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Educational Tour Visits the Good Ole South


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.

The Revenge of Sadie Hawkins: ‘Taking a Chance’

This year’s SA Banquet is Sadie Hawkins where the girls take the reins of asking guys to banquet, but some people are against this “outrageous” way ?

The great thing about Sadie Hawkins is gives the girls the chance to be able to choose their guy and make sure they have a date other than waiting for a guy to ask them or not. How many times does the same girl get asked to banquet? There are so many guys that attend the banquet and could have asked a girl who didn’t get asked already, but, no, the guys are too cowardly to go out of their comfort zone .The thing is when there are “regular” banquet with guys asking girls, it is frowned upon when girls ask guys even if the girls who weren’t asked wanted a date.

“It’s about time guys experience the anticipation of being asked or not to banquet. Numerous guys that don’t get asked or get nervous by being asked take it into their own hands by taking the liberty of asking the girl when the girl is supposed to ask the guy. It is embarrassing but yet proves the point that guys needs to stand up and take a chance to ask girls to the banquet when it’s their turn to ask. So the next time around guys should “man up” and ask a girl to the banquet.

Many girls that I talked to about asking guys were not fans of asking them by asking questions like “Why should I ask when they never ask me , it gives them power if I ask them to banquet when if it was a typical banquet they wouldn’t have the audacity to ask.

I have a friend that goes to an Adventist Day-Academy, told me that in order to go banquet you had to bring a date. She refused to bring a date, so she showed up by herself and come to find out, you really had to have a date or you can choose to sit a table around couples and feel extremely awkward like she did. Would more people get into “asking” people to the banquet if that was forced or would it decrease attendance in coming.? My personal opinion is, “It seems like that wouldn’t matter people choose to come or don’t regardless on of what type of banquet it is.”

I have another friend that went to a boarding academy and students were required to show up to the gym having no choice not to show up dressed formally. All the guys would get a number and so would the girls. The down side was you had no say in who you were getting or, if you were in a relationship already, you couldn’t go with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Some were against it, but many were for it. You were given an opportunity to get to know someone who you would most likely never talk to.

I asked some fellow Andrews Academy students what they thought and here is what they said :

Olivia Woodard, AA senior, says “Sadie Hawkins is good every other year. It is weird for girls as well but I feel like girls are more creative in asking than guys; The positive side of Sadie Hawkins is guys too, feel the stress and the wondering if someone is going to ask them.”

Despite, being nervous or embarrassed, take a chance to make someone’s day. You don’t necessarily have to be in “love” with the person in order to ask them out. It is fun to get dressed up and take funny pictures with your date. It’s fun going with your friends but once in a while its nice to do something out of the ordinary. Remember this is once in a lifetime experience that we could look back on and laugh. We should never take these experience for granted , for high school only comes once.

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


A decision that may have flowed the wrong way


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.

Thailand Mission Trip in Need of Funds


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.


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.


New class pushes students’ horizons beyond Berrien Springs

Pastor Glassford’s new Christian Service class meets to help students learn and understand what organizations do for people around the world, focusing on understanding how the organization works and how students can get involved.

One such organization students are studying is MSF, an organization that goes into other countries whenever there is a crisis. Helping people around the world, MSF works with doctors without borders to provide medical care to anyone, regardless of their religion, culture, or race. 

Glassford’s goal, he says, is to “push students’ horizons further than Berrien Springs.” Pastor Glassford says he wants students to “get excited about the challenges and rewards of living a selfless life.”

Christian Service class learns about other organizations as well: ADRA,, fundraising projects, investment projects in the Seventh-day Adventist traditions such as food and clothing drives by Andrews Academy for surrounding communities.

Instead of a textbook, this class has a lab fee of $25 dollars for all the different activities that will occur in class and to help with other projects that Glassford sees appropriate for the class. The course description emphasizes the Christian service core: “An introduction to a counter-cultural worldview that sees every human being as a brother/sister and every moment, every relationship and every resource a means of restoring in them the image of our maker.”

Students’ responses to the class have been positive. Senior Sandra Mosimbwa said, “I’m actually learning more than I thought I would. I would also consider becoming a humanitarian, but I’m not totally sure if I’m up for it.” When asked if she would recommend the class to other students, she said “Yes, I would. It would help open their eyes to many things.”


The First to lead the way : Jeannie Leiterman

On February 12, Andrews Academy Board Chair Alayne Thorpe and the Andrews Academy Board announced that they voted to ask Jeannie Leiterman to serve as Principal. “Mrs.Leiterman has been serving as Interim Principal and all who have worked with her have come to appreciate her competence, her dedication and energy, and her loving, team-building leadership style,” says Thorpe.

Although Mrs. Jeannie Leiterman’s new role has been officially named, she has been doing the job for 7 months. Her leadership has been accepted, respected and appreciated by students, faculty, and staff, and parents. But the question is, what’s in the job of being principal?

I wanted to dig deeper to discover who Mrs.Leiterman is and what she thinks. I had a one-on-one talk with our new principal about her life, experiences, and advice.

Why did you choose teaching as your career?

“I had always known that I wanted to be a teacher. My mother said I did well in leading others. Though, along the way, I was studying to be a doctor – but as we can see, that didn’t work out.”

What is your vision for Andrews Academy?

“My vision for the academy is to make sure that it is a place where kids know God and have a personal relationship with him. A place that each student feels safe and secure. A place that students actually enjoy coming to school.”

What do you enjoy about working here?

“I’m grateful to be able to go to a job that I enjoy going to. The students, coworkers, and parents make it all worth it.”

How does it feel to be the first woman principal ?”

“Honestly, it hasn’t even occurred to me. I don’t feel like I’m making history like Barack Obama or even Hillary Clinton.”

Why do you bake for co-workers and not for students?

“I do bake for students. You just gotta come to my office. But it’s nice to treat my co-workers as well.”

Would you ever teach a baking class?

“I would , but it wouldn’t be healthy.”

What’s the hardest thing about being principal?”

“The hardest thing is where to draw the line. Some people have different situations, and knowing how to deal and decide can be tough.”
If you had to choose another profession or your dream job, what would it be ?

Since I love baking, I would love to own a bakery named Leiterman Mom’s Goods.

Will you ever hire/interview someone to have your old position or will the school just carry on without a vice-principal?

“The decision is not in my hands. The decision is decided by the board. Financially,where the school is now, one administrator is enough. If enrollment increased, then maybe a second administrator would be needed.”

What advice do you have for the students of AA?

“The most important thing is to know God. Always live to represent something bigger than you. Our lives will be drastically different if we do.”

Since we know a little bit more about Mrs.Leiterman, how do the students feel about Mrs.Leiterman? Students opinions matter. It encourages students to come back and to feel apart of the Andrews Academy family. To get an insight on how students feel, I asked Sarah Almeter  and Illy Mun on what they appreciate about Mrs.Leiterman?

Sarah Almeter, a senior at Andrews Academy, says, “I appreciate that she is more than an authority figure. She is a friend. Her office is a place of solitude and it’s a place where I feel welcomed.”

Illy Mun, a freshman at Andrews Academy, says, “She can relate and she talks to us like she has gone through similar problems before. And she is funny.”

It’s one thing being a student, but how does it feel as a teacher to work with her and to be under her leadership?

Mrs.Keila Sanchez, Spanish teacher at Andrews Academy, says, “She is a people person and approachable. I feel comfortable to be around her. And she is a great team leader.”

By these three interviews, I can truly say that “Mrs..Leiterman is appreciated and most welcomed by students and teachers. And that she has made an impression on people’s lives that she has interacted with.”

We are blessed to have such a humble person to lead this prestigious Adventist institution. Not too many schools are privileged to have such a leader that cares about the students, faculty, and staff and their well-being. As we continue to move forward in the years to come, we are putting our trust in God to lead Mrs. Leiterman and the school in the right direction.

Enrollment holds steady past 5 years

By: Charity O.

Enrollment is always an important issue in private institutions. At Andrews Academy, where 90 percent of the tuition goes to the expenses for the school, maintaining a stable enrollment is especially important.

According to Mrs. Ivonne Segui-Weiss, registrar at the academy, “Enrollment this year compared to other years has been about the same.”

At the start of this school year, says Mrs. Ivonne, 225 students registered. However, even with a maximum of 233 students enrolling throughout the two semesters, there are currently 226 students admitted. This number is comparable to the previous three school years.

Last year, 236 students enrolled at the beginning of the term, and by the end of the school year there were 218 students. In the 2013-2014 school year, 238 students enrolled in August and 233 were still enrolled by May. The 2012-2013 school year began with 235 students and concluded with 226.

AA’s demographics play a significant role in enrollment trends. The transient nature of the Andrews University community means that most students who leave Andrews Academy before they graduate do so because their parents find employment in other countries or states. In other cases, students leave because their parents finish schooling in surrounding universities and are obliged to return to their homeland.

The administration makes constant efforts to recruit more students. From the 8th grade graduation bash at the end of the year to the Penny Arcade in the fall, administration consistently seeks to stabilize enrollment.  Several programs and school events help to boost enrollment: The music groups in the academy that visit different churches, the cardinal classic in February, and the annual booth at the youth fair, publicize the school to the surrounding communities.

“I’m happy about maintaining students,” says Interim Principal Jeannie Leiterman. “After Christmas break last year, we lost 17 students. However, after this past Christmas vacation, the number of students that left were as many as those new students who enrolled. Adventist Education is expensive and we try to find as many ways as we can to help students financially, and to make their experience worthwhile.”

On-campus water line break prompts early dismissal

By: Colton Busch

In an attempt to fix a broken sewer line behind Garland apartments, plant services crews accidentally damaged a main water line, prompting a water shutdown at Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch, and Apple Valley shortly after noon on Monday, January 11.

With no indication of just how long AA and RMES would be without water, both school administrators made the decision to dismiss students early.

Crews put a temporary patch on the main water line to restore water to the schools and Apple Valley later that afternoon. Once the water was restored, however, Andrews Academy’s water had a brown tint to it, requiring the system to be flushed. It took approximately 24 hours to fix the main water and sewer lines.

Junior Ben Gerrans – like most AA students – said of the early dismissal, “I enjoyed the day off school and I was amazed by the quickness and efficency the crews had in fixing the problem.”

Teachers were slightly less enthusiastic about the shutdown. With an already busy curriculum and calendar, teachers will have to move a bit more quickly through their lessons.

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