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Founded in 1987, Fort Bend Christian Academy is a premier pre-kindergarten through grade 12 collegepreparatory Christian school located on a 35-acre campus in the heart of Sugar Land, Texas. College-preparatory academics, award-winning competitive sports, state championship visual and performing arts, local, national and global service opportunities...we are FBCA! Fort Bend Christian Academy exists to glorify God through excellence in college-preparatory Christian education. FBCA Magazine is published by the Department of Communications and Marketing. We welcome student and alumni news. Contact us at FBCA Magazine, P.O. Box 112, Sugar Land, TX 77487-0112, krice@fortbendchristian.org, 281-263-9175. www.fortbendchristian.org

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Board of Trustees

Kim Rice, Brittney Byrd

Brittney Byrd, Sarah Fiore, Robert Sanders

Trey Hendershot, President • Alicia Scala, Vice President Jeff Smith, Secretary • Josh LaRocca, Treasurer Joe Davis • Terrence Gee • Bob Page Chris Roberts • Jessica Williams

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Over the course of my eleven-year journey at Fort Bend Christian Academy as a teacher and now school chaplain, I have been blessed to work with many extraordinary Christian people. I continually see faculty meetings begun in prayer and led by godly leaders who desire for their teams to teach and serve students and families effectively. I repeatedly witness Christian teachers loving Jesus and enjoying their subject content as they encourage their students to grow and incorporate biblical values into their studies. I frequently encounter Christians in the front desks, offices, cafeterias and maintenance areas as they do their part to influence the school community and those outside the school community every day. As I walk the halls of our school, I am often reminded that biblical worldview and influences come from a variety of sources on our school campus. What a beautiful picture, and it does not happen by accident. On each of our campuses, students interact with these Christian influencers in age-appropriate ways. Christian education at all levels includes biblical teaching, Scripture memorization, biblical character formation and a large view of the nature of God. As students transition from lower school to middle school, their experience expands to include Bible as a specific class while they also continue to encounter biblically-based teachings in their other classes. By the time students reach the upper school, students interact with the Theology Department in semester-long classes that will continue to prepare them to own their faith as they leave for college. To further accomplish this purpose, the upper school Theology Department introduced several new classes this fall such as World Religions, Spiritual Formations, C.S. Lewis Christian Classics, Theology of Romans, Christian Ethics and the Kingdom of God.

In addition to the ongoing work in the classroom, students participate in a weekly chapel. The weekly chapel program is currently focused on the idea of loving God and loving people. Acts 2:42 reads, “...they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” All of our chapels touch on the Acts 2:42 principle in some way by incorporating various speakers and worship through song. Moms in Prayer gatherings on Tuesday mornings, Monday morning men’s prayer gatherings, Authentic Manhood series during Men’s Breakfast on Fridays, and intentional Bible studies are also offered as ways for adults to connect with each other on a regular basis in our school community. At FBCA, we work diligently in the hopes that students and families may experience the biblical truths that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that in love He gave His life so that we may have an eternal relationship with Him. Within this environment, Fort Bend Christian Academy seeks to live out our mission of excellence in Christian education. Within this intentional culture, students and adults can find ways to grow in their expressions of the Christian faith. Like sanctification, excellence is an ongoing process, and we as a school are seeking to grow in both.


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believe. achieve. lead. In addition to FBCA’s mission statement, this concise list of imperative verbs declares the school’s best wishes for our students. It affirms not just what but how we envision our students will succeed during their time at FBCA and beyond. Our prayerful hope and intention is that the school’s foundational purpose–our very reason for being–is to nurture and mentor thinking, faithful and committed Christian citizens. With families that clearly share our vision and values, with adult mentors who care not just about our students’ learning but also about their souls, FBCA seeks in personal and professional ways to “raise up” class after class of students whose faith

will guide them to achieve in ways reflecting Christian ideals. We strive to mentor and guide students whose intellects, whose training, and whose Christian faith will naturally make them into the kind of leaders our broken world so desperately needs. That balance of “believe. achieve. lead.” will prove to be a blessing beyond our students’ studies and careers. It will prove to be a blessing to our country and our world. Dr. David Pitre, Head of School


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FBCA Moms in Prayer Celebrate Two Decades on Campus

What started in 1984 as a small gathering has exploded into a worldwide movement in 12,000 schools all over the United States and in more than 140 countries. According to their website, the mission of Moms in Prayer International (MIP) is “to impact children and schools worldwide for Christ by gathering mothers to pray.” “What a blessing it is to pray together for our kids, staff and school each week,” FBCA mom Shauna Halwass said. “It’s my one hour a week that I look forward to and I never want to miss.” For nearly 20 years, moms have gathered together at Fort Bend Christian Academy to pray for students, teachers, the school and each other. “Moms in Prayer is a wonderful sisterhood,” Kirston Ashton, FBCA mom, said.

Amy Rivers, the coordinator of MIP, has been part of the ministry for a decade. “One of the privileges of a Christian school is that we can have MIP on campus,” Rivers said. “It makes us feel that much more the spirit of the school as we are in the Spirit of the Lord praying.” Moms in Prayer meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the FBCA Fieldhouse conference room (located at the Athletic Complex). All moms are welcome and encouraged to attend. “You don’t have to have any special talent, skill, budget or give an extensive amount of time,” FBCA mom Tangerlia Felton said. “All it takes is a desire to be with like-spirited moms who want to see prayers manifested for our children, our school and our community as a whole. It never ceases to amaze me that every time I attend, no matter what my attitude or emotional state was before I entered, I always leave feeling like I received more than I gave.”


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“They were continually

devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to

fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42

Breakfast Prayer Study Strengthens and Encourages the Men of FBCA

Twice a month in the early morning hours, you will find a group of Fort Bend Christian Academy dads, grandfathers and staff eating breakfast, studying God’s Word and praying together. Since its start in 2011, the breakfast book series study provides a time for Christian men to be encouraged, uplifted and have an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations.

build relationships with the men and challenges me to be a better man all around. I must also say the food is ALWAYS very good!”

Each session of the current Authentic Manhood 33 Series focuses on an aspect of Christian manhood that has direct application to a man's inner life, married life, father life and work life.

“We think we are the only ones, but as we talk together, we realize we are not the only ones struggling with these issues,” he said. “Iron sharpens iron! It has greatly helped my walk and leading my family.”

“Every man leaves strengthened and encouraged by the fellowship of other men in various stages of life,” said Wes Pogue, FBCA Chaplain.

In addition to the breakfast study time, the men of FBCA regularly gather at each campus to pray for the school, students and families.

“The Friday morning men’s breakfast is a great time to connect with other men who I can identify with on multiple levels,” said FBCA dad Nicholas Gikonyo. “The sharing and the 33 Series has helped me

FBCA dad, Michael Kopfer, said the study has the men discussing problems and issues they face in this fast-paced world that need to be talked about with other Christian men.


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Middle School Praise Band

Oluwadaara “Daara” Akinpelu plays piano in the praise band. She has been playing piano since she was five years old. The praise band leads the middle school campus in worship every Wednesday morning during chapel.

“Worship band has helped me grow in my faith by drawing me closer to God through music,” Daara said. “The words in the songs we play inspire me to have a deeper relationship with God. For example, ‘King of my Heart’ reminds me that God is good, and He is always holding on to me.”


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Upper School Praise Band Every Wednesday during chapel and at this year’s See You at the Cross gathering, keyboardist Ian Aviles leads the upper school students and staff in worship.

“For me, worship is one of the most important things in my life,” Ian said. “It is how we express our love to God. By doing so, we show how much we love Him. Praise band is something more because you are expressing your love to God, and at the same

time, you are also leading others in worshipping God.”

Ian knows that being a member of the praise band is a privilege.

“We get the chance to stand in front of the whole school, express our love for God and through our worship show others who God is,” he said.


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FBCA has partnered with Young Life to establish a chapter on campus, and students, faculty and staff have joined together to train and prepare for what this new opportunity means for students and families.

Sometimes, students who have been raised Christian can find themselves feeling spiritually apathetic, but Shelby Hooper, World History and Psychology Teacher, hopes Young Life will be an opportunity for students to break down barriers and develop genuine faith. Senior Faith Webster agrees.

“Being at a Christian school, Jesus can sometimes become a class, and having Young Life provides a refreshing new influence into the students showing that life with Jesus is fulfilling,” Webster said.

Young Life involves two weekly meetings—a fun, high-octane club night on Mondays seeking to get everyone excited to worship God, and a Bible study another night of the week

meant for deeper, more intentional discipleship time.

“Young Life can make the gospel more personal. It’s more about developing a relationship with Jesus instead of just following a list of rules and regulations,” Hooper said.

The goal of the FBCA Young Life is to provide a more relaxed, judgment-free spiritual setting allowing students to be more vulnerable and make the gospel more personal. Cameron Butcher, YL Staff Member, will visit campus regularly to interact with and support the students. “I joined YL to surround myself with a group of people that I know wanted to be more like Christ,” Sean O’Brien said. “I was curious what YL was like, and so I dove right in and ended up loving every bit of it. I believe FBCA needs YL in order to surround ourselves with role models and followers of Christ, in order to keep each other accountable on our relationship with Jesus.”


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“The senior retreat will definitely be one of the most memorable trips. It was amazing to see our grade united. I was able to grow closer to all my fellow classmates while growing closer to God at the same time. The trip was filled with constant laughter, encouragement and endless joy.” -Sean O’Brien


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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the FBCA community wanted to support families affected by the disaster with monetary donations, cleaning supplies, and most importantly, providing volunteers to muck homes and pray for individuals.

FBCA created a Disaster Relief Fund and used Eagle Extravaganza, an all-school event, as the means to fundraise. In partnership with Second Mile Mission Center, an organization that helps Fort Bend County residents in poverty and crisis by providing basic needs and opportunities to take next steps in their lives, FBCA accepted physical donations. “FBCA Strong” t-shirts were available for purchase and cash donations were also accepted at the gate and at the beverage tent. More than $33,000 was raised for the FBCA Disaster Relief Fund which benefited FBCA families, faculty and staff affected by the storm.

Attendees enjoyed a DJ, bounce house, obstacle course, Kona Ice truck, lawn games and more.

“It was great to have an opportunity to come together after a stressful time and focus on all we have to be thankful for,” Nicole Bowles, Director of Advancement said. “We are thankful that our families helped each other and that Woodlands Christian also participated. Our school community will greatly benefit from so many generous donations.”

Every donation—regardless of the size—made a difference and contributed to the huge success of the fundraiser. Fifth-grade students Brianna Lemon, Ashley Huber and Sophia Polasek made and sold jewelry and glow-in-the-dark molded figurines at the event in order to contribute to the fund. They raised $30 dollars and saved $10 so they could buy more supplies and make more crafts to continue to raise more money for the fund.

In addition to Eagle Extravaganza, other FBCA students were also featured in community media for their work and insight.

Fifth-grader Katherine Trinh wrote a school essay about her aunt’s volunteer work during the hurricane, and it was featured on KPRC-TV news.

Second-grade student Eddie Scala sold lemonade and donated the proceeds to his church so that they could disperse it to those affected by the hurricane.

One of the most successful student initiatives was Hurricane Harvey T-Shirts designed by a group of FBCA upper school girls. The Houston skyline and Psalm 46:1 (“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help

in trouble”) were featured on the back of the shirt.

“We all witnessed this terrible disaster first hand,” Katia Garcia, FBCA sophomore said. “We could not just sit around and do nothing about it. So, we decided to start up this fundraiser to raise money to help all the people in Houston that were affected by this terrible storm and the flooding it caused.”


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Alex Somarriba – Homecoming King Faith Webster – Homecoming Queen


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“It was an absolute blessing to

be named Homecoming Queen by a school and students that

I love so much! When I looked

Homecoming Court Winners

up to the stands my heart

Homecoming King:

adventure to go to a school

Alex Somarriba

was full. It has been such an

Homecoming Queen:

Faith Webster

Junior Prince:

Luke Markoe

full of people that I love and

Junior Princess:

Maci Winters

that have influenced my

Sophomore Duke:

Ryan Matta

Sophomore Duchess:

Paige Estes

-Faith Webster

Freshman Count:

walk with Christ.�

Freshman Countess:

Ian Aviles Mandy Kamp


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Homecoming Spirit Week


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2007 TAPPS 5A State Softball Champions

Crystal Buraruk, Hillary Butler, Chelsea Cadman, Christie Cuadra, Elyse DeBuck, Alex Dudley, Rachel Fox (inducted in 2015), Christine Gilbert, Jessica Goodin, Stephanie Hamner, Lauren Higdon, Cameron Olson, Charlie Roth, Kelsey Watts and Julia Zinsmeister Coach Holly Fay and Coach Kelly Carroll

Record of 33-5

“The 2007 season was my first at Fort Bend Christian Academy. It was a learning time for everyone involved, coaches and players. We didn’t have a lot of depth, but behind Rachel Fox’s arm, we were able to succeed. We played Victoria St. Joseph’s in the championship game at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and it capped a great year!” -Coach Kelly Carroll


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Chromebooks In the Classroom

Pre-K Students

“Using educational programs such as ABC Mouse and ABCya!, my pre-kindergarten students are getting additional practice in their classroom content, while learning basic computer functions to be later introduced to typing and eventually base-level coding.” –Chelsie Scheffer, Computer Teacher

Grade 4 Students

“There are several benefits to using Chromebooks. Students can have a more real-world experience by creating multimedia presentations and working through their writing and research through multiple drafts. Efficiency is another benefit. Students may access their work anytime and anywhere, so the old excuse of ‘my dog ate my homework’ is no longer

applicable. Finally, when group projects are appropriate, students may collaborate in teams to create a presentation or document with all members of the team having the latest version of the document. I am grateful to have all of the files in one location. That makes assessment and providing feedback to students much faster than before.” –Lori MacConnell, Fourth Grade Teacher

Middle School Students

“The Chromebooks allow students to have access at all times to assignments and reference materials that teachers post online. It helps students digitally organize their work and build confidence in their use of technology. The Middle School Academic Team is using the Chromebooks to prepare for the Future City contest, which will be held in January 2018. This year's topic is how to develop the city of the future that will address the needs of our aging society. Students are using their new Chromebooks to research and define those needs. They will then run a city simulation, develop and engineer solutions, write an essay explaining their use of the engineering process and build the city itself out of recycled materials.” –Cheryl Morgan, English Teacher


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Fort Bend Christian Academy seniors Mindi Warren and Julia Welch were the 2017 Fort Bend County Fair Open Youth Grand Prize winners. Warren won “Best of Show” and “Outstanding Entry Rosette” for Division One 3D Fine Arts, and Welch won “Best of Show” and “Outstanding Entry Rosette” for Division Two 2D Fine Arts. Middle school students from FBCA also received recognition for their art at the fair. Sixth-grade students left to right: Gracie Peschel, Brooke Thompson, Sophia Vrielink, Avery Upchurch, Katie Breedlove, Bo Sanders, Sadie Brown

Eighth-grade students left to right: Top Row Tami Dang, Nate Ali, Franklin Trinh, Kim Ramos, Erin Kram, August Vrielink, Mark Tong Bottom Row Payton Dailey, Darian MacMillan, Grace Fiore, Samantha Nguyen


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ALUMNI Mallory Kornegay ’06

officer in the United States Army. The course is designed to exploit one’s weaknesses.

“If you are physically not as strong as others, how will you handle that?” Mallory said. “If you fail a test, how will you stay motivated and pass the next? You are confined to small quarters with 96 other individuals for 12 weeks, how will you handle that?”

Additionally, there are several challenging graduation requirements built into the program such as land navigation, a military history exam, squad and platoon tests and ruck marches with 50 lbs. in your pack.

“The amount of pride, joy and just simple relief one has from completing the program is difficult to express,” Mallory said. “You have been transformed; whoever you were 12 weeks ago has been forever changed into something so much more.”

In August 2016, Mallory Kornegay, Class of 2006, signed a contract stating her intent to serve as an officer in the United States Army Reserves.

“I consider it my greatest honor to help protect and serve others,” Mallory said. “Joining the military is something I wanted to do since upper school. I elected to join the Army Reserves because it synced harmoniously with my current path. I am currently in graduate school at Texas A&M University and have a civilian career that I am passionate about. Electing for the reserves allowed me to pursue all of those opportunities.”

In the Army, there are three ways to earn your officer commission: graduate West Point, complete an ROTC program at your university or Officer Candidate School (OCS). Mallory was accepted into the OCS program, which means she went through basic combat training at Fort Jackson for 10 weeks and then went to Fort Benning for OCS. OCS is a twelve-week intensive leadership course designed to test one’s physical and mental abilities in order to determine if one is capable of serving as an

Mallory is currently serving in Houston. As a reservist, she serves one weekend per month and two weeks out of the summer.

“I am fortunate to say that I will be serving as a Second Lieutenant in the S4 of the 450th CBRN Battalion,” Mallory said. “In laymen’s terms that translates to: I will be helping with the logistical

planning for a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear unit. As with any reservist unit, there is always the opportunity that my unit could be activated to active status, which means we would deploy to complete whatever mission we have been assigned.” Mallory attended FBCA from Kindergarten through 12th grade and participated in band, athletics, theatre and more. Her sister Lauren ’02 is also an FBCA eagle.

“To this day I can tell you every teacher, every coach, every mentor I had and name the specific impact they had on my life,” Mallory said. “The education I received from Fort Bend Christian Academy has not only prepared me for my military career, but more importantly, for life. From coaches such as Coach Inajo Gray who taught me to put the team before myself, to educators such as Mrs. Candy Anderson who instilled a deep passion for pursing education. Since graduation, I have been aware of the difference and importance my experience at FBCA had on my life. It is something I do not take for granted, but instead, have tried to honor and uphold.”


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Jesse Rice ’12

Jesse Rice ’12 married Kaylin Shillinglaw on May 20, 2017, at the Carleen Bright Arboretum in Woodway, Texas. Jesse’s brother, Colby Rice ’15, stood by his side as Best Man. FBCA basketball teammates and friends, Sam Dawson ’12 and Josh Felton ’12, were groomsmen.

Rice received a degree in Management Information Systems from Baylor University in 2016. He teaches business and computer

technology at Chilton ISD, coaches football, basketball and track and is the FCA and senior class sponsor.

“There’s a need today for positive influences in students’ lives, good teachers that care about their well being and futures. My teachers at FBCA daily demonstrated their love and desire to see me succeed at the next level and consistently shared their love for Christ and instilled that love in me. I want to do the same with my students.”

Kaylin is the Associate Director of Operations for the Baylor University Lady Bears basketball team. The couple live in Waco, Texas, with their dog, Jax, and attend Harris Creek Baptist Church. Photo credit of the Rice wedding goes to Hello Studio Professional Photography.


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Katie Orth ’12

In May 2017, Katie Orth, FBCA Class of 2012, became the KMID/KPEJ evening news anchor for Local 2 News in Midland, Texas. She and Horace Brown co-host the ABC 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, Monday through Friday.

Over the course of her career, Katie has covered many inspiring stories, but her feature on a young athlete named Austin Weed had such a strong impact on her that it left her crying happy tears.

“Austin was a senior in upper school when he was in a tragic accident,” Katie said. “It resulted in the loss of one of his legs. However, ten months later the positive-spirited athlete was back on the basketball court—sporting his prosthetic—shooting triples.”  Having attended FBCA for almost her entire childhood—with a short, few-months exception—Katie made meaningful relationships with many of her teachers. “I had so many inspirational teachers at FBCA,” she said. “There are too many to name really, but I am so grateful for every single one of those teachers.

Wyatt Powell ’11

Alumnus Wyatt Powell continues to live out his dreams. After graduating from FBCA in 2011, he played baseball for Sam Houston State University for four years.

“Playing baseball at FBCA prepared me for the collegiate level in many ways,” Powell said. “It helped me learn the value in taking care of the little things. When you take care of the little things in life (picking up the trash in the dugout, hustling from one spot to the next, rooting on teammates), the big things will come easy. It takes no talent to do the little things right!” Upon graduation from Sam Houston State, he landed a job working in Goldman Sachs’s Private Wealth Management group in downtown Houston. While working at Goldman Sachs, he met Jennifer Scott, whom he married on July 22, 2017 at Noah's Event Venue in Sugar Land, Texas.

They are all wise, and I miss talking one-on-one with them. The intimate student-teacher relationships at FBCA is something to appreciate. That was one of my favorite things about the school.” 

A native of Sugar Land, Katie misses living close to her best friends and family, but she also misses the restaurants.

“Houston has the best food,” she said. “I’m not ashamed to admit that I've asked my mom to bring queso with her on a west Texas visit.”

Fort Bend Christian Academy upper school has a broadcast team, Eagles on the Air, which films and announces big games and special events on and off campus. Katie’s advice to the aspiring reporters on the broadcast team is to persevere and be kind.

“You will have to put in your time at the bottom,” Katie said. “Be willing to work overtime, network and always go out of your way to make someone else's day. This industry is very unique. But, really in any industry to be a positive light to others will always be in style.”  

Many FBCA alumni were in attendance and involved in the wedding including Walker Powell ’14 (Best Man), and David Thomas ’11 (Groomsman).

“David Thomas was my most influential teammate at FBCA,” Powell said. “On top of being an excellent friend and teammate at FBCA, he ended up marrying my first cousin, so we are now family/friends for life! We stay in constant contact, and we are all lucky as Americans to have him defending this great country as a member of the U.S. Air Force.” Powell and his wife are members of West U Baptist Church.

Photo credit of the Powell wedding goes to Morgan Linzee Photography.

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Taylor Garcia ’08

Like most people considering a private education, Taylor Garcia, Class of 2008, was attracted to FBCA’s small class sizes, dedicated faculty and friendly culture.

“I began attending FBCA as a freshman in upper school, and I was blown away by how welcoming everyone was even though I was the new kid,” Garcia said.

Currently, Garcia is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern  (LPC-I) at Heritage Behavioral Health Consultants. She says it was Mr. Henderson’s Bible classes that fueled her passion and curiosity for the Lord, ultimately directing her toward a masters program for counseling that allowed her to integrate her faith.

healing power of counseling, and I see it as the way I can best be Jesus's hands and feet.”

Garcia recently received her Masters degree from Denver Seminary in Littleton, CO, but she succeeded in undergrad at Texas A&M as well, which she attributes to her education at FBCA.

“A common theme that I remember as I look back on my experience at FBCA was that I felt noticed and known,” Garcia said. “Those two experiences of feeling noticed and known were so important to my adolescent development. The extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities at FBCA prepared me for private practice. I am so thankful for my time at FBCA!”

“I have known I wanted to be a counselor since I was eight years old,” she said. “My early experiences as a child, including my own experience with therapy, are what led me to pursue a career in counseling. I have always enjoyed working with people and caring for those that are hurting. I truly believe in the

Zach Newton ’04

Zach Newton, Class of 2004, will serve as the inaugural president of the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association will host social events, reunions, provide opportunities for alumni to speak at admission events, volunteer on campus, serve as mentors to students, participate in speaking engagements and much more.

“The first time I met Zach, I knew he was the right choice,” Nicole Bowles, Advancement Director, said. “Zach embodies the qualities of an exemplary FBCA graduate. Not only is he a strategic thinker, but he also has a long history with the school and a deep passion for taking the Association to a high level.”

Zach began school at FBCA in 1992, and remembers the school as being a very positive environment.

“The size of the school helped foster relationships outside of your primary social circle,” said Zach. “I’m looking forward to helping engage and reconnect alumni to an institution that, in our formative years, was one of the most important places in our lives.”

Zach graduated from Texas State with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting. He works as a Financial Analyst for BP, and has been married to Erin for six years. They are expecting their first child in May, and he hopes to continue the Eagle tradition for a second generation. facebook.com/FortBendChristianAlumni


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NEXT GENERATION

Alumni Families Continue the Eagle Tradition education. We love hearing the girls come home from school and retell Bible stories that they are learning about in the classroom. Last year Autumn retold the Parable of the Sower, including what it means, with great insight that I would not have expected from a Kindergartner. Olivia has a better understanding now of ‘consequences’ after learning about Adam and Eve in her Pre-K class. Photo Credit: Solaris Studios

wife Jamie, Kinley (Kindergarten) and Michael

Mike Rozell ’00,

Amanda Clarke Walker, ’01, husband Andrew ’02, Autumn (First Grade), Olivia (Pre-K) and Declan

I had many close friends at FBCA that I still talk to (our kids are even in the same class). During my senior year, our baseball team made it to the state championship. We chose FBCA for Kinley for many reasons. My mom, Barbara Rozell, was one of the first librarians to work there. She was the one to automate it from standard checkout cards to technology.

Thinking back on my time at FBCA, my fondest memories are of Monsieur Boutin, our beloved French teacher. He was one of the kindest and most sincere people I have ever met. I also cherish the memories of pep rallies, cheer camp and cheering on my high school sweetheart as he played soccer. Now I have been married to that high school sweetheart for 14 years, and we have three precious children, two of whom currently attend FBCA.

We chose to send our children to FBCA because we greatly value the connection and intimacy that are possible in a private school where class sizes are small, and teachers have more time to know and care for each of their students. Autumn was diagnosed with Dyslexia last spring, and I am confident this was identified so early because of her small class size. We also appreciate the emphasis on a Christian

Ryan McGowen’02,

wife Laura, Adeline (Kindergarten), Aubrey and Mason We chose to send our children to FBCA so they would receive a Christian education in a safe, loving environment.

We love the Christian foundation and the family closeness FBCA provides. We wanted Kinley to be part of a smaller class and grow with a close-knit group through upper school. We loved that she would be growing up alongside families that held the same morals/values as we did. We went on a tour with Kinley, and everything about it just felt right.


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Lindsye Forson O’Sullivan ’01,

husband Liam, Adelaide (Pre-K), Emilia and Jack

I grew up at FBCA. The small school environment and the amount that the teachers, faculty and staff truly cared about each student, really did make it feel like a family and I wanted a similar experience for my children. I also had teachers who helped me learn to write, analyze information and think critically–all skills that helped me succeed in law school and beyond. The fact that Adelaide is now going to school with the children of some of my friends from FBCA makes it even more special!

Ben Dawson ’09

Ben Dawson, Class of 2009, and wife Brenna got to bring their triplets home! Lucas James, Lily Kate and Ava Grace were born on April 24, 2017.

Although they all look alike right now, with bright blue eyes and bald heads, the babies’ individual personalities are already evident.

“Luke (Lucas) is such a happy baby,” Ben said. “He is curious about the world around him and loves to smile! Lily is going to be our ringleader. She has a huge personality and loves to be told how pretty she is. She is very chatty and loves to talk to everyone, especially herself ! Ava is the smallest of the three, but she is our biggest fighter! She loves cuddles with Mom and Dad, and also enjoys playing peekaboo.”

Parents know that being responsible for one newborn is a lot of work—let alone the difficulty of caring for three infants at once. Ben said the role models he found in the FBCA community helped prepare him for that challenge.

“The Christian teachers, parents and families at FBCA gave me constant examples of what a good husband and father looked like,” Ben said. “I also was taught to trust in God despite any hardship.”


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