CLYMER — On the morning of April 20, high school students from Calvary Baptist Academy arrived in Chambersburg to take part in the Keystone Christian Education Association’s Senior High Fine Arts Competition. The competition was under way by 9:45 a.m., when all the schools from across the state had arrived.
The CBA students participated in seven different events. The students (grades 7-12) competed in a choral group.
Three students were involved in giving speeches. A piano duet was played, and a large instrumental ensemble also played two songs. One CBA senior also entered a photo in the digital photo category.
Ben Bradshaw, a junior, did a declamation of Patrick Henry’s famous speech with the line “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!” and received a meritorious award.
Seniors Paige Heiple and Lauren Wolfe, both did a humorous interpretation. Heiple did “The Night the Bed Fell,” by James Thurber, and Wolfe did “Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day,” by Judith Viorst.
Heiple received an excellent for her speech, and Wolfe received a meritorious for her speech.
Heiple and Megan Plants, a junior, received a meritorious for their piano duet, “Dance Tocatto,” by Denes Agay. Diana Marshall, a senior, entered a photo in the digital photography category and received a meritorious. The CBA choral group and the large instrumental ensemble both received meritorious awards.
The students enjoyed fun and friends and many are looking forward to preparing for next year’s competition.
The day before the competition, the entire school participated in a school fundraiser called the Patriot Serve-A-Thon.
This fundraiser is unique because each student gets to serve the community while earning money for the school. A few weeks prior to this actual day the students sent mailers to family members and friends describing what the students would be doing and asking for financial donations.
This year’s Serve-A-Thon was different from last year’s. Last year the students went to the park in Clymer and did several things there to prepare the park for the spring-summer season. This year the students served in two nursing facilities — Hiillsdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Rustic Manor Personal Care Home.
The majority of the students went to Hillsdale, while the remaining students went to Rustic Manor. They conducted various activities for the residents of the homes — cookie decorating, a boutique, planting and games as well as some outdoor yard work. Prior to these activities, the students entertained the residents with singing, piano and guitar special numbers, and a humorous speech presentation.
The students really enjoyed working with the residents and hope that they were a bright spot in the resi-dents’ day. This fundraiser was definitely a huge success for the Academy.