Upper School Awards, 9th – 12th Grade
Monday morning, May 15th, we hosted our Upper School 9th – 12th Grade Awards Ceremony! This special event gave us the opportunity to honor students who have excelled in service, character, and academics. Our Director of College Placement, Tim Covey, led the ceremony and began it with these words: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Tim 4:12). These words speak to every student recognized.
Our ceremony started with honored guest Colonel Michael Ulekowski from the United States Military Academy-West Point. The Colonel shared the stage with FA senior Evan F who has recently been accepted into the prestigious military school. We are so proud of Evan and enjoyed celebrating this incredible accomplishment together as a school family.
We then heard from a representative of the Rotary Club of Windermere who recognized Sarah S for her “intent on serving her community” through FA’s Interact Club. Alec C was the next student to be recognized–he won the SOAR (Students of Achievement and Renown) Award, sponsored by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. This is an award “of merit, recognizing students who have shown initiative, good citizenship, commitment and personal growth in the classroom.” Congratulations to both Sarah and Alec!
Our artists took the stage next, recognized for their accomplishments at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and the ACSI Art Festival. Those honored included Macy G, Adriana J, Maddison M, Joshua Z, Dylan G, Samantha W, Delaney S, Cynthia H, and Emma M. Congratulations to our talented artists and the entire Visual Arts Department!
For the SBACS (Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools) Scholars Award, both Casey K and Joshua D were recognized. This national awards program named only 59 finalists, and two of these finalists were Lions. Congratulations, Casey and Joshua!
Our up-and-coming medical professionals received honors next. Annette H won the Doctors Edward Bradford and Sanford E. Ayers Scholarship award. Annette plans to study at Mississippi College to become a physical therapist. Kirsten B won the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award. This award is “based on academic excellence, leadership potential and commitment to serving humanity through the profession of medicine.” Congrats to both Annette and Kirsten!
We then welcomed our Honor Roll students–Bronze, Silver, and Gold–to the stage. These students achieved the highest grade point averages in their academic studies, and we are so proud of them. Immediately following our Honor Roll awards, we recognized the FA Lamp of Learning awards. This distinction is given to one student per course offered this year. These young scholars consistently worked hard in class, always gave their best, and participated on a regular basis. Congratulations!
The next portion of our ceremony included recognizing Christina R with the Community Service Award. Christina documented 423 hours of service this year alone! And our Servant’s Heart Award went to Benjamin S. Benjamin earned this award for his exceptional “service to school and community.” We are so proud of you, Christina and Benjamin!
Proverbs 28:1 says: “the unrighteous flee when no one is chasing them; but the godly are as bold as lions.” The next honor, the Lion Award, was given to one student from each grade level who is as bold as a lion and exhibits leadership, initiative, outreach, and whose Christian testimony exhibits love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our 2017 LION Award recipients are Fitsimi V (9th grade), Benjamin S (10th grade), Jade B (11th grade), and Samantha W (12th grade). Congratulations to these special students who truly embody what it means to be a Foundation Lion!
Shania R was then honored as an AP Scholar who has received a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams during her high school career. Well done, Shania! Afterwards, students with the top 5 PSAT scores in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades were recognized for their academic excellence.
The last group of students recognized were those who earned the Academic Scholar Award. This went to the students in each grade level who maintained the highest GPA on their report card for the entire school year. Anna B, Jacob E, Austin H, Maison K, Grace L, Anthony R, and Elijah Y represented the 9th grade. Bryson B, Felipe F, Michael L, Jonathan R, and Stephanie W represented the 10th grade. And Julia E represented the 11th grade. Way to go, scholars!
We closed our ceremony by recognizing our 2017 Salutatorian Casey K and our 2017 Valedictorian Evan T. The valedictorian is the student with the highest GPA and the salutatorian is the student with the second highest GPA. Both Evan and Casey put forth a tremendous amount of work, dedication, and perseverance to achieve this high honor. Congratulations to both Casey and Evan!
And congratulations to all of our 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Lions! We loved honoring you and all of your accomplishments as a school family. We have had a tremendous 2016-2017 school year together and look forward to what the future holds for you individually and collectively as a school! “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” (Jeremiah 29:11)
*For a full list of students recognized for Honor Roll, Lamps of Learning, and PSAT Distinction please click here!