Students, friends and staff of Madison Academy enjoyed a Valentine’s banquet planned by the Student Association officers. This special evening started at Landers Plaza in a meeting room that was transformed into an elegant dining experience. Guests sat at tables for eight and started eating eating salad, pasta and sauce, vegetable, rolls. The dessert bar had many choices: brownies, vanilla or chocolate pudding, and cake with options for toppings. The SA sponsors announced the winner of this year’s courtesy contest. Dustin Battenberg was named the king and Abbye Waterhouse queen. Later in the evening, Mr. Jamieson emceed two games. Students were invited to the front and given a word and ten seconds to sing a song with the word in the lyrics. Next students and staff were asked to participate in a game that involved voting with a shoe. Contestants gave each other one shoe. Then they were asked a question and with the competitors back to back they responded by lifting the shoe of the person they thought best answered the question. After the meal concluded the next event was to attend the Nashville Predators hockey game. The Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. During the game, Dustin kept his crown on and attracted attention of the cameras including some time on the jumbo-tron along with his friends sitting around him. After the game each student made it safely home.
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.
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.