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Smithville Christian Student Magazine Grade 11 English

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WELL, THAT’S EMBARRASING! The storiesto you want hear! T HO L! A DE 9! 19.9 It’s All In 2 The Thrill! Fantastic Languages! Exclusive! Tips From a Pro: Dating Advice Dreadful Something

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Nut Free No, not that type of nut. Good try though. No, not a wingnut. These are a no-no. Don’t you dare eat these! This type of nut! Smithville Christian School is a nut free facility. No nuts of any sort are to be brought into the school. This includes peanuts, any type of tree nuts, peanut butter, any food that could contain nuts, or made in a non-nut free facility.

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The Spark On The Cover 17 Something Dreadful 45 It’s All In The Thrill 55 Well That’s embarrassing 39 Our Two Languages 85 Sr. Boys Volleyball 92 Tips From a Pro: Dating Advice

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Editorial 6 Uniforms: Robotic or Respectful Devotional 11 It is Holy? Features 14 He Shoots, He Scores! 17 Something Dreadful 19 Facing the Future 22 Thinking Outside the Lunchbox 25 Teacher Feature 27 All Aboard the Welcome Wagon 30 Spice It Up! 32 Living the Dream School Talk 37 I Think That Edsby 39 Our Two Languages 43 Creative Works 45 It’s All in the Thrill Upcoming Events 49 Upcoming Trips 52 Adventure Time? Entertainment 55 Well That’s Embarrassing! 57 Are You Normal? 59 Puzzle Challenge Opinion 62 Ender’s Game 66 A New Splash of Colour 69 Capital Campaign 72 It’s All In the Name Hot Topics 74 Are You In “the Book”? 79 Getting Closer to God Sports 83 Jr. Girls Basketball 84 Sr. Girls Basketball 85 Sr. Boys Volleyball 88 Jr. Boys Volleyball Advice 89 Dear Darla 92 Tips From a Pro Miscellaneous 94 Comics THE d By ere Create All Ads W lish leven Eng eE The Grad ses. edia Clas and M

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK Uniforms: U niforms—we all have them. We all have to wear them, but what do most people think? The Grade 11 English class has been wondering just that. We all know that everyone has their own opinion on the uniforms here at Smithville Christian. some think they make our school look good, help us keep modest, and look respectable, while others think they make us all look like robots. We set out Tasha Benjamin Editor-in-Chief to find what people are saying about the red, white, and black we wear every day. and not have to stress about what to wear. Although it may seem we are stuck with few options of what we can wear, compared to other schools, we have a multitude of options. Our uniforms are certainly more comfortable than other schools. We think they look good; they make us look put together and presentable. They also unify our school. Principal, Mr. Harris says he Editorial / Winter 2013 / The Spark / We think that uniforms are a great attribute for our school. They make choosing your outfit in the morning quick and easy. There is no worry about what shirt is in fashion or what pants look good. We all agree that it takes the pressure of looking stylish off of us. We don’t have to worry about having the “in” brand or fancy new clothes. We are privileged to be able to wake up in the morning 6

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All of those asked agree that uniforms are a big help in the morning rush. “They help with the morning panic, but yet we can express ourselves with our shoes, hair, and accessories,” says Chantal Masselink. In our opinion she is quite right. We are given quite a lot of freedom when it comes to what we pair with our uniforms. I’m sure we can all agree that uniforms are definitely convenient. Heather Bowman says, “They have a lot more choices than my old school and thinks they are fantastic and they make our school look amazing! He loves the unity they bring to our school and how they level the playing field for everyone. We certainly have it good when it comes to uniforms. What do the students here at Smithville Christian have to say about uniforms? It seems most of the students at Smithville Christian do not mind wearing uniforms. In fact; they like them. Some even go as far to say they love them. Of those who were asked about the comfort of uniforms, 75% said they think they are extremely comfortable. have better colours and we have more freedom with our accessories.” Many students here agree with Heather. They recognize the luxury and convenience that our uniforms present. So the next time you think about your uniform think about what a blessing it is! 7 / The Spark / Winter 2013 / Editorial

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“They have a lot more choices than my old school and have better colours and we have more freedom with our accessories.” “It helps with the morning panic but yet we can express ourselves with our shoes, hair and accessories” Editorial / Winter 2013 / The Spark / 8

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Lighting The Spark Editor – in – Chief ...................................................Tasha Benjamin Copy Design Chief................................................Shannon Bezemer Layout Artists.................................................................................. ........................................................Heather Bowman ................................................................Ben Bonsma .............................................................Jessica Wagter Cover Design Chief....................................................... Ben Bonsma Proof Readers.................................................................................. ................................................................. Jessica Buys ........................................................ Melissa Elgersma ........ ........................................................ Robert Ford ....................................................... Stephanie Janssen .............................................................. Olivia Korten ......................................................... Hope Scholman ................................................... Andrew Vandenberg ....................................................... Danielle Veldman Sports Editor.................................................... Kirsten Klompmaker Photographers................................................................................. .......................................................... Hope Scholman ....................................................... Danielle Veldman ................................................... Andrew Vandenberg Web Editor.............................................................. Tasha Benjamin Cartoonists...................................................................................... ..................................................................Kyle Lunshof ...............................................................Curtis Hoekstra Ad Managers................................................................................... ..............................................................Quintin Attema ..............................................................Samuel Dekker ..............................................................Reuben Kikkert ...............................................................Sean Theissen Ad Design Team............................................................................... ...............................................Kirsten Klompmaker .......................................................Hope Scholman .....................................................James Slappendel .......................................................Tyler Vanderwal Polls and Puzzle s....................................................... Jessica Wagter Student Creative Work Compiler........................... Simon Folkerts Staff Sponsor..................................................... Mr. Jim Vanderlinde Special Thanks to: Mr. Ted Harris Sun Media Corporation Grade 11 Media Ms. Marlene Bergsma

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Y preach on, but nothing did. In turn, he decided he needed a late night snack, so ou’ve probably been told a hundred he went to a fast food restaurant. Wear- times by many different inspirational ing his bracelet on which was printed, speakers that you have the power to “Is It Holy”, he ordered, and as the save a life. As far fetched as that may woman behind the counter was filling his seem, it’s true. One man saved a drink, she noticed his bracelet. She then woman’s life without even realizing it at asked him what it meant. He was tired first. His name is Justin Lookadoo. One and answered her in an exasperated night, he was at a youth convention-- voice, telling her that we shouldn’t live he was preaching-- and was waiting for by “Is it right?” or “Is it wrong?”, but by something to hit him that he could “Is it Holy”. As he was putting the 11 / The Spark / Winter 2013 / Devotional

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bracelet on her wrist, she began to cry. He didn’t know what to say. So she spoke: “I’m sorry” she sniffled, “it’s just that tonight I was planning to kill myself, and I prayed to God— who I don’t even believe in— to give me a sign. And you, you’re my sign.” ask ourselves instead is, “Is it holy.” Yes, a period belongs behind that question because, is it holy, is in fact, not a question at all. Either Jesus did— therefore we “Is it holy,” is in fact, not a question at all. should follow— or Jesus did not. Attempting to follow his example can’t be that difficult right? Wrong. Jesus flipped tables, in the temple! On the surface that seems like it’s wrong and unjust, but before we jump to conclusions, let’s analyze Justin didn’t mean to save a it first. The Pharisees were stubborn and woman's life, all he wanted to do was eat selfish. They tried to warp God’s home some greasy food! Sometimes, all you into a marketplace. They probably wouldneed to do is let God take the lead, allow n’t have listened if Jesus did not flip their Him to take you places you could never tables. Now, I’m not telling you that it’s find on your own, and do the little things okay to go flip a table every time you’re that He whispers in your ear. grey area. Things such as, is it okay to play sports on a Sunday, or have a social cigarette once in a while, are definitely on this long list. To make it easier on yourself don’t ask “Is it right?” or even, “Is it wrong?” The question we should angry, I’m just saying you should ask Right or wrong can sometimes be a yourself, is what you’re doing holy? - Shannon Bezemer

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Sold at the back doors after school every day. All proceeds go towards the France Trip.

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He Shoots, He Scores! When Mr. Harris thought back to the last time he played hockey for Calvin College, he wondered how far he could have gone if he had pursued hockey as a career and went to a different college with a hockey scholarship. “ Harris makes his way down the He could see himself now, in the NHL playoffs rather than a college tournament. His family and friends in the crowd or watching him on tv, rooting him right side, just misses a hit from a player from the opposing team, sidesteps another and sneaks his way in! He scores! A sensational finish to the Calvin Knights’ season!” the announcer cried. The crowd on along with all of the team’s goes wild and everyone on the team piles fans. on top of Harris. It was the best feeling, He would be interviewed and not because he had led his team to vic- quoted for the whole country to hear, tory, but because the competition was travelling to many different places and good. He loved playing hockey and it experiencing new things. brought him joy. Features / Winter 2013 / The Spark / 14

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