Harford Christian News
HCS at the Harford County Farm Farm
The Lord blessed us again this year with beautiful weather for the Harford County Farm Fair. This is our third year as an exhibitor and the attendees seemed glad to see us there. Many families stopped by to inquire about the school and have a little fun with our mascot.
Bel Air Independence Day Parade – God Bless America and HCS!
On July 4th, Harford Christian School and Reformation Bible Church, sponsored by Harford Christian Educational Foundation took part in the Independence Day Parade in Bel Air. Our school bus and two vans adorned with red, white and blue, accompanied students and families carrying banners for the German Program, Harford Christian School and Harford Christian Educational Foundation. Athletic and music students interacted with the spectators.
The star of the show was our own Harford Christian Eagle (aka Evan Coomes!), who engaged and amused the crowd along the parade route. We were well received by the crowd. They clapped and shouted out to us as we passed by. Many volunteers worked tirelessly to deliver a spectacular showing of Harford Christian School and American spirit! Thanks to all.
Soccer and Music Camps Humming with Activity
God provided a beautiful day for the beginning of Harford Christian’s Soccer and Music Camps. Running, laughing, skill building and fellowship made the day enjoyable and educational for all.
Alumnus Graduates Summa Cum Laude
Natalie Myers, a 2010 alumnus of Harford Christian, graduated with honors from Towson University in the top 2% of her class, securing Summa Cum Laude, the highest rank in Latin honors. She was a member of an international honor society and a Towson-based honor society because of her scholarly achievements. She gives all the praise, glory, and laud to Jesus Christ her Savior. Now that she has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English Literature she will continuing her education at Liberty University Online. Her hope is to achieve a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching. Her main desire is to share Jesus Christ with students no matter where the Lord places her to teach.
Al Cesky Scholarship Award
The Al Cesky Scholarship is awarded each spring to one male and one female scholar-athlete from each high school in Harford County. Over the history of the Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation, it has awarded over $850,000.00 in scholarships to outstanding scholar-athletes. We are pleased to announce this year’s Harford Christian School’s recipients Seth McCarty and Chloe Akers.
The Cutest HCS Celebration
On Monday, June 2nd, the “cutest” program of the year happened on the campus of Harford Christian School. On this night, the K-4 and K-5 students graduated in grand style sporting their caps and gowns. Congratulations classes of 2026 and 2027!
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Congratulations Class of 2014!
On Friday May 30th, Harford Christian School bid farewell to a wonderful group of 49 seniors. Principal Wilson honored each student with a brief biography and gave a glimpse at their plans for the future. Commencement speaker, Lloyd Scarborough (2003 alumnus), who recently earned his doctorate at Pennsylvania State University, reminded the students that their success in life will depend on how closely their plans match the will of God. Read more in Saturday’s article in the Baltimore Sun.
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HCS Baccalaureate and Farewell Reception
On Wednesday, May 28th, Harford Christian held the Baccalaureate service and farewell reception for the Class of 2014. The farewell reception was a wonderful celebration attended by graduates, friends, family and many staff from Harford Christian and Reformation Bible Church. Attendees were treated to a punch fountain, towers of treats, popcorn, colorful vegetable medleys and great fellowship. Special thanks to Diane McKnight and her team for making the evening even more special.
Eight Straight Envirothon Victories!
Can you say “eight in a row”? Ada Stambaugh’s rookie Envirothon A Team blew away the County competition last Friday by sweeping all categories and winning with a near 50-point margin over 2nd place Bel Air HS. The final score was 503 with first place finishes in forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics and sustainable agriculture for which there was a written and oral exam. Way to go team! The B Team also took 1st place in their division. The teams and their director are to be congratulated for their perseverance and hard work in an increasingly competitive contest.
The team is on to state competition on the Eastern Shore. The Maryland State Competition is June 18 and June 19th at Camp Pecometh in Queen Anne County. June 18 is set aside for additional State training and June 19th the teams usually compete against 19 other counties in MD, each the best in their county. Be praying for our students as they prepare for the Maryland Envirothon.
Read more in the Baltimore Sun’s article.
World War II Veteran Speaks to HCS History Class
Vernon Blucher, a 90-year old World War II veteran, spoke to Mr. Fleming’s U.S. history classes on Tuesday, May 27. Mr. Blucher shared with the students his account of being drafted and chosen for the air force, in spite of never having been in a plane before. His experiences as a B-17 tail gunner in over thirty bombing missions included a hair-raising account of being shot down and being rescued by the people of a French village. Students were given the opportunity to ask him questions, and he was eager to share with them, not only his wartime experiences, but also his testimony of God’s provision and protection throughout the war.
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Dramatic Production “Our Miss Brooks”
“Our Miss Brooks” cast, stage help, lighting and sound team, and directors are to be congratulated on the Friday and Saturday presentations on stage. Their investment of time and hard work brought immeasurable enjoyment to those who were able to view the production. Special thanks to Mrs. Pittack and Mr. Fleming who directed and coached the students through a challenging practice season interrupted by unusual winter weather.
The Hors d’oeurve Theatre on Saturday was an indescribable culinary delight provided by Mrs. Lydia Olinger and her team. The the German students who attended to the refreshments of the guests possessed all of the grace and professionalism of banquet waiters and waitresses. The beautiful table decorations were as pleasing to the eye as the hors d’oeurves and desserts were to the palate!
Spring Sports Wrap-up
We congratulate our spring sports teams for yet another very successful season for HCS athletics. Below are a few of the highlights.
- Girls’ varsity soccer finished with 17 wins, 0 losses, and 3 ties. They added another MACSAC championship trophy to the case along with the CHISSL League trophy by defeating a tough Bel Air team 1-0 in the championship on Tuesday evening. Most impressive is the fact that the girls allowed only 1 goal from their opponents the entire season. Defense does indeed win championships!
- Girls’ junior high soccer completed a winning season and added another MACSAC trophy to an already-full cabinet. Way to go girls!
- The boys’ junior high baseball team turned in an impressive 9-win and 3-loss season, culminating in the MACSAC championship.
- Girls’ varsity softball recorded a 7-win and 3-loss season amidst a very competitive fast-pitch schedule. This is an amazing accomplishment for a few veteran players surrounded by underclassmen players.
- A select group of HCS boys’ varsity soccer players entered a 6 v 6 soccer tournament at Aberdeen High School last weekend. Out of the 18 teams participating, HCS brought home the 1 st place trophy, winning their final game against North Harford by a score of 6-0.
From Coach Tim Olinger: The Girls’ HCS Middle School soccer team had a very successful season. Our team is comprised of 5th through 8th graders, which means there is a great deal of difference in size, speed and ability. These girls had no trouble becoming a cohesive unit both on and off the field despite the age differences. It was a joy to be their coach. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of another MACSAC championship season!!
Baccalaureate Live Streaming
This year our Baccalaureate, May 28th at 7 PM, will be available live from the HCS website. Check back as the event gets closer and a link button will be placed on the home page.
8th Grade English Class Shows Creativity
During the preposition unit in grammar, the 8th grade English class practiced learning their prepositions by incorporating poetry. After establishing a topic for their poem, the students composed a poem where every line included a preposition. For a finishing touch, the students wrote their poems neatly on a piece of paper and then proceeded to decorate their paper with color and artwork.
Pennies for Patients
UPDATE! THE HONOR SOCIETY RAISED OVER $5000.00! Way to go!
The Harford Christian School Honor Society is sponsoring Pennies for Patients to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association. Collect and give your change to help cancer patients find a cure! Click on the link below and donate online, or give your loose change, bills, and checks to any Harford Christian student to deposit for you. As a school, we hope to raise $4,000 for cancer patients and research. We hope everyone will participate to “ Make Change for Cancer.”
HCS Alumnus Lands Premed Scholarship
Jeremiah White, class of 2010 alumnus and premed student at Bob Jones University, has been accepted by three different medical schools and awarded significant scholarships. Jeremiah has chosen to attend USCSOM (University of South Carolina School of Medicine), and he received both the Pillar Scholarship, a tuition reduction of $30,000 each year, and a first-year tuition reduction of $35,000. “It’s a huge weight off of my shoulders and a ginormous blessing,” he said. “I was speechless and just kept saying, ‘Thank you, Lord.’ Of course, I want God to get all the glory. It was He who made this possible. I am humbled that they would choose me out of others who are equally, if not more so, deserving of it.” Congratulations Jeremiah! Read more . . .
May 2nd, Harford Christian hosted some very special people on campus for Grandparent’s Day! It was amazing from top to bottom! Grandparents of students of all ages came out on the beautiful day that God provided for this wonderful event. Students and grandparents participated in some fun and educational classroom activities. Rose Baughers and company put on an amazing luncheon with spring ambiance, great food, and wonderful service. Mr. Peters concert band (7th-12th) “wowed” the luncheon with two quality selections. Finally, the afternoon program with Judy Truman’s third graders and selected elementary fine arts performances was sheer delight. The feedback was tremendous. Thanks to all who made this such a memorable day at Harford Christian.
Everything sparkled – from the girls’ gorgeous gowns, to the candles on the table, to the silver stars scattered throughout the room. Every year, the Harford Christian seniors are honored at a formal banquet. This year’s banquet, One Starry Night, was an event that shined. Our upperclassmen spent a delightful evening at the Maryland Golf and Country Club enjoying a delicious meal (the chocolate mousse cake alone made the evening memorable!) and taking gorgeous pictures while laughing and talking together. The evening culminated with a message by Pastor Keith Burd based on the banquet verse, “Seek Him who made the stars” (Amos 5:8), followed by a very entertaining senior slide show and an even more entertaining game of Class Feud. Seniors won, of course!
Alumnus Elizabeth McKnight – Internship of a Lifetime
This past fall, 2010 alumnus Elizabeth McKnight received the opportunity of a lifetime. In September, Elizabeth traveled to Leipzig, Germany where she had been chosen to work as a State Department intern at the U.S. Consulate General Leipzig. The State Department handpicks interns through a long, extensive selection process and, consequently, expects interns to handle responsibilities similar to those of fulltime employees. Elizabeth quickly experienced this for herself, and by only the third day of the internship traveled to a different city to take part in meetings and speaker events on behalf of the consulate. In addition to numerous daily tasks, throughout the course of her internship, Elizabeth wrote speeches, aided the U.S. ambassador during visits, and gave presentations to groups of students and German military officers. She also managed to balance work and fun and spent most of her weekends traveling. During her three months in Europe, Elizabeth traveled to ten different countries, visited a number of missionaries, and gained invaluable and unforgettable experiences.
Though currently a senior studying International Relations at Bob Jones University, Elizabeth credits the education she received at HCS as responsible for preparing her for the challenges and opportunities she faced in Germany. The overall dedication and merit of Harford’s teachers instilled in her a strong desire for excellence which aided in her initial selection as an intern. The stellar English courses at Harford, and particularly the senior English paper, furnished her with the critical writing skills she needed when drafting speeches and research material for the consulate. And finally, Harford’s outstanding German program gave Elizabeth a love of the German language and culture and truly opened the world to her. Elizabeth’s internship was the culmination of years of hard work and studies, and she expressed her deep gratitude to HCS for helping to make her dream not only a possibility, but a reality.
Varsity Basketball Sweep!
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, both boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams earned a spot in the Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic Conference (MACSAC) championship games. By 5:30 PM both teams brought home two conference championship trophies. For the boys, this was their 2nd consecutive MACSAC championship trophy in basketball, while the girls brought home their first MACSAC trophy in basketball in the last ten years. Basketball is alive and well at HCS! Great job both teams and coaching staffs!
Ryan Smith Achieves “Arrow of Light” Recognition
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, HCS 5th grade student Ryan Smith was honored at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet for the Boy Scouts of America. Ryan was one of six honorees to receive the “Arrow of Light” recognition. This is the highest honor that can be achieved in Cub Scouting. Ryan’s parents and sister, Savanah, were present to share the exciting afternoon. Congratulations Ryan and a job well done!
Harford Christian celebrates wacky Wednesday. Although the students and teachers are spending time working hard and catching up after many snow days, there is always time for good, clean fun!
Sign Up for Summer Camps!
Kids Camps at the Harford Christian School host more than 200 children each year during June and July. Activities include breathtaking outside games, skill building and lots of Bible memory. The goal is that each child will hear the sound of the gospel, share Christian fellowship with leaders and other children and participate in wholesome activities. Fun with Purpose! Learn more . . .
HCS Eagles Connect
A special letter went out to more than 1,600 friends, family and supporters as a result of some connection to Harford Christian School (HCS). Nearly five decades of history and over 1,300 graduates have produced countless family connections. We are delighted to have found you through our existing network and trust that we can “connect” and “stay connected” with you going forward. Learn more . . .
If you haven’t received your Eagles magnet click here to request one.
Mouse Trap Powered Cars
HCS 9th grade physical science students sport their “mousetrap-powered” cars during studies of motion and energy.
High School Juniors Show Creativity
The Junior English class of Harford Christian outdid themselves on their recent book reports! After reading an American novel, these students beautifully and artistically created these incredible posters. They will be on display in the high school during Excellence Fair on February 28. Teacher Penny McKnight commented, “I’m really proud of these students and the hard work they put into these.” Come see them in person!
First Tech Challenge
Alex Caldwell, an HCS junior recently competed in FIRST TECH CHALLENGE, a robotics program and competition for middle and high school students. On Saturday, January 11, 2014, Alex and his teammates placed first in the PA Rookies Qualifying Tournament , tapping into student skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The competition site was Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
High School Math Christmas Project
Mrs. Sarah Simon challenged her high school students to create decorations for the classroom by employing skills learned in her class. The students had a great time combining mathematics and creativity. Enjoy the gallery below showing the work in progress.
Concert Photo Album
If you missed the Elementary Christmas Concert and want to see some adorable pictures that will put a smile on your face visit our Facebook page and view the photo album.
Elementary Christmas Concert
Staff and students are preparing for a wonderful Christmas Concert tonight! Won’t you join us? The kindergarten and elementary concert is tonight at 7:30 PM. Along with the wonderful performance of our young students, you will enjoy a European Christmas Market in the lobby. The foreign language departments have assembled some unique and beautiful items to enhance your Christmas season. Don’t be surprised if you hear some Spanish Christmas carolers during intermission. Bring a few dollars to enjoy the PTF-sponsored concessions featuring some amazing cheese cake along with punch and cookies.
Coach Parkes Touched Countless Lives
Most people called him “Coach Parkes”, and that is surely the way Harley wanted to be known. After a multi-year battle with cancer, Harley Parkes passed from this world into glory on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. With his teaching degree in-hand from Shelton College in New Jersey, Harley, along with his wife Patti, filled out teacher applications for employment at Harford Christian School on February 27, 1974. Nearly forty years later, and a lifetime of ministry at HCS, Harley departed this life for an eternal one in heaven. Husband, father, teacher, coach, athletic director, and alumni director were all hats that Harley wore during his time at HCS. His coaching career is littered with MACSAC championships, trophies, and countless relationships with opposing coaches, players, referees, and yes . . . even bus drivers. For the last three years, soccer referees in the region have continually inquired “how is Harley doing?”, knowing of his battle with cancer. Those referees, countless players, family, and friends now grieve the loss of Coach Harley Parkes. His wife – Patti, and three sons – Ryan, Kyle, and Sean, will continue to see Harley’s “thumbprints” from one end of the campus to the other, where they too, have spent a lifetime. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 115:16
Vocal and Hand Bell Choirs Ring in the Spirit of the Season
On Friday, December 6th, Harford Christian’s vocal and hand bell choirs performed seasonal songs and sacred hymns for the delight of families and friends that filled the auditorium. The students were directed by Wesley Peters and Dawn Garner with accompaniment on piano by Andri-Ellen Peters. Special thanks to Brad Fleming for narration, Tim Olinger for technical direction, Lydia Olinger for decoration and Rodger Williams and Jonathan Schneider for setup. The auditorium was so wonderfully decorated that guests would never have believed that there was a last minute change of venue. The concert was a great way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Lady Eagles Holiday Tip-off Champions
The athletic department is delighted to report that the girls’ varsity Eagles were champions of their annual Tip-off Basketball Tournament on November 22-23, 2013. Friday night saw the Lady Eagles easily handle Red Lion (Pennsylvania) Christian’s team. Saturday’s contest with Covenant Life (Gaithersburg) proved a greater challenge but ended with the same result. The varsity girls’ begin their 2013-14 season at 2-0 and added another trophy to the lobby. The boys’ varsity lost a tough overtime game to the Red Lion boys team on Friday evening, but posted an impressive win against The Park School on Saturday.
Two HCS faculty to wed in July 2014
Mr. Wesley Peters (music faculty) and Miss Lauren Wilson (English faculty) announced their engagement to be married this coming July 2014. The Monday after the proposal both Wes and Lauren sported t-shirts announcing the big news. Congratulations Wesley and Lauren! Click to enlarge image.
2013 Graduate, Leah Edwards, Receives Second Team All Region Honors
In only the second year of their program, the Bob Jones University Lady Bruins soccer team won the National Championship in the NCCAA Division II Womens Soccer Tournament held in Kissimmee, Florida. In her first year of soccer at the collegiate level, Leah won Second Team All Region honors for the season. Throughout her high school years at Harford Christian Leah was a MACSAC, multi-sport champion. Leah had the privilege of playing every minute of every game on defense throughout the tournament (three games in total), helping the team shutout their opponents in each and every game. The team played passionately and selflessly. ”To God be the glory!” exclaimed Leah’s father, Mark Edwards.
HCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A
Make your plans to have supper at the Chick-fil-A in Forest Hill on Thursday, December 5, 2013. This will be a special HCS Spirit Night and a percentage of the sales from HCS friends and family will go to Harford Christian School. We will have special flyers for you to present at the time of your food purchase to insure that HCS receives a percentage of that sale.
English Teachers Celebrate Reading!
Miss Lauren Wilson and Mrs. Penny McKnight, who teach our Jr. High and High School English programs, promote reading of classic literature and give students the opportunity to express their creativity. Teacher Penny McKnight said, “There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book! These students are enjoying good, classic literature and responding with professional-looking projects.”
German Class – A Breath of Fresh Air!
German teacher, Mrs. Lydia Olinger, has transformed her classroom into a German village! When you are on campus, it will be well worth your trip down the hallway to marvel at the transformation, complete with window boxes full of living plants that line the entire front of the classroom. German I-IV students not only benefit from having an enthusiastic native German as their instructor. Mrs. Olinger is one of the many creative and imaginative teachers in the HCS high school team. (click to enlarge image)
In eight years the Charlie Riley Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $150,000.00 in scholarships to Harford County students planning to engage in post-high school education. Thirteen HCS seniors made application for the Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship this year. An HCS selection committee awarded the nomination to senior, Miss Patti Lynn Good. On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Patti Lynn, along with eleven other Harford County high school seniors was recognized as a $1,000.00 Charlie Riley Scholarship recipient. Each year the culmination of the scholarship banquet at Level Fire Hall is the announcement of the grand prize scholarship winner from the twelve County high schools, which is an additional $2,000.00 scholarship to the already awarded $1,000.00. Needless to say, a table of parents, a sister, grandparents, and HCS staff members were overwhelmed with joy when Patti Lynn’s name was announced. We congratulate Patti Lynn and her parents, David and Ruth Good (pictured) for an outstanding honor in Harford County.
Chick-fil-a Time Again!
How does free waffle fries, free Chick-fil-a sandwich and free large coke sound to you?! HCS is once again selling snazzy Chick-fil-a calendars as a way to support our favorite fast food place and our favorite Christian school at the same time!!
We have a limited number of calendars available for purchase in each of our buildings on campus. Each calendar comes with a pre-loaded gift card entitling the bearer to a different “freebie” each month for the whole of 2014!! Send in a check and we can send them home with your student, or just stop by any receptionist and they can fix you up with your cool calendar.
At the affordable price of only $7.00, they are terrific stocking stuffers. They also make great gifts for your babysitter, your bus driver, your mail delivery person, your coach etc., etc. Thanks for your support in the past and remember “EAT MOR CHIKIN!”
Brook Cullum Collegiate Soccer Achievement
Harford Christian School is known for season after season of crazy successful soccer teams, both men’s and women’s soccer. A number of our recent HCS graduates have gone on to compete at the collegiate level. Brooke Cullum, a 2012 HCS graduate, is making her mark on the collegiate soccer field by playing for the Lancaster Bible College Chargers. Brooke is having a fantastically successful fall soccer season this year and has racked up no less than 10 goals for the season. Way to go, Brooke! We are proud of you!http://www.lbcchargers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=931
Harford Youth Orchestra
On November 9th, three of our most musically gifted high school students have been given the enormous privilege of playing with the Harford Youth Orchestra. Patty Lynn Good (a Senior), Paige Engleheart (a Junior), and Lexi Tippett (a Freshman) are making HCS proud with their musical pursuits off campus. Patty Lynn has been selected to be the featured soloist this year, and we believe this is the first time that this honor has been given to a Harford Christian student. The Harford Youth Orchestra will be in concert this Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Edgewood High School. We congratulate these 3 young ladies in their musical pursuits of excellence!
On October 31st, Dr. Bruce Cox and six musicians from Bob Jones University – - in Greenville South Carolina, came to Darlington Maryland for a special time with Harford Christian School. Despite a short night’s sleep they were up early the next morning to greet HCS band students in grades 7th-12th along with thirty guest students from various schools ranging from Philadelphia to Baltimore. November 1, at 6:00 PM, the BJU musicians provided a special concert to the young students, parents, and other guests. The culminating event from the two-day workshop was a combined concert at on November 2nd. The high school students joined with the University musicians and share the fruit of their two days of vigorous work.
Fire Prevention Day
Fireman “Dave” and his crew from the Dublin/Darlington Fire Company made their annual visit to Harford Christian School on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. The young students always enjoy the fire prevention instruction, opportunities to handle some equipment, and especially the chance to be inside of the fire engine. HCS students always reward the firemen and firewomen by showering them with lots of treats and goodies. This year was no exception and it’s safe to say, “it took a fire truck to get all the food back to the firehouse.” This year many HCS students entered the Fire Prevention Poster Contest with other regional schools. It’s safe to say that HCS dominated the 1st place winner category. The winners are: Kindergarten – Eden Burge, 1st Grade – Hailey Cain, 2nd Grade – Allison Childers, 3rd Grade – Timothy Williams, and 4th Grade – Sage Thorpe. We congratulate our gifted and creative poster makers for their accomplishments.
Eagles Soccer Three-Peat!
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, the HCS boys’ varsity soccer team secured its third consecutive MACSAC (Md. Assoc. of Christian Schools Athletic Conference) championship. Entering into the big match vs. Carroll Christian the 14-0 Eagles took the field against the 10-1 Carroll squad. After 80 minutes of regulation play, HCS came out on top by a score of 4-1, completing a perfect 15-0 season. Amazingly, the Eagles defense allowed only 5 goals in 15 matches all year while the offense found the back of the net 87 times. Named to the All-Tournament team was Paul Franco, Tim Guertler, and Ian Edwards. Seth McCarty was named the tournament MVP. MACSAC 1st Team All-Conference was Seth McCarty, Tim Guertler, Paul Franco, Jordan Crank, and Ryan Redmond. Ian Edwards, Mike Lavin, and Alex Caldwell were named to the MACSAC All- Conference 2nd team. Matching the varsity three-peat was the junior high boys’ soccer team who defeated Grace of Bowie in their MACSAC championship game. The young Eagles manhandled their opponent by a score of 5-1.
Eagles wraps up outstanding soccer season with MACSAC title game win!
On Saturday October 19th, Harford Christian Boys’ Jr High and Varsity soccer teams provided another storybook MACSAC day. The Jr High team delivered a 5-1 win and the MACSAC Championship. The Varsity team served up a 4-1 win. With this victory, Harford Christian earned its third consecutive MACSAC boys soccer championship title and a 15-0 record. From the Baltimore Sun: The Harford Christian Eagles completed their finest boys soccer season in program history on Saturday, as they stormed to a 4-1 victory over Carroll Christian in the MACSAC Championship final at Arlington Baptist School in Baltimore. Read more . . .
High Point 2013
When late-October rolls around the senior high students at Harford Christian School head north to Camp High Point, near Reading, Pennsylvania. This October was no exception. October 23rd through 25th saw more than 100 students in grades 10-12 attend the dynamic retreat. Whether enjoying water activities on a 10-acre lake, engaging in grade level competition, or relaxing with an intense game of Jenga, good times were not hard to find. As is normally the pattern, the senior class took home the highest point total for the week. Enjoy the gallery below.
Golf Tournament a Big Success
On October 3rd, The Lord provided a beautiful day for 9 th Annual HCS Golf Benefit at Tanglewood Golf Course in Quarryville, PA. The tournament yielded more than $30,000.00 for the Harford Christian Athletics Program. Players and spectators enjoyed a day of fun and fellowship for a good cause. The winning foursome, Bill Ring, Jim Quesenbery, Richard Wilson and Bryan Wilson, posted a 58 net score in a Captain’s Choice format. Congratulations, gentlemen and thanks to all who made this event a
Welcome New Faculty
Harford Christian School is delighted to welcome 3 new faculty members for the 2013/14 school year.
Mr. John Mark Edwards- 2008 HCS alumnus John Mark Edwards joins the history faculty to begin the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Edwards is a 2013 graduate from Cedarville University with a bachelor’s degree in history. While at Cedarville, John Mark was a two year member of the intercollegiate baseball team. Along with teaching junior high history, he is assisting the varsity boys’ soccer program, specializing in goalkeeper training.
Miss Amanda Karschner – 2004 HCS graduate Amanda Karschner fills a special education vacancy. Not only has Miss Karschner completed her undergraduate degree in history education from Clearwater Christian College, but she is anticipating a master’s degree in special education from Liberty University this spring. Amanda comes to HCS with several years of teaching experience from various local contexts.
Mrs. Diane McCarty – A graduate of Towson University with a degree in early childhood education, Diane is uniquely connected to HCS through her son Seth McCarty, who arrived in 6th grade and is now a senior. Diane has logged several years in corporate adult education, but has especially enjoyed her experiences with helping to establish a daycare center and being surrounded by “little ones.” Our kindergarten students are blessed to have Mrs. McCarty as their teacher this year.
Thursday, October 3, 2013, marks the special day for our 9 th Annual HCS Golf Benefit at Tanglewood Golf Course in Quarryville, PA. Over its eight-year history, the HCS Golf Benefit has netted over $100,000.00 for HCS athletics. We are looking for golfers and foursomes for the upcoming event. Please contact Don Nickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office for more information.
HCS – Bustling with Activity
If you have passed by or visited campus lately you will notice the many capital improvements that are being made to the school and the grounds in preparation for the 2013/2014 school year. A renewed school lobby will greet high school students upon their return. The gymnasium floor has been resurfaced and is ready for girls’ volleyball to begin. The elementary school will have new ceilings, lighting, new paint and flooring in the hallways. These are just a few of the many exciting facility improvements that are happening over the summer, coupled with investments in technology. Meanwhile, the teachers have been busy preparing lesson plans and decorating their classrooms. We look forward to welcoming everyone back during Open House for families on August 30th!
Harford Christian at the Farm Fair
Harford Christian School exhibited at the Harford County Farm Fair again this year. Many families were able to cool off with a freeze pop and talk to the volunteers about enrolling their children in the school. Meanwhile HCS families enjoyed the many exhibits and activities at the fair. This fall the school will be represented at the SARC Family Fun Day in September and the Darlington Apple Festival in October. We invite friends and neighbors to visit with us at these events.
County Executive’s Proclamation
On July 11, Harford County Executive David Craig issued a county proclamation to the Harford Christian Envirothon team in recognition of their 7th consecutive Harford County Envirothon win and 2 consecutive victories at the state level. During the week of August 5th the team was in Montana finishing up a week of competition against more than 50 championship teams from the US and Canada in the Canon National Envirothon.
2013 Graduate Adding Strength to Lady Bruins Offense
Leah Edwards, 2013 graduate and MACSAC, multi-sport champion, will join the Lady Bruins soccer team at Bob Jones University. Leah was a star on and off the field and Harford Christian. ”Leah is another great player in this strong recruiting class. She will have a huge positive impact to our team,” (BJU)Coach Carmichael said. “She has great quickness and sprint speed coupled with very good technical ability.” Read more.
Exceptional German Teacher Retires
Peggy White Nickson enjoys some of her alumni German students spanning fifteen years at Harford Christian School. The retirement celebration honored not just the fifteen years at HCS, but more than forty years of teaching the German language at more than five colleges and finally at Harford Christian for her final tour. In 2005 the American Association of the Teachers of German (AATG) in the Baltimore/Metro DC region honored her with a German Teacher of the Year award. This merit is among dozens that she has received over her teaching career. Peggy’s ministry has been marked by excellence at every turn and our ministry will miss her immensely. Congratulations Peggy!
Harford Christian Class of 2013
On Friday May 31, the Harford Christian held its 43rd commencement ceremony. Class of 2013 was described by Principal Bryan Wilson as “small by mighty”. This graduating class was scholarly, athletic and very much like a family. The friendly but fierce academic competition resulted in grade point averages of the seven top achievers that were separated by one tenth of a point. This class had one valedictorian, followed by two salutatorians with the same GPA. Also celebrated were the many scholarships and awards along with thousands of hours of service to the community. May their gifts and determination be used for God’s glory as they pursue their goals in higher education and in their careers. Congratulations class of 2013! Read the article in the Baltimore Sun. For family and friends who were not able to attend the commencement view the full ceremony.
HCS five year-old Kindergarten students received their diplomas Monday June 3rd, in the Reformation Bible Church sanctuary. It is definitely the cutest celebration of the year. Pre-school students and graduating kindergarten students performed for a full sanctuary of family and friends. After sharing Scripture in word and song, the students performed some of their favorite poems and fun songs for an appreciative crowd.
Music in the Parks Competition
The high school band traveled to Annville Cleona High School on Saturday to compete in the Music in the Parks competition which was capped off by a day of fun at Hershey Park. The band won the high school I-A division (750 students or less) beating Forest City Regional High School (from Pennsylvania). They also obtained a Superior rating, scoring 191 points out of a possible 200. They also won the trophy for best high school band, beating two I-AA schools (750+ students), Potomac Falls High School (from Virginia) and Chariho Regional High School (from Rhode Island).
Ian Edwards (trumpet) Kelsey Williams and Garrett Smith (percussion) display trophies the HCS Concert Band won at the Hershey Band Festival held on June 1. To top it all off, HCS bandsmen got to spend the rest of the day riding everything that moved at Hershey Park.
Spring Play “Meet Me in St Louis”
The Harford Christian Players polished off a two-performance run of “Meet Me in St Louis” to a standing ovation following the May 18 Dessert Theater matinee. The crowd was entertained and amused by talented actors and actresses in a delightfully authentic stage setting. Ten of the seasoned players were graduating seniors who will leave big shoes to fill on stage and in the school. Friday night’s opening was a sellout, as was the Dessert Theater, in which patrons were treated to delicious delicacies during an extended intermission. The servers, with all of the poise and efficiency of professional waiters and waitresses, were our German students. Proceeds from the event benefited Harford Christian’s award-winning German program. The Directors were Chris Pittack and Brad Fleming. Congratulations to the directors, students and helpers for an outstanding performance.
Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation Awards
On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation hosted their annual scholarship banquet at the Richlin Ballroom, in Edgewood, Maryland. Class of 2013 Miss Leah Edwards and Mr. John Wilson were each recipients of a $2,000.00 scholarship for their accomplishments in the classroom and in athletics. Both Leah and John are planning to attend Bob Jones University where they will each join the Bruins intercollegiate soccer teams for the fall. Congratulations to Leah and John and all of their coaches along the way. If you were not able to attend click here for the video of the event.
Envirothon Champs . . . Again!
Harford Christian Wins Seventh County Evirothon Competition.
The HCS Environmental Science Team competed in the Harford County Envirothon on May 1, 2013, at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Edgewood. Reigning champions for six successive years, the HCS team was everyone’s target in this year’s competition. In spite of the pressure, the team extended its win streak to seven. On June 18, the Harford County champs will travel to Garrett County, MD, hoping to repeat as state champs. If that happens, the team will vie for the coveted North American championship scheduled for Montana in July. Click here for 2012/2013 album.
MACSAC Girls’ Junior High Soccer Champs!
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, the undefeated Eagles jr. high girls’ soccer team travelled to Westminster, MD to take on 2nd seed Grace of Bowie in the championship. An HCS dominating performance ended in an 8-1 victory. Congratulations Coach Lauren Wilson and undefeated Eagle girls!
MACSAC Boys’ Varsity Baseball Champs!
A 2:30 PM sunshiny start to the Saturday championship vs. Granite Baptist was soon interrupted by thunder, lightning , and rain. With two outs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, the game was suspended until Monday afternoon at high seed Granite Baptist in Glen Burnie. The Eagles put up ten runs in the early innings and then played solid defense and allowed only five runs from the Granite batters. The varsity boys complete a MACSAC sweep of boys’ varsity sports including soccer, basketball, and now baseball. Way to go Coach Lefever and guys!
MACSAC Girls’ Varsity Soccer Champs!
The HCS girls’ varsity soccer team finished the first half of their championship game and only a few minutes into the second half, the thunderstorms rolled in and the game was postponed. As the high seed, the Eagle girls hosted Arlington Baptist on Monday, May 13, 2013, for the remaining 33 minutes of 2nd half play. At the end of regulation, the girls racked up yet another MACSAC championship for girls soccer with a 3-0 shut-out. Amidst the team’s celebration, Leah Edwards received special honors for having crossed the “100 goals scored” threshold. The Eagles complete their season with only one loss.
Spring Play “Meet Me in St. Louis
A new production of the celebrated turn of the century play, “Meet Me in St. Louis” is scheduled for two performances at Harford Christian School, May 17 and 18. Not to be confused with the 1944 movie by the same name, “Meet Me in St. Louis” was adapted from a series of short stories in the New Yorker magazine. The stories were later published as a book titled, “5135 Kensington,” the address of the St. Louis Victorian home where the fictitious middle-class Smith family (complete with five children and a grandfather) lived. The setting is the turn of the century, when the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair was right around the corner. Friday, May 17 is the premiere of the Meet Me in St. Louis production, scheduled for 7:30 PM in Ziegler Auditorium, with tickets available at the door. Cost is $5. The second performance will be presented as Dessert Theatre, beginning at 6 PM on Saturday, May 18. By reservation only and featuring a long intermission of delectable upscale desserts ranging from New York cheesecake to chocolate parfaits. Cost for Dessert Theater is $18 per person. Call (410) 457-5103 for information.
Alumni News – Zach Cantales
Zach Cantales, class of 2012, has successfully completed Marine Bootcamp, May 3, 2013. Later this month Zach will complete another 9 weeks of training and then be assigned a permanent duty station. Zach express a desire for military service in his junior year of high school. The Lord has blessed Zach with an accomplishment that few attain. His parents have seen him mature in spiritually, physically, and mentally during this time. Congratulations Zach.
Commendation from Johns Hopkins University for Peggy Nickson
April 28, 2013, the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Chapter Testing Chair wrote a letter to highlight the wonderful accomplishments of the German Program under the direction of Mrs. Peggy Nickson at Harford Christian. Mrs. Nickson and her students that have taken part in the National German Language Exam for many years. Each year there have been award winners acknowledged by the German Society of Maryland and the German Embassy at the AATG High School Awards Program held in Baltimore, Maryland. This year’s awards ceremony took place May 5th at Zion Lutheran Church in Baltimore City. Read the commendation.
MACS Elementary Fine Arts Competition
HCS Intermediate Band (plus other ensembles and soloists) took part in the MACS Elementary Fine Arts Competition held at Calvary Baptist School in Bowie Friday, April 19. Click here to view the results (also posted on our Fine Arts Honors page)
Fine Arts Honors
The annual MACS (Maryland Association of Christian Schools) fine arts festivals have once again given Harford Christian School a reason to announce excellence among our students. Congratulations to these students, their instructors, and their parents! Visit these results under the Fine Arts section.
Harford Christian Honor Society
On Thursday morning, March 21, 2013, two juniors and ten sophomores joined the Harford Christian Honor Society. Current Honor Society officers Hunter Howell, Nathan Pittack, and John Wilson formally welcomed new members Sarah Wilson, Jenny Bullis, Morgan Burke, Sue Edwards, Erika Cullum, Gregory Garner, Annie Henderson, Austin Kelley, Natalie Meise, Natalie Purdy, Danielle Reifer and Justin Yang. These exemplary students must maintain a 3.3 GPA, a clean demerit record, and a good Christian testimony. Mr. Adam Eshleman brought a thought-provoking message on I Corinthians 13, after which honor society members and the families of the new inductees were treated to a delicious brunch in the church fellowship hall. Congratulations!
National German Exam Achievement
The National German Exam is given each January to more than 25,000 high school students across the nation. Harford Christian School students regularly score in the higher percentiles, and this year was no exception. Ten of the twenty HCS students taking the national exam scored in the top twenty per cent. Five finished in the top ten per cent. High scorers were Ann Cornwell, Lysette Druyor, John Wilson, Leah Edwards, Caroline Harris, Shaune Young, Patti Lynn Good, Sue Edwards, and Nicole Neidhardt. (Conner Smith not pictured) Lysette Druyor won honors with a perfect score in Comprehension, and Susannah Edwards was one of the three top scorers in Maryland (Caroline Harris was in the top five per cent). HCS seniors Ann Cornwell, John Wilson and Shaune Young placed in top rank for the third consecutive year. The students are enrolled in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year German classes at Harford Christian. The national exam is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German, the professional foreign language organization. For the last eleven years, Harford Christian has led all schools in Harford County in the number of students above the 90th percentile. An awards ceremony recognizing the top achievers in Maryland and Washington D.C.is scheduled for May in Baltimore’s Zion Church. The event is sponsored by the German Society of Maryland and the American Association of Teachers of German.
The Eagles boys’ varsity basketball team finished their season with 24 wins and 6 losses. After advancing through the first two rounds of the Maryland Christian School Tournament with wins over the Frederick Force and Calvary Christian of Cresaptown, the Eagles matched up against a tough Salisbury Christian School team. After 32 minutes of intense defense from both team, the boys of Harford Christian prevailed with a 44-41 victory - A storybook ending to a great season!
MACSAC Basketball Champions
The Harford Christian boys’ varsity basketball team captured the MACSAC basketball championship this past Saturday, February 23, 2013, with a thrilling win over Granite Baptist. The 2nd seed in this year’s tournament, the Eagles shot 42% from the floor and forced 25 Granite turnovers on the way to a 59-58 championship win. Congratulations to Coach Richard Westerlund and the boys for bringing home another MACSAC trophy.
Middle School Girls Championship
Harford Christian’s middle school girls’ basketball team was comprised of a large group of 8th graders and a few 7th graders who are hard-working and eager to learn. They went undefeated in the MACSAC conference this season to earn a #1 seed for the playoffs. Having earned a bye for the first round, they hosted Grace Christian School from Bowie in the semi-final and decidedly won that game to go on to meet Arlington Baptist in the championship game. The girls got off to a slow start which resulted in a very low halftime score of 9-5. After the half, the scoring picked up when HCS began to score points off of forcing turnovers off of defense and good ball movement. The final score was 35 – 24.
MACSAC JV Championship
The Harford Christian boys’ junior varsity team went into the MACSAC playoffs as the number 1 seed with a 5-1 record, with their lone conference loss on a last second shot on the road at Fredrick Christian. HCS earned a championship birth with a 65-25 win over the 4 seed, Rosedale Baptist. Frederick Christian defeated Mount Airy Christian Academy in the semi-final round to clinch a berth in the championship game. HCS and FCA squared off at Fredrick Christian Academy at 3 p.m. From the tip-off to the final buzzer, the game was a battle. This was evident by the defensive battle both teams were in at halftime by the score of 9-4 in the Harford Christian Eagles favor. The offense did pick up in the second half. Both teams battled back and forth, but Harford’s defense prevailed and made enough offensive plays to become championships of the MACSAC JV League by the score of 33-23. Coach Sean Westerlund said, “Today was just a microcosm of the season for us. It was a total team effort with each guy stepping up and fulfilling their role. I told the guys that it would be the defensive end that wins us the championship. I am extremely proud of my guys for accomplishing the goal we set for ourselves back in October when we first came together as a team.” Harford Christian finished with an 11-3 record and including playoffs a 7-1 record in the MACSAC. This is the first JV Championship in Harford Christian boys’ program history.
Parents, students and teachers alike look forward to the HCS Excellence Fair all year long. The science projects on display in the high school deal with lofty topics like weightlessness and with down to earth concerns like how much fat content is there in a potato chip. (Don’t ask.) The RBC Fellowship Hall was the site of an international tour of nations, with students dressed for the part and relating interesting facts about their choice of country – along with samples of its food. This year’s culinary delights ranged from Scottish lemon cake to Tortilla Soup (Puerto Rico). For more photos of our Excellence Fair displays and activities visit the January/February photo album on our Facebook Page.
Alumnus Considered for Professional Soccer Team
Anyone associated with HCS sports in the last decade will recognize the name Jon Grant, especially when it comes to soccer. Jon is earning a Master’s degree on a soccer scholarship and is the assistant head coach for a collegiate level men’s soccer team. Recently, Jon was hand-picked to try out for the Charolotte Eagles, a professional soccer team. Jon was an Eagle early on in his soccer career as a Harford Christian Eagle. Perhaps he will be an Eagle once again. Read more . . .
Maryland Association of Christian Schools Legislative Luncheon
The Maryland Association of Christian Schools hosted a Legislative Luncheon in Annapolis on Tuesday, February 12, in the Senate Office Building. Representatives from MACS met with Delegates and Senators to show appreciation for the work legislators do in protecting the rights of Christian educators. When asked the obvious question, “What can we do for you?”, MACS administrators uniformly answered, “Please; just leave us alone.” In addition to administrators, Harford Christian was represented by three students: senior John Wilson, and juniors Jordan Crank and Paige Englehart.
HCS Alumnus Receives Golden Apple Award
Harford Christian Alumnus, Kim Grant, has won an award for her excellence in education. She teaches third grade at Paris Elementary School in South Carolina, and successfully uses a significant amount of sign language in her regular education classroom. It is easy to see why she was recognized. Click here to view the story on her home-town news station.
German Choir Performs
Under the leadership of Peggy Nickson, the German Choir made two appearances ministering the good news of Jesus Christ at Christmas time. On Saturday, December 8, 2012, spent the day in Philadelphia and performed at the Christmas Village at 1:00 PM in center-city. Most recently, Mrs. Nickson had an early morning rendezvous with her German students in order to perform with her students live on WBAL AM1090 at 7:00 AM. The live remote was broadcast from Valley View Farm in Towson and the students sounded terrific. We appreciate the commitment of the German department on getting the good news of Christ and HCS out to the region.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsor an annual senior high student contest involving writing and speaking. This year’s topic was “Is the US Constitution Still Relevant?” We congratulate two seniors who took first and second place honors in District 5. Nathan Pittack and Leah Edwards received recognition for 1st and 2nd place respectively. They enjoy the honor and a cash award for their efforts.
Holiday Tip Off Tournament
Coming off the heels of winning the HCS Holiday Tip-off Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 1, 2012, the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams made two trips to Towson to participate in the Baltimore Lutheran Christmas Classic. The girls’ team came up just short of winning the tournament with a tough loss to Baltimore Lutheran. The boys’ team shot out to an early lead over Redeemer Classical Academy and “never looked back” on their way to another tournament championship. Congrats to Coach Westerlund and the guys!
2012 High Point Retreat
On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, HCS 10th, 11th, and 12th graders boarded three buses and headed for Camp High Point (Reading, PA). After their 1:30 PM arrival and a little time to settle into the cabins, the fun and excitement began. A digital scavenger hunt, paintball, flag football, ping pong, volleyball, indoor soccer, ropes course, and zip-line were among just some of the dynamic activities of the retreat. At designated times, the students gathered for special times around God’s Word, as HCS staff members shared what God had placed on their hearts for the students. Everyone returned just in time for bus dismissal on Friday the 26th. Another Camp High Point in the history books and a “ton” of great memories.
John Wilson Awarded Charlie Riley Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
On Wednesday evening, November 14, 2012, The Charlie Riley Scholarship Foundation hosted their seventh annual scholarship banquet honoring exceptional students and emergency volunteers from Harford County. Student honorees received scholarship based upon extracurricular school participation, community service, and essay responses. Harford Christian’s John Wilson was among twelve student recipients from the schools in Harford County. Congratulation John on being HCS’s scholarship winner.
MACSAC BoysVarsity Soccer Champs!
The week of October 15-20, 2012, saw the unfolding of the Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletics Conference (MACSAC) post-season soccer tournament. The Harford Christian boys’ varsity team earned the #1 seed by playing through their entire regular season MACSAC schedule without allowing one goal in their net while pouring 46 goals into the back of their opponents’ net. HCS matched up against 4th seed Carroll Christian on Thursday, October 18, 2012. A 6-0 win for the Eagles (another shut-out) secured their place in the Saturday championship. Mt. Airy Christian Academy (the #2 seed) advanced through two games on Tuesday and Thursday to earn a spot in the Saturday showdown against HCS. On a beautiful and sunny Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM the Harford Christian Eagles and Mt. Airy Christian Lions kicked off in what would prove to be a “dogfight” that would be decided in the 1st ten-minute sudden-death overtime period. MACA struck first with a goal-line frenzy that resulted in a MACA header to the back of the HCS goal. While outshooting the Lions 21-11, the HCS attackers could not find the back of the net. Finally, in the 2nd half, HCS was awarded a penalty kick after a HCS attacker Ryan Redmond was taken down in the penalty area. Senior, John Wilson buried the kick in the upper right corner to tie the match at 1-1. It would be another penalty kick in the 1st overtime period that would be the deciding moment of this championship. After junior, Seth McCarty was taken down by a MACA player during a penetrating dribbling run, the team looked to senior John Wilson to deliver the game-winner. This time Wilson went low and left with his kick and when the ball hit the back of the net, the HCS team “piled on” in celebration as they repeated as (2011 and 2012) MACSAC soccer champions. All- tournament team members included Tim Guertler (sweeper), Paul Franco (midfielder), and Seth McCarty (striker). John Wilson was named the MACSAC tournament MVP with five goals and an assist in the 2012 tournament. Congratulations to the 2012 MACSAC champs and 14-2 boys’ varsity soccer team of Harford Christian School.
MACSAC JR High Soccer Champs!
Saturday, October 20, 2012, marked a special day of action at Harford Christian School. HCS hosted the Maryland Association of Christian School Athletic Conference (MACSAC) soccer championships. The #1 seed HCS junior high boys team matched up against a touch Mt. Airy Christian Academy. The HCS Eagles and MACA Lions battled to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation. They then played two sudden death ten minute overtimes, but remained locked up at 1-1. On this day, a penalty kick shoot-out would determine the MACSAC junior high boys champion. By the fourth round of kicks our HCS boys secured yet another soccer championship. We congratulate Coach Peters and his hard-working roster of boys.
Cross Country Results
Cross Country coach Dave Cornwell reports that HCS did well in the October 13 three-school meet held at the Dublin athletic fields. More than 30 runners participated in both girls and boys events, representing John Carroll and Redeemer high schools, along with HCS. The three top finishing HCS girls all posted personal best times, crossing the line within 17 seconds of one another. Paige Englehart at 21:49, Christina Condict at 21:52 and Stephanie Tittle at 22:06. Top finishers for HCS boys were Austin Kelley at 21:00 and Marcus Tittle at 20:00, both personal best times.
Fire Prevention Day at Harford Christian
Wednesday, October 10, marked a very special annual event at Harford Christian School. At 9:30 AM the Dublin/Darlington fire company personnel arrived to observe our building evacuation drills and to deliver important fire prevention and safety instruction to our students in the kindergarten through 3rd grades. Each of the students donned an official fire safety helmet as “Fireman Dave” shared important concept. The fire crew left HCS with over $100.00 of cash donations from the kindergarten parents and an enormous haul of baked goodies for the volunteers at the firehouse. Just in! We learned today that our student entries in the fire prevention poster contest took 1st place in each grade level from kindergarten through 5th grade. Sixteen of the eighteen regional trophies awarded this year will go to HCS students. Outstanding, guys!
Golf Tournament Raises Funds for HCS Athletics
HCS Golf Classic VIII was held at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club in Quarryville PA on October 4, with more than 80 golfers vying for top prize. The winning group was Dr. Ron Cooke and his two sons, Cregan and Kelvin. More than $28,000 was raised for HCS Athletics by the event.
HCS German Students March in 55th German-American Steuben Parade of New York
Harford Christian German students marched up 5th Avenue in New York City in the annual von Steuben parade. The German/American celebration took place on Saturday, September 15, with thousands of people looking on. This is the second time HCS has been invited to participate in the festival parade.
HCS students pose with a member of the Philadelphia Mummers prior to the start of the von Steuben parade. Baron von Steuben was George Washington’s right hand man in organizing American troops during the Revolutionary War.
HCS Honors Irene Reding
An engraved stone in a lighting pier is an appropriate honor for Mrs. Irene Reding. For more than 37 years Irene has been a lighting pier to hundreds of students, as she has, and continues to minister in the high school. The lighting pier was constructed purposely close to the high school library, a place of significant passion and years of service for Irene. Devoted HCS staff and EMC friends funded the construction of the pier that will ever be a reminder of our faithful Irene Reding, still serving all of us.
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German and Austria Study Tour
Every two years the HCS foreign language department sponsors a study tour of Germany and Austria. This year a group of nineteen students and parents spent two weeks testing their language skills in museums, restaurants, castles and more under the leadership of HCS German instructor Peggy Nickson. The group visited Munich, Prien and Rothenburg in Germany, also spending time in Salzburg and Hallstatt, Austria. Mrs. Nickson urges foreign travel for all her German students, pointing out that by total immersion in a culture, one is forced to draw on those language skills learned in class. Her students agree!
Harford Christian Places 7th in the Nationals!
The HCS environmental team, fresh from its seventh consecutive Harford county win, and its second Maryland state win, has nailed down seventh place nationally in the Canon Envirothon. The international competition was held in Selingrove PA and hosted fifty high school teams from the USA and Canada. In announcing the top ten winners Thursday evening, Envirothon officials awarded each of the five Harford Christian team members a cash prize of $1,300. Congratulations to team members Josh Mohr, Brianna Coleman, Emily Stricklin, Luke Tittel,and Hunter Howell.
Maryland State Champs!
On May 3, 2012, Harford Christian School students competed in Harford County’s Annual Envirothon. Harford County school teams competed in the categories of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics, and 5th topic (a relevant environmental issue). By the end of the day, Harford Christian School secured its 6th consecutive Harford County Envirothon Championship and earned the right to represent Harford County in the Maryland State Envirothon Competition at St. James Academy in Hagerstown, MD on June 20-21, 2012. In 2008, an HCS Envirothon team (representing Harford County) captured the Maryland state title and went on compete in Flagstaff, Arizona, at the national competition. In the three successive years, HCS has represented Harford County in the state competition with 2nd and 3rd place finishes each of those years. Tension was building on the afternoon of June 21st when, in the State Envirothon awards presentation, 3rd place was awarded to St. Mary’s County (who were 2011 state champions). When it was time to announce 2nd place the presenter stated that there was a tie between two counties for 1st place, something that had never happened in state competition history (beginning in 1990). Consulting the written rules, the judges awarded 1st place to the team who scored higher in the 5th topic (relevant environmental issue) testing. The speaker then awarded 2nd place to . . . Montgomery County. With no indication of who the 1st place team would be, the presenter then announced that “this year’s 2012 Envirothon Maryland State Champion is . . . Harford County!” An ecstatic Harford Christian School team jumped to their feet and enthusiastically accepted their trophy and $500.00 cash award for each team member. Brianna Coleman, Hunter Howell, Joshua Mohr, Emily Stricklin, and Luke Tittel took center stage for the next several minutes as cameras flashed and honors were extended. Mrs. Ada Stambaugh, the pioneer and coach of Harford Christian School Envirothon program, was overcome with joy for her team members. No rest for the weary! The newly-crowned state champs have four weeks to extend their knowledge base before representing the state of Maryland at the Canon National Envirothon Competition on July 22-27, 2012. The group has earned an “all expenses paid” trip to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, the hosts of the 2012 National Envirothon competition. Go get’em champs! Click on image below for photo album.
Class of 2024!
Some members of the class of 2024 celebrate after their Kindergarten Commencement on Monday evening, June 4, 2012. Pre-school students and graduating kindergarten students performed for a full sanctuary of family and friends. After sharing Scripture in word and song, the students performed some of their favorite poems and fun songs for an appreciative crowd.
(born February 26, 1950, passed May 26, 2012)
Mr. Alan Stambaugh will be remembered for his significant contributions to instructional technology at Harford Christian School. Shortly after coming onto the HCS staff in November 2008, Alan was diagnosed with cancer. For 3 ½ years Alan fought valiantly while moving HCS into a fresh and updated technological context. While laboring with us, Alan oversaw the installation of three SmartBoards (interactive whiteboards), brought our network environment into Windows 7 and Office 2010, supervised InfoDirect (parent/student on-line services for grades and homework), and initiated SchoolCast, the school mass communication system for emergencies and general information. Alan loved his Savior and loved people. He was a genuine “people person” and will be genuinely missed. Alan has passed into the presence of his Lord and we are reminded that “precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
Class of 2012
On June 1, 2012, Harford Christian School will graduate the largest senior class in the school’s history. This evening’s commencement included an address by Maryland State Senator, Bryan Simonaire. Congratulations Class of 2012!
Spring Play David Copperfield
In January, a large cast under the leadership of Mr. Brad Fleming and Mrs. Chris Pittack became acquainted with the storyline of David Copperfield. Since then, they have logged countless hours in preparation for the big shows. Those showings were on Friday, May 18, 2012, and Saturday, May 19, 2012. The Saturday event also doubled as a dessert theater to benefit the German department summer study tour to Germany and Austria. Congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s David Copperfield. Click the image below to view photo album.
Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation Awards
On the evening of May 16, 2012, hundreds of friends and family members assembled at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood for the purpose of honoring this year’s elite scholar athletes in Harford County. The annual Al Cesky Foundation Scholar/Athlete Banquet is one of the most highly anticipated events of the spring season. Since its formulation in 1986, the Al Cesky Foundation has awarded more than $750,000.00 in scholarships to Harford County stand-outs in the classroom and on the ball courts and fields. The two recipients representing Harford Christian School for this year are Brianna Coleman and Vincent Wilson. Congrats to their teachers, coaches, and the both of them.
Harford County Envirothon 2012
On May 3, 2012, Harford Christian School entered into the final leg of the 2012 Harford County Envirothon competition against the County public schools. After having won the County competition for five years in a row, other schools were purposed to crown a new Envirothon champion. After a grueling day of testing in soils, wildlife, forestry, aquatics, and a 5th selected topic, the Harford Christian team secured a 28 point margin of victory over the other schools by “owning” the soils, wildlife, and aquatics categories. Both A and B teams secured County Envirothon championships, along with the Spirit Award. The HCS Envirothon A Team will be heading west on June 20th and 21st to St. James Maryland where they will represent Harford County at the state level of competition. Congratulations Ada Stambaugh and students for continuing an amazing win streak. Click on the image below to view the photo album.
Spring MACSAC Championship
Saturday, May 12, 2012 was a busy day on the campus of Harford Christian School. HCS was the site of the 2012 Spring MACSAC (Md. Assoc. of Christian School Athletic Conference) championships. We hosted three baseball and three soccer matches beginning at 10:00 AM. Congratulations to the HCS girls’ junior high and varsity soccer teams who both were crowned conference champions. The junior high girls won an exciting 1-0 game while the varsity girls match saw eleven balls find the nets in a 7-4 victory against undefeated Mt. Airy Christian Academy.
Harford County Outstanding Scholars
On Wednesday evening, May 9, 2012, five Harford Christian School students were honored by the Harford County Delegates and Senators to Annapolis. We congratulate Lydia Moore, Sarah Miller, Vince Wilson, Brianna Coleman, and Brad Testerman for their scholarship and diligence. The event was hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Level Fire Company in Havre de Grace.
Alumni News – Natalie Myers Class of 2010
On May 17, 2012, Natalie Myers will be the Student Speaker at the 2012 Commencement for Harford Community College. Natalie was nominated by one of her professors, making her eligible for the audition process. After submitting a speech about the joys and challenges of college, a panel of judges, including Dean Hathaway, would decide which student should speak for his/her graduating class. They agreed that Natalie was the best candidate for Student Speaker. Congratulations Natalie!
MACS Elementary Fine Arts Results 2012
On Thursday, April 20, 2012, HCS students in the elementary grades attended the annual Maryland Association of Christian School’s Music Festival. We are delighted to share the festival results by student name and category. Great job HCS students! To view individual accomplishments: MACS 2012 Fine Arts Results
Senior Class Trip to The Wilds
At 12:15 AM on Monday, April 16, 2012, members of the senior class of 2012 departed by charter bus to Brevard, North Carolina. At about 2:30 PM they arrived at The Wilds, a Christian camp where they were joined by seniors from Christian schools from as far away as Puerto Rico and New York. The week was filled with exciting activities that included white water rafting, a challenging hike and climb, and other high energy events. Each day, the students were privileged to hear the Word of God preached by very able ministers. The energy-draining week ended on Friday night when the bus pulled into HCS around 10:30 PM. Along with their “smelly” laundry the seniors carried home lots of great memories. Click on the image below to view photo album. Enjoy!
MACS Elementary Fine Arts Results 2012
On Friday, March 23, 2012, a handful of HCS students in the elementary grades attended the annual Maryland Association of Christian School’s Speech and Academic Festival. We are delighted to share the festival results by student name and category. Great job HCS students! To view individual accomplishments: MACS 2012 Fine Arts Results
New Members Harford Christian Honor Society
On Thursday, March 29, 2012, nineteen new members were inducted into the Harford Christian School Honor Society. With the new induction group, HCS Honor Society is now 43 members strong. For a student to apply for HCS Honor Society membership, he/she must be in 10th through 12th grade, have a cumulative (from 9th grade) grade point average of 3.3 or higher, and possess a conduct/citizenship record that is above reproach. The many family members and friends present for the induction service congregated in the kindergarten basement for a tasty brunch after the service. We congratulate these students and commend Mrs. Penny McKnight and Mr. Adam Eshleman for a delightful event.
Pennies for Patients
Students raised $3748.88 for the Pennies for Patients fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This is three times the state-wide per-school average according to MD director. Total coins: 86,987 - Pennies: 68,533 (that’s 364.5 pounds!),Nickels: 5250,Dimes: 7763, and Quarters: 5441! Congratulations to all who participated in raising funds for this worthy cause.
German Department Receives More National Recognition
Harford Christian School’s German department continues to gain national and international exposure following the first-place finish in the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale video competition. The HCS production was pitted against much larger schools (high schools and universities) in the contest sponsored by the Goethe Institut of Chicago. The latest media attention came through the Newsletter of the American Association of Teachers of German, an extensive and thorough journal that reports on all aspects of the German language educational efforts, both here and abroad. One day after its publication, the newsletter had already had more than 1,000 hits. Check it out at the url below:
MACS Fine Arts Results 2012
On March 9, 2012, HCS students traveled to Westminster, MD to participate in the annual Maryland Association of Christian School Fine Arts Festival. We are delighted to share the festival results by student name and category. Congratulations HCS students! Click here for results. Click Here for results.
Excellence Fair 2012
“On Friday, March 2, 2012, the campus of Harford Christian School swung its doors open to family members and friends to visit the annual Excellence Fair. The kindergarten students and guests were visited by Black Rock Reptiles. Mr. Nick thrilled the audience with lizards and snakes of all types. Brave four and five-year-olds felt the texture of the cold-blooded creatures. Below “reptile world” in the basement, 5th graders proudly displayed their country projects. Visitors may have arrived with empty stomachs, but they left filled with cuisine from around the world. The students were eager to share their wealth of knowledge regarding their individual countries. In the high school lobby, 6th graders displayed their science projects. Tables were filled with interesting experiments and results. Also in the high school, grades 7-12 projects for art, English, and science were displayed. The Excellence Fair tour would not have been complete without a stroll through the elementary, where 1st graders showed off their Bible projects, 2nd graders their science projects, 3rd graders their history projects, and 4th graders their Maryland projects. It was a wonderful day to celebrate the excellence that is Harford Christian School.” Science Projects (click image below for album)
Jr. Hi Girls’ Basketballl – All My Might!
Coaches Mark Humes and Jenny Koppenhaver did not need to dream up great motivational speeches to ignite the jr. high girls who wore the Eagles basketball uniforms this season. Only a brief glance at this team on the court confirmed that they were an energetic, skilled, and hard-working group. Some foul trouble in their last game led to a disappointing loss in the MACSAC championship (to a team they had beaten during the regular season). The last game was their only loss of the season. We congratulate the girls along with coaches Humes and Koppenhaver on an amazing season and look forward to the years ahead!
Maryland All State Concerts
On February 25-26, 2012, three Harford Christian students represented our school and Harford County by playing in the 2012 All State Band Concerts, hosted by Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. With clarinet in hand, Nich Giro (8th grade) was only one of two Harford County students to make the elite cut for the 2012 All State Junior Band. Senior Brad Testerman (saxophone) and sophomore Patricia Good (flute) were two of only five students from Harford County to earn a chair in the 2012 All State Senior Band. These three students are commended for their music development and performance level, which has placed them among the most elite high school musicians in the state of Maryland.
Students of Miss East and Mrs. Peters were featured in a piano recital in the sanctuary of the Evangelical Methodist Church on Monday evening, February 27. With pieces ranging from “Chopsticks” to a Chopin “Waltz,” the young performers were rewarded with generous applause by an appreciative audience. Click to enlarge photo.
Maryland Legislative Luncheon
On Thursday, February 2, 2012, the leadership team of Harford Christian School travelled to Annapolis to join other pastors and administrators from the Maryland Association of Christian School (MACS) to host a luncheon for Md. senators and delegates. While many private school organizations lobby Annapolis with their hands out for money, textbooks, or other benefits, MACS leaders remind senators and delegates that Maryland Christian schools are not looking for state monies, but rather a continued protection of liberty to educate children in the truth of God’s Word.
Harford Christian German Video Takes First Place
The Harford Christian School German Department is in the news again. After securing one of only twenty awarded grants nationwide, Peggy Nickson and her German students produced a German video, Der Rattenfänger von Hameln, that would be judged against schools from around the nation. When the judging was complete, the German stage production brought home first place, edging out high schools from Colorado and Texas who finished 2nd and 3rd. For their efforts, a $500.00 cash award comes to the German department at Harford Christian. Congratulations Mrs. Nickson and students! read more …
Students Qualify for All-State Band
Three HCS students recently received great news regarding their MD All-State instrumental try-out. Brad Testerman (senior) has secured a seat in the senior high band for the second year running. Brad will serve as the “first chair” saxophonist in this year’s MD All-State Band. Patti Lynn Good (sophomore), while securing a junior high MD All-State Band position last year, will be holding down the senior high “third chair” flute this year. Finally, we congratulate Nich Giro (8th grade), for securing a clarinet chair in this year’s junior high MD All-State band. How blessed we are to have some of the finest student musicians in the state of Maryland right here at HCS!
Field Day at HCS
On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Mrs. Lefever and Mr. Olinger hosted kindergarten and elementary students for their annual field day. A beautiful 60 degree and sunny day was the backdrop for an exciting day of activities. Thanks, as well, are extended to a host of volunteer parents who assisted in running the field day stations.
Charles Riley Community Service Scholarship
On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, HCS senior Brianna Coleman was honored at the Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Banquet at Level Fire Company. Bri, along with eleven other seniors from Harford County Schools, received a $1,000.00 scholarship for her outstanding record of service, scholastic achievement, and involvement in school life. Congratulations Bri!
HCS Government Students Visit the Supreme Court
Thirty-eight government students from Harford Christian School attended an oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court last week. The case involved a passport/visa dispute between a Jewish family and the State Department. The students were able to hear several of the justices question the opposing attorneys in the case and have the rare opportunity to see the nation’s highest court in action. Following this they toured the U.S. Capitol and sat in on a session of the Senate. Mr. Fleming, HCS government teacher, said he believed it was an excellent field trip for observing two of the three branches of our constitutional government carrying on their work on a typical day.
Harford Christian Eagles MACSAC Soccer Campions
The Harford Christian School boys’ varsity soccer team completed an undefeated season on Saturday, October 22, 2011 by defeating Mt. Airy Christian Academy in the MACSAC (Md. Assoc. of Christian Schools) championship. At the end of regulation HCS and MACA were deadlocked in a 2-2 tie. After playing through two ten-minute overtimes, the match went to a penalty kick shoot-out. The HCS penalty kick takers did not miss and by the fourth kicker of five, HCS secured the overtime win and a perfect season. Goalkeeper Zachary Gischel was named MACSAC tournament most valuable player for his solid play through the tournament. The Eagles finish with 15 wins and 0 losses, allowing less than .5 goals per game and scoring 5.8 goals per game throughout the season.
HCS enjoyed two MACSAC championships in Saturday’s tournament. Our junior high boy’s soccer team also won over Grace of Bowie. Congratulations to the coaches and players.
Harford Center Fine Arts Competition Winner
Brad Testerman entered his “Red Flower” oil painting in the Harford Center’s Fine Arts Competition, held in Havre de Grace. Brad placed second in the “Oil on Canvas” category. God has blessed Brad with many gifts in the arts and we congratulate him for his accomplishments.
Seventh Annual HCS Benefit Golf Tournament
On October 6, 2011, more than eighty golfers rolled out in 20+ golf carts to their respective starting places on Geneva Farm Golf Course. The 7th Annual HCS Golf Benefit was a “grand” day. Our Lord provided a sunny seventy degree day after a soaking month of September. Kudos to Travis Henderson, Troy Henderson, Justin Cross, and David Cross on the low round of the day. These two father/son duos posted a 56 for the round of 18 holes. Their names will be engraved on the trophy as the 2011 winners. Over thirty thousand dollars were raised for the HCS athletic department. Thank you golfers and sponsors for making the 7th Annual HCS Golf Benefit event another great success! We look forward to the facility and equipment enhancements to HCS athletics!
International Student Dormitory Dedication and Open House
On the evening of August 21, 2011, a newly renovated dormitory for Harford Christian School international students was officially dedicated to the cause of Christian education and the good news of Jesus Christ. After the evening service, more than one hundred members of the congregation joined neighbors from the community for a special time of dedication and open house. Dr. John McKnight, pastor of the Evangelical Methodist Church, led the dedication with a reading from God’s Word and a special time of prayer. The doors then opened for everyone to view the dormitory facility and enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshment. Mr. Nathan and Mrs. Erin McKnight will serve as the dormitory host parents who will soon greet students from South Korea into the facility.
Kindergarten Graduation, 2011
On Monday, June 13, 2011, the “cutest” program of the year happened on the campus of Harford Christian School. On this night, the K-4 and K-5 students graduated in grand style sporting their caps and gowns. Congratulations classes of 2023 and 2024!
Jr/Sr Banquet at Le Banquet
Talk about a good looking group of students! Over seventy HCS students made their way to historic Havre de Grace for the annual Jr/Sr Banquet. The event, sponsored by the junior class, was hosted at Le Banque. Le Banque was constructed in the early 1900′s and served as a bank for many decades. It is now a beautifully renovated facility with the ambiance especially suited for formal events. After a delicious meal and lots of photo “ops” the students were treated to a hilarious PowerPoint presentation of funny photos and even funnier captions. After lots of laughter, the evening came to a close and the students departed with a new set of great HCS memories.
HCS Seniors Hannah Schreiber and Connor Hartsock – Children’s Authors
Over the summer of 2010, seniors Hannah Schreiber and Connor Hartsock received great news. A picture book they worked on with yearbook adviser and children’s author Jennifer Reed, was accepted for publication. Guardian Angel Publishing out of St. Louis, MO has published, One in a Buzzillion. Jack Foster (http://jacktoon.blogspot.com/), from Lisle, Illinois is the illustrator. The story for 3-8 year olds is about a little bee named Buzzy. She has a hard time fitting in because she’s so small, but to her mother, she is one in a buzzillion! Buzzy soon learns that she’s important not just to her mother, but to the hive and realizes what unconditional love is all about. Congratulations Hannah and Connor!
HCS Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team – MACSAC Champions
On May 13th 2011, the Harford Christian girls’ varsity soccer team reeled in its 13th MACSAC (Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletics Conference) championship. The girls decisively defeated Mount Airy Christian Academy by a score of 5-1. Congratulations are extended to Coach Harley Parkes and Sharon Grant on yet another dominating season.
“Emma” On Stage
The HCS dramatic production department performed “Emma” on the stage of Harford Christian School on the Friday evening of April 29, 2011, and then provided an “encore” performance dessert theater on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The many audience members in both performances enjoyed entertainment of the highest order, compliments of some terrific student actors, directors, and tech crew.
Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation Awards
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, Ally Heatwole and Josh Petty were honored at the Richlin Ballroom for their accomplishments in the classroom, athletic arena, and service to the community. Ally and Josh each received $2,000.00 scholarships from the Al Cesky Scholarship Foundation for their outstanding high school records.
The Maryland House of Delegates sponsors a lovely banquet each year for the outstanding student scholars of Harford County. On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, HCS will send five representatives to the Outstanding Scholars Banquet in Level, MD. We are pleased to announce Josh Cornwell, Abby Edwards, Ally Heatwole, Taylor Nold, and Meghan Ptaszynski as this year’s representatives of Harford Christian School among the top students in Harford County.
Environmental Science Team Wins Envirothon Competition
On Thursday, April 28, 2011, the HCS Environmental Science Team entered Harford County competition, seeking its 5th straight County title. After a grueling day of testing competition in the midst of unstable weather, both the A-team and the B-team came home with 1st place finishes. Once again, Ada Stambaugh and her dedicated students finished “on top.”
Students Selected for All-State Band
Elite company! Freshman Patti Lynn Good and junior Brad Testerman have been selected to the Maryland All-State Band. Only one other time in HCS history has a student been selected for All-State Band. This year, Brad’s saxophone expertise and Patti Lynn’s flute proficiency add yet another page in the HCS history book. Congratulations Patti Lynn and Brad on this significant achievement!