We are excited to announce that our 2nd annual gala and auction, "Windows to the World" with a focus on raising money to replace the 50-year-old ineffective windows, raised nearly $40,000. Thanks to the support of our many generous donors and attendees, that's double the amount raised last year.
With more than 80 items to bid on, ranging in value from $5 to $3,500, attendees had lots of choices to purchase. Several people also chose to sponsor windows. Among the unique items available were handmade art projects created by students in PreKindergarten to Grade 8 with the help of art teacher Veronic Iria.
"Some of the most enjoyable parts of the evening were viewing the student projects and listening to the descriptions and motivations behind each project," said Lanu Stoddart-Williams. "Kudos to the students andtheir teachers for a superb job yet again!"
Principal Jeff Lambert once again offered his hair as an auction item and this year Pastor Luis Gracia from the College Church joined him with a twist--the winning bidder could choose to save or shave their hair. A lively bidding ensued with Pastor Luis's hair being saved and Mr. Lambert being shaved.
The event featured six tables of various cuisines from around the world. Kristie Stevenson, parent of two SLA students and one SLA alumnus, put together this feast that met with rave reviews with the help of other volunteer parents.
"The gala was not just a fundraiser. It was a social event where hard-working volunteers gave of their time and money to celebrate Christian education," said Home and School President Laurie Segar-Collins.
Who gets a scholarship after arriving at the interview 30 minutes late? That's the question Angele Noel couldn't help but ask herself after receiving notice that she was a recipient of the Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship that pays up to half the cost at a college of her choice.
Noel, a junior at South Lancaster Academy, is one of just 25 students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be awarded this competitive scholarship. "My mom said, 'Maybe it was meant to happen this way so that you can never say that you got it on your own. You know forever that the only reason you have this is because God gave it to you," said Noel.
The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who have overcome significant adversity in their life and show academic promise but whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to attend college. One 10th or 11th grade student from each school in the state can be nominated.
Noel immigrated to the United States from Haiti when she was 6 years old. She is the third in a family of six children. "This scholarship opens up options that were unimaginable before," said Noel. "God will place me where He wants to place me."
Noel, an honor student and active in student leadership and community service, intends to study law and political science so she can work in international and human rights law. She had an internship with the Worcester District Attorney's Office this year. "No matter what I do I want to make sure I am making an impact in my community."
"Angele stood out because I knew she came from a background where her parents had come from another country and they had started from scratch with nothing and they had made a commitment to have her in an Adventist school," said Jeffrey Lambert, principal. "She has always been dedicated to her schoolwork and to helping the students in different organizational capacities such as being the president for the Student Association or helping with class office. She has a road map in place to do great things in the future as well."
Noel is the second SLA student to receive this scholarship. Hannah Knowles, graduate of 2017, won the scholarship in 2016 and is now attending Southern Adventist University.