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Seniors Rule!

by Jessica Binkley

A secret meeting. A sacrifice. This is what academy’s all about.

 “All seniors, please meet in the school library at 11:00 a.m. today.”

I didn’t have a clue what was going on until I entered the room and saw our school principal, the vice principal of finance, and our class sponsors at the front wearing “the look.” Then I guessed and, by the murmurs around me, so did everyone else.
“Graduation is coming upon us quickly—as is the matter of getting your school bills paid,” said Jack Ferneyhough, the vice principal of finance. “Arrangements must be made for the missing money to come from somewhere before you are given your robes and the green light to participate in the graduation weekend activities.”
I looked around the room. I knew there were many classmates who lacked the finances to pay off their bill for the year. To make matters worse, most of them had attended Milo for three or four years. Some of my close friends were among those unable to come up with the money.
If only there was something I could do, I thought. If I had money to give them, I would do it in an instant.
Just as these thoughts were spinning in my head, class president Joy Biegel’s voice broke my contemplation. “Our class has been made an anonymous offer. If we donate the $6,000 we raised for our class trip, the rest of the $20,000 in outstanding debts will be taken care of.”
The idea caught me off guard. I knew, of course, that this was the answer, but I had to think for a moment. Hours and hours of work had gone into accumulating that money. My classmates and I had been working toward the goal of a nice senior class trip since our freshman year!
We had even forgone the traditional freshman outing and sophomore excursion to further our dreams for a special senior trip to Seattle. But as fantasy faded into reality, we realized that it was time to give up those dreams.
As those around me processed the proposal, they began to speak up.
Instead of opposing the idea, my classmates spoke of how much each of us mattered.
“Some of us not marching would be worse than none of us marching,” said one senior.
The talking didn’t last long; everyone soon realized that we didn’t have anyone to convince.
Joy called for a vote and handed out papers. All seniors voted and handed their papers to the class sponsor as they filed out.
Class spirit
Instead of going to lunch, a few seniors and I stayed behind. I couldn’t eat without knowing the answer anyway.
Joy counted: “One, two, three, four . . . 44, 45, 46, 47. The class has unanimously voted to give its funds so we can all march!” she announced.
Graduation day came. We all marched through the green grass of the campus oval, stepped onto the platform, and took our seats. We were all there. Every one of us. And after graduation, as I drove away from the academy for the last time, I realized that our senior class had learned something more important than Newton’s laws and the history of America. We had realized that God can do all things, and that He even watches over a little academy way off of Tiller Trail Highway.
Jessica Binkley graduated from Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Oregon, with the wonderful class of ’97.

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