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SFCA Wrestlers Make School History
For the first time in school history, Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) advanced eight wrestlers out of districts and into the regional tournament (held in Tampa). Four of the eight - David Bush, David Delly, Andrew Kreps, and Noah Huxley - advanced to the regional semi-final round.  One wrestler, Noah Huxley, took third place at the regional level which advanced him to the state tournament (held in Lakeland) in the 220 pound weight category.  Adding to the firsts for SFCA, Noah Huxley went on to earn a medal by finishing fourth in the state in his weight category.  Coach Martin says, “The SFCA wrestlers reached a new level of competitiveness this season which sets us up well for next year and beyond.”  What a great wrestling season for the King’s! 
 
Pictured from left to right – Coach Elias Rey, David Delly, Peyton Randolph, David Bush, Andrew Kreps, Jesse Barringer, Josh McKillip, Noah Huxley, and Coach Jim Martin (not pictured – Tyler Manes)
 
Championship Photo – 4th place state finisher Noah Huxley
 
 

 

SFCA MAKES ALL STATE CHOIR!

Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), through recent testing and judging, had four students to excel to the highest standard necessary to become members of selected All-State Choirs. They are Jessie Smith, Kaleigh Kaaber, Christina Kull, and Larry Collins. Jessie and Kaleigh were placed in the middle school treble choir.  Christina was assigned a seat for the Women's Choir.  Larry Collins had already earned a seat with the Sight Reading Choir.  These students will attend the Florida Music Educators' Conference in Tampa on January 10-12, 2013, where they will perform musical selections with some top choral conductors.

Pictured from left to right:  Kaleigh Kaaber, Larry Collins, Jessie Smith & Christina Kull


SFCA VARSITY CHEERLEADERS PERFORM AT DISNEY

Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) varsity cheerleaders were recognized at summer cheer camp as All American Cheerleaders, which qualified them to participate at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  To qualify for this invitation only event, it was necessary to exhibit back handsprings, levels of jumps, sharp motions, loud voices, and leadership abilities.  There were only 500 cheerleaders across America who were invited to join the Disney Christmas Parade.  Tune in to ABC on Christmas at 9:00 a.m. to watch!

Pictured from left to right:  Sarah Wilkerson, Jordan McCann and Brook Gaither.


 

SFCA LEADERSHIP STUDENTS GO TO DC

Southwest Florida Christian Academy’s High School Student Leadership Academy students recently attended Student Leadership University 201, in Washington, DC.  Student Leadership University 201 gives students an in-depth look at the foundation of our country through exclusive "behind the scenes" experiences to include hearing from prominent government leaders from the White House, Pentagon, and Congress. All of this combined with a private wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, a tour of the Monuments at Twilight, a session in the Supreme Court Chambers, a tour of the Smithsonian Museums, and a private session at the National Press Club, makes SLU 201 the experience of a lifetime.
 

SFCA RECEIVES THE FMEA MIDDLE MUSIC AWARD

Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) will receive the Florida Music Educators Association Enrollment Award in Tampa on Friday, January 11, 2013. This means more than 45% of middle school students are involved in choir and band.


SFCA SETS NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), along with 2,600 other schools and organizations throughout the world, set a new world record for "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day."  The previous record of 412, 259, which was set in 2011, was surpassed and the new goal of 450, 000 has been obtained.  Thirty countries participated in order to achieve this goal, and Guinness is still counting!

 

 


SFCA & MCGREGOR BAPTIST CHURCH CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE
IN OPERATION
CHRISTMAS CHILD

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected over 86 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to impoverished children in more than 130 countries. Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) and McGregor Baptist Church collected over 1400 boxes to help meet the need this year. The shoeboxes are filled with hygienic items, toys and other treats.   The boxes collected in Florida will go to Ukraine, Belize, Ecuador, Madagascar, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Georgia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Zimbabwe and one undisclosed country!   What joy it was for SFCA students to participate in this effort; however, the students have actively been involved in this ministry since 1997.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of international Christian relief and evangelism
organization Samaritan Purse, headed by Franklin Graham.

While Samaritan Purse
works to meet critical physical needs, such as clean water, health care and food,
Operation Christmas Child addresses a need for which children are just as desperate,
that is the need to have hope and feel loved.
 


 


SFCA TAKES FIRST AND SECOND PLACE MEDALS AT
WRESTLING TOURNAMENT


Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) participated in the Morton Malavsky Turkey Takedown on Saturday, November 24th.  Noah Huxley, weighing in at 220, placed first and Andrew Kreps at 170, placed second in their weight class divisions.  The previous week, SFCA participated in the Golden Gate Invitational where Huxley and Kreps both placed third in their weight classifications. 
Pictured from left to right:  Andrew Kreps, Coach Jim Martin & Noah Huxley.


SFCA STUDENTS PERFORM AT MACY'S DAY PARADE

Four students (Lindsey Miceli, Kiersten Royal, Taylor Schmit, Larry Collins) from Southwest Florida Christian Academy known as "The Spirit of America Dancers" participated in the 2012 annual Thanksgiving Macy's Day Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AN EVENING TO REMEMBER

Lt. Colonel Oliver North comes to Ft. Myers on Monday, October 29, 2012. 
He will be speaking at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, located on the campus of McGregor Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m.  His topic for the evening is "America in the New Millennia from a Christian’s Perspective”.  Col. North is a combat decorated Marine, #1 NYT best-selling author, small business founder, inventor with multiple U.S. patents, columnist, and the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel.  VIP tickets are available for $100, which includes a private reception with Col. North.  Admission and dinner tickets are available for just $35.  The dinner sponsor for the evening is Carrabba's Italian Grill.  To purchase tickets, or for additional information, please go to www.swfca.com or contact Lisa Blanchard at 936-8865, extension 1472.  It is not too late to become a business sponsor. Join us for this very patriotic event!

 

 

 


SFCA’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM GIVES BACK

Fifteen members of the Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) cross country team visited the Harry Chapin Food Bank on Saturday, September 15.  While there, the students along with their coach packed 3,000 pounds of rice and beans.  This is SFCA’s second consecutive year to help the food bank.  Community involvement is very important to the school!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ALL SFCA GRADUATES GO TO COLLEGE
 
Continuing our past tradition, 100% of the Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA)  graduates will be pursuing higher education.  Eighteen percent of the 2012 graduates received the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship award, while 29% received the Florida Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship.  Forty-seven percent of the graduating class obtained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  Approximately one-half of the class were members of the National Honor Society.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

SFCA STUDENT SIGNS WITH THE SUN  

Colton Catto, a senior at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, will be playing basketball for The Florida Christian College's SUNS in the fall.  Colton has averaged 25.4 points on the court during his senior year.  While at SFCA, Colton scored 1,897 career points, was named 2A Player of the Year, was a Mr. Basketball finalist and scored second in the voting, was named first team all-area, is a Southwest Florida All-Star, is a FACA All Star, and a SFABC All Star.  Coach Deer, of the SUNS, stated, "I do not say this often; however, we are extremely fortunate to sign a player with Colton's abilities.  Colton's on-the-court accolades speak for itself; furthermore, I am most excited about all of the intangibles Colton will bring to our program.  Colton is a young man with great character, a high basketball IQ, and is a team first guy."  Colton signed his letter of intent on April 25, 2012, at Southwest Florida Christian Academy.


 

SFCA STUDENTS RECEIVE STATE RECOGNITION

Emily Higginbotham and Thomas Arcentales, seventh grade students at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, participated in the Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP). They were awarded state recognition for their participation in the talent search based on their performance on the ACT.

Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented students. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Now in its 32nd year, the 7th Grade Talent Search identifies bright
seventh graders
based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school.
Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as
seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities.
In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for
gifted students. These students have earned an award by scoring at or above the
national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT
or the SAT. These students are invited to a special recognition ceremony held at a
university in our state.


 

SFCA SOFTBALL TEAM HELPS OTHERS

Southwest Florida Christian Academy's (SFCA) varsity softbal1 team assisted with the Fort Myers American Challenger League players on March 24.  The Challenger League boys and girls have special needs and wish to learn how to play little league.  SFCA Senior Sam Hillman said, "This is the most enjoyable and rewarding service project I've ever done!"
 

 

 

 

 


 

SFCA TENNIS TEAM GOES UNDEFEATED

Southwest Florida Christian Academy's middle school tennis teams achieved outstanding victories in its first year of existence.  The boys' team finished the season undefeated (with a 6-0 record) while the girls' team ended the season with a 5-1 record.  The team coaches are Doug Cohen (head coach), Robert Iwaniec, and Michael Arcentales.

Pictured below – back – left to right Coach Doug Cohen (Head Coach), Coach Mike Arcentales, Michael Bubar, Dylan Whiteside, Olivia Bohannon, Yvonne Wojtas, Chase Brown, Olivia Jensen, Coach Robert Iwaniec.

Front – left to right – Savannah Klingerman, Macy Hoesley, Julianna Whiteside,
Richard Lemay, Tommy Arcentales and Emily Higginbotham. 

Not pictured: Kaleigh Kaaber and Lily Tessier.
 


 

SFCA SENIOR EXCELS AT STATE!
Thomas Sievert, a senior at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, recently received an Excellent rating on a grade 7 piano solo at the Florida Bandmasters Association State Music Performance Assessment.  A grade 7 is the most difficult level to perform at the high school level.  The event was held on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, at Broward College Central Campus in Davie, Florida.

 

 


SFCA'S AUCTION IS A HUGE SUCCESS


On March 24, Southwest Florida Christian Academy held its annual auction to raise
money for its athletic, fine arts and scholarship programs.  After enjoying a delicious dinner provided by Carrabbas, the bidding began.  As always, Jay Sievert was an entertaining auctioneer who helped in raising over $65,000.  

Pictured from left to right:  Susan Mays, Tisha Bayne, Julianna Newingham, Jennifer Tank, Krissy Molloy, Shawnica Erp, Paula McKinney and Beth Randolph.


 


 

SFCA TEACHER NOMINATED FOR GOLDEN HALO

Susie Kackley, a second grade teacher at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, was nominated to receive the Golden Halo for the 2011-2012 school year.  Ms. Kackley was nominated by Madison and Mackenzie Thomas, twins who are students in her class.  Ten teachers will be honored on April 21, at the annual dinner that will be held at Spanish Wells in Bonita Springs.  The Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida recognizes outstanding teachers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Hendry counties.  Golden Halo is the Christian school equivalent to Golden Apple.

 

 


 

SFCA SCORES IN MUSIC!

Students from Southwest Florida Christian Academy participated in the Florida Bandmaster’s
District Music Performance Assessment on Saturday, February 4, 2012, held at
Lehigh High School. 
The following students received Superior Ratings (group picture).
Jon Angoluan, Aylen Bernal, Hayden Brown, Alexis Hollan, Isabella Hrunka,
Logan Lemke, Eileen Little, Baxton Munn, Max Pringle, Amanda Sabean


 



Thomas Sievert (individual pictured) received a superior rating on a
class 7 piano solo.
He is now eligible for the FBA State Solo and Ensemble Music
Performance Assessment in March 2012.

 

 

 

 

 


 

SFCA WINS GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) middle school boys and girls basketball teams won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships.  The SFCA ladies took this title home by beating Oasis Charter School with a final score of 25-22.  The SFCA boys won over the Community School in an overtime thriller with a final score of 41-36.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SFCA SCORES FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Southwest Florida Christian Academy's (SFCA) girls varsity basketball team honored those fighting breast cancer by hosting a "Think Pink" game against Evangelical Christian School (ECS).  Susan G. Komen representatives gave out vital information on fighting this disease, while the money from the gate and concessions went to the Foundation to help find a cure.  All families who have been touched by breast cancer were honored and prayed for that evening. Shelly Baker, a SFCA parent and breast cancer survivor, said, "It’s nice to be able to give back to an organization that has done so much for breast cancer awareness.  What I went through wasn’t in vain.  It has given me the opportunity to educate others on this subject."
A large audience showed up to support this noble cause and to watch a close game as
the SFCA ladies pulled off a win over ECS by two points!
 


SFCA TAKES THE GOLD

The Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) King’s Wrestling Team has won its first gold medal.  Sophomore Noah Huxley (pictured) won the gold in the 220 lb. division competing at the Don Sanford Jr Invitational Tournament in Port Charlotte this past Saturday.  He beat all three opponents by pins in the first minute of each match.
Eighth grader Jon Angoluan earned 4th place competing in the 120 lb. division, while Sophomore Andrew Kreps qualified for the 145 lb. medal rounds.
Coach Jim Martin, who won the gold in the 1983 Pan Am games, has led the King’s to victory in the three short years since its origination.

 


 

 


 

SFCA TEACHER RECEIVES $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Douglas J. Roth from Southeastern University visited the Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) campus to award Stephanie Laymon, sixth grade teacher, a $10,000 scholarship toward a master’s degree program. The scholarship was presented by Dr. Roth personally at SFCA chapel last week.  From hundreds of applicants, Stephanie Laymon was one of three recipients for a scholarship in this amount.

 

 

 


 

SFCA HELPS NEEDY IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES

One of Southwest Florida Christian Academy's second grade classes found a special way to show God's love this Christmas.  Having the desire to bless as many children as they could, the students in Mrs. Fulwider’s class started a Christmas Jar in October.

This one small class collected $400.98!  Working with World Vision, the students chose to purchase the following items for needy children:  Bibles, food, chickens, a goat, fruit trees, care for three orphans, medicine, and education for one child.

On Christmas Day, as our students open their own Christmas presents, they will smile
knowing that they have shared God’s love in a special way.
 


 

SFCA CHEERLEADERS CAPTURE ANOTHER FIRST

The Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) cheer teams traveled to Kissimmee to perform at the Silver Spurs Arena in the FCC Florida State Championships on Dec. 3.   The Junior High team placed first in their division, as they performed an incredible routine.  The Varsity Co-ed team, who holds the title of first in the Nation, also took first place.  Both teams will go on to compete at Nationals this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 


SFCA PARTICIPATES IN NEW GUINNESS RECORD

Southwest Florida Christian Academy's (SFCA) grades K - 5 and one 6th grade P.E. class added 234 stackers to a world-wide effort to set a new Guinness World record for stacking.  There were 26 countries, including all 50 states in the USA, who worked to surpass the previous record of 316,736.  The new Guinness world record is 409,600!.    
The number to beat was 316,736, and we sailed right past that on Friday afternoon, November 18th. Thanks to the 250 stackers at West Dodge Station Elementary in Elkhorn, Nebraska for putting us over at exactly 4:19 pm (MST). The WSSA initially hoped to surpass the goal of 350,000 stackers. Thanks to everyone in 28 countries (including all 50 states in the USA) for taking part in this banner stack up event on Guinness World Records Day!



 


SFCA PARTICIPATES IN OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected 86 million shoe box gifts and hand-delivered them to impoverished children in more than 130 countries. This year, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 8.5 million gift-filled shoe boxes. Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) students collected 581 boxes to help meet that need.  McGregor Baptist Church joined the students' efforts this year and added another 661 to that number for a final count of 1,242 shoeboxes filled with hygienic items, toys, and other treats.  The boxes collected in Florida will go to Panama, Ukraine, Macedonia, Bahamas, Uganda, Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Seychelles, Togo, Benin, Belize, Ecuador, Madagascar, and one undisclosed country! 
What joy it was for SFCA students
to participate in this effort.  This is not the first time the students
have participated in this endeavor.  SFCA has been an active member
of this ministry since 1997.              

Operation Christmas Child is a project of international Christian relief
and evangelism organization Samaritan Purse, headed by Franklin
Graham.  While Samaritan Purse works to meet critical physical
needs, such as clean water, health care and food. 
Operation Christmas Child addresses a need for which children are
just as desperate the need to have hope and feel loved.
       


 

SFCA CELEBRATES HOMECOMING

Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) celebrated its first homecoming on the football field!  This year's king and queen are SAS Stouder and Meridith Doerstling, prince and princess from the 11th grade are Kenny Hawley and Mikayla Hetherington, prince and princess from the 10th grade are David Faux and JoJo Scoggins, and prince and princess from the 9th grade are Jack Seravello and Nicole Nicely.  The King’s scored a victory of 38 – 0 that night when facing Boca Christian. The following night a dinner and dance was held at the Renaissance Country Club to end the Homecoming celebration!

 

 


 

ANOTHER SFCA STUDENT TO SING AT CARNEGIE HALL

Grace Postorino, a senior at Southwest Florida Christian Academy, has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Grace has been a member of the SFCA choir since she was in fifth grade and has been an active participant of the school's praise team and advanced ensemble and an All State participant three years running. Grace is the second student asked to perform at Carnegie this year; Larry Collins performed there in January 2011. SFCA is pleased that Carnegie Hall has acknowledged Grace's talent, and the school is proud of her efforts.  Congratulations, Grace!

 

 

 


 

SFCA CAPTURES CONFERENCE TITLE!

Southwest Florida Christian Academy's (SFCA) middle school volleyball team has claimed the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship title! After a fierce battle this season, the team finished with a 21-1 record.  They ended the season on Saturday, October 22, with a 2-0 victory over Community School of Naples in the conference finals.  Congratulations to the following King's ladies:  Macy Hoesley, Olivia Jensen, Megan Thomas, Ally Frith, Lily Tessier, Meghan Todd, Kerry Linehan, Kristen Jacobs, Faith Harden, Lindsey Cox, Mikaela Toth, Abby Ferrell, Megan Derums, Krista Sciulla, Sarah Kate Sheffield, Lexi Shirey, and Tiffany Morina.

 


 

 

SFCA STUDENTS SET TO SING AT DISNEY

A 14-member ensemble at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA)
has been requested to appear in the Candlelight performance at Walt
Disney World on December 7 .  The ensemble is made up of 7 freshmen
and 7 upper-class students. The students will be singing in a mass choir accompanied by a live orchestra  A narration of Luke 2 is being read by Isabella Rossellini, an actress, model, film maker, and daughter of Ingrid Bergman.  Mrs. Jennifer Rouskey is the music director at SFCA

 



SFCA VARSITY EXCELS AT QUALITY LIFE CENTER

Friday, September 9, 2011, Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) varsity football team visited Quality Life Center of SW Florida, a nonprofit organization established to provide mentoring and tutoring services to families.   James Long, Director of Marketing and Fundraising for Quality Life Center of SW Florida, stated “The kids were very excited to see the team working so hard to keep their place clean and in tip top shape.  
Also, the boys went on their FaceBook page and made the Quality Life Center a friend.  This helped with getting the word out for the Slap Me
Five campaign that is going on right now to raise needed money.”  
Community service plays a huge role at SFCA, and the students have
had some wonderful experiences as a result of it.

 


 
SFCA ALUMNUS RECEIVES SCRIPPS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

Carissa Iverson, graduate of Southwest Florida Christian Academy, recently completed the Scripps Research Institute Research Fellows program.  As one
of 12 recipients in the United States, she was selected to spend 10 weeks in a genetics laboratory studying genetics involved in protecting the ends of chromosomes.  Presently a student at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Ms. Iverson hopes to concentrate on the field of genetics during her graduate work.  She stated she became interested in science after taking a course in human anatomy and physiology as a high school student at SFCA.
Photo by: Skip Reynolds, The Scripps Research Institute

SFCA CHOIR STUDENTS COMPETE FOR STATE HONORS
 
Kerry Linehan, Noah Bosman, Michael Rouskey, Tiffany Morina, Larry Collins, Grace Postorino, and Christina Kull from Southwest Florida Christian Academy's choir will advance to the final round of All State testing.  The All State choir will then perform at the Florida Music Educator’s Conference held in Tampa, Fl., in January of 2012.
Congratulations to these students as they have been diligently working for this goal.

 

 
SFCA EXCELS IN MUSIC
 
Larry Collins, a junior at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), is the only student in Lee County and 1 of 3 students selected from the Southwest Florida district that wasaccepted into the Reading Chorus for All State, which is being held in Tampa, Florida, inJanuary 2012.  Only 100 students in the entire state are chosen for this honor.  He will besinging bass with 99 other chorus members at the Florida Music Educator’s Conference.

 
SFCA VISITS HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK

On Saturday, September 14, 11 Southwest Florida Christian Academy
cross-country team members along with Coach Tom Swiersz and some
parents went to the Harry Chapin Food Bank to assist in the distribution of
food products for the needy. The students made boxes, sorted and packed food items from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone worked extremely hard and had a positive attitude. Afterward, the students decided it was a lot of fun and a good team
building day.