VCS Students Recognized at the 2021 Congressional Art Competition

July 28, 2021 0 comments admin

July 26, 2021 Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announced the winners of the Congressional Art Competition from Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. Students from schools across the district entered 57 pieces of original artwork.

“I am proud to recognize these talented students and their artistic abilities. They have shown their creativity and commitment to the arts in a very difficult time for our country—and we are all better for their efforts,” said Congressman Ryan. “Every year I am impressed with the quality of their work and the courage to allow others to judge what they do. We need the arts in our lives more now than ever, and the Congressional Art Competition showcases the very best of Northeast Ohio. I’m always thrilled by what I see.”

Best of Show: Jasean Rushton, Valley Christian High School
His artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol Tunnel in Washington, DC for eleven months.
1st Place and 2nd Place: Gabe Gilliland, Hubbard High School
3rd Place: Mallory Greenamyer, Hubbard High School

Honorable Mentions:
Lenci Blohm, Cardinal Mooney High School 
Tera Brilmyer Firestone High School for the Arts (2 pieces)
Gabe Gilliland, Hubbard High School
Mallory Greenamyer  Hubbard High School (2 pieces)
Steve Hiner, Cardinal Mooney High School
Sierra Kaster, Valley Christian High School
Chloe Mershimer, Cardinal Mooney High School
Emma Patchin, Champion High School
Caralyn Pelini, Cardinal Mooney High School
Grace Raymer, Cardinal Mooney High School

The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982, and hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated at the local level. This nationwide art competition gives local students an opportunity to showcase their talents, and a chance to have their entry displayed as part of an eleven-month exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel that leads to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

VCS Graduate Joseph Napier, Jr named WYTV Hometown Hero!

July 16, 2021 0 comments admin

by: Aaron Deane

Posted: Jul 15, 2021 / 12:47 AM EDT / Updated: Jul 15, 2021 / 12:47 AM EDT

(WYTV) – This week’s Hometown Hero is a young man who’s crazy about his community.

Community activist Joseph Napier, Jr. says he doesn’t plan on stopping the work he does and hopes to see his community grow and flourish for generations to come.

“Just the people who helped me along the way. I don’t think this is a one person award,” Napier said.

Napier won’t take all the credit for this award.

“Community award, so you need the community to be a part of it,” he said.

Napier grew up in Youngstown and is determined to see it grow.

“One thing I think our city needs is resiliency. Maybe it’s with a T-shirt, a memory of the past, but I think our main resource is each other, through relationships. If we have relationships, we can build that community resiliency our community needs,” Napier said.

One connection he says has been a major part of his life has been the Eugenia Atkinson Recreation Center in Youngstown. He chose this location as the place he wanted to accept his award.

“She’s just a visionary in my eyes, and as far as picking up the torch, this is the perfect place to do it,” Napier said.

He is already leading the way in his community by creating events that bring the city together, like young professionals of color meet-ups, network and chill events, Juneteenth celebrations, community clean-ups and civic events.

“But as far as my generation and people to come, I think if we can have a mindset that we love this community and we want to set roots here, let’s do it collectively. That’s the mission,” Napier said.

He says he’s just so thankful and humbled.

“This is for Youngstown. This is for the south side and, more importantly, it’s about the visionaries that will come behind me,” Napier said. “It’s about planting those seeds, so thank you.”

This isn’t the first time Napier has been awarded for his community work. He has also been awarded with the Emerging Leader Justice and Equality Award, recognized by the city of Youngstown for his COVID-19 relief efforts.

Two minutes with Andy Hake: Valley Christian head coach previews upcoming season

July 16, 2021 0 comments admin

by: Ryan Allison

Posted: Jul 15, 2021 / 03:35 PM EDT / Updated: Jul 15, 2021 / 03:35 PM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –”After being out a year, I’m as gunned up as I’ve ever been,” says Valley Christian head coach Andy Hake. “I’m just blessed for the opportunity to be at this place, not just coaching, but being at this place, because this place cares. They care about the kids and they want us to coach the kids hard, but they want us to instill the Christian values in them. So we’re going to keep it simple. God, family, grades, football and we’re going to go from there.”

Watch the video above to hear from Valley Christian head coach Andy Hake about the upcoming football season.‘We are going to go after people’: Valley Christian bringing hard-hitting attitude this season 

2020 Record: 2-6 (2-4, 6th place in EOAC)
CoachAndy Hake, 1st season at Valley Christian

Previewing Valley Christian’s Offense
Scoring Offense: 15.4 (48th in area)
Returning Starters: 8
Key Returnees: Joey Batista, SR/QB; Cam Davenport, SR/RB; Jon’Trell Mixon, SR/TE
Key Losses: Eric Davis, OL; Tyrone Lindsey, ATH; Nasir Long, OL
Name to watch for: Joey Batista, QB

Senior Joey Batista appears to be in line to open the year at quarterback.

“Joey’s an experienced player,” Hake said. “We’ll lean on his play and positive attitude greatly. Joey is a tremendous kid and really wants the team to do well. I have total faith that he will get the job done and perform in a way that will make us all proud of him.”

Batista will be joined by skill players Cam Davenport in the backfield, as well as VeShaun Gurley and Jhordan Peete as his wideouts and Jon’Trell Mixon at tight end.

“We plan to implement a variety of formations and utilize our skill players by using three-back, two-back, one-back and no-back sets,” Hake said. “We’ll run a lot of plays that feature down schemes from our offensive line. Quick passes and screens will also be a big part of our offense. I feel we have great skill players and need to get them the ball in space.”

Upfront, the Eagles return Phillip Chandler-Cox, Kyle Kornell, Kenny Ali and Jemel Jenkins.

“I love lineman in general,” Hake said. “The most unselfish guys on the team. Our offensive line is coming along well and I have been cautiously optimistic in regards to this area of our team. I feel we have some good ones. They’ve had a good off-season in regards to the weight room.”

Previewing Valley Christian’s Defense
Scoring Defense: 21.0 (T-23rd in area)
Returning Starters: 8
Key Returnees: Requan Bell, SR/DB; VeShaun Gurley, JR/LB; Jon’Trell Mixon, SR/DL; Jon’Qual Pabellon, JR/LB
Key Losses: Eric Davis, DL; Tyrone Lindsey, DB
Name to watch for: Jon’Trell Mixon, DE

“The defense will be the heart of our team and program,” Hake said. “We’ll play extremely fast and spirited. I can see these kids want to have a great team, and it all starts and stops with the defense.”

Sammy Washington and Jon’Trell Mixon (45 tackles, 1 INT) will play at the defensive end spots upfront. In the middle of the defense, the Eagles will feature Brian Tubbs and Cam Davenport, along with Jon’Qual Pabellon and VeShaun Gurley at linebacker. In the secondary, Phillip Spradley and Requan Bell will man the defensive back slots for the team.

“We will play with a chip on our shoulder,” Hake said. “We want speed and to play with tenacity.”

2020 EOAC Standings
United – 5-1 (7-3)
Leetonia – 5-1 (7-2)
Southern – 5-1 (5-3)
Wellsville – 3-3 (4-6)
Columbiana – 3-3 (4-5)
Valley Christian – 2-4 (2-6)
Lisbon – 1-5 (4-7)
East Palestine – 0-6 (1-9)

Aug. 20 – at Campbell Memorial
Aug. 27 – LaBrae
Sept. 3 – McDonald
Sept. 10 – at United
Sept. 17 – at Lisbon
Sept. 24 – at Leetonia
Oct. 1 – Columbiana
Oct. 8 – Southern
Oct. 15 – Wellsville
Oct. 22 – at East Palestine

2021 VCS Golf Outing

June 29, 2021 0 comments admin

Please complete the form, save, and email to  For all sponsorships and signage we will need this returned no later than August 12th.  Come join us for a great time and support an amazing group of young people.

VCS Girls Soccer Clinics

May 25, 2021 0 comments admin

GIRLS SOCCER CLINICS FOR 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grades


MAY 22nd and MAY 29th

For additional information contact:
Coach Sam Sargent or cell phone 330.770.5305

Valley Christian sprinter heading to Regionals with big day at District meet

May 24, 2021 0 comments admin

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Valley Christian’s Brandon Paige walked away from the Division III Springfield District Track and Field meet with two wins Friday night.

Watch the video above to see highlights from Paige’s day as well as reaction.

Paige opened the day with a win in the 100m dash, posting a time of 11.07 seconds and topping Warren JFK’s Jesse Likens and Crestview’s Ethan Powell.

Paige improved his time .02 seconds from the preliminaries on Wednesday.

However his day wasn’t done. He helped anchor the 4×100 team to a win with a time of 43.23, just shy of the meet record of 43.03.

The team consisted of Paige, Tyrone Lindsey, Kwane Austin and Phillip Spradley.

VCS High School Student of the Week 5/17-21

May 18, 2021 0 comments admin

Our HS SOTW is Kaylee Cerbus, grade 10.

She likes to play soccer and track and field. She loves to draw and paint. Kaylee is involved in the youth group at church. She has a passion for drawing and placed “Superior” in a Fine Arts competition made it no nationals. Her favorite color is Teal. She loves hanging out with her friends at school and at church and loves to sing. Her favorite school subjects are math and science.

Her teachers wrote, “Kaylee always exceeds” I am waiting on additional information from teachers to add to this.

Valley Christian basketball standout Sekou Stanley moving on to the college ranks

May 14, 2021 0 comments admin

Valley Christian standout Sekou Stanley has signed to continue his college basketball career at Mount Union

by: Chad KrispinskyPosted: May 13, 2021 / 09:52 PM EDT / Updated: May 13, 2021 / 09:52 PM EDT

Sekou Stanley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Valley Christian standout Sekou Stanley has signed to continue his college basketball career at Mount Union.

Last season, he averaged 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists per game for the Eagles.

“It was like a family,” Stanley said. “They were very welcoming. I really like the way they play. They really have winning program.”

He chose to play for the Purple Raiders over the University of Northwestern Ohio and Penn State Shenango.

Stanley helped lead Valley Christian to a record of 15-5 last season and an appearance in the Division IV District Semifinals.

VCS Student Summer Work Program

May 14, 2021 0 comments admin

Valley Christian School is once again offering high school students an opportunity for employment during the summer. For eligible participants, get competitive pay, flexible time off, weekends off, and no nights. Get valuable work experience while working as a team to get the school ready for the next school year. We have a wide variety of options available. To get started, check with Mr. Phillips to find out if our summer program would be a good fit for you or download the application below and return to the High School office.