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CAK Announces 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

April 17, 2019
By CAK Communications
Photo of Sam and Cole

The class of 2019 at Christian Academy of Knoxville is proud to announce that Sam Klauer is Valedictorian and Cole McDaniel is Salutatorian. 

Sam Klauer is a scholar-athlete who has accomplished much during his time at CAK. As a National Merit Finalist, Klauer has achieved the highest academic average in many courses at CAK including Honors Spanish III and IV, AP English III, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, Honors Biology, and Honors Algebra II, while receiving the Outstanding Student award in several others, such as AP Calculus BC and AP Chemistry.  Sam is a National Spanish Exam Silver medalist in both Spanish III and Spanish IV. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, achieved “Excellent” from the ACSI Creative Writing Festival, and was a finalist in the Optimist’s Club Essay Contest. He is a 4-year varsity letterman, the captain of the CAK soccer team, an all-district player, and he scored the “go ahead” goal as a freshman in CAK’s soccer state championship in 2016. Sam is the son of Dr. Kevin and Tamara Klauer. He is planning to attend the California Institute of Technology to study applied mathematics and aerospace where he will also play collegiate soccer.

Cole McDaniel also strongly excels in academics and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. He sets a strong Christian witness example as the student senate chaplain and a member of the worship band. McDaniel is a student-athlete who contributed to his team's tennis state championship and also founded the bowling club. Cole is the son of Dr. Lee and Christin McDaniel. Cole is planning on attending Berry College where he will major in Finance. 

Congratulations to both Sam and Cole! 

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CAK: A Middle School Parent's Answered Prayer

April 09, 2019
By Jennifer Romines, CAK Parent
Three boys in CAK shirts on a field trip, smiling

Before coming to CAK, school was horrible for my son. His 5th-grade year was especially bad. He had so many days that he was down on himself due to the environment. None of his problems were with other students or peers, but he had a very difficult year.

Change is hard, but as his mother, I knew he needed to make a change. Yet, he was not open to the idea. So, I turned to prayer. I prayed so hard for God to help him, and us, be okay with switching schools. We wanted God to open our son's heart so that he would be okay with being the new kid at a private Christian school, which was a very big change from his former public school.

I knew that the beginning of middle school would be an excellent time to switch, yet God had other plans. During the middle of my son's 5th-grade year, my son told us he wanted to make the change!

Fast forward to this year - he is in 6th grade at CAK and he is loving every minute of it! The shy kid we knew from before has completely stepped out of his comfort zone. On his most recent field trip to Nashville, he volunteered to go up in front of his teachers and peers to do a science experiment! On the way home, he happily sang a song in front of his entire class! I watched proudly as the class played a game of trivia, and my sweet boy jumped up first to try and answer the questions, every time! This is beyond amazing to me! My shy child, who previously wouldn’t even answer a question, is now first in line.

Thank you to ALL of the teachers at Christian Academy of Knoxville for pouring your love and attention into my child! God is good!

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Perryman Post, April 2019

April 03, 2019
By Dan Perryman, Interim Head of School

James 5:16 reminds us, “ . . . the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” In reviewing our year at CAK, it has become increasingly clear that we have been tested and tried. Straight line wind damage, security issues, sickness, and flooding all are examples of the issues we have faced as a CAK family. I often have folks tell me that they pray daily for CAK and my response is DO NOT STOP - those prayers are felt every day on our campus.

Varsity baseball coach Tommy Pharr suggested in an email that the entire campus pause at a certain time to pray for CAK. I felt this was a fabulous idea, and as a result, I am asking for our campus and for all parents to participate. We are calling this “At 9 for 5”. On April 16that 9:00 am our entire campus will stop what we are doing and pray collectively for CAK. Parents, I also encourage you to set a timer stop for 5 minutes and pray for CAK, no matter where you are, home or work.

We all have examples of our experiences with answered prayer. I have so many of my own that I could fill several volumes. God is so good and only wants the best for His children. Discouragement is like cancer that spreads like wildfire. However, we are encouraged in Luke 18:1 that we “. . . ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Satan is a master at discouragement and loves nothing more than to spread that cancer among the believers. Folks DO NOT be discouraged! God is at work on our campus and in the hearts of our students.

Remember the CAK Way:

  1. Love God
  2. Love People
  3. Model Jesus
  4. Make decisions that are best for our students

Because of His Grace,
Dan Perryman

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Persevering in the Face of Difficulties

April 03, 2019
By CAK Communications
Praying Students

Originally recorded by Sara Baker in the 1999-2000 CAK Historical Calendar

The year was 1987. No one knew why the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) faculty meeting had been called. It wasn't on the schedule and there weren't any major events coming up. There was less joking around than usual as the teachers waited for the meeting to come to order.

In one of his toughest jobs as headmaster, the newly appointed Steve Camp had to face the teachers and tell them that the next payday might be late or that the checks might be smaller than usual. It was not a decision he took lightly. 

Earlier in that same year, CAK had faced some difficult financial decisions. The relatively new school couldn't get the accreditation it needed without a gym. And without accreditation, student enrollment would not grow enough to provide the things the school needed to stay open. So, in order to break this vicious cycle, the board and administration decided to step out in faith and stretch finances to build a gym. 

Back to that fateful staff meeting, the gym was now in place, and the school looked poised for a good increase in enrollment the following year. However, in the meantime, there simply wasn't enough money left in the bank to pay the mortage or the teachers. 

So, CAK did what they had learned to do from the beginning: they prayed. The board prayed ceaselessly for God to provide the funds. Parents were called to pray in prayer groups or individually. Faculty organized a prayer day for the high school and middle school. 

The payday was not late and the checks were not reduced! God is good! 


Prayer, the Bedrock of CAK

Other historical examples of answered prayers recorded from CAK's minutes from committee meetings, budget proposals, and other documents: 

  • 1960s prayer need: Several women from Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church began praying for a Christian school in Knoxville.
    Prayer answered: 1977 CAK opened in Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church with 96 students grades K-6. 
  • 1980 prayer need: The CAK family began praying for land for CAK to build a campus of its own.
    Prayer answered: In 1982, a piece of land that CAK could afford (because the family who was selling the land wanted it to all remain intact instead of subdivided) became available on Dutchtown Road.
  • 1988 prayer need: CAK had an enrollment of 370. They needed 30-40 additional students in order to balance the budget.
    Prayer answered: In 1999, CAK had an enrollment of well over 800! 
  • 1989 prayer need: Families prayed that the entire CAK school would be together on one campus instead of meeting at several different church facilities. 
    Prayer answered: In 1999, the entire campus moved to Dutchtown Road
  • 1989 prayer need: Prayers went up for students with special learning needs, specifically that they would have their needs met through their teachers and tutors at CAK.
    Prayer answered: 1999, CAK has one of the premier academic centers in the Christain school community. 
  • 1989 prayer need: Churches represented at CAK would continue to stand for Christ in our community. 
    Prayer answered: Records in 1999 show that most of the churches represented at CAK have grown tremendously. We have no evidence of churches represented at CAK that have grown cold or dead during this time. 

"God always met our needs. We prayed through a lot of situations. I would not trade my time at CAK for anything. They were some of the best times of my life." ~ Mike Pappas, former CAK teacher 

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