Alumni News June 2017

June 6, 2017

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Ben Bennett ('12) - Please click through gallery for photos of alumni in this newsletter!

WARRIOR COLLEGE GRADS (Undergrads and Advanced Degrees)

Kelsie Suter (’11) graduated from The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University with her Master of International Affairs. Focusing on national security and diplomacy, Kelsie completed a rigorous two-year program with three concentrations rather than the usual two: Intelligence as an Instrument of Statecraft; American Diplomacy and Foreign Policy; and Conflict and Development. She received the Dean's Leadership Certificate (which required formal education and training; self-study and assessments; and experiential learning activities) and was one of sixteen students to earn the Medal of Excellence by completing the leadership certificate as well as an intense online ePortfolio. Kelsie attends Central Baptist Church in College Station, where she's active in an intergenerational small group. She recently completed 2+ years as sidewalker and horse handler at Courtney Cares, a therapeutic horseback riding program which partners with Texas A&M's Parson's Mounted Cavalry to offer lessons to individuals with disabilities. 

Ben Bennett (’12) graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in mechanical engineering. During a recent visit to the CCS campus, Ben filmed a short video on his experience on how CCS prepared him for college. That video can be seen via the “I Am a Warrior” web page at CypressChristian.org. In the video, Ben expresses his thankfulness for being prepared academically and spiritually for life after high school. He is thankful to have been instructed by teachers who were committed to educational excellence, biblical values and who greatly cared for each student. He also said that if he had not had the type of environment where he was saturated with the gospel, he would not have been prepared as well to face mental, physical and spiritual challenges after high school. Being saturated with the Truth helped give him a foundation to work from in terms of knowing who he is in Christ and walking it out with integrity. 

Hunter Byrne (’12) graduated summa cum laude and top 10% in her class from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a masters of business administration in finance. She made the dean’s list each semester and was a part of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi Honor Societies. During her last year at UST, she served as the Student Government Vice President and presided over two separate renovation projects for student lounges on campus and raised thousands of dollars for the school. She helped raise $1.8 million at the UST Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala and was chosen queen for the event which is one of UST’s long-standing traditions. Only those students who have made significant contributions to the university and exhibit the values of leadership, faith and character are nominated for the honor of king or queen. It is one of the highest levels of recognition a student can receive at UST. Hunter attends Community of Faith Church and volunteers at the Houston Humane Society.

Dan Crozier (’13) graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in construction science. He credits his summer jobs with Coach Van Rieg at CCS, and Jim Boyd at BIG Enterprises, for his love of construction. Dan will continue to live in College Station as he begins his career as a Project Engineer with Gilbane, Inc.

Sarah Kooiman (‘13) graduated with a B.S. in business entrepreneurial management and a minor in psychology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL.

Robert (Bobby) Miller (’13) graduated from Texas A&M University earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He will work and reside in Austin. 

WARRIORS AT WORK

Kelsie Salmon Moore (’07) and husband Kent recently bought their first house in Lubbock, TX. Kelsey works for Lubbock Christian University as an Admissions Advisor. Kent is starting a new job as an Escrow Officer for Title One. They just adopted their first pet - a greyhound named Henry. 

Evan Weppler ('07) is the Elementary Children's Pastor at Cypress Bible Church and was invited to speak at the first chapel services held in the new Campus Life Center and Gym. He spoke to both elementary and middle school students about the "Signs of our Creator." Evan said, "It's always great to come back to CCS and see how much it has grown over the years. I enjoy seeing younger students growing in their faith and enjoy being able to encourage them through an engaging message. It's even more exciting now, as some of the kids at CBC attend CCS, and I can see how God can work in their lives through the combined influences of church, family and school. It's a privilege to serve and speak at CCS."

Jonathan Davis (’10) is pleased to report he has been hired as a secondary Spanish teacher for the ’17-’18 school year and will once again help coach high school boys’ basketball. He looks forward to coaching in the new gym next season.

Cody Franklin (’11) is using his degree in forestry and minor in recreation, parks and tourism from Texas A&M University as a Front Country Recreation Technician for the U.S. Forest Service. He is stationed in North Bend, WA working at Mount Baker in the Snoqualmie National Forest. 

 Lauren Davis (’12) enjoyed attending the grand opening of the Campus Life Center and Gym with her brother Jonathan (’10) and parents Jim and Michelle. Last year, she graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a B.B.A. in marketing and began work for Young Life. She has greatly enjoyed mentoring students, sharing the gospel, event planning and camp preparation at various Young Life camps and offices: SharpTop Cove Camp in GA; YL in Austin, TX; Carolina Point Young Life Camp in the Carolinas; and soon Camp Buckner in Burnet, TX. She attends New Life Church where she volunteers in the outreach program, on the worship and prayer teams and helps with graphic design and curriculum.

WARRIOR WEDDINGS

Steve Dansby (’05) married his beautiful wife Ashton on May 20, 2017. Steve is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Computer Information Systems. He owns a digital marketing agency called, “WeGrowYourBrand.com.” He and Ashton attend Lakewood Church. She surprised him with a groom’s cake to commemorate a company he co-founded called b12energybar.com.

LITTLE WARRIORS

Michael Anderson (’04) and wife Laura welcomed Graham Wayland Anderson on Jan. 31, 2017. Graham weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and measured 21.5 inches. Michael and his family live in Nashville, TN. Michael holds a B.S. in computer science from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in computer science from Vanderbilt University. He is the CEO of GameWisp, Inc., which helps online content creators build their careers, and Laura is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. They attend church at MidTown Fellowship and love being parents to Graham. "It is amazing to be a father,” says Michael. “We love our curious, smiley and fun little boy, and we are excited to watch him grow up!"

Whitney Green Marquardt (’07) and husband Adam welcomed their second child on April 29, 2017. Avery Grace Marquardt was born at 3:45 p.m. weighing 7 lb., 3oz. “We feel so blessed that God chose us to be this sweet girl’s parents,” says Whitney. “Our two-year old, Colton, adores his little sister.” Whitney is a labor and delivery nurse at Memorial Hermann Cypress. She and Adam will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary in September.

Lindsay Adam Santos (’08) and husband Ricardo welcomed Anthony Ramsey Santos on May 15, 2017. He weighed 10 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 21.5 inches. Lindsay is a nurse at Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands for a cardiology group. Ricardo is the logistics manager at a construction company. They attend Woodsedge Community Church in the Woodlands where Lindsay serves on the worship team.