THE BRIGHT IDEAS BEACON
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These students are enrolled in The Academy at Bright Ideas Press and are receiving training in journalism. This project is overseen by faculty advisor, Mrs. Jamie Anderson, who has four years experience with online homeschool student-run newspapers. With a journalism degree, a decade of radio and public relations work experience and twelve years of homeschooling, Mrs. Anderson has a wealth of knowledge to share with these students.
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THE ACADEMY STUDENT JOURNALISTS
Dylan George, a 16-year-old senior who lives on a small 18-acre farm in the Missouri Ozarks. He is glad to be serving as is the columns editor for The Bright Ideas Beacon this year. He lives with his parents and one sister; they have two dogs, three cats, thirteen goats, over 100 chickens, and a beehive from which he harvests honey from at least once a year. Dylan loves farm life and enjoys living in the country. His favorite subjects are math, especially statistics, along with geography and reading. He also finds pleasure in playing the piano in his spare time and playing games with his family. He has been homeschooled since his family moved to Missouri in 2012 and started taking classes online in 2014. While writing isn’t his passion, he enjoys working on the newspaper and giving back to Bright Ideas Press.
Hadassah (Haddi) Suanne Iverson is a 16-year old junior in high school. She is an extrovert, and the youngest of five siblings. Haddi was born in China and moved to Michigan in 2003. Her family still lives in Michigan and is made up of two sisters, two brothers, her mom, and her dad. Haddi is an aunt to an adorable nephew named Atticus, the son of her brother and sister-in-law who live in Chicago. Haddi loves to hang outside with her sister, Lydia, doing any type of activity, such as biking, badminton, volleyball, or reading. Haddi will play her 7th year of volleyball this year on the Eagles varsity team. Her favorite book series are A Series of Unfortunate Events, Percy Jackson, Jason Grace, and Left Behind. She also loves Christian fictional or non-fictional romance series and novels. Haddi loves Camp Barakel where she works as a volunteer Technician, and she loves the camp verse: Colossians 1:11b. She loves serving at church and serving others in her life. She hopes to encourage joy and laughter or provoke thoughtfulness for anyone who reads her work on The Beacon.
Jaedon Wilkinson is 15 years old and lives in Raleigh, NC. He is in 11th grade and is very excited to see what God has in store for him these next two semesters. Jaedon is the youngest of 5 children and lives in the great state of North Carolina. Jaedon is excited to be working as this year’s copy editor on The Bright Ideas Beacon for his second year of serving.One of his extracurricular activities is the Civil Air Patrol a, civilian, youth branch of the Air Force dedicated to excellence, respect, integrity, and volunteer service. He is currently a Cadet Master Sergeant in the program. He enjoys most of his subjects and all of his teachers, though his number one teacher is his mom, who has been homeschooling him for his entire life. In his free time, he enjoys reading, acting, gaming, and writing. Jaedon is in the middle of his first manuscript for a book. He also enjoys swordsmanship at an amature level; he also enjoys the beach, sometimes practicing swordsmanship on the beach. He hopes to become a pilot and an actor.
Annabelle Gusty, a 14-year-old freshman from Colorado, is serving her first year on The Bright Ideas Beacon and is enthusiastic about working as a reporter. She loves writing, as it is one of her favorite subjects in school. Annabelle is technically the third out of six children, having a twin who is eight minutes older than she. In her free time, Annabelle enjoys being active and loves participating in sports. Annabelle is a competitive equestrian rider who competes in two different riding styles, English and Western. Aside from riding, she learns mixed martial arts, yoga, and trains in weight lifting. In addition, Annabelle plays the flute. She has competed in a number of flute competitions and been part of a variety of ensembles, including the local youth symphony. She loves reading and some of her favorite books include Watership Down, The Iliad and all different types of mythology books. When Annabelle grows up, she would love to do something with business and writing but, she also has an interest in science. Annabelle is thrilled to work on The Bright Ideas Beacon and learn a new style of writing while getting to know her fellow staff on the student-run newspaper.
Brendan Keefer is a 17-year-old senior who lives in Southern China with his family of eight, five of which are younger than Brendan. He and his family have lived there for almost ten years doing mission work. Brendan will be working as the devotion columnist for the Bright Ideas Beacon. He enjoys many things, including playing sports, reading, writing, playing board games, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with his family. Last year was his first year on The Beacon (or any newspaper for that matter), and it was a major learning experience for him. He is excited to be back on staff this year and hopes to continue to grow in his writing and communication skills. More than anything, Brendan wants to grow in his understanding and love for God and wants his life to count for the Gospel. Through his post as the devotional columnist, Brendan hopes to encourage others to love God more and live out the Gospel in their lives.
Lauren Poe is a fifteen-year-old high school sophomore who loves reading, writing, drawing, and music (both listening and playing). She currently plays ukulele and piano, and she is interested in learning to play many other instruments. Lauren has also enjoyed singing and acting for the Lord in plays at a local Christian theatre for five years, and looks forward to continuing this passion. Lauren is active in her church, serving as an assistant teacher in the Kindergarten through Second Grade Sunday School classroom. Lauren loves sea animals, especially otters and sharks, and is planning to pursue a career as a Marine Veterinarian. She plans to continue to study journalism, as she’d also like to write articles for magazines and newsletters about the fascinating creatures she encounters through her profession. Having the freedom to pursue the passions God placed in her heart is one of Lauren’s top reasons she is happy to be homeschooled. While this is Lauren’s first year writing for The Beacon, she has been writing short stories since she could spell. She hopes to expand her writing skills and knowledge this year in the articles she writes.
Elianna is a 17-year-old who homeschools with her three younger siblings and her 12-year-old boxer/lab mix named Brodie. She loves riding and owns an appendix mare named Bonnie. Elianna was born in Indiana before moving to Texas with her immediate family. She has a winter birthday and can’t wait to take on new things in life as she gets older. Elianna enjoys playing soccer, basketball and occasionally pitching around a baseball with her friends. Elianna adores chocolate and would live on it alone if she could. She gets a kick out of music and singing along with her favorite songs. On the side, Elianna dabbles in photography. As an avid reader, some of her favorite books are by Lauraine Snelling, Gordon Korman, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. She is a mega-fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. Some of her dreams are to learn the arts of archery and sword fighting. Speaking of art, Elianna is often found drawing, or baking sweets in her free time. Some of her dislikes include spiders, cheese and peanut butter together, bad hair days, and cod liver oil. Elianna has been a Christian for most of her life but recently she found a new deepness in her relationship with Jesus. She knows without a doubt that whatever is in store for her days ahead, God will guide her steps along the correct path.
Avalon Sueiro is a 14 year old, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2014 she and her family moved to Costa Rica for a year, they have since spent a year in both France and Ecuador. The Sueiros are currently traveling in an RV and plan to continue until they have seen all 51 countries in Europe. Avalon will be working as the geography columnist for the Bright Ideas Beacon. Avalon has visited 25 countries and she speaks three languages: English, French, and Spanish, all of which make living in a foreign country much more fun.Avalon’s hobbies include reading, writing, and caring for animals; some of her favorite books are the Red Queen, Throne of Glass, and the Harry Potter series. Although it can be difficult to travel with a pet, Avalon still manages to take care of her hamster, Sunshine, named for his sunny personality. In addition to her other hobbies, she loves crafting and has many handmade decorations in her room. Avalon is very creative, humorous, and has a great attention to detail; she loves designing everything from her bedroom to her clothes. When she grows up, Avalon wants to be a writer, a book critic, an entrepreneur, or an interior designer.
Sarah Slack is a high school senior; she is 16 years old and lives with her lovely parents in a small town in East Texas. Sarah is excited to be Editor-In-Chief on this year’s Beacon staff, to make new friends, and to do purposeful work. She is grateful for such a wonderful opportunity. She has a brother 13 years her senior living nearby with his family, and she enjoys being able to see her nephew and niece often. Though a bit reserved, she loves to make others laugh. She passes her spare time by singing, playing the piano, and (believe it or not) cleaning/organizing; she also plans to learn how to play the banjo. Upon graduation, Sarah would like to attend a 4-year university in Texas; she plans to major in political science and hopes to become an attorney in the future. For now, she simply trusts God to guide her steps and reveal His perfect plan for her. She accepted Him as savior after coming to the realization He is the only one she can fully rely upon, and that He is the best of friends. Ultimately, she lives only for God, giving Him kingship over her circumstances.
Colin Sink is sixteen years-old and will be beginning his junior year in high school. He lives in Illinois and is the third of four boys. He is excited to be serving as news editor on The Bright Ideas Beacon this year. This will be his second year on The Beacon, having served as columns editor last year.
In his free time, Colin enjoys playing sports (ultimate frisbee and baseball, for example), reading books (some of his favorites are “The Thief” and “The Mysterious Benedict Society”), and listening to music (such as Twenty One Pilots or Imagine Dragons).
Colin is looking forward to working on The Bright Ideas Beacon and getting to know all of the staff. He hopes to finish the year a better communicator, editor and friend. Most importantly, however, Colin is a Christian who desires to follow God’s Word and to serve and please Him first.
Ingrid Dornbirer is a 16-year-old junior, who is serving as the Design Editor at The Bright Ideas Beacon this school year. It is her first year with The Beacon, and she cannot wait to get started. Ingrid lives with her parents, 3 sisters and naughty brother in a place she wishes was the Shire but is really The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio on a small farm comprised of dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, sheep, and fish. She enjoys playing with little kids, thunderstorms, singing The Greatest Showman at the top of her lungs, acting in community theater productions, creating new worlds both by painting them on canvases and filling up blank pages with words, making sarcastic comments, traveling the world—and also eating chocolate. Her favorite classes in school change regularly, but she can say with confidence that chemistry comes in dead last. She loves English, literature and ancient Greek and Roman history. Ingrid is beyond excited to be a part of this new adventure.
Sophie Hansen is a 14-year-old high school sophomore. She is the second oldest of five siblings, owns a cat named Midnight and two dogs whose names are Percy and Gracie. Sophie was born in Jiangxi, China, and now lives in California after having spent a year and a half living in Berlin, Germany with her family. While living in Europe, Sophie was able to travel extensively, visiting some amazing landmarks such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the the Arc de Triomphe. In her free time, she likes to draw images of people and animals, paint landscapes, play the piano, watch TV, and spend time with friends and family. Her favorite subjects in school are language arts, fine art, and history. In the future she hopes to attend a 4-year university and study art. Sophie is working as a reporter on The Bright Ideas Beacon this year, and is thrilled about her involvement. In a way, she is continuing a family tradition because her grandfather was a photojournalist, and he has recently been teaching her how to take and develop photos. Sophie is excited to develop her communication and writing skills this year working on The Beacon.
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