Amelia Academy Senior Brent Carwile Delivers Chapel Talk
Each member of the class of 2020 will present a Chapel Talk to the Amelia Academy community of students, faculty, family, and friends. In its twelfth year, the Chapel Talk marks a milestone in each senior’s year and is a requirement for graduation. Brent Carwile opened this year’s series with his Chapel Talk, presented on Jan. 15 in the Academy gymnasium.
Having attended the Academy since pre-kindergarten, Brent expressed appreciation to his parents for “giving me this opportunity and for everything they and my grandparents have done for me.” Having such a small class has meant spending time with many of the same friends through the years. Brent considers this a positive aspect of education in a small school.
“I believe this school has made me into a better person,” he said.
Brent paid tribute to the Academy’s teachers, especially his teachers Leah Ray and Jennifer Hayghe, “who have stayed after school with me for countless hours to help me with math.” He considers many of his teachers to be friends. In particular, he said that the teachers want to make sure Academy students succeed and are willing to help. “They all leave impressions on us, whether it be a different way of thinking, inspiring us, or maybe even showing us the right way we should live,” he said.
Throughout his years at the Academy, Brent said he has been taught the value of showing respect and helping others. “Because the teachers know us on a personal level,” he said, “they care for us and make sure we stay on the right track,” he said. When teachers have different viewpoints, Brent has observed that they still respect each other. In addition, he and his fellow students know they can get advice and encouragement from their teachers.
Having grown up with many of his classmates, Brent said they have become like an extended family. They have been a source of support and given him advice when he needed it. He and his friends have studied together and played on the same teams. Together, they’ve gone hunting and fishing outside of school. “They have helped me through some pretty tough times and a lot of good times,” Brent said.
As he prepares to move on to college and beyond, Brent said that he will never forget the Academy’s impact on his life. The lessons learned, in and out of the classroom, will be valued throughout his life, he said. As for his friends, he joked that “we are all family and will probably still be annoying each other as long as we live.”
In his years as an Academy student, Brent has received academic recognition with memberships in the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. He has also competed on the Academy’s Scholastic Bowl team. Brent is the senior class president, a position he has held in previous years. As a student-athlete, he has played varsity basketball and baseball and cross country.
Brent will attend Hampden-Sydney College in the fall, where he plans to pursue business management studies.
Guests attending the Chapel Talk program included Brent’s parents, Teresa and Mike Carwile, and his sister Amanda, also an Academy student. His grandparents Norma and Doug Featherston and Mavis Carwile were present, along with family friends, Stephanie and Mark Borum and Paula Langford.
On Tuesday night the Amelia Academy junior varsity basketball team hosted Banner Christian. Pictured are John-Colin Palmer and Quinton Dagner preparing to play defense. The Patriots lost 38 – 52.
Amelia Academy eighth grader Kyle Anderson takes a three point shot during the JV Patriots 38 – 52 loss to Banner Christian on Tuesday night.
Cameron Morris advances the ball for the Amelia Academy junior varsity team during Tuesday’s game. The Patriots lost 38 – 52.
Freshman Troy Hill looks for the open man when the Patriots hosted Banner Christian on Tuesday, January 7th. The Patriots lost this contest.
The Amelia Academy Varsity Patriots hosted Banner Christian on Tuesday, January 7th. Senior D’monte’ Moseley brings the ball down the court. The Patriots won 83 – 66.
Jalen Booker goes in for a basket for the Amelia Academy Patriots when Amelia hosted Banner Christien on Tuesday. Booker contributed 10 points in the Patriots 83 – 66 victory.
Senior Emanuel Megnangio scores 2 of his 25 points during the Patriots 83 – 66 win over Banner Christian on Tuesday night.
AMELIA ACADEMY HONOR ROLL 2NDQUARTER AND 1STSEMESTER
The following students were named to the Honor Roll for the second quarter at Amelia Academy. The asterisk indicates students who earned an A in each class.
Molly Keye McMillian
The following students were named to the Honor Roll for the second semester. The asterisk indicates students who earned an A for each class.
Molly Keye McMillian
On Thursday night members of the Amelia Academy lower and high school performed the play “Follow the Star). Upper school piano students entertained the audience with pieces on the piano.
Pictured is the lower school choir performing.
Amelia Academy fifth grader Austin Ison as King Herod tells the angel (Aeriella Coward), and shepherds Michael Anderson, Johnathan Anderson, Rose Flippin and Reagan Graber that he would like to find the baby Jesus so he could worship him.
Jacob Ratliff, Jenyiah Coward and Rupert Allen sing “Out of the Bethlehem Sky” during the Christmas Program.
Cole Duncan, Johnathan Chambers and Noah Thomas were the three kings during Thursday’s performance.
Fifth graders’ Johnathan Anderson, Reagan Graber and Michael Anderson sing “Joy to the World”.