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EAGLE SE CO ND BAP T IST S C H O O L

SUMMER 2019

SBS Edition LIFE

Journey through LIFE at Second Baptist School.

ALUMNI

Alums from the classes of 1999, 2004 and 2009 reunite.

NEWS

Take a look at the spring 2019 events and happenings at Second Baptist School.


SECOND BAPTIST SCHOOL 6410 Woodway Drive Houston, Texas 77057 secondbaptistschool.org Established in 1946, SBS provides a world-class education for the leaders of tomorrow. SBS is a learning community for over 1,000 students (PK-12) who enjoy a breadth of educational opportunities – from customized learning experiences to travel exposure to technological advancement. Nurtured by a Christcentered community that edifies the soul and an academically rigorous environment that enriches the mind, SBS graduates are armed with the character, confidence and capability needed to succeed in the world they confront in the 21st century. OUR MISSION The mission of Second Baptist School is to train students in areas of knowledge that will allow them to understand clearly, to think deeply, to judge wisely, and to have the courage to live their lives on the great principles and convictions of biblical truth as they engage an innovative and digitallybased global community. OUR PASSION Our passion is to bring every student into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while equipping them to do with excellence that which God has called them to do. HONOR CODE As a member of the Second Baptist School community, I will not lie, cheat or steal; I will do my best to exemplify Christlike integrity in my academic and personal endeavors and encourage others to act accordingly.

The Eagle is published by the Office of Communications and is mailed free of charge to students, parents, faculty, alumni and friends of Second Baptist School. For more information call (713) 365-2310 or visit our website at secondbaptistschool.org. Disclaimer: Second Baptist School makes every effort to ensure that all names and listings are accurate and complete. If a name has been omitted, misspelled or listed incorrectly, please accept our sincerest apologies.


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y daughter, Hailie, recently celebrated her tenyear high school reunion, which had our family reflecting on the role SBS played in her life and in ours. As parents, my husband and I saw how she was deeply loved and cared for by committed faculty who wanted to see her succeed. From Mrs. Shari Ashkar to Mrs. Mitzi Sisk, Hailie was challenged to expand her way of thinking, build her faith foundation and expect more of herself than she thought possible.

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is to bring every student into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ while equipping them to do with excellence that which God has called them to do.

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of Second Baptist School is to train students in areas of knowledge that will allow them to understand clearly, to think deeply, to judge wisely, and to have the courage to live their lives on the great principles and convictions of biblical truth as they engage an innovative and digitallybased global community.

In her words, “SBS had a profound influence on my life. Spiritually, I have a foundational knowledge of Scripture. Academically, I entered college feeling ahead of many of my peers. Socially, my recent high school reunion felt more like a family reunion. My closest friends are people I went to school with for 14 years. Emotionally, I graduated confident in myself and my abilities because of the love and energy poured into me by SBS teachers and staff.” This Eagle is all about LIFE: SBS Edition. Turn the pages and discover your student’s journey through SBS from Early Childhood Program (ECP) to twelfth grade. Learn how our faculty train the hearts and minds of their students as they reach new developmental stages. See the eternal impact SBS makes on its students as the faculty and staff strive to live out the school’s passion and mission through the work they do every day.

Shari Durrett Director of Communications


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ur one focus is to produce g ra d u a te s that know Christ as their personal Savior and are prepared to think deeply, live biblically and lead courageously. I believe Second Baptist School does the best job of preparing students for college and for the rest of their lives. I believe this is true because our entire school is aligned behind our passion and mission!

difficult questions. Our students wrestle with BIG questions under the guidance and oversight of seasoned faculty who will guide them to truth and help them form a biblical worldview. This is a critical time as we prepare our students to succeed in college and in life. Every school has a purpose to exist and their education is rooted in values. I believe Colossians 2:2-3 provides a purpose for our education: “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Christ-centered education must lead to the foot of the cross. All that we believe, all that we teach, all that we do must be rooted in the Word of God.

In lower school, students learn from loving and caring faculty who have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. It is these faculty who diligently lay the foundation of knowledge for each student. Like many of you, I personally experienced just how special our lower school is—this is where my son developed a passion for Christ and a love of learning. He attends a school where he feels known and loved and that is PRICELESS!

Excellence is not a final destination but a process of continual improvement. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” We want to make excellence a habit in the lives of our students. Colossians 3:23 says, “...whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” SBS is committed to pursuing educational excellence as we train the next generation of leaders to be prepared to step into every arena of life. They are the leaders of our tomorrow!

When I was middle school age, kids called me Donald Duck and I hated it. What better place for our students to navigate the challenges of middle school than under the watchful eye of wise and godly faculty who help them develop a healthy image of themselves? Middle school can be challenging socially but also academically as students transition from thinking concretely to thinking abstractly. This is the time when they begin to question truth and need faculty and staff who know God and His truths to guide them on their educational journey.

Our community is made up of our faculty, staff, families and students. Our faculty care about each one of their students, regularly praying for them and doing what they can to help their students succeed. When I visit with alumni about the value of a Second Baptist School education, they all point back to the impact that faculty and staff have on their lives.

In upper school, students are forming their own belief systems. They are seeking answers to life’s

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YOU who make up the fabric of this wonderful community. We are developing lifelong friendships as we interact with each other when volunteering, attending school events, or just spending time together. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Let us help one another grow stronger. I thank God for a school anchored in Christ that passionately pursues educational excellence and is daily strengthened by our caring community. Let us always remember Romans 15:5-6, “May the

God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” To God be the Glory,

Dr. Don Davis Head of School

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Ms. Carol Ware

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TO MY SECOND BAPTIST FAMILY: As I look back on my life, I can clearly see the steps that the Lord took to lead me here to serve Him in this place. And now it is time for me to go. Thank you to my amazing co-workers, my friends both past and present. You have blessed my life in so many ways. Thank you to my former students and their families. It has been a privilege to be a part of your lives. Thank you for your cards and letters and gifts and kind words and best wishes and especially your prayers as I begin this new chapter in my life. My love to you all. Go Eagles!

Carol

In 1844 in his “Experience” essays, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Throughout her forty-five year career at Second Baptist School, there has never been any doubt about Carol Ware’s wisdom and good name. Her dedication and devotion to the call to educate the youth of today with Christian principles, combined with a first-class college preparatory education, has been her place of service, and she has done it all “as unto the Lord.” Long hours, not with large amounts of silver and gold, but a love for God and His people, have been her consistent motivation. ~ Darla Shirley Carol Ware walked into my freshman English class at Houston Baptist College in September of 1965. I could never have imagined that that young girl of 18 would become a lifelong friend of almost 54 years with whom I have shared so many unforgettable experiences. Carol has been my student, my mentor and my devoted friend, and my life has been forever changed. ~ Elsa Jean Looser What began as a professional relationship almost two decades ago has unfolded into a deep friend and family relationship, and I am richer for it. In my very early months in college guidance and feeling somewhat overwhelmed in my new position, I remember one specific day in Carol’s office collating type-written paper applications with their respective transcripts and recommendations to mail for students. She became a source of encouragement for me with her unsolicited words of affirmation, “You seem comfortable in this job.” Over the years, and in so many situations, Carol has continued to be a source of encouragement for me, as well as the gold standard of excellence, diligence and faithfulness. With her quintessential servant’s heart, she personifies the hands and feet of Jesus. ~ Donna Sims

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ECP (Pre-kindergarten & Bridge)

The beginning of an incredible journey in education. The anchor to a student’s life at SBS. The foundation upon which other knowledge and skills are developed. These are the pre-kindergarten and Bridge years. It’s that special time before kindergarten that is a launching point for many developmental skills. Social and emotional development is key during pre-kindergarten and Bridge. This is when our littlest SBS Eagles learn and practice being kind and loving toward each other. Part of this is achieved through collaborative work, a skill that will continue to be honed through lower, middle and upper school. Learning to share, listening to their peers and choosing first-time obedience with their teachers are all evidence of milestones these young students reach during pre-kindergarten and Bridge.

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In conference on December 18, 1946, the deacons of Second Baptist Church downtown recommended the organization of a kindergarten. The church voted to do so, and thus, Second Baptist School was born. On February 3, 1947, kindergarten opened with 14 students. Fast forward 73 years, we have approximately 50-60 kindergarten students attending SBS each year.

The literary foundation starts here. From read-alouds in class to the Super Kids reading program, students start developing a lifelong love of reading. Beginning with ABCs, literacy skills take shape before students enter kindergarten. Mastery of certain motor skills is another major developmental milestone reached. A few broken crayons along the way, students are mastering the basics. Having a proper grip on a pencil now allows them to learn to write their name, eventually progressing to personal narratives in middle school and later, college essays. Buttoning and zipping coats now will soon look like a swift change into their Golden Girl costume or baseball uniform. Cutting out basic shapes now will help them when working on their fifth grade project-based learning projects and later when they create interesting artwork in their upper school art class.

In general, the kindergarten experience instills a joy of learning. It builds students’ confidence in their ability to learn and exposes them to important life skills, such as motivation, discipline, patience and persistence. Kindergarten is where students grow in their relationships and self-awareness. They build communication skills through unit projects, strengthen fine and gross motor skills, practice sharing and taking turns, learn through play and begin to identify their teacher as a key adult figure in their lives.

Setting students up for success in all areas of life is the heart’s desire of the pre-kindergarten and Bridge teams. When asked what they want their students to remember about this grade, teachers say, “That they are loved, and they grasp that God created them EXACTLY the way He designed them and for His purpose.”

Kindergarteners begin to grasp mathematics, reading and writing. In math, students study numbers and routines and use models to represent numbers, shapes, time and the monthly calendar. This study of numbers comes to the highly

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In first grade, the year of dreaming BIG is marked by tremendous growth – academic, emotional and spiritual. This time of working through responsibility, gaining independence and rigorous curriculum aligns to build the character of a successful first grader at SBS. Skills developed this year are another stepping stone to a future SBS graduate. Independence, responsibility and accountability are a few lessons that first grade teachers model and allow students to succeed in each year. By teaching students to become problem solvers in their academics as well as in their social lives, they become independent thinkers. Through required assignments and daily homework, students become accountable for themselves and their work. Socially, first graders work collaboratively through book clubs, math partner games, partner reading and group projects. Students grow in their reading and math skills significantly during first grade. Beginning with three minutes of independent reading, these young

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students increase their time in small increments— building longevity—until they are reading independently for 30 minutes at a time. In math class, teachers lay the foundation for transitioning from concrete to more abstract thinking through various math concepts. This allows these future mathematicians to eventually “solve for x” or apply logic to a problem. Other important life lessons are imprinted on students hearts–teaching them to be lifelong learners and curious thinkers. Teachers explain that not only is reading fun, but that it can take you on great adventures. They also teach that math is everywhere in our everyday lives, not just in the classroom. These lessons are woven throughout the curriculum, such as reading comprehension and place value. A culmination of first grade is the “Dream Big” program. Students study vocations and how they can honor God with their career, no matter what they choose to do. After learning about different career paths, they select a job to portray and share this dream with an audience of family and friends. This is a vital point in every student’s life when they learn to dream BIG for their lives and that God is able and works mightily through them. As their students move to the next grade level, first grade teachers love for students to know, “You are loved! Always work hard, make good choices and do YOUR best. You are capable of amazing things! Follow God’s plan for your life – He has BIG things in store for you. What can wash away your sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

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A longstanding SBS tradition, second grade is the year students portray a president or first lady in the annual “Parade of Presidents� program. After doing extensive research, writing an informative piece, illustrating a portrait, memorizing a speech, these presidential students present their knowledge from the Sanctuary stage to an audience filled with proud and smiling faces. However, second grade takes students beyond the White House through many skills, lessons and experiences. During this year, second graders are introduced to multiplication, division and cursive handwriting. They become flexible, resilient readers who read for pleasure and for academic purposes. They move from learning to read to reading to learn. As writers, students are

taught the craft of proficient writing. They write books with leads, use voice, add elaboration and make thoughtful decisions about specific word choice to make their writing come alive. Second graders are taught how to track their reading across longer books, how to read fluently with expression and build new vocabulary through a solid phonetic understanding. They are taught how to write narratives and also opinion and information texts about topics that matter to them. Teachers educate in a reading and writing workshop that allows students to read and write for extended periods of time while teachers meet individual student needs.

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At the end of each day and before their students promote to the next grade level, second grade teachers tell their students, “As you prepare for third grade, our prayer is that you continue to love school, be encouraged by one another and let Jesus pursue your hearts.� Simply put, second grade teachers want their students to realize their true potential, lean into God for all their worries and mistakes and read broadly and deeply.

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managing classwork, homework and relationships with peers are milestones during third grade. The two skills most important at this age and ones that teachers aim to refine are independence and responsibility. Teachers model and teach their students how to take responsibility for relationships and practice conflict resolution. Third graders are given the tools needed to problem solve and get along well with others. In both novel studies and social studies, lessons

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As students enter third grade, their educational experience takes a shift. This is the first year they have two teachers: one for math and social studies and the other for language arts. Most often, students enjoy this transition, as it is a step toward independence and maturity, but before the bigger one to middle school. Problem-solving and taking responsibility for

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are taught that reflect and model ways to handle various conflicts and points of view. In language arts, students focus on grammar and reading. In math, teachers help third graders build on the foundation of early grades, which will help them think more deeply with each passing year. According to third grade teachers, “We want our students to remember to not only study and learn God’s Word but to apply what they’ve learned in their daily lives.”

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It’s an exciting last chapter of lower school when students are in fourth grade at SBS. As the leaders in lower school, our fourth graders take an in-depth look at Texas history, go on experiential learning trips to bring their studies to life, lead chapel and produce Eagle Eye News. Spelling tests become creative stories focused on central character (fourth grader), and Bible class leads students into apologetics— allowing them to explore some hard questions.

Learning to speak in front of a crowd through their Texas history speeches is a key component of fourth grade curriculum. Learning to work cooperatively together in a group, establishing leadership roles within the group and taking ownership of their own learning is key.

According to the fourth grade team, “At this age, our kids are just starting to piece together all of the Bible stories they’ve learned since PK and their implications. The hard questions are a result of years of previous studies. They are old enough to want to understand and young enough to still ask questions without embarrassment.”

As fourth graders get ready to enter middle school, their teachers remind them often, “The fear of the Lord is a GOOD thing.”

They continue, “Everything we teach is important. We take what they have been introduced to in lower school and go deeper to prepare them for middle school.” In math, fourth graders master multi-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They learn operations with fractions and decimals. In language, students are introduced to a variety of literary genres. They obtain foundational language skills, spelling and Latin knowledge—analyzing literary elements and using figurative language. Additionally, they produce persuasive/advice writing pieces.

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Fifth grade is the first year of middle school and marks the beginning for students. It serves as a transitional time for both students and parents as new freedoms, teachers, technologies, consequences and a new set of administrators are introduced. SBS fifth graders are given time to acclimate to these new experiences by housing them in their own space on the second floor of A Building. Fifth graders learn new routines, figure out their bin schedule, memorize their locker combination, adjust to taking an iPad home. It is a whole new experience designed to welcome students into middle school in a loving way that allows them a space to grow, adjust and sometimes even fail to meet expectations. By giving this freedom to fifth graders, they experience profound growth and independence. With all the milestones reached, development is at an all-time high as students walk through these preteen years. Academically, fifth graders have different teachers with varied teaching styles and expectations. They learn how to stay organized and how to study outside of school hours. In fifth grade, they have to remember that, in addition to going to the right classroom without an adult walking them there, they have to be on time, prepared and ready for class. Fifth grade sees great literature analysis through novel studies. One such example is their summer reading book Wonder, which is not only used in their narrative unit, but it also provides teachers and students with excellent social topics to discuss. Applying literature to social experiences brings to life the reading in a new way for students.

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In science, fifth graders apply their learning of the earth to discover how God created it. This directly correlates to their Bible curriculum for the year, which is an in-depth study of the book of John. Students discuss and begin to understand what personal faith in Jesus Christ looks like, how to pray and how to live with a thankful heart. Before students are promoted to sixth grade, fifth grade teachers leave their students with this reminder: “Don’t be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. Communicate with your teachers when you don’t understand. Come visit us! We think about you often. Be polite and kind to one another.”

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Although fifth grade is the official transition to middle school, it is in sixth grade that students really begin their journey to the next school level. They start to spend extra amounts of time studying outside of school and develop critical study skills and continue learning to manage their own schedules apart from their parents. Sixth graders learn how to keep track of their assignments and figure out their most efficient study habits. They learn to become self-advocates. According to the sixth grade team, “Sixth graders enter as children and leave as teenagers!” In global studies, students learn more than just facts. They learn cultural awareness and how different types of people live. Sixth graders learn to celebrate differences and the unique ways that God created people throughout the world. According to the sixth grade global studies teacher, “My hope and prayer are that this course develops both empathy and gratitude as well as an impulse to do something to change the world.” She went on to say, “I tell them that once you ‘know’ something, you can’t ‘unknow’ it, and that means you must respond, whether that is through spreading awareness, praying or helping out personally.” In every subject, students participate in class discussions that include subject matter content or what study habits are, or are not, working for them. Teachers and curriculum welcome open dialogue which helps increase collaboration in and outside of the classroom.

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Adolescence, with all the challenges and opportunities that come with it, truly begins in the seventh grade. At SBS, this is the year when students start to balance co-curricular activities with schoolwork. From middle school athletics to the middle school musical plus everything in between, the newness and excitement of this year make it a milestone in the SBS community. With new activities offered, students begin to develop a unique sense of who they are as their personality, interests and skills come together. As they see God’s gifts being used in their lives, practicing discernment in many areas, this is an important year for their sense of self. They begin to develop positive decision making as these new freedoms are navigated. In the classroom, students practice communication and problem-solving skills through collaborative projects. They become leaders, taking on new responsibilities. They apply their knowledge of current events, exploring and learning a biblical worldview, preparing them for the future as people of impact. All of these skills are applicable to their lives outside of school.

respond, “We want them to always be willing to ask questions about the world around them. We want them to be curious! We want them to never forget that the intricate, detailed world they see around them could only be made by God, our ultimate Creator. Life is about their perception and how to achieve their goals. Hard work definitely pays off. They are loved by God and every member of this community. They are fearfully and wonderfully made, and they have limitless potential.�

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Eighth graders continue navigating the early stages of adolescence. As a result, they face all kinds of new challenges and opportunities as they continue to develop a sense of self, figuring out and learning to be comfortable with who they are. Throughout the course of eighth grade, students prepare for upper school. They develop and refine leadership skills as

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middle school representatives. The Eighth Grade Representative program is modeled after the Prefect System in upper school. Students work closely with peers, teachers and administrators to create and promote positive change in the middle school. This is the first year that Bible classes are divided by gender. This allows students to take what they study and learn through God’s Word and discuss truths and topics within a safe space. Eighth grade Bible teachers facilitate open discussion but target their curriculum: the eighth grade girls focus on the heart and habits of a godly woman. The boys learn and apply leadership principles to life to develop a vision of manhood with their fathers to realize how essential the gospel is as the foundation of their lives. The most anticipated privilege of the SBS eighth grader is going on the Washington, D.C. trip. In the

midst of studying American History, eighth graders gain first-hand knowledge in the nation’s capital. From the Lincoln Memorial to the Naval Academy, these students see it all. More specifically, students make the connection between their rights as American citizens after studying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights all year and getting to see the historical documents in person. One eighth grade teacher reminds her outgoing students each year that, “It’s okay to fail, as long as you don’t stay there! Seek to become more like Christ, but give grace when you fall short.” By the end of their time in middle school, eighth graders have heard over and over again that they are loved and valued for their character, not their grades. They are uniquely made and have what it takes to face the journey ahead.

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Interim Term For over 25 years, Interim Term has provided upper school students opportunities to delve into personal interests and expand their minds and experiences. During this twoweek enrichment period each spring semester, students opt to leave the city on college tours or overseas travel, while many students choose to stay in town and take advantage of the interesting Houston-based opportunities. Interim Term also allows students to pursue internships exploring different careers, which is helpful for students trying to decide their college majors. This year, students continued the tradition of excellence and ventured out to examine various careers to determine the skills needed to attain a professional position in their career of choice or eliminate a profession that was not the right fit.

Claire Bolling ’19 Dr. Moya Oral Surgeon Day 3 “I started the morning making the IV trays for Dr. Moya’s surgeries today. Then, I wiped down the chairs and turned on computers and TVs, logged in and opened up the schedules. Finally, the first surgery started. The first patient was removing fully-grown wisdom teeth on the bottom, but the roots were very close to a nerve, so it took longer than I thought it would. The following surgery was interesting because the doctor was in the maxillary parts of the patient’s gums; he grafted the patient for the next time and fixed his flipper to fit his new gums. At the conclusion of both surgeries, I wiped down the rooms and sterilized the utensils. I also cleaned out the drain that leads to the suction. Needless to say, this was probably the most eye-opening part of my day. Everything the doctor removes has to go somewhere. I’ll just leave it at that. On a very different but satisfying note, the day was Ash Wednesday, so there was a lot of conversation and dialogue around religion and what I believed. I had the chance to talk with co-workers about intercession, baptism and many other aspects of the Christian faith. We talked about the history of the Christian, Orthodox and Catholic churches. So many of these things I learned at school, and was able to share with others. After our very in-depth discussion, a couple of the nurses said they wanted to send their kids to Second Baptist School if they would end up like me.”

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Ryan Calderon ’20 Reynolds and Frizzell Law Firm Day 4 “When I came into the office, I could see that Will was clearly excited about something. He explained that the information he’d acquired overnight was essential to the case, and that he would use it to try and end the trial. Around 9:30 a.m., we went to the courthouse, and Will used the new information to argue that the plaintiffs had withheld valuable information. During the debate, the judge interrupted and granted the defendant’s “death penalty sanctions,” and the case was over within an hour. The judge took everyone by surprise. We couldn’t believe it! We returned to the office victorious, celebrating during the car ride there, and soon after had lunch with two other co-workers, Misty and Sunni, whom I had come to know over the course of the week. I talked to them about all that I had learned and the exciting case I got to observe. They asked me about my school and other things, and it was fun getting to know them. After lunch I asked Sunni for more work, and Will was able to give me another case to look over. It was a case similar to a previous one I had reviewed versus the accounting company, but it was regarding a food producing company and a distributing company. As I read through it, I realized that I was able to understand the text more quickly than I had before. I finished reading the case and gave my feedback to Will, and with that, I returned home after a very fulfilling day.”

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Grant Mueller ’20 Western Airways Day 1 “In the first hour of my internship, I attended a Western Airway’s Emergency Response system training and drill alongside the new accountant, Nancy, and a number of pilots. One of the instructors, Dan, was teaching us the new Emergency Response system used when a plane is going down, things like putting on a life vest if the plane is going to crash in water; putting on an oxygen mask for passengers and pilots and locating all of the emergency doors and how to take them down. The specific drill involved the steps to take if confronted by an active shooter in the building. It was fascinating because the simulation seemed all too real. We hid under tables and in closets. They had people come in and play certain roles. A real S.W.A.T. team was involved, as well. After this training session, I had lunch and talked with some employees working in the Charter Sales room. We reflected on the hours before and talked about student loans, college and flying after college. After lunch, I toured the different hangers and had the privilege to go inside some of the planes. I also met employees working in the different hangers on property. On my in-depth tour, Dan taught me how to drive a golf cart, and during the last hour, reviewed with me and Nancy the many processes and procedures followed by Western Airways.”

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The start of upper school at SBS is an exciting journey. Students are enthusiastic, nervous, eager to join new things and jump into student life. Part of establishing a path that students will pave during their time at upper school is choosing which activities to be involved in. From there, friendships flourish, and ninth graders learn to remain organized and to not let anything slip through the cracks. Students in upper school are often involved in various activities, including athletics, arts and academic clubs. The balancing act of performing well in school, as well as being a team player in activities, is one that students are faced with and learn to navigate during ninth grade. With all this new responsibility and accountability, it can be easy for ninth graders to feel isolated, believing they are the only ones struggling through this transitional time. But that is far from the truth. The community at SBS is one of unity, support and love. Teachers not only pray daily for their students but are committed to seeing them succeed. In their freshman year, students begin to understand the care that teachers, administrators and staff have for them. Relationships are key to their success and intentionally built each year so that by the time these students enter college, coming back to visit teachers they had in upper school is one of their favorite ways to spend college holidays. When students look toward moving on to tenth grade at the end of their freshman year, teachers want their students to know “how to write and speak effectively and correctly. That no matter what grade they get in their class, we ADORE them, and God ADORES them even more than we do! We want them to know that learning another language unlocks an entire world for them. We can only give them foundational blocks, but they have the ability to take those pieces and make a beautiful building that can bridge them to friendships, adventures and serving opportunities for the glory of God.”

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In conjunction with the confidence that comes with no longer being a freshman, sophomores are hitting the road! This newfound independence is defining for this group of students and makes them more confident and a whole lot of fun. According to one tenth grade teacher, “Tenth graders can be very confident. However, their first or second ‘hiccup’ in school typically grounds them shortly into the school year. There is still a lot of enthusiasm, and they can be very helpful with freshmen.” Socially, tenth graders are often challenged in friendships. They are starting to discern what strong friendship should look like and how following the crowd isn’t always the best choice. Sophomores learn to stand strong in their convictions. They are still learning to balance their extracurriculars with friends, family and school work. Inside the classroom, grammar, reading and writing define this particular year. Tenth graders learn to write and defend a strong argument. They become wellversed in research writing, which remains a critical tool in eleventh and twelfth grade, on AP exams and throughout college. As they read, sophomores are

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challenged to take a look at the way literature and characters reflect real life. Among the list of beloved electives, many tenth graders find their place in yearbook class, working with peers and upperclassmen leaders to produce

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Eleventh grade marks the beginning of the upperclassman experience, the start to college applications and a glimpse of what their lives might look like beyond their years at SBS. Students are both excited and nervous about applying for college. This is a time of great anticipation, hard work and perseverance.

As one upper school teacher put it, “They are not freshmen but aren’t yet seniors. They reside in this beautiful place of joy for today and trepidation for tomorrow.” This in-between time is a wonderful period of growth, change and maturity. Students come out on the other side of this year ready to take on the challenges and opportunities they will soon experience in their senior year.

SBS juniors hone in on what they must do to get into their college of choice. They work diligently in their classes, take leadership positions on their teams and clubs and make conscious decisions about their futures. Students can rest in the knowledge that they don’t have to have it all together and find hope in God’s provision for them as He carries them through the process.

Before eleventh graders move on to their final year at SBS, teachers want them to remember, “That they can take risks, overcome obstacles and become better versions of themselves IF they are seeking God’s wisdom through His Word and prayer. They each have a VOICE, and it is one of the greatest tools in life. To appreciate God’s creation and to continue carrying out the gratitude challenge to deepen their joy in the Lord.”

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Senior year is certainly a notable one wherever you are, but at Second Baptist School it is quite a year to remember! While finishing their college applications and anticipating the future, twelfth graders have much to look forward to and experience. Out of the gate, seniors set out for the Senior Retreat in Round Top, Texas, in late August to bond as a class and start the year united. They are Prefects, team captains, editors, club presidents, musical leads and much more. Senior year is one of great importance, and one could argue, the most memorable. Seniors are challenged in each class and by their various mentors to think deeply about life, their personal faith and the world outside their bubble. In senior Bible, they engage in conversations about current topics and life before college and discuss reallife application through a thorough study of Scripture.

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The practice of open dialogue and discussion weaves its way through all of the other classes, especially during their elective courses. According to AP Spanish teachers, “We sometimes find ourselves discussing topics that might be controversial. Confident and mature, seniors share their reasoning while honing their listening and empathy skills. They spend a lot of time reflecting on why they believe what they believe.” SBS aims to produce graduates that understand clearly, think deeply, judge wisely and have the courage to live their lives on the great principles and convictions of biblical truth as they engage an innovative and digitally-based global community. It is the hope and prayer of all faculty and staff at this point in an SBS student’s educational career that they are equipped to make a profound impact for Christ on the world they will soon enter.

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Cherish every second. Share your faith in an authentic way. Amazing SBS teachers who guide and pray for you will teach you this. They truly care. ~Jillian Wright

Always being yourself. High school will try to change you, but it’s important to stick to your roots and be yourself! ~Sophie Newell

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Surround yourself with a strong community. From family and friends, teachers and coaches, there is always someone to talk to when you need guidance or just someone to simply listen. ~Avery Whitaker

Make God a priority in life, especially when you’re feeling extremely busy or stressed. He will help through ANY season. ~Sydney Miller

Live your life in Christ. ~Sarah Oliphant

Treat others with respect. ~Cade Blodgett

SBS provides an excellent academic and spiritual education. Faculty members teach lessons of responsibility, accountability and compassion. ~Kate Lindig

There is one important thing you can control every day, and that is your attitude. How you treat others on any given day, in any given circumstance is most important. ~Travis Vick

A small, tight-knit community is everything! ~Keegan Blodgett

Good friendships are hard to find, but the ones found at SBS will multiply the goodness in your life. ~Claire Bolling

Push yourself to be a stronger person, not to stress too much and value spiritual life above all else. When we put Jesus first, everything else falls into place. ~Olivia Little

Be a friend to everyone, cultivate new friendships and cherish the existing ones. ~Lauren Aycock Always be kind to others–you never know what someone is going through. ~Keegan Blodgett

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What truly matters is not what others say about you, but how God sees you. You were created by Him and are loved more than you know. Brush the little things off! ~Christina Iloff

Don’t be so concerned about what other people think of you. ~Kyle Hannon


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This year’s commencement celebrated the Class of 2019, beginning with the traditional class photo taken in the Sanctuary, which will join the other class photos adorning our hallowed Legacy Hall on the sixth floor of E Building. After the formal photo session, the soon-to-be graduates joined their families and friends in the Fellowship Hall to take pictures and wait for the highly anticipated ceremony to begin. Students, joined by beloved SBS faculty and staff, lined up and waited with eagerness for the moment they would soon experience walking across the Worship Center stage to receive their diplomas. The seniors marched in as the organ and trumpet belted out “Pomp and Circumstance,” signifying the official beginning of the Class of 2019’s graduation ceremony. Service Prefect Madison Pennington delivered the invocation, followed by fellow classmate Thomas Jobe’s reading of the class verse, Galatians 6:9. Valedictorian Payton Kim challenged her classmates, “I would encourage you to mimic the men Paul wrote of in Acts 17 who were accused by those afraid of change and the usurpation of tradition of ‘turning the world upside down.’ Long before Christianity spread to the far reaches of the globe, it was a small group of radically nontraditional, radically forward-driven young people who were, in all historical likelihood, teenagers and twenty-somethings.” On a similar note, salutatorian Fielden Baker said, “Not only has our time at SBS taught us to see

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our future differently than many do, but our time here has also equipped us to see the present differently and to engage our world based on our deepest convictions.” Head of School Dr. Don Davis listed many achievements of this impressive group, giving evidence that this class has talent, drive and most of all, desire to serve the Lord. In a powerful closing, he gifted the class with personalized Bibles to take with them as they move into their next chapter. Head of Upper School Jon Konzelman delivered a meaningful commencement address saying, “Commencement is not only a term used for graduation. It has a different meaning, ‘the beginning, the onset or the launch.’ For some this feels like the end, but the truth is, this is just the beginning as you launch into the next exciting chapter of your story.” Finally, the moment arrived when one by one, the seniors were presented with their diplomas. After the final name was called and the last diploma handed out, Whitney Thode delivered the benediction and initiated the most favorite moment of graduation – the cap toss. Smiles, laughter and celebration filled the choir loft. The Class of 2019 officially became in those few minutes a proud and relieved group of the newest SBS alums. Commencement 2019 was a night to remember, and we anticipate God doing great and mighty things through our most recent graduates.

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Isaiah Sylvanus Addo-Ankrah* Cum Laude University of Houston Elijah M. Berglund Adickes* Summa Cum Laude Fordham University Angela Alyassin* Magna Cum Laude University of Houston Summer Caroline Applegate* Summa Cum Laude Auburn University Abigail Nicole Arriaga The University of Texas at San Antonio Lauren Kathryn Aycock* Summa Cum Laude The University of Texas at Austin Joshua Adeoluwa Ayodele* Cum Laude Baylor University Daniel Fielden Baker* Summa Cum Laude The University of Texas at Austin Reilly McKenzie Bass* Magna Cum Laude Auburn University James Christian Beauchamp* Summa Cum Laude Southern Methodist University Hannah Leigh Berkman* Magna Cum Laude University of Oklahoma Cade Phillip Blodgett The University of Texas at San Antonio Keegan Crawford Blodgett* Summa Cum Laude Texas Christian University Jenna Renée Bobbora* Magna Cum Laude Texas Christian University Claire Elizabeth Bolling* Summa Cum Laude Samford University Richard Cullen Callaway* Magna Cum Laude Texas A&M University Catherine Rebecca Carl* Cum Laude Texas A&M University Haley Anita Castleman University of Arkansas Catherine Laine Cela* Summa Cum Laude Baylor University Shelby Wren Clark* Summa Cum Laude Baylor University Cameron Scott Cohn* Magna Cum Laude Undecided Sara Madison Cooper* Summa Cum Laude University of the South Donovan C. Dastmalchian* Magna Cum Laude University of the Incarnate Word Parker Gray Davidson* Magna Cum Laude Impact 360/Baylor University John Carlton Davis* Magna Cum Laude University of Oklahoma Uzoma Isaiah Dibiamaka Cum Laude Western Texas College Benjamin Bradley DiCecco* Cum Laude Blinn College William Grant Doré Trinity University Lauryn Elizabeth Eckett* Cum Laude Baylor University Michael Scott Fordham* Magna Cum Laude St. Edward’s University Lily Marie Halsell* Cum Laude University of Oklahoma Kyle Christian Hannon* Summa Cum Laude Cornell University Ethan John Henderson* Summa Cum Laude University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign George Alan Hofmann* Cum Laude Samford University Scott Mathison Holcomb* Summa Cum Laude Washington and Lee University Tyler Cole Holt* Magna Cum Laude The University of Texas at Austin Laurel Suzanne Howell* Summa Cum Laude University of Oklahoma Carson Champton Huguenard* Cum Laude Baylor University Cristina Catherine Viera Iloff Blinn College Amir Ben-Eliezer Jim-Daniels Austin College Thomas Charles Jobe* Summa Cum Laude University of Georgia Audrey Susanne Johnson Baylor University Kerri Elaine Johnson* Magna Cum Laude United States Air Force Academy Skyla Brae Kelley Texas Tech University Ashley Hee-Youn Kim* Summa Cum Laude Baylor University

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Brady Hunter Kim* Summa Cum Laude Texas Christian University Mackenzie Grace Kim* Summa Cum Laude Baylor University Payton Faith JungIn Kim* Summa Cum Laude Northwestern University Katherine Leigh Korfin* Cum Laude Baylor University Blake Tyler Langford Undecided Katherine Elizabeth Lindig* Summa Cum Laude Texas Christian University Olivia Jean Little* Summa Cum Laude College of William and Mary Aaron Tianyu Lu* Summa Cum Laude Southern Methodist University Anthony Michael MacKenzie Sam Houston State University Princess Precious Matthew* Summa Cum Laude Southern Methodist University Leon Christian McMillan Millsaps College Sydney Quinn Miller* Cum Laude Rice University Anson Wes Moore Texas Tech University Bailey Lynn Neumann Texas Christian University Jonathan Colin Newell II* Summa Cum Laude The University of Texas at Austin Sophie Ping Newell* Summa Cum Laude Drexel University Samuel William Oelfke Undecided Sarah Elizabeth Oliphant* Summa Cum Laude University of Oklahoma Yuhuan Pan* Summa Cum Laude University of California, Santa Barbara Brady Jackson Patterson* Summa Cum Laude United States Naval Academy Lindsey Noelle Pedersen* Cum Laude University of Arkansas Madison Elizabeth Pennington* Summa Cum Laude Texas A&M University Lexy Grace Pettitte Dallas Baptist University Olivia Caroline Pirtle* Summa Cum Laude University of Houston Rachael Leigh Quach* Cum Laude Baylor University Emma Nichole Reed Magna Cum Laude Concordia University Texas Dylan Nathaniel Sanders* Magna Cum Laude Texas A&M University Rose Lauren Sansone* Cum Laude Texas Tech University Kallie Anne Steelman* Summa Cum Laude Blinn College Reid Sorg Stiefel Jr. Cum Laude St. Edward’s University Audra Rose Tackett* Summa Cum Laude University of Houston Whitney Marie Thode* Summa Cum Laude Baylor University Cassie Gray Thompson* Summa Cum Laude The University of Texas at Austin Josie Suzanne Towns* Summa Cum Laude University of Arkansas William Trammell* Magna Cum Laude Baylor University William Travis Vick, III* Cum Laude The University of Texas at Austin Cameron Paul-Henry Watson* Summa Cum Laude Texas Christian University Avery Isabelle Whitaker* Summa Cum Laude Auburn University Elizabeth Anne Wiesen* Summa Cum Laude The University of Texas at Austin Harrison Luke Wilson* Cum Laude University of Oklahoma Jillian Grace Wright* Cum Laude Auburn University Hallie Ann Wuensch Baylor University Lisa Katherine Young* Summa Cum Laude Baylor University Mia Zugheri Texas Tech University * National Honor Society

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10, 15 & 20 year reunions This past spring and over the last couple of months, several of our beloved SBS alums reunited at the home of a classmate or local restaurant to catch up with each other and celebrate another fun milestone in their alumni journey! We love getting a glimpse into the evenings with the Classes of 1999, 2004 and 2009.

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Special thanks to class agents and classmates who helped make these memorable evenings happen. We couldn’t do it without you: Amanda Skelton Yokum ’99, Jennifer Curry Van Matre ’99, Beth Trahan ’99, Rebecca Hickman Smith ’04, Hailie Durrett ’09 and Sarah Mayes Huguenard ’09. Remember to keep in touch with us as we look ahead to future class reunions and special events. Can you believe we are quickly approaching the door of our 75th year (20212022)? You can visit the Alumni page on secondbaptistschool.org, or send a direct email to sbsalumni@ secondbaptistschool.org. Exciting things are happening at SBS, and we don’t want you to miss out!

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high energy all-school pep rally kicked off Flight Night 2019! The SBS community filled the E Gym to cheer for our students, teachers, cheerleaders, Golden Girls, swim, soccer and basketball teams. In a hard fought game of basketball knockout between teachers and students, the students proved victorious. Flight Night basketball games started with the JV men’s and women’s teams. Meanwhile, dinner and face painting were underway in the newly renovated Fellowship Hall. At the same time, future Golden Girls prepped in Woodway Village at the dance clinic for their Flight Night performance.

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All of the SBS basketball teams played hard. The varsity women beat Westbury Christian 64-11. Varsity men lost in the final moments of a nail-biter to Westbury Christian 66-60. According to Coach Herndon, women’s varsity basketball coach, “What impressed me so much about this group is that they are ready to learn each day. They apply what they learn until it becomes habit.” In addition to watching great basketball, fans were entertained throughout the evening by cheerleaders, Golden Girl clinic participants, Golden Girls and SBMSA basketball stars.


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roud parents and faculty members eagerly attended the traditional ceremony to celebrate the newest members of the Florence Weaver Chapter of the National Honor Society. The annual induction ceremony, one of the oldest on campus, included prayer, exhortation from Class of 2019 members and recognition of incoming members’ accomplishments. “This accomplishment affirms the consistent time, energy and dedication our students have committed to their academic endeavors at SBS,” stated Upper School Dean of Academics Jacob Lindsey. “Being a member of NHS not only means joining a national community of student leaders; it also indicates their commitment to growing in the core values of the National Honor Society.” The dedication students put forth to achieve academic excellence leads to this well-deserved honor. To qualify for NHS, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 during the first semester of their junior year. In addition to grades, the four pillars of NHS are scholarship, leadership, service and character. “NHS is a milestone in a high schooler’s career; one of the first signs that our hard work has paid off,” said new member Moriah Feng ’20. “Being inducted into NHS was great, but it was a reminder that our work isn’t over yet. NHS continually requires our hard work and time to serve others around us.”

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s believers in Christ, we are not promised an easy life, but we can have confidence in God’s presence and strength to sustain us. When lower school student Dillan ’28 was diagnosed with dyslexia and juvenile arthritis, he didn’t allow this challenge to overcome him because he understood what it meant to be “more than a conqueror” in Christ. Dillan recently entered an art and essay contest in which the theme was, “Why I Believe in Myself.” He turned his passion for football and dedication to overcoming challenges into a beautiful piece of art and an essay documenting his triumphs, giving all the glory to God in the process. Here is an excerpt from his essay: When I feel like giving up, I must remember that I am more than a conqueror, which means I have power in my faith and belief in my ability. My mom compares me to David and Goliath. I have a heart like David’s and am overcoming my dyslexia and arthritis. I can’t focus on my giants. I focus on my goal. I may have to work harder, but I will press toward the prize that is already mine that God has given me.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

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These young leaders assist other students and their teacher with technology.

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he SBS Tech Squad is made up of 12 students in third and fourth grade. In order to become a member of the squad, students must fill out an application, which includes a student interest survey, a short essay, teacher recommendation and parent signature. The Technology Team then does a blind review of the applications to make the selections based on desire to learn more about technology and serve as a student leader. These young leaders assist other students and the teacher in their class with technology troubleshooting on a day-to-day basis. They also test out new tech products and apps that could be implemented in the future.

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This semester, SBS Tech Squad students were tasked with running the lower school chapel slideshow. Additionally, Mrs. Morris, middle school coding and robotics teacher, visited with these students as a special guest speaker. Students rotated through stations taught by three SBS middle school students to learn about drones, Sphero and Swift. According to Director of Technology Hannah Claypoole ’03, “We believe guest speakers provide students with a new perspective and level of interest. This is a great way to give them a sneak peek into what technology elective opportunities they will have in middle school.”

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he culminating event of middle school In Focus is Middle School Service Day. This year, our middle schoolers served at Vosswood, Agape Ministries, The Forge Family Ministries, Star of Hope and packed lunches for Kids’ Meals.

ouper Bowl of Caring is a national nonprofit based in Houston that uses the enthusiasm and energy from the Super Bowl to help those in need. During the Super Bowl season, there are churches, students, grocery stores, scouts and individuals in all 50 states who donate to local food banks and food pantries.

Fifth grade students served our Vosswood neighbors by playing games and presenting Scripture. In addition, students served Second Baptist Church through Kids’ Meals, a branch of Meals on Wheels, for preschool children. They packed 700 lunches for children in need. Sixth grade students served at Agape Ministries, led by SBS alumni Kirk ’96 and Amanda ’96 Craig. Students helped complete various projects at a community center, which serves Houston’s Third Ward. They also spent part of the day outside making improvements to their playground, landscaping and other areas of the center. Seventh grade students served at The Forge Family Ministries where they completed various projects at a community center that serves Houston’s Third Ward families.

One SBS student, Johnathan Gooden ’20, gave his time and efforts to attend Texas Youth Advisory Board Meetings, serve as a spokesperson for the media, provide ideas to the Souper Bowl of Caring Board of Directors and act as a youth ambassador at events. In addition, Johnathan can be seen on billboards across Houston with Steve Slaton, a former Houston Texan. The Texas Youth Advisory Board serves to connect Souper Bowl of Caring to our next generation of leaders and to maintain the mission to be a “youth-led movement.” According to Johnathan, “My guardian family, the Merediths, had their sons participate in volunteer activities with Souper Bowl of Caring and I wanted to get involved as soon as I was old enough. I love that I get to help others who are going through tough times, similar to the way I have been helped.”

Eighth grade students served at one of Houston’s shelters, Star of Hope. Their projects included cleaning, landscaping, washing vehicles, writing notes of encouragement and creating care packages and crafts for the facility. At the conclusion of their service, students received a tour of the facility and participated in a devotional time.

The mission of the Souper Bowl of Caring is, “Using the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and in need.”

According to Olivia Smith ’24, “Middle School Service Day was so much fun! I really enjoyed the entire day, and it felt good to know we were helping others. My favorite part of the day was cleaning as my friends and I were singing Disney songs!”

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pbeat songs, beautiful costumes and precisely choreographed routines made up the dynamic Golden Girls Spring Show. From the opening dance to the final number, the audience was blown away by the talent and hard work of our upper school dancers. “Seeing the show come together so perfectly just makes the whole experience with my favorite people worthwhile, and all the work put in pays off,” said Captain Claire Bolling ’19. “Being a senior and being able to see my last dance come to a close as captain made the night extra special.” A memorable fan-favorite moment was the tap dance to Dolly Parton’s song “9 to 5,” preceded by a video put together by the Golden Girls that followed a day in the life of a Golden Girl. Their typical “9 to 5” day begins at 6 a.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. with co-curriculars, homework and mealtime falling somewhere in between. The combined efforts behind the scenes from the Golden Girls and Coach Madelyn Wilson were evident as each number was performed seamlessly. Transitions between performances included special narration from team members describing each act. Even more special were outstanding presentations from our newly appointed varsity cheerleaders and a few upper school vocalists.

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First Grade Goes to Market

Formulating a business plan, choosing a name, creating inventory, handling business loans and opening up a retail shop can be intimidating to most people. Experiencing entrepreneurship firsthand as an elementary-aged student can mean a world of difference. First grade students at Second Baptist School have a unique opportunity to learn how to plan, organize and run a business during their longterm Enrichment class project called Market Day.

“Market Day is one of my favorite days of the year because it is so rewarding for me and my students,” said Enrichment teacher Meredith Hall. “We start off by coming up with business ideas, and then students are put into groups based on their interests. Each group comes up with their business name and creates signs in art and business cards in technology.” Mrs. Hall went on to say, “Before we begin creating products, Andrew Hall from Frost Bank – my husband – visits the class to discuss what loans and interest rates are. After completing a business loan application, Mr. Hall gives each business a loan for their supplies.” Students then create their inventory. They design and make products and assign a dollar value to each item that they will sell. According to art gallery owner Mary ’30, “My favorite part was painting the art to be purchased!”

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his semester, 21 SBS students (13 eighth graders and 8 upper school students) attended the CTMUN Spring Crisis Conference at the The University of Texas in Austin. During the conference, Model UN students participate in focused crisis committees that range from beginner to advanced. According to Alex Ritchmond ’20, “I was blessed to participate in the first ad-hoc committee for the Central Texas Model U.N. conference.” An ad-hoc committee is a specially-designed simulation that combines a fast-paced and exciting crisis with the added element of a surprise topic. He went on to explain, “Ad-hoc committees are the most competitive rooms in the whole conference, typically consisting of the most talented competitors from each school. This challenge is added to the fact that competitors are only given two days advance notice of the topics of the competition, as opposed to the usual month in advance of normal committees.”

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In the midst of this challenging conference, SBS students had three standout performances. The following students earned awards on their respective committees: Sebastian Marquez ’23 – Honorable Mention (Third Place) for The World in the 1760s – France Daniel Klein ’22 – Honorable Mention (Third Place) for North African Financial Crisis – North African States Alex Ritchmond ’20 – Best Delegate (First Place) for Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General

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eautiful weather and gameday spirit marked this year’s Spring Swing: an all-school celebration of our outstanding spring athletes who play baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track & field. Students of all ages, parents, teachers, alumni, staff and friends filled the parking lot for an evening of fun! Over at the softball field, SBS middle school softball players received recognition for their exciting season. In addition, the varsity softball team defeated HCYA 6 to 0. On the newly renovated Michael Stevens Field, the varsity baseball team lost a close and exciting game to Cypress Christian 7 to 8.

According to varsity softball Coach Brandy Mardis, “This team of girls has come together and played well. By design, they have a really tough schedule this year. Even so, I’m proud to say that in every game, they continue to rise to the challenge to take this program to the next level.”

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or the 2018-2019 school year, SBS student Victoria Smith ’21 served as the Texas State Children of the American Revolution (T.S.C.A.R.) First Vice President. Victoria also served as an Investment Committee Chair at the national level. According to their website, “The

In Mrs. Caroline Knapp’s sixth grade Bible class, students discussed the importance of words and how our tongue has the power to both encourage and discourage. The conversations in class took students on an in-depth look into their hearts to search and reflect on why we gossip, lie or make fun of others. They explored and meditated on God’s grace and loving-kindness and examined how they could speak words of life over friendships and relationships. Mrs. Knapp commented that this is not just a sixth grade lesson, but a life-long message: “The power of speaking life over all of our relationships is something we never outgrow.”

National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, founded in 1895, is the oldest patriotic organization for youths in our country. Membership is open to descendants of patriots of the American Revolution.”

As part of the topical discussion, students worked in groups to create a children’s book with the underlying message: encouraging words make a difference. As the study wrapped up, each group read each other’s stories and wrote encouraging messages on the back cover of each book.

One of the most exciting opportunities this organization presented for Victoria was the invitation to attend the National Conference in Arlington, Virginia, to be installed as state president with national officers and state presidents from around the country. While there, the group toured the National Guard Museum and heard about service projects performed by local societies around the country.

According to Adison Mathes ’25, “This project taught me a lot about what it means to control my tongue and how much words affect others. We shouldn’t just speak with encouraging words but think encouraging words, as well. We should not let our tongue control us; we should automatically think about how our words make others feel through the THINK acronym:

During the conference, Victoria delivered a speech representing Texas, and on behalf of Texas, received the traveling N.S.D.A.R. flag from the National DAR President General. This is given to the best state that meets certain criteria. Upon her return to Texas, Victoria has been busy narrowing down options for her theme and state project. Once determined and approved, her project will raise at least $10,000, and children across the state will host events and projects of their own to support her theme and project.

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According to Victoria, “I am honored to be State President this year for Texas Children of the American Revolution and have already gotten to work on a busy year ahead!”

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dorned in EagleFest tie-dye t-shirts, the entire student body lined the Ripple Creek parking lot in preparation of the traditional EagleFest parade the morning of Friday, April 12. This parade eventually made its way into the E Gym for the Blue vs Gold games that ignite the fun and excitement of this beloved SBS tradition. By division level, every student and faculty member was called to the floor for their assigned game. From mountains/bowls to tug-o-war, the competition was fierce. At the end of the day, however, it was the BLUE team that took home the coveted EagleFest champion title. Immediately following the games, students joined their parents and enjoyed a picnic lunch on The Green. The picnic lunch didn’t last long since the sight of the Ferris wheel, general store and pick-a-chop booth quickly drew families to the carnival. Lower school students enjoyed invisible ink wars and dunking SBC youth staff in the dunk tank, while middle school students competed for prizes during bingo. Arguably the most intense moments of the day were surrounding the upper school powderpuff games. The junior and senior boys played a hard fought game of volleyball in the E Gym where the juniors walked away victorious. On the heels of the junior win, the senior girls came to play on the Athletic Fields. A fast-paced and competitive powderpuff football game named the senior girls champions. According to Director of Advancement Dyanne Kimmel, “The EagleFest committee, under the leadership of Lindsay Garrett and Erin Knape, did an amazing job planning and executing each aspect of EagleFest. The auction, parade, blue/gold competitions, picnic, carnival and powderpuff games are each their own event, so to have all of them happen on the same day requires the help of many volunteers.” Thank you to the Office of Advancement, EagleFest Committee and multitudes of parent, faculty and staff volunteers for an outstanding and exciting EagleFest 2019!

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Arts HLSR Art Contest Each year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts an art contest for Houston area students. This year, our students in lower, middle and upper school created art using several mediums from colored pencil, pen, chalk pastel, oil pastel to watercolor, chalk and oil-based paint. When asked why the HLSR art contest is such a treasured tradition, Mrs. Nora Ripple ’02 replied, “It’s been around forever! It’s part of the rodeo, and we all love the rodeo!” Join us in congratulating the following artists: BLUE RIBBON – First Place Katherine ’31 Ryker ’31 Rachel ’28 Luke ’28 Julia ’27 Aubrey ’27 Peyton Walsh ’26 Daniel Ventura ’26 Coley Mouton ’26 Quin Harder ’26 Ty Strickland ’20 RED RIBBON – Second Place Luke ’29 Chandler ’29 Tessa Garcia ’26 Katie Berkman ’25 Braden Brown ’25 Anastasia Rowlen ’25 Jake Miers ’25 Isabella Murray ’25 Brooke Sems ’25 Morgan Bingham ’21 Ashley Kim ’19 Summer Applegate ’19 Emma Reed ’19 WHITE RIBBON – Third Place Cristian Sinclair ’26 Luke Reed ’21 Amber Thomas ’20 Rachael Quach ’19 Olivia Pirtle ’19

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Kay Day, upper school yearbook, art and photojournalism teacher explained, “Before this year’s Spring Art Show, all of the art teachers came together and brainstormed how we could engage our PK-12 audience and the SBS community this year. We have incredibly talented students. This year, the art show included interactive art installations and live music from these talented SBS students.” Middle school art teacher Sarah McKeon stated that “Middle school can be a ‘messy’ time for students. With so many changes and growing pains, taking art is an important way for students to use creativity to express themselves. My goal is to love my students with the love of Christ, let them see Him as the greatest artist and teach them skills and techniques to gain confidence through their creativity.” Lower school art teacher Madeline Long said, “The art show is extra special for lower school students since we don’t always have time to show off their artwork during class. During the show, they are able to look at their own work and enjoy the work of their friends. Students have the ability to remember past projects in the grades before but also look to the future and gain excitement for the projects to come. This is an exciting and rare time to see the entire school come together as one!” Finally, upper school honors art and photography teacher Nora Ripple ’02 concluded by stating, “I love being able to step back and see the visual story all of AP’s concentration pieces tell when viewed together.”

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With choruses of, “We love you, Conrad, oh yes we do,” echoing in the theatre and the stage lights brightening, the upper school musical Bye Bye Birdie officially began. From opening curtain to final bow, the show was spectacular to watch and a sold-out success! Following the story of young heartthrob Conrad Birdie and his pending deployment, miscommunication and hilarity ensue in the small town of Sweetwater, Ohio, as Conrad Birdie himself comes to town for “One Last Kiss.” Parents, students and staff worked endlessly on this musical, from designing costumes and props to keeping our students hydrated during tech week. The show’s comedic timing, impressive dance numbers and strong vocals boasted lots of hard work and dedication. The end result was four productions of incredible entertainment and many behind-the-scenes memories made. After the success of the show, Second Baptist School received an impressive six Tommy Tune Award nominations and brought home two well-deserved awards. Nominations included: • Best Lead Actress – Emily Cagle ’20 • Best Featured Performer – Zac Decker ’21 • Best Supporting Actress – Maddie Erwin ’20 • Best Ensemble • Best Musical Direction • Best Direction “Winning Best Featured Performer was a huge blessing, and it came as a surprise because the other people that were nominated had songs and tons of lines,” said Decker. “I am truly grateful for even being able to dance the opening number. Performing at The Hobby Center was an eye-opener to me for theatre. I met so many people that love doing what I love and I made tons of great friends.” “Winning Best Supporting Actress was fantastic! It was good affirmation of all the work, time and effort that I put into the role,” said Erwin. I was skeptical when I was first cast in this role because I’ve never done comedy, and I’ve never done anything of this magnitude. It was great being acknowledged for doing a good job.”

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"All of the choirs

were given pieces to challenge their music reading skills and level of musicianship and to make them think deeply about the text of the songs," said Choir Director Becky Martin.

Spring Band and Choir Concerts The Narthex swelled with the sounds of music echoing from the farthest corners to reach the audience. Chords were struck and harmonies melded together seamlessly to create beautiful sounds. And with unexpected tumultuous weather creating a natural light show visible through the windows, this year’s band concert was truly something to behold.

singers alike. Middle School Choir sang a beautiful “Music in You,” Vision Choir stunned with a rendition of “The Prayer” featuring soloists Scott Holcomb ’19 and Valeska Moya ’21; Freshman Choir performed “Rise Up” with soloists Kendall Felton ’22 and Autumn Malone ’22 and the Concert Choir sang a beautiful “I Want to Rise.”

“We prepared for the concert by listening to the pieces, learning our individual parts, being assigned solos, playing through the music together, working on the musicality and practicing performance etiquette,” said Kate Binau ’20. “My favorite parts of the concert were listening to the middle schoolers play and thanking Mr. Lewis for his years teaching. And I really liked the fact that there was a storm, because the lightning added some suspense and mystery to the music.”

“All of the choirs were given pieces to challenge their music reading skills and level of musicianship and to make them think deeply about the text of the songs,” said Choir Director Becky Martin. “Taking music in written form and learning to perform it requires students to make real emotional connections with both the music and each other. I had extremely high expectations of each choir, and they rose to the challenges presented to them. I am so proud of their hard work and of the final product the audience was able to share with them.”

In this year’s choir concert, the Sanctuary came alive with songs new and old, a celebration of the arts with nods to famous composers and contemporary

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ATHLETICNews MEN’S BASKETBALL Season Record

23 wins, 11 losses

Awards/Honors

Second in District

All-District

First Team Cameron Cohn ’19 Donovan Dastmalchian ’19 Miles Goodman ’20 Second Team Isaiah Addo-Ankrah ’19

to-back final fours,” said Coach Kevin Mouton. “We graduated seven seniors. The seniors did a great job leading by example, being on time, always encouraging and putting the team first. It was a treat to coach this group of young men.”

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Season Record

22 wins, 7 losses

Awards/Honors

Honorable Mention Kyle Hannon ’19

District Champions Area Champions Regional Champions

All-State

All-District

Second Team Cameron Cohn ’19 Honorable Mention Donovan Dastmalchian ’19 Academic All-State Cameron Cohn ’19 Donovan Dastmalchian ’19 Isaiah Addo-Ankrah ’19 “We finished our season one step away from back-

First Team Kaitlyn Kollmorgen ’20 Victoria Ryan ’20

Second Team Victoria Ryan ’20 Academic All-State Caroline Torn ’20 Kaitlyn Kollmorgen ’20 Victoria Ryan ’20 “At any level of competition, in any sport, I think that while it would be nice to pursue the state tournament and ultimately win the championship, our goal was and will continue to be, ‘Win Today,’” said Coach John Herndon. “We put our effort into being the best that we could be each day, and that ultimately led to a trip to an undefeated district championship run and the TAPPS Final Four in Waco.”

Second Team Emily Blackmon ’20 Kerri Johnson ’19 Caroline Torn ’20

GOLF

All-State

State Champions Regional Champions District Champions

Season Record 7 wins, 1 loss

Awards/Honors

First Team Kaitlyn Kollmorgen ’20

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Individual Awards

Travis Vick ’19 – Second in State

All-State

First Team Travis Vick ’19 Sam Oelfke ’19 Academic All-State Donovan Dastmalchian ’19 Richard Callaway ’19 Tyler Holt ’19 Travis Vick ’19 “Simply put, our golf team was special,” said Coach Kevin Mouton. “Four of our seniors are lifers. Two are going to college to play Division I golf – Travis Vick ’19 and Donovan Dastmalchian ’19. This team won back-to-back state championships. They are the first in school history to do this. The team’s focus, concentration and motivation were always at a high level and that was the key to their success.”


TRACK & FIELD Season Record

Madeleine Johnson ’20 – State Champion in 100 meter hurdles, third in 300 meter hurdles Kaitlyn Kollmorgen ’20 – Third in Shot Put in State Madeleine Johnson ’20 – District Champion in 100 meter hurdles Dylan Cordell ’20 – District Champion in discus

All-State

thing about running is that it ultimately comes down to pushing yourself, and it takes a special type of athlete to do that in this way. It is always a joy to watch these kids work hard and improve.”

BASEBALL

Season Record

21 wins, 14 losses

All-District Individual Awards

First Team Madeleine Johnson ’20 Kaitlyn Kollmorgen ’20

First Team Anthony MacKenzie ’19 Michael Fordham ’19 Reid Stiefel ’19

Honorable Mention Madeleine Johnson ’20

Second Team J.C. Davis ’19

Academic All-State Madeleine Johnson ’20 Kaitlyn Kollmorgen ’20

Honorable Mention Blake Langford ’19 Dylan Kim ’20 Luke Wilson ’19

“I am really proud of how several of my athletes grew in their respective disciplines this year,” said Head Coach Brad Lane. “They pushed themselves hard in practice and it showed. The hardest

All-State Individual Awards

First Team Anthony MacKenzie ’19

Honorable Mention Reid Stiefel ’19 Michael Fordham ’19

Academic All-State McKenna Ratliff ’20 Victoria Ryan ’20

Academic All-State Luke Wilson ’19 J.C. Davis ’19 Carlos Macias ’20 Michael Fordham ’19 Reid Stiefel ’19

All-District Individual Awards

“We played hard, competed hard and made the playoffs once again,” said Coach Rayner Noble. “We fell in the first round of the playoffs to eventual state champion, Lutheran South. We, as a staff, are very proud of the intensity and effort we put forth.”

Second Team All-District McKenna Ratliff ’20 Victoria Ryan ’20 Lily Williams ’21 Kara Powell ’21

SOFTBALL

Season Record

11 wins, 12 losses

All-State Individual Awards Second Team Rachel Riley ’21 Katie Dillon ’21

Honorable Mention Eliza Dixon ’21

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First Team All-District Rachel Riley ’21 Katie Dillon ’21 Eliza Dixon ’21

Honorable Mention All-District Leyla Ertan ’21 “Our varsity softball team had a great year,” said Coach Brandy Mardis. “They competed in Florida during spring break and faced top-ranked teams in the country so they could be prepared for their season and post season. Our girls advanced to the regional final for the second straight year in a row. We are proud of this group and excited for the future of SBS softball!”


ATHLETICNews MEN’S SOCCER

WOMEN’S SOCCER

3 wins, 9 losses

19 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie

Season Record

Awards/Honors All-District

Awards/Honors

Second Team Riley Good ’22

All-District

First Team Kelin Longbottom ’20

Honorable Mention Schuyler Clark ’22 Prince Ofoeyeno ’20 “This team had a few challenges but they never gave up,” said Coach Guy Chalhoub. “They approached each game with an expectation of competing well. I am extremely proud of how committed they were to the program as well as each other.”

All-State

First Team Lindsey Pedersen ’19 Sydney Miller ’19

Season Record

Second Team Madison Pennington ’19

District Champions Regional Champions Area Champions

Academic All-State Josie Towns ’19 Kendall Pennington ’20 Lindsey Pedersen ’19 Madison Pennington ’19 Sydney Miller ’19

First Team Madison Pennington ’19 Sydney Miller ’19 Lindsey Pedersen ’19

“Our girls really came together each game and had strong wins against Episcopal High School and in our district championship against Cypress Christian,” said Head Coach Geoff Brooks. “In the playoffs, they continued to make a statement taking down each opponent with strong field play and working together as a team. Although we walked away from the state

Second Team Katie Dillon ’21 Josie Towns ’19 Hallie Wuensch ’19 Kendall Pennington ’20 Honorable Mention Naomi Konuma ’22 Julia Sauvageau ’22 Sarah Flynn ’20 Alexis Gill ’22 Cameron Kelley ’22

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championship without a trophy, we celebrated rising above so many challenges in that game. They were truly a team proud that they made it to state. We ended the season echoing the same mantra from October: ‘We are one team, one goal, All In!’”

SWIM

2019 TAPPS Regional Meet

Men’s – Regional Champions Women’s – Second Place

2019 TAPPS State Qualifiers Women’s: Luella Bakker-Barrink ’22 Maycie McDonald ’21 Savannah Neal ’21 Sophie Newell ’19 Kallie Steelman ’19 Chloe Tondera ’20 Men’s: Ryan Calderon ’20 Spencer Locascio ’21 Grant Mueller ’20


Yuhuan Pan ’19 Michael Towne ’20 Jefferson Trammell ’21 Brandon Young ’22

2019 TAPPS State Meet Men’s – Fourth Place Women’s – Fifth Place

Individual Awards

Sophie Newell ’19 – Distinguished State Girl Division II Bruce Rollins – Swimmer of the Meet Award, First Place in 100 Free, Second Place in 100 Breaststroke Spencer Locascio ’21 – Second Place in 50 Free, Second Place in 100 Butterfly “The 2018-2019 varsity swim season was another success as the men’s team won the Eastern Regionals and the women’s team was runner-up,” said Coach Mark

Hahn. “At TAPPS state, the men’s team finished in fourth place, only 13 points away from third. The women’s team placed fifth. The 20192020 varsity swim season should be exciting!”

TENNIS

Individual Awards/Honors

Audrey Vick ’21 – finalist in district tournament, advanced to quarterfinals at state. Caden Cooper ’20 and Vincent Tyrrell ’20 – advanced to quarterfinals in district in doubles. Dariush Boujabadi ’22 – advanced to quarterfinals in district. Luella Bakker-Barrink ’22 – advanced to quarterfinals in district. Payton Kim ’19 and Caroline Crocker-Gordon ’20 – advanced to quarterfinals in district.

“This team as a whole has improved throughout the season,” said Tennis Coach David Hall. “Their improvement brought along a deeper passion for the sport of tennis, which will continue as they keep playing.” He continued, saying, “Fitness became one of the team’s greatest strengths as did consistency, both of which are vital in tennis. Sportsmanship was always very good, which makes it an honor to coach the young men and young women at SBS!”

GOLDEN GIRLS

TAPPS Spirit of Dance Championship Second Place

All-State Dancers

First Team Lauryn Edwards ’21 Second Team Claire Bolling ’19

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Third Team Caroline Carlyle ’20 Miss High Kick Finalist Caroline Bolling ’19 MA Dance Competition South Houston High School Fourth Place Overall Super Sweepstakes in Jazz, Pom and Lyrical Best in Class “This year’s team has been a joy to lead. Each member is hardworking and dedicated,” said Coach Madelyn Wilson. “They aim to serve each other and everyone they encounter. My favorite part of taking them to the MA Dance competition was observing them make an impact. Competing against several public high schools and dance studios, these young women were kind, gracious and fearlessly shared their faith with other dancers.”


20 questions

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HEADS OF SCHOOL Evette, Ellen and Jon

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What do you love most about SBS? I love the amazing community of people. We have incredible students, families and faculty. It is no doubt a small town in a big city.

2 What is your most unusual talent?

I used to grow saltwater corals and raise fish, and I was pretty good at it.

3 What is your favorite thing to do with your family?

Travel together! I love hiking! The kids aren’t as keen on that, but anytime we can get away in our 1965 Airstream to camp and be in nature, that’s a great day.

4 What is one thing in your life you couldn’t live without? My wife! She’s simply the best!

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What’s your current favorite song/artist? The Avett Brothers, Josh Garrels, 21 Pilots, and anything from the 90s. I also love Hillsong Worship.

6 What is your spirit animal? What is a spirit animal?

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Who’s the funniest person in your family? My husband. On our second date, when I showed up at the restaurant where we were meeting, he had strategically positioned a giant piece of lettuce on his front teeth to make me laugh (or feel awkward!) It worked!

8 Do you have any pets? Names? Why do you

love this pet? Yes, two cats: Elsa and Popcorn. I love cats. There’s never been a time in my life when I did not have a cat.

9 What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Speak carefully; you can’t “un-say” something.


10 What is one fact that everyone would be surprised 16 What was the worst part about being a student when to learn about you? I am an introvert, attending events and being in crowds require preparation and prayer.

11 What is the first thing that comes to mind when

you think about God? He is a God of hope, which allows us to have a positive outlook on life even in the most difficult times.

12 What is the best thing about being a division level head? The students.

13 What’s your favorite show to watch? Deadliest Catch

14 What Bible character would you like to meet in person? Jesus – no doubt.

15 Would you rather go 30 days without your cell

phone or your entire life without dessert? Entire life without dessert I’ve never been a sweets person.

you were in school? Proofs in geometry class.

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What sport/activity/extracurriculars would you be involved in if you were a student at SBS? Basketball, football and probably choir. (I have zero musical talent, so I’m not sure Ms. Martin would want me.)

18 Who makes you belly laugh?

Upper school students explaining in creative ways why they were late or didn’t get their homework done...

19 What isn’t real but you desperately wish it were? Leg-room on airplanes.

20 What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Sit in on some top level government meetings, attend an awards show and hang out backstage, or accompany my family on a trip, all without them knowing.


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