Homeschooling Teen

 Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
Wishing you all the best as you celebrate the commencement of a new phase in your life - one enlightened by learning, enhanced by new experiences, enriched by achievement, and encouraged by family and friends. 

"In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." 
Proverbs 3:6




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Homeschooling Teen Profile: Brynne Larson, Tess Scherkenback, and Savannah Scherkenback


College-Bound: Shorter University


NEW COLUMN! Generation Lost, by Leah


NEW COLUMN! In The Bible Q&A, by Sydnee


Stepping Stones: by Michaela


The World Around Us: by Adrianna


His Story, His World: by Aubrey


The Razor's Edge: by Madeleine


Your Fashion Signature: by MaryssaJoy


Ashley's Advice Column: by Ashley  


Laughter, Tears, and Our Teen Years, by McKennaugh


The Sports Report: by Caela


Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author: Diary of a Teenage Girl


Anime Review: by Xbolt


Game Review: by Josh


Cartoon: "Know Brainz," by Savanna and Devin


Homeschooling High School: Copyright Quiz


Career-of-the-Month: Criminal Justice


Catherine's Column: by Catherine  


Readers Write: Millennia, by Tessa  


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

And much more!!!


Father's Day


Daddy, Dad, Da, Papa, Pop, Pa, Paw, matter what you call him, he is special! Fathers are our providers, protectors, leaders, teachers, coaches, counselors, role models, and so much more. Father's Day is a good time to express some gratitude and appreciation for all that your father does for you. Even though dads are not always perfect, they need your love and respect. Don't forget your grandfathers, too. Also, be sure to honor our heavenly Father. :)


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Great Outdoors Month


National Rivers Month


National Rose Month


National Safety Month


National Candy Month


National Dairy Month


National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month


National Iced Tea Month


Children's Awareness Month


Skin Cancer Awareness Month


National Fireworks Safety Month


D-Day - June 6 (1944)


Flag Day - June 14


Father's Day - June 17


Summer Solstice - June 20


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SAT Word of the Month



Noun -

1.a social or religious custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing.


Adjective -

1. forbidden by society as improper or unacceptable; 2. excluded from use or mention; 3. designated as sacred and prohibited. 


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


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E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month


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Stepping Stones:  

A Monthly Devotional, by Michaela Popielski






Hey everyone. I hope May was a good month for everyone. It was crazy for me. But onto June. I got the idea for this month's devotional from two sources. One was a lesson from a friend's youth group and the second was Guitar Hero. How these two go hand in hand is simple. The youth lesson was about going all out for God, and the Guitar Hero was that thrill we feel when we move up to the next level. So that's how these two go together. We go all out for God and the deeper or farther we go we get blessed even more. Pretty self explanatory. Is it easy? Depends on you. As I said in an earlier column, some people have an easier time than others sharing the gospel. I know people of both types. Outgoing and reserved.


If you are quiet does that mean you are less important? Nope. God uses quiet people all the time. Moses is a good example. He had a stutter and God used him and his brother Aaron to do amazing things. If you are outgoing then you probably have an easier time sharing the gospel. Either way. I am not trying to repeat myself but I feel like this is important. Knowing our worth in God's kingdom quiet or not is important both our physical lives and spiritual lives. Well, I'd better get to the verses. The computer I was working on crashed and only about half was written down. I plan on doing much better next month.


Have a good summer!  




Jun.1. Gal.1:10; James 1:3-4; Isa. 16


Jun.2. Zech.7:1-7; James 2:1-13; Col. 3:23-24


Jun.3. I Cor. 14:12; Heb.4:12; Matt. 7:15; Hos.17


Jun.4. 1 Cor.13:1-13; Acts 7:54-60


Jun.5.  2 Chron. 14-16


Jun.6. Ps.70; Rom.12:6-8


Jun.7. Ps.73; Isa. 17


Jun.8. Ps.83; Deu. 20:24


Jun.9. Acts. 8-9


Jun.10. Ezek. 9; Ps.19


Jun.11. Mark 3:20-30; Mark 10:23-31


Jun.12. Luke 6:37-45; Hosea 18


Jun.13. Luke 11:14-23; 1Peter 1-11


Jun.14. Jude


Jun.15. 1 John 1-3


Jun.16. 1 John 4-5; James 1:12-18


Jun.17. 2 John; 3 John


Jun.18. Titus


Jun.19. Philemon


Jun.20. Eph.1:3-13; Isa. 18


Jun.21. Ps.125:1; John 8:36; Ps. 28


Jun.22. 1 Kings 13; Ps.57


Jun.23. Deu.24


Jun.24. Esther 1


Jun.25 Hosea 19; Eph.6:12


Jun.26. Prov.16:3; Matt.18:3; Ps.20


Jun.27. Ezek.24:15-27; Zech. 7:1-7


Jun.28. Isa. 19; Mark 10:35-45


Jun.29. Luke 15; Acts 9:36-43


Jun.30. Hosea 19.




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Laughter, Tears, and Our Teen Years, by McKennaugh


The following is a little story that I created and scribbled in my diary a few months ago. I've decided to share it here.


The Path


A man walking along the road met a king. The man bowed down before him and asked if he could be of any service.


"Oh, yes, indeed!" the king cried. "But let me warn you, my friend, it won't be easy."


"I will do anything, no matter how hard," the man responded.


"Alright then, here is my request." The great king pulled a tattered map out of his coat pocket and handed it to the man. The king pointed to a trail that wound over mountains and twisted through dark valleys. "You must follow this trail. Rain or shine, you must follow it. Do you understand?"


"Yes! Yes, of course, master."


"The journey is very far."


"I know."


"Whenever you meet someone, though, please tell them of me and my kingdom. So many people don't know of it. And I want to offer all I have to them. Ask them to come along the trail with you."




"At the end of the trail you will find my palace."


"I will?"


"Yes. And if you do all that I asked you to do today, I will let you live there with me for the rest of your days." With that, the king walked away, leaving the man holding the map.


The man was very eager to be on his way. He looked at the path on the map. True to the king's word, it was terribly difficult to accomplish, but the man was not dismayed... even though the trail stretched on for a thousand miles. Around the first bend, he found himself in a slum. He remembered the king's words about telling everyone he met about the kingdom-but surely the king could not have meant these people! He hurried on without saying a word. Finally, dusk began to fall. Tired and hungry, he tried to find a place to stay. A woman was standing near the path, so he called out to her, "Tell me, will you, where is the nearest place to stay the night?"


The woman frowned. "There isn't a place for miles, but if you would like you may stay with my family and I for the night."


"Where do you live?" the man asked.


She pointed to a small shack built mostly from scraps of tin.


"Never!" the man snapped. "I could not stay in a place like that! Don't you realize you foolish woman-I am doing business for the king!"


"No," she responded, "I did not realize, because the last people who traveled this path for the king gladly accepted my offer."


Grumbling, the man continued on his way until it was too dark for him to see. He crouched in the woods waiting for daylight. When it finally came, he looked at the map again. Why hadn't he seen it before? There on the map it showed the king's castle and it was only ten miles away! All he had to do was step off the path onto a highway! It was so simple! And the king would be so happy that he had reached the palace so soon!


The man gleefully leapt off the path and found the highway with ease. Along it, there were many respectable people and he made sure that he told each one about the kingdom. In turn, they all politely nodded and waved him on his way.


Later in the afternoon, the man saw the palace in the distance-and it was a sight to behold! "To think I will soon live there!" he thought to himself. When he reached the gate, a woman opened it for him.


"I've come to see the king!" he announced importantly.


"Yes, yes, I know," she said sadly.


"Do not feel sorrowful," he told her, "you may not be as great as I, about to live with the king, but even a gatekeeper is a good thing to be."


"Aye," she answered. "However, sir, that is not why my heart is broken. My heart is broken for you."


"For me?" the man gaped at her. Suddenly, he recognized her as the woman who had offered to let him stay in her shack. But now she was clothed in the most beautiful clothes, not rags. Before the man could say anything, though, the king stepped beside him. "Ahhh," he said. "Back so soon, are you?"


The man knelt to the ground, "Yes, master."


"Did you tell all you saw about my kingdom?"


"Yes, sir. All those fit to enter."


"Fit to enter? Who is not fit to enter?"


The man suddenly felt uneasy. "The-the sinful ones, the lazy ones in the slums, the..."


"Did I not tell you to proclaim my kingdom to everyone you met?"


"You did."


"And you did not, did you?"


"No. No, sir."


"Did you follow the small path?"


"Yes! Yes! But... but there was nowhere to stay, no good food and...and my feet were already hurting on the first day! Master, the path you mapped out to your palace would have taken me through over a thousand miles of trails! Yet, I found this shortcut. This highway! It would have been very senseless of me to walk a thousand miles when I needed to walk only ten!"


"Ahh, yes. You are one of the ones who left my path. Here, give me the map."


Reluctantly, the man handed the king the map. "Master... you promised me a place to stay when I arrived here, did you not?"


"Indeed, I did. That was, I promised you a lifetime with me, if you obeyed what I asked of you."


"Sir!" the man cried out, realizing he was no longer welcome. "Forgive me! Give me back the map! I will follow the path!"


With tired eyes, the king replied, "Your chance had been given, your instructions were clear, yet you chose-you chose-not to follow." Walking over to a lame child clothed in rags, the king handed the boy the map.


"Master!" the man shouted. "You cannot give the map to him! He's not even capable to take the first step of the journey!"


The king turned to the man, "What you cannot accomplish, this crippled child will! What you could not do with your strong, straight legs, he will do with his bent, weak ones!" The king then walked back through the gate and motioned for the woman to shut the man out. With great sorrow, the king cried out to the man, "How I loved you! How I loved you!"


In the story I wrote, it's very easy to see where the man first disobeys the king's instructions. It's easy to think, "Uh-oh. What a brainless thing to do; not listen to the king!" But in real life, it's not that easy to see. Lots of times we come to God burning with excitement to serve him. Then, for a brief amount of time, we keep our promise. Maybe you had an event in your life that made you leap from the narrow path to the highway in one great bound. Or maybe you just eased away little by little, thinking: it's not bad; it's okay; God understands why I have to do this, it'd be foolish if I did it His way. All of a sudden, you realize that you aren't on the path at all, anymore. In fact, you might be so lost that you aren't sure how to find your way. You can always ask for forgiveness-always wipe your slate clean. But be careful. Once you reach the palace, there's no starting over.


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



The Razor's Edge,by Madeleine Richey

Exposed: Dangers in Our World of 'Free Choice'


When was the last time you picked up a book, watched a movie, or flipped through pictures to get a glimpse of something-anything-to do with sex? Okay, next question: when was the first time?


For just a minute, let's put all religious views on the matter aside. Whether you're Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish, Baptist, Buddhist, Muslim, Atheist, or anything in-between...whether you think sex before marriage is wrong or not: let's look at the facts.  


First let's look at the primary fear that goes through your head when you think of sex; pregnancy. A survey taken in 2010 indicated that 34.4 teens out of 1000 gave birth. A teenage pregnancy is defined by the pregnancy taking place and ending before the mother has reached the age of twenty. The teen pregnancy rate in the USA has dropped, but the United States and the United Kingdom are still among the highest in the world for teen pregnancy rates. Almost a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion. It's shown that in teen pregnancy, the mothers are less likely to finish high school and attend college, and the rates for poverty among teen mothers and their children are high. It's not an inviting future.


In America, birth control is widely accepted and promoted, but it's not as effective as it's marketed to be. Let's take a look at some of the most common forms of birth control. Birth control pills are not magic; they have an 8 percent failure rate with typical use. Pills have to be taken every day, and can often be forgotten. A condom is great, but it only works if you remember to use it. And even if it is used with every act of intercourse, it has a 15 percent failure rate. An IUD has only a 0.2 to and 0.8 percent depending on the type used, but an IUD can potentially cause dangerously heavy periods, grow through the uterine wall, enter into the womb, and cause miscarriage in the event of failure and pregnancy. A contraceptive sponge has a 32 percent rate of failure, and spermicidal gels or foams have a 29 percent failure rate. None of them are perfect.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) are a risk former generations never had to worry about. But in this day and age there are at least 20 STDs, including HIV/AIDS. Sexually Transmitted Diseases are more common in girls than in boys. That is because women have what is called a 'transformation zone' on their cervix, which decreases as they grow older, but leaves them open to infection with STDs. The vagina is actually very well protected against infections, with elastic like fibers and walls over 20 cells thick, described by Dr. Miriam Grossman (author of Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student) to be like a self-cleaning oven.But the transformation zone is where we are open to infection, along with anal sex. Have you ever wondered by STDs such as HIV/AIDS are so common among the gay community? The walls of the rectum are only 1 cell thick, easily damaged and wide open to infection.


For women, we are often obsessed with our "choice" in our reproductive health, but women are built differently than men. Should we be infected with an STD, it could cause serious damage to our reproductive tracts, such as scarring, which can close the fallopian tubes and render us unable to bear children later in life. We are also severely uneducated when it comes to our biological clock. Childbearing is easiest in the early to mid twenties, but as women get older, the chances for conceiving become less and less, and our chances for miscarriage or birth defects doubles when we reach somewhere around the age of thirty.


Our culture is obsessed with sex. Everywhere you turn there is an ad promoting birth control, abortion, sex, and all manner of sex related materials. But when it comes to actually holding an educated conversation, we stammer and blush, and hurry from the room. Parents who do not educate their children on safer sex leave them to their own devices, and the material they will find widely available preaches only of sexual exp

loration and freedom.


I was at the library a few weeks ago, and I picked up several sex education books targeted at middle-school children and teens. The first thing I saw when I opened one book to a random page was "what to do when you decide to bring the baby home". That told me everything about what the book was telling our children; feel free to explore your sexuality, make your own choices, use birth control, abortion is an option, and...if all else fails, do you want to keep the baby, or give it up for adoption?


The problem with abortion (despite any religious views) is that is can cause scarring, an incompetent cervix in a later pregnancy (where the cervix gives out and cannot carry the baby to term, resulting in a miscarriage), and emotional scarring. Women who have suffered abortions report that they often bled for days, and in the case of chemical abortions, held fetuses in their hands, and suffered for the rest of their lives with memories of the child they were told did not exist.


That brings us back to the beginning. When was the last time you picked up a book, watched a movie, or flipped through pictures to get a glimpse of something-anything to do with sex? When was the first time?


Children are exposed to sex from an early age; encouraged to be beautiful, sexy, to explore, exercise their freedom...but when pregnancy, the very thing the sexual act is designed for, occurs, there is scandal and shame. STDs can cause infertility, and even death, not to mention the emotional trauma that comes with it. Pornography? Forget about it. Even in this over-sexed culture, it's sinful. Prostitution is outlawed. Who needs it anyway? We're selling ourselves, and you don't even have to pay.


You can turn on the TV, go to the mall, or even to the library, and find anything you want about sex. And I have no doubt, that opening that first misguiding book as a nine or ten-year-old, leads us to this: to slavery to sex, and our own free will. Just because you have the right to 'make a choice' to do something, doesn't mean you have to do it.


Author's Note: "I want to share this information with people because I believe that ignorance is a danger to us and to others. The religious influences in our lives, which I believe are a great help shaping us morally... don't give us the practical information that, let's face it, could possibly come in handy for a lot of people."


Play it Safe in the Sun


1. About 50% of an individual's sun exposure occurs by age 18. 


2.UV radiation increases 5% for every 1,000-foot gain in elevation. 


3.Snow reflects 80% of the sun's rays, while beach sand reflects 15%.  


4. The sun's rays can reach through three feet of water.  


5. Sunlight coming through a window or windshield can damage your skin.  


6. Small daily doses of UVA rays can cause long-term injury to your skin, even without any sunburn.  


7. Dermatologists agree that there is no such thing as a "healthy tan."  


8. Children and adolescents who experience a single blistering sunburn are twice as likely to develop skin cancer later in life.  


9. A sun-sensitive person can get a minor sunburn in approximately five minutes on a sunny midday in June.  


10. Arizona has the highest rate of skin cancer among the fifty states and one of the highest rates in the world. 

(Even if you are being more careful than ever about your exposure to the sun, you may be surprised at the answers to some of the above questions. All of them are true!)


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New Column! In The Bible Q&A


My name is Sydnee, I am a homeschooled sophomore this year. I am interested in Biblical Counseling when I get out of high school. I love being in Church, and being a part of the Great Commission!


Question: Hey my name is Madison. What does the Bible say about being separated from the World? Like how far can you be of the World and still be considered a Christian? I mean I want to do both, but sometimes it's hard. What does the Bible say about this? Can you please help?


Answer: Madison this is a great question, and you are in good company. Cause the Bible does have an answer to your question. See Madison, we as Christians are lights of this World of darkness. We are supposed to stand out, and be different from everybody else, and be like Christ! When Jesus lived on earth, in no way was He like anybody, no He wasn't in fact, He was different. He had a purpose on the earth. To tell others about this great gift of Salvation, and to one day die for you and me! And so He was not like the World! See in Matthew 5:14-16 we hear this: "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." So you see what I mean? How could we be a light of the world if we were exactly like the World? Instead of saying how far can I be of the world and still be considered a Christian, why not say how can I strengthen my relationship with Christ? Or even how can I be more of Christ and less of the World? In it all, we can know that Christ is truly worth it!


Have a question? E-mail me at: [email protected]. Hope to hear from you!








Anime Reviews by Xbolt




Angel Beats!


Angel Beats! (what is it with exclamation points in titles?) was written by guys from Key Visual Arts, who made Air, Kanon, and Clannad. It fits somewhere between Air and Kanon in regards to how much I enjoyed it. Angel Beats! was good, but it could have been better. The visuals and soundtrack are amazing, regardless. The random English-speaking TK is far and away my favorite character in the show.


The setting is a school in the afterlife, where kids who haven't accepted their deaths go. The series is 13 episodes long, and while some stories can fit that length, Angel Beats! feels somewhat rushed in the second half. A lot of mystery is set up in the first half, but in the second half, new plot points are added and other ones are just... dropped. Nothing more about them, they just disappear. I think the story could have been much cleaner and flowed better if the show had been a full 24-episode series instead.


That's not to say it was bad. The story was definitely above average. There was a lot of great comedy in the show, but my favorite parts were actually the more depressing parts that moved the story forward, when we learned about the characters' different backstories and how they ended up in this place. But again, the limited length of the show meant that not a lot of characters got this treatment, and were forced to remain comic relief characters. So if it sounds like I disliked the show, that's wrong. I did like it; I'm just disappointed it had to be simply "above average" instead of stellar, like it should have been.


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Ashley's Advice Column


Living Gluten Free: The Guide to the Celiac Diseased


I recently found that I most likely have Celiac Disease (allergies to gluten and wheat). I always hoped I wouldn't be allergic to these things, but it turns out, I am. You don't realize until you're allergic to them, how few items have no gluten in them. It's really hard to find foods that taste good and you can eat. So, I decided to make a list of some of the foods I review, so you can go through finding good foods, easily! Whether you're like me, or are doing it to be healthier (which I wouldn't do!), I hope this column helps!


Foods I've tried this month:






And More.



Hodgson Mill - Has strange seasoning, not my taste.

King Arthur Flour - Is kind of flavorless, but edible.

Gluten Free Pantry - Delicious! Thick and yummy, the best kind.



Betty Crocker - Kind of has an oatmeal texture, but is still good.



Hol-Grain Coating Mix - This stuff coats your fried chicken, and is good, yet stills a tad different.

Health is Wealth - Chicken Nuggets that taste like they have gluten! They're delicious!



Sam Mills - Pasta d'ore - This stuff is the only spaghetti I've tried so far, so it's the only one I can comment! The first time you try it, it can be quite strange tasting, but you get used to it.

Annie's Pasta - This Mac & Cheese has a strange rice texture, and if you don't have the right mixture of cheese, it can taste strange too. But, it's definitely the best Mac & Cheese.



Bisquick - Yummy! Still not your regular Bisquick pancakes, but the best kind I've tried.

Muffins - King Arthur's Flour makes some good blueberry muffins, but make sure you cook them long and good!


Snack Items

Glutino chocolate wafers - Real yummy, taste just like the real wafers!

Kinni Kritters Animal Cookies - These taste kind of like Annie's Bunny Grahams, (healthy version of Teddy Grahams) and so are pretty good.

Back to Nature Crackers - White Cheddar crackers. These crackers have a really strong flavoring to them, which isn't White Cheddar. You can really only eat a few before your taste buds go numb. They're still nice to eat when you don't have anything else to.

Gluten Free Pantry Bread - Really good! Fresh, it tastes like French bread, with gluten!


This is all I've tried so far, but I'll keep eating! You'll find that quite a few foods already are gluten free.




Plain ice cream (No cookies)






And more!


If you need help on your diet, or want tips, or want to add to my column with your own recipes and ideas, please email me at [email protected]. I'd love to have more gluten free friends! -Ashley



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


Becoming Me (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin, Book 1) by Melody Carlson 


Becoming Me (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin, Book 1) by Melody Carlson 

When I received an invitation to review this book, I couldn't believe my luck! The original Diary of a Teenage Girl book by Melody Carlson was available for review? Of course I immediately requested it, and after much impatient waiting my paperback arrived. I read through it much faster than most review books; I wasn't disappointed. The great reviews and talk surrounding this book are definitely earned. 

In Becoming Me, a newly sixteen-year-old girl writes about her struggles with new friends, boys, family problems, and life in general. As she climbs the popularity ladder at school, gains the affection of the most popular boy in school, and discovers a secret that could destroy her family, she shares her innermost thoughts and feelings with her diary. Through this book, readers gain a peek inside one teenager's heart and laugh or cry along with her. 

Just like her other books, Melody Carlson deals with important but touchy and often taboo topics. Issues teenagers deal with on a daily basis, from the minefield of friendships and popularity to the often ignored problem of teen pregnancy, are brought into the light rather than tiptoed around. Carlson writes clearly but kindly, not avoiding or celebrating the sins and struggles mentioned. 

The characters are easy to believe for the most part, and readers can definitely relate to them. The storyline isn't dramatized past reality, but it isn't simple or flat, either. In this book, realness is key. Real Christianity versus tradition. Real friendship versus popularity. Real relationships versus using people to get what you want. I give this book five stars, and hope to see the next installment available for review as well.


I received this book for free through Glass Road Public Relations in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. [Editor's Note: You can read an excerpt from Chapter One at ]


Emily Rachelle is a homeschooled sophomore in love with Jesus and the color green.  You can read more book reviews, as well as poetry, opinions, and everyday chatter at her blog, Struggles of a (Maybe) Teen Author (




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Career-of-the-Month: Criminal Justice


A degree in criminal justice can lead to a career in law enforcement or government. Whether you're interested in working for the federal government, your city's police department, or a private detective agency, a criminal justice degree will prepare you to assume these roles. Most people working in criminal justice have at least a bachelor's degree, while high ranking officials almost always possess a master's degree.


There is a lot to learn when obtaining a criminal justice degree: communication skills, analytical and problem solving skills, public policy, computer security, technicalities of the law, criminology theories, and how the criminal justice system works. Those skilled to work in security utilizing the latest technology will find more job opportunities than those without tech skills. A background in psychology comes in useful when working with criminals and creating profiles for the police.


Depending on your area of interest, you can pursue many different career options in the criminal justice field such as: police officer, detective, private investigator, or lawyer. Related jobs of interest include: counselors, social and human service assistants, social workers, correctional officers, and fire investigators. Popular criminal justice degrees include: criminal justice, criminology, homeland security, law, legal studies, political science, psychology, and public safety.


The criminal justice field can be exciting, but you should be prepared for long hours, exhausting cases that go nowhere, and working with uncooperative suspects and witnesses. Criminal justice jobs offer great opportunity for growth, compensation, and visibility. Graduates of criminal justice programs often assume leadership and management roles in their communities.


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June 2012


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Journal in a Box {Giveaway}


Have you ever kept a journal? Why or why not? If you do, what purposes does it serve? If you don't, would you like to? If you're like most students, summer is a busy season that revolves around fun, friends, and family. But one of the best things you can do for yourself this summer is to keep a journal. A journal lets you record your thoughts and activities while exercising your brain at the same time. Your journal will become a treasured keepsake and writing it will be a rewarding experience.


Our friends at Journal in a Box are debuting a new product - a downloadable home study course titled JournalUp: Teaching Teens and Tweens the Power of Journal Writing for Life Enhancement. When you use JournalUp, you will be able to learn firsthand why journaling is one of the most accessible self improvement tools around. The book contains six interesting and informative lessons:


*Lesson 1: Why Should I Keep a Journal?

*Lesson 2: What's Your Journaling Style?

*Lesson 3: How am I Supposed to Journal?

*Lesson 4: Okay, But When and Where?

*Lesson 5: One More Question - What's In It For Me?

*Lesson 6: But I'm Stuck, I'm Still Unsure What to Write About.


These lessons will answer all of your questions, including: When should I journal? How often do I need to write? (The answer may surprise you.) What should I write about? Can I journal without writing? How can writing in a journal make a difference in my life?


JournalUp was written by Yvonne Root and Tonya Schulte, a homeschool mom and daughter team. The book's introduction states: "People often ask about the best way to teach their teens and pre-teens the principles of journaling....But, the absolute best 'trick' we know of to encourage regular journal writing habits in the lives of those young people is to build that habit in yourself....That is why you will find assignments meant to be used by both adult and teen in every section of this study....The unexpected benefit of this approach is that not only will you be teaching your teens a life-long habit that will serve them well in the future, you'll be building the same habit - one which has the power to change your life in ways you never even imagined. So grab a journal, grab a pen and grab your teens' attention. Now, get ready to learn a fantastic new life skill!"


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By Tessa McDaniel, 14

Some millennia ago,
We here on earth were
Charged with keeping ourselves
Pure and clean.
Not just with water,
Not just with soap.
But with the water of life,
But with keeping our souls
As pure as the whiteness of snow.
As pure as the whiteness of the dove.

Harder than it sounds,
To keep a soul white.
We must mold and shape
Our hearts to keep out
The threatening armies
Of black and red.
The one who helps is
Above the blue sky,
Above the bright stars
In the swirling galaxy of mystery.

The dangerous dance of the world
Is for certain kinds of souls.
The weakest, the strongest,
The fastest, the slowest,
The curious, the scared.
No place for the arrogant,
None for the proud, the great.
The humble and timid will
Win this war. The war
Fought here on earth.

The war fought here on earth
Started some millennia ago.
When will it end?
When will the greediness and
Bloodshed of mankind stop?
When will the leaders of our earth
Realize when enough is enough?
When will they know when to stop?
The saddest part of living is realizing
They won't.



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


"Ma'am, there's only one God, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't dress like that."  

(Answer: The Avengers)


Homeschooling Teen Profile: Meet the Teen Exorcists




A trio of Christian homeschoolers from Scottsdale, Arizona, have taken up an unusual extracurricular activity on top of their academic studies - they perform exorcisms! Brynne Larson, 17, TessScherkenback, 17, and SavannahScherkenback, 20, are all black belts in karate, fans of musical theater, and members of the Mars Hill Speech and Debate Club. These pretty, eloquent, and well-rounded young women enjoy hanging out with friends, riding horses, going to the mall, and styling their hair - that is, when they're not busy chasing demons. "We're just normal girls who do something extraordinary for God," Brynne told an ABC reporter. "There is a war going on every day, being waged against us. Satan hates us. We know how the enemy is, we know what he's attacking and we can fight back."


"When a demon comes into someone," explained Tess, "its desire is to steal, kill and destroy that person's identity, that person's life." The Bible clearly affirms the reality of demon possession, and exorcism has been a legitimate practice throughout the history of the church. The Roman Catholic Church developed specific teachings for priests assigned to perform exorcisms. In Protestant practice the exorcist is often a member of the church, or an individual thought to be graced with special talents or skills. Although many people think the teens are too "unprepared" and "unqualified" to be performing exorcisms, there's no real reason not to believe that these girls couldn't be genuinely good at it. The three young women were mentored by Brynne's father, Rev. Bob Larson of the Spiritual Freedom Church.


Rev. Larson is a self-taught expert on cults, the occult, and supernatural phenomena. He has also performed thousands of exorcisms during his career. After discovering that his own daughter Brynne (pictured on the far left) was a gifted exorcist, he went on to train the other teens, and believes them to be particularly effective at the art of overcoming demonic possession. But not everyone is suitable to become an exorcist. Rev Larson says that "you must have had a calling from God.... Once you have proved that becoming an exorcist is your God-given path, intensive training can take weeks and possibly months." While there is a lot of skepticism about what the girls do, Brynne insists, "After seeing an actual exorcism in person, led by us, you will walk away with no doubt, whatsoever."


There is no set protocol for performing an exorcism. The exorcist may use rituals, sacred objects, or prayer. The teen girls come armed with Bibles, crosses, and holy water. The exorcist often invokes the names of God, Jesus, a litany of saints, and/or several different angels and archangels while commanding a demon to depart. Backstage on the Anderson show, Brynne made it clear that "It's not us casting demons out, it's God's power working through us casting the demons out." Tess says, "There are two parts to an exorcism. Firstly, you must deal with inner healing, to get rid of traumatic experiences from childhood and beyond, and secondly, deliverance from demons." As for safety concerns, "We do this under Dad's supervision," Brynne emphasizes. "We never do it alone. He's been doing it for 30 years. He would know if something was going wrong."


Rev. Larson carefully interviews each client and a 12-page psychological profile must be completed to determine that the nature of the affliction is not actually a mental or medical illness before proceeding with an exorcism. According to Rev. Larson, the telltale signs of demonic possession include an extreme aversion to anything having to do with God, Jesus, or the cross. He says that he can often tell just by looking into a person's eyes (the mirror of the soul), and notes that possessed individuals will speak in a low growling voice when confronted. Since a possessed person can also display superhuman strength and violent behavior, the girls need to be accompanied by strong men to hold the person down while they work on purging the demons.


Rev. Larson says he's aware of the danger the girls are in by performing exorcisms, but says: "The Christian life is risky. Ministry is risky. Taking on the devil is risky. What's riskier? Saying no to God." On Inside Edition, Laura Larson described her daughter Brynne's enthusiasm for learning how to perform exorcisms: "It was something that she really wanted to do. There was a natural interest in it. I love that it was something that she initiated. It was something that she believed and is committed to." Jenny Scherkenback, the mother of Tess and Savannah, is also content with her daughters becoming exorcists. "I feel more at ease about where they are in their lives than ever before," she told 3TV, "because they are doing God's work and that's a great place to be."


Brynne Larson - Brynne, 17, is known by the other girls as the "enforcer" and is said to be the leader of the group. She is a homeschooled junior in high school and is planning to attend college. The redhead competes on the beauty pageant circuit, is active in speech and debate, takes a leadership class, and is president of the honor society. She also loves quiet leisure time activities like reading, studying and writing. Brynne is dedicated to serving God and one of her greatest joys is to tell others about Him. Brynne began to travel the world with her exorcist father when she was just a child. "We have travelled all over the world performing exorcisms. I have been to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and even the Bahamas, saving souls along the way." While her father is the family's spiritual leader, Brynne's mother believes that homeschooling is an essential part of her calling and commits a great quantity of time to its fulfillment. This includes daily homeschooling duties with her three children, and rushing from one activity to the next.


Savannah Scherkenback - Savannah, 20, a homeschool graduate and college student, is known as the "compassionate one." Since she was very young, she has wanted to help people and to serve God as a missionary and evangelist. Her dream is to complete her college education and then travel the world sharing the truth of the gospel, encouraging and motivating other young men and women to take a stand and let God use them to change the world. Savannah doesn't watch television and isn't a big fan of popular culture, declaring "I think Harry Potter and the Twilight films are instigators of evil." Savannah revealed that she herself underwent an exorcism at age 18 after suffering from extreme depression and sickness. When doctors couldn't find anything medically wrong with her, Savannah's parents took her to the local ministry. There, Savannah claims an evil spirit was cast from her. Savannah was so grateful and amazed that she signed up to become a trainee exorcist.


Tess Scherkenback - Tess, 17, is known as "the middle man" because the others say she can play both good cop and bad cop roles. She and her friend Brooke Larson (Brynne's sister) often work as a team in Homeschool Speech and Debate tournaments. Tess and her older sister Savannah are really close, too. They love to do everything together including spending time with their family, going hiking and running, and watching old movies (especially musicals). Tess also performs in local musical theater productions. A junior in high school, Tess is a lifelong homeschooler with a passionate heart for God. She reads classic literature such as the works of Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, and of course, the Bible.  


Brynne, Savannah, and Tess have been featured in national and international media including Inside Edition, ABC's Nightline, Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, National Geographic, Fuji TV (Japan), 60 Minutes (Australia), and Fabulous Magazine (England's most-read magazine). There are also rumors of a reality show in development starring the three girls, tentatively called "All-American Girls Fighting Satan." After taping the Anderson show, the teen exorcists had a lot more to say about their work, how they're helping others, as well as a special message for teens: "When you limit God, nothing big happens [but] we want to empower teens to change the world." Take a look: 



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NEW COLUMN! Generation Lost, by Leah Kmosko


I was scrolling down my news feed on Facebook when I came across this video:

At first, I laughed. It's funny how people could answer these simple questions in such stupid ways, right? A few minutes after the video was over, as the content of it started to sink it, the funniness wore off just a little. And then a lot. I realized that this illustrates something that I had been thinking about quite often - I am increasingly embarrassed to be associated with this generation.

That wasn't the first time. I was struck in quite the same way a few days ago. I was sitting at a table surrounded by my peers. I wasn't really involved in the conversation, I was just listening, trying to get to know everyone before I jumped in. But as I started to listen more and more, I kind of wished that I hadn't. The topics of conversation were appalling to me! From just plain stupid, to just plain disgusting, it was clear that I wasn't going to be fitting in well with this group. 

And don't get me wrong, I'm a teenager and I can be just as unintelligent. I'm sure I have been on many occasions, and will be on many more to come. I'm not trying to say that I'm necessarily "better" than these other people. But it sure seems to me like I'm the only one who sees it! I find myself in those situations whenever I'm around people my age. Sometimes, I look around me, and I just KNOW that there is no way in this world that I could even pretend to act like these people do.

This is our generation. We have a fixation with Hollywood, the Internet, and all aspects of life that aren't real. We don't pay attention in school, we don't seem to have any interest in things that will help us get ahead in life, and we go from day to day running around like a chicken without its head. (Keep in mind I'm using "we" as a generalization. I realize that not every single teenager is like this.) In my opinion, we are the generation that has no identity, no sense of direction, and sadly, no bright future. Videos like the above "Lunch Scholars" do a good job of destroying whatever hope there might have been.

Think about it. What has my generation as a whole begun to accomplish that the generation before us hasn't. Hmm...we can use the computer for social networking, hours of useless YouTube watching, and pointless time wasting websites like Tumblr and Stumble Upon. We know how to use the DVR to record TV shows so we never have to miss them. We know how to send 160 character text messages in under a minute. We know how to get cheat codes to unlock things in video games. We know which cast member of 16 and Pregnant just broke up with her boyfriend. Ohh, and we know how to use video cameras to record ourselves singing covers of other people's songs.

Basically, we have a million and one more tools than any generation before us, and the majority does nothing with them. Why? Because we're lost. No one knows who they are so we end up spending most of our young adulthood drifting from group to group, trying to fit in and "discover ourselves." Sometimes we do find where we belong and we settle down there, lacking the motivation to move and start the process all over again. Otherwise, we never find where we belong, don't have the strength to handle it, and spend the rest of our time being unsatisfied social outcasts. I blame the media for constantly bombarding us with tons of content we weren't prepared to handle.

Really, I believe that the exposure we have to all this stuff has made us a little psychotic, and confused, which in most cases, leads to this listless stupidity. Oh, of course, we all have the power to overcome, but most of us don't. We don't feel like it. We're either comfortable or just lazy. Adults pretend not to understand us, so we greatly lack direction. We are Generation Lost.

It's depressing and frustrating. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though. As hard as it may be to believe, there are some people out there who do know what they're doing, and do have a good head on their shoulders. Hopefully, these are the people that will end up in power when our time comes. Hopefully. Until then, those of us who realize what is going on should stand up and fight against what is going on. Make our way to the top. Don't fit in because it's easy. Don't pretend to be stupid because that's what's expected of you. Don't be one of the lost. Being an individual is exactly what our generation is not expecting. Right now, the best thing you can do is to just be YOU.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Gandhi


Leah Kmosko, 16, has been homeschooled her entire life. She has always loved writing, and plans to pursue it (in some form) as a career. Generation Lost consists of her views and opinions about what's going on with teens and young adults in the world today.




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The World Around Us,by Adrianna Kuzma


The Road to Safe Water: Teabag Nanotechnology?


The United Nations has pledged to make clean water available to developing countries by 2015 (Crossette). Is this realistic? The UN recently completed a progress report on how well they were meeting the goal: "the report admits candidly that the world will not reach the mark, probably by a wide margin" (Crossette). According to estimates noted in this same report: "In rural areas of Least Developed Countries, 97 out of every 100 people do not have piped water and 14 percent of the population drinks [untreated] surface water - for example, from rivers, ponds or lakes" (Crossette). There are wide disparities between and within countries, such that availability is still an issue in many areas.


What's more, accessibility is not the same thing as potable. Shauna Curry, CEO for Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, thus commented on the UN Report: "Improved access does not mean the water is safe at point of consumption and we worry this announcement may divert attention away from the still very real, and dire need for safe water" (World). So, the focus needs to shift on best methods to clean the water. One possible solution may be the nano- tea bag, a recently developed water cleaning method developed in South Africa and currently being tested by their Bureau of Standards. Although there are some concerns, this tea bag nanotechnology may prove particularly appropriate in the short term for use in rural areas for several reasons: end point use, low cost, and not requiring infrastructure.


In the past, poor people have been forced to purchase water tokens as a result of the World Bank's making loans to a developing country conditional of the privatization of their water. Although intended to get water into poor regions quickly, this did not work (as I noted in my last column) because the people did not have the means to pay even modest water fees and instead went to other sources (i.e. untreated surface water). Some argue that infrastructure should get priority over outright aid to developing countries (Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi). By this scenario, nanotechnology would have to wait till road construction was completed, and this is not acceptable.    




A South African boy drinking water from a polluted source. According to the World Health Organization, in 2005, diarrhea and malaria ranked 3rd and 4th as cause of death for children under 5 (ctd. in Blue). Photo Inter Press Service News Agency. 2010. Web 21 May 2012.


The bacteria in water sources often cause outbreaks of cholera. On a weekly basis, according to the World Health Organization, approximately 42,000 people die from diseases related to poor quality water and lack of sanitation (ctd. In Blue). Cholera and diarrhea are fatal if not treated and can be prevented by using precautionary measures. For example, cholera cases can be cut in half by using 7 layers of clean fabric, such as a sari. Using a sari to filter out cholera is fairly simple. First, the person folds layers of clean sari over the water container. Second, the person pours the contaminated water through the layers of sari. This was proven to be very effective because over half of the cholera bacteria are strained out of the water. Diarrhea can be avoided with good sanitation and clean water.


Tea bag nanotechnology would further remove bacteria and also recalcitrant chemicals because it employs a molecular-level understanding of diseases and contaminates to clean water where dimensions and tolerances are in the range of 0.1-100 nanometers (nm), measuring and manipulating matter at the atomic, molecular level. Nanotechnology uses tiny particles of metal, dendrimers, and clays that are called nano-particles. Nano-particles are smaller than the width of a human hair and can offer clean water, but as with any technology- driven solution, there are concerns. Nanotechnology is the science of using nano-sized molecules that are smaller than micro organisms. This makes them the ideal weapon to "catch" micro organisms and contaminants found in water. Nano- particles are so small that they are made up of countless molecules that jointly form a large surface area to catch pollutants in water. For example, the larger spread out surface area of nano-tubes is more effective than the bigger clumps of carbon that are used in most conventional water-cleaning methods. Since the nano-particles are so small, they almost produce a net with their large surface area for the contaminants and pollutants to attach to, therefore, eliminating them. 




Developed by a South African scientist, the nano filter is located within a tea bag or sachet that is then placed in the top of a drinking bottle. Bharat BhushanSharma. "Nano-fibered Tea Bag Purifies Water for Drinking at the Cheapest." Gizmo Watch 16 Aug. 2010. Web. 28 May 2012.


This filter holds activated carbon and lining the inside are nanofibers (each one hundredth the width of a human hair) woven together by a process called electro spinning. One of the earliest uses of this type of filter was in Australia, where scientists developed an arsenic-removing filter using silver nano-particles. To use this "teabag" is very simple. First, the teabag is placed in the water for 15 minutes while the nano-particles take care of any contaminants or pollutants in the water. After 15 minutes, the water is clean and safe for drinking (Grimshaw). This point use or household use of nanotechnology has been improved upon by South African microbiologist Eugene Cloete, who added a biocide chemical in the nano fibers within the sachet or tea bag. This evidently avoids the problem of cholera toxins saturated within the filter, potentially released if the filter is not properly disposed. Marelize Botes, a microbiologist who works with Dr. Cloete, explains: "What is new about this idea is the combination of inexpensive raw materials, namely activated carbon and antimicrobial nanofibres, in point-of-use water filter systems. The nanofibres will disintegrate in liquids after a few days and will have no environmental impact. The raw materials of the tea-bag filter are not toxic to humans" (qtd. in Wilkins).  The other improvement (over the Australian version) was to decrease the duration for achieving clean water. Water is poured into the bottle, and when the bottle is full, it can then be immediately consumed.


For developing countries, the fact that the tea bag filter is intended for household or point use solves a major problem: post contamination. Rural areas typically have the least regulated water, and water supply in developing countries is typically not centrally managed. In addition to disease organisms, the ground water in rural areas may be subject to pesticides and nitrates from agricultural work, and these recalcitrant contaminates are not removed by straining methods such as folded cloth. Pumps and boreholes at the community level may not be within reach of some, and even when they are, there are problems with post-contamination. This derives from contaminated containers such as buckets or jerry cans as well as from other people using the community water source, who may inadvertently introduce pathogens. Point of use or household water filters overcome the limitations of such community solutions as bio sand filters.  Moreover, because the water stays in the container where it was filtered, there is decreased possibility of post contamination.


 nano tea bag


Photo showing the size of the nano tea bag as well as how it is positioned in the lid or upper portion of the bottle. Munyaradzi Makoni.  Nano 'Tea Bag' Purifies Water." SciDevNet. 12 August 2010. Web. 23 May 2012.


Probably the most appealing characteristic of the nano tea bag is that it does not require any additional infrastructure. Attempts to provide plumbing infrastructure are repeatedly subject to lack of centralized oversight, failures in maintenance and governmental corruption at every juncture. In the short term, the tea bag provides an extremely portable and decentralized solution. Pipes do not have to be installed, and even good roads are not essential as they are when delivering water by truck. Those who have proposed that infrastructure comes first (before setting up water cleaning facilities) do not take fully into account the problems occurring when money is provided for infrastructure projects.  




Photo showing the nano tea bag as the sieve is ready to be placed prior to attaching the lid to the bottle. "High-tech-tea bags" for drinking water purification." Resourceneffizienzatlas. Web. 22 May 2012.


Governments should be involved in the development of nanotechnology water treatment to make it affordable for the public. Unlike a private corporation, a government does not have to pay shareholders. In those regions where governmental agencies are unwilling or unable to provide the kind of coordinating and supportive role seen in India, the UN will need to offer more substantial guidance. For example, in Africa there are countries whose corrupt government officials are known for taking huge salaries. They fail to consider the common good of their citizens. In a recent article, Susan Cozzens noted that a team from Arizona State University found water was being provided in a rural area four hours drive from Pretoria, South Africa; however, it was full of nitrates. Although there was a pilot study to introduce low-cost, nano-structured membranes, the project was halted because there were no incentives for investment. Factors such as the lack of an external monitoring system mean that service providers self-report on the quality of their water.  India has recently set up a commission to regulate nanotechnology, and other countries can benefit by their example. Without penalties for providing untreated water, there is little incentive on a private company's part to improve water quality ("Nanotechnology"). Other problems include bypassing local contractors in acts of favoritism, neglecting maintenance, and redirecting money to "prestige projects" for political reasons (Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi). The United Nations will need to encourage and work with developing nations to forestall such problems in order to reach Millennium Goals for water.


Compared to conventional water treatment, nanotechnology does not require huge water treatment facilities, and this contributes to making it a low-cost alternative. The nano teabag filter cleans 1 liter of water and then is thrown out. The price of a filter will be approximately three cents. In an issues brief called "Nanotechnology, Poverty, and Disparity," Jacob Heller and Christine Peterson note that nanotechnology should "enable better and cheaper water enhancement and purification technologies, and aid in disease diagnosis and screening" (Foresight). The United Nations can assist governments by encouraging resource and knowledge sharing and perhaps even negotiate arrangements to reward cooperation by, for instance, providing grants to those innovators who share intellectual property rights with countries unable to pay for them outright. The United Nations can help government leaders recognize the economic benefits of providing safe water to their citizens. As part of what is being called the "next industrial revolution," nanotechnology may offer important innovations for cleaning water. Eliminating the literal roadblock that missing infrastructure represents may be key to harnessing the power of nanotechnology for the developing world.     


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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.




Game Review, by Josh


Crysis 2 


Crysis 2


Crysis 2 is the sequel to Crysis, made by German developer Crytek. I haven't played Crysis 2 in multiplayer mode yet, so this is a review of the single-player campaign. It's a first person shooter, in which you assume the role of a U.S. Marine called Alcatraz. You get to wear a Nanosuit that gives you armor, stealth, and power (i.e., strength and speed).


Crysis 2 takes place in 2023, three years after the events of the first game, in a post-apocalyptic New York City. Tentacled, squid-like aliens have infested the city. Supposedly the aliens have also unleashed a deadly virus, and your first mission is to rescue a scientist who can find a cure. However, by the end of the game the virus is no longer mentioned. For some reason you also have to fight human soldiers.


Although the developers wanted to avoid making another game set in a jungle environment, in this case New York City is an "urban jungle." You can navigate between floors and buildings, as well as through a destroyed cityscape; but you're not free to roam wherever you want.


Crysis 2 was released on March 22, 2011. According to Wikipedia, over 3 million copies of the game had been sold across all platforms as of June 30, 2011. But at the beginning of 2012, PC Gamer reported that Crysis 2 was the most pirated PC game of 2011 with 3.9 million downloads.


Today you can purchase Crysis 2 on Amazon for less than ten bucks. I had put off buying Crysis 2 because I thought it wouldn't be very good after reading certain reviews, plus I didn't like that it was "dumbed down" for Xbox rather than made for PC. But I couldn't resist getting Crysis 2 at that price, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked it.


The story is a little hard to follow, but it has lots of fast-paced action and a great soundtrack so it's fun to play. The graphic quality isn't as good as Crysis, but it's better than most games. The game's biggest fault: after battling my way through the city, I expected more of an exciting climax - the ending frankly left me scratching my head.



His Story, His World


By Aubrey Tuggle, 17


It was an average winter day on December 2nd, 1942. Everyone went about their business just like any other day, never suspecting that something would happen that would change their lives. Deep under the bleachers of the West Stands of Stagg Field at the Chicago University, scientist Enrico Fermi was hard at work on something potentially world changing. He was building a furnace. But this wasn't a regular kind of furnace that used wood as fuel. This furnace would use uranium instead. This was because Enrico Fermi knew something very important. He knew that if a neutron from an atom hit another atom, the atoms would split and give off energy. If he could get the flying neutrons to hit another atom and those neutrons to hit yet another atom it would go on like that forever. If he could get this chain reaction to happen, he would have made away to get atomic energy and it could be used for all sorts of things. The furnace was a test. Could he start the chain reaction? Slowly Enrico pulled up the rods that worked the machine. Would anything happen? He pulled them up a little more. The instruments began to register. Something was happening... Suddenly Enrico pulled up the rods to there full length! Things started happening! The instruments registered more and more energy, the furnace heated up... It worked! Enrico had found a way to make atomic energy.


Soon, scientists began discovering ways to use this new energy. As they began to make exciting new discoveries about this new energy and how it could be used, one very big idea began to grow in their minds, one that would change America. In fact, if this idea worked, it would not only help us, but it could change the world! It was so important, in fact, that the government got involved and built a secret laboratory way out in the middle of nowhere to test it. This idea was the atomic, or nuclear, bomb. Out in their secret laboratory the scientists worked on what they called the Manhattan Project; the code name for the building of the atomic bomb .They worked many months on it before it was finished, but in 1945 it was finally finished and ready to test.


The bomb (code name: Trinity) was tested at Alamogordo, New Mexico 1945. The bare, dusty New Mexico plain provided a perfect testing ground. There were no animals or people around except for the scientists, and no plants either. There was just a dry, brown, plain with no sign of life and nothing except the ground to be damaged. They prepared to set it off. Would it work? Many unspoken questions hung in the air. And so, the very first atomic bomb ever was set off. There was a deafening roar, and a huge cloud of dust and debris came up. The sky turned deathly black because of all the debris. When the effects of the bomb wore off, there was a crater many miles long. The bomb worked better than any bomb before. The scientists were thrilled! Not only had they invented a more powerful weapon than ever before, but this proved that men could control atomic energy and use it how they wanted.


On the 16th of July, 1945, 8:15am, only three years after the atomic furnace, the atomic bomb was used. It was made of a piston with a small block of uranium at the top of the piston and a big ball of it at the bottom. There was a trigger at the top of the piston and when it was pressed it would send the block of uranium crashing into the ball. This force and conductive material would cause trillions of atoms to split and causing trillions of tons of energy to be released. It was World War 2, and America planned to bomb the Japanese town of Hiroshima. The bomber plane flew over the town and dropped the bomb. It exploded, killing thousands of people within a thirty mile radius. Fireballs flamed up that blew away anything in their path. Hurricane winds and firestorms raged over large areas. Radioactive debris rained down for hours afterwards. This event helped turn the tables and we soon won the war.


Now that the peace of our country was ensured, atomic energy began to aid our productivity in yet another way. Scientists now new quite a lot about atomic energy and they soon revolutionized the industries by their discoveries. Farmers began to use it in testing fertilizer, and making helpful mutations to plants. Doctors use it to identify and remove tumors. And lots of people use it as electricity in their homes. Atomic energy is still being experimented with to find out all its uses, and it has very great potential for the future. Scientists have even mentioned that perhaps someday cars will use atomic energy instead of gasoline to run! We hope that in the future atomic energy will continue to be an aid to us.


Here is my byline: Hi! My name is Aubrey Tuggle, and 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. 





Catherine's Column

By: Catherine Amaris Munoz


"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways", declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." ~Isaiah 55: 8-9

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


Summer 2012: Graduation in June. What an important month! Happy summer to you all. After being homeschooled for six years, I will be entering a new stage in life. My next step is to attend nursing school at Azusa Pacific University. God-willing, I will work towards becoming a nurse. It is really exciting: this next chapter of education-- attending a university will be different from my current homeschool approach. Now, I will be talking to professors, interacting with fellow students, taking tests, learning new study techniques and-- best of all-- come closer to realizing my dream of earning my nursing degree. I'm sure I'm not the only one who is thinking about college at this time. Are you on your way to college too? Whether it's still in the seemingly distant future, or simply the next step like it is for me, it really is amazing how God guides us to the correct path to find our purpose in the world. What led me to want to study in the field of nursing was a combination of: (1.) having a desire to be attentive to the needs of others and; (2.) having observed the care of different nurses in the course of my lifetime. It has been those nurses who have shaped my idea of what a nurse's job truly is. Most of us do not realize the impact that we can make on others, For example: just recently, my niece was assigned at her school to write about someone who she sees as her hero, and she decided to use me as her example. I was --and to this day still am-- honored. And perhaps even more than feeling honored, I feel blessed to be where I am right now: I may not be where I will like to be five, ten, or twenty years from now, but I certainly am where I want to be right now! God has an appointed time for everything under the heavens: believe that and say "amen" with me! God bless you on your educational and spiritual endeavors.


MUSIC CORNER ~ June 2012

This month's featured Christian music artist is: Icon For Hire


Want to hear an awesome Christian music group whose lead vocalist sounds like Hayley from Paramore? They're called Icon For Hire and they've made 5 Billboard charts since the release of their debut album "Scripted". They originated in Decatur, Illinois, USA, and have been making music together since 2007. IFH falls under the categories of alternative-rock, hard rock, & punk rock. To offer some insight as to why you may like their music style, their influences are from greatly familiar (yet non-Christian) artists/ groups such as: Breaking Benjamin, Skrillex, Linkin Park, and The Black Eyed Peas. Visit their record label's web page at for more info!


June's Recipe~ "Strawberry Banana Ice Pops"


"Refreshing and perfect for summer, these ice pops are sure to win over anyone's taste buds: from age 3 to 300!"


What you'll need:


*One 31/4 -oz. package of instant banana cream pudding mix


*13/4 cups milk


*2 cups sliced strawberries


*1 tbs. sugar




(1.) In blender, combine all the ingredients; blend until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze for at least four hours. If you do not have ice pop molds, divide among 8 small plastic or paper cups. Enjoy!


June's Movie Review~ "Mirror Mirror" (2012)


A witty, charming twist on the classic Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror is a great movie for the family to see. Our main girl Snow White is portrayed by Lily Collins, daughter of the music group "Genesis" very own Phil Collins. She is very delicate and sweet, just like we would expect from a young princess. In the end, the underlying message of a "father-daughter" bond brought tears to my eyes. My favorite characters were the seven dwarfs: they are small, but they are mighty! I'm not saying that the other roles were not praiseworthy, but they were who I walked away still quoting from! So be prepared for many laughs, and be especially attentive when you see those "small but mighty" guys pop up on-screen. (They shared very witty dialogue.) As for the evil stepmother (aka, the queen), I expected for her role to be a bit stronger than it was. I figure that the reason for this must have been because the movie is geared towards the younger crowd. Hence, the less-sinister, more comical, laid-back queen. But, all in all, Mirror Mirror was hilarious, and was worth the ticket price.



College Bound:


Homeschool-FriendlyColleges and Universities


Shorter University


Shorter University


Shorter University (formerly Shorter College) is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university based in Rome, Georgia, "ranked the number one small city in the Southeast." Founded in 1873 as the Cherokee Baptist Female Seminary, the Christian university has been affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention since the 1950s. On June 1, 2010, Shorter College changed its name to Shorter University to reflect the institution's growth and expansion.


Maribeth Fulwider, Class of 2012, says, "When I was looking for a college, I wasn't looking for a big school where I would feel like I didn't belong. I wanted a school I knew I could call my home away from home. The first moment I walked on the Shorter campus I knew this was where I wanted to be. Shorter is not just a place where I take classes - it's my home! Shorter's faculty and staff treat you like family."


In this age when most Christian institutions are bowing to pressures to move away from Biblical standards, it's refreshing to see one that is moving in the other direction. Since 2005, Shorter has been in the process of defining what it means to be a Christ-centered institution. Seeing the moral direction of the nation, the college is now requiring that its faculty and staff sign a "Personal Lifestyle Statement" that includes the following:


"I will be loyal to the mission of Shorter University as a Christ-centered institution affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. I will not engage in the use, sale, possession, or production of illegal drugs. I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality." As per the Baptist convention, there are also prohibitions against drinking alcohol in public, and employees "are expected to be active members of a local church."


President Don Dowless explained, "We have a right to hire only Christians.... It's really unreasonable not to expect a Christian university to promote Christian values." After all, faculty and staff are in positions of responsibility in relation to students and need to be an effective witness - to "practice what they preach." According to Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS), "[Shorter] can do that. They're a private college and it's part of their mission."


As of May 18, 2012, reports indicated that nearly sixty out of the two hundred employees at Shorter University decided to leave the educational institution rather than sign the statement. Others have left for different reasons. Richard Pirkle, Assistant Professor of Biology, stated in his resignation letter: "I am disappointed with being forced to teach Creationism or Intelligent Design (both of which are philosophical and religious beliefs) in addition to being forced to teach evolution as 'just a theory.'" Nevertheless, this only means that Shorter will have an even stronger Christian identity and biblical worldview.


Shorter University consists of seven colleges and schools, which offer bachelor's degrees in 30 fields of study as well as some master's degrees. Shorter has a current enrollment of 3,500 traditional and non-traditional students. The 155-acre main campus is located in Rome which is 72 miles northwest of Atlanta, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. In addition, there are adult education and graduate programs at distance learning facilities in Duluth, North Atlanta, and Riverdale. Shorter also operates the Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business and the School of Nursing at off-campus facilities in the Rome area.


There is always something fun and interesting happening at Shorter. The university offers a large number of extracurricular activities including over 35 student organizations, 21 athletic teams, intramural events (dodgeball and basketball tournaments), theatrical productions, vocal ensembles, honor societies, ministries, media organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities. The majority of Shorter's students are from Georgia, with only 6% of student enrollment coming from out-of-state and an additional 3% as international students.


Shorter is open to homeschool students who have received all or part of their secondary schooling at home and thus do not have a traditional college preparatory high school diploma. A home-school applicant must submit the following portfolio: 1.) A completed Shorter University application with $25 application fee. 2.) Transcripts, which list all classes taken as high school courses, including numeric grades if possible. 3.) An official SAT or ACT score report. Additional information may be required at the discretion of the admissions staff or committee.


High school transcript requirements include a minimum of 16 academic units, distributed as follows: English - 4 Units; Mathematics - 4 Units (Algebra I & II, Geometry, an advanced math beyond Algebra II); History/Social Science - 3 Units; Science - 3 Units; and Foreign Language - 2 Units. An academic grade-point average is computed as follows: A's receive 4 points, B's receive 3 points, C's receive 2 points, and D's receive 1 point with 0 points given for F's.


Shorter University has a designated homeschool admissions representative. His name is Larry D. Arrington, Jr. - Assistant Director of Admissions. Contact him at [email protected] or call 1-800-868-6980, Ext.7230. For more information about Shorter University, visit


Tell us about your favorite homeschool-friendly college, and we will feature it in an upcoming issue! [email protected]  




The Sports Report, by Caela


NBA Semi-Finals


The four teams in the semi-finals are the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, and the Miami Heat. Here is how the Thunder got to the Semis: in the first round they beat the Dallas Mavericks 4-0 and in the second round they beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1. Here is the how the Spurs got to the Semis: in the first round they beat the Utah Jazz 4-0 and the Los Angeles Clippers 4-0. Here is how the Celtics got to the Semis; in the first round they beat the Atlanta Hawks 4-2 and in the second round they beat the Philadelphia 76ers 4-3. Here is how the Heat got to the Semis: in the first round they beat the New York Knicks 4-1 and in the second round they beat the Indiana Pacers 4-2. So the Oklahoma City Thunder will play the San Antonio Spurs in the third round and the Boston Celtics will play the Miami Heat in the third round. Here is the schedule for the Thunder and Spurs Series: May 27 at 9:00 PM EST, May 29 at 9:00 PM EST, May 31 at 9:00 PM EST, June 2 at 9:00 PM EST, June 4 at 9:00 PM EST, June 6 at 9:00 PM EST, and June 8 at 9:00 PM EST. Here is the schedule for the Celtics and Heat Series: May 28 at 8:30 PM EST, May 30 at 8:30 PM EST, June 1 at 8:30 PM EST, June 3 at 8:30 PM EST, June 5 at 8:30 PM EST, June 7 at 8:30 PM EST, and June 9 at 8:30 PM EST. Good luck to the remaining teams, let the best team win.


Sports events in June


Major League Baseball (MLB): In June there will be 405 baseball games.

National Basketball Association (NBA): NBA Championship Finals.

National Hockey League (NHL): The Stanley Cup Finals. (The Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils)

Men's Tennis: French Open May 27 - June 10, Gerry Weber Open June 11 - June 17, AEGON Championships June 11- June 17, UNICEF Open June 18 - June 24, AEGON International June 18 - June 24, and  Wimbledon June 25 - July 8.

Women's Tennis: French Open May 27 - June 10, AEGON Classic June 11 - June 17, NURNBERGER Gastein Ladies June 11- June 17, UNICEF Open June 17 - June 24, AEGON International June 17 - June 24, and Wimbledon June 25 - July 8.

PGA Golf Tour: FedEx St. Jude Classic June 7 - June 10, U.S. Open June 14 - June 17, Travelers Championship June 21- June 24, and AT&T National June 28 - July 1.

European Golf Tour: Nordea Masters June 6 - June 9, Saint-Omer Open June 14 - June 17, BMW International Open June 21 - June 24, and the Irish Open June 28 - July 1.

Ladies PGA Golf Tour: ShopRite LPGA Classic June 1 - June 3, Wegmans LPGA Championship June 7 - June 10, Manulife Financial LPGA Classic June 21 - June 24, and Wal-Mart NW Arkansas championship June 29 - July 1.

Olympic Trials: Track & Field Trials are on June 21 - June 25, and June 28 - July 1. Gymnastics Trials are on June 28 - July. Swimming Trials are on June 28 - July 2.  Diving Trials are on June 17 - June 24.


Who is going to the Stanley Cup Finals


This year's Stanley Cup finals are between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings. Here is how the New Jersey Devils got to the finals. In the first round of the Playoffs they beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3. In the second round they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. In the third round they beat the New York Rangers 4-2 to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. Here is how the Los Angeles Kings got to the finals. In the first round of the Playoffs they beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1. In the second round they beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0. In the third round they beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. Here is the schedule for the finals: Game One is on May 30 at 8:00 PM EST, Game Two is on June 2 at 8:00 PM EST, Game Three is on June 4 at 8:00 PM EST, Game Four is on June 6 at 8:00 PM EST, Game Five is on June 9 at 8:00 PM EST, Game Six is on June 11 at 8:00 PM EST, and Game Seven is on June 13 at 8:00 PM EST. Good luck to the remaining teams, let the best team win.


The Triple Crown


The Triple Crown is a combination of three races: The Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. These are the biggest races of the year for Thoroughbred Racing. There have only been 11 Triple Crown Winners. The last winner was Affirmed in 1978. It has been 34 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown. This year another horse will have the chance to win the Triple Crown and end the 34 year drought, his name is I'll Have Another. He won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Now he has a shot at the Belmont Stakes, but there have been 21 other horses that have won the first two races but failed to win the Belmont and the Triple Crown. The Belmont Stakes will be on June 9 at 3 PM EST. Well good luck to I'll Have Another on the next race and on his quest to become the Triple Crown winner.


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.





Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips


June is Homeschool Copyright Awareness Month. How much do you really know about copyright law? Take this quiz and find out!


Copyright Quiz


Which of the following scenarios are acceptable? Answer TRUE or FALSE for each one. (Answers at bottom.)


1. I'm desperately in need of an essay right now - I procrastinated too long and it's due tomorrow. Luckily, I found one on the internet that perfectly fits my topic. To save time, I'll just use that one and change some of the wording to make it mine, and everything will be fine. True or False?


2. I purchased an e-book online and downloaded it to my computer. Because I paid for it, the copy belongs to me, so I can share it with my friends if I want to. True or False?


3. A nice poem has been circulating through the e-mail. I don't know who wrote it or where it originally came from, but since it's been made freely available via e-mail, it must be okay for me to post it on my blog. True or False?


4. I found a book that I really like. It was printed in 2006 but it doesn't have the � symbol in it or say "copyright" anywhere. I did some research and learned that it was never registered with the U.S. Copyright Office; therefore I am free to copy it. True or False?


5. Somebody (not the author) posted the text of an entire book (it's a small paperback with only 90 pages) on the Web. The book is copyrighted 1981 and is sold on Amazon, but since it's been posted online it's okay for me to print out a copy for free. True or False?


6. I had to buy a literature study guide for my English class. I'm going to make a copy of it for my own use and then I'll sell the original on eBay. This is perfectly acceptable since I paid for it. True or False?


7. I've posted on my web page the full text of two chapters out of my favorite book. As long as I give the author credit, I'm sure it's okay for me to do this as she will be glad to have the free publicity. True or False?


8. I really like this song, and I found a copy of it on the Internet. That must mean it's in the public domain and free to download. True or False?


9. I'm volunteering to teach a summer Spanish class for kids. There are ten students and they will all need to have their own workbook pages. I'll copy the workbook that I have and won't charge the students for the copies, but just give them away. Since it's for nonprofit educational purposes, I'm allowed to do this. True or False?


10. I saw a book at the library that I want to have for my own collection. The book was published in 1994, but it's out of print. I can just make a copy of it since the book must be in the public domain now. True or False?


11. I belong to a file sharing group. Members scan in the books that we own, upload the files, and then everybody in the group can share. It's okay to do this because no money changes hands. True or False?


12. I borrowed a book from the library that included a CD with additional materials. Since it's a library copy, I can duplicate the CD and freely share it with my friends. True or False?


13. I scanned in some illustrations from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1866), illustrated by John Tenniel [1820-1914]. I'm going to color the images and use them on note cards, t-shirts, and other gifts that I will sell on CafePress. The copyright has expired so I'm legally allowed to do this. True or False?


ANSWERS: Questions 1-12 are FALSE! Question 13 is TRUE.


How did you do? Did some of the answers surprise you? Many people don't understand the copyright law, so just because someone else is doing it doesn't mean it's right. A simple way to look at it is this: if lots of people were to make photocopies or download the material for free, would it hurt the creators' ability to make a living from their work? Or how would you feel if you had worked really hard on something, but you didn't get any credit for it (or someone else took all the credit)? Don't cross the copyright line!


The above quiz was inspired by See also: - Copyright Website - 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained - Crash Course in Copyright - Copyright Information: FAQ - U.S. Copyright Office