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James and Ellen G. White, founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church (abbreviated "Adventist") is a Protestant Christian denomination which is distinguished mainly by its observance of the period between Friday sunset and Saturday sunset, the "seventh day" of the week, as the Sabbath; along with the soon Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the middle part of the 19th century and was formally established in 1863. Among its founders was Ellen G. White, whom Adventists consider a prophet, and whose numerous writings are still held in high regard by the church.

Most of the theology of the contemporary Seventh-day Adventist Church corresponds to key evangelical teachings, such as the Trinity and the infallibility of Scripture. Distinctive doctrines include its Great Controversy theme, the idea of the unconscious state of the dead, and the teaching of an investigative judgment that began in 1844. The church is also known for its emphasis on diet and health, its promotion of religious liberty, and its culturally conservative principles.

The world church is governed by a General Conference, with smaller regions administered by divisions, union conferences, and local conferences. It currently has an ethnically and culturally diverse worldwide membership of over 18 million people and maintains a missionary presence in over 200 countries. The church operates numerous schools, hospitals, and publishing houses worldwide, as well as a prominent humanitarian aid organization known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

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Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) is one of the flagship high schools or "academies" of Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States. It is located in New Market, Virginia and is a co-educational, boarding, high school. SVA offers both boarding and day school programs and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools. It is a member of the Virginia Council for Private Education. It is known for its strong athletic and fine arts program as well as the number of its graduates who move on to highly selective schools.


In 1905 while on his death bed, Charles D. Zirkle donated 45 acres of his property to the Virginia Conference to build a school. In 1907, construction began on the main building of what was known as New Market Academy. The first students enrolled in 1908. In January 1908 New Market Academy assumed its current name, Shenandoah Valley Academy. The name was changed because New Market Academy duplicated an old private school in New Market, ironically, the new name was shared with another, now defunct, military school in Winchester, Virginia. In 1911 SVA graduated its first four students. SVA attracts students primarily from Virginia and Maryland but students attend from across the United States to New York, Florida, or California and across national borders from places such as South Korea, Angola, the United Kingdom, and South America. By the time of its centennial in 2008 SVA had graduated over 6,000 students. During the 2009-2010 school year, SVA had an enrollment of two hundred and forty four students.

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Campion Academy Adventist Church in Loveland, Colorado

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Richard Nathaniel Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an American author of powerful, sometimes controversial novels, short stories and non-fiction, informed by his status as a gifted but often discriminated against African-American.

Wright, the grandson of slaves, was born on a plantation in Roxie, Mississippi, a tiny town located about 22 miles east of Natchez, in Franklin County.

Wright's family soon moved to Memphis, Tennessee. While there, his father, a former sharecropper, abandoned them. Wright, his brother, and mother soon moved to Jackson, Mississippi, to live with relatives, who were Seventh-day Adventist. He later reported feeling stifled by the religious environment. In Jackson, Wright attended public high school.

At the age of 15, Wright penned his first story, 'The Voodoo of Hell's Half-Acre', published in Southern Register, a black newspaper. Here, he formed some lasting impressions of American racism before moving back to Memphis in 1927.

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