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“Soli Deo Gloria” Chapel Honors Upper School Students’ Achievements

“Soli Deo Gloria” means “to God alone be the glory.” Christian Heritage Academy’s “Soli Deo Gloria” Chapel is the culmination of many years of work for many of our students. On May 17, during the annual “Soli Deo Gloria” Honors Chapel, Upper School students sought to glorify God as they were honored with awards for their achievements throughout their high school years. Mr. Davis opened with words of commendation to all the students and an opening prayer giving God thanks for all He has done in and through our students. After prayer, senior Rachel Kim sang “Without Love, We Have Nothing”, a stirring musical reminder (from 1 Corinthians 13) of our theme of the year — “Loving God, Loving Others”.

Congratulations to all our students for their efforts and achievements over the years, and to those who were recognized at this special service.

Soli Deo Gloria Award

Our most distinguished award is the Soli Deo Gloria Award – all honor and glory to God alone – which was awarded to Rachel Kim.  The Soli Deo Gloria Award is given to the Upper School graduate who demonstrates character that seeks to glorify God alone in all aspects of life through servant leadership, spiritual growth, and a transformed heart for the Kingdom of God.

Heritage Scholar Award

The Heritage Scholar Award is an award established by CHA, acknowledging the academic rigor of honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses. This award is given to graduates who have achieved a cumulative weighted grade point average of 4.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

Gabrielle Alava
Nicole Anderson
Joy Chavez
Olivia Chung
Annika Dinkelman
Michael Groza
Rachel Kim

Illinois State Scholars

Illinois State Scholar for outstanding academic achievement (based on a combination of ACT/SAT test scores and unweighted GPA) is awarded to approximately ten percent of all Illinois high school graduates. In addition to the certificate each scholar will receive, their names have been listed on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s website.

This year’s Illinois State Scholars from Christian Heritage Academy, representing 25% of the Class of 2019 are:

Gabrielle Alava
Joy Chavez
Olivia Chung
Annika Dinkelman
Rachel Kim

President’s Awards for Educational Excellence and Achievement

The President’s Award for Educational Excellence, sponsored by the United States Department of Education, recognizes academic success in the classroom by our seniors.  CHA is awarding graduates who have at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA and a composite score of at least 28 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT.

Gabrielle Alava
Joy Chavez
Olivia Chung
Annika Dinkelman
David Dobre
Paul Gavrilovici
Michael Groza and
Rachel Kim

ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Awards

Established by ACSI (the Association of Christian Schools International), the ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Awards honor exemplary sophomore, junior or senior high schools students in the categories of Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, Leadership, and Christian Service.

From the Sophomore Class  

Caroline Chung for Academics and Athletics
Megan Ng for Academics, Leadership, Athletics, and Christian Service
Kyra Hand for Christian Service
Debora Mihulet for Academics, Fine Arts, and Athletics
Nathanael Wang for Academics
Luke Tedford for Academics and Athletics.

From the Junior Class

Ransom Coffeen for Academics and Athletics
Jacob Elafros for Academics and Athletics
Brianna Hudson for Academics, Leadership, Fine Arts, Athletics and Christian Service
Sarah Jaley for Academics, Leadership, Fine Arts and Christian Service
Andrew Kim for Academics and Christian Service
Elizabeth Mar for Academics, Leadership, Athletics, and Christian Service
Jacqueline Muntean for Academics
Mark Stefely for Academics, Fine Arts, and Christian Service
Josiah Shaw for Leadership, Fine Arts, and Christian Service
Hannah Ward for Academics and Leadership.

From the Senior Class

Gabrielle Alava for Academics, Leadership, Fine Arts and Christian Service
Nicole Anderson for Academics, Fine Arts, and Christian Service
Olivia Chung for Academics, Leadership and Athletics
Abby Collins for Fine Arts and Christian Service
Annika Dinkelman for Academics, Leadership, Athletics, and Christian Service
Paul Gavrilovici for Academics, Athletics, and Christian Service
Rachel Kim for Academics, Leadership, Fine Arts, and Christian Service
Sydney Mulcrone for Academics, Leadership, and Christian Service
Emily Naubert for Academics and Athletics
Curtis Thomas for Leadership, Fine Arts, Athletics, and Christian Service

National Honor Society

New members were inducted into the National Honor Society, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious student recognition program, for students recognized as exemplifying the four qualities of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character.

New members from the Junior class inducted into the National Honor Society, Class of 2020:

Ransom Coffeen
Brianna Hudson
Sarah Jaley
Andrew Kim
Elizabeth Mar
Jackie Muntean
Mark Stefely
Hannah Ward

Current members of the National Honor Society, from the Class of 2019:

Olivia Chung, President
Samantha Rodriguez, Vice President
Sydney Mulcrone, Secretary
Gabrielle Alava
Nicole Anderson
Joy Chavez
Annika Dinkelman
Paul Gavrilovici
Michael Groza
Rachel Kim

ILMEA (Illinois Music Educators’ Association) Awards for All-State Honors Choir were awarded to Gabrielle Alava and Rachel Kim of the Class of 2019.

Congratulations, Students! We commend you on all your hard work and faithfulness over the years.

We pray God’s continued blessing on all of our students as they continue to apply themselves wholeheartedly and with excellence in service our Lord. May we look forward to the day when we will cast all our crowns before the Lord; and let us give Him glory today and always, for every good work He has accomplished in and through us (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 2:10).

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