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Important Dates
Academy Days  
March 09-11, 2012
Alumni Weekend
April 26-29, 2012
Golf Tournament
April 27, 2012 


5 Life Lessons

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.


2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.


3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.


4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.


5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

The Truth Is ...

"Monterey Bay Academy has filled a pivotal role in not only my own education, but also in my wife.  The legacy of spiritually-based teaching and mentorship, superb musical organizations, and a continued commitment to academic excellence makes MBA truly one of a kind!"


Joe L. Wheeler, Ph.D.
Class of 1954

Author, Christmas in My Heart book series 





"My conversion to Christ at MBA set my life in a direction that cannot be described in words, because it has been an experience.  I could never repay the valuable training and life preparation I received at MBA."


Jose Rojas, Class of 1978


Director, Volunteer Ministries, North American Division of SDA







"I am indebted to the teachers and leaders that I now realize were making great sacrifices to work at MBA.  The education, discipline, and life-long friendships from my years at MBA are invaluable assets that will live with me forever." 


Scott Nelson, M.D., Class of 1988 


Medical Director, CURE International, Haiti and Santo Domingo





"The atmosphere at MBA is very warm and supportive, the teachers are very Christ centered, the school offers many interesting opportunities for a variety of activities, and the campus is an idyllic place to attend school."


Lindsey Henning, Class of 2011

  Sonora, CA





"I feel a certain pride toward MBA.  I feel it is a school that really develops a child's character.  Compared to other schools I have seen, MBA seems so personal and because of the boarding school experience, it is like a family.  I feel very attached to MBA and being at MBA makes me feel like part of a kind of special 'club', a club connected with God that has many members that all have that same feeling." 


Danica Betts, Class of 2011 



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Past Issues
January 6, 2012                                                         
From the Editor
Marci Scott, Assistant Director of Development 

It's the New Year and resolutions are coming fast and furious. 


I'm going to exercise an hour every day.

I'm going to stop watching television.

This is the year I'm going to... (fill in the blank).


You mean well and you're resolute, but how often do you succeed?  How many times have you dropped your resolution halfway through the year or even the middle of January? (I know I have.)


What's the secret to keeping your New Year's resolution? Journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Goodman shares some sage advice:


"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential." 


What are you going to resolve to do this New Year? Are you going to fix flaws or look for potential? I don't know about you, but I've decided to take a page out of Ellen's book and focus on my strengths instead of weaknesses.


Until next time!

Marci Scott

Assistant to Charlotte Henderson, Director of Development 

MBA News

A generous donor recently gave us a gift enabling us to buy 75 chairs for the cafeteria. We need three times that many, but this is a great start!


Congratulations to Luke Travis, '11, who was named a Commended Scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 


Campus ministries has begun holding a special mid-week service in Baker Chapel. The service takes place at night and all the students are invited. Afterwords, some stay for a general youth meeting while others join roughly 10 small groups for Bible Study.

The Laugh Factory Factory 

"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. "~Author Unknown

Some Inspiration to Start the New Year 
The earthquake in Haiti in January, 2010 was estimated to have taken 230,000 lives. Christa Brelsford and her brother were Americans teaching English in Haiti 
when the earthquake struck. 


The building that they were in collapsed and Christa's legs were pinned beneath the rubble. Christa was freed from the rubble by friends, and ultimately evacuated to Miami where she was told that her right leg below the knee would need to be amputated. 

Christa Brelsford

Happy to be alive, Christa was able to make a full recovery and learn to not only walk but to hike and rock climb using a prosthetic leg.  As a show of appreciation to the members of the international and Haitian community, Christa then started her own charitable organization with a commitment to build back the school where she had been working that had been destroyed during the earthquake.  


As a result of her hard work and perseverance, the school has already been rebuilt.


If someone can make this type of positive impact in the same year that they lost their leg, what can we accomplish in [2012] if we focus on what we have instead of what we're missing?

Source: here 

MBA Trivia Contest
If you know the answer to this month's MBA trivia question, email your answer ASAP to The first person with the correct answer will be this month's winner and that name will be placed in our grand-prize annual drawing for a free weekend stay at Monterey Bay Academy. Click on Contest Details for more information.

Question for January 2012

What year did MBA and PUC partner to offer an associate's degree in laundry management?




Office Insider
 L to R: Kinzie (Yoder) Speyer '76, Nathan Henderson '00, Charlotte Henderson, Marci Scott
Save the Date!
Alumni Weekend is April 26-29, 2012.
  • Year-end Statements will be mailed to all our donors before January 30. If you have misplaced any of your receipts, you may use this document in its place.
  • MBA Photos We are looking for yours! Email or mail to the Alumni Office. Be sure and list the names of those in the photo. Perhaps it was your favorite banquet picture or a band tour photo. Just be sure and tell us the event or situation. Watch for it in upcoming Waves Gone By or Sandscripts publications. Please be sure the photos are a minimum of 800x600 pixels in size, 150 dpi resolution, and saved in JPEG format.
  • Sandscripts If you have any news/photos for the upcoming Spring issue of Sandscripts, please submit to: Promotions, weddings, births, new move? Keep us all up-to-date.
  • Academy Days is March 09-11. Sign up today if you wish to bring a teenager you are acquainted with. Contact Nathan Henderson for more information.
  • Alumna and Alumnus of the Year We are currently accepting nominations for male and female alums or former faculty who: served their church, community, or MBA; or have been involved in mission service. Submit your nominations to: Charlotte Henderson by January 15.
  • Calling for Memorabilia MBA is looking for your memorabilia for our alumni museum. You can send your class shirts, jackets, sweaters, and other MBA memorabilia to Monterey Bay Academy, Alumni Department, 783 San Andreas Rd. La Selva Beach, CA 95076.
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