Liberty Christian School Names Prestonwood’s Steven Greek to Head Football Post

Liberty Christian is proud to announce Steven Greek as its head football coach for the 2018 season. Most recently, Greek coached football at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano for nearly a decade, where he enjoyed four state championships and appeared with the team in six state championship games. As the assistant athletic director, assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator, Greek has seen his team average more than 400 yards on offense and over 40 points a game for the past nine seasons.

A diverse committee consisting of parents, alumni, board members and administrators, along with the advising support of professional athletes and coaches, came together to begin the searching process and saw more than 40 applicants for the position. Upon completion of the search, the committee unanimously recommended Greek.

As a multisport athlete in high school, Greek went on to play basketball at the college level at Texas A&M University at Kingsville. His coaching positions prior to Prestonwood include the football offensive coordinator and assistant basketball coach at Bishop High School near Corpus Christi, assistant varsity football and basketball coach at Harlingen High School near Brownsville, and the area representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which saw the highest growth for FCA under his leadership.

Coach Greek and his wife, Daisy, along with their three sons, Daniel (ninth grade), Nathan (seventh grade) and Joshua (fourth grade), look forward to making Liberty Christian School their new home.

Tickets on Sale Now for WOFM Spring Fling Fashion Show

The 2018 Women of Flower Mound (WOFM) Spring Fling Fashion Show is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at The Shops at Highland Village, 1500 Cottonwood Creek, Suite 170, Highland Village 75077. 

The Women of Flower Mound will partner with The Shops at Highland Village for its most popular FUNdraiser of the year! The event will offer the latest women’s, men’s and children’s spring fashions, provided by The Shops of Highland Village merchants; A Taste of the Shops where attendees will sample menu items from Shops eateries and enjoy a scrumptious dessert table; a gift basket fundraiser, which will give attendees the opportunity to take home beautifully themed gift baskets; goodie bags filled with samples, coupons and exclusive offers; and specials for Spring Fling attendees to enjoy after the show at participating merchants.

Proceeds will be used to award college scholarships to Flower Mound area high school seniors.

FMHS Boys Soccer Youth 
Ambassador Program 

The Flower Mound High School boys soccer team’s new youth ambassador program highlights future Jaguar fourth- and fifth-graders.

For the program, the team invites any interested fourth- and fifth-grader to be an honorary member of the varsity team for one game. Youth ambassadors get the exciting opportunity to be on the field during pregame activities and have their name announced during introductions. In addition, each ambassador receives a free Future Jag T-shirt.

David Doyle, FMHS boys head soccer coach, is a strong supporter of the program and makes sure he meets the youth ambassadors each week.

“We are specifically asking fourth and fifth-grade students because we feel this is a great age to promote youth soccer and get them excited about playing for their middle school and high school soccer teams,” he said.

Lewisville ISD Approves 2018-2019 Academic Calendar

Lewisville Independent School District’s board of trustees approved the 2018-19 academic calendar at the January 22 board meeting. View and download the calendar at LISD.net

Dale Jackson Career Center Students Learn Lifesaving Techniques

In October 2015, the White House launched the campaign Stop the Bleed. As many accidents and disasters have resulted in serious bleeding injuries, the premise of the campaign is to empower individuals and equip them with the necessary training to help in a bleeding situation while waiting for emergency responders. According to the campaign’s official website, individuals can die from blood loss within five minutes, so stopping or slowing bleeds can be lifesaving.

Recently, students enrolled in Dale Jackson Career Center’s Health Science Clinical Rotations course partnered with Flower Mound Fire Department to learn about the campaign. Dr. Charleen Handzel, who teaches the clinical rotations course, said her students learned the basics of stopping bleeding, equipment available to use in such events, and practiced using a tourniquet and packing an open wound.

Thanks to this valuable learning experience, DJCC clinical students are equipped with fundamental lifesaving techniques.

To learn more about the Stop the Bleed campaign, visit DHS.gov/StopTheBleed, or to find out more about the Stop the Bleed initiative in Texas, visit StopTheBleedTX.org

Liberty Christian Students Win Honors at Spelling Bee, Advance in Competition

After spending three months studying spelling words beyond their normal course load, Liberty Christian Lower School students competed against 18 other schools in the Association of Christian Schools International spelling bee in January at St. Paul’s Preparatory in Arlington.

Dodo Ugochukwu won first place in fourth grade, and Thandi Gwelo won third place in the fifth- through eighth-grade contest that earned her third place in district. The 11 other Liberty students who competed all placed in the top 25 percent.

Thandi advances to the ACSI South-Central Region Spelling Bee on March 3 in Plano, where the top five winners will advance to May’s ACSI National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. 

Liberty students earned a chance to compete at ACSI by either winning a class spelling bee or having the highest spelling grade in their class.

Broadway Star Teaches Fine Arts Workshop at Liberty

Liberty Christian Middle and Upper School Fine Arts students enjoyed a very special workshop on January 22 hosted by “Hamilton” star Thayne Jasperson.

Thayne, the only remaining member of the original “Hamilton” cast, taught students the music and choreography to one of the show’s famous songs, “Schuyler Sisters,” and then students performed the song in groups.

As a talented dancer, singer and performer, Thayne starred in “High School Musical” as one of the “Brainiacs,” and appeared on season four of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

In 2012, Thayne got his start on Broadway as Darcy in “Newsies the Musical,” and then shortly after appeared in “Matilda the Musical.” He has been a part of the “Hamilton” cast since it opened in 2015.

Fine Arts Students Win Gold at Annual StoneGate Speech Tournament

For the 15th year, Liberty’s Upper School theater students in Encore competed at the StoneGate Speech Tournament in Irving that showcases students in categories like acting and public speaking.

On January 13, the group brought home first place as a team, and students also received individual awards for their achievements.

Fine Arts Department Chair Misty Baptiste uses this competition each year as a qualifying contest for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Academic and Speech state contest later this spring.

At StoneGate, the only contest that requires students to write their own work is Original Oratory, a speech that lasts six to 10 minutes. All other contests require the pieces to be published, and students, along with their directors, create original introductions for each piece.

Congratulations to Sophie Steffey, Solo Acting, first place; Peyton Jolley, Solo Acting, second place; Lindsey Meath, Solo Acting, third place; Sammie Wuensche, Prose, first place; Sophie Steffey, Prose, second place;  Sierra Cothes, Prose, third place;  Barrett Kelton and Trevor Jones, Duet Acting, first place; Sammie Wuensche and Sierra Cothes, Duet Acting, second place; Sophie Steffey and Lindsey Meath, Duet Acting, third place; Peyton Jolley, Poetry, first place; Sierra Cothes, Poetry, second place; Sophie Steffey, Poetry, third place; and Sierra Cothes, Originial Oratory, third place.

Baseball Media Day Brings 
Excitement and an MLB All-Star to Begin Season

Former MLB player Brad Hawpe of the Colorado Rockies joined Liberty baseball players, coaches and parents for Media Day, a special afternoon to help kick off the baseball season.

The afternoon started with the lineups for the JV gray, JV navy and varsity baseball teams, then head coach Johnny Isom explained to the parents the purpose of Media Day.

After Isom spoke, Hawpe addressed the players.

Brad shared that, over the course of his baseball career, he had many standout moments, but he said he enjoyed those special baseball moments in high school just as much as those in his professional career.

After winning the 4A State Championship at Boswell High School in Fort Worth, Brad went on to play baseball at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, then Louisiana State University. As a junior at LSU, he won the College World Series. After entering the draft, Brad played professionally from 2004-13.

He left the boys with three major points: take your career into your own hands, don’t think it’s your coach’s job to get you into the college of your dreams, and live in the moment—stop looking ahead to what’s next or you’ll miss the special times in your life now.

LISD 21-Day Challenge Winners

Prairie Trail and Highland Village Elementary schools in Lewisville Independent School District had a check presentation for their participation in the district’s 21-Day Challenge program. The program encourages students to sign up for a 21-Day Challenge to make healthy choices.