(en)Courage Magazine - Sept/Oct 2022

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A student rediscovers her love for art. INTERIM, INC.

A nonprofit helping those struggling with mental illness. ACTS OF KINDNESS

Students seek to meet needs of the homeless.


At Trinity High School, our deep hope is that students accept their unique role in God's story, that they grow closer to Christ by serving others and that they express God's love for everyone through their actions. We do so by challenging our students intellectually, athletically and artistically. We also encourage our students to take ownership of their faith and take responsibility for their own spiritual growth! We have designed our curriculum to assist our students in discovering and developing' the skills and talkents necessary to fulfill their purpose. Trinity offers Honors courses in English, Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calculus and Calculus. 98% of all TCHS graduates go on to college, trade school or the military. We are members of CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) and participate in the Pacific Coast Athletic League in 17 Varsity team sports. TCHS provides a smaller teacher to student ratio, allowing all of our teachers to come alongside and give individualized attention, guidance and support to every student.

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3 Editors Note A quick note from our Editor In Chief

11 Student Interests: Art speaks too

5 Fall bucket list

Learning more about what students are intrested in

Fun things to do this fall

6 sports chronicles

13 trinity prep program

7 homeless care flex

15 Life from a teenage perspective


18 Fall Recipe

Bonding by the beach

Getting an early start to get in shape for fall sports Students try to meet the needs of the local homeless population A nonprofit helping those struggling with mental illness

What it's like working for the summer as a high school student Butternut squash soup

10 Student survey Asking high school students how they like to do their work

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Editor's Note

Happy 1 year anniversary to (en)Courage Magazine! Thank you for joining us in this adventure! We have been so (en)Couraged by the positive feedback from our community and by the content these students have created! This endeavor was created to give a voice to young people and their thoughts and creativity, as well as to bring some encouragement to our community. Every design, article and cover photo was created by a student and we believe that is remarkable! (en)Courage remains true to our deep hope of pointing those who pick up an issue of this magazine towards their purpose in this life. We know that each person was created with a purpose and that there are no coincidences - YOU were made to make a difference. We hope we can come alongside you to discover that purpose and spread love and hope within our community and further. We are excited to see what year #2 for (en)Courage brings!

Patty Brem




FALL BUCKET LIST! Do you have nothing to do this Fall?

Here is a list of 20 fall-themed activities for you to try!

Have a bonfire Decorate/carve pumpkins Visit a farmer's market Roast pumpkin seeds Go apple picking Go trick or treating Have a costume contest Make s'mores Go to a pumpkin patch Make a pie Crunch leaves Go to a harvest carnival Watch spooky movies Make a list of things you're grateful for Go on a hay ride Take a scenic hike Have a family game night Decorate your room for fall Visit a farm or petting zoo Take fall themed photos

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Fall Sports Trinity Football gears up for their fall season with summer workouts. Their season runs from August through October. At Trinity Christian High School we get an early start on athletic conditioning. Conditioning starts for sports like football, cross country, and volleyball. During the early summer, the football team heads out on the field

Parents and teachers are on edge as the first games of the season approach. Teams are eager to win and ready to make the season a champion season. Sports are great for students in many diverse ways. Not only do students get exercise that they might not usually get, but the teams hold each other accountable for practices. Kids learn how to be a part of a team and they learn that everyone plays an

everyday to get in shape for the upcoming season. Seeing everybody working hard is inspiring and students are grateful to be around their peers again. A sports team builds structure for these students - from practice, to formation and attitude. This structure teaches these athletes organization for their adulthood, future jobs, as well as

equal part. As the season progresses, the students get closer to each other and build bonds that are not just because they have class together, but because they have time afterschool where they can communicate and hangout. Sports are a part of so many kids' lives and it grows and develops them in great ways that they don't realize.

the ability to balance life with other tasks. As schools begin to get their equipment, athletes start to feel companionship. Teams pad up for football eager to tackle, cross country

Ashton Frye is a Junior at Trinity Christian and is currently playing varsity for football, soccer. track, and golf

gets geared up for competition, and volleyball and cheer get uniformed and ready for their season.

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At Trinity Christian High School, students have the opportunity to help the school and to go out into the surrounding areas, to create a better community. FLEx is an acronym for formational learning experiences that help the students at Trinity grow in fundamental life skills and service, while also growing and strengthening their faith. A few times each month the students of Trinity Christian have a day where they can go into the community and help out with whatever “real needs” the students see. For example, some students go to help the elderly in our community tend to their yards or converse with them, some go to help serve at Meals on Wheels, others help tutor/take care of kids in nearby homes, and others go out into various places in the city to pick up trash, tend to gardens and more.

One of these groups that started late last year was a group wanting to tackle the homeless issues in our area. This homeless care group goes out into the community looking for people who are without homes. The students approach them and offer them a little gift bag that has toiletries, a snack, a water bottle, and more.

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FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE The students then ask if they would feel comfortable taking a survey to help the students understand what the actual needs are of those who are homeless. Once this group gets back to the school they are able to go over the surveys and

Recently, this group was able

talk about what the major needs are

to return to some of those they had

of the people and determine how they

surveyed and offer supplies that had

can most fulfill those needs.

been requested. One gentleman had needed some clothing and the students in that care group were able to bring him a hoodie, pants and socks. Another man who had taken the survey had requested a sleeping bag and the students were able to leave one with him, fulfilling one of his real needs. Overall, when doing these projects the students grow from the experience and they become better communicators. They fulfill the needs of many people both emotionally and physically. This

Sidney is a Junior at Trinity High School and she volunteers at Interim, Inc.

brings joy to everyone involved.

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Interim, Inc. Housing - Healing - Hope WRITTEN BY: SIDNEY THORNSBURY

"Interim, Inc. is the only agency in Monterey County that provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social support, homeless outreach and support, and supported education and employment services for adults who have serious mental illnesses. Our mission is to provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives. We believe that housing, healing, and hope are a path to mental health."

To reach Interim, Inc. General questions: (831) 649-4522 Programs: (831) 883-3030

Interim, Inc. is a private nonprofit that provides support services, housing and treatments for adults with mental illness. Some of the services provided include affordable supportive housing, residential treatment, mental health, and dual recovery services, case coordination and much more. Interim's team includes 15 board members that each represent a part of Interim's mission. These people include family members, mental health professionals, housing experts, law enforcement, health care, among other professions. Since 1986, Interim Inc. has opened 20 fully developed housing and treatment facility projects. Interim's housing and treatment programs are available in Monterey, Marina, and Salinas. Each of these locations are confidential to secure the safety and confidentiality of the clients.

Sidney is a Junior at Trinity High School and she volunteers at Interim, Inc.

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Conversations at Interim: (en)Courage had the opportunity to interview a longterm professional who works with those who struggle with mental illness. Kontrina works as a peer outreach associate and advocacy coordinator at Interim. A peer outreach associate is a person who is helping another with their story and their struggles with mental

One of Kontrina's favorite stories was about a client that had been coming to Interim for years who had been chronically homeless. This person eventually exceeded even their own expectations and now has their own apartment and job. Kontrina loves being able to witness people gaining their happiness back after so long.

health and addictions. Kontrina helps the people put their story into words and helps encourage them to combat the internal stigma and not just the external stigma of dealing with addictions and mental health issues. It's about personal improvement and growth. A challenge Kontrina faces working at Interim is that sometimes it takes years for someone to get off the street. She stated, “I wish that self awareness would come sooner.” One of her favorite things about working at Interim is being a part of the realization that people gain when they understand the world is beautiful.

Kontrina McPheter joined Interim in 2007.

Interim Inc. is located in Salinas, California. For more information on Interim, Inc. visit www.interiminc.org..

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Fine with any of it 43.5% In Pairs 17.4%

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Butternut Squash Soup INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons of butter 2 pounds butternut squash (seeded and cut into 8 pieces) 1 pound parsnips, cut into 2 inch slices 1/4 cup water 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 4 cups chicken broth 1 cup half-and-half salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a large roasting pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Arrange the squash skin side down and parsnips in the pan; add the water. Cover with foil. Bake for 50 minutes or until the vegetables are very tender. Let cool. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and thyme. Saute for 10 minutes or until the onion is tender and golden. Remove from heat. Combine squash, parsnips and onion in a food processor bowl. Process until puréed. Add chicken broth; process until blended. Pour mixture into a large heavy saucepan. Whisk in half and half and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. trinityhigh.org | (en)Courage


Art Speaks Too By Sabrina Chaty

I began drawing about 6 years ago, when I was 12 years old. I had been browsing through an art classroom and after looking for a little while, I realized that each piece was slightly different, even if it appeared the same. Driven by the personality and uniqueness of the many styles of art, I began to explore my artistic side. I wanted to be a part of this type of creating, but I wasn’t certain that I could do it.

Painting done by Sabrina during 11th grade

When I first began to create art, I drew a flower for my grandmother and a bat for my grandfather, but I had given them both my own personal touch. At first, I was proud of how well they came out, but still doubted myself, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep drawing or not. When I brought the drawings to my grandparents and saw their reactions, this all changed. My grandma was proud of me and loved my art, which made me think more about continuing. My grandpa's reaction is what really confirmed my decision.

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My grandfather was born and raised in Portugal. He had to begin working at a young age, and unfortunately, never learned how to read or write. When he saw my art, I realized he could understand it as if it was telling a story. After this, I continued to draw. I developed a passion for it and explored different styles and types of drawing. It became a daily thing for me. When my grandpa passed away, that all changed. I didn’t want to draw anymore and even when I tried, I couldn’t. My inspiration was gone and I had completely lost my motivation for art. It took me over three years to finally be able to draw again. I do not draw nearly as much as I used to, but I have been trying to bring back my passion for it.

Harry Potter digital art done by Sabrina I know that the passion will never feel the same again, but my grandfather is still with me and I am determined to continue creating art for people to look at in remembrance of him.

Sabrina Chaty is a senior at Trinity who is currently dance captain and a student government member.

Dinosaur painting done by Sabrina

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BONDING BY By Evera Moore THE BEACH Prep Program Student In September 2022, the Trinity Christian Prep Program had the privilege of going on a Spiritual Emphasis Retreat. This retreat is a camping trip we embark on each year with intentions of enjoying the LORD’s creation in nature and growing closer with one another; a goal which was almost immediately exceeded! Even on our drive over to the campsite, people were singing and laughing in their cars, excited for the bonding that would commence on the trip which they had not realized had already begun! The first night, when our worship leader Mr. Tim Brown asked if anybody would like to go over and help him lead worship so many people came up that there was barely an audience anymore, which was just fine because we weren’t singing for them anyway. That night, the night when people who never stood before the LORD stood in worship, the night where those who never lifted their hands raised them to the heavens, the night where people who had never spoken Jesus' name sang it out into creation. That night will remain in each of our hearts forever.



Later that night, as we were all snuggled up tight in our sleeping bags, the Prep Program encountered a few late-night visitors. A raccoon was roaming the campsite, scratching at tents, along with a meandering skunk, both of which a few had the pleasure of beholding. One particular group, however, had a particularly crazy and comical encounter with the masked animal, who, staying true to his thieving nature, tore a hole in their tent in an attempt to steal an occupant’s empty lunch box. Though this encounter may seem silly or, to most, terrifying, it actually provided an exceptional bonding opportunity as the three girls faced the raccoon together, the kind of incredible scenario that only God could have authored.

Though small groups like this one were driven closer together throughout the retreat, the LORD presented an opportunity for the whole class to become more like family. On the last day, three classmates gathered during our free time at the beach. They devised a plan to carve letters into the sand, though it would take over an hour to execute. A few people joined in. And then a few more. Then Ms. A. and more and more people joined in, the more and more efficiently we were able to execute the plan. We communicated and we laughed, and we listened and in the end, nearly the entire Prep Program was on their knees in the sand, carving letters in the sand to form the name of the one who had brought them together. The name of the one who made them a family. Who orchestrated all the little moments that will stay in their hearts for the entirety of their life. Who accepted them when no one else did and then brought them to people who excepted them lovingly as well. JESUS.


Life From A Teenage Perspective There are many high school students who spend their summers working. Whether they are working by choice, to save for schooling, to help their families, or

Sabrina Chaty is a Senior at Trinity Christian High School who spent her summer working. She did this by choice because she wanted to feel more independent and

because they need to, each student has their own

help raise money for her future schooling. She didn’t

personal experience and opinion. The experiences they encounter are what form their opinions and these opinions can influence how they choose to continue in their future careers.

have a preference for what kind of job she got. She was just looking in general and ended up working at Jersey’s Original Subs, while also committing to multiple babysitting jobs. For a while, she enjoyed it. She was making a decent amount of money with one job, and got to do what she loved with the other, but after some time, she started to feel like she was missing out.

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Life From A Teenage Perspective Sabrina's high school

so many different outcomes

years were almost over and

for students who work during

she had spent her summer

their summers. Some may

working. She was realizing

love it, others might not care,

how many things she was

and certain students may not

missing by having to work so have a choice or maybe even much and decided that she

hate it. Either way, this is

needed to pick only one job,

just the experience of one

which was babysitting - the


job she loved.

Overall, working for the

Sabrina learned a lot from

summer was a positive

her summer job experiences

experience for Sabrina and

and was able to determine

she would recommend that all

what was and wasn’t good

high school students consider

for her at the time. This

trying it for themselves.

helped Sabrina grow confidence in making decisions that were best for her well-being and overall growth as a person, but this may not be the case for

Sabrina Chaty is a Senior representative on the student government team who also playing two sports.

everyone. Although some people may have experienced something similar to Sabrina, there are

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TCHS ALUMNI UPDATE Bethany Blacker | Class of 2017


Bethany Blacker / Labor and Delivery RN

My name is Bethany Blacker. I spent my entire childhood growing up on the Monterey Peninsula. It is still my favorite place in the world and always will be. Dance was a huge part of my life and it’s ultimately what led me into my career in healthcare. I am currently a high-risk labor & delivery nurse at the busiest hospital in North Texas. We had 645 deliveries last month. I was TCHS class of 2017. After high school, I moved to Texas and attended Baylor University.



Q. While you were a student at Trinity what was one thing you struggled with that you have since overcome that you think would be able to help our current students?

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to current TCHS students and graduating seniors, what would it be?

A. " I remember in high school feeling like everything was focused on a rule book full of dont's. What I want every student to know is there are so many things that you’re doing right. Whether you know it or not. The most important thing you could ever do for someone is to echo your belief in one another. I tell my patients this too. Truthfully, it’s hard to look like Jesus when you choose criticism over appreciation. I walked out of high school and college an imperfect person. I walk in the hospital every night an imperfect person too. The world doesn’t need perfection it just needs a person who will willingly take the steps to become a better person through all of the things that make each one of us beautifully unfinished."

A. " I struggled with the future. Especially when you are a senior in high school, it’s something on everyone’s mind. What I wish I could go back and tell high school Bethany? We each have a lane in this life. Oftentimes we’re so quick to want to jump into someone else’s. But through the years I’ve learned how powerful it is to hit full speed in my own. I started viewing it as no matter where this life takes me, everyone I meet has something unique, special, and important to bring in the door. Something only they can bring to relationships, places, life itself. It’s what makes us human, but also a team, regardless of our differences, where we are or what we’re doing. At the end of the day, the ground is level at the foot of the cross. The heavenly example of what living fully with what your given looks like.

Kate Dirkes is a Junior at Trinity. She is on student government and is a football cheerleader.

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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!

Why does a chicken coop only have two doors? If it had four doors it would be called a chicken sedan.

What's the opposite of irony? Wrinkly.

What’s black and white and red all over?

Due to the expansive nature of the universe, many items both natural and manufactured could be described in this manner.

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Some poems rhyme, I’m a really bad gardener

Why don’t you ever see hippos hiding in

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trees? Because they’re really good at it


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

Never criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you'll be a mile away, and you'll have their shoes.

Though I enjoy the sport, I could never date a tennis player. Love means nothing to them.

What’s a pirate’s favorite letter of the alphabet?

None. Historians believe that most pirates were most likely illiterate.

Haikus are easy But sometimes they don't make sense Refrigerator

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Why did the chicken go to the séance? To get to the other side



Fine Arts Every year the Assemblies of God (AG) puts on an event and brings in talented young people from around the country. Fine Arts Festival is a discipleship tool of the AG Youth Ministries designed to help students discover, develop, and deploy their ministry gifts and learn about their God-given abilities and talents. The National Youth Conference is an annual event that is passionate about developing students and leaders and creating an environment that allows them to encounter Jesus.

The Fine arts categories are crazy. They range from threedimensional art to film production to unconventional percussion (where they rhythmically bang on trash cans and ladders and other random things). The category that I participated in was short sermon. We had to create a sermon from scratch, making sure that it was biblically sound, and then deliver it to a crowd and keep it under 5 minutes long.

The Fine Arts Festival begins long before Orlando. All participants must perform their art in their district. Our district is Northern California and Nevada. All participants travel to a church in Sacramento to give their sermons. They grade each speaker to determine if they are good enough to participate in the National Festival.

Over the summer I went all over the place, I went all up and down California. I went to Texas. I even went to Cancun, Mexico. However, the most fun place I traveled to was Orlando, Florida. It wasn't fun because that’s where Disney World is (though I did thoroughly enjoy Disney World). It wasn’t the most fun because I stayed in a nice hotel with a pool or because the weather was amazing. Going to Orlando was the most fun part of my summer because I was there for the National Youth Conference and Fine Arts Festival. I wrote two separate sermons. The first one, which I gave to the district, was about running the race of life despite hardships and attacks from the devil and keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus. The second one I wrote for Nationals was about how our worship should not be hindered by our feelings or our environment.

Fine Arts When we worship, God should

be our only focus and He is so, so worthy of our praise. Not only was I speaking myself, but I also got to watch my friends speak and meet people with similar giftings. I got to see some pretty incredible stuff there. Not to mention the worship and preachings at the youth conference were incredible. I was beyond moved. One of the nights we were praying for healing and I went over and laid hands on someone I didn't know. More people gathered around and we were praying and praying and God healed his broken ankle at that moment. Another night I got to pray for many people around me to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Overall, it was an amazing experience. There really is nothing like it. Next year, the national festival and conference are going to be held in Columbus Ohio. I am going to participate in many more categories. And hopefully, I’ll make it back to nationals. Either way, I’m going to enjoy honing my skills and Godgiven gifts



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Across 3 Not oranges 6 Do this or smell my feet 7 Cob or canned 10 Not on trees 11 Awkward and delicious celebration with family and food

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Down Orange, but not an orange When it's too warm for a coat. but too cold for a t-shirt Another word for Fall Spooky costume day Funny or scary dress up Very, very, very misty Moving leaves with a tool


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WITH YOU. 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

What students are saying about Formational Learning Experiences "I love learning about my role in God's story. I genuinely want to learn more about my role and about who I am. I love helping out in Flex and I love just learning and gaining more wisdom because my biggest hope in this world is to grow more and more into Christ. I genuinely want to grow to be the best version of myself." "As a Genuine Christian, I really want to engage in everything that is set in front of me because I need ALL the wisdom I can get so I can apply them to my life as best as possible."

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