On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the students of Amelia Academy got up early to arrive at school by 5:30 a.m. in order to place small American flags on the front lawn of the school. For the past eleven years, the Academy has memorialized the victims of the terrorist attacks of that tragic day in our nation’s history.
In her opening remarks, Madison Barnard, president of the Student Government Organization, paid a special tribute to the 412 first-responders who died while trying to save others. “It is the least we can do to pledge never to forget them,” she said, “and to remember the 2,977 lives that were taken that day.”
This year’s program, held in the gymnasium, included a special flag with the names of all the first-responders who died. The ladder truck, displayed on the front lawn with the flags, was in service with the Horseheads, New York, fire department, over 200 miles from New York City. The department stood ready to serve if needed on that day. The truck, currently owned by Carroll Harris, an Amelia resident, displays a memorial to the fallen fire fighters and other first-responders who served New York on Sept. 11.
After an opening prayer, led by Jason Morris, the Nottoway County High School Navy JROTC Color Guard presented the colors. Angela Anderson, also a faculty member and Academy parent, sang the National Anthem.
Students in grades pre-k through 4thgrade performed songs led by Jaime Llewellyn, the Academy’s music teacher.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was James Triesler, Director of Education at the Virginia War Memorial. Mr. Triesler taught in Chesterfield County Schools for many years and was named Teacher of the Year in Chesterfield as well as on a national level by several organizations.
In his remarks, Mr. Triesler said that Sept. 11, 2001 is his generation’s Pearl Harbor. He spoke of the emotion World War II veterans have expressed about the day, December 7, 1941. “We have that same sense of anger and pain that remains fresh when we remember where we were on Sept. 11, 2001,” he said. “What are we called to remember about that day, other than our own personal story of where we were?” he asked the audience that represented many generations of Amelia’s citizenry.
We must remember the stories about the bravery of men and women who served our nation on that day and in the War on Terror that continues today, Mr. Triesler said. We must remember the patriotism and love of country that spread across our nation after Sept. 11. Quoting President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2002, he said, “None of us would ever wish the evil that was done on September the 11th. Yet after America was attacked, it was as if our entire country looked into a mirror and saw our better selves. . . We began to think less of the goods we can accumulate, and more about the good we can do.”
Mr. Triesler presented the official 9/11 memorial flag that will be displayed during the Commonwealth of Virginia program at the War Memorial tonight. He said that the flag is one more way that Virginians will never forget the tragedy of the attack on our nation on that fateful day.
The program closed with a prayer offered by Callie Walker, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Amelia, and an Academy alumnus.
Amelia Academy opened the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday, August 15 with lots of new bright, shining faces, and many that have been with us for a good number of years, along with several new faculty members.
Underclassmen wait to cheer on this year’s Amelia Academy senior class.
Amelia Academy seniors arrive at school on Wednesday morning in the new activity bus
Amelia Academy kindergarten students with their teacher, Mrs. Najah Lambert, wait to cheer on the Class of 2019 on their first day of school as seniors. Seniors this year arrived at school Wednesday morning in the schools’ new activity bus.
Amelia Academy fourth grade teacher Miss Tracy Landry shows her students how to raise and lower the flag. Each year the fourth grade takes the responsibility to raise and lower the flag. Pictured with Miss Landry are Johnathan Anderson and Austin Ison.
Preschool parents say goodbye to their children on their first day of school.
New Amelia Academy faculty members for the 2018-2019 school year – Seated (l-r): Mrs. Michelle Humphrey, Miss Samantha Smith, and Mrs. Terri Wyatt. Standing (l-r): Mrs. Najah Lambert, Mr. Paul Atkins, and Miss Victoria Lunsford.
“Amelia Academy truly feels like a home away from home,” said Ms. Najah Lambert during her first week of teaching kindergarten at Amelia Academy.
This sentiment was shared by her fellow new teachers and existing faculty as they welcomed students back for a new year on Aug. 15. “The first days brought great excitement and anticipation, and our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to prepare for a wonderful year,” said Rodney L. Taylor, Head of School.
Ms. Lambert holds a degree from Liberty University with elementary education endorsements. She enjoys traveling, learning languages, and spending time with her family. Originally from Alexandria, Ms. Lambert currently resides in Crewe.
Also joining the faculty are Mrs. Terri Wyatt and Mrs. Michelle Humphrey. Mrs. Wyatt, entering her 18th year of teaching, will be teaching social studies and history classes in the middle and upper schools. Currently residing in Cumberland, Mrs. Wyatt is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. She holds degrees from Carson-Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“Amelia Academy faculty and staff are extremely accepting, friendly, supportive, and helpful,” said Mrs. Wyatt. “I especially cherish the spiritual focus at school.” In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitch, and collecting Peanuts items.
Originally from Chesterfield, Mrs. Humphrey will be teaching science classes. She holds a degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently resides in Amelia. Previously a substitute teacher at the Academy, she is excited to join her daughter Emma, an eighth-grader at the Academy, every day. Mrs. Humphrey enjoys spending time with family and gardening.
Mr. Paul Atkins will serve as the new Athletic Director. Mr. Atkins holds a degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. An Atlanta Braves fan, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his son Cole. Originally from Richmond, Mr. Atkins currently resides in Chesterfield.
The Academy’s previous Athletic Director and long-time member of the faculty, Mrs. Angela Anderson, is the new Director of Student Affairs. She will oversee school security and new student recruitment, among other responsibilities.
New to the Lower School are Ms. Samantha Smith and Ms. Victoria Lunsford who will be aides in the preschool classes this year. “I love the environment of the Academy,” said Ms. Smith. “Everyone has been super encouraging and willing to welcome me with open arms.” Ms. Smith brings a wealth of experience in working with young children, most recently working as a nanny and a daycare teacher. She enjoys outdoor sports, Bible study, and going to the movies. Ms. Smith is currently working on her degree in Developmental Psychology through Liberty University and resides in Amelia.
Ms. Lunsford is also an Amelia native and says that education is her passion. Having done many things, including dental assisting, she says that coaching the Academy’s middle school girls’ volleyball team has been a highlight the past two years. Ms. Lunsford’s interests include volunteering, traveling, shopping, and makeup artistry.
The Patriot Review is the Alumni Newsletter of Amelia Academy.
It has been a busy summer at Amelia Academy, and our sparkling hallways and classrooms await the return of our student body. Everyone at Amelia Academy is eager to delve back into the school year this month and welcome everyone back. The 2018-2019 school year promises to be more inspiring and thought-provoking than ever before.
We welcome each student for his or her unique place in our community of learning. We get to know our young Patriots as individuals, taking the time to understand what each one needs to excel academically and lead productive lives.
We want them to have a stellar education while here—one that will set them apart from their students elsewhere and place them squarely on a path to success when they graduate.
Our commitment to Amelia County continues to grow stronger with each passing year. Our students understand at a young age that it is important to prioritize and take care of the place where you live. We expect Amelia Academy Patriots will continue to donate community service hours where they are most needed. We’ve even seen some of our Upper School students continue to donate community service hours throughout their summer hiatus to important causes like the Amelia County Animal Shelter.
We continue to offer unique programs that allow our students to grow in myriad ways that address their special interests. Our Equestrian Program will be in its third year, our Industrial Arts program is broader, Bible studies have expanded to every grade, team sports are thriving and (of course!) our academic credentials just keep getting stronger. And we continue to have the flexibility to develop programs based on our students’ interests.
Our new Patriots at Play playground will be dedicated this month. Please check your mail for an invitation to this special event, followed by a back to school celebration.
We anticipate that the 2018-2019 academic year will surpass every year before it. The instructors and staff here at the Academy can’t wait to get started on a new year of learning and growth!