July 2007

Did You Know?

JULY Did You Know?

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Adventist Education Statistically the Best Choice

North Pacific Union educators and administrators were recently given a preliminary report on a major study of 30,000 students in Adventist schools across North America....


Fresh Start

Corollas, Crack and Cash

I won't say my Toyota Corolla is old, but the insurance on it covers fire, theft and chariot collisions. For more than 230,000 miles now, my car has been as dependable...



"InTents" at WWC A Momentum Reaping Event

Walla Walla College has been an active participant in Momentum along with the rest of the North Pacific Union Conference. This school year (2006–07), in addition to...



Making a Mission A TCGH Team Shares God’s Love in Mexico

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.The mission of Tillamook County General Hospital (TCGH), like other Adventist Health hospitals, is to "Share... More

Ferry Cafeteria Becomes Music Hall

The students and teachers of the Sitka and Juneau schools embarked on a combined music performance and Native cultures trip to Ketchikan and Metlakatla April 18 through 25 via the Alaska Marine... More

How Much Is It Worth?

How does a church run a school with only one student? Sacrificially! Fifteen months ago, the Nome Church voted to do whatever it took to keep the school open for another year. The worst-case... More

Idaho Conference Delegates Re-elect Officers, Discuss Academy's Future

Idaho Conference delegates, met Sunday, May 20, and re-elected officers Stephen L. McPherson, president, Donald A. Klinger, secretary, and Harold R. Dixon III, treasurer.Delegates also confirmed... More

New Idaho Conference Executive Committee

Stephen L. McPherson, chairmanDonald A. Klinger, secretaryHarold R. Dixon III, treasurerPaulette Jackson, superintendent of schoolsJamie Miller, teacher representativeMike Schwartz, GSAA principalTim... More

You Don't Know How Much It Means Until It's Over

Seventh-day Adventist education is without a doubt one of the greatest opportunities you can experience. Today, if I had never attended Seventh-day Adventist schools (Gem State Academy), I don't know... More

A New Chapter Begins at Mt. Ellis Academy

The oldest Adventist boarding academy broke ground on a bright new future on alumni weekend in April. Construction of a new cafeteria at Mt. Ellis Academy is underway with a projected completion date... More

30-Hour Famine Mt. Ellis Academy Students Raise Funds and Awareness to Help Fight Hunger

Students and faculty at Mt. Ellis Academy participated in a unique event—a famine—the weekend of Feb. 23–24. The famine, a 30-hour period of fasting, was an activity to raise awareness of hunger and... More

Special Connection Between Great Falls Church and School Five Falls Christian School Leads Out in the Church Service

Great Falls Church members smiled as they watched the students from Five Falls Christian School in front of church April 14. Each child had a part as they led song service, read scripture, picked up... More

BVCS Students and Hamilton Church Members Work Together

The playground at Blodgett View Christian School was ready for a facelift. The equipment was aging and becoming unsafe for the kids. In addition, the equipment was so spread out that it made it... More

CAA Spanish Class Puts Language to Good Use on Mexico Mission Trip

If you're taking Spanish class, why not put your knowledge to good use? That's what four Columbia Adventist Academy senior girls, Shari Booth, KaraLeigh Kandoll, Nickele Prahl and Tristinn Williams... More

CAA Teacher Reavis Belin Beloved for 29 Years

Reavis Belin has been a teacher at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA) for 29 years. He has personally taught the students in more than a quarter of the 100 classes to graduate from this school.Some of... More

Finding Jesus at Milo Adventist Boarding School Provided the Opportunities

My relationship with Christ was never really anything to talk about, but after attending Milo for two years, that’s what I want to do.When I was 7, my parents divorced. My brothers and I were... More

Inspired Career Choices Made at Milo Student Chooses Theology as a Result of the School's Influence

Although my mom and my brothers were always around, my dad’s time was often taken up by fishing and alcohol. When my father was around, he and my mom would often fight. I didn’t really mind it... More

A Pathfinder is Baptized MCACS Teachers a Strong Influence

Teachers and Pathfinder leaders helped to bring about what happened on Feb. 24: Michael Esquivel was baptized by Pat Milligan, Hood River Church pastor.Michael, 13, is the youngest of four children.... More

Livesay Leaves Livingstone

Barbara Livesay has been the principal of Livingstone Adventist Academy for the past 11 years.This year, she announced that she would be leaving. She has been a much-loved and admired leader, and the... More

Rogue Valley's Mission to New Orleans

Tools, magic markers, and a season of prayer brought hope and blessings to four families when Rogue Valley Adventist School (RVAS) students in Medford, Ore., chose missions over vacation.RVAS... More

Hood View Junior Academy Making a Difference in New Orleans

Hood View Junior Academy's (HVJA) purpose is preparing people for a Christ-centered life by instilling a love for God, for learning, for life and for community service. The staff, students and... More

Digital Art Show PAA Students Display Their Work at Local Computer Store

Students taking Digital Media and Digital Art courses at Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) had a chance to show off their work at "School Night at the Apple Store" in downtown Portland. The experience... More

Central Valley Christian School Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, in 1957, a small school, Corvallis-Albany Seventh-day Adventist Union School, started with 34 students in grades one through eight. Through the years, the name of the school has... More

“The Singing Christmas Tree” Performs at PAA Fundraising Banquet

Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) featured the famous Portland Singing Christmas Tree (PSCT) choir in a fundraising banquet for the school's scholarship fund. The PSCT is a volunteer choir of 350... More

Colleen Nilsson Dedicated Librarian for 39 Years At Milton-Stateline Adventist School

Colleen Nilsson has completed her 39th year at Milton-Stateline Adventist School (MSAS). She has worked for MSAS for her entire career, filling the roles of librarian, teacher and administrative... More

WWVA Seniors Serve in Florida

If you had been in the Filsbury Neighborhood of Vero Beach, Fla., on the mornings of April 19 and 20, you would have seen a group of grinning young people, carrying black garbage bags and picking up... More

Hermiston Jr. Academy Eighth-graders Go South of the Border

Joshua Aguilar and Joshua Peterson, two eighth-graders from Hermiston Jr. Academy with their teacher Randy Foss, his wife Jamie, and Lolita, Joshua Aguilar's mother, went to Ensenada, Mexico, for... More

Walk-a-thon At Milton-Stateline Adventist School

Milton-Stateline Adventist School completed its fourth annual walk-a-thon for health and school improvement on May 4. Nearly all the students participated, showing incredible school spirit. Students... More

Jumping for Joy YACS Jump-rope Program

Yakima Adventist Christian School (YACS) began a jump-rope team just after Thanksgiving 2006. Thirty students in grades one through six, along with some older students to help, work out every... More

SJA Students Take Field Trip

What do you get when you take two teachers and 27 excited students to see three amazing exhibits? You get a recent overnight field trip to Seattle with Spokane Junior Academy (SJA) students in grades... More

What a Difference a Dean Makes

Think back to your boarding school years and you may remember a dean who made a difference in your life. One such dedicated man, John Willis, is doing just that at Upper Columbia Academy (UCA).This... More

The Mission of WWVA's Acro Knights

"What does it take to be a gymnast?" is a frequent question asked by Scott Schafer, head coach of the Acro Knights from Walla Walla Valley Academy. Answers to the question are as varied as the... More

Robotics Present a Challenge to SJA Students Tournament Winners Proceed to National Competition

LEGO Robotics was a new experience last fall at Spokane Junior Academy.Every Friday morning for one hour we did LEGO Robotics. My students worked hard to be ready to go to Walla Walla College in... More

Reaping the Benefits Of an Adventist Education

In January 2007, I transferred to Walla Walla College from New York University. I came from a place where the term "campus" was pretty much nonexistent as lecture halls were dispersed among big city... More

PAS Students Receive Grant From Poulsbo Garden Club

Students at Poulsbo Adventist School wanted a new garden. So they wrote a grant request to the Poulsbo Garden Club asking for funds to create a school garden area.The students drafted letters and... More

If Math Were More Like English PSAA Teacher Challenged to Make Math Fun

For Colleen Brundula Radke, the math and physics teacher at Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA), in Kirkland, Wash., the constraints of formulas pose a challenge on how to teach the field of... More

All Aboard Students Learn Teamwork

It's a lesson in delayed gratification, an application of creativity, and a workshop in teamwork and leadership.Eighth-graders at Buena Vista Elementary School in Auburn, Wash., were all onboard with... More

Olympia Students Participate in Page Program

Olympia Christian School (OCS) ninth-graders Mary Castrejon and Vanessa Denny served as pages for a week in the Washington state Senate during legislative session. The students were sponsored by Lt.... More

The Academy Awards At Auburn Adventist Academy

Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA) recently held its seventh annual Academy Awards ceremony and banquet to honor students for leadership, academics and excellence in school programs.The evening—complete... More

LCAS Celebrates 'Family' With School Ohana Groups

"What's so funny?" the mother of a giggling second-grader asked her daughter after school. "It was Ohana Friday," the vivacious child explained. "It was so fun!"The concept of Ohana—a Hawaiian term... More

Snapshots of Christian Education In Washington Conference

First- and second-graders at Buena Vista Elementary School donated an assortment of coins totaling $565.14 to Adventist Development and Relief Agency's Feed the Children program.Teachers Margie Lyman... More

Shh! These Students Are Reading SAS Implements Reading Program

A simple paper chain is really all it is. Yet to the kindergarten through fourth-grade students at Skagit Adventist School (SAS) in Burlington, Wash., the chain means something more.The students love... More