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Marianna Adelman

Lane Baker

SENIORS

ending one journey and starting another... Anna Barcley

Cyra Bardo

Emma Biggerstaff

Rachel Blong

Natalie Bock

Mackenzie Boone

BY TRAVIS HUTCHINSON

At the Senior Christmas Party on December 18, Justin Coan, along with Kurt Weisheit and Lane Baker, participated in a Stand-Up Comedy competition. Coan proceeded to include a hot sauce swallowing game. Dixon Bradbury, Wesley Gwynne, and Emily Horacek competed for the grand prize of $60. The object was to see who could hold down a spoonful the longest without taking a drink of anything. Gwynne and Horacek tied and split the prize. Sarah Brace

Dixon Bradbury

Victoria Brown

Mary Chayse Bullard

In the fall, the senior class hosted an encouragement party for Principal Scott Dillon. Dillon had worked extremely hard to fix computer network issues and the seniors wanted to thank him. Jenna Pretty and Bekah Rosser are serving him some of his celebration cake.

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Justin Coan

Graham Collins

Morgan Crouch

Nick Dabbs

Chase Dragan

Mark Erickson

Caleb Ernsberger

Justin Fisher

Taylor Fisher

Ali Fong

Sam Fortson

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Emily Cline

Mary Chayse Bullard and Anna Barcley have to make an important decision - they must choose which meal to order at IHOP. Before the Powder Puff games, the seniors all gathered there for breakfast.

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Josh Greer

Stephen Guice

Wesley Gwynne

Anna Haines

Taylor Haisley

Robbie Hallinan

Katrina Heise

Marie Henson

Emily Hicks

Laura Beth Hite

Christopher Horacek

67 seniors days of

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As the past few school years have come to a close, thoughts range from what classes to take next year, to summer reading, to Windy Gap in August. However, this year is different. The last course selection sheet has been filled out. The last summer reading book for high school has been read. The last trip to Windy Gap has been taken. Senior year is all but over. Looking back on the last four years of high school, many laughs have been shared, many tears have been shed, and many memories have been made. Each and every member of this class has done his or her part to form what it is today. From Lane Baker’s art to Caleb Porter’s dunks, from John Weaver’s stories to Hannah Johnson’s sincerity, from Kyle Hunkler’s photography to Rich Warren’s motorcycle, from Addison Threatt’s diligence to Emily Salo’s dance moves, from Kevin Liu’s birthday to Katelyn Mullin’s harp playing, from Emily Hick’s laugh to Kurt Weisheit’s antics, from Austin Ulry’s martial arts to Natalie Bock’s horses, from Caleb Ernsberger’s swimming to Taylor Fisher’s bench press, from Emma Biggerstaff’s creativity to Mark Erickson’s music, from Nathan Joffe’s encyclopedia of a brain to Wesley Gwynne’s voice, from Anna Barcley’s generosity to Bekah Rosser’s cheerleading, this class is truly one of a kind. Now that the year is over, everyone will move off in different directions. Colleges and universities around the country are about to get a glimpse of one of the most unique classes to ever walk the halls of Covenant Day. This class cannot be defined in one word. It is unique, yet close-knit. It is crazy, yet serious.

Boyd Palmer and Kenzie Moser flex their muscles at Windy Gap. From the looks of this picture, Moser is definitely stronger. 8

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Emily and Christopher Horacek are the only brother and sister pair in the senior class. These siblings enjoy similar activites, and this year they were both cast in the school musical, Singin’ in the Rain.

Emily Horacek

Kyle Hunkler

Travis Hutchinson

Scott Jenkins

Nathan Joffe

Hannah Johnson

Will Johnson

Kevin Liu

Heath McIntire

Brent McKnight

Anna Melton

MacKenzie Moser

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At graduation, tears of joy and sadness flowed together. Joy because this class has completed a journey together – one of ups and downs, happiness and sorrow, late nights of homework and weekends of rest. Sadness because they are about to part. Nevertheless, it is a parting that will lead to new experiences, new friendships, and new lives. They are leaving behind family, friends, and classmates in order to take what they have learned at Covenant Day and impact the world – impact the world just as they have impacted their high school. This class has left behind a legacy of academic excellence, athletic prowess, and school spirit. Their natural unity and prevalent camaraderie has shaped how they live their lives and how they interact with one another. From the moment the first member of this class stepped foot on the bus to Windy Gap in 2008 to the moment when the last senior has walked across the stage at graduation, something different could be noticed. That something couldn’t necessarily be placed, but it was definitely there. However, one thing is guaranteed: this senior class has set itself apart from all the rest.

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Katelyn Mullins

Brianna Norris

Ryan Osbourn

Boyd Palmer

Nancy Pendleton

Caleb Porter

Jenna Pretty

Bekah Rosser

Emily Salo

Haley Spitz

Tim Stamler

Addison Threatt

The class of 2012 contains a remarkable number of Eagle Scouts. All seven got to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the annual Community Heroes Chapel. Will Johnson, Brent McKnight, John Michael Milton, Travis Hutchinson, Rich Warren, Josh Greer, and Heath McIntire have all earned this prestigious award. One of the final steps to earning Eagle involves planning, leading, and carrying out a major service project. Some of the various organizations receiving the service of these scouts include Christ Covenant Church, Reformed Theological Seminary, GordonConwell Theological Seminary, and Christ Our Shepherd.

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Madison Underwood

Emily Vines

Rich Warren

John Weaver

Kurt Weisheit

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Austin Ulry

Senior Taylor Fisher signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Gardner-Webb University. Fisher has been a significant part of the Covenant Day baseball program for the past four years and has dreamed of playing in college. He joins a list of few Covenant Day students who sign to participate on Varsity teams at the Collegiate level. Catherine Wilkerson

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d r a e haround class

“It’s a

Wuffalo, duh.”Mr.

Barkey

see the light

“They were called in to . One way or another. Possibly the one at the end of the tunnel.”

Mr. Jameson

“Not that I practice it here, but I believe there are some teenagers .” in this world who just

need to be walloped Mr. Mitchell

Hell hath no fury like Mrs. Donnelly mad at me.”Mr. Hicks

“I sometimes wonder if stroking

Madison Dulin “Oh yeah,

your beard really makes you think harder.”

throw it down like a ginger...I out-white white people!”Corie Law

“If I got unlimited money, I’m

Mr. Jameson

building Hogwarts in my backyard”

After the semester exams had wrapped up, the junior class celebrated the beginning of Christmas break by throwing a bonfire that night. During the party, the junior class listened to music, danced, and even had a white elephant gift exchange to get in the holiday spirit.

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Lindsay Riggins, Claire Weigel, and Sheldon Roper enjoy cold drinks and light-up necklaces during the night by the huge bonfire. Despite the cold temperature, the majority of juniors attended the party.

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Juniors Brittany Stout, Brianna Osbourn, Rachael Snapper, Morgan Mosteller, Carly Starnes, and Caitlin Villela nervously await the start of the music for their Spirit Week step routine. Osbourn worked hard to develop the routine and plan practices.

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Mary Vandevort, Hannah Holbrook, Amanda Myers, Caroline Peklenk, Nikki Himebaugh, Brittany Stout, Jaclyn Kempf, Madi Rowan, Julia Kempf, Rachael Snapper, Carly Starnes, and Caitlin Villela take a break from competitive games of dodgeball and matball against the seniors while underclassmen took the Plan ACT. Before the games, the juniors and seniors ate delicious breakfasts at IHOP and enjoyed planning out their Thanksgiving break.

Sadie Pugh, John Crouch, Lindsay Riggins, and Amanda Myers hang out at Windy Gap outside the always-popular Sippin’ Parlor. While some prefer activities like the zip line and the blob, others like to relax on the island and spectate.

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sophom Annie Allison Luke Barcley Noah Batson Charlie Bedell Josh Biggerstaff Landon Brower Kristen Brown

Eva Buchanan-Cates Jamie Burger James Burrows Holden Cantrell Rachel Carpenter Sammi Choi Cameron Church Grayson Cole Katy Colvin Jonathan Dabbs Camille deBrun Peter Englert Haley Everson Courtney Faulkner Julia Faulkner Caroline Fields Lindsey Fisher Grace Foltz

if you could

time travel, where would you go?

“I’d like to see how the Great Pyramids were built - that would be interesting.” KRISTEN BROWN

“Twenty years in the future to see who I am and what I am doing then.”

“I would go back in time and play with me when I was a baby.”

SAMMI CHOI

BEKAH FULTZ

“I’d like to see the Flood - I’d find a ride!”

“I’d go to the future and grab all the stuff I could and bring it back.”

MARK MELTON

JACOB RUDISILL

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omores class of 2014

behind the bit

While many sophomores participate in school events throughout the year, others are very competitive in activities outside of school. One of these different competitions is horseback riding. Courtney Patterson, Madison Hargette, Courtney Faulkner, and Hannah Grace Knight each allot time to spend at the barn. These girls enjoy jumping, spending time with friends, and “just riding.” Patterson has gone as far as Kentucky to ride in competitions and has placed as high as sixth out of 106 in Pony Finals this past year. She owns her own horse named Angel and rides about five times each week. Having ridden for almost 11 years, she shows exact form jumping with Angel (left). When jumping, Patterson says that she is “looking for the perfect distance to the jump so my pony doesn’t take off too far away or too close to the

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BY NANCY PENDLETON

jump.” Madison Hargette (above right) takes a jump during a riding competition, and Courtney Faulkner (above left) scans the course ahead looking for her next jump. Hargette grew up riding horses during the summer at the beach and simply fell in love with it, while Faulkner loved horses from when she was little. Knight got started riding through her mom —“I thought it was cool when my mom started doing it when I was in fourth grade, so I picked it up a few years ago.” Many people don’t know exactly how horse shows work. According to Patterson, they “are two days long. On each day, you are awarded first or sixth place ribbons from your jumping ribbons.” Then after riding on both days, “there is a Champion and Reserve Champion awarded to the top two riders in your overall division,” adds Hargette. These girls take advantage of opportunities outside of school to sharpen skills, compete, and really just enjoy what they’re good at.

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What is your dream role? To be Éponine in Les Miserables 35th anniversary in London; she sings “On my Own,” the musical’s most famous song. What has been your most embarrassing moment while on stage? My pants have fallen down multiple times on stage.

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Mountain biker

Wes Parnell

How long have you been mountain biking? I’ve been biking for a little over a year. Why did you begin? I started because I loved to go fast and fly off jumps. How many competitions have you been in? Have you won any? I’ve been in one competition and placed third out of twenty. Have you ever had any significant accidents?

You see them every day in the hallway. You sit next to them in English class. But do you really know what life is like for your classmates

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How long have you been into theatre, and why did you start? Since I was six. I love being the center of attention, and my parents were sick of it, so they told me to audition for something. Which was your favorite production to do? Les Miserables - the musical is beautiful to begin with. I was the youngest in the cast, so I learned a lot. It ran really long, for a month.

I have fallen and broken a wrist, and I fell once and landed on a rock and skidded a lot of skin off my back. Where’s your favorite place to go biking? I love to go biking in Asheville and hope to move to Colorado to bike. Any tricks you hope to learn? I hope to just get faster and do bigger, higher jumps.

What exactly is clogging? It’s a form of tap dancing. You’re not as stiff as in tap dancing and the steps are different. How long have you been clogging and why did you start? Four years. My mom told me and my sisters we were going to do it. I thought, “I’m going to look so stupid.” Have you ever been in any competitions? A couple. I got first place in a competition with people my age.

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annoying. Mariah Shaw

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Daniel Maisel

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Elizabeth Cooper

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Parker Hawks Emily Holbrook Chad Hunkler Mark Jenkins Benjamin Johnson Brister Jones Hannah Kay Savannah Kennedy Alana Kitchen Christopher Kitchen Roni Langley Daniel Maisel Jenna Maisel Clifton Martin Cal Mason Ben McBroom Caroline McKissick Katherine Murdoch Laura Elizabeth Ormond Pierce Ormond Wes Parnell Sarah Poole Jordan Quick Davis Riggins Palmer Roberts Mary Kate Roper Anna Schoeck Jack Shanahan Mariah Shaw DeAnna Shires Christian Skinner Ashton Smith Hunter Stilwell Caroline Stroud Ansley Swann Matt Swanson Katie Thomas Lily Tillman Abby Traywick Erin Villela Alli Vonder

Josh Wall Abigail Wallace John Warren Matthew Weigel Hannah Whelpley

Michael Wilmot Makenna Wray Leah Wright Joe Yardley Brent Younce

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Seventh grade’s Got Talent

Ellen Goodling makes her second appearance at this year’s talent show. She also wowed the crowd with her version of the National Anthem at the basketball game on December 9.

Madeline Coggins performs Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.” Her rendition of the popular song proves that Covenant’s Got Talent!

The middle shcool’s annual “Covenant’s Got Talent” included seventh grade performers this year. All three were girls and each sang and impressed the entire middle school with their talents. Elise Dudley, Madeline Coggins, and Ellen Goodling certainly have potential as singers.

Elise Dudley sings “We Pray,” a Barlow Girl’s song that talks about comfort in knowing that God hears us when we talk to Him.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Going around the table and saying what we are thankful for. -Lexie Lawson Getting a Christmas tree. -Chase Dixon Watching football on T.V. -Jake Glass We wake up and watch Macy’s parade and then we load our plates with food afterwards. -Holly Vonder

It’s the Holiday Season...

Alex Stephens walked the streets of New York City during his Christmas vacation. This first visit to NYC was definitely a memorable trip.

Will Allison spent Christmas at home with family. Allison shows off the sports equipment he received on Christmas morning.

Libby Rau, Frances Cauthen, Kristen Seibert, Fiona Barlow, Alina McCue, Lexie Lawson, Emily Wise, Maddie Grace Hough, and Macy Henry celebrated the Christmas season with a cookie exchange. Libby Rau hosted the party before Christmas where she and her friends could catch up and swap Christmas cookies.

What is your favorite Christmas smell? baking ce s e e i k o e o C r r as oTn Garne arlee Pier C m t s i Cinna ChrMcKinn - Bre mon ndan Osbou g rn d dber a e r n erbryn Lu Peppermint g n i G Da - Matthew Vandevort Connor Mosack performed downtown at CPCC’s Halton Theater for a traditional showing of “The Nutcracker.” Putting on a full blown production, Mosack was one of the children in the seasonal ballet. The CDS student performed along with his mother, Jerri Webb, in the beginning scenes of the seasonal favorite.

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Alex Stephens Amanda Stone Katherine Stroud Hannah Tutton Ellie Valois Holly Vander Christian VanDeVelde Matthew Vandevort Owen Villela Seth Vitco William Wallace Mary Claire Warren Margaret Wilkerson Emily Wise Daniel Woolard Caroline Wray Katie Younce Not pictured: Fiona Barlow

Good Samaritans BY ANNIE ALLISON

Sarah Billiard finishes inspecting a box before sending it down the conveyor toward packing. Like all seventh graders, Billiard enjoyed her trip to Samaritan’s Purse.

The time has come for middle school’s Doulos Day. Doulos Day, meaning “servant,” is a day where the middle school students go out and serve our community. The seventh grade traveled to Samaritan’s Purse to work with the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Each student was given a different task to complete during their visit; some filled the somewhat empty boxes while others lifted the heavy boxes onto the pallettes. However, the most sought after jobs were inspecting and scanning. Inspecting entailed checking the boxes

for inappropriate items, while scanning consisted of scanning the boxes to be tracked. Several seventh graders agreed that the funniest moment of the trip was when they met another volunteer named Harry Potter. They were all shocked to meet someone with the same name as the popular fictional character. After the funny experiences, great time serving, and fellowship with classmates, seventh graders agreed that volunteering at Samaritan’s Purse was definitely a fantastic way to spend D Day. Carly Brower and Rachel Peterson are busy filling up the boxes that have gaps with candy and small toys. Both of the seventh graders worked hard to help get Christmas boxes ready for shipping at Samaritan’s Purse. 43

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It all started at least a hundred years ago when the first official recognition of the game emerged in a children’s book at the turn of the 20th century. No one truly knows where it originated, but it has been a widespread and admired sport of Covenant Day middle school students, especially sixth graders, for years. Handball is played by sixth graders during every break during the day. What does it entail? All you need to play handball is a small, rubber racquet ball, hands, pavement, friends, and some poker-faced, shrewd strategy. Every morning, students can be seen outside in front of the middle school, even on the coldest days of the year. Jackets will be tied around waists, knit hats twisted on heads, and scarves wrapped tight around necks. An engaged row of students will wait on the sidelines for a chance to play. The king will stand on the designated square, and he will fight for his position, defeating anyone who makes the gaffe of hitting an easy ball. On the opposite side of the king, another player will stand in the squares surrounding him, all vying for the prized position. Even during break, after lunch, and after school, you can see the sixth graders with their multi-colored balls hitting the pavement, playing each other in a game of handball. Handball is most common at schools, camps, and churches, but there are also professional adult teams that compete each winter in Bridgton, Maine, for the title of world champions. This competition is called the Four Square World Championships and has competitors from the United States, Canada, and places as far away as Israel and Bermuda. Through handball, sixth graders make new friends, bringing the middle school closer together. As younger generations of Covenant Day students rise to join the middle school, handball will not only become a tradition, but it will become a rite of passage that will create fond memories for students.

Handball has been played at schools for over one hundred years, but there are also professionals who play for championships. They require gloves, tennis shoes, and goggles to protect themselves, but Lauren Kent and Sophie Linder don’t sport this special gear.

HAND BY CHARLIE BEDELL

Will Decker, Benjamin Johnson, Chris Johnson, Matthew Collins, and Connor Patterson wait in line to play handball while the king retrieves the ball. The majority of time is spent waiting, especially when a lot of friends are playing.

Lauren Kent and Sophie Lindner play handball in front of the middle school building in 19 degree weather. “We play every morning,” said Lindner.

Benji Airing tries to beat James Kepper to reach the coveted spot of king in the handball game. Sometimes the boys hit the handball so hard that it flies down the sidewalk, almost going into the parking lot.

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Sixth Sense

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Jordan Hull watches closely as he pokes the needle through the fabric. Each strand of new thread adds to the creation of his ornament.

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Miss McKenzie’s Class

Mary Kate Abner Trevor Crocker Leland Harrelson Jordan Hull Mark Jarrett Keller Jones Emma Kruger

Jason Stricker Kelsey Troutman Natalie Wallace

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Drew Kury Lauren Menendez Grace Porter Emerson Rogers Dillon Smith Katy Snider Peyton Sykes

Sam Tyndall quickly gets the hang of the fifth grade schedule on his second day at CDS as he studiously works on his vocabulary unit. Tyndall joined teacher Donna McKenzie’s class right after Christmas vacation.

counting DAYS

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Evelyn Townsend enjoys the excitement of cross-stitching, etching her way into making a masterpiece. She can’t wait to see the outcome of the project.

Jordan Deans is frustrated with a knot in his thread, as he tries to learn the perks of cross-stitching. Although it can be trying, he enjoys the project.

Sharp, pointy, and shimmering silver needles poke through the fabric etching the framework of the candle. Each poke and prick leads the students closer to the finished product. Every year the fifth grade students cautiously learn how to cross-stich which opens up a graphing unit in math. Many students this year were uneasy about the new unit, but once they had begun, it was exciting. “Frog sheets were better than plain old worksheets; they helped keep my attention, and it helped lighten things up,” said Emerson Rogers. This graphing unit has helped these students while learning to cross-stitch which is a useful skill. “Cross-stitching is a creative way of doing math; it taught me how to pay more attention to graphing,” explained Lauren Menendez. The cross-stitching was not only a way of learning how to graph, but it also helped these students get into the Christmas spirit. Each student was able to bring their hard work home to their parents, a great addition to their Christmas trees. “The candle represents advent,” said Davis Troutman. “The candle represents the light of Jesus,” explained Anna Kate Berry. These fifth grade students were able to learn more than they expected during this new and interesting unit in math. They learned to graph, to cross-stitch, and most importantly, to understand more about the light of the world, Jesus Christ. 55

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This 2008 picture shows Katie Greene holding up the receipt from Michael’s after loading several carts with toys and crafts. Almost as tall as Greene, this was only one the many receipts she received that year. Each year the sales slips are lengthy and numerous.

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$20,000. This is the seemingly impossible goal of Covenant Day School student Katie Greene. She is not saving for a car nor is she planning an extravagant Sweet Sixteen birthday party. Instead, she is raising funds to buy Christmas gifts for kids who have to spend the holiday in the hospital. Greene is in teacher Sandy Pierce’s fourth grade class. Although she may seem young, Greene has never allowed her age to prevent her from touching the lives of thousands of children. In 2007, the idea for Katie’s Kidz was born. “I was in the store, and I just picked up a toy, and I had this idea that I wanted to give presents to children all around the world,” Katie recalled. When she mentioned the idea to her parents, her mother said, “Okay, Katie. Mommy and Daddy are not an ATM, so you’re going to have to raise the money.” That first year, Greene raised $162. The money that year came from her grandparents, her “working-off money,”

and her birthday money. She said with all earnestness, “I really think that God has laid this on my heart.” In 2010, Katie Greene’s monetary goal was $15,000, and she exceeded that by $700. Greene speaks to church groups, clubs, schools, and businesses about supporting Katie’s Kidz through toy drives or money donations. She has also been interviewed by several TV and radio stations. Katie’s Kidz provides Christmas gifts for the children in five hospitals, and she hopes to continue adding more hospitals in the coming years. While Katie Greene certainly stands out as a talented and mature fourth grader, there are many other equally impressive students, not only in fourth grade, but in each CDS class. Some talents and Christ-like deeds may go unnoticed by the world, but God knows the heart of all people. Whether noticed by others around you or not, “do not grow weary of doing good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).

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A Trip Through Space BY SPENCER HUTCHINSON

The third grade classes had an out-of-thisworld experience this year when they learned about the solar system. The different planets and how they orbit around each other and the people who discovered our solar system fascinated the students. “I liked learning about Mars and how hot it is,” said Luke Engstrom. “It’s also cool how no man has stepped foot on it.” Third grade teachers Jo Batson, Carol Mace, and Peggy Kiefer taught their students how big God is, but how small his creation is in comparison; they stressed that though people are tiny compared to the universe, they can still know God intimately. The students created posters of planets in space and wrote paragraphs on Isaac Newton, whose improvements on an existing telescope finally allowed man to view space. Sydney Rogers said, “My favorite planet is Saturn. I like its rings and moons the best!” The study of the solar system culminated with a visit to the planetarium at the Schiele

Museum. While there, the students saw images of the planets, galaxies, and stars right above their heads! This was a great opportunity for them to see models of the planets as they also learn more about them as well as learning about Indians, dinosaurs, and nature. Although the third graders may never have the chance to visit the planets, they certainly loved learning about God and his creation through their study.

Eager to learn, Will Knight, Grace Macurda, Rachel Blackman, and Russell Wong pour over their books. Reading is a vital skill for the third graders in all subjects.

Luke Andujar and Meg Scott Franklin carefully select markers before beginning their latest project. Every morning, third graders start with a warm-up activity to get their brains ready for the day ahead.

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Nate Kiehl observes the simulated tornado he made during a science activity. The third graders would spin the bottle around and watch it go!

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Luke Engstrom, Caroline Wall, Will Knight, and Rachel Blackmon decorate their Christmas cookies at the third grade Christmas party. Students all over the school spend the last half day before the holiday break celebrating Jesus’ birth with friends.

Miss Kiefer’s class decorated gingerbread men and other Christmas cookies at their party. This is just one of the many designs created. With cookies this good-looking, they didn’t last long!

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Third graders Russell Wong, Will Knight, Grace Macurda, and Rachel Blackmon spend time with one another at the third grade Christmas party. Eating cookies and playing games is so much fun!

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Amongst the many field trips, the second grade class also enjoys many special days in their own classroom. One of these days is Butterfly Day where students watch cocoons turn into beautiful butterflies before their very eyes. This year, students witnessed the initial flights of not only Painted Lady butterflies but Monarchs as well. According to Bailey Jordan, the Painted Lady was her favorite to observe, while Lillian Crowley enjoyed watching the Monarch spread its wings. This year, the students released the butterflies on a cold, wet, dreary day. As a result, the monarchs did not want to fly off and returned to their jars. When asked about the butter-

Teacher Barbara Stegall shows her class their Monarch butterfly. The students are eager to see the final transformation.

Fly,Fly y a w A flies’ return, Lauren Westbrook claimed that they came back “because it was cold and rainy.” Butterfly Day always proves to be fun, and this year was no different. Landon Coggins exclaimed that his favorite part of the day was “seeing him fly,” Lauren Westbrook enjoyed “watching them hatch,” and Cort Lund “liked all of it.”

Sophie Gunn admires the Monarch butterfly. Students were able to look closely at the butterflies because they stayed on the teachers’ hands!

Students gather around as their butterfly is finally released from its cage. This was the big moment when the butterfly would fly away.

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Baye Watson recites her lines in the play along with the other pilgrim women. She fits the role perfectly with her bonnet and apron.

Over 300 years ago, settlers set off on a voyage that would not be soon forgotten. They boarded the Mayflower and explored a new land. They befriended the Indians who guided them in the ways of survival. To celebrate this friendship and to give thanks for all that they had, they put together a memorable feast: Thanksgiving. Once again this year, the first grade put on a Thanksgiving play in honor of this unforgettable feast. Dressed in costume, whether it be as an Indian, pilgrim, turkey, or pastor, the students performed festive songs and recited Bible verses. Family and friends came to watch the lively performance and captured the celebration of American history with their cameras. Each student enjoyed taking part in role playing and honoring the first Thanksgiving.

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Many first graders are appreciative of coloring time, as you can see from Kathryn McNulty’s big smile.

Millie Bryan is dressed from head to toe in her Indian costume for the Thanksgiving play. Each student learned important American history through this experience.

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, k c a B g n i k o o L Moving Forward BY JAMES DILLON

Delaney Ferguson and Gaines Gunn wait with anticipation for another Super Science Day activity. Students experience science hands-on days where they learn about growing plants.

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11 Years

Covenant Day School is full of tradition. First graders produce a Thanksgiving program every year, fourth graders learn to play the recorder, fifth graders go to Kanuga, freshmen challenge each other with Color Wars, and juniors and seniors hold an annual tacky Christmas sweater day. Each grade holds its own tradition, and kindergarten is no exception. I was in kindergarten starting in 2000, and many things are still the same. Linda Butler still teaches in the same classroom. Students still learn about each letter of the alphabet. K-days are still a major part of each unit. Projects that I completed over ten years ago may be modified today, but many will be experienced by students once again this year. I was curious to see what different students in various grades remembered about their kindergarten days. “I remember K-day, Lunch and Literature, and Mrs. Butler’s kindness.”– Caroline Harrelson, junior “I remember the awesome K-days, the Medieval Ball, and Mrs. Weigel dressing up as different people and coming in to visit our classroom. Kindergarten was my favorite year!”– Brittany Stout, junior “Mrs. Kleven was the coolest person in the world. I got to play with Legos and made a big Lego ship.” – Kyle Himebaugh, sixth grader

“The Medieval Ball!” – Palmer Roberts, freshman “Sitting at really low tables that had shapes as their names - rectangle table, triangle table, etc. It seemed completely normal at the time.” – Peter Saunders, junior Students throughout the school share these fond memories as well as the ones they made for themselves during their own time in kindergarten. Although these traditions remain intact, there are some things that have changed since I was a five year old in Butler’s class. Students now eat lunch at school, a change that the teachers are enjoying. New teachers have come in since then, such as Amy Dillon and Amy Wallace. In fact, four of the six total teachers and their assistants in Kindergarten all have the first name of Amy! What will the future hold? What kinds of changes will take place? Only time will tell, but whatever happens, rest assured that the kindergarten at Covenant Day will always be providing an excellent foundation for life-changing experiences that take place at this school.

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Over a decade has passed, yet some traditions have stayed the same. Now CDS Juniors, Morgan and Logan Mosteller (left) participated in the Teddy Bear Picnic just as Jeremiah Thomas (right), a student in teacher Linda Butler’s class, did this year.

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A glimpse into Lower School Super Science Day

Fourth grader Grace Stamler creates a rubbing from the bark of a tree during one of the day’s outdoor activities. Students spent time learning about nature while also taking a variety of measurements outdoors.

For lower school students, Super Science Day evokes images of Principle Mark Helmer starting things off with an explosion, Discovery Place scientists presenting beakers full of bubbly liquids pouring mysterious foggy substances, and animals of all sorts being released from cages to the delight and fright of many. This year was no disappointment, with presenters traveling from Discovery Place and other organizations to teach students all about the joys of science. Reptiles and butterflies were also presented by specialists and handlers for the lower school students to hear and learn about during the day. One would say that Super Science Day this year was a resounding success. One of the only mishaps involved Helmer’s opening experiment. He took the stage in a flourish to kick off the science-centered day, preparing to wow the crowd of students and teach-

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Fourth graders James Lansden and Hanson Church observe nature, toting along a dry erase board for any significant observations. The students spent time outside, learning about weather and the outdoors during one of the Super Science day activities.

ers as he does every year. The idea of the explosion revolved around balloons, some string, and a lighter, all ordinary ingredients for a classic “Mr. Helmer” explosion.

“Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson A hush fell over the crowd as the students’ enthralled eyes fell on Helmer as he explained the experiment about to take place before them. In theory, the flame would travel up the string which was attached to the knot of the balloon, causing the balloon to explode, complete with a boom and flames. Oh, and one more thing. These were not your ordinary balloons; they

were filled with hydrogen, a highly explosive gas. Just in case things did not go perfectly as planned the first time, Helmer had a number of hydrogenfilled balloons ready at hand. The thrill of anticipation was settling amongst the lower school students, as this experiment never seems to get old; even the well-seasoned fifth graders were entertained by the performance. The flame reached the first balloon and as was possible, nothing happened. Oh, well, there’s plenty more to try, right? True, until the same outcome occured for each of the balloons. Disappointed by the anti-climactic experience, students grumbled until they were dismissed by grade to begin their adventure-packed day of sciencefilled activities. It looks as though we’ll just have to wait until next year to see the balloons explode!

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“The Horned Owl.” -Kate Rau

“A turtle or a frog.” -Chloe Church

“I wouldn’t take one home.” -Ansley Salter “The Monarch Butterfly.” -Will Knight

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Mark Tutton and Olivia Thomas volunteer to help the presenter from Discovery Place during his lesson. Here, students learned about the different states of matter, including solids, liquids, and gases.

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Laura Beth Hite goes up strong against a SouthLake defender on senior night.

Senior Sarah Brace gets low during a full court press against Queens Grant during the Hardwood Classic. Brace was one of the defensive players on the team.

Katrina Heise jumps high over Forsyth Country Day opponent to snatch the rebound. Although Heise was a solid rebounder, she was also famous on the team for fouling.

(Top Left) Hailey Manns drives hard to the basket. Although this was her first year of varisty play, she was able to adjust well. (Above) Point Guard Anna Melton shoots a jumper over the Calvary Baptist defenders. The Lady Lions went on to win close 3A game down the stretch. (Left) Bekah Fultz goes up hard against Queens Grant defenders. This was the last game the team played during the Hardwood Classic and came out with a win.

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Purple Friday nights Black. Purple. Red. What color will it be tonight? Before every game, the Varsity women’s basketball team must decide on what color pre-wrap will be worn because officials ask that the whole team wears the same color. For the first five games of the season, it was decided that everyone would wear black pre-wrap. However, sitting in the locker room at Calvary Baptist one Friday night, the girls decided to try something different. They’d suffered close loses as of late and decided that things needed to change. So, they started with their pre-wrap. Nancy Pendleton supplied everyone with her purple pre-wrap, and so the night began. By halftime the Lady Lions were down by seven. Calvary Baptist had been launching three pointers all night, and they weren’t missing. However, the Lady Lions came out strong and secured a huge 3A win with crucial free throws at the end. After a whole week off because of a cancelation by Westminster, the Lions traveled to Hickory Grove. It had been over five years since the Lady Lions had been victorious at Hickory Grove’s court, and change didn’t seem like it was coming tonight because of health issues before the game. Laura Beth Hite had been

(Top) Morgan Mosteller breaks her wrist as she shoots a three-pointer during an intense game against Southlake Christian School. Mosteller was the Lady Lions’ best three-point shooter. (Middle) Coach Corey Bridges calms down the players during a game at High Point Christian Academy. Although the Lady Lions were losing by double digits most of the game, they made High Point nervous with a fourth quarter run. Bottom: Guard Mackenzie Boone focuses as she shoots a free throw. Mental focus is essential to make the shot.

suffering from every injury possible from her knee to her hip to her head, and post player Katrina Heise was sick with the stomach bug, throwing up right before the game. Before the tip-off, the girls decided to stick with the purple pre-wrap; it had done them good so far. The game remained even at the half, and the Lions weren’t about to get beaten again on this court. Toward the end of the fourth quarter, Hickory Grove went up by a constant two or three points, Covenant Day unable to climb over the final hump. However, the turning point of the game occurred when post Bekah Fultz went up hard and was sent to the foul line. Her first made free throw cloed the gap to one. Although the second free throw was sent off the rim, the miss actually helped secure the Lady Lion’s victory because it was tipped off a Hickory Grove player and flew out of bounds. Lion’s ball. Down by one with 14 seconds left, the coaches left the players to improvise. Laura Beth Hite threw it in to Hailey Manns. Manns dribbled to the right wing where she barely got off a pass to point guard Anna Melton, who whipped the ball past her defender and went up for the jump shot. With four seconds left, the basket fell, and the Lions secured a victory. After the game, some of the players began to wonder if there just might be something about their purple pre-wrap and Friday nights.

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down to the wire Junior Varsity Women’s Basketball

Their coach described it as a “light bulb moment.” It was that instant in the game when everything suddenly clicked, and all the pieces fell into place. It was an away game against Charlotte Latin. The Junior Varsity ladies were trailing the whole first half. They rested in the locker room at half time with a five-point deficit lit up on the scoreboard. They had lost to Charlotte Latin by five only a week earlier during the Homecoming Game, and they were determined to not let that happen again. During the second half, the girls caught on fire and turned the deficit into a five-point victory. Coach Jones recalls, “Not only was this game a victory, but it was the moment when the girls grew up and learned how to play the game.” The biggest nail bitter of the season came in mid-December against Forsyth Country Day. The game was a rollercoaster, and with less than thirty seconds left on the clock, the score was tied. Hannah Billiard went for a layup and scored the game winning basket. Another crazy win came during a tournament over Christmas break. In order for the team to go on to the championship, they had to hold their opponents to 20 points. At halftime their opponents had 14 points. However, through tough defense and smart offense, the Lions only allowed their challengers two free throws in the second half. The JV Lady Lions ended the season 12-4.

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(Top left) Reagan Adams pulls back from her defender to create space. This is Adams’s first year on JV. (Top middle) Hannah Billiard drops her shoulder to drive past her defender. Billiard was a top scorer for the team. (Top right) Sophomore Jamie Welfare holds the ball on the wing as she searches for an open player. She also served as a captain this year. (Bottom left) The entire JV team gathers around their first place trophy during a Christmas Tourament. The team worked hard to clutch the top spot. (Bottom middle) Sarah Billiard goes up for a layup against a Southlake defender. The team went on to beat their opponents that night. (Bottom right) McClory Sheppe speeds past her opponent on a fast break. Sheppe is a new addition to the team this year.

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(Left) Carlee Pierce goes up strong over the Socrates Academy defender to finish a layup. Her wrist snaps perfectly as she releases the ball toward the net. (Middle) Meg Osowski dribbles the ball quickly in determination to make it to the basket. Being pursued by her opponents makes her reactions sharper. (Right) Kate Barcley drives with ease into the lane. She drops her shoulder to speed past her defenders.

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Matt Saunders waves the flag celebrating the beginning of the race. Fifth graders got into the spirit of the event by creating flags to support their class.

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BY TRAVIS HUTCHINSON

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Lower and middle school students began a new tradition this year. All of the students participated in a race of the ages, the first annual CDS Turkey Trot. Everyone took a break from their classes to enjoy the crisp fall day. Furthermore, Students in the fifth graders dressed up by making hats that looked like turkeys. “We started a revolution,” Jillian Schwake quipped about hers. Evelyn Townsend happily stated that “Miss McKenzie got the hats from Oriental Trading.” Then the students decorated them however they pleased. Zach Coleman added, “I made mine look like a nerd.” The runners did not have to race alone as many actually had their parents as running buddies. Townsend thought that “it was awesome that the parents cheered us on.” She proudly commented, “I jogged the whole way. The next day I could barely walk down the stairs; I was so sore.” This experience not only proved to enhance school unity but also gave students an excellent, preThanksgiving workout.

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Teacher Anna Howard gathers her turkeys on the sidewalk before their race. Karen McKenzie, another fifth grade teacher, encouraged the kids to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving by having them make turkey hats complete with beaks, gobblers, and feathers. Most of the students took off their hats before the race so that they wouldn’t soak up the perspiration.

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BY EMMA BIGGERSTAFF

i'm with the band

Lauren Kent and Daniela Dahlgren both played the flute for three Christmas songs the night of the concert. It was obvious that they had put lots of time and practice into perfecting their parts, and it paid off as they performed with the rest of the band.

As sixth graders Madison Wall and Amadea Dancu sing sweetly, a blend of young voices joins them from behind. Teacher Charlene Thomas selected slow and classical music for the sixth grade choir to perform, while the high school choir sang more upbeat and modern Christmas songs.

As students shuffle excitedly into place, the overcrowded room slowly quiets down. Parents whip out their cameras, and little siblings laugh and wave, giving the middle school choir members a boost of confidence as they scoot into place and begin their song. Voices were not all that was featured on the night of the Christmas Concert. In fact, a majority of the show consisted of performances by the band, which includes both middle and high school students. The Christmas songs, some of which the students had been practicing since September, brought the spirit of the season to the audience as dozens of students from grades six through twelve came together to perform. Band Director Megan Tuttle took to the microphone multiple times during the concert, elaborating about song choices and the work that each required. At one point she even talked about the room temperature, which was turned down because the musicians onstage were in desperate need of some AC. The temperature in the harbor was no match, though, for the heat of the lively performances of the night!

Ian Johnson sits comfortably behind his tuba as he concentrates on the performance. Because his instrument is the foundation for the chords, Johnson is a vital part of the band.

Caleb Porter, a senior band member, accompanies his classmates in the final song of the concert. He has been in band since freshman year and is now an accomplished trumpet player.

A Symphony of Siblings Of the dozens of students in band, it might surprise you that there are five sets of siblings: the Brumwells, Chases, Dabbs, Dahlgrens, and Johnsons. Among these family duos are Nick and Jonathan Dabbs, both dedicated musicians and long-time members of the CDS band.

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nc e l i S g n i k a e Br Though Covenant Day’s a capella group is only in its second year, its 11 members have already established a great reputation on campus and perform at school concerts and during basketball games. “Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no bird sang there except those that sang best.”

Clarinet players Cami Waters, Abby Traywick, and Emily Jarrett are poised and proper as they breeze through their music. Beside them, bass clarinet players senior Kevin Liu and eighth-grader Stephen McKnight accompany them with sonorous harmonies.

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~ Henri-Frederic Amiel

The high school men’s a cappella group, Breaking Silence, was started two years ago and is completely student led. The group performed a mix of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Here, senior Wes Gwynne solos with the group that provides harmony for him. Other members are Justin Fisher, Scott Jenkins, Caleb Porter, Logan Mosteller, Kurt Weisheit, Wesley Gwynne, Joe Yardley, Nick Dabbs, Chris Chase, and James Yardley.

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Nick Dabbs

Jonathan Dabbs

Jonathan, how long have you been in band? Since fifth grade - eight years. Why do you play the instrument you play? I don’t really know. I just started playing drums. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? Guitar. How important is music to you? Actually, it’s not that high on the list. What is practice like? Boring except for John Weaver’s hilarious comments. What do you do when you mess up? Cringe. Who is the loudest? Nick. What is your favorite note and why? The sound of the cowbell even though it’s not a note.

Nick, how long have you been in band? Eight years. Why do you play the instrument you play? Because I love the sound of a trumpet, and my dad played it. If you could play any other instrument, what would it be? A saxaphone. How important is music to you? Music is so important to me. What is practice like? Practice is fun...John Weaver always makes us laugh. What do you do when you mess up? When I mess up my whole body flinches, and I get really angry. Who is the loudest? I am by far the loudest (following after Bryce Stout’s footsteps). What is your favorite note? High C because it’s really hard to hit, but when you do hit it, you feel like a minor deity.

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