We are incredibly proud of our students… all of whom have chosen to DO SOMETHING HARD!!!! Madison Academy is participating in this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Class competitions were held the last two days. The top students from each class will compete at our school finals competition on Wednesday, January 25 during our 11 AM assembly. We encourage the community to come to this event on Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00am in the chapel and support our MA students in their literary endeavor. The winner of the school competition will be eligible to compete at the state championship in Nashville in March!
Here are the participants in the school-wide competition: Freshmen-Andre Crayton, Robyn Forde Whitefield, Pax Fordham, Sean Moore, Joy Osborne, Kris Ware; Sophomores-Rose Benoit, Will Buzby, Jake Johnson; Juniors-Jordan P. Brown, Leah Holloway, Brianna Underwood, Jackson Webb; Seniors-Myles Limonta, James Jackson and Andrew Ware.
Students of Madison Academy shared their gifts at Madison Campus Church by giving the entire church service. Three students delivered the sermon on the wise men’s journey to find the baby: Christiana Mercado-Inspired Seeker, Symone Stewart-Empowered Scholar and Jake Johnson-Devoted Servant. The music was provided by the band and the Madisonians, the choir and Praise team. Osiris Garcia, Jackson Wood, and Donovan Allen played the piano. “Toccata in D Minor” was played on the organ by Donovan.
To see the service click here.
At the beginning of the school year, students were divided into small groups with a student leader and a staff member. These family groups worked together during orientation building paper structures and collaborating on other learning projects. Yesterday each group used the regular assembly and lunch time and they shared a meal together. There are ten groups and all decided where to go and what to do. Some groups decided on an Asian cuisine and drove to Fuji, 88 Kitchen, Thai Phooket, and Kabuto while others had pizza either at Cici’s or here on campus. Another group decided to eat breakfast together and went to IHOP. Each small group had fun and enjoyed listening and talking with each other.
Madison Academy accepted the invitation of the Madison Campus Elementary school students to come and visit each classroom to learn about different countries in the world. Each classroom was decorated and had the sights and music of the country. Students gave short explanations of the culture, animals, or language. It was delightful and all of the students presented and interacted well with the visitors.
This week students from Madison Academy traveled to Ridgetop Adventist Elementary School each morning to conduct a week of prayer. Mr. Jamieson helped those chosen to speak and Mr. Bondaczuk, music teacher, chose students to lead in worship with music. Ten students shared Jesus with the students and staff. They are Brock Anderson, Marlana Bell, Tyler Bell, Jordan P. Brown, Andre Crayton, Pax Fordham, Jake Johnson, Christina Mercado and Jackson Wood. The musicians that shared their musical talents are Donovan Allen, Andre Crayton, Grant Kennedy, Aiden Kroll, Ashlyn Levoy, Madison Morris, Madison Perkins and Abby Tishaw.
Today ten of our North American Seventh-day Adventist Colleges and Universities came on to the Madison Academy campus and spoke with all the high school students about the benefits of Adventist education and the different programs available on their campuses.
Burman University, La Sierra University, Adventist University of Health Sciences, Washington Adventist University, Walla Walla University, Andrews University, Union College, Southern Adventist University, Oakwood University, and Pacific Union College were in attendance.
Other than the awesome pens that the colleges gave out for free, the students really enjoyed talking to the different enrollment counselors.
“It was great talking to professionals who knew how to help me achieve my dream of becoming a physical therapist.” -Jack Wheeler, sophomore after talking to the Southern Adventist University and Burman University counselors.
“I didn’t know that Washington Adventist University existed and I didn’t know about all the different programs that Oakwood University offered. It’s cool to see how many Adventist colleges are out there.” -Connor Collins, freshmen
“This was great opportunity for us. We were able to talk with people who knew how to help us reach our dreams.” -Abby Tishaw, freshmen
“I grew up in Massachusetts and went to Camp Winnekeag. Since then I moved to Illinois and now Tennessee. I never had considered Andrews University as an option, but the enrollment counselor was the old Archery director from Camp Winnekeag. That was so cool to talk to him and learn more about Andrews.” -Morgan Currie, Senior
Overall it was a great success and the students saw that Adventist higher education isn’t simple a continuation of academy life, but a place where students are trained to be leaders in their desired career field and for Christ.
During the morning, for three days-September 19-21, the entire Freshmen and Sophomore classes are involved in testing. It is important for students to see how much they have learned and grown since last year. The results also can be used to predict ACT scores as seniors. A special class schedule was built to give students the best opportunity to be successful. The Juniors are on the History Tour, the Seniors are at Southern for a couple of days and the students volunteering for the Appalachia Outreach program leaves Wednesday.
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.