K-12 Private Christian School in Northwest Houston, TX




CCS Alumni News

Alumni Newsletter - January 2017

Zach Stocks ('01), his wife Jorden and their three boys, Liam (7), Gage (4) and Drew (2) enjoyed touring CCS while visiting Houston. Zach says: “My family and I were so excited to visit CCCS. We received a very warm welcome by the staff and were happy to see all the additions to the campus that have enabled our great school to grow. In a word, the visit was “surreal,” walking around campus brought back so many good memories. Since my graduation at CCCS, God led me to attend Alaska Bible College, which is where I met my beautiful wife. Upon graduating college, God led us to many different ministry opportunities. Currently, we are ministering at Mt. Hope Bible Camp. I have recently been appointed the director at the camp, and my wife and I are new missionaries with InFaith. Along with our three boys, we serve with an awesome staff to provide a distraction-free environment for people to come and learn about Christ in His creation. Our family loves camp life. The boys love to explore outdoors and participate in the fun camp recreation. We are also very active in our local church. We are excited about the life God has given us, and I am so thankful for the Biblical foundation I received at CCCS. If anyone is interested in receiving more information about how to get involved at our camp, please feel free to contact us." Mt. Hope Bible Camp, P.O. Box 240, Forbestown, CA 95941; 530-675-2022 or email Zach

Jim Rankin (who graduated from 8th grade in 1983 before the high school was started) and his twin brother Bill attended CCCS from 1981-1983 (6th-8th grade) and enjoyed their time there. Herq Palmquist was the principal. Jim's family left Houston in 1983 after he graduated from middle school at CCS. After high school in MN, he earned a BS in Finance from University of Northwestern, Saint Paul, and is now employed by Wells Fargo in Trust Operations as a Securities Operation Service Specialist. He is the main liaison with Wells Fargo Trust Ops. - customer service, trade processing, reporting, reconciling, cash management, and management of exceptions. He and his wife Kerry and three boys Jacob (17), Trevor (15) and Kyle (13) live in Shoreview, MN and attend Woodland Hills Church. In Jim's email, he said: "I just want to say hi ya'll (haven't said that expression for awhile) and congratulations to the football team for winning a playoff game - we played "flag" football back in the day. Some names I remember from the past: Geoff Williams, Renee (Bill's girlfriend), Jennifer Keller, and Mike Anderson."

Josh Clark ('01) married his best friend and the love of his life, Amanda Orzechowski, on Dec. 17, 2016, in Scotch Plains, NJ. They live in Kearny, NJ and are both teachers. Amanda teaches math at an after-school tutoring center, and Josh teaches elementary fitness. They both bring lots of joy into the lives of others through balloon art and facepainting at parties and events all over NY and NJ.

Amy Cheek Doty ('03) had a big year of changes--Her husband, Chad, proposed to her on New Year's Day 2016; they were married last summer; she left corporate work to develop her own freelance design business; and they closed on their first home recently. Amy says, "There will never be another year like 2016."

Andrew Graber ('04) married Caitlyn Bordeaux on October 29, 2016 with fellow alumni, friends and family by their side including alumni parents Gary and Elaine Graber, bridesmaid Monica Graber ('03), groomsman Josh Graber ('06) and his wife Taylor; groomsman Michael Anderson ('06) and his wife Laura, groomsman Matt Moore ('04) and his wife Katelin, and in attendance were Kevin Poppe ('06) and alumni parents Peter Michael and Lynnette Anderson. The couple lives in Fayetteville, AR. Andrew is an RN (Critical Care Coordinator), and Caitlyn is a marketing director.

Brittany Metrin Powers ('06) and Devin Powers ('06) welcomed their "newest slice of heaven" on Nov. 10, 2016, at 5:44 a.m. Bradlie weighed 7 lbs.,13 oz. and measured 20 in. long. Older sisters Paige and Jade love the new member of the family.

Jordan Canik ('07) and wife Kathryn welcomed 8 lb., 6 oz. Amber Lynn into the world on Nov 30, 2016. Amber is the first grandchild and great grandchild on both sides of the family. Jordan is the manager of a Sherwin Williams store in Frisco, TX, and "Kat" works for Time Warner. They reside in Little Elm, TX. Uncle Cameron ('11) has a video game design degree and is seeking a career in that industry. Also, shown are alumni parents/proud grandparents Randy and April Canik.

Brian Fredrich ('10) and Rachael Elkins ('10) were married on August 6, 2016, in St. Croix. The couple was blessed to have family and fellow CCS alumni by their side for their special day: Elizabeth Elkins ('04)-maid of honor, Amanda Cronin ('10)-bridesmaid, Trevor Sparks ('10)-groomsman, Autumn and Cadence Elkins (current CCS students)-flower girls,Jeremy Elkins ('01)-usher, Courtney Elkins (current CCS teacher), Cat Crozier Sparks ('10) and former CCS student Taylor McCraw-wedding guests. Brian and Rachael currently live in New York where Brian is studying for his master's degree at Cornell University, and Rachael is working as a nurse. 

Hallie Salmon ('10) is using her major in International Studies from Texas A&M University to travel the world. Last fall she taught English at the New York Language School in Loja, Ecuador. When that assignment ended, she traveled to Peru where she learned to surf, and then she traveled on to Switzerland. Hallie is currently working as an au pair for a family with four children in Rome. She plans to return to Texas in March.

Michael Teague ('10) graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy on Dec 10, 2016, and will be moving to Keller, TX, to work at a physical therapy clinic. Michael is pleased to announce is his engagement to Catherine Eamma. Their wedding is set for June 23, 2017.

Lauren Echols ('13) recently graduated early from Texas A&M University with a BS in Nutritional Science and a minor in Spanish. She took the exam to become a Dietetic Technician, registered in January and plans to apply for dietetic internships that begin in the summer, which will qualify her to become a Registered Dietitian.

Alumni Basketball Players vs current Lady Warriors: Over the Christmas 2016 break, Coach Martin invited alumni basketball players to join the current Lady Warriors for practice and lunch afterwards. "We had a great time," said Coach Martin. "The alumni still got it!" Alumni shown in photo: Courtney Higgs ('06), Charity White Gregory ('06), Kat Barnett Lopez ('07), Shannen Longridge ('13), Lexus Van Pelt ('11), Katie Moore ('14), Dai'ja Coleman ('15)