Students Attend Local Evangelistic Series

Each night this week and next week, students have been joining church members and community guests for “Hope Through Prophecy,” a life-changing seminar presented by Pastor Jonathan Fetrick at the Wisconsin Academy SDA Church.

The first presentation on Monday, Nov. 6, was entitled “Bible Prophecy and its Astonishing Predictions.” Additional presentations have been entitled “Signs of the End You Cannot Ignore,” The Bible Reveals the Antichrist (Parts 1 & 2)” and “The Coming Worldwide Crisis.”

We ask for you continued prayers, that we will not only reach community members, but also that our hearts will be touched by the truths of Jesus’ love and that we will be prepared to meet Him soon.

Juniors Preview Andrews University

This last Sunday and Monday, the junior class joined juniors from across the Lake Union at Andrews University to begin exploring college options. At the career fair on Sunday afternoon, they signed up to preview two academic departments. On Monday, they toured the departments of their choice, spoke with professors and students in that department, and had the chance to get questions answered. In addition to the department tours, we enjoyed a gymnastics performance, special numbers from the Andrews University Singers, and panel interviews with current AU students.

Please continue to pray for the students at Wisconsin Academy as they plan for the nexts steps in life and begin to discover the future and hope that God has promised.

A Wonderful Senior Dedication

Thank you, parents, families, and friends of the senior class of 2018 for helping to make Senior Dedication a success. The seniors organized and led a beautiful vespers, Sabbath School and church service. On Friday evening, Youth Director Eric Chavez encouraged students to do impossible things. During church,WA Church Pastor Jonathan Fetrick spoke about what it means to really love. After sundown, families and friends enjoyed a fundraiser dinner mystery entitled “New York Dreams” in the cafeteria.   The funds raised go toward the class mission project next spring. The Senior class and sponsors, Sara Gardner, Bruce Rasmussen, and Rosalie Rasmussen, wish to thank all who support the class of 2018 and those who attended the weekend. Thank you!

Celebrating Reformation Day with Protests

October 31, 1517, 500 years ago, a monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the Wittenberg church door, protesting the sale of indulgences. Many see this bold protest as the first key move in what would come to be know as the Protestant Reformation.

On Tuesday night, students and staff gathered to remember what the Protestant Reformation is about and to make personal protests today. After watching a documentary tracing the roots of the reformation and the struggle to restore God’s Word to its proper place in Christian life, students had the chance to make a stand for themselves. Bible teacher Greg Edge bridged the gap between the 1500s and today with a short talk remind us of our need to stand against anything that come between us and our Savior. Many students filled out the cards he provided which allowed them to mark if they committed to each of the following: “I Protest! 1. I take my stand against anything and anyone who would try to keep me from reading my Bible. 2. I take my stand against anything and anyone who would try to keep me from knowing Jesus for myself. 3. I take my stand against anything and anyone who would try to keep me from trusting Jesus completely for my salvation. 4. I take my stand against anything or anyone who would try to keep my from sharing my love for Jesus.” Once the cards were completed, the students nailed them to pieces of plywood on the chapel stage.

Is the protest still alive today? As long as there is darkness in this world, we will need light. As long as there are lies, we will need to hold firm to the truth. As long as the world tells us to forget about  Jesus and His Word, we must protest. Will you stand and join with us?

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Students Participate in Thankfulness Projects

Students are finding many ways to express thanks during the month of November. In the outer administration office, a table has been set up where students can either construct cards or use completed cards to express their thanks for someone. Students have been passing these “I’m thankful for you because …” cards back and forth all week

In the lobby of the administration buildling, a thankfulness tree is being constructed. As students write things they are thankful for on leaves cut from colored paper, the leaves are attached the the windows and door. By the time the trees outside have lost all their leaves, this tree should be full of beautiful messages of thanksgiving. In the bathrooms, and elsewhere, there are also lists of ways students can express thankfulness through random acts of kindness.

These thankfulness activities are being coordinated by health teacher and school nurse Joella Show. Joella, we thank God for you!

Students Prepare Campus for Winter

Freezing temperatures are looming on the horizon, and so, during these last few days of autumn weather,  students on the grounds team have been helping prepare the campus for winter. They’ve been raking leaves, tearing out dying foliage, transplanting plants, putting in mulch, and helping plant bulbs. Over 750 bulbs were planted, including 300 donated by parent Artie Hamann. Snow will cover everything soon, but when spring comes, look for hundreds of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, and other flowers brightening the beds across our campus.

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Excitement Builds for Philippines Mission Project

Although Spring Break is months away, students are actively working toward raising funds and getting documents for our mission project to the Philippines. During our two weeks in the community of Bonongan on the island of Culion, we will build a church, conduct a medical clinic, hold evangelistic meetings, and work with the children. The Seventh-day Adventist congregation there (pictured above) is eagerly awaiting a solid church structure that will meet their needs.

In preparation for the project, each student must raise $1,800 for airfare and project expenses. We are also fundraising for the church building. If you have a student planning to participate in the project, please make sure they get a passport as soon as possible. If you would like to support this project financially, please make checks payable to Wisconsin Academy, and write International Mission Project (IMP) on the memo line. Mail your tax-deductible gift to:

Wisconsin Academy
Office of Development
N2355 Du Borg Rd
Columbus, WI 53925

The official fundraising letter is attached here. Feel free to email or make copies and distribute it as needed.

Listen to RingFest 2017 Live!

Students in our touring bell choir (Bellissimi Cerchi) are currently at RingFest 2017 in Toledo, Ohio. The whole event is livestreamed and you can watch thier concert tonight at 6:30 by following this link. Our students will be presenting “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” near the end of the program. A program for the concert can be downloaded here.

RingFest 2017 at the Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church welcomes 16 Bell Choirs from as far away as Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia, as well as neighboring states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and from Toledo, Ohio. They receive instruction October 26 and 27 and the combined Festival Concert will take place at 7:30pm on Friday, October 27 at Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Tune in for some wonderful music!

 

Seniors Visit Andrews University

On Tuesday afternoon, WA seniors traveled to Andrews University to join Adventist academy seniors from across the Lake Union for an Andrews University senior preview event.

During the morning session on Wednesday, students learned how to find the right college, how to choose a major, what to do if they are undecided on a major, where to find scholarships, and how to discover available grants. Following this session, they were able to tour an academic department of thier choice. Our seniors visited a variety of departments, including the School of Business Administration, Department of Nursing, Department of Behavioral Sciences, and more. One tour even took the students through a cadaver lab.

Throughout the year, we provide seniors opportunities to think seriously and prayfully plan for the next step in their education. Please continue to pray that they will trust God and his unfolding plan to give them “a future and a hope.”

Science Class Tours Local Waste Water Treatment Plant

On Friday, students in Kelly McWilliams’ Environmental Science Class took a field trip to the City of Columbus Waste Water Treatment Plant. The students were given a tour by a plant employee tracing the process from the moment water goes down the drain until it is released into the Crawfish River about five miles downstream from Wisconsin Academy. The plant serves the nearly 5,000 residents of Columbus. The tour of the plant coincides nicely with a water usage unit the class will soon be studying.

Environmental Science class builds on the foundation of knowledge gained in Biology.  Topics covered include botany, ornithology, entomology, environmental chemistry, microbiology, cytology, and organismal biology. Laboratory (indoors and outdoors) is a part of this course. This course may be taken for optional college credit.