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Sherwood Christian Reaccredited by SACS, ACSI - Albany Herald

(June 22, 2019) ALBANY — Sherwood Christian Academy announced this week that the school received reaccreditation this spring. Since 2007, SCA has been accredited by AdvancEd (the umbrella organization for the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools/SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

This dual accreditation speaks of operational and academic excellence as well as the implementation of best practices of Christian education. Being an accredited school puts a stamp of approval and legitimacy on SCA’s diploma, allowing its students to attend the colleges of their choice and to be eligible for a broad range of scholarships nationwide.

Accreditation is a process whereby a school places itself under the inspection of a visiting team of educational professionals representing the two aforementioned accrediting bodies and their prescribed standards. The specifics cover the areas of mission and philosophy; governance and leadership; and operations including security, academics, programming, spiritual formation and strategic planning. SCA passed the standards inspection with exemplary marks.

As a mature school, SCA leadership chose to embark on Accreditation by School Progress (ASP), adding an additional writing component to this accreditation cycle that would have an appreciable effect on student achievement.

“Ultimately, we see effective communication skills as the currency of influence with others and as very important for students’ success in the future job market,” Headmaster Brian Dougherty said. “We developed a writing project called Writing the SCA Way as a way to increase our instruction in this area across the grades and the disciplines.

“This new curriculum helps every grade K-12 place a strong emphasis on writing and communication skills. The goal is that by the next accreditation cycle in five years, our writing project blueprint is reproduceable by other schools.”

For more information, contact Dougherty at (229) 883-5677 or [email protected]

Sherwood Christian Academy has offered a quality, Bible-based, academic program since 1985. It is a vibrant and growing private school with more than 400 students in grades K3-12 in Albany.

SCA strives for students of character who will become Christlike leaders in their homes, churches, workplaces and communities.


Sherwood Christian's Kemia Starling Signs Letter of Intent - Albany Herald

(June 5, 2019) ALBANY— She graduated from Sherwood Christian Academy in May and now Sherwood alumnus Kemia Starling has signed a letter of intent to compete in Track and Field for Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina.

Starling is a state champion in shot put and discus for the Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles and will be competing in those events for CIU. She will also be working on the hammer throw, according to her new coach, John Sparks of CIU. “That is one of those events that high schoolers don’t do, but we do at the collegiate level.”

“This just a talent from God that I have,” said Starling. “I am so thankful to have the opportunity to go to a Christian college and continue my education and compete.” Starling started playing sports in seventh grade and became involved in track and field in ninth grade. She and her teammates won the state championship for the Sherwood Christian Eagles for the last two years.

“It’s exciting,” said Kemia’s mother, Shanika. “I’m really thankful to God and happy for her, but I am afraid I might develop empty nest syndrome since she is my only child.”

Her new coach John Sparks said he discovered Starling online by doing a search for Christian school athletes. “We are a Christian university,” Sparks said, “so I searched online and saw she had won two state championships, and I decided to contact her coach and things went from there.” Sparks said he was especially interested because Starling has also played basketball, which meant she would be better suited for track and field events.

Columbia International University is a NAIA school that competes in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Starling will be moving into Columbia in August to begin classes in August and start training after Labor Day.


Sherwood to Hold Graduation Ceremony Friday - Albany Herald

(May 14, 2019) ALBANY — Emma Warbington and Nathanael Sancinito have been named Sherwood Christian Academy’s Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, the school announced.

Warbington graduates Friday with honors, having compiled a 4.0 grade-point average. She plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology as an engineering major. Recognized this year as SCA’s STAR student, Warbington was named a member of the National Honor Society, an SCA Headmaster Scholar for four years, and ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner.

The SCA valedictorian also excels in athletics as a four-year letter winner in cheerleading and a two-year letter winner in soccer. She was named a Scholar Athlete for four years. She has served as class secretary, treasurer and president, and as the student body vice president. Warbington received the gold medal of recognition for exemplary community service throughout her high school career. The daughter of Chad and Suzanna Warbington, Emma has attended SCA for 13 years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Sancinito graduates with honors and a 4.0 GPA. He said he plans to attending the Georgia Institute for Technology as an engineering major. Sancinito has been one of SCA’s Headmaster Scholars and a Scholar Athlete for four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner, four-year letter winner in soccer and cross country, two-year letter winner in basketball, and a one-year letter winner in track. Sancinito is the recipient of SCA’s Coach’s Award, Kingdom Athlete Award and Christian Character Award. He has served as class vice president, president and student body chaplain.

The son of Chuck and Kim Sancinito, Nathanael has attended SCA for 13 years and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Sherwood Christian Academy will hold its 30th commencement exercises for the class of 2019 on Friday at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Baptist Church.

The president of Ask or Think Ministries of Middleton, Wis, Ben Schettler, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates.


RED OUT: Sherwood Raises Money for andHonors Malachi Russell - Albany Herald

(April 18, 2019) A few weeks ago, the Sherwood Christian Academy family honored young Malachi Russell during a soccer match and retired the sixth grader’s soccer jersey for his fight against cancer. Thursday night Sherwood baseball honored Malachi by having him throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Eagles’ game with Covenant Academy of Macon. The game was a Red-out as fans were encouraged to wear Sherwood red to honor Malachi and a portion of the ticket sales were to go to the Russell family. The event raised over $800.

Malachi was wheeled to the pitcher’s mound and he had no trouble getting the ball to the plate 90 yards away. “He’s got a rifle there,” his dad Roger said with a smile later on.

During the game, Malachi was seated right behind home plate with family and friends surrounding him throughout and seemed to enjoy every minute, despite his Eagles falling 9-1 to the Rams of Covenant Academy.

Malachi, a student at Sherwood Christian and the son of Roger and Kimberly Russell, was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer last year. Malachi is the ninth person that has been diagnosed with this form of cancer. He goes regularly to Atlanta for treatment and while his care has been all-consuming much of the time, Malachi is getting stronger and has been attending school and church regularly.

“He is on a treatment plan.” his dad Roger says. “We really won’t know anything for certain until an MRI that is scheduled in May, but Malachi is getting stronger. Recently, he took 15 steps using a walker. His upper body is definitely getting stronger, “ the senior Russel said. Malachi has also been able to move himself from his chair to the couch or the bed, which is something new for him.”We just want stability and to keep moving forward.”

Malachi’s dad said doctors are amazed and baffled with Malachi. “They told me they don’t normally talk to a 12-year-old about cancer treatment, but I told them that he says this is a fight and he wants to know. He told the doctors ‘Jesus has got me, what’s next?’”

The next big event for Malachi is a 5K coming up that is being orchestrated by Flint Community Bank. The event will raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where Malachi is treated and he will be on the course and be pushed through the race.

With all the love for Malachi and the Russell family in the stadium, there was still a baseball game to play. The Eagles had a big crowd of supporters on hand and things started out well for Sherwood Christian, but Covenant Academy pitcher Will Dahl didn’t allow too much to happen on his watch.

The Eagles scored first when Hayden Rish walked, stole second and then scored on a single to right by Patrick Burke. That was the only run Dahl and the Rams of Covenant Academy allowed. The Eagles got only two more hits during the game — one by Rish and one by Walker Flowers.

Dahl gave up a total of three hits and one run and struck out 10 Eagles.

Ashton Hughes started the game on the mound for the Eagles but was moved to shortstop when the bats of the Rams started getting hot. Hughes sat down the top of the first in order, but the Rams put four runs on the board in the second inning and three more in third. Right-handed pitcher Patrick Burke.moved into the pitcher’s spot and held the Rams to single runs in the fourth and the sixth innings.


The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce featured our technology program and Director Vicki Davis in their Biz Magazine. Vicki is spearheading efforts to take the entire SCA campus to the leading, bleeding edge with her motto of being "World Class and God Honoring."

Read the latest edition of the Chamber's Biz Magazine here.


Malachi Russell Saves the Game for Sherwood Christian - WALB News
12 year old Malachi Russell took the field for his first varsity game

(March 22, 2019) ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Malachi Russell is in middle school at Sherwood Christian Academy, who loves the game of soccer.

He's even a big fan of Atlanta United.

But when he was asked to play goalie in his first varsity game, that was just too good of an opportunity for him to pass up.

Malachi suffers from an extremely rare case of cancer, that has enabled him wheel chair bound about a year ago.

This past Thursday night, Russell started both the girls and boys varsity games, as the goalie.

He even got the opportunity to take the field with his older brother Cameron Rambo, who plays varsity for Sherwood.

Both of them said that moment, was one they will never forget.

“It made me feel like, kind of like a king," said Russell. "Because not every 12 year old kid gets to go into a varsity game and start as a goalie.”

“It was awesome. Just, all the support that the crowd was showing," said Rambo. "I mean, I know he would rather be walking onto the field, but just the grace that coach had and the other coach from the other team had, to organize that and send their keeper down and give him the ball for the first time a keeper would touch it. It was just an awesome feeling.”

A great moment for that school and family.


Local Student with Cancer Honored in a Big Way at Sherwood Christian Academy - WFXL Fox 31

(March 21, 2019) ALBANY, Ga. (WFXL) — One local middle schooler battling cancer was honored at Sherwood Christian Academy's soccer game Thursday evening.

Seventh grader Malachi Russell was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer about a year ago, and through it all, he says he's never lost his faith in God.

Because of the middle schooler's lover for soccer, Head Coach Jeremy Davidson organized a special event to honor him at the boy's varsity game on Thursday.

Malachi got to be the starting keeper for the team, something he's always wanted to do.

During halftime, the team retired the number double zero in honor of Malachi, and he received a jersey with all of the varsity players' signatures.

When FOX 31 talked to Malachi on camera, he humbly said that all of the glory goes to God and he wouldn't be where he's at today without Him.

"You have tough times and you make excuses, you get mad and he just hasn't. He's just trusted in the Lord and the Lord has done all of it, and he just hasn't lost his faith and his hope," said Malachi's dad, Roger Russell.

"The Lord has done all of it," said Malachi.

Davidson says Malachi has gone to all of the soccer games and has been the team's biggest supporter.

His double zero jersey will be hung in the field house at Sherwood Christian Academy.


Malachi Russell Honored at Sherwood Christian - Albany Herald

(March 21, 2019) ALBANY — Hundreds of family, friends, and well-wishers gathered on a chilly March night with a stiff breeze at Sherwood Christian Academy’s football stadium Thursday night to honor one of the school’s favorite soccer players and retire his jersey. The evening was filled with emotional moments for everyone in the stadium, including the opposing team.

There was a soccer game going on at the stadium, but the game was secondary on this night. People fill the stands and the sidelines to honor young Malachi Russell, a seventh-grade student and soccer player at Sherwood Christian. Russell is battling an aggressive, rare cancer and cannot play soccer at the moment, but was on hand to be the team’s “Keeper” to start the game in his wheelchair with his older brother Cameron by his side.

“He would much rather be diving in the grass for the ball,” said Malachi’s dad Roger Russell. “Sometimes bad things happen in life and there are tough times. You just have to trust in the Lord,” he said. “Malachi hasn’t lost his faith and gives all the glory to God for being able to be here tonight.” Malachi smiled as his dad spoke. “He is not mad or angry about this and he would have every right to. When Malachi was asked what he wanted to say, “Jesus loves you,” was his response.

At half time of the boy’s soccer game Thursday, Malachi’s “00” jersey was retired by Sherwood head coach Jeremy Davidson. In a recorded speech played from the press box while Davidson was on the field with Malachi and the team, Davidson said “A player’s jersey is only retired when a player significantly distinguishes themselves. You have been extraordinary and forever changed all of us who are a part of Sherwood FC. You have never been focused on yourself, but instead on those around you. You have shown us was family really looks like.” Davidson continued, “You will be the only person to ever wear the “00” jersey. That you for what you have taught us.”

The game began with Malachi in front of the goal in his wheelchair with his brother Cameron next to him. After kicking the ball around for a while, the goalie from the opposing team, Central Fellowship Academy of Macon, kicked the ball down the field and shot toward the goal and Malachi caught the ball, bringing cheers from his teammates and the crowd. Teammates gathered to fist bump with Malachi and each of the opposing team members also came to greet Malachi.

There was an actual region game being played Thursday night as well and the Eagles were definitely not looking lose another match after falling in last week’s “Under the Cross” tournament at the expansive Sherwood Christian Academy complex. It was obvious early on the Eagles were stronger, faster and more skilled than those from Central Fellowship and held a 4-0 lead at the half. The team reacted with a huge team hug after Malachi’s brother Cameron kicked in the third goal of the night. Josh Thomas and Landon Davidson had also scored for the Eagles.

The Lady Eagles won the girls’ game as well, by a 5-0 final.

A full photo gallery of the event will be posted on albanyherald.com.


Sherwood’s “Under the Cross” Tournament Begins Friday - Albany Herald
24 teams to compete at Legacy Park - local teams include Sherwood Christian, Westover, Dougherty

(March 13, 2019) ALBANY — Sherwood Academy will host the largest high school soccer tournament in Georgia beginning Friday at Legacy Park, which is adjacent to the school on Leary Road. The 12th annual “Under the Cross” tournament will bring 24 teams, both boys and girls, to Albany for two days of soccer competition. Schools will represent the GICAA, the GISA, and the GHSA. Other than the Sherwood Eagles, the other local schools which will have teams competing include Dougherty High School and Westover High School.

“This is the largest high school tournament in Georgia,” said Sherwood Coach Jeremy Davidson. “We have actually scaled it back slightly this year from 32 teams to 24 and have upped the level of competition. We have teams from the Athens area, the Augusta area - all over.”

The tournament will also draw the eyes of 15 or more college scouts looking for potential recruits. Some of those who have committed to the tournament come from schools including Andrew College, Anderson University, Brewton Parker, Bryan College, Columbia International, Emmanuel College, Erskin College, Anderson College, North Greenville, Point University and Truett McConnell.

Weather forecasts for the weekend are looking slightly better for Saturday, but Davidson the teams will play unless there are severe downpours or lightning. There will be four fields of competition taking place at the same time and the finals for the tournament are set for 2:00 p.m. Saturday for the girls and the boys to follow. “We are hoping our Sherwood teams will make it to the finals,” the coach said.

The Sherwood Lady Eagles will begin the tournament at 11 a.m. Friday morning and the boys will play at 12:30 p.m. The girls will play again on Friday at 5 p.m. and the boys play the late game at 8:30 p.m.


Sherwood's Dr. Brian Dougherty on Student Community Service - Albany CEO

Headmaster of Sherwood Christian Academy Dr. Brian Dougherty talks about how students helped to clean up after the recent storms, and why Sherwood focuses so much on teaching their students about the importance of community involvement.

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Sherwood Christian Academy Students Learning How to Create Web Apps - Albany Herald
Sherwood Christian Academy instructor Vicki Davis teaching skills to serve children in the tech world

(January 31, 2019) ALBANY — Vicki Davis was the technology director for Westwood Schools in Camilla for 16 years.

Davis said she was called last year to handle Sherwood Christian Academy’s new information technology programs that were just beginning to focus on internet apps, alternate and augmented reality. With her current ninth-grade class having a year under their belts in computer programming, her class is now focused on building an internet app for the school.

“We actually have two stages of their app,” Davis said. “They have already completed the augmented programming stage in a tool called ‘MetaVerse’, think ‘Pokeman Go’ where it puts objects on top of the real world. They can run basic programming in the app.

“Now we are entering the phase where they are making apps themselves and we will culminate with a ‘Shark Tank’ experience in the end.”

For the uninitiated, according to techtarget.com, an app is an abbreviated form of the word “application.” An application is a software program that is designed to perform a specific function directly for the user or, in some cases, for another application program.

“We’re doing this with our seventh, eighth and ninth-graders — they are all building apps,” Davis said.

The school is working with a firm called MAD-learn, which according to its website offers “relevant and engaging mobile app development program allow(ing) every K-12 student to create an app from beginning to end by empowering 21st century technology literacy.”

“Using the design thinking process, MAD-learn prepares today’s students for tomorrow’s careers by exposing them to all aspects of product development: ideation, planning, design, creation, testing, and launch,” the website said. “These vital and transferable skills are critical to today’s global technological economy.”

Needless to say, Davis is a big proponent of app technology.

“These kids will design, or experience all the things that businesses do when they create an app,” she said. “This is their crash course. I like to bring people who are in the business like MAD-learn’s Kimberley Bynoe.

“The real world is that apps are on the increase even more than web sites because people want to interact with an app, so understanding app design is a really important part of what we are doing.”


SCA student Elizabeth Montgomery Places in Guacamole Contest - Albany Herald
Sherwood Christian Academy student uses money from home-made goodies to fund mission trips

(November 10, 2018) ALBANY — Competing with about 20 contestants, Sherwood Christian Academy student Elizabeth Montgomery took seventh place in the World Guacamole Contest in California recently with the recipe she used to raise money for a mission trip to Honduras.

“One day my mom came home, it was just kind of a random spur of the moment thing,” Elizabeth said. “She was like ‘Do you want to make guacamole?’ and I was like ‘Sure.’ At the time, I had been looking for ways to sell things for mission trips. We made it and we kind of tweaked it a little bit to our own recipe and then made a recipe from that. Then I got this idea to use that as my fundraiser for mission trips, and since I was doing well, my dad wanted to convert it into a business so that’s kind of how it got started.”

Elizabeth said that SCA has mission trips every year. This year she went to Honduras, where she and others worked with a family to build a home. On a previous mission trip, Elizabeth said she went to New Orleans to assist a church there. For future mission trips, she doesn’t have any location in mind, but she said she’ll go anywhere God calls her to.

“I love missions,” Elizabeth said. “I’m passionate about mission trips, and I don’t know, the Lord has always put that on my heart.”

Other than her up-and-coming guacamole business, “Guac On,” Elizabeth is a down-to-Earth high school students with an interest in sports and her own future. She said she loves to run, but due to an injury she’s had to step back from track and field and go to physical therapy. Thursday, however, was her last day of therapy. She said that she is also interested in dentistry but has not yet decided on a college or university.


Zachary Davidson Named Weekend Warrior - Albany Herald
October 3, 2018

Sherwood Christian Academy’s Zach Davidson was voted Weekend Warrior for his performance last week. The Eagles picked up their third win of the season and Davidson was a large part of the offense. He rushed for 122 yards in the 40-14 win over Lafayette Christian. The Eagles host Fullington at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Sherwood Christian Academy Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Commencement Speaker
CEO of ACSI, Dr. Stephen Reel, to speak at commencement ceremony 

(May 10, 2018) ALBANY, Ga.- Sherwood Christian Academy is pleased to announce Casey Gregors and Will Alderman as its valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for the class of 2018.

Valedictorian Casey Gregors graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega as a biology major. Recognized this year as SCA’s STAR student, Gregors excels academically as a member of the National Honor Society, an SCA Headmaster Scholar for four years, ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner, and Student Council President. Gregors has attended SCA for 13 years. She is the daughter of Joe and Tammy Gregors and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Salutatorian Will Alderman graduates with honors with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, as a political science major. Excelling both academically and athletically, Alderman has been one of SCA’s Headmaster Scholars and Scholar Athlete for four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Outstanding Achievement Award winner, Class President for three years, four-year letter winner in football and three-year letter winner in soccer. Alderman also received the Senior Fine Arts Award for an outstanding career in theater, and a gold medal of recognition for exemplary community service throughout high school. Alderman has attended SCA for 14 years. He is the son of Troy and Carly Alderman and is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Sherwood Christian Academy will hold its 29th commencement exercises for the class of 2018 on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Baptist Church. CEO of the Association of Christian Schools International (Colorado Springs), Dr. Stephen Reel, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates.


Mary Poppins Theater Production - Albany Herald
January 23, 2018

Sherwood Christian set to lift curtain on 'Mary Poppins' Thursday at ASU West Campus
Play's director confirms: Mary Poppins will fly in Sherwood Christian Academy production

ALBANY – Sherwood Christian Academy's high school theater department will present its annual production this weekend. This year's production is the adventure of the high-flying British nanny "Mary Poppins."

The curtain will lift Thursday and run through Saturday at the ASU West Campus (old Darton State College) Theater. Thursday's and Friday's shows will open at 7 p.m., while Saturday's curtain will open at 1:30 p.m.

And to go ahead and answer the most commonly asked question about the show: Yes, Mary Poppins — played by SCA senior Drew Boyett — will fly during the production.

"I'm looking forward to hanging out with friends, but I am really excited about flying ... Mary Poppins will fly," Boyett, a veteran actress with four high school productions on her resume, said. "This production is different because there's a lot we have to do technically, like the flying. There's like a table that's going to fall, and there's a lot of other stuff going on. It's going to be a great show."

Play director Christine St. Jacques confirmed Boyett's assessment that the technical aspects are what make this show different than any she has directed in the past six years at SCA.

"I don't think I would say the technical aspects have made the production more difficult, but I would say they've made things more challenging and exciting," St. Jacques said. "It's been a challenge for our tech crew and a lot of fun for our music director and the cast to do the more technically difficult stuff. You are creating the magic of 'Mary Poppins,' and that is exciting.

"There's still a lot of fun things like singing and dancing, but I would say the magical effects are different than what we have ever done before. These are more like when you go to Disney and see special effects like things falling apart and coming back together."

St. Jacques said she is looking forward to bringing the production to the community.

"I'm very excited. The students have done a phenomenal job, and it is a good show. The crowd will not be disappointed," she said.

Senior Will Alderman will play Bert in the production, and he said he's ready to lift the curtain.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing this all just come together," Alderman said. "Everything we have worked for, everything we have practiced and spent late nights on ... I just want to see it all come together here on the stage. I want to see the enjoyment and satisfaction of it all coming together."

The two freshmen who play the precocious Banks children, Jane (Olivia Dunne) and Michael (Sammy Scardino), say they are also ready.

Dunne said she enjoys performing in front of people, while Scardino added it's been fun and nerve-racking at the same time.

And no, St. Jacques will not reveal how the troupe plans to make Boyett fly like Mary Poppins.

"That's our little secret right now," she teased. "But if you want to know, come to the show."

Tickets may be purchased at Sherwood Christian Academy at 1418 Old Pretoria Road. Call (229) 883-5677 for more information.


Day of Service - Albany Herald
October 13, 2017

Sherwood Students Help Fight Blight - With Paint Brushes
Day of Service brings high school students to East Albany

ALBANY — Students from Sherwood Christian Academy help fight blight in the community using hearts filled with love and paint brushes.

Each semester at the Christian-based school, middle and high school students venture out into the community for a Day of Service. This month, they painted a church and duplex apartments on Albany's east side.

The outreach was coordinated by campus pastor and soccer program director Jeremy Davidson, who said he contacted Albany's Mission:Change organization to get some ideas on where the students could serve the community.

"Mission:Change helped coordinate the opportunity for us to serve with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, and we did a variety of things from picking up litter to painting," Davidson said.

Mission:Change is a grassroots, volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and taking action concerning often-overlooked issues in the community. Albany Mission:Change organizes monthly community outreach events, brings volunteers to Albany to serve through short-term missions, and partners with local churches and volunteer groups to serve the community. According to website information, their mission is to show how easy it is to change the world from your backyard.

Backyard missions is also in the heart of Davidson, who said he strives to help his students see the potential for serving their own community.

Last week, a group of 90 middle school students helped clean up the grounds around the Grace Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, located at 501 Bonny View Ave. in Albany. Middle school students washed down three crosses on the property and prepared the church building for painting. On Friday, high school students returned to the same location to put on a final coat of paint.

The high school group consisted of 120 students and about eight adults. The group was sectioned off into two teams. One group stayed and worked on the church, while the second group walked about two blocks away to clean up and paint four duplexes.

"This is the first major outreach of the school year," Davidson said. "Each year we organize Days of Service, and we track community service hours. At the end of the year, students gain recognition for the number of volunteer hours they put in."

Although high school students also can put their community service work on their resumes and on college applications, increasing chances of getting college scholarships, Davidson was quick to point out that the spiritual aspects of serving the community far outweighed any personal benefits or incentives students may have had for volunteering.

"Most of our students put in well over 1,000, even 1,500, volunteer hours over their high school years. That's impressive," Davidson said. "As campus pastor, I try to teach them to walk as Christ walked. Our 10th-graders study the life of the Apostle Paul, and we help them to become mission-focused."

Davidson said it is important for students to realize that mission begins in their own backyard.

"There are big needs right here in Albany," he said. "Its all about helping others — its about serving the community. As Christians, that is who we are. It is in our DNA."

Emily Whatley, a Sherwood junior, said students can help bring unity into the community through service and by giving back.

"Christ was a servant leader," she said. "Our goal is to show His love. We can break some of the divisions in our community by giving something back."

Addison Wilson, a sophomore, said just picking up litter or using a paint brush can leave a lasting impression and can impact people's lives.

"It shows how much we love our community — how much we care about Albany," she said.

Sophomore Randi Harrelson said the benefits of volunteering go both ways.

"For us, we get to take a day off from worrying or thinking about school, our routine, our friends. We get to focus on others instead of ourselves," she said.

Anthony Adams, a junior, added, "We can reach out as a group, and together we can have an impact. We know Albany has been through a lot of storms and tragedies, and we can take this time to come together and do something."

Harrelson said there is no age barrier when it comes to helping others.

"God calls the church to be servants," he said. "Even as kids, we can do something. Our high school takes the time to show that we all can represent Christ and show His love to others."

While the recent Days of Service outreach in east Albany was the first organized effort of its kind for this school year, Davidson said many students do volunteer work in the community on their own, with friends and with their families. Past efforts organized through the school have included storm clean-up and volunteer work at Chehaw. Students have also assisted with sorting donations at the Lord's Pantry in Albany.

Kerrie Davis, an employee with the joint city/county Planning department, was on hand Friday to help the high-schoolers with the painting project.

"I will be here until 2 p.m., and I will also be painting," she said. "A lot of these students have club and community service hours to complete but, more importantly, this opportunity gives them a sense of community as they give to those who may be less fortunate than they are."

Judy Bowles, who heads Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, said, "These students really made a statement today. They did an awesome job. Its important to teach young people to give back. Everywhere you are is a mission field."

Jason Davidson, a forensic science teacher and director of security for Sherwood, said experiences like this often have a powerful and lasting impression on students.

"They go into areas of the city that may be unlike where they live. It brings them back to reality ... that it's not always all about us," he said. "Sometimes we get secluded into our own little world, but through outreach they get to see the bigger picture. They see another part of Albany." 


Sherwood Christian Academy Names Baseball Head Coach

September 27, 2017

Sherwood Christian Academy is pleased to announce that Adam Crosby has accepted the role of Varsity Baseball Head Coach. Adam was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama, and graduated from Cottonwood High School in 2006 where he played both varsity football and baseball. He continued his passion for baseball playing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile where he graduated in 2010 with bachelor's degrees in physical education and biology. Previously, Adam served as an assistant football and baseball coach at Cottage Hill Christian Academy in Mobile. Since moving to Albany, he has assisted both the football and baseball programs at SCA.

Adam currently owns a landscaping company in Albany (Elite Outdoor Concepts) and serves as a board member for the Albany Area Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Adam's wife, Kristin, serves in the Children's Ministry at Sherwood Baptist Church.