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Academy Family,

At one time while Mark Twain was in London, someone started a rumor that he was gravely ill. According to a widely-repeated legend, one major American newspaper actually printed his obituary and, when Twain was told about this by a reporter, he quipped: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

The legend is in fact based in truth. In late May of 1897 the English correspondent for the New York Journal, Frank Marshall White, contacted Twain in London to inquire about his health and the rumor that he had died. Twain replied with a handwritten note explaining the mix-up. The next day, White wrote an article that quoted from Twain’s letter. On June 2, 1897, the article was published in the New York Journal. It said, in part:

     Mark Twain was undecided whether to be more amused or annoyed when a Journal representative informed him today of the report in New York that he was dying in poverty in London...

     The great humorist, while not perhaps very robust, is in the best of health. He said:

     “I can understand perfectly how the report of my illness got about, I have even heard on good authority that I was dead. James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London, but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness.

     The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

As a young boy, I was a big fan of Mark Twain. I wanted to be a riverboat or tugboat captain when I grew up. I was intrigued by the story about the rumor of his death. I could not imagine what that would be like. Well, now I know. The obituary for Rev. Jerry Frank Reeder of Huntsville appeared online this past week. While I never met Rev. Reeder face to face, I have known him for many years. We actually served in two churches near each other 25 years ago. The confusion created in the community is legendary. I often got calls regarding him, or actually meant for him.

While the Mark Twain story is well known, the proliferation of information available to us today is greater by a hundredfold. The point is, don’t believe everything you see online. The pandemic we have been dealing with for over a year now has caused the internet to be flooded with information. Most of it is sketchy at best and outright lies at worst.

The ability to be critical thinkers, not people who criticize but people who evaluate and think, is indeed a critical need in our culture. Most of our graduates say the most valuable course they take at The Academy is Rhetoric. This course teaches students to research and evaluate, to write and speak well, and to make arguments based on critical thinking and logic. Three of our students, along with other Academy leaders, will display their rhetorical skills as they speak at the Looking Ahead event this Thursday evening in the Worship Center of Whitesburg Baptist Church. You will hear great things about the future of Whitesburg Christian Academy, and I will be there, alive and well.

Warrior strong, Warrior Brave, We do hard things,

Jerry Reeder

Academy Parents, it’s time for a big event! We look forward to seeing you this Thursday night for Looking Ahead. This is an evening you don’t want to miss! Check out the amazing silent auction items. All money raised will go toward facilities and technology. 
Mark Your Calendar
  • March 25 – Looking Ahead Event @ 6:30 PM - WBC Worship Center 
  • March 26 – Mr. Parker and Coach Smith in the Dunking Booth 
  • March 27 – Science Olympiad 
  • March 29-April 2 – Spring Break
  • April 16 – Half Day for Upper School
  • April 19-23 – SAT-10 Testing for 3rd-7th Grade 
  • April 20 – PSAT for 8th, 9th, 10th Grade 
  • April 23 – Middle School Retreat 
  • April 30 – Grammar Field Day 
  • May 7 – Upper School Field Day
  • May 12 – Senior Exams 
  • May 13 – Warrior Walk
  • May 16 – Graduation 
  • May 17 – Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 19 – 6th Grade Graduation 
  • May 18-20 – Upper School Exams 
  • May 20 – Upper School Awards Day
Tuition Assistance
Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an application ($35 fee) and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by April 15. Visit this link for more information and to apply.
Upper School Late Start Wednesday This Week
  • 8th Graders going to SLU 101 (Mr. Reeder – Chapel)
  • Chess Club (Mr. Douglas – Library)
  • French Club (Mrs. Moore – Room 104)
  • Marketing & Media Club (Ms. Hill/Mrs. Taylor – Room 108)
  • Study Hall (Coach Harper – Mod. C)
Order by 12pm on Friday!
Usborne Books & More Virtual Fair
Mrs. Douglas shares about the Spring Book Fair! Purchase great Usborne books, get activities for spring break and support our library now through March 26. Please go to this website for access to the catalog and to shop. Enjoy!
The SGA invites you to Movie Night – May 7
You've Got A Friend in Me!
Whitesburg Baptist Church invites the whole family out for hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, and all the trimmings. The movie will begin dusk at the ROC. Invite a friend or neighbor, bring your lawn chairs, and as Buzz says, "The important thing is that we stick together!"
2020-2021 & 2021-22 SCHOOL CALENDAR
Nash Joseph Euto is the son of Dan and Sabrina Euto. He has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy since the fifth grade. During his time at the Academy, Nash has faithfully played in the Symphonic, Jazz, and Pep Band, and he was elected as the secretary of the inaugural Student Government Association. Also, he competed in Science Olympiad, specifically Circuit Lab, Code Busters, and Machines. In addition, he is one of the beloved morning announcement personalities. Nash has won many honors and awards; as a junior, he received the certificate of achievement in U.S. History and Chemistry; he placed in UAH’s, Lee University’s, and Harding University’s highest merit tuition scholarship bracket; and he is a Mississippi College Select Scholar. In the fall, Nash will attend Mississippi College where he will pursue a major in Computer Science.
Simon Graham Jaeger is the beloved son of Ross and Jennifer Jaeger. He has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy since the eighth grade. Simon is a member of the National Honor Society, and he dedicates much of his free time to sports. Simon played soccer for three years, ran track, cross-country, and indoor track for four years, and he played for the Warrior football team his senior year.  In his free time, Simon enjoys ultra-marathon racing, going to church, and hanging out with family and friends. Simon is the recipient of Auburn’s “Fearless and True” Scholarship as well as Auburn University’s Unity Endowed Leadership Scholarship. In the fall, Simon will attend Auburn University and pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Manning Scott Morris is the son of Dr. Lee and Abbie Morris. He has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy since the sixth grade. Manning has taken advantage of the many leadership opportunities the Academy offers. He has faithfully served as the National Honor Society President for the past two years, and he is a graduate of both the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and Student Leadership University. In addition, Manning has played Varsity golf for five years, and he is the recipient of the All-Auburn Scholarship. In the fall, Manning will study Pre-Medicine at Auburn University
Sydney Ruth Sawyer is the daughter of Clif and Julie Sawyer. She has attended Whitesburg Christian Academy for two and a half years. Sydney is very active in Rivertree's youth group and enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a graduate of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy. Sydney has received both the Spirit of Auburn Founder’s Scholarship from Auburn University and the Presidential Scholarship and Distinction Scholarship from Mississippi College. In the fall, Sydney plans to attend Mississippi College to pursue a degree in Social Work.

This Week

  • 3/22 – Varsity Baseball vs DHCA 4:00
  • 3/22 – JVG Tennis vs Westminster 4:00 (Lily Flagg)
  • 3/22 – Track Meet @ Athens
  • 3/23 – Varsity Baseball @ DHCA (DH) 5:00
  • 3/23 – VG Soccer @ Madison Academy 5:00
  • 3/23 – VB Soccer @ Athens Bible 5:00
  • 3/23 – VG/VB Tennis @ Decatur High School 4:00 (Point Mallard)
  • 3/23 – Boys and Girls Golf @Huntsville Country Club 3:30
  • 3/24 – JVB Soccer @ Randolph 3:30
  • 3/25 – Varsity Baseball vs ABS 4:00
  • 3/25 – VG Tennis vs St. Bernard 4:00 (Lily Flagg)
  • 3/27 – Track Meet @ Madison
Congratulations to Emma Cape for signing a track scholarship with Jacksonville State University on Friday. She is a 3x state champion and holds the state record in 2A pole vault and 1A high jump.
For more detailed sports information, look for the Warrior GameDay the third Thursday of every month.
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