A magazine for the friends and family of Liberty Christian School
LIFE Fall 2009
College Day Comes to Liberty
What’s Special about
Where is the Gingerbread Man?
Liberty Christian School
Dr. Rodney Haire congratulates Commissioner Andy Eads on his 1301 S. Highway 377
upcoming 20-year class reunion Argyle, Texas 76226
Inset: Dr. Haire and Andy Eads, Graduation 1989 940-294-2000
Letter from the President Dr. Rodney Haire
H ow many of you would raise your hand with me and answer “No!” if asked, “Do you read the magazines
that are mailed to your house?” I’ll bet we all look for photos of friends or peers, speed-read an article
if written by a writer or columnist we admire, then throw it into “File 13.” But this magazine is not like the
others; it is the story of your child’s school in “snap-shot” form—it really is worth sitting down and reading.
I was asked to write a letter to you, but the more I thought about it, the less I could say with conviction that
my letter would not fall into the “File 13” category. So I am going to share with you a transcript of a live
Interviewer: “Dr. Haire, why did you and your wife start Liberty?”
Dr. Haire: “We wanted our children, Nancy and Rocky, to have a school that taught Christian values and would also prepare
them for any university that they might choose to attend upon graduation. After a year or so, we both fell in love with the
challenge of, “How good can we make a Christian school?”
Interviewer: “How difficult was it to build Liberty?”
Dr. Haire: “Very difficult. It took all of the energy of many very bright and hard-working people—parents and staff. It has
been a wonder to see what the long hours and hard work have brought into existence. Most founders don’t get to see their work
Interviewer: “So Liberty is complete—it is as large as it will ever be?”
Dr. Haire: “I don’t think I have made that answer very clear. I thought we were fully mature at 500 students, then 1,000, and
today at 1,250, but I’m not certain. The main issue for the Board of Trustees is that the spirit of Liberty will always be the
Spirit of the Lord. We were concerned that the school would lose some of the school spirit that we had on our small Denton
campus, but that did not happen. In fact, we would all agree that the spirit of the school is stronger than ever—again, that was a
Interviewer: “Then the ultimate size is determined by the Liberty Board of Trustees? What is your best guess as to ultimate
Dr. Haire: “The answer to the first question is yes—it is a Board decision. I think that the Board likes smaller rather than
larger, but has confidence that the Lord will ultimately grow us to be the size He wants—He owns Liberty. The Board views
itself as an extension of our families, and to the best of our ability, decides based on what we believe our parents want.
Interviewer: “You said that the Lord owns Liberty, but you don’t mean that literally—right? How could the Lord really own
Dr. Haire: “Great and bold question. Liberty is not owned by anyone; there are no stock certificates. It is incorporated just like
a church; it’s called a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. So I would ask ‘who else could own it?’”
Interviewer: “I see the point. What does Liberty do when it needs to raise money, and how is it spent? Oh yes, one more
related question—how would anyone know exactly where the money really goes (no offense)?”
Dr. Haire: “Thank you for your very honest and candid question—no offense taken. We receive money to operate and pay our
bills with tuition dollars. We build buildings, roads, programs, etc., with donations from everyone who loves Liberty and wants
to see it get better and stronger. We have a bookkeeping department that handles all of the funds and reports to the Board as
to how the school is doing based on a Board pre-approved budget. Then the Board orders an audit every year from an outside
Interviewer: “How important is the upcoming Annual Gifts Initiative, and how will that money be spent?”
Dr. Haire: “First, I’m impressed that you have directed so many of your questions about the issues that really matter. The size of
the school, the Board leadership, and finances are topics on everyone’s mind—good for you for asking the tough questions. The
Annual Fund is very important to Liberty. Nobody has the actual percentage of the Board and staff that will participate, but my
guess is that it will be close to 100 percent. We need all sizes of gifts; they are the gifts that allow Liberty to continue to improve
in almost every area. The gifts that we receive will be spent according to the wishes of the donors. The gifts will support the
“initiative” that the donors view as most important to their children’s education, or even better, as the Lord directs them. Last
year our Annual Initiatives Gifts raised approximately $1,800,000. This year our needs total $2,100,000.”
Interviewer: “Dr. Haire, thank you for the time you have given me. I know that I asked some hard questions, and did not want
to seem discourteous or disrespectful.”
Dr. Haire: “I think you were honest, very courteous, and extremely respectful. I always enjoy a candid conversation about
Fall 2009 CONTENTS
College Day - Page 7 Camp Copass - Page 8 Bible Books - Page 12
4 Commissioner Andy Eads 11 Where is the Gingerbread 16 Picture Spread: It’s a
Visits His Alma Mater Man? Wonderful Life... at Liberty
6 The New Middle School Students Prepared for “Night 18 Girls Soccer Takes State!
Village of Worship”
19 Teacher Fulfills Dream with
Students Reach Out to the 12 Liberty Baseball team Wins Peru Mission Trip
Opposing Team State!
20 Picture Spread: Liberty -
7 College Day: Harvard Comes Kindergartners Illustrate the A Great Place to Be
to Liberty Bible
22 Sixth Graders Learn New
8 Warrior Football: Camp 13 Liberty is Ireland-Bound Keyboarding Skills
Copass Prepares Boys for Life
Students Minister in Uganda The “Case” of the Library
10 Studying in Mexico: Lizards, Display
Scorpions, and Stingrays 14 Profiles in Excellence
23 How “The Spirit of the Liberty
Family” Came to Be
We appreciate you! We want to hear from you! Library News: Students Learn
as they Compete
T hank you to all of the staff
members, parents, and W ould you like to see your
Liberty class, project or
group in the next issue of Liberty
24 Important News from the
students who contributed to Life? Or share how the Lord
this issue of Liberty Life. Thank is working in your area? Send 25 Drama Classes Sign Trust
you also to Mrs. Julie Barber in us your story and pictures to Contract
advancement for the great layout Mrs. Vivian Nichols, editor, at
and design; Mrs. Judy Haire for firstname.lastname@example.org. 26 Alumni Successes and
her valuable input and alumni Deadline for the December issue Celebrations
is Thursday, Nov. 12. Submit now
news; Mr. Marshall Surratt and his and submit early! 27 Alumnus Bryan Brady Creates
journalism staff for their writing Band that Serves
and involvement; and Mrs. Vickie
Morgan, her yearbook staff, and ADDRESS CORRESPONDENCE TO:
Our Living Yearbook for their Liberty Christian School
incredible pictures and assistance. 1301 S. Highway 377
Argyle, TX 76226
Commissioner Andy Eads
Visits his Alma Mater
Celebrating his 20th Reunion at Liberty’s
Mrs. Vivian Nichols
“God has a plan for our lives,” began Commissioner Editor-Communications
Andy Eads as his visited with Missy Sharp’s world Andy Eads and the 1989 yearbook staff
history class and Marshall Surratt’s journalism class.
“I had a great career here at Liberty, and I made
the most of it,” he said.
Commissioner Andy Eads continues to make
the most of life, as seen by his running for
Commissioner of Denton County three years ago
“Give it your all,” he said as he encouraged
students. “Life is what you make it.”
Good advice from a man who early on in his days
at Liberty pursued leadership positions to make a
His 1989 yearbook is filled with articles written
by him and pictures taken of him in various roles –
no job seemed too small or challenge too great.
After graduating from Howard Payne
University in Brownwood, Texas, he worked in local
government for the City of Addison.
“I worked very, very hard,” he said, adding that
the Bible says that he who is faithful in the little Andy Eads with Andrew Wolski, Mrs. Parker’s president of
things will also be faithful in much. the week, who sits in the oval office that is in her classroom.
Eads shined in his roles for the city of Addison,
even writing a book on the history of the city.
Even when Eads later worked in real estate,
he found himself wanting to give back to the
“I researched the county commissioner’s position
for a year and a half before I decided to run,” he
Now today, as one of the commissioners for
Denton County, he is responsible for many things,
one of which is the construction and maintenance
of county roads within his precincts, which include
portions of Denton, Krum and Flower Mound, as
well as other cities.
Except for his college years, Eads has lived
in Denton County all of his life. When driving
on county roads as a youth, he used to think to
Andy Eads in Debate and Public Speaking at Liberty
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that make a great leader.
“Be a good people person – be a good
listener and be caring, compassionate and
sensitive,” he said.
He was asked by students what he liked
best about his job, and that was an easy
answer for Eads.
“I love to work on projects where I live
and see them get accomplished.”
When asked what was his toughest
struggle, he answered, “Being a good
steward of my time.”
He encouraged students to volunteer in
their community, be informed and vote.
“The best line of the year to stand in is
Eads Visits Mrs. Parker’s First Grade Class the voting line on election day,” he said.
As he reflected on his 20th year reunion
himself, “I wish they would do this or that with these roads.”
coming up, he spoke of the advantages of
Now he is the “they.” being at Liberty and how time has gone by
Eads told students that Denton County is one of the fastest growing so quickly.
counties in Texas and one of the most populated, but he is proud to say that He said that many in his 1989 graduating
it has the lowest tax rate. class have remained close and stay in
Eads is the one who is helping to get a traffic light at the entrance of touch.
Liberty Christian School. He has been a big help to Liberty over the years He said it was exciting to see his
and an active alumnus. generation begin to take leadership roles
He is heading up the Class of ‘89 alumni reunion at Homecoming, which and get so much accomplished.
promises to be a big event, to be held Friday, Oct. 23, at Liberty’s football And Eads continues to lead the way.
Eads recently came to Liberty to help prepare for Homecoming, his 20th.
We thank Commissioner Eads for being
He graciously visited a few classes and gave an excellent synopsis of our
such a great leader at Liberty, and we invite
United States government, from county to federal.
you all to join him and the many alumni who
He was asked great questions by Liberty students while visiting their will come back for Homecoming this year. It
classes, and he talked about gifts that God has given him and characteristics will be so great to see you.
Eads is interviewed by Mr. Marshall Surratt’s Erik Nelsen, student council president; Andy Eads, senior
Journalism Class class president; and Carmen Halifax, student council
secretary, discuss Liberty student functions
Fall 2009 Page 5
The New Middle School Village The Liberty Market Place
An Important Part of Liberty
On Saturday, Nov. 7, from
as well as social activities, such as 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Liberty
Builders Club, offer opportunities for
Christian School will host
our “middies” to practice and stretch
their special gifts, in addition to the
its ﬁrst Liberty Market
Dr. Martin Noto
more challenging aspects of the Place.
Middle School core subjects, such as English, math,
science and social studies. Extended Liberty Market Place will
The 2009-2010 school year marks
learning experiences benefit students showcase multiple vendors
the beginning of an administrative
at each level in middle school and who will offer jewelry, home
decision to reorganize the sixth,
seventh and eighth grades into a
support this important turning point décor, clothing, baked goods,
middle school for the benefit of early
in their pre-university preparation. and much more. The Market
adolescent students. I am rejuvenated each morning by Place will also feature a
the enthusiasm and determination I café for lunch, and yummy
In the middle school, courses
encounter in our faculty and the boys fall and winter snacks. This
of instruction, extracurricular
activities, and enhancement of
and girls who makeup the “middle” event is a great opportunity
student performance are given
student body. The Middle School to kick off your holiday
particular attention. Student-teacher
Village is a vibrant, exciting and shopping.
challenging experience for all of us.
relationships for achieving success in
the academic, art, and athletic fields ”I am rejuvenated Invite your family and
receive more concentrated attention. friends, and come join the
The middle school provides valuable each morning by holiday fun. If you are a
preparation for greater success in the enthusiasm and vendor and interested in
grades nine through twelve.
determination I booth space, please contact
Science labs and electives in fine arts, the Advancement Ofﬁce
encounter in our faculty at 940-294-2152. See you
and the boys and girls...” November 7!
Cheering for the Other Team?
Students Reach Out to the Opposing Team
Liberty reached out to the Gainesville
State School when they faced off
in football earlier this season. The
Gainesville State School is a Texas
Youth Commission facility located in
Gainesville, Texas, offering specialized
programs for chemically dependent youth.
In years past, Liberty has given Bibles to
the boys who came to play. One of the
things done this year was to provide spirit
on their side of the ﬁeld. The Liberty
Junior Varsity cheerleaders dressed
in Gainesville State School colors and
cheered for their team.
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Harvard Comes to Liberty
College Fair a Huge Success
“Light-hearted View from a Student”
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, we gathered
in the gym, unaware of what was that no one had considered before. Even fewer students were
in store for us. OK, that isn’t even brave enough to talk to Harry
I asked senior Michael Smith
remotely true—we were aware Potter, the representative from
for a statement, and he eloquently
that we were gathering for the the ominous Harvard College (so
stated, “The college fair is an
famous Liberty College Fair. named for his circular glasses and
outstanding opportunity to utilize
Upon entering, however, we the amenities set forth by the status as the only person in the
discovered that what was taking Liberty Academic Ofﬁce. It lets us gym wearing a sweater). When I
place was the biggest college fair ‘visit’ colleges without abdicating had the chance to talk to him, he
the school had ever presented. a school day and missing crucial said, “Yeah, everyone is so afraid
On that day, of Harvard,
representatives but it’s really
from more a huge party
than 120 school, and
schools from just about
across the everyone
country came can get in.”
to Liberty Actually
to give he did not
information say that—I
about their made that
schools to up. He did,
students however, use
from not only several words
Liberty, but that I didn’t
also several understand,
other high but I think he
schools, basically said
including Senior Melissa Lacy visits with the Harvard representative that it was a
Harvest and Grace Prep. work, a decision which is almost great experience.
Students also learned that indomitably pejorative to any high Ultimately, I concluded that the
among the schools represented school experience.” Liberty College Fair was a great
was the prestigious Harvard When I asked a Harvest senior victory on behalf of the school.
College. for a statement, he asked, “Who Students, and even the college
are you?” and promptly walked representatives, appreciated it. It
I walked through the fair, made many students appreciative
checking out the various set-ups, away. Regardless, I got the feeling
of Liberty’s efforts to enhance
and I concluded that, despite some that he was equally appreciative of college preparation. And for that,
initial skepticism, the college fair the Liberty College Fair.
we (and as the male senior class
really was a great opportunity for A few students seemed afraid representative in student council,
students. It gave us the chance to of the Abilene Christian booth, I am allowed to speak on behalf
learn about schools that might be which had a large iPhone cutout, of the class) give the school two
out of reach geographically, and it inviting them in. thumbs up.
opened our eyes about schools
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Warrior Football Prepares Boys for Life
Mrs. Vivian Nichols
Where can a place be found
where boys grow up, a bond is made, unity
is formed, strength is increased, and a love
for the LORD is deepened? The answer
is Camp Copass.
Camp Copass to many is merely a
small, remote campground in Denton off
of Lake Lewisville.
But to the boys who have been a part of
the football program at Liberty Christian
School, Camp Copass is the crucible, says
Bregg Smith, executive director of Major
Gifts and Planned Giving.
“I’ve watched boys over the years Camp Copass. part of something they love, and be a part of
transition from boyhood to manhood,” he “The main emphasis is still on the Lord,” a team,” said Bowles.
said. he said. Gailey added, “The first years of Camp
Athletic Director and Head Football Camp Copass for Liberty Christian Copass were a little different than they are
Coach Greg Price added, “The boys go School began the second season Liberty today. However, the purpose and spirit have
there as individuals and they come back a had a football team in the ‘80s, said Vice not changed throughout the years.
team.” Principal Mark Bowles, who was Liberty’s “My first time to Camp Copass was in
According to Coach Rick Gailey, “Camp first football coach. With Bowles began the 1989, and it was the first time that the
Copass is a staple of Liberty Christian tradition. football team went for two weeks.
Football. It has become a ‘right of passage’ A friend of Bowles who coached for “We did not have cell phones back then
for anyone wanting to play Warrior another Christian school in the area told – a pay phone was about 200 yards from
Football. him about Camp Copass, and the rest is our dorm. If we got homesick enough, we
“The most incredible thing about camp history. would sneak out and call ‘momma,’ only to
is that even though it is a real challenge Bowles, who felt called to the ministry hear that she couldn’t or wouldn’t come get
physically and mentally to get through, in high school, did not know that calling us.
when the seniors take their last lap, they are would lead him into coaching and to Camp “It was a time to get away from everything
in tears because they realize what they have Copass, but it was a perfect fit and the that could distract us and concentrate on the
accomplished together. perfect place. Lord, our team and football,” said Gailey.
In coaching, Bowles found he had a Bowles said, “When we got the football
p y g
captive audience of boys when he got to players away from the distractions of life,
we as coaches became their role models that
they could look up to. We wanted to show
them that real men follow the Lord.
“It takes character and conviction to do
that,” he said.
Each year at Camp Copass the boys have
quiet times in the Bible and devotions every
night. Every year, any number of boys come
to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and their
lives are changed.
“It is a place of spiritual renewal, where
we have time to put the pads down and get
“It is amazing to see that the spirit and Camp Copass. one-on-one with the Lord,” Price said.
purpose of the football team has not “Human beings crave recognition, One of the distinguishing marks of Camp
changed throughout all of the years at validation, and a sense of belonging, to be a Copass is that the team together has a
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“mountaintop experience.” mentors, as well as seeing the boys push and
“It makes coming back to the valley more encourage each other to finish strong.
special,” Price said. Cullum said that it is great to see parents
Camp Copass is also physically demanding, and siblings serving the players and
to say the least. encouraging them to work hard for a goal
“I had to get them ready for the season, so that is larger than themselves.
that when they played, they played healthy,” “Camp Copass is a model for all that is
said Bowles. good in a Christian community,” Cullum
“The book of James in the Bible says to said.
consider it pure joy when we face trials “Camp Copass teaches that life is not
“Camp Copass is hard to describe – you
and hardships – tough times do produce easy, but that the rewards of service,
have to experience it. There is a spiritual
perseverance,” Bowles said. encouragement, fellowship and prayer are
aspect and a love that develops between the
Bregg said that there is a depth and a what make life worthwhile at the end of the
boys,” Loch added.
toughness that comes out of Camp Copass, day,” he said.
Dad’s Day is also a day to be a part of their
so that when difficulties come during He added that no boy would ever go
time in seeking the Lord, having lunch with
a game, the boys can say to each other, through Camp Copass by himself, but
them, and even running a play in their son’s
“Remember Copass.” with his friends, coaches and family, he will
position, Loch said.
Liberty father James Hollingshead said, thrive and finish.
Hollingshead said that his first experience
“Copass is a place of beginnings, where There is also a lot of fun at Camp Copass,
at Camp Copass was 10 years ago when his
new players and new families come to including showing movies and going
older son was a sophomore. He said that on
understand what it really means to be a swimming. Skit night is held each year by
an end-of-the-day run, his son was tiring on
Warrior. grade, and coaches are also a part of the
the final leg of his run, and the entire team
“It is more than a place to learn football jesting.
joined him and literally carried him over the
plays; it’s a place to learn to be a team.” “Seniors make fun of the coaches and vice
final leg in front of the dorms.
Hollingshead added, “Copass is a place of versa,” Bowles said.
“I was crying like a baby,” Hollingshead
sacrifice, where the coaches take time away “What happens at skit night stays at skit
said. “I had never witnessed such heartfelt
from their families to pour their talents and night, for good reason,” Bowles joked.
camaraderie and genuine friendship.”
energies into helping young men become Price added, “We lighten the mood – you
For Liberty father Darcy Anderson, he
better athletes and to model for them what have to laugh.”
said that it was not easy sending his sons
it means to be a godly man. Another tradition that began at Camp
to Camp Copass, but he knew they would
Hollingshead continued, “Copass is a Copass was Dad’s Day.
learn from the hardship, blood, sweat and
place of finishing strong, when the seniors Jeff Loch has attended as a dad and said it
take that last walk around the field on their was a time where he could cheer for his son,
He said his sons dreaded Camp Copass
last day of Copass and get a small taste run with him, take water to him, and be a
every year but always came back with
of knowing what it means to hear ‘well part of his life at Camp Copass.
added self-confidence and a feeling of
done.’” He said it was great to see the coaches
Liberty father DeeWayne Cullum said display a Christ-like nature to the boys by
He said his oldest son Corbin recently
that Camp Copass to him is the boys encouraging, motivating and nurturing
finished six weeks of cadet basic training
seeing Christ modeled by their coaches and them.
at West Point, which is one of the toughest
training experiences for any cadet,
both physically and mentally.
But Corbin said, “Cadet basic
training was really tough, but not as
hard as Camp Copass.”
In the end, Camp Copass has
brought together the best of both
worlds in preparing young men to be
great at Liberty Football and great in
the Lord’s Kingdom.
It’s a Christian camp to build
strong Warriors – at Liberty and
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Our Living Yearbook
is an online photo database that
allows Liberty parents to browse
and purchase photos taken of their
children throughout the school
Early Childhood Education
and Lower School are organized
by class, and Middle and Upper
Sunset on the Sea of Cortez School are organized by activities
Lizards, Scorpions, and Stingrays and organizations.
Photos may be candid shots taken
Dr. Jody Vogelzang
... I returned
energized to share my
knowledge with my
by parents or teachers, or they may
be professional photos taken by a
contracted photographer. Candid
photos are taken during school,
Liberty Science Teacher
Teacher Studies in Mexico
Many think the life of a teacher is enviable
because of the long summer vacation
snorkeled with sea lions and whale
“ on field trips, during class parties,
after school and at sporting events.
Athletic and team photos are also
available. All photos are posted on
where we do nothing but put our feet up Along with all of this fun were classes that www.OurLivingYearbook.com for
and enjoy the sunny weather. ran throughout the afternoon and into the
evening in 100-degree heat.
For most of us, that is not quite the reality
of our summer break. In spite of no electricity, running water Our Living Yearbook encourages
Teachers use the break to learn and to
or ﬂushable toilets, I returned energized involvement from parents. The
to share my knowledge with my biology
revise and develop new materials so
success of the program relies on a
classes stay fresh and organized. collective involvement in taking
This trip was a transformation as I relied
This past summer I had the unique
totally on God for the strength and and uploading photographs
opportunity to study biology internationally
in Baja California, Mexico.
stamina to complete each grueling day. of classroom and after-school
I know that I was held in God’s hand the activities. Parents may donate
My Global Field Expedition class was
entire trip (those whale sharks are big!), photos to this secure site to share
a part of the master’s program at
and am impatient for next summer so
Miami University. I was drawn to this
I can repeat the experience in another
with other Liberty families. These
program because it offered class work photos can be used for Liberty’s
strange and beautiful country.
in conservation and ecology, but even
more importantly, it included a strong yearbook, Web site and other
experiential component which would developmental materials.
enhance my classroom teaching.
If you would like more
My time in Baja was incredible. We
captured and released chuckwallas (an information or to find out ways to
indigenous lizard), marked scorpions get involved, contact Roger Lane
for further study (at night with a black at 940-382-4296.
light), snorkeled over the top of stingrays,
and viewed the most beautiful ﬁsh and
mollusks imaginable. I also swam and Dr. Vogelzang (center) with natives of Baja and fellow
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“Run, run, as fast as you can...”
Kindergartners Hunt for the Gingerbread Man
Private School Students Prepared for
“Night of Worship”
Mrs. Cindy Sanchez
Kindergarten Teacher Private school students from the Dallas
and Fort Worth areas came together for
Theishunt for the
man a Kindergarten
the “D/FW Private Schools Night of
Worship,” Saturday night, Oct. 17, at
tradition at Liberty. Trinity Christian in Addison.
It is a fun way to take our Students from private schools across
little ones on a tour of the the Metroplex met on their football field
Liberty Christian campus. to worship together and pray for God
At the beginning of each to move in each of the student bodies
Kindergartners search for the year, we read the story “The represented.
gingerbread man with their teacher Gingerbread Man,” but we add
Mrs. Christy McCallum Students had the opportunity to lead
a little twist to the ending. the service and share their testimonies
about what God is doing in their lives.
In the book, the Recently, several students from
gingerbread man gets eaten Liberty attended Grapevine Faith’s
by a fox, but at Liberty, the chapel service, and Luke Fife, senior,
gingerbread man jumps out
of the fox’s mouth, hops out spoke to those in
of the book, and runs away. attendance.
The only thing the Stephani Sterrett,
gingerbread man leaves junior, who also
behind is a paper version of attended Grapevine
himself with a message for Faith’s chapel service,
all of the kindergartners. said “Being able to
The message tells them worship with other
to “run, run, as fast as they believers was an
can, they can’t catch him, incredible experience.
he’s the gingerbread man.”
Then the message tells It was so refreshing to be in the presence
them where he went next. of the Lord and share that presence with
The first place we try to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
find him is at the LCS “It not only boosted me spiritually but
flagpole, just to find another encouraged and pushed me further in my
paper gingerbread man relationship with Him, so that we would
with another message. all be unified as the body of Christ.”
We are sent on a hunt all
around the campus. We go
to the gym, the cafeteria, The gingerbread man bulletin board
the nurse’s office, the library,
and even to Principal
Watts’ office, to try to find
that gingerbread man.
After the gingerbread man
got some loving guidance
from Mrs. Watts, he ran to our
classroom and left us a snack.
To this day, we cannot
figure out what has happened
to that gingerbread man.
If you are curious about
where that gingerbread
man went after he left our
wonderful school, you
might want to ask some Senior Luke Fife speaks at
kindergartners. They have Grapevine Faith’s chapel service
Students in Mrs. Shiflet’s some wonderful ideas.
Kindergarten class decorate their
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Liberty Second Baptist. After the game was
postponed due to thunderstorms the
previous Saturday, the two schools
faced off on Monday. The game was
broadcast at Liberty Christian School
on one of the school’s flat screens so
students could share in the victory.
at State! Dakotah Jesel,
Scoring for Liberty were Chase
Cooper, who had a homerun; Dan
Drake, who had a 2-base hit; and
The Liberty Baseball team was Justin Stephens, with a 2-base hit
recently honored in a ceremony that also brought in a player on base.
recognizing the team’s state victory
in May. The varsity players were Michael Smith had the winning
given their state rings during a pep pitch for Liberty. Jason Simms also
rally and were also introduced at played a great game, striking out four
a halftime ceremony during that out of the six hitters he faced.
night’s football game.
Coach Isom honored at halftime as
Coach Isom said of winning the Baseball Coach of the Year
The team clinched the state title on game, “I first fell to my knees, and
May 18 in a 6-4 win over Houston my first thought was to praise God.”
Baseball Team Celebrates Winning State!
Little Masterpieces Illustrate the Bible
Mrs. Cindy Sanchez Now, we still teach the Bible lesson on one day and the children draw what they
learned in their Bible Books the next day. Every Friday we send home their Bible
Kindergarten Bible Books to share with their families.. Some parents even write what their children
Books started more than say on the picture, which helps preserve the sweet lessons our children learn from
10 years ago as an idea the Word of God. It is amazing what the Lord teaches our little ones.
from a parent. We started
out just taking “notes” on 1. Kindergartner Ally Farris draws
the Bible because we wanted our students in her Bible Book 2. A creation
to remember what they learned. We drawing by kindergartner
shared a Bible story one day, and then the Amalya Graham 3. Students in
Mrs. Shiflet’s class create original
children would draw pictures of what they drawings in their Bible Book
learned the following day. 1
The pictures were then sent home that
same night to share with their families.
One of the parents of a kindergartener
decided she wanted to keep all of the
pictures, so she bound them together in a
book for a keepsake. We loved that idea
so much thatLiberty Life
Page curriculum.adopted it as part of our
Bible 12 3 2
Liberty is Ireland-Bound
Chris Searcy and
prepare the way for
Liberty students to
minister in Ireland
this spring break,
and spread the
drama and singing,
will also be a part
of the St. Patrick’s
during and after
the parade. To
learn about how
you can pray or
Sharing His Love
Bailey Harrison shared Christ’s love with Mandi Marsden took care of a
children of the Uganda orphanage. Ugandan girl during Liberty’s summer
Students spent two weeks out of their trip to Uganda
summer to reach out to this orphanage
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Name: Kailey Claborn Name: Taylor Schmidt
Organization and Title: Organization and Title:
DanzTeam Captain DanzTeam Co-Captain
Three words people Three words people
use to describe me are:
use to describe me are:
Spontaneous, caring and
Outgoing, bold and honest
Most proud of: The Most proud of: Winning
DanzTeam State Soccer
Favorite school subject: Favorite school subject: Science
Math I wish I knew how to: Break-dance
I wish I knew how to: Ballroom intensely
dance I get inspiration from: My mom
I get inspiration from: Watching older, The best advice I ever received: Put your Name: Matt Hall
professional dancers past behind you and live out each day Organization and Title:
The best advice I ever received: The better than the one before
Key Club President
choices I make today will determine the If I could do one thing to make a
difference in the world, it would be to: Three words people use
choices I will be able to make in the future to describe me are: Strong,
Adopt every orphan or homeless person
If I could do one thing to make a funny, and sweet
and take them into my home, and give
difference in the world, it would be to: Most proud of: The way
them shelter and food
Help the children in Africa God has worked in my life
to help others
Name: David Smith Name: Mary Beth Holland Favorite school subject: Economics
Organization and Title: Organization and Title: I wish I knew how to: Play Ultimate
Football Captain Spanish Honor Society Frisbee
Three words people use President I get inspiration from: Music and the Bible
to describe me are: Funny, Three words people use The best advice I ever received: Be willing
loving, and athletic to describe me are: Smart, to do God’s will when He calls
Most proud of: My family serious, and devoted If I could do one thing to make a
and friends Most proud of: My work difference in the world, it would be to:
Favorite school subject: Economics ethic combined with creativity Decrease poverty
I wish I knew how to: Play the guitar Favorite school subject: English
I get inspiration from: My parents I wish I knew how to: Play the guitar
The best advice I ever received: Do I get inspiration from: Music and Scripture
Name: Emily Selby
everything 100 percent, and never stop The best advice I ever received:
Organization and Title:
loving people Everything turns out all right in the end
If I could do one thing to make a If I could do one thing to make a
Three words people
difference in the world, it would be to: difference in the world, it would be to:
use to describe me are:
Put homeless children in homes Help bring people to Christ
Positive, encouraging, and
Name: Hayden Anderson Name: Jennifer Clintsman
Name: Jennifer Clintsman
Name: Jennifer Clintsman Most proud of: My faith in God
Organization and Title: Organization
Organization and Title:
g Favorite school subject: History
Student Council President Volleyball Captain
Voll yball C ptain I wish I knew how to: French braid
Most proud of: Eagle Scout Three words people use I get inspiration from: Reading my Bible
Favorite school subject: to describe me are: Funny, The best advice I ever received: When
English outgoing, and positive faced with a problem, wait three days and
I wish I knew how to: Play Most proud of: My Family reevaluate the situation
the drums Favorite school subject: If I could do one thing to make a
I get inspiration from: My dad and Math difference in the world, it would be
grandfather I wish I knew how to: Play the piano to: Help children who are deprived of
The best advice I ever received: Do your I get inspiration from: Music medical care
best in everything The best advice I ever received: Always
If I could do one thing to make a do your personal best at everything, and
difference in the world, it would be to: that is enough
End hunger If I could do one thing to make a
difference in the world, it would be to:
Feed all of the starving children
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Name: Sarah Stanley
Organization and Title:
Three words people use to
describe me are: Athletic,
outgoing, and spontaneous
Most proud of: My success in
volleyball and the relationship
dents I have with my parents
Favorite school subject: Math
I wish I knew how to: Build a miniature
Name: Andy See
Organization and Title:
house National Honor Society
I get inspiration from: My peers and their President
Name: Michael Smith accomplishments Three words people use
Organization and Title: The best advice I ever received: Go after to describe me are: Smart,
everything; you’ll never know what you’ll get athletic, and fun
If I could do one thing to make a difference Most proud of: My flying
Three words people use in the world, it would be to: Go to places
to describe me are: Funny, Favorite school subject: Calculus
around the world, find out what the poor
outgoing, and approachable I wish I knew how to: Relax
people need, and set up an organization that
Most proud of: Winning the would get those goods delivered to them I get inspiration from: The snow,
baseball state championship mountains, and skies
last year The best advice I ever received: Put
Favorite school subject: Math Name: Justin Stephens
Name: Justin Stephens
Name: usti Steph hens yourself in a position in life where you can
I wish I knew how to: Play the guitar Organization and Title: make decisions for yourself; life doesn’t
I get inspiration from: When no one thinks I Football Captain decide them for you
can do what I am being called upon to do Three words people use to If I could do one thing to make a
The best advice I ever received: To have describe me are: Not funny, difference in the world, it would be to:
confidence in yourself when no one else athletic, and kind Join the Air Force
does Most proud of: Winning a
If I could do one thing to make a State Title in Baseball
difference in the world, it would be to: Favorite school subject: Math Name: Michael King
Change people’s lives in a positive way I wish I knew how to: Play the guitar Organization and Title:
I get inspiration from: My father Builder’s Club President
The best advice I ever received: You miss Three words people use
Name: Ben Dowling
100 percent of the shots you don’t take, so to describe me are: Funny,
Organization and Title:
go all out nice, and cool
If I could do one thing to make a Most proud of: My dogs
Three words people use
difference in the world, it would be to: Favorite school subject:
to describe me are: Kind,
Find a cure for cancer History
funny, and open-minded
I wish I knew how to: Speak to animals
Most proud of: My work
I get inspiration from: Everything
Name: Audrey Deaver The best advice I ever received: Follow
Favorite school subject: Psychology
Organization and Title: your dreams; don’t give up
I wish I knew how to: Play the guitar
Volleyball and Cheerleading If I could do one thing to make a
I get inspiration from: My friends and
Captain difference in the world, it would be to:
Three words people use to Have peace
The best advice I ever received: Don’t
sweat the small stuff describe me are: Friendly,
If I could do one thing to make a giggly, and uplifting
difference in the world, it would be to: Favorite school subject:
Do away with greed Chemistry
I wish I knew how to: Play the piano
I get inspiration from: The little reminders
I get from the Lord reminding me to strive
for the important things
The best advice I ever received: You can’t
always please everyone, so don’t beat
yourself up over it when you don’t
Fall 2009 Page 15
1. First graders Matthew Kevlin from Mrs. 1 2
Stacy Stateson’s class and Reid Palmer from
Mrs. Lisa Morris’ class become fast friends
on the playground 2. Enjoying friendship
and the great outdoors: Gina Brown in Mrs.
Kim Douglass’ class, Samantha Arthur in Mrs.
Angelia Steffey’s class and Reagan Liddell in
Mr. Joshua Williams’ class 3. Sammy Nichols
sings about his book in Mrs. Kim Cothes’
preschool class 4. First graders Jennifer
Stevens from Mrs. Lisa Morris’ class and Addie
Woodworth from Mrs. Patty Parker’s class play
piggyback on the playground 5. First grader
Robbie Goss from Mrs. Patty Parker’s class
celebrates a birthday in the lunchroom 6.
Fifth graders make friends, get exercise and
enjoy the sunshine at recess
3 4 5
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1. Eleventh graders Scott Gee, Ashley Hopkins and
Madison Oliver cheer for the Warriors decked out in their
navy paint 2. Mrs. Gay Marrs’ sixth grade art class prepare
to tie-dye their art smocks 3. The Varsity Volleyball team
gets charged up at the game 4. Ninth graders and JV Navy
Girls Volleyball teammates Paige Woodall and Blair Lynch
before a game 5. 11th grader Stephani Sterrett in Mrs.
Heather Lytle’s physics lab performs a basic experimental
design to determine the best bubble solution 6. Martin
Family Softball Field Dedication
Fall 2009 Page 17
No. 1 atNo.StateHearts
1 in our
Upper School Principal and Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Ed Cook congratulates the team
Soccer gives me strength both “It is such a privilege to
physically and mentally that can be
maintained as I get older. Soccer has have a school where the
built determination, competitiveness,
teamwork, perseverance and moti- sports program centers
Senior vation into my character, and all of our focus on God and
these things can be applied to almost
anything later in life, such as future playing all out for Him.”
What Soccer Means to Me
Soccer motivated me to never give
Every time I step onto the ﬁeld, I am up and realize that anything is pos-
overwhelmed with excitement to Liberty Girls Varsity Soccer gets the ball
sible with God. If we love Him and
play the sport that I love. focus on Him, then our plans will
past the goalie
It is incredibly exhilarating to be the succeed. This lesson will be carried
team that went all the way to State. along with me as long as I live.
We pushed ourselves to use the Liberty is the best place that I could
talents that God gave each of us to experience high school. The soccer
become No. 1. team, coaches, teachers and my
Even though winning State was a classmates are all such a blessing. I
huge victory that our team worked would not have as much passion for
so hard for, we give all of the glory God as I do today if I were not at
to God for giving us the ability to Liberty. It is such a privilege to have
work as a team and succeed. a school where the sports program
We are No. 1 winners because we centers our focus on God and
played for our No. 1 fan. Now we playing all out for Him.
just have to live up to our title and
win it again.
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Living Out the Great
Commission in Peru
Mrs. Kathy Hall, Liberty Chemistry Teacher
Teacher Kathy Hall with Peruvian women
Thank you for your support on my recent mission trip to Peru with Titus 2 International and
Denton Bible Church. Your support, whether by prayer, kind words, and/or financial resources, was a
tremendous blessing to our team. This trip fulfilled a lifelong desire of mine to serve the Lord through
Our destination was Requena, a fishing town located along the river in
the jungle. The homes in Requena are simple, with thatched or sheet metal
roofs. There are no cars in Requena, only taxis. Requena is a place of
stark contrasts: tremendous beauty and startling ugliness, great poverty “…the young
and modern technology, and bare homes with television sets. unmarried girls were
Our team divided into three smaller teams, each with a specific ministry. challenged to prepare
A team of men taught theology to students at a Bible institute in Requena.
A team of young people conducted an evangelistic outreach to the children to be godly wives and
and their parents in town. My team with Titus 2 taught Biblical principles
to the women. I saw 75 to 80 women at our meetings each day, which
pray for their future
meant that I received 150 to 160 kisses every time we met, one kiss when husbands.”
the ladies arrived and one when they left.
We had a wonderful time sharing God’s Word with these women. Titus
2 is a foundational study that begins with a personal relationship with Christ, and then teaches holiness
and purity, authority structures, relationships, submission to their husbands, loving their children,
and honoring the Lord in their homes. I taught the lessons on purity and loving their husbands, and
also helped with the other lessons as needed. This trip was the first time I had taught through an
interpreter, and it was an adventure.
At the end of the conference,
many women told us that
they had never really been
taught these things before
and were challenged to be
godly wives to their husbands
in a new way.
About a third of the ladies
at the conference were young
unmarried girls who were
challenged to prepare to be
godly wives and pray for
their future husbands.
There were so many other
moments during the trip that
I would love to share. I will
carry the joy of this trip in
my heart always.
“Now to Him who is able
to do far more abundantly
beyond all that we ask or
think, according to the power
that works within us, to Him
be the glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus to all
generations forever and ever! Thatched homes in Requena, Peru
Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
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1. Mrs. Shara Collins’ 5th
grade music class practice
their notes 2. Lovelace
Family Baseball Field
Dedication 3. Girls from
Mrs. Jude Zimmerman’s
pre-kindergarten class play
dress up 4. Freshman JV
Gray Volleyball teammates
gather outside the gym 5.
11th grade cheerleaders
Ivy Combs and Molly Parker
1 are all smiles about Liberty
sports 6. Adair Palmer from
Mrs. Lori Eager’s preschool
class gets exercise and has
fun with friends
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1. Coach Tyler Curbo prays with middle school students before
their cross country practice 2. Sixth graders create a volcano for
science class 3. Katie Barcroft in Mrs. Kim Cothes’ preschool
class makes an art project 4. First graders Madison Lindsey
and Emily Reese from Mrs. Patty Parker’s class enjoy the
new additions to the Lower School playground 5. Liberty
students play extreme dodgeball at Fifth Quarter, a
fellowship for students after the football games 6. Ninth
grader Lucas Kay gives his best at the Marcus X Invitational
held earlier this fall 7. Coby Gladney plays with toys during
playtime in Mrs. Kim Cothes’ preschool class
Fall 2009 Page 21
Keyboarding New The “Case” of the Library Display
to Sixth Graders
Mrs. Yvonne Lacy
Mrs. Kathi Melo Since the fall of 2006, we in the Liberty Christian School
Sixth Grade Teacher library have hosted a colorful variety of special exhibits
“I am typing faster!” in our locked display case. We have been surprised and delighted by
“This class helps me the diversity of the collections lent to us, as they reflect the interests
with my projects.” “I am
learning to type the right and hobbies, and the achievements and whimsies of Liberty students
way.” and their families. Parents and grandparents have brought us signed
autobiographies of American First Ladies, a deeply inspiring collection
The introduction of a new
class called Keyboarding and Business of memorabilia from a U. S. Marine veteran of World War II (who was
Computer Applications has been a only 16 when he enlisted after the attack on Pearl Harbor), and an
blessing to sixth graders.
Before keyboarding class, sixth graders
used two fingers to type and their
thumbs to text messages.
The first two weeks of class were both
fun and challenging, because they were
not allowed to look at the keyboard – no
It was a slow start learning where all
of the letters and keys were, but now
all of the sixth graders are typing with
confidence without looking at their
hands, and their speed and accuracy
increase daily. They are having a blast. Seventh Grader Hannah Liszewski’s pagent crowns
assortment of American Girl
Throughout the year, the sixth graders
will learn many things, such as: the books and dolls. Liberty students have shared other important items,
functions of computers, Internet safety, like their cross-country medals and awards, “crumple creature” fantasy
the different styles of writing research sculptures, and Disney-themed commemorative pins. Members of
papers, and PowerPoint presentations.
faculty are also eager participants: they have showed mementoes from
a stay in China, Coca-Cola collectibles, miniature tea sets, precious
porcelain Beatrix Potter figurines and Mr. Potato Head sets. Currently,
we are exhibiting middle school student Hannah Liszewski’s pageant
trophies, crowns and sashes, earned over the past four years. This
student is involved in organizing a pageant for girls with special needs.
It would be fun to have more parents, families and students participate
in our exhibit schedule.
Please contact the library at 940-294-2113 if you are interested, and
please stop by to see the current exhibit.
Liberty DanzTeam poses for a picture after
helping a cancer patient through locally run
Mrs. Kathi Melo, sixth
grade teacher, helps
students in her new
Creating the “Spirit of the Liberty Family”
Mr. Augie Zimmerman
The concept of “walking in the Spirit” is how we overcome our problems of
sin and the ﬂeshly nature. As I studied the eighth chapter of the book of Romans, I
noticed that the “Spirit” was emphasized strongly. After studying
and going through the book of Romans many times, I concluded
that how to “walk in the Spirit” was never addressed. This issue
left me confused until I realized that if an explanation had been
clearly written telling us how to walk in the Spirit, we would
probably put that explanation into law, voiding the work of the
Another time while studying through the book of Ephesians,
I noticed that the sentence “being ﬁlled with the Spirit” in
Ephesians 5:18 (KJV) did not end until verse 21. The description
of “being ﬁlled with the Spirit” is described throughout all
four verses. The strength we need to walk in the Spirit is in
fellowship, worship, thanksgiving and service. After much
prayer and walking in the power of those scriptures, I was
impressed to share it with the Liberty family. If we can maintain
this mind set, the Holy Spirit will bless Liberty Christian School
Students Learn as they Compete
Mrs. Yvonne Lacy
Last year Liberty students checked out an amazing 20,636 books from
the school library.
They also participated in hundreds of library story times and research sessions, enjoyed
two book fairs, and spent many hours of quality time reading, studying and having fun at
In the midst of all this “bookpalooza” was a very special event in February called “Quest for
the Crown.” In this second annual event, students in grades three through six read from
a preselected list called the “Children’s Crown Award,” and competed to be on the four
teams that participated in the Quest.
On the day of the Quest, teams vied to answer questions from the 20 books on the list,
and competed under such names as “The Green and Purple Toaster Waffles” and the “Fast
This school year, the “Quest for the Crown” will take place on March 11, 2010, with
panelists drawn from the third through the sixth grades.
The books on this year’s Crown list can be read from now through the middle of February.
These books are found in our library and area public libraries.
“Quest for the Crown” winners are
“The Bookworms,” who are Anna If parents are interested in helping their children get a synopsis of the books, they can
Sitzes, Cole Porter, Hannah Ricketts visit www.childrenscrownaward.org and click on the “crown” link.
and Kirie Psaromatis
The staff at your LCS Library would like to meet you and show you our Parents’ Collection
and our adult-level Christian fiction, as well as visit with you about the Crown program,
Accelerated Reader, and opportunities to volunteer with our book fairs. See you at the
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liberty Christian School
Join us in continuing the legacy
of providing innovative programs
which further the advancement of
the life-changing Christian education
that Liberty provides. Your giving
initiative packet will arrive in your
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Web site for more information on
how you can make an impact.
equipping today's students
building tomorrow's leaders
...coming together, working together! Word from the
Dedra Brynn The Legacy Foundation
Executive Director of Advancement Planned Giving is one way to assure
the ﬁnancial stability and future
Liberty Business Connections is one School has an inordinate number of growth of Liberty Christian School.
of the most beneficial programs that families that are tied to the real estate Planned Giving provides one of the
the Liberty Advancement Office has industry. This quarterly magazine best and most tangible ways for us to
established, and it came about from an highlights those families and allows achieve our vision and mission.
idea brought forward from a group of them to showcase their respective Your gifts infuse institutional
Liberty families. businesses to the Liberty constituency stability, visionary possibilities,
at large. and inspiration for others in the
LBC is a group of Liberty community to give.
professionals who participate in When a Liberty family or friend
quarterly breakfast meetings to discuss chooses to do business with one of In addition to priority gifts given
their businesses or professions while these home-related professionals, the
to the local church, Liberty Christian
School encourages you to consider
networking within the Liberty family. businesses will give back a significant the long-reaching, positive eﬀects of
portion of their sales to support giving to a Christ-centered educational
In addition to offering a networking
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register their businesses and job Ways we ask you to consider giving
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Sign on the dotted line FUN at LIBERTY
Mrs. Christy Besett
Lower School Fine Arts Teacher
It is my desire that students build confidence and develop their spiritual gifts
and talents while growing a love for theater. Acting can make one feel so
vulnerable, and I did not wish for apprehension to create self-consciousness
in class. I prayed about what I could do to ease nerves and let the 5th and
6th grade students have a safe place to express themselves without worrying
about being made fun of. I opened my Bible and looked up scripture on
gossip, slander, self-control and encouragement. The Holy Spirit just led
from there, and I wrote a couple of drafts before I sent it to Vice Principal
Marcy Nicklas for proofing. I give the Lord all of the credit.
The Drama Trust Contract Kindergarten student Jordyn Price cheers
for the Warriors at a football game. Jordyn is
the daughter of Athletic Director and Head
We, the students of the 5th and 6th grade drama class, hereby agree to do our Football Coach Greg Price, and DanzTeam
part and glorify our Lord by “refusing to gossip, or harm our neighbors, or Director and Aerobics Teacher Julie Price.
speak evil of our friends,” as stated in Psalm 15:3.
“As we learn about drama and perform in front of our friends, we refuse the
temptation to make cutting remarks, and remember “the words of the wise
bring healing,” as stated in Proverbs 12:18. Our prayer is that we may learn
wisdom through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are privileged to
be here at Liberty
with the freedom
to learn more about
God and seek Him
in prayer. James
1:26 says, “If you Band members Hazel Park, 10th grade, Bum-
claim to be religious Suk Park, 11th grade, and Won Jeong, 11th
but don’t control grade, perform during a recent pep rally
your tongue, you
are fooling yourself
and your religion
is worthless.” We
pray that through
the power of Jesus’
name we control our
tongues and glorify Him in all we do and say.
For the Scriptures say in 1 Peter 3:10, “If you want to enjoy life and see
many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips
from telling lies.” Our fun-filled days in drama will be a joyful learning
environment as we keep each other accountable to the Word of God.
In closing, we choose 1 Thessalonians 5:11 as our prayer, “So encourage
each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” May we
be pleasing to the Lord in all we do and say in the 5th and 6th grade drama JV Volleyball player Hayley Fowler plays great
elective. for Liberty
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Alumni Successes and Celebrations
Whitney Hand played outstanding Natalie (Hardage) Whitson and her
basketball for OU last year as a freshman. husband, Blake, were married on April 4,
Whitney, named one of the nation’s “Best 2009, at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel.
College Athletes,” was chosen as a member Natalie has a career in real estate, and
of the 2009 Women’s World University Blake works in the sale and consultation
Games Team. of orthopedic implant devices. Blake is
originally from New Orleans; the couple
2006 met after he transferred to the Dallas/Fort
Zach Barnett and ’05 Tracy Paget are Worth area due to the Hurricane Katrina
engaged to be married in June 2010. Tracy evacuation. They now live in Fort Worth.
graduated last spring from Texas Tech with
a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing,
and Zach is completing his studies at the 2000 Please visit
University of Texas. Andrew Carroll married Rebecca Stephens
on March 14, 2009, at the Episcopal
Kyle Watson completed his junior year at Church of the Good Shepherd in Dallas. LibertyChristian.
the University of Oklahoma, where he was They reside in Lewisville.
inducted into two honor societies. He has com/alumni
been nominated for a $25,000 scholarship
to Oxford University and received a
Matt Bowles, junior high youth pastor and
coach at Liberty, married Lindy Murphy
$12,000 scholarship from the Michael on Sunday, June 28, 2009. Matt is a 2005 alumni news
Price School of Business. He is treasurer of
his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and chief
graduate of Howard Payne University, and
Lindy is a graduate of the TWU School and update us
justice for the OU Interfraternal Council.
Last summer he interned for Congressman
of Nursing. She is a registered nurse at
Children’s Hospital of Dallas. The couple
Michael Burgess in Washington, D.C., and resides in Denton. YOU!
visited the law schools of Vanderbilt and
the University of Virginia. Emily (Habern) Rozell and her husband,
Clay, have a new baby boy named Calvin
Sky Buffington finished his junior year at Clayton Rozell. He is welcomed into the
Purdue, majoring in Industrial Management family by his big brother, Rev. The family
and Operations. He returned to Texas last lives in Denton. In Memoriam
summer as an intern for Dell in Austin.
1998 Nick Lipscomb, class of 2005,
passed away in 2008.
Barrett Hardage is a member of the Liberty
2004 staff and teaches the Christian Humanities Lauren Green, class of 2003, passed
Kristin Tolleson and ’07 Garrett Ashworth course to seniors. He is the varsity away in 2008.
were married on August 22, 2009, at St. linebacker coach for the football team, the
Andrews Presbyterian Church in Denton. head JV Gray baseball coach, and the varsity
Kristin is a graduate of the University of outfield baseball coach. He graduated from
North Texas and is a debt consultant at SMU in 2002 and will graduate from Dallas
Resqdebt in Allen. Garrett is a paramedic Theological Seminary next summer with a
student at Brookhaven College and is master’s degree in Biblical studies. He and
employed at Kiewit in Fort Worth. After his wife, Janet, have been married for two For this God is our
their honeymoon trip to Cancun, they now years and live in Little Elm.
reside in Denton. God for ever and ever:
1996 He will be our guide even
2002 Zan-Marie Wood and Justin Baesman, both
James Mitchell and Candace Yarbrough of Denton, were married on May 24, 2009.
were married on June 6, 2009. James Zan-Marie is a graduate of Midwestern unto death.
received his Bachelor of Arts degree State University, and is employed as a
from the University of North Texas, and radiology technologist at Baylor Medical Psalm 48:14
is employed at United 1 International Center in Trophy Club.
Laboratories in Farmers Branch as their
director of sales. After a honeymoon to
Scotland, the couple resides in Plano.
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And the Band Served On “Because I went to church every chance I got,
I had all of the head knowledge that a Christian
Most bands come into town, play a few songs,
then leave. But not Glowing Blue. “The problem was I had not accepted in my
heart what I knew to be true in my head.”
Alumnus Bryan Brady, ’06, and friends from
Dallas Baptist University put together a band After attending church camp and Vacation
that travels as most do. The difference in Bible School, Brady was faced again with the
their band Glowing Blue is that they stop at question of where he would go when he died.
churches along the way and do yard work for
the elderly, put fresh paint on church buildings, “That night I talked with my mom and dad and
and any other kind of work to reach out to accepted Jesus.
churches and their members.
“My life after that did not dramatically change
They don’t ask for a penny in return; they just Alumnus Bryan Brady like it should have, and I still lived a lukewarm
want to be a blessing to someone. “We have no idea how God plans to use us – life where I just coasted through.
we just pray for knowledge of God’s will and
“They are so in love with the Lord; all they for courage to pursue it no matter the worldly “It was not until my mom inspired me to read
want to do is minister to people,” said Cheryl consequences. my Bible through that I began to feel a call to
Brady, Bryan’s mom. serve others in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
“We hope to gain a deeper relationship with
Following the example set by Christ, Glowing God through this trip, as well as a deeper “For a long time I struggled with knowing
Blue hopes to reach out to people through a understanding of the direction our lives are where to serve and what to do with my life,
servant ministry and their music. According to heading.”
Glowing Blue, faith cannot just be words on a
page, but rather something lived out on a daily Glowing Blue seeks to live out the Great
basis. Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. With
the trip that began last month, their hope to
The name “Glowing Blue” is a reference to minister to anyone with open ears and an
the blue part of a ﬂame, which burns with open heart is becoming a realization. For
intensity. The band chose this name based on every penny they get, half of it is set aside for
Revelation 3:15-16, “I know your deeds, that missions.
you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were
either one or the other! So, because you are Brady, one of the original founders of Glowing
lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about Blue, writes songs for the band, as well as
to spit you out of my mouth.” sings, and plays guitar, bass, ukulele and
drums. He is also a driving force in the service
Their prayer is to reveal from Hebrews 12:29 projects the ministry undertakes. Glowing Blue band members
that “God is a consuming ﬁre” through a Morgan Adare, Jessica Myers, Goeff
ministry of service and praise music. Brady came to Liberty his senior year. He Sirkel and Bryan Brady
said that going to a new school his last year
The band headed out for a church relationship- of high school was a tough transition, but
building trip last month. They stopped in East added, “After getting to know the students and but now these days, I feel God calling me to
Texas and then migrated down toward Florida. teachers, and seeing the example they set for continue in the service of others and to praise
the new students like me, I began to realize Him through music.
Geoff Sirkel of Glowing Blue said, “We God had led me here for a reason.
are very much stepping out of this boat of “A verse which has always been an
comfortable safe living, knowing that God’s “I was truly blessed to be in the company of encouragement to me is 1 Timothy 4:12, which
hands will be there for us to rely on. those in my class and the teachers who led us says ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you
through our last year in high school. because you are young, but set an example for
the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith
“What amazed me the most and in purity.’
was the faith-based system
the school ran by. “For me, this verse challenged me to be on ﬁre
for God in a world that is going downhill, even
“Even though I only attended though I was only 11 years old.
Liberty for a year, the life
lessons and examples set for “I hope to continue to learn more from God
me there will always be a through the starting of our ministry and to
guide for my future.” touch the lives of everyone we come in contact
with through the journey commonly known as
Brady’s desire to serve God life.”
began years before he came
Faith cannot just
“I accepted Jesus as my Lord be words on a
and Savior when I was 11 page, but rather
years old on June 11, 1998.
The life I had lived before something lived
that day could have been out on a daily
considered by the world to
Glowing Blue in concert be ‘good.’ I was a ‘good kid’
that was blessed with a family who provided
for me, loved me, and took me to church every
time the doors were open.
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