2019 was a record-breaking year here at EEACS. From academics to athletics to extracurriculars, our students, faculty, and staff went above and beyond. They excelled in the classroom, on the court, and out in the community.
With 2019 now a closed history, we wanted to take some time to highlight the great happenings at our Lehigh Valley charter school. Below is just a small list of the year’s most memorable moments here at EEACS.
EEACS Celebrates Our First Graduating Class
We could not talk about 2019 without celebrating our first-ever graduating class. The Class of 2019 paved the way for our younger students and set the bar high, with over 90% going on to college or full-time employment.
Seventy-six seniors walked across the graduation stage at Coca-Cola Park. Alvernia University, Lehigh University, Penn State, and West Chester University are just a few of the schools some of them committed to.
We are so proud of our seniors and can’t wait to see what their bright futures have in store!
David Goggins Inspires Students
In March, inspirational speaker, bestselling author, and former Navy Seal David Goggins made a much-anticipated appearance at EEACS. He inspired students and the community with his story of strength, confidence, and resilience. He even signed copies of his book Can’t Hurt Me for students and members of the community. Over 1,000 people attended the event.
EEACS got students motivated for the event with the Pennies for Pushups campaign. Students did as many pushups as they could, and community sponsors donated funds to our EEACS Foundation to help pay for the appearance and copies of Goggins’s book. It was a memorable event for everyone involved!
We Unveil Our New Gymnasium
Our new, 16,000 square-foot gymnasium was a long-awaited improvement to the school. Plans were approved in May 2018, construction started in December 2018, and we were able to unveil the gymnasium during David Goggins’s appearance.
The gym’s been a work-in-progress ever since, as we look for new ways to expand our facilities and the opportunities we can offer our students. We recently installed state-of-the-art scoreboards and completed a viewing room above the gym.
New Teams Take to the Field
With a brand-new gym and PIAA status, we were able to start some new sports here at the school for the 2018-2019 school year. Varsity wrestling, girls’ volleyball, girls’ varsity basketball, softball, baseball, and cheerleading all got their start. Our students were excited to have the chance to compete against other public and private schools in the area, and our wider community couldn’t wait to cheer them on.
Our varsity boys’ basketball team made the season one to remember, becoming District XI Class 2A Champions, bringing EEACS varsity sports their first big championship!
EEACS Opened a Spirit Store
With so many new teams to cheer on, we needed to open an online spirit store to give our students and their families a way to show off their Raptor pride. Our new online store has spirit gear for all ages and sizes, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, duffel bags, and hats.
There’s no greater thrill for our student-athletes than seeing a sea of blue and gold out in the stands. Win or lose, they know there are people out there cheering them on.
The Drama Club Performed ‘The Giver’
The excitement wasn’t only happening in our athletics department. The arts are also thriving at EEACS. New murals, concerts, and art events were unveiled in 2019. Our drama club even put on their first all-student production of The Giver, Lois Lowry’s bestselling young adult novel. The production was a success! Students didn’t only help on the stage, they also helped behind the scenes.
Students Attend Career Days and College Fairs
Our main goal here at EEACS is to prepare students for life after graduation, whether they choose to go on to college or their chosen career field. Our business education curriculum has been lauded around the state. Students have opportunities for mentorships, internships, and externships.
We are also proud to bring community organizations and prestigious colleges to our school so students can talk to representatives face-to-face. There were plenty of opportunities for students to learn about internship opportunities, post-graduation careers, and college scholarships. We strived to show our students that their possibilities were endless.
The excitement doesn’t seem to be slowing down come 2020. We anticipate more big events, more student successes, and more opportunities for growth.
We wish all of our students and their families a Happy New Year! Go Raptors!