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 »

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.

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 “Health week was meant to raise our awareness of unhealthy diets and lifestyles.” They are both right. Health week was about that and more.

The students that presented for health week were from the 11:10 health class taught by Mrs. Butler. They presented all week but Thursday, which is when Daniel Greene and I gave our Appalachian Trail picture presentation.

Mrs. Butler focused the week-long program on the acronym C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. It stands for Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal relationships, Outlook, Nutrition.

Two groups of three to four students delivered a prevention focusing on one of the letters per group per day. The second group to present was my group, and our letter was N for nutrition. We had students from each class come up and have a healthy eating contest of fruits and veggies. We then gave a short talk about how good nutrition is important. Other groups did skits or talked about their subject, stressing the importance of healthy living.

In the end, health week provided several examples of how to live healthfully and make good choices.

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 and how to See Anew, Stand Aright, Speak Aloud, and be Saved at Last.

Ms. Wright, the event sponsor, worked with student leaders to coordinate the program. AA and AU alumna Claudia Allen recommended Richard Martin after hearing him speak.

Richard Martin, originally from Tampa, Florida, became Valedictorian at Pine Forge Academy in 2007 and graduated cum laude from Oakwood University with a BA in Theology in 2013. Martin has a gift for preaching the word of the Lord and received the Moseley-Warren Homiletics Award, and was later inducted into the Academy of Preachers. He was one of the first three Seventh-day Adventists to preach at the Academy’s national festivals of young preachers. He currently is working on earning his Masters of Divinity at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs.

Each day of the week Martin would challenge the student body with a new phrase. Monday it was See Anew, Tuesday Stand Aright, Thursday Speak Aloud, and finishing strong on Friday with Saved at Last. As the titles indicate, each day’s message challenged students to live lives of integrity, purpose, honor, and hope.

“I wanted people to walk away thinking how far America has come and how enjoyable chapel could be,” said Daniella Saint-Phard, one of the student coordinators. “I didn’t want people saying ‘why do black people get a whole week/month?’ I didn’t want it to be a negative thing. I wanted everyone to walk away with something they liked from the week.”

The week had an unexpected break on Wednesday. Chapel and Assembly were combined to create international Assembly/food fair, which had been put off due to many snow days.

“I think the International Assembly had a positive effect,” said Avia Lowe, another Black History week student leader. “I think it added to the whole unity concept that Black History week had. Plus, everyone likes free food.”

When the week came to an end, many people had positive things to say.

“I really enjoyed it,” Alyssa Manke said. “I thought that the speaker had a very powerful message and I liked the music a lot.”

When asked what she wanted people to take from the week, Avia stated, “That Black History week is not only about the past, but also the present, the future, how far we’ve progressed as a nation, and what we can do to make things better.”

AA to Produce Biennial Play


Andrews Academy’s very own Literary Interpretations class, taught by Mrs. Sari Butler, will be producing the school’s biennial play late this fall. Entitled, Words by Fanny Crosby, this play offers a very good historical account of the life and spiritual journey of the famous hymn writer and poetess. “It’s definitely my desire to have the audience become part of Fanny’s hymn-writing experiences; to feel the depth of her words and to experience how the Holy Spirit moved her – to be challenged to be moved in the very same way,” expressed Butler. Because of the musical nature of this play, quite a number of Crosby’s hymns will be performed throughout the production by way of piano, organ, and voice. With the coaching of local teacher Mrs. Carrie Van Denburgh to guide them, a number of the class students will be serving as musicians, along with their acting parts. Despite the presence of music, Mrs. Butler firmly reiterates that “this play is not a musical.” In fact, music makes up less than one half of the entire production, intermission excluded.

With a cast and crew of only 10 students to match the 14 characters needed, the class is confident that their production of this play will be quite the success. Interestingly enough, Literary Interpretations is made up of female students mostly, with only one male student. Because of the amount of male roles in the script, Mr. Ben Shelley has taken it upon himself to act the parts of the 3 male characters alone. “I’m sure that I’ll be able to memorize all the lines in plenty of time, so long as I spend time working on it. But it isn’t just lines that I memorize: it’s adapting myself to fit the personality of each separate character. God has given me a very deep love for acting, so I’m positive that I’ll enjoy most all of it!” says Shelley.

The Andrews Academy School Play will be held during the evenings of Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24. With just over three months to prepare sets and memorize lines, the Literary Interpretations Class is pushing ahead full-throttle to ensure that their performance is as well-prepared as possible. In a short interview, Kayli Mattson gave her opinion of the play, “I’m glad that Mrs. Butler will be serving as our director. She seems to be a very musical person and it’s always nice to have another female’s perspective on things.” Even though most acting roles have already been filled, Mrs. Butler welcomes any non-acting help, such as stage and wardrobe management, scene artists, etc. Both Mrs. Butler and her students hope to see all AA Students, including people from the community, at either of the weekend productions and are eager to assist their audience in reliving the life of Fanny J. Crosby. More details concerning the play are to be announced.

Our Processed Food Pyramid

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Although it may seem that the lunch menu is nutritious, looks may be deceiving. “Some of the food is not thoroughly cooked and most is highly processed” says Ross Nelson, Sophomore of AA. At Andrews Academy, an Adventist school, which pyramid are we following? The FDA’s or the Adventist? Technically, we are following the Adventist Food Pyramid, yet, the vegetarian meats are on the menu more than the legumes or natural proteins. Cheese is a topic all in its self. Comparing the two pyramids, they are both the same, each having three servings a day. Looking at our lunch menu, we see that four out of the five meals each week contain a cheese product. On cheese pizza day, you hear comments such as Avia Lowe’s: “You can put like 10 napkins on it and squeeze, and grease just oozes out!”

The menu, as well as these comments cause some people to wonder what happened to Ellen White’s advice from her book Counsels on Diet and Foods. “Butter is less harmful when eaten on cold bread than when used in cooking; but, as a rule, it seems better to dispense with it altogether. Cheese is still more objectionable; it is wholly unfit for food.” In the end, the 200 or more students who purchase the meal plan still eat it. As Anna Rorabeck says, “Food is food.”

So for those of us here at AA, who are accustomed to our greasy grub, what’s the answer to this potential problem? The question is not how to change what the school offers for meals, but rather if we as individuals care enough about our bodies and physical/mental well-being to control what we put into our bodies. If we truly do, we’ll learn how to give our bodies something better. And this is not simply something that is recommended - it’s required. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, it says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” We see through this that God has commanded us to take care of our bodies (His Temple) for the glorification of God. If we are to follow God’s will for our life, we must choose to rise to a higher standard, even if that means giving up some of the things (and foods) that we dearly love. And by doing this, we’ll live happier, healthier, fuller lives of true enjoyment.

Caffeine: A Metaphor


A new trend has been recently pervading our community, one which people typically don’t give much thought to. But for others it might even be a personal circumstance. What is it, you ask? Caffeine.


As the 8:00 bell rings, students at Andrews Academy rush to their respectable classes, most with same sort of backpack and AA logoed shirts on their backs. But if one were to take a second look, they might see quite a number of hands holding a fresh, steamy McDonald’s Coffee.

“I love it!” Jacqueline Weiss says after being asked what her views are on coffee/caffeine. Answers similar to that of Jacqui’s were similar as teens here at Andrews Academy expressed their views. 12th grader Jordanne Howell-Walton says, “I know that caffeine is very unhealthy, and I do care about the effects, but I’m just so used to it! It’s hard to stop…In all reality caffeine is a drug, but because it’s so common people look to it as a quick fix, something to just get them through the day.” Other responses such as, “Caffeine is a problem for some people,” or “As long as it’s just one cup a day, it’s not a big deal. It doesn’t matter” were common in the interviews.

Moderation in all things. That’s what seems to be the motto engulfing this generation. But does moderation really work? Better yet, does moderation of sin work? Sinning deliberately each day won’t matter, so long as it’s in moderation, right?

“For me, caffeine is like candy. It’s not good for you, but you eat it any ways and it seems good at the moment.” Says Jacqui. This statement is comparable to the text in Romans 7:15, ”I don’t understand what I do. For what I do I do not want to do. But what I hate I do.” In this verse Paul is being very honest. Are the sins that we commit hated and do we care enough to think about it?
Too often the days spent are so little focused on the things of above, which is why no one notices when a day of “Quick Fix Sin” goes by.
An addiction to sin is inevitable. What will you do to change?

Christ’s Challenge to Young People

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Almost all of us, including young people, wish to serve God in some way or another, especially if we are truly connected with Him. And usually, when we think of serving Him, we immediately imagine traveling to a far-off land, living the life of a certain ethnic group, and witnessing to the natives. Fortunately, that’s not the only major way to share God with others. If we were to stop, before boarding the plane, and look around, we would see a desperate need for God here on our own soil. Many people in our country have either left God, or not had much of an opportunity to get to know Him. In my opinion, this calls us to be proactive even at home.

Teen-agers often pounce on the opportunity to visit another country, explore a different culture, and meet new people; all while serving God overseas. We definitely view this as encouraging, as we want our young people to serve God always. But they should also be encouraged to serve God at home, in their every-day lives. If we look at our surroundings, we can find hundreds of opportunities to serve Him where we live.

One major way to serve God at home, especially for us teen-agers, is at school. We hardly ever realize it, but there are people around us, at school, every day, who need God’s love shown to them. Obviously, God loves them always, just the same as anyone else. Yet, depending on what they might be going through at the moment, they do not always realize God’s love for them. This is where we, you and I, come in.

We can show God’s love to others through everything we do. What we say, how we act, where we go, and how we relate to others can all show God’s love to others. Unfortunately, they can all  hide  God’s love as well. We must choose how we’ll come across towards others, since our actions, in fact, can show or hide God’s love. Of course, if we choose to “hide” God’s love with our actions, that doesn’t mean that God’s love isn’t there or is weak. It just makes it that much harder for someone, especially one who’s struggling with life. So, as we can see, it’s important to choose our actions wisely. And remember that what we do and say, and how we act reveals what our relationship with God is like. Now this doesn’t mean to develop a relationship with God only for the sake of others. Developing a good relationship with God should be done for the benefit of ourselves, to become a true friend of our creator. Then, we will be able to share Him  with others easily.

This is what love is all about. God has challenged us, the young people of this generation, as well as others, to show others the love that He has shown to us. And once you start sharing this love, it will be easy to keep on sharing. So let’s get sharing! Talk to the new kid in school, invite someone shy to a party, buy something special for someone else; give of yourself to others. That’s the bottom line. And once we’ve accomplished this, we’ll be fully basking in the light of God, and reflecting it to everyone around us. I’m not sure about you, but I think that it’s worth all the trouble. God has asked us to do this. Let’s obey his commands by loving others. And if we can do this, we’ll do wonders.

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