Monthly Archives: March 2016

Incoming Freshmen Visit AA

By: Jessica N

Walking into a new school as a new student can be a terrifying experience. You have to navigate your way around groups of people you don’t know, trying to find classrooms. You fumble with your locker because the combo the office gave you isn’t working, and you scan the cafeteria for what seems to be a lifetime trying to find someone to sit with. Could there ever be a solution to first day jitters?

One solution provided by Andrews Academy is hosting Academy Day, an event directed to incoming academy students. This day is designed to help students become familiar with classrooms and teachers in hope it will drive away first day fears. Eighth graders from Village SDA, Ruth Murdoch, Niles SDA, Eau Claire, South Bend, and homeschoolers join AA students for this event. Schedules are rearranged and classes are shortened as the students visit each classroom. Chapel is filled with songs as each music department performs. Teachers hold games and contests. Eighth graders try to get signatures from all the teachers in the hope of winning a prize. At the end of the day everyone comes together for Assembly which consists of the Student Association having eighth graders play a team game. This year as a special treat the Intro to Gymnastics put on a performance for everyone. [Picture]

“Academy Day is a time to give incoming freshmen the experience of what a day of Academy life is like” says Principal Leiterman.

Isabella Ball from Niles Westside and Nathan Fernandez from Village SDA said they both enjoyed Mrs. Chao’s classes the best and they liked doing the fun experiments.

According to Giovanni Leonor, a student at Village SDA, “All the teachers were nice” and he enjoyed both of the Bible classes.

Academy Day and Graduation Bash are the primary PR events responsible for the enrollment of the next years students. A lot of work is put into this day as staff and administration make sure that schedules and classes are up to date. Before the end of Academy Day emails are sent to all eighth graders and their families so they can start the registration process.

Administration aims to have 80% of each schools’ eighth grade class attend next year. About 69% of last year’s eight grade graduates now make up this year’s freshman class.

Band and Bells Tour

By Kaily I

The whole room was dark except for the blue glow emanating from everyone’s backpacks. No one spoke as they moved to take their positions. Musicians from Andrews Academy had transformed into soldiers, holding guns, anxiety rising in anticipation. Adrenaline rushed through every student. The countdown began. Three…Two…One… Chaos erupted and lasers lit up the darkness. The epic game of laser tag had begun.

Laser tag, a game in which players wear laser-sensitive vests and gain points by shooting the opposing team members with laser beams, was one of the most popular events of Band and Bells Tour 2016. Nathan Buck, Senior baritonist at Andrews Academy, said “I really enjoyed the challenge of working with my friends to win the game.”

The group also went to an NBA basketball game, explored Newport Aquarium in Cincinnati, attended a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert, and toured the Air Force Museum in Ohio. Brianna Moore, Senior clarinetist at Andrews Academy, said “I liked the Cincinnati Symphony the best because I got the signature from the guy who played the piano. Also because it was cool to get to see a professional group perform.”

When asked what the purpose of band tour is, Byron Graves, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Director, said “(The purpose of band tour is) to perform and share musical talents with people around the country and to have a fun time bonding with fellow band members.”

Mr. Graves works very hard to make the tour fun for everyone while also balancing play time with performing. He first “sets performances, usually one or two per day. Then once the performances are planned then I look at places around the performance places and see what things there are to do that appeal to a variety of people.”

This being the case, Band and Bells Tour wasn’t all fun and games. The group performed at Indiana Junior Academy, Spring Valley Academy, Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Centerville Seventh-day Adventist Church; six performances in all. At all the performances, band played a composition called ‘The Light Eternal’, a moving tune after which the tour was named.

The piece was based upon the story of four chaplains that sacrificed themselves for others. The USS Dorchester, a convoy ship carrying supplies and approximately 900 men, was heading towards Greenland when they were alerted that a German U-Boat had been spotted by Coast Guard sonar. On February 3, 1943, the Dorchester was torpedoed by the Germans. Panic struck the ship as the electricity suddenly cut out. Lifejackets were passed out, but the supply ran out before every man had received one. The four chaplains that were aboard offered their lifejackets to others and helped as many as they could get into the lifeboats and safety. They themselves went down with the ship, praying and singing to God.

‘The Light Eternal’ was a favorite, both among the performers and the audiences. One of the teachers of Spring Valley Academy spoke about the piece saying, “You guys are very talented, but you had my heart with that song. It was amazing.”

Performances, while they can be stressful, are the most rewarding parts of Band and Bells Tour. It gives the performers a chance to spread God’s message through music and it gives audiences a chance to enjoy beautiful songs. Everyone comes away with a unique experience that they won’t soon forget.

All in all, Band Tour

 

How to make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars


Prep time: 15 Minutes

Total  time: 1hr 5 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients:6


 

Ingredients  (What You Need)

2 cans (8 oz. each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

 

  1. To make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars you need two cans (8 oz. each) of Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, two packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese (softened), one and a half cups of sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla, half of a cup of butter ( melted), and one tablespoon of ground cinnamon. All of this takes fifteen minutes to prep but the total time it takes to do all of this is an hour and five minutes, and the serving is for twelve.
  2. You want to heat the oven at 350 degrees before you start meal prepping
  3. Unroll one can of dough and place in the bottom of an ungreased 13×9-inch (3-quart) preferably, but if not you can use any pan that will fit all of the dough. Instead of using just a pan I used wax paper, then I stretched the dough on the pan. And because the dough is from Pillsbury and its crescent dinner rolls it will have lines, you want to pinch the seams together.
  4. In a bowl you want to pour one cup of sugar and one tablespoon, and two packets of cream cheese. With all of those ingredients you want to beat them with an electric mixer either on medium or high speed.
  5. Next you are going to evenly spread the cream cheese over dough in the baking dish. Then unroll the second can of dough onto the layer of cream cheese in the baking dish, you want to do this carefully. Once this step is complete you want to once again pinch the seams together.
  6. Then you want to pour melted butter on top, and half a cup of butter. And a stick of butter made up a half a cup of butter. I placed the butter into the microwave and for about two minutes. It doesn’t matter how long you melt it for just get it melted and do not over cook it.
  7. You want to place the melted butter evenly on top and half a cup of sugar with the cinnamon on top of the melted butter. But I noticed that it was a lot of butter so I eye balled it and made sure I just poured enough to pour evenly on the top and just a little bit on the sides. And I substituted the cinnamon and sugar with brown sugar. I evenly sprinkled the brown sugar on top, but very lightly. I did this because it seemed like a whole lot of sugar in this recipe, and I didn’t want to over do it.
  8. After all the prepping you finally put the bars into the oven which is on at 350 degrees. You let this bake for 30 minutes or until the center is set. And when done let it cool for 20 minutes either out or inside the refrigerator. Personally when it was warm it tasted really sweet and it was still soft after 20 minutes. And when it was soft it made it difficult to cut into pieces. So what I did was leave it in the fridge over night, and it honestly made a difference in the texture and taste. It is really tasty, so if you have a sweet tooth I would suggest this to you. Don’t forget your glass of milk !
  9.  Enjoy!

Andrews Academy greets another talent show

By: Charity Ogoti

Every year, the students and faculty of Andrews Academy get to see the amazing talents that some of their classmates possess at the talent show.  This year, on the 24th of February, the Andrews Academy family experienced another spectacular talent show.

Starting of, the Master of Ceremony Brianna Moore, warmly welcomed everyone to the talent show and then introduced the first performance which was Sandra Mosimbwa and Jemila Greenridge singing a song from Empire, entitled Powerful.

Next, Claudia Applewhite kicked off the stage with a breathtaking poem she had composed.

Followed by that was Sandra Mosimbwa singing I’d rather go blind by Beyoncé.

Then, Taylor Ferris performed an acoustic song entitled Just Like a Star.

After that, Jamison Moore, Johny Schneep, Jonathan Woolford-Hunt, and Joshua Huslin, did an instrumental piece to the song See You Again by Wiz Khalifa.

Later on, encomponied by Siwon Choir on the guitar, Caleb Gomez and Kerianah Matson sang a song called Scarecrow.

Patrick Miller, a senior, and his little sister, Nicole Miller did a duet to the song called Duck Song. The Duck Song is a famous children song written by Bryant Oden about a duck that continuously annoys a lemonade stand owner by asking if he has any grapes. Ms. Miller played the role of the duck, while Mr. Miller, who was also playing the piano, played the role of the lemonade stand owner.

Next, Autumn Dodge and Sandra Mosimbwa changed the mode of the show by doing a Makeup skit. In this skit, we could only see Ms. Dodge whose hands were folded to the back while Ms. Mosimbwa used her hands to do the makeup on Ms. Dodge. What was interesting about this performance is the fact that Ms. Mosimbwa couldn’t see Ms. Dodge’s face and was using her hands to feel where parts of her face would be. This was entertaining to the audience since Mosimbwa would sometimes do makeup on the wrong part of her Dodge’s face.

To wrap up the show was Olivia Woodard singing Thinking out Loud accompanied by Jacob Momdak playing the guitar.

After all the votes were turned in and counted, the top three nominees were for the talent show were announced I’m Chapel. Coming in first place was Olivia Woodard and Jacob Mondak. When asked about how she felt while singing the song, Woodard said she thinking about how it would feel to fall in love with someone and then spend the rest of their lives together.

In second place was Caleb Gomez, Kerianah Matson, and Siwon Choi.

Coming in third place was Talylor Ferris.

Compared to other years, according to SA officer, Kaily Iwasa, this year’s talent show had fewer students who were willing to share talents. As a result, instead of taking place on a Sunday as it usually is, the talent show had to be moved to Assembly. Not only that, but also the day the talent show was scheduled, was also Super Bowl Sunday and therefore the participants would have a very small audience since many peopld watched the Super Bowl. Therefore, by moving the talent show to the Assembly time, also gave then participants a larger audience.

 

 

 

 

 

A decision that may have flowed the wrong way

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By: Starr Davis

In a city of over 90,000 residents, Flint, Michigan is struggling to provide its citizens with clean and safe water, causing many to suffer from different illnesses such as lead poisoning, autism, and myriad diseases.

The nightmare began in 2014 when Flint’s local government decided to stop using the Detroit water system and switched to the Flint River to save money; little did they know they would be paying a high price. State regulators failed to require the city to properly treat the water. Back in October 2015, the city switched back to Detroit water, but the damage was already done, and it would take millions of dollars to replenish the water system.

People have named Governor Snyder and the State Department of Environmental Quality as the reason for what’s happening in Flint. Just like our neighboring town of Benton Harbor, the city of Flint has a city manager which the governor appoints; therefore, since he appointed the manager and, being aware of the problem, did not address the situation until after the fact, the blame, according to some, falls on Snyder. Others do not blame him; rather, they say that this issue has been occurring for years and years, even before Governor Snyder was elected into office.

Other people are questioning whether or not this would have occurred in a predominantly white city. Would those in charge settle for less even if it’s too dangerous to the “white” citizens who live there? As of 2010 Census, the racial makeup of the city was 37.4% White, 56.6% African American. So does race play a factor?

Pastor Jamel Dorsett, a student at Andrews University Seminary, went to Flint and particpated in the Flint Relief Effort. There he observed the people affected by the crisis. I asked him: “Is the Flint water problem a race or class issue?” Dorsett replied that it is both an issue of race and class.

“The people in Flint are poor and voiceless, and because of their economic plight, the prevailing powers committed the unthinkable when they disconnected their water source from the Detroit System and connected it to a local river. This type of malicious act would have never happened in a White affluent suburban community. Therefore, the indignant of the City of Flint are victims of a systematic system that has long plagued this country in light of racism and classism.”

Citing socio-economic factors, including income and education, Dorsett says “what the statistics teach us is that in affluent cities in America, which are “predominantly” white, these kinds of practices are unheard of. Everyone knows that Black communities are governed differently than others.”

And as far as who is ultimately responsible, Dorsett says both sides are: “For Flint to be in a Democratic State (MI), where is the advocacy on behalf of the city residents?”

The latest news coming out of Flint is that on Feb. 26, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a 30 million package in supplemental aid to help pay Flint residents’ water bills. Kerry Nelson, who is the city-council president said, “It would take at least $60 million to help, double the amount of the Flint Water Relief Bill.”

Flint’s mayor, Karen Weaver, said the bill is a step in the “right direction” but she also stressed the need for more resources to cover the city’s water bill debt. The good news is that victims will get a 65 percent credit on their water bills for paying for water they could not consume. The flip side of that is Snyder said “They must make arrangements to pay outstanding sewer and waste fees”, so if they are not caught up on the bills, they will not benefit from the relief bill, and they will be stuck in their situation since aid will not be available through that avenue.

With all of this crisis happening a few hours away, is it affecting our community here? And how do we respond to it?

As a student body, Andrews Academy came together and collected cases of water to help in this endeavor. It is nice to see students involved but do they really know about the crisis and has it made an impression on them?

Jasmine Fraser and Anaya Abdul-Haqq, AA sophomores both agree that the Governor and his administration should have done more, that they addressed the problem too late. Fraser and Abdul-Haqq said, “It is sad to see people rely on water bottles when the damage could’ve been avoided.”

Based on all the news reports and the stories which are coming out of Flint, it is becoming more obvious that this is truly a tragedy for many of the people who live in that city. Henceforth, as this story continues to unfold we will better be able to examine what groups of decision makers were ultimately responsible for this decision, which may have flowed the wrong way for the people of Flint.

Cardinal Classic: Wins and losses

Each week every player on the Andrews Junior Cardinal teams work 8-12 hours in game and practice preparing for the The Cardinal (Newmyer) Classic. This is the 11th annual tournament, and the entire season is systematically built for this competition. Forty teams came from as far as California, Virginia & Canada to play the game they all love. Players are supposed to be at the peak of their performance; each team puts blood, sweat and tears on the court hoping to become the Classic Champions.

Saturday, February 5 the long awaited division 1 & 2 championship games took place. The night started out with the junior varsity boys playing against the varsity MCAC wildcats. The Cardinal boys had a nail-biting battle against this outside shooting team. Even though the JV came with a 4-0 record in the tournament, it was prospected that they were underdog because they were against a varsity homeschool team.

The game began rocky with several turnovers by the guards, losing a lead, but back to back three’s helped bring back the confidence of the boys. The JV boys won in the last minute with an ending score of 30-29 proving the crowd wrong. The boys executed exceptional defense, especially sophomore forward CJ Arthur. Offensive points were mainly scored by the Newmyer Classic MVP sophomore Guard Nate Greenhaw, who dropped 11 points.

The next game was the long-awaited division 1 girls championship game. The Cardinal girls teams have not been lucky in the past; this is the first time the girls have played for a championship. The girls faced the reigning champs, the MCAC Wildcats, who are one of the strongest offensive teams in the entire tournament, able to sink three’s from almost anywhere on the court with little space and time.

The Wildcats began the game with a bang, hitting a three pointer on the fly at the baseline, intimidating the girls. Senior captain Heidi Smoot was leading scorer for the night with 10 points. She hit the first few shots for the Cardinals to steady the game out. Defensive rebounds are what killed the game for the ladies and let the wildcats make second attempts at the very few shots they missed. It was a heartbreaking loss for the ladies who had a perfect record. 44-27 was the final score.

Senior captain and tournament MVP Taylor Ferris says, “Even though we lost and it’s heartbreaking, making it into the championship had not been done. We made history, and for that we are proud.”

The Varsity boys have participated in 10 of the 11 championship games and have taken home 1st place 9 of the 10 times. They are known for significant leads over their opponents, and they kept that legacy going this year.

The varsity men created a large lead from the start when tournament MVP’s Caleb Gomez and Mutungi Menani hit the first few shots. Considering their rough season up to this point, this was a glory moment for the boys, proving that they can pull together and produce. The boys placed 1st overall against rivals Collegedale Adventist Youth in Action (CAYA) Eagles with a 44-29 win.

What is Bible Camp?

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By: Kaily Iwasa

Snow sparkles on the ground as 80 students approach the little chapel on the hill. They enter the tiny space and shake the snow off their boots. It is cold, but no one feels chilled, for the warmth of friendship surrounds them. Packed in among their friends, the students start to sing. Praises fill the air, inviting God to fill the place, spreading peace and joy to all who hear.

Going to the little chapel in the woods, nestled in the midst of Hartwick Pines near Camp Au Sable, has been a beautiful tradition for Bible Camp attendees. It looks like an ordinary building from the outside, but inside it has a whole new feeling. So many prayers, songs, and testimonies have been heard in that place. Those who go there return new, changed people, having been touched by the atmosphere of the chapel.

The chapel in the woods is just one of the many amazing events students experience at Bible Camp. Every year in January, students from Andrews Academy attend Winter Bible Camp at Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan. Students participate in carefully-planned events and meetings, like singing in the chapel Sabbath afternoon, that foster spiritual discipline and renewal.

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Getting out into the nature of Camp Au Sable is one way students are able to grow closer to God during Bible Camp.

Typically, Friday afternoon the girls and boys split up and prepare for the special Communion service Friday evening. The girls bond in the kitchen, making delicious soups and communion bread, while the boys prepare a place for the Communion, decorate and get everything ready.

Every year Bible Camp is planned around a different theme. This year the theme was God’s Grace. Students had the opportunity to attend spiritual meetings where they sang, watched a dramatic skit, and learned more about how truly amazing God is. Many made a stand for Christ, committing their lives to His work.

Senior Victoria Carmona said, “Bible Camp was really, really fun. To me, it meant spending time with friends and getting closer to God.”

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Tsion, Jessica N., Jessica G., and Kay enjoying the beautiful sunshine and the sparkling snow.

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Noah, Justin, and John performed in a moving skit that helped students to see God’s grace in a different light.

People return home from Bible Camp happy and spiritually refreshed, having made new friends and taken a stand in their spiritual journey. But what is Bible Camp really about? Is it just about making new friends? Or cultivating a deeper relationship with Jesus? Maybe it is a little of both.

Freshman Ruchama Hilaire shared Vicky’s feelings about Bible Camp. She said, “Bible Camp was an experience to make new friends and also grow in Jesus.”

So to answer the question “What is Bible Camp?” Bible Camp is a chance to get away from everyday life. It provides an opportunity for new students to get to know others, and for experienced students to make new friends. Most importantly, it is a chance to get to know the Creator better.

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Brianna, Dawson, Chris and Liz having fun after one of the meetings.

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Bible Camp created many friendships and helped people to get out of their comfort zones.

Students celebrate international diversity

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By: Patrick Miller

Every year Andrews Academy has a special tradition of holding a celebration to appreciate our cultural diversity. Being a part of a large international university campus makes our students members of a very broad ethnic community. Kids hailing from China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Cuba, Colombia, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, The Philippines, and many other places walk our school’s halls. Once a year we host an International Appreciation Week and Assembly to celebrate this diversity and make dishes of food that are typical of our cultures.

The students also take part in a fashion show that presents the styles of dress popular in their home countries. There are a variety of internationally themed skits, comedy and otherwise, and some special musical presentations.

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This year’s international day was made especially notable by the appearance of the “Bridge to China Dance Troupe,” a dance group composed of women from China who live in the area. Ms. Chao contacted them and they agreed to come, but would not accept any money as they do not consider themselves a “professional” dance group.

AA_ChineseI’m sure that any student that watched them would beg to differ, as their fan twirling performances were elegantly and beautifully choreographed. Also, when their leader found out that there would be a potluck after the assembly, she insisted on bringing traditional Chinese food for the students and once again would not accept any money for it. Ms. Chao said, “Even after they came they would not stop saying ‘Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for having us!’ and I tried to say ‘No thank YOU for coming!’ but they kept on saying it.”

Also of note was the hysterical act involving Mr. VanDenburgh’s 8:00 newswriting class. Four students, namely, Sandra Mosimbwa, Starr Davis, Ben Gerrans, and Patrick Miller, picked up the AA tradition of having a mock International Newscast. They presented various humorous news stories, supplemented by their ever-ready wit and sharp commentary, and they got the audience laughing in no time.

AA_NewsA crowd favorite was the weather segment of the newscast, which was presented in a video done by Kaily Iwasa and Jessica Newkirk. They pretended to be newscasters of different countries commenting about how the respective climates behind them closely resembled a Michigan winter, which of course they did, as the video was filmed at Camp Au Sable in Grayling, Michigan.

There were several other notable events during the assembly, one of them being another Chinese festival presentation of a choreographed confrontation between a man and a lion. The man dances with the lion, dodging its attacks, and eventually tames it.

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Several Chinese exchange students were involved in the act. There were Seniors Will Wang and Joven Wu manning the elaborate and beautiful lion costume. Other members of the skit were Gary Yang as the lion tamer, and Stella Zhao providing the instrumental accompaniment.

“We all practiced together only a couple of times, but I know that Will and Joven put in a lot of time and effort practicing the movements of the lion,” said Stella when asked about the practice for the skit, “and they watched videos on YouTube to make sure they were doing it right.”

The biggest item of the assembly was the international fashion show, with styles from Jamaica, China, India, Papua New Guinea, and many other places. Ms. Chao made an appearance dressed in her traditional chinese costume, reinforcing the Chinese flair that the assembly had been taking. Also, the Newkirk sisters in their traditional Chilean dresses, as well as the Caballero sisters in Panamanian outfits, elegantly graced the stage with their presence. Two groups represented the American contingent, with Olivia Woodard and Josiah Everett as corporate American business people, and Connor Scott and Jared Goolsby represented the American Wild West in their plaid shirts and cowboy hats. Claudia Applewhite single-handedly represented Japan in her flowery kimono and, after she had traversed the runway, she stopped and sang a song in Japanese for the students. After this the students were dismissed to go and dig in to the feast in the commons.

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