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.
David Beamish, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, met with each of our junior students this week for an individualized review of the results of two comprehensive personality and career assessments designed to help our students make decisions about their future. We are excited to help position our students to thrive in college and the career of their choice. Thank you Mr. Beamish for investing in our students! Thank you donors for providing the means for this one-on-one career counseling!
Do you know someone who should attend Madison Academy next year? Invite him or her to a fun-filled Academy Day! We are hosting a special day for future Knights on Tuesday, February 27. Share student and family names along with contact information with us. Email the office by clicking here.
The teachers at Madison Academy like to try new things. This school year, the schedule was swapped around so first period was a time for classes that made students move or create (fitness, band, handbells, newspaper, etc.). It was a hit. Second semester the teachers wanted to continue this style, but offer a few more project-based classes, one being web development the other public relations 101.
A project-based class combines real-world skills with class concepts to find solutions to their long-term class project. For PR 101 that means bringing back and planning the Neely’s Bend 5K.
The students, being mentored by Vicki Anderson and Taleah Valles-Peters, are doing everything. From creating the website to the flyers, courting sponsors to promoting to runners, this class is incredibly hands-on and the students are learning practical skills that will take them far in the workplace.
The students wanted this race to benefit more than just the Madison Campus community. That’s why the race is benefiting two causes, Madison Academy work-study scholarship and the 100 Club of Nashville. The 100 club, created by local Madison business owners, aids police officers and firefighters who are traumatically injured or lose their lives in the line of duty.
“This class gives me the opportunity to come out of my shell.” Stated Leo, a sophomore in the class, “Never before would I have had the chance to speak in front of the chamber of commerce or meet so many interesting people in our community. I can’t wait to see how many people will come out to support this 5K.”
Sign-up today at www.neelysbend5k.com
-Hannah Cerbasi, Sophomore and Taleah Valles-Peters
Recently Mike Downs, Class of 2017 was asked to share what it takes to achieve National Merit Finalist status. This is his story.
“Accomplishing a large and improbable feat requires motivation, dedication, time and a visible success point. I was fortunate enough to be motivated by my eighth grade teacher and other adults around me who told me that I could do something great if I worked for it. I decided that I wanted to become a National Merit Finalist just like my Dad, but I had no idea how to do it. I received tutoring in test taking and English to prepare myself for the test. I spent countless hours learning grammar rules and memorizing vocabulary words. I took many practice tests to hone my craft of test taking and see where I could improve. Test taking is similar to anything you want to do in life; the more you practice it, the better you are going to be at it. Something I could not always provide for myself was support and resources, but God blessed me with an invaluable resource.
Madison Academy helped me to accomplish my goal by providing me with resources to learning grow. Mr. Mosher helped me immensely with my math through all the years, which was my highest scoring section on the PSAT and SAT. The online study resources for subsequent required tests were integral to my success and I must vouch for using them to prepare. However, the unending support from everyone as I chased my dream and goal is really what made this accomplishment possible. Having love and support from others is the best way to keep yourself pursuing your aspirations.”