually in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at Oral Roberts University. During the week of May 22 through May 27, students from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, Mexico, Columbia, and San Salvador participated in the events. Despite rain delays and tornado threats, the students received encouragement from Christian speakers and praise and worship leaders to faithfully serve their Lord and others and competed in numerous events from five categories – Academics, Athletics, Art, Drama and Public Speaking, and Music. GCS students placed as follows:Jeffrey Burton: 2nd Academic Bowl (team event), 2nd Poetry Writing, 2nd Constitution and Government Challenge, 5th On-Site Engineering (team event), 6th Monologue.
Haylee Burton: 3rd Dialogue, 3rd Banners (team event), 3rd Discus, 4th Contemporary Female Solo, 4th Shot Put.K.C. Coleman: 2nd Academic Bowl (team event), 3rd Banners (team event), 3rd Dialogue (team event), 3rd Oil Painting (Show Case), 3rd Landscape/Seascape Photography, 5th Action Photography, 5th Calligraphy, 5th On-Site Engineering (team event), 6th Piano Solo.Bailee Everett: 1st Portrait Photography, 2nd Academic Bowl (team event), 2nd Puppet Skit (team event), 2nd Long Jump, 2nd 100m Dash, 3rd Banners (team event), 5th On-Site Engineering.Gabe Jennings: 1st Expressive Reading (Show Case), 1st Still Life Photography (Show Case), 1st 110m Hurdles, 2nd Academic Bowl (team event), 2nd Puppets (team event), 2nd 100m Dash, 2nd Shot Put, 3rd Banners (team event), 3rd Discuss, 3rd Architectural Photography, 4th Long Jump, 5th On-Site Engineering (team event), 6th Math Challenge.Chama Martin: 1st Essay Writing (send-in entry)Being the smallest school in attendance, Grace Christian School placed 4th overall in Academics and was honored with three Show Case Events.Fritz Landers, Gay Renfroe, and John Coleman accompanied the students to ORU. The GCS students greatly appreciate all who assisted them by attending the competition, helping complete their projects, and providing monetary support through donations and the annual cookie sale. Without the support of these individuals, the students could not have represented Grace Christian School and Mason so well.