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Senior Spotlights: Jake Meyer and McKenna Nolasco

June 29, 2022
By Fremont Christian School
Fremont Christian School graduating seniors Jake Meyer and McKenna Nolasco

FCS is proud to highlight two of our standout seniors, Jake Meyer and McKenna Nolasco. No strangers to their classmates, both students have been exceedingly active in extracurricular activities, from sports to performing arts to student leadership.

Although not quite a 13-year student, Jake has been with FCS since the first grade and comes from a family of FCS grads. After graduation, he will attend Grove City College, where he will major in communication arts and enjoy the wide variety of seasons Pennsylvania has to offer. Jake chose his major because, he explains, he wants to help people, and he knows he needs to be able to communicate well with others to do so.

Fremont Christian School graduating senior Jake MeyerIn addition to the numerous sports teams he played on, Jake has been performing in student plays since elementary school and considers his castmates an extended family. He was also previously a member of class council and has served in other leadership roles. “I try my best to be kind and to reach out to everyone,” he says, adding that being voted homecoming king felt like a recognition of those efforts. 

During his freshman year, Jake founded the FCS chapter of Best Buddies, an international organization whose mission is to create awareness of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and to provide support for those with them. As president of the chapter during his sophomore year, he attended a national leadership conference where he met other likeminded students from across the country. The experience is one of the main reasons he cites Best Buddies as a high school highlight, in addition to how the organization helped him to grow personally and learn more about treating others with respect. 

“The idea of high school is really fun,” Jake says, “but when it comes down to it, you’re going to be safe at FCS, whether it’s with other classmates or teachers. You feel very valued.”

Fremont Christian School graduating senior McKenna Nolasco

Classmate McKenna Nolasco has Jake beat by one year — she’s been at FCS since preschool. She will be attending Chapman University in the fall, where she’ll study business management and play soccer. 

Looking back at McKenna’s school involvement, it’s a wonder she fit it all in  — volleyball, basketball, school board, chorale, handbells, plays. She credits this ability to diversify to FCS and its staff. “Teachers work together to allow you to be part of multiple programs,” she explains.

“The school makes it possible to do anything you want to do.” As an example, she cites how her advisors allowed her to alternate one period between handbells and choir, rather than having to choose just one.

The faculty also made sure McKenna could participate in The Sound of Music her sophomore year, even though she had broken her leg. Their creative solution: cast her as a nun in a wheelchair so she could still use the gift of her voice. McKenna’s FCS performance history dates back to elementary school, when she and Jake both appeared as Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.

Her affinity for leadership led her to participate in class council, where she helped plan Spirit Week and fundraisers. “I like to be a part of making those decisions and seeing it all come together,” she says. She was also the vice president of Best Buddies. 

McKenna’s family is another exemplar of FCS school spirit. Her brother Jeremiah graduated in 2013, and her mother has coached volleyball and basketball and served on the school board.

McKenna cites FCS’s small classes as one of its benefits. “You get to know teachers personally,” she says. “They know what’s going on in your life. That helps build a good connection, trust, and respect. I’ve always felt comfortable asking for extra help, which I think I’d be intimidated to do in a larger class.” 

One of her favorite memories was the Mexico mission trip during J-Term, where she had the opportunity to travel with a small group of friends to work together for a bigger purpose. She says the first house they built was for a family who had lived in a tent. “It really put things into perspective about being grateful for all we have here, including the opportunities,” McKenna says. “Seeing that your hard work means something is both humbling and rewarding. It’s something I’ll carry with me forever.”

Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

October 04, 2020
By Fremont Christian School

Seniors Simeon Godwin, Karen Ly, and Alice Zhou have been announced as three of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The FCS Class of 2021 has 49 members. These academically talented high school seniors will continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $30 million, that will be offered next spring.

More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Congratulations, Simeon, Karen, and Alice! We are so proud of you! 

FCS Senior & Siemens Reseach Competition 2017

October 25, 2017
By Admissions Office

From the Siemans' Foundation website: 

The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.  Every year, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. The Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math and science – students who are changing the world for the better.

This year, out of the more than 1860 projects submitted, 491 students are being recognized as semi-finalists. This select group of students and their notable projects are judged to determine who advances on to 6 regional competitions held in November. Individual and team winners of the regional contests earn the opportunity to compete in the National Finals held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in December where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.

The prize, launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, was established to increase access to higher education for students who are gifted in STEM and is based on the culture of innovation, research, and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens.  This competition seeks to recognize and build a strong pipeline for the nation’s most promising scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Congratulations to these students and their outstanding accomplishments!

2017 senior Allen W. placed as a semi-finalist for the Siemens Research Competition, as one of the 80 students from California. It is very exciting to see our students doing independent research, and being awarded for their efforts. Allen has expressed his gratefulness to his teachers and counselors at FCS and is very excited for placing as semi-finalist. 

We are so proud of you, Allen! You are paving the way for future FCS students with similar interests.

FCS Seniors & National Merit Program 2018

October 10, 2017
By Admissions Office

Every October, students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) — a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.6 million juniors each year — and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

FCS offers this exam to all 11th-grade students in October during the school day. Students in grades 9-10 also get a chance to view and practice the SAT with their own versions of the PSAT in October.

Last school year, in our class of 63 seniors, three students earned all three levels in National Merit status. Jocelyn S. earned Commended, Daniel F. earned Semi-Finalist, and Leon W. earned Finalist. By earning these distinctions and honors, those seniors were recognized as being in the top 4% of the nation from all high schools.

In the 2017-18 school year, there are 34,000 students being recognized for their exceptional academic promise as National Commended Students. Of more than 1.6 million students who took the PSAT NMSQT, these students are among the top 50,000 scorers. These students will be recognized by colleges for this very exceptional honor through their college applications and potential scholarships.

This year, FCS is so proud to announce five seniors who have just been announced as National Merit Commended students. Today, we want to award the following students their National Merit Commended Letters, please join me in congratulating: Ivan C., Solomon C., Joshua M., Ritu M., and Allen W.

If you would like a chance to join this elite group of students in the nation, your chance is coming up this October! All juniors will take the qualifying PSAT/NMSQT while the 9th and 10th graders will take preliminary practice exams through the PSAT 9, 10 and Pre-ACT.

AP Biology: First Lab 2017-2018

September 01, 2017
By Admissions Office

Our AP Biology students are conducting an inquiry-based investigation of animal behavior as their first lab of the year. Students observe the orientation and movement behavior of pill bugs (roly-polies) in response to environmental stimuli.

Groups design and set up their own experiment, record the pill bug preferences, and analyze the results to determine what type of orientation behaviors the pill bugs display.

What Is TK?

July 14, 2017
By Admissions Office

Transitional kindergarten, often referred to as TK, is an exciting educational opportunity for your child who turns five between September 1 and December 31. It’s the first phase of a two-year kindergarten program that uses age-appropriate academics.

Transitional kindergarten acts as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and is designed to provide our youngest learners with the pivotal skills and experiences needed for success in kindergarten, including music, computer lab, and physical education. Our TK teachers provide a loving environment, a perfect place for your child to grow.

“We saw how our son has grown and learned a lot at TK class, and continues to learn to be nice and gentle to all his friends.”  — Kun-Han, mother of 2016-2017 TK student

“Our daughter has made great progress in the TK class since last year, when she just came back from a long vacation in China, and could barely speak any English. Now, she expresses herself freely in English. She has so much knowledge of all kinds of animals and space, which she always proudly shows off to the family.” — Anqi Zhang, mother of 2016-2017 TK student

For more information on scheduling a campus tour or submitting an application, please contact the Early Education Department at 510-744-2260 or

FCS Seniors & National Merit Program 2017

March 29, 2017
By Admissions Office

Congratulations to Leon W., Daniel F., and Jocelyn S. on your accomplishments in the 2017 National Merit Program! These three students, part of our 63-student senior class, are in the top 4% of the nation.

In October 2015, students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) — a test that serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.6 million juniors each year — and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Commended - Jocelyn S.

Of more than 1.6 million students who sat for the PSAT test in October, only 34,000 received the honor of being named National Merit Commended. 

Semi-Finalist - Daniel F.

Of more than 1.6 million students who sat for the PSAT test in October, only 16,000 received the honor of being named National Merit Semi-Finalist. 

Finalist - Leon W.

Of more than 1.6 million students who sat for the PSAT test in October, only 15,000 received the honor of being named National Merit Finalist. 

Daniel has been with FCS since 2015, while Jocelyn and Leon both qualify as 13 year students. Jocelyn started in 2004, and Leon has been with Fremont Christian School since 2002. Congratulations again to our Class of 2017 and all their accomplishments! 

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