Early on Saturday morning, October 15, Tyrell Gentle, a four-year senior with a love for basketball, soccer and Acros, chose to leave us. That same evening students, parents, staff and church members came together to share memories of Tyrell and support each other as they tried to process what had happened.
Returning to school on Monday was difficult, but God showed up in the form of community members and MCE students. Church members and friends came ready to listen, sit quietly with, or hug students and staff, while students from MCE each brought a stuffed animal from home to give to a high school student or staff so they would have something to cuddle and hang on to as they continued with the routine of school.
A variety of counselors were available to speak with everyone about the situation and the grieving process. While the initial shock has receded, the administration continues to work with professionals to ensure that students and staff have the support they need in the days and weeks to come.
During the celebration of life service held this past Tuesday, the community was able to pay their final respects for Tyrell and show their love and support to his family. Although Tyrell will be greatly missed, we will hold fast on the promise of Jesus coming again!
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.
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