Hartle Hall residents Kevin Oliveira and Gabriel Moraes hang out together in the dorm.

Story by Andrew S. Lay

Students who don’t live within driving distance of a nearby Seventh-day Adventist academy can still obtain a great Adventist education by living in a dormitory, such as Chesapeake Conference's Highland View Academy in Hagerstown, Md. This arrangement not only offers families more convenience, but it gives students the opportunity to enjoy the entire academy experience—from breakfast in the morning through recreational time or sports practice in the evening.

Senior Ben Shull is named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Story by Vicki Swetnam

Darren Wilkins, principal of Ohio Conference's Spring Valley Academy, recently announced that the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program named senior Benjamin Shull a Commended Student, one of 34,000 throughout the nation, recognized for exceptional academic promise. This year, Commended Students were those who placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million who entered the scholarship program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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Story by Heidi Wetmore

When the coronavirus pandemic began last March, students from Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) moved to an online educational experience. Wanting to help kids who were struggling to adjust to online learning and to grasp concepts virtually, Abby Shim (’21) began tutoring them, free of charge.

“For the most part, it went well,” says Shim, “but I decided to take it a step further and make a website so that my students could upload their worksheets prior to their session and to make it easier for parents to communicate with me.” Shim’s website,, enabled her to meet the needs of those she tutored in a more helpful way.

Pastor Sanghae Kim reads the baptismal vows to candidates Kyle Williams and Joseph Berry.

Story by Esther Hernandez

“At Blue Mountain Academy (BMA), we believe that true education focuses on academics, along with social, physical and spiritual development of our students,”
states Burney Culpepper, principal. “This year’s FOCUS (Focus On Christ’s Ultimate Sacrifice) week impacted our staff and students in a powerful way, causing them to grow in their relationship with Christ and strengthen their understanding and desire for the Word of God.”

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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Ps. 23:1, KJV).

My favorite verse in the Bible is Psalm 23:1. I know I am safe if God is my Shepherd. I will always have what I need. Many times, however, when I experience trials, I easily forget this promise and start to distrust and despair. I need to trust God when difficult times occur, and rely on this promise to keep my heart calm.

God saved my life when I was baby. As a premature infant, I weighed only three pounds at birth. The doctors didn’t expect me to live. They also thought that, if I did live, I would only have half of my heart and be unable to walk. But God saved me and sustained my life. If it weren’t for the Lord, I wouldn’t be here today—totally healthy and strong.