Collegian Summer 2017

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COLLEGIAN

SUMMER 2017

KIMBERLY MAK

TOMIWA BROWN


Happy Summer, NCC family and friends!

Thankfully, the warmth has finally arrived here

in the Niagara Region, and as you enjoy these

blessed days of summer, I hope that you are

able to take some time away from your regular

obligations to purposely slow down, perhaps

get away on a vacation, and enjoy extra family

time. I am savouring each day of early sunrises,

knowing that these slightly slower days will

be over before we know it, and we will be back to a busy school year this

fall.

The Collegian is published twice each year

for alumni, family, and friends of Niagara

Christian Collegiate.

NCC Board of Directors

Bill Daley, Chair

Don McNiven

Vivian Pengelly

Ron Rienas

Doug Sider

President/CEO: Scott Herron

Principal: Mark Thiessen

Business Administrator: Lynn Schmidt

Marketing & Communications:

Sue Grierson

Cover : Kimberly Mak & Tomiwa Brown

Photo by Sue Grierson

Contributing Writers:

Julie Broomer

Meredyth Campbell

Sue Grierson

Scott Herron

Anthony Haughton

James Kryger

George Piskor

Mark Thiessen

In just a few short days, our NCC campus will be full of students, both locally

and from around the world, here to enjoy one of NCC’s summer camps

happening in July and then on to the August Credit Program. It is wonderful

to see our beautiful campus fully utilized all year long.

In this issue of the Collegian, you will see that we have once again graduated

a gifted class of students, and we pray for God’s blessing and provision

on their lives as they go off to university. Each class leaves a unique footprint

on our campus, and this year’s students were no exception. I hope

you enjoy reading a few highlights about our graduating students as well as

learning more about other students featured in this issue. Just as being a

student at NCC impacted my life, we know that the impact of NCC lives on

long after students graduate from here. May we continue to point our students

to Christ, so that they can lives lives of purpose and make an impact

for God’s Kingdom.

I am looking forward to connecting with you this fall at our Homecoming

celebrations. In the meantime, enjoy your summer and count each day as

the precious gift it is. As Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days,

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Scott T. Herron

President and CEO

Contributing Photographers:

Alexander Robertson

Sue Grierson

Niagara Christian Collegiate

2619 Niagara Parkway

Fort Erie, ON L2A 5M4

Phone: 905.871.6980

Fax: 905.871.9260

Email: LoveNCC@niagaracc.com

Website: www.niagaracc.com

The Mission of NCC:

In an international community of schools,

to educate students with excellence in a

family-like environment, equipping them

to grow God's Kingdom, and empowering

them to make a difference in the world.


TECHNOLOGY CENTRE - The Vision

Last November we said goodbye to a great friend of NCC. Bill Nelson

dedicated much of his time in serving on our board of directors,

chairing the NCC IT committee, and injecting his quick wit along

with huge doses of encouragement around the campus. Bill

served NCC with his many talents and years of experience and

we're ever grateful for his expertise - especially in the field of

technology.

Ham radio was the “internet” of the era in Bill’s childhood

allowing global contact with users. As a teenager, Bill was

fascinated with the ability to converse with people on the

other side of the world via telegraphy or voice in an era

where international telephone calls were still in a formative

stage. TV did not exist and people’s links with the outside

world were via daily newspapers and finicky radio sets. Ham

radio allowed Bill to become a global citizen at a time when

many people still had little contact with the world outside of

their own community.

In Bill’s youth in the 1940’s, ham radio was as much an art as a

science with hobbyists exchanging knowledge mouth-to-mouth,

subscribing to hobbyist magazines and often building their own Ham

radio sets from basic components - not unlike what Bill Gates and

Steve Jobs did in the1970’s by building their first computers using electrical

components and later computer kits that had to be assembled and programmed.

Bill’s experience assembling ever more complex ham radios and learning

how to bounce radio waves off the atmosphere intrigued him with the science and engineering behind

radio and telegraphy communication. This naturally led him to pursue electrical engineering in university

which progressed to his career in Information Technology and Communications.

Bill and his wife Huguette first became aware of NCC as new members of Riverside Church around

2009, some years after moving to Fort Erie from Toronto.

In 2010, Huguette organized the first Riverside Community

Church banquet where Bill met NCC President Scott Herron.

(Since then, Huguette has continued to arrange alumni banquets

and barbeques for both NCC and Riverside Huguette's

gracious hospitality and tireless efforts result in some very

memorable and sumptuous feasts!)

Bill and Scott became fast friends and discussed NCC over

their regular lunch sessions. It was through those discussions

and informal contacts with staff and students at NCC

that Bill fell in love with the school’s mission to not only educate

youth from around the world but, equally important,

to instill in them a sense of universal Christian values that

would guide them throughout life.

Bill was invited to join the NCC Board in 2011, and in 2012

was asked by virtue of his experience as Vice President, IT

Operations at TD Bank to chair the NCC IT Committee. He

was charged with modernizing and upgrading the then undersized

computer and telecommunications infrastructure.

Bill left NCC with a generous financial gift that will ensure

his continued legacy and passion for the mission of NCC. In

addition to providing students with excellent education and

guiding Christian values as part of the NCC mission, Bill was

a strong believer in promoting digital literacy and STEM (Science,

Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a third

mission component for students and staff.

His hope was that this contribution would provide hands-on

experience with different facets of the digital world to promote

digital fluency while stimulating interest in STEM careers

for those students so inclined.

Thanks to Bill's generosity and vision, our hope is to create

a modern technology centre with dedicated classrooms and

labs for science and technology students who can pursue

their studies with excellent facilities and accompanying resources.

A designated space in the technology centre will house

Bill's ham radio equipment which he also bequeathed to the

school. Ham radio is still utilized today in providing emergency

communications and plays an important role in communications

restorations following natural disasters.

Providing our students with the very best resources and

quality programming is a top priority. Thanks to the generosity

of Bill Nelson and others with the same vision, a top-notch

faith-based education is achievable and sustainable.

If you would like to partner with Bill's vision for the proposed

Technology Centre, please contact NCC President, Scott

Herron at: stherron@niagaracc.com, or call the school at:

905.871.6980.

Our thanks to Bill's friend George Piskor for his contributions to

this article!


SERVING THE NATION

Dr. Henry Regier ('48)

"In the same way, let

your light shine before

others, that they may

see your good deeds

and glorify your Father

in heaven."

Matthew 5:16

Pictured above: Dr. Henry Regier, C.M. Ph.D. and former governor general, Her Excellency, the

Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean. The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement,

dedication to the community, and service to the nation.

After reading Jessica Dieleman's article, "We Dig Archaeology"

in the previous edition of the Collegian, Dr. Henry Regier

('48) contacted NCC to see if he could be of service to our

students. He offered to present a lecture and hold subsequent

discussions with our students regarding Great Lakes rehabilitation,

or the likely effects of climate change - subjects which

reflect his fascinating career in these fields. Needless to say,

we were absolutely delighted and honoured to hear from him.

As editor of the Collegian, I am constantly on the hunt for stories

about our alumni. Dr. Regier's offer to serve provided an

opportunity to ask permission to write a piece about him, and

to dig into the archives for more about this '48 grad.

Like so many of our alumni, Dr. Regier's request was that an

article would not focus on him, preferring instead to serve as

a "navigational aid and not the message." He wished to steer

the discussion toward challenging our students in their environmental

studies and how NCC is assisting them in that field.

He sent along a fascinating and thought-provoking essay to

pique the students' interest and to suggest a possible alternative

theme for the Collegian write-up.

In response to his essay, I will be following up with that article

in the coming months. Before that article is written, however,

I want to reflect on the impact that alumni like Dr. Regier

have on our world. His leadership in the field of environmental

stewardship serves as an immense inspiration and example

to our students and the rest of our NCC community. Our hope

as educators is that our students aspire towards the same excellence

and take advantage of every opportunity for service

in their chosen fields - and become world changers.

Therefore, Dr. Regier's request was unapologetically overridden

in order that his example may challenge us to pursue our

own unique role as stewards of God's creation.

Some highlights of Dr. Regier's distinguished career include

serving as the Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies

from 1989-1994, and as Professor in the Department of

Zoology from 1966-1995 at the University of Toronto.

Regier's contributions in the field of environmental stewardship

have garnered public recognition and numerous awards.

In 2009, Regier was named a Member of the Order of Canada,

recognized for his outstanding achievements:

"A steward of the environment for more than 30 years,

Henry Regier has contributed to the protection and restoration

of the Great Lakes. Professor emeritus at the University

of Toronto, he has studied the dynamics of fish populations

and the rehabilitation of degraded aquatic ecosystems.

Working with various Great Lakes agencies and institutions,

he spearheaded the development and implementation of

ecosystem management strategies for these large lake watersheds

and their resources. A leader in sustainable development,

he has been widely sought after as a consultant by

provincial, national and international organizations and governments."

http://archive.gg.ca/honours/search-recherche/

honours-desc.asp?lang=e&TypeID=orc&id=11922

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was

the co-winner of a Nobel Peace Prize for responsible documentation

of the risks of climate change. Dr. Regier served as

a lead author of one of many reports crafted by international

teams of expert scientists that contributed to that award.

Regier has certainly lived up to his principles: "When talking

to Mennonites and BIC friends about my professional work, I

emphasize that my personal ethical praxis has been consistent

with that of the five-hundred-year legacy of our Plautdietsche

Mennisten. Like my ancestors in general, I’m a pragmatic

Christian; the Walk is a more reliable indicator than the

Talk."

That being said, Dr. Henry Regier's "walk" continues to serve

as a very reliable navigational aid for students, educators, and

citizens whose mission is to make a difference. My hope is

that we can emulate that same commitment and faithfulness

to our own unique callings.

Sue Grierson

There's much more to Dr. Regier's story. Read more and

be inspired. Take a look on our website: http:www.niagaracc.com/alumni


ALUMNI UPDATE - Jacob Trombley ('12)

In spite of being unsure of the academic route he should pursue

when he first arrived on NCC's campus, Jacob Trombley’s foray

into the study of law evolved quite naturally. With a little help and

inspiration along the way, he soon discovered his calling and

continues to pursue it with passion.

Earlier this year, Trombley stopped by the NCC campus to be

interviewed for this article and to give WDCX Radio listeners a

testimonial of his high school years.

Jacob graduated from NCC at the top of his class in 2012 and

presented the valedictorian address to his peers. This was a big

change from four years earlier, when he was unsure of the direction

his life would take.

He attributes his time at NCC as being the main four formative years

of his life: "...from the relationships that I've gained, and grown through,

and kept all through university. My best friends are the same friends I had in

2008 and 2009 - almost 10 years later. It set me up from being someone who

was struggling to find where I wanted to be, what my career path would be, what I

wanted to do in life, what my meaning was, to having this massive family, and to having

a goal that I knew I could achieve, and having the tools to achieve those things.”

When he was served a slice of injustice by one

of NCC’s most beloved teachers - his mother, Mrs. Monica Trombley

- Jacob rose to the challenge. During her grade 12 Family Studies class,

Monica gave her son a low mark on one of his assignments.

“She gave me a 70-something and I’m a student who graduated from

NCC with a 95.6% average. I actually appealed the grade to the

vice principal at the time and got it reversed!”

Monica's desire for her son's success definitely paid off.

“Jacob has also been involved in, and major organizer

of four fundraisers in the Niagara Region in the

past four years. I am most proud of that.”

One of Trombley’s most influential teachers was Mr. Dave Legge, who recently retired from his teaching career.

“He taught World Issues in grades 9 and 10 and was a great inspiration to go into law. Doing his studies and being under him, I

went from thinking, 'Maybe I could be a police officer…' to going to the best law school in the country. It was that kind of inspiration

and tutelage that was really, really valuable. You really interact with NCC teachers more as people and in a personal way

that you can’t you can’t ever make the conclusion that they’re just here from 9:00 to 5:00."

Jacob reflected on his four years as a student at NCC, and mirrored the school's truly Canadian identity.

“They make an environment that is good for everyone. It’s unapologetically a Christian school, but you go to school with people

from pretty much every corner of the globe; from different denominations - atheist, Muslim, Hindu. Canada does that really, really

well. People come from other countries and they see Canada as emblematic of this immigrant country that is very accepting, and

the price of membership is very low. So coming to NCC, you definitely get a sense of that immediately. The CLC class (Christian

Lifestyle Class) was very sensitive towards everyone who was at the school. It’s very accepting, very open, not hostile to any

cultures, or religions, or belief systems at all.

“NCC also prepares you really well for academic life or even work life. The knowledge base they give you, the courses you take,

and the standards they hold you to - which over the four years they really build you up to something that would prepare you well

above what you need to go to university. Even studies in law classes at NCC - we covered some of the same stuff in first, second,

third year at university - so it really prepares you well.

“There’s a lot of dynamic learning experiences and opportunities

at NCC. The assignment styles and the curriculum that

they teach are very open and very dynamic, so you can really

explore the things you want to. You’re not limited…it’s not

cookie-cutter. Coming up with assignment ideas and research

avenues are extremely important for university. Developing argumentative

theses, statements...NCC used that kind of structure

- a seamless transition to university studies. Everybody

here (at NCC) has that tacit kind of recognition that they want

to…do more. It's not just, 'I want to go to university', it's 'I want

to go to law school, I want to do graduate school.' "

After attending Brock University for one year, Trombley moved

on to the University of Toronto where he recently completed

a double major in Criminology and Political Science. During

his second year, he was published in the University of Toronto’s

undergraduate law journal for a paper he wrote about the

growing pains of search and seizure law.

hows and whys of the way law works. Political systems have

such a direct effect on how and what kinds of laws are made.

Criminology is the sociological aspect of it - how law is crafted;

what laws should be made; which laws are outdated. It really

is a complementary study.”

On the advice of some of his professors, Trombley will take a

year off from university and is going to take a certificate course

at Niagara College in Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations.

He believes that working with police and courts will

give him a better understanding of various legal procedures.

Then it's off to law school at the University of Toronto the following

year.

Wide awake to his calling, Jacob is in keen pursuit of his life’s

mission. “I am most drawn to criminal defence. There’s a lot of

things in the justice system that really need to be reformed. I

think it’s a good platform to initiate change."

Trombley chose Political Science to augment his pursuit of

law. “Your study of law really isn't really complete unless you

have a full grasp of the whole governmental system. Political

Science explores these foundations. You need to study the

Needless to say, his mother is beaming.

Sue Grierson


TOMIWA BROWN - 2017 VALEDICTORIAN

by Mark Thiessen, NCC Principal

The valedictorian award is given on the basis of outstanding academic achievement

and significant contribution to school life. Our valedictorian this year came to NCC three

years ago and has consistently shown an intense desire to be a part of this school. This

year, his high level of participation could be seen in athletics and student leadership both

on campus and in our residence program. He has taken full advantage of the program

options open to him at NCC.

More than this, he has grown and matured into a young man of faith, a leader

amongst his peers, an individual of integrity and character. He is kind and compassionate,

always ready to help those in need with a true servant’s heart. He is a young

man who will go out of his way to be a friend, he is quick to laugh, and has seemingly

boundless stores of energy and enthusiasm.

Additionally, he has grown and developed into a strong leader in our academic program

maintaining an overall average of almost 95% in his graduating year.

It has been our distinct pleasure to have Tomiwa Brown on our campus for the past

four years. He has a contagious smile, quick wit, and fun loving personality. I am confident

that he will continue to lead with integrity and excel socially and academically

as he moves on to studies in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Alberta in

September.

This year’s valedictorian was also selected as the Duodecimus

award winner for the 2017 graduating class.

The Duodecimus Award, voted on by a committee representing

NCC administration, faculty, residence directors,

and students, is the highest honour given to an NCC

graduate. This award was established by the Grade 12

Class of 1963.

The recipient for this award is selected based on

the following criteria:

■ The graduate making the most significant

contribution to the total life of NCC.

■ Spiritually, socially, academically superior.

■ Participant in at least one major extracurricular

activity.

■ Strong contributor to school spirit, displaying a

positive attitude toward NCC.

I am pleased to have presented the 2017 Duodecimus

award and the 2017 Valedictorian award to a

very deserving young man, Mr Tomiwa Brown.

As a community, NCC strives for excellence in all

things. We set the bar high for our students and

so many of them excel in this environment. Having

experienced success here, it is our hope that NCC

grads will continue pursuing the same goals as they

venture into the post-secondary world. We are particularly

proud of the academic achievements of many

of our students.


KIMBERLY MAK - 2017 SALUTATORIAN

Our grads are an incredible group of young men and women who make me

more confident in our future and impressed with our present. This group of

unique graduates are in possession of an array of gifts, talents, abilities that we

at NCC have had the pleasure of living with for the past ten months. Thank you

for making your mark on our campus, for maintaining the traditions of those who

have gone before you, and for leaving a legacy for those who will follow.

We have been blessed this year with an incredible graduating class possessing

a diversity of gifts and culture surpassed by few, if any, other schools. It has

been a challenge to select our award recipients due to the sheer number of

deserving, well-rounded graduates.

The Salutatorian is nominated by his or her peers to represent the class by

addressing the audience at graduation.

Our Salutatorian

this year, Miss

Kimberly Mak,

has been a student

at NCC for

three years, during

which time she has

excelled academically,

maintaining

an average of over

90% in her senior

classes, all the while

involving herself

heavily in sports and

clubs and committing

huge amounts of

time to helping faculty,

staff, and students

with countless projects

and initiatives.

She is deeply loved by

her peers and was voted

the Salutatorian by a

combination of the

faculty and the graduating

class. She is

selfless and wise,

fun-loving and full

of integrity, and

she is an exceptional

model of a

graduate.

Kimberly will

be moving

on to study

Life Sciences at

the University of

Toronto next year.


This Mission of Music

Our mission in the NCC music program is to develop well-rounded

musicians who can read, write, perform, and critically listen

to a wide variety of musical styles. Then our dream is that they

apply those skills in ways that glorify God and build community

on our campus. I hope that students who study music at NCC

leave with a deeper understanding of who they are

and the voice they have

in today’s society.

Marion Lee (pictured above) auditioned

for the Ontario Provincial Honour Band

and recently found out that she was

accepted! The band is made up of the

very best students from the province

and rehearse together for a few

days before going on a

short performance tour.

This is the first time

in NCC history that

a student has been

accepted to

perform in this

group as it is

extremely competitive!

Harvey Yuen is an example of

a student who is so deeply

passionate about music

that he is willing to give of

his own time to participate

in every single ensemble available

on campus.

In his three years at NCC he has

played bass guitar, cello, baritone horn,

trombone and has sung bass and

tenor in the choir - sometimes all in the

course of the same show.

Harvey’s willingness to learn new

instruments and perform where needed

is an example of the team spirit that we

cherish in the music department.

Julie Broomer, Music Department


F. .C.U.S

Our class motto this year was F.O.C.U.S. (Finding Our Calling Understanding

Success). I challenged each of my students to choose

to FOCUS in every aspect of their lives, to believe in themselves as

well as use the gifts and abilities God gave them.

Whether it was academic, athletic, or spiritual aspects of life, the

middle school students decided to F.O.C.U.S. During athletics, our

teams competed with purpose, desire, sportsmanship, and heart.

As a class we created a community of learners supporting and challenging

one another. Spiritually we engaged in discussions, and

prayed with and for each other.

It has truly been an amazing group of kids we have had the opportunity

to see grow and develop. Each year it is a privilege to recognize

the gifts and abilities of our middle school students at our Graduation

and Awards Ceremony. Students with leadership qualities, outstanding

character traits, as well as students who are spiritually attuned

are recognized for their contributions to the NCC community.

Evidence of this excellence can be found in our Scholarship Award

recipients. Ellie MacGregor, a grade 7 student, won

the Kaumeyer Paper Products Scholarship. This

was due to her positive contribution and leadership

during class, her consistency in academic work, her

Christ-like attitude as well as her intrinsic motivation

to meet success.

The second major award was the NCC Auxiliary

Scholarship.This year's recipient

was Hayden Fretz. Hayden plans

to continue his high school education at NCC. He

has had an excellent overall positive contribution

to the life of NCC. He applies F.O.C.U.S’ in all aspects

of his life and has demonstrated leadership

both academically and spiritually.

The Kayla Woermann Memorial Scholarship was

awarded to two students returning to NCC who best

exemplify the qualities for which Kayla is remembered. This year's

winners include Lily Empringham and Louie Wang. Both Lily and

Louie demonstrate a servant heart, a desire to put others first and to

include those who are often left

out. They displayed significant

determination to achieve their

personal best while overcoming

obstacles to success.

Another prestigious award is the

Chad Parker Memorial Scholarship.This

scholarship was

awarded to Sydney Blue. Sydney will be continuing

in Christian education at NCC. This young lady

demonstrated positive leadership qualities both

academically and spiritually. Sydney acts with integrity

and always leads by example.

The E.J. Swalm Scholarship was awarded to Sebastian

Schmidt for his exceptional effort in drama.

Sebastian’s natural gifting, paired with his excellent

work ethic and timing, were the contributing

factors to his selection.

Lastly, the Valedictorian Award was awarded to

Anna LaHay for her outstanding academic performance,

contribution to school life, and her support

of the ideals of Niagara Christian Collegiate.

A special thank you goes out to the various donors

that help provide our local students with the opportunity

to experience Christian education. It is the

goal of the Middle School team to provide our students

with an authentic and engaging educational

experience. The staff at NCC truly believe in our

mission to, “...educate students with excellence in

a family-like atmosphere, equipping them to grow

God’s Kingdom and empowering them to make a

difference in the world.”

Anthony Haughton

Middle School Lead Teacher


Inspired by Faith in Canada’s “Thread of 1000 Stories” initiative and in response to the “Our Story” focus, students at Niagara Christian

Collegiate were invited to participate in a visual storytelling project. The goal was to create a mosaic of story tiles to represent that each

individual plays a role in the NCC story and in God’s larger redemptive narrative. Through simple words and images, students were

asked to share their understanding of how faith has shaped their stories.

PIECES OF A BIGGER STORY

As part of an introductory lesson on short stories, I asked my

English students at Niagara Christian Collegiate, “What makes

a good story?” After discussing character development, plot

devices, and narration, we agreed that although important to a

story, these are simply the devices an author uses to communicate

the truth of the story. And a truly good story is one that

invites the reader to take this truth beyond the page; the power

of a good story lies in its ability to make the reader a participant

because it has something to say to or about humanity.

NCC. Storytellers within and close to the NCC community

shared stories of sacrifice, adoption, hope, sorrow and brokenness,

miracles, courage, restoration, healing, growth, discipleship,

and calling. Each story was as unique as the person

telling it, but the same faith message resonated through the

collection: My story is better with Jesus because he is “the

way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus is the living sacrifice who

brings hope, restores the broken-hearted, works miracles, and

gives our lives purpose.

Jesus knew something about the power of good stories: He

used them to connect with, challenge, and captivate his diverse

audiences. He told stories to communicate spiritual

truths while touching personal needs. He had a captive audience

in those “hungering and thirsting for righteousness” and

used stories in his ministry to “seek and save the lost”.

As host to students from 18 different countries, Niagara Christian

Collegiate reflects the cultural and religious diversity that is

Canada and, as it turns out, the school celebrates its 85th birthday

as Canada turns 150. So, how does a community with

faith roots so deep and cultural roots so wide reach a shared

understanding of truth? Through the power of story, of course!

The potential of story to communicate the truth of God’s redeeming

love fuelled this year’s “Our Story” chapel theme at

But just as some of Jesus’ listeners did not have ears that were

ready to hear the truth of a sinful human race in need of a

saviour, some NCC students are wrestling with their identities

as Christ-followers, others struggling with their understanding

of who Jesus is, many asking, “What is faith, and if I have one,

in who or what?” Even if they have not found or recognized

Christ’s truth in the stories they’ve heard, maybe they will hear

echoes of it in their own stories. If they can be encouraged

to seek truth rather than being ambivalent towards faith, then

the hope is that they will find, in reflecting on their own stories,

that God was there the whole time--designing, guiding, and

purposing all things to reflect the Truth of Jesus Christ that is

redemption’s story.

Meredyth Campbell, NCC English Teacher


ATHLETICS - FOR HIS GLORY

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one

gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone

who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it

to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that

will last forever”. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

NCC Athletics has become more than just a typical high school

sports program. Each year, our mission is to not only enable our

athletes to develop their skills in the sports in which they compete,

but also to help them understand the biblical lessons that

athletics inherently teach - such as a selfless attitude, teamwork,

resilience, and sacrifice.

As our coaches focused our athletes’ attention toward the area

of sports ministry, our players were encouraged to bond as

a team, much like the scriptural “...cord of three strands not

quickly broken”. They took this to heart and I was encouraged

in witnessing immediate team success as our students captured

championship trophies in both girls' basketball and boys' volleyball.

Players and teams learned that it is

even more important to utilize that

same passion when competing in

the big games and to channel it

into how they live out their lives

as Christian athletes. NCC Athletics

is built on the core foundation

that all things we do are first and

foremost for the glory of God. I can

enthusiastically report that in 2016-

17 we kept learning, teaching, and

pursuing a crown that will stay with our

teams and athletes forever.

Athletics are important and have great value in the lives of

our students. Therefore we strive to offer many opportunities

to display our students’ God-given talents every season. This

prompted us to add Boys' Slo-pitch in spring of 2017. Under the

direction of two very enthusiastic coaches, the team made it to

the championship game, coming up just short in the end.

I am also proud to share that we once again captured SOSSA

gold in senior boys' basketball and a return trip to OFSAA. Our

swim team also returned to OFSAA and our Boys' Soccer team

captured the Zone 3 title, just missing out in the SOSSA final 2-1

to the eventual OFSAA champions.

In 2017-18 our focus will shift to sports ministry outside of our

teams. In doing so we are asking for your prayers that the Lord

may lead us into a fruitful athletics year both on and off the field.

The NCC coaching staff and I are huge believers in the strengthbased

coaching philosophy adopted from the life of Christ. As

we continue to build our athletic talents on this foundation - no

matter how many wins or losses - our athletes will always be

victorious. This is the on-court advantage you can see when you

watch NAV athletics.

Natasha Wells was the

2017 winner of the Matthew

20 Award which

goes to the student-athlete

who best reflects

the Christian characteristics

of unselfishness,

service, dedication, and

teamwork.

Tash, as she is known

among her fellow students,

was a six-sport

athlete in 2016-17 and

lived out the mission to use sports as a ministry on an everyday

basis.

I am so proud of Natasha. The way she showed up every day

to practice, games, or meetings and would find ways to serve

her fellow teammates and even opposing teams is a testament

to her character, She truly embodies the Christian athlete. Her

actions are a reflection of her coaches and our program here at

NCC.

I am excited she is returning to NCC and will serve on our

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2017-18.

NCC ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Brett Warkentin

Senior AOY

Coach Rosa Trombley

was honored this spring

with our Coach of the Year

award. Like Christ with his

disciples, encouragement

is her style. Coach Trombley

and her colleagues

seek out the best in the

players, never allowing

God-given talents to be

second-rate or fear to

hold them back. I believe

that this is a development

structure that we can be

proud of as we continue

to provide the highest and

most comprehensive faith-based athletics program in Ontario.

Jessica Lai

Senior AOY

Samira Mohammadi

Junior AOY

Neil Wangler

Junior AOY

On behalf of our coaching staff and all of our athletes, I want to

thank you for all your support and prayers during the 2016-17

season. I wish you and your families a safe and blessed summer.

PROUD TO BE A NAV!

James Kryger, NCC Athletic Director


In celebration of NCC’s 85th Birthday,

NCC will kick off our first annual

Homecoming

Fall Fest

SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2017

ALUMNI SPORTS

Join us for NCC’s favorite

Homecoming sporting events

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

☞ 5:45 - 7:15 pm - Men’s & Women’s Volleyball

☞ 8:00 - 9:00 pm - Hockey

☞ 9:00 - 11:00 pm - Young Alumni Gathering

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

☞ 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Alumni Soccer

☞ 5:00 - 6:00 pm - Girls’ Basketball Alumni Game

☞ 6:00 pm - Free pizza, wings & munchies

☞ 6:45 pm - Hall of Fame ceremony

☞ 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Men's Alumni Basketball Game

REGISTER TODAY!

Sign up to play with fellow alumni against the current

NAVS athletes.

Email Athletic Director James Kryger to confirm your

registration and t-shirt size.

Send James an email at: jkryger@niagaracc.com

NCC Golf Classic Update

In order for staff to focus on bringing entire families together for

Homecoming Fall Fest, NCC’s annual golf tournament will transition

to the spring, falling under the direction of NCC Athletics Director

James Kryger. All proceeds will support NCC athletics programs.

James is planning a May 26, 2018 day of golf - reserve the date!

For those interested in continued participation please email James

at: jkryger@niagaracc.com for more information. Thank you for supporting

NCC's Golf Fundraiser and we look forward to seeing you on

the links in May.

FALL FEST

This fun-filled afternoon will include

a variety of activities for all ages!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kids and Adults - Join the fun!

☺ Games

☺ Face painting

☺ Team races

☺ Inflatables

☺ Penny sale

☺ Silent auction

☺ Free BBQ lunch

Join us for a family-friendly weekend of fun, delicious food,

and great fellowship at NCC. Invite your family, grandparents,

aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbours, and friends. Meet

NCC Principal, Mark Thiessen, and members of our fantastic

faculty and staff!

We look forward to celebrating NCC’s milestone birthday

with you, our students, alumni, and NCC family. All are welcome!

NEXT

YEAR

NCC 85th Anniversary Banquet

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hong Kong

For more details, contact: Sue Grierson: sgrierson@niagaracc.com

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