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ELEVATE SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2016-17 ANNUAL REPORT

SCA STUDENTS PROVIDE DISASTER RELIEF


LETTER from the HEADMASTER DR. BRIAN DOUGHERTY

Welcome to th is year’s ed ition of Elevate , the annual repor t of Sher wood Christian Academy. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, we celebrated our 32nd year of ministry to greater Albany. It was a year filled with many stories of life change and impact — none more marked than the tornadoes that devastated much of Southwest Georgia in January. By God’s grace and protection, our facilities were relatively unaffected; but many in our school family were greatly impacted. As you can see by our cover photo, these storms became an opportunity for SCA to serve our school families and community. Included, you will find a couple of pieces related to the storms and the disaster relief efforts we were involved in. As headmaster, I could not be more proud of our students and families that came out, rolled up their sleeves and became the hands and feet of Jesus to many hurting in our area. You will see a piece about one particular school family whose home was devastated by one of the storms with them inside! Additionally, you will see stories involving students and faculty members who are fulfilling our mission in the areas of academics, athletics, fine arts and missions. Like Mrs. Brenda Keefe, our guidance counselor, who completed her 23rd year of ministry with us this year. We have included a piece covering our guidance services

and the efforts we are making to help our students attend the colleges of their choice. You will also get a closer look at 12-year veteran Sharon Mattox and her ministry to 3rd graders, as well as groups who traveled to Peru and Baltimore to serve. You will see the cast of Hello Dolly!, who did an outstanding job with this year’s musical along with other fine arts performers in various roles. You will also read about the accomplishments of valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2017, Samuel Orr and William Vega. We share inspiring stories about junior James Smith and 8th grader Natalie Brock. Finally, we catch up with three of our distinguished alums — Lindsay Wade Bridges (’00), her brother Eddie Wade (’02), and Imani McBean (’16) — who credit their SCA education for their successes and their strong walks with Christ. I hope you will see that God has been at work at SCA — most importantly in the 32 students that have made commitments to Christ this school year! Though great things are happening in the classrooms, on the stage, and on the court and field, it is the souls of young people that will now spend eternity in heaven that pleases me most. At SCA, our primary aim is to lead students to Christ, to build them up in Christ, and to send them out to serve Christ in a world that desperately needs Christ! It is my prayer that God will continue to use us to reach the next generation of young people in Albany for Christ. To God be the glory! |


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CONTENTS

AFTER THE STORM

ANNUAL REPORT 2016 - 2017

COMMUNITY SERVICE 4 AFTER THE STORM

SCA students assist with storm damage

8 DOING OUR PART

Learning the value of serving others

ACADEMICS 10 HONOR ROLLS

This year's high achievers

ATHLETICS 14 RAGS TO RICHES Cross Country team wins big

SPIRITUAL LIFE 16 DAILY SPIRITUAL WALKS

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Cultivating spiritual growth

RAGS TO RICHES

18 MISSION TRIPS Students visit Peru and Baltimore

FINE ARTS 20 HELLO, DOLLY! Students shine in this class Broadway production

25 SPRING LITERARY / ONE ACT

20

HELLO, DOLLY!

44

"MRS. BRIDGES"

SCA is well represented in the winner's circle on State and Regional levels

SPOTLIGHTS 32 BRENDA KEEFE

Making a difference in students' lives

38 SCA ALUMNI Siblings Lindsay Wade Bridges and Eddie Wade tell the impact SCA had on them

44 "MRS. BRIDGES"

Mrs. Bobbie Todd claims SCA as her prayer ministry


COMMUNITY SERVICE

AFTER THE STORM S H ERWOO D ST U D E NTS H E L P AL BANY RES I D ENTS CL E AN U P STO R M DAMAG E

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Each morning started off with a doughnut and coffee from

BY ANDREW SANDERS CLASS OF 201 9

Frederick Douglass once said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Albany cer tainly got its fair share of progress at the star t of the New Year. Everyone was rudely interrupted in their attempts to start their New Year’s resolutions. Most Albanians were begging for winter to finally wake up and pay a visit. Students were dreading their return to their rigorous studies.

Krispy Kreme and a team meeting at the Coke Plant to inform us what our mission was that day. One day I spent four long bittercold hours helping a younger lady cut down a tree that fell on her power line. Another day, I spent climbing roofs, laying tarp and hammering, and cutting tarp material. One house I went to had been destroyed by an enormous pine tree. The lady had just walked outside that house when the tree crashed through her kitchen, and she barely made it out alive. The faces of many we helped were heartbreaking. Some looked like their entire world had just been destroyed and left in shambles. Others were low in spirit, but overjoyed at the sight of us arriving to help out. Not everyone helped out every day, but I probably worked with the better part of 40 different teenagers and men. I saw many normal families broken in just one night.

Many times we go through life believing everything will fit into our schedule and agenda. Unfortunately, life can be a stubborn companion and likes to play by its own rules.

It was a Monday night. Dad had warned there were some

It isn’t so much about what happens to us in life, but how we

storms approaching. It turned out to be just a light rain,

react to it. Prayer can be a powerful tool in response to tragedy.

but around evening the power went out. I went to bed with

When a community of believers comes together as one Body

candles and flashlights on in my room. That morning Dad

and sends a message of love and encouragement after a storm,

came in around six o’clock shaking me awake. He hurriedly

you will be surprised at how effective that ministry can be.

explained that some people were trapped in their houses, and we had to help them get out. That first day of endless

I was privileged to work alongside Samaritan’s Purse

work, noise and bitter cold was just the beginning of an

volunteers, and later with my fellow classmates, in helping to

unforgettably daunting week that would all blend into one

clean up the damage from the storm. This experience definitely

dreadful vision of downed trees, pine tar, chainsaws and

taught me that it is our responsibility as Christians to act in

plastic water bottles.

times of crisis. Homes were damaged, families were crippled,

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COMMUNITY SERVICE and lives were changed, many for the better, during these storms. A literal storm in life that decimated much of Albany and put it in a seemingly insurmountable position became to us a figurative storm in life. What came out of the storm was worth the struggle.

New friendships were made, unity in helping and supporting storm victims was formed, and an openness to the Gospel was created because people who had maybe been avoiding the Gospel finally opened up to hear about the Jesus that has the power to calm the storms. | Andrew is the son of Tom and Susan Sanders and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

MY TORNADO EXPERIENCE By Caitlyn Bailey Class of 2019

The weekend of the tornado was supposed to be pretty laid back for us. My mother and I were stuck in the house while my father and brother were out of town. There were several reports of bad weather throughout the day and the storms were getting increasingly bad by night. By morning, we were exhausted from lack of sleep due to the heavy thunder and constant weather alerts throughout the night. After I wiped the morning drowsiness off my face, I started to head toward the kitchen to enjoy some breakfast, but the floor was drenched as if someone had spilled a gallon of water. The ceiling was leaking and in the room above, it seemed to be raining from my mother’s light fixture. We moved what was left of my mother’s work equipment downstairs to the dining room and began to watch the weather coverage nonstop. Later there was a warning to take cover, and almost immediately after we got in the closet and closed the doors we could hear the storm approaching. The power was gone and out of the dead silence an eerie noise started coming our way. The sound of shattering glass and the shaking of the house could not have been more frightening. My mom was praying to God nonstop while we held each other waiting for the storm to pass. It didn’t last very long, but at the time it seemed to last forever. After that round was over, my mother started to praise God for His provision over us. The damage was extensive and by the time we got past the tree that blocked our front door, we were able to see that the whole street looked like a war zone. It was hard to believe that I would ever come across such a destructive power capable of snapping every pine tree that towered above us to the ground.

We suffered severe damage, but in the midst of it all, God blessed us with our lives. | Caitlyn is the daughter of Robert and Sonya Bailey and attends Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

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GREAT TURKEY RACE

SOCKTOBER

FOR MANY YEARS NOW, SCA HAS PARTNERED WITH THE LORD’ S PANTRY TO HELP M INISTER TO THOSE IN NEED IN OUR COM MUNITY.

THE STUDENT COUNCIL PARTNERED WITH THE LORD’S PANTRY TO SUPPLY THEM WITH ANOTHER VERY NEEDED, BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED ITEM - SOC KS.

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BY M R S. B E TH S H E PAR D H S TEAC H E R

Every year around Thanksgiving, Sherwood students bring

During a two-week period in October, the Student Council

in both nonperishable food items and monetary donations,

helped meet this need through a sock drive we called

which are taken to the Lord’s Pantry to distribute to those in

“Socktober.” High school students brought in socks and

need and present the Gospel. To add a little extra incentive,

competed for Sherwood Cup Points in the process. By the

the grade that brings in the most food and raises the most

end, we collected a total of 3,420 pairs of socks!

money receives 500 Sherwood Cup points. The 10th grade, under the leadership of Class President Therefore, each grade sets a monetary and food goal for

Burch Langstaff, dominated the competition bringing in

their class to meet by the end of the given two weeks. Most of

more than half of the entire total of socks collected. In the

the time, however, these goals are exceeded. This year, SCA

middle school, the 7th grade collected the most socks.

collected 3,613 food items and raised $4,855. Warm, dry socks can often be taken for granted, but Although winning Sherwood Cup points is important to

especially in the winter months. At the time of the sock

students, it is the impact left on the community by being

collection, no one had any idea how useful these socks would

Jesus’ hands and feet that really matters. So, thank you to all

be after the storms that hit our community in January.

the families who gave. You have blessed our community in a

Because of the efforts of SCA students and their families, the

special and needed way!

|

Lord’s Pantry had socks to hand out to people in need. Thank you, SCA families, for supporting this drive during our past

Casey is the daughter of Joe and Tammy Gregors and

school year. |

attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP CREW Students cleaned trash along the roadside with the help of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful

DOING OUR PART SEVERAL YEARS AGO, WE ADDED A COM M UNITY S ERVIC E COM P ONENT TO THE REQUIREM ENTS OF A HIGH S C HOOL ST UDENT AT S CA. THIS M EAS URE WAS ADDED TO HELP DEVELOP THE J OY OF S ERVING IN OUR ST UDENTS AND TO PROVIDE A VALUABLE PIEC E TO THEIR COLLEGE RES UM E. Since we had been training our students since elementary

for their exceptional work throughout our community and

school that serving others is the hallmark of a Christian,

beyond. For more than 250 hours of community service

this stipulation was relatively easy to add to our graduation

throughout their high school years, Trina Crenshaw,

requirements. Jesus made it very clear—to be great in God’s

Brandon Dempsey, Jackie Gray, Samuel Orr and Nicole

kingdom, we are to be last and servant of all (Mark 9:35).

Pettit received a silver medallion. For more than 350 hours of community service throughout their high school years,

Over the past four years, the Class of 2017 has performed more

the following students received silver medallions: Emily

than 6,400 hours of community service, at least three times the

Bice, Hannah Crooke, Anna Dunne, Kamaya Herring,

required number of hours for the class. On graduation night,

Molly Kate McClearn, Elise Rhinebolt, Prishawna Smith

we presented 13 members of the Class of 2017 with medallions

and Caleb Thompson.

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Students served in many places throughout Albany: Albany Museum of Art / Albany State West Campus / American Cancer Society / Anchorage Ministry / Chehaw / Evergreen Assisted Living Center / Lillian G. Carter Health and Rehabilitation Center / The Lord’s Pantry Marine Corps Logistics Base / DOCO Coroner Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital The Salvation Army / SOWEGA Council on Aging Meals on Wheels / Theatre Albany

Outside Albany, several students served other min istries wh ile on mission trips to: Atlanta / Baltimore / Florida / New Orleans New York City / Cuba / Germany / Haiti Holland / Peru

The types of community service performed by the students vary every year. This year, our high school students served many hours in Albany and the surrounding communities that were devastated by the January storms and tornadoes. Students have also been active in their home churches by serving in the nursery, teaching children’s church, distributing food to the needy in their area and assisting at summer camps for children. Others earned community service hours volunteering at WinShape Camp, which was held on the SCA campus.

We trust that all of our students will continue serving others as a tangible expression of their Christian faith and their love for Christ.

Students have been busy setting up for an athletic event and at different elementary and middle school fine arts productions as well as Elementary Field Day. Again this year, seniors had the opportunity to be on-campus mentors to the elementary students. |

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2016 - 2017

HIGHEST NUMERIC AVERAGES

ACADEMIC RECAP 8TH GRADE 5th highest 4th highest 3rd highest 2nd highest Highest 11TH GRADE 5th highest 4th highest 3rd highest 2nd highest Highest

6TH GRADE 5th highest 4th highest 3rd highest 2nd highest Highest

Patrick Shayeb Ahlias Pobre Rebekah NeSmith Mallory Holmes Eric Bergrab

7TH GRADE 5th highest 4th highest 3rd highest 2nd highest Highest

Phillip Shayeb Ethan Kelley Jacob Lindsey Victoria Vega Caroline Dougherty

Alex McComas Colin Dougherty Conner Knuckles Maddie Allen Christian Walker

10TH GRADE 5th highest 4th highest 3rd highest 2nd highest Highest

Rebecca Martin Emily Walker Emily Whatley Nathanael Sancinito Emma Warbington

Trent Johnson Gracie Sudderth Thomas Waller Julia Warbington Elizabeth Montgomery

9TH GRADE 5th highest 4th highest 3rd highest 2nd highest Highest

Gracyn Holt Dristen Watford Brynn Davidson Will Alderman Casey Gregors

12TH GRADE (Cumulative HS) 5th highest Samantha Pappas 4th highest Elise Rhinebolt 3rd highest Caleb Thompson 2nd highest William Vega Highest Samuel Orr

HEADMASTER SCHOLARS (A HONOR ROLL) 1ST GRADE Sydney Dampier Maggy Haskins Sophie Logan 2ND GRADE Emma Baker Lily Barnhill Kaleb Bevel Grace Warbington 3RD GRADE Kyra Bevel Wesley Brooks Brody Brown Kuba Cecil Aziah Harrison Madison Keen Will Kroll Kennedy Morton Jack NeSmith Landon Rogers

4TH GRADE Luke Bergrab Alexandra Collins Brandon Haire Mason Johnson Lydia Sancinito 5TH GRADE Hannah Albano Kaelin Bush 6TH GRADE Eric Bergrab Eddie Carpenter Hudson Carter Walker Flowers Owen Henshaw Mallory Holmes Ethan Johnson Anna Kroll Rebekah NeSmith Ahlias Pobre Patrick Shayeb

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7TH GRADE Caroline Dougherty Ethan Kelley Jacob Lindsey Cameron Rollins Phillip Shayeb Victoria Vega

10TH GRADE Alexis Kelley Rebecca Martin Nathanael Sancinito Emily Walker Emma Warbington Emily Whatley Skyller Whiddon

8TH GRADE Olivia Dunne Trent Johnson Elizabeth Montgomery Gracie Sudderth Thomas Waller Julia Warbington

11TH GRADE Will Alderman Brynn Davidson Casey Gregors Gracyn Holt Ivy Wilson

9TH GRADE Colin Dougherty Conner Knuckles Ja’Niaya Loud Andrew Orr Charlie Taylor

12TH GRADE Samuel Orr Elise Rhinebolt Caleb Thompson William Vega Darren Willis


PRINCIPAL SCHOLARS (A /B HONOR ROLL) 1ST GRADE Ethan Bauman Ava Bryan Landry Carter Coleman Crudup Levi Davidson Brylee Fortson Lilly Gatlin CJ Pettiford Kenji Williams 2ND GRADE Caiden Gervin Julia Kendrick Raines Morton Justice Perryman Raeley Summerlin Lauren Watson 3RD GRADE David Albano Evan Carpenter Kennedy Dickerson Micah Hall Ashley Haskins Evan Johnson Colton Mathis Riley Morey Qwinton Murray Anna NeSmith Lillian Peavey Tripp Roberts Fernando Ruffin Devin Sheppard Brayden Widener Ethan Young 4TH GRADE Collyer Alderman Noah Butler Jordyn Gibson Brantley Griffin DeMarco Hitch Caleb Kendrick Addison Mingo Katie Rolle Ariana Whitmire Alex Young

5TH GRADE Julia Barnhill Miley Clements Ivy Grace Collins Josie Davidson Easton Enfinger Emerson Montgomery Raelyn Porter Hope Usher Joseph Williams

8TH GRADE Jurnie Auguste Natalie Brock Mikayla Burnett Gavin Griffin Leandra Herring Collin Phillips Hayden Rish Austin Roach Delk Ana Skidmore Christian Thompson

11TH GRADE Alyson Adams Evan Bailey Drew Boyett William Crawford Linda Hill Wesley Pollock James Smith Cade Tillman Martha Vickers Dristen Watford

6TH GRADE Graham Anderson Kennedy Daniels Arabella Davidson Malachi Jones Connor Mathis Caroline Orr William Price Maggie Roberts Ava Sudderth Landon Summerell Mikayla White

9TH GRADE Maddie Allen Andrea Alvizures Payton Brooks Landon Davidson Zachary Davidson Ivey Evans Maddie Evans Randi Harrelson Ashanti Harrison Nancy Johnston Catherine Kendrick Alex McComas Katie Roberts Amir Roundtree Keaton Summerell Emma Urick Christian Walker Caleb Wiley Addy Wilson

12TH GRADE Hannah Crooke Anna Dunne Kamaya Herring Jarrett Kemp Joshua Kendrick Molly Kate McClearn Samantha Pappas Will Reagan

7TH GRADE Abby Beckum Autumn Cox Beckham Davidson Stephen Drake Austin Dyes Grant FricksHeath Tyler Gruber Joy Kendrick Brantley Kunkle Smith Langstaff Haley Mullis Kyla Raven Johan Ruiz Garcia Joshua Sancinito Stephen Taylor Jonathan Thomas

10TH GRADE Abby Adams Anthony Adams Caitlyn Bailey Holly Drake Anna Kendrick Carol Lindsey Caroline Mathis Addison Pollock Zachary Pride Cameron Rambo Andrew Sanders Ronnie Soria Gongora Olivia Williams

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved.” 2 Timothy 2:15

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2016-2017

FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT Since 2009, Sherwood Christian Academy has participated in the GOAL Scholarship Program through the Georgia Education Expense Tax Credit. This program across the state has been a blessing to both taxpayers who are able to redirect a portion of their state income tax liability to improve K-12 education as well as students who attend a private school like SCA who otherwise would not be able to. Furthermore, individual and corporate taxpayers are eligible to receive a 100 percent tax credit – a win-win for donors and recipients. In the eight years of participating in the program, more than $1.1 million in tax credits has been applied to come to SCA, with 100 percent of the funds received used for tuition assistance. For the 2017 tax year, there were 60 donors with applications totaling $70,516. Those donors applied for just over $164,000 in tax credits, but due to the popularity of this program applicants had their donation requests pro-rated (49%) so that everyone in the state of Georgia that applied for the credit received at least some credit. Our hope is that the state will soon increase the current "cap" on contributions (currently at $59 million statewide) so a higher percentage of donors’ funds will be redirected to SCA.

2016-2017 REVENUE BUDGET

4%

4%

2%

Transportation

Athletics

1%

Misc. Income

Fundraising

5%

Food Service

84% Tuition / Fees / STAR

SCA is proud to be one of Georgia’s 126 participating private schools. This past school year, 23 students benefitted from a GOAL scholarship. Here is the breakdown of these students: 8 elementary, 7 middle school & 8 high school; 15 boys & 8 girls; 19 white & 4 non-white. A few parents of GOAL Scholarship students shared their thanks: "Without question, the Goal Scholarship has changed our lives, giving my children the opportunity for an elite, educational experience that we would otherwise not be able to provide. It changed the trajectory of our children’s future, empowering them to begin their life path with leaders and mentors who further establish the Biblical worldview that we, as a family, live by. The Goal Scholarship is a ministry for which we are grateful beyond words." "The Georgia Goal Scholarship program has been an answer to prayer for our family, with a school where Jesus Christ is the center. I receive the joy of watching our daughter grow academically and mature in the Lord!"

2016-2017 EXPENSE BUDGET

3%

4% 2%

Athletics

Transportation

Food Service

9%

Administrative & General

10% Facilities

"The Goal Scholarship has been a blessing to our family for the past four years. With this scholarship, my kids are able to attend SCA and not only receive an impeccable standard of educational learning, but Biblical truth is embedded in their education, and for that I am thankful." |

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5%

Instructional

67% Wages / Benefits / Payroll Taxes

Total Budget: $2,860,744


2016 - 2017 STATE CHAMPIONS: VARSITY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY INDIVIDUAL STATE CHAMPION: SAMANTHA PAPPAS

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Record 11-3 All-Region Gracyn Holt MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Record 10-5 VARSITY FOOTBALL Record 0-8 All-Region Blake Shepard All-State Blake Shepard VARSITY GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY Region Champions Team State Runner-Up Individual State Samantha Pappas-3rd VARSITY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Region Champions State Champions Individual State Jordan Roberts-2nd Joshua Kendrick-3rd VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL Record 18-6 All-Region Bailey Benham Stan Smith Sammy Smith All-State Stan Smith Sammy Smith

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL Record 6-3 VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL Record 6-19 All-Region Michaela Hudson Ivey Evans All-State Michaela Hudson VARSITY GIRLS TRACK Team State Runner-Up State Champion Samantha Pappas 800 M, 1600 M, 3200 M Ashanti Harrison 400 M - 5th 100 M Hurdles - 5th Alexis Kelley 3200 M - 5th Symone Rhyme 100 M Hurdles - 2nd 300 M Hurdles - 4th VARSITY BOYS TRACK Samuel Orr 1600 M - 3rd Bailey Benham High Jump - 2nd Triple Jump - 3rd

VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER Record 15-2 Region Champions State Runner-Up All-Region Natalie Brock Ivey Evans Hannah Huckaby Catherine Kendrick Molly Kate McClearn Maddie Allen All-State Maddie Allen Natalie Brock Ivey Evans Molly Kate McClearn MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER Record 2-3-1 VARSITY BOYS SOCCER Record 11-2 Region Champions All-Region Bailey Benham Landon Davidson Evan Eldridge Joshua Kendrick Samuel Orr Collin Phillips All-State Bailey Benham Landon Davidson Samuel Orr

ATHLETIC RECAP MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER Record 3-3 VARSITY BASEBALL Record 4-11-1 All-Region Will Reagan MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL Record 2-6-2

ATHLETES WHO SIGNED THIS YEAR TO PLAY AT COLLEGES BASKETBALL Joshua Kendrick Lee University Michaela Hudson Emmanuel College SOCCER Molly Kate McClearn Covenant College Darren Willis Point University BASEBALL Will Reagan Emory & Henry College SENIOR ATHLETE AWARD WINNERS Molly Kate McClearn Joshua Kendrick

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ATHLETICS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN KELLEY

S CA CROSS COUNTRY :

RAGS TO RICHES

BY ALEXIS KELLEY CLASS OF 2019

Not many people like to run. I think that’s why when I first joined the cross country team my sixth grade year, I wasn’t greeted by a huge team.

more people. I remember laughing

country and continues to do so even

when a large number of people would

now that he’s gained lots and lots of

show up the first day for practice, but

“granddaughters.” Coach Clements has

by the end of the first week, we’d be

coached the past two years, sacrificing

down to a little more than 20 people

time as a busy mom. They are the

from the entire secondary school left

definite reason for the growth and

to compete. But then one season they

success of this team.

I remember cheering on one varsity

two years, we had little to no trouble

boy that year, with the exception of a

fielding our teams; and this past

couple of meets where two other boys

season we had more than enough to

would run. Regardless, we didn’t have

compete.

a varsity team – girls or boys – that year. Middle school had a fair amount of boys, but struggled to form a girls team. And that’s saying a lot, because you only need five runners to make a team. As the years went by, we kept adding

all stayed! It really did grow! The past

The constant in all this growth has been Coach Mark Meagher and, more recently, Coach Lisa Clements. They are without a doubt the heart of the program. Coach Meagher has coached this team since his daughter (Katie Meagher Hobbs '11) ran cross

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Both coaches always have inspiring stories of famous runners, faithful Bible characters and even themselves. It’s easy to see when coaches care not only about a sport they love, but also the athletes they coach. I’ve watched as they’ve supported and taught all runners. I’ve seen them open up to new ideas and admit faults. I’ve seen them do everything they can to not just make us do the training, but join us to encourage us along the way. They


have motivated me to do my very best in training and meets. One time specifically, I remember a motivation that did not make me happy in the moment, but did encourage me to take practice seriously. The number one rule in cross country is no walking, and like I mentioned before, not many people like to run; even those that do like to run don’t always feel like it. This day was just one of those days. Anna Kendrick and I were walking and talking instead of running. When we saw Coach Meagher’s green car pull up next to us, he rolled down the window and asked us to get in the car. He drove us back to the start and made us start completely over! I hated it, but sure did learn a valuable lesson that I know I will always use. And I’m sure that all the runners have stories of how these coaches have encouraged and helped all of us become better runners and people.

Romans 8:31 says, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” I truly believe Coach Meagher’s and Clements’ example to us to be wholehearted followers of Christ is a big part of why we were so successful this year. As the cross country team grew, it also got better. Both varsity teams were region champs this year and the boys won the state championship, while the girls were state runners-up. These huge accomplishments are exciting and next year we’re ready to do even better! | Alexis is the daughter of Brian and Dee Kelley and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

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SPIRITUAL LIFE

Spi ritual li fe at SCA extends far beyond the four walls of a Bi ble class . I t’s a topic that is not taken l ig htly at our school. Every week, there is a day set aside for Chapel. Chapel is a time where all students come together for an hour and sit under the teaching of the Word. It’s such a blessing to attend a school that places God above everything else. Chapel has become one of my favorite things at SCA. Every year there is a different theme for Chapel. This year, we focused on learning more about who God is. I can easily say that it has been my favorite theme throughout all my years at SCA. Although my finite mind will never fully understand who God is, it has been so incredible learning things that I didn’t know before. Our campus pastor, Jeremy Davidson, brings in guest speakers from all different areas of life to speak at Chapel. This year during the fall ReFRESH Conference, we had the privilege of hearing pastor Matt Lawson speak at our Chapel. Matt Lawson is a church planter and the pastor of Story City Church in Burbank, California. It was truly a refreshing week in which our school was able to take part.

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BY BRISA RODRIGUEZ CLASS OF 2018


In the spring, time is set aside for Spiritual Emphasis Week. This year we had several students from the Bryan College Worldview Initiative Team come to speak. The theme was Worldviews. It was such an impactful week. The speakers talked to us about what it meant to have a Christian worldview in a secular world. One of my favorite things about this week was the small group times. During Bible class, some of the team members would come in and have discussions with us. It was so much fun being with people not much older than we are, and getting to learn from them and their different experiences. At the beginning of the school year, I remember Dr. Dougherty telling us that he wanted SCA to be known as the “Chick-fil-A” of schools. I found the statement a little odd at first, but I now know what he meant. SCA is much different than other schools; there’s nothing quite like it. There is a reason our name is Sherwood Christian Academy. It’s not just to make us look good. Our school lives up to its name. On a daily basis, students are encouraged to grow closer in their walks with Christ and are given several opportunities to live out their faith outside of school. I love the school in which God has placed me. As I think about my personal spiritual life, there is no doubt that SCA has played a major role in it. No matter what class I am sitting in, Jesus is always the center. Teachers truly care about the students’ lives and their walks with Christ. Because of SCA’s class structure and strong support from teachers, I am able to live out my spiritual walk in today’s culture. | Brisa is the daughter of Cesar and Rocio Rodriguez and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

IT’S A

GOD

THING

Student Salvations in 2016-17:

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SPIRITUAL LIFE

M IS S ION TRIP : PERU

BY BRYNN DAVIDSON CLASS OF 2018

Th is year we returned to Peru for our i nternational m ission tri p, and it was incred i ble as expec ted ! We got to see some of the same children we did last year and rekindle some of our old friendships with those precious children, but we also had the opportunity to meet new friends and build fresh relationships with many. The main difference this year was the major emphasis on soccer. We actually got to set up a small soccer camp with the kids in an indoor center three

of the days we were there. We had

for the glory of God no matter what that

two sessions each day, one with the

looked like, and we loved on the children

younger children in the morning, and

and people of Peru to the best of our

in the afternoon we administered a

ability.

second session with the ones closer to our age. Each session consisted of

In

drills, scrimmages and a short Bible

children, we also helped Joseph and Amy

addition

to

ministering

to

the

lesson to correlate the game to our

Haefs (the long-term missionaries living

relationship with Christ. When the

there) move back to the States. Their time

different languages spoken created a

in Peru was ending, and we were blessed

major barrier, the game of soccer was

to help wrap that up and be a blessing

a big uniting factor that broke down

one last time to their family and also to

many walls.

the people of the wonderful country of Peru. |

Although soccer was our main focus and mission, there were some other

Brynn is the daughter of Jeremy and Tracy

opportunities for those of us who

Davidson and attends Sherwood Baptist

aren’t talented with the soccer ball. A

Church.

few of us got to make bracelets on the side with the kids, lead the devotion times or simply occupy the babies and young ones by just playing with them. Overall, every member of the team used their own personal talents

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M ISS ION TRIP : BALTI MORE

BY LARA KATHERINE TODD CLASS OF 2018

The goal of the S CA Balti more m ission tri p was to serve Captivate Church, pastored by Tally Wi l g is .

about how on Fridays she would invite

let the little girls play with their hair.

over the kids who lived near her house, which sits on a block not considered the

Overall, this trip had a great impact in

safest for a young woman to be living

many lives. I know personally it taught

alone. But she invites them over no

me to be grateful for my upbringing

matter what their past or background

with the Word that has been constantly

because she wants them to have what

poured into my life. Others were

she has in her life − the hope that is

taught simply how to turn an everyday,

found in Jesus.

ordinary conversation into a Gospel conversation by asking questions.

One of our main interests in this

It was a life-changing trip that I will

week was to help the homeless in

remember for years to come.|

Baltimore. We handed out food and Leaders Jayson and Sabrina Davidson

bags with everyday supplies that they

Lara Katherine is the daughter of

took seven girls and three boys from

desperately needed, which prepared

Michael and Lesli Todd and attends

SCA.

them for the winter. As we were

Sherwood Baptist Church.

handing out supplies, we would start One of the missionaries that worked

to have life conversations with them in

with the SCA group was Colleen, one

which they would share their stories

of the main leaders in the Captivate

of how they ended up there and we

East Baltimore Church. One of her

would quickly turn it to the hope that

responsibilities there was the GEM

Christ could give them in the toughest

program, which stands for Gospel,

situations.

Education and Mentorship. Colleen and other helpers take in the kids that attend

Another mission opportunity that

this program and strive to help them

we had was William Paca Elementary

achieve spiritual, academic and life

School. Our group was divided into

goals. Colleen shared many things with

pairs, and we all went to a classroom

us throughout the eight days we were

to help out the teachers with anything

there, but one of the things she shared

they needed. Some of us read books to

was her life in Baltimore. She talked

the children, some sang, and some just

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FINE ARTS

HELLO, DOLLY !

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD STONE

Hello, Dolly! is a classic Broadway production about a busybody who introduces small-town residents to big-city life in New York City. The show is set in Yonkers, New York, where widow Dolly Levi (played by senior Anna Dunne) has her eyes set on strict store owner and half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder (played by junior James Smith). In his store works his two happy-go-lucky employees,

pair off, including his niece Ermengarde (played by senior

Cornelius Hackle and Barnaby Tucker (played by junior

Elise Rhinebolt) who leaves her uncle’s care with Ambrose

Will Alderman and freshman Keaton Summerell). When

Kemper (played by senior Caleb Thompson). The show ends

Horace leaves for New York to visit Irene Molloy (played by

with all the couples in love and living happily ever after.

sophomore Emily Whatley), Cornelius and Barnaby decide to take an adventure to the Big City themselves. They meet Irene

Director Christine St. Jacques has been working with

and Minnie Fay (played by sophomore Hope Summerell),

Sherwood’s theater department for five years. She not only

and, with the help of Dolly and the temperament of Horace,

guides the actors through their lines as their characters, but

go out on the town to experience New York’s nightlife.

she also choreographs the dances within the show.

After dinner, dancing and even a court ruling, Horace

When asked about what keeps her directing at Sherwood,

finds that he’s fallen in love with Dolly as the other couples

she said, “I love doing shows and have enjoyed theater for

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as long as I can remember, so I definitely like putting the musicals together (especially when there is the opportunity for some good choreography).

But what really keeps me coming back every year is my students. Spending time getting to know them as we work on a show and seeing them grow in their walks with the Lord and God-given talents is what really makes me excited about continuing to direct each year.” Mrs. St. Jacques encourages everyone to join theater, even if

to help Hello, Dolly! come alive on stage as one of the greatest

they have never stood on a stage before.

examples of theatrical drama, love and comedy blended into one glowing Broadway show. |

Dolly herself, better known as Anna Dunne, says, “My mom convinced me to ‘just try it’ in 4th grade, and now I love

Elise is the daughter of Anthony and Wendy Matthews and

theater so much that I plan on participating in it when I go

attends Lutheran Church of Our Saviour.

off to college.” Whether any of these actors were old or new to show business, each person showed dedication and hard work

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FINE ARTS

BLAST FROM THE PAST BY ANNA DUNNE CLASS OF 2017 Blast from the Past truly took the audience back in time. Guests quickly found themselves submersed in the decades of the 50s and 60s, toetapping along to the greatest hits. From the classic hamburgers and hotdogs with a cold soda pop, to rockin’ at the jukebox, the Middle School Drama Class sang and danced to the famous medleys from that jiving time. It was truly a memorable night. | Anna is the daughter of John and Gina Dunne and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

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MUS IC MAN, JR. BY ANNA DUNNE CLASS OF 2017 The train whistle blows as the audience travels to River City, Iowa. They quickly learn of a fast-talking salesman known by the name of Harold Hill (played by Gavin Griffin), who cons people into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band. The audience soon finds out that this man knows nothing about music. Once he has the people of River City on his side, his devious plan starts to come apart when he finds himself falling for the local music teacher and librarian, Marian Paroo (played by Olivia Dunne). When it is time for the boys’ band to perform, Harold must work up the courage to lead the band during the parade. The cast and crew’s hard work and preparation paid off – the audience was able to enjoy a heart-felt musical where they laughed, cried and even sang along. |

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2016 - 2017

FINE ARTS RECAP

ONE ACT , “THE GLASS MENAGERIE,” WON 1ST AT REGION AND 2ND AT STATE

ONE VOICE October 2016 Sang at Disney Performing Arts on Stage November 2016 Sang for Veterans Day December 2016 Sang for the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Christmas Celebration THANKSGIVING PROGRAM Presented by K4 CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS Presented by K3 and K5 HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA DEPARTMENT January 2017 Performed “Hello, Dolly!” SPRING LITERARY STUDENTS Participated in Region and State competitions placing at both events MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA DEPARTMENT March 2017 Performed “The Music Man, Jr.” May 2017 Performed “A Blast from the Past” ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DRAMA TROUP May 2017 Performed “Dear Edwina, Jr.” 5TH GRADE Presented a Wax Museum and awards ceremony 24 ELEVATE | 2016-2017 SCA ANNUAL REPORT


SPRING LITERARY

WINNERS GIRLS TRIO-1 ST: Emily Whatley, Drew Boyett and Madyson Chambers

BOYS SOLO -2ND: Nigel Walton GIRLS SOLO -3 RD: Anna Dunne PIANO-2ND: Emma Kate Warbington DUO INTERPRETATION -2ND: Natalie Etheridge and Caleb Thompson HUMOROUS INTERPRETATION -2 ND: Natalie Etheridge DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION -3 RD: Natalie Etheridge RHETORICAL ESSAY-4 TH : Emma Kate Warbington

ONE ACT BY CALEB THOM PS ON CLASS OF 2018 This year’s One Act play, “The Glass Menagerie,” showcased the acting talents of Natalie Etheridge, Caleb Thompson, Nigel Walton and Katie Roberts.

The Glass Menagerie told the story of a young man who wanted to travel the world, but was torn between his love of adventure and his love for his family. This somber drama taught that differences in appearances and personalities can be good. However, it also showed the audience that not all stories have a happy ending. It brought a Region Champion Trophy, State Runner-Up Trophy, two Best Actor and Actress awards to both Walton and Etheridge, and a lasting memory to all the cast. “This year’s One Act play was the best one I have been a part of,” said one cast member. “We all grew closer together as a cast, and had a lot of fun doing it. It was the most dynamic play Sherwood has ever done.” | Caleb is the son of Cheryl Thompson and Michael Thompson and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

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CAMPUS LIFE

H OM ECOMI N G W E E K

A WEEK F ULL OF F UN AND COLLECTIVE S C HOOL S PIRIT BY K AMAYA HERRING CLASS OF 2017 Homecoming Week has its share of friendly competition along with the uniting of classes. It’s one of the most anticipated weeks of the school year and rightfully so. Teachers and students alike can show off their stellar crafting and chant-making skills. Our Homecoming pep rally is a huge deal! It includes some of the most competitive chants and nail-biting games the students get to participate in throughout the entire year. Each grade prepares for that single pep rally for weeks in advance so they can take home the gold. Things like the Homecoming pep rally and the Homecoming spirit days open the door for creativity and give students a chance to coordinate costumes with their friends. All of these days of Sherwood Cup points and face paint build up to the night of Homecoming.

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THIS YEAR ’ S SENIOR HOM ECOM ING COURT M EM BERS King and Queen: Brim McDonald & Kamaya Herring Homecoming Court: Anna Dunne, Joshua Kendrick, Hannah Crooke and Jarrett Kemp

This is an awesome group of influential students. They are known for their love for the Lord and their impact on the lives of younger students. They are also adored for their fun-loving spirit and talent. | Kamaya is the daughter of Leo and Kim Herring and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

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CAMPUS LIFE

S HE RWOOD C U P THE EVENT THAT UNIFIES THE GRADES MORE THAN ANY OTHER ACTIVITY AT S HERWOOD. BY CALEB THOM PSON CLASS OF 2017

The process to achieve the victor’s crown doesn’t start on the final Sherwood Cup Day, rather at the very beginning of school. From theme T-shirt days to the Great Turkey Race, grades can earn Sherwood Cup points throughout the school year. This is the most crucial time to be in the running to win the Cup. Once Sherwood Cup Day starts, however, the final competition begins. The day consists of various academic, artistic and athletic games. From chess to flag football, cornhole to Spikeball, a giant sock war to knowing states and capitals, Sherwood Cup challenges each grade’s mental and physical capabilities. “Each and every individual is vital to winning the whole thing. No one can be left out. Sherwood Cup is absolutely indescribable. It brings each grade together, unifies them and allows them to grow deeper friendships between their classmates,” said one student. Sherwood Cup would not be possible without the efforts of Student Council and its sponsor, Mrs. Shepard. Every year, Student Council hosts Sherwood Cup and gives the middle and high school lasting memories. It is especially memorable to the victors of the event. For the middle school, 8th grade took the cup. For the high school, the seniors were the victors for the second year in a row. Speaking as a senior, it was the best Sherwood Cup I have ever been a part of. | Caleb is the son of Cheryl Thompson and Michael Thompson and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

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J OG-A-THO N & COLOR R UN THIS YEAR ’ S 2 ND ANNUAL J OG -A-THON AND COLOR RUN WERE BIG HITS! BY SABRINA DAVID S ON HS TEACHER

Coach Rebecca Fyock devoted hours of planning and preparation to make the second annual Elementary Jog-A-Thon, the primary fundraiser for elementary students, a huge success. To begin the event, each class and its respective mascot was announced as eager students ran to the course. From K3’s Hatcher’s Huskies to 5th grade’s Johnson’s Jaguars, students of all ages hurried to the starting line. Guest Masters of Ceremony and DJs Pastors Stephen Dervan and Ken Bevel kept spirits high with fast-paced music and silly banter. After each grade was announced, students stretched, sang the National Anthem and prepared to run upward of 50 laps each. As runners rounded the starting point, teachers and parents were prepared with Sharpies to mark laps on the back of their bright green Jog-A-Thon shirts. Students proudly darted around the cones to cheering parents and friends. We look forward next year to another exciting way to culminate all of the hard work our families put in to raise funds for our school.

This year’s second annual Secondary Color Run was also a vibrant, multihued experience! The atmosphere was charged with enthusiastic students and upbeat music. Coach Jayson

Davidson

coordinated with the Albany City Fire Department, who graciously joined us at the cross country course and kicked off the event with sirens and lights. Upon this start, secondary students ran through a series of sprinklers and then onto the approximately half-mile course, which was a display of colorful powder and squeals of delight. Students encountered nine color stations, which boasted a total of 50 pounds of colored cornstarch, and faculty tossed color onto students and, in a few cases, onto each other in the process. The most zealous students circled the course up to three times. Freshman Andrew Rowan called this year’s Color Run “a very colorful experience.” He added, “My hair was dyed blue for the next two days.” Once again our SCA families stepped up to help support our school and contributed to another enjoyable event!

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Total amount raised: $20,784

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CAMPUS LIFE

E LE ME NTARY FI E LD DAY FIELD DAY IS A SPECIAL DAY SET ASIDE EAC H YEAR, ANTIC IPATED BY ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS. EACH GRADE COM PETES AGAINST ONE ANOTHER IN MULTIPLE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

BY BRYNN DAVID S ON & BRISA RODRIG UE Z , C LAS S OF 2018 Each grade is assigned a T-shirt color to wear in support of their grade. The entire day consists of outdoor games and competitions, and some even include water! This fun-filled and memorable day is a highlight of elementary school. Coach Rebecca Fyock spends many hours preparing new games, and throwing in new twists to make each field day different and better than the last. It is a day filled with fun games, which still points one's effort to glorifying God. The focus isn’t all about winning; it is about learning to work together, supporting your classmates and making great memories with those you love. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for some of the high school students to spend time with the elementary children. It allows the younger children to see the “big kids” on campus being Christ-like servants and giving their time to help the elementary kids have fun. This time of interaction between high school and elementary is much needed and anticipated by both. |

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PRO PER GU I DAN C E G UIDANC E FROM A B IB LICAL PERSPECTIVE IS C RITICAL TO HELP ST UDENTS F ULFILL GOD' S P URPO S E IN THEIR LIVES.

BY DR. BRIAN DOUGHERTY HEADMASTER

The traditional view of a school guidance counselor is to

advantage of them. Her services also include test report

help students get into the college of their choice. This would

analysis. She manages our standardized testing program

seem appropriate for one serving in this capacity in a college

that includes the Terra Nova in grades 3-8 as well as the PSAT

preparatory school like Sherwood Christian Academy. But

9, PSAT 10, and PSAT 11. After standardized testing results

the contemporary role of a guidance counselor is much

are sent home, guidance services can help parents see the

more than that, especially in a Christian school where we are

different areas with which their child is excelling and the

committed to training up Christian leaders who think and

areas where he/she needs further help.

act from a Biblical worldview. I am so glad that Brenda Keefe serves this critical need at SCA.

By the 3rd quarter of the junior year, college selections enter the conversation. Rising seniors are challenged to finalize a

The formal path to college begins in 9th grade when Mrs.

college selection list of three types of schools—schools they

Keefe meets with parents in grade level meetings each fall.

would like to attend, schools they can afford and will serve as

She not only provides an overview of the requirements

a fall back plan, and schools that they wish they could attend

needed to graduate from SCA but how various courses fit

but might be a stretch for them academically and maybe

within the HOPE scholarship program in Georgia, including

financially. This particular category of schools is essential as

the courses in the Move On When Ready program available

students learn about the requirements of some of the better

to our juniors and seniors. Parents are given a notebook as a

schools in our state and region. Students are then advised to

resource and a tracking guide to make sure they know what

go and visit these schools in the summer before their senior

is needed throughout the four years of high school to help

year. Actually stepping onto a college campus will give

their child get to the next level—for 98% of our graduates,

students and parents a better ‘feel’ for a school. Landing at the

college is the next level. Each year, Mrs. Keefe helps parents

right college is one of the final steps in the four-year journey

and students track where they should be in the process.

through high school. But the art of guidance work goes beyond the courses, testing, and college selection—and it requires a

By the junior year, parents are introduced to a representative

team of counselors—parents, teachers, administrators, and a

from the Georgia Student Finance Commission who shares

campus pastor. Such counselors working together will help

the realities of financing college as well as the resources and

students see their futures from a Biblical perspective.

opportunities available to our students through GA Futures and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

At SCA, we believe that our students are called to fulfill God’s

Various sources for scholarships are presented. Throughout

purpose for their lives. Scripture speaks to both the universal

the year, a periodic newsletter is sent to juniors and seniors

purpose to glorify God with our lives (1 Corinthians 10:31) as

to make them apprised of scholarship opportunities, testing

well as a very specific assignment that God has for each of His

dates, and their corresponding deadlines to apply.

children (Jeremiah 29:11)—an assignment custom-made for each of us if we are willing to trust Him and take Him up on

Additionally, information on college admissions testing such

His plan. These truths are countercultural. The world screams

as the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and ACT (American

that it is all about us when, in fact, it is all about God. Guidance

College Test) is introduced to families, along with the various

services from this perspective change the motives for one’s

resources that exist today to help students prepare for these

future. At SCA, we believe that the greatest fulfillment in

tests which are a critical piece of a student’s admissions

one’s life is answering God’s unique call. Providing these

portfolio. The opportunities for test prep abound today for

Biblical truths gives our students the proper guidance they

students. It is Mrs. Keefe who helps students know where

need for life. |

to go for these resources and the importance of taking

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SPOTLIGHTS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD STONE

BRE NDA KEE F E G UIDANC E COUNSELOR M rs . B renda Keefe is one of those i ndivid uals who has a true ser vant’s hear t and has always been will ing to serve wherever there was a need.

BY SYLVIA HAGER ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL She credits her grandmother and mother for instilling the love of education in her, and she brought that passion with her when she came to SCA in 1993 to teach 3rd grade. She willingly took on the role of media specialist when SCA needed her, and since 2012 has served as the school’s guidance counselor. The past two years she has also taught a 6th grade Bible class, which she says is one of the highlights of her day. Her goal has always simply been to be used wherever the Lord placed her.

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“Brenda Keefe has been such a blessing to us and our

today. Brenda is one of my dearest friends. She is a loyal

children,” say SCA parents Alex and Christina Kendrick.

friend. She is a devoted mother and wife. She cares deeply

“Her kindness, counsel and advice have helped steer our

for her students and gives her best to each one. It has been

children to success at Sherwood and as they prepare for

a pleasure to work alongside her for 23 years and I look

college. She has shown a love for the Lord and students as she

forward to the next 23.”

has served at SCA. We thank God for her!” Mrs. Keefe is not only a valued colleague, but she has

Students feel comfor table talki ng with M rs. Keefe about thei r schedules and future endeavors because she is a good listener, but mostly becau se they know that s he really cares about them.

been a lifelong friend to me. We have served together in churches and in mission work, and I have watched her use her talents tirelessly for the Lord. She is a dedicated wife to Mike and a loving mother to her two daughters, Marie and April, both SCA graduates. God has blessed me by allowing us to work together for the last 23 years at SCA. I am so thankful for her Godly influence and love not only for my children, but also for the impact that she continues to have on the students at SCA. |

“As a guidance counselor, I realize that God has put me in this position to be His hands, His feet and His mouth as I serve our students,” Mrs. Keefe says.

As the guidance counselor, Mrs. Keefe has a tremendous impact on students. Some of the

She has spent hours researching colleges and programs,

students she has helped shared some thoughts

and she works extremely hard to make sure students have

on what Mrs. Keefe means to them:

everything they need in order to have the opportunity to attend the college of their choice. In the past two years the scholarships that have been offered to our students have tripled and much of this is due to her efforts. Because of these opportunities, she has had the chance to celebrate with our students over and over as they have received those “anxiously awaited” acceptance letters. Mrs. Keefe has been a life-long learner, and she is always looking for online classes or conferences that will help her be more proficient as a guidance counselor. She is truly an educator that has never been satisfied with the “status quo” for herself or for those that she has the ability to influence. Fellow teacher, Cassandra Golden, said this of her work ethic: “Mrs. Keefe works diligently to help the students create a plan for college and beyond. She is always available to them for questions and problems. She is patient and consistent. I enjoy working with her as a teacher, and I consider her a good friend.” Her best friend and fellow SCA educator, Vickie Knuckles, shared these thoughts on Mrs. Keefe. “Was it a chance meeting? No, it was a gift from God that He placed Brenda and me next to each other in a college class at the young age

“ With my first ye ar at SC A b ein g my j unior ye ar, it was go in g to be a hard transition. Mr s . Ke efe made it much sm o ot h er and al l owe d me to work o n my sche dul e until it fit my n eed s . T hank you, Mrs. Ke efe !” – Evan Bail ey “ She is ve ry hardworkin g. Mr s . Ke efe is always wil l ing to m eet me whe re I am to he l p me r ea ch my utmost pote ntial .” – Iv y Wil son “ Mrs. Ke efe has be e n mo r e t h a n a te ache r to me ; she has b een a me ntor.” – Bail ey Be nham

of 19. That meeting began as aPHOTOGRAPHY friendship that continues PHOTOGRAPH BY CASEY JONES

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SPOTLIGHTS

SENIORS W IL L IA M V E GA & S A M UE L O R R BY DR. BRIAN DOUGHERTY, HEADMASTER At the annual Academ ic Awards Program on May 9, Samuel Or r and William Vega were recogn i zed as the valed ictorian and salutator ian res pec tively for the Class of 2017. These two young men completed thei r high school careers with great d istinction. Their cumu lative numer ic averages over the course of four years were not only two of the highest averages in school h istor y, but the d ifference between the two was extremely close! 34 ELEVATE | 2016-2017 SCA ANNUAL REPORT


PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD STONE

SAMU E L O R R

WILLIAM V E G A

Samuel finished high school as an Honor Graduate with a 4.0

William, a four-year Headmaster Scholar and member of

grade point average. He was a Headmaster Scholar as well as

the National Honor Society, finished high school as an Honor

a Scholar Athlete all four years. Samuel was also a member of

Graduate with a 4.0 grade point average. Because he had the

the National Honor Society.

single highest SAT score in the Class of 2017 this year, William earned the distinction of STAR Student for SCA.

Outside the classroom, Samuel was a four-year letter winner in both cross country and soccer. He was a member of this

William always looked for ways to push himself academically.

year’s cross country state championship team. Samuel was

He became part of the Honors Program at Darton College/

also a captain of the soccer team his senior year as well as an

Albany State West while participating in the Move On When

all-state selection on a team that won its fourth consecutive

Ready program. He also became an Advanced Placement (AP)

region championship this past spring.

Scholar with Distinction by passing five AP exams this past spring.

He also received a silver medal of recognition for exemplary community service throughout his years of high school.

His academic accolades allowed William to be the first SCA

Because of Samuel’s accomplishments, he received the Zell

student to be granted admission to an Ivy League college

Miller Scholarship that he will use to attend the college of his

when he received word that his application to Columbia

dreams, the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he will

University was accepted! Like Samuel, William earned a Zell

major in mechanical engineering.

Miller Scholarship that will help him attend the University of Georgia, where he will major in finance.

Samuel is the son of David and Catherine Orr and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

William is the son of Bill and Mayumi Vega and attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

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SPOTLIGHTS

UN D E R C LAS SMAN: JAMES SM IT H BY MICHELLE MATTOX, SCA MARKETING & SANDY SMITH, JAMES SMITH’S MOTHER

James Smith has a d ream to attend the Un ited States Naval Academy, and th is s ummer he is tak ing one step closer to achieving that goal . In early spring 2017, James submitted an application to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program – a program offered exclusively to young men and women who have just completed their junior year of high school – and he was accepted to attend the program out of several thousand applicants. Interest in the program greatly outweighs the hosting capacity, as it only accommodates 850 students in each of its three, six-day sessions. So, James is one of 2,550 students in the country who will have the honor of participating this summer. James

was

considered

for

eligibility

to

attend

the

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Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program based on

in academic and leadership workshops and experience a

criteria including academic achievements, athletics and

variety of other activities on the campus. He will have an

extracurricular

leadership

opportunity to see first-hand what the Academy has to offer

potential, positive attitude, self-discipline and good moral

through its exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular

character. Those who are accepted to the summer seminar

activities and leadership training programs.

activities,

demonstrated

program will be automatically processed as applicants to the Naval Academy upon completion of the summer seminar

Focused

on

academics,

the

summer

seminar

offers

selection process.

students eight 90-minute workshops with topics including

“I’m interested in the Naval Academy because I want to serve

Ocean and Systems Engineering; Aerospace Flight Testing;

my country, and I want the place that sets me up for the

Microcomputer Design; Seamanship and Navigation; Yard

most success in my serving,” James says. “I hope to see this

Patrol Craft (YP) Cruise; Ethics and Character Development;

summer if the Academy is right for me. I would like to be a

and several other topics.

Surface Warfare Officer when I graduate from the Academy and continue to serve my country throughout my life if it so happens.”

Information Technology; Naval Architecture; Mechanical,

SCA is proud of James and his determination to achieve his goal of attending the Naval Academy. Hooyah, James! |

During the six-day session, James will become part of the

James is the son of Todd and Sandy Smith and

Academy, living in Bancroft Hall (the dormitory in which all

attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

Academy midshipmen live), eat in the dining hall, participate

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MI DDL E SC H OO L : NATALI E B R OC K BY MRS. CAROL CHARLES MS TEACHER

I have k nown Natal ie B rock s ince s he was four years old , and I can honestly say I have never seen her without a s m i le! It is the first thing you notice about her, and it is something you will never forget about her. Science teacher Ashley McClearn referred to Natalie’s smile as a “ray of sunshine.” Natalie has been one busy girl during her middle school years. She has played basketball and soccer for the middle school teams and played at the varsity level in both sports during her 8th grade year, receiving the honor of All-State and All-Region in varsity girls soccer. Her coaches are quick to point out that she has an intense work ethic and an uncharacteristically mature ability to receive constructive criticism, not that she needs much! Coaches Rebecca Fyock and Jayson Davidson both commented that she actually

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seeks out their evaluations of her performance in order to

trustworthy. They noted that she has a good sense of humor,

continuously improve her game.

always talks to everyone and stands out in a crowd. Based on these observations, it is safe to say that she lives out her

All of her time was not spent on the athletic field, however.

favorite Bible verse on a daily basis − John 15:13, “Greater love

She was equally comfortable using her singing and dancing

has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

talents on the stage. She has performed as an orphan in

(NKJV)

Annie, Jr., Mrs. Gloop in Willy Wonka and Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man, Jr. Some of her favorite memories

The middle school classrooms will be a little less bright

include three years of performing in Blast from the Past with

without Natalie’s sunny smile each day, but if we are lucky, we

Mrs. Knuckles’ drama class.

will catch a glimpse of her from the high school hallways every once in a while! |

These activities took many hours of work and dedication, yet Natalie also maintained stellar grades while in middle school.

Natalie is the daughter of Joe and Rachael Brock and

Her numerous Scholar Athlete and Honor Roll awards are

attends Sherwood Baptist Church.

testimonies to the fact that she gives every endeavor her best effort. Earlier this year, Natalie’s classmates were asked to describe her. They said things like she is happy, loyal, bubbly and

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SPOTLIGHTS

SCA ALUMNI

SIBLINGS LINDSAY WADE BRIDGES & EDDIE WADE Li ke many brothers and s isters, Lindsay Wade B rid ges ( 2000) and Eddie Wade ( 2002 ) of ten ran i n d i fferent circles in h ig h school. Two years apar t and with d i f ferent i nterests, it is a bit surprising that they have s uch s imilar i m press ions of their time at Sherwood Christian Academy. Both are quick to credit excellent relationships with their

Eddie’s career path led him from SCA to Auburn University

teachers as a highlight of their SCA education. “I had a

where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biosystems

number of teachers who genuinely enjoyed teaching and

engineering. After working in the municipal engineering field

made learning fun,” Lindsay recalls. “They also tolerated our

in Tennessee for 10 years, he received an opportunity to move

practical jokes—like the time a teacher stepped away from

back to Georgia in 2014. He now serves as the vice president

the room and we completely rearranged everything. Looking

of Croy Engineering in Marietta, overseeing infrastructure

back, I really appreciate their ability to laugh rather than

projects across the southeast. The firm recently received two

keep us all in detention!”

national and three state awards for a new road project that connected the split campus of Kennesaw State University.

Eddie also notes that certain teachers who were there for him in high school continue to impact his life today. “I still routinely

Another recent project was an opportunity to work on

speak to my former teachers Todd Cliett and Jennifer Jones.

some of the transportation projects associated with the new

Todd Cliett taught me the value of self-confidence and the

SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. “Working on such

ability to be comfortable in every situation. He also taught

an important project for a team I have loved since I was little

me to play darts in the back room after school! Jennifer Jones

was very special,” Eddie notes.

taught me to love literature and to be an effective writer. Both served as turning points in my life, and the things they taught

Closer to home, he is working on the Westover Boulevard

me still play a critical role in my career.”

Extension in Albany which will feature Albany’s first

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roundabout intersection and will provide a connection from

That interest eventually led her to her current position with

Westover to Ledo Road by passing underneath the Liberty

the Alabama Small Business Development Center (SBDC),

Expressway.

a statewide program that enhances economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance

“I love wor k i ng with cities and counties to plan and i m plement projec ts that better our commun ities . Noth i ng is more exc iting than d rivi ng by a project after it is com plete, k nowi ng that you played a s mall par t i n its development. ”

free of charge to small businesses. Lindsay is now the regional

Sister Lindsay traveled a different path after graduating from

Lindsay meets with entrepreneurs who are starting or

SCA in 2000. She majored in history at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and went on to earn a master’s degree in the same field of study at Auburn before attending the Cumberland School of Law. After finishing law school, she worked briefly for a law firm before starting a legal research and writing consulting business. “The majority of my work

manager for the Alabama SBDC at Auburn University. Although her current position is different than the traditional career path of someone with a law degree, Lindsay finds that she still uses the skills she honed in law school and working in the field. “Something crops up every day that lets me put my law degree to work,” she notes. Working with companies in all stages of development, with capital needs ranging from $5,000 to more than $10 million, expanding a business in confidential, one-on-one sessions and helps with a range of business issues. While her law background has been a definite plus in her current position, Lindsay also appreciates how this turn in her career path changed her working dynamic.

was with small businesses and law firms, and I enjoyed continually learning about new markets and industries.”

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“Th is is a completely d ifferent feel from law. I meet fascinating people with inspiring stor ies and the d rive to succeed . My goal is to help those people find the answers to their q uestions. I love learning somethi ng new ever y day.” That love of learning, which both siblings share, was also fostered at SCA. “Having a smaller class size, and teachers who addressed you as an adult was a foundation of my future,” Eddie recalls. “My teachers gave me the confidence to leave home and chase after my dreams. Learning to interact with adults as my peers at Sherwood really set the stage for my career, where I was able to comfortably communicate with employers, clients and the general public. Had I not experienced such one-on-one attention at Sherwood, I would not have had the same career path I have now.” Involvement in extracurricular activities was important to both brother and sister during their high school years. Lindsay served as the yearbook editor, in addition to being active in Beta Club, theater, and homecoming court, and as the track statistician.

Edd ie, who was active i n tenn is, track and theater, recalls “ I was blessed to have some friends w ho made up the greatest bas ketball team in Sherwood h istor y. Unfortunately, I did not get the talent for basketball. However, in order to stay close to my friends, I served as the water boy for the team for four years. The last game of every year, Coach Mears and Coach Boucher would let me dress out and play in the final few minutes. The gymnasium always

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chanted my name for my two minutes of fame. I made a few shots over the years and, never missing one, was awarded the record of highest shooting percentage my senior year. I know it was all in jest, but these games still come up in discussions with my classmates 15 years later.” Just as important as the acceptance and support they received at school was the spiritual foundation that was laid. Lindsay and her husband, Rees Bridges, are active in the premarital ministry at Church of the Highlands. She credits the scripture memorization and the Bible classes required at SCA as an important element of the church work she is doing now. Eddie also cites Sherwood as a critical part of his spiritual walk. “I remember high school as a turning point in developing a greater relationship with Christ. Because of the influence at school I was able to build a foundation in faith that still affects every decision I make today.” And even though their paths at SCA did not cross very often, a few key events stand out that helped to cement a close brother/sister bond. “We lived in Parrott,” Lindsay says, “so we drove 45 minutes to school each morning and then home again in the afternoons. We had a lot of quality time together!” Eddie remembers the Peter Pan Play as a rare activity in which both participated. “We spent every practice together and really grew tighter. It was Lindsay’s senior year, and I can vividly remember the curtain closing the last night and realizing that she would soon be leaving for college. I am grateful that we got to spend that time together, and I think it really helped us grow to be as close as we are today.” They still enjoy that closeness, speaking on the phone frequently. Lindsay, her husband and their children, a

BY WENDY BELLACOMO FREELANCE WRITER

4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son, and Eddie, his wife Anna and their 4-year-old son also meet often back at the family farm in Parrott where they grew up. As they continue along life’s twisting path as adults, following their own different interests, Lindsay and Eddie both find that the positive foundation laid by Sherwood Christian Academy has served each of them equally well as a touchstone for their careers and their faith. |

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SPOTLIGHTS

S HAR ON MATTOX 3RD GRADE TEACHER

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD STONE

BY MRS. JANICE GOLDEN 3RD GRADE TEACHER Sharon Mattox has been part of SCA for more than 12 years.

Sharon’s goal is to help each student progress as far as possible, fulfill their potential and come to know Christ personally.

She began as a substitute teacher and then moved to 4th

It is clear that she loves her students and is willing to invest in

grade for one year. The next year she began teaching 3rd

them personally. Frequently, during her planning periods or

grade, where she has taught for the past 11 years. Sharon is

even after school, you will see students in Sharon’s classroom

a wonderful teacher who loves the Lord, her family and her

receiving individual attention they need to succeed. Even in

students.

disciplining her students she shows the love of the Lord to them.

Sharon launched the Eagle Ambassador program for the elementary students.

Sharon and these students have

Many students at SCA love Mrs. Mattox. Often, a former

impacted many people in our school and community by their

student will see her in the hall and give her a hug. She loves

efforts. She was passionate about starting this program and

to see how these students are excelling as they continue their

working with the students for the good of others.

education.

Sharon is a great leader. As the lead 3rd grade teacher, she

While Sharon loves SCA and enjoys teaching here, she loves

taught me many things as well as encouraged me to get out of

her family as well and desires to be near them. The Lord has

my "comfort zone." She is an encourager and a peacemaker.

opened the door for her husband to transfer with his job to

Sharon sees the good in everyone and encourages others to

Greenville, South Carolina. She is very excited because she

do the same.

will be living closer to her three children, her granddaughter and the grandchild that will join their family in October.

As technology has improved over the past few years, Sharon has been willing and eager to learn how to incorporate new

It has been a joy and privilege to work with her these past 11

methods into the classroom. If she thinks it will help her

years. What a blessing she has been to the faculty, staff and

students excel, she will try it. She has tried many new things

families of SCA. We will miss Sharon, but we are excited to

to help instruct her students and bring out their best.

see what the Lord has in store for her. |

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MATTHEW SHEETS STAR TEACHER BY WILLIAM VEGA CLASS OF 2017

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD STONE

Four years ago, I stepped foot i nto a fluorescently l it classroom fitted with mi n imal decorations, posters deta i l i ng common geometr y and algebra concepts, and a famou s Jef f Gordon pic ture s mi ling back at the class.

most valuable skill I have learned

Teacher, I can’t stress enough the

wasn’t to repeat information, but

number of staff and faculty that

to think critically. To be presented

approached me with support. His

information, determine what to focus

colleagues think highly of him, and

on, and then use the tools available to

for good reason. He is a good man

me to find a solution. And in this era

who admits to his flaws and tries his

of mass information, this skill is much

hardest to teach his students. He is a

needed.

family man – when the answers for

Varied hobbies for an interesting man.

and what comes out is a classroom

Class began and Mr. Sheets set the course

experience that leaves all students

of the class from day one, beginning with

with a great opportunity to engage and

a reading of Scripture and introduction

learn the material quickly. He takes

to the class material.

time after school and helps students

When Mrs. Keefe asked me to choose the teacher who had the most impact in my life for STAR Teacher, she placed on me a difficult task. I was to look back on my experience at Sherwood, with so many absolutely devoted and outstanding candidates, and choose just one? It did not take long before I realized that the

With the help of Mr. Sheets, this skill is developed beautifully through the study of mathematics. He is dedicated to helping his students learn in various ways. He incorporates his love for God into his highly efficient classroom

who want to understand the material. He grades quickly and provides solid feedback. He takes time to foster a love for learning, logic, common sense and responsibility in his students. His demands are high, but his drive to see his students succeed is higher.

that day’s homework are minimized on his desktop, a picture of what matters most in his life (his wife and son) pops up.

When we are speaking in ter ms of life - long impact, Mr. Sheets leaves each of h is students with the spiritual and mathematical knowledge needed to succeed in thei r lives. | William is the son of Bill and Mayumi Vega and attends Sherwood Baptist

When I chose him to be my STAR

Church.

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SPOTLIGHTS

“M RS.

B R I DG ES ”

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD STONE

I HAVE ALWAYS ENJ OYED THE S HERWOOD PICTURES MOVIE “FACING THE GIANTS,” NOT J UST B ECAUS E OF ITS TIMELES S PRINCIPLES AND GREAT STORYLINE, B UT B ECAUS E ITS S ETTING IS WITHIN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - MY LIFE ’S WORK. 44 ELEVATE | 2016-2017 SCA ANNUAL REPORT


My favorite character has always been Mr. Bridges, played by Mr. Ray Wood, grandfather of Sherwood Christian Academy sophomore Andrew Sanders. Mr. Bridges is an older gentleman whose role is to walk the hallways of Shiloh Christian Academy periodically and pray over the students while holding his Bible with his hand outstretched over their lockers. It is a great picture of the essential work of prayer needed for life change in any ministry, especially in Christian education. In the movie, his dedication to prayer was a catalyst to revival in the student body. Prayer has always been an important part of the ministry of SCA. For years, a group called Parents of Prayer (POP) has met once a week throughout the school year to pray for individual teachers, staff members and students. Their prayer cards are tangible evidence of their faithfulness to pray for the school. We also have a group of dads who pray once a month for the school and the specific needs identified in the school family. I am grateful for the faithfulness of these groups whose prayers have been critical to our effectiveness in fulfilling our mission and reaching our students for Christ. Since arriving at SCA in 2011, I have been asking God for a Mr. Bridges-type person to come into the school, walk the halls and pray for our students and teachers. About a year ago, I had a divine appointment with a nice lady at Sherwood Baptist Church — her name is Mrs. Bobbie Todd. We were standing in a reception line together after one of our services and the conversation led to the needs of SCA and her passion for prayer. I told Miss Bobbie that I had been looking for someone to “claim SCA” as his/her prayer ministry.

With the nud g i ng of the Holy Spi r it, I boldly as ked M iss Bobbie, “ Wou ld you pray about bei ng that person for S CA? ” She sa id s he would pray about it . With in a s hor t ti me, s he called me back and sa id that s he wou ld be del ig hted to be that person.

Invisible at first to the students and the faculty members, Miss Bobbie began visiting SCA and praying over the classrooms and lockers in the school. Over time, people began noticing this lady who was slowly walking the hallways in a posture of prayer. She began leaving post-it notes throughout the building with the words, “I prayed for y’all!” signed “B” with a little heart! These notes have certainly touched the hearts of those receiving them. Today, I see Mrs. Bobbie Todd as the “Mrs. Bridges” of SCA. I am so grateful that God has called many, including Miss Bobbie, to consistently pray for SCA. We want to see God work in our midst, and we want to see life change in the hearts of our students. Scripture is replete with many examples that God works through the prayers of His people. Please join Miss Bobbie and others who are committed to praying for SCA by setting aside time each week in your busy schedule during the year to pray for our students and teachers. It is the only way that we will see God move in incredible ways at SCA. |

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SPOTLIGHTS

VICKIE DAVIS

MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP BY DR. BRIAN DOU GHERTY HEADMASTER IN OCTOBER 2016, OUR SCHOOL AND C HURCH FAMILY LOST A VERY SPEC IAL FRIEND IN M RS. VIC KIE DAVIS. TRAGICALLY, VIC KIE SUCC UMBED TO THE SCOURGE OF CANC ER; B UT THO S E C LO SE TO HER KNOW THE DISEASE DID NOT TAKE AWAY THE J OY AND PEACE THAT SHE FOUND IN HER RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST. Vickie faithfully served not only the body

personal relationship with Jesus Christ

Vickie Davis Memorial Scholarship

of Christ at Sherwood Baptist Church,

is the only way to unlock the heart of

Fund to make a Christian education

but the students of Sherwood Christian

a student to help each of them reach

possible for needy students? You can

Academy for 20 years before retiring in

their full potential. Vickie was often

send in your check made out to SCA

2015 to tend to her health needs.

found praying for her students to this

with Vickie Davis in the memo line

end.

to the attention of the Headmaster at

Vickie was absolutely sold out to

Sherwood Christian Academy, 1418 Old

Christian education and always had a

Before her memorial service, I was

heart for students who needed some extra

presented with the idea to honor

encouragement. She was an engaging

Vickie with a scholarship fund in

teacher who was not afraid to roll up her

her name. I thought this gesture was

sleeves and help students experience

so fitting. Vickie’s heart was for any

meaningful, hands-on learning. Mrs.

student desiring a Christian education

Davis is credited with starting our 7th

to receive one. This special scholarship

grade tradition known as Driftwood—an

is designated to help families who

outdoor education field trip to St. Simon’s

financially need some extra help

Island each year. She also took a team of

to make this a reality. A lead donor

students to the Future City Engineering

came forward to offer a matching gift

Competition in Washington D.C. after

challenge of $10,000 to help get the

winning state in the spring of 2014. But

fund started, and now the fund total is

what impressed me most about Vickie

up to $63,000.

was how she always drew Christ into the conversation. She understood the

Would you consider joining other

essence of a Christian education—that a

donors in making a matching gift to the

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Pretoria Road, Albany, GA 31721.

Thank you for your prayerfu l consideration to honor both the legacy of Mrs. Vickie Davis and to help deser vi ng students receive a Christian ed ucation at S CA. |


CONVERSATIONS WITH

IMANI MCBEAN CLASS OF 2016

BY M I C H E LLE MATTOX S CA MAR KE TI N G What three words would you use to describe your first experiences in college and why?

COLLEGE: University of Georgia MAJOR: Fashion Merchandising GOAL: Become a buyer for a major company

open mind, but stay guarded as you begin this new chapter in your life.

Camp-like, exciting, opportunistic... College kind of felt like camp at first, mainly because of my freshman dorm that featured a shared room with lofted beds and a community bathroom at the end of the hall. And coming from a house where I had my own room and bathroom, this took a while to get used to. My hall mates were all really sweet though. Furthermore, there’s no longer anyone forcing you to go to classes every day, so you have to be responsible. College is exciting because it’s a new experience and there are so many ways to get involved on campus in something you’re passionate about through the many clubs and organizations UGA has to offer.

As a former SCA student, how has your faith in Christ grown since leaving SCA? I would say that my faith in Christ has grown in that I have learned to die to self and the desires of the flesh daily. For example, I’ve been faced with temptations this year that instead of giving into, I prayed about and turned away

If you wouldn’t mind, could you share your biggest challenge this year and how you overcame it? Going to a new, vastly larger school and leaving a place that had become very familiar and comfortable to me over the years was hard. Starting out, I only knew a handful of people at UGA, so I was basically starting over. On top of that, I moved more than 200 miles away from my family and we are extremely close, so not seeing them every day took a while to get used to. But all in all, I feel like I have definitely grown as a person. I’ve met so many good people and I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else.

How well would you say SCA prepared you for college? SCA definitely prepared me to excel academically and spiritually. The strong foundation that Sherwood has set has helped mold me into the person I am today and I am thankful for that.

from them. If faced with the same obstacles a few years ago, I may have given into them because I was not yet at a point in my faith where I would have said ‘no.’

Although we know everything is in the Lord's hands, where do you see yourself in 10 years? I would like to be married and have children. And, Lord willing,

What advice would you give to a senior leaving SCA? Enjoy every bit of summer before you go off to school. Spend as much time as you can with your parents, your siblings and your friends. Also, remember to keep an

I will be working my dream job and living in New York. |

Imani is the daughter of Sandra Satchell and attends Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Athens Church.

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