Coach Joel Wright was announced as the head coach of Sherwood’s boys’ soccer program in the 2021-2022 school year.
Coach Wright and his wife, Amy, have six children who have been enrolled at Sherwood Christian Academy since 2020, and the family attends Sherwood Baptist Church.
Coach Wright, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of nearly 13 years, is the Chief Legal Affairs Officer at Albany State University. He started his career in higher education at Georgia Southern University as the Associate Dean of Students for Military Affairs and then as the Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX. He has also served the University System of Georgia as the Interim System Director for Conduct and Title IX. Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Wright practiced law in the private sector.
Coach Wright played soccer from early childhood through high school before deciding to join the Marine Corps instead of pursuing soccer at the collegiate level. He has remained involved with soccer throughout his adult life including serving as a foundation board member of a professional soccer team (South Georgia Tormenta FC). He has coached soccer for 11 years (recreation, club, and high school levels) and is currently working on his USSF “D” license. He is already a familiar face as he assisted with the varsity boys’ soccer program this past spring.
Please help us welcome Coach Wright to the SCA coaching staff!
Sherwood Christian Academy is pleased to announce Ashlynn Dapper and Samuel Scardino as its valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for the class of 2021.
Valedictorian Ashlynn Dapper graduates with honors and will be attending Anderson University (SC) where she earned the prestigious Presidential Fellows Scholarship for full tuition. She plans to major in communications. Some of her achievements include being the STAR student at SCA, headmaster scholar, and a member of the National Honor Society. Dapper 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. Dapper also lettered in fine arts and participated in Spring Literary. She served as student body chaplain in student government and received the Christian Character award. Dapper was selected to participate in the Mitchell EMC Washington Leadership Tour. The daughter of Steve and Janet Dapper of Albany, Ashlynn has attended SCA for seven years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.
Salutatorian Samuel “Sammy” Scardino graduates with honors and will be attending Columbia International University where he earned the exclusive Board Scholarship. He will major in business administration. Some of his achievements include being a headmaster scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and Junior Class President. Scardino also received the ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award and the Georgia Certificate of Merit. He has earned a gold medal for exemplary community service and a two-year letter winner in fine arts. The son of Reverend Mark and Karma Scardino of Albany, Samuel has attended SCA for five years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.
Sherwood Christian Academy will hold its 32nd commencement exercises for the class of 2021 at Sherwood Baptist Church on Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Former Vice President of ACSI and current headmaster of Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, S.C., Dr. Sam Barfell, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates.
We honored the Class of 2021 on their last day of school, May 5! Senior Day included the traditional Senior Walk and a reception for seniors and their parents. Seniors began the walk across the campus in the kindergarten and preschool hallway and moved through elementary, middle school and past the remaining high school classes. The entire school cheered as “Pomp and Circumstance” played overhead on the speakers and the senior class walked through the campus one last time.
Chad Warbington, father of senior Julia Warbington, was thankful for the opportunity for the seniors to be honored.
“All the things the school does to recognize the seniors is special. This walk, the Drive of Honor and graduation help families and students build good memories at the end of their senior year,” Warbington said.
SCA teachers and administration are proud of our seniors and what they’ve accomplished! This class switched to virtual learning in spring 2020, then spent the current school year at Sherwood Church’s campus to provide a safely-distanced environment for in-person instruction. Being back on the school campus today was special.
Senior Ashlynn Dapper’s mother, Janet Dapper, described the event as “bittersweet.”
“It’s sad that one chapter is ending and sweet that another is beginning for Ashlynn,” she said. “We’re thankful the seniors were able to come back to the school campus today and see all the students again.”
SCA’s 2021 Graduation Ceremony is on May 14 at 7 pm at Sherwood Church.
This month, four students from SCA competed in the annual Albany State University high school Math Tournament. The team placed 5th out of 19 schools from the surrounding areas. The competition comprised of a 2-hour written test and a 10-question cyphering match. Topics included algebra, geometry, probability, trigonometry, number sense, and calculus.
Team members were seniors Andrew Orr and Charlie Taylor, and juniors Will Mahnken and Ashlynn Dapper. The team was coached by high school math teacher Mrs. Tiffany Carter. We are very proud of these students and their hard work! Go Eagles!
Senior Caleb Wiley, an Albany Herald all-area first team selection, has signed a national letter of intent to continue his football career with Albany State University. Wiley is the first Eagle football player to sign a college football scholarship since 2015. He was surrounded by his family and trainer at a ceremony at SCA. Wiley will pursue a degree in sports management beginning this fall. Congratulations Caleb!
Congratulations to Coach James Byrd and the SCA ‘A’ Chess Team who traveled to Greensboro and brought home the GAPPS state championship trophy! This is SCA’s second state championship in chess in the past three years. Team members include seniors Andrew Orr, Charlie Taylor, Patrick Burke, and junior Will Mahnken. Way to go gentlemen!
Sherwood Christian Academy’s high school theater department is presenting Peter Pan on Thursday, January 30 – Saturday, February 1 at Albany State University West Campus Theatre. Tickets are $16 premium seating, $14 general admission, $12 students.
January 30 – February 1 | 7 pm
February 1 | 2 pm
ASU West Theatre | 2400 Gillionville Road
Director Brydon Fox says, “This high-flying adventure is sure to thrill the entire family. Come meet the characters you know and love – the swashbuckling pirates, mysterious Indians, the impossible Lost Boys and, of course, the boy who never grew up – Peter Pan himself! This year our cast has had a blast sharpening our combat, dancing, and entertainment skills as we have been preparing this production for the community. We hope to see you in Neverland!”
Flying effects provided by ZFX.
To purchase tickets, call 229-883-5677 or visit scaeagles.com/student-life/arts.
Senior striker, Joshua Thomas, signed a national letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. A key member of last year’s state soccer championship team, Thomas believed that God was calling him to join former SCA head soccer coach Jeremy Davidson. Davidson currently serves as the head men’s soccer coach at Bryan. He had the privilege of coaching Josh not only at SCA last year but for several years during his club years. Current SCA head coach, Ashley Thomas, is excited not only for his son, but for the upcoming season when his team will defend their state title! Congratulations Josh!
Congratulations to senior Colin Dougherty who broke the record for career 3-point goals made at SCA! In the 3rd quarter of a tight game with Griffin Christian, Dougherty hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night to set the record of made threes at 148. The previous mark of 147 was set by 2010 graduate Wesley Pittman. The Eagles went on to win a tight game by the score of 63-58. The boys’ varsity team sits at an impressive 12-2 record for the season.
Dougherty, a two-time team captain and three-year starter, has been a prolific outside shooter during his career. He has already matched the most 3-pointers hit in a single game with Patrick Stanford (2013) hitting seven against Central Fellowship Christian Academy last season during the Region Tournament. Dougherty entered his senior year with 105 career threes but has been been hitting them at a steady rate with 43 already this season as the team heads to Christmas break. The coaching staff is confident he will be setting the bar high for 3-pointers made with half of the season yet to be played. Congratulations Colin!
Seniors from Coach O’Connor’s health class had an opportunity to hear from SCA alumni who have careers in various health fields. Speakers shared their personal stories, their educational paths and the pros and cons of working in their respective fields.
We heard from professionals in the fields of nursing, hospital administration, nurse practitioner, physical therapy, dental hygiene and respiratory therapy.
We are grateful to these Eagle alumni who took time to give back to SCA and to inspire a new generation of graduates!
Thank you to:
Respiratory Therapist Saralyn Wilson (2014)
Dental Hygienist Selena Russell (2011)
Physical Therapist James Blackwell (2005)
Nurse Practitioner Kelsey Reed (2008)
Hospital Administrator Emily Thompson (2014)
Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant Brandon Glow (2005)