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Thomas Signs Soccer Scholarship

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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!

New Basketball Record Set

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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!

 

Eagles Sweep Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

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The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams spent the beginning of their Thanksgiving break competing in the Northside Methodist Academy Thanksgiving Basketball tournament in Dothan, AL. Both teams showed up strong and took first place! Each team had to defeat the home team the Knights of Northside to move to the championship game on Tuesday evening.

The girls’ finished their tournament run taking down pesky Bethlehem High School (FL) 44-38. Eagles Ashanti Harrison, Kyla Raven, and Joy Kendrick were selected to the All-Tournament Team with Joy taking the tournament’s MVP award! The girls’ record is 5-2.

The boys faced a physical team from Escambia County (AL) in the nightcap. Though the Eagles led the entire game, the Cougars closed the gap to one point midway through the 3rd quarter, but a critical 3-pointer by Colin Dougherty pushed the lead back to four and the boys went on to win 57-47. Eagles KJ Brown, Caleb Wiley, and Grant Raven received All-Tournament Awards with Grant receiving the MVP award! The boys are sitting at 7-1 on the young season.

Great Turkey Race 2019

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A big ‘Thank You’ goes out to the entire Eagle Nation for participating in this year’s Great Turkey Race. With coordination from Student Council sponsors Tiffany Carter and Cheryl Thompson and the middle and high school student council members, students throughout the school helped collect 2772 items of food and $4779 in cash that was taken to the Lord’s Pantry to bless their ministry and those they serve this holiday season!

Congratulations to all the secondary grades for meeting their individual class goals!

I am so pleased to see our school be the hands and feet of Jesus to serve those less fortunate at this time of year. May each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving this year!

Dr. Dougherty

 

SCA Receives Re-accreditation

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Sherwood Christian Academy announced this week that the school received re-accreditation this spring. Since 2007, SCA has been accredited by AdvancEd (the umbrella organization for the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools/SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

This dual accreditation speaks of operational and academic excellence as well as the implementation of best practices of Christian education. Being an accredited school puts a stamp of approval and legitimacy on SCA’s diploma, allowing its students to attend the colleges of their choice and to be eligible for a broad range of scholarships nationwide.

Accreditation is a process whereby a school places itself under the inspection of a visiting team of educational professionals representing the two aforementioned accrediting bodies and their prescribed standards. The specifics cover the areas of mission and philosophy; governance and leadership; and operations including security, academics, programming, spiritual formation and strategic planning. SCA passed the standards inspection with exemplary marks.

As a mature school, SCA leadership chose to embark on Accreditation by School Progress (ASP), adding an additional writing component to this accreditation cycle that would have an appreciable effect on student achievement.

“Ultimately, we see effective communication skills as the currency of influence with others and as very important for students’ success in the future job market,” Headmaster Dr. Brian Dougherty said. “We developed a writing project called Writing the SCA Way as a way to increase our instruction in this area across the grades and the disciplines.

“This new curriculum helps every grade K-12 place a strong emphasis on writing and communication skills. The goal is that by the next accreditation cycle in five years, our writing project blueprint is reproduceable by other schools.”

(article courtesy of the Albany Herald, 6-22-19)