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, is a reporter for The Bright Ideas Beacon. He lives on a small 18-acre farm in the Missouri Ozarks with his parents and one sister; they have two dogs, three cats, six goats and over 150 chickens, along with four beehives, which he harvests honey from at least once a year. While farm work isn’t his favorite thing to do, Dylan enjoys living in the country. His favorite subjects are math, especially statistics, along with geography and reading. He also enjoys playing the piano in his spare time and playing games with his family. His career interests include going into constitutional law and becoming a lawyer and politician, but he is keeping his options open while exploring other possible careers. He has been homeschooled since he 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. One of his extracurricular activities is attending Civil Air Patrol a, civilian, youth branch of the Air Force dedicated to excellence, respect, integrity, and volunteer service. 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 excited to be working as this year’s copy editor on The Bright Ideas Beacon.
Annabelle Gusty - bio coming soon
Brendan Keefer is a 17-year-old senior who lives in Southern China with his family of eight. He and his family have lived there for almost ten years doing mission work. 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.
Lauren Poe - bio coming soon
Elianna Robertson - bio coming soon
Avalon Sueiro was born in the United States, but 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 has visited 25 countries so far but Japan is by far her favorite because of all the sushi. She speaks three languages: English, French, and Spanish, all of which make living in a foreign country much more fun. Once the Sueiros have visited all of Europe, they plan to move onto a boat and sail around the world.
Avalon’s hobbies include reading, writing, and caring for animals; some of her favorite books are: 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.
Brendon Keefer - bio coming soon
Colin Sink is excited to be serving as news editor on The Bright Ideas Beacon this year. He is sixteen years-old and will be beginning his junior year in high school. 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). He lives in Illinois and is the third of four boys.
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.
Sarah Slack is a high school junior living with her lovely parents in a small town in the great state of Texas. 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 is excited to be The Bright Ideas Beacon copy editor for the upcoming school year, looking forward to making new friends and doing purposeful work. Sarah is grateful for this opportunity.
Upon graduation, she would like to attend a school in-state; however, she is unsure of what she will major in. She hopes to work in a field that utilizes her skills and gives her a sustainable income. 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 Him, giving Him kingship over her circumstances.
Ingrid Dornbirer - bio coming soon
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