Our students at the Upper School had the treat of hearing from senior Brooke Gunn at Chapel this week! After our dynamic Praise Band invited us into worship, Brooke shared with the student body. Specifically, Brooke shared about some challenges she’s faced in life and how turning to God helped her through. “He will always be there for you,” Brooke said. She also encouraged our students with the words found in Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Thank you for your vulnerability and courage in sharing this morning, Brooke! We’re so glad you’re a part of the Foundation Family!
We gathered as a school family on Thursday night, January 11th for our annual State of the Academy! Approximately 600 people came out to celebrate where FA has been, where we are now, and where we’re headed as a school. Speakers included Pastor Tim Grosshans, Head of School Carol Grosshans, School President Dave Buckles, Director of Advancement Luanne Lumpkins, Director of Admissions Michelle Campbell, and FA alumnus Brett Reynolds. We also had the joy of seeing performances by the Upper School Choir, the FA Faculty Praise Band, and the 6th Grade Ukulele Crew.
When asked about our annual celebration of FA, School President Dave Buckles had this to share: “At the end of the night, I left the stage right after the staff and families had just finished dancing. Confetti still covered the ground, and I saw a parent–a single mom who moved her kids to our school from another Christian school in Orlando. FA is a 40-minute drive one-way for her. She had tears in her eyes as she reached up to hug me and make this statement: It’s worth it! For her, it’s worth it to drive 40 minutes in order to send her child to a school that promises to share Christ with every student. It really is worth it.”
We couldn’t agree more and thank all of our families for coming out to celebrate the unique and profound experience of being part of the Foundation Family. Please enjoy pictures of the night below!
Last night, January 16th, we hosted our Senior Night for the Varsity Girls Soccer Team! This was also their last regular season game, and their parents came to stand with them while they were honored by coaches Rodney Rooplal and Ashton Baptiste, AD David Baginski, and DD Luanne Lumpkins. We are so proud of our Lady Lions, and we’re praying their future is full of possibilities and the blessings of God!
This past week McKenna Kime performed in the Florida Music Educators All State Music Educator’s Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida with the All State Middle School Chorus. 315 students were selected from thousands of students state wide who passed the rigorous audition and musicianship testing process earlier this fall. McKenna certainly earned her way, but the hard work wasn’t over once she arrived in Tampa!
There, McKenna participated in three days of rehearsals under the direction of Laura Farnell. Mrs. Farnell is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Baylor University with a BME in Choral Music. She received the Excellence in Education Award and Teacher of the year Award from Arlington Schools in Arlington Texas. Not only is she recognized as an outstanding educator, but she is an accomplished song writer and arranger who is represented by four major music publishers. As our Florida Vocal Association Junior High Chair said: “ For most of the students, this was the biggest musical experience of their lives.”
Having attended much of the rehearsals and the concert, I can safely say it was truly an outstanding musical experience–one I’m sure McKenna will not soon forget. This will help fuel her future as a singer/musician and will help boost our own Foundation Academy Choir to another level as McKenna brings back all she learned to our campus.
Please join me in congratulating Miss McKenna Kime for her outstanding achievement and for being Foundation Academy’s very first participant with the Florida Music Education Association’s All State Music Conference and All State Chorus Member!
The National Art Honor Society recently inducted eight new Foundation Academy art students as chapter members! Congratulations to new members Jade B, Victoria A, Kaylee C, Fitsimti V, Erin H, Morgan L, Mallory B, and Han L. Also, congratulations to the new NAHS officers: President – Josh Z, Vice President – Jade B, Co-Secretaries – Victoria A and Kaylee C, Treasurer – Morgan L, and Parliamentarian – Pedro F. This is a tremendous honor, and we celebrate along with all of our young artists!
Our middle school students have been busy with experiments and labs! Recently, our 8th grade scientists made conductive dough to create an electric circuit, and our 7th graders dissected a cow eye. Enjoy pictures of our young scientists at work!
Eddie Loos had a big game on Sunday, January 14th at Jaguar Stadium in Jacksonville! Eddie played in the Blue Grey All American Game and had six tackles, two tackles for loss, and three sacks. His last sack helped the Grey Team secure the victory!
Eddie is one of the top lineman in Central Florida. His versatility makes him valuable on both sides of the ball. Last season, he was a first team All State guard. We moved to him to center this year, and he did an outstanding job in that position. Eddie is a NCAA qualifier and the only lineman in Central Florida to make the Florida Athletic Coaches Association on both sides of the ball. We are honored to call Eddie a Lion!
Foundation Academy’s Olivia Lu took first place in the 2018 Top 50 Juniors Tour, played this past weekend at Dubsdread Golf Course. Olivia is currently in 8th grade at Foundation and competed with our boys’ varsity golf team this past season. Congratulations, Olivia–we are proud of you! Go Lions!
Chapel at the Upper School this week was all about remembering the basics! Our Praise Band opened our time together with powerful songs including “King of My Heart.” We then heard from Pastor Ryan of FBC of Winter Garden who started with a simple statement: We need to listen to God and follow Him. Which leads to the question, how do we listen to God?
Pastor Ryan suggested two primary ways that help us better hear from God: reading scripture and praying. He then illustrated this point with the help of student-volunteer Gabe. Pastor Ryan blindfolded Gabe and asked him to find his way back to his seat with no help. Understandably, Gabe had some trouble. Then, Pastor Ryan had Gabe try again with this one major difference: Pastor Ryan would be guiding Gabe back to his seat through his words. Sure enough, Gabe found his seat. In the same way, we find our way when we listen for God’s voice and direction in our lives. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
Thank you to Pastor Ryan for highlighting the basics of following God in such a memorable way. We are praying for our Haiti team while they serve overseas and look forward to hearing from them when they return!
Senior Jade Brown recently received the KidGuard Scholarship! Jade has plans to major in English and to then pursue teaching. “I want to be part of the process of impacting students and preparing them for the future,” said Jade. Congratulations to Jade and thank you to KidGuard for empowering students to make a positive impact in their world. Click here to read more about KidGuard and Jade’s future plans!