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Homeschooling Teen Profile: Emily Dart


Homeschool Friendly College: Biola University


Readers Write: "Amelia and The Amazing Pinto Pony," by Megan


Readers Write: "Homeschool Teens Top Ten Lists," by Amber (Westfall) Hillanbrand


Millie's Column: "Staying Focus," by Millie


The Bookshelf Review: "The Giver," by Rebekah


 Nonfiction Book Review: "God's Love  

Letters to You," by Libbi


Catherine's Column: by Catherine


Anime Reviews: by Xbolt


Homeschooling High School: "Search Operators for Research," by Ann R.


Career-of-the-Month: Database Administrator  


E-Mail Etiquette: Tip-of-the-Month


And much more!!!






Not synchronized; not occurring at the same time.


"The asynchronous tick of the two clocks began to annoy Franz."


See if you can find the word "asynchronous" used elsewhere in this issue!


E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month


Never resort to name calling or profanities when faced with others who have a difference of opinion.


The words you choose to use in your discussions will lend to the credibility of your point of view.  I have yet to run into a situation where resorting to that type of discussion has been productive or constructive.


If in a situation where someone hurls profanities or calls you names, refrain from rebutting in kind.


Be better than that and if you have nothing constructive to add to the conversation, simply ignore those who feel the need to communicate in that manner.


This E-mail Etiquette Tip is provided as a courtesy by: www.NetManners.com 


Please share your story! If you are involved with an amazing project, volunteer in your community, have a special interest that you're passionate about, possess a unique skill, talent or ability, or have accomplished something positive and extraordinary for a person your age or in your situation - be sure to tell us about it and we will feature you in our magazine!  


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Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol  


My name is Ashley Cline. I'm fifteen years old and I'm in the Civil Air Patrol. The Civil Air Patrol (CAP for short) is the airforce's official auxilary. We do community service, drill, search and rescue, and we learn to fly. CAP was founded December 1,1941, just a few days before Pearl Harbor. We actually helped sink U Boats! For drill we march and learn to drill just like the actual airforce. We're in drill competitions and colorguard. For search and rescue we help FEMA. We learn how to search professionally so we can help more. We also have ranks and uniforms. The lowest rank is Cadet Basic while the highest is Cadet Colonel. Right now I'm a senior airman (which is the third rank). Our uniforms are much like the airforce's as well, and we must take good care of them. My squadron has only twelve cadets. My friend and I are the only girls! Civil Air Patrol makes you feel like a family. We meet new people and they always have your back. We get to serve our nation as well. Civil Air Patrol is all across the nation and is really fun. So, join in!!!

Look online at www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information and to find a squadron near you. God bless America, and thank you! Ashley


Please share your story! If you are involved with an amazing project, volunteer in your community, have a special interest that you're passionate about, possess a unique skill, talent or ability, or have accomplished something positive and extraordinary for a person your age or in your situation - be sure to tell us about it and we will feature you in our magazine!  


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Nonfiction Book Review by Libbi

God's Love Letters to You, by Dr. Larry Crabb

  God's Love Letters to You



In this forty day devotional, Dr. Larry went through (obviously) forty different books of the Bible, based off of his book "66 Love Letters". In that book, he went through each of the books of the Bible, and rewrote it in the form of a love letter from God to you, trying to say what he thought God wanted to say to His children through that book. The way it is written, it can be read either straight through like a book, or, across 40 days

(or weeks!) as a devotional. Each day's devotional includes:
-a selected Scripture reading
-a short devotional message
-reflection questions  
-a closing prayer     

What I thought: I thought that this book, while good in theory, was lacking in sound theology. I could not quite believe that if someone was really in love with me that they would make me sick, or take away a loved one. The books cover, however, was absolutely gorgeous! I loved it! I actually thought the questions at the end of each chapter were thought-provoking, yet some were still on the incorrect side. Overall, I disliked the book. If anyone is going to attempt to use a book, song, or picture to try and show how God talks to us, it needs to be biblical, and not heresy. Unfortunately, this book's "letters" did not quite add up.


Libbi is a homeschooler who runs the Life is Funner blog at http://lifeisfunner.blogspot.com . She likes peacocks, the color pink, hair accessories, and reading biographies.



Catherine's Column


By: Catherine Amaris Munoz


"Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. To Him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen." ~1 Peter 5: 5, 7, & 10-11


Hi, fellow home-schooling teens!! My name is Catherine Munoz. I am a homeschooler from Monrovia, California, USA.  I am in the 12th grade. This is my third column for the "Homeschooling Teen e-zine", and I am excited to share more columns with you all in the future!

I always enjoy writing these monthly columns, not only for my own enjoyment but, hopefully, for the enjoyment of others as well. I was unable to write one for the month of June. Despite the busyness and complexity of this month, I still wanted to be sure that I wrote a column, even if only to share this following story with you.

This past month has been especially trialing for my family and I. On Sunday, June 5th, my mom experienced a mini-stroke here at our home. TIA (or Transient Ischemic Attack) is the medical term for it. As you can probably imagine, it was very difficult to have to watch her momentarily slip out of awareness. It was not only I who witnessed this: it was also my other two sisters (ages 20 and 27), and my niece and nephew (ages 6 and 7). At first, she seemed to be fine: going about with her Sunday as she usually does. Upon leaving Sunday mass, she seemed unusually exhausted. She lied on the couch, asking for some water and a saltine cracker for the nausea, all the while remaining calm: for our sake. We are standing around her, with nothing to do but pray and wonder what is happening. She's feeling nauseous, dizzy, forgetful, and tired, all at the same time. Her right hand, which was holding the saltine cracker, suddenly goes limp. As we realize something is seriously wrong, and she looks up at us, we know she doesn't know what just occurred. My oldest sister rushed her to the emergency room, where she received immediate attention and care. She was back at home with us after being treated in the hospital for three days. We are continuing to watch over her at this time, as we are aware that she is now 10-times more likely to experience a full-stroke, now that she has had TIA occur. That Sunday morning seemed to be like any other: we always make attending Sunday mass a priority. What I believe is so amazing is that, just prior to her stroke, we had celebrated mass at our church, Holy Angels. She feels that if she hadn't received communion that day, she may not have made it through... I think she may be right. A stroke can occur to anyone, of any age, at any time. I thought this story might help you, as it helped me, to realize just how fragile life is, and how each day should be treasured and lived as though it is your last. I thank God everyday for helping my mom, and my family to get through that unexpected trial.


July's Music Corner: 


This month's featured Christian music artists are:
"Superchick" & "Abandon"


Superchick is an American Christian pop/rock band. Their fifth-released album titled, "Rock What You Got" (2008), is my favorite of their albums. On there, you'll find fun songs like, "Alive, "Rock What You Got," "Hey, Hey," "Cross The Line," and for one with more serious lyrics, "Crawl." Many find comparison and similarity in Superchick's rock-sound to popular music artists and bands like No Doubt and Avril Lavigne. Some celebrities you may know who also follow Superchick are: Audrina Patridge, from MTV's The Hills, Demi Lovato, from Disney's Camp Rock, American auto racing driver, Danica Patrick, and Taylor Momsen from The CW's hit show Gossip Girl. Their music has been featured in well-known movies and shows like: Disney's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Disney's Ice Princess, Legally Blonde 1 & 2, Nancy Drew, & MTV's The Hills, just to name a few! If you like rock, I believe you'll like the way Superchick "rocks what they've got"!


Abandon is a pop/rock band, which also happens to be Christian. Lead vocalist, Josh Engler, has had his voice and his band's style be compared to that of Brandon Flowers from the popular band, The Killers. One of my favorites by Abandon is, "Feel It In Your Heart," which is a single-release song. Also, check out some of their other songs: "New Years Day," "Safe In Your Arms," and "Your Love Lifts Me Up." Their brand new album was just released this year of 2011, called, "Control." Check out Abandon for yourself!


July's Movie Review: "Transformers 3" (2011)


I recently watched the newly released movie, Transformers 3. Being that the new Chevy Camaro is one of my favorite cars, I fell in love with the yellow Camaro Transformer within the movie: Bumblebee. The other autos showcased in the movie were also breathtaking, and, alone, were worth the ticket price. As in the other two previous Transformers movies, Shia Labeouf is the main star. Also, the well-known actor, John Malkovich, played a good and humorous role in the movie, and turned out to be one of my favorite characters! One of the morals I observed in the movie is how a civilization will surely be brought to ruins if it is not dealt with in a fair manner: free from lies and deception. Being that the Homeschooling Teen e-zine is based upon a Christian foundation and upon Christian morals, I find it fitting for me to include that, within the movie, there were some innuendos and scenes that I found to be completely unnecessary. But, all in all, I found Transformers 3 to be very intriguing and entertaining, with its non-stop action and several great laughs along the way! For an even more exciting experience, see Transformers 3 in 3-D or IMAX 3-D, although it was still fun to watch it as I did: without glasses.


July's Recipe: "Light-As-Air Lemon Cake"




 Above photo provided by http://mollycorinne.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/loaf-cake.jpg


"A lemon-lover's delight, this delicious and easy-to-make cake has been made (and enjoyed) several times, over the past few months! It tastes even better the next day, when the lemon-glaze has completely soaked in, so you may want to bake ahead! And, as if you needed another incentive to make it, it's practically GUILT-FREE!"


Makes one loaf cake.

Estimated total time required:

Preparation- 20 minutes; Baking time- 50-60 minutes.


What you'll need:

For cake:

    1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

       2 teaspoons baking powder

        1/2 teaspoon salt

      1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (regular, low-fat, or nonfat)

        1 cup sugar

       1 whole large egg + 3 large egg whites

       2 teaspoons (approx. 2 lemons') grated lemon zest

        2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice

        1/2 teaspoon vanilla

        1/3 cup vegetable oil


For glaze:

        3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

        1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice


*Tip before baking*: "The delicious glaze soaks-in completely by the following day. This recipe can be made in a loaf pan, tube pan, or decorative fluted pan. Definitely, watch the cake after the 50-minute mark: my oven cooked it in 52 minutes." =oD




1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour your cake pan.


2. Measure flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl: whisk until combined. In large bowl, mix yogurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.


3. Add dry ingredients into the wet ones and (with a spatula,) slowly blend together, without over-mixing. Fold oil into the batter until incorporated.


4. Pour batter into pan, smooth top, and bake for about 50-60 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center no-longer comes out wet). When done, allow to cool in pan 10 minutes. Prepare glaze, and drizzle on warm (not hot!) cake while on a baking rack over a sheet pan. Enjoy!




Tim Tebow: Through My Eyes


Tim Tebow  


Homeschool graduate and devout Christian Tim Tebow is one of the most accomplished players in college football history. A two-time winner of the NCAA National Football Championship with the University of Florida, Tim was also the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy. He then went on to become a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award for the nation's top football player, while also winning the Davey O'Brien Award for the nation's best college quarterback and the James E. Sullivan Award for the most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport. Tebow established himself as a top prospect in the NFL, being selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.


Tim Tebow tells the story of his faith, his life, and his career in Through My Eyes, a conversational autobiography that was released several weeks ago. Written with Nathan Whitaker, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Quiet Strength with Coach Tony Dungy, Through My Eyes gives fans a first look into the heart of an athlete whose talent and devotion have made him one of the most provocative figures in football. In Through My Eyes, Tebow brings readers everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his hard work ethic and relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today.


As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell - from the circumstances of his birth, to his homeschooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between. At every step, Tebow's life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his honest, passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.


Read more about Tim Tebow at http://www.homeschoolingteen.com/2009/04/homeschooled-teen-profile-tim-tebow/ .




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Anime Reviews by Xbolt

Summer Wars


Summer Wars (anime)



In the near future, the Internet has grown into a huge virtual world called the World of OZ. In OZ, users create avatars to represent themselves, and do stuff. Shop, game, etc. Companies and governments have also set up shop in OZ, so it is connected to much of the world's infrastructure, for ease of access for the people who work in those areas.


Kenji Koiso is a high school math genius. Natsuki Shinohara is a girl, who asked him to come over to her house to help set up the celebrations for her grandmother's 90th birthday. While there, he receives a text message containing a long string of numbers. He solves it, and sends his reply. The following day, systems all over the world go haywire.

And that's the basic story of Summer Wars.


Summer Wars was directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who had previously directed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (reviewed last month). You can't really make comparisons between the two, as they are very different. (Art style aside. That looks similar.)


The characters are all really fun. There are a lot of people over for Grandma's birthday, and they all have their own unique personalities. They don't get a lot of character development, though; it's only the main characters who do that.


Was it good? You bet. Of course, I'm biased towards things involving the Internet, but that aside, it still was a great movie.


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Career-of-the-Month: Database Administrator


Computer databases are found in nearly every industry. Databases organize, track, and store information for businesses and other organizations. Database Administrators (DBAs) identify user needs, set up databases, monitor and manage the databases. A DBA's primary responsibility is to ensure that the database is available, is performing properly, and is kept safe. Data integrity, backup, and security are critical parts of the job.


DBAs work in offices or computer labs, typically as part of the information technology (IT) department. They usually work about 40 hours a week, but evening or weekend work may be needed for meeting deadlines. They may also have to be on call in case of middle-of-the-night tech meltdowns. DBAs must be able to think logically, pay close attention to detail, and be willing to spend long hours in front of a computer. DBAs sometimes work on their own but they often work in teams, coordinating their efforts with other computer specialists and managers. They must be good communicators, including communicating with other staff who may have no computer training.


There is no single way to prepare for a job as a database administrator. Many community colleges and technical schools offer specialized training programs to help meet the needs of local businesses. Although you can qualify for some work with an associate's degree, you will have more options with a bachelor's degree. Employers often seek workers who have a degree in computer science, information science, or a related IT field. Despite employers' preference for those with technical degrees, persons with degrees in a variety of majors can find computer jobs.


One way to acquire enough knowledge is to become certified in a specific type of database management. Database certification isn't mandatory - classes alone may be enough - but certifying in SQL Server, Oracle, or DB2 database management systems can help you land a job as a DBA. Many employers regard these certifications as the industry standard. This is especially important if you do not have a background in the computer or IT field. Certification is a good way to demonstrate a certain level of competence.


Jobseekers can also improve their chances by working in internship or co-op programs at their schools. There are many internships where you can learn computer skills that employers are looking for. Rapidly changing technology requires highly skilled and educated employees. Many IT workers take courses regularly to keep up with the changes in technology. DBAs typically need to master new programs every six to nine months. Also, the increasing importance being placed on "cyber security" - the protection of electronic information - will require workers skilled in information security.


Database administrators work in every sector of the economy. The largest number work in the computer systems design and related services industry. Many work for Internet service providers, Web search portals, and data-processing, hosting, and related firms. Database administrators may advance into managerial positions. For example, a promotion to chief technology officer might be made on the basis of experience managing data and enforcing security, combined with a business background.


Many DBAs start out elsewhere in IT, usually as developers or programmers. Those having a college or graduate degree in computer science or a related field will have a good chance of getting a job. Those having a lot of related work experience will also have a good chance. For the best opportunities, combine a college degree with certification. Employers look for people who can learn new systems quickly and start putting them to use right away.


Related Occupations:

Data analyst

Database developer

Computer and information systems manager

Computer hardware engineer

Computer programmer

Computer software engineer

Network and computer systems administrator



Readers Write...




We homeschooled our children right through grade 12 and now they are both college graduates. Homeschooling works! While our oldest, Amber, was a teen she composed these 2 humorous top ten lists which we've updated for 2011. They were a hit when printed in our support group's newsletter, even among the most conservative families. Maybe you can use them in your publication. ~Wendy Westfall


By Amber (Westfall) Hillanbrand

10. Watching Sponge Bob Square Pants will count for Science.
9. There were high-school Book-It certificates good for Surf-and-Turf at any TGI Fridays.
8. Your parents will finally understand that rock concerts ARE educational.
7. The Librarians will STOP calling you by name.
6. Those hot, home-schooled Jonas Brothers will move next door
5. At rollerskating Cubby the Bear would meet his demise
4. All foreign language courses would include a month's vacation in that country.
3. You can finally "sew" a skirt that comes ABOVE your knees.
2. Mom will let you see "Twilight" without bringing her along.
1. All SAT's would be administered by Jack Black.


By Amber (Westfall) Hillanbrand

10. If you talk back to the teacher, she'll spank you.
9. Your parents will require that your date must have an SAT score over 1,500.
8. Another trip to the Crayola Factory!
7. You'll have to write a 20 page report on the chemical composition of Play Dough.
6. You'll have to bunk with your sister because your room has been converted into a library.
5. When you get your first car, your mom makes you plaster on the bumper-sticker saying "Homeschoolers Kick Hind Quarters".
4. Your parents will restrict your dates only to educational activities.
3. Your mom will trade in your Black Eyed Peas CD for "Sven Svenson Yodels The Lord's Prayer in Seven Languages" at the thrift store.
2. Your mom will have ANOTHER baby.
1. Your parents will turn Amish and move to Lancaster.


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MOVIE QUOTE- Can you guess what movie this quote came from?


Mama Topolino: Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro.   

Uncle Topolino: It means "He who finds a friend, finds a treasure."



(Answer: Cars 2)




Parent's Column


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Guest Column:

What Now Shall We Wear?


By Robert Cruz


My family has noticed a trend in many churches. The apparent judging of people based on their outward appearance. It has been suggested, by a Pastor I know that the Bible tells us how we should dress and that is partially true. The Bible has a few verses that apply directly to our dress and appearance.


1 Timothy 2:9-10 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works."


1 Peter 3: 2-5 "While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands."


So, the Bible does speak to what we should wear in that it tells us to dress modestly; what it does not tell us is that we must wear our finest or best clothes, or that everyday clothes or work clothes are unsuitable in Church. That is a belief unsupported by scripture. In fact when we look at some scripture a rather different picture emerges.


James 2:1-9 "My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors."


Acts 10:34-35 "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." Not so in many churches though. Righteousness, faithfullnes and service don't matter unless you also "look the part." God is more concerned with the heart and conduct of a man or women then he is with their outward appearance. As we seek to obey God's word and be more like Christ we would do well to follow his example and see a little more clearly.


1 Samuel 16:6-7 "And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD's anointed is before him. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."


We also need understand, not only does God look upon the heart and not the outward man but also that we, his followers are to be known by our actions, works, conversation and faith. We don't and cannot wear our faith; we are to live it. James 2:17-18 "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works."


Apparently, people forget the lesson that should have been learned in the person of Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy was a college student, a young Republican, loved and known by his community. He was a man that any parent was glad to have their daughter bring home and any church was glad to have in attendance. He was also a serial killer that admitted to killing 30 women.


My wife was once asked not to participate in soul winning visitation because a teenager complained that she was wearing jeans! Some of my own family members who know enough about the Bible that they should know better, think that people who dress outside the norm have no one to blame but themselves when they are mistreated or ill used.


Those who think we can tell what we need to know about a person by their outward appearance are not much different than a racist. You judge a man by the content of their character and not by their skin color or manner of dress. What of the man that has no nice clothes? What of the woman that has no dress? Are they to feel unworthy, unwelcome or unfit for service? Are they really to look around and see from others how to dress and then go buy new clothes? What if they are not comfortable in a dress or a suit? Is their comfort any less important than those who want them to "look the part"? Also, we need to understand that if we are going to touch on the concept of a "worldly standard" that we need to understand that shirts and ties didn't exist in Biblical times.


There is NO such thing as Christian fashion or a mode of dress that is universally accepted as "Christian". In point of fact all fashions adhere to worldly standards and are made and manufactured by secular designers and companies. SO, no matter what clothing we wear, we are in fact adhering to worldly standards. Also, what is the more worldly standard dressing in a manner that immediately gets you more scrutiny and less trust or dressing like a banker? Does the Bible state anywhere that the wearing of black is wrong? Pink? Blue? A person wears the colors that they like. A person wears the clothes in which they feel comfortable or that they can afford. My family has stood up for a church and tried to encourage people to come to it by telling them about how accepted we had felt.


We had visitors come with us to church that were interested because we told them to come "just as they are" and that God will deal with the rest. Any church is going to age, wither and die if it doesn't find ways to engage the culture without compromising Scripture or Doctrine. There are many issues that we must hang our hats on and then there are some issues that shouldn't even be issues. We need to ask ourselves if what we think and believe is in line with God's word.


Proverbs 3:1-6 "My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."


Article Courtesy of Truth Ministries: http://kjv-truth-ministries.org/?page_id=16

See also: http://www.faithfreaks.com/140239  







July 2011


Welcome... Homeschooling Teen is a free e-zine for homeschooled high schoolers and young adult alumni. Published once a month, much of the content is written by our subscribers, and there are many opportunities for readers to participate - whether it's writing book or movie reviews, sending in original short stories and poems, or submitting other articles of interest. Additionally, in each issue we feature a profile of a Homeschooling Teen and a Homeschool Friendly College. Write to us at mail@homeschoolingteen.com 



Be Somebody...Be Yourself 



National Baked Bean Month


National Hot Dog Month


National Ice Cream Month


 4 Independence Day


11 E.B. White's Birthday (1899)


12 Henry David Thoreau's Birthday (1817)


16 First Atomic Bomb Test (1945)


16 Disneyland Grand Opening (1955)


19 National Ice Cream Day


20 Moon Landing Day


28 Beatrix Potter's Birthday (1866)


29 NASA Established (1958)





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Homeschooling Teen Profile: Emily Dart


Emily Dart  

Emily Dart, a homeschooled senior from northeast Phoenix, Arizona, has been named the Phoenix 2011 Outstanding Young Woman of the Year. The 25th Annual Outstanding Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Awards program was sponsored by the City of Phoenix, KNOW99 television, Wells Fargo, Phoenix Rotary 100, and Soroptimist International of Phoenix.


More than one hundred high school students from all eight city council districts applied for the prestigious title. Applicants submitted essays, transcripts, and a letter of recommendation. Then they were interviewed by a panel of representatives from each of the event sponsor organizations. The winners were selected for outstanding community service and commitment to excellence in all areas of their lives.


The fifteen council district winners - along with the teacher who inspired them the most - were recognized in an awards ceremony held on April 25, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Phoenix. Each of the district winners was awarded a $250 scholarship. From the fifteen district winners, two overall winners were announced at the event - Outstanding Young Woman of the Year and Outstanding Young Man of the Year - each of whom received an additional $2,000 scholarship. Dart says that she will use the money to pay for tuition at the University of Utah where she plans to study Pre-med. She would like to become a pediatrician.


Emily has been homeschooled in the Phoenix area from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Through homeschooling, Emily and her parents were able to create a unique education that focused on her interests and passions.  For her high school years, her education oriented towards fulfilling the academic requirements, necessary for admittance into university, in a creative and hands-on manner. This included supplementing textbooks with extra projects, papers, and books; dragging family members to museums while on vacation; and taking classes with co-ops and at Paradise Valley Community College.


Emily says, "Homeschooling through high school has taught me about the importance of self motivation and being accountable to oneself.  In my homeschooling experience, I found that it is impossible to have a scape goat, if you will, as the quality of my education and the level of my success has been mostly my responsibility. This, I think, has taught me about pursuing goals, and being willing to sacrifice to achieve those goals; it has also taught me how to look for opportunities and then go for them."


While a high school junior, Dart started, in cooperation with her older sister, a tie-dye business called DartsArts. The two sisters run the business together, with each of them serving in different capacities. They sell at a farmers market, art walks, online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/DartsArts, and by hosting tie-dye classes and children's birthday parties. Dart says the business taught her to expand an idea into an opportunity, collaborate with others, and work to achieve a dream.


The teacher named by Emily as one who inspired her the most was Larry Nisula, her homeschool art teacher. "Larry was not only my art teacher for eight years, but he also was an invaluable encouragement when the idea for our tie-dye business was conceived," explained Emily.


Reflecting upon her award, Emily states, "I think seeing what other people are doing is actually pushing me to do more. It's inspiring me to be involved in different areas."



MCC Early College Student Wins

Interlochen Emerson Award 


Tempe student Patrick Kraemer-Green, a homeschooled sophomore and Early College student at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, has been named one of 52 recipients, chosen nationally, of the Emerson Scholarship Awards to attend Interlochen Arts Camp. Interlochen, located near Traverse City on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan, is among the nation's premier summer music programs for young musicians and attracts participants from over 40 countries.


"Every year, Interlochen Arts Camp brings together some of the most talented and motivated students from around the world," said Interlochen President Jeffrey S. Kimpton. "Thanks to the generosity of Emerson, we are able to extend even more opportunities to talented young artists by providing them with an experience unlike any other." This is the 22nd year Emerson has sponsored the scholarship program.


Emerson scholars are outstanding high school musicians selected from among the top applicants to the competitive summer arts program. Emerson scholarships, valued at more than $7,000, are awarded to those applicants who have demonstrated a very high level of achievement in music. The Emerson Scholars Award provides full tuition, private lessons, and room and board for the six-week summer program. Each year, Emerson Scholars get the chance to work with distinguished musicians from around the world.


Interlochen President Jeffrey S. Kimpton commented, "To be recognized as an Emerson Scholar puts these students in a most elite and prestigious group of talented people. It is quite an honor, not only for the students themselves, but also for the people and places that helped them to become the promising young musicians they are."


Patrick said he learned about the scholarship through his participation in the Phoenix Youth Symphony. "I was pretty excited to be chosen," Patrick said.  "I think I will really learn from the experience." While at Interlochen, Patrick will be enrolled in the orchestra and the advanced string quartet program as a violinist. He will also receive private lessons, participate in master classes, and perform with Interlochen's renowned World Youth Symphony. 


In 2010, Patrick won first prize in the Vivaldi Concerto Competition along with his brother, Robert, and soloed with the Four Seasons Orchestra of Scottsdale. During the school year, Patrick is a violin student of MCC music instructor Phyllis Skoldberg. As a participant in the Early College program, he attends music courses in Aural Perception, Music Theory, and Chamber Music as well as several general education courses.


"My experience at MCC has been very good," Patrick said. "I've learned how to focus on intonation and putting feelings into the music." Patrick plans to major in music when he enters college full-time. "I'd like to be a soloist or work with a world-renowned orchestra," he stated. "But I'm also interested in studying the science of acoustics."


To be eligible for the Emerson Scholarship, students must be in grades nine through twelve demonstrate exceptional skill and proficiency on harp, string, wind or percussion instruments. Upon arrival to the Arts Camp, Emerson Scholars contribute their talent and energy to Interlochen's renowned ensembles, including the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.  


In business since 1890, Emerson of St. Louis has grown to become one of the world's leading manufacturing companies, with a global presence spanning 150 countries. With products ranging from climate control technologies, home appliances, storage systems, food disposers, ceiling fans, and computer power surge protection, Emerson can be found in many households. Since 1990, Emerson has been active in supporting the development of young artists and students.


"Interlochen and Emerson complement one another," noted Robert M. Cox, Jr., senior vice president at Emerson, "because both organizations positively impact the quality of life for individuals and cultures all over the world."



Biola University

College Bound:

Homeschool Friendly Colleges


Biola University


For over 100 years, Biola University has been carrying out its mission of biblically-centered education, scholarship and service, equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Biola is a nationally ranked, fully accredited private evangelical Christian university composed of seven schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, School of Intercultural Studies, School of Professional Studies, Rosemead School of Psychology, and Talbot School of Theology.


Biola provides a premier education that integrates the Bible in over 35 majors including: communication, education, psychology, nursing, business, pre-med, Christian education, and music. The university offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. Biola prepares students to impact the world for Christ in their chosen careers while fostering spiritual development in a community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. Every student is required to take 30 units of biblical studies, all students attend chapel three times a week, and student ministry involvement is expected.


While officially non-denominational, Biola is well-known for its conservative Evangelical doctrine (many other Evangelical schools identify as either moderate or liberal). The most represented denominations at the university are Baptist and Evangelical Free, but Biola students and faculty hold to a myriad of perspectives within the overall schema of Protestant orthodoxy. From the beginning, Biola adopted a stance of equal access to Christian higher education "for all people, without reference to race, color or class."


Biola University was founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. The original building, financed by oil millionaire and Christian philanthropist Lyman Stewart, was located in downtown LA. (The Whittier Narrows earthquake of 1987 caused significant damage to the building; it was condemned, and demolished in 1988.) Between 1912 and 1928 Biola was a leader in conservative Christianity, having also established a publishing house and Christian radio station. When Biola fell into hard times during the Great Depression, an intensive national fundraising effort saved the school from financial ruin.


In the 1950s, the demands imposed by an enlarged curriculum and a growing student body prompted the purchase of a larger site in La Mirada, 22 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Biola's suburban campus of 95 acres is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. The campus rests on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties, placing students in the middle of one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas in the world, just minutes from all that Southern California has to offer such as beaches, deserts, mountains, scenic drives, theme parks, movie studios, museums, art galleries, and much more!


There are many different opportunities for Biola students to get involved in campus activities, clubs, student government, publications, and the arts. Athletes are welcome at Biola, whether you want to compete against other schools or just want to play with other students on campus. Varsity sports include: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball. Other sports include: Lacrosse, Archery, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Bowling, Dodgeball, and Sand Volleyball. Biola also has many traditions that allow students to join in and have some good clean fun, from talent shows to watergun competitions.


For over 20 years, Biola University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a "National University," which they consider "the major leagues of higher education." Total university enrollment is nearly 6,000, with 24% of students from out of state. The average Critical Reading / Math SAT score for incoming freshman at Biola is 1123. The average Composite ACT score is 23. The Biola admissions process usually begins the fall or winter of a student's senior year in high school, but as of July 2011 they are still accepting applications for the Fall 2011 semester.


Homeschool students will need to submit an official homeschool transcript, current through the time of application. The homeschool transcript should include a letter grade assigned for each subject studied, beginning in the 9th year of schooling, as well as the signature of the homeschooling parent or agency representative. A final official transcript must be submitted stating the student's graduation date or the date when studies were completed. In the absence of a transcript, you will have to take the GED or California Proficiency Exam, but if a final transcript is submitted these tests are not required. However, the SAT or ACT is required of all applicants, with at least a 920 Critical Reading / Math score on the SAT, or a Composite 19 score on the ACT.


As a Biola student, it's important that you possess a Christian commitment and character that match that of the university. Applicants must submit a reference form filled out by a member of the pastoral staff of your church that supports your Christian testimony. In addition, you have the option to submit a reference letter from a high school teacher, counselor, or a college instructor that attests to your academic ability. Both references should be provided by persons outside of your own family.


Biola recommends prospective students take the following classes prior to enrolling in the university: 4 years of English, 3 years of Mathematics, 2-4 years of Foreign Language, 2 years of Science, 2 years of Social Science. Elective courses in fine arts and PE are encouraged. Prospective nursing candidates must have one year each of chemistry and algebra. Biology majors must have one year each of chemistry and physics. (Note: Deficiencies in the student's homeschool curriculum may be made up while at Biola.)


Biola Youth Academics Online


Are you homeschooling your teen? How would you like to supplement their education with online courses from one of the most trusted names in evangelical higher education?


Homeschool mom Kari Frye writes: "I had to let you all know about this. I just found out that Biola University has online home school classes for teens. This is the college I went to and LOVED it! Here is the web site: http://youth.biola.edu/academics/online/ . The Torrey program that they are expanding for High School level in these classes is part of why I am now homeschooling. I loved what the Torrey students were doing and wanted to do something like it for my kids. Basically what Torrey classes do is classical education with a lot of peer discussions and debate. I had a few friends in the program; it sounded amazing. I could go on and on. I wanted to be in it but there were a ton of books that had to be read as prerequisites to get into the program and I had no time to read them." 


For over 15 years, the Biola Youth Academics program has served the homeschool community by offering academically rigorous and biblically centered courses for junior high and high school students, supplementing their learning with in-depth, college prep-level classes taught from an evangelical Christian perspective. Biola Youth Academics is now offering select classes online, accessible to students around the world. This valuable resource includes:


 Classically Informed Torrey Academy Courses such as Logic, Writing Lab, The Inklings, Foundations of American Thought, Plato, and more.


 Traditional Textbook Courses like Economics, Government, and SAT Prep.

 The Latest Technology: Traditional textbook classes utilize Blackboard, an asynchronous course management system. For over 10 years, the Torrey Academy online courses have been taught in real time, currently via Adobe Connect.

Live Interaction: With Adobe Connect classes, you will attend class in real time and discuss with your instructor and classmates directly via web audio-conferencing.


Flexibility: Experience the quality instruction and unique community of Biola Youth Academics at home, on the road, or anywhere an Internet connection is available.


Whether you're in California, Canada or South Korea, Biola Youth Academics Online Courses are designed to fit your lifestyle and needs. Enhance your home-based learning by tapping into the resources of Biola University with a heritage of more than 100 years of biblically centered, academically rigorous education.




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"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." ~Winston Churchill  




Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips


Search Operators for Research, by Ann R.


Research, regardless of the topic, can be difficult without the proper search tools. Internet databases and search operators have made the process of doing research much easier today than it was previously. Here is a list of the top 4 search engines to go to when you need peer-evaluated and credible information. A lot of universities and other academic institutions pair with these online networks to offer students a place to go for research free of cost. While most of these sites do require people to register, some offer free trials and most do not require any online training. 


1. Academic Search Premier (EBSCO): one of the best search engine operators out there. The site provides thousands of libraries, universities, and other institutions with the best content in every subject matter. The site includes: more than 8,500 abstracted and indexed journals, more than 4,600 full-text journals, and more than 3,900 peer-reviewed and full-text journals. As a student, most universities offer full access to EBSCO but anyone can request a free trial or sign up themselves.


2. Google Search: 100 percent free and 100 percent credible. Google says that Scholar "provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature." It's just as easy to use as the regular Google Search bar and it will provide you with links to where the article is offered in full-text if not available via the site. Information from sources like theses, books, abstracts, court opinions, academic publishers, and online repositories are all available from Scholar.


3. JSTOR: A great search engine operator that helps "scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive." The operator has over a thousand academic journals and scholarly content. A subscription is required to access the database, but JSTOR also provides discounted rates to those who need assistance.


4. Lexis Nexis: another great database with over 45,000 searchable documents. Lexis Nexis primarily deals with content involving "legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets," but also contains information on a number of other subject matters. 


Try these search engines first for the most credible and well-respected results. If these sites don't yield enough information on the subject, deeper research may need to be done offline. 


Ann R. is a life long student whose education is constantly evolving through real life experience, on-line learning, and the many mentors she's had along the way.



Millie's Column


Staying Focus


Sometimes staying focused is hard to do. Especially for me when I am reading a book, doing schoolwork or doing my chores. Our minds will wander; it happens to the best of us. But it shouldn't, not in your spiritual or physical life. My mind personally seems to wander the most when reading my Holy BIBLE, praying, in church and even when doing family (my mother sister and I) devotions. God disapproves and we should too. You see when we stay focused on what we need to do the LORD Jesus will help us focus on doing that "project" to the best of our ability. With prayer and BIBLE study in the morning, speaking to GOD throughout the day and listening intently for HIM to speak back to you, being obedient to HIS Holy Word and your parents (as long as what they are telling you is not out of the will of GOD) and most importantly YOU having a true relationship with Jesus Christ. He will strengthen you to stay in focus throughout the day from reading your BIBLE, to doing schoolwork, to cleaning the floor. So that you can give everything you do 100 percent of your ability, effort and attention. So the next time you do something - anything, it doesn't matter how minor it seems to you - remember Colossians 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" KJV -Amen. Love Sis. Millie  


Millie is the youngest of three siblings. A Christian, she has been homeschooled for ten years and her favorite subject is math. Millie also enjoys reading, writing, cooking, studying, movies, comedy, dancing and exercising. Millie's career aspirations include either criminal justice or law school, and she hopes to attend college soon.


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The Bookshelf, by Rebekah Hall


The Giver Trilogy

The Giver  


The way Lois Lowry's The Giver is continually singled out as a stand-alone novel will never cease to amaze me. On page size alone, it certainly qualifies as a novel, but the funny thing is that the content simply isn't enough. When you read a story, you expect an introduction, maybe a little interesting stuff on the side, a beginning rising action early on, a climax toward the middle-end-ish area, and a finish. The Giver moves at a leisurely pace and easily gives you the first two requirements; and it continues on that stroll until it tosses a climax at you from nowhere and ends so abruptly that you're not even sure what just happened. It doesn't feel like you finished a book; it feels like you just finished a few chapters.


However, if it's treated as if it really is only a few chapters, then the problem disappears. The best way to look at it as a novel, and frankly, the only way to bestow upon The Giver the justice that it deserves, would be to combine it with its two sequels, Gathering Blue and Messenger. By doing that, you get the rest of the picture that is so jarringly cut off in The Giver, and the three together easily fit as one volume when put together.  


On a whole, they all revolve around a somewhat undefined post-apocalyptic world, with each book describing a different major aspect of it. In The Giver,it's a supposed, but heavily controlled, utopia; in Gathering Blue, it's an obvious dystopia; and Messenger, the piece that connects those two stories, depicts the village built by the outcasts of the two societies.  


Technically speaking, there is no overarching plot. Books one and two develop main characters, Jonas and Kira respectfully, and book three introduces them to each other, but who would consider that a continuing plotlin? What makes The Giver trilogy curiously unique is that, not only The Giver, but all three books are extremely brief. That fact alone again emphasizes the need to see all the books as one, but even then the reader needs to understand that they're three short episodes bound together by a common theme.


Of course, being brief isn't something for a series to be ashamed of. Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia novels are hugely popular right now, and it almost seems as if it's a necessity that they be very drawn out and overly dramatic, like Susanne Collins' The Hunger Games or James Dashner's The Maze Runner. At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, The Giver trilogy focuses only on the small and the abstract, or for lack of a better word, the "momentary". So, for instance, the first book, The Giver, is simply about the moment when Jonas finally accepts that his utopia is truly evil and that he has a choice not to participate in it. It is not about how he perhaps starts a secret organization to overthrow this evil government and saves the world. As far as The Giver is concerned, that is entirely beside the point. In the same way, all Gathering Blue is about is that moment when Kira realizes that she is not the helpless victim that she has always made herself out to be.  


In the long run, it's a style that sounds nice in theory, but in practice it has a few issues, or at least in this case it does. Employing the general idea of the abstract into a novel is all fine and good, in its proper place, but when it's used in so many story details that you lose count, it becomes just plain irritating. If a story introduces something as weird as a forest that apparently has feelings and a mind of its own in a supposedly real world, not-fantasy, environment, it would follow reason that the story would explain it at some point; the trilogy, unfortunately, never does. Again, this goes for other strange things throughout the story as well, brought into the story without any kind of origin and seemingly no purpose in the end.


Despite its faults, though, there are parts that the trilogy pulls off brilliantly. Even though it has its annoyances, the writing is extremely addictive. The characters are a bit stilted in the first book, but that area gets better as the trilogy progresses. All three contain some sort of romantic element in them; while it's rather awkward and bizarre in the first book, and downright flat and implausible in the second, the third book hits just the right note. The relationship between the book's protagonist, Matty, and Jean is sweet in its simplicity and moreover, there is actually a chemistry between them that makes sense, which is particularly unusual. When they want to, the books can show off a surprising amount of depth, with potent observations about suffering and beauty that a lot of authors wouldn't even begin to dwell on. In the end, it's those moments that, despite its failings and irritations, make the trilogy worthwhile in the long run.


Rebekah is a senior in high school who loves reading, writing, or anything that contains a story and a puzzle. She runs the review blog "And a Sweet Sound it Made" - http://www.andasweetsound.blogspot.com



Amelia and The Amazing Pinto Pony

by Megan


Amelia, age 13, was a great horse-lady. She hardly ever did anything without thinking of horses, dreaming of horses, smelling horses, or drawing horses! Now you see why she is a horse-lady. Well, anyway, she loved horses (as you know). 

Amelia was always sure to see that her black, white, and brown pinto pony Reesy, and it's mother, were safely taken on walks everyday, 2 times. She always remembered to feed, wash, and brush the horses. 

Amelia cared for her horses as if they were her own babies. She knew that horses only liked people who showed care for them. 

One day Amelia's Dad came home with a newspaper clip that said:


        Horse training contest

  In 1 week. All horse owners are welcome.


Amelia quickly told her Father that she wanted to be the one to go this time (Amelia's Father usually was the one who went to horse races, or training contests). Her Father cast a quick glance toward her Mother, she nodded then they told Amelia that they had been planning it all along! Amelia was so delighted that she was all ready to go in a flash!

Her Father told her to sit down and rest. She wasn't to go until next Friday. They would pack Thursday, and leave Thursday night. Then they would arrive at practice on Friday. The contest would begin on Saturday. Amelia could not wait! But soon enough Thursday came.


It was the awaited day, Amelia was on her pinto, in line for the start. 

BOOM! The horse jolted forward, but Amelia held on tight. A few passed her, and she urged her horse on. Rounding the first corner, a horse in front of her left side tripped, throwing off its rider. 

Amelia felt bad for the poor person, but knew she couldn't be distracted from winning. They rounded the second corner. Then the third. At last, the finish was just ahead! 

Suddenly, a horse came up beside hers. The rider kept glancing over at her, and he was whipping his horse.

Then, before anything could stop it, a kitten jumped out of a little girl's arms, and crossed the track. Amelia tried to slow her horse, but the other rider got in her way, and their harnesses got snagged, so that they were riding as one. 

The little girl cried out, and started for her kitten, but she didn't realize the kitten was safely on the other side of the track. Her Father grabbed her, pulling her back to safety just in time. Amelia's pinto tripped on the other horse throwing her off, and the other rider fell also. 

Everything went black for Amelia.


Amelia opened her eyes slowly and blinked. Things were fuzzy for a moment, then she could see clearly. There were people standing all around her, and her Mother and Father were at her side. She was in a hospital room on the bed.

"What...what happened?" She said finally.

"You had a tangle, but you're alright." Replied the doctor, who was checking her pulse.

"Amelia, guess what?" Asked her Mother.

"What?" She closed her eyes again.

"You've won. You won the race dear!"

"Where's Reesy?" Asked Amelia, starting to get up.

"Stay down dear, Reesy's just fine. He saved your life though." Said her Father, laying his hand on her shoulder. 

"What?" She didn't understand.

"You fell off your horse when he tripped, but the riders behind you couldn't stop. Reesy stood over you, and wouldn't move for anything. He saved you from being trampled otherwise." Recounted her Father.

"Oh, Reesy." She sighed. "Why can't I go see him?"

The doctor leaned over her, and listened to her heart with his stethoscope. "Oh, you've got a couple of bruises on your head, and it's best for you to just lay here." He patted her arm, and looking toward the people who were looking in the doorway, said, "Now don't keep her long." And he left.

Some cameramen stood by her bed, and a few people with note pads asked her questions. They would put the whole story in the newspaper the next morning. Amelia's parents helped her answer questions so that she wouldn't get too tired, and soon the reporters left.


A few days later, Amelia was finally aloud to leave the hospital, and as soon as she did she rushed to see Reesy.

When she entered the barn, the horse stomped his foot, and tossed his light brown mane. He whinnied for her, and she hugged his neck lovingly.

"Ooh, Reesy. You're the most special horse in the world! I love you boy." Amelia drank in the sweet smell of Reesy's oats, and the golden sheen of his back. He was indeed a beautiful horse.

Amelia tossed her saddle blanket on him, hefted the saddle up onto his back, and pulled the saddle straps tight.

Amelia led him out the barn door, and hopped onto his back. They rode out into the field in back of their beautiful two story house, and Reesy broke into a run.

The wind whipped into Amelia's hair pulling out her long braid. With hair flowing and legs getting to stretch again, Reesy and Amelia felt the wind in their faces once again! It was a sweet refreshing moment.

They rode all afternoon, stopping once in awhile, and Amelia would pick some flowers. Then they would ride some more, until finally they trotted back to the farm. 

Amelia secured Reesy in the barn, and walked back to the house.

Dinner was on the table, and her Mother was just calling in her Father.

"How was your ride, honey?" asked her Mother, handing her the utensils.

"Oh, Mom, it was glorious! I had almost for gotten how good it feels to ride Reesy, and feel the wind in my face!" she threw her head back, and closed her eyes to savor the memories of what her and Reesy just did.

"Well, set the table. After dinner your Father and I have a surprise for you." her Mother grinned secretively.

When Amelia was helping her Mother wash the dishes after dinner, her Father came into the kitchen with something.

Amelia's mother covered Amelia's eyes, and said "Surprise!" then she uncovered her eyes, and Amelia gasped.

It was a golden cup, with her name on a plate below it.

"This your prize! We wanted to give it to you after you recovered, as a get well gift." said her Father.

"My goodness! It's so beautiful." she breathed. Taking it from her Father, she ran her hands over it's shiny gold rim. "I never dreamed of something as beautiful as this. Oh, I'm so glad to have a horse a good as Reesy." she hugged her parents, and hurried upstairs to set the trophy on her shelf.


That night, while they were sound asleep in their beds, a shadow passed over the side of the barn.

A few minutes later smoke started rising thick and rapidly from the barn door and windows.

Amelia woke to the sound of her horse whinnying, and the crackling of fire. The smell of smoke was in the air, and Amelia sat up in bed.

Hurrying into her robe, she rushed to the window. The barn was on fire!

"Oh no! God please no!" she prayed aloud as she rushed to her parents bedroom, and shook them awake. "The barn's on fire!!" she screamed.

"What?!" her Father tossed the covers aside and threw on his robe, then with her Mother following them, Amelia led them out the door to the barn.

The heat was intense, and Amelia and her Mother put their arms up to their faces to shield them- selves from the heat.

"How could this have happened?" her Mother thought out loud.

"I don't know, but we'd better get this fire out!" her Father tossed them each a bucket, and turned on the hose.

Amelia suddenly screamed, "Oh no, Reesy!" she started for the barn.

"No, Amelia don't go in there!" her Mother called after her, but Amelia was already at the barn.

She kicked open the big doors, and smoke rushed out toward her.

Reesy was kicking at the door to his stall, and desperately trying to pull loose of the rope tied to the post.

Amelia choked in the smoke, and tried to see where Reesy was. The smoke was so thick, and the fire so hot, that it made it hard to see anything. Objects rippled like a mirage in front of her eyes.

When she made it to where Reesy's stall was, she unlatched the door and untied him. He just stood there, eyes wide in fear, and nostrils flaring.

"Come on boy!" Amelia pulled on his bridle, but he wouldn't budge. "we have to get out of here!" she choked desperately, and fell to the floor.


Outside, Amelia's parents were trying to put out the fire. 

"It's been too long. Where's Amelia?!" her Mother was frantic.

"I can't put it out. The water isn't forceful enough. Honey, I need you to go inside and get the police." Amelia's Father put his hand on his wife's shoulder, and gave her a loving look, "Amelia will make it. She's a tough girl."

Her Mother rushed in the house and dialed 911.

About 5 minutes later, the fire trucks drove up, sirens blaring.

The firemen got to work immediately to put the fire out.


Reesy nuzzled Amelia, but she was limp. Looking up he knew they didn't have much time before the barn would collapse.

The fire had already lapped up the stalls to his left, and was headed towards Reesy's stall.

Clamping his huge jaws onto the hood of Amelia's robe, he stepped out of his stall, and headed toward the direction of the door.

The fire was intense, and the smoke smoldering, but Reesy couldn't let anything stop him from saving his girl.


Amelia's Parents were in total suspense.

The police drove up and an ambulance came to the scene. Amelia's Father explained how she had gone into the barn to get Reesy, but hadn't returned. 

The fire was so strong that none of the firefighters were able to enter the barn.


Two minutes went by with Reesy trying in vain to find a way to get out.  Finally there was a loose board, Reesy stood on his hind legs and put all his weight on the wall. With a few crashes of his hooves, the boards crashed out onto the grass on the side of the barn. 

Going back for Amelia he took hold of her robe again, and dragged her out of the barn.


The firefighters finally had the fire under control, but it was too late, the once beautiful barn would never be able to be used again.

A neighing of a horse came from the side of the barn, and out stepped Reesy. Amelia had awoken from her faint, and was holding onto him while he guided her back into the open.

She was coughing, and soot covered her from head to toe.

Amelia's mother was so relieved she burst into tears, and rushed upon her daughter. "Oh Amelia, I thought I'd never see you again. Are you alright?" she cover Amelia with a blanket, and rushed her back to the house.

"I-I think so." replied Amelia. 

The ambulance workers checked her for burns. Amazingly she had not a mark on her!

"Is Reesy alright mother?" asked Amelia, when she had rested awhile.

"Yes dear, he's tied up to the porch post." her Mother smiled proudly. "He was so brave. He dragged you out of the burning barn, and wouldn't leave your side. You should be very proud of him."

"Oh Mother! I am proud!" Amelia threw her arms around her Mother's neck and hugged her.


When all the excitement was over it was already morning, so Amelia's Parents let her rest.

The next week was very busy with reporters and cameramen all wanting to know about the amazing pinto pony. Amelia got to pose in 40-something pictures with her horse. She lost count after awhile.

No girl was more proud of her horse that Amelia, and no horse so famed abroad.

This is the story of Amelia and the Amazing Pinto Pony.


                                                 THE END


Megan is a 15-year-old homeschooler.