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Shoreline Christian School Alumni Monthly E-Newsletter
November 26, 2014
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December 12

Join in the homecoming fun, December 12, in the Watson Groen Memorial Gymnasium as our Shoreline Christian basketball teams take on Darrington. 


Girls Varsity game starts at 6:00 followed by the Boys Varsity game at 7:30.


Alumni and families get in FREE!!!


Participate in our alumni half-time BUMP game and stick around for an alumni reception following the game.


Coming Home


Recently, I've had the privilege of touring several alumni around the school. I love seeing the expressions and hearing the stories, being shown a locker, a piece of art, or a trophy. It's wonderfully nostalgic. 

We invite you to come back to your alma mater to give us a tour! Call the office or email me to set up a time to come by.

We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming!



Tassie DeMoney

Director of Development and Marketing


Featured Alumni:  
2002-03 Varsity Boys Basketball Team
Front Row:  Hannah VanWechel, Jeremy Prins, Matt Waller, Grant Brandal, Geoff Jacobs, 
Tim Gunderson, Lyndsey Potampa
Back Row:  Coach Adam Haulter, Coach Daryl Broekhuis, Cory Bakker, Darren Broekhuis, John Crozier, 
Ben Werkhoven, Garth Brandal, Steve Vanderzee, Coach Ryan Garett

In 2002-2003, the school was celebrating God's faithfulness as we reached our 50th anniversary. Our varsity boys basketball team also celebrated a historic achievement, placing 2nd in state. The team went 16-4 in the regular season that year, including a 9-1 league record. Their sole league loss came in the first of two regular season games against the Darrington Loggers.


Junior co-captain Garth Brandal shared in the 02-03 yearbook that the loss against Darrington was a turning point for the team. "We really pulled together as a team, which helped us to win the remaining league games," including a second match-up against the Loggers. The team continued on to fulfill senior co-captain Darren Broekhuis's yearbook prediction of going "farther than any other team in Shoreline's history."


They became the second boys varsity team in school history to take home a trophy and the first to make it to the championship game, where they lost to none other than the Darrington Loggers. Senior Matt Waller shared in the yearbook he felt such a sense of community that year at the state tournament. Today, Brandal says the same thing. Looking back twelve years, he still remembers the great support from so many in the SCS community, "who went to so many of the games and made the long drive over to Spokane for the state tournament."

Brandal now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and is a resident physician at UCLA. He continued to play basketball while at Whitman College, though he says now his involvement with basketball extends to watching it on TV. He still occasionally gets to see his old Shoreline Christian teammates, who he says were a good group of guys and easy to get along with.


This December, we're inviting all alumni to come join us for Homecoming. Friday, December 12, the Shoreline Christian basketball teams will be facing our old friends from Darrington.The games begin at 4:30 with boys junior varsity, followed by girls varsity, and concluding with boys varsity. After the games end for the evening, stick around--an alumni reception will be held right there in the gym. We hope to see many alumni there, sharing memories and reuniting with old friends and classmates.



Mascot Change Announced

After careful deliberation, thorough research, and the polling of alumni, parents, staff, and students, our new mascot, by an overwhelmingly majority, is ... the Chargers! What is a Charger? It is a name that can be symbolized many ways but is one that evokes a moving forward, a symbol of strength or courage.


Our next step is to come up with a logo that represents this. We want to begin by gathering several possible designs for a new logo, selecting a new logo, and begin integrating the new logo into our school. The SCS Society School Board sincerely extends our gratitude to everyone who participated in this constructive process.


As an alumni of the former Watson Groen Christian School, the parent of a recent SCS graduate, and the parent of a current high school, you can be certain the foundations of this school remain the same: to celebrate that all creation belongs to God, to respond by developing every student's unique God-given gifts and abilities, and to live as dynamic and transforming influences for the glory of God. If you desire, I would love the opportunity to engage in conversation with you to explain the process and how we arrived at this decision.


Tom Rietkerk
SCS School Board President


Memorial Garden Plaques
In celebration of our 60th anniversary, a space was created for stories - past and present - a memorial garden. 

Now we need stories!  You can tell your story on a plaque that will be attached to the faces of the benches.  Learn more here.

Where Are You Now?
Each month we like to feature a different Alum in our newsletter.  It's a great way to re-connect. We would love to hear from you about what you're doing now.  Share your story with us.

Would You Like to Know What's Happening on a Weekly Basis at SCS?
If you would like to know about sporting events, class fundraisers, and other weekly events at Shoreline Christian, email us to be added to our weekly electronic greensheet or check out our school website's billboard.

Presidential Report
We sent out the Presidential Report with a special message from Tom Rietkerk, the current SCS School Board President. 

Take a minute to read the full report and consider giving to your alma mater. 

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