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DAJA 2013 Yearbook

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BC: Decatur Adventist Junior Academy 2584 Young Rd. Stone Mountain, GA, 30088 www.dajaschool.org

FC: Decatur Adventist Junior Academy

1: Decatur Adventist Junior Academy | This book is dedicated to Mr. Frank Kelly who has shown the character of Christ daily in his 6 years of service here at DAJA.

2: Adventist Edge Mission Statement: ~ Educators developing Goals for Excellence to Deliver, ~ God-Centered, ~ Results oriented, in an ~ Environment that nurtures, ~ Aligned with Adventist and National Standards ~ Team Effort | The Mission of the Decatur Adventist Junior Academy is : To develop the whole being: mental, physical, spiritual emotional and social through love for God and humanity and academic achievement, to prepare its students for a competitive and global marketplace.

3: me | Message From Our Principal | The Lord has this year blessed the Decatur Adventist Junior Academy (DAJA) with 96 precious students in grades PreK-8. I have been impressed as a new principal, with the support and commitment from the DAJA family – School Board, teachers, staff, parents, churches and volunteers. I feel encouraged and motivated to dream BIG because we have a strong team (which is a vital component of our ministry) to support our drive for excellence and to make our school a model institution in the state of Georgia. We take pride in providing a safe and nurturing environment as well as strong academic programs for our students. To continue providing quality education, the School Board is making plans to implement a five-year development plan focused on the following areas: innovative academic programs (faith-based and aligned to the common core); up to date technology (implemented throughout the curriculum); improved school community relations (with emphasis on outreach ministries); facility expansion (new gymnasium); and strides towards establishing a strong financial base. I salute our home and school for an outstanding job in raising funds to support our programs. Today our computer lab is functioning as a 21st Century facility, which we plan to continue upgrading in order to provide our teachers and students with the tools they need to be successful. I have enjoyed working and interacting with all of our students. DAJA can proudly say that it has some of the best behaved, diligent, and God-fearing students in the community. Keep up the good work and strive for nothing less than excellence in every aspect of your life. Congratulations to our 2013 graduating class. As you begin a new era in your pursuit of knowledge, remember to set your priorities right. Commit time and effort into that which is important and necessary. Allow the Lord to go before you in all your endeavors (Matthew 6:33) and He will bless abundantly. We invite our friends and family to not just watch us grow, but to partner with us as DAJA continues its mission of educating for eternity. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this GREAT school. Gloria Adi Principal

4: Winsome Hupp Kindergarten | Colin Blackman Bible/ P.E. Teacher | Kim Ellis Library/Resource Teacher | Carol Ellis Office Assistant | Cynthia Duggins Office Administrator | Gloria Adi Principal/ 5/6 Grade

5: Narda Reid Social Studies | Myrna Nicolas 3rd/4th Grade | Pauline Merivil 1st/2nd Grade | Dumel Mauvais Spanish | Tajana Richards Dietary Staff | Farand Dolland 7th/8th Grade | Carol McLean Kitchen Personnel | Frank Kelly Grounds Manager | Dale Brown Choir Director

6: Faculty Worship starting the first day off right! | First day of school, we are so excited to learn!

7: We are excited to meet our new teachers and classmates! We are always thankful for parental support! | Its off to Kindergarten!

8: Mr. Dolland | Tavari Carter | Joshua Stewart | Bradley McLean | Trinity Willis | Haley Flemons | Kayla McEady | Shannon Lewis | KiAna Jones | Halle Montrose | Majoie Gerard | Decatur Adventist Junior Academy | ~ Seniors ~ 7/8 Grade

9: Kendell Belcher | Elijah Douthit | Tahmaj Faust | Kolby Belcher | Joel Tobias | Jermaine Donovan | Sydney Belcher | Brittnie Batt | Kevon Palmer

10: Mrs. Adi | Khaliah Patton | MiKayla Martin | Taylor Daye | Zari Adair | Michael Warren | David Ellis | Zachary Jackson | Andrew Burden | Kartel Brown | Hillary Payne | Katelyn Mallory | Madison Mallory | Tuesdae Hampton | Decatur Adventist Junior Academy | Simone Jones | 5/6 th Grade

11: Carlynn Etheridge | Cade Fortunat | Breanne Holder | Kayli Chang | Nia Woodbine | Amauri Carter | Dalen Jones | Josiah Blocus | Derek Willis | Mark Williams

12: Mrs. Nicholas | Jared Lewis | Mikhail Bracy | Danielle Celestine | Jared Stewart | Gavin Bota | Kendall Gatson | Jasmine Donovin | Glennys Ruzvidzo | Nyfeisha Mayers | Miranda Weed | Jada Dickson | Daemond Thomas | Decatur Adventist Junior Academy | 3rd/4th Grade

13: Danielle Willis | Sydney Perkins | Andrew Patton | Johana Henderson | Sean Jones | Chyna Brown | Khai Bernard | Ivan Warren | Jordan Ruff | Adam Burden

14: Mrs. Merivil | Reah Stevenson | Calan Fortunat | Elisha Ferguson | Arielle Holder | Jonelle Tobias | Abraham Rufus | Adian Hodges | Gabrielle Gunter | Marcus Brown | Dylan Alexander | Decatur Adventist Junior Academy | 1st/2nd Grade

15: Kennedi Henderson | Kennedy Ruzvidzo | Jamin Brown | Nehemyah Mitchell | Christopher Jenkins | Arrington Watkins

16: Nathan Gracia | Aaron Settles | Lucien Anderson | Brendon Harris | Joshua Hodges | Olivier Victor | Annai Charles | Jaidenn Carter | Mrs. Hupp | Leah Anthony | Decatur Adventist Junior Academy | Kindergarten | Javon Stewart

18: Decatur Adventist Early Learning Center | The Early Childhood Education Program is the umbrella for the development of children from birth to four. A caring atmosphere, come in and experience the warmth and love by our Christian staff. We are dedicated to the spiritual. moral and physical development of each individual child. | Ms. Ferguson, Director Mrs. Melton, Teacher Ms. Rios, Teacher Mrs. Legall, Teacher

19: DAELC Activities Kiddie Olympics

20: DAJA at Worship | Teaching children about God has always been the foundation at DAJA. There is nothing more exciting than seeing children actively leading the way in worship!

21: Worshiping in spirit and in truth! | We grew spiritually as a school this year! | We love Chapel! | Take time to worship!

22: Giving thanks for all the Lord has done! | Bountiful Blessings!

23: Thanksgiving Celebration at DAJA

24: Read to Succeed!

25: We had two book fairs during the school year. One in December and the other in May. Both were very successful! | Its always a good day to read!

26: Spiritual Emphasis Week | DAJA students listen attentively as Pastor Gracia delivers the word of God!

27: 1st and 2nd Grade doing the preliminaries for worship. | Elder Higgs teaching the lessons of the Bible.

28: KiAna lending her musical talents! | We took lots of photos There was fun to be had by all! | Formal Theme: "Under The Sea" | FORMAL | Banquet

29: We transformed our school into an elegant banquet with, hanging decorations, and a formal dining hall. | Absolutely beautiful!

30: DAJA 2013 Educational Tour

31: Battle Creek & Berrien Springs MI, Chicago, IL

32: Choir was a big part of our year. Students under the leadership of Choir Director Dale Brown, ministered at different venues, singing God's praises!

33: DAJA's Junior Choir | The Junior choir ministered at Mountainside SDA Church under the direction of Mrs. Hupp and Ms. Rios

34: Art Class with Ms. Ellis! | There was Etiqutte with Mrs. Merivil! | Mrs. Hupp made Drama class exciting! | Mrs. Nicholas teaching life skills! | Decatur Adventist Junior Academy | Practical Arts | Oratorical Class with Mr. Dolland!

35: Gardening with Mr. Blackman was a favorite! | Eager to learn! | Hard work but worth the effort! | A job well done! | Getting down in the dirt!

36: Go Cougars! | Field Day

37: This year we had fun with different races, the bounce house and water ! | We had team spirit!

38: DAJA International Food Festival

39: Everyone enjoyed cuisine from around the world! | Delicious!

40: Reduce Reuse Recycle

41: DAJA Goes GREEN!

42: DAJA Presents: The Road to Freedom Black History Program

43: The Road to Freedom Dinner Theater

44: SCIENCE FAIR | Tomorrow's innovators

47: DAJA's Basketball Team

48: Field Trips provide a great opportunity to learn new things and are fun too!

49: Middle school's visit to the Tellus Museum.

50: DAJA Spelling Bee

51: This year DAJA had an excellent Home and School team. Under the direction of Mrs. Carole McLean the committee was able to raise much needed funds for our school. When we work together great things can be accomplished! As a result, we now have new computers for the school! God greatly blessed the efforts of the Home and School Committee! | Home and School Committee

52: DAJA says farewell to our Grounds Manager Mr. Frank Kelly | May God continue to bless your retirement!

53: Baptism It fills our heart with great joy when one of our students make a decision for Christ! Such a high day!

54: Acknowledgements We have been blessed with another successful school year! At this time the yearbook committee would like to thank Mrs. Gloria Adi, our wonderful principal for her support. We would also like to thank the DAJA school board and the Decatur Seventh-day Adventist Church for their continued dedication throughout the school year. Thank you to our Home and School committee for all their hard work. A big thank you to the DAJA Faculty and Staff who work tirelessly every day to ensure the success of the school. We thank Felder photography for the beautiful photos. A most important thank you to our parents who have entrusted us with their children and believe in Christian education. Finally, to our Heavenly Father who makes all things possible. Everything we do is for HIs honor and glory! | DAJA Student Government Kayla McEady- President Joshua Stewart - Vice President Majoie Gerard - Chaplin Trinity Willis- Treasurer Shannon Lewis - Secretary Andrew Burden - Sargent at Arms KiAna Jones- 8th Grade Representative Jermaine Donovin- 7th Grade Representative Khaliah Patton- 6th Grade Representative

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