Cardinal Stories of Impact
We are pleased to announce the two members of the class of 2021 who have been named this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Each of these students has devoted countless long hours and a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to their studies at FWC to receive this time-honored recognition. The valedictorian of a graduating class is the student who has the highest weighted grade point average. The salutatorian of a graduating class is the student who has the second-highest weighted grade point average.
This year’s salutatorian is Katherine Davis. Kate has been a member of the FWC community for the past 7 years. Kate has challenged herself by taking some of the most difficult courses available at FWC. During her time in the Upper School, she enrolled in 8 Advanced Placement courses. She was named AP Scholar after her junior year. Currently, she is completing AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP English Language & Composition. Kate has also been actively involved in theater throughout upper school and held lead roles in several musicals. She is President of the School Thespian Society. Kate has competed on our School Academic Team all 4 years and currently serves as Co-head of Speech events. Kate has participated in our school Honor Choir and earned State Honors Rank 1 in her musical solo. Kate is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Kate is looking forward to attending Texas Christian University in the Fall where she will be enrolled in the Honors College pursuing a Biology major.
This year’s Valedictorian is Jill Reed. Jill is a 14-year senior and began at FWC in Pre-Kindergarten. Jill is the oldest in her family and has a brother, Luke, in 9th grade. Jill has also challenged herself by enrolling in many of the most academically rigorous courses that FWC offers each year. In her time at FWC, she enrolled in 9 Advanced Placement Courses and is currently completing AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Calculus, and AP English Language & Composition. Jill earned AP Scholar with Distinction Honors last summer and is a current member of Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society. Jill has competed on the Academic Team all 4 years. During her time in the Upper School, she has also been actively involved in the athletic program and has earned Academic All-State Honors in Basketball and Tennis. She was named to the 1st Team All-District Varsity Girls Basketball Team and District Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Jill was a State Qualifier in Tennis Doubles and is an Officer on the Cardinal Belle Drill Team. Jill is looking forward to attending Texas A&M University in the Fall and will be enrolled in the Honors Program in Mays Business School.
Congratulations Jill and Kate!
Recently, Sophomore Jake Rice of Southlake was willing to give us insight into the impact FWC has made on his life.
Let’s begin with Faith.
Jake begins, “I love that we as a school celebrate Jesus every day! With everything that is going on in the world today, it’s truly a blessing to be able to pray with classmates and teachers. Everyone at FWC (students, teachers, and administration) is very welcoming, loving, supportive, and encouraging every day.”
When asked how has he grown in his faith as a result of attending FWC, Jake replied, “I’m more giving, caring, helpful, and confident in the Word."
“Here at FWC, we have the opportunity to spend one week a year giving back to the community somewhere in the world. Even though I’ve lived in a foreign country and have traveled internationally, traveling with FWC on service week was a very powerful experience that I will always remember. To be honest, I thought this trip was going to be like every other overnight school trip. Much to my surprise, I came home from my trip to Ecuador with a different perspective of the world, my school, and even myself."
Rice continues, "I was traveling with a group of upperclassmen that I did not know. What could have been an intimidating experience ended up being the most amazing group of individuals? I found each to be loving, caring, patient, compassionate, servant-hearted, and godly. We worked well as a team and accomplished many goals for the villages. Whether we were moving furniture or even stones for a wall, cleaning up, leading VBS, or playing soccer with the local kids, we all became closer as we spread God’s love and message. We were making a difference in the world. My faith and love for God grew stronger by serving Him in a new place and in a new way. It is such a blessing that FWC offers this wonderful opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior.”
At FWC, our mission statement includes the goal that “every student is known, loved, and valued.” We wanted to know if this was true for Jake.
"I am certainly not just another name or number. Each day when I enter the school’s halls, I feel that I am known, loved, and valued as a person. Last year during the start of COVID-19, students transitioned to online learning. My teachers were all so amazing. They worked so hard to make sure each of us was OK emotionally and spiritually while teaching us academically. Even under these circumstances, the FWC teachers still found the time and ways to encourage me to chase my passion.”
When returning to campus this past fall, Jake was surprised that three of his teachers from last year remembered that he had a 3D printer. They each wanted to know what I had been creating and inventing since last school year.
“FWC teachers really want the students to learn and be successful. Each is willing to put their time into teaching and to set each of us up for success. They continue to be amazing, encouraging, and supportive year after year. I am truly blessed, and I know I’m not the only one that feels “known, loved and valued” — my friends feel the same way. We students are really benefiting from our school’s mission statement.”
One of the values of FWC is EXCELLENCE in and out of the classroom. When asked what he has excelled at, Jake said this…
“Four years ago, when I got my first 3D printer, I was fascinated that I could take a spool of plastic and print any plastic object I’d dream of or need. I was hooked immediately. Since that day, my passion and knowledge of 3D printing continue to grow.”
This past summer, a very good friend of Jake's gave him the opportunity to design and print couplings for his boat. He was updating 15 light fixtures and couldn’t find anything that would fit properly. "I pulled out my caliper and computer, took a few measurements, and came up with a design to print. After that success, I have the pleasure of working with several other boaters with their lighting needs as well. I have also designed a prototype of a fishing accessory for one of my teachers. In addition, I am working on getting a couple of my inventions to the marketplace."
“Helping people come up with designs and solutions to meet their needs is very rewarding. I am now sharing my passion and knowledge with the FWC engineering/robotics teacher, so our school can incorporate more 3D printing into the classroom. I’d love to see an FWC 3D printer up and constantly running in every grade from Kindergarten to high school. I’m here to help!”
Jake, we are so proud of you and love that you and your family are FWC Cardinals!
With a readership of over 20,000 homes in Keller, North Fort Worth, and North Richland Hills, the Keller edition of Living Magazine recently conducted their Readers' Choice Awards - and voted FWC as the BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL!
While we enjoy our 40-acre campus in North Richland Hills (since 1958 we have been located off Holiday Lane and Mid Cities Blvd., between Rufe Snow and Davis Blvd.), we also have a student population from all over NE Tarrant County. As a matter of fact, almost 50% of our student population lives in either NRH or in Keller!
We thank the readers of Living Magazine who voted Fort Worth Christian as BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL! We invite you to tour our campus.
To schedule your tour, text "BEST" to 817-520-6200 to start a conversation with our Admissions Team!
Congratulations to Jamie (Bankes) Ridgell, Class of 1996, this year's Alumna of the Year for Fort Worth Christian School.
Announced during Homecoming Week, Jamie will be recognized at the Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday morning and at the Homecoming Football Game on Friday night.
Earlier this week, our campus was doubly safe as Ethan, our 2019 Auction Winner of this "Cardinal Classic Experience", served his shift as "Officer-for-the-Day"!
Our campus security officer, Officer Jim, was Ethan's mentor and guide throughout the day. To ensure the safety of our campus during this special day, our campus had yet another full-time security officer on campus on official duty so Officer Jim could be fully focused on giving Officer Ethan the best experience!
They patrolled the entire campus, visited each division, checked on the Cardinal Store, and patrolled the perimeter of the campus in Officer Jim's patrol car. After lunch, Officer Ethan got to visit our security firm's command headquarters where Officer Ethan received official recognition from the President & CEO of our security firm. Ethan was also presented an official security officer badge from our security firm that Officer Jim got to pin on Ethan. You can view the slideshow below to see pictures of this ceremony at the security firm's command center in North Richland Hills. To wrap up the day (after a well-deserved snack), Officer Ethan was asked to give a campus security report to Head of School, Dr. Misty Overman, and our three division heads. Officer Ethan ensured everyone that the campus was 100% secure!
Last year was the first year to offer this "Cardinal Classic Experience" at November's Dinner & Auction which raised over $200,000! The proceeds empowered the school to purchase brand new 21st-century collaborative desks for every classroom on campus. Thank you to Matthew and Chelsie of north Fort Worth for their generosity toward FWC in securing this experience for their 1st Grader, Ethan. Many other "Cardinal Classic Experiences" were also bid on and will be featured on the website and on social media throughout the year.
[To view all the wonderful photos of the day, view the slideshow below.]
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COMMENDED STUDENTS IN THE 2021 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
September 28, 2020
Mr. Nick Hinrichsen, Upper School Head of Fort Worth Christian School, announced today that seniors Jenna Lloyd and Jill Reed have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
- Jenna Lloyd has been at Fort Worth Christian since 9th grade. Her older brother, Jordan, graduated two years ago from FWC. Jenna has participated in soccer, track, and drill team throughout her upper school experience. She has served on our Worship Team for three years. She is also applying to several colleges one of which is Texas A&M where her brother attends.
- Jill Reed has been at FWC for fourteen years enrolling in Pre-K in 2007. Her brother, Luke, is a freshman in our Upper School. Jill has participated in drill team and basketball throughout her upper school experience. She has served numerous community service hours and has been a teen helper at Royal Family Kids Camp. She is applying to several colleges one of which is Texas A&M where her parents attended.
Both Jenna and Jill are in the Top 10% of their class.
A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Mr. Hinrichsen to these scholastically talented seniors in chapel on Monday, September 28, 2020.
Each year, millions of students sit for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) . Throughout the nation, about 34,000 Commended Students are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition.
"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. ''These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
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Alan and Dawn Sladek have a rich history at FWC with both of their children attending Fort Worth Christian. Claire graduated in 2016 and her brother, Jack, recently graduated with the Class of 2020. (pic above is when Claire was a Senior and Jack was in Middle School).
Dawn recently gave FWC a 5-star online review and mentioned several key things about their experience at FWC:
- VALUE RECEIVED
- CHILDREN FELT KNOWN, LOVED, AND VALUED
- STAFF INVESTMENT IN CHILDREN
- TECHNOLOGY PREPAREDNESS FOR COVID-19
- ACADEMIC READINESS FOR COLLEGE
Read the following full review from Dawn as found on Niche.com:
"It is impossible to sum up our experience involving the combined total of 17 years with our 2 children at FWC. We can honestly say we never once doubted our decision for them to be here, and it was worth every sacrifice we made to make it happen. To say they felt loved and valued is an understatement. The FWC community becomes like family, and we always felt so thankful to be a part of it. It was apparent that the entire staff was invested in our kids-they felt loved and supported from every level.Friendships and memories were made that will last a life time. We were most impressed with how they handled the onset of Covid 19. The transition to virtual learning was seamless, because of the technology FWC has had in place for many years. FWC prepares your children for college, and our daughter is proof. With the study habits and college-level writing taught at FWC, she thrived. Our son was recruited to play golf at the next level. We are forever grateful to be a part of the FWC family."
Thank you, Dawn, for your honest review. The Sladek family has blessed FWC as well, and we celebrate that Claire, Jack, and your entire family are all Cardinals for life!
REDBIRD RADIO (our Middle School Multimedia Class) PRESENTS ANOTHER PODCAST EPISODE RECORDED AND PRODUCED ENTIRELY BY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS!
"There are no bad teams, only bad leaders." (Jared Hudgins)
In this 5-minute episode of Redbird Radio, we interview Athletic Director/Head Football Coach, Jared Hudgins.
We discuss the new Leadership class he is teaching in the Middle School, why leadership is such an important topic/skill, and his love for students at Fort Worth Christian!
We hope that Coach Hudgins' story inspires others to #LiveAGreatStory!
REDBIRD RADIO (our Middle School Multimedia Class) PRESENTS ANOTHER PODCAST EPISODE RECORDED AND PRODUCED ENTIRELY BY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS!
In this 9-minute episode of Redbird Radio, we interview 8th grader, Morgan Christian. Morgan is the daughter of Kevin and Linda Christian of Keller. Morgan is brand new to FWC this year as is her sister, Kaitlin, who is 4th grade, and her brother, Seth, who is in Kindergarten.
We discuss what it's like being a new student at Fort Worth Christian, what it means to show livestock at rodeos, and how she has used her platform to glorify God!
We hope that Morgan's story inspires others to #LiveAGreatStory!