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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!

Please take a moment to fill out the form on our alumni page so that we can include you in our alumni database. In addition to the basic information below, we would love to share with others what you are doing, or any special events in your life. You can email news and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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News & Events

Madison Allen

FPA at Shannon Forest alumna Madison Allen (Class of 2014) has accepted the position of Account Executive for Corporate Partnerships for the NHL Florida Panthers Hockey team!  Madison will be soaking up the sun in Fort Lauderdale as she enjoys her new success.  Congratulations, Madison.  Your life-long Crusader friends are so proud of you!  

Micah and Noah

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.

Alex Svacha Vaults To New Heights

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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Shannon Forest Alumna Shines On The Gamecock Court!
Former Lady Crusader Lauren Bowers (Class of 2018) achieved many accolades in her Volleyball career at Shannon and is now a team favorite for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks!

Click HERE to read more!

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2011 Alumnus Honored For Teaching

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.

Godspeed Micah & Noah!

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!

Alumni Girls

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.

Alumni Men

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! 

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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.  

Click on the links below to read more about Caroline Sellars’ books:

The Oak Tree Prince

Other Fairy Tales and Kore's Field

Class of 2014 Graduate Recognized For Sports Marketing

Madison Allen

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

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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!

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Andrew Heitman (’08) and Annah Woodward (’07) recently graduated from Charleston School of Law. Both students were very involved during their time in the program.  Annah served as the President of the Student Bar Association and Andrew was Executive Editor for Resolve (a mediation journal) and was a member of the Honor Council. Congratulations to both of our former Crusaders!

Shannon Forest Alumna Recognized at Artisphere

Our own Brooke Seppala Ring, member of the Class of 2008 was recently named the winner of Artisphere’s Artist of the Upstate - Juried Exhibition Crowd Favorite Contest!  Mrs. Ring’s art was selected from over 191 pieces to be one of the 69 that was displayed at the Artisphere exhibition.  The public was asked to cast their votes for their favorite artist through Facebook during the weeks leading up to the opening reception held on Friday, May 8.  Mrs. Ring will be profiled in her own feature in an upcoming issue of the Greenville Journal.