Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Shenandoah Valley Academy
At the recent Shenandoah Valley Academy Senior Dedication, Principal Don Short placed the Class of 2023—made up of 56 seniors—into God’s loving care during his dedication prayer:
It began two years ago, when I was asked if a Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) student in the Partnering for Eternity (PFE) work program could visit me once a week.
As 28 students filed into the classroom, music teacher Daniel Biaggi, an adult advisor for the Sources of Strength program, observed them.
Recently, the Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) campus family gathered in the church for a vespers—not just any vespers, however. This was the Reach Our Kids (ROK) program.
At a recent schoolwide chapel, Principal Don Short announced that the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) named senior Hania Kantzer a Commended Student, presenting her with a Letter of Commendation from Shenandoah Valley Academy and NMSP.
Throughout my life, this verse has always reminded me that God is in control. There are times when I wonder why things happen the way they do or if something in my life is the right thing for me. However, each time these doubts fill my mind, I remember that God puts everything in my life for a purpose.
I found myself at Psalms 118 and read it once, twice, three times; first in my head, and then aloud. The words were everything I needed at that moment. The psalm promised that God is there in my moments of distress, that He hears me when I feel overwhelmed and helpless and that He is my strength.
At Shenandoah Valley Academy, students build positive relationships with Christian mentors who truly care about them—a rare and valuable experience.
When I read this verse, it reminds me that we can come to Jesus just as we are. There is no need to pretend like we have life all figured out or that we don’t have problems.
Keynote speaker Charles A. Tapp, president of the Potomac Conference and chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) Board of Trustees, shares a message (excerpted) at the Zirkle Gymnasium Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 14, 2021: