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We are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new Director of Sports Performance, Cade Garcia, a dedicated and results-driven coach with a proven track record of enhancing athletic performance through tailored strength and conditioning programs.

With a strong foundation in exercise science, sports physiology, and nutrition, Cade is committed to optimizing the physical capabilities of athletes across various sports disciplines. Leveraging a deep understanding of biomechanics and sports-specific training techniques, he aims to empower athletes to reach their full potential and excel in their respective fields.

Cade brings a wealth of experience from his time on the staff of Texas A&M University Strength & Conditioning.  Additionally, Cade is proficient in utilizing advanced tools and technology to enhance training effectiveness and performance evaluation.

Cade graduated from Fort Worth Christian in 2018, excelling as a multi-sport athlete, playing football, baseball, basketball, track, tennis, and swimming. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a major in Leadership and a minor in Sport Management, where he also played football. 

As Director of Sports Performance, Cade will continue to uphold our commitment to excellence in athletic development and ensure that our athletes receive the highest quality of training and support to excel in their endeavors”, said Kyle Story, Athletic Director.

Cade said, "I'm incredibly honored to return to the school that shaped me and invested in my development as an athlete and a person. Now, I am excited to have the opportunity to give back and help develop the next generation of athletes, just as FWC did for me."

Please join us in welcoming Cade Garcia back to FWC! 


 


 

This year’s Valedictorian is Nicole Stroud. Daughter of Andrea Brownlow of Fort Worth, Nicole has attended Fort Worth Christian School since Little Klubhouse and has been a true model student since she arrived. Nicole has been a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Chess Club, and the FWC Academic Team. She also has been active in the band since Lower School. Nicole was named to the 1st Team All-District Volleyball team as a senior. She also was 2nd Team All-State Volleyball and Academic All-State her junior year.  During the school’s annual Cardinal Service Week, she recently served locally during Cardinal Service Week at Southside Church of Christ and Community Crossroads helping the community with food insecurity. Nicole will attend The United States Military Academy at West Point where she will compete as a collegiate athlete in volleyball. Congratulations, Nicole, on being named Class of 2024 Valedictorian!

This year’s Salutatorian is Luke Reed. Son of Dan and Julie Reed of Colleyville. Luke’s father, Dan, graduated from FWC in the Class of 1990 and Luke is one of 12 Legacy Cardinals in the Class of 2024. Luke has been at FWC for 15 years. He is an active member at The Hills Church. He served in Detroit for Cardinal Service Week his junior year and just returned from Denver last week volunteering with the Dry Bones ministry. Luke has been on the Academic Team all 4 years. He is also a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Crossword Club. Luke has participated in tennis throughout Upper School. He placed 2nd in Men’s Singles All-District in Tennis last year. This year Luke helped lead the cross country team to its first District Championship in 11 years. Luke was named a National Merit Commended Scholar in the fall. He plans to attend the Craig and Galen Brown Engineering Honors Program at Texas A&M University. Congratulations, Luke, on being named Class of 2024 Salutatorian!

Mr. Nick Hinrichsen, Upper School Head of Fort Worth Christian School, is proud to announce Luke Reed has been named National Merit Commended Student in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to this scholastically talented senior.


“I am thrilled for Luke to receive this well-earned National Merit recognition. Luke embodies what FWC looks for in its students. He is strong in his faith and consistently demonstrates what it means to be a well-rounded student-athlete who always strives for academic excellence. In this way, he exhibits the mission of FWC. Our faculty and the entire FWC community are extremely proud of him for his accomplishment. I am honored to have had the opportunity to get to know Luke over the past four years.” said Mr. Hinrichsen.


About 34,000 Commended Students nationwide are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although not continuing in the 2024 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 


The son of Dan and Julie Reed of Colleyville, Luke started at FWC in preschool in 2009. Luke is an active member of the Class of 2024, participating in soccer, academic team and serving this year as captain of the Cardinal tennis team and serving as captain of the Cross Country team his junior and senior years.


Luke’s Cross Country coach, Scott Latham ‘17, congratulated Luke on this high honor. “Throughout my time knowing and coaching Luke, I've had the privilege of watching him evolve into the tremendous leader and athlete that he is today. Cardinal Cross Country will surely miss Luke's leadership, wisdom, and kindness upon his graduation in the spring. Gig'em!”


At this time, Luke plans on attending Texas A&M University majoring in aerospace engineering.


In addition to various extracurricular activities, Luke is also a member of the of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. For Cardinal Service Week, Luke served locally his freshman year, in Austin and Detroit his sophomore and junior years, and will serve in Denver in March.


Luke’s sister, Jill ‘21, was also a National Merit Commended Student. Luke is also one of a dozen second or third-generation Legacy Cardinals in the Class of 2024. His father graduated in the Class of 1990 from Fort Worth Christian School.


Congratulations Luke!

In today's Middle School Chapel, our counselor, Mrs. Stewart, spoke on the theme of being "Faithful in Christ."  This year, the middle school has introduced three character traits, known as F.W.C., to complement our existing C.A.R.D.S core values. Today students were recognized with the "Faithful in Christ" Pillar of Character Award.


The focus for this particular month is, of course, "Faithful in Christ." But this is only the beginning of a year-long journey, with a new trait being highlighted each month. To foster a culture of character development, we will hold a special recognition chapel on the last Friday of every month. During these gatherings, we will honor students who exemplify the monthly character trait. The aim is to celebrate and encourage those who go above and beyond in embodying these values in their everyday lives.

So, what does it mean to be "Faithful in Christ" in the context of our middle school community? It's about more than just attending chapel. It's a call to live out our faith in every aspect of our lives. It's about being honest, dependable, and showing unwavering commitment to our beliefs, our friends, our families, and our studies.


As we embark on this journey, let us remember that faithfulness is not measured by grand gestures but by the small acts of kindness and dedication we exhibit each day. By living out the values of "Faithful in Christ," we can create a more compassionate and harmonious school community, one that truly reflects the values we hold dear. So, let us embrace this opportunity to grow, to learn, and to be faithful in Christ together, one month at a time.


Congratulations to the recipients of the Faithful in Christ Award. Here’s what their teachers had to say about them.


Gwen Pitre - Coach Helm
Gwen Is always striving to do what is right. She reflects Christ.  Her service to others  and character shine through.

Kaelyn Barrett - Mrs. Zagala
Kaelyn displays her faith by her willingness to volunteer to pray in front of her peers.  It takes a lot of courage for a sixth grader to express their faith in such a public way.  

Reagan Smeds - Mrs. Glover
Reagan is always encouraging others. Gracious with her classmates and looks for opportunities to serve.  Her actions, words and attitude point others to Jesus.

Brady Cone - Mrs. Wallis
Brady is kind and always looks for ways to be helpful. He chooses to be honest even when it is difficult.

Lexi Doyle - Mrs. Wallis
Lexi is observant and thoughtful and chooses her words carefully. When she sees others in need, she speaks out to care for their needs. 

Elle Andujar - Mrs. Rosenstein
Always the first to step forward to be of assistance - volunteers even when not asked.

Grace Bennett - Mrs. Fulbright
Grace is thoughtful in answering questions or providing feedback.  Her responses about our subject matter always includes a reference to God and his creative power.  She sees God in everything.

Alexis Kelly - Mrs. Wallis
Alexis has a heart for serving, and she has stepped up to serve as chaplain for House Council this year.  She is always willing to lead us in prayer whether it is in the classroom or in meetings.  

Lauren Jennings - Mr. Anderson
When I see Lauren, I see the throughline “Image Bearing.” You can tell by her actions that she is faithfully intentional and wanting to positively impact those around her.    

Dani Guillen-Esquivel - Dr. Hart
Dani is seen often in my classroom helping others, she shows a great deal of respect to her teachers and peers !

Briley Griggs - Dr. Hart
Briley has a kind and compassionate spirit, she is always willing to help others both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Dylan White - Mr. Wallis
Dylan is kind to his peers and treats everyone with respect. He humbles himself and thinks of others first.

James Bankes - Mr. Wallis
James looks out for those who are in danger of being left out and includes them. He owns his mistakes and makes changes that demonstrate his soft heart.

Nate Williams - Mrs. Docken
Nate is kind and welcoming to new people, he shows faithfulness to Christ by being a good friend and serving his community. 

Bison Lott - Mrs. Tenery
Bison is kind and encouraging to his classmates. Even as a new student, he has stepped into a leadership role in class and looks for ways to shine his light and be Christ to his peers.

Kaitlin Christian - Mrs. Tenery
Kaitlin has been in my Impact Group for the past year. She has offered to pray on behalf of the group on several occasions. Her willingness to lead our group in this way is a great example of her faithfulness to Christ.
 

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Fort Worth Christian School is delighted to welcome Rusty Greer as our new head baseball coach. With his exceptional background as a player and extensive coaching experience, we are confident that Rusty will bring a new level of excellence and inspiration to our program.

Many of you may remember Rusty Greer from his remarkable career with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. From May 16, 1994, until his retirement on February 20, 2005, Rusty exemplified the all-out style of play that earned him the respect of fans, teammates, and peers alike. His unwavering commitment, determination, and willingness to give his all on the field left an indelible mark on the game of baseball. Holding spots in the top 10 Rangers history for batting average, RBIs, runs, hits, doubles and triples, Rusty was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2007.

While Rusty is widely recognized for his impressive batting average of .305 at the major league level, his true passion lies in teaching the defensive side of the game and making a positive impact on the lives of young athletes. Since his retirement, Rusty has been actively involved in coaching and instructing at various levels, from youth to collegiate programs. He has coached for esteemed organizations such as the Colleyville Lonestars (Texas Collegiate League), Texas Wesleyan University, DBAT, and the Dallas Mustangs. Most recently, he contributed his expertise to the Jacksonville State Baseball staff.

Rusty Greer's appointment as head baseball coach at Fort Worth Christian School is a testament to his outstanding coaching credentials and unwavering dedication to player development. We firmly believe that his experience as a player, coupled with his coaching acumen, will elevate our baseball program to new heights and inspire our student-athletes to excel both on and off the field.

Coach Greer resides in Colleyville, Texas, with his wife, Lauri, and their children Mason, Taylor, and Clayton. His dedication to the game, combined with his desire to positively impact the lives of young athletes, aligns perfectly with Fort Worth Christian School's commitment to excellence in athletics and character development.

"We are excited about the future of our baseball program under Rusty Greer's leadership. His unparalleled experience, expertise, and genuine passion for the game will undoubtedly inspire our student-athletes to reach their full potential, both on and off the field," said Kyle Story, Athletic Director.

Interim Co-Head of School, Kent Means, says, "We are thrilled to have such an outstanding baseball coach and person to lead the entire baseball program. Rusty's vision for developing the talent at all ages is great for the future of Cardinal baseball."

Thank you for your continued support of Fort Worth Christian School and our athletic programs. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact Rusty Greer will have on our student-athletes as they strive for excellence in the game of baseball and in their personal growth.

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FWC Competitive Shooting Team hosted an exciting competition at Ellis County Sportsmans Club this past Saturday. The SCTP DFW NW League "Cupid Match" was the first match hosted by CST with athletes shooting skeet and a challenging sporting clays course.

FWC CST rostered 19 athletes at the event to compete in a field of over 125 shooters from schools and teams in the DFW area. The team placed well individually in their respective divisions led by team high score from sophomore Madison Mishio.

Results Highlights:

  • Tabitha Sikes (7th grade ) medaled with 1st Skeet and 2nd Sporting Clays (Intermediate Advanced Lady)
  • Madison Mishio (10th grade) placed in the top 5 for both Skeet (5th) and Sporting Clays (4th) (Senior Varsity Lady)
  • Top 10 Finishes in 1 or more disciplines: Angela Ma (JV-L), Allison Whisenand (JV-L), Morgan Christian (SV-L), Jackson Perdue (JV-M), Nate McPherson (IA-M), Cayden McCreery (IE-M), Colby Smith (IE-M), Braxton Hodo (IE-M), and Grayson Avary (IE-M)

In addition to the main league events the Cardinals ran a "Long Bird" fundraiser side event with Madison and Tabitha both winning their respective classes. The match was capped with the CST raffling off two very nice Beretta shotguns. We want to thank everyone who participated in "Long Bird" and our raffles and congratulations to our shotgun winners and all of the winning competitors. A special shoutout to all of our volunteers who ran the match smoothly.

We want to thank our platinum sponsor GRITR Sports and Outdoors for their support of the match. A special thanks also to Defender Outdoors Clay Sports Ranch for supporting the Shotgun Raffle. 

 

Photo link here:

https://fwc.smugmug.com/2022-2023/Competitive-Shooting-Team/

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FWC is excited to announce the expansion of our educational technology team. Mr. Darryl Loy will join our IT Director Tim Shiel as the Director of Modern Learning. This team will support our students and faculty as we continue to employ educational technology to provide a dynamic learning environment for our students. 

We are excited to share with you the hiring of Darryl Loy as the Director of Modern Learning at FWC. Mr. Loy will lead our efforts to further integrate educational technology into the learning environment. 

Since 2019, FWC has made significant progress on our “Vision Forward” Strategic Plan. With this announcement, pursuing an educational technology and learning initiative, along with CESA accreditation, FWC accomplishes two of the final goals in the “Vision Forward” plan. In providing a dynamic learning environment, we want to equip our students with the necessary skills and intellectual framework to thrive and be successful by instituting, supporting, and promoting excellence in instruction and curricular development and by leveraging instructional resources and technology thoughtfully and intentionally to drive excellence in teaching and learning. 

Our community goals for the 2022-2023 school year included prayer, service, encouragement, and engagement. The latter, engagement in the learning environment, can be achieved through educational technology. Mr. Loy is well-suited to lead FWC in this direction. 

Mr. Loy states: “The vision of raising up a Department of Modern Learning out of a traditional Technology Department is rooted in a fundamental shift away from a focus on the technology to a focus on the learning, where it clearly should be. While this shift is driven by a department dedicated to this vision, it requires a shift in thinking and approach across the entire institution…I have always been focused on the integration of technology into the core curriculum.” For example, at his previous school, Mr. Loy and his team:

  • Spent time with all faculty on curriculum planning to help identify tools and other ways to more richly and authentically integrate technology. He states, “we make the point that this is not to come in and “teach” technology but to partner with the classroom teacher on projects that make use of that deep tech integration.”  
  • Further developed SPARQ (Solving Problems and Asking Real-world Questions) Lab, aka MakerSpace, which focused on teaching Design and Design Thinking and incorporating skills-based instruction around the 5 Cs, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Curiosity.  
  • Partnered with other teachers to help with more experiential learning opportunities in classes like Podcast Power and Media Arts.   
  • Introduced The Social Institute’s #WinAtSocial curriculum for 4th through 8th grade, helping students understand the impact of technology and social media on their lives.

The FWC faculty was blessed to hear Mr. Loy speak in February 2020. His outlook on teaching, his desire to help teachers engage their students at deeper levels, his enthusiasm for learning, and his innovative approach to integrating technology in the classroom were truly inspiring. Mr. Loy, along with our IT Director Tim Schiel will work together to provide a platform of learning excellence for our students. 

Mr. Loy has been a part of the FWC community for over ten years. His son Dax graduated in 2017, and his wife Debbie worked for FWC as the Executive Assistant to Dr. Overman. Darryl and Debbie attend The Hills Church.

Recently a headline caught my eye. “What the Longest Study on Human Happiness Found Is the Key to a Good Life”. Published in The Atlantic, the study’s authors have followed their subjects since 1938. Their findings, “Good relationships lead to health and happiness. The trick is that those relationships must be nurtured.” 

Exactly! 

The study’s authors contend, “Relationships keep us happier and healthier throughout our life spans. We neglect our connections with others at our peril. Investing in our social fitness is possible each day, each week of our lives. Even small investments today in our relationships with others can create long-term ripples of well-being.”

For the past few years, FWC has focused on community. We want to be a community who prays together, serves together, engages with each other, and encourages each other. A parent recently wrote to me “our belief in this school’s mission is second only to our hope that we are a strong community rooted in the values of Jesus Christ” Amen and amen!

So we are kicking off a social media campaign - Loved at FWC. Watch each day in February as we feature those in our community who help us become what God wants us to be. A community who honors Him. A community who reflects His light. 

So help us encourage each other. Reach out to our community - especially those you do life with - your child’s classmates’ families, the families of your children’s friends, those who teach and coach your children. We can show our care and concern for our community by praying for FWC, attending school events, reengaging with old friends and make new friends.

You are the FWC family. 

We are the FWC family. 

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Fort Worth Christian is excited to announce the transition of Coach Nate Sanford to full time Athletic Director. Head of School Dr. Misty Overman announced this transition with the following. “Coach Sanford has done exactly what we hired him to do. Honor God, build community, and expect excellence. Directing more fully his attention to all of our athletic programs allows him to concentrate on the continued building of excellence and focus for our teams and students. We acknowledge all of our teams at FWC, from academics to athletics to fine arts, are built through relationships, hard work, pursuit of excellence, and honoring God. From middle school to upper school, for girl’s and boy’s programs, and with every coach, AD Sanford’s desire is to work with our PS - 12th grade families to build trust, confidence, and community.

Fort Worth Christian is also excited to announce the appointment of Brady Gunn as Varsity Head Football Coach. Athletic Director Nate Sanford says, “Brady Gunn is uniquely qualified to lead this program. He not only has years of coordinating experience on both offense and defense, he has also poured 14 years of his life into the FWC student body and family.  He shows up early, stays late, and gives all of himself every moment in between for the souls of our kids.  More than being a talented high school football coach, Coach Gunn is first and foremost a shepherd of the flocks he is given.  He will lead our student-athletes well.” Dr. Overman states, “the future of FWC football is in great hands. Coach Gunn is motivated, loyal, committed, willing and determined to provide leadership in continued excellence - not just on the field, but in life. We are excited for what’s next for FWC athletics.”

Coach Gunn began his second tenure at FWC the Fall of 2021. With over sixteen years of coaching experience, Gunn began his career in high school at Stephenville playing under Art Briles and winning two state championships.  He lettered in football at both the Naval Academy and Abilene Christian University. He has been on the coaching staff for teams with ten consecutive playoff appearances, five semi-finals, two state finals and one state championship. His coaching tenure includes stints at Bishop Lynch High School and Southwest Christian School. He and his wife Kim are looking forward to continuing to build the Cardinal Football family.

Coach Gunn states, “I am excited and humbled to take on the role of Head Coach for the FWC Football program. I believe in the greatness of our community at Fort Worth Christian and consider myself truly blessed, and I am honored to step into this new role.”