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The Bright Ideas Beacon April 2020

Spring in My Step

Knowing the Word (7-8) Teacher Spotlight: Amy Craven (9-10) A Homeschool Journey (13-14)

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The 2019-2020 Beacon Staff

Reporters: Ava Zeliadt (stringer) Brianna Crawford (stringer) Donna Penny (stringer) Christian Zeliadt Elisabeth Guilliams Gabriella Hunter Garrett Hopkins Haddi Iverson Krysten Meyer Editor-in-Chief: Colin Sink Design Editor: Ingrid Dornbirer Copy Editor: Jaedon Wilkinson Faculty Advisor: Jamie Anderson Please email any questions, comments, or suggestions to Colin at colin.edchief@gmail.com 1 - April 2020


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April 2020 | Volume 3 | Number 6

3-4 - Mission Statement 5-6 - Highlight of High School by Christian Zeliadt 7-8 - Knowing the Word by Elisabeth Guilliams 9-10 - Teacher Spotlight: Amy Craven by Gabriella Hunter 11-12 - Breaking Down Walls in Learning by Garrett Hopkins 13-14 - A Homeschool Journey by Haddi Iverson 15-16 - Student Body Poll and Readership Survey 17-18 - Healthy Environment by Krysten Myer 19-20 - Dancing in Dubai by Ava Zeliadt 21-22 - Middle School Hobbies by Brianna Crawford 23-24 - Opening Doors Through ASL by Donna Penny 25-26 - Adventures in Blue by Jaedon Wilkinson 27-28 - Jester's Corner


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Beacon Mission Statement

The Bright Ideas Beacon is a student-run newspaper which helps highschool homeschool students develop journalism skills as they research, write, edit, and publish a monthly newspaper, distributed to homeschool students and families. The Beacon staffers learn to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards, while working under deadline pressure in a collaborative environment to produce a newspaper that is both glorifying to God and of benefit and interest to its readers. The newspaper content is mainly news and feature articles about faculty and students taking classes at The Academy at Bright Ideas, and the curriculum produced by Bright Ideas Press. Above all, its purpose is to uphold Godly standards as students learn the art and craft of journalism.

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Highlight of High School

Christian Zeliadt

Christian Zeliadt is a 16-year-old highschool junior from Nashville, TN. He plays piano and drums and is a member of the Nashville Youth Choir. He enjoys world history, military history, biology, drawing, listening to music, playing strategy board games, running, and hiking the Appalachian Trail with his family.

Student-run newspapers have been a part

teacher, however, has always been Mrs.

of Colin Sink’s life for all four years of high

Anderson, who also serves as the faculty

school. His time at The Academy at Bright

advisor for The Beacon. “She’s pretty much the

Ideas Press and on The Beacon have lessons

reason I kept doing online classes; she is an

as he prepares to say good-bye to high school

excellent, excellent writing teacher,” said Colin.

and pursue a college education.

He found Mrs. Anderson’s Speech class and

Colin has worked on online student-run

English III class especially helpful for him.

newspapers since he was a freshman in high

Although English III is a very intense writing

school. Originally, Colin served as book

course, it helped make him a more confident

review columnist for The Scholar’s Script


which was part of Landry Academy. After

Colin’s first recommendation for students at

Landry Academy closed, Colin joined The

The Academy is to join The Beacon, which has

Beacon at The Academy where he has served

helped push him to get out of his comfort zone.

as columns editor, news editor and Editor-in-

Colin remembers when he first joined, he was


very reluctant and nervous about the prospect

Since beginning online classes in 2016,

of having to conduct interviews over the phone

Colin has had the opportunity to take classes

with teachers he had never met. However, with

from a number of teachers. His favorite

some practice, and a little bit of trial-and-error,

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back. Also, it is infinitely more helpful and

even quite enjoyable. The Beacon has helped

enjoyable to attend classes at The Academy

Colin build good communication habits,

live, rather than just watching the recording.

something that is vital for both reporters and

When Colin is not working, doing schoolwork

editors, and of value in areas outside of

or leading The Beacon staff, he particularly


enjoys sleeping. A close second to this is

At the beginning of this school year, Colin

running. Colin enjoys competing in half-

began working part-time at Culver’s to save

marathons. He has also run with a

money for college. Learning to balance school

homeschool track team throughout high

and work has been a new challenge for him, but

school, and he intends to run cross country in

he has enjoyed the opportunity. With the benefit

the fall at college.

of hindsight, Colin wishes he had started

After high school, Colin plans to attend

working earlier in the summer rather than right

Florida College, a small Christian school

at the start of the school year so that we would

located near Tampa, Florida, to pursue a

have had time to adjust to working.

career in physical therapy. Colin currently lives

Procrastination, he has learned, is always a bad

near Chicago, Illinois. He has two older

idea, but especially for students who work as

brothers and one younger brother, as well as a

well, since their time to do homework is cut

doberman pinscher named Max.

For these last two issues, we will be saying goodbye to our seniors on the Beacon staff as they will be heading off elsewhere: Colin, Jaedon, Ingrid, and Haddi.

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Knowing the Word

Elisabeth guilliams A high school student proposed "The Beacon" as the name of this newspaper nearly three years ago

National Bible Bee is “To know God’s Word and make Him known.” Dylan said, “As a Christian, you

while serving on the staff, and he is

want to keep participating in it to

now getting ready to enter college

enhance your relationship with God.

in the fall, after a gap year helped

Being in an intense study of the

him solidify his faith in Christ.

Bible grew that relationship

Elisabeth (Lizzy) Guilliams is a sophomore in high school. She is the fifth child of six and loves to read, write, play Ultimate Frisbee, and spend time with her family. She also loves to listen to music. She has participated in many plays with her homeschool friends and loves the thrill of stepping into a different role of acting each time!

Dylan George, from Missouri,

tremendously.” The National Bible

served on The Beacon staff from

Bee is for ages seven to eighteen,

2017 to 2019. “The newspaper

with the participants competing

taught me a lot about collaboration

within each age group. The

and working out issues with people.

competition includes tests on books

As a reporter, it helped me step out

of the Bible the participants had to

of my comfort zone,” he said.

study in the first round, followed by

Dylan, who graduated high school

more challenging study with tests

in 2019, served as a reporter on

and oral evaluations, which require

The Beacon for a year and then as

the contestants to memorize and

the columns editor for a second

recite passages in the following rounds. Out of the hundreds of

year. The difference between

kids that participate in the competition, only a handful make it to

journalism and essay writing

the finals.

intrigued Dylan, as news articles

After graduating, Dylan took a gap year to apply to colleges

and essays require two different

and grow his bond with Christ. Along with participating in the

styles of writing. “It’s a different

National Bible Bee, he also tutored kids in math. “Teaching and

genre, but it was very interesting to

investing myself in the lives of others has helped me grow as a

me,” he said.

person,” said Dylan. He encourages high school students who

Aside from his time on The

are preparing or thinking about college to fully invest

Beacon, Dylan was a part of the

themselves in their interests. Dylan developed an interest in

National Bible Bee, a national

math and statistics through spending countless hours on

competition for kids to study and

statistical experiments. He is excited to have the opportunity to

immerse themselves in God’s

go to college to pursue his interests. As Mark Twain said, “Find

Word. This past year, Dylan made it

a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in

to the semi-finals and then finals,

your life.”

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Currently, Dylan resides in Missouri on a farm with chickens and nine goats.

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VACATION RECOMMENDATION from Dylan: Bass River Resort, Missouri “Perfect place to enjoy nature, go fishing, tubing, relax and spend time in God’s creation.” April 2020 - 8

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Teacher Spotlight: Amy Craven

Gabriella Hunter Mrs. Amy Craven is a

Unfortunately, the tree died;

passionate teacher who loves how

however she still makes apple pie.

online classes bring students from

In fact, she made one to celebrate Pi

all over the world together. She has


been teaching High School World

Mrs. Craven’s students at The

Literature and Middle School

Academy appreciate that she breaks

English at The Academy at Bright

things down so the writing

Ideas Press for three years.

assignments are not overwhelming.

Mrs. Craven taught high school

Her students especially enjoy it

for five years before having her own

when they get to play Kahoot or

children. She homeschools them in

Jeopardy in class.

order to give them an individualized

“I want the readers of The

education. Her five children are

Beacon to know how much I love

currently nine, eleven, thirteen,

teaching online,” said Mrs. Craven.

fifteen, and seventeen. Most of

“I’m so glad they’re all a part of this

them enjoy books, but the eldest


reads the most. Two of Mrs. Craven’s boys like grammar and her youngest daughter loves writing, but they would not say that English is their favorite subject. Mrs. Craven has little spare time, but what she does have she uses to read 18th- and 19th-century British literature or books about current world issues. One of her favorite literary works that she has her high school class study is Les Miserables. Outside of her teaching duties, Mrs. Craven enjoys volunteering at her church’s young mom’s group and baking in her kitchen. She loved making apple pies from her own apple tree. 9 - April 2020

Gabriella Hunter is a twelve-year-old seventh grader. She lives in the middle of a cornfield in central Illinois with her mom, dad, younger sister, two dogs, and a cat. She enjoys art and spends her spare time painting, crocheting, and decorating cakes. She often has her nose stuck in a book.

Besides teaching for The Academy, Mrs. Craven has her own home-based business called Amy Craven Tutorials. She offers tutoring, proofreading and editing. In addition, she has edited law review journals and deposition transcripts.

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Mrs. Craven’s Apple Pie Recipe Any crust recipe or store-bought crust will work. Filling Recipe: 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced about 1/8" thick 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour Stir all the filling ingredients together and put into a pie plate lined with your crust. Then cover the pie with the second crust and crimp the edges. Use a butter knife to poke 5-6 holes in the top crust and sprinkle a little sugar over it. I use a Pie Crust Shield to prevent the edges from burning and bake my pie at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes. (I also sit it on a cookie sheet to catch any bubbling apple goodness that might spill over.)

VACATION RECOMMENDATION from Mrs. Craven: There are many good vacation spots near San Diego, California. You can go to a zoo, SeaWorld, DisneyLand, and beaches.

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Breaking Down Walls in Learning

Garrett Hopkins

Garrett Hopkins is a fifteen-year-old sophomore and proud military kid. Garrett was born in Mobile, Alabama, currently calls Chesapeake, Virginia his home. Garrett is likes to study God’s creation as it pertains to science, with astronomy being his favorite. In his downtime, Garrett enjoys playing electric guitar and learning to play songs from his favorite artists. His life verse is Psalms 1:1-2.

Online classes can often feel as though

is based on listening to the teacher and

there is a virtual wall between the student and

reading books. Mrs. Fisher believes that a

the teacher. With only a screen to look at and

more effective method requires asking

only a chat box to communicate, many online

questions and student-teacher dialogue.

students feel confined. Mrs. Sharon Fisher, a

Through teaching her own children and

science and math teacher at The Academy at

teaching students at The Academy, Mrs.

Bright Ideas Press, is trying to solve that

Fisher has discovered many benefits to


homeschooling. “I think one of the benefits of

Mrs. Fisher has taught in a public school

having online education is that kids can find

classroom, so she has experience with the

different platforms that benefit their learning

benefits and interactiveness of a non-virtual

style,” she said. At one time, most students

classroom. However, most public schoolers do

learned in one-room schoolhouses, where

not get a dialog with their teacher. “My

each student learned their grade-level material

students want to ask questions, they get to be

in an interactive and engaging environment

inquisitive, you can’t really do that in a public

with other students. However, over time

school,” said Mrs. Fisher. American education

education has morphed into nothing more than

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for customizable learning. “Children learn at

homeschooling helps to remove this change

different speeds and in different ways,” said

from education. Homeschooling enables

Mrs. Fisher. “Online education allows you to

“students to look at different curriculum styles,

take the time with subjects you need additional

so they can find something that helps them to

work with and allows you to work faster through

understand,” said Mrs. Fisher.

the ones you have a greater understanding of.”

In her online classes at The Academy, Mrs.

Students can focus their education based on

Fisher is trying not to “teach with a chatbox.”

their interests, or spend extra time on areas

She has students use their cameras and

that need work. For example, a student who is

microphones during class so that "we are all

strong in writing and wants to develop that skill

engaging together." Having students come on

can take more writing courses and focus their

camera and actually speak in class rather than

schooling towards writing. Conversely, a

just using the chat box helps them to be more

student who is not strong in writing could

engaged and even develop relationships within

devote additional time or take extra classes to

the class.

improve in that area.

Homeschooling also provides opportunities

“My students want to ask questions; they get to be inquisitive. You can’t really do that in a public school.” - Mrs. Fisher April 2020 - 12

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A Homeschool Journey

Haddi Iverson

Hadassah “Haddi” Iverson is a 17-year-old senior in high school. She was born in China and moved to Michigan in 2003. Haddi loves to hang outside with her sister, Lydia, biking, playing badminton, volleyball, or reading in the hammock. She loves watching Disney and Marvel movies, as well as reading Christian fictional or nonfictional romance series and novels. She loves serving at church and serving others in her life.

After four busy years of high school, Jaedon Wilkinson’s time as an online student

without math and science,” said Jaedon. When Jaedon was little he wanted to be in

and copy editor for The Beacon is drawing to a

theater, but when he joined the Civil Air Patrol

close. Throughout high school, Jaedon has

in 2016 as a freshman, his passions switched

loved piloting with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP)

from acting to aviation. His first time flying was

and tackling editing for The Beacon.

also his first time co-piloting, and he loved it.

Jaedon was raised in a Christian home and

CAP has taught him through a hands-on

was homeschooled for all of his earlier

approach, as it does for all students who join

education. As his high school career comes to

CAP. He learned how to fly his first plane

an end, Jaedon is reminded of his homeschool

through hands-on experience. Jaedon has

life and his plans when he was a child. When

learned some valuable lessons in how to

he started his homeschool journey, his mother

manage school. Specifically, he found that

used a curriculum called Tapestry of Grace,

doing school in bed is an awful idea, and

written by Marsha Somerville which she had

paying attention in math class is vitally

also used for her older children. “[We] heavily

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foreign language classes and more dualenrollment college classes. For Jaedon, life is too short to worry.

After graduating high school, Jaedon plans to attend Liberty University in Virginia where he hopes to obtain a degree in aeronautics, and

“Stress makes mess,” he said. "And you don’t

then go on to become a commercial pilot for a

[need to] stress about highschool. Because you

career. Jaedon chose Liberty because it has a

have the rest of your life to worry about it or

great course for aeronautics and provides a

enjoy life. And you need to trust in God to

Christian-focused education.


For these last two issues, we will be saying goodbye to our seniors on the Beacon staff as they will be heading off elsewhere: Jaedon, Colin, Ingrid, and Haddi.

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Healthy Environment

Krysten Myer

Krysten Meyer is a Junior in high school from Colorado. She has several younger brothers and is the only girl. She is a proud history nerd and studies history whenever she gets the chance. She also enjoys reading, serving on her church worship team as a vocalist, and entertaining children with stories whenever she gets the chance. More than anything she is a child of God and wants to grow closer to Him.

Though most students learn creative writing through a classroom setting, Mrs. Cheryl

the students as writers. Communication between students is

Carter from The Academy at Bright Ideas

encouraged in the club, rather than having one

Press has a different approach. Rather than

person do all the critiquing. According to Mrs.

teaching creative writing as a class, Mrs.

Carter, “Everybody is different, and we draw

Carter has developed a club to teach creative

from our differences.” She went on to say that

writing in an unconventional way.

“writing brings out your personality.” There are

Mrs. Carter is currently leading a creative

many different personalities as well as genres

writing club through The Academy that

represented in the club. Student works range

empowers students to share their writing in a

from novels to short stories and poems, from

healthy environment. “I like the club setting

science fiction to historical fiction.

better than one on one or in a classroom,” Mrs.

The purpose of the writing club differs from

Carter said. She uses a combination of

other writing groups in that the goal of the club

instruction and peer interaction to challenge

is not only to develop good writers but to be a

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the students develop into writers with depth to their work and enables them to submit and publish their works. In this day and age, there are more

“It isn’t a place for being perfect, but a healing

platforms than ever to publish writing of any

place to develop.” She added that her club is

kind. Writing is a powerful tool that can be

“a good place to be healed from a negative

used to impact the world, and as Mrs. Carter

writing experience.” Her students are

said, “as Christians, we should be the best

comfortable sharing pieces with each other in a

communicators.” Using both fiction and

loving environment and encouraged to submit

nonfiction to share the Gospel can be a very

their works to publishers. Often the driving

effective form of ministry. “Writers are a vessel

force to submit writing comes from the support

of God,” said Mrs. Carter. “God chose to use

of other students, rather than being instructed

writing to communicate with His people. I give

to do so.

the students information, they get excited and

Mrs. Carter encourages the students to

press into God.” When asked about teen

interact with each other through timed writing

writers, Mrs. Carter said, “Teens have a lot to

prompts and critiques, rather than having a

say from a unique perspective. They have

teacher explain writing principles. This helps

their own ideas that they should share.”

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Dancing in Dubai

Stringer: Ava Zeliadt The Academy at Bright Ideas Press has a

Although most of the time she is unable to

wide variety of students from many different

attend live class due to local limitations in

backgrounds and living in diverse situations.

Dubai, Donna said, “I always feel included

One such student is Donna Penny, an almost

when I watch the recordings.” Her 11am ET

fourteen-year-old student at The Academy.

class occurs at 7pm her time. Dubai is located

Born in South Africa, Donna has lived in Dubai

right on the Persian Gulf on the Saudi Arabian

for her entire life.


Donna has been a student at The Academy

When Donna is not doing school, she

for two years. She takes Middle School

participates in a variety of other activities, but

English classes, which has been her favorite

her favorite is dance. “Most of my afternoon

subject since she started there.

time is spent at the dance studio,” said Donna.

One of Donna’s favorite things about The

“I absolutely love to dance.” Donna performs

Academy is the interaction it enables her to

many different styles of dance such as pointe,

have with other students. “I am not a social

ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary.

person at all,” said Donna, “but I enjoy having

Her dream job would be to be a dancer or

contact with my classmates through the chat

possibly a dance instructor. In her down time,

box and discussion questions.” She loves the

Donna likes taking pictures of and playing with

“real” school aspect of online classes and how

her four cats, spending time with her two

she can interact with other students and the

younger sisters and watching movies with her

teachers from the comfort of her own home.

family. Marvel movies are by far her favorite.

She finds the deadlines especially helpful, as

While she has learned a little bit of piano, one

they help keep her on track with her

of her hopes is to someday learn ukulele.


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Middle School Hobbies

Stringer: Brianna Crawford Fourteen-year-old Anna Cook is a middle

family; tickets are sold to the public. She

school student in Mrs. Amy Craven’s English 1

describes the company as an uplifting group of

class at The Academy at Bright Ideas Press.

believers that “feels like family.”

With many unique hobbies, Anna loves

Anna’s choice of pet is unusual, but it suits

admiring and creating beauty in all its forms,

her perfectly. She has a sugar glider named

from the performing arts to the study of nature.

Skywalker, which is like a “mini flying squirrel,”

Anna is in her third year of performing with

she said. Skywalker often sleeps in a “bonding

the acting company “Inspiring Arts.” She was

pouch,” which hangs around her neck. She

first drawn to acting because of her lifelong

wears the little animal while reading or doing

love of singing. Summer musical theater


camps prepare her for the two productions of

Being able to bond with animals is

the school year. To participate in a production,

something Anna loves, and she wants to be a

Anna must audition to receive a part and then

zoologist when she grow up. Inspired by

commit to two and a half months of rehearsal

Skywalker, she specifically wants to study

in order to learn the choreography. The final

marsupials. Worried about extinction, Anna

performance is not just a recital for friends and

hopes to keep the world as beautiful as when

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working with clay and making journals. One area that Anna wants to hone is her drawing skills. In the past she has always taught herself, but she hopes to get formal

handcrafting. She learned to sew from her

instruction in the near future. Anna not only

grandmother and has made doll clothes, a

enjoys creating beauty, but she loves enjoying

skirt, a bag and even a dress. Anna once had a

the beauty in nature. Her father’s love of nature

shirt she did not like, so she gave it a

influenced her love of the outdoors. She lives

makeover, and it became one of her favorites.

in a woodsy area and likes spending time

“I still wear it today,” she said. She also enjoys


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Opening Doors Through ASL

Stringer: Donna Penny Sign language not only helps the Deaf to

numerous advantages in knowing ASL. One

communicate, but it can open many doors for

benefit for the college-bound high school

those who use it.

student is that ASL is equivalent to foreign

At The Academy at Bright Ideas Press, Mr.

language credit requirements. He adds that it

Ralph Dally teaches American Sign Language

can be a brilliant asset to one’s resume since

(ASL) classes. He has been using ASL for

employers might find signing abilities to be

thirty-five years and has taught it for a number

profitable for their company.

of years. His wife, Carline, knows sign

Mr. Dally is especially enthusiastic,

language, but this son (18) and daughter (16)

however, about how God might use a student’s

don’t yet “speak” it. “Learning sign language

signing capabilities for His glory by using that

has been pivotal to developing my heart for

person to help someone who can benefit from

Christ and sharing Christ with others! I am so

them. With sign language, there are

very thankful that this language has opened

advantages for both the sender and receiver.

doors and opportunities: paid and volunteer,” said Mr. Dally. Deaf ministry has been a part of Mr. Dally’s

In essence, an observation at church when he was a little boy has led to major parts of Mr. Dally’s life being formed. His zeal for learning

life since he was a young boy. He was

sign language was partly fueled because of

introduced to sign language at his childhood

deafness in his extended family. God has

church where there was interpreting for the

opened many doors for Mr. Dally because of

Deaf. “The language was amazing to watch; I

sign language.

was instantly hooked!” he said. After high

A few of Mr. Dally’s favorite family activities

school, Mr. Dally took ASL classes through a

include spending time at the beach, riding

local college. When he could sign fluently, he

bicycles and playing tennis. Mr. Dally owns a

began an interpreting business and also

Coca-Cola memorabilia collection and enjoys

preached at a church for the Deaf. In his

snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. As well

classes, Mr. Dally encourages students to

as teaching ASL classes at The Academy, Mr.

learn sign language because there are

Dally is an executive pastor at his church.

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Adventures in Blue

Jaedon Wilkinson

Jaedon Wilkinson is a 17-year-old senior and lives in Lynchburg, VA. Jaedon is the youngest of 5 children and lives with his brother while going to school and getting his pilot’s license. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol. In his free time, Jaedon enjoys reading, acting, gaming, and writing. He hopes to become a corporate pilot, but continue to pursue acting in some capacity.

Two questions that many homeschoolers

search and rescue operations. In addition, the

continually answer are about extracurricular

cadet (or youth) members of the program are

activities and social life. Some homeschoolers

educated in leadership and aerospace, given

participate in sports, fine arts or employment.

the opportunity to attend unique special

However, one of the students at The Academy

activities, and are prepared for leadership in

at Bright Ideas Press took a different route:

today’s world.

joining the Civil Air Patrol. Luke Kroneck is a

Luke, a Cadet Senior Master Sergeant, has

14-year-old freshman taking Calculus at The

enjoyed his two years in the program. He said,

Academy. Having been homeschooled most of

“being in CAP has helped me come out of my

his life, Luke wanted to get involved in an

shell and interact with other people.” Luke also

extracurricular activity, so instead of sports or

credits CAP with helping him become more of

arts, Luke became a cadet member of the local

a responsible person, preparing him for

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron. CAP is a

adulthood. As a flight sergeant, the first level of

civilian auxiliary force of the United States Air

group leadership, he has become more self-

Force, tasked with several missions, the most

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grounded. “It was a bit of a shock,” he said.

The Bright Ideas Beacon “But I enjoy being able to be an influence on

the 1940s. Today, the program is still saving

other people, especially a positive influence.”

lives, but also benefitting and advancing

CAP is a great opportunity for the nation’s

thousands of youth members. As these cadets

youth to learn leadership skills at a young age.

advance through the program, they are

Not only that, but it is a perfect opportunity for

learning to lead at various levels of leadership,

service, too. The CAP program nationwide is

benefiting from the teaching of drill and

credited with 49 life saves this year,

classes, and readying themselves for a healthy

accomplished through their emergency

life through fitness. Not only that, but cadets

services program, where cadets and seniors

will also be given the opportunity to earn

(adults) learn to use maps, track lost persons,

scholarships to get a higher education. Military

use ES equipment, locate crash sites, care for

schools also look highly on CAP cadets,

the injured, and much more. Luke says that

knowing they have been trained well and

emergency services are his favorite part of the

already know things like drill, leadership, and

program. “I wanted to do something to help

uniforms. Certain perks can also be earned if

other people in any way I could and ES

a CAP cadet enlists in the military, specifically

provided that opportunity.”

automatic advancement to certain enlisted

Civil Air Patrol has been saving lives since


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Jester's Corner What lullaby do dwarf-mothers sing to their children? "Steer, steer, steer your barrel gently down the river. If you don't go fast enough an orc will eat your liver." ~ Sienna Joy, a Beacon reader

With great power comes a massive electric bill. ~ Eli, a Beacon reader When do monkeys fall from the sky? During Ape-ril showers! ~ Evelyn, a Beacon reader A couple years ago I threw a boom-a-rang. Now I live in constant fear. ~ Alex, a Beacon  reader What was Boaz before he married? Ruthless. ~ Shell, a Beacon  reader I went to the doctor and told him that I broke my arm in two places. He told me not to go to those places. ~ Ava, a Beacon reader What’s the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus. ~ Donna, a Beacon  reader 27 - April 2020

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Winner of the Month Q: What is the most popular time to schedule a dentist appointment? A: Tooth-hurty. ~ Sara, a Beacon reader

A grasshopper sits down at a bar. The Bartender says, "We have a drink named after you!" The grasshopper replies, "Who names a drink 'Steve?'" ~ Sarah, a Beacon reader What do you call it when a short person waves at you? A microwave. ~ a Beacon reader Why can't bicycles stand up on their own? Because they are two tired. ~ Taylen, a Beacon reader What do a bucket of glue, a piano, and a tuna fish have in common? You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish. If you're wondering about the bucket of glue: it's completely pointless. ~ Caleb a Beacon reader April 2020 - 28

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. ~ Albert Einstein

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The Bright Ideas Beacon April 2020  

This student-run newspaper is produced by homeschool students with The Academy at Bright Ideas Press.

The Bright Ideas Beacon April 2020  

This student-run newspaper is produced by homeschool students with The Academy at Bright Ideas Press.