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Dana Marie Hoekstra (2007)
Dana Marie graduated from Woodland Christian High School in 2007. She is now a singer/songwriter in Kitchener, Ontario.
Dana Marie has always been involved in various choirs, solos and school musicals, so it’s no surprise that when she graduated from High School she packed up her belongings and moved across the world to Sydney, Australia to attend a College and Church that leads the world in worship music, Hillsong Church and Hillsong International Leadership College.
In February of 2010 Dana Marie won the “Shining Star” vocal competition for the Christian radio station 94.3 Faith FM, and has since been doing music ministry in various settings, being humbled by the opportunities that God has provided.
Since releasing her first self-titled, full-length album in December of 2010, Dana Marie has been performing and leading worship is various settings and churches in both Canada and the USA. Such events include 100 Huntley Street, Kingdom Bound, Youth Retreats, Coffee Houses, Churches, and the Women’s Prison.
Recently, Dana Marie was nominated for the “Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year” for the 2011 GMA Covenant Awards Canada.
“I feel blessed beyond measure. God is so good and I am so grateful
for the opportunities and responsibilities that He has granted.”
Dana Marie says the following about Woodland:
“The teenage “season” is both critical and fragile! Woodland prepared me academically and spiritually for the years to come. Having peers and teachers that encouraged me, inspired me, and believed in me allowed me to walk into an unknown future with confidence that my future was known and mapped out by my Heavenly Father. I feel blessed that I was able to grow, change, ask questions, and discover who I was in a safe and God fearing environment. Also…my closest friends are still the girls I met during my Woodland days!”
Carmen (Douma) Hussar (1996)
Carmen Douma’s name still hangs on several banners that line the walls of the Woodland gymnasium. She ripped up the cross-country and track and field scene while attending Woodland and went on to be an Olympic athlete.
Carmen was a 1500 m finalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2005 World Championships in Athletics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She represented Canada in the short race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships six times between 2001 and 2006. Her best performance of 17th in 2004 brought Canada the team bronze medal. She has also competed at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, the 2006 IAAF World Cup and four editions of the IAAF World Athletics Final.
Today, Carmen lives with her husband Chris and their daughter Pippa in the southern United States. Here is what Carmen has to say about her experience at Woodland:
“A Christ centred approach to academics and activities helped me build upon the Christian foundation established through my family and church.”
“I was encouraged to develop my specific gifts. Athletics has always been a significant part of my life – at Woodland, my running pursuits were encouraged and supported in numerous ways by administrators, teachers, and fellow classmates.”
“People cared, and it showed. I remember hearing phrases like “I haven’t seen your smile, for a while, what’s up?” I remember meticulously manicured soccer fields and breakfast on “Pancake Tuesday”. I remember inspiring art displays and science fairs, elaborate plays and uplifting Christmas concerts. I remember coaches standing trackside, courtside and on the sidelines, and staying late for practices. I remember parents organizing special banquets and dinners for the students…”
“Thank you, Woodland Christian High School.”