SCA Theater Presents “Newsies”

_TSP8810 (1)Sherwood Christian Academy is set to present Disney’s Newsies, the Broadway musical, on May 24-26, in the Sherwood Baptist Church Fellowship Center.

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the captivating story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of the Lower Manhattan Newsies, who dreams of a better life that is far from the hardships of the streets. When titans of publishing Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right.

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features Tony Award-winning music by Alan Menken (who wrote the scores for the filmsThe Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) and features the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”

“This is one of my all-time favorite musicals,” says artistic director and choreographer Christine St. Jacques. “It’s one I dreamed about doing for years, so I’m thrilled to work with this cast and crew to present the story to our community. We have an amazingly talented group, and the show is great for the whole family. It’s full of memorable songs, energetic dance numbers and solid messages.”

The cast is made up of SCA students, as well as several adults from the community.

Senior Linda Hill, who plays one of the Newsies, says, “If you’ve heard about the newsboys strike of 1899, then that basically tells you the story of Newsies. It’s about a bunch of misfit teens and even children who have to go and work to eat and survive. When they realize that Pulitzer is trying to pull one over on them, they muster everything in them to fight what they know is wrong and stand up for themselves. The attitude of the play is a really cool thing to be a part of—to see how they are determined, even though there doesn’t seem to be a reason for them to be. The dancing is fun too, and it also shows the empowerment that they feel… Newsies is a very athletic show, probably the most that we’ve ever done, so being able to keep up and do most of the dancing is tough. But it’s still my favorite part.”

Will Alderman, also a senior, enjoys playing the leading character, Jack Kelly, and is excited to be part of one of his favorite musicals for his last SCA show. He says, “Jack learns some valuable lessons. Never be afraid to fight for your dreams and what’s right. And dreams aren’t about a location, but about being with the people you love.”

Evan Bailey plays Davey, a Newsie who is Jack’s friend and another leader in the strike. Bailey states, “What I like best in the musical is probably the overall humor and energetic attitudes that every Newsie has and uses.” When asked what his favorite part of being in the show is, he replied, “The dancing. This is a dance-heavy show and there’s so much to memorize. And the show’s storyline draws you in. You will laugh, cry and want to fight with the Newsies. Just watching the Broadway version makes you want to get off your couch and dance along with them in the living room! It’s just that great of a show.”

“I have wanted to do this musical ever since I saw it on Broadway. This is my favorite show, and I am so excited to have the chance to be a part of it,” says Drew Boyett, who plays Katherine, a spunky news reporter who backs the Newsies and ends up falling in love with Jack Kelly. “I think this is going to be an amazing show that takes your emotions in many different turns. There is so much great acting, singing and dancing that you don’t want to miss.”

Hill adds, “I think the main reason people will want to see Newsies is because everyone in the cast is so excited about it. When the cast loves a show that much, it’s bound to be great and reflect that.”

Newsies is packed with non-stop adventure and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. You won’t wanna miss it! This Disney film turned Tony Award-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what’s right and seize the day.

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Gregors and Alderman Earn Highest Honors

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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.

 

Spring Fundraisers Update

 

 

It has been a busy spring raising necessary funds for our school. Thanks to all who were a part of each event to make it fun and productive for our school! The Elementary Jog-A-Thon and the SCA Silent Auction are in the books. We are two-thirds of the way there with our Secondary Spring Fundraiser coming the last week of April.

The first event was our Elementary Jog-A-Thon which took place on Friday, March 23. Because of the efforts of our elementary students in asking for donations, they were able to raise $9938 for SCA! What a blessing to bring in that much money for the school, and what fun they had that morning before we left for spring break! Thanks to all of the elementary students and parents for making this year’s Jog-A-Thon a huge success!

The second event was our annual SCA Silent Auction that took place on Friday, April 6, at Sherwood Baptist Church. We had another great list of items up for auction–over 150 total items! Through an online portal/app, individuals bid on items for over two weeks. When the final bell had sounded at 9:00 PM that night, we raised over $11,125 for SCA! Thanks to everyone who helped on the auction committee as well as those who bid (and won!) on our auction items. A special thanks to the many individuals and local businesses who donated items to make our auction successful!

Our final spring fundraiser will be the Secondary Badminton and Ping Pong Tournament. Information packets will be sent home soon. We will be holding separate high school and middle school tournaments for each sport with various competition levels. Students will have the opportunity to solicit donations to cover their admission fee to be a part of the tournament.

The high school tournament will be Wednesday, April 25, and the middle school will have their tournament Friday, April 27. Each tournament will take place during 6th-7th periods. The winners in each level will have the chance to compete against faculty members! So let’s get involved and have fun as we finish meeting our fundraising goal for the school year.

 

SAT Day at SCA

Forty-three students took advantage of SAT Day at SCA. Recently, the College Board began allowing high schools to host their own SAT Day to administer the test in the friendly confines of their schools. SCA took the College Board up on this opportunity on Wednesday, March 21. We believe taking the SAT with our staff in our environment will improve our students’ test scores.

Thanks to Sherwood Baptist Church for the use of their beautiful facility to serve our students during SAT Day. We look forward to this opportunity for our students each spring in the years to come.

SCA Competes at State Geography & Spelling Bees

SCA sent five students to the GICAA State Geography and Spelling Bees in Greensboro. Geography Bee participants were 8th graders Jacob Lindsey and Caroline Dougherty. They competed against 24 regional finalists from across the state. Congratulations to Jacob Lindsey who placed 5th in the final round to medal for SCA!

Fifth grader William Greene competed for SCA in the Elementary State Spelling Bee. He competed against 18 regional finalists from throughout Georgia. William performed very well and finished 3rd in the state! Congratulations, William!

Middle schoolers Hudson Carter (7th) and Kyla Raven (8th) competed for SCA in the Middle School State Spelling Bee against a field of 17 regional finalists. They both competed very well with Kyla finishing in 4th place! Congratulations, Kyla! We are very proud of all of our state level participants!

Girls Soccer Wins SCA Tournament

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Congratulations to the Varsity Soccer Lady Eagles for winning the 2018 Under The Cross Tournament this weekend! The tournament included 12 girls’ teams from throughout the state. They defeated the HALO team from Athens 2-0 to claim first place. The girls earned the title by defeating Central Georgia then tied Robert Toombs Academy on Friday, then defeated Calvary and HALO on Saturday. They finished the tournament 3-0-1.

They had their greatest test in the semi-finals against a determined Calvary team. After leading 1-0 at half, Calvary tied the match and it went into overtime. After a scoreless overtime, the game went to PKs. Each team scored their first four PKS. The match would be determined on the fifth kicks. Junior Hannah Huckaby was successful on our fifth kick while freshmen keeper Natalie Brock blocked the fifth penalty kick from Calvary! It was an exciting match!

The varsity boys soccer team competed against 14 other boys’ teams from throughout Georgia. They reached the semi-finals and lost to a strong HALO team. They finished the weekend 2-2-0.

Thanks to the Lord for a great weekend with good weather. A special thanks to all of our parent volunteers who made this tournament possible. It is a privilege to host the largest high school soccer tournament in the state. We can’t do it without the help of such great parents!

SCA Competes in Spelling Bee

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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.

Middle School Participates in Wellness Fair

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Sixth through eighth grade students enjoyed an informative and fun wellness event  sponsored by Phoebe Putney’s school health program. Students visited various stations providing basic health screenings such as blood pressure checks, flexibility and vision. Students also learned about good nutrition, stress and other health topics. The highlight of the day was the fruit smoothie station and group Zumba! We had a great time and learned lots!

State Spring Literary Competition

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Sherwood Christian Academy is proud to have been a part of the STATE Spring Literary Competition on March 7. Our team did an outstanding job in all categories. We are proud to have medaled in the following categories:

Emma Warbington – 1st place Rhetorical Essay
Liza Langstaff and Julia Warbington – 1st place Duo Interpretation
Jared Guin – 2nd place International Extemp Speaking
Congratulations to all of our participants. You did a fantastic job!
Special thanks to all the coaches, Mrs. Byrd, Mrs. Sanders and Mr. Willard. We appreciate your hard work and investment in our students!