Weatherford Christian School students walked away from the 6th Annual Parker County Attorney School Art Contest with big awards Friday, April 11th. Judy Kay Pope took home 1st Place in Mixed Media, Rhiann Travis placed 2nd and Jennah Foland placed 3rd. Jennah also placed 3rd in the photography category. All three young ladies are sophomores at the non-denominational Christian School.
The local art contest themed “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice” was held at the Parker County Courthouse Annex and was judged by Judge Susie Merkley and local artist Tucker McGee. Scholarships, cash and prizes were awarded in the following categories; Elementary mixed media, Junior/Senior Sculpture, Mixed Media, and Photography.Read More
World renowned Rodeo Announcer Bob Tallman, better known as the “Voice of Professional Rodeo” stopped by Weatherford Christian School’s elementary campus on Thursday to speak to over 150 students in grades Pre-K through 6th grade at their bi-weekly chapel. Mr. Tallman is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame, an eight time recipient of the distinguished PRCA Announcer of the Year award, has been inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Calgary Stampede Hall of Fame, and the St. Paul Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Mr. Tallman took time out of his busy schedule to visit with the WCS students about what school was like when he was growing up and the impact it and the teachers who taught him, have had on his life still today. He went onto tell about how he came to love the profession of rodeo and learned that he had a knack for announcing it. Mr. Tallman shared with the children that he attributes both his success in rodeo and business to his faith in Christ. He encouraged each of them to give of their time and efforts to continue to help others and to always turn to prayer for their every need and request.
The legendary voice of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the National Finals Rodeo was asked to speak by Mrs. Vick’s Kindergarten class of which Mr. Tallman’s twin grandchildren both attend.
Weatherford Christian School’s Cooper Bomar was recently named the Kiwanis Sophomore of the Year. The Weatherford chapter asked local and area students to fill out an application as well as provide grades, extra-curricular activities, school leadership involvement and community service hours. They each had to write four essays pertaining to each area. Cooper and a Madison Comstock from WHS were both chosen for this chapter of Kiwanis.Read More
WCS gala highlights school’s mission, raises funds
BY MICHELLE TYER – Weatherford Star-Telegram
Since its beginning in 2001, Weatherford Christian School has been actively involved in the community with the mission of raising up students and training them to be Christ-centered leaders.
WCS held a fundraising gala, titled “Picturing the Future of WCS,” Saturday to help raise the funds needed to support the school’s growth.
Starting with just 68 students, the school now teaches over 200 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Just this year, the school’s enrollment increased by 35 percent, leading to the decision to build a secondary building with construction scheduled to start April 1.
The WCS graduates of these first five years since their first graduating class have already been offered a total of more than $4 million in scholarships and are attending universities all over the nation, some already graduating with honors and entering the work force.
“Our graduates are excelling not only in their post secondary education but in their professional careers as well,” said Head of School Courtney McKeown.
While at WCS, students prepare for that further education and future career, but also learn to serve the community as they participate in partnerships with 30 different missions’ organizations, some local and others even international.
Looking toward the next year, McKeown said they plan to complete the secondary building for the fourth-12th grades and add AP science, social studies and English courses as well as an elementary baseball team – an announcement that brought cheers from some parents in attendance.
Earlier this year, over about five-weeks, WCS received more than half a million dollars in donations. Money raised through the fundraising meal and its silent and live auctions will complement those donations that will bring their plans to reality.
“God’s hand is on WCS,” McKeown said. “We look forward to the coming year.”
Brad McCoy, father of University of Texas’ former and current quarterbacks Colt and Case McCoy and a coach for 28 years, was the event’s featured speaker.
McCoy quoted President Abraham Lincoln as saying that if he was given eight hours to cut down a tree, he would take six hours to sharpen his ax. McCoy said that is exactly what WCS is doing – thoroughly preparing students for any mission they might face.
“Prepare the child for the path,” McCoy quoted his own mission statement. “Not the path for the child.”
McCoy praised WCS for and encouraged them to continue preparing students for their future and not merely protecting them from it. He said those shielded from that future have “never been allowed to fail or succeed on their own,” and may not be prepared when they one day face an issue without their parents’ protection.
Instead McCoy says WCS can prepare their students by sparking a passion in others, raising their game to improve their performance and accomplishing their mission while serving with their heart.
“If we’re not serving the school with our heart, then our motives are wrong,” McCoy said.
In the silent, super silent and live auctions, WCS raised thousands of dollars as they auctioned off items donated by local business such as a suite at a Texas Rangers game and a buck hunt and even sold a painting that the artist painted on stage during the auction.
“We are humbled by the experience,” McKeown said of donations received, even when they were not seeking them. She says they take this as a sign that they are heading in the right direction.
Music during the silent auction and the meal was provided by Kevin Townson, director of the Childbloom Guitar Program in Weatherford, and his students. Brent Baker, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Weatherford College and co-host of 89.5 FM radio’s morning show, served as emcee for the event.
This year’s Gala raised $133,500 benefiting WCS!
Students from the elementary campus at Weatherford Christian School competed Friday at the Annual ACSI Speech Meet. The academic competition was held at Harvest Christian Academy in Watauga with over 500 students from 19 different area schools, which is double the number of participants from last year’s meet. The following 18 students competed and received either a superior, excellent or good rating for their performance.
Tyler Leatherman – superior; silver medal
Rachael Chalmers – superior
Lexi Rodriguez – superior
Colton Bezner – excellent
Paige Bull – excellent
Lilly Butler – excellent
Piper Cristantielli – excellent
Ryan Hughes – excellent
Carson Leatherman – excellent
Camden McKeown – excellent
Landry Perkin – excellent
Landrie Austin – good
Sydney Carter – good
Leliani Finney – good
Jackson Floyd – good
Micah Hughes – good
Shyann Maddox – good
Kazey Olvera – good