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McKinney Christian Academy Senior Economics class welcomed Mr. Lance Lindsay, Independent Bank's Senior Vice President in Financial Planning and 5 time winner of McKinney's Best Financial Planner, as a special guest speaker on September 17th. He came to speak about the current state of the Stock Market but to also provide investment advice for Seniors about to enter a national Stock Market simulation.  
Jaime Orozco, Senior Economics teacher, shared that after his visit, Mr. Lindsay inspired a wave of research that had many of the teams bringing in research, huddling together and plotting out a strategy in hushed whispers. The Stock Market simulation started on the initial day of investing only to have the market drop quite a bit. Every team lost money. Then the market turned in many of the stocks and mutual funds in which students had invested, and MCA currently holds rank 3, 8, 9, 11 and 15 on the leader board.  Most class days begin with students looking at their leader board.  The goal is that by the simulation's end in December MCA will maintain their hold in the top 5.  The students have one more opportunity to compete in an essay contest in which they argue the best strategy for long-term investment planning. The Stock Market Game (SMG) has been a welcome addition to the McKinney Christian Academy Economics program.

Mr. Lindsay's biography
Lance Lindsay was appointed to the McKinney Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors in 2012. He is a Certified Financial Planner for Independent Bank / LPL Financial. 

Lance has served on many boards and commissions including the McKinney Community Development Corporation, McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and others. 

Lance has been married to his wife Alysia since 1996. He has one daughter, Jessica, who is 15 years old and attends McKinney Boyd High School and one son, Jacob, who is 12 years old and attends Dowell Middle School.

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

For more information about MCA contact Melodie Bajema, Admissions Director, at 214-544-2658 Ext. 4325 or



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McKinney Ladies Association Holds First Meeting of the Year

The McKinney Ladies Association met on Monday, September 14th at Eclair Bistro - 216 E. Virginia.  The evening was full of good fellowship and great food.  Executive chef Aaron Thomas prepared a lovely assortment of appetizers for the women at the meeting.  He shared that the restaurant prepares everything completely from scratch.  They have been on the square for six months.

The women brought diapers, wipes, or donated cash to support the month's outreach - Baby Booties Diaper Bank.  The non-profit organization gives diapers and wipes to needy families at various distribution times monthly.  The needs continue to grow, as more and more agencies are making referrals to them.  More information on the diaper bank can be found on their website:

Cynthia Nelson, President of McKinney Ladies Association, stated "MLA is a really nice way for women to meet new people and we always have a different, great non-profit that we support.  Our meetings are held in fun places throughout McKinney.  Any woman can come to a meeting to see what we are about.  The yearly dues are only $50."

McKinney Ladies Association holds two yearly yard sales.  October 3rd is the next scheduled yard sale, held at Stonebridge United Methodist Church.  Vendor spots are still available.  The form can be downloaded here:  MLA Yard Sale.  The $1 admission to the yard sale goes towards scholarships for children of McKinney's first responders.   Last year MLA was able to fund 3 scholarships.  

For more information on joining McKinney Ladies Association visit the website:  McKinney Ladies Association

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McKinney Ladies Association's Fall 2015 Yard Sale fundraiser is set for October 3. The public is invited to enjoy huge bargains for a great cause at this community-wide event.

The sale is set from 7 a.m. to noon rain or shine October 3 in the parking lot of Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Stonebridge Drive in McKinney.All proceeds benefit college scholarships for the children of McKinney’s first responders.

Shoppers: Adults are asked to donate $1 to shop while children accompanied by an adult can shop for free.

Vendors: Register with MLA to sell your items during the sale. Each vendor space is the width of one parking space. Spaces will be limited to the first 126 registered (no concession sales). The cost is $45 per space. Contact Connie Hollstein-Drexel at  Click Here to download the Vendor Form.

MLA’s semiannual community-wide yard sales always draw hundreds of shoppers. Items for sale on October 3rd are anticipated to include children’s and adults’ clothing, jeans, toys, furniture, household items, strollers, bikes, yard equipment, and much more.

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Seventeen members of the MCA family spent the third week of June serving as volunteers for S.E.E.K. Camp at Lake Bridgeport, Texas.

S.E.E.K. stands for Summer Events for Exceptional Kampers.  The camp provides a five day overnight summer camp experience for special needs young adults.

McKinney Christian Academy students Parker Barrett, Megan Chinners, Morgan Chinners, Sarah Chinners, Marco Cueva, Braxton Fillebrown, Luke Harrell, Madi Johnson, Jon Nyberg, Charlie Stubbs, Sydney Tubiolo, and Lexie Vance served as counselors working one on one with campers with autism, down's syndrome, and cerebral palsy.  As counselors their responsibilities began at 7:30 each morning when they helped their camper get out of bed and dressed and then took them to breakfast.  The counselors then went with their camper to morning worship followed by a busy morning of crafts, music and recreation workshops.  After lunch campers and counselors enjoyed sports and swim time.  Supper was followed by different nightly special events and evening worship.  After assisting with getting their camper into bed the counselors enjoyed some time of fellowship and free time together while the lead counselors stayed with the campers.

MCA parents and staff members Bill Chinners, LeeAnn Fillebrown, Corey Johnson, and Michael Tucker served as lead counselors and Tricia Chinners served as camp nurse.

Michael Tucker, MCA Geometry teacher stated "MCA will make this an annual volunteering opportunity.  The week was a great experience for all involved.  The students stepped up to make the whole camp experience enjoyable and a great success."

McKinney Christian Academy exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit.  If you would like to take a tour of the MCA campus or receive more information about the school, Melodie Bajema, Director of Admissions, can be reached at 214-544-2658 ext. 4325 or

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Local Student Graduates from American Legion Boys State, Department of Texas


One of 1,004 future leaders that assembled for the prestigious program

Spent week at University of Texas learning about government


AUSTIN, Tex. – The American Legion, Department of Texas today announced that Michael Collum of McKinney Christian Academy has graduated from American Legion Boys State, Department of Texas, better known simply as Texas Boys State.


Begun in 1935, Boys State is a unique program that educates future leaders about government, civics, and patriotism in a “learn by doing” environment. Each delegate has just finished his junior year of high school and was hand-picked by teachers, counselors, and local American Legion posts throughout Texas to attend this one week seminar.


During the week, the delegates were evenly split into fictional parties of the Nationalist and Federalists and divided into 12 cities. Each party drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary elections, and contested a general election against the rival party and its candidates. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county, and city offices. The highlight of the week for those elected to the Texas Boys State House of Representative and Senate was when they were seated in the chambers of the Texas Capitol and allowed to craft, debate, and vote on mock legislation.


Michael Collum served on his city’s platform committee, and was elected as County Surveyor.    Important issues they listed on their policy platform included transportation reform, veteran benefits reform, water conservation, and education reform including better teacher pay and STAR testing reform.


This year the delegates heard from more than 50 distinguished speakers, ranging from State Representatives Doc Anderson, Larry Gonzales, Phil Stephenson, Paul Workman, Ron Simmons, David Simpson, Dennis Paul, and Bill Zedler, Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown, Democratic Party strategist and TV commentator Harold Cook, Republican Party strategist Ted Delisi, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Kevin Yeary, and many more.


Students came from all over Texas.  Two representatives from Boys State will go on to represent Texas at the Boys State Nation July 17-24.


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McKinney Christian Academy graduated 47 seniors on Friday, May 22nd.  The commencement ceremony and reception following was held in the MCA Student Life Center.

Nathaniel Ferguson, Valedictorian of the class of 2015, plans to attend Southern Methodist University in the fall and major in Business.  Salutatorian, Madison Johnson, will attend Baylor University and major in Film/Media.  In addition to recognition of and speeches given by the valedictorian and salutatorian, the Mustang Community Service Award given to students who served in the community between 150-199 hours was presented to Chanel Bristol, Megan Chinners, Morgan Chinners, Brandon Ho, McKenna Hubert, Louise Perry and Joshua Wright.  The Samaritan Community Service Award, representing service of 200 or more hours, was presented to William Kuehne. 

The following students were also recognized for achieving the Honors Diploma: Nathaniel Ferguson, Madison Johnson, Andrew Boese, Brickman Clow, Julie James, Mary Lee Knowles, Christian Long, Jessica Mains, Richard Osburn, Louise Perry, Aaron Teran, and Kayce Zanetell. 

Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of the Liberty Institute, addressed the seniors, parents, grandparents and guests.  Liberty Institute is the largest legal organization in the country dealing exclusively with defending religious freedom in the United States. The theme of his message was “Live out of your gifts, have courage and you will change the world”. 

 The MCA graduating class of 2015 was offered a merit scholarship total of $3,782,000 and athletic scholarships, including verbal athletic offers for NCAA Division I programs, totaling over $1,000,000.  The seniors collectively accepted over $1,600,000 in academic and athletic scholarships.

McKinney Christian Academy exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through mind, body and spirit.  Our graduating seniors are prepared to tackle their next adventure.  Everyone at MCA is very proud of their accomplishments, and we are looking forward to see what their bright future holds.


Re-enrollment at McKinney Christian Academy

McKinney Christian Academy re-enrollment is currently at 90% for the 2015-16 school year.  Some classes are closed and have waiting lists and many classes are close to capacity.  For families interested in enrolling, now is the time to take a tour of the MCA campus. To schedule a tour, contact Mel Bajema, Admissions Director.

This will be a busy summer for McKinney Christian Academy, filled with tours, interviews, and summer camp!  

If you have a child interested in attending MCA Sport and Enrichment camps you can visit the McKinney Christian Academy website for a complete list of camps offered.  There is something for everyone, from basketball to adventures in writing!  Camp dates are listed on the website.

MCA is a Christian, interdenominational, college preparatory school that maintains a low student-teacher ratio to ensure success for students Pre-K through 12th grade.  MCA offers a rigorous education based on a biblical worldview.  MCA exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through mind, body and spirit.

Director of Admissions:    Melodie Bajema


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There is something for everyone at McKinney Christian Academy this summer.  Summer sport and enrichment camps run through July 24th with varying start dates.  Students from 1st grade through Upper School can find something to interest them.  Sports Camps include boys baseball, boys basketball, girls basketball, football, softball, soccer, strength & agility, volleyball, and wrestling.  Enrichment camp topics are Awesome Art, Discover Science, and Adventures in Writing.

Register now!  To register:

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

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A.Boese&Sam Johnson.jpg Andy Boese with U.S. Representative Sam Johnson

McKinney Christian Academy senior Andy Boese just recently graduated from U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council.  There were hundreds of high school students that applied to serve, but only 81 were selected and completed the program.  The Advisory Council met four times throughout the school year to work on topics ranging from the Ebola crisis to the Keystone Pipeline debate.  The Council members were tasked with analyzing newspaper articles and dealing with current political issues. 

The graduation was held Monday, May 4th on the SMU Plano campus.  Distinguished speakers at the graduation included State Attorney General Ken Paxton, former United States Representative Allen West, and United States Representative Sam Johnson.

Representative Johnson created the CYAC in  2004 to gain insights from students in his district and to inspire students to learn more about how the government functions on a local, state and federal level and in turn, to become better informed and actively engaged citizens. 

Andy Boese is the first student from McKinney Christian Academy to be selected to serve on the Congressional Youth Advisory Council.

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Four MCA Seniors sign Letters of Intent to play college sports

McKinney Christian Academy honored four seniors who signed Letters of Intent on March 25th.

Makenzie Shaw has committed to play volleyball for Centenary College of Louisiana.  Makenzie has played both club and school team volleyball since 5th grade.  Makenzie plans to study kinesiology at Centenary College, with plans to become a physical therapist.

Will Jacobs will play baseball for Oklahoma Wesleyan University.  Will has been playing baseball since he was seven.  He plans to study criminal justice and train for a career in law enforcement at Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Julie James has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Baylor University.  Julie has played soccer since she was four years old, and currently plays for the number one ranked team in the U.S., Sting 97.

Cameron Close has committed to play Division 1 Lacrosse for the University of Denver.  Cameron received offers from 12 Division 1 colleges before deciding on Denver. 

McKinney Christian Academy is a Pre-K through 12th grade school located on twelve acres in McKinney.  MCA offers a rigorous college preparatory education based on a biblical worldview, equipping students to be lifetime followers of Jesus Christ.  MCA exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through mind, body and spirit.  MCA is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year.  Please visit for more information.