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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Student Spotlight: Jonathan Sartain Wins Welding Scholarship to WSCC

Everest Academy Student Jonathan Sartain Wins Welding Scholarship to WSCC

Jonathan Sartain has always enjoyed working with his hands.  A long-time member of Hayden’s BSA Troop 212, Jonathan got his first taste of welding at a BSA workshop he attended two years ago.  He was hooked.  “I’ve wanted to learn how to weld ever since,” he says.

Opportunity knocked in March of this year, when Jonathan heard about Wallace State Community College’s dual-enrollment scholarship program for technical careers.  A friend at S.A.L.T. Academy homeschool cooperative in Hayden, where Jonathan was attending classes, brought him the information.  Over spring break, Jonathan attended an informative workshop at WSCC and saw welding listed as one of the technical fields of study for which scholarships were available.   

Only a few weeks were left before the scholarship application deadline.  Admission forms, tests, an essay and many other pieces of paperwork had to be completed before he could be considered a candidate for scholarship.  Following a frantic two weeks, Jonathan’s finished application made its way to the desk of the dual-enrollment advisor, and in late May the news came:  Jonathan Sartain was chosen as a scholarship recipient!  His senior year would be filled with new and exciting experiences as a dual-enrolled WSCC student.

At present, besides preparing for fall semester studies at WSCC, Jonathan’s summer plans include working at Rickwood Caverns State Park, camping and preparing to take the ACT in June.  He has also begun work toward that much-coveted of Boy Scout achievements:  the rank of Eagle Scout.  In the fall of 2017, Jonathan made Life Scout, the final rank before Eagle.   He has until his 18th birthday in the spring of 2019 to complete Eagle requirements.  

When he isn’t working, camping, doing BSA activities or applying for scholarships, Jonathan can be found swimming, building ships in his favorite computer games, researching new outdoor survival skills, learning tunes on harmonica and guitar or watching historical documentaries with his dad.  He also enjoys working out at the gym and helping his neighbors with projects.