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OHA student commended by National Merit Scholarship Program

Will ’20 after the presentation.

The President of Oak Hill Academy, a historic college prep boarding school in southwestern Virginia, announced today that 12th grader William H. of Severna Park, Maryland, has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. President Michael Groves noted that this recognition requires a student’s PSAT score to be among the best in the nation. Heard’s score placed him among the top 2% of all test takers.

A spokesperson for the NMSP commented that “Those being named ‘Commended Students’ have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource. Recognizing their accomplishments as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

The 2019-20 year is Will’s second at Oak Hill Academy. The framed commendation certificate was presented to Will by Dr. Groves at the school’s morning assembly Friday, September 27. The OHA school community congratulates Will on this amazing accomplishment!

OHA Soccer fights hard to the finish in home opener

By Senior Journalism students AJ B. and Ramsey R.

Francesco sees an opportunity to command the ball for OHA.

The Oak Hill Academy soccer team played their home opener against Providence Academy from Johnson City, TN, on Monday, September 30.

The match was filled with excitement as the teams traded the lead five times. Justin B. ’21, the goalie for OHA, saw a lot of action during this match up. Defending the goal and blocking a combined 21 shots on goal were juniors Gideon W. and Clement K., along with freshman Eren O.

Presenting many opportunities for offense, seniors Francesco B., Thomas C-R. and Amar D. combined for 34 steals. As a collective, the team had many opportunities to score, connecting four times. Thomas and juniors Jonathan D., Josh M., and Emeka N. scored to keep Oak Hill in the game.

At the conclusion of regulation play, the score was tied at 4-4. A shootout is used to determine the winner. This intense end to the game saw Oak Hill downed 3-2.

Coach Andy Smith was more than pleased with the team’s efforts, saying, “Our boys played their best game of the season by far. They have really come together to play hard and never give up! I am extremely happy with the entire team for playing such an exciting game!”

Phoenix takes control of the ball as OHA teammates Eren, James, and Jervonio follow the action.

Photo credits: Mikki Haas

OHA Equestrian Team makes bright showing at first horse show of the year

by Journalism student AJ B. ’20

The Oak Hill Academy Equestrian Team participates in horse shows throughout the school year. The first show for the 2019-20 team took place in Ivanhoe, Virginia, on Saturday, September 28th. Competing in the Southwest Virginia Fall Fun Horse Show, our Riding Warriors all placed in each of their events. Senior Lauren O. competed in four events placing first in Equitation and Walk/Trot/Canter; and placing second in “Go As You Please” and Driving. Lauren remarked, “This was my first horse show in two years, and I haven’t been riding very much, so I was excited to attend the event and show the new girls the ropes of the horse show.”

The sophomore class is strongly represented on the team by Stephanie H., McKenzie K., and Haley V. Stephanie earned second place in the Equitation competition and fourth place in the Walk and Trot group. McKenzie took second and third place in her Sitting and Posting contests. In her OHA Equestrian debut, Haley placed fourth in both of her Sitting and Posting events. Haley said, “It was a fun event! I am looking forward to improving for the next show.”

OHA’s Equestrian Team is sponsored by Mr. Tim Henry and Mrs. Kim Manuel.

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

Mr. Todd Giszack

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, MA, LPC, NCC

Academy Nurse
Ms. Betsy Anderson
Mrs. Anita Perkins

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