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Educational Tour Visits the Good Ole South

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This year the Educational class at Andrews Academy toured several southern states including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky. The students were told in advance the places they were going to visit, which gave them the opportunity to research the various sites for the upcoming tour. On Friday, April 22nd, at the crack of dawn, thirty-one Educational tour participants headed out to the southern states for a week to learn about the rich history which the South holds.

The first state the students visited was Georgia. They spent the first three days in Atlanta touring the famous sites of the city. On the first day, they visited the Georgia Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. At the Georgia Aquarium they saw many kinds of fish, dolphins, penguins, seals, otters, sharks and many other of God’s creatures. Andrews Academy student Nick Hutchings said, “My favorite thing was the Georgia Aquarium because I loved seeing the creatures that I have never seen before.”IMG_0935

 

Then the tour group continued on to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, which includes the Ebenezer Baptist church, where Dr. King had previously been one of the church pastors, and the Civil Rights museum. They also saw Dr. King’s and his wife Coretta’s tombstone. When they were done with visiting the King Center site, the students sat on the lawn and reflected on what they had just experienced.

IMG_0937“I enjoyed the MLK exhibit. If it wasn’t for the sacrifices of the people in the Civil Rights movement,” said Victoria Carmona, “we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
The historic site held meaning for many besides Victoria. Mr. David Sherman said, “Every time, I visit it’s still as remarkable as the first. It is amazing how far we have come. And just seeing this is a great reminder of the love and diversity we share here.”

The group concluded the day with the Atlanta Zoo. Some of the animals they saw were elephants, giraffes, lions and many other animals. There was a train which gave a tour of some of the animals at the zoo park. “I enjoyed seeing the pandas,” says Emman Saint-Phard.

On Sunday morning, the second day of the tour, students toured CNN to see how broadcasting takes place. Jessica Grzybowski said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the CNN tour, getting to see the behind the scenes of what really happens and how much work it takes to broadcast the show on the air.”
After visiting CNN, the tour departed for the World of Coca-Cola Museum. Each student received a free coke as a gift when they entered the company. There were many different stations such as 4D-theater, the vault containing Coke’s secret recipe, and everyone’s favorite Taste it, where students could taste different kinds of Coke flavors from all over the world.

In the afternoon, the group attended a Major League Baseball game at Turner Field. The Atlanta Braves, who are in their last year of playing at Turner Field, faced off against the New York Mets. Fans did the “tomahawk chop” every time the Braves did well, which was fun. Alex Baltazar said, “Turner Field was great, and I really enjoyed being in the atmosphere.”
Before departing Atlanta, the group visited the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum on Monday. There they learned about the many accomplishments of President Carter and what he contributed to this country.

Later, in Macon, GA, they stopped at the Ocmulgee National Monument to view an Indian ceremonial and burial mound. Soon after that they reached Savanah, GA, where the students had free time to roam and to sight-see at the different shops and restaurants on River Street. This historical street was a bustling seaport that housed most of the cotton and tobacco grown in the South as it was sold and shipped out to all parts of the world. Some students and sponsors stopped Vinnie Van Go Go’s, a famous pizzeria where once slice of pizza is bigger than the whole plate.

The next day, participants went on to the Savannah History Museum and took a tour ride on the trolley which took them to historic homes, churches, and cemeteries that were part of the making of this country. The hometown tour guide was very informative and amusing through humorous tales and fun facts.

“The trolley tour was my favorite. Downtown had so many historic homes, schools, hospitals and many other places. I didn’t know that Savannah held so much history,” said Alia Pellegrini.

Arriving in the beautiful state of South Carolina, the students toured Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. There students heard a skit performed by a third-generation Gullah woman, whose grandmother grew up and worked nearby. Her rousing stories and songs brought to life the slaves’ experience on the plantation. Students then saw and crowded into a brick slave cabin that would have housed four families during the height of the plantation. Cotton was a main crop on the plantation, so the students were able to touch and pick cotton. In more recent times, Boone Hall has been the site of many weddings like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds and motion films such as the Notebook.IMG_7542

South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union and, as such, is filled with historic Civil War sites and artifacts. The Hunley, which was the first combat submarine to sink a warship, was the next stop. Beyond just seeing the submarine, students learned that there are many theories about what actually happened, although no one really knows for sure.

Later in the day, tour participants got to shop and eat downtown in Charleston, trying their different traditional foods that they offer in the historic district and shopping at the city-market.
After those adventures, the tour group headed over to Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum, where they got a chance to see and tour USS Laffey, a destroyer, USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier, and USS Clamagore, a submarine. The museum recreated each place to what it would’ve been like then. “Patriot’s Point was my favorite. It was cool to see each thing, especially since I’m going to be in the Navy,” said Ryan Mutz.

IMG_7538Afterwards, the group took a ferry to Fort Sumter where the confederate army fired the first official shot of the civil war. And since that was the last tour of the day of Fort Sumter, students got to help by lowering the American flag and folding it. “It was a very humbling and morbid experience knowing that right where we were standing was the spark that led 600,000 Americans to their deaths, yet a very patriotic experience because without their sacrifice, America would not be what it is today,” stated Jacob Mondak.

One of the favorite places the students visited was the Biltmore Estate located in Asheville, North Carolina, which was built by the Vanderbilt family from 1888-1895. It is said that you could fit three White Houses within the site. It is considered to be the largest home in the United States.
Justin Fraser shared, “I loved the Biltmore Estate. It was crazy to see how rich they were and one day I hope to have a castle like that.”

“Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” was featuring wedding fashion from 19 classic movies set in the years 1645 to 1935, including three films based on the popular Jane Austen novels: Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Pride and Prejudice.

Katie Kurtz said, “I enjoyed the Biltmore the most. I love seeing the designs inside and outside of the house.”

The last attraction was the Slugger Museum located in Louisville, Kentucky. Many baseball and softball bats are made at this location. As the supplier for MLB, the factory has outfitted such greats as Derek Jeter and Jackie Robinson, to name a few. The museum highlighted not only the history of the baseball bats but the history of baseball.IMG_7539

This well-planned trip was filled with so many fun, educational, and inspiring places to see and experience. It also helped that the weather was nice and warm. Everyone on the trip came back with something that they didn’t know before. If you have an opportunity to go on Education Tour, I recommend it. The next tour will take place in 2017-2018, and the group will be traveling to England.

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.

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.

Thailand Mission Trip in Need of Funds

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By: Jessica N.

On March 9th, Andrews Academy Silhouettes and String Orchestra will be boarding a plane to Thailand. After a 22-hour flight and a 3-hour layover in Dubai they will land in Bangkok.

“The goal of the trip is to be missionaries spreading God’s love through music,” says music teacher Hector Flores. For 10 days they will be performing at different venues such as churches, schools, and hospitals. Jeannie Leiterman, principal of Andrews Academy, will be joining the group on their trip.

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Silhouettes, AA’s select choir, performs at the Paw Paw SDA church, January 16.

While in Thailand the group will spend time exploring the beautiful countryside and famous landmarks as well as enjoying the warm weather. Flores plans on taking the group on a boat ride around Phuket Island.

Flores’ connection with Thailand started when a previous music teacher at Andrews Academy, Mr. Karlton Keller, called asking for old recordings from the school. The two soon made plans to have the music groups make a trip to Thailand during spring break.

A trip like this is not easy to put together and requires much time and planning, as well as significant funding. Each student must raise 1,500 dollars. And although 53 students will be making the trip, those funds are barely enough to cover all expenses.

Offerings from local community churches during performances have provided additional funding, but more is still needed as the departure date approaches.

Students who cannot raise enough money are feeling the pressure of not making the trip to Thailand. Flores has provided prewritten letters for the students to send to family members and friends. Many students have been proactive, sending as many letters as possible, while others have been slack in their fundraising. In the past Flores would never leave students behind because of financial problems, but he says this year may be different due to the lack of effort from many of the students.

Although money is a big issue, Director Flores says the biggest challenge is dealing with the long distance planning that he is not able to supervise. He is asking for prayers that everything will go smoothly.

Anyone wishing to contribute to tour expenses is encouraged to contact Mr. Flores through Andrews Academy’s front office.

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Students in new course build boats

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By: Jessica N.

A unique class has been added to Andrews Academy this year: Nautical Arts. The class is taught by Mr. VanDenburgh and gives students the option of earning both English and Applied arts credit. Brought to life by Mr. VanDenburgh, the class combines the two things he enjoys most: teaching and sailing.

Students in Nautical Arts will be building four 11’2’’ Shellback Dinghy sailboats over the course of the semester. After the boats are completed, the class plans to auction the boats and donate the profits to a local charity.

“I want the class to be fun, as the students to work together, but I also want them to learn how to give back to the community,” says VanDenburgh. He hopes that the students will learn teamwork and time management as well as appreciation for the nautical arts.

Designed by Joel White, the Shellback Dinghy is constructed of plywood and fiberglass.

Designed by Joel White, the Shellback Dinghy is constructed of plywood and fiberglass.

Each group, composed of 4-5 students, has created a blog to document the build process and their experiences. Jacob Mondak, a student in the class, says “I am expecting not only to gain more knowledge about boats but more practical knowledge such as following a plan, using common tools, and problem solving. The thing that interests me most about this class is that I absolutely love making things with my hands, especially woodworking.”

Each boat costs $1,500 to build and even with minimal lab fees VanDenburgh has had to solicit donations. Some challenges facing the class are lack of time, space, and tools available. However, with students working hard and diligently, the class will be a success.

Students are working this week to finish construction of the ladder frames, the backbone on which the boats are built.

Josiah Everett, Katalina Wade, Helen Johnston, and Tony Seok construct the ladder frame - i.e., the backbone of the dinghy.

Josiah Everett, Katalina Wade, Helen Johnston, and Tony Seok construct the ladder frame – i.e., the backbone of the dinghy.

“I’ve been very impressed with their focus and determination,” VanDenburgh said. “Even though we’ve lost a few days due to weather and holidays, I think they have the drive to get these boats done well and on time.”

AA students join Andrews University in attempt to break world record

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By: Kaily I.

Wednesday, during Andrews University’s Health and Wellness Fest, Andrews Academy students participated in a sit-up challenge located in Johnson Gym in an effort to break a world record. Participants had to accomplish one minute of sit ups together in one location. The current world record is 503 people doing sit ups at the same time in the same place.

To the participants’ disappointment, after attempting twice, they were unable to break the record. 521 people attempted the challenge, but some were disqualified for improper technique. In the end, only 496 people performed the sit ups correctly.

Dynae and Jessica Newkirk, Megan Allen, and Zoey Caballero await the start of the sit-up challenge.

Dynae and Jessica Newkirk, Megan Allen, and Zoey Caballero await the start of the sit-up challenge.

The participants had varying feelings about the event. Some students, like Dawson Iwasa, a junior at Andrews Academy, didn’t like the event saying that “it was a waste of time.” Other people enjoyed it. Mrs. Leiterman, principal at AA said, “It was cool. How many times in your lifetime do you get to say my school tried to break a world record? Besides that, had we not showed up, not one sit-up would have been done. It was good publicity for the school and it was fun.”

Overall, spirits were high. Event organizer Dominique Wakefield, in an interview with WNDU, said “If someone wasn’t able to complete it, I hope it will inspire them to say, you know, maybe I can work a little harder or make some positive changes so when we do it again I can complete the whole set.”

AU Health and Wellness Director Dominique Wakefield receives sit-up stats from assistants.

AU Fitness and Exercise Director Dominique Wakefield receives sit-up stats from assistants.

Andrews may have not been able to break the record this time, but coordinators say that they hope to try it again in the future.

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

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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.

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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