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Houston Christian High School Fourteenth Annual Commencement

First Methodist Houston-Westchase Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Willie Langston Chair, Board of Trustees

Dr. Stephen M. Livingston Head of School


Mission Statement

Fourteenth Commencement Program

Houston Christian High School is a college-preparatory school dedicated to the

Prelude........................................................................................................................... Marvin Gaspard, Organist

highest academic standard for the development of moral character, the enrichment of spiritual lives, and the perpetuation of growth in Christian ideals.

Processional..................................................................... Led by Kaitlyn Hirschbuehler, Senior Class President “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Edgar

Invocation....................................................................................................................................Mrs. Janet Drake

Board of Trustees

Senior Reflections............................................................................Dr. David Pendergrass, Bible Department

Willie Langston, Chair

Salutatorian Eric Hopper

Tom Douthit

Matthew Morris

Jeff Reeter

Janet Drake

Kurt Nondorf

Robert Sloan, Jr., Ph.D.

Mike Handel

Pinky Pampell

Darrell Taylor

Michael E. Humphrey

Jeff Pennington

John vonBerg

Stephen M. Livingston, Ed.D., ex officio

David Peterson, D.D.

Jeff Voncannon

Gregg Matte

Ken Purgason

Gary Weber

Special Music..............................................................................................HC Choir, Mrs. Pam Foster, Director

Stephen Wende, D.D.

Introduction of Speaker..............................................................Dr. Stephen M. Livingston, Head of School

Hardie Morgan

Valedictorian Kathryn Quandt

Expression of Gratitude Kaitlyn Hirschbuehler

John Bisagno, D.D., Trustee Emeritus

Commencement Address ............................................................................................. Mr. Kelly Shackelford

John Brunson, Trustee Emeritus

Presentation of Diplomas ................................................................................ Dr. Eileen Councill, Principal

Head of School’s Council

Presentation of the Class of 2012 ............................................Dr. Stephen M. Livingston, Head of School Turning of Time and Tassels.................................................Kaitlyn Hirschbuehler, Senior Class President

Stephen M. Livingston, Ed.D., Chair

Benediction......................................................................................... Samuel Kaestner, Student Body Chaplain

Dr. John and Uldine Bisagno

Earl and Susan Hesterberg

Bob and Janice McNair

Brad and Kathy Bracewell

Billy Pete and Flora Huddleston

Jeff and Amie Springmeyer

John and Joan Brunson

Terry and Doris Looper

Chuck and Kim Watson

Jeannette Clift George

Scott and Kathy Martin

Kevin and Elizabeth Weiss

Alma Mater ................................................. Haylee Hoelscher, Choir President and Marvin Gaspard, Organist Recessional of Graduates....................................................................................... Marvin Gaspard, Organist “Allegro Maestoso” by George Frideric Handel

Rev. Dr. David and Linda McKechnie

Audience remains seated during processional and recessional of graduates


Class of 2012 Paige Erin Adams Baylor University

Taffeta Lynn Burleson Texas A&M University

Zachary Earl Desadier Binghamton University

Natasha Marie Gualy Chapman University

John Ryan Kellnerè University of Southern California

Cameron Sterling Moore Texas A&M University

Rachel Elizabeth Richards University of Oklahoma

Adrianna Christine Thompson vè Clemson University

Katherine Shuttleworth Allisonvè University of St. Andrews

Chase Edward Burns Texas A&M University-Galveston

Bryce Judith Dixon Texas State University

Kaitlin Marie Handel«è University of Texas

Savannah Fern Kincaid è University of Southern California

Emily Christine Morris University of Oklahoma

Meredith Ann Richter Auburn University

Mitchell Riley Traver Texas Christian University

Justin Alexander Anderson University of Mississippi

Brianna Grace Busby Baylor University

Mark Gerard Driscoll University of Missouri–Columbia

Alysha Marie Hanna v Colorado State University

Evan Webb Kirkland è Texas A&M University

Grace Stewart Morris Ringling School of Art and Design

Evan Patrick Schaafè Emerson College

Hayden Joseph Treu University of Oklahoma

Robert Pace Andrews University of Mississippi

Janice Kay Byth «è Goucher College

Michael Ryan Dunn Texas Christian University

Kandis Nicole Harding v Houston Baptist University

Thomas Robert Link University of Calgary

Christopher Davis Mosser«vè Baylor University

Kyle Crosby Schmid vè University of Texas

Brian Patrick Trieglaffv Texas Christian University

Alexander Lee Barrett Baylor University

Erica Colleen Carey Louisiana State University

James Henry Dupree III è University of Texas

Rachel Annell Havins Texas Tech University

Sarah Elizabeth Livesay Baylor University

Anne Elisabeth Mosvold Baylor University

Lauren Marie Schulzvè University of Texas

Laura Virginia Valby v Samford University

Andrew Eugene-Pinera Barton Southern Methodist University

Matthew Cavazos Undecided

Zachary Charles Evans Baylor University

Ashley Jordan Herd Baylor University

Preston Brown Lyle Louisiana State University

Dustin Meraji Nguyen Texas Tech University

Matthew Robert Schwartz«è University of Virginia

Kimberly Hazel Ventura Abilene Christian University

Joseph Turner Batdorf è Florida Gulf Coast University

Michelle Lian Chaney Baylor University

Steven Garrett Fales Wittenberg University

Claire Trella Hillè Asbury University

Malachy William Lyons-Letts Wittenberg University

Alan Kyle Norman Pepperdine University

Lindsey Alyse Scott University of Oklahoma

Waverly Claire Walla Texas A&M University

Jeremy Wayne Biar«è Texas A&M University

Howard Cheng Texas A&M University-Galveston

Anthony Farfan v Baylor University

Kaitlyn Marie Hirschbuehler«vè Texas A&M University

Ashley Marie Mackvè Vanderbilt University

Shelley Perlick Louisiana State University

Micah Joseph Scott Texas Tech University

James William Watts III Undecided

Benjamin Dwight Boucher Colorado State University

Jason Dennis Spiros Comis Texas A&M University

Randall Patrick Faulk University of Florida

Haylee Anne Hoelscher University of Alabama

Kendall Emory Maddox Louisiana State University

Andrew Joshua Peters Concordia Lutheran University

Neima Adrian Seirafipour Texas A&M University

James Howard Whitcomb III è University of Tulsa

Jonathan Christian Bravo Texas Wesleyan University

Alexandra Mari Constantinou «è Texas Christian University

Allison Kay Fehrenkamp Texas A&M University

Tyler Philip Hoffman University of Alabama

Ashton Renee’ Marsh Blinn College

Paige Michelle Polasek Texas Christian University

Hannah Lizabeth Shearer è University of Texas

Logan Jacyln Zoelle è Pratt Institute-New York

Jonathan Scott Britven Pratt Institute-New York

Anna Marie Cox Union University

Michael Christopher Fertitta University of Mississippi

David James Holewyne Undecided

Emily Catherine Matthews University of Texas

Taylor Marie Poulos University of Oklahoma

Hayley Frances Short v University of Alabama

Kathryne Taylor Brownv University of Alabama

Katherine Yvonne Craft v Baylor University

Zachary Tomlin Finger Southwestern University

Rachael Joyce Hooker Undecided

Bradley James McClintic Texas Tech University

Elizabeth Ashlyn Powell è Baylor University

Samuel Alexander Siegel Texas A&M University

Kristin Lee Brown v University of Alabama

Kelsey Marie Crawford University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Ava Rose Finstuen Savannah College of Art and Design

Eric Jeffrey Hopper è Princeton University

Michael Kevin McColloch Texas Tech University

Kathryn Leilani Quandt vè United States Naval Academy

Devon Amber Sills è University of Tulsa

Maxwell Thomas Brown Baylor University

Alexander Marshall Crook University of Tulsa

Lindsey Christine Flesch Texas A&M University

Rebecca Marie James Texas A&M University

Mark James McCulloch Texas A&M University

Nicholas Scott Rand v University of Arkansas

Shique Sharice Singleton Baylor University

Paula Renee’ Brown University of Tulsa

Margaret Leigh Cummings v Southern Methodist University

Sarah Daniella Floris è Abilene Christian University

Samuel Roger Kaestner± Baylor University

Susannah Grace Mohrmann Baylor University

Taylor Elizabeth Ratkiewiczvè Texas Christian University

Madeline Kay Sneed Baylor University

Mitchell Frank Buchanan University of Oklahoma

Westleigh Madeline Cutts University of Alabama

Katherine Fay GarbarinoèÖ University of Oklahoma

Robert Peter Kelleher, Jr. University of Oklahoma

Sophie Lakin Molzan University of Oklahoma

Chase Laurence Rau Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Morgan Leigh Sparrow Sam Houston State University

Ross Ogilvy Burgan Texas A&M University -Corpus Christi

Morgann Ruthann Davis v University of Texas- Permian Basin

Reghan Layne Gillman v University of Colorado–Boulder

Megan Marie Keller Texas A&M University

Rachel Elizabeth Moore vè Furman University

Ryan Garrett Reeter Baylor University

Hayden Waring Sterling Muhlenberg College

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all of these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” — Colossians 3:12-14

è Graduating with Honors Ö National Merit Scholar v Passport to Lead Graduate « Distinguished Scholars Program ± Servant Leadership Award


Passport to Lead Program

Academic Regalia

The Passport to Lead Program, unique to Houston Christian High School, is designed to train students in the spiritual, personal, interpersonal, managerial and organizational dimensions of leadership; to prepare young people capable of impacting their family, community, nation and world as Christian leaders; and to inspire young people to lead by uniting faith, intellect and gifts to reach their greatest promise.

The colorful and distinctive garb conspicuous at commencement ceremonies had its origin in the High Middle Ages, specifically the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, when the university itself came into being. The nascent universities grew up in the shadow of the church--they obtained papal charters, most of the knowledge they disseminated was theological or ecclesiastical, and their scholars and pupils were largely clerks; i.e., clerics or aspiring clerics. It should not be surprising, therefore, that the cap, gown, and hood grew out of the clerical dress of that period.

Leadership Class of 2012 Katherine Allison Kaddy Brown Krissy Brown Katy Craft Leigh Cummings Morgann Davis

Anthony Farfan Reghan Gillman Alysha Hanna Kandis Harding Kaitlyn Hirschbuehler Ashley Mack

Rachel Moore Chris Mosser Kathryn Quandt Nic Rand Taylor Ratkiewicz Kyle Schmid

Hayley Short Lauren Schulz Adrianna Thompson Brian Trieglaff Laura Valby

Distinguished Scholars Program The Houston Christian High School Distinguished Scholars Program offers gifted students the opportunity to study in an interdisciplinary environment comprised of a rigorous research and experience-based curriculum. Personal passion and interest guide Scholars as they develop innovative research and discovery skills.

Scholar Class of 2012 In the United States of America, what factors can one use to most accurately predict the future value of a stock? - Jeremy Biar What are the differences between the left and right brain? How do these differences affect a teacher’s presentation of the information in a normal American classroom setting for elementary students? - Janice Byth What is the history of cloning from the 1980’s to 2008 and what are the main ethical viewpoints on the subject of human cloning? - Alexandra Constantinou What is cryptography? What different methods of cryptography have originated up until the late 1990’s? - Kaitlin Handel In the United States of America, what are the differences between male and female body language in the business setting? - Kaitlyn Hirschbuehler How have the electric guitar, bass guitar, and guitar sound modifying equipment that created Rock and Roll changed from 1960 through 2009? - Chris Mosser What social and economic effects does the World Cup have on the hosting country? How are these effects similar to the effects of the Super Bowl on the hosting city? - Matthew Schwartz -

Faculty and Staff Nancy Andrau Jorge Arizpe Linc Ashby Julie Bainum Carol Bartels Kelly Biar Joe Bock Max Bowman Eva Brown Staci Brown Eddie Carson Johnny Castillo Grace Chang Rolando Chaves Sonia Chavez Karen Chenoweth Eileen Councill Kathleen Coussens Ron Crandall Diane Creekmore Traci Dennis Gladys Dixon Cathy Doxtater Don Emery Dawn Enderson Dede Ferguson Melissa Flower Pam Foster Kay Graham Stephen Hebert Saona Jackson Dave Jantzen

Amber Joachim Jim Kelley Karen Klasen Karen Kline Carol LaCook Amy Lindsay John Lister Jessie Liu Steve Livingston Matt Logan Lana Roland Loveland Mike Maddry Shonda Majors Estela Malouf Gabriel Malouf Susan Mayes Pam McClendon Heidi McCurdy Amanda Mellor Joe Mellor Sam Mendizabal Christine Metoyer Merrell Middleton Bill Moore Allison Morris Donna Navarro Chip Neuenschwander Samantha Norwood Linda Oldham Carol Ostlind Jan Pearson David Pendergrass

Susan Perry Yvette Perry Brittony Peters Linda Peterson Suzan Phenicie Lauren Picard Sherie Pierce Mark Pillsbury Susan Plourde Lisa Porter Allison Redmon Joe Rodden Rusty Rogers Jo Ann Rosenbloom Danny Ruiz Norma Saikali Eddie Scott Jason Shepherd Kevin Sivils Ashley Smith Carolyn Sparkes Mia Steinkamp Ginger Thompson Dianne Truitt Michelle Vaughn Meagan Weaver Michele Webb Sara Welshimer Christina West Tom Wilson Alison Wisdom


Houston Christian High School Alma Mater Onward, up, oh Houston Christian. Strong and mighty blue and white. God before us, He will lead us down the path of right. Hearts afire press on to victory. Teach us in the ways of truth. We will bear the light forever, reaching for the sky. Houston Christian High!

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