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December, 2020
Varsity Volleyball Team Wins State Championship
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 the 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



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