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SportsFest, is a one-and-a-half day event where 5-8th graders from the Pennsylvania Conference elementary schools join our campus to do a sports clinic. We just finished hosting the event this past weekend.

Lots of children from all over the state flooded our gym and the soccer/football field.

The children participate in two sports of their choice over eight sessions with many of the current BMA students assisting as needed. They also experienced worships and fun activities featuring “Doctor Bella,” and the timeless movie, Facing the Giants.

We interviewed one of the BMA student volunteers, Caleb Barney, on how his experience was helping out with SportsFest.

Q: What sport did you teach?
Caleb Barney: Volleyball.

Q: What was it like teaching?
Caleb: Teaching the sport was stressful sometimes, but all around it was a good experience. I like teaching kids, especially teaching them, what is in my opinion, the best sport ever, volleyball!

Q: What did you take away from this experience?
Caleb: I took away that teaching is learning. Not only did I teach the kids, but I learned what it was like to potentially be a teacher, which is a career I’m currently potentially interested in pursuing.

Q: Would you do this again?
Caleb: I definitely would! It was fun to participate with the visiting students and teach them more about a sport that I love.

Q: As a kid, would you have wanted to attend Sports Fest?
Caleb: Oh yeah! It would’ve been a great foundation to the sports I play now. I definitely would recommend it to other middleschoolers in the coming years.

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–Caleb Barney, Senior
Featured Photo by Sharyl Cubero, senior. The photo is of all of the SportsFest participants.
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The Importance of Art

To me, art is very important. It can inspire you, uplift you and open your eyes to the beauty in everything.

When I first heard that there would be an art class available, I was really excited and hoped that I would be able to join. I love art and having a class would be really fun and a great opportunity to improve.

I was really happy to hear I was on the list, and so far I have really been enjoying this class.

One of the most stressful things about school is the strict, orderly setting that you’re in. In art class, however, the whole feel is much more relaxed and chill. I really like that because it allows me to unwind my stress from the week and just be creative. I appreciate that it is one of the few classes I have that doesn’t make me feel overwhelmed with tests and due dates.

I am so grateful that we have an art program this year, and although we’ve only done one project, I am looking forward to the rest of the year and future things to come.

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–Christina Mott, Junior
Featured Photo by Sharyl Cubero, senior. The photo is of Christina’s first art project.
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Senior Outdoor Leadership Discovery (S.O.L.D.)

Here we were faced between nature and ourselves. We had to mentally prepare for what was about to happen. The day had finally come.

Senior Outdoor Leadership Discovery Retreat, (S.O.L.D for short) had FINALLY arrived. We managed to hold back the tears as our phones slowly died and were left without any service. Mr. Baumgartner was there to meet us and had already laid out the campsite. We couldn’t believe this was actually happening.

It was a long four days dedicated to bonding. At times we were filled with anger and frustration, but ended with trust and teamwork.

When it all came down to an end, our class voted for new officers who would be able to lead and make the tough decisions as the year progressed. Names of people who stood out as leaders during the retreat were nominated. After a series of anonymous votes were cast, names were mentioned, and eruptions of applause could be heard throughout. Our class had spoken. Brand new leaders had risen to the scene.

This experience was unlike any other. We started out separate, in our own cliques and preconceived thoughts of each other, and ended with new bonds with people we never thought we could relate to. On our last day we didn’t want to leave and begged to stay for another week.

When we got back on campus responsibilities were resumed and quickly we got back into the routine of getting back into finishing Psychology and A&P, but this time something was different and our attitudes had changed. We were now leaders.

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–Sharyl Cubero, Senior
Featured Photo by Ellen Musselman
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A New Year Begins!

The familiar trees passed by in a blur. I was getting closer. The light became brighter and the streets got clearer. I had made it! It was finally registration day. Not only was I starting my sophomore year, but I was also a member of Student Association.

The hallways once dim and void of life during summer, were bustling with joyous students and apprehensive smiles. Students and parents entered from station to station, getting prepared for the school year.

I may have been a returning student, but it was a new year; a year that would be filled with more responsibility and added maturity.

But the best part had yet to come. SA handshake was down the road… literally. All students and staff headed down to the football field to meet and greet each other. Hugs were exchanged between new and old friends. Afterward we headed to the pavilion where we were met with a chilling treat of ice cream. It was a great way to start out the school year.

The next day, classes would begin, and it would officially be the start of the school year.

Janick Brun





–Janick Brun, Class of 2018
Featured Photo by Sharyl Cubero, Senior
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