Faith Academy


McCannon named Faith Academy athletic director

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Coach Steve McCannon and daughter Juliette McCannon at the first annual Faith Academy Relays in March 2019.



Special to The Highlander

Faith Academy announced that local financial advisor and veteran coach Steve McCannon has been named athletic director.


Marble Falls makes a great first impression

First impressions mean everything. The new sports editor and school news reporter for The Highlander hopes to make a good one with the community. Learn more about his background in his introductory column.




By Nathan Hendrix
Sports Editor

They say first impressions are the most lasting, and judging by the rst glimpse I have received of the character of Marble Falls, this community believes that to be true.

It’s been a little more than a week since I started my work as the sports editor for The Highlander, and I’ve already learned some things about the Marble Falls community. Everyone I’ve interacted with, from school administration and coaches to sports fans, has been welcoming, and I truly appreciate the warmth.

I’ve been watching and following sports since I was a child, and all of the things that I love about sports are represented in Marble Falls. I am thrilled by competition and a competitive spirit, and that was on full display at the boys’ basketball game against Pflugerville last week.


Amarillo by afternoon for six-man

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The Faith Flames, seen here in a game earlier this season, will open the playoffs tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Amarillo San Jacinto Christian Academy.

By Richard Zowie

Highlander Sports Editor

Faith Academy Football's season will continue at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 as they travel on the road to play Amarillo San Jacinto Christian Academy in the first round of the six-man football playoffs.


Faith Academy donors again top $300,000

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Hoping the a toss of a coin will keep them all in the game are finalists in the Blinky Ring Heads or Tails Game at the 16th Annual Faith Academy Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, in Horseshoe Bay. They are, Patricia Dunham, Becca Lambert and Megan Nunnally, final winner in the game that raised $7,550 of more than $325,000 donated to the school at the event.




By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The 16th Annual Faith Academy Gala was held Saturday, Jan. 27, and supporters again topped $300,000 in donations during the event.

As of Monday, Jan. 29, the total was $325,000 and donations and pledges were continuing to arrive.

Stuart Nunnally, DDS, founder and chairman of the board expressed his gratitude to benefactors who have supported the school from its beginnings in 1998. The gala alone now has contributed contributed some $2.5 million.

“Some of our most successful students have attended Faith Academy on scholarships you provided,” he said. “We have high hopes for a dyslexia program you are helping to fund.”


Faith athletics complex project begins


Proposed site plan for Faith Academy's campus expansion to include an athletics complex.


By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

A financial gift from a benefactor will help Faith Academy begin the first phase of the school’s athletic complex project.

A gift from Ray and Rebeca Britton of Horseshoe Bay will serve as a “cornerstone” lead gift that will fund the first phase of the $5.9 million athletic complex expansion program.

“We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for Ray and Rebeca sharing their resources and making such a significant investment in Christian education for our community,” said Stuart Nunnally, Faith Academy trustee and board chairman.


Faith Academy weight room nears completion

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Randy Denton, Faith Academy athletic director, said the new weight room has been a busy place this summer for the school’s athletes. It’s expected to be completed by the time basketball season begins to accomodate up to 30 athletes at a time.

By Richard Zowie

The Highlander

Little by little, Faith Academy is expanding its amenities.

Previously, the private Christian school housed a weight room for its athletes in a 10 feet-by-10 feet portable building that also doubled as its junior high locker room.

“We’ve gone from that to about 2,100 square feet for the new weight room, which is now in a permanent building behind the gym on the other side of campus,” said Randy Denton, Faith Academy athletic director. “We have a weight room on one side, and on the other side we have a girls’ locker room and bathroom, boys’ locker room and bathroom and a trainer’s room.”

The director added that the various teams (football, volleyball and basketball) have all been using the weight room this summer. In the old room, they could fit seven to 10 kids. Now, they can fit 30.


Faith Academy families on mission to Honduras

Bridget Slyker reads to Honduran children during a summer mission.


Special to the Highlander

Though Richard and Bridget Slyker — along with their children Carter, Susannah, and Will — are less than six weeks away from beginning a two-year minimum commitment to live as missionaries in Honduras, their journey actually began more than 15 years ago.


Faith student nominated for FSTL Congress

Travis Melton, an 11th grade student at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, has been selected to serve as a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders (FSTL) in Lowell, Mass. June 29-July 1.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goal.

Melton was nominated byJohn C. Mather, PhD, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science and Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Texas based on his academic achievement, leadership potential, and passion for science and technology.


HUSH Luxury, as seen at Market on Main Saturday





By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander


Marble Falls Market on Main has been rescheduled for this Saturday, March 17, and one addition to the Main Street vendors will give shoppers a preview of local products that went national Monday.

Right there on Main Street in booth 212 will be Hannah Starr, founder and CEO of the natural beauty products manufacturer HUSH Beauty Products.

A series of national television commercials introduced by celebrity entrepreneur Kevin Harrington, one of the original sharks from the TV reality show “Shark Tank” and in collaboration with, began Monday marketing her company's new cutting edge, 100 percent vegan skincare products, HUSH Luxury.


Faith Academy’s Natalie Roach crowed IJM

Faith Academy sophomore Natalie Roach received multiple individual awards and was crowned 2017 International Junior Miss Texas Teen at the Texas State Pageant, held Feb. 24-26 in Richardson.

Though her accomplishment of winning one of the top five pageants in the nation is impressive, it is rivaled by the odds she had to overcome to get there.

Natalie suffered a stroke in utero and was born blind and paralyzed on her left side. As a result, she spent many years in a variety of therapies and even underwent a complicated surgery that was able to restore her eyesight.


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