University of Richmond alumni and basketball standout Nick Sherod will deliver the keynote address at Lynnhaven School’s commencement exercises on Friday, May 27, 2022.
Sherod was a three time team captain, scored over 1,400 points, and is top 5 all-time in 3 pointers made as a member of the men’s basketball team. He was a member of the 2022 Atlantic 10 Championship Basketball Team, who also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Sherod continued his leadership roles and engagement off the court, which resulted in winning the Thomas West Gregory award, as well as the Engaged Leadership Award, which recognizes a graduating senior who demonstrates ongoing care and concern for the community, as a University of Richmond student.
Sherod earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Rhetoric and Communications and is in the last semester of graduate school at the University of Richmond and will earn a Master’s Degree in teaching. Sherod is the older brother of Lynnhaven alumni Gabriella “Gabby” Sherod ‘20.
By Mr. Israel- African Studies Teacher
African Studies II focused on society after the Civil War to the present-day with specific emphasis on the experiences of African Americans. Throughout the year, students read contemporary literature that integrated the facts, figures, and events with the experiences of people. In this way, history is told and understood through the stories of the people whose lives were transformed by a system that sees them as objects.
While learning about Reconstruction and Jim Crow, students read Crow by Barbara Wright. The inquiry unit about the Civil Rights movement was fleshed out by the reading of The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon.
The last trimester brought students into the 21st Century and to the crossroads of current events and the same struggles America has faced since Reconstruction as we work to live up to the promises of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Reading and discussing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, provided students with the background knowledge that enables them to analyze and interpret events they see today. Because Stamped is considered to contain divisive content, students wrote an opinion essay to defend their stance on banning the book, a policy that affects young people. The exhibit the students curated as their final assessment gave students a voice to be heard by the school community as they shared what they discovered about the history of racism, the effects of racist policies, and where individuals fall on the spectrum between racists and antiracists.
By: Ms. Melendez- Dean of Academics
The seniors in the Solutions Science class are participants in the Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program through Lynnhaven River NOW, a non-profit organization whose aim is to restore waterways in Virginia Beach. Students are growing native wildflowers and other upland plants in greenhouses in the science classroom to be transplanted in late April in the Albemarle-Pamlico and Chesapeake Bay watersheds in the Green Run area of Virginia Beach. Our partnership with Lynnhaven River NOW is part of our overall goal as a school to focus on conservation and sustainability initiatives.
The curriculum for the Solutions class was developed in cooperation with Lynnhaven River Now. In the fall, students learned about and explored forests, including the woods around campus, based on iTree and Project Learning Tree. During the winter trimester, the focus was on watersheds and culminated in water testing at Bottom’s Bridge on the James River.
In the last trimester, students will learn about and investigate wetlands using Project WET. As the students in the Solutions class learn more about the plants around us and the role of plants in the health of our forests, watersheds, and wetlands, they can assume more active roles in sustainability and conservation efforts.
By: Ms. Dougherty - Model UN Sponsor
In March, Model UN elective students, Maegan Pickral, Joey Hitchcock, Amaya Christian, Abigayle Strawsnyder, Kyle Kees, Tori Lortz, Viola Langlie, and Theodore Magnusdal participated in GSMUN XXIV, Maggie Walker’s Model UN virtual competition. Our Lynx were split into 2 different committees: The National Assembly of Chad and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
Our delegates tackled poverty, womens’ equality, blockchain technology, and using STEM to combat food insecurity. While these topics have proven to baffle leaders around the world, our delegates rose to the challenge. Model UN is all about curiosity and connection, 2 skills which a Lynnhaven student has practiced daily. During the committees, our delegates practiced communicating their positions and were able to devise solutions to create a more productive and cohesive global community.
Spring sports are currently underway at Lynnhaven School and the coaches, Ms. Kidd and Mr. Imbriani, have been training the student athletes for success. The junior varsity and varsity track athletes practice Monday through Friday, rain or shine, for a series of running and field events.
The 100 and 200 meter dash events are two events sprinters enjoy, while the 1600 meter run is a favorite for long distance athletes. Throwers have been able to flex their muscle in the shot put event. Ms. Kidd commented on the diversity of track and field stating, “the sport offers such a vast variety of events that all students, regardless of their athletic ability could find something they enjoy”. They compete against both private and public schools across the state of Virginia, with some meets being relatively small with five to seven competing teams, while other meets have had as many as 28 teams competing at once. These competitions have been a great experience for students who have not previously participated in a school sanctioned sport, while some of the seasoned athletes have been able to reawaken their competitive spirit.
At 9:00 AM on March 26th Lynnhaven School competed in one of their largest track meets to date at Charles City High School’s annual invitational, located in Charles City, VA. It was only their second meet of the season, so nerves were present but their drive and determination allowed them to push through, many of them beating their personal record. When asked what they liked about track and field, Faith, class of 2024, said, “track is fun because you get to hang out with your friends while improving your athletic skills”.
Lynnhaven will compete in their next meet on Thursday April 7th at St. Christopher’s School located in Richmond, VA at 4:00 PM.