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In the Student Spotlight

October, 2021
Congratulations to Brooklyn Freeman
Brooklyn Freeman
 
Brooklyn Freeman, a junior at Northland, decided to audition for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Choir instead of the smaller all-state choir for just private school students. In order to do this, she is competing against high school students from the biggest school districts around. Her first round of auditions, District, had her competing against students from public schools in the Spring, Spring Branch, Humble and Aldine Independent School Districts. She placed first in that round and moved on to Region, again facing students from public schools in our area including Porter, New Caney, and Galena Park in addition to Spring, Spring Branch, Humble and Aldine ISDs. After competing against these 5A and 6A public high schools she again placed first! 
 
Brooklyn will move onto the next round of auditions, Pre-Area, on December 2 where she will face even more students from public high schools across Texas.
 
According to TMEA, of the more than 70,000 Texas high school students who compete in All-State each fall, only 1,800 are chosen to be a part of one of their ensembles.
 
 
Congratulations to Brooklyn for making it to the next round of auditions! We are so proud of you for your hard work and for representing Northland so well in this competition.
 

PAST STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

March, 2021
Congratulations to Northland's inaugural Academic Decathlon for placing 5th at the Frisco State competition after competing with public and private schools from across the state. The 2020-21 NCS Academic Decathlon team includes Riley Frank, Brooklyn Freeman, Danielle Rangel, Angela Vu, Ian Wietstruck, and Charles Xie.
 
These students immersed themselves in a deep study of this year's National Academic Decathlon theme, The Cold War. Their study and competition included ten subjects: math, science, social science, art, music, language and literature, economics, speech, interview, and essay. We are so proud of the talent and perseverance of our NCS Academic Decathletes! We are looking forward to next year's national theme: WATER: A Most Essential Resource.
 
Students should contact the Academic Decathlon coach, Mrs. Freeman, for information about joining.
 
Decathlon team
 
scholarship winners
Pictured above, each team member received a monetary scholarship ($300) due to the team placement, and Riley Frank also received a scholarship ($1500) for his individual score and placement.
February, 2021

Trinity PolkCongratulations to 11th grader, Trinity Polk, for her outstanding accomplishment of winning THREE Gold Keys - the highest possible region award - in the Scholastic Writing Competition. In 2020, Trinity won three Silver Keys in the Scholastic Writing Competition and was named a winner in the Enrichment & Brotherhood Organization of Northwest Youth’s Short Story Contest.
 
More about Trinity’s writing!
“I became interested in creative writing when I started watching a lot of movies at a young age. My imagination ran wild and I had so many ideas for books and even movies that I began to write. My favorite subgenre for creative writing is either fantasy or science fiction because ideas for those just come easy to me. I've always enjoyed reading or watching anything fantasy because the amount of creativity it takes for writers and directors is just inspiring. I've always struggled to decide what to write because I either have either no ideas or too many ideas. But my best ones come to me out of the blue or when I've been inspired by a show/movie.”
February, 2021
 
Brooklyn FreemanBrooklyn Freeman, a member of the Northland Christian School Choir, will perform with the Texas All-State Choir.
 
Brooklyn was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at Region, Pre-Area, and Area levels, earning first chair at the Region level, second chair at Pre-area and Area. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.
 
Brooklyn is a voice student of Judy Boyter. As a sophomore, this will be Brooklyn’s second time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Brooklyn loves to sing and has worked hard to persevere during the pandemic. She joined the Houston Girls Chamber Choir during the fall semester of 2020 and participated in the Texoma NATS Classical Competition placing first for the second time.
December, 2020
 
 
The Northland Christian Volleyball Team had a season to remember. Only two years removed from a state finals appearance in 2018, and after only graduating two Seniors in 2019, the team appeared to be ready for another deep playoff run. The ladies continued to perform admirably, despite the mounting pressure and stress created by global pandemic.

After an undefeated district campaign, and their first district championship since 2002, San Antonio Lutheran came to Northland for the Area Championship. The Lady Cougars handled Lutheran 3-0, and traveled to La Grange for a neutral site match up against San Antonio Holy Cross. After losing the first set to Holy Cross, the team found their focus and execution, winning the next three sets, and advancing to the State Final Four for the second time in two years.

Their semifinal matchup was against a familiar foe. Faith West Academy has been Northland's toughest district rival the last two years, and this would be their third matchup this season. Though Faith West Academy played an inspired match, the Lady Cougars would advance after winning a decisive fifth set.

The Championship Match was to be played at New Braunfels Christian Academy against Fort Worth Lake Country Christian. Fort Worth Lake Country Christian was talented and prepared for the match, and the first two sets were as close as they could be.

Lady Cougars take set 1, 25-23
Lady Cougars take set 2, 26-24
Lake Country would not fade away, and convincingly took the third set 25-13.

The Lady Cougars went to the huddle a little stunned, but the resolve of Coach Gonzales and the leadership provided by Seniors Aimee Arash-Ajayi, Nicole Berkeland, and Emma Nelson had the team refocused for the fourth set.

Lake Country would take an early lead in the fourth set, but Freshman Kinsey Kraner and Sophomore Christina Vigil had key serves that swung the fourth set for the Lady Cougars, and secured the team their first ever State Championship.

This special group of young people, led by their passionate coach, inspired their school and community amidst the backdrop of a world battling COVID-19.

2020-2021 Varsity Volleyball Roster
 
Andrew Gonzales, Head Coach

Aimee Arash-Ajayi, Senior
District Player of the Year, 1st Team All State, Academic All State, All State Tournament Team

Nicole Berkeland, Senior
1st Team All-District, 1st Team All State, Academic All State, All State Tournament Team

Emma Nelson, Senior
2nd Team All-District, Academic All State

Julia Shaw, Junior
2nd Team All-District, Academic All State
 
Julia Hearn, Sophomore
2nd Team All-District

Madeleine Hearn, Sophomore
1st Team All-District

Christian Vigil, Sophomore
1st Team All State, 1st Team All-District, All State Tournament Team

Maddie Blossom, Freshman
Honorable Mention All-District

Kinsey Kraner, Freshman
2nd Team All State, 1st Team All-District, All State Tournament Team

Samantha Miller, Freshman
 

December, 2020

TPSMEA All State
 
Congratulations to 8th grader Samantha Hearn and sophomores Julia Hearn and Madeleine Hearn for earning a spot in TPSMEA All State Orchestra.
 
Under the direction of Northland Orchestra teacher Kelly Hearn, they auditioned along with over 100+ other students from Texas Private Schools. Julia and Samantha placed in the top 12 in the violin and viola sections, respectively, and Madeleine was in the top 5 in the cello section. Due to current conditions, there will not be an in-person All State clinic and concert this year, but they will still be on the course to be 5 year All Staters, and hopefully next year, we will be back to live performances.
 
Congratulations to the Hearn family!

October, 2020
This is the first year for most of our Northland students to participate in TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association). We had 14 students earn a spot after auditioning virtually against more than 400 students in Region 33 public schools. Although there will not be a clinic/concert this year, placing in the HS Symphony Orchestra will allow these students to audition for TMEA All State Orchestra. Students will also have the opportunity to audition for TPSMEA (private school) later this year. Their talent and hard work are to be commended. Congratulations to all!!

MS Philarmonic
Pictured above: Makena Elswick, Greg Lincoln, and Colton Holiday

MS Symphony
Pictured above: Marian Mann, Natalie Bohannon, Samantha Hearn*, Danielle Danso, and Maggie Mann
* Placed in the Top 10

HS Philharmonic
Pictured above: Abbie Wietstruck*, Angela Vu*, Samantha Miller, and Christina Vigil*
*Placed in the Top 10

HS Symphony
Pictured above: Madeleine Hearn** and Julia Hearn*
* Placed in the Top 10, ** Placed 1st in section

 
September, 2020

Congrats to the participants of Northland's Elementary Summer Reading Program! Students who participated received a certificate, and the top reader in each grade level received a certificate, reading medal, and a $15 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble!

1st grade
Kinder/Leap: Charis George (top reader), Olivia Marble, Anna Goosby, Lillian Jabori (not pictured)
1st grade
1st Grade: Jayden Diaz, Jace Sifuentes, Alex Martinez, Liam Wendt, Jack Marble (top reader)

2nd Grade
2nd Grade: Blake Varghese, Arianna Jimenez, Quinton McCaskill (top reader), Collin Wendt

3rd grade
3rd Grade: Cailey Owens, Gabriel George (top reader), Jonathan Jabori (not pictured), Natalie Jabori (not pictured)

4th grade
4th Grade: Sebastian Lazcano (top reader)

5th Grade: Grace Jabori (top reader, not pictured)

August, 2020

Northland eighth grader Reagan Wilson is featured in the July/August issue of the Christian magazine For Girls Like You. Congratulations, Reagan!

Reagan Wilson