FAREWELL TO OUR SENIOR CLASS
Prom has passed, finals are done and our seniors will soon return from a memorable last week together on the high seas; their senior cruise. They have walked their final steps through the halls of Rosehill Christian School, they have played their last games on our courts, worn their last school uniform and have made all the necessary preparations to graduate this coming Saturday. We will hope you will all be there as they walk across the stage and step into the next phase of their life journey. Whatever they have chosen as their plan, we know they will each walk with the Lord as they move forward into their lives. The 2014 Graduation Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 17th at 10:00 AM, Fairfield Baptist Church.
MADISON "MATTI" HIGGINS, Valedictorian will graduate from Rosehill this year with a 4.48 GPA and 30 hours of dual credit. Matti has spent her high school career being a example to her peers, a mentor and a friend to everyone. An earlier recognition was being TAPPS state qualifier in math. She has set the bar high for our next valedictorian who follows in her footsteps. During her high school career, Matti was a member of student government and the National Honor Society who spent much of her time working in community service. In addition to joining the Living Waters mission trip to El Salvador, Matti worked with Rebuild Galveston, Bethesda Lutheran Home, volunteered at Inwood Crossing in the Alzheimer Unit and went on a mission trip to New Orleans.
Also a recognized athlete at RCS, Matti was a cheerleader, member of the track team, played varsity volleyball and where most of her best memories were made; a key player on the varsity basketball team. She received several awards during her high school years including being a state qualifier for track in the long jump where she came in 7th place. Matti shares many of her varsity basketball accomplishments with McKenna because she was also a member of the team when the girls won the 3A TAPPS State Championship and the next year when they were runner-up for same award. She was also named All State in basketball. Outside of her athletic abilities, Matti recently won a 3rd place award for Original Oratory at the TAPPS State competition where she spoke about sex trafficking in America. The entire piece was very moving.
Matti will join many of her friends at Texas A & M University this fall where she too plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering and then move on to medical school. Matti is very interested in taking time to study abroad in Spain before entering the medical field. She says her best high school memories come from basketball. "Winning games, losing games, it didn't matter. My teammates are my best friends and my sisters. I will never forget our late nights at tournaments and especially the two state tournaments that we all went to!" Matti says she will miss being at a campus where everyone is so close because "it is nice being in a place where you can talk to anyone and feel like you fit in" but she is looking forward to going to college and meeting new people from different backgrounds. She also will not miss wearing Parker uniforms. Matti is an exceptional student full of charm and Christian character. We are certain she will fulfill her dreams and continue to make us all very proud.
Favorite Bible Verse: I Timothy6:11-12 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
MCKENNA POWERS, Salutatorian will graduate from Rosehill this year with a 4.42 GPA and 28 hours of dual credit. McKenna is a shining star at RCS with countless accomplishments throughout her high school career. In addition to being named Salutatorian this year, she is also the recipient of the Principal's Award for Character for 2 years, Student Ambassador for 2 years, member of the National Honor Society for 3 years and class officer for 4 years. McKenna also received the Daughter's of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award and was on the Lone Star College President's List for 2 years. She also received the Academic All District Basketball Award for 2 years.
During her years in high school, McKenna dedicated over 170 hours to community service where she worked with youth groups, Rebuild Galveston, Bethesda Lutheran Home, SIRE, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Genesis House and joined the Living Water mission trip to El Salvador. She has also been a member of the US Pony Club for 8 years, served as a riding instructor, and placed 1st and 5th National Finish in the US Pony Club Tetrathalon.
Her accomplishments do not stop there. McKenna has also been a valuable athlete to RCS for many years. The athletic awards she received during her four years on the varsity basketball team are numerous as well. She was a member when the girls won the 3A TAPPS State Championship and the next year when they were runner-up for same award. Other recognitions include: Team Captain for 2 years, First Team All District for 3 years, All State Honorable Mention, First Team All District, Defensive MVP of the Year and the recipient of the Fighting Heart (Hailey Juneau Award).
After high school, McKenna will study Biomedical Engineering at Texas A & M where many of her classmates will join her. McKenna is well equipped and ready for whatever God has planned for her future and we wish her all the best in reaching her goals. The halls of Rosehill will not be the same without her, but she has surely left a legacy here.
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
JOSEPH "JOEY" BAILEY is a former student who returned to Rosehill for his high school years. He is one of those sweet-natured students with a genuine kindness, but don't let his quiet nature fool you. Joey has big plans for his future! He has a desire to study pre-law in college and later transfer to a major law school. He is truly leading a great example for his younger siblings and continues to make his parents proud.
During his high school career at RCS, Joey was highly involved in our drama program. He says he greatest high school memory was when his One Act Play team went to the state competition and won the state title for Best One Act Play. This is a memory he will always share with many of his high school classmates.
What Joey will miss most about high school is "the great big prayers Ben Hooper gives at lunch" but he is really looking forward to the college life. He wants to meet new people of different cultures and learn more about the world around him. We will continue to keep Joey in our prayers as he strives to meet all of his goals.
Favorite Bible Verse: 1Corinthians 13:11-12 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
JOHN BEACH has been a student of RCS since his fifth grade year. John has been an active athlete throughout his time here at Rosehill. He was a key player on the varsity football team as well a member of the track & field team. During his high school career, John's community service hours include mission trips to El Salvador, Dulce, New Mexico, Nicaragua, as well as time spent assisting at the Hempstead Courthouse.
John may be following in the footsteps of many rodeo hopefuls! He was awarded a championship buckle in the finals of the Texas Classic Team Roping Association (TCTRA). Along with this, his best high school memories inlcude enjoying his senior year and "every football game we played together". John says what he will miss most about high school is being around his classmates.
After graduation, John plans to attend Blinn College while he works to help his dad fund his education. John is one of those students who is a true team player. You can always count on him to offer assistance with all of our Rosehill functions, from stacking chairs, cleaning up after events, working concessions and just offering genuine kindness to everyone he meets. He says what he is looking most forward to after graduation is being able to work so his dad will not have to cover all of his expenses anymore. If you want to meet the true definition of southern hospitality, make an effort to introduce yourself to this young man.
Favorite Bible Verse: 1John 3:18 Little children, let us not love with word or tongue, but in deed and truth.
KRAIG BURKE has been a student at Rosehill Christian School since his preschool years. He is the third child in his family to graduate from RCS following his two sisters. Kraig will take many memories with him since this has been his only school home, but his favorite memories happened under those Friday Night Lights. Kraig is a devoted athlete who enjoyed playing on the varsity football team and he says football is what he will miss most about high school.
Kraig spent much of his time volunteering at Camp Blessing; a camp ministering to children and young adults with special needs and their siblings. Camp Blessing is a haven for kids who feel left out...where all feel total acceptance...and most importantly, the love of Christ. Kraig underwent the necessary training to minister to these children in the summer time.
Kraig also has a love for the outdoors! He spends much of his time hunting, fishing and camping. It is no surprise that he plans to become a game warden. After attending Lonestar College, he wants to transfer to Kingsville A&M and study Texas Parks Wildlife and Forestry. Kraig has some wonderful memories here, but he is really looking forward to knowing the world outside of RCS and meeting new people.
Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
DALLAS CHUTE plans to graduate with a 3.7 GPA and 24 hours of Dual Credit. During his high school career, Dallas has been a member of the National Honor Society for two years. He says one of the most interesting times during his community service was helping a church in Amarillo with their ministry to feed inner city children during the summer. He also enjoyed having a Bible Club for the children to come to during the day. Dallas states, "it was a lot of work but very rewarding".
Dallas is a highly recognized athlete at RCS. He is a pitcher for the varsity baseball team who was named 2013 Academic All State and 1st Team all district for his abilities. He was also named 2nd Team All District as an offensive and defensive lineman for the varsity football team. Dallas says his best high school memories were spent on the fields with his friends playing football and baseball and that is what he will miss most after graduation.
After high school, Dallas plans to join many of his Rosehill classmates at Texas A & M University where he will pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
CHRISTINA FLOWER is a student we will always remember. Her kind nature and ability to be friends with everyone makes her shine in the halls of RCS. She will graduate with a 3.4 GPA and 21 hours of dual credit. In addition to playing softball her freshman and sophomore year, Christina is a highly recognized actress among her peers and as a 6-year member of Christian Youth Theatre. Her incredible acting skills have earned Christina many awards during her high school years. These include, but are not limited to, Best Actress at the State One Act Play Competition, 2nd in Poetry, 6th in Solo and 4th in prose. In fact, Christina shares her favorite high school memory with many members of her One Act Play team, "When we won the One Act Championship. We were all so shocked and it didn't seem real." In addition to all of this, Christina was also the proud recipient of the 1Timothy 4:12 award presented to a student each year by the RCS school board.
Christina spent a lot of time taking her community service seriously. She worked with Generation One, Youth With a Mission, Montrose Street Reach, CAT Ministries and enjoyed the working during the mission trip to El Salvador. After graduation, Christina plans to major in nutrition at the University of Houston. Her dream is to become a registered dietician in a third world country as a gateway into mission work.
What she is looking forward to in her immediate future is enjoying a stress-free summer, but says what she will miss most are the freshman girls she has mentored to and led in small group this year. "They are all like my babies."
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity. She can laugh at the days to come.
BENJAMIN (BEN) HOOPER plans to graduate with a 3.6 GPA and 24 hours of Dual Credit. During his high school career, Ben has been a member of the National Honor Society as well as the International Thespian Society (ITS), and a Life Scout (BSA). He is an athlete who was on the basketball team, football team, and soccer team. Ben also ran track and cross country. His community service involvement includes the Children's Ministry, BSA and Student Counseling.
Ben's high school accomplishments also include lettering in academics, sports and drama. He is ranked 4th in his class, VP for ITS, Rotary Club Student of the Month, and a Merit Scholar. After graduation, Ben will be attending Baylor University with a planned major of BioInformatics. He plans to attend medical school in the field of dermatology.
What Ben will miss most about high school is playing sports just for fun but he is looking forward to going to college where uniforms are not the required attire. Finally, his best high school memory was "the time he put rabid weasels in the principal's office and they haven't been found yet." Yes, we must mention that Ben has a wonderful sense of humor!
Favorite Bible Verse: James 2:18-19 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
HALEY JACOBS plans to graduate from RCS with a 3.5 GPA as she finishes her senior year at RCS. Haley is an avid athlete with a true love of all sports. Her letterman jacket is quite full being she played volleyball, basketball, softball, track and even golf. It is no surprise that her plans are to pursue a degree in Exercise Sports Science as she attends Texas State beginning this fall.
During her high school career, Haley says she has enjoyed every moment trying to live life as fun as it can be. Though she is a fun-loving, free spirit, Haley is someone you can count on. She has spent many hours volunteering at the Tomball Pregnancy Center, Texas Family Medicine, Willowpoint Baptist Church and "wherever Mrs. Pearce needs me".
Haley says her best high school memory is Mrs. Tumlinson's class when she shared a college memory about killing roaches in her dorm room. Haley says what she will miss most about high school is playing sports, chapel, Allie Faircloth, basketball team memories and "being tardy to first period".
After graduation, Haley plans to enjoy summer, shop for dorm stuff and spend as much time as she can with her dog, Lilly before she moves on to Texas State where she hopes to "find Prince Charming and live happily ever after". She is looking most forward to starting this chapter of her life with a clean slate and following God's plan for her.
Favorite Bible Verse: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
RANDY JOHNSON has been an active student at Rosehill Christian School for the past 15 years. In addition to the 15 hours of dual credit he has earned while maintaining a 3.2 GPA, Randy has collected over 130 hours of community service. Many of the hours have been spent working in children's ministries through Vacation Bible School, RCS lock-ins and 4-H activities. RJ has enjoyed showing animals and participating in many shooting events through the 4-H program. He considers his best high school accomplishments to be lettering in sports and graduating! These sports include being a member of the football, soccer & baseball teams during his high school career.
Randy is hoping the upcoming Senior Trip, which is a 5-day cruise, will prove to be his best high school memory yet. He also enjoyed the many bus trips with the soccer team and baseball team, but what he will miss most about high school is "playing sports and seeing my friends every single day. I will also miss Pinnacle and chapel".
After graduation, Randy is looking forward to moving on to a new chapter in his life. He plans to enjoy his summer while working to make some money to take with him to College Station in the fall. He wants to graduate from Texas A&M with a degree in Construction Science so he can one day own a construction company with his brother, Bradley. Randy is looking forward to a successful career and starting a family one day. "I am just looking forward to following God's plan for my life and to live life to its fullest".
Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for human masters.
CASSIDY "CASSI" MILLER came to RCS during her high school career and we are so blessed that she did. She is one of those students you feel as if you have known forever and she was quick to become friends with everyone. Cassi plans to graduate from Rosehill with a 3.2 GPA after serving as senior class treasurer this year. She also served as sophomore class vice-president so perhaps politics is in her future? As a part of her community service activities, Cassi was a waiter at the 'Senior Prom' at the Senior Citizens center for 3 years, volunteered at the Pregnancy Crisis Center and was a school service club member for two years. She also enjoyed the Living Water mission trip to El Salvador.
Cassi will take with her many memories as a high school athlete. She was a much needed team player on the varsity softball team and varsity track team. She also enjoyed her time on the court as a member of the varsity volleyball team, but the thing she says she will miss most about high school is "my basketball team!". We are sure her teammates share those feelings.
Cassi considers the One Act Play State Championship to be one of her most memorable accomplishments in high school. She also received 5th in solo acting at the district level. Cassi was also was the recipient of many district art awards that need to be mentioned: 1st in Jewelry Making, 1st in Print Making, 3rd in Senior Portfolio and 4th in Communication (ALL of the awards advanced to the state competition). In addition to these accomplishments, Cassi received an honorable mention at state in jewelry making and 5th in On-Site Design. Perhaps an art career ahead?
The board at Rosehill Christian School recognizes the importance of linkage with the school’s moral owners and has determined to honor a student who exemplifies the spirit of 1 Timothy 4:12. Cassi was the recipient of the 1Timothy award presented to her by the school board in May of 2014.
While Cassi's future plans are still up in the air, she says she is looking forward to "seeing where God leads me". Great things ahead for this young leader, we are sure!
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us...
MARYGRACE MONTAGNA plans to graduate with a 3.0 GPA with over 200 hours of community service. She was voted Teen Volunteer of the year in 2011 and spent many of those hours volunteering at an assisted living center. MaryGrace was a leader of our student council during her high school career. She served as class president for her junior and senior year, vice-president her sophomore year and spent her freshman year as secretary. Not all of MaryGrace's time was spent as a class officer as she is a recognized photographer and editor of the yearbook for RCS. Her photos are seen throughout the yearboook, the RCS website and some marketing pieces you see around campus. Her photos even earned her a win in the Maroon Weekly Photo Contest.
MaryGrace is also a well-known athlete at Rosehill. In addition to the time she recently spent on the varsity basketball team, she is an avid volleyball player having played all 4 years of high school. She was captain of the varsity volleyball team for the past two years where she was also named 1st Team All-District consecutively for those two years. She says her best high school memory is her entire senior year, but what she will miss most is not having to worry about what to wear every morning. She is also going to miss high school sports, seeing Mrs. Pearce, and "not having Whitson as a teacher twice a day"!
After high school, MaryGrace plans to graduate from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (BESS). She wants to walk alongside athletes of A&M and hopefully one day the NFL & NBA. She will minor in photography and wants to someday going on a world tour with a band to be their personal photographer. As far as life, she wants to "become successful in what I do and enjoy it, to where it doesn't feel like work at all" (and she also wants to be the owner of a blue Lamborghini Aventador). We believe she will :)
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
SCOTT MUSGROVE is known as one of those students who provides a cheerful disposition wherever he goes. He seems to always carry a smile. Scott has the proud distinction of being the quarterback for Rosehill's very first 11-man football team. He is also the first person in HS football history to have a negative punnting average in a game after having to fill in at the last minute. The exact average is unknown and a statistical nightmare because how do you score a punt that the punter catches in backfield and advances?! But even though his future as a NFL punter is in doubt, his leadership on and of the field has helped set the bar for future classes to follow.
Scott is not only a star on the football field, he spent much of his time on the basketball court and is still an active member of the varsity baseball team, currently in the playoffs.
After high school, Scott plans to attend Blinn Jr. College eventually transferring to Texas A&M to pursue a business degree. He is anxious to gain the independence that comes from being a college student. What Scott will miss most about high school is all of his friends and the relationships he has formed. Replacing the Friday night football experiences will be hard, but he can't wait to return and root on the Eagles as a proud member of the alumni.
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shal mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
MARC SLATTERY plans to graduate from Rosehill this year with a 3.2 GPA and 32 hours of dual credit. Marc has been involved in many activities during his high school career including managing the football team and the girls basketball team. He received the character award during his time with the golf team and earned 10th and 2nd place awards in team programming competitions. Marc was also recognized in the National Society of High School Scholars, something he will always be proud of.
During his years in high school, Marc spent many hours working in community service. He took time from his busy high school schedule to work in the children's ministry, where he also became a videographer for their events. He will always remember working with various organizations to help serve the poor and homeless in their time of need.
After high school, Marc plans to study criminal justice at Virginia Wesleyan where he is looking forward to experiencing "the outside world and taking on the challenges that have been hidden away from me". There are many things he will miss about high school including all the time he was able to spend with all of his friends. "Whether it was out on the field or on the court, during school or outside of school, or just simply helping them with something... that won't fade from my memory".
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalms 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
RJ THOMAS has had a memorable high school career. One of his accomplishments that make him stand out among others is that RJ earned the highest rank in scouting, his Eagle Scout recognition then went on to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout Bronze Palm, which represents the merit badges he earned beyond his Eagle Scout.
During his years in high school, RJ earned 290 service hours and was highly involved with Yearbook. He says his best high school memories are the times he went to Pinnacle "because it was fun bonding and worshipping with my classmates". He also takes with him many memories on the basketball court having played on the varsity team. He also has much time spent on the football field as a valued member of the varsity football team. He has a lot of pride being part of the team that received the Sportsmanship Award from the Touchdown Club this season.
After high school, RJ plans to attend Lone Star College and later transfer to Texas A&M to major in Environmental Science. RJ says what he will miss most about high school is "going to chapel every Thursday because Coach Dobbs is very inspiring", but he is really looking forward to "sleeping in" !
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.
ANDREW "DREW" VERSNEL plans to graduate from Rosehill this year with a 3.8 GPA and 24 hours of dual credit. Drew has had four very active years in high school as a member of the Key Club, Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and manager of the varsity basketball team. He spent time working in his church nursery, was involved in youth group at Fairfield Baptist Church and went on the Living Water trip to El Salvador where our students travel to build water wells for those less fortunate. Drew even spent time teaching baseball one summer in the Dominican Republic before his junior year.
During his years in high school, Drew also found time to be a highly recognized athlete. He is a key player on the RCS varsity baseball team helping them into the playoffs this season. Coach Cooper says Drew is a one of those athletes you never will forget. The baseball diamond is not the only place Drew shines, he was also devoted to the varsity football team where he received many honors including Junior Player of the Year, Senior Player of the Year and 2nd Team All District. He will always be proud of being part of the RCS varsity football team when they were recognized by the Houston Touchdown Club and received the Sportsmanship Award, but his best high school memory is the game played his senior year against Beaumont Legacy.
After high school, Drew plans to attend Texas A&M University to study mechanical engineering. He is looking forward to "going to Texas A&M and not having to wear uniforms anymore" but says he will sincerely miss playing baseball and football with all of his friends. We wish Drew the best of luck in whatever God holds for his future.
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God to stand against the tactics of the devil.
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