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Brunswick Academy Welcomes Roger Poythress to the Vikings Volleyball Program

Brunswick Academy would like to welcome Roger Poythress to their volleyball program. Roger will work with all three teams (middle school, JV and Varsity) this upcoming school year. Roger will be working with the teams daily at practices and preparing them for season play. 

Roger started playing organized volleyball in 1990 in the South Hill YMCA League and soon fell in love with the game. “I remember wishing my week away looking forward to Sunday afternoons because I would get to play volleyball!” Soon after Roger began to organize and run the YMCA Volleyball League. At the time Roger was a volunteer and board member of the South Hill, YMCA. 

In 2003 Roger established the Lake Country Volleyball Association (LCVA). Since its founding LCVA has run various adult and teen leagues, youth travel teams, private lessons, as well as Summer volleyball camps for children 2nd grade through High School. 

Roger has coached at Bluestone High School and Kerr Vance Academy in Henderson, North Carolina. More recently Roger coached the First Christian School Lady Lions Middle School team in South Hill. 

We are so excited to have Roger as a “Viking.” He will be an asset to our program with his talent, coaching experience and love for the game.

Brunswick Academy to hold Baccalaureate/Commencement Ceremony

Brunswick Academy will celebrate the graduating Class of 2020 at a special ceremony combining the traditional Baccalaureate Service with Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held on the Dennis A. Moore Football Field and will include a religious service to honor the graduating class as well as the awarding of diplomas. The 40 graduates will march and be seated 6 feet apart and will be wearing a Brunswick Academy Class of 2020 mask to ensure the safety of each student and to minimize health risks. The ceremony will begin with a message from the Reverend Greg Hand of Pleasant Hill Christian Church and a student-led prayer, followed by the Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches. Students will then be presented their diplomas, awards, scholarships, and other accolades before being officially pronounced Brunswick Academy graduates. Although the conclusion of the 2019-2020 academic year has not been what we expected for our Seniors, we are excited to finally be able to celebrate their accomplishments in the company of the entire Brunswick Academy community.

Parker Channing Burke is April 2020 BA Student of the Month

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that senior Parker Channing Burke has been chosen as our Student of the Month for April 2020. Parker is the son of Neil and Sidney Burke of South Hill. He has a brother, Brady, who is in the 8th grade. Parker joined Brunswick Academy his 8th grade school year. He selected the Honors Academic Program, BA’s most challenging program, and consistently earned All A Honor Roll and attended the All A’s Head of School Breakfast. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and had the distinction of serving as a Junior Marshall for the 2019 graduation ceremony. He enrolled in dual enrollment courses through SVCC his junior and senior school years. Parker is a 5th year member of the Latin Club and served as Editor his senior year. He is also a 2nd year member of the Scholastic Bowl Team. Parker is ranked 4th in his graduating class and 3rd in the Honors Program.

Additionally, Parker has been actively involved in sports at BA where he was able to pursue his love of basketball and running. He was a 4 year member of the Cross Country team, serving as captain and earning All-Academic Honors this past year. He was a 3 year member of the JV Basketball team and played Varsity Basketball for 2 years. He was awarded Most Improved and received the Coaches Award under both programs. Parker also received the All-Academic Honors award as a senior. He has been an active member of the South Hill United Methodist Church and is a 6 year youth group member active in church missions and retreats. He has volunteered his time with the South Hill Bread Box and has helped supply food to Holly Haven House on Sundays.

Parker has been accepted to Roanoke College, East Carolina University, and University of Virginia at Wise. He is on the waiting list for UVA Charlottesville. Parker has been awarded the Dean’s Award Scholarship from Roanoke College. Although he is currently undecided about where he will attend college in the Fall, Parker plans to complete an undergraduate program in Biology Pre-medicine track with the goal of becoming a Medical Doctor. Congratulations, Parker!

BA First Semester All As Breakfast

On February 20, 2020, Brunswick Academy honored high school students who obtained all As for the First Semester.  Mrs. Courtney Roberts Nickels (BA Class of 2004) was guest speaker. Mrs. Nickels gave an inspirational speech to our students and parents. She stated that “the process of learning is ultimately the lesson.” She also encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone and to enjoy where you are in life right now and keep up the good work.” Congratulations to all of these students!


Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Sadler Hastings Lundy has been named its September 2019 Student of the Month.  She was recognized at the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce luncheon held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.    Sadler, a senior at Brunswick Academy, is the daughter of Missi Sadler and Russell Lundy, Jr. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sadler of Emporia, Virginia and Mrs. Betty Lundy and the late Mr. Russell Lundy, Sr. of Emporia, Virginia.

Sadler is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program - the most rigorous and challenging program of study our school offers. In addition to her BA classes this year, Sadler is enrolled in dual enrollment courses through both Southside Virginia Community College as well as Liberty University’s Online Academy. Throughout her entire time at Brunswick Academy, Sadler has earned the distinction of Brunswick Academy’s Honor Roll and has attended the Head of School’s All-A Breakfast her 9th, 10th & 11th grade years at the Upper School. Given her academic history, we fully anticipate her attendance for this year’s event as well.

Inducted into the National Honor Society in 2019, Sadler serves as the President this year. In addition, she is the Vice-President of the Student Council Organization which is the student government group for Brunswick Academy. Also, Sadler is a member of Brunswick Academy’s Latin Club and serves as its Vice-President. Furthermore, Sadler is a member of the National Honors Art program. Sadler has enhanced her academic career by attending both Girls State and Envision’s National Youth Leaders Forum.

Sadler has an impressive extra-curricular record as well. For the past 8 years, she has been a member of the city of Raleigh’s Cheer Extreme Competition team and has traveled throughout the contiguous United States to compete on a national level. In addition, she has participated in a variety of Brunswick Academy sports since 6th grade to include JV & Varsity Cheer, JV & Varsity Volleyball, as well as Soccer.  Furthermore, she works part-time as a waitress at the Fosho restaurant in Emporia.

When Sadler has any spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and socializing with her friends. At this time, Sadler has been accepted to the University of Alabama. Meanwhile, she is awaiting responses from UNC, USC, Clemson, UVA, UT, and VT. Sadler plans to continue her love of cheer by being a cheerleader at the University level while she pursues a study of Biology and hopes to attend medical school to become a Dermatologist.


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Brunswick Academy students awarded Benchmark Community Bank $mart$tart Scholarship

Recent Brunswick Academy graduates are shown receiving $1,000 $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarships from Benchmark Community Bank.  Lawrenceville’s AVP/Branch Manager Nicole Young presents Hannah Waller (below right); Emporia’s VP/Senior Business Banker Jim Saunders presents Jonathan Paul (above); and VP/Area Manager Holly Blackwell of South Hill presents Lucy Smith (below left).

Kenbridge, VA – Three recent Brunswick Academy graduates were recently announced as recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Benchmark Community Bank. Hannah Waller of Brunswick County, Jonathan Paul of Greensville County, and Lucy Smith of Mecklenburg County were three of eleven recipients selected from a pool of over 75 applicants for the bank’s $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship named for Benchmark’s teen savings and money management program.

The awards were presented during Brunswick Academy’s senior awards program. The annual $mart$tart Community Commitment Scholarship recognizes dedication to community and extracurricular service throughout a student’s high school career. Waller (Medicine) and Paul (Chemical Engineering) plan to attend the University of Virginia. Smith plans to major in Nursing at Radford University.


“All of these students distinguished themselves through service with several community organizations, as well as involvement and leadership in multiple extracurricular organizations while at Brunswick Academy,” Benchmark President/CEO Jay A. Stafford said of the recipients. “We need young people like these to further their educations and return to Southside Virginia to contribute their skills and talents for the future of our region. It is Benchmark’s privilege to help these students succeed.”

“The goal for our $mart$tart savings and money management program is to help teens build the solid skills that will put them on the road to greater financial security,” explained Executive Vice President for Retail Banking LeAnne Emert. “Soon after the program launched, we began hearing great stories about some of our $mart$tart customers and other young people in our area who were contributing time, skills, and experiences to improve the quality of life in their schools and communities. We believe those contributions should be rewarded and cultivated to benefit our hometowns.”

Benchmark Community Bank, founded in 1971, is head­quartered in Kenbridge, VA, and operates sixteen branches throughout Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina. For the thirteenth consecutive year, American Banker magazine has named Benchmark as one of the Top 200 Community Banks out of over 5,000 community banks in the nation. To learn more about Benchmark, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, please visit or stop by our area branches located at 220 W. 5th Avenue, Lawrenceville; 316 W. Atlantic Street, Emporia; or 905 N. Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill.

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Brunswick Academy Graduation

Brunswick Academy will hold its Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Greg Hand of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Gasburg, Virginia.  Commencement Exercises will be held in the gymnasium on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  Twenty-nine seniors will be graduating.


The valedictorian is Jonathan Davis Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Paul of Emporia, Virginia.   Jonathan will be attending The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The salutatorian is Courtney Ann Walton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joey Walton of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Courtney will be attending North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering.

There will be seven other honor graduates at this year’s graduation. They are, listed below in alphabetical order:

Kyleigh Faye Capps, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Capps of Littleton, North Carolina.  Kyleigh will be attending Halifax Community College.

Taylor Brooke Capps, daughter of Ms. Crystal Capps of Lawrenceville, Virginia. Taylor will be attending The University of Virginia.

Jacob Brady Farmer, son of Brad Farmer of Lawrenceville, Virginia and Heidi Smith of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Jacob will be attending The Cormier Honors College at Longwood University.

Savannah Paige Greene, daughter of Mr. C.K. Greene of Dolphin, Virginia and Mrs. Tammy Greene of Lawrenceville, Virginia.  Savannah will be attending the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Morgan Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Moore of Emporia, Virginia.  Morgan will be attending the Honors College of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Lucy Holloway Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith of South Hill, Virginia. Lucy will be attending Radford University’s School of Nursing and Honors College.  

Hannah Nicole Waller, daughter of Mrs. Jenni Oakley of Brodnax, Virginia.  Hannah will be attending The University of Virginia.

Twelve seniors are children of Brunswick Academy alumni.


Brunswick Academy Career Day

The Brunswick Academy PTO hosted a Career Fair for our Viking students on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  The day was designed for our 3rd through 12th grade students to learn about the job possibilities in today's world.  Professionals in attendance were an Archaeologist, Engineer, Electrician, Welder, Nurse, Dentist, Physical Therapist, Banker, Author, Pharmacist, Teacher, Attorney, and many more.  We thank all of them for coming and being part it.  To conclude the day, the VCU Health Med Vac Team landed on the football field.  It was a great and informative day that was enjoyed by all. 

Picture 2 - Loretta Bottoms and Kerrie Combs of Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, showing students a "glitter bug" hand washing demonstration.

Picture 3 - Amanda Lipscomb, Pharmacist at Walmart in Emporia, speaks to students.

Picture 4 - Brunswick Academy Fifth Graders enjoyed the presentation from Jessie Doyle at BSV.

Picture 5 - Author, Houston T. Kidd reads his book, "Willow the Water Bear" to the Brunswick Academy PreSchool Class.

Picture 6 - The VCU Health Med Vac Team talks to B.A. High School students.

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Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Courtney Ann Walton has been chosen the November 2018 Student of the Month.  Courtney, a senior, is the daughter of Joey and Sonya Walton of Lawrenceville.

Courtney is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program that is the most rigorous and challenging program of student academics that the school offers.  She is also currently enrolled at SVCC taking dual-enrollment classes.

Courtney is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Brunswick Academy Scholastic Bowl team and Honor Council, where she served as Secretary last year.

She has played varsity softball and varsity volleyball.  At the annual awards banquet in her freshman year, she received the Most Valuable Player for Varsity Softball.  In addition, she was named to the First team All - Conference and First Team All - State.

For varsity softball, in her sophomore year, she received Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State.  The climax of the year was being named State Player of the Year.  That same year she was captain of the Varsity Softball Team and Co-Most valuable player of the year.  Courtney has played on the Williamsburg Starz Gold travel ball team and later on the Hanover Hornets travel softball team.

At the Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies, Courtney was a Junior Marshall.  At the same ceremony, she received the William and Mary Leadership Award.

In her spare time, Courtney enjoys playing with her goldendoodle puppy, spending time with her family and friends and loves to bake.   She has applied to The University of Richmond, The College of William and Mary, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University.  She plans to major in pre-law.


BA Art Students 'Paint-a-Plow"

This year Lawrenceville Area VDOT Headquarters partnered with Brunswick Academy in the Paint-a-Plow program. This program allows schools in the community the opportunity for art programs to share their artistic talents by painting a snow plow blade to represent their school. Early this fall Brunswick Academy art students under the direction of Mrs. Kathy Lee worked diligently over several weeks to complete the project. Be on the lookout in the community for the creative artwork of our Brunswick Academy art students as VDOT “moves forward” with their snow removal operations this winter.

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BA Students Attend VJCL Convention

The BA delegation of 15 students to the VJCL Convention did an outstanding job, bringing home 42 academic and graphic arts awards (25 of which were in the top five).  They also received second place in the spirit contest for medium delegations.  And, they brought home a first ever award:  second place in club scrapbook. 

Attendees were (top left to bottom right): Morgan Moore, Savannah Greene, Jacob Farmer, Kien Powell, Will Morris, Emily Robertson, Hunter Greene, Naomi Sadler, Tyler Creedle, Kennedy Greene, Brysen Diefert, Brady Talbert, Emily Robinson, Lydia Smith, and Cassidy Smith.

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BA JV Volleyball Finishes Season on High Note

JV Volleyball team finished first in the VCC conference and second in the VCC conference tournament. They finished the conference with a 10-2 record. Overall record 11-3.

Front row:  Aaryn Babb (Captain) & Mary Freeman; Second Row:  Carleigh Jarratt, Kaitlyn Waller, Jane Poarch (Captain), Alyssa Rivas (Captain) & Lydia Smith; Back Row: Faith McLawhorn, Emily Roberts & Madelyn Williams. 

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Brunswick Academy Varsity Football

Brunswick Academy Vikings 37- Greenbrier Christian Gators 36

The #5 seed Brunswick Academy Vikings won the state VISFL quarter finals game on Thursday night vs the #4 seed Greenbrier Christian Gators. The Vikings took on The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA Tuesday, November 13th at 3:00PM.



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Brunswick Academy Vikings Girls Volleyball

By Hannah Waller

The B.A. Lady Vikings, coached by Mr. Ken Warf, ended their regular season as conference champs. Overall the Vikings went 9-3 and were 6-0 at home. In tournament play, the Vikings played in the semi-final match, but fell to Kenston Forest School. Comprised of five seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, and one freshman, the B.A. Lady Vikings were fierce and determined to win. In addition to placing first in conference, several players of the B.A. team were recognized for different awards. Olivia Combs, junior setter, was named as part of the VCC All-Tournament team; Hannah Waller, senior middle and co-captain was named VCC All-Academic; Allie Pope, senior outside and co-captain, was named VCC Second-Team All Conference; the VCC recognized Naomi Sadler, sophomore outside, Sarah-Olivia Temple, junior middle, and Hannah Waller, as part of the First-Team All Conference. The Brunswick Academy varsity volleyball team has never won a regular season in almost thirty years, so this season was significant to not only the players and coach, but also for B.A. and the future of the volleyball program. Although we came out as first this season, I expect next year's team to come out even stronger with improved skills and a sharper mindset to end the season not only as conference champs, but hopefully as tournament champs as well.


All-Academic: Hannah Waller

1st Team All-Conference: Sarah-Olivia Temple, Hannah Waller, Naomi Sadler

2nd Team All-Conference: Allie Pope

All Tournament: Olivia Combs

VCC Coach of the Year: Ken Warf

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Brunswick Academy Upper School Honor Roll

1st Six Weeks – 2018-2019

Headmaster’s List – All A’s

Grade 9

Shana Denise Love, Sydney Paige Paul, Bryson Gage Poarch, Lydia Reed Smith, Jacky Zhu

Grade 10*

Brysen Alexandra Diefert, William Hunter Greene, Brady Jacob Talbert,

*Dual Enrollment students at SVCC and Liberty University qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.

Grade 11*

Sarah Paige Fajna, Katelyn Marie Ottaway, Emily Christine Robertson, Kyle Donovan Tanner

*Dual Enrollment students at SVCC and Liberty University qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.

Grade 12*

Jinhing Hu (Jacob), Timothy Sage Kallam, Daein Kim (Dan), Chenchen Zhao (Chloe)

*Dual Enrollment students at SVCC and Liberty University qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.

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Grade 9

Charles Vincent Edmunds, James Harrison Harper, Kacie Lin Keefe, Faith Elizabeth McLawhorn, Robert Matthew Moseley, Alyssa Reina Rivas, Madelyn Gray Williams, Matthew Lawrence Woyer

Grade 10*

Aaryn Moore Babb, Samuel Elliott Capps, Robert Tyler Creedle, Clyde Kenneth Greene III, Meredith Paige Lucy, Jun-Young Park (Jun), Kyle Tyler Powell, Dustin Arthur Roberts, Naomi Rose Sadler, Christian Alexandra Williams

*Dual Enrollment students at SVCC and Liberty University qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.

Grade 11*

William Vernon Bryant, Jr., Leiara Lane Butler, Olivia Graham Clary, Joanna Grace Glenn, Logan Hope Hyde, Paige Kylie Jennings, Catherine Camille Mitchell, Reanna Lane Powers, Christopher Michael Redman, Jr., Hinton Joseph Vick, III., Alexis Grace Yoders

*Dual Enrollment students at SVCC and Liberty University qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.

Grade 12*

Hunter Douglas Hastings, Guanxi He (Will), David Cole Moseley, Kien Wilton Powell, Jamie Lauren Saunders

*Dual Enrollment students at SVCC and Liberty University qualify for Honor Roll at the end of each semester.

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Breast Cancer Awarness at BA

The students and faculty of Brunswick Academy wore Pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness on Tuesday, October 2.

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Shay Wrenn is the BA 2018 Homecoming Queen

2018 Homecoming Queen, Shay Wrenn.

2018 Homecoming Queen, Shay Wrenn, daughter of Lane and Erica Wrenn of Gasburg. Therunner up, Hannah Waller. 2017 Homecoming Queen, Halie Dru Sadler, was present to crown the new Queen.

Our 2018 Crown bearer was First Grader, Jonas Earl Doyle, son of Jock Doyle (‘99) and Jessie Raney Doyle ('01). He is the grandson of Beverly Temple Raney ('74), Terri Speight Doyle ('72), and Joey Doyle ('73).Our 2018 Flower Girl was First Grader, Kacy Grey Powell, daughter of Katie Griffin Powell ('02) and Scott Powell. Kacy is the granddaughter of Sandra Wright Griffin ('76) and Samuel Grey Griffin ('74).

Brunswick Academy 2018 Homecoming Court; from left to right: Alyssa Rivas (Freshman), Naomi Sadler (Sophomore), Olivia Combs (Junior), Allie Pope (Senior), Hannah Waller (Senior), Shay Wrenn (Senior), Lucy Smith (Senior), Sarah Olivia Temple (Junior), Logan Hyde (Junior), Kaitlyn Waller (Sophomore), and Madelyn Williams (Freshman). 

Left to Right (Back Row)- Director of Upper School, Brittney Weidman, 2017 Homecoming Queen, Halie Dru Sadler (‘18), 2018 Homecoming Queen, Shay Wrenn, and father of Shay Wrenn, Lane Wrenn. Left to Right (Front Row) Crown Bearer, Jonas Doyle, & Flower Girl, Kacy Powell.

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Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Jonathan Davis Paul has been selected September 2018 Student of the month.  Jonathan, a senior, is the son of John and Tonya Paul (Class of 1991) of Emporia.  His sister, Sydney, is a freshman at Brunswick Academy. He is the grandson of Wanda Proctor of Emporia and Ronald and Virginia Paul of Henrico, NC.

Jonathan is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program, which is the most rigorous and challenging program of study. This year he has been taking dual-enrollment classes at Southside Virginia Community College, as well as his upper-school classes at Brunswick Academy. He has consistently made the Honor Roll throughout his years at the academy.

Regarding academics, he is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of Brunswick Academy’s Honor Council, Student Council Organization, the Junior Classical League (Latin Club) and has attended Model General Assembly in Richmond. He has also competed against other schools in our conference as a member of Brunswick Academy’s Scholastic Bowl team (quiz bowl competition).  Jonathan was Chief Marshall at the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2018.

This past summer, Jonathan was selected to attend Boys’ State held at Radford University. The week long program, which is hosted by the American Legion, helps to cultivate leadership skills and develop pride in American citizenships to all of its participants. Over 600 boys attended this session where they were able to learn more about Virginia government.  Jonathan ran for a seat in the House of Delegates and won and was able to write and present a couple of bills.

He is a member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia, where he serves as a scripture reader. Since the 7th grade, he has been a member of Main Street’s Youth Group.  Jonathan has participated in 6 week long mission trips where they travel to different states and perform a variety of tasks including much need home repairs, serving meals to the homeless, as well as completing the renovation of a camp cabin on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

From the time Jonathan was 7 years old, scouting has been an important part of his life. He became a boy scout in Troop 232 of Purdy in 2012 where he logged more than 70 nights camping, has been on numerous hikes including a portion of the Appalachian Trail and a 5 day 35 mile hike through the mountains of New Mexico. Jonathan completed his Eagle Service project in 2016 by planning, organizing and installing a 30’ flagpole with an American Flag at the Greensville Manor Nursing Home. He became an Eagle Scout on November 16, 2016.

Throughout his years of attending Brunswick Academy, Jonathan has participated in athletics at the Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. He has played football for 6 years, earning the sportsmanship award his Junior year and is currently serving as one of the team captains. He has been on the baseball team for 4 years, earning the Most Improved Award his Freshman year and receiving the Coach’s award his Sophomore year. He has also played Soccer and ran with the Cross Country team.

Jonathan’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, kayaking and beekeeping.

He is in the process of applying to the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee University and North Carolina State University. He plans to study either chemical or electrical engineering.

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Brunswick Academy First Day of 2018-19 School Year

Brunswick Academy's First Day of School on August 14th, 2018.


Siblings, Carter (11th Grade) & Reagan (10th Grade) Saunders
Kindergartener, Holland Council
4th Grader, Koen Morris
The Class of 2019's LAST FIRST DAY

Landon Edwards is getting used to having a locker in 6th grade.

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Brunswick Academy Class of 2019 Senior-First Grade March

Brunswick Academy held one of their oldest traditions on Wednesday, August 15th.  The Senior- First Grade March has been done at B.A. for many years.  Each Senior introduces their First Grade friend. Pictured is the B.A. Class of 2019 and their First Grade friends, the B.A. Class of 2030.

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BA's Slayten Farmer to Play Baseball at PDCCC

Front Row:  (L-R) Deborah Owen,  Brunswick Academy Interim Head of School, Becky Farmer, Slayten Farmer and Brittney Weidman, Head  of the Upper School; Back Row: (L-R) Dwayne Farmer and David Mitchell, Coach, Paul D. Camp Community College

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Slayten Farmer has signed a letter of intent to play Baseball at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin. He is  a member of the Brunswick Academy Class of 2018, has been recruited as either a Catcher or 1st Baseman.  

Slayten is the son of Dwayne and Becky Farmer of Lawrenceville ,and  the Grandson of Judy and Sammy Clary of Lawrenceville and Gertrude Wheeler of Gasburg.

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6th Six Weeks, 2nd Semester, and End of Year (Bold denotes students in the Honors Program)

THIRD GRADE – 6th Six Weeks – All A – Grayson Newsome, A & B Honor Roll – Jud Farmer, Harrison Grizzard, Alexis Haught, Lilly Ibrahim, Lacey Jamison, Mallory Lewis, Koen Morris, Arya Patel, Kennedi Roberts.

THIRD GRADE – 2nd Semester – All A – Grayson Newsome, A & B Honor Roll – Jud Farmer, Harrison Grizzard, Alexis Haught, Lilly Ibrahim, Lacey Jamison, Mallory Lewis, Koen Morris, Arya Patel, Kennedi Roberts, Grayson Thomas.

THIRD GRADE – END OF YEAR – All A – Grayson Newsome, A & B Honor Roll – Jud Farmer, Harrison Grizzard, Alexis Haught, Lilly Ibrahim, Lacey Jamison, Mallory Lewis, Maddison McAden, Koen Morris, Arya Patel, Kennedi Roberts, Grayson Thomas.

FOURTH GRADE – 6th Six Weeks – All A – Bayne Carroll, Aubrey Corum, Rickey Grassel, Riley Griffin.

A & B Honor Roll – Bryce Abernathy, Saige Coker, Olivia Evans, Landon Jennings, Emily King, Mason Hardy, Cali Pegram, Nathan Talbert, Kylie Walker.

FOURTH GRADE – 2nd SEMESTER – All A – Bayne Carroll, Aubrey Corum, Ricky Grassel, Riley Griffin, Emily King, Kylie Walker.  A & B Honor Roll – Bryce Abernathy, Saige Coker, Olivia Evans, Mason Hardy, Landon Jennings, Langley Keefe, Cali Pegram, Nathan Talbert.

FOURTH GRADE – END OF YEAR – All A – Bayne Carroll, Aubrey Corum, Ricky Grassel, Riley Griffin, Emily King, Kylie Walker.  A & B Honor Roll – Bryce Abernathy, Saige Coker, Olivia Evans, Mason Hardy, Landon Jennings, Langley Keefe, Makenzie Leemon, Cali Pegram, Mankirit Singh, Nathan Talbert.

Head of School’s List – All A’s

Grade 9:   Tyler Creedle, Hunter Greene, Meredith Lucy, Brady Talbert, Christian Williams;

Grade 10:  Katie-Lynn Chandler, Jacob Farmer, Sadler Lundy, Emily Robertson;

Grade 11Taylor Capps, Morgan Moore, Jonathan Paul, Lucy Smith, Hannah Waller, Courtney Walton;

Grade 12:  Benjamin Lewis; John Myrick; Halie Dru Sadler.

(*Dual Enrollment students qualify at the end of the semester.)

“A” & “B” Honor Roll

Grade 9:   Brysen Diefert, C. K. Greene III, Seong (Peter) Jung, Jun-Young (Jun) Park, Kyle Powell, Naomi Sadler, Nelia Washburn;

Grade 10:  William Bryant, Jr., Parker Burke, Kyleigh Capps, Peyton Coleman, Hart Creedle, Joseph Fajna, Logan Hyde, Morgan Jamison, Paige Jennings, SuttonMontgomery, Katelyn Ottaway, Reanna Powers, Davis Roberts,Kyle Tanner, Katie Wright;

Grade 11:  Savannah Greene, Jinheng (Jacob) Hu;

Grade 12:   Slayten Farmer, Claire Gregory, Matthew Harrison, Sarah Poarch, Yuwei (Tiffany) Wang, Blake Washburn.

(*Dual Enrollment students qualify at the end of the semester.)

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Brunswick Academy Graduation



Baccalaureate Service will be held in the Brunswick Academy Gymnasium on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Dan Jarrell of  New Hope Baptist Church in South Hill, Virginia.  Commencement Exercises will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Thirty-four seniors will be graduating. The valedictorian is Zachary Earle Clary, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Clary of Bracey.  The salutatorian is Sydney Nicole Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robertson of Lawrenceville.  Zachary Clary will be attending the College of William and Mary.  Sydney Robertson will be attending James Madison University.

There will be two other honor graduates at this year’s graduation.  They are Heather Dianne Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Thompson of  Emporia and Benjamin Wilson Lewis, son of Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt and Mr. F. W. Lewis of Stony Creek. Heather Thompson will be attending the University of Virginia. Benjamin Lewis will be attending Marymount Manhattan College. 

Seventeen seniors are children of Brunswick Academy alumni.

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Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that JACKSON OWEN COMBS has been chosen the May 2018 Student of the Month. Jackson, a senior, is the son of Mark and Kerrie Combs of Emporia.  He has one sister, Olivia, also a student at Brunswick Academy. Jackson has played JV and Varsity Football, (Captain) and Varsity Baseball (Captain).  He has received multiple All Conference awards while playing sports at Brunswick Academy.   He was a member of the Student Council Organization and the Spanish Club.   

Jackson is a member of Boy Scout Troop #232 of Purdy.  He has attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  He is an active member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Emporia.  He reads scripture during services and has attended 5 mission trips with the youth group at church. 

Jackson loves to play golf, hunt and go to Lake Gaston.  He recently joined a kickball team with his classmates. 

He will attend West Virginia University in the fall where he plans to major in Forest Resource Management.

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Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Matthew Tyler Harrison has been chosen the May 2018 Student of the Month.  Matthew, a senior, is the son of Matthew and Patricia Harrison of Warfield.   Matthew has played JJV, JV and Varsity Basketball while at Brunswick Academy.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, The BA Honor Council, Latin Club and Junior Beta Club. 

Harrison works tirelessly in his family business, Nottoway Restaurant.  In his spare time, Matthew enjoys fishing, the beach and any outdoor activity. 

He will attend Southside Virginia Community College for two years and then transfer to Virginia Tech.  He plans to major in Business Administration and Management.

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Aprill 2018 BA Student of the Month - Benjamin Wilson Lewis

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Benjamin Wilson Lewis has been chosen the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for April. 2018.  Ben, a senior is the son of F.W. Lewis of Stony Creek and Mrs. Tracy Lee of Jarratt. Ben has one sister, Madison, who is a Brunswick Academy graduate and one step-brother, Ryan Lee. 

Ben is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program, which is the most rigourous and challenging program of studies.  Consistently, he has made the honor roll. 

Since the seventh grade, Ben has been chosen to be his Class President.  He is a member of Junior Beta Club, President of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of the SCO and Secretary of the Honor Council. 

He participates in AVA Forensics and has received numerous awards since 9th grade. He was the recipient of the BA Varsity Forensics award in 10th and 11th grade.   He took first place in the State of Virginia for the Riparian Woman’s Club Poetry Contest in 2013.

Ben has been a nine-year member and stage manager of the Brunswick Academy Theatre.  He has held roles in various productions and this year he was the co-star in the production of White Christmas.     

Since the 8th grade, Ben has been a member of the Junior Classical League (Latin Club).   Within this group he has held the position of Philanthropic chair, Vice-President and currently Co-President.   Ben was a three-year member of the Brunswick Academy Scholastic Bowl team and a three-year member of the Yearbook staff.    Ben led the Public Relations Committee for Brunswick Academy’s “Lone Star Relief Effort” to provide aid for those persons affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  

Ben was a Junior Marshal and received the “I Dare You” Award for Leadership at last year’s graduation.   He will be an Honor Graduate for the Class of 2018.  

In his spare time, Ben takes piano lessons and is a counselor for children for Grades K-5 at the YMCA of Greensville-Emporia.  He was chosen employee of the Month at the YMCA. 

Ben will attend the Honor’s Program at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.  He will major in Cinema, Television and Emerging Media. 

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Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Karly Hall Blackwell has been chosen the March 2018 Student of the Month.  Karly, a senior, is the daughter of Kevin (Class of 1975) and Terri Blackwell of Dolphin.  She has two sisters, MacKenzie (BA Class of 2011) and Kelly (BA Class of 2013). 

Karly is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program, which is the most rigourous and challenging program of studies.  This year she has been taking dual-enrollment classes at Southside Virginia Community College, as well as her upper-school classes at Brunswick Academy. 

Regarding academics, she is a member of National Honor Society (Treasurer) and is the Class of 2018 Treasurer.  She has also been a member of the Student Council Organization, Brunswick Academy Honor Council and Spanish Club. 

Throughout her years of attending Brunswick Academy, Karly has participated in athletics, both at the JJV, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels.  She has been a member of the Volleyball team and the JV and Varsity Cheerleading Squad.  She has been a Captain of the Cheerleading Squad and has earned the Most Valuable player award and The Coach’s Award.  Karly has also been a member of the JV and Varsity Softball teams and was awarded All Academic. 

Karly currently works at Trinity Custom Apparel in South Hill and has been of member of the Appalachian Service Project at her local church.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the Rappahannock River in her spare time. 

She has been accepted to James Madison University, Virginia Tech, Radford University and Coastal Carolina University.  She plans to major in Hospitality and Tourism Management.



Lady Vikings defeat Amelia Academy 12-0

Emily Roberts threw her second no-hitter of the year against Amelia on Monday, March 26.  Emily allowed one baserunner when she walked a batter in the third inning.  She struck out 13 of the 16 batters she faced. 

Amelia has not had softball in several years and it showed. They just did not have pitching that could throw strikes.  The score would have been a lot worse if we had not backed off after we scored 10 runs in the first inning. 

Leading hitters

Jamie Saunders 2 for 2    RBI

Peyton Coleman  2 for 3  triple   3 RBI

Kelsey Holloway 1 for 3     RBI

Karly Blackwell  1 for 2   RBI

Skylar Capps   1 for 1     RBI

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Lady Vikings Overtake KIPP 15-0

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the Lady Vikings hosted Kipp Tech from Gaston, NC.  We had heard they had a new softball program. We did not know what to expect.  Three of our varsity players were attending the Model General Assembly (MGA) in Richmond. The decision was made to pull 2 of our best JV players to play this Varsity game rather than reschedule.  One of my varsity pitchers, Jamie Saunders was attending MGA and the other, Emily Roberts, had been sick and did not attend school on Thursday.   Starting the game was Sydney Paul, a left-handed JV pitcher, and Alyssa Rivas, JV catcher.

Sydney pitched a great game only allowing 3 hits while striking out 5.  Alyssa blocked all the balls doing a great job behind the plate.   Kipps’ pitching was not very good and I was proud of how our girls adjusted.   The highlight of the game was Senior Kelsey Holloway’s hitting a inside the park grand slam homerun.

Leading hitters

Kelsey Holloway 2 for 3    Grand slam   4 RBI

Alyssa Revis     3 for 3

Peyton Coleman 2 for 3      2 RBI

Paige Jennings   2 for 3      2 RBI

Bailey Edwards   2 for 2        RBI      SAC bunt

Sydney Paul          2 for 3     2 RBI     double

Allie Pope            2 for 2       RBI        Double

Karly Blackwell   1 for 3       2 RBI

Naomi Sadler      RBI      

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Lady Vikings Win Opening Games

The Lady Vikings opened their 2018 Varsity Softball season at the Dinwiddie Sports Complex on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

The Lady Vikings first game was against Norfolk Academy.  Eighth grader, Emily Roberts was handed the ball to pitch not only our first game of the season, but also her first varsity game.  Emily did great pitching a 6 inning No-hitter.  She struck out 9 batters and only threw 61 pitches. 

Emily got plenty of help from her infield with their great fielding of the ground balls.  Outfielder and Senior Karly Blackwell saved Emily’s no-hitter in the 5th inning with a diving catch in left field.  That catch should have been on the ESPN highlights.  The Lady Vikings bats were full of opening day hits to win the game 10 to 0.

Hitting leaders were:

Peyton Coleman:  2 for 3, 2 triples, 2 RBI

Naomi Sadler:  2 for 2, 1 triple, 2 RBI

Kelsey Holloway:  2 for 3, 1 triple

Paige Jennings:  1 for 3

Skylar Capps:  1 for 2

Kyleigh Capps:  1 for 1, 1 RBI

Jamie Saunders:  4 RBI

Emily Roberts:  1 RBI

Lady Vikings Beat Collegiate School   15 – 4

Junior Jamie Saunders took the mound against Collegiate for our second game of the day.  Collegiate School is a stronger team than the Norfolk Academy team even though both are Division 1 schools.  Brunswick Academy is a Division 3 school.

Jamie pitched well allowing 6 hits while striking out 7. The top 4 hitters in our lineup made things a lot easier for Jamie.  Of course, Jamie is one of those hitters.

Leading hitters:

Jamie Saunders:  5 for 5, 2 doubles, triple, 3 RBI

Emily Roberts:  4 for 5, triple, Homerun, 6 RBI

Naomi Sadler:  4 for 5, double 2 Stolen bases, RBI

Peyton Coleman:  2 for 4, triple, homerun, 4 RBI

Kelsey Holloway:  1 for 5, RBI

2018 Lady Vikings Softball team:

Kelsey Holloway – Senior- Captain, Karly Blackwell – Senior, Jamie Sanders – Junior, Allie Pope – Junior, Skylar Capps – Junior, Bailey Edwards – Sophomore, Kyleigh Capps – Sophomore, Peyton Coleman – Sophomore – Captain, Paige Jennings – Sophomore, Naomi Sadler – Freshman, Emily Roberts – Eighth Grader

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