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Zoe Taggart Participates in Pete Sessions' Leadership and Growth Program in Washington, D.C.

This summer, U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) hosted 163 students from 42 high schools in Washington D.C. for the annual Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program (PSLGP). Each year, in June and July, the North Texas students visit our nation's capital to see firsthand how government works, learn invaluable leadership skills, and visit historic sights. 

"Our students are the future of our great nation. That is why each year I am delighted to welcome young leaders to Washington for my leadership and growth program," said Congressman Sessions. "This program challenges them to sharpen their minds, expand their horizons, and be the best that they can be.

"This year, students met with several of my colleagues, including fellow Rules Committee members Congressmen Bradley Byrne, Dan Newhouse, and Ken Buck, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Greg Walden, and Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and fellow Texan Michael McCaul, who were generous enough to share their time and insights with these young leaders. I hope that the stories, advice, and encouragement they provided will spur these students on to pursue a life of serving their communities in many different capacities.

"In addition, the students also had the chance to visit the Pentagon, the White House, the Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, the Drug Enforcement Agency Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, Marine Barracks, and several of the Smithsonian museums. 


Senior Receives Theatre Award

The Covenant School is thrilled to announce that Stevie Michel has won the prestigious "Ambassador Scholarship," a part of the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) High School Musical Theatre Awards. 

Only two students are chosen from hundreds of nominees throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Stevie was chosen for her outstanding contributions and support of the Musical Theatre Program at The Covenant School.

Congratulations, Stevie!


Senior Athlete to Run in College

Covenant is proud to announce that Joanna Sheley has committed to run at the collegiate level with Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. According to Coach Michael Golden, Joanna began running as a sophomore in track, and she pushed her limits every day, learning to control her body and run through the pain. By the time she was a senior, Joanna was leading a cross country team to a state victory and committing to run in college. Joanna's determination and work ethic is what running coaches long to see in all of their athletes, and she embodies the very best of the Covenant running program. Good luck, Joanna! Covenant is proud to call you one of our own!


Rhetoric Singers Sweep State

Congratulations to the Covenant Singers who won top ratings of "1-Superior" on both their Concert and Sight-Reading Performance at the Houston TPSMEA State Competition on Saturday, April 7. The choir sang "Jubilate Deo" by Halmos, "The Cloths of Heaven" by Stroope and "Fiddler Man" by John Rutter.

The Covenant Chamber Ensemble competed with the selection, "Earth Song" and earned a "1-Superior" rating.

Six Covenant soloists who had also advanced to the state level, performed excellently and each student earned a rating of "1-Superior" for their performance. Congratulations to Stevie Michel, Cameron Sharpless, Claire Booker, Haley Hawkins, Sally Shaw and Melanie Kay. 

We are so proud of our talented musicians! You may listen to the performance of the Covenant Singers using this link.


New Head of School Named

After an extensive national search, The Covenant School announced its appointment of Dr. Robert Littlejohn as its next head of school.

Dr. Littlejohn is the current head of school at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, a classical Christian school in Raleigh, N.C., where he has been for the last 12 years. Trinity was recently named a Certified Best Christian Workplace and top school by the Best Christian Workplace Institute.

Dr. Littlejohn began his career in education shortly after completing his doctorate. He was the founding headmaster of New Covenant Schools in Virginia, and has extensive collegiate and college preparatory administrative experience. He has a B.S. in Biology from Baylor University, an M.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University. He is a published author, including Wisdom and Eloquence, one of the leading books on classical liberal arts learning.

“Dr. Littlejohn’s extensive professional and educational accomplishments make him the ideal candidate to lead Covenant into its next 25 years,” said J.J. Barto, the chairman of Covenant’s Board of Trustees. “He is truly one of the top contributors to classical Christian education movement throughout the nation.”

Dr. Littlejohn’s first full year will begin with the 2018-2019 academic year.


Covenant Wins Henderson Cup!

The Covenant School was named the 2017 State Champion for TAPPS 3A and awarded the Henderson Cup. We are so proud of this trophy because it is a recognition of the achievements of our students in a variety of extracurricular programs. TAPPS bestows the honor based on accumulated points at competitions in art, academics, vocal and instrumental music, and various teams sports. Covenant has previously won the trophy two other times when we were in division 1A. Athletic Director Jesse Olvera informed TAPPS that we will not be returning the trophy at the end of the year because we intend to earn it again. Congratulations students, teachers and staff! This great achievement truly reflects on the quality and commitment of our entire school!


Christian Athletes of the Year

Congratulations to juniors Jack Spangler and Cole Sellers on their nomination for Christian Athlete of the Year. Jack and Cole were selected as semifinalists from thousands of applicants across the state. Check out below what the boys had to shared about their experience.

Jack - "Our nomination required us to express how our faith and relationship with Christ impacted our lives as student athletes. It was honoring to be a part of that process and to be among others who were also selected."

Cole - "It was an honor to be nominated. I am grateful I got to be a part of it and hear from speakers who shared inspiring words on what it meant to be a Christian athlete. Thank you Covenant for the support."

Covenant is proud of you, boys!


TPSMEA Vocal Awards

TPSMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition

Covenant hosted judges from TPSMEA for the solo and ensemble competition on Tuesday, March 6. Each student sings a piece from one of 4 divisions (based on difficulty.) Division One pieces are solos/choral works of college-level difficulty. Students are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (one being "Superior")


Covenant Chamber Singers received a "1" (Superior)  on Earth Song


Division One Solos  
6 students received top score of "Superior"
2 students received a score of "Excellent"

Division Two Solos
8 students received top score of "Superior"
3 received a score of "Excellent" 

The following Rhetoric students scored a "1" on a Division 1 Level piece and are eligible to compete in the Houston TPSMEA State Competition: 

Covenant Chamber Singers
Cameron Sharpless
Haley Hawkins
Sally Shaw
Claire Booker
Melanie Kay
Stevie Michel



Bel Canto (Girls' Ensemble) received a "Superior" on Lunar Lullaby
Con Brio (7th Grade Boys' Ensemble) received a "Superior" on Little Book Spiritual

14 students competed on Division 2,3 and 4 solos. 
13 received a  score of "Superior"
1 received a score of "Excellent"


Men's Soccer State Champs!

Congratulations to the Covenant Men's Soccer team, the 2018 TAPPS 3A State Champions! The boys defeated Katy British International in a rematch from last year's championship game! This time, the Knights took the top spot at 2-1 with goals by freshmen Eli Kerlin and junior Wes Bender! This is the very first state championship for the Covenant Knights Men's Soccer program, and we could not be more proud! Way to go Knights!


Junior Classical League

Thirty-six Covenant Latin students from grades 8-12 competed at the Area Junior Classical League convention last Saturday, February 24. They braved the early morning weather to drive to Fort Worth Country Day, where they pitted their knowledge and talents against Latin students from all over North Texas, from schools large and small, public and private. Twenty of them won 29 awards, thus qualifying to compete at the State level on April 13-14. Cooper Lazzell was the #1 student in 1st-year Latin derivatives; Nathan Roberts was the #1 student in 2nd-year advanced grammar; Jack Peterson was the #1 student in 2nd-year vocabulary; Carson Peters was the #1 student in 3rd-year advanced prose comprehension. Covenant even had two decathlon winners, who are considered the best overall Latin students at their level: Ryan Luedtke and Jack Spangler.

Full list of awards:
Beginning Grammar
2nd Ryan Luedtke
3rd Nina Berry
4th Cooper Lazzell
5th Ellie Grace Cooper

Advanced Grammar
1st Nathan Roberts

Latin Derivatives
1st Cooper Lazzell (1st year B)
4th Nina Berry (1st year B)
4th Matthew Stills (1st year)

Ancient Geography and Monuments
3rd Ellie Grace Cooper

Reading Comprehension
1st Carson Peters (advanced prose)
2nd Helaina Gilmer (beginning)
5th Sam Schuhmacher (beginning)

Roman Life
1st John Rosa
3rd Jake Buell
4th Marietta Scherer

1st Jack Peterson
3rd Nathan Roberts

Classical Mythology
5th Elle Tohlen

Mottoes, Abbreviations, Quotations
4th Jake Buell

2nd Polychromatic Drawing: Ella Buell
3rd Sculpture: Jake Buell

1st Ryan Luedtke (1st year)
1st Jack Spangler (4th year)
2nd Sidney Kronbach (1st year)
2nd Reagan Bovenkamp (4th year)
3rd Ansley Peters (1st year)
4th Alec Scully (4th year)
5th Mya Ulmer (4th year)


Art Competition Winners

Many of our Grammar and Logic School students recently entered this year's Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Art Competition at Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville! Over 400 works of art were judged in a variety of categories. Congratulations to the following students for placing in the show:

Olivia Campbell 1st place in 7-8 Printmaking and 1st place in 7-8 Sculpture
Eli Daniel - 1st Place, Weaving
Mia DaPonte 3rd place in 5-6 Drawing
Ian Gallagher - 2nd Place, Drawing
Eva Kronbach - 1st Place, Ceramics
Clare Kuhne - 3rd Place, Painting
Cooper Lazzell 3rd place in 7-8 Printmaking 
Audrey Lewis - 1st Place, Painting
Reagan McKay - 1st Place, Mixed Media
Reese Moore - 1st Place, Ceramics
Kay Kay Moxley 1st place in 5-6 Printmaking
Katherine Wagliardo - 3rd Place, Ceramics
Connelly Wilson 2nd place in 7-8 Printmaking

Covenant swept 7-8 Printmaking! Here are the winners:

Visit our fine arts page to see a gallery of all our winning art from the contest.


Rhetoric Singers at State

Congratulations to our Rhetoric singers for their significant choral achievements.  The TPSMEA Region I Honors Choir was held in early January. In October, students make and submit audition tapes. A panel of judges evaluates each submission and this year, 16 Rhetoric students were chosen to participate in All-Region: Bailey Beaird, Sally Shaw, Haley Hawkins, Shaina Burgos, Isabella Adams, Melanie Kay, Claire Booker, Cameron Sharpless, Kyler Zak, Sammy Newcomer, Cole Harvey, Nathan Roberts, Brendan Short, Elic Gum, Carson Peters and Jackson Murray.

From the original round of auditions, audition recordings are once again evaluated and 160 students from across Texas are invited to form the TPSMEA All-State Honors Choir. This year, Covenant was represented at All-State by five Rhetoric singers: Sally Shaw, Cameron Sharpless, Nathan Roberts, Brendan Short and Jackson Murray.

The students spent three days in rehearsal with fellow All-State singers.  Their practices culminated in an amazing closing concert at the Eisemann Center in Richardson under the baton of Dr. Sandra Snow, the guest conductor/clinician from Michigan State University. Senior Cameron Sharpless was awarded the bass solo in the second piece on the program, Martini's "Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me."  Click here to listen! Covenant is so proud of each of our musicians!


Cross Country State Champs

Congrats to our Varsity girls and boys Cross Country teams! Both teams brought home the 1st place trophy in the TAPPS 3A State Cross Country meet! We are extremely proud of all that these athletes and coaches have accomplished this season!

The girls team not only came home with their first state title, they also had 3 top ten finishers: Emma Kackley (3rd), Ellie Kackley (6th), and Maggie Taylor (7th).

The boys team not only held on to their state title, but like the girls they also had 3 top ten finishers: Hogan Hurley (3rd), Jack Rowland (7th), and Seth Mackinnon (9th).

Click the following links for additional individual results for our male and female athletes.



One Act Play Wins State


The Covenant One Act team is the TAPPS 3A state champion for their performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest." Students also brought home the following awards: Best Actor - Jacob Long; All Star Cast - Cole Harvey and Sally Shaw; Honorable Mention - Haley Hawkins and Cameron Sharpless; and All Star Crew - Claire Booker.



Honor Choir Record

Each year, vocal students may audition for the TPSMEA  (Texas Private School Music Educators Association) Honor Choir. In 5th and 6th grade, the auditions for the TPSMEA Children's Honor Choir take place at the school. Each school is allowed to send 15% of their total 5th and 6th grade students, so Covenant can send 15 children. Congratulations to the following students that will be representing Covenant in Fort Worth this weekend: Bersabel Asfaw, Chloe Butler, Sarah Dawson, Cameron Dow, Cabe Gum, Samantha Holt, Emma Howell, Jack Jones, Robert Kern, Georgia Klinefelter, Lila Perryman, Addison Prouse, Ellie Radant, Connor Weiss, and Christian Zak.

The process to be chosen for the Middle School Honor Choir and the High School Honor Choir is highly selective. Each student has two weeks to prepare the audition selections, record and submit the recording for judging. A panel of five judges adjudicates each student’s recording.  Twenty-five students from each vocal part are chosen from over two hundred students to become members of the TPSMEA Honor Choirs. This year, Covenant has 24 students who were chosen for these two choirs. 
In the Middle School Honors Choir, Covenant will be represented by Maddy McNeill, Nina Berry, Isabel Goodwin, Sidney Rose Kronbach, Ryan Luedtke, Hannah Dooley, Caroline Leftwich, Helaina Gilmer, William Weiss, and Noah Thomason.  They will spend two days rehearsing in Fort Worth with Honor Choir participants representing North Texas and will give their concert on Saturday, November 11 at 4:00pm at First Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

This year, 14 choral students won spots in the Region I High School Honor Choir. Representing Covenant at this January event will be Melanie Kay, Haley Hawkins, Claire Booker, Sally Shaw, Shaina Burgos, Kyler Zak, Elic Gum, Cameron Sharpless, Nathan Roberts, Brendan Short, Jackson Murray, Cole Harvey, Carson Peters, and Bailey Beaird.
Students who have placed in the All-Region High School Honor Choir will have their submissions re-evaluated along with Honor Choir students from Regions 2 and 3 for selection to the All-State Choir. The All-State Choir will be held at the Eisenman Center in January under the direction of Sandra Snow (MSU). Members of the 2018 All State Choir will be announced at the end of November.
Congratulations to all of these talented vocal students!


Students Begin Recycling Program

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. - Genesis 2:15

Last year, I got a letter from a student asking to start a recycling program. It was a good idea, but the timing was off, so I asked her to get back with me in the summer. Students make all kinds of requests; sometimes they forget, other times, they lose interest, but this student was undeterred. In fact, when she showed up for our first meeting, she had already recruited another student. As they walked in, I was pretty sure I would have to say yes to anything they asked for. They arrived ready for the hard sell, armed with a chart, a six step process, $50 collected from bake sales, and a slogan (ECOvenant: Recycling is Logical, so Logic Recycles). The meeting ended with a gift of cookies, perhaps the second line of defense in case I said no. The whole meeting was astonishing. To see students take ownership of something important impressed me deeply.

In a recent Logic School chapel, we were able to roll out the ECOvenant program. The students talked about why we should recycle, how it is going to work in Logic School, and introduced the contest that we are calling “Change for Change!” To encourage student involvement, we are collecting spare change till the end of the quarter (October 11). The money will be used to buy recycling materials. The homeroom and mentor teachers will collect the change in the jars. The grade that raises the most money through spare change (no bills or checks) will win an ice-cream sandwich party during lunch.

The “eco” prefix is significant, and by God’s providence, the Upper Logic mentor time had just focused on it. They were thinking about the deeper meaning of life: For what are we saved? The broad answer was oikonomia, a Greek term meaning house management or stewardship, and it is where “eco” comes from. The economy is a term we use to discuss how we manage our wealth and resources. Ecology is another “eco” term related to how we manage our natural resources. Oikonomia reminds all of us that God has created and ordered the world and calls us to participate in this economy, this stewardship of the His gifts.

We can manage the gift with love and wisdom or with abuse and foolishness. Wendell Berry calls foolish stewardship blasphemy:

[O]ur destruction of nature is not just bad stewardship, or stupid economics, or a betrayal of family responsibility; it is the most horrid blasphemy. It is flinging God's gifts into his face, as of no worth beyond that assigned to them by our destruction of them. To Dante, "despising Nature and her gifts" was a violence against God. We have no entitlement from the Bible to exterminate or permanently destroy or hold in contempt anything on the earth or in the heavens above it or in the waters beneath it. We have the right to use the gifts of Nature, but not to ruin or waste them.

Berry is speaking of our stewardship of the earth, but I was stuck by the expression “blasphemy.” It is such a harsh word. I don’t want to see myself in that light. The broader implications, however, bothered me more because we are not just stewards of natural resources. We are stewards of all the resources, the gifts God has set before us: family, friends, church, work, government, school. Do I neglect and therefore blaspheme those gifts?

I thank God for students who remind me to take that stewardship seriously. We pray for wisdom to manage them in way that brings flourishing, knowing too that it is not simply up to us. As Paul reminds the church in Ephesus, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Non nobis,

Brett Tohlen – Logic School Director
non scholæ sed vitæ discimus