TCA crowns royalty during homecoming ceremonies

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Trinity Christian Academy, in existence since 1993, held their homecoming event Friday, naming two graduating students Mr. and Miss TCA.

The 2013 Miss TCA Maci Nichols expressed her gratitude at being nominated as a candidate and then selected for the title, but also her joy at being alive after a difficult year.

In September 2012, Maci began experiencing back pains and doctors diagnosed her with a form of leukemia.

“If you told me a year ago she would be where she is today, I wouldn’t believe it,” Head of School Mike Skaggs said.

During the halftime of the varsity Eagles’ football game, the six candidates walked onto the field escorted by a parent, grandparent or other person of significance in the candidates’ lives.

Maci said one of her favorite parts of the evening was getting to walk onto the field with her father, Scott Nichols.

“I’m kind of numb,” Nichols said of when Maci was announced the 2013 Miss TCA. “We didn’t expect it.”

Nichols said his daughter went through a “very difficult time” as she went through chemotherapy, but she is now on the easier side of the process and it should be complete in just over a year.

But through that time, Skaggs said Maci remained courageous, even when at times her survival was not sure.

“She has been, through this whole ordeal, a picture of grace and dignity,” Skaggs said.

Joining TCA while in the 5th grade, Maci was a shy and quiet though diligent student, Skaggs said.

But when she walked onto the basketball court, Skaggs said her Southern Belle charm changed to the characteristics of a tough player.

“She approached fighting cancer the same way,” Skaggs said.

The week before homecoming week, students nominated those seniors they thought best represented the school and its Christian principles.

Skaggs said the students chose correctly in selecting Maci, and not just out of sympathy.

“She exhibits everything we want to see in a student,” Skaggs said.

Maci said she is grateful to the student body and the school for their support throughout the last year, saying they were like a family.

“My whole school has been such a blessing,” Maci said. “It’s been a long journey but God has helped me throughit.”

Skaggs said Maci’s resolve has been an inspiration to many people.

“The Lord has used it not just in her life but in the life of her family and the whole school,” Skaggs said.

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