2007-08 Issue 1 - Charlotte Christian School

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  Head of School/President
       Dr. Leo Orsino

    Lower School Principal
         John Petrey

   Middle School Principal
         Deb Otey

    Upper School Principal
        Allen Nielsen

    Director of Academics
       Dr. Joe Siragusa

    Director of Admissions
         Alicia Jesso

     Director of Athletics
        Tom Jamerson

  Director of Communications
       Laura Goodyear

   Director of Development
      George Courtney

     Director of Facilities
      Carmine Loiacono

      Director of Finance
         & Operations
          Terry Efird

     Director of Fine Arts
        Michelle Long

   Media Center Director &
    Academic Coordinator
       Marcia Craig

    Director of Technology
                                   NEW LOOK FOR Voice

         Mike Brooks                                    You might notice that this issue of the Voice has a new look. After reviewing our publications, we
                                                        thought it would be best to redesign the look of our quarterly newsletter to a magazine-style format
Assistant Director of Admissions                        that exhibits more feature stories on our students, faculty, staff and community. We wanted to
         Susan Plunkett                                 provide a more in-depth look at Charlotte Christian and focus our content on reporting stories about
                                                        our school community. Please direct comments to Laura Goodyear, Director of Communications.
    Assistant Director of
Development & Annual Giving                                                    Send story ideas to laura.goodyear@charchrist.com
        Teresa Davis                                                            Send alumni news to teresa.davis@charchrist.com
                                                                           Send address changes to amanda.carpenter@charchrist.com
                      FALL 2007


      2       NEWS WITH A TWIST
              The broadcasting class offers students a
              chance to develop high quality news and
              announcements on a weekly basis.

      5       AdVENTURE IN SCIENCE
              The lower school science lab enjoys the additions
              of “Squirt” the octopus and “Sugar and Spice” the
              sugar gliders.

      13      ExPERIENCE WINdy GAP:
              MIddLE SCHOOL STyLE
              Eighth grade student Maggie Blank sheds some
              light on the middle school Windy Gap experience.

              The new PTF fundraiser was a resounding success
              as lower school students learned about fitness
              and character.

      5       ACAdEMICS

      8       ATHLETICS

      11      Fine Arts


      16      COMMUNITy

      19      AdVANCEMENT

      Lauren Armbrust               Meg Moore
      Lacey Campbell                Amanda Poole
      Craddock Photography          Ryan Runge
      Barb Hasselberg               Deb Seelig
      Paula Hodges                  Development Staff
      Dave Krehl Photography        Accolade Staff
      Laurie Little                 Communications Staff
      Haley McCullen

                                           Dear Charlotte Christian Community:

                                           We have a lot to be thankful for at Charlotte Christian School. I am extremely grateful to our faculty, staff, coaches
                                           and volunteers for their Christ-honoring professionalism and grace-filled spirit. I am also thankful for our remarkable
                                           students and their families. As a community of believers we come together in Christ to do His Kingdom work every day.
                                           By God’s grace we strive for excellence in spiritual life, academics, athletics, fine arts, character development and
                                           service to others to impact the culture for His glory. This commitment to God’s truth and excellence is reflected throughout
                                           the Voice.

                                           This year we have been spending extra time studying the Sermon on the Mount. In this great sermon, Jesus teaches us
                                           many lessons about “thinking and acting differently.” Some would say Jesus is challenging His followers to develop a
                                           Biblical perspective and Christian world and life view about their relationship and identity with Him as well as how they
                                           view others and how they respond to life on earth.

                                           To encourage our students to “think and act differently,” we introduced the concept of “Abiding in Christ.” We used this
                                           concept because of our study of the Beatitudes. The entire Sermon on the Mount hinges on the first beatitude, “blessed
                                           are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Embracing our need for Jesus is the first step
                                           to surrendering to Him each day. As we connect with Christ, our relationship with Him will grow stronger. When we
                                           remain in Jesus (John 15:5) we can begin to understand and follow the Sermon on the Mount. His attributes of love,
                                           grace, mercy, peace, patience and wisdom will be reflected in our words, work and witness. These attributes are the
                                           character traits we want in our children. We want our children to grow in wisdom, stature and favor with God and men
                                           (Luke 2:52).

                                           As we continue to “Abide in Christ” and His truth as a school community, we will help our students develop a Biblical
                                           perspective about God, Jesus, others, themselves and their life. This Christian world and life view will be their foundation
                                           of truth for life (Matthew 7:24).

                                           Thank you for your prayers and dedication to excellence at Charlotte Christian School.

                                           In His grace,

                                           Dr. Leo Orsino
                                           Head of School

      1                             CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
news with a

              FALL 2007   2
                                       hink Saturday Night Live meets the evening news
                                      and you get a picture of the video announcements     The process of putting together the video announcements
                                    put together each week by the broadcasting class.      begins with a pitch meeting during class period. Each
                                  The broadcasting class at Charlotte Christian seeks      student brings an idea of a potential “story” to cover.
                            to put out professional, high-quality broadcasts of student    Students spend time bouncing ideas off each other and
                            news and announcements on a weekly basis and is entitled       eventually agree on which stories will make it into the
                            “Knights Knews.” Taught by Chad Fair, the year-long class      broadcast.
                            is an elective and is offered to tenth – twelfth graders. In
                            order to be accepted into the class, students must submit      “Creativity is vital to the Christian life and my job as a
                            an edited piece of video or a screen test of themselves        fine arts educator is to ignite the creative mind,” said Fair.
                            reading the announcements. Two teacher references are          “Nothing makes me as excited as seeing 18 kids coming
                            required and class members must be campus leaders.             together to create something.”

                            The video announcements, a weekly highlight for                Following the pitch meeting, students begin to plan the
                            upper school students, are broadcast once a week on            segments. Much like a film, this includes writing scripts,
                            television, usually on Fridays. Announcements are read         scouting the campus for locations and planning for any
                            and broadcast through the intercom system the remaining        necessary costumes. For each four to five minute segment
                            days of the week.                                              that makes it into a broadcast, approximately one and a
                                                                                           half hours are needed to plan and film.
                            The weekly, 10-minute video broadcast begins with a short
                            introduction which is followed by the day’s announcements      “I am trying to teach the kids that preparation is 9/10
                            reported by a member of the broadcasting class. Two            of the battle,” said Fair. “They want to be spontaneous
                            or three segments, usually based on campus events or           because they think that is funnier, but they don’t realize
                            activities, conclude the broadcast. These segments are         how hard they make it on themselves when they don’t
                            filled with humor, both subtle and physical, and truly         plan things out.”
                            showcase the creativity of the class members.
                                                                                           The editing process begins once the filming is complete.
                            “We are trying to create a product people want to see,”        A four to five minute piece usually takes anywhere from
                            said Fair. “It is hard to create information that appeals      three to seven hours to edit. A team of students works
                            to a broad-reaching sense of humor. I am trying to teach       diligently, often over the weekend, to get the broadcast
                            my students how to be respectful about an issue but to         ready. The students use the industry standard for digital
                            still have fun.”                                               independent film-making, Final Cut Pro, to edit the

                                                                            BROADCASTING CLASS
broadcasts. During the year, each student must take a
turn participating in each aspect of putting the broadcast
together from reading the announcements, to filming and
editing the video.

Due to limited class time, students work many hours
outside the classroom and often have to re-arrange other
activities in order to have time to make the broadcast

“One of the greatest things my students are learning is
time management,” said Fair. “They are also learning
how to be flexible.”

Fair, along with his students, have big plans for the class.
One of his goals is to have students broadcast athletic
events live over the internet so fans that can’t come to the
games can hear what is going on.

“I am hopeful we will continue to develop this program,”
said senior Daniel Andrews. “I feel like we have set a
standard and given a backbone to this class.”

Andrews, a Charlotte Christian student since first grade,
has been in the class for two years. He has seen it develop
since last year and enjoys what the class has become.

“I love the fun atmosphere and sense of community in
the class,” said Andrews. “It doesn’t feel like a typical
class. It allows me to use my creative talents in a different
way and put to use some of the skills I have. Mr. Fair is
incredible. He has a lot of energy and a huge passion for
broadcasting and media.”

“I would love for Charlotte Christian School to be sought
after as a place students come for broadcasting and film,”
said Fair. “We need Godly students going into the field
to be leaders. I want to help prepare kids, technically and
spiritually, who want to go into the broadcasting field.”

                                                                FALL 2007          4

                   Adventure in Science
                   T    he lower school science lab has been an exciting
                        place to be this year. Beginning with some health
                   issues for the beloved Iggy the iguana and continuing
                                                                                 days. A few weeks
                   through the additions of several new animals, life in the     octopus      joined
                   lab has been one adventure after another.                     the menagerie of
                                                                                 animals.     Squirt
                                                                                 was born in an
                                                                                 aquarium        and
                                                                                 therefore       was
                                                                                 accustomed        to
                                                                                 captivity.    Since
                                                                                 joining the group,
                                                                                 Squirt has thrived under the watchful eye of more than
                                                                                 400 lower school students. “I like the way Squirt moves,”
                                                                                 said second grader Caroline Doyle. “He is cute.”

                                                                                 A few weeks after Squirt arrived, two Australian
                                                                                 marsupials called sugar gliders came to live in the lab.
                                                                                 Named Sugar and Spice, these animals are a gift from
                   The excitement began over the summer with a cut on            Donald Nelson, a member of the Charlotte Christian class
                   Iggy’s face that was taking a long time to heal. While        of 2004. The sugar gliders are like chipmunks in size and
                   staying with a school family for the summer, the wound        have soft fur like a chinchilla, a long tail, big eyes and the
                   became infected and spread systematically. Surgery            ability to glide through the air like a flying squirrel.
                   was required which was eventually performed by Dr.
                   Laura Elliott from Providence Veterinary Clinic. Finding      “The sugar gliders are adorable and, as the word has
                   someone who could perform surgery on an iguana was                                      gotten out that our mystery
                   no easy task. However, as it always is with God, the                                    pets have arrived, there
                   pieces of the puzzle fall right into place. Dr. Paul Weeks,                             has been a line at the door
                   a Charlotte Christian School parent, had a partner (Dr.                                 to check them out,” said
                   Elliott) who happened to be an “expert” on reptiles. Dr.                                Hodges. “The male is very
                   Elliott was available and willing to do the surgery which                               bashful and the female is far
                   even required a nurse to manually breathe for Iggy while                                much more curious about her
                   she was sedated.                                                                        new environment.”

                   Iggy spent the rest of the summer under the constant care                                 As the new animals have
                   of Lower School Science Teacher Paula Hodges and, after                                   joined the lab, Hodges
                   a round-the-clock regimen of sitz baths and antibiotics,      has made it possible for the students to get involved in
                   was nursed back to good health.                               naming them. She allowed each class to submit a name
                                                                                 that was voted on at the grade level. The winning name
                   “The regenerative power God has put in animals is             at each grade level was then put on the ballot and all
                   amazing,” said Hodges. “Iggy’s lip is growing back            lower school students voted on the seven choices.
                   beautifully and her appetite is better than it was before
                   she became sick.”                                             Fourth grader Allison Myers has spent a lot of extra time
                                                                                 before and after school in the lab and has enjoyed all the
                   Interestingly enough, in the process of Iggy’s illness and    new animals this year. “I like the new animals and getting
                   subsequent surgery, it was discovered that Iggy is actually   to learn about where they live and what they eat,” said
                   a female. This was a big surprise to Hodges and the           Myers. “I love to hold them and play with them.”
                   lower school students.
                                                                                 All the excitement in the lab has made for a sometimes
                   Another cause of excitement in the science lab was the        crowded environment. “It has been interesting to see more
                   addition of several new animals. In early October, a          people coming through my lab this year,” said Hodges. “I
                   baby octopus was the first of the new creatures to join       have even had middle school students come back to see
                   the lower school family of pets. Unfortunately, due to        all that is going on. That is the idea of a lab, though, to
                   the stress of moving from an ocean home to an aquarium        promote curiosity and excitement.”
                   halfway around the world, the octopus lived only a few

the Amazing
of ryan runge
W        hat do hang gliding in Brazil, zip-lining off the
         61st floor of a building in China and traveling
on a prisoner-filled train in India have in common? No,
they are not episodes from a season of the television
show “The Amazing Race.” They are real-life adventures
in the amazing travels of upper school math and science
teacher Ryan Runge. As part of his journey across the            One of his travel highlights was his trip to New Zealand
globe, Runge has visited 45 countries where he has seen          in 2001. “The scenery was the most spectacular I have
the Mayan ruins in Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Eiffel      ever seen. The people were really friendly. It was also
Tower in France and exotic animals on several African            an easy trip because everyone spoke English.”
                                                                 Runge often travels alone and enjoys staying in hostels
The travel bug bit Runge during his senior year in high          where he can meet people traveling the world like he is.
school when he went on a three-month mission trip to             “I always take my Bible with me and I consider these trips
Cameroon to build a house for a pastor there. Although           to be like a ‘retreat.’ There are fewer distractions when
he contracted malaria and almost died from that trip,            I travel. People think I am crazy because I go by myself,
Ryan considers his visit to Africa a highlight in his travels.   but I love it. I pack a backpack and take off to travel the
                                                                 world. I am living my dream.”
“My faith really grew from my trip to Cameroon. That
is when I felt the Lord calling me into full-time ministry as    Several of his most interesting travel experiences involve
a career.”                                                       ones with family connections. “My grandfather lived in
                                                                 Albania as a child, and I visited there after communism
                                Runge grew up in Los             fell in the early 1990s. The country was still going
                                Angeles and attended the         through a lot of changes and it was a very interesting
                                University of California at      trip.” In addition, Runge spent last summer traveling in
                                Riverside where he majored       Vietnam where his father served in the Vietnam War. “I
                                in geophysics. As he began       got to visit several of the POW camps there including the
                                his studies, he realized that    camp where John McCain was held. It was incredible to
                                he enjoyed the physics part      see the conditions under which these men were held and
                                and felt the Lord called him     the hardships they endured.”
                                to teaching. At the time,
                                there weren’t many options       “I like visiting third world countries the most because when
                                for a young physics student      I return I realize how much God has blessed me, not only
                                who wanted to work in the        materially, but also with the ability to easily survive in this
                                ministry. As God would           world. We enjoy a safe place to live with clean water
                                have it, a position was open     and food. These other countries have people dying all
                                at Charlotte Christian with      the time.”
                                Ryan’s name on it.
                                                                 Russia is at the top of his list of places to go next summer.
During his 12 years at Charlotte Christian School, Runge         Also on his list of must-sees are Egypt, Israel, Australia and
has had the opportunity to participate in school-sponsored       even Antarctica. “My ultimate dream is to spend two years
mission trips with faculty and students. The trips include       literally going around the whole world, not coming home
visits to Mexico in 1998, Costa Rica in 1999, and Austria        the     entire
in 2000.                                                         time. There
                                                                 is nowhere
Many of the trips Runge has taken outside the school have        I don’t want
also been mission-related. He has been to Thailand as            to go.”
a leader with Teen Missions. As part of that trip Runge
worked to recruit students to act in an evangelistic film.
In another trip to East Africa, Runge visited villages
where he shared his faith and participated in outreach

                                                                                                                               FALL 2007      6

                                                                        New Kids on the Block
                   D   o you remember a time when you were the new kid on the block? With 23 new full-time and part-time employees
                       joining the Charlotte Christian family of 186, there are a lot of fresh faces around campus. In a recent questionnaire,
                   we asked them what their first day at Charlotte Christian was like and to tell us what they enjoyed most about working
                   at Charlotte Christian School. Here are a few of their responses:

                   WHAT WAS yOUR FIRST dAy LIKE AT                                  WHAT dO yOU ENjOy MOST ABOUT
                   CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN?                                             WORKING AT CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN?
                                      “I was a little nervous my first day,                             “The thing I most enjoy about working
                                      since the first day of school was my first                        here is the Christ-centered, positive
                                      day of work! It was also very exciting                            spirit and the support I feel from my
                                      because I had been looking forward                                coworkers. I also love working with
                                      to working in a Christian atmosphere.                             the students when they have needed
                                      Everyone was willing to help me with                              support and help.”
                                      the little details, like explaining the                           - Cindi Dodd, lower school counselor
                   copier, finding my way around, etc. I knew I was where
                   God wanted me to be.”                                                               “What I enjoy most about working at
                             - June Brookshire, second grade assistant                                 Charlotte Christian is feeling God’s
                                                                                                       palpable presence in the hallways and
                                     “I was amazed at how quickly the                                  classrooms of this school every day.
                                     day passed, by the time I looked at                               There is such an awesome community
                                     my watch it was already 3 p.m. Part                               of believers, the “cloud of witnesses”,
                                     of my job includes handling students’                             that makes sure everyone is prayed
                                     schedule changes so dealing with those         over and cared for. My family, bi-coastal as it is right
                                     took the majority of my day. I love my         now, has been welcomed so warmly; my son has entered
                                     coworkers, but one of the reasons I love       into his senior year here and has found the support so
                   my job so much is because I love the students. I had been        strong and consistent. This comes only from a sanctified
                   couped up in an office or sitting in orientation for the first   community that surrounds us at all times, guided by the
                   month of work, so I was overjoyed when school started as         Spirit that indwells and guides this school. God is so
                   it meant kids would be in and out of my office.”                 faithful and amazing in how he gives us opportunities
                            - Heath Reynolds, upper school counselor                we don’t deserve, takes us where we don’t expect to go,
                                                                                    (Hebrews 11:8) and blesses us despite ourselves.”
                                                                                                       - Donn Headley,
                                                                                                         upper school history teacher
                   NEW EMPLOyEES
                     Jamie Arnold             MS Social Studies Teacher,            Amy Jamerson            MS Administrative Assistant/
                                              Volleyball and Softball Coach                                 Business Office Assistant (part-time)
                     Jennifer Brady           Second Grade Teacher                  Tom Jamerson            Athletic Director
                     June Brookshire          Assistant Teacher for Mrs. Mull       Jennifer Mull           Third Grade Teacher
                     Allycia Brown            Extended Day (part-time)              Sue Nielsen             US History Teacher (part-time)
                     Cindi Dodd               LS Counselor                          Peter Petite            US Latin Teacher
                     Ben Doudt                US Bible Teacher                      Rob Pollack             MS Math Teacher
                     Christine Doyle          Assistant Teacher for                 Heath Reynolds          US Personal/Academic Counselor
                                              Mrs. Jill Richardson                  Jean Robbins            MS Latin Teacher
                     Donna Dunn               Nurse (part-time)                     Melissa Rodriguez       Custodial Services (part-time)
                     Patrick Efird            Extended Day (part-time)              Andrew Ross             MS Science Teacher
                     Allison Foscue           Extended Day (part-time)              Angela Waddill          US History/English Teacher
                     Joanna Grey              Assistant Teacher for Miss Walker     Sarah Walker            First Grade Teacher
                     Donn Headley             US History Teacher

                                                                                                                                     ATHLETICS: IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Building the Volleyball Program
One Season At a Time
J    amie Arnold took over the reigns of the varsity
     volleyball program this year and led her team to its
first NCISAA state playoff appearance in three years.
                                                              Fast forward four years and Arnold is using her college
                                                              experiences to help impact student-athletes at Charlotte
                                                              Christian. After coaching junior varsity volleyball and
After former coach and now assistant coach, Evan              middle school softball last year, she made the transition
Albertyn, decided to cut back his hours, Arnold became        to the varsity level.
the best fit for the program.
                                                              “In looking at this year’s talent, our goal was to shape our
“We are very excited about the leadership that Coach          mindset and raise the bar for our expectations. I wanted
Arnold brings to the volleyball program,” said Tom            the girls to take ownership and pride in the program.
Jamerson, director of athletics. “She is a tireless worker    I feel it is key that we emphasize women’s athletics at
and is committed to building a winning program that           this level because it gives girls an opportunity to get
brings glory to God.”                                         involved.”

Arnold played volleyball in high school growing up in         Her team picked up on this enthusiasm and took ownership
Yadkinville, N.C., before joining the varsity squad during    of their season. During the regular season, they took
her undergraduate years at Wingate University. She            conference opponents to five games and finished the
filled both the middle blocker and outside hitter positions   season with an 8-14 overall record. The Knights made
for the Bulldogs. She gained experience on the court and      the NCISAA state playoffs for the first time in three years.
on the bench.                                                 Seniors Lindsay Barnes and Joy Farley were named to
                                                              the CISAA all-conference team.
“Really, I learned the most from my time sitting on the
bench,” recalled Arnold. “I learned how to be an              “Coach Arnold has added a lot to our volleyball
encourager and motivator for our starting group.”             program,” explains senior Joy Farley. “She has good
                                                              experience and helps motivate us with her intensity and
Through her experience of being a part of a team,             encouragement.”
she was introduced to several sophomores that were
Christians that really “walked the walk.” They showed a       In addition to her coaching duties Arnold is teaching
true commitment of dedicating their life to Christ and this   seventh grade geography and is working on her graduate
deeply impacted Arnold. She proceeded to get involved         degree towards her MAT.
with campus outreach ministry and Arnold rededicated
her life to Jesus.
                                                                                                                         FALL 2007             8

                                         All-State Athlete:

                                                                                                      He helped lead the varsity soccer team to a 6-9-1 record
                                                                                                      after losing seven starters off of the team that went to the
                                                                                                      state championship last season. The shining moment this
                                                                                                      season was the big 3-2 victory over Charlotte Country
                                                                                                      Day with two goals scored in the last five minutes of the

                                                                                                      “Wil was one of our four returning starters that had
                                                                                                      extensive club experience,” said Eric Rhodes, assistant
                                                                                                      varsity soccer coach. “His talent is at the college level.
                                                                                                      By far Wil was our hardest worker. It is very difficult to
                                                                                                      play two varsity sports at all much less at the same time.
                                                                                                      Coach Estep and I wanted to see Wil succeed at both
                                                                                                      the sports.”

                                     J   unior Wil Kamin has had a lot on his plate this
                                         fall. He filled dual roles as the center midfielder
                                     for the Charlotte Christian varsity soccer team and the
                                                                                                      With a range of 40-50 yards for field goals, Kamin
                                                                                                      greatly contributed to the Knights football team this
                                                                                                      season as well.
                                     punter and kicker for the Knights varsity football team.
                                     However, he doesn’t just fill a position. Kamin is a key
                                                                                                      “It is huge to know that if we get in field goal range, we
                                     factor on both teams, so much so that he was honored as
                                                                                                      can kick it,” said Jason Estep, varsity head football coach.
                                     an all-conference and all-state athlete in both soccer and
                                                                                                      “Wil is a big time weapon for us. It shows you what an
                                     football this season.
                                                                                                      incredible athlete he is that he is able to kick both the
                                                                                                      soccer ball and football because those are two totally
                                     “I am very fortunate that I get to play both
                                                                                                                                  different kicks.”
                                     sports,” said Kamin. “It can be difficult, but
                                     I have to manage my time well. I try to
                                                                                      WEEKLY FALL SCHEDULE FOR WIL              Coach Estep wasn’t the only
                                     focus on one thing at a time and not get
                                                                                      7:45 a.m.            Arrive at school     one to notice Kamin’s talent.
                                     overwhelmed. Both of my coaches are very
                                                                                                                                WSOC-TV presented Kamin
                                     supportive.”                                     8 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Classes                with the Gridiron Great award
                                                                                      4 – 4:20 p.m.        Varsity Football     for his five field goals, including
                                     Kamin transferred to Charlotte Christian                              practice             a 52-yard score, in the 30-
                                     from Covenant Day in the eighth grade.
                                                                                      4:25 – 5:30 p.m.     Varsity Soccer       14 win over Country Day. His
                                     He always loved to play soccer but was                                practice             longest field goal this season of
                                     interested in football when a friend’s parent
                                                                                      5:35 – 6:30 p.m.     Varsity Football     53 yards was versus Parkwood
                                     encouraged him to try out for the football                            practice             High School on Aug. 24. It was
                                     team. He tried out that summer before
                                                                                      7:30-9 p.m.          Soccer Club          the third longest in Mecklenburg
                                     his freshman year and was immediately                                 team practice        County history and second
                                     moved to the varsity football team to fill the
                                                                                      9:15 p.m.            Dinner               longest in school history.
                                     needed kicker position. He has played both
                                     sports ever since then.                          9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Homework

     9                        CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                     ATHLETICS: IN THE SPOTLIGHT
In addition to his commitments to Charlotte Christian           A footnote: The varsity football team concluded the regular
athletics, Kamin has been a member of a soccer club             season with an 8-2 record and advanced to the NCISAA state
team called South Charlotte 89 Gold for the past six            championship game for the first time since 1994.
years. His club team is ranked ninth in the nation. In
January he plans to try out for the Olympic Development
Program North Carolina regional team that consists of the
top 18 players in the state in the 18-20 age range. They
will play against other teams in the region of Florida,
Georgia and South Carolina.

Kamin still has his senior year ahead but is looking to go to
college in the Southeast, preferably in the Atlantic Coast
Conference or Southeastern Conference. He wants to try
and play both sports in college if possible but would love
to try out for the football team given the chance.

                                                                Blazevich enlisted the help of the coaching staff to speak on
                                                                Tuesday nights. The coaches covered topics such as sexual
                                                                immorality, making good choices, importance of God in
                                                                your life and staying the course. Former NFL quarterback
                                                                Frank Reich even spoke to the team about staying focused
                                                                on life and on God.

                                                                Senior linebacker Chris Jain was a member of the elected
                                                                leadership counsel along with senior linebacker Jared Hart
                                                                and senior running back Lee Rose. “I liked listening to
                                                                Coach Blazevich talk on Tuesday nights,” said Jain. “He
                                                                gave examples that we were able to relate to and put into
                                                                perspective for our own life.”

                                                                “It’s fun to see the hand of God work in young men’s lives
                                                                and see them make something of their lives,” said Blazevich.
                                                                “This code of conduct is a commitment that is expected all
Preparing for the                                               year long. They are becoming a Christian and have a
                                                                code for life.”
Battle Field                                                    The coaches have also taken life lessons away from these

T    he football program made it a priority to give their
     student-athletes Biblically-based training this year.
Varsity head coach Jason Estep wanted to install a chaplain
                                                                devotions. The Sept. 14 game at East Lincoln High School
                                                                was a challenge for both the players and the fans as a
                                                                spiritual battle was being fought in a hostile environment
for the football teams and asked that Jim Blazevich lead        on the road.
the new program for the varsity and junior varsity teams.
The football team devoted Tuesday nights after practice         In his halftime speech, “Coach Estep told the team that ‘You
to study the book of Proverbs and learn how to apply the        guys aren’t behaving right. You have the word Christian on
teachings to their everyday life. The middle school team        your jersey and people are watching you. You aren’t just
held their devotions in the classroom on Fridays during         playing a football game,’” said Blazevich.
workshop with Doug Damon.
                                                                Whether the word Christian is labeled on the outside or
The coaches emphasized to the players that playing              not, the Holy Spirit exists on the inside and will always
football at Charlotte Christian is not a right but it is a      make people watch their actions more closely. Installing
privilege. The team bible verse for the season was Luke         this chaplaincy at Charlotte Christian is a way to ensure
12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will        that the students are receiving the necessary information to
be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted            be able to battle the field of life.
with much, much more will be asked.”

                                                                                                                            FALL 2007 10

                                A Work In Progress
                              T   he talents of Director of Fine Arts Michelle Long
                                  extend beyond her direction of upper school plays
                              and musicals. Long also puts her skills as a writer to
                                                                                               read through the play, often exchanging roles, and
                                                                                               agreed by consensus which ones of them should play
                                                                                               which roles. “It was really amazing because it wasn’t a
                              use and often writes original works for her students to          competition between students who wanted the roles with
                              perform. As part of the recently produced By Grace,              the most lines,” said Long. “It became about which student
                              Long let her students get involved in writing and casting        really best fit with each role. It was very eye-opening for
                              the play, and in the process offered them true “real-life”       the students to see that the casting process is not about
                              experience.                                                      perceived favorites. It really is about why someone fits a
                                                                                               particular role better than someone else.”
                              By Grace, is the poignant retelling of the days surrounding
                              Grace Kelly’s engagement and marriage to Prince Rainer           Once the show was cast, Long continued to re-write the
                              of Monaco. This story is told from the perspective of her        script. The re-writes were often the result of students’
                              bridesmaids, family and friends.                                 suggestions. “When we started rehearsals, we could see,
                                                                                               as it was being acted on, what scenes were working and
                              “By Grace is a story I had in my mind for 10 years, however      which ones weren’t,” said Daniel. “If something didn’t
                              it originated as a musical,” said Long. “I knew the premise      feel right we could go to Mrs. Long and she would listen
                              in my mind, but I did not actually begin writing the show        to us. It gave us a totally different perspective. We don’t
                              until after ACT 1 auditions were complete and we had             usually have the playwright sitting next to us to tell us
                              already advertised the production.”                              what they intended.”

                              As By Grace began to come to life on paper, Long was             The rehearsal process did not follow traditional time lines.
                              able to write specifically to her students. “When I began        Because there were on-going script re-writes, students
                              writing, I was able to write to the students in ACT 1. I         became nervous that they were not proceeding in the
                              could hear their voices speaking the lines in my head.           same time frame in which they were accustomed.
                              They inspired the characters and made them come alive.
                              The first week of school I came in with a very rough draft.      “It was kind of difficult because we had been working on
                              We read through what I had written, and I got a lot of           Merchant of Venice (which was being performed in the
                              great feedback from the students.”                               same weekend) since spring,” said Daniel. “We were into
                                                                                               the school year before we received By Grace. A lot of
                              Junior Will Daniel remembers receiving the script the first      people were nervous about not getting it done. Because
                              time. “When Mrs. Long gave us the script she told us it was      we were far along into Merchant (of Venice), it pushed
                              a ‘living document’ and still available for changes. As we       the idea that we weren’t as far along with By Grace. We
                              read through it we could hear what she wanted to say.”           had to be patient.”

                              When it came time to cast the show, Long allowed the             Daniel feels he and the rest of the ACT 1 team benefited
                              students to help with the casting process. The students          from the experience. “Being a part of the writing, casting
                                                                                               and even directing processes was great. We learned how
                                                                                               important each word is to the script. Each cast member
                                                                                               has a piece of the play they can say was their own. It
                                                                                               helped with the acting, too, by giving us more depth.”

                                                                                               “I feel like we gave the team some real-life experience,”
                                                                                               said Long. “I trusted them with the process. From the
                                                                                               beginning By Grace was a living, breathing document
                                                                                               much like in professional theatre where you get a new
                                                                                               script daily. They did a great job.”

                                                          A footnote: The production of By Grace earned a superior rating at the regional theatre competition,
     11 CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL                                and the ACT 1 drama team advanced to the state theatre festival for the third year in a row.
                                                                                                                                FINE ARTS: IN THE SPOTLIGHT
  Living a Dream
                            F    or an artist, a visit to Paris
                                 is like a trip to the moon
                            for an astronaut. Senior artist
                            Lauren Armbrust visited Paris
                            last summer and had the time of
                            her life exploring architecture,
                            photography, painting and
                            sketching in a city known for
                            its artistic culture. Armbrust
                            packed light in anticipation
                            of being able to purchase the
                            majority of her supplies in this
                            artist’s mecca.

                            “I had been saving all my
                            money since Christmas so I
could purchase all my art supplies in Paris,” said Armbrust.
“My parents gave me a traveling art easel that I took
with me. The things I purchased have a lot of meaning
because I bought them there.”
                                                                  AdVENTURES IN THE ARTS
A highlight for Armbrust was meeting the artists who
worked in the art supply stores. “I loved how the artists in        Several members of the fine arts community
Paris love talking to you about their work. No matter who           spent the summer doing extraordinary things
you are, they’ll stop what they’re doing and appreciate             with their gifts and talents. Here is a sampling
art with you.”                                                      of their summer adventures:
During her trip to the City of Light, Armbrust visited              • Senior Danielle Gendron studied with current
such cultural icons as the Louvre, Notre Dame and the
                                                                    and former Broadway actors, singers and
Eiffel Tower. Each inspired her and offered different
opportunities to explore her talents. “One day I set up my          dancers at the Broadway Theatre Project in
easel along the Seine River to do a charcoal sketching of           Florida this summer. Gendron also acted in
a bridge that connected the East Bank to the West Bank.             Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC)
I was drawn to the bridge for many reasons. One – there             summer production of South Pacific.
were these fashionable lamps that had a feminine look to
them. Also, I loved how the bridge showed everyday life,            • Alex Goley, Class of 2007, performed in
from the boats along the side of the river to the homeless          CPCC’s Seussical the Musical and Children of
people living under the bridge.”                                    Eden.
Armbrust’s appreciation for architecture grew from her              • Senior David James attended a five-week
visit to France and specifically a visit to Notre Dame.
                                                                    summer session of film camp at the North
“Every building (in France) is a masterpiece. The detail
is overwhelming. It would take a year to digest the                 Carolina School of the Arts. Out of 64 films
architecture of a building like Notre Dame. The history             completed by 60 students from around the
behind the buildings is fascinating.”                               country, James won the award for best dramatic
                                                                    film and best screenplay.
Another medium Armbrust explored in Paris was
photography. “I took about 1,000 pictures. There is art             • Junior Averi Israel spent the summer studying
everywhere you look.”                                               theatre at Yale University.

Her visit to Paris was a trip she’ll never forget. “The visit       • Senior Brooke Molitor spent the summer
matured my perspective. It made me feel like an artist,             studying at the prestigious Circle in the Square
and it helped me to concentrate on what to focus on
                                                                    theatre program, the only accredited training
during AP Studio this year. It made me want to go home
and paint for 10 days straight.”                                    conservatory associated with a Broadway
Her trip paid off and has helped her during her senior
year as she has entered several competitions and won                • Michelle Long, director of fine arts, debuted
several art awards. Armbrust plans to continue her study            the screenplay for The List, this summer at the
of art in college next year. Though her potential career            Ballantyne Village Theatre. Long co-wrote this
plans are still up in the air “no matter where I go, art will       Robert Whitlow film.
be a part of my life.”

                                                                                                                       FALL 2007 12

                                                                     Win dy Gap
                                                                           Middle School Style

                           I  magine a field trip, a retreat where you get to
                              encounter The Blob, compete against your classmates
                           and praise and worship God. Charlotte Christian middle
                                                                                          of Heartland Community Church in Rockford, Illinois was
                                                                                          asked to speak for the second straight year. He has
                                                                                          had a resounding impact on both the middle and upper
                           school takes this three-day retreat every fall to visit the    school students. This year he spoke about how everyone
                           Young Life camp near the mountains of Asheville, N.C.          should be a good Samaritan and all students are here
                                                                                          to be God’s Masterpiece through talks entitled “Be the
                           “It sets a spiritual tone for the school year,” said Deb       Neighbor”, “Talking the Talk” and “Be the Masterpiece”
                           Otey, middle school principal. “Windy Gap is a perfect         utilizing Ephesians 2:10. Scatteredtrees, the Christian
                           opportunity for our new students to integrate into the         rock band out of Illinois, helped lead the worship time
                           Charlotte Christian middle school community. Through           during chapels.
                           our advisory groups and our planned team competitions,
                           students have a fun time building camaraderie and              “I like that we have chapel three times a day,” said eighth
                           working on a team.”                                            grader Maggie Blank. “It is fun to be able to sit with
                                                                                          whoever you want to instead of in advisories. I know the
                           The theme this year was “Abide in Christ” based on the         setting really allows the students to freely worship without
                           school-wide scripture verse, “So in everything, do to others   getting embarrassed.”
                           what you would have them do to you” Matthew 7:12.
                                                                                          Students also enjoyed getting to know their teachers
                           The concentration for Windy Gap for middle school              outside of the classroom. They have the opportunity to
                           students is on building relationships and learning to work     sit with them at dinner as well as hang out each night in
                           as a team. “Team mission” challenges are organized             their cabins as they serve as camp counselors. Each night
                           between advisory groups to compete in egg tosses, sack         the faculty and staff take time to share devotions with
                           races, dizzy bat relays, and even lip sync and cheer           the students. One tradition that Blank participated in this
                           contests during chapel.                                        year was the candy campfire. Her cabin brought candy
                                                                                          to share the first night. The candy is piled up in the middle
                           This year the advisory groups took on state names to           of the floor and the girls talk, share candy and hang out.
                           compete for the coveted championship. Mrs. Angelina            Eighth grade students also got to enjoy popcorn and a
                           Ferrari-Segovia and Mrs. Carolyn Pfrimmer’s seventh            movie in the County Seat the last night.
                           grade advisory groups took home the title as the
                           combined Alaska team.                                          “Windy Gap is such a fun experience,” said Blank. “I
                                                                                          love the atmosphere of being in the mountains. It reminds
                           In addition to spending time with friends and developing       me that Christ is there. If I get to do that for four more
                           relationships, it is also a spiritual retreat. Students are    years, it would be an honor.”
                           able to meet three times a day in chapel. Eric Parks
                                                                                                                                   SPIRITUAL LIFE & SERVICE
                              Into The jungle And Back
“S     o they set out and went from village to village,
       preaching the gospel and healing people
everywhere” (Luke 9:6).
                                                              And a trek it was to reach these villages. After a 12
                                                              hour plane ride to Guatemala, the group loaded a bus
                                                              to ride into the jungle of Rio Dulce. Once there, they
                                                              stocked up the bus with a range of medicines, vitamins
Twelve hour plane ride to Guatemala. Six hour bus ride        and ointments and continued along to the remote Mayan
into the jungle. Reaching Mayan villages for Jesus Christ.    village. McCullen and the group would set up camp and
Priceless.                                                    the supplies for the doctors to visit with the village people
                                                              and help provide the needed care.
This past summer two Charlotte Christian families joined
forces and headed to Guatemala to help Jungle Medic           Even though the group was unable to communicate
Missions reach the Mayan villages. Jungle Medic Missions      verbally with the people, their Christ-like witness was
was formed by Bryan and Riechelle Buchanan of Charlotte       evident in opportunities to interact with the village. Those
to bring the message of Jesus Christ through medical and      that weren’t in the medical field found other ways to
dental outreach programs. They provide medical and            connect with the Mayan Indians.
dental care for Mayan Indians living in remote villages
in the jungles, mountains and along the Rio Dulce River       “I really bonded with the three children that the Buchanan’s
in Guatemala. The couple host short-term mission teams        adopted from Guatemala: Beto, Gabi and Deborah,”
of doctors, nurses, dentists, church adult and youth teams,   explained McCullen. “Through them I was able to interact
and non-medical personnel who just want to help those         with the children of the village from painting fingernails
less fortunate.                                               to playing soccer to taking their pictures with our Polaroid
                                                              camera. That was their favorite part because they had
The McCullen and Gordon families met the Buchanan’s           never seen a picture of themselves.”
through Central Church of God before they left to form
the mission outreach organization. After hearing about        “Before every village we would get in a circle and pray
their adventures and their need for mission teams, they       in front of everyone,” said McCullen. “One time the head
decided that a summer family mission trip was in order.       leader of the village started praying in Kekchi while we
So Haley McCullen along with her parents and brother          were praying. You could feel the Holy Spirit present and
Cramer, a 2007 Charlotte Christian graduate, decided to       it made us feel we were truly making a difference.”
trek to Guatemala with a group of missionaries.
                                                              To see how you can make a difference, visit

                                                                                                                          FALL 2007 14

                           The Rainbow
                           A    ll aboard! For the last five summers, sophomore
                                Blaydes Moore has volunteered his time to be a
                           camp counselor for the Rainbow Express summer camp
                           hosted by Matthews United Methodist Church. The
                           Rainbow Express is a week-long summer day camp
                           for children with special needs and disabilities and is
                           supported by the church’s Rainbow Ministries.

                           “As a parent of a child with special needs, we wanted      Moore, along with the other youth, was assigned to two
                           something that was Christian-based that my son could       campers, one having special needs. Often times campers
                           participate in,” said Camp Director Laurie Little.         will start out at a young age and continue to return each
                                                                                      summer to enjoy the Rainbow Express.
                           Now celebrating their 10th year, Little has grown the
                           10-person camp to more than 150. But Little couldn’t       “My first camper was Jordan Dunn,” said Moore. “He is
                           do it without the help of the youth of Matthews United     now 18 years old and has come back every year. He has
                           Methodist. One hundred and twenty members from the         autism but communicates verbally to me. He loves to rock
                           youth group sign up to help the Rainbow Express every      climb and is very social. He brings a light to everything.
                           year.                                                      He is such a blessing and makes you happy just to help
                           “Our youth has just fallen in love with the program and
                           have the greatest heart for God and the children in        “Working with special needs children has really taught
                           need.”                                                     me patience. It has taught me to be thankful for the
                                                                                      privileges I have.”
                           Moore was searching for service hours in sixth grade and
                           he decided to get involved with his church. He signed on   This servant’s heart hasn’t gone unnoticed. “It is just
                           as a counselor for the Rainbow Express camp in 2003        remarkable to watch the relationships grow between the
                           and has volunteered every summer since then.               counselors and campers,” said Little. “Blaydes is very
                                                                                      gentle and kind and takes the time to build relationships
                           “I had a really good time the first year and decided to    with the kids and their parents. He is very mature and
                           keep going back,” said Moore. “The parents work so         has seemed to always have a heart for doing this. He
                           hard all year long that they deserve some time off.”       is completely dedicated and committed for that week
                                                                                      every summer.”

Boosterthon FUN RUN                                           More than $70,000
                                                              was raised from
                                                              the Fun Run, a
                                                              figure that is
                                                              more      than
                                                              double what
                                                              has       been
                                                              raised      in
                                                              recent years
                                                              from       PTF
                                                              fundraisers. The
                                                              money is being
                                                              used in three ways: to go towards a new activity bus
                                                              for our school; for missions’ activities; and to fund PTF
                                                              events (such as Back-to-School Extravaganza, KnightsFest

T   his year’s main PTF fundraiser, the Boosterthon Fun
    Run, was an experience that students, parents, and
staff have raved about. Co-chaired by Lynn Warnock
                                                              and Teacher Appreciation). Also, each lower school
                                                              classroom received 5 percent of the money their students
                                                              raised for classroom needs.
and Bonnie Harkey, the interactive and community-based
program emphasized fitness, education, and character          Third grader J.T. Morehead ran 42 laps and said the
while at the same time raising funds for the school.          experience was a great one. “When we first started it
Students were asked to raise money by asking family           was hard to keep up, but the first lap felt really short so
and friends to sponsor them with a per lap pledge for         that was good,” said Morehead. “I loved the music. One
every lap they planned to run around a mini version of        of my best friends was cheering for me. It felt really
the stadium track.                                            good when he encouraged me.”

The day of the Fun Run was filled with excitement. Cheering   “We had a great opportunity again to make a difference
parents formed a tunnel for students to run through as        in our children’s lives through the Boosterthon Fun Run,”
each class entered the stadium field class by class. Event    said co-chair Lynn Warnock.
announcers led the students in pre-race calisthenics to get
them ready to run. With music pumping, bubbles blowing
and parents cheering, the students ran around the “mini
track” stopping only to let the teachers mark off the laps
on the backs of their T-shirts. Students ran for 30 minutes
and averaged around 25-30 laps per student.

                                                              THE BOARd GOES ONLINE
                                                                The Charlotte Christian School
                                                                website will soon feature
                                                                biographies on all Board of Trustee
                                                                members. In an effort to help the community
                                                                familiarize themselves with the members of the
                                                                board, their bios as well as pictures will be
                                                                located under the “About CCS” section of

                                                                                                                        FALL 2007 16

            Emphasizing Involvement In The Community
            C    harlotte Christian students are encouraged to be
                 active members in their community. Through the
            Knights Service Program, students are
                                                                           were able to see and connect with various organizations
                                                                           throughout the Charlotte community,” said Reynolds.

            taught the joy of selflessly serving others                                           A wide variety of organizations
            in the name of Jesus Christ. Learning                                                 were invited that allowed students
            to serve and sacrifice in humility and                                                to learn about the needs of the
            to develop good work habits will help                                                 community from Lois’s Lodge to
            students grow in character, wisdom and                                                Carrington Place to Charlotte
            discernment.                                                                          Rescue Mission to name a few.

            Upper school students are asked to meet                                               “It was really cool how many
            a minimum number of community service                                                 different service opportunities
            hours: freshmen (20), sophomores (25),                                                are available,” said sophomore
            juniors (30) and seniors (35). To help                                                Hayley Raines. “It was a great
            personalize the opportunities where                                                   time to talk with the agencies and
            they can get involved, the upper school                                               gave me insight as to how I could
            hosted the Knights Service Fair this past                                             get involved.”
            October during chapel. The fair was an
            opportunity for students to learn more                                                  The organizations emphasized their
            about agencies in the community that                                                    need to have students involved in
            they can get involved with and help earn their service         their ministries. “It is amazing what kids can do,” said
            hours.                                                         Emily Riley, special events coordinator for Make A Wish
                                                                           of Central and Western N.C. “This fair really helps us
            Upper School Counselor Heath Reynolds and Upper                establish relationships with the kids to let them know that
            School Director of Spiritual Life RJ Caswell teamed up to      what they do is important. This is a good opportunity for
            put the fair together. “I think the fair was a great way       them to see ways that they can serve.”
            to illustrate how and why Christ calls us to serve. Students

              surviving the rapids
            A     s part of the Charlotte Christian Parent Education
                  Series, the middle school hosted a six-week book
            study this fall. Middle School Guidance Counselor An-
                                                                           group for each other and were able to normalize their
                                                                           circumstances when raising their adolescent.”

            gela Liner helped facilitate the study by Dr. Kevin Leman      This group also had the unique opportunity to see the
            of the DVD series “Running the Rapids.”                        roles of the book acted out in a rafting trip at the United
                                                                           States National Whitewater Center just outside of Char-
            The study aimed at helping parents “guide teenagers            lotte. Several members of the group were brave enough
            through the turbulent waters of adolescence.” It corre-        to raft in the world’s largest manmade whitewater river
            lated adolescence to a raging river; the raft as the home;     at the end of October. Despite the fact that it was frigid
            the riders are the peers; the risks are the unknowns; the      temperatures, the moms enjoyed the “field trip.”
            relationships are the role of guidelines and the reality is
            that parents are the guide.                                    “The water was suprisingly warm,” said Lori Case. “Our
                                                                           guide led us through tumultuous rapids with calmness and
            “This was a wonderful study that gave parents the oppor-       ease because he had done it so many times before. The
            tunity to learn Biblical-based training to use when rais-      same way God is the constant, caring guide of our homes
            ing teenagers,” said Liner. “They were a great support         because He has gone before us.”

                                                                                                                                        CAMPUS NOTABLES
jUNIOR NATIONAL yOUNG                                        REAdING KNIGHTS
LEAdERS CONFERENCE                                                            REAdING PAGES
Sixth grade student Landon Kay was nominated by Mrs.                  Nathan Brannon • Matthew Boelkins
Debbie Veit to participate in the Junior National Young                        Christina Boelkins
Leaders Conference Nov. 3-8 in Washington, D.C. The                     (They have read 25 books and gave an oral
JrNYLC accepts outstanding sixth and seventh grade                                report on one of them.)
students who demonstrate maturity, academic excellence
and leadership potential. Students are selected to attend                      REAdING SqUIRES
JrNYLC by teachers and mentors within their community.                  Makel Bennett • Matthew Boelkins
The JrNYLC helps scholars develop and sharpen their                             Christina Boelkin
leadership skills by examining the leaders of the past         (They have read another 25 books for a total of 50 books and
and empowering them to make a positive social impact in                             have prepared a written report on both a
                                                                                           fiction and a non-fiction book.)
their community and the world.

THE CHIMES ARE BACK                                           REAdING KNIGHTS
                             Hidden atop a disguised          Royce Hanna
                             cell phone tower         (the    Jajuan Wright
                             cross tower in the back of       (They have read a total of
                             campus on top of the hill)       100 books and have turned
                             are four large outdoor           in a summary recommendation
                             speakers connected to a CD       on ten of them.)
                             player. More than a year
                             ago, lightning struck the        REAdING KNIGHT
                                                              WITH A PENNANT
                             tower and the equipment
                                                              Caroline Doyle
                             stopped working. Thanks to       (She has read a total of
                             God’s provision, they are        250 books and has completed a
                             now ringing again and are        project on one of them.)
                             soothing the soul of all who
                             hear them. A hymn is played
                             every hour, and there is one
chime on the half hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days
per week. Each day begins with “Amazing Grace” and           2007 AP SCHOLARS
ends with the “Doxology.”                                                    NATIONAL AP SCHOLAR
                                                                                    Jonathan Morgan
Upper School Spanish Teacher Dawn Young recently had                    AP SCHOLAR WITH dISTINCTION
a part in the Matthews Playhouse production of “The                Preston Gordon                    Amy Pillsbury
Music Man.”                                                           Rob Gunst                      Joseph Sircar
                                                                  Jonathan Morgan                    Zenus Wilson
                                                                          AP SCHOLAR WITH HONOR
                                                                   Cramer McCullen       Sonny Siragusa
                                                                   Meagan Pennell          Daniel Sircar
                                                                    Traci Potocnik       Jordon Tennyson
                                                                    Lauren Russell        Ben Thompson
                                                                    Brad Semones      Jacque von Gnechten

                                                                                 AP SCHOLAR
                                                                  Lauren Armbrust        Chris Grundmann
                                                                   Carlin Bartlett           Jared Hart
                                                                 Susan Baumgartner          Amy Maiolo
                                                                     Anna Butler          Graydon Miller
                                                                   Austen Cagwin          Jordan Mitchell
School Nurse Deedee Blake, Upper School Counselor                 Alisia Cedarholm        William Owens
Jodi Foxx, Upper School Administrative Assistant Letha             Alex Compton          Alexa Richardson
Fuller, and Charlotte Christian parents Kim Brookman,              Amanda Davis           Brendan Sheairs
Christy Sayson, and Colleen Schmidt competed in the                  Zach Dexter             Matt Smith
Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon on Oct. 7 in Huntersville. These           Chris Ferebee            Palmer Trice
women swam 250 yards, biked nine miles and ran two                Danielle Gendron         Rachel White
miles. Way to go ladies!

                                                                                                                               FALL 2007 18

              I  n 2004, the Board of Trustees began to evaluate and
                 understand the capital needs for the Charlotte Christian
              campus. The initiative that grew from those discussions
                                                                            The ribbon cutting
                                                                            ceremony and formal
                                                                            dedication was held
              became known as Lighting The Way – a campaign to              on Oct. 12, 2007.
              renovate and build new facilities, while reducing the         This time was set aside
              school’s long-term debt. Now, just three years later, we      to dedicate the new
              have seen that vision become a reality.                       building to God, and
                                                                            to praise and thank
                                                                            him for the provision
                                                                            of $6.7 million that
                                                                            had been raised at
                                                                            that time, and has
                                                                            now grown to $6.97
                                                                            million. The voices of
                                                                            the upper school choir
                                                                            and words of senior
                                                                            Brooke Molitor and
                                                                            Head of School Dr.
                                                                            Leo Orsino reminded
                                                                            us of the ways that God has provided for our school, and
                                                                            the legacy that will live on from our students who walk the
              October 2007 marked the official opening of the new           halls of this building.
              upper school addition, completing Phase 1 of Lighting
              The Way. Our upper school students and faculty were           Lighting The Way isn’t over yet!
              the first to enter in to this new facility on Oct. 5. They
              gathered outside the new entrance for their special time      Even now as we celebrate, we know that there is more
              of dedication and were then ushered into the bright           work to be done. Phase 2 is on the horizon, and our
              new building - into the foyer, past the large trophy case,    focus this year through Lighting The Way will be to raise
              and just beyond to the sprawling locker commons area.         the $2.3 million needed to complete our lower school
              There was much excitement from students and faculty           addition that will include 10 new classrooms to replace
              alike as they saw the new space that had been created         the cottages, increase safety and security, and bring
              especially for them – including the locker commons area,      connectivity to our lower school program. We will need
              administrative offices, a teacher workroom, computer lab,     commitments in cash and pledges by March 2008 in
              new Bible classroom, and the Gombar Counseling Center.        order to break ground this May or June. Please join us in
              It only took moments for the new area to be filled with       praying for this next phase and prayerfully consider how
              student’s voices, laughter and a sea of bookbags!             your family can participate.

              The energy and enthusiasm around campus has only grown        More detailed information about each phase of Lighting
              since that special opening day. The lower and middle          The Way is available upon request from the development
              school students were awed as they visited the building        office at (704) 366-5657.
              on Oct. 12 and caught a glimpse of their future years at
              Charlotte Christian. Their cheers of “Go…Knights!” led
              by Upper School Principal Allen Nielsen were a testimony
              to their excitement.

                                                                                                                                  ALUMNI EVENTS
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                              The Alumni Homecoming
                              and Reunions Weekend
                              was a huge success.
                              On     Friday     night,
                              Oct. 5, 150 alumni
                              and family members
                              gathered at the alumni
                              tent for music, food
                              and great fellowship
                              with fellow alumni. This         The first annual Reunions Breakfast was held on
                              is the biggest alumni            Saturday morning, Oct. 6, with members of the
                              gathering that we                Classes of 1986, 1987, and 1990. This was a time
                              have had in several              for those classes having reunions to gather together
years, thanks in part to the outstanding coordination          with their families for breakfast, a Q&A time with
by several alumni of their class reunions. Thanks              Head of School Dr. Leo Orsino, and personal tours
especially to Dawn Barnes, Richard Todd, and Shelli            of the newest Charlotte Christian facilities. With so
Simontacchi for organizing the reunions for the                many changes taking place on our campus, we were
Classes of 1987 and 1990.                                      thrilled to have many alumni back to see all of the
                                                               great things happening at Charlotte Christian.

               We hope to see many alumni back this winter/spring for other special alumni gatherings.
     More information on upcoming alumni events can be found on the alumni page of www.charlottechristian.com.

      As we work to build our alumni involvement in Charlotte Christian, we need your help! Please keep us up to
       date on any changes of your personal information such as addresses or e-mails. We are currently looking
    for class contacts for all of our past graduating classes. If you would like to help keep your classmates involved
      and provide ideas for future alumni gatherings, please contact Teresa Davis at teresa.davis@charchrist.com.

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              Class Notes
              2007                                                          1996
              Rob Gunst is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill and was            Andrea Arnette Craig celebrates the birth of a son,
              selected as a staff writer for the Daily Tar Heel.            Jeremy Evan Arnette, on Aug. 2, 2007 weighing in at 6
                                                                            lbs. and 1 ounce and 19 inches long.
              Thomas Nichols signed with and is pitching this year for
              USC-Salkehatchie.                                             1995
                                                                            Adam johnson
              jacque von Gnechten made the varsity cheerleading             and Lisa Llewellyn
              squad at Furman University.                                   johnson (’96)
                                                                            celebrated the birth
                                                                            of their third child,
                                                                            Alethia, on May 12,
                                                                            2007. They are also
                                                                            parents to Sophia, 3
                                                                            ½, and Joel, 2, and
                                                                            are currently living in
                                                                            Waxhaw, N.C.

                                                                            Kristin Coke founded AndyBooks.com, an online Christian
                                                                            bookstore specializing in Jewish roots, in 2000. AndyBooks
                                                                            Outreach began in 2002 to help orphans and widows in

                                                                            Alecia Richardson Barnette and her husband celebrate
              Three 2007 graduates, and former teammates, faced             the birth of twins, Marshall Chase, weighing in at 5 lbs.,
              off this fall with their college football teams. Brandon      14 ounces and William Aiden, weighed 6 lbs. 4 ounces.
              Yeargan and Zenus Wilson of Davidson, faced former            Both babies were 20 inches long.
              teammate Will Wade of UNC-Pembroke.
              2004                                                          Laura Lorey Kenley and her husband celebrated 12 years
              Charlene Mack recently transferred to Howard University       of marriage this year. They have three children, Scottie,
              in Washington, D.C.                                           10, Ava, 8, and Davis, 4, that keep them very busy with all
                                                                            their activities! They live in Matthews and are very active in
              2003                                                          their church, Charlotte South Fellowship. Laura’s husband is
              tiffany Chin graduated from Covenant College in May           a General Contractor and Laura is stay at home mom for
              2007 and is now a first year medical student at UNC-          their children.
              Chapel Hill.
              1999                                                          Harry Starnes has been appointed the Director of the
              ian reid was ordained on May 12, 2007 by Bishop Carol         North Carolina Principal Fellows Program by the University
              Hendrix at the Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly. He           of North Carolina Board of Governors. He will continue
              is now a pastor for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in        to serve as Associate Director of the North Carolina
              America and also accepted a call to be the Pastor of St.      Model Teacher Education Consortium. Both programs
              James Lutheran Church in Lebanon, Pa. He was married          are part of the University of North Carolina’s Center for
              to Rebecca Marie Stoker of Penfield, Pa. on Aug. 26,          School Leadership Development. He resides in Littleton,
              2006.                                                         N.C. with his wife of 17 years, Wendy, 11-year-old son,
                                                                            Austin, and 7-year-old daughter, Kate.
              Phoebe Mack graduated from Queens University in May           1965
              2007 with a double major in philosophy and religion.          Allan Graham and wife, Francine (former teacher 1969-
                                                                            75) are very involved in World Bridge Ministries (formerly
              josh Rozsak and Will Simmons are the owners and               World Thrust North America). They just returned from
              operators of Metal Recycling Services, Inc. that was ranked   a two-week missions trip to Bacabal, Brazil, where they
              among the top 500 fastest growing businesses in America       built a church with a team formed from three different
              by the August 2007 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine at No.      states.

                                                                                                                   CAMPUS NOTABLES
College decisions -
Class of 2007

Ansley Alexander      Clemson University               Jace Jamil            Queens University of Charlotte
Emily Andersen        Auburn University                Courtney Job          Appalachian State University
Chrystal Bacon        USC-Upstate                      Alex Kemp             Appalachian State University
Lawson Bartlett       University of North Dakota       Kirsten Leeke         University of Alabama
Susan Baumgartner     University of Georgia            Abby Livingston       UNC-Charlotte
Emily Beauchemin      Appalachian State University     Amy Maiolo            UNC-Chapel Hill
Clifford Bohn         Virginia Tech                    Taylor Martin         University of Tennessee
Kyle Booker           Appalachian State University     Cramer McCullen       Vanderbilt University
Aaron Borrelli        UNC-Charlotte                    Graydon Miller        Georgia Tech
Eve Bradshaw          Appalachian State University     Casey Moore           UNC-Charlotte
Kaylen Brewer         Broward Community College        Natalie Moosa         Appalachian State University
Beth Bridges          UNC-Chapel Hill                  Jenny Morgan          Palm Beach Atlantic College
Kendall Brobst        N.C. State University            Jonathan Morgan       Georgia Tech
Tyler Brown           Appalachian State University     Mary Grace Moseley    Auburn University
Mishel Bunkley        UNC-Charlotte                    Jason Nelson          UNC-Chapel Hill
Jason Burns           High Point University            Thomas Nichols        USC-Salkehatchie
Austen Cagwin         UNC-Chapel Hill                  Emily Orsino          UNC-Wilmington
Michael Caldwell      High Point University            David Overstreet      Taylor University
Lacey Campbell        Mission Field (Thailand)         Kentrel Owens         Wofford College
Stew Cantrell         UNC-Charlotte                    William Owens         UNC-Chapel Hill
Joe Carrara           UNC-Greensboro                   Lindsay Patterson     University of Georgia
Omar Carter           Charleston Southern University   Elliot Peng           NC State University
Alisia Cedarholm      Wake Forest University           Meagan Pennell        Furman University
Jessica Clark         UNC-Charlotte                    Amy Pillsbury         Duke University
Marcus Connor         Methodist College                Alexa Richardson      Davidson College
Carlee Cook           Appalchian State University      Lauren Russell        UNC-Chapel Hill
Sam Crawford          Elon University                  Allison Rutherford    Furman University
Chelsea Crites        UNC-Chapel Hill                  Lena Saleh            UNC-Wilmington
Royalle Crutchfield   Appalachian State University     Adam Salloum          UNC-Chapel Hill
Casey Davenport       UNC-Wilmington                   Matt Schroder         University of South Carolina
Amanda Davis          Wellesley College                Catherine Seaborn     Clemson University
Taylor Davis          Vanderbilt University            Milas Shepherd        Travel abroad
Jennifer Ducey        UNC-Charlotte                    Sonny Siragusa        US Naval Academy
Laura Duncan          Appalachian State University     Matt Smith            Clemson University
Chris Ferebee         Virginia Tech                    Eddie Sobodash        College of Charleston
Walt Foskey           Auburn University                Meghan Stevens        Elon University
Laura Freeman         UNC-Wilmington                   Jonathan Stout        University of Alabama
Graham Fronk          Campbell University              Austin Sumrow         CPCC/Appalachian State Univ.
Sarah Frueh           Appalachian State University     Jordon Tennyson       Furman University
Bethany Giglio        Palm Beach Atlantic College      Ben Thompson          US Air Force Academy
Alex Goley            New York University              Kerry Tipple          College of Charleston
Laura Beth Goodman    Elon University                  Palmer Trice          UNC-Chapel Hill
Preston Gordon        Vanderbilt University            Jacque von Gnechten   Furman University
Shauntel Greene       Gardner-Webb University          Will Wade             UNC-Pembroke
Chris Grundmann       UNC-Chapel Hill                  Will Watkins          The Citadel
Rob Gunst             UNC-Chapel Hill                  Gretchen Weeks        UNC-Wilmington
Page Hall             Elon University                  Katie Wekall          UNC-Wilmington
Cort Highfield        Virginia Tech                    Rachel White          UNC-Chapel Hill
Jordan Howe           East Carolina University         Zenus Wilson          Davidson College
Clint Irwin           Elon University                  Brittany Wood         UNC-Charlotte
Michael Isley         UNC-Wilmington                   Brandon Yeargan       Davidson College

                                                                                                          FALL 2007 22

                  Lacey Campbell:
                  In The Mission Field

                  L   acey Campbell (‘07) decided to immediately enter
                      the mission field upon her graduation from Charlotte
                  Christian this past May. She chose Thailand as her place
                  of impact. Campbell’s family had previously lived
                  in Thailand for three years and she felt comfortable
                  returning to that region. “I have two older brothers that
                  went on missions overseas after their senior year. Once I
                  graduated, it was my turn to travel.”

                  Campbell had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador
                  last year with a group of Charlotte Christian seniors led
                  by RJ Caswell, upper school director of spiritual life. “I
                  was so happy to have been a part of the mission trip to
                  El Salvador last year. It was especially neat to see Mr.
                  Caswell’s passion for missions and it made me see the
                  type of impact I am able to have on the people around
                  the world.”

                  Campbell works in The Baby Home and Happy Home
                  orphanage organized by YWAM – Mercy Ministries. The
                  Baby Home houses children ranging from three weeks old
                  to five years. A typical day for Campbell begins around
                  6:30 a.m. when she wakes up to start feeding the children.
                  Then they play games and take a walk around the village.
                  Lunch time is next and clean up takes place during naps.
                  After that it is more play time, running around, riding
                  bikes and playing in the sand before dinner.                 This selfless attitude was developed during her days at
                                                                               Charlotte Christian. The school’s emphasis on the student’s
                  “Most normal days for me back home revolve around            faith resonated with Campbell and what is really most
                  what I want to do that day but it’s much different over      important in life.
                  here! I wake up and do whatever the kids want to do,
                  play whatever they want to play. My day revolves             “I don’t think anything could really prepare me for what
                  around them – it’s a better use of my time!”                 I was going to experience and learn. I’ve learned more
                                                                               about God here and seen His work first hand and that
                                                                               has helped me grow. I know I can always rely on Him for
                                                                               any and all of my needs.”

                                                                               After Thailand, Campbell would like to continue her travels
                                                                               with stops in Cambodia and Africa if time permits. Once
                                                                               she is done traveling, she would like to attend college
                                                                               and study kinesiology and education to work towards
                                                                               teaching physical education at the junior high level.

                                                                               “On our trip to El Salvador, Lacey demonstrated selfless
                                                                               service to our group and the children we interacted with,”
                                                                               said Caswell. “She truly has a heart for international
                                                                               missions and I’m excited God has led her to Thailand this
                                                                               year to impact the culture for Christ.”

                                                       Homecoming King
                                                                           & queen

                     hip recipients
  Hendrick Scholars

                                                  Grade 4 & 5 youn
                                                                   g disciples’ day

                   is  h Festival
 Lower School Span

Charlotte Christian School is a Christ-
centered, college preparatory school,
equipping and developing students to
effectively integrate Biblical truth and   Middle School
learning into their daily lives and to                                  dress Up day

impact the culture for Christ.

 Friday, Dec. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 8                             Friday, Jan. 11
          Upper School Dinner Theatre                                   Lower & Middle School Report Cards Distributed
          Last Night of Ballyhoo
                                                               Thursday, Jan. 17
 Monday, Dec. 10                                                       Grade 10 College Parent Planning Meeting
         Middle & Upper School Choral Recital
         Lessons & Carols                                      Monday, Jan. 21
                                                                       Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - School Closed
 Tuesday, Dec. 11
          Lower, Middle & Upper School                         Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Friday, Jan. 25
          Christmas Concert Chapel                                      Middle School Stepping Up Week
                                                                        Civil Rights Week
 Thursday, Dec. 13
         Middle & Upper School                                 Monday, Jan. 28
         Band & Strings Christmas Concert                              Rising Grade 1 Parent Meeting

 Friday, Dec. 14                                               Tuesday, Jan. 29
          Middle & Upper School - Noon Dismissal                        Rising Grade 2 Parent Meeting
          Lower School Christmas Program
                                                               Wednesday, Jan. 30
 Monday, Dec. 17 - Wednesday, Dec. 19                                 Rising Grade 3 Parent Meeting
         Middle & Upper School First Semester Exams
                                                               Thursday, Jan. 31
 Wednesday, Dec. 19                                                    Rising Grade 4 Parent Meeting
        Lower School - Noon Dismissal for
        Christmas Break                                        Friday, Feb. 1
                                                                        Rising Grade 5 Parent Meeting
 Thursday, Dec. 20
         End of First Semester                                 Wednesday, Feb. 6
         Exam Make-up Day                                             Rising Grade 6 Parent Meeting

 Thursday, Dec. 20 - Friday, Jan. 4                            Monday, Feb. 11
         Christmas Break                                               Rising Grade 7 & 8 Parent Meeting

 Monday, Jan. 7
         Classes Resume

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