Here are just a few of the many great things that happened during the 2009/2010 school year. It was a great year and I am SO proud of our students and faculty.
Trinity Road Race to Benefit Opelika Fire Department
Spring has arrived and runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the 7th annual Road Race and Fun Run hosted by Trinity Christian School on Saturday, April 24th. The annual event is a fun family time with children and adults alike enjoying a run or walk to celebrate the warmer weather. Upwards of 350 people are expected to attend the event. “This is always a great event,” said Trinity Headmaster Carl Warmouth. “Not only is it a fundraiser for the school, it is an opportunity for us to give back financially to the community.” In past years proceeds have been shared with the Miracle Field. This year Trinity will share proceeds with the Opelika Fire Department.
The races will be held at the Opelika Municipal Park and include a 5K and a 10K race which will start at 8:00 a.m. and a 1 mile race which will begin at 9:30 a.m. Pre-register by April 9, at Trinity Christian School, 1010 India Road, to be guaranteed a race T-shirt. Fees for the races are $15.00 for the 5K and 10K, and $8.00 for the mile race. Awards will be given for male and female finishers in ten age groups, and medals will be given to the children.
Praise 88.7 will be on hand for entertainment, as well as concession stands for refreshments, and a fire truck. Great door prizes have been donated by many sponsors. The invitation is open to come and compete in the races and hope to win a door prize. It promises to be a morning filled with enjoyment for everyone. For more information contact the school at 745-2464, or log on to www.tcsopelika.org.
Trinity Band Members Earn Top Honors
Fifteen Trinity band students recently participated in the District VI honor band festival in Phenix City, having been selected because of their outstanding performance at All-State auditions in January.
Amanda Misseldine, Grant Nall, Daniel Ledbetter, Anna Kenney, Chloe Colquitt, and Sarah Grace Gunter represented Trinity in the high school division. In the middle school division were Cassidy Nall, Molly Colquitt, Caroline Stark, Cayton Walker, Mara Busch, Josh Hartsell, William Patton, A.J Torbert, and D.J. Johnson.
Of these students, A.J Torbert , Amanda Misseldine, Grant Nall, and Daniel Ledbetter were all selected as 1st chair players in district. These same students, along with Cassidy Nall were also awarded the honor to represent District VI at the All-State honor band in April. Alternates for All-State are Molly Colquitt, William Patton, and D.J. Johnson.
Trinity’s band plays under the direction of Mike Stough who’s career spans more than 40 years. In addition to being a well-known director, Mr. Stough has also played with The Four Seasons, B.J. Thomas, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Holiday on Ice shows, and the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Trinity’s beginner, intermediate, advanced, and jazz bands will perform at an outdoor concert at Trinity on May 4th.
Trinity Singers Earn Superior Rating at Competition
On Thursday, February 25 the Trinity Singers of Trinity Christian School received a Superior rating for their first experience as participants in Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessments. The group performed two pieces: a lively work in Latin entitled Jubilate Deo by Vicki Tucker Courtney, as well as an enchanting piece entitled Stars Are For Those Who Lift Their Eyes by Pauline Delmonte.
This event is held each year in Tallassee for District VI of the Alabama Vocal Association. Each ensemble is required to perform two pieces of contrasting styles from memory without a director conducting their performance. Performances are judged using state-level adjudication, rating each group in areas such as tone, intonation, diction, technique, balance, interpretation, and artistry. Students will receive medals to commemorate their accomplishment in this event.
Trinity High School Drama Club Presents School Play
On March 4th-6th the Trinity Christian School Drama Club presented the play “Southern Hospitality” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten. The play is about
the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye, and Rhonda Lynn and their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas. The town is in danger of disappearing, and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction. Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves, but it seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate, and a company representative is headed to Fayro on a scouting mission. In an effort to show overwhelming southern hospitality, Honey Raye makes promises that are not to be believed in order to woo the rep to choose Fayro. As one disaster follows another, it looks as if all hope is lost. But how the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity—and a recipe for total hilarity.
Several weeks of set building, script rewriting went into the preparing for the play under the direction of Miss Anna Ballard and Mrs. Ione Mayfield. The students delivered an outstanding performance.
Trinity Varsity Wins Tournament
The 2009/2010 school year marked the first year that Trinity Christian School has put a JV and Varsity basketball team on the court. Coach Norman Godwin led the varsity to a winning season, including a first place win in a tournament. This was Trinity’s first appearance at a basketball tournament.
Trinity Students Win Essay Contest
Trinity Christian School students recently entered an essay contest open to 3rd and 4th grade students around the nation. The contest was sponsored by Foster and Smith Aquatics. The prize was a 16 gallon aquarium and all the supplies, a year’s supply of fish food, fish, and tickets for the class to a major aquarium. The challenge was to write a 400 word persuasive essay describing why that student’s particular class deserved to win the prize. An even greater challenge was presented to our kids as the contest was nearly over when we discovered it. The students had just one day to write the essay.
Mrs. Ballew and Mrs. Rickles are pleased to announce that BOTH our 3rd grade class AND our 4th grade class won the prize! Several hundred schools entered the contest and that each essay was read individually and judged for persuasive content, writing style, and grammar.
An honorable mention should also go the Trinity’s 5th grade class. The 5th graders are studying “Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day” in Science and have learned numerous lessons from an aquarium they are maintaining. The 5th graders spent about 45 minutes one day teaching 3rd and 4th graders about some of those lessons. Much of what they taught them was portrayed in the essays. (The fifth graders did not assist in any way in the writing of the essays.)
The winning essays were written by Jacob Walker in the 3rd grade and Ashley Sanders in the 4th grade. They can be read in the TCS website at http://www.tcsopelika.org.
5th Graders Read Over 600 Books!
Mrs. Carpenter’s 5th grade at Trinity Christian School have met the admirable goal of reading over 600 books as a class. Each student read at least 25 books in at least seven different genres including poetry, traditional literature, fiction, informational, and biographies. Over the school year, consistent daily reading exposes children to various author’s styles and improves fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and writing. Our main goal is that the children will enjoy reading and choose to read for pleasure.
Trinity Announces Full Scholarship Recipients
Trinity Christian School is very pleased to announce that once again, some members of the senior class have received full scholarships to their chosen colleges and university. We are very proud of these and all of our graduates and pray that the Lord will bless them as they continue to build on the education they have received at Trinity.
David Wayne Hall has been at Trinity since ninth grade. He has been a member of the Honor Society all four years and is the founder and editor of the school’s first newspaper. His other activities include choral ensemble, all four of Trinity’s plays, and is one of Trinity’s Hosts. David received a Presidential Scholarship and a Scholar’s Day Award from Faulkner University in Montgomery, where he will be majoring in Biblical Studies in the fall.
Dorothy Kate Ballard has been a student at Trinity Christian School since kindergarten and has been involved in drama, the concert and jazz bands, and choral ensemble; she is the president of the Honor Society and is one of Trinity’s Hostesses. Kate received fourth place in the DAR scholarship competition and a Presidential scholarship from Asbury University, where she will be attending in the fall.
Olivia Stephens Busch began attending Trinity Christian School in kindergarten. She has greatly enjoyed participating in both the concert jazz bands, the school plays, and the choral ensemble. She is a school hostess, vice president of the Honor Society, and a member of the yearbook staff. She was offered a Presidential scholarship at two colleges. She accepted the Presidential scholarship at Bryan College and plans to pursue her love for English there this fall.
Trinity Band Students Earn Top Honors
Congratulations are in order to all the TCS students who participated in the band solo and ensemble festival this past weekend in Montgomery. Every Trinity student who participated in the event earned a superior rating in their performance. Great job to the following students:
Solos: 5th Grade
Brady Watts, Haleigh Johnson, Dixon Leuenberger, Oliver Warmouth, Noah Angel, Claire Milton, Lauren Parsons, Margaret Patton, Makenzie Hawkins, Matthew Humphrey
6th Grade: Nathan Sellers, Josh Hartsell, Selah Justice, Mara Busch, Caroline Stark, Cayton Walker, Ragan Barnes, William Patton, D.J. Johnson
7th and Up (Advanced): Cassidy Nall, Grant Nall, Daniel Ledbetter
Claire Milton & Makenzie Hawkins, Lauren Parsons & Haleigh Johnson & Margaret Patton, Henry Smith T & Brady Watts, Henry Smith T & Matthew Humphrey, Dixon Leuenberger & Oliver Warmouth, Claire Milton & Nathan Sellers
Molly Colquitt & Ragan Barnes & Caroline Stark & Cayton Walker, Caroline Stark & Molly Colquitt, Josh Hartsell & William Patton, D.J. Johnson, Oliver Nell & William Patton, Mara Busch & Molly Colquitt, Mary Beth Humphrey & Selah Justice, Ragan Barnes & Cayton Walker & Oliver Nell, Selah Justice & Caroline Stark, Josh Hartsell & Cayton Walker, & Mara Busch, William Patton & D.J. Johnson
Catherine Patton & Daniel Ledbetter, Catherine Patton & Cassidy Nall, Grant Nall & Daniel Ledbetter, Chloe Colquitt & Elizabeth Patton, Chloe Colquitt & Elizabeth Patton & Daniel Ledbetter.
Reception Honors Seniors
On Saturday April 24, 2010, Trinity held its annual Junior/Senior Banquet. This banquet is held every year to honor the senior class of Trinity. The event is hosted by the Junior class, who is also responsible for fundraising. The reception was held in the Fellowship Hall. After the reception, the Junior and Senior classes boarded a charter bus bound for Agatha’s Dinner Theatre in Atlanta where all in attendance were given parts to play in the act. A fun time was had by all.
TCS Spring Concerts a Huge Success
Trinity’s Choral Concert was held on April 22. It was at the 3:16 Center at Opelika First Baptist. The chimes class opened the concert and the Trinity Singers were the first to sing. Approximately 150 people attended this concert. Adriana Brannan and Becca Langley were the 2 seniors in the Trinity Singers portion of this concert. Clint Gougler, another Senior who attended the concert to support his fellow classmates said, “It was a very enjoyable experience, everyone did fantastic! I think that every GUY and girl should be involved in some form of choral music in the high school years.” The Choral concert was not the only one held recently. The Band concert was held on May 4 on the Trinity lawn with more than 300 people in attendance. There were hamburgers, chips, popcorn, and drinks for sale to benefit the band. Everyone enjoyed the concert immensely. The concert opened in prayer by Rev. Dr. Chris Duncan. Following his prayer, Band Director Mr. Mike Stough was honored for forty years of teaching with a plaque from the school which recognizes him “for forty years of service to God in East Alabama as a band director, tutor, teacher, and encourager of countless students.” The senior class presented him with a baton and case. Six out of the nine seniors were involved in this concert: Kate Ballard, Olivia Busch, Jessica Lauren Simmons, Becca Langley, Clint Gougler, and Harrison Weissinger. The concert ended with the Jazz Band performing multiple selections.
Judge Walker Visits Trinity High School
The Honorable Judge Jacob Walker presided over a different type of assembly on Monday, April 26, 2010. The Judge, who for the past twelve years has served on the Alabama Circuit Court for Lee County, was the guest of the Government class of Trinity Christian School, to explain the workings of the State’s court system and to answer any questions they might have. “It is so important for my students to appreciate the hard work of the leaders of our community, especially in the court system,” says Government teacher Ellen Sistrunk. A large part of the lecture, which was very interactive, was an outline of judicial jurisdiction and how it works in Alabama. “We learned about original and appellate jurisdictions from reading the constitution,” said student Becca Langley, “we just weren’t sure how it worked in Alabama.” Judge Walker’s talk also included a breakdown of Felony and Misdemeanor classes. “I knew the difference between [the two types of crimes] but I always wondered what the different classes stood for,” says Harrison Weissinger, another student. The class which is made up of the seniors was also given a brief explanation of the voting process, in which they will have the opportunity to participate in this year. “Judge Walker is an excellent speaker and the talk was quite informative,” says Sistrunk, “I appreciate his concern and interest in the youth of Lee County.”
Boys Varsity Soccer Wins State Title; Advances to National Championship Tourney
The Trinity Christian School Varsity Soccer Team had an extremely successful season this year. Their regular season record is 13-3-2 and they recently won the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama State Championship for the second consecutive year! Congratulations to all of our excellent players.
The success of this team has been recognized with an invitation to compete in the National Association of Christian Athletes National Championships. Teams from all over the United States will be competing for this title at the tournament which takes place in Dayton, Tennessee, from November 3-6, 2009. This opportunity is not only generating school spirit and comraderie on campus, it is a wonderful chance to represent the Lord, Trinity families, and Trinity Christian School while being with other soccer teams in this association. Additionally, there will be college soccer team scouts present at this event. Perhaps this will open the door to college scholarships for some of our outstanding players.
Coach Dick Hayley and his staff are to be commended for their tireless efforts to take these soccer players and turn them into a successful unit on the field and into successful young men off the field as well. Membership on the soccer team at Trinity means lots of practice time on the field, but it also means learning to spend time with the Lord through Bible study and prayer. Coach Hayley and his staff seek to teach soccer skills and life skills. We are blessed at Trinity to have such an effective extra-curricular program.
They will be staying at Lakehaven Lodge, Cabins, and Conference Center which is owned by the National Association of Christian Athletes. Each contribution is tax deductible, and checks may be made out to Trinity Christian School. The soccer team would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers for their safety during this trip.
A pep rally was held on Tuesday, November 3rd as a celebratory sendoff for our players at 11:45 A.M.
Trinity Students Excel in ACT Tests
The ACT Profile Report from ACT, Inc. reflects the achievement of our graduates on the ACT over a
five year period of time and provides an indication of the extent to
which they are prepared for college-level work.
The results of the test confirm that God continues to bless the
students, faculty, and covenant families at Trinity Christian School
as we all work hard and apply ourselves to the tasks we have been given.
In terms of college readiness, TCS students have been doing very
well! In the area of College English Composition, Trinity students
scored 22% higher than the state average. This is particularly
encouraging because several college admission professionals and
professors have been telling me that the biggest obstacle to incoming
freshman is in this area. In College Algebra they scored 15% higher
than the state average. In College Social Science our kids scored 31%
higher than the state average, and in College Biology they scored 11%
higher than the state average. In virtually every area of the test
Trinity students surpassed the benchmarks for likelihood of scoring a
B or better in first year college courses. What’s more, the scores
indicate an upward trend over the past three years.
Please continue to join me in praise for God’s faithfulness to our
children and to the ministry of Trinity Christian School.