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Senior Spotlight: Alex Holsem

March 03, 2016
By Jackie Holsem

I recently read a quote by an unknown person that said “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”.   I immediately thought of my eldest child, Alexandra Rae Holsem, and how much this quote applies to her.  For as long as I can remember, she’s always had a love for traveling and all its sights and wonders.  Alex was born in Paris, France on May 14, 1998 while we were on an overseas assignment with the company her dad works for.  I guess that gave her a head start and our family took full advantage of the proximity to other nearby European countries during the 5 years we lived in France.  By the time Alex was a year old she had traveled to 11 countries with us.  If you could see Alex’s bedroom, it reflects a little bit of the globe.  On a wall of her room she has a large map of the world with a pushpin placed at the 25 countries she has had the privilege of traveling to.  She and her sister, Veronica, are always looking a year ahead and planning our next family adventure.  Alex considers herself very blessed to savor the many experiences and joys that travelling has afforded us. 

While Alex has a love for traveling, she also has another love – MUSIC.  You can always find her at her piano in our music room at home or with a guitar in hand, singing and composing.  She’s had the opportunity to perform at CCS’s talent show each year since she’s been at Covenant.  Alex attends Sara Kelly Music School in The Woodlands, where she started off taking piano lessons.  She was invited to join Sara’s songwriting class which she has been attending for 3 years now.   This year she has advanced to teaching songwriting to younger students and considers it an incredible blessing that she gets paid to do something she loves.  Alex enjoys using her creative energies writing songs and has composed about 30 songs to date.  Through this songwriting class Alex has been given the opportunity to perform at a few local venues.   She was invited last year to perform at Capitol Music Studios – Christian division in Nashville Tennessee.  The music school is assisting her in making her first EP album of 3 songs which she will be releasing this summer.  The outpouring of support for her and her music from many people has been humbling.

Alex has been a student at Covenant Christian School for 4 ½ years after having moved to Texas from Michigan.  During her time at CCS she’s been captain of varsity cheerleading, President of Spanish Club, Key Club ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society.  She won one of the 3 scholarships given to CCS seniors by the Spirit of Texas Bank and recently a scholarship given by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society.  Alex’s plan is to study chemistry in college to pursue a career in medical research.  She’s applied to and was recently accepted into the Chemistry Program at the University of Limerick in Ireland, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M, The University of Glasgow in Scotland and the University of Texas.  Though she has not decided which offer she will accept, our prayer is that God will guide her exactly where HE wants her to be.


Senior Spotlight: Maddie Ream

December 09, 2015
By Covenant Christian School (written by Tish Ream)

You know the phrase, “My child has been {insert activity} since birth…”?  It’s no secret that CCS Senior, Maddie Ream, was reported ‘kicking to the beat’ of Christmas songs nearly a month  before her January 17th birthday in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  And before you could say ‘ballerina,’ this bayou baby’s first steps quickly spun into toddler twirls on her tiptoes!    

While her formal ‘study’ of dance began at age 3, Maddie has entertained countless relatives, friends, neighbors and classmates by performing song and dance combinations at home, family reunions, studio recitals, seasonal shows, dance competitions, and in several junior high and high school productions. You can bet your two­step that if there is space available, this girl will twirl!    

Maddie earned several performance accolades, including a place on the Senior Competition team at Backstage Dance Studio, as well as a coveted Platinum Award for her solo, “Run” this past April. She currently reigns as the 2015 Montgomery County Performing Arts Society Mardi Gras Queen, an honor which also included a $3000 scholarship. In her ‘junior’ years, Maddie performed in several Excelsior Ballet productions including, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” and “Antshillvania”. She also held roles in “Oliver Twist” and “Dear Edwina Junior” at the American School of Doha, Qatar.    

If you ask, Maddie will quickly tell you what an honor it has been to use her gift of dance at CCS. Her cheerleading instruction began in 8th grade under Coach Diane Severson, and she now leads the Varsity Cheer Team under the supervision of Coach Angela Howard. Her junior year, Mrs. Shannon Fox graciously choreographed a beautiful artistic opportunity entitled, “Mad World,” which Maddie performed during the class production of “The Prince and the Pauper.”

But before you judge Maddie by the pink on her pointe shoes, don’t forget her other passion ­ athletic training.  When not cheering the Cougars on the sidelines, she’s stretching, wrapping, and icing our ailing athletes. Maddie has dearly loved her role as the athletic trainer for the CCS Varsity Football team, and knew by the middle of her sophomore year that she would pursue a degree in athletic training/sports rehabilitation. You can imagine the excitement when Maddie learned this past November that she received a generous scholarship to study at Baylor University in Fall 2016.   

And while it’s a matter of months before she claims a Waco address, a few opportunities still remain to watch this lovely dancer locally. You are invited to Maddie’s final Nutcracker Ballet performance with Backstage Dance Company at 2pm* and 5:30pm this Saturday, December 12th at Conroe High School. *Please note that she will dance the role of ‘Evil Mouse Queen’ during the 2pm performance. Tickets are available at the door ($15) or online ($10) at​ .    

A Dancer’s Prayer
Dear Lord, ever at my side  
Be there today, my feet to guide.  
Help me dance high, and light, and free,  
So everyone will be proud of me.
May the judges be fair  
And the stages be spacious.  
In winning and losing let me be gracious,  
So that every dance  
I’ll remember with pride.  
And Lord, please always keep my pointe shoes tied!  



Senior Spotlight - Ross Ohendalski

September 22, 2015
By Covenant Christian School
We are so proud of our Senior
Ross Ohendalski, 
a Life Scout
that is working to obtain his
Eagle Scout Rank.

Montgomery County Historical Commission's Youth Advisory Board (YAB) member Ross Ohendalski is making great strides with his Eagle Scout Project--the cleanup of the historic Richard Williams Cemetery east of Willis.  Ross began working on the site on September 12th and will finish this Saturday, September 26th.  

With the help of fellow YAB members Robert Lynch and John Taylor, also seniors at Covenant Christian H S, Ross has installed a granite protective base path around the line of historic family cemetery headstones and cleaned the headstones with a D2  stone cleaner.  

After completion, he must present the completed Eagle Scout project to BSA Council and National for approval, and meet with several BSA Council and Troop leaders before he is awarded rank advancement to Eagle Scout.  This will be a month-long process.

History on the Richard Williams Cemetery:
Richard Williams fought in the Texas Revolution in 1834-1835, served as a captain in The Somerville Expedition to repel invading a Mexican army in 1842, and served as a Montgomery County Commissioner about 1849.  He was also one of the signers of a petition in 1837 to create Montgomery County.

Ross appreciates the financial support of the Chaparral Genealogical Society in Magnolia, Richard Molk, and the Montgomery County Historical Commission.
Source: Larry L. Foerster,  Chairman

Senior Spotlight - Nathan Miller

August 26, 2015
By Covenant Christian School
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT is our chance to take time out to highlight each
member of our graduating class of 2016.  Join with us in celebrating our seniors. 
We are proud of them!

Nathan was born in Columbia, South Carolina on November 1, 1997 and grew up in Atascocita, Montgomery and Conroe, Texas.  He is an only child.  His Dad, Dan is a Pilot with United Airlines and a football coach at Covenant and his Mom, Michelle is a stay at home Mom.  He has a dog, Jackson. 

Nathan started Covenant in 2nd grade which makes this his 11th year.   

Nathan enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends.   Nathan's hobbies include collecting old books, reading philosophy, writing poetry and collecting vintage vinyl LP's from the 60's, with The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan being his favorites. 

During his time at Covenant, Nathan has participated and won Science Fair, participated in Art with numerous awards, PTF Talent Show, Spanish Club, sings in Covenant Praise Group (CPG), Praise Team and is an Ambassador for Key Club. 

He has also participated in Drama with a best supporting actor award for last years "The Prince and The Pauper" and was just cast as the lead in this years play, "Robin Hood".   

He received an ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for Fine Arts.  He has also played Baseball, runs Track, and plays Football.  Nathan was a part of the first ever football team that started at Covenant in 2011, received MVP for Football and Track, was All-State, 1st Team All-District and 2nd Team All-District in Football.  Nathan attends West Conroe Baptist Church and has acted in Bethlehem City.  Nathan also has his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.  Nathan plans to major in Aviation as a Professional Pilot and has already been accepted to Minnesota State University, Mankato for the Fall of 2016.



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