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Homeschool Achievers

Vol. 60, Prg. 16–20
June 6–10, 2005

In all kinds of venues, from writing to art to speaking, homeschoolers are attracting attention. This week, Mike Smith talks with three homeschoolers who have been recognized for their skills. Learn what motivates these hard workers and discover ways to help your own child pursue his or her talents.

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Interview with Rachel Shafer
Interview with Adam Nisbett-Part 1
Interview with Adam Nisbett-Part 2
Interview with Lizzy Tyler-Part 1
Interview with Lizzy Tyler-Part 2


Rachel Shafer
Born in Milpitas, California, Rachel Shafer was raised in the Bay Area until she was 12, when her family moved to Longmont, Colorado, to live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Rachel, 17, was homeschooled through the 12th grade. Her achievements include being selected as a 2005 National Merit Scholar and the 2004 Idea of America Essay Contest Winner. She is also a recipient of the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Rachel has represented Colorado at the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association Nationals five times and at the American Legion Oratorical Contest in 2004 and 2005. Rachel holds a black belt in tae kwon do. She also enjoys hiking and has bagged two of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks. Rachel is the founder of the Young Shakespeare Players, a troupe that presents free Shakespeare performances to audiences of all ages. Her favorite pastime is reading and her favorite authors include Shakespeare, Dickens, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton. Rachel plans to study economics at the University of Tulsa in fall 2005.

Adam Nisbett
Adam Nisbett lives on a farm in south central Missouri with his parents, five brothers, and three sisters. He is currently a full-time student at the University of Missouri-Rolla pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started sketching birds at a very early age and has since won several awards for his drawings and paintings, including first place in the nationwide Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Adam is very thankful for the talent that he has been blessed with and hopes that his paintings will bring glory to God.

Lizzy Tyler
Lizzy Tyler recently completed her homeschooling career after being taught at home for 13 years. She is from Columbia, South Carolina, and for most of her life has watched and helped her mom, homeschooling pioneer Zan Tyler, fight legislative battles for homeschooling rights. Lizzy enjoys singing, drama, musical theater, and studying various forms of dance. She was named South Carolina's Junior Miss 2005 and will compete in America's Junior Miss competition at the end of June. Lizzy plans to attend Asbury College as a Morrison Scholar in the fall, where she will study broadcast journalism. (See also: South Carolina's Junior Miss 2005 learns at home)

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