The Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals Tournament announced yesterday that Oak Hill Academy’s Gold basketball team will defend its national title in the tournament March 30-April 1, 2017, in New York. The Warriors (seeded 5th) will play 4-seed Findlay Prep of Nevada in the first round on Thursday, March 30. The game will be played at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, NY, at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU. See USA Today’s story about the tournament field here.
The Gold Team of Oak Hill Academy closed out the regular season at home with a 91-39 win over York Prep Academy of Rock Hill, South Carolina, on March 8, 2017.
Congratulations to the Warriors for another outstanding season. On to New York and the Dick’s Nationals!
Scoring for the Warriors:
Lindell Wigginton – 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists;
Devontae Shuler – 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists;
Matt Coleman – 13 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists;
Billy Preston – 11 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists;
David McCormack – 8 points, 6 rebounds;
Kenny Nwuba – 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist;
Eddy Kayoloud – 8 points, 6 rebounds;
Ty-Shon Alexander – 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists;
Josh Hemmings – 5 points, 2 rebounds
Oak Hill Academy’s JV Warriors wrapped up the basketball season with a 70-60 win at home over York Prep Academy out of South Carolina. Congratulations to the team for an outstanding season!
On Wednesday, the day of Oak Hill Academy’s last regular season Gold Team Basketball game, we assembled in storied Turner Gymnasium in our “School Spirit” regalia for the epic final round of this year’s Spirit Days competition. “Feats of Strength” was the theme of the day’s activities, as class representatives tested their physical and mental fortitude in games including an iron woman contest, jump roping, the “wall sit,” a sack race, a basketball shoot, a (grueling) tug-of-war tournament, and the “Dizzy Bat” relay. The gathering was capped with a lively class cheering competition.
Our thanks to Mr. Hill and his band of faculty and staff helpers who engineered a great series of Spirit Days events. And thanks to our students for your enthusiasm, creativity and participation. On Thursday morning, Mr. Hill announced that this year’s competition was the closest on record, and it was the Seniors who claimed the crown. Congratulations, seniors–and enjoy sleeping in on an upcoming Saturday School day!
Meet David M., a junior from Chesapeake, Virginia. He is our newest “Student of the Week.” David is in his first year at Oak Hill Academy, and was recommended for this honor with the following: David is a hardworking, conscientious young man who is diligent in his work, both at the dorm and in the classroom. He always has a pleasant attitude and gets along well with everyone. He is among the most well-mannered students in my classes, never failing to add a “thank you,” “please,” or “yes, sir” or “ma’am.” He works hard at helping others to study and participate.
Students are regularly nominated and chosen by the faculty and staff for making notable contributions to Oak Hill Academy campus life.
Even though we are a college prep boarding school, we strive for a work-life balance that maximizes productivity of the “work” and enjoyment of the “life.” Enjoyment is the reason Oak Hill Academy instituted Warrior Weekends–wherein a team of faculty and staff offers special trips and activities over the course of a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This February’s Warrior Weekend offered trips for hiking, ziplining, trampolining, and ice skating. Students could get manicures and pedicures, grab a fast food meal, see a movie, attend a contemporary church service, go to a restaurant, or visit an entertainment center featuring bowling, laser tag, and arcade games. On-campus activities included international cooking, a pizza and painting session, and an enhanced Sunday afternoon social complete with an 18-hole mini golf course and 60-foot putting challenge. Unseasonably nice weather allowed for an outdoor meal of nachos and hamburger, hotdog, and chicken sliders after the social. Thanks to Meriwether-Godsey, our food service team, for that.
Props to the faculty/staff Warrior Weekend team–and many thanks for the photos!
Weirdness reigned at Oak Hill Academy for Thursday’s observance of “Wacky Dress Day” in conjunction with our annual Spirit Days. Students and staff let their freak flags fly–donning everything from face paint, fuzzy dice, sparkly eyebrows and tutus to an inflatable suit, lederhosen , and furry psychedelic boots. Kudos for creativity!
The afternoon was capped by our annual Quiz Bowl game in the chapel. Let the spirited competitions continue!
Wow–I can’t remember a more eventful February at Oak Hill Academy! The first weekend in February, we were on Mid-Winter Break, except for the Gold Team, who were in California snapping rival Chino Hills’ 2-year winning streak! Back at home, there was a delivery pizza supper and a first-ever co-ed social on the “boys’ side” of campus for students here during the open weekend.
The JV and Red Basketball teams also racked up wins in February, with the Red Team accomplishing its goal of back-to-back NACA Division 2 National Championships. Way to go, teams! February is also the time we hear about preparations being made for Spring Soccer, and Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis.
February saw a broad range of entertainment happening at our small boarding school–basketball trick star Joe Odhiambo shared his skills and his story with us; the Kenya Safari Acrobats impressed us with their incredible feats; Mr. Massey, Ms. Callison and friend Donna Correll gave us a concert; and the Amazing Dexter charmed us with his magic and jokes. Homeroom music included selections from “Hamilton” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”
Clubs continued to meet (Spanish, Cards & Games, Magic) and other clubs got on track for second semester (Youth Group, Ski Club and Debate). Intramural volleyball got started. Advisory groups gathered for activities, some went out to eat, and one group stopped at a local dairy farm for a tour.
Warrior Weekend Feb. 24-26 created a flurry of fun this month, with 18 off-campus trips and 3 special on-campus activities, finishing with a tail-gate type picnic on Sunday evening.
On the same weekend, our Board of Trustees met on campus, and students served friends and guests of the Academy at the Donor Dinner.
Spirit Days fired up, with each Thursday in February dedicated to a dress-down day and lively competitions between classes: Spirit Dress, Pajama Day, Twin Day and Wacky Day; Minute-To-Win-It games, Curling, and the Quiz Bowl. And it’s not over yet–stay turned for March festivities!
Thanks to many photo contributors for this month’s slideshow!
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