A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF DAKAR ACADEMY’S JOURNALISM CLASS
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Unrest in Cote d’Ivoire ICA Evacuates 4
By Chris Bastow DA Staff Retreat 5
The Ivory Coast, in
recent years, has been ICA Arrives 6
known for its unstable
Uncle Evans Talks 7
government and strained
relations between the ICA at DA 8
government and its
military. There have been Dear Wilson 12
three uprisings in recent
Harvest Fest 13
years: a military coup in
1999 putting Robert Guei Weather 13
(general of the military) in
power, an uprising after the MS work at Deaf School 14
2000 elections putting Under the Shelter 14
Laurent Gbagbo in power,
and an attempted coup in HS Youth Group 15
2001. The most recent
uprising on the 19th of
September, 2002 has been Veteran Teachers 18
called a coup by the
Honor Roll 19
PLEASE SEE COUP, PAGE 2
November Calendar 20
Le Joola Capsizes off Coast of The Gambia
By Kara Aisenbrey and vacation. Le Joola had a grab hold of anything floating
Jamie Owens reputation for overcrowding on the water. “It was horrible
Le Joola, a Senegalese passengers, especially because we could hear Bodies recovered from Le
ferry capsized on September children under five years old, people screaming from Joola were buried in
who did not need tickets to unmarked graves in Dakar,
26 and this terrible tragedy underneath,” said survivor
board. the Cassamance, and
has hit countless families PLEASE SEE TRIBUTE, PAGE 3 The Gambia.
across Senegal. Just over a month ago,
Le Joola docked in Le Joola ran into a fierce
Ziguinchor, in the storm at sea, which some say
Cassamance region of lasted for only about fifteen
Senegal south of The minutes. Shortly after this,
Gambia, and regularly the boat began taking in
traveled up the coast of water and within a few
Senegal to Dakar. Many minutes had capsized.
people depended on the Survivors tell stories of
ferry for transportation.This smashing and crawling
particular trip included through windows to escape
workers and students the sinking ship, and of
returning to Dakar after fighting huge, cold waves to
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Attempted Coup in Cote d’Ivoire
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Ivorean government but is denied
by the opposition rebels who say
they have support from within the
country. The government accuses
the rebels of having outside
support and lays the blame on their
neighboring country, Burkina Faso.
This, too, the rebels deny.
The main question that comes
to mind is, “Why is there fighting?”
To answer this question one must
understand Ivory Coast’s history. In
2000, when Robert Guei was still
in power, he recruited nearly 1000
extra soldiers. The new president of tion of the Ivorian government, that are not promoting violence,
Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, the rebels were mercenaries con- though there has been reported
recently decided, however, that trolled by another state. Because of looting. They have signed a
these soldiers were a surplus. Later, the accusations laid on Burkina Faso, ceasefire in Bouake and there is no
a quote was taken from Corporal those Burkinabes who live in Ivory curfew. The public very much
Kwasi who said the rebellion was Coast fear for their lives. supports them in the north and
started “because the current regime The result of all this is a country their ranks have swelled with new
was a dictatorship.” He adds, “They divided. The more Mulsim north is recruits. They are intent on
used us (in the army) for three years controlled mostly by the rebels and removing president Laurent
and now they want to sack us.” the Christian south by those who Gbagbo from office. Commander
Alassane Oattara is the main remain loyal to the government. Cone who has been authorized to
opposition leader in the Ivory The instability of the country has speak to the press states, “He can
Coast. He is a Muslim and has been caused withdrawal of many go peacefully with honor, or he
accused by the government of being internationals though others may still can refuse, but he will go.” It is still
a Berkinabe (born in Burkina Faso), be trapped inside. Many nationals unsure whether they have support
which means that he could not run fear for their lives as well. The media from the outside though they still
for any major political office. He has been limited by the government, deny these accusations.
was thought to be involved with the and, though the
rebels but, according to the BBC, it Ivorian military fights
is unlikely. He was in his unpro- the rebels alone for
tected home when the uprising now, the French army
started. This would suggest that he stands by.
did not anticipate the coup. Since these
General Robert Guei was also reports were taken
thought to be involved until his almost a month
body was found in the streets of earlier it is important
Abidjan after the revolt had been to fill in additional
put down there. information. At
Pascal N’Guessan, the prime present the rebels
minister of Ivory Coast, said that the have successfully
rebels spoke both English and taken over many
French. This would imply that a towns and roads in
portion of the rebel force were the north. Though
mercenaries from other regions. there has been much
This, as said before, was an accusa- fighting, the rebels
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Left: Le Joola docked in Cassamance. Right:The capsized Le Joola with a raft by its hull.
DA Pays Tribute to Lives Lost on Le Joola
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 nothing. I can’t go back home and tell they knew the condition of the boat
Moussa Ndong. this woman’s family there is simply no and still let it make the voyage anyway,
The survivors were tossed about news. I’ll wait, because what else am I just wanting to make the extra money.
and buffeted by waves and wind for to do?” We offer them our condolences.
four to five hours after the ship had Among the people of Senegal Many have made efforts to honor
capsized. Rescue attempts had to wait there has been a great deal of these deaths in various ways.The
until the storm had died down heartache, and naturally, a great deal of government immediately decreed a
somewhat. Heroic Senegalese questioning as to why this calamity three-day period of national mourning.
fishermen rescued many from the occurred. Many have echoed Cheikh There was a citywide memorial
wreck. “They rescued us in very Niang, a freight worker on the boat – service on Friday, October 11. Dakar
difficult conditions, risking death,” said “No one is to blame.This was an act of Academy held a small memorial
one survivor. God.” However, with the progressive service in the library on Thursday,
The boat is presently trapped release of information as to the October 10, to comfort and encourage
under seventy-five feet of water with circumstances of the capsizing, more DA staff and national workers who lost
many bodies still inside. It is difficult to and more people are calling it a result loved ones. During this service, school
know exactly how many lives were of negligence. Jean-Marie Diatta, who board member Mr.Vern Finck and
lost.There were sixty-four survivors was among those waiting for news at director Dr. Bruce Evans each spoke;
and 970 bodies have been retrieved. the port in the aftermath of the their words were translated into
The sinking of the Joola has catastrophe, stated, “What we are French by Mr. Glover, and successively
profoundly affected the nation of seeing now is the result of into Woolof by Mme. Bineta Mbaye.
Senegal. In an online discussion page, it irresponsibility...You can have a Throughout the service, comfort and
was stated: “This might be Africa’s month’s national mourning. It’s not the Christian’s victory over death
worst at-sea disaster, and is certainly a going to bring our loved ones back.” were emphasized. Mr. Finck declared
horrific tragedy by any definition.” For many, the idea that these deaths that these deaths have taught us
As the news of Le Joola rapidly were purposeless, and possibly something valuable that we should
reached the people of Senegal, avoidable, is almost beyond bearable. never forget – that we must do our
hundreds rushed to the port in Dakar Just within the D.A. community, best to prepare ourselves for death
to seek information on the status of beloved friends and family were lost. because we never know when death
their missing loved ones. Many were National workers Laurent Sagna, will come.
called to identify pictures of the dead, Mathurin Senghor, and Vincent Correa The sinking of Le Joola has
dreading to recognize a familiar face, lost family members, as well as French affected everyone: there are holes in
yet also craving the certainty of teacher Mr. Badji, who lost over thirty every village, every family, every
knowing the truth of what happened. members of his family.When asked, individual. Now is the time to come
Families and friends waited for hours these men did not blame God as the together and bear each other up.
for any scrap of news, but it was slow cause for the accident but said that it Perhaps Senegal can learn from the
in coming. As one man said, “I’m here was caused by negligence. Mr. Badji errors and misjudgments made.With
because one of my neighbors was on stated that the ministers and com- the prayer and support of those around
the Joola.We have been told absolutely manders in charge are at fault because them, the people of Senegal will be
able to move on and grow in adversity.
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French Military Arrives to Evacuate ICA
prove to be very helpful in the events The entire school then moved to a
that followed, possibly saving lives. dorm where they sweated it out for a
The school year started very well, while. Everyone was assigned to
but on September 18, ICA lost one of specific dorms for safety reasons.
their dorm dads,Mr.Dave Golding. Students and staff were not allowed to
Uncle Dave passed away suddenly go to certain parts of the campus and
while jogging around the track. He was remained in touch through the use of
44-years-old. He and his wife, Denise, hand held radios.
had been dorm parents at ICA the During the weekend, prepara-
year before. tions for a memorial service for Uncle
The day after Mr. Golding died, Dave began. Sunday was a day for
the red flag went up.The red flag is a remembering; there was a service for
precaution used to warn of unrest in Uncle Dave that lasted two hours in
French military arrives in Bouake to evacuate the area.The administration heard spite of continued firing.
ICA staff and students. radio reports of unhappy troops Monday,soon after supper,
revolting against possible immobiliza- Bouake was bombarded with sudden
By Chris Bastow
tion.The red flag had been up in the and intense firing directly over the
Imagine what it would be like to
past due to instability in the country. ICA campus.The rebels and military
have only a short time to put your
The school administration was ready to were on opposite sides of the school.
life’s belongings into a small backpack.
just sit it out, and planned for school to There was an immediate lockdown.
What would it be like: to leave most
continue as usual, but around 11:45 on Older students grabbed younger
of what is special to you behind—not
Friday, September 20, the alarm went students as they ran for cover. Students
knowing what is to become of you or
off.Three blasts of a siren warned in the dining hall turned over tables to
them; to not know where you’re
everyone to get to the nearest hide behind, and students in the dorms
going or what is going to happen next?
building.There were armed men hid under their beds.The director, Dan
Not many of us know what it is like to
approaching the campus, and it was Grudda, remained calm as he went to
leave our homes behind.
impossible to distinguish between the the command center to monitor the
The students and staff of the
rebels and the military.There was a situation.Thankfully no students were
International ChristianAcademy in
Bouake, Ivory Coast now know what meeting in the chapel for a role call.
PLEASE SEE ICA, PAGE 5
it is like.They had to make the tough
decisions of what to take with them
and what to leave behind when they
evacuated their school and homes on
September 25.This evacuation
marked the third traumatic event to
hit ICA since July 17.
On July 17, before school
started, seven armed robbers
entered the ICA campus.After
beating up two staff members and
fatally shooting a guard, the robbers
left taking Business Manager Mike
Cousineau with them.Mr.Cousineau
later ran when they told him they
were going to shoot him. In response
to this break-in, a new lockdown
procedure was implemented to keep
students safe should anything like this
happen again.When school started
the new security precautions would ICA staff Mike Coussineau and Dan Grudd and students Sam Parham and Dave Grudda greet the Feench
troops with the French flag and a chicken.
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ICA Evacuates Bouake Campus Are you interested in what
some people put in their backpacks
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 thought they would be evacuated by as they were being evacuated? Most
missing. helicopter, they each packed what they people packed clothes and pictures
The week that followed was could into a backpack. Because the that couldn’t be replaced. Other
somewhat calm though people school had enough vehicles to transport students packed more unusual
remained jumpy.A group of rebels everyone out, they instead left in a items. Susan Crickmore, James
advanced up the road toward the convoy guarded by the French troops. Roedding, David Haun,Jillian
school onTuesday morning.The rebels It took them ten hours to drive to Arnett, and Kevin Klay actually
scattered into the area before reaching Yamoussoukro.Along the way,the brought their AP History textbooks.
the school.That evening was quiet. French had to transport fuel in by Devin Otto put in his computer
French troops arrived onWednesday, helicopter. harddrive and video card. Laura
and they were greeted with a French InYamoussoukro they stopped at Beth Sikes packed all her bouncy
flag,aWorld Cup t-shirt, and a chicken the NewTribes Mission School being balls and three toothbrushes… in
for the colonel.They immediately set guarded by U.S.Special Ops troops. case her friends forgot theirs. Ariel
watch and guards around the campus. OnThursday a special flight was stuffed her pillowcase full of
It was decided that complete arranged for some of the students.The clothes. Amber Faulk brought
evacuation of all staff and students was rest went toAbidjan and scattered Brownie Toughie Junior Baby, her
necessary.They were given only a from there, returning to their home stuffed animal that she’s had for a
short time to prepare. Since they countries. very long time.
find these out for ourselves as none know that God will provide for us.
DA Staff Retreats were willing to share. Many of the The teachers feel that the
By Kara Aisenbrey teachers admitted to spending a lot weekend of togetherness and unity
If you had wandered on of time in the dining hall, the helped them to return to school
campus the weekend of October wonderful food being one of the refreshed and ready to take on new
4–6, you would have found none of highlights of Aldiana. The beach and challenges. It was a successful
the usual activity. Why? The staff had the pool were also favorites, but the weekend (except for Ms. Jackson’s
all escaped. Well, not really. They informal times to just be together incident with the monkey, but
were all on the Staff Retreat, an were what they enjoyed the most you’ll have to ask her about that
annual event, this year to Aldiana, a about the weekend. yourself). Anything unpleasant
beachfront resort a few hours south Mr. Motsinger spoke to the about the retreat? It was too short.
of Dakar. group during their discussion
The retreat had less structure time on Sunday about having
this year than most. In light of all firm Biblical foundations and
the impending changes with the the importance of having a
arrival of ICA kids, Mr. Evans knew Christ-guided worldview. Mrs.
that the teachers just needed a time Olsen also spoke, taking her
to get away and relax. The staff spent message from Psalm 23. She
time together talking about our new talked about the idea that God
school purpose, to truly blend with is our Shepherd, our own
and bless the ICA community. Away personal Caregiver. Having
from the stress of school, it was a many sheep in and around
time of encouragement and Dakar, this picture of God is
fellowship for all. especially relevant. The sheep
The weekend brought the staff will lie down and rest, even on
closer together as they got to know the side of the road, if they
more about each other outside of a know that they are safe, that
work-related setting. Apparently they are provided for. In the
they learned some interesting facts same way, Mrs. Olsen said, we
about each other that they had not should rest in peace even in a Miss Michelle Birch, 1st grade teacher, and Mr. Dave
known before, but we will have to difficult situation because we McCarthy, business manager, duke it out in the thumb war
finals at the staff retreat.
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ICA Arrives at Dakar Academy
What to do many students would be coming, they GodThings
Now for the big question, “What began looking for homes that would Most of the ICA staff and students
are we going to do with all these kids?” hold at least 15 kids plus the boarding will admit that they have been running
ICA had 168 students enrolled this home parents’ family.They also on adrenaline for the past six weeks.
year.They can’t all be home schooled. needed them to be close enough to There have been many situations that
They can’t all go to the States.Their the school so they wouldn’t need have been out of their control, and
parents still have jobs to do here [in transportation. If you’ve ever tried to they have had to rely on God to carry
West Africa].What’s going to happen find housing in the neighborhood them through. Over and over again,
to them? surrounding Dakar Academy, you they will testify to how He has
Mr. Evan Evans (Uncle Evan) would know that it is difficult to find. faithfully prepared a way for them.
contacted DA’s director, Dr. Bruce However, nothing is impossible for
Evans, with this question. Dr. Evans’ God.The weekend prior to the ICA At Press Time
immediate response was, “We’ll take staff’s arrival in Dakar, school board As this paper goes to press, ICA
them.” member Jean Mahoney heard of four staff has received word that the French
To further explore the possibili- possible homes in the neighborhood military will remain on their campus in
ties of merging with Dakar Academy, directly south of the school, within Bouake untilTuesday, November 5.
ICA sent a team of six staff members walking distance. After they pull out, the campus will be
to DA: Evan and Jewel Evans, J.P. and Within a few days, the team had open to looters. Mr. Grudda, ICA’s
Judy Schultz, and Jim and Sherry secured three houses and four Director, is traveling back to Bouake
Timberlake.With them came ICA’s apartments. However, there was still with a French military escort to try to
Director, Dan Grudda, and CMA’S the arduous task of equipping and retrieve some other things from the
Vice President of International furnishing these homes before ICA campus.
Ministries, Dave Kennedy.This ICA students began arriving the weekend
team arrived in Dakar on Thursday, of October 18—less than two weeks. Yet to Come
October 3 and met with DA’s One can’t even begin to estimate the This transition is not over.
transition team to begin to discuss all number of man-hours that went into Although most of the students have
the logistics of such a venture. After plumbing, wiring, listing, finding, arrived, the new staff members are
the decision was made to come to negotiating, purchasing, designing, still arriving. As the staff and students
Dakar Academy, the ICA administra- ordering, delivering, and installing all begin to settle into a routine and things
tion began the laborious process of of the necessities for running three begin to feel more normal, the let-
communicating that decision to the boarding homes, as well as re- down will come.There will almost
student body, offering them the equipping the original DA boarding certainly come a time when they will
opportunity to come to DA. home to hold more students. need to grieve their losses: losses of
Originally, the ICA administra- Believe it or not, most of these school, home, and belongings; and
tion estimated that about 30 of their items were purchased and ready to go separation from friends and all things
168 students would come.The rest before the 78 students began arriving that are familiar.
would either be home schooled, the week of October 14. One ICA student, Amber Evans,
return to the States to attend school, Housing this many students was summed up their feelings well when
attend the embassy school in Abidjan, one issue, but what about fitting them she said, “I feel like we’ve been on a
or seek other options. As word of the into DA’s current facility and schedule? vacation—a great adventure.We’ve
decision got out, though, the number Brad Mashburn and Deb Aisenbrey, had fun, we’ve met new people, and it
of students wanting to come to DA DA’s Assistant Director and Guidance has been exciting, but I’m ready to go
escalated to more than 90, until some Counselor, worked diligently to place home now.”We all know how it feels to
actually had to be turned away. students in classes, place classes in be on a vacation and have a great time,
classrooms large enough to hold these but we’re always glad to get home and
Transition students, find furniture to seat them, sleep in our own bed. Except Amber,
First things first—the transition order textbooks to resource them, and like other ICA staff and students,
team needed to find houses for then rearrange staff schedules to teach cannot go home. But DA is trying and
boarding homes. Not yet knowing how them. will continue to try its best to make
ICA feel at home here in Dakar.
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Uncle Evan Talks with The Buzz Reporters
Where are you from and where do you What was the hardest thing about
call “home”? coming to DA from ICA?
My parents were missionaries in The change of environment was the
Vietnam, so that’s where I grew up, hardest. The main difference is that
but when we went back for ICA was a full boarding school
furlough we’d go to Pensacola, whereas DA isn’t. So we need to
Florida. find housing off campus. The
Are you married and how many kids do campus at DA is much smaller than
you have? that of ICA; at ICA we had two
Yes, I am married; my wife’s name is soccer fields and an indoor gym.
Jewel. We have two daughters here: What is the main thing about the
Amber in 9th grade and D’Evan in people at DA that stands out to you?
6th grade, and we have two daugh- Everyone here is so gracious and
ters in college. helpful, and [they have] really
How long have you been working at received us with open arms.
By Kristen McCarthy and Du
Jae Lee ICA? And what was your role there? How do you like Senegal? How is it
Along with the many new Well, I began working at ICA in different from Cote D’Ivoire?
students from the International July 1982, so that will be about 20 Senegalese people are friendlier, but
Christian Academy (ICA) arriving years. I’ve worked as a dorm parent they are quite blunt about what
from Ivory Coast, many new staff for the elementary and middle they’re saying. The climate in Senegal
have also arrived. Several families school kids for about six years. is drier than in Cote D’Ivoire; in the
came early just to get ready for all Later I became the dorm adminis- Ivory Coast things are very green.
the students who will be boarding trator in which I supervised eight And, of course, the crazy traffic here
at DA now. Mr. Evan Evans is the dorms. is a change. Also, foods and fruits
dorm supervisor from ICA, and he What will your role be here at DA? are more expensive here. Apart
was kind enough to answer a few My wife and I are both part of the from that, Senegal and Cote
questions for us. dorm administrators team. D’Ivoire are very similar; they are
both strongly influenced by the
French. I like the fact that it’s easier
now to go downtown and to go to
the beach. And Senegal is much
safer than Ivory Coast.
10 Refrigerators How many teachers and staff will be
6 Stoves coming from ICA?
3 Freezers I’m not sure but right now I know
that there will be about nine
boarding staff, the director and his
wife, and eight or more teachers.
4 Dining room tables The teachers coming include a
6 Benches middle school teacher, English
40 Dining room chairs teacher, Bible teacher, social studies
87 twin mattresses teacher and an art teacher.
4 queen mattresses What do you hope to accomplish
12 Wardrobes through the blending of ICA and DA?
78 Pillows I want the students from both
72 Sets of twin sheets schools to make new friends and be
84 Towels able to say that this was a good
75 Beds, bunks, and trundles experience for them. Our main goal
15 Desks is to “Blend and Bless!”
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ICA at DA: Personal Perspectives of a Few
By Kristin Cortimilia, Kristina changes, and most of them are ones be coming. I was also thinking about
Cousineau, and Laura Beth that no one knows how they will our sports teams and how well we
Sikes work out. could win against other teams! I
Due to the recent tragedies What is your advice for the ICA students also was eager to know what the
occurring in Cote d’Ivoire, many of joining DA? kids were going to be like.
the students attending ICA and staff Don’t be afraid to ask “stupid” What were your first impressions of the
working there have chosen to questions… people are willing to ICA kids?
relocate to Dakar Academy to answer. I thought they were pretty nice and
continue their roles. The 85 there were definitely a lot of them!
students and the 17 or more staff David Bailey,
that joined DA have brought about 10th Grade How has this recent change effected
many changes within the commu- your life?
nity. Here is what a few of the What was your It hasn’t effected me much but I am
students and staff have to say about initial reaction looking forward to having more
their privilege to blend and bless when you heard friends.
through this transition: about ICA students What has been the most difficult part?
joining our school? The number of kids in each class
Cool! I thought it sounded interest- has been interesting.
Shandra ing, but I had no idea of the number
Penney, of people coming… Tetu Shani,
12th Grade 11th Grade
What were your first impressions of the
What was your ICA kids? What was your
initial reaction I was amazed. There were so many initial reaction
when you heard of them! And, they were really open when you heard
about ICA students to getting to know those of us from about ICA students
joining our school? DA. I expected a lot more “cliques” joining our school?
Yay!! I was excited about having and really that hasn’t been a Whoa!
more kids cause this is my fourth problem.
year at DA, and life was getting What were your first impressions of the
How has this recent change effected ICA kids?
boring. A lot of students have left, your life?
and we were in great need of more They looked like nice kids.
I am more in shock than anything. I
guys to help run our class events. have gone to DA all my life and How has this recent change effected
What were your first impressions of the never before have there been this your life?
ICA kids? many students. Having so many I feel like the new kid.
I found them all really sportive. more kids is something I will have What has been the most difficult part?
They also seemed really eager to to get used to. Not knowing everyone.
meet new people – especially those What has been the most difficult part? Ashley
of the opposite gender. Lack of space and materials has not Herriott,
How has this recent change effected been easy. 9th Grade
your life? Drew
I live in the dorm, and our entire Mashburn, What was your
way of life has changed. There are so 8th Grade initial reaction
many unfamiliar faces, and that when you heard
obviously has never been a problem What was your about ICA students
in the past. initial reaction joining our school?
What has been the most difficult part? when you heard I wanted to know how many were
Having so many unanswered about ICA students coming and then, when I found out,
questions and uncertain changes has joining our school? I thought it was too many.
not been easy. There are constant I was wondering how many would What were your first impressions of the
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ICA kids? another school. lenient and others are stricter.
Wow! There are a ton of them… What were your first impressions of the What is your advice for the DA
How has this recent change effected ICA kids? students?
your life? Tidal wave!! Be patient with
I have way more brothers and How has this recent change effected us.
sisters in the dorm. your life? Jamie Tjosvold,
What has been the most difficult part? I feel like way behind the eight 11th grade
Adjusting to the big dorm. ball…
What is your advice for the ICA students What has been the most difficult part? What was your
joining DA? Figuring out who needs to be in initial reaction
Feel free to be yourself. what French class and finding about coming to
enough books. Dakar Acadamey?
Mr. Penney, I was really excited!
High School Evan Evans,
Bible and Dorm Ad- What were your first impressions of DA?
Elementary ministrator That the campus is smaller than
Computer ICA’s and that the kids are really
Teacher What was your nice.
initial reaction Oh! And there is a lot of sand here!
What was your of hearing about How did this recent change effect your
initial reaction when you heard about joining Dakar life?
ICA students joining our school? Academy? I suddenly don’t have my clothes.
I felt a bit of apprehension but also I was excited to hear about our And I miss my guitar.
some anticipation. schools joining together. And I am
really excited to see what God has What has been the most difficult part?
What were your first impressions of the Leaving my friends and my guitar.
ICA kids? planned for the rest of this year.
I think they are good kids, very What were your first impressions of What are some differences between ICA
bright, and I think they will add a Dakar Academy? and DA?
lot to DA. The staff are all very gracious and DA has a lot of sand where as ICA is
kind; the location and size of the really green.
How has this recent change effected
your life? school. Advice to DA kids?
I have some stress and more work. How has this recent change effected Be patient with us.
This has caused me to stretch some your life? Judy Shultz,
outside of my usual routine. My role has changed. At ICA I was Dorm Parent
What has been the most difficult part? known as “Uncle Evan”, but here I
Going from small classes to large am still waiting to see what role What was your
ones in small rooms has not been God wants me to play. Just like all initial reaction
easy. the ICA kids, I am still trying to find about joining up
my place in God’s will. with Dakar
What is your advice for the ICA students Academy?
joining DA? What has been the most difficult part?
Having to leave ICA as a family and I was thrilled that we could still
Be open! keep the ICA dream alive. DA has
ICA as a campus. Not knowing
Mrs. Monn, what the future holds. Even been a real answer to prayer. Thank
French 1 through all the loss that was you!
Teacher suffered, I can look back and see What were your first impressions of DA?
how God was preparing us for what It is HOT!!! And there is a lot of
What was your happened. God is good all the time, sand.
initial reaction and all the time God is good.
when you heard How has this recent change effected
about ICA What are some of the differences your life?
students joining our school? between ICA and DA? I have really learned to live one day
Cool! I am glad that we can help The rules are different, some more at a time and to trust God with my
PAGE 10 OCTOBER ISSUE
future. How has this recent change effected really have a reaction.
What has been the most difficult part? your life?
What were your first impressions of DA?
Not knowing what the future This change hasn’t really effected
I have been here before, so I didn’t
holds. my life.
have any new first impressions.
What are some differences about ICA What has been the most difficult part?
How has this recent change effected
and DA? The most difficult part is sleeping at
The location is different. ICA was night because it is so hot here.
This recent change has effected my
on the edge of town, where DA is in What are some differences about ICA life because I had to say good bye to
the middle of it. and DA? a lot of my friends, move to a new
Eric Bill, Some differences are that the rules place, and lost a lot of my stuff.
7th grade are not quite as strict, middle
What has been the most difficult part?
schoolers have doors in the dorm,
The most difficult part has been
What was your and we are allowed off campus.
initial reaction Bobby
What are some differences about ICA
about joining up Parham,
with Dakar 9th Grade
Some of the major differences are
the study periods here. At ICA, we
I thought it would be cool. What was your
were allowed to talk quietly.
What were your first impressions of DA? initial reaction
Another difference is the tardy
My first impressions were that the about joining up
school was fairly small. with Dakar
Academy? What is your advice to DA students?
How has this recent change effected When I heard ICA and DA were My advice would be to branch out.
your life? joining up together, I was shocked.
Because of this change, I’ve lost
What were your first impressions of DA?
many of my friends.
My first impression was that the By Laura Ujereh
What has been the most difficult part? rules were cool and there wasn’t a One day in the middle of
The most difficult part for me has whole lot of grass; the area is second period, DuJae Lee came
been leaving friends. mostly brown. stumbling into American Literature
What are some differences about ICA class. We asked why she was late
How has this recent change effected
and DA? and with a streak of laughter she
DA’s tardy policy is different from exclaimed, “I got my hairbrush
This change didn’t really effect me,
ICA’s. stuck in my hair.” Apparently that
except for the fact that I changed
morning while she was preparing to
What is your advice to DA students? schools.
go to school, she got her hairbrush
I would say, don’t always believe What are some differences about ICA caught in her hair and could not get
first impressions. and DA? it loose. Her brother left for school
Caitlin Cobb, The campus is smaller than ICA’s. laughing, while her mother tried to
8th Grade What is your advice to DA students? untangle the brush. After much
Give us time to adjust and don’t struggle, her mother threatened to
What was your believe the first impressions we cut her hair, but her father came to
initial reaction give. her rescue by insisting that they
about joining up could untangle it. They finally did
with Dakar Ruth Fort, manage to detach the brush from
Academy? 10th Grade DuJae’s hair. The whole ordeal took
I was kind of excited about the over an hour (the reason for her
possibilities. What was your late entry).
What were your first impressions of DA? about joining up Trauma-rama is a new monthly feature
I thought it was located in a with Dakar in The Buzz. If you know of a traumatic
beautiful area, and the dorm is Academy? experience and would like to share it,
huge! I am still in shock and so didn’t please contact Laura Ujereh.
THE BUZZ PAGE 11
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tim ing of her email@example.com,
or emailing her at chapla
calling Kim Olsen at DA
PAGE 12 OCTOBER ISSUE
Dear Wilson Fun Facts
Problems With Parsley By Kristin Cortimilia and Chris
There is this one guy that I really The newest feature in The Buzz
like—he is sweet, and funny, and is all about the things you never
charming. He asked me out last weekend, knew about your classmates and
and he’s a really nice guy, but as soon as he teachers. Did you know…
ate a bite of his salad, he got this
enormous piece of parsley stuck in his
teeth. It was so disgusting! He didn’t “I love country music.”
realize it, so I mentioned it, and he spent - Jillian Arnett
the next five minutes trying to dig it out
of his teeth. He was so embarrassed. “I was a boy scout for one year.”
Anyway, once he got it out, we began our
meal again, but with the very next bite, - Fran Morris
his teeth were full of roughage again. I’m
having nightmares about giant, attacking “My cousin, John Rocker, plays
Due to an unexpected Philosophy parsley men! He’s asked me out again, but baseball for the Texas Rangers.”
Conference, Wilson Wilson was unable to I can’t say yes—I can’t get his parsley-
- Kyle Timberlake
answer your letters personally. He begs encrusted teeth out of my mind! HELP!
your pardon, and has asked his good Problems with Parsley
friend and neighbor, Tim Taylor to relay “I rap.”
Dear Parsley, - John Afrik
his advice to you.
Watch out, you won’t get any dates
with that kind of attitude. Look at it from
the male point of view: here he is, trying
to impress you with a fancy restaurant and
probably the Salad Du Jour, spending
I need help. There is this girl who is
money right and left, and all you can see
always around the Score store downtown,
is parsley in his teeth! Give the guy a
who is the most beautiful woman I have
break! The second date I had with my
ever seen. Except she isn’t a woman—
wife, she spilled ketchup all down the
she’s a mannequin. Sadly, she’s missing an
front of her blouse. I had nightmares about
arm, and her nose is slightly chipped, but
boiling vats of ketchup for weeks! But,
it only serves to emphasize her beautifully
did I let that stop me? No, I married her,
sorrowful expression. Every time I go to
and we have three semi-normal kids.
see her, I feel her pain. I’m spending all
Don’t let parsley stand in the way of what
my time at Score, gazing into her beautiful
might be a beautiful future together: a
eyes, which hold such strength of
character. I can’t get away from her
house, a tool show, and a garage. It Attention
doesn’t get much better than that. Give
haunting stare. What can I do? Is there any
hope for me?
the guy a second chance and order the
parsley salad yourself so that you can have
Dummy-struck The Buzz staff is announcing a
green teeth together. Make it a bonding
experience. short story contest for grades 9-12!
Tim Taylor There are four easy Rules:
Wilson told me to tell you about
some mythology guy; a sculptor—or was 1. 750-1000 words
PS: Oh, by the way, Wilson said don’t
it a pig-herder? Well, he fell in love with 2. Typed and double-spaced
order the salad and buy your date a
this statue, and then the statue came alive.
toothpick. 3. Legible font: no curlicues!
I don’t know how that is supposed to
help. In fact, I think you are a dummy. 4. DA friendly content--no
Tim Taylor, also known as Tim the Tool Man inappropriate subjects or
Most guys tend to go after unattainable
Taylor, is the beloved husband of Jill Taylor, and
women—like movie stars, or Miss Tool
three boys Brad, Randy, and Mark. Tim is the themes
2002, but not mannequins at Score. Her Deadline for the contest is
host/owner of a hit Cable TV show, Tool Time.
eyes are haunting you? She doesn’t even
have eyes! She’s made of plaster. If my son
His hobbies include contact sports, cars, and tools. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2002. A
Tim’s wife is a psychiatrist, which, he believes, box will be provided at the Front
ever had a problem like yours, I’d send
gives him the expertise to counsel you.
him to a shrink. In my expert opinion, Desk for stories. No late entries
you have some issues to work out. will be permitted so turn them in
Tim Taylor Next Month’s Therapist:
Harvey the Great White Rabbit will on time or early!
joining us next month as our esteemed The winning story will appear
Guest Therapist. in the December issue of the Buzz!
THE BUZZ PAGE 13
By Michelle Mignano
Friday evening, October 18, DA
campus was filled with gleeful screams of
people hitting each other, throwing
balloons at one another, as well as
people flying through the air on the zip-
wire at the annual Senior Class Harvest With her hands behind her back, Sarah Penney slurps up the pie to win the pie eating contest.
Fest. “All in all, it was a big success,” says
Senior Class President Laura Ujereh. ages enjoyed. Du Jae Lee and Kristen thank those who generously offered their
The night began with the DA McCarthy created masterpieces of lions, time to help out with this event, as well
campus and surrounding neighborhood flowers, hearts, and butterflies. as the entire DA community for their
losing power. This, however, did not What is an event without food? support.They were able to raise
trouble the determined seniors or bother Danielle Bowers, who was in charge of 559,000cfa for the Senior Sneak.
the guests.Their teacher-advisor, Mr. the pie-eating contest, held five different
contests, in which the Penney family Jordan Monn gets his face painted at Harvest
Penney, and a fellow member of the DA Fest by Du Jae Lee.
staff worked hard in finding a solution. A seemed to dominate.
few lights, powered by the generator, Though there were plenty of pies to
were eventually placed in the auditorium be eaten, the senior class sold pizza, and
and cars were parked around the field a variety of desserts and soda. Before the
with their headlights shining on the end of the food was sold out.
outdoor events. This year’s event also saw the
The trampoline was the most introduction of a new system of
popular event.There was never a time ticketing. “I was actually a little worried
when the waiting line was less than half when our Class Secretary, Michelle
an hour long . The shooting range was Mignano, came to me the day before the
held in the dark until cars lighted up the event with a new way to handle
area. This was a popular event for the ticketing,” says Laura Ujereh. After a
male population of the school. The week of cutting up little pieces of paper
sumo-wrestling event was said to be and stapling them together, Michelle
dirty and sweaty. However, all that proposed and designed a new ticket
participated enjoyed themselves. Face system that debuted at the Harvest Fest.
painting was something that people of all The senior class would like to
Senegal Experiences Unusual Weather Patterns
By Nicole Ketcham and Kristin than 20 inches (50 centimeters) near the were late and September rainfall was
Cortimilia Senegal River.The rest of the year is dry reportedly 50% of normal, resulting in
This year Senegal has experienced and moderately cool, although March crops drying up in many areas of Senegal.
some unusual weather patterns. through June can be dry and warm. The main crops affected by this drought
The weather in Senegal is generally In January of 2002 Senegal include peanuts, watermelon, millet, and
composed of two seasons: dry and wet. experienced three days of unseasonal corn.Without these staples, the
During the rainy season of July through rain. Due to this unforeseen rain, the Senegalese are anxious about an
September, high temperatures, rains and country underwent harsher conditions impending economic crash.
humidity are normal.The greatest than most dry seasons.The wet and The people of Senegal are still
amount of rainfall occurs in the colder than usual weather affected recovering from these conditions. Only
Cassamance, which receives about 60 to animals and plants sensitive to cooler one-fifth of the normal production of
70 inches (150 to 180 centimeters) temperatures. crops has been harvested, which leads to
annually.The amount of rainfall gradually Increasing the general uneasiness of concerns about a possible food shortage.
decreases farther north, averaging less the Senegalese people, the summer rains
PAGE 14 OCTOBER ISSUE
By Shandra Penney and
If God was going to change the
color of the sky, what do you think
He should change it to?
Seung Min Choi, Darren Creech, and Drew Mashburn work together to clear construction rubble
outside the Ephatra School for the Deaf and Mute.
MS Youth Group Visits Deaf School
By Shandra Penney possible.
On October 2, 27 middle The middle schoolers, along with Jordana
schoolers in the Middle SchoolYouth their sponsors, worked hard for an Schultz, 5th
Group reached out to minister to the afternoon to clean up and clear out all
children and staff of the Ephata School the scrap construction materials left by
for the Deaf and Mute. the workers who were building the ...green
The Ephata School is the only new dormitory.They spent the entire
institution in Senegal for totally deaf time digging, lifting, filling wheel-
and mute children. It has approxi- barrels, and dumping buckets of rocks Ruthanne
mately 150 students and is backed by and other junk out of the way. Aside Bowers, 7tj
Christian organizations abroad. For the from encounters with a rat and
last few years the children have been centipede, the time of hard labor was a
living in a small, crowded, unkept great success. Although the girls were ... red
building nearTemple Evangelique and bribed to out-work the guys, everyone
are hoping to move into their new six- worked together surprisingly well and
bedroom dormitory near the SOS did what needed to be done. Supriya Verma,
school in Sacre Coeur, as soon as Kendall Herriott, a youth group 3 rd
leader, said, “I am very proud of how
all the kids worked together, especially
the girls.” Anna Leeger felt the ...white
afternoon went very well. She said,
“Everyone worked well together, and
there was lots of obvious progress.”
Ruthanne Bowers commented, “I had
fun and, if asked, I would do it again.” Kindergarten
The middle school youth group
plans to return to Ephata School for ...light orange
the Deaf and Mute in the near future
to actually spend time interacting with
Leah Evans loads rocks into a wheel barrow.
THE BUZZ PAGE 15
Shelter High School Youth Group
Michelle By Anna Wentzell has happened was the Hang Out
Mignano, 12th The youth group is definitely Night. It was a night of food, fun,
off to a vivacious start. So many and electricity blackouts. It was a
... It is perfect the things have happened and there is good time for ICA and DA students
way it is! much more planned. Read on to to get to know each other.
find out what’s going on with DA’s One thing that the youth group
lively youth group. really wants to do this year is to
Rebecah Fort, This year DA’s youth group, reach out to others. An idea that has
7th along with many other things, has begun taking shape is to work with
experienced a change. Last year our the Talibe ministry. Mrs. Jane
chaplain was Mr. Phillip Glover. Penney has been working with this
...purple This year Mrs. Olsen has dared to ministry since it’s very beginning.
rise up to the challenge of trying to She says that the youth group could
control the wild DA youth group. help by “visiting the center and by
Mr. Motsinger, If you ask Mrs. Olsen what her ministering in various ways accord-
PE/Health goals are for this crazy group she ing to their [spiritual gifts], whether
will tell you that she has three main it be preparing and serving food or
...light blue all goals. Her first goal is to keep our presenting a message in song or
the time discussions practical and Biblically drama.” Mrs. Penney says that it
based. Her desire is that through could benefit the youth group by
this kids would “grow in their love “giving them an opportunity to
for the Word as they see how much share their lives with young people
it speaks to what matters most in who have so many needs and to
life.” Her second goal is for the open their eyes to another world.”
youth group to be a time when Mrs. Olsen says that she plans
youth have fun, but also are able to to have hang out nights at her house
ask and discuss tough questions, or bonfires at Ebett’s field every
and through this they may be month. She is also thinking about
Mrs. McCarthy, furthered along in developing and doing a Meet and Eat sometime. She
receptionist owning their faith. Her final goal is would also like to start forming
for the youth group to be learning small groups in the youth group.
and experiencing together the value She plans on training leaders to lead
...yellow of living and growing as authentic these small groups.
Christians; real with are own Mrs. Olsen would like to
Silalei Shani, weakness, and dependent on a remind the students that it is their
10th loving, strong God. Matt Statler and youth group and ideas that they may
Michelle Penney both agree that so have would be welcome. Jamie
far these goals have been accom- Owens, Nicole Ketcham, Tetu Shani,
...light orange plished pretty well. Joel Schaa, the Coterello’s, and
So far, the youth group has Miss Austin are on the youth group
been very privileged to have Mr. team. So if you have any questions
Brandon Falk, Doug West join them a few times. or ideas you can go see anyone on
10th He has been there to lead the youth the youth group team or her
group in some rousing games. The personally.
winner, of course, gets a prize. One Anyone in high school who
...light blue prize was a coveted Mountain Dew wants to come is more than
won by Paul Loftice. Currently, welcome.Youth group meets every
Mrs. Shani is taking a few weeks to Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm in
teach the youth group about the DA library. Come and join the
spiritual warfare and living a fun!
victorious life. Another thing that
PAGE 16 OCTOBER ISSUE
Mad Dogs Undefeated in Regular Season Play
the runner tagging up at Mad Dogs 2002-03 Roster
first base. Also out fielder Player Grade Position
Joel Schaa hit a great line
Chris Basto w Se nio r Pitche r
Zhe n Che n Se nio r Rig ht-Ce nte r Fie ld e r
Fortunately, the game
against Japan was only an Nico le Ke tcham Se nio r 2nd Base man
exhibition game and does Jo e l Schaa Se nio r Le ft-Ce nte r Fie ld e r
not count on the Mad Matt Statle r Se nio r Utility (Anywhe re )
Dogs’ record. The Mad Kara Aise nb re y Junio r 2nd Base man
Dogs’ record so far is 3-0.
Miche lle Pe nne y Junio r Rig ht Fie ld e r
The first game of the season
was against the Baobab Be kah Ge ro So p ho mo re Catche r
Bashers, whom they beat Se an Ho p kins So p ho mo re 3rd Base man
17-7; and the second was Danie l Aise nb re y Fre shman Rig ht Fie ld e r
against Senegal 2, whom Ashle y He rrio tt Fre shman Re lie f Pitche r
they barely defeated with a
Je ssica Ke tcham Fre shman Re lie f Pitche r
score of 10-9. The third
game was won with a score Mo Olse n Fre shman Le ft Fie ld e r
of 13-12 against the Laina Pe nne y Fre shman Rig ht-Ce nte r Fie ld e r
Pitcher, Chris Bastow has a 3-0 record in regular season play. Gungomamas. Chris Jo sh Schaa Fre shman 1st Base man
Bastow is the winning pitcher for And re w Maho ne y 8th g rad e r Re lie f Pitche r
By Nicole Ketcham these games and has one of the top
Fo d ay Mashb urn 8th g rad e r Sho rtsto p
The Dakar softball league has batting averages, second only to Mo
begun the 2002-03 season with two Olsen. Joel Schaa, the clean-up record is 3-0, with the exception of
leagues: a competitive league, for hitter, has batted in 9 runs leading the exhibition game against Japan.
those who want to play to win, and the team in RBIs. These last three They are doing very well and
a social league, for those who want games have really boosted the improving with every practice. I
to play for fun. The Mad Dogs are confidence of the team and helped expect them to win all their games.”
playing on the social league this year them unite. He also added, “I am very excited
instead of the competitive one since Ron Herriott is the Mad Dogs’ about all the new ICA kids coming.”
the Mad Dog team is made up of coach and has high hopes for his The Mad Dogs themselves are
primarily underclassmen girls and team. In his words: “I’m excited enjoying the sport, pleased with
guys (except for three returning about their numbers and their their improvement, and looking
players: Joel Schaa, Nicole enthusiasm for the game. Their forward to the rest of the season.
Ketcham, and Edgar Sindler) as
opposed to last year’s senior guy
The Mad Dogs met Japan in
their first game. The Japanese team
used to be considered an easy win,
but these new Mad Dogs were
getting creamed. Please take into
account that the Mad Dogs had only
four practices before this game and
were still trying to learn how to play
as a team. Although the team
looked pretty shoddy, there were
still some moments of glory. There
was a double play by shortstop
Foday Mashburn in the 4th inning.
He caught a fly ball and threw out Left fielder Mo Olsen leads the Mad Dogs with a .800 batting average.
THE BUZZ PAGE 17
Player Runs Hits 2x 3x RBIs Avg
Ols e n 10 4 8 0 0 0 0 .800
Bas to w 12 4 9 2 0 0 5 .750
Ho p k ins 8 6 5 1 0 0 0 .625
Sc haa, J o e l 14 7 8 3 2 0 9 .571
Pe nne y, M. 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 .500
Pe nne y, L. 7 2 3 1 0 0 0 .429
Mas hb urn 12 6 5 2 0 0 2 .417
Statle r 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .250
Ke tc ham, N. 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .250
Ge ro 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 .200
Ais e nb re y, K. 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 .200
He rrio tt 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 .143
Sc haa, J o s h 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 .100
Maho ne y 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coach Herriott shows a little excitement as he coaches his
players from 3rd base. Ais e nb re y, D. 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ke tc ham, J . 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Che n 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
DA Staff Softball Team Off to a Slow Start
By Nicole Ketcham may divide the Mad Dogs and the
The Dakar Academy staff/adult new ICA players into two teams:
team has a strong history of solid one in the competitive league and Brad Mashb urn Sho rtsto p
players. It has won the West African one in the social league, depending
Invitational Softball Tournament on their skill and experience. If this Ro n He rrio tt Le ft Fie ld e r
(WAIST) twice and has had many happens, the staff team may disband,
homerun hitters in the past. That giving the Mad Dogs their spot in Do nny Co rtimilia Pitche r
may not be the case this year. the competitive league. Another
Although they did not participate in option is to keep the staff team and Ro d ne y Duttwe ile r Le ft-Ce nte r Fie ld e r
last year’s league games, the team divide the Mad Dogs into two
Je ff Schaa 1st Base man
still has several good players, but recreational teams. According to
also has quite a few new, inexperi- Coach Herriott, he would prefer
Guy Pe nne y 3rd Base man
enced players. two social league Mad Dog teams
The season has been underway and a competitive staff team. Lo is Clark 2nd Base man
for more than a month, but the staff However, this can only take place if
team has yet to play a game against there is room for another team in Mara Alle n Rig ht Fie ld e r
anyone. Their first three scheduled the social league.
games were canceled for various At the time this paper goes to Rud y Klaas Catche r
reasons. print, this team is uncertain of its
Now there is even a question of future. No matter what the decision And y Co te re lo Utility
whether or not this team will even is, these players plan to compete as
David McCarthy Utility
remain in the league. If enough of a team in the West African Invita-
the incoming ICA students want to tional Softball Tournament (WAIST) Tad So mme rs Utility
play softball, Coach Ron Herriott in March.
PAGE 18 OCTOBER ISSUE
The Buzz Takes a Closer Look at DA’s Veteran Teachers
By Laura Ujereh and Anna speak French and Spanish, she Miss Austin returned to the states to
Wentzell speaks Portuguese, Wolof, Creole attend high school in New Orleans;
Have you ever sat back in your (Cape Verde style and Casamance she attended Davidson College in
chair and thought “Does my teacher style), and a little bit of English. She North Carolina where she majored
have a life outside of school?” Well took Russian for a while but in sociology and political science
in this monthly issue we will give stopped because it was too difficult. with a minor in English and French
you some information about DA’s She has been able to use all these literature.
returning teachers so that you may languages while living and traveling After college Miss Austin
better know them. This month our in Cape Verde, Senegal, Morocco, began working for the International
feature teachers are Madame Dia Canary Islands, Ivory Coast, USA, Missions Board in Richmond,
and Miss Austin. Portugal, Spain (this is where she Virginia, where she recruited
earned her masters degree), college students to go on mission
Madame Cecelia Dia Belgium, and Holland. She is a well- trips. She later took a position in
Ma- traveled lady. Guinea Conakry for two years
dame Dia Madame Dia says that the most tutoring children. She moved to
was born important thing to her is her Senegal in 1999 and worked for the
in Cape relationship to Christ. She says that Southern Baptists as an ethno-
Verde on one thing that she really appreciates graphic researcher and did adminis-
the island about Dakar Academy is the trative work before coming to
of Maio. Christian environment. None of the Dakar Academy as a teacher.
She lived other schools were Christian, this is Miss Austin’s parents have been
there until a nice change. missionaries since she was ten years
she was twenty years old. She still, old. They have worked in The
however, enjoys visiting her native Miss J.Virginia Austin Gambia for the Southern Baptist
country. She now lives in Dakar Miss J. Mission in public health and
with her mother and husband. She Virginia evangelical work. They are in
has four children—three sons and Austin, transition and will soon be moving
one daughter (two of these being otherwise to the Cassamance to continue their
twins). Her children are all grown known to work. You may know Miss Austin’s
and have left to build their lives. students siblings, Gabe and Eryn, who both
One of her sons now lives in the and staff as graduated from Dakar Academy a
USA. Her other three children are Miss Ginny few years ago. Gabe is now 23 and is
in France. Austin, has a Second Lieutenant in the Armor
Madame Dia has worked at DA been a Division in the U.S. Army. Eryn is 19
for eight years. Through some teacher at Dakar Academy for a little and a sophomore at Houghton
families whose children she was over a year now. She is the high College in New York.
tutoring, she heard about DA’s need school English teacher. Last year Miss Austin has many things
for a French and Spanish teacher. she started as a part time teacher, that seem to greatly contradict her.
When she first started working at but by January 2002 she was Such as the fact that she is an
DA she taught only French, but teaching English and Bible full time. English teacher yet hates public
later she also took on Spanish. DA is Miss Austin was born in speaking. She adores nature but
not the first school to benefit from Virginia. She soon moved to New manages to “kill every living thing
Madame Dia’s teaching abilities. She Orleans where she lived with her she gets near.” She is able to read
taught at Ste Marie (a Catholic family for seven years. She is a and write French yet can’t speak it.
School nearby) and a French missionary kid and moved to The Miss Austin will eat ketchup on just
school. She also taught Spanish Gambia when she was ten and about every thing but cringes when
part-time for the Spanish embassy. resided there for five years. While she sees a raw tomato. She enjoys
You may be reading this and there, she met the Mashburns, wh talking to people, speaks English
thinking “Wow, Madame Dia speaks are now at DA as our principal and and French, and has spoken
French and Spanish!” Well, it gets computer teacher . Mrs. Mashburn Mandinka (Gambia) and Susu
even better. Not only does she was Miss Austin’s 7th grade teacher. (Guinea) at some points in life;
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however, she really values her Excel Honor Roll
solitude. If she could visit any place
3rd Grade 8th Grade Lawrence Povoas
in the world, she would choose to
Michael Pawly Jasmine Carvalho Silalei Shani
visit “a really cold place.” Something
Seung-Min Choi Moses Sun
that you might not guess about her,
4th Grade Lani Finck
though, is that she really likes math
Annio Klaas Sarah Herriott 11th Grade
as well as English.
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Miss Austin has a real fear of
Mo-Eun Sun Drew Mashburn Kristin Cortimilia
fire. When she was young, it was
Cheralyn McKee Nkemba Ndjungu
her responsibility to burn the trash.
5th Grade Amie Sabally
She had to tend the fire, and she
Laura Penney 9th Grade Tetu Shani
detested it. After experiencing many
Daniel Aisenbrey Gayatri Shetty
traumatic out-of-control bush fires,
6th Grade Jonathan Bailey
she acquired a great fear for it.
Ethan Sindler Melissa Carvalho 12th Grade
Other traumatic experiences
Ashley Herriott Danielle Bowers
include the time when Mr.
7th Grade Eric Ketcham Kerri Evans
Mashburn gave her a crash course
Caleb Duttweiler Jessica Ketcham Nicole Ketcham
in Biology when she was 11 years
Leah Evans Melanie Mahoney Du Jae Lee
old. He sat on her porch and
Brock Mashburn Kristen McCarthy
skinned a dead rabbit and pro-
Sarah Penney 10th Grade Jamie Owens
ceeded to show her each organ as
Marcella Statler David Bailey Shandra Penney
he extracted it from the rabbit. They
Rebekah Gero Joel Schaa
later ate the rabbit for dinner. (Well,
Sean Hopkins Laura Ujereh
at least he did.)
Emily Mahoney Zoe Williams
Miss Austin’s favorite job has
been teaching at Dakar Academy,
although she does not view it as Honor Roll
simply a job but a calling. Her pet 3rd Grade 6th Grade 9th Grade
peeves are the fact that she has no Misbah Haq Joice Berto Kyle McCarthy
curtains in her classrooms. Miss Esther Sindler Marijke Everts Laina Penney
Austin adores reading and if given Jesse Schaa Herbert Jones Joshua Schaa
the chance, would love to spend an Iyanatou Niang Mohsin Manzoor
entire semester on Shakespeare. Supriya Verma 10th Grade
Miss Austin is very fond of her Joshua Penney th
7 Grade Garima Gariola
classes. However, she is also the Dhruraj Baznath Edgar Sindler
Student Senate advisor as well as 4th Grade Oseias Berto
part of the Youth Group team. She Paulo Bechara Ruthanne Bowers 11th Grade
lives alone on campus, which she David Forsyth Michael Cortimilia Ozilia Berto
enjoys because although she enjoys Alex Lewis Hannah Jackson
people she also really enjoys and Erik Olsen 8th Grade Mufuka Ndjungu
needs her private solitude. She is an Aline Bechara Michelle Penney
amateur pianist and plays it for her 5th Grade Paul Evans
own personal enjoyment when she Andrew Bradford Christine Forsyth 12th Grade
is alone. Jessica Duttweiler Anna Leeger Bamike John Afrik
She hopes that she will be able Mehreen Manzoor Andrew Mahoney Ahmed Arezki
to continue teaching at Dakar Massaly Mashburn Foday Mashburn Christopher Bastow
Academy for the next couple of Nathanael Packard Margaret McIntire Michelle Mignano
years. She is not too sure what she Jessica Pawly Matthew Statler
will do after that, but she will go Anna Wentzell
with whatever God has planned for
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Kristen McCarthy Women's Women's
Michelle Mignano Retreat Retreat
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Turkey Bowl Thanks giving Break
DA will host a series of football
Turkey Bowl games. Come and join a team
(staff, student, parent, or other).
The senior class will be selling a
variety of delicious lunch foods:
Ba r -B-Q t urk ey b u r ge r s,
hotdogs, desserts, pops, and
ice cream! All are welcome to
Dakar Academy come and participate or simply
sit and enjoy the fun. Please
69 Route des Maristes
B.P. 3189 come and support the senior
Dakar, Senegal class!
Email: office @dakar-academy.org
12:00, Wednesday, November 27