Students who were not born on Sept. 11, 2001, gathered to honor and remember every victim of the terrorist attacks on that day. They arrived at school before dawn to place 2,977 flags on the front lawn in memory of the people who died in the attacks. Later, in a ceremony during the same hour that the planes hit the Twin Towers and Pentagon, they were joined by faculty and guests that included State Senator Amanda Chase, the guest speaker, local officials, and area veterans.
As members of the next generation, Madison Barnard, president of the Student Government Organization, said they will stand for liberty and justice across our nation. She also pledged, on behalf of her fellow students, to remember forever the victims and ultimate sacrifices of first responders.
The Color Guard of the Nottoway County High School Navy JROTC performed the Presentation of Colors, followed by an opening prayer by Jason Morris, a member of the Academy faculty. Angela Anderson, Director of Athletics and Student Affairs, and Jaime Llewellyn, Music Director, sang the National Anthem.
After a moment of silence to remember the victims, Lower School students in grades PK through 1st grade sang a rendition of the “Pledge of Allegiance,” led by Mrs. Llewellyn. The second through fifth-graders sang “Dreams of You,” a song with the assurance that the survivors and families will carry the memories of those we lost.
Guest speaker, Senator Chase, recalled where she was Sept. 11, 2001. She added that many of the audience also remember with precise detail where they were. Just as everyone was going about their daily routine, she was driving to a doctor’s appointment. Upon arrival, she saw the events unfolding on television and then learned that her doctor’s sister was in the Pentagon and father in the Towers.
In the ensuing years, caught up in the busyness of everyday life, Senator Chase said that we must nevertheless remain aware of the evil in the world. She likened this to the Christian teaching of remaining vigilant in our own lives. Without living in a spirit of fear, we should stand for what is good and right. We must remember that our Hope is in our Savior, Senator Chase said.
The gathering was led in closing prayer by Pastor Dusty Webb, Love Covenant Fellowship.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception hosted by the members of the Student Government Organization.
The Amelia Academy Varsity Volleyball team started the 2019 season hosting Guardian Christian on Monday night. The Lady Patriots played well but lost in three sets. Pictured is senior Madison B. going up to block the ball.
Amelia Academy senior Lexi E. returns the volley during Monday night’s loss to Guardian Christian.
Sophomore Madison B. returns the ball while freshman Barit M. backs her up, during Monday nights’ season opener against Guardian Christian. The Amelia Academy Lady Patriots fell short in this contest.
The Amelia Academy Middle School Volleyball team hosted Guardian Christian for their season opener on Monday, August 26th. Pictured is Summer C. digging for the ball while her fellow Patriot Amanda C. waits to assist.
The 2019 Amelia Academy Varsity Volleyball Team – left to right: Coach Jason Morris, Sarah R., Barit M., Summer C., Lexi E., Jade N., Madison B., Emma H., Madison B.
Seventh grader Macy B. prepares to make the serve during the Little Lady Patriots win over Guardian Christian.
The 2019 Amelia Middle School Volleyball team – First row left to right: Coach Jason Morris, Bobby F., Macy B., Amanda C., Hardy M., Summer C. Bottom row left to right: Reagan G., Brooke A., Mikayla A., Deanna K., Brooke H., and Riley S.
Amelia Academy pre-school student George T. steps up to get his portrait taken with help from a Lifetouch photographer during Picture day. Senior portrait, underclassmen and volleyball pictures were taken by Lifetouch on Thursday, August 29th.
First grader Christian L. practices his smile for picture day. Amelia Academy had their fall pictures taken on Thursday, August 29th.
Kindergarten students McKenzie H. and Hollis R. receive help from Amelia Academy senior Madison B. on picture day.
Classes started for the 2019-2020 school year at Amelia Academy on Monday, August 12th. The class of 2020 began their first day as seniors on that morning with a parade through the bus loop accompanied by the cheers of the faculty and underclassmen. The senior class pictured left to right: Ryan Anderson, Brent Carwile, Sarah Pomfrey, Lexi Easter, Chase Langford, Madison Barnard and D’Monte’ Moseley. (not pictured Elise Jones)
Amelia Academy students wait to greet the class of 2020 upon their arrival at Amelia Academy as seniors.
Junior Kellie Banks cheerfully returns to classes after an Amelia Academy fire drill during the first week of school. Classes began on Monday, August 12th.
Twelve Amelia Academy students will travel to Washington D.C. to visit the White House and Smithsonian. This two day trip will start early on the morning of September 13th and students will return to Amelia on September 14th. On Wednesday Morning the students arrived at school at 7:00 to sell coffee and donuts to parents as they dropped off their children. This fundraising project will help to defray the cost of the trip. Participants included Miss Victoria Lunsford, sponsor, Madison Borum, Sarah Reynolds, Brent Carwile, Alex Webb, David Easter, Jalen Booker, Madison Barnard, Kellie Banks, Greg Harris, Sarah Pomfrey, Ryan Anderson and Jade Nunnally.
Amelia Academy students Madison Borum and Sarah Reynolds help Miss Lunsford with coffee during the Coffee Loop fundraiser on Wednesday morning.
Virginia Boys State will be held June 16 to June 22 at Radford University. Representing Amelia Academy this summer at Virginia Boys State will be Brent Carwile. While at Amelia Academy, Brent, a rising senior, has been a member of the baseball, basketball, and cross country teams. He has also served as class president and attended HOBY last summer. Mr. Carwile is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Carwile of Amelia. He is being sponsored at Virginia Boys State by the local American Legion Post 87.
Boys State is a program which provides functional citizenship training for young men who are rising high school seniors, informing them about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship. It is week-long study of Virginia government and stresses God and country.
Representing Amelia Academy at Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar this summer are Brogan Foy and Greg Harris. The HOBY convention this year will be held at James Madison University from May 31 – June 2. They are sponsored by the Academy’s Student Government Organization (SGO).
Mr. Foy, a rising junior, has been a member of the baseball, basketball, and cross country teams. Mr. Foy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Foy of Church Road.
Mr. Harris, a rising junior, has been a member of the baseball, basketball, and cross country teams. Mr. Harris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Harris of Amelia.
Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs allow youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.
Pictured: Brent Carwile and Brogan Foy (not pictured, Greg Harris)
Graduation exercises were held at Amelia Academy on Thursday, May 23. P. Kenneth Copeland, Vice President for Business Affairs and Finance at Hampden-Sydney College, was the guest speaker.
The Valedictorian of the Class of 2019, Hannah Mason King, was presented a medallion and a certificate before delivering her address.
Salutatorian of the Class of 2019, Philip Tyler Gough, was presented a medallion and a certificate before delivering his address.
Receiving the President’s Award for Academic Excellence were Mitchell James Carey and Laura Kathryn Smith.
Receiving the President’s Award for Academic Achievement were William Ester Steger, Jr. and Randall Scott Brady.
Recipients of the Sportsmanship Award for showing fine sportsmanship in high school life by willingness to participate, character, and cheerfulness in the face of adversities were Paul Allen Berry and Kelly Annette Flippin.
The American Legion Patriotism Award is presented to a senior or seniors who exhibit the principles of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service. The recipients were Philip Tyler Gough and Mitchell James Carey.
The Foundation Award is presented by the Amelia Academy Professional Education Association to a senior or seniors who have demonstrated outstanding study habits, personal self-reliance, honesty, and dependability. The Foundation Award was presented to Philip Tyler Gough.
The Herff Jones Award, the highest award presented at graduation to a senior who exhibits the qualities of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and sportsmanship, was presented to Hannah Mason King.
The Linda E. Duncan Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of Linda E. Duncan,the Academy’s beloved guidance counselor, was presented to Hannah Mason King.
A scholarship provided by Delegate Tommy Wright was presented to Laura
The Ruritan Club Scholarship was presented to Hannah Mason King. The Red Cross Scholarship, resulting from blood drives sponsored by the
Academy’s League of Parents and Teachers, was presented to Mitchell James Carey. The Virginia Lee Courter Memorial Scholarship was presented to Mitchell James
Hannah Mason King was the recipient of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans
High Bridge Camp #1581 scholarship.
The Delbert D. Lynn Scholarship was presented to Kelly Annette Flippin. The American Legion Auxiliary Post 87 scholarship was presented to Laura
The V.F. W. Post 8759 scholarship was presented to Laura Kathryn Smith. The Johnny F. Black Scholarship was presented to Laura Kathryn Smith. Jamal DaQuan Grant was recognized as the recipient of the Russell Grove
Laura Kathryn Smith was recognized as the recipient of the Amelia County Farm
Bureau Promotion and Education Committee Scholarship and the Piedmont Water & Soil
Conservation District Scholarship.
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.