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.
Congratulations to the SCA Spring Literary Team who took 1st Place at the GICAA Division I-AA State Literary on Monday. It is SCA’s first Spring Literary state championship! SCA finished ahead of Westminster Academy of Watkinsville.
Congratulations are in order for coaches Vickie Knuckles & Jackie Byrd, accompanist Missy Sanders, and the fifteen (15) team members: Ashlynn Dapper (10th gr.), Josie Davidson (7th gr.), Gavin Griffin (10th gr.), Jared Guin (12th gr.), Liza Langstaff (10th gr.), Smith Langstaff (9th gr.), Elizabeth Montgomery (10th gr.), Cameron Rambo (12th gr.), Nathanael Sancinito (12th gr.), Andrew Sanders (12th gr.), Sydney Taylor (12th gr.), Emma Warbington (12th gr.), Julia Warbington (10th gr.), John Mark Willard (9th gr.), and Emily Whatley (12th gr.).
First place medals were earned by Smith Langstaff (humorous oral interpretation), Jared Guin (international extemporaneous), and the Boys Quartet of Gavin Griffin, Cameron Rambo, Andrew Sanders, and John Mark Willard. All together the SCA team earned 16 medals! Way to go Spring Literary Team!
On February 28, three of our high schoolers joined other talented youth in our community from other Dougherty County high schools to participate in the 6th Annual Community-Wide Youth Concert for Black History Month at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Albany.
Under the direction of high school musical director, Mrs. Christine St. Jacques, freshman Mikyla Porter, and juniors Nancy Johnston & Amber Mullins joined in a variety of old gospel songs and African heritage songs that made for an entertaining and inspiring concert that blessed those in attendance.
Dr. Dougherty stated, “I am so proud of these young ladies and how they represented our school well as a part of this community-wide youth choir. Interacting with students from other schools in the community and singing before a large audience including community leaders was a great experience for them. They are looking forward to participating again next year!”
Congratulations 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!
A team from SCA traveled to Macon today to compete in the Literary Region competition. Everyone performed well and the team won 1st place overall! Individual and group winners are:
Rhetorical Essay – Emma Warbington 1st Place
Argumentative Essay – Elizabeth Montgomery 1st Place
Personal Essay – Ashlynn Dapper 1st Place
Girls’ Solo – Josie Davidson 4th Place
Boys’ Solo – John Mark Willard 2nd Place (tie)
Girls’ Trio – Emily Whatley, Sydney Taylor, Josie Davidson 3rd Place
Boys’ Quartet – John Mark Willard, Cameron Rambo, Andrew Sanders, Gavin Griffin 2nd Place
Piano – Emma Warbington 2nd Place
Humorous Oral Interpretation – Smith Langstaff 1st Place
Dramatic Oral Interpretation – Ashlynn Dapper 3rd Place
Duo Oral Interpretation – Liza Langstaff & Julia Warbington 2nd Place
US Extemporaneous Speaking – Nathanael Sancinito 1st Place
International Extemporaneous Speaking – Jared Guin 1st Place
Support the arts at SCA by attending one of our presentations of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on January 31-February 2 at Albany State University West Campus Theater.
January 31 – 7 pm
February 1 – 7 pm
February 2 – 1:30 pm & 7 pm
Tickets are available at http://www.scaeagles.com/student-life/arts/ or by calling 229-883-5677.
SCA students enjoyed a trip to Ballet Theatre South to watch the “Nutcracker.” Several SCA students participated in the ballet as well. Congratulations to the following students on your successful performances!
Holly Drake – 12th grade
Riley Morey – 5th grade
Ashley Haskins – 5th grade
Maggie Haskins – 3rd grade
Pamela Walker – 9th grade
We wrapped up week 3 of the Great Turkey Race and are thrilled with the totals we were able to donate to the Lord’s Pantry! Middle School and High School raised $2,374.77 and brought in 1,390 cans.
Great Turkey Race Week 3 Results:
1st place – 10th grade 650.75 feathers: 200 points
2nd place – 12th grade 72.75 feathers: 150 points
3rd place – 11th grade 67 feathers: 100 points
4th place – 9th grade 64.57 feathers: 50 points
Total Winner is 10th grade with 1304.55 feathers! They receive 200 extra Sherwood Cup points!
On Friday, November 9, we celebrated our annual Veterans Day program at Sherwood Baptist Church. This tradition has become a school favorite each year. This day is set aside each year to be sure this generation and future generations remember to honor and thank those who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
The program included the Parade of Veterans where the elementary students sang the ‘Military Medley’ to recognize each branch of our armed forces while 50 plus veterans came out on the stage to a standing ovation. Additionally, congregational patriotic songs that are being lost in our culture were sung.
Other program elements included: the 4th graders recited the ‘American’s Creed’ reminding us all what it means to be an American; the middle school choir One Voice sang two very powerful worship songs that pay honor to those, and, mostly importantly, Jesus Christ, who sacrifice much for us; and the kindergarteners performed their traditional, flag waving, ‘Grand Old Flag.’
The high point of the program was the annual flag folding ceremony performed by six seniors. This year, the flag was presented to Chaplain Major Robert Greene of the United States Air Force. Finally, SCA was presented with a commemorative American flag that flew over Camp Resolute in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 11, 2018, in our honor compliments of an SCA grandparent serving overseas.
Special thanks to all of our veterans who were in attendance; and our music teacher, Mrs. Vickie Knuckles, and Principal Mrs. Sylvia Hager, for putting together a fantastic program this year.
With a heart for serving others, Elizabeth Montgomery has shown great determination to go on mission trips. In February, the SCA sophomore told her parents her desire to go on mission trips with her church and school. Knowing the trips wouldn’t be cheap, Elizabeth’s parents encouraged her to think of a way to raise money to help fund her trips. That’s when she started making homemade guacamole and selling jars of it to her friends, family and at farmer’s markets. Elizabeth’s guacamole grew in popularity and her small project turned into a USDA-certified brand called “Guac On.”
Fast forward nine months from when she began and Elizabeth has not only paid for a mission trip she went on to Honduras, but she also just recently placed 7th in the World Guacamole Championship in Los Angeles! She has also already saved money to go to Uganda in December, with plans to go back to Honduras in the spring.
Guac On, Elizabeth! We’re so proud of your accomplishments, creativity and determination to go on missions!