Students speak out: Stockley trial verdict

Cameron Johnson, junior, closes his eyes during a moment of silence for Anthony Lamar Smith during a morning assembly after breakfast in the North Cafeteria on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Smith, a black man, was shot and killed by former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who is white, following a car chase in 2011. Stockley was found not guilty of first-degree murder of Smith on Friday, Sept. 15, leading to protests throughout the St. Louis area.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

September 22, 2017

On Friday, Sept. 15, white St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith , a black man, was found not guilty for first degree murder.  This started many protests throughout the Saint Louis area, many of which were violent.  Students were given the opportunity to...

GCAA holds eclipse viewing

Amirah Bauder puts on her glasses to watch the eclipse.  Bauder says her favorite part was how it was dark even though it was in the afternoon.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

September 13, 2017

On Monday, August 21, a long-anticipated solar eclipse took place.  A viewing of this phenomenon was held at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School.  GCAA provided a pair of eclipse glasses for every student.

Second graduating class of 2017 continues to set high standards with 100% graduation rate

The class of 2017 stands on the stage, waiting for the National Anthem to be sung by choir students, standing in front.

Elyse Luecke, Web Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2017

13% of students scored higher than a 25 on the ACT, three students scored a 31 or above, qualifying for the Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship 100% graduated, 88% have finalized plans for college or post-secondary education Students combined have been awarded over $2 million in scholarship...

GCAA holds second prom in school’s history: Enchanted Gala

Patra Patton takes a picture of a group of friends. (Left to right) Katlyn Miller, Nicholas Baggett, Chase Doctor, Caroline Knapp, Chloe Ward, and Maasai Rodgers, who are all in Calculus together, wanted to remember their times in class together.

Elyse Luecke, Web Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2017

On the night of April 29th, GCAA held it's second prom in the school's history at the Windows on Washington venue. Students involved in Prom Committee developed the theme of Enchanted Gala.  ...

Changes in administration leaves GCAA in the hands of new authority

Dr. Matt Frederickson poses for a picture. Frederickson will be taking a new position of superintendent of the Bowling Green R-1 School District.

Galen Selligman, Staff Writer

May 19, 2017

At the end of this semester Dr. Matt Frederickson and Lisa Kaczmarczyk, GCAA Head of School and High School Principal respectively, are leaving their positions. During his time here, Frederickson said that he has “learned more about myself and where I can flourish,” and that he works best when ...

Transgender student wins prom king

Shane McDaniel, senior, just after winning Prom King.

Aurora Phillips, Staff Writer

May 19, 2017

GCAA’s second ever prom had its first ever transgender prom king. Seniors were able to nominate their choice for prom king and queen. The top nominees were then put onto a ballot and then voted on as students checked in at prom. Shane McDaniel, senior, was voted this year’s prom king. “Well ...

Sophia Schirmer-Beiermann, junior, accepted into Missouri Girls State

Sophia Schirmer-Beiermann, junior, poses in the school hallway.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

Sophia Schirmer-Beiermann, junior, was accepted into Missouri Girls State, a program that focuses on female leadership, interest in government, and service to others by creating a mock where students vote for candidates and learn how government works through hands-on experience.  Located at University...

Kumari Pacheco, junior, accepted into Stanford creative writing program

Kumari Pacheco writes in her notebook.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

May 11, 2017

Kumari Pacheco, junior, was accepted into a creative writing pre-collegiate program at Stanford University.  She sent her application in January and received her acceptance letter in April. She applied because of the program’s prestigious nature and potential opportunities to receive letters of recommend...

Urban League provides select students with prom attire at no cost, releases financial burden for families

Dresses hang on a rack in the lobby of the Urban League of St. Louis.

Elyse Luecke, Web Editor-in-Chief

April 27, 2017

On average, families spend up to nearly $1,000 on various prom expenses. This includes renting a tuxedo, buying a dress, shoes, a corsage, a boutonniere, hair, makeup, nails, formal photography, limos, dinner, hotels, and after party events. This puts a significant amount of stress on families who are financi...

Vocal music students showcased at annual high school Cabaret Night

Thomas Judkins, sophomore, performs “Together.”  Judkins  says he chose the song before knowing the event’s theme, but he was surprised to find he felt like it fit perfectly in a theme meant to celebrate unity and diversity.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

April 17, 2017

Vocal music students performed at The Franklin Room in Soulard on April 1, 2017.  The event featured choir performances as well as solos.  This was one of GCAA's biggest fundraisers.  The event's theme was kaleidoscope, representing diversity.  The songs performed reflected on the themes of acceptance,...

New park renovation offers outlet for recreation, expression

View from the fourth floor of Arts Academy Plaza construction site. The Plaza is scheduled to be completed by Spring of 2017.

Elyse Luecke, Web Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2017

Grand Center is known to be the “intersection of Art and Life”, consisting of the Fox Theater, Kranzberg Arts Center, various ethnic restaurants, Powell Symphony Hall, and Grand Center Arts Academy middle and high school. In early 2014, however, Grand Center Inc. established that they would make an additio...

Freshmen express what it means to be an American through poetry, “We, Too, Sing America”

Sixteen poems written by freshmen students hang on the fourth floor. Each poem is used to express to readers what it mean to be an American.

Tessa Wild, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017

Since the beginning of the semester, freshman have been working on a poetry unit called ‘Rhythm and Resistance’ with Amber Murphy, 9th Grade English teacher and Anna Sobotka, high school ELA teacher. In the unit, they use poetry to express a bigger idea about the country they live in. “In honor o...

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