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ACA Clay Shoot: More Than Winning

Published:  September 22, 2015

Aucilla Christian Academy Principal Richard Finlayson was overwhelmed by the generosity of the sponsors, donors, volunteers and, most especially, the winners of the now annual ACA Alumni and Friends’ Clays for Kids clay shoot benefit for the ACA Scholarship Fund. The event was held at Southwind Sporting Clays in Quitman, Georgia, on September 19, 2015 with about 70 people in attendance and grossed approximately $10,000.

“We really appreciate the generosity of all of those who supported this event,” said Finlayson. “It will enable us to impact even more students both academically and spiritually. Many of our winners, who received cash prizes, donated them right back to our school. It’s just really special to know how many people really care about our cause to raise the funds needed to send students to ACA who would otherwise not be able to afford a private education at a Christian school.”

ACA students served at the event pulling the clays for the shooters, helped with breakfast and lunch, and assisted in other areas as needed alongside ACA alumni and staff.

“I had the best time,” said Emily Brock, a freshman at ACA, who served as a trapper and had never been to a clay shoot before. “It was so much fun! I can’t wait to serve again next year!”

That’s good news to ACA Alumni Association President Tyler McNeill whose goal is to give ACA graduates and their friends a fun opportunity to give back to their alma mater while also getting their surrounding communities involved.

“We’re just really grateful to everyone in Madison, Perry, Monticello, Tallahassee, Quitman and Valdosta,” said McNeill. “We had sponsors and donors from all five cities, and the big winners from Valdosta donated back about $500 in winnings to ACA.”

The winning teams were: 1st place - Genesis Timber, 2nd place – Jefferson County Clerk of Court, and 3rd place – Simpson Nurseries. The Best Overall Shooter Award was presented to Joey Griffin. Kyle Rogers and Jim Flournoy III received the Best Overall Youth Shooter Awards.     

For more information on this event, call ACA at 850-997-3597 or visit’s alumni page. Event pictures can also be viewed on ACA’s Facebook and Flickr pages.