What grade level did you start at The First Academy?
I started at The First Academy in 5th grade.
What were the reasons you or your parents chose The First Academy?
My parents chose TFA because they wanted me to attend a school where Christianity was prevalent in the curriculum, as well as academically rigorous.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities? If so, what are they and have you received awards in these activities? (These can be affiliated with TFA or outside of school)
I am the Founding President of Model United Nations, the Charter President of National History Club, Senior Leader of the Fine Arts Committee, Vice President of Theatre Troupe 5165, and Co-Captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Team. In addition, I play the piano, teach dance to young girls at my church, and organize the annual food drives.
Which colleges are you planning to apply to or have you applied to thus far?
I am applying to the University of Virginia, the University of Notre Dame, Yale University, Harvard University, Washington University, the University of Miami, the University of Florida, Wake Forest University, Howard University, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
What do you plan to study in college and what are your long-term career goals?
I plan to major in Biology and minor in African-American Studies so that I can become a pediatric oncologist and later participate as a member of the World Health Organization in the United Nations.
Who are some of your favorite TFA teachers, and why? These can be K4-12.
Some of my favorite teachers have been Mr.Morrow, Mrs.Rohrlack, Mrs. Gordon, Mrs.Requejo, Mrs.Englund, Mr.Grosshans, Mr.Hensley, Mrs.Harvey, Ms.Kittle, Mrs.Oswald, Mrs.Crawford, Mrs.Moseler, Ms.Pierre-Louis, Mrs.Headley, Mr.Snyder, Ms.Damron, Mr.Kowars, Ms.Vaughn, and Mr.Harvey. They have all been excellent Christian role models and made learning in their classes a very fun experience.
In one sentence, what did being a student at The First Academy mean to you?
Being a TFA student means chasing after God in any way you can, pushing yourself to be academically challenged, and putting others before yourself.
How has TFA made a difference in, or impacted your life?
TFA has greatly impacted my life by blessing me with the world’s greatest friends. The school has brought together a beautiful group of very different individuals together who lift each other up and make each other’s lives that much better.
Do you feel that The First Academy has prepared you for life after graduation?
I feel that The First Academy has prepared me for life after graduation because I understand how to properly defend my faith and I am ready for the rigor of college courses.
What is your favorite memory at TFA?
My favorite memories at TFA include the 8th trip to Washington D.C., each District and State Festival with Troupe 5165, each Model United Nations Conference, and the Senior Retreat.
How have you grown in your walk with Christ since coming to TFA?
I have grown tremendously in my walk with Christ since coming to TFA. Through teachers, friends, chapel, and Bible studies I have been able to form a strong personal relationship with God. I understand the importance of spending time with Him and putting His will before my own.
What was one spiritual insight you gained at TFA that has impacted your life the most?
One spiritual insight I have gained at TFA that has impacted my life the most is that God never abandons us. Even when life is hard and nothing is going how we think it is supposed to, He never leaves us and He never stops loving us.
What does the school year them, “Stronger Together,” mean to you and how have you incorporated in your day to day life this year?
Stronger Together means putting aside our differences so that we can bring glory to God. I have incorporated this in my day to day life by bringing unity to each of my various leadership roles and extracurriculars.