GC Student Receives Congressman John Ratcliffe’s Rising Lone Star Award
Steve Bowers, Headmaster at Greenville Chrsitian School, is pleased to announce that graduate Camden McBride is the recipient of Congressman John Ratcliffe’s prestigious Rising Lone Star award. Mr. Jamie Baker, a representative from the Congressman’s staff, presented the Rising Lone Star Award to McBride at the school’s recent Award’s Assembly. Ratcliffe launched the Rising Lone Star award program in 2016 to recognize high school students throughout Texas’ 4th District who exhibit outstanding leadership or service in their schools and communities. The recipients are nominated for the Rising Lone Star by their principals, administrators or counselors.
The John Ratcliffe Rising Lone Star Award was created to recognize deserving high school students in the Fourth Congressional District of Texas who have demonstrated the potential to become an extraordinary member of the community through his or her acts of selfless service. The award could recognize someone for a single exceptional act or event or for cumulative acts of service and compassion that exemplify the true Spirit of Texas. The award does not seek to recognize students for athletic or scholastic achievement, which are properly recognized by other awards, as its focus is to ascribe honor for selfless service and sacrifice and to inspire the recipient or others to greater community service.
Camden McBride exemplifies this award. He is a young man who is continually seeking to serve others without recognition. Sherry Holland, GC’s Director of Development said, “He is not the visible leader, but the one who is quietly gathering others to set up for events, cleaning the school grounds of trash, setting up technology for assemblies, or pitching in to help a teacher or student. And he does this just because he sees a need.”
Greenville Christian has partnered with the Comido School in El Doret, Kenya. McBride has followed the association closely, and began a mowing lawns business to raise funds that he calls “Clippings for Kenya.” This support will come full circle when he travels this summer to the school to meet and work alongside the faculty and students he has been supporting. His quiet spirit and kindness will be a beacon of hope to children who are gaining an education to enable them to break the cycle of poverty. And his entrepreneurial mindset will be an encouragement of schoolwork plus hard work equals progress.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and the Rising Lone Star program gives us the opportunity to showcase young folks who’ve distinguished themselves. I look forward to seeing what they’ll accomplish as thoughtful, engaged members of the Northeast Texas community in the years to come,” Ratcliffe said.
Camden McBride is the son of Regina McBride and grandson of Nancy and Harold McBride of Greenville.
Greenville Christian Senior is First in Line at Baylor University
Lucero Limones, a graduate from Greenville Christian in May 2019. With eight acceptance letters from colleges and universities from across the nation, she chose Baylor University in Waco. When she begins her studies in the fall, she will also be a part of the University’s “First in Line” program, FIL. Limones is a first generation college student, so she applied to be a part of this prestigious program. Her recent acceptance into FIL, along with its generous scholarship award, will change the way she begins school in the fall and how she completes her degree in physiology. With 17% of Baylor’s undergraduate population being first generation students, the program was formed in 2016 to offer assistance and resources to students and their families. Baylor has Living-Learning Communities specifically dedicated for FIL recipients if they want to room with others in the program, and all FIL students get to move into the dorms in the fall before other students. Limones will be paired with a peer-leader, who is a first generation upperclassman. Additionally, she will be a part of the FIL Student Society which meets monthly. As Limones advances in her coursework, FIL students have access to paid internships and dedicated mentors to help ease the challenges of career decisions. Additionally, there are specific scholarships available to FIL students so they can participate in Global Baylor Initiative through study abroad. Baylor’s FIL program’s director, Dr. Mito Diaz-Espinoz, was a first generation student himself; therefore, he understands the experience of college assimilation and its challenges. His focus is to ease the transition for students and families alike so that the college experience is a successful one. Miss Limones is the daughter of Maria and Carlos Limones of Wolfe City, Texas, and has been a student at Greenville Christian since first grade.
Greenville Christian Student Begins Life-Long Goal
Ryan Blazier, a senior at Greenville Christian, will make headway to accomplishing one of his long-range goals. A student at GC since 7th grade, Blazier has always shown an interest in all things mathematical and scientific. In high school he was a member of the Robotics team, which advanced to State his junior year. He spent two summers at Embry Riddle’s Aeronautical University Aero/Astro Camps; one was at the Prescott, Arizona, campus, and the other at Daytona Beach, Florida, location. From these camps he decided his college choice was the Arizona campus.
Beyond his engineering interests, he has been a servant leader. As a SADD member and vice-president, he was a part of the Living Dead during Shattered Dreams, earned 6th in State on GC’s Academic Team for extemporaneous speaking, and was the assistant to the finance department for Student Council. He was Senior Class president, and a part of Congressman John Ratcliffe’s Leadership Program. Last summer he was selected to attend the American Legion’s Texas Boys’ State and Rotary’s Camp Ryla. He has been a part of our school’s annual dinner-theaters and been a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He continues to compete in martial arts as a 1st Dan Black Belt, and serves as an altar boy in his church, St. Williams.
These accomplishments are the marks of a dedicated student who has definite plans for his future. Next fall, Blazier will be at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott campus, majoring in aerospace engineering. However, the second level of his goal is to be a part of the US Air Force, so while a student he will also be a member of ROTC. At the end of his sophomore year he will be able to continue in the military program, but also sign his contract to serve his country following his college graduation. The final goal would for Blazier to be a US Air Force space operations officer. No doubt, he will suceed!
Dan Davis Scholarship
Greenville Christian School’s dual-credit program began in 2003 with Dan Davis teaching macroeconomics to seniors. His commitment to academic excellence spurred our school’s dual credit program to now include 8 different dual-credit courses that allows seniors to graduate with up to 29 college credit hours.
Davis graduated from Duncanville High School in 1964 and attended the University of Texas at Arlington. Before beginning his final semester in 1968, he was drafted for service in the Vietnam Conflict. Serving as a remote medic until 1970, he lived in the jungles beyond enemy lines, locating wounded American soldiers and providing triage. He would then work to stabilize them until chopper pilots could safely land and transport the wounded to clinics. His service earned him the Purple Heart; two Silver Stars, the third highest decoration for Distinguished Valor in a combat zone; two Bronze Stars for Valor; and an Army Commendation medal for Valor. After he completed his term of service, he returned to college to complete his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1972. In 1977 he earned his Certified Public Accountant license, CPA, and spent the next 27 years in corporate accounting. Continuing his pursuit of knowledge, Davis graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2001 with his Masters in Business Administration, MBA. While a student he was selected by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the top three MBA graduates at A&M-Commerce, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Students in Finance and Economics. Additionally, he was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society. By 2003, he was 1 of 4 individuals admitted into the Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of North Texas. It was during this year waiting to begin his Ph.D. that he taught Economics at Greenville Christian School and Texas A&M-Commerce.
Davis’ professional career was stellar as well. Once graduated from college in 1972, he worked as an accountant and controller at several businesses in the Metroplex. Then, when he and his family moved to Greenville, he was CFO for the International Cassette Corporation until it closed in 2000. His next position was Director of Accounting at Texas A&M-Commerce until he chose to enter the teaching field.
Although Dan Davis’ professional accomplishments were impressive, the true heart of the man was his service to others. At Greenville Christian when the elementary building was being built, he volunteered to custom design, construct, stain, and install all the bookcases and cubbies to fit into each classroom. It took months to accomplish this gift he gave to the school, and one that is still used by every teacher in that building. Also, he and his family were members of Aldersgate Church where he was an active part of the men’s ministry. He passed away June 11, 2004, from leukemia that stemmed from his serving as a medic in the Vietnamese jungles that were permeated with Agent Orange, an herbicidal defoliant.
Dan Davis set a standard of working, learning and teaching that made a true difference. Even within his own family, education was important. Sandy, his wife, taught first grade at Greenville Christian School for 19 years. Their two daughters also graduated from the school, Christine Davis Mize in 1990 and Jenny Davis Hay in 1993. Christine’s profession closely follows her father’s; she earned two Masters degrees, one in business and the other in finance. She is a senior accountant in the metroplex. Jenny holds a Master’s degree in Nursing and is the Director of Nurses for an Emergency Room and Trauma program at a Dallas hospital.
The Dan Davis Dual Credit Scholarship is awarded each fall to qualifying juniors and seniors. While it was initially funded by generous memorials in Dan Davis’ memory, it is now maintained by faculty. The example he set to do your best in school is reflected in every graduating senior who has earned any dual credit hours.
This year’s recipients are front row, left to right, Amber Guthrie, daughter of Deborah and George Guthrie; Brenna Weaver, daughter of Cheryl Bahm and Brian Weaver; and Zoe Pittsinger, daughter of Jennifer Pittsinger and Tim Pittsinger. The back row is Ethan Daniel, son of Kam and Lynn Daniel; Griffin Standridge, son of Randee Standridge; Samuel Pitts, son of Ivy and Joel Pitts; Nathan Pitts, son of Amber and Jim Pitts; and Ryan Blazier, son of Lupe and James Blazier.
GCS Student Earns First in State
GCS junior, Meredith Kinnard, has been sharpening her academic competition skills all year. As a member of the school’s academic team, in the fall she began preparing to compete in numerous events in area speech tournaments and district testing.
In January, Kinnard entered the Stonegate Invitational Speech Tournament and earned 1st Place for original oratory and 2nd for persuasive speaking. Then several weeks later, she competed in Greenville’s Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest. Her original speech was based on a Star Trek theme that targeted bullying,.” Boldly Go Where No Speech has Gone Before,” earned her 1st Place and advanced her to the Metroplex area competition in March. There, she advanced to the semi-final round. In April was the State TAPPS Academic Meet, of which Kinnard was a strategic competitor for Greenville Christian. She entered five events: original oratory, debate, science test, calculator, and social studies. Once again, for her speech on bullying, she received 1st in State, and in the debate area, she earned 8th.
Meredith is the daughter of Carla and Brian Kinnard of Greenville.
Greenville Christian upper classmen attend College Fair
The 11th and 12th grade students at Greenville Christian recently attended a College Fair sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, TX. Admission representatives from over 180 private and public colleges and universities were present to talk to students, distribute literature about their particular schools, and address any questions of the students. The schools ranged from many Texas schools to also those throughout the continental United States. For the 11th graders from GC, they had the opportunity to be introduced to many schools and begin the conversation about college and their future academic choices. The 12th graders spent time solidifying choices and having specific questions answered by the college representatives.
GCS names 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Greenville Christian’s Headmaster Steve Bowers is pleased to announce Jason Kyle Weeks is this year’s valedictorian, and salutatorian is Kaleb Andrew Felder.
GCS Juniors Selected for 2018 Boys State
Mr. Bowers, Headmaster of Greenville Christian School, is pleased to announce that Ryan Blazier and Camden McBride, two juniors from the school, have been selected by the area American Legion Post to attend this summer’s Texas Boys State. Selection of the local organization is based in part on the young man’s strong academic performance, excellent Interpersonal skills, exhibited leadership, and solid oratorical skills. Once selected, campers attend the five-day event that is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a unique, participatory program where each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government.
In 1935, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, Illinois Legionnaires, saw the need to offer a program to high school boys that countered the fascist-inspired ideology presented in Young Pioneer Camps. To that end, Kennedy and Card’s initial camp was held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, and today, it is in 48 states. Texas Boys State has been in operation since 1939, and is currently held at the University of Texas campus. At Texas Boys State, the “camper citizen” has the opportunity to learn for himself that his government is just what he makes it! Citizens of Texas Boys State use the “Learn By Doing” approach to leadership by taking part in the political process. This supplements what they learn in the classroom by having a practical opportunity to learn leadership skills through role-play civic exercises. Citizens of Texas Boys State not only will be required to review knowledge already acquired concerning the political machinery of a state, but they will find themselves running for office as real candidates do in the everyday world. At Texas Boys State, citizens organize their own city, county and state governments, and they choose their own officials in accordance with regular election procedures. In addition, they learn the duties of the various city, county, and state officers, and they introduce and argue their own bills in a Legislature.
“We are very proud of Camden and Ryan being selected for this prestigious opportunity, and we certainly appreciate the local American Legion Post making it available to our students,” said Bowers. Ryan is the son of Lupe and James Blazier of Greenville, and Camden in the son of Regina and Bryan Allen also of Greenville.
Photo is Ryan Blazier on left and Camdem McBride on right