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Utes Volleyball Inks Megan Yett to NLI

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

Nampa Christian Schools 2017 Gala
Nampa Christian Schools will be hosting the 2017 Gala on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 pm in the high school gymnasium. This year's theme is "Staying the Course" as Nampa Christian reflects on the past, present, and future. The event will raise funds to address strategic goals and priorities of the school as Nampa Christian looks to the future. The Gala includes a dinner, a fundraising auction, and entertainment. Doors open at 6:00 pm for hors d’oeuvres and fellowship. The evening’s program and dinner begin at 6:40 pm. 
 
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
 
Please RSVP by Nov. 20. Holiday attire is the suggested for the event. For questions, please contact Konrad Ziesing at kziesing@nampachristianschools.com or (208) 475-1734.
 
Karcher Road Update

South Midway Road is now accessible from Karcher Road with access to the HS/MS campus. The traffic lights are up but not yet operational. Crews are still working on the corner of Karcher and Midway. Traffic is slow and congested. Midway and Lake are scheduled for closure north of Karcher. Check the ITD link for the latest updates and specific days. Updated 11/14/17

 

http://itd.idaho.gov/d3/?target=construction-details#id-55-karcher-road

NCHS Volleyball Wins Ninth State Title

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.”

Original article by Brandon Walton, Idaho Press Tribune, can be read here

A Tribute to Wes Schober, 1925-2017

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

Go here to read obituary.

NCS Featured in Christian Living Magazine

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.”

Church-Family-School Partnership

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.

Heart Transformation

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

Elementary-age students at Nampa Christian Schools pray together at chapel

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 registrar@nampachristianschool.com, or visit the school’s website at www.NampaChristianSchools.com.

Sources:
1. Nisen, M. (2013, October 1). America Needs To Suck It Up And Make School Days Longer. Retrieved July 20, 2017 from Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com
2. Hendricks, H. (2006, July 19). What Makes Christian Education Distinct. Retrieved July 22, 2017 from Christianity Today: www.christianitytoday.com
3. Luther, M. (1520). Twenty-Seven Articles Representing the Reformatiof thethe Christian Estate. Retrieved July 25, 2017 from Bartleby: www.bartleby.com
4. The Bible. New King James Version. Thomas Nelson Publishers. 1982.
5. The Bible. New Living Translation. Tyndale House Publishers. 2015.
6. Portions of this article are from www.nampachristianschools.com. 
Now Enrolling All Grades!
Give Your Child The Gift Of A Quality Christian-based Education
Nampa Christian School is dedicated to serving the Christian community by 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.
 
Give Your Child An Educational Foundation
Unlike other public schools and private schools, Nampa Christian Schools offers students a complete educational experience. We work to create Christ-like, well-rounded students by cultivating their interests in the core basics as well as art, music, technology and competitive sports.
 
Experienced Educators That Care
As a Christian school, our faculty is committed to your child's education. Our educators are among the best. Not only are they qualified in their field, they are here to offer your child a grounded support system to help them throughout their academic career. We work with parents as well as students to make sure every child that comes through our doors reaches their goals.
 
Meet With Us To Discuss Your Child's Future
We are currently enrolling for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Please contact our registrar, Tracie Johanson, to schedule a tour at (208) 475-1711 or registrar@nampachristianschools.com
 
Mr. Hilty Goes to Washington

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.”

Andrew Hilty, bottom left corner | CREDIT: www.whitehouse.gov
 

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:

www.whitehouse.gov/featured-videos/video/2017/07/26/president-trump-speaks-american-legion-boys-nation-and-american

New Athletic Director / Dean of Students
Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce that Tina Pelkey will assume the position of Athletic Director and Dean of Students for the 2017-2018 school year. Pelkey graduated from Boise State University in 1996 and was hired by Nampa Christian to teach PE and Health that fall.  Over the years she has taught middle school and high school PE, weight training, and health.  In addition to her teaching duties, Pelkey has coached volleyball, basketball, middle school track, and softball. She was previously the high school AD from 2006-2013 and also served as the middle school AD from 2011-2013. 
 

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 Baseball: 2016-2017 Boys Spring Team of the Year

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.

Original article by B.J. RAINS bjrains@idahopress.com  can be read here.

Nampa Christian Claims Third Straight State Championship

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.

Oringial article by JOHN WUSTROW jwustrow@idahopress.com can be read here

 

Nampa Christian Boys Track and Field Team Goes Back-to-Back

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.

Chris Bronson/IPT

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.

Original article by BRANDON WALTON bwalton@idahopress.com can be read here.

Choir Receives Gold Awards

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. 

Nick Vujicic Life without Limbs
The 2017 “I Heart Treasure Valley” event is a one-day city outreach event. This year's event is Saturday, May 6, featuring international evangelist and inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic from Life Without Limbs. Nampa Christian Schools is in partnership with "I Heart Treasure Valley" and would like to encourage you and your family to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Nick's personal story and testimony will forever impact all who attend. Invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.
 
When? Sat., May 6, 2017 at 7 PM; doors open at 6:30 pm
Where? Ford Idaho Center in Nampa
 
--Pick up your FREE tickets at any local Dutch Bros coffee location--
 
Resource Links:
Please go to www.ihearttreasurevalley.com for more information. 
 
Community Service Project Day

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.

Pastor's Appreciation Breakfast

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!

Muffins with Moms
Muffins with Moms is a special opportunity to increase interaction between Moms and students from our Early Childhood Center through High School while enjoying a sweet treat.
 
Participating Moms come to school in the morning armed with muffins to share and engage with the students. This is a great way for Moms to start their day, spend time with their kids, and meet their friends!
 
This year Muffins with Moms is on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the following times:
  • 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.

New Head Varsity Football Coach

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.”

7 Nampa Christian Athletes Named 2A WIC All-Conference Football Players
The Idaho district III released postseason football awards and seven members of the Nampa Christian team were recognized. 
 
Co-offensive Player of the Year: Josh DeJong, sr., WR, Nampa Christian
 

FIRST TEAM

Offense
Offensive Line: Salomon Ilunga, sr., Nampa Christian
Defense
Line Backer: Braxton Bujak, jr., Nampa Christian
Safety: Josh DeJong, sr., Nampa Christian
 

SECOND TEAM

Offense
Quarterback: Nick Tuttle, sr., Nampa Christian
Fullback: Braxton Bujak, jr., Nampa Christian
 

HONORABLE MENTION

Offense
Running Back: Devan Gomez, jr., Nampa Christian
Defense
Nose Tackle: Nick Winbigler, sr., Nampa Christian
Defensive Tackle: Hunter Wollman, sr., Nampa Christian
Cornerback: Pierce Bradshaw, sr., Nampa Christian
 
Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article116770898.html#storylink=cpy
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY WINS STATE ACADEMIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Nampa Christian's girls cross country team has been awarded 2016 fall sports Academic State Champions. This award is presented to the varsity team in each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average.
 
The team won the 2A high school classification with a cumulative grade point average of 3.951. The IHSAA and its official sponsor, The United Dairymen of Idaho, congratulate these student-athletes for their academic achievement and commitment to excellence through activities.
 
Congratulations to these lady Trojans!
HOMECOMING WEEK

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!

CONCURRENT CREDIT CLASSES

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 DEDICATION
There’s a new excitement in the air for students at Nampa Christian Elementary School fueled by one thing: their new playground. The two play areas at the school are now equipped with a turf surface to keep the mud away.
 
Thanks to a generous lead gift by the Crawford family, along with substantial contributions from a group of Nampa Christian supporters, Nampa Christian will hold a special ceremony and balloon launch on Wednesday, May 18th to dedicate the new playground on the Elementary campus at 505 W. Orchard Ave. in Nampa. The dedication ceremony will take place at 10:10 a.m. officially naming the playground Crawford Playground.
 
“Crawford Playground is a blessing to all current and future Nampa Christian families.” Shared Nampa Christian Superintendent Dr. Greg Wiles. “This playground will provide additional fun to an excellent educational experience. We are honored for our donors and the hard work will contribute to our students' enjoyment for years to come.”
 
Nampa Christian Schools would like to thank all those who donated their time and resources for this project. Countless hours have been spent over the past two months including two all-day workdays. Helpers from Grandparents to current students took part in the work.
 

Donors

Terry and Wanda Crawford
Simon and Krisha Vander Woude
Bobby and Krista Jordan
 

Contractors

Rocky Mountain Turf & Play  - Robert Howard
Sonntag Company - Jeremiah Webb
Panoramia Contruction - Jeff Millich
Green River Services - Jon Henne
Brushworks - Keith Smith
 

Business Volunteers

Green River Services - Jon Henne
Taylor Drywall - Marc Taylor
Burk Tractors - James Tidey & Andrew Vollack
First Choice Auto - Todd Goode
Heritage Construction - Simon de Jong
Pro Paving - Chad Leggett
 

Volunteers

James Tidey
Andrew Volack
Marc Taylor
Jon Henne
Jeff Pierce
Ken Walsh
Pete Johanson
Debi Smith
Kyle Berkson
The Wiles Family
The Johnson Family
Julie Vermillion
Kendall Thomas
Les Peterson
Mike and Braden O'Conner
Sandy Skogsberg
Lyndon Skogsberg
Jim Englar
Teresa Knudsen
 

Playground Equipment Painters

Keziah Glidden
Olivia Cervantes
Kennedy Lacy
Ella de Jong
Taylor Pelkey
Kami Glinski
Avery Wiles
Desiree Wiles
 

Community Service Student Volunteers

All 7th graders
All 9th graders
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Nampa Golf Commission and Mayor Henry awarded $12,500 in scholarships to five college-bound students thanks to the 28 golf teams that participated in the annual Nampa Mayor’s Golf Tournament Friday and the 28 businesses and organizations sponsoring holes.  This event raises money for Summer Youth Golf programs in Nampa, Mayor’s Teen Council and provides scholarships to high school senior golf students. 
 
The following high school seniors received $2,500 scholarships:
  • 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.
 
Major tournament sponsors were: Texas Roadhouse, CapEd Credit Union, Republic Services, Saint Alphonsus, Del Taco, Mountain West Bank and Primary Health Medical Group. There were 28 hole sponsors.
 
The Nampa Mayor’s Golf Tournament has raised over $114,500 for scholarships and youth golf programs during the 14 years it has been held.
CHAD KMIECIK PROMOTED TO MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Current Dean Of Students Chad Kmiecik Promoted To Role of Principal
 
NAMPA, Idaho - May 2, 2016 - Nampa Christian Schools is pleased to announce that Chad Kmiecik will assume the role of Middle School Principal. Kmiecik is currently the school's Dean of Students, Technology Coordinator and Teacher. Kmiecik will finish out the school year in his current role and then transition to his new role.
 
"I am so honored to be a part of the faculty at Nampa Christian," Kmiecik said. "God has called me to this new role where I can continue to work with the students and their families while helping to provide a Christ-Centered, quality education."
 
The School's current Middle School Principal Zach Dwello, who is completing his 5th year in administration for Nampa Christian, will be stepping down from his role to move back to classroom teaching.
 
"Zach has served the Nampa Christian Community well as a teacher and and administrator," Superintendent Greg Wiles said. "We are so thankful we will continue having him as a member of our faculty and teacher. And, we are excited to promote Chad to the role of Middle School Principal."
 
Kmiecik completed his undergraduate degree in 2002 from Simpson University. He followed that up with a Master's from George Fox University in 2009, most recently earning an Educational Specialist degree from Northwest Nazarene University in 2015. Prior to joining the faculty at Nampa Christian in the fall of 2015, Kmiecik worked in the Nampa School district for 7 years.
 
Kmiecik and his wife Ruth have been married for 13 years and have one son Josiah (6).
SUMMER ADVENTURE PROGRAM
Spring break is behind us and summer is just around the corner. During the summer Trojan Kid’s Club transforms into The Summer Adventure Program, we can hardly wait! Our summer will be spent learning and growing in and outside of the classroom through arts and crafts, cooking lessons, wonderful field trips to new and exciting places as well as our Friday favorite Lincoln pool. Specific event calendars can be found posted around NCS. Information/registration forms are available in the main office as well as in TKC. We hope your child will join us on our 2016 Summer Adventure! 
 
For more information call 475-1735 or via e-mail, lvermeer1@nampachristianschools.com.
 
 
Varsity Volleyball Coach Hired
Former NNU assistant to take the helm of the Trojan Volleyball Program
 

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.”

 
54th Annual Country Fair and Auction
It's time to gear up for the auction! The 54th Annual Country Fair and Auction is just around the corner, February 26th - 26th. Here are a few details we want you to know about so you'll know what to expect and how you can help.
 
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!
 
Auction Setup 
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/tMKVzBWhat 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 auction@nampachristianschools.com.
 
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
Live Auction: 6:30pm
 
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 auction@nampachristianschools.com or (208) 863-2769.
Three Trojans Named All-Conference in Basketball
The Idaho district III released postseason basketball awards and three members of the Nampa Christian team were recognized. ​
  • Peyton Brothers: Senior, Point Guard, First Team. 
  • Caelen Dennis: Sophomore, Guard/Forward, First Team.
  • Marcus Waterman: Senior, Forward, Second Team.
Nampa Christian’s Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Randy Brothers has nothing but praise for the players. “These three individuals had impressive numbers this season and deserve this award!” 
 
The Trojans finished their regular season with a 9-3 conference record. Although their bid for state ended in the second round, they competed with honor, to the best of their ability, and to the glory of Jesus Christ.
CONNOR DUNSTAN WINS NAMPA CHRISTIAN GEOGRAPHIC BEE
Moves One Step Closer to $50,000 College Scholarship
Connor Dunstan, a 7th grade student at Nampa Christian Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 21st and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee.
 
Thousands of schools around the United State and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2016 Bee. The school champions, including Connor Dunstan, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 1, 2016.
 
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 22-25, 2016. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a National Geographic Expeditions trip to a national park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Nation Park Service.
 
The national finals will air on television on the Nation Geographic Channel and PBS stations. Check local listing for dates and times.
ANNUAL HARVEST BAZAAR
Join 25+ vendors all in one space to make your Christmas shopping easy! Booths include a large selection of handmade items and vendors selling national products. This one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping will take place Saturday, October 24th from 9am - 4pm at the Elementary Campus gym. 
IN REMEMBRANCE OF DANIEL WATERMAN SHANNON, CLASS OF 2010
In remembrance of Daniel Waterman Shannon, NCS Class of 2010, a sycamore tree was recently planted at Nampa Christian High School. A gift from T-O Engineers, the tree honoring Daniel is marked with a plaque and located in a picnic area outside the cafeteria doors. Daniel, a University of Idaho student, died unexpectedly January 23, 2015, of natural causes. NCHS Classmate, Ashley Crooks, wrote of Daniel: “|DAN SHAN| Everyone loved Daniel. He was kind, funny, hard-working, smart, athletic, and though he was pretty quiet, it would only take a little bit of love to break him out of his shell. Class of 2010 was a tight knit group, we were like a family and I could easily say Daniel was a favorite among the group. Dan Shan, you will be greatly missed my friend.”
 
Daniel is survived by parents, Eric & Laura Shannon of Caldwell, and siblings Carolyn Shannon, Muriel Shannon (NCS, Class of 2012), and Caleb Shannon (NCS, Class of 2013). 
NEW CONCURRENT CREDIT CLASSES OFFERED

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.

NAMPA CHRISTIAN SENIOR MARCUS WATERMAN TO REPRESENT IDAHO AT BOYS NATION
July 6, 2015 - Nampa Christian Schools' Senior Marcus Waterman was recently selected to represent Idaho as one of its to senators at Boys Nation, located in Washington DC. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Waterman previously served in many capacities at Idaho Boys State, including; city attorney, party platform leader, and senate minority leader. He was also voted and awarded Outstanding Citizen within his city. Out of the 140 student delegates who attended Idaho's Boys State, Marcus was one of only two selected to attend Boys Nation.
 
According to Waterman, "I am honored to have been given this amazing opportunity, and greatly anticipate it." He explains what has given him this opportunity, "Competing in debate and my involvement in Student Body Government at Nampa Christian High School have opened doors like this for me." 
NAMPA CHRISTIAN WELCOMES CAMERON LONG AS VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH
June 2, 2015
Nampa High’s girls basketball coach Cameron (Cam) Long has been named varsity girls basketball coach at Nampa Christian Schools.
 
Long comes to the Trojan family with 11 years of experience coaching varsity girls at Nampa High. He has taken the Nampa High girls to State 3 times in a very competitive league, winning the Sportsmanship Award in 2013. He has also coached 6 years for Idaho Flash Academy, an elite basketball program for girls.
 
Nampa Christian Athletic Director, Randy Brothers stated, "We are very fortunate to have a coach of this caliber at Nampa Christian. Coach Long has the ability to get kids to play to their potential and at the same time enjoy what they are doing."
 
Long played basketball at McPherson College in Kansas from 1998-2002 where he was also the assistant basketball coach for 1 year. He received his Masters in Coaching Education from Ohio University.
 
SPRING ACADEMIC STATE CHAMPIONS
May 14, 2015
Three of Nampa Christian's athletic teams have been awarded 2015 Spring Academic State Champions. This award is presented to the varsity team in each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average.
 
For Track, the 2A high school classification was won with a cumulative grade point average of 3.678. For Baseball, the 2A high school classification was won with a cumulative grade point average of 3.533. For Softball, the 2A high school classification was won with a cumulative grade point average of 3.694. 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."
 
NAMPA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS TO NAME SOFTBALL FIELD
April 13, 2015
When Martha Hopkins attend College High in Nampa which later became Nampa Christian, the primary athletics for women were little more than intramural sports. After graduation, Hopkins dedicated her life to building well-rounded leaders through teaching and coaching. Throughout her 34-year teaching career, she has organized women's sports programs, coached men's and women's tennis, volleyball, basketball and field hockey. She has held numerous leadership positions and titles, but none greater than mentor.
 
"I mentored in obedience to God's direction in my life. I cared for my players and could see the potential of that athlete" said Hopkins. "I wanted each athlete to graduate from college and be able to fit into our world and accomplish something in life, to be dedicated to Christ and display a strong value system". 
 
On April 15th at 4:45 pm the softball field at Nampa Christian High School (11920 W. Flamingo Ave., Nampa) will be officially named, Dr. Martha Hopkins Field. The ceremony will include an inaugural first pitch, honored guests and special music. 
 
WINTER ALL CONFERENCE AWARDS
March 17, 2015
Congratulations to Coach Brothers and our basketball all-conference award winners!
 
Randy Brothers: Coach of the Year
Peyton Brothers: Player of the Year
Marcus Waterman: First Team 
Andrew Anderson: Second Team
 
Click here to view the full list. 
 
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM WINS STATE ACADEMIC CHAMPIONSHIP
March 16, 2015
Nampa Christian's boys varsity basketball team has been awarded 2015 Winter Academic State Champions. This award is presented to the varsity team in each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average.

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."
 
Two Nampa Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
By IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE STAFF newsroom@idahopress.com

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.

LAUREN MCKINNON

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.

ANDY KNUDSEN

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

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.”

https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/three-local-seniors-named-national-merit-finalists/article_36504432-bba8-11e3-baaa-001a4bcf887a.html

NAMPA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS PROMOTES JERRY SMITH TO HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
JANUARY 25, 2015
Jerry Smith has something to smile about in the new year. Smith, a former Nampa Christian Elementary teacher and current JV football coach, has been promoted to head football coach.
 
He replaces Bill Barr who resigned in December. Nampa Christian finished the last season 6-3.
 
"Being the head football coach gives me the opportunity to teach these young men about the game of football and in turn about life because the two really parralel each other." Smith said. "I am honored that Nampa Christian chose me and I am extremely excited to get after it."
 
After graduating from Skyview High School in 1999, Smith was a receiver for five seasons with the Boise State Broncos. He then went on to play for two Semi-Pro teams, the Idaho Matadors and the Boise Generals. Over the course of his playing career, his coaches impacted his desire to begin a coaching career of his own. "I have always had a passion for football and I was blessed with the opportunity to learn from some of the best."
 
Smith got his start in coaching football at Nampa Christian Middle School in 2011 before becoming Nampa Christian's JV Coach a year later. He has also been head coach of the Boise Generals the past two years. His overall coaching record is 34-12, with 3 championships.
 
"I look forward to promoting unity within the program and together building something that we can all be proud of."
 
Nampa Christian's Athletic Director Randy Brothers echoes Smith's sentiments: "Jerry Smith has worked with many of our students at Nampa Christian and we are excited for him to take over an already very successful program. He is a perfect fit for the Trojan family."
NAMPA CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS TO PRESENT TEACHER WITH $31,000 IN ADOPTION FEES
December 11, 2014
Nampa Christian Schools’ students have been working towards a lofty goal in their chapel offerings this school year. Along with an anonymous donor, the Elementary and Secondary campuses joined forces and came up with the entire amount necessary for one of their beloved teachers and his wife to fulfill their dream of adoption.
 
On Tuesday, December 16th at 10am the students will present teacher Josh Shatto and his wife Kylie (also a teacher) with a check for $31,175 to cover their adoption fees. The presentation of the check will occur in the gymnasium at the school’s Secondary campus on Flamingo Avenue during a special chapel with Middle and High School students combined.
 
Throughout the Shatto’s journey, they have overcome fertility issues and the ups and downs of uncertainty and heartbreak. They have tried for several years to adopt, but found the enormous amount of money needed prohibitive. Kyle Berkson, a fellow teacher at Nampa Christian introduced the Shatto’s journey to the students early in October during chapel while reflecting on his own adoption journey. “When my wife and I were trying to adopt, I could see the Shatto’s passion for adoption as well, said Berkson. Knowing the difficulty of raising funds, I was called by God to help them. It’s amazing how the Nampa Christian community stepped up, exceeding our $30,000 goal.”