see pg. 2
Vol. XXIV No. 1 Brentwood Christian School September 2011 see pg. 7
INSHORT BCS wins new playscape Middle school
Eagle Scout in nationwide drawing
Eighth-grader Connor Crowe earned
megan MONACELLI More than 20 parents and volunteers helped
his Eagle Scout Award on Aug. 11. For set up and assemble the playscape last Friday
his Eagle project, which he complet- and Saturday, Sep. 23-24. On Friday, the vol- dennis CLIFFORD
ed on May 30, Crowe and his team BCS won a playscape and $5,000 from Old unteers dug the footers for the playscape to go reporter
of volunteers worked to restore the Navy and TerraCycle, a recycling company, in into the ground and built the retaining border.
Georgetown salamander habitat in September after teacher Michelle Mohrmann The next day they assembled the playscape, The merging of the sixth grade into mid-
filled out a survey last April. Ten representatives poured the concrete into the footers to secure
the Twin Springs National Preserve. dle school seems to have both pleased and
from area Old Navy stores attended the ribbon- and stabilize the new structure, and mulched confused the sixth graders, but it has also
They returned the spring to its origi- cutting ceremony at the lower elementary play- the ground around it. brought positive views from the faculty of
nal path, replaced large stones, and ground on Tuesday afternoon, Sep. 27. “Winning the playground and prize money building C.
made educational signs. Math teach- Students from kindergarten through second- from Old Navy was such a wonderful sur- “I like moving between classes, but some-
er Dr. Brooke Hollingsworth served on grade will use the new equipment, which was prise,” said Mohrmann, who spent many hours times it’s confusing,” sixth-grader Jackson
Crowe’s Eagle Board of Review. made from recycled flip flops and milk cartons. working with parents who pitched in to help. Ryan said.
The playscape will accompany the various play “We have the best volunteers around.” According to sixth-grade teachers, the
7th grade retreat
structures already on the playground, such as a class is thrilled to have lockers, but they are
merry-go-round, a boat, and a swing set. see PLAYSCAPE, page 8 concerned about having time to use them
Students boarding buses to go on and space to get to them.
Many seventh and eighth graders have
the annual seventh-grade retreat expressed jealousy regarding the change.
Monday morning will head to a new “I think we’ve been cheated,” seventh-
spot – McKinney Roughs, southeast of grader Nicholas Pedroza said. “They get a
Austin. The LCRA nature park features lot of stuff we didn’t get when we were in
science-based education programs sixth grade.”
and extensive hiking trails. After years The transition has affected more than just
of using Camp Buckner near Marble middle school students in BCS; it has also
caused some inconvenience for high school
Falls, secondary principal Jared Lee students and the need to relocate classrooms
decided to try something different for for a few teachers.
the seventh grade. Newcomers to building C in addition
to sixth-grade students are Karen Peyton
Plaza drive completed and Becky Stewart, who previously taught
sixth grade with the other upper elementary
classes in building B. Other teachers have
Work on the plaza drive extend-
also had to make room in their schedules
ing from the Center for Science and for sixth-grade curriculum classes, and still
the Arts toward the church courtyard others have had to move classrooms, in-
was scheduled to be completed this photo: Michelle Mohrmann cluding Michele Broadway, Efrain Contre-
week, meaning traffic patterns return Fun in the sun A team of volunteer parents put in hours of work last weekend install-
see MIDDLE, page 4
to normal next week. Today all of the ing the new playscape that Brentwood won in a nationwide drawing by Old Navy.
construction areas will be cleaned of
dust and debris. School officials say the
new plaza drive is intended to beautify
the campus, and will eventually have New building praised by students, teachers
benches and lamp posts.
kia KHADEM Brentwood’s drama teachers have lauded chemicals.
reporter the new theater. Middle school drama teacher
“The extra room helps us during the labs
Chloe Campbell said it will make theater pro- in Physics,” Berry said. “The new building
Now that the BCS Center for Science and the ductions less labor intensive and more polished, makes science feel like an important part of the
This year’s Student Council has been Arts has been built, teaching and other daily ac- but students will need to take time to learn how school.”
busy hosting social events such as the tivities for many Brentwood Christian teachers to properly use the new stage equipment. Biology teacher Juliana Ewing agreed the
Back-to-School Bashes, Senior Sun- are much easier to perform, due to the greatly “Planning big rehearsals around sports in the new building provides a proper science lab for
rise, and Movie Night. StuCo will also improved facilities. FLC and building set pieces for the plays were science experiments, something she had never
The newly constructed building has garnered big headaches,” Campbell said. enjoyed at any of the previous schools where
help with the dedication of the Cen- praise from the students and faculty in the first The new science wing has received praise as she taught.
ter for Science and the Arts on Oct. 1. few weeks of the school year. well. Kristen Berry said it allows her chemistry “The new building is wonderful,” Ewing
Sponsor Linda Riedesel says they also Special features include a separate chemis- students to work with hazardous chemicals in said. “I’ve been looking forward to a proper
might have a few secrets planned for try lab, a separate practice room for choir and a proper laboratory environment during sci- science lab for almost 20 years.”
the secondary students to enjoy. band, a brand new theater, ticket booths, and ence experiments. The chemistry lab also has
see FINE ARTS, page 4
concession stands. a storeroom to properly seal away dangerous
Page 2 Editorials
Megan’s Musings: Megan Monacelli THE BEAR FACTS September 2011
Mission work more loving than preaching Hannah’s Kwon-daries: Hannah Kwon
I stepped off the plane anxious to begin what about Jesus. In fact, most of the children we an expectation to simply love others. We can
I had traveled almost 24 hours to do. My Bible were working with knew about Him and knew actively be on the mission field by carrying out
was easily accessible along with a spiral full of many of the Old Testament stories. Instead, we His love and spreading it to others through both
notes on faith, salvation, and redemption. simply loved on them. We laughed with them, our words and actions.
Despite my need for a hot meal and sleep, sang silly songs with them, and played games By letting our faith and Biblical knowledge
I was ready to work on the mission field in with them all in the name of Christ. take root in our actions, we would not only
Zagreb, Croatia, even though I wasn’t sure speak the gospel, but also live and love it out. If
what my work would exactly entail. I had spent being a missionary is in large part about loving
time in prayer, went to all the team meetings, others, then our view would actually spread the
and prepared answers and anecdotes for the
...we could be acting on boundaries of the mission field across oceans
Croatians’ questions about my faith and about the mission field every time and maybe right up to our door step. Is teenage driving that dangerous? I
mean, you push the gas pedal, watch out for
the Bible or God in general. What if we could experience and participate
My preparations and expectations didn’t we crawled out of bed. in the mission field on a daily basis? If we, in other cars, and stop when you need to. Ev-
quite hit the mark, however. striving to be more like Christ, let God into erything sounds so simple. And not to state
Boarding a plane with a Bible in hand, every aspect of our lives and moved Him to the the obvious, but it is far more comfortable
landing in a third-world country, and setting In light of the fact that many mission efforts center of our lives, then we could be acting on to drive with air conditioning than to walk
out with a team to bring the good news of Jesus we financially support and participate in with the mission field every time we crawled out of under the blazing Texas sun.
to those who have never heard of Him before our churches are to places that have already bed. On the other hand, in a recent survey of
is a standard and long-held view of missions, heard the good news, maybe we should update We could become missionaries to our peers, 25 BCS students who drive or have a per-
and one that I held before I got a taste of a more our view of the mission field. Maybe our job teachers, and parents. We could be missionaries mit, 15 of them admitted they text or talk on
meaningful mission field. isn’t necessarily gearing up for theological at the dinner table, in the locker room, and the phone while driving. This is 60 percent
This summer I traveled to Croatia and debates and memorizing verses. even on the stage simply by loving others and of the students who participated in the sur-
Slovenia, two modern and religious countries, to How then do we carry out the charge Jesus encouraging them – simply by serving them vey. We can’t deny that we are in a danger-
partner with missionaries and spread the love of gave his disciples to “witness in Jerusalem, and like Jesus served others, and simply by being ous place here.
Christ, and in this experience my perspective on in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Christ to everyone around us. Some BCS students express concern
mission work drastically changed. Our team put Earth”? Saint Francis of Assisi, about 800 years ago, about teens who get distracted while driv-
on two children’s camps that offered the bonus While there is a place for vast amounts said it best: “Preach the gospel at all times, and ing.
of allowing the kids to practice their English. of Biblical knowledge on the field, the best when necessary use words.” “Doing other activities while driving
My role was not necessarily to tell them preparation is a right relationship with God and should be treated more seriously,” junior
Steven Bailey said. “Anything that lets you
take your eyes off the road is a hazard not
only to you but to other people.”
The Bear Facts “My life is more important than putting
on mascara or lip gloss,” junior Amanda
Brentwood Christian School Conway said.
According to the National Safety Council,
11908 North Lamar Blvd.
more than 5,000 young drivers aged 15-20
Austin, TX 78753 are killed every year in traffic crashes, and
more than 10 percent of this number were
The Bear Facts is published monthly distracted drivers. Not surprisingly, the ba-
by the journalism classes of Brentwood sic car insurance rate for teenagers is nearly
Christian High School. The paper is a twice as much as it is for their parents.
learning tool which informs the student Humans aren’t born to multitask. It just
body while teaching students to become makes sense for a person to concentrate on
critical observers of their environment one thing at one time, especially if that one
and to validate Truth within the context thing weighs 3,500 pounds and is traveling
of the Christian world view. 60 miles an hour. Whatever you do in the
car while you are driving – whether it is
Editor-in-Chief texting, talking on the phone, looking at a
Megan Monacelli mirror, or reading a magazine – it can never
be justified; it is simply not safe.
Photo Editor “I understand the risk of doing something
Mary Monacelli else while driving, but I still do it anyways,”
junior Masha Heins said. “Kids know that
photos: Elena Battle
Reporters it isn’t safe, but we just don’t think about it
Lucky guy Seventh-grader Keaton Drenner enjoys the company of several eighth- when we start driving.”
Matthew Archer Kia Khadem
grade girls at the middle school’s Back-to-School Bash on Sep. 2. Students ate pizza, Let us not walk through the foggy fu-
Carter Boyd Hannah Kwon
played interactive video games, and watched the movie “Tangled.” ture anymore. It is time for some standards
Dennis Clifford David Lee
to be established so we can each lower
Anna Ewing Jonathon Reich our risk of being in an accident closer to
Madalyn Garelick Kailey Rodden Magazine sales exceed last year’s totals 0 percent. It is important for teenagers to
Jackson Hager Charlie Sinclair drive. However, it is also very important to
Brentwood Christian’s annual magazine sale and seventh-grader Gabbie Nguyen.
Lanae Hollingsworth E. J. Sung Prizes for the top sellers included an LCD know how dangerous driving can be. Start
brought in $27,600 this year, which is about
Jin Ha Jeong M.J. Sung TV, Blu-ray DVD player, and $100 cash. There by acknowledging the fact that driving is
$4,000 more than was raised last year.
Joseph Kang will also be a drawing for a Nintendo Wii. definitely different from other new toys in
The top-selling student during the sale, which
Sixth-grade teacher Michelle Mohrmann’s your life, for on the road, you are the very
ran from Sep. 16-26, was junior Danielle Rie-
Adviser desel. Rounding out the top 10 sellers were class sold the most magazines, winning bags of one holding the responsibility for your life
Jonathan Weed candy to pass out to all her students. and death. Simply being well-informed and
sixth-grader Paris Bowman, seventh-grader
Each day at 3:05 p.m. all secondary students cautious isn’t enough. For the sake of our
Nicholas Dunagan, senior Kayle Morin, fresh-
The Bear Facts is available online at gathered in the athletic center for a chance to lives and others around us, we should all
man Tyler Clark, eighth-grader Rebekah Leg-
www.brentwoodchristian.org. win money. Morin, for example, won $480 on promise ourselves to focus only on the road
band, eighth-grader Andre Kuhn, sixth-grader
the “weepul game.” while driving.
Kira Juranek, sixth-grader Lauren Weilemann,
News & Features Page 3
THE BEAR FACTS September 2011
Answering challenge, BCS students serve others, remember 9/11
jin ha JEONG others on Sep. 11, 2001. for an orphanage in Peru with Dr. Brooke Hol- gathered food and water for the homeless. Dr.
reporter “We try to be the hands and feet of the Lord,” lingsworth’s junior Bible class. Hollingsworth’s seventh-grade boys and girls
Tatum said. “I want all kids at school to serve “I thought it was a great idea to reach out to cleaned up the gym after the volleyball games.
The nightmare of terror known as “9/11” is their neighbors.” people and help them,” sophomore Avery West- “It is good for seventh graders to learn how
10 years behind us. With the victims who suf- In the following days, many BCS Bible erlund said. “We’re so blessed, so it’s important to help others,” Dr. Hollingsworth said.
fered in the terrorist attacks slowly fading from classes did special things to help their neigh- to help people who aren’t as lucky as us.” Brentwood administrators were inspired by
our memory, what can we do to honor them? bors. The fifth-grade classes collected and con- Love showed her passion for the service an email from Harding University, sent at the
BCS students were encouraged during all- tributed hundreds of water bottles for the Bas- project and her gratitude for her students. end of August, challenging the school to par-
school chapel on Sep. 8 to join a service project trop fire victims. Third graders made thank-you “I’m so proud of my class,” Love said, “that ticipate in a nationwide service effort. Working
and to show Christian effort for neighbors who cards for local firefighters and police officers. my students openly and enthusiastically help in partnership with The Corporation for Na-
need help. Development director Brandon Tat- Jessica Love’s sophomore girls wrote letters other people in trouble.” tional and Community Service, Harding was
um, the speaker that day, challenged students for victimized girls who were rescued from sex Middle school Bible classes joined the proj- assisting in documenting one million hours of
of all ages to be of service to the community, trafficking, and they brought donations for fire ect too. They cleaned up the cafeteria for the service across the nation by Sep. 13.
as a tribute to those who lost their lives serving victims. They also collected money and socks lunch ladies, helped in the auditorium, and
Record heat rocks Texas, roasts Brentwood Secondary
chapel getsheat did not have an effect on elementary P.E.,
because they do not go outside. But the heat
worst stage of drought since June. Lakes Travis
and Buchanan are dangerously low, which has
forced high school P.E. to limit their time out- forced limits on residential water use.
It was America’s hottest summer ever. And side for a few days in late August and made The last real substantial rain Austin had was
it ended with the worst fires Central Texas has traveling to P.E. almost unbearable for some in May, and this has caused everything to dry
ever seen. students. up and the trees and grass look as if someone
Austin shattered the previous record for The high school boys basketball team has had wrung them out like a sponge. joseph KANG
100-degree days with 87 (through Monday), outside workouts, so head coach Brandon These conditions, combined with high winds
and it tied the record for the hottest recorded Tatum instructs his players to drink at least a and some stray sparks, caused several fires on The secondary chapel service has settled into
temperature ever in Austin at a scorching 112 gallon of water every day. Cross country run- Sep. 4, during Labor Day weekend. The one a new place. With frequent audio-visual aids in
degrees on Aug. 28. ners have been instructed to drink a lot of water in Bastrop burned 1,386 houses, along with the theater of the Center for Science and the
“This heat makes me feel like melting before and after workouts. 95 percent of Bastrop State Park. Many BCS Arts, the chapel format has also changed in
cheese,” freshman Duc Minh Phan said in early Texas had the hottest average temperature families have been giving money and supplies various ways.
September. from June to August in recorded U.S. history. To to help all those families who lost their homes. Brentwood Oaks youth minister Adam Hern-
According to P.E. coach David Peyton the make things worse, Central Texas has been in the don said secondary chapel was moved to the
Center for Science and the Arts this year to
NJHS inducts form a friendly environment for teenagers by
making it less formal.
“New chapel brings me closer to God and
helps me to understand Him more,” senior
28 members Tony Dang said.
According to Herndon, the changes to the
chapel format were the result of conversations
lanae HOLLINGSWORTH among development director Brandon Tatum,
reporter secondary principal Jared Lee, president Mar-
Brentwood Christian inducted 28 eighth quita Moss, and himself in the summer.
graders into the National Junior Honor Soci- Herndon said he prepares contemporary
ety on Wednesday, Sep. 28, in the theater. Christian music to play before chapel starts,
The ceremony took place during first peri- making a social environment for students. This
od, and all middle school was in attendance, year there have also been more frequent videos
along with many parents. Afterward the in- to help the understanding of serious topics.
ductees and their parents enjoyed a breakfast According to Tatum, announcements and rec-
buffet at Cool River Cafe. ognitions will no longer be made at the end of
At Cool River, the new members listened chapel, but instead will be presented with Pow-
to encouraging words from parent Les Mc- erPoint before chapel begins. This will allow the
Daniel. In addition NHS president Bryan time to be dedicated to worshiping God more.
Williams gave a brief speech on the activities “I hope it is a special time in the week for
of NJHS. Other NHS officers also attended the students, and a time where they can be re-
and helped with the various activities. newed,” Tatum said.
Inductees were notified of their acceptance However, some students seem unfamiliar
into the society last week, and they had their with the new chapel format. Senior Sydney
first meeting the next day, when they elected Jung said it was hard to read all of the an-
officers. nouncements. Others said they prefer not to
In the past, NJHS has included eighth and stand up while they are singing.
ninth graders. But with the introduction of Herndon said he will invite various speakers
the sixth graders into middle school, spon- this year. Though most of last year’s speakers
photo: Mary Monacelli
were BCS teachers and ministers, Herndon
sors Kaleen Graessle and Brooke Holling- This candle represents... Eighth graders and newly elected NJHS officers take part
plans to invite more area youth ministers.
sworth recommended using the sixth- and in Wednesday morning’s induction ceremony in the new theater. From left, they are Herndon, who will lead most of the singing
ninth-grade years as “proving grounds” for Keely Hardin (president), Elise Lilya (vice president), Chandler Alberda (secretary), Mar-
NJHS and NHS, respectively. this year, said he is looking for more feedback.
Next year, NJHS will be able to induct both
tha Hughes (treasurer), and Bella Spills (historian). Afterwards, the new members and The elementary chapels and all-school cha-
seventh- and eighth-grade students. their parents enjoyed a breakfast buffet at Cool River Cafe. pel will remain in the auditorium.
Page 4 News & Features
THE BEAR FACTS September 2011
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Bailey Hardin
Seniors featured in the Bear Facts were selected by a vote held among the entire BCS Class of 2012.
Leading lady smacks softballs, bakes amazing cakes
jackson HAGER very close. especially impressed with how much Bailey A defining obsession of Bailey’s that people
reporter “We’re together 24/7,” Laura says. “She is has grown as a player and leader knew her for is her love of the art of baking.
my other half.” on the field. Bailey has worked Finding that it relieves stress, she spends much
Whether it’s in the halls or on the softball Throughout her years of high endlessly to improve her game, of her free time perfecting her culinary skills,
field, many students smile when they hear the school, Bailey has made friends and has worked with her other much to the delight of her classmates.
bubbly twang of Bailey Hardin. The merry se- from across the grades, making teammates to improve their “They don’t compare to anything,” friend
nior has been going to Brentwood Christian sure that everyone she meets is skills as well. Her junior Katie Clement says of her cakes. “She is on a
since the first grade, eventually becoming in- included and having a great year, she was named both different level of baking.”
volved in student government and athletics, time. first team all-state and first Bailey was taught to bake by her late grand-
particularly softball. Bailey’s leadership is ap- team all-district. mother. During her freshman year, her grand-
Bailey has been a leader since she started high parent not only around “All the things you would mother got sick, but Bailey continued to come
school, being in Student Council all four years. school, but on the want from a player, she’s and bake with her. With these fond memories,
She distinctly remembers her freshman StuCo field. She has got it,” Sladek says. she plans one day to continue her passion and
retreat. Describing the lake house getaway as played center- Bailey’s faith is well own her own bakery.
“interesting,” she remembers hunkering down field in soft- known among her friends, To reach this goal, Bailey plans to major in
and growing closer to the group, despite the ball since and her sisters Keely (8th) business and minor in food science and tech-
baking heat and creeping bugs. Though no her fresh- and Addy (7th) say they nology at Texas A&M University.
longer in ninth grade, she remains the “eternal m a n consider her a role mod- “Eventually I would like to own a bakery,
freshman” of the group, and has always been year. el. Due to the dearth of but until then God is going to show me what to
given the dirty work. But she has taken it with Her male leaders, Bailey do,” Bailey says.
a smile and put all that she had into it. team- has taken the mantle of
“She is always willing to get dirty,” says mates leadership in her youth
StuCo sponsor Linda Riedesel, who was espe- s a y group at Round Rock Offseason
cially impressed when Bailey was put in charge she is Church of Christ. continued from page 6
of the talent show her sophomore year. a loud, Bailey says her main
Bailey has risen through the ranks of StuCo e n - spiritual influence and faster during the offseason. They run and
to become president this year. She has made cour- is from her mom scrimmage during every P.E. class, and they
moves to bridge the gap between middle school aging and aunt, and from lift weights afterwards.
and high school, hosting and planning events p l a y e r. her recent Bible Efrain Contreras is training the track team
for both groups. Softball class teachers, Dr. during offseason. They usually run three or
Friends describe Bailey as a charming, en- coach Brooke Holling- four miles and lift weights.
thusiastic, down-to-earth girl. They reminisce P a u l sworth and Mi- “I want to do better than last year,” said
about memories such as the Odyssey project, Sladek chele Broadway. junior Matthew Onabajo, who runs the 400
when Bailey and Laura Combs played all the says Bailey says they meters. “I hope I can go to state this year.”
characters from the Greek epic. While many of he is have taught her Softball coach Paul Sladek is training his
their classmates found it silly, this was a turn- to persevere players on the baseball field. Sladek said his
ing point in their friendship. Soon, they began and hold her most important goals are increasing running
to hang out more and more often, becoming head high. speed and finding a pitcher.
Fine arts, science teachers
Middle school reaction mixed
on cloud nine in new building continued from page 1 fact that the junior and senior classes have
had to move to smaller lockers. The middle
continued from page 1 building allows them new opportunities to
school uses the larger downstairs lockers
ras, Dr. Brooke Hollingsworth, Cissy John-
learn more about their subjects.
son, Cindy Nestor, and Mel Witcher. which were used by juniors and seniors in
Choir teacher Missy Weaver said the facili- “I don’t think we could go back to the old
“Anytime you make a change there are years past. New lockers were purchased to
ties have been a great improvement over her choir room,” senior Kayle Morin said. “It’s
always difficulties,” BCS secondary princi- accommodate the sixth graders, meaning all
previous room. She said there are less sched- been needed and it was an easy transition for
uling conflicts, better acoustics, and improved us. Going back wouldn’t be the same.” pal Jared Lee said. “However, I see it as an the middle school students have larger lock-
lighting and sound equipment. Initially the bells in the new building did not easier transition into the future. I do appreci- ers than the upperclassmen have.
“The administration should be proud of ring, causing students to arrive to their next ate the attitude of the teachers in moving the “I think it’s good for the sixth graders,”
the leadership it took to make this building,” classes late. But since Sep. 9, this issue has classrooms as well as the teachers who have said senior Karlie Mattison, “but it’s a little
Weaver said. “The new facility won’t change been resolved. moved to the new building.” inconvenient for us.”
the students, but they’ll take more pride in Students have complained that the stools in To ease the process, teachers had some as- Another complaint from high school stu-
themselves.” Ewing’s classroom are uncomfortably high, sistance from parents and students in moving dents is that the crowded stairways and noisy
Band teacher Travis Pollard said the new causing strain on the back. Ewing said the classrooms over the summer. The relocating hallways have made it difficult for older stu-
band hall allows more space for the growing school is ordering new chairs to replace the of the classrooms and schedule changes were dents to move between classes. With the ad-
band program and a safer environment to work current ones. challenging to organize, according to Lee, dition of building F, more students have been
in. The students also have new practice rooms Although there have been a few minor prob- but there are plans in motion that will see to using the downstairs hallways, causing traffic
to play their instruments in solitude, or with a lems, the consensus among students and fac- middle school having all of their classes in jams and making it more difficult for all sec-
group, without distractions. ulty alike has been extremely positive. the lower section of building C eventually. ondary students to get to class on time.
“The new building changes every aspect of “It’s a terrific building; the acoustic center “I think it was a great move,” Broadway “The sixth graders were perfectly fine in
the band program,” Pollard said. “We have the is marvelous, and it works superbly,” teacher said. “I know there are a lot of happy kids.” elementary school,” junior Brooklyn Mer-
tools, resources, and talent to take it to the next Craig Moore said. “Artistically, it balances out However, many high school students are kord said.
level.” the decor of the whole campus, while giving the vocal against the change, due mostly to the
Some fine arts students say that the new south side of the campus a greater presence.”
Features Page 5
THE BEAR FACTS September 2011
Dynamic duo rows 100 miles down Colorado River
carter BOYD that participated, 87 did not finish the race. Although they persevered and did well, both
support crew, Misty (Herndon’s wife) and Me-
reporter The race also served as a great bonding expe- gan (Tatum’s wife). They fed us and filled our
Tatum and Herndon admitted it wasn’t an easy
rience for the two, putting them through tough experience. Herndon described it as “one of the
CamelBaks with water at every checkpoint.”
You probably know them from chapel: the times and forcing them to make memories. longest nights of my life,” and called it a “won-
“I knew I couldn’t quit in front of my wife,”
dynamic duo who share their experiences with “Tatum and I were a good duo,” Herndon derful and awful experience.”
Tatum said when asked what kept him go-
the school. You might have heard their story or said. “It would’ve been miserable with anyone After the race, Tatum found everyday activi-
ing through the grueling 100 miles. “Quitting
seen their video from the night they spent on else. And we couldn’t have done it without our wasn’t an option.” ties that he had previously taken for granted
the streets last year. harder than he would have thought.
However, you probably haven’t “I couldn’t squeeze my toothpaste
heard of the latest challenge that bas- tube or button my shirt for a couple
ketball coach Brandon Tatum and weeks,” Tatum said. “I will never
BOCC youth minister Adam Herndon do it again.”
took on – a grand challenge of endur- The night was not passed in style,
ance and strength to rule them all. either. Tatum described the boat
At 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sep. 3, they rented as “a really bad kayak,”
Herndon and Tatum boarded a tiny and said that everyone else’s was
two-person kayak to set off on the long and skinny, while theirs was
CR100, a grueling 100-mile canoe short and fat.
race down the Colorado River. The “We had people come up to us
race began in Bastrop and ended and ask us if we were actually go-
down river in the town of Colum- ing to do this race in that kayak,”
bus no later than the 32-hour time Tatum recalled.
limit allowed. More than 200 boats Through the long hard night,
were entered, many of which were Herndon and Tatum shared many
captained by experienced or profes- interesting experiences. Once in the
sional rowers. middle of the night, a water snake
Neither Tatum nor Herndon had with “a head the size of a softball”
ever competed in a boat race before, accompanied the two. In the hours
and neither had any real experience before sunrise, Tatum was so tired
kayaking, save a single trip down that he hallucinated a deer standing
the last 40 miles of the same stretch on the shore.
of river. Despite being brand new to photo: Megan Tatum “He kept yelling, ‘Look, it’s
the field, they finished the race in 24 Row, row, row... Coach Brandon Tatum and youth minister Adam Herndon make their way down the drinking water on the riverbank!’“
hours and 50 minutes, placing 20th in Colorado River during a 100-mile canoe race on Sep. 3. They met their goal of completing the race, al- Herndon recalled. “It wasn’t. There
their category, “Tandem Adventure,” though it took them nearly 25 hours, and Herndon called it a “wonderful and awful experience.” was no deer.”
and 110th overall. Of the many boats
New guidance counselor brings colleges to BCS TAKE YOUR PICK
New guidance counselor Dr. D’Lanna
e. j. SUNG information sessions versity, and an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) Mason is providing seniors opportu-
reporter as possible,” Dr. Ma- from Vanderbilt University. nities to learn about a variety of col-
son said. Dr. Mason worked for Vanderbilt for seven leges. In September alone, represen-
Brentwood Christian’s new guidance coun- Senior Marcus Mc- years before moving to Austin. Initially, she tatives from the following universities
selor, Dr. D’Lanna Mason, is eager to help Cormick said the col- worked in the Career Center there, helping col- visited with students.
BCS students investigate a variety of colleges. lege meetings were lege students explore career opportunities and
So she has scheduled 27 colleges from Cali- very helpful for him. apply for jobs and internships. Then for three
fornia to Connecticut to bring representatives “The meetings were years, she taught career development classes
and introduce their schools to students. She very important to there, which helped students find good fits for
scheduled 13 in September alone. In contrast, me because I learned internships and jobs.
counselors from 10 colleges met BCS students Dr. D’Lanna what programs each The Masons came to Texas when Dr. Ma-
last year. college has,” McCor- son’s husband, John, was offered a new job. Dr.
Mason mick said.
Dr. Mason said she wants to introduce a vari- Mason said she wanted to work as a guidance
ety of universities so that the students can have Dr. Mason said that since she is new to Texas, counselor in a small school where she could get
opportunities to learn about different types of she does not yet have any strong relationships to know the students. After interviewing with
schools, including public and private, Christian with the universities in Texas. secondary principal Jared Lee, she said they
and secular, large and small. “As soon as school began, I started to reach shared similar visions and would work well
During the college meetings, admissions out to admissions counselors and invite them to together.
counselors talk about what degree programs come and talk to students at Brentwood,” Dr. The Masons have two daughters: Sarah, who
the school offers, athletics, student groups, the Mason said. is a senior in Westlake High School, and Han-
admissions process, scholarships, and finan- She said that the admissions counselors are nah, who is an eighth grader in Westridge Mid-
cial aid. Some of the colleges offer food for the greatest resources that students can have in dle School. Her family is actively involved in
breakfast or lunch to attract more students. Dr. applying to colleges. mission work in Honduras and founded a non-
Mason said the meeting is a great opportunity “So, take advantage!” She encouraged. profit organization, the Path of Hope Founda-
for students to get their questions answered in Before her family moved to Austin last Octo- tion, which provides educational scholarships
person. ber, Dr. Mason lived in Nashville for 12 years. to girls in Honduras.
“If students are just beginning the college ex- She has a B.S. from Old Dominion University
ploration process, they should attend as many in Virginia, an M.S. from Tennessee Tech Uni-
Page 6 Sports & News
THE BEAR FACTS September 2011
Eighth-grade BCS hires college coach as Offseason
volleyball boys’ AD; Loftis new girls’ AD work heats up
undefeated matthew ARCHER
and to make aesthetic
m. j. SUNG
than having to focus
lanae HOLLINGSWORTH Brentwood Christian has added a new ad- mostly on budget-
reporter The Brentwood Christian athletic teams
ministrator to its staff by hiring Brian Thrift, ing and scheduling started their offseason workouts in August.
The Lady Bears junior high 5A volleyball who will serve as athletic director for the boys. games. Baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, and
team has been demolishing opponents, hav- Last year’s interim athletic director Devan Some improve- track teams are hoping to make playoffs.
ing won all but one match in two sets. Their Loftis has taken the position of girls’ athletic ments are already ev- For the boys’ soccer and baseball teams,
record stands at 5-0. director. ident, such as the new there is a new coach, Brian Thrift, who is
The team, made up entirely of eighth grad- This comes after the administration decided scoreboards in the also the new boys’ athletic director. Since he
ers, is led by Keely Hardin and Blair Wester- during the summer to help strengthen the ath- FLC and bleachers is new, Thrift wants to get to know the play-
letic program. According to director of devel- for the soccer field. ers. But he already has some goals in place.
Another upcoming Coach Brian
lund, both of whom participated in the Junior
Olympics in Atlanta this summer with their opment Brandon Tatum, one of the ideas was “I want my players to come out to work and
club team, Austin Juniors. Four other girls to hire a second athletic director. When this facility upgrade will Thrift show respect to all opponents,” Thrift said.
also play on Club Jollyville together, mean- was brought before the school board in July, be new lights in the FLC and partial lighting Both soccer teams – boys and girls – are
ing six of eight girls play on club teams. the board decided it would be feasible to hire added on the soccer field, enabling them to do learning ball skills with coach Thrift and as-
“The result of playing so much volleyball another director, and they began the search. some nighttime practices. sistant Cash Miller, who coached elementary
year round is that this team is the most tal- Tatum said they looked at many resumes and Thrift said he came to Brentwood for a “king- and middle school last year. The players are
ented group of eighth-grade volleyball play- reached out to a few people, including Thrift, dom impact on the lives of young children” and expecting to learn more how to improve their
ers we have had since I’ve been coaching whom Tatum had known since they were both to be away from the rigorous recruiting trail skills from the two coaches. Having goals
here,” coach Kaylee Loftis said. assistant basketball coaches at Abilene Chris- that took him away from his family so much at helps them endure the hot sun on the field.
All of the 5A girls played together in the tian University. Rochester. Ironically though, he has been away Boys’ basketball coach Brandon Tatum
Hutto summer league. According to Hardin, Thrift is a former basketball coach at Olivet from them for the beginning of the school year, said his main goal right now is for the team
they mostly dominated but occasionally lost Nazarene University, ACU, and Rochester Col- since they stayed in Michigan when he came to to get in shape, but ultimately he wants his
their focus and lost by a small margin. lege. He also was an assistant athletic director Austin in August. team to be the best defense in district.
Loftis said that the team can still get better at Rochester, which is in Michigan, and was in According to Thrift, he was not looking for “Our strength is that we have a fit team,”
and that their goal is to win the AIPL tourna- charge of monitoring athletes’ academic prog- a new job when Tatum called him but was in- junior Dennis Clifford said. “Last year we
ment during the first week of November. ress, as well as facilities and sports marketing. trigued by the offer and decided it would be a had more energy left than the other teams in
The 3A team is coached by Megan Hines “He brings a lot of experience from other good fit for him. the fourth quarter.”
(BCS ’05), and they lost their first match stuff he’s been doing,” Loftis said. “He gives Thrift and his wife Alyson have two boys: Girls’ basketball coach Devan Loftis is fo-
against St. Stephens on Monday, Sep. 12. us the ability to do a lot of new things for the a kindergartner named Brooks and an eight- cusing on increasing speed in workouts. Lof-
The team has 12 girls, with both seventh and athletic program.” week-old named Brock. They joined him on tis said he expects his players to get stronger
eighth graders. The 2A team is mostly sev- Loftis said with the addition of a second Sep. 24.
athletic director there is more time to focus on see OFFSEASON, page 4
enth graders and is also coached by Loftis.
improving performances in each specific sport
McCormick, Brunson lead runners to state
jonathon REICH There were also many runners who placed The third meet of the season was in Cedar
reporter in this meet, unlike the first one. McCormick Park on Sep. 24. McCormick (18:23) and Ar-
earned fifth place, and junior Matthew Archer cher were the top finishers for the boys, while
Senior Marcus McCormick is now the fastest was the seventh to finish, coming in at 17:54. Brunson (12:32) and Glenn again led the girls.
cross country runner in BCS history. The girls’ race had similar results. Senior Brit- Rotich said he is hoping the boys will make
Finishing a recent meet with a time of 17:31, tany Brunson was the head of the group again, the top five in the state this year. After the
McCormick took four seconds off the previ- finishing in third place at 13:10 on the two-mile second meet, he said he believes this is very
ous school record held by 2009 graduate Mark course, while junior Priscilla Glenn managed achievable – all they would need to do is get at
Nesslage. to get 15th, exactly 1:20 behind Brunson. least two runners in the top 10.
However, McCormick knows it will matter Before this, the teams started off their sea- Girls’ coach Katie Smith said she would like
more if he does it at the state meet, since some son in a difficult meet on Saturday, Sep. 3, in the girls to get at least third in state, which she
other courses do not meet the regulation dis- Belton. said she believes is an achievable goal because
tance of five kilometers. Nesslage was timed at In spite of difficult competition, Brunson of the girls’ determination and focus, but one
18:04 in the 2007 state meet. pulled through in sixth place with a time of that won’t be easy considering that the team
“Continuing to run at that level is going to 13:06, only about 30 seconds behind the top lost two of their top five runners this year.
require a lot of training, encouragement from runner. After Brunson, the rest of the girls’ To achieve their goals, the teams are outside
my teammates, and help from God,” McCor- team managed to stay within two minutes of running every day, doing different activities to
mick said. each other. build endurance and speed. Rotich and Smith
The state meet will be Oct. 22 in Waco. The boys’ experience was similar. McCor- both have different schedules for their teams,
McCormick’s feat occurred in Brentwood’s mick led the boys at 18:30; after him the rest which include running the trails behind the
second cross country meet of the season, on of the team managed to stay relatively close to- school, and running around the soccer field and
Sep. 16 in Pflugerville. The boys and girls gether, staying about only five minutes apart. roads during eighth period.
teams earned third and fourth place, respec- “I was very impressed,” coach Jacob Rotich “This year is just much more organized and photo: Melissa Vandygriff
tively, among 3A schools. said. “Of all the years I’ve been coaching I’ve better training for actual meets,” junior Travis Cruising Junior Matthew Archer presses
This meet was an improvement from the first never had a team with times that close to each Clark said.
toward the finish during the cross coun-
one of the season, when the girls placed eighth other. The team doesn’t usually do that well at The next meet will be this Saturday, Oct. 1,
and the boys finished ninth. the beginning of the season.” in Round Rock. try meet at Pflugerville High on Sep. 16.
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THE BEAR FACTS September 2011
Varsity volleyball back on track in district Cheerleading
has new coach,
lanae HOLLINGSWORTH stemming from the hiring of James-Sauceda in
reporter early August. She has sped up the offense by
running quick middles and changing the setting
enters new era
The Lady Bears are 3-2 in district going position, making it harder for the opponent to
into last night’s game. Led by new coach Britt defend.
James-Sauceda, they are currently third in James-Sauceda has not only worked to
district standings and on course to make the increase the volleyball prowess of the athletes, madalyn GARELICK
playoffs. but also deepen their faith in God. reporter
The team played several matches before “Spiritually I’ve attempted to deepen
getting a boost by adding two players to their the team’s roots in scripture and prayer by The cheer program at Brentwood Christian
roster. Since then the team has played in two implementing team chaplains and small is getting a fresh start, beginning with a new
tournaments and several non-district matches groups,” James-Sauceda said. coach. Ange Blankenship is now sharing
before starting district play on Sep. 6 with a Captains for the varsity are Brunson and her role as varsity cheer coach with Vanessa
win at Central Texas Christian in five sets. Megan Gum. Katie Clement is the team’s Hart, a 2010 ACU graduate.
Five out of seven attackers hit in the positive chaplain, while Mackenzie Merkord is the JV Hart was a varsity cheerleader for three
percentile, and senior Brittany Brunson led the chaplain. years at Anderson High School. She has
team with an average of 2.8 assists per set. James-Sauceda said that she hopes to take also done gymnastics since age four and
The Lady Bears had their ups and downs at “strides” towards forming a strong volleyball competitive cheer squad with Cheer West
the Brentwood Invitational on Sep. 9-10. They program at BCS. The team set district goals starting in sixth grade. Hart was the cheer
struggled with their serving but played as a which include qualifying for playoffs, captain at Murchison Middle School.
team in their fifth match, communicating and beating Round Rock Christian, and placing With her long history and knowledge of
passing at will. first in district. While first place is no longer cheerleading, Hart is bringing a fresh new
On Sep. 12, the team lost their second district attainable, the team hopes to make playoffs and look for the Brentwood cheer squad. One
match in three sets at St. Dominic against a beat RRCA the second time around. goal she set for herself was to be a coach
taller team of club players who could hit the “It was a rough start, but we are getting that could provide an ample amount of time
ball down. A week later, although two of the to where we want to be,” junior Morgan to the squad while balancing three other
sets were close, the girls lost to Round Rock Vandygriff said. jobs.
Christian on Sep. 19, in three sets. James-Sauceda played volleyball at Laredo Hart also has one main goal for the
photo: Mark Merkord The girls beat Waco Texas Christian in three Community College and Colorado Christian squad.
Get up! Sophomore Avery Westerlund sets to win their second district game on Sep. University. She began coaching club volleyball “I want them to be more confident in
spikes the ball in the Lady Bears’ game 22. in 2004. Last year she assisted with the BCS themselves,” she said, explaining that this
The team has undergone some changes varsity.
against Hyde Park on Aug. 23. would improve their skills.
Hart has also set some new procedures.
The members of the cheer squad now have
Bears’ football team cruises to easy victories
to complete 20 merits by homecoming
in January. The girls can complete those
by attending volleyball games, doing
community service, getting good grades,
lanae HOLLINGSWORTH On Sep. 27 the Bears’ rematch with Redeem- “I have proposed that we host the ‘Brent- and taking cheer classes outside of school.
reporter er was suspended with the score tied 12-12 and wood Invitational’ if the league doesn’t already Another change this year is the addition
BCS lining up for an extra point. It is unknown have something planned,” Hall said. of morning practices. On Tuesdays at 7
What two words are associated with the com- if the game will be resumed. The elementary 3A team is coached by David a.m. the team is in the gym learning cheers
ing of September and October? Fall and foot- This year the BCS junior high football team Peyton, and the 1A team is coached by David and practicing new skills. On Wednesdays
ball. The junior high flag football team started has a whole new look. Last year’s team was Trevino, a dad of two elementary students. the girls are in the gym at 6:30 a.m.
the season 2-0, with victories over Redeemer large and had a mixed group conditioning with crunches, lifting weights,
and St. Ignatius. A third game was suspended of seventh and eighth graders. and stretching.
due to lightning on Tuesday night. This year, however, the team “I want the squad to be viewed as athletics
The team started the season off with a 35-7 has only 11 members, and all and a team sport,” Hart said.
win Sep. 15 against Redeemer at St. Louis but one are eighth graders. Hart has said that not only does she want the
Catholic Church. They got a safety on the first The team expressed confi- girls to play a role in supporting the athletics
play after the kickoff. Eighth-grade quarter- dence in their ability and said but also to attend other school events. This
back John Hollingsworth had four touchdown that their goal is to win all their means attending plays, musicals, StuCo
passes, two of which went to eighth-grader games and the post-season events, and other Brentwood activities.
Trent Brinthaupt and two to eighth-grader Jon- tournament. A new addition for all high school students
ny Clifford. Clifford also had a touchdown run. “(Our goal) is to crush every is the opportunity to become a part of the
In the second half eighth-grader Jacob Skymba team,” Brinthaupt said. Claw Crew. This will be a student-led group
had an interception. Redeemer was never able Coach Brian Hall said his that will support the various teams. This
to move the ball well. goal for the season is to “im- group was formed to make games more fun
In their first home game on Sep. 20 against prove over last year,” when the and spirited. Students will have the chance
St. Ignatius, the Bears rolled to a 38-6 victory team went 4-5. to show their crazy side while supporting
with six touchdowns. Clifford started the scor- “Since last year was our first, the Bears.
ing fest with a touchdown run, followed by I hope this year marks a large “The more school spirit the fans have, the
touchdown passes by Hollingsworth to Brin- step forward for our program,” better athletics will be,” Hart said
thaupt, eighth-grader André Kuhn, and sev- Hall said. The 2011-12 varsity cheer squad is seniors
enth-grader Garrison Ryberg. Setting up two This year a post-season tour- Shannon Lesko (captain), Katie Clement,
of those touchdowns were interceptions from nament is tentatively scheduled and Karlie Mattison; sophomore Erin
Clifford and Skymba. Midway through the sec- for the week of Oct. 24. Hall is photo: Jeff Glenn Atchley; and freshmen Katelyn Crawford,
ond half Skymba came in as quarterback and optimistic about having a tour- One-on-one Sixth-grader Preston Glenn gets ready to Madalyn Garelick, and Rachel Dixon.
threw a touchdown pass to Brinthaupt and later nament, saying that if it does fake out his opponent from St. Theresa’s Catholic in an The cheer squad held another tryout this
scored on an option. The defense stood strong not make, he hopes Brentwood elementary game on Friday, Sep. 16. The middle school week in an effort to add more girls.
with 12 flag pulls and two sacks. can host its own. team, coached by Brian Hall, is currently unfefeated.
Page 8 News & Features
THE BEAR FACTS September 2011
One month till theater opens Lee announces
New facilities a “dream come true” for director Cindy Singleton
kailey RODDEN Singleton is Brigitta, and
plans to return
reporter seventh-grader Charlie
Just last May, faculty and students alike were
Vasquez plays Kurt. Sixth-
grader MaeAnne Herring
abuzz over the selection of the fall musical. is Marta, and fifth-grader
When choir teacher Missy Weaver announced in Corrie Hager plays Gretl. anna EWING
chapel that it would be “The Sound of Music,” “It’s been interesting try- reporter
math teacher Kaleen Graessle squealed with de- ing to learn the stage lan-
light along with many of the students. It didn’t guage and to play the actual Secondary principal Jared Lee announced at
take long until people were predicting who role,” McCormick said. “It chapel on Sep. 1 that he will not be returning
would play what part. Drama students beamed requires a skill set I haven’t to Brentwood Christian next year. His wife,
when talking about the new stage on which they used until this year.” Stephanie, who will graduate from UT Law
would perform. From kindergarten to faculty, The Iva Lea Worley Bar- School in December, accepted a job offer from
the whole school filled with anticipation. ton Theater is more than law firm Cotton Bledsoe in Midland.
On Friday, Oct. 28, “The Sound of Music” just for show. Aside from Lee said he is sad about leaving because he
will break in the Iva Lea Worley Barton The- photo: Mary Monacelli
the new stage, many luxu- loves all the students, teachers, and parents of
ater at Brentwood Christian School. Cast and Dancing with the Students High school students rehearse ries have been added to en- the Brentwood community. But he said he is
crew members have been busily rehearsing and a waltz choreographed by Cissy Johnson, at right, in prepa- hance the experience for the happy about his wife’s accomplishments and
preparing for the big show, which will be pre- audience, as well as for cast her hard work. He is also very thankful that she
sented over two weekends instead of one.
ration for “The Sound of Music,” which opens Oct. 28. and crew. A state-of-the-art got a job and that it is close to his family.
Practices are held in the new building three dents of all ages,” Weaver said. sound and light system has been installed; in- “I want my daughter to see her grandparents
days a week, with actors taking turns practic- The last time BCS performed “The Sound of stead of an old sound board, crew will be able more often, and this job offer is making that
ing with theater director Cindy Singleton and Music” was in 2000, when the Class of 2012 to do everything from a touch-screen remote. possible. It will be nice to be back with my
choir teacher Missy Weaver. Math and science was in kindergarten. Instead of using the Fam- “I love the new sound system,” senior Syd- family,” Lee said.
teacher Cissy Johnson has been choreograph- ily Life Center, Singleton rented out Pfluger- ney Jung said. “It’s going to make things so Lee plans on working at Midland Christian
ing the dance scenes and instructing actors. ville Middle School’s auditorium. much easier.” where his father, Eddie Lee, is the superinten-
However, it’s not just the drama department “I remember The Sound of Music being one Underneath the stage is a vast open workshop dent. Before coming to Brentwood, Lee was
doing all the work. The school band has a vital of my first Brentwood experiences,” said senior – a haven for building and storing set pieces. A principal at the middle school there.
role in the production of the musical; orchestra Kayle Morin, who will play the role of Maria. workman’s elevator has been installed to easily The Lees knew a job offer in Midland would
practices take place during lunchtime. “I was captivated by Cici Pedre (BCS ’02) and whisk large set pieces away. An orchestra pit be a possibility since she interned at the same
In 1959, the famous musical songwriting thought to myself, ‘When I get big, that is what will house the mixed student and teacher band, firm for the last two summers. After she was
duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein I want to do.’ Little did I know that 13 years and actors now have a backstage bathroom and offered the job in late August they decided they
opened “The Sound of Music” on Broadway. later I would be preparing to perform in that real changing rooms. would move. Lee said it was a difficult deci-
The musical is loosely based on the true story of very same role.” “It will be a dream come true in so many sion because of all the hard work he has put
the Austrian family of widower Captain Georg Starring along with Morin is senior Marcus ways,” Singleton said of the new facilities. into the school.
von Trapp, his seven children, and their govern- McCormick, who will play Captain von Trapp “First, for me, is to finally have a venue in which Lee’s main goal this year is to keep “business
ess Maria. The musical quickly gained success in his first role with BCS. Senior Kailey Rodden every audience member will be able to see and as usual” and make this transition as smooth
and was made into a movie in 1965 that won and sophomore Bryce Morin, both theater vet- hear the show. Second, we are already enjoying as possible.
four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. erans, are the dynamic duo Elsa Schraeder and the ability to come and rehearse on a stage; we “I care very much for all the students and
“Mrs. Singleton and I chose it because every- Max Dettweiler. Senior Haley Decker, Encore don’t have to construct and tear down every time truly believe we’re going to have a great last
one loves this show, we thought it would be a member and theater rookie, will play Leisl. we rehearse. Third, I am so happy to provide my year together,” he said.
great opening musical for the new theater, it’s Freshmen Tyler Clark and Haley Hudson students with a performance space worthy of
very family friendly, and it would involve stu- play Friedrich and Louisa. Eighth-grader Jodie their talent, dedication, and commitment.”
Playscape the timber border and concrete necessary for
continued from page 1 the landscape around the playscape, and the
ribbon-cutting party attended by the kinder-
Elementary principal Dr. Libby Weed said garten through second grades. A portion of the
she is honored to receive this wonderful gift be- money will also be given to the Children’s Ark
cause outdoor play is necessary for the growth and Developmental Preschool programs.
and development of children. Mohrmann has worked with TerraCycle be-
“Outdoor play is a crucial part of every fore in fundraising through recycling. She has
school day,” Weed said. “Children simply love encouraged BCS students to recycle various
to go outside and play.” goods such as CapriSun drink pouches.
Dead trees were recently cut down in the field In April, Mohrmann got an email from Ter-
where the playscape was placed due to this raCycle saying that their company was part-
year’s unusually high temperatures and lack of nering with Old Navy to recycle flip flops. It
rain. This has therefore greatly reduced the areas also had a survey to fill out that would put the
of shade for teachers to sit and children to play. school in the running to win a playground.
The new playground will help fill the empty “I filled it out and completely forgot about
parts of the field, and part of the $5,000 will go it,” Mohrmann said.
toward buying canopies to provide shade. In May she received a phone call from Ter- photo: Elena Battle
“We have recently lost some important trees raCycle following up on the survey. In August Warm welcome Student Council member Rachel Dixon, left, talks with Anh Nguyen
in our play area to a severe drought, and putting she received another phone call saying that at the new student luncheon on Aug. 15, the day before school started. Follow-
this new playground into the bare spot will be a BCS had won the playground, along with only ing tradition, StuCo members shared pizza, toured the campus, played games, and
thrill to our students,” Dr. Weed said. three other schools in the nation.
“broke the ice” with their new classmates.
The prize money will also be used to cover