Amelia Academy


2019, February 19: – The twelfth annual Chapel Talk series at Amelia Academy continued on February 13th with a speech given by senior Tyler G.

“I have made many friends and learned many things,” said Tyler G. in his Chapel Talk, delivered on February 13. Speaking about his fourteen years at Amelia Academy, he said that he has taken advantage of opportunities, such as attending the Precision Machinist program at John Tyler Community College while also taking core classes at the Academy.

The importance of friendships was the subject of his speech. He shared stories of antics with Wilbert A. going back to Lower School. “It all started in first grade,” he said when he was assigned a seat beside Wilbert. He also paid a tribute to newer friends and classmates WillJay S. and Jamal G. for their influence on his life.

Tyler and his friends have always been able to end up laughing through the good times. “Some things in life are not really worth doing unless there is a friend there to enjoy the moment,” he said. He also emphasized the importance of having friends during difficult situations. “Your friends should be there for you when you’re going through hard times,” he said.

Family friendships have been a mainstay of Tyler’s life. “One of my best friends is my Dad,” he said. “A few things we like to do together are hunting, going to drag races, and working on cars.”

Another important friendship in his life was with his grandfather, Papa Thea, who passed away in 2010. “He was one of my best friends, and I miss him all the time,” said Tyler. He and Papa Thea spent time working in the garden, cutting grass, and fishing. They had a lot of fun together.

“He taught me a lot of life lessons,” Tyler said. From his Papa Thea, he learned “right from wrong, and how to be dependable and do for others.”

His Papa Thea’s passing made Tyler realize that friendships should never be taken for granted. He told his fellow students to appreciate their friends and “look out for them and help them if they need it.”

Based on his experience, he encouraged students to pursue hard work without becoming discouraged. “As soon as you get discouraged, you will not be able to accomplish what you are capable of doing,” he said.

As a student at the Academy, Tyler has been involved in a variety of programs. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has played sports, including varsity baseball.

Attending his Chapel Talk were his parents Robin and Daryl G., along with his sister Brett, a 2016 Academy graduate. Other family members present included his uncle, Clarke G., his aunt, Debbie W., and cousins, Alan and Avery G.