Heritage students attend retreat

October 13, 2004

Heritage Academy held its annual retreat at the Skycroft Resort in Boonsboro, Sept. 15-17. The entire high school journeyed on this trip to grow closer to their friends, the faculty, and most importantly, to God!

This year, however, was not any ordinary year. Many of the activities were chosen by Athletic Director Kelly Barnes to enhance the retreat. Competitions included Human Croquet, the Bucket Game, Capture the Flag, Wally Ball, Bag Volleyball, Bible Quizzing, Competitive Skits and Video Camera Scavenger Hunt.

Many of the senior students remarked that they thought this year was the funniest year ever and that they wished they could go back again. Every year, the retreat includes class competitions and this year's winners were the seniors, who also won the past two years as well.

The speaker for the week was pastor Eric Boutillier, who presented four powerful messages to the students.

Teachers convention

On Nov. 11-12, the Heritage Academy teachers will be attending a teachers' convention in Lancaster, Pa. Due to this event, school will be closed and the Heritage students will be able to enjoy a four day weekend.

Marine recovering

Kenton Shatzer, son of Vaughn and Peggy Shatzer of Hagerstown, has been a part of the United States Marine Corps since his graduation from Heritage Academy in June 2003.

He was serving our country in Ramadi, Iraq, when he was caught ablaze while working to clear away brush. He was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on June 5 with second-degree burns on about 20 percent of his body, including his lower back, hands and both of his legs.

He returned home July 19 to recover.

Shatzer's burns have been healing quickly. His hands maintained the worst burns. He was flown back to Texas on Aug. 23 to have his burns looked over. He then was flown to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he is to this day.

He will return home in a few weeks to visit with his family and friends before being reassigned with the Marines.

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