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Mount Pisgah Academy Skyliner Newsletter - February 2024

Principal's Message

Dewald Coetzer

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I once again experienced the contagious energy and liveliness that our students bring to this campus, even during the time of year when nature is not at its best. Their laughter, conversation, and mere presence transform the mood of our campus, filling it with excitement and joy. I consider myself truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful mission field and to have the privilege of being part of these students' lives. We have so much to be thankful for as we look towards the future of this great school.

Last week, around twenty stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, conference officers, parents, and community members collaborated to create a continuous school improvement plan (strategic plan) for our campus. Everyone was deeply committed to the process, and though it was difficult at times to see our own areas of weakness, we are happy to say that a clear direction and purpose have been decided upon, and we are committed to developing our school to reach its full potential. More information on the developments of that meeting will be shared with all stakeholders in due time. The timing of these meetings seems so perfect as Spring is around the corner, and new growth will be seen all around.

I humbly request that you continue to keep our school, teachers, staff, and students in your prayers as we educate our young people and continue to foster an authentic relationship with God. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Dewald Coetzer


Varsity Basketball Teams Shine at Newmyer Classic

This year's Newmyer Classic tournament at Andrews University in Michigan proved to be an unforgettable experience for both the boys' and girls' varsity basketball teams. Demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship and skill, the athletes showcased their dedication to the game and left an indelible mark on the tournament.

The boys' varsity basketball team exhibited remarkable skill, securing two victories throughout the tournament. Their exceptional teamwork, strategic plays, and unwavering determination contributed to their success. The players' commitment to sportsmanship was evident, earning them respect from both opponents and spectators alike.

The girls' varsity basketball team emerged as the true stars of the Newmyer Classic, finishing the tournament undefeated and clinching the championship game with finesse. Their cohesive play, relentless effort, and strategic execution set them apart, ultimately earning them the title of Division II Champions. The girls showcased their athletic skills and embodied the spirit of true sportsmanship throughout the tournament.

Among the standout performers, senior Jonathan Wolff left a lasting mark, earning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the boys' team. His exceptional skills, leadership on the court, and clutch performances were instrumental in securing victories for his team. Jonathan's sister, sophomore Juliana Wolff, showcased her basketball prowess for the girls' team, earning the MVP award for her outstanding contributions throughout the tournament.

Juliana Wolff's achievements extended beyond the court, as she was honored with the overall MVP title for Girls' Division II. This recognition reflects not only her excellence but also her significant impact on the team's overall success.

"The tournament was a really fun experience, but in the end, I could not have earned MVP without my team." - Juliana Wolff, '26

The Newmyer Classic tournament was a celebration of talent, teamwork, and sportsmanship for both the boys' and girls' varsity basketball teams. The players' dedication to the game and their outstanding achievements, including the Wolff siblings' MVP awards, will be remembered as a highlight of this annual event. As the teams return home with victories and newfound experiences, their success at the Newmyer Classic serves as a testament to their hard work, skill, and the enduring spirit of sportsmanship that defines their athletic endeavors.


Inspiring Leadership: MPA Students lead School Assembly and Youth Program at Evangelism Impact in Myrtle Beach

Chantell Coetzer, Service Project Coordinator

In a remarkable display of leadership, our students took center stage, leading chapel at ACA Charlotte and powerful worship sessions at the Evangelism Impact event in Myrtle Beach.

Chapel at Adventist Christian Academy of Charlotte featured our students leading worship, accompanied by Mr. Coetzer sharing a message about The Good Samaritan and recounting personal experiences from his South African upbringing. A BIG shout out of THANKS to ACA Charlotte for the care packages for our students!

During Evangelism Impact in Myrtle Beach, our students took charge of leading the worship service alongside fellow alumni, orchestrating not only spiritual moments but also engaging icebreaker activities. Adding a personal touch, Mr. Coetzer, our Principal, shared a heartfelt testimony during Sabbath School. We want to extend a thank you to Carolina Conference Youth Director, Hector Gonzalez, for inviting us to this event.

This dual showcase of leadership not only highlights the talent and dedication of these students but also underscores the importance of empowering the younger generation to take on meaningful roles within their school and community.

As these students continue to lead by example, their story serves as an inspiration for others, proving that age is no barrier to making a positive impact and leaving a lasting legacy through acts of leadership and service.


Hearts in Play: Our Charming Tradition of 'Steal A Heart Days

Mount Pisgah Academy's Valentine's Day festivities are not just about love; they're about a playful tradition that adds a delightful twist to the celebration. Enter the annual 'Steal A Heart Days' – a cherished tradition where students engage in a heart-stealing exchange, turning the campus into a colorful display of creativity and camaraderie.

As part of the tradition, large paper hearts dangle from strings, eagerly awaiting personal touches. Students, armed with markers, glitter, and a dash of creativity, bring these hearts to life, making each one a unique expression of affection.

The excitement peaks on designated days when students proudly wear their adorned hearts around their necks. But here's the twist: if a girl wearing the heart speaks to a boy, she must surrender her heart to him, and vice versa when the boys don the hearts. It's a charming game of heart-stealing and heart-giving that adds an extra layer of fun to the day.

The campus buzzes with anticipation as students strategize to keep their hearts safe while plotting to collect as many as they can. Laughter echoes through the hallways as hearts change hands, friendships are tested, and new connections are forged.



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Mount Pisgah Academy is excited to host their annual Academy Days from March 22-24, 2024. MPA invites you to take part in this three-day open house weekend. Whether you live in the Carolinas or across the United States, we would love to have you spend time with us meeting students, experiencing our campus, auditioning for scholarships, and so much more!

This free event is open to youth in 7th-11th grade. Free lodging, food, and a t-shirt are provided to all registrants and their registered sponsors. We cannot wait to have you join us!


Email: | Phone: 828.667.2535 | Address: 75 Academy Drive Candler, NC

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