MISSION STATEMENT “Westbury Christian School exists in order to provide each student with the opportunity to acknowledge and respond through faith to the word of God while participating in an educational program, which stresses academic, social, emotional and physical development.”
Welcome & Overview
Student Activities Dimension
Charlie Ward Football Camp
WCS Summer Program
All-Star Basketball Camp
Southwest Hoopsters Basketball League
TAPPS Honors 2009-2010
Wildcat Hall of Fame
Head of School GREG J. GLENN
“the Wildcat Store” Catalogue
Principal Lower & Middle School CASEY FARRIS
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Vision for the Future of WCS
Parent Teacher Organization
Athletic Association and Annual
Principal Upper School DR. DAVID M. LACEY
STUDENT ACTIVITIES ////// // Fine & Performing Arts 06
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GREG ARNOLD POLLY FARRAR RANDY GLOVER
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Westbury Christian School really is “Life in 3-D.” We believe that the three dimensions we emphasize and provide are vital to the overall development of each student. This publication details each dimension – Spiritual, Academic, and Student Activity – while highlighting the exciting achievements and developments within the WCS family that have proven these methods successful.
Advanced Placement Program
I hope that this magazine shows you our desire to develop future leaders in every aspect of their life never losing sight of the design to fully equip students with the knowledge of Jesus Christ, as they become the salt and light in this world. Through academic instruction, fine arts, sports, and community service, Christian ethics and values are applied on our campus daily through the instruction and role modeling of our entire faculty, staff and administration. We offer a solid foundation for parents looking to introduce their children to biblical practices and principles, while complimenting households already dedicated to Kingdom Education. God continues to bless us with opportunities for expansion to maintain an effective, positive learning environment conducive to allowing students to excel in the classroom. One blessing was having NFL legend Tony Dungy as our keynote speaker to kick off a campaign to raise money for construction of a new, state of the art athletic facility to develop and train our student athletes and help them reach their fullest potential. This off campus facility will also allow for academic growth by expanding classroom space on the land currently occupied by our football field.
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Missions to China
Summer Reading at
Our three dimensional philosophy of education is aimed at our students’ hearts and minds in winning them to Christ, for “in Christ alone are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:3) I hope you enjoy this publication and if you or someone you know wants to know more about this “Life in 3-D”, let us know.
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Chapel at WCS
Coins for Honduras
Acts of Kindness
Student Service Projects
In His Service,
HEAD OF SCHOOL GREG J. GLENN
LIFE IN 3D STUDENT ACTIVITIES ACADEMICS SPIRITUAL LIFE
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR : RUSSELL CARR UPPER SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL : KELVIN BROWN STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT : DEANDRA RENAUD
The Student Activity Dimension at WCS is an integral part of the educational process. This dimension is the perfect complement to the classroom, not because students learn how to become more proficient in sports, drama or music, but because they learn how to become productive people in an interdependent society. Valuable lessons in applied Christian ethics, morals and values are learned in activities outside the classroom. Under the leadership of Christian mentors, students gain a personal awareness of honesty and integrity with themselves and others. “Student activities are a great way to support and supplement the other two dimensions of Westbury Christian,” says Athletic Director Russell Carr. “It creates a different learning environment away from a chapel setting and a traditional classroom where coaches can connect with kids and help strengthen the importance of academics and give spiritual lessons through sports.” Student activities are offered to all WCS students. For middle and high school students these activities include sports, band, choral music, drama, debate, and service clubs, to name a few. Lower school students are active in physical education and an exceptional music program. WCS has outstanding facilities for student activities such as specialty fine arts rooms, a gymnasium complex, and stage facility. WCS is a member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Classified 4-A, the Wildcats compete in athletics with private and public schools across the state.
STU DENT ACT IVITIES
Performing &Visual Arts Lower School Music The mission of the Lower School music department encompasses three goals- learn music, share music, and enjoy music. “Within a spiritual and God based environment, we work to build a strong foundation of musical knowledge, allow students to share music in venues within the school and community, and instill a love of music that will last a lifetime for every child,” explains program director Cindy Fletcher. Last year, the entire 3rd and 4th grades put on a production of “Annie, Jr.,” a junior version of the musical designed specifically for elementary students, complete with actors, sets, costumes, and choreography. “The students did an outstanding job bringing this well known musical to the stage and performing for our Christmas holiday program as well as in chapel for the upper school students,” noted Fletcher. This year, productions include a Thanksgiving/Patriotic program for our US soldiers serving overseas, field trips for Christmas caroling to nursing homes and other organizations, a Grandparent Breakfast in February, and “Broadway Beat,” a pop show presentation scheduled for March. The music department is also thrilled to announce the formation of the WCS Honor Choir comprised of select 4th, 5th and 6th graders who will be challenged through learning various selections of music and will also participate in several choral opportunities throughout the year.
Chorus For the first time in several years, Westbury Christian School offers a choral program for middle and high school students. First year chorus instructor Jillian Hughes encourages students to serve and honor God using their voices. “I believe that God created us to make music, and to use music to glorify Him,” she says. Enforcing principles, like diligence, responsibility and teamwork, Miss Hughes allows her students a chance to learn life skills beneficial to them in every aspect of their lives. “These skills are essential to the formation of a good chorus. I believe music can express our thoughts and feelings more perfectly than words can, therefore studying music is beneficial to the students’ emotional and spiritual health.” The newly formed “Blue and Gold Voices” (high school) and “Wildcat Harmonizers” (middle school) will perform for community events throughout the year, including all school chapels, a Christmas concert this November and springtime fellowship at nursing homes around the city.
Drama In April 2010 the WCS Drama department presented the dramatic version of Robert Fulghum’s “All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Students worked throughout the spring semester learning lines, building the set, and polishing the performance to ensure the success of the production. Cast members included: De Andre Beadle, JunWoo Han, Curran Kelly, Deandra Renaud, Joey Rodriguez, Cody Rowe, Jon Scott, Rachael Strom, Cameron Thomas, and Laura Watson. The Middle School Chorus joined in the final musical numbers of the production.
Art The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo holds an annual Western Artwork competition for students in all grade levels from both public and private schools. What began in 1964 as simply a Houston-area, Western art poster contest, has grown into a state wide competition, spanning over 160 school districts throughout Texas. Over 300,000 students submitted Western Heritage artwork in 2010, and of that, only 681 pieces were selected as winners in their respective categories. WCS junior, Remington James, competed in the 3D Art category, sculpting a cowboy and his dog, entitled “Unspoken Loyalty.” His work received the coveted award “Best in Show,” and was displayed in the Hayloft Gallery during the rodeo. It also earned Remington one of only 54 spots in the School Art Auction and was sold for $17,000 which is paid to the student artist as a educational scholarship.
BAND // HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTOR // MIKE SMITH
////// // FIRST ROW // Katherine Harper // Young-Eun Kim // Minna Wong // Laura Nelson // Aeriel Holiday // Lindsay Turner ////// // SECOND ROW // Ruby Ramirez // Ashlee McClellan // Catherine Smith // Clay Cooke // Autumn Oliver // Lindsay Moore // Carson Covey ////// // THIRD ROW // Hasani Sumbry // Zak Alsmeyer // Derrick Cyprian // M.J. Nelson // Qiushi Bin // Brandon White // Allison Crouch ////// // FOURTH ROW // Mike Smith // Tre McLeod // Junel Isagan ////// // FIFTH ROW // Nickie Kang // Kenny Barrett // TERRELL MOSES // Caleb Edens // Darius Jones // David Akwarandu // John Fehrenkamp
The Westbury Christian School Band performs throughout the year at Varsity football games, pep rallies, and other school events. Last year, our newly formed drum line supported the Varsity basketball teams, and they are planning for more opportunities to do the same this season. This past spring, Senior Allison Crouch advanced to the TMEA Area F competition on bass clarinet, a rarity among solo, private school contestants. She ultimately earned a spot in the region band and performed with them on stage, representing Westbury Christian. “I’m proud to see her accept the
challenge and prove individual success is not based upon where you attend school but the devotion you put behind learning the skill you are taking into competition,” says Director Mike Smith. In the past, we have not had the instrumentation necessary to enter any academic contests as a group, but this March, our entire band will compete at the TAPPS 4-A Competition. “I fully believe the band is ready to take the next step,” says Mr. Smith. “I anticipate we will have a successful performance in March that will send us on to the state competition in
Belton this year.” Mr. Smith also hopes his students will value the opportunity they have to entertain and support the WCS family and also to develop into seasoned musicians through his instruction and their own dedication. “My personal focus is to give each student whatever they need to grow as a musician. There are several levels of student ability at WCS and they need to know there is a place for them to learn and grow to reach the next level.”
FOOTBALL // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // CHARLIE WARD ASST. COACHES // ABII// DESISSO// GOODE// GRAY// MILES// OKWUONU// VESTER// WARREN// WILKINS
////// // FIRST ROW // Bryant O’Neal // Tobe Mokolo // Michael Chung // Micah Green // Bailey Carrow // Matthew Smith // Eric Gonzalez // Marcus Williams // Vincent Turner // Chase Kimble // William Washington // Mike Davis ////// // SECOND ROW // Keegan Sanford // Garret Guarino // Andrew Smith // Frank Iriele // Hamilton Frye // Gabe Simon // Caulin Cragle // Bradley Bolden // Ben Sprott // Vasquez Haynes // Matthew Jones // Ryan Darby // Steven Best ////// // THIRD ROW // Michael Edison // Tevin Finner // Michael Horner // Ian Frank // Dillon Thomas // Gerran Harris // David Ojo // John Gregg
The theme for the 2010-11 Varsity football season is “FOCUS ON THE PRIZE AND FINISH STRONG.” In his third season as Head Coach, Charlie Ward hopes to focus his player’s attention on more than just wins and losses, but also work to better themselves off of the field by pleasing God in their everyday choices. “We want our prize to call us higher in our daily decisions and the way we go about our daily business,” he says. “If our focus is on serving others and following through with action, then our team will accomplish the goals that were set at the beginning of the year.”
The Wildcats look to the promising new additions within the program that should help accomplish this and other goals set at the start of the season. Along with a new crop of talented athletes, three new coaches will join Coach Ward this year allowing for more personalized, detailed instruction. The Wildcats also boast a more spacious, reconstructed locker room. Coach Ward was excited to begin the new season, which kicked-off with a “Lock-In,” attended by both the players and coaching staff, in an effort to unify the team and get each member of the program focused on
accomplishing the same goals with positive, hungry attitudes. “We obviously want to be successful, but our ultimate goal is for our athletes to successfully compete in all aspects of life to have an opportunity for good results and to complete the task at hand while treating others with respect, taking care of their responsibilities, and not giving up when things get tough.”
FOOTBALL // MIDDLE SCHOOL
HEAD COACH // KENNETH OKWUONU
ASSISTANT COACH // CHRIS GOODE
////// // FIRST ROW // Jacob Arnold // Tre McLeod // Brandon White // Godfrey Walker // Wade Hill // Sheyi Ajiboye // Cory Garza ////// // SECOND ROW // Justin Chiu // Alexander Borgstedte // Chege Gitau // Kennedy Miller // Eric Hulsey // Jacob Simmons // Nick Leeson ////// // THIRD ROW // Justin Morgan // Evan Ledet // Josh Flowers // Stephen Scott // Austin Fuller // Zak Alsmeyer
VOLLEYBALL // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // MARQUITA PERKINS
ASSISTANT COACH // BLAIR MOON
////// // FIRST ROW // Autumn Arnold // Juliana RosOlino // LA Treya Brown // Emma Hulsey // Angela Dyson ////// // SECOND ROW // Caitlin Diaz // Rachael Strom // Fallon Ellis
The 2010 volleyball team has gotten off to an excellent start this season, going undefeated in their first ten matches. “This is the best squad I’ve seen in my thirteen years on this campus, and probably some of the best high school volleyball I’ve seen, ever,” says Athletic Director Russell Carr. With new Head Coach Marquita Perkins at the helm, the Varsity volleyball program has the potential to turn a lot of heads. “We have a small team, but we are hungry to prove what a force we can be in a tough TAPPS 4-A District,” explains Coach Perkins. “My veteran players have shown great leadership in creating a unified, cohesive team and maintaining an intense practice and game atmosphere.” Senior middle blocker Rachael Strom, junior setter Emma Hulsey, and sophomore outside hitter Autumn Arnold
are the Wildcats only returning starters, but they fill key positions and have sustained solid performances thus far. “Rachael and Emma were named captains this season and have been through the program and understand the amount of hard work and dedication required to be successful. Autumn is an all-around excellent player, extremely reliable and hard working. She just gets it, I’m proud to have her on my team.” Junior transfers, libero Juliana Rosolino and outside hitter Caitlin Diaz, will continue to see action in the starting line-up and bring a high level of fundamental skill and overall volleyball understanding to the court. “Juliana and Caitlin are immensely talented and have put up big numbers this season. Caitlin has tremendous power and club volleyball experience, which is
huge, and Juliana is extremely solid defensively. She is sharp, quick and has great reflexes, and will truly lead our back row into making smart defensive decisions.” Rounding out the varsity squad are junior Angela Dyson and seniors La Treya Brown and Fallon Ellis, who is also a part of the starting six and brings discipline and athleticism to the group. Coach Perkins requires her players to work hard to be excellent in all aspects of their daily lives. “We want to be better students, better players, and better people,” she says. “The girls have really proven themselves through tough pre-season work-outs and a heavy pre-season and district schedule. I have very high expectations for the Wildcats this year and I’m more than excited to see the great things we will accomplish!”
VOLLEYBALL // JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH // BLAIR MOON
////// // FIRST ROW // Victoria Silvas // Elissa Richard // Haley Munoz // Sarah Galena ////// // SECOND ROW // K.C. RODGERS // CARISSA DIAZ // RACHEL CHANDLER // EMILY KEFER
VOLLEYBALL // MIDDLE SCHOOL
HEAD COACH // VERONICA SILVAS
ASST. COACHES // Irizarry // Nelson
////// // FIRST ROW // Bryanna Dalco // Ruby Ramirez // Sydney Esquivel ////// // SECOND ROW // Katherine Harper // Laura Nelson // Janay Monroe // Peyton Anderson ////// // THIRD ROW // AUTUMN OLIVER // Aeriel Holiday // Taylor Scott // Evony Nelson // Mallory Davis
CHEERLEADING // VARSITY HEAD COACH // JILLIAN LOOMIS
////// // FIRST ROW // Deandra Renaud // Amberly Kopas // Hillary Cleggett // Tiffany Capao // Jasmine Lewis // Miriam Weathersby // Claire Stevenson // Chelsea Jones // Danielle Alidon
“As the new coach of our Varsity Cheerleading squad, I am very excited about the mix of talent and leadership within the group, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish this season,” says 2005 WCS alumnus, former WCS cheerleader, and new Varsity Cheer Coach Jillian Loomis. Since her tenure, Ms. Loomis has seen tremendous growth within the cheer program in the areas of involvement, skill level, and opportunities to support the WCS community. Our
cheerleaders lead school pep rallies, perform during Varsity football and basketball games, and provide a spiritfilled environment for various school functions throughout the year. After winning numerous awards at this summer’s NCA Cheer Camp, the 201011 squad received a bid to nationals, with Junior Miriam Weathersby receiving a coveted individual spot on the national cheer team. Ms. Loomis plans to continue developing her athletes into better
////// // SECOND ROW // Taraka Moses
performers by challenging them with new, complex material. “We are working hard every day to improve all aspects of our squad,” explains Ms. Loomis, “including the addition of more advanced cheers and chants, stunting, and new tumbling and dance routines.” The ladies also work with the Middle School and Elementary cheerleaders to help develop the program and future squads at WCS.
CHEERLEADING // MIDDLE SCHOOL HEAD COACH // ANNETTE TURNER
////// // FIRST ROW // Catherine Smith // Lindsay Turner // Cydney Stevenson // Morgan Harris // Taylor Edens // Brittany Boudreaux
After graduating several seniors last spring, the cross country team comes into the 2010-11 season smaller, but just as determined. With his veteran players putting in countless hours and hundreds of miles of physical training this summer, head coach Nathan Wagner expects key contributors, like Senior Nick Hall, to medal several times throughout the season. â€œNick set two personal records in track distance events last spring which gave him the motivation to work hard this summer. His dedication and work throughout the off season have put him in a position to excel as an individual runner this fall. More importantly, he is setting an example of perseverance and focus for other runners on the team.â€? Coach Nathan Wagner also hopes to maintain the structure and organization of the program coming into his third season as its Head Coach.
HEAD COACH // NATHAN WAGNER
CROSS COUNTRY ////// // FIRST ROW // ALEXIS FULLER // NICK HALL
BASKETBALL // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // JOSH BAILEY
ASSISTANT COACH // GEORGE WASHINGTON
////// // FIRST ROW // Nicole Caputo // Juliana Rosolino // Amber Orrange // Sylvana Okde // Cameron Lake Carissa Diaz // Brianna Turner // Rachael Strom // Fallon Ellis // Imani Smith
The Girl’s Varsity Basketball team comes into the 2010-11 season off of back-toback state championship wins and under new direction in head coach and WCS alum, Josh Bailey. “I am more than excited to take the reins of such an established, successful program, and continue the tradition of excellence,” says Coach Bailey. “We have been working extremely hard this off-season. Assistant Coach Washington and I are ready for the challenge,” he says. Returning starters Amber Orrange, ranked 15th in 2010 ESPN Hoop Gurlz to Watch List, and Fallon Ellis are joined by a strong supporting cast of fellow seniors and
veterans in Ayramis Glenn and Rachael Strom. “Amber and I plan to use our leadership roles to keep the team focused on maintaining the high level of commitment and hard work the program has come to expect,” says Ellis. “We will strive to use the dedication and determination from our coaches and teammates to work hard toward another state championship,” echoes Orrange. The Wildcats also boast some promising new additions on the court in junior transfers CaitlIn Diaz, Juliana Rosolino and Sylvana Okde, and freshman transfer Brianna Turner, listed number one among the 2014
////// // SECOND ROW // Ayramis Glenn // CaitlIn Diaz //
ESPN Hoop Gurlz to Watch. Such talent creates a challenging and competitive practice environment which should prove beneficial for the Lady Wildcats at the start of the season. “We have tremendous depth in each position which gives us a great chance at another state run,” says Coach Bailey. Past successes have allowed for a tough schedule both state-wide and nationally in the 2010-11 season. The Wildcats will participate in three key tournaments this pre-season: The Jack Frost Invitational in Georgetown, TX, Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX, and the Sam Houston Tournament in Lake Charles, LA.
BASKETBALL // JUNIOR VARSITY
HEAD COACH // BRENNA SCHARTZ
ASSISTANT COACH // GEORGE WASHINGTON
////// // FIRST ROW // KC Rodgers // Jalyn Kuykendall // Elissa Richard // Victoria Silvas // Janelle Isagan // Emily Kefer // Erin Nash // Raven Bailey
////// // SECOND ROW // Princess Ogidi
BASKETBALL // MIDDLE SCHOOL HEAD COACH // STEVE HAWLEY
////// // FIRST ROW // Sydney Esquivel // Jada Autman // Ruby Ramirez // BrYanna Dalco // Mary Matic // Ashlee McClellan // Aeriel Holiday // Taylor Scott // Autumn Oliver
////// // SECOND ROW // Laura Nelson
BASKETBALL // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // RUSSELL CARR
ASST. COACHES // AUSTIN // BOUDREAUX // JOHNSON // ROBINSON // SIGLER
////// // FIRST ROW // ArtA Turner // Tobe Mokolo // Julius Mitchell // Aaron Boyd // Tyler Guidry // Devone Glenn // Johnavon Linton // Anthony Collins ////// // SECOND ROW // Tevin Finner // Saro Ntagha // Frank Iriele // Delvin Dickerson // Hasani Sumbry // Warren Muldrow // Cody Glenn // Vasquez Haynes // Patrick Ogidi
The WCS Boy’s Basketball Program requires all athletes and coaches to follow a three-part philosophy- Team Attitude, Servant Leadership, and Championship Effort. “We will focus on team successes rather than individual accomplishments, we will look for opportunities to make those around us better by serving, and we will give our best in every aspect- academically, spiritually, and physically, because our best is what is required,” explains Varsity head coach Russell Carr who begins his eleventh year at Westbury Christian and his third season as head coach.
The 2010-11 squad comes into the season as the defending state champions after finishing 41-3 and defeating district rival Second Baptist in last year’s state tournament. Nine lettermen will return, including two starters, seniors Anthony Collins and Cody Glenn. “These guys all have varsity experience and know what it takes to be successful,” says Coach Carr. “They are committed, selfmotivated and focused on being the best players they can be for their teammates.” A host of newcomers will add tremendous depth and skill to the group, and Coach
Carr expects they should have an impact on the team immediately. “We have the tools to be extremely productive this season,” says Senior Anthony Collins. “With great coaching, senior leadership, perseverance and our big man, I believe we have what it takes to make it to the Promised Land,” he says, “we’re going for a 3-peat!” The Wildcats have a tough pre-season schedule this year, including meetings with Bellaire, Lamar, St. Thomas, Plano Prestonwood, and Westbrook, in preparation for another tough run through district.
BASKETBALL // JUNIOR VARSITY - A HEAD COACH // TREY AUSTIN
////// // FIRST ROW // Paul Chevis, Collins KwAbEna, Gabe Weber, Kyle Guidry, Jordan Gillon, Gabe Simon // Jonathan Mendoza // William Washington
////// // SECOND ROW // Jason Brancato
BASKETBALL // JUNIOR VARSITY - B HEAD COACH // BUTCH SIGLER
////// // FIRST ROW // Aaron Valverde // Lance Velasquez // Harry He // David Akwarandu // Oscar Melgar // M.J. Nelson // TreJean Baker
BASKETBALL // MIDDLE SCHOOL
HEAD COACH // BEN JOHNSON
ASSISTANT COACH // Bruse Boudreaux
////// // FIRST ROW // Tim Jones // Tevvin Mallery // Derrick Cyprian // Armani Crosby // Cory Garza // Everett Nelson // Micah Flowers // Wade Hill ////// // SECOND ROW // A.J. Knowles // Brandon White // Bryce Newby // Sheyi Ajiboye // Josh Arnold // Terrell Moses // Eric Hulsey // Chege Gitau ////// // THIRD ROW // Alexander Borgstedte // Robert Davies // Stephen Scott // Carson Covey // Josh Flowers // Kennedy Miller // Bruse Boudreaux
SOCCER // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // NATHAN WAGNER
ASSISTANT COACH // CASEY BURTON
////// // FIRST ROW // Emily Wilson // Amberly Kopas // Chelsea Chung // Sarah Galena // Haley Munoz // Miriam Weathersby // Kellie Keese ////// // SECOND ROW // Emily Alvaranga // Taylor Ricks // Danielle Hamrick // Kiley Hirl // Lindsay Moore // Allison Crouch // Victoria Lam
Last year fielded a young and relatively inexperienced team allowing veterans to improve in their personal abilities and leadership, and also gain valuable gametime action. The Girls Varsity Soccer team enters the 2010-11 season with experience not only from veteran players, but also with new students joining the team who have played club soccer in the past. “We look again to improve over the past year—both in our record and abilities,” explains second year head coach Nathan Wagner. “We have several new players
who will be able to make immediate contributions. We also have experience, leadership, and dedication among the older girls. This mix should strengthen our team and provide a solid foundation for the start of the season.” Junior Taylor Ricks will add not only experience and defensive strength to the team, but also positive academic and spiritual leadership to those around her. “Taylor has been a varsity starter the past two years, and she has been an integral part of the defense. In the classroom, Taylor
has pushed herself to excel, earning good grades and taking several AP classes. She is always uplifting and encouraging. She leads by example and word.” Coach Wagner also hopes to increase the spiritual focus and direction of the team this year. “Coach Burton and I are excited about seeing these young women take leadership and ownership of this team.” He hopes to encourage and develop life skills such as teamwork “to help them understand the power and importance of belonging to a group bigger than themselves.”
SOCCER // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // SAM ABELS
ASSISTANT COACH // JOSEPH ADAMOLEKUN
////// // FIRST ROW // Eun Yoon // Remington James // John Adams // Julian Casanueva // BrAYan Lozano // Luis Hernandez ////// // SECOND ROW // Cody Rowe // Djalmo Costa // Francisco Arsenio // Chang Won Oh // Travis Moles // Andrew Smith // An Dau // Chang Min Oh ////// // THIRD ROW // Rys Hoang // Garrett Guarino // Matthew Smith
Last year was an exciting year for the Westbury Christian School Boys Varsity Soccer Team as they earned a first-round berth in the TAPPS state playoffs, for the first time in several years. For the 2010-11 season, several starters and experienced upper classmen will return from last year’s squad and they hope to run with the momentum from last season into this one.
Senior Francisco Arsenio brings experience, leadership and passion to the team. A third-year starter, Arsenio is excited to fill the leadership gap vacated by those that graduated. “We have been working hard this year,” he says. “Our main goal is to remain focused on working hard and playing together for another chance at the playoffs.” He is most excited about playing rivals Emery/Weiner
and Awty International, believing this will be a year to settle old scores. Even though the team has plans of grandeur, Arsenio points out that “soccer is not all about scoring. It is also about having fun with your teammates and reaching higher goals which is what we all plan to do.”
SOFTBALL // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // April Schramm
ASST. COACHes // JOSH BAILEY // Veronica Silvas
////// // FIRST ROW // Shannon Murphy // Emily Alvarenga // Lizeth Ramirez // KC Rodgers // Juliana Rosolino // Victoria Silvas // Haley Munoz // Jeannie Sandefer ////// // SECOND ROW // Nicole Caputo // Emily Kefer // Jeannett Cody // Fallon Ellis // Lindsay Moore // Francie Meyer // Emma Hulsey
The WCS Varsity Softball program is on the rise and first year Head Coach April Schramm is excited to lead the Wildcats, stressing accountability and teamwork, as they look to define their program and remain successful. “When players learn teamwork, they are learning to put others first, to value others and to see the talents and abilities of those around them,” says Coach Schramm.
“These skills will help them not only on the field, but in life.” With a fairly young team this season, the Wildcats will look to veteran players for leadership. Junior standout Nicole Caputo, who led the team in stolen bases last season with 23 and was named Honorable Mention in the TAPPS 4-A District, will return this year, along with 2 Seniors- All-District
Pitcher and Team Captain Jeanett Cody and last year’s home-run leader Fallon Ellis. “With hard work and determination we will make it through the season successfully,” says Jeanett. “We are looking forward to working hard, together, and having another great year!”
SOFTBALL // MIDDLE SCHOOL ////// // FIRST ROW // Sydney Valentine // Ruby Ramirez // Mary Matic // Sarena Gaddy // Peyton Anderson // Autumn Oliver // Clara Akwarandu // Morgan Harris // Janay Monroe // Annaliza Suerte
////// // SECOND ROW // Laura Nelson
HEAD COACHES // Karen Keese // Robbie Miller
////// // FIRST ROW // Kellie Keese // Betsy Kelly // Sasha Busch // Jennie Banh // Kaitlyn Vickery // Kiley Hirl // Gabe Simon // Curran Kelly // Bailey Carrow // Jason Lin
////// // SECOND ROW // Darius Boykins
The Wildcat swim team is excited about the new season and is looking to grow from last years success. The swimmers are eager to compete against other schools and against their times from last season. Swim sponsor Karen Keese predicts a strong year for the team. “With such talent and experience returning to the pool, we should be prepared to see some exciting finishes. It is always fun to see the growth our athletes are able to achieve and to see the way they push themselves to get better each season.”
BASEBALL // VARSITY
HEAD COACH // RICKY WATKINS
ASSISTANT COACHES // JIM BROCK // BRIAN EDENS
////// // FIRST ROW // Luis Gonzalez // Keegan Sanford // Stefan Crawford // Caulin Cragle // Eric Gonzalez // Garret Guarino Boykins // Chris Lopez // Michael Bonner // Cody Glenn // Dillon Thomas // Chase Kimble
When the three main principles of the WCS Varsity Baseball Program align, Head Coach Ricky Watkins considers his players a bunch of CATs. “Consistency, Accountability, and Teamwork are what I expect from my players on a daily basis,” he says. “We stress the importance of working hard every day, we pick each other up when things go wrong and congratulate one another on our successes, and whether on the field, at home, or in the classroom, we require our players to hold themselves and each other accountable.”
With all nine starters returning for the 2010-11 season, Coach Watkins is looking forward to another successful year after last year’s visit to the 2010 TAPPS State Playoffs, and defeating district rival Second Baptist for the first time in school history. In addition, WCS has added a JV team to the program, allowing younger players to develop athletically, learn the structure and systems of WCS baseball, and also gain valuable game experience in preparation for Varsity.
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Senior and Co-Captain Cody Glenn, who recently committed to play baseball at SEC powerhouse Louisiana State University, believes they have an excellent chance at finishing stronger than last year if everyone works together and does their job. “I hope for good things in the future,” he said “and by good things, I mean a state championship, and by future I mean this year!”
BASEBALL // JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH // BRIAN EDENS
////// // FIRST ROW // Deiondre’ Jones // Jordan Gillon // James McKenzie // Kyle Guidry // Tyler Tolopka // William Washington // Gabe Simon
////// // SECOND ROW // Caleb Edens // Micah Green
BASEBALL // MIDDLE SCHOOL HEAD COACH // BEN JOHNSON
////// // FIRST ROW // Peyton Gibson // Armani Crosby // Wade Hill // A.J. Knowles // Micah Flowers // Brandon White // Tim Jones ///// // SECOND ROW // Chege Gitau // Eric Hulsey // Bruse Boudreaux // Josh Flowers // Alexander Borgstedte // Richard Bailey
GOLF TEAM // HIGH SCHOOL
HEAD COACH // Dave Cragle
ASSISTANT COACH // Catherine Tinkler
////// // FIRST ROW // James McKenzie // Christina Curtis // Audrey Redd // Alexis Fuller // Haley Alsmeyer // Jalyn Kuykendall // Devone Glenn // Jason Brancato // Cody Glenn // John Fehrenkamp // Caulin Cragle // Nicholas Borgstedte
The 2010-11 season looks to be another extraordinary year for Wildcat golf. Head Coach David Cragle is excited about the promising new additions to the girl’s team, coupled with the talent of his veteran players, and expects they should do just as well, if not better, than last year. “We bid a fond farewell to three seniors, including TAPPS 4-A State Champion Kelsey Haynie, but despite our record-setting season last spring, I strongly believe we have an excellent chance of finishing even better this year,” he says. “Our girl’s team has only
one returning senior, but several new ladies have transferred into the program and are all hard-working players capable of making a real difference in conference play.” On the boy’s side, Coach Cragle will develop the several freshman and the few, new upperclassmen who have joined the ranks this year. “We have a lot of dedicated athletes on our boy’s team who could blossom into seasoned players in the coming years and that’s very exciting for the growth and future of our program.”
////// // SECOND ROW // Walt Hill
After garnering the first District 4-4-A Championship in school history, the Wildcats plan to work hard to build on the success of their season last spring. Both the JV and Varsity teams have a full schedule of tournaments, including a few events this fall, and will compete every week from February to early April 2011.
GOLF TEAM // MIDDLE SCHOOL HEAD COACH // Chandler Vester
////// // FIRST ROW // Justin Curtis // Michael Romine
////// // SECOND ROW // ZAK Alsmeyer // Alexander Borgstedte // Austin Fuller // Bailey Perez
TENNIS // HIGH SCHOOL ////// // FIRST ROW // Curran Kelly // Elson Mendoza // Betsy Kelly // Sasha Busch // Yesenia Martinez // Kellie Keese // Giselle Johnson // Danielle Hamrick // Jenny Banh ////// // SECOND ROW // Vincent Turner // Julius Mitchell // Tyler Tolopka // Benjamin Sprott // Rachel Chandler // Allison Crouch // Caleb Edens
TAPPS HONORS 2009-2010 / / FOOTBALL Offense First team All-District: Offense Second team All-District: Defense First team All-District: Defense Second team All-District: Honorable Mention:
Vasquez Haynes // Bradley Bolden Nicholas Leonard // Ashton Fontenot // Gerran Harris Chase Kimbell Jarrick Jack // Cameron Thomas Tobe Mokolo // Jon Scott // Taylor Propes
/ / VOLLEYBALL First team All-District: Honorable Mention:
Autumn Arnold Cami Olson
/ / GIRL’S BASKETBALL First team All-State: Second team All-State: Honorable Mention:
Leticia Cuellar // Fallon Ellis // Tyrani Henderson // Cami Olson // Amber Orrange Danielle Mapps // Jessica Webster Courtney Eagelton // Ayramis Glenn // Gina Rosolino
/ / BOY’S BASKETBALL First team All-State: Second team All-State: Honorable Mention:
Anthony Brancato // Anthony Collins // Cody Glenn // Nick Shepherd Justin Foreman // Tyler Guidry // Lante’ Phillips Ashton Fontenot
/ / GIRL’S SOCCER First team All-District: Second team All-District:
Kiley Hirl Lauren Connelly
/ / BOY’S SOCCER Second team All-District: Honorable Mention:
Sammy Ntunda // Chang Min Oh // Cameron Braun Chang Won Oh // Francisco Arsenio // Robbie Lighthill
/ / SOFTBALL First team All-District: Second Team All-District: Honorable Mention: Second Team All-State:
Gina Rosolino // Sydney Parker Nicole Caputo // Cami Olson Jeannett Cody Gina Rosolino
/ / BASEBALL First Team All-District: Second Team Al-District: First Team All State: Honorable Mention All-State:
Cody Glenn // Chris Lopez Keegan Sanford // Mike Davis // Louis Gonzalez Dillon Thomas Cody Glenn
/ / GOLF Girl’s All-District: Boy’s All-District: Girl’s All-Region: Girl’s All-State:
Kelsey Haynie (1st) // Alexis Fuller (5th) // Devin Munoz (9th) // Christina Curtis (10th) // Team (1st) Caulin Cragle (10th) Kelsey Haynie (2nd) // Team (4th) Kelsey Haynie (1st) // Team (5th)
/ / TRACK District Meet:
Regional Meet: State Meet:
Jarrick Jack (1st Shot, 1st Discus) // William Washington (2nd Shot) // Kassie Gurnell (1st Triple Jump) // Gabe Simon (3rd High Jump) // Cameron Thomas, Taylor Propes, Ashton Fontenot, Andrew Bauknight (1st 4x400 Relay) // Taylor Propes, Duke Phillips, Ashton Fontenot, Andrew Bauknight (3rd 4x200 Relay) // Cameron Thomas (2nd 400, 2nd 100) Jarrick Jack (1st Shot, 1st Discus) // William Washington (2nd Shot) // Kassie Gurnell (1st Triple Jump) // Cameron Thomas, Taylor Propes, Ashton Fontenot, Andrew Bauknight (2nd 4x400 Relay) Kassie Gurnell (2nd Triple Jump) // Jarrick Jack (1st Discus, 2nd Shot)
WILDCAT HALL OF FAME The student athletes listed below are individuals who distinguished themselves in athletics while attending WCS and went on to compete at the college or university level. The college or university listed indicates the institution where the athlete finished his or her collegiate athletic career. We apologize if anyone was overlooked. / / BASKETBALL
Michael Francois ‘06 Central Christian McPherson, KS
Moses Reiner ‘86 Manhattan College Manhattan, NY
Kelly Okorocha ‘06 McNesse State Lake Charles, LA
Kelly Powers ‘01 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
Greg Arnold ‘91 Ohio Valley College Parkersburg, WV
JJ Garrett ‘06 Universidad de Las Americas Puebla, MEXICO
Chris Rhodes ‘01 University of Mississippi Oxford, MS
Kevin Perry ‘09 Univ. of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
Gina Rosolino ‘10 Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX
Stanley Asumnu ‘01 University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
Brandon Greene ‘06 Univ. of Texas - Dallas Dallas, TX
Luis Rojas ‘07 ITESM Monterrey, MEXICO
George Russell ‘06 McNesse State Lake Charles, LA
Shanna Rutherford ‘06 Howard Payne University Brownwood, TX
Trey Austin ‘97 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
James Harris ‘96 Memphis State University Memphis, TN
Waltia Rolle ‘09 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
Correy Washington ‘06 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
Julie Thayer ‘96 Chadron State University Chadron, NE
Josh Bailey ‘95 Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX
Brandon Hernandez ‘96 Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, TX
LaTonya Sam ‘97 Rice University Houston, TX
Jessica Tumlinson ‘05 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
Charles Baker ‘98 Binghamton University Binghamton, NY
Ugo Ihekweazu ‘03 Cornell University Ithaca. NY
Modesta Sanders, Jr. ‘90 Ohio Valley College Parkersburg, WV
Jeremy Barr ‘05 Northwood University West Palm Beach, FL
Andy Ikeakor ‘00 University of Houston Houston, TX
Nick Shepherd ‘10 California State - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
Matt Begley ‘00 Haverford College Haverford, PA
Obi Ikeakor ‘05 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
Shannon Spriggs ‘92 Univ. of Texas - Arlington Arlington, TX
Tydus Bennet ‘90 Greenville College Greenville, NC
Nikki Ikeakor ‘00 McNeese State Lake Charles, LA
Candace St. Julian ‘05 University of Texas -Tyler Tyler, TX
Jason Boeker ‘95 Texas A&M College Station, TX
Roy Johnson ‘00 Univ. of Texas - Arlington Arlington, TX
Justin St. Julian ‘99 University of Texas – Dallas Dallas, TX
Paula Chang ‘97 University of California Berkley, CA
Darryl Bowles ‘96 Friends University Wichita, KS
Brandy Jones ‘97 Texas A&M College Station, TX
Chad Starret ‘92 Louisiana Christian College New Orleans, LA
Anthony Brancato ‘10 Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX
Ian Maddison ‘04 Palm Beach Atlantic West Palm Beach, FL
Peter Stein ‘05 College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA
Larry Carwell, Jr. ‘90 York College York, NE
Rafael “Lalo” Mancilla ‘07 ITESM Monterrey, MEXICO
Miyuki Terry ‘99 Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
Sean Coleman ‘05 University of Houston Houston, TX
Melvin McClay, Jr. ‘90 Goshen College Goshen, IN
Julie Thayer ‘96 Chadron State University Chadron, NE
Chris Caudle ‘01 Austin College Sherman, TX
Josh Meadough ‘97 St. Gregory’s University Shawnee, OK
Sonja Vuong ‘09 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
Jarmon Durriseau Collins ‘01 University of West Virginia Morgantown, WV
Jakeveya Mitchell ‘09 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
Jason Walker ‘96 University of Texas – Dallas Dallas, TX
Paul Connolly ‘03 Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
Amber Murray ‘99 Blinn Junior College Brenham, TX
Tina Ybarra ‘01 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
Greg Crump ‘90 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
Kavin Nauls ‘90 York College York, NE
Leticia Cuellar ‘10 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
Cami Olson ‘10 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
David Dixon ‘97 University of Washington Seattle, WA
Charles “Rye” Olson, III ‘07 Colorado Christian Univ. Lakewood, CO
Ndudi Ebi ‘03 NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
Tony Phelon ‘91 Texas A&I Kingsville, TX
Courtney Epps ‘07 Gardner Webb Boilin Springs, NC
Michael Pierson ‘00 Univ. of Texas - Arlington Arlington, TX
James Ewing ‘06 Hendrix College Conway, AR
Wendell Preadom ‘05 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
Danielle Farriel ‘03 Incarnate Word University San Antonio, TX
Arturo Prieto ‘07 Universidad de Las Americas Puebla, MEXICO
/ / FOOTBALL Ope Amosu ‘06 Truman State Kirksville, MO Ashton Fontenot ‘10 Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA Harold Gordon ‘06 Greenville College Greenville, IL Ryan Hayes ‘00 Southwest Texas State Univ. San Marcos, TX Ryan Heughan ‘03 Sterling College Sterling, KS
Kelsey Haynie ‘10 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA
Karla Zelaya ‘03 Sterling College Sterling, KS
/ / SWIMMING Zach Brown ‘04 University of Evansville Evansville, IN
/ / TENNIS / / SOCCER Marcin Cierniewski ‘98 Oklahoma Christian Univ. Oklahoma City, OK Jose Garcia ‘96 Oklahoma Christian Univ. Oklahoma City, OK Richard Glenn ‘09 Harding University Searcy, AR Kyle Huckabee ‘09 Oklahoma Christian Univ. Oklahoma City, OK
Daniel Chavez ‘07 Oklahoma Christian Univ. Oklahoma City, OK Alyssa Leyva ‘08 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
/ / TRACK Kassie Gurnell ‘10 Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, CO
Ashlei Huggins ‘03 Sterling College Sterling, KS
Jarrick Jack ‘10 Texas A&M - Commerce Commerce, TX
Billy McGough ‘03 University of Texas – Tyler Tyler, TX
/ / VOLLEYBALL
Cody Moles ‘09 Schriener University Kerrville, TX Blake Sadler ‘03 Texas Lutheran Seguin, TX Karla Zelaya ‘03 Sterling College Sterling, KS
/ / SOFTBALL Kacie Fry ‘01 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX Shonta Garr ‘85 Sam Houston State Univ. Huntsville, TX Ashlei Huggins ‘03 Sterling College Sterling, KS
Kelly Spriggs ‘02 Baylor University Dallas, Texas
TRACK TEAM // HIGH SCHOOL
HEAD COACH // NATHAN WAGNER
ASSISTANT COACH // KENNETH OKWUONU
////// // FIRST ROW // Gabe Simon // Junel Isagan // Marcus Williams // Nick Hall // Patrick Ogidi // Vincent Turner ////// // SECOND ROW // Angela Dyson // Aaron Boyd // Tyler Guidry // Johnavon Linton // David Ojo // William Washington // Collins KwAbena // Hillary Cleggett ////// // THIRD ROW // Gerran Harris // Warren Muldrow // Vasquez Haynes // Ernest Evans // Ian Frank // Ryan Darby // Bradley Bolden
The 2010-11 Varsity track team is fairly young, but has experienced and dedicated underclassmen ready to work hard. After graduating several seniors last season, Head Coach Nathan Wagner will look to his younger athletes to fill leadership roles this year. “One of the most exciting developments will be sophomore William Washington who went to state last year in the shot put as a freshman,” says Coach Wagner. “His determination and work
ethic should take him deep in the state tournament again this coming spring.” Also, with the addition of junior high track to WCS, Coach Wagner believes his freshman will add depth and valuable meet experience to his group of veterans. “I am excited about the new freshmen who experienced track as junior high students,” he explains. “They are excited about running for the varsity team and are willing to work hard and try new things.
This junior high program will ultimately make our varsity program stronger.” Coach Wagner looks to field athletes in every event this spring and plans to develop his players’ life skills, like fitness and teamwork, as well as strengthen them athletically, helping them reach both their individual and team goals.
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LIFE IN 3D STUDENT ACTIVITIES ACADEMICS SPIRITUAL LIFE UPPER SCHOOL PRINCIPAL : DR. DAVID M. LACEY LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL : CASEY FARRIS STUDENT SUCCESS ADVISOR : MARQUITA PERKINS Westbury Christian has a proven academic track record. Our accredited program thoroughly prepares students for college and the workforce. This excellent academic program consists of quality teachers, a challenging curriculum, and in-depth study resources. WCS successfully completed a five year self study in 2006 and is in preparation for the 2011 self study that validates our continuing accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Christian Schools Association (NCSA), making any credits earned acceptable to any accredited educational institution in the United States. Through a college preparatory curriculum aligned with state curriculum requirements and objectives, high school students can choose from 15 Advanced Placement courses, which enable them to receive college credits while in high school. For all grade levels the departmental “core” academic offerings comply with the Texas Education Agency requirements, as well as the standards of SACS. We use the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum objects with the goal of preparing students for progressively challenging work rather than just preparing them for a state mandated test like TAKS as public schools are required to do. With our small class sizes and highly qualified teachers, we are able to strengthen the curriculum and move farther and faster than most programs while at the same time ensuring that we are encouraging, challenging and strengthening each individual student. Courses are taught from a Christian perspective in addition to a Bible class for each student which provides for the education of the whole child. Starting in 6th grade, the curriculum also includes electives that expand student interests. The high school offers a two-track program: regular and advance with our “regular” program considered to be more rigorous than other schools. Student SAT scores compete favorably with the best Christian schools and public schools across America, allowing our graduates to attend many prestigious universities and colleges including Baylor, Cornell, Carnegie-Mellon, Rice, University of Texas, Texas A&M, and the U.S. Air Force Academy, just to name a few. We provide this first-rate academic dimension by combining three key assets: excellent teachers, excellent resources, and excellent vision.
WCS is committed to offering a challenging curriculum aimed at preparing all students academically for college. This philosophy aligns with The College Board’s method of rigorous training to thoroughly prepare students for life beyond the high school classroom. Our standards for graduation reflect the standards recommended by the State of Texas, making each student who meets graduation requirements and receives a diploma a Texas Scholar. Academically prepared and willing students are invited to take the pre-AP classes offered in the WCS course offerings beginning as early as 8th grade with pre-AP Biology. By 9th grade students progress to pre-AP English I and then can elect to proceed with other disciplines including pre-AP Pre Calculus, pre-AP English and the additional 15 Advanced Placement courses offered at WCS. Students are able to enhance their education while being allowed the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. Of the over 1.8 million students worldwide who attempt the exam, only about 18% qualify for AP Scholar awards. Last year, ten Westbury Christian School students qualified for various AP Scholar Awards. Luis Chung qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Our most impressive results came from 2010 salutatorian Yingge “Ingrid” Guan, who qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
AP Courses Offered Include: AP Studio Art
AP English Literature & Composition
AP Spanish Language
AP Human Geography
AP Calculus AB
AP World History
AP United States Government & Politics
AP English Language & Composition
AP United States History
National Honor Societies NEHS
& Kay Cox Foundation are contributors to Westbury Christian.
The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) was established to recognize elementary students for their outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated personal responsibility, to provide meaningful service to the school and community, and to develop essential leadership skills in the students of elementary schools. Upon becoming a member, students are required to maintain the high standards by which they are selected, including outstanding academic achievement, meeting attendance and participation in various Chapter events throughout the school year.
Program Director Annette Turner plans to continue providing opportunities for the students to demonstrate responsibility, servanthood and leadership through the numerous charitable projects in place this year, such as “Hat Day,” an event aimed at raising money for children with cancer, and a stuffed animal drive this Spring benefiting children in Houston-area hospitals. WCS Elementary Honor Society members will work diligently to serve Christ, our community and our school.
NJHS The Jerry Cox Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is comprised of model students setting and maintaining the high standards of excellence upon which they are selected. The Honor Society chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character. WCS members participate in various service projects and academic competitions throughout the year. They also learn special study skills that once mastered, are used to tutor younger students, passing on these valuable skills right here in our own school. The WCS chapter of the NJHS is named for Jerry Cox who through the Jerry
Membership into the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Students are chosen based upon their demonstration of excellence in areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. The Rowland Laxson Chapter of the National Honor Society members are incurred the responsibility and continuing obligation to demonstrate the outstanding qualities that resulted in selection. Members also participate in various academic competitions and service projects throughout the school year. Program director Casey Burton plans to provide more opportunities for leadership by allowing students to organize and direct many of the events they have scheduled. “I’m excited about the emergence of leadership within our organization,” she says. “The students are stepping up and wanting to be involved in more and diverse ways.” For example, beginning in October, NHS President Amy Miller will head the donation of necessities, such as toiletries, food and clothing, to Lilia’s Place, an orphanage in the Philippines. “Our members are shining examples of what WCS promotes,” says Miss Burton, “well rounded, service oriented, positive minded young adults.” The WCS chapter of the NHS is named for Rowland Laxson a long-time supporter and donor to WCS since the early 1990s.
Magi Box Project Each year, WCS National Junior Honor Society members participate in a special service project sponsored by Healing Hands International. The Magi Box Project provides basic essentials, such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and flip flops to needy children in various parts of the world. NJHS members promote the
project in school and in their communities outside of school recruiting family, church, and community members to help contribute to the cause. As a result of their hard work, NJHS members were able to donate 90 boxes to a remote island off of the coast of Honduras last year.
Department Spotlight English
The goal of the WCS English Department is to provide a multifaceted learning environment, encouraging students to use critical thinking skills in the examination of literature in the context of the world around them, often revealing how the how the two are connected. Preparing students for college level English is achieved and excelled with such a focus.
WCS boasts a strong math department with teachers dedicated to student learning, as well as character development. Mathematical applications are introduced in our lower school classrooms, with practical approaches to learning and comprehension implemented into the curriculum which continues through our upper school, with offerings for standard, college preparatory math classes or Advanced Placement courses like AP Calculus or AP Statistics. Last year, over ten WCS upper school students qualified for state in both the TAPPS and TCIST competitions, in math related subcategories. Our most impressive results came from senior and National Merit Scholar Jeffrey Guillott who finished 5th overall in Calculator, and 2nd overall in both Number Sense and Advanced Math at the TAPPS state competition. This year, select students from first to twelfth grade, will compete at the American Math Competition, Private Schools Interscholastic Association, and The Math League tournaments.
This method has proven successful through the implementation of the program Laying the Foundations, which is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in AP classes beginning at the 6th grade level. “This is the first year to have high school students who have come up through this program,” explains English department head Casey Burton, “and we have found our students are better prepared for the more simple literary topics, and show great potential for higher level thinking required for all AP classes.” This summer the department upgraded its curriculum, allowing lessons taught from kindergarten through upper school to flow holistically from one grade level to the next. Miss Burton and her team also plan to focus on integrating Christian principles and stories along with canonical text. “Instead of teaching the facts about a character, for instance, we might compare how that character measures up to the life we are called to by God’s standards,” she says. Miss Burton is joined by a strong supporting cast of teachers, including Nathan Wagner, who was named teacher of the year last year. “We have an incredible department of dedicated, hard working teachers including, of course, Mr. Wagner. We are blessed to have him in our department and school.”
Math Department head Tammy Farris views the math classroom as a great place for stretching student’s critical thinking “muscles” that are crucial for functioning in the real world. “In the math classroom students can learn that sometimes the most valuable lessons come in the struggle it takes to get the solution,” she says. “My hope and expectation is that even in the math classroom, students at WCS will see God, whether that is through their teacher’s example and instruction, or by the realization that it is God who gave man the ability to bring order to the world through the use of mathematics.”
Science Science Department Head and Upper School Assistant Principal Gracie Greer encourages teachers to ask this questionIs what I am doing giving God the glory and are our students getting the message? “Students bring their own unique set of talents to the classroom and as educators we should be able to tap into those gifts and help develop them to their fullest, in a way that brings glory to God,” she says. The Westbury Christian School Science Department offers students an accredited curriculum with instruction from our degreed and certified, Christian teachers. Our Lower School Science classes explore the wonders of God’s creation in topics from life, earth and physical sciences. Students learn to observe, predict and draw conclusions about the world around them, while also developing skills in the areas of investigation and the use of scientific equipment. Second grade students make a model of the solar system during their study of space and take a field trip to the
NASA Space Center is just one example of the exciting learning taking place inside and outside of the classroom. Our Upper School students are offered a host of classes such as Anatomy, Biology, and Physics just to name a few as well as AP offerings. We have also partnered with Rutgers University and now offer a course that will allow students to sequence DNA and do research in the area of biotechnology. Students participate daily in lab activities and, through the use of our effective instructional technology, are able to grasp lessons more clearly with visual reinforcement and hands-on application. Upper School students also participate in Science themed scholastic competitions throughout the school year, including the Science Olympiad, where, in 2010, both our Middle School and High School teams qualified for the state competition.
Academic Spotlight Ingrid Guan The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ per formance on AP Exams. At Westbury Christian School, 2010 salutatorian Yingge “Ingrid” Guan, qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. During her time at WCS, Ingrid represented the model student excelling academically, spiritually, and socially. She was a member of the varsity golf team, yearbook staff, and competed with other WCS high school students in various academic competitions around the state. At the 2010 Science Olympiad Regional Ingrid earned two 2nd place finishes in the Number Sense
and Advanced Math categories, ultimately qualifying for the State competition. After receiving letters of acceptance into several prestigious universities around the country, including Georgia Institute of Technology, and The University of Texas, Ingrid decided to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jeffrey Guillott Throughout his time at Westbury Christian School, Senior Jef frey Guillot t has displayed tremendous ac ademic talent and abilit y, of ten recognized by prestigious, scholastic organizations, and successfully competing in numerous academic competitions on the District, Regional and State Levels. In last years’ TCIST, TAPPS, and Science Olympiad Competitions, Jeffrey qualified in multiple categories to compete on the state level. His best results came from the 2010
TAPPS competition where, after finishing 1st in all five of his respective categories at the District Tournament, Jeffrey garnered a 5th place finish in Calculator, 4th Place in Computer Science, and two 2nd place finishes in both Advanced Math and Number Sense. Most recently, Jeffrey was named to the list of Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation after placing among the top five percent of the 1.5 million students enrolled in the 2011 competition. Students enter by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT®) and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. The NMSC awards the most gifted students with recognition and college scholarships. “Commended Students represent some of the most scholastically gifted young adults in our country,” says WCS counselor Mike White. “Jeffrey is dedicated to his academic success and we are proud to see him recognized among this group of talented individuals.” Jeffrey plans to attend Abilene Christian University, Otterbein University, or Rice University next fall.
Duke TIP Eleven Westbury Christian middle school students qualified to participate in The Duke University Talent Identification Program based on his or her Stanford Achievement Test scores from the 6th grade. The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically gifted students and provides them with innovative programming to support their development. Over 67,000 students enrolled this year. Only those students who score in the 95th percentile or better, compared to the national average, qualify for a spot in the program making this a tremendous honor for all who are recognized. Candidates are then invited to take the ACT or the SAT as 7th graders, alongside college-bound 11th and 12th graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Through Duke TIP’s talent search, gifted students and their families gain a far better understanding of where the student stands in relation to his/her gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate. According to Upper School counselor Mike White “being involved with this program is a big deal. These students have great talent and we are blessed to have them at Westbury Christian.” Duke TIP also provides participants with suggestions for using their ability more effectively as well as a variety of educational programs and publications. These publications, including an online directory of educational opportunities around the country, help students learn more about fulfilling academic opportunities available to them and about the needs and interests of people like themselves. “This program helps families provide gifted students with tools they need to reach their academic potential,” says Mr. White. “The 2011 7th Grade Talent Search will support the families of these children to enable them to excel in middle school, high school, and in life.”
Students being honored: James Bistodeau, Jared Chauvin, Derrick Cyprian, James Matthew Douglas, Cory Garza, Peyton Gibson, Tre McLeod, Autumn Oliver, Catherine Smith, Lindsay Turner, Alexander Williams
ACADEMIC Science Olympiad (Division B, grades 6-9 and Division C, grades 9-12) The goal of Science Olympiad is to increase global competitiveness and make an investment in America’s future by improving Science and technology literacy. Students first compete on a regional level and upon advancement, challenge schools on a state level. Some events require a quick recall of specific facts, while others require concept development, a process skill, or an application of a specific concept. Some events require general knowledge while others require a specific skill. Events include anatomy, meteorology and food science. Last year at Regionals, MS students finished 2nd overall, while HS students came out on top winning 1st overall out of 54 total teams. On the state level, both MS and HS students earned medals. Austin Bishop, Nick Leeson and Kaiden Park (MS) won 2nd Place overall in the Junkyard Challenge, and high school students Matthew Smith and Remington James partnered to earn a 4th place finish in the Remote Sensing competition. The awards are as follows:
REGIONALS: Division B – Middle school Overall 2nd place with 32 total points (first place had 28 points)
Write It Do It – Tre McLeod and Tobi Oyekanmi – 2nd place Experimental Design – Catherine Smith, Kaiden Park, Jacob Simmons – 2nd place Junk Yard Challenge – Austin Bishop and Nick Leeson – 2nd Place Physical Science Lab – Tre McLeod and Tobi Oyekanmi – 1st place Can’t Judge a Powder – Catherine Smith and Micah Green – 4th place Division C: High School Overall 1st place with a total of 53 points Trajectory – Alexis Fuller and Elson Mendoza – 2nd place Forensics – Haley Alsmeyer and Alexis Fuller – 5th place Chemistry Lab – Ran Zhao and April Yang – 3rd place Astronomy – Kellie Keese and Paul Francisco – 8th place Experimental Design – Cody Rowe, Alexis Fuller and April Yang - 1st Place Mouse Trap Vehicle – Andrew Smith and Travis Moles – 1st Place Write It Do It – Haley Alsmeyer and Kellie Keese – 9th place Cell Biology – Ran Zhao and Elson Mendoza – 2nd Place Mission Possible – Andrew Smith and Andy Fitzpatrick – 5th place Physics Lab – Andrew Smith and Paul Francisco – 3rd Place Elevated Bridge – Matthew Smith and Andrew Smith – 5th Place
Trajectory – Austin Bishop and Nick Leeson – 2nd place
Anatomy and Physiology – Miriam Weathersby and Matthew Smith – 2nd place
Anatomy – Sira Ntagha and Chelsea Chung – 6th place
Egg O Naut – Remington James and Travis Moles – 7th place
Science Crime Busters – Chelsea Chung and Summer Alvarez – 1st place
Solar Systems – Zak Alsmeyer and Alexander Borgstedte – 3rd place Bio Process Lab – Sira Ntagha and Micah Green – 2nd Place Pentathalon – Micah Green , Summer Alvarez, Austin Fuller, and Sira Ntagha Elevated Bridge – Zak Alsmeyer and Tre McLeod – 5th place Battery Buggy – Austin Fuller and Jacob Simmons – 1st place
Participants are as follows: Middle school: Summer Alvarez, Austin Bishop, Alexander Borgstedte, Chelsea Chung, Austin Fuller, Micah Green, Nick Leeson, Sira Ntagha, Tobi Oyekanmi, Kaiden Park, Jacob Simmons, Katherine Harper. 6th grade: Catherine Smith, Tre McLeod, and Ibe Motanya. Placed 26th out of 30 Texas schools High school: Haley Alsmeyer, An Dau, Paul
Francisco, Alexis Fuller, Jeffrey Guillott, Remington James, Kellie Keese, Elson Mendoza, Andrew Smith, Matthew Smith, Miram Weathersby, April Yang and Ran Zhao Placed 25th out of 30 Texas schools
Texas Christian Schools Interscholastic Tournament
Chege Gitau – 6th in Original Oratory
Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
This tournament is attended by both MS (6th-8th grade) and HS (9th-12th grade) students competing in writing and speaking events with other schools across Texas and Oklahoma. It is the equivalent of the UIL tournament of public schools and is orchestrated by the Communications Department of Abilene Christian University. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the tournament. While this is similar to the TAPPS tournament with testing and speaking events, it is different in that middle school is allowed to compete, and we include Bible events such as Bible reading and Bible content tests. Other events include Bible Knowledge and Reading, Calculator Applications, Headline Writing, and Team Math. Students also put on a one-act play. This year, out of 13 schools, our high school placed 5th and our middle school ended 6th overall. The awards are as follows:
High School: Chengyao Bian – 3rd in Geometry De Andre Beadle – 6th in Prose, 5th in Poetry, 6th in Boys Bible Reading, 2nd in Dramatic Duet Harris Chen – 2nd in Algebra II Michelle Fang – 1st in Geometry, 2nd in Team Math Jeffrey Guillott – 2nd in Comprehensive Math, 1st in Calculator, 2nd in Team Math, 3rd in Number Sense Giselle Johnson – 1st in Feature Writing, 4th in Humorous Interpretation Curran Kelly – 2nd in Editorial Writing Annie Pan – 5th in Comprehensive Math, 2nd in Team Math Emily Pan – 6th in Art Portfolio, 4th in On Site Drawing, 6th in Comprehensive Math Patrick Plant – 2nd in Headline Writing Ashlee Thomas – 2nd in Dramatic Duet April Yang – 2nd in Team Math
Katherine Harper – 3rd in 7th and 8th Grade Science Ashlee McClellan – Honorable Mention in Prose (after advancing to finals) Sira Ntagha – 2nd in Poetry, 1st in Girls Bible Reading; 3rd in Team Math Kaiden Park – 3rd in Team Math Joshua Reece – 3rd in Team Math Group acting placed 6th at the tournament: Courtney Davis, DeArbea Walker, Aki Aitsebaomo, Alexis Auerbach, Cydney Stephenson, Taylor Edens, Ashlee McClellan, and Jade Turner.
WCS high school students compete within the district in both speaking and writing events. The speaking events include poetry interpretation, solo acting and persuasive speaking. Writing events include number sense, spelling, and computer science. Andrew Bauknight – 6th in Persuasive Speaking at District DeAndre Beadle – 6th in Duet Acting; 1st place in Poetry Interpretation at District Competed at State in Poetry Interpretation Luis Chung – 3rd Place in Comprehensive Spanish at District and 5th place at State Allison Crouch – 4th place in Literary Criticism District and competed at State Michelle Fang – 4th in TAPPS Mathematics at District and competed at State Ingrid Guan – 2nd in Number Sense and 2nd in Avanced Math at District and qualified for State Jeffrey Guillott – District – 1st in Number Sense, 1st in Advanced Math, 1st in Calculator 1st in Computer Science, and at the State Tournament - 2nd in Number sense; 5th in Calculator, 2nd in Advanced Math and 4th in Computer Science Giselle Johnson - 2nd in Poetry Interpretation at District and competed at State Cami Olson – 3rd in Original Oratory at District and competed at State Annie Pan – 2nd in TAPPS Math at District and 6th at State Emily Pan – 3rd in TAPPS Math at District and 4th at State Cody Rowe – 6th in Spelling at District Jon Scott – 6th in Duet Acting and 6th in Prose Interpretation at District
Library Services The WCS library thrives on its ability to support students as well as teachers and parents. Our library is fully equipped with resources and programs that develop reading comprehension, research skills, and reading enjoyment in a Christian environment. Students, teachers and parents may access 15,000 items in a variety of formats, both print and electronic, equally divided between two libraries: Upper School (Grades 7-12) or Lower School (3 year olds - 6 grade) with approximately 150-200 new items and 800 donated items added each year. More than 2700 Accelerated Reader Quizzes support the Accelerated Reader program, a tool that improves reading comprehension. An important part of a successful AR program is to buy quizzes for books the students enjoy reading, so each year 200â€“300 new quizzes are purchased to keep the collection fresh. Students are further challenged with age appropriate reading programs (2x2 for Primary Students, Bluebonnet and Crown Awards for Elementary and Intermediate students) and incentives abound--including a pizza party, a popcorn party, breakfasts, the AR Store and AR Field Trips for qualifying students. Three Book Fairs a year offer students a chance to expand their home libraries and provides funds to pay for author visits and special events. Mrs. King, full time librarian, assists the classroom teachers with instruction on and reinforcing research and library skills to both Lower and Upper School students. Lower School students learn skills during weekly Library Classes while Upper School teachers reinforce these skills as needed throughout the year when they use the library for research. A separate section in the library is devoted specifically to parent and teachers, providing resources uniquely for their use. Mrs. King along with Friends of the Library parent volunteers are happy to assist students, teachers and parents to find the resources they need. New library volunteers are always welcome!
Our teachers demand and expect the best. With almost 58 degreed and certified faculty members, WCS boasts an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1, allowing students meaningful interaction with teachers and staff members who really care about them, every day. Every administrator, classroom teacher, coach, and staff member exemplify Christian behavior that emanates to WCS students. A concerned and well-informed staff in the Guidance Center services WCS students. We give our students a challenging and supportive learning environment, preparing them for the future.
Excellent Teachers / / TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Nathan Wagner UPPER SCHOOL Mr. Wagner is a third year English teacher at Westbury Christian and is highly respected by both the faculty and students. After serving as a summer camp counselor while still in college, Mr. Wagner discovered the tremendous gifts God has blessed him with as an educator, the ability to serve and positively influence the young lives he touches daily. He wholeheartedly believes “teaching is serving.” “I’ve found my best days to be the ones when I make serving my goal. Jesus was a teacher and he served others. I want to serve my students academically, spiritually, and socially. I want to serve as an example.” A native of Indiana, Nathan studied law at Harding University, eventually changing his major to English, and ultimately refocused his plans on becoming an educator. “I had originally wanted to become a lawyer to help others, but I’ve come to realize that being a teacher gives me an opportunity to reach out to students in a preventative way.” Mr. Wagner has adopted the three dimensions of WCS in the classroom, and gets most excited when his students make the rights decisions. “Yes, it’s a rush when they score well on an AP test, or improve their SAT skills,” he explains, “my favorite moments, though, are when they resist temptation and recognize the Christian principles at work in their lives. I love it when my students find their identity and value in the blessings and plans of God.” Mr. Wagner is also the Varsity soccer, cross country, and track coach and is
a senior class advisor. On the field Mr. Wagner’s personal mission statement also aligns with the foundation of the school. “Academically, I want to teach the skills for improvement in each of the sports I coach. I want to encourage and develop life skills like fitness and teamwork. Athletically, I want to help them reach their goals and improve, both as individuals and as teams. Spiritually, I want to help them understand the power and importance of belonging to a group bigger than themselves. I want to be an example of Christ to all the studentathletes I coach.” Nathan married his lovely wife Vicki in a summer ceremony this year and one day plans to run a youth/young adult rehabilitation center with his former college roommate. Mrs. Greer, upper school Assistant Principal, believes Nathan “represents the ideal, the model teacher and an example for us all.”
Danielle McClimans LOWER SCHOOL Ms. Danielle McClimans begins her third year at WCS and is honored to hold the title of lower school teacher of the year. Ms. McClimans has always been drawn to the attitude and character teachers portray. “From the time I can recall, I have always wanted to be a teacher,” she says. “I find teachers to be patient, honest, humble, compassionate and loyal, all qualities God calls us to be daily, and when you are standing in front of fifteen children everyday who expect you to give it everything you have, you certainly need to display and practice them.”
A native of Syracuse, NY, Ms. McClimans attended Townsen University, a teaching college in Maryland, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading. Her 5th grade son Mason is an intermediate student at WCS. As a first grade teacher, Ms. McClimans is admired by her peers for her diligence and spirit. She truly values her position and responsibility, believing every student has the ability to learn and deserves the chance to be taught by someone who loves them as much as their mom and dad. “It is my responsibility to meet the needs of my students in a challenging, fun, adventurous way that causes them to want to go the extra mile,” she says. “Therefore, it is my yearly goal that my students excel through many different modes of learning, and that they see me model God’s love and the things that God says we need in our life to find importance.” She is perhaps the most rewarded when former students’ return and express their gratitude and appreciation for the time they spent in her classroom. “You feel validated that this is the gift that God gave to you and that the light bulb went on in a child and you made it happen. When you can help mold a child, if even for a short period of time, then it is the most rewarding and awesome responsibility of all.” Outside of the classroom, Ms. McClimans organizes faculty exercise classes and enjoys reading, hiking, and bike riding in her spare time. According to lower school Principal Casey Farris, Ms. McClimans “works tirelessly and is constantly searching for new ideas to energize her peers and her classroom. Her students adore her and we are blessed to have her on this campus.”
LIFE IN 3D STUDENT ACTIVITIES ACADEMICS SPIRITUAL LIFE
CAMPUS MINISTER : KENNETH OKWUONU COMMUNITY SERVICE COORDINATOR : BRENNA SCHARTZ SCHOOL CHAPLAIN : ROBERT “DOC” FARRAR
Westbury Christian School is a special place for those parents who take biblical instruction seriously in the raising of their children. It is a special place for students who are interested in spiritual training. WCS is also a special place for those families and students who have not pursued the Christian walk, but who respect it and see the importance of it in their lives. One objective of WCS is to glorify Jesus Christ through the teaching of His gospel. Every administrator and faculty member is a committed Christian working in a learning environment infused with Christian principals. Bible is taught every day and chapel is an integral part of school life. All academic classes, social and athletic activities, as well as spontaneous events, are conducted with Christian perspectives in mind. “When a person walks in the front door of Westbury Christian School, that person can sense that there is something different about this school. I believe this difference is that Christ is present and one can sense His Spirit.” - Robert “Doc” Farrar, WCS Chaplain
TRANSLATON OF NEWS CAPTION: On July 12th a lovely volunteer from America came to John Connor Brown Care Center to be of service for three weeks. During this period of time, she will teach the orphans elementary level English and will provide counsel for them as well. This picture shows her teaching an English class.
LOVEin TRANSLATION // ms. booker takes a trip to china
“frightening to say the least.” “Lots of bicycles and motor scooters and the occasional bicycle driven rickshaw, complete with the traditional straw hat. I even saw someone carrying two buckets suspended from opposite ends of a long pole across his shoulders like I’ve seen in old movies.” She describes the meals as “interesting.” “There was usually rice and some kind of “mixin” each meal. I was a little surprised to find out one day’s “mixin” was chicken claws. I got away with eating some ankle meat (I think) but watched the kids as they gnawed on the chicken claws and spit out the toenails.” The humidity and clouds of dust and smoke that collected in her hair presented a tough “cosmetic” situation for Ms. Booker who described her appearance as “horrifying.” “I’ve not looked in a mirror in weeks and my hair is a curly mess. I have reached an all time low in bad hair days,” she wrote.
After losing her husband Donald three years ago, Upper School English teacher Carole Booker’s life, as she describes, had “turned upside down and inside out.” “Donald was my anchor and I found myself adrift,” she says. Shortly after his passing, Carole began working at WCS and began recognizing the opportunities God was creating for her. “God was opening doors and taking my hand and leading me through them,” she says. “I didn’t know it then, but now I see it clear as day.”
Carole began teaching shortly after she arrived in the city and was warmly accepted by the school children who seemed fascinated by her, and referred to her as “Auntie Kai.” Her relationship with them quickly blossomed into a deep affinity, and she enjoyed observing their behavior and interactions. She taught them American songs like “The Hokey Pokey.” She described the experience saying “we learned more verses to the hokey pokey today, and as I ‘turned myself round,’ I noticed we were being watched by the construction crew across the street. I can only imagine what was going through their minds; ‘here comes the American, there goes the neighborhood.” She also read them stories from the Bible, like washing the Father’s feet and learning about the Good Shepherd, and she always expressed the love God has for each of them.
Recognizing just such an open door, Carole spent three weeks of her 2010 summer in the rural village of Taindeng, China teaching classes at an orphanage care center. Through emails she shared tales of her experience with members of the WCS family, writing descriptive emails outlining each exciting, new adventure as she worked to find her place in life again. As you would imagine, cultural differences presented themselves in many forms upon Carole’s arrival into the continent. Everything, including food, language, transit, décor, landscape, weather, even bathroom facilities were different for her. According to Ms. Booker, driving through the streets was initially
Saying goodbye proved difficult for Ms. Booker, but she felt her service with the children was successful and was anxious to get back to the States. The children weren’t as anxious, suggesting they could hide in her suitcase and make the trip back to America with her. In her final note, Ms. Booker reflected on her experience saying, “This is a leap of faith I’ve never made. He kept me perfectly safe and perfectly healthy. I think of the work I did here as an offering of service to Him. I don’t know what doors will be opened next, I don’t know where I’m going, you see, I am not the driver, but I move forward. I’m watching Him weave my life back together and it is amazing!”
// In need of prayer? Complete the form on the Prayer Board web page and submit your prayer requests. These requests will be delivered to our prayer board - a committee made up of 12 people in the community who have committed to praying for the students, parents, faculty, staff, and activities of WCS for the 2010-2011 school year. For your convenience, there is also a box in Mundy Hall, located near the elevator, where you may drop off written prayer requests. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philipians 4:6-7
Giving Back to the Inner City Mention Houston’s Inner City and most people think of poverty, high crime, drugs, and violence. How could a handful of people from the suburban WCS community help with big issues like that? Maybe it’s as easy as finding the right place to help.
Mrs. Diane King, School Librarian, Miss Wyman, K4 teacher, Allison Crouch, current student and Connie Chea, former student volunteered to help with Impact Church of Christ’s reading classes. The classes are part of Impact Church’s Summer Program that provides free day care for 300 to 400 children from the inner city for six weeks. During a day full of cool field trips, spirited singing, VBS activities, and government sponsored lunches, this program provides a little over an hour of reading classes three days a week using local volunteers. “I love working with these kids,” says Mrs. King. “The students were attentive and showed real improvement during the summer. Many of the children could decode the words of the stories, but needed help understanding the context so they could understand what they read.” “It feels good to be able to make a difference and give back to the community.”
Chapel at WCS Chapel consists of Christian devotionals that include scripture reading, singing, prayer, and inspirational talks. It is a special time where teachers and students alike join in prayer, singing and praising God. Chapel attendance is required and meets daily for students in K3 – 4th grade, and two times each week for those in grades 5th through 12th. Periodically, guest speakers are invited to present Biblically based ethical and moral viewpoints on issues facing today’s youth. Parents and family members are always welcome to attend. Bible teacher and chapel coordinator Jason Henderson believes education is more than numbers on a test. “It’s about developing our students into better people and better followers of Christ,” he explains. This year, Mr. Henderson plans to focus on the theme of “community” by using outside sources to get a better feel for the surrounding area as well as to integrate our students into the world they live. “After all,” he says “we are called to be Christ’s hands and feet in this world, so we better know the terrain.” With emphasis placed heavily on small group and timely discussions, Mr. Henderson plans to allow God to guide his decisions and actions rather than try to plan every detail himself and put God into a box. “We will work to increase involvement within the faculty, students, and outside services, to truly create an atmosphere of community.” Students will also participate in various spiritual activities throughout the year. Last year, our school teamed with Best Friends from Lubbock Christian to unite in worship. “It was an amazing experience, and one we hope to replicate as often as possible.”
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FOR THE CHILDREN OF HONDURAS For the past 11 summers, WCS teacher and coach, Steve Hawley, has made mission trips to Honduras part of his yearly routine. He and a group of volunteers, including Westbur y Christian School teachers and students, assist in the clean-up and rebuilding of poor areas throughout the country and most recently, he was involved in the construction of two orphanages, laying concrete, building fences, and several other duties at a facility approximately 25 miles south of the city of Tegucigalpa. “Each of
my eleven trips has been different, but I always come home feeling a difference has been made through the work the Lord has allowed us to do,” he says. Coach Hawley funds the work at Jovenes en Camino with money raised by students one penny at a time in the annual WCS Penny Drive. This past spring a portion of the funds were directed to Mission Lazarus, a holistic organization focused on planting and growing churches in third world nations through educational, medical, agricultural,
and spiritual outreaches which are offered unconditionally to the communities volunteers work in. Last year’s change donations rose to a staggering $8,742.29 with proceeds going to Mission Lazarus and Hope for Haiti’s Children, in an effort to help the country re-build after the devastating hurricane. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.”
This year’s homecoming competition brought in a mountain of food, shoes, books, and coins for those in need. The week began with a canned food drop delivered to the Westbury Church of Christ food pantry, followed by a book drop the next day for donation to lower income schools. The week wrapped up an “Under the Net” campaign with money donated to buy mosquito nets for people in Ghana and a shoe drop on Friday with new or gently used shoes going to Soles4Souls. “I was happy to see that we donated to some different organizations with our community service projects,” noted Kelvin Brown, Upper School Assistant Principal and organizer of the service activities. “But, what impressed me
most was the leadership our upper class men showed through not only their participation, but the quantities of each item they accumulated for each day.” The senior class did win the homecoming point’s competition with what senior sponsor, Catherine Tinkler, attributes to increased emphasis on the service projects. Aaron Boyd, senior class President, remarks about the competition “as a community of seniors we came together for a cause to benefit others. One of our themes this year is to put you second. Participating in the contributions these four days helped us grow as a class and as individual, while really putting the focus on the needs of someone else.”
Community Service and Interact Club
All students have a Bible class and study major Bible stories and characters, with a focus on Jesus and His life and teachings. A majority of WCS students come from Christian homes and represent many different Christian denominations. The curriculum is nondenominational and is based strictly on the Bible.
The goal of the WCS Community Service program is to help students really think outside of themselves and to foster an attitude of service among the entire student body. For Lower School students this service is spread throughout the year with projects reaching out to various groups including soldiers and the hungry. Students bring canned goods, clip coupons, collect stuffed animals, or bring coins to participate in the various projects. WCS honor societies and Homecoming class challenges offer additional community service opportunities. For Upper School students, our service program, coupled with the Interact Club, provides students with a solid foundation and understanding of what it is to truly help others, while working to build an engaging and meaningful spiritual climate at our school.
Bible classes are treated as an academic course offering at WCS. Upper School students are required to pass Bible as a prerequisite for graduation. The New International Revised Version (NIRV) of the Bible is used as the textbook in courses such as Old Testament Survey, The Life of Christ, and Acts and the Epistles. Intermediate students use the Bible to reinforce concepts studied in preparing for adolescence. Lower School students study age appropriate material from Positive Action for Christ.
Spiritual Renewal Day Spiritual Renewal Day is an exciting annual event where Westbury Christian School provides an opportunity for students to reflect and focus their minds and energies on their Christian purpose. Students participate in various fun-filled and solemn activities - each with a Christian theme. The actual day of the event is kept a secret so as to be a complete surprise to the students. This past year was a just such a surprise when WCS hosted well-known Christian comedian, Bob Smiley as the highlight of the day’s events. All of the students had a blast and received his Christian message well.
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Community Service Coordinator and Interact Club Director Brenna Schartz begins her first year at WCS and hopes to provide several more opportunities for WCS students to serve each other and the community throughout this school year. “Obviously our goal at WCS is to raise up disciples of Christ, and to be like Christ, you have to think outside of yourself,” explains Ms. Schartz. “We want to provide more opportunities for the students to have direct interaction with those being served. If we can show students a need, and help them recognize how they can meet that need, it will hopefully give them eyes to see people and needs all around them.” In addition to the several community service events scheduled this year, members of the WCS Interact Club will also participate in the planning and implementation of our daily chapel services, allowing opportunities for growth in student and servant leadership, and boosting the spiritual mindset of the student body. “We hope to provide each student with an opportunity to acknowledge and respond through faith to the Word of God.”
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/ / ALUMNI Recent WCS graduate, Kelsey Haynie’s golf career c ontinues to blossom. Haynie, class of 2010 and the reigning 2010 Texas TAPPS 4A Girls State Golf Champion, now a first-year McNeese State University “Cowgirl,” recently carded a stellar Top-10 finish in her first collegiate tournament, the Fred Marx Invitational played over the 6,019 yard, par-72 Bayou DeSiard Country Club in Monroe, Louisiana. Shooting a remarkable first-collegiate-event total of 80-74-77=231, Haynie finished tied for 6th place overall in an event hosted by the University of Louisiana – Monroe with a field featuring 70 NCAA Div. I women’s collegiate players. McNeese Women’s Golf Coach, Mike Fluty, maintains that Haynie’s performance was both exceptional and expected. “Her play [with so few years in the game] is a testament to her determination, work ethic, and positive attitude. Her persistent practice, attitude and work ethic is rubbing off on other players already. They’ve all begun to realize that she’s good because she works so hard on her short game, so they’re starting to work on theirs too.” Fluty, who is in his 6th year as the McNeese Golf Coach, also affirmed Haynie’s exceptional control in playing the game. “She is really all about control physically, emotionally, and mentally. Even when she hits a shot she’s not happy with, she accepts it and moves on to the next shot without losing it emotionally.” These characteristics are prime examples of what Coach Fluty looks for in his developing players. “We place a lot of emphasis [at McNeese] on total player development, including academics, personal responsibility, self-motivation, and positive attitude. Kelsey exhibits all of those. She is a real joy to work with.” “These same qualities were evident during Haynie’s time at WCS,” notes assistant golf coach Catherine Tinkler, “which is why we are so proud that she is a WCS graduate. We will continue to follow her golf career and look forward to many more successes on and off the course.”
WCS alum Judi (Ewing) Cochran, class of 1984, and her husband Steve serve as missionary managers of Christ’s Gift Academy in Kenya, Africa. After walking in WCS’s first graduating class, Judi attended Abilene Christian University, earning an elementary education degree. Judi then moved to Nashville, TN, where, for ten years, she taught in the public schools and worked in an inner city ministry with Belmont Church, while also serving in the garbage dumps outside of Mexico City during her summers off. In 1999, Judi went to Mbita, Africa, on Lake Victoria, to help with the beginnings of a primary school, Christ’s Gift Academy, aimed at ministering to the orphaned and needy children in this small fishing village. What began with only 20 preschoolers and no campus, has grown to accommodate over 400 students in 10 permanent classrooms in the 11 years Judi has been involved with the mission. Serving both primary and secondary age students, CGA also boasts a Kenyan teaching staff, a unique and effective Christian curriculum and a campus built on beautiful, landscaped grounds in Mbita. During Judi’s time at CGA, God blessed her with two, adopted, Kenyan daughters Beatrice and Beatrice (Big B and Little B) and her wonderful husband Steve. After providing the girl’s with a temporary home in August of 2000, Judi officially adopted Beatrice and Beatrice in December 2001. Steve became involved with CGA in 2000 as a building project manager, contributing to the growth of the physical structures of the school for eight months. He returned for a three month visit in 2003 and decided to make a more permanent commitment to CGA, and to Judi. They were married November 2003 at the school compound. Big B and Little B, became official American citizens in May of 2004 and official daughters of Steve in November of the same year. Today, the Cochran family oversees the school’s facilities, students, teachers, and curriculum, and monitors the spiritual growth of the staff and students, in accordance with their understanding of the Biblical mandate to “teach all children in the ways of the Lord so that a nation might reach its full potential in God’s kingdom.” To learn more about Christ’s Gift Academy, visit www.cgakenya.com.
National Football League coaching legend Tony Dungy was the first honoree and keynote speaker at the inaugural Charlie Ward Tribute to Excellence. Named after Heisman Trophy winner, former NBA player, and coach of the Westbury Christian Wildcats Varsity football team, Charlie Ward with the assistance of WCS began this event to recognize individuals of distinction, commitment and faith. “It was a real blessing for Coach Dungy to not only accept this award when he is already recognized by so many, but to also be the first recipient,” said Greg Glenn, WCS Head of School. “Charlie is a man of faith and brings incredible leadership to our students. It was important for Westbury Christian to recognize his contributions to our school as well as assist him in highlighting the Christ-like qualities in a man like Coach Dungy.” The event was attended by approximately 800 guests in August of this year with proceeds from the event being directed towards an upcoming capital project.
on other leased fields. While the campaign plan outlines the need for athletic facilities and improvements, the actual beneficiary of the campaign lies in the impact on children and youth. This new addition will also allow for the construction of more classrooms and academic space on campus for our students.
“The first step toward creating an improved future is developing the ability to envision it. VISION will ignite the fire of passion that fuels our commitment to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to achieve excellence.”
The Uncommon Community campaign is the continuation of a dream and is moving forward with the assistance of dedicated people who are passionate about serving our youth. This uncommon effort is designed to fulfill the school’s strategic plan of a Westbury Christian School athletic complex, and to further influence the lives of people in the Southwest Houston area. This project will also provide WCS with facilities to match the excellent athletic programs that already exist but are conducted
WCS is currently in the process of raising money and securing the property that will be used to turn this dream into a reality. We recognize that it will only happen if God wills it and we do our part in planning and stewarding over it in a way that honors Him. The plan is to secure funding and to purchase land as close as possible to the existing campus in the Brays Oaks area. “The next steps for the campaign and the 2nd Charlie Ward Tribute to Excellence are currently in the planning stages,” explains Mr. Glenn. “God has gotten us to this point and I look forward to seeing how He carries us through.”
For additional information about the project or to learn how you can help, contact the WCS Development Team.
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION The PTO sponsors several activities including the 5th Quarter Parties and Spring Talent Show during the school year that generate funds, fellowship and fun for the whole school! They are always looking for more volunteers! Please contact Jana Gaddy our WCS PTO President, if you want more information about volunteering at any level. Helping out with the PTO is a great way to keep in touch with whatâ€™s happening at WCS as well as getting to know other parents. For all the hard work we do - we have even more fun. Join us! Weâ€™re here to help you! Please feel free to contact any of us should you have any questions, concerns or burning desires to volunteer!
Jana Gaddy President Sharon McKenzie VP of Fundraising Katherine Harper VP of Student and Family Events Lynnette Okwuonu VP of Teacher Appreciation Kristi Jeu Secretary/Treasurer See the WCS website for more detailed contact information, schedule of events, and ways to get involved. westburychristian.org/families.html
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Quail Valley Country Club 2880 La Quinta Drive Missouri City, TX 77459
April 11, 2011 Updates and Information: www.westburychristian.org
As the largest fundraising effort of the Westbury Christian School Athletic Association, the annual Wildcat Golf Tournament provides a tremendous benefit to the student athletic program. There are a variety of ways that you can join us in making this a successful tournament!
FOUR PLAYER SCRAMBLE SHOTGUN START Water/Sports Drinks/Sodas/Box Lunch & Dinner Included
10 WILDCAT GOLF th
• TROPHIES FOR GROSS AND “CALLAWAY” NET • LONG DRIVE, PUTTING, SHORT-GAME CHALLENGE, CLOSEST TO THE PIN
• DOOR PRIZES, WCSAA GOLF TOURNAMENT SHIRT
Some of the 2010 Wildcat Tournament Participants
Organized by: WESTBURY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Students from grades K3 - 12 gather in the auditorum of Westbury Church of Christ for the first all-school chapel of the year. LS principal Casey Farris leads the group in song.
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BACK - Air Ton
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pg 51 - Brays Oaks Management District
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pg 17 - Corelli’s Italian Café
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Published on Oct 4, 2010
Published on Oct 4, 2010
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