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With its premiere football season looming next year and players already working on strength and conditioning, First Presbyterian Christian Academy students are gearing up to show their heart, determination, commitment and prowess for the Under Armour Undeniable competition.
The school’s 83 high-schoolers are racking up points by voting online and competing in challenges that include getting endorsements from community leaders and documenting their Highlander mascot in action.
Participating schools will upload evidence — videos, photos and documentation — of their challenges to the competition website and rack up points accordingly, according to school spokeswoman Maria Reed.
Three schools — two with the greatest number of points and one wild card — will win $140,000 in cash and athletic gear, according to www.findingundeniable.com.
Senior soccer captain Hunter Gillon, who brought the challenge to the school’s attention Oct. 6, first noticed it the night before on Facebook, he said.
"When I saw it, I was like, ‘We need to do this — new uniforms, money," Gillon said. "I brought it to Mrs. Reed that morning, and by that afternoon we had a page up."
The senior has taken some ownership in the challenge, rallying his friends in person and online to encourage their participation. Though he will graduate this year, Gillon stands to benefit during the spring baseball season and also wants to see his school flourish, he said.
On Monday, the school was ranked No. 1 with 1,489 points, topping competitors at four larger schools. But by Tuesday morning, FPCA fell to No. 2 behind a California high school with 2,200 students.
FPCA has accumulated 150 points for a Twitter shout-out from New England Patriots linebacker and Bradwell Institute grad Gary Guyton, 100 points for a video endorsement from Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas and 15 points for the school’s three consecutive state basketball championships in 2008, ’09 and ’10.
Last Tuesday, students donning pink for a breast cancer awareness fundraiser lined up on their muddy field while rain drizzled to show their determination as they engaged in a unified, "I will protect this house!" cheer to secure another 20 points.
"We are the smallest school in this competition," Reed said. "Every other school has 800, 900, even 4,500 students — they can annihilate us in the voting."
That’s why the school is calling on help from the community to keep up the voting and support through the end of the challenge on Dec. 31.
But what the school lacks in numbers, Reed and Gillon believe they make up in heart.
More than 15,000 people have shown online support for the challenge, and students have drawn support from their families and family friends, Reed said.
"I think that shows a lot of determination and heart on the part of the kids who are here," she added.