RTCA October Students of the Month
RTCA’s Lower School Student of the Month for October is Emi Dees. Emi is the daughter of Kailey Dees and has a little sister, Ruthie who attends K3 at RTCA. Emi was selected by faculty because she is an eager student who is willing to accept challenges in the classroom. She works hard and is a great friend to all of her classmates. Emi’s favorite subject is reading and her favorite color is pink and purple. She enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her sister. When Emi grows up, she wants to be a State Farm Agent like her mom.
RTCA congratulates kindergartener Emi Dees.
Robert Toombs Christian Academy’s Student of the Month for the Month of October is sixth grader John Smith. John is the son of Julie and the late Frank Smith. He has an older brother, Trent who is a senior at RTCA, and a twin brother, George. John has attended RTCA since K3. John was chosen by faculty because he has an upbeat attitude and never fails to greet students and teachers walking around campus. During class he is friendly and helpful to his peers. His diligence and conscientiousness regarding academics is evidenced in the quality of the assignment he submits. John participates in middle school football and track at RTCA. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, writing, and running.
RTCA congratulates sixth grader John Smith.
RTCA’s High School Student of the Month for October is freshman Cody Smith. Cody is the son of Dennis and Tammy Smith. He has an older brother who graduated from RTCA and four younger siblings who all attend RTCA. Cody was chosen by faculty because he is a great student who is respectful, diligent, and very pleasant to be around. Cody participates in shotgun at RTCA. After high school, Cody hopes to be involved in his family’s business.
RTCA congratulates freshman Cody Smith.
RTCA Wins GIAA Softball State Championship
Lady Crusader seniors lead the way!
The Lady Crusaders come from the losers bracket to double dip Thomas Jefferson in the championship series behind the offensive play of Seniors Arlie Gooden, Haylie Kight and Bree Wimberly and the pitching of Jr. Meredith Durden.
Game 1- Rtca 8 Crisp 0
Meredith Durden threw 5 innings of 1 hit ball giving up no runs and striking out 8 and the Lady Crusaders scored 3 in each of the 1st 2 innings to secure an early round victory. 6 crusaders had hits lead by Durden with 2, Bree Wimberly with 2 rbi1 and Arlie Gooden with 2 runs scored. Coach Fitzgerald on the effort " Crisp beat us twice in last year's final four, so we knew they were gonna be well coached and ready to go. They lost some key players to either graduation or transfer to other schools and had a young team, but as I said, well coached. Meredith was dominant as she was fired up and we took advantage of a mistake defensively to score 3 early, which was key for us to settle the nerves. We continued to capitalize on defensive mistakes and Meredith stayed strong throughout".
Game 2 Thomas Jefferson 5 RTCA 4 in 8 innings
Thomas Jefferson capitalized on a key defensive play in the 2nd, we dropped a tag out at first base off a bunt and it lead to 4 unearned runs, but key hits by Arlie Gooden, Haylie Kight Merdit Durden and Railee Thomas throughout the game saw us battle back to tie it in the 7th inning. Unfortunately, we didn't execute the bunt in the 8th and Thomas Jefferson got a big hit to win the game in the bottom half. " Meredith again dominated the game on the mound only giving up 2 hits through 7 innings and we out hit them at that point 7-2 but still they found a way to win. I challenged our girls after the game, for the second time this season we lost to TJ in a game we dominated. The challenge was about playing with heart, having the choice to lay down and feel sorry for yourself or lock in to every pitch every play and fight for eachother".
Game 3 Robert Toombs 8 D,E.A. 4
Robert Toombs Jumped out front early behind the offensive play of freshman Leighton Williams who drove in Arlie Gooden in the bottom of the first as RTCA jumped up early 4-0. Leighton had 3 hits in the game to lead the Crusaders, while Arlie Gooden and Bree Wimberly each had 2 hits. Wimberly, Kight, Williams and Durden each had rbis for the Lady Crusaders and once again Durden was strong in the circle. " Jumped out early but all of a sudden DEA showed some life, scoring a few times, after some key hits and then something happened to galvanize the team. D.E.A. was making a comeback late and their really good senior Emma Proctor hit a missle back through the middle catching Meredith on the lower shin just above the ankle. It was a moment in time watching her crying in pain where doubt crept in, but she slammed her hands into the ground and picked herself up and in pain not only finished but showed the heart we had just talked about coming out of the previous games loss. From there what happen next was just awesome to watch"
Game 4 RTCA 9 TJ 7
The first game of the championship was a classic. Robert Toombs would jump on top 2-0 only to find themselves down 3-2 after 2. A game with clutch hits from both teams that see sawed its way to the finish line, with multiple lead changes finally ending when Railee Thomas made a sliding catch in foul territory to end the game. RTCA seniors Bree Wimberly was 5-5, Haylie Kight was 3-4 and Arlie Gooden was on base 4 out of 5 times. Railee Thomas had 3 clutch hits including 2 doubles and a triple. driving in 3 and Durden had 3 hits and 2 rbis as well. Durden battled on a hurt ankle and overcame a few defensive let downs to pick up the win in the circle only giving up 2 earned runs. " I've said it to anybody that would listen, Railee Thomas is the best hitter in this county, to her standards I think she would say this hasn't been a great year for her but she still hitting .425 on the season and man did she Bree Wimberly, Haylie Kight and Meredith show out tonight. Heart was on full display as the girls had to chase down multiple run leads through the middle of the game. Freshman Leighton Williams also had a big hit and 2 rbi in the game as well. Having to play 3 games today and finish with that win in that fashion, I can;t tell you how proud of this team I was"
Game 5 RTCA 12 TJ 1
Once again the Lady Crusaders seniors would not be denied. Arlie Gooden led off the game with her 8th hit of the tournament, Jr. Maddie Joiner who had been struggling, doubled off the fence driving in Gooden, line outs by Thomas and Durden left the Crusaders possibly stranding a runner at second but then 4 straight hits by Wimberly, Williams, Kight and an Emily Edwards single and rbi put the lady Crusaders up 4-0 after the first. As Gooden walked to open the 2nd, TJ made a pitching change, singles by Joyner, Thomas and Durden scored 2 more runs when Bree Wimberly hit a 3 run homer making the score 9-0 after 2. Arlie Gooden ,Haylie Kight and Bree Wimberly continued their strong championship performances and Leighton Williams added 3 hits on the day as the Crusaders would add 1 more in the 4th and 2 more in the 5th to go up 12-1. Every single starter had a hit and a contribution in today's game. Merdith was absolutely lights out, clutch, ankle swole like a grapefruit and black and blue as could be, only gave up 2 hits through 5 innings and one earned run.
" Sitting in that dugout when Maddie and Leighton collided in the 5th inning to record the 2nd out and realizing what was about to happen, all the sacrifices and loss, it became very emotional. The day before after a loss I pointed a challenge to our girls- they accepted, it wasn't an its ok the sun will come out tomorrow speech, it was about heart, effort and excuses. Before the final game the message was simple, play with heart, do it for the one next to you, leave it all on the field with no regrets. Proud of them, proud for them, the represented our community and our school with honor".
State Tournament Stars
Arlie Gooden 7-13 12 runs scored
Haylie Kight- 8-15 6 rbi
Bree Wimberly 9-15 6 rbi 2 2b 1 hr
Railee Thomas 7-19 3 2b 1 3b 6 rbi
Leighton Williams 9-17 6 rbi 6runs scored
Meredith Durden 8-19 7rbi 5 rs-- 32 innings pitched 16 hits-6 er-34k
RTCA Fall Festival
Don't forget our Fall Festival is a few weeks away! We will have all kinds of inflatables on the football field, our beloved toy and cake walk, bingo, and so much more! We will also have concession available! If you are still looking for raffle tickets to enter the cash drawing, please find an RTCA student. All tickets are due by November 4th. Bring the whole family to McLendon Field and enjoy a night of family fun!
August Students of the Month
RTCA’s Lower School Student of the Month for August is Weston Sheppard. Weston is the son of Wes and Natalie Sheppard. He has a little brother, Carson, two dogs, Ace and Isabella, three goats, and many chickens. Weston was selected by faculty because he is very helpful with his peers. He made the new student feel welcomed, asked him to play at recess, and helped him in the lunch line. He is a good classroom helper, listens in class, and tries his best. Weston’s favorite subject is math and his favorite color is blue. He enjoys playing football, baseball, and soccer. During his spare time, Weston collects RC cars. When Weston grows up, he wants to be a veterinarian.
RTCA congratulates first grader Weston Sheppard.
RTCA's Student of the Month for the Month of August is seventh grader Anna Kate Joyner. Anna Kate is the daughter of Jeremy and Amber Joyner. She has an older sister, Madalyn, who is in the eleventh grade at RTCA.
Anna Kate was chosen by faculty because her good attitude and classroom behavior is to be praised. She always comes prepared, is engaged in discussion, and puts all her effort toward completing the assignment at hand. Anna Kate asks considered questions which shows her attention to the subject and makes inferences and sometimes corrections, demonstrating her comprehension. Anna's artistic drive is also to be commended. She puts thought into what she creates and seeks critique to improve her finished works. Anna is a pleasure to have in the art room! Anna Kate participates in middle school softball, basketball, soccer, and track at RTCA. She is a member of Beta Club and 4H. She won the Tales of the Altamaha writing contest and the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest. During her free time, Anna Kate enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her family.
RTCA congratulates seventh grader Anna Kate Joyner.
RTCA’s High School Student of the Month for August is junior Savannah Moore. Savannah is the daughter of Adam and Lindsey Moore. She has a younger brother, Anderson who is in the 9th grade at RTCA. Savannah was chosen by faculty because she is attentive in class and when she is not sure about something, she always asks questions. She attempts all her work and when she doesn't get it the first time, she sticks with it until she accomplishes the goal. She keeps a smile on her face all day and is a joy to work with and teach. Savannah is a member of the Leo club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also participates in Varsity Spirit Cheer and Varsity Basketball. When Savannah graduates, she hopes to attend East Georgia College for her core classes and then transfer to Mercer or Georgia Southern University to pursue a degree in Marine Biology.
RTCA congratulates junior Savannah Moore.
2023 Powder Puff Game
Robert Toombs Christian Academy had their fourth annual Powder Puff football game on Wednesday, September 20th at McLendon Field. There were two teams vying for the win. The Navy team consisted of the Sophomore and Junior classes, and the Columbia team consisted of the Freshman and Senior classes. The Senior class felt a lot of pressure for this highly anticipated game due to their three year reign as champions. Coaches for the teams were Hayden Kight, Hunter Sikes, and Tripp Durden for the Columbia team, and Gage Brantley and Jayden Toole for the Navy Team. The game consisted of two twenty minute halves and a ten minute halftime. The game started at 6:30 and had a great turn out. Throughout the first half both teams had gotten close to the end zone but were never able to break through to gain a touchdown. Notable defense was shown from Caroline Thompson for the Columbia team and Meredith Durden for the Navy team. A great passing game was shown by quarterback Emmie Davis for the Columbia team and Madalyn Joyner for the Navy team. After the halftime break it was back to business for both teams. Late in the second half the Navy team finally made it to the end zone for a touchdown pass thrown by Maddie Joyner and caught by Meredith Durden. With that play it brought the score to 6-0 for a victory by the Navy team. All proceeds were benefiting the Yearbook Staff. We would like to give a huge thank you to Becky Pittman for organizing and putting together this year's powderpuff game.
Front Row: Ansley Akins, Marly Dismuke, Haylie Kight, Arlie Gooden, Caroline Thompson, Rachel Threlkeld, Addie Walden, Kylie Acosta, Ella Newton, Hannah Williams, Savannah Moore
Middle Row: Coach Hayden Kight, Coach Aaron Hankerson, Powder Puff Coordinator Becky Pittman, Amelia Moore, Josie Kight, Maggie Bowers, Aly Hart, Jayden Butterworth, Emmie Davis, Madaline Wolfe, Mekhia Bell, Alayna Wimpey, Nora Williams, Maddie Joyner, Coach Blake Durden, Coach Hayden Kight, Coach Jayden Toole
Back Row: Coach Tripp Durden, Coach Eli Baker, Coach Rayce Sharpe, Coach Hunter Sikes, Julia Yacovella, Kailen Brantley, Referee Jared Durden, Leighton Williams, Bree Wimberly, Emily Edwards, Meredith Durden, Railee Thomas, Autumn Moore, Ronnie Thompson, Coach Gage Brantley, Referee Brian Fitzgerald, Coach Justin Powell.
RTCA's K3 Hosts Grandparents and Goodies
Robert Toombs Christian Academy's K3 students hosted their grandparents to a 'Grandparents and Goodies' on Monday, September 11th. K3 teacher Mrs. Tanya Coursey opened the breakfast with scripture followed by the students blessing the food. Grandparents and students enjoyed grits, sausage, fruit, donuts and fellowship. Each grandparent received a 'Grandparent Survival Kit' goodie bag and a canvas with their grandchild's hand prints as the leaves of the tree with the quote, "Grandparents are the roots of our family tree." This was the second time K3 has hosted 'Grandparents and Goodies' and we hope they continue this tradition for many years to come.
Grandparents Mike and Debbie Dees and great grandmother Juanice Vaughn are showing off their canvas made by their granddaughter, Ruthie Dees.
Reid Collins was very excited to have breakfast with his grandmother, Melissa Stanley, and great grandmother, Bonnie Scott.
Kindergarten Community Helpers Parade
Robert Toombs Christian Academy's Kindergarten students held their 'Community Helpers' parade on Friday, September 8th. The students have been learning about Community Helpers in the classroom. Throughout the past few weeks, they have had several helpers such as police officers, lawyers, and preachers come speak to their class about what they do and how they help our community. On Friday, each student came to school dressed as a community helper they want to be when they grow up. They were then paraded down the elementary hall and the high school hall for everyone to see. There were doctors, veterinarians, police officers, artists, and more! We are so proud of these students and hope they continue to study hard so that they can become anything they want to be!
Rush Payne wants to be a doctor when he grows up.
Cooper Ryner wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.
RTCA Alumnae Receives White Coat at UGA
Join us in congratulating RTCA alumnae Analise Williams on her recent White Coat Ceremony at the University of Georgia! UGA is ranked in the top 24 of pharmacy programs in the country. Analise was 1 of 136 individuals welcomed into the Doctor of Pharamacy and is set to graduate in 2027! Way to go Analise! #OnceACrusaderAlwaysACrusader
Crusaders Start to Finish Reveal
Robert Toombs Christian Academy continued a new tradition called "Crusaders Start to Finish Reveal" on Wednesday, September 6th. Each Senior is partnered with a Kindergarten student as a mentor and friend to enjoy the entire school year with. On Wednesday, the Seniors held their big reveal and hid behind boxes decorated with a few of their Little Crusader's favorite things! The Seniors and Kindergarteners also exchanged gifts that included their favorite candy, favorite toy, a t-shirt, a stuffed animal, etc. Seniors then joined their littles for Chapel and will continue to hang out with their Little Crusader throughout the year. Some of the fun activities they get to do together are ice cream surprises, playing on the playground, reading to the class, sitting with them at All School Chapel, Christmas gift swap, and all of the graduation festivities towards the end of the year and so much more. This is a fun tradition RTCA started last year and we cannot wait to see all of the fun and exciting things they do together throughout the year!
Seniors Emmie Davis and Rachel Threlkeld dressed up as Ana and Elsa from the movie Frozen, which is their Little Crusader's, Nettaley Coursey, favorite movie!
Seniors David Hill and Aaron Hankerson decorated their reveal box in their Little Crusaders, Hudson Hughes, favorite collegiate sports team, the Georgia Bulldogs.
Homecoming T-Shirt Order Form
Here's your first look at our 2023 Homecoming T-Shirts! Please turn in all order forms to homeroom teachers or the Front Office by Friday, September 8th! We will NOT be ordering extras, so please have your orders in on time!
If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Adams at email@example.com.
RTCA Announces New Head of School
The Robert Toombs Christian Academy Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Mike Lothridge has been named as the new Head of School.
As a veteran educator, Mr. Lothridge has served in many leadership positions. These leadership roles have allowed him to cultivate the skills that are necessary to successfully serve as a Georgia Independent School educational leader. His experience and commitment to educational leadership, and his strong Christian and family values will be an asset for Robert Toombs Christian Academy.
Prior to being named as the Head of School, Mr. Lothridge has served as the school’s Director and Lead Instructor of Driver’s Education. While at Robert Toombs, he has also served as a Football and Golf Coach, and as a Bible, ELA, and History Instructor. Mr. Lothridge shared that his professional decision to join the Robert Toombs Christian Academy faculty was a highlight of his career as it allowed him to serve others in various supportive leadership roles within a family- oriented and Christian setting. Mr. Lothridge is excited to serve as the Robert Toombs Christian Academy Head of School and looks forward to the continuation of the school’s outstanding heritage.
Mr. Lothridge attained his Educational Specialist and Master’s Degrees in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He and his wife Connie reside in Toombs County.