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Highland View Academy students serve during mission trip to Alaska

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The students went on a spring break mission trip to Nome, Alaska, home to the famous Iditarod dog-sledding race.

While many of their peers enjoyed leisurely spring break pursuits in warm places, a group of 21 students from Highland View Academy chose a path less traveled, venturing to Nome, Alaska, to engage in mission and community service.

Upon their arrival in Nome, where the thermometer read a mere 6 degrees Fahrenheit, the academy students were met with the harsh realities of an Alaskan spring, including heavy snowfall and biting winds. Yet, the spirit of service and adventure burned within them as they embarked on a 10-day mission trip to connect with and serve the local population. 

Students began their trip by experiencing the thrill of the Iditarod dog-sledding race, a storied event in Nome and one of Alaska’s most cherished traditions. They watched the dog-sledding teams arrive at the finish line and participated in the celebration by assisting organizers in setting up a banquet for the race participants.

Throughout their stay, the students immersed themselves in the local community, offering their time and energy across a range of activities. They provided companionship and entertainment to residents at the senior center, many of whom are members of the city’s sizable indigenous community.

Their efforts also extended to the younger generation, with the students supporting the Boys and Girls Club’s after-school programs. A notable highlight was a mini-clinic hosted by members of the academy’s Aerials gymnastics team, bringing flips and fun to the afterschool mix. Students also organized a multi-night Vacation Bible School program at the club, offering spiritual programming and engaging activities for community children.

The academy group was hosted by the Nome Seventh-day Adventist Church during their stay. Students led the worship service at the church on Sabbath and shoveled snow from the driveways and sidewalks in the surrounding neighborhood during the week.

“Our work in Alaska was an experience l’ll never forget,” said senior Aidan Sammons. “Never before have I seen the fruits of our labor appear so fast in the faces and words of those we helped. The people of Nome, Alaska, welcomed us with open arms and love while we were there…”

Sophomore Cadence Rinehart agreed. “I enjoyed the experience because I connected with many amazing, kind and hardworking 

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