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by Anthony Jondle

I'm glad now my Dad didn't let me choose my high school.

“Hey, Jake, what’s up?”

“Hey, Caleb, what’s going on?”

“Not a lot, I’m just about to go play basketball with some friends. Wanna come?”

“Sure, why not.”

When we got to my friend’s house, we chose teams and started to play some ball. When one of my friends made a shot and missed, he cursed. I didn’t think it was a big deal, but Caleb did. He didn’t say anything at the time, but I knew it bothered him. After that, every time someone said something bad, Caleb just shook his head. The game ended, and Caleb and I headed back to my house. On the way Caleb told me, “Man, I really don’t hang out with people that cuss, because it’s a bad influence on me. It could wear off on me,” he explained, “and there are so many other things you can say rather than stupid words like those.”

See, Caleb is my best friend. I also have a good friend named Luke. Luke and Caleb are opposites. Caleb loves to have fun but be safe at the same time, and he doesn’t like to get in trouble. Luke is more of a try-it-and-see-if-we-can-get-away-with-it kind of kid. I like both of them, and I’ve known both of them since third or fourth grade.

When I finished eighth grade, I felt sure I’d stay in Omaha and go to public school with Luke, while Caleb went off to a Seventh-day Adventist high school. At the end of the summer, before school started, my dad told me that I had to choose what school I wanted to go to—public school or the Seventh-day Adventist high school Platte Valley Academy.

I decided to stay home and go to public high school. But then, even though my dad said it was up to me to make the choice, he decided to send me to Platte Valley Academy 150 miles away. Dad’s decision turned my whole life upside down.

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see how everything turns out. That’s what I did when I went to Platte Valley Academy, and it turned out pretty cool. I’m glad it worked out this way.

Anthony Jondle, 18, is now a senior at Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, Minnesota. His hobbies include playing basketball and hanging out with friends. His home is in Omaha, Nebraska.

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