One would have thought that Madison Academy had just been visited by a slew of lumber jacks with the amount of planks that were lying around campus today. The students at Madison Academy competed in the #MAPlanksgivingChallenge to raise money to fix the Madison Academy’s gym air-circulation system. They were challenged to hold a plank, a position that resembles a high push up position or a push up if you were on your forearms, for three minutes. Nearly half of the Madison Academy students made that goal! Together, along with a number of teachers who completed the challenge too, they raised $953!
Once the three-minute mark passed there was still a large group of students and Coach Ley still holding their plank. Finally, after going over five-times the original challenge and Coach Ley dropping out at the 14-minute mark, Connor Collins, junior, won with holding a plank for 15 minutes.
You can watch the competition via Madison Academy’s Facebook page and if you want to join the fun you can give towards the Madison Academy gym air-circulation project tomorrow, November 27, at 7:01 a.m.
Yesterday, Madison Academy participated in giving Tuesday for the third time. And it was our best giving Tuesday yet! We had over 160 people participate and they raised over $24,000 for our gym air circulation system project.
It was so cool to see parents, teachers, and alumni make Facebook fundraising pages to promote this cause.
Facebook and PayPal matched gifts to nonprofits up to seven million dollars on Tuesday. Matching started at 7 a.m. Central Time and was done by 8 a.m. Central Time. We hope that a significant portion of gifts made to Madison were matched, but even if they weren’t, it was a great opportunity to see how much our community loves our kids.
The Acros team traveled to Southwestern Adventist University, November 7-11, to participate in the national Acrofest 2018 and join other academies and colleges/universities teams. The 30 member team rode the bus to Keene, Texas. It has been five years since the team participated in a national Acrofest. Once there they participated in clinics that helped them learn/perfect gymnastics routines. You can access their schedule here.
Wednesday night was registration from 6-9 pm and then Praise and Worship from 9-10:30 and Worship time at 10:30-11:00. Breakfast the next day was between 7 – 8 am. Worship and Warm-ups began at 8 am. Then there were rotations all day with lunch in the middle of that. Madison Academy was assigned to Group D along with Midland Academy and
Antillean University. After supper there was a Showcase Performance followed by Handstand/Butterfly/Etc. Competition. Coach Ley shared the results on his Facebook page: ” 2nd and 3rd in the handstand contest (Ian and Jake), 2nd in the back tuck contest (Jake), 2nd and 3rd in the butterfly contests (Jake, Sara, Marlana and Rosie).” There was free time till worship then lights out at 11pm.
Friday was more practice in the morning however teams performed at local schools in the afternoon. Madison Academy was part of the program at Keene Public Elementary along with Union College, Sunnydale Academy, Georgia-Cumberland Academy and Peterson’s. Participants were able to relax at vespers and afterglow and then lights out again at 11 pm.
On the final day the team went to church that featured Pastor Michael Gibson. At sundown the teams again came together to worship, lead by Pastor Russ Laughlin, before the evenings performance.
The culmination of all that hard work was shown at the Saturday night performances from many of the academy’s gymnastic teams and Southwestern Adventist Gymnastics. Madison Academy Acros were placed three spots before the Southwestern Adventist Gym Team finale. Here is a link for the entire show. The Madison Academy Acros part is here.
If you would like to support the Acros team, businesses can purchase banners with their names/logos or be placed on the back of the team’s t-shirts for this year. Contact Coach Ley if you are interested is supporting this organization.
On Monday, the Acros performed during the Long Hollow Baptist Church program for 6th graders in Sumner County that promotes healthy lifestyles and making good choices. This is the third year the team was invited to participate. During their rotation our 30-person Acros team gives a performance and shares anti-drug skits with the audience. The audience is then asked to participate and given drunk googles. They are asked to do some simple activities made harder because of the googles. The Acros team believes that with a healthy lifestyle more can can be accomplished.
some clinic work — where members of the Acros team help develop the gymnastics skills of the students.
During assembly time, Wednesday, September 5, students changed out of school uniforms and into workout clothes and participated in the Fitness Gram test in the gym. This test measures student’s aerobic capacity in the pacer test, body composition with weight and height measurements, muscular strength in doing push-ups, muscular endurance in performing sit-ups and flexibility with the shoulder stretch and trunk lift. Those students that meet the national standards in each of these areas according to Coach Adams will have fewer health issues as they age and live longer.
The Fitness Gram replaced the Presidential Fitness tests in 2013 that included pull-ups, sit-ups, standing broad jump, shuttle run, 50-yard dash. The Fitness Gram, developed by the Cooper Institute, is now used nationwide to determine elementary and high school age children health levels.
Just under 50% of our student population met the Fitness Gram standards. Here are the names of those that met or excelled beyond the standards.
|Robert Adalla||Christopher Galvis||Sean Monroe|
|Sara Adalla||Cam’Ron Golden||Breana Moore|
|Donovan Allen||Cecilia Garcia||Carly Moseley|
|Camden Armstrong||Ethan Harris||Fabiola Perez-Garcia|
|Marlana Bell||Kristina Huskey||Ian Petersen|
|Rosie Benoit||Jake Johnson||Juli Plank|
|Spencer Boskind||Ethan Jones||Beau Rodriguez|
|Gabriel Brown||Alex King||Eden Rowe|
|Cozette Cassidy||Jonathan Krawchuk||Paige Rufo|
|Connor Collins||Aiden Kroll||Matthew Sears|
|Andre Crayton||Ashlyn Levoy||Michael Sullivan|
|Andrew Crecelius||Kaylyn Levoy||Paola Tass Coral|
|Paige Eby||Joey Limonta||Oscar Tass Coral|
|Amari Fountain||Leo Martinez||Colton Taylor|
|Austin Fuentes||Kendra Miller||Jack Wheeler|