April 3, 2021

Alumni Newsletter – April 2021


Warrior Weddings

Anne Maya Yalamanchili Collier (’11) married Colin Collier at the Chapel in the Woods at The Woodlands Church on March 13, 2021. Anne graduated from Baylor University with a degree in language and linguistics in 2015, and continued her education at The Forge at Pine Cove, a leadership development ministry.

Anne is a published author and photographer of The Travelers Table Cookbook of international recipes. Anne’s love of cooking was passed down to her from her father, who was born in India. What began as a hobby, soon became a new way to experience different parts of the world. She has visited 25 countries so far, and is always planning her next trip. Her book can be found on Amazon or at TheTravelersTableCookbook.com. For photography inquiries: AnneMayaPhoto.com 

Currently, Anne is working as a project manager/designer for a new residential community, and teaches a free ESL class through Bayou City Fellowship. Colin is an industrial electrician. They live in The Woodlands and attend WoodsEdge Community Church and “can’t wait to serve in their new community.” 

Ashley Milstead Wilson (’14) married Colby Wilson on March 6, 2021. Ashley recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is starting a new job at Liberty Hill Child & Family Counseling. She looks forward to working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety and depression, as well as their family members. Colby works for Ashton Woods Homes in the Warranty Department. Colby and Ashley live in Leander, TX.

Photo by: Alyssa Martin Photography

College Graduation

Isabel Pogson (’18) graduated from Grand Canyon University after only three years. She earned a B.S. in Digital Film with an emphasis in production. She now plans to pursue a production internship in Phoenix, Arizona.

Welcome, Little Warriors

Caroline Carthey Smith (’07) and her husband, Josh, welcomed their third child on February 16, 2021. Evelyn Layne arrived at the height of the winter storm and blackouts in Houston. “We will always have a fun story to tell,” says Caroline. Evie is the first granddaughter for either side of their families and is “so loved” by all, including her older twin brothers, Jim and Jack (3 ½ years old).

Josh is an e-commerce business owner. Caroline, a graduate of Oklahoma City University, owns her own calligraphy and stationery design business called Caroline Calligraphie. You can find her designs on Instagram at @CarolineCalligraphie or on her website, CarolineCalligraphie.com. Their family lives in Cypress, TX, and attends Antioch Community Church.

Photos by Lauren Holub Photography

Genesis Devine Luna (’08) and husband, Ryan, welcomed Genevieve Rose to the family on September 1, 2020. “She is a happy and healthy little girl (and is the family favorite),” says Genesis. The Luna family resides in Waco, Texas. Genesis is a stay-at-home mom, busy homeschooling Marguerite (6), William (5) and Beau (4). Ryan is an attorney at The Carlson Law Firm. Sic ‘em bears!

Alumni Coaches

Father/Daughter Alumni Coaches Lead Warriors to Basketball Titles

This year’s varsity basketball season was an exciting and rewarding one! Many of our readers may remember CyChristian’s longtime assistant basketball coach, Rory Coleman, alumni parent to Daija Coleman (‘15). This year, he was asked to step up to the head coaching position of the varsity boys basketball team and what a great season it was! The team earned the title of Area Champion.

And, while Coach Rory was busy coaching the boys, his daughter Daija (‘15) was assisting Coach Marsha Martin in helping the Lady Warriors varsity team earn the Bi-district Champion title.

Thanks, Coach Coleman and Coach Coleman, for an amazing season!

Way to go, Warriors! #OnceAWarriorAlwaysAWarrior

Photo by Rachael Lechman (CCS Alumnus, Freshman Bible Teacher & Photography Advisor)

Alumnus in Heaven

Kristin Elizabeth Francis (’08) went home to be with Jesus on March 16, 2021. Since 2009, Kristin has lived at home recovering from an arterial venous malformation bleed and brain surgery. She worked hard at rehabilitation with much joy and grace. She was an encouragement to all she met with her winsome smile and friendly demeanor. Her motto was “Francises never quit.” Her favorite Bible verse was Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She will be greatly missed. Thank you for praying for her family and friends.

Full obituary: KleinFuneralHome.com/Obituary/Kristin-Francis

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