Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
It is the mission of Fort Bend Christian Academy to equip students to thrive spiritually, academically, socially and physically, and it is the hope of the FBCA community that graduates serve God first, in all areas of life and in whatever vocation they are ultimately led. The top students in the Class of 2017 represent the values of FBCA with their athletic and academic performance as well as their dedication to leadership and service.
The commencement ceremony for the 20th graduating class of Fort Bend Christian Academy will take place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7 p.m., at Sugar Creek Baptist Church.
The Class of 2017 Valedictorian
Michael Pozzi has attended FBCA for 13 years and has been involved in a wide variety of school organizations including the theatre program, swim team, National Honor Society (NHS), National English Honor Society (NEHS) and Interact Club, a service organization. He has also served as the president of Rho Kappa and of International Thespian Society.
Pozzi has been recognized with many awards for his outstanding performance in his various activities. His accomplishments include the Theatre State Championship for One Act, Spartan Trifecta Medal for Spartan Race series, State Qualifier Swim (four years), Swim Leadership Award (junior and senior), Scholar Athlete (four years), Theatre Fine Arts (sophomore and junior), Narrative Film Award (junior), Sugar Creek Gators Golden Gator Award (two years). He has also received academic awards for Biology, Bible 9, French II, Theatre II, French III, Algebra II, AP U.S. History and honors Pre-Calculus.
As part of Eagle Week, a service opportunity each spring in the upper school at FBCA, Pozzi volunteered with organizations aiding those in need including the Houston Food Bank and the Boston Food Bank. In Boston, he was part of a team that sorted and packaged 32,000 pounds of food in just two days.
The soon-to-be FBCA graduate will attend the University of Southern California in the fall, and he plans to major in Electrical Engineering. His siblings, Matthew, a sophomore, and Madelyn, a middle school student, currently attend FBCA, and his older sister, Marissa, also attended FBCA. Michael Pozzi is the son of Mona and John Pozzi of Sugar Land, Texas.
The Class of 2017 Salutatorian
Kendall Matthews has attended FBCA for seven years. She has been involved in multiple organizations and has served in various roles of leadership, including Student Body President as a senior.
Matthews cheered on the varsity squad all four years of high school and served as Captain her senior year. She also served as President of National English Honor Society (NEHS) and was a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa, Interact Club and National Spanish Honor Society.
Over the course of her high school career, Matthews has had many educational and service opportunities outside of Texas. As part of the Eagle Week, Matthews traveled to Anchorage, Alaska to work on the Iditarod Trail, and she also traveled to Costa Rica and camped in the Guyami Indian Reservation where she ministered to the natives through a Bible school program. She also had the opportunity to witness the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Matthews was nominated for the National Student Leadership Conference at Yale University in which she spent 10 days at Yale learning law and advocacy. As part of the Student Leadership University Program (SLU), she traveled to San Antonio, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Oxford and Normandy to learn from leaders worldwide.
Her awards include: Academic- FBCA Soaring Eagle Award (junior), Varsity Cheerleading- Leadership Award (senior), Scholar Athlete Award (four years), “Best Overall Attorney” at the National Student Leadership Conference: Law and Advocacy Program at Yale University (senior) and 5th place at the TAPPS State Art Competition in the Fashion and Design Category (senior).
Matthews will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall and plans to major in Business Honors. After her undergraduate experience, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in advocacy. Matthews is the daughter of Rose and Ellis Sink of Sugar Land (mother and stepdad) and Tom and Stephanie Matthews of Richmond (father and stepmom).
More about the Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The two top students of the Class of 2017 also share a special connection. Kendall and Michael have been dating since the 7th grade, and the couple attended their senior prom together.