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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.”

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.

PMC in Perspective

Pioneer Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists.

You’ve probably heard, from one source or another, that Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC) is so large that it’s impersonal, cold, and unfriendly. You’ll find that most any student has this view, even if they haven’t attended PMC themselves. They say that, because of the number of people that attend, plus the physical size of the building, that church is too large to become involved in and to develop any personal relationships with anyone. As many have said, “PMC is impersonal, not warm or friendly. It’s a nice place to visit, but not a enjoyable place to become a member. People are not very quick to reach out and welcome you in. Plus, it’s so large you feel lost in it all.”

Many students will tell you that they prefer One Place (or possibly other church service locations), a newer and more contemporary christian worship service held on campus, over most any other church, especially PMC. As one student put it, “PMC is more for older folks, and One Place is more for the youth.” Many students from Andrews Academy, including other schools, enjoy attending One Place on a regular basis. Even though they’re both worship environments, PMC and One Place are drastically different. PMC is a more conservative, larger environment, while One Place tends to be much more liberal (Using drums, electric guitars, etc. in their services), relaxed, and smaller.

For me, the church experience at PMC has been the complete opposite. I have, through family visits, been exposed to this church my entire life. I believe that this serves as a major part of my love for PMC. I also know many of the staff members there personally, which allows the environment to feel more personal. Music also plays a large part in my comfort level at PMC. Being the traditionally-minded person that I am, as well as an organist, I truly enjoy the Adventist hymns sung there, mainly for first services. And if you hadn’t noticed, PMC’s organ is amazing! The environment is visually appealing too. All the accented lighting, the beautiful design of the platform and ranks of pipes, as well as the gorgeous stained-glass windows; it truly is a beautiful place to worship.

It’s also very possible to become involved in PMC personally. Many of the youth volunteer their time and are active in the PMC Youth Program and the media team. And I guarantee that, by volunteering your time, the staff members at PMC will be truly grateful to you. Plus, you’d be doing a service for God and for man. Once you’ve begun to volunteer your time, you’ll start developing relationships that will allow PMC to become a more personal place for you to worship.

So let’s give PMC a chance! Don’t judge Pioneer too quickly, especially if you’ve never been. It’s a great place, with great people. Try it out, and you may discover that you enjoy it after all! And remember that, as Mr. Baker says, “Attending PMC is ‘Dwight’ thing to do!”

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