For two days starting Sunday afternoon, the entire Senior Class will travel to Collegedale, Tennessee and visit with the faculty and students of Southern Adventist University. SAU opens campus to academy students this weekend to experience college life–academics, food, dorm life and fun. This time can be used by students to think about life after high school, possible college majors, careers, and financial aid. The time is not all focused on academics. There is time to meet and get acquainted with other seniors from around the Southern Union. After a full day of activities on Monday students will return to the Madison campus in late evening.
This year seniors will be able to take either the ACT or the SAT on campus. Both tests measure college readiness and are used in the college admission process for incoming freshmen. When applying to colleges and universities, it is important for Seniors to know the admission requirements. Some schools use only ACT while others use only SAT. Many colleges allow students to use either. For a schedule of testing dates here at Madison Academy for either ACT or SAT go to Academics-Testing program on our website.
Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors were brought into the Learning Commons to have their picture taken. These photos are used by the yearbook staff for the annual and the photos are used to create school ID cards. A yearbook staff member lets each class know when the photographer is ready for them to have their picture taken. The Senior class will have their photos done later in the year.
The National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony at 7pm in the chapel. Seventeen students took the pledge and signed their name in the book of record. Dr. Peter Kroll was the guest speaker. After the ceremony there was a reception. Here are the new members: Donovan Allen, Camden Armstrong, Marlana Bell, Dawysn Bemis, Jordan R Brown, Samantha Canas, Michael Downs, Osiris Garcia, Kristina Huskey, James Jackson II, Parker Luellen, Breana Moore; Hadassah Pegues, Ian Petersen, Andrew Ware, Jewels Waterhouse and Jack Wheeler.
Madison Academy celebrated the Seniors in the Class of 2016 during graduation weekend May 19-21. The first event of the weekend was Class Night in the gymnasium. The Class president–Donny Underwood gave an address and Mrs. Kris Fuentes presented the Valedictorian medallion to Corrina Burks and the Salutatorian medallion to Nathan Johnson. The class presented their gifts to the school: a microwave for the lunch room and a mascot costume. Then each Senior thanked their parents and other family members with a tribute and flowers.
Consecration was at the Madison Campus Church at 7:30pm. Mr. Michael Lund, a student teacher this year from Southern Adventist University, was asked to speak. After his address the seniors took candles to the Juniors and symbolically passed the torch. The next day, Seniors were recognized in their home churches for their accomplishments.
Graduation was the highlight of the weekend. Corrina Burks gave the Valedictorian’s address. Jorge Valdespino’s family and friends sang special music. Before the diplomas were handed out scholarships and awards were given to the class totaling more than $750,000.00. The class invited former MA English teacher, Mrs. Pam Gatling, to give the commencement address. She handed out flashing bicycles to each Senior as a part of her presentation.
After the diplomas were handed out the Class of 2017 was introduced
The art students of Mrs. Estella displayed their projects that they created in class throughout the school year. There were paintings, drawings and craft making. Avery Kroll won best of show.
The Acros performed their final show of the school year in the Madison Academy gymnasium to a large crowd of parents, alumni and community members. The theme was set in a fictional high school. The performance included tumbling and acrobatic routines. The finale demonstrated the skills of each member.
To see some video of the event look for our facebook page.