From: New Mexico Acitivites Association
WILSON REACHES PEOPLE WITH MUSIC
Most high school students spend their downtime hanging out with friends, playing video games or just relaxing. For Austin Wilson, most of that is true but the Rehoboth Christian junior is most comfortable with an instrument in his hands.
Since Kindergarten, Wilson has attended Rehoboth Christian and says he has enjoyed the small school atmosphere and made some life-long friendships along the way.
“Rehoboth Christian is much more to me than a school. It is like a second family. The teachers here are very open and my relationships with those teachers over the years mean so much. I have also developed some great friendships. I like the small school atmosphere.”
Wilson has played varsity soccer for the Lynx since the eighth-grade, commenting that he has learned much more than how to play a game.
“I enjoy playing soccer for a few reasons. Obviously, I love the game itself but the relationships I have built with my teammates and coaches are important to me as well. So far, I’ve had some tremendous experiences.”
He continued by saying, “I have learned more about life, setting goals and how to achieve those goals. The coaches have really helped not only myself but the entire team see the bigger picture and helped me mature into the person I am today.”
Music, however, is Wilson’s true passion. It started at the young age when his father, who plays the drums, taught him how to jam out on his own.
“As a young kid, my dad played the drums so he taught me and for a long time, the drums were the instrument I knew the best. Then I started to play piano in the third grade at Rehoboth and also the saxophone.”
Then, about four years ago, a unique opportunity presented itself to Wilson to start a band with kids from his church and the four-man group, “Students of the New School,” has been bringing their music to youth all across the region ever since.
“We started the band with my friends four years ago, playing at the church and as word spread about our group we were invited to play in Albuquerque, Denver, Phoenix and even Mexico. We play for youth groups mainly and here at the school. We don’t charge a fee; we just like to play and provide worship music for the kids.”
He continued by saying, “I put a lot of time and effort into my music and I would never have imagined that I would get more out of the experience than I’m putting into it. The guys in my band are some of my closest friends, while at the same time I love playing for other people and seeing how our music can change lives.”
The group is also involved in a street ministry in Gallup every Saturday, called “The 180”. The free concert is open to everybody and Wilson says it is an opportunity to give people who may be struggling with something in their lives a chance at a fresh start and a better life.
“The street ministry started with my church and the main purpose is to preach to the gospel, focusing on an anti-drug campaign. We just want to help people that need help and give them a chance for a better life.”
Wilson is not exactly sure what the future holds for him but he hopes to attend college after high school and major in business management. He also said that he would like to continue traveling the area with his band and possibly one day be a missionary overseas.
Last month Mrs. Newell and Mr. Yazzie entered Student Art into two Art Shows. One was sponsored by Southwest Indian Foundation and the other one was sponsored by Artsco, Inc. in Monument Valley, Utah.
The Artsco winners were:
- Asher Arviso and Zoe Claw won 1st place in the 5th Grade Division.
- Evelynn De Young won 3rd place in the 1st Grade Division.
- Trajen West won 3rd place in the 4th Grade Division.
- Neil OneSalt won 3rd place in the 8th Grade Division.
- Mark Delgado won the Special Award in the 9th Grade Division.
- Megan Shorty won the Special Award in the 1st Grade Division.
- Diedra Talisman won 3rd place in the 10th Grade Division.
The Southwest Indian Foundation winners were:
- Cayleen Hurley- Honorable Mention.
- Sampson Newell- Honorable Mention.
- David Copley- Honorable Mention.
- Talon West- Honorable Mention.
- Jessica Situ- Honorable Mention.
We praise our Creator God for the Rehoboth Christian School representation these art students made. We praise our Creator God for all the student art work entered from our school.
The student winners received awards for their efforts.
RCS Parents, Staff & Association,
Please join me in welcoming Bob Ippel as Rehoboth Christian School’s new Executive Director! It is with honor and humility that we, the RCS School Board have called Bob to full-time, permanent status.
Last evening the board heard from its personnel and search committee the recommendation that Bob should be called into the Executive Director’s position after much research and polling many RCS stakeholders. Unanimously, the recommendation was voted on and approved.
As with any decision we prayerfully sought our Lord’s direction and guidance. As a board, it was our intention on choosing The Best Executive Director for RCS’ promising future. From all accounts, Bob made this decision all the more easy.
As we embark on the eve of new beginnings here at Rehoboth, please continue to keep all RCS cares and concerns bathed in prayer and commit to continued prayer as we know, “… The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” and, “..not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” we can all rise and look to our God, as Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider).
We as your 2017-’18 RCS School Board give Bob our full backing and will endeavor to support him in everything that we can as we continue to “Build(ing) on the Promises 1” Peter 2:4-5a.
RCS School Board President 2017-‘18
The NMAA Names Rehoboth Athletic Director, Adrian Pete, Director of the Year for Class 3A!
The New Mexico Activities Association named Rehoboth Christian High School’s Athletic Director, Adrian Pete, Athletic Director of the Year for Class 3A. Pete received this distinguished honor through nominations and votes from other Athletic Directors throughout the state.
“This honor means a great deal because it comes from other Athletic Directors that I work with daily. I am not near the AD I want to be, but I do feel humbled to be nominated by good people from other schools,” remarked Pete upon receiving this honor. Pete goes on to say that, “My coaches and fellow admin team do a great job in supporting me also. It takes a team, from the admission people, concession workers, scoreclock people, bus drivers, custodians, coaches and athletes. I am blessed with good help.”
Adrian Pete attended Arizona State University and received his Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education with an endorsement in K-12 Physical Education. Now in his tenth year as an Athletic Director, the last four of which have been at Rehoboth Christian School, Adrian Pete continues to be deeply devoted to athletics and competition.
Pete’s philosophy behind directing athletics and coaching is founded on forming relationships with athletes. His commitment and focus is on seeing growth in others. Nothing makes Pete happier than to see one of his young athletes succeed after showing relentless effort and determination. Pete enjoys encouraging others to be the best versions of themselves.
Being an Athletic Director at Rehoboth has been a captivating and encouraging experience for Adrian Pete. He has a big vision for the athletic program at Rehoboth. And, while he loves competitions, he knows that most importantly, he is in the business of influencing young lives. In addition to his responsibilities as an Athletic Director, Adrian Pete is also the coordinator of the summer basketball camp, True Hoops, which teaches the fundamentals to over 200 kids each year.
On Monday, May 16, Rehoboth Christian School organized an all- school color run to raise money for the Preparing the Way Capital Campaign for a new high school. The run was designed to be a fun-filled way to promote school community, physical activity, and raise funds for a great cause.
During the one-hour run students were showered with brightly-colored, powdered paint at various color stations located on the hiking trails behind Rehoboth’s campus. Rehoboth had a goal of raising $40,000 at this event from local business sponsorship and pledges raised by students. Each student was challenged to raise $85 from friends and family members. Prizes were given to the top three students from each school who raised the most money.
Following the run, Ken Zylstra, the Director of Advancement for the school announced that over $43,000 had been raised with roughly $26,000 from donations brought in by students and $17,000 from local business support and sponsorship.
Rehoboth Christian School is continuing to move forward with the goal of providing the best possible Christian education in Gallup and McKinley County. The Preparing the Way Campaign will help Rehoboth to build a new High School facility, and allow their excellent teaching staff to facilitate 21st century learning that will equip the next generation of community leaders.
The current Rehoboth Christian High School was built in 1949. Rehoboth have been raising funds for the new High School building for over two years. To date, over $11 million has been committed.
The Rehoboth Color Run fundraiser brought the current need to under $2.7 million to begin construction. The essential components of the new high school will include nine classroom, one academic support classrooms, two science labs, and a media lab. In the future we hope to add a choral center and art studio.
Please join Rehoboth in preparing the way for a future full of light, hope, and opportunity for our students!
More information on the Preparing the Way Capital Campaign can be found at: http://www.rcsnm.org/supporting-rcs/preparingtheway.cfm