At what grade level did you start at The First Academy?
I attended The Classical School from second through eighth grade and then transferred to The First Academy in ninth grade, and I have been here ever since.
What were the reasons you or your parents chose The First Academy?
They wanted me to have a Christian education with great, challenging classes. Our family has been involved at TFA for many years now as well.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities? If so, what are they and have you received awards for these activities? (These can be affiliated with TFA or outside of school)
I have been involved in theatre for many years. I am currently participating in my eighth production onstage, The Importance of Being Ernest, but I have also been involved in the technical side of theatre many times. I love art in any form, and that tends to take up most of my free time.
Which colleges have you applied to and which ones have you be accepted to thus far? (Please include if you have made a decision to attend a certain college next year)
I have applied to FSU and am currently in the process of applying to Belmont University and Valencia College.
What do you plan to study in college and what are your long-term career goals?
In all honesty, my future is a mystery to me. I think God may be leading me toward the music industry, which is a passion of mine, or perhaps education, which is also amazing. I wish I could study everything! There’s so much to learn. However, I am sure God will lead me to the path He wants me to take when He wants me to take it. It’s in His hands!
Have you received any college scholarships? If so, which ones? (Or, which ones are you currently nominated for)
I haven’t received any scholarships.
Who is/are your favorite TFA teacher(s), and why? (Teachers can be K4-12)
It is nearly impossible to pick a favorite teacher or even a few favorites. Mrs. Collins has always been an amazing example of integrity and leadership and I have enjoyed learning the ways of ceramics in her classroom. Dr. Holter has so much passion for what she teaches and a true love of knowledge and wisdom, which is very inspiring. Mrs. McWilliams, the choral director, has made a great addition to the Fine Arts department this year. The list goes on!
How has TFA made a difference in, or impacted your life?
I think the greatest impact TFA has had on me is simply the connections I have made while attending the school. It has been a great outlet to discover new ideas and discuss them with teachers and students alike. I know God has wanted me here and it is honestly hard to imagine anything different.
How do you feel that The First Academy has prepared you for life after graduation?
I think a few teachers, in particular, have equipped me with certain tools I can use after graduation, whether that be Dr. Toenges’s apologetics class or Mr. Hudson’s world religions class. But maybe even more amazing are the classes that have challenged my preconceptions and made me see the world (and how I fit into it) in a new way. I have been blessed at TFA and I am excited to see what God has in store.
What does it mean to you to be a The First Academy alumni?
It means knowing caring people who will be there for me when I may need them. I am leaving people that have changed me and people who are interested in my future endeavors, spiritual or professional. Something like that is a gift. Being inquisitive and open has lead me to a place where I can meet people halfway and make meaningful connections.