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Academic Excellence | Biblical Values | Cultural Impact

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Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony of Campus Life Center and Gym

ON THE COVER On May 4, 2017 with nearly 1,000 in attendance, including the board of directors, students, current and former faculty and staff, alumni families and one of the founders, Cypress Christian School was blessed to dedicate the new Campus Life Center and Gym to the glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. A special thank you goes out to all our prayer warriors and to the Advancing Excellence Capital Campaign donors for making this all possible.

ON THE COVER CAMPUS LIFE CENTER AND GYM • 27,000 square feet • Collegiate level gym • Seating for over 900 guests • Multi-purpose/cheer room • Boys and girls locker rooms • Athletic training room • Coaching staff offices • Locker room for officials • Concessions • Warrior Warehouse • Admissions office • Business offices • Conference room

11123 Cypress N. Houston Rd. • Houston, TX 77065 The CONNECTION is published annually. Correspondence may be directed to Thanks to our graphic artist and to our photographers G. Michael Photography, Jack Potts Photography, Photography Teacher Rachael Lechman, and CCS employees, students and volunteers.





So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27

THINKING IN A CREATIVE WAY Mr. Stephen Novotny | Executive Director


he ability to think differently from others is a gift that God gives to each individual and is part of our unique privilege of being made in His image. We focus on this at Cypress Christian School. Most people know Henry Ford as the individual who successfully pioneered the mass production of automobiles. Most people would not think of Henry Ford as a pioneer of charcoal briquettes and the family barbeque. However, the iconic Kingsford brand, and the evolution of charcoal briquettes as an American outdoor cooking staple, owes its heritage to Ford just as much as the modern-day car industry. Mr. Ford’s genius was innovation; the way he thought of things in ways others did not. Mr. Ford would find new unexpected ways to maximize efficiency and profitability in his operations. While family picnics and cooking outdoors was probably not the foremost thing in Mr. Ford’s mind, he did



notice that the process of manufacturing those early automobiles created large volumes of wood scraps. Rather than allowing unused parts of wood, purchased at considerable expense to build cars, to simply go to waste, he wanted to find a way to make a profit from what seemed to be useless scraps and byproducts of the manufacturing process. He found that turning his wood scraps and waste into charcoal, then re-selling them in this new form as charcoal cooking briquettes, was a way to achieve that goal. In doing this, Ford created yet another part of the American experience just as iconic as the automobile–the family barbeque and the Kingsford charcoal brand. At Cypress Christian School, we teach our students to think independently, to think critically and to think creatively. We believe that our students are capable of inventing things just as unique and useful as Henry Ford did, and we are committed to helping prepare them for their own exciting life of discovery.



Academic Excellence | Biblical Values | Cultural Impact

KOREY CYR CLASS OF 2017 In Her Own Words... “I consider myself blessed with great parents who have sacrificed so much for me to attend this academically challenging and spiritually rewarding school since Kindergarten.” “I will miss the many wonderful teachers, who have each meant so much to me in their own special way, and the small, intimate classes at CCS as I go off to college.” “I have had the opportunity to be a part of on-level, honors and AP classes, while training for soccer and cross country, being a member of National Honor Society and the Ambassador Council.” “As I think of challenges and trials I have faced along the way, James 1:2-3, which states ‘Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance,’ has consistently reminded me not to let things of this world distract me from my faith and to never give up.”




K-12 PREVIEWS Monday, August 28, 2017 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2017 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 7-8:30 p.m. SIXTH GRADE PREVIEW Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7-8:30 p.m. KINDERGARTEN PREVIEWS Thursday, January 25, 2018 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018 7-8:30 p.m. STUDENT VISITOR DAYS Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2018 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Why CCS? EMILY DESKIN “CCS provided me with long lasting friendships and a safe space to grow in my faith.“

EMILY BOYD “CCS gave me a

strong academic foundation that

has prepared me for college.“


BRETT BUCKLEY “CCS helped me grow as a student and as a person.“


HEATHER MURRILL “Teachers, coaches and administration at CCS taught me what it looks like to truly follow Christ every day and how to shine His light.“

DREW WARD “CCS has given me a new worldview and developed

my character.“

CHRIS MCKNIGHT “CCS helped me mature and I am ready to face

the world head on.“

DAVIS CARVER “CCS has changed my perspective on what’s most important–my daily

walk with Christ.“

KAYLEE MARTINEZ “CCS has taught me to never give up on my dream.“

RACHEL SALAZAR “Coach Martin taught me to do everything

for God’s glory.“

TREY NAMANNY “I have been blessed by the relationships I’ve built at CCS with teachers and friends.“

ASHLEY PONICSAN “Teachers and coaches have instilled attributes of Christian character – trust, confidence, forgiveness, a charitable spirit – by example.“

SHELBY ZERWAS “CCS has taught me the importance of putting God first in my life and loving others before myself.“

FRANKIE KLUCKMAN “CCS coaches are role models who challenged me physically, mentally

and spiritually.“








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to each and every DONOR for helping us to exceed our 2016–2017 Warrior Fund goal of $400,000!



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Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord Colossians 3:23

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Mrs. Iva Nell Rhea | Middle School Principal


ypress Christian School (CCS) rests upon three legs–academic excellence, biblical values and cultural impact. These three must be equally strong and secure. As an educational institution, the leg of academic excellence must always be a critical part of the mission of the school. CCS offers students, grades K-12, a carefully crafted, college preparatory educational experience. Cypress Christian School, a TAPPS 4A school, is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancED. This accreditation is recognized by the state through the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC). CCS was last examined and visited for reaccreditation in 2016 and received the highest level of accreditation. There are currently more than 100 faculty and staff who care for, nurture, and educate our students each school day. All faculty are degreed and certified teachers with 30% teachers and administrators holding advanced degrees. Even though it requires employees of great variety to operate the school, the teachers are the heartbeat of CCS. A visitor to campus can easily see genuine compassion and love extended to the youngest student who has tears as he separates from his



parent in August to the senior who is anxiously awaiting a letter from the admissions committee of a university. The teachers are dedicated to providing an engaging, age-appropriate classroom experience that moves each child along the path of academic preparation for his unique future. Beyond the instruction in the classroom, teachers and administrators diligently work to improve horizontal and vertical coordination and cooperation. Approximately seven years ago, CCS onboarded ATLAS curriculum mapping software. The data provided by teachers and administrators on ATLAS allows for greater strategic planning and development in curriculum and instruction from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. The secondary school seeks to offer students opportunities to add rigor to their academic trajectory. Beginning in seventh grade, a student may take advanced classes in English Language Arts and mathematics; this culminates in our Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school. For grades nine through twelve, CCS currently offers 17 honors courses and ten AP courses, which potentially allows students to gain college credit by examination.

A great school is self-monitoring. Cypress Christian School has purposely placed several means of assessment throughout the grades to examine student academic progress and then, in turn, to analyze the results to seek strategic improvement. Students in grades K-8 take the Terra Nova 3 each April. This battery of tests is nationally normed and meets rigorous measurement standards. Students in grades 8-10 take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) to determine college readiness in specific academic areas. During the junior and senior years of high school, students take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) college

admissions tests. Two full-time academic advisors walk students and parents through the high school planning path of college selection and the application process. All CCS graduates are accepted into colleges and universities, with many seniors accepted to multiple schools that offer substantial academic based financial aid packages. Academic excellence—the pursuit of this portion of our school mission is never complete. We prayerfully seek new ways to serve our families and students by providing an educational experience that challenges the mind and impacts the world as a Warrior for the Kingdom.



Academic Highlights


TEACHERS change lives!


RE-ENROLLMENT ATLAS Curriculum Mapping






Class of 2017

2 National Merit Commended Scholars Acceptances to 185 colleges and universities




93% of graduates accepted into their college of first choice 100% graduated with distinguished diploma CONNECTION


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30


Mr. Robert White | Elementary School Principal


cademic Excellence, Biblical Values, Cultural Impact. If you have spent any time at all on our campus, you have heard these words. These encapsulate the reason and purpose for our existence. At CCS, we are blessed with the freedom to daily incorporate our biblical values in every aspect of our teaching. Many of our new teachers are delighted to discover that they not only have the freedom to discuss their faith during their instruction, but that we also expect that they integrate the Bible in their subject matter. At the very core of our school is a conviction that the Bible is God’s Holy Word to mankind. We believe in the authority and inspiration of the Bible. Students at CCS are given daily instruction in this holy book from kindergarten through grade twelve. They are memorizing God’s Word and pledging daily to “hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.” New parents to CCS regularly comment, “It’s been amazing to see the change in my child. Johnny seems like a totally different person, and he shares with us each day the teachings he has learned from the Bible.” From daily prayer, to weekly chapel services, to daily Bible classes, our students are immersed in God’s Word. These years are critical for our students to learn God’s Word to be spiritually grounded so that they may impact our culture.



Science is an amazing subject to teach from a Christian perspective. The Bible says that the heavens are declaring God’s glory. Our teachers direct their students to learn of their omniscient, omnipotent Creator as evidenced in all aspects of science. History is literally a study in “His (God’s) story” as we observe the sovereignty and control of God in human events. When we consider mathematics, it is stunning to view the incredible order and structure of our Creator as evidenced through mathematical

systems. Language is studied with the purpose of recognizing that the Creator gave us this wonderful gift that we should use in oral and written form to further the cause of the Creator. As the elementary principal, I am passionate that my employees are followers of Christ who love our Lord and desire to impact students for His kingdom. Our biblical values are upheld in the way that employees relate to each other, to their students and to parents. We are careful to ensure that our speech and actions glorify God. When handling matters of

discipline, our teachers go to the root of the problem by applying biblical principles to difficult situations. For example, when discussing the topic of lying with a student, I reference God’s Word to demonstrate that the reason we are to be truthful is found in the fact that the Creator and Master instructs us to be truthful. Since we love Him, our highest goal should be to please God in how we act. We are truly grateful for the freedom to incorporate biblical values at the core of our school as we strive to be Warriors for Christ.



Biblical Values





The mission of Cypress Christian School is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by providing students an education based upon academic excellence and biblical values.

Faculty, Staff, Administration & Coaches

100% are committed Christians who promote the biblical character we hope to build in students.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.



“You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:31


Mr. Jeff Mudrow | High School Principal | Managing Athletic Director


want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It’s my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now.” – Veruca Salt. Perhaps there are times while interacting with a child that you feel like you have been thrust into the middle of Roald Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Some may have a young child at home who struggles to share and seems to have a vocabulary limited to “me” or “mine.” Others may live with a teenager who cannot pass a mirror without stopping to fix his hair or flex his biceps. Whether a child is five or fifteen, too often his own selfish desires cause him to miss countless opportunities to see the needs of others. At Cypress Christian School, we believe that our students should follow the biblical model given by Jesus in Mark 12 when he instructs, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”



How do CCS Warriors love their neighbor? We strive to serve others and impact those around us. Did you know that in only one year our high school students performed over 7,000 hours of service? Were you aware that this spring our high school students dedicated a full school day serving the greater Houston community? Even the youngest students on our campus focus on serving others. Our elementary students spend time each winter providing gifts for children with their annual Operation Christmas Child project. Last Christmas, CCS gathered sixty-three Christmas gift boxes to be delivered around the world, expanding our school’s commitment to service well beyond our city and nation. Cypress Christian School exists to educate the whole child by providing academic excellence, teaching biblical values, and creating opportunities to impact the lives of others. We believe this knowledge has the power to change the lives of our students which empowers them to change the world.



CULTURAL IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS Vision: to positively impact culture by promoting truth, advancing the Christian faith, and equipping students to serve and lead with excellence.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Operation Christmas Child – Students filled shoe boxes with various gift items and gospel literature to be delivered to children in countries all around the world. This is a wonderful way for students to help share the gospel message. MIDDLE SCHOOL Sweets for Firemen and Constables – Homemade dessert trays were delivered to fire stations and a law enforcement office with a note of thanks for their service. Thank You to CCS Teachers and Staff – CCS teachers and staff were blessed with large trays of goodies as a BIG THANK YOU to say, "We appreciate all you do every day!" Blankets for Project Linus – Students purchased materials, lovingly made and prayed over 27 colorful fleece blankets with children’s designs for Project Linus. Project Linus provides these blankets to comfort children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of comfort. Feed My Starving Children – Students worked in teams to measure ingredients and package food bags to be sent to areas all around the world where food is scarce. Students had a great time and felt the joy of being the “hands of Christ.” Kids Meals – Students helped pack food for use in lunches, assembled and decorated sack lunches and performed various tasks. Kids Meals is volunteer-based and delivers thousands of meals to young children who are not yet in school and may go hungry if food is not provided. HIGH SCHOOL Warrior Tribes – Cypress Christian School uses a small group model to facilitate student development in the areas of Christian discipleship and service. Each one of these small groups is named after an Old Testament tribe of Israel or patriarch that our students learn about in CCS Bible classes.



PLACES WARRIOR TRIBES SERVED THIS YEAR Elim Christian School – Students led Bible reading, singing and academic projects and enjoyed working with Elim students to make fleece blankets for children in local hospitals. Grace Care Center Northpointe – Students enjoyed spending time with the residents and worked extremely hard cleaning and painting. The facility has already requested that our students come back any time. Cy-Hope – Students worked with the “Backyard Crew” of the Foundry Church raking leaves, burning branches, disassembling pallets and landscaping. Bayou City Fellowship Church – Students organized donations for foster families and other families in need so that they can easily come in and get what they need. Project C.U.R.E. – Students organized pallets of goods in the warehouse, organized and packed medical supplies inside the building and drained expired IV fluid bags. Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) – Students worked in the office building to organize donations including baby supplies, crafts, personal hygiene products and clothing, and in the warehouse to organize donations for the resale shop. Community of Faith Church – Students served by filling baptismal packets, cleaning nursery classrooms and offering buckets, assembling cribs, moving furniture, and hauling away trash. REACH Unlimited – Students provided supplies and worked with residents to decorate Christmas cookies and other crafts. Elementary Tribal Wars at CCS – Students manned the various events or were paired with elementary school buddies. They helped and encouraged younger students during the annual Tug-of-War. Every student proved to be a blessing to the elementary students and to the games. • Designed cards for military overseas • Served at Mission of Yahweh • Served at Moore Elementary through Houston Northwest Church






The 2017 graduating class had 52% of its members earn the President's Volunteer Service Award for 200 hours of service. In many cases, graduates served significantly more than those hours.

Valedictorian CCS Faculty Scholarship

for Academic Excellence Brandon Clarke earned the distinguished honor of being named Valedictorian for achieving the highest grade point average in his class, and was awarded the Faculty Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Brandon will attend The University of Texas, Austin.

Salutatorian Quinn Davis, Salutatorian

achieved the second highest grade point average among his peers and will attend Berry College. Life verse: Hebrews 4:12-13. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Fine Arts

Scholarship The Fine Arts Scholarship, which reflects an overall excellence in the arts, was awarded to Hannah Hurst. Hannah will attend The University of Texas, Austin.

Will Rhodes Athletic Scholarship

In memory of former CCS student William David Rhodes, Korey Cyr and Quinn Davis were chosen to receive this athletic scholarship. These graduates have made public profession of their faith in Jesus Christ, demonstrated Christ-like behavior to fellow students and athletes, and were living witnesses to others as they led their teams and followed their coaches. Korey will attend The University of Texas, Tyler. Quinn will attend Berry College.

Travis Chaffin Memorial Scholarship

In memory of former CCS student Travis Chaffin, Kaylee Martinez was awarded a scholarship for being an encourager, leader, great athlete and friend as well as for her potential to make an impact on the world with her Christian walk. Kaylee will attend Mountain View College. Her life verse is Joshua 1:5. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Spirit of Paul

Scholarship In honor of CCS supporters Sherwood Beckley, Jerry Van Beek and Edith Van Beek, Chris McKnight was awarded this scholarship for exhibiting the driving spirit and perseverance of the Apostle Paul who accomplished much for the early church. Chris will attend Sam Houston State University. CYPRESS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Andrew Gladney ('05)

Memorial Heart of Gold Scholarship In memory of alumnus Andrew Gladney ('05), Davis Carver was awarded this scholarship which recognizes a senior who loves and accepts all, both inside and outside the CCS community; endears others without favoritism; participates wholeheartedly in activities to reflect Christian character and sportsmanship; and diligently pursues and excels academically according to his/her ability. Davis will attend Azusa Pacific University.





Lexi Kemp, Angelina Cao, Lauren Lee, Sydney Crofton, Emily Boyd, Sasha Callaway, Audrey Floyd, Emily Deskin, Venessa Moreira, Korey Cyr


Caitlyn McCreary, Ty Carver, Chris McKnight, Chris Shadle, Lindsay Webster, Quinn Davis, Brandon Clarke, Allison Hubbard, Cade Arnold, Spencer Shumate, Khiem (Kyle) Nguyen


Grayson Leak, Ryan Hougland, Matthew Kooiman, Parker Buckley, Davis Carver, Drew Ward, Matthew Hawkins, Kaylee Martinez, Joseph Martindale, Brett Buckley

SECOND ROW L-R: Carmen Haynes, Claire Courreges, Jenna Fox, Olivia Crozier, Rachel Salazar, Spencer Sager, Gabrielle Vasek, Madeline Echols, Mira Fereg, Greyson Landrum, Jack Walsh

FOURTH ROW L-R: Ashley Ponicsan, Frankie Kluckman, Hannah Hurst, Morgan Roth, Trey Namanny, Cole Miller, Michael Pogson, Ryan Leatch, Nick Webster, Austin Muehlenbrock, Heather Murrill


Shelby Zerwas

The class of 2017 now begins the next chapter in their lives.

They are thankful for the time and energy invested in them by CCS faculty and staff. We move along the road to our new destination, hearing in our minds the echo of the words from Joshua 1:9,

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." 28



Students who attended CCS from kindergarten through their senior year were recognized for the footprints they have left on the hearts of those at CCS throughout their K-12 educational career. These students are: (FIRST ROW L-R)

Korey Cyr, Olivia Crozier, Emily Boyd, Madeline Echols

(SECOND ROW L-R) Austin Muehlenbrock, Morgan Roth, Cole Miller



Hannah Hurst, Matthew Hawkins, Ashley Ponicsan, Matthew Kooiman


Robert Adam, grandparent to eight CCS students/alumni, gave the commencement address where he shared Philippians 4:13 and Romans 8:28 and challenged the graduates and their friends and family with these words of wisdom: Make your relationship with God top priority Anything worth doing is worth doing right You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can control how you react Respect is more important than popularity With privilege comes responsibility Be a giver of your time, talent and treasure, not a taker




3 All-District Athletes





District Runner-up TAPPS Div III Elite Eight 2nd Place – Houston Touchdown Club Sportsmanship Award 21 All-District Athletes 5 All-State Athletes


TAPPS Div III Playoffs 9 All-District Athletes 1 All-State Athlete


TAPPS Div III Elite Eight 10 All-District Athletes 2 All-State Athletes


5th Place in District 4 All-District Athletes


4th Place in District TAPPS 4A State Playoffs 5 All-District Athletes





TAPPS 4A State Runner-up State Champion 300 M Hurdles 12 All-District Athletes 9 All-Region Athletes 4 All-State Athletes



TAPPS 4A State Finalists 15 All-District Athletes 6 All-Region Athletes 2 All-State Athletes


TAPPS 4A State Finalists




TAPPS Div III State Finalists State Champion 100 Yard Backstroke 4 All-Region Athletes 8 All-State Athletes


District Runner-up TAPPS Div III Elite Eight 9 All-District Athletes 3 All-State Athletes


3rd Place in District TAPPS Div III Elite Eight 8 All-District Athletes 3 All-State Athletes Vype NW Houston player of the year


Lady Warriors – 5th Place TAPPS 4A State 3 All-District Athletes 2 All-Region Athletes














Each year, two seniors are recognized for excellence in athletics through their leadership, determination, sportsmanship, Christian character, academic achievements and integrity.


Matthew earned TAPPS All-District honors in football for three years, he played soccer one year, and he played basketball for three years. He is a hard worker, dedicated and committed to his teammates. He has proven to be as strong in the classroom as he is with his teammates, and he earned Academic All-State honors in both his junior and senior years. Matthew will take this commitment and determination with him to play football at Olivet Nazarene University in the fall as he seeks a degree in Sports Management.


Morgan earned six varsity letters in high school through participation in basketball and track & field. She received TAPPS All-District and All-Region honors. She made the Academic All-State Team in both her junior and senior years and received numerous team awards. She is a proven leader, an encourager to all and she can compete on any level no matter the circumstances, fighting through potentially seasonending injuries to compete in district, at regionals, at state and set her own personal best record. Morgan will attend Abilene Christian University pursuiting a degree in the medical field.

SWORD AND SHIELD CAROLINE USRY and JOSHUA STOREY have shown excellence in athletics through their leadership,

determination, sportsmanship, Christian character, academic achievements and integrity. They have represented middle school athletics well for three years, especially stepping up and demonstrating leadership as eighth graders. CONNECTION


ALL-STATE The highest TAPPS award that an individual athlete can earn is to be named to the All-State Team. This is an incredible honor that is earned by very few athletes. Not only are these athletes given an award, they also sign a special ball that is kept in the CCS trophy case to permanently display this accomplishment.

This year’s recipients are: FOOTBALL – Christian Fleischauer (1st team defense), Matthew Kooiman (1st team defense, 2nd team offense), Austin Muehlenbrock (1st team defense) and Nick Webster (Honorable Mention offense); SOCCER – Korey Cyr (2nd team), Abigail Davis (Honorable Mention), Tanner James (2nd team) and Lexi Kemp (2nd team); SWIM – Elliott Jones (1st team); SOFTBALL – Cara Hettiger (2nd team), Kaylee Martinez (1st team) and Allison Thompson (2nd team); BASEBALL – Clayton Dean (Honorable Mention), JT Mounce (Honorable Mention) and Elliot Ranson (1st team); TRACK & FIELD – John Ethan Baldwin (1st team), Anna Kharisma Fontenot (Honorable Mention), Delaney Heath (2nd team), Ian Jones (2nd team), Jackson Landrum (2nd team), Cole Miller (2nd team) and Foster Paulsen (2nd team).

ACADEMIC ALL-STATE This award is given to junior and senior athletes who have not only shown tremendous ability on the field, but have also shown themselves to be dedicated students in the classroom. These athletes were named to the All-District team and maintained an academic average of 90% or better.

This year’s recipients are: VOLLEYBALL – Frankie Kluckman; FOOTBALL – Quinn Davis, Austin Henry, Matthew Kooiman, Tyler Landua and Austin Muehlenbrock; BASKETBALL – Davis Carver and Ashley Ponicsan; SWIM – Allison Thompson; SOCCER – Emily Boyd, Korey Cyr, Audrey Floyd and Greyson Landrum; GOLF – Madelynn Beckman; SOFTBALL – Emily Ellisor, Cara Hettiger and Allison Thompson; BASEBALL – Elliot Ranson; TRACK & FIELD – John Ethan Baldwin, Foster Paulsen, Austin Henry, Greyson Landrum, Tyler Landua and Morgan Roth.

SCHOOL RECORD SETTERS SWIM Elliott Jones: 53.12, 100 yard backstroke (TAPPS State Record) TRACK & FIELD Susannah Hotchkiss: 2:34.53, 800 M Run Sophia Slabic: 5:53.24, 1600 M Run Cole Miller: 50.39, 400 M Dash John Ethan Baldwin: 40.31, 300 M Hurdles



John Ethan Baldwin, Ian Jones, Jackson Landrum & Cole Miller: 43.59, 4 X 100 M Relay John Ethan Baldwin, Jacob Hotchkiss, Greyson Landrum & Cole Miller: 3:27.13, 4 X 400 M Relay Aubri Garrett: 6’6”, Pole Vault Austin Henry: 9’6”, Pole Vault Boys Team: State Runner-up

COLLEGE SIGNINGS The NCAA reports that just under 8% of high school athletes will participate in college athletics. This year, 50% of CCS senior football players will play at the next level in the fall. In total nine out of the 2017 graduating class of 54 students will play college athletics in football, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball for the 2017-2018 season.

Brett Buckley – Football, Houston Baptist University

Korey Cyr – Soccer, University of Texas at Tyler

Quinn Davis – Football, Berry College

Matthew Kooiman – Football, Olivet Nazarene University

Ryan Leatch – Basketball, Oklahoma City University

Kaylee Martinez – Softball, Mountain View College

Austin Muehlenbrock – Football, Millsaps College

Drew Ward – Baseball, Concordia University

Nick Webster – Football, Avila University CONNECTION


“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein



Fine Arts





The Fine Arts Department is a place where all are welcome. Whether you are a beginning drummer, an experienced actor, or an advanced art student, we have a place for you. We are proud to offer classes for every skill level and co-curricular events to showcase student progress throughout the year. The Fine Arts team loves to collaborate. You’ll find that each discipline is supportive of the other and that there are many crossover students. Looking for a place to call home at CCS? Come to the Fine Arts Department and discover the special gifts God has given you. We will help you foster that talent and teach you how to use it to serve the Lord and His people. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10






Rodeo Art, HS, 1 First Place, 9 Second Place, and 2 Third Place Ribbons Rodeo Art, MS, 1 First Place, 4 Second Place, and 1 Third Place Ribbons Rodeo Art, Elementary, 2 First Place and 2 Second Place Ribbons ACSI, HS, 7 First Place and 5 Second Place Ribbons ACSI, MS, 4 First Place, 6 Second Place, and 2 Third Place Ribbons ACSI, Elementary, 1 First Place, 1 Second Place, and 1 Third Place Ribbons Artsonia, 1 Artist of the Week TAPPS State Art, 4th Place, 13 State Finalists Pearl Fincher Museum Art Contest, 2 Jurors’ Selection Awards


TAPPS District OAP, Champions TAPPS District OAP, 9 Individual Awards TAPPS State OAP, 4th Place TAPPS State OAP, 4 Individual Awards TAPPS State Speech, 4 State Finalists


TMEA, 6 Region Choir Members TMEA, 1 All-State Choir Member TAPPS Solo/Ensemble, 2 Superior Ratings TAPPS State Drumline, 4th Place Heritage Festival, Gold Ratings for Choir and Drumline






WHY WE LOVE FINE ARTS! “ART is a way to creatively appreciate the beauty of the natural world. I love that our art teacher encourages our artistic imagination.” – Hannah Hurst, Senior

“DRUMLINE offers an outlet for practicing musical excellence in a fun and supportive atmosphere. I love it.” – Brandon Clarke, Senior

“CHOIR is a great way to make friends with students who aren’t in your grade. Making music with friends is among my favorite high school memories.” – Julia Williams, Junior

“I absolutely love PHOTOGRAPHY! I learned that there is so much more than just aiming a camera and taking a picture. I learned different angles, camera settings and subject poses. I love being able to show what I’ve learned in photography when taking pictures of sports and other events. Miss Lechman has taught me so much!” – Abigail Davis, Freshman

“I love how DRAMA gives me opportunities for personal expression and the freedom to be creative in everything we do.” – Sarah Hawkins, Sophomore



Warrior Alumni on Campus





1. Jeremy Elkins (‘01) along with his wife Courtney and their children Cadence (1st) and Autumn (3rd) joined the Warrior family in the fall of 2016. Jeremy is the Chief Technology Officer at Corporate Managing Systems, Inc., and Courtney is a second grade teacher at CCS. As an alumnus Jeremy is thankful his daughters are able to attend the same school he attended - “a school in which they are taught God's Word every day.“ He says, “It's wonderful to have the girls come home and talk about the Bible stories that they are studying.“ Courtney says, “Teaching at CCS has been such a blessing. I love being surrounded by such thoroughly genuine, godly people. My students’ love for the Lord is evident and visible. I am thankful to be able to make a difference at CCS by helping my students develop educationally, socially and spiritually.“ Jeremy and Courtney say their girls have never been happier and have made so many wonderful, Christian friends. “God definitely ordered our footsteps and brought our family to CCS.“ 2. Zach Stocks (‘01), his wife Jorden and their three boys, Liam (7), Gage (4) and Drew (2) enjoyed touring CCS while visiting Houston. Zach says: “We received a very warm welcome and were happy to see all the additions to the campus. In a word, the visit was ‘surreal.’ Walking around campus brought back so many good memories. I am so thankful for the Biblical foundation I received at CCS.“ After his graduation from high school, Zach attended Alaska Bible College where he met his wife. Currently, they are ministering at Mt. Hope Bible Camp where Zach is the director, and he and his wife are missionaries with InFaith. They serve with an awesome staff to provide a distraction-free environment for people to come and learn about Christ in His creation. They are also very active in their local church. 3. Evan Weppler (‘07) is the Elementary Children's Pastor at Cypress Bible Church and spoke at the first K-8 chapel services held in the new Campus Life Center and Gym. Evan said, “It's always great to come back to CCS and see how much it has grown over the years. I enjoy seeing students grow in their faith and enjoy being able to encourage them through an engaging

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message. It's a privilege to serve and speak at CCS and a privilege to see how God is working in the students’ lives through the combined influences of church, family and school.“ 4. Ben Bennett (’12) recently visited the CCS campus before graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in mechanical engineering. While on campus, Ben filmed a short video on his experience as a CCS student and how CCS prepared him for college. In the video, Ben expresses his thankfulness for being prepared academically and spiritually for college. He is thankful to have been instructed by teachers who were committed to educational excellence, biblical values and who greatly cared for each student. Being saturated with the Truth helped give him a foundation to work from in terms of knowing who he is in Christ and walking it out with integrity. 5. Jonathan Davis (’10) enjoyed his role as the CCS JV boys head basketball coach, assistant varsity basketball coach and middle school track coach during the '16-'17 season and enjoyed his role as substitute teacher throughout the year. Jonathan is pleased to report he has been hired as a secondary Spanish teacher for the ’17-’18 school year and will once again help coach high school boys’ basketball. He looks forward to coaching in the new gym next season. While earning his master’s degree at Texas A&M University, he worked for the Aggie men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant and served as the Aggieland Homeschool Association’s boys’ 14U head basketball coach. He also coached basketball clinics for Aggieland, and held training courses and created training curriculum for Texas Elite Adidas Basketball. Jonathan attends New Life Church. 6. Lauren Davis (’12) enjoyed attending the grand opening of the Campus Life Center and Gym with her brother Jonathan (’10) and parents Jim and Michelle. Last year, she graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a B.B.A. in marketing and began work for Young Life. She has greatly enjoyed mentoring students, sharing the gospel, event planning and camp preparation at various Young Life camps and offices. She attends New Life Church where she volunteers in the outreach program, on the worship and prayer teams and helps with graphic design and curriculum.

Warrior College Graduations


1. John Brown (‘09) graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University. John also took another important step in life and married Selena in an intimate ceremony in Nacogdoches, TX. John is a registered nurse at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, and Selena is completing her nursing degree at Stephen F. Austin State University. 2. Michael Teague (‘10) graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is working at a physical therapy clinic in Keller, TX. He and his fiancé Catherine Eamma were married on June 24, 2017.





Vice President and presided over two separate renovation projects for student lounges on campus and raised thousands of dollars for the school. 6. Elena Ray (‘12) graduated cum laude from the University of Houston with a B.S. in nutrition and was accepted to the B.S.N. nursing program at UTMB in Galveston. She is very excited to take the next step in her education as she pursues her goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist.


7. Alyssa Beach (‘13) graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in biomedical sciences. She graduated magna cum laude with a bilingual Spanish certificate. Alyssa will attend medical school at Texas Tech 3. Jordan Gray (‘11) graduated University Health Sciences with honors from San Jacinto Maritime Academy with a degree in Center beginning August 2017 with plans to specialize in trauma marine transportation. In addition, he holds a 200-Ton Masters License surgery after medical school. (Captain) with the U.S. Coast Guard 8. Dan Crozier (’13) graduated for near coastal and western rivers. from Texas A&M University with a He is a steersman for Cheryl K. degree in construction science. He Marine, a marine charter company credits his summer jobs with Coach that provides transportation of Van Rieg at CCS and Jim Boyd petroleum products as well as at BIG Enterprises for his love of dangerous liquids and gas. construction. Dan will continue to live in College Station as he begins 4. Kelsie Suter (’11) graduated his career as a project engineer with from The Bush School of Gilbane, Inc. Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University with her 9. Lauren Echols (‘13) graduated Master of International Affairs. from Texas A&M University with Focusing on national security and a B.S. in nutritional science and diplomacy, Kelsie completed a a minor in Spanish. She took rigorous two-year program with the exam to become a Dietetic three concentrations: Intelligence Technician, registered in January as an Instrument of Statecraft; and is participating in dietetic American Diplomacy and internships this summer, which will Foreign Policy; and Conflict and qualify her to become a registered Development. She received the dietitian. Most recently, Lauren Dean’s Leadership Certificate and became engaged to fellow CCS earned the Medal of Excellence alumnus Cody Chaffin (’13). by completing the leadership 10. Sarah Kooiman (‘13) certificate as well as an intense graduated with a B.S. in business online ePortfolio. entrepreneurial management 5. Hunter Byrne (’12) graduated and a minor in psychology from summa cum laude and top 10% Trinity Christian College in Palos in her class from the University Heights, IL. of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s 11. Robert (Bobby) Miller (’13) degree in finance and a masters graduated from Texas A&M of business administration in University earning a B.S. in finance. She made the dean’s list mechanical engineering from each semester and was a part of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He will work and Alpha Psi Honor Societies. She served as the Student Government reside in Austin.








Warriors at Work



1. Lindsay Ehrhardt (‘05) recently performed with the A.D. Players in their production of the classic comedy “You Can’t Take It With You.” She was thrilled to work with this well-respected company and to perform in the new A.D. Players’ theater in the Galleria area. Lindsay is a member of the Classical Theatre Company and has performed in more than 20 productions in recent years. Lindsay is a graduate of Baylor University where she earned a B.F.A. in theater performance.


2. Kelsie Salmon Moore (’07) and husband Kent recently bought their first house in Lubbock, TX. Kelsey works for Lubbock Christian University as an Admissions Advisor. Kent is an Escrow Officer for Title One. They just adopted their first pet—a greyhound named Henry. 3. Hallie Salmon (‘10) used her major in International Studies from Texas A&M University across the world last year. She taught English at the New York


Language School in Loja, Ecuador, and worked as an au pair in Rome. 4. Cody Franklin (’11) is using his degree in forestry and minor in recreation, parks and tourism from Texas A&M University as a Front Country Recreation Technician for the U.S. Forest Service. He is stationed in North Bend, WA working at Mount Baker in the Snoqualmie National Forest.

Warrior Weddings

1 1. Joshua Clark (’01) married Amanda Orzechowski on December 17, 2016, in a beautiful ceremony in Scotch Plains, NJ. They work together doing balloon art and face painting in the New York Area and live in New Jersey. 2. Andrew Graber (‘04) married Caitlyn Bordeaux on October 29, 2016, with fellow alumni, friends and family by their side including alumni parents Gary and Elaine Graber, bridesmaid Monica Graber (‘03), groomsman Josh Graber (‘06) and his wife Taylor; groomsman Michael Anderson (‘06) and his wife Laura, groomsman Matt Moore (‘04) and his wife Katelin, and in attendance were Kevin Poppe (‘06)



2 and alumni parents Peter Michael and Lynnette Anderson. The couple lives in Fayetteville, AR. Andrew is an RN (Critical Care Coordinator), and Caitlyn is a marketing director. 3. Steve Dansby (’05) married Ashton in May 2017. Steve is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in computer information systems. He owns a digital marketing agency called, “” He and Ashton attend Lakewood Church. She surprised him with a groom’s cake to commemorate a company he cofounded called



4. Brian Fredrich (‘10) & Rachael Elkins Fredrich (‘10) were married on August 6, 2016, in St. Croix. The couple was blessed to have family and fellow CCS alumni by their side for their special day: maid of honor Elizabeth Elkins (‘04), bridesmaid Amanda Cronin (‘10), groomsman Trevor Sparks (‘10), flower girls and current CCS students Autumn and Cadence Elkins, usher Jeremy Elkins (‘01), sister-in-law and current CCS teacher Courtney Elkins and wedding guests alumna Cat Crozier Sparks (‘10) and former CCS student Taylor McCraw. Brian and Rachael live in New York where Brian is studying for his master’s degree at Cornell University, and Rachael is a nurse.

Little Warriors


4 1. Micah Gertson (’01) and wife Jannat welcomed baby Alexander Nour into the world on Oct. 4, 2016. Micah says, “He is growing well and loves his big brother Jonah (2 1/2 years old).” After earning his MBA with high honors at Boston University in 2016, Micah is working for Altman Vilandrie & Co. as a strategy consultant to the technology, media and telecom industries. Jannat enjoys her job as a pharmacist. They split time between two Boston area churches-Arabic Evangelical Church of Boston and Grace Chapel Watertown. 2. Melinda Reynolds Ivie (’03) and husband Clint have a beautiful baby girl named Rylee who will be oneyear old on July 27, 2017. Melinda is an award-winning designer and project manager at M. Swabb Decor + Style. She has used her degree in interior design from the Art Institute of California in San Diego and her experience to help the company remain one of the top design firms in southern California. She specializes in commercial spaces and also enjoys remodels and residential custom furniture design. In her spare time, she volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.


5 3. Michael Anderson (’04) and wife Laura welcomed Graham Wayland Anderson on Jan. 31, 2017. Graham weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. and measured 21.5 inches. Michael and his family live in Nashville, TN. Michael holds a B.S. in computer science from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University. He is the CEO of GameWisp, Inc., which helps online content creators build their careers, and Laura is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. They attend church at MidTown Fellowship and love being parents to Graham. “It is amazing to be a father,” says Michael. “We love our curious, smiley and fun little boy, and we are excited to watch him grow up!” 4. Nathan Gertson (’05) and his wife Claire are enjoying raising their oneyear old son, Graham Floyd Gertson. Nathan is an insurance agent in the Springfield, MO area, and Claire has a full-time job bringing up little Graham. “Life is beautiful,” says Nathan. 5. Jordan Canik (‘07) and wife Kathryn welcomed 8 lb., 6 oz. Amber Lynn into the world on Nov 30, 2016.




Amber is the first grandchild and great grandchild on both sides of the family. Jordan is the manager of a Sherwin Williams store in Frisco, TX, and Kat is a national sales support representative for Spectrum Business. 6. Whitney Green Marquardt (’07) and husband Adam welcomed their second child on April 29, 2017. Avery Grace Marquardt was born weighing 7 lb., 3oz. “We feel so blessed that God chose us to be this sweet girl’s parents,” says Whitney. “Our two-year old, Colton, adores his little sister.” Whitney is a labor and delivery nurse at Memorial Hermann Cypress. She and Adam will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary in September. 7. Lindsay Adam Santos (’08) and husband Ricardo welcomed Anthony Ramsey Santos on May 15, 2017. He weighed 10 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 21.5 inches. Lindsay is a nurse at Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands for a cardiology group. Ricardo is the logistics manager at a construction company. They attend Woodsedge Community Church in the Woodlands where Lindsay serves on the worship team.



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Cypress Christian School CONNECTION Magazine Summer 2017  
Cypress Christian School CONNECTION Magazine Summer 2017