Hello everyone! Welcome to the second year ever of clay Magazine! We are so excited to bring you many new articles, stories, cartoons, and predicted chaos. Before we dive into all of that, however, allow us to introduce ourselves, so we can explain personality behind the workings of our e-zine.
Somewhere in the Atlantic, near the Florida coast, a small boat bobs up and down in the peaceful waves. The Koo family has ventured out of their home in Orlando on a family scallop hunting expedition. Working tirelessly, Jacey Koo, our very own Senior Editor, is determined to catch as many scallops as possible. Before long, she and her family have caught quite a few scallops. Unfortunately, the Sunshine State does not always live up to its name: a storm is brewing. Soon, the tiny fishing vessel is caught in a torrential downpour, causing the Koos to abandon their scallops and sail for dry land. They make it back to the beach just in time both to avoid getting lost at sea and for Jacey to make it to an editor meeting.
Jacey has been a part of the TPS community for six years. A veteran of both TCP and clay, Jacey served in the position of cartoonist and humor editor before taking on the role of Senior Editor in her fourth year at the magazine. Jacey’s time at clay has been a highlight of her high school career. She loves the camaraderie within the magazine, saying that learning to work with other writers has sharpened her communication skills, and working toward a common goal has formed and strengthened many of her most treasured friendships. Indeed, because she is so passionate about helping people, Jacey wants to go into the medical field. clay will certainly benefit a great deal from Jacey’s experienced, compassionate leadership.
Isaiah 40:31 and Philippians 4:6 are two of Jacey’s favorite Bible verses. “I tend to be an anxious person, so I need verses that remind me not to worry and to just ‘wait for the Lord,’” Jacey explains. Learning to find rest in the Lord and knowing He will supply our needs is indeed a helpful thing to focus on during the hectic and often uncertain years of high school.
An avid musician, Jacey plays both flute and piano. “I think the purpose of making music is to glorify God and to use the beauty of harmonies and melodies to somehow point to the creativity and beauty of our Maker,” Jacey says. The coolest piece she has ever played is Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# Minor, which she liked so much that she practiced it for an entire year. Jacey’s love of art extends far beyond music. In her spare time, she loves painting with watercolors, reading, and video editing. Her favorite books include Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, and the Chronicles of Narnia series. Jacey hopes that her well developed artistic and linguistic skills will continue to help her in whatever she does in the future.
If she could travel to any country, Jacey would probably choose China. She would love to explore family history there since some of her grandparents grew up in China, and she would also love to go on a service trip to China eventually. Jacey is quite an adventurous eater who enjoys eating whole fish and loves spicy food, although interestingly she doesn’t like plain water. As a result, she would likely enjoy exploring all kinds of Chinese food and tea.
In getting to know Jacey over the last few months, it has become clear to me that Jacey pours her whole self into whatever she is doing, particularly if it involves serving others. It has been such a privilege to get to know her and work with her, and I hope that as this year continues all of our editors, writers, and readers will also get to know the amazing Jacey Koo.
As a final statement, Jacey would like to urge her readers to eat a whole fish and insists that unicorns are real.
Standing excitedly behind stage along with a few other lucky violinists, Corrie Anna Campbell waited for her cue to enter the Red Rocks theatre, as an accompanist to the one and only Piano Guys. In her mind, she remembered what cellist Stephen Sharp Nelson had told her, “It doesn’t matter how you play, it matters how you make your audience feel.” There came the musical cue–violins up, the musical notes of Beethoven’s Five Secrets floating into the audience. Playing violin has been a huge part of Corrie Anna’s life ever since she was a little girl, but it isn’t the only activity our Senior Editor loves.
This resident of Denver, Colorado loves watching the rain, snow, and sunsets of her hometown. She enjoys the beautiful scenery and the purple mountains and savors the weather on her every day bike-rides or runs in the afternoon, and she loves spending time with her brother and parents. Interestingly, she also likes practicing Chinese characters, inspired by the TPS China service trip she went on this summer.
Although she has been a part of TPS for three years now, clay welcomes her to her first year at our e-zine! Her passion for the English language, creative thinking, and strong conversational skills helped her rise to the top quickly, and she is absolutely thrilled to be here. Through all her years at TPS, the strong community, the caring teachers and staff, and the companionship from her online friends has given her sweet memories, and she would like to support the fantastic student writers here in her position as Senior Editor.
After a busy Senior year and taking a whopping four AP courses alongside her Senior Editor-ing duties, Corrie Anna would like to perhaps go into medicine or even live overseas for a while. “I am trusting that He will show me where He wants me to be,” she says. As a caring person, she wants to use her talents to help others in whatever she does in the future, but she also describes herself as “curious,” and thus would be willing to wait and search for the best career.
For Corrie Anna, one Bible verse that constantly encourages her is Isaiah 43:1-7, which reminds us of God’s unwavering protection and love for his people. “He knows me by name, He is with me, and I can trust in Him,” she reflects. “‘Fear not’ is such a powerful command, and one that I have taken to heart lately.” Like her, we can all benefit from the comforting words of our Lord. Additionally, we will also benefit from the leadership of the one and only peanut-butter hating, poetry loving, violin performing, and Christ-loving Corrie Anna.
To spice up our introductions, we also continued a tradition started last year and asked our wonderful editors to ask us a question about ourselves, which really gave some valuable insight into the creativity and quirkiness of our staff. Here are the questions and answers:
CHRISTINE LYFORD (Open Mic Editor): Would you rather raise a herd of penguins or parakeets?
Jacey: I would much rather raise a herd of parakeets. Penguins are cute, and I hate to say it, but when the practical side of me kicks in, parakeets are smaller and eat less. They also like pop music, which is a plus. I also have the advantage of knowing how to take care of them since we babysat yours many times.
Corrie Anna: Penguins!!! The choice is obvious. Cuteness is often inversely proportional to functionality when it comes to domesticated animals. Therefore, of course I would choose the outlandish bird that cannot fly, would require mass refrigeration (I’d build a glacier in my backyard), and waddles slowly around in large herds. As a bonus, I could also take my local penguin herd out to a nice dinner easily because they come with tuxedos included.
JENNA KOO (A&C Editor): You are stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean with two pieces of cake. One piece of cake would turn you into seaweed and the other would make a portable TV and the Harry Potter movie series pop up if eaten. Which would you choose?
Corrie Anna: I would eat the first piece of cake. I think that being a seaweed would be kind of fun, because then I could sit on the beach without getting sunburned. However, I would probably realize after the fact that forever existing as a beach bum masquerading as a seaweed gets old after a while. I guess that’s why they invented sunscreen.
Jacey: Obviously, I would choose the second piece so I could watch Harry Potter instead of turning into a slimy green thing. Becoming seaweed is not my most favorite pastime…
RYAN MILBRATH (News Editor): Would you rather spend a year in a submarine 24/7 or tame wild bears for three months. And why?
Jacey: Living in a submarine 24/7 seems slightly more attractive than likely being killed by a wild animal, so I’d take the submarine. I’m only about 5’ 2 ¾” (yes the ¾ is important), so the bears might have a hard time even seeing me let alone being tamed by me.
Corrie Anna: I would have to choose the submarine. I’d stock it with books and bring my laptop. Or just download a bunch of books onto my laptop. I could probably handle the claustrophobic environment, and I don’t think I’d stand a chance against the bears.
KAILEY WILLIAMS (PR Editor): What is the craziest thing you have eaten?
Jacey: Chinese people eat lots of weird things, so I’ve eaten my fair share of interesting delectables. Namely, fish-eyes, octopus, alligator (which just tastes like tough chicken), scallops we collected from the bottom of the ocean… I know people who have eaten weirder things (*coughEthancough*), but for most people these classify as “crazy.”
Corrie Anna: I ate some of the numbing peppercorns in lots of dishes while I was in China. Sichuan is very famous for all kinds of spicy food, and it was a lot of fun to try some of them. The peppercorns were especially interesting because they cause your tongue to tingle, and the tingling progressively causes your tongue to numb. I had never tasted anything like that before.
ETHAN SCHUBERT (T&W Editor): 1) You are imprisoned at a jail in some random place in Florida. Your cell is 10 feet by 10 feet, with 50 foot tall walls, but no ceiling. There are guards everywhere, so you can’t escape but only have to stay for one week. You will be fed every day, but not much. You can bring one item of your choice. What do you bring? (No digging, smashing walls, and all ninja powers are disabled).
2) Your next meal is your last meal, but you can choose what it is. What do you choose?
Jacey: So for some reason Ethan decided to ask us two questions instead of one, but these were interesting, so we forgave him. (kidding!) Concerning the first question, I would probably bring a friend to keep me company. Or my winning personality…. For the second question, I would probably eat Chinese dim-sum or Vietnamese pho or cheesecake.
Corrie Anna: Well, since it seems very clear that I would not be able to leave, I’d have to make a decision. I’d have to decide to embrace my solitude and bring something that would be practical in a random prison in Florida, like a fan or a deep freezer full of ice. Alternatively, I could choose to embrace a faint hope that the cell would not be unbearably hot, and attempt to bring my portal to the outside world: my computer. I’d probably choose the computer, although in this situation any choice is most likely regrettable. As for the second question, that’s easy: five bars of chocolate.
JOSIAH DEBOER (Open Mic Editor): Are you really the horrible task masters we all slave under, or do you have a softer side inside?
Jacey: As my former columnist, you of all people should know that I really am the horrible taskmaster you all slave under. For instance, I’m so evil that I gave out lots of extensions last year and kept up an open communication with all my columnists. Also certain sources (aka Corrie Anna) claim they have seen me spinning fake daggers absentmindedly during video calls, so make of that what you will…
Corrie Anna: I would love to think that I am not a horrible taskmaster to slave under. Instead, I strive to be a pleasant taskmaster to slave under. But really, although I am setting deadlines and making decisions, I will try to let my softer side shine through a little bit, because it does exist.
And there you have it, folks! We are absolutely thrilled to see the staff of clay come together for another year! We can’t wait to watch all of the columnists and editors grow in their abilities and share their talents and interests. Thank you so much for allowing us to introduce ourselves, and we hope that you will continue to read clay throughout the year!