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   UN I T Y
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                                           UNITY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL • ORANGE CITY, IOWA
                                               Phone 737-4114        • Activity Line 737-3865 • www.unitypvt.k12.ia.us
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                                                            Transformation
                                 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
                              minds.
                                 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
                              event.  
                                 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!”
 Concert
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
UNITY BULLETIN
September 2011

                                      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
                                                                           sophomores, American
                                                                           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
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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
                                                                            to do.
   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
                                                                                                 Our apologies…
   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
   Hawarden CRC
   Sheldon 1st CRC
                                                4
                                                2
                                                               $7,300
                                                               $3,650
                                                                                            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
UNITY BULLETIN
September 2011

 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.
                                                                             Address ________________________________________________
   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).
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                                                                                                                              September 2011

                Softball 2011
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)


                                                             Calendar
    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 BULLETIN
September 2011


                     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.

				
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