Evangelical Christian School news
exceptional. compassionate. spirited. Second Quarter 07-08
2 Headmaster’s Word
2 Campaign Update
n Monday, December 22, 2003, a heavy heart accompanied the visiting Green Bay Packers in their 3 Upper School
game against the Oakland Raiders. Their quarterback, Brett Favre, had just lost his father to a heart
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attack the day before. Despite the grief, Brett gave one of his greatest performances in the NFL.
Brett passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns, inspiring his team to a playoff-clinching win. His 5 Community Spotlight
performance reminds us that difficult circumstances should motivate us to respond like champions. No ECS teams 6 Athletics & Arts
have dealt with the same loss as Brett, but recently one showed the same type of character and resolve. On 7 Alumni News
November 9, 2006, a throng of ECS fans witnessed a close loss to Kings Academy of Fort Lauderdale in the 2A
volleyball state championship game. If you were there, you still remember the pain and disappointment of knowing 7 Counselor
that our best volleyball was not played that day. Getting to a state final four and winning a championship is not 7 Employee of the Month
easy. Could we return? How would our ladies respond? It seemed like such a long time to wait, but the stage was
set for one of the greatest life-lessons a team can learn. In the following year, the 2007 Lady Sentinels responded in
top form by accumulating a 20-5 record and securing an undefeated district title. However, the goal was not to have a good season. They were
driven to return to the state finals, fueled by the lackluster loss almost a year earlier. There was little talk about it publicly, but you knew it was
in the back of their minds. They performed at a high level all season, and when the post-season arrived, the Lady Sentinels steamrolled their way
through six playoff matches by sweeping each one 3-0. On Saturday, November 17, the Lady Sentinels played their seventh game of the post-
season, the State Championship, and fittingly, it was a rematch with the Kings Academy Lions. The Sentinels finished their post-season in perfect
fashion by defeating Kings 3-0 to take their crown as the
state champions, but for many ECS fans, the determina-
tion of this group of ladies was more meaningful than
any trophy or medal. Their season is inspiring, because
it epitomizes the story of God. Jesus, as the God of the
entire universe, died on a cross for the sins of the world
and took seemingly the worst defeat that one could ever
imagine. Even God knows what it is like to lose, yet He
responded by resurrecting his Son and redeeming man-
kind from a life of sin. When we read through the Gos-
pels, it becomes clear that God fashioned a plan around
this apparent “defeat.” That is the lesson for us, as well.
Things do not always go our way. Some days, we do not
measure up, but God’s plan is to take our worst defeats
and turn them into our greatest victories.
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A word from the
The 2007-2008 Annual Fund “Have a Heart
for ECS” campaign is in full swing. We
have received over 60 hearts filled out with
donations to the school. If you have not sent
in your annual fund donation, it is not too
Dear Parents, late. To date we have received 98% of the
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and $100,000 goal for the drive with cash and
a happy New Year. Without a doubt, the in-kind donations. Many needs are being met
Christmas season is my favorite time of the with your contributions.
year. The sights and sounds of the season
are wonderful, but even more importantly
is the celebration of the birth of
In today’s commercialization of
Christmas, it is imperative that
we continue to keep Christ in
Christmas. I enjoyed the car
emblems that our Fine Arts
program gave out at the Christmas
program reminding us of this. Let’s
keep Christ our focus, not only at
Christmas time, but throughout the whole
year. everyone plays a part
Each week the Sunday School class I
attend sings this great chorus, “Let the Do you want to be a part of turning the inner Ideas for Brick Paver Memorials:
Lord have His Way.” The lyrics are as courtyard into a beautiful nature sanctuary? • Class of 2008
follows: • In memory of
Proceeds from the Brick Paver Memorials is
Let the Lord have His way what will be used to do just that. • Children and family names
In your life every day, • Company name
There’s no rest, there’s no peace, Brick Paver Memorials: • Bible verse
Until the Lord has His way. 8”x 8” brick paver $250 • Teacher acknowledgement and
So place your life in His hand blessings
Rest assured in His plan, 4”x 8”brick paver $125
Let the Lord, let the Lord have his way.
Offerings made with memorial placements
I have personally found this to be very in your name, or in honor of another, will
true. When I let the Lord have His way benefit the future development of Evangelical
in my life, God gives peace even amidst
difficult circumstances. Of course it is easy Christian School.
to say and very different to live.
I pray that every student, See the website or call Lisa Spearman for more
staff member, faculty, information--www.goecs.org or 936-3319.
administrator, and Exxon Mobil grant awarded to
family associated kindergarten programs. ECS has
with ECS will allow received a $500 grant from Exxon
the Lord to have
His way in their Mobil Educational Alliance program
lives this coming to support the school’s kindergarten
year. Only then program. Peggy Wolfarth of CORS
can we truly
experience the station 13611 South Tamiami Trail in
peace that God Fort Myers worked with the school’s
brings. officials to secure the grant.
Publix charities provides ECS grant
For Christian Education,
money. ECS has received a $500
Dr. John Hunte, ‘84
grant from Publix. The money will be
Thank you to Covenant College for used to purchase a camera for the
supporting ECS with the highest bid newsletter students to use.
on gym scoreboards.
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upper school what’s going on?
Voice of Democracy Winners. The Voice of Democracy essay contest
is the Veterans of Foreign War scholarship program. Students from all over
the country send in essays, vying for scholarship opportunities from the VFW.
Evangelical Christian School has participated in this contest for the past twenty-five years. Mrs.
Scoone’s U.S. History classes submitted essays on this year’s topic, My Role in Honoring America’s
Veterans. Essays that were selected to represent ECS at the district level were written by Marina
Boudreau (1st place), Lauren Paul (2nd place), and Lauren Higgins (3rd place). We are pleased to
announce that our winner for the school has won the first place position at the district level. Ma-
rina Boudreau, a Fort Myers resident, will now present her essay in the Florida state level contest
in January. The VFW will send Marina and her family to Orlando for the weekend to participate in
this next level. Congratulations, Marina!
Congratulations to the following Science Fair Mr. Cooper’s classes raise money to buy
winners. All first-place winners are invited to Christmas presents for Lee County families.
compete in the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Mr. Cooper’s classes raised $5,100 to provide
Science Fair in January. Christmas presents for 11 families. Conces-
sions are sold throughout the year with the
Behavioral Science--Jr. High: 2nd Robbie Linklater Sr. High:
2nd Matthew Schappell
Chemistry--Jr. High: 1st Veronica Bevarly, 2nd Vanessa
VanNote, 3rd Samantha Sommarvong, 3rd Rachel Young-
blood Sr. High: 1st Molly Waldron, 2nd Shannon McBeath
Entrepreneur students tour Chico’s World Head- Energy--Jr. High: 1st Wes Erickson, 3rd Joshua Brittain
quarters. Students from the freshman Business Engineering (Electrical)--Jr. High: 2nd Courtney Russo,
Systems and Technology classes recently toured 3rd Nathan Hellenbrand, 3rd Megan Heroux, 3rd Laura
Chico’s World Headquarters. BS&T students are Howard Sr. High: 1st Jack Olsen, 2nd Jared Todd
responsible for developing their own “pretend” Engineering (Materials)--Jr. High: 1st Kara Presbrey, 2nd
companies during the semester using the 2007 Mathis Turley, 3rd Ryan Edleman, 3rd Michelle Gonzalez proceeds going to benefit the less fortunate of
Office Suite. Touring Chico’s really brought the Sr. High: 1st Justin Frye, 2nd Tim Hsiao, 2nd Aaron Sipos Lee County. For the fourth year in a row, ECS’s
“pretend” world into reality for the students. In Environmental--Jr. High: 1st Kim Windland,2nd Nikki 7th & 8th graders participated in the actual
their research of successful entrepreneurs, they Pombrio, 3rd Angelica Stabile shopping experience and afterwards enjoyed
discovered that Chico’s was created by the Medicine & Health--Jr. High: 1st Brandilyn Laishley, 2nd wrapping presents and a Picnic at Lakes Park.
Gralnicks with one store on Sanibel in 1983. Christa Bergquist
Upper School students enjoy sending the
What an inspiration! Microbiology--Jr. High: 1st Mahmoud Aryan Sr. High: 3rd
Toria Kwan Volleyball Team off with fanfare. On Thursday,
Upper School provides Christmas boxes. November 15, students from grades 7-12
Physics--Jr. High: 2nd Jordan Eiras, 2nd Tyler Senese, 3rd
Students from grades 7-12 participated in the Ward White surprised the team with a special send off.
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Plant Science--Jr. High: 1st Jessica Gross, 2nd Maddie
ministry. They collected 300 boxes full of gifts Brown, 2nd Chris Ceccoli, 3rd Samantha Hullstrung, 3rd
which will be distributed to needy children Alex Mell Sr. High: 2nd Sarah Beardslee, 3rd Virginia
around the world. Booth, 3rd Chris Kazakos
ECS’s Best of
Fair for Jr. High
is Kara Presbrey
and for Sr. High
is Justin Frye.
Students were on hand to root the varsity vol-
leyball girls off to victory as they were heading
to the State Playoffs.
lower school news!
vangelical Christian School congratulates the following students for
participating in the Regional FACCS Spelling Bee competition held in
Tampa on Friday, November 2. Row 1--Luke Houk, Sydney Conant, Alyssa
Dellutri, Amber Dudek, Kyra Johnson, Alyse Hayes Row 2--Taylor Ferguson,
Lauren Shucavage, Jonathan Shucavage, Sommer Lynn Senne, Madison
Dean Row 3--Alesia Shucavage, Kasey Reynolds, Chandler Clark, Morgan Turley, Drew
Lang, and Amanda Rainey Not pictured: Hannah James. Regional winners were Alyssa
Dellutri, Chandler Clark, Sydney Conant, Kyra Johnson, Brandilyn Laishley, Sommer
Lynn Senne, Lauren Shucavage, and Kasey Reynolds. They went on to compete at the
State FACCS Spelling Bee in Orlando on November 16.
Sixth grade Read-a-Thon was a huge suc- Fourth grade classes provide gifts for
cess. The sixth grade classes of Evangelical Samaritan’s Purse. The fourth grade
Christian School have been raising funds to classes participated filling their own
help pay towards their trip to Discovery Cove boxes, while others brought in several
in May of 2008. For items to go in a box. The
their latest fundraiser, students had a great
a Read-a-Thon, they time choosing things
received pledges to go in the boxes and
for approximately wrapping them. At the
$8,000. The Read-a- end, the students had a time
Thon consisted of 90 of silent prayer for the chil-
minutes of consecutive dren who would receive their
reading to promote boxes. All together the fourth
National Children’s Book Week --November 12- grade put together 56 boxes to be sent to
18. ECS students enjoyed reading while relaxing Samaritan’s Purse.
Third grade class reaches reading goal. On Fri-
with their favorite pillows and snacks. day, October 5, Mrs. Shainline’s third grade class
Story Book Walk draws record crowd.
On Thursday,October celebrated reaching their
K4-K5 and 2nd grade classes celebrated Thanks-
31, Mrs. Nicholas, goal of reading 100 books.
giving in style. ECS halls were filled with stu- They celebrated by having
dents and teachers the school librar-
ian, and the K4-4th an ice cream sundae party.
dressed as Pilgrims The class actually read a
and Indians. Parents grade teachers hosted
the annual Story total of 188 books. David
provided turkey and Olsen received a $25 gift
dressing and all of Book Walk. ECS’s
elementary halls and card to a local bookstore.
the fixings for a true What an awesome class of
classrooms were filled
Thanksgiving feast. readers!
with children, parents,
stepping into real-life
scenarios of their
stories. The book-
fair raised $10,600
with proceeds being used towards the
purchase of new books for the ECS library.
To view more pictures, visit the school website--http://www.goecs.org/gallery
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K4-1st Character Awards
ECS provides food for the
Joy Contentment Snoopy ECS students and staff filled four trucks
the Musical with canned goods for Community Co-
operative Ministries Incorporated to help
Emma Bement Owen Cintron This year’s musical will be held in the
Brooke Gareiss Kevin Stingley stock their bare pantries. CCMI serves
Yanni Gaskin Derek Crowe
ECS Gymnasium on May 1-3. Tickets
nutritious lunches six days a week for
Sawyer Lamers Sarah Hawker are on sale at the Main Office or High
K5: K5: at-risk individuals and families.
Kyle Tomlins Malia Cazalot
LeeAnn Traycik Natalee Ghantous
Kennedie Kuhn Dillon Brouwer
Sean Syhareth Abbey Willoughby
First Grade: First Grade:
Savannah Hastings Ashley Easterly
Tori Castle Taylor Patat
Rebekah Bergquist Morgan Alexander
2nd-6th Character Awards
The Fall Festival was a huge suc- A Golf Cart &
cess. Over $9,000 was raised A big thank you to Dr. & Mrs.
for special needs of the Pombrio for the cart and
school. Thank you to Mrs. to Mr. & Mrs. Curcio for
Joy Howe and Mrs. Fisher, the snow cone machine
Row One: Sawyer Blankenship, Alysa Partipilo, Holly as well as all of the staff, and buggy. The school has
Hunte, Ayo Ehindero, Jesse McCleary,
Justin McDaniel, Derrell Conger students, and parents who already benefited greatly
Row Two: Seth Wiglesworth, Stephen Hueniken, helped with the event. from these generous gifts!
A Snow Cone
Wyatt Leonard, Logan Kingsley, Cara Cook,
Row Three: Riley Escalle, Wesley Leonard, Justin Joyce,
Morgan Turley, Kaylee Ryan
Row One: Elizabeth Rathgeb, Judsen Turley, David
Olsen, McKenzi Massey, Allison Dean,
Max Pennington, Sommer Lynn Senne,
Madelyn Hendra, Raul Venegas
Row Two: Layla Gerard-Smits, Austyn Sanchez,
Austin Ewert, Asher Sisk, Paige Colson,
Hannah Bradley, William Makuch, Brandon
Peterson, Macheala Carson
in the arts
2007 ECS Fine Arts Christmas
Card Design Finalist
This year Mrs. Anderson’s art students from 1st
through 12th grades sketched and colored original
scenes of the Christmas story to be displayed at
the annual Children’s Christmas programs. This
year Mrs. Spearman, with the help of a committee,
selected four outstanding pictures to be used for
ECS’s 2007 Christmas cards. These pictures, as well
as other finalists, are featured on the ECS website
under Photo Gallery.
Christa Bacarella Robyn Guercio
Jordan Gutheim Hannah James
ECS choirs perform at
Evangelical Christian School’s choirs had the thrill of performing Christmas music at Down-
Choral town Disney for Disney Magic Music Days. The fifth through eighth grade choirs performed on
November 9. They were able to spend a day at Disney’s MGM Studios while in Orlando. ECS’s
Masterpiece Chorale performed on December 8. They enjoyed visiting Magic Kingdom before
The fourth annual Dinner Theatre presented by and after their performance. Both choirs were chosen through the Disney audition process,
ECS’s upper school choir and drama students was which selects from some of the finest music groups from across the country.
a delightful evening for all who attended one of
the performances. The drama team presented, It’s
A Wonderful Life, and the choir provided Christ-
mas dinner music for the evening. November 30 Portfolio Students
and December 1 performances were held at First Congratulations to Christian Sadler,
Church of the Nazarene off Daniels Pkwy. Brittney Murray, Kristin Beauvois,
Christa Baccarella, Amanda Allen, and
Selena Masters Kevin LaFerriere for being selected as
takes first place . . . Portfolio Artists by Mrs. Anderson. To
Selena Masters won be in “Portfolio,” students must be
first place in the vocal excellent artists and have excellent
song category at the character. These students are a select
Cape Coral talent show. group of young people. Presently,
She sang, “Tis The Rose
these artists are working on large
Of Summer,“ and was
paintings and mixed media projects
awarded $225. Congratu-
lations, Selena! for the upcoming ArtFest.
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employees of the month from the
Preschool Lower School Upper School Staff
This time of the year is so exciting
because many seniors are reaping the
rewards of their hard work as they hear
from the universities to which they have
applied. We have many seniors who have
already been accepted to the colleges
they have selected, and many are waiting
patiently for their institutions’ decisions.
Please let me know if there is anything I
can do to assist you or your child with this
Oct. - Mrs. White
process. It is my pleasure!
Oct. - Mrs. Hunte Oct. - Mrs. Nicholas Oct. - Mrs. Wallstedt
Also, if you are the parent of a sopho-
more or junior, you will be receiving a
packet in the mail with your child’s PLAN
and/or PSAT scores. I have included a
booklet that will help you understand the
scoring. These tests are tools that ECS
offers to better prepare our students for
the SAT, ACT, and for college.
May the Lord bless your family during the
Nov. - Mrs. Colon Nov. - Mr. Mull Nov. - Mrs. Swafford Nov. - Mr. Howe
alumni news where are they now?
Christopher Rachel Phipps, ’05 Rachel is attending her child’s homepage at www.babyhomepages.net/
Link, ‘05 Upon Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is dearonebaby/.
graduation,Christopher engaged to Joe Storrer. The marriage is set for Jennifer Corbin Freeland, ‘92 Jennifer
joined the USMC. He is in March 15, 2008. graduated from Asbury College in 1996. She
the 2nd Marine Division Emily Ferris Gilliam, ‘00 Emily is attending is employed by Daybreak Church as Director
2nd Recon Battalion. Wright State University pursuing a degree in of Volunteers. She lives in Mechanicsburg,
He is currently mid-way Early Childhood Education. Her husband Jeff Pennsylvania, with her husband, Jeremy, and
through a 7 month tour and daughter Kit live in Dayton, Ohio. their three children.
serving in Northern Iraq.
He calls home occasion- Nicole Leeber Cook, ’99 Nicole graduated Scott Moore, ’87 Scott graduated from Clem-
ally and is in good health. from Union University in 2002. She is married son in 1991 with a degree in Political Science.
His address is: to Ronald and they live in New Orleans with He and his wife, Jeannie, adopted a child, Ivey
their two children. Nicole, and have a son Nathanael Scott. They
Christine Benedict Russel, ‘98 Christine currently reside in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
graduated from Clearwater Christian College in Jeanie Clark Catania, ’83 Jeanie is em-
Corporal Christopher Link 2002 with a Pre-Med degree. She is presently ployed with Tift County School District in Tifton,
2nd Recon BN C. Company attending nursing school. She, her husband, Georgia, as a Special Ed Paraprofessional. She
Tim, and their two sons live in Pottstown, is married to Garret and has three children.
Unit 76679 Pennsylvania.
FPO AE 09509-6679 Sarah Hribar Hitzfelder, ’94 Sarah and
David live in Delta, Colorado, with their son Check out the Alumni Section of www.goecs.
Jeremiah who is one. She invites you to visit org for Alumni Membership Benefits...
Homecoming Week 2007. . .
it’s all about looking good!
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education to students, preschool through grade twelve, in a
traditional environment that honors God and trains students
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