Amid the reopening of school, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Serena Bush, and I’m delighted to assume the position of director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Throughout my tenure at NSA, I’ve made positive contributions, and I’m fully committed to leading our efforts in making NSA more diverse, inclusive and equitable for all. The brave voices within our community have been heard, and we are moving forward with compassion, courage and conviction. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy stands with those affected by injustices, and we welcome this opportunity to reflect on our systems, practices and programs. This is an institutional priority for us.
Dear NSA Students, Families, Alumni, Faculty and Staff,
As a result of a heartfelt letter we recently received that was signed by alumni and others in the community, we have been actively listening and engaging in conversations with alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students as well as current and past trustees regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shared insights, thoughts and suggestions with the goal of making Nansemond-Suffolk Academy a leader, not only in secondary education but also ensuring that we continue working to build and maintain a warm, safe environment where all students feel valued, appreciated and challenged.
Last week, I wrote an email to our NSA parents, students, faculty and staff expressing our heartfelt concern over the death of George Floyd, the injustice he experienced and the lack of progress our society has made as it relates to social justice and equality for all. In that letter, we shared that NSA would resolve to further our commitment to improve our school, our community and our world through further education and action so every individual, regardless of the color of their skin or differences, feels safe, respected, valued and connected to those around them.
One only has to watch the news or what is happening in communities locally and nationwide to realize that people across the country and in our NSA community, particularly our African American families, are hurting, anxious, afraid and saddened by the recent events. The death of George Floyd and the injustice he experienced have reminded us of what little progress our society has made as it relates to social justice and equality for all.
Online learning is not a new concept for students at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, but the length of time they will have to use it is new. While NSA has a virtual learning plan that it has used in cases of inclement weather, when it closed school due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school held off on virtual learning for a week. Rather than rush right in, faculty took time to research additional online tools to deliver lessons, to practice using them and to create lessons for several weeks. To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The winter season for 2019-2020 had many talented individuals across all schools in the city. Alivia Giles, an NSA girls’ senior basketball standout, earns the SNH Winter Female Player of the Year honor after a stellar season. Giles helped lead the NSA girls’ basketball team to a 23-5 record, which included an undefeated record in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools (TCIS), a regular-season title and a conference tournament title. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy baseball season is getting under way, and the Saints are excited to take the field. The Saints return in the third year of Coach Joey Seal’s tenure. Last season, the Saints went 10-8-1, and they are confident they can improve on that record. The preseason has gone well, with the weather cooperating, allowing the Saints to spend a lot of time outside. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy boys’ basketball team had two representatives on the All-Conference teams. The Saints had a formidable season in the conference this year, which saw a couple of its players get recognized. Kaleb Brown had an impressive season for the Saints and was awarded with a first team All-Conference selection. George Pettaway was among the top playmakers in the conference and earned himself a second team All-Conference selection. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
Grant Lopez '21 was voted Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week after scoring 19 points, which included five three-pointers in a Saints win. Shooting is a skill that is crafted by a lot of repetition and hard work as a basketball player. It is easy to shoot, but it takes a lot of work to be a strong shooter, and that’s something Nansemond-Suffolk Academy junior Grant Lopez has been able to demonstrate this season. In a win in the conference tournament against Norfolk Christian, Grant scored 19 points, with 15 of them coming from beyond the three-point line. Lopez felt good about his performance and gave credit to his teammates for helping him get going. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy girls’ basketball team is now one game away from the state championship game after a win over Trinity Christian School. The Lady Saints hosted Trinity Christian Wednesday night and earned a 59-21 win that has advanced NSA to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state semifinals. NSA proved to be too much for Trinity Christian, leading 29-2 at the half. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
A second-grade class at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy was rewarded with a pizza party and more on Wednesday for logging the most books as a classroom in the Suffolk Public Library’s Winter Reading Challenge in January. The library also brought Tux, the library’s penguin mascot for the Winter Reading Challenge, to NSA second-grade teacher Lauren McGhee’s classroom on Wacky Wednesday this week. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Coach Kim Aston '88 and player Alivia Giles '20 headlined the All-Conference honors for girls basketball. The Lady Saints had a strong season this year. They went undefeated in conference play, earning the regular-season title outright. That gave NSA the top seed for the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools tournament, and they went on to win that as well. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The game Alexis Devers made up when she was just five years old became the source of her idea for a children’s book. She and her grandmother played the game, which Alexis, now 11, called “Cute Animals.” This December, nearly six years after that initial idea, “The Adventures of Ruff and Meowco” was published.
Alexis, a fifth-grade student at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy with an imagination her grandmother describes as over-the-top, created a feline character called Meowco, while her grandmother, Janice Holland, called her canine character Ruff. The two spent nearly a half-hour playing the game, and by the end of it, Holland thought they had enough to write a book. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
Former Nansemond-Suffolk Academy standout golfer Trey Wren '14 earned his first professional win in Florida this week.
Suffolk native Trey Wren had his talents on display down in Florida on Tuesday as he competed in a Minor League Golf Tour mini-event. The mini-event was composed of one round, which was filled with a lot of good talent from all over the country. Wren parred the first extra hole Tuesday to win a playoff for his first victory. He squeezed past Evan Grenus of Glastonbury, Conn., after they tied at four-under-par 67 at Abacoa Golf Club. It was Wren’s first individual tournament win since before college. To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
Congratulations to Eliana Carson '26 and Rachel Maples '26 for winning the Most Original Business award at the Young Entrepreneur Business Expo this past weekend! Seaglass Co. uses authentic sea glass to make art and handcrafted jewelry. To learn more about their business and the expo, please click here to read the article in the Suffolk News-Herald.
Grant Lopez '21, who is a member of the Varsity Boys' Basketball Team, has been nominated for the Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week! Grant scored 19 points, including five three pointers, in a win over Norfolk Christian.
Please vote for Grant by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday by sending an email with his name and the subject “Player of the Week” to email@example.com. Congratulations, and good luck, Grant!
As standouts during the fall season, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s Addy Greene and Nansemond River High School’s X’zavion Evans earned Suffolk News-Herald Fall Player of the Year honors.
The fall season of the 2019-2020 school year was filled with some strong individual performances, but Greene and Evans were among the top. Greene takes home the SNH Fall Female Player of the Year honor for the second time in three years, while Evans made his one season playing for a Suffolk school an unforgettable one. To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy girls’ basketball team got its fifth straight win with success over Greenbrier Christian Academy Tuesday evening. The Lady Saints added another 30-plus-point victory, defeating GCA 70-30 on the road Tuesday night. Alivia Giles had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Saints in another blow out win. Cammy Reid added 11 points. NSA’s defense held GCA to just 10 second-half points. To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy boys’ team won its second game in a row Tuesday night.
The Saints go to 16-6 on the season after a 61-40 win over Greenbrier Christian Academy. It is the second win in a row for the Saints, and it is the second game this week, as NSA pulled out a close one of Portsmouth Christian School on Monday night. To continue reading the article in the Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.
The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy girls’ basketball team took on St. Catherine’s School last Friday and earned a 50-36 win. NSA won its fourth straight game with another dominating win. The win put NSA at 15-3 on the season. To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.