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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!

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!

SCA Theater Presents “The Little Mermaid”

Sherwood Christian Academy’s high school theater department is presenting Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Thursday, February 24 – Saturday, February 26 at Albany State University West Campus Theatre. Tickets are $16 premium seating, $14 general admission, $12 senior adults, and $10 SCA students ticket.


February 24, February 25, & February 26 | 7 pm

February 26 | 2 pm

ASU West Theatre | 2400 Gillionville Road

Director Brydon Fox said, “Our students are thrilled to be back on the main stage for the first time since 2020. This is a colorful and musical adventure that is sure to please the whole family. Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle and all their friends are excited to SEA you at the show!”

To purchase tickets, call 229-883-5677 or visit scaeagles.com/shows.

Varsity Basketball Player Owen Henshaw Scores 1000 Career Points

SCA Junior Owen Henshaw scored his 1000th career point at home on January 22 in a win vs. Rock Springs Christian Academy. Owen averaged 18 points a game during his sophomore year. This year, as a junior, he is averaging 20.3 per game. If he maintains a similar average during his senior year, he will be pushing 2000 points in his career!

“Scoring 1000 points in a high school career is an impressive milestone,” said Head Basketball Coach Kenny Roberts. “It takes commitment to basketball and shooting. Owen shoots basketball year-round. He is a relentless competitor who is developing as a leader among his teammates and classmates.” Headmaster Dr. Dougherty added, “Owen has proven himself as a shot-maker and a leader since his junior pro days. I have enjoyed watching him develop as an elite player. I could not be more proud of his accomplishment.”

SCA has been blessed to have three 1000-point scorers in five years on varsity men’s basketball teams. The last SCA player to reach this milestone was Grant Raven, Class of 2020. Previously, it was Stan Smith in the Class of 2018. Most schools go years without one!

Congratulations, Owen!

UPDATE: Owen scored a total of 1,129 career points after his final game this season in February 2021!

The Great Turkey Race Provides Food for the Hungry

Director of the Lord’s Pantry Tom Wilburn is presented with $1,871.40 and 2,054 food items on November 19 by SCA Student Council Sponsor Tiffany Carter, and seniors Cohen Kendrick, Victoria Vega, Caroline Dougherty and Phillip Shayeb.

In this season of giving and gratitude, Sherwood Christian Academy middle and high school students set out to bless the Southwest Georgia community this Thanksgiving through SCA’s annual Great Turkey Race. The Great Turkey Race raises canned food and money for people in need and operates like a competition between grades. Students donate a certain number of nonperishable foods and cash and are awarded a turkey feather. The grade with the most feathers is the winner of the “race.” It is possibly the largest single annual food drive campaign in the Southwest Georgia community. Over the years SCA has raised thousands of dollars and food items through this event. 

2021 is no exception to giving! Sherwood students raised $1,871.40 and 2,054 food items for The Lord’s Pantry, a food and clothing ministry located in Albany at 219 W. Society Avenue. Seniors from the SCA student body student council presented Director Tom Wilburn of The Lord’s Pantry with the donations on Friday, November 19. SCA seniors and the seventh-grade class were awarded for most donations this year. Thank you to all who participated and gave this year for this worthy ministry feeding the hungry in Southwest Georgia!

SCA Welcomes New Teachers

We welcome three new teachers at Sherwood Christian Academy for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Miss Kelsey Hudson

Miss Kelsey Hudson is our Spanish teacher. Miss Hudson is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and hails from Anderson, SC. She spent considerable time as a missionary in Mexico and has a passion for Spanish ministry within the local church. 

Mrs. Dawne Beck

Mrs. Dawne Beck is our 9th-10th Grade English teacher. Mrs. Beck both attended and was a previous faculty member of SCA with 12 years of teaching experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Georgia Southwestern State University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Mrs. Victoria Lane

Mrs. Victoria Lane is our Elementary PE Coach. Coach Lane is a 2002 graduate of SCA and is from Albany. She graduated from the University of Mobile with her bachelor’s degree in Religion and a minor in Sports and Recreation. She has three children enrolled at SCA, and previously served as a substitute at SCA for several years.

We are blessed to have these three talented women join our faculty! Please welcome them when you see them around school.