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Abby Smith chosen for youth tour

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From left, Abby Smith, EA Headmaster David Walker, Paolo Gorme Most of Escambia Academy’s students will be able to put school out of their minds during the summer, but Abigail “Abby” Smith won’t be afforded that luxury. Abby, who is slated to enter her senior year at EA when the 2016-17 term begins in August, will spend at least one week participating in (what else?) an educational program.

The 16-year-old EA majorette was recently tabbed as one of the area high school juniors who will participate in the annual Southern Pine Rural Electric Membership Cooperative’s Youth Tour, which consists of a week of fun and learning in the nation’s capital. The program is designed to help young people develop leadership skills.

“I’m very excited,” said Abby, daughter of Allen and Pam Smith. “I didn’t think I would get it, and that’s how I acted in Montgomery. I’m glad I didn’t think about it, because I would have psyched myself out.”

The trip to the state capital she referred to was the second leg of a two-part process during which the final selections were made as to which teens would be a part of an all-expenses-paid, week-long trek to Washington, D.C. in June. The trip itinerary includes visits to and tours of several national monuments, along with the opportunity to meet some of the state’s and the nation’s political leaders.

The 11th-grade applicants lucky enough to make the final cut must meet several criteria. Each must be the son or daughter of a Southern Pine member; he or she must compose an essay on a topic chosen by the electric cooperative’s communications staff; and each must survive a one-on-one interview.

EA was also represented in the initial phases of the competition by Paolo Gorme, 18, who is a member of the school’s football and golf teams and who will be Abby’s escort to the upcoming junior-senior prom. Paolo’s parents are Manuel (also known as “Ditto”) and Kharina Gorme.

Sheilah Sawyer, who teaches computer science and finance at Escambia Academy, said the duo – each of whom is also a member of the Beta Club and is involved in the EA Student Government Association and in Youth Leadership Atmore – helped make the choice of school reps a fairly easy one for the faculty honors committee.

“Both are very strong academically, and both are well-rounded,” Ms. Sawyer said. “They are extremely active members of their churches and their community.

They are the cream of the crop, and that’s why they’re honored the way they are.”

Abby attends Flomaton First Baptist Church; Paolo attends St. Robert’s Catholic Church in Atmore.

EA Headmaster David Walker praised both students. He and Ms. Sawyer said they had no doubts that Abby would serve as a more than capable ambassador for the school and the community.

“There’s no doubt about that,” Mr. Walker said. “I know she’s looking forward to the trip, and we’re all looking forward to her making it.” Ms. Sawyer said Abby was destined for even greater things next year – she’s on track to be the valedictorian of her senior class. – See more at:!prettyPhoto

Abby Smith chosen for youth tour

Escambia Academy LB Josh Fields commits to Huntingdon

By | Athletics

Escambia Academy linebacker Josh Fields commits to play football for Huntingdon College. Josh was a starting LB on 2014 Championship team. Josh was also one of the four Escambia Academy players on the 2015 AISA all-star team.

Josh Fields


2015 Escambia Academy Cougars AISA All Stars from left, George Little, TE/DL; Josh Fields, OL/LB; Bradley Campbell, TE/LB; H.T. Fountain, OL/DL 

Josh will have a familiar face on the team at Huntingdon.  Escambia Academy Gordon Brooks from the class of 2015. Go Hawks!

Gordon Brooks


State Champs! Back to back

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The Escambia Academy Boys Track Team won the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) AAA 2016 State Track & Field Meet State Championship April 13 and 14 in Selma.

This is a back-to-back state championship for the team. Not only did they win the championship, they broke state records along the way.

Kris Brown set a new AISA state record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.76 seconds in the preliminaries, and he broke it in the finals with a time of 10.72 seconds. Kris broke a record that had been standing for 29 years.

In the 4×100-meter relay, the EA relay team – Fred Flavors, Patrick McGhee, Trey Turner, and Kris Brown – set a new AISA state record of 44.33 seconds, breaking the previous record of 44.40 seconds set in 1999 by the Morgan Academy relay team.


On the girls team, Mikayla Spruill was named co-MVP, tying with Tuscaloosa Academy’s Kalin Burt with 44 points. This is Mikayla’s fourth MVP. She is a senior this year.











Kris Brown was named boys MVP for the second year in a row.











State Champs! Back to back

Many thanks to Ditto Gorme for photos and assistance with this article.

Alan Ash an Escambia Academy 2009 Alumni completed the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 02:31:16

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Alan Ash an Escambia Academy 2009 Alumni completed the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 02:31:16 and overall place of 39th. (As of 12:54 pm unofficial results). We will post official results when released.

Alan ran cross country while attending Vanderbilt. He is now a sociology teacher and cross country coach at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery.

His 2009 1600 meter run is still AISA record with a time of 4:34.86

This is not his first Boston Marathon and improves his time each year.
2015 127 overall time of 2:33:47
2014 148 overall time of 2:33:54
Alan is son of Dale and Alan Ash both mother and father are EA Alumni. Alan’s brother Matthew also graduated from EA.
Congratulations Alan!

Alan Ash Boston 2016 2
Alan Ash
Alan Ash Boston 2016

Escambia Academy won the AISA Class 3A boys state championship! Congrats!

By | Athletics

 Cougars win AISA track title 3A A.I.S.A. State Championship 2016 Results

Escambia Academy's boys track and field team celebrates its state championship today. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

SELMA — Seventh period track practice and decent weather were the difference makers as Escambia Academy’s boys won the Alabama Independent School Association’s Class 3A state championship today at Ralph “Shug” Jordan Memorial Stadium.

EA junior Kris Brown beat two state records — one his own — in the 100-meter dash, running a finals time of 10.72 seconds. During the preliminaries on Wednesday, Brown beat a 29-year-old record in the event with a time of 10.76 seconds.

Brown, who was named the male Most Valuable Player at the meet, said everything was clicking, including the weather, which threatened rain all day.

“Today, I as blessed that we had good weather,” Brown said. “It really didn’t mess up what we did in our running. The wind was blowing in our favor. The track stayed dry.”

The boys also broke a state record in the 4×100 meter relay, finishing the event in 44.92 seconds.

“I was proud of the boys for winning,” EA track coach Hugh Fountain said. “They came up here and did what we were expecting them to do. We’ve been pretty strong here in track.

“You want them to be able to perform at the best level at the state meet,” he said. “We broke a state record in the 4×100 and 100-meter dash. We’re proud to get those records, and really, I thought everybody performed well.”

Fountain said what he loved the most about the team is that everybody competed against each other.

“That’s what made them better,” he said. “We had three good hurdler that competed against each other, and we had some sprinters that competed against each other.”

Fountain said the team peaked at the right time.

“They seemed to find their mojo at the right time,” he said. “The weather was good to us. We were able to fight through the weather issues. I thought they worked real hard for us.”

Fountain said things started turning around during spring break, when the Cougars went to Jay, Fla., for a meet.

“We didn’t have everybody,” Fountain said. “We were very competitive against teams we haven’t ran against before. I was beginning to get a sense that we probably have a really special team if we continue on the path we’re on.”

Escambia Academy’s Mikayla Spruill was named co-female MVP with Tuscaloosa Academy’s Kalin Burt.

See complete coverage of today’s meet in Wednesday’s edition of the Atmore Advance.

Cougars win AISA track title

EA JV boys track team wins 3A title; girls finish 2nd

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Escambia Academy’s junior varsity boys track and field team won the AISA Class 3A state champoinship Saturday.

EA JV boys track team wins 3A title; girls finish 2nd

Escambia Academy’s junior varsity boys’ track and field team claimed the AISA’s Class 3A state championship on Saturday at home.

The girls finished as the state runner up.

The Cougars tallied 194 points, topping Lee-Scott Academy by 11 points to take the top prize. The Lady Cougars finished with 99 points.

In Class 1A-2A, Wilcox Academy won the boys and the girls titles.

EA’s Kaile Gumapac and Patrick McGee were named the female and male Most Valuable Players, respectively.


Here is how EA did in each of the track and field events:

• Girls 4×100 meter relay — Ruthie Huskey, Anna Grace Janes, Mary Thompson Lancaster and Maddy Locke, fourth place (1 minute, 3.70 seconds)

• Boys 4×100 meter relay — Jackson Bonner, Jason Davis, Jabe Dawe and Brandon Gulsby, first place (52.82 seconds)

• Girls 100 meter hurdles — Gumapac, first place (19.89 seconds) and Lancaster, third place (21.14 seconds)

• Boys 110 meter hurdles — Chase Bell, second place (21.56 seconds); Josh Spruill, third place (23.09 seconds); and Brice McCullough, third place (28.01 seconds)

• Girls 100 meter dash — Huskey, ninth place (16.58 seconds); Janes, 10th place (17.17 seconds); and Disha Patel, 11th place (17.32 seconds)

• Boys 100 meter dash — McGee, first place (11.71 seconds); Jace Sells, seventh place (14.77 seconds); and Chaston Helton, ninth place (15.47 seconds)

• Girls 1,600 meter run — Huskey, seventh place (8:10.95)

• Boys 1,600 meter run — Bonner, first place (5:33.11); Bryant Quimby, fourth place (6:08.77); and Zach Daniels, sixth place (6:53.98)

• Girls 400 meter dash — Madelyn Smith, second place (1:14.31); and Megan Wilson, seventh place (1:29.86)

• Boys 400 meter dash — Jabe Dawe, first place (58.96); Tracye Sells, fourth place (1:09.38; and Watson Campbell, fifth place (1:11.86)

• Girls 300 meter hurdles — Gumapac, first place (58.30); and Lancaster, fourth place (1:03.08)

• Boys 300 meter hurdles — Cameron Bowens, second place (52.22); Chase Bell, third place (55.65); and Spruill, fifth place (1:01.54)

• Girls 800 meter run — Pia Gorme, third place (3:13.20)

• Boys 800 meter run — Daniels, first place (2:18.12); Gulsby, third place (2:33.77); and Quimby, fifth place (2:45.93)

• Girls 200 meter dash — Maddy Locke, seventh place (33.82); and Patel, eighth place (35.67)

• Boys 200 meter dash — McGee, first place (23.63); Helton, ninth place (30.29); and Gaige Sigler, 11th place (30.54)

• Boys 3,200 meter run — Bonner, first place (12:32.79); and Sam Fields, fifth place (15:30.88)

• Girls 4×400 meter relay — Gorme, Huskey, Locke and Patel, fourth place (5:34.67)

• Boys 4×400 meter relay — EA, first place (4:08.65)

• Girls High Jump — Gumapac, second place (4-02.00); and Smith, fourth place (4-00.00)

• Boys High Jump — Daniels, second place (5-01.00); Bowens, third place (4-10.00); and Bonner, fourth place (4-06.00)

• Girls Shot Put — Janes, third place (22-09.00); and Avery Mims, fifth place (18-01.50)

• Boys Shot Put — Tyler Newton, second place (36-04.00); and Troy Fountain, sixth place (27-03.00)

• Girls Discus Throw — Janes, fourth place (46-10.50)

• Boys Discus Throw — Sigler, fifth place (75-08); Newton, sixth place (71-02); and Gulsby, seventh place (69-06.50)

• Boys Triple Jump — McGee, first place (38-00.25); Daniels, third place (35-08.00); and Quimby, sixth place (27-11.00)

• Girls Long Jump — Gumapac, first place (13-10.00); and Lancaster, second place (13-05.75)

• Boys Long Jump — McGee, first place (19-08.75); Dawe, fifth place (16-07.00); Helton, seventh place (14-08.00); and Bell, eighth place (14-05.50)

State champs


Escambia Academy 2015 ACT Composite Results

By | Academic

We now have the 2015 results for the ACT, the widely-known test of college readiness. Congratulations to our students, faculty and staff.

2015 Average ACT Composite Results

Fairhope High School, Baldwin County 21

Spanish Fort High School, Baldwin County 21

Escambia Academy, Escambia County 21

TR Miller High School, Brewton City 20

Daphne High School, Baldwin County 20

Gulf Shores High School, Baldwin County 20

Flomaton High School, Escambia County 19

Robertsdale High School, Baldwin County 18

Foley High School, Baldwin County 18

Baldwin County High School, Baldwin County 17

W S Neal High School, Escambia County 17

Escambia County High School, Escambia County15 

 Data Sources: ACT Profile Report Executive Summary for Escambia Academy 2015 

Public schools


Comparison of Escambia Academy ACT to other local schools 2015

EA SGA hosts blood drive

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Escambia Academy Student Government Association hosted a Life South Blood Services blood drive Wednesday, March 9. There were a total 30 donors during the blood drive. Shown are some of the students who donated, from left, front, Jennifer Weaver, Haley Leachman, Fallon Chastang, Mikayla Spruill, Sage Garrett, Madalyn Grimsley, Carson Barnett; back, Austin Williams, Noah Blue, Bradley Campbell, Garrett Emmons, David Dobson. News photo by Ditto Gorme – See more at:!prettyPhoto


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 12/23/15

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Hello All Escambia Academy Family,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Administration, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
2015 has been a very good year for students and our school. In May, the 27 graduates brought home $1.5 million in scholarships. This year our students have been involved in many community events, recognized for their academic and athletic achievements locally, regionally and nationally. Our website and Facebook page have been dramatically improved so please check them both out. Our PTO has been reactivated and conducted a fantastic fall festival. The Athletic Club is in the final stages of paying off the Bachelor Field lights. We have been strategically reducing our overall debt. The elementary school is currently having the interior and exterior paint stripped and repainted. Playground equipment is being upgraded over the Christmas break. Quality teacher hires are ongoing. Escambia Academy’s future is very bright indeed.
We have a lot to be grateful for, and it would not be possible without the support of the members of the EA family. Your commitment is beyond compare and says much about your dedication to providing the best opportunities for your children’s future.

Of special note, we have a tuition cost lower than any other private school in the region, usually lower than an average family cell phone bill. This is achieved by generous private donations and fundraisers. We wanted to take this time to remind all members the successful “30 Guns in 30 Days” will be conducted in 2016 with a slight twist. We will be drawing each gun starting April 1 and ending on April 30 as we did last year. On the last day we will take the list of winners and enter them into a special drawing for a 31st gun, guaranteeing someone will win a second gun. This is to increase interest in the dynamic fundraiser. We will be actively seeking sponsors of donors for guns. Sponsors will be widely advertised and donations are tax deductible. We encourage you to get the word out for this very unique raffle opportunity–Christmas is the perfect time to mention this to family and friends you don’t normally see and secure ticket sales in advance. The finalized rules and tickets will be available starting mid January 2016. More details to be forthcoming.
Again we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Mike Campbell