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JUNE 2012






GRADUATION 2012 Thirty-seven students graduated from CHCS on May 13th, 2012. The occasion was celebrated with friends and family. Baccalaureate featured words of inspiration from our Christian Character Award recipient, Spencer Ming and speaker Rob Harryman. The commencement was filled with tradition, beginning with the processional led by our three valedictorians, Lindsey Connor, Derek Hoover and Spencer Ming. Both the Baccalaureate and Commencement were attended by over 1,000 watching the graduates receive their diplomas. This year’s graduating class will be accepting almost $900,000 in scholarships.

Congratulations Class of 2012!


CHCS Student Signs Letter of Intent

Spencer Ming has been named CHCS 2011-2012 Christian Character Award Recipient. This honor is given to one senior each year that displays the character of Christ in all aspects of his or her life. Three students are nominated by the senior class and approved by administration. Along with Spencer, Sarah Buford and Lindsey Conner also received the honor of being nominated. The entire high school body votes on the recipient and the winner is announced at the Annual Academic Awards Banquet. Spencer accepted this award at the baccalaureate and also had the honor of walking with distinguished graduates at graduation.

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, EVAN BELK, College Heights Christian School senior, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Sterling College, in Sterling, Kansas. Evan, starting guard, has been 4 year varsity letterman and 4 year varsity starter. He averaged 17 points per game, 5 assists per game, and averaged 3 steals per games. He has accumulated a total of 1,468 points in his high school career. Mr. Belks honors include: All District – Junior and Senior Year, All Conference – Junior and Senior Year. Coach Eric Johnson commented, “Evan is passionate about the game and a leader on our team. He is a very coachable player and is able to play several positions very well. I will miss him, but I am looking forward to watching him continue his basketball at the collegiate level.”

Matthew J. DeWelt Christian Character Award Recipient


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Drama Goes to State On April 20th, the College Heights Christian School Drama Department performed their district-winning One-Act, Tick Talk, directed by Tabitha Davison, at the state competition in Columbia, Missouri. The show featured CHCS High School students Sarah Buford, Lindsey Conner, Jacob Everett, Colin Isenhower, Jadeth Lieb, Caleb Whitford, Lauden Baker, Savannah Beaver, Kolleen Gladden, Makenzi Markham, Karissa Lieb, Joshua Wilkins and Riley Woolridge, with technical advisors Amy Johnson and Julie Shepherd. Performing in the individual categories were senior, Sarah Buford, and juniors, Savannah Beaver and Lauden Baker. All three advanced to the final round and placed, making CHCS history as the first individuals to advance to the final round. Lauden Baker’s Humorous Interpretation took 8th, Sarah Buford’s Storytelling took 4th, and Savannah Beaver and Lauden Baker’s Duet Acting took 2nd in the overall MSHSAA State Speech and Debate Competition.

Conference Art Champions This year’s art students took first place overall in the 2012 Spring River Valley Art Competition. Fourteen students entered work in the competition and eleven of those placed, bringing home 26 medals. Included was 2-D and 3-D Best of Show pieces done by Zach Davis. The team scored sixtythree points followed by second place at thirty-five points. The Art Team received medals in all but one of the categories in which they participated.

Elementary 2011-2012 Reading Events CHCS hosted two family reading nights this year. The Polar Express was our first event held on December 16th. A total of 213 students and parents were in attendance (many wearing pajamas) to hear a reading of the classic Christmas story and drink hot chocolate. Our Superintendent, Mr. Horton, played the part of our train conductor. A celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday was our second event held on March 2nd. We had several guest speakers including, Mr. Horton, Mrs. Colin (elementary principal), Mrs. Susan Block (reading specialist), and Marian Kelley (producer for KSN-TV). Around 160 adults and children in attendance at this event enjoyed cupcakes as part of the birthday celebration. These events are one part of an ongoing effort to increasing help students develop a passion for reading and improve reading comprehension.


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Fun with Calculus This semester in Calculus, students printed 3D objects using equipment loaned to us by the Nano-CEMMS Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students decided on two equations that would intersect in the first quadrant. With the help of a program, Mathematica, the area bounded by the two equations was revolved around the y-axis to create a virtual solid. The program was set up to slice the solid into layers with each layer put into a power point slide show. A projector, magnifying glass and mirror was used to project each slide into a liquid that solidified under UV light. Each slide created a layer of the solid. At the end of the process, the solid was formed.


Junior, SAVANNAH BEAVER, ran a 5:17.23 in the 1600m to place second in state, beating her sister, Emily’s record. She was state champion in the 800m at 2:18.64 missing her sister’s record by .36 of a second. We can’t wait to see what she does next year!

State Music Competition Several soloists and ensembles attended the state competition at MSU in Columbia. To qualify for this contest each soloist or ensemble must have received a 1 rating at the District Competition. GROUPS RECEIVING A 1 RATING WERE… • Mixed Double Quartet – Lauden Baker, Evan Belk, Sarah Buford, Ethan Fisher, Jacob Everett, Karli Keele, Annie White, Natali Youngberg received a 1 rating • Men’s Double Quartet – Lauden Baker, Evan Belk, Cole Boyd, Alden Chambers, Ethan Fisher, Jack Knudsen, Logan Lewis, Chris Six received a 1 rating  • Ladies Double Quartet – Annie Ashwell, Savannah Beaver, Sarah Buford, Casey Garman, Karli Keele, Anna Knudsen, Alison Sauer, Natali Youngberg received a 1 rating  • Flute Solo – Lydia Buford received a 1 rating  • Outreach – choral group (State competition held at MMSU) GROUPS RECEIVING A 2 RATING WERE… • Vocal Solo – Sarah Buford, Casey Garman, Lauden Baker, Annie White • Piano Solo – Lydia Buford • Flute Trio – Lydia Buford, Jadeth Lieb, Hannah Henady

Middle School Boys Win Conference Congratulations to our Middle School Boys track team who took the conference title in track. Individual recognition goes to Austin Williams, winner in the 100 meter hurdles (new school record), Brock Jenkins winner in the 200 and 400 meter, Jacob Cawyer winner in the 1600 meter and to the 1600 meter relay team of Austin Williams, Brock Jenkins, Jonathan Johnson and Scott Lewis.


It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since May 22, 2011, when the lives of so many in our community were dramatically changed. This time last year, school had been dismissed a week early, and the facility was transformed into a primary distribution point, relief station and volunteer command center. Several in our school family were either directly affected by the disaster or had family, neighbors or friends who needed assistance. There was much to do, and the need was severe and immediate. It was encouraging to see so many of our number involved in relief efforts, and throughout the year I was impressed with the various ways CHCS families helped. Families donated money, Christmas decorations, spirit wear, coats, and many other items to ease the pain and make things even a little bit better for those who lost so much. Our PTF purchased a popcorn machine and donated it to the PTO at Emerson Elementary, whose machine was damaged in the storm. Scores of you served in your churches or local organizations to provide relief and rebuild Joplin. Thank you! It was also humbling to see the support and prayers offered by those outside our community. For example, St. Joseph Christian Academy sent a generous offering of $1,700 to be distributed to CHCS families who were affected, and a Christian school in California, requested staff names for prayer in their chapel services. Many calls and notes were received assuring us that prayers were being offered for our community and school families. It was heartwarming to see the church be the church! One year has passed. Though the physical buildings that house CHCS escaped unscathed by the storm, I doubt that any one of us was untouched, nor unchanged. For we are one body in Christ and as Paul wrote, “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:5 NASB)

Spelling Bee The kindergarten classes held their first annual Spelling Bee this year with all kindergarten students participating. A very special thanks go to the kindergarten teachers for organizing this event. We send out big CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s winners, Emily Countryman Collard and Ethan Ukena!!!

Planting Trees Twenty-two Middle and High School students, parents and teachers planted trees on April 28th for tornado victims. Students worked with our middle school science instructor, Mathew Clay, and other community members to plant the trees that were donated by The National Wildlife Federation. The students planted approximately 100 trees at the tornado victims’ homes. “The students were excited to spend another day giving back to Joplin,” says Mathew Clay, CHCS Science Instructor. “The re-building of our ecosystem in Joplin is at the crucial point right now. By adding trees back into our environment, it will benefit everyone in this community, not only the places with the damage. Our students spend many hours performing community service projects, so this is a great opportunity for them to reach out to assist a family with a need.”


Teacher Bound for Indonesia LYNNE BONTRAGER has accepted a teaching position in Indonesia, starting next year. She will be working primarily with children from missionary families.  Lynne has done a great job with her 2nd grade students this year and although she will be missed by all of us here at CHCS, we are pleased that she is stepping out in faith to serve the Lord in Indonesia.


CHCS glorifies God through excellence as a Christ-centered learning environment that produces servant-leaders with a Biblical worldview.


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June Newsletter 2012