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McKinney Christian Academy is proud to announce that two students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Seniors Dylan Doerner and Mark Voelkel both performed exceptionally and have received honors by the program.

Dylan Doerner is a National Merit Commended Student.  Commended students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on their junior year PSAT/NMSQT test. These high performing students scored within the top 3.5% of students nationwide, achieving a Selection Index Score of 212 or higher. National Merit Semifinalists are selected based upon a qualifying PSAT/NMSQT score designated for each state. Although he did not reach the semi-finalist level as the Texas cut score is higher than many states, his score would qualify him as a National Merit Semifinalist in 16 other states, including our neighboring states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Dylan is the 16th MCA student in the past ten years to achieve National Merit Commended recognition or higher.  Dylan is the son of Dr. Mark Doerner.

Mark Voelker has been recognized as a Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.  Students are invited to apply for the National Hispanic Recognition program if they score in the top 2.5% of Hispanic/Latino PSAT/NMSQT test-takers in their region. Texas falls within the Southwest region also including Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. To receive the recognition, these students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic or Latino descent, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and be juniors at the time of the test. Mark is the second in MCA history to receive this level of recognition.  Mark is the son of William and Kristina Voelkel.

"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the enhancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

McKinney Christian Academy strives to prepare our students for the challenges they will face after graduation. We provide a very rigorous college-preparatory education while teaching our students to be life-long followers of Christ" stated Kate Perry, MCA Academic Counselor.

MCA is located at 3601 Bois D'Arc Road, McKinney.  To schedule a tour of our 60-acre campus contact Elaine Mayberry, Admissions Director.  214-504-7235 or

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This Science teacher ROCKS!

McKinney Christian Academy Middle School Science teacher Sharon Boese has always had a love for space, and last week was a teaching dream come true. After attending a NASA certification class, Mrs. Boese was ":over the moon" to learn she had been approved to host a moon and meteorite collection here at MCA. The collection was on campus for a week and a half, and shared schoolwide! MCA had to take special security measures while the moon stones were on campus. Mrs. Boese said "It's pretty insane to have these rocks with me; it has been such an awesome opportunity." MCA is extremely grateful to Mrs. Boese for pursuing this opportunity for our staff and students!

For MCA enrollment information, or to schedule a tour of the campus contact Elaine Mayberry at 214-504-7235 or


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MCA's Gabby Gordon Finishes First in Texas InVestWrite Competition, and Seventh in the Nation

McKinney Christian Academy seventh grader Gabby Gordon was recently presented with a trophy and gift check for finishing first in the State InVestWrite competition.  The competition is held annually by The SIFMA Foundation.  SIFMA Foundation is an educational non-profit committed to helping young people become financially capable, and to expand their understanding of the benefits of global capital markets.  The InVestWrite competition challenges 4th-12th grade students to analyze virtual stock stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and recommend portfolio allocations.  Each year nearly 600,000 students nationwide compete in The Stock Market Game™ program.  While creating a top performing $100,000 portfolio in The Stock Market Game™ program is difficult, creating a top performing essay in the competition is even harder.  Almost 9,000 students wrote essays in the fall semester, and almost 2,000 industry professionals served as volunteer judges in the scoring process.  

Gabby Gordon finished first in the state competition, and finished seventh in the nation.  She stated in her essay "One of the most important processes of keeping a healthy financial state is by using diversification.  During the Stock Market game my team and I learned how important it was to be diverse when buying and selling stocks." 

Gabby's list of prizes included a trophy, $100 AMEX gift check, medal, banner for the school, and an invitation to the annual awards ceremony.   MCA is very proud of Gabby and her performance in the InVestWrite competition.  The outstanding teachers at McKinney Christian Academy are also to be commended.  This is the second year in a row that MCA has placed first in the competition.  MCA educator Edna Pajela has led this program for several years, and has done a remarkable job.

If you would like a tour of the MCA campus, contact Admissions Director Elaine Mayberry - 214-544-2658 ext. 1104 or

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The McKinney Christian Academy 25th Anniversary Gala brought out 20's style guys and dolls on February 3rd.  The evening at The Sheraton McKinney began with passed hors d'oeuvres and mocktails while giving everyone opportunities to peruse the silent auction tables, take photos at the photo booth, and mingle with friends.  State Representative and MCA alumni parent Scott Sanford gave the prayer before dinner was served.  The dinner portion was lively, with memories shared from board member and founding MCA parent Dan Brooks, and stories told by MCA alumni Emmie Zook Pippin.  Emmie is a 2005 graduate of MCA, and graduated from Texas A & M.  The live auction was led by MCA parent and auctioneer John Beazley.  Live auction items included a full set of braces or Invisalign/Aligners donated by Dr. Stephanie Crise, a European trip donated by Joshua Expeditions, a week at Sky Ranch, a luxury cabin in Broken Bow, Oklahoma donated by MCA alumni parents Bill and Tricia Chinners, two Trident Response Group tactical and live-fire experiences, a complete Rough Riders suite donated by Rudy and Rae Lynn Reinecke, and a stay at Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando donated by MCA parent Chris Ewing.  The live auction also included a very robust bidding for a chance to hang the winning bidder's college alumni flag on the campus deck for one year.  Harvard was the winning bidders alma mater (#goals).

The bidding continued with a designated bidding to raise funds to construct a 30' cross on the MCA campus, and to raise funds to improve technology on campus.  The crowd overwhelmingly responded, and enough funds were raised to construct the cross and continue campus technology improvements.

A raffle drawing was held for an iPhone X.  The winner was B.A. Wilson.  The winner of the raffle for a years' paid tuition at MCA was Bill Chinners, who gave the years tuition back to the school to be used towards scholarships to MCA.

Dr. Lee Brock, founding board member and alumni parent, closed out the evening with some heartfelt thoughts about the school.

All that attended the 25th Anniversary Gala had a great time.  The Gala committee did a superb job with amazing attention to detail.  Everyone enjoyed the Gatsby Gala and the celebration of 25 years of quality Christian education in McKinney.  With God's grace and guidance MCA looks forward to another 25 years of teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit.

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The McKinney Christian Academy football team has advanced to the State finals.  The showdown will take place Friday, December 8th at 12:00pm.  The game will be placed at Midway High School Panther Stadium - Hewitt.  The MCA Mustangs will be taking on Cypress Christian.

The MCA football team has had an outstanding season.  All MCA staff and parents encourage the community to out and cheer on the Mustangs for their first State showdown.

Tickets to the game may be purchased at the gate on Friday.  Go Mustangs!

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McKinney Christian Academy Board of Trustees, Head of School, Campaign Co-Chairs and MCA families came together on August 10th for the Ribbon Cutting at the new campus Upper School and Administration Offices.  The expanded classroom and office space are the culmination of a very successful first phase of the Capital Campaign.  Robb Temple, Board Chair, recognized City Council members, County Commissioner Chris Hill. and State Representative Scott Sanford, who will be presenting MCA with a flag that had been flown over the State Capitol in Austin.  Mayor George Fuller read a Proclamation from the city of McKinney and thanked MCA for their wonderful partnership with the city for the past 25 years.  County Commissioner Chris Hill presented a flag that had been flown over the Collin County Courthouse and read a Proclamation from the county.  Robb Temple thanked Board Members Dan Brooks and Lee Brock for their vision for quality Christian education 25 years ago.  The Upper School Ribbon Cutting on August 10th is the result of much prayer and faithfulness from MCA families, Staff and the Board of Trustees.  Carol Ownby, Advancement Consultant, stated, "The new MCA Upper School is a great addition to our campus that will serve our families and community.  We look forward to providing a quality education with Godly focus to students for many years."
For more information about admission to MCA contact Elaine Mayberry at 214/504-7235 or
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McKinney Christian Academy Educator Jaimie Orozco Accepted Into Leadership Program

MCA is proud to announce that Jaimie Orozco has been accepted into the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Emerging Leaders Program.  Mrs. Orozco is the history department chair and student government coordinator at MCA.  

The press release below gives details of the Emerging Leaders Program, and has a complete 2017 class list.

Forty-Six Top Educators Selected for ASCD's 2017 Emerging Leaders Class

June 27, 2017

Contact: Leslie Malone

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD is excited to announce the selection of 46 educators for its 2017 class of emerging leaders. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both the local and national levels.

"The 2017 class of emerging leaders joins an elite group of educators who are making a meaningful impact on students across the world," said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD Associate Executive Director. "The caliber of this year's group is inspiring, and we look forward to learning from these leaders as they engage with the education community."

Educators selected for the Emerging Leaders program have been in the education profession for 5–15 years; demonstrate a passion for learning, teaching, and leading; come from a diverse range of positions, locations, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to ASCD's beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities.

Following the nomination process, this year's leaders were chosen by an advisory panel composed of ASCD staff, education thought leaders, and emerging leader alumni.

The 2017 class of emerging leaders is one of the most geographically diverse cohorts in the history of the program with emerging leaders hailing from 23 states, China, Colombia, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, and Pakistan. The class includes superintendents, principals and assistant principals, teachers, literacy coaches, professional learning specialists, and a digital learning specialist, among other roles and titles.

All emerging leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and help shape education policy, advocate for the whole child, and explore multiple ASCD leadership pathways. Some alumni from the program—including Steven Anderson, Fred Ende, Tony Frontier, and Pete Hall—have become ASCD authors, and others have become ASCD Faculty members and Board members. While in the program, educators can take advantage of numerous opportunities such as

  • Attending the invitation-only Leader to Leader conference in July, where leaders of various ASCD constituent groups convene to learn, share, and lay the groundwork for further collaboration.
  • Presenting at ASCD conferences and events.  
  • Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing blogs and articles to other outlets.
  • Hosting episodes of ASCD Learn. Teach. Lead. Radio, a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network. 

To view the entire list of the 2017 emerging leaders, visit the Emerging Leaders Directory. For more information on ASCD's Emerging Leaders program, visit To learn more about ASCD's other programs, products, services, and memberships, visit


ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Comprising 115,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 128 countries—the ASCD community also includes 51 affiliate organizations. ASCD's innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit


Abigail Dahl

McKinney Christian Academy Seventh Grader Abigail Dahl recently won a statewide InvestWrite competition out of a pool of over 2,000 entries.  Dr. Steven Cobb, Director, Center for Economic Education at University of North Texas presented the award and a $100 prize check.  InvestWrite is a companion piece to The Stock Market Game.  It is a teacher-designed writing component and competition that reinforces the students' newfound stock market knowledge, and hones critical thinking skills.

The presentation was made during the McKinney Christian Academy Middle School awards ceremony on May 25th. 

Take a tour of the MCA campus this summer and see the growth that is taking place.  This fall will see the opening of a brand new Upper School and Administration building.  Contact Elaine Mayberry - or 214-504-7235 to schedule a tour.

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On Wednesday May 4th during Upper School chapel, McKinney Christian Academy had twelve graduating seniors sign their letters of intent to play a collegiate sports.   With a total of 49 in the senior class, having twelve athletes commit to play a college sport is an unprecedented percentage of students.  

Joel Torres signed with Tyler Junior College to play football. Gideon Erhabor, Braxton Fillebrown, and Hayden Foote all signed with Bethel University to play football. Brent Strunk and Jackie Greenwell signed with Hendrix College to run track and field. Mikayla Kuehne signed her letter of intent to play basketball with South Plains College.  Madi Hydock will be playing both cross country and track and field for Sterling College.  Anna Keebler signed with Divison I Liberty University to play lacrosse.  Lincoln Christian University signed Scot Godfrey  to play soccer. Jackson Brock signed his letter of intent to play sprint football with United States Military Academy at West Point.  Lastly, Quinn Revere signed with Divison I Layfayette University to play football.  McKinney Christian Academy wishes all of the the athletes good luck, and prays for God's guidance and blessing for the graduating seniors at MCA and throughout our community.  

McKinney Christian Academy exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit.

To schedule a tour contact of the MCA campus contact Elaine Mayberry ( or 214-504-7235.


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Save the Date for the McKinney Christian Academy 25th Anniversary Gala

February 3, 2018

Sheraton McKinney Hotel

The theme for this fun dinner, silent and live auction evening is roaring 20's!  Start thinking about your 20's attire now!  We are going to have a great evening celebrating 25 years of Christian education for Pre-K through 12th grade at McKinney Christian Academy.

Reserve the date!  You won't want to miss an evening of charlestons, flappers, and zoot suits!

McKinney Christian Academy is located at 3601 Bois D'Arc Road, McKinney, TX.

Call to schedule a tour of our facility and see the new Upper School that will be open for the 2017-2018 school year.

214-544-2658  ext. 4325.