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.
Valedictorian at Amelia Academy for the class of 2019 is Hannah Mason King. As a student at Amelia Academy, Hannah has served with distinction in many organizations. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Hannah has also been a member of the Academy’s Scholastic Bowl team. She has served as student assistant coach of the Academy’s mascot cheerleaders for the past three years. Hannah has played volleyball for both the junior varsity and varsity teams. She has been a member of the Environmental Club and represented the Academy at the annual Association of Virginia Academies (AVA) forensics competition and the Model United Nations. Hannah attended Girls State and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership conference (HOBY) as the Academy’s representative.
Hannah is the daughter of Alison King and Nathan King. She will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.
Salutatorian for the class of 2019 is Philip Tyler Gough. As a student at the Academy, Tyler has played an exemplary role in service to the Academy. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Tyler also completed his certification as a Precision Machinist at John Tyler Community College while attending the Academy. As a student-athlete, Tyler has been a member of the varsity baseball for the Academy.
Tyler is the son of Robin and Daryl Gough of Amelia. Tyler will continue his education and training toward advanced certification.
Other honor graduates are: Mitchell James Carey, Elena Madison Easter, and Laura Kathryn Smith.
Baccalaureate Services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Patti B. Carey, a member of the faculty of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond and mother of graduate Mitchell Carey. She will be assisted by Rev. Callie Jackson Walker, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, also an Academy alumnus from the class of 1986.
Graduation exercises will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Guest speaker will be P. Kenneth Copeland, Vice President for Business Affairs and Finance at Hampden Sydney College.
Kindergarten graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium.
Change is imminent for the class of 2019 as the date of graduation approaches. Elena Easter addressed this aspect of life in her Chapel Talk, delivered on May 8. Delivering the Chapel Talk speech had not been part of her senior year plans last summer as she prepared for her senior year at Love Covenant School.
Learning that the school she had attended since kindergarten would not be offering high school classes meant that Elena would attend a new school for her senior year. And, the news came two weeks before school would have started. That was when her parents decided on the Academy for her and her brother. “I wasn’t very excited about it at first,” Elena admitted. “And, I definitely didn’t want anything to change, but change can be important.”
Anxious about starting a new school for her senior year, Elena was concerned about the adjustment to a larger school. Admitting that the Academy is considered a small school, Elena said that her school was even smaller. Her senior class would have had only one other student. Once she arrived at the Academy and found out about the requirement for presenting a speech to the entire school, Elena said she was even more daunted. “I’m extremely quiet and really shy,” she said, “and I have been very nervous about giving this speech.”
Another difficulty was leaving her friends, especially Emily Huitz, her good friend since the two were in seventh grade. “We were both socially awkward,” Elena said of their first meeting. They soon became friends, however, and remain close today. “We still annoy each other to no end, act stupid around each other, and love one another for the mess we are,” she said.
Last fall, Elena found herself appreciative of the change she had been forced to make. “I’ve gotten to know some awesome people that I hope I will stay friends with in the future,” she said. Elena also realized that “changes happen but you can grow from them.”
Elena thanked her parents for helping her through this experience and many others. “My parents have always been there for me, and I can’t thank them enough,” she said. She referred to her mom as “the smartest person I’ve ever met.” She also said that her mom has been a role model for her in caring for other people.
Elena said her dad is “one of my best friends.” Always willing to hear about her problems and search for a solution, he also “finds a way to make [her] laugh.” Her dad has taught her to accept changes in life, such as the one Elena has faced this year. However, he told her not to let go of the good people in her life.
“My dad also told me that ‘God puts people in your life for a reason Sometimes, it’s to show you things, and sometimes it’s to learn something about yourself,’” she shared. This has been true for Elena as she has made changes in her own life. For the future, she said that life’s journey can be navigated successfully while remaining true to ourselves.
Attending Elena’s Chapel Talk were her parents, Kathy and Graham Easter, along with her brother, David. Her grandparents, Sandra and Dave Negaard and Sherry and Mike Phelps, were in attendance. Also present was her friend Emily Huitz.