Blue Mountain Academy student Summer Dekle and Spencerville Adventist Academy Student Darysa Gregory receive scholarships.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard / Photo by Robert Martinez

Last weekend at Washington Adventist University’s MusicFest 2020, the school’s Music Department awarded $154,000 in scholarships to event attendees. Students from academies across the Columbia Union Conference received $118,000 of those scholarships. Watch their Friday evening performance below.

The following Columbia Union Conference students received scholarships:

Before dinner, the Spring Valley Academy Music Department presents “It’s a Small World” in the Fritzsche Center for Worship and Performing Arts.

Story by Vicki Swetnam

Ohio Conference's Spring Valley Academy (SVA) recently held their annual gala auction on campus. More than 300 people attended the event and helped raise approximately $225,000 for the Worthy Student Fund and the upcoming classroom expansion project. This project will provide additional space for SVA’s enrollment growth trend of the past few years.

As a memorial to Week of Prayer, seniors Steven Escano (right) and Samantha Rivera (in blue scarf) distribute rocks with “Claim the Victory” written on them.

Story by Ashley Boggess

This past fall, Week of Prayer was centered around the theme, “Claiming the Victory.” Along with the Class of 2020, Webster Sterling, the New Jersey Conference Lake Nelson Adventist Academy’s (LNAA) school chaplain, senior homeroom teacher and AP economics and religion teacher, delivered the daily messages.

Sarah Capeles, a member of New Jersey Conference’s Hackettstown church, recently released a new single, “I Will Love You” (in English) and “Yo Te Amaré” (in Spanish).

The song, just in time for Valentine’s Day, shares memories of a couple through the years, and the promise they make to continue loving each other in the upcoming years.

Capeles says her friend Willie Olmos wrote the song to “express the promise of eternal love and perseverance through all the difficulties in a couple’s life.”

Adventist HealthCare commits to partnership with Howard University Hospital to strengthen health services.

Story by Tom Grant

Adventist HealthCare and Howard University, which operates Howard University Hospital in the District of Columbia, announced today that the two organizations have signed a three-year management services agreement in which Adventist HealthCare will bring in a senior leadership team to help strengthen the hospital’s presence in the region. The agreement begins February 17, 2020.

Pine Forge Academy Community Ministry

Story by Stephen Richardson

Pine Forge Academy (PFA) took intentional steps this year to bolster its community presence by increasing service opportunities for students and providing resources for local community organizations.

NJC Lay Training

Story by Abdiel S. Hernandez

The Lay Training Biblical Institute program (Seminario Adventista Laico), sponsored by Andrews University (Mich.), recently brought a clear and fresh vision to the intellectual and spiritual preparation of the lay people of the New Jersey Conference (NJC). This training program was effective in doctrine, discipleship, evangelization, growth and service, and provided tools to empower the lay leaders to develop powerful leadership in their local churches, says organizers.

In 2018 NJC had a graduation of more than 140 students—including a teenager—and shared beautiful experiences with one another.