KSDA Trains Thinkers, Leaders

June 28, 2017 / Anika Zebron

Adventist founder and inspiration Ellen G. White counseled, “Train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts” (Education, p. 17.2). This is a primary goal at Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist School (KSDA) and has manifested itself in a special way this year through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming. Throughout the year, KSDA staff hosted STEM events, culminating in STEM Day on April 23. This all-day event was especially unique because this time Dawn Campanello’s eight-grade science students led out.

WWVA Donors Enable Accessible Spaces

June 27, 2017 / Elaine Blake Hinshaw

“I want to go to a real academy,” begged Abby Pontius from a spot near her mother‘s desk in the family’s furniture store. She had been taking online classes through a co-op for years and as she grew older, the experience of only meeting with teachers once or twice a week became increasingly isolating. Add the chaos of doing homework in the middle of a busy store during the day, and the stress was becoming intense.

Fackenthall Accepts AAA Principal Post

June 27, 2017 / Jay Coon

Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) is happy to announce Peter Fackenthall has accepted a call to be the academy's new principal.­

Peter Fackenthall grew up in the Walla Walla Valley and graduated from Walla Walla University in 1994. He is no stranger to Auburn Adventist Academy, where he taught history, Bible and speech from 1994 to 1999 and served as vice principal from 1996 to 1997.

Tualatin Valley Academy Marks Return of Ninth Grade

June 27, 2017 / Rachel Blackburn

The 2016–17 school year marked the return of ninth grade to Tualatin Valley Academy in Hillsboro, Ore. This year’s freshmen pioneered a creative new high school program at TVA, one that emphasized experiential education particularly focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

WWU Hosts First Design, Innovation Event

June 26, 2017 / Elisabeth Brassington

During the first Walla Walla University (WWU) collaborative innovation laboratory in February, WWU student teams in College Place, Wash., presented new, marketable, patentable product prototypes and ideas to a panel of judges comprised of experts from a variety of industries. During the two-day event, the judges provided feedback to the students who then had 24 hours to incorporate that feedback into their project proposals before competing against other teams in a second round of presentations.

Yakima Adventist Christian School Grows, Succeeds

June 26, 2017 / Kelly Kwon

The 2016–17 school year was a banner year in so many ways. Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) continues to make a positive impact on the lives of students from all over Washington's Yakima Valley. This year God blessed us with an increase in enrollment. We also welcomed two new teachers: Alyson Atwood, music, and Jennifer Leslie, fifth and sixth grade.