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MEET THE STAFF NEWSPAPER ADVISOR Mrs. Chase EDITORS Jesse Tyler (Layout Editor) Michael Santulli (Web Editor) Ashley Kafton (Junior Editor)

STAFF WRITERS Larry Maloney Rachel Belle Isle Andrew Cozzini Christy

Thomas Pottiger Tamazin Moffett Andrew Pennock Morales

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We are now halfway through the 2012-2013 school year and I think that we can all agree that with it have come many changes. Not the least of which being a host of new electives and after-school clubs. In the last issue of Calvary Spotlight we took an in-depth look into one of Calvary Academy’s long running clubs, Servant Evangelism. In this installment of Calvary Spotlight, we will be taking a closer look into two of Calvary Academy’s newest and most exciting after-school clubs, National Honor Society and Key Club. National Honor Society was first introduced into Calvary Academy in the 2011-2012 school year as a club for our school’s highest academic achievers. As many of us are already aware, the National Honor Society is a prestigious national organization that encourages academia, community service, and student leadership. It is for this reason that National Honor Society, unlike other Calvary Academy clubs, has certain requirements that all students wishing to join must meet. The first criteria one must meet to be considered for the National Honor Society is the achieving of a grade point average of 3.25 or higher at the end of his/her first semester of the current school year. Another requirement one must meet in order to be accepted into the National Honor Society is that the individual must have an accumulated 20 hours

of volunteer service prior to the time of application. In addition to these qualifications, the individual must also demonstrate leadership qualities and maintain good character as defined in the Calvary Academy National Honor Society guidelines. While all these expectations may seem overwhelming, there are various ways to meet them. So far the general response to Calvary Academy becoming eligible to participate in the National Honor Society has been unanimously positive among students and faculty alike. When asked of his opinions on Calvary Academy students being eligible for the National Honor Society, Ryan Lamsen (a current National Honor Society member) stated, “I think it is great that Calvary Academy is now involved in the National Honor Society because it encourages the students to go beyond maintaining good grades academically by encouraging them to get involved in various forms of service as well.” I wholeheartedly agree with Ryan that the National Honor Society is a great organization for our school to be involved with as it encourages students to become more involved in their communities as well as assisting them in being accepted into college. Key Club is a slightly newer club to Calvary Academy, having only being introduced this year. Key Club, CALVARY

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like the National Honor Society, is a nationwide organization that exists in many schools throughout the United States. However, unlike the National Honor Society, there are no requirements that one must meet before joining Key Club, as it is a volunteer organization. Key Club’s main focus is to get students involved in their communities and serving others. When asked on her opinions of Key Club and why it is beneficial for Calvary Academy, Liz Silverstein (the current President of the Calvary Academy Key Club) stated, “I think that Key Club is very beneficial to Calvary Academy as a school because it gives students more opportunities to serve their community by helping others.” I, as a current member of the Servant Evangelism team, agree with Liz that it is important for Calvary Academy to offer opportunities that encourage its students to help their communities in order to better live out the Biblical command of serving others. In conclusion, I believe that both of these clubs are worthwhile additions to Calvary Academy. Even though these are both new clubs too, I am optimistic about both of their futures. I truly believe that both of these clubs will prove beneficial to Calvary in years to come and I would highly encourage any students interested to check them out. Written by Andrew Cozzini


Hurricane

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Tragedy struck portions of the generate power and charge mobile were affected. Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, and devices for local residents for free. Calvary Lighthouse was also one Northeastern United States in late Ryan Nelson and Fields Harrison ride of the bases for Convoy of Hope October of 2012. Two months later, a tandem bike to generate power for during the aftermath of Hurricane devastation continues to surround devices on Avenue C in Manhattan’s Sandy. Parents and students of us and those affected by it most. East Village as well. Calvary Academy stepped up to Even now, relief funds are constantly “Give, and it will be given to you. serve when they were emailed coming in and several “The House of Blessing and the Calvary to assist the people of organizations distribute hot the church, the House of meals and materials people Family banded together beautifully to help Blessing, and the Convoy of still need on a daily basis. families rebuild during Hurricane Sandy. “ Hope team that was staying For more than twenty on the Calvary property. years, The Robin Hood Foundation A good measure, pressed down, Many Calvary Academy students has fought against poverty in New shaken together and running over, helped at the House of Blessing York City. Their main mission is to will be poured into your lap. For by organizing donations that were help restore the lives of New Yorkers with the measure you use, it will pouring in. Several teams were sent and to restore poverty-stricken be measured to you.” Luke 6:38. throughout the neighborhoods in areas. The Robin Hood relief fund First United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant and Brick to hand provided comfort and meaningful Toms River, associated with Ocean out household necessities and hot assistance to areas hit hardest by County Hunger Relief, organized lunches. The House of Blessing and Sandy, including the Jersey Shore. clothing, accessories, shoes, and the Calvary Family banded together On December 12, 2012, a Sandy other necessities to shop for after beautifully to help families rebuild relief concert was held in New York Sandy victims were left in ruins. during Hurricane Sandy. City to raise money and restore the Trucks full of brand-new necessities “And they shall rebuild the old disasters and help the victims whose filled the church and neatly aligned ruins, They shall raise up the former lives were shattered by it. The Robin snacks were a great source of post- desolations, And they shall repair Hood Foundation was able to provide holiday cheer. the ruined cities, The desolations of over $20.2 million in grants to more Ocean County Hunger Relief, a many generations.” Isaiah 61:4. As than 160 various groups and still non-profit organization, operates men and woman of God, we should continues to raise money. around 35 food pantries throughout constantly set aside prayer for those Marc Horowitz, a man with minimal Ocean County which sent packages still in pain and continue to donate damage saw the tragic news reports of canned goods to the fellowship our funds and time to the rebuilding and couldn’t stand to stay home and hall of First United Methodist Church. of homes and businesses withing watch. Since the power where he The senior pastor, Bruce Quigley, our communities. lived never went out, he specifically said the church provided space for Written by Rachel Belle Isle drove to Manhattan’s East Village the distribution center and allowed just to ride a stationary bicycle to those not affected to help those that CALVARY

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NEWTOWN, CT. KINDNESS IN THE WAKE

As I am sure we all have heard, a tragedy occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th of last year. Twenty-six lives were suddenly taken by a gunman who forced his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary school, killing twenty children and six adults. Since then, tens of thousands of people have remembered them in different ways. Cards, flowers, toys, monetary gifts, and enough teddy bears that every person in Newtown could receive two are simply a few of the things people have sent to the families of the children who lost their lives. So many gifts have been given, the town requested that if people want to give, they should consider giving to organizations that could use it more at this point. Newtown has been overwhelmed, in a good way, by the amount of people that rose up to send them gifts showing that they cared and sympathized with them for their overwhelming loss. One idea to remember Newtown is called “26 Random Acts of Kindness.” Tens of thousands of people have joined this movement, and a Facebook page has been created which already has over one hundred thousand likes on it. The idea is to perform twenty-six selfless acts of kindness, whether it be paying for the person behind you in the drivethru or baking some treats for a teacher to show that you appreciate them. This is one easy way to pay

honor to the loss of these 26 lives. what if instead of bullying him for his Many people have remembered disorder, his peers had been kinder? Newtown in their own way, from What if he had been treated fairly New York City Children’s Chorus and encouraged instead of always singing “Silent Night” on Saturday being hurt and discouraged? Night Live, to football player “Our very own Calvary Academy Victor Cruz writing the name of students wrote over a hundred the child who idolized him on his cleats during a game. A group of cards to the children at Sandy Hook twenty children from Newtown Elementary School to show we care.” sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in memory of the twenty As Christians, it is part of our duty children whose voices are now silent. to love and set a good example to They recorded it and the song is now others. 1 John 3:1 says “See what being sold on Amazon and ITunes kind of love the Father has given to with the profits going to several us, that we should be called children charities in Newtown. Many schools of God; and so we are. The reason sent snowflakes, cards, money, and, why the world does not know us is most importantly, prayers. that it did not know him.” Even our very own Calvary We never know what effect we Academy students wrote over a may have on the lives we daily hundred cards to the children at touch, even through the smallest Sandy Hook Elementary School to interactions such as the drive-thru show we care. If students chose, customer behind us, or a clerk they could write several cards to the at a store. In this world full of sin Sandy Hook children. I’m certain they and despair, without God there is were very touched by the kindness no chance of hope. Evil touches and compassion our students so everyone’s lives, even the most lovingly showed. innocent. Out of their grief, many people There will never be a perfect think the solution is greater gun love until the day that Jesus Christ control and more laws to control returns, but until then, as Christians, who can and cannot buy guns. shouldn’t we do as much as we Perhaps this is part of the solution can to prevent tragedies like this to less violence, but is that the real from happening? Galatians 5:22question at heart? 23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, The shooter had Asperger’s (a form joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, of autism) and had potentially been goodness, faithfulness, gentleness the victim of physical and verbal and self-control. Against such things abuse at school by other peers. This there is no law.” in no way justifies what he did, but Written by Tamazin Moffett CALVARY

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Thoughts on preparing for

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High School students listen up! You’re never too young to start focusing on your future. College majors are the first stepping stone of your career path. Having trouble finding a college major? Confused? Indecisive? To be an English major or not to be? These troubles torment high school students each year who have nightmares of walking off the stage at graduation directly into an unemployment line. Breathe, relax, there is a solution for you! The most important thing to do is to find your passion. Try to find what you’re good at doing. Evaluate the good aspects about yourself by becoming involved in new things. Do you work well with people and thrive in a busy, fast paced environment? Are you good at using computers and technology? Discovering more about yourself and finding what your interests are makes choosing a college major much easier. A senior from Calvary Academy, Rachel Belle Isle, decided on her college major by finding her interests. She has chosen to major in Communications. From Rachel’s perspective, “Communications is a very broad field. I’ve had a passion for this at a young age and I’ve always dreamed about having one of my articles in a

magazine or radio station.” It’s a very common major and there are many opportunities within this major, such as broadcasting, marketing, and public relations. If you are a freshmen or sophomore in high school, you are just starting to feel the pressure about your college life. Don’t be afraid to ask a parent or guardian for some tips on how you can start planning your college life. You can also ask a trustworthy teacher that will guide you in the right direction. Taking an aptitude test to help pinpoint your interests can help you as well. Finding your passion and the purpose for your life can be overwhelming but try to have fun with it. You will be surprised at what things you can do. Another thing to consider is for you to start getting involved in the community. While participating in a service, you might find something that interests you and you might want to look into it more. Community service is also a important factor that colleges look at when accepting students. Seniors and juniors, you are on the verge of a new life. Decisions to use your time wisely and make right choices in your academic studies are in your hands. The major you CALVARY

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choose will play an important role in your future, so choose with lots of thought, prayer, and guidance. The number one person to ask about your decisions is God. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He will guide you in the right direction, after all He’s the one that knows the plan for your life. Turn to Him when you feel like you have nowhere to turn and He will reveal to you the perfect choice for you. God puts people in your life to help you as well. They will instruct you and help you navigate this journey through the real world. When you are progressing in the world, you’re going to want a college degree in order to succeed in your career path. As the job market becomes more competitive, companies are requiring more qualifications from their applicants. Choosing a college major that best fits your strengths, personality, and interests is the best thing to strive for. The choices you make now will greatly influence your future, either positively or negatively. You will be surprised at what things you can do and how you can positively affect this world in a huge way. Written by Christy Morales


Making and breaking

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From getting ready in the morning prompted by a particular condition to produce a transformed habit. In to brushing your teeth before you go for each time it carries out a habit. this way, it is possible to change to bed, habits are a large part of your The condition portion of the habit is existing habits. day. Because habits are so pervasive, known as the “cue,” the action that Habits are a huge part of daily life. they can easily be overlooked. They it carries out is called the “routine,” They are the reason for excellence. are nonetheless the driving force of and the reason for executing the Additionally, they are a major factor the learning and development that habit is called the “reward.” Thus, for in determining character. This is enables people to accomplish great a habit to form, all three elements why it is critical to watch thoughts, things. For instance, Michael Phelps must be in place. actions, and habits. Ephesians 5:15 used a specific set of habits to this up when it says, “Be “By watching your thoughts and sums train for and succeed in the very careful, then, how you Olympics. actions in order to cultivate positive live -- not as unwise but as Although we praise him wise, making the most of every for his great athletic feats in habits now, you will reap a better future opportunity, because the days the events, it is important to for yourself in the years to come.” are evil.” For this reason, it is recognize the role of habits in essential to watch how we live. his accomplishment. Aristotle once Additionally, for the habit to exist, For further insight into habits, I said, “We are what we repeatedly do. a craving must be present. For recommend reading The Power of Excellence, then, is not an act, but instance, think of a box of donuts Habit by Charles Duhigg. It explains a habit.” Therefore, it is important to sitting before you. The cue to eat the the theory and research behind understand habits along with what donuts would be the sight and smell habits along with their impact on influence we can have on them. of the donuts, the craving would be society. Habits can be likened to the the anticipation of the donut’s flavor, Although habits often feel autopilot function on a plane. Once the routine would be the process of automatic, they are under our control. engaged, they perform without eating the donut, and the reward It is important to remember that we requiring much thought. They are would be the taste of the donut. It’s are responsible for our actions now, the brain’s way of saving energy by pretty easy to see how we could regardless of what habits we have constructing a routine to use each make a habit of eating donuts. developed in the past. I challenge time a certain condition is met, rather The process for changing habits you to watch how you live and than thinking through the process is similar to the process for creating develop positive habits. By watching each time. This makes the brain them. However, while the routine is your thoughts and actions in order much more efficient. The process by changed, the cue and reward must to cultivate positive habits now, you which the brain translates a series of remain unchanged to produce a will reap a better future for yourself actions into an automatic routine is different action for the same habit. in the years to come. known as “chunking.” Thus, although the habit itself is still Written by Andrew Pennock As mentioned earlier, the brain is in place, the action can be replaced CALVARY

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“The first thing people often think of when they hear Mars Hill Music is that we’re a group of punk rock Calvinists who hate the modern worship movement. Mars Hill Music is setting out to change that perception. Our music is not an expression against anything but instead an outgrowth of our theology, who we are, and the communities our churches are in. We love Jesus and are expressing that love in our own way”

Mark Driscoll with Jeremy Dunn These words by Jeremy Dunn, former employee of the record label Tooth & Nail and current director of Mars Hill Music, perfectly sum up the goal of worship

Music Review

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music being written and produced out of Seattle megachurch, Mars Hill Church. If you are still unfamiliar with Mars Hill, you may better identify with Mark Driscoll, the church’s speaking pastor who is known for addressing controversial topics in his speaking and his books. Mars Hill’s approach to worship music is fresh and very unconventional. Between their fourteen campuses, they have over thirty bands that play on a regular basis. The goal of this is to create a unique sound for each seperate band and to give each group more time to prepare for their sets between weeks. Their sampler, which is due to be released this March, is now available on Spotify and features fourteen songs by

Book Review

wuthering heights With Valentine’s Day coming up, many people are taking time to appreciate and honor the people they love. There is something about a good love story that can bring people together, mainly over a box of tissues. From Romeo and Juliet, to Jack and Rose, even Shrek and Fiona, love stories have had the power to bring people to tears—both from emotions and laughter. One of the most iconic love stories of all time, Wuthering Heights, was written by 20-year-old Emily Brontë in 1847, just months before her death. It follows the tragic life of Heathcliff, a dark man taken in by a wealthy English family that lives on Wuthering Heights estate in northern England. He falls in love with his adoptive sister, Catherine, who is extraordinarily beautiful and tormented by her love for Heathcliff. The couple hates and loves each other in equal measure, constantly fighting and

threatening suicide. Their tumultuous romance eventually harms the people living on the neighboring estate, Thrushcross Grange. The epic love between Catherine and Heathcliff is so powerful that it translates even in death. The story of Catherine and Heathcliff has enthralled readers for years, enchanting them with words of both love and hate. The powerful themes of Wuthering Heights— love, death, and betrayal— makes for an incredible story, but not one for children. Also, the book stays true to the time period and uses words and phrases not found in modern society, but many editions provide a few pages for translating parts of the book into modern-day words. The language in the book may also be inappropriate for younger readers. Along with the language, there are dark themes to the book as well, such as ghosts, demons, and death.

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ten of the bands that play week to week at Mars Hill’s campuses. Each of these bands also has their own EP’s already and some are already in the process of creating full length albums. When listening, there is certainly a distinguishable difference between this and the songs you probably hear on a Sunday morning at your church. The motive with this difference is the thought that not all worship needs to have the same sound. While the mass appeal of Hillsong and Chris Tomlin are beneficial to churches, I believe that Mars Hill’s approach is exciting and presents the same heart for a different audience. Written by Jesse Tyler It is important to keep Christian values in mind when reading love stories, especially Wuthering Heights. The kind of love that the characters share is dangerous and violent, contradicting the love that God intends for his children to have for each other. As Christians, we must read the book with a grain of salt, always remembering the call and conviction we have on our lives. So, this Valentine’s Day, remember to love others in a godly way, keeping the Bible’s standard of love front and center. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Author: Emily Brontë Genre: Romance Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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SENIOR BIOS Brandon Robles

What are your college plans? Brookdale and then John Jay University What are your favorite things to do? Motorcross and hanging out with friends What nicknames do people have for you? Brando, Marbles, Turtle Childhood fear? Snakes What can you not the house without? iPad, gum, and wallet If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things with you, what would they be? Waterplane with full tank and GPS, food and water, Robert and Chan

Elizabeth Silverstein

What are your college plans? Nursing program at William Paterson University What are your favorite things to do? Play sports What can’t you leave the house without? Clothing Favorite Scripture? Proverbs 30:7-9 If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things with you, what would they be? The Bible, Kyle (and his items), a good chef Describe yourself in one word? “Amazing :)”

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Kyle Giddes

What are your college plans? Major? A military academy What nicknames do people have for you? Kyle Favorite Scripture? John 3:16 If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things with you, what would they be? A helicopter and two tanks of gas

Michael Santulli

What are your college plans? Probably Gordon College What nicknames do people have for you? Michael Jordan What are your favorite things to do? Playing music, sport, and hanging out with friends What is your favorite album at this time? Asaph’s Arrows by Kings Kaleidoscope Unusual talent? I can grow a mean ‘stache If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things with you, what would they be? A Bible, a hatchet, a boat

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Calvary Wire February 2013