Cardinal Success Stories
We are pleased to announce the names of the two members of the class of 2020 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 Shayna Khanmohammed. Shayna has been a member of the FWC community for the past 14 years. She enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten and has two brothers, Asad and Zovin, who attended FWC. Asad graduated from FWC and was named salutatorian in 2014. Shayna has challenged herself by taking some of the most difficult courses available at FWC. During her time in the Upper School, she enrolled in 10 Advanced Placement courses. Currently, she is completing AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Biology, AP Calculus, and AP English Literature & Composition. Shayna has also been actively involved in many activities that FWC has to offer. These have included serving as a Student Athletic Trainer, President of FWC’s National Honor Society, Captain of the Written portion of the Academic Team, and Vice President of the Senior Class. Shayna is in the process of deciding whether to attend the University of California, Irvine or Texas A&M University this Fall.
This year’s Valedictorian is Kyle Webb. Kyle is a 13-year senior and began at FWC in Kindergarten. Kyle is the oldest in his family and has a brother, Cade in 11th grade, and Sara in 7th grade. Kyle has also challenged himself by enrolling in many of the most academically rigorous courses that FWC offers each year. In his time at FWC he enrolled in 8 Advanced Placement Courses and currently is completing AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Calculus, and AP English Literature & Composition. Kyle was named an AP Scholar with Honor and is a current member of the National Honor Society at FWC. During his time in the Upper School, he has been actively involved in the athletic program and has earned All-District Honors in Football (1st Team All-District Offensive Line; 2nd Team All-District, Defensive Line; Academic All-State ) and Tennis (2019 State Qualifier Boys Doubles and Academic All-State). Kyle is looking forward to attending Texas A&M University in the Fall.
Congratulations to both Shayna and Kyle for their hard work at FWC!
Gene Barrow - December 31, 1927 - April 7, 2020
We honor the legacy of a great benefactor and friend of Fort Worth Christian, Gene Barrow. The Barrow family has been an influential fixture in the narrative of Fort Worth Christian for decades. Mr. Barrow invested in Christian education and specifically our school. Current athletes and their families will recognize the Barrow name every time they run track, play soccer, or enjoy the festivities of Friday Night Lights on the Gene and Dorothy Barrow Field. Barrow Field has played home to many wonderful games, events, and experiences for every FWC student.
If you would like to honor the legacy of Gene Barrow, per the family's request, donations can be made to our school. Click here for information on how to do that via check or through our secure online processing system.
Mr. Barrow's full obituary is below:
Albert Eugene Barrow, has, in the words of the Apostle Paul, fought the good fight, ran the race, and kept the faith. Gene, as he was known to all, 92, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Mr. Barrow was born on December 31, 1927, the son of Blanche and Joe Barrow, he was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. Following in the footsteps of his 2 older brothers, he answered the call to serve our great county and enlisted as a proud member of the U.S Navy in 1943.
Following the war, he made his way back to Ft. Worth and it was during that time that he met the love of his life, Dorothy Schlesinger. They were married in 1951 and were happily married for 58 years before Dorothy’s death in 2009. Gene began an illustrious career at Farmers Insurance in 1964. Dedicating himself to his company for over 50 years. He was revered as one of the most dynamic and longest-tenured district managers in company history. In business, Gene was greatly admired for his integrity, optimism, and salesmanship. He was a proud member of the Northeast Richland Lion’s club and served his community faithfully through generosity and kindness.
Gene was a longtime supporter of Christian education most notably Fort Worth Christian School and a devoted member of College Hill Church of Christ. Those who knew Gene best will remember him for his loyalty, friendship, love of sweets and his unforgettable stories but it was family that he valued most.
Gene was proceeded in death by wife Dorothy Barrow. He is survived by their son Lloyd and his wife Betty, son Lance and his wife Melissa and son Mark. His 7 grandchildren, Bryan and his wife Bridgette, Marka Sue and her husband Jim, Katie, Brett, Caroline and her husband Max, Carlee, Brady, 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who adored him. Funeral service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Fort Worth Christian School or a charitable organization of your choice.
To all Upper School Student and Parents:
On Wednesday, March 25th, we held a meeting with our Advanced Placement teachers to discuss upcoming changes to the AP exam administrations this year. As you will recall from my previous communication, the College Board has announced that in light of COVID-19 there will be no face-to-face AP exams administered this year. Students will sit for their exams at home under the following conditions:
- Exams will be 45 minutes long
- Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions (ONLY FREE RESPONSE TYPE QUESTIONS)
- Exams will be administered online
- Exams will assess students on a reduced amount of content which would typically have been covered before March
We are currently waiting for the College Board to announce the test administration schedule and have been told that this will be released on April 3, 2020. Once this schedule is released, we will communicate with you.
As we begin to prepare students for their AP exams, we want students to be aware that they will still be required to sit for the AP exam of every AP class that they are enrolled in. Also, starting today, students will be able to view live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.
- These courses are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
- They will be available on-demand, so you can access them at any time.
- They will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course.
- There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.
To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel or find your course schedule by reviewing the attached document. All of this information can also be found by clicking on this link: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates. Our teachers will be encouraging students to take advantage of these review courses.
We thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to receive communications from the College Board. We will update you as we receive additional information, and if we can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.
Upper School Head
Middle School Head, Mrs. Jill Shelby, reads from the book IT WILL BE OKAY by author, Lysa TerKeurst. Mrs. Shelby shares that this book is a family favorite during some of their difficult times. The subtitle of Ms. TerKeurst's book says it all: "Trusting God Through Fear and Change."
Cardinal Service Week is an amazing annual program for our community. This week, when our entire Upper School staff and student fan out around our community, our country, and the globe, stands out as one of our most valuable efforts towards preparing our students for a lifetime of faith, service, and leadership for Christ. The stories we see and hear demonstrate excellence outside the typical classroom environment as we seek to live out a Biblical Worldview.
Serving brings a smile.
Sharing the gospel brings joy.
Using our hands and hearts is the essence of the spirit of joyful service of this week for our Upper School students and staff.
These pictures never tell the full story of the hardships faced by those we serve. Photos do not tell the gut-wrenching stories of abuse and oppression heard by our students. Nor do a few photos depict the full extent of God’s Spirit at work in the lives of our students - in reality, what they do during Service Week is often the water being poured on a seed planted by others. Whether we raise up a wall, dig a ditch, teach someone English, or clean up a yard, each day of Service Week is a step into God’s unfolding plan in progress before our teams arrive. Our photos simply are snapshots of the glory of God at work as darkness is driven out by the light of the full gospel of peace. As a Christ-centered, college preparatory school equipping our students for a life of faith, service, and leadership for Christ, our Upper School Cardinal Service Week is one of the most important and most impactful weeks of our school year.
Romans 12: 1 [ESV] reminds us:
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
This year, the following represents the various places where our students and staff served in March 2020:
- Tarrant County (helping multiple organizations and ministries)
- East Texas
- Dominican Republic
- Dominican Republic (Cardinal baseball team)
- Costa Rica
If you want to join a school community that places a high value on college preparatory academic rigor ALONGSIDE joyful service, contact our Admissions Team to Discover FWC!