Welcome home! As alumni of First Presbyterian Academy (formerly known as Shannon Forest Christian School), you are forever a part of our family. We believe that graduating from our school is quite an accomplishment, therefore we want to honor that accomplishment by creating a place just for you. This is a place that will allow you to keep in touch with your fellow classmates, as well as a place for you to keep us up-to-date on your educational, career and personal accomplishments!
News & Events
1st LT. Micah (Class of 2012) and Specialist Noah (Class of 2018) recently visited campus to take part in the filming of a special Veteran’s Day video production. Proud mom - D’Anne Weaver (Upper School teacher), is thankful for their service and safe return from the Middle East! The video is in lieu of the regular Veteran’s Day performance that Julie Sellars holds each year.
Class of 2014 alumna Madison Allen has returned to Greenville, having accepted a position with JMI Sports. She will be a Key Partnerships Specialist for the Clemson property. Her graduation ceremony has been postponed, but Madison will complete both her MBA and MS in Sports Management in early May. She attended Clemson University and the University of South Florida in Tampa. Congratulations, Madison! It’s good to have you back in Greenville!
It's a bird...it's a plane...it's a former Crusader! 2019 graduate Alex Svacha cleared 11' 6.5" today for the Clemson Tigers Track and Field Pole Vault team. Congratulations, Alex!
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Class of 2011 valedictorian Thomas Spurgeon was recently named as one of Greenville County School’s 2019 - 2020 Emerging Teacher of the Year nominees! His last name may sound familiar as he is the son of 1st Grade teacher Molly Spurgeon. Mrs. Spurgeon shared that education runs in the family. Thomas is a third generation teacher.
1st LT. Micah (Class of 2012) and PFC Noah (Class of 2018) have been deployed to the Middle East. They are the sons of Upper School teacher D'Anne Weaver. Please keep them in your prayers. We thank them for their service!
This year saw the premiere Alumni Volleyball game held at The Forest. The game featured 5 graduating classes, 4 State Championship representatives, 8 current Lady Crusaders and long-time Coach Ryan Godsey served as referee.
The 2019 Alumni Men’s Basketball game drew a great crowd of former Crusaders, parents and friends!
Class of 2016 graduate Caroline Kredensor says, “G-day, mate” from Australia, where she is currently studying abroad at Bond University on the Gold Coast. So far she has spent time visiting a rainforest, holding koalas and kangaroos, learning about Aboriginal culture (the native Australians), and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef!
We LOVE Our Alumni Crusader Athletes!
Class of 2018 graduate Lauren Bowers is part of the winning University of South Carolina Volleyball team, shown here in a recent home game against Mississippi State. The Gamecocks are currently leading the SEC with an overall record of 13-1! 2016 graduate Luke Horne recently competed in a meet at the University of North Georgia. Luke runs Cross Country for Anderson University.
SFCS Alumna Published Author
Caroline Sellars, a 2006 Shannon Forest graduate, was featured at a book signing in downtown Greenville this past summer. Caroline has published two books; The Oak Tree Prince and Other Fairy Tales and Kore's Field.
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Class of 2014 Graduate Recognized For Sports Marketing
Class of 2014 graduate, Madison Allen recently received the 2018 Clemson Business College Annual Award for Sports Marketing. Madison was recognized for superior academic performance and potential for a successful career in Sports Marketing. She has been accepted into the Vinik Sports and Entertainment dual degree program at the University of South Florida, where she will earn and MBA and MS in Sports and Entertainment Management. Madison is the daughter of Jimmy and Shanda Allen.
Alumni Panel Discusses The Shannon Experience
Shannon Forest Upper School faculty attended an alumni panel yesterday, as part of their professional growth and development plan. Six alumni from graduating classes over last 20 years joined us on campus to talk about their Shannon experience and how it prepared them for college, as well as their careers.
Visiting alumni included:
Betsy Tanner, Class of 1999 - SC Adoption Attorney
Will Keown, Class of 2005 - Film and Graphic Design Editor
Adam Groblewski, Class of 2006 - Personal Financial Advisor
Caroline (Hopkins) Newton, Class of 2006, Assistant Solicitor,Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office
Adam Long, Class of 2014, senior at Clemson (Electrical Engineering)
Katelyn Pittman, Class of 2015, junior at Anderson (Elementary Education)
Graduate Returns To Teach ASL
Class of 2016 graduate, Cassidy Van Houten returned to Shannon to teach choir students American Sign Language (ASL) for the song "Will You Teach Me?" by Alan Pote. Cassidy is majoring in ASL at Gardner Webb University.
Class of 2006 Alumna Returns To Address Law and Order Class
Class of 2006 alumna Caroline Hopkins returned to Shannon Forest to speak to Alvin Sell’s Law and Order Silva-mester class today! A graduate of Presbyterian College and the Charleston School of Law, she is an assistant solicitor with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Shannon Forest Adds Two New Lawyers To Its Alumni!
Shannon Forest Alumna Recognized at Artisphere