Over 1.6 million juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. BCHS seniors Davis Hoffman, Lauryn Decker and Blair Abril were among the highest scorers in the national, each earning recoginition to varying degrees.
A heart-warming classic that kept everyone on the edge of their seats, “Anne of Green Gables” arrived to the BCHS stage the first weekend of November. The tale, centered on Anne, a young orphan girl, who was mistakenly delivered to the farm-owning Cuthbert family, and recounted her escapades in her new home as she pushed the boundaries and made mistakes.
In October, 64 students, along with 34 adults – including parents, BCHS President John Buetow, and BCHS Counselors Susan Chandler and Carissa Cady – journeyed to Texas for the second annual college tour. The group visited the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, Baylor University and Texas Christian University.
Planning for your future and thinking about life after high school can be a bit overwhelming. BCHS alumni have been there and understand what a challenge it can be for the next generation to decide that important step. That’s how the conversation began at an Alumni Association meeting, which led to the formation of the Alumni Mentor Program.
Crowds of BCHS fans fill the stands to support the Eagles. However, not everyone can show their school spirit by attending games and other campus events. With this in mind, BCHS began livestreaming select games last year through its broadcasting class.
For two weeks the BCHS FFA members balanced school while also showing their animals, flowers, crops and plants at the Kern County Fair. All the hard work and dedication was rewarded with nine different students across a dozen categories receiving top honors from Grand Champion to Champion Showman.
Hume Lake Christian Camp was a spiritual and physical journey with God for every student, teacher and staff member that shared in this all-school BCHS retreat. The planning, organizing and executing of the trip started long before the buses were loaded for the mountain trek.
Bleary eyes, brisk 6 o’clock air, blankets on damp grass and breakfast burritos: such were the elements that set the scene as early risers congregated at the football field on the morning of Aug. 22. Senior Sunrise, an annual BCHS tradition, witnessed a morning of worship and fellowship when students and faculty alike gathered in commemoration of a new and, to returning seniors, final school year attending BCHS.
The voices of the children filled the small worship room which doubled as a cafeteria. The atmosphere was joyful and filled with optimism as our mission team’s translator relayed the message of David that was being taught to the beautiful children of Romania.
Huge strides were made by BCHS administration and faculty during the 2017-18 school year to increase student success on AP Exams. These moves paid off when the College Board revealed this year's AP Exam scores — the 148 BCHS students who took 246 AP Exams last May resulted in an overall pass rate of 74 percent. This cleared the state and national overall AP Exam pass rates by more than 15 percent, and also marked the highest pass rates in school history.
BVarsity's All-Area selections have been released with several Eagles appearing in the lineup for their outstanding play throughout the spring season including Boys Tennis Player of the Year — Erik Buetow. With a record of 29-2 this season, Buetow, a BCHS junior, finished second in the Central Section singles tournament in May and helped lead the Eagles to the D-I team quarterfinals.
The CIF Central Section Division VI championship win for the Eagles was another one for the history books, as it marked the first time the softball team had won a Valley title under the name Bakersfield Christian High School. The previous title was won in 1995, when the school went by Community Christian High School.
BCHS junior, Madeline Abernathy, was among the winners in the senior division of the California History Day competition and will advance to compete at the national level which will be held June 10-14 at the University of Maryland.
On Tuesday, May 1, a group of 25 fourth and fifth grade students from Munsey Elementary School filed into a BCHS conference room to enjoy pizza and chat with the BCHS forensics team. The young students had traveled across town to get an exclusive preview of the high school and the forensics program.
Three BCHS teams competed in the Valley Championship Debate Tournament held at Stockdale High School the first weekend in March. The team of Austin Gaines and Jessica Stump qualified to compete at the state level in Public Forum debate.
The Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI) is presenting a free event for the community that will be of special interest to coaches, trainers, therapists, athletes and parents of athletes. "Rising to the next level — developing athletic skills and understanding injury prevention" will be held in the BCHS Fine Arts Theater on Thursday, March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Following approximately six months of hard work and dedication in preparation, the eight-student BCHS team competed in this year's Academic Decathlon earning some notable achievements including placing 5th in the Super Quiz competition and being ranked 9th overall of the 18 competing teams.
BCHS sophomore, Ben Yurosek (No. 84), received honors among the top football players in the state. When Cal-Hi Sports published its All-State Sophomore Team in late January, Yurosek was one of the 60 players on the list, with only two being from Kern County.
In January, 24 BCHS freshmen and sophomores, along with parents, college counselors and academic administrators, embarked on a college tour to the southeastern section of the U.S. The first college tour of its type for Bakersfield Christian High School, this trip is an annual component of the BCHS Honors Academy which launched this school year.