Madison Academy had been effected by all the ice, sleet and snow that has hit the southern states. Because of the terrible road conditions and unusually low temperatures combined with the desire to keep our families and young drivers safe, school was again closed March 5 and 6. During the week of February 16 the same wintery conditions of ice on the roads with snow as a top layer made travel hazardous. The Metro government declared an emergency and asked people not to be out on the roads and asked business in the area to use a skeleton staff. This latest storm comes one day before our students and staff leave on the Madison Global Missions project in Panama. We are praying for safe travels, no injuries on the work-site and God’s blessing for those being served and our team.
Pastor Bernie Anderson and his wife Christina shared with the Madison Academy family thoughts on sexual purity during a weekend seminar, February 27 and 28. The series began at Madison Academy for chapel as Pastor Anderson spoke to the students and staff and shared some of his story and how pornography impacted his life and those he loved. The next meeting was at Riverside Chapel were he continued his dialog especially for teens and shared more of his story. He spoke at Madison Campus Church for both 1st and 2nd services. In the afternoon there were concluding meetings with adults and then meetings with teens. Mrs. Anderson spoke with the ladies and Pastor Anderson spoke with the young men. The response has been positive. We appreciated hearing Pastor Anderson’s journey, and seeing God’s grace at work.
Link to the archived service at Madison Campus Church
Dan Johnson was awarded Coach of the Year for Division I in Middle TN by the Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. He has been coaching a co-op swim team including Madison Academy, Merrol Hyde Magnet School, and Station Camp High School for four years. This year’s team won the Division I title and has a state champion in two events. Congratulations Mr. Johnson!
The Learning Complex which houses six classrooms, fine arts, fitness room, gymnasium, and lunch room will get a much needed facelift in the next two months. Funds raised and matched in December will be used to re-sheet the metal siding, replace the awnings, paint the trim, and add some exterior lighting.
In addition, a generous donor is providing for the installation of new energy efficient lighting inside the gymnasium. Volleyball players in the community will be glad to know we will eliminate the bright spots and dark corners. The savings on our NES bill will help the operating budget, too.
In coming months, the Academy will be working with an agency to develop a Master Plan for campus facilities and property. Your prayers in this process are truly appreciated. In the meantime, we must maintain and protect the physical assets we have. Thank you to the many donors who are helping ensure we can!
Madison Academy’s missionaries are preparing for a great adventure to Panama. For ten days, twenty-five students and adults will be working on a church and leading out in a daily VBS program. What a priceless experience for our young people!! We would love for the school family, church, and community to support with this outreach by helping with supplies for the VBS program. We could use any paper supplies, scissors, crayons, crafts, clay, and coloring books. Please feel free to drop off these supplies to Madison Academy before March 3. In addition, we would be grateful for your prayers during our trip.
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.
The Madison Academy Lady Knights won the Division 2 championship at the Andrews University Cardinal Classic Basketball Tournament. Later that night the boys varsity basketball team won the Division 2 championship. This is the 3rd year of the interscholastic athletic program at Madison Academy. Abigail Anderson was selected MVP on the girls side and Kelvin Del Valle was selected MVP on the boys side. You can watch the games on youtube.
Brad Schultz, CFO of Skyline Medical Center, welcomed sophomore students in the Career Education course to their board room for a look at the many careers available in the medical field. Students heard from Andy Hooper, Director of Human Resources, who discussed job opportunities in a wide range of fields that serve in a hospital setting. Dr. Steven Press, maxillofacial surgeon, shared his education track and career experience complete with fantastic (and graphic) before and after pictures of surgeries.
Along with the many informative and inspiring presentations from professionals in the community, students got a closer look at business operations at Clark Distributing Company. Later this semester the students will tour the Federal Reserve Bank in Nashville.
The Madison Academy boys basketball team and the girls basketball team reached the championship game in the Andrews University Cardinal Basketball Tournament. You can watch live at 5:45pm CST for the girls championship game and 7:00pm CST for the guys. Both teams are playing in the Division 2 championship game. Mr. Johnson states, “It will be an all Knight game.”
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