News Stories

Our school and kids often make the local news and even the national news. Check back often for updated content and links to external news agency stories.

Beauty from Ashes

In April 2018, one of the main campus residential buildings (Parker Hall) was partly consumed by a fire caused by a tree falling on a nearby power line. Thankfully, there were no injuries, but much of the building’s contents were lost—and 125 students and staff members were suddenly displaced.

The following six months were a period of disruption and inconveniences, but we can now happily report that Parker Hall has been rebuilt and reopened, better than ever, with an autumn ribbon cutting.

The American Legends Tournament provides support for our school, inspiration for our students

In September 2019, some of the greatest living legends in American sports gathered at the Olde Farm course in Bristol for a very special charity golf event…benefiting Mountain Mission School’s Endowment Foundation.

Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Jerry West, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Gary Player, Lorena Ochoa, Lanny Wadkins, Betsy King and Tom Finchem were among the luminaries who turned out to play a round with donors in support of MMS.

What’s more, the event gave MMS students the remarkable opportunity to interact with these successful figures, many of whom took time to converse with and encourage our kids personally. We’re grateful for the attention these figures gave to our students, and for  the investment of their time in making the event such a high-profile success.

We’re also thankful for the benefit that the proceeds from the event will bring to our campus in the years ahead. Many of the funds raised will arrive in stages over the course of decades in the form of planned giving. Currently, the Endowment Foundation provides about 20% of the school’s annual operating budget.

We are very thankful for our faithful supporters who provide the remaining portion each year!

Virginia School Helps At-Risk Youth

WUSA 9 in Washington DC ran a feature on MMS this weekend. Miles Burdine presented at the MMS Leadership Forum this past October. He shared his MMS experience with his daughter, Nikki, who is a reporter for WUSA9. She was inspired by what her Dad told her. So, last week she made the 400 mile trek to see for herself. This is the story that ran this past weekend.

National Champs!

November 3, 2016 – The Virginia Mountaineer

MMS Varsity Soccer Team Captures Program’s First National Championship

14855940_1205032422890801_5694142193568850030_oMountain Mission School’s varsity soccer program brought home its first national championship banner last weekend after earning first place in division two of the National Association of Christian Athlete’s (NACA) tournament.

With the victory, MMS soccer ended the year with an impressive 20-1-2 record.

Twenty-six schools participated in the tournament and after MMS senior Samuel Pakili’s last-minute header to win the first game in pool play and a disappointing second-game tie, the Challengers prepared to take on the division two bracket. Facing Maryland’s Grace Academy in their first division game, the two teams were deadlocked at a 1-1 tie for 55 of the 60 minutes in regulation. Forward Caleb Dusingizimana punched in two crucial goals in the last five minutes to secure a 3-1 victory.

Read about the other matches that lead to victory in the full article here:  Mountaineer Article - National Champs.pdf

Leaders on a Mission

Mountain Mission School students learn from business community

Written by Scott Robertson – The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA | March 2016

It’s one thing for a business leader to write a check to a worthy school. To volunteer to speak to students can be a greater commitment, considering how busy those in position to write checks are. To volunteer to speak to students at Mountain Mission School is yet another thing entirely.

Read full article….Leaders on a Mission, Business Journal March 2016


MMS – Celebrating a Graduation Milestone

Written by  Samantha Kozsey, WCYB

GraMMS-graduationduating high school is a milestone for anyone. Now imagine you’ve overcome challenges just to get to class. That’s the story behind each of the graduates at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia. As News Five’s Samantha Kozsey shows us, these students are breaking barriers every step of the way. One by one, the 2015 graduates of the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va are taking a step toward a successful future.

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The World is Watching

Written by Jennifer Johnson for Christian Standard

In recent months, six additional Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram fighters have become students at the Mountain Mission School. Joy, Patience and Lydia were the first three to arrive at the school.

Since 1921, Mountain Mission School has provided a high-quality education as well as a home for thousands of children in need. The school has always welcomed kids from countries around the world, but recently its ministry has extended to include survivors of the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, including several of the girls kidnapped by the terrorist organization last April.

From Capitol Hill to Chibok, Nigeria, to its beautiful campus in Grundy, Virginia, this small school is playing a large role in bringing hope and healing to a number of brave young women—and the world is watching.

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Mountain Mission School Basketball is a Slam Dunk

Written by Samantha Kozsey, WCYB

Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia has been called a mini United Nations. It brings in children from our region, across the United States and around the world. Most are escaping conditions that are unimaginable.

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A few stretches and they’re off. This basketball team at the Mountain Mission School is hitting baskets and making a name for itself.  In fact, it was recognized for having one of the strongest schedules in the country, playing many nationally ranked teams including Oak Hill Academy.

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Escape from Boko Haram – A Survivor’s Story

Written by Samantha Kozsey, WCYB

It haUntitled-3s been almost a year since Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 girls from their school in Nigeria. Most of those girls are still missing. A few managed to escape and have landed here in the United States at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va.

News 5 WCYB’s Samantha Kozsey sat down with one of the survivors  who wanted to share her experience with the world.

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Chance Harman Classic: The Takeaways

The following are excerpts from the originally published story by Corie Pegram from

Introducing Mountain Mission

Sharpshooter Jakub Mijakowski is part of a very talented and skilled Mountain Mission team.

It’s not necessarily a place where you’d  expect to find recruitable athletes, as Mountain Mission is located on the southwest tip of Virginia in a town called Grundy. Started in 1921, the school is a destination for at-risk kids, offering both education, worship, and now a very good basketball team. Head coach Pawel Mrozik’s group features a lineup of international players, hailing from a number of different countries worldwide, and pretty much all of them can play. Mountain Mission nearly beat the previously discussed Cape Henry group on Friday, falling 73-72 after a potential game-winning layup was bobbled by senior point guard Hansel Atencia. That one drop, however, was one of the only mistakes Atencia made all weekend, and we’ll address him in a minute after introducing several other Mountain Mission standouts. The first comes in the form of an aggressive 6’6 forward in Harold Baruti. A member of the class of 2016 and a native of Congo, Baruti attacked the rim relentlessly against Cape Henry and made aggressive, out-of-area plays frequently. He’s extremely quick off his feet and explosive around the rim, and he has the potential to be a multi-position defender at the next level. Fine tuning his skillset is the next step, but expect to see him in the upper quarter of the 2016 prospects rankings when updated. Also making a strong case for himself was 6’7 wing Jakub Mijakowski. Based on this past weekend, it’s very realistic to call him a top two or three catch and shoot guy in Virginia’s 2016 class. The native of Poland can light it up. He was a bit selective at times, but when he has his feet set and he lets it go, there’s a very strong chance it’s going in. He’s shooting over 50% from behind the arc this year. Also noteworthy were 2016 Jethro Tshisumpa, 2016 Maciej Bender, and 2015 Daniel Relvao, who is signed with Valparaiso. The 6’9 Tshisumpa drew a comparison to current VCU big man Mo Alie-Cox, and the two are actually somewhat similar. Simply put, Tshisumpa is a huge man with some of the biggest shoulders you’ll find. He is very raw at this stage, but his aggressive nature and surprisingly athletic ability makes for a load of defensive potential down the road. Bender, on the other hand, is a finesse player. Claiming an offer from Davidson, the 6’10 big man has an inside-out skillset that will be further utilized with added strength.

Best Available Point Guard in Virginia?

Hansel Atencia runs the Mount Mission show

The likes of Devin Morgan, Taylor McHugh, and Nigel Ribeiro would have their right to argue, but Hansel Atencia made a strong case for that title (excluding post graduate prospects) this weekend now that Oak Hill point guard Terrence Phillips is off the board to Missouri. Resembling former Benedictine guard Nick Coppola (UL Monroe) in many ways, the 5’9 native of Columbia is the head of the snake for Mountain Mission. He was the primary reason for the near upset of Cape Henry, and he proved fully capable of competing with (and even outplaying a times) Rice commit Marcus Evans, who is known for his lockdown defense. A blend of quickness and skill, Atencia got in the paint frequently and made the right play 99% of the time, finishing plays for himself or finding open teammates. He has a very good feel for the game, and he’s extremely tough, showing the ability to play through contact and guard the ball on the other end. Some college programs don’t like small guards, but his ability to facilitate, run the show and make others better will almost certainly result in an expanded recruitment moving forward, one that currently only features an offer from Pikesville, an NAIA school in Kentucky.

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