2016-17 In the News — Spring 2017
2017, May 26 – Graduation exercises were held at Amelia Academy on Thursday, May 25. Matthew Charles Goodman, an Amelia Academy alumnus, was the guest speaker. The seniors were then presented their diplomas by Mr. Kelly Anderson, President of the Board of Directors of Amelia Educational Foundation, assisted by Mr. Rodney Taylor, Head of School, and Mrs. Jennifer Faeth, senior sponsor. Read more
2017, May 26 – On Tuesday, May 23, the kindergarten class of Amelia Academy held their commencement exercise in the gym. Eight students under the guidance of Miss Janelle Jones fulfilled the requirements necessary to complete kindergarten. Read more
The Amelia Academy Pre-kindergarten class held their graduation on Monday, May 22. Twenty students fulfilled the requirements for advancement to kindergarten. Read more
AA Baccalaureate Service Held on Sunday
2017, May 22 – Amelia Academy held their Baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Rebecca A. Signs Letter of Intent to Play Basketball at RMC
2017, May 15 – Rebecca A. made it official on Thursday, May 11, with her signing of her letter of intent to play basketball at Randolph-Macon College in the fall. The Amelia ...
Global Market Held at AA
2017, May 15 – On Friday, May 12, Mr. Duncan’s third grade class at Amelia Academy held their annual Global Market. Each student picked a country then organized a booth about that country. Booths were decorated with maps and flags of the country represented. Students sold goods and foods found in their countries.
Top Salesmen Honored by LPT
2017, May 15 – The Amelia Academy LPT recently sponsored a fish fry. Tickets were sold by the students of Amelia Academy and the two top salesmen were awarded with gift cards. The two top salesmen were ...
AA Senior Grady O. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, May 9 – Living full lives that are dedicated to God with a focus on His will for us presents a challenge, said Grady O. in his chapel talk, delivered on May 3. Striving for this perspective on our lives requires diligence.
Grady spoke about some of the ways he works to keep his faith a priority. “Every evening, before I go to sleep,” he said, “I am disappointed with the way I have interacted with my friends and the things I have thought.” Avoiding the illusion of endless time to make amends, Grady said that we must ask immediately for forgiveness from God and those we hurt.
AA Horse Show Held at Joe Paulette Memorial Park
2017, May 8 – The Amelia Academy horse show was held on Saturday, May 6. Riders in English, Western, and speed classes competed throughout the day at the Joe Paulette ...
AA Senior Seth Z. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, May 1 – The experience of being a student in a small school offers an opportunity to learn acceptance of multiple viewpoints, said Seth Z. in his chapel talk, delivered on April 26. Perhaps even more importantly, he said, was the self-acceptance he achieved as a student at the Academy since kindergarten.
With such few numbers, Seth acknowledged that some students may be the only one in their class with certain opinions or interests. Some students, he said, might even force themselves to fit in with what seems to be the majority. “There is a better option,” he said. “Wear the clothes you like to wear ...
“Patriots at Play” Becoming a Reality
Amelia Academy is rapidly making headway on their new “Patriots At Play’ playground ...
AA Hosts KFS in Baseball
2017, April 17 – On Monday, April 10, the Amelia Academy Patriots hosted Kenston Forest School in varsity baseball.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt Held
2017, April 17 – Amelia Academy held its annual Easter egg hunt on Wednesday, April 12.
AA Presents the 2017 Prom Themed “The Great Gatsby”
2017, April 10 – On Friday, April 7, the Amelia Academy gym was transformed into the set of “The Great Gatsby” for the Junior-Senior Prom. The gym was decorated with dancing couples, raised ...
AA Senior Rebecca A. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, April 10 – Growing up in a big family has become increasingly rare. For Rebecca A., having an older brother, a twin, and three younger sisters has been “very interesting, but in a good way.” She described the experience in her chapel talk, delivered on March 31.
Her brother Wil was someone to emulate for Rebecca, a self-described tomboy who spent her childhood outdoors. On one occasion, she described joining his birthday party despite her mother’s effort to keep her inside.
AA Senior Abbi S. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, April 3 – “If you didn’t know anything about me, now you know that I love music,” said Abbi S. in her chapel talk, delivered on March 22. Music was the subject of her speech, specifically the life lessons in songs by the band The Eagles.
Her entire family loves music, said Abbi. She grew up listening to the favorite bands of her parents. When she was younger, she was known for her ability to memorize lyrics. It was during car rides with her dad that she first discovered The Eagles. “Every song had a deeper meaning, which made me think,” she said.
AA Alum Returns Home from Middle East Deployment
2017, April 4 – Jack Owens, Amelia Academy Class of 2012, returned home to visit with the students of Amelia Academy who supported him through cards, candy, toiletries, etc while he was deployed to Qatar for ten months in support ...
AA Senior Trey C. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, March 27 – “God gave me the best family and friends I could ask for,” said Billy Ray C., III, in his chapel talk, delivered on March 15. They are a blessing, he said. “They have given me a firm foundation of love and strength that gives me wisdom,” he said.
Some of the good influences from his family have come in the form of lessons. His father, who hired Trey at age 12 to work in his painting company, taught him that he would have to work hard. “My dad told me that if you want something, no one is going to give it to you,” Trey said.
Hunting is a family tradition that Trey plans to pass on to the next generation. He has enjoyed spending time in the “beauty of God’s creation ...
“I don’t wear these medals for me …”
2017, March 27 – Lt. James A. Jamison wears thirty-one medals on his uniform. But he will be the first to tell you that he does not wear them ...
VCC Recognizes AA Athletes and Coaches
2017, March 27 – The Virginia Colonial Conference recognized the following student athletes for their hard work and dedication.
AA Hosts Forensics Competition
2017, March 27 – Amelia Academy hosted the annual upper school AVA Forensics Competition on Friday, March 17.
AA 2017 Varsity Baseball Debut
2017, March 27 – The Amelia Academy varsity baseball team played their season opener on Friday, March 24, against Southampton Academy.
Reames Educates AA Students about Agriculture
2017, March 27 – Mrs. Lindsay Reames, manager of Animal Care and Sustainability for Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperation, visited the preschool through first graders of Amelia Academy on Thursday, March 23, to talk about ...
AA Holds Scholastic Book Fair
2017, March 27 – Amelia Academy held the Scholastic Book Fair in the library from March 20-28.
AA Senior Da’Juan E. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, March 20 – Hard work and dedication lead to success, said Da’Juan E. in his chapel talk. And, he was speaking with the voice of experience. “I had to learn the hard way,” he said.
What began with an experience in the seventh grade became a journey of perseverance for Da’Juan. “I was moved to second-string running back during the football season,” he said. This disappointment spurred his resolve to work harder; however, nothing changed.
When basketball season arrived that year, Da’Juan tried out for the Providence Middle School team. Even though he had never played basketball on a team, he worked hard. “The more I focused, the more I learned,” he said.
AA Senior Royce C. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, March 13 – “Learning, like breathing, is a vital part of life,” said Royce C. in his chapel talk, delivered at Amelia Academy on March 1. He added that learning is not an involuntary action like breathing. “We have to put our minds to learning, and it can be a challenge,” he said.
Royce was homeschooled until this year when he joined the senior class at the Academy. Wherever he has learned, Royce said that there are certain situations that have offered the best lessons.
The first way he has learned the most is from failure. “Failure teaches you about yourself,” he said. “It teaches you about your limits and how you can improve.”
Patriots Claimed Another VCC Tournament Championship
2017, March 13 – The Amelia Academy Patriots claimed another VCC tournament championship and made a run at the VIS D3 state title before falling in the state finals. Amelia Academy took care of Blessed Sacrament in the VCC semifinals at Richard Bland College on February 24 ... Read more
AA Senior Cody B. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, March 6 – Life can be experienced as “one big adventure,” said Cody B. in the opening of his chapel talk, delivered on February 22. With this attitude, Cody said he has had adventures with his family and friends on vacations. However, he also said that learning has been a part of his adventure.
“On any adventure,” he said, “we have more control than we realize.” For example, Cody said that when he first came to the Academy in the ninth grade, he wasn’t certain about the decision. However, he soon recognized the opportunities he would have. “I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my high school years anywhere else.”
Delegate Wright Presents Books to the AA Library
2017, March 6 – On Thursday, March 2, Delegate Tommy Wright, from the 61st district, visited Amelia Academy to present books to the school’s library. Pictured with Delegate Wright are fourth graders Curtis Ison and Ryan McMillion and Amelia Academy Librarian Mrs. Karen Berry.
Lady Patriots Claimed Their 6th VCC Tournament Championship in 7 Years
2017, March 6 – The Amelia Academy Lady Patriots claimed their 6th VCC tournament championship in 7 years before losing in the VIS Division 3 state semifinals to end their season.Read more
Book Fair Poster Contest
Deadline is March 3.
Posters will be judged on creativity, theme (space), neatness, color, and creativity.
There will be three categories judged: 9-12th, 6-8, and 3-5. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
For more info, see Mrs. Berry.
AA Senior Max M. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, February 27 – Many people wonder why bad things happen to them, said Maxwell M. in his chapel talk, delivered on February 15. He admitted that he also has asked himself, “Why me,” during his life. However, he has learned that “we just have to trust God throughout the good and bad because everything happens for a reason.”
During his childhood, Maxwell missed having his father in his life. Even though his mother was a steady and supportive presence, he sometimes wondered why he had to endure the absence of his father. Looking back, he has realized that the influence of his grandfather and uncles was important. Also, his stepfather Jarvis A. has become a father to him. “I’m blessed ...
AA Senior Erin A. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, February 13 – “Everyone has a dream,” said Erin A. in her chapel talk, delivered on Feb. 8, “something that we are so passionate about that it ignites a fire in our hearts.” For Erin, working with animals is her passion, and she said that “following my passion has shaped me into the person I am today.
Erin remembers her fascination as a child with her granddaddy’s cows and her grandma’s cat. She had a dog, cat, and lamb by the age of five. Then, when she was eight, she was surprised with her own puppy, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel that she named Lily. “Lily has been my best friend,” she said, “and a member of the A. family for nearly ten years now.”
Two Big Victories Last Week for Lady Patriots Basketball
2017, February 13 – The Amelia Academy Lady Patriots got two big victories last week to remain undefeated in the VCC. On Tuesday, they hosted Kenston Forest on Senior Night and wasted no time jumping out to an early 28-7 lead after the first quarter. The offensive onslaught continued in the second quarter as Amelia Academy added 26 more points for a 54-15 lead. The scoring would slow down in the second half and the Lady Patriots would go on to win 80-32. Read more
Last Week in Patriots Basketball
2017, February 13 – Eight Amelia Academy athletes were recognized for their dedication to the school during Tuesday’s Senior Night game with Kenston Forest.
AA Senior Noah R. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, February 6 – Everyone has regrets, said Noah R. in his Chapel Talk, delivered on February 1. “It seems that no matter how happy we are or how good our lives have been, we will always regret something.” Noah highlighted the positive and negative aspects of dealing with life’s regrets, especially the small but unforgettable humiliating moments.
Noah asked his audience to consider the “little voice in your head that tells you when you should not do something.” That “little voice” protects us from and doing things we will regret. However, Noah also said that sometimes that protection against making mistakes can have a downside when we don’t take any risks.
Patriots Host Brunswick and Banner
2017, February 6 – On Tuesday, January 31, Amelia Academy hosted conference rival Brunswick Academy. The Amelia Academy middle school basketball teams hosted Banner Christian on Friday, February 3. Read more
AA Senior Rachel A. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, January 30 – Her Christian faith has been a mainstay of her life ever since she was a young child, said Rachel A., in the opening of her senior chapel talk, delivered on January 25. “Being raised in a Christian home has definitely made me the person I am today,” said Rachel.
Rachel also was homeschooled until the ninth grade when she entered the Academy. She admitted that those first days were a challenge as she encountered a school environment for the first time. “I put pressure on myself to fit in academically, socially, and athletically,” she said. “Thankfully, I learned that heart ...
Lady Patriots Went 4-0 Last Week
2017, January 30 – The Amelia Academy Lady Patriots went 4-0 last week to improve their record to 20-2 overall and 7-0 in the VCC. The Lady Patriots dominated their opponents last week by a 46-point average margin of victory while averaging 78.5 points a game. Read more
Last Week in Patriot Basketball Featuring the Mascot Cheerleaders
2017, January 30 – Patriots host Tidewater, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot and Fredericksburg Academy.
AA Senior Wavel A. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, January 23 – The support from family and friends should not be taken for granted, said Wavel A. in her chapel talk, delivered on January 19. Quoting her late grandfather, she said, “If you don’t have your family, you don’t have anything.”
Wavel includes her friends as part of her family and noted the importance of the bond with these people in our lives. “They will tell us the truth when no one else will,” she said. They give us a better feeling about everything . . . and they are always going to be there.”
Patriot Pen Winners Announced
2017, January 23 – Mrs. Charlotte Brockwell, a representative from the VFW Auxiliary 8759, announced the winners of the Patriot Pen contest during a special Christmas Chapel held in the Amelia Academy gym. Read more
Lady Patriots Wrap-up Busy Week of Basketball
2017, January 23 – The Amelia Academy Lady Patriots finished a busy week of basketball by going 3-1, with their only loss to VIS Division 2 defending state champion Miller School. The Lady Patriots hosted Richmond Christian on Tuesday night in a clash of the top two teams in the ... Read more
Busy Week of Basketball
2017, January 23 – The Amelia Academy Patriots wrap up a busy week of basketball.
Middle School Basketball Season Begins at AA
2017, January 9 – The Amelia Academy middle school basketball teams hosted Blessed Sacrament Huguenot on Tuesday, January 3. This was the first home game of the season for the Patriots. The Little Lady ...
AA Senior Leland H. Delivers Chapel Talk
2017, January 2 – Most teen-agers must overcome obstacles as they mature into young adults. However, some deal with greater challenges that any adult would find daunting. Such has been the case in the life of Leland H., an AA senior who delivered his Chapel Talk on Dec. 7, 2016.
Leland courageously shared two incidents in his life that served to increase his faith in God who is with him in all things. “No matter what happens,” he said, “you should be comforted by the love of Jesus Christ and lean on Him in times of need, loneliness, and despair.”
Two AA Volleyball Players Receive State Recognition
2017, January 2 – After an incredible 2016 Varsity Volleyball season at Amelia Academy, Rebecca A. and Jessica M. received state recognition from VISAA Division III. These ladies are two of the fifteen players recognized in our state division.
AA Student Wins VFW Essay Contest
2017, January 2 – Mr. Wendell Scott, commander of VFW Post 8749, awarded Amelia Academy senior Grady O. a check for $100 for winning the VFW "Voice of Democracy" essay contest. Grady's essay went on to receive third place in the ...
AA Beta Club Spreads Christmas Cheer
2017, January 2 – Before their holiday break began, the Amelia Academy Beta Club prepared Christmas gift bags for the residents of the Amelia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.