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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | ISSUE 1

(en)Courage MAGAZINE FOR ENCOURAGING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY A PRODUCT OF TRINITY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

SPORTS CHRONICLES Returning to Sports After COVID

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Spreading Good News and Great Joy

ACTS OF KINDNESS Trinity FLEx Days. What are They and How are They Making a Difference

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WAHINE IN OUR COMMUNITY

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BENEFITS OF A THERAPY DOG ON CAMPUS

3 Editors Note

A quick note from our Editor In Chief

6 Upcycling

A creative reuse of a common waste

7 Sports Chronicles

The impact of sports after COVID-19

Brining Good News and Great Joy around the world

13 Life from a Teenage Perspective

An inside look on the busy lives of teenagers

CAMPFIRE CONCERTS IN MONTEREY

16 Actions Speak Louder Than Words

How Trinity serves the community through their actions

18 TASTE OF HOLIDAYS

Making your child's least favorite candy delicious

19 STUDENT INTRESTS

9 Operation Christmas Child

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An interview learning how students balance work and play

21 JOKE CORNER

A quick laugh for everyone

25 STUDENT SURVEY

Asking students about stress to better learn about their lives

14 Trinity Prep Program Learn about Trinity's program to prepare students for high school

contact us 680 Belden Street Monterey, California rfitzgerald@trinityhigh.org (831) 656-9434

PUBLISHER / TRINITY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL EDITOR IN CHIEF / PATTY BREM CREATIVE DIRECTOR / CRYSTAL LOMBARDI GRAPHICS TEAM/ VICTORIA PETERS, CAMERON MAGUIRE, DIEGO MARTINEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITERS/ AMADO REESE, CAMREN CABANILLA, BRANDON MAGUIRE, APRIL VOGELPOHL COVER PHOTOGRAPHER/ ENYA KOO CONTRIBUTING PHOTOS/NOAH KRAMER PUBLISHING DIRECTOR/CRYSTAL LOMBARDI


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editor's note

We believe that we have all been created

Welcome.

on purpose and for a purpose, and our deep

Thank you for picking up (en)Courage! We

hope is to help point one another towards

hope that you would feel encouraged from

that purpose! We are certain that people are

these few minutes you will be spending with

placed in our lives, our neighborhoods, jobs,

us. The purpose of this publication is to give a

schools, churches and Zoom meetings for a

voice to soon-to-be young adults about things

reason. It is not a coincidence! There is a

that are happening with them and in our

reason these people are placed in our lives

community. Every piece of content has been

and you have been placed in their lives on

created or designed by a high school student!

purpose - to make a difference. Making a

We hope you can be encouraged by this next

difference can be as simple as investing in the

generation of students!

lives of the people who have already been

placed in your life, just as Jesus did. There are always opportunities to share love and hope, and our hope at (en)Courage is to use this publication as a way to spread that love

Patty Brem

EDITOR

and hope into our community and beyond.


Everything is possible Photo by Noah Kramer


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WAHINE PROJECT AND THE IMPACT IT MAKES IN THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH

Camren Cabanilla

is a Senior at Trinity Christian High School and has been a part of the Wahine Project since she was 7 years old.

The Wahine Project started as an organization that was originally established to get girls into the ocean and teach them how to surf, but they now have boys in the program as well. All kids that participate range from age 4-18 throughout Monterey County. The Wahine Project has been around since 2010. Being a Wahine is all about getting a diversity of youth into the ocean and getting them to have a relationship with one another, along with the ocean. The inspiration behind the Wahine Project, from Dionne Ybarra's (the founder) perspective as a Mexican American and not growing up at all in the ocean, thought that it was important to get more girls like her at a young age to get into the sea. They also wanted to help them to overcome worry and to want to protect the ocean.

Wahine’s deep hope for the community, in regards to the experience, is that they would inspire a community that loves the sea, including a new community of family and sense of connection to the ocean. The Wahine Project impacts the campers who attend by supporting them to overcome their fears. They want to give them new eyes to be able to have new hopes about what they can achieve in life, as well as new

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friends and a knowledge of how to take care of the ocean. The Wahine Project impacts the staff by giving them a job that teaches them real life skills that they can take with them in their future. They also get impacted by creating a sense of community. Each and every staff member becomes an amazing ocean lover.

When it comes to upcycling, the Wahine Project knows that you can turn used items into something completely new. Some ways that the Wahine Project has contributed to upcycling is by turning old surfboards and skateboards into art. The founder hopes that the community sees them (the Wahine Project) as leaders in the community in the ability to show them a path to conservation and safety in the ocean. They hope that they can learn from diversity on the beach and see that ocean people come from all backgrounds. For more information on the Wahine Project go to their website www.thewahineproject.org, also make sure to visit Alma Del Mar - the Wahine Headquarters, located in Sand city, CA at 398 Shasta St.


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U P C Y C L I N G by Camren Cabanilla

Over the summer at the Wahine Project, there was a guest speaker named Taylor Lane. He came to the beach to talk about an empowering experience he had with something called The Cigarette Surfboard. Both Taylor Lane and Ben Judkins created the cigarette surfboard for an international competition held by Vissla. Taylor said that the goal of the contest was to create an article of surf-craft out of upcycled materials. Upcycling is when you “reuse (discarded objects or material) in a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original." To fulfill their goal, they decided to collect cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world, with 4.5 trillion of them getting littered each year. Lane and Judkins collected hundreds of thousands of butts to produce the surfboard and ended up taking first place at both Vissla and Surfriders Creators Contest in 2017. Word of the cigarette surfboard got out and became viral, inspiring others and getting publicized worldwide. Ben and Taylor realized how much their creation impacted the world and were inspired to make a documentary about the Cigarette Surfboard. The surfboard is fully surfable and has been surfed by world renowned surfers. If you are interested in more detailed information about the ciggy surfboard and/or want to watch the documentary, visit: https://www.thecigarettesurfboard.com/

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Sports Chronicles: From the Perspective of a Local College Athlete and a Peninsula Sports Incorporated Official Covid has been a crazy season. It has taken away many of our fun things to do and one of the main things is sports. Sports have been an important part of many peoples’ lives for thousands of years. When Covid came upon us, a lot of peoples’ outlet was sports; because it was outside and was a fun way to interact with people while being socially distanced and being outside. Once sports were taken away a lot of people suffered, not just athletes. Gyms closed so a lot of people were suffering. Sports were also a way to stay active and workout while gyms were closed. I interviewed MPC football player Ernetso Peraza about his experiences with and without sports during Covid. As well as an Official for Peninsula Sports Incorporated /Gym Owner, Aron Cruz and here are their responses:

What is the hardest part about playing college sports?

EP: The hardest part about playing college sports, so far, is my schedule and being able

to balance it. Most days for me start with morning lifts at 8:00am and a full schedule until I get off of work at 11:30pm.

What has been the hardest part of being a college athlete during Covid?

EP: The hardest part of being an athlete during Covid has been finding motivation to workout when you are able to just stay home all day. It takes sports being close to the top of your priorities to want to go out and push yourself everyday.

Did you have to adjust the way you train or practice because of Covid?

EP: Covid changed the way I was able to train for sports tremendously. Lifting and being on the field were my main ways of training, so when the Shelter in Place occurred, I felt like I had nothing to do. It wasn’t until I realized that Shelter in Place was going to last for more than two weeks that I decided I needed to find workouts to do at home that were going to help me in football. Again, the biggest challenge wasn’t the workouts, but it was finding motivation to want to train everyday.

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In an interview with PSI Official Aaron Cruz, we discussed how COVID effects officiating sports.

What is the hardest part about officiating?

The hardest part about officiating for me was calming down the voices in my head of doubt. You have to prepare yourself and believe in yourself with confidence, otherwise you’ll look unsure and weak. You have to work on your confident decision making by studying, visualization and experience go a long way.

What has been the hardest part of officiating with Covid?

The hardest part was knowing what a huge release mentally sports and activities were for me. I couldn't help but feel deep empathy knowing kids are struggling mentally in general. Eliminating an outlet to help with stress, anxiety and depression is never a good idea.

Brandon Maguire is a Junior at Trinity Christian High School. He plays Varsity for Fall, Winter, and Spring sports.

Did you have to adjust the way you officiate or your routine to officiate a game due to Covid?

I haven't made any major adjustments in my officiating. Although when baseball kicked off in April they had some weird technique for retrieving baseballs and delivering new balls to the pitcher or catcher but it was pretty ridiculous so I never did it and never saw anyone else either.

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Operation Christmas Child Spreading good news and great joy

Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a program run by Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with a means to bring the good news of the Gospel of Jesus to children in third-world countries that perhaps have never heard it before. They do this by packing shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies and then sending them overseas to children affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, famine, and disease, as well as to children living on Native American reservations in the United States. Monterey County has been involved in Operation Christmas Child for about twenty-five years. Trinity Christian High School is the only dropoff collection center that isn't a church in our area. They are the dropoff center along with Shoreline Church and have been for the past 8 years. Trinity collects about one thousand boxes every year and nationwide, Operation Amado Reese is a Junior at Trinity Christian High School and serves as the Male Chaplain. He is very passionate about Operation Christmas Child and what they are accomplishing.

Christmas Child collects millions of shoeboxes each year.

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It is a Christian’s calling to spread the Good news of the Gospel to every corner of the earth. Unfortunately, most of us won’t have the opportunity to actually go to the corners of the earth and this is an easy way for any person to fulfill that calling. It’s fun, you can do it with your family or friends, with a church or other group, or you can even have a shoebox packing party. It is a joy to provide items like toothbrushes, school supplies, hygiene items, and toys to children who do not have these things as readily available as we do. The real motivator of doing this is that before receiving each gift, children first get to hear about the greatest gift - that Jesus wants to be their best friend! The Gospel story is presented at each distribution event and the children are invited back to learn more through a 12-week discipleship program. More than the items in the box, we are giving children the gift of the

pre-printed cardboard shoeboxes with their logo on them and sent them out. In the last few years, the operation began supplying hard plastic boxes with hard plastic lids and those became really popular because, in a lot of the places where the boxes are being dropped, the people would have to get water from a water source that is far away from the village. They began using the shoeboxes to carry the water and obviously, the cardboard didn’t work too well and the plastic was a more welcomed box for that purpose. If you would like to participate by packing a shoebox with items to bless a child, all you have to do is go on the website and read the instructions, pack a box and drop it off. Now, you can even just pack a box online - you don’t have to actually pack a physical box - you just send it in and someone can pack it for you. It only costs $10-15 to pack a shoebox and $7 for shipping.

opportunity to accept Jesus as their savior. For years, Operation Christmas Child provided

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Operation Christmas Child Interview with Vladimir Prokhnevskiy

Thirty-four year old Vladimir Prokhnevskiy grew up poor in the Ukraine, the son of an underground pastor targeted by the KGB. He is a father, a husband, a web developer and a national speaker for Operation Christmas Child. He graduated from The Ohio State University and is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

What does Operation Christmas Child mean to you?

Basically, it’s a box of love and it goes out to the most unreached parts of the world. Not only do people feel the tangible expression of God’s love through these shoeboxes, but most importantly they get introduced to the best gift giver and that’s Jesus.

How did you get involved in OCC and how are you involved currently?

I was the recipient of a shoebox when I was 9 years old. After college, I had an interview with Billy Graham’s Association - at the time I knew that OCC was connected to Billy Graham somehow - now I know that it’s Samaritan’s Purse and they share the same CEO, Franklin Graham, so I just happened to mention to them, “Hey I received one of those shoeboxes” and they wanted me to share my testimony. Statistically, if a person hears a testimony, it encourages them to pack more shoeboxes. When I heard that, I was like, “Send me anywhere if that will encourage more people to send more shoeboxes! You can find instructions at www.samaritanspurse.org

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Interview with Vladimir Prokhnevskiy continued...

in the family. We literally had to take turns - I would put my shoes on and go out and play, come back and give them to the next person in line. As far as food goes, we grew up on rice and potatoes. We had 11 people living in a tiny 3 bedroom apartment with barely any heating or cooling and we had to do all the laundry by hand.

What was your childhood like? I come from a family of 9 kids. My dad was an underground pastor in Kyiv, Ukraine and risked his life preaching the Gospel, underground, on the streets of Kyiv, Ukraine. Because we lived in a country where the government owned everything, Christians weren’t allowed to advance in society. They did not want Christians to have any kind of high positions in school, in business, so my father would have to settle for low-paying jobs. He didn’t get paid much and every time he was captured and written up for preaching the Gospel, it greatly affected his pay, even more so. It got to the point where we couldn’t go outside to play because we didn’t have enough shoes for everybody

What was your childhood like? I come from a family of 9 kids. My dad was an underground pastor in Kyiv, Ukraine and risked his life preaching the Gospel, underground, on the streets of Kyiv, Ukraine. Because we lived in a country where the government owned everything, Christians weren’t allowed to advance in society. They did not want Christians to have any kind of high positions in school, in business, so my father would have to settle for low-paying jobs. He didn’t get paid much and every time he was captured and written up for preaching the Gospel, it greatly affected his pay, even more so. It got to the point where we couldn’t go outside to play because we didn’t have enough shoes for everybody in the family. We literally had to take turns - I would put my shoes on and go out and play, come back and give them to the next person in line. As far as food goes, we grew up on rice and potatoes. We had 11 people living in a tiny 3 bedroom apartment with barely any heating or cooling and we had to do all the laundry by hand.

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LIFE FROM A TEENAGE PERSPECTIVE HOW DO YOU CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO SPORTS?

Tracy was a high school student who played two sports since she was very young. She loved softball and volleyball and devoted several hours a week to each sport. You could even say that these sports were her whole life. She started at a young age and she started playing softball first. Softball was her favorite thing to look forward to at the end of the day and during every weekend. One of Tracy’s friends had started playing club volleyball and she wanted her to join too, so she decided to start playing volleyball, as well. Usually, you see older kids playing two sports at once, but Tracy started playing both younger than the average student and had a very busy schedule at an early age. Tracy had to learn to divide her time equally between her sports, family, and friends. As she grew older, she started to get overwhelmed and upset with the fact that she, unfortunately, couldn't evenly disperse her time. Eventually, Tracy had to make the tough decision between hanging out with her friends or her two favorite sports. Years later, Tracy had to make the even harder decision to choose between her two beloved sports. She was devastated that she could only choose one. How would she decide? Eventually, she decided to stick with the sport she put the most time into and focused solely on softball. Tracy now hopes to pursue softball throughout her high school and college career. trinityhigh.org | (en)Courage

April Vogelpohl is a senior and multi-sport varsity athlete at Trinity Christian High School.


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Trinity Prep Program GRADES 6-8

Monthly, Trinity's Prep Program takes chapel to the beach! We walk to San Carlos Beach for our ID Groups (Identity Developers) for a small group Bible study time. This year, we have five amazing high school student mentors, who help to lead our Prep students in these small group studies. In our ID Groups we are learning what it means to be the Salt and Light of Christ, so when we return to campus, we are working on spreading a bit of that salt and light. During our third week of school we spread the salt and light around and did a campus clean-up project. Our high school mentors really stepped up and lead the students on each of the tasks. We did real work, for a real need, to bless our Trinity family. The Prep Program is on a great adventure, and this is only the beginning! To learn more visit trinityhigh.org/tchs-prep-6-8/


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THE BENEFITS OF A THERAPY DOG ON CAMPUS Meet Jilla, Trinity Christian's Therapy Dog. Hear from our students below about the benefits to having her on campus.

The benefits of having a Therapy Dog on campus are that it promotes greater-self esteem and provides an atmosphere that allows students to feel calm, as well as increasing joy that has lasting emotional and mental health benefits.

"Knowing Jilla is on campus just helps me calm down when I start to feel anxious or worried".

"It's like she knows how I am feeling and will rest her head on my lap and my current issues seem to go away".

"When Jilla is at our games she not only provides comfort to all of us and eases tension, but as soon as opposing athletes see her, they can't help but smile, and ask to pet her."

"She knows how to hug".

"Jilla is part of our school. Not only does she help the students but helps faculty and staff. She helps create a safe family atmosphere and provides immediate relief from stress and sadness." If interested in having Jilla spread joy to your school campus please contact her handler, Crystal Lombardi at clombardi@trinityhigh.org or call (831) 656.9434. trinityhigh.org | (en)Courage


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Actions speak louder than words FLEX DAYS

By Camren Cabanilla

On Wednesdays, instead of having academic classes, Trinity High School has begun to have a “Flex Wednesday” schedule. Flex Wednesdays are designed for the school to do real work that meets the real needs of real people. It is part of the school's Teaching for Transformation program. Trinity is trying to do more than just community service, they are trying to engage their students in the whole process of even identifying needs that exist; talking about why they exist, as well as discussing and figuring out ways that these needs can possibly be addressed and what actual things that they can do as high school students and as a school. There are a lot of schools - private, public, Christian, not Christian- pretty much every high school that does some type of community service or has some type of community service requirements. A lot of the time, community service isn't done for the right reasons or the service that is being done isn't actually a real need that has been identified. Trinity’s community service wasn't really any different than any other school’s community service with kids just trying to get hours or checking a box. Trinity didn't want to have that same program and the school felt like if we change that program or went with a different program that is actually much more involved, they would hopefully get more participation from Trinity's students and get more kids that want to serve for the right reasons.


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Trinity, as a school, decided a year ago to become a Teaching for Transformation school, which is a program that was started to help Christian schools teach within an actual biblical worldview, instead of just saying you’re a Christian school. Simply praying at the beginning of class doesn't make you a Christian school. Flex Wednesdays, which are formational learning experiences, are a part of the TFT (Teaching for Transformation). As a school, Trinity decided this year that they will eventually have Flex experiences within individual classrooms and within individual subjects. To start, they wanted to do it as a whole school. Students are not receiving community service hours for going to Flex Wednesdays, as these are part of the regular school day. The head of the school, Rick Fitzgerald’s deep hope for Trinity's students and staff is that we would get to spend time together, really talking about, discussing and debating the real needs that exist and that they could, together, go through the process of figuring out what those needs were and how to best address them and that together they would actually get to do that. Trinity feels like those formational learning experiences, as opposed to just doing community service, will be experiences that dramatically, fundamentally, and actually impact student lives into the future. The results from Flex Wednesday’s have been good from Fitzgerald's perspective, as he has observed the conversations and actions of students that are occurring during these times. Mr. Fitz has gotten positive feedback from students who have come up to him and said that they like it. The teachers' feedback has also been positive and they have enjoyed interacting with students in a different way, where there's no real pressure or necessarily

any expectations. As Mr. Fitz said, It's always good relationally for our staff and our students to interact in as many different ways as possible. The school has come up with a hundred different ideas of real needs in our community. It appears that as a school, they are focusing on the homeless population, care of animals, special needs, orphans, first responders, neighborhoods, and elderly. Mr. Fitz’s hope is that “This community would recognize, at some point, the difference that Trinity's students are actually making in this community, as well as being the light that we would hope they would be. In addition to the students feeling empowered and proud of the work that they are doing, which would be so much more valuable and beneficial than simply learning more about their academic subject.” They are hoping that by including the community, they will gain a better, more positive, uplifted impression of high school students than perhaps what currently is the impression.

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Taste of Holidays Almond Joy Cookies

What You Need 2-1/2 cups of All-purpose Flour 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Fine Salt 16 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, room temperature 1-1/2 cup Granulated Sugar 2 Large Eggs 2-1/2 cups Sweetened Shredded Coconut 2-1/2 cups Roughly Chopped Almonds or Pecans 3 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips (plus 1 Extra Chocolate Chip Per Cookie)

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How To Cook

Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare 2 or 3 sheet pans with parchment or Silpat liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside

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In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until fully combined. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Add coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips.

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Using a cookie scoop, portion out 12 cookies per pan, leaving space between each. Flatten each cookie slightly with the palm of your hand and press one chocolate chip on top of each cookie. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 10 minutes. Remove pans from the oven and set on a rack, Cool cookies on the pans for 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Important note: As soon as the cookies are cool, store them in an airtight container to preserve their chewiness. trinityhigh.org | (en)Courage


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Student Interests

STUDENTS IN SCHOOL BALANCING WORK AND HOMEWORK We talked to three students at Trinity Christian High School - Keagan Satchel, Wesley Wilcox and Noah Kramer. We asked them some questions about how they do their best to balance work and school and below are their responses.

Why do you have a job? K: I have a job because I have always seen others work hard at their jobs to make money and I have always wanted to experience that myself, so I can be more ready for the future. Also I really just wanted to have money, so I could do fun things and treat/thank others for what they have done for me. W: I got a job as soon as I could, legally, and have been working for my dad's construction company since I was a kid. I was raised to be a hard worker and to work for the things I wanted. I get so much happiness from being able to buy my friends food or even buy a ridiculously expensive stereo for my truck. N: I have a job mainly because I want to take on more responsibilities, as well as learn good work ethics.

Where do you work? K: I work at a recreation rental store. We rent out bikes and kayaks and electric bikes and things like that. W: I got hired at a burger place on February 16 of this year and I have been working there since then and I truly enjoy it. At least most of the time! N: I work at a local fast-food chain

Does your job conflict with school and extracurricular activities? How so? K: Well, so far it has been harder with school just because I can't work as much as I want to and because I have a lot of homework it is harder to focus on what I need to do. W: Sometimes my work will prevent me from hanging out with my friends or going on a trip to the lake. Sometimes it is also time-consuming and hard to find time to get schoolwork done or just rest. N: So far no... I'm assuming later down the road it might be if I take on more than I can handle.

APRIL AND AMADO

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Do you think you’ll continue working for the rest of high school? Why or why not K: I believe that I might stick to summers just so I can give my job my total focus because right now I need to focus on school. I might help throughout the year every once in a while so that I can still have a source of income and because it is a great experience to have. W: Absolutely N: Yes I will be. The environment is great, same with the customers and the staff. I feel like they are part of an extended family. What are some positive and negative experiences you’ve had in your job? K: Some positive experiences that I have enjoyed from my job are 2 things. First, it was meeting my coworkers and getting to know these great people that helped me a lot at the beginning of my job. The second positive experience that I have had is seeing smiles from different families and helping them have a great day. I haven't really had anything negative happen at my job. Except for the time, a customer did not return one of our bikes and we had to go look for it. W: I love having responsibilities! I hate feeling like a kid so having a job and having that responsibility to be prepared and on time for all shifts. I also really enjoy my co-workers and the work environment, it feels as if you are a part of a team and the people are fun to work with. I would say the only negative is not having as much free time to rest and or hang out with friends. N: A negative would be the homeless people who like to do drugs inside. It's sad to see... The hardest part of the actual job is the clean-up after we close. trinityhigh.org | (en)Courage

How has it affected your studies and grades? K: I believe that I haven't been affected that much. I was just forced to manage my time better and also plan out what I need to do to make sure that I can finish my school work while at the same time planning and finding time for me to work. W: In the long term... Yes, it has gotten in the way of my studies. It is, however, partially my fault because I do not always have the motivation to do school after coming home from work late. N: I haven't been working long enough to really be affected. I've only been working for about a week.


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JOKE CORNER We hope these jokes brighten your day! They bring joy, provide a creative outlet, and after-all, laughter is the best medicine!

Q. Why did the robots get married in the fall? A. They were autumn mated

Q. What’s heavier a pound of feathers or a pound of steel?

A. The feathers because you have to live with what you did to those birds.

Q. What do you call a fly with no wings?

A. A fly. The irony is unfortunate, but the name doesn’t change.

I saw a turkey get into a fight. He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Q. What’s the best thing you can put into a pumpkin pie?

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A.Your teeth!


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JOKE CORNER CONTINUED... I finished making a belt out of wristwatches. What a complete waist of time!

Q. Why do birds fly south every winter?

A. It's too far to walk.

If money really did grow on trees, We’d be raking it in!

Q.What’s red and bad for your teeth? A. A brick.

Q. Which tastes better pumpkin pie or apple pie?

A. Neither, they don’t have tastes buds

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Campfire Concerts is a new nonprofit ministry aimed at bringing Christian concerts to the Monterey area. Their first concert took place last March, right before the lockdown, where they hosted Phil Whickham and Cory Asbury. Last week, Campfire organized their second concert event featuring Crowder. All of the featured musicians are famous Christian artists. Campfire was started in early 2020 when Greg Quiring had an idea to bring Christian concerts to Monterey. With the help of his friend from church, Ben Bransford, it evolved into Campfire, which is kind of a hybrid between a music festival, a single concert, and a worship service. Campfire now has a board of directors representing different churches from around the Monterey area. I spoke to the manager of Campfire Concerts, Rachel Quiring, about what they wanted to accomplish with their ministry and she had this to say, “We have two goals: to unite the churches of the

Monterey area in worship and to create a safe and fun place to invite non-Christians to experience God’s goodness. They do this by hosting a great Christ-centered concert, but also by including a fellowship time, called the Campground Time, beforehand. It involves campfires, s’mores, food trucks, and lawn games. the goal of campfire time hope that attendees will show up for this time and fellowship, meet some new people from other churches, pray together, pray with a pastor, and all together experience God’s love for one another and for our united local body of Christ. The hope for all of the people involved in Campfire Concerts is that people see it not just as a concert, but as a true ministry. Campfire unites the church in worship, prayer, and fellowship. Checking politics, theological debates, favoritism, and judgment at the door allows them to provide a genuine experience of love and acceptance for all that attend. It is a celebration of God’s goodness and His love for his creation.

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24 Campfire tries to do this in a way that is fun, family-friendly and wouldn’t be scary or foreign to someone who had never been to church before.The organizers at Campfire would love to have as much community involvement as possible. There are so many ways to get involved. Attending a concert and inviting friends to join is a great way to start. Campfire also connects directly with local church pastors and staff to share their vision with them. Because they are a nonprofit organization, they do accept donations and they are always looking for volunteers and people to help spread the word.

To connect with Campfire, please visit: https://www.campfireconcerts.org

By Amado Reese, Junior

Crowder and For All Seasons at Monterey Fairgrounds on October 8, 2021


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STUDENT SURVEY

Student Stress In a typical week, 7 days, how often do you feel stressed? Everyday, all 7. I have a lot going on. 19%

Maybe 1 day a week 19%

We surveyed 100 students about how often They feel stressed. Some results were expected, but some offered insight into what may need to

4-6 days a week 28.6%

2-3 days a week 33.3%

change during the week! Home life 16.7%

What contributes most to your stress? Friendships/Relationships 25%

Social Media 4.2%

Homework 54.2%


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Color this page and take a photo of your finished work, post it on Instagram, tag @TC.Monterey, and hashtag #encouragemag. Attention flows away from ourselves. A simple act, such as coloring, takes your attention away from yourself (and those things that are stressing you out!) trinityhigh.org | (en)Courage



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