Kayla Mueller, daughter of Dorthea Mueller, was born on May 1, 2000. She is the only child in her family. Kayla has attended Temple Christian School for six years. She is a member of the volleyball team and Temple’s National Honors Society program. She also had a role in the school’s drama “Hello, Dolly!” Her favorite part of high school is having the opportunity to hang out with her friends. Kayla currently attends Lima Community Church. Her favorite Bible verse is Galatians 5:5-6, “For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”
After high school, Kayla is looking to go to college and earn a nursing degree. She dreams of becoming a pediatric nurse. When asked what famous person or celebrity Kayla would like to spend a day with if she could, she answered, “Rosa Parks: just to see what it was like living during that time.” Kayla’s advice to the underclassmen is, “Enjoy your time with your friends while you can.” Kayla says that chapel has helped her grow spiritually, along with the teachers being so willing to answer her questions.
Congratulations, Kayla! We are so excited to see what God has in store for your future!
By: Jonathan Acklin
Thursday, September 28, the Junior class, along with Mrs. Cooper’s Applied Math class took a field trip to the UNOH Event Center for Superior Credit Union’s annual Financial Education Day. Upon arrival, the students were greeted with a friendly welcoming and given folders with information for the day. The first activity the students participated in was called the “Real Money, Real World Simulation.” Temple’s students, along with groups from other local schools, walked around to stations set up throughout the room, and were asked to make decisions according to the occupation they individually selected and the family they were assigned. Because of the simulated real world situations the students had to face, they learned the importance of financial planning and the expenses of the average family, along with the opportunity for financial aid if needed.
Next, the students were served an excellent meal prepared by Lock Sixteen Catering Service, followed by a presentation informing high school students what they should look for in a college. The attendants learned to think about every aspect of college before applying, as well as the possibility of scholarships. Possibly the most enjoyable part of the Financial Education Day was the Credit and Investments Presentation. This presentation taught the students the importance of starting a savings account early in life, in order to get the most profit from their money. Also, the students were given the opportunity to “invest” in companies they thought would be rewarding in a year. This presented the risks and rewards of “putting all their eggs in one basket,” and showed that if money is invested correctly, it could prove to be a major financial help.
Overall, the students from Temple greatly enjoyed the experience at UNOH. Life lessons about payments, planning, investing, and savings were taught all throughout the day. Every person who attended the event learned crucially important information that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives and pass on to their friends and future families. The Junior class and Applied Math class was chaperoned by Mr. Green and Mrs. Cooper. The Temple students are grateful for the experience they had at Superior Credit Union’s Financial Education Day at UNOH.
Welcome to Narnia: Annual Fourth Grade Play
By: Journalism Staff
As tradition, Mrs. Whitman’s fourth grade class, after much practice and preparation, performed a theatrical version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, in their elementary classroom this last week. Showtimes were on Wednesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. for parents, Thursday, May 18 at 1 p.m. for the middle and high school, and on Friday, May 19 at 9 a.m. for the elementary. The casting was as follows:
Narrator: Emily Ketcham
Lucy: Neviah Simoons
Susan: Moriah Szuch
Mrs. Beaver: Aniya Nichols
Robin: Ava Taylor
White Witch: Jaymin Parent
Peter: Malachi Menke
Edmund: Isaiah Kiser
Mr. Beaver: Hewitt Wright
Professor: Hewitt Wright
Lady Ginnerbrickea: Ava Taylor
Aslan: Curtis Pollard III
Lady Fox: Emylie Kerns
Mr. Tumnus: Curtis Pollard III
Father Christmas: Curtis Pollard III
Lady Oreius: Emylie Kerns
Maughrim: Hewitt Wright
Sound: Emylie Kerns, Ava Taylor, Jaymin Parent
Mrs. Whitman, who has been directing the play for nine of the about sixteen years now, was excited to share about the play! When asked her favorite part of organizing it, she stated, “I love teaching the meaning and the symbolism of the story between Aslan the Lion and Jesus. Going from winter to spring it represents the darkness turning into light. Every year I find a deeper meaning to the story. Little light bulbs come on for the kids, and they see that what Aslan did is like what Jesus did for them. I love the higher level reading and thinking skills in reading the book and having the learning centers before we have the play.” This year specifically, Mrs. Whitman was pleased in how much the kids and parents enjoyed the performance. Also, the fun she had in knighting and blessing each of her students individually after the play.
The story is chosen to be done as a play and read by the class each year because of the spiritual symbolism and characters author C.S. Lewis incorporated into it. In the play’s program is a description of the story and how it parallels to the Gospel. By learning the story, the students can better understand the crucifixion, and it’s impact of salvation to our souls.
Mrs. Whitman is already looking forward to next year’s performance! “I’ve already talked to next year’s kids, and they are so excited. Some of them have waited since kindergarten to be a certain part”, she shared. Congratulations to this year’s fourth-grade class and Mrs. Whitman for a job well done!
By: Ethan Kramer
The 6th-grade class recently graduated from their D.A.R.E. (Drug abuse resistance education) class. This class teaches young students about the dangers of drugs and other substances. The students went through a ten-week class with a Sheriff Deputy Mike White where they learned how to escape out of difficult drug related situations. The 6th-grade class did demonstrations on drug resistance and what to say if confronted with drugs or peer pressure. Mr. White told the students that the best way to avoid drugs is to say NO! I spoke to some of the students from the class, and Landon Callahan said: “it was fun, even in a hard place I know God will help me.” Mrs. Kinner was asked about how the class affects the kids, and she replied with, “I think that there are a lot of kids who have not been exposed to this, thankfully, I think it’s really healthy for them to find what’s right and wrong early on, so they know how to handle it if they ever are pressured into drugs.”
I asked three other kids from the D.A.R.E. class the same question and wanted to compare their answers. What can you say if you are in a situation with peer pressure, and how do you get out of the situation. Ashton Draper said, “just look away and don’t say anything, just walk away, don’t be stupid.” Next, I asked Jessie Holloway, and she replied with, “just say NO! and walk away, and change the subject, like saying ‘lets go play basketball.” Emily Bontrager said, “Keep saying NO! just ignore them”. From seeing the responses to peer pressure, it is obvious the D.A.R.E. Program has had a huge impact on these students, and the students will have an impact on the community in return.