Senior Caden Robinson is the 2017 Christian Character Student of the Year at Summit Christian Academy, and sixth-grade teacher Verna Green is the school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.
Robinson, son of Cedar and Sarah Robinson, has attended SCA since the seventh grade and was a member of the varsity wrestling, football, basketball, and track and field teams. His athletic honors include first team All-Conference (two years), All-State Defensive Line (two years) and Blue/Grey All-American Defensive Line. He qualified for state in wrestling his junior and senior years.
Academically, Robinson was a member of National Honor Society and served as an “English for Academic Purposes” Language Cadet teacher, International host brother and International buddy.
He received academic and football scholarships to Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., where he will major in biblical studies.
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“Caden is a young man that shows the love of Christ to all that he comes in contact with while working very hard and doing his very best,” said Joe Hesman, secondary principal at SCA. “His heart is to support and lift other people up to a higher level.”
Green began working at Summit Christian as a substitute teacher in 1989, the school’s first year. She was hired full-time the following year. This year, Green’s 27th at the school, is her last as a full-time teacher. She is moving to part-time work in the school’s Resource Services Department.
“We are pleased to have one of our original teachers as our 2017 Teacher of the Year,” said SCA Head of School Linda Harrelson. “Mrs. Green is truly the backbone of our teaching staff and has impacted hundreds of students over the years. Her students know that she loves them. Many of our alumni love to come back just to visit Mrs. Green.”
Parents, students and staff were encouraged to nominate a teacher who has shown excellence in fulfilling SCA’s mission to “inspire students to achieve their God-given potential through excellent academics and Christian training in a compassionate environment.”
Thirty-one teachers were nominated and five were finalists for the award.