Issue 29
December 23, 2019
HC Alumni News - Heritage
Dear Alumni,

Houston Christian has so much to be grateful for this holiday season! The annual Christmas Concert, festive holiday decorations beautifully installed by our Mustang Moms, the exuberant exchange of cards and tokens of friendship, and the reading of the Christmas story in chapel, along with so many other Christmas activities remind us that the Advent is upon us. In addition to exams and last drafts of college essays, we take the time to count our blessings and to joyously celebrate Jesus' birth.

One of our many blessings is the Langford family. Obie and Mary Lyn Langford are Northwest Academy alumni parents and Mr. Langford was one of HC's first Board members. For the past 27 years, throughout their daughters' time at Northwest Academy and the entire lifetime of Houston Christian, these faithful parents have supported the school. We look forward to their visit at Christmastime to deliver their annual gift and matching gift forms. We value our time and spiritual connection with the Langfords.  

As I reflect upon our blessings, from present to future, this past year I have signed 32 "Welcome Baby Mustang" cards sent along with baby onesies. Our newest "Little Mustangs" join a community of love and faith and we look forward to seeing these young students join the class of 2037! 

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to deliver on our mission and vision. We hope that we will be a part of your New Year's plans in one way or another. Please keep in touch and let us know how we may better deliver an alumni association that meets your needs.  

Enjoy the blessed Christmas season with your family and friends! 

Sincerely,
Dr. Steve Livingston
Head of School
Upcoming Events
Alumni Volleyball Game
Calling all HC Alumni and Alumnae,

Join us on Monday, December 30 for our first annual co-ed Alumni Volleyball game in the Metro Gym!

Game start is at 3:30 pm and we hope to see all our Mustangs back on the court!
Karen Klasen is Retiring!
Mrs. Karen Klasen is retiring after 40 (yes, FORTY) years of being one of the most dedicated employees to have ever served at HC. 

You're invited to join us on January 10th at 3:30PM to celebrate Karen's service and provide her with notes, pictures and remembrances from any and all alumni who want to submit a note. Please consider submitting a note about her impact upon your life or describe your fondest memory of Karen.

Please use the Google form below to submit a story or note to Karen.  If you have any photos, email them to:  alumni@houstonchristian.org  with your Full Name and Graduation Year (if you have been married, include maiden name) or click  submit photos  below. You may also mail in or drop off your notes to our campus, with "ATTN to H. Rosandich"

Notes, pictures, & remembrances must be submitted by FRIDAY, January 3, 2019.
Annual Santa's List Update!
Santa is checking his list - twice! Be sure to update your address so that he can send you a special HC surprise in the new year! In 2020, we want to be sure we are connecting with ALL our alumni, near and far! Take a moment to update your contact information by January 3rd.

Santa will be mailing out your surprise the week of January 13th!
Also keep your eye out for some new surprises for our Alumni Association in 2020!
Alumni Turkey Bowl
A huge shout out to our alumni who joined us on campus for our annual Turkey Bowl game and those who came ready to serve up some competition on the tennis courts!

Below: Ty Webre '11 and Priya Chacko '11 checked out our newly refurbished tennis courts.
Above: Garrett Nondorf '10 , Travis Blackshear '09 , Christopher Tutunjian '11 , Ben Chacko '09 , Conner Walker '11 , and Dan Nondorf '11 enjoyed a morning of flag football and fellowship on Mustang Field!
Leadership in Medicine - Is there a doctor in the house?
2nd Lt. Nick Moll '13 is a third year med student at the McGovern Medical School. He has begun applying for his surgery residency and gave our students an overview of what a medical career looks like with the U.S. Air Force Academy. 2nd Lt. Moll took the time to highlight the four branches of the Air Force Medical Corps; Mission Support, Aeromedical Evacuation, Flight Surgery, and Humanitarian Missions.
As a urologist and researcher dedicated to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, Dr. Natalia Khalaf '03 uses her leadership training each day. In her visit Dr. Khalaf inspired students with her story and encouraged them to explore their areas of passion.
Mustang Stories
Leah (Slavens) Haggard '11
Leah (Slavens) Haggard '11 lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Darrell. She received her bachelor's degree from Liberty University Online Programs and has recently started her own business as a certified holistic nutritionist. She currently works for the Grand Rapids Ballet and is a freelance ballerina who has danced all over the country.

Ballet has been a huge part of my life for the past 20 years. As a freelance ballerina, I have been able to travel around the country, working with different ballet companies, and meeting so many dancers and choreographers along the way. It is such a joy to travel to places like Seattle, Washington D.C., Memphis, Salt Lake City, Aspen, and Grand Rapids while dancing, and have many experiences that I would not have had otherwise. I have been able to perform in many different ballets and in many different roles, and have even been able to perform with my husband. Being a freelance dancer also allows me to have greater flexibility when I am not under a contract to be able to grow my own business as a holistic nutrition health coach. After finishing my Bachelor's degree in Marketing, I decided to go back to school to get my certification in holistic nutrition. My passion is to help dancers learn about food in a way that sheds a positive light on fueling their bodies while discussing body image and obtaining a healthy relationship with food. In my all of my years of training, I struggled with finding balance between managing a demanding physical workload and taking care of my body properly. Now, I find myself in a unique position to be able to know what it is like to be a professional dancer under intensive training, but also have an education in holistic health and nutrition. It has been rewarding to help other dancers going through issues that I also went through, and see how the changes they have made have been able to help them develop as dancers and as individuals outside of dance. 

In my four years at Houston Christian, I received so much support from the teachers and staff in pursuing a college prep education as well as a career in ballet, with several even coming to my ballet performances in high school. I was able to be a part of the arts at HCHS through the Doxa Dance Company my junior and senior years of high school, where I was able to grow my performance skills and also explore more contemporary style of dance. I had the opportunity to choreograph in the dance program, and learned how much I enjoyed engaging with dance in a different way. I am extremely grateful for the caliber of education I received at HCHS, which prepared me for pursuing my college degree while dancing and performing full time. The leadership skills and drive exemplified by the HCHS staff and students helped me to dream big to not only pursue a career in the arts, but to also start my own business by combining my passions. 
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