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2013 Lady Eagle Softball Team

2013 Eagle Baseball Team

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Fort Bend Christian Academy won the 2013 TAPPS 4A State Championships for both Baseball and Softball on May 14 at the state playoffs at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Coach Kelly Ferguson Carroll’s Lady Eagles won their fourth state title in the 4-0 win over Fort Worth Christian School. Lizzy Fox pitched a fantastic game, striking out twelve and allowing only three hits.

2013 Lady Eagle Softball Team: Kelsey Roberts, Morgan Kornegay, Lauren Lazenby, Kendall Brown, Hannah Hawley, Parker McCarley, Katherine Krehmeier, Hayley Dryden, Jessica Zak, Jennifer Hudler, Elizabeth Fox, Madison Gould, Mady Hill, Lauren Brown, Haley Meinen, Maggie Beckman.

In addition to Fox, Haley Meinen, Jessica Zak, and Kelsey Roberts were named to the All-Tournament Team. Coach Jesse Roman led the Eagles to their first State Championship game with a tense 12-11 victory over Midland Christian School. With a commanding lead for the first half of the game, the Eagles had to battle back in the sixth inning with four hits to secure the state championship title. Named to the All-Tournament Team were Joe Lyall, Jack Thomas, Perry Hawley, and Roe Medlin. Congratulations to the Fort Bend Christian Academy 2013 TAPPS 4A State Softball Champions and State Baseball Champions!

Fort Bend Christian Academy is honored to be recognized by the Houston Chronicle in the annual Chronicle Cup. What a stellar year in athletics! Congratulations to FBCA teams: Softball TAPPS 4A State Champs, Baseball TAPPS 4A State Champs, Girls Basketball TAPPS 4A State Runner Up, Girls Cross Country State Runner Up, and the Boys Track team was third in TAPPS 4A State rankings - WOW!

Head Coach Kelly Ferguson Carroll, Assistant Coaches Kelli Jacoby and Rachel Webking, Trainer Leslie Humphrey, Managers Emily DeBuck, Brooke Hallaman, and Amanda Williams. 2013 Eagles Baseball Team: Taylor Smith, Joe Lyall, Parker Smith, Brock Bartley, Ethan Stanley, Luke Pope, Rowe Medlin, Seth Hine, Perry Hawley, Tony Obeid, Trent Bohny, Hunter Ranly, Duncan McNair, Jack Thomas, Shea Hine, Michael Clines, Spencer Paschal. Head Coach Jesse Roman, Assistant Coaches Mathis Huff, David McDaniel, Rob Thorborrow, and C. Creighton Hoke, Trainer Leslie Humphrey, Managers Lauren Ogden and Riley Russell. The Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle Cup featured Fort Bend Christian Academy as one of the top athletic programs for public and private schools in the Houston area! Chronicle Cup points were awarded to schools based on their performance in team and individual sports. The schools could earn points in individual and team sports competition, including qualifying for the postseason and postseason performance, winning a district title or regional championship, or by finishing in the top three at regional or state meets.

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2013 TAPPS 4A ART STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

You have to dig deep and equip your players, who just happen to be artists. This year, there was a continued hunger to not rest but to fight, create, and to give excellence to reclaim art for the Kingdom…whether win or lose, to glorify God in creating. To my students, thank you for taking a risk and passionately sacrificing your time outside the classroom. Even when the sun went down, you pressed forward. We battled with each other to be better artists. The return on your sacrifice as a team was fruitful – it created memories, and together we captured a third championship. I am honored and humbled to have had this group of seniors place their mark on this year and I say, “You have boldly held our tradition strong.” I will greatly miss you and your leadership. The beauty of this year was that our victory goes from our seniors all the way down to the freshmen. In closing, I believe the greatest snapshots of this year were the conversations about discipleship that went beyond the classroom. I have always told you I am preparing you for life on a battleship. To be disciples! To be able to defend and fight with real swords and not fake plastic toys. “All men are like grass, and their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8) I will let the artwork speak for itself ! Well done again to all! Well done! Well done in the name of Christ. Robert Sanders


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1st - Jake Mathews 2nd - Matthew Hamner


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“And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the

fathers, that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus . . .�

Acts 13:32-33

Photography by Gail Roy and Patty Dishman

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Barry University Baylor University Belmont University Blinn College Brescia University Davidson College Golden State Baptist College Harding University Houston Baptist University

Class Stats • • • • • •

75 students 100% accepted at post-secondary institutions 92% attending four-year universities Over $2,400,000 scholarship offers made to the graduates $1,200,000 scholarships were accepted Over 12,768 service hours were per formed by the graduates during their 4-years of high school

Houston Community College LeTourneau University Louisiana State University Mississippi College Northwestern University Oklahoma State University Penn State University Spelman College Stephen F. Austin State University

Temple University Texas A&M Blinn Texas A&M University Texas Christian University Texas State University Texas Tech University Trinity University University of Alabama University of Houston

University of Mississippi University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Texas University of St. Thomas University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Dallas University of Texas at El Paso Wharton County Junior College

Andrew Singer, Valedictorian, will attend Texas A&M University, and plans to major in mechanical engineering. Andrew's future goals include becoming an engineer and improving or inventing a new technology. Among his many honors, he has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, by the College Board as an AP Scholar, by the Association of Christian Schools International for Outstanding Achievement in Academics and Athletics, and as an Academic All-State Athlete in swimming. Andrew is the son of Sandra and Jeff Singer of Richmond.

Joshua Mott, Salutatorian, will attend the University of Texas, and plans to major in

business, as well as completing the prerequisites for pre-med. His future goal is to start his own medical practice. Josh received the Association of Christian Schools International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Academics and the College Board's AP Scholar with Honor Award. He is the son of Tammy and Virgil Mott of Sugar Land.


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Lifers:

Back Row: Charlie Garland, Victoria Rigsby, Andrew Singer, Christopher Smith, Dillon Adams, Matthew Sellers Bottom Row: Jenna Papke, Katie Knake, Matthew Hamner, Lauren Reynolds, Joshua Mott, Dylan Sandlin, Leah Dibble, Austin McAdory, Lindsey Perry, Kaleigh Dinges, Katie Okano


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Gala

THANK YOU to our Underwriters

THANK YOU to all of our underwriters, table sponsors, and volunteers who made the Step Up to the Plate Gala and Auction a great success!

Scoreboard Kathy & Scott Martin

Decorations Colony Eye Care Center

Photography Stacy & Mike Welch

Stationery Network Funding, L.P. Lisa & Buzz Baker

Commemorative Gift Bag Diamond H Ranch

T-Shirt Campbell's Compounding Pharmacy

Invitation Ellie & Kent Brotherton Timewise

Sponsor Gift El Rancho Arenosa

Online Auction Muffin Tops Baking God is Good All the Time


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THANK YOU to our Table Sponsors Lou Gehrig

Jackie Robinson

Yogi Berra

Lisa & Jay Crotts Joe, Robin, Bradley, & Audrey Davis Neuralog

Houston Baptist University Terri & Terrence Gee Wendy & John Severance Nahas Data Source

Brenda & Randy Brantley The Lastrapes Family Laredo Construction

Linda Howell, Diirector of Development Tina Robison, Silent Auction Chair

A League of Their Own Tina & Peter Rigsby Cherry & Terry Sears The Griffiths, Harris, Hupp, Klatt, & Perry Families

Conference Team Managers Cathy Stubbs, Live Auction Chair Commissioner James Patterson, Nelda Prince, Underwriting Chair Auctioneer Todd Prince, Auctioneer

The Barbe, Coker, Fredrickson, Ramirez, & Zgarba Families Early McClintic & McMillan, L.L.P Sally White and Kimberly Walker, Auction Administrators


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For an interim week each spring, the high school students of Fort Bend Christian Academy have the privilege of serving our local community, as well as throughout the United States and abroad. For more on the 2013 mission trips, visit the Eagle Week blog, FBEagleWeek.wordpress.com for a glimpse of God changing the lives of students and staff as they enthusiastically joined Him in His work.

Matthew Hamner, FBCA Class of 2013, University of Texas

playing baseball with the kids if the love of Christ is not shared? What When you think of a “mission trip,” your mind usually jumps to good is repairing a church, if the gospel is not preached in that church? Mexico, Honduras, or Africa. The eastern European nation of Ukraine That is the purpose of going to Ukraine: spreading the gospel. The normally does not come to mind. This was certainly true for me two and relationships built in Ukraine are built to last because they are all a half years ago when I was first presented with the opportunity to go to founded with Christ as the common denominator. Ukraine, a land about which I knew very little. I have since been there When going to a foreign land, there is always a culture shock, and it three times, and those have been the greatest trips of my life. usually throws everyone off for a Going to Ukraine immerses you in a different type of culture that Through the tears, laughter, and lack of sleep, we made while. We, as Americans, are not used to the quiet culture of requires a different approach to it through and God has given us strength. No matter Ukraine, which can make breaking ministry. The principal task of what was thrown at us, we were flexible and worked many typical mission trips is manual together, encouraging each other and learning from each the ice very difficult. One thing I labor, whether building a church, other in all situations. “My flesh and my heart may fail, have learned over the years of going there is that the Ukrainians providing clean water, or simply but God is the strength of my heart and my portion painting the house of a local forever” Psalm 73:26.  God has shown us so much in the are just as shocked by the culture churchgoer. These are all crucial past couple of days and we can’t wait to see what else he that we bring with us. I am always parts of foreign ministry and has for us! “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 amazed at the impact a few American teenagers can have on a necessary for the spread of the Ashley Williams and Brock Bartley group of Ukrainians just by gospel, but I think real evangelism showing up. Seeing the wide eyes of and growth comes from a focus on orphans light up simply because you come to hang out with them is one the relationship-building aspect of a mission trip, something that has of the greatest and most humbling experiences. Even adults are excited been greatly highlighted in all of my trips to Ukraine. when we show up to help or maybe even just to share a meal with them. Although manual labor is definitely involved in these trips, the real We often take for granted the impact we have as Americans on countries reward comes from becoming friends with the locals and engaging with where the people view themselves as not worthy of visitation, or them in their culture. I have made many strong friendships with cannot understand why anyone would want to travel to their Christians and non-Christians alike while in Ukraine, and I still keep up country. It is important to use this platform for good and to with many of them via Facebook or email. This is where the real spread the love of Christ through it. ministry happens; the construction work produces a building, but the Ukraine is always a big wake up call conversation produces disciples. What good is going to an orphanage and to me and to everyone else who has been on the trips. It is incredible to


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People are living, yet they are dead inside because they don’t have a personal relationship with Christ. It is our responsibility as Christians to witness to the ones around us and make sure they understand that there is a God who loves them and died for them.  We live in a city, and even a country, that is so blessed and we take it for granted because we get caught up in our everyday lives. Our time here in Ukraine has been so precious and such an eye opener to realize that there are people around us who we see every day and they don’t know Christ. Whether we are in Ukraine, Texas, or even Fort Bend Christian Academy, there are people who don’t know the Lord and we have the opportunity to shine our light and witness to them. Ashley Williams, ‘14


Pleasant Dreams

Ryan Brown, Grade 11

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Joshua Washington, Grade 11

Autocorrect is My enemy; I’d like to Punch it in the fact.

As the above haiku parody suggests, the National English Honor Society at Fort Bend Christian Academy is passionate about language and

celebrates its imperfections. The following

selections have been crafted by high school

students who share this love for literature and its

ineffable qualities. With settings from battlefields to cemeteries and situations from “Rock Bottom”

to “Pleasant Dreams,” the contributors shed light

on the power of the written word.

With the help of our advisors, Deborah Bailey and Alex Dravis, we are pleased to present to you our

first issue of Inkhearts. Natalia Kapacinskas NEHS President

Fort Bend Christian Academy Chapter

The Switch Up

Joshua Washington, Grade 11 You say you're blessed But you're living in the curse Of being subdued by the perverse. And what's worse is that you see it in the church Behind every corner it lurks. Hypocrisy pilots the propriety of society. The reality of this depravity Sheds light on the calamity That no one seems to see or nobody wants to And they shun the few that do Because they skew the view of whatever illusion That they've made their conclusion, People’s vision becoming blurry from this social pollution. So much confusion among people, We’ve fallen off the steeple And haven't yet realized that the fall is lethal. Kaleigh Dinges, Grade 12

Autocorrect Jake Mathews, Grade 11 A Haiku Parody

Pleasant dreams coincide with pleasant nights But try as you might you can't escape the fright. Find delight but only for a moment, Make happiness for yourself But what's the primary component? You want it, you need it like blood you'll bleed it. All on the floor, let it pour, Thunder roars, shakes you to the core. Now you're sprawled out on the floor But you're used to the pain so you want more, But also abhor. But then you see the shore The light at the end of the tunnel The silver lining in the cloud Now the thunder don't seem so loud And the skies are a little bit clearer As waves of hope come crashing nearer.


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Grains of Remembrance Trevor Jamison, Grade 11 Personal Narrative

After a sleepless nine-hour flight from Houston to London, a

As I traveled the anguiform path down the ridge, I was

five-hour ferry ride across the wind-swept English Channel, and a

amazed by how dissimilar the land looked from historical

once again standing on American soil. As I approached the

area of all foliage and adorned it with an assortment of pillboxes

one-hour bus ride through the winding French countryside, I was

American Cemetery in Normandy, France, I was overwhelmed by

the gravity of what I was about to experience.

photographs I had seen. In 1944, the Germans had cleared the and bunkers for defensive purposes. Today no trace of the

Atlantic Wall remains; the fortifications and

Today I would walk where the waves ran red

soldiers have been replaced by an inscrutable

whose ideals of valor and freedom would be

flies. Continuing down the earthen path, the

with the blood of American heroes, young men

canopy of trees and intermittent swarms of

forever remembered in the annals of history

sounds of the forest gradually blended with the

and the hearts of their countrymen.

subdued ebb and flow of the English Channel.

Upon entering the cemetery, I was struck

I felt the cool sea breeze and tasted the salt on

by the contrast before my eyes. Sharp rays of

my lips. Then the path abruptly ended, and my

sunshine charged through the canopy of

feet sank into the historic sand of Omaha

clouds; vibrant bayonets of grass rose from the

Beach. Looking out over the Channel, I

hallowed ground. The pine trees had shed

visualized how the Allied fleet might have

their cones like bombs falling out of the sky.

appeared at the dawn of that fateful day, with

Birds chattered to one another in a code that

the largest armada ever assembled stretching in

dove for cover into his foxhole. Yet in spite of

however, as if nature had no memory of that

not even Alan Turing could decipher. A rabbit this awe-inspiring barrage of life, the scene was

an infinite arc across the horizon. It seemed,

day. The waves lapped languidly on the shore;

consumed by the timeless reality of death. A seemingly endless

a crab plodded its linear course; a bird perched eyeing its prey.

see. As I navigated this tranquil sea of marble, I noticed the years

mind overflowed with gratitude. I carefully removed a glass vial

field of idyllic marble tombstones extended as far as the eye could

of birth and death etched on the lifeless markers. After some

quick mental subtraction, I realized that most of these young

heroes were just a few years older than I. I wondered if I could do

what these youthful freedom fighters did on June 6, 1944: wade out of a flimsy wooden landing craft burdened by seventy-five pounds

The total apathy of nature was on full display, but my heart and

from my pocket, filled it with grains of remembrance, and trekked back up the ridge carrying a poignant memento of my experience in Normandy.

Heading homeward, I examined my sandy souvenir and felt

honored to have stood on the ground where so many of our

of equipment onto a beach swarming with enemy soldiers

nation’s heroes are buried. My journey had helped me envision

anyway. Gazing out over the graves, I gained a new appreciation

Because of this unique trip abroad, I will never forget the sacrifices

however, were soon interrupted by the eerily resonant sound of a

history.

knowing that they would probably die in the process, but still going for the courage of these idealistic Americans. My thoughts,

clock striking ten, and I recalled that it was now time to descend

the path to Omaha Beach.

the backdrop to one of the most daring invasions ever attempted. of these young men whose boots left an indelible mark on world


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Letter From a WWI Soldier Jack Flowers, Grade 10 WWI assignment for World History

To Mother, Father, and Lucy:

22 June 1918

Safe and sound and alive on the front. Must remain vague as to specific whereabouts (due to possibility of spies, etc.), but res t assured I am surviving day in and day out, literally entrenched in the thick of things, putting for th my best efforts to permit others to do the same. I am con ally in debt to you and the peo tinuple of Edinburgh for their unf lappable support, for their will to sacrifice and benefit the war ingness effort, for their obsession wit h keeping track of every curren event on the front, and for the t ir prayers. I must thank you as well, for your consistent genero of addressing to me monthly pac sity kages, chock full of a soldiers every need and pleasure. I was pecially delighted upon receiving estwo weeks worth of newspaper s, as that the officers are the fellows that possess the means only of securing any regular news ser vice from Britain. Their leftove are often quickly devoured by rs throngs of desperate soldiers, longing perhaps to be relieved endless supply of empty time tha of the t weighs about their shoulders, or perhaps for just for a slight taste of home. I have been journaling to a deg ree, most days for hours upon end. Given the sparse happenings rote trench life, I am compelled of to delve into deciphering every event of life deemed as major. Introspection with a deep, phi losophical tint abounds, while coh erent, linear reasoning is as sca decisive victories on the battle rce as field. Despite the abstract, I submit to you here an enclosed of an entry, self-edited to a cer sam ple tain degree: “Called off the front to the rea r office housing my unit's adminis trative head, I received a weekend pass to Paris three wee ks ago yesterday. Enclosed was a round trip train ticket and propaganda leaflet alluring to a the ails of desertion. Ecstatic at my good fortune, I proceeded improve my personal hygiene to to level consistent with what I con sidered fit for Parisian civiliza As I scrubbed and shaved, my ima tion . gination played host to several fantasies concerning my immedi future in the City of Light, all ate of them involving lovely French mad emoiselles, and most of them con taining rather risquĂŠ behavior. I arrived late the next evening , and upon stepping out into the station, I habitually began a rou of casual observation. I conside tine red myself an experienced han d at the good sport of people watching, not that I had the aud acity to invade on any of the obs erved's privacy to ascertain the correctness of my assumptions, but I entertained the notion tha t I steadily improved with pra and time, my skills only bolster ctice ed by the foreign environment of France. While participating in hobby, my eyes came to rest upo my n a young French boy, seemingly in the neighborhood of 17 years age, selling an obscure French of periodical for 5 cents. The sigh t of him overwhelmed me with sense of angst, forcing me to the a sharp brink of my emotional stability. I quickly rushed out of the station in abject horror, much to the casual curiosity of a few passersby, and promptly ejecte d the


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between heavens a simple ontology, really

all of us angelic messengers

with a pre-limited number of years and a mission the mission only seems to vary

as the world on occasion only seems to wobble - our earthly placement only a figment of fixity;

But each of us an angel with small gospels of love and a life’s moment in which to love fully, truly, needly, properly

to sacrifice wholly for the need of one other to bridge holiness down

to defer the earth-child from shame or sin the clutch at loss, such varied sufferings

that skip each away from the joy, the truths daily of the smallest profoundest worlds;

Our birth is not a forgetting but the start of a very brief race to bestow the beauty of the enduring loveliness of heaven

to share in each we find the awful certain decisive Knowing that is eternal and to which each of us singularly returns when like a switch our delimited mission is flipped

-Dr. John Yozzo

A special thanks to Dr. John Yozzo for sharing his poetry with Fort Bend Christian Academy.


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Jill Ebarb Celebrates 44 Years as an Educator

Five Years Marcy Allen

Kelly Carroll

Teresa Dibble

Chassidy Parce

Robert Sanders

10 Years

Maynette Davis

15 Years

Patty Dishman Sandra Lau

Debbie Minter Gable Sabala

Howard Young

20 Years

Bridgett Brown Johnna Cox Jill Ebarb

Inajo Gray

Pam Jacobsen

Jackie Montgomery

“Back in the day” when Jill Ebarb first became a teacher in a public school in East Texas, teachers were expected to attend church on Sundays, got free admission to the movie theater, and could charge/get discounts at the local department store! The country girl from Carthage High School knew she wanted to be a teacher from the time she was in the fourth grade; teaching was a family tradition. As a business education major from East Texas Baptist College, Jill’s very first assignment was in a small Texas town where she taught six different subjects: high school typing I and II, bookkeeping, middle school reading, Texas history, and eighth grade math. No one told her there were teacher guides to help her plan a curriculum! It was truly sink or swim in the classroom. That very first teaching assignment paid $3,200, and #1 on the contract was the expectation that she would attend and support a church each Sunday (times have changed!). In 1960, Jill moved to Shreveport to work for an oil company. She met her husband there, married, moved to Houston, worked for Shell Oil, and had a crazy, busy life. Fast forward to 1971 and Jill found herself back in the classroom, this time teaching second grade at Almeda Baptist Church School for four years. She moved to Broadway Baptist School and for the next 17 years taught government, U.S. history, world history, shorthand, typing, Texas history and bible. Through her acquaintance with Margaret Gardner (FBCA’s first teacher), and then Marilyn Meell (FBCA’s first superintendent), Jill joined the teaching staff of FBCA (Fort Bend Baptist Academy at that time) in 1993 when middle school was added. That first year at FBBA she taught Laurie Griffin; this past school year she taught Laurie’s youngest brother Jay. She was so excited to discover that one of her students from 1959 eventually became the grandmother of current FBCA students Leah and Lauren Richmond! How has teaching changed since her first classroom in 1958? Mrs. Ebarb said information is the biggest change; Britannica Encyclopedias were the best reference books when she started her career, now information is at our fingertips. In the past, students rarely traveled out of their state or country, now when studying geography, it is common for multiple students to have lived out of the United States. Segregation was alive and well in 1958, now our school reflects all of the races and cultures who live in Fort Bend County. Problems are the same – teachers have to know and love their kids to make a difference! Staying young with the students, friendships with many precious families, sharing silliness with a ninth grader, being able to teach siblings, hearing from former students and celebrating their successes . . . Mrs. Ebarb definitely knows God called her to teach! Thank you, Jill Ebarb, for 20 years of service to Fort Bend Christian Academy! At 75 years young, retirement doesn’t seem quite right for Mrs. Ebarb – we look forward to hearing about her next adventure!


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Linda Wolfe Retires After 38 Years in Education Elementary art teacher Linda Wolfe has a life story with many twists and turns. Born to a mother with Spina Bifida and a father who had polio as a child, Linda spent much of her childhood as a caregiver. A self-described rebel in college at North Texas, Linda explored music, piano and voice, advertising, and eventually settled on elementary education. She met her husband John in Denton, married, moved to Saudi Arabia, had daughter Kristen ’07, and eventually moved to Sugar Land. Her rebel years, her struggles with her parents’ disabilities, Kristen’s birth, a realization that her mother was truly a role model who praised the Lord in all circumstances – all these things worked together to bring Linda back to a solid relationship with God. Former superintendent Marilyn Meell was Linda’s Sunday School teacher and was instrumental in bringing Linda on board to teach pre-kindergarten and art initially, then art full-time as the school grew. Mrs. Wolfe’s motto is, “You’re an artist! God gave us different talents and gifts; we are going to use all of them!” Retirement is bittersweet when she considers her students and the FBCA families she treasures. But, Mrs. Wolfe is so excited to see what the Lord has in store for this new chapter of her life – art, travel, genealogy. Thank you, Linda Wolfe, for your devotion to Fort Bend Christian Academy!Eagle fund

Kim Davis - Fort Bend Christian Academy Fourth Grade Teacher honored by Houston Baptist University As a 2011 recipient of Houston Baptist University's (HBU) The Guild Sloan Endowed Scholarship, Fort Bend Christian Academy fourth grade English and Language Arts teacher Kim Davis has been pursuing a Master's of Education in Reading. In the spring, she was honored by Houston Baptist University as the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student for Curriculum and Instruction - Reading. Mrs. Davis was also the recipient of the Kappa Delta Pi Award, which is presented annually by the international honor society. Present at the awards ceremony were HBU education professors Dr. Sharon Lewis and Dr. Eloise Hughes, and Fort Bend Christian Academy (FBCA) Elementary Principal Margie Meyer. Mrs. Davis is enthusiastic about the myriad opportunities to explore new classroom ideas, resources, enhancements, and fresh approaches offered through her coursework in HBU's Department of Education, " I have thoroughly enjoyed every class in my graduate program. With the rare exception, I am able to take what I learned in a class session one day and apply it the next day or the next week to what I am presenting to my fourth grade students!" Margie Meyer, FBCA Elementary Principal, is impressed by Mrs. Davis' work ethic, " She works non-stop, always implementing new ideas, always looking for ways to change her delivery of the curriculum to meet the needs of her students." FBCA Curriculum Specialist and HBU Adjunct Professor Dr. Julia Janz concurs with Miss Meyer, "Kim is constantly adding resources and enhancements to her instructional delivery. She is not afraid to try new ideas. I have seen her grow in confidence and professional responsiveness to the unique needs of individual students and her classroom as a whole." Fort Bend Christian Academy exists to glorify God through excellence in college preparatory Christian education. Mrs. Davis' commitment to that excellence is evidenced in her quest for her own continuing education. She is making graduate class theory into fourth grade classroom reality, always meeting her students' needs in innovative and tangible ways. Congratulations, Mrs. Davis, on a job well done!


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Shelby Hooper receives HBU President's Award & Dr. Bill Borgers Award for Outstanding Student in Education Shelby Hooper, a Spring 2013 student teacher in the Social Studies Department of Fort Bend Christian Academy, was recognized by Houston Baptist University at its annual Honors Convocation on April 24. Shelby was one of twelve seniors, six men and six women, chosen by HBU President Robert Sloan to receive the President’s Award based on her scholarship and contributions to the University. Miss Hooper also received the Dr. Bill Borgers Award for Outstanding Student in Education. Shelby grew up in the Katy area and attended public schools there. When it came time to select a college, she made the decision to go to another Texas school - but God’s hand orchestrated a change of plans and Houston Baptist University welcomed her on their campus. Shelby quickly discovered that HBU provided an academic and spiritual environment where she could flourish. As an education major at HBU, Shelby’s field observation assignment was in the classroom of John Williams, FBCA Social Studies Department Chair. She immediately discovered her teacher's heart had found a home at Fort Bend Christian Academy! After that field experience, Shelby was insistent that her high school

age sister visit the FBCA campus and consider changing schools. In fact, Shelby's passion for Fort Bend Christian Academy excited not only her sister, but her parents, and eventually her younger brother, too; both siblings are now FBCA high school students. In May, Shelby received a Bachelor of Science in Education with Teacher Certification in Social Studies for Grades 8-12. As part of her final coursework, Fort Bend Christian Academy was privileged to have Shelby as a student teacher for the spring semester. Department Chair John Williams (the first FBCA teacher Shelby observed during her field work) supervised Shelby’s student teaching semester, “Shelby is the best student teacher, by far, I have had in my classroom. Within just one week, I was able to give her class time. Her organizational skills and grasp of the curriculum and materials are amazing. I trust her to provide a learning environment for our students that is challenging and relevant.” In addition to her exemplary performance in her student teaching assignment and her recognition and awards at HBU, Shelby has also home schooled her high school brother as he battles cancer. WOW! Kathy Hooper, Shelby’s mother, said, “Shelby is unbelievable! She altered her life for her family this past year and is a true blessing and gift of God.” FBCA is pleased to announce that Miss Hooper has accepted the position of High School Geography Teacher for the 2013-2014 school year. She is making plans with the social studies faculty as they restructure the geography curriculum to be more history friendly with an emphasis on current events, application/analysis/writing integration, and a focus on why human geography matters in our world today. As she gets to know the freshman class in the fall, Shelby is excited to build student relationships and be an active part of life at FBCA.


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John Williams Selected for TAMU Inspiration Award Fort Bend Christian Academy Government/Economics Teacher and Social Studies Chair John Williams, M.Ed. was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Secondary Education. As stated in the congratulatory letter received by Dr. David Hook, Fort Bend Christian High School Principal, “Texas A&M believes that high school teachers have the opportunity to make a significant and lasting positive impact on students that extends to college and beyond. As a result, we award the Texas A&M University Inspiration Award for Exceptional Secondary Education from a pool of nominations submitted by graduating students of Texas A&M University. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in teaching at the high school level that inspires Texas A&M graduates, challenging them while preparing them to excel at the collegiate level and beyond.” Katherine Long, FBCA Class of 2009, nominated Mr. Williams, “I got an email from Texas A&M asking graduating seniors to nominate a high school teacher who impacted their future career. Mr. Williams is an outstanding educator who truly cares about his students and school community. He did not let us settle for mediocrity and was passionate about the content he taught. Mr. William’s impact on me as a high school student was a significant part of me wanting to teach as my vocation.” John accepted the award at Katherine’s commencement ceremony on May 10. She graduated with a B.A. in History, and intends to teach secondary social studies in the Brazos Valley area while completing her Master's in Education and Curriculum Development at Texas A&M University. Congratulations to John Williams for his commitment in the classroom that inspires not only today’s students, but impacts those students far into the future as they make college and career choices.

Happy Retirement!

The Eagle Fund is a comprehensive annual

fundraising campaign to support the mission of Fort Bend Christian Academy.

Each school year, FBCA families, area businesses,

and the community-at-large receive multiple “asks” to support various school-related activities.

The Eagle Fund will streamline these many

“asks” into one mission-driven fundraising campaign with a clearly defined request for support

“to glorify God through excellence in college preparatory Christian education.”

ALL students, programs, and organizations will benefit from the Eagle Fund.

In mid-August, watch for personal information on how YOU can be involved in strengthening Fort

Bend Christian Academy’s mission for every student.

Julie Barnhill

Janet Aylsworth

Debbie Minter


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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

Dear FBCA Family,

s in the past, events that help us Spiritual markers: stories of God’s provision promises for the present and the recognize His presence and guidance, and tual markers identify times of transition future. Fort Bend Christian Academy’s spiri we clearly see God’s hand and decision in our school’s history when of blessing and guidance.

’s we will be able to look back and see God We are in such a time now, a time where sions facing our school. powerful hand in the transitions and deci is seeking your partnership in earnest The Head of School Search Committee is in agreement with God’s will for FBCA. prayer as we make a hiring selection that A Head of School will be one that We believe that the clear choice for the FBC ly to grow spiritually. glorifies God and allows our school fami lty, staff, and other school families in Will you join the Board of Trustees, facu ol, and asking God to place His desires prayer, truly desiring His will for our scho ly? on the collective hearts of our school fami ensured success if our focus is on the Our task is a difficult one, but one that is already selected to lead FBCA. will of God for the man or woman He has selection process, we will communicate As we move through the Head of School tes, as appropriate. Thank you for (via email) periodic prayer requests and upda the future of Fort Bend Christian joining us as we seek God’s very best for Academy. Praying together in His Service,

Head of School Search Committee t Barnhill, Terrence Gee Scott Martin, Craig Schaner, Don Janssen, Mat

“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart”

Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

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REALISM AND GRACE IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

By D. Bruce Lockerbie Interim Head of School, Fort Bend Christian Academy

The most significant struggle going on in the world today is not “the

war on terror” or any other armed conflict; it is the battle for the minds,

bodies, hearts, and souls of our students at Fort Bend Christian Academy

and every other school—Christian and secular, private and public. In the second decade of the 21st

century, today’s students face attacks unlike any known to us who teach them. They

are being told that religious faith is no

longer intellectually respectable; that there is no single truth, so all belief is equally

valid or invalid; furthermore, since religion is responsible for fanaticism and outrage

against non-believers, how can any religion

be worthy of following?

Physically, emotionally, and spiritually,

they are being encouraged to engage in whatever excites and thrills them, from imitating Jackass stunts and ultimate

fighting to sexual experimentation without

stumble, we sin and ask forgiveness. We pick ourselves up and go

forward, attempting to learn from the most recent mistake to do better

the next time. We need each other’s prayerful support, part of which

includes being held accountable for our actions and the results of our

decisions.

The most significant struggle going on in the world today is not “the war on terror” or any other armed conflict; it is the battle for the minds, bodies, hearts, and souls of our students at Fort Bend Christian Academy and every other school—Christian and secular, private and public.

mature commitment, responsibility, and genuine love, and occult—even

demonic—practices leading to suicide.

What they see on television, in the movies, or on their computer

screens is often behavior more reprehensible than that which doomed Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet this wretchedness has a dazzling and

magnetic power to attract and imprison the imaginations even of

professing Christians. So, how may a Christian family and its

partner-school equip our young people for combat in this arena in which

so many fall victim? I believe we must invoke both realism and grace, if

we are to become “more than conquerors through him that loved us.” First, realism. We need to “get real” about our school and the

people who populate it. Let’s start with the adults—board members,

administrators, faculty, staff, and parents. None of us—least of all your

current Interim Head of School—is perfect before God. We err and

We also need to “get real” about

the nature of Christian schooling and the

spiritual warfare in which we are embroiled.

Who invented the fiction about Christian

schools being safe havens from the wiles of the devil? Where is it written that Fort

Bend Christian Academy is modeled after

The Garden of Eden Before the Fall? The fact is brutally clear: our Christian school—like every other Christian

school—is populated by human beings in need of redemption from sin.

More than seventy years ago, the

author T. S. Eliot published a book called

The Idea of a Christian Civilization—a sort of modern Utopia in

which the Christian faith would be primary. In his chapter describing schools in such a place, he disparages any notion of an education

intended only to produce “pious Christians.” No, says Eliot, a Christian school would primarily prepare its students “to be able to think in Christian categories.”

The coming school year marks my 58th year in the vocation of

Christian schooling. On the strength of such experience, I can assert

that most so-called Christian schools are far more interested in producing

“pious Christians” than persons “able to think in Christian categories.”

Those schools want “nice boys and girls,” compliant, courteous, unlikely to misbehave enough to embarrass their parents with notoriety of any sort. Most especially, those schools want students who don’t ask too many awkward questions, don’t object to outward evidences of a

professed Christian faith, who keep their doubts to themselves.


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At Fort Bend Christian Academy, we prefer students who take

seriously the teaching we offer—seriously enough to ask hard and

penetrating questions, to bring to the surface whatever doubts they may

harbor, who are free to think and to think deeply about the issues of life that matter most. At Fort Bend Christian Academy, we want to be realistic enough to let children be children,

let adolescents be immature and impulsive,

let young adults struggle toward the goal of their own eventual independence in thought and deed. Our role—both metaphorically and literally—as

presumably senior adults is to stand aside

when the training wheels are removed and

offer encouragement and prayer as the

family automobile inches—or

roars!—down the driveway for the first

time.

Second, we need more grace, less

gotcha! I have observed too many schools

We must have grace to accept the reality about a student’s current

state-of-being, and added grace to lead that student toward a hopeful

course of action that includes learning to “think in Christian categories,”

learning to think with the mind of Christ. Such grace will always be

accompanied by mercy, but never by weakness. Grace and mercy are

We must have grace to accept the reality about a student’s current state-of-being, and added grace to lead that student toward a hopeful course of action that includes learning to “think in Christian categories,” learning to think with the mind of Christ.

where the faculty and staff seem more

energized to nab a middle-school boy whose shirttail is untucked than

strong—and actions have consequences! This October, my wife Lory and I

will celebrate at The Stony Brook School in New York with returning alumni from the

Class of 1963 for their 50th reunion.

These will be 68-year old grandfathers with whom we lived in a boarding school

residence hall when they were only 18

years old. What changes will we find in these men we first knew as rowdy

neighbors in our living space? What

transformations may have taken place over a half-century of life’s experiences? Realism and grace will provide the perspective we need.

they are to create some positive influence upon a student. When genuine

grace—meaning “unmerited favor”—is missing, the stench of legalism

and sanctimonious piety permeates a school. In fact, piety without grace

is no more than hypocrisy.

In April, D. Bruce Lockerbie of Paideia, Inc. began serving as Fort Bend Christian Academy’s Interim Head of School. Dr. Lockerbie has an extensive knowledge base in Christian and private school leadership. Included in his background are teaching, coaching, and executive responsibilities as head of school; he also has a wealth of experience in providing counsel to schools, capital campaigns, academic programs, and placement of heads and other administrators in Christian and private schools across the United States and internationally. A frequent lecturer at schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries, Dr. Lockerbie’s reputation as a consultant is exemplary . As Interim Head of School, he is involved in FBCA’s day-to-day operations and assists the Board in strategic planning for the future.


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