6th Grade Students Experiment with Volcanoes

Volcanoes are fascinating to learn about and Mrs. Jessica Hardin’s 6th grade General Science students are now volcanic experts! They can identify the parts of a volcano, name the eruption style and destruction level, and determine whether it is dormant, active, or extinct.

Not only did the 6th graders learn about volcanoes, they took a virtual reality trip and watched drone footage of an actual eruption! At the end of their volcano studies, the students had a fun, hands-on experience with their own miniature model volcanoes while their classmates identified the eruption style and type of volcano. Can you guess which volcano eruption was Hawaiian, Strombolian, Vulcanian, or Plinian?

2022 Around the Cross Invitational Cross Country Event Largest Meet in School History

Sherwood Christian Academy hosted the largest cross country meet in school history and the day was a great success! The “Around the Cross Invitational” was held on August 20 with 25 teams participating from the Southwest Georgia area.

Sherwood Christian School cross country athletes did remarkably well in the competition.

SCA Cross Country Head Coach James Byrd said, “Not only did we have a smooth event, but our athletes and teams competed at the highest level and performed amazingly. Many of our athletes were recognized as top 10 finishers!”

Congratulations to all our cross country athletes. Special recognition goes to:

SCA’s Jr. Pro Boys team won 1st place!
SCA’s Jr. Pro Girls team placed 2nd!
SCA’s Varsity Boys team placed placed 4th!
SCA’s Middle School Boys team placed 4th!

Individuals:
Jr. Pro Girls 1st Place | Aaliyah Hawkins
Jr. Pro Girls 9th Place | Caroline Seward

Jr. Pro Boys 1st Place | Henry Wright
Jr. Pro Boys 4th Place | Brand Hemmings
Jr. Pro Boys 6th Place | Jordan Cleare
Jr. Pro Boys 7th Place | Tanner Mingo

Middle School Girls 5th Place | Jordyn Ban

Middle School Boys 3rd Place | Nati Russell

Varsity Boys 8th Place | Luke Bergrab

“We are very proud of where our students are right now for being the first meet of the season, and we are looking forward to an amazing rest of the season to come!” Coach Byrd said.

See more photos from the Invitational in the slideshow below! Photography by Dan Mingo.

Class of 2022 Graduates Earn More Than $2 Million in Scholarships

Commencement exercises were held on May 13 at Sherwood Church. Dr. Paul Gotthardt, senior pastor of Sherwood Church, gave the commencement address.

Pastor Paul Gotthardt’s main charge to the class of 2022 was, “Do what’s right; Do what’s hard.” 

The class of 2022 is a very impressive and accomplished group with a total numerical average of 91%. Other notable accomplishments and awards include:

  • The class performed 5420 hours of community service
  • Athletes from this class have won 5 team state championships over their high school career
  • 1 member of the class was awarded a full tuition scholarship to play basketball on a collegiate level
  • 22 students of the 34 students are Honor Graduates
  • They have been accepted to more than 44 colleges and universities across the nation
  • In total, they have completed 369 hours of college credit from dual enrollment
  • 5 students achieved a 4.0 grade point average
  • 7 students were awarded the Zell Miller Scholarship for full tuition for a state school in Georgia
  • Collectively, the SCA class of 2022 earned more than $2 million in scholarship money

SCA Headmaster Dr. Brian Dougherty addressed the graduates during the ceremony:

Class of 2022, as you leave SCA, please know as your headmaster, I am very proud of you and grateful for the outstanding legacy of achievement, character, leadership, and service that you have provided our school.

But what I am most proud of is the visible witness many of you have had for the Lord. Whether it was in the classroom, in the hallways, on the court or field, on the stage, in the community, or simply in the lunchroom, many of you took your Christian witness seriously, and it was noticed. 

You have put on display a godly example for the underclassmen, middle schoolers, and elementary students to follow.

Class of 2022, the entire SCA faculty and administration is proud of you! Go Eagles! We are looking forward to seeing you SOAR!

Select the arrow button on the photos above (or slide the photo left on your smart phone) to view the photos from the graduation ceremony.

SCA Announces 2022 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Sherwood Christian Academy is pleased to announce Caroline Dougherty and Jacob Lindsey as its valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for the class of 2022. 

Valedictorian Caroline Dougherty graduates with honors and will be attending Anderson University (SC) where she was named an AU Fellow and received a scholarship for full tuition. She plans to major in business administration and marketing. Some of her achievements include being an honor graduate, headmaster scholar, and a member of the National Honor Society. Dougherty has earned a gold medal for exemplary community service. She was awarded an ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award and received the Georgia Certificate of Merit and the Scholar Award from the College Board. Dougherty earned a varsity letter as team captain in volleyball, was All-Region Selection, and participated in the GAPPS Junior-Senior Volleyball Showcase. She served as student body treasurer in student government. The daughter of Dr. Brian and Rachel Dougherty of Albany, Caroline has attended SCA for 11 years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Salutatorian Jacob Lindsey graduates with honors and will be attending Albany Technical College to major in computer science. Some of his achievements include being an honor graduate, headmaster scholar, and a member of the National Honor Society. Lindsey also received the ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award. The son of Ronald and Andrea Lindsey of Albany, Jacob has attended SCA for 10 years and is a member of Mercedes Baptist Church.

Sherwood Christian Academy will hold its 33rd commencement exercises for the class of 2022 at Sherwood Baptist Church on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, Dr. Paul Gotthardt, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates. 

Class of 2022 Senior Walk

The class of 2022 walked through SCA today being cheered on by students, faculty, and parents!

Scroll through the gallery to see more photos from the annual event!

The seniors, juniors and parents enjoyed refreshments in the cafeteria after the Senior Walk. The class of 2022 is set to graduate on May 13 at 7 pm at Sherwood Church.

Varsity Men’s Tennis Team Wins State Championship

The Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles won the GAPPS Team Tennis State Championship in Rome, Georgia, under the supervision of head coach, Wes Sadler and assistant coach, Amanda Moorhead on May 3!

The state team included Will Moorhead (#1 singles), Grant Fricks (#2 singles), Sam Moorhead (#3 singles), Josh Sancinito & Smith Langstaff (#1 doubles) and Jude Ham & Benjamin Brooks (#2 doubles). Senior, Grant Fricks, was on court at the end of the championship team event while it was tied 2-2 with Habersham School from Savannah.  Grant rallied in the second set cheered on by his teammates to pull out the victory for the Eagles winning the team match 3-2 with championship match victories by Will and Sam Moorhead. 

On May 2, Will Moorhead won the individual state championship title! Grant Fricks (for singles), Josh Sancinito & Smith Langstaff (for doubles) received all state recognition.

The team was also the Region Champion from its play on April 19 in Bainbridge, Georgia.  Will Moorhead won the individual region championship as well. Grant Fricks finished third and Sam Moorhead finished fifth in singles region play qualifying them for the state tournament. Josh Sancinito and Smith Langstaff were Region runner-ups (doubles) and Jude Ham & Benjamin Brooks (doubles) placed fifth earning both squads a place in the state tournament.

GO EAGLES! We are proud of this team!

Track and Field Varsity Girls Win GAPPS State Championship

Congratulations to the varsity girls track and field team for winning the GAPPS State Championship in April!

Ellie Jane Wright finished the meet as the highest scoring individual D1 girl and was awarded the “High Point Earner Award.”

In addition to the team winning State, the following girls and boys finished 1st place in their respective events:
Anna Kroll – 1st in Shot Put
Allie Hemmings – 1st in 100m Hurdles
E.J. Wright – 1st in 100m Dash; 1st in 200m Dash
Ahlias Pobre – 1st in Pole Vault

Go Eagles! We are proud of you!

SCA SUPER HERO STORY | Ms. Tina McCubbins

For 14 years, Ms. Tina McCubbins blessed the SCA family with her wonderful smile, encouraging words, tasty salads made just right, and strong faith in Jesus. We learned this past fall that she had developed pancreatic cancer and that it was already in stage 4. But Ms. Tina loved her work, her fellow kitchen ladies, and the students she served. She continued to come to school to serve us all the way up to Christmas break. After Christmas, her pain increased and she needed to stay home, but she would check in weekly with the ladies to see how everyone was doing and tell us she was praying for us! Every time Dr. Dougherty spoke with her, she would say that she was trusting God that He would heal her. Her faith was inspiring to all who knew her.

Over spring break, Ms. Tina passed away. Dr. Dougherty had the privilege of attending her funeral and heard of the profound impact she had on her church family at Victory Baptist Church. Her pastor did a wonderful job of honoring Christ and Ms. Tina’s legacy. Well Ms. Tina’s prayers have been answered—she is definitely healed now that she is with Jesus! We are so thankful for the impact that Ms. Tina and so many others have had on our school family and your children.

Recently, Mrs. Johnson’s 5th grade class raised $260 to donate 52 Gideon Bibles in memory of Ms. Tina. SCA grandparent, Lonnie Mathis, from The Gideons International, visited the class and shared stories of how the Gideon Bibles have been used around the world to draw people to Christ. The 5th graders were excited to know how the Bibles they donated in memory of Ms. Tina may be used. Way to go 5th graders!

We have declared Friday, May 6 as Lunch & Maintenance Worker Super Hero Day. Please remember our kitchen and maintenance workers in your gift and card giving this Friday as we celebrate them as true superheroes who serve SCA selflessly every day!

Sherwood Christian Academy Awarded in Albany Herald’s 2022 “Reader’s Choice” Contest

Sherwood Christian Academy was honored with the following Albany Herald “Reader’s Choice” awards by receiving the most votes from people in the Southwest Georgia community.

Best Private School

Best Preschool

Best Teacher – Peggy Bullock, one of SCA’s kindergarten teachers.

Sherwood Christian Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). SCA has offered a quality, Bible-based, academic program since 1985. It is a vibrant & growing private school with students in grades K3 – 12th in Albany, GA. SCA strives for students of character who will become Christ-like leaders in their homes, churches, workplaces and communities.

Star Student and Star Teacher Announced

Congratulations to Victoria Vega and Mr. James Byrd! 
SCA Senior Victoria Vega and US & World History SCA Teacher Mr. James Byrd were honored on February 16, 2022 in a STAR Student/Teacher luncheon sponsored by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce at Stonebridge Golf & County Club.

SCA’s High School Principal Kenny Roberts said of Vega, “Victoria is a diligent student with a sweet spirit. She is driven in her academic work but remains humble and approachable. The fruit of the Spirit is evident in her life. She is loved by her classmates and teachers alike.”

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 64th year, is sponsored, administered, and promoted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). Since its creation by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR program has honored nearly 28,500 high school seniors and the teachers they selected as having the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the 2022 STAR nomination, graduating high school seniors must have the highest SAT score on a single test date and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

“Mr. Byrd is an excellent teacher. He has vast knowledge of history, government and citizenship,” said Roberts. “He is well-known among his colleagues and his students as being engaging and exciting in the classroom. Mr. Byrd, like all SCA teachers, works hard to weave God’s Word and character into every facet of his classes.”

We are very proud of Victoria and Mr. Byrd and the academic excellence they exemplify at Sherwood Christian Academy!