News Briefs for June 3, 2021
News reports from the Philippines, Cuba, Loma Linda University, Walla Walla University and Redding Adventist Academy:
Ian Grey Antoni Segui, a 14-year-old Adventist from Lopez, Quezon, in the Philippines, has been named champion of the Heroes II Bible Trivia Game World Championship. He beat out 16 finalists (including his dad) from around the world to claim the spot during the General Conference Global Virtual Camp held May 19-22. Segui battled Canadian finalist David Jeffrey in a best-of-three series in the finals.
Heroes II is an Adventist 3D Bible trivia gaming app featuring characters from the Bible and special character effects to spice up gaming and help answer questions.
From the Inter-American Division:
The Inter-American Division Exhibit Booth during the church’s Adventist Global Virtual Campmeeting (May 19-23, 2021), offered an opportunity for a iPad give away.
By only subscribing to the IAD news bulletins, visitors would sign up to win the tablet (which is expected to be a great tool in his or her personal ministry).
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Adventist Church in Inter-America, which will take place in 2022, the organizing committee for the exhibition module decided that the winner would be the 100th person to register. When reviewing the database, there were 170 participants. Stéfany Sánchez Pérez was the 100th person from Cuba.
Congratulations, Stéfany! You are already registered for the newsletters and you also won the tablet, which we will send through the Cuban Union.
From Loma Linda University Health (via a May 27 Facebook update):
On January 29, 2021, we opened our Drayson Center clinic in a large-scale effort to vaccinate the community against COVID-19. Tonight we closed the doors to the Drayson clinic for the last time. Thank you to all the clinicians, employees, volunteers, and students who tirelessly provided vaccines to our community.
Vaccines can still be scheduled through the Park Avenue site by visiting lluh.org/vaccine.
From a Walla Walla University news story:
Walla Walla University began Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month by holding its first-ever Asian and Pacific Islander-themed vespers, incorporating singers, musicians, and speakers with ethnic roots leading back to a variety of Asian and Pacific Island countries.
This historic event took place on April 30, 2021, and included a welcome, traditional hymns, and scripture readings in Filipino, Samoan, Indonesian, and Japanese.
Redding Adventist Academy in Redding, California, made local headlines with a wet surprise for students. The Redding, California-based school set up a pop-up water extravaganza including a 32-foot water slide behind the school on June 2.
According to KRCR television, Principal Carrie Copithorne explained the Adventist school wanted to do something positive for students after COVID restrictions had made for a challenging year.