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The Laugh Factory
Graduation Day Gift
MBA Trivia Contest
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Important Dates
Soquel Camp Meeting
July 12-22, 2012 


5 Life Lessons


 Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living or get busy dying.


You can get through anything if you stay put in today.


A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.


 It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.


When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.





The Truth Is ...


"My time at MBA was the pivotal experience in my life. Today, sixty years later, my life is still guided by the spiritual orientation instilled through the ministry of MBA to a troubled teen. The ministry that I am still involved in - being a Christian author and a pastor to the church of the unchurched (The Good News Rescue Mission) - had its origins in the Godly nurture I received there so long ago."


Pastor James V. Potter. Ph.D.

Class of 1954


"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
May 4, 2012                                                         
From the Editor

Of the many people who add value to our lives, a mother is undoubtedly one of the most special. As mother's day approaches, I challenge you to consider how you can show your mother how much she is loved and appreciated. 


As someone, who lost her mother at a fairly young age, I can't emphasize how important this is. (I wish I had done more to appreciate my mother when she was still alive.)  


Whether it is your Mom, or someone else you look up to, it's important to let them know how much they have made a difference in your life.


To all you mothers out there, happy Mothers Day!


Marci Scott

Assistant to Charlotte Henderson, Director of Development

Where Land Sea Unite to Inspire (Quote of the Month) 
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honore De Balzac
MBA News

Florida Music Tour, May 2-7, 2012 


Wednesday, May 2
8:30a - Concert Tampa Adv. Academy
10:15a - Concert Mt. Calvary Jr. Acad.

Thursday, May 3
10:15a - Concert Orlando Jr. Academy

Friday, May 4
8:15a - Concert Forest City SDA School
7:30p - Concert Apopka SDA Church

Sabbath, May 5
10:00a - Concert Forest Lake SDAC
11:30a - Concert Forest Lake SDAC


Spring Musical - May 19, 2012


Senior Reception - May 31, 2012   

The Laugh Factory Factory 


After Graduating from High School, David moves away from home to study at University. One of his letters home reads:

Dear Father,
University i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply ¢an't think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.
Your $on.

After receiving his son's letter, the father immediately replies by sending a letter back.

Dear David,
I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.


Graduation Day Gift

A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.


As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning  of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and  told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box.


Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give  me  a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving behind the holy book.


Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should visit him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed  to come home immediately and take care things. When he arrived at  his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.


He began to search his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears,  he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those   words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words: PAID IN FULL.


How many times do we miss our blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?



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.

Answer to Question for March 2012


How much did it cost to purchase Monterey Bay Academy from the military?


Answer: Nothing. Contrary to popular church tradition, no money was paid. Not even the bargain $1 the government had asked of Santa Cruz County earlier that year. According to a War Assets Administration document MBA was purchased at no cost. "In legal terminology...the camp will be 'sold' at 100% discount." See website for more details. 


Winner: Dorothy Fletcher '79


Question for April 2012

Who was the longest serving faculty mem
ber in MBA history?



Graduation Weekend Graduation weekend will be June 1-3, 2012


MBA Work Bee The MBA Work Bee will be held June 14-24. The work bee will be held in association with Maranatha, Lodi Fairmont SDA Church, and Sonora SDA Church. Participants need to register here. 


Camp Meeting (July 12-22, 2012) MBA will be at Soquel camp meeting. Alumni, be sure to stop by the MBA trailer to get a special gift! MBA will also be hosting a watermelon feed on July 21, 2012. 


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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