On Monday, May 21st we held our annual Senior Step-Up for the Class of 2019! These rising seniors met at Avalon Diner to decorate their cars and then made their debut on campus, escorted by the Senior Sponsors Brad Bales and Patti Cogburn. The whole school came out to cheer them on and show their support!
On Friday, May 18th we had our annual Senior Chapel at the Upper School! The Class of 2018 organized and planned this Chapel, with a Senior Praise Team leading our students in worship. Pedro F, a graduating senior, then spoke about how God has had a plan for him throughout his adversities. By sharing some of his story, Pedro encouraged his fellow students to trust that God has a plan for their life, whatever the obstacles.
Chapel also included two videos (created by seniors Han L, Raychel R, Alicia D, and Jade B) and the symbolic “passing of the torch.” This ceremony included the Class of 2018 lighting the candles of the Class of 2019, passing on their light and leadership to the rising seniors. The Class of 2019 then made a tunnel with their candles, celebrating the seniors as they walked through the tunnel and finished their last official event before graduation!
We know God has such good things for both the Class of 2018 and the Class of 2019, and we loved marking this transition with our annual Senior Chapel!
On Thursday, May 17th our Lions won big against Lake Highland Prep! Grayson W scored four first-half touchdowns leading FA to a 28-0 victory! In the first quarter Grayson was on the end of a Henry A touchdown pass, opening up the scoring. Later in the quarter, Grayson intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Chai C connected with Grayson on a 30-yard touchdown pass, and later in the quarter Grayson took an option pitch 18 yards for a touchdown!
Defensively, Warren S, Michael L, Cameron G, Danny S, and Andrew J put relentless heat on the quarterback and were in the backfield all night. Grayson and Matt P had interceptions, and Grayson also had a fumble recovery. Bryan T and Abner H had very strong game at safeties, making some big hits. Congratulations to all our Lions on this team victory!
We had special guests at our Upper School Chapel this week–the Voices of Mobile from the University of Mobile! These talented singers worshiped with our students, singing songs such as “I’ve Got the Victory,” “Happy,” and “God Bless America.” They were certainly a blessing to our students and staff, and we are thankful they shared their vocal gifts with us today!
On Saturday, May 12th, the Booster Club hosted the annual Athletic Sports Banquet! This year, we had over 300 in attendance as we recognized the student athletes, coaches, and the accomplishments of this past year. There was a special recognition for our seniors as they were presented with their individual senior flags. We are excited for all of our athletes and look forward to the good things God has planned for them!
Students in Mrs. David’s ASL 2 class have been studying Deaf artists, so they recently completed a project that included painting their hands and doing a sign! We hope you enjoy the photo gallery below!
This past Friday, May 4th, our Seniors and their parents attended the annual Senior/Senior Parent Luncheon at Stoneybrook West Country Club! The attendees enjoyed a wonderful lunch together, sharing memories and receiving the coveted Senior Survival Kits! They were also entertained with superlatives and welcomed into the Alumni Club. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a memorable time with the Class of 2018!
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce awarded three Foundation Academy students with the prestigious S.O.A.R. Award this past Monday, May 7th at Windermere High School! S.O.A.R. (Students of Achievement and Renown) recipients are 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students who are recognized for their initiative, good citizenship, commitment and personal growth in the classroom. Each year, the Education Committee of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Education Awards program for exceptional students in the West Orange area.
Congratulations to Chase L (5th grade), Sierra K (8th grade), and Birhanu V (11th grade) for this outstanding recognition!
This week at the Upper School, we had a special Chapel to honor National Day of Prayer! Our Praise Band started off our time together with worship, which included senior Alexis B signing the lyrics to “So Will I.” After the worship set, senior Alec C shared about how prayer has impacted his life. He referenced different verses from James, Mark, and Jeremiah, encouraging our students to “pray confidently.”
At the end of our teaching time, students spent the rest of Chapel praying in groups for our school and country. We’re thankful we have the privilege of praying together as a school family, and we enjoyed taking part of this National Day of Prayer!