Upper School Newsletter, Week of 2/12


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:



During US chapel, sophomore Gracyn DenBesten shared her story of God’s provision during a life and death situation. In fourth grade, Gracyn was diagnosed with viral myocarditis. The diagnosis carried a startling reality: Gracyn needed a heart transplant in order to survive. “You don’t realize that Jesus is all we need until Jesus is all you’ve got,” Gracyn discovered. It was during this time that God continually showed up in small yet powerful ways to keep Gracyn alive. Gracyn knew that God had a plan for her life and took comfort in this verse: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2). After over 4 months of waiting, God provided a bittersweet gift: a new heart. Following her heart transplant, Gracyn faced the reality of survivor’s guilt, knowing someone else died in order for her to live. Gracyn’s story is a tangible picture of our new life as a result of Jesus’ death. We are thankful for God’s work in her life and how she has used her pain to speak truth into others.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-3)


Central Florida College Fair

Attention 9th, 10th, & 11th graders!The 12th Annual Central Florida College Fair will take place on Saturday, February 28th from 11:00am-1:30pm.  Hosted by The First Academy and the Central Florida Consortium of Private School Counselors, this college fair is only open to private high school students of Central Florida.  More than a hundred colleges from across the country will be available to meet with prospective students!

Juniors-you will have a chance to enter a drawing to win a scholarship to use towards your college applications!  Last year, Karla Geigel attended this college fair and won a scholarship!

For more info:

Location: University of Central Florida, Student Union: 4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816

Raw Footage

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Upper School Sweetheart Dance

When: Saturday, February 28, 7:30pm-10:00pm

Where: Alumni Commons & Gym Lobby

What to Wear: girls – casual dresses (within TFA dress code); boys – khaki pants & button down shirts

Desserts and refreshments will be served.

Tickets: $10 per person; click here to purchase tickets (Outside guests need to be approved by Mr. Bohner)

Half of ticket sales will be donated to the charity Love Unveiled.

Shrek Jr., The Musical

The First Academy Middle School proudly presents Shrek Jr., The Musical! All shows will be held in the Black Box Theatre, which is located on the second floor of the TFA Middle School. To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

Show times and dates for Shrek Jr., The Musical are as followed:
February 12 at 7:00pm
February 13 at 7:00pm

Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Upper School reception desk beginning 30 minutes prior to each show. All ticket sales are final. If you have any questions, please direct them to