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2024

  • Middle School Musical Theater Troupe Wins Top Honors at National Performing Arts Festival in Orlando

    This past weekend, the Middle School Show Choir/Musical Theater class headed to the National Performing Arts Festival (NPAF) in Orlando, Florida to compete as the only school group against community theater and pre-professional programs. At the festival, they performed for professional adjudicators, attended workshops and special events, and competed for various performance awards as both an ensemble and soloists/duos. 

    The Eagles came out victorious by being awarded the highest overall score for their performance of Matilda Jr. and were also awarded the Junior Showcase Award. They were also awarded a Superior Rating (the highest achieving category) and the Impactful Performance Award (a special judges award). The Junior Showcase Award led to them being invited to perform on Sunday, February 18, at Universal Studios on the Main Stage for all park goers to enjoy the performance. 

    Eighth grade student Harper Brown and sixth grade student Beck Brown were recognized and awarded for standout performances in the ensemble production, as Miss Trunchbull and Bruce, with a Spotlight Student Award. 

    This is a promising beginning for this young class, who is made up of 19 sixth graders and one eighth grader. 

    “This weekend was absolutely incredible for these budding young musical theater students. This year, we embarked on a brand-new journey to offer not only an expanded curriculum full of music, acting, and dance, but also a fantastic extracurricular experience traveling to the National Performing Arts Festival,” Sarah Patterson, Musical Choir Director. “I am tremendously proud of this troupe who embraced this new world of musical theater with open arms and jazz hands, and their performance was equal parts dazzling and heartwarming. I am so blessed as a director to work with this amazing group and grateful to FBCA for supporting us at every step along the way.”

    Way to go, Eagles!

    Awards at NPAF ‘24

    Ensemble Performance Rating: Superior
    Impactful Performance Award
    2 Spotlight Students 
    Festival Junior Showcase Award (highest award of the festival)
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  • Senior Joana Liu has been named a 2024 National Merit Finalist

    Senior Joana Lui has been designated as a finalist in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

    The competition began with over 1.3 million juniors who took the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Semifinalists were named in September, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

    To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official had to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included information about the Semifinalist’s academic record; participation in school and community activities; demonstrated leadership abilities; employment; and honors and awards received. The honoree must also have an outstanding academic record throughout high school; be endorsed and recommended by a high school official; write an essay; and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

    As a National Merit finalist, Joana now will continue in the competition. The National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in the spring.

    About 16,000 students make it to the semifinalist level of the National Merit Scholarship program, and about 90 percent of those before finalists. Half of the finalists will win National Merit Scholarships.

    Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2024. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. About 840 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 160 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 160 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

    National Merit Scholarship winners of 2024 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join nearly 375,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title over the years.

    “For anyone familiar with Joana's academic abilities, this is no surprise, but it is a great honor that represents one piece of how remarkable she is,” Graham Traylor, FBCA Director of College Counseling said. “What is most incredible is Joana's combination of the intellect represented by this award with phenomenal creative and artistic ability. I'm excited to watch the way she combines her scholarship and art going forward.”

    Way to go, Joana!
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  • Middle School Theater Wins High Honors at PSIA One Act Play Competition

    This past weekend, thirteen Middle School theater students participated in the Private Schools Interscholastic Associations (PSIA) One Act Play competition at Fulshear High School. The group brought home a second place win for their performance of "Dark Road." The ensemble also brought home top awards with the Best Crew Award, Best Technician Award, Best Performer Award, All Star Cast Award and an Honorable Mention Award. 

    "I am very proud of this group and all of their hard work on this production.  They were flawless!," Mari Sandvick, Middle School Theater Director said. 

    "A true triumph for our MS One Act Play at FBCA! Wonderful! Historic game-changer for our MS students that brings this play ‘Dark Road’ experience to the stage," Robert Sanders, FBCA Director of Fine Arts said. "Mrs. Sandvick has skyrocketed the Middle School Theater One Act Play program to a breathtaking and elite level that has our students thriving in theater."

    Overall Placement: 2nd Place
    Best Crew Award: Eddie Scala, Abby Smith, Carmela Cordova
    Best Technician Award: Carmela Cordova
    Best Performer Award: Juliet Smith
    All Star Cast Award: Ava Pekar and Jillan Slate
    Honorable Mention Award: Joanna Anthony

    DARK ROAD - ONE-ACT PLAY BY LAURA LUNDGREN SMITH
    Greta ................................................ Jillian Slate
    Daimler .................................................. Ava Pekar
    Guard/ Doctor/Crowd ................................ Anthony Johnson
    Lise/Crowd ............................................ Juliet Smith
    Aufseherin/ Crowd ................................... Joanna Anthony
    Marga/ Crowd .............................................Hana Acord
    Ingrid/Crowd ..........................................Tireni Akanbi
    Person 1/ Girl / Woman 2/ Crowd .......................Ryanne Austin
    Person 2/ Prisoner 1/Woman 3/ Crowd .................. Avonlea Crain
    Person 3/ Prisoner 2/ Woman 1/ Crowd .................Sophia Aguirre
    Person 4/ Observer/ Crowd .............................. Livi Payton
    STAGE MANAGER: Eddie Scala
    LIGHTBOARD OPERATOR: Carmela Cordova
    SOUNDBOARD OPERATOR: Abigail Smith
    DIRECTOR: Mari Sandvick
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  • Junior Thomas Dorsey to Receive Congressional Award Gold Medal for Exceptional Service

    FBCA Junior Thomas Dorsey is set to be honored with the Congressional Award Gold Medal this summer in Washington DC. His dedication and tireless efforts over the course of 24 months have earned him this prestigious recognition.

    The Congressional Award Gold Medal, a symbol of exceptional achievement, required Thomas to engage in a multifaceted criteria that all led to developing himself and his experiences. Over the span of two years, Thomas diligently pursued the following categories:
    • Community Service: Thomas dedicated himself to serving his community, completing a remarkable 430 hours of service. Among his notable contributions were the construction of trails at Camp Strake for his Eagle Scout project and the installation of three wheelchair ramps, projects close to his heart.
    • Personal Development: With a commitment to continuous growth, Thomas devoted 200 hours to personal development activities, reflecting his unwavering determination to better himself.
    • Physical Fitness: Understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle, Thomas allocated 200 hours to physical fitness pursuits, prioritizing his well-being and vitality.
    • Expedition or Exploration: Embracing the spirit of adventure, Thomas had to embark on a four-day and four-night expedition, demonstrating his resilience and adventurous spirit.
    In a statement reflecting on his upcoming accolade, Thomas shared, "More than anything, it's a continuation of what I've been prioritizing in my personal life. I'm ecstatic to receive the award and it means the world to me, but not necessarily because of the award itself and rather its significance in relation to my goals. It gives me an opportunity to step back and appreciate what I've done and I'm very grateful for that."

    Looking toward the future, Thomas remains committed to his journey of service and personal growth. He expressed his aspiration to reach 500 service hours by the time of his graduation, emphasizing his desire to continue making meaningful contributions to his community. Despite the pressures of the college search process, Thomas aims to focus on holistic development, prioritizing personal growth over academic metrics.

    Thomas Dorsey's unwavering dedication to service and self-improvement serves as an inspiration to his peers and community members alike. His upcoming recognition at the Congressional Award ceremony underscores his commitment to making a positive impact on the world around him. Way to go, Thomas! We are so proud of you and your achievement!
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  • Swim Team Advances at Regional Swim Meet

    This past weekend, the FBCA Upper School Swim Team competed at the TAPPS Eastern Regional Swim Meet at the University of Houston.

    They took a team of 13 including - Reese Bingham, Ryann Bingham, Jacob Bjorngjeld, Kyle Chambers, Ashlyn Dailey, Matthew Doxakis, Aidan Foss, Aly Gregorek, Hannah Hunter, Anais Lagoutte, Cassie Marquart, Diego Moreno, and Greg Zong. 

    • Our mens and womens 200 IM Relays qualified for the TAPPS state.
    • In individual races we had a lot of top five finishes across the board.
    • Reese Bingham qualified for state in the 100 and 200 freestyle while Ryann Bingham will be going in 100 fly and 100 back. 
    • We had several personal best times with Kyle Chambers leading with his time of 56.89 in the 100 free and Cassie Marquart dropping in both her 100 free and 100 back. 

    Coach Carl and Emily Thomas are so proud of all the hard work the swimmers have put in this season, and they are looking forward to state next week! 
     
    Relay Qualifiers are:
     
    Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay &
    Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay:
    Reese Bingham
    Ryann Bingham 
    Aly Gregorek
    Anais Lagoutte

    Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay:
    Jacob Bjorngjeld
    Kyle Chambers 
    Aiden Foss
    Gregory Zong 
     
    Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay:
    Jacob Bjorngjeld
    Kyle Chambers 
    Matthew Doxakis
    Gregory Zong
     
    Individual Qualifiers are:
     
    Girls 100 Yard Freestyle &
    Girls 200 Yard Freestyle:
    Reese Bingham 
     
    Girls 200 Yard IM:
    Anais Lagoutte
     
    Girls 50 Yard Freestyle:
    Aly Gregorek
     
    Girls 100 Yard Butterfly &
    Girls 100 Yard Backstroke:
    Ryann Bingham 
     
    Boys 100 Yard Backstroke: 
    Gregory Zong 
     
    Boys 100 Yard Freestyle & 
    Boys 100 Yard Breast:
    Kyle Chambers 
     
     
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  • Five Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

    Fort Bend Christian Academy students and families gathered on campus on Wednesday, February 7, to celebrate five outstanding athletes as they signed National Letters of Intent to play sports at the collegiate level.
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  • Debate Students Awarded Scholarships By the VFW

    Recently, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hosted their annual Voice of Democracy audio-essay national program. Back in October, the Upper School Debate Team students entered the contest with Post 3903 in Rosenberg. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program was established in 1947, and it is designed to allow high school students express their thoughts regarding democracy. The VFW nationally receives more than 25,000 entries each year. 
     
    The theme for the 2023-2024 contest was what are the greatest attributes of our democracy. The students wrote an essay answering the question and recorded themselves reading it. When it was announced that FBCA won all three scholarships this year, Commander of the VFW Post 3903, Ken Dillon, came in person to FBCA back in December to excitedly share the news!
     
    1st place - Junior Wesley Evans earned a $500 scholarship.
    2nd place - Freshman Lucas De Freitas Salim earned a $300 scholarship.
    3rd place - Junior Elizabeth Glasper earned a $200 scholarship.

    The VFW invited the scholarship winners, their parents and their Debate coach to the Post 3903 monthly meeting on January 8. They presented each recipient with a certificate and the check. After awards and pictures, the winners were invited to stay for dinner and celebratory cake. 
     
    "I am overjoyed that our students did so well in this scholarship contest, and I'm excited to look for more opportunities like this one for them to shine. It was a full circle moment for me- my husband (assistant coach) and I competed in the same scholarship contest when we were in debate at Terry HS. We were also local winners, and I remember using that check to purchase my books for school," Upper School Debate Coach, Michelle Walker, said.
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  • Emerald Dance Team Brings Home the Gold at Recent Competition

    After a brief hiatus last year, the Emerald Dance team is back this school year with a great group of dancers and two fantastic sponsors. Recently, they attended the MA Dance Competition this past weekend and brought back the highest honors of first place in three major categories. As a team, they won Sweepstakes, Regional Champs, and Regionals Outstanding First Place. Cathy Huang's solo dance also won 5th overall in the Junior Division. Next up, they will be competing the the TAPPS State Competition on January 13. 

    Amazing job, Emerald Dancers! We are so proud of you!
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  • Middle School Trombonist Selected to Perform with TPSMEA All-Region Band

    Congratulations to 8th Grade Student Joel Kimborowicz for his exceptional performance with the TPSMEA All-Region Band this past weekend. Following a rigorous audition process, Joel was one of eight trombonists selected to perform with the band. Way to go, Joel!
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  • Drumline Students Receive Superior Rating at TAPPS State Championship

    Recently, our Upper School Drumline students gave an exceptional performance at the TAPPS State Championship. The Drumline received a superior rating from the judges and were awarded Drumline Division 1 honors and Runner-Up at the competition. A few students also received the best in class award for their specific instruments.

    Those students were:
    • Luke Cummings on Cymbal
    • Alex Guajardo on Snare Drum
    • Ryan Hiegel on Tenor Drum

    Congratulations to these Eagles on an amazing job!
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  • FBCA Students Shine at Junior Theater Festival

    The Fort Bend Christian Academy (FBCA) Theatre and American Sign Language (ASL) teams took their shadow play, Aladdin Jr. to the Junior Theater Festival (JTF), leaving a lasting mark with their exceptional performances, earning accolades, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

    At the Freddie G Awards Ceremony, FBCA students were honored with an "Excellence in Music" award for their outstanding performance of Aladdin Jr. ASL student, Senior Alyssa Cook, garnered the "Outstanding Performance by an Individual" award for her portrayal of the ASL Genie. 

    Technical Track student, Senior Katie Breedlove, earned the title of Technical Theatre All-Star for the second consecutive year. Her innovative set and costume designs impressed workshop leaders, providing her the opportunity to work backstage alongside Broadway-professional stage managers and technical crew at the New Works Showcase and Freddie G Awards Ceremony.

    Seniors Jack Brown and Matthew Schwab were recognized as All-Star Cast members, participating in a special dance workshop and Q&A session. In the JTF Tech Olympics, Senior Katie Breedlove, Senior Lillian Drennon, Sophomore Zachary Rudge, and Senior Elissa Wrenn showcased their technical prowess, securing first place in their competition group.

    Sophomore Gabrielle Anthony and Senior Katie Volmert represented FBCA at the iTheatrics Choreography Videos, earning callbacks after showcasing their exceptional choreography and vocal skills. This elite experience involves traveling to New York City over the summer to create and perform in choreography demonstration videos used in musical licensing kits across the country.

    Senior Ime James and Junior Sophia Polasek were selected as Social Media Ambassadors, representing FBCA at the festival. They shared the group's journey across social media platforms and participated in special workshops led by RPM, a leading social media management company for Broadway productions.
     
    "Attending JTF has shown me that I can achieve far more than I ever thought was possible, and that the most important part of a performance is the unspeakable joy and love behind it," ASL 5 Student and Senior, Katie Volmert said.
     
    "Going to JTF, I felt the joy from the actors performing and I saw the talent that each and everyone of them had, and it definitely left a large impact on me. Seeing the original Aladdin (Adam Jacobs, in Concert) and so many amazing actors perform on a stage right in front of us brought theatre to life for me," Production Theater Student and Sophomore, Lea Farah said.
     
    "Of all the amazing experiences of the weekend, my absolute favorite was seeing my students introduce themselves to a young Deaf middle schooler who was also in attendance at the festival! To see them all communicating and sharing their love for the language brought me immense joy! The impact our group created last year by proving that theatre can seamlessly incorporate ASL and provide theatre for all was very evident!," ASL Teacher and Director, Elyse DeBuck said.
     
    "Our second year at JTF was even better than the last! So many of our students were recognized for their myriad talents, but beyond any trophy or award this troupe delivered an awe-inducing performance of Aladdin Jr. and continued to inspire others who are developing ASL theatre programs in their communities. We are so grateful to let God’s light shine bright at JTF Atlanta and beyond!," Director and Theater Teacher, Sarah Patterson said.
     
    The FBCA Theatre and ASL teams' second year journey at the Junior Theater Festival 2024 surpassed expectations, showcasing their talent, dedication, and commitment to making theatre accessible to all. The awards, recognitions, and inspiring performances at JTF Atlanta will undoubtedly shape the future of these talented students, leaving a lasting impact on their artistic journeys. 
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  • Emerald Brigade Dazzles at TAPPS State Championship Secures Superior Rating and Soloist Medals

    In a spectacular display of talent and dedication, the FBCA Emerald Brigade, our high school dance team, showcased their talents at the recent TAPPS Dance State Championship. The team's stellar performance not only earned them a coveted "Superior Rating" but also resulted in individual soloists clinching well-deserved medals.

    This past weekend marked a defining moment for the FBCA Emerald Brigade as they graced the TAPPS State Championship. The team's outstanding collective effort and synchronized routines garnered them a prestigious "Superior Rating," reflecting their commitment to excellence. It was indeed an all-around great first showing at the State Championships, and the Emeralds emerged victorious with their heads held high.

    Adding to the triumph, each soloist from the Emerald Brigade demonstrated exceptional skill and artistry, earning individual medals for their captivating performances. 

    Suzanne Mau, the dedicated sponsor of the FBCA Emerald Brigade, expressed immense pride in the team's accomplishments. She remarked, "I am so proud of this team and their hard work. They have put in a lot of time and dedication, and this superior rating from TAPPS is proof. I am looking forward to more awards and accolades for these dancers."

    Congratulations to the FBCA Emerald Brigade on their outstanding achievement!
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  • Track Team Soars to Victory at Carl Lewis HS Invitational

    This past weekend, the FBCA Varsity Track team demonstrated exceptional skill and determination at the highly competitive Carl Lewis HS Invitational meet hosted at the University of Houston to kickoff their track season. Bringing a talented roster of eight athletes to the meet, the team left a mark with stellar performances, securing top positions and setting new records.

    One standout performance of the meet came from Bayleigh Minor, who clinched the 1st place in the 400 meters with a time of 53.05. Bayleigh not only set a new personal record, but also established a new meet record. Her achievement extends to a national level, holding the #1 time in the nation and ranking as the 6th fastest globally. Bayleigh was honored as the "Athlete of the Meet."

    The Girls 4x400 relay team, comprised of Gabbie Washington, Brooke Perry, Lilly Coppedge, and Bayleigh Minor, showcased exceptional teamwork by securing the 1st place with a record-breaking time of 3:49.43. Their synchronized efforts not only secured victory but also set a new meet record, emphasizing the team's commitment to excellence.

    The team's success wasn't confined to specific events, as individual athletes excelled in various disciplines. Ivan Jimmy Duckworth displayed strength and skill, earning the 7th place in Shot Put. Kennesha Nabors showcased her strength as well, securing the 10th place in the same event. Elijah Savage demonstrated endurance and determination, claiming the 13th place in the challenging 3000 meters event.

    Luke Cummings showcased his speed and agility, competing admirably in the 200 meters event. TJ Smith demonstrated sprinting excellence in the 60 meters, contributing to the team's overall success. Additionally, Lilly Coppedge, Brooke Perry, and Gabbie Washington displayed resilience and skill in the 400 meters event, adding depth to the team's performance.

    The FBCA Varsity Track team's outstanding achievements at the Carl Lewis HS Invitational are a testament to their dedication and hard work. From record-breaking sprints to formidable performances in field events, each athlete contributed to the team's overall success. The future and this season looks promising for the team as they continue to strive for excellence in every competition.

    Way to go, Eagles!
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