Madison Academy: Spring 2018 Semester Recap

Teaching a little guy in Houston how to do a two-high

Showers of Blessings 

After Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston in August 2017, Chaplain Andrew Jamieson decided to switch the spring international mission trip and serve domestically. Our team of 22 students volunteered at shelters, food banks, dementia treatment centers, meal delivery services, soup kitchens, and many other places. 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!

What Dr. Suess book is a favorite among young, old, and graduates?

Oh the Places You Will Go! Figuring out what you will do after graduation is one of the most intimidating aspects of college planning, especially nowadays when studies show that robots will take over 38% of US jobs in about 15 years. MA contracted with high school career counselor David Beamish to give juniors two career inventories and guide them through the process of planning for their future. “It’s crazy how accurate these inventories are,” Julianne, a junior, shared. “I’m so glad that Madison Academy invested in this service for me and the junior class.”

What candy personifies for the Madison Academy 2018 senior class?

Seniors were also the winners of the spirit trophy this year.

 

Smarties! This year’s senior class was awarded $895,000 in scholarships. Amongst 14 students that is a pretty good chunk of change.  Not only are they going to have an easier time paying for college than the average student, but with the dual enrollment classes offered at Madison, many will become a sophomore during the second semester of their first year of college.

 

“We are the champions, my friends!”

Parker and Marlana posing after their tennis doubles championship win!

More than just a hit song, it is our athletic program’s anthem.  This year, Madison Academy was able to secure not just one championship title in the Tennessee Christian Athletic Association (TNCAA), but three: girls’ volleyball, co-ed soccer, and the women’s tennis doubles. The best part of it all: our students made some great memories while learning the value of discipline, integrity, teamwork, and Christian sportsmanship

Who’s excited about a later curfew?

Fifteen students are! At Madison Academy these 15 completed 55 dual enrollment credits this school year collectively by taking Composition 101, Personal Finance and Pre-Calculus. By taking these classes, the average college-prep student is able to reach sophomore status by second semester of their freshman year. Not only does this save them thousands of dollars in college tuition (you’re welcome parents), but also grants them a later curfew if they are residing in one of our Adventist Universities.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring the…

Running through the giant puddles at Peeler Park

Public Relations 101 Class thinks that it’s a great day to hold a 5K. During second semester a new class was offered, Public Relations 101. Six brave students joined up with Taleah Valles-Peters, the director of development, to learn different public relation principals and event planning skills. On race day, April 22, it poured the entire time making it the most memorable Neely’s Bend 5K yet. Not only did the students raise over $12K for the work-study program, but they also raised $1,500 for the 100 Club of Nashville which supports emergency personnel who lose their life or are traumatically injured in the line of duty.

 

What was Hank Snow singing about?

The drama team after one of their performances

“I’ve been everywhere man”…Big Fish, Madison’s drama team can almost compete with the places listed in that song. They traveled from Michigan to Virginia, from North Carolina to Alabama, with a few stops in Tennessee. “Being able to share the love of Jesus through drama is the best part of being on Big Fish,” stated Kris, a sophomore on the team. “When people come up to me after the performances and say ‘thank you, that touched my heart,’ I feel good that God could use me and my friends to share his love.”

 

 

 

Why do you rush to get tickets when the Heritage Singers come to town?

There are limited seats available! Currently, 89% of our current student body are re-enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year and already 28 in our freshmen class. There are a few seats still available in each class. Interested in giving your student a quality Adventist education? Call 615.865.4055.

Drama has homeshow

The culmination of a years worth of practice, performances and tours unfolded Friday night, May 13 at the Madison Academy chapel as the drama team and several Madison Campus Elementary students performed 2-5 minute skits.  The first set of skits were titled: Just the way you are; Break the cycle; Sticks and stones.  Mr. DJ McKenzie highlighted the ideas presented in each presentation.

The MCE students did skits titled Hope (with music and video in the background) and Who do you say I am?  After each sketch, Mr. DJ McKenzie reviewed the ideas that were presented.

The next set was titled Marriage counseling; Selfie-ish; and Perspective.  The last skit portrayed human experiences as colors that when given to God provide worthwhile and exciting portraits as described by Mr. DJ McKenzie.

The last set included the titles: Chains (with music); No big deal (with a picture on the backdrop) and Flawless (with music).  At the end of the performance, the seniors in the drama group gave Mr. McKenzie a gift and showed appreciation for all his work with them.

To see pictures go to our facebook page.

Drama team travels to White House

The drama team under the direction of Mr. DJ McKenzie traveled to the White House SDA church to perform for the members. Also in April the team will travel to Oasis SDA Church in Portland, TN and at the end of the month travel to Jackson, TN to share Jesus.

Choir and Drama tour during Spring Break

On Sunday, March 6th, the choir under the direction of Mr. Waldemar Wensell, and several adult sponsors are traveling to Rome, Italy to perform, and sight see.  The choir members and parents raised funds all year long by organizing bake sales, serving school lunch and working with local businesses like Panera Bread and Baskin and Robbins Ice Cream to donate a portion of the cash receipts to this trip.  The choir will perform four times during the week at Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the area.  When the choir is not singing, they will tour with Mr. Kevin Ramkissoon, our history teacher, as they explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel), Trevi Fountains and other sites.

Leaving Tuesday morning is the Drama team, lead by Mr. DJ McKenzie to the Washington, DC area.  The team will give performances for students at Spencerville Adventist Academy and Takoma Adventist Academy as well as providing the worship service at Beltsville SDA Church.  Team members and sponsors will have time to sight-see in the nation’s capital and enjoy the Smithsonian museums and other attractions.

Drama team shares in Louisville

The eleven member drama team began its two day tour, Friday February 19-20, to Louisville and presented vespers program to students at Louisville Adventist Academy.  The next day, at the Middletown SDA church the drama team performed for those attending the church service.  The drama team shared six or seven skits that shows God’s love.