At what grade level did you start at The First Academy?
I started attending the First Academy when I was in sixth grade.
What were the reasons you or your parents choose The First Academy?
The First Academy offered a more challenging curriculum than the middle school I was zoned for. They also felt that The First Academy could surround me with peers who would encourage growth in Christ and strong friendships.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities? If so, what are they and have you received awards in these activities?
I am very involved in the school’s theatre program. I started in sixth grade with the production of School House Rock, Jr. I have served as the secretary of our theatre troupe for three years and led the tech crew as stage manger for four years. I have earned the status of National Honor Thespian, which means I have served over 1,200 hours in the troupe. I also won the Best Technical Work Award in sophomore year.
Which colleges have you applied to and which ones have you be accepted to thus far?
I applied to Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Furman University, Gordon College, Samford University, and Duke University. I was accepted into all these schools except Duke. I will be attending Florida State University’s Honors Program.
What do you plan to study in college and what are your long-term career goals?
I am currently planning on studying biology and hopefully double majoring in chemistry. I am also interested in pursuing a minor in film production. My long-term career goals are to pursue a job as a biological researcher.
Have you received any college scholarships?
Who is/are your favorite TFA teacher(s), and why?
So many teachers have made an impact on me during my time at TFA. It is hard to pick favorites. Mr. Harrison, who I had for Calculus this year, was amazing. He and I like the same TV shows and movies, so it was easy to connect with him. He also was really good at balancing teaching with fun and made every class enjoyable. The same goes for Dr. Holter. She really connects with students by always being open and flexible with us, especially during the stressful times of our senior year. Finally, the theatre director, Mrs. Levine, is truly one of the most encouraging and kind people I have ever met. She was always so supportive during shows, and she made even the most stressful of times enjoyable.
How has TFA made a difference in, or impacted your life?
TFA has helped me form some amazing friendships that I know will last a lifetime. Also, through stage managing, I have learned valuable leadership skills. But most importantly, TFA has helped build my faith and prepared me to defend it in the future.
Do you feel that The First Academy has prepared you for life after graduation? If so, how?
I believe TFA has absolutely prepared me for life after graduation. My time here has taught me valuable leadership and organizational skills that will help me in college. It has also helped me form powerful friendships. I have also learned the meaning of faith and have learned how to defend it.
In one sentence, what does it mean to you to be a TFA alumna?
To be an alumna of The First Academy means to be proud of who you are, what you’ve learned, and the friendships you’ve made.