Sherry Hay has announced her retirement after working as registrar at Campion for 24 years. Throughout her time at Campion, Hay has worked under six different principals and navigated changing technology as she created class schedules and kept students and parents updated on their grades and attendance.
Don Reeder said, “Campion Academy will miss her in the registrar position. She is a master puzzle solver; I would challenge her with the class schedule, the calendar, and individual student schedules and she would always make it all work. She’s a prayer warrior for God and I will miss her.”
Hay attended Mount Pisgah high school in North Carolina and went on to Southern Adventist University to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in music and Associate’s degree in office administration. She worked as registrar at Bass Memorial Academy before moving to Campion.
In addition to her work as a registrar, Hay is often found behind the organ at church or piano in the music department. Melissa Clouzet, Chorale Director, commented, “Mrs. Hay has been a huge blessing to the music department in her time at Campion, not only leading the Handbells for a few years, but also as an accompanist for the choirs for many years as well. Her willing and kind spirit has made my job much easier and I will very much miss her smile and her talented musicianship as well.”
Hay has touched the lives of many students. Keziah Paduli, sophomore, commented, “She’s an amazing and sweet person and patient with me and other kids. I’ve noticed that she wants all the students in this school to succeed.”
“I have worked for Mrs. Hay since the summer before my freshman year,” explained Olivia Jordan, junior. “I have grown very close to her through work and time spent together. She has become like a grandma to me: always there to talk about any of the problems I have or listen to my struggles. She prays with me when I need it. She pushes me to dig deeper and go beyond my dreams and goals. Mrs. Hay has made an impact on Campion with her gentleness and kindness that I will never forget.”
Hay is looking forward to the many opportunities retirement brings. She will have more time to exercise, cook, and read. More importantly, she will have time to spend with her daughter when she has her baby in August, and travel with her husband, Bill, who works for Adventist World Radio. She will miss the students and staff but is “ready for another adventure.”
Tiffany Dien, Student News Team