We love Mekeel. It feels like a family. It feels great having my daughter go to school with other children and families that share our values. The staff are always so pleasant. Sending her to MCA is one of the best decisions we've ever made. We are very appreciative to be able to receive tuition assistance so she can attend such a great school.
We love the effort [by the faculty and staff] to show the students God's love through their lessons, discipline, and daily interactions. The teachers and administrators truly love the Lord and strive toward ministering to the students in a variety of ways. The administration is willing to listen to concerns and thoroughly examine the issues brought before them.
The elementary teachers have been wonderful to my children. They understand that each child is different, and they accept that and work with them. I also love that God is in everything they learn. It's awesome to hear them singing songs from chapel, or telling us the stories they learned in Bible.
Love MCA and its vision and what it stands for and whole heartedly believe this is where my child is called to.
I know my child has teachers who prayerfully care for him. He does not want to go anywhere else!
My children have been able to keep God first in their lives at school. Our number one priority in raising our kids is that they know God and His plan for their lives is the most important thing and I believe Mekeel Christian has been instrumental in helping us teach and demonstrate that to our kids.
Historic Season for Mekeel Christian Varsity Boys Basketball
The journey for our Varsity Boys Basketball Team’s State Championship victory started long before their game against Seton Catholic on March 17th. If you had looked at them one year prior, you would find a Mekeel team restless and eager for the following winter season, looking for the opportunity to prove themselves’ after a heartbreaking loss to Glens Falls in the Section 2 Final. The Lions would return all but one player from their ’16-17 team.
In the Section
The ‘17-18 Mekeel Christian Boys Basketball Team finished the regular season 17-3, with two of the three losses coming near the end of the season against two very high caliber opponents. Mekeel earned the #1 overall seed for the Section 2 Class B Tournament. The challenge of getting through Sectionals weighed heavy on the minds of the team, as they knew winning a sectional final would mean a possible matchup against Watervliet in the semifinal, and last year’s Champion Glens Falls in the final. The Lions were able to cruise through their first two games of the Sectional Tournament. This meant a rematch against Watervliet from January 10th, where Mekeel was able to edge out Vliet in a two-point 65-63 victory on their home court. From this point on in their post-season run, defense became the foundation for the Lions.
The Lions went on to beat Watervliet 62-53 in the Sectional Semifinal, which brought them to a matchup against Schalmont who had upset Glens Falls in the other Semifinal game. The Lions knew going into the game it would be a dog-fight, despite their confidence in being the better team. Despite their struggles shooting the ball, it was the 26 offensive rebounds that ultimately made the difference in their 69-59 victory over Schalmont. One year after a heartbreaking loss to Glens Falls in the 2017 Sectional Finals, the Mekeel Lions reigned as Champions of Section 2, Class B.
In the Region
After this win, Mekeel received a bye for the first game in the Regional Tournament which brought about a matchup against the Canton Golden Bears for the Regional Final. The Lions trailed Canton by as many as eight points in the 3rd quarter before making their final offensive push that ultimately led to a 53-47 win in the regional final. This was the first time since 2007 the boys basketball team qualified for the state tournament, and the first time ever in Class B.
The first round game was against Briarcliff, a well-rounded defensive-minded team. This semifinal matchup did not disappoint as it was neck and neck throughout. Near the end of regulation with only 37 seconds remaining in the game Mekeel found themselves down five. After a drive down the left side of the court Deonte Holder found fellow senior Jordan Jackson open in the corner which put them down two. Briarcliff retrieved the ball and missed the front end of a 1 and 1, which led to Deonte Holder finding a streaking Gideon Agbo down the right side of the court. Gideon caught the ball on the right block for a catch and finish through some contact to tie things up at 56. Briarcliff came down the court with seven seconds left but were unable to score, leading to overtime. The first overtime consisted of both teams trading baskets to pave the way for a second overtime. The Lions finally ran the show through the second overtime to complete the comeback with a final score of 68-61.
In the State
March 17th, 2018 the Lions finished their run in the Class B State Championship Game against hometown Seton Catholic. It definitely seemed that Mekeel would be the underdog given that it was essentially a home game for the green-wearing Saints on St. Patrick’s Day. With both teams coming off double overtime wins the night before, it was apparent that legs were not as fresh as at the previous semifinal games. With only one quarter left in the State Championship Game, the Lions held only a four point lead. As had been the case for the entire post-season for the Lions, it was defense that proved to be the key to success. Mekeel held a very disciplined Seton Catholic team to only four points in the fourth quarter. With the lead at the end of the game the Lions were able to knock down their free-throws to secure the victory. The Mekeel Christian Lions were now the 2018 Class B State Champions!
The Lions went on to finish off their season in the NYS Federation Tournament before losing in the tournament finals to Fannie Lou Hamer out of the Bronx, NY. It was a historic season for the Mekeel Boys Basketball Team that none involved will soon forget.
Night with the Mekeel Musicians
Every year, we host a Night with the Mekeel Musicians in which our students showcase some of their hard work vocally and instrumentally. This year, the event will have an exciting new format. Please join us on Thursday, March 22nd from 5-6:30pm for this special event!
First Ever Celebrate Mekeel Banquet
Please join us on Friday, April 13th, for our first ever Celebrate Mekeel Banquet. We’ll highlight some of the wonderful things God has been doing at Mekeel including a new property update, academic and athletic achievements, as well as highlights from ways God has been moving in the spiritual lives of our staff and students. We’ll also honor our Volunteer of the Year, Staff Member of the Year, and Teacher of the Year! You won’t want to miss this exciting night. Invitations will be mailed shortly. Please contact Mrs. Kahler in the Main Office if you want to be sure you’re on our list. #CM18
State Final Four!
It’s a BIG week for the Lion Family!
Our Varsity Boys Basketball Team has made it to the Class B State Final Four, which means they will play this Friday night in Binghamton at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Arena at 6:45pm, where the Lions will take on the Bears of Briarcliff Manor High School. Game tickets are $10. If the Lions win on Friday, they will play at the same location on Saturday at 9:00pm in the Class B State Finals.
We will be running a coach bus from Mekeel to the arena on Friday. It will leave at 3:30 and is expected to arrive back to the school between 11pm and 12am. The cost to ride will be $12. Riders will also need to bring money for admission ($10) and food. Individuals wishing to ride the bus must pre-pay when they sign up with Mrs. Kahler in the Main Office. Seats will be reserved on a first come/first pay basis.
It's Time to Register for Kindergarten!
Lions Bring Home Lots of Math Olympic Ribbons!
Friday, March 9th, Mekeel's fourth through eighth grade students competed in the ACSI Math Olympics in the categories of Mathematical Reasoning and Computation against other Christian schools in our region. The Junior Lions represented us well, bringing home 20 ribbons, including five 1st place ribbons, five 2nd place ribbons, and two 3rd place ribbons! Mekeel brought home more ribbons total, including more first place ribbons, than any other school there! We're proud of the hard work they put into this, the growth they've shown, and the composure they kept under pressure. Here's a breakdown of the winners:
4th Grade Computation
1st- Savannah Lilienthal
2nd - Jadin Zoeller
4th - Angele Cecil
4th Grade Reasoning
2nd - Bella Baum
5th- Ainisis Rodriguez
5th Grade Computation
1st - Josh Barnes
2nd - Hayden Sladewski
5th - Nicholas Charles
5th Grade Reasoning
1st - Kaylie Yaconis
4th - Tyler Wills
6th Grade Computation
3rd - Jeremiah Rodriguez
4th - Caleb Jahnel
6th Grade Reasoning
2nd - Caleb Hussey (with medal of distinction for 85% or higher)
7th Grade Computation
1st -Justin Davidson
7th Grade Reasoning
2nd - Matthew Show
(with medal of distinction for 85% or higher)
4th - Daniel Seredensky
8th Grade Computation
1st - Christian Jahnel
2nd - Joey Roddy
8th Grade Reasoning
3rd - Noah Bennett
4th - Nick Sovignon
Scholastic Book Fair!
Our Scholastic Book Fair will take place on campus on March 15, 16, and 19, with a preview day for students on March 14th. The fair will run during the following times:
Online shopping will be available from March 12-26.
Admissions Open House March 15th
Have you wondered what Mekeel is all about? Stop by during our open house on March 15th from 5:30-6:30 pm for a tour, short informational presentation, and chance to meet some of our team. We’d love to chat with you about our excellent academic offerings, enrichment opportunities for students, and robust student life experience. Contact our Admissions Coordinator Erin Hvizdak to be added to our email reminder list.