New Year, New Coach, New Achievements
With a birth in the State Tournament starting Saturday, the Horizon Christian High School Girls Volleyball team gives us a breakdown of their success.
Bringing in the passion and drive for the sport, new coach Jay Lazaro Director of the Empower Volleyball Club brought a new found sense of direction and synergy on and off the court. The girls found strength under Coach Jay’s leadership to drive them to work as a team and give it their all.
“He is such a fun and caring coach that really impacted my volleyball experience,” explained senior Madison Jones.
“Jay has gone above and beyond for us girls, which shows through our success,” acknowledged senior Lauren Eyerly, “We always put in effort and have fun along the way because of the positive energy Jay brings.”
The combination of the girls' deep relationships and the coaching they are receiving has lead to their accomplishments. “Most of the girls played together since 8th grade; it has really helped our team’s dynamic connection,” disclosed senior Becca Classen, “Jay’s knowledge of the game and encouraging coaching style was the key factor on why we have been so successful.”
Coaching isn’t all these girls have going for them, Classmates and family members brought the noise and encouragement each game. From the theme dress up nights, to Spongebob chants, and even competitive push ups during timeouts, the crowd gives all they have to show their support to the school.
"My favorite thing the crowd does during games is when they do the pushups or the charger magic," stated senior Jaycie Forrester.
“To be completely honest, we would not have been able to make it this far without the support of the school. When the crowd is cheering, we can’t help but directly feed off their energy. They pick us up when we have nothing left, all because they believe in us,” admitted Eyerly.
“Our fan and parent section is unbelievable,” stated Jones. “[Their support] truly helps us play harder and faster because we feed off their energy.”
“The student crowd played a huge role in how the game went. Without the energy the crowd brings, we would not have made it this far,” continued Classen. “It is truly an amazing feeling when you hear your school chant your name.”
Even when under pressure, the players channel their strength through encouragement from teammates and the crowd. “When it’s a close and intense game, my teammates calm me down and I think to myself, just have fun,” explained junior Jazzy Lazaro.
“My teammates encourage me by always supporting me in everything I do. In practices, they push me to my limits which pushes me to do better in everything,” explains Jazzy Lazaro.
The team is excited to have made it to state but they realize they are not done yet.
“We want to finish strong in the State Playoffs,” explained Coach Jay Lazaro, “We have been working very hard at practices. Our varsity team has demonstrated some fantastic plays throughout the season, thanks to our back row passing, superb setting, and terminating hits.”
Preparing the players for their potential all season, Coach Jay always asks his players “What's your ‘State’ of mind?” Coach Jay’s passion for the sport is transparent in the way he coaches his players. It is inevitable that the players catch on to the coach’s enthusiasm.
“[When] an athlete comes to me very excited and asks, ‘Coach, did you see my hit?’ Hearing a player be so excited about what they have accomplished in such a short amount of time, brings joy to my heart,” coach Lazaro explains his favorite part about being a coach.
This has been a season of many firsts, for not only our high school varsity team, but also our JV team, as well. As a JV team, Horizon finished the season strong with a 9-1 record with great expectations for what next year has to bring.
Team success leads to individual honors as well. Horizon was blessed to have 6 of our varsity players recognized by the league for their outstanding play. Sophomores Alyssa Smith and Katie Graham received Honorable Mention All League. Seniors Jaycie Forrester and Becca Classen were Second Team. And for the first time in school history, Horizon had two players recognized as 1st team All League: awarded to junior Jazzy Lazaro and senior Lauren Eyerly.
Continuing the success of Horizon Christian School’s Volleyball program, the Middle School A-Team also had an unbelievable season, finishing first in league and heading to the championships as well.
“One favorite memory [from the season] was playing Corbett, our biggest rivals,” explained middle school A-team right side hitter Leah Clements, “We won our first set, they came back and beat us in the second set, and [then] we ended up beating them in the third set 15-13.”
Horizon Christian High School Varsity team will play at Forest Grove High School against South Umpqua on Friday, November 2nd.
Horizon Christian Middle School A-team will play in the high school gym next Thursday, November 1st at 4:00PM for the League Championship.
Join us in prayer as our Volleyball program pushes towards their championships. We hope to see you this Friday, November 2nd at 10:00 at Forest Grove High School! Make sure to wear your purple & gold!
“Horizon is not only home to my family but Horizon means home to my family.
In 2010 we moved here from Ohio not knowing a soul. And since then, Horizon has become our Oregon family. We have made friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime.
I say this because since the meet and greet at the middle school, everyone here, administrators, teachers, parents and students have treated my family and I like they have known us forever.
Carol Peterson was my “mentor” mom and that has made all the difference. If you know Carol and or the Peterson’s you know what I mean. She introduced us to her family and her friends and that first impression has lasted 8 years. Her genuine interest and friendliness was exemplified in the entire Horizon community.
The first thing I was told upon arriving on campus was “Welcome to Oregon, you’re going to love it here.”
The rest is history. I so much enjoyed the people and environment here that I decided to help out and work here as a study hall monitor. Getting to know the students and staff has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. The way the staff cares for each and every student is truly a gift.
We are blessed to be a part of such a caring & supportive community.”
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“As a family we made the decision, that although we may have to make small sacrifices, it was important to offer our kids a Christ centered education. Horizon offers a unique experience where teachers, and staff really get to know their students, and are praying specifically for your children.
We are in the unique position were Wendy now teaches at the school (Middle School Campus.) This has given us insight from a teachers’ perspective and has fit well into our family. We’re proud to be called Hawks and love our home at Horizon.”
Drew, Wendy, Spencer (9th Grade) and Nathan (6th Grade)
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"My husband and I initially saw video clips about the school two years before actually attending. I don’t remember where we saw it or exactly what it said that caught our attention but it tugged at our hearts. At the time, we were in the Lake Oswego Public School system; supposedly the best in the state. For many reasons, too long to share here, we weren’t impressed. We had believed that private school was a long shot especially while we were paying very expensive daycare costs. But we continued to have the discussions. A few months went by and we saw the same video clip. This time we were church shopping and decided that if we wanted to go to Horizon as a school then we should get to know the community it was connected too.
That was September 2016 and we haven’t left.
God met EVERY need.
At the same time our daughter was leaving daycare, the school was offering Variable Tuition. The cost of what we were paying for daycare would put both kids in private school. For us this made it where there were no excuses.
Our son Dorian was VERY vocal that he didn’t want to go. He doesn’t like change much. With a little convincing to just try a shadow day so that we could have a family discussion about the whole thing, he agreed. Since that shadow day he will tell you how much he LOVES Horizon. He had to go! He listed all the reasons that he wanted to go. He would come home every day after public school to say that he couldn’t wait to attend Horizon. He saw the difference in the school, the teachers, the students. They all wanted to be there and supported one another. On the playground, it wasn’t a matter of who do I exclude but how do we include others.
Our family loves the community and partnership we have in Horizon, as a school and as a church. Our family is thriving. It’s not always perfect, no place or person is. But the biggest difference is that all our hearts are in it. We all have the best of intentions to work together for the best of everyone. It’s a partnership of growing together. It takes a village to raise a family! Our family has chosen Horizon to be our home. Support and Love for each part of the family through Jesus Christ. “Everybody is somebody and Jesus is All” (Luke 15:20)"
Cliff, Elisabeth, Dorian (Grade 5), Adrielle (Kindergarten), Kazuki Yokomizo (ISP Japan)- Grade 10
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On October 8th 2017, Horizon Christian High School Junior Jaycie Forrester won the Miss Oregon Teen USA pageant. Unlike her competitors, Jaycie had never participated or competed in a beauty pageant. In this exclusive interview with Hawk Heritage Newletter, Jaycie reveals why her ascension to Miss Oregon Teen USA was much more than a leap of faith... Success leaves clues. See if you can identify some of the clues to Jaycie’s success.
Jaycie Forrester = JF
Hawk Heritage = HH
HH - When did you first begin competing in competitions like Ms Teen Oregon?
JF - The Miss Oregon Teen USA was the frst time I began to compete in pageants
HH - When was your thought process in deciding to compete for Ms Teen Oregon?
JF - I am always looking to improve my future and so one day I was searching online for scholarship opportunities towards my college education and the Miss Oregon Teen pageant was one of the first things that popped up! I immediately called the directors and had a two hour phone interview with them before they accepted me.
HH - What surprised you about your Ms Oregon Teen pageant competition?
JF - When most people thinks of beauty pageants their first thought is big hair, lots of makeup, and big gowns. I mean all of those are definitely a part, but the more I learned about the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) the more I realized it had a lot to do with how you carry and present yourself in front of others. I also like that there was lot of focus on our interests and intelligence.
HH - What was most fun about the Ms Oregon Teen experience?
JF - I would have to say it was actually the competition. I’m a competetive person. Whether in athletics or academics, the thrill and adrenaline rush I get from competing is so invigorating. Competing in the pageant made me want to keep that feeling going as long as I could.
HH - What was most challenging for you during the Ms Oregon Teen experience?
JF - The most challenging was making sure I didn’t tear myself down. The girls I competed against have been involved in pageants for years and knew everything about the pageant world, and all I knew was the basics. I knew I had to focus on being me and have God help me along the way.
HH - What did you learn or discover about yourself during the months and weeks of preparing for and competing in Ms Oregon Teen?
JF - I learned that staying true myself and focusing on who I am is very important. Whether it comes to competitions like the Miss Oregon Teen USA or in my everyday life, I had to be myself.
HH - You are also very involved at Horizon in sports and the student government. What did you enjoy most about your basketball experience at Horizon Christian?
JF - I loved how close our girls basketball team were and all the new friendships that came out of it. I was new to the sport and was so nervous to even try, but all my coaches and teammates were super supportive and helpful. As I became more comfortable with playing basketball, it made me love the sport even more.
HH - What is it about the ASB that appealed to you and made you want to be an ASB officer?
JF - Horizon Christian School has been my home since 1st grade, so I always try to give back in any way I can. When I figured out there was a student government that is fully invested in the school, I knew it was going to be a perfect fit for me.
HH - What are your TOP 3 best things about being a student at Horizon Christian HS?
JF - 1. The relationshhips that are made with my classmates and teachers. I love how close of a community it is and how I can walk through the hallways and be able to recognize all the friendly faces.
2. All the opportunities the school provides is amazing and how willing they are to add any new clubs or sports that we can. From sports to clubs to student government, they make it possible for students to be involved in it all.
3. Horizon Christian has made it possible for me to express my faith in any school function, sport or class. I never have to be afraid to share my faith with anyone, which is so freeing and an amazing community to be a part of.
Jaycie has (4.0 GPA), participates in 3 varsity sports, is a member of student government and will enroll at Boise State, George Fox or Washington State U, as she pursues a career with the FBI as a Criminal Profiler. A career Jaycie has dreamt of since the 8th grade. If past performance is any indication of future results, bank on Jaycie trading in her title of Ms Oregon Teen for Special Agent Jaycie Forrester.