Class of 2021
The class of 2021 began the next chapter in their lives after their commencement ceremony on Friday, May 21, 2021. Looking back across the years, they see the support and love that remained constant amidst the chaos of a broken world and find joy in every new day. They are grateful for the coaches, teachers and parents who helped safeguard their success and happiness during their four years of high school and they acknowledge the love and time dedicated to them. They thank CCS for creating the environment to grow in their love for Christ. They also thank their parents who raised them well and loved them even better.
Graduates were accepted to 57 colleges and universities throughout the U.S., earning over $4 million in academic and leadership scholarships. Click here to see the list of colleges and senior highlights. Click here to view the graduation program listing graduates and where they plan to attend college. Click here to view a video of the commencement ceremony.
Footprint Recipients: Students who attended CCS from kindergarten through their senior year were recognized for the footprints they have left on the hearts of those at CCS throughout their K-12 educational career. Those students are: Josh Storey, Casey Barbisch, Abby Young, Koedi Nealy and Walker Girard.
Valedictorian: Blake Stovall earned the distinguished honor of being named Valedictorian for achieving the highest grade point average in his class, and was awarded the Faculty Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Along with being named Valedictorian, Blake was awarded the Texas Education Association’s Highest-Ranking Graduate Award. Blake will attend Texas A&M University in the fall. His life verse is Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Salutatorian: Jaden Tran earned the title of Salutatorian for achieving the second highest grade point average among his peers. Jaden will attend Texas A&M University. His life verse is Romans 11:36 - For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.
Spirit of Paul Scholarship: The Spirit of Paul Scholarship was established to encourage students to develop and display the driving spirit and perseverance of the Apostle Paul, who accomplished much for the early church. The recipient of this award has exhibited that same drive and perseverance. This CCS scholarship is funded by donations given to CCS in memory of loved ones. This scholarship was awarded to Paige Jackson who will attend Texas A&M University. Her life verse is Ephesians 4:2-3 - Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Will Rhodes Athletic Scholarship: In memory of former CCS student William David Rhodes, Paige Jackson and Blake Stovall were chosen to receive this athletic scholarship. These graduates have made public profession of their faith in Jesus Christ, demonstrated Christ-like behavior to fellow students and athletes and were living witnesses to others as they led their teams and followed their coaches.
Andrew Gladney ('05) Memorial Heart of Gold Scholarship: In memory of alumnus Andrew Gladney ('05), David Quarles was awarded this scholarship, which recognizes a senior who loves and accepts all, both inside and outside the CCS community; endears others without favoritism; participates wholeheartedly in activities to reflect Christian character and sportsmanship and diligently pursues and excels academically according to his/her ability. David will attend Duke University. His life verse is Acts 20:24 - But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Linwood Brown Memorial Scholarship: Linwood Brown spent most of his adult life faithfully serving in the classroom teaching mathematics. Mr. Brown left a legacy of peace. 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” Therefore, it makes sense to award the Linwood Brown Scholarship to a student who exemplifies that same peace. This student was often observed helping his peers with difficult math problems and participating in class discussions with a quiet fortitude. His compassion for others was reminiscent of one who knows the Lord. This scholarship was awarded to Cooper Comeaux who will attend Baylor University. His life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Fine Arts Scholarship: Cypress Christian School has a rich heritage of producing students who excel in the areas of music, art and drama. The Fine Arts Scholarship reflects an overall excellence in the arts. This year's recipients are Brittany Hough and Sydney Wax. Brittany will attend Lone Star College. Her life verse is Hebrews 13:1-2 - Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Sydney will attend Texas A&M University. Her life verse is Philippians 3:13-14 - But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.