On Thursday, October 8, Jessica Williams, Admissions Counselor from Southern Adventist University, met with Madison Academy seniors to go over the importance of filling out the FAFSA which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (This visit took place exactly one week after MA seniors went to Southern to tour the campus, meet with professors, and hear about scholarship opportunities.) The seniors learned that not only does the FAFSA help determine whether or not they qualify for federal aid but it also is their application for money from the state of Tennessee in the form of the Tennessee Hope Scholarship and other awards. During this visit the students were taken step by step through creating their FSA ID and completing the student portion of the FAFSA. All that remains is the parent portion which must be completed by the senior parents. The sooner this can be completed, the better. If any parents or students have any questions about Southern, feel free to contact Jessica at (423) 236-2568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The senior class organized and planned out with Mr. Andrew Jamieson, chaplain, the week of chapels designed to strengthen students relationship with God. The theme was “Giving Up Control.” Each day worship began with music from various seniors and praise teams on campus. The drama team also shared short skits the last two days–around the theme of giving up control. What was unique this year was that a few students and an alumni shared their personal stories and their view of God during those times. On Friday the seniors allowed student who wanted to share their journey time to do so. Many felt God leading this week as many students were authentically sharing and asking God to be a part of their lives.