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CALVARY BAPTIST ACADEMY: KCEA winners honored; students take special trips

by By PAIGE HEIPLE and DALE PEARCE, Gazette Student News Reporters on May 03, 2013 11:00 AM

CLYMER — Last week the Calvary Baptist Academy students who performed well in the Keystone Christian Education Association’s academic testing received awards for their achievement.

In the senior high, Leonardo Jiang received superior awards in math and science; Di Wu received an excellent award in math; Paige Heiple received an honorable mention award in science; and HyunSeung Woo received an honorable mention award in math.

In the junior high, three students received awards: Rachel Covato, an excellent award in English; Brittany Prugh, a meritorious award in math; and Jack Marshall, a meritorious award in history. Congratulations to these students for a job well done.

On April 26, Calvary Baptist Academy hosted its annual spring concert. The students were excited for another chance to showcase their talents through the pieces they had chosen for the senior high and junior high fine arts competition.

Michael Boole welcomed the family and friends that came out for the concert. The concert included musical performances by the band, high school choir, junior high girls’ ensemble, the junior high boys’ ensemble and the elementary choir.

In addition to these, there were two other musical performances: Chen (Andy) Hshiang, a seventh-grader, performed a piano solo, “Sonetine” by M. Clementi; and Paige Heiple, a senior, and Megan Plants, a junior, performed a piano duet, “Dance Toccata” by Denes Agay, for the offertory.

In addition to these musical numbers, there were three speech performances. Lauren Wolfe, a senior, delighted the audience with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” written by Judith Viorst; Ben Bradshaw, a junior, stirred the audience with the declamation “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death,” by Patrick Henry; and Heiple also presented a humorous speech, “The Night the Bed Fell,” by James Thurber.

In addition to the concert performances, there was also the KCEA Honor Society induction. Two new members were inducted this year.

Bradshaw, a junior, and Kristen Henck, a senior, joined the four other members, Heiple, Andy Knupp, Diana Marshall, and Wolfe. After the concert there was a special reception for the Honor Society members and their families. The evening was definitely an enjoyable one for all those in attendance.

This week both the junior and senior classes took field trips. The seniors left early Monday morning for their trip to the Wilds Christian Camp in Brevard, N.C. While at the Wilds, they went whitewater rafting and visited a waterfall. They also participated in many activities as well as special services and visited with seniors from other schools from different states.

After leaving the Wilds on Thursday morning, they traveled to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tenn., where they rented a cabin and will participate in several activities. At Pigeon Forge they will attend dinner shows including the Dixie Stampede and they will ride horses at Big Rock Dude Ranch. They will return home on Monday.

The juniors left Wednesday for their trip to Washington, D.C. While there, they visited many monuments and historical sites that they had learned about in their history classes. They also had the experience of riding the Metro back and forth to different areas. They will return home tonight.

These field trips produce many memorable moments for the students of Calvary Baptist Academy.

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