The Academy sponsors a number of activities for grades 7-12 that enhance student life in various ways. Some of these include the High School Retreat, Fall Fling, Student Council, National Honor Society, Spirit Week, field trips, Senior Chapel, County Spelling Bee, science fair, chapel praise team, and the annual Rotary Student Leadership Dinner.
Each fall high school students enjoy a three-day, two-night retreat at Living Waters Bible Conference in Weston where fun social activities are combined with worship and Bible study in order to help students build right relationships with God and each other.
Each year secondary students elect class officers; high school students also elect officers for the Student Council, which seeks to build a sense of community among students and provide opportunities for student leadership in the school. Besides sponsoring a number of activities throughout the year, the Student Council provides student input to the school administration.
GHCA sponsors a chapter of the National Honor Society, which is duly chartered and affiliated with the national organization. It is open to any student in grades 10-12 who meets the eligibility requirements in four areas of evaluation: scholarship (must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher), leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by the Faculty Council which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of our school faculty each spring. Consideration for membership in the NHS is a privilege, not a right; merely achieving the minimum GPA does not automatically result in an invitation to be a member.
Students who meet eligibility criteria as listed in the chapter bylaws (available from the Main Office and the GHCA website) are invited to complete the Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required.
To evaluate a candidate’s character, the student’s school disciplinary records are reviewed, and faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership. This information is reviewed by the Faculty Council along with the Student Activity Information Form to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection according to a predetermined schedule.
Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held quarterly during the school year, and participation in the chapter service projects conducted twice each year. Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter advisor through the Main Office.