Young Scholars

Young Scholars

By Jeromy Ray

 

 

 

  That’s exactly what any student who has a passion for discovery is called. Students at New Way Christian Academy in Odessa have demonstrated a growing passion to learn. Here is this month’s update on our pursuit in the world of journalism. In February, we were unable to get any stories in due to bad weather, tournaments, and other variables that I did not expect. This is not only a learning process for the students, but for me as well. At the beginning of this journey, we have all learned lessons on time management and preparing for the unknown, which is interesting because the only way to prepare for the unknown is to act as if it is sure to come and to act as if it will surely delay or ruin your chances of getting things done. In other words, ants store up for the Winter during the Summertime because Winter is sure to come, so what we have learned is to act as if a short week is sure to come, a bad weather day is sure to come, a class cancellation is sure to come, or merely an “I don’t want to do my work day” is sure to come. Therefore, today we work. And here we are in April and the class has a challenge to write no less that 10 stories before April 25th. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll keep you all informed.  {{more}} Please support our school and join us in making a difference in the lives of young scholars; purchase a $25 ad in the West Texas Tribune and be listed as one of our supporters. Remember you can visit our website, which is currently being built, at www.newwaychristianacademy.com The following stories were derived by the students, written by the students, and edited by the students.   TWICE AS NICE by Deja Ellis The Lady Eagles defended their THSSBC 2010 title with an impressive victory of the HCYA Houston Warriors to be crowned once again with a state home school championship. New Way Eagles entered in the tournament as the #1 seed and refused to let go of ranking without a fight. Eagles were faced with the difficulty of repeating as champions and the pressure of playing the best basketball in the state. It was the biggest tournament and the Eagles passed the test with flying colors. How does it feel to be the best home school team in Texas two years in row? “It feels good” Nia Smith replied, Jamia Miller said “We met our expectations of winning another state championship, and everyone is noticing that we have a very strong team”. Coach Sam Smith was pleased with the result and gave credit to an improving Houston Warriors team, “I’m very proud of the girls for the way they stuck together when we fell behind. They showed the heart of a champion and finished the game”. Roeshonda Patterson, Nia Smith, &Deja Ellis were selected to the all-tournament team. Krysten Williams took home the Christian Character award. “It took the whole team to win this one, and I can’t wait till next year, 3 in a row would be a dream” stated Coach Smith. The Lady Eagles will leave for Springfield, March 14th-21st to defend their 2010 National HomeSchool Basketball Championship title. Good luck at Nationals!     Butterfly Release by Liz Smith New Way Christian Academy will be participating in the annual Butterfly release sponsored by Hospice House on Saturday April 30th, 2011 at The Globe of The Great Southwest Theatre from 2-4 p.m. in Odessa, TX. The students will help grow the actually butterflies that will be released for the celebration. It is a time of remembrance and fellowship. Names will be read during a memorial service, and butterflies will be released as a way to say thank you for how our lives and how our lives have been brightened. For more information please call 432 580-9990 or visit www.homehospicewtx.com   GIVING A HELPING HAND by Alex Hudson “….whatsover ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord…”, was the lasting quote given by State Farm agent Chris Wray to the New Way Christian Academy students in an interview on Febuary 16, 2011. Mr.Wray also stated what interest him the most is that he can help people in need through his insurance business,”Most people should’nt shop insurance by the price, but by what it covers. Mr Wray moved here two years ago from New Mexico, he has been married for nine years,with one five year old named jordan and two twins named Josiah and Caleb. Mr. Wray also said that he wanted to always own his own buisness, N.W.C.A. asked him where do you think he would be if you were not working for State Farm, Chris’s answer was, “I would probably be working the stock market on the New York Stock Exchange.” He was inspired by his grandpa and by his football coach. Chris was asked how do you think God has blessed you through this business? Chris replied, “He made me struggle so I went to the lord more and it made me a strong believer.”       Life is about LIVING Karen Carter has been working at Home Hospice in Odessa TX for 7 years. Home Hospice is a 15 year old company that currently covers the largest area in this region. She is a communications director and former news anchor for News West 9. Karen stated that they serve approximately 300 people per day. They turn no one down, they are a Christian based organization, and they believe life is about living. “Our challenge is educating people that home hospice isn’t about dying, but about living.” She expressed how many people are misled or misinformed on the services that they offer. “When they find out about our great services people respond by saying, ‘I wish I would have known of your services sooner.” She said that she was inspired to take care of people by God and by her co-worker, Barbara, who is a survivor of breast and lung cancer.