Volume 3, Number 3 Spencerville Adventist Academy November 29,2006
Spirit Week By Jennifer Mendez
From next day. As you would probably agree,
rushing many people had engaging outﬁts during
to get to the week. To kick off the week, we had the Juniors
class on different decades for each class. Tuesday Estee
time to Milburn, Chelsea Mastrapa, Heidi
we had to dress up in our class colors. On
Davenport, and Rachel Wuerstlin work
trying Wednesday, we had “Futuristic Day,” which their hearts out to help win the tug o’ war.
to keep your locker clean, school can get a was quite interesting, to say the least for
bit hectic to say the least. School may be students dressed up in everything from Our school may be small, but our
entertaining sometimes, but after a while it duct tape to aluminum foil. On Thursday, Christian spirit is reﬂected in every person
may seem overrated. Many of us may not students wore our school colors. To end our in one way or another. We represent our
have as much time for ourselves as we want week we had the craziest topic of the whole school everyday, but we also represent God,
because of all the work, but fortunately for week, “Wacky-Tacky/Wacky Hair Day.” and that’s what counts. Our school has
us, Spirit Week is always there to remind us Apart from dressing up, “Sports Day” provided us with the privilege of a yearly
that school can be quite amusing. Our small was an exciting part of the week. Students Spirit Week in which school is anything but
school has great school and Christian spirit, wore their class colors and participated ordinary. Sure, we may still have work and
which made our Spirit Week even better than in sports such as basketball, soccer, and locker issues, and maybe even friendships
expected. football. The excitement was at full bloom on hold, but Spirit Week makes us have
Spirit Week, a week in which students when awe-inspiring things happened, like even more fun than usual. After all,
dress up according to assigned topics, is a Justin Calhoun’s breathtaking game winning it’s not everyday that we get to wear
week like no other. It only happens once goal during the soccer game. These sports normal clothes or hilarious costumes.
a year and is highly anticipated by many always make people hungry, so the school
students. The hallways are ﬁlled with con- provided pizza for all. As always, “Sports
versations about the expectations for the Day” was a big hit.
Sports Update By Andrew Stevens
The volleyball team
had a crazy showdown.
Oh, what a season for both soccer and volleyball. The home crowd was
The soccer team ﬁnished off strong by beating TA in a roaring and the volleyball
classic rivalry. Ben Mohn just tore the defense apart. team’s own cheer section, Kaveh Kazemzadeh practicing for
The sad part is we will be losing many key players next with Jarrod Lutz and the the soccer showdown on Sports
year when they graduate. Kris Macalinao, Jarrod Lutz, “V Twins” Ben and Josh, Day: Freshmen vs. Seniors!
Chris Ng, and Dain Wood will be leaving us. Hopefully was making as much noise as they could. Even though
next year we will have some people to step up and take it was a disappointing loss it was a great game and we
the positions that we are losing next year.
~Continued on pg.3~
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Storm of STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:
Miracles Hosanna (Jose) Tran
By Robert Machado
By Andrea Erhart
Justin was just one of over 30
preschoolers inside the Fun Zone Q: What are two things you want to
Skate Center when it was ripped do before you die?
apart by a tornado. The storm hit A: Get married and see my kids
the skating rink about 10:15 a.m., graduate from collage.
in Montgomery, Alabama when 31
Q: What is your favorite color?
children and four adults were inside
Q: What are your hobbies? A: Silver.
for day care. The manager made
A: Playing violin, playing video
everyone get into the lone section
games, basically going outside and Q: Tell me something most people
of the building that survived the don’t know about you.
high winds. “She may have saved A: Most people don’t know that I
many of these children’s lives,” said Q: What type of music do you listen like metal.
Mayor Bobby Bright. Tantameka to?
Moorer, who works at a drug store A: Basically anything, rock, old Q: What is your favorite food?
across the street from the rink, said school rap, classical. A: General Tso’s Chicken.
the doors ﬂew open as the wind
picked up quickly. “I ran to close Q: What movies do you like? Q: Describe yourself in 5 words.
the doors and it was like the sky was A: None really, I haven’t seen many A: Quiet, nerdy, happy, shy, and
actually on the ground,” she said. recently. fun.
“It was gray and there was a lot of
rain.” Parents rushed in to the area Q: Brunettes or blondes? Q: Comedies or horror movies?
as soon as they heard about the inci- A: They are all ﬁne to me. A: Comedies.
dent to check on their kids. Russell
Grant, Justin’s father, said “I wasn’t Q: If you could have a magic power Q: Name someone you admire and
panicked until I saw the building.” what would it be? why?
Despite the twisted metal wreck- A: Invisibility because I could do A: My parents because they do their
age left by the storm, the children anything I wanted and no one would best to help me and set me straight
were mostly unharmed, a fact some see me. in life.
observers said was miraculous,
especially John Allen Dees, who
said, “I cannot imagine that any-
one actually survived that.” Dees
and another crawled under beams a tornado hit the Fun Zone Skate the west. At least eight people were
and wreckage looking for the kids. Center, which has a preschool dur- hurt in Mississippi, and one person
“I’m amazed that anyone got out ing the day. An apartment complex was killed in Louisiana. Things
of there,” said the mayor. One across the street and Montgomery’s have calmed down for now but the
child suffered a broken bone and main post ofﬁce, which is nearby weather alert is still in effect for
another had a head laceration, but were damaged, but no injuries were more powerful storms.
everyone else was ﬁne. National reported. The storm was part of a
Weather Service ofﬁcials said that system moving into the state from
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~ Sports Update Continued from pg.1~
held our heads high. We are losing one key senior, Lilly
Kawar, and we will miss her a lot.
Ladies and gentlemen, basketball season is almost
here. Practices have started and both teams are looking
pretty amazing. Greg Taylor, head coach of the varsity
Queen Bee boys’ team, is whipping them into shape. The varsity
boys have many key players returning this year like the
Dear Queen Bee, “V Twins” Ben and Josh, Tyler Leach, and Ben Mohn.
All the valuables were stolen out of my locker. What We also have many
should I do? new stars in the making
like Andrew Stevens,
Hmm, that is a problem. Well, the only advice I can Teddy Grifﬁn and Wes
give you is pretty obvious, and you’ve probably already Morgan. They are the
heard it at least once, but maybe it’s time to get a lock. future of the team. Var-
I know: it seems sort of messed up that something like sity is lacking one thing
that is necessary at a school like SAA, but remember that though: height. The tall-
it’s most likely just one person doing this, and don’t let est person on the team is Rheba Correia takes the shot!
them inﬂuence your view of the school as a whole. William Messenger, at
As a side note--if you’re reading this and think it 6 feet 3 inches, but he’s hardly the majority. The team
sounds pretty familiar, (a.k.a., you have a clue who makes up for their “shortcoming” with the speed and
might’ve been up to stuff like this) I strongly encourage quickness of Ben Mohn and Tyler Leach. They also
you to talk to them about it, and then, if that doesn’t have some amazing shooters on the team. Coach Greg
work out so well, bring the issue to a member of the staff. Taylor says “that we will have to beat teams by the fast
C’mon now, we represent not only a Christian school, break and working the ball around to our shooters like
but also true Christian faith: let’s act like it. Josh and Tyler.”
Girls varsity is looking just as good as boys’ varsity
with returning stars such as Brittany Jacobson and Robin
Love, Welsh. This team, under the leadership of Coaches Au-
Queen Bee dain and Becky Sisson, has a lot of potential. Melissa
Breetzke, former junior varsity member, says “I’m so
excited to be on varsity this year. I love the spirit of the
A Play to Remember By Juliana Baioni
nior. And that’s good, because according to
Dain it brings
It is unlike anything Spencerville has “some friend-
Coming soon: from the director who undertaken before. Unlike past productions, ly competi-
brought to life the classic stories of The this is a story EVERYONE knows. Whether tion between
Sound of Music and The Fiddler on the they ﬁrst heard the story of Beauty and the the casts”
Roof, who made the small-town stories of Beast from the book, the movie, or the play, and allows
The Music Man and Oklahoma! grand, who nearly all can say that the tale is enchant- the viewers a
brought the Orient close to home with The ing. taste of how Leading actresses Heather
King and I, and who followed two people Even though there is still a long way each person Brockett and Tori Hudgins
in their searches for love and acceptance in to go before this production is ever put on p o r t r a y s rehearse their role as Belle in
Oliver! and My Fair Lady now comes a tale stage, “The enthusiasm is already there,” their part. the upcoming play “Beauty
unlike any you have seen before. says Tori Hudgins, a senior. So what and the Beast”
A tale where inanimate objects are alive, “We have a great cast,” says Steven can be ex-
roses are enchanted, and only one girl can Blondo, a sophomore. And indeed we do. pected to come from our production? Ac-
break the spell that binds them all… Some old favorites are back in the act along cording to Justin Calhoun, a sophomore, “A
Spencerville Adventist Academy proudly with several new faces. “The majority of great play. It will be a memorable, if not the
presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! the roles are split,” says Dain Wood, a se- ~Continued on pg.4~
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~A Play to Remember
Continued from pg.3~
THE but the drapes were shut, my thankful for.
radio was playing soft music in When you consider the
most memorable, play Spencerville
has ever done.”
NONWITNESS the background, the lights were things that you’re thankful for,
It will be memorable all right, By Daniel Czajkowski out, I had a pillow over my head, it’s easy to give the same an-
not only for the story and the actual and I was asleep. I couldn’t see swers that you’ve always given.
performing, but also because of the “Verily, verily, I say unto or hear a thing!” If you’ve been asked the same
work in store for those in the pro- you, we speak that we do know, “And you’re a witness?” question since Kindergarten,
duction in the upcoming months. and testify that we have seen.” The majority of Christians answers come fairly easily. Un-
Already the cast has begun working John 3:11 today are like one of those two fortunately, this means the an-
on choreography while Mrs. David- The story is of a court scene. witnesses. They are either deter- swers become automatic. By 1st
son and Mrs. Craig, our costumers, The prisoner is brought in. The mined to remain silent witnesses grade. We can say we’re thankful
have been working hard to ﬁnd all prosecutor and the defense attor- or else they have nothing per- for our family, our friends, and
the elaborate outﬁts called for in
ney take their places. The judge sonal to tell. And because of this, God as fast as we can say our
this play. The making and painting
of props and backdrops won’t be far enters, and the court is in ses- their witness for Christ is inef- ABCs. (Probably faster, because
behind. sion. The ﬁrst witness is called fective. It is only when we have the ABCs are pretty hard in 1st
It can, and always does, get to the stand. He is sworn in, and become personally involved with grade.)
pretty hectic. But Mrs. Lanning, our takes his seat. The questioning the Lord Jesus Christ, and have That’s not the point of being
director, and Madison Bahr, our co- begins. personal testimony to give--and thankful, though! It’s not about
director, take on that challenge every “Where were you on the then give it--by our inﬂuence, listing everything that you have.
year, and every year the students night of the twenty-seventh at yes, but also by our words--that It’s about appreciating everything
who try out do as well. For some about ten o’clock in the eve- we become effective witnesses you have. Even the simple things,
people, it’s just in their blood to act. ning?” for Him. Take the stand and be like getting to school safely or
Cassie Marroquin, a freshman who
Silence. a true witness. passing a math test even though
h a s
been in “I said, where were you you didn’t study, are pretty awe-
eight on the night of the twenty-sev- some when you think about them.
plays, enth?” We can’t list everything God’s
More silence. given us because God’s blessings
“I love The judge demands, “Why don’t have boundaries.
acting aren’t you answering the ques- So here’s my challenge to
and being in plays.” For others,
this is a ﬁrst and ground-breaking
“Well,” the witness speaks
Spin you. Don’t tell me what you’re
thankful for. Don’t make a list
experience for them. By Cassie Tetz
at last, “I feel that being a silent in your head of what your’re
Hopefully, through the experi-
witness is enough. It should be Hey guys, thanks for reading thankful for. Don’t list at all.
ences we are soon to take part in,
we will all come to grow closer apparent to all, by my mere pres- the November issue of The Point Instead, take a few moments
to each other and more conﬁdent ence here in this courtroom, how (and my column here). The holi- to think why these blessings
in ourselves--on and off the stage. I feel about this case, and I think day season more or less dictates are so special.
We’ll learn to work as a team and that should be sufﬁcient. I’m not that I talk about thankfulness, but
together be a part of one of the best that comfortable with answering don’t worry - I’ll try to avoid as
plays ever done here at Spencerville. questions. I might give a wrong many clichés as possible.
So get ready… answer or something. I prefer to I’ve known about Thanks-
…for the story that has been told simply be a silent witness.”
many times in many ways through- giving since as long as I can
The judge sends the first remember. Chances are that you
out the ages. Come, remember the
“witness” out of the room and have, too. Every year, the same
magic and feel like a child again.
Come, and see your favorite char- calls in another witness. The sec- question is proposed: “What are
ond witness is sworn in, and takes By Chris Ng
acters come to life in an array of you thankful for?” That makes
colors and song. Come, and expe- his seat on the witness stand. The sense – it is Thanks-
rience the tale trial continues. “Where were giving, after all. It’s Co-Editors...Evan Knott & Cassie Tetz
we all know, you on the night of the twenty- a good question to Copy Editor...................Jo McNeill
the tale as old seventh at about ten o’clock in ask. In this commer- Layout & Design......Candice Craig
as time. the evening?” cial world, it’s easy Photo Credits......Yearbook Staff
“At home in bed.” to get caught up in and Juliana Baioni
“Did you hear or see any- material objects and Photographer.....Clarissa Robertson
thing unusual?” to focus on what you Sponsor.........................Carrie Hess
“No, I was not only in bed want, not what you’re
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