After a week of campaigning, speeches and voting the Student Council leaders were announced in chapel this morning by Mr. Andrew Jamieson, SA co-sponsor. President is Jake Johnson, Campus Ministries Coordinator is Jack Wheeler, Service Coordinator is Kristen Whitley, Communications Coordinator is Camden Armstrong, Finance Officer is Donovan Allen and Activities Coordinator is Amari Fountain. All of the officers elected are a part of the Class of 2019.
David Beamish, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, met with each of our junior students this week for an individualized review of the results of two comprehensive personality and career assessments designed to help our students make decisions about their future. We are excited to help position our students to thrive in college and the career of their choice. Thank you Mr. Beamish for investing in our students! Thank you donors for providing the means for this one-on-one career counseling!
Twenty-two Madison Academy students gave up their spring break to travel half way across the country to Houston in order to serve strangers. Although Hurricane Harvey hit six months ago, there are still people displaced and front lawns are still littered with flood damaged debris waiting to be hauled away. The needs are overwhelming in the 4 th largest city in the U.S., with one of the largest homeless populations in the country.
Our team volunteered at shelters, food banks, dementia treatment centers, meal delivery services, soup kitchens, and many other places. The goal for the trip was to get out of our comfort zones, and that we did! Whether it was doing laundry for a homeless lady, delivering lunch to an at-risk preschooler or teaching a teenager to do a two-high at the government funded housing project, comfort zones were busted!
The trip also included a stop at SWAU where our students were able to worship on a college campus and get a feel for college life. A quick visit to the Alamo, a Spurs game and a boat ride at the Riverwalk in San Antonio rounded out our trip.
More than 30 students and faculty gathered in the gazebo yesterday from 10 AM to 10:17 AM to remember the 17 students killed in Parkland High School. They prayed for the families of the teenagers who lost their lives and for the high school students and staff who are still coping and recovering from the tragedy. Our students prayed for a hedge of protection around Madison Academy and that God would keep the forces of evil that would do harm, away from our campus. They thanked God for a cohesive, inclusive school community, and asked, and then prayed for their peers. Thank you Parker Luellen and Kendra Miller for initiating, organizing and leading this prayer vigil. You are Inspired Seekers, Empowered Scholars, and Devoted Servants.