Sandhills Classical Christian School – 20 years educating Moore County

The Sandhills Classical Christian school is in their 20th year. 2019 is a year of many exciting changes and this conversation traces the last 20 years with an eye on the future. Presenters SCCS Head of School Todd Zimmerman SCCS Past Board Chair Trudy Engebretson SCCS parent volunteer Julianne Clodfelter

About Sandhills Classical Christian School

Sandhills Classical Christian School was founded in 1999 by three visionary leaders: Max Stanton, Jamie Bransford, and Dr. George James. Today the school serves a thriving student body of more than 380 children in its preschool, grammar, logic, and rhetoric programs.

About Classical Christian Education

The curriculum incorporates a Christian worldview, with Christianity woven through all aspects of learning. The school’s mission is to “graduate citizens of excellence who observe, think, and articulate with humility, reason, and clarity for the glory of God.”

Presenter Bios

Todd Zimmerman, SCCS Head of School and Upper School Principal, is an experienced principal with a classical teaching background. Mr. Zimmerman joined SCCS in the Fall of 2017 upon being selected to principal our Logic and Rhetoric schools. Pursuing a Ph.D. in Education from Columbia International University Trudy Engebretson graduated from the University of North Dakota and is degreed in Elementary & Special Education. She previously served six years as Board Chair at SCC. Prior to moving to Pinehurst, Trudy was elected to the school board for Bloomington Public Schools in suburban Minneapolis, a district serving 11,000 students and staff. Julianne Clodfelter is co-owner of Rhetson Companies, Inc. and married to Brian Clodfelter. She was previously a Nurse with First Health for 17 years and holds a Masters in Nursing and Health Administration. Julianne has been a parent at SCCS for six years. Daughter Libby started at SCCS in the three-year-old preschool class and is now in third grade. She has volunteered with the school’s Bowtie Ball since its inception, serving as parent volunteer chair of the ball for 2018 and 2019. Other school involvement is with her husband Brian and their construction company (Rhetson Companies) which built the new school last year at the Whispering Pines campus for K-5.


About Victory Junction – Lindsay Douglass – 2018 Victory Junction Princess of N.C.

Victory Junction offers a year-round camp experience for children with serious and chronic illnesses. It is located on 84 acres in Level Cross, near Randleman, NC, about a one-hour drive from Moore County.

The camp was the dream of Adam Petty, a fourth generation race car driver from the famous Petty racing family. Between races, Adam often visited children in pediatric hospitals. After his tragic death in a racing accident, his family and friends came together to realize his dream.

Victory Junction opened its gates in 2004. The camp serves children from all over the United States through its summer programming and also Family Weekends — at no cost to families.

Victory Junction is part of the Serious Fun Network, formerly known as the Hole in the Wall Gang camps, founded by the actor Paul Newman. It was Newman’s idea to create a free camp where kids could escape the fear and isolation of their medical conditions and, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Today there are over 30 of these medically-safe camps and programs around the world.

About Lindsay Douglass

Lindsay Douglass is a junior at Pinecrest High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity cheerleader, and a member of the Pinecrest Speech & Debate team.

Lindsay is also a former camper at Victory Junction and was appointed to be a volunteer ambassador as the Victory Junction Princess of North Carolina. The Princess of North Carolina is a statewide program sponsoring more than a dozen preliminary pageants. Its state queens support and promote Victory Junction, and to-date have raised over $300,000 for the camp.

Lindsay is the organization’s 3rd Victory Junction Princess. She is spending her year attending special events, visiting children’s hospitals, speaking to groups, and fundraising for Victory Junction.

About Kathie and Mark Parson

Kathie Parson and her husband, Mark, of Southern Pines-based Mark Wesley Parson Design, first met the Petty family through the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. It was also during one of these annual fundraising motorcycle rides that the couple discovered and fell in love with Pinehurst and Southern Pines.

Kathie served five years as marketing manager of Petty Enterprises, at their office near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. She came to regard the Petty’s as part of her extended family and was with them when Adam Petty was killed in New Hampshire during a practice run.

It was Kathie who secured the first telephone number for Victory Junction.

Mark Parson has also been actively involved with the Petty family, most recently designing the Lynda Petty Memorial Garden in Level Cross.

About Julianne and Brian Clodfelter

Julianne Clodfelter and her husband, Brian, of West End-based Rhetson Companies and Par 5 Development, believe that it is important to give back not only as a company, but as individuals. From the very beginning, they were inspired by the work of Victory Junction — even before they ever stepped foot on the grounds — and have given generously to support the camp’s programs.

Earlier this year, the Clodfelters brought their professional team to camp, serving as the general contractor for a new 6,000 square foot indoor archery range — funded through a $500,000 gift from the Smithfield Foundation — that allows campers year-round “weather proof” fun.