This year, our Best Buddies club has challenged our middle school students to take a pledge to be intentional in speaking kindly toward one another and to raise awareness of the damage caused by using the R-word. "We wanted to extend this pledge to include all negative language so we encouraged students to take our pledge to be kind and choose positive language to create an inclusive Christian community," said Natalie Scruggs, middle school Heart to Heart teacher.
Students were also able to sign a banner, pledging to show respect to everyone.
For the second year in a row, an FRA robotics team has qualified for the Worlds Competition. Team Rastafarian Fire won the Build Award and was a finalist in the VEX State Championships on Saturday to qualify for the Worlds Competition, which is held in Louisville, Kentucky, in April.
The varsity girls basketball team finished its season as TSSAA Division II Class A State Runner Up and a 27-5 overall record after falling to the Webb School of Knoxville 55-42 in Saturday's championship game.
The varsity girls basketball team will play in the TSSAA Division II Class A State Championship after defeating University School of Jackson 53-48 on Thursday. The Panthers were led by eighth grader Kennedy Cambridge, who had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Freshman Iris Heldman added 14 points, including four three-pointers.
Last weekend, some of our lower school students participated in the Regional Tournament of Destination Imagination, an organization that develops project-based learning programs that blend STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. The Spinning Torpedoes, consisting of second graders Jeremiah Spaeth, Cole Thornton, Wyatt Peterson, and Locke Teague, won both its central challenge as well as the instant challenge in its room and will represent FRA in the state tournament next month.
The varsity girls basketball team defeated CPA 41-26 to win the TSSAA Division II Class A Middle Region Championship. The Panthers were led by sophomore Zharia Hutchinson, who had 17 points. Eighth grader Kennedy Cambridge added nine in the victory.
Hutchinson, Cambridge, and senior Jesse Heldman were named to the All-Region Team, with Hutchinson being named MVP.
Congratulations to the Tymon Mitchell, Drew White, and Ethan Rhoden for a strong showing in the TSSAA State Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Mitchell finished third in the 285-pound division; White finished sixth in the 145-pound weight class; and Rhoden finished sixth in the 106-pound division.
Congratulations to junior Maddie Cunnigham and sophomore Jaden Holtschlag for being accepted to the Governor's School of the Arts, a four-week long summer program for high school students gifted in music, visual art, theatre, dance, and filmmaking. They were two of 230 students accepted from the 1400 applicants.