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Highlighting Current and Alumni Students

February 16, 2018
By John Morrison

This week I would like to celebrate the accomplishments of several of our GCS family members.


Ethan Avery (8th grade) shown to the left, was recently named the state winner of the very prestigious Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) writing contest.   The theme of this year’s Patriot's Pen competition was “America’s Gifts to My Generation.”  Ethan won the local, district and state competition for his essay and received $1,000.00 for his efforts. Click here to read Ethan’s winning essay.  Congrats, Ethan.  We are proud of you!

Our congratulations also go to Heather Clem (shown to the right).  In the words of the Staunton News Leader,  “On Jan. 9, in a game at Eastern Mennonite, Clem hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, giving Grace a 49-46 lead, which ended up being the final score. But that bucket wasn't only the game winner, part of 23 points Clem had that night, but also put the senior over 1,000 points for her varsity career.”  To read the entire article, click here.  Congrats, Heather, on becoming only the ninth player in GCS basketball  history to accomplish this amazing milestone!  And thanks, too,  for giving God the credit for giving you your amazing athletic talent!  Go, Heather!  Go, Warriors!

Last and certainly not least, Mary Helen Clemmer Thorne (‘04) and Jolene Miller (‘09) were both recently inducted into the GCS Sports Hall of Fame in the sport of volleyball. Mary Helen was a key member of two volleyball VISSA state championship teams, and earned all-conference and all-state awards in 2003. She went on to play four years at Bridgewater College. Jolene was a member of an amazing five state championship teams in the middle of Grace’s remarkable run of seven straight volleyball state championships from 2002-2008. In addition to earning multiple all-conference and all-state awards, Jolene also won state player of the year honors twice, and was honored with being named Staunton/Augusta County Athlete of the Year for 2009. Both are very deserving and long overdue members of our Hall of Fame. Congratulations to them and their families.  

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