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2016-17 Board Members Upcoming Fall Events Student Awards Alumni Spotlight




Superintendent Message

From Our Superintendent


oto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Or Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, or Portland. I share Dorothy’s wonder at being in a new place. The people are unfamiliar; the landscape beautiful, but alien; the culture recognizable, but novel in so many ways.

What I know for certain is that a great adventure lies before me. I am hitching on a journey that began 66 years ago, started by men with incredible vision and carried on by men and women of great determination and faithfulness. The purpose of the journey has always been clear: “To prepare young people to live fully for God in a rapidly changing world, with the ability to understand, evaluate, and transform their world from the foundation of God’s unchanging values.” This journey would be so much easier if we could just “follow the yellow brick road” to a final, glorious destination. But the road we travel is arduous. The leadership of every generation at BCS has been called upon to find the right path, to fashion a new vision that will achieve the mission of the school in its most fulsome expression. My task over the next few months will be to listen to our community: students, faculty, staff, parents, corporation members, and other interested constituents. There is no shortage of opinions about what is right about Bellevue Christian School, nor is there reticence about sharing what needs to be different. Then, working with our Board, we will distill those conversations into a plan that will create a future in which BCS is a model for Christian schools around the world.

The Viking View is the district-wide magazine publication of Bellevue Christian School. We welcome your comments. You can contact us at communications@ bellevuechristian.org, 425-454-4402 x526, or via mail at 1601 98th Ave NE, Clyde Hill, WA 98004. Viking View Editor Kyla De Wit Marketing Manager Lynn Haller Superintendent Kevin Dunning Cover Photo Vakker Portraits Printing & Distribution Lithocraft Direct Mailing Solutions

Content While Dorothy needed to look out for flying monkeys, we have our own challenges to Various Contributers overcome. A solution to our facility needs has been elusive. The search for outstanding Christian teachers seems to get more difficult with each passing year. Funding the mission is an annual chore. Satan seems to find new ways to frustrate and test us. Yet the 66 years of God’s faithfulness gives us every reason for optimism. In His time, God always delivers on His promises.

The theme for the 2016-2017 school year comes from Hebrews 12:2: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Ultimately, the job of every leader is to “keep the main thing the main thing.” In the midst of all we do each day at BCS, if we keep our focus on Christ we will find success, both now and eternally. Finally, I want to say a word of thanks to Tim Krell for all the work he has done to steer the school through some troubled waters. Unlike Dorothy’s wizard, his power and greatness is genuine, a gift from God for this time and place. Safe riding, Tim! In His Service,

Kevin Dunning Superintendent


Board Members

Ruth Burnett


Ruth and her husband Bill have four children who have attended BCS. Three are BCS graduates Laura in 2011, Sarah in 2013, and Ryan in 2016 – and Daniel is a senior. Ruth has been employed as an adjunct instructor at Seattle Pacific University.

Steve Sirich


Rich Begert


Steve and his wife Amy have two children at BCS. Claire is a senior and Jack a sophomore. Steve works at Microsoft and has just completed a service rotation on the Westminster Chapel Elder Board.

Rich and his wife Leslie have two children, Taylor, a 2004 BCS graduate and Blake, who is 26. Rich has been CEO and President of a number of technology companies. He presently is doing management consulting and CEO coaching. He has also served on six other non-profit boards.


Diane and her husband Dan have two children. Janelle graduated from BCS in 2015 and Allison is a junior. Diane is employed as Senior Accountant/ CPA at Benton Bray P.S. and serves as Treasurer of Bellevue Christian Reformed Church.

David Burnett

David graduated from BCS in 1988. He and his wife Tricia have four children at BCS - Turner is a senior, Truett a sophomore, Talia a seventh grader, and Tessa a fourth grader. David has worked professionally as an attorney and manages investment partnerships.

Bill Cox

Bill and his wife Debbie have three children who attend BCS. Mason is a sophomore, Camden an eighth grader and Nolan, a third grader at Three Points. Bill is employed as Senior Director of Strategy at Microsoft.

Kim Jewett

Kim and her husband Scott have three children, Allison, Rebecca, and Jeff. Allison graduated from BCS in 2014, Rebecca is a senior, and Jeff is a sophomore. Kim and her husband serve as deacons at Canyon Hills Community Church in the financial counseling ministry.

Ann Kats

Ann and her husband Gregg are parents of four children, all of whom attended or do attend BCS. Brandon graduated in 2009, Tessa graduated in 2011, Andrew is a senior, and Eric is a junior. Ann has been an active volunteer in the BCS community and also worked at BCS as an employee for six years.

Paul Sweeney

Paul and his wife Heidi have three children who have attended BCS. John is a senior in Running Start at Bellevue College. Megan is a sophomore, and Joe is an eighth grader. Paul is Principal and Co-Founder at the Broderick Group in Bellevue.

Brock Weedman

Brock and his wife Darlene have three children at BCS. Alexis is a sophomore, Trey a seventh grader, and Brielle a fourth grader. Brock is a clinical and sport psychologist with a practice in Bellevue.



Together We Accomplish More Did you know that even if you pay full tuition without any fi nancial assistance, you still only cover 90% of your child’s actual cost of education? $12,360 $1,372

The BCS Board has intentionally left a 10% gap between what tuition/fees cover and what the cost of education is to BCS. Why? So that we can partner with various businesses, donors, and organizations in order to do the ministry of providing Christian education for hundreds of students together. There are so many people involved in impacting students in a way that prepares our students to live fully for God. Teachers, administrators, coaches, and staff, as well as people who support the work of BCS, such as business sponsors, donors, and volunteers, all work together as a team to provide students with a comprehensive, Christian P-12 education at Bellevue Christian School.

Average BCS Elementary student’s cost of education (approx.) = $13,732 *Tuition costs can vary based on how many students a family has enrolled and what grade the student is in.

The reality is that everything has a financial cost. Covering the cost together means more people invested in and praying for the school which makes a stronger school and community. Ultimately, because of the generous gifts of donors and business sponsors, students are nurtured to experience academic and life success while serving the Lord for a lifetime.

The Impact of Bellevue Christian School “BCS truly saved our son. He received the support and encouragement to excel in the classroom and the athletic field. Through his relationships with teachers and peers, he has grown from an insecure, fairly impulsive, and scattered boy into a Godly young man of confidence, courage, and grit. As a single mother, I am so appreciative that he has had so many models of Christ-like manhood from which to pattern his thinking and future on. This life shaping experience could not have happened if the school was not committed to hiring qualified faculty and staff and providing financial aid and free transportation. All we can say is, THANK YOU!” – BCS Parent

“We brought our son here when he was in high school, he’s had a lot of academic struggles in his life and when we came here in the fall we thought, ‘we finally found a fit for him.’ Not only is he getting the academic support he needs, he’s getting it with such care and support, it’s just been amazing.” – BCS Parent “My children are loved by their teachers. They care about them as individuals, they want to see them grow, not only in their walk with the Lord but (also) in their academics within the classroom.” – BCS Parent

Welcome, Kirk Utzinger! Bellevue Christian School welcomes Kirk Utzinger, Principal for One Accord Nonprofit, to lead and grow our institutional fundraising efforts during the 2016-2017 school year. As a proven nonprofit executive with two decades of fund development leadership and a passion for the BCS mission and vision, Kirk is excited to “hit the streets & grow BCS educational investment”, meeting with BCS friends, donors, and business partners. Beginning August 1, Kirk will focus on increasing participation and bottom-line results for the Business Sponsorship, Major Donors, and Legacy programs in partnership and collaboration with Superintendent Kevin Dunning, the BCS Advancement Team, and the BCS community. To learn more about Kirk and his interesting career serving others through nonprofit engagement, visit: oneaccordnonprofi t.com/about/nonprofi t-principals/Kirk-Utzinger/ 4 | VIKING VIEW | SUMMER 2016

Upcoming Events Keep in touch with BCS happenings! Like us at Facebook.com/BellevueChristianSchool

Viking Classic Golf Tournament MONDAY  SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 The Plateau Club

11:00 a.m. Registration / Lunch 1:00 p.m.

Shotgun Start

6:00 p.m.

Reception / Dinner immediately following the golf round

Golfers and non-golfers alike are invited to this fundraising event to support BCS Athletics. Make plans to join the BCS family for a great day of fellowship and competition. Golfers can come early and enjoy a lunch, unlimited driving range practice and test your skills at the putting contests. Participants will enjoy a reception dinner immediately following the tournament, starting at around 6:00 p.m. Register at bellevuechristian.org/vikingclassic There’s only 120 spaces for golfers so sign up early today!


FRIDAY  SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 Students walk and run around the playground field to raise money for our Three Points and Mack campuses and to support God’s work around the world. Parent volunteers help in many ways during this wonderful event for our community – counting laps, serving snacks and drinks, helping with First Aid, setting up, and cleaning up.

Donate at bellevuechristian.org/donate!

Community Carnival

FRIDAY  OCTOBER 21, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Community Carnival is held at the Clyde Hill campus. You won’t want to miss this fun evening for all BCS families and friends – participate in games, an inflatable slide, a cake walk, and more. Concession stands will be available to purchase food and soda. Look for more information in September.

2017 Auction

FRIDAY  APRIL 21, 2017 Mark your calendars for the 2017 BCS Auction on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Come celebrate our school while honoring the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff! SUMMER 2016 | VIKING VIEW | 5


Growing the Preschool Program The recent addition of portable classrooms at our Three Points campus has had a direct, positive impact on the elementary programming. Indirectly, it has also allowed for Three Points to offer a complete Preschool program on their campus, something they have been hoping for over the last few years. During the 2015-16 school year, Three Points campus received new portable classrooms. The elementary Art classrooms moved in, which not only gave the Art program more space, but it also allowed the Preschool to move into the old Art classroom last January, located right next to the existing Pre-Kindergarten classroom. This new location also created the opportunity for a dedicated outdoor area just for Preschool students, expanding and enhancing the entire Preschool program at the Three Points campus. “With the new classrooms, this gave us the chance to offer a full Preschool program...” said Juliann Phillips, Director of Preschools. “Now families can come in with their 3-year-old and stay on campus for their elementary program.”

Previously, the program at Three Points had to set a cap of 14 students with the old space. The new space allows for 24-28 preschool students. Last school year there were only four students enrolled in the 3’s class, but there are already 10 students enrolled for next year’s 3’s class. In addition, there are 12 enrolled for Pre-Kindergarten. “(The new classroom) allows us to expand our program and welcome new families,” said Phillips. Now, BCS offers a full Preschool program at both our Mack and Three Points campuses, allowing students to enter preschool on the same campus as their elementary program.

New portable classrooms at Three Points Elementary

“(The new classroom) allows us to expand our program and welcome new families.” - Juliann Phillips Director of Preschools.


Three Points Elementary



his past year, the International Student Program expanded to the Three Points Elementary campus International families with Three Points Principal Steve Kennedy as a commitment to participate in the global Christian movement. As BCS celebrated 65 years, our mission statement “to prepare students for a rapidly changing world” accurately describes Bellevue in the 21st century. With the demographic shift in the Bellevue community, God led BCS to reflect these changes and enrich the school community with an International Student Program to better equip the next generation of Christian leaders. Over 20 students from around the world joined Three Points Elementary this past year! In order to teach English to new English language learners and support these new families, Hannah Hwang served as the ELL teacher and Laura Carlson as the International Student and Family Counselor for the Three Points campus. Overall, teachers and other students alike gained a global “literacy” as they welcomed new friends from around the globe to the classroom and learn about different cultures – a “win-win” for everyone involved! In November, Three Points hosted the first Building Bridges family dinner for our international families. The whole BCS community embraced this amazing opportunity to celebrate God’s diversity and creativity. Sharing an international potluck and fun activities to learn about language, culture, and geography was a great start! Later during the year, the parent community grew through an international parent Bible study led by BCS parent Denise Sol from Brazil. Christmas and Easter celebrations were also opportunities to share God’s story with people from China, Korea, Peru, and several other countries. A springtime international chapel at Three Points celebrated the 18 different countries that are represented on that campus. The International Program Christmas party for interactive chapel included verses in Matthew and Acts which BCS International Student Program Staff and Parents say that God will build His kingdom from the remotest parts of the Earth and make disciples from every nation - which is happening right at Three Points Elementary campus! The spiritual eagerness of new friends is encouraging and enlarges everyone’s hearts to participate in how God is working in our “rapidly changing world!”


Mack Elementary

Handling God’s Resources FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS HOST NON-PROFIT MARKETPLACE AT MACK ELEMENTARY TO BENEFIT HOMEWARD PET ADOPTION CENTER IN WOODINVILLE Each year the fourth grade students at Mack Elementary study “Marketplace Economics.” In this unit the students, taught by 4th grade teachers Maria Pelone and Kelly Fish, learned basic economic concepts through a simulated marketplace. They compare Students selling their products what it means to be at the marketplace a ‘for-profit’ company and a ‘nonprofit’ company. So many lessons are learned. If you asked a 4th grader, they would tell you about scarcity (when you don’t have much of a product), competition (when you compete against other producers to sell to consumers), being a producer, (someone who makes the product), and being a consumer (someone who buys the product). The students were the producers in our nonprofit Marketplace. Both fourth grade classes were grateful to the larger school community for being the consumers and buying their items!

were donated to Homeward Pet. They are located right here in Woodinville and they are a non-profit that cares for foster animals. Homeward Pet is one of the leading nonprofit adoption and no-kill animal shelters in Washington State. Their mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption. Homeward Pet finds new homes for over 1,600 cats and dogs, puppies and kittens every year. The 4th graders integrated their biblical knowledge of the ways we respond to God, and they reflected on the work of Homeward Pets, talking through the ways this organization’s work showed evidence of being a Godhonoring organization. Here’s what they said: “The people who work at Homeward Pet are servant workers because they are dedicated to providing excellent care for God’s creatures. This organization shows creation-enjoying because they appreciate the animals. They are justiceseeking for many animals each year when they make a decision to NOT kill the animals. The students raised $1,052.99 for Homeward Pet through their Marketplace experience and they summarized their Marketplace experience with one important lesson: “You should always give back whenever you make money.”

Through this unit, the students reflected on biblical values about handling God’s resources, including money. God has taught us through scripture how we should view money and calls us to help one another. Two verses the 4th graders thought were important to remember as they reflected on their marketplace were: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” - Matthew 6:24 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” - I Timothy 6:10 As a non-profit, all marketplace proceeds are donated to a charity of the classes’ choice. This year, the profits 8 | VIKING VIEW | SUMMER 2016

Peggy Noll, Community Development Director for Homeward Pet Adoption Center came to visit the 4th grade classes at Mack Elementary

Junior High

StateTrip Reflections Story & Photos by Sara Rowe, 8th Grade Parent

May 14, 2016 I just returned from a week-long excursion with eigh t 8th graders and two other adults from my daughter’s school. It was an amazing experience . As par t of their State History curriculum , the students are spli t into groups of 8-10 and are sent out to different areas of the state to study loca l history and culture . This trip is entirely student-planned and led – from the places we will stay each night, to the things we will see and the places we will eat. The students had to learn how to call and set up tours, ask chu rches, schools, and friends for places to stay (mostly places that are free) and how to persevere when they were told ‘no.’ They mapped out our journey and were not allowed to bring phones or other electronic devices with them during our week awa y. They learned the value of asking for help (or even just asking for local dinner recommendations) and also the value of having patience with others when thin gs don’t go as planned . Our group was able to tour the Coast Guard at Cap e Disappointment, a Stars Wars Fan shop in Aberdeen, a fire station in Clark County, a printing press in Longview, take a tour of our State Capital , and tour an Amazon Distribution center – among other many other things. We helped serve the Parks community in Longview (with the help of Love, INC) by spreadin g over 280 yards of bark in a local park . But above all, we go to know each other better. “I’m proud of the eight Many of the kids surprised me (in a good way) and were even complimented on their behavior kids that I got to travel in restaurants a few times. I’m proud of the eight with this pas t week.” kids that I got to travel with this past week. I think one of the neatest moments was when we had one of our students tell us at the end of the trip that this was the best trip ever. During the first few days, this student complained a lot and didn’t understand why they had to go and be a par t of something like this. It was then that I felt like we had made a difference. Thank you Bellevue Christian School for the opportu nity you give our students to learn so many valuable life lessons. We were able to learn some, and had a whole lot of fun in the process. SUMMER 2016 | VIKING VIEW | 9

Senior High


Bellevue Christian School prides itself on challenging each student that walks through its doors to find academic success, regardless of the level they are at.

Not only do AP programs positively benefit the students participating in those classes, it also affects the atmosphere of the rest of the school.

The Advanced Placement (AP) program is one way that “I think AP courses add to the academic variety and depth students who thrive on additional academic challenge of the school,” said Rod Wishart, Physics Instructor and will benefit from the academics Science Department Chair. “It sends a at BCS. With 11 AP programs, “This level of class provides message to our stakeholders and to the there is a wide variety of classes colleges that our students apply to that to choose from, which ultimately an opportunity for students BCS is an academic institution, and have proven to prepare students to explore their world, and students have a sense that they can for a higher level of academic really be stretched here academically.” push the limits on what success beyond high school. they they have done, preparing After students graduate, Students taking AP courses experare finding that the AP programs them for a life of learning.” at BCS hasve done an excellent ience not only more challenging – Ken Olfert, HS Math Instructor academic programming in the job of preparing them for success & Math Department Chair classroom, but they also get a taste at the university level as well. of what a college course will be like. “Just last week, John Thomsen (BCS ‘15) visited “Students are challenged to a higher level of me after completing his first year at Cal Poly,” said reasoning, thinking, and application of what they Wishart. “He claimed that his command of Math and are learning,” said Ken Olfert, High School Math Physics in particular is pretty well above average there. Instructor and Math Department Chair. “This level Many other kids have gone on to do very well at and of class provides an opportunity for students to feel very prepared for schools such as Washington explore their world and push the limits on what they University, Boston University, the UW, and so on.” have done, preparing them for a life of learning.” AP Programs help students reach their full potential, part of BCS’s commitment to implement rigorous academics.

I think AP courses add to the academic variety and depth of the school.” – Rod Wishart, HS Physics Instructor & Science Department Chair




Sacrifice High School English Instructor Amy Fox delivers Commencement address


wouldn’t let you talk. Or eat. Or get water. Or borrow a pen without leaving a shoe,” recalled High School English Teacher Amy Fox, as she delivered her speech during the Commencement ceremony held on June 16 at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue. The Class of 2016 and Fox have at least one thing in common: they began their journey at Bellevue Christian High School on the same day. Fox as a teacher, and the students began their high school years, learning from Fox and many others along the way. Fox’s Commencement address sought to inspire students to consider what it means to lead a ‘life worth living’ – meaning a life of sacrifice in devotion to the Lord. In a way, time stopped during this moment of Commencement and Fox took advantage of this opportunity to breath influence into the lives of the students eagerly awaiting their diplomas. “A few days ago, you were high school seniors, wrapping up finals, giving presentations, worrying about JSB. Tomorrow…you will be foreigners, employees, college freshmen, explorers,” said Fox. She went on to re-center their focus, in the midst of all the transition occurring in their lives. “In your tomorrow, remember the one to whom you are devoted.”

“In your tomorrow, remember the one to whom you are devoted.” – Amy Fox, HS English Instructor

Fox reflected on the life of King David and the sacrifices he and others made, especially Ittai the Gittite. She described the story in II Samuel when David flees Absalom who is conspiring to take the throne. When Ittai tries to flee with David, but David questions Ittai’s allegiance to him, Ittai makes a sacrifice to follow the Lord, even when it seems unsafe. He turned down a safe and comfortable life for a sacrificial life.

“You are like Ittai the Gittite,” Fox said to the students. She went on to explain the importance of living a life worth living as a Christian. “Follow the Lord by sacrificing your time, your grades, your sleep, your pride, your ‘good time’ for God’s people…This is not only what the Lord commands of us, it is also the way to a life worth living because it will create deep bonds with others, will develop your resolve and character, and because it is profoundly worshipful and humans were created to worship.” As she concluded her message, Fox challenged students to consider the sacrifices made to get them to this point in their lives; the point of success and accomplishment, looking ahead to adulthood and new opportunities. “Today you are equipped for the sacrifices that tomorrow will require,” said Fox. “Make sure what you choose tomorrow is worthy of the sacrifices that brought you here today.” SUMMER 2016 | VIKING VIEW | 11

Eighth Grade Graduation

Eighth Grade


Graduating Class of

Janelle Akers

Dylan Francisco

Guanji (Leo) Li

Jacob Robblee

Ashton Anderson

Ashley Furr

Meilin Liang

Courtney Rodman

Connor Anderson

Carson Gabelein

Lily Lindberg

Rachel Rowe

Keegan Baier

Nikhil Ganta

Yunzhuo (Lyra) Ma

Samuel Sala

Jessica Barnard

Jack Gray

Angelina Malkasian

Finley Schwager

India Bishop

Shayla Gutmann

Quinlan McInnis

Zachary Shaw

Jesse Brown

Hannah Hamilton

Sam Medeiros

Jiaang (Bill) Shen

Claire Burianek

Ashley Harrison

Pierson Miller

Alexandra Smith

Gerard Cardenas

Keller Harter

Kayla Nakamura

Dong Ah (Daniel) Son

Ned Carlsen

Mitchell Hatate

Scott Norman

Keith Steedman

Chad Chase

Joseph Heinemann

Ainsley Ortega

Roselynn Suchting

Joshua Clark

Paige Higgins

Madelaine Oz

Samuel Tefft

Carrie Cox

Raul Ibanez, Jr.

Hunter Paulson

Collin Thoreson

Xiaorong (Bill) Cui

Cole Jack

Trent Paulson

Sonia von Fuchs

Summer Cullen

Ye Jin (Rozella) Kim

Ryan Pinkerton

Taylor Wall

Zachary Curran

Nicole Lambert

Shayna Polito

Ze ji (Herman) Wan

Nghi (Wendy) Duong

Olivia Lange

Cameron Polley

Luke Williams

Maxwell Edgar

Ellie Larsen

Kyla Pranghofer

Mitchell Wybenga

Logan Erisman

Luke Leinweber

Karly Pridmore

Junzhe (Andy) Xu

Jordan Erme

Sabelle Lembo

Logan Ressler

Gabriel Yenokida

Reese Foley

Elizabeth Lew

George Rippee, IV

YunShu (Corrine) Zhang


2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Awards & Honors

The following pages list the awards, honors, scholarships, and Honor Roll listings which were received by BCS high school students at the Awards Ceremony on May 31, 2016 at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.


2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Memorial Scholarships Dewey & Pat Fredericks Memorial Scholarship Andrew Sasaki, Class of 2019 Nathan Sasaki, Class of 2018 Mara Staal, Class of 2018 Ryan Wasson, Class of 2019

Scott Bioren Memorial Scholarship

Hanna Nakamura, Class of 2018 Victor Waller, Class of 2019

Vander Pol Alumni Scholarship

Jasper Heise, Class of 2019

Military Awards United States Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award Jessica Berg David Postma

United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award

Franklin Scott Graves

Courtney Porter

Scholastic Excellence Award Nandor Marosan

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence Annika Staal

Presentation of Marine Option Naval Reserve OďŹƒcer Training Corps (N.R.O.T.C.) Scholarship Alejandro Irizarry

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Presentation

The $2,500 P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) STAR Scholarship recognizes excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics, and potential for success.

Annika Staal

Presentation of Appointment to The United States Naval Academy David Postma

The United States Military Academy at West Point Ken Song, Jr.


2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Department Awards Freshmen

T’liia Franklin Kasey Greene Christopher Murray Megan Sweeney Audrey Tacey Ryan Wasson


Claire Fessler Bo-Mi (Vania) Kim Clara Liu Daniel Song Audrey Tacey Jonathan Zhu



Sophia Chaffey Savannah Cullen Hanna Nakamura Mara Staal Kellie Weaver



Peter Besel Maxim Bishop Tiffany Chang Jillian Chellis Jacob Greene Noah Schram


Ethan Lee Hanna Nakamura Sarah Norman Mara Staal


K’reisa Cox Daniel Ficca Lukas Miller Sarah Reynolds Claire Sirich Emma Spouse


Emily Donnel Patricia Larsen Mary Liles James Probus


Sara Catlett Emily Donnel Franklin Scott Graves Patricia Larsen James Probus

Social Studies Students receiving this award have shown extraordinary engagement with the subject.


Claire Fessler T’liia Franklin Antonio Gatchalian Michael Larsen Megan Sweeney Audrey Tacey Chenyu (Harry) Zhang Nathan Zubin



Savannah Cullen Yiming (Leon) Lu Abram Oz Mara Staal

Jacob Greene Garrett Olerud


Gage Gutmann Alejandro Irizarry Wenzheng (John) Li William Preston III Annika Staal

Science Awards are presented to the students in a given course that display the tenets of a scientist. They are passionate and curious about discovering and understanding the world around them. They go beyond the basic course content and collaborate with and inspire those around them to think more deeply.


Anthony Adam Graves Eaker Andrew Harris Christopher Murray Lucy Rash Sean Rash Jiahe (Ors) Yue Jonathan Zhu Nathan Zubin


Sophia Chaffey Savannah Cullen Jasmine Hathaway Caiyi (Tina) Li Yiming (Leon) Lu Hanna Nakamura Sydney Schroeder


Jillian Chellis Lingxiao (Angel) Chen Daniel Ficca Alexander Gould Tongtong Huang Noah Schram Kevin Smith

Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award


Annika Bay Andrew Carlson David Hazen Maxfi eld McInnis David Postma William Preston III James Probus James Woosley

Jacob Greene

Physical Education Freshmen

Conor Delamarter Emily Erisman Ryan Wasson


Alexander Chee


Sarah Reynolds


Vance Boyer Jensen Tarbert Carter Woosley SUMMER 2016 | VIKING VIEW | 15

2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Department Awards Mathematics These mathematics students are faithful with their gifts and abilities; consistent in striving for excellence; prepared, curious, and creative while probing for meaning and applications; active participants in the learning process; supportive of peers in a productive learning environment. This award is presented to the most deserving five to ten percent of students enrolled in a given math course.


Mark Postma Lucy Rash John Sirich Megan Sweeney Jonathan Zhu Nathan Zubin


Nicole Bloch Celine LaBossier Caiyi (Tina) Li Yiming (Leon) Lu Hanna Nakamura Xiaoqi (Fiona) Shen


Washington State Mathematics Council

Daniel Ficca Kylie Goo Jacob Greene Claire Sirich

Washington State Math Competition Participants


Emily Arnesen Patricia Larsen David Postma William Preston III Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng Ken Song, Jr.

Lingxiao (Angel) Chen Zirui (Ryan) Fang Jacob Greene Justin Huh Yuxin (Lynn) Lin Yiming (Leon) Lu David Postma Mark Postma William Preston III Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng Jiahe (Ors) Yue Jonathan Zhu

Topical Team Problems First Place:

Yiming (Leon) Lu Jonathan Zhu Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng

Mathematical Association of America 2016 American Mathematics Competition School Winner AMC Test 10

Mara Staal

School Winners AMC Test 12

Lingxiao (Angel) Chen Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng

Modern Language These students are faithful with their gifts, curious, and creative, looking for excellence, and go beyond superficial learning.



Conor Delamarter Bo-Mi (Vania) Kim Spencer Reagan Madeleine Ro Nathan Zubin

Allison Apol Ethan Lee Abram Oz Sydney Schroeder Mara Staal



Jacqueline Clark Savien Love Lukas Miller Garrett Olerud Christopher Stribley

Franklin Scott Graves Dominik Skulec Annika Staal

Visual Arts This award is given to art students displaying characteristics of self-discovery and determination.

Art Purchase Awards Jonah Besel

“Golden Hour at the Grand Canyon”

Caleb Grieger

“Cherry Blossoms on the Quad”

Kara Philipovich “Primroses”

Annika Staal

“The Proof of Water Retention”


Puget Sound Educational Service District High School Art Show Awards Outstanding Achievement in the Use of Media for Photography

Annika Staal

Outstanding Achievement in the Use of Media for Cut Paper

Mara Staal

Outstanding Achievement in the Use of Media for Oil Pastel

Clayton Gutmann

Honorable Mention from the Washington State Association Of Independent Schools

Mara Staal

2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Department Awards Performing Arts: Theatre

Through diligence and hard work, both on stage and behind the scenes, these students have created memorable performances, grown significantly as actors and technicians, and contributed greatly to the success of the theatre program at BCS.

Excellence in BCS High School Theatre: Performance, Participation, Attitude and Service Throughout Four Years in High School

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Rebecca Dideriksen

Maya Ensey Mark Postma

Outstanding Contribution in Backstage Crew

Annika Staal Sara Catlett

Outstanding Contribution in Costumes

Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble or Chorus Role

Meg Sweeney Brian Wittenberg Noah Schram

Outstanding Contribution in Technical Theatre

Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role

Alex Loeber Kate Reynolds Isaac Lin Patricia Larsen Jaci Clark Kelly Polito

Liam Collins

Emma Spouse

Performing Arts: Instrumental Symphonic Band Director’s Award

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Outstanding Musicianship

John Philip Sousa Band Award

Jonathan Zhu Ryan Wasson

David Postma

Service Award

Outstanding Service Award (for 6 years of service)

Grace LeSeuer Jeff Jewett

Jazz Ensemble Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

Brian Wittenberg

Most Improved Jazz Musician

Cassey Porter

Outstanding Service Award

Courtney Porter

Annika Staal

Most Improved Musician Julia Greene, french horn

Outstanding Soloist

Most Improved Musician

Tang (Tim) Tianyi

Daniel Ficca

Outstanding Improvisation on an individual piece

David Postma

Performing Arts: Choral All State Symphonic Chorus

Recognizes students’ choral ability and musicianship.

Isaac Lin Truett Burnett

National School Choral Award

The National School Choral Award is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of the top choral student.

Leila Praino

Musicianship Award

Christopher Murray Meg Sweeney Amanda Wyles Maya Ensey

Diligence Award

Adam Graves Alexis Weedman Kenny Song Isaac Lin

Service Award

Jasper Heise Kasey Greene Jason Pridmore Rebecca Dideriksen


2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Class of 2016 Awards Washington State Principals’ Scholars Program Award for Academic Excellence

National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student

Patricia Larsen David Postma William Preston III Annika Staal

Ken Song, Jr.

This award recognizes students from the top five percent of their senior class who have led in academic achievement, community service and student leadership.

AP Scholar

This award is granted to students with scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

This award recognizes students’ exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT/ NMSQT and is based on a national selection index score.

AP Scholar with Honor

This award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP eams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Patricia Larsen David Postma Nandor Marosan William Preston III

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Students of the Month David Postma James Probus Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng

Ken Song, Jr.

Washington State Honors Award This award honors students in the top ten percent of all current Washington State high school graduating seniors based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores

Emily Arnesen Jessica Berg Andrew Carlson Emily Donnel Maya Ensey Franklin Scott Graves

Gage Gutmann Justin Huh Patricia Larsen Mary Liles Isaac Lin Lin Lin

Alex Loeber Nandor Marosan Lazar Orlovic David Postma William Preston III Zhuoyuan (Jared) Ren

Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng Dominik Skulec Ken Song, Jr. McKenna Spencer Annika Staal

President’s Award for Educational Excellence Students receiving this award show outstanding educational growth, commitment to education and learning, and give their best effort in school.

Emily Arnesen Jessica Berg Andrew Carlson Analeina Castellani Lingxi (Hedy) Chen Emily Donnel

Maya Ensey Franklin Scott Graves Gage Gutmann Patricia Larsen Isaac Lin Lin Lin

Alex Loeber Nandor Marosan Lazar Orlovic Courtney Porter David Postma William Preston III

Jessica Rice Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng Ken Song, Jr. Annika Staal Brian Wittenberg

Class Verse “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Class Motto “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 | VIKING VIEW | SUMMER 2016

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National Honor Society National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character

Seniors - 2014

Emily Arnesen Jessica Berg Andrew Carlson Brooke Carson Sara Catlett Rebecca Dideriksen Emily Donnel Maya Ensey Franklin Scott Graves Giovanni Hicks Alejandro Irizarry Patricia Larsen Mary Liles Isaac Lin Lin Lin Nandor Marosan Lazar Orlovic Courtney Porter David Postma Leila Praino William Preston III Ken Song, Jr. Annika Staal Caroline Wirth Brian Wittenberg

Seniors - 2015

Analeina Castellani Lingxi (Hedy) Chen Alex Loeber Jessica Rice Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng Dominik Skulec

Seniors - 2016* McKenna Spencer

Juniors - 2015

Lan Yue (Lucy) Bao Rachel Berg Peter Besel Bella Boscolo Turner Burnett Jared Byargeon Tiffany Chang Jillian Chellis Lingxiao (Angel) Chen Jacqueline Clark K’reisa Cox Daniel Ficca Kylie Goo Jacob Greene Josef Helton

Rebecca Jewett Samantha Kimmel Jacob Leahy Matthew Lew Suzanne Sperry McQuaid Lukas Miller Garrett Olerud Kara Philipovich Montana Preston Sarah Reynolds Sophie Schwager Claire Sirich Kevin Smith Nicole Wall

Juniors - 2016* Sam Anderson Tongtong Huang Craig Lambert Tyler Williams Yan (Sky) Xu

Sophomores - 2016* Allison Apol Codi Barnidge Sophia Chaffey Alexander Chee

Savannah Cullen Jared Donnel Zachary Douglass Shalini Hanstad Jasmine Hathaway Jordan Hazeur Emilee Kuo Celine LaBossier Ethan Lee Jordan Minor Hanna Nakamura Sarah Norman Abram Oz Katherine Pippel Hannah Praino Jordan Primas Camryn Rogers Luke Sala Katelyn Schmeil Mara Staal Daniel Teramoto Yuhang (Lucas) Wang Kellie Weaver Annie Whitton *All students inducted in 2016 are new members.

Class of 2016 College Acceptances The University of Alabama • American University • The University of Arizona • Azusa Pacific University • Bates College Baylor University • Biola University • University of British Columbia • Cal Maritime • California Baptist University California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo • California State University, Long Beach California State University, Sacramento • University of California, Davis • University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles • University of California, San Diego • University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz • Calvin College • Carroll College (Montana) • Chapman University University of Colorado at Boulder • Columbia College Chicago • Concordia University – Irvine • Concordia University – Portland Cornish College of the Arts • University of Denver • Drexel University • Eastern Washington University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott • Emory University • Furman University • George Fox University Gonzaga University • Grand Canyon University • University of Idaho • Illinois Institute of Technology • LeTourneau University Linfield College • Loyola Marymount University • Marquette University • University of Mary Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences • The Master’s College and Seminary • McMaster University Michigan State University • Montana State University, Bozeman • The University of Montana, Missoula University of Nebraska at Lincoln • New York University • Northern Arizona University • Northwest University Oregon State University • University of Oregon • Pace University, New York City • Pacific Lutheran University Pacific University • University of the Pacific • Pepperdine University • Point Loma Nazarene University • Portland State University University of Portland • University of Puget Sound • Purdue University • San Diego State University University of San Francisco • Santa Clara University • Seattle Pacific University • Seattle University South Dakota School of Mines and Technology • University of Southern California • Southern Methodist University St. Lawrence University • Syracuse University • Texas Christian University • Texas Wesleyan University • University of Toronto Tulane University • University of Tulsa • United States Air Force Academy • United States Coast Guard Academy United States Military Academy – Army • United States Naval Academy • Virginia Tech • University of Virginia Washington State University • University of Washington • University of Waterloo • Western Washington University Westmont College • Whitworth University


2015-2016 Senior High Awards

High Honor Roll Presented to students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.76 – 4.00 through the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

Freshmen Patricia Anderson Alexi Bold Jakob Burke Anna Clicquennoi Mason Cox Le (Ella) Cui Conor Delamarter Claire Fessler Colleen File Antonio Gatchalian Anthony Adam Graves Kasey Greene Emilie Groeschel Se Yun Han Eaker Drew Harris Baylie Hartman Davis Hazen Grace Hinz Zheming (Frank) Hu Jeff Jewett Bo-Mi (Vania) Kim Michael Larsen Matthew Leahy Grace LeSueur Yuxin (Lynn) Lin Clara Liu Ziyi (Amy) Liu Ruiqi (Jerry) Lu Kaleb Miller Christopher Murray Cassadey Porter Mark Postma Lucy Rash Madeleine Ro

Christiana Schmer Georgia Schnepf Emily Schroeder John Sirich Lucy Smith Daniel Song Reagan Spouse Katherine Stribley Megan Sweeney Audrey Tacey Molly VandenBrink Ryan Wasson Alexis Weedman Jiaying (Flora) Xu RuoXi (Ella) Yan Jiahe (Ors) Yue Jonathan Zhu Nathan Zubin

Caiyi (Tina) Li Baishi (Pallo) Liu Yiming (Leon) Lu Jordan Minor Hanna Nakamura Sarah Norman Hannah Praino Camryn Rogers Luke Sala Katelyn Schmeil Sydney Schroeder Xiaoqi (Fiona) Shen Mara Staal Daniel Teramoto Xinzi (Liah) Tian Andrew Trindle Kellie Weaver Annie Whitton

Sophomores Allison Apol Codi Barnidge Nicole Bloch Sophia Chaffey Alexander Chee Savannah Cullen Sarah Davenport Jared Donnel Zachary Douglass Ava Grieger Jasmine Hathaway Eric Kats Emilee Kuo Celine LaBossier Ethan Lee

Juniors Sam Anderson Rachel Berg Peter Besel Tiffany Chang Jillian Chellis Lingxiao (Angel) Chen Jacqueline Clark K’reisa Cox Daniel Ficca Kylie Goo Jacob Greene Tongtong Huang Andrew Kats Samantha Kimmel Craig Lambert

Jacob Leahy Matthew Lew Suzanne Sperry McQuaid Lukas Miller Garrett Olerud Montana Preston Sarah Reynolds Claire Sirich Tyler Williams Runqi (Richard) Wu Yan (Sky) Xu Seniors Emily Arnesen Jessica Berg Analeina Castellani Lingxi (Hedy) Chen Emily Donnel Maya Ensey Franklin Scott Graves Gage Gutmann Patricia Larsen Isaac Lin Lin Lin Alex Loeber Nandor Marosan Lazar Orlovic Courtney Porter David Postma William Preston III Jessica Rice Ze ren (Franklin) Sheng Ken Song, Jr. Annika Staal

Honor Roll Presented to students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.35 – 3.75 through the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

Freshmen Ethan Anderson Alexis Archuleta Peyton Bowers Matthew Burdick Sam Culver Malaya Dodson Keven Gilbert Julia Greene Jasper Heise Zane Jolley-Ruud Hope Lockwood Caroline O’Keefe Molly Olson Grant Porter Maggie Rash Sean Rash Jessica Robblee Zachery Suchting 20 | VIKING VIEW | SUMMER 2016

Zachary Thomsen Chenyu (Harry) Zhang Samuel Zylstra

Kaichang (Raymond) Shi Yuhang (Lucas) Wang


Lan Yue (Lucy) Bao Shelby-Ann Baumert Bella Boscolo Payton Bowhay Turner Burnett Jared Byargeon Mingda (David) Dong Josef Helton Rebecca Jewett Hope Kim Weinan (David) Liu Caitlyn Olexer Mikael Royer Sophie Schwager Kevin Smith Genevieve Walker Nicole Wall

Arevik Cindy Aprikian Yu Long (Herman) Bao Jakob Bengelink Mark Culp Carrson Davis Elle Eigsti Joshua Erme Jordan Hazeur Justin Kim HyeSeung (April) Lee Abram Oz Trevor Paulson Katherine Pippel Jordan Primas Menglong (Elvis) Qiao



Andrew Carlson Brooke Carson Sara Catlett Rebecca Dideriksen Clayton Gutmann Calvin Hancock Giovanni Hicks Justin Huh Alejandro Irizarry Karen Katzenberger Joseph Lampkin Wenzheng (John) Li Mary Liles Leila Praino Zhuoyuan (Jared) Ren Dominik Skulec McKenna Spencer Tianyi (Tim) Tang Jensen Tarbert Caroline Wirth Brian Wittenberg

2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Senior Future Plans, Highlights, & Service Experiences The BCS Service Experience calls upon students to engage in sustained service they find personally meaningful, reflect on what they’ve learned, and share those insights with others. BCS is honored and gratified to support its students in using their divinely given gifts to share Christ’s love through these intentional acts of service (indicated in italics): *Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.35-3.75

Jennifer Louise Akers The Master’s College

My most significant experience was being a part of BCS Cheer for four years. After-school Program Assistant at Bellevue Boys and Girls Club

Emily Michelle Arnesen** Gonzaga University

My most significant experience was Senior Sneak. BCS Peer Tutor

Kellen Patrick Baker Grand Canyon University

My most significant experience was growing in my friendships at BCS. Mission Trip to Los Angeles, CA

Annika Katherine Bay Eastern Washington University

My most significant experience was State Volleyball 2014 with my best friends. BCS Mission Experience to Costa Rica

Jessica Talbot Berg** Gonzaga University

My most significant experience was going to State for three sports. Mission Trip to Tijuana

Jonah Blair Besel The Rocky Mountain School of Photography

**Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.76-4.00

Brittany Anne Brown Washington State University

My most significant experience was Senior Sneak. Mission trip to Mexico

Chance Richard Burbridge Montana State University

My most significant experience was helping plan multiple LAN parties for the school. Assistant to BCS Grounds and Maintenance Department

Ryan William Burnett Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

My most significant experience was Band Tour 2016 to Disneyland. Mission trip to San Francisco Bay Area

Andrew Robert Carlson* University of Washington

My most significant experience was Senior Sneak and becoming an Eagle Scout. Assistant for VBS program at Sacred Heart Church

Brooke Ashleigh Carson* Washington State University

My most significant experience was Jog-A-Thons. Co-leader of 2nd Grade Girl Scout Troop

Analeina Nicole Ruth Castellani** Grand Canyon University

My most significant experience was playing four years of football with my best friends. BCS Mission Experience to Thailand and Myanmar

My most significant experience was being in choir all four years. Assistant at sports camps at Timberlake Church

Vance Lee Boyer Eastern Washington University

Sara Ellen Catlett* Azusa Pacifi c University

My most significant experience was playing football. It taught me many life lessons and the memories I have made will be cherished forever. Assistant to Ducks Unlimited in enhancing duck habitat at Lake Sammamish - Eagle Scout Award

My most significant experience was the 2015 Boy’s Regional Soccer game – I’ve never been to a game where students screamed or bonded more. Class assistant at Little Bit Theraputic Riding Center

Alexander Robert Chaffey Seattle Pacifi c University

My most significant experience was the amazing time I had with all of my friends and all that I learned over the years. Assistant to BCS Grounds and Maintenance Department

Lingxi (Hedy) Chen** Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science

My most significant experience was meeting so many friends for whom I will always be thankful. BCS Peer Tutor

Liam Patrick Collins California State University Maritime Academy

My most significant experience was spending a fun time with my classmates at Senior Sneak. Multi-year sound and light technician for BCS Theatre and Chapel

Rebecca Brianne Dideriksen* Bellevue College

My most significant experience was the Band Tour to Disneyland, even with all the bumps - #Iheartbandmoments. Mission trip to Portland

Emily D. Donnel** Whitworth University

My most significant experience was 5th grade Outdoor Education at IslandWood because it inspired my career choice. BCS Mission Experience to Costa Rica

Maya Louise Ensey** Gonzaga University

My most significant experience was playing Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz.” Mission trip to Tijuana with Sammamish Presbyterian Church

Natalie Joy Firebaugh Cornish College of the Arts

My most significant experience was Senior Sneak. Summer Camp Group Leader for 6th grade girls SUMMER 2016 | VIKING VIEW | 21

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Senior Future Plans, Highlights, & Service Experiences F. Scott Graves** Azusa Pacifi c University

My most significant experience was going to State Track meets. Mission trip to Chicago with Bellevue First Presbyterian Church

Caleb David Grieger Baylor University

My most significant experience was getting 2nd in State for BCS Soccer. BCS Mission Experience to Thailand and Myanmar

Clayton James Gutmann* Loyola Marymount University

My most significant experience was becoming best friends forever with Charlie Brown. BCS Mission Experience to El Salvador

Gage Russell Gutmann** Syracuse University

My most significant experience was four amazing years of BCS Basketball. BCS Mission Experience to Costa Rica

Calvin Kocher Hancock* Seattle Pacifi c University

My most significant experience was Band Tour 2016 to Disneyland and the relationships I made while in paradise. Assistant at BCS Woodshop and Football summer camps

David Charles Hazen Bellevue College

My most significant experience was earning my Eagle Scout with Vance Boyer and Stephen Mouhanna. Multi-year sound and light technician for BCS Theatre and Chapel

Giovanni Dominique Hicks* Grand Canyon University

My most significant experience was winning the last baseball game of our regular season with a walk-off to go on to the play-offs. Assistant at Maltby Food Bank in Snohomish

Justin Huh* University of British Columbia My most significant experience was getting through high school and overcoming “senioritis.” BCS Peer Tutor


Alejandro Ivan Irizarry* University of Colorado Boulder

Lin Lin** University of Washington

My most significant experience was participating in BCS Wrestling for six years. Multi-year Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bible Study Leader at BCS

My most significant experience was creating a pop band called “DreamLight” with my Chinese friends during my senior year.

Karen Elizabeth Katzenberger* George Fox University

David Justin Locke Bellevue College

BCS Peer Tutor

My most significant experience was being a part of the Vandal Lacrosse team. Assistant coach with Vandals Lacrosse 3rd grade girls program

My most significant experience was the 2016 Band Tour to Disneyland. Assistant Sunday School teacher at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship

Joseph M. Lampkin* Washington State University

Alex Christian Loeber** Biola University

My most significant experience was receiving First Team All League and taking the league scoring title my senior season. Mission Experience to Tijuana with Sacred Heart Church

Patricia Gabrielle Larsen** Southern Methodist University

My most significant experience was playing the Wicked Witch of the West for my final role in BCS Theatre. BCS Mission Experience to Costa Rica

Wenzheng (John) Li* University of Colorado Boulder

My most significant experience was spending my four years of high school at BCS and feeling blessed and thankful for friends and teachers that I love. After-school Program Assistant at Bellevue Boys and Girls Club

Minjie (Jacky) Liang Bellevue College

My most significant experience was Senior Sneak. BCS Peer Tutor

Mary Emma Liles* Seattle University

My most significant experience was learning from all of the outstanding and generous teachers at BCS. Assistant to elderly grandmother with special projects

Isaac Tian-Hang Lin** University of California Davis

My most significant experience was going on Choir Tour in 2015. Assistant teacher at Summer English Camp for Chinese students in Yantai, China

My most significant experience was playing in the state championship for soccer during my junior year. Summer Camp English teacher in Albania with Alderwood Community Church

William Alden Lofton Washington State University

My most significant experience was attending Super Bowl 49 – Seahawks vs Patriots. Community service activities with Bellevue Boys and Girls Club HS Leadership Group

Nandor Christopher Marosan** University of Washington

My most significant experience was going to the MUN conference with my friends. BCS Mission Experience to El Salvador

Max Rylie McInnis Gap Year

My most significant experience was StateTrip. Childcare Assistant at Acres of Diamonds

Adonica Rose Midtbo Central Washington University

My most significant experience was playing softball during my senior year because I tried something new and learned a lot about myself. Assistant coach to children with special needs at Eastside Gymnastics Academy

Phillip Ian Moyer Technical Training

My most significant experience was my summer mission trip to El Salvador. BCS Mission Experience to El Salvador

2015-2016 Senior High Awards

Senior Future Plans, Highlights, & Service Experiences Lazar Orlovic** UW Foster School of Business My most significant experience was participating in BCS Football for four years. Maintenance assistant and meal preparation at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church

Dylan Keith Parsons The Master’s College

My most significant experience was Ms. Fox’s English class. Mission trip to Albania with Alderwood Community Church

Taylor Erik Paulson Western Washington University

My most significant experience was playing BCS Football all four years of high school. Childcare assistant at Acres of Diamonds

Adam James Pinkerton Bellevue College

My most significant experience was holding first place in the LAN Party Unreal Tournament for two years. Assistant at BCS Art Summer Camp

Courtney Michele Porter** University of Washington

My most significant experience was going to State Track for three years and medaling eight times. Co-coordinator of and participant in “Dance for a Cure” supporting Fred Hutch Research Center and the Pete Gross House

David Wesley Postma** United States Naval Academy

My most significant experience was going on summer basketball trips to Chelan. Assistant at BCS Woodshop Summer Camp

Leila Zhang Praino* Northwest University

My most significant experience was being a two-sport athlete every year. Meal preparation and service to homeless women at the Hammond House in Seattle

William Leonard Preston III** University of Washington

My most significant experience was BCS Theatre. BCS Peer Tutor

James Ryan Probus Whitworth University

Jensen Elizabeth Tarbert* Azusa Pacifi c University

My most significant experience was being part of the BCS community and making lasting relationships. BCS Missions Experience in Thailand and Myanmar

My most significant experience was being involved with so many different sports and clubs at BCS. Multi-year Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bible Study Leader at BCS

Zhou yuan (Jared) Ren* University of California San Diego

Emily Marie VandenBrink Gonzaga University

My most significant experience was Senior Sneak. BCS Peer Tutor

Jessica Marie Rice** Biola University

My most significant experience was being in this year’s theatre productions, “The Mousetrap” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Assistant at BCS Volleyball Summer Camp

Zeren (Franklin) Sheng** Virginia Tech

My most significant experience was getting to meet a group of the most fantastic, fabulous, and awesome people in a foreign country. Assistant teacher at impoverished school in Tibet, China

Dominik Anton Skulec* San Diego State University

My most significant experience was making great memories at Senior Sneak. BCS Mission Experience to El Salvador

Ken William Song** United States Military Academy West Point

My most significant experience was being with the community here and making the relationships that I did. Coordinator and Worship Leader of BCS Chapel Praise Band

McKenna Marie Spencer* Washington State University

My most significant experience was Ms. Postma’s class. BCS Mission Experience to El Salvador

Annika Leigh Staal** Calvin College

My most significant experience was being with my friends because they made every activity truly enjoyable. Multi-year BCS Peer Tutor

Tianyi (Tim) Tang* University of California Santa Cruz

My most significant experience was being part of BCS Track and Field for three years and Band Tour 2016. Assistant to patients and medical staff at Nanjing First Hospital

My most significant experience was playing basketball with my little sister. Childcare Provider for special needs child

Sharon Grace Willy Undecided

My most significant experience was getting to know wonderful friends and teachers. Assistant counselor at Lakeside Bible Camp

Caroline Jean Wirth* Baylor University

My most significant experience was going on mission trips with BCS to Costa Rica two years in a row. BCS Mission Experience to Costa Rica

Brian Andrew Wittenberg* Whitworth University

My most significant experience was participating in BCS Theatre in “Mousetrap,” “Check Please,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Summer camp assistant at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

Carter Thomas Woosley Cornish College of the Arts

My most significant experience was getting to know Mr. Anderson. Assistant at BCS Woodshop Summer Camp

James Christian Woosley George Fox University

My most significant experience was competing at State Track. BCS Mission Experience to Costa Rica

Yixin (Lily) Zhang Columbia College Chicago

My most significant experiencewas being a cheerleader. Teacher’s assistant at Seattle Chinese School


Fine & Performing Arts

Visual Arts


he “Big Senior Art Show” featured the creativity and craftsmanship of graduating seniors who have taken several art classes over their high school years. Fourteen student artists shared their photography, drawings, paintings, collage, and personal sketchbooks. The show was up for families, friends, and teachers to enjoy during the first week in June and at the Artist Reception after school on June 7. Many art works were purchased by admiring attendees. James Probus, student photography artist, said he enjoyed the experience of exhibiting his work and speaking face-to-face with others about his art, hearing their appreciation and sharing about the inspiration for his work.

Photo Highlights Left: Carter Woosley and his collection of art work. Right (clockwise from top): Lily Zhang and her popular dress paintings, Drew Carlson and Math/Science teacher Mr. Wishart perusing Drew’s several sketchbooks, friends observing Emily Donnel at work in her sketchbook.



he final concert of the year was titled, “With Love in Your Heart: love one another as I have loved you,” centered around John 15:12.

“There is much hatred going on in our world and we wanted to offer our audience an experience that speaks to the love that Christ commanded us to show,” said Ross DeWit, Director of Choral Activities. “We have been commanded by Jesus Christ to love one another the same way He showed love while He was on Earth. Our world needs to see this type of love; a love that sacrifices for one another.” The first part of the title is taken from the song “The Road Home,” and the lyrics are as follows: “Rise up, follow me, come away is the call with love in your hearts as the only song. There is no such beauty as where you belong; rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.” Some of the pieces the choirs sang were: • Eatnemen Vuelie (Fairest Lord Jesus) • Somewhere from West Side Story • Pilgrim’s Hymn • The Way You Look Tonight • The Road Home Ten seniors have graduated from the choral program this year. “We are excited to see how God uses them to further His Kingdom!” said De Wit. Senior Choir members performing with Choral Director Ross De Wit at Commencement


The first concert of the school year is October 25. “We will be performing some really fun music from contemporary and not-so-contemporary composers,” said De Wit. “We would love to experience it with you!”

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fter stellar musical performances of The Wizard of Oz on April 28-30, Theatre Bellevue Christian School’s Junior High Theatre Department is an educational program that trains students in theatre basics of drama concepts, scripts, ended the school year on another high note with theand live Junior production acting, technical theatre, performance.High Recent productions include Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, Afraid of the Dark, Love Rides the Rails, entitled, Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy The Godmother. Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen, and many more. The high school theatre program presents famous dramas and musicals for

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Viking Athletics

From Our Athletic Director


hat a great year of athletics the 2015-2016 school year held. The year culminated with the Softball team finishing at State in 3rd place, Craig Lambert and Luke Sala placing at the State Track & Field meet, and Tyler Williams and Brandon Baier placing 9th at the State Golf Championship.

Thank you BCS Boosters for the countless hours worked at events this year – remember we are ALL BCS Boosters and I encourage your continued support. If every parent of a BCS student athlete volunteers two times over the course of the year, we will have all our volunteer needs met! Thank you also to parents for countless rides to and from practices, for watching all of the games, and being the constant support that our students have at home. Thank you BCS Coaches for all of your time and effort given in your season! We are excited for the 2016-2017 school year. GO VIKINGS! Mark A. DeJonge Athletic Director

Spring 2016 Athletics Recap TRACK & FIELD


Fifteen members of the BCS Track & Field team went to participate at the State Championship in Eastern Washington.

Juniors Brandon Baier and Tyler Williams competed at the State Tournament in Spokane, WA on May 24-25.

Junior Craig Lambert placed 4th in the 1600m race and 5th in the 3200m race.

As a team, BCS finished 9th overall. Brandon finished 28th, and Tyler finished 23rd.

Sophomore Luke Sala placed 5th in the High Jump.


2016 Fall Season Start Dates The Softball team placed 3rd at the State Championships on May 27-28 in Richland, WA. Another season highlight is that Junior Becca Jewett was chosen as the MaxPreps/NFCA Player of the Week for West USA! 26 | VIKING VIEW | SUMMER 2016

Football . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . starts August 17 SH Volleyball, Cross Country, and Girls Soccer . . . . . . . . . . . . . starts August 22 JH Volleyball, Cross Country, and Boys & Girls Soccer . . . . starts September 1

2016 Calendars

Message For All Families: Action Required! Current Students

• If your student is re-enrolled you already submitted Medical and Emergency Contact information via the 2016-2017 re-enrollment packet. If you have any changes since re-enrollment please update via Webforms in ParentsWeb by Wednesday, August 10, 2016. • Transportation Contracts were collected in July in order to schedule routes. If you have not done so already and your student will be riding the bus, please submit a Transportation Contract via Webforms in ParentsWeb before Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

New Students

ParentsWeb is not available to new students until August 8.

To Log-in to ParentsWeb: • Go to bellevuechristian.org • Scroll to the bottom of the page and

click on the RenWeb charm • If you do not have an account set up yet, click Create New ParentsWeb Account & enter the email you provided on your application for enrollment • Log into your account with the District Code BEL-WA, your username and password - make sure that Parent is selected from the available options • Once logged in, select School Information > Web Forms > BCS Family Forms and Preferences • Complete all forms for each child, be sure to scroll to the bottom and click Save for each form

Student Forms must be completed before your student can attend school or ride the bus. Please see instructions to the right for how to submit forms. • Forms will be available for new students in ParentsWeb on Monday, August 8, 2016. For RenWeb assistance, contact Michelle Thoreson at • Please complete the following required forms for the 2016-2017 school year mthoreson@bellevuechristian.org by Monday, August 15, 2016: or 425-454-4028 x227 1. Student Medical Information 2. Emergency Contacts 3. Transportation Contract (If your student will be riding the bus, BCS must have a current 2016-17 Transportation contract on file) According to State Law, each student’s Medical and Emergency Contact information must be updated annually (during reenrollment or if a new student by August 15, 2016). Please verify that your emergency contacts are up-to-date and additionally, verify that each student has two out-of-state or out-of-area emergency contacts listed. All forms must be on file prior to the first day of school.

Junior High/Senior High 2016 Summer Calendar Junior High Junior High students desiring a schedule change should contact Mr. Olson directly at molson@bellevuechristian.org.

Senior High

August 8

All students’ schedules available on RenWeb ParentsWeb (Student Information > Schedules)

August 16-29

JH/SH Locker assignments available

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Student Store

August 16

Schedule Changes – Seniors

8:00 a.m. to Noon


August 17

Schedule Changes – Juniors

8:00 a.m. to Noon


August 18

Schedule Changes – Sophomores

8:00 a.m. to Noon


August 19

Schedule Changes – Freshmen

8:00 a.m. to Noon


VPG “Locker Days”

9:00 a.m. to Noon


August 25

Welcome Back BBQ for ALL BCS Families hosted by VPG

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Prior to August 30

Student Drivers must fi ll out a Parking Permit Form - Available at the BCS Student Store or the Reception Desk

August 18-19, 24, 29

Pick up your locker assignments and get all your questions answered by a VPG member.

If your student is planning to drive, they must also register to attend a required meeting during lunch the first week of school. Registration for this meeting can be done at the BCS Student Store. Parking Permits will be issued upon completion of this required meeting.

Prior to August 30

Student books can be purchased at University Bookstore - Bellevue

August 30

First Day of School First Day Jitters Coffee hosted by VPG

Go to www.bookstore.washington.edu and click on “Bellevue Christian”

8:15 a.m.



VPG 2016-2017 Calendar

VPG (Viking Parent Group) 2016-2017 Calendar August 2016 August 18-19, 24, 29 Locker and Schedule Day

9:00 a.m. to Noon

Clyde Hill Campus

For any student but especially important for incoming 7th grade students and other new students to the Clyde Hill Campus, is Locker and Schedule day. This is an opportunity for students and parents to come to campus to: • Get their locker assignments and combinations • Try their lockers out and fill them with supplies • Buy credit for the Student Store (cash only) • Buy credit for the Deli ($10 or $20 cash only) • Walk through their class schedules on campus

August 25

Welcome Back BBQ

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Clyde Hill Campus

All 7th -12th grade families are welcome to join in the Clyde Hill Campus’s Welcome Back BBQ. This event allows us to create community among those established at BCS as well as welcome new families and exchange students to our wider fellowship. This evening is an important opportunity to hear from the school staff as well as sign up for volunteer events held throughout the year.

August 30

First Day Jitters Coffee

8:15 a.m.

Clyde Hill Campus

We invite all families of the Clyde Hill students to come to the LRC, grab some “joe,” and meet other families. This event is highly recommended to all those that are new to BCS’s Clyde Hill campus as well as new-to-BCS families. We will have coffee and treats. We recommend parking in the lower lot on campus. No street parking allowed.

September 2016 September 6

First Viking Parent Group Meeting

1:00 p.m.

Clyde Hill Campus

All parents of Clyde Hill students are part of the Viking Parent Group and we invite all to come join us. The door is open! Our first official meeting is at 1:00 p.m. We meet in the large conference room in the office area. (VPG meets the first two Tuesdays of each month at 1pm in the large conference room with a few exceptions). The third Tuesday of each month the VPG meets for lunch at 1:00 p.m. at a designated location.

September 26

11th Annual BCS Viking Classic Golf Tournament

1:00 p.m.

The Plateau Club

Golfers and non-golfers are invited to this fundraising event to support BCS Athletics. You must have reservations. Please see the website. Make plans to join the BCS family for a great day of fellowship and competition. Golfers may come early and enjoy a lunch, unlimited driving range practice, and putting contests. Participants will enjoy a reception dinner immediately following the round.

October 2016 October 21

BCS Community Carnival

Clyde Hill Campus

Oct. 21 - Nov. 3

Christmas Evergreen Fundraiser Sales

Clyde Hill Campus

November 2016 November 21-22

Thanks-for-Giving Lunches for Staff

Clyde Hill Campus

In the spirit of being thankful, two lunches and a breakfast are given to the staff during the parent-teacher conferences during this week. This is a very busy time and the ease of prepared food is a great way to thank them for their work.

December 2016 December

Christmas Thank-You for Faculty and Staff

Clyde Hill Campus

December 3

Christmas Evergreen Distribution Day

Clyde Hill Campus

February 2017 February 6-10

Staff Appreciation Week Clyde Hill Campus

April 2017 April 21

BCS Auction


Bellevue Hyatt Regency

PTF 2016 Summer-Fall Calendar

PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) 2016 Calendars Three Points Elementary

August 2016 August 29

New Family Orientation / Ice Cream Social & Open House

10:00 a.m. Three Points Elementary Campus

August 30

First Day of School Parent Social

8:30 a.m.

Three Points Elementary Campus

September 2016 September 12

PTF Meeting

Three Points Elementary Campus

September 15

Back to School Night

Three Points Elementary Campus

September 27-29

Spirit Week

Three Points Elementary Campus

September 30


Three Points Elementary Campus

6:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m.

October 2016 October 10

PTF Meeting

October 21

BCS Community Carnival

October 25-28

BEAR Week (Be Excited About Reading)

Three Points Elementary Campus

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Clyde Hill Campus

Three Points Elementary Campus

November 2016 November 14

PTF Meeting

Three Points Elementary Campus

November 15-22

Book Fair

Three Points Elementary Campus

December 2016 December 12

PTF Meeting

Three Points Elementary Campus

Mack Elementary

August 2016 August 29

New Family Orientation/Meet Your Teacher 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mack Elementary Campus

August 30

First Day of School Parent Social

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Mack Elementary Campus

September 2016 September 8

Back to School Information Night

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Mack Elementary Campus

September 16

PTF Meeting

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mack Elementary Campus

September 26-29

Spirit Week

Mack Elementary Campus

September 30


Mack Elementary Campus

October 2016 October 21

BCS Community Carnival

October 24-28

BEAR Week (Be Excited About Reading)

October 28

PTF Meeting

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Clyde Hill Campus Mack Elementary Campus

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mack Elementary Campus

November 2016 November 18

PTF Meeting

Nov. 28 - Dec. 2

Book Fair

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mack Elementary Campus Mack Elementary Campus

December 2016 December 16

PTF – Christmas Social

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mack Elementary Campus


Extended Day

Extended Day Looking for an after-school or before-school option for your child? Why not have them stay at school and have FUN?! Our Extended Day program offers a variety of classes at both elementary campuses, directly following dismissal.

Class offerings for Fall 2016: Mack Elementary Mixed Media Art Basketball Nature Club Lego Designers (littles) Balcony Girls

(4th-6th Grade Mentorship Program)

Drama Chess Club iPad Art

Three Points Elementary Guitar Chess Club WeDo Robotics (littles) Advanced Art Lego Designers NXT Robotics (4th-6th Grade)


Alumni Spotlight: Isaiah Whitten BCS Alumnus Chosen for Prestigious Internship

bellevuechristian.org/academics/extended-day for private equity firms which

encourages them to seek our legal counsel when acquiring health care companies.

Written by Isaiah Whitten (’14), currently a junior at Northwest University

At the risk of choosing a phrase that will likely sound like a Christian cliché, I must start with this - What is about to follow rests under the umbrella of the grace and mercy I have been shown by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He and I are both clear about one important thing; I would not be where I am without His fingerprints on my life. This regal estate I call “my life,” is laced with blessings, trials, and challenges that He himself has arranged. This past summer I lived in Washington, D.C. after my acceptance from the Institute for Responsible Citizenship: a two-summer program for the ten best and brightest African American male college students in the nation. Students are selected from historic Ivy Leagues to hidden liberal arts colleges.


I applied for the Institute because the program presented itself as a rendezvous point for excellence. These young men are Rhodes Scholars, Goldman Sachs Associates, and politicians. This program inspired me to dream larger and achieve higher accomplishments. Isaiah Whitten (‘14) was one of the ten students across the country chosen for a prestigious internship with the Institute for Responsible Citizenship

The Institute is an intensive leadership development program for talented African American men. Our mission is to prepare men to be exemplary citizens and leaders. Institute scholars are assigned internships and meet prominent figures in the public and private sector such as John Lewis, Clarence Thomas, and Colin Powell. This summer I interned with Epstein, Becker, & Green: a law firm specializing in Healthcare and Life Services. Each day, I researched investment data

After earning my undergraduate degree from Northwest University, I aim to attend Harvard Business and Law School to earn both my MBA and Juris Doctor. Afterwards, starting a private equity firm is my career goal. Countless families within the Bellevue Christian School community adopted me, poured into me and challenged me to pursue success that’s fi ltered through an understanding that my life is foremost about Jesus Christ. I love my alma mater. My time at Bellevue Christian School provided me with hope, hospitality, and a future.

Alumni News 2007

Hans (Christopher) Struzyna has been selected by USRowing for the 2016 Olympic Team. He is a member of the Men’s Eight team and will be participating in the Summer 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


McKenzie Findlay has just completed a year of teaching English in Indonesia through the Fulbright Scholars program. She plans to continue teaching for another year to complete her second Fulbright grant.


Spencer Findlay was in the news recently after being heralded as a Good Samaritan after rescuing a boy who fell into a lake in Longview, WA on Sunday, June 26.


Jonah Besel won 3rd place in a high school photography contest held by Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. Jonah’s work (pictured left) was chosen out of almost 4,000 entries from all over the world, and after making it to the top 30 entries of the Nature section, his was selected as one of the top three.

In Memoriam 2015

Brian Jeney (‘81), son of Paul & Louise Jeney, passed away on March 22, 2015.


Patricia Milbank passed away Saturday, June 18th in Southern California where she has lived for the past 5 years. Her two boys, Sean (‘09) and Michael (‘11) attended BCS and graduated on to school at the University of Washington and West Point. Sean is working in the area and lives in Renton. Michael is in the process of moving to Fort Sill in Oklahoma. A church service took place on Friday, June 24 at the Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church. The interment ceremony followed on Saturday June 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, CA. Pat was an extremely bright, talented and loving Mom. She was an enthusiastic supporter of BCS and as a single mother raised two fine young men.

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Viking View Summer 2016

Inside This Issue: • New Board Members • Upcoming Fall Events • 2016 Student Awards • Summer/Fall 2016 Calendars

Support BCS and Buy

Christmas Evergreens!

Get mountain fresh greenery and spread Christmas cheer throughout your home! The Christmas Tree Fundraiser for BCS takes place October 21 - November 3 this year.

Choose from the following quality products: • 4’ - 10’ Noble Fir • 20”-28” wreath • 25’ Cedar Garland • More! Consider purchasing evergreens as gifts for family members, friends, co-workers, and service providers! Mark your calendars for October 21 to go online and order your evergreens:


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