UN I T Y
1964 Unity Bulletin
UNITY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL • ORANGE CITY, IOWA
Phone 737-4114 • Activity Line 737-3865 • www.unitypvt.k12.ia.us
H IS S E RV
The theme of this school year is built around the famous verse of Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and
approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Transformation into the likeness of Christ is a lifelong process. And we have the opportunity to walk along
several hundred teenagers this year unfolding what it means to become transformed by the renewing of our
One way that transformation takes place in our lives, is when we take time to serve others. On Friday,
September 16 our school student body and staff hits the streets in places like Sioux Falls and Rock Valley. We
served individual homes and non-profit businesses; we cleaned up along the Missouri River and helped flood
victims move back into their homes in the Dakota Dunes.
One of our groups served homeless people waiting in a food line in Sioux Falls. One of the people in line
shared with Mrs. Dirksen, “ We never see teenagers who act like this.”
What a reminder to us, who live and work among teenagers. God is at work among us, day by day, event by
Pray with us this year, that transformation into the likeness of Christ will occur and be celebrated.
Several of our groups went to Sioux
City to help clean up after the flood.
They worked in Dakota Dunes power
washing homes and moving boxes and
furniture into homes from the semi
trailers. Others worked along the
river raking sand back to the riverbed
and power washing the grass to clean
up the area in the children’s park.
Others worked in the Pavilion area
picking up trash, shoveling mud and
silt off stairs and sidewalks, pruning
and pulling out dead shrubs and
planting grass seed on areas where the
Unity’s Fall flood waters had completely washed
the grass and dirt away. The kids’
Music comments after they came back “the
work there is endless!”
Thursday, Oct. 27
2011 Hostess Supper
7:00 p.m. Don’t miss the Hostess Supper on November 7, contribution for the Hostess supper and mail it to
Unity Gym 2011 at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by the Unity Aux- UCHS.
iliary. The offering taken at this event is a large The Auxiliary also plans the Bakeless Bake Sale
All large groups
part of the Auxiliary gift to the school. Last year (March), the Mother-Daughter Festival in the
participate they contributed $17,800 to the general fund, thus spring, brings treats for various functions, and pro-
reducing the cost of tuition. If you have not been vides a prayer support for our staff and students.
a part of the Supper and would like to be, just call Auxiliary officers: Karla Byl, Lori De Jong,
the school between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and a Becky Scholten, Lora Jeltema, Myrna De Vries,
hostess will call you to join us. If you cannot attend Diane Vollink; Barb De Jong, Hostess Supper
and would like to give a donation, just mark your Chairperson
New Faces at Unity
Our new Spanish and I have four daughters. Jessica is a freshman here at Unity, Alli is
teacher, Anna Jansen, in the 7th grade, Corrina is in the 5th grade, and Sabrina (age 4), just
graduated from Calvin started preschool all at OCCS. My role at Unity is a little different this
College in May, 2011. She time, as I am working in the Learning Center. I love working with the
was born and raised in students, helping them with assignments, or studying for tests.
Grand Rapids, Michigan,
attended The Potter’s
House Christian School Terry Schouten: I
K-8 and Grand Rapids grew up in Sioux Cen-
Christian High School for ter. I graduated from
grades 9-12. She enjoyed Sioux Center Christian
experiencing both a very in 1980, Unity Christian
small private school and in 1984 and Dordt Col-
then a much larger private lege in 1988. My teach-
school. She loves to travel, ing/coaching/Athletic
particularly to Span- Director career includes
ish speaking countries, 19 years at James Val-
but traveling in general ley Christian in Huron,
is amazing. She enjoys running, biking, kyaking, and hiking (back- SD and 1 year at Faith
packing). She also enjoys reading, spending time with friends and Christian in Bigelow,
family and practicing her MN. I have also taught
Spanish. at Sheldon Christian and
have coached 3 years of
girl’s basketball at Unity
Maggie Laverman is from 1994-97. My wife
an ‘09 graduate of Dordt Stephanie (Jacobsma) is a graduate of Unity in 1984 and is currently
College with a degree in employed at PrimeBank in Sioux Center. Our son Jon and his wife
Physical Education K-12 Hannah (Reinders) live in Orange City. Jon is finishing his education
and Elementary Educa- degree at Northwestern and Hannah is employed at The Bridge. We
tion K-6. She worked have two daughters at Dordt College; Kelly a senior and Kristen a
one year at Orange City sophomore. Our youngest child, Heather, is a freshman at Unity. We
Christian School as a are excited to be a part of Unity Christian and to watch God at work
para-professional and is in our own lives as well as in the lives of the Unity Christian commu-
currently doing the same nity.
at Unity. She and her
husband, Matthew, are
expecting a baby in April. Rebecca De Vries: I
am teaching English II to
Literature to juniors and
Patty Timmermans: Communications II to
Starting at Unity Chris- seniors. Prior to this I
tian again this fall is sort taught at Sioux Center
of like a homecoming for Christian and at Annapo-
me. It is almost 20 years lis Area Christian Middle
since I first started teach- School in Annapolis,
ing at Unity, after gradu- Maryland. In 2008, we
ating from Dordt Col- moved back to Sioux
lege. From 1991-2003, I Center with our newborn
taught a variety of classes daughter, Corrie (now
in the Math and Business three), and for three years
departments. After stay- I was able to spend some
ing at home, doing part- time at home with her,
time daycare the last eight work and teach a course
years, I was ready to get at Dordt, and open and manage The Fruited Plain Cafè in SIoux Cen-
back into the classroom ter with my husband.
again. My husband Ken My life over the past 2 years has been consumed by The Fruited
Plain, where my husband still works (shameless promotion...stop in Susan LeMahieu: Born
some time). I have always enjoyed cooking, baking bread, sipping and raised in Frankfort
coffee, and hosting gatherings, and through my work at The Fruited Illinois, a suburb 45-min-
Plain I was blessed to do all that on a much larger scale. utes southwest of Chica-
And now I am teaching again and definitely enjoying the experi- go. LeMahieu is enjoying
ence. I am passionate about Christian education, and I feel a real her first year of teaching
calling to be back in the classroom again. How exciting that I get to as the orchestral and
join the staff and students of Unity Christian, my Alma mater; in choral director. Directing
a very real sense, I now get to give back. The worldview that I have five different vocal and
fashioned with the help of my Christian teachers all the way through instrumental ensembles
college has shaped me into who I am today and continually shapes at Unity, LeMahieu is
the way I think and act, the choices I make, the songs I sing and the thrilled to have joined
prayers I pray. I believe that at Unity, with the help of faculty, staff, Unity Christian’s teaching
and parents, I can work to give to others what I have so richly gained team—helping to provide
in my education. students with the highest
quality Christian educa-
tion possible. She feels
truly blessed to teach and
work at a school where music is a valued and core part of the academ-
ic day and strives daily to bring the highest level of musical excellence
into her classroom. Unity’s goal is to help students see their musical
talents as gifts of God, which—when developed and shared with oth-
ers—are offered back to God as a living sacrifice of praise. LeMahieu
truly believes music is lifelong and a key component in transforming
The Unity Society voted by a large majority to break ground for the and teaching our students to serve and glorify God in all areas of their
Performing Arts Center/Chapel on May 29, 2012. We are very excited life. She received her B.A. in K-12 Choral and Instrumental Music
to begin this project! Give God the praise for providing the funds! Education with a minor in Clarinet Performance from Dordt College.
Graduating in December of 2010, LeMahieu was able to gain some
practical classroom experience as a substitute teacher in the Summit
Come pray with us! Hill School District in Frankfort, IL before moving to Orange City.
Unity’s Moms-in-touch meets every Tuesday at noon. They pray at In addition to teaching, LeMahieu is also an avid performer. Serving
the Sioux Center 1st CRC on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays and at Unity as principal clarinetist of the Dordt College College Band, section
on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. They pray specific prayers for Unity stu- leader of the Dordt College Concert Choir, 2010 and 2008 winner of
dents, staff, and concerns. You do not need to attend every meeting, the Cherokee Young Artist Concerto Competition, previous member
but are welcome to stop by when it is convenient for you. of the Chicago Classical Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Municipal
Band and Joilet Junior College Community Band, and 4 years active
membership with a women’s barbershop chorus and quartet—placing
Unity Christian High School 4th at the 2006 International Rising Star Competition in Greenville,
2011-12 Fair Share Report South Carolina have been highlights in LeMahieu’s performance
career. She is now looking forward to another fantastic season in the
Sioux Center Faith CRC 35 $68,875
clarinet section with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra! Out-
Orange City Calvary CRC 35 $63,875
side of school and music. LeMahieu enjoys a variety of outdoor activi-
Orange City Immanuel CRC 22.66 $41,354
ties such as running, biking, kayaking, camping and tennis. Traveling
Sioux Center Bethel CRC 22 $40,150
abroad and spending time with family are also favorite things of hers
Sioux Center Covenant CRC 19 $34,675
Orange City Living Water CRC 18.34 $33,470
Sioux Center Bridge of Hope 16 $29,200
Sheldon Immanuel CRC 13 $23,725
Sioux Center 1st CRC 12 $21,900
Soux Center URC 11 $20,075 We apologize for names missed or not written correctly in
Orange City 1st CRC 9 $16,425 the building issue of the Bulletin: Jim & Marilyn Goslinga,
Orange City Redeemer URC 8 $14,600 Delmar & Lois Vander Zee, Karla Kroese
Ireton CRC 6 $10,950
Hospers CRC 5 $9,125
Sanborn Cornerstone URC 5 $9,125
Sheldon 1st CRC
Gifts given in memory of
Lebanon CRC 2 $3,650 Harold A. Hoekstra
Sioux Center Amistad Cristiana 1 $1,825 Henry Mellema
Totals 246 $448,950 Herb Peters
Ways to Support Unity Christian and its Students
Pray – This school carries God’s name and we covet prayers that all money we will need to borrow in the spring of 2012.
faculty, staff, and students continue to learn more about that Name NICSTO…The Educational Opportunities Act allows Iowa resi-
and be transformed to be more like Him. dents or corporations to receive a 65% direct tax credit for contribu-
The Foundation….Funds placed in the Foundation are never used. tions made to NICSTO. Contributions are also eligible for Federal tax
They remain for future generations. The Board allocates a certain deductions (more info on the website). Last year Unity was able to
percentage of interest to be used in the General Fund. This past year distribute $79,470.00 to 78 families and help with their tuition. If you
we did not need it, so it stayed in the Foundation. A drive for the care to contribute to this fund, just use the form below…
Foundation will be held in the spring.
The Tuition Assistance Program…This is about being covenantal NICSTO Contribution MEMO
in our caring for each other. Parents need to apply to use monies out
of this program, and it is wonderful to be able to help those in dire This completed memo must accompany your contribution.
need. Contributions to the Assistance Fund can be made any time by Taxpayer name __________________________________________
sending a check to Unity and specifying it for tuition assistance.
The 70 ½ Plan…The IRS has special rules for 2011 that allow any-
one over age 70 ½ to give a gift of up to $100,000 from a traditional City, State, Zip Code ______________________________________
IRA (which would normally be taxed as income) directly to a charity Date of contribution ______________________________________
with no federal income tax consequences! To learn more about saving
Amount of contribution ___________________________________
money on taxes, contact Bill Foreman at 441-0503 and request the
IRA charity letter. Social Security or
The Capital Campaign…To this point we have cash/pledges in the Taxpayer I.D. Number _____________________________________
amount of $3,500,000 towards our cost of $4,700,000 for the Perform- Name of the school you wish to be the beneficiary of this donation
ing Arts Center/Chapel. Any amount of gift will help us lower the _______________________________________________________
Unity Christian Booster Club
by Timothy Van Soelen Gatorades for the bus rides back to Sioux Falls for their athletic teams.
Distinctive, Engaging, and Inviting…Mr. Dykstra and the School When we totaled the concession stand efforts of many, the golf
Board have challenged all of Unity Christian to consider these three tournament, Sponsor(s) of the Knight, tailgates, and apparel income,
words as we go about our daily business, whatever that may be. The we were very blessed with profits of over $25,000. These funds pur-
Booster Club decided to give this a try last year, integrating this vision chased non-budgeted items for the school – ranging from a tuba to
into our mission of providing a ‘boost’ to the curricular and co- training mats for the CC/track teams to technical supplies for chapel
curricular programs at Unity Christian. So, here is a little recap of our and to helping purchase a used Suburban. Due to a surplus in our
year… account that has grown over the past years, the Booster Club was also
Golf Tournament – in our efforts to be engaging and inviting, we able to make a $25,000 donation to the capital campaign!
again hosted the annual booster club golf tournament. We had 60 We will continue our efforts to be distinctive, engaging, and invit-
golfers, with teams that ranged from husband/wife to good friends ing in the way we do business at Unity Christian. We appreciate your
to father/son. Over 60 local businesses supported the event with hole “volunteering” for concession stands, ticket tables, and memberships.
sponsorships or prizes, making everyone a winner! If you would like to become a member of the Booster Club or a mem-
Tailgates – five business/institutions (American State Bank, Iowa ber of the Booster Club Committee, please contact Tim or Jill Van
State Bank, Dordt College, Northwestern College, and Community Soelen (722-3620).
Bank) sponsored tailgate parties prior to our home football games.
We send invitations to the visiting school/team, inviting them to join
us for these events. Prayer & Praise…
Promotional Items/Apparel – a new committee was formed last • Give praise for safety during the summer and for bringing us a
year to expand the apparel line for Unity Christian. Distinctively wonderful student body again this fall.
logoed T-shirts and sweatshirts were joined by water bottles, sweat-
pants, duffle bags, hats and caps…seeing our name/brand on these • Give thanks for every employee who fills his or her respective
items is a wonderful way to communicate our passion for our school. position by serving God at Unity Christian.
Sponsor of the Knight – another wonderful opportunity for our • Pray for healing for:
local business community to support the educational needs of UCHS.
— Paige Huitink, who had surgery on her ACL
At every varsity home basketball game, a different business ‘sponsors’
the evening through a generous donation and covers the costs for — Peter Buss, who has a broken foot
some halftime fun. — Mr. Pals’ wife, Judy, who had surgery
Pizza feed – we decided to put the ‘inviting’ verb into practice this
year. During the basketball games against Sioux Falls Christian, we • We express sympathy to the families of two recent alumni who
invited all those in attendance to join the Booster Club for pizza, split- passed away this past summer: Erica Hoekstra (class of 2006)
ting the profits between the two schools. We also provided pizza and and Shane De Jong (class of 2008).
by Coach Shirley Kaemingk
The softball season is an exciting whirlwind of activity from May
through July. We had fourteen girls on the team this year, and they
were a fun group to work with. We had only one senior on the roster
with the rest being sophomores or younger. As a young team, we
strived to have fun, learn from our mistakes, and play softball as a
song of praise to God.
We were able to see much improvement from our first game in May
to our tournament play in July. We were able to see growth in many
areas of our game. We played tougher defensively as we reduced our
errors and made better decisions with the ball. We also developed our Back row, l to r: Kylee Zevenbergen, Madison Dorhout, Micah Vande
batting throughout the season. We are looking forward to next sum- Vegte, Katie Ten Napel, Chantelle De Haan, Martina Hoogland, Hannah
Van Roekel. Front: Kalena Dekkers, Rebeca Ten Napel, Erica Noteboom,
mer as we will have a large number of girls returning with varsity Brianna Kroeze, Heather Kaemingk, Jenna Zevenbergen
experience and a desire to continue growing together as a team.
Our lone senior was Katie Ten Napel. She has been a strong leader and a slugging percentage of .447. She also had a great work ethic and
for the team. She led through her play as catcher because she was able she was able to encourage the girls on the field and in the dugout. She
to direct the fielders concerning every play. She also led with her bat- was an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection for 2011. She
ting skill because she had a batting average of .404 for this past season will be greatly missed.
Bits & Pieces…
• Our total enrollment is 288 students: Seniors – 77; Juniors – 71; www.tracysilverman.com.
sophomores – 72; freshmen – 68. We welcome all new students and
their families to UCHS. • Unity’s Student Council has supported a child through World
Vision for 10 years. He is now an 8th grader in Ethiopia. Berihun
• Season passes are available in the office and at games for the goes to Sunday School, likes football, his health is satisfactory. Our
2011-12 season. Family pass - $160.00, Adult - $75.00, Student (K- gifts have purchased seeds, food, medication, and school materials.
college) - $25.00. Season passes will get you into games through the His message board says “Be blessed”. World Vision’s Day of Prayer
summer baseball/softball seasons in 2012. is October 3. Their prayer requests are: to remember all children
everywhere, sponsored children (Berihun), children waiting for
• Some of our strings students will be playing in a concert with sponsors, all people fighting poverty and hunger.
a master performer, Tracy Silverman, on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at
Northwestern College’s Chapel. This is a concert sponsored by the • New Board members elected: Brian Kroeze (Orange City I CRC),
Orange City Arts Council. Watch local newspapers for details or Sandy Muyskens (Sheldon Immanuel CRC) and Larry Van Veld-
call 707-4885 for ticket information. You can listen to Silverman at huizen (Sioux Center I CRC)
Sept. 26 5:00 p.m. – JV/Fr (1 qtr.) FB vs. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (H- Oct. 17 5:30 p.m. – Fr (2 qtrs.)/JV FB at Cherokee
Unity) Oct. 18,25,28,Nov. 1 VB Tournament Dates
Sept. 27 4:30 p.m. – JV/V Co-ed CC – Western Invite Oct. 20 4:00 p.m. - Var. Co-ed District CC at Landsmeer
5:30 p.m. – F/JV/V VB at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Oct. 21 7:00 p.m. – Var. FB vs. Central Lyon-George-Little Rock (H-
Sept. 30 7:00 p.m. – Var. FB at Estherville Lincoln Central NWC)
Oct. 3 5:30 p.m. – JV/Fr (2 qtrs.) FB at Western Christian Oct. 22 All-State Music Auditions at Storm Lake; ACT Test
Oct. 4 4:30 p.m. – JV/V Co-ed CC at Cherokee Oct. 24 7:00 p.m. – Back to School night for all parents
5:30 p.m. – F/JV/V VB at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Oct. 26,31,Nov. 7 Football play-offs
Oct. 6-7 Heartland Teachers Convention – N/S Oct. 27 7:00 p.m. – Fall Music Concert at Unity
Oct. 7 7:00 p.m. – Var. FB vs. Sheldon (H-NWC) Oct. 28 The Cast to chapels in Southwest and Western Christian High
Oct. 8 9:00 a.m. – Var. VB at Western Chr. Tourney Schools
Oct. 10 4:30 p.m. – JV/V Co-ed CC – War Eagle Conference meet at End of 1st nine weeks
Marcus Oct. 29 8:00 a.m. – Unity Drill Team Competition
5:00 p.m. – JV FB at Gehlen Catholic (Le Mars) Co-ed State CC at Ft. Dodge
Oct. 11 National Pro-Life Cupcake Day! Nov. 4 7:00 p.m. – Combo Night – Jazz Band & The Cast at OC Im-
5:30 p.m. – F/JV/V VB vs. Remsen St. Marys (H) manuel CRC
Oct. 13 5:30 p.m. – F/JV/V VB at Remsen Union Nov. 5 MOC/FV Quiz Bowl; Honor Band Auditions
Oct. 14 4:30 p.m. – JV/V Co-ed CC – Unity Invitational at Landsmeer Nov. 7 7:00 p.m. – Hostess Supper
7:00 p.m. – Var. FB at Spirit Lake Nov. 8/10 Dismiss at 1:50 p.m.
Oct. 15 Unity Early Bird Quiz Bowl 5:30-8:00 p.m. – Parent/Teacher Conferences
9:00 p.m. – JV VB at Sheldon Tourney Nov. 11 No School
Unity Christian Baseball 2011
by Coach Marlin Schoonhoven
The 2011 Unity Christian Baseball season was definitely and en-
joyable season with few ups and downs. Our record isn’t that impres-
sive, but any coach will tell you that if the kids play together and work
hard, it can be very rewarding whether you win or lose. We were a
mixture of young and old, we had eight sophomores, two juniors, and
five seniors make up our varsity roster. The sophomores played well
and learned a lot in their first year of full varsity action and look for-
ward to having them play next season with a year under their belt. We
were plagued by a few injuries throughout the year, a broken arm, a
dislocated kneecap, and a shoulder injury to mention just a few things
sidelined some players for a time. This seemed to affect the continuity
of our team throughout the later part of the season. But the baseball
players were diligent in their work ethic, responsive to instruction,
cooperative to the coaches, cohesive with each other, and most of all
Back row, l to r: Grant Kobza, Seth Borchard, Benjamin Kiel, Tanner
a team that witnessed Christ through their play on and off the field. Vander Stoep, Brandon Dekkers, Jordan Everson. Middle row, l to r: Jason
Our seniors were very solid leaders. That solid leadership and was Goslinga, Benton Vargason, John Drenten, Aaron Van Wyhe, Trevor
evident and truly was a pleasure to work with and help develop many Dorhout. Front row, l to r: Taylor Dorhout, Alex Schoonhoven, Brian
skills, many far beyond the sport of baseball. What a privilege it was Kroeze, Andrew Louwerse
to work with these young men for three-four months. It never ceases
to amaze me of how much I grow and learn from these players each Golden Glove—Benjamin Kiel.
year. They were lighthearted, fun, and entertaining, to say the least, 2A Northwest Iowa All-District—1st Team was: Kiel (outfield)
throughout the year. All-Conference—
The baseball team had much success throughout their 24 games 1st team were: Kiel (outfield) and Brandon Dekkers (infield)
this season. They finished the season with a record of 8-16. The team 2nd team was: Drenten (pitcher)
placed 8th in the War Eagle Conference with a 7-10 mark. They were Honorable mention was Kroeze (catcher) and Borchard (infield).
4th in the MOC/FV Tournament. They placed 6th at the Granville It was truly a privilege to be around and to coach these kids this
Spalding Tournament. In districts they were defeated by Sioux Center past summer! They represented God, Unity, and themselves in a very
in the first round. The team led the game 1-0 until the 6th inning and positive and powerful manner! I especially want to thank the seven
eventually lost the game 1-5. seniors for their years of dedication to the Unity Christian Baseball
Some individual accomplishments were: Program, they are: Borchard, Dekkers, Drenten, Kiel, and Kroeze. I
MVP—Brandon Dekkers, Team Captain-Seth Borchard and also want to thank Coach Dekkers for his many hours of commit-
John Drenten ment, dedication, and leadership to the program and his positive
Mr. Hustle—Tyler Kroeze interaction with these young men as well.
Service Day 2011
God provided another wonderful day of weather and service for our *Made bagged food lunches to distribute to the folks waiting in line
Service Day on September 16. The students go to many different places at the Friday Food Giveaway in Sioux Falls – sat and ate with them –
in their Living Groups of 20 and 2 teacher sponsors. Some of the ser- listened to their stories.
vice provided were:
*Stone Park in Sioux City – repaired trails, did prairie restoration
and picked up trash.
*Justice for All in Rock Valley – helped clean up tables and chairs
following their auction and folded clothes and emptied/loaded trailers
with used clothing to go to Mississippi.
*Sioux City Women’s Shelter – shampooed all the carpets.
*In Orange City – painted for a needy family, painted two garages at
a church, cleaned at the Bridge and collected food for the Bridge.
*Village Northwest in Sheldon – switched screens and storm win-
dows, washed them, cleans rooms for the cottage residents, cleaned
cupboards, painted signs, laid mulch, trimmed trees and played board
games with residents.
*Lutheran Bible Camp at Okoboji – washed windows, raked yard,
host of housecleaning duties.
Each fall a Living Group helps Crista Smidt, a teacher at Orange City and
*Hope Haven in Rock Valley – swept and painted lines in the park- Sioux Center Christian Schools, with all her yard work, windows, power-
ing lines, cleaned out a warehouse. washing and staining decks.