Christian Education

The other Wade of the Abilene Christian school breaks free from his father’s shadow


Halle Wade spent much of her childhood in school with her father.

While it hasn’t been a sore spot in the 18-year-old’s life, high school senior Abilene Christian is hoping to finally break up with her family this fall.

Such is the struggle of the daughter of the president and CEO of the school, Kirk Wade.

In August, it’s off to Searcy, Arkansas, and Harding University, where Halle Wade will study social sciences with an emphasis on learning civics and history.

“I’m excited,” she said of Abilene’s departure. “It’s eight hours away, so my mom isn’t that excited. But I want to go out on my own.”

First, she will need to graduate from high school.

At this point, it’s just a formality, with the school ceremony scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Beltway Church’s North Campus, 2850 State Highway 351.

Once that’s no longer the case, it’s time to prepare for your next step. This summer will be very different from what happened last year, she said.

COVID cancellations from the past

Wade missed a series of summer events during the COVID-19 pandemic /

She was particularly disappointed when Harding canceled her Honors Symposium, a program “designed to challenge, encourage and uplift high school students who are now in their first year,” according to her website,

So much for getting a first glimpse of what it would be like at university, she said.

Then his summer camp, also sponsored by Harding, was canceled.

Initially upset, she developed an attitude to help her overcome difficulties. It is worn through this school year as “normal” has returned with some caveats, such as shortened sporting seasons.

“In the end, life went on,” she says. “It’s okay to be disappointed once in a while because it gives you character.”

And keep going, she did. She was one of the best on the ACHS volleyball team, achieved a top 5 grade point average in her class, and participated in a number of campus activities.

Her constant efforts, during the four years of high school at ACHS, also helped her earn free money for college. How much is free?

Thanks to a Harding Trustee scholarship, this equates to the entire college experience. Wade receives a full turn.

She also received several other smaller awards, including the Abilene Sports Alliance for her volleyball prowess.

A well-balanced past and future

Of course, ratings played a role in securing these awards. She had to score at least 31 on her ACT exam and her rank in the class is significant.

But it was the time spent outside the classroom that marked her. In particular, the volleyball court has its heart.

This is what happens when you take a role in transforming a struggling team into an Eternal Power.

“Last year (2019 season) we reached the state semifinals,” Wade said. “It was a great accomplishment for me. We started at such a low level because we were barely able to score any wins in my freshman year. And as a junior, going to the United States was a trip that I will have fondly remembered from. “

Wade has also carved out a niche for himself by performing on different stages.

Like, one with risers. As a member of the school choir. Or on those with lights and sets as an actor with the theater.

“Wherever you go, I’m right there,” she said jokingly.

Timothy Chipp covers education and is a general assignment reporter for Abilene Reporter-News. If you enjoy local news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to

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