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BEHIND THE COVER For Issue One our theme is “Diving into a Deeper Perspective With a New Point of View.” We brainstormed many concepts to capture this theme in our cover photo and eventually decided to have a close-up of an eye concentrating hard on the world. The world is in fast motion accepting new ideas and technology, while people adjust to keep up staying true to themselves. We took a picture of students at Geneva in fast motion to represent the changing world, a photo of freshman Sydney Dennis’ eye to represent one looking at the world with a deeper perspective and a photo of senior Maddie Cupit to represent one standing firm in their beliefs (If you look back at the cover you can see both Maddie Cupit and the Geneva students in the eye).

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ABOUT US: All verbal and visual content is solicited and selected by the Quarterly Staff. Approval is garnered from the adviser and Headmaster, Rob Shelton. All writing is subject to byline approval for accuracy and integrity. If you have any complaints or see any errors, please contact rryden@genevaschooltx.org. We are proud to announce our four-year membership to the Columbia Association of Scholastic Press, where we have won the Crown Award the last two years and received a gold medalist rating. We are also members of Texas Interscholastic Press Association where we have been awarded the highest rating of Award of Distinguished Merit for the last four years and have been members of the National Scholastic Press Association in the last year and received an All American rating.

EDITOR THOUGHTS WE’RE BACK, AND better than ever with COLOR! Quarter one was fast and furious but we made it to the end. Thank you for taking a break as you start quarter two. This is volume five of the Geneva Quarterly, which is a significant mark. Our mission is to dive deeper into perspectives from our religious life on the boardwalk to the coach’s impact on student athletes, from south Texas hurricanes to the evolution of movies, and from an argument for sex education to how music affects your brain. We hope to expose opposing views through on today’s cultural landscape in our new section “Issues.” This year we decided to expand our journalist abilities by branching out to create a website where we post weekly stories and reminders to keep the Rhetoric School community updated on school activities and events as well as news on campus. Our goal for volume five of the Geneva Quarterly is to look at the world with a new perspective. So I challenge you to look harder for the deeper meaning and go that extra mile this quarter to find a bigger purpose in all that you do. Enjoy Issue One!

Sincerely, Emme Owens, Chief Editor of Content Ruth Wacker, Chief Mananging Editor Carissa Georgelos, Chief Editor of Design

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Chief Managing Editor, Ruth Wacker Chief Editor of Content, Emme Owens Chief Editor of Design, Carissa Georgelos


Photoshop Editor, Anna Riedlinger Indesign Editor, Aisling Ayers Photography Editor, Jacqueline Knox Editorial Editor, Nathan Young


Lauren Jarvis Jayne Goodman Alexa Georgelos Ryanne Fitzgerald


Katelyn Davis Luke Bower Braden Hall Ashton Landis


STAFF MISSION The Geneva Quarterly, a student-led Rhetoric School publication serves to provide Geneva and surrounding communities with relevant and accurate news, opinions and entertainment centered around our student culture. Our staff strives to instill boldness, creativity and excellence through our published work. We aim to discover truth in our community and to write all pieces from a Biblical worldview to the glory of Jesus Christ.

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Matthew Schroder Gabi Griffey Jackson Young Gracyn Freiling


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PREACHING FROM A TEACHER’S DESK Not every school has a former preacher to guide students through senior year humanities. A look at how Mr. Dirk Russell came to teach. INTERVIEW BY EMME OWENS

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OWENS: HOW LONG have you been at Geneva? RUSSELL: My first year was 2004, the first year on this campus. I’m starting my twelfth year of teaching. OWENS: How did you find Geneva and what brought you here? RUSSELL: I was the minister of education at a church and we had a school that we converted into a classical Christian school. As we were doing that, we started talking to other classical Christian schools, and in 2004 there weren’t a whole lot of them. We knew about Geneva, so I met Susan Dunn, the first headmaster of Geneva. Then I left that church and I was going to plant a church and needed to be bi-vocational. I loved teaching, I loved classical Christian education so I called Susan Dunn and that’s how I ended up here.

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OWENS: How have you see the school change? RUSSELL: There are a lot of obvious things, but when I first started we just had a few of those portable buildings and it still felt like an experiment. I taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade at first. The eighth grade was four people and seventh grade I think was five or six; by Christmas, the eighth grade was gone. They all just ended up leaving and the seventh graders stayed and eventually moved into eighth grade, but then there was only five. That sixth grade class became the first graduating class but it still was kind of this ‘Are we going to be able to go into high school?’ thing. I think we had a soccer team but we didn’t even have a real field. It was where the football field was but there were no stands. The people who were here before did great, but when Mr. Ryden came and the families in that sixth grade class committed to see it through to graduation [things] really kind of turned the corner. Mr. Ryden came and brought on Mr. Shelton and it began to change.

OWENS: What do you think makes Geneva so special? RUSSELL: I think it’s the same thing everyone says: it is the community. It’s the people who are willing to just live life together. People say that all the time, but it really is true. I think we have great leaders who hire people to do their job. They trust them and they respect them, and it just kind of permeates everything in the community. I think we have great leaders from the board to the head of school and that’s a big deal. It really is a unique place when students come back and invite their teachers to their weddings. I’ve never seen any place like this.

information, but twelfth graders are starting to think about real life that ‘I’ve been here at Geneva but I’m moving away and I need to start thinking about real life’ and so I really try to gauge what I teach twelfth graders toward that. Not just getting information for the sake of information but to really start thinking about ‘What does my life as a follower of Jesus Christ look like when I’m not at Geneva anymore?’ And twelfth graders, because they’re getting ready to leave, are ready to have that conversation where the younger students are not. It gives me an opportunity to hopefully have a longterm impact on the students’ lives.

OWENS: How do you think Geneva students are different from other students? RUSSELL: I think there’s a willingness to really think and wrestle with ideas. I think in a lot of schools there’s an exchange of information that happens and of course you have to have information [because it’s] important. But Geneva students are willing to wrestle with ideas and they’re willing to challenge themselves and each other. I can throw out a question and students are eager to jump in and engage. It’s not a passive endeavor here. I think the students see the value in being good thinkers and I think that’s what makes Geneva unique.

OWENS: When did you leave and then return? Why? RUSSELL: I was here for six years, gone for two and then came back. I was full time pastoring [during those two years]. The church I planted wanted me full time and then I had the opportunity to come back. I don’t necessarily think I had the intention of coming back but I had been friends with Mr. Shelton for a long time, even before he was here, and he gave me the opportunity to come back part time. God used my coming back to change the direction of my life vocation. I always thought I would be a pastor, but coming back made me

OWENS: What are all the jobs you have had at Geneva? RUSSELL: When I started I taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade Bible and history. I then moved to teaching twelfth grade. Before Mr. Arizpe got here I was the sound guy. I set up for all the assemblies. The first benefit here was on the old covered patio and we had to run cords down to it. I was in the ditch in front of the building. I had no idea what I was doing as a sound man, but I helped Mrs. Moeller with the plays when she did them. Currently I’ve taken on the assistant to the head of school. I was probably janitor at times before we had a cleaning service. OWENS: What brought you to administration? RUSSELL: The opportunity presented itself and I pursued it to a certain extent, but I love teaching and I hope that I’m always able to teach. But I also like big picture idea kinds of things. I think you get to do a little bit more of that in administration. It’s not just ‘What am I doing in my classroom?’ but thinking globally about the school. I had done a lot of that [before] because I was in pastoral ministry for 18 years, so that was really what drew me. OWENS: What makes teaching twelfth grade different from sixth and seventh grade? RUSSELL: I really look at my role as more discipler or mentor. Obviously I’m the teacher and there’s

IT REALLY IS A UNIQUE PLACE WHEN STUDENTS COME BACK AND INVITE THEIR TEACHERS TO THEIR WEDDINGS. realize what a unique place Geneva is. I was just glad that they let me be a part of it and realized that I needed to take advantage of being here. That led to me getting out of pastoral ministry and just devoting my time to Geneva, and that’s where I see myself in the near future. OWENS: Why did you decide to start teaching? RUSSELL: To be honest, I wasn’t a great student, and so maybe it’s just that God has a sense of humor and He made me a teacher. In college, I had to do something called Practical Christian Ministry 


(PCM) and that was the first opportunity that I got to teach and it was exhilarating and fun. I loved just engaging people with truth and ideas. So that gave me a taste of it and made me realize I should probably apologize to some of my teachers. I would have never guessed that God would make me a teacher…never. But once I did it, and was given the opportunity, I absolutely fell in love with it. OWENS: What’s the difference between teaching at a Christian school and preaching? Which do you prefer? RUSSELL: When you’re teaching you’re hoping to have engagement feedback; you want to have a conversation. Preaching is much more structured. I have questions and things I want us to talk about when I’m teaching but often some of the most interesting and meaningful conversations don’t come off of the questions; it’s what develops organically in the class. Usually that discussion is the most interesting, and I think, meaningful part of it. Preaching is much more structured because I have a sermon outline and there are times when you’re preaching and a thought hits you and you kind of go off in a little different direction. We go off in a different direction a lot in teaching and I think that’s good. If we have good meaningful conversations that help all of us think about what it means to be a good follower of Christ, then I’m happy. OWENS: How do you see Geneva in the future? What do you expect to happen to the school? RUSSELL: I think it will get bigger, but I think

the intention is to not get so big that we lose that sense of community, and so I love that we have graduates coming back to teach and I think it will be cool when we have graduates’ kids as students. I see Geneva continuing on along the path that it’s going. Mr. Shelton says this a lot and I agree with him: ‘If this place ever becomes something other than what it is, if we are not intent on discipleship, if we are not intent on seeing Jesus Christ as King and living under his Lordship, I don’t want to be here.’ Those are the things that make it unique. I think the leadership is committed to that and I’m glad. OWENS: How long do you plan on staying at Geneva? RUSSELL: As long as they will have me. I really see myself as fortunate to be here. As long as they will let me stay, I want to stay. I really love it here.|


Russell leads seniors through the modern era of humanities starting with “The Scarlet Letter.”


An examination into how having a Christian priority over a classical one reflects the actual culture of the campus. BY AUDREY RYDEN

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AS IS SAID at every benefit, every pep rally and every assembly, Geneva is a special and unique place. Mrs. Hillary Short claims, “It is Narnia.” When a selfless act of picking of trash occurs, people exclaim, “That is just the Geneva way.” Faculty claim this is the best job they have ever had, including Dr. Rodney Lloyd, who said, “{My] whole life purpose has been to prepare myself for this.” Parents insist that this is the best place for their students as they long for the education themselves. Our alumni come back every year and say without fail that this place helped them in the real world immensely. When we hear these things, the question that immediately springs to mind is “How special is this place really?” usually followed with an angst-riddled “Oh sure, this can’t all be true… it’s just a school after all.” The uniqueness of our school comes from many characteristics that can be quantified like the fact that we are in the Hill Country of Texas, or the fact that we do not suffer from having other private schools to choose from on every block. But when you arrive at the center of the issue, most of the characteristics are not quantifiable. It is just Geneva. HOW GENEVA IS SIMILAR TO OTHER SCHOOLS In the San Antonio area, there are hundreds of other private, Christian schools, and all of them have aspects of their school that are similar to ours. If you had to strip Geneva to its core, it would consist of the mission statement, the honor code and our faculty. These are the things every potential family sees before they come to Geneva. These are the things we all have memorized perfectly. They set the tone for our school, but they are not entirely unique to us. Almost all schools have a mission statement, an honor code and every school has to have a faculty to teach the students. For example, TMI’s mission statement is “to provide an excellent educational community, G| 12

with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, challenging motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership.” Saint Mary’s Hall’s honor code is “I am a student of Saint Mary’s Hall. I will not lie, cheat, or steal. My signature is my word, and my word is my honor,” which both have similar wording to our own mission statement and honor code. All these schools have similar values and requirements to ours, and they expect their students to uphold these values and meet these requirements. All these schools also have some sort of religious culture on their campus, due either to their Christian exclusivity or their Christian heritage. These schools have sports programs, academics and organizations similar to ours as well. We are connected with these schools around us, whether it is through TAPPS competitions, non-district sports competitions, or helping each other out in service projects. Our similarities unite us together. We all love the Lord, and through competition or service, we all seek to praise His name. HOW GENEVA IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS While we are very similar, there are still several things that make Geneva unique. For one, Geneva is defined as a Christian and classical school. Out of the thousands of private, Christian schools in Texas, only around 40 of them are classical, meaning that they are based on the trivium whereby students are taught in the ways of grammar, logic and rhetoric. The school implements these courses in order to teach the students how to think logically and how to articulate an argument, like schools in the ancient world. We also have many awardwinning programs within our school, which also differentiates us from the schools around us. One of these impressive achievements is our seven-year winning streak for the Henderson Cup. The Henderson Cup is a competition in which every single TAPPS school competes.

Each school gathers points throughout the year through competitions in academics, athletics, and fine arts. The further along a school makes it in one of these categories, the more points they obtain. Most schools earn the Henderson Cup because they accumulated points through one category, but every year we have won it, we placed in all categories. So, on top of winning this award seven years in a row, we did it in arts, sports and academics. But, none of these things really matter in the long run. The thing that really sets us apart, the thing that should be our sole concern as a school, is our approach of the faith.

into fights. At my old school, almost everyone went to the same church, so if you believed in something different, people would judge you.” As a school, we are extremely open about all parts of the faith. We also have kept our Christian roots and have not left our faith behind. For example, Saint Mary’s Hall started out as an Episcopal school. They were organized by the local church, and they held on to their Christianity for about 100 years, until recently when they dropped the Christian part of their education and became a private school for “all faiths and beliefs”. We have not given up on our faith or values. Geneva has created a place where we can come and see the world through a Christian perspective, and we are taught from the Bible and its teachings starting at a young age. The only reason we remain the same institution today that we were from the beginning is because everyone here knows that our priority is to further our faith and to look at the world through a Biblical lens.



Sophomore and relatively new student Brooke Radigan, when asked how Geneva is different from schools she’s been to in the past, said, “Christ is more open and talked about here. Even though I went to a Christian school before, we didn’t talk about Christianity all that much.” At Geneva, we have a very open way of approaching Christianity. We can attribute our understanding of the Word and of Christianity to our faculty. All of our teachers and administrators are strong Christians willing to converse about any part of the faith. Each and every one of them prioritizes faith in our classes. Our mission statement is written, “The Geneva School of Boerne exists to provide a classical education from a Biblical worldview,” and all of our teachers truly live this out. Sophomore and new student Jack Cupit said, “There are more denominations and more Catholics here than at my old school. Also, everyone is more accepting of the different types of Christians. Like, in our classes, we can discuss our differences without getting

As a school, we often talk about our faith and beliefs. During assemblies on Monday, Head of Rhetoric Rob Shelton leads us in a discussion of the Bible very much like a sermon. In every class, the teacher opens or closes their time with prayer. We experience God every day, as it should be. The only danger in this is students start to think being at school is enough for their faith; that the school can fill in for church or Bible study. But, just because we discuss God and His Word at school does not mean that you are giving God enough time to fully worship Him and give Him glory. Shelton said, “Geneva, as a school, is a part of the discipleship of the Church, meaning Christianity as a whole, but we are not the local part of the church. We cannot perform the sacraments, and we cannot provide the type of community local churches do.” Church is a necessity. Time in prayer outside of school is crucial for your own wellbeing. | 

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Writing essays is one of the hallmarks of a classical education. Here is advice from the humanities teachers on doing it well.

WRITING. WE ALL know it. We all read it. We all have to do it. Many people make a decent living off of it. Not kids though. Throughout school, students are “forced” to write essays and summaries and thus are conditioned to think of it as a chore. It becomes nearly impossible to write something meaningful without catering to what might earn a good grade. Writing has been labeled in our heads as a terrible thing that cannot be accomplished. People even see writing as worse than exercise. This laxity towards such a common practice cannot be good for our future welfare. It is high time that we embrace its necessity and begin to think of writing as a possibility. Throughout all of “written” history, only a limited number of people have arguably mastered (or at least achieved fame based on their skill in) the art of writing. Why? Because it takes a little bit of hard work? Of course it’s hard. Do you think landing

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on the moon was hard? By all means! But we beat the Russians didn’t we? We beat the heck out of them! First dog in space? More like first man on the moon…In your face! Okay, I’m getting a little carried away, but my point still remains: people aren’t good at writing because they believe they aren’t good at writing and thus never will be. Just as if you believe you have a bad memory, you convince yourself that you have a bad memory and will never put the effort in to improve it. In the spirit of writing, I have taken it upon myself to arrange for your reading pleasure an outline of some of the most important things when it comes to writing, not from me, but from the many teachers of Geneva who require writing assignments for grades: Mr. Rob Shelton, Mr. Paul Johnson, Mr. Steve Tye, Mr. Shawn Harrild and Mr. Dirk Russell.

THESIS WORD CHOICES • Make sure to have a concise thesis and to have the • Use the correct form of their (or there or they’re) rest of the paper work towards it. and its (or it’s) • If a sentence or section is not forwarding your • Be willing to get rid of it where it’s not working. argument or supporting your thesis, why is it there? • It could be a hilarious sentence that doesn’t actually • If you boil down everything you are trying to say in fit in. your paper…that is your thesis! • Don’t provide so much information that it is GRAMMAR overwhelming, but be sure to both prepare (in the • Make the grammar consistent. • If you’re going to use passive voice, make sure it’s intro) and reiterate (in the conclusion) what the consistent (warning: this is entirely dependent on reader has just read and why they read it. REMEMBER, WRITING IS A PROCESS the teacher, most don’t like it). • Don’t throw away your “Little Seagull’s Handbook!” • Don’t expect to write a gold mine your first time • On second thought, make it your best friend! around. • Work citation is not difficult to remember if you • Constantly reread and rework/edit. remember the reason for it: so your reader can • Never submit an essay without reading it aloud. identify and find your sources with ease. • Sloppy work citation hurts your ethos. • If someone can’t trust your scholarship, then why • Ask a friend(s) whom you trust to read your paper should they listen to your opinions? and to be brutally honest. LANGUAGE MAKE EM’ LAUGH th • Don’t write like you’re a 13 Century poet if • If you can make your reader laugh in your you’re not. exordium, it can help take away some clunkiness • Don’t use essay-ish language. • Indeed, it is imprudent to compose as if to awe your and over-the-top formality. WRITE. hubristic pedagogue. • Never write an essay as if it is the fulfillment of an • Write whenever you can assignment. • Write before you leave for school. • Instead, write as if you’re convincing someone of • Write in the car. an argument; not too formal yet not informal either. • Write when you get home. • Be intentional in your writing. • Write about something important to you. • Make sure your sentences don’t mean  • Write about nothing at all.| G | 15 something else.

WORKING FOR A LIVIN’ Summertime adds jobs to some student’s to-do list.




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AMONG THE MANY things that students must do to prove themselves worthy to prospective colleges, a summer job is a must have. As it turns out, having a job teaches personal responsibility, leadership and time management. While most students are relaxing, traveling and of course finishing their summer reading, some are adding a job to their routine and resume. JOEL CALDERON, SOPHOMORE Gratr Landscaping: $12 an hour for about 30 hours a week. “My favorite part about the job was hanging out with Grant Williams and Nathan Young.” Calderon’s job included watering plants which was great when he needed to cool off in the summer heat. ZACH AKIN, SENIOR Jim Bull’s Tree Farm: $12 an hour for 25-30 hours a week. Akin, like other working students, took the job to “pay for my expenses.” Akin said he was “workin’ hard and making a livin’.” AMY AMBELANG, JUNIOR AMC, Starplex: $7.25 an hour for 8 hour shifts that were up to scheduling. Ambelang’s favorite part was the free unlimited Icees. Looking back on her summer, she has quite a few unusual stories about her time at AMC where she found things left in the theaters that you probably would not expect. “It’s a sketchy place,” said Ambelang. JOSH NATE, SOPHOMORE St. Tryphom Farm and Vineyard: $10 an hour for about 14-16 hours a week. Nate’s favorite part was being able to bring home fresh tomatoes. He used the weed eater, mowed and also picked grapes at another vineyard. Even though he got to work with his friend, Joseph Hohne, he sums up his job in three words: “weeds” and “fire ants.” G| 16





JOSEPH HOHNE, SOPHOMORE St. Tryphom Farm and Vineyard: $10 an hour for 24 hours a week. “I had football then had to go in the hot sun from 2-5 in the afternoon. And I had to dig the holes for the posts, but they ran into a rock, and I had to get them out with an axe. [I had to do] mile long rows and there were 25 rows. That was last summer, but I worked the same job [this summer].” His favorite part was riding the lawnmower around. He also pulled weeds around the vines, picked grapes, moved horses, picked up manure, cleaned the pool, mowed the grass and of course dug post- holes. He summed up his experience, “It was hot.” GRANT WILLIAMS, JUNIOR Gratr Landscaping: $10 an hour for about 25 hours a week. Williams likes landscaping, but says his favorite part about the job was “definitely just being with Joel and Nathan; it was just way more fun working with them.” BEN ROSS, JUNIOR Garthfield, Washington orchard: $15 an hour for five days a week, 8-5 everyday. “We sold apples, prunes, cherries and cider apples…lots of different types of apples.” Ross lived there for two months over the summer with his aunt. He enjoyed his job and was able to do a lot of cool things like ride tractors, fix water lines and plant trees. Ross said, “The entire time you really really want to quit, but afterwards you feel really really accomplished with everything you’ve done.” Ross’ funniest moment was when he and his cousin were weed-eating the orchards and he stooped to fill the weed eater with gas. When he looked up, he realized that a bee’s nest, roughly the size of his head, was very close and if he kept going, “[I] would have died.”| 

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The Rhetoric school has loosened its grip on what socks girls can wear. BY BRADEN HALL

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ALL GIRLS MUST wear knee high navy blue socks, no socks with logos or crazy prints. Plain knee high navy blue socks are the only socks permitted. The rules have changed…Girls are no longer confined to these unnecessary and restrictive rules. Girls are now allowed…a choice. We can choose our

socks! That’s right ladies, no more navy knee-highs, no more scratchy socks that refuse to stay up and end up slouching around your ankles. We can wear socks with superwoman logos, cats, ostriches, or ice cream; literally any kind of socks you want. You can choose your socks.|


Stolle still has her navy socks.


Hallmark kept her navy socks for AIM days, but has at least 20 pairs of fun socks.

“I HAVE A PAIR OF SOCKS FOR EVERYDAY OF THE MONTH.” -Mackenzie Fitzgerald, sophomore Fitzgerald got rid of all of her navy socks and has two drawers full of socks which she estimates to be around 35 pairs.

“THE NIGHT BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL I WENT TO AMERICAN EAGLE AND BOUGHT 12 PAIRS SO I COULD HAVE A PAIR FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.” -Lindsey Zuniga, freshman Zuniga has two baskets full of at least 40 pairs of socks and got rid of all of her navy socks. G| 18

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With every new year, comes a new group of freshmen who descend on the Rhetoric School campus. You might be surprised to find who is now walking on the boardwalk next to you.


Iyer placed seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year.


WHEN MOST KIDS come back home from a long day at school, the last way they want to spend their free time is studying. For freshman Alex Iyer, however, this was exactly what he wanted to do. From sixth grade until eighth grade, Iyer prepared for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Every day he would crack open a dictionary or look at his extensive list of spelling words. He first became interested in spelling when

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watching the movie “Akeelah and the Bee.” He was inspired by watching how far she went in the spelling bee. Before he started preparing for national competitions, he competed in local school spelling bees. “In third grade I missed the word ‘midday’ but I knew all the other words,” said Iyer. Next, he competed in the regional bee and placed fourth in fifth and sixth grade. Iyer’s parents took him to see the Scripps National Spelling Bee where he was first inspired and many competitors offered him advice. He began working even harder in preparation to compete. In seventh grade, he took 22nd place. However, Iyer was far from giving up on spelling. His goal was to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “I immersed myself in the whole thing,” said Iyer. Then, when the spelling bee came, he was approached by news and magazines from all over the country, but he said, “The coolest part was getting on the Snapchat news feed.” It was time to compete. Iyer made it past the tie-breaker round, making him more confident to continue. Then came the second round. Iyer knew every word except for “savate.” He was understandably crushed. Looking back, he said, “I wish I looked at the big picture. It was easy to forget how far I had come. I went from misspelling ‘midday’ in fourth grade to winning seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.”|


Dancing en point takes tremendous strength and practice.




Truesdell puts a latex “wound” on Landis for fun.


AS FRESHMAN JULIAN Claire Truesdell casually walks down the street with a huge gash in her leg, she catches the attention of many as they stare at her wound in shock. Don’t be alarmed, it isn’t real. Layers and layers of tissue paper, liquid latex and coffee grounds all come together to make one wound. Truesdell first learned about special effects makeup when a make up artists came from Six Flags to talk to her drama class. She didn’t realize then that she had a talent for makeup. It wasn’t until Halloween one year when Truesdell and her friend, Ashton Landis, were dressing up as dolls. Landis was struggling with the application of the eyeliner and false lashes when Truesdell applied both the eyeliner and false eyelashes with ease. It was then that she realized that she might have what it takes to make this her new talent. Each look demands hours and hours of practice and an amazing amount of patience. “Some people will do a double take when they see my [special effects] make up,” said Truesdell. In spite of the insane amount time it takes to perfect, Truesdell hopes to pursue special effects make up in the future professionally.|

“I CAN’T, I have dance.” Freshman Cody Lane George uses this phrase almost daily. Every week, Monday through Friday, George laces up her Pointe shoes and prepares for practice. George has been dancing since she was two years old. Because each practice is two hours every day, George must manage her time and have a lot of dedication and patience. This means she prioritizes ballet over her social life. She has made a commitment and it has definitely paid off. George has recently been chosen to be on the senior staff at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. Two years ago, George also earned the privilege of dancing in Pointe shoes. Wearing Pointe shoes requires continuous practice and control; it is an amazing accomplishment to advance to this level. Ballet is also very straining on the human body. George has torn both hip flexors, had countless shin splints and witnessed her friends’ injuries as well. Dancing has taught George many life lessons. “It helps me think, because I always have to learn dances really quickly,” said George. George constantly sacrifices her social life and physical stamina to dance. Ballet is incredibly important to her and her passion is very evident in her everyday life. Dance has always been a huge part in George’s life and she hopes to continue dancing as long as she can.| 

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FOOTBALL As the risks of football are more apparent, high school football receives more and more criticism. Football players and coaches discuss the benefits that they see in playing the sport despite the risk.


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THE TRADITION OF High school football has been building since even before the 20th century— yes, the times when they wore leather caps and no shoulder pads—and it is by far the most-played high school sport in America. However, some are now questioning whether the game should continue to be played. Football leads all other sports in injuries every year: a given consequence of the game. Recently, the primary concern has been with concussions and their long and short-term consequences. Specifically head injuries, along with all the others that the sport entails, have led some to call for football to be banned in high school. Even though helmet and pad protection technology has made significant strides in recent years, studies show that one in five players

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will suffer a concussion in a season, with the total number of concussions far surpassing any other sport. There is no debate that football is a dangerous game, but the question lies in whether there are enough benefits to outweigh the cost. Dean Herbort, head coach of the Geneva football team, is aware of the risks involved with the sport. He played in high school and in college at Sul Ross, and he has been coaching for 38 years. He has fought through injuries himself, and he says that he doesn’t regret his experiences for a second. He believes that the experiences in football go far beyond x’s and o’s, and the lessons it teaches last a lifetime. “There’s not another sport that gets you ready for life like football does,” said Herbort.

GRIND DAILY, CELEBRATE RARELY The team credits their success this year to summer workouts and for the dedication of being a “family.”

Every player on the team is familiar with Herbort’s go-to phrases such as, “Grind daily, celebrate rarely,” or “You’re either getting better, or you’re getting worse.” Although they are repeated frequently, they reflect the mindset that Herbort wants for the team. He teaches that teams will play in their games just like they’ve practiced through the week. These practices during the week can be repetitive, but the players have learned to push through for their Friday night “payday,” as Herbort calls it. Senior and offensive lineman Chris Wilson said, “I’ve learned to work hard and keep going even when it’s not fun or [it’s] boring.” This method seemed to work, as the team went undefeated in their district and won the District Championship in 2016. Hard work pays off, and the football team has been able to experience this firsthand. Sophomore and wide receiver Joel Calderon said that the sport and coaches have given him a sense of responsibility to his team. “I always need to be at practice or I will lose my starting spot,” said Calderon.

This prepares players for future jobs in which they might be penalized for missing days. Even when the going gets tough, football requires the ability to push through. Mental toughness requires you to stay disciplined and to self-motivate. This goes for all sports; improvement results from practicing and making yourself better, without needing someone to make you. Herbort said that this is a key factor to the success of a team. Self-motivation necessitates a level of excellence that is needed in many aspects of life beyond high school. “The biggest thing I’ve found is that you don’t have to motivate the good teams—it’s already there,” Herbort said. Defensive Coordinator Nick Champion believes that football is an important experience in high school. Having played himself, Champion spoke about the lessons he learned that can have a major impact on football players for the rest of their lives, if they are willing to buy in to what the coaches are teaching. “As a player, I learned about: dedication, work ethic, time management, punctuality, managing my emotions, sacrifice and, most importantly, G | 25

WORK HARD AND GIVE THE GLORY TO GOD NO MATTER THE OUTCOME. selflessness. In my opinion, football can be one of the most transformative experiences a young man can have at a school,” Champion said. Another aspect of the game that is important for the athletes to understand is that the coaches know what they’re doing. This can be applied in situations later in life when these players will need to trust their bosses and co-workers to achieve a common goal. Offensive Line coach John Brock said, “I find that once my players learn I am with them, they play hard for me—kind of like my O-line does now.” Through success and failure, football requires the ability to move on to the next play, the next game or the next season. Like in any sport, athletes can’t dwell on their mistakes (or their success) for too long if they want to be at their best: yet another application that will outlast high school. Senior nose guard and center Zach Akin said that football has taught him to “work hard and give the glory to God no matter the outcome.” Coaches in any sport will have an impact on their players, and the Geneva football coaches have done this well. Akin said, “I have been blessed with some great men to coach me. They have shown me what it really takes to be a man of God and given me many amazing life lessons.” Herbort said he has been a Christian his whole life, and faith has played a big role in his time G| 26

playing and coaching football. He came to Geneva three years ago. He shares his faith with his players and has made stronger relationships with them because of it. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that the way I got this job was that God put me here,” Herbort said. Herbort realizes that his influence goes beyond high school. “I’ve had players that come back and talk to me… and say ‘I remember when you told me this or that,’ and that’s when it started to dawn on me that there’s a lot more to this coaching than just getting guys to win on Friday nights. I’ve realized that coaches have a big influence on players and how they go about their lives after football,” said Herbort. The football coaches have been at many different schools and seen countless student athletes, but they see something different at Geneva. Herbort said that coaching at Geneva is easy—a high compliment coming from a veteran coach. “The biggest thing that I’ve seen at Geneva— that I haven’t seen on this level— is the way everybody takes care of one another… they sincerely care about their teammates,” Herbort said. This is something that is backed by the culture at Geneva, and instilled in its students: the idea that students are more than just peers. Their relationships really matter. The community at Geneva extends to nearly every part of the school, and the football team is no exception.

“Grind daily. Celebrate rarely,” is one of the many sayings Coach Herbort stresses.

Physical testaments to this brotherhood come in the form of two signs by the locker room door that read “Family” and “Soli Deo Gloria”—Latin for “Glory to God alone.” As a new tradition, every player gives both signs a smack before stepping on to the field for their home games. Not only are they alike in the blood, sweat and tears that they’ve poured into the game, but also in their common commitment to each other and to God. Calderon is grateful for the family that he has in the team, and he recognizes that this isn’t something you find everywhere. He said, “I have realized how blessed I am to play football with all my friends… it’s really a privilege to run out on the field with those guys.” While injuries are not ideal, and nobody can pretend not to notice them, the trade-off seems to be something that the players are more than alright with. Chris Wilson, a senior on the team who plays offensive tackle, has battled through injuries throughout his high school career, and especially in this past year. He said he wouldn’t trade his football experiences, injuries and all, for anything. “It has made me stronger in my faith because I’ve learned to trust God when things aren’t going well or I’m injured,” Wilson said.

When asked what would be lost if football was banned in high school, Herbort said, “All you have to do is come out here on Friday night… there’s not another event that takes place at Geneva that gets as many people together as a football game.” Herbort is no new-comer to the game, and he believes that football has a great impact on the school’s community. If you disagree, any Friday night in fall might just prove otherwise. The attendance at the games is, in a word, outstanding. With the band, the cheering fans, the commentator on the loud speaker and Mrs. Nate’s signature war-cry (you’d recognize it if you have been to a game), the crowd sets the tone for the games under the Friday night lights. The stands are always packed with family and friends in support of the team. Junior and running back Devon Ahrens said, “Everyone from my little brothers to my aunt and grandparents love to come to watch and cheer me on. It’s so fun to look up in the stands and see them yelling for me.” The undeniable community and fellowship that football brings about are priceless. This along with the valuable lessons it teaches its players makes football invaluable in a high school. In the end, it’s up to high schools, coaches, parents and players to decide whether all the benefits are enough to outweigh the definite cost of playing the game.| 

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Music makes everything better...especially practice. Here are the top 15 songs from the fall sports teams' Spotify workout playlists.


“PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC” Wild Cherry “MY GIRL” The Temptations

“APACHE” Sugarhill Gang



“YMCA” Village People “DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY” Bobby McFerrin “MORE THAN A FEELING” Boston

“LADY 95” Styx

“REBEL HEART” The Shelters

“FORTUNATE SON” Creedence Clearwater Revival

“LET’S GET IT ON” Marvin Gaye “LA GRANGE” ZZ Top


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“I GOT YOU” James Brown



“BELIEVER” Imagine Dragons


“DARK HORSE” Katy Perry

“DUM DUM” Black Light


“MY BEAT BANG” The Break In

“FIGHT SONG” Rachel Platten

“BREAK MY STRIDE” Matthew Wilder

“BLANK SPACE” Taylor Swift


“NEVER SAY NEVER” Justin Bieber

“THE SAINTS” Heroes For Sale




“I’M TURNT” Lecrae

“CRUISE” Florida Georgia Line

“CHAINSAW” Family Force 5


“NEXT LEVEL” Family Force 5

“BAD BLOOD” Taylor Swift




“SHUT UP AND DANCE” Walk the Moon




“CAN’T STOP THE FEELING” Justin Timberlake


The varsity volleyball team is headed to playoffs after Vaughn’s first season as head coach.

TEAM BUILDING THE VAUGHN WAY Coach Vaughn, the new head volleyball coach, leads her team to be unique through fellowship, hard work and having fun. YOU CAN SEE HER coming from across the boardwalk because of that great, beautiful smile. She has crystal blue eyes and golden blonde hair, towering over you at a height of 5’ 9”, which helped her become a star volleyball athlete at Churchill High School. Having some big shoes to fill, Shelly Vaughn is the new head varsity volleyball coach. She fits in perfectly because of her past experiences with volleyball. Vaughn played in high school and enjoyed every minute on the court. “It was the best thing I ever did for seven years,” said Vaughn. She graduated from high school in 1995 and went on to Texas Tech University. There, she spent her college years preparing to become a history teacher and found a passion for education and a love for children. A couple of years later, she started her coaching and teaching career at St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Alamo Heights, Texas. Vaughn left the institute after her son, Cade, currently a freshman, was accepted into Geneva as a kindergartener and took the middle school volleyball coach position. G| 30


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Her coaching career began in 2008 and ended in 2011. “Coach Tami Owens called me one day and offered me the job, because she was pregnant with her third child, Ella Grace, and she needed some assistance with the middle school volleyball team,” said Vaughn. Since first stepping foot on campus Vaughn has not only given her time, talents and resources to educating, but also her compassion and dedication into the individual lives of those students she has taught and coached. After seven years from 2010 to 2017, Vaughn stepped down from fifth grade teaching to become Geneva volleyball’s head coach. In addition, she has been hired to oversee planning educational trips for the students and is helping with coordinating fundraisers that Geneva hosts. “All of a sudden I felt it was time for a new challenge,” said Vaughn. “I loved fifth grade; it was the greatest job on campus in my eyes, so when I felt like I was being led out, I knew I had to trust that.” Now expanding her horizons, Vaughn continues to learn and grow as the development assistant.

Vaughn has instilled a unity on the courts by emphasizing the spiritual aspect of their relationship to one another.

“I am helping Mrs. Metzger and Mrs. Ward any way I can with trips and jog-athon and any other tasks. They are incredible people full of wisdom and ideas, so I love gleaning from them and getting to spend my days with them. Also, I am in charge of the NASA trip again this year. It will be my eighth year to go, so I’m grateful I can help Grammar School by leading the trip,” said Vaughn. Now, excited for this volleyball season, “I am a huge fundamentals and mechanics girl; I believe that once you know the basics, you have a better chance at succeeding,” said Vaughn. Continuing the routine of tough practices and hard workouts, the players are also excited for this upcoming season and seeing how they will succeed. “I am most excited for the new social aspect of the volleyball team. In the past, we have had a terrible time becoming a close family, but I think Coach Vaughn has set a better mentality for the community of volleyball, and I truly respect her for that. I believe we will have a better chance of succeeding together if we want to be the best,” said senior varsity volleyball player Shelby Miller. Vaughn agrees, “My coaching style consists of building a team; the team that will fight for each other out on the court. It is the only way to win.” Not only has the community of volleyball grown as a family since Vaughn’s impact on the team, but she also sets high standards for her players. “Whatever sport you play, I think it takes the same intrinsic things to be good at it, but I think in volleyball, especially for me, the player has to be coachable and willing to listen to critiques or correction,” Vaughn said. Playing volleyball not only requires physical strength, but mental toughness too. “When I played volleyball, I loved receiving critiques because I always knew that when I did, I could only grow and get better from them,” Vaughn said. Committing much time and effort to the team, Vaughn even created a Bible study for everyone to participate in before each practice. “I think “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis, is one of those books that each time you read it, you always learn something new or are reminded of something you had forgotten. We read it before every practice to put ourselves in a better mindset before we play,” Vaughn said. This creates a good atmosphere for the team, senior and co-captain Hannah Styles said, “The Bible

study helps because in a game when you get upset because you were down by 10 points and you want to give up, you must keep a positive mindset and continue to fight for the team because we are a family.” What is even more special for Vaughn this year is that the seniors on the team were her first THE TEAM THAT class of fifth-graders. WILL FIGHT FOR She is sharing the gosEACH OTHER OUT pel with these students after sharing it with ON THE COURT. IT IS THE ONLY WAY them seven years ago. “These seniors TO WIN. were my first set of fifth graders at Geneva. I just saw God‘s gracious and sweet hand in that I was getting the chance to circle back with so many girls I have been able to cultivate relationships through the years,” Vaughn said. Vaughn has brought a new style and dedication to the team and continues to be a leader and role model for the players. Her favorite moment so far this season was when, “We beat St. Mary’s Hall in our game at the beginning of the season. It showed me these girls were becoming fighters. They were going to battle it out on the court this year and that got me very excited,” Vaughn said. Vaughn continues to love and support her players throughout the season, but she expresses that, part of the goal of team sports is having a place to belong. “Being a coach is not having lots of personal space when it comes to your players,” Vaughn said. “You have got to be available to them in more ways than a teacher would be. It is part of that relationship that is created when you are working so hard to reach a shared goal together. Playing a sport often wears you down mentally, physically, and emotionally, and your athletes have to know that you are there for them. They need to know you love them and have time for them.” As Vaughn continues to lead the girls in this volleyball season, she knows that her time has an eternal purpose. “His grace to me at Geneva has been overwhelming. The students I get to spend time with have changed my life in ways I can’t fully explain,” Vaughn said.| 

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The newest tryout for the vollyball team doesn’t make the cut.

IT AIN’T EASY BEING WHEEZY Junior Nathan Zuniga revisits the world of sports as he crawls his way through Coach Vaughn’s brutal Volleyball practice.

YES, YOU READ correctly. Nathan Zuniga and sports are being used in the same story. I know, shocking! Let’s use this time to laugh a little and pretend like this story is some sick, hysterical joke. Well, the joke is on you because this is actually happening. Believe it or not, I used to be pretty sporty. Actually, now that I think about it, I have played almost every sport you can think of: soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, swimming, track, golf and football. But as you can imagine, my participation in each of these sports lasted as long as my attention span. I ended up quitting soccer because I could never figure out which goal I was supposed to score in. I quit baseball because I realized at a very young age that my parents were trying to make me into a carbon copy of my brother (plus, all I ever did was pick grass in the outfield). I was never really good at tennis, golf or swimming, and I quit basketball after the first practice because I didn’t want to take off my shirt for “shirts and skins.” The only sport that I actually liked was track, but I had to quit that because I wasn’t tall or in G| 32


Layout by Ryanne Fitzgerald Photo by Jacqueline Knox shape enough to jump hurdles. As you can see by all of my very valid excuses for quitting, I’m not exactly the most athletic person. But after a very long hibernation from the world of sports, I, Nathan Zuniga am finally emerging from my cave to give sports one more chance. Now I know that everyone probably wants to see me play football, but just the thought of stepping one foot on that field again gives me PTSD. Despite actually being a pretty good defensive player, I was the team’s trusty waterboy who usually resided on the bench; I never want to see a bench or a water bottle ever again. So instead of getting into shoulder pads, I slipped on some knee pads and joined the volleyball team for a day. Stop laughing, it wasn’t a joke, I actually joined the volleyball team for a day. I’m aware that this is kind of embarrassing, but I’ve been embarrassing myself this whole time, so let’s just keep this ball rolling! This has never been done before, and I am very proud to be the first guy to have ever seen what

Zuniga struggles to breathe while trying to get one serve over the net.

it’s really like to play girl’s volleyball. And let me tell you, it’s hard. And that’s not just me—the slow, asthmatic sloth who can hardly run a lap without having to use up all the puffs in his inhaler—being overly dramatic. Well, they did say that it was the easiest practice they have ever had so maybe I am being overly dramatic. Still, I don’t think everyone understands how much work the volleyball players put in for each practice. When it was time to start the practice, I didn’t even know what we were doing. Some of the players kept telling me what we were about to do and how to do it, but frankly it sounded like some foreign language to me. By the time I said, “wait, I’m confused, what are we doing?” they had already started to sprint down the court. So, I started to run down the court as well (my “running” can be more accurately compared to the movement of a snail). So, I started to slowly wriggle down the court. And even though I was only running at a snail’s pace, I still managed to wipe out. I couldn’t even finish taking two puffs from my inhaler before we started another warm-up called “block, sprawl, transition”. Basically, it’s where you run up to the net, jump up and block, and then sprawl under the net and repeat. Easy right? No one looks graceful when falling to their knees and sliding under the net, but I practically looked like a beached whale. After we finished that, we went back and did more sprints. At this point, I lost count of how many puffs I’d taken from my inhaler, but we still weren’t done with conditioning. Next, we had to do a drill called “100 serves”. We had to overhand serve, run under the net and repeat… and then do more sprints. And I’m thinking, “Serving can’t be that hard; I’m going to be a pro.”


I ended up eating a full course meal of my own words because I think I only made one serve over in that whole drill. I took a small break to try and empty my inhaler of puffs—and by “small break,” I really mean I sat there and waited for the drill to be over. After this, everyone got in a circle, put their hands in and yelled, “Water on three! One, two, three, WATER!” I said, “Wait is practice over?” The girls informed me that we were just taking a water break. I think I started to cry a little. What most people don’t know is that those knee pads cut off your circulation to the point where your legs start to fall asleep while standing up. So I just started trying to keep my balance. We ended the practice with a game called “monarch” where you basically play a real volleyball game but if one person messes up, everyone on that side of the court has to get back in line to play another game. Yours truly messed it up for everyone pretty much every time. I finally got to slip the knee pads off, let some blood circulate back into my legs, and officially quit volleyball. Coach Vaughn gave me a “solid two out of ten,” and that’s honestly enough for me to say that I accomplished my goal (which was to not get into the negatives). At the end of the day, I figured out that I’m not fit to be a volleyball player. This was not supposed to be the end of my journey through the world of sports; I was also supposed to include cross country in this story. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find them when I showed up at Geneva at 6:45 a.m. for practice. Turns out they were running at Cibolo Nature Center. It was probably for the best. It ain’t easy being wheezy, but this asthmatic is going to wheeze until he finally gets one serve over the net.| 

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Sympathize with the cross country runners through a description of the issues they face that are unique to their sport.

CROSS COUNTRY. WHENEVER we hear these words the first thing that comes to mind is death. The countless hours of running, waking up early and actually eating healthy is terrifying to us ‘normal’ folks. While the team does have their fair share of fun—from quoting Lightning McQueen, to getting out at stoplights to scare a team mom—they still struggle with the idea of running in general. Here is a list of the top 10 issues cross country runners deal with. 1.  GETTING READY IN THE MORNINGS. This is a subject many can relate to. But when you’re at school, in a crowded locker room and sweaty and gross from a way-too-hot shower, getting ready is not as simple as it is at home. 2. FOLLOWING A GOOD DIET. Maintaining a healthy diet can be crucial when running cross country, but come on. Really? As freshman Michael Devries said, “I am already in enough of a rush in the morning, but then I have to remember to make a sugar free lunch!” 3. NOT AS MUCH SUPPORT. We don’t usually hear people getting excited about going to a 3 hour meet on a Saturday. “I understand why people wouldn’t want to support cross country as much,” said sophomore Emma Devries, “I mean, who wants to watch a friend run 3 miles in the heat?” 4. PUTTING IN THE EFFORT. Yes, everyone that has ever been in a sport feels this way at times, but it can be really rough on these runners to find motivation to wake up at the crack of dawn and run a few miles. 5. FINDING FREE TIME. After coming home from a long day, all you want to do is sleep. But the case for these runners, and most students in general, is that free time is simply not an option. Whether it’s homework, social life or just getting rest, they don’t

In the heat of the race, Noah Nilsson and Aeden Petty push to the end.

have enough time to continue their hobbies. 6. THE UNIFORMS. If you haven’t heard, cross country’s uniforms are under-funded. Most runners don’t have a problem with them… except for the shorts. The shorts are already tiny enough to begin with so that the runners can move legs easily, not to mention the slit on the side that reaches up unnecessarily high. “They’re just like… really, really short,” said Emma Devries. 7. HEATSTROKE. Running three miles in the heat? Yeah, enough said. 8. GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. Once again, this is a subject most student athletes have to deal with, but when you are running every morning and even sometimes after school, you really need all the sleep you can get. 9. THE COLD IN THE MORNINGS. In contrast to the possibility of having a heat stroke while running mid-day, the runners also mention it can be very chilly when they run in the mornings. “Whenever you wake up, you have to decide whether you want to be hot or cold that day,” said Emma Devries. 10. PICTURES. Having your picture taken at your absolute worst, then having that being used for an article. That sweaty picture with your hair sopping and a bright red face… yeah, THAT picture.

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Layout by Ryanne Fitzgerald Graphic by Sydney Dennis GENEVA, UNLIKE OTHER schools, does not have a wide variety of sports for students to choose from. Different opinions were gathered from students on what sports Geneva should offer. Out of 37 students, the boys, of course, went for more of the rough sports, (although there were a few who wanted to join the dance team). The girls wanted boxing and rugby—mostly to watch the guys beat each other up.|

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The Refugio newspaper from the day before hurricane Harvey hit still remains sitting in front of the abandoned and destroyed sandwich shop.



Layout by Jacqueline Knox Photos by Jacqueline Knox

Hurricane Harvey not only affected our state, but reached into the lives of some of our families and made it personal.

ON THE COAST of Texas lies a small town called Bayside. I honestly don’t know if town is the right word to describe it since the population is barely 300 people. This small town holds such a special place in my heart. I grew up visiting Bayside. I have spent almost every 4th of July, Easter and months of my summers there. Bayside reminds me of my childhood. Every time I go there I am flooded with memories that bring joy to my heart. But now everything is different. I do not see a happy kindergartener swimming in the bay or chasing after her cousins. I see tears. I see destruction. I see a devastated community. The thought of Bayside used to bring joy to my mind and now all that comes to mind is overwhelming sadness. G| 38

Late at night on August 25th, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. Harvey brought dreadful winds and massive amounts of rain. It left trails of devastation and destruction. The area directly around the eye of a hurricane causes the majority of the damage because the winds are strongest in this area. The eye of the hurricane sat on top of the tiny town of Bayside and the surrounding area for six hours. At first, I did not know what to expect. There was about a six-hour window where no one had any idea what was happening. No one was available by phone and it was too dangerous to drive there. That was probably one of the scariest parts for everyone with family in South Texas. No one knew if their loved ones were safe.


A DEVASTATED COMMUNITY. However, soon the phone started to ring and the word got out that everyone survived and was doing well. There was only limited time for rejoicing though because immediately after finding out everyone was safe, we learned that the town of Bayside had been destroyed. The first time my family traveled to the area after the hurricane was heartbreaking. It was the same drive we had taken over 100 times but this time it was different. As we got closer to the coast the damage became more and more apparent. The majority of the trees on the side of the road were snapped in half and almost every single telephone pole from Victoria to Bayside was down. When we arrived in Refugio, the town neighboring Bayside, we were shocked. The gas station was collapsed on the ground. We could see inside individual rooms of the hotel because the walls had been torn off. Houses were reduced to heaps of rubble. Everywhere we looked there was devastation. After seeing Refugio, I knew that Bayside would be even worse. When we finally got there, it was overwhelming. This was a place where I had spent a majority of my childhood. I have so many memories attached to this town. It was absolutely devastating to see this small community like this. Driving through Bayside, you used to see people sitting on the porches of their A-frame houses or maybe walking on the pier or watching their kids play on the playground. The roads were lined with mesquite trees or fields where cotton grew. But now, Crofuts, Bayside’s only restaurant, is missing a back wall. The historic Wood Mansion is leaning at such an angle that you could blow on it and it would collapse. The cotton crops are reduced to scattered white flecks throughout the fields. Some houses are now just piles of cracked wood and broken furniture. Others are missing their entire roof and second floor. All of the roads are lined with giant piles of debris. Nothing is how it used to be, the town of Bayside may never be normal again. The town does not have much, and the majority of the people who live there do not have the funds to rebuild. These people are then forced to move in with relatives or somewhere else more fit to live. The majority of these people have decided to permanently move out of Bayside. This is probably one of the saddest things: the already tiny population is getting even smaller. While in Bayside, I was able to speak with a member of the city council, Mrs. Evelyn Barnes. I walked into the community center, which is headquarters for donations, and there she was. Barnes was hard at work trying to give back to her community as much as

possible. When I asked to speak with her for a possible story, she was hesitant and closed off at first. However, as we talked a bit more, it was apparent that Harvey had a major impact on her. Her entire way of living had changed overnight because of one storm. Even though she is one of the more fortunate residents, as her house did not have any major damage, the pain she felt for herself and the others around her was unyielding. “In my 71 years I have never been through a hurricane like this. This was the scariest thing I have ever been through. We were in a brick home and the roof was coming off. It’s just something nobody should ever go through,” said Barnes. Barnes then went on to explain to me what it was like returning back to her home only two days after the hurricane hit. She said, “Driving from Woodsboro down here was just devastating. It just looked like a bomb had hit this town.” As I talked to her more, she started to break down. With tears in her eyes, Barnes told me that the worst part of the entire situation was “the heartbreak of everybody losing everything. It’s going to take years for us to get back to the same. It is never going to be Bayside like it used to be.” There is so much damage that the residents do not even know where to start. “You just stand around and look at things. You just reach down and you pick up the little things. I have pictures in the yard that I don’t know who they belong to. They are so water damaged that I have no idea where they came from,” said Barnes. Many people do not know that Bayside exists, much less that they need help. The town struggled for a while without much assistance. “For three days we didn’t have water or anything here. On the radio someone said ‘Don’t forget Bayside’ and when they did that, we started getting water. That was a relief. We weren’t forgotten. We were going to get help,” Barnes said. After that, help was sent down to Bayside and the residents started to see a light at the end of this very long tunnel. Right before I left, Barnes tapped me on the shoulder and said one final thing: “Bayside is going to get back. It is just going to take a long time.”|



The inside of a family’s home is exposed along with their pictures and belongings.


This a frame house used to be among the most beautiful in Bayside and now it sits there abandoned and missing a roof.

LENDING A HELPING HAND The Geneva community has worked to help mend the damages caused by this natural disaster. ROOFS ARE RIPPED off and walls are torn down. The wind is violent and the water keeps rising. Hurricane Harvey comes with vengeance in its eye. Hurricane Harvey reached a category four hurricane just as it made landfall in Rockport, Texas on August 26th. It came with almost fifty inches of rain in some places with 110-130 mph winds, and sadly took many of the residents’ homes and possessions away. In addition, the high school suffered major damage as well as businesses in the area. The city of Rockport suffered through torrential rain and pounding winds. Streets and houses were flooded and there was debris everywhere. Many of the families were in devastation and were not sure of what to do. Luckily many people from across Texas have been working hard to bring relief to the people who were hit by Hurricane Harvey. Even a couple


of people from Geneva helped in tremendous ways. Freshman Emma Cress was inspired to help the victims of Harvey because she and many others have family who live in Rockport. Cress started off by asking people for donations, such as: canned food, bottled water and other imperishable foods. Many people contributed to the donations and soon enough almost three U-Haul trucks were packed, ready to be taken down to Rockport and the people in need. “It was horrifying,” said Cress, as she describes what she saw when she arrived in Rockport. Cress said, “the people were in devastation and the city was in destruction. Their homes were destroyed and the kids couldn’t go to school.” Cress went down with her family to personally deliver the donations. When the victims received the donations, Cress was overjoyed to see how happy

Generous donations from all over the US were piled high in the community center waiting to be distributed.


CHANGE A LIFE. and grateful they were. She loved seeing the impact from the donations and how their community came together to support each other, and even how some of the Geneva community came down to support the people of Rockport. Algebra teacher Susan Greenlees and her husband, David, also helped the victims of Hurricane Harvey in League City and Dickinson. When they saw a post about a church wanting help to bring relief to Harvey victims, Greenlees and her husband felt called to be a light to these people. They wanted to be there to help. They drove down to Heritage Park Baptist Church and were separated into teams with people from other churches and even different states. They mainly worked on getting most of the homes cleaned up by tearing out sheet-rock and moldy carpet and clearing debris. Over two-hundred houses had been reached by the church, but there are still many homes and families that need attention. Greenlees said, “It was interesting to see a small church being called upon by God to help others in need and being the hands and feet of Jesus.” Many victims who were blessed by their work were very thankful. They were so appreciative that others wanted to come from so far away just to offer a helping hand. The victims were finally able to breathe and felt less overwhelmed. They simply “felt blessed.” “Everybody has something to give…and

everyone has their strengths. Just being available and letting the Lord use those strengths can change a life,” Greenlees said. “It was just crazy to see,” said Greenlees. Sophomore Chaz Garcia traveled down to South Cypress to help people struggling with the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. His grandparents, who live in Cypress, were victims of this disaster and received about two and half feet of rain. Garcia, his dad and a couple of friends planned to go down to rescue his grandparents. “The entire area was flooded with water. All the main roads were completely underwater and the only way to get around was on a boat,” Garcia said. “It was unbelievable to see all the roads and houses covered with water.” They brought along trucks and a small boat to help people get around. The first day they were there they were unable to reach his grandparents, but they came back the next day with a bigger boat and rescued his family along with other people in the area. Many people were in shock and did not know what to do. The kids wanted to go home, but they had no home to go to. Everything was lost. Others they rescued were so thankful. Even thoughit was devasting all around, they were still happy and continually thankful that people were coming to rescue them.|

Sophomore. Charlotte Walker, takes a year off a school to travel through Europe. Each issue of the Quarterly will chronicle a part of her adventure.

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Layout by Alexa Georgelos Photos by Charlotte Walker Photoshop by Carissa Georgelos SEVEN MONTHS, 12 countries, over 30 cities, and only three travel companions. If you had the chance to travel for a year, would you? This dream has become a reality for me because I actually have this unique opportunity to travel across Europe and the U.K. with my mom and best friend. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” While some people are content with reading one page, I have always desired to read the whole book, or at least as much as I am able to read. The many aspects and possibilities of traveling have always intrigued me. Not only do you learn about the different cultures when you travel, but you also learn more about yourself and the world God has created. About a year ago, I threw out the idea of home schooling for a year and traveling. It wasn’t a completely foreign idea, since several families have done it before me. When my good friend found out about the possibility of the trip, she was eager to join and after her parents somehow agreed, we began planning together. Once we figured out our school situation, everything began to fall into place and the idea finally became a reality. First, we determined our school routine. We would attend online classes and attempt to knock out as much as possible over the summer. Since reading and writing proves to be more easily accomplished on the move rather than calculating and performing labs, we designated the summer for our math and science courses. Not having to worry about these classes during the year enables us to be fully enriched by our surroundings and focus on our humanities lessons. Seeing as our studies are centered around medieval history and literature this year, they will align perfectly with our travels. Next, we figured out our itinerary which was determined by where we wanted to go, and had to account for each family member’s schedule. Once we determined a destination, the search for affordable accommodations began. Each place had to accommodate at least three people, have fast wifi with sufficient bandwidth to support online video, and periodically have a washer. When hunting for places to stay we had to keep in mind that most everything will be smaller than what we have at home. The most interesting challenge was figuring out what to pack. We needed dark, light-weight layers that would dry fast since most places would not have dryers. As for shoes, we only needed a couple pairs of comfortable, versatile shoes and a pair of boots. The only thing that threw a wrench into our packing plan was a Greek cruise, because none of us wanted

to wear black and grey clothes with boots in Greece. Our saving grace was my dad, who will be traveling back and forth several times and can exchange some items as needed. At this point, I should mention my dad is the president of Jon Hart luggage and part of the trip, he will be working the leather show and traveling back and forth for business. Having luggage was not a problem. We planned to limit our packing to one medium-sized suitcase and a backpack since we will also be traveling with additional Jon Hart bags to photograph. We will begin our trip in the only place that I have already visited in Europe: Italy. I hope to meet foreign students my age and get a glimpse of their every day life. Traveling for an extended period of time at a relaxed pace provides the unique opportunity to forge lasting relationships. Besides the history, one of the most intriguing aspects of the trip is the endless flow of fashion, architecture, design, music and photography opportunities. Not only do I get to experience these elements, but I will put a few of them to use by working alongside Jon Hart to expand their market, by photographing their product in unique and well known places. As I’m sure some of you are wondering what kind of crazy people would even consider doing this, I’ll give you a sneak peak into a few of our family’s previous travel extravaganzas. Last summer my parents sent myself, my 19-year old brother and my sister, who had just turned 21, out alone into the Atlantic. Those are the same parents who sent their seven and nine-year old across the country to visit some friends they met at a bus stop in Disneyworld. Eleven years later, my two siblings lost each other in the middle of Paris without any form of communication (they eventually found each other). Our family was also once nicknamed “The Griswalds,” when traveling across California on a college tour with some family friends. Surprisingly, this nickname didn’t even have anything to do with the grizzly bear that cut off my sister and I from our parents, while walking in a river in Yellowstone. While this is only a mere glimpse into the travel background of the Walker family, it should help in the understanding of why we are not intimidated by leaving almost everything behind and traveling for a year. You can learn more about my adventures through my blog or Instagram, as I will be uploading new content regularly. Blog: walkerroundtheworld.com Instagram: @walkerroundtheworld.| 

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EUROPE ITINERARY Oct. 3 Depart for Milan, Italy Oct. 6-8 Verona, Italy Oct. 8-10 Athens, Greece Oct. 10-17 Aegean Cruise MILAN, ITALY


Oct. 17-20 Rome, Italy Oct. 20-Nov 17 Florence-based travel Nov. 17-Dec. 9 Travel through France Dec. 9-15 London/Oxford Dec. 15-25 Austria to Switzerland Dec. 25-29 Switzerland Dec. 30-Jan. 6 Travel in Switzerland Jan. 6-Apr. 2 England, Scotland and Ireland Apr. 2-May 4 Netherlands, Belgium, and etc. May 4 Fly Home






GREAT AGAIN Tired of national politics? Here are some facts you should know about local politics in our growing city. BY RUTH WACKER









EVERY FOUR YEARS the nation is thrown into an uproar over the presidential election. Although people rally and debate quite a bit leading up to the election, when it comes down to it their one vote out of millions of voters can’t affect much change in the end. People choose to vote because they want to change their country in a particular direction. With the craze of the presidential election, citizens might look past the importance of their local government and how powerful their voice is there. Teacher and Boerne citizen Steven Tye, feels passionately about getting people to realize the control they have in their city’s planning. “You’re more likely to accomplish what you desire to be accomplished at the local level than you are at the federal level so I think a lot of burnout happens when you realize just how little your vote matters on the federal level [but] your vote matters a lot more [on the local level] because you are one of 200 versus one of 200 million who voted,” said Tye. Tye suggests other Boerne citizens get involved by merely attending city councils, voicing opinions and concerns to council members, and voting for city elected officials. These city council meetings are open to the public and after the issue is presented, any attendee is invited to speak their worries or opinions on the topic in order to convince the city council members to vote a certain way. Tye also encourages people to protest against the actions they disagree with. In this way citizens can voice their opinions and cause change in their own city.|


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BLOWING OFF STEAM Vaping is on the uprise as one of the hottest teen trends. What are the risks and the rewards?


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A “CIGARETTE” CAN have many definitions. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word cigarette as “a slender roll of cut tobacco enclosed in paper and meant to be smoked.” But some people might not need a dictionary to define this. People who smoke cigarettes probably already have a very clear definition just from the looks they get on the street, the judgment they get from their families and the CAT scans they get back from the doctor. Some might define smoking just as “the last seven years of their life” or “cancer rolled up in some paper.” All in all, cigarettes have gotten a very bad rap over the years. But no one needs to worry about developing diseases like lung cancer from smoking anymore. Now, the world claims it has something revolutionary—something with a smoother, more refreshing taste. It is safer and easier to use. Vaping is this “revolutionary” thing. A “vape” can have many definitions. But do people really care? After all, it is better than smoking, right? Well, people should care because the answer isn’t as black and white as some might think. Some people who haven’t dabbled in the world of vaping might not even know what exactly a vape is. A vape is a device that heats propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin (the two main ingredients in E-liquid) to be inhaled and blown out as vapor. Some E-liquids have flavorings such as Nectar, Vanilla, Melon and many more. This may sound like a fun product to teenagers, but for parents, it might be bad news. Many people’s perception of vaping is either that it’s completely okay or completely bad, but neither are completely true. For the parent, this product may seem like a nightmare—a gateway into smoking cigarettes or marijuana—when this isn’t true. Yes, a vape can be used to smoke marijuana, but that’s a different story. However, this idea of a vape being used as a gateway to cigarettes is somewhat twisted. A study from 2015 tested teens to see if those who used a vape for a year would try smoking later on. The study showed that 75% of teens who used the vape never tried smoking, and the ones who did said that they preferred vaping over smoking. This study proved that the teens who used this gateway ended up shutting the gate themselves. Most people don’t really need evidence or scientific proof to realize that smoking is substantially bad for the human body. That is why so many e-cig and vape companies advertise this product as safer. And that’s

because it is. They aren’t kidding when they say that 16 million Americans suffer from some smokingrelated disease and 480,000 of them die each year. The government has even put a ban on smoking advertisements and commercials. At the end of the day, smoking kills; there isn’t any argument. This is all to say that society is plagued by smoking, and vaping could very much be the answer to this problem. Some doctors will say that they see a great number of people who come in with diseased lungs and extensive asthma problems from smoking, and they recommend vaping as a solution. If smoking, which kills hundreds of thousands of people each year could be replaced with something much less dangerous, then a major problem has been solved. Now vaping might seem like a great product after reading these facts, but just because it’s better doesn’t mean it is in any way healthy. Most vapes do contain very small amounts of nicotine to act as a stimulant. Nicotine is notorious for being addictive and could possibly lead to long-term health issues if those bad habits get out of hand. While vaping only contains very small amounts of nicotine, the more someone vapes, the more nicotine that person intakes thus replicating the side-effects of smoking. If vaping is used irresponsibly, then it becomes the bad guy. Even so, there is no evidence that inhaling a mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin causes any kind of long-term damage to your lungs or heart. However, a few cases of lung disease have been linked to some of the flavorings in E-liquid, but this hasn’t been proven. There is no comparison between the minor risk of nicotine and the massive damage to the heart and its arteries that smoking creates. Some people might say that deciding between vaping and smoking is basically picking their poison. It might be better defined as picking the lesser of two evils, which, in this case, is obviously vaping. Does that mean that vaping is okay? The answer really is that vaping does less harm and it definitely isn’t nearly as bad as its uglier friend: smoking. For someone to smoke, they are practically inviting the Grim Reaper to take them away. And even though vaping might be a better alternative, don’t be fooled: no inhalation of any kind of substance is beneficial. Maybe “better” might mean that it’s just slowing down the Grim Reaper’s journey to the lungs.|

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Junior Eva Beckett gives her personal adoption story from her earthly family to her spiritual family.



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Beckett was adopted from China as an infant and tells her story.

MY BEGINNING IS veiled in mystery. The story goes that the police left me at an orphanage in Guang Zhou, China. I was supposedly born on Dec. 10, 2000. There is no family history. The way my life might be right now if the Lord had not given me my parents is sad. I would have no God to cry out to and I would live in the orphanage or on the streets doing who knows what. I am so thankful the Father did not choose that life for me. Instead, He blessed me immensely by giving me Godly, Christian parents who love me way more than I can imagine. Adoption is a hard concept for some people to wrap their brains around. I know I am adopted and always have known. I do not think of my parents as my adopted parents, nor I, as their adopted daughter. I think of them as my parents and I their daughter. We are family as much as a family who shares flesh and blood. Through my parents (David and Kim Beckett), I learned about God and joined His family. They have brought me up in His ways and have taught me so much. I am fortunate to have such a family. However, God had even more in store for me than I ever imagined. Growing up as a missionary is both hard and wonderful. I have seen and experienced the most interesting things. My parents are very dedicated to the Lord. When he says go, we go. My parents have whole-hearted obedience when God gives them a command. We have lived in Sri Lanka for about a year during the ceasefire of the Civil War and when the tsunami hit. We have gone to South Korea for four years and were in Mongolia for almost a year. All these times were wrought with overwhelming odds, criticism and hardship. Nevertheless it was the Lord’s will and He has carried us through each time. Despite the heartache, stress and frustration, He has met us every time. The fruit of the mission work is seeing the kingdom of God flourish and being a part of its growth on the front lines. One important thing I want people to know is that sometimes, God does not catch you. He lets you fall down, but he will always be there to pick you back up. Around my 15th birthday, I was confronted with the sin in my life; it hurt and the guilt riddled me. I finally saw how deep my sin was. It is only at this point that one can truly understand the greatness of God’s grace and mercy. How could a holy God forgive and love me, a wretched sinner? Through this journey, the Lord brought me out of that sin and I no longer continue in its ways. I am so grateful that God broke me so he could bring life out of the ashes. However, I still struggle with other sins and there will always be other things I have to battle; but the war is already won and I do not have to fight alone.

My motto in life is to never forget the power of the Cross. The Cross is the epitome of God’s love, mercy and grace. Without the Cross, there is no hope of redemption. I am so thankful for the lengths to which God went to save me and how He continues to save me from the trappings of the world. Jesus Christ is the only way to God and I should never forget the power of His sacrifice.|

INTERVIEW BY JACKSON YOUNG YOUNG: What place did you travel to most and what kind of work did you do there? BECKETT: We lived in South Korea on a college campus (near a small city) the longest, but I did not do much mission work because I was young. My father was a professor and served as a chaplain and pastor at the university. The place I visited the most was Mongolia. I went on one-long term and two short-term mission trips there. My most recent visit was this summer. I went for three weeks as a photojournalist for Good Shepherd’s Ministry: a mission organization my father founded and my mother helped establish. While I was there this summer, I captured the ministry at work through stories and photos. YOUNG: How does being a missionary’s daughter affect you in your everyday life? BECKETT: It really helps me to keep a good perspective on life. When we were in Mongolia last summer, I saw a woman who was suffering from cancer accept Christ. Also, my appreciation for my family grew deeper from hearing about a person’s difficult childhood. YOUNG: Have you met anybody who knew you before you were adopted? BECKETT: No, I don’t know anything about my life before the orphanage. YOUNG: Do you see yourself growing up and leading mission trips of your own? BECKETT: I definitely plan to go on mission trips but I have not felt the Lord calling me to lead. If He does, I am ready to drop everything and do what He is calling me to do.|

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TUNING IN An exploration for how music fills one’s soul and the powerful ability it has to move minds and culture.


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THE STEADY POUNDING of a bass, the smooth rhythms of a saxophone, the soulful sound of the trumpets… music is alive everywhere, filling our heads with beats and rhythms. It has become an integral part of our daily lives and the world today would not be the same without it. Music is a fundamental aspect in every culture around the world. The differences in music from country to country, tribe to tribe and people to people are striking. Yet, they all have one thing in common: their value. Music has the power to summon emotions and feeling like nothing else, and that is what makes it so intoxicating and mysterious to us. It has the ability to connect people of the most diverse cultures, and allow for two people from opposite sides of the world to feel the same heart-wrenching emotion.   Rusty Reuff, Chairman Emeritus of The GRAMMY Foundation, said, “Think….Why do we put music behind slide shows we make at home? In soundtracks to movies? To change our mood when we get in the car? To help us deep think? Music is ‘that language’ that helps us express and experience emotion.” What is special about the power of music is that it isn’t a physical thing. Unlike a photograph or a painting, music isn’t something you can physically touch and see; music controls, influences, and affects its listeners by randomly hitting the eardrum in a way that is slightly different than normal sounds. In an interview done by Thought Economics, Moby, the award-winning International Recording Artist, DJ and Photographer, reacted to this phenomenon.  “Somehow that air [music]—which has almost no substance whatsoever—when moved and when made to hit the eardrum in tiny subtle ways can make people dance, have sex, move across the country, go to war and more.”   Turn on the radio. Flip through the stations. Most of the songs you hear don’t mean much to you. Sure, they’re catchy hits, but you have no attachment to them.  But, for almost everyone, there are those songs that take you back to the best summer of your life. When they play, you become lost in the memory, unable to concentrate on the task before you. The song becomes a sensory overload—bringing you back to the smells, sounds and feeling of that memory. Whether it’s your first heartbreak, your favorite vacation or one of the hardest times in your life, songs have the power to make you feel like it was only yesterday. Rhetoric teacher Steven Tye described the songs that immediately take him back to his years in high school. “Whenever I hear the album ‘Adore’, by The Smashing Pumpkins, I think of a specific time in high school because that is what I was always listening to at that time. The album came out in ’98, and at the time I hadn’t graduated high school and I was working at a Saturn dealership. Things were pretty rough with my parents and there were some nights where I just didn’t go home. I would sleep in my car in a parking lot [when this happened] and I would listen to that album a lot. Many people don’t like that album, but I love it because it makes me feel like I’m right back in high school.” So, almost everyone can agree that music has the ability to affect emotions. But is this really true? Is it just all in our heads? And, if it is true, how does it happen?  To be honest, the science is complicated and confusing. It would take a long time to explain the details of it all, but it is a highly interesting process that deserves recognition. 







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BECAUSE GOD CREATED ALL OF US, WE ARE ALL ABLE TO ACCEPT AND UNDERSTAND ART AS A MODE OF CREATIVITY AND A LANGUAGE THAT TRANSCENDS MERE WORDS. According to a study conducted by EDM, the leading authority on electronic dance music, there are three main factors of the brain that affect our construable level during music patterns: reverberation, novelty and segmentation. These contribute to one of the biggest impacts that music has on the brain: spatial perception. Spatial perception allows for higher thought patterns. Also, it heightens one’s ability to picture and perceive certain details and thoughts in those patterns.  Music can affect our most hidden emotions; this is nothing new. Not only is that the case, but it increases ones concentration and detailed thought patterns. Music plays a large role in our everyday lives. Guitar instructor, Luis Arizpe believes that every single person, whether they believe in God or not, is reflecting the image of God through their music and art. “How is it that two people who speak different languages are able to emotionally feel the same thing through music? Because God created all of us, we are all able to accept and understand art as a mode of creativity and a language that transcends mere words. We are built to accept it,” Arizpe said.   Sometimes words just aren’t enough. Sometimes, the only way to let someone know what’s really going on, behind the curtain of stutters and words you don’t really mean, is to give them a song. One song has the power to let someone in on what you are feeling and thinking. Humans just can’t express the power of emotion the way that a song can. As Arizpe said, “Art, and music specifically, access a different part of the psyche, and our emotion, that mere words can’t capture: And that is one of the reasons that it exists.”| G| 56



What are the birds and the bees? Private schools, an opinion piece about the need for Sex-Ed programs. BY GABI GRIFFEY

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sex is from a perspective of being careful to avoid disease or unwanted pregnancies. The focus is diverted from ‘sex should be saved for a married couple’ to ‘how you should avoid any negative repercussions of having sex.’ Sharon Lamb writes in her article “The Separation of Sex Education to Moral Education,” about how the teaching of this course in public schools has dramatically changed since the early 1950s. Lamb explains that before the shift, Sex-Ed was taught on the basis of family. That is, sex is meant to create a family and a healthy lifestyle as a married adult. However, the culture now demands that this be an amoral education. Lamb said, “Teachers are not allowed

WITH MUCH UNEASE, a parent imagines the day when they must give the inevitably awkward “birds and bees” talk to their child. What age should they explain this? How should they go about it? How much do they actually have to tell them? These questions express concerns of every parent. However, public schools today have taken these concerns into their own hands and have made this a prominent part of their education. Public school teachers have made it their job to make sure all students know what “safe sex” is. They educate the students on STDs and other dangers that you may run into if you’re not careful. However, all this guidance on how the kids should handle

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to make any comments or take a stand on any issues about sex. The focus is on the students and some topics that arose were homosexuality, contraception, and heterosexual intercourse.” The focus is now on the students and their sexual life. The education is now focused on how sex affects you and your body, not the natural purpose of it. From a Christian point of view, it should be obvious that education on such a significant part of life, when provided strictly by the secular world, is unacceptable. It is assumed by Christian schools that the parents have educated their kids well on this topic. However, this is a dangerous and unfounded assumption. Some parents today don’t know how to handle talking to their children about sex from a Christian point of view, or when they do it, it’s just checking a box. This should be a topic of discourse in the home, so that when their child does have

SOME PARENTS TODAY DON’T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE TALKING TO THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX FROM A CHRISTIAN POINT OF VIEW, OR WHEN THEY DO IT, IT’S JUST CHECKING A BOX. concerns, they will be able to counsel them. This is not to say that this should be entirely up to the school to handle; it should be a joint effort in which both the parents and the school are involved. Being a parent of four kids, three of which currently attend Geneva, Jody Goodman provides valuable insight on how this should be approached if


implemented in Christian schools. “I believe the best place for sex education is in the home, as a natural part of training children ‘in the way they should go’ (Proverbs 22:6). When parents are proactive in their children’s instruction, those children have a basis upon which to recognize and reject errors that the world promotes as truth… Unfortunately, many parents do not instruct their children about God’s view of sexuality, and the churches fall silent as well,” said Goodman. This is where it is incumbent upon a school like Geneva that acts upon the doctrine of “In Loco Parentis,” to take some sort of action. The students should be guided in a way that will impact them in the long run. In the past, Geneva has brought in an array of great minds and avid Christians to speak on how sex should be handled as a Christian. This seems to be a way of “checking the box” of having “Sex-Ed” that teaches Christian morals. For a morals-based Sex-Ed program to really stick, it must be reinforced, and the school should not be the ones doing the “reinforcing.” First, if a program was to be started at the school, it must be optional. Then it ought to inform the parents of the content before the lessons are given. This will create a way for the parents to be able to talk and establish this sort of discourse in a more natural way. Some of the awkwardness will be removed because it is being addressed regularly in schools. Now, concerns for having any type of Sex-Ed course at a Christian school, are completely logical. Not all parents feel like their child should be taught such a delicate subject by anyone other than themselves. Also, each family believes that “the talk” should be given at different times. Headmaster Rob Shelton presents the drawbacks to having a program like this at

SEX IS EVERYWHERE IN TODAY’S CULTURE AND WE AS CHRISTIANS MUST KNOW WHY AND WHERE WE STAND IN OUR BELIEFS ON THE SUBJECT. Geneva or schools that follow the Classical Christian model. “There are only so many things we can do as a Classical Christian school and keep it in that model….I am totally against the ‘hush-hush model.’ However, if you’re not careful, you can put too much of a highlight on the subject,” said Shelton. Putting too much emphasis on the subject of sex by having a class is a huge concern. However, it is likely that the effect of not having enough emphasis is far worse. Additionally, though not intended, it does come off as a subject that is in the dark when students are only given one lecture about it. Senior Will Langenbahn, a chaplain and leader of the student body, shows why he feels that this subject is kept under wraps at Christian schools. “Students at small private schools like Geneva are much more uneducated on many diseases when it comes to sex. This shows the lack of education on subjects…

I think the best approach to this class would be sheer education because ‘Bible thumping’ is not the most effective way to get through to students,” said Langenbahn. Thus, when lecturers come in and present on sex, it does not remove the underlying feeling that sex shouldn’t be talked about or questioned. Also, lectures like this create the sense of a disinterested third party—the student will not want to go and confide in someone they just met to handle their questions on such a heavy topic. Jill Daniels, head of the science department and track coach at Geneva, explains why a program like this would have to be more like a mentorship. “Having people that you trust to come alongside your children and work with you as the parent helps; also, reinforcing or even introducing God’s message, could help eliminate the awkwardness that clouds the discussion in the home,” said Daniels. False messages about sex are corrupting the minds of youth from all areas of life. Technology, social media, news and movies communicate these lies every day. They simply cannot be avoided. A Christian school with the aim to equip their students with the ability to combat these worldly beliefs, must make this a priority. Sex is everywhere in today’s culture and we as Christians must know why and where we stand in our beliefs on the subject.|


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The GQ looks into how love and tolerance in a Christian lifestyle are very different.

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IF YOU WATCH Netflix, go to movies, listen to music, watch the news, if you breathe, you may feel that the world is turning in a direction that seems counter cultural to traditional values. As Christians, we indeed may seem like we are foreigners in a foreign land. It is easy for people to call out others and feel distanced from the world, but that is not what our education is setting us up to live out. All of us will eventually go off to college and encounter many people with different worldviews and lifestyles. Those lifestyle choices can be a reason we don’t associate with someone, but it can be hard to proclaim the gospel if we refuse to talk to groups who have different beliefs. First, we must understand what love is. When most people think of love they think of a feeling expressed physically or emotionally, but love is actually an act of the will. Although it is a choice to love, as Christians we are commanded to love everyone as God loves us. Think of the kind of love your parents show to you. Your parents show you love through discipline and service. They discipline you because they love you and serve you because they love you. Their love towards you is an action. In addition, kindness and love are not the same thing. We often think that in order to love we must be kind. However, as C.S. Lewis states in “The Question of God,” “Love is something more stern and splendid than kindness…There is kindness in love: but love and kindness are not coterminous, and when kindness is separated from the other elements of love, it involves a certain fundamental indifference to its object, and even something like contempt for it.” Your parents may not always be kind to you, but that does not mean they do not love you. When a child is disobedient to his or her parents, he or she generally suffers some consequence. When necessary, parents punish their G| 60

A discussion on the Christian response to dealing with the world as sin enters lives like ink enters pure water.

LOVE IS SOMETHING MORE STERN AND SPLENDID THAN KINDNESS children because they do not want their children to grow up spoiled. Children sometimes think that when their parents punish them, their parents are mean, when in reality their parents are demonstrating love. Parents discipline their children out of love. Love is not merely being nice to someone, but rather continually acting in order to help straighten the paths of those who have gone astray. According to Lewis in “Mere Christianity,” loving a sinner is “wishing his good, not feeling fond of him nor saying he is nice when he is not nice.” All of mankind has sinned and must recognize that even though we are all sinners, we all think nicely of ourselves. We do not love the sin we commit, and in many cases, we do not always see it. We can be blind to the many things we do against man and against God. However, what separates Christians from the world is our ability to see our own sin and confess it, and also ask for forgiveness. Because we love ourselves, we try to turn from our sin. According to Lewis in “Mere Christianity,” we should love ourselves but hate our sin. You do not have to love your neighbor’s actions to show love to your neighbor. When God calls us to love all sinners, He is not asking us to just accept them and be nice to them, he is commanding us to pray for all sinners and help them fix their wrong so that they can can walk on a path path of righteousness. We are not to show kindness to sinners and then simply turn a blind eye to their actions. When we turn a blind eye to our neighbor’s sin we are putting a stumbling block in front of their feet and setting them up for failure. Tolerance is knowing that everyone will have different beliefs than you, but at the same time not discrediting them for their beliefs. However, this does not mean that we ought to accept everyone’s beliefs as right or true: as some modern ideas of tolerance would have us do. Rather, as Christians we

are called to love everyone without accepting their false beliefs. Today’s society tells us to love everyone. However, by “love” they mean showing modern tolerance and acceptance of others and letting them do whatever they want. Romans six commands us not to commit to sin or make peace with our sin but to commit ourselves to God and to righteousness. In “The Question of God,” Lewis said, “Love in its own nature, demands the perfecting of the beloved; that the mere ‘kindness’ which tolerates anything except suffering in its object is, in that respect, at the opposite pole from Love.” Our society would have us believe that love is synonymous with tolerance and that we are to accept everyone, including their sinful choices. Our parents are not tolerant of our disobedience, but rather they punish us appropriately. True love is desiring someone to turn from their sin and towards God. Do not be fooled into thinking you must accept everyone’s actions. God despises all sin and our job as disciples is to show God’s love to others. We are not showing love if we turn a blind eye to sin. If we do, we condone the sin. On the other hand, we cannot love others without having a relationship with them. How can we share God’s love with people we shun? Didn’t Jesus himself hang out with the tax collectors and the sinners while at the same time calling them out to repentance? Loving all people is a very high calling to uphold. We must realize that we are all sinners and therefore equal in the eyes of God. It is hard to offer love to those whose actions are disagreeable, but we must sympathize with their actions and try to help. All sin is turning away from the goodness God wants us to experience, and instead causing us to be at war with our Creator. Our neighbors are in fact our brothers and sisters in Christ, and because Christ loved us, we are called to love others.| 

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DARE TO SCARE? A pro/con piece on the challenge of horror movies. Why fill your mind with frightening imagery?


Layout by Anson Eggerss Graphics by Anson Eggerss HORROR MOVIES. WHAT’S the big deal? Why does everyone enjoy them so much? With the release of Stephen King’s “IT” hype has built up around them quite a bit recently. Some people love the adrenaline rush of a jump scare, but there are also those who loathe the genre. Research is starting to show that they could even affect your body in negative ways. “In young and healthy adults, watching bloodcurdling movies is associated with an increase in blood coagulant factor VIII, a blood clotting protein,” says Dr. Banne Nemeth of Leiden University Medical Center. When asked about his view on horrors, Mr. Tye said, “I think they often reveal what we’re less willing to speak about as a society. They show the fears that we might not even know we have. They also show societal guilt, which I think is good for a society to face.” Tye went on to say that it is “healthy to grapple with our fears.” Ms. Jacobson, on the other hand, doesn’t love them quite as much. When asked if she enjoys them, she said, “Nooooooo. Because then you remember those scary things for the rest of your life!” Not all teachers agree on movie preference, but a recent statistic has shown that ages 15-25 are the most common ages that enjoy horrors. In fact, 2017 has had a massive spike in horror movie revenue, with “IT” making over $250 million worldwide. It also happened to be the highest grossing Stephen King adaptation of all time. G| 62

Over time, the genre of horror movies has changed quite a bit. With the introduction of computer generated imagery (CGI) and reboots, there has been much criticism from fans and critics alike through the years. Some have even said that the genre has actually split into two subgenres now. While some horrors are realistic, and can make you wonder if the plot could actually happen, others are more “fantasized,” to where they don’t even seem real at all. Jeffrey Goldstein, a psychology professor at Utrecht University, says that there is “a difference between real and fake fright.” He also adds that “going as a group (to a horror movie) helps ground you in reality, and you can compare your reactions with others and show them that you are strong enough to take it.” Studies even say that the human body is naturally drawn to scary imagery, and this is why sometimes, “we are often tempted to peek through our fingers at scary things,” says Margee Kerr, a sociologist and author. Overall, it seems like the enjoyment of a frightening flick depends on the person. Not everyone enjoys being scared, but there are tons of fans that can’t get enough of them. They have their pros, such as developing nerves of steel, or “facing our fears.” But there are also the downsides, such as nightmares and paranoia. In the end, it’s up to you whether you fill your mind with the chilling fear factors, or if you decide to sit out on the craze.|



10. “Van Helsing” (2004) — $300.25 million 9. “The Conjuring” (2013) — $318 million 8. “The Conjuring 2” (2016) — $320.2 million 7. “Se7en” (1995) — $327.3 million 6. “Hannibal” (2001) — $351.6 million 5. “It” (2017) — $404.3 million 4. “Signs” (2002) — $408.2 million 3. “The Exorcist” (1973) — $441.3 million 2. “Jaws” (1975) — $470.6 million 1. “The Sixth Sense” (1999) — $672.8 million According to Business Insider 2017

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Wearing makeup is a right of passage for every girl. What follows is a girl versus guy perspective on whether using cosmetics is a make it or break proposition. BY ASHTON LANDIS

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“I STARTED WEARING makeup when I was 12-years old. I did it because all my friends did and they all looked older and prettier. It usually takes me 10-15 minutes to do my school makeup. I would definitely rather wear no makeup than an excessive amount. Makeup can make your self-esteem hit peak potential. But as soon as you take it off, your self-esteem takes a real hit; it really just depends on how much you wear.” - Freshman Girl

“TO BE HONEST, I think girls wear makeup to mask their flaws; maybe it makes them feel like a better or prettier version of themselves. I bet girls spend $300 a year on makeup. Overall, my thought on makeup is that it is a waste of time.” - Freshman Guy

“I started wearing basic makeup when I was in 8th grade, but after a couple of months I became bored with it and stopped. It wasn't until the end of freshman year that I started using makeup as a form of creative expression. I really enjoy it. For me, it has become more of an art form.” - Sophomore Girl

‘Makeup honestly makes no difference to me whether a girl wears it or not. In my opinion, as long as it does not negatively affect the person who wears it, I think makeup is fine. But I don’t wear makeup so I don’t really know.” - Sophomore Guy

“I wear makeup because I feel like it is a freedom that I have the privilege of enjoying. If given the choice I would rather wear no makeup at all, than wear excessive amounts of makeup. My favorite type of makeup has to be bronzer. I started wearing makeup when I was 12 or 13 years old. I decided to start wearing it because I thought it seemed fun and cool; and besides, everyone else was doing it.” - Junior Girl

“When I hear the word makeup, the first thing I think of is cake. I think that girls wear makeup in order to boost their self confidence. I would estimate that a girl spends $500 on makeup every year.” - Junior Guy

“The first word that pops into my head is ‘clowns’. I think that girls wear makeup to look good. They probably spend $50 per year [on it]. Personally, some people look great with makeup, some people maybe not, and others look no different when wearing makeup. Also, rainbow colored eyebrows aren’t my favorite.” - Senior Guy

“I don’t wear makeup. I never really have, there was a very brief period in middle school when I did wear it, but I began to realize that I didn’t feel like myself when I was wearing makeup. Honestly, to me, makeup is just a waste of time, and it trashes your skin.” - Senior Girl

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We all know about Geneva teachers’ love for “Mere Christianity”, “Lord of the Rings” and, of course, “The Bible”, but here are some books they enjoy that you might not be so familiar with. BY GRACYN FREILING

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HAVE YOU EVER wondered what your teachers’ lives are like outside of school? What occupies the remainder of their time? Surely their nights do not consist merely of grading essays and plotting their next pop quiz, right? We have yet to find an answer to these intriguing questions, however we did discover that a popular pastime of teachers is free reading. The books a person reads for pleasure can give great insight into their mind. Here are some of the books that a couple of different teachers thought were enjoyable or influential. Please don’t hesitate to pick up one or two of these to take a break from your heavy homework load and enjoy a relaxed read; they’re well-liked for a reason.

MR. SHAWN HARRILD, FRESHMAN HUMANITIES TEACHER “From Achilles to Christ” by Louis Markos

Why: “Every year I get a concerned student or parent wondering why we read pagan works at a Christian school. This book is a great response to that inquiry. It serves as part ‘Sparknotes’ on various works of classical literature and part apologetic for why Christians ought to read them.”

“How to Lose a Battle: Foolish Plans and Great Military Blunders” by Bill Fawcett

Why: “This work is easy to digest and very interesting in its scope. History is never more exciting for me than when the topic is military history. Fawcett focuses his research in this book on strategic warfare throughout history and the mistakes that brought utter defeat for one side and victory on the other.”

“The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoffer

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Why: “Everyone who professes Christ as Lord is a disciple of Jesus Christ, but are they a good one? Bonhoffer argues that costly discipleship requires nothing short of taking up your cross and maintaining ethical consistency on a daily basis. Bonhoffer will change the way you view your youth group experience.”

MRS. CHRISTINA JEFFCOAT, BIOLOGY TEACHER “The Machinery of Life” by David S. Goodsell

Why: “Dr. Goodsell is a professor of molecular biology as well as an accomplished artist. He creates beautiful full-color watercolor paintings of cells magnified by one million times, showing the inner workings of organelles and molecules within the cells. The visualizations of these cellular processes add so much meaning to concepts discussed in any life science class. This book would be extremely beneficial to any student pursuing higher level biology classes, and the chapters accompanying the visualizations are written in a simple, yet elegant, manner.”

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

Why: “Henrietta Lacks was a poor southern tobacco farmer who died of cervical cancer and was buried in an unmarked grave near her family. Her cancer cells, taken without her knowledge, were cultured into the first immortal cell line- cells that would replicate continuously and never fully die out. Her cell line, known as ‘HeLa’, was monumental for developing the polio vaccine, assisting in cancer studies, in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping. Author Rebecca Skloot spent over a decade to uncover the story of Henrietta Lacks and the effects she had on modern medicine, bioethics, informed consent and her family.”

“The Journey” by Peter Kreeft

Why: “Kreeft takes you on a journey in search of reality and the ultimate truth. With Socrates as his guide, Kreeft explores the paths set before him and answers crucial questions at each fork in the road. A simple, elegant, and entertaining read that leaves the audience with a greater appreciation for the world around them. This one will stick with you long after its back on the shelf.”

MR. RICK POOLE, DRAMA TEACHER “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

Why: “To love is to be vulnerable. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, give your heart to anything and it will certainly be wrung (if not broken). This book does not sugarcoat the experience of love as so many do. It is a beautiful picture of what it looks like to give yourself away for the sake of someone else.”

“Walking on Water” by Madeline L’Engle

Why: “Madeline L’Engle is a fountain of wisdom as deep as Tolkien or Lewis. This book contains her reflections on Art and Faith and the sacred space where they overlap. If you write, paint, draw, play piano (or anything else) this book has a great deal to say to you and it is full of very good news.”

“The Weight of Glory” by C.S. Lewis

Why: “If everything C.S. Lewis ever wrote were used to make an ice-cream sundae, this essay would be the cherry sitting on top of it all. Deeply moving, beautifully inspiring, and profoundly wise, “The Weight of Glory” is only 20 pages in length but can become a lifelong companion and guide.”


Why: “They’re fun to read and my boys love it when I read to them.”

“Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus” by Ann Spangler and Bruce Okkema

Why: “It opened my eyes to the historical context of Jesus’ life and the meaning behind His words.”

TECH TAKES OVER As technology advances, our lives become more convenient. But there are also serious concerns that come along with this “tech takeover.�

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NEED TO SET AN ALARM? Whips out phone. What time is it? Glances at phone. Taxi? Nah, Uber is much more convenient since I can use my phone. Anonymity? Forget that, the world has access to your fingerprint now because of Touch ID. Calendars? I prefer the app because it is on my phone. The list of things the phone has kicked out goes on and on, but the list of things it has improved is significant as well. The smart-phone has become very useful but it has also opened the doors to some negative things too. The smart-phone has been revolutionary. The ever-improving five-inch device has affected many lives in different ways. When we think of the smartphone, we tend to shrug off the dangers it can bring. However, there is one issue that has crept into our lives completely unnoticed. For adults, it has ruptured the balance between work and life. It is now considered normal for a father or mother to excuse themselves from the dinner table to take an “important” work call or text. And it’s not necessarily their fault. The smart-phone just does not allow adults to unplug from their work life when they are at home.    Teenagers are also heavily affected by smartphones. Because of the great number of teens who have smart-phones, they are becoming attached and lost without it. The majority of teens only know how to stay connected with friends through text or Snapchat. Many of them prefer these forms of communication over phone calls because they feel awkward and do not have the skills to think quickly on their feet. They prefer texting because it allows them time to think up a fitting response.

 It not only affects the communication teens have with others, but it is also interferes with their face-to-face-time with other people. It is very uncommon to find a group of teenagers nowadays that are interacting without the help of their phones.  Younger children are not immune to the influences of the smart-phone either. Although kids may not have their own phones, smart-phones still have a large impact on a child’s ability to entertain themselves. For example, if a mom and her 5-yearold son are at the grocery store and the mom bumps into an old friend, the son immediately gets bored and asks his mother to play on her phone. Without even thinking, the mom gives her child the phone so that he will be content for the time being. Situations like these are killing children’s imagination while simultaneously affecting their patience.  While the smart-phone has been the cause of many new problems, it has also fixed old problems and invented new ways to simplify everyday tasks as well. The fact that almost everyone now has access to the world in the palm of their hand is incredible! Everything is much more accessible and easy to use. Because of how much they have to offer, smartphones act like the ultimate simplifier and organizer. They are like an improved computer, iPod, home phone and Nintendo all rolled into one.     Over the years, many inventions have poured into the making of the smart-phone: from the first telephone to the latest computer. The smart-phone will continue to improve as long as technology advances. It is important to remember, though, that it can be used as a weapon or a tool. Be careful about how you use it.|


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WELCOME TO THE first edition of Get This in Your Ears, where I hope to achieve two things. I hope to nudge you to listen to different music, and to listen to music differently. Music is a powerful, passionate form of communication. It can wrap itself into an idea: a feeling that pours into your chest that no word could articulate. I want to attempt to describe the feeling of a song. And in doing so, I hope to spark your imagination and curiosity. My goal is to use as much variety as possible—to expand your (and my own) horizons, all the while listening for something deeper than a beat or a style. When an artist speaks, they are telling you much more than we often listen for. Note: Classics like “Don’t Stop Believin,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Take on Me,” “Stacy’s Mom,” etc. will not be included, because I’m assuming you already know those.

“Colder Heavens” by Blanco White A song this dark should not relax me. I get that. The lyrics are unambiguously dark, but there’s a feeling of…something. Release? Finality? Catharsis? Something under the surface feels like a deep breath. The music itself is intimate, mysterious, overwhelming. This song feels like the labyrinth.

“Time is Running Out” by Muse I love two things about this song. One: it is one of the most passionate songs I have ever heard. So much is communicated by the lead (Matt Bellamy) in the “Listen to me” quality in his voice alone. Two: its versatility. Bellamy described it as intentionally general—to be applied to many different situations. If you’ve ever felt cornered, doesn’t matter where, this song is for you.

“Are We Ready?” by Two Door Cinema Club If I asked you whether you could jam to a song about consumer culture, you’d probably say no. Behold! “Are we Ready?” is here to prove you very, very wrong. It’s the frustration of someone who sees through his materialistic, technology-based generation and fights through the speakers to break through to it. Naturally, the way to catch their attention is with this light, lovable, funk/pop blend.

“Peculiar” by Hart “Peculiar” is an enigma. With an invincible, get-up-and-dance backdrop, Harts spends his three minutes asking us to think hard about our existence, the brevity of it, and about how we perceive the world. He calls for a more optimistic approach: “colors all around but we only see grey.” The accompaniment provides that optimistic atmosphere the lyrics are lacking, giving us an anthem that is the balance it craves.

Lyrics Feature: “Rabbit Heart” by Florence + the Machine There are a few theories about “Rabbit Heart,” but I think it’s about fame, and about Florence’s fears of it. Here in the chorus, Florence recognizes both the blessing and the danger of success. She is grateful for her lot, but wary of the possibility of sacrificing herself to it.

“This is a gift; it comes with a price Who is the lamb and who is the knife? Midas is king, and he holds me so tight And turns me to gold in the sunlight”

PIZZA PERFECTION Sophomore Luke Bower reviews the best pizza places nearby to satisfy all your random pizza cravings.


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A glance at some of the interesting things you wish you knew about campus people and random facts you may quickly forget.

TEACHER FLASH BACK. GUESS WHO? Which is Tye which is Johnson? Mr. Tye and Mr. Johnson have been friends since the dawn of time. They have the longest reigning friendship on campus and are perhaps the glue to our universe. These are some childhood photos of them over the years. Let these pictures be an encouragement that some friendships do last… and that not everyone peaks in high school.


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Staying up late is something everyone can relate to. Anyone who says they have never stayed up late to watch a show, cram for a test or simply contemplate their entire life choices is sadly mistaken. Experts in this area claim that sleeping is essential for a teen’s growth and well-being. The rest we get at night restores our stamina, promotes our health and will get that ‘excited kid’ in class to be a little more quiet. Sleep is very important throughout the ages 11-18, yet these are the years we get the least sleep of all. Only 15% of teens in America get the recommended eight and a half hours of sleep they need. People that go to bed early have greater health benefits, easier time maintaining weight, and they even worry less. Going to bed late develops pessimistic thoughts—so it truly does make you cranky. Early birds can fight off diseases much easier because the immune systems work best while sleeping. Sometimes life doesn’t go according to “the plan” and we end up staying up late, no matter how hard we try to get some sleep. There are things to do, places to be, people to impress, etc. So it’s time for you to decide, will you be joining the light side, or the dark side?





What’s the next million dollar idea? These genius inventions may not be too far off…

BY MATTHEW SCHRODER Graphics by Anson Eggerss

What’s better than the portability of a backpack and the large storage space of a full-size school locker? How about a mixture of the two?! Therefore, I present to you the Bocker (or Lackerpack). With the exact same design of the aforementioned locker with the addition of straps for easy carrying, the Lackerpack (or Bocker) gives absolute happiness to each wearer, guaranteed. Isn’t it the worst when you’re just trying to make your way across a dirt road without anyone being able to track you, but it’s just impossible because you keep leaving footprints? With the Incogni-Shoe, you never have to worry about leaving a trace behind because of the miniature brooms that drag behind your feet. Your would-be stalkers will have no idea what hit them when all they can find on their dirt path is a neatly brushed trail. Does your little tiny purse car ever cause you problems when you have to carry your book bags, every single one of your friends book bags, your entire collection of antique bowling balls, another car, 824 gallons of windshield-wiper fluid, a roof, and all of Buffalo Bills’ equipment, but don’t want to sacrifice the looks of your car for the carrying capabilities of a dumb truck? Now with the Dumpster Truck, you no longer have to make such a hard decision, just head to your local Kia dealership, go around back, and pick up your own Dumpster Truck for a later determined price. 

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THE DEATH OF THE BLOCKBUSTER The movie industry just produced one of the lowest grossing summers. If you find yourself without something to see, take a closer look. BY KENNY KIDD

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“People love what other people are passionate about.” -Mia, “La La Land’

IT’S TRICKY TO write about something as subjective as a movie. You can act like you have some authority on it, some form of expertise that makes you more qualified to talk about film because you can name the cinematographer Darren Aronofsky has used on all of his seven movies (Matthew Libatique, by the way). But when you boil it down, people like what they like, and what they like says a lot about who they are. How and what someone thinks and feels is revealed, layer by layer, by what they respond to in movies, or any form of art, really. So, if you take this thought to its extreme, what is important to a culture is revealed in the same way. And this summer was the driest for the summer box office since 2006, with the lowest-grossing Labor Day weekend in nearly two decades. Could this be signifying a shift in what America is valuing, artistically? Is this showing that American lifestyle is becoming increasingly more individual, with people preferring to stay in and watch something on Netflix rather than go out to the movies? These both could be the case, but I’m going to offer a third option: there’s nothing worth seeing being released anymore. Not with an advertising budget of tens of millions of dollars, that is. This is where everything gets completely subjective, so I guess you could call this an opinion piece. I’m not going to pull up any statistics on people’s desire to see movies in theaters, or on how pleased they are with their trip to the movies and their experiences with what they watched. This is all just my own thought. I believe that the only reason to watch a film, listen to music, read a book, admire art of any kind or experience anything is to feel something or think something you wouldn’t have had without that experience, and be able to have a conversation about what you’ve just experienced. If you come out of a movie thinking, ‘That was fun,’ but nothing else, your time has been robbed and you should ask for a refund. And I think very few blockbusters—as in the high-budgeted, well-advertised, usually franchised movies about superheroes, teenagers in love, etc.— have sparked a feeling or thought in someone that lasts this summer. And even if people aren’t fully aware of that, I think there’s a lingering sense of discontent in people due to it. Almost every ‘big’ release in theaters this summer left me feeling lonely. That’s a weird way

to phrase it, but it’s true. I felt disconnected from everything I was watching, desperately hoping for some scene to be original enough, well-written, wellacted, and to feel inspired enough to make me cry, or make me feel a desire to rant about the movie when it was over. One of my favorite things to do with people is to discuss what we both thought of a movie, song or book and with movies like “SpiderMan: Homecoming,” the extent of that conversation is, ‘Man, that kid who played Peter Parker sure was relatable, crazy that he’s British,’ or some boring garbage like that. I’m sorry “Wonder Woman,” but having a woman beat up men for two hours and


say cringe-worthy, snarky remarks about women’s place in society doesn’t make your movie a feminist statement, it kind of makes it the opposite. Or it turns into, ‘Hey, that felt like the last five Spider-Man movies. Why do they keep making these?’ And that’s the right question, which leads into what I have to say next. When was the last time a blockbuster changed you? Made you question a firmly held belief, gave you a thought that you lived by, made you feel something you’ve never felt before, and the exploration of that 

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feeling leads to some epiphany you wouldn’t have had about yourself, and what you want out of life. With two minor exceptions, this year’s blockbusters were missing one thing: passion. A spark. An idea. They were all business, no art, and people wander into them and walk out feeling exactly the same and slightly dissatisfied because they didn’t really ‘feel’ anything. And I’ve been seeing more and more people become aware of this discontent and dismiss movies as dead, void of creativity because they’re only watching the comic book movies, the remakes, the sequels or the YA novel adaptations. The only two movies that did very well this summer that I would recommend were “Dunkirk” and “Baby Driver.” Even “Dunkirk” I had some sizable issues with, but it was original, had an inventive structure, and a sense of claustrophobia (with an incredible score) that gives you a feeling that’s hard to shake off when the movie is over. “Baby Driver” is a movie made with the passion of someone who loves film, and everything it can do. Every shot is filled with blissful, infectious energy, every line is written for some clever purpose, and every musical cue is perfectly synced to make the movie feel like some delightful, manic musical. It may have the same basic plot as umpteen other movies, but Edgar Wright’s passion sets it apart. Two blockbusters? Two blockbusters this summer that could spark a passionate conversation between people? This is why the theater experience is dying, and the market has had its worst summer in 11 years. Here’s the solution. The budgets of my three favorite movies this year have been $30 million, $1.9 million, and literally $100,000. In order, they have been “Mother!,” “Good Time,” and “A Ghost Story.” I can’t, and shouldn’t recommend any of these R-rated movies (especially “Mother!,” seriously. You can’t un-see those horrifying images), but the point is, two of them had a budget of less than two million dollars, and they made me feel a passion for movies again. “A Ghost Story” was a thoughtful, tranquil, and incredibly emotional movie about a widow and her dead husband both grieving over his death, and asks profound questions about the meaning of your life on Earth. “Good Time” had so much frantic energy and incredibly intense performances and pacing that I almost had to leave the theater because I felt overwhelmed by the sheer, original, brilliant passion of it all. And finally “Mother!,” the most controversial



movie of the year, which people have either stomped on as ‘The worst movie ever made,’ calling director Darren Aronofsky a woman-hater, or praised as a genius work of art which tells a profound story through incredible, thought-provoking metaphors and bone-chilling imagery. People walked out in my theater. People were raving about it between themselves afterwards, trying to figure out what it all meant. I spent the entire weekend thinking about it, reading analyses of it, and synthesizing those ideas with what I picked up on my viewing to try to dissect the purpose of the film. These are what movies should be. Some lukewarm, crowd-pleasing movie with a character everyone recognizes and with a structure everyone knows will do nothing for a person. Independent movies are fueled by passion. People have to fight in order to create movies like “Mother!,” and even if you hate it with all of your heart, that shows the strong, controversial response he was going for. You will talk about it. You will feel something. It will make you think, even against your will. A wise man (Mr. Rhea) once said something like, “If you can’t talk about a movie for the length of it afterwards, then it hasn’t done its job.” Well, “Mother!” was a bit over two hours and I’m still talking about it. I forgot “War for the Planet of the Apes” on the drive home. The worst Labor Day weekend box office results in almost twenty years. The blockbusters are getting decreasingly meaningful and passion for ideas, feeling and thought has been replaced by passion for a formula that works to rob people of their money and intelligence. The independent movies give more than they take. You’re not guaranteed to like them, but they’ll give you an experience you’ve never had before. And if you’re willing to take the risk, it could make you feel, think or inspire an idea in you that could change your life. The theater experience isn’t dead. It’s only evolving. |



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Established 2006


ALSO KNOWN AS The Abominable Snowman, the yeti has long left tantalizing clues of its existence in the Himalayan Mountains…until now, that is! “The Talon” staff has uncovered evidence of the yeti on the Geneva campus. While doing his trash pickup rounds after lunch one day, Mr. Shelton discovered the evidence of a YETI bottom laying by itself detached from the cup. Further, down the boardwalk was the lid. Only the top and bottom, but no actual YETI, which is, of course, what we have come to expect: only tell-tale footprints. Coincidence? Or maybe an accident? We think not! Pictured to the right is an artist’s reconstruction, based on this significant evidence, of what the yeti looks like.


MANY DON’T KNOW that our Eagle Mascot is named Geneva Jack in honor of C.S. Lewis (of course) who preferred to go by the name ‘Jack.’ Most people are also ignorant of the history of the Geneva mascot. Originally, there was considerable disagreement on whether or not to even adopt a mascot. “Mascots are worldly and of the devil,” claimed one founder. “Hey, that would be a great mascot,” retorted another. So for three days, we were the Geneva Devils, until someone pointed out the possible contradiction with the mission statement. So then it was suggested that we should be the Geneva Repentant Devils or perhaps the Reformed Devils (in order to take advantage of the whole Calvin-led reform thing in Geneva, Switzerland). Both ideas were shot down. Various groups continued their campaigns to have their mascot ideas adopted. Among the notable possibilities and why they were rejected:

The Geneva Book-Marx

(too trendy…note trendy use of ‘x’ for ‘ks’)

The Geneva Koala Bears (too fluffy)

The Geneva Nerds (too accurate)

The Geneva Pointy Toothed Monsters (too scary)

The Geneva __________ (too edgy)

In the end, it was decided that we should just go with what every other Christian school does; thus, we are the Eagles. [This is not to be confused with the Bald Eagle, Mr. Shelton, so named because of how he reflects the majesty and grandeur of the bald eagle. It has nothing to do with how his head reflects everything else.] *See Mr. Russell if these last few are too obscure for you. See Mrs. Daniels if you want to know what a koala bear is. See (literally) Mr. Johnson if you want to know what a nerd is.|

The Geneva Reformers (too historical)

The Geneva Solas

(too historical and theological)

The Geneva T.U.L.I.P.s

(too historical, theological, and edgy)* 

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QUARTERLY COMIC Looking at the colors of the ocean through a different lens.

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STAFF Aisling Ayers

Jayne Goodman

Anson Eggerss

Nathan Zuniga

Jacqueline Knox

Ruth Wacker

Ryanne Fitzgerald

Ashton Landis

Jackson Young

Mrs. Becky Ryden

Braden Hall

Audrey Ryden

Gracyn Freiling

Anna Riedlinger

Lauren Jarvis

Gabi Griffey

Sydney Dennis

Daniel Grover

Emme Owens

Katelyn Davis

Alexa Georgelos

Matthew Schroder

Carissa Georgelos

Luke Bower

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Profile for Christina Hammock

Geneva quarterly, issue 1, 2017  

A student-produced Rhetoric School publication for the Geneva School of Boerne

Geneva quarterly, issue 1, 2017  

A student-produced Rhetoric School publication for the Geneva School of Boerne