High School Fine Arts

High School Fine Arts

The high school fine arts expands on the students’ foundational skills and challenges them in preparing concert repertoire, small ensembles, art exhibits, drama productions for competition in TAPPS fine arts competition and for local performances and shows.

Grace Community High School Drama

Drama

Our high school drama actually offers three courses.  Acts of Grace, which is our acting company, focusing on production and competing in TAPPS one-act play and speech/acting state level contests.  Acts of Grace has been a state level competitor in the TAPPS One-Act Play contest each year and also leads the way in producing a bi-annual high school musical.  Stage Craft teaches the design and technical aspects of theater production, and Fine Arts Support Team (FAST) is an independent study actually working the technical aspects of chapel, school programs and productions.

Grace Community High School Choir

Choir

MORE INFO GOES HERE.

Choir

The Grace Ashira! Concert Choir will compete in TAPPS competitions, as well as perform in community and school programs.   Students desiring to excel in their musical abilities will be given the opportunity to audition for The Cougar Chorale (a mixed ensemble, SATB) or The Tapestry Singers (an SSA ensemble.) Our choir has been blessed to earn the vocal state champion for our division for the last five years.

Grace Community High School Choir

Grace Community High School Art

Art

Students build on foundational skills and explore different media and genres of art, design, and ceramics.

Grace Community High School Band

Band

The high school band…. MORE INFO GOES HERE.

In Fall 2016, Grace had one high school student in the Region Jazz Band – First Chair and one high school student advance to the Area Jazz Auditions.

Band

In Fall 2016, Grace had one high school student in the Region Jazz Band – First Chair and one high school student advance to the Area Jazz Auditions.

Grace Community High School Band

Grace Community High School Drumline

Drumline

The after-school course develops skills on various percussion instruments and gives the students opportunity to play various styles of percussion music.  The fall semester focuses on marching by participating in the TAPPS state contest and a drum line festival and performing at many football games and other community events, while the spring semester focuses on the TAPPS music contest and the drum line concert.  Our drumline has been the state champion for our division all three years of the TAPPS state contest.

Grace Community High School Orchestra

Orchestra

The high school orchestra…. MORE INFO GOES HERE.

In the Fall 2016, Grace had five high school students in Region Orchestra, one First Chair and three high school students advance to Area Orchestra Auditions.

Orchestra

The Philharmonic Orchestra concentrates on advanced skills and repertoire.  Students prepare selected music for TAPPS and the TMEA All-Region audition process in the fall.  The group has many school and community performance opportunities.  Emphasis on helping the students prepare for college auditions is an integral part of the class.

In Fall 2016, Grace had five high school students advance to Region Orchestra, one to first chair, and three high school students who advanced to area orchestra auditions.

Grace Community High School Orchestra

Schedule

Visit Grace Event

The Music Man (April 27 & 29, 2017)

Grace Community School High School Musical, The Music Man, performances will be on April 27 and 29 at 7:00 PM.  TIckets are $8 each and can be purchased at the door.

Alumni Stories

After graduation from Grace, Uzo attended Texas A & M, majoring in biomedical sciences before earning his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in HoustonSince I can remember I had always wanted to become a doctor,” stated Uzo, “I never really thought about anything else and the Lord was so faithful in seeing that through.”  The past three years he has completed his residency, ending as Chief Resident in Anesthesiology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Uzo finds fulfillment in medicine because he “loves meeting people and not only do I get to meet so many wonderful people but I also get to take care of them in what is usually a very vulnerable time for them and their families.”

When asked if he thinks Grace Community helped prepare him for his professional life, Uzo exclaimed, “Absolutely! The biggest thing was sowing a seed of the Word in my life. That changed everything!  I also think my involvement in extracurricular activities helped develop my interpersonal/leadership skills.” Uzo says his memories of being at Grace are deeply held and valued; “Overall, what I remember so fondly about Grace are the people and friends that I made.  I was so blessed to make THE most amazing friends. . .  It’s been so neat to walk with them through college and some even through medical school; even more special now to be involved in weddings and to see children being born.  I could go on and on forever; short version is Grace and the people there will always have a very special place in my heart.”

Uzo Osuagwu, MD

Class of 2004

Bethany graduated from Oklahoma State University Honors College, after winning numerous research awards, including participation in the OSU Scholar Development Program at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, England. GCS helped me because when I headed off to college I felt very prepared.” She adds, “I was ready academically and grounded spiritually. The time management skills were also clutch.”   She then earned her Juris Doctor, from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in May, 2010.  While there Bethany participated in the European Court of Justice Summit, Luxembourg, as well as being a semi-finalist in the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition.

Today, Bethany practices law at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Office of Legal Affairs in Dallas. Bethany explains her choice, “After deciding to go to law school, my primary professional goal was to practice healthcare law at a hospital system or university.” She further explains, “More often than not when people seek an attorney it is when things have gone bad.  Lawyers have the opportunity to help their clients navigate the legal system with compassion and integrity.”  She enjoys the fact that she truly does learn something new every day. As she explains, “The law is always changing, particularly in healthcare. The daily problem solving is also something that keeps me on my toes.”  She also serves as a mentor to young law students.

When not working, Bethany is grateful to be very plugged in with her local church where she serves as a home group leader for single women.  As she says with a smile, “I work a lot, but I do promise I have a real life outside of work!

Bethany McGaha, JD

Class of 2003

Staff

Delisa Bice

Delisa Bice

Drama/Speech

Delisa has worked as a junior high and high school teacher since 1985. She has been with GCS since 2001 teaching drama and speech, TJC Public Speaking (dual credit), and serving as the fine arts department chair. Delisa received her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and her master’s degree in Humanities with a Specialization in Theatre from University of Houston at Clear Lake City. She also studied graduate speech communication courses at Auburn University. Delisa’s daughter, Caitlin, graduated from Grace in 2015 and currently studies Musical Theatre in a partnership between Molloy College in Long Island and CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory in Manhattan.

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

Drama

Daniel has worked as a junior high and high school teacher since 2008. He joined GCS in 2012 as technical director of the theater, teaching Stagecraft, Fine Arts Support Team (FAST), acting, and co-directing high school performances. He also helps in the audio/visual department. Daniel has received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre from University of Texas, Arlington. Daniel and his wife, Lindsay, have two sons, Atticus and Mal. They attend Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where Lindsay leads music and Daniel runs sound. They are both GCS alumni (Classes of ’01 and ’02). Daniel enjoys working with his hands and riding his motorcycle.

Susan Boylan

Susan Boylan

Choir

Susan has worked as a junior high/high school teacher since 2004 at Grace as the director of choral music. She has previously taught in Georgia public schools as has directed church choirs wherever the Lord has moved her and her husband, Joe, as active duty military. Susan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in Music Education, K-12, with an emphasis in Secondary Choral Conducting. Susan and her husband have three children. Their two youngest children, Charis and Josh, are Grace graduates. Both of their daughters graduated from Baylor University, married, and have three children. Josh is a junior at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Melissa Euler

Melissa Euler

Art

Melissa has been the junior high/high school art teacher since 2014.  Melissa received a BA in Art from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a secondary teaching certificate from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.  After many years of homeschooling her three children, Melissa has taught High School Visual Arts and Ceramics since 1999, developing a three-tiered Ceramics program along the way.  She and her husband Andy, also a Grace teacher, now have three grown children and one adorable grandson.

Jason Montier

Jason Montier

Band/Orchestra

Jason has been the junior high/high school orchestra director since 2010, the junior high/high school band director since 2014, and the junior high/high school cross country coach since 2013. He has served as National Honor Society advisor, shotgun team advisor, and the summer camp administrator. Since he has been at Grace, the instrumental program has won three Texas Association for Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) instrumental state championships. He also serves as the TAPPS state music chair. Jason received his B.S. in Music Education from East Central University, where he met his wife, Angela. They have three daughters who attend Grace. Jason is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and manage conservation lands. He is also a seasoned runner who has completed six marathons and an ultra-marathon 50K, and many other races. One of his favorite races is the Rose City Triathlon were he competed individually, but also enjoys putting together relay teams stacked with several of his students.

Jeff Shelton

Jeff Shelton

Drumline

Jeff has worked as a high school teacher since 1991 and started at Grace Community School in 1997. Jeff teaches high school mathematics and directs the Grace Community Drum Line, which was established in 1998. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University. Jeff is married to Kathy, who also teaches at GCS.