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The 2017 NHS Faith West Academy Chapter Inductees are; (Front Row L to R) Kelsey Wylie, Joshua Romero, Ha Hoang, Hailey Hirst, Keelie Laird, Grace Lopez, and Jade Casasent. (SECOND ROW) Jonathan Rightmire, Phu Nguyen, Clara Watts, Lauren Wilson, Madison Muse, Summerlee Zavidny, and Brandon Dunleavy. (BACK ROW) Matthew Mladenka, Tiffany Thompson, Addison Martin, Lauren Boatright, Osamudiamwen Egbon, and Joseph Robertson.

Twenty new members were inducted into the Faith West Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) during a ceremony Thursday, March 30, at the FWA auditorium in Katy.
Members were selected who demonstrated outstanding performance in scholarship (3.5 GPA), leadership, service, and character. “National Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Mrs. Sandye Reed, chapter advisor.
Guest speaker for the induction ceremony was Dr. Phillip Marshall, Pastor of Education at Founders Baptist Chapter and Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages at Houston Baptist University. He delivered an inspiration speech to an audience of nearly 100 people. He emphasized that each of the four pillars (Scholarship, Service, Character, and Leadership) of the NHS should be for the Glory of God.
Mrs. Reed introduced each the inductees after addressing the activities, service projects, and other qualifications of the candidates. After the ceremony, there was a brief reception for inductees, family, and friends.

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By Tom Behrens

Seven Lakes Boys Finish Second At Brenham; Tompkins Edge Seven Lakes’ Girls

TKNThe Seven Lakes boys finished second at the Brenham Hillacious Invitational cross country meet Sept. 24 in Brenham. The boys finished with 84 points. Taylor finished sixth and Cinco Ranch placed seventh. (complete listing: http://tx.milesplit.com/meets/209034/results#.V-6LxfArKhc)
The Tompkins girls edged Seven Lakes at the Brenham Hillacious Invitational cross country meet, scoring 91 points. Cinco Ranch was fourth and Taylor finished in 18th place.
(complete results: tx.milesplit.com/meets/245383/results#.V-6OcfArKhc)

Tompkins looks to finish stronger at district meet

The Katy girls cross country team came away with a first place finish at the Clear Falls Invitational. The girls scored 61 points to easily finish ahead of New Caney Porter. (complete listing: tx.milesplit.com/meets/244465/results#.V-6LBfArKhc)
The Katy boys cross country team finished first at the Clear Falls Invitational, scoring 33 points ahead of second place Clear Falls. (complete listings: tx.milesplit.com/meets/244465/results#.V-6LBfArKhc)

Lions’ boy runners take top honors; Eagles boys finish 9th, girls 13th

St. John XXIII and Faith West Academy competed in the Second Baptist School Soaring Eagles Invitational. The St. John Lions boys scored 71 points to finish 20 points ahead of St. Pius X to take top honors. Saint John’s girls placed 12th Faith West finished 9th in the boys division; Faith West girls were 13th.

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By Tom Behrens

Jacob Phillips, another new head coach in the Katy area, received his start at Faith West Academy when he  developed a strength and conditioning program at the school.

FWA Head Coach Jacob Phillips

Phillips’ background includes playing football at Belhaven, and was signed as a undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. He spent time later playing arena football with the New Orleans Voodoo and Columbus Lions.
While developing the strength and conditioning program for the Eagles, the head football coaching position opened up. He applied and was accepted. Besides the coaching football at FWA, he serves as Athletic Director at Next Level Athletics in Katy.
The Eagles of FWA will continue their six-man, instead of 11-man football. “As of right now we don’t have the number of players we need to do a high school varsity football program in 11 man football. Right now I have 11 kids and expecting three more.
Six-man and Arena Football are similar in lots of aspects. In six-man football anybody can run downfield for a pass; in arena football, only the receivers and running backs can run downfield for a pass. Your linemen have to stay at the line in the passing game. In six-man it’s 15 yards for a first down; it’s 10 yards in arena football for a first down. Both games are high scoring. In six-man if a team has a lead by 45 points or more going into the second half, or at any point or time in the second half, the game is stopped.
With only 14 players, will FWA athletes play both offense and defense?
“It would be nice if you could split them up in a starting offense and defense. If the number of kids increase, I will definitely utilize that, but there may be a couple of players who play both ways.”
Last year the Eagles’ record was 6-5, playing one playoff game losing to Harvest Christian 62-46.
The Eagles lost a big part of their team with the graduation of Cort Laird who will be attending University of Mary Harden Baylor in the fall.
“I think we can fill the void pretty well,” said Phillips. “I think we have a group of guys who are a little bit physically stronger than last year’s group. We need to work on the speed aspect, but I think the strength we have, that we will be able to make great downfield blocks and allow us to really move the ball well.
“My quarterback right now is a baseball player for the school and has a pretty good arm. So hopefully we will be able to put the ball in the air and get some guys moving downfield. I think the run game will definitely be our strength.”
Conner Sibley, a running back from last year will be back, who will be an asset for us in the backfield, a pretty hard runner.
First game for FWA Eagles is an away game at Brazosport Christian School.

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FWA 2016 Baseball State Finalists TAPPS 3A
(Standing L to R)  Coach Josh Fleming, Associate Head Coach Jim Brock, Cort Laird, Colton Elkins, Sam Sunderman, Colton Price, Josh Vaughn, Jack Wronski, Caleb Mendoza, and Head Baseball Coach John Cannon.  (Kneeling) Daniel Yu, Alejandro Alvarez, Gabriel Zarco, Travis Curry, Dylan Theut, and Sam Bulkley.

The Faith West Eagles baseball team lost to Bay Area Christian, 6-4 in the semifinal game at Baseball USA, May 24, but being there was a history making moment for the Eagles. It’s believed that this is the first time a Faith West baseball team has ever played in the state championship games.
Faith West finished 24-12, more than doubling its victory total from the last three seasons combined. Along the way to the semifinal game, the Eagles defeated Austin Texas School for the Deaf, 11-10 in an extra inning game. Next Faith West eliminated Waco Vanguard College Prep in the Regional Round, 10-4. In the regular season the Eagles split the wins with Bay Area Christian, both games decided by a run, but in the semifinal game the Broncos controlled most of the game using a four-run third inning to take a 5-0 lead.
In the semifinal game the Eagles had only one hit through six innings but broke through in the fifth on four free passes. Jack Wronski was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in Caleb Mendoza.
Dylan Theut started the rally with a sharp single up the middle on a 3-2 pitch, after which Cort Laird and Alejandro Alvarez worked walks. Wronski’s ground ball plated two runs, the second on a throwing error. When Colton Price struck a single to bring the Eagles within two runs, they suddenly brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but they couldn’t win this one.
“It’s a big stepping stone of the program,” said head coach, John Cannon. “It’s a testament to these guys who have put the work in all year.”

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Faith West Academy announced its valedictorian as Jamie Coalson (GPA 4.74), and two co-salutatorians for the Class of 2016. Salutatorians Rebecca Lockyear and Allison Klimple shared a four-year GPA of 4.70.
Jamie is the daughter of James and Beth Coalson of Katy. During her high school years, she has been a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society (secretary), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Mu Alpha Theta. She is a member Lady Eagle Volleyball Team and the Varsity Swim Team. Jamie was named Academic All-State for TAPPS Volleyball and All-District First Team. AP Physics and AP Chemistry are her favorite courses and have created some of her fondest memories, including the physics excursion to Galveston’s Pleasure Pier.

In the fall, Jamie will attend Harding University’s College of Pharmacy in Searcy, Arkansas.

Rebecca is the daughter of Laura and Alan Lockyear of Katy. During her high school years, she has been a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Science National Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (president). Rebecca is a gifted art student and has several state fine arts awards for her paintings and drawings. Her favorite classes are AP Physics and art. One of her most memorable experiences has been touring the Houston Medical Center, where the class observed open heart surgery.

Rebecca will attend University of Colorado in Boulder to study neuroscience.

Allison is the daughter of Sherryl and Joe Klimple of Katy. During her high school years, she has been team captain of the FWA cheerleaders, a member of National Honor Society (chairperson of honors recognition), the Science National Honor Society (president), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (president), and Mu Alpha Theta (treasurer). She was the parliamentarian for the Class of 2016. Allison is a gifted athlete and has won several cheerleading competitions. Her favorite class is AP Chemistry, and her favorite memory from Faith West is the Senior Trip to the Cayman Islands.

Allison will attend Texas A&M in the business honors program.

All three of these young ladies exemplify the character and virtues expected of the prestigious positions of valedictorian and salutatorian. Commencement ceremonies for sixty-nine graduating seniors will be held Friday, June 3, 7:00 p.m., at Cross Point Community Church, 700 Westgreen Blvd, Katy, Texas 77450. The Class of 2016 received a cumulative total of 3.4 million dollars in scholarship money.

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Christian Woods (left) being presented the John Philip Sousa Award by Faith West Academy Band Director Flenoyd Turner.
Christian Woods (left) being presented the John Philip Sousa Award by Faith West Academy Band Director Flenoyd Turner.

At the end of the year Faith West Academy band concert, Band Director Flenoyd Turner presented Christian Woods with the prestigious John Philip Sousa Award. Christian is the first recipient of this award that recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation. Christian, a senior, has played the trumpet in the Faith West Academy band since his fifth grade year.  Christian will be attending Georgetown University in the fall and plans to major in political science.

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faith-west-logoNondiscrimination Statement: In the spirit of Christian unity and the love that Christ shows for all humankind, Faith West Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, or physical disability. However, Faith West Academy does reserve the right to use appropriate selection criteria during the admissions process.

international thespianIn November of 2015, Faith West Academy Theatre Department petitioned the International Thespian Society, the student honorary division of the Educational Theatre Association, for the privilege of chartering a Thespian troupe. The theatre arts program of FWA has been determined to meet the standards required by the board of directors of the Educational Theatre Association, and their application has been accepted. We are now the proud home of Thespian Troupe 8225!

Membership in this international organization is not only a reward for the work Faith West Academy theatre students have done, but further evidence of their desire to continue to work in this specialized field. As a troupe, their work will contribute to the growth of better theatre in this community, our country, and throughout the world.

Group photo FWA Thespians
Inductees of the FWA Thespian Troupe 8225 were (L to R); Eden Spigener, Alice Wang, Daniel Stewart, Cameron Thieme, Troupe Director Mr. Daniel Barrett, Eleni Mote, Savannah Garland, Clayton Becker, and Joshua Romero.

The International Thespian Society has as its aim the advancement of excellence in educational theatre and the continuing enrichment of theatre arts and their appreciation worldwide.

The official troupe Charter Ceremony and Induction of eight Thespians was held on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the Faith West Theatre.

faith-west-logoFaith West Academy in Katy has immediate openings for experienced, part-time daycare workers.
• Teacher Aide needed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Extended Care daycare workers daily from 5:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Daycare/preschool experience a plus. Please email or fax resume to rphillips@faithwest.org or 281-391-2606.

Sofia Rendek
Sofia Rendek

Sofia Rendek, a member of the Faith West Academy Choir, will perform with the Texas All-State (Band/Choir/Orchestra) in San Antonio, Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Sofia, 10th grade, earned third chair Soprano 1 for the State Performance. She was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. “It is exceedingly difficult to earn a chair in one of the All-State Choirs,” said Faith West Academy choir director Carren Ellis. Only the top 3% of 64,000 musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

Sofia is a student of Michel Dial & David Golasso and she sings at school under the direction of Mrs. Ellis who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 12,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This was Sofia third time competing at the Area level, but her first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization.

Sofia’s interest in music began during 5th grade. She was exposed Rock Music at an early age, as her dad toured with the band Rush. She had the opportunity to meet Geddy Lee, lead vocalist for Rush, on several occasions and he remains one of her favorite singers today along with Ariana Grande. However, Sofia’s music interest is operatic in style, from the Romantic period of the late 18th and early 19th century. She sites Johann Sebastian Bach as one of her favorite composers.

In preparing for competition she will drink as much as eight bags of tea, followed by warm-ups. “I make noise like a siren,’ she demonstrates; ‘eeeoooeeeooo, weeeoooeee, whoop, whoop, whoop, wooo, wooo, wooo.” She states she doesn’t get nervous before an audition, and attributes her mother as getting her interested in drama at an early age, which boosted her self confidence. “The most difficult part of an audition,’ she says, ‘is how to set the tone for the piece. Understanding the meaning of the piece, and how to put my own stuff, my own artistic style into the piece, is critical.”
Sofia is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Rendek of Katy.

The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to www.tmea.org/convention for more information.