Alumni from ACA raise money for student scholarships

The Clay for Kids event raises over $5,000 in scholarship funds

Ashley Hunter
ECB Publishing, Inc.

Over 1,200 former students have graduated from the beloved halls of Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA) and moved on to successful careers and adult lives.
Despite the busy lives that the ACA Alumni hold, they took the time out of their schedules in order to participate in a yearly clay shoot competition that raises money for ACA student scholarships.
The Alumni and Friends Clays For Kids annual event was held on a bright and sunny Saturday morning, on Sept. 21.
This year's clay shoot was the sixth annual event that serves to raise money for need-based scholarships of ACA students.
Sponsored by Staunton and Fagle, PL., and hosted by the ACA Alumni Association Board, the clay shoot was held at the Southwind Sport Clays shooting range in Quitman, Ga.
Each registered team paid entry into the clay shoot tournament, and awards were presented to the top three teams and the top male, female and youth shooters.
The first place team for the 2019 Clay For Kids event was M&R Construction and Siding's team of sharpshooters, Erik Small, Van Drake, Carey Rodgers and Don White.
The second place team was Genesis Timber's marksmen, Matt Webb, Ladon Messer, Caleb Clay and Levi Watson.
The third place team was from Burnette Roofing, which was manned by Chason Ives, Hunter Horne, Jake Edwards and Josiah Bullock.
The overall winners were Brewster Bass as highest overall youth, Lindsey Davis as highest overall female and Ladon Messer as highest overall male.
Chason Ives won the Flush and Flurry cooler prize, which was donated by Waukeenah Fertilizer.
In addition to the morning clay shoot, participants and their guests were able to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch, which was provided by Alumni Association President, Cassie Davis and her husband, Thornton Davis of Capital Truck. The BBQ lunch was accompanied by a variety of desserts, which were prepared or donated by the ACA alumni board.
Participants received an assortment of door prizes, in addition to a commemorative cup to remember the fun event.
By the end of the clay shoot, the ACA Alumni had raised $5,500 in order held fund need-based scholarships for future and current ACA students.
“We are blessed each year through this event and through the continual support from our students and community supporters,” said Principal Richard Finlayson. “The effort that alumni members put into this event is amazing and their passion to uplift Christ through those efforts really shined throughout the event.”
Corporate teams, aside from the first, second and third place winners, who assisted in sponsoring the event were: Big Bend Timber Services, Big Bend Tire, Broadleaf Trucking, Capital Truck, Jefferson County Clerk of Court Kirk Reams, Southeastern Enterprises, and Vascular Surgery Associates.
“Thank you to all who helped make this year’s event a success!” concluded ACA Alumni Association President Cassie Davis.