The Brook Hill School

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“ALL ORANGE…All The Time”


My wife Laurie teaches 4th Grade at The Brook Hill Lower School.

One of the Bible verses she reads to her students is Psalm 139:13.

The verse basically describes how we are shaped and formed by God.  The writer uses the term “knitted together” to indicate how purposeful God is when He creates us.  Verse 14 says that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made”.

Laurie and I have enjoyed discussing how her students not only interpret the verse, but how they refer back to it in certain situations that apply to them.


On Monday May 11th, The Annual Brook Hill Athletic Gala was held to honor the male and female athletes at Brook Hill for their accomplishments and achievements during the 2014-15 school year.

Bill Coates from KTBB SportsTalk was the Master of Ceremony and was outstanding making timely comments while acknowledging the success of Brook Hill Athletics. Bill is one of the top sports radio broadcasters in Texas and is recognized for not only his knowledge of sports but also his insights and perspectives. 

We saw many big smiles at The Gala.

Awards were given to the top athlete in each sport.  The coveted Mr. and Miss Award was presented to individual athletes who were chosen as being the best by their coaches.

Athletes who were received All District, All State, and Academic All State were also recognized.

Special Awards were received for the winners of the “Iron Man” Award which is presented to the top senior athlete who participated in at least three sports.  The winners, Malik Alley and Hope Cooper not only have their names on the Iron Man perpetual plaque that now hangs in the Kyle Lake Athletic Center, they each also received a $500 college scholarship from the Brook Hill Athletic Booster Club.

It was a happy event.  For the most part.

One bittersweet moment occurred when longtime Athletic Administrative Assistant Marla Clements resignation was announced.  After serving for 14 years as the Administrative Assistant while having three children graduate from BH, and whose husband Ricky is the Head Volleyball and Head Girls track Coach, Marla has decided that she just wants to be a “Grandmother” as daughter Whitney Clements Sherman is due to deliver September 1st.  Marla is the only assistant I have had in my 6 years as Athletic Director, I coached her son Carter, and eldest son Aaron is one of our most distinguished alumni.  We are happy for Marla, but sad she is leaving.


Of course the toughest part of the program was the remembrance for Dana Regester and Pasha Zapolskyy, both of whom were killed in a tragic car wreck in March of this year.  Dana, mother of three, and Soccer Mom to the entire boys’ team, worked in our Development Office and touched the lives of many students, parents, and co-workers. Husband Jim Regester and children Kyle, Ashley, and Amy have been a source of strength to many of us as have Dana’s parents, Boyd and Patsy Tatum for their courage and their faith.

Pasha was one of Brook Hill’s finest.  He was one of our top students and an outstanding soccer player.  He had a huge heart and his smile would light up a room.  He was one of the favorites of the senior class and was bound for East Texas Baptist University while aspiring to be a cardiologist.  Pasha’s parents and siblings attending The Gala, and along with the Regesters and Tatum’s, were recognized by Headmaster Rod Fletcher and Head Soccer Coach David Collins with flowers, plaques, and framed jerseys.

We all miss Pasha and Dana so much.

It has been a very sad time.

Due to the recent events, I have been thinking a lot about the Brook Hill School lately.

It has occurred to me that God is using the good times, the bittersweet moments, and the times of sadness and grief so that he can “knit us together”.

And I think it’s true.  As a young school, it is as if we are still “in the womb” as described in Psalm 139.

The Brook Hill School is being shaped, molded, and fashioned if you will through the defining moments of our relatively new existence.

Through times of both joy and sadness, God is creating a family at Brook Hill that is “fearfully and wonderfully” made.

I for one, am extremely proud to be a part of this family.

And that’s another reason to be “ALL ORANGE”…All The Time!

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