High School

SCA FACULTY SPOTLIGHT | Mr. James Byrd

If you’ve been around SCA since the mid 1990s, there’s a good chance you know James Byrd. You may know him from his years as a student then, or you know him now as a leader in academics and athletics. A 12-year student at SCA, Mr. Byrd graduated from SCA in 2006 and left Albany for the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. After double majoring and graduating, he returned to Sherwood Christian Academy in 2011—but, this time, to lead from the front of the classroom. Many of his former teachers became his co-workers. In 2022, Mr. Byrd moved into the role of Guidance Counselor after 10 years of teaching high school history, where he can continue to impact the lives of juniors and seniors, as they make some of the most important decisions of their lives.

EDUCATION:
BA in Political Science and BA in History from the University of Mobile
Masters in Secondary Education from Georgia Southern

YEARS LEADING IN EDUCATION:
I have been teaching at SCA for 11 years – 10 of those year in the classroom.

CAREER AWARDS:
Two time STAR Teacher – 2021 and 2022
Two time GAPPS Coach of the Year – Track and Field – 2018 and 2022
Coach of Six State Championships at SCA:
• 1 in Football (2015)
• 2 in Track and Field (2018 & 2022)
• 2 in Chess (2019 & 2021)
• 1 in Cross Country (2018)

Photo by Dan Mingo.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT GUIDING SENIORS IN THEIR NEXT SEASON AFTER GRADUATION: I enjoy breaking down the process of what comes next after high school for Seniors into small and much less stressful pieces. It can be easy to be overwhelmed as a Senior when they begin to look at all that lies before them. I encourage our Seniors to continue to move forward in God’s will – they don’t have to have all the answers yet, they just need to be willing to say, “Yes!” to what God will call them to as they continue to be faithful to Him.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN SWGA: My wife’s cooking! Was that the right answer? But public restaurants? Longhorns for a good steak or Los Vaqueros.

FAVORITE BOOKS: Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien are both very special to me. Although growing up, I read every single Hardy Boys book! I’m now looking forward to reading them with my son, Joshua one day.

FAVORITE MOMENT AS A STUDENT AT SCA: There are many special moments from my years here as a student, almost impossible to narrow down to just one! From four years of high school musical theater with Mrs. Terri Catt; running track and field and cross country in many Region and State Meets; being elected as the Student Council President and giving the morning announcements over the intercom each morning (I had a joke of the day that very few people would laugh at)… I obviously loved my time here because I came back!

It’s safe to say that Mr. James Byrd is woven into the history and future of Sherwood Christian Academy.

Kenny Roberts Awarded Albany Herald’s “Football Coach of the Year” and Football Players Honored

Coach Kenny Roberts has been selected by the Albany Herald as the “Coach of the Year” for his leadership in the Eagles’ State Championship winning year. Coach Roberts was Interim Football Head Coach for the 2022 football season.

Photo by Dan Mingo.

Several SCA varsity athletes were honored in the Albany Herald for the 2022 high school football season and named to the Albany Herald’s “All-Albany Football Team”:

First Team Offense | Easton Enfinger

Second Team Offense | Tripp Roberts

Second Team Offense | Jude Peavy

Second Team Offense | William Price

Second Team Defense | Maddox Powers

Congratulations to Coach Roberts and the entire SCA varsity football team for a great season and this special recognition!

SCA Athletic Director Jay Flynt recognized Coach Roberts and these athletes this morning in front of their peers.

Article from the Albany Herald: https://www.albanyherald.com/sports/albany-heralds-all-albany-football-team-announced/article_feee2826-9a6c-11ed-9e28-cbc3387aed1d.html

Coach James Byrd Awarded “Girls GAPPS Head Coach of the Year”

Congratulations to SCA’s Head Track Coach James Byrd for being awarded the Georgia Track & Field/Cross Country Association “Girls GAPPS Head Coach of the Year” on January 20, 2023!

Coach Byrd serves as cross country head coach, track head coach, and guidance counselor at SCA. The 2021-2022 SCA Girls Track Team won the GAPPS State Championship last season!

SCA’s Varsity Football Team Wins State Championship

Photo provided by Kim Russell.

Sherwood Christian Academy’s varsity football team are the 2022 GAPPS 8-Man Football Division I-AA State Champions! The Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles won their second state championship in a nail-biting game against the Unity Christian Lions tonight at Legacy Field with a final score of 43-40 on November 25, 2022! The last four minutes of the game was a back-and-forth between Sherwood and Unity, and both teams played well. The Eagles scored in the last 12 seconds to secure their win. SCA won our first state championship in 2014.

The game was broadcast live on the radio with commentary from Alex Kendrick and Jim McBride. Fireworks signaled each touchdown and a fireworks show was displayed after the referees declared the Eagles the winners.

In a pre-game interview for the radio broadcast before the State Championship game, Varsity Football Coach Kenny Roberts said, “These guys have put in the time in the summer and in the weight room. They’ve put in a lot of very hot days working in full pads and working through a rough sport [and physically taxing] like football. These guys have gotten better all year long. Their character has remained strong. So for them to have the chance to play for a state championship and be able to play at home in front of their family and friends…I’m really excited for them!”

This was Coach Roberts’ first year to lead varsity football, and he attributed some of his players’ wins to their steadiness and strong character.

“These athletes are so mature and business-like. They have goals for their games, but it’s their character – they want to do well. Their mind and heart is ready before they come into the locker room. Once they get out there in that battle when they’re competing and they’re having someone who is coming at them just as hard as they are… they remain steady in the things that we worked on. They don’t get frustrated or angry. They just remain steady,” Coach Roberts said.

Video of State Championship celebration by Tommy McBride.

“If we remain steady in what we’ve worked at, we can trust the Lord with the results because we have walked out in obedience in the way that we’re supposed to be doing these things and we can trust Him with how it ends,” Coach Roberts said.

We are so proud of each one of these Eagle athletes who have competed with excellence this season!

Jim McBride and Alex Kendrick provided live commentary of the State Championship game on Albany’s Talk Radio 1590 and 99.3 WALG.
Halftime Radio Show – Listen to Alex Kendrick and Jim McBride interview Coach Kenny Roberts about SCA’s varsity football achievements as heard on Albany’s Talk Radio 1590 and 99.3 WALG, 11/25/22.

ARTICLE from Albany Herald: “From 2-7 to State Champions: Sherwood Christian Beats Unity Christian for Title”

PHOTOS: Photos of the State Championship game by the Albany Herald.

PHOTO GALLERY: Here are some highlights from the 2022 SCA varsity football season! Photography by Dan Mingo, Brian Kelley, and Rebecca Johnson.

SCA Students Spread Christmas Cheer in the Southwest Georgia Community and the World

Sherwood Christian Academy junior and senior students spent the majority of Wednesday, November 16 providing community service in the Albany area during SCA’s Community Service Day. Their goal: to be a light and share Christmas cheer! This was accomplished through Operation Christmas Child shoebox organization and setting up the Christmas display at Thronateeska Heritage Center.

One group of students helped the Operation Christmas Child organization at The Hope Center on Pine Avenue. They greeted donors who pulled up with trailers and trucks to drop off shoebox gifts, unloaded boxes, organized and packed the shoeboxes, and then spent time praying over the shoebox gifts with the donors.

Each Operation Christmas Child shoebox was filled with toys, toiletries, and supplies for a child in need across the globe. SCA elementary families filled and donated 124 shoeboxes, and our juniors and seniors had the opportunity to unload, organize, and pray over them at the OCC distribution center.

“We appreciate their willingness and joyfulness in serving so that the boxes will get to children who need them,” OCC Central Drop-off Team Leader Connie Thomas said.

The students handled hundreds of shoeboxes and spent time decorating lids to make plain white boxes more joyful with Christmas themes. Their prayer was that each shoebox gift they touched would minister to a child across the world with the light of Jesus.

Students over at the Thronateeska Heritage Center also unloaded and organized items for Christmas as they unearthed a large collection from the storage area and arranged each item in the museum area for display. The work the group did in a few hours saved the Thronateeska team days, possibly weeks of work.

Lead Educator at Thronateeska Heritage Center Alyssa Watrous said, “Having the Sherwood Christian Academy students come out and help has been the best help because there are thousands of Santas. When you walk in the storage area, it was really hard to move around and we were ready to get this exhibit out.”

Alyssa attributed how quickly the work was being done with the students’ great communication with each other.

“We’ve shared with them what we wanted them to do and they’ve shown amazing communication skills that have helped clear this storage area. We’ve already gone through half of it in the span of 20 minutes and saved us so much time,” she said.

By the end of the afternoon, the students put the finishing touches on arranging Thronateeska’s upcoming Christmas display of vintage and festive holiday decorations in the History Museum and the Georgia Museum of Surveying and Mapping in anticipation of the center’s holiday events in December.

We’re proud of our juniors and seniors and the difference they’re making in our community!

One Act Fine Arts Students Win State Championship

Bravo! Bravo! One Act Fine Arts students won the GAPPS region and state championships for their original play Berlin. The play was written in 2020 by SCA ’21 graduate Ashlynn Dapper and High School Fine Arts Director Brydon Fox, and it was featured as the annual fine arts play with packed out crowds at their performances in April 2021.

The play is based on a fictional story about loved ones separated by the Berlin Wall in the 1960s. The plot: The Berlin Wall goes up in 1961 Germany – separating families, friends and loved ones forever. They must stay connected by any means possible. Will a wall keep them apart? Who will risk it all for the life they’ve always dreamed of?

Berlin was shortened to fit within the length of one act for the One Act competition this year. Even with the shortened length, it still required 17 set changes!

“This was my first time competing at One Act competition, so it was a learning process figuring out how to cut the original script to under 55 minutes,” Fine Arts Director Brydon Fox said. “There were lots of conversations about the best ending for the show for this performance setting. In the end, everything came together!”

SCA’s One Act team was up to the challenge! After offering a free public performance at SCA, they crushed region competition where they won by one point, and then won the state championship on Monday, November 7. Ashlynn Dapper attended the state competition and witnessed her play win first place!

Connor Mathis was awarded “Outstanding Performer” at the region competition. Three SCA Fine Arts actors received individual awards during the state competition.

Fox said, “The competition was tough, but each performance of Berlin from rehearsals to region to state kept getting better and better! We have so many talented students. So proud of our Outstanding Actors who won medals at state – Hannah Albano, Connor Mathis, and Caleb Kendrick.”

ONE ACT BERLIN CAST:

David Albano 
Hannah Albano
Asher Bailey 
Benjamin Brooks
Kennedy Daniels
Caleb Kendrick
Connor Mathis
Colton Mathis
Addison Mingo 
Mary Grace Piper
Lydia Sancinito
Sophi Scardino
Caden Thomas

Kyra Bevel – Lights

Congratulations to the One Act team for an outstanding year!

Photography provided by Dan Mingo.

SCA 2022 Homecoming Court

Announcing the SCA 2022 Homecoming Court! Congratulations to these students!

SENIORS:

Pictured from left to right: Arabella Davidson, Nic Patton, Charis Beck, Hudson Carter, Avery Baker, Graham Anderson

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS:

Pictured from left to right: Olivia Keith (Freshman), Colton Mathis (Freshman), Lydia Sancinito (Sophomore), Vance Carter (Sophomore), Sarah Fedrick (Junior), Emerson Montgomery (Junior)

The Homecoming Court will be presented during halftime at SCA’s Homecoming football game on Friday, October 28, at 7:30 pm at SCA. The 2022 Homecoming King and Queen will be selected from this group of seniors and announced at the homecoming game.

Photography by Brian Kelley.

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.