CAA Says Hello, Goodbye

The weekend of June 6 was filled with activities culminating the high school careers of 31 students at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) in Battle Ground, Wash.

Beginning with coach and alumnus Jay Pierce (’88) speaking for consecration on Friday, the celebrations continued Sabbath with the baccalaureate exercises featuring David Smith, Meadow Glade Church youth pastor, speaking words of wisdom. Class night allowed seniors to highlight their diverse talents, and Sunday morning commencement showcased the speaking talents of Matthew Butte, former CAA chaplain and principal. Asking the seniors to stand at the end of commencement was the last “fast one” that Gerald Coy, outgoing interim principal and CAA alumnus (’61), pulled on the students, correcting the class of 2014 as they stood and telling them that they were no longer seniors but rather alumni, then asking the class of 2015 to stand.

Coming back home are the “Jackson Five Minus Three,” known better as Jeff Jackson (’98) and Greg Jackson (’98). Jeff is the incoming CAA principal. He is excited about returning to his roots in the Northwest and using his skills to continue the “tradition of excellence” at CAA. He and his wife, Andrea, as well as their daughter, Grace, will need some acclimation time as they have been in Bishop, Calif., where he has been the principal for the last nine years. Like the biblical Moses, Jeff’s preparation for the “job he has been training for” has taken him into the desert of California before calling him back to the promised land of CAA.

Greg Jackson’s return to CAA to be the accountant has not required a move, as he has been the estimator for the local company Hayes Cabinets. While not making as huge a move, Greg has plenty of excitement in his life as he and his wife, Melissa, welcome a brand-new daughter, Jaala, to their family.

The CAA school family looks forward to another school year as the class of 2015 and both Jacksons prepare to provide God-centered leadership, assuring continued success at CAA.

June 30, 2014 / Oregon Conference