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					   bellevue christian school magazine | WinteR 2012




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        Live to Serve
  LocaLLy & GLobaLLy




                                   NATHAN PHILLIPS
   A GIFT FROM BCS TO HOMELESS MOTHERS
                    PLUS Alumni News, Class Reunions, and More!




      Redemptive • RigoRous • Relational • Relevant
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                                                                                                                                                                                      reWiND <<
                                                                                                                                          mission statement
    superintendent’s message                                                                                                     Our goal is to prepare young people to live
                                                                                                                                 fully for God in a rapidly changing world,
    Living Fully for God                                                                                                        with the ability to understand, evaluate, and
    Our 2011-2012 school year motto, Live to Serve, was inspired              Each of you should use                            transform their world from the foundation             10 SEASON REFLECTIONS OF A COACH AND AN ALUM
    by I Peter 4:10 and is an expression of our commitment at                                                                                                                             A Dream 10 years in the making.




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                                                                                                                                         of God's unchanging values.
    Bellevue Christian School to help students foster a life-long             whatever gift you have
    desire to serve God and meet human need. We want our                   received to Serve Others, as                                                                               12 A GIFT TO HOMELESS MOTHERS FROM BCS
    students to be given opportunities that broaden their perspec-
                                                                                                                                                                                          BCS gives Aslan’s Too to Vision House to benefit homeless moms and their children.
    tives, increase their cultural awareness, and help them under-             faithful stewards of
    stand their role in applying their gifts and talents in service to
    others as part of following the Great Commandment and
                                                                             God’s grace in its various
    Great Commission.                                                                 forms.
    Therefore, throughout our school community, our students,                                 I Peter 4:10
    faculty, and parents are actively engaged in serving others as
    part of learning Christianly at Bellevue Christian School. Take joy in observing the images, reading the stories, and


                                                                                                                                                                                      PLay>
    reflecting on the learning that is represented through the Viking View. Our students of all ages are involved in
    redemptive work by applying their gifts, time, and efforts in service to others. These service opportunities are not
    to be seen as additional to Christian learning, but rather, as an integrated part of what it means to learn and be a
    Christian walking in the example of Jesus Christ.

    Our students are learning the transformative power of loving and serving others as part of the Bellevue Christian School                                                          6   NATHAN PHILLIPS



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    experience. Our prayer is that these acts of service, as seen in this publication of the Viking View, will be transferred                                                             BCS alum, Nathan Phillips put his Live to Serve focus into action last summer when transitioning into college.
    into the lives of our students as adults to bring redemption to our world.                                                                                                            Read how a BCS experience lead him to an opportunity to glorify God and serve people in need.
    Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                                                                      8   Live to Serve LOCALLy AND GLOBALLy
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mack Elementary donates 90% of Jog-a-thon proceeds to children in El Salvador


    Ron Taylor
    Superintendent
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                                                                                                                                       Ron Taylor             Steven Screen



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                                                                                                                                     Superintendent          Contributing Writer
                                                                                                                                       Jim Shapiro
                                                                                                                                 Director of Advancement
                                                                                                                                                              The Ranch Studios                                                                          4    LIVE TO SERVE                     14 VIKING NEWS                  14 ALUMNI NEWS
                                                                                                                                                           Art Direction and Design                                                                           Theme for 2011-2012                    Golf Classic review, BCS      Reunions and alumni


                                                                                                                                                                                      ForWarD
                                                                                                                                    Christi Downs ’01                                                                                                         is a natural fit.                      Carnival clean-up, and        updates.
                                                                                                                                                                Photography
                                                                                                                                          Editor                                                                                                                                                     student stars!
                                                                                                                                                                 Dan Apol ’88
                                                                                                                                     Kay Bickerstaff          Karen Mouhanna
                                                                                     FOLLOW. . .                                     Assistant Editor           Candace Vena
                                                                                                                                                                Debbie Howie
                                                                                                                                     Jeff Otis ’00            Dr. Richard Sleight
                                                                                        ...Ron’s blog at:
                                                                                                                                   Contributing Writer        Amaryllis Lockhart
                                                                     www.bellevuechristian.org/rons-blog
                                                                                                                                   Lauren Mortier ’11           Uber Direct
                                                                                                                                   Contributing Writer       Consulting Direction
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viKing vieW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SAVE the date

2011-2012 theme                                                                                                                              “Each
By Jim Shapiro                                                                                                                  shoul                      of you
                                                                                                                                             d use
Our school community is a special place comprised of
students, faculty, and families who have wholeheartedly
                                                                you. The money raised for the Annual Fund goes to
                                                                support mission focused work above and beyond the
                                                                                                                                you ha whatever gift
                                                                                                                                      ve rec
embraced the Live to Serve Annual Fund theme. If you            annual budget.
                                                                                                                                  serve o    eived t
look closely at our school you will see students raising                                                                                  th         o
money for others, parents giving their time to volunteer
                                                                You play an important role in the Live to Serve Annual
                                                                                                                                     faithf      ers, as
                                                                Fund goal. Can I count on you to make a significant gift                   ul ste
in the classroom, faculty teaching beyond our walls, and                                                                                          wards
                                                                to the fund? My hope is that our community will come                of Go
alumni who are giving back to the very community that
                                                                together to embrace the Live to Serve theme and to                               d’s gra
once served them. BCS gives all of us a platform to live
                                                                strengthen not only the foundation of our community,                 its var                         ce in
out 1 Peter 4:10 and the Live to Serve theme.
                                                                but to also strengthen the students we serve.
                                                                                                                                                   ious fo
                                                                                                                                                                     rms.”
Every year our community strives to raise about $1m to                                                                                       1 Peter
                                                                Thank you for making BCS such a special place to serve                                 4:10 (NIV
fund the mission of BCS. Funding for this goal comes                                                                                                             )
                                                                and for living out the Live to Serve, theme.
from a variety of sources including the auction, corpo-
rate matching gifts, and individual gifts from friends like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Participate...Donate...Volunteer!
                                                                                                                              ways to give...
                                                                                                                              Giving to BCS!                                                                                             2012 BCS Auction
                                                                                                                              The BCS Advancement Office coordinates all annual                                    ...is right around the corner. Turn in your reservations today!
                                                                                                                              giving efforts in support of various school programs from
                                                                                                                              preschool through high school. The Annual Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mark your calendars for Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Bellevue Hyatt Grand Ballroom!
                                                                                                                              constitutes 10% of the annual operating budget and
                                                                                                                              receives funds from the Gala Banquet & Auction, individual
                                                                                                                              gifts, and grants. In addition to the Annual Fund, the
                                                                                                                              office raises money for special projects, capital needs,                                                                               DETAILS
                                                                                                                              and endowments, all above and beyond the operating                                            Event:                                                                      Procurement:
                                                                                                                              budget. Supporting the mission of the school, the            The evening includes a large silent auction, student entertainment, a delicious   Silent and live auction donations needed! Please turn in your items, along with
                                                                                                                              Advancement Office plans and implements district-wide         dinner, and a high energy live auction filled with trips, adventures and other                   the procurement form, to any BCS campus office.
                                                                                                                              marketing and communication, community events, and                goodies you will want to bid on. Please join us in supporting today’s
                                                                                                                              connections with alumni, volunteers, and friends of BCS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cost:
                                                                                                                                                                                                             students and tomorrow’s Christian leaders.
                                                                                                                              Ways you can donate:                                                                       Proceeds:                                           $75 per person, thanks to the generous underwriting of our sponsors. Be on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Proceeds from the BCS Auction go towards school needs                     lookout for your invitation in the mail or go online to purchase your tickets:
                                                                                                                              BCS Gala Auction: Save The Date: Friday, March 16th, at
                                                                                                                                                                                                      including financial aid, salaries, and student programs.                                      www.bellevuechristian.org/auction
                      Jim Shapiro is a Pacific Northwest native. Raised in Kenmore, Washington, Jim has held positions in     the Bellevue Hyatt Regency
                      both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to working for BCS, Jim was the V.P. of Development   Online: www.bellevuechristian.org/donate
                      for CRISTA Ministries up until 2004. In 2004, Jim started The EDGE Group, a consulting company          Direct Mail: C/O Advancement Office, 1601 98th Ave NE,
                                                                                                                              Clyde Hill, WA 98004
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Questions? Contact: Christi Downs, BCS Special Events Coordinator                  • 425.454.4402 ext. 526 or cdowns@bcsmail.org
                      designed to help non-profit organizations expand their mission through strategy, leadership,
                      and funding. He lives in Edmonds with his wife, Wendy, and their three children.                        Call: 425.454.4402 ext. 210
                                                                                                                              Mobile Giving: text Give2BCS to 67463

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                               W
                                      hat started as a joking conversation with a     support his cause and contribute towards his             reception. College RAs, professors, Deans of the
    By Lauren Mortier ’11             friend over lunch turned into a serious         $2,000 goal. Through the incredible generosity of        school, and nearly 200 students greeted them
                                      proposition: cycle 1,400 miles from Astoria,    those donors, he was outfitted with a bicycle,           with cheers and banners of hearty congratula-
                               Oregon, to his future school, The University of        cycling gear, and received a total of $2,655 that        tions. For Nathan, it was surreal: “(I felt) an
                               San Diego. As is Nathan’s tendency, he wasn’t          he would eventually contribute to the mission of         immediate sense of acceptance into the commu-
                               satisfied with simply attempting the unthinkable       the Invisible Children.                                  nity.” After their arrival in San Diego, Nathan and
                               for himself–it had to make a meaningful differ-            On August 11, 2011, he set out for San               his roommate were invited to visit the Invisible
                               ence to a larger community. He decided to raise        Diego with his dad, who planned to accompany             Children Headquarters where they were intro-
                               money as he rode and donate it to a worthy             him for over half the trip. Over the next two            duced to the staff and were welcomed with
                               cause: a non-profit called Invisible Children. This    weeks Nathan experienced the most physically             gratitude and pride for their generosity and
                               was an obvious choice for Nathan, whose interest       grueling challenge he had ever faced. Battling           accomplishment. That visit affirmed Nathan’s
                               in Uganda was sparked on a BCS mission trip he         through a hamstring injury, throbbing knees,             desire to someday be further involved with the
                               had taken to the region. When the Invisible            temperatures as high as 104 degrees, and eleva-          organization and their work in Uganda. That
                               Children story was presented at a BCS Chapel           tion climbs of 3,000 to 8,000 feet per day,              desire isn’t the only thing that has changed in
                               the previous year, he knew then he wanted to be        Nathan explained that “the only way [he] pushed          Nathan. He says that now he looks to God for
                               involved. The organization focuses on rebuilding       through was to rely on God.” When he reached             strength and knows that, with God’s help, he
                               the war-torn African country by reconstructing         San Francisco, he parted ways with his father and        truly can accomplish anything. When asked if
                               schools, providing scholarships, and employing         was met by his new college roommate who                  that journey inspired him to do more charity
                               various micro-economic initiatives affecting           would ride with him on the last leg of the trip.         work, Nathan replied with a laugh: “Absolutely.
                               nearly 400 Ugandans.                                       Together, they ground out the last 600 miles         But I’m not sure what I’ll do to beat that.”
                                    Nathan began riding to get in shape, sending      to their new home at the University of San
                               letters out to potential donors asking them to         Diego, where they were met with a triumphant




                            Nathan and his dad, Doug, on the Golden   Nathan and roomie, Kyle, on the USD       Nathan and the Invisible Children crew.      Safe and sound in San Diego after the 1,400
                            Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA.         campus in San Diego, CA.                                                               mile ride for Invisible Children.



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                  Live to Serve Locally and Globally                                                                                                                                                          “You don’t have to wait to grow up to get started.”
                                          Mack Elementary donates 90% of Jog-a-Thon proceeds to children in El Salvador
                                                                     By Stephen Screen

    The recent BCS Jog-a-Thon was a fantastic success!                “Instead of us telling Niños Tres Rios what we wanted to do        “Since the Jog-a-Thon there’s been some flooding in the
                                                                      for them, we asked them what they needed. We wanted the            villages in El Salvador,” Debbie tells us. “The coffee crop is
    For Mack Elementary School, the Jog-a-Thon was especially
                                                                      kids to see that,” Debbie says.                                    ruined and the parents can’t provide for their kids. Our
    significant. Principal Debbie Symonds says, “In the past,
                                                                                                                                         students brought in tons of clothing to donate and we sent
    90% of what we raise would be spent on something we need,         Niños Tres Rios helps ten villages in El Salvador. There are ten
                                                                                                                                         seven huge boxes down. We feel like they are our friends,
    and 10% would go to a humanitarian cause as a tithe. This         classrooms at Mack and each classroom was connected with
                                                                                                                                         and when they hurt we want to help them.” The Jog-a-Thon,
    year we decided to give away 90% and use the remaining            one village. The students got to know a boy and a girl from
                                                                                                                                         and the donation to Niños Tres Rios has really turned the
    10% to fund student efforts to perform local service.”            each village and to learn about their lives.
                                                                                                                                         students’ hearts towards service.
    By donating the majority of the funds raised, “We were able to    The students stood behind the campaign like never before.
                                                                                                                                         “And it kept on giving! Just weeks after the Jog-a-Thon, a
    attach meaning to the giving. The kids learned what it means      “They were running for someone who needed something,”
                                                                                                                                         7-year-old student named Maya made an appointment to
    to be the hands and feet of Jesus – and they learned that you     says Debbie, “not just for something they wanted.” One
                                                                                                                                         speak with me,” Debbie tells us. “She told me that she loved
    don't have to wait to grow up to get started. It showed the       student, Martin VonFuchs, challenged all the students to give
                                                                                                                                         Ethiopia and wanted to raise money to help people there.”
    children what's possible when they get excited about              their own money in addition to the funds they raised. Martin
                                                                                                                                         Since then Maya has made a poster and begun a campaign to
    something.”                                                       donated $13 and many other kids gave similar donations.
    The school selected Niños Tres Rios, a local Bellevue nonprofit   The Jog-a-Thon was a complete success. The children held an
                                                                                                                                         raise money for Ethiopia.
                                                                                                                                         “It’s given the students a voice,” Debbie says. “It showed
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Three Points Jog-a-Thon   Way to go Three Points Jog-a-Thon runners!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    More than 250 students ran for a combined 180
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       overwhelming. Parents, teachers, and extended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       family cheered the kids on as they gave their best
    working to provide education and medical assistance to
    children in El Salvador. The school asked Niños Tres Rios what
                                                                      “Opening Ceremony” similar to the Olympics. They marched
                                                                      with the flags of each village. They raised money which will
                                                                                                                                         Maya something she could do in response to what God laid on
                                                                                                                                         her heart. There's nothing better than encouraging her heart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a HUGE Success!    minutes to raise money for new technology at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Three Points campus, as well as benefitting the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       effort to support the cause.
    they needed and a partnership was born.                           supply village children with backpacks, books, uniforms, and                                                                                                                                                     Together, both Mack and Three Points raised more
                                                                                                                                         towards service. The Jog-a-Thon opened up possibilities for                                John T. Miller School in Africa and the Renewal
                                                                      school supplies.
                                                                                                                                         all of our kids, teaching them that they can do something.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Food Bank in Bellevue. The outpouring of comm-     than $100,000! Great job BCS for being the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    unity support for this annual event was truly      hands and feet of Jesus.

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                                                                                                                                                                    I
                                                                                                                                                                            graduated from Bellevue Christian with the class of           first two games. A surprising start to some, but not to those who     second-half offensive touchdown came with 55 seconds left,
                                                                                                                                                                            2000. I desired to play high school football, which           had watched the blood, sweat, and tears shed over months and          breaking a 30-30 game and pushing BCS out in front 37-30. Our
                                                                                                                                                                            brought me most afternoons during the fall to travel to       months of preparation. Not to those who had seen the resiliency       defense then rallied to stop Concrete’s driving offense inside our
                                                                                                                                                                    the foreign practice fields of Woodinville High School. My school,    and perseverance of a collective group of young people buying         own 10 yard line as time expired. It completed an improbable
                                                                                                                                                                    Bellevue Christian, didn’t have its own football team. My             into a vision to play as a team, and to do so as a brotherhood.       comeback - one that our kids will likely remember the rest of
                                                                                                                                                                    classmates and friends at the time also had a thirst for football,         We had our setbacks, as most young programs do, but all          their lives. The celebration was jubilant. It was proud. And it was
                                                                                                                                                                    taking them to Bellevue HS, Mercer Island HS, Inglemoor HS,           learning lessons led towards our season’s defining moment at          collective. As a team, we bonded together that day. As a team,
                                                                                                                                                                    Newport HS, and others. Fast forward 10 years, and the students       Concrete HS. Down 23-0 early, and still down 30-8 midway              we finally had become a brotherhood. You could see it in the
                                                                                                                                                                    at BCS for the very first time had the chance not only to play high   through the 2nd quarter, a rallying cry went out from our seniors.    smiles on the kids. You could see it in their eyes and in their
                                                                                                                                                                    school football, but to do so with Vikings written on their jersey.   It was time to step up. Against the current league leader, on their   embraces of one another. Fighting through pain, fighting against
                                                                                                                                                                         With great pride and excitement, I accepted the opportunity      own field, it was time to dig deep and overcome the most              fatigue, the kids in this first-year program summoned a resolve
                                                                                                                                                                    to coach under Greg Schneider and coordinators Blane Berry and        adversity this Bellevue Christian football team had ever faced.       to battle back and knock off the current league leader in their
                                                                                                                                                                    Gary Manus. Football at BCS blossomed during the spring of            Scoring before halftime cut the Concrete lead to 30-14. Halftime      own backyard against some incredible odds. It was truly magical.
                                                                                                                                                        e dirt      2011. Helmets and pads collided for the first time as basic           was spirited in the BCS locker room, with a collective belief and          The season wrapped up with a final record of 5-4, establish-
                                                                                                                                             rmed on th
                                                                                                                          was   not to be fo                        instruction took hold. Students learned to tackle, hit, throw,        conviction that something special was in store that day. I            ing a winning tradition for a program just in its infancy. As a
                                                                                                            ut this team                     s great outd
                                                                                                                                                          oors,
                                                                                        f a bro therhood. B                      Northwest'                         catch, run, block, and think like a football player.                  remember posting on Twitter at halftime, “Halftime score:             coach and an alumnus, I was able to watch first hand a group of
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                                                                                                                                                                         Coach Schneider’s dream was not just a team, but a               Concrete 30. Bellevue Christian 14. Setting up for something          young people train, study, prepare, drill, and ultimately execute.
                                          had
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                             ings do, wit                                                                      the dream                                            brotherhood. That vision began growing inside of each of the          special.” You could feel it. It wasn’t something questioned or        They did it with a spirit and a manner that made the BCS
     It started as most th                        the ha rdwood. It w                      rday n ight. It was
                                       indoors on                               y and Satu                                                                          players as they worked together over the summer in the weight         debated. A BCS comeback victory was unanimously believed to           community proud. They represented our school with honor and
                   ond o r gathered                        the lig hts of Frida                        ing.
      of the diam                              test under                                  in the mak
                                   ining brigh                               am 10 years                         ’00                                                room and on the practice field. It grew even deeper as summer         be unfolding - just needing two more quarters to complete.            integrity. They were the culmination of a dream. They were
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                    gest tests s                         uate it was                              by  J                                                             conditioning turned into fall practices. The early season battles          Our defense held Concrete scoreless the rest of the way,         finally that team. They were finally that brotherhood.
       with its big                   and as a BCS grad
                                    ,
                     een it before
                                                                                                                                                                    gave test, only to see Bellevue Christian victorious in both of its   forcing multiple fumbles in the fourth quarter. Our third
        had never s
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                                                                                                                                                                                      CeleBRating
                                                                                                                                                                                      ouR teaCHeRs
        A Gift to                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mrs. Mare Sullivan


         Homeless Mothers
                                                                                                                                                                                              BCS HS Science teacher, Mare Sullivan, was selected to participate in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                 international science symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico last August.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mrs. Sullivan was the only high school teacher in the world to be invited to
                                                                                                                                                                                      participate at this prestigious event. Bellevue Christian School has been blessed



        from BCS
                                                                                                                                                                                       for over 15 years with Mare’s gifts and dedication to teaching physical science,
                                                                                                                                                                                      biology, marine biology, environmental science, and chemistry. In Mare’s words,
                                                                                                                                                                                              “It is very unusual for a Christian school to be at the forefront of science
                                                                                                                                                                                                            education…who knows how He will use BCS in the future?”


        By Stephen Screen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mr. Charlie Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Charlie Brown was selected as the Washington Federation of Independent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Schools (WFIS) Teacher of the Year. This is quite an honor and well-deserved.
        BCS gives Aslan’s Too to Vision House to benefit homeless moms and their children.                                                                                                                                                                                             Congratulations, Charlie! We are so blessed by you and are excited to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       you recognized for your faithfulness and commitment to BCS and Christ’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       continual work and presence in your life. Charlie has touched the lives of


        What
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       thousands of students and families in his 49 years of teaching at BCS!
                      started more than 26 years ago as a simple rummage sale                will remain and the heart for serving the poor remains. “We couldn’t ask for
        has turned into an amazing gift. Aslan’s Too is now Vision House Thrift Store!      a better outcome,” says BCS’ Birage Tandon. “Knowing our employees will
                                                                                            be taken care of and the community will still have a thrift store is a win-win
        Aslan’s has had a special ministry in Bothell. It’s served the poor, been a safe
                                                                                            for everyone.”
        place in times of need, and helped people who have experienced personal
        disasters get back on their feet. Talk to anyone involved and you’ll hear           Vision House owns and operates four transitional housing facilities and a
        stories about people walking in the store with nothing but the shirt on their       child care center. Susan Camerer, the co-founder and Executive Director, is
        back – and leaving with a suitcase full of clothes.                                 so grateful. “It has such a long, rich history in the community and we feel                                                                                        Dr. Jeremy Delamarter ’93
                                                                                            very blessed to have been given this gift.                                                                                              Students at Bellevue Christian School will no longer be saying
        Now we’re proud to say that Bellevue Christian School has turned over all                                                                                                                                                       “Mr.” when they walk into Jeremy Delamarter’s HS English
        operations to Vision House.                                                         100% of the profits from the thrift store will go directly to help homeless                                                             classes. Jeremy completed his doctorate in the spring of 2011
                                                                                            families at Vision House. The families will receive transitional housing, child                                                       and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with his Doctorate
        For Vision House, owning the store not only provides income that benefits
                                                                                            care, counseling, and life skills training. “All we can say is ‘thank you’ for                                                             in Education. Jeremy, a 1993 alumnus of Bellevue Christian
        homeless families but more importantly creates a stream of clothing and
                                                                                            BCS’ heart of compassion for homeless families,” Susan adds. “We are                                                                       School, is in his fifth year teaching at BCS. Congratulations,
        other items desperately needed for the homeless moms and kids in their                                                                                                                                                              Jeremy, on this huge accomplishment and for blessing
                                                                                            grateful to Bellevue Christian.”
        care. And Vision House will continue the ministry; all of the store employees                                                                                                                                                                                  BCS students with your talents!


                                                                                                                                                                                         Interested . . .

                                                                          The Vision House Thrift Store is located at 18827 Bothell Way NE, Suite #107 in Bothell. If you’d like to   . . . in being a freelance writer or
                                                                           support homeless families through Vision House, visit their website at www.NoHomelessKids.org. You         photographer for BCS?
                                                                                      can also call them at 425-228-6356, or find them at Facebook.com/VisionHouseThriftStore.        Please send Christi Downs an email
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1961                                                               WHERE ARE You?
viking news                                                   Fall into Fun BCS Carnival
                                                              Hundreds of families, students, and friends came to the BCS
                                                              Clyde Hill campus in October for a night of fun and fellow-
                                                                                                                               alumni news                                                                                                                             We would love to stay in contact and have your update in our next
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Viking View magazine!
6th Annual BCS Viking Golf Classic                            ship. The always popular cake-walk had an all-time high          Class Reunions                                                                                                                          • Have you moved?                 • Did you get married?
                                                              number of cakes brought in and students and parents                                                                                                                                                      • Did you have a baby?            • Do you have a new email?
                                                              enjoyed finding the PERFECT cake for a late night snack at       2000                                                                                                                                    • Are you working some rad job? • Did your class have a reunion recently?
                                                              home. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the          Nothing can stop the class of 2000 from getting together for
                                                              event such a success.                                                                                                                                                                                    Please email updates and pictures to: cdowns@bcsmail.org
                                                                                                                               another mini-reunion! They gathered as many fellow
                                                                                                                               classmates as possible and held an 11 year reunion at a local                                                                           Also, check out the BCS alumni Facebook page (www.facebook.com/
                                                              Way to go, Bree                                                  restaurant over Christmas. Everyone enjoyed seeing one          Alumni Updates                                                          bcsalums) and website for the latest info.
                                                                                                                               another and catching up.

                                                                                                                                                                         2000
                                                                                                                                                                                               Ashley (Lavin) Woods ’00 and her husband, Austin, live in
                                                                                                                                                                                               Bothell with their two children; daughter, Payton (2) and son,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Hudson (1). 1                                                    Christie (Reich) Mattern ’04 married Barry Mattern on May       Melissa (Lagen) Bowers ’98 and her husband, Kyle welcomed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                27, 2011. BCS Alumni in the wedding party were Melissa          Braelyn Scarlett Bowers who was born March 23, 2011 and
                                                                                                                                                                                               Rick Buenaventura ’02 attended the University of Washing-        Reich ’06; Kendra Loven Darr ’04; Meg Stengel ’04 and           joins big sister Savannah (3 years old). They live in Renton.
                                                                                                                                                                                               ton and received a degree in Political Science. In 2011, Rick    Murray McKinney ’04. Christie works at Wunderman in                                                                        5
                                                                                                                                                                                               purchased Round Table Pizza in the Overlake (Redmond/            account management for Microsoft and Barry is a graphic
                                                                                                                                                                                               Bellevue) area with a friend. Rick and his business partner      designer at Kotis Design. Contact: christie.mattern@gmail.com
Despite the rain,                                                                                                                                                                              are excited to get plugged in to the community through
108 golfers came                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4
                                                                                                                                                                                               their banquet/party facilities and for the opportunity to
out to support our                                                                                                                                                                             deliver great pizza to the surrounding area. Contact Rick:
athletics program in the 6th Annual BCS Viking Golf Classic   BCS high school student, Bree Oldham, was named “2011                                                                            rickbuenaventura@gmail.com
Tournament. Bellevue Christian School Boosters organized      Best of Bellevue Sports, Female Athlete of the Year” for the
                                                                                                                               2001
                                         the event held on                                                                     In August 2011, the Class of 2000 held their ten year
                                                              Eastside Bellevue Reporter! In 2011, Bree had three seasons                                                                      Cory Brewer ’99 married Jennifer (Martens) on July 24,
                                         Monday, Septem-                                                                       reunion in Seattle. Nearly 30 BCS Alumni enjoyed playing
                                                              of sports (basketball, cross country, and track and field) all                                                                   2010, in Seattle. Groomsmen in the wedding party included
                                         ber 26, 2011, at                                                                      BCS trivia and socializing with one another. Everyone
                                                              resulting in trips across the Cascades for State Competition.                                                                    Aaron Sooter (’99) and Matt Isbell (’99). Cory is the new
                                         Glendale Golf                                                                         enjoyed reconnecting with classmates and spending time
                                                              Bree’s leadership, tenacity, and hard work helped set                                                                            Operations Manager at Windermere Property Management
                                         and Country Club.                                                                     together.
                                                              her apart.                                                                                                                       / Lori Gill & Associates (“WPM/LGA”), based in downtown
                                         Many thanks to our
                                         lead tournament
                                         sponsor, Crosby      Swimming Sensation                                                            2001                                               Bellevue, specializing in Residential Property Management
                                                                                                                                                                                               and Leasing through King and Snohomish counties. Contact
                                                                                                                                                                                               Cory: coryb@wpmlorigill.com. 2
                                         and Associates
                                         and the other 20+                                                                                                                                     Jared Olin ’06 and brother-in-laws, Richie (’08) and Andy
                                         tournament                                                                                                                                            Altig (’10) started RED Services, to provide families with
sponsors. Without our sponsors, parents, alumni, parents                                                                                                                                       complete fire and emergency preparedness inspections,
of alumni, and friends this event would not have                                                                                                                                               creating customized emergency plans, and providing the           1                                         2
been possible.                                                                                                                                                                                 training and equipment needed to keep families safe in their
                                                                                                                                                                                               homes. Services are provided by fully trained and certified
                                                                                                                                                                                               off-duty firefighters in and around the communities in which
                                                                                                                               1961                                                            they serve. Visit www.CountyRed.com to learn more and
                                                                                                                               The class of 1961 gathered together on August 20th to           make an appointment for your 2012 Emergency Plan and
                                                                                                                               celebrate their 50th Reunion! Everyone that could make it       Home Safety Review by RED.
                                                              Kim Williams ’14, has much to be proud about! Swimming           enjoyed taking pictures together, fellowshipping and
                                                                                                                               enjoying a Salmon dinner at Mike and Sue Nienaber’s house.      Dawn (Dekker) Hogue ’91 and her husband, Ty, welcomed
                                                              for Bellevue High School, Kim captured the 3A State                                                                              their second daughter, Megan Elizabeth, on June 28, 2011.
                                                              Championship in the 100 yard breaststroke last fall. Already     The attendees enjoyed sharing stories and encouraging one
                                                                                                                               another through life with ups and downs, pains and joy and      Dawn, her husband, daughter Ella (3) and their new baby
                                                              breaking records left and right, Kim has received numerous                                                                       daughter live in Holland, Michigan. Ty is a youth pastor at
                                                              honors and has qualified to compete in the Olympic trials        accomplishments and failures. Everyone looks forward to
                                                                                                                               getting together on a more regular basis!                       Harderwyk Ministries in Holland. After 16 years of teaching,
                                                              this summer in Omaha, Nebraska. Keep up the amazing                                                                              Dawn is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom! 3
                                                              work, Kim. We’ll be cheering for you in London 2012!
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As our graduates returned for Homecoming this past December, we were reminded of how the 4 R’s of BCS
are being played out in the lives of our students and graduates. We were able to see firsthand the redemptive,
rigorous, relational, and relevant results of our graduates as they have ventured on to college,
careers, the military, and community service. As you have read through this magazine, it is
our hope that you get a strong sense of how Live to Serve is
playing out across the street and around the world through
the BCS community.

				
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