Congratulations to TMA seniors Rebekah C. and Monica W. who earned a near-perfect score at the WordWright challenge, placing them among the 99 highest-scoring twelfth graders in the entire country. The competition requires close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetry. Over 69,000 high school students from 47 states entered the meet, so this is an incredible achievement!
Congratulations to TMA senior Kevin G. who has set a new standard of excellence and accomplishment by making Florida's very elite All-State Symphonic Band. Kevin is the first TMA student to make all-state band. Students from all over the state of Florida audition, and only 7 percussionists are selected to join the top 123 band students from the state for an amazing performance at the Tampa Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 11 at 8:00pm.
Congratulations to Senior oboe player, Sarah H., for making Tri-State band. She is among the high school musical elite from the states of FL, GA and AL. She will be participating in a band festival at FSU in December and studying under nationally and internationally renowned guest conductors in a series of master classes, clinics, and concerts.
The American Association of Christian Schools has over 1,000 member schools in all fifty states. At least 17 states had Bible Quizzing state competitions averaging a little over five teams. At the National Championship, two students from The Master's Academy (Jacob W. and Trey W.) participated against several state champions. They came into the tournament portion seeded second. They ended up getting third in the nation to the champions from Tennessee and Wisconsin. All of this despite the material they've been quizzing over all year is a little bit different than the material they quizzed over at the National Championship at Bob Jones! Congratulations!
Congratulations to our ACSI Math Olympics participants! 36 TMA students, from 3rd-8th grade, represented TMA in areas such as computation and reasoning. Many won awards and they all did a fantastic job! Our students competed against hundreds of students from over a dozen schools! Well done!
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A group of 17 selected piano students from TMA did incredibly well at the ACSI Piano Festival in Ocala. Our students "wowed" the judges receiving 5 Superior "Perfects", 9 Superiors, and 3 Excellents!! The students achieving Superior Perfect (every note perfect), Sharkey Y., Brooke H., Trey W., Stephanie B., and Ashlyn E., performed in a recital at the end of the day for all attendees. We are so proud of them all!!!!
TMA competed musically at the state level for solo and ensemble competition. Students who receive superior at FBA playing a grade 5 or higher (grade 5 being an advanced high school level) - are eligible to compete. Our percussion ensemble received two superiors at this state competition for their performances of Clair de Lune (Debussy) and County Clare (Bela Fleck). This is quite an honor at this level. Our solo students, Sarah H. and Michael J. both received an "excellent" for their solos - also great performances. Way to go Michael J., Kevin G., Noah H., Sierra O., Emily W., and Sydney B.! Thanks to Rodney Gutierrez for great work with the percussion ensemble.
The Master's Academy Spanish team competed very well against several schools in the state of Florida last weekend; we celebrate their great achievement!
Sobresaliente is the highest score possible in the competition and the following students received a sobresaliente in an inpromptu speech:
Daniel R., David W., Laura H., Alex W., Rebekah C., Adam W., Sierra O., Jon H., Jessica G., Tommy L., Monica W., Kasen R., Skye K.
A superior score was given to Kevin G. and Alyssa U.
ON DECLAMATIONS, A SOBRESALIENTE WAS AWARDED TO:
Skye K., David W., Alex W., Adam W.
A superior was awarded to Jessica G.
The play, adapted by Mrs. Miles from the book "House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros, also received a sobresaliente and was presented by:
Skye K., David W., Alex W., Rebekah C., Sierra O., Jon H., Tommy L., Monica W.
Congratulations to Mrs. Miles and the incredible team that superbly represented our school at the Spanish State Competition.
Third grade student, Jeramy Y., received a blue ribbon at the ACSI District Science Fair on March 15, 2013. The event was held at Orangewood Christian School for ACSI students in 3rd - 12th grade. Jeramy's experiment was entitled, "Does Name Brand, Cost, or Package Size Determine the Amount of Kernels Popped in a Bag of Microwave Popcorn." Jeramy was the youngest student in this event and it was his first experience. He was praised for the very detailed log book he kept throughout his project! He looks forward to participation in the science fair next year. Take the time to ask Jeramy about his project!
The ACSI Speech Meet was held at Indian Rocks Christian School, in Largo, FL. Nine schools competed with over 250 students participating. TMA's lower school took six students, all of which placed! This ACSI Speech Meet was the culminating activity for the Lower School Public Speaking Club which is held after school. Congratulations to all participants.
Danielle D. - Bible - Superior
Joshua S. - Poetry - Superior
Aryelie V. - Fable - Superior
Alexa C. - Poetry - Excellent
Kirah U. - Poetry - Superior
Alyanie V. - Fable - Superior
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Congratulations to TMA's competitive solo and percussion ensemble. Senior Michael J. received a superior for his marimba solo, "Rhythm Song". Junior, Sarah H. received a superior for her oboe solo, "Sonata in a minor". Percussion ensemble members, Wes H., Michael J., Noah H., Kevin G., Sierra O., and Sydney B. received superior ratings on both of their ensemble pieces, "County Clare", and "Claire de Lune". Junior, Noah H. received an excellent on his marimba solo, "Limejuice", and his timpani solo, "Blue Hammers". Senior Wes H. received an excellent for his timpani solo, "The Jury". All superior ratings will go on to compete at the state level competition in April! Way to go TMA!!!
The TMA Thespian troupe competed in the District 3 Tournament with over 1000 other High School students! They received Superior for their Ensemble Acting, a fifteen person scene from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Superiors represent the district in that event and go on to compete in the State Finals. Congratulations!!
The Master's Academy Fine Arts Department is proud to announce that our own Kevin Gaj has been selected to participate in the 2012 Tri State Band Festival at Florida State University. This is a tremendous honor for juniors and seniors. Kevin was selected by a nomination that was based on his technical musical ability, along with his solo and ensemble achievements during his high school career. Tri State gathers the top musicians from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
The Florida State University Tri State Band Festival is designed to provide an intensely challeging yet rewarding musical experience for the top musicians in the Tri State area. The festival features nationally and internationally renowned guest conductors as well as Florida State University professors and faculty. Kevin will participate in a host of master classes and the most stringent and challenging of rehearsals that will culminate with an awe inspiring concert on Sunday, December 2nd.
Please pray for Kevin as he travels to Tallahassee on November 29 to represent The Master's Academy with the talents given to him by God. We pray that everything he says and does will continue to be a witness to others around him.
We are so proud of you Kevin!!
Each year the Seminole County Public Library invites both public and private schools to participate in their Teen Read Write contest. Students presented their entries during the awards ceremony on Thursday, November 7.
Congratulations to the following Seminole County Public Library Teen Read Fest 2012 Awards Winners:
- Video: The Westing Game Newscast by Caden Emerson
- Video: The Book Thieves by Bradley Adams (and the Creative Writing Class)
- Poster: Dive by Reagan Fink
- Writing: A Day in the Life by Sydney Williams
There were many wonderful entries in this year’s Teen Read poster category. Six posters could win, and each winner receives a cash prize of $50.00.
Congratulations to TMA's Reagan Fink for creating a winning poster!
Congratulations to Harrison Litzell on qualifying as a 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist!
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarship. About 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools in the U.S. entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2011 PSAT/NMSQT in October. The 16,000 Semifinalists who qualified, will go on to compete for the Finalist level of the competition by meeting additional standards and fulfilling several requirements.
We are thrilled to announce that two of TMA's seniors Ricky Asta and Morgan Phillips have the distinct honor of having their essay added to the This I Believe database. Their essays were submitted to NPR's website, a public dialogue about belief--one essay at a time. Of all the essays submitted every year, only a few are chosen to be added to the online database.This is an exciting and unique honor as our two TMA students have shared their most closely held convictions, and their testimony faith is now available for the public to read. You can read these essays at the following addresses:
Taylor Moore, “This I believe”
Ricky Asta, "The Power of Prayer"http://thisibelieve.org/essay/105370/
Isabella Galvis, "The Voice of My Brother"