VALDOSTA – Highland Christian Academy assembled a new playground on the new school property. 


Located at 4023 Pine Grove Road, HCA purchased the 18-acre abandoned elementary school and has upgraded it to serve kindergarten through 12th grade, according to a press release from the school. 


Volunteer students, teachers, parents, family, and friends have worked to improve the location. 



VALDOSTA — Highland Christian Academy sophomores learned life-saving steps from Traci Gosier, Public Health South District director.

Gosier certified the HCA health class in CPR, first aid and defibrillator training, according to information from the school.


"We are thankful for Ms. Gosier and all those who make us better citizens," according to a statement from the school.

The HCA Class of 2017 will also receive the training and certifications.


"Our mission is to educate and train students to engage their community and world with academic excellence and Christ-like behavior," according to the statement.

More information: Contact Highland Christian Academy, (229) 245-8111.



VALDOSTA – Highland Christian Academy observed Veterans Day. Nov 14 2016

Karlee Youngblook, an eighth grader, sang the National Anthem, according to a press release from the school. 


Elementary school students sang a “thank you” song to the veterans in the crowd and the HCA choir, directed by Kathy Wright, performed two patriotic selections. 

Capt. Timothy Daul of Moody Air Force Base spoke to the audience about what it means to be a veteran and why they are honored on Veterans Day.


A veterans wall was created to honor those who served.



December 10, 2013

HCA students view rocket launch

VALDOSTA — Rockets, outer space and astronauts; what more could a child ask for on a vacation? Josh and Hannah Nizio, both students at High Christian Academy, were able to see all of those things while attending the launch of the MAVEN probe on Nov. 18.

Josh, 13, Hannah, 5, and their parents were invited to be VIP guests during the launch through a family friend, Eric Raaen. Raaen is a Senior Systems Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

While preparing to watch the launch, Josh and Hannah were able to learn about the different galaxies, the Hubble Telescope, and meet with some of the scientists behind the launch.

“It was lots of fun. It was really fascinating. We learned a lot, like what galaxy we live in and how they practiced for launches,” said Josh.

Josh and Hannah were able to interview Eric about what made him decide to work with NASA and a little about his job. They were also able to explore different replicas, including a model of the international space station.

“I really liked the Angry Birds (exhibit),” said Hannah.

This opportunity opened Josh and Hannah's eyes to a variety of career options they might have never considered and gave them experiences they might have never had. Though they aren't sure if they would want to be rocket scientists, they would both like to view another launch in the future.

John Nizio, Josh and Hannah’s father, said of the trip, “It was fascinating and I was really impressed. I grew up during the Apollo program and it was fascinating to see the history and what goes on behind the scenes and how much work goes into it. We have gone on trips to Disney and Universal, and we enjoyed this trip as much as any of those. It was different and cool. We would love to go back.”

courtesy of The Valdosta Daily Times


February 11, 2014

Highland Christian Academy's principal Mr. David Ward honored eight seniors last night, Feb. 11, during the last home game for the basketball season against Fullington Academy.

Each senior received a basketball signed by their teammates and were recognized at center court.

Julius King, escorted by his father Derrian King; Trey Yates, with his parents James and Jennifer Yates; Patrick Muller, escorted by Walter and Kim Muller; Tucker Bruce, escorted by his parents Mike and Michelle Bruce; Ryan Dobson, with his parents Rolen and Lyn Dobson; and Emily White, escorted by her parents Jeff and Mandy White were honored on Tuesday.

Brianna Walker was also recognized for keeping the books and Guy Farmer was honored for keeping the time clock throughout the the year.


December 11 2013

VALDOSTA — The small gymnasium at the Pinevale Learning Center housed a sizable crowd Tuesday night to witness Highland Christian Academy history as Tucker Bruce became the first Eagle to score 1,000 points.

Bruce, a senior at Highland Christian Academy, crossed the 1,000-point threshold in a 67-31 victory on the road against Citizen's Christian Academy on Friday.

Bruce scored 20 points in the game to give him 1,008 points for his career, the first Highland Christian player to reach that milestone in the program's history.

“It’s a blessing. I really just wanted to prove myself each year,” said Bruce. “I didn’t look towards scoring 1,000 points or anything like that, just focusing on becoming a better team and teammate.”

On Tuesday night at Pinevale Learning Center, the Eagles took a moment before their contest against Byne Christian Academy to honor Bruce’s accomplishment. Highland coach Joel Stites presented Bruce with a ball with “1000” written on it after saying a few words about Bruce’s career with the team, but Bruce deflected all the credit.

“I owe this accomplishment to my coaches and my teammates,” said Bruce.

After the ceremony, the Eagles still had a game to play against the Saints looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Highland earlier this season.

Despite his shooting touch being a bit off early on, Bruce displayed the arsenal that allowed him to score more prolifically than any Highland Eagle before him.

While he missed his first four shots of the game, Bruce got to the rim on two back-door cuts in the first quarter, but failed to finish, going scoreless in the quarter.

With Bruce off the mark, Wesley Robinson took the Eagle scoring load upon himself. Robinson scored six first-quarter points and Highland Christian forced Byne into sloppy turnovers with a half-court pressure to take a 13-5 lead.

Robinson continued to score in the second quarter, adding eight more points to give him 14 at the half.

Bruce was also able to find his scoring touch in the second quarter.

After getting trapped under the basket, Bruce used a beautiful spin move to get out of a crowd of defenders and get a shot up, but yet another shot would rim out before Bruce was finally able to get on the board, scoring his first points of the game following a steal.

Bruce would push the ball on a breakaway, fake the bounce pass and get an easy layup. Bruce would get another basket inside to finish with four points at the half and a 31-15 lead for the Eagles.

Highland Christian would put the game out of reach in the third quarter, the Eagles play in the paint dictated the quarter. Highland would deny the Saints the paint while scoring in the restricted area at will on the offensive side.

Bruce provided the spark with eight points early in the quarter as the Eagles extended their lead to 57-20.

Highland cruised to the comfortable victory with a 15-14 final quarter, resulting in a 72-34 victory over Byne Christian.


VALDOSTA — The Highland Christian Academy boys basketball team hit the gas pedal on Valwood early and cruised away to a 57-23 blowout win in the second game of a doubleheader played at Pinevale School on Thursday night.

The Eagle duo of Jalen Hiller and Josh Sharper handled the bulk of the scoring load for HCA (14-5). Hiller poured in 30 points and Sharper added 19 of his own in the Eagles’ victory that dropped the Valiants to a 1-7 overall record.


Coming into the game, HCA coach Joel Stites said he wanted his team to work on its man-to-man defense and play it for 32 minutes.

It seemed the coach got what he was looking for, as the Eagles established their defense from the opening tip and kept that energy going for the entire game.

“I just wanted the guys to get some energy going,” Stites said, “and I thought we did a pretty good job of that. Shots are always going to fall at some point in the game, but when we play good defense, we’re tough to beat.”

HCA got out to an 11-4 lead to close the first period, and the scoreboard read 25-10 with the advantage going to HCA as both teams went to the locker rooms. Hiller and Sharper each put in 10 points in the first half.

It was more of the same story in the second half. HCA hit a 5-1 run out of the gate in the third. After Valwood’s Joe Stark made two free throws just under 20 seconds into the period, the Eagles pieced together their run. Back-to-back buckets from Sharper made the score 29-12, then a steal and layup by Tyreece Battle and a 3-point jumper by Hiller expanded HCA’s lead to 34-12.

The Eagles made the score 41-17 by the end of the third and scored 16 points in the closing frame to give the final score.

VALDOSTA — The Highland Christian Academy boys basketball team used a second-half surge to fend off Crisp Academy on Friday night, allowing just 18 second-half points en route to a 71-48 win.

In the first half, the teams traded the lead several times, with Crisp center Cole Melton dominating the inside action, scoring 18 of his 22 points before the break, including two dunks. He also added 14 rebounds to his stat line


For the game’s first 16 minutes, Highland was fronting the post, giving Crisp free reign to lob the ball inside to Melton for easy baskets. A 12-3 Wildcats run handed Crisp a lead late in the second quarter, but the advantage was short-lived.

The Eagles adjusted at halftime, however, changing their defensive strategy on the Wildcats’ lanky center, throwing double teams and different looks to keep Crisp from passing the ball his way.

The pace of play in the first half was played to Crisp’s favor, with most of the action coming in the half court. That changed in the second half, however, and Highland ran away with the game.

After holding a narrow 33-30 edge heading into the locker room, Highland exploded to the tune of 24 third-quarter points to put the game on ice heading into the fourth. The game’s pace was frenetic, much to the Eagles’ liking, allowing Josh Sharper to put his stamp on the contest.

Sharper has emerged as one of the GISA’s top players this season, due in large part to his ability to fill it up from the outside.  Friday night, Sharper scored a game-high 31 points, including six 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds.

Jaylen Hiller and Wesley Robinson also had great games in Highland’s win. Hiller scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds, while Robinson added 19 points, including several high-arching shots over Melton in the paint.

The triple-pronged scoring threat of Sharper, Hiller and Robinson accounted for 66 of Highland’s 71 points, and the trio’s solid play has a chance to carry Highland deep into the state playoffs.

HCA swingman receives grand surprise - Valdosta Daily Times: Local Sports

Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014 6:00 am


VALDOSTA — Highland Christian Academy senior swingman Jaylen Hiller was honored for scoring his 1,000th point as a member of the Eagles’ basketball team Thursday night at Pinevale School.

A brief ceremony recognizing his achievement was held minutes prior to the tipoff of the boys’ game with Westwood High, which is about when Hiller found out the news for himself.


Hiller entered the locker room to dress for the game and was given the surprising news about his milestone.

“I was told right before the game and I was shell shocked,” the four-year starter said. “I don’t worry about the points. I’ve just played with a great group of guys these past few years. It’s been a great time and I’ve loved every second of it. When you play with great teammates like I have you’re just out there having fun.”

Off the court, Hiller excels in the classroom as well, maintaining a 3.9 GPA and, as Stites said, defining what it means to be a true student athlete.

“Jaylen’s a great athlete, but the neat thing about him is that he’s an even better kid with high character,” Eagles’ boys basketball coach Joel Stites said in a phone interview prior to his team’s tip with Westwood.

“He’s really worked hard this offseason working on his game and honing his skills. His raw athleticism has always been there, but when you go and work in the offseason to mold it, you can see that ability even more so this year.”

Stites said he points to Hiller’s leadership skills as a facet of his game that has shown the greatest surge.

The Highland Christian Academy boys (7-1) travel to play Valwood in a non-conference game today. The girls’ game is set to tip at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ contest at 7:30 p.m.