Thanks to the support and generosity of our booster club, Sentinel Supporters, the logic and rhetoric students of Christian Heritage Classical School had the opportunity to put on a unique type of musical production this year. Over 55 students were involved with this amazing show. On April 27, I had the privilege of participating in our first ever Disney Dinner Theater which served as a spring fundraising event for our CHCS Fine Arts Department. As a senior, I felt very honored to mentor and serve the younger students throughout the entire process. The production showcased many talented students through singing and dancing and acting, while audience members enjoyed appetizing meals with their families and friends. Within each performance, four medleys incorporating iconic Disney movies were brought to life on stage, including “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “Frozen”, and “The Lion King”. In between each medley, student volunteers dressed in elaborate Disney characters, interacted with the audience, posed for pictures by student photographers, and even personally served the guests’ food. Famous characters such as Olaf, Belle, the Genie, and Simba took pictures with the younger children, making this production memorable for the entire family.
This experience would not have been possible without the support and dedication of Sentinel Supporters and many parents and faculty volunteers including Mrs. Brumit, Mrs. Burkhalter, and Mr. and Mrs. Moss. Our talented director and choreographer, Mrs. Burkhalter, described her experience saying, "The Disney Dinner Theater was such a picture of the body of Christ! So many people came together contributing their talents that brought the CHCS community together around the table for wonderful fellowship, great food, and incredible entertainment from our students. This has been an amazing experience for everyone involved and pure joy for me to work with our students."
As a senior, I was especially honored to be a part of such an incredible production with my senior classmates and best friends. My hope is that the legacy of excellence within our Fine Arts Department will continue in the years to come. In addition to the wonderful experience that this was for the community and for its participants, Sentinel Supporters raised over $10,000 in profit for CHCS Fine Arts! The future is definitely bright at Christian Heritage.
Christian Heritage Graduating Class of 2019 reveal their college selections. We are excited for them to enter this new chapter of their lives and look forward to watching God use each one of them in their designated fields of study. Best of luck Seniors!
CHCS Graduation will be held on May 18, 2019, at New Beginnings Baptist Church.
Along with the educational core classes, CHCS also provides fantastic extra-curricular activities. I participated in our theater department and choir all four years in High School. We performed many shows such as The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Pride and Prejudice. Also, I participated in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-Region competition in which I advanced to the state level auditions every year. The values that are taught and learned at CHCS will be valuable for my time at Mississippi College, my job field, and the remainder of my life beyond that.
Brennen was recently acknowledge at Mississipi College for his outstanding academic achievement and awarded scholarship. For that full article click here!
Congratulations to CHCS Rhetoric choir and strings students on their recent success at the TAPPS 2019 State Vocal/Instrumental Solo & Ensemble Contest. On Saturday, March 30, twenty members of the CHCS Rhetoric Chorale and two members of the rhetoric strings class participated in the state contest held on the campus of UTArlington. The CHCS Women’s Ensemble (comprised of the following students: Kathryn Bales, Ainsley Brumit, Christina Burkhalter, Faith Carroll, Aubrey Cheek, Jilian Gates, Anna Graves, Trinity Griffith, Kellie Hodson, Parker Montgomery, Natalie Pitts, Zoie Taliaferro, and Caroline Walls) was awarded a DIVISION I – Superior rating on a Class I ensemble. The CHCS Men’s Ensemble (comprised of the following students: Thomas Carroll, Jacob Chamberlain, Cameron Foy, Luke Land, Brennen Moss, Geoffrey Trauger, and Jack Walker) was also awarded a DIVISION I – Superior rating on a Class I ensemble.
CHCS choir students earning DIVISION I ratings on a TAPPS Class I vocal solo were: Christina Burkhalter, Jacob Chamberlain, Parker Montgomery, and Brennen Moss. These four students also qualified to participate in an inaugural performance of the TAPPS 2019 Honor Choir this June in Waco, Texas.
CHCS choir student, Kellie Hodson, earned a DIVISION I rating on a TAPPS Class II vocal solo.
Earning a DIVISION I rating in the TAPPS Class II piano solo competition was CHCS junior Caroline Walls.
CHCS strings students earning DIVISION I ratings on TAPPS Class 2 strings solos were: sophomore Samuel Walls, violin, and freshman Zane Terry, cello.
On April 2nd, sophomore Allie White competed in the Rotary Club of Longview 4-Way Speech Contest. Allie's speech on truth, fairness, goodwill, and better friendships won her 2nd place and a prize of $750 in scholarship money. Other students in the competition came from Longview Christian, Trinity School of Texas, Longview High School, and Longview Homeschool Association. Congratulations Allie! We are proud of you! Go Sentinels!
We had the amazing opportunity of going to Backstage Graphics to learn about screen printing. The owner, Josh Crouch offered to let each student screen print their own t-shirt.
We had a t-shirt design contest in order to decide on what would be printed on our shirts. Students created designs using a famous artist quote, art supplies, or the beauty of God's creation. The winnning design was chosen based on creativity, neatness, and overall professional design. We voted and ended up combining the top three designs by Piper Brown, Cameron Foy, and Anna Graves.
We learned about the creative process required in order to design and print shirt orders. The t-shirts are designed on a computer program using a previous sketch or a digital design. Then, the design is turned into a 'stencil' on a screen using a special coating in a dark room. Using this screen, ink is pushed through the stencilled design onto the t-shirt. Students were able to print the winning design on a shirt to keep. They were also shown how screen printing is used to create artwork.
Congratulations on reaching 1000+ career points Kenny!!
Why "Sponge Day"?
Sponge day was created about 6 years ago by a CHCS senior who developed a desire for Christian Heritage rhetoric students to give back to the Longview community. This particular student felt overwhelmed by the abundance of encouragement and Christ-centered love that was poured into to her and her classmates over the years that she was compelled to share it with others! So, you may still wonder, why a sponge? Well, like a sponge absorbs what it submerged in, so it also exudes that same "liquid" once it is squeezed. Our students wanted an opportunity to be "wrung-out" in the Longview community. They wanted to "exude" their hearts for the Lord through acts of service. With the help of staff and faculty, Sponge Day became a day for our 9th-12th grade CHCS students to be "wrung-out" in the community around them. They wanted to "squeeze out" every bit of the encouragement for the benefit of others.
We are deeply thankful for the hearts that are cultivated on our campus. God is so faithful to build-up students like these who love others and want to be servant leaders in all environments. During this holiday season, and always, it is our prayer that our students show Christ's loving kindness to everyone they encounter. Let us all be "wrung-out" for the Lord in our community.
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