A Motto Inspires an Amazing Gift
by Viktoria Kolpacoff & Fonda Cox

Milo Adventist Academy’s senior class waited in eager anticipation. Graduation day had finally come, and every member was there to take part in the festivities, to walk across the stage and receive their diploma. Even though the class wasn’t exactly the same as when it started freshmen year, there was a unique bond between these graduating students.

That bond was strengthened over Senior Survival, where students had to work together to complete various team building activities. However, that wasn’t the only thing that united the seniors. Working together in classes also brought them closer together. One such class that made a rather large impact on them was Bible 4, taught by Mrs. Carol Sumerlin. They listened to sermons by Lee Venden, Dick Deurksen, Anil Kanda, and others. One thing in particular stood out from the many concepts and ideas they learned. One thing seemed to strike a chord with each student and helped them grow in their relationship with God. Their class motto, taken from a Lee Venden quote, “It’s not what you do, it’s who you know and who you know will change what you do” summed up this class’s goals.

Not only was the class united in learning about God, but they also wanted to help others. Toward the end of the year, they discovered that several seniors had large school bills to pay off before participating in graduation. In order to make sure everyone could be involved in graduation, and to decrease the financial burden on their classmates, the class voted to give up a special class trip to help out their classmates. They donated their funds to help a few students’ school bills. They worked to help each other, united in God’s desire for their lives.