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Officer-for-the-Day Auction Winner Keeps Campus Safe

September 30, 2020
By FWC Story Team

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.]



FWC Announces National Merit Commended Students

September 28, 2020
By FWC Story Team
Fort Worth Christian School Announces National Merit Commended Students


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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Here's a 5-Star Parent Review from the Class of 2020 and 2016

September 22, 2020
By FWC Story Team
5-Star Parent Review of Fort Worth Christian School from the Class of 2020 and 2016

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:


Read the following full review from Dawn as found on

"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!

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A Look at the Leadership Class at FWC

September 14, 2020
By FWC Story Team


"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!

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Interview with a New 8th Grade Student

September 08, 2020
By FWC Story Team
Morgan Christian Tells Her Story about FWC


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!

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FWC 8th Grader Wins QB State Champion

August 29, 2020
By FWC Story Team
Hogan Nelson is currently an 8th Grader at Fort Worth Christian School in North Richland Hills, Texas

Hogan Nelson, 8th grader of north Fort Worth, recently competed in the RRQB Training AdvoCare Quarterback State Championship for the class of 2025. We are so proud that FWC's own Hogan Nelson won the 'QB State Champion of Texas' in the 8th grade division! 

RRQB Training is a Christian football program that offers instruction and coaching outside of school. The Advocare QB Competition featured the top RRQB Training QB's in each grade level and consisted of various competition drills testing the players in a variety of different areas which were scored based on a pre-determined point system. Listen to the podcast below and hear a recording of the announcement of Hogan's amazing achievement!

At Fort Worth Christian, it is in our mission to see our students excel in and out of the classroom. RRQB's founder, Coach Ryan Roberts, shared these thoughts with Hogan's father, Curtis Nelson, who shared it with us. "Not only is Hogan a talented quarterback with a God-given ability to throw the football, but he is also, more importantly, a strong Christian leader who embodies what it means to exemplify Christ on and off the field."

Hogan's parents spoke about their son. "Hogan has a warm heart, is good-natured, and he responds with kindness to friends and family," said mom, Courtney Nelson. Curtis (pictured below when he was in 8th grade at FWC) added, "I feel like God truly blessed Hogan with his athletic abilities because he has big plans for him one day. Hogan truly likes the grind of doing what it takes every day to compete at a high level and win. He will always give his coaches and his teammates 100% effort." Both expressed appreciation for Hogan's many influences at Fort Worth Christian. "We thank all of Hogan’s FWC teachers and all of his coaches throughout the years for helping shape him into the young man he is becoming."

In the 12-minute Redbird Radio podcast interview below, Hogan visits with FWC Football Coach, Grant Davis. You will hear Hogan talk about his faith in Jesus, his competitive spirit, and the coaches who have had a great impact on his life.

We hope that Hogan's story inspires others to #LiveAGreatStory!

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{ABOVE: Curtis Nelson, Hogan's father, in the 8th Grade at FWC) - (BELOW: wristband mentioned by Hogan in the podcast interview - pretty cool!)

FWC Podcast: Interview with Theatre Director, Marcia Bordelon [Season 1, Ep. 2]

August 18, 2020
By FWC Story Team

FWC Podcast: Interview with Head Baseball Coach, Clemente Sosa [Season 1, Ep. 1]

July 23, 2020
By FWC Story Team

FWC Golfer Raises Money for Metroport Meals on Wheels

July 12, 2020
By FWC Story Team

Madison Ude, sophomore at FWC, has been playing golf since she was 7 years old. The golf course is a place for Madison to take a break from school and everyday life and enjoy the outdoors & the beautiful golf courses in Texas. 

Madison Ude, Golf, Fort Worth Christian

"Golf is a difficult sport and hard to consistently shoot good scores," admitted Madison. "This is one reason I love it! Golf is just like life, there are lots of ups and downs, you must learn to be patient, persistent, and never let a bad shot (or a bad day) get you down. Golf builds many life lessons and I’m grateful I am able to play the game."


In 2019, Madison's average score in tournament play was 83, which included 4 rounds in the 70s. In 2020, before Covid-19 shutdown everything, Madison played 5 tournament rounds and her average score was 81 with 2 rounds in the 70s. Challenged by her coach, Madison set a goal for 2020 to lower her average tournament scores to the 70s. This sparked Madison's idea to raise money for Metroport Meals on Wheels (MMOW) to motivate her to reach her goal. Each time she shoots in the 70s, Madison and her supporters will donate money to MMOW. Metroport Meals On Wheels is a grassroots volunteer advocate for the elderly and those in need through home-delivered meals, and other support services. In April of this year, MMOW celebrated its 40th anniversary. However, not unlike many nonprofits, MMOW has been impacted by COVID-19. Their annual golf tournament that usually raises over $100,000 was canceled due to the pandemic.


Madison is doing her part to help MMOW realize its vision of alleviating hunger, isolation, and loneliness in our community.  Madison Ude - Golf - Fort Worth Christian

"I chose MMOW because I want to help seniors who are in need, and MMOW is a charity in the community where I live. From late May 2020 to the end of the year I hope to play around 15-20 tournament rounds. This not only helps out seniors in need, but it also motivates me to improve my game."


Madison started at FWC in 3rd Grade. "I love the environment that Fort Worth Christian creates for its students. FWC makes everybody feel welcome as soon as they step on campus. The FWC teachers do more than just teach; they want to learn about their students’ personalities, and they look out for their students. The teachers do a great job at making sure each and every student is known, loved, and valued. All the teachers watch out for their students and want to connect with them. Personally, a lot of the teachers ask me about my golf and that means a lot because they want to do more than just teach; they want to get to know the kids and make sure they are known, loved, and valued."

Madison Ude - Golf Team - Fort Worth Christian

Madison acknowledges that Fort Worth Christian has helped her grow in her faith. "FWC has taught me so much about my Christian faith and through this I have gotten much closer to God. Before coming to FWC, I was a Christian but I didn’t know a whole lot about it. The 2020-2021 school year will be my 8th year at FWC, and I have learned so much about my Christian faith in those 8 years."

In the past, Madison has not just been a member of the championship golf team at FWC, but also participated in other sports. "The size of FWC allows their students to have the ability to play more than just one sport. In team sports, it feels like you and the team are a family. Everybody is supportive of one another and makes sure that everybody is trying their best."

Lauren Smeds, Girls Athletic Director at Fort Worth Christian, shared this about Madison: "speaking on behalf of the entire athletic coaching staff, we are so proud of Madison. She is a fierce competitor in golf, but her heart for others is even bigger." Smeds continued, "she loves the Lord, and I am amazed that Madison is turning a personal golf challenge into an opportunity to make a difference in our community. Especially during this pandemic, Madison's selfless act of kindness represents the best kind of student-athlete leader we love to see come through FWC!”


Madison Ude - Golf - FWC

If you would like to support Madison Ude on her drive to raise money for Metroport Meals on Wheels to help seniors in need in our community, you can make a pledge for each round of golf in an official competitive tournament (from May to December) that Madison shoots in the 70s, you can contribute a donation to Metroport Meals on Wheels. You pledge $5 to $50 or even higher! To learn more about participating, download Madison's fundraising flyer here.

If you are inspired by Madison and wish to discover FWC for your child, text "GOLF" to 817-520-6200 and our Admissions Team will reach out to you to answer any questions or schedule a tour.

FWC announces New Cross Country Coach

July 11, 2020
By FWC Story Team

Coach Doug McDougal returns to Fort Worth Christian as the Head Coach for Cross Country.

Coach McDougal was previously part of the Cardinal Cross Country program from 2002 through 2012. The Cardinals were the TAPPS Boys State Champions in 2010 and 2011. 

Coach McDougal ran track and cross country at Texas A&M University. Two of his sons attended FWC, and his oldest, Miles, graduated from FWC in 2007. He was most recently the head Cross Country coach at an area Christian school.

Coach McDougal is excited to be coming home to FWC!