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  • A Look Inside “The Culture of HC Basketball”

    It is almost basketball season and you can feel the energy here at HC! #BeELITE goes far beyond the court for our Mustangs, and we strive to live by the values of our program: Excellence through pursuit and progress, Love within a brotherhood and servanthood, Identity as a character of Christ and humility of the Spirt, Thankfulness for others and for adversity, and Enthusiasm through a culture of JOY. Watch this year’s promo video here. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for this season!
  • Senior Scholars Present Impressive Initial Research

    Houston Christian High School’s Senior scholars, Jonathan Chen’22 (left) and Robert Pounds ’22 (right), alongside our fantastic Distinguished Scholars Program Director, Dr. Droz, proposed their initial Senior Presentations on October 21, 2021! Jonathan presented a literature review on Metabolic Syndrome and the Human Microbiome. He delved explicitly into the Interplay Between Cardiovascular Disease & Bacteria, while Robert’s presentation was over Nicotine, Addiction, & EVALI and focused on the Detrimental Effects of Adolescent E-Cigarette Use.
     
    The Distinguished Scholars Program, which is part of The George and Barbara Bush Center for Scholars and Leaders, provides high-achieving students an enhanced learning environment to explore and build the skill set needed to become the next generation of leaders. This program is an avenue for Scholars to gain radical amazement where they discover, develop, and strengthen God's gifts. We are so proud of our scholars!
  • Mustang Featured as “Highschool Hero” on Radio

    Houston Christian High School’s Calder Hodge ’23 and Head Football Coach Nelson were featured today, October 22, on The Michael Berry Show. Berry, Houston-based radio talk show host on AM 740 NewsRadio, aired his latest segment “Tip Of The Hat To A Highschool Hero” that showcased Hodge’s great tenacity, spirit, and dedication. Coach Nelson reflected upon his time coaching Hodge, and how his skills go far beyond the football field. To listen to the full radio segment, click here. We are so proud of both Calder Hodge and Coach Nelson for being recognized for their hard work!
  • HC Pianist Needs Your Vote for Music Competition

    Houston Christian High School’s Alex Pesic ’22 is competing for the Audience Award of the Rocky Mountain Music Competition for his performance of Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 55 no. 1. To watch his impressive performance, click here. Voting is available now through October 27, 2021. Join us as we support our mustang by clicking here to vote.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Mustang selected for First-Team All-SEC

    The SEC released their Preseason All-SEC teams Tuesday and our Houston Christian High School alum Sahvir Wheeler ’19 has been selected for First-Team All-SEC. This is just another huge accomplishment for Wheeler during his college career. We are so proud of our Mustang! Read more here.
  • Vote Our Mustangs for Basketball Players of the Year

    It is almost time to toss the ball up in the air for the 2021-2022 basketball season at Houston Christian High School! We are thrilled to have not one, but TWO Mustangs on the VYPE Houston Preseason Private School Girls Basketball Player of the Year poll! Vote for Jalayah Ingram ‘23 and D’Asia Thomas ’23 by clicking here.
  • HC Cellist Recognized in TMEA Region 27 Competition

    Join us as we congratulate Houston Christian High School’s Daniel Kuo ’23 for placing First Ranked Cello Student in Texas Music Education Association Region 27 Spring Branch Orchestra auditions, held today, October 12, 2021. This competition is extremely competitive, involving some of the most talented young orchestra musicians in the Houston area. Daniel will advance to AREA auditions which could lead him to participate in the TMEA All State Orchestra. We are so proud of your accomplishment Daniel, and are cheering for you all the way to State!
  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement at Houston Christian

    Jonathan Chen and Davis McCollister, seniors at Houston Christian High School, have achieved the high level of recognition as Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program. National Merit Semi-Finalists are students whose PSAT score places them in the top 1% of each state's high school seniors. This is an extremely high honor and coveted by colleges. Their extraordinary performance on the PSAT places them in competition for National Merit College Scholarships. Semifinalists must qualify to become a Finalist by completing and being selected from a rigorous process. Continue to full story...
  • HC Hosts Lacrosse Camp

    Calling all 3rd-8th grade lacrosse players! Houston Christian High School is excited to host a Lacrosse Camp on Friday, November 5 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. We require all boys and girls to provide their USA Lacrosse Membership number through membership.usalacrosse.com. Our camp will be $150 per athlete, and we are including lunch on Saturday. To register, please click here. We can’t wait to have you here on campus, sharpening your skills!
  • Alumni Spotlight: Mustang brings leadership to Indiana Basketball

    Houston Christian High School alum Miller Kopp ‘18 has been featured in a compelling article in “Inside the Hall,” highlighting the leadership, bravado, and talent he brings to the Indiana Basketball program. HC Ron Crandall and Teddy Wheeler were interviewed, reflecting on their time spent with Kopp as a guiding light on the HC basketball team. Author Tyler Tachman comments, “This is who Kopp has become for Indiana in less than four months with the program. After there was a disconnect between the program and the community during the previous coaching staff, Kopp has helped reignite that relationship.” We are so proud to witness your success on and off the court, Miller! Mustangs are making a difference!  Read full article here
  • NFL “End Zone” highlights HC’s Shining Star

    Cori Yarckin of Channel 5 for NFL End Zone featured Houston Christian High School student Calder Hodge and our Mustang football team for their latest episode. The segment highlighted Hodge’s determination and spirit, and included quotes from Head Football Coach, David Nelson, along with teammates. “He lives a life without limits... He’s an unbelievably amazing kid and I could just tell from that first meeting that he was the full package. He inspires every one of these guys out here”, said Nelson. This spotlight is well deserved, and we are so proud of our Mustang! Click here to watch the full feature.
  • 2021 Homecoming: DISCO

    The Houston Christian High School Mustangs will take on the Hitchcock Bulldogs at the HC annual Homecoming game on Friday, September 24.  The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the MetroNational Athletic Complex, located at the HC campus. All students, parents, alumni, and friends of Houston Christian and Northwest Academy are invited to attend. All week the students will participate in dress-up days to show their school spirit. A list of dress-up days and the full schedule of events are noted below. 
     
     
  • Students support hurricane victims

    Houston Christian High School’s Student Council and Interact Club are hosting a food drive to help provide relief to the families affected by Hurricane Ida. From September 20 to 24, 2021, students will be collecting donations of the following items through designated bins throughout campus: water, crackers, granola bars, protein snacks, canned goods (chicken, salmon, sardines, tuna, green vegetables, fruit, no-salt-added beans), cereal, and canned soup. Thank you for your generosity and support. Mustangs giving back!
  • Alumni Spotlight: Mustang plays in golden sunshine

    Please join us in congratulating Austin Maurice McDonald '18 on joining the Tennessee State University football program as linebacker! His football bio popped up on tsutigers.com last week, and we are so proud to see our Houston Christian High School alum featured. We can’t wait to see all you accomplish in the “land of golden sunshine”! You can follow the TSU Tigers football journey by clicking here. Go stangs!
  • George & Barbara Bush Foundation provides strategic insights

    Houston Christian High School students had the distinct privilege of being able to attend a very special virtual event featuring comments from Ambassador Ryan Crocker, through the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, and Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government & Public Service. Max Angerholzer, CEO of George & Barbara Bush Foundation, moderated this meaningful discussion, providing attendees Strategic Insights on the Recent Developments in Afghanistan. Ambassador Crocker is the Former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon and former Dean of the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. This event is just one of many that HC promotes for the students’ development of scholarship and leadership.
  • Creative compassion

    Students at Houston Christian High School used their artistic talents in a tribute to the heroes of 9/11. Like all of us within the HC community, they struggle to comprehend the unfathomable destruction and loss of innocent life that day. Their response was through their art, with specialized media and styles that were personal to them. Click through to see beautiful artwork from students Avery Elkins, Grace Transou, Harper Lee, Jackson Herauf, Josiah Wu, Kennedy Garza, and Maddie Carmichael. 
  • HC’s heart BEATS for Jesus

    Houston Christian High School had the honor of hosting William Branch, a.k.a. The Ambassador, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Bible for The College at Southeastern, as our Chapel Guest Speaker. On Thursday, September 9, Branch delivered the gospel through his unique and captivating perspective to HC faculty, staff, and students! Even though it was his birthday, Branch gave HC the gift of hearing his latest Christian rap song, asking for input. The recording of our live stream can be found here (skip to minute 12 to start chapel). To read Branch’s bio click here, and follow him on Twitter for scripture, updates, and the latest Christian rap releases.
  • Theatre program "Buzz" with Spirit

    Joshua Chin '22 shares his account, in The Buzz Magazine, of volunteering alongside the HC Theatre program this past summer for a children's day camp called Spring Spirit. As a School Buzz Reporter, Joshua had the opportunity to shine a bright light on the acts of service Houston Christian High School students participate in to enrich the lives of those in our greater community. Theatre Director Robert Linhart's dream has become a reality! Read Joshua's compelling article here. Mustangs are making a difference!
  • StangTech taking initiative

    HC is leading the way! On Saturday, September 4, Houston Christian High School's StangTech Robotics Club attended the North Houston Best Robotics Competition season kick-off at Lone Star College-Montgomery. Best Robotics offered workshops and announced this season's challenge. Our StangTech team has a history of success within this competition, as well as the ability to train and lead other teams. There were four workshops, two of which were HC student- and faculty-led. The workshops they conducted were phenomenal, but even more so was their willingness to share what they had learned with other teams. Mustangs are making an impact!
  • 30 years of gratitude

    Gratitude and Blessings! Friday, September 3, alumni parents Mary Lyn and Obie Langford delivered their 30th consecutive year gift to Houston Christian High School! Their daughter Beverly '82 wanted to come to Northwest Academy as it transitioned under Houston's First Baptist leadership. She was soon followed by her sister, Vickie '85. Mr. Langford was on the Founding Board of Houston Christian High School and knew the plans God had for this community. What a blessing the Langfords have been - for 30 years!
     
  • Meet the Teacher September 9, 2021

    Houston Christian High School is excited to welcome our parents to campus for Meet the Teacher night on Thursday, September 9. We invite you to come and meet the people who are spending significant amounts of time investing in your student. The event starts at 6:00 pm with student schedule pick up in the Founders’ Circle. For full details regarding the night, please click here. See you soon!
  • Alumni Awarded Doctoral Fellowship

    Houston Christian Alum Kolby Killion ’16 has been awarded the Engineering Graduate Merit Doctoral Fellowship for 2021 at Texas A&M University. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, our mustang is pursuing his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. You can read more about his accomplishments here. Kolby, we are so proud of you!
  • Mustang Earns Coolidge Senator Title

    Congratulations to Jonathan Chen '22 for his recognition as a Coolidge Senator! In February of this year, he applied for the Coolidge Scholarship, ranking among the top 100 applicants out of 4,700.  Jonathan was awarded a one-time scholarship and took part in a four-day Washington, D.C. trip with his fellow senators. In addition to participating in debates, they attended seminars relating to fiscal policies and met with economists, statisticians, and entrepreneurs. Chen expressed his delight at the opportunity to meet some of the most promising high schoolers and gain knowledge of the country's politics, economy, and policies. Join us in congratulating our Mustang!
  • Principal Preview Delivers Parent Partnership

    Houston Christian hosted our principal preview event on August 19, 2021. Dr. Darren Price and families from HC gathered for a night filled with connections and conversations. In addition to sharing progress on previous initiatives, Dr. Price shared his vision for the upcoming academic year, including developing opportunities for our students. If you were unable to attend, we have made the recording of the event available online. Please visit this link to watch.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Mustang Takes Leadership to LSU

    Please join us in congratulating Amani Bartlett '21 on her signing with the LSU Women's Basketball team! LSUSports.net announced the news on August 16, 2021, and we are so proud of her achievement. You can read more about Amani's journey by clicking here.
  • Vote Our QB for VYPE Preseason Quarterback of the Year

    This week, we are asking for your votes for our quarterback, Bam Bennett! VYPE Houston's Preseason Quarterback of the Year Fan Poll will run through August 22nd at 7 PM. Make your vote count for our Mustang by clicking here! 
  • We Love Our Teachers! Buzz News

    Read the link below to learn more about what our students think about their teachers! Students name physics teacher Lukas Reike in a Buzz Article about teachers who have had an amazing impact on student lives. 

    https://thebuzzmagazines.com/articles/2021/05/class-2021-teachers-who-made-difference
  • D1 Athlete Joins HC Baseball Team as Head Coach

    Former baseball player for The University of Texas, Beau O’Hara, will formally take the reins of Houston Christian High School’s baseball team this fall after serving as assistant coach for four years and interim head coach during the 2020-21 season, as well as a football assistant coach.
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    Student Art Shows Go Digital!

    The HC Visual Arts Department is pleased to invite you to our online art exhibition. Our studio art students have documented their journey as artists this year to share with our HC Family. You can see Studio Art 2D & 3D here and Photography here. (Read more about our programs below.)
     
  • StangTech Has Best Year Yet!

    Congratulations to our HC StangTech Robotics Club on a record year, earning 6 awards in our local BEST Robotics competition and 2 awards at the four-state BEST Regional competition!

    Some highlights include First overall in our local competition, 3rd overall in the regional competition, Best Engineering Notebook in the local and regional competition, and Best Marketing presentation at the local competition!
  • For Parents: Identifying, Helping Teens Through Stress

    Houston Christian Counselor Carol Bartels, who is our LPC on campus, provides some guidance and useful tips on identifying stress overload and anxiety in your teen, and how to help them manage it. Read below for more information.
  • Alum Leaps to Nationals

    Congratulations to Will Vail, class of 2019, who posted a 7.26 meters in the long jump during the Southwest Baptist (Mo.) Bearcat Invite this weekend, landing him a spot at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. His leap landed at the fourth-longest in the nation so far this season.

    This feat earned him the Sooner Athletic Field Athlete of the Week. Read the story below! 

    https://jbuathletics.com/news/2021/4/3/track-field-vail-qualifies-for-national-championships-in-bolivar.aspx
  • Division 1 Recruit Commits to NIU

    Congratulations to our D1 and D3 commits! Two Houston Christian seniors have chosen their next home base for this fall and our community couldn't be more proud! 
  • A Special Message from Head of School: COVID-19 Update

    At this time, we will maintain our current protocols through the two weeks following Spring Break or April 2. Masks, hand sanitation, social distancing, and current adjustments to scheduling will continue as is on campus until otherwise notified. Given the potential for increased COVID-19 case numbers in our community over Spring Break, we will monitor our case numbers upon return from the holidays before making further decisions. 
  • Alumni Spotlight: Making a Splash in Crimson!

    Ellie Ashby '20 wrote a call-out to her hometown of Houston, Texas, this week for her college newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. Ellie is a freshman at Harvard University majoring in Social Studies with a minor in Economics. 

    Ellie was her graduating class's salutatorian and served as student body president while she was at Houston Christian. She also participated in theatre, was elected to homecoming court, and played volleyball. She also graduated with distinction through Houston Christian's Distinguished Scholars Program.
  • Mustangs Honored by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

    Congratulations to Jacob Romero ‘22 for his photography submission, “Personality of Emotions”, and Ella Drury ‘23 for her travel photography submission “La Longosta”. Both received Honorable Mention awards from the Scholastic Writing and Art Awards!

    Congratulations to Jane Yuan ‘21 for her Silver Key award portfolio entry (5 pieces of art)!
    Mustangs leading the way!
  • Swim Team Takes Laps to New Records!

    Congratulations to our Mustang swimmers for beating seven school records this season! Read below for a full list of our winning athletes! 

  • Alumni Spotlight: Student Illustrator Launches Career Through History Class

    Sadie Rose du Vigneaud’s illustration career began by doodling in class. A 2018 alum of Houston Christian High School, Sadie Rose took three classes while in school with social studies instructor Kevin Sivils, also an accomplished and prolific author. 

    Mr. Sivils said he was looking to illustrate his 14th fiction novel, a futuristic crime noir piece featuring a clone as the main character, when he noticed Sadie Rose doodling in class. 
    “She’s so talented,” he said. “I would recommend her.” 


  • Art Students Claim Houston Rodeo Wins!

    Congratulations to all of our Visual Art students who participated in the Annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art competition. We are thrilled to announce that Renee Anderson '22 and Karli Kapche '24 received medals and will have their artwork, "Watch and Learn" and "Howdy Partner", auctioned. Click to read about more winners! 
     
  • HC Students Place at 2021 Model UN Competition

    Senior Cameron Alemond, (left) and junior Jonathan Chen, (right), placed third and first places respectively in a recent Model UN competition where students represented different countries throughout the world. Students were evaluated on how well and accurate they portrayed a delegation of a certain country. Congrats gentlemen!

    Go Mustangs! #HCLeads #HCStangs
  • Talent Abounds for This HC Junior!

    Congratulations to Isla Ritchie who recently placed sixth overall in the Junior Female division at the International Modeling and Talent Association! The IMTA is a competition hosted by talent agencies to give exposure to burgeoning stars from around the country. 

    Isla competed in divisions such as Acting, Modeling, Cold Read, and Improv during the week-long event held in Orlando, Fl. She was represented by Neal Hamil Agency after auditioning in the fall of 2019. 

    Isla said she's always been interested in musical theatre and although the event was stressful, it was a good experience and fulfilling. 

    "I'm so glad I did it," she said. 
  • Campus Improvement Announcement

    Houston Christian always prioritizes the safety and well-being of our students, and we're excited to report that we have completed the installation of the new bipolar ionization technology throughout our entire campus! 
     
    Bipolar ionization is a technology that is integrated into the HVAC system. It's an active process that provides continuous disinfection. It uses specialized tubes that take oxygen molecules from the air - in our case, the outside air - and convert them into charged (ionized) atoms that then cluster around microparticles such as airborne pathogens, allergens, and mold. The ionized atoms effectively surround and deactivate harmful substances including the Coronavirus. 
     
    Thank you to our many donors who helped ensure our learning environment stayed as safe and healthy as possible! 
  • Polo Player Heads to Florida

    Junior Lance Stefanakis will ride his way to victory this month after being chosen to compete in the National Youth Tournament Series Championship 2020 Cecil Smith Cup in Florida. 

    Lance was one of 16 students selected nationwide by The United States Polo Association to represent one of four regions in the United States. Congratulations Lance and good luck!