Seventeen students at Madison Academy participated in the 66th annual American Mathematics Contest 12 and the 16th annual American Mathematics Contest 10. The contests were held on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The students competed for local, regional and national student and school awards. The contest, which covers high school mathematics, is given in participating schools. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format. In 2014, over 220,000 students from 4,200 schools participated in the AMC 10 & AMC 12 contests. This year the winners are based on unofficial results as announced by Mr. Wayne Mosher for the 9th-10th grade test: 1st-Mike Downs, 2nd-Rachel Hudgens, 3rd-Cody Tishaw. For the 11th-12th grade test: 1st-James Park, 2nd-Ashley Gonzalez and 3rd-Nathan Johnson.
The final games of the regular season for the JV and varsity boys basketball as well as varsity girls teams are this week. Once done the varsity teams will go to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and participate in the Cardinal Classic Basketball Tournament. Click on the links to see how each team did and the results of the Tournament at AU.
Madison Academy Acros participated in the annual Acrofest that featured the Southern Adventist University Gym-Masters as clinicians on January 29-31 at Highland Academy. Those in grades 5-12 were eligible to participate and learned or enhanced their skills in tossing, pyramids, tumbling, three highs and other gymnastic activities. On Saturday night teams performed their routines with the Gym-Masters giving the final performance of the evening.
Parents had the opportunity to speak with the teachers and administrators during the Parent-Teacher Conferences after school on Monday, January 26th. Parents were encouraged to make appointments that best fit into their schedule. Many appreciated that face to face time while interacting about their children.
Twenty three teams from across the mid-state participated in the annual late night volleyball tournament. With so many teams this year the squads were randomly placed in the double elimination brackets. The games started around 6:30pm and ended the next morning around 5am. Volleyball teams of all ages — elementary age to those eligible for AARP cards — were submitted to the Student Association sponsors. Each played with a minimum of six players: four guys and two girls. When teams were not playing players took the responsibilities of referee and line judge. For community members that came to watch the teams compete there were concessions available most of the night. Here is a picture of the winning team.
Tuesday morning students and staff dressed in their best nerd day clothing and hair styles. At assembly students were divided into their class and competed in the annual Brain bowl. The next day was twin’s day. The assembly activity involved two people from each class: making and eating a peanut butter sandwich; both twins holding a golf club and pushing a golf ball through a maze; and finally a pair of students simultaneously blowing bubbles with the bubble gum given. On Friday, students dressed up in their career of choice. Earlier in the week teacher’s also equipped willing volunteers to lead out in class on Friday. The final games of the class volleyball tournament will be this Wednesday.
During the first week of the semester the Juniors, Sophomores and others met with Mrs. Fuentes, Mrs. Hamberger, Mr. Ramkissoon and Mr. Hamberger to discuss the results of the PSAT/NMSQT test given in mid-October. This is a scholarship qualifying test given annually to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Those students that score in the 99th percentile earn a finalist status and many universities and colleges significantly reduce the cost of tuition to attend their school. Each student was given results and an access code by College Board to further understand the test, the next steps and future options.
Class Volleyball matches started on Wednesday, January 7 during assembly and will continue to the end of the month with a break for SA Spirit week activities the week of January 19. Each class plays girls and guys matches: 3 games to 11 points. Activity point as well as spirit points are awarded for showing up and encouraging your classmates in addition to getting everyone involved playing. The Senior and Junior guys are both 2-0 and will play each other on January 28th to determine a winner. On the girls side the Freshmen are 2-0 and will play for a sweep.
Wednesday morning students walked into the chapel that was transformed into a Christmas dining experience. The student association officers and sponsors along with Mrs. Anita Watkins from Highland Academy, spent the previous day arranging the chairs around tables and decorating the tables with Christmas plates. Mrs. Anita Watkins and her son, Mr. Chadd Watkins, principal at Highland Academy, served waffles, strawberries, veggie breakfast sausage patties, hash-browns, nuts, fruit salad and whipped cream. At the table orange juice and milk were offered in small individual serving sizes. After the breakfast our guests, Madison Campus Elementary 8th graders and Highland Academy 9th and 10th graders enjoyed a performance of “The Christmas Carol.” This presentation was done by a talented actor, Mark Cabus, who played all the parts himself. Donnie Underwood commented it was an engaging performance.