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STEAM night inspired students

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The students and families who came to the STEAM night March 5 had an electrifying and hair-raising experience with the fun and educational activities highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Attendees got hands-on experience with a Van De Graaf generator to learn about electricity, drove a robot from the Nashoba High School Robotics Club, saw the workings of a telescope, watched filtering of liquid mixtures, participated in math activities, listened to stories and created crafts.

STEAM night is an annual event attracting more than 100 people and is organized by South Lancaster Academy's Home and School Association. Dionne Blackwell, a parent and engineer who also volunteers her time to lead SLA's Robotics Club, invited the presenters to share their knowledge with the students.

"We were fortunate to have wonderful and enthusiastic presenters that interacted with us and kept everyone excited about their various topics," said Tish Brahmia, science teacher. "It was wonderful watching students' eyes light up as they were able to experience the Van De Graaf machine or control a robot."

Academic advising groups guide high school students

SLA began a new guidance program for our high school students this school year.

“We started advisor groups primarily to address the academic needs of our students. Everything from study skills for our Freshmen to college planning for our Seniors,” says Principal David Branum.

Each week, students meet with five or six of their peers and a faculty advisor. They begin their meeting with a short worship followed by discussions about their current academic progress, developing good study habits, time management, scheduling, career preparation, preparing for SATs, applying for college scholarships and the like.

“As it continues to grow, it also provides students with an adult on campus that they can share whatever is on their mind,” says Mr. Branum. “The ultimate goal is that students are better prepared for life from a social, academic, spiritual, and physical perspective.”

Rheannon Grace LeBlanc, Junior, appreciates the valuable advice she is getting in her academic advising group with Tish Brahmia, science teacher. “I like how Mrs. Brahmia takes the time to go over not only study hacks and time management or scheduling, but also how to cope with your anxiety or depression or even how to avoid weighing yourself down and stressing yourself out. She does a happy mix of the both and I appreciate that she not only focuses on our grades but on our mental stability as well. It feels nice to know that someone cares about us as a person and not just as a student.”

Four new members to NHS

Congratulations to our newest members of the South Lancaster Academy's chapter of the National Honor Society. They are Emma DeMartino, 2021; Madison Marquez, 2020; Nathan Johnson, 2020; and Christian Williams, 2019.

The National Honor Society (NHS) recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character. NHS offers scholarships and resources to members to assist in college admission.

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Graduates earn more than $1.1 in scholarships

Class of 2018

Class of 2018

South Lancaster Academy celebrated its 135th commencement on Sunday, June 10, 2018, graduating 18 students. These seniors were awarded more than $1,165,000 in scholarships.

Of the 18 seniors, 13 plan to attend Seventh-day Adventist colleges, one is attending New York Institute of Technology, one attending Quinsigamond Community College, one entering the Navy and two are undecided. Eight students are National Honor Society members with five earning highest honors with a cumulative GPA of 3.9-4.0, one with high honors of a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.89 and one with honors of a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.75.

Four additional awards were presented. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award was presented to Daniel Hammond andGeovanny Sanchez. The Worcester Telegram Award went to Danielle Malivert. Evan Garrity received the Caring Heart Award. Michaela Hernandez was the first recipient of Melissa Martinez Kidder scholarship.

We were honored to welcome alumnus Melissa Kidder, class of 1982, to present this scholarship. The scholarship was established this year by Lanu Stoddart Williams to honor her friend diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The scholarship is awarded to students going to a SDA college to study STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). Donations to this scholarship can made in the business office at SLA.

We applaud the accomplishments of each student. We see bright things in their future and look forward to seeing them return to SLA as shining examples of God's love in their lives.

Many alumni attended the graduation ceremonies. We welcome each of these alumni back to SLA at any time.

Many alumni attended the graduation ceremonies. We welcome each of these alumni back to SLA at any time.

8th grade students enjoyed educational trip to Washington D.C.

8th grade students visited the Marine Corps War Memorial inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six Marines raising a U.S. flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

8th grade students visited the Marine Corps War Memorial inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six Marines raising a U.S. flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

Each year, the 8th grade class at South Lancaster Academy takes a trip to Washington D.C. to visit important historical sites. The following article is one student's impressions.

By Jhoan Ogando

It was Tuesday, May 29th. The day was finally here! I had my suitcase packed and I had my outfit on. My dad drove me to school and everything was ready for the class trip. We prayed and then we went in the bus to start driving before we hit traffic. WE STILL HIT TRAFFIC!

This year, my class got to not only visit Washington D.C., but also New York. We stopped at the 9/11 memorial where the people who died that day are remembered. It was a beautiful place and it was good to pay respects to the people whohave passed away.

After long hours of driving, we stopped at Golden Corral where everybody had a good meal and good time. We went to the Holiday Inn Hotel in Largo, MD. It had free breakfast, a pool and the rooms were big. We had lots of conversations and watched TV. 

We visited many monuments and museums on the trip, including the Smithsonian, the Arlington Cemetery and the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.

Even though we didn't get rolled ice cream, it was such a great experience. It was like a mini vacation with your closest friends. I thank all the chaperones who came with us and my teacher Mrs. Oliveira, who did her best to make the best class trip we could get.