Every student has a voice and through our new student spotlight feature, we will be highlighting some of the many diverse, creative and accomplished voices of our students with Royal Voices.

The next student we are spotlighting is freshman Hope Woods, who started at TFA in 1st Grade. Hope is involved in Choir and TFA Fine Arts, Varsity Soccer, and is a student leader on the Fine Arts and Chaplain committees.

Beyond her academic success, Hope represents TFA well in many ways as she shares her voice for the Lord.

What were the reasons you or your parents chose The First Academy? 

My parents chose TFA because they knew that TFA would give my sister and me an education.

Are you involved in extracurricular activities?

I play Varsity soccer and have been since 7th grade. I also participate in Chorus, Cheerleading and Theatre. I participated in the FMEA All-State Choir back in 5th grade and then most recently in January of this year as an 8th grader. I’ve been playing the piano since I was 4 years old, and I teach the toddlers at my church during VBS week or on Sunday mornings during Sunday School.

What are your interests, passions, or things you hope to pursue throughout your time at TFA and beyond?

I would love to continue to help the annual food drives that my sister started her freshman year. Once I graduate from TFA, I would like to play college and/or professional soccer or go into the Sports Medicine field.

Who are some of your favorite TFA teachers, and why? 

Mrs. McWilliams and Mrs. Headley have helped me so much in music and acting through the last two years and have helped me so much with great advice for anything else. I know that I can always count on them to make me smile and make me feel better.

In one sentence, what did being a student at The First Academy mean to you? 

Being a student at TFA means so much to me because it’s a place where I can grow in my faith while being taught, and I love being able to make so many good relationships at this school.

How has TFA made a difference in, or impacted your life? 

TFA challenges me academically and spiritually in a way that I can always succeed. I always know that even though things may be tough, I can push through because I’ve been taught to do my best.

What is your favorite memory at TFA? 

My favorite memory at TFA is probably performing in The Music Man in 7th grade. It was so much fun to be able to get on the stage and be myself. I made so many friends in not just middle, but also high school, and it was such a great experience to be able to be apart of.

How have you grown in your walk with Christ since coming to TFA? 

My walk with Christ has gotten so much stronger with Christ. I have so much trust in Him and His Word.

What was one spiritual insight you gained at TFA that has impacted your life the most?

The most important thing I’ve learned is that no matter what’s going on in our lives, we should never fear because God gave us the strength and the heart to push on.

What does the school year them, “Greatest of These is Love,” mean to you and how have you incorporated in your day to day life this year? 

This theme means to me that love is the greatest thing that God has created, and it’s something that we should never take for granted because it is so powerful. I have incorporated this into my daily life by always reminding myself that I should always solve my neighbors whether or not I agree with them. It is God’s command, and they are my brother and sisters in Christ.