Congratulations to Nampa Christian Senior Landon Lacy who recently signed his Letter of Intent to run cross country and track for Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Landon, a distance runner, has personal records of 17:35 in the 5k, 10:33 in the 3200m, and 4:49 in the 1600m. He helped the Nampa Christian boys to their first XC District Championship his freshman year (2015). He qualified for and ran at state his sophomore and junior years and helped Nampa Christian win back-to-back District and State championship titles those same two years (2016 and 2017). Landon has received a music scholarship at NNU and he has also received the President’s Scholarship, which is the highest academic scholarship given at NNU.
Congratulations to Nampa Christian Senior Griffin Carson who recently signed his Letter of Intent to play basketball for Portland Bible College in Portland, Oregon. Carson, a 6-5 shooting guard, averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists during his average of 29 minutes of play time per game during his senior year. He helped the Trojans finish with a 14-6 record and their fourth straight appearance in the state tournament. Griffin was interviewed by Prep Hoops Idaho (https://tinyurl.com/y7ufu32c) in November of 2017. He was named First Team for the 2A WIC All-Conference Boys Basketball Team his junior and senior years and he played varsity for Nampa Christian his sophomore, junior, and senior years.
The AD and Head Men's Basketball Coach at Portland Bible College, Mike Arnold, had this to say.
“We are excited to have Griffin Carson join Portland Bible College and specifically our basketball family. PBC basketball is focused on reflecting God's love and character to the basketball world. To this end, we are committed to developing a consistent, winning program which has the national tournament as one of its major goals every year. As we continue to build towards winning a national championship, we are focused on students who fit into our school mission and have the skills to compete at the national level on the basketball floor.
We believe that Griffin has the foundational skill set that we are looking for. His ability to hit open shots, pass to his teammates, and his commitment to doing what it takes to improve his abilities make him a great recruit for us. As he spends time in our weight room and focuses on improving his strength, his speed, reaction time, his improved explosive power will bring him to a new level of performance. We think his coachability and work ethic will be a great example for the next recruiting class here at PBC. Welcome aboard Griffin, let's get to work and make great things happen together!!!”
Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce that Coach Jaime Wood will return as the head coach for varsity girls basketball for the 2019 season. Wood stepped in as coach partway through this past season after the resignation of Cam Long, who had coached for two and a half seasons.
Coach Wood graduated from Marsing High School in 1990. After graduation, he attended Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, WA where he played basketball. He returned to the Treasure Valley shortly after to work on the family ranch and marry his high school sweetheart. In 2013 he moved into law enforcement with the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office and he has served as a School Resource Officer. Wood bolstered his coaching career during this same time period. He coached football at Marsing for four years and also coached girls basketball there for two and a half years. Then, in 2016, he accepted the assistant coaching position for the Nampa Christian High School girls basketball team.
Coach Wood had this to say, “I am blessed to be part of the family here at Nampa Christian Schools. I'm looking forward to working with the players, parents, staff, community, and alumni to build something very special that will glorify God and further His Kingdom. We want to become the leading girls' basketball program in the Treasure Valley.”
Congratulations to Nampa Christian senior Camren Langdon for receiving nominations to the United States service academies from Congressman Labrador, Senator Risch, and Senator Crapo. These nominations are only awarded to a select few students each year who meet the high standards required to attend these institutions. Congratulations, Camren!!
Megan Lolley and Brenda Mesquita have been accepted to represent Nampa Christian at Idaho Syringa Girls State this June! Girls State has been described as "an amazing week of learning focused on responsible citizenship and love for God and Country." Megan and Brenda will join other girls from all over Idaho at the NNU campus for this week-long event. For more information on this event, click here.
As members of Girls State, Megan and Brenda will also both be eligible to be chosen as one of two girls to travel to Washington DC with Girls Nation after attending Girls State. Good luck ladies and Congratulations!
Congratulations to Nampa Christian Senior Annetta De Jong who recently signed her NAIA Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. De Jong, a 5-4 libero, averaged seven digs and two service aces per set during her senior year. She helped the Trojans finish with a 30-0 record, their seventh consecutive 2A District III championship and ninth Idaho 2A State championship her senior year. She was also part of 2A State Championship team in 2016, 2A District III Championship teams in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Annetta accumulated All-Conference and 2A All-State Tournament honors her junior and senior year. She has also received a music scholarship and was one of ten students to receive the highest academic scholarship at Dordt College, the Distinguished Scholar Award, which is by invitation only and requires a 3.75 or higher GPA, a 32 (1450) or higher on your ACT (SAT), and an interview on campus.
“We are delighted to have Annetta joining us in this 2018 class as she will add strong play for our backrow and a competitive spirit that blends well with her Defender teammates. She has a heart to serve the Lord and others. We are grateful for the work of high school coach Curtis Johnson and club coach Tayler Yett in developing Annetta through her formative volleyball years. We anticipate great years of volleyball ahead as she joins us in August," said Dordt College women's volleyball coach Chad Hanson.
Congratulations to Nampa Christian Senior, Braxton Bujak, who recently signed his frontier Conference Letter of Intent to play football for the College of Idaho. Yotes football coach Mike Moroski has announced the first wave of his 2018 recruiting class, as across the Northwest, incoming Coyote players signed Frontier Conference Letters of Intent. The Yotes inked one addition to the backfield, signing three-time 2A All-State Nampa Christian Schools fullback Braxton Bujak. Braxton played both fullback and middle linebacker for the Trojans. He was named 1st Team All-Conference MVP Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference Middle Linebacker and was invited to play in the 2017 East-West Shrine Game (Senior All-Star Game).
Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce that Kim Fillmore has been hired for the position of Alumni Relations Coordinator. Fillmore graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 1990 and was first hired by Nampa Christian as a classroom aide at the elementary campus in the fall of 2006. Over the years she has served in various roles at the school.
Fillmore is “grateful to have this opportunity to work in a school with such a rich history. And the alumni are a huge part of that rich history.” She continues by saying that, “I am so thankful for the role that Nampa Christian Schools has played in the lives of my husband and my three children. I look forward to seeing alumni connect back with NCS and with each other in the years to come.”
Christmas came a bit early to Nampa Christian Schools this year. The school was awarded two significant grants, one for $10,339 from the Smeed Foundation and another for $55,000 from the John H. and Orah I. Brandt Foundation.
John H. and Orah I. Brandt Foundation Grant
The Brandt Foundation is committed to actively supporting private and public education and other community endeavors. John and Orah had an abiding belief in individual liberty and responsibility, along with the value and virtue of free enterprise. They established the John H. and Orah I. Brandt Foundation to support those values in perpetuity. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, it has given over $6.2 million to local organizations.
Ralph Smeed Foundation Grant
Nampa Christian also received a generous grant from The Ralph Smeed Foundation in the amount of $10,339. The foundation, which is dedicated to the advancement of freedom, donated the gift to establish a program for Nampa Christian high school students that focuses on entrepreneurship, liberty, and economic freedom.
The generous gift will enable NCS economics teacher, Eric Lacy, to attend FEEcon 2018 for training. Additionally, the grant will provide Lacy with a set of class Chromebooks for students to be able to access free instructional materials provided by the Foundation for Economic Education.
The Ralph Smeed Private Memorial Foundation is an educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of freedom. Ralph was tireless in this endeavor and the foundation continues his mission.
Just a friendly reminder of our modified hours over the Christmas break. The ECC and Trojans Kids Club will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The elementary, middle, and high school offices along with the central office will be closed starting on Thursday (12/21) and re-open on Monday (1/8). Central office personnel will be available by appointment only during this period. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to request an appointment.
Driver Education is a new program at Nampa Christian High School that is sanctioned by the Idaho Department of Education. Classes are available twice per year. The summer session lasts for 3 weeks beginning in July, and the winter session lasts for 5 weeks beginning in February. Our aim is to offer a quality program that is affordable, safe and convenient. The next session begins February 12, 2018, and runs through March 14. Go here for more information including cost, how to enroll, and more.
The Idaho Transportation Department will activate signals on Karcher Road at Lake Avenue and Midway Road Monday, December 11.
- Flaggers will direct traffic at the Karcher and Lake intersection as crews start the signal.
- Once the signal at Lake Avenue has started, flaggers will move to the Karcher and Midway intersection.
- The signal work is weather-dependent.
Over the next couple of weeks, construction crews will work on finishing clean-up activities in the area. Continue to use caution and be aware of steel road plates until cleared. Check the ITD link for the latest updates and specific days. Updated 12/11/17
Megan Yett and Kennedi Evans added to 2018 roster
SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah head volleyball coach Beth Launiere has announced the addition of two signees set to join the Utes in the fall of 2018. Megan Yett (Caldwell, Idaho) and Kennedi Evans (Twin Falls, Idaho) have both signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Utes.
Yett joins the team following a four-year prep career as an outside hitter at Nampa Christian High School where she tallied 1,841 kills, 359 service aces and 187 total blocks. She tallied 511 kills, 200 aces, 478 digs and 31 total blocks just this past season as a senior, breaking school single-season records in both aces and digs on the way. She helped guide her team to a second consecutive 2A state championship in October, registering 36 kills in the four-set final.
Yett, who was named to the AVCA Under Armour Watch List earlier this season, is a two-time Idaho Press Tribune Player of the Year (2015, 2016), a three-time 2A Western Idaho Player of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) and a three-time 2A Western Idaho Conference first team selection. She is the daughter of Michele and Curtis Yett and has two siblings, Tayler and Caden. Her sister, Tayler, was an assistant coach at NCHS. She played club volleyball for Idaho Crush.
"Megan is 6-1 outside hitter that is both physical at the net offensively and a tremendous passer," said Launiere. "Her natural passing abilities make her a treasured six-rotation player that can impact the match from both front row and back row. She is a tremendous athlete that jumps well and moves effortlessly with a great arm swing. We are so happy to have her in our program and believe she will be a tremendous passing, outside hitter in the Pac-12 and an invaluable player for Utah volleyball."
Credit/Full Article: www.utahutes.com/news/2017/11/10/volleyball-inks-pair-of-players-to-nli.aspx
Curtis Johnson couldn’t have written it up any better.
Johnson watched as Megan Yett ended her prolific Nampa Christian career in style.
The senior middle hitter delivered Nampa Christian the ninth title in program history with one of her patented spikes. The Trojans beat Malad in four sets 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 25-19 to walk away with their second straight 2A state championship at Lakeland High in Rathdrum.
“It’s awesome. Our kids worked so hard this year,” Johnson said. “There was definitely more pressure this year because they felt like they had the target on their backs after winning it last year. But they were more than up for the challenge and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Yett recorded a game-high 36 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Madison Bowers added another 10 kills, while fellow sophomore outside hitter Ella de Jong chipped in with eight kills.
Senior libero Annetta de Jong tallied 14 digs and senior setter McKaylee Kuntz netted 34 assists.
The win capped off a perfect season for Nampa Christian. The Trojans finished with an impeccable 30-0 record. Along with the flawless record, they won their seventh consecutive 2A District III championship and extended a 2A Western Idaho Conference winning streak to 47 wins.
It’s a streak that goes back four and a half years.
“That’s pretty special,” Johnson said. “People stepped up this year and took on bigger roles on the team than in years past. We were a better team this year than we were last year, no doubt. The kids will all say the same thing.”
Nampa Christian controlled the first two sets with relative ease but ran into a bit of a roadblock in the third. The Dragons led most of the way and became just the third team in the tournament to take a set off the Trojans.
But according to Johnson it was a good thing.
“We got a little complacent but that was OK,” Johnson said. “It was almost a blessing in disguise because then they came out and throttled them.
“The seniors told me afterwards they weren’t ready to be done yet and wanted to play another set anyway. So they had a really good demeanor about the whole thing.”
Nampa Christian turned around and cruised in the fourth. They never trailed and Yett put the finishing touches on her Trojan career with a kill that probably left a bruise on the opposing Malad player’s hands.
It’s a career that spanned four years with three 2A WIC Player of the Year awards and a pair of state titles. A knee injury caused Yett to miss a few games for the first time in her career. It also caused her numbers to take a bit of a dip.
But the Utah commit returned at the state tournament to show everyone she hadn’t lost a step.
“Megan showed up. She finally played some good volleyball,” Johnson said. “She brought it and it was cool.
“She had the final kill which was perfect. After the match I just told her thank you for everything. She’s been fun to watch. There’s been no one else that I’ve seen that’s played quite like that.”
August 16, 2017 - Nampa Christian Schools would like to dedicate the 2017-2018 school year to Wes Schober, a life-long patron who passed away recently. Our theme for the year is unity. Wes was the personification of unity. Wes’ love for Nampa Christian was known to all. He served on the school board during a crucial time in our school's history. His leadership, generosity, faithful support, and sacrifice were a demonstration of unity and teamwork. As we pursue unity at Nampa Christian this school year, may we be reminded of the tremendous example Wes left for us to follow.
"Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ..." I Thessalonians 1:3
Tables of 10 can be reserved for $750 or the cost is $50 per person. Seating is limited. Table sponsors and businesses welcome. Tickets may be purchased online at www.NampaChristianSchools.com/gala.
Nampa Christian Schools Educational Adherence To Deuteronomy 6:5-7
The average American student spends about 6½ hours a day for 180 days a year in school. 1 That's about 1,170 hours a year. This may vary from state to state and according to each grade level, but even with conservative estimates, it accounts for just under half of a typical student's waking hours when school is in session. There are many who advocate increasing the number of instructional hours a student receives each year. The argument is that if you spend more time on something, the result is usually better. While this is an interesting debate to consider, a question worth asking is, “Spending time on what?”
For those of the Christian faith, the Bible answers this question for us. The Israelites were given a charge in Deuteronomy 6:5-7.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
It was the expectation that children be taught about God. This was not something relegated to an hour on Sunday morning, but throughout the day, every day. Children were to be taught about God’s commands and statutes every waking moment. This sounds a lot like the environment that is present in the Christian school setting. It stands in stark contrast to what is seen in today’s public schools.
Consider Nampa Christian Schools. Between 1900 and 1950, small Christian schools dotted the Treasure Valley. Among these were elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. In the 1950s, three of these schools united together to become what is known today as Nampa Christian Schools. For over 50 years now, Nampa Christian Schools has faithfully carried out the charge given in Deuteronomy.
Spanning the Generations
Nampa Christian Schools has motivated generations of students to achieve academic excellence and prepare for a lifetime of service to Christ. Throughout the years since Nampa Christian was established, there have been many success stories and graduates who have gone on to serve God in great ways. With more than 800 alumni still living within the Nampa/Boise area, this provides a rich heritage for the Nampa Christian Schools community.
Deep roots spread and multiply. Alumni have now chosen Nampa Christian to educate their children. Grandchildren of alumni currently attend the school. Generations upon generations have chosen Nampa Christian Schools, showing that their commitment to the school and community are far-reaching. This echoes Deuteronomy 6:2, “and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the LORD your God as long as you live.”
Nampa Christian Schools is a biblically based learning community that partners with Christian families to develop a Christian worldview and prepare students for a lifetime of faithfulness to Christ, all while promoting academic excellence. Its goal is to develop Christ-like character and Christ-centered lives.
This charge given by God through Moses requires a wholehearted commitment and constant diligence. Educating a child requires a partnership. Impressing God’s commands indelibly on the hearts of children happens in a variety of settings. Jeff and Tracey Antosh, whose children have attended Nampa Christian — two graduates and another now in high school — provide a first-hand perspective of this partnership: “As a result of partnering with Nampa Christian, our church, and home in the education of our kids, they have been challenged and have grown tremendously in their Bible knowledge and their understanding of biblical truths. The staff and teachers have a special interest in the kids' spiritual well-being.”
Nampa Christian understands that they do not take the place of the family but simply come alongside parents and their church to help train up their children so the promise of Proverbs 22:6 can become a reality. By working together in partnership, students have the opportunity to see Deuteronomy 6 played out in their lives.
Accredited Christian Education
Dr. Greg Wiles, superintendent of Nampa Christian Schools, often repeats the refrain “boldlyChristian, unquestionably academic.” He is dedicated to providing high-quality Christian education and training for the development of well-rounded students who will impact this world for the Lord Jesus Christ through biblical thought and action. Nampa Christian Schools is proud to maintain accreditation with the State of Idaho through AdvancED (www.advanc-ed.org) and the Association of Christian Schools International (www.acsi.org). The ACSI places spiritual formation at the core, and values such things as respect for authority, service, moral integrity, and character, as well as a life commitment to Christ and the church.
Parents Jeremy and Stacie Glassco offer a powerful testimony of the value of a decidedly Christian education:
“We are thankful our kids learn in the unique environment at Nampa Christian Schools where, in conjunction with their academics, they are encouraged to treasure God’s Word in their hearts. During these academic years, where they have minds eager for growth, Nampa Christian has been a special blessing for our family by working with our kids to help them set their moral compass and find faith in Jesus.”
That is what it’s all about. Education not just to teach, but to transform.
Christian education is not only concerned about the head, but more importantly the heart. The late Howard Hendricks, long-time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, made a profound statement in an article he wrote titled, “What Makes Christian Education Distinct?”
“In Christian education we deal with the transcendent. Secular education deals only with the human. Christian education discusses the eternal, secular education the here and now. Secular education seeks to make more successful and intelligent people. The Christian educator aspires to nothing less than the transformation of a believer into the image of Christ.” 2
Aspects of the Christian faith are integrated into every class that is taught. Faculty and staff all have a personal relationship with Christ. The morning begins with prayer. There are weekly chapel services. Students participate in community service and go on mission trips. God’s Word is included in the curriculum as well as athletics, the arts, and other extra-curricular activities. Young learners are encouraged to study the Bible and incorporate its teaching into their assignments. Rather than be discouraged from speaking about Jesus and the Scriptures, students are free to apply their faith to their learning.
Teachers are not merely teaching to inform the mind but to renew the mind. This is in keeping with Romans 12:2. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Martin Luther's words, spoken now almost 500 years ago, are borderline prophetic. In speaking of education in his time he said, “I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of God's word becomes corrupt. I greatly fear that the universities, unless they teach the Holy Scriptures diligently and impress them on the young students, are wide gates to hell.” 3
More and more parents are acknowledging that Christian education provides one of the best avenues to ensure that their children spend their days in learning that advances their personal faith and not the opposite.
Nampa Christian Schools offers open enrollment for all ages, including early childhood (6 weeks - age 4), elementary school (PreK-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12). For more information, or a no-pressure,no-obligation tour of the school, contact the registrar at 208-475-1711, via email at email@example.com, or visit the school’s website at www.NampaChristianSchools.com.
August 7, 2017 – On July 21-29, Nampa Christian Senior, Andrew Hilty, had the privilege of attending Boys Nation held in Washington DC. Andrew was chosen by the Nampa Post of the American Legion along with Guillermo Carreon, a student at Idaho Arts Charter School, as one of two senators sent to represent the state of Idaho. The two were selected out of 140 student delegates who attended Idaho's Boys State. To earn this spot, they had to go through an extensive interview, get a good recommendation from their counselor, deliver a speech, and win a run-off election of their peers. This all-expenses paid trip included meeting Congressmen, members of the Supreme Court, and even the President.
Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development, and a focus on Americanism. At the national event, state senators learn all about the federal government. Upon arriving in DC, the senators were assigned to either the Federalist or the Nationalist party. Andrew was a Federalist for the state of Idaho, Guillermo a Nationalist. They started off with a caucus, then organized into committees and conducted hearings and debated bills submitted by other delegates. Some of the topics of the bills included health care, reforming the V.A., merit based welfare programs, and school choice. Andrew submitted a bill seeking to change Craters of the Moon National Monument to a National Park. His hope was that this measure would help increase tourism to the area among other benefits.
This was an incredible experience, according to Hilty, who found it fun and rewarding. He was extremely encouraged by the level of civil discourse and dialogue even among those with strong disagreements. Some of his takeaways included a greater appreciation for genuine political discourse, the need to leave politics off of social media, and the importance of elected officials being beholden to their constituents as well as their conscience.
Is politics in Andrew’s future? Possibly. He plans to attend Liberty University to become an attorney. He doesn’t see himself as a politician though, at least not how that term has come to be defined. Instead, he values the role of the statesman. He believes it is important to “get involved, but with that, get knowledge.”
One of the highlights included the opportunity to meet the President. President Trump addressed the students in the Rose Garden and Hilty was able to shake the President’s hand. Andrew said that all the delegates were honored to take in this special event. Despite many who may have had disagreements with the current President, they showed utmost respect for the office. That stood out in Andrew’s mind and was consistent with the level of respect he witnessed among the delegates the entire week. It left Andrew with a great hope for our country and its future leadership.
To view the entire address by the President to the delegates, use this link:
Pelkey has been married to her husband Rich for 23 years. They have two daughters, Kortney (19) who graduated from NCS and Taylor (15) who will be a sophomore. They enjoy various sports, hiking, and four-wheeling, and are also active at their church, Capital Christian, in Meridian.
Pelkey considers herself to be “blessed to be a part of a school that is built on excellence and strives to reflect Christ in everything.” She continues by saying that, “Being in this rich tradition has grown my love for Nampa Christian and has inspired me to step forward to apply for this position. I have seen the impact that the school has played in influencing the lives of our students and athletes. I believe that I have much to offer in these positions and will continue to uphold the Nampa Christian values and traditions. I believe that God is calling me back into this role and I am thankful for this opportunity.”
Please join us in welcoming Tina Pelkey in her new role at Nampa Christian Schools.
Nampa Christian pitcher Brandon Mullins (21) winds up for a pitch during Thursday’s game against Fruitland.
Nick Tuttle doesn’t remember exactly how many games Nampa Christian lost at the beginning of the season. He just knows it was a lot.
The two-time defending state champs lost their first three games and started 1-4, looking nothing like the team that rolled to a 25-3 record and a state title the previous season.
“It was rough,” Tuttle recalled.
The young Trojans had just four seniors that played significant roles and struggled early to get results from a number of newcomers. The seniors also tried to pick up the slack themselves, which didn’t work.
“We weren’t playing very well,” said Nampa Christian coach Marc Harris, who just completed his 35th season leading the Trojans. “I think they were trying to play harder than they could because they had so many young guys they were trying to carry.
“I think a lot of people didn’t think we had enough talent to compete, but we just worked to take the talent we had and do the best we could.”
Nampa Christian won 11 of the next 13 games and began to look more like the championship team those in the Treasure Valley have grown accustomed to the past two-plus decades.
The rolled into the district tournament with a respectable 13-7 record after a sea-saw regular season saw them post three different winning streaks of at least five games.
They lost the first district game, and needed to win three consecutive games just to reach the state tournament. It was over from there.
The Trojans captured the championship magic at the perfect time, winning six straight do-or-die games to finish the season – including all three in the state tournament – to capture the school’s third consecutive 2A state title.
For their efforts, the Trojans are the Idaho Press-Tribune's 2016-2017 Sports Stars Spring Boys Team of the Year.
“We were really young and had a lot of learning curves at the beginning of the season, but everybody learned a lot and found their roles and we were able to pull it off,” said Tuttle, a senior and the starting shortstop on all three title teams.
“We got on the roller coaster and got to the top and just kept riding it out. Guys struggled early in the year but the bats came alive and the defense was great and the pitching didn’t make many mistakes.”
Nampa Christian finished 19-8 on the season and was led by seniors Tuttle, Tyler McConnell, Felix King, Brandon Mullins and Hunter Wollman.
It was the 23rd consecutive season that Nampa Christian qualified for state. During that stretch dating back to 1995 the Trojans have appeared in the title game 14 times and have nine championships.
The latest came thanks to a 14-10 win in the championship game over a Melba team that outscored them 11-1 in two losses earlier in the season.
“This is a legacy they can be proud of,” Harris said. “I told them after the game, ‘no matter what happens the rest of your life and what you do or don’t do, one day you were good enough to be a champion. That’s something nobody can ever take from you.’
“It’s a pretty special feeling.”
Especially with how things started.
The night before the Nampa Christian baseball team went for its third state championship, assistant coach Tyler Hoaglun drew upon the 1993 movie “The Sandlot” for inspiration.
“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die,” Hoaglun told the team, using a quote give to Benny Rodriguez from Babe Ruth in a dream in the movie.
The Trojans helped cement their status as legends Saturday with a 14-10 win against Melba in the 2A state championship game, the third straight for Nampa Christian and the ninth state title in 35 years under head coach Marc Harris.
“I’m pretty proud of the team,” Harris said. “A lot of people wrote us off, said we didn’t have a lot of talent left. We had a rough opening to the season we were 1-4 and we lost to Melba and people were like ‘the dynasty’s over.’ I told my team it’s a long year, and the goal is to get better.”
It was the first win in three tries over the Mustangs this year for the Trojans.
Nampa Christian becomes the first team to repeat as state champions at the 2A level since the Trojans did it from 1996-98, part of a stretch when Nampa Christian appeared in the state title game in five consecutive years, winning four times.
“I try not to take it for granted, I try to stay humble,” Harris said. “Success is fleeting, you have one significant injury, somebody gets kicked out of school, anything can happen that will blow it up. I just feel so blessed by God to be a part of this.”
Joe Ihli, Luke Tuttle and Brandon Mullins each drove in three runs in the victory, but it was a leadoff hit by No. 9 hitter Zach Williams in the bottom of the fifth inning which Harris credits to sparking the Trojans’ victory.
Melba had scored four runs in the top of the frame to take a 10-7 lead. Williams had gone 0 for 2 in his first two plate appearances, but Harris assured him that the third at bat had been the one he was waiting for.
Williams led off with a bloop single, sparking a six-run inning for the Trojans to take control of the game.
“Melba came back and punched us hard,” Harris said. “All of a sudden we get back. And if Zach doesn’t get on that whole thing might change. The guys got really pumped up with him getting on.”
Nick Tuttle followed Williams hit with a double, Tyler McConnell drove a bases-loaded walk, Luke Tuttle hit an RBI, then Mullins drove in a pair of runs on a single, giving the Trojans an 11-10 lead. Aidan Bradshaw drove in two more runs before the inning was over.
Nampa Christian’s Joshua de Jong yells in celebration after winning the 300 meter hurdles at state Saturday afternoon in Middleton.
CREDIT: Chris Bronson/IPT
Nampa Christian's Jacob Englar sprints down the track during the boys 100 meter dash in Saturday's 2A State Track and Field Championships at Middleton High School.
CREDIT: Chris Bronson/IPT
Nampa Christian's Joshua de Jong leaps over the final hurdle during the boys 300 meter hurdle race Saturday afternoon at state track. de Jong won the 300 meter hurdle title for the second straight year.
MIDDLETON — When the Nampa Christian boys 4x400-meter relay team finished fifth, the entire Nampa Christian boys track and field team erupted in the stands.
Never had a fifth place finish felt so good.
The fifth-place outing gave the Trojans the final few points they needed to secure their second consecutive state championship Saturday at the 2A State Track and Field Championships at Middleton High. Nampa Christian finished with 80.5 points, just 1.5 points ahead of Soda Springs for the fifth state title in program history.
“Everyone in the stands was looking at us kind of weird because they thought we were that happy about a fifth-place finish,” Nampa Christian coach Eric Lacy said with a laugh. “I’m feeling pretty great right now. Everyone did their jobs and it just went our way today.”
Nampa Christian’s repeat was a bit surprising considering they not only lost eight members of last year’s team, but entered the final day of competition in 10th place with 11 points. But the Trojans showed up on the final day, and then some.
They placed in six different events with Joshua de Jong leading the way. The senior medaled in three individual events and was a part of two more state placing relay teams.
He took second in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth in the pole vault. de Jong then added a third place showing as part of the 4x100-meter relay team, before being a part of the fifth-place title clinching 4x400-meter relay team.
But his crowning achievement came in the 300-meter hurdles. He secured his second straight 300-meter title with a blistering personal record time of 39.41 seconds. de Jong ran so fast, he nearly passed out afterwards.
“I’m very tired,” de Jong said with a laugh. “This has been the goal since the end of last year and it’s what I’ve been working towards all season.”
Jacob Englar and Jeffrey Stewart also found the podium Saturday. Englar was third in the 100-meter dash, while Stewart took fifth in the 800-meter run.
The Trojans had five placers on Friday, led by Englar’s win in the pole vault. Englar won the state title with a mark of 15-feet. Luke Brown and de Jong also medaled in pole vault, going second and fourth respectively.
Drew Howerzyl finished third in both the high and triple jumps as Nampa Christian placed in 11 different events in all.
“Our talent and experience showed up big-time today," Lacy said. “This is a group that’s just worked hard all season and I’m so proud of them.”
While his players went out to celebrate the state title with friends and family, Lacy celebrated his own way.
“I went and played pinochle,” Lacy laughed.
The NCHS choir, under the direction of Anna Simpson, recently returned from a spring tour to the Worldstrides Onstage Heritage Festival in Anaheim, California where all five vocal groups earned gold awards. Gold awards are given to those groups who score 90 or higher against national standards. Xairo, the high school chamber choir, earned the Adjudicator's Award scoring at least 95 against the national standards. In addition to the group awards, Skylar Gray received a Maestro Award, which is chosen by the judges for outstanding soloists. There were approximately 2000 students at the festival representing schools from across the nation. The NCHS choir was also able to take in a vocal clinic at Azusa Pacific University, as well as attend a performance of the L.A. Philharmonic. 62 students, grades 9-12, toured with the group, marking the 14th year the group has performed at this festival.
Community Service Project Day is a chance for our secondary students to serve others, to promote a positive image of the youth at Nampa Christian in the community, and most importantly, to provide a chance to visibly display the love of Jesus to others. This can also be a great opportunity for the entire family to serve together and grow closer to each other!
Various groups will serve the community on this day in locations around the Treasure Valley. If you know of a local charity or non-profit that could benefit from Nampa Christian students working there for a day, please contact the office. Our Community Service Project Day takes a huge amount of organization, so the sooner we can get places identified and booked the better!
This year's Community Service Project Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017.
We want to recognize and thank you for the spiritual influence you have in our lives and especially our students' lives. This is our opportunity to serve you with food and entertainment and talk about ways we can partner in the upcoming year. All pastors and pastoral staff are welcome.
This year's breakfast is on May 10, 2017 at 8:00 in the High School Cafeteria.
Please go here to RSVP to help us with planning. Thank you!
- 7:30 am | High School/Middle School
- 7:50 am | Elementary School
- 8:15 am | Early Childhood Center
It's a good idea to arrive about 10-15 minutes early to allow time for organizing and setting up, etc. Please feel free to call the school with any questions at 466-8451.
Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce that Coach Cassidy Kotte will assume the position of head varsity football coach beginning the 2017 season. Kotte will replace Coach Jerry Smith who is retiring from coaching. Smith served at Nampa Christian Schools in the capacity of assistant coach for eight years and head coach for two years.
Coach Kotte graduated from Clear Lake High School in Lakeport, CA in 1990. After graduation, he accepted a football scholarship to Sacramento State. A knee injury ended his playing career after two years, but that experience brought him to his faith in Jesus Christ. He continued his passion for the game & mentoring young men by coaching linebackers and JV defense at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, CA from 1995 to 1996.
After moving to the Treasure Valley in 1997 with his wife Racquel, he continued to coach youth sports. He has coached his son Josiah and daughters, Amariah, Jael, and Ariel, in both baseball and soccer. In 2012, he was hired by Lee Leslie at Kuna High School as a defensive assistant and position coach. Two years later, in 2014, he accepted the Nampa Christian Middle School head coaching position. Kotte also teaches high school athletic development and middle school Bible classes.
In 2015, Kotte was hired by former Nampa Christian Head Coach Jerry Smith as the varsity defensive coordinator for the Trojans. Coach Kotte is focused on building on the strong football foundation laid at Nampa Christian and is determined to develop a football program based on faith and family while mentoring young men to grow in the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s core values of integrity, service, teamwork, and excellence.
Coach Kotte lists famed football coaches Frosty Westering, Tom Osborne, and current coach Hugh Freeze as his greatest coaching influences.
Coach Kotte had this to say, “Nampa Christian is my home and I am blessed to be part of the family here - I look at this as a lifetime calling. I'm looking forward to working with the players, parents, staff, community and alumni to build something very special that will glorify God and further His Kingdom. We want to become the leading football program in the Treasure Valley.”
Homecoming week is coming up fast! The festivities will begin next Monday, October 3rd. We have many activities planned to bring the Nampa Christian community together. These activities unite our student body from ECC to 12th Grade, and the community. Participation is a great way to show your support for the school! The theme for this year is ‘Around the World’.
Please see our Homecoming page with detailed information about each day. Monday through Friday will include special dress up themes for students at all campuses. The week will culminate with Friday’s special events and a banquet for the high school seniors on Saturday.
On Friday, our homecoming parade will leave Lion’s Park at 2pm. Floats will head down Horton Ave. to the elementary parking lot (parade route). Do you own a classic car? We would love to include you in our parade. Please contact Mr. E to make arrangements. We also invite you to come, line the streets and show your Trojan pride! The elementary parking lot will be closed during the parade. Please park at either Lion’s Park or the empty lot east of the ECC. Do not park on Horton. The elementary and ECC classes will line the parade route along Horton. If you utilize the pick-up line at the elementary, please note you will not have access to the parking lot until 2:30pm.
Attention middle school parents: Mr. Kmiecik is looking for a volunteer to coordinate a middle school float. Please contact him directly to volunteer. There will be one unified float for middle school.
After the parade, there will be a pep rally in the stands at the football field. Parents and students are all invited to join in the fun. The concession stand will be open! Monday's newsletter will provide detailed information on how this will affect elementary students.
The homecoming court will be crowned at 6:30 pm on Campbell Field. Kickoff will follow at 7 pm with the Trojans battling the Melba Mustangs. There will also be a post-game bonfire for high school students.
High school students will hold their banquet on Saturday at 7 pm in the cafeteria at the secondary campus. The ASB officers have planned an amazing night! The evening includes a catered dinner, a game of Hare and Hounds and desserts from around the world. Formal wear is optional for the banquet. Students must adhere to the dress code in the High School Handbook.
Again, check out the Homecoming page for details about each day. If you haven’t already, like our Facebook page for more updates. Please join us in making this a memorable homecoming!
Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce new concurrent credit classes are offered at Nampa Christian High School. US History is now available through Boise State University. Additionally, the first and second semesters of Pre-Calculus are available through Northwest Nazarene University. Both classes complement Nampa Christian’s catalog of concurrent credit classes available through Northwest Nazarene University, Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho.
By uniting the services of these local Universities and Nampa Christian Schools, these classes allow High Seniors the ability to graduate with as many as 38 college credits. Concurrent credit courses are recorded on both the student’s Nampa Christian transcript and a University transcript with the letter grade earned.
These courses are taught at Nampa Christian High School by approved instructors. Each concurrent credit faculty member has met the qualifications for each university to be an adjunct professor.
To view the complete list of concurrent credits classes offered by Nampa Christian, click here.
Playground Equipment Painters
Community Service Student Volunteers
- Jacob Carson, Columbia High School, plans to attend Boise State University.
- Mallory DeFord, Skyview High School, plans to attend Brigham Young University.
- Casey Klauser, Nampa Christian High School, plans to attend University of Idaho.
- Parker Johnson, Nampa Christian High School, plans to attend Idaho State University.
- Taylor Fouts, Nampa Christian High School, plans to attend Northwest Nazarene University.
Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce that Coach Curtis Johnson will assume the position of Head Varsity Volleyball Coach beginning the 2016-2017 school year. Coach Johnson is currently the assistant golf coach for the Nampa Christian Trojans and Head Volleyball Coach at East Valley Middle School. He has previously coached volleyball at the middle school, high school, club and collegiate levels. Coach Johnson currently teaches physical education at Park Ridge Elementary in Nampa.
He replaces former coach Lindsay Grant who resigned in December. Nampa Christian finished the last season 10-0 in conference play.
“I am honored and very excited to be a part of the Nampa Christian family. The volleyball program at Nampa Christian has a rich tradition of being successful on and off the floor.” Johnson said. “With the Lord as my guide, I will strive to add to that great tradition in developing not only great athletes, but most importantly deep Christ-like character.”
In 2007 Johnson got his start in coaching volleyball at South Middle School before graduating from Boise State University with a degree in Kinesiology, K-12 Physical Education.
Nampa Christian Athletic Director Randy Brothers added: “We are excited for Coach Johnson to take over an already successful program. He has already demonstrated his coaching skills on our golf team and we are confident he will be an asset to our volleyball program as well.”
Gift Certificate Auction
This year, the gift certificate auction will be on our website. You will be able to view the current list of gift certificates we have available and place your bids. We welcome you to look through the list and share it with friends and family. We have been blessed with many donations this year by local businesses you are likely to patronize already. How wonderful that their donation offers you their products or services and is a donation to Nampa Christian at the same time!
Simon de Jong and his crew are looking for a few more helpers to set up the stage on Saturday, February 20th from 8am - 12pm (please bring a drill if you have one). We also need a few helpers to move furniture onto the stage at noon. Sign up now on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/tMKVzB. What goes up, must come down. If you help set up, please consider helping to tear down after the auction on Saturday, February 27th.
Family Gifts & On site Auction Volunteers
We are in need of more live auction items! Please prayerfully think about what your family can donate. All proceeds go towards the school's operating budget. If you have any questions about potential items or need ideas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider helping with your time too! If you can be available to help with the auction on site, please sign up today! You can view the available position on VolunteerSpot.
And last, but not least, please plan to join us for these two fun-filled days! The schedule of events is as follows:
Elementary Campus - 505 W. Orchard Ave. Nampa, ID 83651
Friday, February 26th:
Traditional Pancake Breakfast: 7-10am
Tri-Tip Dinner: 5-7pm
Kid's Carnival: 6-9pm
Silent Auction: 5pm
Saturday, February 27th:
Traditional Pancake Breakfast: 8-10am
Kid's Carnival: 10am-2pm
Live & Silent Auctions: 10am
If you have any questions, please contact our auction director, Sandy Skogsberg at email@example.com or (208) 863-2769.
- Peyton Brothers: Senior, Point Guard, First Team.
- Caelen Dennis: Sophomore, Guard/Forward, First Team.
- Marcus Waterman: Senior, Forward, Second Team.
Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship
Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce two new concurrent credit classes are offered at Nampa Christian High School. Literature: Short Fiction is now offered through Northwest Nazarene University. Additionally, Calculus is now offered through the College of Western Idaho. Both classes complement Nampa Christian’s catalog of concurrent credit classes available through Northwest Nazarene University, Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho.
By uniting the services of these local Universities and Nampa Christian Schools, these classes allow High Seniors the ability to graduate with as many as 35 college credits. Concurrent credit courses are recorded on both the student’s Nampa Christian transcript and a University transcript with the letter grade earned.
These courses are taught at Nampa Christian High School by approved instructors. Each concurrent credit faculty member has met the qualifications for each university to be an adjunct professor.
To view the complete list of concurrent credits classes offered by Nampa Christian, go to: http://www.nampachristianschools.com/academics/ccredit.cfm.
Peyton Brothers: Player of the Year
Marcus Waterman: First Team
Andrew Anderson: Second Team
The 2A high school classification was won with a cumulative grade point average of 3.702. The Idaho High School Activities Association and it its official sponsor, The United Dairymen of Idaho, congratulate these student-athletes for their academic achievement and commitment to excellence through activities.
"Nampa Christian prides itself on the importance of academic excellence among our athletes," said Randy Brothers, Athletic Director for Nampa Christian High School. "Academic excellence is our primary building block, and it's gratifying to see the school and our athletes getting rewarded for their efforts."
Apr 4, 2014
Canyon County is home to three students who have been recognized as National Merit Finalists — two from Nampa Christian High School, and one from Caldwell High School.
About 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Finalists are chosen from a pool of about 15,000 semifinalists. The winners of scholarship awards are chosen from the group of 8,000 finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments, without regard to gender, race, ethnicity or religion.
The finalists’ academic record, test scores, recommendations from high school officials, activities and leadership, as well as an essay written by the student, are factored into the selection process. Only 1 percent of each state’s high school seniors meet the standards of the competition.
From now through mid-June, finalists will be notified if they have been selected to receive one of three types of Merit Scholarship awards: A $2,500 scholarship, a corporate-sponsored award or a college-sponsored award.
Caldwell High School’s finalist is senior Lauren McKinnon, who is active in National Honor Society, Key Club and Business Professionals of America. She is also a member of the school’s orchestra and plays ukelele.
Caldwell High Principal Anita Wilson said McKinnon has been selected to receive the $2,500 scholarship.
McKinnon has a 4.2 GPA. She told the Press-Tribune in September that she will attend Brigham Young University as a chemistry major, and hopes to enter the medical field after college. She has spent the past year and a half as a volunteer at West Valley Medical Center.
Wilson said McKinnon will graduate first in her class in May.
Senior Andy Knudsen has attended Nampa Christian schools since kindergarten. According to the school, he plans to pursue engineering in college. He traveled to Mexico last summer with a Spanish class for a 10-day mission trip to help at an orphanage. He is on the Nampa Christian baseball team.
Knudsen is a 4.0 student, and Principal Kevin Rex said he is in line to be valedictorian at this year’s graduation ceremony. Knudsen is involved with Key Club and participates on the Science Team.
“It’s nice to be honored (with this award) and be blessed,” Knudsen said when he was named as a semifinalist.
Richelle Nixon is also a Nampa Christian senior, and also set to be a valedictorian at graduation. She traveled with the same Spanish class to Mexico last year and is also learning French. Nixon is active in choir, Key Club and the Science Team.
Nixon’s brother was a National Merit Scholarship finalist as well. The award helped him received a full ride scholarship to Baylor University.
After graduation, she will pursue her love of math with the goal of becoming a forensics accountant.
“I took a career evaluation test and accounting stood out,” Nixon said. “My mom said I should be good at it since I’m so organized. The forensics part came up this past summer. I just thought it would be interesting.”