Classification: 9th Grade
Taylor High School
Alex was born in Houston and has lived all her life in Katy. She attended Hayes Elementary, Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Exley Elementary. Alex spent her 6th, 7th and 8th grades at McMeans Jr. High and will enter Taylor High this school year.
Alex played volleyball, basketball, and ran track at McMeans. Alex enjoys and excels at volleyball and is spending some of her summer participating in volleyball camps including a freshman camp at the high school. She is also spending her summer training with the Taylor cross country team, running daily since June to get ready for the 2011 season which begins the Saturday before the first day of school. They run anywhere from 3 to 8 miles a day and will have their big 10 mile run in August.
Alex is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pattison, Texas where she is an Altar Server and helps with fundraising functions and prepares and serves snacks every Sunday after mass. She helps with feeding and clothing the homeless in the downtown Houston area every month. Alex’s favorite Bible verse is Hosea 14:4 “Israel, you have rejected me, but my anger is gone; I will heal you and love you without limit.”
Classification: 1st Grade
Nadia Chervnsik is a six-year-old who graduated from kindergarten at Exley Elementary and is looking forward to first grade.
Nadia was diagnosed with a rare condition, PFAPA, and missed 30 days of school due to cyclic high fevers. However, after receiving an Easter gift – a Maltipoo puppy named Fiona – she has not had a single episode or missed another day at school! Her parents and doctors cannot explain this phenomenon other than to say it is an answer to many prayers. Fiona is now a cherished member of the household and Nadia’s favorite furry companion.
Nadia is kind and understands how important it is to help others. She loves to volunteer at the Katy Christian Ministries Garden. She has fun pulling weeds, looking at bugs, picking produce, and collecting it in a basket for the food pantry. She has shopped for children in need at Christmas and raised funds for Texas Eqqusearch. Her favorite place to go on vacation is Florida, where her extended family lives.
Nadia attends Second Baptist in Katy along with her friends in the neighborhood. She is just discovering the Bible and learned that the shortest verse has just two words and is found in John 11:35 – “Jesus wept.”
Classification: Master’s Student
Edward Sanchez is 53 year-old man from Katy who has recently earned his BBA degree.
Ed has been married for 22 years and has two young boys. Ed is also a former United States Marine and is dedicated to God, Family and Country.
Years ago, Ed set out on a venture to finish his degree. He initially thought that he was too old to step back into a classroom, but God opened the door for me. “I knew that if God was for me, who dare stand against me! I took the step, graduated with my BBA with honors from Belhaven University and now I am in my Masters program,” Ed said.
“The Lord is Great. I encourage you, ‘Today is your day.”’Set aside everything that’s holding you back so you can jump into what God has for you. It will take courage, strength and faith to keep your desire alive in your heart. I assure you that God will provide for you and answer your heart’s desire,” Ed encouraged.
Ed’s favorite bible verse is, “In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His Holy name.” Psalm 33:21