Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories

Hill Country endeavors to prepare students to become Christ-like leaders in their schools, churches, communities, families, and vocations. Our alumni serve in fields as diverse as law, the military, medicine, education, and business, and many of our alumni have returned to join our faculty or coaching staff. On a regular basis, alumni contact us to thank us for not only providing them with an excellent education but also for preparing them well for college and for life.

If you are a member of the Hill Country alumni community, we would love to hear from you and find out where life’s journey has taken you. Please take a moment to tell us a little more about that journey here.

  • Ashley Read
    Ashley Read
    Class of 2016
  • Jared Neusch
    Jared Neusch
    Class of 2004
  • Paige Glace
    Paige Glace
    Class of 2018
  • Ryan Long
    Ryan Long
    Class of 2016
  • Sara Jackson
    Sara Jackson
    Class of 2013
  • Michael Holt
    Michael Holt
    Class of 2006
  • Cory Vinlove
    Cory Vinlove
    Class of 2008
  • McKenna Dallmeyer
    McKenna Dallmeyer
    Class of 2018
  • Noah Wallace
    Noah Wallace
    Class of 2016
  • Caroline Janssen Lengyel
    Caroline Janssen Lengyel
    Class of 2010

Josh Andrews

Josh Andrews Alumnus 2011



Joyce Martin

Joyce Martin Parent of Alumni 2013 and 2017



Macey Todd

Macey Todd Alumna 2018



Ashley Gutierrez

Ashley Gutierrez Alumna 2001



Chloe Todd Alumna 2017



Jacob Belloni Alumnus 2018




Katie Fredrickson Alumna 2004




Rachel Lychner Alumna 2018




Rachel Luttrell Alumna 2008



Nathan Howard Alumnus 2016



Natalie Wedgeworth Parent of Alumni 2015 and 2016



Seth Jackson Alumnus 2016



Christian Senior

Christian Senior Alumnus 2017



Lisa Pantoja

Lisa Pantoja Parent of Alumnus 2013



Sara Jackson

Sara Jackson Alumna 2013



Holly Wedgeworth

Holly Wedgeworth Alumna 2016



Elijah Basset

Elijah Bassett Alumnus 2017



Sarah Jane Farrell Alumna 2016



Christi Rabb

Christi Rabb Alumna 2004



Stacy Aannestad

Stacy Aannestad Parent of Alumnus 2011

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Ashley Read
Class of 2016

Capturing important moments in the lives of others is nothing new for Ashley Read ’16. She took her experience in Yearbook at Hill Country with her to Kansas State University in the fall of 2016, and now in her senior year, serves as Editor-in-Chief of Royal Purple, Kansas State University’s award-winning yearbook.

“This is my second year as Editor-in-Chief, and my third year on staff,” says Ashley. “My first year, I was given the opportunity to be the design editor—a huge deal being a new staffer. During my years on staff, we have received many awards both as a staff and as individuals. The book’s major awards are 3rd place 2018 Best Yearbook Cover, the 2018 All-Kansas Award, the 2018 Pacemaker Award, second place 2019 Best Yearbook Cover, and Finalist for the 2019 Pacemaker Award.”

During her senior year at Hill Country, Ashley’s design portfolio was awarded 2nd place by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. “Ashley is one of the most influential staff members we have ever had,” says John Horvath, long-time Hill Country Yearbook advisor. “She was instrumental in putting our yearbook on the map. It would be impossible to overstate her impact on our yearbook program.”

One of her fondest memories of her time at Hill Country was getting a 1st place medal in the 4×400 meter relay. It was during her senior year in her last race as a Knight. “Coach Thurman and Coach Greer were determined to get me a 1st place medal,” says Ashley. “After I insisted on participating in the sprinter run off and placing second out of all the sprinters, the coaches realized maybe I wasn’t a long-distance runner after all. They decided to put me, a long-distance runner, in all three of the relays for the first time at the district meet. After passing district, we went to regionals and on to state. At state, we ran the best races we could, and I finally got my 1st place medal.”

The soon-to-be Kansas State graduate has enjoyed the last few years living north of Texas. “Moving to Kansas was definitely a huge change—not just moving from a warm place to a very cold one but also moving from a large city to a very small one,” says Ashley. “I was also not used to having friends and people around me who may not necessarily be Christians. Hill Country provided a strong foundation in my Christian faith, so I was able to communicate with those people and befriend them in a godly way. My strong foundation allowed me to listen to and understand others’ beliefs but not allow them to sway my own. Now I can say that my faith is stronger than ever before, and it’s due to the relationships and learning I received from Hill Country. I know that I can contact any of my past teachers and coaches from Hill Country if I need anything, and that’s a great thing to have when you move far away from home.”

Jared Neusch
Class of 2004

West Sussex is quite different from Austin. Although British tea isn’t exactly the same as Texas tea, Jared Neusch ’04 and his family have embraced change and now call England home.

After graduating from Hill Country in 2004, Jared enrolled at Texas A&M, majoring in speech communications and minoring in anthropology. Having received his undergrad degree from A&M, Jared went on to work for a ministry school in California, where he oversaw a department and taught Bible classes. He later received his Master’s of Divinity from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary in 2017—all while working full-time and chasing a toddler around the house. Jared and his wife, Kezia, have been married for seven years and are raising two children; a two-year-old and a four-year-old as Jared completes his Ph.D. in New Testament Biblical Studies, specializing on the third and fourth chapters of Paul’s letters to the Galatians.

He may be a few years and a few thousand miles removed from his life at Hill Country, but Jared says the memories are still vivid. “I’ll never forget mounting an incredible comeback to beat Waldorf in basketball that earned [our] team a spot in a playoff tiebreaker,” says Jared. “I [also] remember my senior year, being a part of the cross-country team, and winning the state championship.”

Jared is close to achieving one of the highest accolades in higher education and is familiar with the skills and hard work it takes to pursue such a degree. He credits his time at Hill Country for laying the groundwork for his post-graduate pursuits. “Having logged at least a few hours of public speaking time during junior high and high school, I was really well prepared for public speaking classes at college,” says Jared. “I have also benefited from the classical education we received (Latin, logic, rhetoric, etc.), and I can see this playing into my current Ph.D. work. It really is a quality institution. Being in a relatively smaller environment with such high-quality academics and great sports programs has definitely been a benefit for me in the years during and following [my time at] Hill Country.”

Jared and his family love their new life “across the pond” and enjoy everything from new foods to the changes of scenery—particularly the picturesque rolling green hills, sheep, and country cottages.

Paige Glace
Class of 2018

As a Baylor University sophomore, Paige Glace ’18 has been busy since she received her diploma in May of 2018. In addition to her studies, involvement in her sorority, and attending all the football, volleyball and intramural games she can, Paige spends much of her time in the Baylor Student Senate. She sits on the Campus Improvements & Affairs committee, where she writes funding allocations, hears bill proposals, and votes on various campus measures.

“[In committee] we write bills and allocations for issues on campus,” says Paige. “So far this semester, my committee has tackled issues concerning the addition of new bike racks around campus, energy conservation in campus buildings, and we are currently in discussion about more improvements we can make around campus. As a senator, I have worked with organizations to acquire funding for events and [currently] have a few resolutions on the way!”

Paige welcomed the challenge of moving from Austin to a brand new environment. “Moving from Hill Country to a college atmosphere was a blast,” she says. “I loved how Hill Country set us up for academic excellence in college through rigorous courses! Moving to a brand new environment is always a challenge, but I have enjoyed it thoroughly. Hill Country is especially good at teaching you how to create good relationships with your professors, which has allowed me to succeed in even my most difficult classes.”

Also a member of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Paige is majoring in political science within the Baylor Honors College. Upon graduating, Paige plans to work in the federal government.

Ryan Long
Class of 2016

You have probably never been in the copilot seat, helping fly the governor of Indiana around the state. You likely have never had the opportunity to land a plane on the top of a mountain. If you talk to Ryan Long ‘16, that’s just a typical Tuesday. Long is entering his senior year at Purdue University, majoring in Professional Flight Technology. He is spending more and more time in the air these days as a trainee himself, and as a flight instructor for the university. 

“Once I started college, I quickly realized the skills I received from Hill Country made me stand out from my peers,” says Ryan. “The most relevant one I saw right away was my ability to outline, write, and edit research papers. While many people in my classes struggled through these assignments, not knowing how to research or structure their papers, the skills I learned at Hill Country through my many English Classes and Senior Thesis served me well. Hill Country teachers do an incredible job at challenging and guiding students in their writing to make sure it is the absolute best quality it can be. This practice has been outstanding through my time in college, making writing effortless.”

“Through many classes and as President of Purdue Aviation Ambassadors, I have been challenged with public speaking opportunities time and time again,” he says. While public speaking seems to be a subject many struggle with through college, the practice I got at Hill Country through Debate class, English, Senior thesis and club involvement has taught me how to present and defend my research or ideas in front of an audience confidently and clearly.”

Ryan encourages, “If anyone were considering attending Hill Country Christian, I would highly advise them to give it a try. Hill Country is truly a place where each student is encouraged to grow in their knowledge, beliefs, values, and skills. In my experience at Hill Country, students receive a level of attention most schools cannot offer. All of the teachers, coaches, staff, and students alike at Hill Country listen and care, creating an atmosphere where students are not numbers. I left Hill Country prepared for college, with lifelong friends, and knowing what direction I wanted my life to take. I am happy I chose Hill Country for High School because I don’t think I could have found as many opportunities or experiences as unique anywhere else!”

As a member and former president of Purdue Aviation Ambassadors, Ryan travels across the country, recruiting others to the aviation program. He enjoys life in the midwest but would like to make his way back to Texas. “I miss the warmer weather of Texas, my family and so many other things about living there,” he says. “I never realized what I appreciated about Texas until I left. With that being said, Purdue and the Midwest both have their advantages and disadvantages, but overall I am convinced Austin is one of the most special cities in the world and I plan to find myself back there one day! No state compares to Texas!”

In the spring, Ryan will hone his skills in the university’s new Airbus A320 simulator. He will pilot a multi-stop, cross-country flight as his final exam before graduation, after which he plans to become a corporate pilot. As he looks back on his final summer as a college student, Ryan recounts the details of taking off from Indianapolis International Airport. “Pushing the thrust levers up on the runway in Indianapolis with airliners waiting behind me, getting pulled back in my seat by the force of the engines, then climbing out over the sea of flickering city lights was the best way I could have possibly ended the summer.”

Sara Jackson
Class of 2013

It’s been a while since her class taught Mrs. Hechel how to hip hop dance, and while she’s more into data science now, we are glad alumna Sara Jackson ‘13 still makes time to visit her alma mater. She was very active here not only as a student but also as a member of the volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track teams.

After graduating from Hill Country, Sara traveled to the east coast for college at Furman University, where she says she was challenged in her faith, which resulted in growth. “I was an assistant R.A. for freshman for two years, and I learned a lot about myself, as well as how to help others through their struggles and adjust to college life,” she says. “I was often asked by friends to help edit their papers, and the Hill Country thesis really prepared me for the Business Block in which three other students and I had to jointly write a 50-page report about a company and present our findings. This task was not nearly as hard for me as it was for some of my peers due to the number of papers I wrote and speeches I made at Hill Country.” Upon graduating from college, the North Carolina resident launched her career as a data analyst for one of the world’s largest technology conglomerates. She not only fulfills her own responsibilities but also trains new analysts who join her team. 

Sara frequently comes back to Austin to visit family and makes a point to visit campus whenever she can. “What I love about Hill Country the most is that you’re taught how to defend and live out your faith, and you’re treated like family,” she says. “The teachers really care about you, want to pour into you and see you grow both academically and spiritually. They want to hear about your day – from the small things to the big things. Hill Country was a second home for me.”

Michael Holt
Class of 2006

Interview and Article by Jake Strubhar – Alumni Relations Coordinator

He has more than 2.5 million subscribers, garners over 1,000 views per hour when releasing a new video, and is recognized by fans in restaurants and on airplanes around the world. Attributes like these describe many celebrities and athletes, but if you add, “Christian” to that list, it becomes much more narrow. Then attach “Hill Country graduate,” to that list, and you are left with one person—Michael Holt—aka MOLT.

After throwing his last pitch from the mound as a Hill Country Knight in the spring of 2006, Michael Holt ’06, had no idea that he would end up a wildly successful YouTube star in just a few years. Today, after many changes to his initial plan, Michael finds himself traveling the world and making a living by doing the very thing that some students are tempted to do a bit too much—playing video games.

Michael’s path to success started at Hill Country, but in somewhat of an unconventional way. “When I was at Hill Country I didn’t have the best grades,” says Michael.

“I learned in a different way. It was very difficult for me to retain information. A lot of people just learn differently. Some people don’t have to study for a test and ace it. I could study for three hours and get a ‘C’.” Eventually diagnosed with a learning disorder, Michael began to get creative with his studying. “When I had to memorize things for English class, like poetry, I would go outside and skateboard and say the poem out loud. I was doing something I enjoyed, and I would memorize it so much faster than I would have while sitting at my desk.”

Despite a common assumption that “gamers” are not athletic, Michael grew up loving baseball and football and participated in both sports as a Knight. He warmly recounted the end of a particular football season when Coach Philip Hudgens spoke life and encouragement into him and his fellow tear-filled teammates, thanking them for a great playoff run and finally making a dream of Coach Hudgens’ come true—getting to play football when it was cold outside.

Although Michael enjoyed his time on the football team, his true sports allegiance was to baseball. “Coach Craycroft—love him very much. He was such an influential person in my life,” says Michael, also reminiscing about the biscuits and gravy he enjoyed over Bible study at the Craycroft home. His pitching made such an impression in the league that years after his graduation, umpires and referees at games asked, “Is that guy with the slider still here?”

Upon graduation, Michael planned to walk onto the baseball team at Western Carolina. He intended to use his first season as a college player to bulk up, get stronger, and begin throwing in the nineties. But those plans would never come to fruition. One hot summer day preceding his freshman year of college, Michael was spending the afternoon with his friends on the river. A simple jump onto a rope swing is all it took to change the course of his life. “I jumped, and the rope wrapped around my arm—cutting completely through my tricep and disconnecting it,” he says, “and my bicep was 75% severed.” Due to the massive nerve damage, Michael didn’t have use of his hand for five months after the accident. “The doctors said I should not have been able to use my arm again, or I should have bled to death. In their minds, there were no other options.”

Michael endured years of physical therapy and rehabilitation that kept him from pursuing his baseball dream. He defied the odds, and his arm is back to full mobility. “It works perfectly. It’s a bit weird-looking now, but it works just fine! It was very clear that the Lord had other plans for me, and they didn’t include baseball even though I wanted them to. I could look at my arm as a negative, but I could also redefine that situation as the shift in direction that was going to take me to where I am now—having a bigger impact than I would have had playing baseball.”

After finishing college at the University of South Carolina, Michael began a career in graphic design, and also began to play a simple game on his phone in his spare time.

“I started playing a game called Clash of Clans on my phone and went online to see if there were any videos on it. I found a couple and thought, I can do this. I can make these videos. I started making my own as a fun little part-time gig.” As you may have guessed, his YouTube channel name, MOLT, comes from a combination of his first and last names. “I was posting about four videos per week but really didn’t make any money from it for the first year. Eventually, it started growing, and after a year and a half, I started making as much money on YouTube as I was at my graphic design job. At that point, Michael decided to commit to being a full-time “YouTuber” and he quit his job in graphic design. “I quit. It was scary. I was scared, and my parents were scared!”

Fast-forward to today, and Michael is now well into a successful career as a professional game streamer, spending most of his working time streaming himself playing well-known games such as Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and more. Michael’s multiple YouTube channels contain thousands of viral videos, and he now makes his living from YouTube advertising revenue, as well as from his numerous sponsorships and partnerships. Not unlike a professional athlete, “MOLT” is flown around the world to announce for and play in tournaments on behalf of Supercell, the makers of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. He recently logged his ninth trip to Helsinki, Finland. “I actually wanted to be a news anchor before I studied graphic design,” he says. “It’s really cool that I went full circle and get to be a news anchor of sorts for some of these tournaments.”

Michael gives his wife Rachel a lot of credit for her support of his unconventional career, but she did not let his fame get in the way of figuring out who he really was. “She didn’t watch a single one of my videos for the first three months we dated because she wanted to get to know me, not my internet persona.”

In addition to Michael’s game-streaming channel, he and Rachel have a personal YouTube channel that is full of insightful, funny, and honest content that Rachel edits and curates called, The Holts. “The second channel isn’t a business thing, it isn’t for us to make money. It’s for us to try to have an impact on people,” says Michael. “If it impacts one person, it’s worth it.”

He recently hosted Gaten Matarazzo and Noah Schnapp of the well-known Netflix series Stranger Things for a Brawl Stars tournament. Despite knowing success firsthand, Michael says he was pretty starstruck upon first meeting the Netflix stars—telling them how much he loved Stranger Things, to which Noah replied, “I used to watch your videos on YouTube.” Michael says, “It was super fun and surreal—really fun to be able to hang out with those guys.”

However, it’s not all fun and games for Michael. His work often requires travel away from his wife and home, countless hours of publishing, and sometimes involves boredom due to playing the same game for long periods. “There is definitely a misconception. There are a lot of things that make YouTubers’ jobs difficult. We don’t have coworkers, so it can be very lonely. Despite many YouTubers having millions of subscribers and followers, loneliness and depression are very common.”

When asked what tips and tricks he would give to aspiring YouTubers, Michael delivered honest feedback. “Don’t do it to be famous, don’t do it to be successful, because if you go into it with those motives—when it isn’t going well—you’ll feel defeated. If you go into it because you enjoy it and you want to have an impact on people, or because you’re having fun making videos—that’s when it’s going to work out.”

Michael’s advice isn’t just limited to gaming and streaming. When discussing how his time at Hill Country prepared him for his career, as unconventional as it is, he said, “Training to apply yourself in situations where you don’t want to be, prepares you to be successful in places you do want to be. It’s like being on the mound, throwing a 70mph fastball, and then throwing an 80mph fastball a month later because I’ve been training. That application from the classroom can transfer all over the place to whatever you end up doing with your life.”

Michael, now a North Carolina resident, misses several things about Texas. “I miss the waterparks, the food in general, and the hills,” also noting that he especially misses Rudy’s Bar-B-Q. When asked what he would say to all of his former teachers if given a chance, he said the following, “Thank you for putting up with my shenanigans and for being patient with me as I figured out how I learned best.” Michael plans to continue streaming his game playing for the foreseeable future and is always on the lookout for the next big thing in gaming.

Cory Vinlove
Class of 2008

When is the last time you investigated organized crime syndicates? For alumnus Cory Vinlove ’08, he does it all in a day’s work.

“I began my career in law enforcement in 2012 with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office,” says Cory. “After feeling led by God, and after much prayer and conversation with my wife, I eventually decided to transfer to the Lexington Police Department in Lexington, Kentucky. I am currently a detective in the gang unit, where I investigate criminal offenses by gang members as well as other organized criminal syndicates. I work closely with many local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to quell gang activity and violence all throughout the state of Kentucky.”

The Lexington Police Department awarded Cory the Life Saving Award in the summer of 2019 for heroic actions he took when he came upon a vehicle teetering near the edge of a steep embankment that led to a waterway. He and fellow detective, Steven Hudak, worked their way down to the vehicle and were able to use their body weight to keep the car from going over the edge, rendering aid to the trapped driver until the fire department could arrive.

Cory took a non-traditional route in recently obtaining his B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. “I started at ACC after graduating from Hill Country,” says Cory. “After two years, I put my education on hold to begin my career in law enforcement. In 2017, I continued my education because I wanted to complete the task I set for myself years ago. Going back to school in my late twenties was an interesting experience. I had much more respect for education and was much more disciplined than when I was eighteen years old. Even with the long gap in my education, the basis of knowledge that I received from Hill Country stuck with me and helped me transition back into my education process seamlessly.”

Cory eagerly recounted his times at Hill Country, noting, “The things that stick out most in my memory are the teachers that demanded the best from me academically but also took a personal interest in my development as a godly, successful individual. Teachers like Scott Horne, Edward Baptiste, and Patricia Brunson were key figures in my life that not only gave me a top-notch education but encouraged me and challenged me to grow as a person.”

Cory and his wife are enjoying the Lexington life but also enjoy occasional trips back to Austin, where they met through the college ministry of Hill Country Bible Church in 2010.

McKenna Dallmeyer
Class of 2018

She has appeared on national television, interned with the governor’s office, co-hosted a weekly live stream, founded student club chapters, served as vice president for multiple organizations, been a campus correspondent for a political organization, and – oh yeah – all while being a student. Sound familiar?

It will sound familiar if you know Hill Country’s 2018 Valedictorian, McKenna Dallmeyer. Since starting college in the fall of 2018 at Texas A&M University, she has been going nonstop. As a freshman, McKenna made a lasting impact on campus. She founded a chapter of Young Women for America, became the Campus Correspondent for the organization Campus Reform, served as Events Coordinator for Turning Point USA, served as Vice President of Christians United For Israel and using what time she had left, was an active member of Team 12 (a professional organization that assists with special events and game-day operations for the Texas A&M Department of Athletics).

McKenna recently completed an internship with the governor’s office, where she vetted potential appointees who applied to serve on various boards or commissions, along with helping to plan several seminars. “It was such an honor to go to work in the Texas State Capitol every day and meet with Governor Abbott on several occasions,” she says. “Within these roles, I have learned so much about myself and my work ethic.” She was also recently awarded Rookie of the Year by Young Women of America for establishing a chapter of YWA at Texas A&M.

On October 9th, 2019, McKenna appeared on the Fox and Friends morning news program in response to public criticism by a business owner (whose business Dallmeyer planned to patronize) because of her political beliefs. During the nationally televised interview, McKenna called for dialogue and tolerance among those who differ in their political beliefs, citing her Christian faith as the reason for holding her convictions.

McKenna broke from her busy life to recount some memories of events at Hill Country that helped to shape her into who she is today. “First and foremost, the Christian foundation that I established while in middle and high school without a doubt made, and makes, my time here [at college] a lot easier,” she says. “Hill Country prepared me academically, especially in the area of rhetoric and writing. I am confident in my writing and speaking abilities and had a solid background in both areas when entering college. I believe this is what landed me a job as a contributor for Campus Reform, and [gave me] opportunities to speak at conferences and events on behalf of the organizations I am a part of.”

In rare fashion for a college student, McKenna accepted a full-time position as assistant to the Senior Vice President of Development for Convention of States (a state’s rights organization) and will dedicate herself to her career while completing her undergraduate degree through Liberty University.

Noah Wallace
Class of 2016

Now close to graduating from Clemson University, Noah Wallace has accomplished a lot since graduating from Hill Country in 2016. This Marketing and Film Studies double major completed multiple internships and helped found the first Clemson Spikeball Club. He traveled to places like Costa Rica, Thailand, and New Zealand, and even took up surfing.

“What started as a 30-person club has turned into 300 students who play Spikeball every Tuesday and Thursday,” says Noah. “Clemson has been instrumental in driving Spikeball as an official collegiate sport since we have one of the largest organizations in the country. Last year we placed 5th overall as a club in nationals.” Spikeball, otherwise known as Roundnet, has grown in popularity over the years, and you can now find people playing it on nearly every beach and park in the United States.

As an intern, Noah leveraged his knowledge and talent in film editing to create compelling commercial spots and stories for both Dell and Magna Life Settlements. “Mr. Scott’s video production class sparked my interest in what I now will hopefully be doing with my career,” he says. “Having teachers that not only invest in you academically but also relationally, allowed me to gain an appreciation for lifelong learning.”

Noah moved to South Carolina in the summer of 2016, ready to hit the ground running in an unfamiliar environment. “Not knowing a single person upon my arrival really stretched me, [causing me] to make new friends and make meaningful relationships,” he says. “I would say the greatest attribute I took from my time at Hill Country was learning how to invest in people’s lives, rather than be content with surface-level relationships. Hill Country delivers a quality education centered around critical thinking and problem-solving. But more importantly, the school teaches you how to develop meaningful relationships that will impact you for the rest of your life.”

Caroline Janssen Lengyel
Class of 2010

Since graduating from Hill Country just under a decade ago, Caroline Janssen Lengyel ’10 has already made great strides in her career. After graduating from college, she began her career at one of the Big Three management consulting firms in the nation and worked closely with executives in the airline, technology, and organic food industries. As the Strategy Manager for a fast-growing recruiting start-up, she now oversees all finance and growth operations. She is driven, motivated, and articulate, and it seems like nothing has changed since she walked across the stage to receive her Hill Country diploma in 2010.

“She was always really friendly,” says Mr. Baptiste. “Very studious, very kind. Such a great student.” Caroline looks back fondly on her times at Hill Country. “It is so hard to pick a few [great memories],” she says. “I absolutely loved all the Homecoming week activities each year! From decorating the hallways, class competitions, cheering on our Knights at the football game, I felt like it always really brought the school together. I think one of my favorite team memories was staying overnight in Hallettsville for the regional track meet, and cramming into one room to watch a movie together. The camaraderie we had on that team will be hard to match.”

As she looks back on her formative years at Hill Country, Caroline recounts a few significant observations. “First, from an academic perspective, my professional writing skills were far more developed than those of my peers,” she says. “I credit this to all the writing I did in my English classes at Hill Country! I still get compliments at work now about my writing and am frequently asked to proofread others’ pieces. I credit this to the great Hill Country teachers who taught and honed my skills. Second, I was very well-equipped with spiritual knowledge. A&M actually has a very strong Christian culture, so I had no problem falling in with a great crowd that shared my viewpoints; however, I was much more educated in my faith than many of my peers, and I credit this to the great Bible classes that Hill Country offered. I still reference the doctrine and apologetics classes today!”

The busy Strategy Manager and her husband, Dan, lived in Texas and South Carolina, before calling Arizona home. Dan, a pilot in the Marine Corps, spends his days flying F-35 fighter jets. The couple recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their daughter this fall