Alumni News | Summer 2022
Welcome to Fort Worth Academy's Alumni Newsletter!
Here is some news about our alumni success. See where our students go and all that they accomplish after they graduate from Fort Worth Academy!
Congratulations to our Newest Alumni—
FWA Class of 2022!
Congratulations to FWA Class of 2022! We are so proud of this year's graduates and excited to see where they go from here!
William M. Broderick Leadership Award
This year's William M. Broderick Leadership Award was given to Layla Lackan in recognition of her leadership skills and contributions to the FWA student community. Former Head of School William Broderick joined Head of School Shannon Elders at graduation in presenting the award. Congratulations, Layla!
Molly Stinson-West Distinguished Alumni Award
This year’s recipient of the Molly Stinson-West Distinguished Alumni Award is Madeline Walters (FWA '08). Madeline was a student at Fort Worth Academy from first to eighth grade, graduating from FWA in 2008. Madeline attended high school at Southwest Christian School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Madeline has been a nurse for the past six years, serving as a trauma nurse and more recently, as a labor and delivery nurse at Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center here in Fort Worth. We are so pleased to recognize this year's Molly Stinson-West Distinguished Alumni Award recipient! Congratulations, Madeline!
Featuring the FWA Class of 2018,
Our Alumni Graduating from High School!
We invited FWA alumni currently in high school to the Alumni Reunion in May and honored the FWA Class of 2018, this year's high school seniors. These alumni shared which colleges they will be heading off to in the fall and had a great time exploring the newly renovated middle school building, as well as playing some friendly basketball together! We loved getting to see you all and can't wait to share this special day with all our alumni in high school next year!
Dawson Lamphere
Dawson will be attending Piedmont University in Demorest, GA ,where he plans on majoring in Engineering (discipline TBD). He will also be playing lacrosse for Piedmont.
Allison Fletcher
Allison plans to attend the University of Arkansas where she will major in pre-physical therapy. She hopes to join a sorority there as well. 
 
In other news, she has been selected for induction into the All Saints’ Chapter of the Cum Laude Society at All Saints’ Episcopal School. She will graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA. She played four years of varsity volleyball as well as four years of club volleyball during high school. She plans to continue her volleyball career at the club level in college. 
Caroline Bradford
Caroline will be graduating from Fort Worth Country Day and is looking forward to attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall.
Murilo Nogueira
Murilo will attend the University of Houston (UH). He will major with a BS in Industrial Design, which is a program at the College of Architecture and Design.
Bethany Davis
Bethany is graduating from Trinity Valley School. She plans to attend the University of North Texas or the University of the Incarnate Word. Her major will be fashion design. 
 
As a senior, she was presented as a debutante and finished her service with the National Charity League and Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
More FWA Graduates:
Where Are They and What Are They Doing Now?
Abbey Bullock, FWA Class of 2014, graduated summa cum laude from the Sam M. Walton Honors College of Business at the University of Arkansas. She earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Finance & Accounting, and she was recently named First Ranked Senior Scholar and Finance Department Outstanding Scholar. During her tenure at the University of Arkansas, Abbey worked as a Supplemental Instructor for Accounting 1 students, was a member of the Investment Club and Beta Gamma Sigma as well as a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She was the recipient of the Phillips 66 Accounting Scholarship and the Margaret F. Schamer Scholarship. After completing a one year internship with Walmart’s Global Tax Accounting Department, she has now accepted an accounting analyst position with them and will begin her career at their headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Truett Killian, FWA Class of 2012, graduated from Tufts University in 2019. He is now living in Los Angeles, where he is pursuing a career in entertainment. Truett has been making a living directing music videos and acting, most notably cast as a Rebel Guard in an upcoming season of Disney’s The Mandalorian. After briefly studying screenwriting at UCLA, Truett is developing an independent horror film which he plans to pitch to producers in the near future. 

“My first time acting was playing Friedrich Von Trap in Fort Worth Academy’s The Sound of Music. It was my experience in the theatre department which helped foster my love and knowledge of the arts. My younger self would be thrilled knowing that I make a living playing make believe.”
John Shipp, FWA Class of 2013,
is a member of Fort Worth Academy's Nine Year Club. John graduated from TCU, Magna Cum Laude, in May 2021. At TCU, he was a Neely Fellow and also a member of the John V. Roach Honor's College. John graduates with his Masters in Finance from SMU this May, and while at SMU, he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society for the top 20% of business students. After graduation, John has accepted a position at General Equities in Dallas. John's mom Cherie shares that "FWA provided him such a good base from which to grow."
Maddie King, FWA '09-'15, has finished her freshman year at Trinity University and will be working at the Conferences and Special Programs Center at Trinity this summer. Way to go, Maddie!
Jarrod Rasberry
Alumni, Teacher & Friend
After graduating from Texas A&M in 2021, our very own Jarrod Rasberry (FWA '13) returned to FWA to work as a coach and a substitute teacher. Jarrod even helped with the seventh grade Texas trip by serving as a teacher chaperone. This coming fall, Jarrod is headed to law school at SMU Dedman School of Law. We have all enjoyed having him back on campus!

"Jarrod has been a blessing to ALL of FWA this year. He started off as a Soccer Coach and became one of the BEST substitutes ever while also coaching track!!! He will be missed! Thank you Jarrod for your dedication from your days as a student and as a Coach!!" -Coach Jolee Tidwell

"Jarrod told me recently that when he was a student on the 7th grade trip (the one he just chaperoned!), the boys in his villa were putting toothpaste in-between the layers of Oreos.... not sure how much of a part he played. I know several teachers have suggested he teach rather than go to law school." -Sharon Rice

"Jarrod stepped in at the last minute to help chaperone the 7th grade trip. It was fun having him with us." -Mindy Poitevent
NJHS Alumni Speaker
Thank you to Fort Worth Academy alum Amaan Lackan (FWA '18) for coming back to speak at the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony! We appreciate all the insights and memories you shared. Amaan recently graduated from All Saints' Episcopal School and will attend Austin College in the fall, where he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship. We're so proud of you, Amaan!
Our Alumni -
Receiving Awards and Recognitions
Ryan King (FWA '21) was awarded the Saints Freshman Award for Outstanding Student at All Saints' Episcopal School. This award is given to a student exemplifying curiosity, a strong work ethic, and eagerness to learn.

Ella Spanier (FWA '20) was awarded the Saints Award for the sophomore class at All Saints' Episcopal School. This award is given to a student demonstrating academic achievement, excellence in character, personal integrity, and commitment to school values.
Clay Upchurch (FWA '19) will be the All Saints' Episcopal School Head Prefect for the 2022-2023 school year. The Head Prefect oversees all the prefects, serves as a leader and representative of the school, and has different areas within the school and student life which they serve. Clay is pictured above with Tommy Elders (FWA '18). Tommy graduated from All Saints' Episcopal School and will be attending the University of Arkansas in the fall.
FWAmily Coming Full Circle
Alumna Stephanie Swift (FWA '96) is a member of the Nine Year Club and graduated from FWA. She is also the mother of second grader Charlie Swift (FWA '28)! Charlie is a second generation member of the FWAmily. Pictured above are Stephanie's second grade and Charlie's first grade yearbook pictures.

More FWA Full Circle features coming soon!
ALUMNI OPPORTUNITIES
Are you a high school or college student who is local to Fort Worth? Parents of current FWA students would love to hire FWA alums for babysitting opportunities! If you are interested in having your information available to FWA families for babysitting, enter your contact here.
Attention current High School Students!
Did you know you can complete your required volunteer hours here at Fort Worth Academy?
Stay-tuned for volunteer opportunities throughout the year including:
  • Fall Carnival
  • Giving Tuesday Pizza & TEXT-A-THON - Nov. 29th
  • and all new this coming year - FWA Senior Day of Service!
We Love Alumni Visits!
(clockwise from top left) Stephanie Gray (FWA '12), Paige Harris (FWA '03-'07), Cyrus Lopez (FWA '12), and Ben Fletcher (FWA '16). We love getting to see familiar faces!
Three Generations of Buddies!
We love the opportunity to see the special bond FWA Kindergarten and Eighth Grade Buddies share! Lizanne Bonin (FWA '14) returned to campus and visited her kindergarten buddy, Layla Lackan (FWA '22), who is currently the eighth grade buddy to Arya McHugh (FWA '30).
Attention Current High School Students: Scholarship Opportunity!
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 80,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?” Find out more here.
Margie Lane Retires
After 19 years of teaching at FWA, and a 44 year teaching career, our beloved second grade teacher Margie Lane is heading to retirement! We love you and will miss you, Mrs. Lane! Thank you for all you have done for Fort Worth Academy!


FWA 2022 Anniversaries:
Ulises Asprilla - 5 years
Darla Robinson - 5 years
Katie Turner - 7 years
Orlando Jaimes - 20 years
Elizabeth Bonin - 25 years
Sharon Rice - 30 years
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Getting married, a new job, exciting move, or vacation pictures - do you have a story that we should tell your former teachers and classmates? We want to include it here! Email MaryEmily Pardue or Hira Chaudhary and we will do the rest!
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