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WINTER 2014 VOL. 3 NO. 1

Science in Action

Designing Real-World Experiences

State of the Arts

Inspiring Contagious Creativity

The Joy of Service

Caring for Those in Need

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We’re Blessed to be Part of the SFC Community. W

e consider it a privilege to be entrusted with the education of your child. Our purpose is to encourage your child to achieve academic excellence, pursue God-given talents and passions and most importantly, grow in their love for Jesus Christ. What a blessing it is to be part of our amazing SFC community of parents, students, staff, faculty and coaches who help us do this every day!

As preparations for the 2014-15 school year begin, we would like to encourage you to re-enroll now to

ensure your child’s spot for the next school year. Re-enrollment for the 2014-15 school year opens January 20 and closes at 12 noon on February 7, 2014. We’re excited to have your child and family as part of the SFC community. Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to pursue excellence for Christ. With Gratitude, The Faculty & Staff of Santa Fe Christian Schools

SFC student Rachel Thompson performs a procedure at NuVasive during a mock spinal surgery with NuVasive educator Dave Reveley. See page 3.

contents THE SPIRIT • WINTER 2014 • VOL. 3 NO. 1

DEPARTMENTS 2 Letter from the Head of Schools 8 Acts of Service Giving Back to the Community at Home and Abroad 10 Catch the Spirit Photo gallery 12 The Arts Fine and Performing Arts Showcase 16 Eagles Athletics News in Sports

On the Cover Spirited SFC 4th grader Ruby Kloer had the unique opportunity to learn about “The Giant Plant Cell” in the Middle School. See page 4 for story.

19 SFC Community Spirit Partnering with Families



We Love Science! SFC takes science beyond the texbook

and brings it to life through hands-on activities

SFC Middle School student Cole Roberts conquers rope-walking at the 7th grade class retreat at Pine Valley.

These Upper School students spent their first day of Christmas vacation back on campus in order to serve our faculty and staff at the employee Christmas lunch.

It may have been Dads-n-Donuts Day for our kindergartners but that didn’t keep a few grand dads from joining in the fun! SFC alum parent Tom Sudberry enjoyed some slide time with his grandchildren who are second generation Eagles!

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from the Head

of Schools

SANTA FE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS WINTER 2014 • VOL. 3 NO. 1 The Spirit is published twice a year by Santa Fe Christian Schools’ Marketing Department. Special thanks to Jewel Kim and the yearbook photographers for the use of their imagery.

Dr. Bennett addresses the audience at the Veterans Day program.


The mission of Santa Fe Christian Schools is to partner with Christian parents within a Bible–based community, in order to disciple students to embrace biblical truth, strive for academic excellence, and model Christ– like leadership to influence their homes, churches, and communities for Christ.

he new year is a great time for us to reflect and give thanks for God’s rich

blessings in our lives. One such blessing He provides us at Santa Fe Christian Schools is the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary community of believers. God provides us with like-minded parents, students, faculty and staff for partnership, fellowship, and support to help raise up godly young men and

women for Christ. As Christians we have been called to be “set apart” from the rest of the world and become more like Jesus. I have heard from many members of the surrounding community that they know our students, whether they are in or out of uniform, because they are, in fact, different than other students in many positive ways. The Homecoming Dance held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, the Veterans Day Celebration, and the Give Thanks, Give Back food packing drive are just a few

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Head of Schools

Tom Bennett, Ph.D. Upper School Principal

Matt Hannan

Upper School Assistant Principal

Pamela Oden Middle School Principal

examples of how our students and community had a positive impact on those outside

Todd Deveau, Ed.D.

our school in 2013.

Michelle Glenn

The name Santa Fe “Christian” boldly proclaims to the world that we are followers of Christ. We are living examples of Jesus: in the ways we interact with others, the ways we conduct business, the ways we compete against other schools, and the ways

Association of Christian Schools International

Middle School dean of students Lower school principal

Hannah Park

preschool director

Debbie Deardurff

we serve and love each other. We have an amazing opportunity to be witnesses for Christ both inside and outside our community. My hope for Santa Fe Christian Schools is that we are the ‘Light on the Hill’ to everyone who comes in contact with our community. May we continue to grow in our love for Him, each other and all those we touch in 2014. I look forward to all that God has in store for us as we continue to prepare Christian leaders to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. In His Service,

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NuVasive expert educator Dave Reveley assists SFC student Vince Reilly in a mock spinal surgery. Fellow student Sam Ray commented, “It was amazing to learn about the different aspects of their business, from marketing and sales to the science to the actual surgeries they perform.”

Upper School Science Department

Students Perform Mock Spinal Surgery SFC is taking science beyond the textbook and bringing it to life through hands-on activities and real-world experiences.


ifty-five Anatomy and Physiology students, along with their teacher, Keith Robinson, recently visited NuVasive, a San Diego-based spinal surgical hardware company, to participate in real spinal procedures on human cadavers. The goal of this exciting educational trip was to connect classroom learning to real life situations. Guided by NuVasive educators, students installed surgical instrumentation, removed a cartilaginous intervertebral disk, prepared the intervertebral space for the NuVasive interbody implant, and installed the spinal

“I really enjoyed getting to put the facts and terms we have been learning in our class into practice through real-world application.” Vince Reilly (pictured) SFC junior

device. This experience exposed students to career opportunities in medicine, the allied health professions, and medically related business ventures. “Being able to look inside real human cadavers was quite surreal... it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m glad I was able to participate. The most unusual thing I learned was that there is so much that goes into surgery each time the doctor prepares for a patient. While performing the same basic procedure, the doctor must formulate a specialized plan for each patient,” said SFC junior John Reveley. W I N T ER 2 0 1 4



Middle School Science

A Fantastic Journey: Exploring a Giant Plant Cell


Michael Linguadoca and Luke Elmendorf hang their organelle within “the giant cell” in Ms. Culley’s 7th grade science class.

Middle School Mind Storm As part of SFC’s Extended Studies Program, the First Lego League Robotics Club consists of students in grades 4-8 who work together to design and program Mindstorms NXT robots. Under the guidance of Middle School math teacher Janelle Fiske, students learn basic programming skills and the importance of trial and error as they program their robots to complete simple tasks such as traveling to designated locations or moving items across the floor. Lego brick engineering and team building activities are also a large part of this club. In addition to the hands-on impact, the project develops competent future members of the Upper School Robotics Club.



n late november, the seventh grade Life Science class turned a portion of Ms. Debbie Culley’s classroom into a giant plant cell. For almost two weeks, teams of students joined together to plan and research their assigned organelle and then construct and hang the creatively designed pieces inside the membrane-bound cell of Ms. Culley’s room. As Science Department Chair, Ms. Culley is always thinking of creative ways to teach her students and get them interested in God’s amazing creation. “The students had to think outside the box. It’s one thing to memorize what an organelle does in the cell; it’s quite another to create it,” stated an excited Mrs. Culley. After receiving their cell structure assignments, students needed to research what their structures looked like on the inside and outside, while creatively considering what materials would be best to use in order to build a good representation of the assigned structure. They also had to understand the structure’s function and role in cell activities so that they could communicate this information to fourth and fifth graders. As with any team project, students learned to collaborate in order to arrive at a consenus on creation and execution of their projects. Once all structures were completed, the students transformed a portion of Ms. Culley’s classroom into a giant cell. It took them one day to hang the plastic (representing the cell membrane) and another day to hang the structures. The organelle teams gave tours to parents, teachers, staff members and very captivated fourth and fifth grade classes! Each group took turns describing the functions of the various structures within the cell. The project was a success and will undoubtedly return to the science curriculum in subsequent school years.

The founding members of the Middle School Robotics Club are Nick Cary, Nicole Carrasca, Matthew Shuff, Sam Geise, Jett Cary and Mrs. Janelle Fiske.


Lower School Science

Young Scientists Conduct Hands-On Experiments lab led by a specialized science

teacher Kelly Bickley, our Lower School students receive weekly opportunities to explore science as it relates to what they study in the classroom. For example, first graders witnessed the life cycle of a mealworm as it became a darkling beetle. Our third graders recently dissected an owl pellet (and found lots of little bones), and the fifth graders explored our atmosphere and made their own barometers.

In addition to these experiments, students get to dissect a variety of plant and animal organs in the spring. Kindergartners will explore the insides of a pickle, first graders will examine grasshoppers, and second graders will look inside a starfish. Stepping it up, third graders get to dissect a cow’s eye, fourth graders will filet a fish, and the fifth graders actually get to operate on a pig’s heart!

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Upper School Robotics Club

Techno Eagles Prepare for SCIENCE Robotics Competitions


uch like an athletic team

SFC Robotics team members Bryce Moon (left) and Ryan Stewart (right) confer with another high school veteran builder (center) during the “FIRST Tech Challenge Scrimmage/Group Build Day” in November. Other team members include Joshua Turner, April Vanaria, Steven Blakely, JD Benson, Jacob Zenardi, and Max Gardner.

or a drama club, the members of SFC’s Robotics Club are passionate about their chosen extracurricular outlet. But, instead of running sprints, these students apply real-world math and science concepts to design, build and program functional robots. The “Techno Eagles” meet after school with their advisor, Upper School math teacher Carlos Andreiu to create a robot that will successfully perform tasks on a “playing field.” Ideally, robotics teams compete in an alliance format against other high school teams, while developing problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. For competitions, teams (including coaches, mentors and volunteers) develop strategies, and program robots based on sound engineering principles. Our Eagles squad follows the format laid out by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), has competed in some scrimmages which

Using remote controllers, the robotics teams from two high schools put their Bots to the test during a recent scrimmage. The goal is to gather the most lego blocks in their designated bins.

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SFC Senior Selected as Delegate for California Girls State Caroline Peck was selected as one of 500 California high school delegates of the California Girls State 70th Session, an educational opportunity for the young women of California to understand the basic ideals and principles of American government. This summer at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, Caroline participated as a Legislative Clerk in the State Senate, reading bills and taking notes on the debate which took place on the Senate floor. “I hadn’t realized that my passion for government and the political process was shared with so many girls from all over California. The young women I met at Girls State were well informed, inspirational, and had practical visions for change in our nation and our society,” said Caroline. During Girls State, Caroline introduced a bill on Personal Safety/Violence Prevention regarding instruction in high school health classes for both male and female students. This bill was one of only eight out of the 500 bills introduced that passed both the Girls State Senate and Assembly and was signed by the Governor of Girls State.

Alex Styrt and Joe Burich test their vessel with hopes their egg lands without breaking.

Mr. Whyte’s student teams apply scientific concepts during class as they launch their rockets. 6


SCIENCE After using their homework time to listen to their teacher’s lecture, Bryson Shores, Kyle Wada, John Young, and Colin Kim use their classtime to collaborate and problem solve.

8th Grade Science Has “Flipped” Teacher Chris Whyte Embraces Innovative Approach


n a traditional classroom,

a teacher may spend 45 minutes lecturing, then answer a few questions from a couple students. Kids then spend 45 minutes in the evening doing homework. But not in Chris Whyte’s 8th grade science class. Instead, it has “flipped”—students watch Mr. Whyte’s lecture at home on their computers and use classroom time for problem solving, project based learning, review and reinforcement activities. Mr. Whyte leverages the latest technologies to produce a 10-minute multimedia presentation that combines his lecture with key concepts, examples from the internet, and other interactive teaching techniques. Students’ “homework” assignment is to watch the lecture at home where they are able to absorb the material at their own pace. Those who may be struggling to understand the material can replay the presentation as needed, while students who grasp the lesson quickly may need to only play it once. “By listening to the lecture prior to class, the kids are coming to class prepared to learn,” says Mr. Whyte. “Realistically, you don’t need any help listening to a lecture, but you do with homework. Now students can bring their questions to the classroom and we all work together to find answers.”

Students are responding positively to “flipping the classroom.” Not only are they buzzing with excitement and discussing interesting science concepts, but test scores are up across the board. “I even made my tests more difficult, but students seem to have a better understanding of the subject matter and score higher,” Mr. Whyte happily states.

“It’s wonderful to watch videos for homework. Mr. Whyte makes them so entertaining it’s like you’re not even learning, but you are!” Grace Olson 8th Grade Student


SFC Alums on the Move

Rigrorous Curriculum Prepared Wilson for Ivy League School


lise wilson, SFC Class of 2011, is a current student at Yale University studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and is applying to medical school this coming summer for matriculation in Fall 2015. Elise states, “SFC gave me the tools to pursue my interests to their fullest degree. Without the ability to take a rigorous course load or the encouragement required to push myself, I’m not sure I would be where I Upper School principal Matt Hannan with six of the eight Commended National Merit Scholars: Garret Solberg, Maddie Pratt, Megan Thompson, am today. Every one Caroline Peck, Nicole Fowler, and Blain Weeks. Not pictured: Christian Allan of my teachers and and Jessica Moore. administrators supported and encouraged me throughout my time at SFC, showing me how to live for His glory in school and in life.” ongratulations to eight seniors who achieved National While at SFC, Merit Commended Scholar status: Christian Allan, Elise took a rigorous Nicole Fowler, Jessica Moore, Caroline Peck, course load including Madelina Pratt, Garrett Solberg, Megan Thompson Honors Biology, and Blain Weeks. These students took the PSAT in Honors Chemistry, October of their junior year and received a selection index Honors Physics, and score of 203 or above. By doing so, they met the requirements AP Biology. Elise to enter the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. began her very first Each of these students is among the 50,000 highest scoring internship as a participants of some 1.5 million program entrants. Only 16,000 rising senior at SFC assisting researchers in developing of these 50,000 move on as semifinalists, while the other a cancer vaccine at UCSD. She spent the following two 34,000 are commended. summers in a lab assisting with a project targeting Although commended students do not compete for National resistant strains of chronic myeloid leukemia. This Merit Scholarships, they have the opportunity to notify two past summer, she interned at the Orthopedic Trauma colleges of their choice that they qualified for the program Institute, studying bone healing and regeneration at the and may become candidates for special scholarships offered UCSF Medical Center. through National Merit corporate partners. Offering advice for current SFC For more information on the National Merit Program, see students, Elise says, “SFC gave me an incredible foundation for my faith while deepening my love for God. ok: ry a m m ACT. Take a lo u d S an s T re SA e Having a firm foundation in Him is o c th S 2013 SAT Tseenisorts typically perform well above average on tal so important when you go away to To C Writing Graduating SF 37 h 17 at college.” Elise continues, ”I know it M g 598 Critical Readin 05 8 T 15 58 SA is cliché, but it is so important to not 13 20 495 581 98 2 14 51 only work hard, but to stay positive! SFC* 488 498 4 51 CA of The college admissions process is e Stat 496 TE l SI na PO long, but staying positive through it tio M Na CO Report Science ficialYear-End May, 2013; Of ish gl En 26 all (and being realistic) does much *Data through Math 24 Reading 26 22 T AC for making the process easier. And 2013 26 22 27 22 21 lastly, challenge yourself as much 23 SFC* 21 22 21 CA of as possible! You never know what e 21 Stat 20 l na tio can happen in the coming years.” Na -End Report

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SFC Community Gives Thanks, Gives Back


ver 1,500 volunteers consisting of Santa Fe Christian K-12 students, faculty, staff, administrators and parents packed over 200,000 meals during two days in November to help feed the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Additionally, sailors from the USS RONALD REAGAN who recently returned from a training exercise served with the SFC community. SFC parent coordinator Janelle Nelson worked in conjunction with Friends & Family Community Connection to raise funds, set up the food packing stations in the Eagle Dome, acquire volunteers, and pack meals. Rainy weather didn’t damper the activity or spirit, as the Dome was buzzing with music, excitement, and lots of teamwork. The volunteers worked in teams to perform various tasks. After their shifts ended, volunteers helped decorate the meal boxes and signed a giant poster that accompanied the meals upon delivery.

Kindergartners Taylor Krome, Carson Greusu and Case Smith work under the guidance of senior football player Reed Bobadilla to add the food items (grain, soy protein, dried veggies) into bags via the funnel.

Middle Schoolers to Serve through Urban Outreach



anta fe christian’s Middle School students will reach out to San Diego’s needy through a New Vision Urban Mission (NVUM) trip February 7-9, 2014. NVUM serves the homeless, impoverished, and disenfranchised of urban San Diego. NVUM, part of New Vision Urban Christian Fellowship, ministers at downtown hotels, local apartment complexes, and on the street with the local homeless community. Under the leadership of SFC 7th grade history teacher Mark Andriany (aka “Mr. A”), SFC students will spend the weekend volunteering for a local food distribution project, participating in a homeless outreach and working in downtown service projects. Students will see first-hand what poverty looks like in San Diego’s inner city and how the body of Christ can live out their faith in that community. Students will also experience worship in an urban church with a multi-ethnic and cross-socioeconomic congregation.

SFC Honors US Armed Forces Santa Fe Christian celebrated American service men and women who are currently serving or have served at our annual Veteran’s Day program. With the theme of “Set Apart Through Service,” the morning celebration, coordinated by Lower School Performing Arts teacher Jan Leroux, honored the vets’ dedication and sacrificial service to our country. SFC’s Eagle Regiment Band played under the direction of event founder David Hall, the 5th grade choir sang “Thank You Soldiers” with Cheri Nielsen conducting, Rhonda Fleming’s choirs performed, students recited original poetry and essays, and the 1st graders were adorable with their flag-waving, kazoo playing rendition of “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag.” Captain Guy M. Lee, USN Chaplain gave the keynote address. Said Head of Schools Dr. Tom Bennett, “This event also reminds us to thank God for the freedom we enjoy in our country.” 8


“I am so excited about the opportunity for us to partner with an established outreach ministry in San Diego. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to get their hands a little dirty and put their faith into practice. They hear the Word of God everyday and now they have an opportunity to ‘walk the walk’ and experience the joy that comes with service,” said Mr. A. Contact Mr. A at for more information about this mission opportunity and to learn about NVUM.

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junior Will Blackburn assists students with schoolwork in at the Kigali School in Rwanda.

below Taylor Wong, SFC class of 2013, played a game with children from Grace Home, an orphanage/school in Delhi, India. Taylor and her mother Esther Wong collaborated with SFC Director of Missions Paul Lyons five years ago to make Grace Home a mission partner. Says Esther, “They have so many physical needs which we do not face day to day. They pray and hope for us as much as we do for them! It has been my joy and pleasure to see SFC kids and the Grace Home kids grow and learn from each other.�

Upper School Teams Prepare for Global Missions


n the next few months, sfc teams comprised of

students, faculty, and administrators will embark on mission trips to Russia, Thailand, India, Italy, France, Rwanda, and Uganda. SFC intentionally works in the same organizations year after year in order to build lasting relationships with the communities and the people they serve. Each team is led by three SFC faculty/staff and includes approximately 12-15 SFC students. More than 300 students applied for just over 200 spots. To prepare for their missions, students meet weekly to plan their teaching lessons, games, and arts and crafts. Overall, the goal of the missions is to serve children and families, to spread the love of Jesus and to grow deeper in faith.

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Stults an SFC sophomore, leads a child in a Valentine craft at an orphanage in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Meredith Olson as Lady Bracknell

Justin Haug as Rev. Canon Chasuble, Amanda Dodson as Miss Prism, Dominique Winfield as Cecily Cardew and Garret Solberg as Algernon Moncrieff

Upper School Drama

“Millie, you’re a modern!” “Thoroughly!” SFC Proudly Presents our 2014 spring musical

Original Story and Screenplay by RICHARD MORRIS for the Universal Pictures Film


March 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 The Star Theatre 402 N. Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054


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A Wilde Performance Students Showcase Talent Onstage


ashioned in a setting as quaint as the era from which its transpired, SFC Drama’s presentation of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest was satisfyingly entertaining. Centered on a complicated case of imaginary identity, the play portrays the hilarious romantic pursuits of men-about-town John Worthing, played by Matthew Davis (11th) and Algernon Moncrieff, portrayed by Garrett Solberg (12th). Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, perfectly portrayed by seniors Sophia Anderson and Dominique Winfield,

respectively, added lively banter to the complicated pursuits of their suitors, as they sought to discover true identity and true love. Met with the sarcastic comments of formidable Lady Fairfax, portrayed by Meredith Olson (12th), the men embody Wilde’s message of the importance of staying true to one’s self. Even with Victorian era colloquialisms, the cast presented a pristine performance, leaving audiences laughing and smiling. Truly, this proven cast left audiences enthralled and filled with anticipation for the upcoming musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Middle School Art

SFC Alums on the Move

Students Put Life in Perspective

An American Tale, SFC Style


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first choir students, Ashley Fox Linton (SFC Class of 1999) technically began her singing career at SFC’s kindergarten by performing a song from “An American Tail” in lieu of her forgotten homework. She’s been singing and performing ever since. A soprano and regular performer in the San Diego Junior Theater, Ashley played Eliza Doolittle in SFC’s Upper School production of “My Fair Lady,” and went on to attend Boston Conservatory after graduation. Ashley recently released her debut solo album “First Real Love,” which she co-produced with King Kozmo Records. On stage she has appeared in Les Miserables, Wicked, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Baby, Cale Me Madam, Evita and A Chorus Line. Film/TV credits include Amy Sawyer on “White Collar,” Natalie on “Pokemon” and “Have Dreams, Will Travel.” As a vocalist, she has performed with The Boston Pops “Best of Broadway,” Joe’s Pub, The Comedy Store, and many others. For more information about Ashley, visit

While studying photographic compositions as part of the Middle School Photo & Design class, Ms. Kim instructed the students to think about how their photos could point back to our Creator as they capture His creation with their cameras.

“Having Hope” Haley Holtkamp, 7th

“The Pitch” Alec VanCleaf, 7th

Lower schoolers go “on the road” With the Christmas Program theme of “Christmas Road Trip,” Performing Arts Director Jan Leroux directed and choreographed the entire Lower School student body who sang, danced, and acted for the annual performance. Along with the help of Computer Lab teacher Gary Sandvik and his video filming and production skills, the audience was treated to an entertaining show which included student emcees, costumes, dancers co-choreographed by Breanne Keck, singers led by Cheri Nielsen, and musicians under the direction of David Hall.

“Nooooo!” Carlos Hank, 7th

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SFC Alums on the Move

Art Student Accepted to USC, Follows with Career in Fashion Marketing


arly Shoemaker,

an SFC “lifer” (Class of 2007), is the marketing manager for Live Life Fashions (LLF), an international fashion company that distributes brands such as MinkPink, Cameo, and Keepsake. Currently, Karly’s primary SFC alum Karly Shoemaker is role is as Creative Director Marketing Manager for Live Life Fashions. for a new website, Karly took Art 1 “on a whim” with Mrs. Farrington her junior year, and with her skillful teacher’s guidance and encouragement, she was inspired to pursue an art career. “Mrs. Farrington showed us all the careers Karly with brother Kade, you can have in the art SFC Class of 2013 world, and shared success stories of SFC art alumni. She helped me put together my art portfolio to apply to my dream school – USC – I owe it all to her!” Not only did Karly’s strong portfolio get her into the art school at USC, one of her pieces earned her some scholarship money. She graduated in 2011 with an Art major and an Advertising minor. “I am so grateful to have attended SFC. I accepted Christ in kindergarden in the original chapel.” explains Karly. She continues, “I’m not your typical ‘golden child of SFC.’ I haven’t spent my summers in Africa on mission trips or building schools in Mexico, but I can truly say I feel God working in my life. My faith has been challenged after SFC. It’s no easy road stepping out into the real world but I believe if you listen to your heart and keep your faith, God leads you.” Karly encourages current SFC students to find their own unique way to spend time with God. For Karly, it is creating art. “Art has always played a huge role in my life. It’s a constant in my ever-evolving world — friend dramas, boys, peer pressures, career moves, etc.” She sums it up best: “Never hold back. Be fearless. Be your beautiful genuine self. He made you absolutely perfect. God has big plans for you.”


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B Artist: Mikayla Barkley


Artist: Rachel Davis

D Artist: Brianna Healy

Artist: Taylor Becknell

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS Under the direction of David Hall, students develop musical skills, learning a variety of styles including classical, jazz and pop. Eagle band (Upper School), Brigade Band (Middle School), and the Platoon Band (Lower School) perform at school, communty, national venues.


F Artist: Nadia Marjanovich


Upper School Art

Hey, I Know that Face!


ndy warhol made the “idea” of fame more famous when

he turned a photographic celebrity portrait into “pop art,” marking the beginning of the new art form. Legally, making a painting from a photograph that the artist did not shoot is considered a violation of copyright and Warhol was actually sued for using photographs without permission. At SFC, Advanced Art students recently had the opportunity to create their own pop art of an SFC employee (with permission of course). Students drew names out of a hat, then photographed their selected teacher/staff member. Using Photoshop, students converted the images to gray scale and set up a wide range of values. The students transformed the gray values into a monochromatic color scheme and then painted the hard-edged, graphic pop art portraits with acrylics. The resemblance is quite evident. Enjoy our famous people as you guess who they are! (Answers at bottom of page 14.)

Lower School Art

A Well-Rounded Art Program


esides learning about line, shape, mass, composition

and color in the two-dimensional realm (paper, pen, ink and paint, for example), our Lower School students also get the opportunity to apply these concepts in threedimensional projects. Recently, our 4th graders explored three-dimensional art with the vessel lesson. Lower School Art teacher Lisa Blatnick introduces the art form of creating a vessel through images of Indian pottery. She says, “The young artists love the opportunity to make a three-dimensional object.” The completed vessels were displayed in the library, then students took them home for Thanksgiving. This project serves as a precursor to the fifth grade mask lesson which uses the same materials and techniques. Besides the bowls and the masks, other upcoming Lower School 3D art lessons include a wire/glass bead sea creature sculpture and for kindergartners, a woven placemat.

Young students get creative Art contributes to students’ creative development and cognitive skills, and is an integral part of Santa Fe Christian Preschool’s curriculum. Students use their creations to represent and express themselves. In the process they learn to write and illustrate simple stories, label pictures, create and understand patterns and spatial awareness. Art activities also help develop a wide range of skills, including language and social skills.

Using a balloon as the armature, Joseph Lee covered it with Plaster Craft strips, crisscrossing to create strength in the sides of the bowl. When the material is dry, the balloon is pierced and removed. The final step is to add strips along the top edge and let it dry. To finish the piece, students used colorful tissue in the pattern of their choice, with either cut or torn pieces of tissue. The ‘glue’ is laundry starch. To achieve a glossy surface, students painted on a layer of Modpodge. W I N T ER 2 0 1 4


EAGLES Athletics

New “Eagles Edge” K-12 Athletics Program Creates Champions for Christ

Fall Sports Teams Finish Strong captains Isaac Trotta, Sydney Saunders and Megan Thompson, the runners consistently improved their times and gave an inspiring effort throughout the season. Saunders finished second overall at CIF Finals for D5 girls, earning her an individual ticket to her second consecutive state meet. Behind her was freshman Julia Roediger, finishing 10th overall. While at CIF State meet in Fresno, Saunders finished with a personal record, landing her in the top 16% of D5 girls in the state. Union Tribune named Saunders 1st Team All Coastal League.

Taylor Mathiesen prepares to shoot.

SFC’s Eagles Edge Athletic Program is a progressive K–12 athletic development system directed by SFC’s staff of professional Christian coaches. Eagles Edge focuses on teaching sports fundamentals, participation on organized teams, and godly sportsmanship starting in kindergarten and progressing through competitive upper school sports. With 81% of SFC Middle and Upper School students playing on one or more of 60 SFC sports teams, the ultimate goal of Eagles Edge is that all SFC athletes become champions for Christ. Focus on Fundamentals Eagles Edge conducts clinics and camps to expose young athletes to a variety of sports opportunities. Beginning in kindergarten, programs are run by Christian coaches who train youngsters on sports fundamentals. These fundamentals form the foundation for future athletic development. SFC Upper School athletes assist the coaches to grow leadership skills.

Team Sports Participation By 5th grade, Eagles Edge athletes participate on a variety of organized sports teams. The teams are participation-based so young athletes receive playing time, no matter the skill level. Champions for Christ With the focus on sportsmanship and godly behavior, Eagles Edge athletes are taught to follow Jesus’ example, both on and off the field. Athletes are led by Christian coaches who not only prepare students for the rigors of competitive sports but mentor students in their relationship to Christ.

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Boys Water Polo Coached by Evan Lowe and JV coach Erik “Hoppy” Hopkinson, the season began with a 13-10 victory against La Jolla Country Day. The game against Valley Center was a highlight of the season, with standout performances by captains Bennett Royce, and Jack Atkinson, ended 23-22 with Valley Center winning after two overtime periods. SFC finished the season with a win over Del Norte which secured the Eagles’ spot at CIF Quarterfinals, in which they met Cathedral. One of the best waterpolo teams in the nation, Cathedral knocked the fighting Eagles out of further CIF contention. Royce finished his high school career with the CIF San Diego Section season record of 234 goals, and a Top 5 CIF San Diego Career Goals with 374. Cross Country Coached by Tyler Gray and assistant Tyler Underwood, this year’s team was inspired to “finish strong,” which they did. A record number of freshmen joined the team this year and although young, the team made great strides. Led by senior

Girls Tennis Our girls tennis team, coached by Roxy Potter and Madeleine Javale, sewed up a strong season. Partners Kyle Zalkauskas and Sienna Verdult played Valhalla High School in a very close first set at CIF. The pair were named to 1st Team All Pacific League (Doubles). Freshman Lauren Carter put forth great effort and made it to CIF in singles and was named to 2nd Team All Pacific league.

Girls Volleyball Under the coaching of Gail Malone, this talented group of girls started the season with a win over Bonita Vista with stand-out performances from Lexi Sun and Hannah Mathiesen. The season continued to see great performances with blocks and kills from Sun and Mathiesen as well as Taryn Tastad. The regular season ended with the Eagles seeded #2 in playoffs. Playoffs started with SFC winning a 3-0 sweep against Mission Hills, then a win in the quarter finals against San Pasqual, bringing them to the semi-finals to face Otay Ranch. Ultimately our Eagles outside hitter proved too much for the Otay Ranch team to handle and the Eagles match ended with a 3-0 victory, putting us in the CIF championship against #1 ranked Bishops. The CIF championship match was hard-fought but Bishop’s proved tough and won in three straight games. Senior Noelle Cross Country runners Forougi received Sydney Saunders and Julia Roediger the CIF Sportsman award to wrap up the

season. The Union Tribune named Sun to the 1st Team All Coastal League and Mathiesen to the 2nd Team. Football With Head Coach Jon Wallace at the helm, the Eagles team theme was “Special Force,” and included 17 seniors. The Eagles faced tough competition in the newly revamped CIF division, including an early-season game against La Costa Canyon and state-ranked Bishop Diego. The Eagles fought hard, pulling impressive wins against Ribbet Academy, La Jolla, Bishops and La Jolla Country Day. Senior captains Cole Needham, Tony Miro, and Jerry Harper, along with quarterback Carter Roberts, a junior, led the team to a 3-1 league finish, and 6-5 overall. After being ranked as the 4th seed, Eagles had a first-round bye, then faced power house San Marcos in the quarterfinal playoff game. It was a defensive battle, but Eagles lost in the end 3-0.

#4 Slater Howe with the carry

The 1st Team All Coastal League includes: Offense – Tony Miro, Blain Weeks, Ben Hamel; Defense – Sam Ray, Darrien Barboa, Jerry Harper, Needham. 2nd Team All Coastal League includes: Offense – Carter Roberts; Defense – Max Gardner and Blake O’Rourke.

Photo: Kerry Taylor

Sophomore Jennifer Carter returns a serve

tournaments, with Franke being named as Tourney MVP in the Winterhaven Tournament, and Almquist receiving the MVP honor in the Tri City Holiday Classic. The team enters League Play with an 11-2 record.

Winter Sports Outlook Girls Basketball With Head Coach Laurie Byrd and Assistant Coach Janelle Zingrebe, the varsity team has pulled up the JV players to create one unifed team. Stepping strongly into leadership roles are senior Jessi Moore and juniors Megan Franke and Lindsey Almquist. With their stellar play, along with the strong rebounding of junior Jacqui Martin, the team has won two of their three pre-season

Boys Basketball After last year’s terrific run in playoffs, the Eagles look to have another outstanding season. The Eagles opened against Oceanside in the Wolf Pack Tournament at West Hills High School, and after several preseason games, won the Mayor’s Division of the Under Armour Tournament, taking down Bishop’s for the championship, with senior guard and 3-point technician Brian Finley being named Tournament MVP. Juniors Jack Langborg (guard), Danny Finley (guard), and Conrad Tucker (point guard) have also begun making some great runs this season. Photo: COLLEEN MORGANS

Hannah Mathiesen, a senior, returns a serve as sophomore Taryn Taystad is at the ready. Mathiesen will play for Cal Poly SLO next Fall.

Girls Soccer Coached by Chris Whyte, the Eagles won a preseason tournament. The JV team, coached by Joanna Burkholder, shows a great deal of potential and should have a strong showing this season. They set the tone early

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EAGLES Athletics

Student trainer Megan Drake, a junior, tapes Benton Weeks’ wrists before a football game.

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Students Gain Experience in Sports Medicine Gabby Brenn, a sophomore, cheers with her teammates during a Friday night football game.

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SFC student counselor Steve Strimple with his daughter Ashley Bowman at the Point Loma Nazarene Hall of Fame induction ceremony

SFC Alums on the Move

Tennis Star Named to PLNU’s Hall of Fame


shley Strimple Bowman, SFC Class of 2004, was recently inducted into Point Loma Nazarene University’s Hall of Fame. A three-time NAIA first team All-American for the women’s tennis team, Ashley helped set the standard for the program in 2004– 07. She was a four-time All-GSAC and All-district selection. She is also one of the top doubles players in school history. She ranks fourth with 23 doubles wins in a season and fifth with 80 wins in her career.

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with a strong 3-0 win goals made by Olivia Hamel and Hallee Bathard and a shutout from keeper Kat Miro. Varsity followed suit with a 4-1 win in very windy conditions, showing great resolve and a unified team effort. Goals in the varsity game were made by Ali Whiting, Paige Stehly, and Ashley Alleway and assists by Jessi Cable and Isabella Hasson. Varsity moved up to D2 this year, so the Eagles will have some strong competition. Boys Soccer Coach Jed Jones reminds the boys every season “team before any individual accolades.” This season SFC is in the very challenging Coastal League but expected to compete well. The Eagles made it to the championship game at the season opening the Linfield Tournament. The guys were down 2-0 at the half but showed heart and came back to make it 3-2 before conceding a penalty shot with 5 minutes left to play, finishing with 4-2 in Linfield’s favor. Look for seniors Taylor Mathieson, and captains Robbie Cornell and Drew Shields to keep swift action on the field as well as freshman sweeper Hank Ontiveros.

Students learn and apply their skills all year long students in the Athletic Training program learn the basics of sports medicine,

including hydration, taping, splinting, firstaid, stretching, heating, documenting, and rehabilitation of injuries. And, with the guidance of SFC Head Athletic Trainer Kristal Peterson and a team doctor during football games, the student trainers have learned how to handle concussions as well. The training team volunteers their time two to four days a week after school in the athletic training room and during games, too. Every student trainer is CPR/AED/First Aid certified. The student trainers get their first opportunity to put their skills to the the test during the football’s team’s first week of official practice in early August. Speaking of her talented team, Kristal says, “Without their help I wouldn’t have the time to see half the amount of the athletes that I do.” In the fall season, the Athletic Training Team helped with approximately 1,750 injuries ranging from concussions to icing sore muscles. It’s a win-win for the student trainers who gain hands-on experience, are introduced to the medical field, and learn valuable life lessons during the year. A number of the trainers have used this program to prepare them for the medical field in areas like Athletic Training, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science.

Head Trainer Kristal Peterson center, with some student athletic trainers: Marissa Malek-Werner, Samantha Harper, Taylor Ryan, and Carly Reilly

SFC Community Spirit

Online Bidding Begins in March @

Making Every Gift Count SFC Families Show Generosity, Donate to The Santa Fe Fund


he santa fe fund is Santa Fe Christian Schools’ annual

giving program. All donations to the Fund go directly for key strategic initiatives that set our school apart and help us pursue excellence in the name of Christ. As of December 2013, $450,000 has been generously donated to the Santa Fe Fund! These monetary gifts are being invested in key strategic initiatives such as a campus wireless security system, technology upgrades, facility renovations, financial aid, expansion of global and local missions, and the Eagles Edge (SFC’s K–12 Progressive Athletic Program).

SPRING Auction April 5, 2014 Santa Fe Christian Voted San Diego County’s Best Annual Auction & Gala Don’t miss SFC’s annual fundraising event of the year. An Online Auction precludes the event itself, which includes electronic bidding, dinner, live auction and entertainment. Maybe this will be YOUR year to win a tax-deductible parking spot! Proceeds go to The Santa Fe Fund.

This event is successful because a team of parents dedicate themselves to support our treasured school. The auction committee is in need of parent volunteers to work the day and/ or night of the event. If you’d like to donate your time or talents, please contact the Event Coordinator Ronnie Forougi at or 858-755-8900 x1109.

The new athletic scoreboards and shot clocks were purchased with donations made to The Santa Fe Fund, as well as the new athletics website and The Eagles Edge Progressive Athletic Program. Read more about this new K–12 athletics program on page 16.

If you have not made your donation yet to the Santa Fe Fund, or if you’re blessed to be able to give once more, visit and click “Donate.” You may send a check in the attached Reply envelope to Santa Fe Christian Schools. No matter the size of your donation, we are thankful for your support and partnership. every gift counts.

There’s no better way to experience Santa Fe Christian Schools than to visit our campus and see us in action. Please invite a friend to attend an Open House on one of the following Wednesdays in the chapel 10am – 12noon:

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RSVP at It’s the SFC Community which helps to make our auction an award-winning event! Do you or someone you know have any of the following? Vacation Rentals • Sporting & Theater tickets • Rounds of Golf Celebrity Encounters • Restaurant Gift Certificates Sporting Equipment • Apparel • Unique Experiences Questions? Contact Ronnie Forougi: or Vicki LaBruzzo:

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SFC Community Spirit


t is santa fe christian schools’ desire to make Christian education affordable. A strong financial aid program supports SFC’s commitment to economic diversity within our student body. When the family of an accepted student demonstrates financial need, the school makes every effort to help offset the cost of a Santa Fe Christian education according to that family’s particular need. All financial aid decisions are guided by financial data submitted to Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) by Independent School Management (ISM). Approximately 30% of our students receive some form of tuition assistance. Following are the four main methods to receive financial support to attend Santa Fe Christian Schools.

TUITION GRANT SFC currently offers needs-based tuition grants (financial assistance) for up to 50% of tuition. Eagle Scholarship Awarded annually to one incoming freshman new to SFC who excels academically, puts his/her faith in action, displays outstanding leadership skills and has financial need. The scholarship and FAST applications are both due February 1, 2014. William Wardrip Scholarship Established to provide scholarships to Upper School students in Will’s memory. Email for information.

WW32 Lives On In Honor of Will Wardrip, #32 “Remember the Smile”


e was just a phenomenal kid,”

recalled Eagles head coach Jon Wallace. “He was just coming into his prime as a player and he was more than universally loved all over campus with his big bright smile.” October 25 marked the four year anniversary Will Wardrip, an avid athlete with a big smile, passed away in a car accident. Currently, 15 SFC students are benefiting from the generosity of the William Wardrip Foundation! Photo: Kerry Taylor

SFC Committed to Partnering with Families

Three William Wardrip Foundation scholarship recipients held captain’s honors at the La Jolla Country Day football game, the anniversary of Will’s passing.

The vision of the William Wardrip Foundation is to keep Will’s memory alive by actively seeking and supporting high school students who demonstrate the greatest desire, yet have significant obstacles to fund their education.

Proceeds from the sales of “WW32” socks go directly to the Foundation. To purchase a pair, contact Amy Roberts at

Visit for more.

Sallie MaE Loan A national leader in providing tuition financing for K–12 private schools. Santa Fe Christian Schools is approved under the Sallie Mae loan program.

Photo: Kerry Taylor

Visit for more detailed information about affording an SFC education.

At the homecoming football game, alum Tori Ippolito, SFC’s 2012–13 ASB president, along with other 2013 alumni, presented Dr. Eric Wardrip with a gift for the Foundation from the Class of 2013’s Senior Business Week proceeds. 2 0


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Junior Chad Licup sings in SFC’s Chamber Chorale. Under the direction of Rhonda Fleming, the Chorale regularly performs for SFC functions and in the community.

SFCS The Spirit Winter 2014