The 2017 Winners

The State of the Arts Scholarship winner for 2017 is Victoria Hill. Miss Hill plans to study to vocal performance. Besides being an outstanding student and volunteer in her community, she has won multiple awards including first place in the Schmidt Vocal Competition in 2017.

The Dickinson Memorial Scholarship winner for 2017 is Adam Barker. Mr. Barker plans to major in Music and Business. He is a National Merit Finalist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Delegate, a National Youth Orchestra Inaugural Member, Ozark Festival Orchestra Young Artist first place winner, Missouri Federation of Music Clubs State Competition first place winner, community volunteer, music instructor, and scholar.

The 2017 Mason Lighthouse Scholarship winner in Katayla Mongold. Miss Mongold plans to study music. She volunteers as a tutor, with Samaritan’s Purse assisting storm victims, with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, with veterans, foster children, and the Summers Arts Institute, logging over 2,500 volunteer hours in highschool.

A Merit Award was given to Jennifer Musgrove. Miss Musgrove plans to study art.

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The 2016 Scholarship Winners

Timothy Sierk is the winner of the Mason Lighthouse Scholarship.

Samuel Piascik is the recipient of the Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship.
Madeline Davis won the State of the Arts Scholarship.

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2015 Scholarship Winners

Rebecca Thomas is the winner of the Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship.  She is a National Merit Finalist, an American Red Cross National Merit award recipient and received the Awana Citation Award.  She is involved in swimming, softball, 4-H, and plans to study nursing.

Elizabeth Ysais is the recipient of the Mason Lighthouse Scholarship.  She has logged over 2,000 service hours to her community as a volunteer EMT, working with the disabled, MOPS, and construction missions.  She enjoys debate, volleyball, and choir and plans to become a Physician’s Assistant working with the underserved.

Olivia Lippert is the winner of State of the Arts Scholarship.  She enjoys playing the organ and piano, singing in her church choir, history reenactments, and being on the Mock Trial and Knowledge Bowl teams.  She enjoys languages and plans to major in Spanish and Education with a minor in theater.

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2014 Scholarships Winners

Matthew Bayliss is the winner of the Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship.  Matthew will enter the University of Florida to study medicine.  He is an AP scholar and Nation Merit Finalist that volunteers in his community with the Salvation Army, the South Florida Fair, his church and local hospitals.

Hannah Leigh Little is the winner of the Mason Lighthouse Scholarship.  Hannah has overcome difficult obstacles to distinguish herself academically and in community service.  She is involved in Girl Scouts, community theater, volunteering at animal shelters, library programs, Challenge WV and the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Academy.

Jocelyn Chambers is the winner of the State of the Arts Scholarship.  Jocelyn has received accolades for her music composition, twice winning the Texas Young Composers Competition, as well a academically and in service to her community.

Audrey Manser received a Merit Award Scholarship for her excellence in academics, artistic achievements, including piano performance at Wausau Conservatory and piano and art competitions at BJU, and dedication to community service.

Deirdre Gael Spainhour received a Merit Award Scholarship for her high performance in academics and well rounded service to her community, including church, charity knitting, instructing martial arts, and choir performances in nursing homes.

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The 2013 Scholarships Winners

John Barber for the Dickinson Memorial Scholarship.  John, an Eagle Scout, National Merit Scholar Finalist and National Honor Society member plans to study computer science.

Kameron Mongold for the Mason Lighthouse Scholarship.  Kameron, an active community volunteer working with senior citizens, foster children, veterans, and many community outreaches, plans to study chemical engineering.

Jacob Joseph for the State of the Arts Scholarship. Jacob, a gifted pianist, enjoys working on the family farm, writing, sports, and plans to study music at Liberty University.

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2012 Scholarships Winners

The 2012 Scholarships winners are:

Jason Tiller for the Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship

Darleen Mason for the Mason Lighthouse Scholarship

Kathryn Douglas for the State of the Arts Scholarship

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New Book from Homeschool Graduate

Jason Krumbine, son of Marcy Krumbine and son-in-law of Renee Mason, recently released a new all-ages book, The Castle Sisters and the Impossible Rescue. Here’s what he has to say about it:

This book, and subsequently the series I’m launching out of it, already holds a special place with me. You see, I really do have two nieces named Faith and Summer. They both love to read and are constantly enamored with the fact that their Uncle is an author. I really wanted to be share this experience with them, so back in February my wife and I started brainstorming a new series that I would specifically write for my nieces. It was originally intended to be just a birthday gift for later in the year, but as I started working on it, I realized that this was going to be too much fun. I couldn’t possibly wait to share this story with my nieces. And I didn’t. I told them this past Sunday. To say they thought it was pretty awesome, would be to put it mildly.

I tried really hard to make this an All-Ages book. Yes, it’s written for kids, but I want adults to enjoy reading it, too. I mean, there’s nothing worse than reading a boring book to your child, right?

When my nieces asked me to describe the book to them, I said it was kind of like a comic book, but without the pictures. Their eyes lit up at that description and I think it’s a pretty apt one. There’s plenty of adventure, thrills and excitement in this book.

I really enjoyed writing this book and I hope you guys enjoy reading it.

The Castle Sisters and the Impossible Rescue is currently available for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. If you have a different kind of ereader, you find a compatible copy of the book at the Smashwords link. A printed edition is also available for purchase here.

Faith and Summer Castle are the ultimate crime fighting duo.

And they’re not even old enough to drive.

Faith has the super smarts and Summer brings the super brawn.

When their Uncle gets kidnapped by the evil Agent Dark the Castle Sisters find themselves facing their greatest challenge yet.

The forces of darkness are gathering and the battle between good and evil has reached a pivotal turning point. Agent Dark has stolen a secret formula that could give him the ultimate control. With the sisters’ Uncle out of the way, no one stands between Agent Dark and the end of everything.

Not only does the fate of the world now hang in the balance, but the sisters must pull off what will almost certainly be an impossible rescue.

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Ultimate Homeschool Expo

HERO is participating in the Ultimate Homeschool Expo!  You can hear our spot here:

The Ultimate Homeschool Expo has lots of great information and audio seminars.  Browse the site and enjoy!

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In Memoriam

A new scholarship is being established in memory of a homeschool graduate who passed away unexpectedly, Patrick Freeman, 19.

The thoughts and prayers of the homeschool community are with the Freeman family during this difficult time.

Click the Donate button in the menu to the left if you wish to contribute to the scholarship fund, in Patrick’s memory.

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Hearts2HomeSchool Announces:

“The Households of Strength Seminar”

featuring Gregg Harris father, pastor, conference speaker & author.

“Do Hard Things Together With Family & Friends” Don’t Miss this vital message filled with encouragement and direction for your family! Register ASAP. Recruit good friends to attend the seminar & share the vision with you!

Date: April 15th (7-10:00 p.m.) 16th (8:30-5:30 p.m.)

Location: Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Rd , Sarasota Florida (phone,  (941) 922-1449 or visit for directions)

Pricing: Early Bird Special March 26 $30 / person

Pre-Reg ends April 1 – $35 / person

Standard ends April 15 – $40 / person


For groups of 10 or more take 10% off total fee.


No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

How to Register:

Go to or for more details & to register. For more information contact Maria Gerber at 941-321 -8391 or Lorri Murphy at 954-961-1511.

Session Details

Friday 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

·         The New Mayflower: Living In a World With No Continents to Which We Can Flee

·         The Seasons of a Life Well Lived: Growing Stronger Together Over Time

Saturday 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

·         How to Stay Engaged With the One You Marry (for singles as well as couples)

·         What Do You Have In Your House?: A Historical Overview of the Household

·         Special Session: This hour is reserved for a guest speaker (e.g. Michael Farris, Eric Stasak, Nancy Pearcey, etc., or my own sons, Joshua, Joel, Alex or Brett Harris. Otherwise, I will present a special topic of my own)

·         12 to 1:00 P.M.  Lunch Break

·         Home Schooling: Delight-Directed Study All the Way Through High School

·         Family Business: Doing Well for Yourself by Doing Good for Others

·         The Household Embassy: Using Family-style Evangelism & Hospitality to Make A Little History in Your Own Home

Why should you attend The Households of Strength Seminar?

Because God will use it to change the course of your life for the better.

God’s will for your family-household is so good and so wise, all you have to do is see it and you will want to live it. Eight fast-paced sessions, full of humor and insight, have been designed to turn your family back to the goodness and wisdom of God’s plan.

If you and your family are drifting through this time of rapid technological and cultural transformation without the firm biblical convictions that serve as an anchor for your souls, you are likely to lose your marriage, lose your kids and lose your way of life to forces beyond your control. It’s that serious.

But God has provided a New Mayflower by which you can not only survive, but thrive. It is your household managed in the light of God’s Word. If you trust God enough to actually obey Him, you are His ambassadors, and your household will shine as a light in the midst of the darkness as an embassy of His kingdom.

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