Every year the Madison Academy family presents both church services at Madison Campus Church. This year’s theme was “Encounter the Baby.” There were many opportunities to serve and over 60% of the student population shared their time and talents in this presentation–both on stage and behind the scenes. The handbell choir started the service playing “Carol of the Bells.” The band played for the offertory and our praise teams shared their gift of music too. Brock Anderson as a shepherd, Zachary Metzler as a Wiseman, and Mr. Chris Wilhelm as Joseph shared their perspective on reputation and what God thinks of us. Mrs. Fuentes, the principal, added her thoughts and summarized the theme. Mr. Pichette wrote parts for the band and handbells and they joined the praise teams in singing “Who You Say I Am.” To experience this service here is the link.
Mr. Abner Fuentes, a Project Manager,(and Austin’s dad), shared his expertise and experience with first impressions, hardy handshakes, eye contact, and elevator pitches. The seniors then practiced their “elevator ride” while engaging in conversation with Mr. Fuentes (pictured with William Buzby). Following encouraging applause for student, the class gave honest, helpful critique. We are blessed to have a safe environment for students to learn and rehearse the “soft skills” that will make them successful in college and career.
Dr. William O.T. Smith, a retired anesthesiologist and avid support of Adventist education, shared his life story and the hardest thing he ever had to do: find and keep a relationship with God. His remarkable journey was riddle with heartache and joy, poor decisions and saving grace, near death and God’s intervention. One senior described the class period this way: “He is an entertaining storyteller, but when you combine that with the inspiring account of how God found him… well it’s no wonder we were captivated.”
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|
Thanks to a gift from donors last year we were able to purchase and wrap two 12-passenger vans. These vans have taken our students all over… from drama outings to sports tournaments, from volunteering at the 403 Center to field trips to the Chamber of Commerce. These vans have been well used and truly loved. Private support is what makes it possible for us to not only transport our students around Middle TN, but also promote our school at the same time. If you want to help support any projects, contact our Director of Development, Taleah Valles-Peters.
Three students were inducted into the Madison Academy chapter of the National Honor Society during this year’s Dedication Service. The new inductees were Zachary Metzler, Julianne Plank, and Abby Tishaw. Colton Taylor transferred his NHS membership into the Madison Academy chapter and participated as an active member. This year the total membership of the National Honor Society is 18: 13 Seniors, 4 Juniors and 1 Sophomore.
The NHS has four core values: scholarship, leadership, service and character. At the beginning of the school year, students who have an accumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher are given an application to complete which is evaluated by the Faculty Council. The basis for acceptance into the NHS is demonstrated leadership, service, involvement at school and the community, work experience and any recognition or awards they received. There are four short answer questions each applicant answers on learning, leadership, strength of character and the impact of service to the one serving.
Parents, family and community members showed their support of their NHS members both current and new. Pastor Chelsea Inglish from Madison Campus Church gave a short inspirational talk. She challenged everyone with the phrase, “Whatever work you do, do your best…” Ecclesiastes 9:10. She recognized that adults do not at times met that standard, however NHS members perform at a high standard not easily done during the teenage years. They are to be commended.
The program finished with the new members signing their names on the National Honor Society membership book and followed with an opportunity for pictures of the entire NHS current membership. Light refreshments were shared at the conclusion of the program.
The members of the Class of 2022 elected their officers: President – Nic Johnson, Pastor -Kyla Wetmore, Activities Coordinator – Julie Harvey, Finance Officer – Kaylyn Levoy, and Communications Coordinator – Samantha Martin. The incoming Freshmen class were able to identify their classmates strengths in leadership during the first weeks of school, and during the Student/Faculty retreat held annually at Indian Creek Camp, and as they participated in our Week of Prayer.
The other classes elected their officers in the Spring after the Student Council members are elected. All the officers for both Student Council and Class must have completed their 25 hours of community service to be eligible for office in addition to the other requirements for office. Here is a listing of the current student officers.
Student Council Officers
|Campus Ministries Coordinator||Jack Wheeler|
|Service Coordinator||Kristen Whitley|
|Activities Coordinator||Amari Fountain|
|Communications Coordinator||Camden Armstrong|
|Finance Officer||Donovan Allen|
|President||Julianne Plank||Andre Crayton||Jenny Pedrero||Nic Johnson|
|Pastor||Parker Luellen||Leo Martinez||Cayton–– Sears||Kyla Wetmore|
|Activities Coordinator||Tatum Anderson||Ashlyn Levoy||Marvin Peraza||Julie Harvey|
|Finance Officer||Marlana Bell||Aiden
|Gabriel Brown||Kaylyn Levoy|
|Ian Petersen||Abby Tishaw||Zach Metzler||Samantha Martin|
National Honor Society
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?
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!”
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…
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?
“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.