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The Top Ten Moments of 2013-2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas 

Written by Assistant Editor Emily Macdonald with contributions from Editor Brian Ogden

#1 Soccer vs. Southlake and Fourth Straight Title

Sophomore soccer players receive a proclamation from Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate celebrating their fourth straight title alongside their coaches. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Sophomore soccer players receive a proclamation from Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate celebrating their fourth straight title alongside their coaches. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

For the fourth year in a row, Faith’s soccer team has claimed the title of State Champions. This 4-peat was an outstanding accomplishment for the team, especially the seniors, for they have been prominent leaders on the team. This title didn’t come without challenges, though. The team played many major opponents, including large public schools like Southlake, but their hard work and determination helped them pull through and achieve yet another state championship win for Faith. Their fourth win was celebrated at an all-school pep talley at which the team and coaches were honored and the award was formally presented to the school. Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate also issued a proclamation making May 6, 2014 Faith Christian School State Soccer Champions Day. (more…)

Freshmen Tour Colleges On Annual Road Trip

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The class of 2017 began preparing for college in late April with the annual freshman college tour. Students toured four Texas universities over two days and came back with a new outlook on the college application process. Mrs. Michelle Taylor, Director of Academic and College Advising, led the trip which is designed “to allow students to get a ‘feel’ for the different opportunities they will have when making their own college choices,” she said.

Students visited DBU, TCU, Baylor, and Texas A&M. “We chose these schools for students to see different types of colleges, different sizes of colleges, and different types of college towns,” Mrs. Taylor said. “The purpose of the visits is not to promote any school. It is to enhance the student’s view of college and fuel their desire to attend a four-year university.” The students seemed to be evenly divided on which school was their favorite, but as many of this year’s seniors can tell you, those opinions can change many times before a final decision is made. (more…)

Class Teaches Reality Behind CSI Shows

GRAPEVINE, Texas – 2013 Neilsen Ratings showed that nearly 10.8 million Americans watched CSI in one night. Our culture definitely has a fascination with crime shows, but how much of what we see on TV actually happens at a real-life crime scene? To answer that question you should check out Faith’s forensics class taught by Mrs. Lyndsey Toce. (more…)

Student Returns After Four Months

GRAPEVINE, Texas – On Tuesday, February 17, senior Ashley Zartman walked into class at Grapevine Faith for the first time in nearly four months. Zartman was severely injured in a car accident on her way to school in October. After multiple surgeries and a long road of rehab and therapy work, she has finally been allowed to return to school even though it is for only two days a week.

Senior Ashley Zartman works on an assignment in Mrs. Kelley Stanley's AP English class on her first day back to school. Zartman was out for four months to recover from injuries sustained in a car wreck. / Photo Courtesy of Brandon Whiteley

Senior Ashley Zartman works on an assignment in Mrs. Kelley Stanley’s AP English class on her first day back to school. Zartman was out for four months to recover from injuries sustained in a car wreck. (Photo Courtesy of Brandon Whiteley)

Zartman had been back to the school earlier in her recovery process for short visits and to watch some basketball games, but this was her first day to return as a student. “It was so surreal,” she said. “I was told a few months ago that I probably wouldn’t be able to go back to school.” Zartman said walking back into class felt “like 12,000 pounds was lifted off my shoulders.” (more…)

Tour Tells Grapevine’s History Through Local Legends

Grapevine city hall is decorated with a statue of the night watchman who guarded Main Street in the pioneer days.

Grapevine city hall is decorated with a statue of the night watchman who guarded Main Street in the pioneer days. (Photo Courtesy of the City of Grapevine)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Few cities are as proud of their history as Grapevine, Texas. Be it historically accurate railroads, a functioning 19th century farm, or Main Street, the city pays close attention to the historical significance of each location. In keeping with this theme, D’Vine Wine on Main Street began offering The Night Watchman’s Tour to tell the city’s visitors all the local legends and ghost stories.

The town has a surprising host of characters that “haunt” it, and each tells a little bit more about the city’s past. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the tales are all interesting, even if some are less believable than others. The tour acknowledges that “there is no guarantee of actually seeing a ghost or spirit in any visible form” and ask that “you confirm that you are of suitable mental health to safely participate (sic).” (more…)

Nash Farm Offers Hog Butchering Workshop

Nash Farm hosts a hog butchering workshop each year in January. (Photo Courtesy of John Onderdonk)

Nash Farm hosts a hog butchering workshop each year in January. (Photo Courtesy of John Onderdonk)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – In preparation for this issue, we examined the upcoming events in Grapevine, and one stood out. It’s quite a unique idea. What we found was Nash Farm’s annual butchering and curing workshop. Let me be very straightforward with you. I had no immediate interest in learning how to butcher a hog. Nevertheless, it sounded different and, therefore, earned a spot in this month’s issue, and a Saturday of my life was spent watching a pig be turned into bacon. (more…)

Faith Spirit Store To Sell Student’s and Coach’s Books

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Faith’s Spirit Store recently welcomed two significant new items to its shelves: books written by a Faith coach and Faith student. Sixth grader Ben Sherman wrote a children’s story about orphans in Cambodia, while men’s varsity basketball coach Matt Sayman’s work focuses on how he got to Baylor and his time playing basketball there. (more…)

Little Women: Becoming Astonishing

Senior Julia Massie prepares for the ball. Little Women featured elaborate costumes to bring to life America in the 1800s. (Photo courtesy of John Murray)

Senior Julia Massie prepares for the ball. Little Women featured elaborate costumes to bring to life America in the 1800s. (Photo courtesy of John Murray)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Faith’s Creative Arts Department recently performed Little Women. The play was well-done, as has come to be expected at Faith. Most impressive was the work done by the crew and set-builders. While the actors surely put many hours into the play and received due applause, the crew is often overlooked.

Faith’s talented students built a two-story house and manipulated a kite to make it appear to be flying. One subtle yet appealing aspect of the show was how backdrops were projected onto the curtains surrounding the house to show the changing seasons. (more…)

50 Years Later, Dallas Remembers Kennedy

GRAPEVINE, Texas – In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was visiting Dallas while campaigning for re-election. “Although he had not formally announced his candidacy, it was clear that President Kennedy was going to run and he seemed confident about his chances for re-election,” according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential museum. As his motorcade turned off Main Street and onto Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, the President’s limousine came under fire from the Texas School Book Depository.

On November 22, our entire nation and, in particular, Dallas, Texas will remember the events of that day 50 years ago. As the anniversary approaches, the Sixth Floor Museum has received more attention. Lee Harvey Oswald fired shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository which now serves as a museum. The sixth floor houses the museum’s permanent exhibits, and the seventh floor is used for temporary ones. (more…)