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Sherwood Christian Academy Names New Headmaster

We are excited to announce that Mr. Kenny Roberts accepted the role of Headmaster of SCA on January 5, 2023! After 12 exceptional years leading SCA, Dr. Brian Dougherty has accepted a position at Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Roberts (known to many as Coach Roberts) served as assistant headmaster at SCA until January 5, 2023. He has held leadership roles at SCA since 2019 as campus pastor, high school principal, assistant headmaster, head basketball coach and interim head football coach of the Eagles’ 2022 GAPPS AA State Championship season. Mr. Roberts has 25 years of teaching and administration experience including serving twice as a headmaster of Christian schools. His credentials include bachelors and masters degrees in education and educational training with an education specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University. 

“At SCA, Kenny has proven himself as a leader and godly role model to our faculty, staff and students,” said Jim McBride, Chairman of SCA’s School Committee. “In his career as a high school teacher, Kenny was recognized as high school Teacher of the Year, systemwide Teacher of the Year, and STAR Teacher. Coaching middle school and high school teams and as campus pastor at SCA, he has proven himself to be a leader who challenges others around him to excel.”

Dr. Dougherty will remain at SCA until February 15, 2023, before beginning his new position in Indiana. We are grateful for his time and accomplishments at SCA and his unwavering focus on excellence in Christian education and furthering SCA’s mission in Southwest Georgia.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Kenny Roberts and his family in his new leadership role at our school. Sherwood students shine! The future is bright at Sherwood Christian Academy!

IN THE NEWS: “Sherwood Christian’s Big Adventure: All the Pieces Just Fell in Place”

An article about SCA’s 2022 Varsity Football Season from The Albany Herald by Joe Whitfield, Albany Herald Staff Correspondent. Read the article at the Herald’s website here.

ALBANY — The Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles will play Unity Christian School of Rome Friday night for the GAPPS Class AA state championship in 8-man football.

When interim head coach Kenny Roberts took on the challenge, he had no idea this is where his team would be at the end of the season.

“I took it because I didn’t want the football program to die,” Roberts said in an interview Monday afternoon. “After Coach (Chad) Evans resigned, Dr. Dougherty (Sherwood headmaster Brian Dougherty) and I began looking for a new football coach. We interviewed a couple of coaches and actually made an offer to one of them, but he withdrew his name because he decided he didn’t want to move. I told Dr. Dougherty I would step in because there were nine eighth-graders (rising ninth-graders) who wanted to play and could be a good start for the school. Since then, all of the pieces have just been falling together.”

Those pieces included great help from assistant coaches with the same goals in mind and a couple of key additions to the team in seniors Graham Anderson and Maddox Powers. Neither of these players was with the team when Roberts took over the program before spring practice last year. But now they are crucial members of the team about to play for a state title.

“Graham (Anderson) is the catalyst for our team when it comes to character,” said Roberts. “He has truly helped our team develop their character and I told him recently I didn’t want to do this without him here. And Maddox (Powers), some of our eighth-graders met him at a church camp. He was their leader at camp and then he ended up transferring to Sherwood. There is a real connection with him. Some of them even called him ‘Daddox.”

Anderson plays defensive end and left guard. Maddox plays fullback and defensive end for the Eagles. Anderson has been at Sherwood for 13 years and played football up until ninth grade before deciding not to return. He felt led to play and his friends on the team helped convince him to come back, along with a great deal of prayer. Powers is a transfer from Lee County after moving to the area from North Carolina during the COVID era.

“When everything kept falling into place,” said Roberts, “we realized about mid-season that we might be able to make a run at state.”

The Eagles are 10-1 on the year and have won nine in a row. They have scored fewer than 50 points in only three games all season with a freshman quarterback.

Quarterback Tripp Roberts is Coach Roberts’ son and has thrown for 1,341 yards and 20 touchdowns this season on a team that primarily runs the ball. Running back Easton Enfinger is the main running threat and has 1,541 yards rushing with 25 touchdowns.

“I’m a little surprised at his statistics, but not at Tripp’s ability,” Coach Roberts said of his son Tripp. “He has wanted to be the quarterback since he was very young. He has put in the work. He has had a growth spurt of about three inches in the last year or so. He is a serious kid who works when no one else is working,” the coach said. “I knew he would learn the playbook quickly because I knew how serious he was about playing quarterback. It has been fun to watch him this year.”

“With Easton, he is really fast,” said Roberts. “But he is a super hard worker and has excellent leg strength and great natural vision to see what is happening. There are a lot of plays where he just gets three, four, or five yards, but he just keeps working and he has to push through that. I’m proud of his toughness and his fight to keep pushing when I know he is exhausted.”

But all of this still doesn’t explain how the Eagles went from almost not having a team to where they are now — about to play for the state championship.

“We’ve worked very hard to be consistent in the weight room,” Roberts said. “We started working three days a week this summer and it has continued into the school year. The boys come to school before 7 a.m. three days a week to lift before school starts. It is our willingness to put in the work that has a lot to do with our success.”

But there is more. The coaches and others made real investments in the players.

“We’ve been very intentional on making sure these players learn lessons that will help them in life, not just on the football field. We wanted to invest in these boys and teach them things that will help when they get into tough situations and learn that you do things the right way,” the coach added.

“We’ve had other people invest in these boys by bringing a pre-game breakfast on game day and a pre-game meal later that day. We wanted the boys to feel live someone was investing in them. We wanted to let them know that they are loved by their coaches. We wanted to let them know they are special and valuable, not because of their statistics, but because of who they are.”

The coach said all of these investments showed up earlier this season when the Eagles were in a tough battle with Vidalia Heritage in Vidalia. The Eagles managed to come home with a 58-54 win but not without some real fight.

“We were in the game where we had been flagged 13 times for penalties and the other team had gotten two,” said Roberts. “Our guys didn’t whine and complain. It would have been easy to complain and give up. Instead, they just put their heads down and pushed even harder and won the game.”

Vidalia Heritage made it to the state semifinals before falling to Unity of Rome last week by a final of 52-8. The score was eye-opening because Sherwood barely survived against Vidalia, but Roberts said the film he saw showed Vidalia fumbled at least seven times because its starting quarterback suffered an injury and they were unable to run their offense effectively. While Unity is a good football team and will be challenging, Roberts believes his Eagles will be ready to face another tough challenge.

Kickoff for Friday’s game at Sherwood Christian is set for 7:30 p.m.

SCA Varsity Athletes mentioned in this article (L to R): Graham Anderson, Maddox Powers, Tripp Roberts, Easton Enfinger

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.

Middle School Awards Ceremony

These students were recognized at our Middle School Awards Ceremony for their outstanding achievements this year!

Christian Character:
6th Grade – Addie Hemmings and Malachi Russell
7th Grade- Josie Davidson, Sarah Fedrick and Jude Ham
8th Grade – Sydney Sanders, Hudson Carter and Connor Mathis

DAR Good Citizens Award:
6th grade – Brandon Haire
7th grade – Jude Ham
8th grade – Anna Kroll

Woodmen of the World – American History Award: Ahlias Pobre

Duke TIP Talent Identification Program:
6th grade – Bob Baranko, Luke Bergrab, Vance Carter, Alexandra Collins, Miles Dobson, Jordyn Gibson, William Greene, Brantley Griffin, Brandon Haire, Mason Johnson, Caleb Kendrick, Madyson Mims, Addison Mingo, Kaitlyn O’Neal, Malachi Russell, Lydia Sancinito, Keegan Swilley, Ariana Whitmire, David Willard, and Ellie Western

7th grade – Hannah Albano, Kaelin Bush, Josie Davidson, Ethan Eldridge, Sarah Fedrick, Peter Kendrick, Emerson Montgomery, and Jude Peavey

Math Counts: Eric Bergrab, Hudson Carter, Hope Usher and Kaelin Bush

GICAA Math Bowl Region Champions: Eric Bergrab, Hudson Carter, Patrick Shayeb, Ahlias Pobre, and Michaela Hudson

GICAA Spelling Bee Region Champion: William Greene

Geography Bee: Makayla White, Rebekah NeSmith, Hannah Albano, Josiah Reeves, Ahlias Probre, and Anna Kroll

Geography Bowl:

Minutemen: Mason Johnson, William Greene, Brantley Griffin, Jordyn Lee, and Katie Rolle
Patriots: David Willard, Vance Carter, Jordynn Gibson, Madyson Mims, and Malachi Russell

GICAA Quiz Bowl Region Champions:
Eric Bergrab, Hudson Carter, Anna Kroll, Ahilas Pobre, and Mikayla White

GICAA Chess Team: Eric Bergrab, Mason Johnson, Caleb Kendrick, David Willard, and Luke Bergrab

Congratulations to these middle school students on their academic achievements this year. We are very proud of you!

Highest Numeric Averages:

6th Grade:
Highest Numeric Average: Luke Bergrab
2nd Highest: William Greene
3rd Highest: Jordyn Gibson
3rd Highest: Addie Hemmings
3rd Highest: Mason Johnson

7th Grade
Highest Numeric Average: Hannah Albano
2nd Highest Numeric Average: Peter Kendrick
3rd Highest Numeric Average: Josie Davidson
4th Highest Numeric Average: Kaelin Bush
5th Highest Numeric Average: Sarah Fedrick

8th Grade
Highest Numeric Average: Eric Bergrab
2nd Highest Numeric Average: Ahlias Pobre
3rd Highest Numeric Average: Alana Waters
4th Highest Numeric Average: Ethan Johnson
5th Highest Numeric Average: Mikayla White

Headmaster’s Scholars – A Honor Roll:

6th Grade: Luke Bergrab, Noah Butler, Alexandra Collins, William Greene, Jordyn Gibson, Brandon Haire, Addie Hemmings, Mason Johnson, Caleb Kendrick, Ellie Western, and Ariana Whitmire

7th Grade: Hannah Albano and Peter Kendrick

8th Grade: Eric Bergrab, Mallory Homes, Ethan Johnson, Rebekah NeSmith, Ahlias Pobre, Alana Waters and Mikayla White

Principal’s Scholars (A/B Honor roll)

6th Grade: Collyer Alderman, Henry Anderson, Miles Dobson, Brantley Griffin, Ayana Hills, Victoria Huckaby, Addison Mingo, Madyson Mims, Josiah Reeves, Malachi Russell, Lydia Sancinito, Daniela Quinones Velez, and David Willard

7th grade: Kaelin Bush , Josie Davidson, Sarah Fedrick, Bryce Fortson, Jude Ham, Emerson Montgomery, Raelyn Porter, Hope Usher, and Joseph Williams

8th grade: Kennedi Berry, Shelby Brinson, Kenna Brooks, Hudson Carter, Kennedy Daniels, Arabella Davidson, Walker Flowers, Owen Henshaw, Anna Kroll, Connor Mathis, Madeline Nowicki, William Price, Sydney Sanders, Patrick Shayeb, and Audrey Skidmore

SCA Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Nathanael and Emma

Sherwood Christian Academy is pleased to announce Emma Warbington and Nathanael Sancinito as its valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for the class of 2019.

Valedictorian Emma Warbington graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending the Georgia Institute of Technology as an engineering major. Recognized this year as SCA’s STAR student, Warbington excels academically as a member of the National Honor Society, an SCA Headmaster Scholar for four years, and ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner. Warbington also excels in athletics as a four-year letter winner in cheerleading, two-year letter winner in soccer, and Scholar Athlete for four years. She has served as class secretary, treasurer and president, and as the student body vice president. Warbington received the gold medal of recognition for exemplary community service throughout high school. The daughter of Chad and Suzanna Warbington, Emma has attended SCA for 13 years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Salutatorian Nathanael Sancinito graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending the Georgia Institute for Technology as an engineering major. Excelling both academically and athletically, Sancinito has been one of SCA’s Headmaster Scholars and Scholar Athlete for four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner, four-year letter winner in soccer and cross country, two-year letter winner in basketball., and one-year letter winner in track. Sancinito is the recipient of SCA’s Coach’s Award, Kingdom Athlete Award and Christian Character Award. He has served as class vice president, president and student body chaplain. The son of Chuck and Kim Sancinito, Nathanael has attended SCA for 13 years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Sherwood Christian Academy will hold its 30th commencement exercises for the class of 2019 on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Baptist Church. President of Ask or Think Ministries (Middleton, WI), Ben Schettler, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates.

STAR Student and Teacher

IMG_2094Congratulations to Emma Warbington and Mrs. Beth Shepard!

Emma Warbington and Mrs. Beth Shepard were honored today in a STAR Student/Teacher luncheon sponsored by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, now in its 61st 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 27,000 high school seniors and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the 2019 STAR nomination, graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.

We are very proud of Emma and Mrs. Shepard and the academic excellence they exemplify at Sherwood Christian Academy!

Alumnus Seth King (’15) Writes for Rooted

View article on RootedMinistry.com.

“The Importance of Equipping and Empowering Students”

There has never been a more relevant time for students to live a missional lifestyle with regards to our current culture. Americans today have a self-sufficient mindset and are constantly in search of temporary satisfactions. Today’s generation of young people are on a constant search for a purposeful life, but the culture is giving them the wrong directions on their journey toward finding meaning.

I remember when I was in high school just four years ago. The Lord got ahold of my heart sophomore year and eventually, over the course of the next 12 months, he revealed my calling into ministry. As I walked the halls of my school, I was constantly surrounded by students who either rejected their need for God or did not fully understand their need and the grace that was offered through Jesus. My eyes were opened to a new world! I needed to learn how to live life as a believer and follower of Christ.

Since high school, my heart has been burdened for students who share a similar experience – wanting to spread the word of God to their peers. We have to not only help our students understand the current state of the world, we have to equip them to engage with those who do not currently see their ultimate need for salvation found in Jesus. But before our students engage, we must help them grasp the importance of submitting to God so that His heavenly kingdom may be expanded.

God doesn’t need to use us in his mission, he chooses to. When we look at scripture, we see many men and women who God used, even though He was sovereign. Moses gives us a great outline in terms of submission to God for the greater need, in the story of Israel’s freedom from slavery.

It all began when “he went out to his people and looked on their burdens” (Exodus 2:11). Notice that Moses took physical action by meeting his people where they were and seeking to understand their needs and struggles. In that moment, he chose to place himself in the shoes of his people instead of continuing to wear the shoes of Egyptian royalty. He willingly left what was comfortable, the suitable living conditions of Pharaoh’s palace, to walk out among the Hebrew people who were nothing more than worthless slaves to the Egyptian empire (Hebrews 11:24-26). Moses, after identifying with his people, recognized their need for rescue. This is a direct reflection of the story of Jesus Christ, Himself. Leaving His heavenly throne in the midst of comfort found in the presence of the triune God, He “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), meeting us where we were, identifying with our struggles and fears. This is an important pattern!

We must help our students learn to identify with their peers, leave behind comforts found within the church walls, and engage the world while clinging to their identity in Christ, the one who meets our ultimate need.

As believers, when we are not spiritually prepared and equipped to engage with the lost, we tend to take matters into our own hands, responding in action that is fueled either by self-righteousness or the disorder of our immediate emotions. This seems to be a common temptation, especially for students. When we lose focus on our purpose, to follow the Lord’s guidance and his will for us to “make disciples of all nations,” we allow ourselves to be subjects of error.

Moses shows this after he acknowledges the burdens of his people. He reacts without seeking truth and guidance. In return, he becomes a murderer (Exodus 2:12). Regardless of his behavior and response, God is sovereign. Moses escapes Egypt and eventually meets his wife. After living a humble life tending to the sheep of his father-in-law, the Lord continues His work. A bush in the middle of the desert that is burning yet failing to be consumed is how the Lord grabs the attention of His servant (Exodus 3:4-6). After hearing the Lord calling his name, Moses gives God his full attention. As he begins to turn his ear toward God, he realizes what would become his journey for the rest of his life: guiding God’s children out of slavery, into freedom.

We are all probably familiar with the rest of the story. God uses Moses to free his people, showing His power through miraculous events. From the insanity of the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea, to the timely provision seen in the wilderness, God uses Moses to reveal to the Israelites his strength, steadfastness, and the freedom only found in him.

God is the same God today that He was then; He still longs to use us (like Moses), regardless of our abilities, age, knowledge and wisdom! He can do all through all. The last few years of high school, my youth minister encouraged me to hold fast to this truth. Some of the hardest times I’ve experienced were when I was a teenager. Knowing the Lord and His desire for my life, I often felt alone. Pursuing the Lord in the midst of many who pursue the things of the world can seem lonely at times. The option to fall behind and hide for the sake of avoiding the uncomfortable becomes easier when struggling with the fear of rejection.

My youth minister continued to remind me of how much he believed in me, giving direction when needed and helping me navigate my life in order that other’s might see God in a new and beautiful way. I wrestled with sin that hindered me from stepping out in faith, not only sharing what I believed but understanding that even the smallest of my interactions carried a weight that was worthy of potentially planting a seed of influence. Through his encouragement and accountability in pushing me to grow spiritually, to leave behind the things of this world, the Lord used him to open my eyes to the wonders that He could do in and through me. Christianity is a movement. A movement full of power and miracles initiated by a God who loves and cares for us so much that he died for us. This movement is continued as a result of the Lord’s desire to use His children. If this is the Lord’s desire, then it whole heartedly should be ours too! We must believe that our students can be world changers.

Equipping students to acknowledge the current state of their own hearts – lost – is the first step to equipping to identify with their lost peers. And just as Moses and Jesus both aligned their lives within the will of the Father, we must encourage our students to first do the same. It is not until our students understand their need for the Lord that they will then understand that same need for the rest of the world. When their life is devoted to serving God, the supernatural happens. When their life is devoted to God, freedom is found in His undeserving grace. Salvation is here. What a blessing and honor it is to bare this truth!

Seth King is a rising senior at Samford University, where he is a Communications major. He is on staff at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, as the Middle School Coordinator. Seth enjoys performing music, reading, and writing.

Gregors and Alderman Earn Highest Honors

val and sal 2018

 

Sherwood Christian Academy held its 29th commencement exercises for the Class of 2018 on Friday, May 18,  at Sherwood Baptist Church. Casey Gregors and Will Alderman are valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for this year’s graduating class.

Valedictorian Casey Gregors graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega as a biology major. Recognized this year as SCA’s STAR student, Casey excels academically as a member of the National Honor Society, an SCA Headmaster Scholar for four years, ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner, and Student Council President. She was chosen as the Senior Female Leadership Award winner. Casey has attended SCA for 13 years. She is the daughter of Joe and Tammy Gregors and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Salutatorian Will Alderman graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending Lee University in Cleveland, TN, as a political science major. Excelling both academically and athletically, Will has been one of SCA’s Headmaster Scholars and Scholar Athlete for four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner, Class President for three years, four-year letter winner in football and three-year letter winner in soccer. Will also received the Senior Fine Arts Award for an outstanding career in theater as well as the coveted Senior Male Eagle Award, and a gold medal of recognition for exemplary community service throughout high school. Will has attended SCA for 14 years. He is the son of Troy and Carly Alderman and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

 

SCA Competes in Spelling Bee

 

Four students from SCA competed in the GICAA South Region Spelling Bee on March 12 hosted by Sherwood Baptist Church. Students from ten different schools in the southern part of the state competed in two divisions: elementary and middle school.

Elementary representatives, coached by Mrs. Jill Johnson, were 5th graders Luke Bergrab and William Greene. The middle school, coached by Mrs. Jackie Byrd, was represented by 7th grader Hudson Carter and 8th grader Kyla Raven. The top two finishers in each division received medals and the top six finishers placed for state to be held next Monday in Greensboro.

Congratulations to William Greene for finishing in 1st place in the elementary division. Likewise, congratulations to Hudson Carter and Kyla Raven for finishing tied for 4th place in the middle school division! All three will represent SCA at the State Spelling Bee.

MS Competes in Geography Bee

 

SCA sent six students to the GICAA South Region Geography Bee on March 12 hosted by Sherwood Baptist Church. Thirty-six students competed from ten different schools from the southern part of the state in our association. The SCA team, coached by Mrs. Jackie, Byrd, was comprised of the following 8th graders: Caroline Dougherty, Jacob Lindsay, Marci Scardino, Phillip Shayeb, Victoria Vega, and John Mark Willard. 

After three preliminary rounds, four SCA students made it to the semi-finals: Caroline Dougherty, Jacob Lindsay, Victoria Vega, and John Mark Willard. After the semi-finals, two SCA students made it to the finals: Caroline Dougherty and Jacob Lindsay. The top six finishers in the finals qualified for state.

Congratulations to Jacob Lindsay for finishing in 3rd place and Caroline Dougherty for finishing in 6th place in region! They will represent SCA in the GICAA State Geography Bee next Monday in Greensboro.