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The goals of this team are to show students and others what can be accomplished when God-given talents are used in a creative and Christ-like environments. Students are able to demonstrate good decision making by choosing a Christian lifestyle which includes enhancing our relationship with Jesus in part by being alcohol, tobacco, and drug free. We promote these lifestyles on tours including at public schools where we cannot talk about God. We strive to improve personal skills as well as encouraging others and work together as a team.
The Aerokhanas Gymnastics (Aeros) team is one of the many options available to witness to others at Great Lakes Adventist Academy. The Aeros tour throughout Michigan, having about five weekend tours, a Week of Prayer tour to a sister academy in the U.S., and a weeklong tour in April. The April tour, called our “Listen America tour”, is where we travel in a concentrated area of Michigan for a week, performing at public schools and other facilities, promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging others to stay drug and alcohol free.
On Weekend Tours our team does each of the following things in their entirety:
Aeros is a group of 31 students and 4 staff members who use physical, spiritual, and emotional talents to show God’s love. Our team consists of 4 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 19 juniors, and 15 seniors.
Kelly Sherwood (Girls’ Captain)
Kelly was born in raised in Traverse City, Michigan. She has been on Aerokhanas for all four years of high school at Great Lakes Adventist Academy. She enjoys trying new things, going on adventures and performing gymnastics and aerial arts. Kelly loves Jesus, and is very motivated to bring others closer to Him.
Mike Narita (Guys’ Captain)
Brian Berger is from Wilson, Michigan, and has been on the Aerokhanas team two years. Brian was captain of the gymnastics team at Wilson Junior Academy before coming to GLAA. He enjoys farming, hanging out with his family and friends, riding dirt bikes, and doing gymnastics. Brian loves God and wants to use his talents to point others to Christ.
Tedd Webster (Coach)
Coach Tedd Webster has been at Great Lakes Adventist Academy since 2003 and has over 30 years experience as a coach. He coached for 10 years at Greater Miami Academy and 11 years at Dakota Adventist Academy. His grandfather was Professor Shull, a former principal at Cedar Lake Academy (now GLAA), and his mother, Alice Hughes Webster, graduated from Cedar Lake Academy. He was a recipient of the prestigious Zapara Award for excellence in teaching, and enjoys all outdoor activities in his free time. He and his wife Teri have two children Jessica (GLAA ’09) and Jordan (GLAA ’11).
Sietie Heslop (Team Mom)
Aerokhanas has been part of Mrs. Heslop’s love for 14 years while at GLAA. Not only does she take care of the injured and sick, but is a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, arms to hug, and an organizer. She was on a gymnastics team herself in high school, but her role now is one of being a supporter and helper. Mrs. H, as she is fondly referred to, has high expectations for each of the team members and encourages each to strive to do their best at being an important part of the team with Jesus as their Guide. Some of her greatest joys from Aeros are the new “family” members she has gained by being a part of the team.
Kassie Norcross (Sponsor)
Traveling with the Aerokhanas, and helping with various duties, Mrs. Norcross helps in any way she can. Supporting the team is very important to her and she enjoys the interaction with the students.
Kevin Norcross (Sponsor)
Driving the bus is one of the many duties that Mr. Norcross handles. He loves to joke with the team and enjoys being with them on tours.
The Aerokhanas have traveled to many sister academies in the United States including: Highland View Academy, Maplewood Academy, Sunnydale Academy, Wisconsin Academy, Mt. Pisgah Academy (where we will be traveling this year), Fletcher Academy, Ozark Academy, Mt. Vernon Academy, Highland Academy, and Spring Valley Academy. Along with traveling to academies, Aeros have also gone on mission trips to Holbrook School and Belize, C.A.
|Aug 16-18||Aeros Clinic||Fitness Center|
|Aug 21-29||Try-outs (First cuts 8-25)||Fitness Center|
|Aug29||Second cuts||Fitness Center|
|Sep 16||Aeros Sabbath||Fitness Center|
|Oct 14||Alumni Weekend Half Time Show||Fitness Center|
|Oct 21||Aeros Sabbath||Fitness Center|
|Nov 10-11||Aeros Retreat||Fitness Center|
|Nov 12||Special Clinc||Fitness Center|
|Nov 19||Parent Visitation Day Performance||Fitness Center|
|Nov 30||Play Dress Rehearsal||Fitness Center|
|December 1-2||Spiritual Tour||TBA|
|Mar 13-26||Mission Trip||Belize|
|April 23-29||Listen America Tour||TBA|
|May 11-12||Home Show Weekend||Fitness Center|
The first Aerokhanas coach was Paul Chong (who also started AU Gymnics or else was a co-starter of it I believe) – started in the 1970’s. Aerokhanas is a Hawaiian word meaning “kings of the air”. Coaches have been: Paul Chong; Ric Gatling; Terry Blachek; Fred Matusik; Skip Hann; Rob Gettys; Troy Walker; and Tedd Webster. The Aerokhanas have traveled to many sister academies in the United States including: Highland View Academy, Maplewood Academy, Sunnydale Academy, Wisconsin Academy, Mt. Pisgah Academy (where we will be traveling this year), Fletcher Academy, Ozark Academy, Mt. Vernon Academy, Highland Academy, and Spring Valley Academy. Along with traveling to academies, Aeros have also gone on mission trips to Holbrook School and Belize, C.A.
If your church or school would like to schedule a performance, please contact Tedd Webster at 989-427-2444 (work), 989-565-0019 (cell), or via email below.
If you would like to donate to this witnessing program, please click here or contact us at:
Great Lakes Adventist Academy
P.O. Box 68
Cedar Lake, MI 48812
Phone: (989) 427-2444
Thank you so much! Every dollar counts!