Looking through the lens with Remington

Each person has his or her own story to share with the world – we only need to ask. Indeed, there are many interesting stories hiding within our very own hallways at More »


Music Groups to travel to Guatemala

This spring break, March 13-23, Silhouettes and Strings members will go on a mission trip to Guatemala. The trip is ten days long and the mission is to teach others about Jesus More »

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Upcoming: NHS Induction, February 23

This year’s 49th NHS induction falls on Sunday, Feb 23. Sixteen new members will be inducted during the service, which will take place at 6 pm in the Richard T. Orrison chapel More »


Students Present Health Week

Health week took place during the week of February 10-14, but some people may have already forgotten what it was all about. Nathan Oakley said it was about “health.” Zach Hannah said More »


Black History Week Emphasizes Unity, Vision, Hope

Two Weeks ago Andrews Academy had the pleasure of celebrating Black History month within the span of a week.  The speaker, Richard Martin, enlightened everyone on the true meaning of Black History More »

Community Service Day

Community Service Day


On September 18th, 2014, Andrews Academy participated in its annual Community Service Day, a day dedicated to giving back to the community and taking a break from classes to help clean up the neighborhood. The school split up into a few groups and scattered all over Berrien Springs, going from the Courthouse to the Highways to the Dam. Here are some of the things the students accomplished:


The Courthouse: The courthouse group was one of the few that reached their destination on foot. Once they arrived, they lost no time in proceeding to clean up every nook and cranny of the old cabin, forge, and courthouse. A lot of the group enjoyed looking at some of the historical artifacts and structures, like the giant cylindrical jail cell that housed many a villainous scoundrel. After they were finished, they had a good amount of spare time left and so proceeded to walk down to Wolf Prairie park and pick up any trash they could find, eventually heading back to AA. This group was led by Miss Yvonne and Coach Charis.

Warren Dunes: This group went with Pastor Glassford to the nearby beach of Warren Dunes-one of the few that is relatively free of tourists most of the year. Students testify their experiences all meeting the same basic pattern-walking down the beach picking up whatever litter they could find and collecting it in trash bags. After this was they then walked around the local Dam, repeating the process in that area as well.


Highway: This group went with Mrs. Whitley, Mrs. Chao and Mr. Graves to the local area’s highway. They worked very hard cleaning up the highway, never stopping once (except for lunch) from the moment they arrived until the time they left.

Andrews University: Ms. Wright split her workforce in two, sending some to clean the offices and windows of the buildings, while others went outdoors and planted flowers in the local gardens.

All in all, Andrews Academy had another successful community service day. This service day is a reminder to all students that anyone can make a difference in the world, even by doing small tasks for our community. Whether it’s taking a few seconds to put a Starbucks cup in Warren Dunes in the trash, or a single flower being planted in a little garden, the students at Andrews Academy school can still make a huge difference in somebody’s day.

Seniors Vs. School

Valerie Curtis


There are a few special events that take place during Senior Spirit week that give our graduating classmates a chance to make some final lasting memories. One of these is the annual Senior vs. School Flag Football Game. It’s an intense, usually fast game that pits the Senior class against various members of the junior, sophomore, and freshmen class.

Early on, volunteer players from the school signed up to be on the boys and girls teams. Practices were held after classes, and both sides worked hard to prepare themselves for the big day. Volunteers from the community, consisting of family members of students as well as staff, coached the teams and organized the selling of food at the event.

After school on September 9, the teams assembled in the football field behind the Academy. Parents, staff, and students cheered on their friends and family as the game went on. It was over all too soon.

The results were both wins for the School team. The schools girl teams won 8 to 6, and the boys team 20 to 16. Whatever the outcome, it was a fun experience for everyone. Audience and participants enjoyed themselves equally.

Senior Convocation

By Valerie Curtis


By Valerie Curtis


There’s no such thing as an ordinary chapel. But once a year in the month of September there is a special service dedicated to the soon-to-be-graduated class of seniors. Tuesday morning of September night had a typical beginning, but after students had filed in and found their seats, the seniors made a special entrance.

In neat order, they marched down the aisles to the front rows, a foreshadowing of their grander procession to be made at the conclusion of this year. Freed for a day from the burden of uniforms, the seniors had dressed up nicely for the occasion, joined by their parents. There was many a camera flash as Mr. Overstreeet started the service with a welcome and a prayer.

And it wouldn’t be a proper senior convocation without some excellent display of musical talent. Special music was provided by Grace Yoon, on the piano, and Grace Joo on the violin. It was amazing to see our own seniors showing just a fraction of their capabilities. This senior class is clearly gifted in music, and it blessed everyone in the chapel.

Anna Benko read the scripture, Isaiah 41:10:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

It’s a very familiar text to most of us, and that can make us overlook what a powerful message it is. We truly have nothing to fear-God has us in His hand, and He will protect us and shelter us.

This year the class motto is Bene in Christo, which means Success through Christ. Whitley Elzy had the honor of revealing the class of 2014′s banner. The motto was written out on the silver and navy blue banner, the class’s colors, along with their aim: He who is afraid of failure is afraid of success.

Our senior class is a very ambitious, promising group of young people. There is no reason to doubt that they will lead very successful lives. It has been seen by staff and students alike that this class can do anything they set their mind to. Their motto and aim express this very well.

Duane Covrig, a father of one of the senior students, was the speaker for the convocation. He talked about the class’s aim and motto. He gave encouragement and advice to the people about to take the next big step in their lives, reminding them that only through God can we truly be successful.

Carrie Chao and Steven Atkins, which much obvious pride, presented to the school and parents the soon-to-be graduating class of 2014. After the applause, Overstreet delivered his charge to the class. Joel Paea, the senior class president, gave his response to the class and the parents.

Daniel Ghisolf-Astacio, senior class pastor, closed the service with prayer.

SA Campout

By Valerie Curtis


Sixty-five Andrews Academy students shouldered their backpacks on September 5 to head down to Muskegon State Park. There they would spend the weekend worshiping together and growing closer to each and to God. The spiritual program for the weekend was coordinated by Joshua Hong, who invited a special guest that was familiar to almost everyone in the group-Brandon von Dorpowski.

The 2013 graduate led out in vespers, Sabbath School, and church. There was singing, charades on the beach, and the sermon was held at the top of the dunes. Every student that went was incredibly blessed by the events. It was a weekend of great fun and spiritual growth.

Saturday afternoon, after Sabbath School and church, the group had a chance to stretch their legs and run around the campsite in search of various items. The scavenger hunt was large and challenging, but in the end everything was found. The campers then took turns saying what spiritual lesson they had gathered from the object they found.

As the sun set, the camp grew dark but that didn’t stop everyone from enjoying a popular SA campout event-capture the flag. While the event usually takes place on the beach, there was an unusually high tide, and it was decided to have the game on the campsite instead. Campers had to use flashlights, but this did nothing to dampen their spirits. It only seemed to make the game even more fun.

Exhausted but happy campers returned to their tents late at night. They were worn out from all the running and tagging and generally long day, but they had made memories that will last them a lifetime. New friendships had been made, a closer bond with God had been formed, and they all felt renewed.

Early Sunday morning, everyone packed up and got on the bus for the long trip back. But there wasn’t a grumpy or tired face in site when the bus pulled up to Sherman’s ice cream-a famous stop on the trip back from campout. It was the perfect way to end a wonderful weekend.

Participants are very grateful to Joshua Hong, our SA pastor, and the guest speaker and spiritual leader Brandon vonDorpowski for giving them such a wonderful weekend. It was brilliantly planned and perfectly executed. There could be no better start to the school year.

Beach Day

By Valerie Curtis

Beach Day

By Valerie Curtis


Andrews Academy has several annual traditions, from the beginning of the year to the end, in which students take a day off of school and take time to bond with their classmates. This year on September 3, instead of packing books and taking notes, students happily tossed aside their backpacks and arrived at the school far past the usual 8:00am bell. An extra half hour or hour of sleep can be all the difference for a teenager.

After a long song service and a talk from Glassford, students headed out the door for the multiple buses needed to heard all two hundred plus people to Warren Dunes for School Picnic Day, also known as Beach Day. It’s always a gamble for good weather when planning a picnic in September, but the Academy was blessed to have beautiful, clear, warm weather.

The morning started off with a large majority of beach goers playing several rounds of volleyball, touch football, soccer, swimming (for those that remembered to bring swim suits), and this year, sailing! Mr. Vandenburgh was thoughtful enough to bring his boat, which a lot of the students enjoyed.

These activities were interrupted by the one thing teens don’t mind stopping play for-food. Lunch was provided by and served by the faculty, and the students were grateful for a good, free meal. There were also a number of volunteers that helped prepare and hand out the meal. A big thank you to these people.

Lunch was followed by much of the same that proceeded it for awhile until the scheduled events began. There was a watermelon relay race, in which different teams passed a watermelon down the line as fast as they could. A swimming race between the four classes was held, and while everyone was still wet they had a water balloon toss.

The two most anticipated events of Beach Day are the sand sculpture contest and the tug of war. Although the results of the sand sculpture contest between the classes remains undecided, all of the designs were incredibly creative and something for each grade to be proud of. It clearly displays the teamwork and unity in the classes to pull together such good ideas in only twenty minutes.

For what is now three consecutive years, the Junior class has emerged victorious in the tug-of-war competition. The size of the class is a great asset, but the encouragement of previous wins is perhaps what most spurred them-the desire to keep their title as reigning champions.

In second place came the sophomores, then the seniors, and lastly the freshmen. All in all it was a day filled with fun and activity. Thank you SA and SA sponsors for a wonderful day!

Hodgepodge 2014 by Bobby Cecil


On Tuesday, August 12, Andrews Academy held its first school event of the year, called Hodgepodge. It is an annual event planned and prepared by the school’s Student Association, to kick off the school year with a “non-scholastic, but rather social” orientation. Hodgepodge is a very appropriate name for the event, being a synonym for “confused mixture”. It is meant to let all the new students get formally introduced to their classmates, and to let returning students get reconnected with old friends. All four classes were able to mingle, play games and enjoy each others company over a slice of pizza.

This year the event was held inside the school, due to stormy and humid weather. Among the food served was Silver beach pizza and Mimi’s cupcakes, along with fresh fruit smoothies.


The activities started on the food tables, with students being able to color on the tables themselves and answer fun questions, like “If you could have any superpower, what would it be?” and “what did you do over the summer?”. Since the weather prevented any outdoor activities from happening, all the games were played in the gymnasium, including “the human knot” and “the birthday game”. Bouncy houses also were also rented to be a fun addition.


As previously mentioned, two main games were played during the hodgepodge activities, The birthday game and Human Knot. The birthday game involved having students find people born in the same month, competing to see which month formed fastest and letting kids socialize with new people born in the same month as them. The human knot allowed students to rediscover their love of getting pulled back and forth into awkward knots.

Overall, while not being as action packed or wet as its predecessors, this Hodgepodge turned out a moderate success to introduce new students into our family.

Looking through the lens with Remington

Photo by Remington Zhu

Photo by Remington Zhu

Photo by Remington Zhu

Photo by Remington Zhu

Each person has his or her own story to share with the world – we only need to ask. Indeed, there are many interesting stories hiding within our very own hallways at Andrews Academy. It can be easy to overlook others and not bother to learn his or her story; perhaps it’s the girl with the adjoining locker or the guy who sits nearby in Religion. Yet we are especially privileged to have students from different ethnic backgrounds at Andrews Academy, each with different interests and goals. Some of which may surprise us, because we have not taken the time to get to know them.

One of my classmates recently shared his story with me. Qingyan Zhu, otherwise known as Remington, is a senior here at Andrews Academy. However, he was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Growing up in the city, he was constantly surrounded by urban and rural places that would later mold and influence his creative gift.

Late in 2010 he was introduced to a series of pictures that were taken by a family friend. The urban street style of photography instantly captured the attention of young Remington. “I’m familiar with every scene from the pictures, but the way he took them made them so unique,” Remington said. “The pictures blew my mind and I decided to learn photography.”

Over the next several years, Remington’s love of photography began to develop and grow into a deep appreciation for the world around him and the memories created in it. Soon he developed his own personal style, inspired by daily life. His goal is to preserve the memory of a place, so that when people later look back at his pictures, the memories of that specific time will last forever. “It’s like when you are at a factory about to be demolished, you can feel its history in the air.” Remington explains, “I want people to be able to look at my pictures and see the memories and places preserved in my pictures.”

“His photography grabs your attention and brings you into the moment in which it was taken,” says Chelcie Coleman. “Its magical how one picture can say so much about a place or person.”

Remington enjoys exploring new techniques. Viewing the work of other people has also inspired him, while he feels comfortable experimenting with new styles and techniques. “Hearing the mechanic parts of a camera working can simply make me happy. I enjoy looking at the world through a different view and a really good shot could make me excited for hours.”

Next year Remington will attend SAIC in Chicago, to major in fine arts. He plans to have a career in photography, such as fashion, landscape or advertisement. “I hope I can acknowledge the development of arts and blend in more-artistic parts, and learn to be more creative – not only capture what I see and apply it to my photos.”

Music Groups to travel to Guatemala


This spring break, March 13-23, Silhouettes and Strings members will go on a mission trip to Guatemala. The trip is ten days long and the mission is to teach others about Jesus through music.

Students who plan to attend the trip are responsible for raising $1,000. Director Hector Flores expects everyone in the two music groups to attend, so the group will be doing fundraising to offset the costs. Currently, students are soliciting financial support through letters to family and friends.

Flores says, “This is the first mission trip for the two music groups at AA.” He also says, “I wanted to plan this trip not only for the people they’re going to perform for, but also for the students at AA.”

Hector Flores seems to be pretty excited about this trip for all the different experiences they will have through their music. As for the students their looking forward most to meeting people, gaining a better relationship with Jesus, and of course sharing the gospel with others. For Raquel Cecil and Ben Shelley this won’t be their first mission trip, but for Jordanne Howell-Walton and many others this will be a first.

Jordanne says, “I want to share the gospel to Guatemala, but I also want Guatemala to show me the gospel.”

Ben Shelley said, “I want others to gain a blessing as well as myself.”

The main goal for the AA students attending this mission trip is to change their own life as well as the lives of others. This trip will show the beauty of the hearts of many students at Andrews Academy.

Andrews Academy hosts Academy Day

​ February 25th is Academy Day, a day when eighth graders from local schools can come and experience what it’s like to attend Andrews Academy. This day is a PR event designed to encourage enrollment for the next school year; it’s an annual tradition that’s been going on at AA for quite a while now.

​ Many of the students here at AA, who once attended nearby elementary schools such as Ruth Murdoch and Village, were once participants in academy day just before their freshman year. When asked how she felt about academy day during her eighth grade year, Junior Ashley Randolph said, “Playing jeopardy in Sherman’s class was really fun!” Each year during Academy Day, Sherman and all of the other teachers pause their daily class schedules to accommodate and plan fun activities for the eighth graders.

​ Some students that were once the recipients of Academy Day, now help out in many different ways to make Academy Day fun for the eighth graders. When asked about his involvement in Academy Day, Junior Eduard Breja, who is a video yearbook staff member, said, “Having a video due in 6 hours without any footage is very difficult and insane. I feel quite stressed during academy day. But hopefully this time we’ll get through it and make an amazing end video!” All of the activities that take place during Academy Day are digitally recorded by Kaleidoscope members and put together in a slide show for everyone to watch at the end of the day.

​ Not only do students get to see what the Academy has to offer, parents also have an opportunity to experience the school. In the evening, after academy day is over, there is an open house available for all of the parents. The open house provides parents with a meal, a tour of the facility, and an overview of student life at AA.

Overall, Academy day is a great opportunity for Andrews Academy to provide a great example towards the younger generation and welcome them into our school with open arms.

Upcoming: NHS Induction, February 23

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This year’s 49th NHS induction falls on Sunday, Feb 23. Sixteen new members will be inducted during the service, which will take place at 6 pm in the Richard T. Orrison chapel at Andrews Academy. Inductees must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and demonstrate significant commitment to leadership, service, scholarship, and character. The inductees are Will Allen, Sarah Baxter, Robert Benjamin, Michael Bryson, Hazel Byeon, Chelcie Coleman, Claire Covrig, Starr Davis, Talisa Gonzalez, Avia Lowe, Kundani Makimu,  Brendan Mutz, Alayna Rishaug, Ivette Ruban, Jacqueline Weiss, and Julia Westfall.

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