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MBA News
The Laugh Factory
A Brother's Hands
MBA Trivia Contest
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Important Dates
Alumni Weekend

April 25-28, 2013 


5 Life Lessons


Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.


Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.


 Your children get only

one childhood. Make it memorable.


 Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.


 Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

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 at MBA 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
September 7, 2012
From the Editor

Have you ever felt sorry for yourself?


I know I have.


Recently, after a bad day, I found this video on YouTube. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share it with you, my friends from MBA.

Live Simply So Other People Can Simply Live.
Live Simply So Other People Can Simply Live.


Puts everything in perspective, doesn't it?


If we haven't told you lately. I hope you know that MBA appreciates you, as both our alumni and our friends.


May God bless and keep you!


Marci Scott
Assistant to Charlotte Henderson, Director of Development
Where Land Sea Unite to Inspire (Quote of the Month) 

I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom. ~ Unknown

MBA News


August 5-8, 2012. NAD Teachers' Convention. Teachers and staff attended the NAD Teachers' Convention in Nashville, TN. Featured speakers included Dwight Nelson and Christian comedian Ken Davis. Many of our MBA faculty and staff also presented at the convention. MBA had the most presentations out of any academy that attended.


MBA has a few new faces.


Ronnie Fogg is the new task force boy's dean. He is from Minnesota State. 


Anette Bradley-Martes is the new English/Spanish teacher. She is from Battle Creek, Michigan.


Lisa Velasquez is the new task force girl's dean. She is fromApplegate, CA. 


Doug Reeves is the new vice principal of finance. He is from Washington State. 


The Laugh Factory 




A Brother's Hands


Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen! 


In order merely to keep food on the table for this mob, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and any other paying chore he could find in the neighborhood. 


Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder's children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Academy.


After many long discussions at night in their crowded bed,   the two boys finally worked out a pact. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and, with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies, in four years, he would support the other brother at the academy, either with sales of his artwork or, if necessary, also by laboring in the mines. They tossed a coin on a Sunday morning after church. Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to Nuremberg.


Albert went down into the dangerous mines and, for the next four years, financed his brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation. Albrecht's etchings, his woodcuts, and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors, and by the time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees for his commissioned works.


When the young artist returned to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant homecoming. After a long and memorable meal, punctuated with music and laughter, Albrecht rose from his honored position at the head of the table to drink a toast to his beloved brother for the years of sacrifice that had enabled Albrecht to fulfill his ambition. His closing words were, "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream, and I will support you."


All heads turned in eager expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat, tears streaming down his pale face, shaking his lowered head from side to side while he sobbed and repeated over and over, "No ... no ... no ... no."


Finally, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks. He glanced down the long table at the faces he loved, and then, holding his hands close to his right cheek, he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look ... look what four years in the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, brother ... for me it is too late."


More than 450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful portraits, pen and silver-point sketches, watercolors, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper engravings hang in every great museum in the world, but the odds are great that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works. More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction hanging in your home or office.


One day, long ago, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands."





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 August 2012


How many dorm rooms are there in the girls dorm? The closest guess wins.   


Answer: 73 rooms including 62 student rooms.


Winner: The person with the closest guess was Ella Mae Burgdorff '65 who guessed 64 rooms. 




Question for September 2012  

How many principals as MBA had? (Including the current principal, Mr. Kubrock.)




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. Dennis and Diane (Luther) Birk '62, recently sent in a lot of their MBA memorabilia, i.e. programs, Seaweeds, etc. Curtis Birth '63, sent in his class sweater. 


Career Day - Sunday, September 30, 2012  Call the alumni office if you are interested in speaking about your career to MBA students at our annual Career Day. Students love hearing directly from you! Career Day is in the morning only. If you are interested call 831-728-1481 ext. 1246.


Honorees 2013 We are seeking your nominations for Alumna and Alumnus of the Year. Do you know an alum who is involved as a volunteer or with a great cause? Please email us the nominees name and several paragraphs describing them and why you are nominating them. Hall of Faith nominees also.



Saturday Night Football - Sept. 15, 2012 (after sundown) MBA Football Tournament - Come get a Vegeburger, homemade corndog and much more to munch along the sidelines - meet up with old friends. It's a great time.  


63rd Alumni Weekend April 25-28, 2013 Looking forward to seeing you during MBA's 63rd Alumni Weekend! Remember, Alumni Weekend is always the fourth weekend in April. Mark your calendars! 



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