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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SENDS SWIMMER TO STATES FOR
FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY

SFCA’s junior Joshua Harriott advanced to states in swimming – this is a first for SFCA’s young swimming program! What an exciting end to the season for the school and the Harriott family!  Joshua swam the 100m fly and the 500m free on November 15th in St. Petersburg, FL, at the FHSAA state meet.  He swam his personal best in both events finishing 13th in the 100m fly (was seeded 17th) and 17th in the 500m free (was seeded 24th).  The best is yet to come – here is to 2015 and his senior year!

 


SFCA ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF JANELLE LOPEZ WITH CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
 
SFCA is excited to announce that varsity cheerleader Janelle Lopez will be joining California Baptist University’s NCA National Championship competitive cheer squad in the fall on a partial scholarship. Janelle has been an integral part of the SFCA competitive squad for the past two seasons, as well as a great contributor to the football and basketball cheerleading squads.  We congratulate Janelle as she prepares to retire her “Go King’s” chant and embark on a new cheerleading adventure where she will cheer “Go Lancers!”

            

 

 


TRISTIAN UPTON NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

More details here.


Southwest Florida Christian Academy’s Tristian Upton Ties for
12th in the State for Boys High Jump

 
Tristian Upton, a freshman at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), made it to the State finals for the high jump.  The state tournament was held in Jacksonville on April 26th.  SFCA has only had a varsity track program for two years, so Tristian was only the second SFCA athlete to advance to the state level in track.  Tristian hit a personal record at the district tournament on April 11th with a 5’10” jump .  He reached a new personal record at the regional tournament on April 18th  when he cleared 6’.  That personal record at the regional tournament afforded him the opportunity to “jump” at the state tournament where he landed himself tied for 12th with 5’10” being his final cleared jumping height.  “Tristian is a phenomenal athlete with unlimited potential.  He gradually improved throughout the course of the season, and if he continues to stick with it, the sky is the limit, “ said Head Track Coach Brent Burnside.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Southwest Florida Christian Academy’s Lindsey Miceli Signs with the Eagles
Lindsey Miceli, a senior at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), proved to be a stand out in the competitive cheer program, and she is SFCA’s first cheerleader to tryout and be selected for a college team.  April McCann, SFCA’s Head Cheer Coach, said, “It’s very exciting  to see our cheer program moving in the right direction, and seeing  Lindsey go on to cheer at the collegiate level at Florida Gulf Coast University.”  During her years at SFCA, Lindsey not only was on the competitive squad and sideline cheer squad, but this past year she was also chosen to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  “Lindsey showed a great amount of talent, skill, and personality this past weekend.  She proved herself to be an excellent addition to the 2013/2014 cheer squad, and we are truly looking forward to getting to know her better and having her as an ambassador of the university,” said FGCU’s Head Cheer Coach, Emily Augustin.   
 
Southwest Florida Christian Academy’s Logan Hawley Signs with the Fighting Scots
Logan Hawley, a senior at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), will be taking his football talents to Maryville College this upcoming fall.  Logan has been a leader on SFCA’s football team and has been a dominant player on the line of scrimmage over the past two seasons.   For the past two football seasons, he has also been chosen as SFCA’s “Lineman of the Year” by his coaches.  Head Coach Mark Ackerman said, “This is bittersweet.  On one hand, it is going to be very hard to replace his leadership and physical play on the offensive and defensive lines.  On the other hand, we are thrilled to have another one of our football players head on to be a student-athlete at the collegiate level.”  Logan talked to a few different colleges, but in the end benefited greatly from the small college recruiting fair that was put on at Cape Coral High School where he had the opportunity to meet with the Maryville College coaching staff.  Head Coach Mike Rader says, “We are extremely excited about Logan joining our family here, and we look forward to the impact he will bring on and off the field for the Fighting Scots.”  Logan signed his letter of intent on April 25, 2013, at Southwest Florida Christian Academy.
 
Southwest Florida Christian Academy’s Maria Swiersz Signs with the Trojans
Maria (Mia) Swiersz, a senior at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA), is heading to South Carolina this fall to join Anderson’s University’s cross country team.  Mia has excelled at multiple sports at SFCA these past years, being a key member of the varsity cross country, basketball, and softball teams.  Mia chose cross country as the sport that she wanted to compete in at the next level.  Anderson’s Cross Country Coach, Randy Greer, says, “We are excited about having Mia up here on campus running for us next year. She is not only a good student and athlete, but more importantly a young lady of great character and integrity. Mia’s going to be another great addition to the Anderson Cross Country program.”  Her Head Cross Country Coach at SFCA, Doug Cohen, agrees with Coach Greer saying, “She’s been a dedicated three sport athlete, but it was her leadership and character that she demonstrated each and every day that separated her from the others.”  Mia signed her letter of intent for Anderson University on April 25, 2013, at Southwest Florida Christian Academy.

Pictured –
Front Row – Lindsey Miceli, Maria (Mia) Swiersz, Logan Hawley
Back Row – Mark Ackerman (Athletic Director), Eric Munn (Headmaster), Lisa Kleinmann (Director of Academic Affairs)

SFCA Wrestlers Reach Out to Members & Graduates of Teen Challenge
 
The Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) wrestling team spent a few hour on Sunday, February 24th, hosting a cookout for a local drug and alcohol rehab program (Teen Challenge).  Several that attended the cookout were recent graduates from the yearlong Christian faith-based program.  Many graduates of this program stay on with Teen Challenge, which is an international ministry, to become leaders of the program.
Head wrestling coach Jim Martin said, “This was a great time of hanging out and listening one-on-one to the testimonies of the Teen Challenge members.  We also shot hoops, tossed footballs, and spent time fishing around the pond at Fellowship Park.”
The wrestling team is hoping to continue this relationship with future hands-on projects.
 
 

SFCA Middle School Boys Basketball Team –
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Champs T
wo Years in a Row

For the second year in a row, the middle school boys basketball team at Southwest Florida Christian Academy (SFCA) has taken the championship trophy home.  The King’s had an almost perfect season with only one loss late in the season – and the loss was by just one point.  The King’s defeated Oasis Charter in the conference finals 68-47 to earn the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) championship title. 

Pictured left to right – Jordan Weatherbee, Luke Wallace, Michael Musho, Will Wiggins, Noah Jacobs, Chase Reed, David Sievert, Caleb Catto, Seth Beeson, Hayden Brown, Braxton Baker, Cayman Brown, and Viktor Beach


 

SFCA STUDENTS RECEIVE STATE RECOGNITION


Victoria Jynella and Peyton Randolph, 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 and/or the SAT. 

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 33nd 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 SENIOR RECEIVES THE HILLMYER-TREMONT STUDENT ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP

Southwest Florida Christian Academy senior, Mikayla Hetherington, discovered on Thursday, April 4, that she will be one of the recipients of this scholarship.  The Hillmyer-Tremont Student Athlete Foundation Inc. was established to reward a local male and female for his/her athletic and academic achievements.  The scholarship is cumulative up to $18,000.  Principal Emily Pigott shared, “We are very proud of Mikayla and her accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service.  We are grateful to the Foundation for its support of our local student athletes.”

Pictured from left to right are Kevin and Jennifer Hetherington (Parents of Mikayla);
Mikayla Hetherington; Sam Crimaldi; Abbi Smith and Captain Morgan Bowden
(representatives of the Hillmyer-Tremont Student Athlete Foundation, Inc.)


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