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CAK Names J.D. Johnson as Boys Basketball Head Coach

June 16, 2020
By CAK Communications

For Immediate Release, June 16, 2020 (Knoxville, TN) – Christian Academy of Knoxville has named J.D. Johnson as the new head coach of the Warrior Boys Basketball team. “Johnson is exactly what we were looking for when we opened the search,” says CAK Director of Athletics, Ried Estus. “He’s a Godly man, an experienced and proven coach, and has the academic credentials worthy to join our excellent teaching faculty.” 

As a former collegiate player (Lake Erie College), Johnson began coaching in 2007 and has built an impressive record. In 2016, he was the assistant head coach when High Point Christian Academy (High Point, NC) made a state title appearance. The following year, Johnson became Head Coach at Statesville Christian where he shattered school win records and took his team to the Elite 8. His coaching career also includes an additional elite 8 appearance while at Cape Fear Christian Academy, and a final four appearance at Freedom Christian Academy. 

“I love working at a Christian school, and having the opportunity to share my faith and the gospel with students and families on a daily basis,” says Johnson. “I’m excited that CAK has a simultaneous commitment to spiritual development and academic excellence while recognizing the importance of athletics and the role it plays in education.”

Johnson holds a Bachelor’s in Integrated Social Studies from Lake Erie College, and a Masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. 

He’ll be taking over for a team that has made two state title appearances (2005, 2016) and five state sectional appearances (2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). The Warrior Boys Basketball team was the Regional Champion in 2005 and is an eight-time District Champion (1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016). 

“We have a young and hungry group that is eager to learn,” says Johnson. “Basketball is a great tool to help prepare them for the next phases of their lives. I love how athletics as a whole can bring our entire school family together in support of one another for something greater than ourselves.” 

In addition to coaching, Johnson will also be teaching high school history. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, working out, and watching sports. 

For media requests, please reach out to Ried Estus, Director of Athletics. 

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CAK Making Plans to Return to Campus this Fall

June 12, 2020
By CAK Communications

The CAK campus is BUZZING once again! While following all the Knox County Health Department Guidelines for safety, our athletes are now practicing, summer camps are now in full swing, and CAK's leadership is currently planning and anticipating returning to campus in person this fall! 

Please watch the following message from Head of School Rich Fulford: 

CAK's leadership is planning and learning about safety protocols and best practices. Our maintenance and cleaning teams are in training regarding extra steps to take during COVID-19. Our school nurse is working with local and state health officials on best practices. SAGE Dining is in national training about the very latest guidance for food safety precautions. 

We are excited and hopeful about this fall, which includes welcoming over 80 brand new students to our school! Praise the Lord! 

Speaking of that, admissions is back in action with in-person tours, so please let your friends know that they should tour now if they would like to join us in August. 

Please save the date - our next All Campus Prayer Walk will take place on July 8. More details will be coming out soon. Many additional events are also being planned. See the full list HERE (and check back for updates). 

Please note, before coming to campus this summer, we need to follow these guidelines to ensure our COVID risk remains low, and we can continue to meet in person:

  • First, bring a mask. These need to be worn when 6' of separation cannot be guaranteed.
  • We have plenty of hand sanitizer available and encourage frequent hand washing.
  • If you answer "yes" to any of the following questions, please do NOT return to campus until speaking with your building receptionist or coach: 
    • Are you or anyone in your household currently awaiting the results of COVID 19 testing? 
    • Within the last 14 days, have you or anyone in your household traveled to any foreign country or COVID-19 hot spot? 
    • Have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
    • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell? 
    • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours? 
    • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours? Take your temperature prior to coming to campus. If it is greater than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, do not come to campus. We do have touchless thermometers available as needed. 

God is going great things at CAK! We hope to see you soon! 

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CAK Announces Mrs. Lynette Fowler as Middle School Principal

April 24, 2020
By CAK Communications

For immediate release - April 24, 2020

Knoxville, TN - Christian Academy of Knoxville is excited to announce Mrs. Lynette Fowler as our new Middle School Principal. With impressive experience in both middle school teaching and school administration as well as a heart for Christian education, Fowler will be taking over for Mr. Rich Fulford, who has been serving dual roles as CAK's Middle School Principal and Head of School since January.

"I am excited about Lynette Fowler serving in the role of middle school principal," says Fulford. "Our leadership team was immediately impressed with how personable and engaging Mrs. Fowler is. She brings charisma, a love of Jesus, and a passion for learning."

Fowler comes to Knoxville from Morristown's Cornerstone Christian Academy where she served as an assistant principal. Prior to her time at Cornerstone, Fowler taught 6th-grade science at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, TN where she was awarded "Jefferson County Teacher of the Year."

"Her prior experience in Christian education will serve the students and families of CAK Middle School very well," Fulford adds.

"The moment I spoke to Rich over the phone, I knew CAK was special and it didn’t disappoint when I visited," says Fowler. "The faculty and staff are incredibly friendly and their relationship with Christ is evident. I am thrilled to join a school that has such high spiritual and academic standards."

Fowler holds a BS in Education from East Tennessee State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Liberty University.

During her spare time, Fowler, her husband, Jason, and daughter, Adeline, love spending time outdoors. You'll often find them tent camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For the past 8 years, they have been active members of Arrowhead Baptist Church in Morristown, TN. As they will be relocating to Knoxville, they are looking forward to a new adventure including seeking a new church home.

"As I prepare over the summer," adds Fowler, "I will be praying for the families and students of CAK. I excitedly await meeting everyone!"

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Lynette Fowler to CAK!

 

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Dr. Susan Wallis Named CAK Assistant Head of School

April 08, 2020
By CAK Communications
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For Immediate Release

Knoxville, TN - Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) announces Dr. Susan Wallis as the new Assistant Head of School. For the past two years, Wallis has served as CAK’s high school principal, and she will continue to act in dual roles as she steps into her new position. 

“When considering who should serve in the role of Assistant Head of School at CAK, the obvious choice was Dr. Susan Wallis,” says CAK Head of School Rich Fulford. “Wallis is a very knowledgeable and experienced school administrator.” 

In fact, that experience is extensive. At the beginning of her career, Wallis spent ten years teaching special education. She spent the next 21 years in Christian education as an elementary teacher and a high school math teacher including 7 years in administration at Berean Christian School in Knoxville.

“I feel that my gifts in organizational development and administration are a great compliment to CAK’s senior leadership team,” says Wallis. “I’m looking forward to serving the CAK community and continuing to strive for excellence in all we do for His glory.” 

Fulford agrees saying “her expertise in all aspects of school accreditation is a gift to our team. The poise she demonstrates in challenging situations, and the gift of wisdom she has through prayer and Bible study will serve the students and families of CAK well as we continue to move forward.”

Wallis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, a Master of Science in Education, and a PhD in Leadership Studies, all from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She and her husband, Brian, attend Fellowship Church. Her family includes five children with a grandchild on the way. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family, with Jesus (especially outside), and to cook, read, and do crafts. 

“CAK has such a sweet family feel,” says Wallis. “ I’m honored and humbled to be part of this body of believers.”

For media inquiries, please visit our media page

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Bart Kareken Named CAK Head Track & Field Coach

February 10, 2020
By CAK Communications

February 6, 2020, Knoxville, TN - A face familiar to Christian Academy of Knoxville athletes, football defensive coordinator Bart Kareken, is taking over the head position for CAK's award-winning Track & Field program. Kareken has coached CAK student-athletes for the past three years, and over the past two years, he has worked closely with Coach Morrison to develop CAK's throwers. He will remain working with the Warrior football program while adding the role of Head Coach of Track & Field. 

"Coach Kareken was the obvious choice to lead our track program," says CAK Director of Athletics Ried Estus. "He been a vocal advocate for track in the high school hallways."

"My favorite thing about coaching track is that it is first a competition against yourself to top your previous best each time you compete," Kareken says. "You are racing, throwing, and jumping against other competitors, but ultimately it's about beating yourself each time."

Coaching two sports may seem like a challenge, but Kareken has a passion for developing student-athletes and helping them discover their potential both on and off the field. 

"He's added many students to the track roster by simply convincing them they can be successful at it," adds Estus. "He’s not just aware of who the track athletes are, he’s been developing relationships with them for years. If I had my way, he’d be coaching a third sport during the winter.  We’re blessed to have him on our staff”.

Kareken truly enjoys seeing his students set goals and achieve them. "It's awesome to see the joy of an athlete when they set a new personal record in an event," he says. "I also love the team aspect within track meets which requires a diverse group with varied skills in order to score points. You need athletes who can run fast, run far, jump high, and throw heavy things a long way. It's fun to watch all of those pieces come together throughout the season to place at meets." 

Kareken holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from Maranatha Baptist University. He and his wife, Jeanine, have lived in Knoxville since 2013. They have two sons, Grady (age 4) and Travis (age almost 1). They attend Grace Baptist Church and have been going there for nearly 7 years. In his free time, he enjoys reading, lifting weights, movies, but most of all spending time with his family. 

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Canadian Olympic Pole Vaulter Training at CAK 

September 25, 2019
By CAK Communications
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Elite pole vaulter Kelsie Ahbe is training at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) under Coach Jim Bemiller. After being an Olympic finalist in 2016 (top 12), Ahbe's ultimate goal is to medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  Currently, she is training to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar (Sept 27 & 29).

"I train at CAK because it is a very welcoming environment," says Ahbe. "As an elite athlete, it is difficult to find places to train, but CAK has been generous to give me access to the track and pole vault pit."

Coach Bemiller also coached Olympic gold medalist (2004) and former Vol Tim Mack.  Due to Bemiller's experience, Ahbe says "I believe I am in good company and have a shot at winning a medal in 2020." 

She also enjoys seeing so many CAK athletes practicing each day beside her.  "I hope I can inspire them with my athletic journey!" 

CAK is honored to have Ahbe on campus and looks forward to the 2020 games! 

 

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CAK Announces New Boys Lacrosse Coach Drew Wassenaar

August 12, 2019
By CAK Communications

August 12, 2019 (Knoxville, TN) – Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is pleased to announce that Drew Wassenaar has accepted the offer to become the head coach of High School Boys Lacrosse team. Wassenaar is not new to CAK, he has been an assistant coach since 2018 and brings a wealth of experience with him into the head coaching role. 

"During my time at CAK, I have predominately spent most of my focus on the offensive side of the ball," says Wassenaar. "I’m most looking forward to taking on the head coaching role at CAK, to help continue the success we’ve had the past two years." 

The relatively new lacrosse program has exploded at CAK where the Warriors have made the playoffs for the past two years. "I’m most excited to be a part of this family," continues Wassenarr "and want to help this program get to the next level." 

Wassenaar has played lacrosse since he was in 6th grade when he fell in love with the sport. He went on to play at the collegiate level at North Greenville University and Tennessee Wesleyan University where he led his team in goals every year. Wassenaar brings accolades including being named All-Conference Player multiple times while in college. He was also Rookie of the Year, Academic All-Conference, All-Tournamenet Team, Team Captain, 1st Team All-American, and Conference Player of the Year. 

Not only can Wassenaar play, but he is also an experienced coach. Most of his experience is with Smokey Mountain Lacrosse and D1 Sports in Knoxville. During his years coaching, many of his high school athletes went on to earn college scholarships, including some at D1 schools. 

"Lacrosse is one of our fastest-growing sports at CAK," says Ried Estus, CAK Director of Athletics. "Coach Wassener was the logical hire of course, but we would’ve wanted him even if he hadn’t coached for us the last two years.  He's passionate about lacrosse, young people and his faith. Our lacrosse program is in very good hands." 

Wassenaar holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Greenville University and an MBA from Tennessee Wesleyan. 

As the youngest of six siblings, Wassenaar likes hanging out with his family during his free time, watching movie marathons or doing anything outdoors. He attends Central Baptist Church of Bearden. 

Christian Academy of Knoxville is an independent, Christian private school serving around 900 students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. The CAK Way is infused into our students, parents, faculty and staff to love God, love people, model Jesus, and make decisions that are best for our students.

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CAK Announces New Director of Special Events, Missy Standifer

August 06, 2019
By CAK Communications

August 6, 2019 (Knoxville, TN) – Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is pleased to announce that Missy Standifer has accepted the offer to become Director of Special Events. Standifer brings 28 years of experience in ministry, event planning, public relations/marketing, sales, and non-profit management to CAK. Most recently, she was the Director of Development/Public Relations at InterFaith Health Clinic in Knoxville. 

"I am so excited to have Missy on our team," says Interim Head of School, Dan Perryman. "She brings tons of experience and a 'can-do' attitude. In her short time here already, she has been such a blessing and encouragement to our team!" 

Standifer will be responsible for organizing events such as the Back to School Picnic, the Legacy Event, and our annual Candlelight Christmas Dinner. She is replacing Monica Rogers who was at CAK for five years, and left to spend more time with her family while working from home. 

“I am passionate about working with kids and families," says Standifer. "Putting my gifts to use at CAK is a dream come true. I am excited to have a chance to plan events that help bring our CAK community together and allow parents and kids an opportunity to serve and have fun at the same time.”

Standifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, a Master of English Education from Auburn University, and a Master of Theological Studies from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. 

She is also a CAK parent. Her son, Noah (12) is starting his second year at CAK this fall. She also has a son, Caleb (13) who attends Hardin Valley. She and her husband, English, have been married for over 14 years at attend First Baptist Concord. Standifer enjoys reading, journaling, exercising, and all things football. 

Christian Academy of Knoxville is an independent, Christian private school serving around 900 students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. The CAK Way is infused into our students, parents, faculty and staff to love God, love people, model Jesus, and make decisions that are best for our students.

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CAK Announces Terry Gibson as Chief Administrative Officer

July 03, 2019
By CAK Communications

July 3, 2019 (Knoxville, TN) – Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is pleased to announce that Terry Gibson has accepted the offer to become Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Gibson brings a wealth of knowledge with a background in business to help the school align goals with operational policies and procedures. This leadership position reports to Head of School Dan Perryman.

"I am excited about the experience that Terry brings to CAK,” said Perryman. “His ability to analyze operations and provide viable solutions to problems is an invaluable skill. I look forward to working with Terry.”

Gibson is retired from Smiths Detection where he worked for five years as President of US Operations and Vice President for Global Services. Since retirement, he has served on CAK’s Board of Trustees, and is often seen volunteering around campus and working with the middle school robotics team.

“The opportunity to serve God and support the CAK community is exciting to me,” says Gibson. “I am eager to work with our faculty, staff and families as we seek God’s guidance and implement His visions for the school.”

As a CAK grandparent, Gibson has a heart for the Warrior mission and vision. He and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 45 years and attend Fellowship Church. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Amber, and five grandchildren – Emma (16) and Ethan (14) both who attend CAK, and Olivia (11), Kalbe (12) and Ryley (21), who reside in Florida.

Christian Academy of Knoxville is an independent, Christian private school serving around 900 students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. The CAK Way is infused into our students, parents, faculty and staff to love God, love people, model Jesus, and make decisions that are best for our students.

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Rich Fulford selected to become new Head of School at Christian Academy of Knoxville

May 22, 2019
By CAK Communications

The Board of Trustees of Christian Academy of Knoxville is pleased to announce that Rich Fulford has been selected to become the next Head of School. Fulford is currently Assistant Head of School and Middle School Principal, where he has served since 2016.

“To say that I am excited would be an understatement,” says Fulford. “Interestingly, our sermon series this month at Northstar Church has been ‘Nothing Just Happens,’ likewise, this didn’t ‘just happen.’ I am convinced, just as three years ago when God invited me to work with Him at CAK, that He has once again called me to join in greater service to Him as Head of School.”

For the past year, Mr. Dan Perryman has been serving as CAK's Interim Head of School. “Mr. Perryman has been a stabilizing force having led CAK through natural disasters and transitions in leadership, as well as having overseen growth in enrollment and successes in academics, the arts, and athletics,” says Will Ferguson, President of the Board. “We are thankful for his humble guidance, and look forward to his ongoing involvement at CAK.”

For the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Perryman will continue to serve as Interim Head of School with Mr. Fulford assuming his responsibilities as Head of School on July 1, 2020.

“The search for a Head of School is both challenging and rewarding,” continues Ferguson. “In Rich we found a candidate who reflected a love for Christ, a passion for Christian education, and an appreciation for how CAK can impact our students both academically and spiritually.”

Prior to coming to CAK, Rich was the Assistant Principal at Knoxville's West Valley Middle School. While there, he was part of a team that implemented a 1:1 technology program, which he also helped implement at both Farragut Middle and CAK. Also at CAK, Fulford added an Honors Program to the middle school.

Fulford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from the University of Tennessee, where he was also a two-time NCAA All-American Track and Field Team member and competed in the 1992 Olympic Trials. He went on to serve as a graduate assistant and administrative assistant with UT's Athletic Department while studying to receive a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration. Fulford also holds an Ed.S in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University.

Fulford and his wife Marteal (“Teal”) have been married over 22 years and have four sons: Gabel (17), Ethan (15), Silas (12), and Owen (11). They attend Northstar Church in Knoxville.

For media inquiries, please visit our media page

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CAK Announces New High School Wrestling Coach, Marquis Dotson, III

April 29, 2019
By CAK Communications

Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is excited to announce the hiring of Marquis Dotson, III as head coach of the high school wrestling team. Dotson has over seven years of professional experience as a teacher, coach, and music minister. 

Most recently, Dotson coached at Fulton High School where he spent four years. During that time, Dotson’s team produced the school’s first state medalists, as well as a state champion wrestler. The Falcons also had their first group of wrestlers ever to sign with a collegiate program. 

Prior to his time at Fulton, Dotson coached a Chattanooga Central High School where he helped lead the team to their 2011 and 2012 state dual championships. 

“Coach Dotson was an easy choice to lead our wrestling program,” says CAK Director of Athletics Ried Estus. “He has a track record of success developing multiple state championship teams, and more importantly, he has a legacy of developing relationships with and making a lasting impact on the young men in his programs.” 

Dotson is taking over the team from Coach Chris Hawkins, who led the Warriors to the Division II Invitational Championship in duals. They are also nominated as the PrepXtra Team of the Year.

“Coach Hawkins invested all he had into building our program,” continues Estus, "and then led us to the one coach he was willing to turn it over to.” 

“Coach Hawkins has done a great job with the wrestling program,” says Dotson. “I am excited to continue what he started, and with the group of kids we have at CAK, I know with hard work and training, we will be successful. I’m looking forward to also building parent, faculty, and student support, and growing the culture of wrestling at CAK.” 

Dotson holds a Bachelor of Music from Virginia State University, and a Master of Church Music from Lee University. He resides in Knoxville where he attends Faith Promise Church, and enjoys coaching wrestling, and playing, teaching and listening to all types of music. 

Interested in attending CAK? Find out more by visiting our admissions page. If you are a journalist looking for more information, please visit our media page

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CAK Announces 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

April 17, 2019
By CAK Communications
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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.

Klauer 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 is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the National English Honor Society. McDaniel received the highest academic average in Honors English I and AP Statistics, and earned the Outstanding Student Award in Spanish I. Additionally, he is a National Spanish Exam Silver Medalist in both Spanish I and Spanish III, and a National Spanish Exam Gold Medalist in Spanish II and Spanish IV. McDaniel sets a strong Christian witness example as the student senate chaplain and a member of the worship band.

In addition to his academic accolades, McDaniel is a scholar-athlete. He is a four-year varsity starter on the CAK Tennis team where he helped his team win the 2017 state championship. He is the 2017 Individual Tennis Singles Regional Runner-Up, and also founded the CAK Bowling Club. Cole is the son of Dr. Lee and Christin McDaniel. He is planning on attending Berry College where he will major in Finance and play collegiate tennis.

Congratulations to both Sam and Cole! 

Find out more about Christian Academy of Knoxville at cakwarriors.com. Journalists with media inquiries, please click here
 

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CAK Announces New High School Cheerleading Coach, Brooke Cunningham

March 06, 2019
By CAK Communications

Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) is excited to announce the hiring of Brooke Cunningham as head coach of the high school cheerleading squad.

Cunningham grew up in the Halls community and has been involved in cheerleading since she was six years old. Formerly serving for five years as CAK’s middle school cheer coach, Cunningham most recently has been leading the Christian Youth Football elementary cheerleading team.

"I'm super excited to be involved with the Spirit program at CAK again," says Cunningham. “I coached a few of the girls when they were in middle school, and I am looking forward to working with them as well as the rest of the team."

Cunningham cheered at the collegiate level at East Tennessee State University and was on staff with the Universal Cheerleading Association. After completing a Communications degree, she went on to receive a Masters in Sports Marketing and Management at the University of Kentucky.

“Brooke definitely has the charisma and infectious personality to lead our cheer team,” says CAK Director of Athletics Ried Estus. “I’m confident she’ll develop meaningful relationships with our girls, and they will surely respond to her energy.”

“My goal for the cheerleading program is to continue building upon their teamwork, leadership, and athletic skills,” continues Cunningham, “and for the team to encourage our school and community both spiritually and athletically."

Cunningham resides in Knoxville with her husband, Matthew, and their children, daughter Leighton, and sons Bryant and Grayton. The family attends Fellowship Church.

There will be a high school cheerleading parent interest meeting on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in the high school commons. Try out clinics will be April 2-4 with the actual try-outs taking place April 5. 

Interested in attending CAK? With over 50 athletic teams from elementary to high school, your child is sure to find a place to connect. Reach out to us at admissions@cakmail.org or schedule a campus tour. 

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Seven CAK Athletes Sign to Play at the Collegiate Level

February 08, 2019
By CAK Communications
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Christian Academy of Knoxville is excited to announce that seven of our student-athletes recently committed to play at the collegiate level on National Signing Day 2019! At a ceremony held on Friday, February 8 in the CAK High School Commons, a packed house watched as the following student-athletes signed with their choice of college. 

Claire Brock – Emory University, Basketball

Accolades:
Junior/Senior – Co-MVP, All District Team, All District and Region Tournament Teams
Sophomore - District MVP, All District and All Tournament Teams
Freshman - “Newcomer of the Year,” All District Team

Annalise Cole - Wheaton College, Softball

Accolades:
Junior - CAK Defensive Player of the Year
Sophomore - CAK Warrior Award, District champions; Region champions, State champions
Freshman – Coach’s Award, District champions, Region champions, State champions

Jack Flynn - Carson Newman University, Football

Accolades:
Senior – (Football) Team Captain, 1st Team All Region, Knoxville Focus Coach’s All Knox Co Football 1st Team, CAK Iron Warrior Award, (Track and Field) Regional and State finalist in discuss, Regional finalist in shot put, (Lacrosse) Team Captain
Junior – (Football) All Region Honorable Mention, CAK Iron Warrior Award, (Lacrosse) Team Captain
Freshman & Sophomore – Lacrosse Team Captain, Track and Field and Football letterman

Stewart Howell - University of Tennessee Martin, Football

Accolades:
Senior – Team Captain, CAK Iron Warrior Award
Junior – Team Captain, Team Offensive MVP, All Region
Sophomore – All Region

Annie Lukens - Berry College, Soccer

Accolades:
Senior – All District Defensive Player of the Year, All Region, Team Defensive MVP
Sophomore – Team Defensive MVP, All District, All Region, Knoxville Football Club United 01 Division II State Championship team
Freshman - Knoxville Football Club United 01 Division II State Championship team

Luke Simpson - Carson Newman University, Football

Accolades:
Senior – Football Team Captain, Bulsworth Character Award, 1st Team All Region, Warrior Award, Lacrosse team captain
Junior – Football team captain, All Region Honorable Mention
Sophomore - 1st Team All Region, Soccer state championship team

Will Sterchi - Berry College, Football

Accolades:
Senior - Knoxville Focus All-Area Football Team Honorable Mention, All Region Division II-AA Honorable Mention, CAK Football Warrior Award CAK Football Team Captain

We congratulate all of our Warrior players who are going on to live their dreams! May God shine a light on your path and bless you! 

If you are interested in finding out more about Christian Academy of Knoxville, log onto our website at cakwarriors.com. For athletic media inquiries, please contact Ried Estus, Director of Athletics (865) 690-4721 x132 (o), restus@cakmail.org 

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CAK Announces Two National Merit Semi-Finalists

January 24, 2019
By CAK Communications
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Christian Academy of Knoxville is proud to announce that seniors, Eli Oaks and Sam Klauer, have been named National Merit Semi-Finalists. 
 
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Each year, approximately 1.6 million students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of entrants. Less than one percent of those entrants move on to become semi-finalists, which is determined by the highest scores. As a college-preparatory Christian school, CAK is thrilled that two of our seniors are semi-finalists this year. 
 
Eli Oaks
 
Senior Eli Oaks has received a number of national awards, including both a silver (2017) and gold (2018) medal in the national French exam, Le Grand Concours. At CAK, Oaks is a member of both the National Honor and National English Honor Societies. In addition, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) awarded him Excellent and Superior ratings at the annual creative writing festival. During the summer of 2018, Eli had the privilege of attending the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities; he considers this his proudest accomplishment to date.
 
Aside from stellar academics, Oaks is a well-rounded student who enjoys singing and playing guitar at a local coffee shop, and has been accepted into the Tennessee All-State Choir. He also leads youth ministry worship and small-group children’s ministry at his Sweetwater church. Oaks also holds a black belt in Tai Kwon Do.
 
Sam Klauer

Senior Sam Klauer is recognized by his peers and faculty for his academic excellence and leadership as a student-athlete. He 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.
 
Like Oaks, Klauer's accomplishments reach beyond academics. He is a 4-year varsity letterman and scored the “go ahead” goal as a freshman in CAK’s most recent soccer state championship in 2016.  He enjoys coaching youth soccer and is currently the captain of his FC Alliance soccer team. Sam plans to pursue degrees in mathematics and engineering while pursuing collegiate soccer.
 
Join us in congratulating these two fine young men! 
 
About CAK
 
Since 1977 the Christian Academy of Knoxville has partnered with families to provide a college preparatory education in a Christ-centered environment. CAK has dual accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Presently, students come to CAK from more than 140 churches to fulfill the values of being servants, scholars, and disciples. If you are interested in becoming a CAK Warrior, visit our admissions page
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