Unification News for March 2002

Bridgeport International Academy News

Bridgeport International Academy began a new semester this January, with several new courses and exciting activities. Here are a few articles written by the students to update you on what's been going on at BIA and its local community the past few months.

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

by Chris Breland

Love is in the air! Might as well take advantage of it, and make a little profit on the side, decided the student council at BIA this Valentine's Day. Like every year, the BIA held its annual flower fundraiser this month. We hoped to outdo the profits of last year and come through with a very lucrative event.

So, this year we purchased a total of 1,500 roses, which still had to be prettied up quite a bit before sold. The whole school contributed time towards preparing for the selling. As a group, we plucked petals, stripped thorns, and wrapped roses for hours. Then, on both Valentine's Day as well as the day before, we went out in teams and sold flowers on street corners all over Bridgeport and Marina Dining Hall. It was a lot of hard work for everyone, but all in good cause: We made over $1350 dollars in pure profit! This money was near double what had been earned the year before.

As we all looked on the great sum of money gathered, we decided to tithe part of it to the local church after all the fundraisers of the year had been completed. The rest would go to end of the year trips and parties, all funded by the student council! It just goes to show that hard work always pays off in the end.

Broadcast Media: Second Semester

by Masjo Ward

Broadcast media is the course taught by Mr. Deshotel. Our class meets twice a week, and sometimes for out-of-class filming assignments. It's exciting to be able to work with cameras and movies, all while learning the proper production process. Last semester, I also took part in this course, and completed a humorous movie, Cold Drinks (absolute masterpiece), which was a lot of fun to create. Mr. Deshotel knows everything about filming, and all in all it's a great class.

The Debate Team

by Chris Breland

The debate team is BIA's most active club this year, continuing now for the second semester. Consisting originally of a group of newbies with little experience beyond arguments with their siblings, this small club has performed astoundingly in tournaments. BIA made itself known in the debating community through winning top trophies in statewide competition. Through hard work and consistent practice, this team has wowed judges everywhere. Without dispute, this club will definitely continue for many succeeding years at Bridgeport International.

Basketball Team

by Yoda DeGroot

This year has been a very interesting one for the basketball team. The team consists of people of all different skill levels. Players went from not knowing how to dribble a basketball to shooting jump shots and learning the zone defense. We have learned how to play as a team and get along as players.


by Konrad Kathan

This semester, a new class was included in the BIA curriculum. The program is called MACH, for Music and Arts Center for Humanity. It's taught by Mr. Wayne Hiller. This class is a lot of fun because it teaches young people how to become better at playing jazz music, and enhances their ability to play in general. We hope that our hard work will let us play at jazz concerts over the summer, and get paid while doing it.

Swimming Team

by Nathan Breland

Three times a week many BIA students wake up in the morning for 7:00 swimming at Wheeler Recreation Center. Feodor, the instructor, teaches and corrects us in our strokes. Though many of us started out lacking swimming and breathing skills, by now everybody can swim multiple laps consecutively for the whole hour of practice. It was clear to everyone that we had improved ourselves greatly in many ways.

General news

This semester has seen the start of Saturday Night Meetings, where Connecticut Second Generation come to participate in Divine Principle lectures and activities once a week. Hosted by CARP members Grace Lee and Lillie Kirkley, these meetings have been both inspirational and fun for all that attends them.

Well, that's all we have for now. Keep looking for when we post more news from BIA. If you are interested in learning more about our school, please contact the student council at biastudentcouncil@hotmail.com. You can also contact the school by calling (203) 334-3434, emailing: biahighschool@hotmail.com, or through the mailing address: Bridgeport International Academy, 400 Linden Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604.

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