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Story by Eryn Montgomery Savoy
“We Are One” sign for Registration.
Some 111 students from Seventh-day Adventist schools in Central Virginia in grades 7-12 recently converged on Potomac Conference’s Richmond Academy for a day centering around unity. Richmond Academy (RA) and the Potomac Conference Office of Education co-sponsored this “We Are One” event to bring students from area Adventist academies together for a day of worship, fun and fellowship. In addition to Richmond Academy, three other Potomac schools took part in the event: Desmond T. Doss Junior Academy from Lynchburg, Va., Tidewater Adventist Academy from Chesapeake, Va., Tappahannock Junior Academy from Tappahannock, Va., and Allegheny East Conference’s Ephesus Junior Academy from Richmond.
Each student received a commemorative “We Are One” T-shirt designed Delphon Gordon, an RA senior and Student Association (SA) president. Proudly sporting their new shirts, the students began the day together with worship led by the RA’s Student Association. Chrizette Sullano, an RA student commented that, “It was fun meeting other people. The worship and the music brought us closer to God.”
Following worship, the students enjoyed a variety of other activities, including a hovercraft race with vehicles that they had built and brought especially for this occasion. The students also had fun participating in a spelling bee, face painting lessons and mixer games led by RA SA officers. “My favorite game was when one person had to lay on a sheet while two others picked up the sheet and ran with it,” said Kerriana Moore, from Tidewater. “I met lots of new people there. I hope we have another activity with the other schools!”
All too soon it was time to load up the buses and head for home. Students and faculty agreed that the event was a success. New friendships were made and students’ minds were opened to the opportunities available for continuing their education in an Adventist institution. Nashyer Tonge, an RA student, summed up the day well when she said, “I think it was really nice to see different schools unite as one!”