Nine Madison Academy basketball players selected as TNCAA All-Stars

Today before worship, Coach Perkins and Coach Adams announced to the school the players selected as TNCAA All-Stars.  For the Lady Knights it was Abigail Anderson, Morgan Currie, Cyrah Laird, Sydney Jacobs and Sara Adalla.  For the Knights Tony Adalla, Tyrell Gentle, Nathan Johnson and Ben Shepherd II were chosen for this honor.  The game featuring the All-Stars from each school will be held at Sumner Academy, tonight February 29, starting at 6:30pm.

Some additional recognition/awards were given at the All-Star game.  Cyrah Laid won 1st place in the skills contest.  Sydney Jacobs won 1st place in the 3-point shot contest.  Morgan Currie won Tournament MVP.

View or download the Madison Academy Sports Calendar.  Visit the Madison Academy Girls Basketball Varsity and Boys Basketball Varsity and Boys Basketball JV schedule and statistics on Maxpreps or visit the combined Madison Academy Knights sports pages as well as the Madison Campus Elementary BlueHawks website.

Madison Academy shares Jesus at Madison Campus Church

On February 27th, for both the first and second services students and staff used their talents to praise God. The worship service began in song with Avery Kroll, Brianna Underwood, Mr. Dave Fuentes, Aiden Kroll and Colton Taylor leading the congregation in Blessed Assurance as the call to worship. Later in the service Mike Downs told the children’s story, Abigail Anderson had the prayer, and Ian Petersen, Mrs. Hardin with Camden Armstrong called for the offering.  The teaching covered Luke 14.  Three times a scripture passage was read, drama team members acted out short vignettes then Coach Ley with Symone Stewart and Moises Canas shared their experience from the Christmas Banquet for the homeless, and then Chaplain Jamieson tied it all together.  Behind the scenes Tyler Bell and Donovan Allen managed assigning microphones to all the participants and running the sound boards.

You are invited to watch either service using this link. The service is titled–The Invitation.

Lady Knights win TNCAA Championship game

The Lady Knights defeated West Academy 52-12 in the championship basketball game of the TNCAA Tournament.  Morgan Currie scored 15 points and Abigail Anderson 12 points.  Six other players scored during the game with Sydney Jacobs hitting two 3-point shots.

Recapping the basketball season the girls varsity team participated in five tournaments this year: TNCAA Pre-season, Collegedale Academy Invitational, Madison Academy Holiday Tournament, AU and TNCAA Post-season.  The team won three championships and placed third at the Andrews University Tournament.  They finished their regular season with a 16-5 record and a tournament record of 14-3.

The Knights finished in 2nd place in the TNCAA Tournament losing to Lancaster Christian Academy 73-43.  The boys varsity played in four tournaments: Collegedale Academy Invitational, Madison Academy Holiday Tournament, AU and TNCAA Post-season and finished with a 5-10 record. The Knights regular season record stands at 8-10.

10th Graders care for flour sack babies

Last week the 10thgrade Life Skills class completed their flour sack baby project. They created a flour sack baby, and for a week they cared for the baby as if it were real,including providing babysitting, taking the baby to Cradle Roll, and one late night feeding. The project culminated in a field trip with their babies for lunch and “shopping” for baby items. Ours students got a good glimpse at the responsibilities and challenges of having an infant.

Knights win 1st game of TNCAA Tournament

The Lady Knights played Lancaster Christian Academy in the first round of the Tennessee Christian Athletics Association tournament held at Dayspring Academy.  The girls varsity team won 65-7 and advance to the championship game tonight.

The Knights played Dayspring Academy in their first round game and won 71-45.  They will play in the championship game tonight also.

View or download the Madison Academy Sports Calendar.  Visit the Madison Academy Girls Basketball Varsity and Boys Basketball Varsity and Boys Basketball JV schedule and statistics on Maxpreps or visit the combined Madison Academy Knights sports pages as well as the Madison Campus Elementary BlueHawks website.

Madison Academy’s March Madness

March Madness

Choir sings at Bordeaux SDA church

The 22 member choir, under the direction of Waldemar Wensell, performed at the Bordeaux SDA church this past Sabbath.    Dan Johnson gave the sermon. This is the last performance before their concert tour to Italy.

Drama team shares in Louisville

The eleven member drama team began its two day tour, Friday February 19-20, to Louisville and presented vespers program to students at Louisville Adventist Academy.  The next day, at the Middletown SDA church the drama team performed for those attending the church service.  The drama team shared six or seven skits that shows God’s love.

Knights win two at Western Kentucky

In the final game of the regular season the Lady Knights won their game 52-4 playing against Western Kentucky.  This improves the overall regular season team record to 16-5.  The Knights won the night cap 67-57.  Their overall regular season team record finished at 8-10.

Both varsity basketball teams will compete in the Tennessee Christian Athletic Associations (TNCAA) Post season tournament, February 22-23.  The girls games are at Dayspring Academy and the guys games are Lancaster.

View or download the Madison Academy Sports Calendar.  Visit the Madison Academy Girls Basketball Varsity and Boys Basketball Varsity and Boys Basketball JV schedule and statistics on Maxpreps or visit the combined Madison Academy Knights sports pages as well as the Madison Campus Elementary BlueHawks website.

Acros Tour 2016

The Acros Team took advantage of the long President’s day and Valentine’s day weekend to do some team bonding, skill building, and service.  The tour began with a caravan down to SAU on Friday, February 12.  The Acros got to experience what a Friday night vespers program was like on a university campus.  After the vespers, we had a short worship before sleeping on the gym floor in the Gym Master’s facility, and I asked the students what impressed them or stood out to them about the vespers program.  One comment that surprised me was that they said that everyone was singing.  If you know how self-conscious high school teenagers are, it would be a culture shock for them to hear praise at a louder volume than normal talking level.

The next morning we had a cold breakfast of cereal, fruit and sweet rolls that Coach Schwarz made for the team.  We attended the youth Sabbath school in the college church and then attended the Connect church service in the Collegedale Academy auditorium.  A young man from Nigeria gave a powerful testimony about how God impressed him to leave his lucrative career as a pop singer in Nigeria to come to Southern to pursue ministry.  He sang an original song and prayed for God to work out the problems that he was having in trying to return to Nigeria in order to do ministry in his own country.  I think that it impressed our students to see a young man willing to walk in the path that God designed for him and to live the adventure of faith.  After the service, the university hosted lunch for us in their cafeteria, for which our students weren’t shy about taking advantage of.

We had a short worship at sundown and Coach Schwarz brought in pizza for our kids and then went over the rules on using the equipment in his gym.  The SAU Gym Masters have a multi-million dollar facility to train in, with two-floor-level trampolines, a trampoline tumble track, an air floor tumble track, a foam pit and numerous training aids.  We played and trained for two hours, swam in the pool and used the hot tub for an hour and a half, then spent more time in the gym before getting ready for bed.  The girls got a lot of reps in on the trampolines sharpening their flying skills.  I worked with many of them on their flares and back tucks and in a few minutes was able to correct their form without putting them in a spotting belt.  The skills they learned would have taken them weeks to learn back at Madison.  The boys gained new confidence in their tumbling and gained so much more body awareness as they learned back handsprings, back tucks, front flips as well as gainers and full twists.  Also, skills that they wouldn’t even attempt back at school without the training aids we had access to at SAU.

Sunday after breakfast, we packed up the vehicles and headed to Knoxville to meet up with James Kirk, who every Sabbath runs a homeless ministry by the interstate in Knoxville.  The weather was bitingly cold in the low 30’s high 20’s with a brisk wind.  We set up grills and propane heaters, and the homeless began to gather.  Many of which sleep outside under the interstate and some who are lucky enough, get temporary shelter in the Salvation Army shelter.  We cooked chicken hot dogs and gave out care packages.  Some of the care packages were donated by Jordan Kittle’s and Symone Stewart’s mother.  We also stopped at Walmart and purchased over a hundred dollars worth of hats and gloves.  It didn’t take long before all our care packages were gone and I felt sorry that we didn’t have more to give.  Doug Thompson gave away his Acros hoodie and Dan Johnson gave away several Acros warm up pants.  After several hours in the cold, we loaded back up and took the kids out to eat and to warm up.  I’m sure many of the students realized that some of the homeless that we served would have to spend the night outside and didn’t have a place to get away to warm up.

The next two nights we spent at a cabin in Gatlinburg where played some team building games, some fun games and got to relax, talk and spend time together outside of school.  Sometimes the best teaching moments happen outside of the classroom.  On Monday, we were supposed to go on a zip lining adventure, but the cold and slightly wet weather changed our plans.  We instead took the students to Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner show.  They had a great time.

Overall the trip was a huge success.  The students gained new skills, grew closer as a family, experienced service for God, and had fun in the process.  I wish all the students at Madison Academy could experience trips like this one.  You never know how a young person’s life can be impacted and changed for the positive, just over one long weekend.