Senior Lexi Easter Delivers Chapel Talk
The unique experiences of her life have shaped the person she is today, said Lexi Easter in her Chapel Talk, delivered on Feb. 12. Coming from a large, extended family in Amelia has meant that almost everyone knows the Easters, Lexi said. Her family has provided in-home care for the elderly for many years. In her Chapel Talk, Lexi spoke about the advantages of growing up with elderly people living in her home.
She quoted Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This scripture verse encapsulates the in-home care service, she said. “I have seen this firsthand. There is no way you do this kind of care without having a good amount of physical and mental strength.” Through the example of her mother, Lexi has learned to show love and respect for others. She also has learned to the necessity of commitment and compassion, along with integrity and selflessness.
As a child, Lexi said that her family life seemed typical. “I thought it was normal to grow up with elderly people in my house.” She enjoyed coloring pictures and singing with them and listened as they read books to her. They also shared stories about their own lives. “It made me happy listening to them talk about their childhoods,” she said.
Lexi learned about commitment as she watched her mother work. “Some jobs are 24/7 not 9 to 5,” she said. Providing in-home care means that vacations and days off are not spontaneous. Lexi remembers many times when her mom had to miss her softball and volleyball games, and church plays. “She couldn’t find someone to stay at the house, or she sat waiting for someone who never showed up,” Lexi said.
Sharing the last moments of a person’s life has been part of Lexi’s experience and taught her compassion. “I’ve learned to help those who are no longer able to help themselves and treat them as if God was right beside me,” she said. Showing compassion has also meant holding a hand and watching an elderly person take their last breath.
It requires patience to listen as elderly patients express worries or repeat stories. Despite hearing the same thing over and over, Lexi has learned to be respectful and pretend that she hasn’t heard it for the sixth time in one day. “They cannot help it,” she said.
Integrity and selflessness are another important aspect of in-home care. Her mother has trusted Lexi’s integrity in helping her with tasks. At times, the needs of others must be put first. For Lexi, this has sometimes meant having less privacy and sharing her space. She has learned to be content with this reality, knowing it was the best outcome for the people her family serves.
Some people wonder if providing in-home care will be my career, Lexi said, and her answer is, “No.” However, she does plan to study nursing at John Tyler Community College, beginning next fall. The lessons learned in offering commitment and compassion to the elderly in her home will “help me become a better nurse in the future.” She knows that these qualities will give her patients reassurance and comfort.
As a student at the Academy since ninth grade, Lexi has been active in many programs. She has played volleyball and basketball and helped coach the mascot cheerleaders. This year, she is the reporter for the Student Government Organization (SGO) and serves on the yearbook staff. As an officer of the SGO, she has helped organize student events, including the Academy’s 9/11 Never Forget and Veterans Day programs.
Attending her Chapel Talk were her mother April Easter and her father and stepmother, Tony and Tracie Easter. Other family members present were her grandmothers, Jane Easter and Beverley Shaver, along with her aunt, Diane Easter, and uncle, Jaycee Shaver. The guests also included Stephanie Borum and Ann Smith.
The Amelia Academy JV Basketball team hosted Richmond Christian on Friday night. Seventh grader Macy Barnard is shown guarding her opponent. The Patriots lost 32 – 25.
Sophomore Emma Allen brings the ball down the court during the JV Patriots game with Richmond Christian on Friday. The Patriots lost this contest.
Amelia Academy eighth grader Summer Carter calls for the ball during the JV Patriots loss to Richmond Christian on Friday night.
Amanda Carwile prepares for the rebound during Friday night’s game with Richmond Christian. The home team Patriots fell by a score of 32 – 25.
On Friday night the junior varsity basketball team of Amelia Academy hosted Richmond Christian in VCC play. Pictured is Isaac Gilman waiting for a pass in this 73 – 47 loss.
Amelia Academy JV player Troy Hill prepares to make a pass during Friday night’s contest with Richmond Christian. The Patriots were defeated by a score of 73 – 47.
The first place team in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference Amelia Academy Patriots hosted the number two team Richmond Christian in Varsity action on Friday, February 7th. Senior D’monte’ Moseley cuts to the basket in this picture. The Patriots held off a run late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Warriors 59 – 55.
Amelia Academy center Emmanuel Megnanglo goes up for a dunk during the Patriots win over conference rival Richmond Christian. He had 23 rebounds and 12 points for the night. The Patriots’ won 59 – 55.
The Amelia Academy Mascot Cheerleaders delighted the crowd during Friday night’s games with Richmond Christian. The Mascot Cheerleaders pictured left to right: Hollis Reames, McKenzie Haas, Lillian Quesenberry, Emma Miracle, Willow Meredith, Alaina Chambers, Harmonie Coward, Harper Garza, Emerie Epperson, Genevieve Hayghe, Laurel Garza, Baylor Garza and not pictured (Kinley Ferguson)
Mascot Cheerleaders Laurel Garza, Baylor Garza and Kinley Ferguson cheer for the Amelia Academy Patriots during Friday night’s game.
Amelia Academy Senior Sarah Pomfrey Delivers Chapel Talk
We all have a story to tell, said Sarah Pomfrey in the opening of her Chapel Talk, delivered on February 6 before her fellow students, faculty, family, and friends. “Today, I will be telling you my story . . . about a tragedy that changed my life forever and made me who I am today,” she said. Sarah chose the Chapel Talk to talk publicly about the event, something she has not done since December 15, 2012.
On that day, her family attended a Christmas party in Montpelier. Sarah said that she remembers having fun with her extended family members. “We were on the way back home, on a dark, country road, when suddenly our vehicle hit a tractor trailer that was parked horizontally in the road,” she remembered. The next hours went by in a blur as she and her family were transported to VCU Medical Center.
Sarah, her younger brother, and her father were not seriously hurt in the accident. However, Her mother and older brother, Andrew, had sustained injuries. Despite this, Sarah said she remembers thinking that “everyone would be fine.” Later, she was told her mother had suffered a broken ankle and other injuries, and Andrew was severely injured. Then, she said, “the unthinkable happened. My dad told me that Andrew was not going to make it.”
After Andrew died, Sarah said that she and her family were grateful for the support of their Amelia Academy family. “They held a prayer vigil, visited my family, prepared meals, and performed many other extraordinary acts of kindness,” she said. A tree was planted on the school grounds in Andrew’s memory along with a sign near the baseball field. In addition, the Andrew Pomfrey award was created for the baseball player who “demonstrates hard work and dedication for the game.”
Sarah said that she will never forget the Academy’s love for Andrew, and she expressed her gratitude on behalf of her family.
As a fifth-grader, Sarah wondered if her life would ever be the same. “Before the accident, I was a hyper ten-year-old who got in trouble for laughing and talking [in class],” she said. Sarah spent time with friends, including her best friend Madison Barnard, and “was satisfied with making average grades.” She and her family spent many weekends traveling to Andrew’s baseball games. Even though her faith in God was part of her life, she did not know “God’s unconditional love for me.”
Her life today represents the changes that have occurred in her life, Sarah said. Over the years, she has worked hard to earn good grades and plans to attend nursing school next fall. Admitting that she is sometimes considered a pessimist by other people, Sarah said she is working hard to become more positive.
Her close-knit family remains a source of support and love. Her younger brother, Aaron, who just turned five, “has brought so much joy to us and is a true blessing,” she said.
Sarah shares a common bond with several classmates, Madison, Brent Carwile, and Ryan Anderson, all of whom have attended the Academy since kindergarten. “They are a very important part of my story,” she said. They have been good friends, showing kindness and making her laugh. Sarah credited another friend and fellow classmate, Lexi Easter, with teaching her “to have fun and not take things so seriously.”
Throughout her story, Sarah said that one thing has not changed. “God has been with me the whole time.” Quoting Romans 8:28, she said, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Knowing God’s love for her, Sarah said that He has a plan for her life. This certainty helps her deal with stressful moments when she reads the Bible verse.
Sarah concluded her story with the hope that her audience will feel encouraged by her story and know that God has a plan for their lives as well.
As a student at Amelia Academy, Sarah has maintained the highest academic standard, earning an A in every class since ninth grade. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Sarah has served as a class officer each year as well. She has been a member of the Science and Bible clubs and the Yearbook staff. As a student-athlete, she played volleyball and ran cross country.
Attending her Chapel Talk were her parents, Lynn and Chris Pomfrey, and her brothers Hunter and Aaron. Also in attendance were her grandparents, Carol and Ray Webb, and her grandmother, Betty Pomfrey. Other family members present were her aunts, Kandi Pomfrey and Jenny Ruppert, along with her cousin, Ben Ruppert. Also among the guests was family friend, Pam Pollock.
Amelia Academy Alumni Night was held on Friday, February 7. Nearly 40 alumni were in attendance. They enjoyed refreshments in the alumni lounge, hosted by Debra Adams with Commonwealth Realty, a member of the Academy’s class of 1983.
The Amelia Academy Patriots hosted Brunswick Academy on Tuesday, January 28th. The Patriots are 10-0 in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference and 12 – 4 overall. Pictured is senior Ryan Anderson taking a three point shot during Tuesday’s conference win.
The Amelia Academy junior varsity team hosted Brunswick Academy on Tuesday night. Pictured is Cameron Morris looking to find the open man. The Patriots lost this contest 63-64.
Freshman Jon-Colin Palmer brings the ball down the court during the JV Patriots 63 – 64 loss to Brunswick Academy.
Junior Jalen Booker scores two more points against Brunswick Academy on Tuesday night. The Patriots defeated their VCC opponent.
Senior Kevin Hodonou passes the ball during the Amelia Academy Patriots win against Brunswick Academy on Tuesday.