D’on Lauren Edwards is currently studying Fashion Design at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. D’on is a graduate of Horizon Christian School in 2018 and attended Horizon for six years. While at HCS she was the president of National Honor’s Society as well as being class president for her freshman year. While enrolled at Horizon, she was a part of the Portland Ballet Pre-Professional Company for 5 years, where she performed the leading role of the Snow Queen as well as the Arabian Princess in the Nutcracker.
D’on has recently been awarded the Gucci North America Changemakers and Council of Fashion Designers of North America (CFDA) Scholars by Design Award. This award comes with a $20,000 scholarship to attend the Gucci Summer Scholars Program. We are so proud of D’on and her accomplishments in the design industry. Read more to hear about how Horizon Christian School impacted her life and prepared her to pursue this career path.
HCS: What things about Horizon Christian School made it a great school experience for you?
D’on: I loved all the teachers I had who were caring but made the material easy and exciting to learn. I just enjoyed how the horizon faculty and staff were all caring, very nice and always gave examples of Christ-like behavior.
HCS: What was a favorite event from your time at Horizon?
D’on: I loved Senior Spring Formal or Junior Year Color Wars when our class won!
HCS: What class or classes did you like the most and why?
D’on: I enjoyed Statistics with Mr. Espinoza and Writing 121 with Mrs. Carlson. I enjoyed their classes, the energy that they had during class, and they were both extremely helpful with class work, assignments and tests that I needed help on.
HCS: Were there specific teachers, staff or coaches who had a positive impact on your life?
D’on: Karolyn Steele and Mrs. Carlson. What I have learned from both is to always strive for the best and any goals or dreams that I may have that may seem impossible, but I am able to reach them by doing the hard work to get there.
HCS: How did Horizon Christian prepare you for life after high school?
D’on: HCHS prepared me to learn how to develop and have a strong relationship with God and to prepare myself for the workload and expectations to meet when I went off to college
HCS: What did you like best about Horizon Christian?
D’on: I enjoyed that Christ was the structure and foundation of everything we did at HCHS and the community, faculty and staff were all welcoming, caring and truly cared to see every student succeed in school and in life.
HCS: What advice would you give to other students who are considering HCS?
D’on: HCS is a very welcoming school with kind and supportive students and staff. Be prepared for the workload, especially if you are taking the honors route. But all the work and time management skills you develop prepares you for college.
It was a pleasure having D’on at Horizon and we are both in awe and inspired by her artistic accomplishments. We are excited about the influence and impact she will be having in this industry for many years to come. Our Horizon Christian School community is so incredibly proud of her!
What an incredible track and field season it has been at our high school!
Our girls team hit it out of the park this year by scoring 143 points at the District Meet, beating all the other teams by 53 points. What an impressive win! The girls finished 6th at the State Meet, which is the highest finish by a Horizon Girls team ever.
Cassie Wedin got 3rd in the Triple Jump and 8th in Long Jump. Ana Rose got 6th in Triple Jump. Alyssa Smith got 8th in the 100m Hurdles and 7th in the 300m Hurdles. Isabella Silbernagel got 4th place in the 100m Hurdles with a new school record of 17.28. Kenzy Rosen got 4th in Long Jump, 3rd in the 800 meters, and 2nd in the 400 meters, where she also earned a new school record with a time of 1:01.02.
Our boys finished 6th at the District Meet where Micah Clements won the 110m Hurdles and got 2nd in the 300m hurdles at Districts and then got 7th in the 110m hurdles at State. Way to go boys and congratulations, Micah!
The students are coached by some amazing people who love the sport and love to help students succeed. Josh Platt is head coach as well as the distance coach, Scott Olson is the jumping coach, Tucker Olson is the sprints and relays coach, Will Shelby is the javelin coach, and Abriana Wedin is the discus and shot put coach.
With nearly 35 students on our track and field teams, students have discovered a place where they are not only challenged and pushed to achieve their personal record (PR), but to also support each other both on and off the field. The kids have a blast in a very supportive community of students, coaches, and parents all encouraging and rooting for them along the way. It is definitely a place "Where Everybody is Somebody and Jesus is All" and where students are continually discovering how much they matter to each other and how they are loved by the Lord.
We are so proud of our track and field competitors and their awesome accomplishments this year. Go Hawks!
Coach of the Year - Jay Lazaro
“Forgetting who you are and making everyone else great” is the coaching philosophy of Jay Lazaro, our amazing head volleyball coach at Horizon Christian School. “Leaving no one behind and taking the whole team with you” is what defines him as a coach and inspires his players. Over the last three years as our head coach, Jay’s players have loved his heart, style, and unmatched experience as a strong leader in the sport.
Jay’s love of volleyball goes back to his early days in the Philippines and on through to California when, as a junior in high school, he was asked to “teach” the volleyball class while the “teacher” listened to baseball games in his car. This got him hooked! In 2008, Jay moved to Oregon where he was invited to coach club sports and he has never looked back. In 2012, he started his own club in Sherwood, called Empower, and he is currently traveling as a National Team Coach for college recruitment teams, where he helps develop players to get them recognized by college recruiters.
All three years as coach, Jay has led his teams to 1st or 2nd place in League and they have won the League Playoffs the last two years. Each year they have made it to State: 6th the first year, 7th the second year, and then this year, with their best team yet and having won the League Playoffs again, they were set to do extremely well had COVID not prohibited the State Championship tournament. Winning League and League Playoffs, let alone going to State, is not an easy task in high school sports and we are extremely proud of Jay’s leadership and the hard work of our players.
Recently, Jay was voted “Coach of the Year” for the second time by his coaching peers in the 3A Lewis and Clark League. He also coached senior Alyssa Smith to “Player of the Year” for the league, which again speaks to his incredible skills as a coach and the respect of his players. Even with all his success, Jay says his greatest achievement so far has been twice being voted as “Coach of the Year” by Horizon Christian’s ASB.
In the three years that Jay has been coaching at Horizon, the interest and passion for volleyball has skyrocketed among our Horizon Christian girls and allowed for both varsity and junior varsity teams. He is outstanding at taking players from basic to advanced play, and bringing out the very best in each team member.
We are so thankful for Jay’s heart, passion and love for our school and his team.
Volleyball is a fall sport, and we invite you to come check out the teams in September.
Spencer will be attending the University of the Incarnate Word, with both a merit scholarship and a D1 fencing scholarship, where he will be studying graphic design.
Spencer has always liked to draw and paint and through extensive art classes at Horizon and with the encouragement of teacher, Tiffany Redwing, Spencer as grown in this passion and plans to use what he has learned in his future career.
When asked what his favorite memories are of Horizon Christian School, he mentions both Color Wars and our annual high school retreat. The two great events are designed to draw the students together in community, comradery, and competition. They often get mentioned as favorite activities for the kids. Let’s see which grade level wins Color Wars this year!
Spencer’s encouragement to younger students is to work academically to earn good grades and get immersed in school as much as possible as he knows that school is more fun and a greater experience when you are involved.
We are so thankful for our students like Spencer Dillree, who attended Kindergarten through 12th Grade, and for the legacy they are leaving behind.
Congrats, Spencer! #HCHSClassof2021
Noah plans on attending Grand Canyon University where he plans to study either digital arts or sports nutrition and/or physical training.
Photography and P.E. have been his two favorite classes and set the stage for his future plans. He developed an interest in digital arts through his yearbook and photography classes with Ms. Redwing, who opened up this exciting world to him. Through his P.E. classes, and several years on the track and cross-country teams with Coach Josh Platt, he has grown a passion for the physical and nutritional aspects of these sports.
Two of Noah’s most memorable moments have been when he got a 215 pounds bench max in P.E. and the other is the fun of being a part of the track team and the incredible feelings he gets running the 4 x 400 relay with other teammates are depending on him and cheering him on.
When asked what his advice is for younger students at Horizon, Noah said, “Stay true to yourself, don’t give up and always work as hard as you can.”
We are so thankful for our students like Noah Tinnin, who attended Horizon Christian School Kindergarten through 12th Grade, and for the legacy they are leaving behind.
Congrats, Noah! #HCHSClassof2021