Ed Fest and Academy Days Come to Mount Ellis

June 14, 2015 | Phil Hudema

The Montana Conference annually invites all fifth- through eighth-graders to attend what has become known as Ed Fest each May. This three-day event takes place on the campus of Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman and also incorporates Academy Days for those students interested in attending MEA for the upcoming school year.

This year, as the students arrived, they were directed to Mount Ellis Elementary School, where they set up their Science Fair projects and art exhibits and transformed the gymnasium into a statewide Science Fair. The projects were judged according to their set rubrics, and each student earned a ribbon for his or her accomplishments. Team day was a success as each student was given a color for the events and received extra points for dressing in that color. Crazy relays and fun were had by all.

The MEA Eagles then put on a soccer and basketball clinic for everyone and taught skills for the students to work on over the summer months. The cafeteria supplied all the participants with great meals, and friends were made during these times. Bozeman Hot Springs, track and field day, and a trip to Yellowstone for the eighth-graders were some of the events that kept everyone busy from sunup to sundown.

The academy presented a gymnastic demonstration and got everyone involved building pyramids. A rousing game of Hungry Hungry Hippo had students gathering colored balls and balloons. Wednesday morning ribbons, scholarships and other prizes were given out. There was an awesome slide show of the events and a final goodbye as Ed Fest 2015 came to a close.