Cross Country Team Holds Annual 5K Fundraiser

The Churchill cross country team held their annual 5K Fun Run fundraiser on Friday, August 30 at Walker Ranch Park. The race brought together not only runners from the cross country team and their families, but runners from around the city and the Churchill faculty, as well.

“My favorite part was definitely seeing so many people out there, especially seeing teachers out there supporting our team,” cross country team member and varsity captain Larissa Hernandez said. “It’s just our way of getting everyone out there and hyping up cross country season.”

The race consisted of a 3.1 mile route through Walker Ranch Park that almost reaches Hardberger Park. Runners of multiple ages competed; spectators came to encourage the runners.

“I think the 5K is important because you get community involvement, and there was a lot of people who even told me that they will always support a school run,” cross country and track head coach Kelly Ragsdale said. “They love that we are one of the only schools that put on a 5K.”

The funds from the 5K are used to buy equipment for the cross country team.

“The 5K fundraiser allows us to buy gear, uniforms, rollers that we need for recovery, it’s really essential to us performing well as a team,” cross country team member and varsity captain Luke Anthony said.

In total, 180 runners raised about $3,500, but to the team, the race is so much more than just about the money.

“I’d say it’s tradition,” Anthony said. “It’s a chance to get to run one more time with past Churchill graduates and cross country alumni.”

“Chain of Love” Brings Churchill Students to Volunteer

A couple of Churchill students gathered early Monday morning in their former middle school, Saint George Episcopal’s, gymnasium to help with their annual school event, Chain of Love.

Chain of Love supports St. George’s sister school, Saint Benoit, in Mombin-Crochu, Haiti. For every dollar they raise, one domino goes into a huge chain built by select middle school students on the gym floor.

“It is so exciting seeing the amount of time and money not only students, but the community of St. George puts into the event,” sophomore Aubrey Harrison said.

She has participated in Chain of Love since her sixth grade year as a part of the construction team, or the group of kids who builds the chain of dominoes.

“As an alumni, it’s different because now I’m not completely involved,” Harrison said. “I get to see how [Chain of Love] has grown and developed since I have been at St. George.”

Freshman Daryn Reynolds, a Saint George alum who attends Antonian High School, was also a part of this project.

“My favorite part about Chain of Love is when the lower school kids walk in the gymnasium and get so excited for the domino topple,” Reynolds said. “It really just gives such great energy to a great cause.”

Senior Ainslee Harrison has participated in Chain of Love for seven years.

“My most memorable year was definitely this year,” Harrison said. “Getting to go back to a place that I grew up in and see how much this project has grown is amazing.”

Even though she is a senior, Harrison hopes to come back in college and continue to help a cause near and dear to her heart.

“We have built a school in Haiti because of this project,” Harrison said. “Each year we get to contribute something more to help that school grow.”


Journalism Goes to State!

Journalism teacher Mikel Brand and students Jackie Michel and Mariel Garcia attended the UIL State Competition at the University of Texas campus on Friday, May 4.

Freshman Jackie Michel competed in feature writing, senior Mariel Garcia competed in editorial writing, and Mrs. Brand judged news writing while in Austin.

“The state competition had so many more people than I was used to in other competitions,” Garcia said.

Garcia was returning to state from the year before, and was excited to experience it again.

“My favorite part was getting to go to Austin as well as knowing that I was able to go to state again,” Garcia said.

This was Mrs. Brand’s first time at state, and her first time to judge news writing.

“It was a real teaching experience,” Mrs. Brand said. “I had discussions with the other two judges about what should really be in a lead, and what shouldn’t. It was a learning experience.”

Michel was also a first-timer at state, and was nervous about the competition.

“I was shaking as they were calling roll, and it was pouring rain and thundering as we were writing, so it was really nerve-racking,” Michel said.

She was pleasantly surprised to learn she had placed in the top six in feature writing!

“I was on a tour of the UT campus when Mrs. Brand texted me the news,” Michel said. “I was about to jump up and down and scream.”

She hopes to return next year, and she and Mrs. Brand are very hopeful for the coming years.

“My favorite part of state was learning that [Michel] placed in the top six,” Mrs. Brand said. “I am very proud of her and [Garcia] for all their hard work!”