Multiple Congratulations Are In Order

First, Preather Preuitt has made the All-State Honor Choir. This is the highest honor a choir student can achieve in the state of Missouri. He earned one of only four spots for basses in the St. Louis Metro area. Plus, we had three students audition for and make Metro 8, an honors ensemble comprised of the best musicians from each city school, private school and the Fort Zumwalt School District. The three students were Imani Smith (8th Grade, Double Bass), Madison Hathaway Wheeler (8th Grade, Violin) and Kareemah Thomas (11th Grade, Viola). These students and the other members of the ensemble put in a lot of hard work to have a successful concert. As always we are so proud of our students! Keep up the good work!

GCAA Webmaster Moving On . . . Welcome, Standpoint!

I have really enjoyed serving as Webmaster of GCAA, ever since 2011.  Since then, I have had the privilege of posting thousands of photos of GCAA students, hundreds of posts and creating dozens of videos featuring administrators, teachers and students. I hope you have enjoyed these postings.  I have been honored to do this job, most of this work occurring during the years while my daughter JuJu Vieth attended GCAA. But now it is time to move on--I will be tending to my law practice and whatever else comes my way. The new Webmaster for this website will be Standpoint, and I wish them all the best. Erich

Statement Regarding Stockley Ruling by Dr. Candice Carter- Oliver, CEO

As many of you know, the verdict on Jason Stockley was issued this morning. Our campuses and students remain safe, and our students and faculty will be sharing their thoughts and feelings in their classes today. I will be visiting all our schools today to participate in some of these discussions with students, faculty and staff. We will dismiss all schools early today, at 1:30 p.m. All Confluence Charter Schools will also cancel after school activities and athletic games today, September 15 and tomorrow, September 16. [Read the entire statement]

Royce Martin readies himself for upcoming auditions

Here’s a story to make your day! Royce Martin is a senior at Grand Center Arts Academy. He taught himself to play the piano a few short years ago, and it’s taking him on an incredible journey. Art Holliday, KSDK Ch. 5, met with Royce for a short feature story. It aired yesterday, June 22, during the 6:00 p.m. broadcast. If you didn’t get a chance to watch, it’s online –  

GCAA Freshman Ashton Patterson to Exhibit at Shaw Art Fair

15-year old GCAA Freshman Ashton Patterson will be exhibiting his work at the Fall 2017  Shaw Art Fair, a large juried art fair held annually in the Shaw Neighborhood.
Ashton has been interested in photography for a few years.  He  took his first photography class in the 2017 spring semester at GCAA.  His interest peaked last summer when his family's food truck was hired to feed the band members of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin back stage at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.  Ashton took a photo of two members of Breaking Ben wearing the family's food truck's tee shirts and received many compliments on the composition. Realizing that he could do so much more with a "real" camera than he could with is iPhone, a spark ignited.
After having several photos selected for the GCAA Art Show, Ashton began thinking about participating in larger venues.  Since his family has always attended the Shaw Art Fair and has purchased many pieces there, this was a natural goal.  Ashton submitted four of his photos to be reviewed by the jury and was one of 12 photographers accepted out of more than 20 applicants.  The average score of the selected photographers was 16.6; Ashton scored 17.  Applicants come from all over the US, including some international artists.  Ashton's mother has been told by several people associated with the Historic Shaw Art Fair that Ashton is the youngest artist ever to be selected.
Congratulations to Ashton!
[Information for this story provided by Kimberly Patterson].