Homeschooling Teen

Be Somebody...Be Yourself 

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

Homeschooling Teen Profile: Scott MacIntyre

 

College-Bound: California Lutheran University

 

NEW COLUMNIST! The World Around Us: Water for Sale, by Adrianna Kuzma

 

His Story, His World: by Aubrey

 

The Razor's Edge: by Madeleine

 

Your Fashion Signature: by MaryssaJoy

 

Laughter, Tears, and Our Teen Years, by McKennaugh

 

Stepping Stones: by Michaela

 

The Sports Report: by Caela

 

Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author: Princess Bellarina

 

Anime Review: by Xbolt

 

Game Review: by Josh

 

Joke of the Month: by Jon

 

Cartoon: "Know Brainz," by Savanna and Devin

 

Homeschooling High School: How Homeschoolers Use the iPad

 

Career-of-the-Month: Librarian

 

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

 

And much more!!!

 

 


College Bound 

Preparing For College - ACT & SAT Information  

Now is the time for high school juniors - especially if they dream of attending a highly selective college - to start thinking about taking the SAT and/or ACT. Besides good transcripts and letters of recommendation, entrance exams are an important part of the admission process. While some colleges have waived these tests as a requirement, many colleges and universities still rely heavily on SAT and ACT scores to help in admissions decisions. A typical applicant to a competitive college might boast section scores in the upper 20s for the ACT and above 600 for the SAT.  

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May is...

 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month

Mental Health Month

Flower Month

National Bike Month

Physical Fitness & Sports Month

National Scrapbooking Month

Digital Evangelism Month

Historic Preservation Month

National Egg Month

National Hamburger Month

National Salad & Salsa Month

Older Americans Month

 

Cinco de Mayo, May 5

 

National Etiquette Week, May 7-11

 

Mother's Day, May 13  

 

International Museum Day, May 18

 

Armed Forces Day, May 19

 

Memorial Day, May 28

 

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SAT WORD OF THE MONTH

 

con·vic·tion [kuhn-VIK-shuhn] noun - 1. a fixed or firmly held belief or opinion.

 

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

 


    

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E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month

 

Before you forward an e-mail that appears well intentioned with an incredible story that instructs you to "read and share" with everyone you know, first check http://Snopes.com to see if the story is even legit. 

 

Many of these type of chain letter e-mails are hoaxes made up to watch everyone online forward them around. I know, some folks have too much time on their hands!

 

Not vetting these e-mails before you forward them along can have you eating crow when everyone you e-mail is informed you just forwarded a hoax and didn't know better. 

 

If you don't know for a fact that the e-mail you are forwarding is accurate and specifically apropos to the person you are forwarding to - then just hit delete.

 

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Stepping Stones:  

A Monthly Devotional, by Michaela Popielski

 stepping-stones

 

Hey guys. So for this devotional I think I will talk a bit on creation. Creation is probably one of the first things we learn in Sunday school along with Jesus is good as well as the son of God. But creation I think has a bit more to it than that. Yes God made it and it's good, but I was walking around my family's property and thought about how beautiful it was. It was in the 60's in March you can bet people were outside soaking it up while it lasted. Warm and sunny isn't always common. Usually it's raining. Which isn't bad either. Anyway, I was sitting on a fallen tree on the side of a pond and realized that I never fully appreciated how beautiful and wonderful nature was. I have always loved being outdoors but this year it's meant more than ever. The way I see it, with nature, nothing can go wrong. It's peaceful, beautiful, and overall so free. Nothing or anyone really controls it but God, and with that thought in mind it's made nature even more amazing than ever. And the sun, moon and stars, constellations, storms etc.

 

But as with all good things there are things that no one really likes. For example, I could live without snakes. I hate snakes but without them rodent population would probably go crazy which I am not a fan of either. But it's a classic case of taking the good with the bad. Snakes and rodents suck, but without them, or at least snakes, there would probably be more diseases spreading but I can't be sure. I don't know what good rodents are other than cat snacks and snake food. But there is a reason God made them even if they are vermin. Same with storms. They can be beautiful but also dangerous. That thought it made me think about another thing; human nature. It's in a way the same thing but it's not. For example, God made us and our families and we've probably wondered at one point why God placed us with our family. Especially if you have siblings. Siblings tend to fight occasionally or often depending on the situation or individual. But it's another case of good with bad. Yeah it may stink having siblings but if you are close with one of them then you have someone to talk to. If you aren't close with anyone in your family then God will always listen. So yeah, we can wonder why certain people are on this planet or we could wonder what good rodents are, but in the end we still need to trust God which I struggle with sometimes when I get overwhelmed. Well, I guess I'll stop yakking and let you guys get to the verses. Enjoy! Michaela.

 

May 1. Job 26:13; Heb. 1:10-12; 2 Chron. 2:12

 

May 2. Job 26:7; Isa. 45:18; Ps.32

 

May 3. Isa. 10; Ps.115:15

 

May 4. Ps.74:1-23; Hosea.10

 

May 5. Jer. 6:16/8:7; Ps.102:25-27

 

May 6. Isa 37:16; Jer. 51:15; Num. 16:31-32

 

May 7. Job 14:19; Job 37:10; 1 Chon 16:26; Isa. 11

 

May 8. Lev. 17:11; 1 Sam 12:17; Job 28:26; Ps. 135:7

 

May 9. Jer. 51:16; Hosea 11

 

May10. Deu. 4:32; Job 4:17; Job 10:9; Job 33:4

 

May11. Job 35:10; Ps. 100:3; Ps. 139:14; Matt. 19:4

 

May12. Ps. 8:3 1; Cor 15:41; Ps.82:1-8

 

May13. 1 Cor 15:41; Isa.12; Amos 4:13

 

May14. Job 36:27-28; Job 28:26; Hosea 12

 

May15. Amos 5:8; Acts 14:17; Ps. 104:10; Ps.104:10

 

May16. Acts 14:17; Ps.83-84

 

May17. Job 37:6; Ps.104:32; Nahum 1:5 Ps.94

 

May18. Lev.24; Mark 10:13-31

 

May19. Isa.13; Hosea 14

 

May20. Eccl.1:6; Matt. 14

 

May21. Hab.2:18; John 17:23-25; Ps. 23

 

May22. Rom. 1:19-21; 2 Pet. 3:3-5; Matt.13:34-36

 

May23. Heb.9:10-12; Heb.9:25-27; Eph.1:3-5

 

May24. Gal.6:10-12; Hosea 15

 

May25. Luke 2:26-56; Rom.8:18-20

 

May26. Ps.65; Num.20

 

May27. Isa.14; Deu.9:22-24

 

May28. Ps.69; Deu.1:31-33

 

May29.Judg.11:19-21; Hosea 16

 

May30. Deu.28:51-53; Ps.55

 

May31. Isa.15 1; Sam.27:11-12

Rescued

 

By Katie Bailey, 15

 

Standing alone in a dark, lightless room

Wondering where I have been.

How did I come to this dark lightless room

And when shall the darkness all end?

 

Standing there waiting, and watching in hope

For a sunbeam of light to break through.

Shining on me, 

So for once I may see,

Past the darkness that pierces me through.

 

Slumbering there, the dreams that I feel 

Are filled with a gloom so remote

I awake with great haste, 

And glance about me, 

But all is still dark as the deep, doomed, dark sea.

 

I close my eyes tight, and pray for release

From this room full of darkness and dread.

And just then I see, 

A beam shooting towards me, 

Lighting a life-line that before I could 

not see.

 

I grabbed at that line in complete desperation,

Holding on for dear life

And a strong, gentle hand,

Lifted me up, 

Up out of that dark lightless room.

 

I shall never return to that room full of filth,

As long as the life-line I seize,

But if I let go,

I shall drop, I shall fall

In-to that abyss for as long as I live.

 

I will seize the life-line,

And hold on forever.

I don't want to stumble, 

I don't want to fall,

I want to be faithful to my savior's dear call.



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The Old Man and His Wife

 

By Kayla Johnson, 15

           

It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in southern Arizona, and Mr. and Mrs. Walker were sitting on their small front porch in their old, wooden rocking chairs. There was a slight breeze and a fair amount of sunshine, which perfectly evened out to a cool, pleasant day for this old couple. Mrs. Walker was quietly tending to her sewing chores, and her husband sat motionless as he remained in deep thought with his hand on his head. Although they did not have anything exciting or entertaining that they were engaged in, this happy little couple was completely content with their peaceful afternoon.

 

As Mr. Walker sat there thinking, his wife's curiosity led her to ask him, "What thoughts could possibly absorb all of your attention this afternoon, Jed?"

 

As the old man looked in her direction with an uncertain expression on his wrinkled face, he shortly replied, "Oh, nothing of great importance. I was just admiring the beautiful red and pink flowers you recently planted in our garden over there."

 

"Why, are you sure that there isn't anything else you want to talk about? It seems as if something is troubling you," the wife responded in a questionable tone.

 

"Please, don't worry about me. I can assure you that there is nothing the matter," he replied positively.

 

From then on until the rest of the day, the wife did not dare to bother him any longer, but she still felt she knew him well enough to know that there was something on his mind. Regardless of her uncertain mood, the two of them went to bed shortly after a good meal of tomato soup and buttered bread.

           

The next morning, Jed was up bright and early to get a head start on the morning chores. Before he left for the kitchen, he took a good look around their bedroom as an idea sparked in his head. Secretly, he had been pondering on the subject of his wife's birthday which was in eight days, and he wanted more than anything to surprise her with a wonderful birthday present. The problem was that he did not know what kind of present he should prepare for her. However, that morning was the morning that he knew exactly what he would do. He would make her a beautiful oak-wood dresser from the trees in a field nearby. His wife's old dresser was practically falling apart, and it hardly had enough space for the things she wanted to keep in it. Quickly, he ate a small breakfast and headed for the shed. There he would find his metal tool box with everything he would need to build a beautiful dresser for his wife.

 

"Dear, what are you doing so early this morning?" the old wife asked as her suspicion built upon her questions from the day before.

 

"Mary, you needn't worry about a thing. I am just catching up on some business in the shed," he added hoping she would leave the conversation at that.

 

"Jed, I just don't understand. Why are you afraid to tell me what you have been up to?" she stated in a more demanding tone.

 

"Please dear, do not ask me anymore questions. You will find out what I am doing soon enough," the old man said as he concluded the short conversation.

 

After that, the old wife knew that she would just have to trust that Jed would soon reveal his secret to her. As she gave up her persistence, the tired wife continued on with her day.

 

Before saying another word, Jed finally made his way to the shed and picked up the old tool box. Sooner than he knew it, he was already gathering the wood he would need to build his wife a beautiful oak dresser. His wife never bothered to come out to the shed, but just in case she did, Jed locked the heavy doors to conceal his secret until the right time. During the whole rest of that long, tiring afternoon, Jed worked his hardest at sawing, carving and screwing until his hands were sore. Once the evening came to an end, he left his work and came inside for another meal.

 

"How was your day, Mary?" the old man said with a smile on his face.

 

"Oh, never better. I finished the house cleaning and completed my sewing projects before I started on dinner." she said as she tried her best to squeeze her long day into one brief sentence.

 

"Well, I'm sure glad to hear that," he continued, "and my day was a fine one as well."

 

"You sure seem to be happy," the suspicious wife pointed out, "It wouldn't have anything to do with that project you've been sweating over all day in the shed, would it?"

 

"We are not going to discuss any more of this matter as of tonight," he briefly stated with a serious look in his eyes.

 

The two finished up their dinner which was composed of cooked veggies and ham. Shortly later, the couple went to bed without another word said.

 

As the week went by, Jed worked harder than ever in the shed while his wife occasionally looked out the window in wonder of what he could be up to. She did not have the slightest clue of what he was doing. Of course, she was aware that her birthday was coming up, but her husband never did anything this great for such an occasion. After the first few days of questioning herself about the subject, she finally gave up. She did not even bother to ask her husband Jed any further questions.

 

The new oak dresser was coming together beautifully. Jed could not help but keep a large grin on his face once a day was completed. After much hard labor throughout the week, his masterpiece was finally completed, and his wife's birthday was the next day. Now he needed to think of the best way possible to surprise her with the wonderful gift. Soon enough, he had his thoughts all sorted out and an idea was planned.

 

The next morning, the old man was up bright and early at five-o'clock to prepare his surprise. The night before, Jed spoke with a friend down the street and asked him if he could help him carry the dresser into their bedroom. Sure enough, Jed's close, young friend Clark showed up in a quiet manner at their front porch at just the time they planned to meet. The two of them made a trip to the shed and came out with the dresser. They silently and gently carried it into the perfect place of their bedroom where they set it in front of the bed.

 

"Thanks so much for helping me out," Jed said in a grateful manner before his friend on the front porch.

 

"No problem. I know your wife will love what you made for her. Let me know how everything turns out," Clark said as he left the Walker's property.

 

Just about two hours later, the sun was creeping over the mountaintops and Jed's excited mood led him to pace back and forth until his wife would wake up. The old man had neatly placed some red and pink flowers on top of the dresser with their petals facing the bedside. He quietly waited in the front living room on his old chair until his wife would wake up to her surprise. He didn't want to be in the room when she woke up; rather, he decided that she could discover the surprise on her own which would make her astonishment even bigger.

 

As the window allowed sunlight to bathe the bedroom in golden color, the wife suddenly woke up with a pleasant expression on her face. Then she slowly turned her head to see if her husband was already up. Seeing that he was, she slowly moved out of bed when her eyes caught sight of the beautiful, wooded dresser standing before her eyes. In a speechless, amazed way, everything all of a sudden made sense to her like a puzzle being put together right before her eyes. This is what her sweet, thoughtful husband had been up to that whole time. With happiness running through her feeble body, she ran to find her husband sitting in the living room where he had waited for over two hours.

 

"It's so beautiful, Jed!" she said in an astounded approach. "Thank you so much! I don't know what to say or how to thank you."

 

"Happy birthday, dear Mary," Jed happily said as he embraced her with a hug and a tender kiss on her cheek. "I hope you like it."

 

"Oh, I love it! It is so beautiful. You are a very kind, thoughtful man," she concluded in the most grateful manner she knew how.

 

The two of them spent the rest of the day in each other's company as happy as two old married people could ever be. 



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

 

-I thought you were an optimist.
-You were wrong...I'm a realist.
-Ah, that's just another name for a quitter.
-You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.
-Failed? There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don't you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don't you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure... You can never let it defeat you.
 



 

(Answer: The Adventures of Tintin)


/know brainz/

 Cartoon 7

 

 

By Devin and Savannah Hicks

 

 


 Career-of-the-Month: Librarian  

 
Librarians like to read, do research, and find facts. They usually spend a lot of time at a desk or computer. Librarians organize information and help people look for books, magazines, and other resources. They arrange the books and other items so people can find them easily. Some librarians keep records, develop databases, and supervise other library workers. They also decide which materials and equipment to buy for the library.  
 
A librarian's responsibilities may vary depending on the size of the library and the clientele it serves. There are many types of libraries including private and public school libraries, academic libraries, church libraries, public libraries, and special libraries such as medical, business, and governmental. Some librarians specialize in a particular subject such as art or maps. They may also work in museums and information centers. Others work with children, reading to them and teaching them how to use the library. Most librarians work in schools and public libraries.  
 
Many people assume that anyone who works in a library is a librarian, but there are actually various levels of library personnel. A librarian holds a master's degree in library science. A professional specialist has education beyond the master's degree, or another degree in a certain subject field. A library assistant has a bachelor's degree plus some library course work at a graduate level. Library assistants are further classified as Library Assistant I, II, or III according to degree of responsibility. A library technician or technical assistant has completed at least two years of college, with some training in library science. Some community colleges offer a two-year Library Technician degree. 
 
Small libraries may have only one to three full-time staff members, who must also do the typing and filing. In larger libraries, a library clerk may be hired for those clerical tasks. A library page is an entry level position in which the primary responsibilities include shelving books and arranging them in order so that patrons can easily find what they are looking for. A library page might also check books in and out, do simple clerical tasks, and perform various housekeeping duties. This is a good first job for high school students who enjoy being around books and helping people. 
 
A library degree program will emphasize the following areas of study: Technical Services (acquisition, organization, selection and management of library materials); Reference and Electronic Information Resources (basic Internet, on-line research, data retrieval/transfer, databases); Public Services (circulation, working with patrons and interpersonal communication); Media and Multi/Media (traditional media equipment as well the emerging multi-media field); Library Information Systems (technologies in libraries and the information industry). In addition to classroom instruction, internships are usually integral to the program. 
 
Students may also choose an area of concentration for an individualized program of study. For example, a knowledge of medical terminology or a strong background in science and mathematics may be required for employment in a special library. A wider background in general education, literature, humanities and communications may be necessary to be an effective employee in a small public library or school library. A course in children's literature would benefit the student who is interested in working with young people.  
 
Personal qualifications would include a love of books and information, an aptitude for library work, ability to communicate clearly, ability to understand and follow written and oral directions, computer skills, and a desire to help people. Continuing education is important to keep up with state-of-the-art technology. 
 
Related Occupations: 
Archivist 
Editor 
Medical Records Technician 
Museum Curator 
Teacher 
Writer

 

 

 

 


Anime Reviews by Xbolt

 

 Macross

 

Macross Frontier  

 
WOOHOOO!! Singerrrrs...Innn...SPAAACE!!! 
 
The year is 2059. Mankind is out wandering the galaxy, looking for hospitable planets to colonize. In the beginning of the show, a reconnaissance unit sent to an unexplored asteroid belt is destroyed by a swarm of alien biomechanical insects, called the Vajra. The Vajra then start attacking the rest of the fleet. 
 
Alto Saotome is a high school student, studying to become a pilot. He is often mistaken for a girl because of his features and long hair. His friends gave him the nickname "Princess," which he dislikes. 
 
Ranka Lee is a cheerful and lively teenage girl. She works at a Chinese restaurant, Nyan-Nyan. She also has a love of singing, and dreamt of becoming a professional. 
 
Sheryl Nome is a pop music star. Known as the "Galactic Fairy," her songs constantly top music charts. She's a very proud person because of that. She recognizes that Ranka has talent, and offers to help her behind the scenes to get started in a pro singer career. 
Ozma Lee, Ranka's older brother, and holds the rank of major. He is a skilled pilot. He is also rather overprotective of Ranka. 
 
In Alto's school, we have: Mikhail Blanc, a friend and rival of Alto (and the guy responsible for the "Princess" nickname); Luca Angelloni, a junior classmate, and a genius with computers and electronics; and Nanase Matsuura, a friend of Ranka's, who is a skilled artist. 
 
But despite not being a major character, Clan Clang is my favorite character in Macross. She is a Zentradi, a race of giant humanoids. Due to a genetic anomaly, in the micronization process, which brings her down to standard human size, she becomes physically a juvenile. She can have a quick temper, but can also be insightful. And her eyebrows are shaped like lightning bolts. Who can go wrong with that, eh? 
 
Ranka's seiyuu, Megumi Nakajima, also provided the voice samples for GUMI, who is my favorite Vocaloid. 
 
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Game Review



Dear Esther

Dear Esther was originally created in 2007 by Dan Pinchbeck, a researcher at the University of Portsmouth (UK), as part of a project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council to explore game play and storytelling. It was built in the Source engine and released in 2008 as a mod for Half Life 2. In 2009, professional game artist Robert Briscoe did a complete overhaul of the visuals and level design. In late 2010, Valve granted a license to make Dear Esther a completely independent game, and it was released on Valentine's Day 2012.

According to www.dear-esther.com, "Dear Esther quickly established itself as an award-winning, critically acclaimed experimental first-person game. It abandons all traditional game play, leaving only a rich world soaked in atmosphere, and an abstract, poetic story to explore." Well, Dear Esther was an interesting first try at an interactive literary creation but as a so-called "game" it was not that much fun to play. Nevertheless, it does show that the future of this genre has great potential.

Dear Esther creates an immersive atmosphere with beautiful imagery and haunting mood music. Exploring the deserted island and attempting to discover its secrets reminded me of Myst, but without the puzzles. At only two hours in length, it wasn't much of an adventure either. I basically just walked around and read writings on the rocks here and there - these included some biblical references, chemical symbols, and electronic diagrams. Interactive storytelling is definitely an intriguing concept, but they should expand the environment and incorporate some puzzles to make the game more engaging.

I would have liked to have met Esther, but she only appeared in flashbacks related by the narrator. The story that unfolds through his enigmatic monologue is dark and disturbing, and very sad. The character does not acknowledge God's goodness but instead falls into despair which was depressing. Everyone on earth owes God gratitude for life, so we should do our best to live this life that God has given us and fight to keep our spirits up. Dear Esther does just the opposite, it imparts a sense of hopelessness.

By the end of Dear Esther, I felt like I'd been tricked. All along I was anticipating some sort of resolution, but instead it left many unanswered questions. If you're looking to play a fun game, this isn't a good choice. If you're interested in game development, consider getting Dear Esther only if it goes on sale, just to imagine the possibilities. In spite of all its glowing reviews, I personally think this game is overrated. I had really expected more, especially after viewing the trailer which is more impressive in its own right than the game itself: http://youtu.be/D7VJ4lP-05A  

 

 


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The Sports Report, by Caela

 

 

The Countdown to the 2012 Summer Olympics -

 

The 2012 Summer Olympics are in London, England; they start on July 27th. There will be 216 countries represented from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The estimated 10,500  athletes will be competing in the following 26 sports: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint, Cycling-BMX, Cycling-Mountain Bike, Cycling- Road, Cycling- Track, Diving, Equestrian (Horse) Dressage, Equestrian Erecting, Equestrian Jumping, Fencing, Football (Soccer), Gymnastics-Artistic, Gymnastic-Rhythmic, Gymnastic-Trampoline, Handball, Field Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. In the next Summer Olympics there will be 27 sports because the Olympic committee is adding Golf to the Olympics. The 2016 Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are less than 90 days to the Olympics. The American athletes to watch are Michael Phelps (Swimming), Natalie Coughlin (Swimming), Shawn Johnson (Gymnastics), and Nastia Liukin (Gymnastics).

 

The 76th Masters -

 

This year's Masters is one to remember for years to come. Going into the Masters the big stories were about Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy. The stories were, can Tiger win his fifth Masters and 15th major of his career, can Phil tie Tiger and Golf Legend Arnold Palmer with 4 Master wins, and can Rory McIlroy redeem himself from last year's 80 in the final round to blow a 4 shot lead. None of these things happened in the Masters this year, but it was a great battle to the end between Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson. Bubba Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen in a two hole playoff to win the Masters on Easter Sunday. I am going to follow these five men and whoever has the lead after each round, but first I want to tell you a little bit about Bubba. Gerry Lester Watson Jr. aka Bubba a nick name his father gave him after professional football player Bubba Smith. Bubba has a sister Melinda Watson Conner, his parents names are Gerry Lester Watson Sr. and Molly Marie Watson. Bubba is a Christian; he participates in the Players Daily Devotional. Bubba is married to Angie who has been diagnosed with an enlarged pituitary gland which makes her quite tall she stands at 6ft 4 in. She also is unable to conceive children, because of this they decided to adopt. That had to wait till the winter of 2011-12, because Bubba's father became ill and died on October 15th 2010 of throat cancer. On March 26th 2012 they adopted a one-month old baby boy named Caleb, one week after they tried to adopt an infant girl that fell through at the last moment. Bubba had three professional wins. Now he has four wins with a win at the Masters.

 

First Round: The first round lead was -5 which was held by Lee Westwood who shot a 67. Tiger Woods shot a 72 for even par tied for 29th, Phil Mickelson shot a 74 for a +2 over par tied for 40th, Rory McIlroy shot a 71 for a -1 under par tied for 11th, Louis Oosthuizen shot a -4 under par 68 tied for 2nd, and Bubba Watson shot a 69 a -3 under par tied for 3rd.

Second Round: Fred Couples shot a 67 for -5 to be the second round leader. Tiger Woods shot a 75 +3 over par for the round and the tournament, Phil Mickelson shot a 68 -4 under par for the day -2 under par for the tournament, Rory McIlroy shot a 69 -3 under par for the round -4 under for the tournament, Louis Oosthuizen shot a 72 for even par to stay at -4 under par for the tournament, and Bubba Watson shot a 71 for -1 under par for the round -4 under par for the tournament.

Third Round: Peter Henson shot a 65 -7 for the day -9 for the tournament and the third round lead. Tiger Woods shot a 72 even par to stay at +3 over par, Phil Mickelson shot a 66 for -6 under par for the round to go to -8 for the tournament, Rory McIlroy shot a 77 +5 over par for +1 over par for the tournament, Louis Oosthuizen shot a 69 -3 to go to -7 under par for the tournament, and Bubba Watson shoot a 70 -2 under par to go to -6 under par for the tournament.

Fourth Round: The final\fourth round Tiger Woods shot a 74 +2 over par to finish the Masters at +5 over par, Phil Mickelson shot a 72 even par to finish the Masters -8 under par, Rory McIlroy shot a 76 +4 over par to finish the Masters at  +5 over par. Louis Oosthuizen shot a 69 -3 under par to go to -10 tied for the lead, and Bubba Watson shot a 68 -4  to also go to -10 also tied for the lead and to send it to a playoff.

Sudden Death Playoff: Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson replayed the 18th hole. They both made par to send it to the second playoff hole at the 10th. Off the tee Louis hit the ball left of the fairway and Bubba hit it to the right of the fairway. Louis's second shot missed the green, but Bubba's second shot was an incredible shot from the woods that landed about 10 feet from the hole. Louis three putted for a bogey, and Bubba two putted for par to win his first Major Championship and the 76th Masters.

 

Well a very big congratulations to Bubba Watson on his first Major and becoming a dad. God Bless.

 

The National Hockey League (NHL) Playoffs -

 

In the NHL there are two conferences with three divisions in each. The Eastern Conference has Atlantic, Northeast, and Southeast divisions. The Western Conference has Central, Northwest, and Pacific divisions. The top eight teams from each conference go to the playoffs. The top eight teams from the Eastern Conference are the (1) New York Rangers, (2) Boston Bruins, (3) Florida Panthers, (4) Pittsburgh Penguins, (5) Philadelphia Flyers, (6) New Jersey Devils, (7) Washington Capitals, and (8) Ottawa Senators. The top eight teams from the Western Conference are the (1) Vancouver Canucks, (2) St. Louis Blues, (3) Phoenix Coyotes, (4) Nashville Predators, (5) Detroit Red Wings, (6) Chicago Blackhawks, (7) San Jose Sharks, and (8) Los Angeles Kings. In the first round of the playoffs the (1) team plays the (8) team, the (2) team plays the (7) team, (3) team plays the (6) team, and the (4) team plays the (5) team.

 

First Round: Rangers V.S. Senators: The Rangers won game one 4-2 to lead the series 1-0. The Senators won game two 3-2 in overtime to tie the series. The Rangers won game three 1-0 to take the series lead at 2-1. The Senators won game four 3-2 in overtime to tie the series at 2-2. The Senators won game five 2-0 to lead the series 3-2. The Rangers won game six 3-2 of the series to tie the series and to force game seven. The Rangers won game seven 2-1 to knock out the Senators and win the series 4-3.

 

Bruins V.S. Capitals: The Bruins won game one in overtime 1-0 for the series lead at 1-0. The Capitals won game two in the second overtime at 2-1 to tie the series at 1-1. The Bruins won game three 4-3 to take a series lead at 2-1. The Capitals won game four 2-1 to again tie the series this time at 2-2. The Capitals won game five 4-3 to take the lead at 3-2. The Bruins won game six in overtime 4-3 to force a game seven and tie the series 3-3. The Capitals won in overtime 2-1 in game seven to win the series 4-3 over last year's Stanley Cup winner.

 

Panthers V.S. Devils: The Devils won game one 3-2 for a series lead 1-0. The Panthers won game two 4-2 to tie the series at 1-1. The Panthers won game three 4-3 to take the series lead at 2-1. The Devils won game four 4-0 to tie the series again at 2-2. The Panthers won game five 3-0 to take the lead at 3-2. The Devils won game six 3-2 to tie the series at 3-3 and force a game seven. The Devils won game seven in the second overtime 3-2 to knock out the Panthers and win series at 4-3.

 

Flyers V.S. Penguins: The Flyers came back from a 3 goal deficit to win in overtime 4-3 to lead the series 1-0. The Flyers won game two 8-5 to lead the series 2-0.  The Flyers won game three 8-4 to lead the series 3-0. The Penguins won game four 10-3 to make the series 3-1. The Penguins also won game five 2-1 to force a game six and make the series 3-2. Game six was won by the Flyers, they won 5-1 to win the series 4-2.

 

Canucks V.S. Kings: The Kings won game one 4-2 for the series lead 1-0. The Kings won game two as well at 4-2 to make the series 2-0. The Kings won game three 1-0 to take an even bigger lead at 3-0 for the series. The Canucks won game four 3-1 to keep the season alive and to make the series 3-1. The Kings won game five 2-1 in overtime to win the series 4-1.

 

Blues V.S Sharks: The Sharks won game one 3-2 in the second overtime to take the series lead 1-0. The Blues won game two 3-0 to tie the series 1-1. The Blues won game three 4-3 to take the series lead at 2-1. The Blues won game four 2-1 to make the series 3-1. The Blues won game five 3-1 to win the series 4-1.

 

Coyotes V.S. Blackhawks: The Coyotes won game one in overtime 3-2 to lead the series 1-0. The Blackhawks won game two in overtime 4-3 to tie the series 1-1. The Coyotes won game three in overtime 3-2 to make the series 2-1. The Coyotes won game four in overtime 3-2 to go 3-1 for the series. The Blackhawks won game five in overtime and they won 2-1, because the game went in to over time the Coyotes and Blackhawks tied the record for the most overtime games in a row in the playoffs. The last time this happened was in 1951 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadians. The Coyotes won game six, which did not go in to overtime, 4-0 to take the series 4-2.

 

Predators V.S. Red Wings: The Predators won game one 3-2 to lead the series 1-0.  The Red Wings won game two 3-2 to tie the series 1-1. The Predators won game three 3-2 to lead the series again 2-1. The Predators also won game four 3-1 to take a 3-1 series lead. The Predators won game five 2-1 to win the series 4-1.

 

So the Rangers will play the Capitals in second round. The Flyers will play the Devils in the second round. The Blues will play the Kings in the second round. The Coyotes will play the Predators in the second round. Good luck to the rest of the teams and may the best team win.

 

Opening week of Major League Baseball (MLB) -

 

Opening day of the MLB was April 4th. The first game of the season was between St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins formally known as the Florida Marlins. The Cardinals won 4-1 for their first win of the season. There have been 340 games from April 4th to April 30th. In the MLB there are two leagues the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). In both leagues there are three divisions East, Central, and West. Here are the standings for both leagues. In the AL East the Tampa Bay Rays are at the top with 13 wins and 7 losses, the AL Central the Cleveland Indians are at the top with 10 wins and 8 losses, and the AL West the Texas Rangers are at the top with 15 wins and 5 losses. In the NL East the Washington Nationals are at the top with 14 wins and 6 losses, the NL Central the St. Louis Cardinals are at the top with 13 wins and 7 losses, and the NL West the LA Dodgers are at the top with 14 wins and 6 losses. So that is where the MLB stands after its first month of the season. Enjoy the rest of the season.

 

Caela's byline: I am the oldest of six children. I am a Christian. I love watching movies, playing on my computer, and I love watching sports. I want to go to Syracuse University, and eventually become a sports journalist. My favorite sports are hockey, football(soccer) ,and golf.
 

 

 

 

Your Fashion Signature...             

And When You Should Sign

 

By MaryssaJoy

 

Maryssa                                                  

      

Dressing for (Your Name Here) Part 2: Women Only

 

"It gives you such a glow just to know you're wearing lipstick and heels!"-Bye Bye Birdie

 

Rectangle

 

Flattering Accessories

~Long strings of beads

~Add belts to outfits

Avoid

~ Bags that are dainty or frilly

~ Choker style necklaces

As for shoes, go for...

~Strappy stiletto heels

~Ballerina pumps

Avoid

~Avoid knee boots with no shape

~Loafers

As for jeans...

~ Larger back pockets that are spread far apart to make your bottom look fuller.

~If they have flaps on them even better

~Jeans with lighter fades on the thighs will help give them shape

~Jeans that are low-rise and that have a straight fit from the hip to the knee with a slight flare

 

 

 

 

Apple

 

"This shape looks best when wearing simple designs, rather than excessive flounces and gathers.  When looking for items to add to your wardrobe, always think simple style." -Shapeyourstyle.com

Flattering Accessories

~Have fun with big necklaces and dangly earrings

~Bags with a long shoulder strap

~Scarves can be an alternative to a necklace

Avoid

~Bulky bags that sit under your arm

~Chunky buckled belts

As for shoes, go for...

~Chunky wedges             

~Go for a bright colour!

Avoid

~Very pointy toes

~Square toe loafers

As for jeans, go for...

~Jeans that have a rise that is lower than your natural waist

~Look for jeans that have back pockets with flaps

~Lighter washes and/or jeans with fading

~ Boot-cut and flared legs  

  

Pear-tote

  

 

Pear

 

"Use unusual or chunky jewelry to draw the eye upwards and stick to handbags that sit under the shoulder." -FashionWorld

Flattering Accessories

~Make a statement with a bold necklace and earrings

~Add color with a bright scarf

Avoid

~Low slung belts

~Long strap bags that rest at the thigh

As for shoes, go for...

~Shoes with a pointed toe

~A rounded toe shoe

~Peep toe shoes

Avoid

~Stiletto heels

As for jeans, go for...

~Flared or have a wide-leg jeans

~Straight legged jeans are also a good for a sleek slimmer look.

~Go for mid-rise dark jeans (the darker the better) and dark pants. 

 

Hourglass

 

 

Hourglass

 

Flattering Accessories

~Belts around the waist

Avoid

~Hip belts                                                           

~Huge jewelry

As for shoes, go for...

~Round toe shoes

~Peep toe high heels

Avoid

~Ankle boots with skirts

~Very pointy shoes

As for jeans, go for...

~cut with larger hips, and a smaller waist.

~ jeans that are slightly flared, or have a wide leg, this will balance out your hips

~Mid-rise jeans are the way to go...but

~low-rise jeans work great as well as long as they are not too low

 

Thank you for reading! I hope you all got something out of these "shape" articles! I know they helped me a lot! Even if you don't want to apply them every day, they are helpful rules when picking out a nice outfit. Next time I believe I'll be doing an article on men's style!

 

If you have any questions or comments please send them and your first name to maryssa_joy@yahoo.com with the words "style blog" contained in the title so I'll know to read it. I may use these in the blog sometime so write me!

 

 

 

 

 

 


May 2012

 

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

 


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! Contact: mail@homeschoolingteen.com 

 


Homeschooling Teen Profile: Scott MacIntyre


By Faith, Not By Sight:
The Inspirational Story of a Blind Prodigy, a Life-Threatening Illness, and an Unexpected Gift

 

Scott  

 

Scott MacIntyre - the acclaimed singer, songwriter, pianist, and American Idol Season 8 finalist - has released his first book called By Faith, Not By Sight. In the inspirational book, Scott tells how he started playing the piano by ear at 3 years old, began composing music at age 5, started college when he was 14, and at age 23 become the first legally blind person to audition for American Idol.

 

Scott also talks about how he overcame his disability and how he never gave up, even when faced with overwhelming obstacles and serious health issues that threatened to take everything away. "It was a challenge having to compete on Idol without my sight, but I was just grateful to be on any stage, let alone the American Idol stage, after having almost lost my life."

 

Scott was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, so Homeschooling Teen was a huge supporter of Scott during his season on American Idol. A brief look at Scott's resume will show that he is not the typical "Hollywood wannabe." To describe him as being incredibly gifted and talented is almost an understatement! Scott is a remarkable guy who accomplished more great things in his youth than most fully sighted people do in their whole lives!

 

Scott was born on June 22, 1985, in Redondo Beach, California, to Douglas and Carole MacIntyre. The family lived in Toronto, Canada, for four years and then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Scott has a younger brother, Todd (born 1988) and a younger sister, Katelyn (born 1991). Visually impaired since birth, Scott has only a two-percent field of vision, which is like viewing the world through a coffee straw. "Because of my lack of vision, I was drawn to sound," he told PEOPLE magazine.

 

Though classically trained since age 6, Scott has written and performed in genres spanning pop, rock, punk, jazz, and classical. In addition to piano, Scott learned to play the organ, guitar, bass and drums. Scott's other interests while growing up were performing in community theatre and musicals, hiking and skiing with a sighted guide, computer programming, and law. He participated in the YMCA "Youth in Government" program in elected positions as President of the Senate, Senate Majority Leader, and was honored to receive the "Outstanding First Year Senator" award at the Arizona State Capitol for excellence in debate.

 

As if that's not enough, Scott and his whole family traveled around the country as the MacIntyre Family Singers. Scott, his mother, and two siblings performed four-part harmonies in various styles ranging from acappella jazz and classical, to Southern gospel and Christian pop, as well as Broadway show tunes. During this time, Scott received many local and national awards for piano, composition, and vocal performance. He performed as guest soloist with several symphony orchestras and played at the Kennedy Center. Scott independently produced his first CD when he was 11 years old.

 

At age 14, Scott enrolled in Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College and Herberger College of the Arts. In 2005, he graduated summa cum laude from ASU at age 19 with a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance. He was nominated "Outstanding Graduate" by the College of Fine Arts, and was named by USA Today as one of the top twenty undergraduate seniors in the nation. The following year, Scott was invited to the White House by First Lady Laura Bush as one of three national Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) scholarship winners.

 

As a Marshall Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, Scott continued his studies in England where he obtained his masters degree in Performance from the Royal College of Music and Royal Holloway University of London in 2006. He was accepted to both Oxford and Cambridge for further graduate-level studies. However, Scott's world was rocked by a life-threatening illness that severely hampered his capacity to perform and travel. "I found out I had stage-four kidney failure, and pretty soon I was too sick to even play the piano in my own living room." After spending ten months undergoing dialysis, in August 2007 Scott received a kidney transplant. The kidney was donated by the wife of one of his piano professors at ASU.  

 

Scott's career took a dramatic but positive turn when in January 2009 he auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Phoenix, Arizona. "I lived and breathed classical music... but pop music was rapidly becoming my fantasy....Was it even plausible to think that I could take on a new musical identity and be successful at it?... my professors and classical piano peers... believed there was a clear fork in the musical road and you had to choose which path you were going to take. I believed I could do both." Scott was right; he gained many adoring fans during his time on American Idol, and finished in eighth place on April 8, 2009.

 

Scott continues to captivate listeners around the world, and enjoys bringing his music to all types of audiences. He has performed with many notable acts including Alice Cooper, Jason Mraz, and Queen to name a few, and has headlined concerts in Japan, Austria, England, Canada, and the United States. Scott's "Christmas Angel" song was one of the top holiday indie singles of 2010, and his "Heartstrings" CD debuted at #18 on the iTunes Pop Album Chart."I've poured my heart and soul into all 12 original songs," Scott told PEOPLE. "What you won't hear on my CD is an over-produced overly-sanitized sound. What you will hear are honest, believable songs delivered with solid conviction. I've stayed true to myself in every song."

 

While Scott performs professionally, he has also presented hundreds of charity concerts and donated performances for conventions, churches, and athletic events. Scott is also an in-demand inspirational keynote speaker, and has spoken before many different audiences including corporations, health care and education institutions, non-profits, and churches across North America and beyond. Scott was a special guest on Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" show at the Crystal Cathedral in California. He has appeared on CNN, Headline News, FOX International, Global TV, Sky News Europe, TV Guide, TBN, and local news affiliates across the country. With his contagious spirit of optimism, Scott is an inspiration to all who hear his music and story.

 

Scott credits God for his success: "It was my dependence on him-and not in my own strength-that helped me progress toward my dreams." He also says that all of his awards and honors "validated Mom's hard work as much as they did mine. Throughout my life she had always been my primary teacher and advocate." The flexibility of homeschooling allowed him to practice for hours at the piano each day. He was able to progress at his own pace and fine tune his God-given abilities, while learning to work hard and with persistence in spite of his disability. According to HSLDA, "Scott can easily be considered a success by anyone's standards. But as a homeschooled graduate, Scott is a shining example of a young person who is taking the education and training given to him by his parents and using it to make a difference in the culture.... Scott stands out not just because of his incredible talent, but also due to his character and Christian testimony."

 

As for Scott's personality, he is kind-hearted, likeable, charismatic, has a great sense of humor, and is not the least bit arrogant. No wonder he moves audiences to laughter, tears, and standing ovations all over the world. On August 18, 2011, Scott married the love of his life, Christina Teich, who he calls "my beautiful soul mate." They met in a community theater production of The Music Man back in 2003. MacIntyre composed all of the music played at their wedding, and performed a special dedication to his bride during the ceremony. Now instead of Scott's mother accompanying him as his sighted guide, Christina will be traveling on the road with him. This spring and summer, Scott is performing in cities across the U.S. as part of the Women of Faith One Day tour.

 

Visit Scott's website at www.scottmacintyre.com and check out the video of him buying his own book at Walmart! He's also on Twitter @ScottDMacIntyre and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ScottMacOfficial

 

 

 

 

 


Laughter, Tears, and Our Teen Years

 

By McKennaugh Kelley, 15

 

We've all had someone be cruel to us. It's probably not too long ago that you felt angry and down because of what someone said, whether it was a good friend or the person that checked out your groceries. Although lots of times it's really no big deal, we let our whole day be ruined by some nasty comment-even if the actual comment only took up less than a minute!

 

As soon as someone bites our heads off or gives us a not-so-nice stare, we usually automatically think that they're a "horrible person." Ever heard of someone besides you having a bad day? Well, if you haven't, maybe you'd better start seeing that grumpy cashier lady in a different light!

 

Almost three years ago, when I was thirteen, my family went to a Natural Building Colloquium (where you learn how to build stuff naturally-like houses out of straw bales and cob)!!  We stayed a week. We had been to it before and Mom loved it, but this time, Tivon, who was just a baby then, was keeping my mom REALLY busy while she washed cloth diapers (organic, of course) in a bucket and hoped that they would dry next to our tent. My brothers and I, on the other hand, were having a blast being involved in a ton of muddy, clay-ey, sod-ish, projects!

 

Just about everyone there weren't Christians-including a friend of mine, Rachel. Rachel was a little bit younger than me, but she had a brother, Ivan, who was my age. Rachel was fun to hang out with and her two little siblings were real sweet, but Ivan was-well, horrid. He was the very picture of a bully. From the second I met him, I knew he was rotten to the core-at least that's how he seemed. He taunted us (me, Rachel, and our other friends) & yelled at us until it got to the point where we would dread it when we saw him coming.

 

However, I felt like God would want me to be nice to him, even though I knew he'd never return the favor. When my friends shouted insults back at him, (which he sure deserved), I didn't. Instead I told them, "Hey, let's not pick on anybody."

 

I know that I annoyed them, because they couldn't understand why I would be kind to Ivan-it's not like he was kind to us!

 

My friends, thought it was only fair-I mean, if he could taunt us, why couldn't we have our little jokes? They all laughed and drew a geeky picture of Ivan on a hunk of cardstock, wrote his name at the top of it so everyone knew it was supposed to be of him and left if out for everyone to see. Also, they snapped back at him, and when he was away, they (including his sister), gossiped about how awful he was.

 

I didn't take part in any of their jokes, though, because even if it didn't make a difference to Ivan, it made a difference to me-and I felt God was watching, too.

 

One day, we found a game of Monopoly in the kids' tent and tidied it up and started to play. After a while, Ivan stormed in and yelled at us for ruining the Monopoly game he was playing. While everyone else rolled their eyes and groaned, I struggled to apologize, even though I knew he shouldn't be treating us like this.

 

The week went on, I hardly even saw Ivan that much, but when I did, I'd say "Hi," or just not join in the teasing. And although I didn't realize, he was noticing.

 

I was the only kid there who couldn't swim (which is pretty embarrassing, if you're 13). But they had a (huge) pond there that I learned at. Something that really helped me learn, was Rachel's father's flippers. I loved them! For the first time, I went into water that was over my head (if you don't count floating in the "fishy device" when I was five). Everyday Rachel (Ivan's sister) would let me use the flippers, but she warned me that if Ivan ever came swimming with us, I couldn't have them, because he always used them. However, he hardly ever went swimming, & they didn't fit any of my friends (yeah, I have big feet) so I pretty much got them whenever I wanted. At last, Ivan finally came. I was disappointed, because I knew that I wouldn't get to use the flippers. He goofed around with them for a while, then took them off and walked around with them in his hand. Gathering up my courage and knowing that I was in for a certain, "No!" I walked up to him and said, "I can't swim very well, and Rachel's been letting me swim with those. Could I use them?"

 

To my disbelief, he handed them to me. "Sure," he said, "you're the nicest kid my age that I know-including me." And then he walked away.

 

From him, those words weren't to be taken lightly... and the words made me sad. I just showed a little more respect than everyone else by not picking on him and stuff and it made a difference to him. It just shows me how little kindness he was ever given. It's not like I did anything great for him, I just gave him a smile and said "Hi!"

 

I could have very well looked back on that week and remembered Ivan as a cruel, heartless boy. Instead, he's my favorite memory of the week, and whenever I think of him, I think of how easy it is to make a difference, no matter how small.

 

Perhaps next time you meet someone who has no kind words for you, you can have kind words for them. Even if no one else notices, God did. And you'll know that despite how much easier it could have been to follow everybody else, you tried to follow God.

 

Try it... today when someone gives you a hard time, give them a smile. It may not be as hard as you think.

 

McKennaugh Kelley is fifteen years old. She lives in Troy, Pennsylvania with a handful of crazy, creative, but mostly wonderful little brothers.

 


Water For Sale, by Adrianna Kuzma

    

Water is essential for life. Everyone, not just for the rich, needs water to survive.  Three major companies from Europe have supplied water to countries suffering from a lack of public water structures: they are Suuez, Thames Water, and Vivend (Flow).  Supporters of privatizing water utilities claim success both in service quality and efficiency. 

 

Summarizing the benefits, a writer who has published a book for the free-market think tank called the CATO Institute, notes: "Superior competence, better incentives and better access to capital for investment have allowed private distributors to enhance both the quality of the water and the scope of its distribution" (Segerfeldt).  While the United Nations has verified limited improvements after privatization occurred in some countries, "the overall record is not encouraging" (qtd. In Evans).   The practice of giving water rights over to private control is one people come to regret. 

 

Business people, such as those at the CATO Institute, view water as a good economic commodity.  This is because water is a lucrative investment-- water is something that people will want forever.  The company's executives are saying that water is just like any other product they are trying to sell.  It is not.  To sell water to poor people is wrong. People are not variables that a company can manipulate. People need water to live, and water is a human right. Water is like air-something we all share-- because it is necessary not just to satisfy thirst but so people can bathe, and clean their dishes. [i]

 

From the perspective of the World Bank, private enterprise can solve the problem of the water crisis by applying pressures on countries to take action.  Using the availability of loans to force developing countries to build water infrastructure appears to be a great idea.  The country must provide water for the people, or they won't get a loan. They are told they will be cut off from water loans if they do not privatize their water utilities.   

 


 

PHOTO: Tanzania Mission to the Poor."A Woman Fetching Water From Unimproved Traditional Water Well."  16 July 2008.  Web. 25 Oct. 2011.   

 

Opponents counter that privatization results in increased costs.  They contend privatization benefits primarily those in the water industry, not the poor people who typically lack the means to pay.  Private companies must satisfy shareholders. There are two problems with this for-profit approach: the motive of the company and the increased cost to the water consumers. A company must make a profit. Because a company needs to make money with water, they will be reluctant to invest unless there is evident profit for shareholders. As a result, designs and later improvements in infrastructure will always depend on the ability of the people to pay for them.   A related problem is cost.  It costs more money to turn a water project over to private hands than if it were publicly funded. This is because companies need to pay their workers, supply materials, and provide the profit for shareholders. When public water utilities are built by a national government, they are not in it for profit, so the expense covers just workers and material costs. Instead of profiting shareholders from Europe, the country's government then controls the water as a "public trust" and operates as a local community service.

 

 

 

PHOTO: Dustin VanOverbeke. Water Privatization Conflicts.  The Blue-Gold Business.  AcademicWebPages Evergreen State College Web 26 Oct. 2011.  

 

Privatizing water resources results in decreased access to clean water. Contrary to the claims of the water industry, poor people have not benefited (Shah). [ii]  This is because poor people resort to unclean water sources to avoid the fees (Flow). A human health issue is that a human without water will become sick or die.  Bill Marsden, an investigative journalist, notes that the 2002 outbreak of cholera in South Africa has been linked to the privatization of water supplies there.

 

 

 

PHOTO: "Tanzania: Living Water Wells." Beautiful Feet Task Force. 14 Feb 2011.  

 

People cannot survive without clean water.   It is a common good, one to which people have an inalienable or God-given right. There is an equity issue as well.  Since water is part of the public good it belongs to everyone and the principal of the commons applies.[iii]  Water is part of our shared rights or "commons," not for any one company to make a profit.[iv]  It is morally wrong to treat it as a commodity or keep it from anyone (Velasquez). Because it is for the life on this planet, we must safeguard it.


Footnotes:

[i] Fredrik  Segerfeldt has likened water to food, arguing that we do not assume food is a right.  However, water is even more necessary to life than food.  People can withstand a shortage of food more readily than a shortage of clean water. A better comparison is to air, which is fundamentally necessary to sustain life.  It is perhaps only when substances like water can be controlled that they begin to be regarded as commodities to be purchased at a profit. What happens when a fire is burning? We put water on it.  We do not tell the owner to pay for the water that is taking out the fire.  It is the same when someone is thirsty. We give them a drink. But with privatization, people are expected to pay for the water that should naturally be a God-given right.

[ii] "'Making people pay the full cost of their water "was the direct cause of the cholera epidemic," David Hemson, a social scientist sent by the government to investigate the outbreak, said in an interview. 'There is no doubt about that.'" (Marsden).

[iii] An expert on issues of water use, Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project,  has commented:  "Water must be declared to be something that belongs to all of us, which is not that it's a free-for-all, but that it must be equitably divided and shared - and only government can do that"  (Qtd. In Evans).

[iv] Robert F. Kennedy, an environmentalist and founder of the Waterkeeper Alliance, calls the privatization of water supply morally wrong. "It's intrinsically a government function. It has to remain in the hands of the government. The government has a responsibility to all the people, and that this is part of the commons.  And the law of the commons is that whether you're rich or poor, everybody has the right to the public trust asset.  Nobody has the right to use it in a way that will diminish or injure its use and enjoyment by others. (qtd. In Evans).

 

 

 

PHOTO: Abbe, Andre,  Guatemala: Women Carrying Water. "From water wars to bridges of cooperation: Exploring the peace-building potential of a shared resource."  Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About. the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


Works Cited:

 

Evans, Tom."'Water justice' advocate: Don't privatize." Ottawa Riverkeeper  8 Jan. 2010  Web. 26 Oct. 2011.  http://ottawariverkeeper.ca/news/water_justice_advocate_don_t_privatize/CNN

 

Flow: For Love of Water.  Dir. Irena Salina  Perf.  Maude Barlow, Shelly Brime and Anthony Burgmans . Group Entertainment,  2008. Film.

 

Marsden, Bill. "Cholera and the Age of the Water Barons."  The Center for Public Integrity    3 Feb.  2003  Web.  25 Oct. 2011. http://projects.publicintegrity.org/water/report.aspx?aid=44

 

Segerfeldt, Fredrik.  "Private Water Saves Lives." Financial Times, 25 Aug.  2005 Web. 25 Oct. 2011. CATO Institute: Individual Liberty, Free Markets, and Peace. http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=4462

 

Shah, Anup. "Water and Development." Global Issues. May 27, 2006  Web 26 Oct. 2011. http://www.globalissues.org/article/601/water-and-development

 

Velasquez , Manuel, et. al. "The Common Good." Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Santa Clara University Web 25 Oct. 2011. http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/commongood.html

 

About the Author: Adrianna is a homeschooler from Indiana. She loves to sew and has made Regency ball gowns as well as fleece pet beds. She plays the cello, loves cats, and is passionate about caring for the planet. She recently produced a video on bottled water that won a national award.


 

 



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The Razor's Edge

 

By Madeleine Richey, 16   

 

Runaway

 

"Runaway" is a name. It's a brand of people, some say. It's a call that lures our youth into the streets "run away!" A lot of people listen to that call and a lot of people assume that name. But they're not a special brand of people. They're a lot like you and me. Whether they're a runaway as a minor, running from home, or as an adult, just picking up and leaving: a lot of people leave home, but there is always a reason. Have you ever known anyone who just disappeared? Ever wondered what became of them? Wonder what became of them, but wonder also, why they left.

 

A runaway is classified as a minor who has left home without a parent's or legal guardian's permission and has not returned within a twenty-four hour window. A throwaway is a person, usually a minor, who has been cast out of their home. Being a runaway is considered a crime in some jurisdictions, but generally not a very serious one that is either punished very lightly with probation, but in other cases not punished at all. However, harboring a runaway is a misdemeanor, a much more serious crime.

 

Between 1.3 and 1.5 million youth are estimated to be runaways or homeless each year, or so says one estimate. Another claim is that the number is between 1.6 and 2.8 million. In 2003 there were 123, 581 arrests of runaways in the United States. That 123, 581 runaways on the streets, and countless more who weren't arrested and put into the foster care system or returned to their families. They're still out there.

 

According to the National Runaway Switchboard, 47 percent of all teen runaways claim to have been having a dispute with a parent or guardian, 50 percent of teen runaways report that their parents either did not care when they left or kicked them out. Worse than that, though, are the numbers for teens who suffered physical or sexual abuse prior to running away: 80 percent.

 

Depression often plays a part in forcing a teen, or any individual onto the streets, the illness inhibiting their ability to make proper decisions, and leading to the false assumption that life on the streets would be better than life at home. But look at the numbers; maybe, just maybe, sometimes they're right.

 

Life on the streets isn't all it's cracked up to be. You'll see the movies and books about runaways that lead glamour lives; work their way up, make new friends, escape their troubles. Not true. It's a shame...but it's a lie.

 

On the streets, you have no home, no family, and no place to sleep; you have to beg to get food to eat. A high school diploma is almost essential in finding a job, even the simplest of them. But guess what? There's a way to survive on the streets. It's not pretty; it's not easy; it's not right. Ever thought of trying prostitution?

 

Sell your body on the street; risk being beaten, being infected with an STD, or even being killed. Beyond that; be a toy. You're lower than everyone else. You're just an object that people will use for their pleasure. As long as they pay, you don't have a say in what happens to you. They paid for you; for the time they have paid for, they own your body.

 

It's ugly, and it's painful. But sex pays for food. It keeps you alive. Sometimes it's the only way. So, before you duck out the door, think about it. You may find good people in dark places, but that doesn't mean you want to be the person in that dark place. Do you want to be homeless; scared, sick, alone, and starving? A prostitute? Nothing is guaranteed on the streets.

 

Substance abuse is so very common on the streets, just like prostitution. And those are the lucky ones. Imagine that; the lucky ones are the people who have to sell themselves to buy food, or are consumed by want of a drug.

 

Runaways are searching for something better, but most of the time they don't find it.

 

If you know someone who you think is considering running away, or you are thinking of becoming a runaway, remember that running away is not the only option. Call for help: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) is free and confidential. Please call it. You don't have to live this way.

 

About the Author: "I want to help people and I want to tell stories, especially the stories of people who don't have a voice of their own. I firmly believe that there are good people to be found, even in the darkest of places. The people who we brand as crazy or criminals, addicts, or damned for homicide or suicide, are people just like you and me. Some of them have faces we recognize-the faces of family and friends, maybe even the face we see when we look in the mirror. I want to share with you the information I have about all these things, so that maybe you can recognize them and walk away from danger or help out a friend who doesn't see it or saw it too late. We need to be aware of the problems from which our world suffers; if we're not, we'll never do anything to fix them."

 


 

 


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Jon's Joke-of-the-Month (Puns too!)
 
This isn't my joke, but it's well worth retelling: 
 
"What do oceans say when greeting each other? Nothing, they just wave." 
 
-Jon




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Poems by Alexis

 

Winter

Winter is what winter does.

Winter is the unbeatable Eskimo kisses, the fuzzy socks that u leave on until ur feet sweat. Winter is the first heart an soul warming drink in the morning.

Winter is chapped lips and cold finger tips.

Winter is the snowflakes that fall on your face.

Winter is cold feet wrapped together, arms embraced, hands held tight under a single blanket.

Winter is funny hats winter is days filled with smiles.

Winter is mornings where u melt inside yourself and is to limp to get out of a warm bed. Winter is laundry straight from the drier on the first day of snow.

Winter is hot tea, roasts, cakes, breads, cookies, and warm milk.Winter is the season of meditation: "What's going to happen this year?" "What am I going to make of myself?" "What am I going to prove?"

Let's make the most of this cold season with fuzzy socks, warm sweaters, heavy blankets, and happy thoughts.

This is Winter and the secret of what it does, what it is, makes you smile. :)

 

~~~~~~~~~~~

 

This Generation

 

This generation is pictures of moments we will never live, these pictures are hope, this generation is the world's best poetry, converse, hugs, linked arms, and piggie back rides. 

This generation is the young people dying to smile, pouring their hearts out in depressing poetry that will never be seen by the public eye. 

This generation is growing up way to fast trying to find "love". This generation is crazy hair, lots of bracelets, fake mustaches, neon eyeshadows, thick black eyeliner.

This generation is full of self-confidence if you search for it, depression, smiles, cries coming from closed closets. Singing along with all our hearts on the road as loud as possible in their cars, cutting themselves making scars, laying in bed pretending their pillow is the one they love, the one they wish were there.

This generation is posting their stupidity world wide on the web, keeping their amazing talents in secret. This generation is day dreamers, all nighters, sleeping pills, energy drinks, recklessly checking out the hotties, thinking they don't stand a chance, this generation is going gay.

 

This generation is obsessions, fetishes, and fake accents, crazy awesome weird music. This generation is anything but perfect, this generation is mine. This generation is living to the full. This generation is crazy awesome to me.

 

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Home is...

 

Home starts from scratch; you can't buy it in a box. Your house is your mixing bowl. The first main ingredient is love. Home is made from compromises. Home is made of moments. Moments you have lived, that keep living on replay in your mind. Moments that you play in your mind that you have yet to live but, are still planning. Home is memories, memories of childhood, memories of each pet, each scratch, scab, and bruise. Memories of bad choices and regret. Memories of "secret club houses," memories of visiting family, backstabbers, and true friends. Memories of the days when your favorite thing to do was crawl in bed and cuddle with mom and dad. Home is the atmosphere, the comfortability, the feeling of safe. Home is activities in the seasons.  

Spring- long walks, horseback riding, dancing in the rain, watching the sunrise glisten on the dew, muddin' on a dirt road. Summer - sleeping outside, skinny dipping, all nighters, energy drinks, riding bareback, rodeos, small town festivals, county fairs, trampolines, catching fireflies, going to the nearest pond, dancing and singing like no one is watching, sunkissed skin and bare feet.Fall - the colors of the trees, the water reflecting the sunset's beauty, warm tea and soups. The starry skies, the stillness in the air. Winter - fuzzy coats, warm gloves, fuzzy socks, comfy sweaters, and sweat dripping blankets. Warm hot coco, hazelnut candles, and a good book. A heavy snow storm, snow ball fights, sledding, ice covered faces, chattering teeth, bare hands clenching a warm mug.

Home is where you grew up, where the people who care about you most live, you can bake it how you want it. But always add love, remember the house is just a mixing bowl.

 

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Each of us have a voice... Each different and unique... Each have different things to say... Each have different ways to get their favorite chorus out... Each have different personalities... Each as beautiful as can be... Don't change people or what makes them who they are. Our personality... our voice... our song... our message... our property.

 

Alexis Lewis, 15, has been homeschooled her whole life so she has never gone to public school. She grew up on a farm with lots of animals. She trains horses, and grooms dogs. Alexis likes to write poems and songs. Her dream is to someday go to Central America and preach where the need is greater, and to be a photographer.

 

 

 


Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips
 
The iPad: Can this technology de-borify school?  
 
By Kelsey Kamentz 
 
OK, so maybe de-borify isn't officially a word, but have you considered that the iPad can actually make school fun and make you excited to learn? CollegePlus just published a new eBook that explains how an iPad can help you master difficult subjects and in the most effective manner according to your learning style. Visit
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Ashley's Advice Column

 

Being Wise in Wisdom Teeth Removal, by Ashley Cline

 

When you go in to have your four, or maybe only one or two, of your wisdom teeth removed, you probably will be absolutely refusing to do it. Same here! After my recent experience of having mine out, I've decided to share my experience and advice. First of all, when you go in to have your surgery, don't freak out. I was! Just try to stay chill, cause it will all be over very soon.

 

Okay, so when you're brought to the back, you may be asked to rinse your mouth with some minty rinse before they start. (Remember, you're not allowed to have any food or drink until after the surgery, so I suggest rinsing your mouth and gurgling with water before you go.) When in your room, you'll be getting lots of stuff hooked up to you. Sticky heart monitor things, laughing gas mask, IV, and finally, a device that goes on your throat to monitor your breathing. So yeah, when the surgeon finally gets into your room, you'll be feeling pretty weird. J

 

So, once your stuff that's putting you to sleep is hooked up (needles, mask, etc.), you'll be out in about 30 seconds. Of course, then you'll be awake in what feels like 2 seconds, but is probably about 20 minutes. When you first wake up, you'll feel out of it, not really sure what's real or made up. When I woke up, all I could figure was my mouth was numb and felt fat. (Really, it was numb and swollen and I had gauze stuffed in my mouth!) You probably won't feel any initial pain right then, cause the anesthesia is still wearing off, and the pain reliever is still working. You'll probably have one of these scenarios when you get home:

1. Bleeding lots, feeling pain.

2. Extremely tired and sleeping all day.

3. Not really tired, blood not bad, pain under control.

(I had number 3! Of course, all cases are different.)

 

My biggest probably the day of, was the hunger pains! You can only eat cold soft foods the first day (i.e. yogurt, jello, ice cream, pudding, etc.). Trust me, after all of this is over, you'll be sick of that stuff! So between eating these foods, keeping a cold compress on your face, and taking meds, your day will be kind of slow. You'll feel plenty of numbness, in not only your swollen cheeks, but also in your lips, chin, and maybe nose. (My bottom lip was numb, until later in the day when it was half numb. It felt so weird!) Your tongue may also feel fat and numb for a couple hours, making it hard to eat.

 

Day 2. Now you can start eating warm foods (i.e. soups). You can also brush your teeth lightly (if you can get the brush in there!), rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and use warm compress and massaging. You probably won't feel like doing anything these first three days, so take it slowly. (I brought a pillow with me wherever I went.)

 

Day 3. For some people, they're actually able to eat some harder foods today, but a lot of people aren't. Keep that heat on and keep taking meds!

 

Day 4. Recovery. Okay, so I couldn't actually really eat food till a week after my surgery, and my swelling finally was gone by Monday. All recoveries are different! Here are a few tips on how to keep down the pain and bleeding:

 

Wisdom -teeth-removal  

 

Okay, now you're on your own! If you have any questions, prayers, or worries, feel free to email me at ashleia@cox.net any time! ~Ashley Cline

 


Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author, by Emily Russell

 

Princess Bellarina by Marilyn Obsuna  

 

Princess Bellarina by Marilyn Obsuna 

 

An engaging and innovative fairy tale that celebrates the fundamental strength of a woman's love.

 

I just want to start out by saying this book is from a vanity press; this means the author paid Dorrance Publishing instead of the other way around. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; it just means the company isn't as selective as traditional publishers, and the quality of their books depends more on the individual writing it than the team - writer, editor, publisher, etc. - working together on it.

 

That said, this book had a much better storyline than the last Dorrance book I read. It was a typical fairy tale, with a beautiful princess and prince in love, a jealous wicked witch, and some kind lady who saves the day. But, partially for reasons even I can't explain, this was a page-turner. It wasn't as predictable as others of its kind, even if it was a 'Cinderella' romance. (i.e., guy meets girl and they're in 'true love' within the hour. That always bugs me.) Marilyn Obsuna, though, focused more on the obstacles the characters overcame than their romance. I liked that. 
 
Since it is a vanity press book, though, it definitely had problems. The verb tenses were never dependable and there was misused or just plain missing punctuation everywhere. Despite the whole 'far-away-kingdom in some unspecified olden-day time period' thing, the kings and queens met their guests in a living room and the prince washed his hands in the bathroom sink. (!) Some definitely modern phrases were used, and the dialogue never seemed to fit the characters. A majority of the sentences sounded awkward. To put in plainly, the lack of an editor was visible to all. 
 
Maybe it was the writer in me that made this book seem so flawed. Honestly, though, the plot was amazing and this writer has a wonderful imagination. With a lot of practice, a paid editor, and maybe a few writing conferences, Obsuna could certainly become a great author. I give this book, her first, two and half stars out of five. 
 
I received this book for free through Dorrance Book Review Team in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
 

 

~Emily Rachelle

 

Emily Rachelle is an aspiring author in love with Jesus. She's a CLASS 'Junphmore' who occasionally blogs at Struggles of a (Maybe) Teen Author. (www.maybeteenauthor.blogspot.com)


 

 

 


His Story, His World

 

The History of Homeschooling

 

By Aubrey Tuggle, 17

 

Are you homeschooled? Although you probably know many other homeschoolers, I bet you don't know many adults who have been homeschooled. Perhaps even your parents weren't homeschooled. I doubt that your grandparents were. But although homeschooling probably seems like a new idea, it has been around since the beginning of time. Literally.

 

The first homeschoolers were.....Adam and Eve! Although we don't know exactly what they taught their children, we can safely assume that they were taught math, and practical skills such as farming and taking care of livestock. As history and culture progressed, Adam's descendants taught their children more artistic skills, such as playing instruments, architecture, and sculpture. They also had history - tales of their ancestors were passed by word of mouth.

 

This way of life went on until the Roman Empire. At this time, rich parents would pay for their children to go to schools taught by great teachers. These schools were very expensive, and only the most privileged students had enough funds to go to them. Poorer children were educated at home, thus continuing the homeschooling legacy. In time, the roles were reversed, with privileged children being educated at home by private (and pricey) tutors. Alexander the Great was a notable example.

 

Many families homeschooled their children throughout history for economic reasons (since schools and private tutors could be exorbitant) and until the first case of compulsory education in the 1800's, homeschooling was the norm. With the dawn of government- run schools, things changed. Public schools were suddenly affordable, and parents were eager to take advantage of the new- found luxury.

 

By the 19th century, homeschooling had become a rarity. People saw no reason to return to the old way of education when the new one worked fine. It wasn't until the 1960s, when people began expressing dissatisfaction with the public school system, that homeschooling was once again turned to as an option.

 

A homeschooling movement, put into force by men like John Caldwell Holt and Rousas John Rushdoony, started. Both Holt and Rushdooney were concerned about flaws in the public school system and wondered if it was really providing the best education for America's children. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, both experts in education, also helped fan the flames of the movement. As people's eyes were opened to possible problems in the school system, homeschooling was increasingly considered as an option.

 

As a result, over 1.5 million kids are homeschooled today, including you!

 

About the Author: "I am a seventeen year old freshman. I am the oldest of three siblings under seven, so the house is never quiet! However, I still find time to pursue my hobbies of reading and writing. I would love to become a freelance writer, and am pursuing a writing career." 

 

 

 

College Bound: Homeschool-Friendly Colleges and Universities

  

California Lutheran University  

  

California Lutheran University  

  

California Lutheran University (also known as Cal Lutheran or CLU) is a university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, part of a 500-year-old tradition of Lutheran higher education. CLU was founded in 1959 as California Lutheran College, and the name was changed to California Lutheran University in 1986. CLU's mission statement reads as follows: "California Lutheran University is a selective institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Rooted in the Lutheran tradition of Christian faith, the University encourages critical inquiry into matters of both faith and reason. The mission of the University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice." 

  

CLU is located in Thousand Oaks, a master planned community in Southern California. Thousand Oaks consistently ranks as the first or second safest large city in the United States. The city was named after the numerous oak trees that grow in the area. The region has a mild, year-round Mediterranean zone climate with warm, sunny summers and cool, rainy winters. Natural vegetation consists of chaparral and grasses as well as oak trees. Along with ordinances protecting the oaks, the "slow-growth"-minded city's leaders and residents boast of a ring of protected land, free from development, that surrounds the city's borders. More than 15,000 acres have been preserved as open space.  

  

The 225-acre college campus occupies a gently sloping hillside amid rolling hills. CLU was built on farmland donated by the Lars and Karn Pederson family, who were among many Scandinavian immigrants that settled the Conejo Valley in the 1890s. Many buildings on campus and streets in the area are named for prominent Scandinavians who helped establish CLU. Every spring, the largest Scandinavian Festival in the southwest is held on campus to celebrate CLU's heritage. The Scandinavian Cultural Center adjacent to the college campus is a major museum-library-activity complex featuring an extensive collection of historical and cultural documents and displays.  

  

The former chicken coops of the Pederson Ranch were converted into classrooms by Jefferson A. Elmendorf, who designed the original seven buildings on campus called "The Centrum." The distinctive scalloped barrel roofs of poured concrete attest to the expressive architectural style of that period. The campus of CLU is primarily organized by the four cardinal directions, with the North side located across Olsen Road and backed up against Mt. Clef Ridge, serving as the primary center for athletics. The East side is the primary location for freshmen residence halls and some administrative offices. The West side is the primary location for upperclassmen housing. The South side, also known as the Academic Core, is the primary location for the academic buildings on campus. 

  

The CLU campus has been greatly expanded since its founding. A new athletics complex and aquatic center nearly doubled the size of the developed campus with its completion in 2006. Two new residence halls - Grace Hall and Trinity Hall - were opened on the southwest side of campus. CLU's first LEED-certified building, Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, opened in Fall 2010 on the south side of campus. A new Poulson Tennis Center opened on the north side of campus in 2008. Additional new facilities located on the rapidly expanding north campus include the KCLU radio station and an Early Childhood Center.  

  

CLU is dedicated to excellence through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education. CLU offers 37 majors and 31 minors in addition to professional preparation programs in specified fields of study. Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree depending on their major, and are allowed to double-major if they have the time. Undergraduate students who intend to enter certain graduate programs upon completion of their undergraduate studies can choose to enroll in some graduate courses as an undergraduate, and obtain graduate-level course credits. Students also have the option of selecting an Interdisciplinary Studies major which allows them to explore different academic fields while at the same time earning a degree with an emphasis.  

  

CLU strives for a diverse student body of varying backgrounds, faiths, and ambitions. The current student body consists of approximately 3,931 students originating from 39 states and 56 countries. CLU maintains close ties with several foreign organizations and educational institutions, and hosts exchange students from a variety of nations. CLU maintains its residential emphasis with 61 percent of traditional undergraduate students living on campus. The average class size is 16 students. 

  

Students accepted for admission to CLU should have completed a college preparatory program with above average achievement. Students with exceptionally fine preparation are encouraged to "challenge" for placement or credit in subjects in which they may have established college level competence. Methods of challenging include end-of-course examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exams, standardized tests approved by individual departments, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate examinations. A maximum of 32 credits by exam may be applied to the degree; eight upper division units can be included in this total. 

  

The following high school course pattern is required as a minimum: 4 years of English, 3 of mathematics (through Algebra II), 2 of foreign language, 2 of social studies, and 2 of lab science. However, applications from promising students who demonstrate academic potential but have not completed such a college preparatory program will be reviewed on an individual basis. In addition to the measurement of achievement and aptitude as indicated on transcripts and test scores, other factors considered in the admission process include: recommendations; excellence in co-curricular activities; high achievement in the visual or performing arts; initiative and seriousness of purpose as evidenced through work, travel experiences or contributions to home, church, community and school. 

  

According to the CLU catalog, homeschooled students are as competitive for admission as any other student. All applicants must submit: 
* Completed Application for Admission with essay.  
* Non-refundable application fee.  
* Official high school and/or college (if applicable) transcripts sent from each school attended.  
* Official SAT or ACT scores.  
* A letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, principal, or counselor.  
* Personal information you feel may be relevant in reviewing your application (optional).  

  

Matt Ward, dean of undergraduate enrollment at CLU, says that homeschool transcripts can be difficult to evaluate because there is no standard to measure them against. Therefore, students who are homeschooled must also be prepared to provide additional supporting documents as follows: 
* The primary homeschool teacher/ administrator may be asked to submit a typed transcript (semester format) of courses the student completed in the homeschool environment. Grades or averages earned in each course must be included.  
* A curriculum synopsis of the courses which parallel CLU's core course requirements may be requested. The synopsis should include a brief description (paragraph) of each of these courses, and textbook information listed by course (including titles and authors).  
* Students who have taken courses in a foreign language must include a description of how they learned the verbal component of the language (i.e., tutor, tapes).  
* The homeschool administrator should also provide a detailed description of how the applicant fulfilled the natural science laboratory requirement.  

  

"We want to make sure they [home-schooled applicants] get to a certain level in science, math or English, so getting that description is critical," Ward stated. In addition, homeschooled students are encouraged to submit passing test scores on the GED (General Equivalency Diploma). Exam results must be sent to the Office of Admission directly from the GED test center. Homeschooled students are also encouraged to complete an interview with a CLU admission counselor before submitting an application.

For more information, visit:  http://www.callutheran.edu 

Campus Architecture:
Catalog: http://www.callutheran.edu/registrar/documents/UGCatalog2010-2012.pdf

Scandinavian Cultural Center: http://scandinaviancenter.org


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