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Hawk Heritage: The Crace Family

April 29, 2016
By Sarah Otteson

Horizon Christian High School was like our 5th child!

When Donna and I were asked to help start Horizon Christian High School, it truly became a labor of love but we didn't labor for 9 months; this birth took place over the course of a full year and one month from September 2005 to October 2006. Donna started working enrollment for Horizon in September of 2005 and I came on board as Principal in January of 2006. I still remember being very excited the morning of Monday, October 2nd, 2006 when a group of 77 new high school students entered through the doors of Horizon Christian High School. They were the first 9th, 10th and 11th graders to hear the words, "Building Scholars and Champions!" The school was our baby and like the proud parents we are of our own 4 children, the high school became a 5th child for us so to speak.

And that fall, we soon coined another term: "A Champion's Heart is a Christ-like Heart." Right from the beginning, God blessed our school with young men and women with incredbile Christ-like hearts. We knew that it would take some time to prove that our school would also produce scholars, artists, musicians, athletes and future Christian leaders. But the heart of education lies in the education of the heart and our first group of students proved to be heart-felt learners right from the start.  The school had to earn its stripes and we passed the test and received our first accreditation from the state of Oregon. A year later, our first group of seniors graduated and began going on to college where they have been graduating in fields like engineering, social servies, science, and medicine! Now, ten years later, students from Horizon Christian who take our dual credit classes can graduate with 38 college credits to take with them prior to entering their university of choice. These dual credit classes can save a Horizon family up to the cost of a full year of college tuition. Donna and I think our 5th child deserves a very big "ATTAWAY!"