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Wrestling Team participates in big tourney Dec 6-7, 2018

By: Lauren Oberman ’20, 21st Century Journalism class

On December 6th and 7th, the Oak Hill Academy Wrestling Team traveled to Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke, Virginia, for the “Titan Toughman” tournament. Attending this event were OHA wrestlers Connor Sewitsky ‘19, Dillon Phipps ‘20, Corey Shupe ’19, Will Heard ‘20, Kevin Kennedy ‘19 and Bridget Hoffman ’21; manager Andie Schultz ’21; and coach Mr. Dennis Wymer. The tournament included competitors in 14 weight classes from 19 public and private schools throughout Southwest Virginia.

Day one of the tournament saw six OHA Warriors in action. Connor and Corey both went 2 and 1. Bridget went 0 and 2. Kevin and Dillon both went 1 and 1, and Will won his match. After day one of the tournament, Connor said, “I had a really good time wrestling, and it was some great competition.” On the second day, Connor went 3 and 2, and Corey went 2 and 2. This was an exciting event for the team.

Red Team Home Opener Was a Tight Contest

By:  Tyler Levine ’20, 21st Century Journalism Class.

Aaron Teal ’19 provides pressure on the ball

The Oak Hill Academy Red Team faced off against Bristol Prep of Tennessee on November 2, 2018. A fan, Eddie Milo ’20 exclaimed, “The game was a nail-biter, but I am glad that I got to watch this exciting win!” The game started off with little offense but great defense on both sides of the court. The score at the end of the first quarter was 7-10 with Bristol Prep ahead. In the second quarter, the Red Team created more offense with Noah Allen leading the charge, scoring 10 points and setting up his teammates with nice assists. The score at the end of the second quarter was 25-18 with the Warriors in the lead. The Red Team continued to run up the score in the third quarter, this time with Owen Chen scoring 12 points and grabbing multiple rebounds. At the end of the third quarter, it was 49-39 in favor of OHA. During the fourth quarter, Bristol Prep made a comeback, tying the game up. However, the Red Team maintained its composure and made critical free throws. Delaney Heard commented, “The game was very close, but I think that our ability to stay calm and play our game allowed us to come out on top.” The final score of the game was 61-60 with the Red Team capturing the win. Coach Burns, assistant coach stated, “The boys won that game tonight through pure determination.” The leading scorer for the Red Team was Noah Allen, with 20 points. Allen also had the highest number of assists with 8. Delaney Heard pulled in the most rebounds at 6.

Just for Fun: “Oak Hill Up Close” photo ID contest!

Periodically, our Director of Student Affairs, Mr. Butt,
likes to test our students’ powers of listening,
observation and recall in fun ways. Just yesterday,
he issued a challenge to the students during
Homeroom Assembly–to email him the first line
of the devotion he had just given. He got several
spirited responses throughout the day and
awarded 5 prizes before the day was over!

Last year, Mr. Butt began the photo identification
contest “Oak Hill Up Close”–emailing pictures of
close-up details of things seen around the campus.
Students are invited to search their visual memory
banks and identify what and where the objects are.
The first students to correctly name the objects in
an email to Mr. Butt won! Test your skill:



4th Annual Color Run Adds to the Homecoming Festivities at Oak Hill Academy Boarding School

By: Zoey Doan ’20, 21st Century Journalism Class.

Stephanie ’23 does her best to dodge the purple coming her way

Oak Hill Academy’s Color Run was vibrant. Offering tremendous Autumn views of campus, the course went down and up Oak Hill Road past Turner the Collins Triplex, around the soccer field, past English Academic Building and concluded down at Noonkester Lake, on campus. The traditional powdered color was tossed at participants as they finished. Runners included Elijah, Adeline, Carmen, Braelyn, Kevin, Corey, Landon, Bridget, Arthurline, Stephanie, McKenzie and Ms. Brown. Color throwers included Josh, Zoey, Alex, Skylar, Erin, Jehu, Jude, Lydia and Mrs. Butt.

Top male and female finishers: Corey & Arthurline

Corey ‘19 came in first place for the men, finishing with a laugh and great speed. Kevin ’19 finished in second place for the men, covered in color. He exclaimed happily, “I’m speechless; it was just that amazing!” For the ladies, Arthurline ’21 finished in first place, with a huge smile on her face. She stated, “It was a good experience, and it was fun.” Running in second place for the ladies with a determined look on her face, was Bridget ‘20. Impressively carrying the Cannons’ daughter up Oak Hill Road, Girls’ Resident Manager Ms. Brown exclaimed, “I’m tired, and my legs are sore!”

After the run, Director of Student Affairs, Mr. Butt, serving as the Color Run coordinator, passed out fruit and water. A colorful group posed for photos at the lake finish line.

Congratulations to Oak Hill Academy’s new Student of the Week!


The Principal’s Office recently announced that Andie S. has been awarded “Student of the Week” honors.

Andie is a sophomore from Georgia. This is Andie’s first academic year at Oak Hill Academy, having started her experience here during our last summer session. Her nominator for this award describes Andie as “always positive and smiling. Helpful to other students, Andie is the type of student who gives without expecting anything in return. The world needs more people like her!”

Students are regularly nominated and chosen by the faculty and staff for making notable contributions to Oak Hill Academy campus life.

Oak Hill Academy 2018-19 Gold Team Home Opener

By:  Cole Anthony ’19, 21st Century Journalism Class.

On Saturday afternoon, October 27th, Oak Hill Academy’s loaded Gold Team took on Faith Assembly Christian Academy of Durham, NC. This was the squad’s first game of the year, and they did not disappoint. From the jump ball, Oak Hill immediately separated themselves from the opposing team, allowing them only 4 points inthe first quarter. This set the tone for the rest of the game as OHA went on to win the game 101-42.

Cam Thomas ‘20 led all scorers with 25 points, and Kofi Cockburn ‘19 followed closely behind with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Faith Assembly had no answer for these two as they each shot over 60% from the field. Evan Johnson ‘20 also chipped in with 12 points and 6 assists, and Dylan Cardwell ‘20 came off the bench to add 9 points and 5 rebounds.

After the game, Darrick Jones ’19, who shot a perfect 4 for 4 from the field said, “I can’t wait for the season to really get going. I look forward to seeing how good we can be as a unit.” Coach Meagher also chimed in saying, “This team is going to be really good. They have a chance to be special.” With this being the home opener of the season, expect a lot more action from this nationally ranked team.


Boarding School Campus Activities Bring Oak Hill Academy Students, Faculty, and Alumni Together for Harvest Homecoming

By:  Ian Robinson ’20, 21st Century Journalism Class.
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Oak Hill Academy hosted Harvest Homecoming. The combination event invited students, staff and alumni to participate in games, to tailgate, and to enjoy s’mores at the bonfire. The crowd was treated to hot dogs, hamburgers, bratwurst, and nachos. Mr. Bunn brought homemade chili. His daughter, Erin Bunn ’21, baked sweet cornbread muffins as well. During the festivities, some kids stayed inside the gym and played basketball, while others remained outside and played a wide variety of games. These included corn hole, a miniature basketball-style shooting game, ring-around-the-poles, and putt-putt. There was even a DJ adding music to the event.

Many OHA students dressed up in costumes. They dressed as witches, vampires, zombies, ghosts, and even the Phantom of the Opera. The staff also took part in the costume event. A favorite staff costume was to dress in student school dress. Although the temperature outside during the event was chilly, there were outdoor heaters and a bonfire to keep everyone warm. Everyone really enjoyed the food, music, and games while connecting with many recent and older alumni!

A Snapshot of Typical Weekend Trips at Oak Hill Academy Boarding School

By:  Lauren Oberman ’20, 21st Century Journalism Class.

On November 3rd, Oak Hill Academy had another “Warrior Night,” an enhanced offering of Saturday night off-campus trips available for sign-up. There were four trips. Ms. Haas took a dinner and movie trip to see the Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Zoey Doan ’20 stated, “The movie was a little too predictable, but I did have a good time with my friends.” Ms. Bronson took a very excited group of kids out to eat sushi and get Starbucks. Kami Lewis ’20 said, “I really enjoyed hanging out with my friends and eating sushi.” The third trip was to Krispy Kreme and Five Guys, sponsored by Mr. P. Fisher. When asked, Tobi Salami ’20 stated, “I had a great time on the trip! I got to hang out with some friends and eat some really good food.” There was also a Fast Food Rodeo. The kids went to Wendy’s, McDonald’s, KFC/Taco Bell and Little Caesars Pizza. Corey Shupe ’19 said, “I ate a lot of food and had a really good time!”

Thank you to the faculty who drove students for this weekend’s Warrior Night. It was a good one!

Contact Information

Oak Hill Academy
2635 Oak Hill Rd.
Mouth of Wilson, Virginia 24363

Phone Number  276-579-2619

Administrative Office Fax Number  276-579-4722

Academic Office Fax Number  276-579-2618

Ms. Cyndie Richardson

Director of Student Affairs
Mr. Aaron Butt

Dean of Girls
Mrs. Shaquera Clawson

Dean of Boys
Mr. Gary Crede

Director of Financial Affairs
Mrs. Rhonda Bowen

Student Expense Accounts
Mrs. Paula Phelps

Student Tuition Accounts
Mrs. Laura Phipps

Transportation Coordinator
Mrs. Regina Cooper

Director of Counseling
Mrs. Joy Groves

Academy Nurse
Mrs. Betsy Anders
Mrs. Anita Perkins

For additional contact info., visit the Faculty & Staff Directory.