Abundant Life Academy Students Win Academic, Athletic Awards

Daniel Miletic, a sixth grade student at Abundant Life Academy in Nutley, NJ, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 24, moving a step closer to a $50,000 college scholarship. Students in fifth through eighth grade competed in the preliminary rounds at Abundant Life Academy in December. The top ten students then competed for first place in the finals where Miletic emerged victorious after a close battle with Austin Parmenter, an eighth grader.  Both Austin and Daniel were in the Finals of last year’s Bee at Abundant Life Academy.

Kimora Johnson, a fifth grade student at Abundant Life Academy, competed in the Colgate Women’s Games at Pratt Institute in New York. The Colgate Women’s Games are the largest amateur track series in the country, open to women and elementary school girls.  Kimora competed in the 55 meter dash and won first in her age division, running a personal-best time of 8.0.

Abundant Life Academy hosted the Metro Christian Athletic Association Middle School Basketball Tournament this winter. Both of ALA’s girls and boys teams made it to the final four with the boys winning the championship by defeating Harmony Christian of New York, 41-18, and Trinity Baptist of Montville, 45-24. The team was led by eighth graders Joao Franca and Ricky Leach.

The Abundant Life Academy girls' basketball team

The ALA girls team took second place, but won the Christian Character Award, which is voted on by all the coaches in the league and awarded to the team which best displays sportsmanship, humility, and teamwork.

Students at Abundant Life Academy recently celebrated a month-long emphasis on kindness in their daily lives. Students completed projects of kindness and the eighth graders spearheaded a campaign to bring clean drinking water to remote villages in the world, partnering with Samaritan’s Purse and raising over $1,200. Students also voted for the student who best embodied the “kindness challenge” in each grade. The winners: K-3, Sofia Morales and Zoe Livingstone; K-4, Abigail Castillo and Gavin Sammeth; K-5, Alejandro Garcia, Kara Grado and Rithika Kundavaram; Grade 1, Ariella Ballerio;  Grade 2, Haley Parmenter and Bianca Vieira; Grade 3, Nathanael Maldonado and Edward Garcia; Grade 4, Eden Cruz and Raphael Taboclaon; Grade 5, Emily Kuebler and Michael Latronico; Grade 6, Allison Livingstone and Brianna Ruiz; Grade 7, Cassie Ortiz and Caroline Rocha; Grade 8, Sherry Tannickal and Marisa Powers; Grade 9, Kayla Williams; Grade 10, Juliana Olesky; Grade 11, Samuel Buzzelli; and Grade 12, Matthew Vassallo.

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