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07-24-14 Athletic Director to Retire
Oscar Stenberg is hanging up his athletic director's hat and will focus on teaching and his grandkids. Filling those shoes has been difficult and two people are going to do it. Faith Kempf, secondary principal, will be taking over along with Emma Neiworth-Petshow, who will assist her.

When you think of Horizon Christian School sports, it is natural to think of Oscar Stenberg. He and a couple other athletic directors before him, developed the program from a bunch of kids playing basketball (or bump!) on the blacktop to a thriving, competitive athletic program that includes six sports - soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, golf, and track and field. Oscar has done it all - set up the schedule, attended the meetings, worked with the refs, chalked the soccer field, pulled out bleachers, cleaned up the locker rooms, coached, cheered, and mediated. Oscar's wife, Helen, even washed all the towels after each game. Athletes have been coached not only in skills, but in behavior and character. They read the OSAA sportsmanship banner together before each game and knew the expectations were high. Oscar's theme has been that the soccer pitch, basketball court, and baseball diamond are all "classrooms" where relationships are formed, character is developed along with skills, and God's love is shared with all.

The team of Kempf and Neiworth-Petshow share that same commitment to a program that honors the mission of Horizon. Faith Kempf will be the athletic director and Emma Neiworth-Petshow the athletic coordinator. Emma has been the track and field coach for the past three years, so is familiar with Horizon and the sports program. She competed at the collegiate level in pole vaulting and enjoys sharing her knowledge of track and field as a coach. Emma received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Health Studies: Health Science and General Science and is currently pursuing a doctorate in naturopathic medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine. She also has strong computer and organizational skills along with people skills, which she has used with her health and science knowledge as a research assistant and an intern at both the Clackamas County Health Department and Oregon Health and Sciences.

06-04-14 - New Pre-Kindergarten Director / Teacher Selected Shannon Wenz has been hired to replace Christy Berthold for the position of Pre-Kindergarten Director / Teacher. Ms Wenz would love to meet her future students at the upcoming elementary concert on Thursday, June 5th.

05-28-14 - Horizon Student Awarded Ford Foundation Scholarship
Austin RequaAustin Requa, a senior, has been awarded the Ford Foundation Scholarship. The renewable scholarship, which was given to 120 students this year out of more than 5,000 applicants, covers 90% of each student's unmet financial need for each academic year. The selection process involved both an application and an interview.

Austin's resume starts with a 4.0 GPA. He is National Honor Society President, on the Student Leadership Team, is an Eagle Scout and volunteers throughout the community. He is an athlete, competing in basketball, soccer, golf, and track & field and has been team captain and received numerous awards as an athlete. He is an accomplished pianist and four-time State Gold Medalist in Piano Baroque Competition. He was Elks Student of the Month in October 2013 and earned several teacher awards. Austin's parents are Shaun and Brett Requa and his sister, Amy, is a freshman at Horizon Christian. Austin will be attending Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon with a major in pre-med and a minor in music. He plans to go on to medical school and become a surgeon.

05-16-14 School Improvement Grant Received
Horizon Christian School applied for, and received approval of a School Improvement Grant which will allow us to increase our teaching staff, thereby offering more opportunities for existing students and make Horizon even more attractive for potential new students. Funds from the grant are over and above our current budget levels and will allow Horizon to do the following:

  • Add one new full time faculty member with a math and science specialization
  • Add a half time Computer Science professional to the staff
  • Add a half time Library professional to the staff
  • Offer additional Student Financial Aid

The School Improvement Grant combined with our recent Capital Campaign to reduce debt further strengthens the program at Horizon for the future. The grant is an annual grant, eligible for annual renewals as long as Horizon re-mains true to its existing mission of teaching students from a Biblical world view perspective which includes biblically related instruction at every grade level.

05-16-14 Horizon is Hiring!
Horizon Christian School is now accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Pre-Kindergarten Director/Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Girls Varsity/JV Basketball Coach

Go to our Job Openings page for more information.


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