UTCH eHomestyle News May 2018 Spring Edition

Also in this Issue:

Upcoming UTCH Events

Upcoming UTCH Events
  • UTCH 2018 Graduation - June 2, Midvalley Bible Church at 2:00 p.m.
  • UTCH Lagoon Day – June 9, Juniper Terrace Reserved; Contact Marianne Verboncoeur kmverbo@gmail.com for tickets
  • UTCH Used Book Sale – June 16, Sonrise Baptist Church, 10:00-noon; Contact Michelle Edwards starchic0516@yahoo.com
  • Fall Kick Off – September 8, Liberty Park; 2019 Graduates Meeting; New Home Educators Meeting and more

Benefits of UTCH Membership

Benefits of UTCH Membership

Membership with the Utah Christian Home School Association provides the following privileges:

  • Access to the UTCH statewide and regional email lists
  • Encouragement to fulfill God-given rights and responsibilities to educate our children
  • Provide information and advice regarding home education and family life;
  • Educate the public, educators, and elected officials through personal contacts, media, workshops, conventions, and newsletters on benefits of home education and the Constitutional right to home educate
  • Direct families new to Utah to local homeschool support groups and/or co-ops
  • Host an annual statewide convention with speakers and vendors from across the nation.
  • Publish a digital newsletter quarterly called Homestyle News
  • Discount admission to the annual UTCH convention
  • Access to the UTCH Facebook Group
  • Representation and support at the legislative level on the topic of homeschooling
  • Discounted membership to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association
  • Invitation to the various UTCH Homeschool Support Groups and co-ops available in Utah. Member families and teachers all sign the Statement of Faith.
  • Discounts to local stores that give teacher discounts
  • UTCH Graduation ceremony funded jointly by parents and UTCH
  • Field trips
  • Coordinated Events led by Volunteers (i.e. Science Fair, Geography Bee, etc.)
  • Fellowship and friendship with like-minded families
  • And much more…

UTCH Lagoon Day

UTCH Lagoon Day

The date: Saturday June 9th, 2018

The place: Lagoon in Farmington

The cost: Take your voucher on Saturday June 9th to turn in and get a ticket for $41.95 plus tax for each person (regular price $58.95)

The Pavilion: Juniper Terrace (this is where you can put your ice chest and other items)

Who can come? Anyone! You may invite your family, your extended family, your friends, your children's friends, your neighbor...

Contact: Marianne Verboncoeur,


2018 Graduation

The following biographical information was written by the graduates and do not necessarily reflect UTCH values.

Elizabeth Marie Beeli, daughter of Emily and Pieder Beeli

Elizabeth was born into a New Creation Christian family in Fort Collins, Colorado. From a young age, Elizabeth has been entrepreneurially minded. Starting her first venture at age 8, a bakery born in her kitchen, business continues to be her primary interest. This has made her an advocate for the free market admiring Adam Smith and Thomas Sowell. She feels incredibly blessed to have been homeschooled, because of the freedom, both religious and academic, that it has provided. Elizabeth is currently enrolled in an entrepreneurship program, Praxis, where she will apprentice at a tech startup in the silicon slopes during the spring of her senior year. Through life's ups and downs, her foundation remains unchanging, Jesus.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6

Noah Quinton Bridge son of Quin and Tami Bridge

Noah was born and raised in Layton, Utah. He was homeschooled his entire life and has loved being in the UTCH Davis-Weber Co-op, making lifelong friendships. In 2011, Noah joined a local Christian youth band as a pianist. Music continues to play a major role in his life and he currently leads worship at his church. He also enjoys participating in local choir and theater groups. He plans to attend Weber State in the fall.

Noah would like to thank his Mom for being his teacher and best friend who is always there for him when he needs a laugh or a hug; his Dad for being his mentor and encourager; and of course, his awesome brother and crazy sidekick, Levi. He would also like to thank all the relatives, pastors, teachers, physicians, and friends in his life for guiding him to be the man of God he wants to be.

Most of all, Noah would like to thank his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His everlasting mercy, forgiveness, grace, love and abundant life. To Him be all the glory!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6

Sarenity Jewl Castaneda, daughter of David and Delica Castaneda

Sarenity was blessed with parents who support and love her through everything as do her two brothers and sister. They are an inspiration to her in her walk with God, filling her life with love and laughter!

At a young age, exposed to the world of music and ballet, she fell in love with losing and finding herself through these arts. She loved participating in the orchestra and multiple choirs throughout the years. She currently enjoys messing around with her own compositions on the piano and ukulele. Her upcoming performances will be with Salt Lake City Ballet and Academy of Ballet Arts, the latter of which she was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to choreograph and perform her own solo.

She plans to attend SLCC to discover what part of music and/or dance she wants to solidify a future with. Whatever she decides, her ultimate goal is to let the unconditional love of God shine through her.. She is incredibly grateful for every experience and person she has encountered that has contributed to who she is today and would like to thank her parents and close friends for getting her there. As she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her journey with a fresh mind and a determined heart, she is excited to see where God leads her next!

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalm 139:23-24

Isaac Malachi Cowley, son of Dave and Caleen Boyter

Isaac means "laughter", and our Isaac brings laughter and joy wherever he goes. Isaac has been homeschooled since fourth grade, and he has loved it. He enjoys many activities. Last year, he served as a lead intern for Eagle Forum during the Utah State legislative season. His favorite activity has been his Forum Speech and Debate Club involvement, and he has won several awards at NCFCA tournaments, including placing ninth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at a National Open tournament last year. Isaac is a social butterfly at heart and loves spending time with his friends.

This year, Isaac received his electrical apprenticeship license and is studying in the electrical program at Mountainland Technical College. His goal is to become a Journeyman Electrician.

Isaac put his faith in Christ at a young age and has been passionate about God and His Word ever since. He recently completed a seminary course with Calvary Chapel. His heart is open to whatever service the Lord guides him to next.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Sage Naki Davidson, son of Daniel and Kalin Davidson

Sage was born September 30, of 2000. He has three brothers, and two sisters, and loves them and his parents dearly. Sage has been homeschooled the majority of his life and has enjoyed every single moment of it. His years of high school have been filled with interning at the Utah Capitol, combined with a rigorous amount of reading, writing, and discussing ideas about philosophy and the Christian worldview on his own. His enjoyments include reading, hiking, studying, and learning about God’s creation, as well as playing guitar.

Sage hopes to continue his education by eventually majoring in Philosophy at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, and double-majoring in Software Engineering from the University of Utah.

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1: 16-18

Daniel Grant Jackson, son of Tom and Susie Jackson

Daniel is the youngest of four boys, has lived in Utah all his life, and has been homeschooled since kindergarten. Daniel’s name means “God is My Judge.”

Daniel’s passions include reading, biking, eating food, playing with children, studying politics, and especially reading the Bible. Daniel has participated in AWANA for fifteen years, studying and memorizing God’s Word. He was recently awarded the Citation for completing the AWANA program. He competed in speech through NCFCA for three years. He has served as treasurer and chaplain in the local Generation Joshua club and has enjoyed giving devotions to the group every month. Daniel skis, hikes, reads, serves in the church children’s program, and has spent countless hours playing Legos with his brothers. Daniel thoroughly enjoys his friends and family. He would like to attend college in the fall and has been accepted to the three universities to which he applied. He plans to pursue God wherever He leads him.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion, "says my soul," Therefore I hope in Him.'” Lamentations 3:22-24

Sierra Anne Kline, daughter of Richard and Sharon Kline

Sierra was born the youngest of four girls on December 7, 1999, in a yellow brick house in Smithfield, Utah. She spent most of her childhood playing barbie games with her sisters, reading endless stacks of books, and practicing her violin. She is thankful to have been homeschooled through the 9th grade by her hippie mother who taught her to be resourceful and sang to her at all hours of the day, and her musical wizard of a father who cooked scrambled eggs and let her take mud baths in the summer. In her free time, (when she’s not busy reading John Locke and Aristotle, or giving passionate speeches for the advancement of women’s rights) Sierra enjoys songwriting and poetry, meeting new people, the great outdoors, and traveling. She dreams of running for US Senate, getting a tattoo, working for the Secret Service, becoming a famous musician, and traveling the world. She would like to express thanks and love for her family, including Chris Campbell and Sonny Becerra. Most of all she would like to thank Jesus for dying for her sins and for being her only way into Heaven.

“God made Him who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” 2 Corinthians 5:21

Joel Benjamin Nadeau, son of Richard and Anne Nadeau

Joel was born in Utah on April 26, 2000. He has five older siblings, who have all helped him learn and grow.

He has participated in competitive speech and debate since the age of 12. This allowed him to go on dozens of trips and spend time in 17 different states, giving him the opportunity to see much of the west. However, Utah remains his favorite state (he’s not remotely biased).

Speech and debate helped him develop skills in critical thinking and—believe it or not—public speaking. Among other activities, Joel has participated in HSLDA’s Generation Joshua since he was 11 and elected to serve in two different positions in a local club. He participated in a few congressional campaigns, including those of Congresswoman Mia Love and Senator Mike Lee.

His plans for the future are to work hard and do well at whatever God has set before him using the skills, knowledge, and understanding he has gained from his homeschooling experience.

A verse that encourages Joel to be proactive in his walk with God is:

“...To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” Revelation 21:6b-7

Aleah Rachelle Nahue, daughter of Lourdes Nahue and Norris Fallis

Aleah was born on November 18, 1999. She grew up with her sister Joane in California, lived in Arizona three years and returned to California in 2004. Aleah loves all types of art, books, music and sports. When she was younger, she played the accordion and at 10 years old made it into the LA Times. She was on her varsity volleyball team in 10th grade and played with a volleyball club for a few years. In March 2015, she was sent to a wilderness program in Utah where she backpacked for two months, learned healthy coping skills, and made life-lasting friendships. Thanks to this tough but amazing journey, she discovered her love for writing, yoga, the outdoors and a personal relationship with God. Her family moved to Utah in 2016 and she continued playing club volleyball.

2017-2018 was her first homeschooled year and she had the opportunity to participate in clubs such as Speech & Debate, and Generation Joshua. Aleah absolutely loved being homeschooled and she’s considering homeschooling her own kids, Lord willing.

She’ll earn her associates at SLCC and is planning on transferring to either in or out of state pursuing her interests in Forensics, Psychology & Theology.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Psalm 23:4

Isaiah Joel Smith, son of Mark and Amanda Smith

Isaiah was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 22, 1999. He was the fourth of eight children. Isaiah has a love for books, soccer, debate, apologetics and feels a calling to politics. During debate he was awarded 1st place speaker, as well as 2nd place at regionals in team policy debate. He served as an intern for the Eagle Forum for two years. Isaiah is currently the Vice President of the Salt Lake Generation Joshua group. Isaiah was rescued from sin and adopted into the family of God on October 5th in the year of 2012. After Graduating high school, Isaiah plans to get his major in Business Management with a minor in Political Science. He hopes to become a representative for the state of Utah

Isaiah's favorite Bible verse is:

“"Because"All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:24-25

Christine Elizabeth Stimpson, Daughter of Mike and Melinda Stimpson

Christine Stimpson was born on April 1, 2000. She has lived in Utah all her life, and been homeschooled for all of it as well, with her sisters, Katherine, Laura, and Jessica. She tries to enjoy all the little things in life, but some of the things she enjoys most are playing with animals, hanging out with her friends, and clambering all over trees or rocks like a mountain goat.

Christine’s true passion, though, is fiction. She's been a voracious reader since a very young age, thanks largely to her mother, who shared excellent books with her at every stage. She has a powerful imagination and a deep love of fantasy, both the writing and the reading. She's rarely finished anything she wrote, but that doesn't keep her from trying.

Christine is considering several colleges right now and hopes to be able to attend a Christian school. Her plan is to get her Master's in Library Science and go on to be a librarian. She can't wait to see where God is going to take her in the future.

A person’s words can be live-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4

“From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” Psalm 61:2,3

Lead me to the Rock that is….
Higher Than I
Psalm 61:2-3


Clubs Endorsed by UTCH

Clubs Endorsed by UTCH

The Forum Speech and Debate Club – The Forum is affiliated with the NCFCA which is an organization committed to training homeschool, high school students to address life issues in a manner that glorifies God, and ultimately preparing students to help shape our culture and impact the world for Christ. The local club meets weekly and spends time in teaching, encouraging and practicing speeches as well as debating. For more information contact: altabirdski@yahoo.com


Rush Revere

Rush Revere

Rush Revere was a contributor to the UTCH Convention this year. Please check out their educational and enjoyable material: http://rushrevere.com/

“The mission of the Adventures of Rush Revere Series is to teach American history in a fun, engaging, and patriotic way. Through the magic of time travel, readers experience the incredible events that made our country what it is today! Young readers ‘speak’ with and get to know tremendous patriots like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abigail Adams. Instead of just memorizing dates and facts, readers become part of and truly understand the American story. Originally written for 5th graders, these #1 New York Times Bestselling adventures are loved by readers both younger and older.”


UTCH Year of Jubilee

UTCH Year of Jubilee

The 2018-2019 school year has been chosen to be a year of Jubilee ... in other words, UTCH membership is free to all Christian homeschool families! If you did not join at the convention, you may still join by downloading the application and statement of Faith at utch.org under the membership tab. We are hoping to grow our UTCH family and encourage others in their homeschool adventure.


Support/Contact Groups

Carbon County
Jodie Wells
Davis / Weber
Sharalyn Paetz
Iron County
Samantha Solo
Sanpete County
Sara Larson
North Sanpete
Jason & Kristen Maxfield
Sevier County
Kelle Lambers
Mark & Tina Roberts

Jeanette Rhyne
Uintah County
Joanna Wardell
Utah County
Suzzanne Cutler
meets 2x/month, topic discussion & field trip, inquire for specifics
West Valley
Michelle Edwards
meets 2nd Sat. of month from 10:30-12:30
Contact Michelle for more information

Utah Christian Home School Co Op Information

These co-ops require UTCH membership so that families can fellowship with like-minded believers. Teachers have also signed the UTCH Statement of Faith which helps assure that instruction is from a Biblical world view. These co-ops are open to new UTCH families!

Inspire Homeschool Co-op just finished its first year meeting in West Jordan on Friday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. We had classes for students from pre-kindergarten - High School and nursery for the little ones. One parent from each family is expected to stay at co-op and volunteer to teach and help in classes. For the 2017-2018 school year our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students had Zoology, P.E. and Before Five in a Row. Our 1st - 3rd graders took Five in a Row, My Body and LEGO engineering. Our 4th-6th grade class took Creative Writing, Art and Geography and our 7th-12th graders took Journalism, Digital Photography and Foundations in Personal Finance. For more information contact: inspirehscoop@gmail.com

Science and More Co-op – This co-op is restructuring this fall. They have focused mostly on math and science in the past. They are planning on offering general science, elementary astronomy and possibly other classes. If you’re interested in more information, please email: terrikerrphoto@gmail.com

West Valley Co-op - This co-op is also restructuring. They have focused more on educating pre-school, elementary and middle aged children and are considering several different classes for the fall. If you’re interested in more information, please email: starchic0516@yahoo.com

UDWC (UTCH Davis Weber Co-op) is a homeschool co-op that meets weekly for 10 week fall and winter terms to provide group instruction in a variety of subjects for Nursery ages through 12th grade. We are a parent participation co-op and not a drop off program. Our host campus is Mountain View Baptist Church in Layton City, Davis County. The church does not operate our co-op; it has offered the space as a ministry/out-reach. Our co-op is made up of families who attend a wide variety of area churches. For more information see: https://dwcoop.net

UTCH Volunteers

UTCH Membership Secretary Peter Reymer

Field Trip Coordinator
Jennifer Johnson

Digital Newsletter Layout
Micheal Fenton

UTCH Newsletter Editor
Cynthia Edwards


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