Sherwood Christian Academy Salutatorian Morgan Miller, center, gathers with her classmates in the chapel at Sherwood Baptist Church Friday as they prepare to parade to their high school graduation. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)
ALBANY — Sherwood Christian Academy officials handed out 29 diplomas to newly-minted graduates during the school’s commencement Friday at Sherwood Baptist Church.
Among the graduates was Sherwood valedictorian and STAR student Emily Thompson.
“I’m really excited and really nervous,” said Thompson, the daughter of Cheryl and Michael Thompson, “but I’m looking forward to graduating.”
Thompson admitted she will miss her friends.
“I will definitely miss the relationships I’ve built here with my friends and teachers. I’ll carry that with me the rest of my life,” she said. “Bless these people. They are more family to me than classmates.”
Thompson plans to attend Mercer University in the fall and major in international business/accounting.
Sherwood Principal and Assistant Headmaster Brian Dougherty showered praise on the 29 graduates.
“These students earned more than $600,000 in scholarships. We believe that is the most in the history of out school,” Dougherty said. “But what I’m really proud of is this class combined for more than 5,500 hours of community service.”
Class Salutatorian Morgan Miller agreed.
“I am beyond grateful to have been able to have spent this time with an amazing group of individuals,” she said.