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MEET OUR 2016 GRADUATES

This senior class holds a very special place in our hearts. Some of them have been together since preschool, many have joined us along the way, and a couple of them are even new to us this year. No matter how long they have been at Rosehill, each individual fills a special place to create a family. They have faced challenges of excess homework, cramming for exams, dating and dances. They have mourned the loss of a young classmate and bonded through their tested faith while nearly losing another. They have said goodbye to a beloved coach. They have challenged their teachers, faced their fears, and made their parents proud. They have worshipped together and learned important life lessons through character building experiences at Pinnacle. They have traveled afar as teammates and as friends. From the classrooms to the stage, from the gym to the fields, and under those Friday night lights... they have made memories that will last a lifetime.

Our halls will soon seem empty when they graduate and leave us to embark on the next chapter of their lives. As young adults, they are more than equipped to stand proud as believers and as future leaders of our communities. Some already have such amazing plans for the future, while others are anxious to see where God leads them. Because their parents chose to place them in Rosehill, we are confident they will travel in faith knowing God is with them through every step of their journey.

Meet our class of 2016.

MEI LING VALDES, Valedictorian


Mei Ling Valdes is another one of those people who sets the mood for happiness. It is impossible not to maintain a constant smile in her presence. Mei is a friend to everyone and definitely an academic leader in this class, thus she is the Class of 2016 Valedictorian. She is a strong woman of faith and really thrived as a leader of her Pinnacle group this year, guiding her younger peers to a closer relationship with God. She will graduate with a 4.4 GPA and will leave Rosehill, more than prepared for college, with 24 hours of dual credit.

Mei Ling is a versatile student who obviously keeps her academic responsibilities as top priority. She is the Vice President of the National Honor Society and has received several awards such as Sophomore Chemistry Honors and Spanish 1 Honors, Junior Spanish 2 Honors and Bible, and the coveted Principal's Godly Character & Leadership Award. She has managed to log over 172 hours of community service working with several organizations over the years. She was a member of Sisters In Service and volunteered with Boys and Girls Country. She also put her servant's heart to work in Fairfield Baptist Church, Abiding Faith Lutheran Summer Camp, and Family Legacy Missions. 

In addition to the academic accolades and volunteering, Mei put in some time with the athletes of Rosehill. She was a member of the varsity softball team during her freshman year and was a strong support as the manager of the varsity girls basketball team during her junior and senior years. She will be holding on to many wonderful memories made traveling with those girls and supporting the team during their successful seasons.

With her high school days coming to an end, Mei says her best memories will have to be the school dances and time spent with her friends at sporting events. What she will miss most about Rosehill is "Pinnacle (especially my small group) and my friends". She will begin her college journey this fall in College Station, where she will attend Texas A & M as a Biology major. God has prepared Mei Ling to be whomever she will want to be and we are so excited for what he holds in her future.

Favorite Bible Verse: Mei Ling says her mom would tell her this every night when she was a child, so it is her favorite: May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you and lift up his countenance upon you and give you grace. Number 6: 24-26

CHRIS GODIN, Salutatorian


Chris Godin came to Rosehill during his 6th grade year and quickly adapted as part of the Rosehill family. He has a very easy going personality and never seems to allow anything to get him frazzled. He is one of those go-with-the-flow students who enjoys taking part in all of the fun times, while still managing to maintain his 4.4 GPA. Chris has managed to earn an impressive 32 hours of dual credit during his high school career, which definitely has him on the right path towards reaching his collegiate goals.

Chris is not only a member of the National Honor Society, he also serves as the NHS Treasurer. Quite obviously, he is a conscientious student and was named Science Student of the Year. He is the only Rosehill student to be recognized as a National Merit Scholar this year and has been offered over $200,000 in academic scholarships from various universities. Many of his volunteer hours have been spent in the Children's Ministry at Real Life Church, working track meets and other volunteering at multiple RCS events. Chris has also traveled with two mission trips to Oklahoma City helping repair homes for the needy through the Love Oklahoma organization.

As a athlete, Chris has made many cherished memories on the Eagles field. He was a member of the varsity football team and the varsity Track & Field teams for four years. Chris earned several awards as an athlete; Academic All State Track both his junior and senior year, Runner Up Champ in Discus his junior year, Senior Year District Champ in Discus, Senior Year State Champ in Discus, and 1st Team All State Track.

Chris says his best high school memories will be "all the good times on the football field with my teammates and roasting Hunter Juneau-Kepp". What he is going to miss most about high school is all of the good times he had with his friends and his favorite teacher, Dennis Krantz. He is really looking forward to being able to sleep past 6 AM on the weekdays.

Chris will be leaving Rosehill on a journey toward a college career at Texas A & M University, where he will be majoring in Applied Mathematics this fall. We will be seeing more of Chris over the years as he returns to Rosehill where his mom teaches preschool his brother, Zach is following in his footsteps as a promising high school student. God has set Chris on a path to success and we are excited to see where this journey will lead.

Favorite Bible Verse: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:1-2

MARIAH BAZ


As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, Mariah Baz will graduate with eight hours of dual credit and a 3.7 GPA this year. Mariah left Rosehill for a short time and we are ever so grateful that she returned to finish her high school years with her friends. She is a jokester and enjoys her fun-loving personality while adding a little spice to this class. With all the joking aside, Mariah is a serious student and a committed athlete.

As with all of our high school students, Mariah has spent many hours volunteering. She has helped with New Life Church, the Cy-Fair Sports Association, the Houston Children's Festival and Vacation Bible School.

Mariah enjoys being a class officer as she is currently treasurer of the senior class and she very much enjoyed being a leader at Pinnacle this year. There are many things you can say about Mariah, but one thing you can not fail to mention when discussing her talents, is basketball. Mariah has played varsity basketball for four years where she was awarded District MVP, 1st Team All State, 1st Team All District, and State Championship runner-up. Her extreme basketball athleticism has earned her a scholarship to play at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, where she will major in psychology.

Mariah says her favorite high school memory will have to be performing Mary Roach and the quotes "hey whatever" and "not too shabby". She will miss "just kickin' it, chillin' out and making mad jokes", but she is really looking forward new found freedom, meeting new people and playing basketball at the next level. No matter what the future has ahead for Mariah, we know she will give it all she has to be the ultimate success God has gifted her to be.

Favorite Bible Verse: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Timothy 1:7

MORGAN BROWNING


This sweet soul walked into the halls of Rosehill with an ever present smile and such an endearing nature. Morgan Browning will graduate from high school with 6 hours of dual credit and a 3.7 GPA. As a conscientious student, Morgan spends much of her time concentrating on her grades and preparing herself for college. She has spent much of her volunteer time working with the Houston Children's Festival and several other organizations during her high school career.

Not only does Morgan have focus when it comes to school, she has also spent many hours in the dance studio. As a member of the Eagle Pride Dance Team, she has been committed to many hours of dance. She traveled with the dance team to the TAPPS State Competition in Waco where she was named 2nd Team All State Dancer after the girls presented an unforgettable performance. Morgan was also awarded the Most Flexible and received the Spirit Girl Award in Dance. It is not surprise that Morgan says her greatest high school memories will be performing with the Eagle Pride Dance Team and the dance team will be what she will miss most about high school.

After graduation this May, Morgan will move to College Station to begin her college years at Blinn Junior College. She has plans to then transfer to Texas A&M or the University of Mary Hardin Baylor to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. She is very much looking forward to the summer and then moving to College Station.

Favorite Bible Verse: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3

BRAEDY CHUTE


A friendly soul with a promising future ahead, Braedy Chute is very much a credit to this graduating class. Though he may seem quiet, his sense of humor makes him one the favorites in this group of seniors. When asked recently what he considers to be a high school accomplishment, with a smile on his face Braedy simply stated, "Hopefully graduating". True, that may be the final outcome of his high school career, but Braedy has much more than walking across the stage to affirm his success.

As with all of our graduates, Braedy has spent many hours volunteering. He has been involved with many outreach ministries at Southwinds Baptist Church, where his father is the pastor. Growing up as the son of a pastor, a servants heart can have so much more meaning at an early age. Braedy has also worked with Families Feeding Families, the Tomball Pregnancy Center, and various events at Rosehill including helping with youth football camp for our future Eagles.

Braedy shares so many of the same memories as several other graduates; the hours spent on the field. The Friday Night Lights seem to have been a calling for Braedy as he has played varsity football since he came to Rosehill his sophomore year of high school. He was a great asset to the team all three years and even received Honorable Mention as District Offensive Line. Braedy says his best high school memories will be playing football his senior year and what he will miss most are "football and the friends I made from belonging to this team (Thanks coaches for the unity)".   Braedy plans to work towards his pilot's license and is very thankful he will be through with Latin! Congratulations, Braedy!

Favorite Bible Verse
: But God commendeth His love towards us in taht while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

MORGAN CHUTE

This beautiful young lady joined this class at the beginning of her sophomore year, but it feels as if she has been a part of the Rosehill family much longer. Morgan Chute will graduate with her brother Braedy next month, bringing much pride to the Chute family. She will finish her high school career with a 3.2 GPA and carry nine hours of dual credit with her.

Morgan has a friendly personality and though can seem quiet at times, she is a friend to each one of her classmates and they are all better to know her. She is an amazing artist who does not seek attention, but from what we have seen of her work, it definitely should be shared with other. Morgan is proud to call herself the daughter of a pastor and is very involved with a missions organization at Southwinds Baptist Church. They travel to area hospitals together and witness to patients, staff and visitors. She really enjoys spending time volunteering with Heritage House.

As with most of our graduating seniors, Morgan says her greatest memories of Rosehill happened at Pinnacle. Her junior year has a specific recollection; "some girls in our cabin decided to have a 'Miranda Sings' advice session". We aren't sure what that was all about, but we are thankful it holds a special place for Morgan. When asked what she will miss most about high school, Morgan says, "All the cool teacher; how laid back a lot of it is; how it's like a family".

Morgan is looking forward to sleeping after graduation, and her plan is to earn a degree in English. She has a desire to find a job in publishing where she can eventually become an editor. We know God has some amazing plans for Morgan and cannot wait to see how her future unfolds.

Favorite Bible Verse: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13

 

JAKE COOPER


If you have not had the good fortune to ever be in the presence of this young man, you do not know what you are missing. Jake Cooper is one of those people you simply feel comfortable around, as if you have known him forever. He stands strong in his faith, has an undeniable love for his family and friends, and is a true gentleman of character. While these traits may seem to describe him as a quiet sort, do not be fooled. He is definitely someone who does not require attention, yet somehow has it at all times. It is impossible to be in a bad mood when Jake is in your midst.

Like several of his fellow classmates, Jake has been a student at Rosehill since preschool. His older sisters are also graduates from Rosehill and the Cooper family has been an icon on our campus for too many years to count. He will graduate with a 3.0 GPA and has a jump on his college classes with the 12 hours of dual credit he has already earned.

Jake has a natural desire to help other people and will always greet you with a smile and a hug or a handshake. When Jake is not fishing, he spends time volunteering with Gateway Church, Ryan's Rainbows and Team Never Quit. As a member of the worship team, Jake is often seen traveling with his guitar and happy to use his skills as a musician to entertain a crowd. Though you will never hear him brag about himself, Jake has more talents than music. He is quite creative and has won several art awards over the years, including TAPPS State Art Finalist junior and senior year. Also an avid hunter, Jake can create items from animal skins that are very impressive.

As one of the many versatile students at Rosehill, Jake is also a dedicated athlete. He spent two years with the Eagles on the varsity football team and four memorable years playing on the varsity baseball team. His talent on the field earned him recognition as 1st Team All-District Baseball and 2nd Team All-District Baseball. With this season still underway, perhaps he will accomplish even more.

Jake says what he will miss most about high school is "getting to see my friends daily, and by friends I mean like, the entire student body". His best high school memories will always be senior year at Pinnacle and baseball playoffs. He will be leaving us for College Station, where he will being his college career at Blinn. He is not sure exactly what he will do after that first year, but he is looking forward to being on his own and he is confident that God has great plans for his future.

Favorite Bible Verse: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.  Psalm 42:1

JACOB CUNNINGHAM


Jacob Cunningham is a young man of many talents with an understated sense of humor. Though he has many interests, Jacob manages to be an excellent student. He will graduate with honors this year with a 3.5 GPA and 18 hours of dual credit, making him very prepared for college.

Jacob completed a servant leader internship at Christ Family Church, where he is also the drummer for their worship team. He has spent time providing sound and video production services for Creative Impact Theater. It would seem Jacob's time was filled with studies, music and production, but his interests do not stop there. Jacob is a 4-year member of the varsity cross country team and the track team, which afforded him several recognition including medaling in the top 10 several times. He placed 3rd in state in the 110 meter hurdles, ran the half marathon at The Woodlands Marathon and placed 6th in the 20K Texas Trails Endurance Run. When you think about Rosehill Cross Country, you have to think about Jacob. To top off his recent certifications, Jacob
has achieved a level 1 MovNat certification, a comprehensive study of a practical, real world approach to movement and fitness. He wants to use this certification to teach parkour.

After graduation, Jacob will attend Oklahoma Baptist University, majoring in Digital Arts Media for sound and video production with a minor in music. He says will miss all of the high school track meets, especially getting to know athletes from other schools and he will greatly miss the friends he has made at Rosehill. Jacob is looking forward to living on his own and starting a new chapter in his life.

Favorite Bible Verse: The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:7

JORDAN DAVILA


Jordan Davila will graduate from Rosehill with a 3.32 GPA and 15 hours of dual credit. He is one of the kindest and caring young souls to grace our halls. You will often find Jordan holding open a door or offering help without being asked and he is truly a generous young man. As the oldest of four boys, he definitely serves as a wonderful role model to his younger brothers.

Jordan is a strong man of faith, even noting that his high school accomplishments include beginning his own Bible study and enjoying his time as a small group leader. During his high school career, Jordan has enjoyed three years singing in the choir. He has also spent many hours volunteering with the Houston Children's Festival, Families Feeding Families, Ryan's Rainbow, and the Houston Food Bank. He is very active in his church, helped with Servant's Heart at Piney Woods and participated on a Dulce, New Mexico mission trip, which proved to be very memorable.

In addition to the many hours he spends helping others, Jordan managed to find the time to be a high school athlete. He spent a year on the baseball and track teams and all four years as a top competitor on the varsity football team. He was honored to receive football awards such as All-District Defensive Line and Honorable Mention Defensive Line.

After graduation, Jordan plans to major in kinesiology and minor in psychology. He is also looking forward to working as a manager of Bahama Bucks and getting even more involved in church. What he will miss most about high school is football, his teachers, his family, his friends and seeing the smiles of the people he knows. He is "ready to begin building my own life and starting a family while searching for ways to continue to serve God". We are very excited to see what He holds in Jordan's future.

Favorite Bible Verse: He who testifies to these things says; surely I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22: 20-21

 

 

HANNAH EDWARDS


It is difficult to find the perfect words to describe such a sweet soul as Hannah Edwards. She is the definition of Christian character and kind to everyone. Hannah is an exceptional student with a surprising number of 27 hours of dual credit and still manages to maintain a 4.27 GPA. As a member of the National Honor Society, Hannah leads by example and even received the coveted Principal's Godly Character and Leadership award as a freshman and sophomore. This year she was recently awarded the 1 Timothy Award that is presented from our school board and a very high honor.

Hannah volunteers in her church nursery every Sunday and you can often find her working with the younger children on campus here at Rosehill. She sets an amazing example of patience and how to love the Lord to our youngest students. Hannah has an obvious God-given ability to minister to children. "I have had the blessing of leading a group of young orphan boys at a day camp in Zambia, Africa for the past three summers." Hannah said she is excited to see how God will use her passion for the children in Zambia and her upcoming college education to serve Him.

Her favorite memory is leading her group at Pinnacle this school year. Though she will miss the family atmosphere at Rosehill, she is looking forward to the time ahead. We are all anxious to see what God does with the special gifts He has given to Hannah.

Favorite Bible Verse: For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
Deuteronomy 7:6

LAURA EMERSON


This sweet, soft-spoken young lady has been at Rosehill since Kindergarten. Laura Emerson is an outstanding student and will graduate with a 4.38 GPA and 18 hours of dual credit. She was secretary of her freshman class and a member of the National Honor Society for three years, where she also held the title of secretary. One of her many high school accomplishments includes being recognized as as Tomball Rotary Club Student of the Month.

As an extracurricular activity, Laura has been very active with the theater. She was involved in five productions with Christian Youth Theater (CYT) and two shows with the National Youth Theater (NYT). Her favorite role was playing Susan Pevensie in Narnia, the Musical. In addition to the theater, Laura has volunteered many hours with Cypress Bible Church, Operation Christmas Child and the Tomball Pregnancy Center. She also spent time as a barnstormer at Camp Blessing, which specializes in ministering to children and young adults with special needs.

In Laura's own words: "I am not sure what God has in store for my life yet, but I am resting in the fact that He has the best plan for my life". She says she will really miss seeing her friends every day and being with her RCS family. Her best high school memory is the time spent worshipping God at Pinnacle.

Favorite Bible Verse: In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft. Deuteronomy 32: 10-11

ALLIE FAIRCLOTH


This young lady has a truly beautiful soul and is an excellent role model to her little sister and younger classmates. All of those who know her can attest to the fact she is a devoted friend and easily liked by her peers. Allie Faircloth will graduate with a 3.3 GPA, 18 hours of dual credit and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). She became a part of the Rosehill family in the eighth grade and was welcomed with open arms by everyone she has now come to know and love. She quickly dove into the Rosehill life and has definitely left her footprint in our halls and in our hearts.

While she is a conscientious student, Allie is no stranger to getting involved in activities outside of the classroom. She devoted time to student council where she was Junior Class Treasurer and is currently serving as Senior Class Secretary. Allie also spent time in 4-H when it began at Rosehill, serving as 4-H Vice President and as President. She used her love of softball to help begin a new varsity softball team at Rosehill her freshman year, where she was proudly named 2nd Team All District. She played varsity volleyball all four years of high school and managed the varsity baseball team for three years. Allie made some unforgettable memories as a varsity cheerleader for the past two years, where she served as co-captain this year. One of the best times of her high school career was being with the squad when they placed second at the TAPPS State Cheer Competition this year in Waco.

Without much free time during the school year, Allie managed to put her servant's heart to work during the summer months. She volunteered with Community of Faith, working with special needs children in the youth, and volunteered as a camp counselor at Lake Tomahawk. She also found the time to work with the Houston Children's Festival, Stagecoach City Center and several Rosehill functions.

Allie is torn about the college transition. "I am going to miss my mom, cheering at football games on Friday nights, going to cheer competitions, and all of my friends". She says her greatest high school memories are the times she traveled with friends (especially to the Bahamas), cheerleading and the days spent at Pinnacle. She is looking forward to spending the summer getting ready for her new life in college as she embarks on a new chapter in Nacogdoches. She will be attending Stephen F. Austin University with a goal of becoming a neonatal nurse someday and she is confident God is setting her on the right path. God is within her...she will not fall.

Favorite Bible Verse: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

JULIANNE FROELICH


Julianne Froelich has been a promising student at Rosehill since kindergarten. She can certainly be considered to be the "what to do" person of their group. Whenever in doubt as to what they should or should not be doing, Julianne is happy to take the lead with her peers and keep them in the proverbial "line". She can be described a quiet, avid reader but enjoys participating in sports and other group activities with her classmates. Julianne will graduate with 20 hours of dual credit and a 4.4 GPA leaving her more than prepared for her college career at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, where she plans to become a nurse practitioner.

Julianne has carried quite an academic load, but time spent studying has not hindered her from being involved in other activities. She served in student government as Freshman Class Treasurer and Junior Class Vice President. She is also a member, and president, of the National Honor Society. Her constant participation in competitions has earned her several awards; Outstanding Art Student Award (twice), Outstanding Bible Student Award, Outstanding English Student, the Bronze Medal in Literary Criticism at the TAPPS State Competition, and she was the recipient of the RCS Service Award. In addition to these academic accomplishments, Julianne has been an active athlete participating in varsity sports such as track, softball, and basketball. She spent four years on the varsity volleyball team where she received Honorable Mention All-District. She has also been found on the stage working with the One Act Play, when she could find the time.

Julianne is no stranger to community service work. She is a youth group leader at her church, a Sunday school volunteer at Faithbridge, and volunteers several times a year with Bridging for Tomorrow. The hours she has spent on the RCS campus helping to set up and clean up after events are countless. Being a life-long staff kid, she has literally spent most of her life helping at Rosehill in one aspect or another and we are all grateful for her servant's heart.

Julianne says she will miss the amazing students and faculty that she has grown up with at Rosehill, but she is looking forward to "learning how to help others better and continue my walk with the Lord and grow in Him". One of the greatest memories she is taking with her is the worship time spent at Pinnacle. She says while every year has been amazing, "this year on one of the last nights we had an extended worship that I truly have no words for, simply that it was awe inspiring".

Favorite Bible Verse: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

SARAH HERBSLEB


Sarah Herbsleb came to Rosehill as a new high school student and quickly became one of the family. She made, what seemed to be, a seamless transition becoming friends with her fellow classmates. Almost immediately upon stepping on campus, Sarah was welcomed to the varsity basketball team, where she played for three years earning many awards including the Lion Heart Award her sophomore year. Her junior year, Sarah was on the State-Runner Up varsity team and presented with the 1st Team All-District award. The team proudly made it to the final four game this year and Sarah was awarded Academic All-State this year, just as she was her junior year. This Senior Class Vice President will graduate with a 3.5 GPA and will proudly carry 15 hours of dual credit with her to college.

Sarah is a member of Second Baptist Church, where she volunteers much of her time. She works with Angels of Flight, Serve Houston, the Rec Team and volunteers her time to work with the children in Vacation Bible School. She has also volunteered with the Houston Children's Festival in downtown Houston. 

It is no surprise that Sarah says her best high school memory is playing in the state championship basketball game and she is really going to miss the friendships she has made at Rosehill. The small environment offered at Rosehill is such a close knit family and the memories created together from the classroom to the time spent bonding and worshipping at Pinnacle are never forgotten.

After graduation, Sarah is "looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life in college. I do not know what the future holds, but I cannot wait to see what God has in store". Sarah will be joining many of her fellow graduates as they move to Belton, Texas to attend the University of Mary Hardin Baylor where she plans to major in physical therapy. We are certain this transition will be seamless as well.

Favorite Bible Verse: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and to not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

HAILEY JUNEAU

Hailey Juneau has proudly been a student at Rosehill since Kindergarten. She followed the steps of family members when she became a part of the Rosehill family, and she will proudly graduate with many of her former kindergarten classmates in a few short weeks. Hailey has a sweet nature and very much enjoys being a part of the crowd, as she holds a special place in the hearts of all of her friends. She is a young lady who is very personable and once you have met her, you will feel as if you have known her forever.

Hailey has completed over 100 hours of community service and takes pride in making sure all those around her stay happy. She is a friend to everyone. She has a passion for sports and has spent many hours managing both the varsity basketball and varsity baseball teams. Hailey says that "getting to be in the dugout almost every day with my best friends and going to Disney" with the baseball team are her greatest high school memories. For some reason, when asked what she considers to be a high school accomplishment, Hailey stated, "I only broke one person's arm". (You will need to see her for an explanation of that unfortunate event.) She does admit she will miss eating lunch in Mr. Cooper's classroom with her friends every day, but she is very much looking forward to college.

Hailey will be joining many of her Rosehill friends in College Station this fall where she will begin her college career at Blinn. As far as her future is concerned, Hailey hopes to help continue one of the family businesses after she has completed her education. It is certain we will see more of Hailey as she comes back over the next couple of years to support her younger sister, as Cori sets out to reach all of her high school goals. We are anxious to see what God has ahead for you, Hailey!

Favorite Bible Verse: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

 

HUNTER JUNEAU-KEPP


There is a high spirited, sweet natured, full of life, young man soon to leave the Rosehill campus. We fondly know him as Hunter Juneau-Kepp. With all the wonderful experiences life has afforded to Hunter, he has managed to maintain that small town, soft spoken personality, yet can quickly become the life of the party at the drop of a good beat. He shares a close bond with his friends and is definitely a favorite amongst this class.

Hunter has been a student as Rosehill since his days of preschool, making this his most comfortable home away from home. He is highly involved with his family business ventures and spends countless hours volunteering his time for Team Never Quit, helping with everything from managing inventory to participating in publicity events. Needless to say, his volunteer hours will definitely not end in high school. Hunter recently received an award at the TAPPS State Art Competition for First Place in Photography for Senior Portfolio.

As another one of those athletes who fell under the spell of those famous Friday night lights, Hunter spent four memorable years on the varsity football team. He said his greatest high school memories will be all of those Friday night football games. He received awards for his efforts on the field as well; Junior Year 2nd Team All-District Defensive Lineman, Senior Year All-District Defensive Lineman and 2nd Team All-District Offensive Tight End. As a team favorite, he was awarded the coveted Junior Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year by award by his teammates. Not only did football occupy his time, Hunter was also a four year member of the varsity baseball team. He made some unforgettable memories with the Eagles on the baseball diamond and will treasure the fun times traveling to all of the games with his coaches and friends.

What Hunter will miss most about high school is "my squad (who are my life-long friends) and waking up every morning at 6 AM to work out with Justin Shoemaker". With his high school days soon to be a thing of the past, Hunter is looking forward to his time at LSU (Louisiana State University) where he will be a student who will surely be attending all of those college football games. We are excited to see what God has planned for Hunter and his future!

Favorite Bible Verse: Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1

PAXTON MARTIN

Paxton Martin is definitely one of those young men who exudes the aura of confidence. Upon meeting him, you just know that his future is bright. He has the personality to capture a room and can carry on a conversation with most anyone about anything. Paxton is an extraordinary student who maintains a 4.0 GPA and will graduate with a remarkable number of 32 dual credit hours. He is not only a member of the National Honor Society, Paxton also serves as their Chaplain. He also spent his senior year as a NHS Student Ambassador for Rosehill. In addition to his academic achievements, Paxton is gifted with creativity as an artist. He placed 4th in state at the TAPPS art competition in Painting and more recently was the Gold Medalist in Printmaking in the State of Texas TAPPS Art Competition.

Paxton comes from a wonderful, Christian family and has a servant's heart. Though he obviously spends a lot of time working towards maintaining his GPA, he manages to find time to volunteer in the community. He has gathered over 130 hours volunteering for his church, the Houston Children's Festival, Marshall Fire Department, Houston Food Bank, Run for Hemophilia, and Tomball Animal  Rescue. He also spent three years as class secretary for the student council, proving to be a leader among his peers.

Not only is Paxton an exceptional student, he is also a gifted athlete who is going to really miss those Friday night lights. As a 3-year member of the varsity football team, Paxton was highly recognized for his football achievements during his junior and senior year for Academic All-State and 1st Team All-District Safety. He was also a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club's Defensive Player of the Year Award. He says his best high school memories will always be the Friday night football games. Paxton was very active with AAU Basketball and a dedicated member of the varsity basketball team for three years, where he was named Academic All-State his junior year. This multi-sport athlete is also a award winning member of the Eagle varsity track team and qualified to participate at the state level in the 4 X 400 Relay junior and senior year. Paxton says he is really going to miss high school sports, his friends and "not having many responsibilities", but he is "looking forward to being and adult and going to college". Paxton will head to Texas A & M Galveston with plans to further his education in med school and someday become a doctor. God has great plans for this young man and he is well equipped to capture his dreams.

Favorite Bible Verse: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23: 1-6

TANNER MCGEE


Tanner McGee has been a student at Rosehill since his 7th grade year and will graduate with 12 hours of dual credit, offering him a nice head start for college. Upon meeting Tanner, you will be greeted with his infectious smile and quickly charmed by his ability to carry on a conversation. He is one of those young men who seems to never meet a stranger and if you want to talk football...you may want to take a seat.

Though he spent a lot of time accumulating community service hours with various organizations, Tanner has spent most of his memorable high school moments under those Friday night lights. His passion for the game is relentless and he puts his heart into every play. His sheer dedication to football has earned him several recognitions at the varsity level. He was voted by his peers Freshman Player of the Year and Sophomore Player of the Year. He was also voted First Team All-District Linebacker two years in a row and Second Team All-District Running Back. Prior to the beginning of his senior football season, Tanner was the recipient of the Pre-Season Touchdown Club Award, which was a very prestigious honor. During his last high school football banquet, the evening ended with Tanner being awarded the coveted Spirit of the Eagle Award. To further enhance his memorable year playing football, his younger sister was cheering him on from the sidelines as a varsity freshman cheerleader. Wonderful memories made his last football season for Tanner and his family.

It goes without saying that Tanner says his best high school memories will always be playing varsity football for four years. "What I will miss most are all of the coaches I have had through the years." Tanner is looking forward to meeting new friends as he moves to Stephen F. Austin University this fall to major in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Forestry. He is very excited about meeting new people and living on his own. We are all looking forward to see what this new chapter in Tanner's life will bring.

Favorite Bible VerseI can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

BRITTNEY MUNRO


Brittney Munro came to Rosehill as a high school freshman and quickly dove into the Rosehill life. She was fast to make friends and plug in to school activities. Brittney is very witty and can quickly take control of a room with her vibrant personality. She is more than prepared to enter college with the 24 hours of dual credit she has already earned during her high school career and she will graduate with a 3.88 GPA.

Brittney enjoys volunteering at S.I.R.E., an organization improving the quality of life for people with special needs and disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship. She also coached youth volleyball programs at Texas Tornados as a part of her community service involvement.

Though she is an excellent student and member of The National Honor Society, Brittney finds most of her time is spent on the court. She is a promising athlete who played on the varsity basketball team her junior year when our Lady Eagles went all the way to state. She was named 2nd Team All-District Basketball 2015. She also began playing varsity volleyball her sophomore year and continued throughout her junior and senior year to receive many recognitions. These awards include 1st Team All-District 2014, 1st Team All-District 2015, 1st Team Academic All State 2014, and 1st Team Academic All State 2015. Not only has the time she dedicated to volleyball brought her high school success, it has steered her towards plans God has for her future. Brittney has proudly received a scholarship to play sand volleyball at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Brittney says her greatest high school memories will be "beating Woodlands Christian in volleyball junior year and going to the State Championship Game with the basketball team".

Brittney says she is very excited at the thought of playing volleyball at the college level while pursuing her business degree. She will sincerely miss her Rosehill friends all of the trips to Pinnacle, but she is anxious to get to UAB and make new friends from other parts of the country and all over the world. Congratulations, Brit! We know you are on your way to doing great things!

Favorite Bible VerseThe Lord is my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27

ASHLYNN NORRIS


As one of the newest members of this class, Ashlynn Norris seems to have set the stage for up and coming dancers at Rosehill. Ashlynn is a serious student who has no trouble focusing on what is expected, but still manages to have a versatile personality that allows her to have fun and participate with all of her peers. She quickly became friends with everyone and claimed her spot as part of the Rosehill family. She will proudly graduate with a 3.6 GPA and 12 hours of dual credit with the class of 2016.

Before joining the Rosehill family, Ashlynn spent two years in the varsity orchestra receiving numerous awards for solo and ensemble and was on the drill team at her previous high school. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Interact Club, and spent a year with the Cy-Woods Theatre Company. Her musicality proved to benefit her and her love of dance and she spent this past year helping develop the growing Eagle Pride Dance Team here at RCS. She even traveled to the TAPPS State Competition where she was named 1st Team All-State for dance, which was a huge honor.

As a part of her community service involvement, Ashlynn has volunteered with community events for Community of Faith since middle school, has been a student leader for the elementary students, and also worked with Cypress Assistant Ministries. Ashlynn will continue her volunteer efforts this summer when she will be a counselor at Camp Blessing.

Ashlynn said her best high school memory is coming to RCS her senior year and the week she was able to spend at Pinnacle. She is going to miss "all of my new friends I have made, the class of 2016 and the many people that have had an impact on my faith". She is looking forward to continuing to grow in her faith and receive her nursing degree from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and "seeing what other wonderful things God has in store for me". Ashlynn has received an academic scholarship from UMHB and has dreams of helping and healing children. We are so excited to see God's plan for your future, Ash!

Favorite Bible Verse: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

JUSTIN SHOEMAKER


Justin Shoemaker transferred to Rosehill during high school after spending his freshman and sophomore year in Singapore. Because of his amazing personality, he was very quick to make friends and become a part of school activities. If you spent time with this class, you would think Justin has been with them for much longer than two years.

Like most of his classmates, Justin is a very conscientious student with plans for a bright future. His involvement in school is not limited to his academic abilities. Justin is an active athlete who has dedicated many hours to our courts and fields at RCS. Justin was a member of the varsity baseball team and basketball team during his junior year. He dedicated even more of his time during his senior year by continuing to play with the basketball and baseball teams and also joining the varsity football team. Justin enjoys sports so much that while he was playing baseball in Singapore, he volunteered his time at baseball camps for younger players. He said his greatest high school memories include playing baseball in Japan, Australia, the Philippines, California, and with the varsity Eagles in Disneyworld last spring break.

Justin is going to miss "hanging out with my friends and playing high school sports", but he is looking forward to moving to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech where he plans to pursue an engineering degree. As with most of our graduates, he is anxious to move to college and be on his own. His hope is to find a job in Texas where he can remain close to his family. It is no doubt we will see Justin on our campus for a at least a couple of more years as he returns to support his younger brother, Brandon in all of his endeavors. God has great plans for you, Justin.

Favorite Bible Verse
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

CODY SMITH


Cody Smith is an exceptional student who has managed to earn 26 hours of dual credit during his high school career, which makes him more than prepared for college life. Cody came to Rosehill his freshman year and has since became a beloved member of the class of 2016. Cody is one of the most polite young men you will ever meet, who maintains a strong bond with his family and is a true friend to his fellow classmates. Those who are close to him will tell you that he is someone you can always count on and the friends he has made are sure to be life-long.

Cody is obviously a dedicated student and was a recent nominee for the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Cody was also proudly named Agricultural Science Student of the Year during his sophomore year. Though community service is a requirement at Rosehill, Cody has a true servant's heart and a natural desire to help others in their time of need. He has gathered over 130 hours of community service working with multiple organizations over the past four years, including the Houston Children's Festival and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Cody's success does not end in the classroom. He spent some time managing the varsity football team, making memories on the field with the Eagles. He is also an amazing athlete and dedicated member of the varsity baseball team, where he has played for four years. Cody says his best high school memory will be winning the Varsity Baseball District title in 2015. He has some fond memories to carry with him of the time spent on the diamond with some terrific friends who have become more like brothers to him. He was with the team when they traveled to Disneyworld and made wonderful memories playing the sport they all love at the Wide World of Sports Complex, the chance of a lifetime. While Cody admits that he will miss his friends, and all of his mentors as Rosehill, like his coaches and teachers, he is "really looking forward to meeting new people and seeing how my life pans out".

Cody will join so many of his fellow graduates in College Station this fall as his begins his college career at Blinn College with plans to transfer to Texas A&M to pursue a degree in veterinarian studies. We know God has great things ahead for Cody and we are looking forward to seeing him reach all of the goals he has set for himself. 

Favorite Bible Verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

SETH STAIB


Seth Staib has been a member of the Rosehill family since he joined this class in the 6th grade. He is people-pleaser with a wonderful sense of humor and well liked by all of his peers. Seth is willing to help with any task and he should take pride in being one of those students who can be held accountable for getting a job done. He spent time volunteering with the Houston Food Bank and helped make the Houston Children's Festival successful over the years.  He will graduate with a 3.0 GPA and 12 hours of dual credit that he has earned during his high school career.

Once Seth has set his mind on being a part of something, he stands firm in making sure he is all-in to work towards success. He has been an avid athlete during his high school years as a member of the varsity basketball team. His dedication to the sport has earned him several awards including 1st Team All District Basketball his junior year and senior year. He also received recognition as 2nd Team All-State Basketball as a senior. In addition to his time on the court, Seth spent some time on the green as a member of the varsity golf team. He was a regional qualifier his sophomore year and during his junior year, Seth placed 10th and was a medalist at the All-State Golf Tournament. Not only did he find success in these sports, but Seth also participated with the Varsity Track & Field teams where he placed 5th in the high jump at the All-State Meet this year. Being a three sport athlete takes a lot of dedication and Seth is definitely one of those students who will take many memories from RCS athletics with him on the next step of his journey. Seth says the most memorable moments he has of high school will be every single basketball game he played for RCS.

Seth will be joining his older sister, Halle and many of his fellow graduates in College Station this fall as his begins his college career at Blinn College. He has not decided what will happen after that first year; perhaps he will transfer to Texas A & M or even to film school. Whatever he decides, Seth will be prepared for the future God has for him. He says he will miss high school sports, his coaches and his teachers when he leaves Rosehill, but he is looking forward to "the next phase of live where I am living on my own".

Favorite Bible Verse: Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

SAM VENETTE


Sam Venette has been a student at Rosehill since freshman year and he has adds quite a bit of personality to this class. Sam has a sense of charm that can capture an audience and a sense of humor that keeps them laughing. He is one of the most versatile students in this senior class managing to balance school, work, fishing and many other involvements. Sam is member of the National Honor Society and will graduate with a 3.83 GPA and 18 hours of dual credit. He has been involved in student government, currently serving as Senior Class President after serving as Junior Class President last year. He is a member of our award winning One Act Play where he was named All-Star Cast Member at the same time that the play took their District Championship trophy.

As a part of his community service outreach, Sam has volunteered with Cypress Assistant Ministries, the Lone Star Chapter of the Hemophilia Foundation, and the Cy-Fair Lacrosse Association. He has spent a lot of time working with VBS, the Fall Festival and Celebrate Jesus for West Houston Church of Christ. In addition to these volunteer opportunities, Sam also traveled to New Jersey on a mission trip to aid with Super Storm Sandy clean up as well as to south Texas to assist with a home construction project.

Sam has made his mark on Rosehill with many accomplishments including Outstanding History Student, and as an athlete. He spent all four high school years as a member of the varsity football team; 3 time All-District Team, 2 time All-State Team, and a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year. His athletic abilities do not end with football as Sam has quite a passion for Lacrosse. He was a 3 year varsity letterman with the Cy-Fair Ironmen where he was named MVP and also received All-District Honors.

Sam is on his way to Texas A&M Galveston this fall to pursue a degree in Ocean and Coastal Resources. He is really looking forward to "the college experience, and living in Galveston with an ocean full of fish just outside my door". He says his best high school memory will be "winning the inaugural Pinnacle Cup" and what he will miss most about high school is football and those memorable trips to Pinnacle.

Favorite Bible Verse: The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalm 18:2

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