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Joining Bel Canto

This blog post features one of our international students and their experience with joining a touring group.

I have been at BMA for a year and a few months, and now I am a senior. I like to sing. I remember when I first came to BMA, people were asking me if I wanted to get in a touring group. I was unsure if I even wanted to stay at this school, so I decided to not get in anything. I was an NTG (no touring group).

As the time goes by, I started to get to know people and became friends with them. Some of them were in touring groups, so I could hear and see more about them. My roommate was a member of Bel Canto, and I remember her always going on tour and having fun. I started to wish I was in Bel Canto. It reached its peak when they performed a concert at BMA. It was amazing! I really liked the harmony and song.

This year, I became a part of Bel Canto. So far I’m loving it! We’ve already had over three tours, and I really have enjoyed it. If I could go back to my junior year, I would totally join and be a member of Bel Canto as I am now. I’m very excited for the future tours left during this year.


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–Min-Young Sung, Senior
Featured Photo by Mrs. Musselman, featuring Bel Canto performing during our annual Christmas Concert. 
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Deciding My Future

I found myself caught in the middle of two extremes. Graphic design or Biology.

I’m a senior, and with college decisions coming up I’ve started to feel increased pressure to figure out my life. I’ve been conflicted between choosing a major in graphic design or biology. Recently, I’ve had the chance to go on two different field trips that have made me reevaluate a few things.

Let me explain…

Last week, I went with my Anatomy & Physiology class to the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to witness a live surgery! The anticipation leading up to the trip had the other five people in the van ecstatic. For the last three years I have wanted to be a surgeon, so this was a big deal for me. We were able to watch the surgeon perform a gastric sleeve procedure. She cut a large portion of the stomach that left a “sleeve” connecting the esophagus to the small intestines. The procedure was about 2 hours, but it felt like 10 minutes. I was enjoying the surgery so much. Afterward, we got to play different interactive games in their hands-on exhibits. The last thing we did was watch a short film on pandas in their large 3D IMAX Theater. By the end of the day, I was inspired even more to pursue a career in Biology.

BUT, that wasn’t all.

I am in the first semester graphic design class, which is one of my favorite classes ever. When Mrs. Musselman told us we would visit the Rodale Institute Publishing Company Headquarters I was so excited. They publish lifestyle magazines like Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and Runner’s World. As I walked through the front door, I felt like I was in a completely different environment. People were exercising in the lobby! They gave us a tour, and brought us to their creative floor. There was art everywhere. I felt a strange feeling as if I already belonged there. A group of five different people talked to us about their products and how they begin their creative process. On a weekly basis I already spend about 10+ hours working on graphic design projects. The idea of pursuing it as a career intrigued me.

So here I am. Trying to decide what to do with my life. I am worried about my future, but I know God has greater plans for me. If I could hear Jesus praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a thing, yet distance makes no difference–He is praying for me.


Sharyl Cubero





–Sharyl Cubero, Class of 2016
Featured Photo by Mrs. Bechtel and Mrs. Musselman, featuring Sharyl’s two field trip experiences.
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Unshakable Faith

This week the blog features a parent’s perspective on her daughter’s experience at Blue Mountain Academy. 

My prayer life for Blue Mountain Academy has evolved twice. As a parent, my prayers for the academy were centered on my child. The theme of my prayers were for her safety, traveling mercies, her studies, her friends, her choices, her teachers, her walk with the Lord, our relationship, and for the reassurance that I made the right decision to send her hundreds of miles away from home because for four years we would miss out on most of her life’s milestones.

My prayers were heavier on the subject of her walk with God because I was not there to monitor it like most Christians who have their children at home can. My trust in God for this journey was put to the test during her time at BMA. While she was at home, I had a form of faith which was coupled with a self-security because I was involved with her spiritual experiences and dictated what she was exposed to and what she should learn and at what time of her life she should learn it. Blue Mountain Academy stripped that control from me and that shook my foundation as the sole proprietor of her Christian experience. It was a rough transition and I often felt unsure, remorseful and a failure. What this experience revealed was that in my absence I lacked faith and trust someone else could continue my work as a parent and most importantly I lacked faith and trust in God to continue His work in her and keep her mind in my absence. I had a form of faith but could not put it to work.

I am now a staff member here at Blue Mountain Academy and have experienced first-hand just how amazingly well the Lord takes care of our children through the lives and ministry of the staff and students. Being stripped of my security was the best thing that Blue Mountain Academy could have done for me as a parent because through that struggle of letting go, I found a faith and trust in God that is unshakable. My conditional faith had to die in order to bring forth the kind of trust that I have not only in God but in the work and commitment this school has for the spiritual lives of its students.

Martin Luther penned, “Faith is a living and unshakable confidence, a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.” My kind of faith and trust had died many times for the sake of renewal and reinforcing. God, through Blue Mountain Academy, had allowed both my experience as a parent and now a staff to reinforce my once conditional faith to unshakable.

You can also experience this kind of freedom for uncertainty for the spiritual life of your child. It is to  simply let go and allow God to show you His ability to keep them safe in His care. Then you too will experience this amazing kind of unshakeable faith.





–Latoya Wright, parent and former Assistant BMA Chaplain
Featured Photo by Julia Viniczay & Sharyl Cubero, Latoya Wright and her children pose for a picture at our Recognition Dinner.
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