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Right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson (2009) is selected by The Chicago Cubs
Johnson, 24, is 22-13 with a 2.50 ERA (91 ER/327.0 IP) in 65 minor league appearances, all but three as a starter, in four minor league seasons since being selected by the Cubs in the compensation round (43rd overall) of the 2012 Draft out of Missouri State University. He has struck out 309 batters in 327.0 innings pitched while limiting opponents to a .226 batting average against.
Click to read the article: Pierce Johnson, a Chicago Cub
The Fray is a pop-rock band that started in 2002 from Faith Christian alumni. On September 26, 2015 they performed for
Pope Francis in Philadelphia during his USA visit.
Click to read the article: The Fray to perform for Pope Francis
Derek McCartney's (2012) dandy debut came with a heavy heart
Derek McCartney, grandson of former CU coach Bill McCartney, hopes to build on outstanding freshman season at defensive end
The Denver Post, By John Meyer Posted: 08/23/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT
BOULDER — Derek McCartney had an outstanding redshirt freshman season at defensive end for Colorado in 2014, but he did it with a heart grieving the loss of two loved ones.
Emphysema took his grandmother, Lyndi — the wife of former CU coach Bill McCartney — in May 2013. Then he lost his high school sweetheart, Kaylee McBeth, to an inoperable heart tumor in January 2014. She had been on a transplant waiting list.
Read the full Denver Post story here: Denver Post interviews Derek McCartney
One of the greatest accomplishments earned in Spring of 2015 was Aaron Aguero’s Boettcher Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship allows the recipient to attend the school of their choice for free for all four years of their education. The award was well deserved as Aaron led his senior class in so many ways. Overcoming adversity due to injuries on the football field, Aaron nonetheless poured into his teammates and was an integral part of the football team. He along with Lauren Yaffe did an incredible job guiding their classmates into worship each week during chapel. Aaron also played the lead role of Jean Valjean in this year’s ambitious and wonderful production of Les Miserables. Having attended FCA since Kindergarten, Aaron is both well-known and highly respected by students and staff alike. What an exciting honor for him to become the second FCHS winner of the Boettcher Scholarship.
Rachel Olsson - 2013 I am currently a Junior at Arizona State University studying Social work. I am very very actively involved on my campus with a missional church where we do a lot of on-campus ministry. We do bible studies throughout the week and throw large events to engage students and give them a community to belong in. In the university I am the president of a large club on campus standing against Sexual assault by building a culture of respect between men and women on the college campus. This past summer I moved to Ecuador to work in an orphanage and do missions work for a few months and it was an absolutely incredible experience. I am considering looking into mission related jobs with organizations around the world after graduation. God continues to absolutely rock my world each and every day and has become such a prominent part of my life! I love what I am doing and am excited to see what the future holds.
Ben Marsh – 2012 Salutatorian Ben has been attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Ok for the past 4 years. Today he is a Senior majoring in Marketing. He has enjoyed dorm life and has been an Academic Personal Advisor for the past 3 years taking on the Head APA position for the last 2 years helping the guys in his dorm with their accountability and struggles with the academic workload of college life. He has been to the Philippines and South Africa on ORU Missions trips and is now working as a Missions Coordinator with the Missions Department. He has made lasting friends and his future is very promising as he pursues the plans that God has for him in Marketing and missions.
Deron Rindels- 2010 is an undergraduate at Wheaton College in Illinois. He writes, “I’ve been blessed by the strong Christian community here as well as by the friendships I’m making. I am loving it here and also being challenged in my faith.”
Eunho Kim - 2010 was a Korean Exchange student who attended Faith Christian High School during his sophomore, junior and senior years, after struggling to adjust in a local public school during his freshman year. He graduated in 2010, as an honor student and recently wrote an email to his 12th grade English teacher, Steve Twedell, sharing exciting news about the next phase of his education. Here are Eunho’s comments:
"I just found out that I was accepted into Yonsei University! It is the most prestigious college in all of Korea. It would be like an Ivy League School in the US. All of your help was huge to me in this process! I know that your recommendation letter played a big role in my acceptance! Also, I received a full ride scholarship for four years!"
"Thank you SO MUCH! You are the best TEACHER!!! When I read the acceptance letter from Yonsei, I screamed, cried, etc.... because I was so happy! If I get a chance to go visit the U.S., I will definitely go to FCA to see you and the other teachers who all helped to prepare me so well for college!!!"
Shelby Bartusek - 2009 attends Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy.
She also leads a small group Bible study once a week for the girls in her residence hall.
Kali Hasz - 2009 completed a one-year internship at Teen Mania’s Honor Academy in east Texas, after graduating from FCA. She is about to finish her first semester at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where she is studying Psychology.
Eric Pellish – 2009 is currently attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he intends to double major in Electrical Engineering and Religious Studies. He is the Vice President of the Global Ethical Leadership Society at Case Western and recently returned from a service trip to Vietnam.
David Morris - 2008 is an FCA grad who has a heart for missions. He works with King’s Kids Ministries, a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission), in their church-planting ministry. David is pictured here with a Crow Native American.
Scott Roche - 2008 named to Division III Capital One Academic All-America Football Team
Wheaton, Ill. – Wheaton College seniors J.J. Clark and Scott Roche have been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Football Team for Division III. Wheaton was one of six schools to have more than one selection to the team. This season, the duo helped lead Wheaton to an 8-2 overall record in 2011.
Clark earned Second Team Academic All-America selection at tight end. He is a History major at Wheaton with a 3.74 cumulative grade point average. Clark caught 16 passes this season, playing in every game at tight end for the Thunder. He totaled 163 receiving yards on the season, averaging of 10.2 yards per catch, with a touchdown reception.
Roche, a Second Team honoree and kicker, is a Business/Econ. and Geology double-major at Wheaton with a 3.48 cumulative grade point average. A D3football.com First Team All-North Region pick earlier this week, he made 13 of his 16 field goal attempts this season. He booted a season-long field goal of 49 yards at UW-Platteville. Roche has 40 career field goals and is tied for 12th all-time in Division III history. He is one of only 17 kickers in the history of Division III to have 40 or more field goals.
The Capital One Academic All-America program honors student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level in athletics and in the classroom. Members of the eight First Team Academic All-District squads in each Division advance to the national ballot, where they have the opportunity to be selected for the ESPN Academic All-America Team. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA; a 2,000-plus member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
Through the years, 46 Wheaton student-athletes have earned a total of 61 Academic All-American selections through the prestigious program. Since 2000 there have been 36 Academic All-American selections from Wheaton.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III, NAIA and junior colleges covering all NCAA championship sports.
Sarah Smith - 2008 graduated from US Merchant Marine Academy in June 2012 with a bachelors in Marine Systems Engineering. After graduation, Sarah decided to go ARMY and she has been commissioned with the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Army Combat Engineering group.
Tim Thaler - 2008 was on the Dean’s List and is a junior at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake. Tim’s bachelor’s degree is in math and he minored in music. During Tim’s freshman year at Utah, he was in the marching band and marched in the Sugar Bowl in 2009. He is currently on staff at Faith Christian Academy teaching math and physics at the high school. He also is one of the middle school band directors.
Amber Weingartner - 2008 is planning on finishing up her junior and senior year at Dordt College, a small Christian college in northwest Iowa. She says, "I am thankful for an environment in which I can be challenged in my faith, enjoy lasting friendships, continue my education, and develop life-skills. FCA did a wonderful job preparing me for college-life, and I consider my high school experience invaluable for academics, athletics, frienships, and my Christian walk."
Matt Zevenbergen - 2007 is a senior Mechanical Engineering student at Colorado State University. His involvement with the FCA Robotics program provided him with experience that he used during his college internship at Wolf Robotics. Now that he has graduated from the internship program, Matt has become a regular employee of Wolf. He will finish his senior year at CSU, while continuing to work at the company. Matt is also a member of the Army National Guard.
Ben Allen – 2006 graduated summa cum laude from Colorado School of the Mines in May of 2010, where he received the outstanding Electrical Engineering student award his senior year. He is scheduled to finish his Masters in EE in May of 2011.
Isaac Lewis - 2006 has been taking Jesus to the poor of Mexico for the past five years, and most recently, India. This past summer he invested time traveling through India with a team of missionaries praying for the sick, seeing the Lord heal many, sharing the gospel with those who had never heard the name of Jesus Christ and seeing them enthusiastically accept His love and forgiveness. This fall Isaac is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO, with the intent of continuing his work in full time mission work.
Andy Thaler - 2006 graduated summa cum laude from Utah University in Salt Lake City in Math (2010). He also played in the symphonic band and the orchestra while he was an undergraduate student. Andy is now completing his post-doctoral work at the University of MN at the Institute of Mathematics & It’s Applications. During Andy’s doctorate tenure, he travelled to France, Korea, and China attending world-wide conferences and giving papers. He is married and has two children.
Leah Zevenbergen Deal - 2006 was in charge of the Art Guild at Christ Community Church, while studying Graphic Design at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She did numerous graphics and visual art projects for the church’s sermon series and events. She is currently working part-time for a small design firm and continues to volunteer at Grace Church in Arvada.
Stephen Cerf - 2005 was accepted into The Boston Conservatory one year after graduating from FCA and having played the lead in Music Man. Stephen decided to pursue a career in Theater Arts, and moved to New York City in January of 2010 and was awarded a part in "Fiddler on the Roof." He then did a production in Massachusetts with a lead role in "Gypsy." Stephen is currently on a 10-month tour of the United States and Canada with a Broadway production tour of "Spamalot." He will be performing in most states throughout the year. Stephen believes that the Lord’s blessing has enabled him to achieve these personal goals thus far.
Matt Hegarty - 2004 graduated #6 in his Law School Class of 2010 at Liberty University, where he also served as the Chaplain of his class. He is now clerking for a Federal Judge in Denver.
Jeremy McCaslin - 2004 received a BA in Physics in 2008 from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. From there, he went on to the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he earned an MS in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. He is still at CU-Boulder, where he is working on a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and doing research in fluid mechanics.
Kristi Zevenbergen McFarland - 2004 is a cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (2008) in Shawnee, with a degree in Public Relations. Her career in university support started at OBU in the Public Relations office. Following that, she worked at Durham University (England) as a support staff member of the Social Studies faculty. Her newest responsibilities at Durham have her working in the International Office as a university representative in Asia.
Raleigh Fisher and Heather Sanders – 2004 were FCA high school sweethearts who married. They now have a son, Liam Moses Fisher. Raleigh graduated cum laude from CU in 2009, with a degree in Architectural Engineering and Heather graduated the same year, with a degree in English. They live in California where Raleigh is finishing his Masters in Structural Engineering at Stanford University. They hope to move back to Colorado after graduation.
Erin Twedell - 2004 received a BA in Strings Pedagogy (2005) from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She is now back in Colorado where she teaches music at both Beth Eden Baptist and the Silver State School. Erin also coaches volleyball at FCA. She plays violin with the Aurora Symphony and has started a strings class at an inner-city elementary school in Denver.
Ben Gilliland- 2003 graduated from both Stanford University Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program and its Aero-Astro Engineering Master’s Program. He also just recently graduated from a Pilot Training Program at Shepard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was in the Joint Jet Training Program – ENJJPT where US Pilots train with Euro-NATO Pilots and instructors and was awarded the aeronautical rating of pilot. Ben will attend additional training in Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals and then will move into his assigned aircraft, the F-22.
Allison Scarlett – 2003 is working with All Nations ministry in Cape Town, South Africa. In her ministry there, she works to provide health care and job retraining skills to prostitutes. She is also involved in All Nations' Baby Safe Drop, a ministry that allows women in difficult situations to relinquish the care of their babies without legal recrimination. The ministry was created to provide an abortion alternative to women in crisis pregnancies.
Reid Zevenbergen - 2003 received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M in 2008 and 2009, respectively. While he was in school at College Station, Reid played in the Aggie band and served as the commander of his unit with the A&M Corps. He also served as the Honor Color Guard for the state of Texas. He is currently working as an engineer on a large pipeline project for Schlumberger, in Houston.
Carrie Mitchell – 2002 graduated #1 in her Law School Class of 2008 at Liberty University. She is now clerking for a Federal Judge in Washington,D.C.
Veronica Morris - 2002 graduated from Regis University as a nurse with an RNBSN. She has chosen to work in missions. Currently, Veronica is with the King’s Kids ministry in Denver. One of King’s Kids’ key areas of involvement is church planting. Veronica also spent a year in Mozambique with King’s Kids working in an orphanage.
Emily Green - 2002 worked as an English teacher at Bangkok Christian College in Bangkok, Thailand from April 2007-April 2012. During that time, she started serving in a Thai congregation and became a full time missionary with the Church of God in April 2012. Her outreach consists mostly of teaching English and doing children’s ministry in the low income community around her church in Bangkok.
Melissa Hahn - 2000 was married to Sean Nelson in June of 2008. They both have Masters degrees from Denver Seminary. Melissa’s degree is in Counseling. She currently works as a counselor/advisor for an online high school and hopes to start a counseling service for children and adolescents.
Jason Maxwell – 1998 performed in The Chosen at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center on South Dahlia in Denver. Jason was the narrator/grown up, Reuven Malter, in the play, which is based on Chiam Potek's novel of the same name. On the surface, The Chosen is a Jewish story with Jewish issues and characters. However, the play transcends the setting to address universal issues such as friendship and father-son relationships.
Michelle Holroyd Williamson – 1997 says that she is “working part-time as a family physician in rural Wisconsin and working full-time as a mom to my seventeen-month old son.” Michelle went to medical school and did her residency in Wisconsin, as did her husband.
Dave Keanini - 1978 is a vice president at Western Gas. Western Gas owns, operates, acquires and develops midstream energy assets. The company operates in Texas, the Midwest and the Rockies.
Faith Christian Alumni Excelling Athletically
Since 1992, Faith Christian High School has was won 26 State Championships, while 104 graduates have received scholarships to compete in Division I or II college athletic programs. Many more graduates have received scholarships to NAIA or Division III programs as well. Currently 21 FCA student athletes are competing at 15 different Division I or II schools during the 2011-2012 season.
FCHS College Athletes Who are Currently Competing:
Marcus Banister - University of Wyoming - Rodeo
Shelby Bartusek - Grand Canyon University - Women’s Soccer
Brinley Benson - Colorado School of Mines - Women’s Softball
David Bote - Liberty University - Baseball
Seve Carbajal - Colorado Christian University - Baseball
Isaac Cowles - University of North Carolina Charlotte - Men’s Soccer
Aubrey Fondy - Metropolitan State College - Women’s Soccer
Chase Grabau - Idaho State University - Basketball
Maria Griego - Metro State College - Softball
Leigh Heffner - Tennessee Tech University - Women’s Soccer
Pierce Johnson - Southwest Missouri State University - Baseball
Michael’Ann Karas - Metropolitan State College - Women’s Soccer
Adrienne Lettow - University of Colorado - Track & Field
Hayden Loudenslager - Baylor University - Track & Field
Evan Marshall - University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs - Track & Field
Breann McBeth - Colorado Christian University - Women’s Basketball
Josh McBeth - Colorado Christian University - Basketball
Levi Ostrom - Western State College - Football
Myndee Thompson - Ft. Lewis College - Women’s Softball
Alex Vigil - Colorado School of Mines - Football
Jobi Wall - Seattle Pacific University - Basketball
Abram Ziemer - Colorado Christian University - Basketball