Where May 2014

May 2014
“...But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;” from Isa. 40:31
Publication of Elyria Christian School
Volume 18, Issue
A Letter From the Administrator—Mr. Phillip Gray II
John Nachtigall
May Fete
May 7,8
McPherson Lakeside Park
Nathan Diederich
All Schools Day
May 9
No School
High School Graduation
May 10
4:00 pm
Governor’s Scholar —
Kendra Selzer
Kindergarten Graduation
May 13
7:00 pm
ECS Auditorium
Eighth Grade Graduation
May 15
7:00 pm
National Honor Society—
Seniors -Nathan Diederich, John Nachtigall, Kendra Selzer, Audrey Unruh
Juniors - Anna Adamyk, Addison Fields, Olivia Ingram, Quentin Pease
Last Day of School
May 16
Kansas State Scholar —
John Nachtigall
First Day of School
August 27
Kansas Curriculum Completers —
Nathan Diederich, John Nachtigall, Allan Williford
Where Eagles Soar
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Seniors Travel to Wisconsin
Twelve seniors, four sponsors, two vehicles,
and a thirteen hour drive—Senior Mission Trip!
Camp Forest
Springs, a nondenominational
Christian camp in
northern Wisconsin,
was the sight the
seniors chose to
work the week of March 30-April 5. Mrs. Julie Diederich, class
sponsor, was accompanied by Mrs. Debra Selzer, Mr. David
Thiessen, and Mr. Mark Nachtigall, all parents of current seniors. The camp is open year round, with youth and family
camps in the summer, and retreat groups during the fall and
winter months. Most of their full-time staff are on missionary
support, and they hire college students to help in the summer. The Thiessens have been regular campers there , thus
the connection for the ECS seniors to
work there.
A variety of work projects were
ready for the seniors to tackle. Bathroom tile was chiseled out and replaced. Ceiling tiles
Austin Paulson
were taken out to
check for mold, then
walls were filled with new insulation, and new ceiling tiles
went in. One group of girls
spread glue and laid new carpet squares while another
group restocked supplies in
the gift shop. After the group Knackstedt
enjoyed a rousing game of ice
hockey in the barn, the boys and Mr. Thiessen
chopped out the ice and hauled it away the
next day to get ready for the summer season.
In order to beat a snowstorm coming in, the
group left camp a day early headed
for Minneapolis. They learned the
camp did get 15 inches of snow
after they left. With two nights stay
at the Embassy Suites, and a day of
fun at the Mall of America, everyone could say it was a wonderful
Mrs. Debra Selzer and
Audrey Unruh
Students Travel Far for Missions
On the invitation of a friend, John
Prieb, 11th, traveled with a group from
Inman to the village of Solola, Guatemala. Here they spent ten days working
John Prieb walks in the at the Eagle's Nest Orphanage. The orvillage of Solola.
phanage is owned and run by a couple
named Pedro and Felice.
John was involved in building a classroom, fixing walls, and
playing with the children.
“I enjoyed that the most,” John said, referring to the children.
John is very interested in missions. Last year he traveled to
Mexico for a short-term trip.
“I hope to go again, if the Lord
wills,” he said.
The African country of Ethiopia
was the destination for freshman
Madilynn Allen’s trip in February.
Madilynn and a group from her
church visited orphanages and a
women’s hospital.
“We passed out gifts and Bibles
and showed God’s love,” Madilynn
Madilynn Allen, 9th, and
friends in Ethiopia.
Madilynn would definitely go to
another country again.
Senior Art Students Earn Awards
Elyria Christian High School seniors,
Grace Applequist and John Nachtigall,
received awards in the 2014 Kansas
Regional Scholastic Art Competition.
Grace’s winning art works are charcoal
drawings titled, ‘Flower Of Zimbabwe’Gold Key, ‘Silent Tragedies’ – Silver Key, ‘Essence Of Elegance’ –
Honorable Mention, ‘Wide Eyed And Bushy Tailed’-Honorable Mention. John was awarded a Silver Key for his acrylic painting titled,
‘Lonely Mesa’. All winning art work will be on display at the Wichita
Center for the Arts, in Wichita, KS. The Exhibition opens to the public on February 4th and ends with a closing honorary reception on
March 9th, 2014.
PHOTO INFO: Grace Applequist and John
Nachtigall with their winning artwork and
Elyria’s art teacher Mrs. Lori Martin-Price.
Photo credit- Katherine Ropp
Where Eagles Soar is published three times a year by Elyria Christian School and distributed free of charge as a service to those who are interested in its educational ministry. Correspondence is welcomed. Address it to: Where Eagles Soar; Elyria Christian School; 1644 Comanche Road, McPherson KS 67460. Office
phone: (620)241-2994. Fax: (620)241-1238. Elyria Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin in its
hiring practices, educational/activity programs, admissions policies, or financial aid.
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Volume 18, Issue 3
Feature Staff—Mr. Bobby Childs
My name is Bobby Childs and I am
currently the High School and Junior
High Athletic Director at ECS. I also
teach High School Bible for sophomores and juniors, and Dual Credit
classes like Speech and Personal Finance. My background is growing up
with a wonderful family in the Pacific
Northwest. We spent time living near
Seattle (home of the 2014 Super Bowl Champs!) and also in
Oregon (Go Ducks!). I have one brother, two years younger
than I am. We grew up playing any type of sports we could,
both of the organized fashion and the neighborhood variety.
That is where my love for sports comes from. After my freshman year of high school I became a Christian and dedicated
my life to serving God. My life switched from a self serving
lifestyle to serving Christ in any way possible. When I became a Christian I originally thought that meant I had to totally abandon my love of sports, but today God allows me to
combine my passion for Him and my passion for sports and
use that to impact students.
My wife and I met in college at Cedarville University
in Ohio and were married after we both finished college. We
have been married for six years this July. We moved from
Ohio two years ago and enjoy living in McPherson. Our hobbies are working out, watching television, and serving at
church together.
ECS is full of great people. I enjoy working with the
staff and students and can’t wait to keep leading future generations of students.
Chair Care Athletic Project
What: The purchase of 30 padded sideline chairs for athletic
teams in the ECS gym.
When: For athletic events in the fall of 2014
How: Each chair costs $80. You may purchase 1 or more
chairs and have your business or family name on the chair
Why: ECS is constantly looking for ways to care for people
as they come to our facilities. We have been able to create a
good environment for athletic guests and desire to continue
If you would like to join us in this project, please contact
Bobby Childs, Athletic Director, at the school. You may
send a check to Elyria Christian School (memo: Chair
Thanks for your partnership!
Under the Sea
High School Banquet
A Black Light Affair
Only a junior or a junior parent knows what it takes
to put on a high school banquet. There are several
years of raising money, then months of planning and
preparation to bring it all together on one
night in spring.
Class sponsor Mrs. Lori Price, the juniors and their parents followed tradition
and created an awesome evening on April
26. With an underwater theme and black
light effects, the
Spencer Kaufauditorium was
man on the
transformed into
an ocean scene,
complete with floating fish and
a submarine. Punch and appetizers preceded a delicious
Freshmen Misha Redenbaugh,
Abbey Rush, Madilynn Allen,
Emceeing the evening were Sara Ensz and Stephanie Roberts met at Lakeside Park for
juniors Addison Fields and
pictures before their first banMatthew Gemmer. Guests
were entertained with a quiz,
“How Well Do You Know Your Seniors” and Mr. Greg
Fields narrated a
video the
juniors created to
spoof the
gifts were
presented to Anna Adamyk and Micah
Redenbaugh, 11th, get ready
the seniors, for the Survivor game.
the afterSeth Prieb, 9th, runs party commenced in the gym. With a
against the bungee
cord to make a goal. Survivor theme, the classes competed
against each other, plus enjoyed an
inflatable bungee game and photo booth. Prizes were
awarded throughout the evening.
Eating out with their family,
Addison Swenson, 1st, and
Alexus Swenson, 3rd, join
other Elyria families at
Freddy’s Frozen Custard &
Steakburgers in McPherson
for Elyria Night at Freddy’s.
Many ECS people came out
to help the school earn 15%
of sales from 5:00-9:00 on
April 7.
ALUMNI Highlights
Senior students are
currently taking a class
called Life Skills, taught
by Mrs. Rhonda Stucky.
The focus of the class is
to give these soon-tobe -o ut -i n-t h e-wo r ld
chance to learn about
Matt Tippin, Kasey Aroum, and Jeremy Nellife skills they will need son answer questions about college choices.
when they are out on
their own. The students offered their requests of topics to study,
along with a variety of projects planned by Mrs. Stucky.
Elyria alumni and other adults have come to the class to share
their experiences on various levels. A recent class heard from a
panel on topics such as how to choose a college, how to decide on
a major, deal with college debt and student loans, or choose work
versus attending college. Matt Tippin ‘05, graduated from K-State
and dental school in Kansas City. He is currently a dentist with
Tippin Dental Group in Newton and Park City. Kasey Aroum, ECS
Class of 2000, did not go to college and got married after graduation. She is currently a self-employed Pampered Chef consultant
with 35 team members under her. Each member of the panel offered their perspective on college, work, and student debt.
Mr. Jeremy Nelson, former ECS student and teacher, is a
teacher and coach at Central Christian College. He advised the
students, “Have a plan! Be responsible. If you want to be an adult,
act like one. Don't come to college and skip classes to take a nap.
Pray a lot and look for His direction.”
Another panel discussion involved three married couples including ECS alum Jacob Kaufman and his wife Bobbie, Jeremy and Carol
Nelson, and Jon and Lynn Black. They shared advice on centering
dating and marriage relationships in Christ, staying committed, and
realizing that children will bring changes.
May Fete Royalty
King—Nate Diederich
Queen—Kendra Selzer
Junior Attendants—Addison Swenson and
James Pyle (not pictured)
Alumni News
Brenton and Laura Froese ‘06 had a daughter, Amber
Leigh, on March 25, 2014. She weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz.
Brenton is in security forces at Offutt Air Force Base in
Omaha, Nebraska.
Jake and Angela (Swenson ‘98) Ramstack had a daughter,
Karsen Elizabeth, on March 25, 2014. She weighed 9 lbs.
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