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CHA Spirit Soars High at Our First-Ever Homecoming!


On a crisp and sunny weekend on September 28-29, we celebrated our first-ever Homecoming weekend. Families, students and alumni community gathered on our campus for an unprecedented celebration of 35 years of God’s faithfulness to Christian Heritage Academy.  (Click here for photos.)

The preceding week on Monday through Friday, students had celebrated Spirit Week, with “See You at the Pole” prayer on Wednesday morning, hall decoration contests and preparations for the big weekend. The weekend’s festivities began with Friday’s Homecoming Chapel in which alumnus Jonny Capalnas (8GC’03) gave an inspiring message on our verse of the year, Mark 12:30-31. In the ensuing Homecoming Rally, Mr. Dinkelman and the “CHA-CHA Sisters” recognized our athletes and announced the hallway decorating contest winners — “Team Yellow”. Roary made a rousing appearance, eliciting thunderous cheer from the students, and our brand new Pep Band, under the baton of Ms. Chung, added beats that pumped up the CHA spirit even higher.   

Friday evening, our Girls’ Volleyball JV and Varsity teams played against West Lake Academy. During half-time, coaches honored our senior athletes: Joy Chavez, Olivia Chung, Annika Dinkelman, Emily Naubert, for their character and excellent athletic career at CHA. The entire evening, the energy in the gym was at an all-time high as fans rose for multiple waves and cheered on the Lions to a double victory. All celebrated the victory at an Ice Cream Social where alumni, classmates and families continued to mingle.

The next day, a beautiful Saturday, the campus buzzed with a flurry of activities, including an Alumni Reception.
It was a sweet time of reunion as many alumni returned to CHA. A large welcome banner and balloons guided alumni students as well as former parents, faculty and staff members to the reception in the courtyard. Upon arrival, our special guests were warmly greeted by current CHA administrators and staff. Guests then enjoyed a light lunch buffet and other refreshments while visiting with old friends and reminiscing about earlier times. Among the guests were many recent graduates as well as families from the first three decades, including Nancy Goodman, former Head of School, and her husband David Goodman. Alumni enjoyed perusing through old yearbooks and posed together at a photo station to capture special moments and new memories, even as they treasured old memories.

On the fields, families enjoyed multiple Family Fun activities with giant inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, food and snack trucks, and art & craft tables. In the soccer field, girls competed in an Upper School Powder Puff Game while the boys cheered and coached from the sidelines. Alumni, faculty and students participated in a softball game and then a basketball game, which brought everyone together in a friendly competition. The weekend’s festivities concluded with a Homecoming Dance for our upper school student and their guests. Dressed to impress, students and alumni guests gathered and enjoyed our unique upper school community in a joyous,God-honoring celebration.

The weekend would not have been possible without our dedicated staff, faculty and many parent volunteers and leaders. Thanks to all, Homecoming 2018 was a success that celebrated God’s faithfulness to us and highlighted again what makes CHA so special – a community of faith that loves God and loves each other deeply. Thank you, CHA Family!

HOMECOMING 2019:  Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us at Homecoming 2019 on October 4-5, 2019!

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